Getting into the festive spirit πŸŽ„ Blogmas day 11

Hi guys!

It’s very easy to get caught up in the hussle and bussle of December, its a super busy month in the lead up to Christmas, but you need to make sure you enjoy Christmas yourself.

It will make the festive period so much more enjoyable if you take the time to get into the spirit.

These are just a few ways that I spend a day in, if I want to get into the festive spirit or am feeling particularly Christmassy and want to have a Christmassy day.

Lets take a look…

1. Watch a Christmas film/TV show

I love popping a Christmas film on, to sit and watch or to have on the background. I am quite fond of theΒ  ‘made for TV’ Christmas films, I’ve been recording those to watch at the weekends. One of my fave Christmas films is Arthur Christmas, although I do have to watch the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special at least once!!

2.Β  Write out your Christmas cards

This not only gets you in to the Christmas mood but it also ticks a job off the list too which is great for taking away some of the seasonal stress. I LOVE our Christmas cards this year, I found them in Primark and they are Harry Potter Christmas cards.

Of course I had to buy them, they are so cool but the designs are really pretty too. They were Β£1 for a pack of 30 and I bought three packs.

3. Do some decorating

This is one of my most favourite Christmassy activities ever and it is guaranteed to make you feel so festive, I seriously challenge anyone to not feel super festive whilst putting up the decs.

If I’m feeling really Christmassy I end up buying more decorations or just going around the flat popping all the lights on and admiring the tree decorations haha.

4. Pop on a Christmas CD/play some Christmas tunesss

Because Christmas songs are life.

My ultimate fave is WHAM! Last Christmas, classic. We have a spotify playlist that is Christmas themed but we also have the ‘NOW! That’s what I call Christmas CD, unfortunatly this year I am yet to find it, sadface 😦

and finally…

5. Do some present wrapping

The ultimate Christmas activity, cosied up in front of a film, hot chocolate by your side and a festive array of wrapping paper, ribbon and bows and you are certainly in for a festive afternoon. I have found a couple of different sets of ribbons etc and have again gone for the traditional colour scheme of red, gold and green. I also have some pretty white and gold sets too.

The paper you see above is so cute and is covered in traditional Christmas toy soldiers, gingerbread men, snowmen and candy canes, adorable. I bought this one to wrap the children’s presents with.

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with Ikea’s Christmas wrapping selection, this is where the bulk of mine is from (random I know!) but great and inexpensive too.

I will be doing another post later in Blogmas with some great ways to feel festive when you are out and about!

 

I hope this helps make you feel festive and ready to get your jolly on!

Ho, Ho, Ho!

 

Until next time,

Roseanne πŸ™‚

 

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My Tanya Burr advent calendar: Blogmas day 10

Hi guys!

Today’s another look into my Tanya Burr advent calender.

Let’s see what’s inside…

Behind the next window was another lovely eyeliner. This one is also sparkly bit is a silver glitter liner.

As I said previously I don’t have many and these glitter ones are much easier to apply. I love that I have both gold and silver glitter now, great for completing a casual eye look or for glitzing up a Christmas party make up look.

These are great for eyeliner novices as you can’t really tell if you’ve applied it 100% nearly or not because it is just glitter in a clear fluid . It looks really pretty and I can’t wait to use this one too.

Β πŸŽ„15 DAYS TO GO!! πŸŽ„

Β It’s coming around so quickly!!

Until next time,

Roseanne πŸ™‚

My Tanya Burr advent calendar: Blogmas day 8

Hi guys!

So, its time to have a look behind another window of my Tanya Burr advent calendar.

Let’s take a look…

Today’s little gift was a lovely little lipgloss.

This lip gloss is called ‘Pink fondant’ and is a lovely pinky nude. It reminds me of Tanya’s ‘Pink cocoa’ lipstick but in lip gloss form, if you’ve tried ‘Pink cocoa’ you’ll know how pretty the shade is.

This gloss is a perfect everyday nude with a lovely pinky tone to it. It would also be great to accompany a smokey eye make up look for the evening.

Like the other gloss, it glides on beautifully, looks lovely on and isn’t at all sticky. For a lip gloss it is surprisinglyΒ  long lasting too.

I am really pleased with this and am sure this is going to be a new staple for my make up collection.

Seeya tomorrow!

17 days to go!

Until next time,

Roseanne πŸ™‚

Christmas market fun! βœ¨πŸŽ…πŸŽ† Blogmas day 7

Hi guys!

At the weekend we thought that we would head to a local Christmas market. I love doing things like this and having little days out during the lead up to Christmas, they make you feel so festive!!

Me and Tim headed there with my sister Charlotte and our niece Evie-Mae. We arrived with three hours to spare before the lights got turned on so we took a little look around the market.

They had a few little stalls and obviously the town shops were open too so we also had a browse in some of those, for some Christmas decorations, and bits and bobs.

I picked up a few decorations because you can’t ever have too many can you!!??

It was quite chilly in the little seaside town so we headed for a refreshment break in Greggs.

A pastry or two, a cuppa and a biscuit later and we were ready to head back out.

 

The lights came on at five o clock. We were all wrapped up warm as we watched them being turned on and they had a few little fireworks too.

It looked really festive and the tree had lovely multi coloured lights on it. I really liked the lights as they were all quite colourful in yellows, reds and greens! The ones in our hometown have been made a bit more ‘up market’ and are white and gold, and although they are very pretty (& some look like giant snitches!!) I do love, what I would call, a traditional light display.

A fun, festive day out to kick off December!

Until next time,

Roseanne πŸ™‚

My Tanya Burr advent calendar: Blogmas day 6 πŸ””

Hi guys!

Today is day 6 of Blogmas (already!!!) Only 19 days to go until Christmas day.

 

Here is what’s behind window number five of my Tanya Burr beauty advent calender…

A lovely glittery and super sparkly nail varnish.

This polish is called ‘Glitter rain’ and is a lovely silver glitter.

The glitter is great as it adds a festive, party sparkle to your nails (great for those Christmas parties) But is a bit different from the usual gold glitter.

Great for creating a festive, frosty look! ❄

The glitter is fine with larger bits of glitter too which is great on it’s own for a simple touch of sparkle but its also great over other colours or to add a accent nail.

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my advent calender.

Who else is loving having a little choc in the morning btw!?! LOVE IT.

Until next time,

Roseanne πŸ™‚

Putting up the tree πŸŽ„ Blogmas day 5 🌟 

So, this is of course the start of the festive decorating period, the main feature of many a room, all over the world, for the next month or so.

The humble Christmas tree makes any lounge cosy  and fun,  the theme for our tree is red, gold and green, very traditional and classic.

Lets take a look!

1. Lights

We have warm yellow lights for the tree.

2. Tinsel

Red and gold tinsel alternating throughout the tree adds a touch of sparkle.

3. Baubles

We added the plain baubles first. We have a mix of sizes, shiny, matte & frosted baubles in our colour scheme of red, gold and green.

4. Decorations

Once the plain baubles are on we added our personalised and hand picked decos. There are a few new ones, I like to pick up one or two each year in the lead up to the festive season. My mum sometimes gets me a decoration too.

5. The star on top

We have a matte red star that tops our tree. It came in the set my mum originally bought us, when we moved out, along with the plain baubles. Tim did the honours.

 

& here’s the final tree πŸŽ„πŸ‘Œ

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I hope you enjoyed this little look at our tree πŸ™‚

Until next time,

Roseanne πŸ™‚

My Tanya Burr advent calendar: Blogmas day 4 πŸŽ„

Hi guys!

Day four of Blogmas is here! and today is another look inside my Tanya Burr ‘Tanya’s treats’ advent calendar.

I have combined two windows today in order to make sure that I open them in Blogmas and you guys can see what I’ve got. Basically I couldn’t wait to open it so I opened one on the first and if I do it every other day the last window would be opened on Christmas day, one day too late!

So, lets take a look inside…

So, behind window number two of my advent calendar was a lovely lipgloss.

 

 

The lipgloss is a lovely red colour with a berry tone to it. Its called ‘Cranberry melt’.

I don’t usually wear lipgloss but I’m definatly going to be trying this out over the festive period as its a great colour for the season. The gloss glides on really nicely, the colour is nice and bright but not too in your face and it isn’t really uncomfortable and sticky on your lips.

Very wearable for everyday or great for a Christmas party look!

Behind window number three of my advent calendar was a super sparkly eye liner.

The eyeliner is gold and glittery, great for adding a sparkle to the eyes. For a eyeliner novice such as myself this was very easy to apply.

 

21 days to go!

 

Until next time,

Roseanne πŸ™‚

Tanya’s Christmas: Get inspired! Blogmas day 3 πŸŽ„

Hi guys!

To get prepared this Christmas I picked up Tanya Burr’s new book ‘Tanya’s Christmas’ Its full of recipes, gifting, gift wrapping, party, make up and just general christmas prep ideas to get those festive juices flowing.

I love this book, its so lovely to look through and so handy at this hectic time of year. Its an ultimate Christmas guide and its made me feel really festive and EXCITED for December and the big day in particular.

Tanya is one of my favourite Youtubers so I was really pleased when she released this book. I have chosen some of my favourite pieces from the book to share with you guys. Alot of them are baking ideas that I want to make in the lead up to Christmas and for Christmas day.

I hope you enjoy this little insight into the book, and who knows it might give you some Christmassy ideas too.

Lets take a look!

Make!

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I love the idea of making your own decorations and this arrangement by Tanya is so simple, yet so effective!

Its using natural resources such as dried oranges (beaut smell!!) pine cones and cinnamon sticks. A lovely fragrant display that you can arrange any way that you wish. I would probably swap out the cinnamon sticks as I’m not a fan of this scent, the beauty of this simple idea is that you can put your own twist on it and make it to match your theme. I like the idea of using pine branches and holly, as well as gold sprayed pine cones.

Bake!

Lets be frank, food is one of the best parts of Christmas so, I have picked out a few of the recipes in the book.

The first couple of recipes are ones that I want to make in the lead up to Christmas.

On the left is a tear and share Chocolate orange cookie. Chocolate orange is my ultimate fave and I love a Terry’s chocolate orange at Christmas, so instantly I was drawn to this. I will be making this in the lead up to Christmas because its going to be delicious and baking always gets me in a warm and cosy mood.

In the middle picture are rice crispy Christmas puddings. I want to have a go at making these with my Nephew Noah as I think these will be really fun to make together (& I’m sure his little bro Casey will help us taste test them along the way)

On the right are Smores biscuits. I want to make these for me, my husband, sister, brother in law and nephews to enjoy on Christmas eve! Super cosy.

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I’ve also chosen the ‘Chocolate brownie traybake with salted caramel ice cream’ to make for mine and Tim’s Christmas dinner dessert. Neither of us like the traditional Christmas pud so I always make us something chocolatey and indulgent and this is perfect.

Celebrate!

I love the section in the book with her Christmas traditions as well as Tanya’s viewers traditions too. These are really interesting to read, its cool to see how people spend their day and how their traditions differ from country to country.

This section is also great for those of you who want to add some new traditions to your Christmas routine and need some inspiration!

Some of our Christmas traditions include:

  • Christmas Lights
  • Christmas eve boxes
  • Stockings
  • Panto
  • Family word and board games

I won’t go into these too much as I have a post in the pipeline that focuses on these a bit more. I love traditions and they are very important to me, especially at this time of the year when I think it is really important to spend time with your loved ones and enjoy the simple pleasures and comfort that traditions can bring.

For those of you who love Christmas like I do, you will really enjoy this beautiful book. I grabbed mine from Amazon and I’ll leave the link below for you!

Tanya’s Christmas – Amazon Β£8

22 days to go!

Until next time,

Roseanne πŸ™‚

 

A very Harry Potter Christmas: Blogmas day 9 β˜‡

Hi guys!

So, this is very exciting!! Well I think so anyway haha. For any of my fellow Harry Potter fans out there, this ones for you…

I have seen many photos over the years (thanks Pinterest) of Harry Potter Christmas trees, and with an extra tree in our flat this year, well it seemed rude not to give it a go finally.

I’ve got plenty of Harry Potter memorabilia to create such a masterpiece and so I set about decorating my most magical Christmas tree yet.

I already had lights and fittingly (excluding the pink ) they are red, green, yellow and blue lights, the same colours as the four Hogwarts houses.

I used two Hogwarts ties that I had as tinsel, A red and gold Gryffindor one and a blue and silver Ravenclaw one. The Ravenclaw one is actually my sister Sarah’s, so if your reading this, thanks for your contribution haha.

As I said, I used lots of different bits of my Harry Potter memerobilia to decorate the main body of the tree and it was really fun adding all my little Harry Potter trinkets onto the tree, from baubles to characters, pictures and more.

The tree topper, like many Ive seen online had to be my sorting hat that I got from the Warner Bros studio tour, it brings it all together really well.

Lets take a look…

 

Here is the finished tree…

 

Until next time,

Roseanne πŸ™‚

The start of advent! πŸŽ„ Blogmas Day 2

Hi guys!

Its day two of Blogmas and its an advent update. I have two advent calenders this year, a chocolate one (Cadburys of course!)

…and a beauty advent, Tanya Burr’s ‘Tanya’s treats’ beauty calendar.

Tanya’s beauty advent calendar is 12 days of Christmas so every other day my Blogmas post will focus on what I have got inside the calendar.

20171201_073230I love having a beauty advent and I wasn’t able to get my hands on Tanya’s last year so I was really pleased to get one, I love her beauty range.

The calendar is really nice, I love the rose gold and shiny burgundy colour scheme and cute sweet shop scene.

Lets take a look at day one!

Behind window number one was a lovely red nail polish. I love the packaging of her nail varnishes, the large gold top and gold writing look really sleek.

The colour is ‘Festive Red’ and is a beautiful and bold Christmas red. This is perfect for the festive season.

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I cant wait to open the next door on Sunday!

Until next time,

Roseanne πŸ™‚