Blogmas Day 16 // 6 Ways to Have a Productive Day

I don’t know about you but I’m definitely feeling less productive during the Winter, it’s cold, dark and horrible. You have that feeling of, it’s so warm under this duvet, I want to stay here. I am definitely starting to feel it but I’ve still got so much to do! My workload has been increasing every day and I need to have productive days to actually complete the work.

Today I thought I would share a couple of ways to stay productive this Winter. Now some of these I take on board myself, others not so much.

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Blogmas Day 15 // Winter Candle Haul

Candles are such a must for Autumn/Winter, there’s nothing better than a candle illuminating the room. I love them to be in a position where you can see the light flickering, it brings some warmth to the room, even when it’s freezing outside. Last year for Blogmas, I shared my favourite Scentsy Wax Melts, this year I wanted to share my candle collection.

I am a massive fan of candles, they’re one of my favourite things, at the moment I have got just a small collection of candles…

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Blogmas Day 14 // Christmas Decorating

I love decorating for Christmas! It makes your home feel very festive and it definitely gets you into the spirit. I finally decorated, even though I said I would last week, it was definitely worth it as I felt really good afterwards. With moving in with my Uncle in Aylesbury, this meant I was able to decorate the Christmas Tree downstairs, normally Mum always did this.

If you were following An Ocean Glimmer last year, you’ll know I decorated my room, if you want to see how I decorated last year, check out my post here. Unfortunately, I won’t be using my decorations this year as they seem to have disappeared after moving! I knew I should have taken them with me, rather than leaving them at my parents. I am a little disappointed as I loved my decorations, especially my chalkboard countdown.

I am really excited to show you how I’ve decorated for Christmas 2017! It’s really special this year as it’s mine and Yasmine’s first Christmas in Aylesbury, I’m already excited about all the Christmas lights, now just to get my home decorated. Shall we get started?

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Blogmas Day 13 // Book Review – 88˚ North

I am really excited to share with you today’s book review! As I said on Monday, this week you’re really lucky as there will be two book reviews on An Ocean Glimmer. Monday I reviewed Storyland by Bryan W. Alaspa and today I will be reviewing 88˚ North by J.F. Kirwan. If you’ve been following An Ocean Glimmer for a while, you’ll know that I reviewed the second book in the Nadia Laksheva Spy Thriller Series, 37 Hours.

I would definitely recommend reading my review before going any further with this one, as it will help you to understand the book. I’m really proud of how much I’ve read recently, this is really helping with my goals each month. Just like 37 Hours, I am taking part in the 88˚ North Blog Tour hosted by Neverland Blog Tours. Today I will be sharing the day with The Writing Garnet and Read, Write, Inspire.

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Blogmas Day 11 // Book Review – Storyland

If you like reading, you are in luck this week! Not one but two book reviews are appearing on An Ocean Glimmer. Now, this was actually done by accident! As you know, I normally take part in Blog Tours hosted by Neverland Blog Tours but I was recently approached by Emma Green, meaning I now have the opportunity to read Storyland by Bryan W. Alaspa this week. The second book review will be on Wednesday, where I will be reviewing 88˚ North by J.F. Kirwan.

I am very excited to review this book as I’ve previously reviewed the second book in the Nadia Laksheva Spy Thriller Series, 37 Hours which was amazing! I would recommend reading this here, before my review on Wednesday, to catch up and understand what’s happened. Now, I will save that for Wednesday, let’s get on with the book review for Storyland. I was actually quite surprised when approached with this book, as it seems a little different from the normal books I read.

I didn’t know what to expect, to be honest, but was looking forward to it! I am officially the first stop on the Storyland Blog Tour and I am sharing the day with The Organised Mum, who is also called Gemma!

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Blogmas Day 10 // Winter Hot Chocolate Favourites

With nights getting colder and darker, I love sitting down with a hot chocolate and a movie cuddled up with the partner. I swear I drink more hot chocolate during the colder months, it’s just the perfect drink! I hardly drink hot chocolate throughout the year until winter comes around, it’s just a thing for me.

It’s definitely the perfect time on this cold, winters night to sit down with a hot chocolate and watch your favourite Christmas movie. I know that’s what I’m doing! I thought I would share with you some of my hot chocolate favourites. There’s so many out there to chose from, but there’s a few I keep going back to each time.

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Blogmas Day 9 // Creoly Th[ink] Dot Grid Notebook

Good evening one and all! I really hope you’re having a great December, it’s definitely starting to get a lot colder, I seem to be wrapping up in more layers each day I go out. For today’s Blogmas post, I am sharing with you the Th[ink] Dot Grid Notebook from Creoly. This is my second collaboration with Creoly, after becoming a part of their “Early Bird” Review Club.

My first collaboration I was lucky enough to review their Black Marble Pen Duo, so it’s nice to have something different on this occasion and review a notebook. Now, this notebook is no means fancy but it’s enough to personalise. I’ve been wanting to create my own Bullet Journal for a while now but I’ve never really thought if I would benefit from one.

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Blogmas Day 7 // First Impression: LUSH Cosmetics

I hope you are having a cracking first week of December, can you already believe it’s the seventh! I know I certainly can’t, as each day goes past, I’m definitely getting more excited about Christmas. Today I thought I would share my first thoughts on LUSH with you, I know what you’re probably thinking, where have you been Gemma!?

When I went to Plymouth for my graduation all the way back in October, I took a trip into LUSH to get my hands on some of their bath bombs. As I have never previously had a bathtub until now, bath bombs were pretty useless, but after trying the ones from Wilkinsons, I became pretty addicted!

Meaning I just had to pick some up, I am not new to venturing into LUSH, as I always would go in there with Corinne but never actually bought anything. I was like a kid in a sweet shop trying to decide which bath bombs I wanted to pick up and with Yasmine there, it made it even harder.

Do we go for a small collection of bath bombs? Do we pick up a cute gift set? There’s just so much to chose from.

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Blogmas Day 5 // Christmas Tag

Welcome to Blogmas Day 5, I hope you are all enjoying Blogmas on An Ocean Glimmer so far, can you believe it is only 20 days until Christmas! Where on earth is the time going!? For today’s Blogmas post, I am answering questions from the lovely BloggersTribe as they have created a Christmas tag. I love answering questions from tags, they always get me thinking, so a Christmas tag is just perfect!

I would like to thank Katie from BloggersTribe for letting me know about this tag after struggling to find a new Christmas related tag for Blogmas 2017, as I didn’t want to use the same one as last year. She reached out to me, after asking my followers on Twitter as a Google search came up with nothing. Also another shout out to Bexa from Hello Bexa who created the feature image above! How beautiful is it!?

Enough chit-chat, let’s get started with the Christmas tag created by BloggersTribe!

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Blogmas Day 4 // Christmas Wishlist

I do hope December is treating you well! It definitely is feeling a lot more festive and I can not wait to start celebrating Christmas probably. Now for Blogmas Day 4, I wanted to share with you my Christmas Wishlist. It has been hard thinking about items as my birthday was towards the end of last month, so I’ve had to have two lists within a month!

It wasn’t until after choosing these items that I realised how much it was related to! I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing but recently I’ve come across some great brands and I would love to get my hands on them. Also, I always seem to fall in love with things at the same time.

Now without further ado let’s begin my 2017 Christmas Wishlist!

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