Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Gifts for Her Under £15 | 2014 Edition

This Christmas has been one of Secret Santa's for me, but in the spirit of quirky gift giving I thought it adapt to share a cute 'Gifts for Her 2014 Edition' and with most people still buying their Christmas gifts it really isn't too late to take advantage of the Limited Edition ranges and novelty buys. 

An ideal stocking filler this year would be some chocolate satsumas! River Island had some amazing ones, but unfortunately sold out super quick! Traditionally Santa would always give me a satsuma in my stocking along with chocolate coins, a 50p bag of sweets from the market and various other knick nacks including fluffy socks and sleep masks. Yet my little satsuma would often get left feeling lonely and unwanted, so a chocolate alternative is perfect! And is there really such a thing as too much chocolate at Christmas!!? 

My hand picked goodies this year are....

A book that reminds me of 'Wreck this Journal' and Alfie Deyes 'Pointless Book', it is an exercise book/notebook that aims to aid us on our creative journey. Ideal for those stuck in a creative rut and need a figurative kick up the backside to help get their creative juices flowing once more! It certainly appeals to me having finished university and on the search for constant self motivation to keep going in fun, creative pursuits. 

It is so easy to buy decorative home items that are simply not useful and entice us with their beauty. This dish brings together design, functionality and gives you a blooming unicorn for a pet! So often jewellery is taken off and lost, especially earrings and simple necklaces. This dish offers a solution to that and would complement any shabby chic room, you might even feel a tad hipster.. *Pass the triangle!* 

A magical seasonal scent perfect for those who prefer showers over baths. A product that allows one to dip their toe in the massive cult following that is Lush and not feel too overwhelmed by bath bombs galore and overpowering scents. As someone who often tags along with others into the store and so far having never made a purchase there, I was introduced to the shower gel by a sales assistant. It really made me want to purchase this and replace my beloved Soap & Glory (if only temporarily...),  I was smitten.  

Often it seems buying cosmetic sets is abit of a gift cop out but this year No.7 has launched a beautiful range of rosegold gifts with pale purple and pink ribbon. Absolute swoon!!! Clearly they have done their market research! Rosegold seems to have taken the hearts of everyone this year and the packaging is so perfect it almost doesn't matter what's inside. The single crackers come in the rosegold colour for £8 or buy this set of six for £14. Definitely something to consider if you're hosting a girly Christmas Dinner!

Treat the ones you love this festive season, even if that person is you!

*I don't own any of the photos in this post

Friday, 12 December 2014

Companionship Study

In March earlier this year I attended a seminar weekend held by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Nottingham England entitled a Missionary Preparation Seminar. It is held for anyone interested in serving a mission, already in the process of their application, or simply toying with the idea. Missionaries are people who volunteer full time to work for the church with the purpose of 'inviting others to Christ'. It is a huge opportunity and a wonderful one at that. The weekend was so full of the Holy Ghost, leaving me with intense feelings of peace and joy. 

Full time missionaries are expected to study the scriptures and other gospel related material for two hours every day, one hour on their own called 'Personal Study' and the other with their companion or fellow missionary called 'Companionship Study'. While at the seminar we were expected to live missionary lifestyles including all the rules, dress code and rigorous schedule. For the first time I got to try out a proper Companionship Study session. But we were at loss at how to do it! Did we just share what we had learned in Personal Study, did we look at something entirely different, did we use it to prepare for the lesson we had to teach that day, etc, etc? The list went on. I think we settled on sharing what we had learned and discussed the day ahead. 

I was never actually taught how to do companionship study, what was to be achieved or what we were meant to cover. It seemed like something we should instinctually know, but we didn't. We tried our best and it was fine. Our weekend was still wonderful regardless. Having felt the Holy Spirit so much I become acutely aware of little things I wanted to improve and work on in my everyday life, one of which was a better understanding of Championship Study. Now months on, as if by chance championship study has started to play a bigger role in my life once more. 

In the gospel we are taught to have scripture study and prayer daily. Often this can be difficult and requires conscious effort. When it is just up to you it is easy to brush it off or to be busy and simply forget. While personal study and constantly building that relationship with God as an individual is vital, I have learnt that families and loved ones can bless us in a way I had never considered. When someone else is relying on you, you are more likely to do something. When my partner is expecting me to get up at silly o'clock and Skype him for scripture study it gives me greater incentive to drag myself out of bed and wake myself up. It makes me feel more accountable, more responsible. 

There is so much more to companionship study than simply following instructions. It is an opportunity to truly be someone's companion and work as a team! To set goals and grow together spiritually, to set time aside solely to talk of things of spiritual importance, learn from each other and the Holy Spirit! It reminds me of my Seminary days and weirdly I miss it when life gets in the way (or exhaustion!) and we skip a few sessions. I love how it helps us draw closer in a whole different way! 

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