Christmas Countdown // Top Christmas Films

Welcome to my final Christmas Countdown post! It’s 4 days until Christmas, have you finished your shopping or are you the type to rush around on Christmas Eve gathering together all your gifts? Get yourself a hot chocolate, cuddle up with a blanket and be ready for this.

Now my shopping is done and I’m home for Christmas it’s time to stock up on snacks, cuddle with the kids and watch all of my favourite Christmas films. I love this time of the month when I know I’m all prepared for Christmas and I’m excited to spend the holidays with my family and enjoy the festivities. To finish the Christmas countdown, here are my top 10 Christmas films.

*Unfortunately I don’t have many pictures for this post due to all my DVD’s being at home and stored away. Sorry!

Home Alone: Lost in New York

The Santa Claus (All three..)

The Grinch

Elf

The Holiday

Miracle On 34th Street

Christmas with the Kranks

Jingle All The Way

Four Christmases

This Christmas

Let me know what your favourites are! Merry Christmas, friends.

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Favourite Things About Christmas

Hey, Guys!

Christmas is near and I’ve just finished university for 3 whole weeks, yippee! As a little treat to you guys, for this full week you’ll be getting a new post everyday until Christmas Eve. Be sure to check back here everyday at 1pm for a new blog post. Merry Christmas! 

As you know by now I love Christmas and for my family it’s a busy time of year but it’s the best. There is nothing better than spending the festive period with your loved ones to celebrate. We make such a huge effort at Christmas time and my parents home looks like Santa’s grotto for around 6 weeks (yep, i’m serious it’s that long), the kids love it and I love having the chance to relax and spend time with my friends and family. I thought I’d let you guys know what my favourite things are about Christmas! 

#1 – From around November 1st the Christmas Spirit is in full speed and everybody is preparing for Christmas. I love the upcoming weeks to Christmas when everybody spends their weekends shopping, taking the kids to visit Santa and his reindeer and visiting Winter Wonderland. It’s such a great time and I really enjoy the build up to Christmas. It’s so lovely to walk down the high street and hear people singing Christmas Carols and dancing around the supermarket to Wham!. Nothing is better than seeing my Niece become a big ball of excitement because Santa will be here soon. My Nephew, Ethan is almost 1 year old and this is his first Christmas, I can’t wait to see his little face on Christmas either. 

#2- Christmas films are a brilliant way to get you in the Christmas spirit. I love turning on the TV with a cup of hot chocolate and curl up with a good Christmas film. It’s so relaxing and peaceful to chill out, especially after busy day, with a film and it’s even better to do with your loved ones. Every Christmas eve, my parents, brother and I always like to sit down and watch a film together before the business of Christmas begins. 

#3- My favourite thing is giving people gifts that I know they’ll love and appreciate. I like to buy gifts for my friends and family that I know they’ll love and be so grateful for. I’m not one of those people that needs to receive a present when I’ve given one to someone, I just love giving people that little something to let them know I’m so grateful to have them in my life and appreciate the things they have done to help me through the year.

There you have it, my favourite things about Christmas. What are yours? let me know in the comments. 

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Christmas Countdown // DIY Gifts

I love giving gifts to my loved ones, especially DIY gifts. They’re so personal and these ones are such great stocking fillers. Every year I like to make a little something because I simply enjoy it, I also like to give them to those who will appreciate them the most. Matt is such a sweets type of person so giving him a big jar of sweets is such a good gift for him knowing how much he’ll appreciate the thoughts and effort that has gone into making it. These DIY gifts don’t have to cost a fortune and they can be as big or small as you like. So, here are a few little ideas for DIY Christmas gifts.

Mason jars can purchased in your local £1 shop or only. Totally inexpensive and decorative. They can also be recycled and used to add character to a room. I bought mine in a set of 3 for £2.99.

My first DIY is a sweet jar, as said above Matt loves sweets, so this year I’ll be adding some of his favourite sweets into a mason jar, adding the finishing touch of a ribbon and tag. Of course the ribbon and tag arent essential but it just makes the jar look so festive and pretty. Look below for my example of the sweet jar.


My next DIY is a small beauty hamper. I like small sample sized products a lot, I think they’re fantastic for those who aren’t entirely sure what types of beauty items they like or should be looking for. I’ve made this beauty hamper for a friend. Admittedly, I sort of cheated with this DIY. I used some of the sample sized products I got in my Birchboxes to complete this DIY. These are generally the ones that I don’t particularly like or I feel that another one of my friends would enjoy more. I includes 4 of these products into the jar and rapped a bow around it. Boots and Superdrug also sell small products if you’re interested in this DIY but don’t have the Birchbox subscription. 


Around Christmas time so many stores sell hot chocolate sets, this is all well and good but a lot of the time they cost so much money. Why not make your own? I got a mug from B&M for £1 and filled it with my favourite hot chocolates and small marshmallows. Totally inexpensive and fun to make. This can suit any gender and is such a lovely stocking filler.


So here you have it, three DIY gift ideas suitable for all genders and are budget style. Let me know in the comments what you think.
With love, B x

50 Things I’m Grateful For

Throughout 2016 I’ve become to appreciate the little and big things in life a little bit more. For me this year hasn’t been the easiest and now it’s coming to an end I’ve realised that I’ve learned so much this year and loved each month and every challenge I’ve faced. The little things can often be the ones that make the most impact and I definitely agree, I’m so grateful for everything that I have in my life and I definitely think I take it for granted at times. Here are 50 thing that I’m grateful for, what are you grateful for? let me know!

  1. Movie nights
  2. Laughter
  3. Fresh air
  4. Books
  5. My siblings
  6. Education
  7. Friends
  8. Silence
  9. Good health
  10. The love and trust I have from Matt
  11. Loyalty
  12. Clean water
  13. Family
  14. Travel
  15. Culture
  16. Netflix
  17. Culture
  18. The ocean
  19. Forgiveness
  20. Childhood memories
  21. My comfort blanket (big red fluffy blanket that I can’t live without it)
  22. Free health care
  23. Road trips
  24. Someone asking about my day
  25. Smiles
  26. Cuddling
  27. Freedom
  28. Support
  29. Matthew Wright
  30. Imagination
  31. Technology
  32. Quality family time
  33. Money
  34. Colour
  35. Open mic nights
  36. Responsibility
  37. My parents marriage
  38. Oversized hoodies
  39. Body confidence
  40. My nan’s advice that guides me through every single life choice I make
  41. The banter between my friends and I
  42. Charity work
  43. Cold weather
  44. Kindness
  45. Love in general
  46. The ability to live everyday differently
  47. High fives
  48. My animals
  49. Milkshakes
  50. The efforts people make for you

These are 50 things that I’m grateful for. Some may not seem like they’re something to be grateful for, such as open mic nights but I love a good open mic night with friends, a few drinks and listening to people sing and appreciate the songs, the art people have created. Others may be totally obvious things to be grateful for, like love. The memories I have with my siblings will never be forgotten and the endless amount of support from my friends and family keeps me going through the shitty times. Matthew, my goodness. He is truly fantastic and I appreciate every cuddle, kiss and smile he gives me.  I couldn’t be more grateful for my parents marriage, they are a prime example of not giving up on someone regardless of the amount of times they mess up or annoy you, love is simply the best medicine.

Let me know what you guys are grateful for?

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Christmas Countdown // Festive Playlist

As a part of my Christmas countdown each Wednesday at 1pm for the next four weeks I’ll be posting a Christmas themed post, this week is my festive playlist, keep reading to check it out. If I’m honest, there’s a chance all my posts may be Christmas themed.. we’ll see!

IT’S ALMOST CHRISTMAS PALS!!! Christmas is approaching and fast. Each year I wonder how Christmas has come around so quickly but this year has flown by, how is it even the 30th of November already?! 2016 slow down. I do feel like now I’m older the years go faster, though. I will admit, I’m one of those people that start playing Christmas music from November 1st. It’s just who I am, I’m pretty certain I was an elf in my past life. My Christmas playlist is on repeat and I love it, it makes me so festive and excited for the upcoming holiday. It especially makes me excited because I live away from home and I’m able to look forward to going home with my family and celebrate the holidays. Let’s get right into it!

Fairytale of New York: The Pogues (how can you not love this one?)

Do They Know It’s Christmas Time: Band Aid 30

Santa Claus is Coming To Town: Bruce Springsteen

Frosty the Snowman: Gene Autry

All I Want For Christmas is You: Mariah Carey

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas: Michael Buble

Blue Christmas: Elvis Presley

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Johnny Mathis

Rudolf The Red Nose Reindeer: Gene Autry (Gracie and I love to sing this together)

Driving Home For Christmas: Chris Rae

Winter Wonderland: Tony Bennett

These are without fail the songs that I always listen too throughout the Christmas period and especially on the train home from Aberystwyth to begin my Christmas festivities. These songs just get me so excited. I’m like a child, it’s fab. Let me know your favourite festive songs!

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