Friday, 29 November 2013

Gift Ideas (part II)

Thank God it's Friday!

I've had a super busy week, so I'll keep it short; as promised, here are a few Christmas gift ideas
for your significant other (all under £100) and your best furry friends...

Blue Bootcut Jeans, £20 | FIFA 14, £39.99 | Call of Duty: Ghosts, £54.99 | NOW That's What I Call 30 Years, £9 | 
Men's Underarmour Micro G® Mantis running shoes, £80 | Jean Paul Gaultier Gift Set, £32.50

'Someday, Someday, Maybe' by Lauren Graham, £14.54 | Essie Limited Edition Festive Fingertips Box, £24.99 | 
Dior J'adore, £46.50 | Fiorelli Stella Grab, £65 | Dragonfly print chiffon scarf, £3.99 | 'Tattoos' Jason Derulo, £9 | 
Freshwater Pearl Pendant, £95.99

Goodboy Luxury Dog Christmas Stocking, £5.10 | Shake 'a' Fox Dog Toy, £6.80 | Puppies First Paw, £9.60 | 
Checked Wool Pet Blanket, £29

Pet Cat Christmas Xmas Stocking, £5.49 | Personalised Pet Food Bowl, £14 | Personalised Cat, £9 |
CatIt Senses Play Circuit, £7.99

Don't forget, even though us Brits don't celebrate Thanksgiving, a lot of the online shops we buy from
are offering Black Friday deals today/this weekend, so now's the perfect time to get gifts for those
hard-to-buy-for people in our lives - we all have at least one, don't we!

Have a great weekend :)
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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Gift Ideas (part I)

Happy hump day, guys!

I hope your week is going well and that you're starting to feel festive. I definitely am and I'm pretty proud
that I have made a significant dent in my Christmas gift buying. I'm hoping to get even more done
this weekend so I can begin the fun process of wrapping the gifts up ready to send to Santa.

If you're struggling for gift ideas this year, I thought I'd do my good deed for the day and
present you with four or five options for a few people in your lives, all under £50!

I've tried to cover all ages and interests, just to get you thinking about what your
loved ones might like, other than the present of your presence , this festive season :) ...

£49.99 (was £99.99)  | M&S Collection Chunky Turn Lock Tote Bag, £35

On Friday, I'll be sharing with you a few gift ideas
for your significant other and your furry friends!

Happy shopping!
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Monday, 25 November 2013

Christmas crafts corner

I love beautifully wrapped gifts. I love it when the gift giver has put as much thought,
and possibly time, into wrapping the gift they're giving as they have into

 picking out the gift inside. 

Last Christmas I made these gift tags (with a little help from the lovely Lucy):
Suffice to say, my friends and family loved them.

This year, I wanted to do something equally as beautiful but a little different.
I turned to Pinterest (in mid-August I might add) for inspiration and came across these gems:
[1] [2] [3] [4]

So, with exactly a month to go until Christmas Day (whoo hoo!),
now is the time to share with you my handmade gift tags for 2013...
You will need: some pretty Christmas paper, ribbon/string, luggage/parcel tags (two sizes) and scissors.

Tag 1
Draw around the smaller tag and cut out
Punch a hole in your tag for the ribbon/string.
Place your smaller tag on top of a larger tag and 
thread the ribbon/string through the holes.
Write a festive message and...

Tag 2
Draw or download a festive template (I used a Christmas tree and a snow flake)
and copy it onto your paper.
Cut it out then stick it to your tag...

Again, add a festive message...

Above, in the bottom two tags, I used square foam pads to stick the tree and
festive ribbon to the tag, to make them stick out from the tag...


In total, I've made 12 tags but I'm pretty sure I could have made more. It was a really enjoyable craft
to get stuck into. I can't wait to wrap my gifts this year; keep your eyes pealed on my Instagram
to see examples of my wrapped gifts (once I've actually started wrapping), featuring my handmade gift tags!
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Saturday, 23 November 2013

Let the festive fun begin...

Ok, so things are about to get all festive and Christmasy up in here!

My Mother-in-Law's birthday is next Saturday (30th November) so at home, I'm not allowed to mention
the 'C' word to Hubby until after his mum's birthday, so I'm not sorry but my blog is going to
be my only festive outlet until December is upon us!

To get you in the festive spirit too, and so I'm not a blog loner,
I thought I'd share with you my top ten all-time favourite Christmas tunes
(obvs there are SO many, but I stuck to the ones that always get me a-moving-'n'-a-grooving).

These are great to listen to when putting up your decorations, cooking mince pies
or just chillin' in front of the fire with a glass of  mulled wine :)

(the song titles are YouTube links, so you can listen now - you're welcome)

All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey

Driving Home For Christmas - Chris Rea

Step Into Christmas - Elton John

Lonely This Christmas - Mud

Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade

Last Christmas - Wham!

Stop The Cavalry - Jona Lewie

Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens

Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms

Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town - The Jackson 5

And because I couldn't quite whittle it right down to just ten, here are a few more (for good luck):
Fairytale of New York - The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
 Let it Snow! - Dean Martin
 Stay Another Day - East 17
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer song
Dominick The Italian Christmas Donkey song

What do you think of my list? What are your favourite festive tunes? 
Are you in the festive spirit yet?
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Friday, 22 November 2013

What I learned about life... from Dawson's Creek

On Wednesday, I shared with you 15 points of wisdom that I've learned from 

watching Supernatural. Today it's the turn of Dawson's Creek - that classic series 

everyone seemed to watch, yet scorn, from 1998 until it ended in 2003.

1. The longer his fingers, the more genitalia he has #thankyoupilot

2. Pacey Witter is the best sex I'll never have #gutted

3. Don't drink alcohol on the dock; you will fall off and drown.

4. Blondes may have more fun, but they don't do well in the long-run
(namely unsuccessful relationships, mental health issues, rehab and death).

5. Dreams aren't perfect, they come true not free #directquote

6. You could totally live in a supermarket superstore.

7. Don't eat ice cream and drive #sob

8. It doesn't matter if you believe in God, what's important is that you believe in something #deep

9. Buy a dictionary and learn every word it contains.

10. Pacey Witter is the best character ever to appear on TV, EVER!
and I still want him to be my boyfriend!

Happy Friday!
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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

What I learned about life... from Supernatural

There are certain truths about life that we all seem to know,

such as the sky is blue, blondes have more fun and the only certain 

things in life are taxes and death.

So today, I thought Id' share with you (in no particular order) just a few of the life lessons 
that Supernatural has taught me over the last nine years...

1. Planes crash and clowns kill.

2. Flickering lights are a BAD sign. 

3. It's essential to have salt in the house - it protects you against all sorts, 
including (but not limited to) ghosts and demons.

4. There's no such thing as mandroids.

5. Bigfoot's a hoax.

6. People are crazy.

7. Zeppelin rules!

8. Bon Jovi rocks, on occasion.

9. Bert and Ernie are gay.

10. Always carry a paperclip.

11. If it bleeds, you can kill it.

12. 'Jerk' and 'Bitch' are terms of endearment.

13. Latin is not a dead language; it's actually pretty useful for exorcisms.

14. Death (the horseman) will reap God eventually.

15. Endings are hard.

Now, I appreciate that to the majority of you, this makes no sense. 
If you'd like it to, please turn on Netflix and catch up on the past 180 episodes
or email me and ask for a link to watch the show illegally online :)

You can find out more about Supernatural here and here

Happy hump day!
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Come back on Friday when I'll share with you what I learned about life from Dawson's Creek

Monday, 18 November 2013

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend. I had another chilled one, doing nothing in particular
but getting lots of odd jobs done...

Saturday morning saw me cutting up old magazines for ideas/inspiration.
Lunch time consisted of a homemade vegetable soup #delicious
Then I sat down to read some of my new book.

Hubby and I watched The Usual Suspects on Saturday night, a film that despite it being made in 1995,
I had never actually seen all the way through before. I really enjoyed it, but I worked out who was
the bad guy before the big reveal! #Imtooclever

After some breakfast, I set about doing some laundry,
namely pairing a whole heap of socks #worstjobever
Hubby kindly went in the loft and got our Christmas decorations down, so I can see what we have
and what I need to buy to get the house looking and feeling all festive in time for Christmas :)

At about 3pm, we headed out to a local park to meet my parents to go for a walk with Izzy.
Here's just some of the photos I took along the walk... #dSLRpractice

After our walk, we headed to Hubby's mum's house, where we were treated to a slap-up roast
and a delicious Toblerone pudding #nomnom

Leighton was there and, as usual when there's a camera around, he was posing :)

Our Sunday ended with the return of 'I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here'
(along with 15m other Brits who also tuned into ITV at 9pm)

So, that's my weekend in a nutshell!
How was yours? What'd you get up to?
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