What I got for my 19th birthday! πŸŽπŸŽ‰

Hi everyone! How are you today? This morning I found out that over here in Ireland winter supposedly doesn’t start until the 21st December which surprised me as it’s sooo cold where I am that I wouldn’t be surprised by snow which is rare for us! πŸ˜‚ last week was my birthday and before more time goes by, today I thought I would share with you the presents I received which I am incredibly grateful for! πŸ’— I mentioned in my last post that I was hoping to have this up sooner but a flare-up left me unable to move to arrange/take the pictures for it so as soon as the pain eased I slowly set to on putting this post together. My sister calls our Birthdays: Birthmonth because it feels nicer to space out the celebration thinking it’s more than one day if the day itself goes by quickly πŸ˜‚ so that way of thinking is exactly what I will have to let seep through onto my blog (doesn’t sound horrible at all! πŸ˜‚)! This is quite a long post but only because I wanted to say something about everything! πŸ˜‚ So wherever you are, sit back and relax, have a mug of your favourite hot drink β˜• because I’m doing enough talking for the both of us! πŸ˜‚

A beautiful blue ring

Earlier this year I mentioned to my mum that it would be nice to own a piece of jewelry that I could treasure and remember receiving from her and dad on a specific event for the rest of my life. Forgetting that I had said that, it was a lovely surprise to unwrap this ring! πŸ˜† I put it on straight away beside the ring I always wear that my parents wore when they had my oldest sister George πŸ’— and I love it so much!

Owl vanilla brown sugar soap on a rope

I have a slight obsession with owls (which is okay because it used to be a mad one! πŸ˜‚) so my friend got me this soap on a rope and it is so pretty that I know I’m going to want to save it πŸ˜‚ but I swear I will use it and not treat it like an ornament! The vanilla brown sugar scent smells absolutely heavenly 😍 (if it’s sugar does that mean it will be grainy like a nice facemask or is that just something they might have added just to the name? πŸ˜‚).

Paint your own stones sets 

I LOVE presents that are doing things as then they keep me busy and not at a loss when I’m having flare-ups where I can’t get up. Each of these craft sets contains four large stones each and guess what? Once upon a time I would have saved them for fear of ruining them but now I don’t care because they look like so much fun πŸ˜‚ and I can’t just keep stuff for a time that might not come! I’m looking forward to putting them on display in my room (and maybe doing one with a Bastille logo!).

The Pointless Book 2 & 3

I have been wishing for the second and third Pointless books since I got really invested in the first one during hurricane Ophelia πŸ˜‚ I can’t wait to fill them in and look back on them (I looked back on what I wrote in the first one and you can tell I was going a bit delirious stuck inside πŸ˜‚). At first glance the pages are filled with loads of more stuff than the first one was which is brilliant because I think that the first Pointless book had a lot of pages that were just blank saying “fill this page with doodles” or “turn this page with your ear” πŸ˜‚ Its obvious that they have tried to make improvements in these two and I can’t wait to get stuck into them! 

Dressing Gown and DVD’s (I have put these together as their description is very short without photos)

A few weeks ago before my birthday I saw the comfiest dressing gown I have ever seen whilst out shopping with my mum and unbeknownst to me she got it for me and I’m in my element now (especially on the freezing cold mornings we are getting as we draw closer to Winter). I tore the shoulder in my last dressing gown πŸ˜‚ and even in this weather it was incredibly warm to wear (think Narnia style! πŸ˜‚) and so I was delighted to be given a new one. However I wasn’t able to take a picture of it as my smallest dog, Toby, had a little accident on it so it’s in the wash πŸ™ˆ as I write this he has just gotten back from seeing the vet as he was acting very lethargic yesterday and kept being sick/has diarrhea. He’s not acting himself and is the kind of dog that gets very ashamed with himself when he’s done something wrong, even if he couldn’t control it and looks at you like he’s saying “please tell me why I’m hurting” as he rocks back and forth. The vet has given him some medicine that can be given by using a syringe to feed him and hopefully that will make his pain go down πŸ’• we’ve been told that if he’s the same by Monday he might have to go and have a drip put in πŸ™ he’s a strong little thing and his tails started to wag again when we call him by his nicknames “Mr man” or “Mr tumbles” πŸ˜‚ so hopefully his body is fighting it already.

I also received some DVDs for my birthday, one being the first series of Ugly Betty (as my sister and I are always looking for something new to watch and have nearly finished Absolutely Fabulous) and a movie with one of my favourite comedians, Rik Mayall! 

Chess game

I’m really getting into playing chess since the storm last month! I honestly never thought I would know how to play chess (although I only know the basics πŸ˜‚), It must be the first thing I’ve ticked off my bucket list in a while πŸ€”πŸ˜‚. I have two chess sets already but one of them is glass (so it’s difficult to see which pieces belong to who πŸ˜‚) and the other is part of a compendium of games which is hard to carry down when I only want the chess out of it πŸ˜‚ so I was very happy to receive this set! The pieces are kind of like clay and very easy to grip as I usually reach for a piece and knock the board over ending the game a minute after it starts πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚.

Gold holographic notebook

This was an awkward notebook to take a picture of as it captures all sorts of light so this was the only angle that you can see the words on it from πŸ˜‚ “plans to conquer the world”. I’m not completely sure yet but I think I might use it as a bullet journal after I’ve read up on how to go about it! (For once I actually have an idea as to what a notebook is going to be used for! πŸ˜±πŸ˜‚) Do you have any tips on how to start a bullet journal? 

Essential knots kit

Another doing thing! πŸ˜‚ I have tried tying one knot so far using a technique and it went horribly wrong! My fingers are a bit shaky so it can be hard to learn to do new things with them and I usually end up annoyed πŸ˜‚ but I learnt to play chess so I’m sure I will get the hand of one of the simplest knots soon! πŸ˜‚

Large LOVE photo frame

When I’m with my friend I natter away and since I received this gorgeous photo frame from her I realize that somewhere along the line I must have told her about how much I wanted a frame for some photos I recently got printed out (I got loads printed as there was a deal on at the shop when I got my sister the photo frame with all the pictures of us together in it πŸ˜‚). This was such a lovely present to receive and it put a large grin on my face.  

Recently my aunt sent me some videos and pictures from years ago that I had completely forgotten about and it made me cry when I think about how fast time has gone by and I always see a difference in how I acted, more shy outside of home but more jokey with family and it makes me sad to think that pain may have pushed that personality out but my mum made me smile when she told me that I’m the same person but stronger and in a better place. If a camera was placed in the room with me today I would still be jokey me and maybe more confident in doing it, it’s just the way I see myself now (I need to learn to not be so fast to put myself down). Is it weird to feel a bit proud of younger you who had no idea what was coming their way and got through the majority of it? It’s an alien feeling for me to feel but I like it, it makes me think I can tackle what is troubling me at the moment and come out stronger even through weakness in the future as a better person. Since watching a video I feel a kind of burst of energy to take back a part of how I used to be and also I was given a reminder of something I have dreamt of doing with my life that I didn’t know I had dreamt of doing for so long. It’s something that I nearly did a work placement on and I considered as a course to do but didn’t get to and it’s nice to see that the dream of one day achieving it didn’t come out of nowhere. What started of as sadness has now got me thinking I can get the pictures printed off and treasure them in this beautiful frame! 

Animal print pink notebook + Two medium sized notebooks.

It wouldn’t be a birthday without stationary now would it? πŸ˜‚ The animal print notebook is so pretty and the notebook that says “words of love” on it has quotes about love on every left-hand side page throughout which inspires me to write something different at every turn (this is definitely not going to be a one subject notebook! πŸ˜‚).

Unique & co. Clasped bracelet

This bracelet is so captivatingly beautiful and detailed. My jaw dropped in awe when I opened it πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚ it’s so lovely to wear and it gives me a bit of confidence even if I’m just wearing it around the house πŸ˜ŠπŸ’• 

A diary for 2018

A diary is a birthday tradition! πŸ˜‚ This one is duck egg blue 😍 It makes me both happy and nervous at the same time trying to imagine what will happen next year but one thing that’s for sure is I can’t wait to find out and fill in the silky smooth pages! πŸ˜‚

2 phone cases (one missing from picture is currently in use and was difficult to put on so I won’t remove it πŸ˜‚)

The last time I got a phone case was last Christmas and since then I have worn it down so I was wishing for a new one! I got given two (one that’s a flip case like my old one and one that’s not so it won’t get in the way when I take pictures!).

Sweets!! πŸ˜‹

A family friend (who used to be my tutor) gave me this jar of sweets (alongside the next gift) that were made by children that she knows that have started up their own business! It is so cute and I love how they created it and put detail into making it! (The polka dot lid is my favourite part alongside the treats inside! πŸ˜‚). When all of the sweets are gone I’m going to put the jar on my desk and use it to hold pens.

Fabulous Frames Creation 🌟

Our family friend also had her friend who owns a business called the “Fabulous Frames Creation” make me this beautiful unique framed gift that I could have cried when I opened. It is so thoughtful and made with such care and precision. I’m speechless and I can’t wait to hang it up πŸ˜† 

Earings

Her friend also gave me these pretty earings which was so lovely of her. It’s strange because they weren’t to know that I’ve gotten my ears re-pierced and later this week after waiting 5 weeks I can take the studs out and try on other pairs! πŸ˜„ I can’t wait to try these ones on! 

Staying in a cottage for the weekend!

The day after my birthday, my sister and I went to stay in a breathtakingly beautiful cottage for the weekend and we had an incredibly relaxing time (aside from a small accident πŸ˜‚) that was mostly spent by the fire in warmth. I have written a post about it HERE

My fish! 🐠

Bagginses, Coraline, Lemonhope and Terence had quite the welcome into our family when their tank leaked HERE! But you can tell that they are happy and an update since that post is that they now have a large bowl instead of the tank that broke and was for the time being replaced by the same product. It is made better and they seem to be enjoying being able to see through the glass as the tank was a mirror so they got quite agitated when a random hand popped out of nowhere to feed them but now they can see us coming through the glass and are calmer. The petshop have handed the matter over to management and we have sent photos in of all the damage the water caused. We’re glad they’re taking it seriously and not just ignoring us as we don’t mind what our compensation is (we think they might give us vouchers) as long as our loss is acknowledged. 

Thank you for reading! πŸ˜‰πŸ’— Looking back on this post I can see that nearly everything I received had a little reason behind it which makes me smile and I would like to say another thank you to the people who gave them to me and made the day what it was by surrounding me with love and laughter! πŸ’• I will let you know if Toby gets better and if the petshop get back to us! Hope your day is as amazing as you! 

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