Thrifty Wife, Hearty Life | 5 under £5 (October)

With seasonal changes comes a desire to de-clutter and then buy new things to update the home…at least this is how it works for me anyway. I love to get the odd little thing to freshen up corners of my home and my 5 things this month are all very reflective of this as we enter Autumn.


When I think of Autumn I think of smells like cinnamon and ginger, and as I was taking my weekly stroll through Home Bargains last week the air was rich in these scents and I had to have them in my home. After some wandering I hunted down a Gingerbread Candle and an Cinnamon & Apple one, each 69p so I had them both. I have them lit most days and I love the sweet smells they give off; they make me feel toasty inside and dream of crisp evening walks returning home for hot chocolate and a sneaky biscuit…I love candles like this at this time of year.


Next up are a few things I picked up in Ikea. We have been trying to spruce up the kitchen as it hasn’t been done since we moved in and a I was there looking for inspiration and checking out cupboard doors (which were no good for us), I spotted this magnificent postcard which I had to have… doesn’t it just sum life? I love it and have it in my kitchen… It was £1  or £1.50 with a few others inside the pack and then the frame again was only about £1/£1.50. I can’t remember the exact prices of each but I do know I thought it was a bargain for a framed pic for under £3 (never mind 5).  Life to me really is a big massive adventure.


Whilst there I also got these glasses that I have been eyeing up for probably a good year or so. I first saw them on Becky’s blog @Pinkscharming and thought they were fab. They were 50p each so of course I bought 6!


Finally I had a love at first sight moment with this mug in Asda…the colours are very seasonal and I love the retro feel to it. I think one day I will take inspiration from it for the decor of one my rooms because its just so cool. It was only£1.50 and whilst I contemplated buying another 5 or 6 I decided a one off original was good enough!


Autumn is usually such a tough time of year, I guess from September really as there are a lot of reminders of 2014 and loosing Poppy. It was always my favourite time of year until that point (for so many reasons), but loosing a child tarnished that for me and I wondered if id ever be excited about it again. Well I can say that yes I am, in small ways these items that I love not only spruce up my home at the beginning of a new season, but they represent that I can once again have autumnal things around without them making me too emotional because there is no way last year I would have wanted orange tones on things or candles smelling of baked goods but now I bought them happily and to me that’s huge!

Linking up with Julia @Rainbeaubelle for #5under5


  1. October 5, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    You can’t beat a trip to Ikea can you, I love the flamingo glass! I have to say, I have a feeling my friend has bought me one of those mugs, she has been raving about them and hinted one was coming my way, yay! Thanks so much for joining in x
    Julia @ Rainbeaubelle recently posted…Five under £5 for OctoberMy Profile

  2. October 6, 2016 / 6:02 pm

    oh some gorgeous autumn items, love them candles, such bargains X #fiveunder5

  3. October 7, 2016 / 1:20 pm

    Ah I like that you are starting to feel more Autumnal Mary, nice to treat yourself to little things at a difficult time of year. I was momentarily distracted by your lovely blog design, it looks ace!! I end up getting so many mugs from Asda, they have the cutest designs, I’m going to look out for these and can already tell my husband will be rolling his eyes 🙂 xx
    Hayley Smith recently posted…Five Under £5 OctoberMy Profile

  4. October 10, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    Everything you have put on is something I would buy, I have been admiring those cups, I have those glasses and I am a candle addict when it comes to Autumn. I am glad that you are starting to be able to enjoy Autumn again #fiveunder5
    Emma recently posted…Five things under £5 October 2016My Profile

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