Introduction.

Hello again everyone,

So I have decided to get back into the swing of things now that I have sorted my routine out (finally after 21 years, we have some progress, there is faith yet!!).  I went back to Spain for a couple of weeks in Febuary just to sort myself out and enjoy a little rest before going back to work.

Although I did drink my own and various other people’s body weight in alcohol so most of my evenings felt like this…

But I am now back in the swing of things and  have decide to do a 31 day blog challenge to keep me active and give all of you fabulous people a chance to get to know me a little better 🙂

Hope you enjoy and looking forward to sharing this with you .

Lots of love.

E xxx

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Step into Blogmas 2019. Christmas Songs

Well hido-ho there my sweets,

Hope you are all well and having a good Tuesday !! Well day 3 is well and truely upon us !!

Today I just got back from running a few errands in town and Christmas is officially in full swing here !! As I was walking through the shop I could hear “Jingle Bell Rock” over the radio and a young child dancing away in the aisle telling their parent that this was their favourite Christmas song as it was their classes dance song in the christmas show…. And it got me thinking “What’s my favourite Christmas song?” to which i reasiled there are so many great ones that it’s hard to pick just one !! But there are a few absolute classics that I have fond memories of when they come on !!

So I thought I’d add one of the nation’s favourites on today’s blog. And add a little fact about is as I like to do and will be doing with the rest of the songs that I put up on my blog, you know, sort of a useless fun fact that could come in handy at a Christmas quiz.

So here it is a must have at Christmas parties if you want to have a sing song.


Band Aid was a charity supergroup featuring mainly British and Irish musicians and artists. It was founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure and managed to raise an amazing $160 million for anti-famine efforts in Ethiopia by releasing the song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?.

Another reason I picked this song is because it was released on the 3rd of December 1984. It was also re-recorded in 1989, 2004 and 2014.

What is your favourite Christmas track ?

Enjoy this little festive number and I’ll see you tomorrow.

Lots of love.

Em x

Step into Blogmas. Day 2- Holiday Cards.

Hello my sweets,

I hope you are doing okay today (even though it is a Monday) and it’s been a good start to the week.

Welcome to day 2 of Step into Blogmas, if it’s your first time here, then hi thank you for stopping here… if you are back from a previous visit then Thank you so much for reading again.

Today I was going to talk about Christmas Cards. I’m not going to lie, I do love getting a Christmas card and this year I wanted to try and make a difference with the ones I send.

So this year I bought Christmas cards supporting 5 different charities.

  • The NSPCC (charity campaigning and working in child protection in the United Kingdom and the Channel Islands)
  • British Heart Foundation ( charity that funds research to beat heartbreak from heart and circulatory diseases and their risk factors)
  • Macmillan Cancer Support ( provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer. It also looks at the social, emotional and practical impact cancer can have, and campaigns for better cancer care)
  • Alzeimers Society ( is a United Kingdom care and research charity for people with dementia and their carers. It operates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
  • Make a Wish (nonprofit organization founded in the USA that creates life-changing wishes for children with a critical illness who have reached the age of 2½ and are younger than 18 at the time of referral)

So these are the charities that I am supporting by buying my cards this year. It’s always been a tradition of mine to write out my Christmas cards with a playlist I create yearly,a glass of Baileys and a Christmas candle.

This year I have actually been organised for once and started making my card list and writing them already. As last year I was quite disorganised and my cards didn’t get to most people until the middle of december. So this year I have started my writting already and am posting it tomorrow or the day after.

When do you think is a good time to send your cards and do you have any little traditions when it comes to certain chores ?

Let me know !! See you tomorrow.

E xx

Step into Blogmas 2019. Day 1- Welcome to Blogmas !!

Hello there my lovelies,

How are we doing ?

First of all I would like to apologise for my year hiatus, but guess what ? I’m BAACK … so hi again to those returning to the site, and for those who are reading this for the first time, thank you and welcome !

Well happy December everybody !! Yes this time of year is upon us again so pinch, punch, first day of the month. (for those who are unfamiliar with this term, it’s an expression said in Britain. Back in old England times, many people believed in witches. Salt was thought to be a weakness of a witch – so the pinch part is pinching of the salt, and the punch part was to banish the witch, so there you go a bit of history there too)

Today is also a good day as it is the start of our advent calendars… that’s right, 24 days of chocolate to wake up to, guilt free. Although now you can have all different types of advent calendars… wine, beer, gin, tea, cheese.. just to name a few. If you want you can even treat your dog to an advent calendar too.

Also Chritsmas films… I mean I know some of them have been on TV for a few weeks now, but now we can really get into them. I am trying to watch at least 1 Christmas film a day, feel free to join in and let me know what films you have lined up. Today I’m starting with Polar Express, I loved that film when I was younger and used to watch it A LOT !!.

I will be posting daily throughout the month of December. So do enjoy and please feel free to get involved too and let me know what you are getting up to. Here’s to 2019’s Blogmas, I hope you enjoy !!

Lots of love,

Emily x

Blogmas 2018 – Day 1

Hello there my lovelies,

I hope you are doing well this fine Saturday !! Well it’s tht time of year again… IT’S CHRISTMAAAAAAAS !!

*cue the music*

As those who know me know, I just can’t get enough of Christmas, and yes I have been called sad in the past, but it’s not going to chance so sorry not sorry.

So this year I thought I’d start off a little different and do a mixture of things that remind me of Christmas or share traditions that I have or the country I’m from has. But also I’m going to spice it up a bit (now that I have a job and am actually organised enough to do things, plus I can now actually afford to travel a little further than the end of my road, but not by a lot) and go and find places and things to do up and down the UK !!

So today I’m kicking it off with one of the main reasons I want December to roll around is Advent Calenders !! Now I know this is supposed to be mainly for children, but you just can’t beat a good Calender, plus the fact that they contain chocolate, sweets or goodies in them, is like a mini Christmas for 24 days prior the big day ! You can never have too much practice 🙂 So this year I went for a Simpsons one. This one to be exact.

 

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There are also many other types of advent calendars around, I have seen a few which I have my eye on and am looking at getting another one over the next few days and will let you know how I get on.

What would your favourite advent calendar be ? Which one’s did you go for this year ?

Lots of love,

Emily

Team 2018

Well hello there my little diamonds,

How are we all ? First of all a very very very belated happy 2018 !! Sorry I’m so late but you know what they say… Better late than never.

Well the start of this year was a little different than normal for various reasons.

  1. It was the first New Year in a while that I didn’t step out my door after 7pm.
  2. I spent it with other relatives and not my parents (of course I wanted my parents to be there too but that’s the thing with living in seperate countries)
  3. I made the smallest list of New Year’s Resolutions known to man (it was literally a last minute decision, and I only wrote it so I would remember what I said)
  4. This New Year I watched Jools Holland for the first time in yeeears and I also got to hear a new band called Nile Rodgers and Chic (who are on tour in Glasgow here in the UK in June)
  5. I actually paid attention to the firework display shown on the TV in London (that’s the closest city to where I live)

Unfortunately I had to work on New Years day but hey ho, such is life.

So why am I telling you all this you’re probably wondering ?? Well I thought I’d share my new years resolutions with you so we can share it together and then see how I got on at the end of the year.

My first one was to in general become more active. And not just the whole “oh I’ll join the gym in January and go twice like I normally do and give up” but actually make an effort for a specific reason ( You’ll find out this reason later in the year)

My second resolution is to be more organised and more frugal with my money and actually start saving something ready for the years ahead #forwardplanning 

My last resolution I suppose you could also call a challenge… and that is to make at least one person laugh and/or smile a day ( so far we’re not doing too bad). As with all this worry and sadness going on in the news, what’s a smile here or there hey ??

 

2017 was a very kind year to me but unfortunately others weren’t so lucky, so here’s to making 2018 that little bit better for everyone !!!

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Lots of love,

Emily xxxx

 

Every Bit Of This… All Things Christmas !!! BLOGMAS DAYS 9 & 10.

Hello my loves,

How are we doing ?? Yes it’s Thursday today…. Booo I know !! But on the plus side only 11 sleeps till Christmas !!

So I do realise that I have been shockingly bad at updating this but nothing overly exciting happened last week, so I thought I’d tell you about last weekend the 9th and 10th of december 😀 Hence the title haha !!

 

On the Saturday I ticked off one of my dreams and attended the Frankfurt themed Christmas market in Birmingham which was INSANE !! I have been wanting to go since I was 18, so you can imagine how excited I was when we finally got there !!  we went late afternoon/ early evening ( roughly around 5.30/6PM so however you want to call it haha) and by then it was really busy so if you are not a massive fan of crowds or of having to move out the way of prams every 5 minutes, I would recommend you go either on a weekday or earlier in the day…. but anyway back to the AMAZINGNESS that is the market.

Well if you are anything like me and LOVE Christmas, it is deffinately worth the visit. We had Mulled wine and you have the choice to keep the mugs or not (yep I kept mine and walked round Birmingham with it all night) if you don’t want them though you get given a token when you get your drink, you simply return it and they give you your deposit back ( which if I remember off the top of my head is £3)

You also have cute little huts all lit up for you to go to and buy bits and bobs ready for Christmas. The decorations above all the stalls and huts are just phonomenal !! Like beyond belief good !! Here are some little sneak peaks.

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In the last picture the ornaments spin round too !! It is so pretty it’s unreal 😀

We also went to this nice cocktail bar afterwards called The Lost And Found ( here is their website http://the-lostandfound.co.uk/ ) and I had the best cocktail ever called Lavender Sour and I can also highly recommend the Waterhouse Fizz !!

I also tried another new bar called Vodka Revolutions which was also incredible if you get the chance to go !! ( https://www.revolution-bars.co.uk/)

Then on Sunday having stayed in that area overnight, it had snowed !! Yep Christmas complete, well for around the first 20 minutes anyway, then came the chaos of trying to get things done, but luckily we were successful and I came back down to London to meet one of my best friends and go to Winter Wonderland 😀 😀 !! Yes THE Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park !!

Well it didn’t get off to the greatest of starts as me and my friend were both in opposite sides of the park at different meeting points, and then once I had gotten through security I managed to get a message to her on my location just before my phone died (yep hundreds of people walking round and I had no idea where my friend was) we both had second thoughts on staying where we were, or did we wonder off to find the other one, trying to use someone’s phone and then remembering I don’t know her phone number and I have no battery !! Anyway we finally found each other, and after a quick pit stop to buy myself more gloves ( yeah thank you snow for soaking my other pair) we continued with our evening, after a tour of the market, with some lovely hand crafted gifts on some of the stools, we headed to the Baverian Village, which was the highlight for me !! I mean it was all amazing, but mulled wine, lager and mead, mulled cider AND live music I mean what is there not to love !!

You have 2 stages outside, one with a man singing by himself and then a bit further along another stage with a spinning band, both of them ideal for a little sing song !!

I also tried the BEST mead I have ever tasted ( for those not familiar with mead it is basically mulled wine with honey which works amazingly well)  and left with three bottles to take home with me ready for christmas 😀

We sang and danced and it was great !! I would highly recommend it to anyone still looking to do something Christmassy or to get out the house for a while 😀

Here are a few WW snaps

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Needless to say, best weekend ever !! Hope you enjoyed reading and you get the chance to enjoy these magical places, I for one will deffo be going back next year !!

Lots of Love,

Emily xxxxx

 

 

 

Every Bit Of This… All Things Christmas !! BLOGMAS DAY 2 & 3.

Hello my lovelies,

 

I hope you are all well and had a good weekend !! I’m sorry I’ve been really naughty and joined these two together (trust me to forget to write a draft ready to upload the day before)

 

So I got my advent calendar finally !! Yes I may have walked past them so many times but I was determined to wait until the first of December so I could get into the Christmas spirit and not be bored of it by day 6 having peaked too early.  I went to M&S and was lucky enough as they had a few left on offer (well reduced to clear actually, but I’m not going to complain at paying  £1 for an advent calendar either)

So I went for a Paw Patrol calendar as I knew my goddaughters would find it amusing and also I’m still a child at heart and I mean how can you resist a calendar with cute firefighter puppies ?!

I also went to my friend’s house on Saturday for her birthday, which was lovely!!! Plus like me she loves Harry Potter and even had Harry Potter decorations (I don’t know where she got all of them from, but I know there was this ball-ball was from Primark)

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And then we went out and witnessed the first of a whole season of Christmas office parties and yes… they WERE wearing christmas jumpers I might add !! Yep every single one of them, and I’m not going to lie I did feel a little jealous (although I’m saving my Christmas jumper for national Christmas Jumper Day)

On Sunday it was back to work for me, but outside they were hosting a Christmas party for families, and I also got to watch a nativity… yep the festivities have officially started !!

Can’t wait for it to continue !!!

Lots of love,

Emily xx

Every Bit of this… All Things Christmas !! BLOGMAS DAY 1.

Good afternoon my beautiful People,

 

Yes it’s that time of year again !! Let the festive season commence 🙂 So I’m going to be posting daily and talking about All Things Christmas !!

This year is going to be different to most other years, for starters I’m spending my first Christmas back in the UK (where I’m originally from) for a while, unfortunately I won’t be spending it with my parents this year but you can’t have everything, plus it gives me the chance to see my other relatives 🙂

I know Vlogmas is very popular but I am useless at editing videos and also am very forgetful, so I am just going to blog it to you instead !! I will also be keeping you updated with goings on and things that I get up to over the next 25 days and places I visit !!

I have just tucked into my first Stollen bite today (you can never go wrong with stollen) I chose the Aldi ones (well I was given them in a Hamper but I will update you with that another day, but for the record there won’t be many stollen bites left come Monday).

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I better run guys as I still need to buy my chocolate advent calendar and then I am going to a new wine bar with my auntie !!

Hope you are all ready to get in the Christmas spirit !! Do you have any traditions ??

Lots of love,

Emily xxx

 

 

New Zealand Bound.

Hey Team,

Hope we are all well !!

Just a quick update to let you all know that I have started a youtube channel so you can see little updates on what I get up to when I go to New Zealand !!

 

So far I have done a little preview video of before I leave- so I hope you enjoy that one !!

Here is the link to my Youtube Channel – Youtube Channel

 

And here is the link to the first video – First Video

Lots of love,

E xxx

 

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