Monday, 7 January 2019

A blogmas fail and a happy new year.

I guess this is going to be my first post of 2019. I love my blog and I was really feeling like 2019 was going to be the year I dedicated to my blog, but unfortunately life has had a different idea.

Firstly let me say how gutted I am that I failed at Blogmas 2018. This was my first ever attempt at Blogmas and honestly, considering my troubles with consistency, the fact I made it to day 11 was pretty impressive to me. Here is a little explanation as to why I failed (in the wonderful words of some well known person, it is only a failure if you fail to learn from it). Firstly, shiz got busy. I finished my Autumn semester on the 14th of December and that final week was busy. I had an assignment to stress over and bags to pack and socialising to do (because we made it through our first semester woooo!) and I was ill (more on that in a minute) and something had to drop. That something unfortunately being Blogmas. However, I really did love doing Blogmas and already am getting excited at the thought of trying it again this year. 

Now lets talk health. I have been pretty open with my health on my blog over the last few years as I have had my fair share (arguably more than my fair share) of struggles. Well, here we are facing another health struggle. This is the primary reason for my lack of blogging lately and why I almost didn't write this post. So here is my issue. I have had a headache everyday for 80 days straight. Along with these joyous headaches I would get vision problems. Then, on Boxing Day, I woke up with the headache, my eyes had gone funny and well, it's been that way ever since. Before, the headaches while annoying and a little concerning, were not consistent. Today is day 12 of my consistent headache and vision problems. There has not been one minute in the last 12 days that my head has not hurt and no medication is even touching it. It gets worse at certain points in the day. I get pretty bad nausea. My eyes are struggling and I just don't feel like myself. It's pretty scary stuff and has totally taken over my life.

Along with exams to revise for and assignments due, you can probably see why I have been struggling. Looking back at my past heath issues, I wish I had documented more. I was worried I would come off as whiney or dramatic or attention seeking, and so I held back until a good way into my health issues. While I don't know how serious or long lasting these current health issues will be compared to my Lyme journey (hopefully not as long!!!) I still want to document it. I want to document more of my life on here. The good, the bad and everything in-between.

However, this presented me with an issue. I want to blog and I want to document my life more vulnerably, but physically I am not in a place to be giving my blog the time and energy it requires for my posts to be of a good quality. So I was left with a question; do I blog at a lower quality than I would like or do I give blogging a break until my health is improved? 

I have been giving it a lot of thought and considering why I started blogging in the first place, have decided to just try upload some shabby posts. It breaks my heart a little but it won't be forever, and I know I will be grateful for these posts in the future. 

Now how was that for a long, chatty ramble.
I hope you're all slaying the new year and if you're not, be kind to yourself and try again tomorrow.

Peaks and valleys my friends, peaks and valleys.


Tuesday, 11 December 2018

The Christmas Blogger Tag | Blogmas 2018 | Day 11

What blogmas is complete without a Christmas tag? Not this one! For todays post I will be answering the infamous Blogger Christmas tag and I am so excited! I am a sucker for a tag whether I be reading, writing or watching it, I love a little nosey into someones life. So it feels only fitting to partake myself (even though I wasn't exactly tagged). If you decide to give the tag ago, let me know! I would love to read it!

What is your favourite Christmas film/s?
Ok this is such a difficult question for me because I honestly love them all! In fact, some of my favourite festive films have been those cheesy Hallmark ones on the Christmas movie channel. But, if I had to pick a favourite, it's got to be elf! It is an absolute classic and I never ever tire of it. *Contemplates stopping writing to go and watch elf*

Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas morning, although we usually get to open a present on Christmas eve that is usally pyjamas or some cosy clothing to snuggle down in! I have actually never heard of people opening all the presents on Christmas eve... is that a thing?

Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
I feel really fortunate in that all my Christmas memories are full of love and laughter. But, if i had to pick one, I would have to say the year my sister and I both got our first Nintendo DS. We wanted them so badly and there was pure excitement when we opened them. I believe our conversation went a little something like this... *we opened them at the same time but my sister got into hers a little quicker than me* My sister: Oh my gosh. I am going to scream in 3...2... Me: *screams* My sister: 1! *screams*. We then proceeded to play on them all day! Now I really want to go play animal crossing on my DS and pay my sister 300 bells to de-weed my whole town.

Favourite gift?
There are so many! My family are such great gift givers I guess. I mean, if I had to pick, the DS I just mentioned is definitely up there!

Favourite festive food?
Ok now this is a difficult one. Everything about festive food is to die for. Literally the best time of the year and the reason I end Christmas 30lbs heavier. I think it might be a toss up between pigs in blankets and yule log!

Favourite festive scent?
Being in Uni halls this year, I haven't had a chance to burn my favourite Christmas candles like I normally do, so I am really struggling with this question. Literally anything that makes me think 'Christmas!' I adore. 

Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
We always do the one comfy gift thing as I mentioned before, but we also usually do something with my Dad which is always so much fun. It used to be the pantomime, but now we usually go to the cinema. Now that everyone is getting older, I really love having that time to just be with my family and do something together. I literally love spending time with my family and it's always a real laugh. This is kind of the moment that actual Christmas begins for me.  I love it!

What tops your tree?
I think it's usually either a star or an angel, depending what we get to first in the Christmas decor box. 

 As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
I honestly cannot remember and the things I would do to read my old Santa letters with my wish list! It was probably some super overprices Bratz toy or a giraffe or something.

What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
As cliche as it sounds, it's just spending time with my family.  Cooking with my mum, watching my brothers and sisters open their gifts, snuggling down for the festive films and tv,  seeing everyones reactions to the gifts I gave them and of course playing the Christmas games. *I am litterly getting so excited writing this!*

So there we have the Christmas Blogger Tag! I really do love a good blogger tag and if you're reading this, then I tag you! 

I hope you're having a lovely day and I will speak to you tomorrow,


Monday, 10 December 2018

My Christmas Wish List | Blogmas 2018 | Day 10

Can you believe it's Blogmas day 10 already? I know I missed the first couple of days (being the spontaneous decision that Blogmas was) but I still feel pretty proud that I have kept up with it so far. As the girl who struggles massively with consistency, this is a super good challenge for me and I am absolutely loving it! My blog brings me so much happiness and forcing myself to make time to write has been so therapeutic for me. 

Anyway, on to today's post, my Christmas Wishlist 2018! I am super nosey and love reading what everybody wants for Christmas, so I figured, why not give it a whirl myself. I think wish lists are also super helpful for a little gift giving inspo and so if you're struggling with what to give someone, here is a little guide. Without further ado, I present to you my Christmas wish list 2018...

I actually asked (and received) the happiness planner last Christmas and I have loved it! I am a massive organisation/ planner junkie and have tried many different ones over the years. However, I think this may be my favourite one yet, and the fact that I have decided to go a whole other year with it speaks to that. This planner has a bunch of 'start of year' worksheets (which I adore as I love setting resolutions and goals), monthly goals and reviews, as well as a monthly overview. It also has daily quotes, a daily schedule/ to-do, end of day gratitude and a ton more. It combines everything important to me in a planner and is just so cute! The peony planner is a little more expensive than the original planner, so I went for the original planner last year to see if I like it. However, this year I have gone for the peony planner because it is just so gorgeous and classy. Can you tell I love this planner?

I actually mentioned this subscription within my Book Lovers Gift Guide post the other day, but it is just so good that it deserves a second mention. Being the bookworm that I am, the idea of getting a brand new book picked out for you each month and delivered to your door is just SO EXCITING. I think any delivered to door subscription is fun (because who doesn't love getting mail?), but I think this one is particularly amazing. You select your age and mention some of your favourite authors so the subscription is personalised just for you. How cool is that?

I am an absolute sucker for blankets. I just love snuggling up with a cosy blanket, a hot cuppa and a book (or Netflix) so when I came across this blanket I completely swooned. Can you see how fluffy that is? *It's so fluffy I'm gonna die!* (Name the quote!). While it's a little expensive, I'm not fussy on brands so any super fluffy blanket will make me happy. 

Of course, a handful of books have made their way onto my wish list this year (as they do every year), one of which is 'The Brain: The Story of You' by David Eagleman. I am completely fascinated by the brain and neuroscience at the minute, so I am dying to get my hand on this book. Not only do I think this would be super interesting but I think it would be great for setting some baseline information for my biological psychology module next semester. 

Giovanna is an absolute gem of a writer and I think both Tom and Gi have this amazingly positive presence online which I am sure will translate into an amazing book. The whole concept of the book is pure genius and I have been dying to get my hands on this since it was announced. 'Against all odds, she survived. The first girl born in fifty years. They called her Eve. The world had waited for her arrival with bated breath. She is the last girl on earth, and all her life Eve has been kept away from the opposite sex. Kept from the truth of her past. But at sixteen it's time for Eve to face her destiny. Three potential males have been selected for her. The future of the world is in her hands. She's always accepted her fat. Until she meets Bram. Eve wants control over her life. She wants freedom. How do you choose between love and the future of the human race?'. If I don't get this for Christmas, I am running straight out to Waterstones to buy it. 

While there are a good few more books on my wishlist, the final one in this list is 'When We Collided' by Emery Lord. Now I love Emery Lord and she writes those amazing 'I can't put this down so I will abandon all responsibilities and sit here until I finish the book' books. Having read both 'The Names They Gave Us' and 'The Start of Me and You' and been completely obsessed with them, it's pretty much guaranteed that I will be equally as obsessed with this book too. Plus my friend told me it was fab, and I don't think she is in the habit of lying about book quality. 

This item is a little less typical than the others but still super cool. You may have come across 'Master Class' before, but if you haven't, it is essentially a big collection of online courses in specific skills, taught by the best in the business. From cooking to sports to photography, there is a class for everyone. I love learning and am basically a giant nerd so this is a perfect gift for me. They do an offer which is £170 for a year of all-access which sounds so amazing! Not only super fun and interesting but also an amazing opportunity to upgrade that CV! 

What gift list is complete without a couple pair of shoes? Earlier this semester I fractured my foot (read about that fun time here) which meant I could wear nothing but trainers for weeks on end. Everywhere I went, trainers. Now the only real trainers I have are my workout Nike trainers and so I literally wore the same shoes every day for almost 2 months. After all that, I have come to the conclusion that a girl needs some casual trainers and these are just so cute! I am a little indecisive about the colour but I think this is a fun colour to spice things up a bit. P.s. I haven't actually told anyone about this item on my wish list so the chances of getting them are slim to none. But still... 

The final item in my wishlist is another pair of shoes, these gorgeous Timberland ankle boots. I already own a pair of full-on Timberland boots but I feel like these are much more versatile and give a completely different vibe to outfits. Again, super indecisive about colours but I feel like black shoes are always a success right? (Also haven't technically told anyone I want these haha)

Wow, I have literally been writing for almost 2 hours now (and I could write for 2 more!) so I will bring this post to an end. I hope you found it interesting to get a little nosey into my wish list. What is your favourite item?

Hope you are having a lovely day and I will speak to you tomorrow,


Sunday, 9 December 2018

Netflix Festive Watch List UK | Blogmas 2018 | Day 9

As a fellow film and TV lover, I love Netflix. I am a die-hard binge watcher along with a professional re-watcher (currently on my fifth rewatch of Gilmore Girls), so Netflix and I go way back. With that being said, you can see why I love reading posts like this. I think scrolling through Netflix can sometimes be a little overwhelming and I just can't decide what to watch, so posts like this are a life saver. 

I have always wanted to make one myself and being the Christmas fairy I am, what a better time to make one than for Blogmas! So, without further ado, here is my UK Netflix festive watch list!

Christmas Wedding Planner
Romantic Comedy
Rating: ALL
'A wedding planners world is turned upside down when a handsome private investigator is hired to disrupt one of her biggest jobs.'

This is one of those on my 'to-watch' list this year and with a 98% match on my Netflix account, I have a feeling it will be a good one. I am an absolute sucker for any slightly cheesy rom-com so I am super excited to give this one a watch.

The Christmas Chronicles 
Family Comedy
Rating: PG
'Ater accidentally crashing Santas sleigh, a brother and sister pull an all-nighter to save Christmas was a savvy, straight-talking St.Nick.'

This is a Netflix own movie and I absolutely loved it! It's your classic 'saving Christmas film' and perfect for snuggling up with a hot chocolate on a Sunday afternoon. A little strange side note- the elves in this are unlike any elves I have ever seen before... but I think they're cute.

The Holiday 
Romantic Comedy
Rating: 12
'Stuck in a vicious cycle of dead-end relationships with two-timing men, Los Angeles resident Amanda and Londoner Iris decide to swap homes.'

An absolute classic during the festive period, I must have seen this film at least 6 times. It just never gets old! With some absolute gems such as Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet, this is an absolutely fab film. If you have never seen this, I strongly suggest you give it a whirl!

Arthur Christmas
Family Comedy
Rating: U
'At Santa Clauses super-secret toy-making facility, Mr Claus entrusts his son, Arthur, to carry out an ultra-important Christmas mission'.

This is one of those 'sit down with the family' films. It's got a little something for everyone and once again, is perfect for a festive Sunday snuggle with a hot chocolate *goes and makes myself a Bournville hot chocolate -drool-*.

Holiday Joy
Romantic Comedy
Rating: PG
'After falling and bumping her head, an exhausted teen gets to experience life as part of a different family: the seemingly perfect Wellmans.'

Now this one is your classic 'Hallmark' festive film, the kind you find on the Christmas movie channel, and I love it. I am an absolute sucker for anything like this and a little coming of age festive feel-good film is everything I need on a cold winters day. 

Love Actually
 Romantic Comedy
Rating: 15
'This ensemble comedy is a charming treatise on romance, telling 10 intertwining London love stories, leading up to a climax on Christmas Eve.'

Almost everybody has seen this film before, and if you haven't seen it then you have most likely heard of it. I would argue that it is an absolute classic in the festive world. Is it really even Christmas if you're not watching 'Love Actually'? (Yes. It is. But it is still a fab film.)

So, unfortunately, that brings my festive watch list to an end. I only selected my top 6 films as I thought that was actually an achievable goal for most. That being said, the more the merrier right? Literally. 

What is your favourite festive film?

I hope you have a lovely day and I will speak tomorrow,


Saturday, 8 December 2018

Book Lovers Gift Guide | Blogmas 2018 | Day 8

I believe I was born a book lover. Now I'm not saying I came out the womb with a book in my hand, but I literally cannot remember a time where I wasn't book obsessed. Its almost become a way of life at this point. With that being said, I decided to put together a little 'Book Lovers Gift Guide' for todays blog post. Of course, any book lover will happily give you a long list of books to get them, but sometimes it is nice to mix things up a bit. So here are a hanful on gift ideas that are bound to make any bookworm swoon!

Under £10 

I came across this product on instragram and I have been dying to get my hands on one. I think it can be quite easy to stick to what you know with books and something like this is the perfect way to push you out your comfort zone and introduce you to a book you may not have thought to consider otherwise. Price: £7.99

This would make a perfect stocking filler. I think pins are classic and this one is perfect! You could put in on a jacket, hat, bag or whatever else you fancy really. It's a really cute accessory and getting something that references their love of books makes this a really thoughtful gift. Price: £7

Under £20

This is another super fun idea for pushing you outside your bookish comfort zone. Not only could this help you conquer some of the classics, but it just sounds so fun! Can you imagine the pride once you've successfully scratched off every box. The temptation to buy myself this is real. Price: £12.99

I can sometimes find slogan tops a little cheesy, but I really love this one. Its elegant and cute all at once and you could definitely style it in a ton of different ways. I think this would be the perfect gift for anyone who loves both fashion and books, and with a more personal touch to it, you can't go wrong! Price: £17.03

I think that most book lovers (myself included) are also book hoarders. I physically cannot bring myself to ever throw out a book that is readable, and I dream of the day my book collection is big enough to have my own mini library (this is literally a life goal of mine). With that in mind, you can see why this gift is just so perfect! I think it would be so cool to be able to look back at when you last read the book, and if you pass the book down or lend it out, you can look back and see how many people have enjoyed the book. Can you tell I think this is really cool? Price: £11.95

Over £20

This is actually something on my Christmas list this year because it sounds like the coolest thing ever. I think mail subscriptions of any kind are so fun and getting the surprise of what you get each month is so exciting. So, a book subscription is the definition of perfect. You can choose youre genre, give a little information on your favourite authors and they do the rest! SO.COOL. Price: £54.99 for 6 months.

There we have my 2018 book lovers gift guide. Personally, as a fellow book lover myself, I would be super happy with any of these gifts and so I can say with some level of confidence that your fellow book lover would feel the same.

Are you a book lover? Which gift is your favourite? 

I hope you have a lovely day and I will speak to you tomorrow,

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