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What I got for Christmas

This year I've seen lots of people on Twitter saying how they love to read these posts, I do love to read them as well but there seem to quite a bad stigma around them will people afraid to show what they got as they are seen to be bragging. I've also been reading a few, mainly because I'm also very nosy.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, I know I did and I defiantly ate way too much food, I still feel stuffed. I was also very lucky and received so many lovely gifts of my friends and family - I was a lucky girl. I'm currently having a very relaxing Christmas, watching all the films, eating chocolates and trying to pre-write some blog posts before I go back to school and start the new year.

Now on to the presents, this year I asked for a lot of things that I would get good use out of. last Christmas I got a record player and so I asked for some vinyls which I can play on it, I got Adele and Alt-J, two artists I love. You might also see a lot of calligraphy and writing items that's because in the new year I really want to have a go at writing this year, so I got the Quill Calligraphy Kit which came so beautifully wrapped, the Nib & Ink Book and some Ink and Water Brushes. Something which some of you might think is kind of storage to get but I asked for a label maker - I love it. I'm a jeans and trainer kind of girl so I got a new pair and they are the Vans Old Skool trainers, I've seen these everywhere and I love the look of them as you can wear them with anything, they are also super comfy. I didn't get much beauty products this year, but I got the annual Lush Christmas Bath Bombs and Perfume. I feel like a lot of people may have got this but I really wanted on after seeing everyone have one and that's the Mermaid Blanker, mine is in a gorgeous baby pink colour. Finally, I revived so much chocolate that I need to get through!

In a previous post, you nay of seen me mention that I took part in a gift swap run by Viola. I ended up getting Chole who is from www.chloebeeslife.com - make sure you go and check out her blog.

Chloe got me a cute little mug with the letter J on it - you can never have too many cute mugs. I also received a wash bag with a hand cream and lip balm inside. Finally, I received a cute little candle, a rose gold pen with a notebook.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! If you've uploaded your 'What I got for Christmas' make sure you link it in the comments and I'll check it out.

Look Back on 2016

 I'm sure you read this on all blog posts like this but I can't quite believe that we are at the end of 2016 and 2017 is very near. I thought I'd so a quick look back on the year 2016.

one. Switch to cruelty-free beauty products
I feel like this has been my most successful aim out of the five I set at the beginning of the year. This year you may have noticed I haven't posted many beauty posts, this is because I've found myself becoming more focused on improving my skin care. I've hardly bought any makeup pieces this year, instead, I've found lots new skincare brands, something which helped with this was you may remember in the first couple of months you may remember me reviewing the LoveLula subscription box - this helped me discover so many new brands. I wish and I plan to do more blog posts on my cruelty-free favourites. 

two. Continue to enjoy blogging 
I've kind of been loving blogging a the moment, I know I only really publish one post a week for me that works the best for me. I would like to post more but I'm such a perfectionist with each post so I seem to choose quality over quality. I've also got some plans for my blog but I'm not too sure so I'm thinking of announcing more in the new year.

three. Do more Yoga
I haven't really done as much yoga as I planned this year. I go through phases, just like woking out I can commit and do it every day and then I won't do anything for weeks. This is something I know I say every year but I'd like to improve next year. 

four. Use my time more wisely 
I feel like so much has happened this year. This time last year I was preparing for my GCSE mocks and now here I am preparing for my A-Level mocks. I can't quite believe how much has changed this year. Throughout the start, to mid year I worked hard to get my results which I was very happy with. Then in the summer I did just relax and enjoy my time off, which I think I deserved. I've also been making sure I tick off my to do list as this year I started my bullet journal which has helped me completed needed tasks.

five. Learn a new skill
I think the biggest thing I've learnt is how to drive, I haven't had my test yet but I'm hoping to pass next year. This main goal was that originally I planned to create candles and sell them but the whole process is taking a lot longer than I expected as a lot of time is needed for it to succeed - hopefully next year. 

I think this will be my last post before Christmas, so I wish you all a wonderful Christmas. 

Gingerbread Men Recipe

I feel like Christmas time is all about the ginger, one of my favourite is gingerbread. I like to make gingerbread men each year, they are so easy and taste so good. You could also hang them on your tree.

350g Plain Flour
1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda 
2 tsp Ginger  
1 tsp Cinnamon 
125g Butter 
175g Brown sugar
1 Egg
4 tbsp Golden syrup

1. Preheat the oven to 180ºc.
2. In a bowl, stir together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, and cinnamon.
3. Stir in the butter until it looks like breadcrumbs - it can be done in a food processor. Then stir in the sugar.
4. Lightly beat the eggs and golden syrup into the mixture, until it's clumped all together.
5. Put in cling film and keep it in the fridge for 15 minutes.
6. On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough, then cut out your desired shapes.
7. Place onto a tray and cook for 12-15 minutes then place on a cooling rack and allow to cool.
8. Once cool decorate with icing  - to make the icing, mix together icing sugar and water until there it's running and pipe with a piping bag.