What I Got For Christmas

I’m kinda not over the fact that its already been a week since Christmas, but hey, that means just another 51 weeks til the next one! No? Just me..

Anyway, I know I’m a little late in posting the classic ‘what I got for Christmas’ haul, but as I was having my little Christmas break from blogging, I’m just extending the festive period so that I can share with you all the wonderful gifts I received on the big day.

Let’s start with the present that was too big to fit under the tree – say hello to my new suitcase! Bit of back story here, my current suitcase is about 15 years old and has two wheels, and all these new-fangled suitcase have four, which I’m not a huge fan of but apparently its the thing now. Well Matthew figured that the only way to get my over my dislike of four wheels was to make it Donald themed! Super excited to take this bad-boy to Hawaii in April to test it out!

Matthew also got me the Fitbit Flyer headphones, which I’m already super impressed by but I can’t wait to put them to good use when I start my marathon training, and a book on how to get the best out of my iPad Pro, plus a cute kitty mug, unicorn slippers and a onesie! I hate the phrase ‘boy did good’ but it seems fitting here..

Now I have no idea how she managed it for a second time, but after the incredible surprise of a CoachxDisney wristlet on my birthday, my mum shocked me with another item from the collection, this time a purse. I’m quite jealous as I had no luck finding any of the collection in the outlets, yet she’s done it twice – she also nabbed me this Mickey sweater!

How gorgeous is this Fiorelli gym bag? I actually picked this one out myself but I still had to wait until Christmas to get it.. I suspect my gym will be packed this month with New Years resolution-ers, but I’ll be ready to fight for all the good machines now I’ve got a bag to fit all my kit in.

Other goodies in my stocking included Eat Like a Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls, a little collection of Lush products, a couple of gift cards and a pretty Beauty and the Beast bracelet from Couture Kingdom from Matthew’s mum, so it’s safe to say I’ve been incredibly lucky this year!

I hope everyone else was spoilt rotten, and if you want to share what you got for Christmas please leave me a comment so I can be nosey!

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What I Got For Christmas!

Christmas has been and gone for another year, so we’re now just left with the goodies we’ve been lucky enough to receive from our loved ones to tide us over until the January sales..

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Considering I really wasn’t expecting much this year, I feel well and truly spoilt with this pile of goodies! You might spot a few items from my wishlist this year, including Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick, the Meeko Vinyl Pop and my favourite mascara, Eyeko Black Magic.

Peony Happiness Planner

I also decided to ask for the Peony Planner from Happiness Planner (over the Kikki K planner I’d mentioned before), and its SO PRETTY! I’ve already started filling it out and can’t wait to keep it up next year.

As well as those bits, I got some new clothes for work and a few Lush goodies, but I was really excited to unwrap some items from the Cath Kidston x Disney collection. I’d attempted the online pre-sale with absolutely no luck, so it was a total surprise that my mum had managed to find the spotty apron and London notebook in Southampton, eek! Mum also surprised me with a New York exclusive Mickey tsum tsum; I’d asked her to bring me back the Statue of Liberty Minnie one when she was there in November, but I had no idea there were other exclusives available so YAY!

Spectrum Fresh Face set

Adding to my ever growing collection of Spectrum brushes, I got the Fresh Face set containing these four gorgeous brushes, not only in a new colour scheme but also in a slightly smaller, more travel friendly size, which came with a matching lilac makeup bag!

I’m so grateful for all the wonderful gifts my family have given me this year – I’m such a lucky girl!

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Christmas Presents I Don’t Like Receiving

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I don’t ever like to be ungrateful, but I’m sure that everyone has those items that mean you’ve got to pull out that well-practiced false ‘thank you, I love it’ face while inside you’re thinking ‘WHYYY’, right?

So for Christmas giggles, here are mine:

Earrings

I don’t have my ears pierced anymore, but when I did (and now I’m considering getting them pierced again), I was very particular about what I did and didn’t like – what I didn’t like being the majority of the ones I ever received. I appreciate the gesture, but unless you know me well enough, I’d love a gift receipt included..

Baking equipment

I do a lot of baking, and most people who know me know that. The problem is, I already have everything baking related under the sun, and I do not need another set of silicone cupcake cases thank you.

Generic bath sets

I understand the appeal of the Boots 3 for 2, but tiny bottles of nondescript shower gel and a loofer just end up being forgotten about, or stack up in the bathroom only to be used when travelling hand luggage only.

Christmas only items

It could be the cutest little Christmas gift, but to be honest I’ll just be sad that I won’t get to enjoy it for much longer before it has to go away for another year.

Mugs

I love mugs, but again, I’m very particular with the mugs I like. I also have way too many..

Books I can’t read

You know those novelty picture books or kinda funny quotes or poems that you just know are gonna sit on a bookshelf gathering dust because you’ll flick through it once and never need to pick it up again – get me a book I can read!!

What presents make you wish they’d included a receipt?

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My Christmas Haul!

Well happy Boxing Day everyone! Did we all have a lovely day yesterday?!

Christmas is my absolute favourite day of the year, so when its all over its always a little sad, but Boxing Day is still a good day as (well at least for our family) its the day you get to collect all your presents together and admire them, and it always makes me feel incredibly grateful for my amazing family!

But you guys want to know what I got, right?

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Quite the pile, right? I’ve been super lucky!

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If you read my Christmas wishlist post, you’ll see some familiar items!

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A rock cushion? Nope, its my new little troll friend in his alternative form, and I love it! I can’t wait to use him as a travel pillow when we go to Disney next month!

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INFLATABLE BAYMAX (he’s a bath pillow really)

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At first I thought I was above the trend, but actually I fell in love with adult colouring books, and I got three!

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Peanut butter. Nuff said.

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There’s a little pile of Lush goodies there, and some amazing Finding Nemo pyjamas, as well as Maximus and a Nanoblock Neuschwanstein.

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A late addition to my Christmas list was the Magnitone Barefaced, and I’m really excited to start using it, my skin needs some major TLC in 2016! It came with a cute little travel pouch, and because Mum ordered it from FeelUnique, while they were running a promotion, I also got a free shower holder for it!

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And the present that I genuinely squealed opening: this adorable Minnie Mouse hat which my sister had bought (without my knowing!) in Disneyland Paris in October! I had been regretting not buying it while we were out there, and I haven’t really taken it off since!

There’s a few bits from Fabletics (which I picked out in the Black Friday sale, ha!), add a few little stocking fillers, chocolate etc and that’s my haul!

What did you get for Christmas?

xoxo

Disney Secret Santa Round-up!

At the beginning of November I announced my very first online Secret Santa, purely for Disney fans/bloggers. I crossed my fingers for success, expecting a few of my closest Disney friends to be interested, probably out of pity support, so I was totally amazed when interested came flooding in from all over the Twitter-sphere, including some of my absolute favourite bloggers and internet friends!

I can honestly say it was the best decision I’ve ever made, its been so much fun and having everyone on board has made it even more special, so here’s how I got on!

I felt so lucky to get the beautiful Amy from Cocktails in Teacups; she’s one of my absolute favourite bloggers, I check her blog everyday and just love keeping up with her adventures! I really wanted to nail her gift so I put in a lot of thought, and here’s what I came up with..

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Knowing her favourite films are Peter Pan and The Little Mermaid, I chose two vintage travel style prints from Etsy: one for Neverland and one for Atlantica. Topped up with some festive scented candles (the seashell ones I made myself!), a cute little Minnie Mouse coin purse and some chocolate coins, and I think I put together a good little parcel!

Today, I also received my gift from the lovely Nicola from Nicoohlala!

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She got me a Funko Pop Honey Lemon, which is great because I have a growing collection of Funkos, and also two beautiful Tangled posters, yay!

I never imagined when I set out to organise this that it would be so much fun! Its been so great and having everyone’s support has made it even more special! Wanna read how others have got on?

You can read:

Amy’s post

Sarah’s post

Amy’s post

Charlene’s post

and more coming soon, stay tuned!

Did you take part in a Secret Santa this year?

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Christmas Gift Guide for Kids

The final gift guide of the season from me; this time its all about the little people in our lives!

These days, gender stereotypes are becoming more and more irrelevant and unnecessary, so this guide is for all!

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Under £20

The Good Dinosaur Deluxe Slippers from The Disney Store

With The Good Dinosaur hitting the big screen, these slippers will be just as much a success as the film!

B-B8 Tumbler with Straw from The Disney Store

The perfect cup for any movie night, and featuring our new favourite droid!

Olaf Frustration Game from Tesco

A Frozen twist on a family favourite board game, and the perfect Boxing Day activity!

Santa Fun from Lush

Enjoy endless bathtime fun for all ages come with this mouldable and reusable soap!

£20-50

Freida Cow from Trunki

This ride-on suitcase stole the hearts of many after appearing on Dragon’s Den, and how sweet is this little spotty friend?

Mickey Mouse kids slip on shoes from Vans

Give the gift of style and practicality all in one!

Vivitar Waterproof Digital Camera from Toys R Us

Photography is a great hobby for kids to have, as well as giving them a gift that they can use to document memories and life events!

Mickey Mouse Softpal Portable Night Light from The Disney Store

Whether your little ones need a night light or not, this little cutie is perfect for late night toilet trips, or just as adorable mood lighting!

Personalised Beanbag chair from Etsy

This custom creation would look great in a little reading corner!

£50+

8ft Trampoline and Enclosure from Smyths Toys

Trampolines make a great big ticket gift, and are a wonderful way for children to get exercise while having fun!

Scooby Doo Mystery Mansion from Lego

As a huge Lego fan, I always think it makes a fabulous gift for all ages!

Kindle Bundle for Kids from Amazon

Give the gift of endless reading fun with this bundle from Amazon. It includes a kid-friendly cover, as well as 2 year accident protection for those clumsy moments!

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Christmas Gift Guide for Women

Yay, the first of my Christmas gift guide series! We’re over halfway through November now so its 100% acceptable to be talking more and more about Christmas, which I will!

I decided to take on women first, because while some women can be very easy to buy for, some are impossible, so to give you a headstart, here are my finds:

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Under £20

Seven Dwarfs Pyjama Bottoms – £14.95 – Disney Store

Pyjamas are a classic Christmas present, and this print is ridiculously cute!

Soarin’ Jar Candle 8oz – £7.50 – Maple and Whisky

Maple and Whisky produce the best handmade soy candles, and all their scents are inspired by Disney. Soarin’ smells just like the ride itself: orange with hints of pine.

Gus in Slipper Vinly Pop! – available from a range of sellers, including Amazon

You don’t have to be a Pop! collector to love this figure inspired by this years Cinderella film, and girls love shoes!

Minnie Mouse Sketched Print – £16.99 – I Want One Of Those

This sweet sketch shows Minnie’s changes through the ages, and would look great on any wall.

£20-£50

Aldo Uluwien Leather Multi Watch Strap – £30 – ASOS

This beauty of a watch has a classic look, and has four extra interchangeable straps to switch up the look, talk about value for money!

Magic Carpet Gift Box – £38.95 – Lush

This box is packed with a load of Lush favourites, any girl would be pretty thrilled!

Platinum Locket Necklace – £45 – Disney Couture

This engraved platinum locket would make a Disney girl very happy!

Minnie Mouse Purse – £44.95 – Disney Store

Surprise her with this gorgeous leather purse, complete with vintage print lining!

Rose Gold lightning charging cable – £29.99 – ASOS

I can’t be the only one who has a soft spot for rose gold, and if you’re also planning on surprising her with the new rose gold iPhone, this would make a perfect stocking filler!

£50+

Dainty Sparklers Bow Cuff – £60 – Kate Spade

You can’t go wrong with something sparkly..

Arribas Brothers Cinderella Carriage Ornament – £64 – Disney Store

And if a bracelet isn’t sparkly enough, how about a carriage?

Benefit Cosmetics lesson and Afternoon Tea experience day – £125 – Red Letter Days

Make up and cakes = major brownie points!

Now go get shopping!

xoxo