Christmas Gift Ideas

There are so many lovely gifts out there to spend on your loved ones and one of my favourite past times is surfing through the ‘Gift Finder’ app from notonthehighstreet.com to get inspiration!

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‘You Look Lovely Today’ Canvas Pouch
This bag is so lovely and a nice size to fit essential make up bits and bobs.

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Family Tree Personalised Papercut
These frames are so popular right now and make a lovely addition to a family home.

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Personalised Children’s Story Book
It’s so hard to find the right gifts for children, so a personalised book in their name you know will be something they treasure forever.

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Personalised Grey Herringbone Scarf
Scarfs are always an easy purchase as they’re an essential for a winter wardrobe! This one in particular looks nice and long and cosy.

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Personalised Gift Ring Dish
This dish is more a wedding gift but don’t forget to look outside the box! I’d personally love this as a joint Christmas gift.

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Personalised Tin With Bath Bombs
Bath Bombs are all the rage right now. Lush in particular are favourites of mine but these look so lovely and christmasy! Perhaps an easy Secret Santa present!

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Personalised Welly Boot Family Cushion
There is a frame in this design but I came across the cushion and thought it was so cute and different!

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Question A Day Five Year Journal
I bought one of these for myself last year and can officially say I have filled it out every day! It’s a great nostalgia gift that is perfect for those who promise to stick to it!

Katie ❀

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Magical Affirmations

December is so magical and wonderful! It’s the greatest time for reflection than any other in the year and today I felt like writing about a little something I’m passionate about.

I love affirmations and read enough books to know that this is a constant theme in the steps to self-love. If you say these affirmations enough, you will believe and become them. Negativity fills so much of our days. We self-deprecate everything we do and don’t acknowledge our full potential.

I try and read an affirmation every morning to really start the day on a high and repeat it constantly whenever my mind begins to wander out of the present moment.

Here are some that I found on The Mala Collectives Pinterest Board ♡

 

I’ve found you have to be very open minded with affirmations. In today’s society where there is gossip, negativity and harsh realities, repeating these affirmations is where I tell myself that everything’s okay, you’re more than this time, you’re full of so much love and fear will not control you.

I’ve had plenty of times where I’ve forgotten that lately but will get back on track starting from right now. I also hope you will be enlightened by this post to at least try and see how great you feel!

Katie ❀

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10 Things I Love About Winter

Winter can be such a beautiful time of year and December is when I appreciate it the most. I don’t know about you but around mid-January and February, I tire of the dark days and freezing temperatures but want to change and fully appreciate every single day. 💙❄️⛄️✨

The 10 Things I Love About Winter are:

Cosy Nights
New Pyjamas
Fairy Lights
Mince Pies
Christmas Songs
Frosty Mornings
Burning Candles
Christmas Markets
Hot Chocolate
Family Time

The atmosphere and cosiness of Winter is always such cure for the soul. This is the perfect time to reflect on the year gone by and set new intentions leading into the warmer months ahead.

Katie ❀

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Winter Mood Board

I recently discovered the meaning of ‘Hygge’. It’s the danish concept of coziness created when enjoying good food, drinks and fireside times with friends and family. I believe this goes hand in hand with Christmastime and I’ve tried to draw inspiration from this in my Pinterest Winter Board. I love it as it’s filled with lovely Christmas decor and ideas. ♡

 

Katie ❀

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My Christmas Wish List

I love a wish list! I try and keep mine up to date throughout the year, so that it’s not a panic for my family when they want to buy some pressies. I find Pinterest is a great place to do this!

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2017 Appointment Wall Calendar
I’m in love with this calendar by Rifle Paper Co. It was in the sale on Black Friday and I may have already purchased it as a gift for myself! 😏 I’m determined to be super organised next year and not let stress and anxiety overwhelm me ever again.

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Poetic Blooms Stud Earrings
These earrings are absolutely beautiful! My mum and I went in to Pandora a few weeks ago and we found these beauties and I fell in love with them. Would love love love these!

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Eat Smart by Niomi Smart
Niomi Smart’s new cookbook looks so great. I’m very tempted to go vegan after having fertility and stress struggles, just to try it and see if I feel healthier in body and mind. She always looks glowing and happy. The recipes look easy to make and not many ingredients will need to be sourced online. For me, I prefer cooking by following a cookbook so this is definitely one I would use a lot.

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Clinique Moisture Surge
I pop in to see our local Clinique lady every so often. She is always so helpful and reassuring when it comes to what is important for your skin. She recommended 100% their Moisture Surge product. It nourishes your skin so deeply and is especially important in the winter months. They also have a Clinique wish list so that the husband can just walk in, let them know my email address and any products I’ve tried and loved are there for the picking.

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Beats Wireless Headphones & iPhone 7 Plus
Okay first of all, I am so not going to get these from anyone! 😂 They’re ridiculously expensive but look how cute they both are! I’ve wanted some Beats headphones for ages but these range up to around £300, so will still have to be a dream purchase of mine. I also would love a new iPhone plus in rose gold as well. There’s something about the bigger iPhones now that just look a lot better than the standard. Which I thought I would never say!

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HP Sprocket Mobile Photo Printer
I had just seen this in Zoella’s What’s in my Bag vlog and love it! I recently bought myself a new Erin Condren Life Planner and to be able to print and stick my own pictures in it would be amazing. I do have a polaroid though that I know I can use instead. That was great for our wedding but to have good quality photos printed as well would be a great purchase.

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Rosie for Autograph Eau du Parfum 
I absolutely love this perfume and had just run out, so would love a larger bottle to last me throughout the next year. It’s so light and fresh without smelling heavy and girly (if that makes sense?! 😄)

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Leaf Nature by Bellabeat
I’ve always liked the idea of having a Fitbit but my wrists are so small and I know I wouldn’t use it to it’s full potential by wearing it all the time. The Bellabeat health tracker is a sleep, activity and reproductive health monitor. It’s a smart piece of jewellery that can be worn as a necklace, bracelet or clipped to an item of clothing, which for me is a great idea!

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Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
I would love to live a more creative life. I’ve always loved art, photography and writing but fear has always kept me back. I know this book has helped others manifest a more creative life for themselves and I would love to join the club.

Katie ❀

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My Christmas Playlist

I created a Christmas playlist this year full of all my favourite Christmas songs! 🎶

There’s a bit of mix of the popular songs but also soundtracks from my favourite Christmas movies. Although I couldn’t find ‘Where Are You Christmas’ by Faith Hill from The Grinch, so had to make do with any version I could find! 😄

Hope you enjoy!

Katie ❀

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December Goals

The countdown to Christmas has finally begun! 🎄🎅🏼❄️🌟🎁👼🏼✨

I hope you’ve all had the first chocolate in your advent calendars this morning! I can’t wait to celebrate, eats lots of mince pies and relax over the festive period. I thought setting some goals for this month would be a great way to start off Blogmas, so here are a few intentions of mine for December.

Enjoy Christmas!
It really is the best time of year. The weather has turned so cold and there’s a frost every morning now which means our home is even more cosy than usual. I can’t wait to get out our Christmas decorations and wrap the presents for our loved ones. I must make time to enjoy some Christmas movies and listen to my Christmas playlist because once it’s over, I always kick myself that I didn’t do enough.

Get Organised
I must not leave getting presents until the last minute, so really want to stay on top of this! It would be great to also make more time to see our families and have fun days out.

De-Stress
I really want to use this month to really, truly relax. I’ve been meditating every morning but want to take it to the next level and make the time to meditate in the evening before bed too. I’ve also recently been using affirmations as a way to de-stress so hopefully will continue to do this in December.

I feel like a new dawn has broken for me and even though the majority of this year has been a struggle, I will end it on a high! ❤️

Katie ❀

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