Thursday, 12 December 2013

Blogmas will be a bit late!

sorry but my blogmas posts will be up a bit late! Ive had a lot of school work lately and cant find time to do it!

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Blogmas: 8/12/13: Christmas Films!


You need to watch a Christmas film in order to get in the festive spirit! One film that everybody says is their favourite is ... ELF! You cannot fault this film one little bit! It's a Christmas comedy with a completely unique story. "After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity." This pretty much sums the film up in one! If you haven't seen it, you've missed out... go and watch it! 

Another film that you need to watch is 'Christmas With The Kranks'. This film is by far one of my favourites... every year when all the decorations are up and it's all cosy in the house, I sit and watch it, snuggled up on the sofa with a blanket and for some reason, a bag of twiglets! One reason why I like this film is because it symbolises and sums up everyone's Christmas... and not always the good sides of Christmas! 
"With their daughter away, her parents decide to skip Christmas altogether until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate the holidays at the last minute." That sums up this film haha! You really need to watch it to understand it! It's one of the funniest Christmas films I've seen! 

If you want to watch more of a traditional festive film, with a little less comedy, then you need to watch 'Miracle on 34th Street'. "A little girl discovers dreams do come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle - Santa Claus. Her mother told her the "secret" about Santa a long time ago, so Susan doesn't expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. But after meeting a special department store Santa who's convinced he's the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all - something to believe in." It's such a nice heart warming film :) 


There are so many other films I could list but it would take me forever! 





Saturday, 7 December 2013

Blogmas: 7/12/13: Christmas Decorations


Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without decorations, and today we have started to put some up... and we will be putting the rest up tomorrow and throughout the week :) 
These are just a few pictures of my decorations so far :) We have had to have an artificial tree this year, as I have just recently got two kittens, so we didn't want the needles from a real tree hurting them... and thank god we did get a fake tree because within a minute of putting the tree up, they're already climbing in it and demolishing it hahaah! 



Friday, 6 December 2013

Blogmas: 6/12/13: How to make your own stockings!


A good way of saving money at Christmas time is by making your own decorations and presents, and the great thing about this is, the things you make don't have to look that good and perfect, because you can always use the excuse of "It looks homemade". Also I think it looks nice when it's not perfect and a bit shabby because it has your own personal touch and is also very unique!

I have decided to make a stocking and I made it as I went along... I had no idea how to make it and hadn't practised it before hand! So that's why it doesn't look perfect, but it's what makes it look unique ;)

It is pretty simple to make, but it's much easier if you have a sewing machine. 

YOU WILL NEED: 
  • Material of your choice (I used scrap material and also old clothes) 
  • ribbon
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • a pattern to follow
  • pins
Step 1/2:
Firstly I found a simple pattern that I found on google images and printed it out. I then cut this out and pinned it to my chosen material, then cut around the pattern.



Step 3: 
Then I sewed on any decoration that I wanted on it. 

 Step 4:
Then I cut a separate of material to go along the top of the stocking. It needs to be the same length as the stocking at the top and then about 10cm wide.
Step 5: 
Sew this onto the top rim of the stocking. You will need to do two of these on each separate main piece of fabric for the stockings.

 Step 6: 
Then pin the separate main pieces together, making sure that the right side out is facing in, to hide the stitching, and sew together using a basic running stitch. Also sew your piece of ribbon at the top, in the corner as you do this process.

 Then turn it back into the right side out... and your finished!
Now... mine turned out a bit pointy, but I think that adds to the home, traditional Christmas feel to it (I hope)!
Overall, this took about 40 mins to an hour, so it's fairly easy to do, although I probably should of spent a bit more time on it, to make them look a bit less pointy and more presentable haha!

I hope you enjoy making this, and I also hope my step by step wasn't too brief and confusing... it's pretty self explanatory anyway! :)




Thursday, 5 December 2013

Blogmas: 5/12/13: My Traditional Christmas


One thing I love about Christmas is the little family 'traditions' we have. We don't follow these traditions religiously but we try to as much as possible!
An example of one of our traditions is when we put up the decorations, we always have to have Christmas songs playing in the background, and I can guess that pretty much everyone does that, but I still think it's quite a nice 'tradition to have! 
Also on Christmas eve, me and my family usually visit my great aunt and uncle, as this is nearly the only time we get to see them!
Then in the evening, I watch a few Christmas films and programmes in the kitchen as I help prepare the vegetables for the Christmas dinner the next day. My sister and I also get given new pyjamas to wear, but by the end of the month, we can never find matching pyjamas! We also put down some brandy, mince pies and carrots for father Christmas and his reindeer's (I know I'm a bit old but it will ruin the Christmas feeling if I don't do it haha).




On Christmas day we wake up in the morning (usually me first) and we get sacks each filled with loads of little presents, we open them first and then when we go downstairs we open our main presents. We then get dressed and have breakfast (I always have fresh filtered coffee and a croissant) and my nan comes round my house. Then we go to my grandmas and open the presents she got us. After that we go back home and wait for my auntie and cousin to come. During this time we just do something with the presents we get.

When my auntie and cousin arrive, we open each others presents and then we have our Christmas dinner. After our dinner we play a few board games or Buzz and then have our pudding. After that we start to get comfy in front of the TV as the Christmas specials are about to come on. The tin of roses and quality streets come out and cheese balls and much much more.... and then we finish the day with TV and cuddles :)

So that's my traditional Christmas... I'm sure it's pretty similar to some other people's Christmas though haha!

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Blogmas: 4/12/13: My Christmas Wishlist


This Christmas I found it really hard to figure out what to put on my Christmas/wish list. There were two main things that I really wanted but other then that, I had no idea. So to help a few people I am going to tell you what I have put on my wish list!

So here is my Christmas list of things that I have actually asked for and will hopefully get some things! 

1) The One Direction This Is Us DVD: Extended Fan Cut
2) Modern Family: Season 4 Box Set
3) L'Oreal Paris True Match Foundation
4) MUA Pro Base Fixing Mist
MUA Pro Base Fixing Mist
5) 1D Lip Balm: Zayn Loves watermelon
1D Lip Polish Pot Zayn Loves Watermelon
6) Natural Collection Suntint Bronzing Powder (Golden glow)
(I already use this and it's amazing! I just need more of it!) 
7) Criminal Damage NEW Galaxy Tee Multi £26.00 Loveclothing.com
(This one is a maybe... still not sure!)

8) Wii Just Dance 2014 

I hope this gave you a few ideas on what to put on your Christmas wish list, or even presents to buy for other people! 



Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Blogmas: 3/12/13: My Top 10 Christmas Songs



It's the time of the year when Christmas songs are acceptable to listen to and they are on every music channel that your turn on.
So I thought that it would be a good idea to tell you what my top 10 Christmas songs of all time are!
When I hear all of these songs, they make me remember all of the great Christmases I've had and all of the people that I wish could be with me at Christmas time now.
So here are my top 10 songs:

1) Wonderful Christmas Time- Paul McCartney



2) Do they know it's Christmas?- Band Aid 1984



3) Fairytale of New York- The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl 



4) All I want for Christmas is you!- Mariah Carey



5) I wish it could be Christmas everyday- Wizzard



6) Last Christmas- Wham! 




7) It's the most wonderful time of the year- Andy Williams



8) Driving home for Christmas- Chris Rea 



9) Winter Wonderland- Dean Martin



10) Stop the Calvary- Jona Lewie


There are so many more that I love but I would literally go on for ages!
I hope you enjoyed listening to these songs!
Comment below your top 10 Christmas songs if you want :)

Blogmas: 2/12/13: Christmas/Winter Favourites At The Moment



I haven't really purchased a lot of Christmas things yet, but I have got some winter things that I have had for some time now, and they are things that you can pretty much have all year round, but they are essentials for winter now!

Firstly, during the winter months and Christmas I like to have a nice smelling house. As it is getting colder it is getting very hard to open windows to get rid of any harsh smells, because it then makes the house too cold. So instead I use scented candles, I have seen a lot of people hyping about Yankee candles, however I think that they are a bit over priced, but don't get me wrong I do love the smell of some of them!

I use one that my sister brought back from Chirk in Wales, it's part of a candle company called 'Our Own Candle Company'. http://www.ourowncandlecompany.co.uk/

I use one of the mason jar ones which are only £3.99, it is the Cucumber Melon one and you can probably already tell by the name that it smells refreshing and sweet, but not too overpowering. The candle itself burns for up to 100 hours, but you only usually need to burn it for an hour or two in one sitting. This is enough time for the scent to linger around the house and kill all of the bad smells. http://www.ourowncandlecompany.co.uk/cucumber-melon-mini-mason-149-p.asp











Secondly, some lounging trousers or pyjama bottoms are definitely a must have! They do some nice ones in New Look and Primark. http://www.newlook.com/shop/womens/nightwear/red-fairisle-fleece-pyjama-bottoms_290943369

I wear some from Primark, which are actually my mums so they're a few sizes too big for me, but I think that when they are oversized they are more cosy and comfortable. I not sure on the price of them but they were roughly £8.

They are so soft and even if you wear and wash them a lot, the softness never goes! They are so nice to lounge about in, especially considering that most of the winter you are going to want to be snuggled up inside, watching Christmas films!








Lastly, as the wind gets bitter and the temperature gets colder your skin a lips will start to get chapped and dry. So to keep them from being too bad I use Vaseline, I use the Aloe Vera one but I like any scent. Vaseline is cheap and lasts for ages, it's a must have all year round, and also it's so small and therefore easy to fit in your purse, pocket or bag. You can get Vaseline in any supermarket or drug store. http://www.vaseline.co.uk/en-GB/

http://www.superdrug.com/vaseline/vaseline-lip-and-aloe-vera-therapy/invt/50326&bklist=






These are just a few things that I think are a must have! I could go on forever with what I like at the moment. I am thinking about doing a post about beauty products that I think are essential for winter, so that one will include much more!







Sunday, 1 December 2013

Blogmas: 1/12/13: Advent Calenders


One main thing that is exciting in the running up to Christmas is the advent calenders. The thought of waking up to a piece of chocolate shaped like a cracker or snowman, makes my mouth water!
I usually buy the cheap 'kids' ones, as I think the chocolate tastes nicer, as opposed to the branded ones, such as; Cadbury or Thorntons.

One thing that I really want, but it's too expensive for me to have is the Benefit advent calender. Each day includes one small version of Benefit make up! The whole advent calender itself is £50, but the actual make up inside it would have been more money than that, so I think that if you are willing to pay that much then it is a good idea! You can buy it for yourself of even a early present for someone!

http://www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk/product/view/countdown-to-love