December goals and festive woes.

DECEMBER, its bloody, December- it doesn’t seem two minutes since we were going through the longest January in history. Simply put i have no idea where this year has gone but so excited to see the back of it.

Colder months are my happy months, seeing the red cups dressing the high streets, mulled wine filling the bellies of many and judgmental family members who we only see at Christmas dinner knocking at the door. Christmas is a time for celebrating. And that’s exactly what these goals represent. Celebration.

1. Spend time with family.

I don’t have a lot of family, in fact I can count on my hand the amount of people who I class as family. So spending time with them at Christmas is a must – even if we end up bickering our way through the day. Remember: Time spent together is time well spent.

2.Get out of the house.

I spend so much time indoors that sometimes the thought of life outside an office feels alien. Getting up and out of the house may just help me christmas cabin fever and allow me to finally relax and enjoy my time off work and blogging.

3. Have christmas off.

Last year I worked day in day out on my blog for practically no avail. This year with the help of organising, I intend on actually having time away from my keyboard.

4. Stop thinking about everyone else and enjoy christmas.

I worry so much about what everyone else thinks. This christmas its time for a change. I want to laugh, drink and eat this festive season. Christmas 2018 is going time for laughter and relaxation.

I may not celebrate Christmas in the conventional sense. I’m much more likely to wresling with a bottle of wine rather than playing manopoly or watching childrens renditions of silent night. Yet, this christmas is one for me and me only- its time to enjoy life and if all else fails, learn a new cocktail or two.

Thank you for reading my little goals for the month of December. Let me know your goals for the festive season in the comments below.

Always love,

Em x

Our tree.

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Hello you festive bunch!

I am so excited for an 11 day (which I actually thought was 12) break from work- it is without a doubt my favourite Christmas present of the year. Sorry rents, its true.

Christmas is an odd one when your single and in your mid twenties(fuck), your not excited for presents but your buzzing at the anticipation of eating you’re body weight in pig in blankets! Or at least I am anyway. Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer has been replaced by an emotional break down the new ‘Call the Midwife -Christmas Special’ accompanied by your dad snoozing in the arm chair. Even though the excitement has changed, does that mean Christmas has lost its ‘most wonderful time of the year’ jargon?

The Rambles Household isn’t a traditional one. We don’t have little ones to gift too, we don’t have a large family and, in fact, for many years we didn’t really celebrate it as a together. Both my parents- and I after the age of 18– have worked for as long as I can remember at Christmas times. Once I became an adult we woke early, gave gifts and then whoever worked totted off . I know my family isn’t the only one who celebrates the time of year like us. I for one, firmly believe that out little ‘non-traditional’ family Christmas is slowly becoming a ‘traditional’ one.IMG_3850

After years of frustration, Mama Rambles put her foot down. She finally wanted our weird little trio (and dog) to have a tradition and this tradition is now having a real Christmas tree. To some this may be nothing but to us, this was the first step and only tradition we have, so it was mostly welcomed with open arms.

According to my parents the last time we had a real tree I was 4. 4! So when my dad came bumbling through the door, with a 6ft beast, I was pretty excited (and gin filled). After initially trying to figure out where the heck we were going to put this huge tree, we attempted to straighten it and allow it to drop a little.

Whilst the branches were dropping we tried to find the Christmas decorations, only to find we had an explosion of baubles in our attic. Seriously, it looks like an elf threw up, up there. After 15 minutes my dad managed to gather as many of the loose baubles as possible- with little success.

All the baubles we own have been bought at local garden centres through out the years. One of my particular favourites is this little dear which we bought a few years back at a family outing to  Wentworth Garden Centre. Many of the baubles, we own have a meaning or a story behind them, many of the stories make my heart want to burst. One of my favourite pass times is talking about the days we bought specific ornaments.

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Another favourite of mine is this cute pink beauty which my mum bought this year on a trip out with my dad. I can’t help but remember how excited she became when she displayed it so lovingly on this glorious tree.

I don’t know if you can tell but there isn’t a theme in the slightest when it comes to our tree. We gave our old, pink and silver theme up years ago after one of my mums’ beautiful, yet failed’ attempts to decorate the tree (she changes it at least three times before Christmas).

Anyway, Christmas for us isn’t an ‘exciting’ time, although we do all enjoy the run up to Christmas and the few days we get off in-between. Introducing this little tradition into our family has made Christmas a little more special than it has been in years. Hopefully the magic will continue, but if not at least I have gin.

Always love,

Em x

Festive Party Prep.

 

IMG_3791With so many invitations, parties and work event Christmas can be pretty stressful. Christmas is such an exciting time but with that excitement there is a heck of a lot of pressure to look good. Why are we always prepping for something?

Brushing, poking, waxing you name it, over the Christmas period you will be doing it (or at least contemplating doing it). With all this pampering, I thought I would share with you the beauty/ cosmetic products which I am reaching for to make me feel so much better about myself.

HAIR

Herbal Essence’s have really out done themselves with their new range. Their New coconut oil shampoo and conditioner, smells amazing and leaves your hair feeling so soft and supple. Naturally I have quite dry hair, so I have to use moisturising shampoo to ensure my hair doesn’t get too brittle. Herbal essence’s coconut oil shampoo and conditioner leaves my hair feeling healthy and nourished.

It has been scientifically proven that our hair get ‘’used’ to the same products over times, losing the benefits the product initially gives. Herbal Essences have slightly combated this by launching another hydrating shampoo and conditioner. Their Moroccan oil shampoo and conditioner is amazing and is perfect for coloured hair (like mine). Moroccan oil is used to directly aid the healing of damaged hair. Using a combination of both of these hydrating products has really given my hair the boost that it needed. I couldn’t recommend it more.

SKIN care

Mt skin care routine hasn’t really change too much form my skin care favourites, but I have noticed my skin is so healthy at the moment. I definitely think it’s down to regular use of Liz Earle Cleanse and polish. I don’t think I have introduced a better product than this amazing cleanser. When the product is being worked into your skin you can definitely see the make up and dirt almost dissolve in your skin.

I also have to give a little nod to the soap and glory Raidience sheet mask. I love a glowy hydrated look on my skin, so this sheet mask is completely amazing for my skin. The citrus extracts leave your skin feeling refreshed and nourished. For £4.00 it is a little bit expensive for a drug store sheet mask, but believe me when I say this it is amazing (she says currently wearing one smelling like a citrus queen!).

Body

Exfoliation is going to be your best friend in the next few weeks. My preferred type of exfoliation is Primark £1 exfoliation gloves. The abrasive texture feels as if it would be too cores for sensitive skin, although once water has been added with a good splodge of your favourite shower gel it soon softens up and leaves skin feeling so soft.

Exfoliation leaves skin well prepared for shaving, tanning and of course the odd bit of glitter. It is Christmas time after all.

Moisturiser!

This may be a little bit TMI, but is struggle really badly with dry skin around the top of my thighs. I struggle so much trying to find a moisturiser that doesn’t cost the earth but really aids skin nourishment. I have recently reached for a new(ish) take on an old favourite. The Body Shops, Vanilla Chai Body butter.

First and foremost the scent smells like Christmas. There is no way around it, one whiff and you will be reaching for the mulled wine. In addition to the amazing scent the formula is really thick, you almost feel your skin soaking in all the product. After a few weeks of using this amazing body butter your skin is left feeling so replenished you won’t be able to shop showing off your but usual there is some sort of offer on!).

PSA: They also do this scent in a candle.

GO!

This little list of tricks is my go to for nights out (or even if I just need a confidence boots). Christmas is so hectic, sometimes you just need to take a minute to prep yourself for the very socially active time ahead. Some social activities are much more daunting than others, so spending an extra hour or so getting ready can really give you the boost of confidence you need.

And sometimes that confidence boost just reminds you of the utter babe you are.

So, what are you doing this festive season? Any cheeky Christmas parties? Let me know in the comments below!

Me