It seems a little odd to be handing out Mother’s Day gift recommendations with all that’s going on at the moment. Ultimately though, many of us won’t be able to take our Mums out for lunch to honour the occasion. For this reason I think it’s important that the gifts we give are extra special.
If Valentine’s hasn’t yet crossed your mind, here’s your friendly reminder that it’s now less than a week away. However you choose to celebrate, you’ll always earn good-partner points for picking out a great Valentine’s gift. Thoughtful doesn’t have to be expensive though and with that in mind, here’s some inspiration for affordable gifts that are under £20.
Valentine’s day is creeping up on us again. It’s a controversial holiday, but I personally see it as the perfect excuse for a little romance. I wouldn’t exactly complain if I was showered in extravagant gifts, but its thoughtfulness and small gestures that really win me over. Small gifts like Swizzels sweets.
I’m a hopefully soon-to-be first-time buyer and long-term interior design lover. Browsing home sections and looking for cosy living room and huge hallway inspiration on Pinterest are basically hobbies of mine. So when I happened across a homeware horoscope mid-social media scroll, I was intrigued by how it would summarise me as a Taurus.
This year I’ve enjoyed the motions of the festive period in a strange daze of disbelief. Christmas didn’t feel quite like Christmas, and new year didn’t feel entirely right either. I’m not really sure why I feel that way, but I do know that my diary now reads 2020. So happy new year I guess! Whether it’s passed me by in a bit of a blur or not, I love new years and its promise of a fresh start. I don’t tend to go overboard with resolutions, for fear of setting myself up for failure. This year though, I wanted to document some of my goals for 2020, to manifest them and hold myself accountable.
The beginning of 2019 cannot possibly have been a whole year ago. Yet here we are, somehow it was, and now we find ourselves almost at the beginning of a brand new decade.
An annual highlights post and a year in review is something which I started only last year but which I hope I can carry on for a very long time. When I wonder what on earth I did with all that time, it not only puts into perspective just how many good things have actually filled it, it’s also a brilliant exercise in gratitude. I’d truly recommend looking back on your highlights of 2019, even if you don’t choose to share them.
Firstly, I’d like to congratulate myself on exceeding my self-set Goodreads challenge for 2019. My original goal may have been a mere 12 books, but that’s only because I wanted to be realistic. I used to be able to read that many in a month, but over the last few years reading for pleasure has sadly taken a major backseat. Once I started consciously making time for it again, I realised how much I’d missed it.
Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year, despite how often I moan about the cold and how busy it is. I love that you can almost feel magic in the air. I love Christmas lights and festive drinks and precious time off with loved ones. Jamie and I often try to take festive trips in December, which aren’t complete without gingerbread lattes and marshmallow hot chocolates. If there’s one thing I dislike about the festivities though, it’s the notorious, and disposable, coffee shop red cup. With my Kambukka reusable mug, festive drinks on-the-go don’t secure me a place on the naughty list.
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