Blogmas Day 5| Things I Love About Christmas

Welcome to Blogmas day 5! I have been thinking of doing Blogmas for ages because I just love Christmas so heres why Christmas is my favourite time of year

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1. Family Times
I have grown up in a very close family and I love being able to spend time with them all. We now have 2 babies in the family so it’s the perfect time to all get together and make some special memories

2. Happiness
I know the thought of Christmas shopping can be stressful and overwhelming but in general I find that Christmas is such a happy time full of love. Every thing is so cosy and warm. Such a special time

3. Spoiling people
Now I don’t believe that the real meaning of Christmas is gift giving but I love nothing more than spoiling the people I love. I mean, I’m the kind of person that will happily buy someone they love something at any point of the year. I just love showing people how much they really mean to me

4. Cliches
I love everything cliche about Christmas; from the cosy nights in with blankets, hot chocolate and fairy lights to walking around Christmas markets and winter wonderland with mulled wine

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Blogmas Day 4| Christmas Tag

Welcome to Blogmas day 4! Today I have found a Christmas tag which I thought would be perfect!

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1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
Favourite Christmas movies are definitely Elf and The Grinch. You can read more about my favourite Christmas movies here

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
I don’t understand why people open some on Christmas Ever, you have to save them all for the morning

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
Definitely spending Christmas in Lapland meeting Santa

4. Favourite festive food?
It’s got to be Mince Pies; I am actually eating one while I write this. Also – this is the most unpopular opinion but I don’t like pigs in blankets

5. Favourite Christmas gift?
Oh, definitely my first mobile phone

6. Favourite Christmas scent?
Gingerbread

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
I do! You can actually read all about them here ๐Ÿ˜‰

8. What tops your tree?
An angel

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
I always used to ask for Baby Anabelle’s; the ones that would cry and make noises but of course my parents were smart and couldn’t be dealing with the sounds

10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
Here we go, the most cliche answer but just spending time with family and loved ones, there really is nothing better

Blogmas Day 3| Christmas Traditions

Welcome to Blogmas day 3! Today I am here to talk about my Christmas traditions.

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1. New Pyjamas
Every year, my mum and dad buys us all a brand new set of pjs to wear on Christmas Eve. This is something that I have always done and I love it; even though my mum now thinks that we are too old. I love getting new pjs anyway but there is something extra special about Christmas ones. This year I have decided I want classic pink and white stripes with my initials embroided on them.

2. Christmas Films
While sitting in our new pjs, me and my sister will sit and watch a few Christmas films. We used to watch the same Disney ones every year but we now like to switch it up and watch a few different ones. You can see a list of my favourite Christmas films here.

3. The Zoo
For the last few years, I haven’t done this one as much but every year, the four of us would spend Christmas Eve at the zoo. We would walk around and see all the animals and then we would go to meet Santa. It was something that I looked forward too every year, I really need to bring it back.

4. Nan and Grandad’s
Every Christmas morning, me and my mums side of the family would all go to my nan and grandad’s to spend some time together. My grandad would sit in a chair in the middle of the living room and give out everyones presents.

What are your Christmas traditions?

– Hannah X

Blogmas Day 2| Best Advent Calendars

I love an advent calendar and this year I want to have a chocolate one and a beauty one. There are so many out on the market these days so I have picked my top 5

1. Revolution Christmas Tree Calendar

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2. Yankee Candle Christmas Wreath

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3. Marks and Spencer Beauty Calendar

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4. The Body Shop 25 DAYS OF THE ENCHANTED DELUXE ADVENT CALENDAR

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5. Debenham’s Ultimate Beauty Calendar

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Blogmas Day 1| Welcome to Blogmas

Happy December!

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But seriously, can someone explain to me how it is December already; I’m sure it was only July last week. Anyway December is one of my favourite months because CHRISTMAS! I am such a huge Christmas fan and this year to really keep with the Christmas spirit, I have decided to take part in Blogmas. This is something I have been wanted to do for ages but never got round to it because honestly; I didn’t think I could commit to it (I mean, I’m still not convinced I am going to blog every day)

For those of you who may be reading this thinking ‘What the hell is blogmas’ well allow me to explain. Blogmas is where bloggers share a new post, ususally festive themed, everyday from 1st December to 24th December. I can’t promise I am going to succeed at this but I am going to give it a good go. Expect to see gift guide, winter make up and skin care routines and festive fun days out. Here goes!!

Are you doing Blogmas this year?

– Hannah X

South East Bloggers Christmas Event

Here we go, first Christmas themed blogpost for 2018.

On Thursday evening, I was kindly invited to the South East Bloggers’ Christmas event which was held in the Boadicea Bar and Restaurant in Colchester and it was great (even if I did spent 1 hour and a half getting there because I got lost ha!)

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As soon as I walked through the door, I was greeted but the lovely girls from Voice Communications and handed a nice cold glass of prosecco; my favourite. The room was absolutely buzzing; filled with bloggers and brands alike and I couldn’t wait to mingle with everyone. I started off talking to a great brand called Be Licious who are an app that allows you to book beauty treatments from beauticians in your local area straight to your door, what a great idea right!

I also headed over to get some cocktail and fudge recipes from the lovely girls at Shaken Udder and got my face covered in pink glitter from Luxurious Glitter. There were a few other brands at the even that were great like Logan’s Plate who offer baby and toddler meals delivered fresh to your door and Big Bobble Hats which, as you’ve guessed, we showcasing some of their amazing bright coloured bobble hats which are perfect for winter.

The whole evening had such a great atmosphere about it and that was partly down to Kiele Lola, who was serenading us all evening with her beautiful voice and fantastic guitar playing. It was also great to catch up with some fellow Essex bloggers – they are such lovely girls.

Thank you again SEBC for inviting me along, I had a great night.

– Hannah X

The Flawesome Award

What a fun post, I love a blog award and always feel so grateful if I get nominated. This time around, I was nominated for a Flawesome Award by the lovely Chloe from Chloe Chats so thank you.

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The Flawesome award was created by Sophia Ismaa it’s main goal is to celebrate our flaws!

“Itโ€™s time to celebrate the flaws that make you awesome. How many times do we see an award that celebrates all things bright and shiny and sunny in a person? How often do we forget that our weaknesses can be a strength? Our flaws make us human, our flaws tell us more about who we are, and in turn, we turn those flaws into awesome strengths. In short, our flaws make us #flawesome.”

Rules: So in this award you write about 3 of your flaws or weaknesses and then turn it into a positive strength. Then you nominate 10 other bloggers. Let them know on Twitter!

So here we gooooo…

Flaw 1:
I constantly doubt myself. I have been doing this for as long as I remember and it’s an awful trait to have. I always look to see how I compare to people at work, bloggers and the way people are in general and it’s so unhealthy!

Strength:
I guess this can be somewhat positive as I always strive to be the best version of myself. I try to achieve everything and won’t stop until I have it.

Flaw 2:
I find it extremely hard to say no to people. This is such a burden; there are so many times when I will say yes to people when I don’t want to just to please them. It also means I stress myself out; especially at work when I take on 100x more things than I can handle.

Strength:
By doing this, I end up doing things that I wouldn’t normally and find that I really enjoy myself. It’s always good to try new things.

Flaw 3:
I can never hide my feelings. Happy or sad, you will know about it. I always wear my heart on my sleeve,

Strength
You know exactly where you stand with me, especially if I have nothing but love for you

I now nominate:

1. Emilia
2. Sinead
3. Chanel
4. Karen
5. Georgia
6. Beth
7. Holly
8. Carly
9. Lavrax
10. Leah

What are some of your flaws and how would you turn them into positives?

-Hannah X

Women Empowering Women

I am such a strong advocate for women supporting other women, especially when it comes to blogging, infact one of my favourite sayings is ‘throw kindness around like confetti’; so I was absolutely thrilled when Karen from The Mommy Lady tagged me to do this.

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1. What does women empowerment mean to you?
Women empowerment to me is all about supporting people with their achievements, not comparing yourself to others and being a supporter for everyone.

2. What woman/women do you admire the most? Why?
I was going to choose a celebrity for this but I actually chose to make it personal and say my mum. She is always so supportive of everything I do and she is my best friend.

3. Share a story, drawing or video that you think say โ€œempowered womenโ€

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4. Share with us the best lesson youโ€™ve learned in leadership.
I am a strong believer in the saying ‘lead by example’. You need to treat people the way you would like to be treated.

5.What cause do you most want to bring awareness to? Why? What does it mean to you?
Breast Cancer awareness is so important because it affects so many people and is the most common form of cancer in women. It is always so important to raise awareness so that we can help put a stop to cancer.

Thank you so much to Karen for tagging me. I now tag; Finlay, Lauren and Rachel, Rosie, Lauren and Chloe

Rules

Create a Women Empowerment Tag post on your blog and answer these five questions.

1.What does women empowerment mean to you?

2.What woman/women do you most admire? Why?

3.Share a story, drawing, video that you think says empowered women.

4. Share with us the best lesson youโ€™ve learnt in leadership.

5.What cause do you most want to bring awareness to? Why? What does it mean to you?

Once youโ€™re done, tag five more inspirational, powerful women to do the same.

– Hannah X

Travel With Me: Paris

Bonjour!

It was recently my boyfriend’s birthday and what better way to celebrate than with a trip to Paris. I mean as they say ‘Paris is always a good idea’.
I have been to Paris before but this was Jack’s first time so I was so excited for show him around.

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We took the Eurostar and arrived at around 2pm on Saturday. Luckily our hotel was only about a 15 minute walk from Gare du Nord so it didn’t take us long to get checked in and get rid of our bags. The hotel was absolutely perfect! It was decorated with monochome wallpaper with splashes of bright colours in the form of pillows and curtains.

After a quick freshen up, we took a short 20 minute metro ride to the Eiffel Tower because where else would you go to first? I forgot just how beautiful the Eiffel Tower is and I felt so happy to be back. After a good photo session, we headed to a small bistro for a spot of lunch before planning our next stop, Arc de Triomph. There was a little bit of construction work so the photos aren’t great but it was still beautiful nonetheless. The Arc is the start of Champs Elysees so we took a little wonder and did some window shopping before heading to a bar for a few drinks and then on to dinner. On the way back to the hotel, we saw the Eiffel Tour as it was all lit up and sparkly. This is one of my favourite sights in Paris and even though we only saw the top, it was still stunning.

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Day 2 started pretty early because we were heading home in the evening so we wanted to get the most out of our day. It was hard because the bed was so comfy, I had to pry myself out! We started by having a stroll towards Le Louvre where we stopped for a spot of breakfast and the most amazing hot chocolate I have ever had. Honestly, I am still thinking about it. We were going to go into Le Louvre but the queue was so long so we took a stroll along the Seine towards Notre Dame, somewhere that I had never been before. As we arrived, the bells were ringing and I instantly got all the Disney vibes and thought of Quasemodo. It was also at this point that I realised I had lost a glove which was the saddest thing because it was so cold.

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We headed back over towards Champs Elysees and stopped off at the petite palais for another hot chocolate and some macaroons and to warm ourselves up. It was so beautiful and the pieces of art they had there were incredible. Now, no trip to Paris is complete without some shopping and I took full advantage of the Sephora there, who else loves their sheet masks?!

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While making our way back to the hotel to pick up our suitcases, we stopped off for some dinner which was so bitter sweet because it was lovely to find another bistro tucked away down some quiet side road but it also meant that it was nearly time to head to the station to get home.

We arrived back in London at about 9pm on Sunday and to say I was sad to be home was definitely an understatement. We both had the most amazing time and I was so glad to celebrate Jack’s birthday in one of the prettiest cities. We are so desperate to go back and will definiely make sure we stay for longer.

Have you ever been to Paris?

– Hannah X

Happy Lushoween

Halloween used to be my least favourite holiday; mainly because I get scared easily, but as each year passes, I try to enjoy it a little more than the last. Now while I still don’t have the guts to go to haunted houses and scary forest walks, I do like to get in the spirit by watching halloween movies and carving pumpkins. Please note that when I say ‘halloween movies’ I mean The Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus.

As Halloween gets closer, it becomes darker earlier so another perfect way that I get myself into the spirit is by having a Halloween themed Lush bath. Every year Lush bring out the most amazing little bath bombs and bubble bars and this year I made sure I indulged. My go to combination is the magic crystals and a monster ball bath bomb; the best combo of spooky and pretty.

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The magic crystals are the most stunning purple colour and I use them to exfoliate my skin, especially if I am going to be shaving as I was my skin to stay soft and smooth. This also means that any moisturiser and body lotion that I put on after the bath stays and really hydrates my skin.

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It’s no surprise that I love a bath bomb and monster ball never disappoints. I don’t know if it’s the whole design or the deep purple it turns your bath water too but I am obsessed with. I think I am going to carry on with this combo for a long while after Halloween.

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Do you like Halloween and if you do, how do you celebrate?

– Hannah X