10 resolutions (that actually matter) this new year's

1. To drink more water

This is probably one that you make (and fail at) every single year, if you're anything like me. But it's just so important. Imagine having great skin, hair and not feeling tired all of the time and being able to thank trusty ol' water for it. It sounds like a pretty decent deal to me. I for one will definitely be putting that little bit of extra effort into staying hydrated in 2016. Maybe this will be the year that we all look after our bodies as well as we do our social media pages.

Favourite things: December

Pretty much the whole of December has been my favourite. Anybody that has shown the slightest bit of interest in my little corner of the internet this month will have already figured that out! Being home and celebrating the festivities with all of the people that matter to me in the world, making presents look pretty and cosy nights in front of 'Elf' have made for a rather fantastic time. It definitely made it hard to whittle down the hundreds (maybe thousands) of favourite things I could mention today. Just be warned that the following are very, very festive.

10 things to remember on Boxing Day

If you're anything like me, you probably woke up with a sinking feeling this morning. Granted, this day is still better than 95% of the rest of the year. But it's still just not Christmas Day, is it? It's hard not to focus on the fact that the 25th, with all of its Yorkshire Puddings and presents, is no longer upon us. I'm not one to dwell on the negatives though (or I can at least pretend I'm not), so here are some things to remember this Boxing Day.

How to make Christmas Eve even more magical

As you have probably guessed, I'm not spending my Christmas Eve typing up a blog post. In fact, right about now I will be eating my weight in soft cheeses and drinking my fair share of champaign (yes, this early in the morning) surrounded by many of the people that I love. Luckily, the wonder that is scheduled posting exists, which leaves me with the perfect opportunity to wish all of you, my internet friends, an amazing Christmas. Spread love, eat as much as you can in the next 72 hours and try to actually get some sleep tonight despite the excitement! Remember that things will go back to normal all too quickly, so embrace every single moment of the magical day that will be upon us within a matter of hours.

As though the prospect of tomorrow morning isn't enough to make you feel like you're going to burst with happiness, here are four ideas on how to make your Christmas Eve even more magical.

11 things to remember as Christmas approaches

It's a time for living, a time for believing, a time for trusting, not deceiving. And also a time for unsolicited comments from family members about your weight and a serious amount of present envy (prenvy?) We may all love Christmas, but there are definitely some things to keep in mind as the big day approaches.

A winter saviour: DIY coconut bath melts

Apart from the fact that it houses Christmas, I'm not a fan of Winter. Frankly, I have enough trouble with my skin in mid-July thanks to its overly sensitive nature (if it were a person it would cry at the M&S Christmas advert), let alone when the wind is dead set on stripping every thing good away from it. And during the festive period, I aim to spend at least 90% of my time eating cheese and/or chocolate, not slathering copious amounts of moisturiser on. Which is why I was so excited when I found out that you could make bath melts from coconut oil. You can totally eat chocolate in the bath and still leave with nourished skin!

Wrapping tips for the clueless

I come from a family of Christmas obsessives who treat wrapping like an olympic sport. I think I could actually say that my Mum puts as much effort into wrapping, ribboning and labelling our presents as she does into buying them! The view of the underneath of our tree is the stuff of legends. Thanks to this, for most of my life I've been able to leave my presents with my family members and trust that they will come out looking like they've just been dropped off directly from the North Pole. Mainly because my Mum couldn't handle the idea of not having everything looking uniform...

But this year I've been left to it. I've really had to step up my wrapping game as well as keeping it nice and cheap on my student budget. I feel like I've finally got the hang of it, thanks to a few failed attempts and the fact that I seem to have unconsciously absorbed some of the family tips over the years. I thought I would share some cute wrapping ideas for those of you in a similar position to me (broke and inexperienced) because let's be honest, you haven't even touched a roll of wrapping paper yet. I wouldn't have unless I was planning this post, that's for sure.

24 thoughts you definitely have whilst Christmas shopping

  1. Okay, let’s go. It’s going to be super quick this year. Just think about the Nandos at the end of the tunnel.
  2. It’s the most wonderful time of the yeeeeear.
  3. John Lewis is a great place to start. John Lewis has everything.
  4. If I buy 16 reed diffusers, that ticks off more than half the people I need to get gifts for.

The best festive drink you've ever had

Okay, so the title lied. We all know that the best drink at Christmas is Baileys and that nothing will ever compare to that. But this s'mores hot chocolate is definitely a close second. It's a cup of warm, gooeyness, that's perfect for keeping you toasty when the outside is rather set on doing the opposite. 

What to buy for the people you always forget

With two weeks to go, I feel like right about now is when Christmas looses a bit of its novelty because you start to remember all of the presents that you actually still need to buy. You may have thought your job was complete earlier this month when you bagged that scarf that was perfect for your Mum, but you inevitably forgot the aunt who will be joining you for lunch and the school friends that you will be reuniting with over the holidays. Crap.   

But never fear, your Curly God Mother is here to help you out with this gift guide for the people that we forget to buy for every year.

Review: Lush's T'eo natural deodorant bar

We all know that I'm more than a little bit obsessed with Lush. Much to the despair of my bank balance, it's been pretty much the only place I've shopped since attempting to transition to all-natural skin and hair care. Thanks to this addiction, a few weeks ago I made the risky decision to swap my trusty Sure deodorant for a less chemical filled alternative. So that you don't have to risk sweat patches the size of your head and the embarrasment of people staying a few feet away from you at all times, I thought I'd save you the trouble of testing one of Lush's natural deodorants out yourself and just let you know what I think.

The 9 best things about Christmas

The count down
Perhaps this is a bit controversial, but I kind of think that the countdown to Christmas is a little bit better than the day itself. Firstly, advent calendars are probably one of life’s best inventions. Secondly, on the day itself you get that sinking feeling at about 10pm when you realise it’s all over. For me, ‘Christmas’ and ‘December’ are just interchangeable terms.

Learning to prioritise

Life has been hectic recently - A crazy mix of completing university assignments, attending lectures, attempting to visit home and trying my best to keep on top of blogging as well as everything that comes with it. Until a few weeks ago, I didn't know it was possible to be so insanely busy, yet feel like you've accomplished nothing in a 12 hour day. My schedule was constantly full and my days just became a tool for ticking things off my to-do list. It was boring bordering on soul destroying. And I knew that I needed to change things lest I end up hiding under my covers for a month.

Christmas gift guide: What to get a student

As a student who is just a broke and just as clueless as the rest, I feel as though it is my duty to tell you that we no longer want Barbies for christmas. Replace barbies with booze and you're probably on the right track. It's not that tricky. Still, I understand that some people probably want to give their friends/family members something other than alcohol on Christmas morning (bottles are a bugger to wrap, after all). And 17 crates of vodka may be a bit excessive.

My few months at uni have made me qualified to suggest some gifts which won't hurt the liver but will leave the receiver thrilled, or at least mildly amused, on the 25th. Who doesn't like novelty mugs, really?

Positive thoughts to take into December

I could very easily cop out of the December edition of this series and merely have a blog post containing the word "Christmas". The connotations that come along with that - cheese, chocolate, roast potatoes, twinkly lights, Mariah Carey, mulled wine - are all enough to get anyone raring to jump straight into the month.

Alas, I feel like I'm kind of obliged to give you a little more than a word to start your December off on a positive foot. This month it comes in the form of a TED talk given by Zain Asher, about how we all need to learn to 'trust our struggles'. This one for anybody who has a goal in life. If you've had a tough 2015 so far, Zain hits home how integral the struggles that we face are in building us as people and allowing for our future successes. I won't give anything else away, but it's a truly inspiring 15 minutes and definitely worth a watch.

Click here to see the talk