Living Grateful #15

Hi guys! I am very sorry I’ve been so slack with these posts recently. It’s been a busy time with going away, Christmas and lots of revision. I hope you have all had wonderful Christmasses and now a very happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s now 2017!! It still feels like yesterday that I was writing my first one of this series in August.

Anyway I thought I would do a quick round up of 5 things I have been most grateful for over the last few weeks. This has actually been really hard to collate as I’ve done so many nice things! But here goes…

 

1. Going to Edinburgh

I had the best time in Edinburgh a couple of weeks ago. It really was one of the best weekends of the year! I had a wonderful reunion with some amazing friends as well as got to explore the city of Edinburgh which I love!

 

2. Spending time with family

Christmas for me is always about getting to spend quality time with family that you don’t get to do at other times of the year. This year was no different and it was  so nice to have a chilled few days.

 

3. Going to the Royal Albert Hall

Carols by Candlelight is definitely a highlight of my year so going again this Christmas Eve was so exciting! You can read all about my festive trips here

 

4. Spending time with friends

I don’t get to see some of my friends very often as we are all so busy so I always appreciate when I see them so much more. Going to the carols with Soorin was no different!

 

5. My cats!

I’ve been home over the past week which means I’ve had lots of cuddles with the cats. I absolutely love waking up to them, even if it does mean I’m slightly delayed getting up as it seems so much nicer to stay in bed with them!

 

What have you guys been up to over this Christmas period?

Two of my favourite festive events 

I hope you guys have all had fantastic Christmasses! I had a very chilled one this year with lots of family which is exactly what I needed amongst lots of revision.

I went to two Christmassy events this year which I absolutely loved. They really put me in the spirit of Christmas and took my mind away from work before Christmas Day and Boxing Day kicked in.

The first was the light show at Kew Gardens, which I think is called “Christmas at Kew”. Mum booked it as a surprise for me on the 23rd so we both went together. It was really lovely and mulled wine put me right in the mood! We also got some roasted chestnuts for the walk around whilst we explored all the lights.

We also found a toasting marshmallow stall where you bought a flavoured marshmallow and then toasted it over a fire – I thought this was the most amazing idea! We went for the raspberry and champagne flavour which was definitely a good choice as we polished it off very quickly…

The lights themselves were absolutely beautiful. My favourite had to be the set of lights themed around the 12 days of Christmas song. It took us a little while to figure out the theme but we got there eventually!

The last part of the walk around Kew was the light show. This was really amazing and themed to Christmas songs. I loved all the pretty colours but of course had to get a photo when it was the colour pink…

 

The second Christmassy event I went to was on Christmas Eve with my parents and best friend. Our family has a tradition that we go to Carols by Candlelight at the Royal Albert Hall at some point before Christmas. My favourite time to go has always been Christmas Eve as it makes it extra special.

I absolutely love singing carols and this has been the only time this year I have managed to do it so it definitely put me in the Christmassy spirit!

I also love the Royal Albert Hall as a venue so it was so nice to be back and the of course spending time with my parents and friend who I don’t get to see very often!

A day in Brighton

I went to Brighton last weekend and I completely fell in love with it. There is something quite calming about walking to the station on a Sunday morning and not seeing anyone – I love that feeling of being up before anyone else! I got to London Bridge and got myself a coffee and hopped on the train to read my book “Spectacles” by Sue Perkins. I don’t normally like train rides but this felt so calming and almost like I was just relaxing at home.

Brighton is so pretty and quaint to walk around it was a lovely way to spend a Sunday. I love little independent shops and Brighton is brimming with them, I bought some little goodies as Christmas presents for some friends. I definitely felt like I could have spent hours in all the shops though so I think I’ll need to make another trip soon!

Brighton also has the highest concentration of vegan and gluten free restaurants and cafes I have ever seen. We had a roast dinner at a place that did vegan roast dinners (as well as meat ones) and all the sides were plant based. I honestly couldn’t believe it!! There are so many cafes that I want to try, there seemed to be such a huge range of places unlike some areas of London!

The Christmas lights were also up and they were so lovely I really began to feel Christmassy!

We had a wander around the Pier and it was so good to look out to the sea and see such a huge open space. I was sad to get back on the train in the evening but I also felt so contented coming back to a warm flat after a chilly walk back from the station.

Perfect Sunday ❤

 

 

 

 

Living Grateful #14

Hey guys! How are you doing? It’s been quite a busy week work wise so most of my gratitude comments for this week come from this weekend which has been truly lovely!

1. Spending some time at home

I went home for a day and night this week and it was SO nice to spend some chill time at home and of course have cuddles with my baby!

 

2. Columbia Road Flower Market

I wrote about wanting to go to this flower market in August and after 4 months I finally made it! It was so nice to go this time of year as it is so Christmassy and there were SO many Christmas trees for sale – it took a lot of self control not to come home with a huge one!!

 

3. Brick Lane Market

This has been a favourite of mine since I went back in August and I’ve been meaning to go back for ages (there’s a theme here I feel…) I found a stall that does vegan and gluten free pancakes – they were absolutely incredible! I honestly can never believe when I find things I can eat in markets that I can eat and this honestly didn’t disappoint!

 

4. Kahaila Cafe

Scott and I stumbled into this cafe whilst walking down Brick Lane. It is probably the best coffee I have been had and also all profits go to charity. If you’re in Brick Lane then definitely pop in!! They have a great selection of cake as well!

 

5. This view on our walk home

On our way home from Brick Lane we came out of Rotherhithe tube station and were confronted with this view. Amazing! The sky was so beautiful.

What have you guys been grateful for this week?

London’s Winter Wonderland

On Saturday night I went to Winter Wonderland with one of my best friends. It was such a lovely evening to take a trip to Hyde Park. All the lights from the distance were getting me massively excited from the start, and it definitely didn’t disappoint me!

I was worried I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as everyone had been saying on social media, but the atmosphere was amazing! There were so many different food stalls and drink stalls – my fave was definitely the mulled wine. I basically live for mulled wine, it’s probably one of my favourite parts of Christmas! The moment I walked in I beelined for the wine stall!

I’m not a massive fan of rides so we didn’t go on any of the rides – but if you are a fan I can imagine you would love them!! Even the kids spinning rides were making me feel slightly ill, but they were definitely some bigger rides for people that are… you know… not wimps like me.

The park is so much bigger than it has been in previous years and the organisers have really out done themselves this year with the live music, markets and all the different entertainment there is.

Plus, coming in from a cold evening out and snuggling up in front of the TV with a warm cup of tea is a feeling that I absolutely love. It really makes me appreciate home more!

Here are a few photos from my night – I’m definitely feeling more Christmassy now!!


What have you guys been doing to get into the Christmas spirit?! 

Living Grateful #13

Hi guys! It has been a couple of weeks since I have done one of these posts. It has been quite a busy time, I think it will be hectic until the festive periods are finished. I love being busy and it’s been so nice to see lots of friends. I have also managed lots of chilled time watching I’m a Celeb though… who else is watching it?

  1. A night out with Scott

Last weekend I went out for the first time in what feels like forever (I’ve definitely turned into a massive granny!) It was really nice to go out for once! Plus I had nothing planned for the following day and so I had a lovely lazy Sunday filled with catching up on TV and baking.

2. Dinner at Kimchee

I had dinner with one of my best friends and my parents at Kimchee on Wednesday week. I go to Uni opposite the restaurant and it looks so pretty from the outside I was glad I could go in! It was so nice catching up with my parents and friend as well!

3. Some time at home

I’ve spent a couple of nights at home over the past few weeks and it’s been so nice to be able to chill. I’ve spent time with my cats, gone for long walks in the park and taken full advantage of my parent’s nespresso machine – what’s not to love?!

4. Winter Wonderland

I went to Winter Wonderland on Saturday night with one of my best friends – it was amazing! I’ve seen so many photos of it on social media across this week and wondered if it would live up to my expectations but it definitely has done! There were so many fantastic food stalls (including gluten free & vegan crepes!!!), as well as beautiful lights and markets. I’m not a big one for rides so they didn’t appeal to me – they made me quite ill just looking at them! It was a bit chilly but you honestly can’t beat that feeling of coming home after an evening out in the cold and warming up with a cup of tea!

5. A day out in Brighton

I went down to Brighton today for a catch up with a friend. We had an incredible roast dinner for lunch and a lovely wander around Brighton. It really couldn’t have been a better end to my week!

What have you been grateful for this week? And more importantly who are you rooting for on I’m A Celeb?!

Living Grateful #11

Okay so I have yet another apology to make this week guys… I am so sorry it has been another 2 week gap between my Living Grateful posts. The past two weeks have been amazing, leaving me with that fuzzy heart warmed feeling. I’ve spent an amazing week in Spain and spent some quality time with friends and family. There really isn’t anything better is there?

So here goes, these are just 5 of the things I have been grateful for over the last fortnight, but honestly I think there could be 50 instead!

  1. Spending a week in Cádiz with mum

I feel like this photo doesn’t do how pretty Cádiz was justice. It was absolutely beautiful and we managed to get some sun towards the end of the week. It was also so nice to spend a lengthy amount of time with Mum as I don’t get to see her enough anymore.

 

2. Having a beach day in Cádiz

I feel like walking through the sea and along the beach was exactly what I needed to clear my head ready for the exams I have had in the past week and also for the rest of term. There really isn’t anything better than walking along the beach and looking out to sea!

 

3. Enjoying the Autumn colours

I’ve been loving Autumn in London this week. I’ve been for quite a few walks along the river and this was by Surrey Water. I just couldn’t get over how beautiful the colours of the trees were with the blue sky and Canary Wharf in the background!

 

4. Having my cats to visit

My parents went away for a week this past week and gave me the cats to look after in the flat. Being the crazy cat lady I am, I have absolutely LOVED having them to stay. It really has been the best. Cat cuddles make everything better! There were a lot of tears saying goodbye to them tonight…

 

5. Bonfire Night with the best friends ever

Last night I went out to Sevenoaks for Bonfire Night. There was a torchlight procession through the town and the most amazing fireworks display – including Let It Go from Frozen which totally made my night! It felt so good to get out of London and spend some quality time with my best friends. I feel so fuzzy and warm after such a brilliant weekend.

 

Hope you guys have had a good couple of weeks, what have you been grateful for?