New Year resolutions

Happy New Year 2017 in advance. I’m sure many of you would be making many resolutions and will be trying hard to stick to them. Mine for the last few years have been to eat clean and exercise more. Of course I get off to a good start and then it is downhill from there. However, this year I won’t be making any resolutions. I have also decided that when I am mentally and physically ready to start exercising and eating clean, that is when I will set my goals. Until then no more money wasted on gym memberships and one week spells of clean eating and exercising.

2016 had been bit of a unhappy year for me. Many things did not go as planned and many things either surprised me or shocked me. I hope 2017 is a better year for me and everyone out there.

What resolutions have you guys made? Good luck everyone.


 

Festive season recap

With the year coming to a close, I decided to do a quick recap of the festive season. Even though this year has been stressful and depressing for me, December turned out to be a happy one. It was a lovely season despite not having enough days off to enjoy it. Probably it was the Christmas vibes everyone was in that turned December into a positive month. December started off with not one but two Advent calendars due to a miscommunication between me and my boyfriend. Anyways, the more chocolates the better 🙂 . I got to visit two Christmas markets – the one by the Southbank Centre and the one in London Bridge. Christmas markets always put me in the Christmas spirit no matter what. I got to spend my first Christmas with my boyfriend which made it even more special. I am grateful for the gifts I receive and will always be. I only wished it snowed this year in London as it would have been a lovely addition to this lovely festive period. I am soon going to miss the red Starbucks cups and their festive drinks menu. It’s back to my regular coffee order soon.

Hope you guys had a lovely 2016 – cherish the good memories and move on to a even better 2017. Let us all hope for only the best to happen in 2017. Take care.

Here are some photographic memories of my festive season.

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Happy Monday guys. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas with your family and friends. I hope you got the gifts you wanted and are full of happiness. Let’s now get ready to welcome the New Year on a positive note. Today’s food for thought is

‘Make it happen’

Say ‘I’m gonna make it happen’ and start working on your dreams and ambitions. As we approach the New Year, look at it as a blank chapter in your book of life and start writing a success story. Stop making excuses and be the author of your own success story. Leave your past behind and jump on the train to the future. Dreams are not going to work on their own, so don’t wait, get up and go to make it happen.

Good luck with everything in the New Year.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you all have a lovely day and receive a lot of gifts. Spend quality time with your family. Put down your phones and tablets and start up a conversation in real time. Greet people in person if possible instead of just sending text messages. 

Take care and God bless

Christmas market – London Bridge

I’ve heard quite a lot about the Christmas market at London Bridge called the Christmas By The River. I finally got some free time today, so I popped down by the market to have a look around. It is a lovely Christmas market by The Thames and The Hayward Gallery. It had a good mix of food stalls, gifts stall and winter wear stalls. What says Christmas markets more than German bratwurst (German sausages). I went for the Kase Bratwurst which is bratwurst filled with cheese. It costed £6 but it was a huge portion for me so I shared it with my friend.

There was another stall called the Y.T.Patisserie which sold crepes, brownies and macarons. I’m a big fan of macarons so I had to make a stop there. Each macaron costed £1 and you could get them in a bauble for 80p extra which would make cute little gifts for macaron lovers. I got the pistachio and hazelnut flavours and they were fantastic.

This Christmas market is up till the 3rd of January 2017, so if you are ever around the London Bridge area, do make a stop at these stalls to find lovely food and gifts.

More information at: http://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/london-bridge-city-christmas-market

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Hey guys, how is it nearly Christmas. I swear December started just yesterday. Anyways here is the thought of the day. This message is not really a Motivation Monday quote, but it is something that I strongly believe in, especially when you are with your close friends and family.

‘Live in the moment’

Now that it is nearly Christmas, many families will start to get together and plan and prepare celebrations. It is a chance to spend quality time with your family and friends. So put down your smartphones, tablets or any other gadget that you use and live in the moment. Don’t get distracted with notifications that ends up making you look at your phone’s face more than the face of the person sitting opposite you. Many people also focus on capturing the moment on camera that they forget to live in that moment and experience it fully.

So I hope you guys have a lovely time with your family and friends during this festive period.

Shopping for my room on a budget

Having moved house recently, I had to do a bit of shopping for my room. It is not very easy shopping on a budget for room stuff. I had to do a lot of research to buy good quality, affordable items.

I bought my bed sheet and pillow cases from Wilko when they were on offer. I usually go for 100% brushed cotton bedding products as they are more gentle on my dry skin.
I got a pair of pillowcases in Pink for £2.50 and the single bed sheet in cream for £5. It was a bargain especially for brushed cotton products.
I bought my double duvet cover bedding set from Argos as Wilko was out of stock for the colour I was looking for. I also bought a laundry basket from Argos for £4.99 as my old one was already in pieces (http://www.argos.co.uk/product/8333281).

I needed small baskets to organise my creams and body sprays. I found really affordable and good quality baskets in Lakeland. They were the perfect size and it was exactly what I was looking for at £1.99 each. I’m in love with these baskets and I do recommend it. 

http://www.lakeland.co.uk/25543/Small-Faux-Rattan-Storage-Tub—Grey

http://www.lakeland.co.uk/24275/Medium-Faux-Rattan-Storage-Tray

I promised myself that I would organise my clothes in a better way instead of in a huge heap in my cupboard. So I am searching for good clothes organisers and under-bed storage. These details would be up in my next post.