December Favourites And Things I’ve Been Loving

December Favourites And Things I’ve Been Loving

That’s it, 2018 is over in the blink of an eye and we’re left with the aftermath of Christmas and perhaps the toughest month of all for most people. I am a fan of January as it’s my birthday this month but at the moment I’m still looking back to what I loved about December 2018. It seems for December there are less physical items which is quite a change, but check out what I picked out.

Sanctuary Spa Body Scrub

I’m trying to get into using body scrub more as my skin seems to be craving a bit of exfoliating scrub and I’ve been loving using the Sanctuary Spa offering. I bought a few sets in the run up to Christmas just to treat myself and this has been the stand out product for me as it definitely feels like it’s exfoliates and cleans the skin well without feeling like it’s scrubbing off every layer of my skin. I don’t use this every single day but I mix it in with my normal shower gel. At this time of the year I do find that my skin needs a bit of extra TLC in order to stay in good shape and it’s one of my biggest resolutions of 2019 to maintain a good routine.

Bicester Monica Vinader Ring

Monica Vinader Linear Stone Ring

At the end of November I picked up my first Monica Vinader item from Bicester Village during my first trip there and I bought a beautiful rose gold linear stone set ring with an Amazonite blue stone. I have worn this ring every single day since getting it which is pretty impressive for me when it comes to rings as I usually switch them up quite often or forget to put anything on. It’s such an unusual style of ring which is what I love, the band itself is quite thick so it’s a really comfortable fit and doesn’t dig into my finger. Then the stone itself sits up quite high but the style and colour and absolutely stunning. Ever since getting this ring I have become a little obsessed with Monica Vinader and got another ring and a pair of earrings for Christmas so it’s becoming a little collection now.

Cineworld Unlimited Cards

The brand new Cineworld opened in Watford in mid December and me and Luke went along to the grand opening where we got to watch Aquaman in the Imax Laser screen which was incredible, especially as it’s one of only three screens like it in the country. Having a cinema in the town centre of Watford is well overdue and I remember them talking about it when I was a kid so it’s nice to finally see it happen. Me and Luke bought our unlimited cards near the end of the month and I’ve already managed to catch four movies with it including Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse, Bumble bee and Mary Poppins. As we have annual passes I can’t wait to make use of this throughout the next year when we’re saving like mad for our house as this will be our regular date night.

me at christmas at marwell

Christmas movies

I tried to watch a few new Christmas movies this year and finally watched White Christmas which was really nice but you can tell it’s quite an old movie. I’ve also watched a few of the new movies on Netflix including ‘The Princess Swap’ and ‘The Christmas Prince’ which although predictable were really good movies. I also spent some of December reacquainting myself with some of my favourite movies including Love Actually and The Nightmare Before Christmas, both of which are classics for me.

Having me time in the evenings

At the end of November Luke started playing the new Fallout game which involved him playing alongside a few friends some evenings and having him using the main living room TV has encouraged me to spend more relaxing time in the bedroom. I’d usually spend hours on my laptop in the evening right up until bed but during December I would spend 1-2 hours lounging in the bedroom having some me time including putting on face masks, finally getting around to using body lotion, watching movies I’d not gotten around to seeing and reading. It’s been so nice to take a step back and have some proper relaxation time so I’m going to try and incorporate this into as many evenings as I can.

What were you loving in December?

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December favourites and things I've been loving



  1. January 3, 2019 / 12:59 pm

    Me time is something I’m needing at the moment. I’m under doctors orders to rest although it’s not easy whilst the kiddies are still at home. The cinema card sounds like a good idea for a fun night out.

  2. January 3, 2019 / 1:24 pm

    Gosh I loved December so much. I think the movies and got chocolate were my favourite!

  3. January 3, 2019 / 6:39 pm

    Me time in the evenings is always nice and we have a Cineworld near us too! Enjoy watching loads of films and chilling out x

  4. January 3, 2019 / 9:22 pm

    Love the sound of a Cineworld card, I bet that saves stacks. Also love Christmas Movies and Me Time, which quite frankly I don’t get enough of with three children! 😀

  5. January 4, 2019 / 9:34 am

    That ring is stunning, I would not be taking it off either if it were mine. Still debating the cineworld card…..might get it for my son’s university care package

  6. January 4, 2019 / 1:29 pm

    I absolutely LOVE Sanctuary Spa products, I’ve been using them for years and years! Its the signature scent that gets me every time… mmmm! xxx

  7. January 4, 2019 / 1:50 pm

    If it weren’t for my kids, I definitely get an unlimited card fo Cineworld, I adore going to see films. Mich x

  8. January 4, 2019 / 1:56 pm

    I like the sound of having some Me time in the evening and treating your skin or reading a book. I bet you feel so much better for it as well!

  9. January 4, 2019 / 2:00 pm

    That’s such a great, productive way to use a partner’s video gaming time for yourself. I ought to do something like that too, to pamper myself, instead of sulking, lol!

  10. January 5, 2019 / 9:25 am

    I have never tried any Sanctuary prodtcs before, where do you actually get it from? Also I have been loving Christmas films, although the moment Christmas is over I ditch them until the 1st of December x

  11. January 5, 2019 / 11:18 am

    I just enjoyed spending time at home not doing a lot in December, but I’m jealous of the unlimited paces – we have a local cineworld and I’m always tempted by one x

  12. January 6, 2019 / 4:47 pm

    I love predictable happy films, they always make me smile at the happy endings

  13. Helen
    January 6, 2019 / 5:42 pm

    I keep looking at the Cineworld membership as it’s such good value, we’re so busy at the moment though I’m just not sure how much use we’d get out of it. Your December sounds great, plenty of me time and pampering is so needed in the run up to Christmas.

  14. January 9, 2019 / 11:38 am

    Love the sanctuary set, and have to say that Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favourite Christmas movies as well!

  15. January 9, 2019 / 11:33 pm

    The Monica Vinader ring looks really interesting! I love the style of it and the usual element of it is really striking. Sanctuary Spa products are also great! I have had some of their facemasks before. xx

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