Christmas Bucket List 2016

If you don’t already have a Christmas carol stuck in your head as you read this post, you are not doing the season right. I’ve had ‘IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAAAAAAR’ playing on a loop in my head all month (and I’ve loved every second of it). I’m one of “those” people who absolutely adores Christmas and all of the cheesiness that comes with it. Here is my list of things I want to do this Christmas –

– Write/post Christmas cards
– Watch Home Alone
– Bake Christmas cookies
– Watch Home Alone 2
– Pick a wrapping paper theme (as you can see above, it’s RED)
– Watch The Santa Clause
– Go and look at the Christmas lights in the city
– Watch The Santa Clause 2
– Celebrate at the annual Christmas dinner with my girlfriends
– Watch Christmas With The Kranks
– Drive around and look at Christmas lights
– Make a work-friendly Christmas playlist
– Participate in ‘IG Stories Vlogmas 2016’
– Watch The Polar Express
– Organise the work Christmas lunch
– Watch Elf

I’m always happy to add even more Christmas-themed traditions into my life, so please let me know what your favourite traditions are!

Christmas To-Do List

HAPPY DAYS everyone, Christmas is right around the corner! Traditionally I wait until after my birthday (this Friday, for those playing at home), before I let the excitement of Christmas really sink in and take over. I’ve not been feeling it that much this year so far, but I have to admit when the first bars of a Christmas carol start to play – I can sense that happy Christmas feeling creep up. There are certain things I like to do each year around Christmastime, and I thought I’d share them with you all in the form of a handy to-do list. I will report back after Christmas and let you know how I went. Here’s my Christmas To-Do List for the year –

Set budget for Christmas shopping
Watch Home Alone
Write a Christmas “shopping” list (presents!)
Watch the Doctor Who Christmas Special
Organise a Christmas dinner with girlfriends
Watch Elf
Bake Christmas cookies
Put up the Christmas tree/decorate the house
Watch Home Alone 2
Create a new Christmas carol playlist
Watch The Santa Clause
Wrap presents
Watch The Santa Clause 2
Organise a Christmas shopping day with mum
Watch The Polar Express
View the Christmas lights in the city
Drive around and look at Christmas lights

My Birthday/Christmas Wishlist

Guess what guys? My birthday is in a few weeks. To be honest, I’m not excited about either my birthday OR Christmas this year. I know, I don’t even know who I am anymore. Despite this lack of enthusiasm, I’ve still managed to put together a little list of things I wouldn’t mind getting for either my birthday or Christmas this year. And it is as follows…

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Lost Ocean by Joanna Basford
NARS Jungle Red Lipstick
MAC Cremeblend Blush in Ladyblush
Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel
RMS Beauty Living Luminiser
Glasshouse Esperance Candle
Claire V Supreme Foldover Clutch
Rebecca Minkoff Safari Haze Ear Tusk
Celestial Coaster Set (in white)
Giraffe Trinket Dish
Monagram Mug

Christmas To-Do List Recap/Happy New Year!

Now that Christmas has come and gone, I thought it might be fun to check in and see how I did with my Christmas To-Do List for this year. Here is the list of things I’d planned to do this holiday season –

– Buy a new Christmas tree & decorations
– Buy Christmas lights
– Buy matching wrapping paper
– Put up the Christmas tree

– View the Christmas lights in the city
– Make gingerbread lattes
– Make gingerbread cookies
– Make my favourite Christmas shortbread cookies
– Try one of the Christmas cocktail recipesfrom the Donna Hay magazine
– Christmas Dinner / Secret Santa with my girlfriends
– Christmas Dinner / Secret Santa with the family
– Host christmas Day breakfast
– Christmas Day lunch with the family
– Watch Home Alone
– Watch Elf
– Watch The Santa Clause

– Watch The Polar Express
– Watch Die Hard
– Write and send/hand out Christmas cards

I don’t think I did too badly this year. I didn’t have enough time to watch all of the Christmas movies I hoped to watch, but such is life. I think I’m most disappointed about not getting a chance to head into the city to see the Christmas lights. Hopefully I’ll get around to doing that next year. Well, this just about wraps up the holiday season for me, I hope you all had a VERY Happy (and safe) New Year’s Eve, and I hope 2015 brings you everything you could possibly hope for.

December Giveaway #4 – Jergens

Ho Ho Ho! Time for another giveaway. This time I’m teaming up with Jergens to give away three bottles of my favourite body lotion, and a new discovery for 2014. I raved about this lotion earlier in the year, and I’ve been using it every single day since first purchasing it. Most definitely a favourite. For a chance to win one of these beauties, just leave a comment below telling me what your #1 body product for this year has been. For an additional entry, feel free to share this giveaway on social media – just be sure to link your tweet/post below so that I can see it. Please note that this giveaway is open to Australian residents only. Entries close at midnight on January 18th 2015, and the winners will be announced on January 19th, 2015. Good luck!