Christmas Eve Box Ideas..

My other half and I have decided to make Christmas Eve boxes for each other. I wanted to share ideas we have come up for each other so you can become inspired and create one for someone you know after this crazy year, or even treat yourself this Christmas.

Firstly, the boxes we have brought are from ASDA, but I’m sure you can find other ones from other places, or for a cheaper option is wrapping a cardboard box in some nice wrapping paper!

• Pyjamas

• Mini Board Game

• Sweets/ Snacks

• Christmas Movie

• Fluffy Socks

• Hot Water Bottle

• Hot Chocolate and Christmas Mug

• Mini Alcohol

• Christmas Candle

• Bauble

• Handmade Gift

• Slippers

• Soft Toy

Hope this inspires you to treat yourself or someone this Christmas Eve. What else would you put in a Christmas Eve box?

Kind Gestures at Christmas Time..

This blog I am very passionate about this year. When I am speaking about kindness in this blog, it isn’t something that you only perform at Christmas, or something that should only be used because the world has gone crazy. Kindness, is something that should always be used, in everyday life, no matter if you know someone or not. You never know what someone is going through in their life.

Picture from Pintrest..

1) I always believe when you see an old person out in public, you should always at least hello to them. The elderly, tend to go days without speaking to anyone, so you just smiling and greeting them, could make their day!

2) Smile. If you smile and someone doesn’t smile back, what’s the issue? Nothing. You’ve lost nothing, it doesn’t cost you to smile. A smile could change someone’s day. This year is abit tricky as masks are in the way. But, I believe if you smile properly, you can see it in the eyes and that’s better than nothing, if you ask me!

3) Help the homeless. Christmas can be hard at the best if timed for someone with a home and a family. Imagine you don’t have a home to spend Christmas, or a family to see. Your couple of pounds change form the shop, could you spare it to someone who has nothing? Could you afford a hot drink to someone who is sat in the cold 24 hours a day. Or give the change to a charity who will help people have a Christmas dinner this year!

If you do anything this Christmas, please just make a difference. Whether it’s to one persons life, five peoples life’s, or a hundred peoples life’s. Just make a difference, a differences is a no matter how big or small. Be kind. Stay safe. Share the love!

My Favourite Hot Chocolate..

Hot chocolate is one of my favourite things about the winter time. There is something about a warm drink in the cold, and I mean I love a tea or coffee but when it comes to hot chocolate there is such a variety.

Firstly, I need to talk about Costa and there amazing range that they realised this year.

I am not really a fan of the orange taste, but my other half is and he tried the Terry’s Orange Hot Chocolate, and said he loved it, so I’m just gonna take his word for it on that one. But, for myself as someone who loves After Eights, I can personally say that all I have drank for the past month is the Costa After Eight Hot Chocolate. It is amazing. It tastes so good, I could drink it all day everyday.

I also wanted to get some Hot Chocolate I could drink from home for a cheaper, so I decided to pop into Sainsbury’s.

They were all roughly about 30-40p each. I am personally a massive fan of options hot chocolates, and they’ve just realised a Salted Caramel one, and it tastes amazing!! Personally, hot chocolate isn’t as good without cream and marshmallows. I also like to have marshmallows under and top off the cream because I’m that extra!

What’s your favourite type off Hot Chocolate? How do you like yours cream, no cream? Marshmallows, no marshmallows? Do you add something I don’t? Inspire me with your hot chocolate ideas!

Christmas Nails..

Christmas nails is always something I have been such a fan off. I love any sort of nail art, and I love Christmas so mix the too together and I’m yours! My job only allows me to wear red nails, but for Christmas we are allowed to add some Christmas glitter, so I will add my nails this year. But, some of the other pictures are my nails from previous years, and others are some I’ve found on Pintrest that I love the look of!

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2016 nails..
My nails this year..

Which one is these nail designs are your favourite? What nail style and colour have you gone for this year?

A Christmas Drive/ Walk..

What else is there to do at Christmas time when it’s dark? Obviously, you have to go and look at Christmas lights. Whether it’s walking or driving. Whether it’s with a Costa hot chocolate or one from home. Whether alone or with a friend, you can’t go wrong.

Do you enjoy looking a Christmas lights? Have you seen any amazing displays this year? What hot drink do you take with you.? Do you prefer to walk or drive?

My Christmas List this Year..

This is one of those blogs that I feel like have to be involved in Blogmas. I technically isn’t blogmas without you guys knowing what’s on my Christmas list this year. I also planned this very carefully! I have decided to post this blog on this day for a very special reason, so do my other half if you a reading this, you’ve got time! No, I am only joking I’m sure he will smash Christmas, like he normally does!

(None of these pictures are mine, but I wanted to have pictures to show what I mean)

Eco Cotton Pads. I really want to start helping the environment in many more ways than I already do, I think these will help so much as I am always putting on and removing make up for work.

Lush Lip Scrub. I mean I feel like if you don’t get a Christmas present from lush, whether it’s a bath bomb or something else, it’s not really Christmas, is it?

Dove Set. I am such a massive fan of the brand dove. It’s so kind on your skin and always smells so nice. I am never gonna say no to anything from Dove.

Bath Pillow. I love having a bath, but I have to be comfortable so this a no brainer.

Bath Shelf. On the topics of baths, I spend a lot of time in my baths, so need somewhere to put my movie.

Ordinary Set. I love this brand, and I feel like a set is a great way to try new products.

Ear Warmer. I think these look so cute, I love being warm, but do you ever wanna have warm ears with a cute high pony tail, because I know I do.

Turtle Ring for honu. I love Honu as a brand. They sell such cute items, and some of their profit goes to a great cause.

Mark Hil Hair Care Set. I love Mark Hill as a brand, it’s so good in my hair. It’s worked wonders for me.

Hope you loved this blog as much as I loved creating it! What are you wishing for Christmas this year??

Christmas Candles and Smells..

If you follow me on Instagram or have followed me on here for a while you’ll know how much I love candles, wax melts and everything like that. So, of course I have to do one based on Christmas smells for my Blogmas. I also have a very special announcement on how you can support a small business this year.

Firstly, let’s talk about Christmas smells first. What would you class as a Christmas smell? Gingerbread? Pine? Candy cane? Winter Berries? I have a found all of these smells, all for a decent price.

First I visited ASDA. Where I found a wide selection of candles and wax melts. But, only a few related to Christmas and Autumn.

I picked up one of each that I could find, so I could try them all. Sugar pine smells amazing and so does dancing leaves. I was very indecisive about picking up the warm apple ones because I don’t like apple pie, but I smelt it in the shop and it’s not like an apple pie smell, it’s more of an autumnal smell. I am also very extra, I use the gingerbread cookies as the tea light underneath the wax in the wax melt holder to make the smell so much more powerful.

Now, announcement time! I have kindly been gifted some beautiful wax melts from a small business which I found on Instagram. If you are not a wax melt person or do not own a wax melt burner then you can purchase a wax melt starter pack which includes three wax melts with a wax burner.

You can find waxinfustion on Instagram. Or you can search http://www.waxinfusion.co.uk

I think these are amazing stocking fillers, or even a little extra gift if you are feeling nice, or why not treat yourself this Christmas! They also have noneChristmas smell ones that you can use all year round such as Bubblegum, Cappuccino, Fresh Linen and Lavender.

I mean you can’t go wrong for a couple quid, for something that looks and smells amazing, in beautiful packaging while supporting a small business in this crazy time. You can even use the code Emily10 for 10% off your order!

What are your favourite smells of Christmas? Finally, please make sure that you check out waxinfusion.co.uk and use Emily10 for 10% off your order! Keep supporting small business in this crazy time!

My Christmas Wrapping this year!

I’ve had a few comments from posting pictures if my tree this year, that people like may wrapping paper and wanted to know where it was from? So, I decided as it’s Christmas themed that I would add it to my Blogmas!

This is the style I’ve gone for and can I just say I love it! I feel like it’s simple but looks amazing! I love the fact that the one role can be used for anyone, young children to grandparents, any gender. I also love the sharpie pen on the paper I feel like it’s clear to see who it’s address for so no mix ups.

My favourite part of this has to be the wrapping paper and not just because of being the main part but because of how amazing it really is. So, first on the wrapping paper is only £2.50 for 8 metres of roll at Sainsbury’s. It also comes in a the deal of 3 for 2 at most of the Sainsbury’s stores! And lastly, it is eco friendly, it’s been made from recycled paper and can be recycled after use which is always an amazing thing!

I feel like in this world, you’re either a silver person, a gold person or a rose gold person. I am definitely a silver person, hence why I decided to step my wrapping up with this Bow and Ribbon pack in silver. Also, in the 3 for 2 deal at Sainsbury’s!

What wrapping have you gone with this year? What do you think of the style I have gone for?

A Festive Day Out..

As Christmas is approaching, it’s always good to get in the festive mood. I wanted to share with you my favourite festive day out, that you can still do in this pandemic!

Personally, I think the most Christmas place at Christmas is a garden centre. My favourite thing to do for a festive day out is to visit a garden centre and look at all the Christmas decorations. The best part about this day out, is if you go to a garden centre with a cafe instead (Costa etc) and you can finish the day with a nice hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows.

I love this day out because you can near enough do this day out with anyone, whether family, friends or partner, obviously with the certain restrictions at the minute make sure you a following government guidelines with social distancing and mixing of households.

What do you do as a festive day out? I’d love to know to be inspired!

Christmas Cookies Recipe..

Recently I decided to make so Christmas cookies and they tasted amazing, so I thought I would share the recipe with you! I love Christmas and I love food. So, what is better than Christmas food?

Ingredients..

125g of softened butter

75g brown sugar

75g caster sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract

280g of Plain Flour

Instructions..

1) Heat the oven to 190°c.

2) Cream the butter and both sugars until fluffy.

3) Beat the egg, add the vanilla and add it to the butter and sugar mix.

4) Stir in the flour to make a dough.

5) Put dough in the fridge to chill for a few hours.

6) On a floured surface, roll the dough out. Use cookie cutters to cut biscuits. Re-roll the trimmings until all dough is used.

7) Put biscuits onto baking trays and bake for around 8-10 mins or until slightly golden, then leave to cool.

8) To make icing, mix butter and icing sugar together to make creamy icing. Add food colouring if wanted. To make Lotus sauce icing sugar, just add the sauce to the icing mix. Add decorations/edible glitter as and if you please.

Hope this inspires you this Christmas, let me know if you use this recipe and how you get on!