Goodbye 2016 | Goals for 2017

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Hello Everybody.

I don’t know about you, but personally, I will be glad to see the back of 2016.

2017 is a brand new start for my little family. My partner is in a new job, my son will be starting full time school in September and me… well I’m going put everything I have into this blog and take it seriously.

For me, blogging is an escape. Here I get to sit and ramble on about whatever is on my mind and not feel judged at all for it. Even if nobody was actually reading what I post, I would still continue to write post just as an outlet for my thoughts.

I have high hopes for 2017. I’m hoping we will finally get on top of our debts and become a little more financially secure. At the age of 28, I was hoping I would have it all figured out by now; married, children, house and be financially secure. Of course, life doesn’t always go as planned, but of course things can always be turned around so long as you’re willing to try.

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So, I thought it would be a nice little idea to make a list of some of the things that I would like to do and or achieve in 2017.

  1. As I said earlier, I would like to pay off some of my debts and become more financially secure. Money troubles cause so much friction in a relationship and you feel so much pressure to constantly accept overtime to earn extra money just to stay afloat. I will be happy to have some spare money so that we can enjoy more family time together.

2. This year, I am going to allow myself to take more time for me. Being a working mother, sometimes it just feels like its, get up, school run, go home, clean up, pick child up from school, go to work, come home, make tea, tidy up, get a bath and finally go to bed. This year, I am going to allow myself a little more time in the evenings to actually blow dry my hair or paint my nails. Even if it is just one hour per night where I do something that I want to do, i feel like i will feel a lot better.

3. This year, I would love to become more organised. I am a terrible mess of a person who is always running out of the door half dressed with a flask in my hand. Juggling my home/work life is becoming increasingly more unorganised and I really need to sort this out.

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4. I would like to get some advice on my mental health. I am suffering with anxiety more frequently, which is why I started blogging again as writing things out, even if I don’t publish them helps. I think taking care of yourself is very important and this is one thing that I have been putting off for too long.

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5. I would like to take this blog more seriously. I really do enjoy just rambling on whenever something sparks my interest or showing new products that I have purchased or even giving advice. In 2017 I am going to create myself a proper posting schedule and make plans for posts. Hopefully this will keep me motivated and keep me excited to share things with you.


 

Sorry if this has been me babbling on, there are just some things that I needed to get off my chest out there.

What are your goals for 2017?

Let me know down in the comments. I would love to hear from you =)

 

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2016 Rewind | A look back at my year

 

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Hello Everybody and welcome back!

Can you believe that 2016 is almost over?!

I thought I’d do a quick little run down of some of the things that have happened during 2016.


 

January

We kicked off January with a trip to Hornsea on New Years day with my mum and Archie the dog.

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It was absolutely freezing cold! We walked along the beach then stopped for fish and chips and a hot chocolate to warm ourselves up.

It was a lovely afternoon despite the cold weather. The dog was worn out as was Leland.


 

February

This month saw my cousin hit her teenage years!

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I still think back to the day she was born,  me and my friend made buns with pink icing to celebrate.

I can honestly say that I am so proud of the bright, intelligent and caring young lady she is becoming. She hasn’t always had it easy at school or at home, but after a few tears and tantrums, she had made it out of the other side a better person.


 

March

March was the month that I took part in a Dechox for The British Heart Foundation.

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This was very difficult for me. I remember going out for Lunch with friends and I had to remember to order a cappuccino with no chocolate on the top. Never in my life have i received such an odd look from the barista. However I stuck with it and made it through the entire month without a single piece of chocolate. For Easter I asked for a donation rather than chocolate. I reached my target of £75.

Also in march we visited Kirklees Light Railway near Leeds to Spend a Day Out With Thomas and Friends.

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Leland was very excited to meet the Fat Controller and take a ride on a real mini steam engine.

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If your children are in to Thomas and Friends, I would highly recommend taking them. It was a fun family day out with activities on throughout the day. Leland still talks about it to this day.


 

April

In April, I went on a rare night out to my local village hall to see a Take That tribute band.

They were amazing!

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We had such a giggle and far too much wine (I had a two day hangover).

The tribute band were full of energy and after a few bottles of wine, we were screaming at them as though they were the real thing.

You can visit here to find out when they are in your area. If you’re looking for a good girls night out, I would recommend going to see them.


 

May

In May, myself and my two best friends relived out teenage years and went to go and see Busted live at Sheffield Arena.

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As much as I hate to admit it, we left feeling very deflated. Having seen McBusted the year before we were very disappointed with the boys lack of energy and engagement with the audience. Having said that, it was great to catch up with each other and we still managed to have a good time.

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June

We  celebrated my sons 3rd Birthday in June.

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We visited Honeysuckle Farm in Hornsea on the Sunday before with family and friends.

It is one of Leland’s favourite places to visit. He absolutely loves animals so it was a great day for him.

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The day of his birthday, we had a family party at home where as usual, he was spoilt rotten.

His amazing cake was made by my best friend.

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All in all, he had a lovely birthday weekend. We felt very grateful to our family and friends for making it special for him.


 

July

July was the month I finally scratched the seven year itch and cut my hair off!

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It was so damaged due to years of colour abuse and felt awful and crap at the ends.

Now it feels so much healthier and is growing a lot better than it was before.

Also in July, my two best friends and my son visited Bridlington for a day out.

We took a bag of 2p’s and spent a good hour or so in the arcade winning tickets which Leland traded in for lollipops.

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The four of us enjoyed a lovely day out in the sun.

 


 

August

In August, I hit a milestone with the direct sales company that I work for.

I hit £350 personal sales in a single calendar month.

I received a beautiful bracelet, a charm and a certificate congratulating me on my achievement.

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In all honesty, I felt very proud of myself. A lot of people doubted I would do very well in direct sales so I was glad to prove them wrong.


 

September

My little baby started at Nursery School in September.

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Looking back, I don’t know why I was so worried about him going. He has settled in great and has made lots of new friends. He is looking forward to starting full days this September.

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October

My birthday month!

Myself and my two best friends and Leland went out for lunch at The Wishing Well in Selby.

We had a lovely meal and a catch up then took Leland into the play barn.

I think us adults had a lot more fun than Leland did.

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November

November was a quiet month full of colds and work.

We had random afternoon visit to Brigg Garden Centre for a hot chocolate and to see the Reindeer.

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As you can tell, Leland was in a grump the whole way around but cheered up once he saw the Reindeer.


 

December

On the 17th December, we went to Leeds Magical Lantern Festival.

We got off the train and went straight to the Botanist in for a cocktail before we got the bus to Roundhay park.

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Once we arrived at Roundhay Park, we stopped for food at one of the vendors that were there and some mulled wine to warm us up.

At 6pm, we made our way over the road to the main event.

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We had a lovely girls afternoon/evening out. The lanterns were incredible and i can even begin to imagine the time and effort that went into organising and setting up this event.

If you ever get change to visit one, I would. It was more than worth the money.


 

So there you have a quick run down of some events that happened to me in 2016.

Have you done anything similar this year?

Have you done anything exciting?

What have you got planned for 2017?

Let me know down in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.

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10 Stocking filler ideas for Her | £10 and under

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Now personally, I get way more excited about stocking fillers than I do main presents. There;s just something about opening your stocking Christmas morning and seeing what random little things people have found you. I always find stocking fillers to be more of a personal gift than the main ones. People will see little knickknacks and think ‘oh, that reminds me of -”

I have put together a list of 10 things I personally would love to find in my stocking this Christmas. I hope you find this useful.


 

  1. Elegant Touch Let it Snow – £6.95 available here

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I mean, just look at them, who wouldn’t want to wear these over Christmas?… The little Christmas jumper design is super cute.

 


 

2. Tanya Burr Pink Cocoa Lipstick – £6.99 available here

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Personally I am a massive fan of any of the Tanya Burr lipsticks. They are easy to apply and are long lasting. I love the look of this shade and may have to treat myself to it if I don’t get it in my stocking.

 


 

3. Metallic monochrome I can’t adult today mug – £7.50 available here

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This mug is so cute and is perfect for snuggling down with a hot beverage of your choice.


 

4. Sweet Thoughts biscuit a5 notebook – £3.50 available here

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Again, very cute. Perfect size for slotting in your handbag for all your important notes.


 

5. Lush Cosmic Gift Set  – £9.95 available here

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Who doesn’t love Lush bath bombs? In this set you get the two bath bombs above: Intergalactic and Twilight. Perfect for getting warm after a chilly day sales shopping.


 

6. Soap and Glory Khol Eyed – £10 available here

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This set contains three gorgeous liners in Smoulder, Foil in Love and What a Night. These are perfect for those who love dramatic eye make-up.

 


 

7. Yankee Candle Home Inspiration Large Jar Candycane Forest – £10 available here

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I made the mistake of smelling this particular candle when I went to Asda last week and in all honesty, I wanted to scoop it out of the jar and eat it. It smells amazing.


 

8. Barley Lane Socks – £5 available here

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In all honesty, the cute packaging was what attracted me this this product. You can never have enough socks though…right?


 

9. Ted Baker Double the Dazzle – £8 available here

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This set contains a tinted lip balm and a nail polish. It looks a lot more expensive than it actually is too.


 

10. Chocolate!!

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I don’t think this one needs any explanation. A stocking isn’t complete without chocolate!


 

What are you hoping to find in your stocking?

 

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My Top 5 Christmas Films for the family

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It’s that time of year again… the dark nights are rolling in and it’s time to snuggle down in pj’s under a blanket with a hot chocolate. The struggle is… what to watch?!

Here are my top 10 favourite films to watch at this time of year.

1. Polar Express

Yes, of course it is on the list! Unless you’ve been living under s rock, you will know the story of the young, unbelieving boy who takes a ride on the train to the North Pole. A journey of self discovery, adventure, friendship and above all else… MAGIC!! This film has become a fast favourite in my house as my little boy turned 3 this year and is staring to really understand what Christmas is this year.

2. Balto

While this film is not a ‘Christmas’ film as such, it involves a lot of snow. This film will always have a special place in my heart as it was the first film my mum took me to see at the cinema as a child.

Based on a true story, this animated film follows the journey of a homeless half husky half wolf dog as he struggles to prove himself safe to be around humans.

The film is set in 1925, Nome, Alaska 18 people have already gotten sick from diphtheria.  One little girl is girl close to Balto’s heart. The town’s doctor sends for more diphtheria antitoxin, which Nome is out of. Road, rail and air routes are all blocked due to extreme weather so a race is held to find the fastest sled dogs to pick in the antitoxin from a neighbouring town. Balto joins in on the race and wins, but is cast out once again when his rival Steele, sets him up to growl. The humans deeming him as a dangerous wild animal once more. The sled team is sent to Nenana to pick up the antitoxin, but on the way back, there is an accident, and the musher is knocked out. When Balto realised the team hasn’t arrived he sets out to find them.

Again, another tale of self discovery filled with laughter, suspense and heart warming moments. I have watched this film every Christmas Eve since I was very young and will pass the tradition on to my boy.

3. All dogs go to heaven: a Christmas carol

Yet again, I have watched this film every Christmas Eve since I was a little girl. This films follows three dogs names Charlie, Itchy and Sasha as they race against time to stop their rival Carface and Belladonna from setting off a device which will force all dogs against their will to steal their owners presents and ruin Christmas! This film puts its own spin on the classics film ‘A Christmas Carol’.

4. The Snowman and the Snowdog

This story follows a young boy whose dog has just died. His family have movers into the house in whose backyard the snowman was originally  built. While out playing he finds a photograph of the snowman. The boy decides to rebuild him and give him a new little companion by building a cute little snow dog.

This film is filled with Christmas magic with a tearful ending. My little boy adores this film and we watch it throughout the year.

5. Paper Angels

This film is maybe for families with older children around the age of 10+ .It follows the story of a mother who leaves her alcoholic and abusive husband and moved with her kids to a new town. Here they face some serious financial hardships.  In that same town we meet Kevin whose marketing and design company is on the brink of shutting down due to the economy. Plus, Kevin’s wife Jenny is in a difficult pregnancy with twins.

Thomas who’s mother is struggling to make ends meet as a waitress starts a new school and becomes the target of a bully who feels incredibly threatened by how well Thomas plays basketball resulting in Thomas being unable to join the high school team. Thomas decides goes to the community centre where he meets Kevin and the two of them become unlikely friends through pickup basketball games. The both of them are unaware of incredible impact they will have on one another’s families this Christmas through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program.

This film really does bring home the true meaning of Christmas. I myself am guilty of being so wrapped up in the sheer panic and frustration of what to buy people and worrying if I have spent enough on certain people that I forget that Christmas is meant to be shared with family and friends. It’s not about what you’ve bought, it’s about being there and doing your best for others.
So there you have my top 5 Christmas Family films.

I really hope this has given you some inspiration of what to watch over the festive season.