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My Favourite Five for January

January is nearly over. It’s gone by pretty quickly for us, and we have been busy busy busy, so Christmas seems like a bit of a distant memory really.

1. Light Box from Berylune. I’ve had this on my Pinterest Wishlist for a looooong time, but it’s not exactly an essential, so I was really excited to be given it for my birthday. We spelled out Merry Christmas and had it in our window, then Happy New Year, and now – a message about how I feel in general, and particularly in January! I had to add the apostrophe with a marker. I can’t let the grammar police down!Let's Stay Home on a Lightbox2. Life Planner from LollipopDesigns. It has become increasingly apparent over the past few months that I need to get organised. From my recent Christmas meltdowns to the amount of food we end up throwing away at the end of the week, it has to stop! I’m hoping that this lovely planner will help me keep a better track of my freelance work, Ava and Thea’s school and nursery stuff, blog plans, and meals. It has to be better than my current system of three calendars, scraps of paper multiple notes in my iPhone, and my brain! And it looks lovely. Life Planner by Lollipop Designs

3. “MOTHER” Scoop Neck Sweatshirt from SelfishMother. Quite apart from how gorgeous it looks (coral and gold, what a great combination) and how excellently comfortable it is, all profits from the sales of these sweatshirts go to Women for Women International, a charity that helps women in eight war-torn regions rebuild their lives through training programmes. What’s not to love? It is practically surgically attached to me now.Becky Pink in a Selfish Motherh sweatshirt

4. National Trust Membership. We used our Christmas money on this, and have already put it to good use last week, when we visited Upton House and Gardens. It can seem expensive, but we went through the TopCashback site, and found a voucher code so it ended up costing about £80, which considering it would have cost us about £28 to get in to Upton House, is great value: we’ll only have to use it a few more times to get our money’s worth!
National Trust Membership box5. How to Print Fabric by Zeena Shah. I met Zeena a few months back, at The Handmade Fair and went on one of her lino printing workshops. She’s friends with one of my best friends, who got me a signed copy of her fabulous book, yay! I just need to find some time to actually read it now…


  1. Maria

    19th February 2016 at 10:39 am

    Ahhh I have seen that lightbox all over instagram and wondered where people got them from – I want one!! I am also lusting after a selfish mother tee too – need to save some more pennies I think!

    Thank you for linking up to #OurFaveFive I love reading your favourites each month and hope you will come back again next week when the linky opens for February! x

    1. Becky Pink

      19th February 2016 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks for hosting Maria, and I highly recommend the Selfish Mother clothing, I need more in my life!! xx

  2. Elena

    12th February 2016 at 12:06 pm

    I love all your five items. I have a light box although I must say I still haven’t done much with mine.
    I keep seeing the mother tops all over instagram and I keep thinking I should get one myself,
    Last year I did a screen printing on fabric course which I loved, so will need to check Zeena’s book as I am sure I will love it

    1. Becky Pink

      12th February 2016 at 9:49 pm

      Ah yes, Zeena’s book is lovely, very inspirational! I love my Mother top, and l’m angling for another one for Mother’s Day, maybe you could start hinting! xx

  3. Laura's Lovely Blog

    9th February 2016 at 11:17 am

    I rather fancy the coral Selfish Mother jumper – I quite like the new winging it one they have just released too. I love your letters too and like that you can change the message on it. Thanks for linking up to #lovelythings

    1. Becky Pink

      9th February 2016 at 9:10 pm

      Ah yes I have my eye on the Winging It one too, just gorgeous! xx

  4. Angela at Daysinbed

    6th February 2016 at 6:34 pm

    oh what a lovely post here! I love that top it’s just the type of one i’d buy! The planner looks great too as i love a good old planning session! Angela popping by from #Lovelythings

  5. Helen | Wonderfully Average

    6th February 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Loving the life planner and the sweatshirt. I had seen people wearing these but had no idea about the charity side of it. And you’re right, coral and gold is amazing! #LovelyThings

    1. Becky Pink

      7th February 2016 at 7:24 pm

      Thanks Helen, it’s great Selfish Mother does so much to help other women, it’s definitely worth paying a bit extra, in my opinion. It washes really well too! xx

  6. Fridgesays

    3rd February 2016 at 7:00 am

    Lovely things! Similar tastes so really enjoyed this x
    Light box still on my wish list ⭐️

    1. Becky Pink

      4th February 2016 at 7:52 pm

      Ah thanks, you should get one, it’s brilliant! xx

  7. Silly Mummy

    2nd February 2016 at 11:19 pm

    Love the life planner – I need to get organised too! #twinklytuesday

    1. Becky Pink

      4th February 2016 at 8:00 pm

      I have a feeling that it is my fate to always be chasing my tail – maybe blogging is tipping me over the edge!! xx

  8. Suz

    2nd February 2016 at 11:13 pm

    light boxes are the in thing just now and i LOVE them! fantastic list! suz x

    1. Becky Pink

      4th February 2016 at 7:52 pm

      Thanks Suz, I’m glad you liked it! xx

  9. Caro | The Twinkle Diaries

    2nd February 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Hello Becky! Thanks so much for linking up with us! My house was hit with the dreaded winter sick bug last week so I’m so behind with my comments. Just catching up now! I think I must be the only blogger NOT to have a lightbox!! They seem to be everywhere at the moment! I am totally coveting your sweatshirt — I have one of their tees and I LOVE it!! Love the colourway you’ve chosen too 🙂

    PS #HomeEtc is live tomorrow from 6.30am xx

    1. Becky Pink

      2nd February 2016 at 8:18 pm

      Oh no I’m sorry to hear you’ve been ill, what a nightmare, I hope you are all back to full strength now? Yeah I think the light boxes are becoming a bit of a cliche but I just don’t care, it’s too much fun. I love the sweatshirt so much, I’ve got my fingers crossed for a different one for Mother’s Day! xx

  10. sarah

    2nd February 2016 at 8:10 pm

    I love and need that light box definitly gonna be buying one 🙂 thanks hun for sharing your favourites


    1. Becky Pink

      2nd February 2016 at 8:12 pm

      He he yes I think ‘need’ is definitely the right word! Enjoy it if you do! xx

  11. Emma

    2nd February 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Oh I love the light box, I really need this in my life 🙂 #twinklytuesday

    1. Becky Pink

      2nd February 2016 at 6:21 pm

      I’m so pleased with it, it just cheers me up every time I see it! Thanks for reading xx

  12. Kathy @ Hopes, Dreams and Chocolate

    1st February 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Ahh what a fab five for January! I think the National Trust membership is a very worthwhile investment. There is always somewhere to go. I am tempted by this. Will have to check out the voucher, I am on topcashback too, a great site. And I agree with the ‘Let’s stay indoors’ sentiment. Just want to hibernate!! 🙂 Kathy xx #OurFaveFive

    1. Becky Pink

      1st February 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Ah thanks Kathy, it’s just so horrible outside at the moment isn’t it! I hope the voucher still works, my cashback has already come through, love that site too, it’s brilliant isn’t it! Stay warm xx

  13. Alice Megan

    1st February 2016 at 1:32 pm

    That light box is fab! So versatile too

    1. Becky Pink

      1st February 2016 at 8:56 pm

      Thanks Alice, I love it. Luckily it still looks great if it’s not lit, or I’m not sure how many batteries I’d get through! xx

  14. Lins @Boo & Maddie

    29th January 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Ooh journals – I’m so desperately in need of something to help me keep track which I’m failing at! Well done on the National Trust membership too, I definitely find that you tend to use things if you invest in them X #HomeEtc

    1. Becky Pink

      30th January 2016 at 11:46 pm

      Thanks Lins, we are planning our holiday around some nice-looking National Trust properties, so we will definitely be getting good use out of our membership! The planner is working well so far, apart from the few days where I mislaid it! xx

  15. Single Mum Speaks

    29th January 2016 at 9:37 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the sweatshirt and the lightbox. I’m going to have to put both on my wishlist I think! #OurFaveFive

    1. Becky Pink

      30th January 2016 at 11:47 pm

      I can’t recommend them enough, and am already planning which sweatshirt to get next. It’s so comfy and I love the colour. xx

  16. Christine - Yogaberry

    28th January 2016 at 8:00 pm

    great list! I need that life planner! I’ve got a different one at the moment but it’s more like a journal and more long-term. I need something to get me organised NOW! #brilliantblogposts

    1. Becky Pink

      29th January 2016 at 12:50 pm

      Ha ha I know the feeling, and it is helping so far! It’s such an uphill battle though, I have to admit 🙂 xx

  17. Caroline

    27th January 2016 at 7:57 pm

    So many items on your list are on my wishlist, I really want a lightbox and the Mother sweatshirts… all for the birthday list I think. #HomeEtc

    1. Becky Pink

      27th January 2016 at 9:11 pm

      I would wear the sweatshirt 24/7 if I could, I lOVE it, I’d say it would make a great birthday present, and so would the light box, lots of fun to be had. xx

  18. Lisa@intotheglade

    27th January 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Phew I’m glad you managed to pop an apostrophe on your fab sign. I love the National Trust, I need to sort our membership out too. I think I need a planner too, a life one sounds like a great idea xx

    1. Becky Pink

      27th January 2016 at 9:08 pm

      The National Trust have a code for 10 months for the price of 12 via topcashback at the moment if you want to get you membership, I think it’s a great deal! My life planner is working out well so far, it has a LOT of lists on it! xx

      1. Lisa@intotheglade

        29th January 2016 at 10:25 pm

        Ah! I have just taken a look and will do it through there. Thanks lovely xx

        1. Becky Pink

          30th January 2016 at 11:44 pm

          You’re very welcome, I hope it’s still valid xx

  19. Nancy Straughan

    27th January 2016 at 4:09 pm

    I really want one of those cinema style lights too, I love them 🙂 Discovered your post via the Home Etc link up this week.

    1. Becky Pink

      27th January 2016 at 9:05 pm

      I love my light, and really want the extra symbols you can get but they seem to be out of stock the whole time. Thanks for reading Nancy xx

  20. Kara

    27th January 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Wow I love this list, the planner is awesome I am on my 2nd, I have wanted a lightbox before they got cool so I get that and the NT membrship is not something you will regret for sure xx

    1. Becky Pink

      27th January 2016 at 8:50 pm

      You must be getting on well with the planner if you’re on your second one! I am loving mine so far. The light box is a lot of fun to, you should treat yourself 🙂 xx

  21. Esther @ Inside Out & About

    27th January 2016 at 2:27 pm

    I was nodding along to all of these – we definitely have similar taste! Those light boxes are brilliant and I also have a Selfish Mother sweater that I love (and can’t wear at the mo because I’m pregnant). Boo. We received a National Trust membership from my parents for Christmas. It is such a fab gift and makes free Saturdays so much more fun! I met Zeena too at The Handmade Fair. She is so beautiful isn’t she? xx

    1. Becky Pink

      27th January 2016 at 8:55 pm

      Ah what great taste you have. Congratulations on the baby bump, a very good reason for retiring the sweatshirt temporarily. Maybe you could get a bigger one?! Zeena certainly is beautiful, and so lovely as well. Thank you for reading xx

  22. Donna

    24th January 2016 at 7:27 pm

    I really want a light box but Hubby doesn’t understand! That life journal looks awesome too and I am in need of a Mother sweatshirt!!! We have NT membership and it’s a favourite of ours all year round x

    1. Becky Pink

      24th January 2016 at 7:48 pm

      Ah you should treat yourself Donna, I love my light box, it’s the way forward! And I really recommend the sweatshirts, I am planning my next one already! xx

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