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13 Things To Do Before The End Of The Year

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Everyone to your panic stations!! There is only a little over 2 weeks to go until the end of the year. We officially say goodbye to the 2010s and say hello to the 2020s! That is barely any time! Though I’m strangely not over-panicking about this. Maybe because the New Year means a fresh start, especially if the previous year had been awful.

I’ve already done a post or two about starting 2020 so feel free to read!

One of my favourite things about December is that I can to start to prepare for the upcoming year. I don’t mean plan out my entire year from start to finish! That would make even more insane! I mean…sorting out the bits and bobs that need doing to make sure you wake up on January 1st feeling less stressed.

You know my blog is pretty much consisted of list posts so let’s add another one to the pile!

19 Things To Do Before The End of 2019

Donate old clothes to charity:

So many people are doing this these days which is awesome so let’s continue! By Christmas you’ll probably have gained some new clothes and/or seen the state of your closet. That’s one thing I don’t have to worry about…I have NO wardrobe! Got to love when movers break the door to the one you had. A pro to this problem is that it made me see what I had and what I didn’t love.

Clothes are a very touchy subject for me so I don’t own that much.

I’m planning to donate any remaining items that don’t make me happy and force myself to buy something that does.

Decide on a new morning/night routine:

This is at the top of my to-do list for the start of 2020!

I usually get up okay in the morning (when my depression doesn’t hit), but my night time routine? Oof! That is a whole other story. I really want to sit down and look at what I can do to make it better. What am I possibly doing that keeps me awake?

As for the morning, I just want to work out a flexible routine. I’m not embarrassed to admit that I’m currently out of work so don’t have a set routine. This really triggers me for some reason and 9 times out of 10 the reason why my mood slips. On the days where I’m not looking for work or at medical appointments, I need to sort out a timetable. A bit like you had at school! Obviously I need to make it flexible as not every day/week is going to be the same.

If I plan for changes, I won’t be blind-sided!

Work on that reading list:

A lot of my friends are book lovers so have a set amount of books on Goodreads that they want to read by the end of the year. I haven’t actually updated mine in months so may end up doing this after I publish this! Haha! These next couple of weeks are perfect for taking a minute to read 20 pages a day (if/when you can) and hit your target! If you don’t reach it, there is always next year!

Congrats on reading even one book!

Clean out your emails:

Everyone hates glancing at their emails in case they see a negative one, see how many are unread or just wanting to avoid work. I actually have 3 email accounts! Before you cart me off to my therapist, I have reasons!

1 is my personal one where family and other personal people can email me. It has my real name and seems a little more professional. 1 is my blog account where I get all the notifications of comments, brands can contact and more. The last one is my fangirl account! This is where I get pokes for Friday Forty (Cursed Child!), new chapter alerts for my favourite fanfic writers and all that nerdy stuff.

It works but wow…lots of spam to cope with!

Celebrate the past year:

As hard as it probably is to do this, try to celebrate everything you have done over the last year. It makes the end of the year feel more positive!

If you’ve kept a gratitude journal, then flick through and read everything good that has happened to you. I haven’t had the chance to do that this year but I’m definitely planning to do it next! I have been writing a journal so will just check that back!

Clean your phone:

Just like your emails, go through your phone! I have seen some horror pictures with people having over 20k email messages, 1k texts to read from the year. Seeing as I rarely text, that’s fine with me! The only reason I keep some texts is because a few are from my Mum and others are memories that I want to hold onto.

I go through all my pictures to see what I want to save or delete! I have McAfee Security on my phone that helps keep any viruses at bay and also comes with a media vault! A safe place to keep any pictures/videos I want to keep away from snooping eyes!

How crowded is your phone? Haha!

Send thank you notes:

This is something new that I want to do for the end of the year.

There are so many people who have helped me with my personal and mental health this year and I want to physically say thank you. I do thank them every time online but there is something special about writing it. I wish I could send them to everyone but I’ll do my best!

Celebrate yourself:

You’ve celebrated your year (or at least a day!) so the end of the year is the perfect time to celebrate yourself. Book yourself a facial, a nail appointment or even a massage! Spoil yourself and use this time to remind yourself that you are important and are deserving.

I love how I give this advice and hardly ever follow it! May treat myself to a facial!

Add dates to your calendar:

This is a good thing to do after Christmas and is something I’ve done since 2010! I love keeping a list of dates that will be important to me the following year and then adding them to my diary and calendar. I tend to add birthdays, films I want to watch, any fandom/book releases, conventions and more! It seems to make me more proactive if I see when something is happening in the future.

Do you do this too?

Sort out any finances:

This is a boring grown-up thing to do, but sometimes needs must. Go through your account to see how your bills are looking along with any debt. If, like me, you have debt from university then plot around all the payments you will be making so you can keep on track.

We’ll be old and wrinkly before the debt goes away. It’ll be worth it though!

Visit friends or neighbours:

We’re at an age in time where we no longer physically connect with people. Of course we chat online or on our phones but we hardly take the time to meet up and chat! I’m actually meeting up with my ‘twin’ Ali this weekend for the first time in a year!! I’m so excited! We’ve been meaning to do this all year and I’m so glad it is finally happening.

As I live near old neighbours, I’m planning to go and visit a couple to catch up. They’re so nice and have made living in my cul-de-sac a lot easier. We’ll just ignore my bad neighbours.

Declutter an area of your life:

If you have a moment in your day or week, use it to declutter something in your life that is causing you stress. It could be your bookshelves overflowing or your makeup bag. I bet you’ll feel so much better seeing it less cluttered and organised. I really need to sort out my kitchen cupboards so pray for me! The end of the year is when I start to feel antsy that things are untidy or triggered!

Write some targets for the next year:

I’m using the word ‘targets’ instead of goals because we’re more likely to achieve a target. I’ve been learning a lot about SMART goals in my work classes and they are really handy. Basically you can choose something you want to achieve like losing weight and you make it specific. You could say ‘I’m going to lose 1b a week’ and set a date you want to achieve your goal on. It’s best to only have a few targets to work so you feel more accomplished!

What things are you hoping to achieve by the end of the year?

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40 Ideas To Help With Your Winter Bucket List

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Another Blogmas day, another post focusing on winter stuff! Haha!

This is probably going to be my last post about it since even I’m getting a little tired of chatting about it. However, I’ve been meaning to write about what is on my winter bucket list. There are so many incredible things that happen during this season and a bucket list makes things easier!

I just love lists!

When you have a free day from work or stuck on what to do for an evening, you’re always checking the internet for ideas on what to do. I’ve got some ideas that maybe be able to help you! If you have any ideas that you would add to the list, then let me know! I love chatting with my international friends and hearing what they do.

The Winter Bucket List

  1. Go ice-skating
  2. Make home-made hot chocolate
  3. Bake and make a gingerbread house
  4. Build a snowman
  5. Put a jigsaw puzzle together with a friend/family member
  6. Create small kits to give to the homeless
  7. Try a DIY craft from Pinterest
  8. Send Christmas cards or create a card to share online
  9. Stay in your pyjamas all day
  10. Drive around and check out the different Christmas lights in your neighbourhood
  11. Buy a pair of comfy slippers
  12. Wear something that makes you feel warm
  13. Take a walk in the snow
  14. Make exciting plans for New Year’s Eve
  15. Come up with some realistic New Year Resolutions
  16. Write a handwritten letter to a friend
  17. Go to a local Christmas market
  18. Make an ornament for your tree
  19. Go to a wreath-making class
  20. Buy presents for a child who needs help
  21. Take part in ‘Ugly Christmas Jumper Day’
  22. Kiss a special someone under the mistletoe
  23. Read a book somewhere comfortable
  24. Light a Christmas-scented candle
  25. Have a snowball fight
  26. Create a Christmas Eve box for children
  27. Wrap some presents
  28. Take family pictures
  29. Attend a party
  30. Perform a random act of kindness
  31. Go on a scavenger hunt
  32. Buy a snow globe
  33. Do a Secret Santa
  34. Learn how to say Merry Christmas/Happy New Year in 3 different languages
  35. Create your own Christmas song
  36. Go skiing
  37. Participate in a chuch service
  38. Take a picture with your Christmas tree
  39. Give someone a surprise gift
  40. Donate items you don’t use anymore to charity

There are only a handful ideas here that help you out but you can find more information through Pinterest or even looking into your local newspaper. I just need to learn to listen to my inner voice!

What would be your bucket list?

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What’s Inside My Handbag During The Winter

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Are you bored of all my winter posts yet? Are you secretly hoping that I’ll stop talking about winter or making every lifestyle post about it? Well, I apologise if you’re bored but since it’s that time of year, I’m going to chat a lot about it! I don’t regret making these either! They’re fun!

Like a lot of people, I love watching Youtube videos.

There are obviously questionable ones but I know what I love and who I love to watch. One type of video that I always seem to enjoy is seeing what is in someone’s bag. I’m so nosy! The amount of stuff a person can cram in there is incredible. You don’t just get handbags either! You can get bags of celebrities, fashion school bags, bags for auditions and even pet bags!

I would have taken a picture of my own bag but it’s an absolute state so I’ll just describe it to you.

For the last few years I’ve had a Harry Potter satchel from Primark! It’s just like an old school satchel and I still love it (even though it’s slowly falling apart). I’ve gotten so many comments about how cute it is and how they’re surprised it’s from Primark.

I REPRESENT YOU, PRIMARK! (Work with me please…)

Let’s see what I’ve got in my bag, shall we?

Tissues

I’m going to start off with a little TMI but does anyone else’s nose run just because it’s cold? Mine does ALL the time! I don’t even have to be sick and it runs like a tap. So annoying! That means I have to make sure I have a pack of tissues with me at all time.

I tend to use The Cheeky Panda tissues from Boots! They’re made out of bamboo and are vegan too! I figured that I may as well do a little for the environment even if it’s only for my nose. It’s one of my big things to try and be more eco-friendly over the next year so wish me luck!

What tissues do you use?

Lip Balm

Yikes, do my lips get extra dry during the winter!

I didn’t always use to carry a lip balm in my bag but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve discovered that my lips have become a little less…moist. I don’t know how to describe it! Haha! Just like my skin, my lips really react to extreme temperatures. They can get pretty sore if I don’t keep on top of them.

In the past I used Vaseline and Burt’s Bees (which I do love! I just need to find a new flavour I like). These days I’ve been using Dr Organic with Manuka Honey and it’s so good!! It not only keeps lips feeling alive but it also has SPF 15. Yes, we have to use SPF in winter too! Have you not heard of snow blindness?! The sun is crazy during this time of year. When we get any, that is…

Extra pair of gloves

Fellow ezcema sufferers, high five!

What one word would I use to describe my hands right now? Ow. They’re ow because they’re dry and I’m trying to figure out what I can use to help them. I’ve got a combination of two different creams so sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t.

To try and help my hands a bit when it’s bitterly cold, I wear my Next gloves which are lovely and keep an extra pair in my bag. I like to occasionally double-up my gloves to keep my hands extra warm! It’s so nice and my skin doesn’t flare up as much.

Hand Sanitiser

It’s times like these when I wish the UK had a Bath & Body Works! I’ve heard so many incredible things about their selection of hand sanitisers! Though I did just now (literally as I’m writing this post) discover that you can buy some of them and their candles on Amazon!

This makes me a very happy blogger!

Since we don’t right now, I’ve just been grabbing whatever one smells okay. I haven’t managed to find one particular that both smells great, doesn’t dry out my hands

What kind of stuff do you keep in your bag?

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How To Make The Most Of A Cold Day | Blogmas 2019

The thing about winter is that it’s…well…cold!

Unless you live in a really hot country or Florida (as Thomas Sanders keeps ranting about), but most countries have really cold winters and I’m not afraid to admit that it sucks. If you haven’t read my other winter-related posts, I complain a lot about the weather. It’s too hot, it’s too cold, my body hates temperature!

It’s all true though!!

If you’re like me, I feel for you too!

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I’ve recently started seeing snow mentioned on my weather app and I’m low-key panicking about snow coming. I have talked about my fear of ice in past posts but it’s just debilitating when you have stuff to get done. Other than that, the last thing you want to do on a day off or during time off Christmas is stand in the cold. It makes you want to stay curled up under a blanket and forget that the world exists for the day.

That’s why I’ve been coming up with ways to make the most of a cold day.

Accept it

This is like some sort of therapy class but it’s true.

You have to learn to accept that winter is going to be with us for a good few months and could possibly sneak into spring too. The UK takes no prisoners when it comes to weather! As much as we would all prefer to stay out the cold (unless you have super thick ski gear or secretly a penguin), we just have to put up with it.

This has been my mini Ted Talk! Haha!

Do some put-off chores

Forget spring cleaning…winter cleaning happens!

You wouldn’t believe how messy things get when you’re preparing for Christmas! You’re pulling out all the boxes you tucked away at the start of the year, dusting them off and trying to decide whether you even love the decorations anymore. I’m always a little indecisive when it comes to what I pop on my tree! Sometimes I want to be minimalistic and the next I want to explode tinsel and baubles all over it!

Life gets busy as well and we all have chores that we don’t like.

Mine have to be polishing (the smell is so strong!) and taking the rubbish out (I have to carry bags a long way!). When I have no-where to go, this is when I pop on music and finally start the chores I’ve delayed.

Try baking

This is something I really want to do this month!

I really want to try making some Christmas cookies because I always see them being mentioned in films or on family vlogs. The problem is that I’m not a great baker and will probably burn a lot of them. I’m still going to try so let’s hope my life insurance covers death by cooking! Haha!

My kitchen is quite small but so cosy when the oven is on and that makes it the perfect place to be when it’s a cold day! I would happily grab a chair and park myself there if I had room.

Watch films

December is a great time to watch films, whether tucked in at home with Netflix and Christmas or whether you hide from the cold at the cinema. That’s what I’m planning to do this week when it’s super cold! The ironic thing is that I’m going to see Frozen 2 again!

I love my irony sometimes!

If I’m at home, I’ll close my curtains, grab all my blankets or even my duvet and watch the films that had been on my watch list! You’d be surprised I have many put aside for days like this!

Read blogs and write comments

Another idea from when you can stay at home or it’s a cold evening is to read posts from your favourite bloggers and leave them comments. If my mental health isn’t letting me write my own posts, then I make sure to leave love from people I love reading.

We may be only 3 days into December but I’m already loving posts from:

These ladies know how to make me forget about the weather for a bit! Love them!

Have a spa day

Just like you put off your chores, you’ve probably put off looking after yourself.

It’s so easily done with how busy lives can get sometimes especially during this time of year. I’ve never been to a spa before but I have been trying to have a day a week when I do look after me. I don’t always feel like I deserve it so it’s a bit of an effort.

You can take this time to put on some relaxing music and do whatever you need to. You could put on face/foot masks, paint your nails, have a bath with some extra nice scents or even just read with your favourite candle on.

Use it an excuse

You know you want to!!

Do you have a favourite cafe or place that you want to visit on a cold day and it’s freezing out? You are completely justified to use the cold as an excuse to go there. I have my eyes on my local cat cafe to go and enjoy myself. There is nothing more warming than a cat sleeping on your lap. It’s so comforting and I miss Jewel doing that with me at home.

Let me adopt all your cats please!

What do you do to make the most of a cold day?

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How To Get Into The Christmas Spirit

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Happy 1st of December, everyone!! The final month of 2019 has arrived and that means it’s a countdown to Christmas. That being said, Christmas is not always the best time of year. You could have lost a family member or friend, it could be your first without your loved ones, you may be in hospital for it or you might not have the funds to celebrate like everyone else.

I’ll be real with you…I have honestly found it difficult to get into the Christmas spirit.

Growing up, you tend to lose all that magic and sparkle it once had or that was what happened to me. I still loved receiving gifts from my mum and family, but I loved giving! Seeing my mum and friends looking happy with their gift made everything fun.

Now that I’ve no-one to celebrate Christmas with anymore, it becomes very easy to lose any Christmas spirit you had. That or you don’t celebrate it at all. For anyone reading this that doesn’t celebrate because of religious reasons or personal choice, I hope you have a great month anyway!

For those of you do, I’m going to see if I can ignite some festiveness along with you.

Take your time

Feeling festive isn’t a ginormous thing.

It can be as big or as small as you want it to be, depending on how you’re feeling at the moment. You don’t have to compare what you do to others. I didn’t celebrate at all the year Mum died because I didn’t know how I could. Last year I managed to pop up a tree and wrapped up a few presents and this year? I’m not sure. I’m not feeling overly festive yet and I might not feel it all.

Everyone is different.

Watch Christmas films

This is something I’m planning to do this month and I’m somewhat excited for it!

I can’t watch all the family ones because it’s harder to watch something you can’t have. The more fantasy ones I can do such as the Christmas Princess series and the classics such as Home Alone and Muppets’ Christmas Carol! I know how they will go and they don’t feel as real. Netflix have some fun ones I’m planning to watch over the next few years such as:

  • Holiday Rush
  • The Littlest Reindeer
  • A Christmas Story: A Christmas Wish
  • Let It Snow
  • Merry Happy Whatever

I still get the warm feelings and the fun and that’s what the Christmas spirit feels like to me.

Listen/dance to Christmas songs

This is on my Christmas bucket list of stuff to do during December!

I’ve managed to avoid majority of the festive songs that I love (which is hard when you go into shops) so, now that it’s December, I’m cracking out all the tunes! Some that my parents brought me up on and other cheesy ones that I’ve added to my list! What is your list of favourite songs? Don’t judge me:

  • I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day – Wizzard
  • Merry Xmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon & Yoko Ono
  • Stop The Cavalry – Jona Lewie
  • Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bell Ends) – The Darkness
  • Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade

I’ve been listening to these songs for years and years especially Wizzard and Slade and they always bring a smile to my face! That and I always thought the guy singing was secretly my uncle since he had a beard and was from Birmingham too! They don’t make songs like they used to.

Grab yourself an advent calendar

Ooof, someone really cranked out the advent calendars this year!

You name a thing and I bet there is a calendar for it! I’ve definitely noticed the influx of Harry Potter ones this year which is awesome but makes me sad that I can’t get them all. Thanks to my incredible twin Ali, she sent me an early gift in the form of the Lego Harry Potter calendar and I’m so excited!! I’ve never had a non-chocolate one before so this is making me feel like such a big kid!

I’ve also been watching a lot of advent calendar reviews from Lady Writes and they sound so good!!

Maybe I’ll start saving up now for one next year!

Start a new tradition

A lot of indecision comes from focusing on what my Christmases used to be like to what they are now. I’m making it a small thing to create my own kind of special day. Yes, it won’t be like what I had in the past, but that doesn’t mean I can’t create something new. I’m not going out buying lots of new stuff and being crazy. That would drive my anxiety way up.

All I’m doing to start this is buying an ornament.

I’ve had my eyes on the Hufflepuff ornament from the WB Studio Tour London so I’m going to buy myself that next for my tree.

Every year after this, I’ll buy another Potter ornament to add to my tree until it’s a nerdy paradise!

Whatever you choose to do this month, I’m only a blog away if you ever need a chat or if you need a distraction.

How are you guys doing to kickstart your Christmas spirit?

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Staying Safe During The Winter Season

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Ughh! Today was the first day that it reached -1 degrees where I live and I hate it! I don’t do extremes in temperature. If it’s too warm or too cold, then I don’t function. Between dealing with my skin throwing a toddler tantrum and my sense of balance becoming non-existent, winter is dangerous! That’s why I want to look at staying safe during the winter season, especially pedestrians.

A lot of people tend to overlook what winter could throw at us.

I’m honestly not trying to put the fear of God into people. Just trying to make sure that anyone who reads this looks after themselves and others. I guess visiting the elderly with my Mum made me realise how deadly the cold can be. It looks gorgeous and like a picture on the outside but there is always more. I mean…does anyone else in the UK remember 2010 when the temperatures got down to -14?!

It was no fun wading through knee-high snow and hitting my frozen pipes!

It’s even worse for people with disabilities affected by the cold and trapped in their homes.

Wrap up warm

This is a massive one for those of us who walk or drive.

One of the few positives of winter is that you get to wrap up snug. You can throw on as many layers as you feel comfortable with! Hat, gloves, scarf, thermal socks and leggings! There is no reason to freeze just to look good. If you need to, think like a runner. Even though they don’t wear as many layers, they still make sure to protect themselves while they run.

If you drive and it snows, try to make sure to have emergency winter stuff in your boot. I hear this so often in the news when people get trapped in the snow. I might not drive but I did learn a few things from my parents. They always made sure to have extra warm clothes like jumpers and socks packed. Not only clothes but blankets, a sleeping bag, flasks of tea and food.

People forget how freezing cold a car can get when it’s not running!

Be seen

This is another tip I’ve picked up from a runner friend (hi Lisa!).

Now that the nights hit around 4pm and we have to leave work/school in the dark, we’ll be at more risk walking. What she does is wear a reflective armband so that any passing cars will see her. I reckon that’s great advice for anyone who is walking somewhere with less light.

You could attach a flashing light to your bag or even a reflective band. You don’t have to wear it all the time but there is no harm in staying safe just in case.

Don’t pull a Bambi

THIS!!

I, Daisy, have basophobia.

That’s a fear of slipping on ice and it’s real! I am a wuss when it comes to a lot of things, but ice literally has been frozen to the spot. No pun intended. I don’t even know what caused me to become so scared of falling but the fear is there. If I see that it’s icy outside, I refuse to out. I’ll re-schedule everything and stay in.

I’m not the best on my feet anyway because of legs giving out so add that to ice = Bambi!

Something I have learned from getting the odd concussion over the years is that you should never underestimate ice. It’s so tricky! You can see the obvious shine of ice spread over the pavements, but there is also black ice and freezing rain.

FREEZING RAIN IS A MENANCE!

Going back to 2010…I saw so many people falling over, cars and buses sliding everywhere! It was like I was watching an episode of Who’s Been Framed! That was the year I slipped over backwards twice and gave myself a severe concussion. That’s why I now refuse to leave my flat until I put on my Yaxtrax! They have me a literal godsend to me. They give me much more confidence walking outside when it’s icy.

If you don’t own something like this or shoes with a decent grip, take it easy! Make sure you have extra time to get to where you need to be. Another piece of advice I’ve picked up: walk like a penguin and use your arms to keep your balance.

Be prepared

Like Scar sings in The Lion King, be prepared!

The weatherperson does tend to be right more often than not so, if they say snow is immient, get ready!

Try to stock up on items that will last such as soups, frozen food and bread. They will help to keep you fed if you’re stuck indoors for a little while. If you take medication, make sure that you’ve gotten everything you need. Pharmacists are usually nice and will help you out if you’re worried.

If you have furry babies, they need help staying safe too! Get their food all sorted and, if you have a dog, time to get them dressed up! You can pop on a cute little coat and, depending on where you live, some boots. I’ve heard that grid and salt can really hurt their paws so let’s keep our babies safe!

Keep an eye out

Winter may be a nightmare for us but it can be horrendous for the disabled and the elderly.

I’ve heard so many stories from fellow disabled friends who dread the idea of heading out. Some of them are in wheelchairs and know that their chairs would stand a chance. I hate seeing ambulances being called out to the streets near me because an old dear has slipped. I live near a residential home and that always happens!

It can really strip the little independence they have away.

If it’s possible, check on any elderly neighbours to see if they need any help getting shopping. If they don’t, then just stay and chat. Loneliness can be even more deadly in the winter. I’ve recently started volunteering at a helpline where I talk to some elderly folks about whatever they want to. It’s amazing how much of a difference someone caring makes! It helps me too!

Listen to your body

If there is anything that winter is known for, it’s getting everybody sick.

People sneezing, coughing and slowly feeling like they’re dying on the way to work. I’ve already chatted in a post about how to try avoiding getting sick but it’s not always possible. You can be ill both physically and mentally. While it’s great that you’re pushing yourself to getting out of the house when you’re struggling, but your body is sobbing.

Don’t let life dictate what you should be doing winter.

Yes, there are probably a lot of getting their Christmas shopping done at the shops or going on winter breaks. That doesn’t mean everyone is. Comparison is so easy to fall into! Believe me, I know. Do what you feel you can right now and know that there are people there to help.

How do you usually stay safe during winter?

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Looking Back At My Old School Reports

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One of the interesting things about tidying is some of the random things that you find. What I found tidying my bedroom was one of my old school reports. I have around 3 over all: one from pre-school, another from primary school and the other from secondary. Ever since my diagnosis, it got me wondering whether my teachers noticed how quirky I was.

Let’s take a look at the last of my secondary school reports and see what they had to say in each of my subjects. You know I like to be real on my blog so I can’t wait to see what you think!

English

Daisy continues to work to the best of her ability and is a pleasure to teach. She has produced some interesting creative writing this year and indeed this is what increased her examination score.

Maths

Daisy continues to work hard in class and at home, well done Daisy. She has made much improvement since Year 10 and now understands much more of what she does. Although I am sure she understands the maths she does not always interpret the question properly. (Mood, past me! I still don’t! Haha!)

Science

Daisy is now starting to reap the rewards of all the hard work she has done during her GCSE Science course. Not only is she now achieving above her target grade in science, but she is doing so in both the written and the practical parts.

I am sure that Daisy will not disappoint any of us!

I thought I’d pop the Top 3 subjects on here since the majority of the teachers said the same thing over and over. What I’ve noticed from nearly all my school reports over the years is that I tend to put a lot of hard work into my stuff but don’t get what is explained to me.

I love how this hasn’t changed at all!

It wasn’t that I didn’t get what I was told (because my grades showed I did) but they told me so much information at once that my brain imploded.

The same things mentioned in my 3 reports are that:

  • I try to get on well with others in class but struggle outside.
  • I gained confidence (eventually).
  • I enjoyed the practical work but struggled with the written.

Again, these haven’t changed!!

I’m still socially awkward and prefer practical work to written. The one thing that I guessed has changed a little is the confidence. That is pretty much non-existent and I think my teachers just saw what I wanted them to see!

I feel sorry for my teacher friends now who have to put up with students like me. I’m sure I had mine pulling out their hair in the staff room!

Part of me wishes that I could go back and tell past me what I know now. Here are some of the things I would say to me:

  • Don’t say no to hanging out with your friends at break.
  • There is nothing wrong with being in the library most of the time.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for extra help when you’re stuck.
  • Don’t pretend that you know what you’re doing.
  • Enjoy school! It might feel like the worst time of your life because of the bullies but work hard!

It’s true what my Mum used to say that you miss school when you have to grow up. I remember staring out the window at the cars and wanting to be out there living. Now that I’m out here, I’m all like ‘Let me back in! Let me back in!’. My school was pretty different compared to most because it was opened in 1592 and we sang in Latin.

Now do you see why I love Harry Potter?!

I practically went to Hogwarts! We even called ourselves ‘Mini Hogwarts’. We were in Houses, had an old school with etchings in the wood of the walls and I even sang with my choir during a ceremony with a Boar’s head. Maybe that’s why I’m vegeterian. Haha!

What did your school reports used to say about you?

 

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What’s Realistically On My Christmas List?

christmas wishlist

Over the years I’ve seen some gift guides that are so unrealistic. They tend to show off Christmas wishlists that either show off or that aren’t physically possible for most people. I love reading and watching people who do showcase luxury items, but I know I’d never be able to afford all of those.

That’s why I wanted to make a realistic Christmas wishlist of items that I know I should be able to get myself this year. I guess this isn’t so much of a wishlist since I’m the only person buying presents for me. That said, life can happen and this time of year is when I allow myself to treat myself to things I’ve been putting off all year.

Chanel No.5

Daisy, you just told us that you wanted to be realistic so why have you started with a super expensive perfume? Believe me, I know that this is expensive but I have my reasons. Chanel was my Mum’s favourite perfume and I’ve really missed the smell of it over the last couple of years. As I know I can’t afford the actual perfume (maybe next year?), I’m planning on getting the deodrant version!

It still smells like the perfume and that is all that matters to me!

2020 Diary

For nearly 10 years I’ve been keeping a journal. I might even do a post about them soon but there is a specific brand of journal that I use and I love it!

I love using ones from WHSmith!

I can’t handle diaries that only have room for a little bit of writing! My writing is like my speech…I don’t know when to shut up. If I have a lot of stuff going on in my head, then I need enough space to chat. It’s the same when I’ve done something really cool and want to remember, I need to add in objects! I really should make a scrapbook…maybe I’ll do that for next year!

What I find with the WHSmith diaries is that some come with the rings so I can fold back the cover and get more room to manoeuvre. That and the front covers are gorgeous!! I’m loving the one I’ve chosen for 2020! It’s very blogger! Haha!

Calendar

You can blame one of my aunties for this!

She always had a calendar on her wall every time I used to visit to write down birthdays and important dates. Since my brain tends to be a little slow and doesn’t always remember things, I have to write down dates in multiple places to remember. I have my diary, my phone and my calendar.

The ones from the Calendar Club are my favourite because they always stock my favourite fandoms there such as Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Star Wars and Sherlock!

Which fandom do you think I’ll choose for my Christmas wishlist this year?

Pyjamas

Before you think I’ve either regressed back to being a kid or entered grandma status, don’t knock pyjamas!

Every year as a kid, I was bought PJs and I loved them! I could never do the t-shirt and shorts combo because, when you have thunder thighs, they don’t look good. That said, I adore the fluffy PJs from Primark. Again since they’re normally from my favourite fandoms: Harry Potter and Disney.

The ones I have are Harry Potter and they’ll speak for themselves when you see them in my ‘What I Got For Christmas’ haul.

Funko Pop

I very rarely buy myself a Funko pop during the year even though there are so many I want. I could literally have a whole wall of them and I’d be happy but I can’t. I need to have reasons why I’m allowed to buy one and these are usually at Christmas and for my birthday.

Even then I struggle!

It’s hard work being a fangirl of multiple fandoms sometimes. I’ve been going into my local Entertainer store to gaze upon all of their Funko pops because they’re so pretty! They have special edition Marvel ones for Christmas, Lord of the Rings, Disney, Frozen 2 and more. Do you think, if I wish really hard, that maybe I’ll win the lottery so I can give majority to charity and then spend the rest on Funkos? Haha.

I’ve chosen my one for this Christmas and it makes me so happy to own it at last!!

Now if only we could get Cursed Child ones! That would make this Christmas wishlist super special!

Something Harry Potter

This sounds so random but I can never decide what I want until the start of December. I guess the impending countdown is enough to make me choose. It doesn’t help that there is so much Harry Potter merchandise to choose from these days! It makes it difficult, okay?!

Do I get a wand? A jigsaw? A game? A film prop?

So. Much. Stuff!!

Even as I write this, I have zero clue what I should get. Okay, scrap that…I have an inkling of what I want to get but it might be a birthday gift instead.

It’s a choice between either Tonk’s wand or Bunty’s wand!

What I’ve discovered for this Christmas is that I’m actually getting 2 gifts that I don’t know!! I’ve taken part in a special bookish Secret Santa created by Mols with a group of other book fans and I’m so excited! The other gift will be from Ali who is sneaky and already sent mine off! Since we’re basically twins, I already had hers wrapped so take that, Miss Caitrin!

What is your own realistic Christmas wishlist this year?

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4 Travel Destinations Inspired By Favourite Movies/Shows

travel destinations

No matter where you go in the world, all your favourite travel destinations will have been featured in either movies or TV shows! There are so many to spot and I know some friends who purposely go to seek them out. If you haven’t heard of Fangirl Quest, then you’re missing out! They go around the world with certain fandoms in mind and match the scene with the location! It’s so clever and I can’t imagine how much patience they need!

I’d love to do something similiar with my favourite fandoms like Doctor Who and Harry Potter.

In all honesty, I really want to do more travel posts on my blog next year. I love visiting places around the UK especially when they have a connection to fandom. We’ll see what 2020 has ready for me.

If I did have enough money to visit different countries, I would definitely see through the eyes of a fangirl. Not ashamed to admit that all of my travel destinations would be nerdy and I have 10 particular places in mind.

Photo by Claire Proud on Unsplash

New Zealand

Of all the countries, of all the world, this country had to walk into my life!

I’d always heard of New Zealand because of the rugby and Billy Connolly, but it wasn’t until the early 2000s that I truly appreciated it. It is just a majestic land that is literally a fantasy. Those mountains and landscapes are incredible! Is it a wonder  that films such as Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia filmed there.

It is on my ultimate bucket list to travel to New Zealand and visit as many film locations there as I can! The few locations that I have in mind have to be:

  • Catherdral Cove because it was a gorgeous return to Narnia in Prince Caspian.
  • The Hobbiton movie set which is as stunning as it is in Lord of the Rings! You can literally visit the Hobbit holes, the Green Dragon and stay there!!
  • This one isn’t so much a film location, but it is in almost every film! To visit the Weta Workshop would be a dream!

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wales

Wales may be part of the UK and technically not far but it’s still another country!

So many of my favourite fandoms have filmed in Wales from Doctor Who, Merlin, Sherlock and even Harry Potter! There is something so special about the studios there and some of the locations surrounding it.

  • Barafundle Bay – This one is for my fellow Benedict Cumberbatch fans who got the chance to watch his film ‘Third Star’. This bay is both stunning and traumatising! If you’ve watched, you’ll know why!
  • Freshwater West beach – Another traumatising place from Harry Potter! Dobby needs your socks, people! *sob* This was used in Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2! I need to pay my respects!
  • Wye Valley – I adored watching Sex Education on Netflix so I may have to have a look for some of the places used!
  • Cathedral Green, Llandaff – The reason I want to visit here? RORY AND AMY!! Llandaff was used for Leadworth where they lived and I need walk in the steps of Matt Smith!
  • Brecon Beacons National Park, Chepstow Castle, Caerphilly Castle and Castell Coch: One word…MERLIN!!! Lindsey, if you’re reading this, can we go?!
  • Cardiff Castle, Saint Woolos Cemetery and Cardiff Bay: So many fandom places have filmed in around these places (maybe not the cementry but Sherlock!!) and who wouldn’t walk to visit when the game is on for Sherlock!

Photo by Patrick Robert Doyle on Unsplash

New York

New York, New York!! Forget Hollywood for a second…this old city has seen so many classic and modern films and TV shows within it! From Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Great Gatsby, Friends, Men in Black, Sex in the City to the Marvel films! I swear there isn’t a part of New York hasn’t been taken over by aliens! It even had a time-lord visit on occasion!

This place just makes my fangirl heart beat fast!! Maybe because Cursed Child on Broadway there and I really, really want to go!!

  • New York Public Library – Who wouldn’t want to visit a library as pretty as this?! It’s gorgeous and it was in Ghostbusters!
  • Staten Island Ferry – The fact that Tom Holland filmed on this for Spiderman: Homecoming makes me want to take a ride if I ever visit!! Plus an epic way to see New York!
  • Central Park – This is SO on my list!! Getting a ride around the park (maybe at Christmas), standing on the rock that the Doctor and Amy sat on) and obviously looking for the place where we saw muzzled!Loki!

So many locations to list and chat about but I am definitely coming up with a massive list of places I could visit! I love how I’m planning before I have the money to go! Haha!

Photo by Daniil Vnoutchkov on Unsplash

Los Angeles

The picture at the top was when I visited LA a few years ago and, for a film fan, that was the best place to be! I got the chance to go around Hollywood, see behind the scenes of a massive studio and recognised a bunch of places! Just like New York, there are a lot of locations that nerds like me would recognise!

  • Beverly Wilshire Hotel – I actually stayed in this hotel!! The reason why I was excited about here was, not just because it was right next door to Rodeo Drive, but Pretty Woman was filmed there!! There is even a display next to one of the restaurants showcasing the red dress Julia Roberts wears to the opera and a script!
  • Rodeo Drive – This needed its own little bullet point because it’s so iconic!! It has the most luxury shops in one place but I also recognised it from Clueless! Name a more classic 90s film! Ugh…as if!

Are there any travel destinations that you would love to visit inspired by films or TV shows you’ve watched?

 

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Preparing For The Black Friday Sales | Wishlist and Sanity

Next Friday is that extra crazy day in the year where people dive into shops to get the best deals. That’s right…Black Friday! Well, it seems crazy in the US whereas over here…not so much. I know my town doesn’t really bother with it so a lot of stuff I do see comes from online. I’ve seen quite a few of my favourite bloggers and vloggers do posts about any codes that they see and wishlists! I definitely won’t be as great as them but I’m going to do my best for you!

black fridayPhoto by redcharlie on Unsplash

Before you panic, Black Friday isn’t tomorrow so don’t worry! It starts on 29th November which is next Friday. Since I’m not going to be able to shop til I drop, I’m just going to look for that one thing that really has my interest.

Argos

Did you know that Argos has already kicked off an early sale on their website of Disney/Marvel stuff?! It’s true! If you use the code star20 on this page, you can get 20% off and I really want to buy everything!! All of the new Frozen merch looks incredible and makes me feel like a kid again!

Some of the amazing products are:

Boots

If there is one place that I like to check out more affordable beauty and skincare, it has to be Boots. They usually have some great deals too! Their Black Friday actually started today and some of their best products have been knocked down by 50%!!

Very

I’ve seen Very being mentioned on so many posts and in vlogs that I thought I’d check out what they have on there. Heads-up: they have some Harry Potter goodies under their Black Friday deals! Happy days, Very!! From Yule Ball dolls to walkie talkies, you name it and they have it in their deals. I never even thought to look on this site for them because you

This post could literally go on forever with all the deals you’ll be able to get. However, as short as this little post is, I just chose what I would have bought. Either for myself, a friend or one of their children! All small fangirls and fanboys have to start somewhere and when better than now!

If you’d like to see an actual Black Friday wishlist from me, then stay tuned and see the return of my awful graphic making skills!! Haha! Oh and if you want some actual tips from someone who knows what they’re talking about, you need to check out Josie at Fashion Mumblr! She’s come up with some mistakes you should avoid.

What are you hoping to buy (if anything) next Friday?