December Favourites

Wednesday 12 December 2018

Good evening & Welcome. As I am writing this post, I am led in bed with the heating on and a cup of tea in hand. I am tired - to say the least. I have been working so hard recently and my brain is so desperate for a rest. It is getting to the scary point in the university year, where our dissertations and other projects are due in soon and Christmas isn't going to be much of an unwind. 

However, I have still had a good December and even though there is a crushing weight on my brain right now, called university, I am feeling super Christmas-sy. This month, I have tried quite a few new things...

First up is these Puppy Playing Cards - from Typo. 

Playing cards are something I always need but never have. Having a drink at the pub? Playing cards. Bored on a Sunday evening? Playing cards. Having a family get together? Playing cards. 
Honestly, I don't know if it's because I am a student that I feel the need to always have playing cards handy, but I do. And if anyone knows me, they will know that I love dogs. I am definitely more of a dog person and even more than that - I am definitely a Corgi person. Look at those cute little pupper faces. How could you resist?  Anyway, I went to Typo to grab some pens and I got these cards for £2.00 with my purchase, which I thought was a pretty good deal for such an essential item (honestly, this isn't sponsored by Typo, I just really love dogs).

Secondly, my first Christmas present - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

I know, I know. You should leave all your Christmas presents for Christmas day but my friends and I exchanged presents early as we won't be seeing each other over the holidays. And from my friend Katie (check out her blog here), she got me the book Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. Now, a little while ago, I did a blog post reviewing this book and I absolutely loved it - I would even go as far as to say, that it is probably one of my favourite books ever. Which means that I already have a copy. So, do you know why this one is so different? It's a brand new cover and IT'S SIGNED. I know! It definitely had to make it onto my December Favourites list. 

Thirdly - Friendly Soaps

I love trying new soaps - especially if they are different and unusual scents. And luckily, I was able to get my hands on some soaps from Friendly Soaps. So let's talk about this little company. They are a vegan company, which don't test on animals and don't use any harsh chemicals in their products. So for all my little sensitive beans (like me), these soaps won't hurt your skin. As an added bonus, all the packaging is recyclable and plastic free - you can literally buy all of these soaps guilt-free.  
I have already tried the Lavander one and I am really looking forward to trying the Shampoo bar. One of the places we use the most plastic is actually the bathroom. Think about it - plastic razors, plastic toothbrushes, shampoo bottles...What if we could minimalize this? What if all our needed washing products could come in handy, recyclable cardboard and not have any need for the plastic bottle? 
I have done a few reviews on different, cruelty-free products and when I worked with The Cruelty-Free Beauty Box back in October, I tried their Shampoo bar. At first, I was a little scared to try something so different and against the norm. What if it didn't wash my hair, as well as bottled shampoo, did? What if it made my hair feel dry? What if it made my hair feel greasy? I really wish that bars of shampoo become more of a normal thing that you see in stores. Shampoo bars really are the way forward. They are literally the same as normal, bottled shampoo and you should wash away all those thoughts whilst you wash your hair. 

As I was generously gifted so many of these soaps, please expect to find them in some of your stockings this year for Christmas - after all, why not spread some soap that's good for the environment!

Thank you Friendly Soaps!

Finally - Recipes inspired by Jane Austen. 

Would be one of my *Insert Month here* favourite's list without having at least two books on it?  From one bookworm to another - this recipe book is totally worth it. I actually received this for my birthday back in October but I have only cracked it out this month when I have had time to look through it. As a creative writer - Jane Austen is obviously a name I hear a lot and to have a little recipe book inspired by her is great. One of my favourite recipes in it is the Gingerbread one! It's very festive.

Thank you for reading this little list. I am sorry I have been a little absent this month, I have been so busy and finding time to actually take photos and write is proving very difficult. But stick with me - I will be back for good soon!

Also, thank you Friendly Soap - if you would like to pick up one for yourself or for a loved one this Christmas, click here for their website.

*This post is sponsored but all opinions are my own. 

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  1. Great post. Good luck with your upcoming deadlines! X

  2. Great post! Loved it ! Excited to read your more blog posts. Best wishes :) X

  3. Fab post, I love the variation x

  4. Hi Asher, it’s your mummy here... yes she still calls me mummy even at 21 years of age..I love it as it reminds me of when she was little with ringlets in her hair.
    I hope that I have a shampoo bar in my stocking as I love the sound of this. I have been extremely good this year.

  5. The puppy playing cards are beyond adorable!!! Friendly soaps is a brand I have not come across before. I love the packaging! I'll be giving their range a try in the new year! :)


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