Blogmas Day 30: New Years Resolutions 2021 lookback :)

Blogmas Day 30: New Years Resolutions 2021 lookback :)
  1. Read 2 books a month- I actually managed to read 30 books this year which is pretty cool πŸ™‚ I have always loved reading (I think I get it from my Mum) and I have been off my reading game lately so it was nice to get back into it πŸ™‚ I have a couple of favourite books from this year: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and The Couple by Helly Acton πŸ™‚

2. 2500 followers on my blog- I actually did not manage to reach 2500 followers on my blog I feel like this was a very ambitious goal but I did manage to reach 1730 which is really cool and I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has followed me ❀

3. Have a pamper evening every week- I absolutely LOVE pamper evenings and I have spent a lot of time having lots of baths using lots of bath bombs and face and hair masks πŸ™‚

4. Complete my running bucket list- I actually haven’t looked at my running bucket list this year because I have done a few other bits of working out instead which was I started climbing and also some Yoga πŸ™‚ I did quite a bit of running at the start of the year but haven’t had a lot of time since going back to work πŸ™‚

5. Do some Yoga- I have been working through a lot of Yoga stuff this year as I was doing Yoga with my brother at the start of the year doing a 30 day Yoga challenge and I actually did 2 of those throughout the year πŸ™‚


6. Drink 2000ml of water a day- I have actually drunk a lot more water since going back to work as I take a massive water-bottle with me and drink lots of water which there πŸ™‚

7. Post on Instagram twice a week- I have actually posted twice a week on two social medias because I also posted on Mayas Instagram once a week which was so much fun πŸ™‚ I loved getting to spent more time with her at the start of the year while on Furlough and then when I went back to work I have tried to balance my time between work and spending time with her πŸ™‚ I enjoyed working on my social media as well and taking photos and capturing the few moments that we have been allowed to do stuff and spend time with friends and family πŸ™‚


8. Post on my blog twice a week starting in February- Despite going back to work in June I have actually managed to post twice a week on here which is so cool, its been hard at times but I enjoy having this creative outlet to talk about some of my favourite things and to talk about my life and take photos for posts as well πŸ™‚

9+ 10: Be More minimalistic and also sort out my laptop and room: I tried to be relatively organised when it comes to sorting out my bedroom and also have made a consious effort to not buy as much this year and to only buy what is absolutely necessary πŸ™‚


11. Save Money: I have managed to save a bit of money this year which is really cool but obviously I wont be talking too much about this for security reasons πŸ™‚

12. Do something nice for Maya once a week: Like I mentioned earlier I managed to spend quite a bit of time with Maya at the start of the year and then I have spent quite a bit of time with her since going back to school and it was nice to have this resolution to make sure I spent lots of time with her and made her year special as well πŸ™‚

13. Do something nice for a friend once a week: I have taken the chance to really try and do something really nice for friends this year- lots of little moments and presents πŸ™‚

14. Have a photoshoot once a month: I have done quite a few photoshoots this year which have been a lot of fun and just taking random photos with friends πŸ™‚


16. Reach 30,000 views- I actually did manage to reach 30,000 views which was so much fun and again I want to thank everyone who has read and commented and liked my posts this year πŸ™‚

17. Write down 5 things I’m proud of every month: This I did this actually for the first few months of the year and then it started to unfortunately dwindle as the months went on and I got busier which is a real shame as it was something that I really enjoyed looking back on as we went into 2021 from 2020 πŸ™‚

18. Do training with Maya: I have done quite a bit of training with Maya this year which has been a lot of fun and a good way to make sure I am setting aside time to spend with her giving her all of my attention πŸ™‚

19. Cook/Bake 5 new things: I have cooked so much more than 5 new things!! This year we actually started getting Hello Fresh delivered which I cook 3 times a week πŸ™‚ I have definitely improved my cooking through doing this and have also done a few little baking sessions as well πŸ™‚


 20 and 21. Complete half of my 101 things list and reach 400 on my bucket list : This I have managed to do and I have had so much fun doing it as well πŸ™‚ I love capturing special moments in my life which my bucket list and the 101 things list allow me to do πŸ™‚


 

Blogmas Day 28: What I got for Christmas 2021 :)

Blogmas Day 28: What I got for Christmas 2021 :)


DISCLAIMER
I am not in any way trying to brag or show off I just love reading these types of posts and watching these kinds of videos so I thought I might try and do one myself ❀ DISCLAIMER

This year I have been so so lucky and have received some really thoughtful and lovely presents πŸ™‚ I think the last few years have shown that Christmas really isn’t about the gifts but its about who is in your life and the people that you love ❀

The first person I saw was one of my best friends Birunda when we went to see Spiderman NWH together and she got me two books which I’m very excited to read!! We actually became friends because everytime we would borrow a book from our school library it would have the other persons name as the last person to borrow it so then we got chatting and the rest is history πŸ™‚

My Mums best friend popped round the day before Christmas eve and dropped round some presents including a mini greenhouse for me which is so so cool!!! I have gotten really into plants and stuff over the last year so I’m very excited for my new project πŸ™‚

As many of you will know I’m a big fan of lush stuff and bath bombs and candles so I got a few different toiletry bits from different people which I’m so grateful for and will last me till next Christmas ❀

One of the really cool gifts that my Mum surprised me with was an orange syrup for my hot chocolate as I am a big fan of the Costa Terrys Chocolate Orange Hot Chocolates so she thought that it would be a nice idea for me to be able to make them myself at home πŸ™‚

Most years my Mum gets me some sort of calendar for the year ahead and so this year I picked out a Hamilton calendar which I’m very excited to put up and write all over it with hopefully lots of lovely plans in the new year πŸ™‚

From my oldest brother I got a Nightmare Before Christmas cookbook and music box which are both so cool!!! I am a massive fan of that movie and end up watching it multiple times in the lead up to Halloween which my brother knows πŸ™‚ He also got my Mum and I tickets to a show in the new year!

My parents also got me some clothes from Lucy and Yak which I was very grateful for and my middle brother got my Mum and I a combined present which he does most years and he sends us on a Spa weekend ❀ Thank you so much to everyone who sent me well wishes, presents and love this year ❀

Let me know in the comments what Christmas present from years past has meant the most to you and why πŸ™‚

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Blogmas Day 27: Christmas Bucket List Updated :)

Blogmas Day 27: Christmas Bucket List Updated :)
  1. Make some Christmas Cookies

2. Decorate for Christmas

3. Christmas Movie Night

4. Write a Christmas Blog Post

5. Buy Maya a Christmas toy

6. Buy Maya a Christmas Outfit

7. Wrap my Christmas presents in front of a Christmas movie

8. Do a Christmas photoshoot

9. Read a Christmas book

10. Buy a 2021 Christmas ornament

11. Christmas Hot Chocolate

12. Ice Skating

Let me know in the comments what was on your Christmas Bucket List πŸ™‚

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Blogmas Day 25: Merry Christmas 2021 :)

Blogmas Day 25: Merry Christmas 2021 :)

I actually can’t believe Christmas is finally here!! It feels like I blinked and December just came and went- I feel like this year it hasn’t felt like Christmas at all due to a sense of impending lockdown/doom however its finally here!! I actually have a bit of time off just before and slightly after as well so I’m looking forward to spending some festive time at home πŸ™‚

This Christmas is going to look slightly different than my usual christmasses as this year we have decided to go to my Nans for Christmas dinner and see all of my Dads side of the family there including all of my nans dogs and my cousins and my aunt and then my Mums side of the family is coming for a Boxing day dinner once I get back from work πŸ™‚ I believe my middle brother is going to come over however my oldest brother is currently having to isolate so I think we’re going to skype him on Christmas day which will be lovely πŸ™‚

This year is Mayas third Christmas so I’m excited to see if she remember past years and gets excited to open presents! Last year near the end she started opening her presents herself which is very fun and we always take her for a nice family walk together as well πŸ™‚

Merry Christmas everyone πŸ™‚

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Blogmas Day 20: Ranking the new Marvel Characters from Phase 4 :)

Blogmas Day 20: Ranking the new Marvel Characters from Phase 4 :)

Earlier this month I ranked all of the Marvel content which has been released in 2021 and it was a lot of fun so I thought that I would rank some of the new characters that have been introduced to the MCU in the new releases this year πŸ™‚

  • Eternals: Kingo, Makkari, Druig, Sprite, Ajak, Sersi, Ikaris, Gilgamesh, Thena, Phastos
  • Hawkeye: Kate Bishop, Echo, Kazi, Pizza Dog
  • WandaVision: Agatha Harkness, Monica Rambeau, Jimmy Woo, Billy and Tommy
  • Black Widow: Yelena, Alexei, Melina,
  • Shang Chi: Shang Chi, Katy, Xu Xialing
  • Loki: Sylvie, Mobius, Aligator Loki, President Loki, Kid Loki,

God Tier: Kate Bishop, Pizza Dog, Katy, Mobius, Aligator Loki, Yelena, Shang-chi, Xu Xialing, Sersei, Makkari, Phastos, Agatha Harkness

Top Tier: Echo, Monica Rambeau, Jimmy Woo, Billy and Tommy, Alexei, Melina, President Loki, Thena, Gilgamesh,

Mid Tier: Kazi, Kid Loki, Ajak, Kingo, Druig

Awful Tier: Sylvie, Ikaris, Sprite

Let me know in the comments if there are any characters that you would disagree with or that you would like to know my ranking for that I haven’t included πŸ™‚

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Blogmas Day 18: My favourite lyrics from Encanto :)

Blogmas Day 18: My favourite lyrics from Encanto :)

As many of you will know I am a big Lin Manuel Miranda fan and one of his newest projects is the Disney film Encanto which is coming out on Disney+ on Christmas Eve so I thought that I would write a list of some of my favourite lyrics πŸ™‚

  • A rhythm of its own design, This is my family, A perfect constellation, So many stars and everybody gets to shine- The Family Madrigal
  • MyΒ primo Camilo won’t stop until he makes you smile today, My cousin Dolores can hear this whole chorus a mile away- The Family Madrigal
  • Always walking alone, Always wanting for more, Like I’m still at that door longing to shine, Like all of you shine- Waiting On a Miracle
  • Under the surface, Was Hercules ever like “Yo, I don’t wanna fight Cerberus”?- Surface Pressure
  • But wait, If I could shake the crushing weight of expectations, Would that free some room up for joy, Or relaxation, or simple pleasure?, Instead we measure this growing pressure- Surface Pressure
  • grew to live in fear of Bruno stuttering or stumbling, I can always hear him sort of muttering and mumbling, I associate him with the sound of falling sand- We Don’t Talk about Bruno
  • When he calls your name it all fades to black, Yeah, he sees your dreams and feasts on your screams- We Don’t Talk About Bruno
  • It’s not symmetrical or perfect, But it’s beautiful and it’s mine- What else can I do?
  • What could I do if I just grew what I was feeling in the moment?, What could I do if I just knew it didn’t need to be perfect? It just needed to be? And they let me be?- What Else Can I do
  • The miracle is not some magic that you’ve got, The miracle is you, not some gift, just you- All of You
  • And I wanted you to know that your bro loves you so, Let it in, let it out, let it rain, let it snow, let it go- All of You
  • We have no gifts, but we are many, And we’ll do anything for you, It’s a dream when we work as a team- All of You

Let me know if you have seen the film Encanto and if so which song is your favourite πŸ™‚

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Blogmas Day 12: Christmas Decor 2021 :)

Blogmas Day 12: Christmas Decor 2021 :)

This year I have purchased a little bit of new Christmassy decor and I’m so excited to show you guys!!! Along with the usual in my house which is the two trees downstairs I have my tree for my bedroom which I purchased last year during lockdown πŸ™‚ I am such a sucker for the Primark Christmas home range so I had a bit of a haul in there as soon as that came out and have also popped into Disney and a few garden centres including a shop called Ruxley Manor and also Zara Home!

Let me know in the comments how you decorate for Christmas if you even do πŸ™‚

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Blogmas Day 11: Festive This or That :)

Blogmas Day 11: Festive This or That :)

I always see these templates on Instagram where you have to decide between two things and I thought that I would introduce this idea onto my blog and find different templates to answer πŸ™‚

Real Tree or Artificial: I have to say I do prefer a Real Tree although I personally have an artificial one in my bedroom we always have a real tree in our living room and I absolutely love it πŸ™‚

Hot Chocolate or Eggnog: Hot Chocolate as I am not a fan of eggnog at all!

Snow or W/O Snow: I absolutely love snow but I would have to go with no snow simply because in the UK we are not equipped for dealing with snow which means I wouldn’t be able to get anywhere or see friends and family 😦

Love Actually or The Holiday: 100% The Holiday as its probably my favourite Christmas film πŸ™‚

Elf or Home Alone: Depends on my mood but probably Elf πŸ™‚

Mariah Carey or Michael Buble: Michael Buble- the king of Christmas!

Movie or Boardgames: My family actually plays boardgames and watches a Christmas movie together on Christmas eve every year so kind of both but if I had to pick it would be a Christmas movie over boardgames πŸ™‚

Christmas Pudding or Christmas Cake: I actually don’t like either because I don’t like raisins 😦

Angel or Star topper: Probably a Star πŸ™‚

Snowmen or Reindeer: Reindeer πŸ™‚

Let me know in the comments your answers to these questions πŸ™‚

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Blogmas Day 9: The Festive Christmas Book Tag :)

Blogmas Day 9: The Festive Christmas Book Tag :)

I actually have no idea who started this tag but I personally found it on this blog here πŸ™‚

  • A fictional family you would like to spend Christmas dinner with: The Weasleys at the Burrow!!! I feel like they would get really into Christmas and it would make an already magical time of year even more magical πŸ™‚ I would also love one of Mollys Christmas sweaters πŸ™‚
  • A bookish item you would like to receive as a Christmas gift: Ooooo I’m not actually sure!! I recently bought myself a bookcart which I absolutely love and it now holds all of my TBRs and also my travel books πŸ™‚ I guess maybe another one of these?
  • A fictional character you think would make a perfect Christmas elf: I mean apart from Dobby because I feel like he would get way too into it and would be waking up all of the kids and also stealing one of every sock! I would have to say that Jack Frost from the Rise of the Guardians would make a really good Christmas elf πŸ™‚
  • Match a book to its perfect Christmas song: This is such a good question! I think my answer is going to have to be All I Want for Christmas is You and The Duke and I
  • A book or fictional character you’ve been disappointed in (should be put on the naughty list)- I have actually really enjoyed all of the books that I have read this year but a character that I have been disappointed in would have to be Dane from Fate: The Winx Saga! I had such high hopes at the start when he befriended Tara!
  • A book or fictional character you think deserves more love and appreciation (should be put on the nice list)- I have read a lot of books this year that I have absolutely loved but I think one of the ones that was my absolute favourite but I haven’t heard a lot of people talk about would have to be The Couple by Helly Acton
  • A book cover that has a wonderfully Christmassy feel to it: How to Stop Time by Matt Haig specifically the blue cover with white accents πŸ™‚ It has a very winter wonderland theme πŸ™‚
  • A book or series you love so much that you want everyone to find it under their Christmas tree this year.- OMG SO MANY but the book I have recommended most to people apart from the Helly Acton book would be The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo πŸ™‚

Let me know in the comments your answers to these questions πŸ™‚

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Blogmas Day 8: Christmas Checklist :)

Blogmas Day 8: Christmas Checklist :)

I have a long list of things that I want to do before Christmas every year and have a checklist of things in my brain to organise as well so I thought I would write out a list of some of the things that I have to organise/sort and also see if this could help any of you guys πŸ™‚

  • Write Christmas Cards
  • Write my Christmas wish list
  • Pick out a Christmas Tree
  • Decorate the tree and put up the lights
  • Put out all of the rest of the decorations
  • Christmas photo day
  • Find my Christmas jumpers and PJS
  • Write a list of people to buy for and then order/Buy presents for them
  • Wrap my presents in front of Christmas movies
  • Go and see other peoples Christmas lights
  • Message friends and arrange when we’re going to meet
  • Advent calenders for Mum and Maya
  • Stock up on snacks and drinks
  • Organise Christmas breakfast and order the main food

Let me know in the comments if you have any other ideas to add to this checklist πŸ™‚

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