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Making lists always seems to have a calming effect for me, even writing the all important to do list makes me feel organised and a lot less stressed every day. There are other lists I’ve made over the years that have really seemed to help with my wellbeing and how my mood is in general.

I was given the book “The 52 Lists Project” for my birthday and it’s such a wonderful idea, isn’t it strange how just writing a list can have that effect on you? When you think about it, even writing down a list of all the things you need from the supermarket can make you feel less stressed when you actually go in there, mind you I never stick to mine, so that’s probably a bad example!

There are 5 lists that I try to take the time and write down as often as I can.

Want I Want To Achieve

This can be as simple as what I want to do that day, but also my goals and hopes for the month and year, it gives me something to aim for and keeps me motivated. It helps me to prioritise areas of my life so I’m not left stressing over the important things at the last minute and reminds me to add in some fun things too.

What Makes Me Happy

This list is a great for de-stressing, It reminds me that whatever other rubbish is going on in my life or around the world there are still quite a lot of things that make me happy. I often write 3 things in my diary that have made me happy that day, no matter how small it may seem, it’s something personal to me and has put a smile on my face.

What I’m Grateful For

I can very often over look some of the good things I have in my life, I can easily sit there and list off things I wish I had or was doing, so by writing a list of things that are already in my life that I’m so grateful for can help me refocus my mind and not think about all the negative things that may be happening to me at the time.

What I like About Myself

I find this list the hardest one to write, it’s easy to list all the things I don’t like about myself, so why do I find it difficult the other way round? But when I think of at least 3 things I like about myself it gives my self esteem a real boost!

Things That Motivate Me

I’m sure the list of things that motivate me will be very similar to yours, so when I’m feeling really lazy and need a kick up the backside I’ll go straight to my list to get me going again. I also have a list of people who motivate me, the ones that believe in me and that I can achieve everything I would like to achieve in life, so I’ll turn to those people for help and advice. A certain goal I’m aiming for can also help motivate me and help me refocus with what I’m meant to be doing.

Do you like to write lists? What ones really help you to refocus in your life?

 

 

 

 

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Christmas 2016

It’s really starting to feel like Christmas now, with just over a week to go until the fun really begins and our families get together for the holidays and drive each other mad after only a few hours, but honestly I wouldn’t have it any other way!

As soon as December 1st arrived I dug out last years Christmas jumper and my decorations went up, I’ve even put a small tree in my office to make it look a bit more festive in there as this is where I spend a lot of my time.

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

I’ve finished wrapping up all of my Christmas presents, written out all the cards and queued up in the Post Office to send gifts for family and friends who live far way. This year, for close family members I decided to have some photos printed into Christmas cards. I chose four of my favourite pictures that Adrian has taken while out with his camera. The berries and robin photos were taken in our back garden, the one of the shop is a local one in town all lit up for Christmas and the deer photo was taken in the woods near to where we live. I was then able to write my own special message inside to make it a bit more personal.

At the end of November Adrian and I went into town to watch the Christmas lights switch on. It was freezing cold so I wrapped up in my thick Parka jacket, my faux fur lined boots and popped on my new woolly bobble hat, I wanted to have fun, not stand there shivering all night! It was already packed with people by the time we got there and there were plenty of stalls and entertainers to keep us all amused while we waited. The first thing I did was head to Costa and treat myself to a festive hot chocolate, like I said, I wanted to be warm. Then at 6.15pm the count down began, and on the count of one…….nothing! There was a technical glitch, whoops, luckily everyone was in good spirits so we counted down again and this time it worked. There was a local band playing all the old Christmas songs we know and love, so everyone was having a good old dance and sing along (slightly merrily and out of tune, haha!)

Dennis came along for the evening to entertain all the children and he even put his fairy lights on to get in the festive spirit!

Christmas 2016

My cousin has been staying with me for the last few weeks and we’ve generally been having a wonderful time doing loads of fun things together. We went along to a Christmas market, which really put us both in a festive mood, obviously we had to sample a few of the mince pies and a glass of mulled wine. We also paid a visit to Home Bargains so that I could pick up a few things for a Christmas get together at my house next week.  This time I bought the Wickfords Apple and Spice candle, which smells gorgeous and 100 fairy lights to hang round my living room. So that evening I sat with my feet up, eating a mince pie and watching Miracle On 34th Street while Adrian hung them up! It was the first time I’d watched this feel good Christmas film, if you’ve not seen it then I highly recommend you give it a go, you’ll love it! My cousin and I both had our eyebrows threaded ready for any photos over Christmas, plus I finally got round to having my hair trimmed and roots redone, which was long over due, luckily I’ve been able to wear a hat to hide any dark patches, hurray for hats! It’s been lovely having my cousin stay and enjoying some female company, although I’d forgotten how long she takes to get ready in the bathroom in the mornings!

I had planned on doing Blogmas, but then I got poorly with this dreaded flu like bug that’s been going around and I’d had a few personal issues to deal with so I really wasn’t able to focus on much at all. When I did start to feel better I was so far behind and couldn’t think of anything new that wasn’t being done already. I am really cross with myself as I wanted my blog to be so much better than last year as I’d only done a few posts by this point in 2015.

As well as having loads of fun over the Christmas period I will also so be taking some time to remember close members of my family who are no longer with us and after dinner on Christmas Day I’ll be raising a drink to them all.

 

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silver snowflake jewellery from jewellerybox

Are you feeling festive yet? It’s the most wonderful time of the year and definitely a time to get all the sparkles out.

Jewellerybox is an online retailer based in London and they have the most adorable festive items for you to choose from, all at affordable prices. They have wonderful bracelets, earrings, necklaces and so much more, there is literally something that will suit everyone’s style. There’s even the option of having an item personalised if you’re buying a gift for someone else.

I love adding a sparkly piece of jewellery to complete my outfit whatever the occasion but I also enjoy adding an element of fun with my accessories around Christmas time. You can imagine my excitement when I received this beautiful necklace  and cute pair of earrings from Jewellerybox. Honestly, you really will fall in love with everything on their website because I certainly did!

earings and necklace from jewellerybox.com

The first item of jewellery in my package is this sweet pair of Sterling Silver Snowflake Stud Earrings. They are so simple and delicate and I have already worn them loads this week. The earrings can be worn on their own or with the matching necklace and still look stunning. They really will add a festive touch to any outfit but I think they will still look gorgeous worn during other times of the year too.

The next item in my package is this adorable 18 inch Sterling Silver Snowflake necklace. I think it’s such a beautiful piece of jewellery. The length of the chain is just perfect and the pendant measures about 0.8 cm in height, it’s such a simple and delicate necklace, but perfect for Christmas time. Again, it can be worn on it’s own or paired with the matching earrings and still look gorgeous. I’ve worn it a few times this week and have had people comment on how pretty it is! I’m absolutely in love with this necklace, I think it’s too cute just be be worn at Christmas, don’t you?

Each piece of jewellery comes in a shabby chic style box and then each box is wrapped in brown paper and tied up with string with a little tag. I absolutely love it!

Overall, I’m really pleased with the quality of the necklace and earrings, I’ll definitely be wearing them a lot more over the coming months!

So if you’re looking for some fun, festive jewellery then I really recommend checking out jewellerybox.co.uk as they have some absolutely gorgeous pieces in stock. They would also make the perfect smaller gift for someone or a Secret Santa present, whoever receives them I’m sure will just love them as much as I do.

*This post contains PR items that have been gifted to me

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winter-haul

With Winter (and Christmas!) just around the corner I recently picked up a few little treats to make me feel a little bit more warm and cosy during the cold weather.

I’ve been super organised this year and have already bought my Christmas presents but I agreed to go shopping with my friend to help her choose gifts for people, also to stop her over spending which is not always a good idea. Instead I came home with a few replacement items and some new additions! Isn’t that just typical, never mind, we both had a fantastic day out with lots of laughs and a few cups of coffee to keep us both going!

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I don’t know about you, but socks are the one thing that seem to go walk abouts in my house, never to seen again! I think the sock devil comes in during the night and steals them so I’m left with a drawer full of odd socks.

As soon as I come home I like to snuggle up in my pyjamas and a pair of fluffy socks, especially around this time of year, so while we were in New Look I picked up 3 pairs of fun, festive socks to keep my feet warm. New Look have so many adorable socks in at the moment. I think the fluffy Father Christmas ones have to be my favourite pair.

My friend disappeared off to the changing room to try something on, I know just what you’re thinking, I was supposed to stop her over spending but what could I do, she just vanished! Anyway, I was distracted by this gorgeous pair of tartan pyjama bottoms, they feel extremely soft and have a drawstring waist which is great when you just want to be comfortable at home. I bought the pink and grey checked pair from New Look last year and  was so pleased with them, I thought I’d go for something a little different to my usual pastels and choose a more colourful option for this winter. I can tell I’m going to love wearing these.

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Staying with the warm feet theme, I’ve wanted a pair of  fun slippers for ages and used a own a pair of monster feet ones years ago, but they got worn so much they eventually fell apart and ever since then I’ve had “grown up” slippers. This pair of cute fluffy cat slippers was hanging up next to the pyjamas and I fell in love with them as soon as I saw them. I just can’t get over how soft they are and they’ll be just the perfect thing to keep my feet nice and toasty in the evenings. My cat’s not very impressed with them though!

Next we went into Home Bargains, now I love shopping in this store and have been known to spend hours in there eyeing up all their cute homeware and stationery items. I usually come out with far too much stuff but for once I only bought two things, yay well done to me!

I have a large collection of hats but I picked up this neutral coloured, thick woolly bobble hat to keep my head warm when I’m out for a weekend stroll, it almost matches a woolly scarf that I already own so they’ll both look perfect with my thick parka jacket and boots, and keep me nice and snug.

Of course I couldn’t come home without picking up this large Mulled Wine candle in a glass jar, it smells absolutely divine. I already have a couple of these in different fragrances and for the price I think they are pretty amazing. The mulled wine candle will make my room smell so wonderful throughout December.

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During my shopping trip I also picked up a couple more candles to add to my collection as I love burning them in the evening, it creates a certain ambiance in the room and really does make me feel warm and cosy. The mini Cinnamon Spice candle smells amazing and reminds me of my kitchen after I’ve been baking cakes, so you can imagine how much I love the smell of this candle. The Christmas Spice candle not only smells gorgeous, with more of a warm spicy smell rather than a sweet fragrance, but comes  in a deep red class jar and when the candle is lit it creates beautiful patterns around the room. I think this one will be seeing a lot of use when I’m enjoying a nice relaxing bath on a Winter pamper night!

I hope you enjoyed seeing everything that I picked up during my recent Mini Autumn/Winter Haul. Let me know what items you’ve bought lately.

 

Pyjama bottoms New Look £12.99

Santa Socks New Look  £3.99

Gingerbread Men socks New Look £2.49

Penguin socks New Look £2.49

Cat Slippers ~ New Look  £14.99

Bobble Hat ~ Home Bargains £4.99

Mulled Wine candle ~ Home Bargains £2.99

Cinnamon Spice candle ~ Wilko £1.00

Christmas Spice candle ~ Sainsbury’s £5.00

 

 

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Long before I started writing my own blog I’d always taken some time to read other peoples posts, some of which finally gave me the extra push I needed to start doing it for myself, and even now I try to read as many as I can. Some blog posts have made me laugh so much I’ve nearly had an accident or cry because I’ve felt the emotion in the writer’s story, some have really inspired me and some have even made me rush out to buy the particular product the blogger happens to be reviewing!

Every month I’ve written a Monthly Favourites post, which mainly features beauty items, but I’ve never written about certain blog posts that I’ve enjoyed reading. I’ve been lucky enough to have some bloggers mention me in their posts, which has really made my day, so I thought it was about time I showed some love back and featured 10 Favourite Blog Posts that I’ve recently enjoyed.

Jemma’s Ultimate Guide to Blogging was such a fantastic post with some amazing tips and bits of advice on being a blogger. She has almost 5 years experience and really knows her stuff, so if you’re thinking of starting your own blog or you’re already running one but need some new ideas, it’s definitely worth giving Jemma’s post a read.

Katy’s 126 Good Things That Happened This Week was pure genius, she asked all her followers on Twitter and Facebook to name one good thing that happened to THEM that week and then wrote them all in one amazing post, it’s a happy post with a twist!

Jade’s Luxury Christmas Soaps From The English Soap Company is a fabulous post about these gorgeous festive soaps from a company that has been around for many years. If you’re in need of a a gift idea then why not check out Jade’s post for inspiration. Her photos are just adorable!

Aine’s Winter Pamper Evening features some great products just in time for getting your body ready for the party season or just for that perfect cosy pamper night for one!

Saira’s Why Winter Is The Best Season really made me smile. I’m not normally a Winter person but after reading this post it made me realise that there are a lot of wonderful things to be happy about during Winter!

Holly’s All The Fun At The Fair features the prettiest eyeshadow palette from Sleek. So if you love wearing colourful eye makeup or want to start experimenting then check Holly’s great review.

Katie’s How I Improved My Photography post is full of some amazing tips on taking that perfect photo. Whether you’re someone who’s just starting out or you’re aiming to make your photos just that little bit better, head over to Katie’s post where she shows how her photos used to look like compared to how fabulous they are now, and what she did did to improve them.

Tania’s Winter Wishlist has some cute things if you’re looking for gift ideas or just want to have a little treat yourself to make Winter that bit more cosy. It was after reading this post that I parted with my cash and ending up buying a bobble hat, woops!

Amie’s It’s Okay not to Be Okay  post is a very well written post explaining that whatever emotional roller coaster you’re on right now, it’s perfectly okay and you’re still an amazing person. Give it a read, and I can assure you, you’ll feel a lot better about yourself.

Tanya’s Be At One Cocktail Masterclass looked absolutely amazing! I love being nosy and seeing what people get up to and it looks like Tanya and Nick had a wonderful time trying out quite a few different cocktails!

Of course there are so many amazing blog posts out there that I’ve absolutely loved reading and these are just a small handful of my favourite ones, I’d loved to have featured more but this post would have probably been the longest I’ve ever written! I also love discovering new blogs to read and try to keep up to date with whats around in the blogging community. Now with Christmas fast approaching I shall be keeping an extra special look out as I’m aiming to write another one of these featuring some of the amazing festive blog posts that I’ve enjoyed reading, which I’m really looking forward to doing!

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