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Christmas Decoration Guide 2016

November 20, 2016

The Coca Cola advert was on tv this weekend so it’s officially Christmas time! This will be mine and Stu’s first Christmas in our house and I’m really excited to make everything look all cosy and Christmassy. Stu’s birthday is at the beginning of December so we don’t mention Christmas too much until the birthday celebrations are over. However this year, I can’t help noticing all the different Christmas decorations available to buy just about everywhere. Living with family, the Christmas decorations didn’t get updated every year so I’m looking forward to starting from scratch for our house. Here’s a few things that I’ve got my eyes on…

  1. How nice are these lights? We’re in the middle of decorating so haven’t really got room for them but a girl can dream right? Next, £60.

 

2. We’re thinking of having a gold theme and these baubles will be perfect! Next, £6.

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3. You can’t beat a wreath on your front door at Christmas and John Lewis have a great selection in store this year! John Lewis, £45.

Nordic Heart Christmas Stocking

4. Fingers crossed Santa will fill these stockings with lots of presents on Christmas Eve. They’ll look great on a fireplace! Not On The Highstreet, £9.95.

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5. How pretty is this star decoration? Definitely one for our living room. John Lewis, £15.

mands-xmas-candle

6. Is it really Christmas without a few extra candles around the house? I don’t think I’ll buy an advent candle this year as I’m usually prone to letting 3 days burn accidentally (sorry Mum!) but M&S have some great Christmas scents in store. M&S, £12.

What Christmas decorations will you be buying this year?

My Life

Life Lately – We bought a house!

July 19, 2016

I started this blog back in 2013 before Stu and I went on our year of travels. We’ve now been home for over a year and we’re about to embark on our biggest adventure to date because as of last Friday, we are officially home owners! It sounds strange to say that but I’m so proud of how far we’ve come since we’ve returned home.

Coming home from long term travel is hard but having a house deposit as goal to focus on has helped massively. Sure, there were times when we thought about spending our savings on a big trip again but I know we’ve made the best decision for us by buying our home. We can still travel, it will just be a different kind of travel and that’s totally fine with us.

I’m now really excited to making this house our own. We’ve both been going crazy on Pinterest the last couple of months and are full of ideas of how we want to decorate. We’re going to be pretty busy for a long time but I’m looking forward to the challenge. Hopefully I can share a few photos on here as things start to take shape.

Here’s to a bright and happy future!


 

Travel, Travel Advice

Why the biggest challenge of travelling is the return home.

February 16, 2015

Before you leave home the idea of travelling for an extended period of time can seem petrifying to some. Leaving your friends and family behind and exploring a whole new country with a completely different culture is a huge step for anyone. Yet for most people, a few days into your trip, you wonder what you were ever worrying about. You realise that travelling is amazing and something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetimes. Your Instagram is suddenly full of incredible photos. You meet new people all the time who you form such close bonds with that you find it hard to believe that you have known them only weeks, not years. Before you know it, you’ve been away from home far longer than you ever imagined and seen more than you ever believed possible. Then by choice or not, it’s time to return home. Return to the life you left behind. But for some reason, adjusting to life at home is even more difficult than everything you went through whilst you were away. This is the part of travelling no one told you about.

At first life at home is a whirlwind of emotions, hugs and catching up. Your friends and family have so much to tell you and you have so much to share with them. You hear about what has changed for them but when it comes to the time to share your travel stories, you find the words don’t come. How do you put your experiences into words? It soon becomes clear that it’s hard to share what has happened with people who haven’t been travelling themselves. You have been surrounded by like-minded people for so long that your home life seems alien to the life you have been leading.

The life you left behind has changed. There’s been promotions, babies, engagements and new houses. It can be hard to see where you fit back in. Your sweaty trek across South East Asia is unimaginable for those who have concentrated on careers or family. They have changed from when you left and it has taken until now for you to realise just how much you have changed as well. You’ve grown in so many ways and feel you can handle just about anything life throws at you now you have negotiated travelling the world. Home life can seem almost dull in comparison and you easily feel detached from everyone.

Essentially, travelling is like living in a bubble and reality hurts. For months you have been living ‘without rules’. Time has no concept and nor do days of the week. The contrast between your travel life and your home life is hard to comprehend. It’s good to see your loved ones again but you crave to go back to your life on the road. The feeling of being in a new country is so magical that you struggle to think of a reason to stay at home. For some, they put this feeling to the back of their minds, settle into new jobs and before they know it years have passed since their adventures. For others, their feet start to itch and they realise that their heart belongs elsewhere. So they give in to that wanderlust feeling and leave home again. Deciding which path to follow when you’re at home is tough. My advice would be to make sure that whatever you decide to do, don’t regret it. So even if only a small part of you wants to go travelling again, go. It doesn’t have to be this year or the next, just make sure you go. Don’t be that person sat at home in 30 years time wondering what would have happened if they had gone.

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