christmas tree

 

I wanted to do a little life update post, so I’m sat on a Sunday morning with a cup of tea (Dan actually brought me breakfast in bed this morning, granted I did ask him but it’s appreciated nonetheless…) and ready to chat to you guys.

 

BLOG

I’ve been blogging every other day for probably the last 6 months, and I’m still enjoying it so much. It means some weeks there are 3 posts, and others there are 4, so it feels manageable for me to maintain, although if I ever start to run out of content ideas I might have to scale it back! I can’t say I’m worried about this at the moment, but it is in the back of my mind.

I love writing about a variety of different topics, all things that I’m passionate about of course. It keeps it fresh and not boring. At least I think so anyway so hopefully you agree!

 

LIFE

This year has been filled with a few ups and downs, and I feel like it’s been a year of challenges for me. Planning a wedding, dealing with difficult people, and having a tough summer all took a toll on me, but I’m thankful that this year has also seen some wonderful moments too such as moving in to our own place together and doing new things that I would never of dreamed of being able to do to, like going to a blogging event alone and driving (part-way) to Edinburgh.

 

CHRISTMAS

I’m so excited for our first Christmas together in our own home. By the time you read this the tree will already be up, and that excites me majorly. I’m also documenting my December on my Youtube Channel where I’ll be uploading lots of vlogmas videos on what we get up to this month so please subscribe if that sounds interesting to you, I would really appreciate it.

 

NEW YEAR

This New Year we will be visiting my sister and brother in law who are staying in Aberdeen. We are going to stop overnight in Edinburgh, which I’m so excited to re-visit as it is one of my favourite places, then heading up to Aberden to ring in the New Year with family. I’m not sure of the exact things we will be doing, but I’m looking forward to spending some sister time together and also exploring a new city.

 

What are your Christmas and New Year plans?

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Welcome back!

If you missed my last two posts of this series, I’ll link them here, here and here. And for today’s edition, since everybody is getting in the festive spirit (myself included), I thought I’d do a version on giving back this Christmas.

 

1. GIVE AWAY YOUR OLD CLOTHES TO CHARITY

One of my favourite ways to spend an afternoon is going through my wardrobe, and getting rid of all the things I’ve bought but never ended up wearing (don’t tell me this isn’t a good way to spend my time!). De-cluttering always leaves you feeling *red sassy girl emoji* and I always feel a bit lighter mentally too. The charity we give to as a family even sends us a letter saying how much they’ve raised out of the clothes we’ve given them.

 

2. TIP YOUR SPARE CHANGE

Whenever I’ve done a quick food shop and have lots of left-over 10 and 20p’s, I always look for a change box to pop them into it. It really annoys me when I can’t find one! The way I see it, I sure won’t miss the odd few pound here and there, and I would really like it to help out others that are in a less fortunate place than I am. This one is super easy to do, so there’s really no excuse!

 

3. TREAT A SPECIAL SOMEONE

Our auntie regularly looks after Harvey if we ever go on holiday or away, so I like to pick her up a bunch of flowers when I’m collecting him. I know it will really brighten her day, but if they don’t like flowers you can always send a card or a nice box of chocolates to let them know you really appreciate them and what they do for you. It’s kind to be kind.

 

4. SUPERMARKET SHOP

Whenever I pop to the local shop for some bits I always see the trolley donation at the front where you can pay for a few goodies at the till, and donate them to people who really need them and food banks. This is something I really want to start doing and it’s so easy too.

 

5. MAKE A CARE PACKAGE

Christmas is a tough time for some people who may not have the company we luckily do, and making a care package would be a lovely thing for someone to receive to let them know you’re thinking about them. This year my mum and stepdad have made care packages for children in other countries with a charity, which is definitely something I want to do myself next year and I think it’s such a lovely thing to make time for.

 

Will you be doing any of these this Christmas season?

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I know that title is maybe not what you expected me to say, after-all I am the girl who writes about her feelings constantly, and loves to share the real parts of everyday life with you lot.

But sometimes, you don’t have to write about it.

There’s certain situations in my life that I know I will never write about, for various reasons. They involve other family members that I wouldn’t see fair to divulge information about, some things just feel a bit too close to home to, and other stuff I simply haven’t worked out myself yet, so I can’t offer any words of advice or anyone else.

I had quite a triggered moment the other day, and my first thought was to write a post about it and see if that lightens the load that it brought me. But some thing just felt a little ‘off’, it didn’t feel quite right to talk about it in words on a page which will stay on my blog forever. As much as I want to share my life online, (LINK) I would never post anything that goes against my gut instinct. That’s just the way I work and my compass for what to post.

Instead, I rolled out my yoga mat, put on my favourite songs and worked it out by myself, moving my body in ways I needed and soothing my soul with words that comfort me. I let myself think and feel without judgement, and without the need for a conclusion.

I felt so much calmer afterwards, and I still had that feeling of relieve that I get when I’ve wrote something down.

Do you think theres some things you don’t have to write about, what would you do instead? 

 

 

This is actually my first Christmas Gift Guide I’ve ever done on my blog, so I’m so excited to share some present ideas with you! Shopping for Christmas presents is definitely one of my favourite things about this time of year, and I love giving someone a present that I know they’re gonna adore!

Not to blow my own trumpet here, but I think I’m a pretty good present-buyer, well, that’s what my family tell me and I choose to believe them. I’ve narrowed it down to each individual to make things a bit easier to follow, so lets go..

 

MUM

My mum is pretty hard at thinking of presents for. She knows what she likes, and I always want to get her something that she can use for a bit of self-care time, as she never gets any. This year L’Occitane have the perfect gift for any beauty lover, the L’Occitane Advent Calendar* . It retails for £49 but the contents inside are worth £87.00, can you imagine getting 24 goodies for Christmas? Their scents are always divine, so hurry and get your hands on this one fast before they run out of stock!

 

DAD

My Dad is actually, not that bad to buy for. He has certain shops that he really likes, Jeff Banks, for example, so I know that anything from there will usually go down a treat. Last year I picked him up an Amazon Fire Stick so he could watch some TV shows that aren’t on ‘normal’ TV and he really loves it! Definitely a good present if your dad likes his TV shows. If not, there’s always socks and scarves?

 

BOYFRIEND/BROTHER

I find Dan (the BF) pretty hard to buy for but I like to think he’s been happy with the stuff I’ve got him in the past. I’ve got him a few new shirts that went down really well, and sometimes I even ask him if there’s anything he wants if I’m in a pickle. I also rely on Not On The High Street for unique little presents that are a bit quirkier.

 

SISTER/GIRLFRIEND

My sister is the easiest person ever to buy for. Which is both a good thing, because I have all her presents before December, but then lol, bank balance is not having a fun time. I’m not sure if it’s because we both like the same things, or the fact that I’ve known her ever since I’ve been alive. We both adore anything from Anthropologie, and in the past have got each other tickets to Taylor Swift or Little Mix concerts. Plus, that way we get in some extra sister time too! Bonus.

 

 

Present Buying Tips

  • Start early. That way you’re not panic buying, and spending more money than you actually need to. It will also be a lot less stressful!
  • Make a list. Don’t be distracted and hunt down only what is on it!
  • Throughout the year, I always make a note in my phone of ideas when a family member has mentioned something they’ve seen. That way when it comes to December you have some an idea of where to start buying.
  • There are some great DIY ideas if you’re on a budget this year. Pinterest is usually the best place to have a gander at.

 

*this post was sponsored by L’Occitane.

Have you started Christmas shopping yet?

 

I can’t believe it’s time for the another instalment of my favourite moments of the month! November seems to of flown by, and I’m so excited for my favourite month EVER to arrive!

 

BONFIRE NIGHT

We started this month by going to a local bonfire, which I always love to go to! This year we experimented by going to a new one that even had a live music set, and although there was a bit of a mishap with the fireworks, thankfully no-one was hurt and we had a good time. Plus it also got me obsessed with jacket potatoes and beans, which has now become a super comforting meal for me!

 

LITTLE MIX

I booked my sister Little Mix tickets for her Christmas present last year, so it’s safe to say we were both happy to see the time finally come around. They were *awesome*, complete girl goals! They’ve released such good tunes that you spend the whole night up dancing and singing till your hearts content. Fab.

 

WEDDING INVITES

This month we decided it was about time to get a ol’ move on and post out the day wedding invitations (will post the evening ones out in the New Year I reckon). I actually felt so relieved when we sent them out, and it did feel like some of the pressure had been lifted. We’re both quite chilled and not the most organised of people, so I’m proud of us for getting them out of the way before the end of the year.

 

CHARLOTTE TILBURY

One of my stand-out moments of probably my entire YEAR has to be receiving a package from the Charlotte Tilbury team. It was such a massive moment for me and I feel so proud of myself and this blog. I’ve only ever been able to try a few of her things before, so it’s such a treat to be able to try out some of the most popular items. I wrote a post here about the products if you want a nosey.

 

GETTING CHRISTMASSY

The day you’re reading this will be my first day of filming for Vlogmas on my Youtube Channel! I’m so excited and really starting to get in the festive spirit. We even saw reindeers last night at our town’s local light switch on and they were so adorable. I’ve also made quite a dent in my Christmas shopping too which feels good.

 

How’s your month been? Any favourite moments?