December Favourites ♡

December Favourites

December was a big month filled with placement in a veterinary clinic, a trip to Brisbane, house sitting with my boyfriend, and – of course – Christmas! I was also on uni break the entire month so I’ve had so much free time and therefore, I’ve had a lot of favourites! I know it’s a bit late and December ended about a week ago now but Christmas has been so busy and I’m only now catching up with posts! So, without further ado, here are my December favourites.

*Christmas presents are excluded from this list – see my What I Got For Christmas post to check those out*

The Sims 3

In the beginning of the month, I watched way too many Sims 4 playthroughs on YouTube and started craving some Sims action – so what else to do than get really super into The Sims 3 again? I get way too into these things, so much that I have conversations with other people about what’s going on in my Sims’ lives. Oh, I have such a social life…

Pokemon YPokemon Y

I’ve owned Pokemon Y for a while, but I’ve only just finished The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for my 3DS. Once I finished that, I got right into Pokemon Y! I absolutely love the 3D world of it all, and I love how many old Pokemon appear in it too – for once it’s not just one generation of Pokemon featuring a couple of older ones! I’ve spent so long on this game and I’ve still only completed two gyms – when I play Pokemon, I interact with EVERYTHING and make sure I’ve caught every wild Pokemon along my way. This game will probably be my life for a while!

Pentatonix – That’s Christmas To Me

The Christmas season was made complete this year by this fantastic release from my favourite group, Pentatonix. This album went PLATINUM – making Pentatonix the only group in 2014 to go platinum! The album is a mixture of some classic Christmas songs, some new ones I hadn’t heard of before, and classic songs with a new twist on them, pulled off in a way only Pentatonix could. I made sure this album was on repeat when we were putting up our Christmas tree and on Christmas morning, and my family were pretty pleased with it too. It’s sometimes so hard to believe that they’re an acapella group, since everything sounds so perfect!

Fruit SmoothiesFruit Smoothies

Screw New Year Resolutions, I decided to stop snacking and start at least trying to eat healthier in mid-December. To curb my hunger of an afternoon, I would blend myself up a fruit smoothie in my old dodgy blender instead of reaching for a packet of chips. I’ve made so many delicious smoothies that I’ll probably end up posting my recipes for them, and making smoothies only got easier when I received a Magic Bullet for Christmas (no more lumps of fruit that didn’t get blended, yay!).

BuddhaBuddha the Fighting Fish

My house gained a second fighting fish this December, in the form of this beautiful silver-bodied, red-finned boy that I named Buddha. I bought Buddha and his tank accessories as a Christmas gift for my mum, who fell in love with my personal fighting fish Finn over the last month he’s been with us. She kept saying she’ll buy herself one when I leave for uni again and take Finn with me, but lo and behold – I got her this beautiful boy for Christmas. He’s so playful-natured and energetic, and so so little compared to my big boy Finn!

Paper TownsPaper Towns by John Green

I’ve been in the midst of reading Paper Towns for a while, but on the plane to Brisbane and home again I read the rest of the book and got REALLY into it. The fact they just finished filming the movie adaptation (released in June 2015) makes it even more exciting! John Green’s last book-to-movie adaptation was The Fault In Our Stars, which was kinda a big deal, so get onto the Paper Towns train early for sure! The story follows Q, whose neighbour and long-time crush Margo (played by Cara Delevingne in the movie) runs away and disappears without a trace. The entire book is Q following Margo’s clues to find her, including him trying to decode her cryptic little hints. I was hooked for the entire book, and Q’s friends are super entertaining to keep the story a bit more lighthearted. I’d definitely recommend Paper Towns to anyone who likes to read young adult fiction or any related genres.

Foot SprayPeppermint Foot Spray

I completed five days of clinical placement this month, which basically involved 10-hour days of just standing up for a long time. Needless to say, my feet were very sore by the end of the week! This Peppermint Foot Spray not only smells amazing, but refreshes your feet and instantly alleviates the foot pain I experienced in that week. It didn’t completely cure it – I found only resting my feet would cure it – but it was definitely great to get rid of the immediate pain when I couldn’t take it any longer. I have the entire peppermint foot range from The Body Shop but I find the foot spray works the best for quick, immediate pain alleviation.

Dry ShampooDry Shampoo

As someone with very long, thick, curly hair, it’s not often that I find time to wash my hair. It sounds gross, but when your hair takes up to THREE HOURS just to stop completely dripping all over the floor, even after attempting to towel dry it, it’s hard to find the time and effort. I’ve heard a lot of great things about dry shampoo, so when I went grocery shopping a few weeks back, I picked up the only one I could find just to give it a go. Needless to say, I loved it so much! It stopped my hair from looking gross in between washes, yay! Only downside – you need to brush the dry shampoo through your hair, and I rarely brush my hair due to the curliness. I’ll definitely pick up a better brand when this one runs out.

Big Hero 6

On the very last day of December, Sam & I went to the cinemas to watch Big Hero 6. The idea of the movie had us in love with it just after seeing the trailer – a Disney movie, based on a Marvel comic, set in Japan, focussing on a group of nerdy robotics students… oh, who am I kidding. We wanted to see it purely because of the adorable and hilarious Baymax (you know, the robot that looks like a marshmallow). We LOVED this movie, and I’m excited to show it to my mum to share this excitement with her! (Keep an eye out for a sneaky amateur movie review in the next few days, too 😉 )

Zelda AmiiboAmiibo

Amiibos are cool little things put out by Nintendo recently that are used similarly to those Disney Infinity figurines – you place it on the Wii U gamepad and it loads into your game. These things have become something of a rarity due to how many people are wanting to collect them (my brother included), so I was over the moon when I found myself a Zelda Amiibo in Kmart. I use my Amiibo in Super Smash Bros Wii U, where I can train Zelda up to a maximum level of 50 and she learns off how I fight, and then I can have her fight against other people or against myself. It’s such a cool idea and I’ll probably only own maybe two Amiibos, but my Zelda is now fully trained and ready to go!

So hey, 2014 is over and its now 2015! Yay! Happy New Year everyone, I look forward to putting out more blog posts this year and continuing the crazy adventure of my adult life. I appreciate every single view that my posts get and everyone that clicks follow, here’s to my blog hopefully growing a little bit more this year.

Sarah May xxx
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What I Got For Christmas 2014!

What I Got For Christmas 2014

Christmas has come and gone for the year, and once again I have been incredibly lucky to have received the amazing gifts that I did. Naturally, I’d love to share these gifts with you, but first it must be noted that I am very aware that my family gives expensive gifts, and others aren’t as fortunate. I am extremely grateful for all of the time, effort and money that went into my gifts, and I in no way asked for my family to spend so much. However, they chose to do so, not me, so please refrain from any “you’re spoilt” comments or anything similar. Christmas is the season of giving and the people around me just felt like giving quite a lot! So, without further ado:

Wii UWii U (shared gift)

This gift was a shared gift between my brother and I – both of us are born and raised Nintendo kids and have owned nearly all Nintendo consoles that have been released – I hadn’t wanted a Wii U all that much until such amazing games were released this year! My brother wanted it to play Super Smash Bros. U, whereas I wanted it to play Hyrule Warriors, The Wind Waker HD and Mario Kart 8. Mum surprised us both by giving us this one, I certainly didn’t expect her to spent so much on us! The Wii U package she bought came with Mario Kart 8 pre-installed, too!

Wii U Games

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)

I’m a giant Legend of Zelda fan, and just had to have the newest game!

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Wii U)

I never owned a Gamecube so I never got to play this adorable game – until now!

Super Smash Bros. U (Wii U) (shared gift)

My brother and I are both into Super Smash Bros., him especially. My boyfriend and I played the Wii version of this game constantly, and we’ll be doing the same with the newest one!

A Link Between WorldsThe Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)

Nearly the only reason I bought a 3DS early 2014 was to play this, but I never got around to buying it! Thanks mum for buying me this game, I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet but once I’ve finished Pokemon Y I will definitely have to give it a go – this is especially great because I can take this up to uni whereas I’ll have to leave the Wii U at home! I’ve never actually played a non-N64/Wii/Wii U Zelda game before with the exception of the Ocarina of Time remake, so I’m definitely interested in playing a mobile-console based game.

Peter Alexander Pyjama ShortsPeter Alexander Pyjama Shorts x2

I’ve never owned “nice” pyjamas and seeing as next year at uni I will be seeing friends in my pyjamas a lot more often I thought it’s time to ask for some decent ones! I definitely didn’t expect Peter Alexander pyjamas though! Mum got me the front lacy pair and Nana and Pop got me the back pair. They’re so comfortable and fit so well, too! I love the lacy ones so much, they’re definitely something I’d wear all the time. The other pair is still really nice, too, and I’ve already worn both of them to death despite only getting them a few days ago. This is definitely only the beginning of my collection of cute pyjamas.

SunshadeCar Sunshade

This was a pretty basic gift but definitely something I’ve needed all year, especially since my car sits in the sun all day every day when I’m up at uni.

Magic Bullet

Magic Bullet (shared gift)

I haven’t had a chance to blog about my healthy eating I’ve been doing this month but I’ve been really into making fruit smoothies with our old, dodgy blender that would always leave chunks of fruit no matter how long I blended it. Mum being the infomercial sucker she is bought me (and herself) a Magic Bullet so finally my smoothies will be chunk-free! The smoothies just make it so easy to eat healthy and lose the uni weight I gained this year while still getting my sugar fix (I’m a bit of a sweet tooth). I know infomercial products don’t always live up to expectations, but from what I’ve seen of it so far, it actually works just as well as it does on the infomercial!

Pandora CharmPandora Charm

Mum bought me a beautiful Pandora Christmas charm to fit with the blue-theme of my Pandora bangle I got for my 18th birthday in June – it’s the dark blue charm second from the left! I love it so much and it’s officially the first actual Pandora charm on my bracelet!

Revlon Brushes

Revlon Makeup Brushes

Okay, I’m a bit of a makeup noob – I have a foundation brush and that’s pretty much it. I definitely need to get better at applying more makeup and now I have decent brushes I might finally be able to.


Eyeshadow Palette

I only really owned dodgy, cheap eyeshadow, so this was the year to ask for some decent quality ones. Pop did a good job in the annual adult Secret Santa to get me this! I’m not too into harsh, bright colours either, so the browns and darker tones in here will definitely be used often especially when it comes to my second Vet Ball, so I’ll finally not have to borrow friends’ makeup!

Jewelled Brushes

Jewelled Brushes

This was the second half of my Secret Santa present from Pop and includes a few more brushes that didn’t come with the Revlon brushes mum gave me. Not too sure about the jewels (I am an adult after all) but I’m sure Pop meant well. Thanks anyway, Pop!

Earrings and RingSilver Stud Earrings + Matching Ring

These beautiful presents were from my wonderful boyfriend Sam. This gorgeous matching set is my new favourite thing! The ring was bought slightly too big ( 😦 ) so I have to get it resized, but the stud earrings do this really cool thing where you can slip the ‘outer ring’ off the earrings to turn them into smaller studs! Big props to Sam for picking so well (with the help of an old high school friend who worked at the jewelry shop), I love them!

Link Commission

Framed Watercolour Link Painting (Commission from Katie Cook at Supanova Brisbane 2014)

As soon as I saw Katie Cook’s tiny watercolour paintings at Supanova, I loved them. However, there weren’t any paintings on the table that I loved enough to buy. Little did I know that Sam, who headed into Supanova on a second day without me to collect another commission, commissioned this cute Link painting from Katie for me! He even framed it for me, it’s so cute!

Alpacasso AlpacaAlpacasso Purple Stuffed Alpaca

I saw girls carrying these all around Supanova and thought they were so damn adorable. Adorable stuffed alpacas?! Yes! They were a little on the pricey side though, especially since I already spent heaps at Supanova. Sam managed to buy one of these for me when he went into Supanova on day 2 and somehow hid it in his backpack the entire rest of our week-long trip! I have no idea how he did it but he definitely pulled it off and surprised me on Christmas Day 🙂

Papercraft Zelda

Papercraft Christmas Zelda

As you’ve probably guessed by my already-huge Zelda haul, I’m a huge Legend of Zelda fan. Sam spent countless hours making this huge papercraft Zelda figurine for me and lost so much sleep Christmas Eve because of it! I love it so much, that boy is definitely very talented when it comes to handmade gifts. I would never have the patience to do this myself! Doing papercraft involves such little tiny paper pieces and such intricate cutting and gluing… I’ve only ever done papercraft of small figurines let alone attempting a huge one like this! It’s so Christmas and Elsa-like, too. I definitely appreciate the effort Sam put into this!

The Sims 4The Sims 4

I’m completely aware that I wasn’t a huge fan of TS4 when it was released, and I even blogged a first impressions review of it based off information online about it. However, EA has since patched a lot of the features missing from the initial release and I’ve watched so many playthroughs by my favourite YouTubers that I decided to give it a go – especially thanks to AmazingPhil and danisnotonfire‘s TS4 series on their gaming channel. The game is actually pretty good – goodbye social life!

Body Butter

Body Butter from The Body Shop

My aunty Tash got me these little body butter samples from The Body Shop, and they seem like they’re from a Christmas collection. The flavours I got were Glazed Apple, Cranberry and Vanilla Brulee (not pictured). I never take care of my skin so this body butter is a great place to start.

Movie Tickets

Movie Tickets

I deliberately asked Sam’s family not to get me anything for Christmas, but they just had to get me something so they got me some movie tickets. I love getting movie tickets as presents, up here seeing a movie costs nearly $20 a ticket! With snacks and a drink, it ends up costing a lot of money so movie tickets is honestly such a help.

So there it is, my 2014 Christmas haul! I’m so so grateful for all of the gifts I received and I’m so glad I got to spend the day with my family, Sam, and his family – this was our fourth Christmas as a couple but the first we’ve been able to spend together so it was really nice 🙂

I apologize for the post delays lately, I’m house sitting my aunt’s place with Sam for ten days so I don’t really have much time to sit and write a blog post lately! I have so many posts lined up waiting to be written that just won’t make it to 2014 but I’ll put them out as soon as I can!

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, have a Happy New Year!
Sarah May xxx
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