2017 ended with a bang. December was probably the best month of the entire year, so many amazing moments and memories. We started the month in Iceland, spent the middle in India before having an incredible Christmas at home with my family. December, you were amazing!
Three. I started the month in Iceland before returning to England and had a lovely 10 day holiday in India.
Three. Inbound flight from Iceland plus return flights to India.
Going to Christmas at Beamish with my parents. My mum has wanted to take me so badly so it was so nice to see how happy it made her.
A cute little Christmassy afternoon tea with my parents.
An amazingly relaxing holiday in Goa. We chilled, we slept, we sunbathed, we had long walks on the beach, we explored, we dipped in the pool, we watched The Bachelorette… it was exactly what we needed.
Feeding elephants and monkeys was incredible.
Walking along the beach setting the world to rights with my love.
The most perfect Christmas I could ask for at home with all the people I love the most. We ate all the food, played all the games and laughed all the laughs. It was incredible.
Hiring a manual car and receiving an automatic with no clue how to drive it. We spent half an hour jumping down the motorway like a kangaroo with the engine sounding like it was about to take off, the dashboard telling me to change gear with me shouting at it that it is automatic and Ash refusing to read the manual because he gets car sick…. turns out I’d put it in sports mode!!
The hotel room in Liverpool we got for £20 for 2 people for 2 nights with barely any room to swing a cat and a TV that turned itself on in the middle of the night. You get what you pay for I guess and we had a lot of laughs.
Accidental nip slip at the pool in Goa. Not the biggest deal when people go topless but super awkward when it’s not intentional and sticking out of the edge of your bikini.
Getting a henna tattoo on the beach in Goa to realise when I washed it off that it was black henna. Making myself paranoid by Googling black henna and spending the following two weeks looking like someone had attacked me with a Sharpie.
Return flight delayed from Goa and me stressing that we would miss Christmas, really bad turbulence plus Ash being ill on the plane.
First time driving an automatic car. I got the hang of it in the end once I took it out of sports mode!
First time in India, first time in Asia. A new continent, new country and amazing holiday.
First time feeding elephants and monkeys. So cool!
First football match. I have zero interest in football but always wanted to see a live match for the atmosphere and we went to a Boro game on Boxing day as a Christmas present for Ash.
In December, I really loved reading Dorkface. I love her creativity and her honesty about life.
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso. The book which every blogger has read and I’m a bit behind the times on. I actually watched the tv show first and loved it. Whilst the book is nothing like the tv show, I really loved it for Sophia’s honest, no bullshit attitude towards business and life.
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. I actually reserved this book at the library in November to take part in Abbie and Tabitha’s Blogger Book Nook but got so busy I didn’t get chance to pick it up and take part. I took it to India with me and read it in about 3 hours. So easy to read which is what I love in a book and I forgot how much I love young adult fiction. It’s about the challenges Audrey faces as a teenager with anxiety and I whilst I don’t have anxiety myself, I found her story incredibly relatable. Yet another great read from Sophie Kinsella.
The Future of Us by Carolyn Mackler and Jay Asher. Another option I reserved originally to take part in Blogger Book Nook. Set in 1996, Emma and Josh are two teenagers who stumble across their Facebook pages 15 years in the future and explore how things they do in their life in present day affects their future. It was a really interesting concept and really explored the fact that you have no idea how your choices and decisions today will affect your future and send your life in another direction.
The Bachelorette. It was on TV all the time in India and we fell in love with it. Reality TV is my guilty pleasure and I have really enjoyed watching it. When we got home, we started watching the previous season of The Bachelor.
Shark Tank. Ash has become obsessed and I really like watching it too.
Vlogmas. Mainly just Zoella’s vlogmas. I love vlogmas.
Cafe Maison – Norton, England. Norton has been a very hip place for years with people raving about its bars, restaurants and cafes but this was the first time I ever headed there myself. I met a friend for a catch up in this cute little coffee shop with a banging hot chocolate and delicious soup. It was also snowing outside which made it even more picturesque.
All the Christmas food!! Cheese, chocolate, nibbles, Christmas dinner… I love December.
My new toothbrush. I got the Oral-B Genius 9000 for Christmas which I have wanted for years. It’s a gorgeous rose gold toothbrush and I’m having so much fun using it. My teeth feel so much cleaner!
Things to look forward to in January
Rep life season 4… going back to work and moving to Gran Canaria.
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