Waaaay back in March I set up a whatsapp group of girls who literally just wanted to talk about girly things & life! It’s still going strong to this day (a few people have left but sometimes it’s just too much to keep up. We do still support each other on insta though) so we decided to do secret Santa between us all!
Lydia kindly set it up for us, thaaaanks, & we had a £10 budget.
So this is what I received from my secret Santa! I cannot Thankyou enough for all of these goodies! So so kind! I think Sarah was going down the flat lay route for me 💁🏽 she knows me well.
Okay, so this is who had who;
- I had Paulina
- Paulina had Ellie
- Ellie had Sarah
- Sarah had me
- Emma had Lydia
- Lydia had Jess
- Jess had Kirstie
- Kirstie had Emma
- Bryony had Amanda
- Amanda had Robyn
- Robyn had summer
- Summer had Sam
- Sam had Lulu
- Lulu had Bryony
As you can see there are a fair few of us 🙈 and this is just a few of the gifts that the girls received! We also sent out Christmas cards to each other as well 😍😍 honestly we’re so cute.
Do you like doing secret santa?
I cannot believe it’s done already… Completely flies by. We have all that hype & then that’s it, no more 😩 I had such a lovely Christmas I don’t want it to end so quickly. I hope you all had a lovely one too.
We were both so excited & happy to wake up together in our first home. I did ask Sam what the best part of Christmas was for him & he said that was his favourite part! 😍 I’m excited to start making our own traditions!
I set up some little blankets for us in the conservatory & put the heater on so it was nice & cosy for opening our presents. Sam was cooking our breakfast & I made our drinks. We had scrambled eggs & salmon… Mmmm!! 👌🏽 we also had some Buck’s Fizz too!
I then had a loooovely hot bath whilst Sam tidied up. We got ourselves ready then went to visit Sam’s family for the day. We ate, drank & played silly games. So we were super happy & merry! I then got a little too merry & fell asleep 😂
On Boxing Day we went to my family & had another meal 😜 lucky burgers aren’t we?! We then helped my nephews build some of their toys & played some games with them.
In the evening on Boxing Day we played friends monopoly (Sam bought it for me for Christmas) & had some yummy nibbles & drinks!
We both had such a lovely Christmas! What did you get up to?
Today I cooked Sam & myself our own little Christmas dinner because we’re going to other people’s this year. I thought with it being our first Christmas at home I’d have a trial run for just the two of us then think about hosting next year.
I am really pleased with our table & how festive it looks 😍 I loved everything about it. We even had crackers too. I am such a traditionalist 💁🏽
I cooked turkey, stuffing, roast potatoes, sprouts, carrots, parsnips & pigs in blankets.
We both love sprouts & we found a nice recipe for some a few weeks back, which we have already tried, they’re sooo yum! They have chillies & Parmesan on them! Sorry if you’re not a sprout person haha 😂
We then had mini desserts from tesco! I don’t like Christmas pudding, so I had gingerbread & butterscotch pudding! Safe to say Sam finished it off as I just couldn’t eat it all.
What’s your favourite part of the Christmas meal?
This year we were very lucky & had 4 advent calendars between the two of us…. Mmm chocaholics for sure. Sam got me one, I got him one & his auntie bought us one each, but because we didn’t want to pick between them we just swap each day 😂
Anyway… Isn’t it crazy nowadays how many different types of calendars there are. I mean I had 3 beauty related ones this year & 2 chocolate 🙈 but honestly there are so many different ones about aren’t there?
- Men’s health/fitness
It’s actually mad. I’m not complaining because I love them but whatever happened to just having chocolate ones.
Do you still get a calendar?
I don’t know about you but Christmas is my favourite time to play games. I’m not a massive game player usually, but the festivity makes me want to play them 😂
As per anyone’s tradition you literally have to play monopoly. It’s like the rules of Christmas 😂 Sam has bought me friends monopoly for Christmas. I only know this because he told me 🙈
So we got these games from b&m a few weeks ago, like super duper cheap. We played the couple one with a few friends a few weeks ago & it’s such a laugh. I am very excited to play the chase as well! Does anybody else love Bradley Walsh? 😂 he literally makes the programme!
Do you have any games you like to play over christmas?
I looove bubblet cosmetics & I love bubble baths.. winner winner. Everything I have bought from them has been soooo good. Their scents are amazing & actually last, even when they’re in the bath. I was so excited to open this calendar. Just look at the packaging 😍
I love how quirky their products are. I mean little tea bags?! Who would have thought of this?
This calendar was super generous. I was so pleased with all of the mini skincare products too. I’ve already tried a few of these so I know I love them & it’s keeping me stocked up for a little longer.
Have you tried bubblet cosmetics?
I am literally soooo happy that we are in our first home & I am super excited for our first Christmas in it together. I had a friend make this cute bauble for us. Do you love it?!
Our Christmas plans are;
I’ve got the Buck’s Fizz ready to have with our breakfast. Sam went & bought some salmon so we can have it with eggs for breakfast. I plan on having a chilled morning before we leave as we will be spending the day with his family at his parents house. I’m definitely going to be sat with the cat 😜 I plan on having a few too many & being slightly merry. We can literally stumble home as we only live a few minutes away.
We will then go to see my family on Boxing Day & hopefully have another dinner (yes I only ever think about my stomach) 🙄😂 also I plan on playing silly games with my nephews too.
I really would like to have people round at some point as I love being the hostess. I just don’t know when we’re going to fit everything in. Hopefully next year ☺️
What are your plans?
I am lucky enough to be a #skinfluencer for dermalogica. This was kindly gifted to me but all thoughts are my own.
So if you know me (people at work can vouch for this) I have always had good skin, well looked after you know?! But recently I had been breaking out terribly. Someone even told me that’s not like me.. Which is true, it really isn’t like me.
Dermalogica added me to their skinfluencer programme recently so it’s been getting a lot better. And now thanks to this calendar I can keep myself topped up & keep my skin beautiful!
So the way it works is we start 12 days before Christmas. So we opened the first door on Thursday 13th. Obviously I am showing you this before the 12 days are up so you can’t see all of the products, sorry!
I am extremely overwhelmed with the generosity from dermalogica & how amazing the products are. My skin is feeling so much smoother & looking a lot more clearer.
Do you like dermalogica products?
This year I’m not asking for a lot at all! Literally just wanting hair products & wine 😂 I am easily pleased… Also slippers as my feet are getting cold 🙄😂 so here’s a little wish list of what I have asked for… Just so you know I don’t expect all of these things, one will do (the last one 😉)
I love Hugo boss. By far my favourite perfumes! Or I really want to try the missguided ones as I had a sample in my order once & I fell in love with it.
I have some super cute great toe post ones from Matalan at the minute which are brilliant for summer. But the winter… I really need something a bit warmer. I’m in love with the slipper boot style, I always have been!
It might sound silly, but when I say I ask for shampoo, I genuinely mean it. I love to have a huuuuge stash of shampoo’s and conditioners. I like to have a few different ones a week as I try to avoid shampoo build up.
My favourite wines or bottles of prosecco will do me 💁🏽 throw a bit of gin in there too & I am well away!
LAST BUT NOT LEAST! I want a kitten 😩😩😩 Sam won’t give in & it’s driving me mad. I am literally asking daily now, when will he give in & let us get one? 🙊 so look at the card he got me…
What’s on your wish list?
Every year Sam’s Christmas party is always such a good laugh. The food is always tasty & there is always plenty of wine! 🍷
I wanted to show you what I wore but I had a hissy fit before we left so I didn’t take a full photo, but I’m sure you can get the gist with the photos anyway. I had the lovely roxy do my makeup again. She does such a good job, so you can see what she did, just in the wrong clothes 🙄
I ate pretty much all of my meal, that’s usually always so hard as Sam is always eye balling my food ready for me to say I’m full 😂😂 but I did leave him a bit of my dessert. I had chicken balls for my starter, turkey (obviously) for my main & aero cheesecake for dessert. That cheesecake was sooo good, but just way too big for me.
I think I had about 4/5 gins & 2 glasses of rosé… I felt fine until about 2pm today 🙈
We also had a few games to play during the evening. Me & Sam were pretty rubbish at it, so obviously we didn’t win.
Have you had your Christmas party yet?