Christmas at the Davies Residence 

Christmas is my favourite time of year but I especially enjoy the 3 main days of Christmas with my family. It’s definitely the 1 time a year that we truly get on and put our differences behind us. My mum really tries her hardest every single year to make Christmas the most perfect time of year and without fail she always does.

Her every effort during November and December is to make sure that her family, our family, receive the best Christmas ever. She never fails us. With that in mind, my mum begins to prepare for Christmas in September, which might seem crazy but her first wages in September contributes towards gifts, decorations and food to help us have the most incredible Christmas ever.

For those 3 days, we have the most incredible time. Don’t get me wrong, as a I child we did experience it differently but as an adult, I’m so grateful and appreciate everything at Christmas time and it does help me to realise everything that I am grateful for throughout the year.

Christmas Eve in our house is generally pretty chilled, from the early morning mum  will be preparing and start cooking the meat for our rather large Christmas dinner. Generally, each year we have turkey, beef and chicken to see us through Christmas Day and Boxing Day (you’ll learn why). This might seem a lot but we have a large family and really, can you over eat at Christmas?

Once I’m finally awake I’ll help mum prepare vegetables, sort out the chocolates, crisps etc. For as long as I can remember, mum has always put out chocolates, crisps, nuts and Bombay mix as snacks around the living room and kitchen area. We don’t get to eat these until Christmas Eve afternoon as technically, this is when we start celebrating our Christmas. We also make sure the house is fully clean by the afternoon and perfect ready for when we finally settle down.

By the afternoon when we have finished preparing, we all try and settle down in our Christmas Eve pjs, after having showers and baths, to a Christmas film. My mum visits our neighbour to wish him and his family a merry Christmas so my brother and I like to hang out together, eating snacks and starting celebrating our Christmas.

Mum always works either Christmas Eve morning or Boxing Day morning (sometimes the afternoon) as she works in a residential home. Therefore, we don’t open any gifts until mum comes in from work. So for the morning my brother, sister in law, niece and nephew will go and visit Jade’s family before finally coming to our family home around 11am with some of the kids toys for us to play with them. They’re always so excited so we like to do everything we can to help them have the best Christmas too. We have either Christmas music playing or a Christmas film at all times during December and we try and make sure we don’t eat too much food so we can indulge during the afternoon.

We also like to go and visit my nan whilst mums in work to make sure she’s OK, give her our gifts and spend some time with our relatives! It’s one of my favourite parts of Christmas Day as I’m so grateful that the family all come together. A few minutes before mum comes home I’ll put the vegetables on the hob and start cooking and once mum comes in she’ll take over, the woman is an absolute god.

Then we finally get to open our gifts together and we always let Gracie and Ethan dig in as soon as she gets home as they do get inpatient. Each year we all have our own little corners of the living room and every year, Gracie (my 7 year old niece)  and I share a corner because we just love to open our gifts together and we love to see what each other received. Once everybody has opened our gifts we generally just chill, watch a film and look at all the wonderful things we received before having the most incredible dinner.

We don’t own a table so I always eat my food sat on the floor with the kids but I wouldn’t have it any other way. We all make such a mess of ourselves because well, they’re children and at Christmas, there are no rules. So whether they manage to throw mashed potato everywhere or pinch each other’s food. We don’t mind, as long as they’re happy. Once our food has settled, we don’t stop there.. dessert is everybody’s favourite in our house. Mum always has a massive selection from chocolate cake, cheesecake, profiteroles or fruit bowls. Whatever we want, we get and it’s incredible. After a few hours of lounging around, playing with the kids and enjoying each other’s company (more than likely a little bicker here and there from my brothers and I, we start to play games for the rest of the evening before finally settling down for bed. The kids, Jade and Kyle do go home around 7/8pm to settle the kids down because it will have been a long day for them.

However, Boxing Day in our house is our absolute favourite! At some point during the day we manage to see every single member of our huge family, all our relatives stop by ready for mums infamous homemade chips, cold meat and salad. We love it, it’s a total win in our house and every year the house is filled with love, happiness and total manic. It’s incredible. The kids have the best day spending time with each other (there are many, many children. We have music playing, games going, laughter spreading throughout the house and so much love like you can’t imagine.

Honestly, I couldn’t ever imagine not spending Christmas with this crazy bunch. Most importantly, I’m so incredibly thankful for my mum who every year, manages to make Christmas in the Davies residence an absolute dream.

With love, Beth x

20 Christmas Traditions 

Happy blogmas day 9, friends!

Traditions are a wonderful thing and my family and I definitely have them. No matter when though, a tradition has to form and sometimes it can be difficult for people to decide what they want to introduce to make their Christmas that extra bit special. Whether you have a new born, recently marriage or even have grown children, it’s OK to start introducing new traditions to really change the festivities in your home and lives at Christmas. So, I thought I would share with you guys a list of some Christmas traditions that you might want to introduce to your family this Christmas and for many more.

  1. Leaving the reindeer and Santa a treat. Normally it’s carrots, a cookie and milk or maybe a mince pie!
  2. Matching Christmas jumpers.
  3. Annual family photograph.
  4. Christmas Eve event – maybe ice skating, family meal, Christmas party’.
  5. Fresh Christmas Eve pjs. Doesn’t everybody do this one?
  6. Visiting Santa and his reindeer.
  7. A trip to winter wonderland.
  8. Watching Christmas films.
  9. Wrap 25 books, 1 for each day until Christmas.
  10. A Christmas treasure hunt.
  11. Elf on the shelf! – This one could benefit both parents and children by using the Elf as a kindness Elf that notices all the good things that the children do, leading to a reward.
  12. Driving around to look at the Christmas lights on houses.
  13. Asking your children, nieces/nephews,  cousins to donate some of their toys to the less fortunate.
  14. Christmas cards to your neighbours.
  15. Making a specific dessert that you only make at Christmas time.
  16. A Christmas Eve box, something with fun and little things to open whilst spending time with your loved ones. Generally things like pjs, lush bath bombs, calendars.
  17. Family trip to collect a real Christmas tree.
  18. Decorating the house together as a family.
  19. Festive baking and decorating! Ginger bread houses are always a win.
  20. Write letters for each other to say what you’re grateful for this year.

Regardless of your situation, these are things you can do alone or even with your families. Write in the comments some of your own Christmas traditions!

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With love, Beth x

5 Secret Santa Gifts For Guys 

I recently shared 5 secret Santa ideas for girls so I thought, it was only right to do it for guys as well. I find buying gifts for guys so hard and if I don’t know them all that well, it’s even harder. Secret Santa is hard enough as it is without the added pressure of buying for someone who you don’t know well. 

Honestly, I struggled with this one but I figured that these 5 gifts wouldn’t really go a miss. 

1. Alcohol. Find out what their favourite alcoholic beverage is and buy them a bottle. Some say this is cheating, I personally think this is a fantastic idea. 

2. A gift card isn’t a bad idea at all. I said in my last secret Santa post that a gift card really is an easy buy without the added pressure. Amazon, Game or even a clothing store would be fantastic options. 

3. What sports do they like? A tv show maybe? You can get so many t-shirts from Amazon now that cater for so many things. This specific t-shirt from Amazon is for those rugby players out there, it’s such a good idea and creative.

4. If the guy is creative and enjoys these types of things, I totally recommend lego. It’s so fun for any age and you can even get lego sets which let you build cars and objects from films like Star Wars and Batman. 

5. A sweets hamper. I don’t know anybody that doesn’t like sweets or chocolate. Put together a hamper full of sweets and chocolates. It’s a total win! 

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With love, Beth x 

Christmas Wish List

Christmas is near and I’ve been thinking about the things that I’d like to receive or get myself this holiday season. By no means am I saying that I’ll receive all of these things but these are definitely things that I have had my eye on and I would be so grateful to receive this year. Now I’m older I don’t really receive that many gifts and I’m totally fine with that, I’m all about the giving than receiving these days. With that in mind, I often buy myself gifts at Christmas time because who loves me more than I do? We all deserve a treat. 

I do enjoy receiving beauty products at Christmas time and from my parents, they often buy me the more expensive items because I’m a student and money is tight. They don’t ever mind and I wouldn’t ever ask for anything that is too expensive. Often I just give them a list of things I’d be interested in and then they decide from the list which is easier and also still a surprise because I don’t know what I’m receiving. 

Firstly, I’ve had my eye on some of the Kat Von D products for so long now and the Shade and Light contour palette is definitely something that I desperately want. I’ve read and heard nothing but good things about this palette and because it’s definitely a high end pricing I’ve not been able to push out of my budget for it. It’s at £37 and I think it has the most perfect powder shades for highlighting and contour. 

With that in mind, the Kat Von D Lock It foundation is known to be such a full coverage but wearable and beautiful foundation to wear. Last year I received the Urban Decay All Nighter foundation from my parents and it just wasn’t good for my skin type at all and would always separate around my nose. From what I’ve heard, this foundation doesn’t do that at all and is generally quite compatible with all types of skin.

I’ve never purchased any of the Urban Decay Naked palettes. I don’t know why but I’ve always been more interested in purchasing the Too Faced palettes than the Urban Decay. However, I have recently become very interested in owning the Urban Decay Basics palette. The other palettes haven’t interested me at all because they don’t have many matte shades in them but a lot of shimmers. Whereas the Basics palette is a completely matte palette and it’s definitely ideal for me since I do enjoy a lot of matte shades and matte looks. I have the Morphe 350 palette with lots of shimmers and I’d love to combine both of these palettes together. 

I’ve been in need of some new clothing for a while now and especially a pair of Vans. The specific vans that I’m interested in buying are the Old School Retro vans in pale pink or black. I’d be happy with either and I really do think I could style both of these  trainers with many outfits. My brother owns them in black and I really like them. They’re £60 or the pink or £55 for black and like I said, I really like them. I don’t currently own any Vans and I’ve never had any vans that are like these and I just think they’re really quite cool. 

This is my Christmas 2017 wish list! I don’t expect to receive these things and I’m sure I’ll eventually get them myself if I don’t receive them. Let me know what you’re interested in receiving this year. 

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With love, Beth x 

Eating Clean At Christmas

With Christmas being such a festive time of year we all know that we eat and drink far too much. Then January comes around and instantly we’re all on a total health kick trying to lose the weight we gained by eating boxes of celebrations and pigs in blankets. 

Can we really blame ourselves? Christmas is once a year and the holiday season is full of parties, events and special times that we can’t help ourselves but indulge on our favourite foods. It’s hard to eat healthy during the year let alone at Christmas! 

I do have a few tips for making sure we keep to our diets and not gain an extra stone in weight to add more pressure to overselves in January. I’m by no means an angel at this, I can’t help but open the chocolates and treats when everybody else does but this year I’ve promised myself that I’ll be making better choices but still be happy and comfortable when making those bad ones. 

I’ve said it before but it’s natural that we all need our treats but in limits. So, if you know you have an event or party to go to where you’ll be drinking and eating foods you normally wouldn’t. Prepare yourself throughout the day, eat healthier and lighter and work out harder. After you’ve treated yourself, instead of falling back into bad habits the next morning, make good ones. Whether you like it or not, eat the fruit, work out and be excited for your next treat. One meal does not ruin a whole diet and you won’t gain 7lb from eating a few chocolates or some greasy food. 

When I’m at home in the evenings and the treats are out, staring at me from across the room, I always resist temptation and grab the tin. However, this year, instead of grabbing the tin I’ve portioned up the chocolates into packets to limit myself to how many I can have. In each packet I’ve put 4 chocolates, which I think is actually quite generous. There’s no harm in 4 sma chocolates whilst watching the TV. Again though, resist temptation throughout the day and drink plenty of water. 

On that note, drink lots of water and distract yourself. Half the time you aren’t even hungry but the thought of having a chocolate is just mouth watering. Drinking water will keep you hydrated and fill that need for food. 

A final note, don’t feel guilty. It’s Christmas and we all deserve to treat ourselves. You get one month out of the year to really celebrate and embrace your achievements and life and the gift of family, friends and loving. So enjoy it! 

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With love, Beth x 

5 Secret Santa Gifts For Girls 

                                                                    Happy blogmas day 4!

Whether you’re doing secret santa with your friends, in work or for any occasion, it’s often quite difficult to decide what to get for the individual. What if you don’t know them that well? What if you don’t know what they already have? It’s hard! It’s the most difficult part of buying gifts. However, there are ways to go around it. 

A lot of the time there are budgets for secret Santa, so all of these possible gifts will be under a £15 limit but definitely decent gifts for a secret Santa. 

1. Lush bath bombs. Can’t go a miss really can you? They’re gorgeous and are so fun. Who doesn’t love a bath bomb? 

2. A DVD/book and a bottle of wine or box of chocolates. This one is definitely something you could use but remember to get the DVD/book in a genre they’ll like and the wine or chocolates that you know they’ll drink or eat. 

3. Socks and pyjamas. Primark do some fantastic Christmas pjs and socks. The only problem with this is one is that you might have guess the clothing size but they’re pyjamas, who cares if they’re a little baggy? 

4. Cute stationary. Again, Primark have some beautiful stationary sets. If you’re looking to splash out a bit you could head to paperchase and see what they have. 

5. Nobody wants to be that person who gives a gift card but if you know that the person likes a specific shop, you could give them a £15 gift card. For me, I’d be so grateful for a £15 to Debenhams, Boots or Waterstones. 

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With love, Beth x 

The Great Brownanza 

Benefit have released a lot of products across the year but they’re famously popular for their incredible brow range. I’m a huge fan of the goof proof brow pencil but since the products are expensive I’ve never managed to purchase them and test out whether they’re genuinely worth buying. 


So, recently on a trip to my local Debenhams, I come across some of the Christmas releases that let’s be fair, look incredible. However, the one that really caught my eye is The Great Brownanza. This is a box of 5 full size brow products and 2 brow tools for £49.50. To buy these products out of the set it would cost around £120 so you’re saving an absolute fortune of £70! This is the ideal gift in my eyes. It has enough brow products to last you at least 6 months and as well allows you to try and test products that have caught your eye but you’ve been anxious about buying them because of the price range. 

What do you get? In this set you’re given 5 full size products which are the Benefit Gimme Brow, Benefit Brow Zings, Benefit Goof Proof Pencil, Benefit Ka-Brow and the Benefit High Brow Pencil. You’re also given an angled brow brush with a spoolie attached and a brow mapping tool. Essentially, you receive 7 products at an incredible price so can you really not consider this as a purchase? 

The prices of each product individually are: 

Benefit Gimme Brow – £20

Benefit Goof Proof Pencil – £20

Benefit Brow Zings – £26.50

Benefits Ka-Brow – £20

Benefit High Brow – £18.50


We all know by now that Benefit have 5 shade ranges in their brow products. Going from 1 to 5, from light to dark. Now, I purchased mine in shade 3 and usually I mix between shade 3 and 4 but now I’m blonde again I’ll happily use shade 3 so this is perfect for me. You can also buy this set in shade 5 but it does not come in any other shade ranges. This is definitely the only fault with the set that it doesn’t come in the lighter shade which means for those who are light blondes with blonde eyebrows, this isn’t catering for you guys. If you like a strong, dark brow then these are the ideal set for you really. 

Honestly, this has been my favourite release of 2017 so far and I haven’t even tried all the products. I totally urge you guys to go out and get one, order it online and indulge on


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With love, Beth x