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1 February 2015

A Round Up Of January

I can't believe January is over already! It seems to have flown by in a whirlwind with so much going on the days felt like they were just an hour long. I don't think I've stopped all month!

I've decided to make this a permanent fixture, a review of each month. So that in years to come I can pop back and see what I was doing January 3 years ago, I just thought it would be a nice way to remember the big and little things I have done.

So here we go, the first instalment- January. I kicked off the year fantastically, I graduated from University, one of my proudest moments so far and the best way to kick off 2015. We celebrated with plenty of food and drink and watched the DVD over and over again. It's fair to say I made the most of it.

I managed to get a fair few blog posts up this January too, trying to keep my  new years resolutions in check. Talking about resolutions I am getting closer to one of them- buying our first house! We have been working and saving hard and actually have been approved for a mortgage! So let the house hunting commence- I'm unbelievably excited and can't stop looking at interior décor and furniture. I'm excited about silly little things like being able to lounge in the bath without anyone needing the toilet or baking new recipes in our new kitchen. I'm sure these feelings will pass after a few months but for now I'm glad to be excited and making progress in the right direction!

Another resolution that I've been happy to stick to is spending more time with my family. Me and My Dad love going on walks and have managed to make time in our busy schedules to walk the dog together. I love this resolution and really enjoy sticking to it. My family is important to me and what with me potentially moving out this year I want to cram in as much  time with them as I can.

I've also kept up with my driving lessons, which I wish I had done when I was 17. If I could turn back the clock and kick my 17 year old self who thought that it was more important to use her money to buy clothes rather than drive then I would give myself a good whack. I hate not having the freedom to travel as I wish and having a car would be so much easier. I'm determined by the end of this year to have passed. I will keep you posted.

So there we have it- my very hectic yet special January. Here's to February, let it be just as crazy and whirl wind.


2 January 2015

A look back at 2014 and My Resolutions.

2014 was one of those odd years with plenty of highs and a few lows. The year started with me finishing university after a long hard slog and plenty of shed tears. Whilst I enjoyed my time at university I'm glad that I've finished and my graduation is in a few weeks!

I got to travel, a lot. We went backpacking all over Europe and saw some spectacular sights. It was the high light of my year, we've always wanted to travel and getting to fulfil it was extraordinary. We went from Paris all the way to Amsterdam, going through plenty of countries as we went.

My other half's parents got re-married which was lovely to see, a family back together again. I also went to my first ever blogger meet up which was amazing and I hope to go to many more in the future.

I have been battling a few personal demons, I have developed a nasty habit of worrying, particularly at night. I worry about everything from; what happened in the day or if I've said something wrong, what people think of me, choices I've made etc. I am working hard to resolve this but it has drawn from another demon which is my urge to check everything. Plug sockets, doors, straighteners, heaters, the oven. I have a persistent need, or rather urge, to check they are off or locked. I'm not talking your normal quick check, it can be 4+ checks of the same thing before I leave the house, if I don't do it I feel anxious and on edge. This is another issue I'm hoping to address this new year.

Overall though 2014 has been pretty good to me. I hope that 2015 will be just as good, if not better.

So here are my resolutions for 2015:

- Worry less.
- Spend more time with family & friends
- spend less and save more for our future
- Find out what I want to do
-Live for the moment
- Try something new
- Buy our first house.

What are your 2015 resolutions?

31 December 2014

What I Got For Christmas 2014

Another Christmas has passed and as I write this on NYE we are planning what the next year has in store for us, be it to do exactly the same as this year or to make some changes. Every new year brings food for thought, I personally think 2015 will be a big change for me as I have some big plans coming up.

I'm quite a nosey person and therefore love these types of posts/videos. I love to see what people have got for Christmas, and if I have any money leftover I often make a few sneaky purchases based on them! This isn't a braggy post, just one I personally like to read and thought I would do my own. I was pretty spoilt this year, and it's mainly because this is potentially my last Christmas in my family home as (all fingers crossed) we are hoping to buy our own house sometime in the New Year.

I decided to split it up into categories so you can skip the ones you aren't that interested in! So lets begin.

 Home Décor:

Iron (From my Grandma!)
Egg Storage House
To-do list notepad
Scented candles
Bedside clock
Owl Door Stop
Next we have Fragrance and Bath products:

Soap & Glory 'Think Pamper' Set
Lush 'Celebrate' Set
No 7 Cleansing kit
L'Oreal Post Party cleansing kit
Beauty :

Real Techniques Nicks Picks set
Real Techniques Travel set
Real Techniques Complete eye set
St Moriz fake tanning kit
No7 Neutral Palette
Studio Lipgloss and Nail duo
Make-up Revolution Kit
Sleek Blush Trio
Mac Lipstick in 'Crème in your coffee''
Metallic Nail Varnish set

Sex in the City 'Kiss' Perfume gift set
Katy Perry 'Killer Queen' Gift set
Next 'Just Pink' Perfume and body spray

Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Photography (I love travelling!)
How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are (I equally love Paris!)

Pink Primark Make-up Bag
Ted Baker Make-up Bag
Primark circle necklace
Select silver key necklace
H&M Necklace and Earrings set
Pandora Ring
Jewellery box
Clothes and Accessories:

Primark Bag & Purse
Lots of clothes!
New Look Boots
Michael Kors Hat and Scarf set
DKNY Dressing Gown
Pug Slippers
Last but not least, Christmas wouldn't be complete without getting Food & Drink :

Hot Chocolate set
Thornton's Classics
Quarter of alcohol.
There we have it a peak into what I got this Christmas, it goes without saying that I am incredibly grateful for everything I received this year, all of my gifts are amazing and I'm very lucky to have friends and family who know me so well! The best part of my Christmas this year though was getting to share it with all the people I love, whilst presents are nice, there's nothing better than having a game of monopoly whilst listening to some festive music with my family.
I hope you all had a Fantastic Christmas


29 December 2014

Lifestyle | Christmas With Me

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas, I had taken a little bloggers break this year just to take time to spend the festive week with my nearest and dearest. I'm back now with a little peak into how I spent Christmas this year.

It was a small affair but none the less lovely. We woke early Christmas morning and raced downstairs to open our gifts (What I got for Christmas post coming soon!), once we had opened all of ours it was the animals turn to open there's! Tilly (our dog) has never been so excited, she was thrilled with her toys and spoilt for choice as to what to play with first!

Once the excitement of opening our gifts had subsided a little we settled down for breakfast whilst organising the table and starting the dinner preparations. I love the smell of Christmas dinner cooking, the pans bubbling away and festive music playing in the background. It's my favourite part of the day.

My Dad made his scrumptious home made Yorkshire puddings and put on lashings of gravy, as you can see! I had the vegetarian version of our Christmas dinner (I didn't get a photo of mine!) and it was delicious! After we had stuffed ourselves silly we had a little relax, I read my new book and my Dad had Top of the Pops on the T.V.

Tilly was that exhausted from all of the excitement that she buried herself in her blankets before having a nap.

Some hours later we rallied ourselves round and set off for a post-dinner walk. The sunset was beautiful and I just had to stop and admire it. We ambled on for a while pottering over the fields trying to work off the huge amount we had just eaten before making our way back home.

Once we were back we cracked open the nibbles and sat down for an intense game of monopoly! I was terrible at it and ended up bankrupt not too far in to the game..oops!

There we have a peak into my cosy quiet Christmas.

Hope you all had a good Christmas!

8 December 2014

Lifestyle | We Celebrated 6 Years

Friday 5th of December was a very special day for us, it marked the fact that me and my other half had been a couple for 6 years! We met back in school, went to prom together and here we are now.

I don't want to over personalise this post, but we have had some amazing memories these past years and what better way to celebrate than go for a meal and chat about them all?!

pizza express

We went for a personal favourite of ours, Pizza Express, and devoured 3 courses each! and a few cheeky drinks. We munched our food and whiled away the evening chatting about the past and our future escapades.

We both had starters, Pizza for main and a dessert! The desserts were scrumptious, both of us went for a chocolate option. I had gooey chocolate brownies and he opted for a sweet chocolate log.

After we had eaten our fill, and boy had we! We pottered off home to settle down in front of the T.V. A perfect evening.