WOW…what a birthday. Mum always reiterates that you’re only 21 once, and by-god has this been true. I’m still baffled by how lucky I truly am and I am SO grateful for all the company, presents, and every single little surprise I’ve received for my 21st.
Firstly, mum surprised me back in July with a holiday to Bulgaria for my 21st. We had the loveliest time…be sure to check out my Bulgaria Photo Diary post! Mum also spoiled me with presents, which she seriously shouldn’t have but I am eternally grateful! Also, on the 4th September for my present from my dad, we spent 3 days in Chester. Again, we had the loveliest time, and it was great to spend quality time together as we don’t see each other as much as we’d like to. There will be a blog post up soon.
On the day, I kindly received a Nomination bracelet with a car charm from my mum (story behind this), a 21 charm from Julie my godmother and then I got two vouchers from my Auntie, Uncle and cousins, and one from my Nan and Grandad. I’ve already bought a charm with my Aunties…the little rose-gold N charm.
My auntie and two cousins all chipped together and bought me a Keeper for the Day experience at Askham Bryan Wildlife Park, and oh my god was I shook. They had me bawling with excitable tears.
Plenty, like PLENTY of stationary, notebooks and diaries from various people…they all clearly know me very well. Including a personalised Matilda Myers diary.
I also got a new Kanken (Re-Kanken). I’ve had my black Kanken for over 4 years and it has definitely seen better times, so I asked for a new one for my birthday. You’ll also see that my new diary matches the colour, how cute!
Molly surprised me with this gorgeous necklace, with my birthstone and the pendant engraved with my initials. I absolytely adore it, and wear it everyday. The Tegan got me this beautiful Hasma necklace, and of course a bottle of Malibu, she knows me too well. They both also got me gorgeous bunches of sunflowers and roses!
Other gifts included air-fresheners, chocolates, handbags, money and vouchers, 21 key charms, photo-frames, a lot of Malibu and Prosecco; including this cute cocktail kit from everyone at work, along with lots of skincare and make-up bits. Also, this gorgeous wooden heart from mum’s friend Jean and wooden cut-out from my Nan and Grandad saying ‘Happy 21st Natalie’, which is a beautiful little keepsakes.
Abbi (check out her blog here!), kindly allowed me to have drinks at her’s for my birthday with friends. I was again absolutely spoiled by my friends. Abbi and Harry got me the ‘Get Your Sh*t Together Jounral’ by Sarah Knight, a It’s Skin Honey Firm & Glow face mask, and a beautiful glass with a floral design on it, as well as a birthday cake and cookie…is she an amazing BFF or what!? Ashleigh got me a bottle of prosecco and some chocolates (aka life essentials), and I mean there isn’t a photo of these presents because they were demolished pretty quickly!. Adam’s friend Tom got me a bottle of Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream, I hadn’t even properly met him so I was shocked! Then lastly, Abbi and Sam got me a Spa bath set and candle, much needed with the hangover I had the next morning!
Lastly, after Adam had already spoiled me with stationary, clothes, and some new trainers…like I was shook at these (he secretly just clearly wants us to twin as he has the same trainers in ‘sesame/cardboard’ shade), I absolutely love them, and despite me not being cool enough to pull them off…I am trying!
He then surprised me with plane tickets!!! PLANE TICKETS!! I had idea where I was going, all I knew is that we were fly from Manchester Airport on the Thursday morning… what the hell! He couldn’t have chosen a better destination than Crete, Greece. Greece is my favourite country, and my heart is always full when I’m there. We had the loveliest week, and there will be a blog post on all the things we got up to soon. Not only this, but when we landed in Manchester he whisked me off to Holdsworth Hotel for the night in a luxury suite, and a spa day at Manor House Spa the following day before returning home. How lucky am I!!!!!
I am still in complete shock of how lucky I am to have such wonderful people in my life, and I cherish them, their presents and their time dearly. Thank you!
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