Five under £5 September

September 13, 2016


I love it when September rolls around and in my head I have all these plans and things I want to get done on my blog. Then the reality hits and in the back to school madness I find myself busying around the house all day. I’m currently trying to sort though everyone’s wardrobes and have a good clear out but that is easier said than done with two little people around.  I’ve been meaning to write this post for the last few days since I read Julia’s most recent Five Under £5 and I’ve finally sat down in front of the computer. I wasn’t sure I’d have much to include this month but when I started rooting around the house to see what I had there was actually a few things lurking that I thought I’d share.

First up are the pretty Staedtler pens, these are the coloured tri-plus fineliner ones which someone recommended to me for my bullet journal. A few days later I spotted them in Tesco reduced to £3.50 and they have been great for doodling in my journal as they don’t bleed though onto the back of the pages. On one of our trips to Ikea in the summer holidays we picked up the cat cushion and the candle holder. The cat cushion I pointed out to the boys as we wandered past and I could see my husband rolling his eyes as he knew it would be coming home with us, it sits on the back of Lucas’ chair at the dining table and he loves it! I’m always picking up a couple of the glass candles in Ikea, they don’t have a very strong smell but they’re great for everyday candles and I really like the new decorative holders they have for them, they are only £2 and look a little fancier than just having the candle on it’s own.


A friend passed on the Oh Comely magazine to me so I didn’t technically buy it. It it is £5 and honestly I probably wouldn’t usually spend that on a magazine but it is beautiful! It’s by the same people that publish my favourite, The Simple Things magazine but this one is more focused on music, books, pop culture etc. The photography and layout is amazing, it is what I would like my blog to be when it grows up! The little canvas is from one of our holiday activities with the boys – I’m not usually one the get the paints out, I’m not great and doing crafty things but I tried to make an effort over the summer and bought a few things from Baker Ross including these mini blank canvases that the boys absolutely loved painting. This one is Lucas’ and it turned out so well, it’s been hanging in his room ever since. He started out and told me he didn’t know what it was going to be then he turned a random red splat into this cool tree, I love it!

I know I’ve already got five and I was originally going to include the wire rack from Aldi but it is slightly over at £5.99. I kept it in the photo anyway so thought it was worth a mention! It’s really long so I can fit massive batches of cookies on it and the squishy ones don’t fall through the middle. It looks a little more photogenic than my old one too so I was happy pick it up.

That’s it for this month, I’m trying to be strict with my spending in the run up to Christmas but I’m sure there will a few little bits for October in the run up to Halloween. Do go and have a look at Rainbeaubelle if you fancy joining in too.



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  • Notmyyearoff

    I feel like buying those pens for when I go back to work. I’ve never quite managed to get a bullet journal going so I might use them at work to make my lists 🙂

    September 13, 2016 at 11:29 am Reply
  • Stacie

    LOVE those Staedler pens! I use them for bullet journaling and marking my students work! That magazine sounds like something I’d love. I picked up the Blogosphere magazine, not the most recent edition, the one before – but still haven’t read it! I’m terrible with magazines! I keep meaning to do a 5 under £5, I’ve found some great bargains lately! xx

    September 21, 2016 at 8:38 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      It’s such a fun one to join in with. I never have the time to read magazines either, I’ve just stopped my subscription to Simple Things as I couldn’t read them all. I tend to borrow from friends now or we swap a few around. I’m so pleased with those pens and especially when I found them on offer 🙂 xx

      September 21, 2016 at 8:54 pm Reply
  • Julia @ Rainbeaubelle

    I will have to have a look out for Oh Comely magazine, I work next door to a great arty shop that stocks lots of independent mags like this so maybe they will have it. As you know from me tweeting you about it, I have that cat cushion too and it is ace! Cannot beat a trip to Ikea. Hang on though – you have five wire racks?!! Haha xx

    September 23, 2016 at 5:09 pm Reply
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