Well I have tried my very best, and most days thanks to my relatively active job, have done my 11,00 step goal.
I do drink a lot of water but keeping it as consistent as possible is key going forward.
What else? …
I think I have taken more photos with people this year and I was also really chuffed that I managed to keep up with my ‘1 second of the day’ video diary. 365 days of a second clip, all mashed together to represent my 2022. Its pretty cool
Now the next point is a great example of why going back to a post is useful (especially one of this nature) if I had I would have remembered my ’10 minutes of reading every day’, this might have spurred me on to read more this year.
10 pages is a manageable goal, so I will endeavour to take this forward (and hopefully be more successful) this year.
I think I will also instate a ‘reading time’ between 9-10pm in order to give myself some quiet, alone time and some much needed therapy in the form of a good novel (or 60)
Spending less time on my phone is 100% something I really want to work on (Tik Tok has a lot to answer!!) It’s not great, it’s so bad for accentuating my already distracted nature, and staring at my phone never makes my head and or eyes feel good either.
I also haven’t started wiring a book… maybe 2023 will be that Year, who knows!
Me and my husband Tim don’t really buy meat anymore on our weekly food shop. We chose ans cook lots of veggie alternatives and are also making a conscious effort with regard to dairy free products and better recycling practises and minimilising food wastage. I am actually really pleased with how well we have done this and how far we have come! I honestly never thought I would actually be able to do this beyond the odd ‘meat free Monday’.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not turning full veggie and I usually eat meat if we go out or order in, but we have made a lot of great changes to our diets.
I have definitely managed to sleep a bit earlier some nights but this is very much a big thing that I need to work on and probably will be a constant battle for me. I don’t sleep ‘well’ alot of the time but I can sleep well so improving this with some of the above and a better routine may help.
The final one is ‘Pass my driving test’ which I am chuffed to say I did, last year. This is one of my best achievements and I am so happy I don’t have to do driving lessons anymore. It wasn’t easy but it was so worth it in the end.
How did you get on with any of your ‘goals’ or ‘resolutions’ from last year?
Being the self professed Harry Potter fan that I am, I thought I would share with you guys the Harry Potter inspired gifts that I got for Christmas.
So, lets take a look!
I got three books this year. I got the illustrated version of the fifth Harry Potter book ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’. I have the others so this is a great (and a very beautiful) addition to the collection.
I also got a copy of ‘Fantastic Beasts and where to find them’ the original screenplay and the Autobiography of Tom Felton who played Draco Malfoy in the series, its called ‘Beyond the wand.’ I’m really looking forward to reading it.
I got a Harry Potter Lego set – this one is from the Chamber of Secrets film. This scene is when they are brewing the polyjuice potion and Hermione turns into a cat. This has some cool features like the changing characters and the limited edition 20th Anniversary gold Harry Potter minifigure.
I also got this ‘DIY Knight Bus Doorstop Kit’ I have no idea how I am going to make this haha but I will give it a go. I have a friend who is really good at knitting things so I may have to ask her for help.
I got this cute soup bowl from my Mum and Dad. It’s a lovely dark, midnight blue colour and is in the shape of a cauldron!
One of my friends got me this Harry Potter puzzle. The design is really nice and it incorporates all of the films, which is really cool.
I also got this really cool sock & mug set 😃
The final thing I got was this cosy Harry Potter throw. I can’t wait to snuggle up with this.
Traditions are one of my favourite parts of Christmas and so I thought for my penultimate Blogmas post I would share some of ours.
Christmas Rock N Roll Panto, this is on every Christmas at our local Theatre. Me and Tim go every December.
Mince Pie taste testing, because how else will we know which ones are best?!? It’s a public service really.
Put up the Christmas decs, and LOTS of them. Nothing makes you feel more Christmassy!!
Christmas Eve boxes, for my Nephews and Niece. I make these throughout December and deliver them on Christmas eve for them to enjoy.
Making festive treats, usually for our Christmas day dessert. This uwat I made a Lindt Chocolate Cheesecake for Christmas Day and the Platinum Jubilee Lemon and Amaretto trifle for Boxing day (it was a hit in the summer!)
A Christmas Byron. Me, my twin sister and our friend Demi go out for lunch or dinner together at Byron. No idea how this started but we’ve done it for at least 5/6 years now.
Watching ‘The Snowman’. I always watched this on Christmas eve as a kid so I carry it on now! I usually watch it before I go to bed.
Going to look at the Christmas lights. We drive around our local town and have a look at all of the awesome lights people have put up on their houses. This is one of my favourite traditions.
Opening up our stockings first thing. I still have the same sack that I had as a child and I love having that to open first thing, good old Santa 🎅🏻
Going to Mum and Dads in the morning. It would be so weird not to!! I’ve only ever either woken up there (literally the same house) or gone there first thing on Christmas morning, my whole life
Christmas lunch. THE. BEST. MEAL. OF. THE YEAR. My father in law makes an amazing roast each year too do I can’t wait.
Christmas games, one of my absolute favourite parts of Christmas. Having fun together- it doesn’t get better than that. I very luckily married into a family that probably loves games even more than my family do – winner!
A Christmas walk. When we do our Christmas with Tim’s Mum we always go for a lovely wintery walk somewhere. It’s so nice and we always discover so many hidden gems near us that we would probably never visit.
So, I obviously did a post at the beginning of Blogmas showcasing some of our decorations, our tree and some of our tree decorations…well…
… I may have bought some more when I went into town this week!
I thought I would share them with you as they are a different theme to our other more traditional decorations.
In our hallway/entrance room we usually have a sort of winter vibe, but this year I could only find a few bits amongst our decs ( I have no idea what’s happened to the other stuff) so I thought I would add some more stuff to make it a bit better.
One of the things I took inspo from is the escape room we did a few weeks ago… random I know, but they had baubles on the ceiling… and they looked so cool, so I took the idea and fitted it into the winter theme…
I went into Wilko this week and they had a big pack of giant baubles in whites, silvers and light blue… perfect for a winter theme… and half price!
I added white lights which go along the wall. We have had these up before but they go really well with the theme in this room as all the other lights we have are warm lights.
And of course tinsel! Light blue, silver and white.
Also from Wilko I got some hanging snowflake garlands…. these are white and silver and look very nice hanging in the doorway to the lounge.
I also grabbed a little fake Mistletoe hanging decoration as it looked cute 😗 and went well with everything else (white berries & glitter!!)
And my little winter friends to top it all off. They always go perfectly in here, but even more so this year.
❄️ What do you think? ❄️
What is your favourite colour scheme for Christmas?
At Christmas time one of my favourite drinks to have is hot chocolate. Me ans my twin sister were visiting London this weekend so we thought we would try out the ultimate hot chocolate that London has to offer.
The cafe is called ‘Italian Bear Chocolate’ and they are a chocolate lovers heaven.
You cam choose your flavour of hot chocolate from milk, white or dark. We both went for milk chocolate. We also both went for a small (which was more than enough!!) As we wanted to try the chocolate cake.
We added ‘triple chocolate’ to both our hot chocolate and the cake, which is the drizzle you can see cascading down the side of the mug and the cake.
It was so rich, thick and decadent. It starts off like normal hot chocolate but definitely gets thicker as you get to the end. The triple chocolate drizzle is amazing too. You can taste to good quality of each type of chocolate.
This is the cake that we got to share. This was decadence with a capital D. We had to take at least half home with us. The chocolate ganache and fudgey filling were amazing.