November Highlights

November 18
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Well hello December, you crept up on us a little! As I write this, I can’t quite believe that November is over and another new year is not even a month away. Over Winter I tend to attempt hibernation which means that things can get a little quiet. Don’t worry though, I still have a few highlights to share!

Catch Ups with Friends and Afternoon Tea

At the beginning of the month, I met some lovely new people at a friends birthday celebration in the form of afternoon tea at Congham Hall. Despite being a beautiful place and somewhere I’ve enjoyed many times before, I wasn’t amazed by their Winter selection of sweet treats, and find their Summer version much more impressive. Despite an average culinary experience, the event (which was a surprise for the birthday girl) itself was lovely. Jamie and I had a drink in one of their many lounge type rooms before I had to meet up with the girls, and I’m always impressed by the cosy and welcoming air of the place.


November 18
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Black Friday Shopping and Christmas Lights

I’m happy to report that I didn’t go crazy this Black Friday. I do like to take advantage of the discounts on Christmas gift items though, and Jamie treated me to a new bag. I actually find in-store shopping quite stressful but really enjoyed being back in Norwich; a place that will always feel like home. There are certain perks to living in the countryside, but the lack of Christmas lights isn’t one of them. Norwich’s tunnel of light and accompanying decorations always ignite a childlike wonder and excitement in me. After getting in the festive spirit I’m definitely ready to dec out my own house this weekend.


November 18
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Oh you thought I was joking about attempting to hibernate? Throughout November I’ve slept like a baby thanks to my new mattress and duvet set. I won’t go into it in too much depth but if you’d like to know more, you can check out my recent post: Wake Up On The Right Side of The Bed | With Leesa Sleep.

Movies & Food

This month saw the release of the second Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The less than impressed reviews have really shocked me because I much preferred this to the first Fantastic Beasts movie. Without giving too much away, there were much stronger links to the Harry Potter series in this one than the last, and it overall it was much more magical.

Over the colder seasons, I become even less inclined to drag myself to the gym. With Christmas coming, and with it a lot of food and absolutely no guilt, I tried to eat a little healthier throughout November. I’ve discovered Gnaw chocolate and granola bars. They’re made with 35% healthy ingredients, so are a great compromise for chocoholics like me! I’m not great at diets so a healthy balance is definitely the way forward for me.

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  • Reply Ellie

    Oh the Christmas lights look so magical!

    Ellie x

    December 2, 2018 at 9:11 pm
  • Reply Chloe Chats

    Some cute highlights, I didn’t do too much buying in the Black Friday deals either! Also, I felt the same about the new Fantastic Beasts, I saw all the bad reviews and people on Twitter saying they were not a fan, but I loved it!

    Chloe xx

    December 2, 2018 at 11:15 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you, I’m so glad you loved it too! I guess it’s all down to preference and I know that a lot of people were angry about the casting of Johnny Depp but I still loved the movie! x

      December 3, 2018 at 11:47 am
  • Reply Agness

    Looks like you had a very chill time sipping the tea with friends. I need to plan something like that with my loved ones soon x

    December 3, 2018 at 1:48 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s lovely just to have a catch up and meet new people sometimes isn’t it?x

      December 3, 2018 at 11:59 am
  • Reply Alice

    Aww what a lovely month it sounds like you’ve had! I’m really not feeling that Christmassy this year for some reason, I felt it through November AND December last year. I’ve hardly bought anyone gifts either and for some reason I just don’t care, I think maybe I’m just really damn looking forward to spending time with people instead. The granola bars sound really good, I’m a sucker for health mixed with a bit of chocolate! And you lucky thing getting a new mattress, I am in definite need of a new sleep regime as I’m not getting much at all at the moment!
    Alice Xx

    December 3, 2018 at 4:56 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Oh that’s such a shame! I’m really looking forward to some time off with people too, I’m sure you’ll start feeling more festive soon! Have a lovely December x

      December 4, 2018 at 9:52 am
  • Reply Kelly

    Love that tunnel of lights. Seeing Christmas lights is one of my favourite things about this time of year haha! I haven’t looked at any of the reviews for Crimes of Grindelwald because I don’t want it spoiled for me as I still haven’t seen it yet ? but I can’t believe it’s getting not so great reviews! More links to Harry Potter and more magical, sounds perfect already!

    December 3, 2018 at 7:48 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Its gorgeous isn’t it?! Mine too. I hope you love it as much as I did! x

      December 4, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Reply Mercy

    That’s a fun November, cheers to an even better December. Love the pic with the green car, how cute!

    December 4, 2018 at 1:23 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Lets hope so! Thank you, it was such a cute little set up I just had to capture it! x

      December 4, 2018 at 2:56 pm
  • Reply Renuka Walter

    Your November sounds amazing! I think a good sleep, good food and good friends are all you need for a good life. 🙂 And, a little bit of shopping doesn’t hurt! 😀

    December 4, 2018 at 7:56 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I couldn’t agree with you more! x

      December 4, 2018 at 10:47 pm
  • Reply Miranda

    There’s nothing like good sleep! I love catching up on all I’ve lost as the semester ends.
    The second Fantastic Beasts movie was so good! No spoilers, but I felt that ending coming.

    December 4, 2018 at 9:27 am
  • Reply Madiha

    love how one of you’re highlights was hibernating! sleep is so important aha

    December 8, 2018 at 2:58 am
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