2013 has been a really great year for me for many reasons including visiting my first plus size fashion convention (Plus North) in Manchester and meeting so many lovely people.  In 2013, my blog became “noticed” and I was fortunate to be contacted by PR companies to review plenty of gorgeous clothes and jewellery.

Mr FH and I travelled down to Southampton for a weekend away which proved rather eventful and we, of course booked our wedding date.  I have enjoyed 2013, without too much heartache and pain which has made a nice change for me with the few years before that (prior to 2010) being some of my lowest times with losing my dad to cancer and going through the physical and verbal abuse from my ex boyfriend and do you know what, I have a feeling that 2014 is going to be even better than 2013…

From the amazing start with our wedding coming up, we already have so many plans that we want to put in place.  For once, I want to completely let go of my weight issues.  Although I am embarking on “Simple Start” by Weight Watchers tomorrow, I don’t want to tell myself that I am on a diet and that I can’t eat certain things. This will set me up for failure so instead, I want to look at this “change” as a new lifestyle.  I am getting older and I don’t want to get diabetes or heart problems so I am doing this for ME.  Not to look into the mirror and see a skinny person before me but to look after myself from the inside out and do everything in my power apart from sheer luck to stay healthy.  

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This is the first time I’ve done a Christmas gifts post, and I’m a little late considering it is New Year Eve but we are planning a nice night cuddled up on the sofa and I have a few minutes to spare. Neither I nor Mr FH are big drinkers and I am going to be starting “Simple Start” with weight watchers tomorrow so I didn’t really see the point in eating everything in sight that’s left in the kitchen.

Anyway, back to Christmas.  I always get beautiful gifts at Christmas.  Everyone knows me so well and although sometimes I get nervous around surprises, they never disappoint.  I much prefer giving presents than receiving them. Here is a selection of my Christmas gifts that my family and friends gave me this year…

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2013 has been a really great year for me for many reasons including visiting my first plus size fashion convention (Plus North) in Manchester and meeting so many lovely people. In 2013, my blog became “noticed” and I was fortunate to be contacted by PR companies to review plenty of gorgeous clothes and jewellery.

Mr FH and I travelled down to Southampton for a weekend away which proved rather eventful and we, of course booked our wedding date. I have enjoyed 2013, without too much heartache and pain which has made a nice change for me with the few years before that (prior to 2010) being some of my lowest times with losing my dad to cancer and going through the physical and verbal abuse from my ex boyfriend and do you know what, I have a feeling that 2014 is going to be even better than 2013…

From the amazing start with our wedding coming up, we already have so many plans that we want to put in place. For once, I want to completely let go of my weight issues. Although I am embarking on “Simple Start” by Weight Watchers tomorrow, I don’t want to tell myself that I am on a diet and that I can’t eat certain things. This will set me up for failure so instead, I want to look at this “change” as a new lifestyle. I am getting older and I don’t want to get diabetes or heart problems so I am doing this for ME. Not to look into the mirror and see a skinny person before me but to look after myself from the inside out and do everything in my power apart from sheer luck to stay healthy.

Whether this works or not, I don’t want to let it hang over my head and call myself a failure. I have yo-yo dieted so many times going from a size 12 up to a 22/24 and have stayed around the same weight now for years so even if I change my eating habits and stay the same weight, my body is clearly happy with the weight I am and I need to accept that. No more poking my fat rolls while looking in the mirror or feeling extremely guilty if I eat that piece of chocolate. 2014 is going to be the year that I let go and start living.

Another reason for me wanting to get healthier is that by the end of 2014, I would quite like to be carrying a baby! I don’t know if we definitely will plan for this coming year or not, because it does depend on a lot of factors but hopefully, all things crossed we will have a baby in 2015.

Along with personal goals and plans set in place, we also want to share some experiences together and finally get our asses to Wembley to watch an American Football game. We’d like to go on our first proper holiday together as a family and of course for our careers and my blog to take off even more than they already have.

So, 2014… you’re nearly here… Let’s start it with a bang! Oh and by the way, stay posted for some outfit reviews coming your way very soon!

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This is the first time I’ve done a Christmas gifts post, and I’m a little late considering it is New Year Eve but we are planning a nice night cuddled up on the sofa and I have a few minutes to spare. Neither I nor Mr FH are big drinkers and I am going to be starting “Simple Start” with weight watchers tomorrow so I didn’t really see the point in eating everything in sight that’s left in the kitchen.

Anyway, back to Christmas. I always get beautiful gifts at Christmas. Everyone knows me so well and although sometimes I get nervous around surprises, they never disappoint. I much prefer giving presents than receiving them. Here is a selection of my Christmas gifts that my family and friends gave me this year…

Some of my gift highlights were Daisy by Marc Jacobs gift set from Mr FH. I had been leaving plenty of hints about this but I never imagined that Mr FH would have listened to me and to be honest I was worried it was a bit expensive. I was so shocked when I opened it on Christmas Day. My mum treated me to Nina L’Eau by Nina Ricci which is an absolutely gorgeous scent and the one that I wanted to wear on our wedding day. My step son (with help from daddy) got me “This Means War” on DVD, which is rather sweet because it’s rated a 12 and he wanted to watch it with me. I had to explain it was a film for old people and suggested we watched Thomas the Tank Engine instead!

My future mother and father in law bought me some scented socks, body lotion and a bridal garter! I was so excited when I opened it because I hadn’t actually bought one of these yet and it also has my something blue on it :) Mr FH’s auntie gave me some awesome cat socks from Accessorize – they aren’t pictured here because I’ve already worn them! They are so soft and comfy and everyone knows that anything with a cat on will be a winner :) She also gave me some hand lotion and my future sister in law gave me a cookbook (also not pictured) along with a cute marriage sign which I absolutely love and a chocolate orange (already in my tummy!)

I had an absolutely fabulous Christmas Day with Mr FH’s Auntie cooking us a roast dinner – and beef too! I ate so much I felt like I was going to pop and I was a little greedy with trifle and cheesecake! It’s only one day though and I enjoyed every minute of it!

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I’ve seen many bloggers posting a Christmas edition of “get to know me” and I thought it would be fun to join in!  I love Christmas, putting the decorations up, spending time with family and friends, choosing gifts for other people and of course now I have a five year old step son, things are a lot more magical around here!

What do you usually do on Christmas Eve?
These days, my Christmas Eve’s alternate as once every two years we have my step son for Christmas Eve.  Last year, Mr FH and I spend Christmas Eve at our local curry house and enjoyed a romantic meal.  This year we will spend it together as a family watching Christmas movies snuggled up on the sofa.


Who do you spend your Christmas Day with?
Before my dad passed away, I spent Christmas day with my parents, my half-sister, her husband and my niece.  These days, things are a lot different and I spend Christmas day with my mum, Mr FH, my step son (for half of the day) and Mr FH’s parents and auntie.

Do you enjoy giving or receiving gifts?
100% giving gifts for this one.  I love choosing gifts for people and spending the time to choose something that I hope they will love. I also like surprising my family with gifts and seeing their faces when they open them.  I must admit I’m not great at receiving gifts as I don’t like to be the centre of attention when people open their gifts one by one.  I get a little shy!

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I have completely finished my Christmas shopping as I’m pretty organised when it comes to this time of year but I know many people, including Mr FH have in the past shopped for presents on Christmas Eve. To me, that is just INSANE! I can imagine them scrambling around trying really hard to find something and ending up buying the easiest thing to hand. If I am wrong please let me know!

I thought it would be useful to write a blog post on women’s perfume. Perfume is a very personal thing and due to our own natural scents it can smell completely different on two different people (as me and my mum found out in Boots the other week!) The perfumes I have chosen to write about are relatively safe as they are quite sweet and gentle in fragrance.

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If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that I am a complete sucker for partywear especially when it comes to Christmas! Every year, my mum and I normally treat ourselves to a new Christmas Day dress/outfit. This year, with the wedding fast approaching might be the first year in a while that I break the tradition but with so much temptation around… it’s going to be difficult!

After experiencing Simply Be’s party dresses previously including the Paper Dolls brand it was my first port of call when I decided to look online at the variety of dresses available this year. There are some absolute beauties so here are my favourite picks…

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