Decor Inspiration: Mood Boards

I’ve been thinking more and more about how to add some extra inspiration to my office and I’ve fallen in love with the idea of creating a mood board or inspiration board since seeing them on the Kikki K website. I would love to get a big board and buy all of their inspirational notecards and cute little accessories. For inspiration, especially decor inspiration, I always head to Pinterest and they have some great vision board ideas. I think I’ll definitely have to get myself a board for my office and fill it with photos and motivational quotes.

In the meantime, here are some of my favourite photos from pinterest:
Follow Ruby Wren Designs’s board Inspiration Boards on Pinterest.

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Review: Asda Wonky Veg Box

Last week, I saw a sponsored post on Facebook, showing Asda’s new Wonky Veg Box. As someone who loves buying veg, eating more veg and shopping more ethically (and bargains) I was so excited to see my local Asda on the list of stores trialling the boxes. I used to get Abel and Cole boxes, which were great but I ended up spending far too much money on veg. So the concept of a mixed box of seasonal vegetables is something that I’ve been excited about before.

Asda’s box is a little different – it contains ugly, wonky and blemished vegetables and salad. We all know that wastage is a big problem, especially with supermarket ‘standards’ stopping wonky and odd fruit and veg actually reaching the shelves, so a Wonky box is a great way of helping produce get used where it normally might not.

The boxes cost £3.50 and contain at least 5 kilos of season veg and salad produce. My box contained:

1 cucumber

4 leeks

5 peppers

6 carrots

2 parsnips

1 cabbage

10 potatoes

24 onions (or there about!)

If you’re like me and love your hearty winter vegetables, this box is perfect for making stews and soups for a week. The best before date had about 5 days life too, so really good value.

It’s a great idea to promote a better attitude towards waste, although it would be even better for supermarkets to relax their standards of what makes a sellable piece of fruit or veg – the ‘wonky’ veg in my box were hardly different to the standard vegetables we usually buy, and for most of them we couldn’t work out what was ‘wrong’ with them. Some supermarkets have responded to Asda’s veg box in how they reduce their own wastage – Sainsbury’s response was my favourite, saying they use ‘ugly’ vegetables in their products, such as juices and pre-made mash potatoes.

However supermarkets want to address their waste issues (I’m sure there’s plenty of room for improvement regardless of what their press releases and sustainability blurb say), I’m really happy with the bargain £3.50 box from Asda – I’m sure if the trial is successful and they continue to provide the boxes, I’ll keep buying them.


  
  
  
  

Reflecting on 2015, and my 2016 Happiness Plan

In my search for tools to start my 2016 off right, and reflect on 2015, I came across these printable from the Happiness Planner. They have a planner for 2016, but as I’ve just purchased a new organiser, I might end up buying one of their 100 Days planners – 100 days of thought provoking pages and journalling. I’m thinking different about my organisation for next year – I want something that will make me think, be grateful and reflect, not just something to write down my day to day plans.

The printable at the Happiness Planner website feature some thought provoking stuff – 1,3, 5 year plans for the future, highs and lows of 2015, 2016 vision board, a bucket list, etc. So as 2015 draws to a close, I’ll be printing these off and probably surprising myself as I fill them in. I’ll keep them safe and check in on them throughout the year, so I can see how I’m doing and remind myself of where I’m going.

You can find the printables here: http://thehappinessplanner.com/pages/printables-for-2015-reflection-2016-planning

Book Swapping in Liverpool

We spent the weekend in Liverpool and managed to spend a few hours in the Liverpool One shopping centre (which is a really great shopping destination!). One thing that caught my eye, was the book swap area that had been set up outside – a lovely decked area for reading, with books stored inside the trees for reading or swapping…take a book, leave one in return. It reminds me a lot of those telephone boxes that have been turned into mini village libraries. Such a great idea and beautifully executed!