Life Wouldn’t Be the Same Without You

Imagine if there was one person who wasn’t in your life anymore. Someone who shows you the true meaning of love. Can you think about how it would completely change everything? I can and it’s a thought that would make things unbearable if it ever happened. But it also came to me that, as much as I know what people and things mean to me, writing about them reveals just how much.

Thinking about the past, in a good way

Looking back is a big thing for me. This isn’t to dwell on sad times or the wrongdoings. When you think about it, every single mistake you think you’ve ever made, along with the things you could’ve done better, they have made you who you are. Looking back helps me to see how I’ve shaped and grown into the woman I am today. Every single decision no matter how big or small plays a huge part. Thinking about who’s been there along the way make it all the more important.

When they just get you

There’s no one other than Danny who gets me and can figure everything out right to the core when it comes to how I’m feeling. He’s also a pro at knowing what I can achieve and just how far we can make it together. Aside that he’s the most caring, generous and kind hearted person in my life. Every day he does something to show that he is each of those qualities and so much more.

You know when Lilo screams into her pillow after arguing with her sister? Well Danny is my pillow during all of the times I want to let my feelings out. He also gives the most amazing hugs when you want to say nothing at all. He is my everything all in one. And he shows me the best meaning of love.

Life wouldn’t be the same

I can’t imagine accomplishing half of the things I have without Danny by my side. And it’s not just that. Wondering where I would be without him in my life is very difficult to imagine. He says its something I’ll never have to face though. Some might say it’s soppy but if I didn’t get the chance to tell Danny I love him every day and vice versa or know just how much we mean to each other, loving someone wouldn’t be as meaningful.

Since the moment we became closer than friends, he changed my life forever.

Message of this short and sweet post: never take people for granted. Live for the small moments as well as the big ones. Be there for others as much as they are there for you. And don’t ever let go of the people who love you just as much as you love them.

Everyone has their own meaning of love and Daniel has shown me what mine means to me.

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The Perfect Bouquet of Roses from Prestige Flowers

This is a gifted post in collaboration with Prestige Flowers, who are voted number 1 for next day flower delivery in the UK. If you’re looking for some distinctive flowers, they have a wide range of hand-tied bouquets to fit every occasion.

A lovely lady from Prestige Flowers named Maryam got in touch with me following the form I filled out for their assignment opportunity that was listed on Bloggers Required. She gave me the great news of accepting the collaboration.

Delivery and packaging of the roses

close up of roses bouquet

The bouquet arrived only a couple of days after my email conversation with Maryam. It was packaged in a secure Prestige Flowers branded box. Once I opened the delivery box, I found a note, a flower care guide, a wine voucher with discount code and a £5 gift voucher to spend at Prestige Flowers. How generous!

12 roses and more…

As soon as I seen the dozen of Rhodos Roses I thought, “Wow they are so beautiful.” They were perfectly blossomed with the deep romantic red colour you would expect. And the handmade bouquet comes tied neatly with twine and shiny white wrapping paper.

What’s more, is that I discovered two more gifts inside the box. This was a surprise as I wasn’t expecting to find anything else. Maryam was very kind to include a cute cuddly teddy bear and a box of chocolates. Usually you receive a small bear with flowers but this one was fairly bigger.

teddy bear and box of chocolates next to roses

It even has its own name (Noah) with a birth month and message on his tag. The box of ‘Valley Chocolates’ are so yummy! You have a selection of white, dark and milk chocolate to enjoy.

Receiving these gifts absolutely made my day

I can’t stop looking at my gifts.  They make me feel so special! I 100% recommend Prestige Flowers.  Their customer service is excellent and the gifts are gorgeous. They have lots of deals on at the moment so miss out – visit Prestige Flowers’ website.

A big thank you to Prestige Flowers for this collaboration.

Another Year Has Ended But There’s Another Year to Discover

Another year has come to an end so that means I should probably start with Happy New Year! Over the past couple of days, there’s been a lot of people sharing the things they’re most proud of to have accomplished in 2018. And others have shared their dreams and aspirations for the year ahead. As more years that go by, there’s one thing that becomes clearer to me – the meaning of happiness. This is going to be a short and sweet post about that.

Think about it… if all of your material possessions were to break down, what would be the one thing that would still make you happy? Mine is definitely Danny, my family and friends. I’m so grateful to have them and to have my health and happiness. Yeah, it goes without saying, sometimes I get down. But doesn’t everyone? It doesn’t mean that I forget how much those around me mean to me, day in and day out.

What the new year will bring for us

Me and Danny have been on lots of adventures together. But 2019 is going to be one of our biggest adventures yet. Even if there are to be a hundred challenges along the way it doesn’t matter. Why? Because we have each other and I’m pretty sure we can get through anything. We will be walking into a house and be making it our home. That is something I am extremely excited about. I’m sure you’ll hear more about that in the near future.

I’ll be happy as long as I get to see my friends and family happy and healthy. As always, I’ll remind myself to surround myself with positive energy from the right people. That always has a massive impact on anyone’s happiness. I’ll keep on dreaming because you never know what the future will hold.

Here’s to an amazing 2019. I’m so excited for another big adventure, I hope you are too!

The Winter Tag

I haven’t took part in Blogmas so here’s my Christmassy themed blog post! The one and only Lynette from Life With Lynette tagged me in ‘The Winter Tag’ where bloggers choose 8 bloggers to answer some Christmas related questions. Well, I can’t say no to participating in this can I? Lynette always tags me blog related things. She really is so lovely.

Here we go…

What is your favourite holiday tradition?

Sometimes I wonder if I have a Christmas tradition… then I think surely we all have at least one? Christmas for me has always been about spending the day with family, seeing everyone have a good time with a smile on their face. A tradition that mum seems to keep going is getting me to wrap all of the Christmas she’s bought. Just the other day she mentioned that she’s going to pay for my taxi fare once I move out next year. We’ll see about that one mum!

I’m so excited for me and Danny to make traditions of our own home.

What is your favourite winter scent?

Hmmmm… many people seem to love different winter scented candles such as ginger or cinnamon. I don’t even have any candles around the house at mum and dad’s. I’m not too sure why. Does the smell of mum’s Christmas dinner as it’s cooking count as a good enough answer to this question? I hope so because it’s at the top of the list for me. You can probably tell that I love my food.

What is your favourite winter go-to fashioned trend?

As a little girl I think mum used to put me in cute little dresses. As I got older I think I stuck to jeans and a nice knitted winter top or jumper. Over the past few years I’ve gone for a dress, or skirt with a long sleeved top, tights and boots. This year’s skirt and top are both from New Look.

What is your all-time favourite holiday movie?

I have 2 favourite Christmas films. The first one is The Snowman (original version from 1982). It’s just under 30 minutes long but it always reminds me of my childhood. I watched it every year with my grandad, so whenever I see something snowman related, it makes me feel so happy.

My other all-time favourite is Miracle on 34th Street, again the original from 1947). Me and mum have seen different versions of the film but the original has always been our favourite. Whenever we notice that it’s on TV, we’re like “Ahhh look what’s on. It’s nearly Christmas!”

What’s your favourite all-time holiday tune?

Easy – Fairytale of New York by The Pogues. It isn’t even the jolliest of songs but it’s definitely the kind where it gets you in the mood to sing along. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday is another really good Christmas song to get you into the festive spirit. Everyone should be happy on Christmas Day, as well as every other day of the year. This songs gives you extra bit of Christmas spirit. My favourite Christmas song when I was little was Jingle Bells.

Do you prefer to travel or stay at home during the holidays?

I’ve always stayed at home during Christmas or eaten out at a restaurant not too far away from where we live. I hope one day I’ll be able to experience Christmas or the New Year somewhere other than home. I’ve always stayed with family but like I mentioned above, I can’t wait to make new Christmas memories with Danny.

Next year will be mine and Danny’s first Christmas in our home together. But maybe in the future, we’ll be able to go to New York because I’ve always wanted to go back and remember how magical it is in winter. Another place could be San Fransisco as that’s one of Danny’s dream places to go.

What’s your favourite winter activity?

Activity? In the winter? I don’t like the cold so erm… getting home to have a nice hot chocolate? I do love being all cosy when it’s chilly and windy outside. A bit like today really. But at the same time I like being all snug whenever me and Danny travel anywhere in the winter.

If you read about our latest trip to Amsterdam you’ll have seen that I was all wrapped up. I’m always cold as it is so many layers were needed. Having a walking radiator (Danny) with me always helps!

Do you love or hate the snow?

If you would’ve asked me this question when I was a little girl, I would’ve said love. There was something so exciting about waking up and seeing that the ground was covered in pure white snow. I’d play outside with my friends with no fear of the cold whatsoever.

But you’re asking me now so I’d have to say hate. Well hate might be a bit too strong of a word. I’m just not a fan of the slush, sleet, ice etc. And it’s me after all, I go flying in the wind. So you can imagine what I’m like when the snow turns to ice. This is why I was so surprised I managed to ice skate pretty well in Amsterdam since I hadn’t from the age of 8 years old!

What is one item on your wish list this year?

There’s nothing on my Christmas list this year. Anyone that knows me will know that I always love snuggly things like pyjamas though. I honestly am just so looking forward to moving in with Danny next year so most people are getting us little bits to help us out. Bring on 2019, it’s going to be amazing!

What is your favourite holiday treat?

Well, all the food. Seriously, all of it. But I do a bit (or a lot of) shortbread. Yesterday, mum came into the living room and said, “Look what I bought today.” It was a huge box of shortbread. I was in my element. Oh and every year there just has to be multiple tubs of chocolates. What’s Christmas without all of the chocolate?!

I choose the following bloggers for The Winter Tag:

Samantha at Believe In A Miracle
Megan at Megan Elizabeth Lifestyle
Rachel at Little World of Rachel
Nadia at Miel and Mint
Carly at Carly Bloggs
Shannon at Shanylou
Niamh at Grab A Cuppa
Gemma at But Gemma Darling

I understand that a lot of you will be busy at the moment so don’t worry if you don’t take part. I hope you all have the best Christmas and New Year!

You’ve Got This, Together You Can Face Anything

Trust in whatever will be. Will it be everything you want? I think if you really know, you just know. But if not there’s always time to get back up again and fight for the things you do want. If someone has 100% given their heart to you and you trust them completely, your bond can only get stronger.

Exciting times can come with opinions, buts, what ifs etc.

You never know exactly what’s going to happen in the future. But being around the right people and thinking positively can make a huge difference. The energy can be so uplifting. But to be honest even if it’s only you and one other person, you can both make a great difference in each other’s lives.  If you have someone who you love unconditionally, show them your love every day. Even a simple reminder can make all of the difference.

You can constantly be annoyed at the little things that bug you from whoever in either of your lives. Or you can choose to put those annoyances aside and spend more time on the things that make you the happiest version of yourselves. Together is when you’re the happiest.

There’s someone in your life who you could never replace

Not that you would ever try anyway but just think about this for a minute. He has taken you on the biggest adventures, been the reasons behind most of the biggest smiles on your face, stood by you in all of your decisions and compliments every inch of you.

You’ve always thought he’s too nice. You tell him all of the time. But maybe you just have to accept that’s part of his nature. You’re loved by such a kind-hearted man. He never wants you to feel alone. And well, you never have to because he’s always there for you. Seeing you happy is what makes him happy.

The two of you have a different kind of love

It’s not about being perfect. It’s how you both devote yourselves to one another and want the best for each other, that makes it so special. From the tears he’s wiped from your eyes, being there through times you don’t even understand, to the many magical moments you’ve shared – listen to him when he says, “You never need to worry about a thing.”

Right now you’re both feeling something that you never have before.  A massive amount of excitement. You’re facing a huge commitment. But guess what? It isn’t scary and there’s no need to worry because it’s going to be amazing. You know why? Together you can face anything. You both deserve to go out there and find the greatest happiness there is. Give each other the best life you possibly can and always be there for each other as you always have been.

Be the best for each other

It doesn’t matter about what others have got, how they look or what they think of you, this is your lives. You think he hasn’t got everything he needs but he tells you that you’re more than he imagined he could ever have. You think the same about him too so quit it with that worrying head of yours and “keep your head up high” just as your mum has always told you to since being a little girl.

No amount of people who come in and out of your lives, new scenery or life adaptations can change a thing between the both of you. Together, you can face anything.

To My Big Sister Who I Never Got to Meet

9th December is my sister’s birthday and anniversary. A day which my mum and dad never forget no matter how many years go by. A couple of years ago I finally asked mum the questions that were always on my mind about losing her baby girl. This year marks 26 years. And mum never puts the Christmas tree up until after 9th December.

Each year I wonder what it would’ve been like to have a big sister. You hear many siblings saying how they clash with their sisters or they can be annoying. But surely there are so many positives. Here are the things that I think about…

The girly chat and following a path of guidance

Friendships, periods, makeup, boys, general girl stuff, you know? And even coursework and exams. When it comes to guidance I’ve taken my own path and done things quite independently. As close as I am to my mum, I couldn’t always talk about all of the girly things. A lot of the time I kept a lot to myself unless I told a friend. I always felt behind when it came to boys, knowing how to apply makeup and being the girl you think you’re supposed to be. But then I hope that my sister would’ve told me to be the person I want to be and that is being myself.

Someone who’s there on stressful days when no one understands

I often imagine coming home and being able to run to the girl who would’ve been my big sister to scream, cry, or just rant away. Instead I scream into my pillow just like Lilo does with her sister in Lilo and Stitch. So perhaps, that how it would’ve been on some days anyway if we got in each other’s way?

The go to person for fashion advice

I know loads of girls complain when their sisters wear or borrow their clothes, some they never see themselves in ever again. But isn’t that part of being sisters? I also think that my big sister would’ve been amazing with advice on what to wear. I don’t know why but I just think she would’ve got me to be fashionable a lot sooner. It would’ve been funny to see the styles that we both went through influenced by our parents and then by our own decisions.

None of these thoughts can change anything but I remind myself…

I’ve got a best friend in my life who’s like a sister when it comes to someone who will sit in a car for at least an hour catching up and sharing everything that’s going on before you’ve even got out of the car to go into the shop for god knows what. Food, clothes, Disney stuff? We don’t always know but we do it anyway.

Last but never least, you have a man who has talked to you about things you didn’t even imagine anyone on earth would. Those weird random traits of yours. The public embarrassments when you’re fooling around. Oh and don’t forget you’ve spoke to him about your periods, toilet habits, and trying to perfect a certain kind of hair style or outfit.

What does he tell me every time? He tells me that, “It’s going to be okay.” This isn’t because he doesn’t care and just says it. It’s actually because he cares more than anyone in the world and he’s right when he says everything will be okay. It always will be because he’s always there for me.

He will completely understand after reading this post what I’m talking about. The amount of times I’ve told him I’ve always wanted to be the daughter that my mum and dad deserve, I can’t even tell you.

Nicola, it seems that we couldn’t both be here together. Mum and dad will never forget you. And even though we never met, I’ll always think about you. Happy 26th birthday. You are their brightest star in the sky. I’ll always imagine what it would’ve been like to have you as my big sister. I think we would’ve been the best of friends.