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Thanksgiving Thoughts

Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers! Thanksgiving is an American holiday, dating back to the Pilgrims giving thanks for their first Autumn Harvest. It’s a day that families gather to voice thanks for what they have, spend time together, watch football, and of course, eat tons of yummy food! I could seriously get on board with this holiday just for the food, that’s for sure. It’s pretty much a pre-Christmas warm up, and hey, I’m down for it.

Over the past few years us Brits have stolen Black Friday from the other side of the pond, so maybe we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving in a few years! Also, did you guess why this post was going up on Thursday instead of Wednesday? I’m sorry, I wasn’t being a bad blogger!

In light of the holiday, I thought I’d share with you 20 things I’m feeling super grateful for right now! Some of these are ‘just for fun’ and some are serious and heartfelt. I’m of course thankful for these things every day, but I thought it would be nice to share with you today as I’m feeling the holiday spirit! Also, I apologise in advance if this post looks a little different than usual, this is the first post I’ve done a final edit on using the new WordPress software and I hate change, I’m struggling to get used to it! (I can’t decide if I like it or not yet ha).

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My incredible boyfriend. Matthew is seriously the best thing that’s ever happened to me. We literally laugh ALL the time, we spend most of our free time together and it’s not enough, he looks after me and makes me so happy, and of course he’s the most handsome man I ever did see! He also gives the best kisses and cuddles, and he’s like a human radiator which is even more appreciated in this super cold weather, haha. I love him so much, and I make sure to tell him every single day how much I love and appreciate him!

Cosy evenings. Speaking of my human radiator boyfriend, we have been loving all of the cosy nights in recently, even more now I’m A Celebrity has started again. I’m extremely thankful that since he got his promotion back in July we’ve been able to be together every night and morning, yay for better shifts! We can’t wait to buy our home (hopefully this time next year we’ll be well into the process, how exciting!) but for now we make do and we know we’re very lucky to have two homes. We love to cook, binge watch our shows and snuggle up on the couch, it’s the perfect way to unwind after a busy day at work.

Learning to cook. Matt and I have stepped up our cooking game ten fold over the past couple of months, and we’ve been making some amazing food! (If I do say so myself, HA). We’ve perfected a few dishes, but our favourites to make are always chilli, steak, chili salmon, chicken stir fry and various pasta dishes.

Our families and friends. I’m seriously the luckiest girl to have two families who I absolutely adore and I know they want nothing but the best for Matt and I. We’re super close to both of our families, and it’s one of the best things ever! We’re also blessed to have a great friendship group, and I’m so excited to spend more time with everyone over the festive season! Also, a bonus thing I’m thankful for is Friday night wine night with the Scotney’s, it’s forever my jam.

The build up to Christmas. I am SO excited for Christmas this year, I can’t stand it! I just ordered Matthew and I the cutest Christmas Eve pyjamas, which is totally going to make opening presents together on Christmas morning even more adorable! (I doubt he’ll think that HAHA). I love that stores everywhere have their decorations up, fairy lights seem to be appearing by the minute and we’ll be decorating the tree next weekend! I can already taste the pigs in blankets! There may also be a special something happening on the blog… hint: I’m celebrating twelve days of Christmas with you

Crisp, cool, weather. It’s the best time of the year, y’all! I’m loving wearing my coats, scarves and hats, and it’s SO nice to come in from the cold and grab a hot chocolate. (Swiss Miss Marshmallow FOR LIFE). It’s a little frosty in the mornings and evenings now, so if the snow could just not ever appear that would be great. Also, can you be addicted to hot chocolate? Asking for a friend…

My blog. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, my blog is an outlet I didn’t know I needed and I truly feel proud of myself for the little haven I’m creating day by day. I enjoy posting SO much – from taking and editing photos, to writing, to editing, to posting and interacting with readers and fellow bloggers. It’s an amazing community to be a part of, and I’d seriously encourage anyone that wants to write a blog to just do it. I have SO much content planned over the festive period, I can’t wait!

My job. One that may seem very obvious, but I’m seriously thankful that I have a job I enjoy and am (kind of) good at… I know what I’m doing at least 80% of the time, that’s a start, right? I know not everyone has that privilege, so even on a bad day I need to remember to be thankful and appreciate having a job to complain about.

Blueberry muffins for breakfast. Sometimes it’s the little things, right? (Costco muffins are the best, my dad picks them up all the time and I’m so grateful, even if I can’t ever finish one HAHA).

Candles and snuggly blankets. Kind of hand in hand with the cosy nights in, but I just love anything that makes me feel cosy and snuggly. I’ve already broken out the Christmas candles, and I’m seriously loving Snowflake Cookie from Yankee Candle and Peppermint from DW Home right now.

Lush Snow Fairy shower gel and body conditioner. If you haven’t already picked up the best products Lush make, what are you waiting for?! Every year I love the shower gel, and this year I’m equally as obsessed with the body conditioner. I’ve used and liked the Ro’s Argan option before, but this is approximately ten thousand times better… seriously! The smell literally just makes me happy, and I can’t tell you how much I love it. Lush, please make it an all round thing?!

Sundays with Matthew. It’s our favourite day of the week because we almost always get to spend it together! We love spending every night together even when sometimes it’s literally eating dinner and going to bed, and of course, any Saturdays we get to spend together are just as great but I really love the cosy, laid back vibe of a Sunday. We run errands, we watch football, we grocery shop, we go for long walks or road trips, and we eat tons of good food. We spend our evenings (like most other nights) snuggled up watching Netflix shows or a movie, and it’s just the best. The old saying “A Sunday well spent brings a week of content” could not be more true.

My car. This one probably seems a little strange, but especially as the weather gets colder and it’s raining every day, I really appreciate being able to drive myself wherever I need to be. (Candle runs to Homesense are a need, right?) For real, I’m so thankful I’m able to get to work, from my house to Matthew’s and back, and just wherever else I need to be in-between. It’s such a huge privilege and I don’t ever want to take it for granted. 

Our NHS & Emergency Services. Around the holidays a lot of time and attention seems to be put into our ES departments, although it should be that way all year round. It seriously blows my mind that some countries have to pay for healthcare, and if they can’t pay they literally go without. We are SO lucky in the UK to not have that concern. Matt and I have been watching Ambulance with his family all month (it’s the most amazing show, I cry at every episode!) and it really highlights the reality of modern day society. The paramedics in this show work SO. DAMN. HARD as do paramedics all over the country, and they do it with such love and determination. I’d love a new insider show on the police and/or fire department, that would be so interesting! BBC, are you reading?! 

Laughing every day. No matter how bad a day can be, there’s always joy and laughter in it. Matthew makes me DIE laughing, literally tears rolling down my face all the time! My friends, coworkers and our families are also people who love to laugh (who isn’t?) and it’s one of the things I love most. One of the best feelings in the world is laughing so hard you can’t breathe or talk, and my boyfriend and I laugh like that on the daily!

Small Town Murder. I seriously LOVE this podcast, it’s literally the stories of murders in small towns, mainly in the US but told in such a fun way. James & Jimmy are so good at telling stories, although they never make fun of the victim or the victim’s family. I literally laugh out loud throughout each episode, and right now I’m loving listening on my way to/from work! Matthew’s even getting on board a little bit, and it’s so interesting learning about new towns and the stories that happen there. If you have an hour car journey coming up, I really think you should give them a go – I listen on Spotify!

Victoria’s Secret finally opening in our local mall. Could I be any more #basic?! I have loved VS since I was around 12, and when I heard we were finally getting a store I was SO excited! Our closest one before was two and a half hours away, do you feel my pain?! When ours opened last week they had some really good deals, so me and my underwear drawer are very happy.

The places I’ve been to this year. I’m very lucky in the fact that I’ve been to lots of cities/countries in my life, and this year was no exception. Matt and I have visited York, Dublin, Kos, Belfast, Liverpool, Manchester and we’ve explored our hometown and surrounding area a ton! We’re also going to Edinburgh in a few weeks time for the Christmas markets and I can’t wait, it’s one of our favourite cities as that was the first city break we ever went on together! I’m already anticipating all of the new places we’re hoping to explore next year, and I’m so excited to book our Summer 2019 holiday! We’re pretty sure we’re heading to Jamaica… (I’m literally giddy at the thought of booking, I CAN’T WAIT!)

Learning to live better with arthritic pain. I have mentioned this a few times on the blog, but if you don’t already know, I have arthritis and it mainly affects my knees, hips and fingers. I constantly deal with pains and aches, and I don’t remember being young enough for it to not be super bad. I literally feel like an 80 year old sometimes HA! Since around August when the weather started to change and get cooler, I’ve been waking up in the night crying from pain in my knees (they lock if I’m in the same position for too long, and the colder nights makes it worse). Matthew is the best about it and jumps up without thinking to massage my knee(s) until it/they feels better. Sometimes I must still be asleep as I don’t remember waking up until the next morning when he tells me! He picked me up some Ibuprofen gel that I apply each morning and night and that has been such a huge help. I have hot bubble baths most nights and that also makes a really noticable difference, I’ve been loving the Radox bath salts recently too!

Black Friday. …your girl is hoping to finish her Christmas shopping TOMORROW! Well, aside from all of the chocolates and wine gifts because I can never pick those for everyone and always leave it until the last minute, haha. Matt and I have our lists ready and I’m really hoping we can get everything else we need. 

Thank you so much for reading! What are you feeling most thankful for recently? If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving today I hope you have the most wonderful day with your families, please eat all of the mac n cheese and stuffing for me! I’m SO jealous!!

-G x

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