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The Little Sage Journals + Notes from The Universe + Dr Bronner’s Soap + Blackstar

The Little Sage Journals

Lovely Helen from The Little Sage has produced the most divine (in every sense of the word) journals made from 100% recycled paper with individually hand-stictched binding. Each and every one of these Little Sage journals has been energetically cleansed by Helen, and invoked with the intention to help your growth, inner reflection and help with reaching your highest good. Each time I’ve written in mine, I’ve felt an amazing sense of peace and serenity – and at times some pretty extreme levels of happiness and bliss. They are so spesh. Even looking at mine makes me happy.

Little Sage J

I’m a wee bit of a stationery freak – Kikki K, Officeworks, Typo et al are my little guilty pleasures, so writing in this lovingly handmade treasure is such a treat. If you’re looking for a beautiful space to write about your hopes, dreams or just journal – head on over here and get yourself one quick smart.

Notes from The Universe

I’m surprised this hasn’t appeared in one of my earlier Thrilling Me posts, because  Notes from the Universe have been thrilling me every week day for nigh on the last year or so. I highly recommend subscribing to them.

Universe Eckhart

I get these little gems of wisdom every evening from Monday through to Friday, and really find myself missing them during the weekends when they aren’t delivered. These notes have the most uncanny ability to strike a chord with me nearly every time I read them – and the resonance is so deep it can also be a bit scary. But good scary. You’re able to customise it so that it can help spur you along to achieve particular aims or goals you’ve set for yourself – and it actually works in getting you there whilst still providing a good dose of humour, encouragement and a whole lotta love.

Dr Bronner’s Shikakai Soap

This is my favourite hand soap, primarily because it smells amazing (I love the Lavender one personally, but it also comes in Peppermint, Tea Tree, and some other yummies), but it’s also organic, fair trade, with no synthetic detergents or preservatives, and the plastic bottles are 100% recycled post consumer plastic.

Shikakai soap

Some of the delectable organic ingredients (I say this because at times I am seriously tempted to put it in my mouth) include: White Grape Juice, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Shikakai Powder, Hemp Oil, Jojoba Oil, Lavender Oil, and Citric Acid. YUM. Highly moisturising, it’s also apparently great for shaving, and a good shampoo too!


The lovely Blackstar is generally my regular haunt for a delectable cup of coffee on the weekends, but I’ve also been finding myself gravitating there on some of the days that I’ve worked out of the office.


I love the vibe of the place and its ethos – it’s a social enterprise which is all about ‘thinking global and acting local’. Blackstar supports many local businesses and service providers in West End for their outsourced products, and also serves to provide employment solutions for people from refugee backgrounds. Blackstar imports green, organic and fairtrade beans, and roasts them locally in their own roastery. The product of which is deee-licious. You can buy the beans to grind and use at home, or have one of their expert baristas make a coffee for you. Get there early on weekends, it gets packed out pretty quickly!

Anything particularly thrilling you on my list? Or in your own world? Share below, I’d love to hear about it!


  • Katie

    Please send a little bit of Blackstar to me in Kabul! x

    • Carly

      Of course I can do that, hon. Or you can get your lovely little behind over here and come to Blackstar with me! xx

  • Sally W

    Must check out Blackstar – sounds fab! Did you know Helen is a good friend of mine? Those journals look divine… I have stationery fetish too, I have to restrain myself from going into all those shops you mentioned 🙂

    • Carly

      You must try Blackstar – so tasty! Had no idea you and Helen were good friends until Steph told me after reading this post. Such a small world xx

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