BLOGMAS – DAY 18 – Christmas treats

Hey guys,

Welcome to day 18 of my Blogmas! I hope you’re enjoying it so far!

Today’s post is a different one for me as it’s food related and I’ve never done one like this before so fingers crossed!

Correct me if I’m wrong but one of the best parts of Christmas is eating! That includes of course the Christmas dinner itself but also chocolates and baked goodies all through December. And of course you can buy these goodies from a coffee shop, bakery or your local supermarket but nothing is more satisfying (and fun) than making them yourself!

This year I haven’t done much baking as such at home but have done at work with the children! We have made snowmen banana cake, star jam sandwiches and shortbread cookies decorated as snowflakes; I think I enjoyed it more than the kids did! (Oops)

I absolutely love Pinterest for recipes for treats such as these, here are a few of my favourites down below:

Brownie Christmas Trees

Reindeer Rice Krispies

Christmas covered strawberries Christmas trees

White chocolate dipped ginger cookies

There are so many different ideas out there! Just google or Pinterest it and you’ll find so many good ideas!

Have you done any Christmas baking this year? If yes, what did you bake?

If you missed yesterday’s post check it out here.

Love, Jess x

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BLOGMAS – DAY 17 – Favourite parts of 2017

Hey guys,

Welcome to my 17th Blogmas post and happy Sunday!

In today’s post I will be reflecting on the past year and the best parts of it.

2017 wasn’t a perfect year and it has had its downs but I prefer to focus on the positive parts. Christmas is such a busy time but I also think it’s the right time to have some down time to reflect, which is what I done for this post.

So here are my favourite parts of 2017:

• Starting a new relationship with Graham. I can’t say meeting Graham cos I met him in 2016, but since us starting our relationship I’ve never felt happier. I’m not going to go into all the soppy details cos he knows exactly why he makes me happy.

• Starting my new job at the school, since working here I’ve realised you don’t have to be stressed at your job and you can have fun! I love the people I work with and I love what I do, 2017 wouldn’t of been nearly as good if I didn’t get this job.

• Starting this blog is another big favourite. Thanks to having a blog I’ve met some amazing people who are so kind and lovely and have helped me so much even without realising it.

• The gigs I went to this year, I haven’t got the best memory but to the best of my memory I’m sure that I’ve seen all time low, you me at six, Ed Sheeran and Sean Paul this year as well as going to the summertime ball.

• Going to Cyprus with my best friend and her parents. I love going on holiday and the weather was so nice, we did loads of nice things and made some wonderful memories.

• Going to Bournemouth and Brighton with Graham. Those two little trips made big memories.

• Going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour because I LOVE Harry Potter and it was a truly magical experience which I’m going to relive next week yay! Check out my post on my experience here.

And that is it! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it!

If you missed yesterday’s post you can check it out here.

What is your favourite part of this year?

Love, Jess x

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BLOGMAS – DAY 16 – Secret Santa gift ideas

Hey guys,

Welcome to my 16th post and happy Saturday!

This is the first year I haven’t done a secret Santa but when I did I really did struggle to find something to get.

Today is a quick post as I feel like I’ve done a bit too many gift ideas posts (sorry!)

Let’s get started…

Depending on your budget it could be up to £5 or £10, here are some ideas:

For a joke you could get them Stressticles

Under £5 – purchase them here

Lush Bathbombs

Check out my lush haul post from Thursday it’ll give you some ideas on which bathbombs to get!

Cinematic light box

£10 – purchase from here

Party pong

£5 – you can purchase it here

Yoga dog book

Do they like dogs? If they do they’d love this!

£5 – you can purchase it from here

Thank you for reading today’s post! If you missed yesterday’s posty check it out here.

Are you doing secret Santa this year?

Love, Jess x

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BLOGMAS – DAY 15 – Last minute Gift ideas

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Welcome to day 15 of my blogmas, today’s post is going to some ideas for last minute gifts. If you’re like me and leave Christmas shopping to the last minute then hopefully this post will be of help to you!

So let’s get started…

Fluffy socks

Because…well who doesn’t love fluffy socks?

Primark

Primark

Scarf, hat & gloves set

Perfect present for this time of year!

Accessorize

Accessorize

Mug

Which again is perfect for this time of year, who doesn’t love hot drinks in this cold?

New Look

New Look

Jewellery

Nearly everyone loves costume jewellery and it’s a lovely gift to receive.

River island

River Island

Gift sets

There are so many different types of gift sets out there to get, makeup, bath, nail, perfume and many more

Boots

Boots

Gift voucher

If all other ideas fail then why not get a voucher for their favourite shop.

If you missed yesterday’s post then you catch up on it here.

Thank you for reading today’s post!

Have you done all your Christmas shopping?

Love, Jess x

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BLOGMAS DAY 14 – Festive Lush Haul

Hey guys,

Welcome to day 14 of my blogmas! I can’t believe it’s been two weeks already! It’s absolutely flown by!

Linking back to yesterday’s post one of the main ingredients to a true pamper session is of course …..(drumroll please)…..a bath bomb!

And where better to get a bathbomb than lush?!

Today’s post is going to be of the bath bombs/bubble bars that I recently purchased from lush and the keep in the spirit of blogmas I chose only festive ones!

Christmas Sweater

The snowman bubble bar

Christmas Eve bubble bar

The magic of Christmas bubble bar

Star light star bright

To purchase any of these you can get them from a Lush store, from the Lush app or online here

(Due to my mums allergies I’ve only used one of them! So no review on them as of yet, sorry!)

Thank you for reading today’s post!

What is your favourite Lush bathbomb?

Love, Jess x

BLOGMAS – DAY 13 – Winter Self Care Tips

Hey guys,

Welcome to day 13 of Blogmas! I am pretty shocked that I’ve made it this far tbh but here we are!

Today’s post is some winter self care tips! As I know Christmas is all about giving and loving others it is also important to take care of yourself!

Here are some tips, I hope you find them helpful:

Get plenty of fresh air – I know it’s tempting to stay snuggled up in bed watching Christmas movies and drinking hot drinks during this season but it is so important to get fresh air. To make it more festive you could go visit Christmas markets and Christmas lights, that way you’re getting fresh air in a festive way!

Pamper yourself – as it’s the holidays take this time to completely relax and de-stress! Face masks, manicures, bath bombs…you name it! Do something that makes you happy.

Organisation – this season gets super busy and hectic for the most of us, and if you’re like me you can’t survive without a diary/planner. Without mine I’d be lost as my memory is like a fish. Organisation doesn’t just work by note form it also could be in your bedroom, organising a shelf, cupboard or draw can really help to declutter your space. You don’t need to declutter all at once, do bit by bit and make it fun! (Well as fun as you can)

Sleep more – yes more! Sleep is SO important for your health and is a good way to recuperate after the stress of Christmas. Resist that urge to watch another episode on Netflix, I know it’s hard but it’ll still be there tomorrow! Your body will thank you for even one more hour of sleep!

Take a break from social media – I really do feel that we are all very dependent on social media nowadays (myself included, I can imagine Graham nodding his head right now as he calls me ‘hooked’). Don’t get me wrong social media is great! But too much….not so great. This links along with the pamper yourself point. We all need some ‘me’ time, without it we would crack up. You can be the most chattiest person alive and still need a break from socialising. And like the famous saying “too much of a good thing is bad”.

When I say take a break I don’t mean be drastic and not go on your phone for a week, because people will definitely worry! Just take a few minutes out of your day to put down your phone, read a book, have a bubble bath, meditate or go for a walk! It definitely works as I’m starting to try myself! I do this before I go to bed, I put my phone down, read some of my book then go to bed; and I’ve definitely been sleeping better since!

Spend time with those you love – it is so important to spend quality time with those who are close to you, that may be your girlfriend/boyfriend, best friend, friend or family member. Every moment is a memory so let’s make each moment count! Spending time with others doesn’t need to be expensive! It could be as simple as a movie day or a pamper day, I love having these sort of days as it’s nice to just chill out together and catch up.

Be positive – yes it is hard sometimes to maintain positive but even just one quote a morning can really help. Standing in front of your mirror and saying to yourself “you can do this” became you can! You can do anything that you put your mind to! Don’t let anyone tell you any different.

Embrace the season – don’t be a Scrooge! It’s Christmas! Eat that chocolate if you want too, buy that dress if you want too, it’s okay to treat yourself! (I tell myself that every time I buy myself a new palette from urban decay or boots..)

The ultimate self care tip is to love yourself!

These are all I have today. I hope they have helped you to think of ways to take care of yourself this festive season!

Thank you for reading today’s post, your ongoing support really does mean the world to me!

If you have missed yesterday’s post which was my first ever book review then click here.

Love, Jess x

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BLOGMAS – DAY 12 – Review of a Festive book

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Welcome to day 12 of my Blogmas! Today’s is a review of Jenny Colgans’ book “Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery” it’s my first proper book review so fingers crossed you enjoy it!

Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery

By Jenny Colgan

First published in 2016

43 Chapters 339 pages

What is the book about

It’s Christmas in the Cornish coastal village of Mount Polbearne – a time for family, friends and feasting

Polly Waterford loves running the Little Beach Street Bakery and the festive season always inspires her to bake something extra special for the village residents. In fact, the only thing she loves more is curling up with her gorgeous boyfriend, Huckle. This Christmas should be their best one yet, but life doesn’t always go to plan…

When Polly’s best friend Kerensa turns up with a secret that threatens the life that Polly and Huckle have built together, the future begins to look uncertain. Then a face from Polly’s past reappears and things become even more complicated. Polly can usually find solace in baking but she has a feeling that’s not going to be enough this time. Can she get things back on track so that everyone has a merry Christmas?

What I rate it

5/5!

My thoughts on “Christmas time at Little Beach Street Bakery

It was my first ever time reading a book by Jenny Colgan and I loved it! It took me by surprise to find out it was the LAST book out of a trilogy but even so I don’t think it made a huge difference and I still loved the book and will definitely be getting the other two books!

The story line progressed nicely, not too slow but not too fast either! You really get to emphasise with the characters and feel like you’re actually there living in the story. It was one of those books that I just couldn’t put down! It wasn’t overly Christmassy which I liked, it had other underlying stories within it which makes it a much more complex but interesting read.

I would highly recommend this book and this author!

Thank you for reading today’s post! Hope you enjoyed my first ever book review! If you would like to see more then please let me know in the comments!

If you missed yesterday’s post (what Christmas means to me) you can check it out here.

Love, Jess x

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