Whilst updating my Dropbox the other day, I found some pictures that I had forgotten about and thought it would be a nice idea to share with you some of my favourite pictures of 2017!



My Christmas

Wow, that went quick.

Today is the last day of the year, how did that happen. Christmas has been and gone and I still feel like we are somewhat on the build up!

Well, I thought I would share with you a little story about 1 of my Christmas presents that I got this year. I have previously posted about all my gifts and I did get a lot of lovely gifts this year, but I really want to share with you about just 1 of them this year.

You may remember my post about Fear earlier in the year. I was bouncing off the walls when I wrote it, adamant I had made some realizations about my life. Don’t get me wrong, I did, I now am not afraid to try something new and I am working on putting myself out there more. Although, I didn’t go to an exercise class, I quit the gym AND as yet we haven’t booked a trip to Asia – but more on that in a future post! However, there was something else I wanted to do & that was a skydive, but still I hadn’t booked it as when I told Matt he joked he had already got me one for Christmas.

Turns out he wasn’t lying.

That look on my face is me saying ‘shit! I really have to do this now!’

So it looks like this year, I am jumping out of a plane. What! How insane is that, actually jumping out of a plane. I am not sure how I feel about it, I am kind of excited but really really nervous. I just need to keep telling myself that things I fear the most are things I should do the most.

Matt has paid for the skydive which will be taking place in Salisbury, I just need to book it. I am contemplating booking it for my actual birthday, how awesome would that be to jump out of a plane on my 30th Birthday! I will be booking it to take place during the summer and I am going to be inviting anyone who would like to come along to join me. So keep your eyes peeled for more updates on this later in the year!

So, amongst smellies, a ring (no not that type of ring), a pandora ring, a kate spade watch, vouchers and useful items of for the house. My Skydive is 100% my favourite gift!

What did you get for Christmas?


Emma xxx

Merry Christmas

The big day is here, if your a parent you have probably been up hours so pour yourself something alcoholic and open the quality street! 

Matt & I chose to spend Christmas alone today, apart from some time with our nieces and nephew in the morning. So we will be opening presents this afternoon when we have stuffed our faces and had a bit to drink! 

So, from our house to yours, we wish you a Very Merry Christmas! We hope you have a wonderful day, filled with good food, lots of laughter and just plenty of love! 

Love from both of us xxxx

O Christmas Tree

Its that time of year again, when Dad & I head out together in search for the perfect tree! It has been a family tradition now for several year. When I was still living at home, we would put the tree up the day it was brought and I would be the one to decorate the tree.

As Matt & I moved out December last year, we just had a little tiny tree as we weren’t really set for Christmas. However, this year, we are set! We have some decorations up, lights in the windows and I put aside money to get a decent sized tree. Matt is a bit of Grinch when it comes to Christmas, so told me that I should get a tree that was a little bigger than last year, but no where near what my dad gets.

I headed out with my Dad and he was telling me that he had seen some really nice trees at our local Tesco Store with my mum at the weekend and he felt we should head there first. So we did, an unusual place to purchase a tree! The lad that was out in the cold carpark surrounded by trees was really friendly and was happy to get out as many trees as we wanted to find our perfect tree.

When he pulled out a smaller tree for me, as soon as he stood it up I noticed there was a wonky bit at the top and I knew then it was going to be our tree. For those of you that remember last year, our tree was a little wonky then, its only right that we keep on that tradition! I got the tree home and with some help from dad, got it up and watered. After Dad headed out, I hoovered up the stray needles and then got out all of my Christmas Tree decorations. Most of them I brought last year, but some I took with me from my parents and others have been brought for us.

With The Santa Clause playing in the background, the tree started to become alive with twinkling fairy lights, shades of gold, red and & white. After about an hour, the tree is complete and Christmas has definitely arrived!

I love that our tree is now up, it certainly feels like Christmas has arrived! We have so many decorations on our tree and most of them have a special meaning or have been given to us by special people in our lives. Although all my decorations match to some extent, they are all unique and individual and for me that is the best thing about a Christmas Tree!

So, have you got your tree up yet? What is your favourite decoration?

Emma xx


I am coming to the end of 4 days off work, making a lovely weekend extended to a 6 day weekend! Its been a nice way to start the festivities!

On Friday, my parents & I headed to Bath for the Christmas Market. I have to say it is one of the best ones I have been to and I am gutted I didn’t have more money to spend on the day. There were lots of stalls with unique gifts, food and drink and I could have easily spent a fortune. However, I am on a tight budget this month which helped and meant that I didnt waste my money on things I didn’t need. My parents however brought an abundance of things from chutneys to wreaths, however I have to say our best purchase was some fudge. I love fudge and I love it even more when it is Christmas Cake flavoured & looked like a Christmas Cake too. It was sooooo good! I am gutted I only got 1 small slab, I could easily eat so much more of it! Disappointingly, I only got 2 photo’s of the day. Well, I say its disappointing, it just means you will need to head there for yourselves and see just how good it is!


Saturday, for those of you that follow me on FacebookΒ will know that Matt was working on Saturday unexpectedly, so I took full advantage and decided to put some Christmas decorations up! However, I cant help but feel that compared to my parents house that our home is so bare! However, I need to keep reminding myself that we have only been here a year, my parents have been buying Christmas decorations now for over 30 years! If you want to keep up with my Christmas events, search on Instagram for #christmasat36

Then Monday, Hayley & I had a date booked in for a spot of Christmas shopping and a spot of brunch! It was really nice to have just a chilled Monday around the shops, catching up and ticking things off the shopping list! I budgeted and spent all my budget, but I got what I needed and managed to do some window shopping too! We even managed to sneak a trip to our favourite garden centre where the Christmas goodies are by the truck load!

Its been a lovely long weekend and today was even better as I got my TREE!!! But That’s for another post!

Emma xx


Wow, can you believe I went to 2 Christmas parties at the weekend and its not even December! It has kick started the festive season off nicely as I now have at least 1 Christmas event each week in the lead up to the big day and I cannot wait!

With that said, this weekends events all revolved around work. Spending time with old friends and celebrating with the current teams! It was great to let my hair down after a busy year and just enjoy getting dressed up, eating food and drinking plenty!

Anyway I wanted to share some pictures with you from my Friday night. Some of you will know that my boss of almost 9 years left the company in April. She grew to be more than just a boss and I am confident that my fellow work buddies and I have missed having her around daily on more than 5 occasions since she left. A month or so ago, we were struggling with various different things and decided that a girls night at Sue’s was just what we needed. So the date was set and we all ended our Friday at work excited for all the food and drink that would be consumed! It was so nice to be around each other again and just enjoy each others company. I haven’t managed to see Sue as much as I would have liked to since April, but she is still an important part of who I have become.

Thank You Sue for a wonderful night!

Ladies Night

Saturday night was great fun, our 2nd annual aunties/nieces/cousins/cousin in law/sister in law night out. Just generally the younger female generation of the family on a boozy night out! Our group has grown since this all started many years ago, when we had planned days out in London. However, more recently we have decided to stick to food and drinks – beacuse lets not lie, who doesnt love food and drink!

Our venue of choice was Turtle Bay & Sprinkles in Southampton, however a few of us met up early to hit the Christmas Market before hand! Here is a lovely selection of photo’s of our evening!