What I got for Christmas 2016.

Hello Guys! I know I am VERY late with this post but I gave myself the week off (again) from blogging as I was off work too and wanted a week to just do nothing but relax! Although I did do quite a bit of reading this week too. But I’m back, my camera has been out for the first time in 2017, and I’m going to share with you what I got for Christmas last year: 2016! (😮 its last year!!). Having read a lot of blogs this week, I understand that ‘What I got for Christmas’ blogs don’t always go down well, but oh well, I love reading them so I thought I’d give it a shot.

**Please bare with me with the photos! I’m still learning and I’m aware these pictures aren’t brilliant!**

I was extremely lucky this Christmas, I was spoilt by my family! I got so many fantastic items that I really love. My family obviously know my very well..

A Poloroid Camera! Instax Mini 8: I absolutely love this gift from my little sister. I love photographs and I am always printing out photos so this type of camera is perfect me, as I get the photo straight away! It’s so easy to use, and it is super cute! By far one of my favourite presents this year. I have lots of travelling planned for this year so this camera will be coming with me on my adventures.

– Pandora Ring – Another of my favourites this year from my mum and dad. I already had one pandora ring but I wanted to add to my collection. I love how sparkly my new ring is and it matches my other ring perfectly.

Disney Traditions Ornaments – Anyone that knows me will know that I am a real lover of Disney, I have been collecting the Disney Traditions ornaments for a while now and Anna, Elsa and Olaf are a great addition to my collection. How cute are they?

Two books: Holding up the Universe-Jennifer Niven & The sun is also a Star- Nicole Yoon – I have wanted these books since reading both their previous books. They are YA writers but they both write so beautifully with the most adorable stories. I am so excited to get into these books.

Two scarfs & Matching hat – These are mainly for work, as I work outdoors some of the time and it is going to be FREEZING for the next few months. I love the colours, I’m obsessed with maroon at the moment!

A Mini Tripod – Apparently this is something new to the ‘Camera World’. It is a tripod for my DSLR that can bend around any object, be it a fence, pole or anything small enough for it to wrap around. It’s light, small and portable, it’s great! I can’t wait to take it out with my camera this month. (More to come on a separate blog)

Mouth Trap – This seems to have been the game of the year! Everyone seems to have got it for Christmas. It so absolutely hilarious as was a real hit with our family.

Perfume – My nannie always buys the nicest smelling perfume. This year I got Beyoncé Heat, it smells divine!

Slippers – They are the softest slippers I think I have ever had. They are the perfect colour and they are super warm. Definitely some I was in need of!

I did also get LOTS of chocolate but of course, that isn’t around anymore, ha! I got lots of galaxy and Lindt chocolate this year as they are my Favs!

What did you get for Christmas this year? I’d love to read some more posts.

Bye for now,
Emily Jane xo


Reflection on 2016.

Happy New Year Everyone! Welcome to 2017!! I hope that this is going to be a great year for everyone. I’m feeling super positive and super excited for new beginnings and adventures. I can’t wait to find out what 2017 brings. Before I get into talking about what I hope to achieve in 2017, I thought it would be nice to reflect on 2016 and see what I managed to accomplish. I gave myself a week off blogging after completing BLOGMAS but I’m back and ready to write, write, write! I had a great Christmas week and loved celebrating with family. I was very spoilt and can’t wait to share with you the gifts I received. So time to say goodbye to 2016..

I actually managed to stick to the majority of my New Year Resolutions I set myself last year but I also achieved a few things I never thought I would, especially last year when I wasn’t at my best.

New love for reading – I used to HATE reading, and it annoyed me. I wanted to be able to sit down and relax with a good book for years but I never could. I used to read a couple of pages and then fall asleep!! I tried and tired for years and was never successful but in 2016 my luck changed! I had NEVER completed one book! (Dreadful I know) But in 2016 I actually managed to finish 12 books. I know that may not be a lot to most people but it’s a real achievement for me. I’m super proud of myself and I am loving my new found love for reading.

Lost a STONE in weight – This is something again that I have wanted to achieve for a while. I started to consider my weight towards the end of 2016. It took me 4 months but I actually lost a stone and I look forward to the rest of my weight loss journey. Everyone says it but I will be healthier in 2017, I’m going in the right direction.

Been in my job a year – I love my Job at Emmerdale and I have now been there for over a year. I’m so glad I have found something that I absolutely love and actually want to get up for in a morning!

Lots of blogging – I have actually managed to blog nearly a 100 times in the past year and I am so proud of that. I promised myself this time last year that I would continue to build my blog and I actually stuck to it, and I LOVE it.

Kept a diary all year – This was something I wanted to try, to try and help me remember specially moments throughout the year. I personally think it is a great task to write down what you are thinking to help with your personal development. I love having a good read of my thoughts from time to time and I have enjoyed writing everyday. I would say my writing has improved massively too and this is something I want to develop even more in the new year, in new ways.

Managed to Start my Savings – It may only be a very very small amount but I’ve started and I will continue so that’s got to mean something right?! Ha!

Went abroad alone for the first time. – This is something that made me extremely proud of myself. I never thought I would have the confidence to do it and you know what I am so happy I did. I had the best time!!

I did achieve a few other personal things that I won’t bore you with but overall I am so proud of how I’ve developed as a person and achieved what I wanted last year. There are however a few things I feel I need to improve on, looking back at last year..

Make more time for family and friends – I worked A LOT last year, it’s all I did with my time. I was living to work and didn’t spare the time to do things I love. I will improve this year, as family and friends are so important.

Learn Photography – I bought a camera last year and only used it a fair few times. I want to take the time to learn more about photography and visit new places to practise.

Travel more – I am always researching places around the world and promise myself I will go out there and visit the places I have found. But again, work took over last year and I never had any time. Something I really really want to work on.

2016 was a challenging year for me personally but I also had some of the best times with family and friends. There’s always good and bad in every year and I can only learn from what I was faced with in 2016. I’m feeling super postive and excited for what the new year will bring. I have so much to look forward too aswell. Here’s too a fantastic 2017!!


Emily Jane xo

BLOGMAS #24: Christmas Eve Traditions.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE EVERYONE!! I can’t believe how quickly it has come around! It doesn’t feel two minutes since the 1st December. I am feeling super proud of myself that I have actually stuck to doing BLOGMAS. I really didn’t think I would manage it! I did have a few that were a little late because of being busy with work and so many parties but I didn’t skip them, I managed to get them in. I am so so happy that I have, it proves I can do it if I put my mind to it. And I will make this blog work. I have really enjoyed it, it’s given me so much more motivation to blog more too, which makes me so excited for the new year of blogging!

So for the last BLOGMAS of 2016 I am going to share my Christmas Eve traditions with you. I have so many fond memories of Christmas Eve growing up, we had a solid routine that we followed and we loved it each year. We have even kept it going as we have got older too! 

We would always leave wrapping presents until Christmas Eve morning. When we were younger we would sit with each parent wrapping up what we had got for the other one and for all our other family. Now we spend the time separately wrapping all our presents ready to take them off to all our relatives. We then deliver them to family members and spend an hour or so with each one. I love this every year. It makes us feel so Christmassy, we feel like Santa delivering presents ha! 

We then spend the afternoon playing games such as Monopoly and Cludeo before we head out for the evening. Every single year we either go to the Local Panto or we visit the Cinema. This has always been a tradition of ours and we have never missed a year! We also pick a place to eat afterwards which varies from year to year.
Before heading to bed to wait for Santa to arrive we put on our new Christmas Pjs and sit and watch a Christmas film with a hot chocolate. What more do you want on Christmas Eve evening? When we were younger we used to do the norm and put out treats for Santa and sprinkle fairy dust on the step so he could find our home! I miss being a child..

Although we are all grown up now, Christmas Eve always feels special. It really does have a different feeling to it I think. We make such a day of it and we love it. Time with family, eating and drinking, visiting the cinema and giving presents is what we love to do. I always enjoy Christmas Eve, it’s one of my favourite days of Christmas! 

What do you get up to on Christmas Eve? Anything special? I’d love to know your family traditions.


I hope you all have the most wonderful Christmas, and I really hope you have enjoyed reading my thoughts throughout December! 

Lots of love

Emily Jane xo