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So yesterday I finished work and have a blissful 16 days off.  I've mentioned having time off over Christmas on Twitter and I keep seeing people tweet that they're fed up with people saying that they're done for Christmas as they're working Christmas Eve/Boxing Day/only having one day off.  So I just want to say right now, that I am not sorry, and that I DESERVE IT! I worked in retail all the way through Uni (at H&M) and then for a few years afterwards so trust me, I have worked my fair share of Christmas Eve's and Boxing Day's, along with having a boyfriend who has worked almost all of the Christmas Day's we've been together due to working for an emergency services.  So I will be enjoying every second of my 16 days off and spending it drinking lots of Bucks Fizz, eating sweet treats and enjoying time with friends and family.

Yesterday was mufty/dress down day at work and it was such a novelty to be a bit more casual, as well as partaking in our annual McDonalds Christmas lunch.  Though I must admit I was slightly concerned when I ordered four people's meals and the man behind the counter asked me if I wanted to eat in.

McDonalds lunch

It might be the last time we're all together for Christmas at the office where we work as the site is closing next year, so we all took dress down day very seriously.  There was a bear costume, a reindeer onesie and this idiot even brought out the penguin kigu...


I was a super tired Rosie yesterday so I dipped out of going to our headquarters Christmas Party in order to tick a few errands off the to-do list and catch up on sleep.  I've been waking up at 6am every day for some reason so yesterday I took advantage of the extra time in the morning and fixed my Malteser's fudge which hadn't set when I made it the night before.  It turns out that the answer really, always, is 'add more chocolate'.  I used this recipe and it always works - the first batch was my fault for getting cocky and throwing in too many ingredients!


I also managed to do two different food shops after work yesterday - my parents are coming around for a Christmas lunch tomorrow so we've got loads of party food (from M&S) and snacks (from Sainsbury's).  We're also going to be attempting a few recipes from my Good Housekeeping Christmas recipe magazine.

I must admit, I don't think I'll be able to top this afternoon's kitchen creation however, I whipped up a batch of Peanut Butter fudge and it's definitely the best fudge I've made.  I'll be putting it in jam jars and kilner jars with Christmas ribbon and luggage tags and giving it to friends and family - that's if there's any left! Once it's in the tin you sprinkle it with sea salt - so delicious!

Peanut Butter Fudge
Peanut Butter Fudge

Today I've also been doing the last of the Christmas wrapping (whilst watching Home Alone 2) - I love wrapping presents but I must admit I am looking forward to clearing away all of the wrapping paper, sellotape and ribbon and having our dining table back to normal!

There is a rather crazy amount of presents under the tree - I can't wait to pack them all up and take them away with us to visit our families.  The one on the right in the cellophane is for me, from my friend Kate. I have a different present to open every hour on Christmas Day and they are all labelled with the hour to open them at! I met up with my friend Nicole for Christmas present exchange on Tuesday too, she got me some amazing presents including the most beautiful silver lighthouse necklace amongst other treats.

Christmas tree and presents Christmas tree and presents

I have actually been rather spoilt with early Christmas presents and some beautiful cards too.  This amazing hamper turned up for me on Wednesday from Trek America, who I've been chatting to recently and will be working with next year.  All of the gifts were individually labelled - the Yankee Candle is a 'Congratulations' candle on our engagement and the bowtie is a present for Bodhi, it attaches to a US flag collar, it's brilliant!

Hamper from Trek America Christmas onesie

Bodhi loves his new collar!


I did the last trip to the Hermes dropoff and the postbox yesterday with the last few Christmas cards and parcels.  We bought our Christmas cards from M&S but we also got some printed of Bodhi in his Christmas pudding outfit via instajunction.  I was sent a £25 voucher a few weeks ago and got a set of cards and some magnets.

Instajunction magnets Instajunction cards

The cards and magnets are lovely and I'm really thrilled with them.  It took me a few days to order however as the website kept crashing and giving error codes, hopefully they've ironed out the technical issues now. They took about nine days to come which isn't too bad for custom printed products.  I've put a few of the magnets in with Christmas presents as I think they're a nice little touch and something people don't often order themselves.  Instajunction do a few fun products I haven't seen on other instagram printing services like cufflinks and charm bracelets, obviously it's too late for Christmas but they're worth a look for birthdays and so on.

Hope you're all feeling ready for Christmas now - I have a few other things to share with you before I go away on Monday but other than that it might be a bit quiet on here for the next week or so.  Rest assured I'll still be keeping in touch with what's happening in Blogland on my iPad whilst I'm away though I probably won't be able to post much, I'll be far too busy lolling around in my onesie and watching Christmas films for that!

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22 comments

  1. Bodhi looks so cute! I want the penguin kigu! I have a giraffe x
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  2. N'wah Bodhi is a dream! Is it... bad that I'm jealous of your McDonald's?! Hope you and Tom have a wonderful Christmas and break from work together, Rosie! You truly do deserve it. I've got a blissful 9 days off and am already reveling in no darn emails and relaxing my brain! xx

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  3. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, Rosie! You totally deserve it

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  4. That penguin kigu is absolute perfection, I love it! I hope you have an amazing and relaxing Christmas Rosie, you really do deserve it! x

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  5. You deserve the time off work for sure! I'm super excited to be going back to work but feel I'm in the minority there! xo

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  6. Ooh I'm going to have to try to make that Malteser's fudge! Looks delicious!
    Have a good Christmas Rosie, and definitely don't be sorry you're not working!!

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  7. I'm off until the 2 Jan and plan to get lots of sleep and relax over the break, as I know how busy my January at work is going to be :S

    The peanut butter fudge looks great! I spotted the recipe on your Twitter page so I will definitely have a go at making that at some point.

    What a gorgeous tree you have and so many pressies already! x

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  8. So much food, do I need explain why I love holidays so much? I think not. Lovely christmas tree, maybe you will do what I got for Christmas post, I'd love to see that. :)

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  9. Good for you..I worked in retail for a long time myself....so I see both sides....but thats the way it goes....have a wonderful Christmas. x

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  10. Enjoy your holiday! :)
    I work in retail and have done since 2008, through uni and now at the moment whilst I search for graduate jobs. I tend to not mind working around Christmas, I find it quite festive to be honest and have a laugh with colleagues and customers alike. I'd rather work Christmas Eve than Boxing Day though haha!

    Amy x A Little Boat Sailing

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  11. I've never made fudge before but with peanut butter?! sounds incredible! maybe that's how I'll spend my day off! hope you have a lovely 16 days off! xo

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  12. I've just done a post with the same title, after spending the last 3 months with glandular fever and still doing my final year at uni. Very stressful! Enjoy your time off, you definitely deserve it :) xx

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  13. Your fudge looks incredible! Bodhi looks pretty dapper in his bow tie bless him. I have loved reading your blog this past year, have a fabulous crimbo and new year. Georgia x

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  14. Bodhi really is such a handsome fella! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas Rosie!
    Sophie
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  15. Heey dear.:)

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  16. Enjoy your time off and hope you have a lovely Christmas. The fudge looks so yummy I have bookmarked the recipe and will be trying that one myself.

    Sarah

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  17. Yay! So glad adding more chocolate worked for you! Think I'm going to copy your peanut butter recipe now, it looks so good!

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  18. Love your dog's christmas pudding outfit! also, the tree is looking gorgeous! Have a good christmas xx

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  19. Merry Christmas! I love the idea of the present to open every hour - make Christmas day really last :)

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  20. 16 days off? You are lucky! :) But it's ok, because I am getting a whole 6 days off which is more than I usually get. Getting Christmas off (other than the day itself and Boxing Day, as we are closed) in my workplace is very difficult!
    Your peanut butter fudge (and the maltesers one for that matter) looks amazing! I made some ages ago and it was incredible, but I do love me some peanut butter!
    I love the gift from your friend - a present to open every hour, that's amazing!
    Hope you have a lovely well deserved break, and an even better Christmas! x

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  21. Enjoy your time off, everyone has their fair share of time off throughout the year!

    Love the idea of Instajunction- will have to check it out!

    Katie x
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  22. Gorgeous post, you definitely deserve those days off! I hope you've had a relaxing break :)

    Sophie
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    xxx

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