Saturday, 24 December 2016

Merry Christmas

 Here we are; it's Christmas Eve already! I don't know about you, but one of my favourite parts about Christmas and the part that is most exciting, is the build up to the day. The films and music are played, presents are bought and wrapped, and a lot of food is consumed! This is the first year where I've worked a full week in the lead up to Christmas, and whilst it would have been nice to be at home making mince pies and watching Christmas films, I liked the fact that I would be focused on something and then suddenly remember 'Christmas is on Sunday!'. 
 I have spent today making cheese straws and doggy treats with Tom, and we've sat down to watch the last Christmas films on our list (we managed to time it perfectly!). They say that Christmas becomes less exciting as you get older but I have to disagree; different parts about it get more exciting as you get older! I love that through my persistence, Tom has become more festive, and I'm super excited for a family day tomorrow. 
 I won't keep you from your mince pies (and Tom and I need to exchange our Christmas tree presents!) but I wanted to check in and wish you all a wonderful Christmas, may you have a lovely day and over indulge in all the food that you can.

Jess x

Sunday, 18 December 2016


 Home is a funny word, just looking on google the definition 'a place where one resides permanently' comes up. Where you permanently live changes when you move to uni and you start to receive post to two places, and you suddenly reside in two different areas throughout the year. For me, Sheffield started to feel like 'home' as I came to the end of my first year, and more so as I returned after the summer and started my second year. 
 I never moved house as a child, and I always hated the idea of moving and someone else living in 'my room'. In fact, the first time that I moved anywhere was when I moved to Sheffield for uni.
 What sparked this somewhat deep thinking, is that this week I've spoken to a lot of people, who, when the conversation of 'when are you going home for Christmas' comes up and it gets round to me, I'm met with genuine surprise that Tom and I are spending Christmas alone together (with Tilly of course!) in Sheffield. I've spoken with Tom about this and he's experienced similar conversations and reactions.
 I think the fact that we're living in our 'student city' can be confusing, as I wouldn't and didn't stay here for Christmas whilst living in a student house, but I've found a home that I love equally as much as Suffolk so why would I not be staying here?
 I'm so excited to spend Christmas here and spend the actual day with Tom (this will be our sixth Christmas together as a couple!) and begin new traditions our own way. Of course we'll be visiting family over the festive period, but I look forward to chilling out for the weekend after finishing at work and spending this time with Tom and Tilly.
 Every time I hear somewhere from Suffolk mentioned on the tv, I have a little woop, and it can get confusing when I refer to 'home' as I meant two separate places that are together on the same level. I feel so grateful and lucky that I can call two places home.

Jess x 

Monday, 12 December 2016

Christmas at Chatsworth 2016 | The Nutcracker

 If you've been a reader of my blog for a while, you know that Tom and I have the tradition of going to Chatsworth at Christmas every year, and this year was no different! Each year they have a different theme, and this years theme is The Nutcracker. For those of you who want a nosey into what Christmas at Chatsworth is like, look no further! If you follow me on instagram some of these photos will be familiar to you - I couldn't wait to share them! It was a perfect wintery day; chilly but sunny and dry, which allowed for a lovely walk around the gardens both before and after visiting the house. 

 If you can't make it to Chatsworth, I hope you enjoyed this online tour! I also hope that it's inspired you to visit at Christmas one year to see all the fabulous decorations yourself. I would definitely recommend booking tickets beforehand as you know what time you'll be going in the house, and you receive free parking for booking online. It's a wonderful day out and I definitely want to take my parents next year!

Do you traditionally visit anywhere before Christmas?

Jess x 


Thursday, 8 December 2016

Christmas Shortbread

 At this time of year, there's nothing better than baking whilst it's cold and rainy outside, and you have a Christmas playlist playing. Shortbread is something that everyone seems to buy at Christmas, but why not have a go at making your own?

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Top Ten Christmas Films

It's the first of December so of course the first of my Christmas-related blog posts for this year! I thought I'd start with a fun one (not that they're not all fun lol) that will hopefully get you into the spirit if you're not already so. Also how cute is my festive header for the month? For my first Christmas post I thought I would round up my top ten Christmas films:

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