Early Birthday Shopping

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So…with Christmas over, stores everywhere are breaking out their “Sale” signs. Which means lots of cheap stuff.

Sure, you can probably find a lot of great stuff for yourself, but I find that this is the best time of year to start buying birthday gifts. Not only is it nice to get it out of the way early (And it’ll be great in case I forget closer to the day of, which tends to happen), there’s so much you could get for so little!

I even get a little bit of extra early Christmas shopping done during this time. Anything that I think will make a nice Christmas gift, plus wrapping and all that kind of stuff, I consider purchasing. Seriously…this is the perfect time to buy wrapping stuff for next year, since a lot of stuff is ~70-75% off at this time. A bag of 50 bows and spools of ribbon for $0.50 each, wrapping paper for $1.50 and cute little gift bags for $0.25 each…it’ll save you a lot of money for the coming Christmas.

I like to make a list of all the birthdays in the coming year and then another detailing what I’ve bought and for what occasion it’s for (Birthday, Christmas, etc.). I generally get notebooks during Christmas, so they’re great to use for this purpose. I also get a lot of gift bags, which go towards organizing all the gifts and such that I’ve bought (Until they can be re-used, that is).

I can never finish all of the Christmas shopping at this time (Since a lot of stuff is sold out and there might be things I want to gift people closer to the date), since it probably isn’t a great idea to buy food and skincare items a year in advance. Getting a nice chunk of it done slowly throughout the year pays off once the holiday shopping season comes around again, though.

Christmas Candy…

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So, I probably get enough candy during Christmas, but I can’t be the only one who goes out hunting for the on sale Christmas candy after Christmas is over.

You can get pretty good deals…and I can’t help myself and always buy at least a few types, even though I have a lot already.

But one thing that I think is really good is all the Christmas packaging and wrapping stuff that’s on sale after Christmas. I always get it during the end of December or in January because everything’s so cheap…and it means spending less money next Christmas, since I won’t have to buy any of that stuff.

Whenever I got to buy one, I always seem to end up buying the other, too…so, no matter what, I always come home with both wrapping paper and chocolate…

Merry Christmas!

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I’m so glad that I decided to started this blog…it gives me a chance to post about things other than beauty and reviews (Don’t get me wrong, I love those, but sometimes I have other things to say, too…).

Thank you everyone for stopping by to read my random blabbering and I hope that you’ll come back during the New Year!

Have a safe and happy holiday everyone!

[1 Day Until Christmas] Countdown to Christmas…Favourite Part of Christmas Dinner!

So…tomorrow’s Christmas! And one of the best parts of it is the Christmas dinner you have with family. Today is my absolute favourite part of Christmas dinner…and by ‘part’, I mean food.

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Potatoes in pretty much every form…but they’re best if they’re mashed and served with butter: I don’t really have this any time but at Christmas, and I love it…so it’s my favourite part of Christmas dinner. It’s a simple dish but one I rarely have (Not sure why), and I love potatoes in general, so this dish is a winner for me.

So…that’s it! Only a few hours until Christmas…the most wonderful time of the year!

[2 Days Until Christmas] Countdown to Christmas…Favourite K-Pop MVs!

So…we are so close to Christmas…and the countdown is almost over!

Today’s list is my absolute favourite K-Pop Mvs of all time. I know I previously did a post on my favourite Youtube videos, but that was on my favourite ones from this year.

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I would like to also mention Taeyang’s “Wedding Dress”…another one of my favourites. And K.Will’s “Please Don’t…”. Not only touching and sad, but also incredibly unexpected and memorable.

1) Why Did I Fall In Love With You-DBSK: This MV was really sad, but I really liked the plot. It wasn’t like a lot of MVs where there seems to be a plot, but it’s non-sensical…this one was not only good, but sad.

2) Haru Haru-Big Bang: Big Bang has a lot of good MVs…but this one is my absolute favourite out of all of them. I still cry when I watch it.

This post was pretty difficult for me…there are so many good MVs to choose from! Of course, all of these songs are also some of my absolute favourites. A good song definitely needs a great MV!

[3 Days Until Christmas] Countdown to Christmas…Christmas Movies!

I mentioned before that one of my favourite things to do during the holidays is watching Christmas movies with family and friends. So I thought I’d share a few my top 3 with you guys.

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I just had to mention Frosty, even though he isn’t on the list…it isn’t a Christmas movie list without him!

1) Christmas with the Kranks: This didn’t get very good reviews, but I really like it. It’s hilarious, quirky and pretty memorable. Sure, the plot wasn’t the absolute greatest but it’s great for a laugh during the holidays.

2) Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964): A classic, and one that I grew up with. It’s the 50th anniversary of it this year so I’m definitely watching this…but I do every year.

3) Call Me Claus: Another movie that I’ve been watching for years. A great movie that’s not only very funny, but touching as well. I really do love it.

So…those are my top 3. Did any of yours make the list?

Anyways, I hope that you guys are ready for Christmas…I’ll just go make a mug of hot chocolate (My hot chocolate on a stick, which turned out great, by the way), settle down and watch some holiday specials and movies.

[6 Days Until Christmas] Countdown to Christmas…Holiday Moments!

So…I thought I should get a more festive post in here, so here it is.

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Holiday moments…I’m sure we all have different things that we do every holiday with our family and friends, but here are my 6 favourite holiday moments.

1) Chats over hot cocoa: That might sound like a pretty normal thing, but I associate it with the holidays. These happen a few times during the holidays…after some Christmas shopping with friends or sometimes I’ll go out with my family just go to get some nice hot cocoa, sit down and have a nice chat.

2) Decorating the tree: A family tradition. This one really gets me in the holiday spirit and it’s a really fun thing for everybody to get together and do.

3) Strolls in the snow: There aren’t many places open on Christmas, so my family just goes outside to enjoy the snowy scenery. A snowball fight is just as likely to happen as a chat.

4) Christmas movies: Getting together with family or friends to watch a good old Christmas movie is another one of my favourite things to do during the holidays.

5) Christmas shopping: Yes, this is a hectic experience for many. But I actually like browsing different stores to try to find the perfect gifts. While I’m a fan of online shopping, I’m still a firm believer in going out there and actually physically browsing and shopping. I especially love going with family or friends. The more the merrier!

6) Christmas mornings: My favourite day of the year…and I love Christmas mornings. Everyone is content after a good night’s sleep and I finally get to find out if the gifts I picked out were good ones. And then comes the many small little moments with family that happen throughout the day that I really treasure.

So…that’s it! Makes me feel a little nostalgic whenever I think of these since I’ve done most of them since I was a kid.

[7 Days Until Christmas] Countdown to Christmas…Jewellery!

So…with holiday parties, we’re all probably looking for some trinkets to spice up our wardrobes. But there will always be those few pieces that you love and wear time and time again. These are mine.

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Today’s post is on my 7 favourite pieces of jewellery!

1) A necklace that loops around itself: Shown in the picture above, I saw this on a K-Drama character and immediately fell in love with it. I bought on off of ToFebruary and it has become one of my absolute favourites.

2) A slider necklace: These are so simple yet quite unique. I got my first one last year and love it. The fact that you can adjust it to any length you want is awesome!

3) A body chain: I love wearing mine over a plain white tank top. It really dresses up any plain top, really. It makes a statement without being over the top…nice and simple, goes with anything. Can’t go wrong with a piece of jewellery like that.

4) A simple slave bracelet: Another simple piece of jewellery that can really make a statement. Versatile and can be worn casually or even with dresses and such.

5) A hair chain: I made my own hair chain with chains and some hair combs, and I love it. Another simple statement making piece that really does go with anything.

6) A teardrop necklace: This necklace is one of my absolute favourites. Not only is it from one of my favourite dramas, it’s a beautiful necklace. I love it.

7) A simple silver ring: One of my most simple pieces of jewellery, but one of my favourites. Really, you can’t go wrong with something timeless like this.

And that’s that…only a week until Christmas…can you believe it?

[8 Days Until Christmas] Countdown to Christmas…K-Pop!

Edit: I’m so sorry guys…I accidentally scheduled this post on the Wednesday of next week (the 24th) instead of the 17th (The previous post was actually created on the 16th…Wordpress has weird time stamps). So here it is…a day late, though…

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An honourable mention goes to Boyfriend for ‘Obsession’…while it didn’t make it on the list, this really was an amazing release and I had a hard time deciding whether or not to put it on.

Today’s post is about my 8 Favourite K-Pop songs of 2014! Can’t do favourites without putting some K-Pop in there…

1) Eyes, Nose, Lips-Taeyang: Many of you probably expected this…it was pretty popular. And it is my favourite K-Pop release of 2014. Tablo’s English cover of it was also awesome.

2) Danger-BTS: This song was seriously addictive (I still play it, even now). Plus, that amazing dance…? I still can’t forget it. I thought it was definitely one of the best releases of the year.

3) Singing Got Better-Ailee: I really liked the MV for this song, and her vocals are just so powerful…plus, the song lyrics really got to me. This song definitely has a place in my heart.

4) Angel (1004)-B.A.P: The lyrics for this song, the MV and that creative use of ‘1004’…I really loved not only this song, but this entire album.

5) Error-VIXX: The MV for this song really got to me, along with the lyrics…it literally brought me to tears. That makes it not only a favourite, but also a memorable release of 2014. I will never get tired of that MV.

6) Overdose-EXO: I really liked this song…much better than ‘Wolf’, in my opinion. Catchy with a nice dance, plus the album was pretty cool, too.

7) I’m In Love-Secret: Their concept this time was a little different than usual, but I really liked it. This song was stuck in my head for a while after its release, and still sneaks in there sometimes.

8) Evanesce-Super Junior: I made a post about this song a little while back…but it has become one of my favourite releases of 2014. I just can’t stop listening to it!

So there you have it…my 8 favourite K-Pop releases of the year.

[9 Days Until Christmas] Countdown to Christmas…Christmas Carols!

Some of you are probably sick of these after hearing them everywhere from the mall to the radio and then maybe even from the carollers that keep showing up on your doorstep. But I never seem to tire of them. So…today’s post is about my 9 favourite Christmas carols!

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1) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: I grew up with this carol, so it just makes me feel nostalgic every time I hear it. That’s probably why I still love it.

2) Last Christmas: This probably isn’t the most cheerful and I don’t know if it’s actually considered a carol, but oh well. I suppose I’m a bit of a downer, but, and some of you may know this, I seem to be attracted by the sadder songs.

3) White Christmas: I absolutely love snow, and the image of a white Christmas is essential when I think of the holiday. So I guess it’s not surprise that this would be one of my favourites.

4) It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas: I usually start playing this song in…well, November. Probably a little early for some, but after Halloween it really does begin to look and feel festive. At least, that’s how I feel.

5) It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: This song is pretty much an embodiment of my feelings about Christmas. I think that explains everything.

6) Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas: I find this song really soothing and think that it’s the perfect song to play during Christmas, especially when you have guests, etc. over.

7) Jingle Bells: A classic. Really, this carol is part of my holiday repertoire every year. Another one that makes me feel nostalgic when I hear it.

8) Blue Christmas: All the different colours of Christmas…another one that people are probably tired of, but that I really love. Another one with lyrics that aren’t really cheerful, but…I like what I like.

9) Winter Wonderland: Not a surprise, really. With my love of both the holidays and winter, it’d be more surprising if this wasn’t on my list, really.

And that’s it! Drop by again tomorrow for another countdown list~
Thanks for stopping by!