Oh my god I’ve said it a million times now but I honestly had the best night ever! I swear I made the best friends at work. After working there for almost 9 years it was hard to say goodbye to some people 😩
So so grateful for everyone organising me a fab leaving do too.
We went to prezzo. I was told to be a few minutes late too… Which was so worth it. The effort they went to decorating the table & making it look pretty for me 😍 I had a balloon & a massive bouquet of flowers on the table. Not to mention bags of presents & bottles of prosecco.
One of my colleagues bought some wind up animals, put plasters & bandages on them & a little note asking for me to help them… because they’re injured. That might give away a clue as to what my new job is 😜
We were going to go somewhere else after for some drinks but I think I peaked early… 🙄 haha! My food was delicious, as always! And we made our way through plenty of prosecco & cocktails. I don’t think I’ve laughed so much in a long time. Thankyou to everyone again for all chipping in & paying for me as well.
Now this is my favourite photo of the evening. The three musketeers. Loved working with these girls. Genuine friends too 😬😀
Thanks again everyone at Southgates & the Woottons 💞
Oh my goodness, I’m 27… Bloody hell. I am starting to feel it though now.
So my little man really spoilt me. He got me sooo much… I mean who would have thought a kitten could afford & know how to order all this stuff 🙄😂
Sam made me breakfast & we went off to the coast as it was a glorious day. We had a good walk & went round the amusements. I totally beat him at bowling too 💁🏽 we got some yummy doughnuts & treats & a hot chocolate too.
I then finished off my cake & if I say so myself, for a first try I think I did pretty well. Right?! 🍰 I got the topper & the candles from Amazon incase anyone wants to know.
Going back to the gifts I got. I was well & truly spoiled rotten. So many bath bombs, candles & smelly’s! Exactly what I wanted. Plus a fair few bottles of drink, including some yummy unicorn gin which didn’t even last 5 days 😂 I had a lovely bunch of flowers & some new lunch boxes as well. Sam also got me some nice adidas trainers.
My mum & nephew then came round for a Chinese for tea.. And to taste the cake I made.Which, might I add, went down very well 💁🏽 Sam’s mum & dad then joined us for a drink too.
Thanks to everyone who made my day special 🎁🎂
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?
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?
Just like last year I took myself straight to Matalan for my Christmas wrapping! I cannot find anything better than theirs.
We’ve got a lovely silver & grey tree so I tried to match the wrapping to it as well. I don’t really like anything red when it comes to Christmas. It just isn’t a colour I like 🙈 anything silvery or blue is my cup of tea!
We have loads of people’s presents to wrap & I am so excited that this year they will all match!
So I got a few rolls, some really pretty bags & gift tags to match. They were on 3 for 2! I am going to go back & get some more too. Whatever is leftover will be good for next year as well. My cards are from tesco though 😍 what do you think?! (Yes I have wrapped super early)
Where do you get your wrapping paper from?
Firstly a massive Thankyou to Beth for organising this, you’re an angel & I appreciate the time & effort you put into this!!
Secondly, Thankyou to my secret Santa! Not sure if she worked out that we ended up with each other 😂 but I hope she likes her gifts.
Thanks Lucie, you didn’t have to send two parcels bless you. But I love my gifts ☺️☺️
I’ve always wanted to try a sleek lipstick, so this beautiful matte finish one is perfect. A nude colour too, it’s like she knows me so well.
I’m so grateful for the lush bubble bar as I’ve seen so many of these all over Instagram lately & I don’t have a lush shop very close to me 🙊 and lastly a fabulous body shop gift set, which will be perfect to take with me for my New Year’s Eve stay!
Does anybody else do secret santa?
Caitlin xo 🎁
Putting the tree up & decorating is one of the best parts of Christmas!! This year we had to wait a little while as my mum didn’t want the tree up too early (she thought my nephews might pull it down) 🙈😂
I love to have a drink whilst I put the decorations up… It’s sort of a little tradition in my house. Mum usually likes to have sherry.. Gross. 🍷 But I love to have a glass of baileys or wine.
We have a ‘big tree’ in our living room & lots of cute little decorations. With some nice candles & obviously the Christmas cards too 🎄 I also think putting the presents under the tree looks better as well.
I then have a cute little tree in my bedroom. Just because 💁🏽
Does anybody else have a little mini tree?
Caitlin xo 🎅🏽
Ohhh my matalan have really upped their game this year. I want to share with you EVERYTHING I bought from matalan but I’m sure some people may actually be reading this..
I think I saw on facebook how good their Christmas range was. Along with Tesco too, but anyway we’re talking about matalan. I had a £5 voucher from my birthday too so thought what better way to use it than on other people… because sometimes I can be nice 😂💁🏽
I ordered 3 for 2 on the gift wrapping etc. So I got a fair few rolls, with tags! They have the cutest little reindeer tags. I think people will think ‘they’re very caitlin’ when they see how pretty the paper is. I also got some cards too. This year me & Sam are doing the whole ‘couple’ thing in the cards 🙈 we’re cute I know 😂😂
I bought the little people in my life some cute things! I’m sure Reilly (best friends little girl) will looove her my little pony present! I feel like it’s gonna be like buckaroo.. so fingers crossed she will love it. She enjoys playing pop up pirate so I think it’s definitely up her street. I got my youngest nephew a cute paw patrol top! Not sure if I picked it because I love paw patrol or him 🙄🐶
Honestly you need to get yourself to matalan, of if you have finished make sure you look next year! I think I spent £50 & I got at least 7 presents, plus wrapping paper & cards. Including some wine glasses for my friend who is known for smashing wine glasses 😂🍷
Caitlin xo 🎁
How do you spend your Christmas Day? This year I will be spending Christmas Day at home all day. Yay! So this is sort of how the day usually goes..
7am: get up & make breakfast & hot drinks etc. Let lilli out… Very important! 😂 if not she will be crossing her little legs 🐶
8.30am: open & give presents. This is just my mum, brother & me still at this point. Oh & lilli obviously… Does anybody else’s dog like opening presents?
9.30am: get myself bathed (usually pop in a bath bomb too) & ready for the day 💁🏽 I will be showing you my Christmas Day look later in the month! 👄
10:45am: sort out dinner & set the table etc
12 noon: nan, grandad & uncle usually arrive about now & we give out presents between us again. My nan usually hates what we get her even if she had asked for it 😂
1.30pm: eat lunch & be merry! 🍴🍷
3pm: play games etc – one of the best parts of the day (or people take a nap 🙄)
6.30pm: have some nibbles
That’s a rough plan of how our day usually goes! This year we have to add Sam & my nephews into it. Do you have any traditions or like routines you always have?
Caitlin xo 🎄