(Late) February Round-Up​

Hello again. As with January, February was quite a busy month for me (hence the lack of posts) and I am only just getting a spare minute to sit down and write this post.

House buying: This month has been another month packed full of house buying. We had to pull out from the purchase of the house we were buying in January due to unforeseen costs to redo pretty much the entire roof. Most of the month has been spent looking around houses and show homes, which I have absolutely loved. I really enjoy seeing all of the different styles of houses and decorating styles. We have finally found a house that we absolutely love and are now in the process of purchasing it. Hopefully, we should be moving in mid-April, if not before, which is really exciting! I cannot wait to have our own space and be able to decorate it in the way that we like.

Friends Visit: Early in February, we took a trip to Cheltenham to visit a friend of Kyran’s for their engagement party. It was really nice to all get together and celebrate their news with a few drinks!

Family Visit: At the end of the month, we went to visit my Gran up in Liverpool for the weekend. It was really nice to go back home for a few days and just spend some time together without having to think about work or uni. I have lost 3 out of 4 of my grandparents in the last 18 months so I really want to spend as much time with my Gran as I can as I know how quickly things can change.

What was the highlight of your month?


January Round Up

Hello again… It’s been a long time since I sat down to write anything over here!

January has been quite a busy month for me and I wanted a way to document it all in one place, so I thought I would do a monthly ‘Round Up’ post at the end of every month to keep you up to date with everything that’s been going on!

This month started off with the boyfriend and I starting to properly look for houses. We went to a few different house viewings and nothing was really making us excited about moving but the last one we saw, we fell in love with. It was in a nice little area and is close by to both of our families as well as having a good amount of space for us to have guests over. It was just perfect for our first little home. Most of the month has been spent getting the ball rolling on buying the house and signing lots of pretty intimidating paperwork!! We are (hopefully!) relatively close to the end of the process and are hoping to be moving at the end of February/early March! This was my main goal for this year and I never imagined that it would be possible so quickly and I am really excited to document our moving and decoration process. If there are any particular posts you would like to see in that department, let me know!

Also, January marked the start of my Open University course! I am still working full time but  I have found it to be pretty manageable as I like to keep at least one weekend day free for some study time as well as an hour or two every weeknight. So far, I have really enjoyed the subject and it is really nice to have something to be working towards alongside having targets etc at work!

As always though, January has felt like a really long month. I had a 4-day work trip this month which was really interesting but consisted of really long and busy days. There has been a lot of backward and forwards with estate agents and solicitors and a few stressful days of waiting, but finally, January is over! I think January is always a tough month for everyone after having the festive season but it has also been quite a productive one for me.

How has your January been? Pop over to my Twitter for a chat!

2018 Highlights

As it is nearly time to begin 2019 I wanted to share some of my highlights from this year!

Bring It On The Musical – This is one of my main highlights for the year. I absolutely loved being part of this show and I am so proud of what we managed to achieve in such a short space of time. We went from being a group of people who had little to no cheerleading experience to pulling off stunt routines in under 3 months! 

Birthday – Over the last couple of years, my birthday has become something I didn’t really enjoy but this year I had an amazing birthday in Edinburgh with my boyfriend and a lovely party with friends. It was a reminder that I am so lucky to have amazing friends!

House Hunting – I am so excited about this one! In the last week, my boyfriend and I have been looking at some houses so that we can start the process of buying our first property together. Ever since I was a kid I have dreamt about having my own house and that is becoming a bit more reachable now! 

Signing up for Uni – At the start of the year I was certain that Uni was something that I wouldn’t enjoy or want to do, but towards the end of the year I started to miss having something to work towards and I started to research more into Open University. The more I researched into it, the more excited I got and I decided to go for it! I am really excited to get started with my course and have a new challenge! 

Thank you to anyone who has read my blog this year and enjoyed it. I would really love to focus a bit more time and energy on improving my content and scheduling so any feedback would be welcome! 

What have your highlights of 2018 been? Leave a comment below! 

Blogmas # 14 Getting into the Christmas Spirit

This year I have really struggled to get into the Christmas spirit and start to feel festive. A lot has happened this year in my personal life and I don’t know if that has impacted that but I have been starting to feel more Christmassy over this last week so I wanted to share a list of things that have made me get a little bit more festive!

Christmas Markets: Whilst this isn’t something everyone can do, I would highly recommend this one! Walking around Christmas stalls selling amazingly scented gingerbread to beautiful decorations surrounded by Christmas music always brings out my festive spirit. There is a lovely atmosphere and it really makes me start to feel the warmth and coziness of the season.

Friends: A lot of my friends are either at university or are working full time, like me, so I don’t always get to see as much of them as I would like. I have spent quite a bit of time with friends over the last week or so, especially with having rehearsals for our Christmas concert and it has really made me feel more jolly!

Baking: If I have time on a Sunday afternoon, I really love to bake cookies and have a play with the recipe to see what seasonal twists I can make. The smell of freshly baked gingerbread cookies reminds me of baking with my grandparents around Christmas and that brings back a lot of happy memories for me!

Christmas Music: It is only over the past week or so that I have actually let myself listen to Christmas music, but it really makes all the difference. My favourite album at the minute is Christmas in New York.Screenshot 2018-12-13 at 21.58.17.png

Decorations: Once the tree is up and everywhere is covered in fairy lights, I always feel much more merry and in the spirit of Christmas. We decorated our office at work this week which has brought a really lovely atmosphere!

What are your favourite ways to help yourself start to feel festive?

Blogmas # 13 Little Q&A

Hello everyone!

I hope everyone is enjoying Blogmas! I am starting to find it quite challenging due to having a lot of stuff on at the moment at work and at home, but I want to keep going with it for as long as I can. I want to do a few little chatty posts in between the more structured ones, so I hope you don’t mind that. For today’s Blogmas, I thought it might be nice to do a little Q&A!

What made you decide to start your blog?

I used to write a beauty blog a few years ago and really enjoyed it but once my exams started to come around I didn’t spend much time on it and I gradually stopped all together. This year I have really wanted to get back into blogging and have a new start. I love having a place to share my thoughts and experiences whilst connecting with other bloggers in the community.

What do you do for fun?

I am part of an amateur dramatics group that perform a musical once a year and usually a Christmas concert around this time of year. I love being involved in every stage of the production and perfomance of a show. My main focus is dance and I was really lucky to get to co-choreograph our production on Bring It On The Musical in the summer.

What is your dream job?

This one is really difficult to answer. As a child I always wanted to be a dancer, but as I got a bit older this became less of a realistic dream for me. I find psychology and crime related professions fascinating so that is a path I am looking into going down. I am starting my degree in January in Psychology and Criminology so that will hopefully be the first step towards a proper career path for me.

What is the best place you have visited?

A few years ago, I was really lucky to be able to visit Tanzania and Zanzibar on a trip with my 6th form to help build and teach at a school that we were partnered with. I do want to write a full post on this so I won’t go into too much detail but it was such an amazing and fulfilling couple of weeks that completely changed my perspective on a lot of things. I would really recommend taking a trip like that at least once in your lifetime to go!

I hope you are all having a lovely December and let me know if you are doing Blogmas too!

Blogmas # 12 Sick Days

During the winter, I always always get all of the colds that are floating around so I have had quite a few days this colder weather when I have felt a bit rubbish. Sometimes the only thing you want to do is curl up in bed and sleep the fog away but sometimes you have to get up and get on with the day as normal.

When I have to get up and go to work when I am not feeling my best I go into the office armed with all the supplies I could possibly need to get through the day.

Painkillers: Painkillers are my best friend when it comes to getting through the work day when I just want to be at home in bed. My desk drawer is always equipped with a box of Lemsip sachets or paracetamol as well as ibuprofen and throat sweets.

Tissues: I always keep tissues in my desk but especially when I have a cold. I like the balm ones because they are really soft and don’t make your nose feel quite so sore.

Lip Balm/Protective Balm: Not only is this great for keeping your lips moisturised, it is perfect for putting around your nose to stop it getting so chapped from constantly being rubbed by a tissue. I often get a really sore nose when I have a cold and it just helps to soothe it and keep it moisturised.

When I am feeling a bit under the weather I  don’t tend to wear too much makeup as I quite often end up rubbing most of it off anyway! On these days, I like to make sure I have my moisturiser with me in case my skin startings feeling tight and dry.

Also, on these days, I like to find really comfy outfits that I can still wear to the office but don’t feel restricted. My favourite combo is an oversized jumper with either jeans or leggings and boots. This way I am comfy and still look presentable.


Blogmas # 11 Favourite Christmas Films

Every year at the begining of December my mum gets all of the Christmas films out and lines them up on the windowsill. I always reach for the same few films every year and will always watch them!

The Holiday – This is probably my favourite film in general, not just for Christmas. I love the two separate plots that intertwine and come together in the end. I love the strong female leads and strong supporting male roles. I love the cosy and warm feeling of the film.

Muppets Christmas Carol – This is a family favourite and it’s one that comes out every year that we all sit down to watch together. It is lighthearted and festive whilst also telling the original story very well!

Elf – Another classic Christmas film that I love to put on whilst baking festive treats or whilst decorating the Christmas tree. It is just an easy going, happy film that gets you feeling in the spirit.

Nightmare Before Christmas – This is a film that I love to watch on a cosy night in all wrapped un in bed. I often watch this all year round because it focuses on so many different holidays but Halloween and Christmas are usually when I watch it the most.

Arthur Christmas – When this film was released we saw it in the cinema with my grandparents and it has been a firm favourite ever since. Both of my grandparents really enjoyed it because it was just a fun Christmassy film and it became a bit of a tradition to watch it with them when they came to stay at Christmas so I want to carry that on this year.

Which Christmas film is your favourite?

Blogmas # 10 Winter Pamper Evening

I absolutely love setting aside a full afternoon or evening ever now and again to have a proper pamper evening so I thought I would share with you my favourite things to do in this time.

The first thing I do is run a bath. I really love the Lush Comforter Bubble Bar because it makes so many bubbles and turns the water such a lovely colour! The blackcurrant scent is my favourite of all the Lush Bubble Bar scents too.

Just before I get in the bath, I like to take all my makeup off with the Clinique Take The Day Off Balm and then wash off any extra residue and dirt with the Clinique Liquid Facial Soap. I then put a layer of the No7 Moisture Mask and get into the bath.

After I have had a soak in the bath, I like to rinse off, shave my legs and wash my hair. On the days when I am having a proper pamper, I use my Tony&Guy Damage Repair hair mask which I leave on for about 5 minutes.

Once I am done with my bath and have washed my hair I jump out and moisturise. My favourite body lotion at the minute is the Vaseline Cocoa one but I also love the Soap and Glory Body Butters! I then move onto my hair, which I usually roughly blowdry once I have added in some hair oil.

Pamper nights usually coincide with bed sheet changing day so my favourite bit of the evening is getting changed into some fluffy pjs and snuggling up in bed to watch a film. This, of course, only happens once I light my candles and turn on my fairy lights to make my bedroom really cosy.

When you have a pamper evening what is your favourite step?

Blogmas # 9 Christmas Cookies

I love making cookies at any time of year but around Christmas I tend to switch up the recipe a bit to make it more festive. The original recipe I used was the BBC Good Food Millie’s Cookies recipe but this has evolved over time so it is a bit different!

  • 250g Self Raising Flour
  • 175g Light Brown Sugar
  • 50g Caster Sugar
  • 100g Salted Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 3 tsp Ginger
  • 200g Chocolate Chips (or roughly chopped chocolate)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Soften the butter and combine with both types of sugar.
  3. Add in the egg and vanilla essence and combine with the sugar and butter mix.
  4. Sieve the flour into the bowl and add in the salt along with the cinnamon and ginger. Mix everything together.
  5. Add in the chocolate chips.
  6. Section into 12 and roll into balls.
  7. Put on the baking tray (I usually put 6 to a tray as they spread out quite a bit!) and place in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Do keep checking on them as depending on the oven it can vary quite a bit!
  8. Once they are out of the oven, they are really nice warm but are also great once cooled. They do keep in a tin for 4 or 5 days!