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In light of New Years Eve... 



I personally love seeing posts and videos on what people got for Christmas, so I had to do one myself. I know they're controversial but if you don't like them, X off this page and go back to Twitter to complain. I've tried to link everything at the bottom of the post in case you're interested, but I couldn't find a lot of things. (Sorry!) I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and got so many lovely gifts, I sure did, so here's what Santa left me...  (I'm saving up the money I got for a MacBook, it's my birthday in January so why not?)



We have 9 days left of 2016, how insane is that? We’re into single digits people, best start working on that “new year, new me,”

Start with the obvious things, de-clutter your make up, your wardrobe, your bedroom, your handbag, your bedside table. Make everything organised and tidy, (as possible.) Then start with the not so obvious things, like your e-mails, the junk box, your camera roll, your contact book, your jewellery stash, anything you can think of really. There's nothing like a fresh start, a blank canvas, and a tidy environment = tidy mind. It’s true, honest. 

Get closure
This might be with an ex, for example. If things ended badly this year, and it was all rather sudden, maybe be brave and give them a message and see if they’ll take five minutes just to chat and explain things. Reflect with each other, say your sorrys and your moving on messages. This is something I did a few years ago before new years, that relationship ended very badly and on bad terms, and it’s just nice, it’s a peace of mind to get closure, and it’s healthy. Stop hating each other, and just be civil. Move the f*ck on. 

 Tie up loose ends
Stop finding excuses for things and putting off making that phone call or attending that appointment that was supposed to be done months ago. Take care of it NOW, trust me, you’ll be able to sleep better and stress less, because until you do that one thing you keep avoiding, it’ll sit in your brain and just so happen to pop up at 3am. Basically, don't take any unfinished business with you into 2017.

 Reflect on small and big achievements
If it feels like you haven’t achieved anything this year, dig deeper. That will not be true. Ok, fair enough I didn’t get a job, or pass my driving test, but I managed to overcome many things that once were impossible because of my anxiety. And as small and stupid as being able to make a phone call without having a panic attack may seem, it counts, and it’s important. I feel like I really grabbed anxiety by the balls this year. Oh, and I got engaged? Does that count? 

 Learn and practice meditation
This is something I only started doing very recently, I downloaded the app ‘Calm,’ and surprisingly, it actually works. Like seriously, it’s great just too really switch off for ten minutes in bed before you go to sleep, I sleep a lot better when I use this app when I get into bed. 

 Set goals
Write them down, set small goals for yourself that you’re sure are really achievable so you don’t end up feeling deflated. Don’t expect too much from yourself, ease the pressure and just go small. Big is not always better. Miracles don’t happen in just a years’ time, especially with how fast time seems to fly by these days. For example, set the realistic goal of saving money towards a house, not buying a house.




I do like to think of myself as quite a savvy shopper, I certainly buy more than I can actually afford and I take 'treat yo self,' to a whole new level. My family often ask me how I afford the things I get, and the amount of deliveries at the door each week- and to be honest, it still baffles me too. But I'll admit I've for sure picked up a few hacks along the way, either to save money, earn money or get money back! And since it's Christmas time, you're all very likely to be spending a lot, so I thought I'd share some of my tips. Happy shopping!



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Don't know about you, but when it comes to Christmas I can't avoid getting a load of sweets and chocolate to 'fill my bag up,' and sometimes you just get a box of maltesers too many, you're crying Smarties and you've got toothache from crunching so many Minstrels. Y'know, all the usual stuff. So, this year I did my own Christmas shopping for the first time, and it came to that awkward stocking filler stage where I just needed a few more things to wrap up for people, but it was just going to be so boring buying all the usual sweets, and lets be honest, we don't enjoy opening them, it's so anti-climax.

So I took to the internet and came across Auntie Ammies, which is essentially an online American candy store, that isn't horribly over priced. They sell everything from Lucky Charm cereal to quirky flavoured Fanta. It's a family run store based in Kent, but they offer a delivery service. (My delivery arrived with Hermes.) I was a little worried they might arrive squashed or broken, but they'd been really well wrapped up and protected.



So there's a lot of gift guides floating around right now but I really haven't seen any of this 'type,' and I'm really happy with the selection I've created and I know that I would be very happy to receive any of these gits on Christmas Day.
So here's a few ideas or maybe just some inspiration for the quirky/fun/different people in your life, that might be a little difficult to buy for. All products are direct links to shop them for your easy-quick-shopping benefit.

Kate Spade Pencil Set

Skinny Dip 'Rave' Kit

Ted Baker French Bulldog Bauble

Kenzo Keyring

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