• My Christmas Wrapping – BLOGMAS DAY 17

    Hello everyone! Happy day 17 of Blogmas. Every year one of the most exciting parts is the wrapping for me, I get so stoked and usually spend a stupid amount on the wrapping. This year I kinda did the same…but you know, shopping so much at Paperchase through the year means I get vouchers and points on my Paperchase card so it all works out just fine!  Usually I go for a classic brown paper but this year I purchased the ‘White tree on Kraft Roll’ and ‘Astro Christmas Roll’ from Paperchase to just make it a little bit different, but not too drastic!  Half the time I do wonder if anyone…

  • Letter to 2019 Me – BLOGMAS DAY 16

    Good day everyone, I hope you are having a great day. Christmas is so soon! Now you know we love a good letter on this blog, so let’s do a letter to future Shannon, shall we? Dear Shannon (…in the future) 2019 is a new year with fresh starts in the palm of your hands. It is the most cliché thing ever to say ‘new year, new me’ so we won’t say that. But it is a time where you can reflect and decide where you’d like to take the next 365 days.You know, we’ve got so much planned haven’t we? We’ve already got holidays planned, best friends are getting married (so now is a…

  • Favourites from 2018 – BLOGMAS DAY 14 –

    Hey everyone! Well and truly smashing this Blogmas thing and we are 2 weeks in, amazing! I never thought I’d be able to do it but here I am… In todays post let’s break down some of my favourite things from this year, from movies to music, you know…the usual.  FAVOURITE MOVIE  photo credit 5 words people, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME. This absolutely heart wrenching, beautiful, picturesque film shaped my year I’m telling you. I watched this earlier in the year and the proceeded to watch it about 12 times after that, usually like every Saturday when I was bored.  If you haven’t seen this film I want you to close this blog right now,…

  • Letter To Myself This Year – BLOGMAS DAY 13

    Happy Blogmas day 13 everyone! I’m just going to jump straight into this one…  Dear 2018 Shannon, What a year it has been. Isn’t that the most cliché thing that could ever be said at the end of any year? I mean, it’s fucking true though. The ups and downs have been real.  Amazing ups and terribly low, lows. The ups were more often than last year, that was great. We went on loads of lovely holidays, had almost anxiety free holidays (AMAZING!) saw bands we’ve loved for years and enjoyed ourselves on days when there wasn’t even much to do. The lows were rubbish, mental health issues were still at an…

  • 2018 Travels – BLOGMAS DAY 12

    Good day everyone, happy 12th day of Blogmas!  This year has been lovely for my little travels. Let’s have a little recap shall we… COPENHAGEN & LOMMA; SWEDEN – FEBRUARY I whisked Dan away like the smashing girlfriend I am to Copenhagen and to visit our friends in Sweden for a week. It was delightful. We did typical touristy things in Copenhagen – Tivoli Gardens, we saw Nyhavn which was stunning and strolled around the little streets. It was freezing cold and snowed which just made me so happy. It was the perfect way to celebrate Dans birthday and start the year off.  Jönköping; SWEDEN – MAY  So off I popped to…

  • What am I grateful for? – BLOGMAS DAY 11

    Hey everyone!  I always speak about how important gratitude is to me and especially at this time of year, you reflect on what has happened and how you’ve managed to get through things. For that, I show gratitude.  In life I am grateful for many things, here are just a few:  FAMILY  In what has been a hard year for my family, they’ve still all been there at the hardest time and as a family we have managed to get through everything together. Love has grown and bad times are replaced with this love and laughs. In the worst of times we build each other up and for that I am forever…

  • Holiday Bucketlist – BLOGMAS DAY 10

    Good day everyone! I hope you are having a lovely day. On todays Blogmas post I’ll be highlighting some places I dream of visiting in my lifetime. I’ve always been far more interested in visiting European cities than the wider places on Earth. However, there are a couple that stick out. So in this post there will be a few with a mixture of both.  NEW YORK CITY  photo credit This is my dream and always has been since I was a tiny little human. Luckily I’ve met a boy who also wants to visit, my plan is that this will be our honeymoon destination. No hot, chilled holiday. I want a…

  • Mental Health At Christmas Time – BLOGMAS DAY 9

    Hey everyone, I hope you are enjoying blogmas so far!  This post is one usual to my typical blog posts, mental health. Mental health at Christmas time is a tough one, always has been for me anyway. I LOVE Christmas, always have and always will but I also fall into depression and anxiety quite badly around this time of year. I think it’s because my mind does not want me to be happy and enjoy what is happening. What a fucker. It is a tough time of year, and that’s okay! It is okay to not be bouncing off the walls, going out and getting merry because you would rather stay in and chill…

  • Christmas Tree Brownie Baking – BLOGMAS DAY 8

    Hello everyone! As you can tell from the title I took on some Christmas baking. I got a recipe from Sainsburys here after looking on my trusty Pinterest. Usually I’m a decent baker, the same applies here but my opinion on the finished product may be slightly different…  Ingredients 150g cook’s Belgian dark chocolate (76% cocoa solids), roughly chopped 150g unsalted butter 3 large eggs 125g caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract zest and juice of 1 clementine (I USED A SATSUMA, CAUSE THEY’RE JUST THE FUCKING SAME TO BE HONEST) 3 tbsp port (I USED RED WINE AS AN ALTERNATIVE)  ¼ tsp ground cinnamon a good pinch of ground cloves…

  • Christmas Tag – BLOGMAS DAY 7

    Good day everyone! I hope your Blogmas is going well and you’re super stoked for Christmas. I’ve done a Christmas tag that I just found somewhere online, lots of fun and has me thinking so much about Christmas.  1. Use one noise to describe how excited you are for Christmas. RAAAAAAAAAAAAGHHHH – Which is the noise that little boy makes it that vine,  I watched that DAILY for a long time.  2. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve? Nuh uh, although Dan and I exchanged Christmas pyjamas on Christmas Eve last year and we are making it our ‘thing’.  3. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?…