Sparkles & Stretchmarks: A UK Parenting & Pregnancy Blog: What I Got For Christmas 2014

Friday, 9 January 2015

What I Got For Christmas 2014

Well this post is appearing much later than I had planned but today I wanted to share some of the lovely gifts I was lucky enough to receive over the festive period...

I like to do this so that I can look back on these things next year and I have loved reading my fellow bloggers Christmas goodies posts so I wanted to join in!

First up...what I got from Jon!

Since having Tyne, we don't go all out on gifts to each other any more as the sole focus is on Tyne but I did receive some really lovely little treats from him and they are all things I REALLY wanted!

The one thing I had asked for this year was this book all about one of my favourite movies, The Sound Of Music!

I don't care HOW geeky is it, I LOVE the movie to the extent that I want to know everything about it - so when I heard that the original cast had written about their experiences behind the scenes, I HAD to have it!

I was so excited to open this on Christmas morning!


Something I have wanted to start collecting for a while is the Willow Tree collection of figurines...I think they're just stunning and I love how there is a piece to represent so many different aspects and events in life.

So I was thrilled to receive this gorgeous piece from the collection - I love that it represents Tyne to me, a little boy who looks just like him holding up a balloon reading "Hope"...so precious.


 When we visited Santa at a local garden centre this year there was a little model village display that I fell in love with, and my favourite thing was the flying santa - so I was delighted to see that Jon had gone back and bought it for me!

The photos don't do it justice, it is so beautiful and the little santa flies around in circular motions on his sleigh while christmas music plays! I LOVE it and I can't wait to get it out year after year...and hopefully add to the collection to build up my own little model village Christmas display too!



I also received the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette from "Tyne" this year (thank you Jon!) which I was super excited about!


My parents are always super generous and buy gorgeous gifts, and this year was no exception! I didn't get to photograph everything they bought me as I had already worn 2 pairs of the pyjamas, all of the socks and nobody wants to see photos of underwear no matter how pretty - but those things were all included in my stocking this year too!

They also gave me:


This amazing Sizzler pan! The sauce and chilli flakes look great but I am most excited about just cooking fajitas on the skillet pan, I can almost smell the onions!


And I absolutely LOVE this amazing rotating spice rack they bought for me, with tons of bottles of cool and unusual spices! It will look great in my kitchen!


Hair care treats are always welcome Christmas gifts for me so this Toni & Guy set is fantastic! I love the Matthew Williamson bag too, which I think I'll use as a make up bag!


They got me four gorgeous pairs of PJs (my favourite christmas gift to get!) but I had already worn some when I took my photos....so I'm just sharing two! Aren't they cute, though?!






They also gave me this GIGANTIC box of my favourite chocolates, Lily O'Briens! YUM!


My parents also gave me £350 spending money, which I used to buy my very first DSLR camera - the Canon EOS 1200D! I got it from Amazon with a voucher from here






I'm still getting to grips with it but I am LOVING it so far! I am so excited to finally have a DSLR and hope it will mean an improvement in my blog photos!
I have also used some of the money left over to buy a case and remote control for it too!

I still have £100 left of the money so I still have some sales shopping to do!

And finally this gorgeous little haul came courtesy of my sister Laura!


She gave me a big bag full of goodies including a Bomb Cosmetics cracker full of bath time treats & Radox goodies


I think this hair band ball is such an adorable stocking filler idea!!! It was honestly one of my favourite gifts!


And this kit that she bought me from Avon which includes a hair bun mould, bobby pins, a braided hairband and a hair-bow bobble is SO cute!


She also got me this cute tin of biscuits from her recent Disneyland Paris trip, how adorable is the tin?!



 Laura also knows how obsessed I currently am with owls, so got me this owl chalkboard, owl doorstop and owl fairy lights - all of which are now adorning my fireplace!!

So that's what I got for Christmas this year! If you've done a similar post please share it as I'd love to see!

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29 comments:

  1. Love these sorts of posts. Yay for getting a DSLR, my DSLR is my favourite thing that I own, I love it! x

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  2. Gorgeous pressies you got. Hayley we are so similar! I love The Sound of Music too and the Alice in Wonderland tin is just gorgeous. Your new camera seems great, I love when the photography focuses in and blurs the background. Enjoy all your new goodies :) x

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  3. you have some gorgeous gifts , love the camera x

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  4. Your gifts are beautiful! I love that statue of the little boy , your PJ's are super cute and love the santa decoration too!!
    Love my DSLR and I think you will definitely love yours too!

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  5. Lovely pressies, I would've loved the Naked 3! One of my friends bought me a willow tree figurine for a birthday years ago, they are lovely! X

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  6. Gorgeous pressies! Love the little boy holding the hope balloon!

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  7. So glad you were spoilt hun. Your always working hard. Iam super jealous of your camera. I would love one

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  8. Wow! you were really lucky this year, so many lovely things xxx

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  9. Fantastic! you got some lovely goodies - I recently treated myself to a similar camera.

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  10. Wow that was a really good haul LOL My DSLR is my favourite thing.

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  11. Lots of nice and useful things. Love the spice rack.

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  12. You received some wonderful gifts this year. I especially love the rotating spice rack rack, very cool :)

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  13. awww really spoilt ;-) jealous hehe

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  14. you got such fab gifts this year! I love the believe in the magic of dreams pjs they look so snug.

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  15. Such lovely gifts, and the camera sounds amazing. Think I will have to look into that one myself!

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  16. You lucky girl! What a lot of very lovely treats you got. xx

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  17. wow you got so many nice presents!

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  18. You received some lovely pressies, I like the spice turntable!

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  19. LOVE The Sound of Music - My favourite film. Got the scrapbook when it first came out and loved that it has little pockets with all little memento's from the film. A very special book for any fan!

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  20. Nice haul, no gifts for me this year so lucky you.

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  21. I love the fact your other half remembered about the flying santa, that is so sweet!

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  22. kayleigh watkins12 January 2015 at 11:04

    you lucky lady, I got my provisional to learn to drive, and the aa pack to practise xxxx

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  23. denise(whokilledlola on twitter)12 January 2015 at 14:10

    such lovely gifts especially the spice rack and the yankee candle

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  24. lovely lot of surprises you had

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  25. Blimey your parents are very generous :) x

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  26. Fab presents, you can't go wrong with Lily O'Briens. I can't eat chocs like Thorntons anymore as they just don't compare. Never thought I'd become a chocolate snob! :) x

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  27. Merry Christmas! The owl clock is awesome!

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