Merry Christmas!

This officially marks the end of my Blogmas for this year, I hope you have all enjoyed it!

I would just like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very merry Christmas! I wish you the best of happiness and health for the new year and hope today was a fun-filled day spent with your families and friends!

Thank you so much for reading this post and any others from Blogmas 2016, or even watching my drone on on snapchat for my Snapmas! 

Love always,

H x

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Blogmas Day 24- How To Get To Sleep On Christmas Eve!

Ho Ho Ho Hello there! It’s nearly here, it’s nearly Christmas!

Today I am bringing you a post dedicated for the best 5 ways I have found to get to sleep nice and early on Christmas Eve, ready for the big man himself to drop down ya chimney!

Let’s go!

1. Jam Pack Your Day

I always make sure I have been super busy all day Christmas Eve so that I am exhausted by the time it comes to bed time, or else I would never sleep at all!

2. Have A Nice Hot Drink Before Bed

I love a good hot chocolate before bed on Christmas Eve (I might even add a little bit of Bailey’s-adults only!).

3. Have A Nice Relaxing Bath/Shower

This is a double wammy because it leaves you feeling refreshed and relaxed ready for sleep on Christmas Eve, as well as being refreshed and nice and clean for Christmas Day!

4. Make Sure Your Sheets Are Clean

This always makes my bed feel so much comfier, therefore allowing me to sleep better! I love clean sheets, mm…

5. Listen To Chill Acoustic Versions Of Christmas Songs Whilst You Drift Off

I cannot be the only person who does this, am I?? I love a good acoustic to leave me feeling relaxed, and Christmas acoustics are all the more relaxing on Christmas Eve!

 

So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this post, if so, check out the rest of my Blogmas series! 

Thank you so much for reading this and any other posts you may have read throughout Blogmas!

I hope you all have an amazing day tomorrow with your family and have enjoyed Christmas Eve just as much as I have!

Love,

H x

Blogmas Day 23- How I spend Christmas Eve

Hi there! We’re nearing the end of blogmas now, I have enjoyed this experience so much and I hope you have too! Today, I’ve decided to blog about how I spend my Christmas Eve. Often, Christmas Eve is actually my favourite day because I feel like it’s the day when all of my excitement and the christmassy magic gets to the peak! It’s a day when it already feels like Christmas yet you can still spend the day watching Christmas films and singing along to Christmas songs, it’s just the ultimate day of excitement for me that I always jam-pack full of Christmassy activities. Ok let’s go..
8 am

I’m up, I’m dressed and I’m eating breakfast with my boyfriend. We begin to gather supplies, he usually nips to the shop to grab the bits we’ve forgotten whilst I prepare the kitchen ready to start baking at 9.

9 am

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The baking begins. I go all out on Christmas eve. This means, rice krispie cakes, cupcakes, a fruit cake, short bread, cookies, gingerbread, a gingerbread house and a rice krispie house! Last year I even made a cookie Christmas tree made from cutters from Amazon that just looked amazing as a centrepiece for the snack table, and tasted great too!

Baking usually takes us about 4-5 hours, because we bake so much,as we spend the whole time singing along to Christmassy songs!

1 pm

We break for lunch. This usually involves pretty much whatever we have in the cupboards that can be made quickly, so we can get back on with the decorating.

1.30 pm


Decorating time! This is my absolute favourite thing about baking! I like to do the houses, cookie tree, cookies and fruit cake whilst my boyfriend does the gingerbread men and cupcakes. This takes us about 2 hours.

3.30 pm


Clean up begins! We arrange all of the baking on pretty trays ready for the morning and take the extras round to my nan’s house, as we always make too much! We then give the kitchen a quick tidy, wash the pots, hoover and mop ready to wind down for the night.

4.30 pm

Now it’s time to do any last-minute wrapping that we may need to do. This doesn’t usually take very long because I am quite prepared, so it’s just little bits for each other usually.

5pm

Tea time! (Or dinner if you’re from the South). This usually involves a buffet-style array of cheese and crackers and a good old Bailey’s hot chocolate, yum.

Last year we did this at my boyfriend’s mum’s house which was nice!

6pm

Now it’s film time! We always argue over which ones to watch because we both love so many Christmas films, but I always have to watch The Grinch on Christmas Eve, no matter what! We usually watch two so it’s The Grinch and then either It’s A Wonderful Life, Home Alone, Home Alone 2, Elf, The Polar Express, Nativity, A Christmas Carol, or any other Christmas favourite that we fancy!

During the films, we like to snuggle up under blankets, but we also do a stocking gift exchange where me and my boyfriend exchange stockings full of small, inexpensive gifts that we have bought for each other. These are usually silly little novelty items, such as juggling balls, that we think the other will like. We save our bigger presents for Christmas Day!

10 pm

At this time, my boyfriend has gone home to be with his family and I’m usually chilling in the living room with mine, maybe accompanied by another Bailey’s hot chocolate! Me and my brothers give each other our gifts, which is always a new pair of PJs plus a small gift like chocolate and I head upstairs for a quick bath!

11pm

By this time, I’m in bed and probably watching another Christmas film. I’m like a child on Christmas Eve night so I try to keep my eyes open for as long as possible, because otherwise I wake up at 5am and cannot go back to sleep no matter how hard I try!

Eventually I drift off, with visions of sugar plumbs dancing around my head!

Lots of love and Christmas Wishes,

H x

Blogmas Day 22- Top Christmas Wrapping Tips!

Hello there!

One of my favourite things about Christmas is the opportunity to take my time to wrap presents and make them look pretty! So, I have decided to share some tips as to how I get my presents looking pretty!

  • Decide On A Theme

I like to go for a simple brown/red theme for this time of year. So I try to stick to these primary colours for my paper, ribbons and gift tags so that they all match beautifully!

  • Have A Person To Help

You definitely need another person to assist you with wrapping to ensure your paper is tight, otherwise your presents will have lots of excess paper making them look a bit frumpy!

  • Use tape and then the ribbon

Ribbons are great for making presents look fancy but make sure you have actually used tape as well, or they might come open!

  • Find a good shop for paper, cheap but good quality!

I always use Wilkinsons for my paper because I love their designs, it’s cheap but good quality, and they always fit with my theme!

And take your time wrapping!

Let me know if you have any tips of your own in the comments, see you tomorrow!

H x

Blogmas Day 20- New Year’s Resolutions

Hello there and welcome to day 20!

Every single year I try and set some New Years resolutions and every single year I forget what I set (oops!). So this year I thought I would blog about them so that I can’t forget! 

I have aimed to set realistic, achievable resolutions this year and have come up with 5 in total!

  1. Read for pleasure. At the moment my course books are taking over and I would love to read some more books that I’ve chosen in the next year. 
  2. Listen to different types of music. At the moment I only really listen to whatever is on the radio, but I used to love music so I want to get back to listening to different stuff regularly!
  3. Walk to uni more! As it has gotten colder, I’ve stopped walking to uni in favour of the bus. But I would really like to do a bit more walking from time to time!
  4. Give back more. I really want to do some more volunteering in the coming year. 
  5. Travel more! I’d love to travel more this year and go to places I’ve never been before!

And that’s it for 2017! I’d love to hear your New Years resolutions in the comments!

Love,

H X 

Blogmas Day 19- Last Minute Gift Guide For Her!

Hello! And welcome to day 19 of Blogmas 2016.

After I enjoyed making my Gift Guide For Him so much, I decided to create a last minute gift guide specifically for her for all of you people who have forgotten to get a present for your girlfriend/mother/sister/friend/grandma or any other lady in your life. All of these gifts will be from retailers who can be easily found on the high street making it easier for everyone. Okay, let’s go!

 

Mermaid Blanket

Who doesn’t love being cosy and looking like a mermaid? These blankets have taken the world by storm recently, and this one from Newlook is too cute to handle!

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Peg Frame

Also from Newlook, this peg frame is the cutest thing I have ever seen, perfect for any photography lovers! This would also make a perfect companion gift for the Fuji Film Instax Mini Camera, or even a great gift for someone who already has one!

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Hot Water Bottle and Socks Set

Final one from Newlook, this hot water bottle and sock set looks way too cosy to resist! Perfect for ‘her’ whomever she may be, a perfect present for anyone!

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Elephant Tea Mug

This little mug from Urban Outfitters is oh-so-adorable and just screams insta-worthy! Plus there’s a little pocket behind the elephant’s head to store your tea bag, what more could you want?

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Mini Reversible Tote Bag

This tote bag from Urban Outfitters is so pretty, the price is great and it’s reversible so you can change it to black/brown depending on your outfit!

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And if you’re still stuck, head to Boots! I gurantee they will have something for the lady in your life, and 3 for 2 makes it all the more valuable!

As always,

thank you for reading!

Feel free to stick around and check out my previous Blogmas posts.

Love,

H x

 

 

Blogmas Day 18- Top 5 Christmassy Things To Do

Hey!

So today I’m writing about my favourite 5 things to do at Christmas! As I couldn’t decide what I like to do more, these are in no particular order, they are just my favourite 5!

1. Bake

I love to bake around Christmas Time! Something about Shortbread, Gingerbread, Cake and Cupcakes just makes me feel all Christmassy! So, this is what I usually spend my whole of Christmas Eve doing!

2. Shop

Obviously! Christmas Shopping is so fun and I love that they play Christmas songs in stores and have Christmas displays, so exciting!

3. Go to Christmas Markets

Another form of shopping, but this time from cute little unique stalls! Christmas Markets are also becoming a tradition for me, and I really love them!

4. Watch Christmas Films

I love films and Christmas so Christmas Films are just amazing to me! I love to watch all of my favourites, maybe even one a day sometimes!

5. Drink Bailey’s Hot Chocolate

Disclaimer: not for the under 18’s!

Bailey’s hot chocolate was introduced to me last year and I love it so much, and now I know for sure that it is going to become a Christmas Tradition!

There you have it, my favourite 5 things to do at Christmas! I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know your favourite things to do in the comments!

‘Til tomorrow,

H x

Blogmas Day 17- My Christmas Wishlist

I was a bit reserved about writing this post at first. I don’t want to come across selfish, materialistic or anything else, but I genuinely get so interested in what people are asking for, buying for others and receiving at Christmas time. So, as a part of my blogmas, I have decided to share my own Christmas Wishlist with the world.

  1.  Becca X Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop (this has been on my wish list for some time now!)
  2. Morphe Palette (more makeup!)
  3. Some comfy pjs!
  4. Bath stuff! (Mainly shower gel!)
  5. Some new shoes! (Who doesn’t love a good pair of shoes!)


That’s about it in terms of what I have told people I want when they’ve asked (like my parents!) this year. I’d love to hear what you’re wishing for this Christmas in the comments!

Thanks for reading,

See you tomorrow,

H X 

Blogmas Day 16- Favourite Christmas Songs!

Hello!

Because I love a good ‘Top Ten’ style post, today I’m going to count down my favourite Christmas songs of all time. Reverse order.. drumroll please…

10. Justin Bieber- Mistletoe

Gotta have a lil’ bit of Bieber at Christmas haven’t ya? I love this song, but it’s not ‘traditional’ Christmas music to me hence why it is at number 10!

9. Boney M- Mary’s Boy Child

100% a classic to me! This song is just perfect for singing along and I love the gospel style!

8. Paul McCartney- Wonderful Christmas Time

Another classic! Gotta love this song!

7. Wham!- Last Christmas

This song reminds me of singing to my primary school ex-boyfriend (hahaha embarrassing little anecdote!). For me, it’s a bit too sad to be really high up on my favourites, but it is definitely a must-play at Christmas-time!

6. John Lennon- Happy Christmas (War Is Over)

I love John Lennon and I love the meaning behind this song! Definitely one of my favourites!

5. Michael Buble- Santa Baby

Is it even Christmas without a bit of Buble? I love this version of this song because it’s less sexual and much more child friendly, so it can be palyed at dinner without eyebrows being raised!

4. Wizzard- I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day

This song IS my childhood at Christmas time! It was my ultimate fav as a kid because of the beat and the lyrics, I really did wish it could be Christmas every day!

3. Mariah Carey- All I Want For Christmas Is You

The one everyone sings along to! Everyone’s gotta do a powergrab during the ‘I-I-IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII’.

2. The Pogues Featuring Kirsty MacColl- Fairytale Of New York

This is a much more recent favourite of mine (wasn’t really allowed to listen to the expletives lol) but it’s growing on me and every year I listen to it more and more!

ANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNND, FINALLY…

1. Band Aid 1984- Do They Know It’s Christmas

I just love the meaning behind this song. I love that it raises money for chairty. To me, this song is what Christmas is all about.

 

As always, thanks for reading! Feel free to have a little explore of my other Blogmas posts and I’ll see you again tomorrow!

Love,

H x

Blogmas Day 15- A Beautiful Blossoming Gifts Bouquet! 


Hello there and welcome back. 

I’m so excited for today’s post! Recently I was contacted by Blossoming Gifts for the opportunity to review one of their bouquets. After having a dabble on their site, I just had to accept. Their bouquets are gorgeous!


The bouquet they sent me was The Winter Wonderland Bouquet. This retails for £29.99. However, blossoming gifts have generously gifted 33% off all orders for my readers, all you need is the code at the bottom of this post!


This is hands down the best company I have used for postal flowers, and I’ve tried a few! These, unlike other companies, come stood up in the box so they don’t get squashed or ruined on the journey. 


The actual bouquet smells amazing. I’m not gonna lie, I really struggled to photograph it because it just didn’t look as pretty as it does in real life no matter how much I tried. The silver and white theme makes this bouquet oh so Christmassy and my mother took great joy in displaying these in her kitchen! I will 100% definitely be using this company again, so thank you so much Blossoming Gifts! 



I hope you enjoyed today’s blogmas post, I would definitely recommend Blossoming Gifts for anyone who loves flowers, their bouquets are just gorgeous!

See you tomorrow,

H X