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It's now December and the time of year that I have slowly fallen in love with again. I don't think I have been this excited about December arriving since I was a little girl. As I grew up, I started falling out of love with christmas and this time of year. A combination of spending the christmas holidays revising for exams, doing coursework and then I worked in retail for five years, it took all of the excitement away. Last year was the first year I felt like I could enjoy the festive period again. And now all of the magic is coming back to me and I'm looking forward to the rest of December.

Embracing the festive feeling is all I want to do at the moment. I want snow to fall, get cosy with a hot chocolate, drive past all the pretty lights, spend time and celebrate the year with those dear to me. For christmas this year I will be spending it in Edinburgh with my love for a few days. I love exploring new places and I know this will be a special one for us. I want to end the year feeling joyful, it has been a crazy but amazing year. And I am already excited for the next. But before then I'm making the most of this time of year before we say goodbye to it for another year. I want to do all the quintessentially festive things and make some time to take care of myself. I have already made plans to fill the winter days with all things festive.


10 things to do during the festive season


1, Get snug and cosy
The days are darker and the air is colder, and sometimes all you want to do is get cosy. It's important to do what makes you feel happy and cosy. My typical cosy evening starts with a hot bath after a long day with a Lush bath bomb, it is the perfect way to start warming up. I then like to wear something comfy - PJs are always a good choice. Every day in winter I light candles, the room feels more like home and I make sure I have my favourite soft and warm blanket to get cost under. Depending on how I feel I might put on Netflix and watch a series, I can watch Gilmore Girls over and over again. Maybe I'll read a book or catch up on reading blogs. Make cosy time your own. 

2, Got to a Christmas market
I love going to christmas markets, there is always so much going on and feels like you have stepped into the land of christmas. You can indulge in seasonal food, play games, buy some new christmas decorations or presents and go on the rides. Even the small town christmas markets have amazing stalls by local businesses. 

3, Have a festive drink
Every year as soon as the red cups arrive at Starbucks I'm already planning on making a trip and ordering an eggnog latte. I like to try all the christmas drinks before they're gone. Cafe Nero have an orange spiced latte on the menu and it's so delicious. In the evenings you can treat yourself to mulled wine or hot cider. They always taste better when it's cold outside. 

4, Decorate your home 
Christmas trees are one of my favourite things about christmas. I love trees all year round and they look even better when they are sparkling and have been dressed for the season. I'm dreaming of the day I have my own home and can go out to buy a real tree and decorate it exactly how I want. Putting fairy lights up always brightens the home, especially during the darker afternoons and evenings. You can even take it a step further and change up your bedding to a christmas theme or add little home accessories. And of course display your christmas cards from family and friends.

5, Get baking
Winter is the time for baking lots of sweet treats. My favourite thing to bake in December is gingerbread cookies. So simple and classic for christmas. Ginger loafs are also amazing, sometimes I like to have it with custard and extra cinnamon. Treat yourself by baking something sweet and don't care about the calories. 

6, Dress up for a Christmas party 
There is no better time to dress up than at christmas, it's one of the only occasions you can wear something with a little more sequins and glitter. You can pull out your favourite christmas jumper or those special shoes that you save for parties. Wear something that makes you feel good and sparkle. 

7, Wrap gifts and write cards
I love wrapping up the presents I carefully chose for my friends and family. I like to pick out the wrapping paper, get the tape, scissors and silver and gold pens ready so that I can begin wrapping everything up. I'll happily sit in my room for a couple of hours and listen to christmas songs. 

8, Go for a winter walk or ice skating
Putting a coat, scarf and boots on and heading outside in the cold winter days always feels so good. We stay inside more during winter to stay warm but I try go outside during the daylight and get some fresh air. When it's frosty or if snow has fallen the world looks so peaceful and still. If you want something a little more fun you can go ice skating. 

9, Look at the christmas lights
It's a tradition for me, my Dad and Sister to go into London to look at the christmas lights on Oxford and Regent Street and then go out for dinner in China Town. We do it almost every year. In the weeks leading up to christmas more and more people put up christmas lights. From simple fairy lights in the window to lights that cover the entire house, you only get it once a year. 

10, Take photos with loved ones and enjoy yourself 
Most importantly, remember to enjoy yourself. December can be a busy time, lots of events, family to visit and shopping to finish. It can be overwhelming at times.  Take a few moments for yourself and enjoy it. Spend as much time as you can with loved ones and capture those moments to look back on. 


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That Festive Feeling

4.12.16

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It's now December and the time of year that I have slowly fallen in love with again. I don't think I have been this excited about December arriving since I was a little girl. As I grew up, I started falling out of love with christmas and this time of year. A combination of spending the christmas holidays revising for exams, doing coursework and then I worked in retail for five years, it took all of the excitement away. Last year was the first year I felt like I could enjoy the festive period again. And now all of the magic is coming back to me and I'm looking forward to the rest of December.

Embracing the festive feeling is all I want to do at the moment. I want snow to fall, get cosy with a hot chocolate, drive past all the pretty lights, spend time and celebrate the year with those dear to me. For christmas this year I will be spending it in Edinburgh with my love for a few days. I love exploring new places and I know this will be a special one for us. I want to end the year feeling joyful, it has been a crazy but amazing year. And I am already excited for the next. But before then I'm making the most of this time of year before we say goodbye to it for another year. I want to do all the quintessentially festive things and make some time to take care of myself. I have already made plans to fill the winter days with all things festive.


10 things to do during the festive season


1, Get snug and cosy
The days are darker and the air is colder, and sometimes all you want to do is get cosy. It's important to do what makes you feel happy and cosy. My typical cosy evening starts with a hot bath after a long day with a Lush bath bomb, it is the perfect way to start warming up. I then like to wear something comfy - PJs are always a good choice. Every day in winter I light candles, the room feels more like home and I make sure I have my favourite soft and warm blanket to get cost under. Depending on how I feel I might put on Netflix and watch a series, I can watch Gilmore Girls over and over again. Maybe I'll read a book or catch up on reading blogs. Make cosy time your own. 

2, Got to a Christmas market
I love going to christmas markets, there is always so much going on and feels like you have stepped into the land of christmas. You can indulge in seasonal food, play games, buy some new christmas decorations or presents and go on the rides. Even the small town christmas markets have amazing stalls by local businesses. 

3, Have a festive drink
Every year as soon as the red cups arrive at Starbucks I'm already planning on making a trip and ordering an eggnog latte. I like to try all the christmas drinks before they're gone. Cafe Nero have an orange spiced latte on the menu and it's so delicious. In the evenings you can treat yourself to mulled wine or hot cider. They always taste better when it's cold outside. 

4, Decorate your home 
Christmas trees are one of my favourite things about christmas. I love trees all year round and they look even better when they are sparkling and have been dressed for the season. I'm dreaming of the day I have my own home and can go out to buy a real tree and decorate it exactly how I want. Putting fairy lights up always brightens the home, especially during the darker afternoons and evenings. You can even take it a step further and change up your bedding to a christmas theme or add little home accessories. And of course display your christmas cards from family and friends.

5, Get baking
Winter is the time for baking lots of sweet treats. My favourite thing to bake in December is gingerbread cookies. So simple and classic for christmas. Ginger loafs are also amazing, sometimes I like to have it with custard and extra cinnamon. Treat yourself by baking something sweet and don't care about the calories. 

6, Dress up for a Christmas party 
There is no better time to dress up than at christmas, it's one of the only occasions you can wear something with a little more sequins and glitter. You can pull out your favourite christmas jumper or those special shoes that you save for parties. Wear something that makes you feel good and sparkle. 

7, Wrap gifts and write cards
I love wrapping up the presents I carefully chose for my friends and family. I like to pick out the wrapping paper, get the tape, scissors and silver and gold pens ready so that I can begin wrapping everything up. I'll happily sit in my room for a couple of hours and listen to christmas songs. 

8, Go for a winter walk or ice skating
Putting a coat, scarf and boots on and heading outside in the cold winter days always feels so good. We stay inside more during winter to stay warm but I try go outside during the daylight and get some fresh air. When it's frosty or if snow has fallen the world looks so peaceful and still. If you want something a little more fun you can go ice skating. 

9, Look at the christmas lights
It's a tradition for me, my Dad and Sister to go into London to look at the christmas lights on Oxford and Regent Street and then go out for dinner in China Town. We do it almost every year. In the weeks leading up to christmas more and more people put up christmas lights. From simple fairy lights in the window to lights that cover the entire house, you only get it once a year. 

10, Take photos with loved ones and enjoy yourself 
Most importantly, remember to enjoy yourself. December can be a busy time, lots of events, family to visit and shopping to finish. It can be overwhelming at times.  Take a few moments for yourself and enjoy it. Spend as much time as you can with loved ones and capture those moments to look back on. 


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I love finding new recipes that are full of good stuff. Especially sweet treats that I can have for breakfast when I'm in a rush or a snack to keep me going and won't make me feel bad.

The Deliciously Ella recipe books and website are some of my go-to places to find good, nutritious recipe ideas. I love how Ella's books encourages fuelling your body with food that makes you feel good and looking after yourself inside and out. I have tried a few savoury recipes and smoothies but this is the first one I've tried that is on the sweeter side. I tweaked the recipe a little but you can find the original on the Deliciously Ella website.

This is a great one because I have most of the ingredients in the cupboard. I had to pick up a few things but once you have them you can make it again and again. It's really simple to make and perfect if you have an hour on a Sunday to do some baking and then you have these delicious bars ready for the week ahead.


Ingredients
Makes 10 bars

200 grams of oats
10 pitted medjool dates (200g)
150ml of water
75 grams of raisins
50 grams of sunflower seeds
1 and a half tablespoons of coconut oil
2 tablespoons of chia seeds with 8 tablespoons of water
1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Begin by pre-heating the oven to 200C. Combine the chia seeds and water in a cup, leave the mix for ten to 15 minutes until gel forms. Next, put the dates into a saucepan with the coconut oil to melt for around 5 minutes until the dates are soft. Then, put the dates and coconut oil mix into a blender with the water until a smooth paste forms. Put the oats, sunflower seeds, raisins and cinnamon into a mixing bowl and stir in the date mixture. Then pour the mixture into a lined baking tray, place in the oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.



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Delicious Oat and Raisin Bars

27.11.16


I love finding new recipes that are full of good stuff. Especially sweet treats that I can have for breakfast when I'm in a rush or a snack to keep me going and won't make me feel bad.

The Deliciously Ella recipe books and website are some of my go-to places to find good, nutritious recipe ideas. I love how Ella's books encourages fuelling your body with food that makes you feel good and looking after yourself inside and out. I have tried a few savoury recipes and smoothies but this is the first one I've tried that is on the sweeter side. I tweaked the recipe a little but you can find the original on the Deliciously Ella website.

This is a great one because I have most of the ingredients in the cupboard. I had to pick up a few things but once you have them you can make it again and again. It's really simple to make and perfect if you have an hour on a Sunday to do some baking and then you have these delicious bars ready for the week ahead.


Ingredients
Makes 10 bars

200 grams of oats
10 pitted medjool dates (200g)
150ml of water
75 grams of raisins
50 grams of sunflower seeds
1 and a half tablespoons of coconut oil
2 tablespoons of chia seeds with 8 tablespoons of water
1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Begin by pre-heating the oven to 200C. Combine the chia seeds and water in a cup, leave the mix for ten to 15 minutes until gel forms. Next, put the dates into a saucepan with the coconut oil to melt for around 5 minutes until the dates are soft. Then, put the dates and coconut oil mix into a blender with the water until a smooth paste forms. Put the oats, sunflower seeds, raisins and cinnamon into a mixing bowl and stir in the date mixture. Then pour the mixture into a lined baking tray, place in the oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.



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Almost as soon as I arrived in Amsterdam, I fell in love with the city. I have wanted to visit Amsterdam for a long time, every time I heard about someones trip there or saw beautiful shots of the canals on Instagram my wanderlust grew. Finally, the other week I made it there. My boyfriend and I went there for our one year anniversary, it was the perfect way to spend the day together. We went for two days and it was just enough time to do almost everything we wanted to do.

We started off by walking through the city centre, past Dam Square and stopped for brunch at Calf & Bloom a nice little place for quick bite and a cup of coffee, the staff were also so friendly. Before we explored some more, we dropped off our bags at the hotel, we stayed at the Boutique Hotel La Belle Vue, it was ideal for one night and in a good location.

It was the perfect autumn day, a chill in the air and the sun was so bright and golden, we walked around by the canals, taking in the beautiful city. Amsterdam is so idyllic, I could even imagine living there. While admiring my surroundings and dodging the cyclists we walked towards Vondelpark, where we hung out for a little while, watching dogs playing around and soaking up the sun.

Our plan was to visit the Anne Frank House but the queue was so long that we decided to give it a miss, we thought we would try and book tickets for the next day before we left but they had sold out. So I would definitely recommend booking tickets beforehand to avoid disappointment. Instead we went to the city centre and into a 'coffeeshop', we were in Amsterdam after all. Then we found a little Italian restaurant for dinner and walked back towards the hotel and picked up some macarons and had a few drinks.

The next day for breakfast we went to Sara's Pancake House, they had so many different topping choices, it was so hard to choose. We decided to book tickets the night before for the Van Gogh museum, I was able to download the tickets to Passbook on my phone and we didn't have to wait in the long queue. We went on a tram to get there quicker and experience how the locals get around the city, you can buy tickets for an hour or 24 hours, ideal for if you're visiting for the day. Before going to the Van Gogh museum we also stopped by the I Amsterdam sign.

We made our way back to the city centre and stopped for lunch at Royal 98, it was lovely and cosy with their own bakery inside. I had the old Amsterdam sandwich, the cheese was delicious and everyone was so friendly. We hung out for a while waiting for the rain to stop out before going back out for a little bit of shopping and had a pistachio dutch waffle before we had to leave. I was sad to say goodbye to this lovely city, it was the perfect little autumn city break and I had the most wonderful time with my love.

Amsterdam, it was amazing. I'll be back again one day soon.

Amsterdam Love

15.11.16


Almost as soon as I arrived in Amsterdam, I fell in love with the city. I have wanted to visit Amsterdam for a long time, every time I heard about someones trip there or saw beautiful shots of the canals on Instagram my wanderlust grew. Finally, the other week I made it there. My boyfriend and I went there for our one year anniversary, it was the perfect way to spend the day together. We went for two days and it was just enough time to do almost everything we wanted to do.

We started off by walking through the city centre, past Dam Square and stopped for brunch at Calf & Bloom a nice little place for quick bite and a cup of coffee, the staff were also so friendly. Before we explored some more, we dropped off our bags at the hotel, we stayed at the Boutique Hotel La Belle Vue, it was ideal for one night and in a good location.

It was the perfect autumn day, a chill in the air and the sun was so bright and golden, we walked around by the canals, taking in the beautiful city. Amsterdam is so idyllic, I could even imagine living there. While admiring my surroundings and dodging the cyclists we walked towards Vondelpark, where we hung out for a little while, watching dogs playing around and soaking up the sun.

Our plan was to visit the Anne Frank House but the queue was so long that we decided to give it a miss, we thought we would try and book tickets for the next day before we left but they had sold out. So I would definitely recommend booking tickets beforehand to avoid disappointment. Instead we went to the city centre and into a 'coffeeshop', we were in Amsterdam after all. Then we found a little Italian restaurant for dinner and walked back towards the hotel and picked up some macarons and had a few drinks.

The next day for breakfast we went to Sara's Pancake House, they had so many different topping choices, it was so hard to choose. We decided to book tickets the night before for the Van Gogh museum, I was able to download the tickets to Passbook on my phone and we didn't have to wait in the long queue. We went on a tram to get there quicker and experience how the locals get around the city, you can buy tickets for an hour or 24 hours, ideal for if you're visiting for the day. Before going to the Van Gogh museum we also stopped by the I Amsterdam sign.

We made our way back to the city centre and stopped for lunch at Royal 98, it was lovely and cosy with their own bakery inside. I had the old Amsterdam sandwich, the cheese was delicious and everyone was so friendly. We hung out for a while waiting for the rain to stop out before going back out for a little bit of shopping and had a pistachio dutch waffle before we had to leave. I was sad to say goodbye to this lovely city, it was the perfect little autumn city break and I had the most wonderful time with my love.

Amsterdam, it was amazing. I'll be back again one day soon.


It may be a blogger cliche but I adore autumn. I always have and it will forever be my most loved time of year. We are now in the middle of this lovely season, Halloween is next week, the leaves are yellow, red and golden brown and the cosy jumpers are coming out of wardrobes. Lately I have been soaking this time up as much as possible before the trees are bare and winter is upon us.

Autumn is a good time of year to start slowing down a little and taking it easy. The summer holidays have gone and we are now in the final stretch of the year. It's time to get cosy and do little things to make us feel good. It's no wonder everyone is embracing the hygge lifestyle, the Danish are one of the happiest people in the world after all. The simple pleasures in life can truly make your days feel so full of goodness.

Last weekend my sister and I went for a walk around Trent Park, one of our favourite parks to go to all year round. Going outside for a walk, breathing in the cool autumn air all wrapped up brings me a little bit of joy. It's so good for my mind and body.

It got me thinking about all my favourite things to do at this time of year and I thought I would share how I get into the autumn mood.

1. Going outside, walking through the leaves and taking a few photos

2. Tasting everything pumpkin flavoured and carving pumpkins

3. Listening to the autumn acoustic playlist on Spotify

4. Indulging in warm cups of coffee and hot chocolate

5. Lighting my favourite candles 

6. Wearing scarves and knitted cardigans

7. Taking a hot bath with Lush bubble bars 

8. Baking sweet treats - apple crumble has been my favourite to make

9. Reading a book or blogs under a soft blanket 

10. Having warm bowls of porridge for breakfast, soup for lunch and roasted vegetables for dinner

Enjoy the rest of the beautiful autumn season everyone, take it easy and get cosy.

Getting Into The Autumn Mood

27.10.16


It may be a blogger cliche but I adore autumn. I always have and it will forever be my most loved time of year. We are now in the middle of this lovely season, Halloween is next week, the leaves are yellow, red and golden brown and the cosy jumpers are coming out of wardrobes. Lately I have been soaking this time up as much as possible before the trees are bare and winter is upon us.

Autumn is a good time of year to start slowing down a little and taking it easy. The summer holidays have gone and we are now in the final stretch of the year. It's time to get cosy and do little things to make us feel good. It's no wonder everyone is embracing the hygge lifestyle, the Danish are one of the happiest people in the world after all. The simple pleasures in life can truly make your days feel so full of goodness.

Last weekend my sister and I went for a walk around Trent Park, one of our favourite parks to go to all year round. Going outside for a walk, breathing in the cool autumn air all wrapped up brings me a little bit of joy. It's so good for my mind and body.

It got me thinking about all my favourite things to do at this time of year and I thought I would share how I get into the autumn mood.

1. Going outside, walking through the leaves and taking a few photos

2. Tasting everything pumpkin flavoured and carving pumpkins

3. Listening to the autumn acoustic playlist on Spotify

4. Indulging in warm cups of coffee and hot chocolate

5. Lighting my favourite candles 

6. Wearing scarves and knitted cardigans

7. Taking a hot bath with Lush bubble bars 

8. Baking sweet treats - apple crumble has been my favourite to make

9. Reading a book or blogs under a soft blanket 

10. Having warm bowls of porridge for breakfast, soup for lunch and roasted vegetables for dinner

Enjoy the rest of the beautiful autumn season everyone, take it easy and get cosy.

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