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Life Lately

life lately

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may have seen that things have been pretty hectic in my life lately. While I’ve managed to (kind of) successfully keep updating my blog, I feel like I haven’t sat down and chatted with you for a while.

I wanted to bring you all up to speed with all the latest goings on in my life because I know you’re just dying to know more.

Here’s all the things that have been happening in my life lately.

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My mum’s 40th birthday

My mum’s birthday was a few weeks ago and it was one of the best events of 2018 so far! Despite me turning 20 only ten days before my mum’s birthday, I was actually looking forward to her birthday way more than mine. We went out for a meal to Aldwark Manor (where I used to work when I was 16) and it was absolutely heavenly.

As I’m literally the world’s best daughter (lol) I treated my mum to 40 different presents to celebrate her special day. I promised that I would get her 40 gifts for her 40th birthday years ago and I’m so glad that I managed to pull it off. The range of gifts included plenty of makeup, chocolate and cosy sleepwear.

life lately

life lately

I was also extremely happy to be able to give my mum not one, but two bottles of personalised prosecco, courtesy of Prezzybox* and Find Me A Gift*. The personalised prosecco was such a lovely touch and they made a great addition to my mum’s collection of gifts.

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A surprise 80s themed party

The day after my mum’s actual birthday, we threw an 80s themed surprise party and good god, was it hard to keep it a secret from my mum. We’d been planning it for months and last Saturday the party finally came into fruition and it was one of the best nights of my life.

We managed to get my mum to the venue under the pretence that we were going to a cocktail making class and then going out in town for drinks dressed in 80s clothes. I’ve never seen so many people turn up to celebrate one person and the entire evening was a rollercoaster of emotions. I made so many incredible memories and it was absolutely amazing to surprise my mum like that.

My dad even hired a flashmob to perform which you can watch here and omfg it was one of the best things I’ve ever seen. I cannot thank everyone enough who came to celebrate with my mum and made her night so memorable.

A new job

I’ve been at my new job for almost a month now and it’s been one of the most incredible, challenging months ever. I’ve absolutely loved learning SO many new things about the digital marketing world but it’s been incredibly hard to say the least. I wasn’t expecting there to be so much to learn but my god, I’m glad that there is. I feel like I’ve learnt so much in the last few weeks and I’m so grateful to be working for an amazing company.

Lunchtime walks through the city

My new job is located right in the middle of the city centre of York so for the last few weeks I’ve been taking myself off for a lovely lunchtime walks in the (kind of) sun. It’s been so lovely to wander through the city and admire it during my lunchbreak and I really can’t wait until summer is in full swing so I can enjoy my lunch in one of the many green spaces that York has to offer.

Mine and Matt’s two year anniversary

If you’re reading this on the day it goes live (4th May) then today is a very special day as it’s mine and Matt’s two year anniversary. It’s been the best two years I could have ever imagined and I can’t believe how unbelievably lucky I am to get to spend my life with someone as incredible as Matt.

We’re actually properly celebrating tomorrow by going out for a lovely meal and yummy cocktails so make sure you head over to my Instagram Stories to see what we get up to.

Travel focused content

I’ve mentioned it quite a lot over on Instagram, but in the last few months I’ve made the decision to make this blog much more travel focused and I feel so much better for it.

I’m sure you all know by now how much travelling means to me and my blog is a place that I love to share my thoughts with you guys, so I’ve combined my two greatest passions to create a place that’s focused almost entirely around my travels. If you guys have any suggestions or content that’d you like to see, make sure you let me know!

Life Lately

What’s been going on in your life lately? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.


  1. 4th May 2018 / 7:16 pm

    Ah it sounds like your life has been crazy but amazing, I love the idea of buying 40 birthday gifts for your mums 40th and the themed party looks incredible. Have an amazing weekend celebrating your anniversary with Matt xx

    • chloedickenson
      10th May 2018 / 7:26 am

      Thank you Kristy! Xx

  2. 5th May 2018 / 10:02 am

    Wow, I’m incredibly impressed that you’ve been producing such fab, regular blog content with all of this going on as well! I bet your mum was absolutely over the moon to receive all of those gifts! The personalised prosecco is an absolutely wonderful idea, an extra special treat! The photos you shared of you at the party are amazing, it looks like you all had a great time! I still remember fondly the surprise party I had when I was 10, I’m sure your mum will remember hers for years to come too! Happy anniversary to you and Matt, you guys seem like the perfect couple and I can’t wait to read about your travels together!

    Abbey xxxx

    • chloedickenson
      10th May 2018 / 7:25 am

      Thank you so much Abbey! My mum’s party certainly was a night to remember! Xx

  3. 8th May 2018 / 10:59 am

    Sounds like you’ve been up to some fab things Chloe! The 40 presents idea is such a brilliant thought, I bet your mum was so grateful for all the effort you put in to make her birthday one to remember! It’s great that you’re loving your new job and that it’s challenging you, I feel like a challenge is so much better than just doing the same thing repeatedly as it gives you something to look forward to learning! Happy late anniversary to you and Matt, you guys are totally goals!!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

    • chloedickenson
      10th May 2018 / 7:23 am

      Thank you so much lovely lady! Things have been hectic lately but so good as well! Xx

  4. Giana Spiteri
    8th May 2018 / 5:28 pm

    omg what a lovely idea you did for your mum’s 40th! She’s so young as well! I might do that for my mum’s 50th which means I have a whole 2 years to plan what all the gifts will be, I could probably split it with my sister aha! I’m loving all your travel content and can’t wait to see what else is in store! xx


    • chloedickenson
      10th May 2018 / 7:22 am

      Thank you so much! I’m sure your mum would absolutely love it! Xx

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