Last Friday, marked the beginning of December, a clear sign if there ever was one that Christmas is just around the corner. With the countdown already on, I have decided to share some of my favourite Christmas songs, with you guys.

Much to my Fiancé’s amusement, I have been blasting these out in the car, whilst we have been out and about doing our Christmas shopping. Each of these songs holds a special memory for me, from watching my favourite Christmas films such as ‘Home Alone’ and ‘Love Actually’ to taking part in my school Christmas concert and lastly dancing in our living room, whilst decorating the tree. So, without further ado, here are my favourite Christmas songs for the festive season.

Disclaimer: Prepare for some cheesy numbers and a few soundtracks from the ‘Home Alone’ movie.

  1. I wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Blizzard

  2. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee

  3. Do they Know it’s Christmas – Band Aid

  4. Last Christmas – Wham

  5. All I want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey

  6. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – The Jackson 5

  7. Somewhere Only We Know – Lily Allen

  8. Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea

  9. Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade

  10. Christmas Is All Around (Love Actually) – Billy Mack

  11. Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens

What songs are on your ‘Christmas playlist’ for 2017? Do you prefer classics or will you be the first in line to purchase the latest release from Rak-Su?

 

Love Emma

XxXx

I do love Christmas adverts.

Follow:

Dear Santa,

So I was wondering if you would consider revoking your decision to place me on the dreaded ‘Naughty List’ this year and maybe consider treating me to the following:

  • Good health for me and my loved ones
  • A happy family
  • Quality family time
  • Christmas dinner
  • Lush – Something Festive please
  • A phone case from iDEAL of Sweden
  • Socks – Cute and Fluffy
  • Marzipan Fruits
  • Astronaut Ice Cream
  • A new decoration for my tree
  • A canvas with Toby on (My Westie)
  • A nice photo album for me to record this year’s Christmas in
  • An Oasis Voucher

Did I mention there is a mince-pie and some milk in it for you? Don’t worry I will be sure to leave a carrot or two out for Rudolph and his pals.

P.S I promise to be good, but I can’t promise anything in relation to that tub of Quality Street or that bottle of Bailey’s.

 

Merry Christmas,

Love Emma,

XxXx

Follow:

image

When it come’s to 2016, it is not exactly a secret that it was one of those year’s that the majority of us would rather write off. Take show business for one, we lost so many legends from David Bowie, Alan Rickman to George Michael and Carrie Fisher.

From a personal perspective 2016 wasn’t all bad but I defiantly had a mixture of incredible highs such as my surprise engagement in Venice to Al and severe lows to being told I might go completely deaf by the end of the year.

One thing that last year has taught me is that life really is too short to stress over the little things and a great quote that I love to try to remember during difficult moments, is that “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations”.

 

January

Low – Suffering from an impacted and infected Wisdom Tooth

High – Seeing in the New Year with family

image

Seeing in 2016 New Year with family.

 

February

Low – Being told I might go Deaf by my Audiologist

High – Celebrating Valentines Day with Al, Visiting London

 

image

March

High – Got Engaged in Venice/ Booked Wedding Venue

image image

 

April

High’s – Our 4 Year Anniversary/ Muse Concert

 

image image

 

May

High –  Started my Blog

image

 

June

High’s – 21st and 40th Birthday celebrations with Family

 

image

 

July

High’s – Charity BBQ/ Canal Holiday/ Visit to Mayfield Lavender Fields

 

image

 

August

High – Celebrated my 26th with Franchetti Bond/ Took our Parents to see our Wedding Venue/ Toby’s 1st Birthday/ Camping at Higher Moor

 

image image image image

 

September

High’s–  Got engagement ring cleaned/ Visited our first wedding fayre in Arundel/ Did a photo shoot in Brighton for a project/ Mum’s afternoon tea birthday/ Celebrating a 1st Birthday

 

image

 

October

High’s –  First blog giveaway/ Started new job/ Tea and cake at Pinnocks

 

image

November

Low – Winter bug

High – Christmas shopping

 

December

High’s – Christmas/ Blogmas/ Cottage break in Brighton/ New year 2017

image

 

Looking back now, I think if we all take a step back we will all realise that despite life’s constant challenges and struggles, there is something good in every day however small. This year I am looking forward to getting stuck into my new job, tackling that dreaded driving test, going dress shopping, planning mine and Al’s big day for next year and blogging of course! What are you all looking forward to this year?

Happy New Year for 2017 to you all!

Love Emma

XxXx

 

 

 

Follow:

image

  • Preparation is key – As I soon found out, scheduling your posts and planning a few ideas when you get time really does take the stress out of trying to come up with new content on a daily basis
  • Read other blogs for inspiration but avoid plagiarism and directly copying content or ideas
  • Original content – Want to do the Christmas Tag? Make it original and fun.
  • Be realistic – Don’t underestimate how difficult and demanding ‘Blogmas’ can actually be!
  • Have Fun – Try to remember to enjoy it, after all that is what blogging is all about.
  • Take part in Christmas themed chats on Twitter.

Despite having to juggle work life with blogging and driving my fiancé and family crazy with my obsession with photography, I have really enjoyed taking part in ‘Blogmas’ and feel that I have learnt a lot.

Happy New Year for 2017!

Love Emma

XxXx

Follow:

image


image

This year has been a roller coaster ride, so naturally I wasn’t surprised when I discovered I would be playing the part of Santa’s little helper along with my lovely Fiance Al on Christmas Eve.

After enjoying a quick catch up with the family in a local pub called ‘The Keep’ in the beautiful town of Guildford and consuming a glass of double Baileys in front of this cosy warm fire.

Both Al and I joined the rest of the Christmas rush on a mission to finish of a few last minute errands for Christmas Day and I will confess I did secretly enjoy picking out cute little gifts to go in my Nephews stockings.

After a successful trip into Town, we paid a little visit to a friend which led to spontaneous evening filled with several glasses of Prosecco, Christmas nibbles and fun conversations with new friends.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas Eve without a few home baked mince pies from Mum and some last minute Christmas wrapping before falling into bed ready to kick off the festive celebrations all over again – but I will leave that for another post 🙂

Love Emma

XxXx

Follow: