10 favourites this week (#53)

IMG_2394 I have to admit that I almost forgot to write this post because I completely lost track of the days - isn't it weird how that happens at Christmas?! All the days merge into one big Quality Street eating fizz drinking board game playing blur.

But it is indeed Monday and I have had a bloody lovely week, so I thought that after a couple of blog free days it was only fair to come and write a post. Here are my 10 favourites this week...

1) A beautiful blue sky day in Leeds

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The week started off with a day of glorious blue skies in Leeds and it was the first time in ages that it didn't rain persistently for 24 hours. The weather has certainly taken a turn for the worse in the last few days and it has been so sad to see all of the devastation in my beloved city - sending lots of love to anyone affected by all of the crazy floods, and let's hope that the blue skies come back soon.

2) A team trip to the cinema 

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On Monday afternoon my team and I headed to the cinema to see the new Star Wars movie - we've been working on the retail executions for the movie release for the past 12 months, so it was nice to finally see what all the hype was about! It was such a great film, and it made me feel very proud to work where I do.

3) Finishing work for 12 whole days

I don't think I've ever had this long off work since I started my first proper job 4 years ago, and I've been looking forward to the break for so long. It's such a nice feeling to know that I still have another week of relaxation ahead of me - I'm planning on doing some crafty bits and cooking some nice meals and having a bit of a clear out ahead of the new year.

4) Getting results back from the nutritionist

As you might know if you're a regular reader, I went to see a nutritionist a couple of weeks ago to try and get some answers about some of the health issues I've been having recently. On Tuesday I went to go and get the results of some tests that I've had and it was so refreshing to hear that there was a root cause to the symptoms I've been having rather than just being told to learn to cope with them. It will be a bit of a slog to get back to full health, but I'm so much happier just to have a plan in place.

5) Our annual Christmas Eve catch up

Every Christmas Eve all of our group of friends from college meet up for lunch and a good old catch up and this year was no different. We headed to the pub where I used to work when I still lived at home and had a good old chinwag and laughed until my stomach physically ached. I love that we can go for 12 months without seeing each other and instantly click again as soon as we're reunited - it's such a nice feeling.

6) Enjoying all of our family Christmas Eve traditions

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Christmas Eve is always one of my favourite days of the year - we have so many lovely family traditions that we always relive, including my Dad's amazing fillet steak, matching PJs, sleepy dog cuddles, a large measure of Bailey's and a family viewing of Love Actually. I love spending time with my family and it was so nice to have Sam at my parents again this year too.

7) Being totally and utterly spoilt

It's safe to say that I was spoilt rotten with Christmas gifts this year and I was honestly so thrilled with every single pressie that I opened - my friends and family know me so well! I always feel like a very lucky lady, but even more so over the past few days. Sam and I even bought each other the same present by accident which was so funny - it's safe to say that I'm marrying the right person!

8) A fab Christmas day with all my faves

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I think Christmas day this year was one of my favourite ones EVER. I got to see all of my family and eat delicious food and give and receive fab gifts which was just lovely, but I think my favourite bit was hanging out with all of our lovely little people. They are so funny and excitable and they make Christmas seem 100% more magical. I don't ever want them to grow up!

9) Boxing day fun with Sam's family

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Once we'd recovered from all of the fun of Christmas day, we hopped in the car and headed across to visit Sam's family in Shrewsbury (which was a pretty terrifying journey in the biblical rain!). We haven't seen some of them for such a long time so it was lovely to catch up and exchange gifts and eat consume lots more food and booze. We're pretty lucky that we both love hanging out with each other's families - I can imagine that Christmas would be pretty difficult if that wasn't the case!

10) Grabbing some fab ASOS sale bargains

The ASOS sale is always one of favourites because it's always full of absolute bargains! Plus with ASOS Premier you can have it sitting in your house within 24 hours - much better than having to head out and battle the crowds. This year I treated myself to some new Reebok trainers which were half price and a lovely dress for New Year's Eve - I've actually had my eye on it for a while so was chuffed when I spotted it in the sale!

I hope you've all had a lovely festive week - what have your highlights been?