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I wanted to share some of the amazing gifts I received for my birthday this year.

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Journal, pen and sticky notes – my favourite things!

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First up is this gorgeous aqua journal from Indigo. The cover is leather and suede-like to the touch. It looks like a hard cover but it’s kind of in between hard and soft – it’s kinda bendy but not too much, just right. I love the calligraphy alphabet motif and the colour. And it has TWO bookmarks which is totally awesome.

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I’m using my letter opener to spotlight my initial!

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The journal has white, lined paper and is super smooth. I will do an ink test when I move into it. It’s 9.75″ tall and 7″ wide. Wonderful. I love it.

The same person bought me a bunch of post-it notes too (she knows me so well!)

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I love anything and everything with cats on it. I only have two cats but I am a crazy cat lady and proud of it! These post-its notes are great, with images from Venice in a sort of watermark behind the stylish feline.

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I love the bright colours and shapes of these post-its. I must remember to take them into work – anything to brighten up those boring documents!

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My mother-in-law gave me this beautiful, wee Phasha journal. Isn’t it darling? I do love Phasha journals and I don’t have this size. I was thrilled with it. It came in a jolly pink box and was accompanied by a gift card for Indigo! Very spoiled.

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Here you can clearly see the signatures and how it’s bound.

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That beautiful woven paper! Such wonderful journals and such a great company to support.

And finally for today – this lovely pen! My friend just got back from England and she brought me this for my birthday.

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When I was in London in 2009 we did not make it to Harrod’s, except for the location at the airport. We had a jam-packed itinerary and Harrod’s had to be sacrificed for a future trip. So I adore anything with the name on it and well, it’s a pen so it ticks all the boxes!

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Great box and the pen is a super smooth writer (it can be forgiven for being a ballpoint). I really like the ink colour. No skips or blots – a joy to use!

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I carefully took the tape off the packaging and added it to my journal. It’s a very thick, high quality tape and I love the various images of London, especially the little Harrod’s bag.

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A close-up of the tape. Love it!

Thank you to everyone alluded to here – you know who you are – for being so generous and thoughtful. I am blessed. 🙂