My Five Favourite Things

A good few weeks ago now (maybe even months – sorry Claire!) I was nominated by another south-east London blogger, the lovely Claire from The Pramshed to take part in My Five Favourite Things tag. The tag was originally set-up by Sarah at Mumzilla.

Though I tend to get behind with these sorts of posts and then feel guilty about it, I do love to do them as it reminds me how lovely the blogger community is and how good it is to feel a  part of it.

I found it a little tricky to pick my five favourite things as, as I explain here, I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with stuff.   However, at the moment, the following things are on my list.

Pic of 5 objects - surface pro, candle, bracelet, book, notebook

The Art of Breathing by Danny Penman

This is a really accessible book if you are interested in finding out more about mindfulness and I love dipping into it for inspiration.  As you would expect I am a sucker for any book about mindfulness but this would definitely be on my highly recommended list.  It’s beautifully illustrated and the practices are straightforward and not at all ‘hippy-dippy’ or ‘woo-woo’.  However, it’s not at all lightweight.  Danny Penman is an author and journalist who has worked closely with Professor Mark Williams (previously at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre).  I love listening to him guiding some of the practices from the book on the frantic world website too.

‘Mum’ Lucky Charm Bracelet

I usually wear my lucky charm bracelet and it is one of my most treasured possessions.  It was a present given to me by my hubby the first Christmas we were a family of three.   It always makes me smile when I catch a glimpse of it during my working day and is a lovely reminder of our beautiful family when I’m not with them.

Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet

A blogger has to have something techie on the list.  However, it’s not my phone as I am not a fan of how omnipresent our smartphones are these days.  However, this Surface Pro is my new gadget and I love how versatile it is.  You can use it as a tablet or as a mini laptop and both modes work really well.  The eldest loves using the pen too.

The White Company Orange Grove Scented Candle

However much of a tip the house is a really good scented candle can help me to ignore the mess.  It can certainly help my mood too.  I  love this one and usually request this or the white lavender one for Birthdays.  The sense of smell is such a powerful sense and so often one we don’t take time to indulge it.  The winter candle is a must at Christmas too.

Moleskin Notepad used as a Bullet Journal

I LOVE a notepad and have loads of them dotted around the house to help me keep a track of ideas, things to do etc.  Moleskin are so robust and durable and look good too.  I’m currently using this one as a bullet journal and am finding this system so helpful in keeping me reasonably organised.  I really recommend this system for busy people who don’t want everything to be digital.

What are your favourite things?  I’d love to know.

Thank you again to Claire for nominating me to take part in the tag. To share the love I nominate the following bloggers to let us know what their five favourite things are:

Alana from Burnished Chaos

Karen from Two Tiny Hands

Lucy from What My Fridge Says

Bye for now.

handwritten Hayley





  1. July 31, 2017 / 11:05 pm

    Thanks so much for joining in! Love a notebook myself, but what is bullet journaling?!

    • onamindfulmummymission
      August 1, 2017 / 5:44 pm

      No worries – a bullet journal is when you have lots of different sections of the notebook and use a code to help you keep on track of everything – I’ll have to write a post about it! There are lots of helpful online articles if you google it. Lucy at working mum’s hub wrote a good one. xx

  2. August 9, 2017 / 11:15 am

    Thank you for the tag, I’ve been on holiday and completely switched off so only just seen this. Great post, I love my bullet journal too and there’s just something about a moleskine notebook x

    • onamindfulmummymission
      August 13, 2017 / 9:18 pm

      No worries – so pleased you totally switched off – that’s what holidays are for xx

  3. mackenzieglanville
    October 21, 2017 / 9:47 am

    You have very similar taste to me, I love my mindfulness books, candles and I am notepad obsessed. Beautiful choices xx Thank you for joining us #ablogginggoodtime

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