5 Things Me & My Cousins Did During The Summer Holidays!

This is a spontaneous topic today and do you want to know why? Well it’s Sunday and I have spent ALL DAY at my cousins Christening. My cousin M (won’t use full names in case they don’t want them used) christened her baby E today and oh my it was lovely. I’ve only been to one Christening and it was my cousin N’s when she was a baby and I was about 6.

M asked me and Dane to take some pictures of the day, as I have my fancy Nikon digital SLR (which I haven’t used FOREVER!) and she wanted some special pictures for the day. It was a pleasure to be honest and we took so many pictures…. 2,225 to be exact. This evening we’ll be popping them onto our computer to view and begin editing throughout the week.

However, this isn’t what I want to talk about today. Today I want to talk about some of the things that me and my two cousins M and N used to get up to during the summer holidays.

From as long as I could remember, most days after school, any school holidays and especially the summer holidays me and my two cousins used to hang out all day, every day and whilst we had some arguments, tantrums and fall outs, we always hung out every year until we were old enough to disperse out with our friends and do our own thing.

I thought with the summer holidays starting to the kids tomorrow, it would be nice to write a reminiscent post about what we used to get up to and how different it was back then for kids, to how it is now.

I really hope you enjoy reading this post, as I know I am going to LOVE writing it! 😀

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  • Sitting indoors playing games.

The majority of the time we would play various games on N’s dodgy PlayStation and the one I remember us playing the most was Spyro 2. We would play it from the beginning and each of us would have a world to complete, as well as a boss too. I remember N would beat the first boss, M the second and I’d always get Ripto to beat. We would go through the various challenges in levels and each of us would have a go if the previous one couldn’t crack it. There were some funny moments in that game and we would stress like mad having to hear the characters saying the same phrase over and over again! The track ones were the worst, but also the best! Each of us were good at doing certain challenges. Whilst we played games we’d binge eat various Pot Noodles, vanilla ice cream sandwiches, as well as various other things. It was glorious and whilst we probably should have been outside in the garden, staying in and playing Spyro was pretty bad ass instead.

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  • Riding our bikes up and down the road.

I say the road, we always rode them on the pathway. We would ride our bikes up and down our grans road and oh man they were some awesome times! You’d ride the bike all the way up the road to come back down REALLY fast. I think we probably pissed off some of our grans older neighbours, so we tried to be good most of the time. My cousin M was the one who taught me how to ride a bike and I remember how I used to always ride my white and pink bike with the stabilisers attached when I was about 9 or 10. The local kids would take the piss and I got pretty embarrassed by it. So M being M she showed me how to ride without them and before I knew it, I was a pro! My parents soon bought me a bigger bike after that.

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  • Film funny videos.

I can’t for the life of me remember how old we were, but one year my cousin M had her video camera and we filmed some pretty funny videos on it. I’m pretty sure she still has them somewhere, in black and white of us pretending to be old women. I think it was called, “Independent Women” and it was fucking hilarious! We just took the piss out of older women who like to stay at home, eat junk food and every now and again go and play bingo. Legit what my life is like now. 😛

  • Listened to Clubland and NOW CD’s.

If we weren’t sat in the garden listening to it, we were sitting in the house listening to it. Whilst I listened to pop music growing up, I did love my rock music from an early age, but I also loved club music too! My cousin M would always get the newest NOW CD so we’d have the best summer tunes in the garden. I remember the first NOW CD I bought was NOW 45 (legit put it on to listen to now…) and I loved listening to it so much over the summer holidays.

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  • Watching films.

We always watched films whenever the weather was crap, or if the mood took us to watch Bridget Jones for the 20th time, or Disney films and sing along with the characters… Although that bit did make me cringe a little. I did used to love watching funny films however and some I loved watched with M and N were Shrek, 10 Things I Hate About You and as I mentioned earlier, Bridget Jones. I remember one summer my cousin M rented the second one for us to all watched and we didn’t pay attention AT ALL! I wish we had though as it was bloody hilarious.

Those are just 5 things me, N an M used to do together during the summer holidays. We used to all love hanging out together, although the older I got I started to just want to stay at home on my computer, talking to friends on MSN and MySpace. I definitely turned into a recluse. I do miss being a kid sometimes, but at the same time I really don’t. Being a kid sucked and although you had nothing to worry about, you did all the same.

But that aside, today has really shown me how much I did used to love hanging out with my cousins as kids, and the memories I’ve got and will always have from it.

What are some of your favourite summer holiday memories as a kid? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you had a lovely weekend.

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Last Minute Christmas Ideas

It’s only a week until Christmas now and although myself and Dane have finished our Christmas shopping I know of a lot of people who probably haven’t even started yet! My parents for example leave their Christmas shopping until the last minute.

SO this Christmas ideas list will be handy if you’re like them! This list will cater to men, women, children, and teenagers.

  • Zoella On My Travels Back Pack – £50.00 *currently £30.00* (link)

This is a great present idea for a woman of any age but I would say this is more for a teenager or student, especially if they’re a fan of the YouTube star Zoella, who has teamed up with Boots this year to create some lovely gifts for Christmas. Inside this gorgeous grey backpack you get a ceramic takeaway cup for those hot drinks, a keyring for your keys and some pencils. You can’t really go wrong with something like this. Hell I’d love it but I have enough bags to last me a lifetime. 😛

  • Stormtrooper Decanter – £21.00 (link)

This is the perfect gift for anyone who loves Star Wars, but I would say more so for your boyfriend, brother or even your dad. It’s a decanter which you can pop any alcoholic choice in. I was going to get one of these for Dane and fill it with Jack Daniels, but I left it. BUT you don’t have to fill this with alcohol! You could always buy some cheap battery operated fairy lights and put them into the decanter, leaving the on and off switch outside. This was another idea I had for Dane for Christmas, but again I left it. May have to do it though now as he loves this.

  • Lush Rudy and Pip Gift Set – £11.95 each (link) & (link)

Look how adorable these two little gift sets are! These will make lovely last minute gifts for children and even secret Santa gifts. My favourite of the two is Rudy. If you want to get one or even both of these though you will have to hurry as Lush run out of things like this super quickly as Christmas grows closer.

  • Pokemon Christmas Pikachu Mug – £7.99 (link)

Who doesn’t like to get a mug for Christmas? Or any occasion for that matter! I have eyed this mug up myself many times over December so far but I don’t really need anymore mugs… BUT this would make a great addition to any Pokemon fans cupboard, or even their desk at work! Yeah it’s Christmas themed, but sod that, I’d use it all year around. 😛

  • Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cupcake In A Mug – £9.99 (link)

It’s funny because I’ve actually bought this mug for Dane for Christmas as he spotted it in Lakeland last night and really liked it. It’s also a present he’s received early which is kinda nice. On the mug there is a guide and ingredients as to how to make a chocolate and peanut butter cupcake in the microwave,  which Dane really liked. So this is a definite mug for anyone you know who doesn’t just love cake, but loves anything chocolate and peanut butter flavoured. It also makes an amazing mug for big cups of coffee!

  • Pusheen Shaped Purse – £7.99 (link)

I LOVE Pusheen and although I wouldn’t be bothered about receiving something like this, I know a lot of little girls who would! I loved when I was bought my first coin purse as a little girl. I was able to keep my pennies in there for sweeties and pound shop treats. Pusheen is starting to become a more known thing in the UK now after being out in America for agggges and little girls go crazy for her. So why not get a lovely little coin purse and pop some silver in there for good luck. 🙂

  • Hamster Hottie – £9.00 (link)

I LOVE hotties and I recently bought myself a new one, as well as buying one of my best friends one for Christmas. They’re a lovely gifts to receive for Christmas due to how cold it is, as well as in general! I bought my friend Jacqui hers as it was Gromit, who she loves! But also because I know she would appreciate the warmth of it. I love mine because I like to snuggle it when I have bad period pain, or in bed and on the sofa if I’m chilly and need something to warm me up a little bit. These are great for anyone of any age and you can pick so many different varieties and animals up which is great!

  • Christmas Slipper Socks – £12.00 (link)

This a cheesy Christmas gift, but a nice one if you’re stuck for ideas on what to get a male secret Santa, boyfriend, brother or your dad. I’ve bought these for Dane as his feet are always cold, I wanted something nice/cheesy for him to wear Christmas day and he wanted them! They have cute little bells on which jingle as you walk and some support on the soles so that you won’t slip on wooden flooring (which is handy in our house seeing as all downstairs is wooden floor!). I am just so excited for him to wear these Christmas!

So those are just some of my ideas for some quick last minute Christmas presents! There are hundreds more I could have added to be honest. Check out Boots for some good ideas, as well as your local supermarkets! M&S had a 50% off gifts sale recently, which I’m sure is still on so that is definitely worth checking out!

I hope everyone isn’t stressing too much with presents and even food for next week. Have you finished all your Christmas shopping? If so what was your best purchase this year for someone? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time take care all and I hope everyone is getting excited! Only 7 days now!

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