Welcome back everyone! You might have noticed that things have been a little quiet here, as I’ve been on a mini blogger break, this has been a perfect opportunity to enjoy some time with the family. I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year. I don’t know about you, but I’ve definitely eaten a lot of food and been spoilt by my friends and family.
To start the New Year, I thought I would share with you my December Favourites.
If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you’ll know that December has been a very busy month for me! This time of year always seems to be busy, as the working month for most is only three weeks long. Sunday 10 December I woke up to a blanket of snow outside, it was lovely as it looked like a Winter Wonderland. Living in Plymouth I have never seen snow, as we never got it.
With Aylesbury being inland, they always have more chances of getting snow. It was lovely to play around with Yasmine in the snow, there was a lot of snowball fights and we even went for a winter walk. It was crazy how it was proper snow, there was a lot of it and it was lovely to walk in. The one problem, it put my week out of sync, as I had to work from home.
For my birthday, I received a voucher for The Works, a waffle and sundae parlour in Aylesbury, from everyone at work. Meaning myself and Yasmine had a lovely date night there, unfortunately, there was a mix up with my order with someone else, but I wasn’t actually that bothered. Whatever I had, was still nice.
Every time we go there, I try and experience something new, as their menu is MASSIVE. It’s becoming a regular thing for us, which is lovely as it’s nice to spend some us time once in a while. We also go late at night which is lovely as it’s quiet but does mean I can’t experience a savoury waffle as it would be a little weird straight after dinner.
Throughout December, I did a lot of different Christmassy things, from decorating our Christmas Tree to Secret Santa at work and even making a Gingerbread House. It’s probably felt like Christmas this year, which is great as I was a little worried for Christmas as I’m in a whole new place. The best thing I loved was being able to make some Orange Shortbread on Christmas Eve.
I might just have to make baking a tradition on Christmas Eve because I loved it! It was nice baking something festive while having some Christmas songs on in the background, I’m not sure if my Uncle and Yasmine appreciated this but they did enjoy the shortbread afterwards! My favourite thing about Christmas is definitely receiving Christmas cards, this year I received a whole load of cards from my blogger friends.
Also, I was able to complete Blogmas 2017, which while working full-time, was definitely a massive achievement for me. Missed any of my Blogmas posts? You can find them all here! 🎄
Christmas Eve was also a little special as I was visited by my cousin’s little one, with this being his first proper Christmas, where he understands a bit more than last year, I wasn’t sure when I would be seeing him. Especially with us visiting Plymouth straight after Christmas. It was only a quick visit, as he was seeing different family members for the holidays but we were able to exchange gifts.
As well as playing around with him for a little bit, it’s lovely spending time with him as he’s such a cheeky chap. It’s nice having a little one in the family and now that I live in Aylesbury, I’m able to see him a lot more. Which is lovely as at least he will know him and I won’t be a stranger to him. He has definitely brought a lot of smiles to the family and even brought me closer to my cousin.
Of course, to finish off all the festiveness of December, I spent Christmas Day with my parents, sisters, Yasmine and of course Biscuit. It was definitely strange having to drive to my parents as I’ve always woken up on Christmas with them there. It was strange waking up with Yasmine by side me as normally I would see her in the afternoon. It was funny watching Biscuit so excited, as he knew something was going on.
He’s definitely the baby of the family, so he receives all the presents and was very excited about all of his toys. He wouldn’t let them go once they were unwrapped. It was fun playing around with him, also Mum dressed him up in a cute Christmas bandana. It was nice to see that one tradition hasn’t changed, Dad cooked Christmas dinner, which he has always done for as long as I can remember.
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Yasmine and I spent Christmas Day with my parents and spent Boxing Day with my Uncle, so it was only fitting to see the New Year in with Yasmine’s parents. This short break back to Plymouth has made me realise how much I’ve missed my hometown though, the sea air, the town centre and of course my friends. I made sure to meet up with as many people as I could.
I went on a Starbucks date with Corinne, visited Jennycliff with a school friend and Yasmine, a Costa date with some MG Rover friends and saw the New Year in with another friend. It’s nice to come down to Plymouth and spend time with everyone I miss, it’s definitely one of my goals when I visit Plymouth. It also seems like buying bath bombs from LUSH has become a tradition.
I’m very excited to try the Christmas ones I was able to pick up, I’m quite surprised there were some left seeing as they were on a 50% sale. I might even do a mini haul soon on An Ocean Glimmer, so definitely look out for that! Growing up I have always visited Endsleigh Garden Centre, one to see Santa but also to see their Christmas displays as they’ve always created beautiful ones.
I hope you have enjoyed this post! I can’t believe how long it is, December has definitely been a busy month for me. What has been your favourite thing this month? Let me know in the comments.