Birthday Presents

If you’ve been reading my posts recently, you’ll know it was my birthday a few days back! Yesterday, I recapped my birthday weekend, so to wrap up these birthday posts, I wanted to share what gifts my family were nice enough to get me, and also what I got myself (treat yo’ self)!

What My Family Got Me

From my parents I got this cute little breakfast set. It’s a little tray, mug, a little teapot tray and a coaster.

I also got this recipe book. We’ve had it for years, and growing up, both me and Jo would try out recipes. Since Mum doesn’t use it anymore, she’s said that I can officially have it!

Speaking of cookbooks, Rory also got me one! He got me Nerdy Nummies which he knows I’ve been deliberating buying since forever. I’m so excited looking through the book, and I hope to try out some of these incredible recipes!

The baking theme was strong in the gifts, as Rory also got me a zester. Something else I’ve been muttering about needing for a while!

I also was sent a gift from my sister which arrived yesterday. I was talking with her about my love of novelty mugs, and that’s exactly what she got me. Plus this fluffy keychain with my initial!

mug and keychain

What I Got Myself

I bought this amazing product from Tarte during their Black Friday sale. It’s a Treasure Box Collector’s Edition, and it’s packed with so much goodies I literally gasped as I opened it. Eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers, a highlighter, lip gloss, mascara, eyeliner, a mirror, all packed into this gorgeous metal box! I’ll get more into it in another post, cause I could go on about this for a while.

I also got went to Mecca Maxima and bought travel sizes of two products I’d been really wanting to try. These are the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion and Too Faced’s Better than Sex Mascara. I’m excited to try both of these!

Kikki.K sends you a $10 off coupon on your birthday, so we went by the store to pick something up. Kikki.K is a stationary store that has lots of adorable products. I saw that they have some little piece of jewellery now which is so sweet! I chose this little moon and star necklace to use my coupon on.

While at the book store, I came across a copy of The House at Pooh Corner, with the original illustrations by E.H. Shephard. I immediately got it, as I’ve lost the copies I had when I was younger.

winnie the pooh

I also treated myself to another tattoo! I now have three, and they were all this year. Haha, and I didn’t believe people when they said tattoos were addictive. This time, I got a little delicate piece along my wrist. It’s made up of small wildflowers which I’ve always loved, and baby’s breath, which were part of my wedding bouquet. It came out so cute, and I love how we arranged the placement of it! We decided to have the stems growing out of my wrist instead of the other way around!

That’s everything that I received for my birthday! I’m so happy with everything my lovely family got me, and I even got myself some (lots) of gifts too!

What’s something you’ve treated yourself to recently?

Angela.

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Hello internet! My name is Angela. I write daily about my travels, life, thoughts, and ramblings. I live down in New Zealand with my lovely husband, Rory. Thanks for stopping by!
55 comments
  1. The house at Pooh corner definitely my favourite. ?

    1. Its such a good book! Ive loved being able to read through it again ?

  2. I love your new tattoo! So sweet ?

    1. Thanks Sarah! My thoughts exactly ?

  3. You’re going to be a busy bee with all the cool recipes you’ve got going on. And I absolutely love your tattoo!

    1. Haha its true!! There’s so many, I literally don’t know where to start. I’ve started making a list of my favourites though so i can begin narrowing down the first recipe i want to try. And thank you Lyz! I love it too, it’s so sweet and delicate! It’s really similar to your one too! ?

      1. How well do pastries travel from New Zealand to America, that’s what is like to know ?

  4. Oh my gosh such great gifts! And I love how the theme was cooking! I love that breakfast set and that donut mug! Soon stinking cute! And I LOVE your tattoo! They really are addicting! Overtime I get one I am like okay when am I getting my next one! lol. <3

    1. Thanks Kate! I’m so happy with everything I’ve got this year! Haha, everyone knows im into baking now. Tattoos really are addicting! I’ve been thinking about this floral one for a while now and im so happy with It! I’ve already lowkey started thinking about my next one now ??

      1. I love that! I am so glad 🙂 They are! Haha oh my gosh I love it! What are you thinking of getting? <3

        1. I’ve always loved music, so that was another possibility. I’ve only got that in mind though, so I may need to go down another Pinterest hole and see what ideas are out there. See what inspires me 😀

          1. Ooo that sounds fun! Haha Pinterest always has such great ideas or at least inspiration! 🙂 <3

  5. With my birthday money I treated self to lush Buck’s Fizz body conditioner and a little massage bar. Today I treated self to a Christmassy book and lots of very cheap flowers ? for basically nothing (41p) which is like less than half a US dollar, not sure if exchange rate on NZ dollars is about same.

    1. Sounds like lots of treats! It’s always nice to buy yourself some goodies around your birthday ?
      I have no idea what the exchange rate between NZ and US ?

  6. Those mugs are so cute, love them. Also love your new tattoo, it’s so simple but beautiful. xx

    1. I’m always happy to get a new mug! ?
      Thanks Azra! I’m really happy with my new tattoo as well. Its just what I wanted ?

  7. Love your new tattoo ? and that cooking book for nerds is amazing!!!!

    1. Thanks Joy!
      It’s such a cool book! Just looking through all the different recipes was so much fun ?

  8. Aaw the Nerdy Nummies book looks like it has some fun recipes☺ Your tattoo is pretty. I have a flower one on my arm too xx

    1. Its got so many amazing looking reipces to try!
      Thanks Dannii, Ive always liked how delicate floral tattoos look on the wrist so i finally decided to get one ? where’s you’re on your arm?

      1. Mine’s on my upper inside part of my arm☺ x

  9. A neat haul, Angela. Each of those gifts sound precious. I love the look of the dainty tea set — I have a special weakness for tea bag holders. I think you are all set for fantastic baking sessions with the two cookbooks. The smart cookies look particularly cute. And the tattoo is pretty! Perfect way to celebrate your birthday month. xx

    1. Thanks Arundhati! I got spoilt this year! ?
      I have made a plan to try do each recipe from each book. It will most likely take decades but I’ll get there ?
      Im very happy with my new floral tattoo! It cane out better than i hoped ?

      1. That sounds very Julie & Julia and I hope you shall document it like Julie. Spending the decades in such a delightful manner is a rum idea. xx

  10. That mug looks great ?

    1. It is pretty cool 😀

  11. Happy belated birthday!!! ❤️☺️? Love all these presents you got!
    I think your tattoo looks really really pretty! xx

    1. Thank you so much! I’m so happy with all the presents I got this year 😀

  12. In love with your new tattoo! Delicate and pretty ☺️ I’ve always been curious about that Too Faced mascara, you’ll have to let me know what you think. I was on the kikki.K site the other day and thought the jewellery was adorable, I liked the cloud necklace ☁️ The Nerdy Nummies cookbook looks fun!

    1. I’m so happy with how my tattoo came out! It’s exactly what I wanted 🙂
      I’ve tried it a few times so far, and I’ve been impressed. I had zero clumping issues, which normally always happens (even a little) with my eyelashes 😀
      I do love Kikki.K’s jewellery line. I took a while looking through their options, but I just fell in love with the moon one 😀

      1. Is the mascara more wet or dry? Personally I prefer a drier formula. All of kikki.K’s products are lovely quality ?

        1. I would say more dry. I’ve used wetter ones, and the second I blink, they leave marks under my eyes which is annoying. Cause I can’t keep my eyes open for too long while waiting for them to dry haha!

          1. Ooh that’s good to hear 🙂 I find with wet mascaras they leave little marks on my eyeshadow 🙁

  13. So many pretty presents you got! I love that little breakfast set and also your tattoo is so pretty! I really want to get a tattoo myself too but I am too scared haha! Also late birthday wishes! Glad you had a good one ? xx

  14. You got such lovely birthday pressies!! ? xx

    1. I really did! I’m so happy with everything i got this year ?

      1. Awww that’s good xx

  15. Awwh, I love that you got a recipe book handed down to you! Great presents 🙂

    1. I was so happy when I saw it! I have so many memories going through that book growing up, it’s nice that it’s been officially given to me now 😀 Thanks Emma!

  16. The nerdy nummies cookbook is so amazing! And I love your new tattoo xx

    1. I can’t wait to start trying some of the recipes! ?
      Thanks Anni! ?

  17. Happy Birthday my love!!! Yayayayaya!! December baby 🙂
    LOVE the new tattoo, I had baby breath in my bouquet to, such a beautifulthought for a tattoo!!
    xxx

    1. Haha, thanks Hazel!
      It’s such a sweet delicate flower ?

      1. I have heard it’s a little bit more painful in that location!? Out of all of yours now which was the worst for pain?! Xxx

        1. We avoided the bony parts of the wrist so it wasn’t that bad. The worst would be my Mandala on my upper arm. Just cause of how long it took and how detailed it was. I went numb during the three hours it took. But afterwards, it stung like a bad sunburn for almost a week after. Which sucked cause I use that arm to carry babies at work ?

          1. Ou that was a good idea! It is a fab piece! I always forget about the week or so after the tatt is done, oh goodness, babies leaning on it must have been sore alright! Any plans now for more? xx

          2. I’m still pinning lots of ideas, but I also feel like I should slow down a bit haha! I kind of want another full mandala though..

          3. ? see how you go. If you see something and you know… Go for it! If not that’s cool to!! Hope your doing well xx

  18. Lovely presents! I love that novelty mug!

    1. Thank you! I love it too ?

      1. You’re welcome, Angela. 🙂

  19. Reading your article I find ideas for Christmas presents so thank you.

    1. Haha, I’m glad I could help! 😀

  20. Oh, you finally got the tatt! It looks lovely! 🙂

    1. Haha I did! Thank you Amielle ?

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