And just like that, in the blink of an eye, it’s almost the end of 2017. It’s been a crazy year for me; from buying a house to starting a new job, and ticking some places off my bucket list – there’s been lots of highs and lows, and I’m excited to see what 2018 has in store.

But before we start talking resolutions etc. it’s time I shared with you my final wishlist post of 2017.

1. Get Into The Festive Spirit

There’s nowhere to hide the fact that this year its taken me a little bit longer to embrace the festive spirit. But it’s officially December, I have my work Christmas party next week, and I’m finally starting to feel Christmassy. I’ve got lots of lovely plans over the next few weeks including visiting different cities, catching up with old friends, and endless drinking of mulled wine.

2. Christmas Decorations

At my parent’s house, we used to get our tree up and decorate the house as soon as it hit December, and although I have quite a busy weekend this weekend I’m going to have a look through what we already have, and maybe get the tree up over the next few days. I can’t wait to have the first Christmas in our home.

3. Bake Mince Pies

I love to bake, and mince pies are something I tend to do every year. I haven’t found the time to bake them just yet (but I’ve made my way through a few boxes already) but December will definitely be the time I get my apron on.

4. Cheese And Wine

This month we’ve got our friend’s annual cheese and wine party. We couldn’t go last year as we were in Edinburgh, so I’m really excited to get together with everyone before Christmas, and eat ridiculous amounts of cheese.

5. Visit London Again

I’ve been to London a few times in the last few months, but I would love to go again before Christmas. Jordan and I have a few days off during December, so I will definitely be having a look to see if we can get down there for a night or two. If anyone has any good hotel recommendations, I’m all ears!

6. Christmas Party

Next week is my work’s Christmas party, and I already can’t wait. It’s at Artisan in Manchester, which is one of my favourite restaurants, and it will be my first festive dinner of the year. Seen as it’s a Tuesday, I’m going to try and be well behaved as I’m working the next day, but I’ve said those words a thousand times before.

7. We Blog North Christmas Shindig

During December, I’ll also be attending the We Blog North Christmas party at Randall and Aubin which will be a great excuse to catch up with some of my favourite blogger girls. I’ve never been to the restaurant either, and the menu looks amazing.

8. Get To Grips With My New Camera Lens

I bought myself an early Christmas present in the form of the 45mm lens for my camera, and this month I can’t wait to get to grips with it and create some festive content. I’ve had a play around on my friend, Jacinta’s, a few times, and I love it.

9. Host Christmas Day 

This year will be our first Christmas in our home together, and we have Jordan’s parents coming round on Christmas day. My main wish is to get through the whole day without giving anyone food poisoning – or maybe I’ll just stick to the dessert…

10. Celebrate 4 Years

And finally, this month will be mine and Jordan’s 4 year anniversary. It’s always an awkward time having it straight after Christmas because of the amount of money we’ve already spent, but I’m sure we will do something to celebrate.

And there you have my final wishlist of the year. I really want to keep these going throughout 2018 and I hope you do too.

What are you hoping for this month? 

xx

I won’t be that person that says how is it November, but please be aware that I most certainly am thinking it. But I love winter, so for me, this is a good time of the year.

The clocks have gone back now which means the sun starts setting before I’ve even left the office for the day, but it’s also meant that I can get my knitwear out, which is my favourite time of the year. And you know what’s just round the corner…


1. Buy Jamie Oliver’s New Book

If you’ve been anywhere on social media, chances are that you’ve seen Jamie Oliver’s ‘5 Ingredients’ book popping up all over the place. I’m not a huge lover of cooking (more of eating) but anything that requires only 5 ingredients is right up my street. I have a tendency to buy cookbooks and never use them, but this is one I can see taking a firm place in the kitchen for the winter months.

2. A Seamless Come Dine With Me

On Saturday evening, I have my friends coming round for ‘Alphabet Come Dine With Me’. My letter is Q, and as there is only one country starting with that letter, I’ve had to get my thinking cap on. I won’t write what I’m going to make in case any of them read it on here. It’ll also be the first time that most of them have been to the house since we bought it, and I’m excited to play host.


3. Heading To The Christmas Markets

November is officially the start of Christmas in my eyes, and also when the markets around the country start. We’re lucky that Manchester really does Christmas markets well as they are on the doorstep, but I’d quite like to visit another city this year.


4. Getting Tipsy At The Gin Festival

This month is also when Jordan and I will be heading to the gin festival at Victoria Baths in Manchester after I bought us tickets back in August. He isn’t the biggest gin fan but has enjoyed all of the flavoured ones that he’s tried so far. Victoria Baths is such a cool venue for events as well so I’m looking forward to going back.


5. Finally Getting My Blog Redesigned

In October, I finally took the plunge and paid for my blog to be migrated over to WordPress. It’ll be happening at some point in the next couple of weeks, and it also means that I’m going to have a new template soon too – make sure you come back to see what’s changed.

6. Attending Lots Of Fun Blogging Events

I’ve really kindly been invited to a few blogging events this month, which I am really looking forward to. Some are with brands I’ve worked with in the past, but some are completely new ones, which is always exciting.


7. Catching Up At My Friend’s Birthday

This month it’s one my oldest friend’s birthdays, and she’s celebrating it in one of my favourite UK cities, Chester. She lived there for years and I’ve visited so many times so it will be nice to go back and celebrate with her in some familiar places.


8. Learning Lots Of New Tips At Stylist Live

In a couple of weeks, my mum and I will be heading to Stylist Live. If you haven’t heard of the event before, it is run by Stylist Magazine and is a mixture of experts, comedy, food, interviews, fashion, beauty and loads more. It’s at the London Olympia, which I’ve been to before, and it’s a great venue for what I’m sure will be a really cool event.

9. Returning To London

The week after, I will be heading back to London to see my friend Louise who has recently moved into her new house. I’m not sure what we’ll get up to when I’m there, but I’m really excited to see her and her new place, and finally meet her cat, Finchley.


10. Head To A We Blog MCR Event

It’s been ages since I’ve seen my fellow bloggers at a We Blog MCR event, and I only have to wait a couple more weeks until I’m reunited with them. We haven’t been told loads about the event, just that there’s going to be a guest speaker, which I’m sure will be incredibly useful.

And that’s it for November.

What are you planning on getting up to this month? 

xx

I had to remind myself that I was doing these blogs as a regular feature at the start of the month because my brain couldn’t quite come to terms with the fact that it’s already October.

I had a great September – it was full of fun, friends and family, which always puts me in a good headspace for the darker days and countdown to the end of the year.

1. Invest In More Candles 

I’m one of those people who find it quite hard to switch off in the evening and just relax,  but I feel as though now the evenings are getting darker, and when the clocks go back, I want our home to be as cosy as possible, which definitely gives me an excuse to invest in some more candles. I really enjoy the smell of rose, lavender and similar scents to that, so I think this month I will definitely be spending more time teaching myself to wind down.

2. Explore A New City

Next weekend Jordan and I will be heading to Brighton, which is a place I’ve always wanted to go. I love having no plans in a new place, but I also really enjoy being recommended places to visit or where to go to eat as it takes some of the strain of trying to find somewhere good – so if you have anywhere you think I’d like, let me know.

3. Say Goodbye To My Best Friend

If you read my last wish-list you’ll know that one of my best friends is off on her travels next week around the world. It is something she has always wanted to do, and I’m so happy she has finally had the chance to do it and I can’t wait to hear all about it along the way.

4. Watch A New Film 

I’m not a film person – never have been, never will be – but with the nights drawing in and it getting significantly colder in the UK, I think I’ll find myself spending more and more time at home, and one of the things I really want to do is curl up with a glass of wine and lots of snacks whilst watching something new. I do have quite a short attention span when it comes to films, but I’m going to put in extra effort to find one that me and Jordan both like.

5. Start Thinking About Christmas

When you think about it, we only have two more paydays until Christmas, which means I am going to have to start thinking about what I want to get for people and have a look round the shops for some presents before the mad rush starts.

6. Celebrate My Best Friend’s 30th

One of my other best friend’s is turning 30 this month, and although we don’t have a plan set in stone yet, I really can’t wait for our group of friends to all be together again. Although I’m not a massive fan of celebrating my own birthday, I do really enjoy celebrating other people’s.

7. Get More Motivated To Blog

At the moment, I’ve been in a bit of limbo when it comes to blogging and a part of me really wanted to have a clean break for a while, but that just wasn’t an option. I love writing, and this slice of the internet gives me so much headspace from my everyday life and I’m hoping that this month I will be able to put some more time and effort into writing some new and exciting posts.

8. Research A Christmas Trip

Last year was the first time I had done a trip abroad just before Christmas (to Hamburg) and I loved experiencing the different culture and traditions and it’s something I want to do again. This month I’m going to price up some different options and hopefully have something to look forward to soon.

9. Dust Off The Slow Cooker

Jordan and I invested in our slow cooker about three years ago, but we haven’t used it since the start of the year. As we both work fulltime, I want to start making recipes in our slow cooker so we don’t have to think about what to cook for dinner as it will all be done by the time we get home – plus it makes the house smell amazing.

10. Have People Over

At the moment, I am toying with the idea of having a Halloween party at our house, as I just want an excuse to host all my friends coming over. We’ve had such a busy summer that we have never really found the time to have our group over, and a lot of people haven’t been round to the house since we bought it, so I think this would be a great excuse – plus, what 27-year old doesn’t love to dress up?

And that’s my October wishlist for you.

What are you hoping to achieve this month?

xx

It’s the start of September (already!!) which is one of my favourite months of the year and it means that autumn is just around the corner but also time for my next wishlist.

I really enjoyed writing the last one, and you guys seemed to enjoy reading it so I’m going to try and keep this up as a regular feature.

The great thing about September is that it seems to be slightly warmer than August, but not as cold as you would think here in the UK, which makes for some gorgeous autumnal days and it’s a great time in my eyes on the run up to the end of the year.

I’ve got some exciting things planned for September, including the wedding of one of my best friends, which I can’t wait for and a little trip away at the end of the month.

1. Update My Wardrobe

Autumn to me means chunky knits, jeans and big scarves, but also a time to invest in some key pieces for the upcoming season. I love getting wrapped up (I think it comes from absolute hatred of being cold) and going on long walks, or snuggling up in a beer garden, and I can’t wait to see some of the collections the shops bring out!

2. Bake More

With our charity bake sale at work meaning that I baked the world’s amount of cookies, I remembered how much I enjoyed baking, plus having the bake-off start again gave me a whole new lease of life in the kitchen. This month I definitely want to start to bake more and develop my skills in that area, and maybe finally open one of the many cookbooks I own.

3. Research Italy

At the end of the month, Hannah and I will be taking a little trip over to Italy. We’re starting off in Rome and making our way up to Florence and then Pisa. Although we’re only there for a short amount of time, I want to make sure we both see the sites we want to and expose ourselves to as much Italian culture as possible. If anyone has any recommendations or blogs, please send them my way!

4. Go For A Long Walk

Because August was such a busy month for me, I felt as though we didn’t have enough time to get outside and go for a walk in the countryside. We’re lucky where we live that we’re only about a 20-minute drive from some beautiful parts of the country, and this month I would love to go and explore a bit more.

5. Catch Up With My Family

Although I saw a lot of my Dad’s side of the family in August, its been a while since I saw the other half of them, and I think this month we will all put in the effort to have a bit of a reunion.

6. Try A New Cuisine

Although Jordan and I went to Belgium back in March, we didn’t have much traditional food (except a lot of chocolate and beer). I’ve been invited to try out a restaurant called Cafe Bock in Manchester, which I’m really excited about, and if we get the chance, I’d love to try another cuisine which I never have before. The meal we’re trying out is the roast dinner, which is basically a fondue style that you dip in gravy, which sounds pretty amazing to me.

7. Celebrate Birthdays

This month I’ve got one of my closest friend’s 30th birthday, and a lot more others to celebrate too. I love celebrating people’s birthdays with them, and I’m going to make it my mission to make sure they have the best day possible.

8. Support The Northern Blog Awards

Although I won’t be able to make it to the Northern Blog Awards as I’m at my friend’s wedding, I can’t wait to join in the hype on social media and hear all about what people are wearing. I know my friends over at We Blog MCR have done a fantastic job of putting the award show together, and I’m already excited to see the photos from the night.

9. Attend The Blogger’s Blog Awards

On the topic of blog awards, myself and Jacinta will be heading over to Leeds at the end of the month to celebrate the Blogger’s Blog Awards with some of my favourite girls, hosted by Hayley. I couldn’t make it last year so I’m incredibly excited to be able to go this time round, and finally put some faces to names.

10. Enjoy My Friend’s Wedding

A bit of an obvious one, but one I thought I would mention nonetheless. This is my 3rd and final wedding of the year, and I’m sure it’s going to be such a fun day. I’ve known Siobhan and Nick since the first days of their relationship and have seen it blossomed over the years, and I can’t wait to see her walk down the aisle.

11. Celebrate The Departure Of My Best Friend

At the end of the month, my best friend is having a leaving do because she off travelling in October. Although it will be such a sad occasion, I really want her to have a great night with her friends and family and a really good send off – and I’m going to try really really hard not to cry!

12. Explore Leeds

I’ve got two trips to Leeds planned this month, which I’m really looking forward to because it’s a place that I’ve heard so many good things about. I know a lot of people who I’m friends with in the blogging world are from Leeds, so if any of you lovely ladies are reading this, please send me some recommendations.

And there you have it, my September wishlist. I hope you enjoyed reading it.

xx

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So it’s the start of August, and I’m just wondering if anyone can tell me what they did with July?

Anyway, back to today’s post…

I’d been thinking for a few weeks about doing a post at the start of every month with things that I’ve had my eye on for a while or things I’ve been loving, and although I love watching and reading ‘favourites’ posts, I don’t think they’re for me.

I’ve done a few wish lists here and there over the years including beauty, fashion and homeware, so I thought I would do something a bit different: Instead of bombarding you with links and photos about things I’m lusting after, I’ve decided to do a list of things that I hope will happen and some mini goals I would like to achieve throughout August.

Although I’m never one who works to targets in my personal life, I think having some direction of where I want to be at the start of September will help me grow as an individual and help this blog develop.

1. Try A New Restaurant In Manchester

Would you have guessed that the first thing on the list would be about food? Probably! Every time I go into Manchester now, I feel as though there is always somewhere new to try, and I’m going to make it my mission this month to go somewhere I have never been before.

2. Find A Dress For My Friend’s Wedding

I have two weddings coming up in the next couple of months (my cousin, and a close friend) and I have been looking for a dress for a while but have yet to find out I like. I’m on a mission to find one that isn’t overly pricey and one I’ll get a lot of wear out of.

3. Work With A New Brand

I’ve read a couple of posts recently about bloggers going to brands directly in order to collaborate with them, and it really resonated with me. I’ve been lucky to have had the chance to work with some great brands this year, but I definitely think it’s about time to bite the bullet and made the first move.

4. Start A Recipes Series

If you know me, you’ll know that I’m actually not a huge fan of cooking. Since buying our own house, one of the things I wanted to do was make more recipes to share on my blog, but I’ve yet to get round to it. This month seems like a good a time as any to start!

5. Finish A Book

At the start of the year, I was doing really well with reading every night before I went to sleep, but with moving house, starting a new job, and trying to blog more, I’ve felt as though I don’t have the time to do so. This month I’m going to actively make sure I have some down time before I sleep, and hopefully finish a new book.

6. Book A Trip

I love discovering new places, whether it’s a trip I’ve been dreaming of for years, a city break in the UK, or just a different part of my hometown and this month I want to book something to look forward to in the months leading up to Christmas.

7. Make Plans With Friends

Quite a cliche one, but recently I’ve made so many good memories with my closest friends, and I really want it to continue.

8. Upload My Billions Of Photos

This may seem like a silly one really, but I’ve still got over 500 photos that need editing and uploading to Facebook and my blog that are clogging up my phone (and have meant that I’ve had to upgrade to a different iCloud plan…) this month I’m definitely going to have a clear out – watch this space!

9. Insta Stories

One of my goals for the year was to start vlogging properly; well, it’s August, and I still haven’t. When Hannah and I went to Paris back in June, I vlogged the whole trip, but I wasn’t happy with the end result (I may still upload it in the future, I haven’t decided). I’m going to take that as a test run and hopefully make a few by the time the year is up. To gain some confidence in this area though, I thought the best place to start was with Instagram stories.

10. Continue To Enjoy Work

I’ve mentioned to a fair few people how much I am enjoying work at the moment, and I really want it to continue for the foreseeable future. Not only is the job very suited to my skillset, the people I am working with have made me feel so welcome, and I haven’t felt this content in a long time.

11. Up My Fitness Routine

Let’s just take a moment to appreciate the fact that I’m actually talking about fitness… but in reality, having a best friend who is a fitness blogger was always going to take its toll (I kid) but she has inspired me to actually mix up my routine in the gym. Back at the start of the year, I incorporated more weights into my routine, and I loved the feeling of getting stronger. Six months later, and I have completely lost that strength. If I’m being honest, I’m finding it harder to fit in the gym with my longer hours and commute, but it is definitely something I hope to get back on track this month.

12. Enjoy Every Day

I talk a lot on this blog about not sweating the small stuff, being positive and that life is what you make it, and this month I am actually going to take my own advice and listen to my body and mind. My anxiety has been all over the place this year as I’ve been through some pretty big life events, but now I finally feel as though I am on the right track, and I really want that to stay.

And that marks the end of my August wish list. Make sure you visit back in September to see how many of the things I actually managed to achieve.

xx

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