2016 – What a Year!

We have nearly reached the end of yet another year, 2016 seemed to have flashed by! There have been so many new experiences and moments in this past year, its been a hard year but I wouldn’t have changed any of it.

My Family have been the most amazing and supportive family ever (like they always are). Throughout the year I have had several meltdowns about things and its been my family that have been there for me. My parents are extraordinary with the support I have and they have achieved so much this year too, I couldn’t be more prouder to call them my parents. I have to mention my little sister who I am so proud off, she has gain so much confidence and achieved tones, I cannot believe how grown up and beautiful she is becoming. I must also mention my grandparents, aunts and uncles who too are the most amazing family ever, they are all there for me and they too have achieved so  much.

This year we also received a new member to our family, as my uncle and aunt had their first child, a beautiful baby daughter.

This year me and my boyfriend reached our year anniversary, which was amazing. I cannot tell you all enough how proud I am of him, he is becoming a incredible young man who I am so proud to say is my boyfriend. He has achieved so much this past year in his studies, and I am sure he will continue ti make me proud. He has been there for me too this year much like my family, I cannot thank him enough for everything he has done.

At the start of 2016 I was still at my old school completing my GCSE’s which I am happy to say I passed all of them in the summer. It’s been  hectic with exams and coursework but it was definable worth it. It was a year of memories for sure, with prom and the year 11 leaving parties etc. Prom was one of the most amazing nights ever celebrating with all my friends, and getting dressed up too. I also moved schools this year which is something I never thought I would be able to achieve because I struggle to make new friends and change isn’t something I like. But I did it and now I am settled into my new school with a new group of friends, meeting new people and challenges every single day.

2016 saw me achieve things I have never achieved before, even the smallest of things like catching two trains only to get to a meal with friends, starting to learn to drive. These things might be small to some but they are big to me. I achieved this blog, right here, I really never thought I would be able to achieve something like this and I am hoping to take this further and have more great content for you guys in the new year. You are all brilliant and I cannot thank you enough for the love you’ve given me as a newbie blogger.

2017 is going to be another fantastic year and I want to wish you all the best. My aim is be more positive in the up and coming year with everything. I want to be more optimistic about things and not worry so much about ‘what if’. I am aiming to try not and over think situations all the time as that is another thing I do a lot of. Sometimes I know that the goals we set ourselves aren’t always achieved but I am going to try my very best to achieve this in 2017! Let me know what is your goals for 2017?

Happy New Year

Abbie xx

 

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Christmas is coming fast now, and honestly I cannot wait for it. I can’t wait for my family to be over for lunch and the evening. It’s  going to be even more special this year as me and my sister are no longer the only children on the scene… earlier this year my uncle had is first daughter so that makes 3 of us. It’s her first Christmas so it’s going to be amazing!

For me Christmas begins on the first of December with all the advent calendars and trees and lights start to appear around the houses. I love walking to school in the morning and seeing houses lit up inside. It’s something about this which is magical to me, I don’t know why.

Christmas is all about love and compassion, this is will be my second Christmas with my boyfriend and though we may not be able to see each other on Christmas Day itself, honestly its still the same feeling. Spending Christmas day with my family is showing this love, the home is never complete on Christmas Day without love being shared among those around you.

Even now, magic is still at the heart of Christmas. Magic and the thought of magic brings Christmas (in my eyes) together, as one. Whether we believe or not I have always felt that the magic of Christmas is one thing that never changes no matter what else changes. The magic for me is having all the family happy and laughing.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas I hope that you all enjoy whatever you have planned, be happy and laugh. Let me know what you have planned this Christmas.

Merry Christmas

Love

Abbie xx

Christmas Wrapping

It’s coming to that time now when all that we can think about is wrapping our presents, this year I decided to wrap each of my presents differently depending on who they are for and what they are.

I really liked this idea of brown parcel paper this year which all comes together when you add the red and white string. I saw this last year on a YouTube video by Zoella (in her 24 days of Zoella series which by the way this year I am loving again). Anyway, I thought I would share with you how we decided to wrap gifts this year.

As me and my younger sister currently buy for friends and family together, we both decided that we would try and create something special out wrapping them this year. We thought that we would use brown wrapping paper this year, personally I had seen these on Pinterest and found them so individual. The paper itself wasn’t too expensive which meant that it work really well for both me and my sister.

To make these gifts a bit more personal we decided to decorate them using red string. We managed to get hold of these from IKEA where again the cost wasn’t huge but when we put the presents together it really made them look brilliant. To personalize our presents further we decided to write straight onto  paper in a sharpie.

This is one of my shorter post but I didn’t want to give to much away, I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know what ideas what your plans are for present wrapping this Christmas

Abbie xx

Deck the Halls

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img_20341img_20361img_20351img_20331img_20381img_20401img_20421As we are now in the festive period I have begun to start decorating my room to get in the festive spirit. Now my room as just been re decorated (don’t worry there will be a room tour hopefully in the new year) but I needed some new festive decorations for my room, not tones but just a few new smaller ones. Note to all that when I decorate to get into the festive mood blasting a Christmas playlist is a must!

Where do I start… as you will begin to understand I am mad about Christmas, so mad it fact that I have been nagging my parents about it for weeks since November. We decorated the down stairs with our main Christmas tree, the theme here is purples, browns and gold which ties in well with our living room colours. Also, we have our tiny nativity scene which sits on the bottom of the fireplace. Honestly I love the front room at Christmas, it so festive and cosy.

Elsewhere, we have another tree which is in our kitchen this one doesn’t really have a theme it just has mine and my sister handmade decorations on it and other little cute decorations that don’t fit the main tree’s theme. We also have these lush lights on the house outside.

As for my room I wasn’t able to go all out as I had hoped as having my room done meant that my festive decorations from last year just didn’t look right. However, I do have these two small snow globes that sit on my desk, which get me into the festive mood each morning before school! Also I have my stocking out which are so cute, I love them both so much it just adds that little bit extra to my room.

Do you all decorate your rooms? How do you all decorate your rooms for Christmas?

Abbie xx

Silent Night Pamper Night

During this busy time of year often people forget about relaxing and getting some ‘me’ time into their days. This is one reason why I am writing this post to try, I know full well that I don’t get enough me time but honestly when I do I don’t regret it at all.

 

To start of my ‘silent night’ pamper session, I find that it begins with setting the mood, which for me is lighting a good Christmas scented candle. I really think that candles offer you a calm and relaxing environment as well as the festive atmosphere. Once the candle is burning I tend to run myself a nice hot steamy bath. I love having a festive bath because I find I can relax more and more.

While relaxing in the bath I tend to watch YouTube or read a book.  If you don’t like to do either then you could just listen to some festive musics (you can’t go wrong by doing that). After the relaxing bath I tend to hop out and jump into some festive PJS, my trick is to warm these up on the radiator before getting into the bath so they are nice and warm after you get out of the bath.

After that I will give myself a small manicure session where I cut and file all my nails so they feel fresh and healthy. I tend to do this when I am snuggled up in bed watching a Christmas film (Elf or The Holiday) and a hot chocolate. Now sometimes this changes depending on whats happening that night but honestly this tend to happen quite a bit during the holiday season.

Abbie xx

Christmas Q&A

img_2022It’s finally December 2016! I love Christmas so much, it’s my favorite time of year (if you didn’t already know…)
Anyway as my first  Christmas post I decided that I would do a small Q&A for you all, now these questions are from friends and family so I hope you enjoy.

Q: What do you do to count down the days?

A:  To count down the days until Christmas day I open my advent calendar, unlike most people my family put together my calendar by filling it with chocolate and different treats instead of just having a store brought calendar.

Q: What do you love about Christmas the most

A: Simply everything, honestly I cannot narrow this one down. I love the spirit and festivity of this time of year. I love spending time with my family and friends and I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world.

Q: Favorite Christmas Movie?

A: I really love The Holiday starring Kate Winslet, it’s just a magical film and it reminds me so much of books I read when I was younger. I also really enjoy Mistletoe Under Manhattan, Elf and Mircale on 34th Street

Q: Favorite type of Christmas Activity?

A:  Spending time with family and friends mostly but also spending time with my boyfriend, snuggling up watching movies with hot chocolate and hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream.

Q: Ideal Christmas Day?

A: For me this would spending the entire day with the people I love my family and my boyfriend. It would spending lunch laughing around the table enjoying a good roast, then spending the afternoon laughing and exchanging presents with one another just a day of love and kindness.

Q: Do you enjoy Christmas present wrapping and purchasing?

A: I really enjoy buying and wrapping resents I make a right deal out of it spending an evening with a movie on wrapping all the presents nicely. This year I am really thinking about going all out with the wrapping (well that’s my plan anyway)

Q: Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

A: Usually on Christmas Eve me and my family would attend the blessing of the crib service at church. But this year I am working on Christmas Eve as it falls on a Saturday…I’m not too worried as I will hopefully be seeing my family later on in the evening. As far as traditions are concerned I guess we usually have a Christmas eve box with PJ’s and a good film with some nibbles.

Q: Do you like Christmas lights?

A: Yes, Yes, Yes… I love Christmas lights whether that be at home or in the city center, they are one of my favorite things about Christmas. I really love going to the switch on with my boyfriend or friends just so I can get into the Christmas spirit.

Abbie xx