2014: Year in Review

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

I can't believe how quickly this year has flown by, it feels like yesterday that I was sitting at my laptop typing up my 2013 post! So much has changed this year, I have lived with Tim nearly a whole year, and become an Auntie by association to a beautiful little girl, as well as packing my sister off to University... Life never really stops moving does it! Let's see what I have been up to this year shall we?


I posted a Youtube video all about my biggest make-up addiction, eye shadow palettes. My collection has actually grown since this video was recorded...

I celebrated my one year blogiversary on January the 29th, and decided to giveaway a W7 'In The Buff' palette, what this space for my two year blogiversary!


I posted a video all about having a Mini Tom Jones in My head... OK that sounds weird... I was talking about suffering with something I like to call Lyric Completion Compulsion, check out the video to find out more.

On the 4th of February I wrote my 23 Before 23 list, which was a list of 23 goals I wanted to achieve before turning 23. Also at the same time I reviewed my 22 Before 22 list and saw how many things I had managed to tick off... Soon I will be reviewing this list and writing my 24 Before 24 list (Yikes)

On the 7th of February I shared with you all what I was lucky enough to receive for my birthday, I can honestly say I was a little bit spoilt for my birthday!


Tim and I moved in together in March, so I finally felt like I had a bit more space, and started to feel a lot more relaxed. I also started the #100HappyDays Photo Challenge, to document how much happier I was feeling.

For the first time ever I took part in a Bloggers book swap, and got given some Amazing books to read by a fellow blogger. Including Delirium by Laren Oliver, which actually turned out to be one of my favourites.

I also reviewed a new Monthly Hand-Made Polish Subscription box from my friend Kerrie. Each month was themed on a book, and came with a copy of the book, and some handmade polishes based on that book. Unfortunately Kerrie had to stop making polish, which you can read all about here.


I started the 'A-Z of Me' challenge, and I'm currently up to F... You can read all of them so far here.

On the 8th of April I finally committed to something that I had wanted to do for a number of years, the Race for Life...

On the 26th of April, Tim and I welcomed to little cuties to our family, and we haven't looked back since. I don't know what our lives would be without constantly having to clean up sawdust and poo that they flick out of their cage...


This month I took part in Blog Everyday in May, and you can check out all of those posts here.

In my second A-Z of Me post I wrote all about my boyfriend. Tim. If you are going to read this one I suggest you fetch your sick buckets...


June was a pretty quite month for me blog wise to be honest. I did however manage to do a Primark Haul.


I finally jumped on the hype and bought some Make Up Revolution products, and I was very happy with them too!

A year after graduating I wrote a post reflecting on everything that had changed for me in that whole year...

Tim and I finally got around to using his Christmas Present (An Owl of Dates) and had a date night where we made Ice-cream and gave each other compliments.


In August I went to Summer in the City, and even celebrated Tim's birthday. but for some reason my blog really suffered this month, and I don't have very much up!


September was another slim month for me blog-wise, however I managed to post a Youtube video every week, and I wrote a post compiling my efforts, which you can check out here.


I attended my first LUSH blogger event for their Halloween/Christmas collections, and I was thoroughly spoiled, even coming away with a gift bag full of free goodies. I literally cannot wait to attend the next LUSH event!

October was a month that I really seemed to get back into Baking, and I shared with you all the things I had managed to make. Since then I have made even more yummy bakes, especially in the lead up to Christmas!


Yet another A-Z of Me post saw me sharing with you my lovely Jack Russell, Maizey, who is the absolute love of my life...

In November I also started a new feature on my blog, 'Sum-up Sunday' and it's still going strong!


Tim and I tried a Tesco Finest Chocolate Tasting Experience and enjoyed every single second of it.

I took part in a Blogger Secret Santa, and my Secret Santa got my character spot on! Seriously... even my sister was impressed.

This year has honestly amazing for me, so much has changed, including me to a certain extent. I cant wait to greet 2015 head on and see what it is going to bring me. I've already become an auntie by association in 2014, and in 2015 there are two more babies on the way for me to meet! Tim and I will be moving into a new place in March, possibly our own house, and to top it all off I finally plan to do what I have always wanted to do. 

I hope you all have an amazing New Year, and I'll see you all in 2015!

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Terry's Chocolate Orange Challenge

Monday, 29 December 2014

Just before Christmas Tish and I decided that we would do a Christmas Challenge Video together, and I only just got around to editing it... WHOOPS!

Basically the challenge is like Chubby Bunny but with a Terry's Chocolate Orange, and instead of saying 'Chubby Bunny' you say, 'Merry Christmas You Filthy Animal' from Home Alone!

If you've enjoyed the video then please leave a like, or even subscribe to see more of my stuff, also let me know in the comments if you take on the challenge.
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Sum Up Sunday #5

Sunday, 28 December 2014

From top left to bottom right: Cute box for my new hobby, Pajama Selfie with the boyf, Christmas Jumper, Christmas Make-up, Christmas Selfie game with the sis, Cuddles with my doggy, Maizey thinks she's a cat, Chocolate Mousse Cake, Getting Tim's niece to sleep.

This week was Christmas! If you didn't know that then where have you been? It's been a very fun, and also very tiring week, I can't wait to use the next week to relax...

I've decided to pick up a new hobby, and I needed a box to keep all my stuff in for that hobby, so after a quick trip into TK Maxx I spotted this adorable Parisian style box, and it's the perfect size for all of my things.

For Christmas Eve, Tim and I decided to start a new tradition whereby we buy each other Christmassy Pajamas, and it just so happened that this year, our pajamas matched. 

Then comes all the Christmas Day photos, which of course feature lots of selfies. I bought Maizey a Christmas dress, and she loved it and looked so cute in it! She wanted lot of Christmas Day cuddles, and I even managed to get her to attempt to open her Christmas present (a new dog bed). Christmas Day was also the first time that I have ever worn properly red lipstick, and I think I liked it... 

On Boxing Day Tim and I headed over to his families for our second Christmas Day and we got to have lots of cuddles with his Niece. She was feeling a little under the weather and was fighting not to go to sleep, so I laid her down and rocked her to sleep. Tim was seriously impressed with me!

This Week I'm...

Reading: All the baking books that I have been bought for Christmas, and struggling to decide what to bake.
Listening to: The Frozen Soundtrack (Agian)
Feeling: Tired after a long week of Christmas Festivities!
Looking Forward to: Sleeping in every day for the next week, before having to go back to work!

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Hants/Berks/Surrey Blogger Secret Santa!

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

I'm part of a Facebook Group called Hants/Berks/Surrey Bloggers and this year a Secret Santa was organised for people of the group. I for one love doing Secret Santa's not for the gifts that I receive, but because I love giving gifts to people! I finally picked up my gift which had been delivered to my mum's house, and I couldn't wait to see what I had gotten. I was surprised with how heavy the package was, and with how much there was inside the bag. I had six gifts in total, which considering the price guide was £10-15 I was seriously happy with!

I know you are all dying to see what I got, so I won't keep you in suspense any longer...

The first thing I opened was cute and Christmas themed, it was this pair of Reindeer ears and some cookie mix, which is brilliant as we all know how much I love baking.

My sister was sitting with me when I opened my gifts, and was seriously jealous when she saw this super cute notebook. I love Disney, it's one of my biggest passions, and doesn't Minnie Mouse look so hipster on this? My Secret Santa even included a pen, and as the title of this notebook is 'Blog' I am guessing that is intended for planning blog posts. This is actually a godsend as I don't currently have a notebook for blog ideas!

Next I opened this gorgeous Frozen fleece blanket! I am obsessed with Frozen, I mean come on guys, who isn't? I actually re-watched it last weekend with Tim (it was his first time seeing it the whole way through), so when I saw this I had a little giggle to myself. This is perfect for snuggling up on the sofa, especially as it's quite cold in our flat, as we are trying to save money!

This lovely little decorative sign was the next thing I opened. It's funny because I have been singing this to Tim over the last few days as he has never heard the song!!! It's also perfect because I love baking (how many more times do I need to mention this). This has immediately taken pride of place in the kitchen, and can't wait to see it in our own place when we move in a few months.

Excuse the weird angle of this picture, I was trying to avoid glare from the lighting in the room. This is a book on how to make some mini treats. I love all things sweet, and everything is so much cuter in miniature right? It also comes with a few accessories to assist you with your creations.

Finally I opened up this Mary Berry book, as soon as I saw the words, 'Mary Berry' I got excited is she is my absolute idol, and I don't think I will ever be sick of getting presents related to her. This is a collection of Christmas Recipe's which is perfect for this season. Also just look how cute Mary looks on the cover of this book, and also how giant the Turkey is!

I have to say a massive Thank You to my Secret Santa for getting me some amazing gifts, I honestly don't know how you got all this for under £15, but I am glad you did! You really must have taken the time and care to read my blog and get to know me a little bit, and I am so thankful for that. My sister was sitting next to me when I opened the gifts, and even she was so impressed with how well you understood me. I cannot wait to use my gifts, and I hope that you have a really lovely Christmas. If you would like to come forward after Christmas then I would love to send you a Thank You card!

Let me know in the comments if you have taken part in any Secret Santa's this year?

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Whittard: Hot Chocolate Selection

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

What seems like an age ago, but was only the beginning of the month, Tim and I went to Bristol to do our Christmas shopping. We both have a soft spot for Bristol, with it being our first holiday away together and also the first time we said THOSE three words... So going to Bristol for Christmas was a no-brainer for us.

Whilst we were there we made our way into a Whittard store. which I have seen around plenty of times, but have never wandered into myself. I initially went in with the purpose of taking a look at their coffee, as I have come to enjoy the odd coffee every now and again, however I happened upon this Hot Chocolate Selection and thought it would be perfect for the winter months!

I can't remember exactly how much we paid for this, and unfortunately cannot for the life of me find it on their website. I did manage to find it on Debenhams website and they are selling it for £18.50, but I am sure that the weekend we went in they had 30% off so we got it a little cheaper.

It comes with 8 different flavours of hot chocolate and there are three servings in each box, meaning you get 24 servings out hot chocolate altogether. You also get a box of mini marshmallows to go with your chocolate, and who can resist those right? 

The flavours it comes with are:
  • Mint Hot Chocolate
  • Luxury White Hot Chocolate
  • Praline Hot Chocolate
  • Luxury Hot Chocolate
  • Orange Hot Chocolate
  • Christmas Pudding Hot Chocolate
  • Caramel Hot Chocolate
  • Dreamtime Hot Chocolate

I was honestly drawn to the Christmas Pudding flavoured and the dreamtime hot chocolates. Having never seen something that is Christmas Pudding flavoured other than Christmas pudding, and always being on the lookout for something to relax me before bedtime. Sadly I have not had a chance to try either of these yet, but I plan to remedy that tonight! I have however tried the Luxury Hot Chocolate and can vouch for it being amazingly tasty. One thing I would like to say it make sure you follow the instructions! Tim and I heated our milk and then tipped the hot chocolate in, and had some serious trouble mixing it, as it just seemed to want to float on the top. After reading the instructions I found out that you are supposed to pour the milk over the hot chocolate powder. I haven't had a chance to try it this way yet, but I'm sure it will be better than our mixing experience last time.

Honestly I think this gift set is a little overpriced for what it is, and I wouldn't have bought it had we not gotten a discount on it, but if you are looking to try several new flavours of hot chocolate and do not want to buy them in full size before being sure of them, then this is definitely for you.

Let me know in the comments which flavour you would most like to try from the list above!

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Sum Up Sunday #4

Sunday, 21 December 2014

From Top Left to Bottom Right: Limo Crash, Family Christmas Meal Out, Tesco Camembert sharer bread, Cute chalkboard decoration, Hot Chocolate Selection, Work Christmas Party, Christmas Came Early for One Little Boy, Tigger didn't like the wrapping paper, Selfies with Jared.

This week has definitely been a fun one, and the Christmas spirit has finally spread to everyone else around me! HUZZAH!

Tim and I were minding our own business on our laptops last Sunday when Tim heard an almighty crash. He ran to the kitchen window to see what it was an this Limo had crashed into a parked car. Now I don't think I've told the story of the Limo as of yet, but basically this guy parked his limo along the side of the road by our flat taking up 3 cars spaces, and he had been parked there for a month. This meant that now everyone was struggling to find parking, whilst this guy has his own PRIVATE driveway just down the road. Anyway, Tim and I jumped at the chance to be nosey and took the recycling out so we didn't look too much like we were gawking (even though we were), and I actually knew the guy who's car had been munched by the Limo, thankfully he will be getting a company car from work shortly, so it doesn't make much of a difference to him. After a little bit more poking I found out that the limo had simply come out of gear and rolled back into his car!!! I know it's naughty but Tim and I couldn't help but giggle at the Limo driver's misfortune, especially after all the trouble he had been causing us.

Then last Sunday night Tim and I got both our families out together for a Christmas meal at Strada, which was seriously good, despite them adding a £35 "optional" (but not really optional) service charge to our meal, which I thought was ridiculous considering how much our bill was already! Other than that it was really delicious and every one had a great time. I ended up having a mini pumpkin risotto, Chicken and mash, and apple tart. Speaking of good food, I spotted this caramelised onion Camembert sharing bread from Tesco on the Metro website and knew that we had to try it. Best of all it was a mere £5! It's only available until the 31st of December so if you want to try it, I suggest you go out and grab it now.

On Tuesday I attended my work Christmas party which was held at Newbury Racecourse (how posh), and we got a free two course meal out of it, and who can really turn down a free meal right? When we turned up there was complimentary champagne, of which I had two glasses, and then there were three bottles of wine on each table and considering only three of us were drinking, we had plenty. In fact I didn't purchase a single drink that night, and I was quite drunk by the end of it!

This weekend was my favourite for a long time as Jade and Jared came to visit! Now I haven't seen Jared since March and I cannot believe how much he has changed since then. He's so much taller, and talks a lot more than he did back then. He comes out with the funniest stuff... He said my mum was tapped!!! We all almost died it was so funny... Anyway on Saturday we spent the whole day in town with them, and then went back to Mum's to give them our Christmas presents, and as they live so far away, and we all wanted to see Jared with his gifts, Jade let him open them. I bought him clothes and a pair of red Dunlop High Tops for Christmas, as Jade said he had plenty of toys, but not a lot of clothes. He opened the clothes first, and he must copy what he's heard other's say when they open gifts, because without really looking he gasped and said 'Woooooooooooow'. Then proceeded to drop them on the floor an pick up his next gift (children, eh?). I helped him open his shoes, and once we'd ripped the wrapping paper off of the box I flipped up the lid and he gasped, 'NEW SHOES' and he grabbed them out of the box and took them to Jade to show her. Honestly melted my heart watching him open those presents, and Christmas didn't just come early for Jared, but also for me for getting to spend time with him. 

This Week I'm...

Reading: 5Ib's in 5 Days: The Juice Detox Diet - Yes I am planning to go on a Juice Detox. As you may or may not know a few months ago my dieting was going strong, and then I got my new job, and things just went out of the window. My plan is to follow this 5 day detox, take a short break of 4 days, and then get straight back into my diet. I will be writing all about my juicing experience so watch this space!
Listening To: The Frozen Soundtrack (again), Tim and I watched this again the other night and I haven't stopped listening to the soundtrack since.
Feeling: In the Christmas Spirit!
Looking Forward To: Christmas! I mean come on, who isn't looking forward to Christmas right now, it's four days away!
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I Want To Get Away...

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

I haven't been on a proper holiday in a good few years now, and I'm certainly dreaming of getting away from it all and escaping somewhere exciting. Especially with it getting so cold and dreary in the UK at the moment, so I thought I'd share my top three dream holiday's.

We all know how much I love Disney, and I am absolutely desperate to go to Disneyland. I would love to be able to go all the way to Florida, but honestly I would settle with Disneyland Paris. I went to Disneyland Paris when I was about seven, and I remember it being one of the best holiday's ever (despite me dislocating my sister's arm, and getting so scared in the haunted house that my teeth chattered for an hour afterwards). There's something about Disney that takes me right back to my childhood, and makes me believe in magic all over again, and I am dying to relive that.

I've always been intrigued by cruises, especially considering the amount of stuff they cram onto them these days, including the giant swimming pools etc. My number one Cruise destination would have to be the Caribbean, with the blue seas and white sands, it would just be magical. Thankfully I've never had seasickness so would be fine on a cruise and I'm hoping that I would get to go on one in the near future. I didn't even know that you could take cruises from the UK to some top destinations with Fred Olsen... pretty exciting stuff really!

I'm not that big a fan of massive cities, but I do really want to visit Tokyo. I think Japanese Pop Culture is so interesting, and I would love to witness it myself first-hand. Even though I probably wouldn't understand a single piece of Japanese, I'm sure I would still have a pretty good time.

So there you have it, three places that I am hoping to visit in the next few years (If I am lucky), let me know in the comments if you are as desperate to get away as I am, and where would you go?

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A-Z of Me: F is for Food Obsessive

Monday, 15 December 2014

Believe it or not, I actually used to be a very fussy eater. In fact I went through a period in my life where all I ate for dinner was peanut butter on toast, and also another phase where all I ate was plain pasta with cheese on it. Thankfully since going to Uni and having to fend for myself a lot more, my tastes seem to have developed. I still can't stand tomato ketchup or baked beans, but beyond that I have made progress.

I think it's really since Tim and I have moved in together that my passion for cooking has grown. We got ourselves a subscription to BBC Easy Cook magazine, and that gets dropped on our doorstep once a month, giving up plenty of new ideas!

I really feel like the thing to remember when you try a new recipe, is that you have to eat it, so if there are any ingredients in the recipe you don't like, then replace them for something you do like. Secondly it's important to not be afraid to try new things, and slightly more complicated recipes. As long as you follow a recipe step-by-step then it should turn out pretty decent. However if you don't have time to cook, then having a ready meal once in a while won't harm you either...

Here are some of my favourite things to cook (and eat):

Here are some foods that I would like to eat more of, along with a recipe I plan to try:

Fish: I've never been a massive fan of fish, but whenever I see TV chef's cooking it, I think it looks so yummy. Recently I watched Mary Berry's Absolute Christmas Favourites and she showed off her Christmas Eve fish pie with a crouton topping. It looks seriously delicious.

Eggs: I've always been a bit funny with eggs, not really liking them to be runny, and as such I don't really often cook any egg based recipes, though I really feel like I should. A lot of people debate about what kind of eggs to buy nowadays, but for me I just like to make sure that they are British Lion Eggs, that way I know they are safe for me. I also know people used to worry about the cholesterol in eggs, but to be honest those kinds of things never worried me. Having a look on the BBC website I came across this recipe from the Hairy Bikers, that sounds to die for...

Vegetarian: I went veggie for a whole month a few years ago, and it opened my eyes to a new way of cooking and eating. Since then I haven't really tried to continue eating vegetarian, but I think sometimes it makes a nice difference to have it. This Sweet Potato Curry sounds right up my street, I wonder if I could convince Tim to eat this...

So there you have it, I hope you've learned a little something about me and my eating habits today, and please let me know in the comments what food you would like to eat more of.
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Sum Up Sunday #3

Sunday, 14 December 2014

From top left to bottom right: Being almost front row for Paul Hollywood, Tim feeding his niece, our fully decorated Christmas Tree, my best haircut ever, our personal Christmas ornament, Gerbil Snuggles, Red Velvet cupcakes from work, Expert Christmas wrapping, Christmas pants, Putting presents under the tree, Tim has a friend, My brother and Dad washed my car.

Seeing as I didn't write a Sum up Sunday post last week, this is a Sum up of the past few weeks. Starting with going to see Paul Hollywood! We bought our tickets from Wowcher as they were half price, as such we didn't expect the seats to be that good, however I was pleasantly surprised to find we were three rows back from the front. When Paul came out all the older ladies in the room were swooning, I'll admit he does look pretty attractive, it's those piercing blue eyes... He was very normal, he was just like he is on the Great British Bake Off, blunt, serious, and a little childish at times. He spoke about Mary a lot, much to my joy. He even tricked us into thinking that she was backstage and was coming on to bake with him (as they had been together at the BBC Good Food Show the day before), but alas he was lying, there was no Mary. Still it was interesting to watch him do his stuff, and he even did a challenge with 4 lucky audience members, and stood looming over them watching their every move just as he does in the Bake Off. I really didn't know what to expect when I bought the tickets, but I'm so glad I went as it was so much fun, and we've been given some interesting new recipes to try out.

Before we went to see Paul we popped in to Tim's parent's place to see Tim's sister for her birthday. Much to our delight Tim's brother was there with his daughter Olivia. She has grown up so much since we last saw her! We got plenty of cuddles and everyone managed to bully Tim into feeding her dinner, which I know he secretly enjoyed. I always love being around Olivia, because she is so cute, I'll admit it does make me broody, which Tim doesn't like so much!

Last week I spent a lot of my evenings wrapping Christmas presents, seeing as we had bought all of them (except each other's), we thought we may as well wrap them all. This year we decided to try and level up our Christmas wrapping skills with the addition of some nice quality paper, and Ribbons and bows. I was happy to find that my skills have improved since last year, and our presents are looking very neat and tidy under the tree! It so nice to walk into the living room and see them sitting under the tree, it makes me feel 100% more Christmassy. 

On Saturday 6th I booked myself in to a salon to get my hair cut properly, after about 6 months of having nothing done to it. Normally I go to somewhere that's cheap, because I never seem to get the cut that I want anyway so I don't see the point in spending a tonne of money on a cut I didn't really like anyway. However I decided enough was enough and that I needed to go to a proper salon, and pay a little more to get it done properly! I wasn't disappointed, I went to a lovely little salon near where I live that was recommended to me by a few people on Facebook, and they treated me so well. I got my hair washed, cut, blow dried and curled, and the girl doing my hair really took her time with me. I had taken a picture in of the style I wanted, and at every stage she asked me questions about how I wanted my hair. I came out of the salon and I was in shock. My hair was so perfect, and still is. It's the exact length I wanted, it looks beautiful, and it feels healthy, I will definitely be going back there!

This week I also had my first eyelash tint, by a mobile beautician, also recommended to me on Facebook. See was doing a pamper package of a Manicure, Eyebrow Wax and Tint and Eyelash tint for £23. She came over on Thursday and talked me through the eyelash tint as I had never had one before, and it was honestly probably one of the weirdest experiences. When I saw them though, I wondered why the hell I hadn't had them done before, they frame my eyes perfectly. Again I was satisfied, and I will be calling her back when I need my eyelashes done again!

So there you have it, that's what I have been up to the last few weeks, let me know in the comments what you have been getting up to!

This Week I'm...

Reading: Nothing, I really need to start a new book...
Listening to: Christmas playlists on Spotify to get me into the Christmas Spirit.
Feeling: a little bit ill, but battling through it.
Looking Forward To: My Christmas meal with my family and Tim's family tonight!

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The Christmas Tag!

Friday, 12 December 2014

I can't believe it's only 13 days until Christmas, are you feeling ready? I've managed to get myself pretty much ready, and I feel like I'm in a good position this Christmas. In comparison to last year, where I bought all my presents only a week before Christmas (whoops).

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
Easily Home Alone, we watch the Home Alone films, one and two ONLY, every year about 10 times each, and they never get old. My family has gotten to the stage where we religiously quote this, and my brother does the best impression of Kevin ever... My second favourite would have to be The Grinch with Jim Carey in it, he is just a legend...

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
I don't know anyone who opens their present's on Christmas Eve! That's just silly!

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
One of my favourite Christmas memories was the year that the Wii was the hottest Christmas Gift, and my brother, sister and I were desperate to get out hands on it. Mum and Dad hadn't been separated long, and mum told us we probably wouldn't get a lot for Christmas. So she gave us all our individual presents, and we opened them, and I remember her saying she had gotten a present for all of us to share, and she brings out a present for us to unwrap together. Of course it was a Wii, and I was very excited, but also very cross at mum for spending money she didn't really have.

4. Favourite festive food?
Pigs in Blankets.... They make my Christmas dinner... Other than that I guess Christmas Pudding is pretty good too.

5. Favourite Christmas gift?
My dog, Maizey was a Christmas gift from my mum, and if you want to read more about here you can do so here.

6. Favourite Christmas scent?
I don't have a particular scent in mind, but anything orangey, and with cinnamon, is always a hit with me!

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
I have never had a Christmas Eve tradition, but since Tim and I are actually living together this year, I think we probably should start one. If anyone has an suggestions then please let me know!

8. What tops your tree?
I did a Haul of all our tree decorations on my Youtube Channel which you can watch here. Otherwise I can tell you that we have a white and ivory pearl Christmas Star on the top of our tree this year. 

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
For me it was always a horse. I had a couple of riding lessons when I was quite young, and from then I was obsessed with having my own horse... Of course I never got one!

10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?
Honestly the best part of Christmas for me is watching people open their presents, especially ones I have bought for them. Oh and also the fact that on Christmas Day you can start drinking as soon as you get up and no one will judge you!

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Tesco Finest Chocolate Testing Experience

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Tim and I spotted this Tesco Chocolate Tasting experience for £10 the other night when we were both in a chocolatey mood, and we snapped it up. Tim is a massive dark chocolate fan, and almost died of shock when he saw an 85% cocoa chocolate in this set...

When we got home we dug into it straight away and actually took our time to try and pick out the flavours of each of the chocolates, which was actually quite interesting.

It even came with this handy pairing wheel to show you what you should drink/eat with this chocolate. I know you are all dying to know what the different chocolates were right?

  1. Sao Tome 71%: Rich with warm fruity notes.
  2. Peruvian 70%: Fruity with subtle red berry notes.
  3. Ecuadorian 32%: Sweet and malty  with rich toffee notes.
  4. Dominican Republic 85%: Vibrant and Fruity with rounded chocolate notes.
  5. Madagascan 71%: Rich and roasted with subtle notes of honey. (Our Favourite)
  6. Ecuadorian 74%: Floral and spicy with subtle notes of green tea.
  7. Peruvian 43%: Milky with rich caramel notes.
Most of the chocolate comes in small bars, however the Sao Tome 71% was a full bar, and the Ecuadorian 32% and the Madagascan 71% come as mini 'dinner' chocolates (like you get with coffee in a restaurant).

Honestly I was impressed with every single one of these chocolates, I honestly could taste a difference with each one. Though I wouldn't go so far as to say that I could pick out the flavours mentioned above, I'll leave that to the chocolate connoisseurs. If you are looking for something a little different rather than buying your bog standard bar of chocolate then this is certainly the ticket. Tim and I really enjoyed spending time over these and trying hard to work out the flavours.

We still have a tonne of chocolate left, and plan to play a guessing game with the rest, so I'll have to let you know how that goes! 

Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these chocolates, and what you think!
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Wishlist Wednesday: Christmas Jumper Edition

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Ahhh Christmas Jumpers... I love them...

This year the shops have truly outdone themselves, meaning my jumper wishlist is massive this year!

  1. Snowmen Scene Jumper: £11.20 from Peacocks
  2. Light Pink Sequin Fawn Jumper: £22.40 from Debenhams
  3. Penguin Snowball Jumper: £18 from F&F
  4. Snowboarding Rabbit Jumper: £40 from H! By Henry Holland
  5. Petite Polar Bear Jumper: £26 from Dorothy Perkins
  6. Pale Blue Polar Bear Jumper: £17 from New Look
  7. Navy Polar Bear Jumper: £18.50 from New Look
  8. Pale Blue Fluffy Reindeer Jumper: £27.99 from New Look
  9. Pink Fluffy Sequin Reindeer Jumper: £18.50 from New Look
Let me know in the comments which of these is your favourite!
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Unlikely Bucketlist

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Today I thought I would share with you all a few things that I would like to do in my lifetime, that a lot of people that know me, would probably be surprised by.

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to do a skydive. I think it all started when I was in Primary school, and one of the teachers brought in a video of her Skydive to show in assembly. I remember just watching her cheeks jiggle as the air rushed past her and finding it halarious. Also since I found out that you can do a skydive to help support the Make A Wish foundation I have been desperate to book one! The Make A Wish Foundation has always been my favourite charity, and I would love to support them, and at the same time do something I have always wanted to do. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens next year.

I've always wanted to see an Opera. Now don't get me wrong here, I don't know an awful lot about Opera, other than it's classy and people like to dress up fancy when they go there! I have always been aware of Opera, even from a young age, with Opera references appearing in Looney Toons cartoons. Something about it fascinates me, and I must admit I have been looking into a few Opera's on the English National Opera website recently, including The Mastersingers of Nuremberg. 

I'm not what you'd call car obsessed, but I do have a love for a certain Italian supercar, and I am desperate to get behind the wheel of one. I have looked into doing a track day several times since passing my driving test, but I just never seem to get around to it. One day I swear I will drive a Lamborghini.

So there you have it folks, just a few things I'd love to do, that you might not immediately think I would enjoy! Let me know in the comments if you want to do any of these things, I love hearing from you!
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Wishlist Wednesday: Christmas List

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

I thought that it was about time that I shared my Christmas Wishlist with you all, that and my boyfriend has been waiting for me to make this list!

  1. Pandora Penguin Charm: £35
  2. Real Techniques Starter Kit: £12.59
  3. Andrew James 5 litre stand mixer: £79.99
  4. USpicy 10pc Makeup Brush Set: £17.99
  5. Brothers Xbox Live: £9.99
  6. Geek Chic Cosmetics, Doctor Who Inspired Eyeshadows: $31
  7. American Horror Story Season 1-3 DVD: £41.52
  8. Glass Cake Stand: £17.19
  9. Girl Online by Zoe Sugg: £5
So there we have it, just a few things that I am hoping for this Christmas! The most expensive of which being the Stand Mixer, which I am planning to buy with all of my Christmas money... Fingers crossed I get enough!!!
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Vlogmas Day #2: Christmas Tree Decorating

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

When Tim and I decorated our tree, I thought it might be fun to do a time lapse video of it, especially seeing as it's our first year in our own place, with our own Christmas Tree. It's all very exciting!

I hope you enjoy the video, and hope that your December is going as well as mine is. Let me know in the comments!
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Vlogmas Day #1: Christmas Decorations Haul

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

So it is that time of year again, and honestly I wasn't 100% about taking part in Vlogmas this year, but after looking through last years videos and seeing how much my videos have improved since then, I would like to give it another go.

That being said, I don't think I will be able to commit to doing a video a day leading up to Christmas. What I will commit to, is making as many Christmas themed videos as I can, and trust me, I have got plenty of ideas!

My first Vlogmas video is a Haul of all the Christmas Tree decorations that Tim and I bought during our weekend away in Bristol. I hope you guys enjoy!

Let me know in the comments what your favourite decoration is!
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Bloggers Kindle Book Club: Introducing December!

Monday, 1 December 2014

I am so excited to finally share with you the first book that the Blogger Kindle Book Club will reading, The Christmas Bake Off. Of course for the month of December our book would have to have a Christmas theme!

Here's what the Amazon page says about the book:

With Christmas just around the corner, the residents of Skipley village are gearing up for the annual bake off, and tensions are high. 

Winning means a lot to everyone involved - talented cake-shop owner Katie dreams of baking stardom, Rachel wants to prove she's more than a stay-at-home mum, and John hopes his culinary skills will impress the woman he loves. 

But when the judges discover that some cakes have been tampered with, the villagers' loyalties are called into question - whose ambition would stretch to sabotage, and why? 

The Christmas Bake Off is an exclusive short story from Abby Clements, author of Meet Me Under the Mistletoe. This ebook edition also includes bonus recipes for cinnamon cookies and vanilla and almond biscuits.

The best thing about this book being our choice to read, is that you can actually currently pick it up for free on Amazon, you can check that out here

I would love for you all to read along with me so we can all enjoy the book together, so let me know in the comments if you are joining in! Also if you are blogger who wants to get involved then please join our Facebook group, it's never too let to pick up this book and get involved!
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Sum Up Sunday #2

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Untidy desk, Dan and Phil SIM, Our Christmas Tree, Cupcake Thursdays at work, Home-made Calzone, Christmas Coke Zero, Frozen T-shirt, Beautiful Boots, Mocktails in Bristol.

This week has certainly been an interesting one, not a lot actually happened to me during the week, and as my thumb was still recovering I didn't get up to a lot either. I've properly settled in at work now, and I'm a bit of an untidy worker, with paper everywhere, and just generally being messy. 

This week Tim and I ordered our Christmas tree for a mere £25, so when it arrived we wanted to put it up to make sure that it didn't look cheap, and to our surprise it looks pretty good. It is still standing in the living room waiting to be decorated tomorrow, so keep your eyes peeled for pics of it when it's done!

Every other Thursday at work we get cupcakes delivered, and they always come nicely boxed up and looking tempting. I'm in love with the Banoffee ones, which surprises me as I'm not a massive fan of banana. I actually had two cupcakes this week, because a lot of our team were out of office, and I couldn't let them go to waste!

In general this week I have had some fairly good food, including a lovely home-made Calzone with chicken and pepperoni, made by my lovely boyfriend. We also went to Bristol on Friday for one night, to start our Xmas shopping, and had two lovely meals out. We visited Giraffe on the Friday night and I had this lovely refreshing mocktail called a wavebreaker, with Pineapple and coconut, that reminded me of being on holiday somewhere warm and sipping cocktails by the pool.

I also managed to try a few new items of clothing this week, that had been sitting in the wardrobe waiting to be worn. My favourite top I now own in the world was finally worn this week, and that is my Frozen T-shirt. It's so cute, and in a lovely mix of blues, and we all know how much I love Blue. Also I managed to wear these beautiful boots that my dad treated me to a few weeks ago, they are absolutely stunning, and I can't wait to wear them again.

Whilst we were in Bristol we even managed to do a fair bit of our Christmas shopping, and we plan to get the rest done (apart from our presents for eachother) today, so that we can simply relax for the rest of December!

This week I'm...

Reading: Mary Berry's autobiography, still... BUT I am only a few chapters away from finishing it!

Listening To: Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus, and being transported back to my early teenage years...

Feeling: Excited for Christmas! Can't wait to decorate our living room tomorrow!

Looking Forward to: The Vodafone Christmas Party that I have been invited to at the Racecourse :)
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My Wishes Tag

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Yes I have finally made a new video! It's the My Wishes Tag created by Cutiepiemarzia, you can see the original video here. Below are the seven questions that I answered, and I tag you all to take on the Tag as well!

1. What do you wish you knew when you were younger? 2. Where do you wish you could live? 3. What is one thing you wish you could do? 4. What would you wish to be better at? 5. What did you wish to become when you were little?6. Is there anything you wish you could change about the world? 7. What is your "biggest wish"?

I also tag my sister Letitia, Beth from Beth Tinkerbell and Becky from Becky Bedbug to take on the tag!

Let me know in the comments if you enjoyed the video and also whether you would like to see me take on Vlogmas!
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Wishlist Wednesday: Christmas Party Dresses

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

I don't know about you all, but I am getting really excited for Christmas. Tim and I have just bought our tree, we are going to Bristol to the Christmas market this Friday/Saturday, I'm planning a Christmas meal for our families, and I got invited to my first ever Vodafone Christmas Party!

With that in mind, I thought it was about time I started looking into getting some pretty dresses for this holiday season, and lets just say I've fallen for quite a few...

From top left to bottom right:

  1. Irinah Lace Organza Skater Dress - Misguided - £36.99
  2. Mela Green Floral Jacquard Skater Dress - New Look - £30.00
  3. Parisian Gold Halterneck Contrast Tile Sequin Dress - New Look - £27.99
  4. Purple Velvet Sweetheart Bardot Neck Skater Dress - New Look - £17.99
  5. Clara Dress - Chi Chi - £66.99
  6. Cara Dress (link no longer active) - Chi Chi - £44.99
  7. Renesmee Dress - Chi Chi - £64.99
  8. Star Print Dress - Love Label - £35.00
  9. Dazzling Jacquard Dress - Joe Brown - £63.00
I literally can't pick which I'd rather have between the Gold Sequin Halter-neck or the Clara Dress from Chi Chi. I guess when I have the money to finally buy either, I'll just have to go with the flow!

What Christmas Party Dress are you hoping to snap up this year?

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A-Z of Me: E is for Embarrassing

Monday, 24 November 2014

I think I'm probably a pretty embarrassing person, and I'm not just talking embarrassing for the people around me, I also mean embarrassing for myself.

First off, from a very young age I was taught to have fun and let myself go, so as soon as an opportunity presented itself I'd happily make a fool of myself. Now don't get me wrong, I was no class clown at school or anything like that, but at a party I would really come alive. I think being bullied in secondary school meant that it was easier for me to make a joke out of myself, rather than let other people make a joke out of me. 

Secondly, I can never take a decent photo. Around the time that camera phones became big, and every one started taking photos of themselves I realised I really don't take a good picture. So instead I decided I would take funny pictures. There are literally a million hilarious pictures of me on my Facebook profile, because I prefer to pull a funny face than attempt a nice picture for it onlyto look bad...

Thirdly embarrassing things just happen to me... The other day at work a bird pooed on my head. At the time I was walking into the canteen with a colleague, and it was the first time we had been to lunch together alone. Thankfully she didn't notice, and neither did anyone else and I got myself cleaned up without too much of an issue. Now yesterday mum came to pick me up, and as I was walking out to the car I slipped on a mossy path, and took a nice big chunk out of my thumb. Thankfully only my mum saw me fall over, but now I've got my thumb all bandaged up! Literally anything that can happen to me, will happen to me. I find that it's always at the most inappropriate of moments that something embarrassing will happen to me. Thankfully I have a slightly thicker skin than most due to the above reasons, so whenever something embarrassing presents itself I tend to do pretty well!

Let me know in the comments the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you recently, and share in my embarrassment...

See my other A-Z of me posts here.
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Sum Up Sunday #1

Sunday, 23 November 2014

My Animal Crossing Diary, Starbucks at work, Trying sleepy tea, Yogurt covered cranberries, Blueberry Pancakes, Cute bear hat, My favourite Mac 'n' cheese, Injuring my thumb, Pin the dummy on the baby.

This week has been pretty full on. At work I have been bogged down, and trying to get used to a completely new job role. Don't get me wrong, I am really enjoying it, there is just a hell of a lot to do, and also remember. I haven't really had a lot of time for me this week, but I've got a few more exciting things coming up next week, so I can't wait for those!

I'm really enjoying getting back into Animal Crossing, if you haven't been following you can read my first two diary entries here and here. I'm making some serious progress on this game, and even making some new friends.

The best thing about where I work is being able to go and grab a Starbucks or a Costa not even a stones throw away. On top of that we get sent (free) fruit boxes twice a week, packed full of all different fruits. This week a lot of our team were working from home, so by Friday there was plenty up for grabs, including a punnet of blueberries. I snagged them and decided to make blueberry pancakes, which I had never actually tried. They will no be making their way into my regular recipes.

Yesterday Tim and I went to look for a Baby shower gift (for today), but couldn't find anything, I did however find this cute bear hat, which I didn't buy, but may go back for by the end of the month. Tim then made his Mac 'n' Cheese for myself and his mum, who thoroughly enjoyed it! It is seriously the best Mac 'n' Cheese in the world, no lie.

Today I had a baby shower to attend, and having not found a gift yesterday, mum decided to pick me up early so that we could go and take a look at Mothercare. Unfortunately as I was making my way to her car I slipped on a rather mossy path and took a rather big chunk out of my thumb. As I type this it is splinted with a lolly stick, and wrapped in cotton wool. I fear I may have done something a little worse than simply taking a chunk out of my thumb, as I am in extreme pain whenever I bend it. If it hasn't calmed down by tomorrow, I will be taking a trip up to A&E...

Other than that today was really fun, we played a couple of games at the baby shower, including pinning the dummy on the baby, in which I managed to get mine on the babies shoulder. My mum also decided we would play the 'Smell the Nappy' game, in which we were given 5 nappies to smell and had to guess what was in them. All of them (apart from one) were chocolate, so it wasn't anything too gross, and the final one was peanut butter and mustard, which I managed to guess without issue! The baby shower was for my uncles girlfriend and she only has about a month left of her pregnancy, and I honestly can't wait to meet my newest cousin!

This week I'm...

Reading: Mary Berry's autobiography, which is taking me longer to read than it really should be.

Listening To: The Hoosiers, The Trick to Life. An album that I was obsessed with as a teen, and have recently rediscovered.

Feeling: Sick :-( Mainly due to the pain I am in with my thumb, I hope this passes by tomorrow.

Looking Forward to: Going to Bristol next weekend with Tim, it'll be very nostalgic, and Christmassy! 

I hope you're week was good, and I'll speak to you all again next week!

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