Wednesday, 7 December 2016

A Festive Bucket List

The month of december always seems to go by so ridiculously fast and before I know it, christmas is over and everyone's already gearing up for the new year. I really want to make the most of christmas this year so I thought it would be nice to make a little list of all the festive themed things I want to do in the coming month!

GO TO THE MANCHESTER CHRISTMAS MARKETS
Every year myself and my friend Tegan take a trip to visit the christmas markets in the town centre and it's one of my favourite days of the year. We have a wander around all the stalls, eat one of the famous german sausages and if I'm feeling adventurous I might sample some of the mulled wine. It's such a wonderful day out!

TRY A FESTIVE THEMED COSTA DRINK
I have yet to try any of the drinks that costa or starbucks bring out around christmas time, even though everybody absolutely loves them. Costa apparently do a Lindt hot chocolate which sounds bloomin' delicious so I definitely want to sample that!

PLAY CHRISTMAS SONGS IN THE CAR NON-STOP
I've already started doing this and I'm already driving my family insane with it!

HAVE A CHRISTMAS NIGHT IN WITH THE GIRLS
Nothing beats getting a few of your closest friends together and cosying up with christmas films, hot chocolates and lengthy chats!

SPEND AN EVENING WATCHING CHRISTMAS FILMS AT MY SISTERS
I've been pestering my sister for weeks now saying I want to have a film night at her flat and finally this week it's happening. We're going to have a day of christmas shopping and then have a nice chilled evening watching some festive films!

DO SECRET SANTA WITH MY UNI FRIENDS
I have never taken part in a secret santa before but this year myself and a few friends from uni all decided it would be easier and more fun to do this rather than buying everyone individual presents! I already know what I'm getting my secret santa and I'm so excited to exchange gifts with them all!

BUY A NEW OUTFIT FOR CHRISTMAS DAY
I always opt for a ridiculously festive christmas jumper to wear on christmas day but all of the ones I currently own are quite old and weathered so I definitely think it's time to invest in a new one! 

FILL THE COFFEE TABLE BOWL WITH CHOCOLATES
I think this one might have to wait until a week or so before christmas day, otherwise I'm just going to be stuffing myself with chocolates non-stop. I love the idea of buying those big boxes of celebrations and quality street and just emptying them all into a massive bowl on the coffee table!

TRY MINCE PIES FOR THE FIRST TIME
For some reason, at some point in my life I seem to have just decided that I don't like mince pies... but I've never actually tried them! When I was younger I used to think the filling was actually meat and not fruit which I think always put me off, but my mum always has mince pies in the house over christmas so I think this year is the year I finally try them!

SPEND EVENINGS IN WITH THE FAMILY
I am always an evening in kind of girl but it just becomes so much more special around this time of the year and one my favourite things to do is have evenings in watching films or playing board games with my family. Even though it is the party season, I would always choose an evening in over a night out! 


What are some of the things you want to do this christmas?
xxx

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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Christmas Haul

It's christmas!!! 
The tree is up, the gingerbread candles are out, the christmas songs are on repeat and I am so ready for all things christmas. I plan to make the most of christmas this year and soak up a much of the festivities as I can, so of course I went on a little shopping trip and stocked up on all things christmas related! It seemed only right to kick off a month of festive themed posts with a christmas haul!

CHRISTMAS BUNTING
This was only around £2 or £3 and I absolutely love it. It's currently hanging over my window and it looks so cosy and christmassy! 

CHERRY BAUBLE
Me and my mum were looking for some new different baubles to hang on the tree and we really liked this cute set of cherries. They look really good on the tree and the bright red colour really stands out!

CHRISTMAS MUG
I definitely didn't need another mug but I just couldn't resist! This was from Home Bargains and was only something like £1.50, how could I say no?! I plan on making numerous hot chocolates in this over the coming month! 

GINGERBREAD SOCKS
Again, these were something I definitely didn't need but just couldn't resist. They're just so gosh darn cute!

GOLD BAUBLE
This was actually my mums purchase! She really wanted a nice new bauble to add to our collection and spotted this one in our local garden centre. I really like this and it looks so nice on the tree when the fairy lights reflect in the glitter!

FAIRY LIGHTS
It just isn't christmas without fairy lights. These are currently draped over the top of my bookcase and they look so good I might just end up leaving them there all year!

CANDLES
We always have two red candles on either side of our fireplace surrounded by these gorgeous little wreaths so it was time to stock up! My fireplace is definitely one of my favourites things at christmas, it just looks so cosy and wonderful.

CHRISTMAS FILMS
I was actually quite shocked the other day when I went through my christmas dvd collection and noticed I barely had any! I think I must have just always watched them on tv but I decided it was definitely time to invest in some dvds! Home Bargains had lots of christmas films for £3 each so I stocked up on Arthur Christmas, Home Alone, Elf and The Polar Express! I cannot wait to get cosy in front of the tv!

What christmassy things have you bought recently?
xxx

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

November Roundup | 2016

It's less than a month until christmas and I am so ready for all things festive! I plan to make the most of christmas this year and hopefully end this year on a positive note!

BOOKS
This month I finished the second book in the Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman, Knife Edge and am now on to the third book Checkmate! I don't think I'm going to finish the entire series in time to read a christmas book but that's okay, I'll still have completed another of my reading goals!

BEAUTY/SKINCARE
I'm back on Roaccutane now so my skin has been pretty bad for the past month and I've had to be quite sensitive with the products I'm using. I'm thinking about doing an update post on how the Roaccutane is going and what side effects I experience so that might be up on the blog at some point!

MUSIC
I've been loving Louisa Johnson's song 'So Good' this month, it's been on repeat quite often! Aside from that I haven't really been listening to that much new music, deadlines have kind of taken over most of my time!

FILMS
I watched Ice Princess this month, which was one of my absolute favourite films when I was a teenager. It's about this girl who starts to study figure skating for her physics project and ends up training to complete as a figure skating champion. It's just bloomin' wonderful and makes me wish I was an ice skater. I actually became a tad bit obsessed with this film when I was younger and spent so many of my weekends going to the ice skating rink. My mum even bought me my own pair of ice skates, that's how obsessed I was!

LIFE
The first half of this month was completely taken over by university deadlines. November always brings with it the first lot of assessments but even though it was stressful I'm hoping I did okay. My grades actually count towards my degree this year so I need to make sure I'm doing okay! 
Then it was my birthday and I turned 22! I wrote a post on how my birthday shenanigans went which you can read HERE, but 2016 is just out to get me and I ended up being ridiculously ill on my birthday and had to cancel all my plans! Luckily I managed to reschedule with a few people for the weekend after so it was all good. The rest of this month has just been spent trying to organise things and prepare for december and christmas! I have another deadline in a few weeks so university will probably end up taking over again soon!

GOALS
I went round to my grans the other day and she had stitched together all of the pieces I've been knitting for the quilt and it looked so good! I'm so happy with the way it's coming along and I can't wait to get it finished!

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Birthday Lush Haul

For my birthday, I received a heck of a lot of lush products! Until recently, I had only ever used a few skincare products from Lush and was a complete newbie when it came to the bath bombs. I finally decided to pick up some bath products to try and oh my goodness I'm obsessed. How have I never had Lush bath bombs before?! I now cannot have a bath without using one of their bath bombs so my family and friends decided I needed to stock up and treated me to some goodies!

MAGIC WAND SOAP
I am definitely a soap person over shower gel so when I found this soap bar in my gifts I got very excited to try it! This contains charcoal and olive oil and smells like oranges. It's a pretty decent size as well so I can see this lasting me quite a while!

CANDY MOUNTAIN BUBBLE BAR
Oh my goodness this smells bloomin' incredible. This is definitely one of my favourite scents from Lush! I've already used this and I absolutely loved it. It smells like sugary sweet candy floss and gave such amazing amazing bubbles!

STAR DUST BATH BOMB
This contains vanilla, rosewood and bergamot and smells incredible. I can definitely pick out the vanilla and apparently this turns your water bright blue which I love!

NORTHERN LIGHTS BATH BOMB
I've wanted to try this for so long! This includes jasmine and ylang ylang, which I know my mum is going to love, but for this I'm more interested in the colours. I feel like this is going to be one of the more interesting bath bombs and I'm so excited to use it!

ICKLE BABY BOT BATH BOMB
This one smells like lavender and sounds like it's going to be such a relaxing bath bomb. I'll probably use this one in a quick calming bath just before bed whilst reading a few chapters of my book!

FROZEN BATH BOMB
This smells amazing! It contains grapefruit and rose oil and is apparently filled with glitter which I'm so excited for!

LORD OF MISRULE BATH BOMB
This is apparently part of the Christmas range and it looks so good! It starts off green and then turns pink and also apparently contains popping candy and black pepper oil so I think I might be saving this as a christmas eve bath bomb!

SO WHITE BATH BOMB
I've used this one before and I absolutely love it! This turns your bath water bright green and smells like apples. It's amazing! Also, bonus points to Lush for a disney princess themed bath bomb!

FIZZBANGER BATH BOMB
This is described as smelling first like a citrussy apple and then a cinnamon apple pie and if that doesn't sound absolutely incredible then I don't know what will. It also contains an ingredient called Petitgrain Oil which is said to calm breathing and soothe feelings of anxiety which is definitely something I'm going to be making use of!

What are your favourite products from Lush?
xxx

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Sunday, 20 November 2016

I Turned 22

Last weekend, on November 12th, I turned 22! 
This was the first birthday that I've genuinely been like... oh my gosh, I'm growing up, I'm getting old, omg omg omg. I decided I didn't really want to go crazy with the celebrations this year so I decided to just get some close friends together and have a nice meal and some drinks in a local pub, and have quite a chilled relaxed evening. Turns out that didn't quite go to plan! I ended up catching some sort of stomach bug and being super ill all evening so I unfortunately had to cancel my birthday celebrations! I managed to sort myself out for the next day and go out for some food with the family but I was still gutted I didn't get to celebrate with my friends. Luckily, most of them were available this weekend so last night I had a few people round at mine for some drinks, pizza and board games and it was such a fun night. I haven't laughed that much for a long time so I really enjoyed spending time with some awesome people and just enjoying myself!
I got book vouchers, cosy clothes and a heck of a lot of lush products, my family and friends always know what kinds of things I'll love! I also got this ridiculously stunning silver bracelet that my two of my friends had engraved with the word 'ohana' from Lilo and Stich and I cannot even express how much I love it. When they gave it to me and I saw what it said I just burst into tears because it meant so much!
Even though I was ill and I'm not happy about getting older I really had such a lovely birthday and I can't thank my family and friends enough for how amazing they all are! I'm so thankful to have them all in my life and I had such a lovely time!
xxx

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