Wednesday 28 December 2016

What I Got For Christmas - 2016 Edition

Honestly, I get more and more shocked each passing year at the kind natured people that surround my life and how they go above and beyond to truly make Christmas special and also by spoiling me with the most thoughtful gifts. This year was no different and I was shocked at the amount I received and also very grateful. For me, personally, Christmas isn't about giving and receiving, it's about spending time with my loved ones and making sure it's an extra special day filled with food, laughter, and pure joy. I do love to spoil those close to me with gifts and make sure my children have the most magical day. Come Christmas time I'm waiting in anticipation for the 'What I got for Christmas' posts making an appearance on my blogger dashboard. I know these aren't to everyone's tastes but there among my favourite Christmas posts and I love seeing what everyone received. I hope you had the most magical Christmas and are waiting in anticipation for New Year and the start of 2016 going out with a bang.

Monday 26 December 2016

Merry Christmas - My Last Beauty Advent Openings & Recap

 Merry Christmas guys. I know, I can hardly believe it either. Christmas passed in a huge blur and far too quickly and although it's now boxing day I can't help but feel slightly disappointed at the time, effort and money that goes into Christmas and the fact it's over and done for another year before we all know it. I didn't have the most spectacular Christmas, but I did make the most of it and made sure my children and family thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I'm now approaching my third trimester and this baby is a little wiggler. Yesterday consisted of me being unable to move due to back ache and left me struggling to breathe due to the intense pain - and paracetamol didn't work either! I hope you all had a smashing Christmas and enjoy the upcoming festivities and sales of boxing day.

Wednesday 21 December 2016

Collective Haul - Part 1

 It's been quite a while since I posted a haul on here and I've bought quite a few treats for myself over the last few months and I thought I'd share with you a couple of bits and pieces, and maybe just maybe give you somelast minute Christmas inspiration too. I've split this haul into two posts because I've bought quite a few bits in the last few weeks, so the first haul will consist of the stuff I bought the longest time ago.

Tuesday 20 December 2016

Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar Opening - Day 16 - 20

 5 days to go!!!! I'm now back with day's 16 to 20 of my beauty advent calendar openings. If you haven't already seen my fellow advent openings then the links will be at the bottom of this post. I chose the Bomb Cosmetics and Tanya Burr Cosmetics beauty advent this year and I've loved getting a mix of bath and makeup products every day or every other day of December.

Saturday 17 December 2016

Homeware - Litecraft Crystal Lamp

 I was very fortunate to be sent a gorgeous floor lamp from the lovely people over at Litecraft. It couldn't have come at a better time. My daughter's been having trouble sleeping at night and that's largely been due to her being scared of the dark and although I've tried various methods none of them have seemed to work. When Litecraft emailed me I was absolutely thrilled, it meant I no longer needed to go out and spend money on a new lamp and my little one could have the one already in my bedroom - She's been sleeping fine since I put a lamp in. 

Thursday 15 December 2016

Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar Opening - Day 11 - 15

It really susprises me just how quickly 5 days fly by before I'm back with another beauty advent opening. Tomorrow we are down to single digits in our Christmas countdown and although I'm finished with my Christmas shopping and it's all wrapped up but it really doesn't feel like Christmas is only 10 days away. On my last advent opening post I mentioned that I'd be returning to my blog with a homeware post but unfortunately after a tough week and a missing url link I've not been able to post that just yet, so hopefully you'll see that sometime this weekend.

Sunday 11 December 2016

Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar Opening - Day 6-10

 How have 5 days even gone by already? It seems like Christmas is approaching quicker than I imagined and with only 2 weeks left until the big day itself, it's easy to get caught up in those festive moments. Apart from my daughter being ill on Friday, I've spent most of the week finishing off my Christmas shopping and helping others do there's. Saturday consisted of more shopping and I found myself enjoying the Manchester Christmas markets. Being pregnant tires me out so quickly, but that alongside a huge headache and getting in after 10pm saw me not having a chance to get this post wrote and going live. Sorry about that. Without further ado here is the last 5 days of my Christmas advent.

Monday 5 December 2016

Christmas Beauty Avent Calendar Opening - Day 1-5

If you follow me on Instagram you'll of already seen a sneak peak of days 1-5, but I also know many of you don't follow me over there so I thought I'd write a post giving you a glipse of the offerings in the beauty advents I decided to pick up this year. Last year I got the 12 days of feelunqiue and although it was an exceptional calendar at an exceptional price I decided to switch it up this year and go for something slightly different. It seems like every beauty brand out there are offering some sort of beauty advent now a days and each year it gets bigger, better and even more pricier, so I decided to show two beauty advent offerings that are more suited to those wanting something on a slightly lower budget or for those, like myself, who feel guilty for getting an expensive one when you could buy someone an extra special gift. I got my hands on the Bomb Cosmetics and Tanya Burr beauty advents, plus a mars chocolate one - What's a Christmas countdown without a small chocolate to eat each day?

Friday 2 December 2016

My Staycation: Jaybelle Lodge, Little Hampton & More

This post is very much overdue. I was away during Halloween and I can imagine by the time you're reading this it's early December or nearing the end of November at the very least. If you read my October posts you'll of seen the fabulous lodge me and my family stayed in and if you missed it or are new to A British Sparkle you can check that out here. We stayed in Little Hampton on the Jaybelle lodge site, which is a little out of the way and I feel a car is necessary for journeys in and out of the area if you aren't from around those parts.