Following on from the past two weeks I was in desperate need of some kind of wonderful, which at long last happened when I got a visit from the boyf for a few days. Being in a long distance relationship means you have to squeeze in time whenever you can get it so even though it was only 3 nights, it was pretty darn lovely to be reunited and spend some quality time together. We managed to get most of our Christmas shopping out of the way and have a little visit to the local seaside (which is lucky considering all the bad weather that has battered some parts of the UK). Now it’s just the countdown until I am back in Devon for Christmas and with three essays and a class test in my way, I’m happy I managed to get a little wonderfulness before deadlines approach, in order to see me through!
While David was down in Kent, we decided to smash the Christmas shopping in one fell swoop and head to Bluewater Shopping Centre. While we both hate shopping with a burning passion, the magical thing about Bluewater is that all the shops are under one roof, it has a great selection of restaurants and it has the most beautiful Christmas lights (bright twinkly reindeer to be more precise). In addition, there is a shop dedicated just for Christmas, selling the most beautiful ornaments and decorations. Even if you are nowhere near the area, its worth the trip for the twinkly reindeers and Christmas shop alone.
While we (and by we I mean the entire population) all tend to roll our eyes when people say they prefer giving gifts to receiving them, I am one of those people who leans more towards enjoying giving presents, than receiving. Don’t get me wrong I love getting presents, but I do really enjoy choosing presents for people and watching their reactions as I blow their minds with my amazing gift buying capabilities. In previous years me and David tend to go a bit overboard on the gift front, so we decided that this year we need to be more selective as we have both a house and an expensive trip to Mexico to save for. Even though we might have been slightly, dare I say it, stingy; thinking about and then buying gifts for our family and friends is one of my favourite things to do during the festive season. One of my least favourite things? Wrapping. But that’s for future me to worry about.
Banana and Custard (Dairy Free)
If you weren’t aware, I can’t eat dairy, so I am constantly on the hunt for great dairy alternatives of my favourite things. Recently, Oatly released a new dairy free custard alternative and it has answered all of my dreams and more. Even if you can eat regular custard, I urge you to have banana and custard for your pudding one night this week and thank me later.
Warm Bobble Hats & Seaside Walks
On our last day together, me and David took a trip down to the local seaside town of Broadstairs for the best chips in the country (bold statement I know, but if you are near the area you must try Star of the Sea!) and a little winter seaside walk. During our Christmas shopping we both purchased matching bobble hats (mines red, his is grey) and we wrapped up so cosy and warm, it was lovely. I can’t believe I have gone my whole life without owning a bobble hat, my ears and head have never been so happy!
These ‘Wonderful Wednesdays’ you have seen scattered all over the bloggersphere have been inspired by the lovely Sally Tangle. If you want to read more then check out Jo, Helen,Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El, Kerri and Carina’s blogs and let us keep this cycle of happiness and good intentions spinning!
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