Blogmas Day 23| Christmas Eve Routine

Ah, tomorrow is Christmas Eve, I can’t believe it! Working in retail for 6 years meant that I often missed out on Christmas Eve because I would always be working, helping to set up for the Boxing Day sales. Last year was my first Boxing Day off in a long time and I took full advantage of it and pretty much did nothing but eat left over food and binge watch as many Christmas films as possible and I have a feeling that tomorrow will be no different.

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During the day I plan on staying inside in my comfy clothes wrapping my last few presents and catching up on any films I haven’t watched yet; is it bad I haven’t watched the Grinch this year. Then after having dinner, I always like to change me bed sheets, have a bubble bath and get into some PJs. Every year, as a tradition, my mum will buy some new Pyjamas for us as this year is no exception.

Once I am all cosy, I usually get into bed and start to unwind, after all, you have to be asleep early to you don’t see Santa. My parent stay us to watch midnight mass and then by the time that’s over, we are al ticked up lady for the big day.

What are you Christmas Eve plans?

– Hannah X

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Blogmas Day 18| Christmas Baking

I love baking, even if I’m not as good as I think I am; and what better than Christmas baking. I popped into Sainsbury’s and picked up a shortbread reindeer kit and channelled my inner Mary Berry and thought who better to share it with than you.

The kit itself is great as it comes with the mix, the icing, the cookie cutter and some jellybeans for decoration and all you need to add is butter. I started by mixing the butter and mixture together with my hands to create the dough, arguably one of the best things about baking is getting nice and messy.

After the dough was the right consistency, I sprinkled some flour on the counter and used the cookie cutter to create the cutest little reindeers. The smell as they were baking in the over was amazing, it made the whole house smell so Christmassy and cosy.

I couldn’t wait for the biscuits to cool down so I could decorate them. The kit came with black icing for the eyes, mouths and nose and a little tube of white for the antlers. Now, I am not the most delicate when it comes to decoration but I think they turned out okay. As far as taste goes, I can’t comment because I actually don’t like shortbread but my mum and dad said they enjoyed them so I’m taking that as a good sign.

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– Hannah X

Blogmas Day 9| Feeling Festive

Welcome to Blogmas day 9. Now I am the biggest Christmas fan but it sometimes can take me a while to get into the festive mood so I was thinking of some ways that I get myself feeling all Christmassy.

1. Putting on all the films
The quickest way to get into the mood is to put on Christmas films. You can’t help but be filled with joy when you watch them.

2. Visit Christmas themed locations
I absolutely love exploring London at Christmas time, it’s so magical and pretty. I am determined to see the Tiffany and Co themed tree at St. Pancreas station, walk around covent garden and visit Winter Wonderland this year and I know it will give me all of the Christmas spirit.

3. Put up Christmas decoration
Putting up the Christmas decorations, especially the tree is always a massive highlight for me and one of the things I look forward to the most. My parents don’t like to put them up too early so you know if my house has them up, Christmas is right around the corner so you can’t help but get excited.

4.Relax
I think the stress of Christmas as the act of buying gifts for people really does take away from the excitement. Sometimes, you just need to stop and slow down to appreciate the time of year and all the joy it brings.

How do you get into the Christmas spirit?

– Hannah X

Blogmas Day 8| Favourite Festive Reds

Blogmas day 8 is here and it’s all about the perfect red lipsticks

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I get so excited to start bringing out the dark red/berry lip colours as soon as the weather gets a bit colder; I just feel like they complete any winter outfit. I was having a sort out of my lipsticks and had to share my ‘go to’ winter shades!

Rimmel London – Kate Moss 107

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Rimmel London – Kate Moss 37

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Rimmel London – Kate Moss 30

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Avon – Red 2000

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What are your favourite Winter lipsticks?

-Hannah X

Blogmas Day 7| Christmas Playlist

Is there anything better than Christmas music? I don’t think so! So today, for Blogmas day 7, I am going to be sharing some of my favourite Christmas songs.

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Mistletoe – Justin Bieber
Does this song need an explanation? I am not the biggest Justin Bieber fan (forgetting the fact I have seen him live 3 times) but Mistletoe is an absolute classic when it comes to Christmas and this time of year. It needs to be turned up as long as possible.

Last Christmas – Wham!
One of my favourite festive songs. It’s just so catchy and I just can’t help but sing along.

All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
I mean arguably THE ultimate Christmas song right.

Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea
This is definitely such an underrated song that no one really appreciates. It’s just so beautiful, I used to always listen to it on Christmas Ever when I was driving home from work because I was literally driving home for Christmas

Baby It’s Cold Outside – Michael Buble & Idina Menzel
This song always makes me think of that scene in Elf and gives me the ultimate Christmas feels. Nothing better than having to sing both the male and female parts together.

Blogmas Day 6| Stocking Fillers Under £10

Blogmas Day 6 – this posting everyday thing is going well. So I love stocking fillers and have been looking for some affordable ones to treat my friends and family with.

1. The Little Book of The Zodiac – Topshop £6.99

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2. Gold Metallic Pop The Bubbly Slogan Prosecco Flute – New Look £6.99

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3. Champagne Bubble Fizzer Set – Boohoo £ 6.40

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4. Christmas Holly Socks – Topshop £3.50

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5. Sweet Christmas Gift Set – Lush £9.95

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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

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 😉

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