Happy New Year - My Goals for 2015

It is hard to believe we are already coming to the end of another year, 2014 has been full of so many highs, lows and changes for me, especially the new and wonderful adventure of university and starting this little blog to share my thoughts and feelings. I am not normally one for making new year's resolutions but I thought that I would look ahead this year and set some goals to get the most out of 2015!

Rediscover myself

Predictable, I know but this year I just really want to work on just being myself. I have spent far too long trying to be someone that I'm not for people to like me or just to 'fit in'. I have realised that this does nothing but help you to lose one of the most important things you have, a personality, the thing that gives a sense of who you really are. The world would be an incredibly boring place if everyone had the same opinions, sense of style or personality.. This is why I want to be one of those people who is not afraid to stand out from the crowd, have my own views and start doing more things that make me happy. I also aim to take life a lot less seriously and overcome the fear of leaving my comfort zone, start trying out new foods, visiting places that I have never been before and branch out my social circle to get the most out of life.

Improve as a blogger

2015 is most definitely going to be the year of the blogger, so my goal is for this to be the year for me to improve and grow as a blogger, becoming a bigger part of the blogging community, One of the main improvements I want to make is getting across more of my personality in blog posts to make them more relate-able to others, while enhancing the quality and length of the content. Also I plan to try my best to be more creative when posting, you see so many blog posts on the same sort of topics, which is fine, but I think really pushing the boundaries and being more original would take my content to the next level, it is always so much more enjoyable reading a blog post when people have a passion for what they are writing about. I love the photography aspect of blogging, there is such a satisfying feeling involved with taking a picture that you are proud of and incorporating that into your post, but I really want to develop my skills in this area as I am still a bit of a beginner when it comes to capturing that perfect moment on camera.

For me blogging isn't really all about the followers, I find it a great escape from everyday life to lose yourself writing about something that makes you happy and sharing it with others. Meeting new people and sharing bits of my life with people that are genuinely interested are one of my favourite parts of blogging, people actually following and reading my blog is just an amazing bonus!

Start a travelling adventure

I have had this underlying feeling of wanderlust for a long time now which sadly I haven't had the time or money to satisfy. It is also quite exciting that this year is my 21st birthday (wow so old!) and although I don't act or feel that old, I feel that it is the perfect time to plan a travelling trip to experience a bit of the world for myself. My long term goal is to spend my life seeing as much of the world as I can and experience the many different cultures, but top of my list right now is most definitely visiting some of the amazing cities in Italy.

Become more organised

Somehow I think that this will be the one I am most likely to fail, being that I am probably the most unorganised person on the planet and this is one of those resolutions which is easy to start but so incredibly hard to keep up. For example, sometimes when you're really tired at night, you can't  be bothered to hang up your clothes after taking them off and thus the floordrobe is born. This is just one of many things I need to improve on, half the reason I never seem to be able to find anything is because I leave things all over the place and I'm far too messy. I wrote a blog post of Ways to be a more organised student which I am trying my best to follow and I now have a notebook of blogging ideas rather than a million little scraps of paper dotted around my bedroom.

Work hard and do well at my first year of university

Since being at university I have gained this motivation and determination to be successful at everything I do. Although this is good, it means that I am constantly in competition with myself, a total perfectionist and things like exams completely stress me out. I am determined to achieve a first in my degree after having rather underwhelming A-level results after really not working hard enough and scraping into university. I feel like I have a point to prove to myself that I am smarter than people think I am.

Be more positive

Sometimes I am guilty of focusing on the negative side of a situation and being a bit of a pessimist. It wont be easy but I think it's time to start being a lot more positive in every aspect of life and believe in myself a lot more. Self confidence is something that I have struggled with for too long now, constantly picking out my negative attributes rather than seeing the good points about who I am. Everyone has positive attributes and its up to us to remind ourselves of them every day. There is so much in life to be positive about and by just changing the way you think you can achieve great things.

I hope everyone as a great time welcoming in the new year, lets hope it turns out to be a happy and successful one. I can't wait to see what 2015 has in store for me,  I'll see you on the other side!

Boxing Day Fun - Visiting the Baby Seals

Good Evening, I hope that you all had an enjoyable and relaxing Christmas day! It has always been a family tradition of ours to venture out of the house for a long, refreshing boxing day walk, burning off the gazillion calories from the huge, but utterly delicious, Christmas roast and far too much chocolate from the day before. It was a beautifully clear (but horrifically cold and windy) winters day, so this year we decided to wrap up warm and go to see all of the baby seals down by the north Norfolk coast, which, despite living only a few miles away, I have never done before. We had to struggle on a few miles before stumbling upon the cute little baby seals, who spend the day lazing about the beach while their parents go out hunting for food, and every so often they will flap their flippers which in my mind just looks like they're giving you a little wave!

Warning: prepare your eyes for major baby seal cuteness..

Did you get up to much on Boxing day?

Blogmas #10 - Merry Christmas!

Well the big day has finally arrived and I am definitely guilty of getting far too excited on Christmas day! While I sit here enjoying our traditional bacon sandwich Christmas day breakfast I thought I would take a second to wish everybody reading a very happy Christmas full of festive fun, far too much food and plenty of laughter (I will most probably be in a food coma by the end of the day).

Although I am excited for the presents and the food, more than anything I think its always important to take a moment to think about how incredibly fortunate I am to be able to spend today with my family, in a warm house full of love and happiness, it really makes you appreciate what you have.

Merry Christmas everybody!

- picture from wehearit.com

Blogmas #9 - A Stunning Sunset for an Evening Walk

The coast is one of my absolute favourite places to be, whatever the time of year. Everyone has that one serene place that they can escape to, unwind and forget about the stresses of everyday life. I find it so peaceful to get lost in the gentle crashing sounds of the waves and I have always loved the smell of the fresh sea air. I hope to get my own little cottage by the sea some day so that I can venture out onto the sandy beaches and go for relaxing walks whenever I want.

Blakeney is probably one of the most picturesque seaside villages in Norfolk, with uninterrupted views of the coastline, random little boats dotted around the place and it is also the breeding ground for many adorable little seals at this time of year (which unfortunately we were not able to see :( ). We decided to set off for an evening walk on the shortest day of the year in the hope of a nice evening sunset and we were most certainly not disappointed. The stunning golden skies combined with the breath-taking landscape made for an absolutely amazing backdrop to a cold and incredibly windy winter walk.

Blogmas #8 - Driving Home For Christmas

Yesterday was finally the last day of the semester at university so at last I could pack up my belongings (of course I didn't leave packing until the last minute because I'm a super organised person *cough*), get into a festive mood and go home with my parents to enjoy Christmas with my family.

Before leaving for Norwich we decided to go for one last dinner at one of my absolute favourite restaurants in Lincoln at the moment, Homemade Buger Co. When eating out, I am guilty of pretty much always going for the burger option on the menu so this place is like a burger heaven for me! They hand make such a huge selection of burgers made from fresh ingredients which looks and tastes so much more delicious than the greasy mess that you can end up with in other places, my current favourite being the chicken, cheese and bacon burger, mmm. I love the rustic, home made feel of the place and the staff are so happy and friendly which always makes eating at a restaurant that much more enjoyable. If you are looking for a great new place to eat then I definitely recommend giving it a try!

I managed to stop and take a moment to appreciate the amazing looking winter sunset and grab a picture as we began to set off (I am an absolute sucker for a gorgeous sunset) and obviously I made sure we listened to Christmas classics all the way home. Although I absolutely love being away at university, you do tend to start missing your family and get a bit homesick sometimes but I find that this means you appreciate the time that you do have with them so much more. I am currently sat here watching some Christmas TV with my little dog curled up on my lap and enjoying a delicious hot chocolate. It's good to be home!

Out With the Old, In With the New

Something I have really wanted to do for a while now is completely redesign my blog as I wanted it to better portray me and have a more professional and completed look rather than the scrappy unfinished feel which has been bugging me for sooo long. So, I decided to take a few days out from blogging and finally get round to updating it, and I am so pleased at how everything has turned out!

For the past few days I have spent many an hour relentlessly trying to hunt for the perfect blog template for me. I am a bit of a self confessed perfectionist and like every little detail to be exactly how I want it, which makes the task of finding a template that I am happy with that much more difficult. After what seems like forever, I finally settled on one after stumbling across a design on pipdig which was super reasonably priced, looked great and took literally a few minutes to install which was just what I was looking for. After a bit of tinkering around I am finally so happy with the overall look and feel of the design and layout, there is something about having a blog that you are proud of that makes you so much more motivated to blog more.

There is still a few bits and pieces that I want to improve, lets call it a work in progress, but I really hope everybody likes it.. I would definitely like to know in the comments what you think, or any advice to make it even better!

You can achieve your dreams

When looking up to successful people, it is easy to think that they were just handed opportunities because they got lucky, or that they were born with this talent, but the truth is that they are no different to you or me except for the fact that they put in the effort, sometimes pouring their heart and soul into something that they are passionate about. Comedians aren't born funny, they have to put in hours of rehearsals in front of the mirror and time into thinking of original ways to make people laugh. Athletes aren't born the fastest or the strongest, they have to have the passion and motivation to put in hours of practice on the training ground to condition themselves.You can't just expect success to come to you, you have to go out there and have the willpower to achieve your dream.

Nobody is perfect, if your goal is to become perfect then you are almost certainly going to fail. One of the biggest mistakes that people make is trying to be someone that they're not or having certain opinions just to find success or to make people like you, but then you lose the most valuable trait that you have, being you. Only you can have your own voice and opinions. We are so lucky to live in a world with more freedom to be who we want to be, have our own unique views and opinions and the opportunity to follow our dreams, so don't waste this opportunity by trying to be someone else, work hard and do the things that make you happy while trying to become the best you can be, and you will become successful in the process

Stepping outside your comfort zone is another important part of finding success at something, its going to be uncomfortable knowing that you are almost certainly going to fail to begin with but it is the lessons that you learn by failing that ensure that you become good at it. Sometimes you only see the successful parts of peoples lives, you don't get to experience the hours and hours of effort and many failures that they went through to to get where they are today, so don't worry if you don't accomplish your goals straight away, with a little patience and determination you can do it!

As always, and most importantly, believe in yourself.

Lazy Sunday

My agenda has been so hopelessly busy recently that I haven't been able to stop, have a relaxing day to recharge my batteries and escape the hectic pace of life, so I decided to dedicate today to push everything aside and have a guilt free lazy day.

After waking up at 11, which may not sound much but it is a pretty good lay in for someone that doesn't normally get to sleep in past 9, I decided to grab a coffee, make myself some delicious summer fruit pancakes and have a Hobbit marathon before going to watch The Battle of five armies next week. I have always been a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings series of films and books growing up so I'm not sure whether I should be excited or sad about watching the final instalment of something that was such a big part of my childhood, especially after listening to Billy Boyd's amazing song tribute of The Last Goodbye.

I am currently trying my best to change to a healthier eating kinda lifestyle, so fruit smoothies have become my new addiction. They make a great healthy snack or breakfast and you can pretty much try any combination you want depending on the fruit that you like, Mango & Passion-fruit and Cherry & Banana are my current favourites!

Another thing that I have been trying to do is find time to read more books. I tend to pick up and put down a book so much that it takes so long to finish and I often forget what has happened since last reading it. I am reading Dan Brown's Inferno at the moment and I would definitely recommend it to anyone that likes an intense page turner with plenty of action and plot twists.

Finally my friend brought round a Christmas present for me today, which turned out to be a combination of two of my favourite things, coffee and Game of Thrones, in the form of a pretty awesome mug!

What do you like to do on your lazy days?

Blogmas #7 - The Christmas Tag

I am in such a festive kinda mood today and I think that tags are such a great way to get to know people better so I thought that I would attempt my own version of the Christmas tag, while sitting here listening to Christmas tunes and totally not stuffing myself full with fudge...

1. What is your favourite Christmas film?

Probably like pretty much everyone else my favourite Christmas movie has to be Elf, purely because of Will Ferrell and how amazing he is at acting, but Two films that remind me of my childhood are Home Alone and The Grinch, both of which became like a tradition to watch around Christmas time, even though the Grinch himself did actually scare me a little bit.. 

2. Have you ever had a White Christmas?

I only remember one Christmas where there was snow on the ground and we totally had a Christmas day snowball fight before dinner, but it's actually really sad that I have never experienced a real White Christmas where it is actually snowing, fingers crossed for snow on December 25th this year.

3. Where do you usually spend your holiday?

In my opinion there is no better place to spend Christmas than at home with your family, enjoying a huge feast for Christmas lunch, opening presents and spending the afternoon watching festive films and digging in to chocolates and mince pies!

4. What is your favourite Christmas song?

Probably has to be Fairytale of New York because of how many memories it brings back and it always gets me in the festive mood, but I summed up my favourite Christmas songs in my Christmas playlist blog post.

5. Do you ever open presents on Christmas eve?

I was always under the impression that it was 'bad luck' to open presents before Chritsmas day (not sure how true that is though) but that didn't stop me and my brother from giving everything a shake to try and guess what was inside.

6. Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably

I think that the term 'fail miserably' is a bit of an understatement, me and sellotape really dont get along and the presents that I wrap tend to look more like s crumpled balls of rubbish than those lovely neat box shapes that you just want to tear open so you can always tell which presents are from me without even looking at the label!

7. Can you name all of Santa's Reindeer

I still remember the rhyme that we used to do at first school all these years later (no shame):

"Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer, and Vixen!
 On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donner and Blitzen!
 And not forgetting Rudolph!"

8. What Christmas traditions are you looking forward to this year?

We always start Christmas morning with a special breakfast and exchanging presents, before my family all come over and devour a roast dinner together (I don't mean to brag but my Dad makes the BEST Christmas dinners) where it is a requirement to wear Christmas hats and jumpers. We then watch the Queen's speech before relaxing with Christmas films and treating ourselves to a few festive drinks. Although, this year I am just really looking forward to spending valuable time with my family after spending so much time away from them at University.

9. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

Unfortunately it is fake this year in our flat, but I much prefer real ones.. I find it really exciting picking out your own unique Christmas tree and taking it home to decorate, plus they create the most festive smell. It is an aim of mine to start a tradition of collecting unique little Christmas tree decorations that actually mean something to the family!

10. What is your favourite Holiday food/sweet treat?

I am a big fan of roasted nuts and I probably eat far too much fudge for my own good, he writes with a mouth full of fudge.. Also, half my Christmas dinner usually consists of roast potatoes and stuffing.

11. Be honest : do you like giving or receiving gifts better?

Definitely giving gifts. I love opening presents and appreciate everything I get but there is always a guilty feeling at the back of my mind when someone spends money on me.. On the other hand it is such a great feeling seeing someone get excited about a present that you put a lot of effort into getting them!

12. What would be your dream place to visit during the holiday season?

New York is one that is probably on most people's list, and for good reason. It is a pretty amazing city for sightseeing to begin with, so imagine how incredible spending the festive season there would be, with all the lights, decorations and the world famous Rockefeller Christmas tree as well as the ball drop on New Year's Eve, especially if it was snowing too. That's one for the bucket list.

13. Do you make New Year's resolutions, Do you stick to them?

I always try and set myself goals to achieve during the year and normally manage to stick to them pretty well for the first few  months before gradually getting worse. This year I am determined to make New Year's resolutions and follow through with them all, hopefully I will be able to get them all down in a later blog post.

14. What is your favourite Christmas memory?

This is technically not a Christmas memory, but I stumbled upon a picture of me totally enjoying my first Christmas the other day and it made me smile so I couldn't not share it!

15. What makes the Christmas holidays special for you

I love the festive atmosphere around this time of year, everyone just seems so much happier and less worried about the stresses of life. It is a special time to spend with the people that mean most to you and I think it is important to appreciate everything that you have. Some people aren't lucky enough to be able to spend Christmas with loved ones, have a warm roof over their head or receive any gifts, so for that I count myself as incredibly lucky.

If you have done the Christmas tag then leave a link in the comments and I would love to check it out!

How to be a more organised student

When you become a student at university, it is such a change in lifestyle from living at home. You have to be independent and do everything yourself, there's no Mum or Dad to cook you dinner, remind you to do things or pick items up from the shop at the last minute. Sometimes you can have so much on your mind all at once, which for me currently includes coursework, a million different assignments, exam revision as well as chores like cooking and cleaning while still finding time to squeeze in exercise and socialising. Recently I feel like I have been getting really bad at staying organised and on top of things so I have been trying hard to improve my time management and become a lot better at being organised by finding little ways to help me do this, and thought I would share a few ways to help out anyone else having the same problem.

1. Do the tedious/difficult tasks first

When revising or completing daily errands it is so easy to get into a habit of putting off the tedious and time consuming tasks in favour of more fun or enjoyable ones, which does nothing but leave you with a worry at the back of your mind. It is such a great feeling of freedom to finish the daunting work that you've had to work really hard on or completed all of the stressful errands for the day.

2. Tidy your workspace

I am guilty of not keeping my desk as tidy as I should do, a few days ago it pretty much summed up my mind; messy, cluttered and disorganised. Your workspace should be a completely clutter free zone. When everything is neat and organised you are much more likely to do better at your work and may even enjoy it more (if that's even possible), after all a clear space = a clear mind. Also, be sure to make your work space comfortable and free from distractions, especially if you are one of those 'get distracted by absolutely everything' kinda people.

3. Manage your money

Keeping track of your money in comings and outgoings will ensure that you avoid money worries. Budgeting can be time consuming but it is worth it to save time and money in the long run.  Make a list of everything that you need to spend money on in a week and give yourself a budget for each one, the main areas should probably include:

  • Rent
  • Food
  • Laundry
  • Entertainment (e.g. Netflix)
  • Socialising
  • Clothes and Shoes
  • Christmas shopping (for this time of year)
Be sure to take advantage of offers and discounts and shop around to find the cheapest places to buy certain items, places like Farm foods and B&M are a lot cheaper than most supermarkets for example. Also, definitely invest in a student card, it can end up saving you a lot of money, especially if you like to eat out at restaurants or buy a lot of clothes. 

4. Make a shopping list 

Something I have recently started doing is keeping a list of things that I need to buy when I go shopping at the end of the week, and adding things to it as soon as I run out of something to avoid forgetting to buy anything, It is the worst feeling when you get all the way back from a stressful shopping trip only to realise that you have forgotten something that you really needed. This will also reduce overspending all your money on things that you don't really need and having to live off beans until your next student loan... Another tip is to do big grocery shops online, especially in winter, to quickly and easily find what you need, as well as avoiding that dreaded walk home in the wind and rain with bags that feel like they're about to tear your arms off, trust me it's horrible.

4. Keep on top of laundry

Firstly, use two washing baskets. This may sound so simple but I didn't even think about doing it until a friend gave me the idea. Nobody likes the chore of sifting through dirty laundry at the end of the week to sort the darks from lights so keeping a washing basket for each is great for lazy people like me to save time and effort.

I usually end up wearing my entire wardrobe before bulk washing everything at once to save money, but definitely think about having a designated day for washing each week to make sure that you don't end up running out of clothes to wear.

5. Use lists and have clear goals

It has gotten to the point in my life where I have so much to remember that I pretty much completely rely on writing lists and noting things down on calenders to keep me from forgetting or worrying about them. If you jot down all deadlines and events on a calender it allows you to prioritise your work and manage your time, making life so much easier, especially if you are as hopelessly forgetful as me. I try to focus on one thing at a time and break down huge tasks into smaller chunks to stop me from becoming completely overwhelmed. It goes without saying, complete assignments and homework well in advance, don't leave it until the day before they're due!

hope this helps!

Blogmas #6 - Christmas dinner

You hear so many stories at university about people not getting along with their flat mates or spending a lot of time arguing about little things. I am so lucky to have ended up living with such an amazing group of people who are always there for each other and I consider them to be more of my university family than just regular friends. Today was officially our flat Christmas day before we all go home for the holidays, which we spent watching festive films, exchanging secret Santa gifts, listening to Christmas music and preparing a delicious roast dinner,

Considering none of us are amazing cooks, and I am so clumsy that I may have already almost burnt down the flat by accidentally setting an oven glove on fire (but we won't go into that), things actually went pretty smoothly and I am quite proud of how the food turned out. It definitely makes a change from the usual boring student cooked meals and it smelt absolutely amazing! We also went all out and had a two course dessert of chocolate fudge cake and strawberry cheesecake which were both sooo good, but I was a little too excited to eat them and forgot to take pictures.. It was such a great way to end the first semester and probably some of the best few months of my life at university with awesome friends, good music and tasty food.

Motivation Monday

I would say that I am usually the sort of person who always pushes myself to be as positive and self motivated as possible, but recently life has been getting pretty overwhelming and I have found myself struggling to keep on top of things. Even the most enthusiastic and driven people go through tough periods where they get knocked down, but the hardest and most imperative part is getting back up again. Every successful person has worked hard to create themselves and get to where they are today, part of it may be down to good luck, but the harder you work and the more effort you put into life, the more likely you are to get lucky and therefore the more successful you will become.

I think it is important that you never let anyone tell you that you can't be successful or that you can't achieve the goal or dream that you set out to do. One of my biggest motivators is that when I look back on life in 40 years time, I want to think about how much I have achieved and how far I have managed to come in life, not regret all of the chances I missed out on. If you want want to go travelling, then go out and see the world. If you want to make a spontaneous change in job which is going to make you happier, then you do that. If you want to lose weight or get a better body then start exercising, join a gym, take up a new sport, despite what anyone else thinks. There are two great sayings by the author and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar that 'You don't have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great' and 'If you can dream it you can achieve it'. Everyone starts from nothing, its what you do with your life that defines who you become. It may be a really over-used saying but it is still very true that life is far too short to spend it doing things that make you unhappy, so start making the most of the opportunities that life presents to you and live every day like its your last.

Sometimes we end up spending so much time getting worried and stressed about being successful that we forget to just stop and take a moment to think about how incredibly lucky we are to have the gift of freedom to do what we want, to be happy and to be ourselves. I used to care way too much about what people thought of me, I would do certain things to fit in, such as wear specific clothes because it was 'cool' and its rather sad to think that I was trying to be someone I wasn't and making myself unhappy in the process. A friend of mine once told me that the moment you stop worrying about what other people think about you and start being yourself and enjoying yourself is the moment you will become so much happier and it is so true. There is only one you, take advantage of that and be original, true friends will appreciate you for who you are, and people that don't just aren't worth worrying about!

I'm going to leave this with my absolute favourite quote by Marilyn Monroe, I actually have it on my wall and fall back on it every time I am in need of some motivation to study, work out or just feel in need of some happiness.

 Remember to believe in yourself.

Blogmas #5 - Amazing Lincoln Christmas Market

Christmas markets are definitely one of my favourite things about this time of year. I have never been to one as big or renowned as Lincoln, so it is fair to say I got a little excited when the medieval Christmas market came to the city. Despite the bitter winter chill, the smell of mulled wine and roasted nuts in the air, carollers singing and the Christmas themed decorations, lights and celebrations absolutely everywhere creates such an incredible festive buzz which makes you feel like a little kid again. Plus, the historic cobbled streets combined with the Norman castle and the impressive Lincoln Cathedral creates a perfect backdrop for a traditional Christmas market.

The market itself was HUGE, there were stunning looking stalls selling pretty much every tasty food that you can think of, from German frankfurters (which I tried for the first time, I can confirm they are delicious) to doughnuts and fudge cake as big as my head! I couldn't help myself and spent a little too much money on unique little gifts for my friends and family but it was totally worth it.. It is safe to say that I am so much more excited for Christmas now, bring on the festive celebrations!

Blogmas #4 - My Christmas Playlist

University work has been getting increasingly more stressful recently, especially since I am a complete procrastinator with exams on the horizon and a gazillion assignments to complete. To try to solve this I have been playing Christmas music to help me struggle through and make it that little bit more bearable and thought that I would share a Christmas playlist with a few of my favourite festive tunes. 

Merry Xmas Everybody // Slade

This song just reminds me of the last day of school every year where we would forget about work, play games and watch festive films, it would always be the last song played before we were let loose for the Christmas holidays. God I miss how fun and easy being a little kid was!

Christmas Lights // Coldplay

Christmas lights is one of my all time favourite Christmas songs, I love the piano instrumentals, but I am probably a little biased since I have always been a bit of a fan of Coldplay..

Fairytale of New York // The Pougues

My family always have this song on repeat during this time of year, so it's nice to have a subtle reminder of life back home, and it is totally one of those 'brings back many happy memories' kinda songs.

Last Christmas // Wham!

I think that this is one of those classic Christmas songs that you can't help but love, I still have fond memories of enjoying many a Christmas dinner and opening presents to this song when I was little.

Its Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas // Michael Bublé

Because you can't have a Christmas playlist without Michael Bublé...

Blogmas #3 - Christmas Treats and Scented Candles

I am not normally a candle kinda guy but my friend recently purchased one and I liked the smell of it so much that I just had to get one too. The candle in question is a glade 'Cosy apple and cinnamon' scent, which is such a perfect way to add a festive touch to your room and cinnamon is one of my absolute favourite smells along with lemon (I'm not sure how normal it is to have favourite smells). The only down side to having this candle is that the scent makes me crave home-made apple pie!

I also managed to treat myself and the flat mates to some biscuits and chocolate today, my excuse being that they were all on offer.. It has always been a tradition of mine, and probably a lot of other people out there, to purchase Roses chocolates around Christmas time. I usually lay claim to the country fudge and caramel velvet as they are my personal favourites, but they are great to indulge in while enjoying a Christmas film night with the flat mates. We also associate shortbread with Christmas in our family with it being an annual gift from my grandparents, I'm not sure why but I love shortbread so any excuse to eat it is fine by me, and they come in such a nice little festive tin too!

Do you have any Christmas traditions?

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