Blogmas day 18: Fitness Motivation During Winter…🏃🏼‍♀️❄️

I know so well how hard it is to actually get myself to the gym when it’s cold, but also with all my other commitments. I know it’s an excuse but I truly do find it hard to find time… I work from 7:30-6:30pm Monday’s and tuesdays and then Wednesday to Friday I am at uni doing my masters. Saturdays are always busy and Sundays were my driving lessons and uni work (believe me there is a lot for a masters haha).

However I do love exercise and I love the gym, and I love dancing. I have had some bad couple of weeks where I have only gone 2 times a week but it has been hard and my energy levels have been low.

Something that motivates me is comfortable and good quality gym gear because if I feel and look good then I am more motivated to work out. I got the one above from “pink soda” and it’s such an affordable brand. However I do love Nike but I understand they are expensive.

Another motivation is always going with friends. Going to the gym with another person just makes you want to go and makes the experience so much better. You can chat and catch up whilst working out. What could be better than that?

During the summer I just have much more motivation for working out, and I think that’s because it’s warmer out and lighter out. Whereas the dark and cold really doesn’t make me want to go for a run haha! However, sometimes you just gotta do it and tell your self if you don’t go now when?

Another thing I like to do is add it to my do list and this makes me more motivated to do it because I hate not crossing it off my list. But, I do love going to the gym once I get there. Plus I love to do lists and I always do one everyday. Trust me just write a top 3 of things to do during that day and you get a lot more done!

I absolutely love stretching and meditation so I think that also helps. Plus it’s just nice for 10 minutes before bed to just relax my whole body and I feel so much better, especially if I want to snack haha!

You just got to remember that you do it because you enjoy it and love it. You don’t want working out to feel like a chore. It’s got to be fun and make you love your body.

what keeps you motivated during winter to exercise?

Thanks for reading, you can catch up on my other blogmas posts on my site 🎄🎁

Gemm xx


Blogmas day 17: Birthday Celebrations… 🎁

December has always been a celebration month with my brothers birthday today, then Christmas, then my dads birthday on New Year’s Eve!

Today is more of a day in my life but reflecting on memories. My brother turned 26 today and to me that is absolutely crazy! It seems only yesterday he was living here with me and my parents and we would show each other our music or new bands/songs we found. Now he’s 26.

Fortunately me and my brother have always got on and we just have the same humour and listen to same music. Yes there were times when my moody, hormonal teenage self would get angry with him but now we are both older it’s just nice.

Christmas I feel is also a great time for reflection and time to be thankful for all the things in your life. But today I am thankful for my brother. He taught me everything and I looked up to him so much as a baby sister. He deserves everything he has got in life and more.

We all had work today but then we went round my brothers and had a takeaway, sang to the greatest showman, played the balloon game (where you can’t let it touch the floor), and had cake. With all my favourite people I don’t see how I could have asked for more.🧡

what is your favourite thing about December? 

Thanks for reading, you can catch up on my other blogmas posts on my site 🎁🎄

Gemm xx


Blogmas day 16: Top 5 Family Traditions at Christmas…🎄

I love the fact that everyone has unique traditions that their family does every Christmas! So I thought I would share some of mine…

1. “Tree presents”
This is what my family have named it (I don’t know if anyone else has named little presents this haha). Basically as well as a main present we like to buy a little silly present, it could be shower gel, nail varnish, body spray, chocolate or sweets etc. It is just funny that we all just swap with each other and open at the same time and just share the stuff around.
2. Christmas Eve Takeaway
For some reason it has become a tradition in my family to have a takeaway on Christmas Eve, whether that be chip shop or a pizza. It has just been a thing for as long as I can remember! I love it and it just is like that’s how I know Christmas has begun (Christmas for me is like 3 days haha).
3. Christmas walk
This is a fairly new tradition and I started it with my boyfriend, it is so cute and I love the fact we do this. Basically the last two years we have gone on walks locally and just looked at all the Christmas lights and just had deep conversations. Honestly one of my favourite things to do at Christmas.
4. Family Photo
I feel like this is a lot of people’s family traditions, but it is always something my family has to do. We all even have our own places of where we have to sit in the photo haha. It is so crazy and weird, and because we end up setting a timer on the camera it always involves someone running like crazy to jump into position for the photo. It’s definitely a moment at Christmas which I have filled into my brain full of funny memories.
5. Dancing
Christmas Day has always involved me and my dad blaring out “In Dulci Jubilo” and dancing stupidly around the room. It just cheers everyone up and although it may be early, it just makes Christmas Day that much better. You just gotta have fun and be silly sometimes (or all the time in my case haha).
Whats a family tradition you have?
Thanks for reading, you can catch up on my previous blogmas posts on my site! 🎄🎁 Like if you enjoyed the post, comment below and follow if you want to read more! 🧡
 Gemm xx

Blogmas day 15: Christmas Candle Collection…🔥

I love candles all year round, however the best smelling candles always come out during autumn/winter! I love the scents so much better and it just makes me feel even more Christmassy.

Yankee Candles

Of course my top favourite are Yankee. Yes they are quite pricey but they are great, and when you pick one you like the smell just flows through my room. Literally they are fabulous and I definitely recommend Yankee.


Not gonna lie, this brand of candle got me through my undergraduate at university. It is really affordable and surprising they last really well, the smell is amazing. Therefore, if you want affordable but great candles these are the one!

Jo Malone 

*(I didn’t have a picture of this as I have already used it)*

This is a candle that again is a little pricey, but the pomegranate one is absolutely amazing! It is one of my favourite candles ever! I do always feel bad about paying £23 for a candle and that’s why I haven’t bought it again yet. I am one of those people that does not like paying a lot for things.😂 But it is a great candle.

Talking of pomegranate I did find a cheaper alternative in Clinton’s and it even came with a cute little decoration! It was only £8 so definitely better than £23 if you don’t want to pay that much. Plus it also is a great smell and again the smell actually lasted so well, even a few hours after I blew it out!

What is your favourite candle? 

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed it! You can catch up on my other blogmas posts on my site: 🎄🎁

Gemm xx



Blogmas day 14: Money Saving During December…💰

I am aware we are pretty much halfway through December, and most people may have got their shopping done by now or at least most of it (or is that too optimistic? Haha).

But I had this on my list of ideas to write about and I then saw one of my favourite bloggers post about it and you definitely need to go check her out, and check out her post as well! 🧡

Here are some of my ideas to saving money…

1. Use the sales

By this I mean use the sales to buy your wrapping paper, cards, decorations or even buying some gifts! I have found some great gifts in the sales before and saved a lot of money!

2. Go on winter walks

I love going on walks. One little tradition (well it has become a tradition) with my partner is we like to go on walks locally, and just check out all the Christmas lights. It’s super cute, you can do this with friends or family as well. Plus it costs absolutely nothing and you see some pretty epic Christmas decorations!

3. Make lists

By this I mean make lists of all the people you need to buy for and a budget and this should help guide you into not spending too much. But also keep you on track and make sure you keep on top of your finances.

4. Request free samples

Sometimes with some brands (even really good ones) you can request free samples and these make some really good stocking filler presents! I wouldn’t do this for main presents. But again this would also save a lot of money.

5. Plan for experiences

I feel like experiences are getting more popular  and I personally think they are great! What I think is a great idea is creating “coupons” and you can get really creative with these for days out or movie nights or dinner on you etc. This also costs hardly anything and you can get as creative as you like and you pick days out or things that suit that person.

6. Save ahead

I have started getting into the habit of putting money aside (starting in January) every month so that when it comes to December you have money you can use. You can choose however much you want to put aside and I think this is a great tip for saving money for Christmas!

Those are just some of my ideas but there are many more like selling some of your old stuff, hosting games or movie nights etc.

What are some of your money saving tips? 

Thanks for reading, you can catch up on my previous blogmas posts on my site or have a read of my previous post here

Gemm xx

Blogmas day 13: Things to do When it’s Cold Outside…❄️

I don’t know about you but when it starts to get cold outside all I want to do is stay in bed wrapped up in my duvet and watch Christmas movies! Alas that cannot be the case (because of my job, maintaining a social life, other commitments and of course my masters).

However, I have some fun things to do when it gets cold outside…

1. Movie Marathon

Of course this had to be first, there is nothing I love more than inviting friends round or having a night in with my partner. Just the fact I can get into my pjs, wrap myself up in a blanket and watch my favourite films with my favourite people. Surely there is nothing better? Of course you can add some festive drinks or snacks for the Christmassy spirit as well 😉

2. Ice skating

This just always seems fitting to me when it starts getting cold, I don’t know why I just always want to do ice skating when I feel the cold air haha! It also is a fun activity with your partner or family and friends!

3. Host a Games night

I love playing games whether that be board games, simply doing a jigsaw puzzle or even playing on the PS4 I love it! I think hosting games nights are perfect when it’s cold outside. You have having fun in the warm what could be better? You can also mix it up by providing alcohol and turning games into drinking games, or just simply play some games with your friends. My partner bought me a nerf gun and we always love to find ways or make targets in the house and just have fun.

4. Throw a “come dine with me” evening

I have always wanted to do one of these. Basically just take turns with your friends in hosting a dinner party. Each of you will cook three courses, and it just is so much fun even if you are not the best cook! There will be a lot of laughs and you may even learn some new cooking skills 😉

These are some ideas but there are plenty more.

Let me know what you like to do when it’s cold?

Thanks for reading, you can catch up on my other blogmas posts on my site: 🎁🎄

Gemm xx

Blogmas day 12: Winter Pamper Evening… ❄️💆🏼‍♀️

The winter months as much as I love  then can be incredibly annoying for my skin, I get dry lips and overall I just feel more sleepy because it’s darker (anyone else haha?). Therefore, I make sure my body and just my mental health as well is looked after in these months (as well as the rest of the year).
I always make sure I carry lip balm around with me at all times, especially during winter. The constant changes in being out in the cold to then go inside a warm building doesn’t work wonders for my lips. They just get so dry! So yeah I love to apply regularly when needed.
I love to light candles to begin my pamper evening. I don’t know about you but lighting that candle I just switch off and that’s my pamper session starting haha.
I then like to throw on a face mask and whilst I’m waiting I make a drink and pick a film ready to just relax. I love to relax my mind and forget about everything for an evening as well as pamper my skin.
Once I wash my face mask off I then like to use Dove or soap and glory body butter (whatever you wanna call it haha), and just moisturise my skin. It just makes my body feel so smooth and soft and smells great too! (I am not sponsored by any brand I mention haha). I have been using soap and glory for years so it’s a favourite I definitely recommend!
After I have pampered my body I like to wrap myself up into a cosy blanket in front of the fire with a hot chocolate or a lemon tea and watch a Christmas film. Also I like to make sure I switch my phone off and just spend the rest of the evening relaxing without thinking about social media or my phone. It’s great for me mentally and I definite recommend doing that!
(I got my blanket from boux avenue and I love it!! Plus it says “princess” on it haha 😂)
I hope you enjoyed my pamper evening! Thanks for reading, you can catch up on my other blogmas posts on my site: 🎄🎁
Gemm xx

Blogmas day 11: The Christmas Tag… 🎄🎁

I have never done a tag before and I have always really wanted to do one! So I thought what better time to start than with a Christmas tag haha. I found this one from  and her blog is really cool so feel free to check her out! 🧡 so here goes…

1. What is your favourite Christmas movie?
I did my top five yesterday but my number one would definitely have to be The Grinch. I absolutely love this film and I have watched it on repeat for years and still it never bores me.
2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Definitely open the presents Christmas morning, that’s just always been a thing in my family.
3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
I have tons. But one of my favourites was when I was little (probably about 7) and me and my older brother would wait until my parents went to bed and then sneak into each others room and watch a movie and talk about the gifts Santa would bring. I would always fall asleep and wake up and my brother would be back into his own room but he must have made sure I was tucked up and had my favourite teddies (so cute)!
4. Favourite festive food?
Potatoes and giant Yorkshire because my mum always makes the best home made potatoes and Yorkshire ever!!
5. Favourite Christmas gift?
When my partner surprised me with a pandora ring. It was the cutest ever. However I also remember receiving my first ever keyboard from my grandparents and I was so excited at 11 for that.
6. Favourite Christmas scent?
I love cinnamon but also I love Christmas spice candles so I think that scent is also my favourite.
7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
I hope to make my own one day however, normally mine involves grabbing a takeaway and seeing my nan and grandad whilst watching Christmas movies. Just relaxing before Christmas Day.
8. What tops your tree?
It used to be an angel but it broke so now it’s a golden star.
9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
I don’t actually know or remember haha! I never asked for anything crazy I don’t think.. haha
10. What’s the best part of Christmas for you?
I think just laughing and playing games with my family and just not worrying about anything but just having fun. Also I love the passing around the presents and everyone opening up presents together. It’s so cute!
Let me know if any of you complete this tag! What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?
Thanks for reading,
Gemm xx

Blogmas day 10: Top 5 Christmas Films…🎄🎬

1. Elf

I love this movie and it just makes me so happy, especially if I am having a bad day. It’s just one of those feel good movies.
This one i think is like marmite either you like it or hate it. I for one love it, and it’s just cute and cartoon Christmas films are just amazing anyway. Plus I just have memories of me sitting in my hall at school when I was 11 watching this with the whole school and it was epic.
3. The grinch
This one just makes me laugh so much and I swear I probably know all the words to this film, including the songs haha! Up until Christmas I usually watch this on repeat. It’s full of Christmas cheer and it’s great.
4. The holiday
I love a good romcom and honestly this is definitely a favourite of mine around Christmas time! It’s cute and festive and it just is nice to watch by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate, all snuggled under a cosy blanket.
I used to love this film as a kid, so it’s nostalgic and brings back so many memories. Plus it is super funny and cute, and just gets me in the Christmas mood.
What are some of your favourite Christmas films?
Thanks for reading, you can catch up on my other blogmas posts on my site:
Gemm xx

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