2016: A YEAR IN REVIEW (+ A SPECIAL REVEAL!)

2016: A YEAR IN REVIEW (+ A SPECIAL REVEAL!)

This blog post is not only special because it's a review of 2016, but it also marks quite a huge event. There's been something happening behind-the-scenes for a few months now that I can finally reveal to you today...

Tom and I bought a house!

It's been a time of stress, nerves and uncertainty, but yesterday we finally picked up the keys and went to visit our brand new home. It feels to surreal but I'm so excited to move in and start the new year in this magical way.

So for my last blog post of the year, (and because of this amazing news!) I thought it would be great to look back on all of the best moments and highlights.

THE LITTLE BRANCHES WEEKLY ROUND-UP OF THE BEST #6

THE LITTLE BRANCHES WEEKLY ROUND-UP OF THE BEST #6

Friends, this is officially the last weekly round-up of the best before Christmas. Can I get an oh my gosh?

It's unreal that there's only a week to go before the big day.

I honestly can't wait.

It's my nana's birthday today and that's officially when Christmas kicks off in our family. All the festivities started this weekend with meals out and parties, and I'm already so full of prosecco that I dread to think how many bottles we'll get through between now and the new year.

We were out for a meal on Friday to celebrate my brother's graduation, which was super yummy. Today all the family are getting together for my nana's birthday for a lovely lunch and lots of laughs.

I also finished all my wrapping and shopping (YES!), which means next week can be more chilled. Tom and I have both got our work Christmas parties over the next week, I finish for two weeks and Tuesday, I'm getting a blow dry on Friday and there's also something else going on behind-the-scenes that I'll hopefully be able to tell you about soon...

And breathe.

People are kind of right when they say it's the best time of the year, aren't they? My mood is so good right now that come Thursday I just know I'm going to be skipping home to a glass of wine and some very comfy PJs. WOO HOO!

11 OF THE BEST LESSONS I'M TAKING FROM 2016

11 OF THE BEST LESSONS I'M TAKING FROM 2016

This time of year is always so wonderful online. I absolutely love reading everyone’s reflections over the last twelve months and it’s so great to see how much people have to celebrate. So today, I thought I’d do the same.

It’s been a weird year. Overall, there’s been so much that still hangs heavily on our hearts - the American election, terror attacks and some huge losses to name just a few. But on the flipside, for me on a more personal level, it’s been pretty amazing, actually.

There’s been ups and downs as there always have been. But 2016, you’ve brought me so much more. You’ve made me even stronger at work. You’ve let me explore my own passions and happiness more. And you’ve even helped me start to think about becoming a homeowner...for all those things, I am truly grateful.

I feel like I’ve really grown up this year and hitting my mid-twenties hasn’t been anything like I expected. But it’s been full of surprises, goodness and more opportunities and memories than I ever could’ve imagined.

So as we’re on the countdown to singing Auld Lang Syne, here are some of the biggest things I’ve learnt over the past year. 

THE LITTLE BRANCHES WEEKLY ROUND-UP OF THE BEST #5

THE LITTLE BRANCHES WEEKLY ROUND-UP OF THE BEST #5

The last time I wrote this post, I talked about how overwhelmed I was feeling.

This week I'm feeling PUMPED. Mainly because it's December and oh wait, Christmas is two weeks today.

I'm writing this from my sofa at home in my new comfy joggers, with the Christmas looking all fancy, a warm cup of tea and a candle burning, and it's utter relaxation.

I won't lie to you though - the past few months have been tough. I've been trying so hard to find a balance between blogging and life and I've been struggling. One minute I want to never write a post again, the next I want to publish content every day. What. Gives.

Plus, so many other bloggers are producing oh-so-amazing content right now that they're inspiring me to keep blogging and yes, we will take over the world someday.

So yeah, I don't really know if this bodes well or not for 2017 yet, but my plan is to have a good old think over Christmas. Although me and thinking aren't always the best match...

If I've not said it already (which I know I have), I've been loving creating lifestyle content for Little Branches. I've got so many ideas for next year and so many things to talk to you about which I'll hopefully be able to reveal to you very soon!

You guys excited? I am!

For now though, here's the latest weekly round-up of the best things from the past couple of weeks.