14 Things I Love

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Today is the soppiest day of the year, of course it’s Valentine’s Day and it’s definitely like Marmite… You either love it or you hate it, there is no in between really. Well I say that but I’m one of those in between people… I hate Valentine’s Day for various reasons, but I don’t love it. The only thing I like about it is being able to buy Dane a card and write a soppy as fuck message inside for him. I wasn’t going to this year, but alas on a mini food shop I ended up picking up a card. DAMN!

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So instead of a soppy post like some people may be posting today, I decided to write about 14 things I love instead… 14 stands for the date by the way. 😛

  1. Pokemon – Everyone knows this is one of the things I love and I have done for nearly twenty years now! I love every aspect about it including the games, anime, the figures, etc etc. I could go on about what I love about it. It’s just such an interesting series and is one of the many things that takes me back to my childhood. Mornings spent watching the anime on SM:TV Live, as well as playing the first and second generations on my Game Boy Color during the weekends off school and summer holidays.
  2. Perfume/fragrance – I love wearing perfume, even though on the rare occasion I won’t be in the mood for it, so I won’t wear it. I wear all sorts of different ones, but some of my favourites to name are Thierry Muglar Alien, Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy, DKNY Red Delicious, Gucci Envy Me and Dior Addict. I’m sure I can think of more than this mind!
  3. Food – I have always loved food, especially savory food. I would eat bags of crisps over a bar of chocolate any day! I love to eat food, cook food, watch food being cooked, thinking about food, everything you can think of to be honest. I especially love Japanese food, as well as Italian food as well. OH and you can never go wrong with American food as well. One of my favourite things to cook is probably my homemade piri piri fries, just because I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love them.
  4. Lipstick – As the only make up I wear is lipstick I love them so damn much. I love all sorts of lipsticks of course, especially liquid lipsticks. When I first starting to wear lipstick properly I opted for dark pink shades, which moved onto red, then various pink shades and lately I wear a lot of dark shades such as dark raspberry pink, various purple shades and even a dark purple/navy shade lately. I can only see me going darker too! I can’t stand nude shades or light pink, they don’t suit me at all and look awful on me.
  5. Holographic – I am a holosexual through and through and it reminds me of growing up as a teenager and wanting all these things… But sadly I wasn’t able to have them. Due to the whole 90’s trend coming back, of course holographic stuff has too. I only really pick up any holographic goodies if I really like the look of the, and I don’t know why but the holographic look just makes me so happy!
  6. Foxes – These are my favourite animals with dogs and otters coming second and third. I don’t know what it is about them that I love, maybe it’s that they’re ginger… Maybe it’s that they’re cunning… Maybe it’s because they’re fluffy? I don’t know but I think they’re beautiful animals!
  7. Studio Ghibli – One of my favourite anime film studios and the same place that has made one of my favourite films, Spirited Away. I love how creative and unique the stories and characters are that come out of Studio Ghibli, as well as how beautiful the art style is as well. Me and Dane own all of the Ghibli movies to date and I love watching them throughout the year, but especially with people who have never seen them before. I love seeing people fall in love with them.
  8. Lady and The Tramp – I do like Disney but there’s only a handful of the films that I really love and fan over. Lady and The Tramp is my favourite Disney film and one I’ll always keep close to my heart. I just remember watching it when I was a little girl and falling in love with Lady, Tramp and the other dogs. Jock is definitely one of my favourites too! The story is just beautiful and at the time was probably a story line seen in romantic movies, so the fact they brought it to a children’s film was so good.
  9. Goodsmile Company Nendoroid’s – These are little figures based on Japanese anime and manga series, however it has shifted more over to the Western trends such as Disney movie characters (Frozen, Star Wars, Marvel etc) and even some game characters (Animal Crossing, Metal Gear Solid, Uncharted, etc). Both me and Dane LOVE Nendoroid’s and we are constantly eyeing up new ones to buy… They’re not cheap though so they’re definitely a treat whenever we get any. I need to do a post soon about which ones we’re both lusting after.
  10. Duvet Days – This is definitely something I love! I don’t get them as much as I used to due to being busy with work, or the house, or other things. BUT saying this I am currently sat up in bed typing up this post, watching The Last Leg. At this moment in time I cannot possibly complain. 😛 I just love duvet days where I can lie in bed for at least 3 hours on my iPhone scrolling through YouTube and Instagram. These make perfect weekend mornings for me.
  11. Coffee – As a trained barista I love knowing how to make a perfect cup of coffee, but do you know what is even better? Having my own coffee machine to make coffee shop style coffee at home! I LOVE IT! Apart from loving coffee in that way, I also love coffee flavoured things, as well as coffee beans covered in chocolate. I am that weirdo who loves the coffee Revels and Roses. 😛
  12. Bubble baths – I swear I was a mermaid in a previous life! Before all these trends of “being a mermaid” came around I always joked about this. I LOVE baths and I could spend hours in the bath reading books, scrolling through YouTube and Instagram on my phone, and even doing some writing in my journal. Even as a child and teenager I would sit in the bath for hours on end and just add more hot water whenever I felt chilly. Showers I’m not so arsed about, but baths are just heaven to me! I’ve always had a fascination with water too and I don’t know why to be honest, so much so I’ve written stories about water before and various novels as well.
  13. My best friend Gabriella – I mentioned her recently on my Galentine’s Day post, which you can read here. I’ve known Gabriella for nearly 10 years now and I tell you it has FLOWN by! But I love her so much, she is like a sister to me and we get on so well. We talk daily and whether we’re feeling great or like shit we’re always there for each other no matter what. We’ve both supported each other the past month about different things and if I’m ever in the shit and need someone and Dane isn’t around, I know she’ll be there for me no matter what. I love her so much. :’)
  14. Dane – I said Valentine’s Day is soppy but I don’t recall saying there wouldn’t be any on here… 😛 But of course I love Dane. He’s my boyfriend, my best friend, my soul mate and the best person I have ever met. He’s always there for me no matter what and even when I’m a miserable bitch and take stuff out on him, he’s always there to give me a cuddle and be understanding of whatever has happened. I just love him so much, I can’t even describe it. He’s my light in the dark, the apple to my pie and as I’ve started to joke, the stink to my fart. 😛

So those were 14 things I love! I’m sorry this post isn’t anything special but I wanted to do something for today but only worked something out at the last minute. 😛

What 14 things do you love? Please make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time all, take care and whatever you’re doing today, have a lovely day. ^_^

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January Favourites ’17

Woohoo a New Year and therefore a new favourites post, BUT I have decided to change it up again this year! Instead of just writing about my beauty favourites, I’ll also mention one favourite TV show, film, book, song and game. Of course as it always has been, my favourites will focus on beauty.

So without further ado let’s get on with talking about my favourites!

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  • My Face Shop x Kakao Friends Clarifying Foaming Cleanser.

I picked up this foaming cleanser around my birthday when I popped in TK Maxx to have a look for some goodies. It only cost me £2.99 which I thought was a bargain and I wish they had more of these in stock as I would have bought more. This is one of my favourite cleansers at the moment to use as it leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean and fresh. It’s said to leave your skin looking brighter and I can’t say as I have noticed this severely but I do feel like my skin looks healthier since using it. You only have to use a little bit too because as soon as the cleanser gets into contact with water it foams up loads on your face. If you can pick one of these cleansers up then do as they’re worth every penny.

  • Lush Bubbly Shower Gel.

This as many people will know was one of Lush’s new Christmas additions in 2016 and I am so sad that I was never able to get anymore of this. I’m glad however to have picked up a little bottle to see what it was like as aside from Snow Fairy and The Comforter this is one of my favourite shower gels to date. It smells of oranges and lemons and is really refreshing to use in the mornings or to perk you up in the middle of the day. I’ve been using it lately when I’ve been on the really early shifts at work to perk and wake me up in the morning.

  • The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Concentrate.

This was something else I picked up from TK Maxx for the bargain of £14.99 when it was originally meant to be over £30! I worried I would regret picking it up but alas I love this serum so much and it’s something I use on a daily basis! It’s a lovely cooling serum and a little bit goes a long way to cover the whole face and neck. I use it after my toner and eye cream and before my moisturiser. I would recommend picking it up if you want to introduce an anti-aging serum in your daily beauty regime.

  • Blistex Intensive Moisturiser Cherry.

My lips have suffered during the harsh cold days lately and I’ve found only this seems to have fixed them and even then they’re still very blistered and sore. This is a thick cream lip balm that smells and tastes of cherry drops, yummy! A little goes a long way but I do find I have to keep applying it to ensure that it’s doing its job to its fullest.

  • Soap & Glory Butter Yourself Body Lotion.

This is an odd favourite this month because I haven’t been using this the way it should be… Instead of using this as a body lotion I use it as a hand cream during my shifts at work. I often get water on my hands and wash them a lot so it’s necessary to keep them hydrated when hand creams and lotions to make sure my eczema doesn’t flare up again. This body lotion works remarkably well as a hand lotion and it also smells amazing! I keep it inside my Etude House seal pot which did originally have a green tea hand cream in, but I used it all. Hey! Why through away such a cute little pot when I can re-use it?

So now my beauty favourites are done, time to talk about the miscellaneous favourites of the month!

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Favourite TV ShowSherlock Series 4

This will always be one of my favourite TV shows as I have some very fond memories behind it. One being that my best friend Gabriella got me into it in the first place and second of all I remember my boyfriend Dane wanted to catch up on series 3 episodes online whilst he was on a snowboarding holiday and suggested we watch them at the same time during a Skype video conversation. Other than that I LOVED series 4 and although I am sad to see the show come to an end the three last episodes had me on the edge of my seat, but not as much as the last! My favourite moment was the start of episode 2 when Sherlock goes out for chips with Faith and tries to stop her from killing herself. I thought it was heartwarming myself and really pulled on my heart strings.

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Favourite Film – Gone Girl

Although this isn’t a new film and is also one I watched back in December, I couldn’t actually think of a new film I’ve watched recently… I was going to mention Star Wars: Rogue One but meh I saw that nearly two months ago. That was still a great movie mind! But Gone Girl was amazing to be honest and one that kept me constantly shouting at the TV and to Dane about what’s going on throughout the film, until the truth is finally revealed. I might watch it again in the week if not in a bit as I really did love that film. I wouldn’t mind reading the book to see what the differences are between the two, as well as see how it was written. If you’re interested in watching it it’s on Netflix.

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Favourite Book – Your Lie in April

Of course it’s going to be this manga. I haven’t stopped talking about it since around Christmas and I have fast become obsessed with it, as have most people! I’ve only read volume one of the manga so far but after I’ve done loads of blog work I’m going to sit down with a nice cup of tea and continue to read the series as I love the anime so much, so I know I’ll love the manga just the same.

Favourite Song – The Pretty Reckless – “Absolution”

I love this song so damn much and it’s one that I’ll listen to loads as and when I can. I recently saw them play live in Birmingham and I had such a lovely evening! Sadly they didn’t play this, but that’s not a problem. It’s from their second album Going To Hell.

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Favourite Game – Pocket Card Jockey

This is a game on my 2DS that I have been addicted to since I downloaded the demo of it! I immediately bought the game when the demo ended as I was just enjoying playing it. It’s especially good for relaxing if you feel stressed of anxious, which I’ve found has helped me a lot throughout the month. You’re a jockey and in order to win your races you must play solitaire and win games etc etc. That’s the only way I can describe it. The demo is still available for the game and to buy it it only costs £6.29. The game itself reminds me of a horse racing game me and my dad used to play at an arcade years ago when I was little.

So those are my favourites from January! January was a weird month for me to be honest and I know February isn’t going to be that much better sadly due to some personal stuff going on at the moment. Sadly I won’t be sharing any of that on my blog, but just know that I am okay and I’m slowly on the mend.

What were your favourites from January? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time take care all and see you soon.

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There Might Be Coffee – 2016 Review

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Now this is something I have never done before because I never thought anything special had ever happened to my blog before for me to warrant writing this type of post. However 2016 was the best my blog has been to date and I am so fucking proud of that.

I also saw that The Mini Mermaid had written something like this so she inspired me to do this too.

From having a look at my stats I discovered that the views of my blog in 2016 more than doubled in comparison to 2015! WOW!

2015:
Views – 18,683
Visitors – 12,608

2016:
Views – 39,951
Visitors – 30,987

Top 5 posts of 2016:

Lush Halloween 2016 – 2,560

Give Me Glow Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Bad Gal Review – 2,012

Lancome Juicy Shaker Lip Gloss in Berry In Love Review – 1,866

Lush Intergalactic Bath Bomb Review – 1,649

Lush Christmas 2016 – 1,351

I’m not going to lie when I say I am a tad disappointed that not more of my varied posts weren’t on here… But meh I can’t complain! To be honest I am known for my lip product reviews, as well as Lush reviews as well so these seem apt to be fair.

Since me starting There Might Be Coffee in 2011 my blog has grown and here is how much.

I have written 597 posts.

I have had 91,224 views.

I have had 64,427 visitors.

Finally my best views ever were on the 13th September 2016 with an amazing 597 views on my blog! The post that was live on my blog that day was Big Beauty haul.

So what would I change about my blog in 2017?

I would love to attend more events to be honest! I loved attending all the events that I did in 2016 and it was lovely to meet some amazing bloggers along the way.

I would also love to write more reviews and start doing my look book posts again as I really miss doing those.

To be honest towards the end of 2016 my blog wasn’t as active and posts weren’t being written and published as often as I wanted them to be. Why? Well I work in retail/hospitality and with that comes working all over Christmas and dealing with people getting ready for “the most wonderful time of the year” (didn’t just sing that as I typed it…) so as soon as I came home from work I would be shattered and just want to eat, order presents online, wrap presents, read, play games and chill out.

I have noticed since moving into the house that when I lived at home the first thing I would do other than get changed into my pajamas was turn my laptop on. I don’t do that when I get home from work in my house. I still get changed into my pajamas but more often than not I’ll start doing some housework. My laptop gets put on a back shelf and it’s because I have better things to do now and as boring as I sound, more adult matters.

However I am going to try my hardest in 2017 to keep my blog updated and posts published as often as I can because I genuinely missed writing throughout November and December.

I now have a daily journal I use to write down blog ideas and when I’ll be writing them up etc. I also intend to use a notebook to write blog posts in whenever I don’t get the chance to get on my laptop to type up ideas etc.

What kind of posts would you like me to write in the future? Once a month I might pop a little voting panel up on my Twitter so you can go and vote.

Until next time all take care and I hope you’re having a lovely week so far.

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My First Time Tag

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This is a very random post for today but one I have wanted to do since Natalie over at Simply Just Natalie posted on her blog back in November. I just haven’t found the right moment or had the time to do it… Until now! If you read this post and fancy giving it a go yourself then I insist! I’m sure Natalie wouldn’t mind that either. ^_^

1. FIRST YouTube video you ever watched?
I can’t remember to be honest with you! It was probably something to do with Bam Margera… In fact it was probably the one I have linked above the video.

2. FIRST person you subscribed to on YouTube?
I don’t have a clue to be honest! Was probably Lauren Luke AKA panacea81.

3. Do you still talk to your FIRST love?
Once in a while yeah. We’re still really good friends. 🙂

4. FIRST kiss?
He was a friend of a family member and it was during a family party. I regret it as it was grim AF. But meh there’s always a first time for everything!

5. FIRST alcoholic drink?
Blue WKD! I drank it New Years Eve and I forgot how sugary and sickly it was. 😛

6. FIRST car?
A little red Peugeot 106. I loved that car so much!

7. FIRST job?
A kitchen porter. I loved that job and had such a laugh with the chefs. We would listen to rock music (mostly Foo Fighters as both the chefs loved them… Then again who doesn’t!) and have a laugh.

8. FIRST pet?
A little brown hamster who I called Madeline.

9. FIRST celebrity crush?
Declan Donnelly. xD I loved him on SM:TV Live with his Pikachu jumper. 😛

10. FIRST real boyfriend?
A… Who I met at college. We dated for nearly four years.

11. Who was the FIRST person to text you today?
Dane, as always. ^_^

12. Who was your FIRST grade teacher?
Mrs T. I don’t want to put full names etc. She was an amazing teacher, very strict but very lovely.

13. Where was your FIRST sleepover?
Probably one of my cousins houses. I’ve never been a fan of sleeping over at peoples houses.

14. What was the FIRST thing you did this morning?
Checked my phone for messages etc etc.

15. FIRST concert you ever went to?
Busted! I absolutely loved it to be honest and I have no shame. 😛

16. FIRST broken bone?
Never broken a bone. 😛

17. FIRST movie you remember seeing?
The Rescuers is the one that comes to mind at the moment. I love that Disney movie.

18. FIRST sport you were involved in?
Rounders, I always enjoyed playing on the school team for it too. I just remember a girl pushing me out of the spot I always played when going to schools and I had to drop out because I couldn’t practice. 😦

19. FIRST tweet?
Sadly I don’t have a clue as it was 10 years ago. xD

20. FIRST Facebook profile pic?
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21. FIRST piercing?
I don’t have any… Not even my ears. 😛

So those were my firsts! Why don’t you have a go at this tag and make sure to comment below with links to your answers so I can have a nosey?

It was my birthday the weekend as most will know and I have a lovely time! What things did you get up to the weekend? Make sure to comment and let me know!

Until next time take care all and see you soon.

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27 Facts about Me for My 27th Birthday

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR NATALEE, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

So as you may have gathered by now it’s my birthday and of course it is today. WOOP! I’m not going to lie I am writing this the day before my actual birthday as I plan to spend tomorrow chilling out… Well today now! I plan to have a lovely day with my family whilst Dane’s at work and then go out with them all for a meal in the evening. Saturday is the day when me and Dane will go on a little adventure together for my birthday. I’ll definitely be writing about that at some point in the week.

BUT for now I wanted to write something about myself for my birthday other than what I’ll be doing… So I came up with sharing 27 facts about me to coincide with my age. This was actually awkward as hell to do as I couldn’t think of a whole lot… But I gave it my best shot and I hope you enjoy this post!

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  1. I’m allergic to bananas due to my hay fever allergy, which is mostly affected by tree pollen. If I eat bananas my mouth swells up and gets itchy. It sucks!
  2. As you may not have noticed already I LOVE Pokemon and have done since the first time I played Pokemon Red on my cousins Gameboy Color.
  3. Due to previously working in Costa Coffee I had a lot of training as a barista and officially trained to be one towards the end of my career there. I still use these skills in my current job and it’s a skill I am really proud to have.
  4. My favourite colour is purple and red is a close second due to it being the colour that suits me the most to wear.
  5. Due to how relaxing it is I love cleaning my bathroom and even in previous jobs I rather enjoyed it. I just pop my music on or Netflix/YouTube and get on with it!
  6. I love reading manga over novels, my favourite manga being Nana which I recently finished reading.
  7. I can’t choose one but my top 5 favourite films are Forrest Gump, Precious, Spirited Away, The Green Mile and This Is England.
  8. I love to write and although the past year I have hardly had any interest in writing a novel anymore, I have since then realised that I would instead love to write my own comic book with someone drawing the art for me.
  9. My top 3 favourite animals are foxes, otters and dogs.
  10. I have leguminophobia, which is a phobia of baked beans.
  11. When I order coffee I usually order a flat white with vanilla syrup.
  12. The only make up I wear is lipstick.
  13. The first anime I ever watched was Elfen Lied and it’s still one of my favourites!
  14. I really enjoy making cocktails, especially creamy ones… If that makes sense. 😛
  15. I’m hoping this year that me and Dane can add an addition to our family… NO NOT A BABY! We want a puppy. We want to get a miniature schnauzer.
  16. One of my favourite shops to buy from right now is Ohayou Clothing.
  17. I love anything Japanese but especially the food! Katsu curry is my favourite, alongside salmon sushi.
  18. I mentioned earlier that I love Pokemon, my favourite Pokemon are Mew, all the Eeveelutions, Cubone and Dragonite.
  19. I’m a console collector and currently own a SNES, PlayStation, PS2, PS3, PS4 and a GameCube. I also collect handheld consoles and currently own a GameBoy, GameBoy Color, GameBoy Advance, Nintendo DS Lite and a Nintendo 2DS.
  20. Jackass is one of my favourite TV shows, followed by This Is England and Teachers.
  21. I have too many baths! I just love them as I find them relaxing after a long hard day.
  22. Three bands I want to see before I die are Daft Punk, Queens of The Stone Age and The Bloodhound Gang.
  23. I want to go to Japan before both me and Dane turn 30.
  24. I collect Black Milk Clothing pieces. So far I have 6 and I love them all!
  25. Both me and Dane also collect Nendoroid figures by Good Smile Company. They’re cute little figures mostly inspired by Japanese characters, but more recently some characters from the west have appeared around too.
  26. I do pole dancing as fitness and have done for quite a long time on and off. Although I am currently not doing it I hope to save up enough money to buy my own pole to use at home.
  27. I’m like a magpie when it comes to anything holographic!

So that was 27 facts about me! As I said I did struggle a little but I hope you all like the facts I decided to share with you all.

Which one was your favourite to find out about? Plus tell me a fact about yourselves in the comments down below!

I’m sure I’ll be sharing what goodies I got for my birthday in a couple of days! I know I’m really excited to share what Dane has bought me as I’m super excited to see what I got.

Until next time take care all and I’m off to enjoy being old. 😛

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20 Christmas Tag Questions

Dayum I have been quiet for ten days now! I am sorry for this but I have been awfully busy with life right now. I know I keep excusing myself and saying this but it’s true. To be fair I could try and make more effort to do blog work but I have just been so damn busy. If it isn’t busy from being at work, it’s busy from housework and more so recently from socialising… Which isn’t going to die down for the next couple of weeks.

But seeing as Christmas is almost a week away I thought I would do a Christmas themed blog post, yay! I found these 20 Christmas tag questions on this website and thought I’d have a go at them! If you like them too make sure to give it a go yourself. 😛

1. Use one noise to describe how excited you are for Christmas.
A squeaky fart followed by a childish giggle… I don’t know! 😛

2. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
NEVER! The only time they’re opened before Christmas Day is if they’re from friends who want to see my face when I open their presents and vice versa.

3. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?
I’m excited that me and Dane will be making our own traditions, these including giving each other stockings with little gifts inside, as well as opening our presents in bed together which will be lovely. I’m so excited for it!

4. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
It’s fake! I don’t think I’ll ever buy a real one…

5. What is your favorite Christmas film?
I don’t know if I haven a favourite one… I have a few I really like… Jingle All The Way, Home Alone, Home Alone 2 and Bad Santa. I can’t think of anymore sadly. I’m really not a Christmas movie person.

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6. Where do you usually spend your holiday?
I usually spend it at my parents, although last year I spent most of it at Dane’s parents and then the rest at mine. This year we’ll be spending some of it at our house and then the rest at my parents, which will be lovely.

7. What is your favorite Christmas song?
I’ll attach the YouTube video down below…

8. What is your all-time favorite holiday food/sweet treat?
Pigs in blankets is always a good one! I also love pigging out on yummy ice cream and chocolate Christmas pudding. This year me and Dane have bought some Bailey’s ice cream. So damn excited!

9. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
I like giving them and seeing peoples faces light up when they open their gifts, especially Dane. Not going to lie I always get excited for what Dane has bought me every year and I’m especially excited this year!

10. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?
I like that I can spoil the people I love to a gift(s) that I know they will love and adore. I especially love to write soppy messages in cards. My close friends and Dane only get these.

 

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11. When do you start getting excited for Christmas?
Usually Christmas Eve which is leaving it a little late to be fair… It’s hard to get excited for Christmas when you work in a job where you work most of Christmas…

12. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
This is a really hard question as I’ve received some amazing and beautiful gifts over the years… But shit this question is so hard! Probably something that I look at and have fond memories of… Such as a Pandora charm, my massive Totoro plushie. Actually I would say my fox plushie as Dane bought it for our first Christmas together from the German Market in Birmingham. I love it and keep it by my bed.

13. What is the worst present you’ve ever received?
I’ve been given earrings before and the reason for these being the worst is because I don’t have my ears pierced and to be honest when people do buy me earrings they usually aren’t even my style. So yeah I can’t be dealing with stuff like that!

14. As a kid, did a sibling ever receive a present that you wished was for you?
Not really to be honest as my siblings are both male and a lot older than I am. 😛

15. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
Japan! It would be amazing to have KFC for dinner instead of a proper one, just for a change really. 😛

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16. Most memorable Holiday moment?
Probably a few years ago when I bought Dane his first Nendoroid and he had no clue as to what I bought him. I recorded him opening it because I wanted to be able to keep the memory of that moment forever. I just asked him what his favourite present was and he said it was this one! This makes me happy. ^_^

17. Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you stick to them?
I do sometimes, usually the bog standard stuff like dieting, keeping a diary, etc. I usually stick to them but not throughout the year… Probably up until after the summer. I intend to make a couple this year.

18. What makes the holidays special for you?
Being able to spend time with my family and Dane. I never really do anything nice with my family throughout the year, so being able to sit at the dining table and have Christmas dinner and open our presents with each other is something I hold close to me.

19. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
The above. ^^^

20. You have been granted one Christmas wish… What will it be?
For anyone who is alone this Christmas to not be. I don’t need a wish for myself, I’m a pretty lucky lady. :’)

So that was the 20 Christmas tag questions! If you’re a blogger like myself why don’t you give this tag post a go yourselves? Make sure to reply to this blog post with a link to your answers so I can check them out!

Until next time take care all and I hope everyone is ready for Christmas now. 😛

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Tips on Learning a New Language – Guest Post!

My friend Gabriella has been lovely enough to write a guest post for my blog whilst I’m away on holiday and I’m excited to share these tips she’s written for me about learning a new language!

So enjoy and please leave her comments down below letting her know what you thought of her post for me.

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Learning a new language isn’t like learning to play an instrument, play a sport or bake like Mary Berry. You have to change how you think and interpret things, particularly when it comes to grammar and sentence structure. And to be truly proficient, you need to be able to not just speak the language but understand the subtle nuances of that language, such as the change in tone based on context, which is something we don’t have to think about when it comes to our own.

The language that I am in the process of learning is Japanese. It’s certainly not the easiest language in the world, and there is little in terms of similarities with English, unlike languages such as French and German, so people learning the more Latin-based languages may not always relate to my experiences. However, so that this article is helpful, I thought I’d keep my tips as general as possible, so that they may hopefully help you regardless of what language you’re learning.

After almost two years of learning the language, and just over a year of full-on learning, these are the five tips/words of advice that I’ve figured out from my own experiences.

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1. Start off small

It can be very daunting to know where to start when it comes with a language. Think of how many words you use in a day. The chances are it’ll be in the hundreds without you even realising. Because of this, it’s better to start small. Learn to say hello and to introduce yourself. Learn to say goodbye, please and thank you. You’d be surprised at how useful these are.

2. You will struggle at times

I am not being cruel here – this is a fact. You will hit a roadblock at some point and it will frustrate you and make you want to give up. This has happened to me a few times. One example is being able to read and remember the Katakana alphabet, where for some reason my mind would just not compute with the symbols and it would leave feeling incredibly frustrated. In the end, what I did was what I advise you do as well: I took a step back from it, concentrated on other areas and went back to it. Looking at it with fresh eyes always seemed to help. If not, perhaps try a new method of remembering it. Regardless, the most important thing is to not give up completely. You will get there eventually.

3. Repetition is your friend

One of the best ways to get new information to stick in your head is repetition. Read it, write it, say it out loud over and over again. Keep going until you know the word off by heart. To start off with, do it with just one word, and then build a sentence around that word and memorise that. Keep going with this, adding more and more information until you feel confident on that topic. Then start again. One useful tool for helping to memorise words is a website called Memrise. You choose which courses you want to learn about (there are several on there, ranging from Chinese to Vulcan) and it plants the word in your mind and then tests you on the word every four hours initially, and then as it enters your long-term memory, it reduces how often it tests you from 12 hours, to a few days, all the way to a few weeks. Furthermore, there is a free app for you to download so that you can test yourself on the go. This system may not suit everyone, but I’ve found it incredibly helpful, particularly when it comes to learning Kanji.

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4. Surround yourself in the language

The easiest way to do this is to be in the country where the language is spoken, but for most people this isn’t possible. Instead, you can do this in several ways, so do it in whatever way suits you. As long as it’s helping to immerse you in that language, use whatever method you want. One method I’ve found to be quite useful is looking for TV programmes/films in that language, or even find your favourites with a dub. I found Disney to be very good for this, because the language is simple enough due to the intended audience being children, and it has the added bonus of including music. Music for me is particularly useful because I find learning lyrics to be a strength of mine, so look around and see if you can find any music that you enjoy in the language you want to learn.

Another way to surround yourself in the language is to think about how to say what you’re doing right now in the language you’re learning, and if you don’t know, then look it up. For example, I would look up how to say “I am writing a blog post” in Japanese. Keep doing this as many times are you’re able to throughout the day. That way, you’re giving context to what you’re learning within your own life. I’ve learned so many new words and phrases from this!

5. Ask for help

This seems pretty obvious, but it’s a lot harder to do this than I’d expected. I believe it’s because of the worry of being wrong or embarrassing myself, but I found myself positively terrified of asking anyone, particularly natives. This is why websites like Lang8 are useful, because you get the advice but there’s a level of anonymity there. Just think of it as asking a teacher questions in class: it’s a little awkward, but it’s for your own benefit. If it’s related to Japanese, then you can always ask me too. I’m happy to help a fellow learner!

6. Learn the alphabet

For almost every other language, there is a separate alphabet with different pronunciations. For some, there’s just a few differences, like with French and German, and for other there’s a completely different alphabet that needs to be learned (e.g. Japanese, Russian, etc). Regardless, Irecommend learning this fairly early on in your study, otherwise you will struggle later on. A common mistake people make when they’re learning Japanese is that they focus too heavily on the Romaji (Japanese with Latin letters – eg. Japanese is 日本語/にほんご and in Romaji that would be Nihongo) for too long that they end up relying on it too much. I only ever come across Romaji in Learning Japanese texts – it’s certainly not common in Japan itself. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t use Romaji, or the equivalents in other languages, but rather use it while you’re learning the alphabet. For Japanese, I’d personally recommend Hiragana, Katakana and then start on the behemoth that is Kanji. The pronunciation for Kanji is often in either Hiragana or Katakana, so learning those two first will certainly help.

Anyway, sorry for rambling on. I hope these tips helped you. Maybe it’s even made you go back to a language you were starting to learn but had given up on, or perhaps encouraged you to start. If you have any questions at all, feel free to send them my way by leaving a comment.

Until next time all take care and I hope your weeks been going good!

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