Christmas Playlist

One of the things I love about Christmas (although I actually like everything about it, to be honest) are Christmas songs. I even have a music playlist with only Christmas music, so I decided to share it with you.


  1. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - Michael Bublé
  2. Jingle Bell Rock -  Hot Chelle Rae
  3. Baby It's Cold Outside - John Travolta & Olivia Newton
  4. A holly jolly Christmas - Lady Antebellum
  5. Wonderland - Heidi Klum
  6. A Natale puoi - Alicia
  7. Maybe this Christmas -  Tracey Thorn
  8. The Christmas song - Barbra Streisand
  9. Happy Xmas (war is over) - Christina Perri
  10. Christmas (Baby please come home) - Mariah Carey
  11. Christmas is all around - Billy Mack
  12. All I want for Christmas is You - Olivia Olson
  13. Merry Christmas, happy holidays - N'sync
  14. Someday at Christmas - Stevie Wonder
  15. My only wish this year - Britney Spears
  16. The Christmas Waltz - She & Him
  17. Trains and winter rains - Enya
  18. Warm this winter - Gabriella Cilmi
  19. One more sleep - Leona Lewis
  20. I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus - The Jackson 5
  21. Ave Maria - Beyonce
  22. Underneath the tree - Kelly Clarkson
  23. White Christmas - Kelly Clarkson
  24. Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! - Ella Fitzgerald
  25. Driving home for Christmas - Chris Rea
  26. It's the most wonderful time of the year - Andy Williams
  27. Sleigh Ride - The Ronettes
  28. Let it snow - Boyz II Men
  29. Baby It's cold outside - Carrie Fletcher & Tom Law
  30. Every Day is Christmas - Colbie Caillat

The Christmas Tag

I saw this tag in Milk Bubble Tea and I knew I had to do it! I love Christmas, and I love tags so... this was perfect! I'm so in the Christmas spirit already but nobody around me seems to be too, so I'm hoping this will also help to spread it a little bit! Feel free to tag yourself, and if you do, leave me the links in the comments!


1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?

Well... I think I have two: Elf, and Love Actually. They're so typical I know! But I just love them and I need to watch them every single Christmas. And when I was little I used to be crazy about Miracle on 34th Street.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?

It's different in Spain because it's The Three Wise Men who bring the presents so... I open my gifts on the 6th of January (morning).

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?

When I was little, I used to go to my dad's hometown for The Three Wise Men night. They would first arrive at a short of arena, after a big show. Then there was the parade, and then we would go to a house my aunt has in a small village to have dinner with all my family (which is a pretty large family). There is a castle next to her house and they always told me that was where they lived and stored their presents, which I obviously believed, so I would sit by the window and looked at the castle hoping I would see them.

Because they lived next to my aunt's house, it was one of the first houses where they left the presents, so they would leave them at like noon, instead of while I was sleeping. So I didn't have to wait to open my gifts! And so that we wouldn't see them, they would take the light away. I now know my family would turn them off from time to time to make me think they were leaving my gifts upstairs. After a few of these moments, it was time to check if they had come and... well.. gifts!!

4. favourite festive food?

Hhmmm... Panettone, I think.

5. Favourite Christmas gift ?

This is a hard one. I wish I could think of one I received as a kid but... my polaroid z2300.

6. Favourite Christmas scent?

Can I say Yankee Candle's Christmas Cupcake? Or the scent of Nespresso's Christmas coffees. They smell like Christmas for some reason.

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

Not really. Just dinner with my family...

8. What tops your tree?

I'd like to say a star, but the truth is we lost ours, so last year my sister and I decided a Christmas hat would do.

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?

I can't think of anything right now...

10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?

Umm... everything! Having no class, the cold, the snow, ice-skating rinks, Christmas decorations, dinners with my family, gifts (giving and receiving), Christmas sweaters, Christmas drinks, Christmas music...

DIY Washi Tape Reindeer

For me, the moment Halloween is over, it's time to start getting crazy about Christmas! However, nobody here seems to think the same way, so I was trying to wait until Christmas is a bit closer, but... I'm sorry, I hate waiting. Today I was really craving a DIY so I decided to do this, which is slightly Christmassy, but not too much.



To do this all you need is some washi tape. Just paste it into your walls drawing a reindeer.



Question of the Day

Do you think it's too early for Christmas decorations?

22 before 22

Today is exactly one month to my birthday, so I wanted to make a birthday-related post. Today last year, I made a birthday wishlist, which I considered doing again this year, but the truth is... I actually have mostly everything I want, so the list would have like 3 items top (I'm a pretty lucky person, I know). So... I decided to think of 22 things I'd like to accomplish before turning 22. (I have 13 months for that).


(I tried to look for a photo of my last birthday but as sad as it may sound, I only found this one of my cousin holding my finger. And I can't believe how much she's grown up!)

1. Visit a new country. (Which should be pretty easy, since I'm studying abroad in the heart of Europe)
2. Carve a pumpkin for Halloween
3. Beat someone at pimpon (legitimately)
4. Get a t-shirt for Pangaea *
5. Bake a perfect batch of cookies
6. Make nut-free brownie. (My cousin is allergic to nuts and has been begging me to make her some for years now)
7. Learn to say no
8. Blog every week
9. Knit myself a beanie
10. Stop biting my nails
11. Be able to do a lutz and a loop on the ice
12. Create a new tradition
13. Get to like beer
14. Go to a musical
15. Surprise someone
16. Stop failing my courses!
17. Create a playlist that I could play in public without having to skip any songs
18. Get a C2 in English (which is pretty impossible, but never stop dreaming)
19. Make my own sushi
20. Go to a movie premiere
21. Carve something into a tree
22. Become a 22-year-old that wouldn't disappoint my 20-year-old self

* And you're probably wondering... what's Pangaea? Well Pangea is pretty much a dream come true for university students. It's a place at my Belgian university where you can have free coffee and tea all year after buying a mug that only costs 5€. UNLIMITED COFFEE AND TEA FOR A YEAR FOR ONLY 5€! How crazy is that!?

A little story that happened to me today...


Pangaea doesn't employ people. Instead, people volunteer to attend the bar. You write yourself in a list that's by the bar and do shifts of 1 hour (which is not a lot). So I was volunteering today for 2-3pm and there was nobody next on the list for the 3-4pm shift so I decided to do it. But then, again, there was nobody from 4-5pm and I ended up doing 3 hours instead of 1!

BUT karma paid it off when a nice old man came and gave us a big bag of absolutely delicious chocolate. Just like that. For free. It was for everybody to leave but... I actually ate most of it. That's what happens if you leave a bag of chocolates next to me...

Question of the Day

Is there anything you really want to accomplish in a year from now?

Halloween makeup ideas

Halloween has never been a huge thing in Spain, but this year, being in Belgium, where it is actually celebrated makes it so exciting! For the first time in my life, I can consider dressing up without embarrassing myself.

For this reason, I've recently been pinning a few make-up ideas that I loved on Pinterest and I wanted to share them with you in case you liked them too...

Scarescrow


Link here

Minnie Mouse


Link here

Doll


Sorry. I couldn't find the link for this one, but I hope it can inspire you anyways...

Dia de los Muertos


This is another make-up I couldn't find a link for. Sorry guys!

Native American


Question of the Day

What will you be for Halloween?

Daytrip to Lille

Last weekend, we visited Lille (France). It's so cool and weird going to a different country and coming back the same day! It felt totally unreal. I would say we had a great time there but we always to!

And you know I love sharing my travel experiences with you, so here are some photos I took.


Finding time to blog when you're an exchange student

This is a short of personal post, but I feel like it's something I needed to do, both for me and for you. Since I arrived at Belgium (actually, before even arriving), I have been struggling to find the time to work on posts. Not only do I find it hard to find the time to write the actual post, but also for all the preparations, thinking of posts ideas, and promoting my blog.

I no longer have time to contribute to twitter chats for bloggers, or leave comments on other blogs, which means my visits and comments are dropping down, which is pretty discouraging.

However, I do not want to quit blogging, because I love it, and even if my blog is not a really big thing, I'm still quite proud of what I have accomplished and I don't want it to get wasted, so I decided that I'm going to try to do my best to continue blogging every Sunday.

I used to blog 2/3 times a week, and I would love to continue to be able to do so, but I simply can't. So my weekly posts topic will be a bit random. It could either be personal, or lifestyle, or travel, or recipes... you never know, just as I never know what I will have the time to do that week.

And that's it for today. These weren't exactly some pretty exciting news, and I'm sorry for that. But as I said before, it is something I wanted to share with you.