Lulu's Favourites Of 2013!

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What a year 2013 has been and I still cant believe how quickly the year has gone by but I'm pretty excited for what 2014 has in store for us! I feel so thankful for the adventures that have happened in 2013. Here are some of my favourite posts & memories from this past year. 
Crafting Moments - DIY Love Heart Cake Toppers
 Outfit Of The Day - Hello Kitty
Crafting Moments - Pretty Kitchen Utencils
National Downs Syndrome Day - Everyone Meet Alfie
Amazing Moment - My Best Friend Got Engaged!
Crafting Moments - DIY Wedding Confetti
Snapshots - Waterfront Festival
 Days out in London - My Birthday Weekend & Sibling Time
Summer Day Adventures - Blackberry Picking & Flower Crowns
Out of all my favourite posts the one that was by far the best was I got to marry my best friend. It was truly a magical day and here's part two! We had SO much fun planning our wedding which we shared here, here & here.
Another highlight of our year was our honeymoon & attending our dear friends wedding in Palm Springs! It was a trip that changed our lives forever and we made friends for life.
Halloween DIY - Witches Broom
Super proud on how this turned out! Crafting Moments - DIY Pastel Pom Wreath

I had SO many wonderful moments, crafts & bakes this year but these are my faves and I'm really excited to see what 2014 brings!

What about you? What was your favourite moments or highlight of this year?

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Christmas 2013

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We had a lovely quiet Christmas this year and our first one as a married couple. We both agreed to not get each other anything due to our circumstances of being out of work. That didn't go to plan and we each secretly got a little something for each other. My parents sent over a bag full of presents Christmas Eve for each of us which was a lovely surprise. I got the most beautiful lonely bone ring from Bloody Mary Metal from Paul. If you haven't heard of them before you must check them out! I got Paul a handmade leather keyring he was after from a friend of mines online shop called Sail which he loved. 

I made nutella rolls for breakfast, as well as smoked salmon on granary toast with a glass of fresh orange juice which is a yearly tradition in this house. I cooked a yummy veggie roast dinner and I had no dilemmas this year. Its 2 years since we decided to go pescatarian since having a chicken disaster in the kitchen! We chilled out with my husband and Mother in Law to watch a few Christmas themed movies. We laughed, ate too many sweet treats and maybe drank too much of bubbly. 

Boxing Day we ventured out into town for some fresh air and to see what sales were on. We made a squirrel friend who was posing for pictures in the tree. He was super cute but I did have a vision of him suddenly jumping on our faces!! I normally hate the crowds during the Christmas/New years sales but managed to get some limited edition Yankee candles that were 30% off. The only sale shopping I like doing is online and I got stocked up on my fave Lush items in their 50% off sale! I always treat myself to Lush bits on Boxing Day as it only ever costs me around £20 for a years supply!

Another year is nearly up and I look forward to next Christmas already :) Did you all have a magical day? What gifts did you get?
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Merry Christmas Everyone!

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A Merry Christmas to all my wonderful loyal readers all around the world! May your day be filled with laughter, joy and full bellies of yummy food!

Festive postcard found here

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Pinterest Weekly - Christmas Edition

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Happy Christmas Eve everyone!!

I'm getting excited now and I have just prepared all the veggies and made a yummy home made stuffing all ready for tomorrow. Everything is pretty much done including the table settings so I don't have to run around to much in the kitchen in the morning. We have Paul's Mum coming over later to stay for a few days and like every year she spends it with us at home. I plan to see my family sometime after Boxing Day and can't wait to see my siblings so they can tell me all about you know who visiting! Christmas this year is a quiet one but we're going to make the most of it by enjoying good food and watching a movie whilst curled up on the sofa.

Today I thought I would share with you a few festive pictures that I've pinned from Pinterest after pinning like a crazy person the last few weeks! Oh how I love all things Christmas!

Cute deer antlers


Christmas breakfast


DIY sweet treat gifts


Pretty cookies & biscuits

 
A cozy cottage

Yummy dessert!


Simple festive wrapping


Pretty Christmas lights


Festive acorns


A sweet squirrel on the tree


There's so many things I love about this time of year like going for walks in the evening with my husband and seeing all the decorations in the windows & the smell of coal in the air. Writing lists of recipes I want to try. Wrapping gifts and making little stocking fillers. Listening to She & Him Christmas whilst baking pumpkin pie & gingerbread biscuits in the kitchen. Oh that reminds me I best start baking some yummy treats!

Have a magical Christmas everyone!

(All pictures above have been pinned onto my Festive Season board from Pinterest with original links attached.)

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Quote Of The Day

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Lately

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Lately has been stressful with being out of work for the second time this year but no matter what I always think positively and try not to think of the negative side to things. I'm grateful for the close friends/family my husband and I have to make these hard times easier. I took a couple of weeks away from my blog and other social media sites to have some time to myself and focus on finding a new job. Keeping everything crossed I find something well suited for me in the New Year. I've got the feeling everything will fall into place once this month has passed. I'm just going to enjoy the festive season :)

I managed to venture down to London on a cheap ticket to see my friend Claire and see all the Christmas decorations a couple of weeks back. Seeing the huge carousel they had in Leicester square was a highlight of our day out!

Spending quality time with my little lady Sookie who has become really clingy lately. I'm rather liking it to be honest as shes more of a Daddy's girl.

I haven't done much DIY/crafting lately but I managed an evening of sewing on all the buttons I seem to have lost on my cardigans and dresses. No more lost buttons!

Painting my nails for the festive season and my faves being Chanel rouge noir with O.P.I rainbow glitter over the top. Anything that has glitter and sparkle I love!

A playful Sookie whos new favourite game is fetching with her colourful pipe cleaners. Too cute!

Enjoying Christmas Starbucks after a long walk with my husband Paul :)

Attending our first Christmas party at a friends house. We enjoyed the most delicious mulled cider and ate yummy canapés! They had 4 Christmas trees around the house but this one pictured being our fave because of how huge it was! We also made new friends with a cat called Gruzwald. Best name ever!

Paul and I's yearly tradition towards Christmas is our version of 12 days of Christmas which we start on the 12th December up until 24th. They hang above us on our bed frame to be opened each morning. We each write out 6 cards and pop them in the numbered envelopes without neither of us seeing each others. Then each day one of us opens the number and a surprise note that can be anything from going for a coffee date or watch a movie with popcorn. All surprise notes being at a low cost or free! Its just a silly little tradition we do to keep ourselves amused haha!

What have you been up to lately? Do you have any Christmas traditions you do yearly?

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