Goodbye 2014 | Recap & Favourites

LIFE
Well, well. What a year it's been for me. When I started this year I was suffocating from being bullied in college, my anxiety playing up and general 'What am I doing with my life?' breakdowns. The latter two are still part of my life today. But do you know what, I'm feeling pretty damn good. And I think that this blog is a big part of that.

Top 5 Books Of 2014


Compiling the books to feature in this post was actually pretty difficult for me, because I've read and re-read some amazing books this year, and I loved all of them for different reasons. But for this post, I've picked the books that made me feel something when I was reading, or because it's a book that isn't similar to anything else I've ever read. So without further ado, here are my Top 5 Books of 2014!

Reader Survey 2014

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First off - I'd just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who reads/comments/follows my blog. I am honestly so appreciate of everything, and your comments and love really make my day. I didn't think my blog would ever be as 'popular' as it is, but I'm so glad people like it.

What I Got For Christmas 2014

Well, well - look at me uploading a post in the afternoon! I was planning on writing up this post as soon as I photographed it earlier but Animal Crossing life got in the way and here I am, typing it up at 4pm. Lateness aside, how was your guys' Christmas?! I had a very lovely three days: I went to a Church service for the first time on Christmas Eve, I ate three servings of roast potatoes on Christmas Day and I spent Boxing Day cooking a mock Christmas dinner with my Dad. I also opened some amazing gifts!  

The Christmas Tag

 
 
1.  Do you prefer a real Christmas tree or synthetic?
I'm honestly not sure! I've only ever had one real Christmas tree in my whole 19 years, and I didn't particularly like it much. To be honest, I think we just chose one with a weird shape. I think that it's probably a lot nicer to have a real tree, but I've always had synthetic ones growing up so I guess I don't mind!
 
2.  You're in a coffee shop, it's December, what do you pick?
Hot Chocolate! I went through a huge coffee phase during the summer (I think it was the McDonalds Frappes that started it off) but I'm kind of over it now. Just a plain ol' hot chocolate for me, with a ton of whipped cream! I've been looking for some vegetarian marshmallows in supermarkets, but I just can't find any!

The Happy List #2


It's been around a month since my last The Happy List post, and quite a few things have happened that have made me very happy, so I thought I'd write up another one! I'm kind of in denial about the fact that it's four days until Christmas, because I'm so ridiculously impatient and it'll drive me insane knowing that it's so close. But I AM very excited. I just can't wait for everyone to open the presents I've bought them!

Nandos, Park Street | The 'Beanie' Burger


Nandos, 49 Park Street, Bristol BS1 5NT | 0117 929 9263 | Sun - Thurs 11:30am - 10:30pm | Fri - Sat 11:30am - 11pm
 
To fully complete my induction into being a vegetarian, I thought it was about time I introduced myself to a vegetarian burger. And what better place to try out & talk about than Nandos? I have always been a huge lover of Nandos (especially their chips & sweetcorn), but I'd never re-visited since becoming a vegetarian, despite their (albeit small) veggie offerings. I can guess that people wouldn't be all that tempted to go to a chicken restaurant if they're a veggie, but my Dad had never been and wanted to try it out, and I liked the sound of one of their veggie burgers, so yesterday lunchtime we took a trip to the Park Street branch.

Wreck This Journal #4


Hello! I am here today to bring you your monthly subscription of Wreck This Journal inspiration. I actually had two of these pages completed a long time ago (they were contestants for Wreck This Journal #3) but I finally had time to wreck another page to make up this post.

Current Favourites


I'm one of those people who always means to do Monthly Favourites but generally forgets about all of the things I've been loving. And as the time for November has past, and it's still too early for my December favourites, I thought I'd share what I'm loving currently.
 

9 Things | iPhone Christmas Wallpapers

 


Like I mentioned in my 25 Things To Do Before December 25th post, I rather enjoy Christmas-ifying my phone when it's the festive season. My ringtone is currently the Christmas theme from Harry Potter & the Chamber Of Secrets, but I wanted to re-vamp my phone wallpapers and thought I'd share my findings with you.
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Currently Reading

 
Hello everyone! I hope you're all well. Today I thought I'd show you what I'm currently reading. I am one of those readers that flicks between books constantly, purely because I can be in the mood to read a certain genre of book (romance for example) and if my current read doesn't feature it, I'll just pick up another book. I don't actually own any Christmassy books (unless you count The Grinch), so I haven't been reading anything particularly festive, but I thought I'd show you anyway.
 

DIY: Personalised Christmas Baubles (for less than £2!)


Hello everyone! Today I thought I'd share with you a simple little DIY I did a few days ago: Personalised Christmas Baubles. I've been Pinteresting like crazy recently and one of the things I've been looking up the most is DIY Christmas Décor, as my little sister is DIY-crazy and, well, I just like looking at things on Pinterest really. But I gathered the inspiration for these super simple baubles - that come in at £2 for the whole lot including equipment! (Thank the lord for Poundland) I made one each for my family - brother, sister, boyfriend, mum, dad and step-dad - as well as one for myself and they were so happy with them.

December Haulin' | Boots, Amazon & Charity Shops


Raise the alarms: there is make-up here on What Lauren Did Today. I'm not a huge fan of make-up (despite being an ex-beauty blogger - lolz*) but I've been dabbling back into lip products again recently and have made a few purchases which I thought I'd share. I also bought a certain book, a DVD, some Christmas decorations and the biggest bargain of my whole life.
 

Blogs I Love #3

It's time for another dose of blog love to be shared! I love reading blogs as much as I love writing mine, and these three blogs are some of my most loved recently. You know those blogs that you read literally anything they put up? These blogs do that for me.
 

25 Things To Do Before December 25th

I feel like the older I get, the more the Christmas spirit inside of me fades a little so this year I'm combating growing up/the loss of excitement with this little to-do list. These are all of the things I'd love to do this December to help build the excitement again, especially as my little sister can join in too!