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Blogmas: Christmas Day | My 2015 Highlights

This is it! Another year gone and what an ace year it has been. I can’t believe it is over already, time seems to be whizzing by almost too quickly. I thought I would put together a list of my highlights of this year.

1. Seeing meteorites in Scotland and tracing the steps of Ghost Adventures

2. Interviewing Lights and being published in the Louder Than War music magazine 

3. My visits back home

4. Becoming really close friends with some amazing people

5. Having my first Caravan holiday

6. My sister weekends

This year has definitely been a rollercoaster of emotions and quite challenging nearer the end, but what has happened has made me stronger and has made me believe in myself a lot more. I have realised to stop caring too much about what people think of me and to do things that make me happy. From this, I have been less scared to venture out of my comfort zone and have made some amazing friends in doing so. I’ve also come to see the people who actually care for me, and as eye opening as that was, in some ways it has released me and I couldn’t be more happy for it.

I have learned to love life, live every day as though it could be my last and to do things that make me happy. Honestly, don’t surround yourself with people that get you down. Go out and make new friends, as scary as that might seem, for me it has been the best thing that has come from the past few months.

This year has taught me how lucky I am and to always count my blessings.

Thank you all for reading my blog, following me and supporting me throughout 2015. It means the world.

I hope you all have an amazing Christmas and I will soon be back in the New Year.

Until then… Eat, drink and be merry!

xxx

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Blogmas: Day twenty-three | Festive sweets and treats

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Christmas is the time for eating lots of goodies. It is the season of breaking all of the rules, so I thought I would tell you of all of my favourite sweets and treats to eat at this time of the year.

Crisps are always good for a party. My favourites are Doritos and Pringles. There’s something about them that is so yummy, once you start eating them you cannot stop! My Grandad loves the seasalted kettle chips so we always make sure we get some of those in for him.

I never have After Eights except at Christmas. They are so good on Christmas Eve, but so moreish! If I was on my own I could probably go through a whole packet of these, but I must restrain myself.

Chocolate is always good, but you can’t beat some Haribos! They are super tastey, my all time favs are the gummy bears, totally addictive.

And then there are Liquorice Allsorts. I don’t know why but whenever we have a get together or a party, these are always on our table and so for me they’re the ultimate party sweets.

It has been such a nice day. We’ve been getting ready for hosting a family get together tomorrow for Christmas Eve (I can’t believe it is only two more sleeps until Christmas!) I have seen my uncle, and my sister came home from uni!!! She’s not here for long, so I’m going to be her shadow for the next few days, mwuahaha… She’ll be sick of me by the time these three days are over! It’s so good to have her home, and we can finally snuggle up and watch some Mika together! Wahooo.

x

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Blogmas: Day six | Christmas tree reveal

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I have had such a fun weekend with my family!

It has become tradition that every year me and my family put the Christmas tree up on the first weekend of December. This came about when I was two years old and had just left hospital after having open heart surgery. When I got home all I wanted to do was put the Christmas tree up and so we did. Now whenever it is the first weekend of December I will always try and make it home to help put the tree up – it is a precious time.

The baubles on our tree all have memories attached to them. It is packed full of our family history; with decorations made by me and my sister when we were younger; presents we bought for Santa (but was left behind so he could admire it on our tree every year); and gifts given to us by family.

Here are three baubles that are very special to me.

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I think this is just super cute. It was bought for me on my first Christmas and has stayed intact and been hung on the tree for nineteen years. What makes it more adorable is that my sister has an identical bauble to this one, just with her name and date of birth on. I think they are extremely special and will hopefully be on the tree for many more years to come!

3This little piggy was one of my Grandpa’s favourite tree decorations. I have no idea why… it isn’t the most glamorous of  tree decorations he could have chosen. However, it was and therefore we have it on our tree every year. My mum doesn’t really like the look of it, so there is an on going joke in our family that he should be what sits on top of the tree instead of the star.

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This gorgeous bauble was made for us by my Nana one year. She is so amazing at sewing and creating cute little things like this. There are quite a few baubles on the tree she’s made, and also a little soft angel. But this is one of my favourites… I’m a bit of a magpie when it comes to Christmas and I just think this looks so shiny and lovely. My Nana is extremely clever!

So there is my Christmas tree this year, and just a small insight about what is on it and what it means to me. I think it looks pretty damn good and very traditional which is something I love about it. I think having a green tree filled with red and gold baubles makes your home super cosy. Unfortunately I had to venture back to university to finish off this semester, but now that I have seen my home decorated I am literally counting down the days until I can come back home for Christmas. I cannot wait to spend more time with my family. I love them so much!

Comment below with a photo of your Christmas tree! I would love to see it, and let me know what you think of mine x

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Celebrating! – John Robb Style

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You have no idea how long I have wanted some real creepers for. I could have ordered some online a while ago, but I never know what size foot I am – it’s either a 7 or an 8 – but my feet like to be awkward and so getting some online is always a risk that I don’t like to take.

My sister came to visit me in Manchester the other day and I decided to take her around the Northern Quarter and look at all of the cute vintage shops. She bought some gorgeous scarfs and shirts and I found an adorable jumper and also snatched up some posters for my new room.

I’ve recently got my first piece published in the new music magazine Louder Than War, and so we took it upon ourselves to hunt down an issue. We must have gone into every single news agents in the center of Manchester and every single WH Smiths and couldn’t find one anywhere! We had literally given up and had headed back to the Northern Quarter. On the way back there we spotted a convenience store that we hadn’t yet been in and so decided to venture inside – expecting disappointment. However there was four copies staring right at you as soon as you went in! I practically ran over and thumbed my way through the pages to sniff out my article, and there it was!

The excitement was unreal – I wanted to cry, my first piece in an actual music magazine.

I had to celebrate, and what’s a better way than celebrating John Robb style, and purchasing some beautiful, vintage leather creepers?

I found them in Afflecks, size 8 – it was like fate had put them there! They fit perfectly and I must admit are probably one of my comfiest pairs of shoes. The night I bought them I went out dancing in them and then the next day I did a two hour trek to the Salford Lads Club – No blisters. I’m really impressed with how comfy they are, they might just be my new favourite shoes.

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Some things never change | A reminiscence

I’ve been at university for a month now, and I’ve realised that once you get here and you start making friends and settling in, you begin to lose track of time and life and people back at home. You get taken into this whirlwind, a huge journey that will, hopefully, lead you to great places. It’s as though you’ve been thrown into a whole other world and are seated in the fastest rollercoaster you can imagine. You have good days and bad days, ups and downs, do things you never imagined you would.
I never thought I’d make it past the first week, let alone the first month. Finding my feet in a new city, learning how to cook, clean and fend for myself, making friends and starting a new course, the whole prospect of this was daunting to me and still is.
With being an hour away from my family, home sickness is a worry. Thankfully I’ve not suffered from it much, but there have been times where the only thing I’ve wanted is to be in my dad’s arms or sat watching The Walking Dead snuggled up to my mum. It sounds lame but I actually really miss those warm cosy Sunday nights just chilling in front of the TV. I see home sickness as a good thing. Although at the time you feel pretty numb and all you want to do is curl up in your own bed, it gives you a sense of grounding. It makes you understand just how much you appreciated your life before university, your parents and everything they’ve done for you.
In a way it gives you more strength.
I was lucky enough to go home for my mum’s birthday last weekend and see my whole family, and when coming back on the train I had this realisation with myself at how so much has changed over my life and yet equally so much has stayed the same.Here are a few things that will never change…

          I used to dress up in anything I could find as a child, whether that be a devil for halloween, an elf or even a clown! I guess things haven’t changed too much, I mean,  Halloween is on the horizon… who knows? I may embrace the night as a devil again!
          I’ve always been interested in history, when I was younger I’d dress up as a knight… but now I’d prefer to be saved by one!
          I could kick anyone’s ass at Taekwondo and learnt how to defend myself, but now no one messes with me…
          I used to be quite a messy eater when I was little, and I guess I’m quite a messy eater now… (I’m writing this after getting mayonnaise all around my mouth from a McDonnalds, Some things never change).
I wore the most adorable hats when I was little, and I still wear some pretty groovy hats now…
I was always up for new challenges, and I guess I still am up for challenges!!

Moving away from home puts your whole life in perspective, but even though I’m at university, I still feel strongly connected with everyone back at the ranch. We’re a really close knit family, I trust them with my life and know that I can talk to them about anything anytime. This relationship I have with them will always stay the same.

It’s kind of weird how things have changed and yet on the other hand they really haven’t. Maybe it’s situations that change and us as humans adjust to the situations but don’t actually change ourselves. Or maybe with new experiences and new beginnings you have to adapt and change your character in order to live. It’s like I’m a chameleon camouflaging into my surroundings but when you look closely I’m still the exact same person I was when I was 5 years old.

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