What I got for Christmas…

**Disclaimer: I am not bragging or showing off what we got for christmas, I like to look at what other people got so I decided to share what I had with you**

This year, we had so much for christmas that I’m just going to show some of my favourite presents instead of everything!

My amazing husband got me a macbook!! I’ve been wanting one for ages, but the price always put me off. Luckily, we managed to get one second hand that is pratically new! It is the perfect thing for me to blog on so expect more frequent posting in the new year.

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Dan really spoilt me this year. Not only did i get my macbook, i also got a beautiful new pandora charm some more of my favourite perfume, Chambord black raspberry liqueur and the b.right! skin care set from benefit cosmetics amongst other things.

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A few months ago, my washing machiene gave up on me, and so we were living with no washer the day before me and lillee went to camp! My parents, having had enough of washing my clothes for me, brought us a new washing machine as part wedding present and part christmas present. Because of this, we really didn’t expect anything else from my parents as they had already been so generous. We were plesently surprised though with a gorgeous Yankee candle gift set

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A yoghurt maker and some yoghurt my mom let us steal out of the cupboard

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and a multi-fryer to which makes healthy chips and many more things according to the recipe booklet! At the moment, we have only tried chips but they were so tasty! Cooked perfectly; crisp on the outside and fluffy in the middle. Perfect presents for getting healthy in the new year!

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From my Aunties and Uncles, we had a really cute owl cushion, a new loaf tin and some different bread mixes to try in it and a movie box containing sweets, an amazon gift card and a really gorgeous sign like they use in the movies!

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We were also lucky enough to receive some new clothes, money and chocolates. My parents-in-law gave us a really thoughtful present this year, they took a selection of pictures from our wedding and framed them for us! At the moment, its being kept safe until we can hang it up hopefully as part of the frame wall I’m planning!

What did you get for christmas?

Emma-Jayne xx

 

Christmas 2014…

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This year, Christmas was so lovely. Lillee is a perfect age to enjoy all of the magic and wonder of this time of year. We have seen Santa a few times, opened some gorgeous presents and have new memories to treasure for years to come.

20141204_232038802_iOSMy favourite ornament this year is probably my wedding bouquet bauble that I made in early December. It was an idea I saw on pinterest, and was pretty simple to recreate. All I had to do, was carefully push some of the dried flowers from my bouquet into a large glass bauble being careful not to break the delicate petals.

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Christmas Eve this year was truely magical. I spent most of the day cooking and cleaning, while Dan took her too a Christmas party at his parents golf club. When they got back, she told me all about dancing, having her face painted and winning the singing competition! When she got home, there was a bag on the coffee table full of presents! Santa had come early to deliver some things to a special little girl for Christmas Eve night. In her bag, there were:

  • New Pyjamas
  • Reindeer food
  • A Christmas story
  • Miracle on 34th street on DVD
  • Popcorn
  • Mini jaffa cakes
  • Bubble Bath

She loved it so much! She had a bath in her new bubbles, got dressed in her new pyjamas, snuggled up and ate some popcorn while watching her movie and sprinkled the reindeer food outside just before cleaning her teeth, reading her story and snuggling up in bed all ready for Santa to come on Christmas morning!

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On Christmas morning, Lillee was so exited to open her present!
We spent some time opening everything as a family before Christmas tree Crumpets and Buck’s Fizz for breakfast (or OJ in Dan and Lillee’s case!) The rest of christmas day passed with lots of present opening and yummy food! We were all very spoilt and I’m so thankful to our amazing family for all the lovely things we had.

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How did you spend your christmas?

Emma-Jayne xx

 

Meal Planning Update…

it worked! well pretty much…we swapped the chicken to wednesday, and had the shepards pie on monday and tuesday as we were busy tuesday and had the chicken curry sunday because we were at my moms for her birthday on friday. but other than that it worked really well!!

sooooo this weeks meal plan is:

saturday- steak, mash, cream and mushroom sauce and vegetables

sunday – Roast chicken, dauphinoise potatoes and veggies

Monday – chicken dinner

Tuesday – filo parcels

Wednesday – beuf bourginon

Thursday – Leftovers

Friday – chicken soup

Emma-Jayne xx

House Tour! The Living Room…

I live in a two bedroomed flat. Unfortunatly, we have cracked tiles around the edges of the rooms so for now we dont have carpet (except in Lillee’s room). However, we have been promised that the issue will be addressed A.S.A.P. Therefore, none of our pictures have any carpet and not very amazing tiled floors.

This aside, I wanted to share my home with you. So lets start with the living room…

 This is the view from the door as you enter the living room. It’s the main area, with Lillee’s toys hidden in the leather effect ottoman. this is one of my favorite pieces of furniture, because it hides her toys at night so I can have an “adult sitting room”, creates extra storage which I can use for other things when shes older, and it is also a seat for when I have visitors! Multi-use at its best.

This is pretty much just showing you the other way from behind the settee. I have my DVD shelf, and a place to display nick-nacks and keep my table linen.

I adore my pictures. we purchased them from Ikea, but we lived with an empty wall for months. It makes me happy to know I finally have some homely touches! My lamp is an attempt at some atmospheric lighting…however we need more yet as the one on it’s own doesn’t create enough light for the room.

This is my “art gallery” on the kitchen door, I put a seection of Lillee’s artwork up for display. It means I can interchange it as necessary, and it dosen’t take away anything from the other decor.

The “dining room” or should I say dining corner… Luckily for us, we found the perfect size table for our little space, It was given to us by a family member who no longer needed it. We can comfortably seat four but at the moment we only have three chairs so that there is space for the high chair. Above the table is my cupcake picture, although it hasn’t shown up very clearly on the picture. I really like it here, with it being quite styleised, it dosen’t look out of place in the living area, but cupcakes tie in perfectly with the idea of food and dining.

Finally, this is my “study” we have a computer and printer with a comfy chair that my dad gave us. The chair only just fit behind the settee!. Above the computer, is a shelf for all the household paperwork and office supplies. And to add a little colour, the Calender that Lillee made at nursery.

So thats my living room/dining room/study! I hope you like it. I’m hoping to post pictures of the other rooms in my house soon.

Emma-Jayne xx