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2013 Favourites...

2013 Favourites...

Hey everyone

I like closing the book of each with by rounding up what my favourites have been for the whole year - I did it for {2011} and {2012} too :)

So, here are my 2013 favourites...


Starbucks - This year a Starbucks opened pretty close to where I live (well, it's a 20 minute drive but I will out up with that for Starbs!) so this year was filled with Starbucks - it's my addiction and #imsorrythatimnotsorry about it!

Planning - I developed a new creative outlet with decorating my planner and making it more aesthetically pleasing to motivate me to use it more as a journal almost - I love it!

Tumblers - I developed quite the collection of tumblers this year; I just love how portable they are and how cute they look - it's a crazy obsession but I love it nonetheless!

Photography - I have developed a love of taking photos of trees, lakes and skylines this year - and even dipping my toes into the realms of editing them - I really want to develop (no pun intended, haha!) this in 2014!

Placement - I spent 14 weeks of 2013 on placement in my local hospital in the Pathology laboratory - it was one of the hardest things I've ever done but definitely the most rewarding - I absolutely loved it!

Lush Baths - After a few years off Lush I fell back in love with it this year. I found that taking Lush baths were a great way to relax and catch up on my 'fun' reading!

My iPhone - My birthday present to myself this year was my iPhone and I've thoroughly enjoyed being able to have access to the Internet on the go (without having to rely on wifi as with my iPod Touch!) and to be honest (as sad as it is) can't even fathom how I managed without it!

Little Prin - 2013 was the first year we had with Little Prin and I can honestly say that she has changed my life - I can't imagine what my life would be without her! She's always there for me for cuddles, brightens my day with her craziness and melts my heart with her cuteness!

The bf - April 2013 marked 5 years with the bf but we went through a couple of incredibly rocky patches this year and it was one of the hardest things I've ever gone through. We are now back together and I looking back I can say that the whole experience made me realise just how much I want to be with him and has made my feelings for him just grow astronomically. 
Love you bf xx

This blog - My love for blogging has continued and grown this year - I especially love this blog re-design that I made for myself this year and the consistency I've had with blogging this year - I just love having this creative outlet for myself!

P.S. I totally joined the flipagram (iphone app) hype and made my own!

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What are your 2013 favourites?

aHm xoxo

2014 Resolutions

2014 Resolutions

Hey everyone

So last year was the first year that I actively made some resolutions so before I make my 2014 resolutions I want to review how I did with my 2013 resolutions.


MWIP - I'm very pleased to say that I successfully managed to post an MWIP every single week of 2013!! They are definitely my most favourite posts to write and also look back on - like a photo diary!
Jar of Happiness - I managed to fill up my jar with things that made me happy this year - I'm going to go through my jar this evening if I have chance (but I'm going out for NYE this year for a change so that may not happen!) or tomorrow and look back on everything that made me happy in 2013 - I'm really looking forward to reliving the happy parts of this year!
Say yes - This resolution was my weakest one - I didn't do so good on it :( In terms of placement I feel like I definitely got more out of my shell and more confident which is good, and I went to collect an award on my own which I would never really have done before! But in terms of going out with my friends I didn't say yes as much as I should have and I do regret that because I'm in my last year of uni so I'm not going to have to go out as much this year as I could have last year #regrets.

So all in all I didn't do too badly with my 2013 resolutions which has motivated me to make some 2014 resolutions...


MWIP - as I said before, these are my favourite posts to write and look back on so I want to keep that week by week record of my life going for another year.

Book Club - this summer I did a {Belle's Summer 2013 Book Club} feature and I loved writing reviews on the books that I had read over the summer. It got me thinking that I shouldn't let my 'fun' reading fall by the wayside during term time so hopefully by having book reviews as a weekly feature on here it will motivate me to find time to read just for fun - because I miss it! 

Higher Second Class Degree - I'm in my third and final year of my Bachelors degree now (a third of the way through it actually!) so it's getting to crunch time and my goal throughout my degree has been to come out with a first class degree but I really don't think that's possible now (those three stupid modules in second year when I was 1 mark of a first!). I want to make sure I really put all my effort into pushing to get the best possible degree I can in this home stretch - if that means settling for a 2.1 then that's what I'm going to have to do. I need to realise that that's still a really good degree classification, my course is basically just one step down from the difficulty level of studying medicine, and just because it probably wont be a first doesn't mean that it's the end of the world.

Life Building - as I said I'm finishing my degree this year (hopefully, unless I decide to go on and do my Masters) I need to figure out the whole getting a job situation (the application process is such a confidence weakening one!), going about entering the real big-girl world, making friends outside of studying - it's a minefield that I'm going to have to navigate this year if I want to start properly building a life for myself!

Jar of Happiness - I loved filling up my jar of happiness this year - I found it such a positive experience that really made me see how good 2013 was (despite some really dark times) and finish the year on a happy and positive note. I'd love to do the same in 2014.

Tattoo - I've been wanting a tattoo for years now (see {this} post) but was always worried that I wouldn't like something for long enough to commit to have it for life - as it turns out I've liked {this} tattoo for nearly three years now so I think 2014 might be the year to take the leap of faith and get it tattooed on me. I say all this and I just know that I'm going to end up chickening out, but hey ho - you have to have at least one unrealistic resolution, right?

So there are my 2014 resolutions - it's going to be a year of massive changes for me but here's hoping that on the whole it's a good one!

What are your 2014 resolutions? Or if you don't make 'resolutions' what are you goals for 2014? (I always think that 'resolution' can sound a bit forceful!)
Lemme know in the comments :)


Campus Exploration: Boxing Day Edition...

Campus Exploration: Boxing Day Edition...

Hey everyone

We spent the morning of Boxing Day walking through Keele Woods on my university campus - after exploring the woods with my uni bestie K over this past autumn semester I was so excited to share it with my family!



Ma, Nam, Little Prin, the bf & I set off on our walk, starting at Keele Hall


It was a foggy morning and the Hall looked simply stunning, if a little spooky!


When we got round to the front of the Hall Nam and Ma were completely in awe - it is such a gorgeous building!


It was so misty that the main lake couldn't even be seen from the top of the hill - madness! 
But very nice to photograph!


I was going to the family across the famous Keele causeway but decided that probably wasn't the best idea!


The woods were seriously beautiful on that crisp winter morning!


I loved taking some shots of the lake - it's so easy to photograph, even I can get some good shots!


It was so quiet and peaceful out in the woods - the perfect way to walk off some of those Christmas choccies!


The lakes looked so eerily pretty with the fog curling over them, I was memorised!


I tried to capture it as best as I could - but I'm not sure I did it justice!


The woods were so creepy too - I love photographing these woods!


I felt a tad like Hansel and Gretal leading all of them through the woods!




When we finally finished our walk and emerged from the woods the fog had lifted, the sky had cleared and it was even a bit sunny! 




I feel so utterly blessed to have called this gorgeous campus home for the last three years :)


Little Prin absolutely loved her walk, especially seeing as she was allowed to get as muddy as she liked!

aHm xox

   

Christmas 2013 Recap...

Christmas 2013 Recap...

Hey everyone

Now I know that I say this every year, but this Christmas was seriously the BEST!

Christmas Day was filled with good food, quality family time, great (-ish) TV, treating my fur-babies, lots of chocolate and some simply amazing presents!
Psstt...see what I got for Christmas {here}


Little Prin loved her pile of presents - she went straight over to them and picked one up to take to Nam for her to open - it was so cute!


One of Little Prin's presents was this outfit for Christmas Day - Ma and I loved it but she wasn't so keen at first!


I was extremely spoilt by Father Christmas these year!



It was another JW Christmas - I am so unbelievably lucky, I am so grateful to my Ma and Nam for spoiling me so much! 


This mahussive Barbour bag made literally jump around squealing!


Literally cried my eyes out when my bestie Lj sent me a video of my god-daughter of her opening my present! I sent her a picture back of me opening my Harrods bear too, so we could be twins!



I went down to see my ponies and give them their Christmas carrots - yep I did go down to the field in my Christmas dress and jumper and my muddy mucker boots #countrygirl

 

The sky was beautiful at the field too!


When I got back home it was time to sit down for the main event - Christmas Dinner! We had turkey and all of the trimmings; stuffing, roast potatoes, peas, sausage meat, pigs in blankets, apple sauce, cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed potatoes, it goes on!


Because I don't like Christmas Pudding Ma bought me this molten chocolate bomb and it was absolutely stunning! Nam and I may or may not have nearly eaten all of it just in that one lunch sitting!


Plus I had salted caramel cream with it so I was absolutely in heaven!


We always have tree present (little less expensive presents from the 'Christmas Tree') and this was one of my favourites that I received - it's Hamptons (which I'm obsessed with!) and it's popcorn (which I love!)!


The rest of the afternoon and heading into the evening was spent chilling in the cuddler chair with my Nam watching Christmas TV (Tangled was on!) and sharing chocolates!


G took up residence on the sofa and remained there from lunch until Christmas night!


I think that Christmas Tea is arguably my favourite part of Christmas Day - I do love a good buffet! 


I finished up Christmas Night with a cup of Fortnum's English Breakfast tea in my new Starbucks mug in front of the Christmas tree - perfect!

After the awesomeness of Christmas Day - it could only get better with Boxing Day!

We had a little bit of a lie in and then Ma, Nam, the bf and I went off to my uni for a Boxing Day walk through Keele Woods!


I never get tired of walking through my campus woods and it was really lovely to share it with my family and have them love it too!

After our walk we went and chilled out at home for the afternoon before going to Nam and G's in the evening for dinner :)

One of my most favourite things of Christmas is how Nam decorates her home - she goes beautifully over the top!


Her Christmas tree is always a show-stopper and this year definitely didn't disappoint!


The archway was super pretty this year!


The crowning glory of Nam's festive decor is her dining table - it's always stunning! 
This year the theme was purple and silver, I loved it - it was the most beautiful yet, I think (well, I say that every year too!) 


I thought the reindeer were so cute!


The mini Fortnum crackers that we brought Nam back from {London} were super adorable!

 

Plus the jokes and questions in them were actually pretty good - I thought this joke was super funny!


The buffet dinner at Nam's was so good! We had roast potatoes, ham, turkey, salad, melon, parma ham, pigs in blankets, rolls and baked Camembert (my fave!)

I hope that you had a fabulous Christmas! 
I'd love to hear what you got up to in the comments!

aHm xoxo