The Christmas Tag – Blogmas Day 5

I love Blogmas because it has meant that I have ‘met’ lots of new bloggers in the last four days. One of those lovely people blogs at The Little Things. Their ‘The Christmas Tag‘ posts seemed like a lot of fun to do for day 5, as a way for me to talk more about this festive time of year. So here are the questions and my answers.

xmas tree

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie?
I’m sure this is probably the same as so many others out there but it has to be Love Actually. It is the perfect mix of romance, comedy and to some extent heartbreak! I do get sad watching the film  as my Dad would cry when he watched the airport scene. It used to remind him of his visits to Thailand as my Grandma would always be there to pick him up from the airport and that was really the only time he travelled by plane.

2. Do you open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning?
I don’t know anyone who opens their presents on Christmas Eve. I don’t even get how that would work as Santa doesn’t deliver the presents until Christmas morning! 😉

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
This is a memory from one of the first times I spent Christmas with Andy in Cornwall with his family. He woke up at about 5am and as I was still asleep, he sent me a text message saying, ‘Merry Xmas’. At the time I was so annoyed at him because it was ridiculously early and it woke me up but now, I look back and remember how excited he was to spend Christmas with me.

4. Do you like to stay in your PJs on Christmas Day or dress up?
I like to wear a Christmas jumper so I will put that on after I have woken up and had a shower. I am also quite excited to wear my snowflake leggings this year. I guess it is probably closer to the PJs category for both the jumper and joggers.

5. If you could only buy one person a present this year, who would it be?
I might have to cheat with this question as I have two children so I would buy Annabelle a present that Heath would also like. They play Lego together quite a lot so I would get a set with trains, a track, flowers and maybe a station.

6. Have you ever built a gingerbread house?
No, but I think that would be fun. The children would be on cloud nine, especially Annabelle because she is crafty, gingerbread is one of her absolute favourite treats and she would probably enjoy eating all the icing!

7. Favourite Festive Food?
It has to be mince pies with Bailey’s extra thick cream. I can never seem to find that particular cream in many shops or supermarkets so I often have to make my own version. The mince pie has to be warm too.

8. Favourite Christmas Gift?
Ooh, I don’t know. Probably my cat Isobel. My parents got her for me in 2004 as a joint Christmas and birthday present. She was supposed to be a buddy for Charlie, our stray Tom cat but they seemed to just fight for our attention all the time.

9. Candy cane or gingerbread man?
Gingerbread man. I don’t mind a little bit now and again but I’m not keen on too much.

10. Favourite Christmas Scent?
Pine trees and orange peel. Not together and nothing too chemically as that reminds me of a bathroom air refresher. Or a Christmassy candle… OK so that was three, sorry!

11. Do you have any Christmas Eve Traditions?
If we are in Cornwall we like to go to the local pub for a drink with the in-laws and family friends. We will then head home, put the kids to bed and watch TV or a movie. If we are home, Andy likes to make it look like Santa has been by putting bicarbonate of soda on the floor to look like snow. He will also get Annabelle to put out some carrots for the reindeer and a mince pie and some whiskey for Santa.

12. What tops your Christmas Tree?
Normally a star that Annabelle made in preschool but she made us hang it a bit lower down this year so currently, nothing.

13. As a kid what was one crazy gift you always asked for but never received?
It wasn’t too crazy but it was expensive and my mum never knew what it was called. It was a doll that I saw on the TV. I can’t remember it’s name now but I wanted it for quite a few years and I never got it.

14. What’s the best part of Christmas for you?
I love the lead up to Christmas, drinking mulled wine, eating mince pies and spending the time off work, school etc with loved ones. It’s my favourite excuse to eat chocolates as there is always an abundance of Thorntons, Roses and Hotel Chocolat.

15. Any Christmas wishes?
Good health for me, family and friends.

I hope you enjoyed these Christmas questions and my answers. If you would like to play too, feel free to tag me or comment and tell me what your favourite thing is about Christmas? Bx

What I Want For 2017 – Blogmas Day 3 *Updated*

It is 9pm on Saturday night and I still haven’t got a blog post written. I am definitely suffering from a “writer’s block”. Well, not that you could call me a writer as my blog is the only thing that is ‘published’. So I thought I would share some of my aims for 2017 with you. I know it isn’t even Christmas yet, but I am not planning on making any New Year’s resolutions. These are just a few guides that will hopefully encourage me moving forward.

  1. To read more books. I am hoping that this will inspire me creatively. I have only read less than half a dozen books this year and before having children, I aimed for one a month minimum. I like stories where the characters are very dissimilar to me as I find it fascinating how someone can think so differently from me.
  2. To drink more water. I will often look at the clock and realise that I haven’t drunk any water all morning. This is terrible and I definitely need to stay hydrated. I feel the difference in myself when I do and it is so much better for my skin too.
  3. Think less and do more. My biggest problem as a teenager was I overthought everything. I have gotten better at just getting things done rather than worrying about it but it can get on top of me at times.

Anyway, I probably should get to bed as Annabelle and Heath have woken me up between 5 and 5.45am everyday since Wednesday. I feel like I am falling asleep in to my laptop! See you tomorrow. Bx

*I woke up this morning (4 December) feeling quite refreshed and really needed to expand this list because I felt it isn’t worth the read otherwise. Below I have continued my wish list for 2017.

4. To work on my blog and YouTube channel. I feel that I have never put the right level of energy in to either and while my family will always come first, I think I need to change my attitude towards it.

I guess I have always been a bit scared about putting myself out there. It sounds absolutely ridiculous when you think about it but in essence, I have never put my whole self or my true thoughts out there. It has always been a guarded version of me. In terms of content, aside from my postnatal depression story, I have always kept it superficial. Andy once said that I was hiding behind the camera. Since then, I made a conscious effort to change my focus. However, I felt myself reverting back to old habits so I took a break to see if vlogging and blogging is something I really wanted to do. I guess you can see from my ramble above that I love it but my struggle comes from point 3 on my wish list… I think too much. I don’t know if perfectionist is the right word (maybe it is considering that I have just spent my morning editing a post that I published last night!!!) but I guess I going forward in 2017 I should have one overriding motto – in the words of Nike, Just Do It!

I am sorry I have gone off on one. I haven’t stuck to just creating a wish list or been very concise. Just shows where my head is at. Thank you for sticking with me though. See you again later. Bx