Blogmas Day 17: Finishing my Christmas shopping 🛍

Hi guys!

I can’t believe it’s now less than 10 days until Christmas day!!

I love the build up to Christmas and I feel like it is going so quickly this year.

I’ve used the weekend just gone to get the last of my Christmas shopping done

I havn’t had time for a late night shopping trip this year, which is a shame, so I thought I would head into town on Saturday and finish up.

Armed with my list and some determination to finally get it done I managed to power through and grab all the last little bits that I needed.

It was quite a chilly day which did make it feel quite festive and with the Christmas lights on and the Christmas market in full swing it was quite lovely.

So festive 🎄❄

Before I headed to the football with my dad I had enough time to stop at a coffee shop for a nice, warming caramel latte and a little read of my new Christmas book.

(The Christmas stocking & other stories by Katie Fforde)

I felt very Christmassy after this. All we need to do now is get the last foodie bits for a few hampers I am putting together and of course Christmas party/snacky bits. We are going to grab these when we do our food shop.

How is your Christmas shopping going?

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Blogmas Day 16: My work Christmas meal 🎅

On Friday I had my annual work Christmas meal. Every year we go to Ask Italian but, this year we decided to try somewhere different. .

..Not that different though, it was still an Italian haha but we went for Zizzi’s this time.

I think we had picked the same night as a lot of work groups, it was very lively!!

It was officially Christmas jumper day on Friday too so I wore my newest festive jumper to the meal.

The food was really good and I thoroughly enjoyed my meal.

I went for the Super Festivo menu starting off with the Mushroom style bruschetta (I can’t remember the official name)

Anything with cheese and mushrooms is brilliant in my book and this was very tasty.

For my main I had my favourite calzone from their menu, the pollo al spinaci.

I’ve always been a fan of the creamier pastas and sauces so this is so up my street as it has a white sauce instead of a red sauce. I was filled with a delicious creamy cheese sauce, mascarpone, mozzarella, spinach, chicken and mushrooms, SO.GOOD.

It also came with a really yummy tomato dip which was perfect for dipping bits of the crust in 👌🏻

Dessert was absolutely fantastic. Hands down one of the best desserts that I have had in a long time. It was a Christmas special and is a combination of two of my faves. It was half brownie, which was so rich and decadent, and half panattone, so orangey and fruity and festive, it was incredible.

Plus, you got an adorable chocolate pine cone on top!! How cute.

Amazing.

It was a lovely evening and nice to have some yummy food and a chat, away from the workplace.

Have you had your Christmas do yet?

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Blogmas Day 15: My Harry Potter stocking gift guide 🎁

As you’ll have seen from my early Blogmas post (Which I’ll leave here for you) I love a Christmas stocking.

I thought it would be really fun to do a post themed around Harry Potter and after researching merch this seemed like the best fit.

Besides, what could be more magical than a Harry Potter stocking!

Here are just a few Harry Potter themed ideas to make your own Harry Potter themed stocking, or to just add a bit of Harry Potter magic to what you have already got.

There are only a few weekends and late night shopping evenings to go!! It’s definatly time to get those stockings sorted.


To start ⬇️

Harry Potter Hedwig themed Christmas stocking Primark £6

Various Harry Potter stockings Geekcore £8.99

Various Harry Potter stockings Amazon From £7.99


Books


The Crimes of Grindelwald: The original screenplay WH Smith’s £8.49

Wizarding World pop up book of curiosities Amazon £12.81

Hogwarts library books: Fantastic Beasts and where to find, Quidditch through the ages, The tales of Beedle the bard (Indivdually) Amazon £4

The Harry Potter books: House cover editions Amazon £9.98

The archive of magic: Fantastic beasts book Amazon £14.99


Games/toys


Harry Potter Lego: Grindelwalds carriage Amazon £15.99

Harry Potter Trivial pursuit Groupon £8.99

Harry Potter top trumps Amazon £5.40

Wizards Battle game Very £14.99

Harry Potter playing cards in tin Tesco £4

Various Harry Potter Pop! Funko figures, varying prices.


Wearables


Harry Potter inspired necklaces Platform 9 3/4 shop £12

Harry Potter inspired bracelets Platform 9 3/4 shop £6

Harry Potter pin badges Platform 9 3/4 shop From £3.95

Harry Potter socks (adult) Primark £2.50

Harry Potter Cosy socks gift box (adult) Primark £3

Various Harry Potter night dresses (adult) Primark £5

Nightie & sock set (Kids) Matalan £10

Harry Potter socks (Kids) Matalan £6


Beauty


Harry Potter make up palette Amazon £13.99

Wand make up brushes Amazon £7.99

Hogwarts house bath bomb Amazon £8.99

Butterbeer lip balm Etsy £4

Harry Potter wash bag Primark £5


Stationary


Harry Potter 2019 calendar Tesco £5

Harry Potter notebooks Amazon From £5

Harry Potter stationary set EMP £12.99

The Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts colouring books, available in most book shops or online on Amazon.

Hogwarts letter writing set Amazon £8.99


Homeware


Harry Potter mugs Primark £5

Harry Potter cushions Primark £4

Harry Potter egg cup & cutter Tesco £5


Christmas


Harry Potter Christmas character decorations (2 pk) Primark £5

Hogwarts house baubles (4 pk) Primark £4

Large glass baubles Primark £5


Other


Niffler Coin purse Amazon £12.98

Harry Potter/Fantastic beasts mini figures Most newsagents £1.99 each, lots to collect.

Magical Miniatures: Bowtruckle Amazon £7.99

Other miniatures are available too.

Fantastic Beasts and where to find them DVD Amazon £7

Mystery pocket Pop! funnko keyrings EMP £6.99


I hope this helps you to make someone’s Christmas magical ⚡

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Blogmas Day 14: DIY Christmas cards.

I love making cards. I’ve been doing it for probably 8 or 9 years now and it’s a hobby that I really enjoy.

Its definatly something I need to make more time for.

I think that it is always lovely to receive something homemade and I love coming up with my own designs and ideas too.

I usually stick to a traditional colour scheme of red, gold and green and I use this as my starting base.

I then like to get some papers that are in this colour scheme.

I then look at the designs on these papers to see what embellishments I need.

My fave places for supplies are:

  • Hobbycraft
  • The Range
  • The Works

I also love Pinterest for ideas and inspo.

Choose your papers wisely and carefully as these will be the base of your cards.

This is the paper I chose…

You can get some great selection pads of paper, for card making. These are great as they have different themed ones and you get lots of variety within that theme that you have chosen.

They are also better value for money than buying lots of single sheets.

Lets take a look at a few that I have made so far.

I like to keep it simple and just accentuate the paper designs with a few nice embellishments.

I always think ‘less is more’ but of course that’s personal preference.

I hope you have found this helpful and it inspires you to give card making a go.

Let me know if you want any more tips or if you make any cards, I’d love to see them!!

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Blogmas Day 13: The Shoebox appeal with Noah.

This year, as Noah is now 4 and old enough to get involved, I thought it would be nice to create our own shoebox present for the Shoebox appeal (Link above to the website if you’d like more info)

The appeal consists of sending your own christmas present to a child in need, in a different country.

You wrap up a shoebox, choose a gender/age range and fill the box up with age appropriate toiletries, toys, games, accessories, arts and crafts, writing tools and so on, and send it off to the appeal to be delivered to a child in need.

Noah really enjoyed picking out the items to go in the box for ‘the little boy’. He wanted to give it to a little boy who is the same age as him (4 years old).

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We went into town and into Wilkinson’s (Wilko), to see what we could find to fill our box. Wilko has a variety of departments so I thought this would be a good place to go to get lots of different things for the box.

Wilkos is brilliant and their stuff is so reasonably priced that it is perfect for a project like this.

So, here’s what we chose together.

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Toiletries

Kids Tooth brushKids Tooth paste Shark sponge Paw Patrol bath & shower gel

Toys

Mini RoadstersTrain Bubbles

Arts and crafts

Stickers Colouring pencils Chunky Crayons Plain sketch bookPencil case stationary set including pencils, rubbers etc Two different sized note books Paint set with brush Superhero stickers Pirate colouring/activity book.

Once we had got everything that we wanted we headed home. Sarah wrapped up the box for us and then we filled it up with the goodies we had bought.

Its lovely to think that a child will receive the items you chose, and that they will get something fun but also useful. We are very lucky to be in the position that we are in so its nice to give something back.

There will also be a video up on mine and my twin sisters youtube channel ‘Roseanne & Sarah’

Our shoebox for the appeal

So take a look at that too if you like 🙂

Its a lovely Christmassy idea that gives something back.

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Blogmas Day 12: Our Christmas panto tradition

Every year me and Tim go to the local theatre to see their Rock N Roll Panto. It is always on at Christmas time, running from November through to January.

It has become one of our favourite Christmas traditions together and it is a lot of fun.

The pantos are fantastic, hilarious and the people starring in them are so incredibly talented. They sing, act and play all the instruments throughout the show.

Their audience interaction always makes for a laugh too.

This year the panto went back to its roots, re doing the first show it ever did, Cinderella.

I love this story and it is a panto classic, which didn’t disappoint.

‘It’s time to Shake a Tail Feather and head Downtown to Ipswich Town Hall to meet the Mayor, Baron Hardup! It’s not easy being Mayor, with Prince Charming due in town for a Royal visit and a staff of only two – his beautiful, feisty daughter, Cinderella and the loyal and loveable Buttons. But when his lonely hearts ad is answered by the mysterious Rubella De Zees, who brings along her two dangerous daughters Hernia and Verruca, it seems he’s far more than Three Steps to Heaven. Thankfully, there’s a Fairy Godmother to make sure Cinderella is ready to Rock Around The Clock!’

It was lovely to spend the evening together and have some festive fun at the theatre.

I cant wait to see which show they will perform next year.

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Blogmas Day 11: Five fun, festive arts & crafts activities 🎄

Children love Christmas and they certainly make it even more magical.

I work with children and I have two nephew’s and a niece as well.

I love getting creative and having a bit of fun with them and these ideas are so simple and easy.

These don’t require lots of expensive resources, you might even already have some of the stuff. Plus, you can use some things for more than one of the activities.

Just have a bit of fun 🎄


Lollipop Christmas trees


We stuck our lollipop sticks onto green paper to save having to use a glue gun. If you wanted to make them without the backing a glue gun would be best to stick the lollipop sticks together.

Then you just need to add a stalk, a star on top and decorations.


DIY Christmas cards


These are a super simple and easy idea and are perfect for getting the kiddies involved in the festivities. This is not only fun but saves you a job! Who doesn’t love receiving a homemade card!?! Plus, you can do whatever you like so it’s open to you and your childrebs interpretation.


Cotton wool snowmen


This one requires a little bit of cutting out but after that it is just an assembly job so you could always try and cut out a few bits before hand or, depending on their age, get the kiddies to help you.


Paper chains


This one only needs strips of your chosen colour paper and some cellotape to complete. They look really effective and they make a great decoration once you are done. The kids love seeing their paper chains hanging up.


Cotton wool painting Christmas trees


This one is a little bit messy but good fun and they can get as creative as they like.

You can just use paint or add mini pom poms and glitter to the mix if you want some really jazzy Christmas trees.


These are all lovely, quick and easy ideas for a fun and festive arty session.

Let me know if you try any of them!

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Blogmas Day 10: Mini mince pie pastry bites

This is my first foodie post of Blogmas 2018 and it’s a tasty recipe for all you mince pie fans!

I have developed a real love of mince pies over this recent festive season but as I follow the SW plan I’m trying to find ways to enjoy my favourite festive treats and stay on plan (ready for the inevitable over indulgence on the main days of Christmas)

So, this recipe, although SW friendly is still great for anyone looking for a twist on a classic, a bite sized treat of Christmassy goodness that won’t add to the waistline as heavily as a traditional mince pie might.

This recipe uses Light puff pastry, so a bit different to the traditional short crust.

It is so simple, and those recipes are the best kind.

Ingredients

-One roll of Tesco light puff pastry (Not frozen)

– A jar of Tesco Mincemeat

-One egg, beaten. (To egg wash)

-Sweetner (To sprinkle)

(This post is not sponsored by Tesco but I did an online shop when I ordered these and wanted to keep it simple when working out the syn values using the Slimming World app)

Recipe

Roll out the pastry flat and cut into squares (roughly 5cm x 5cm)

I weighed each square to make sure that it was 20g each. If you aren’t on SW you won’t need to be so particular.

On each square add a teaspoon of mincemeat.

Fold over the pastry from one side to the other and crimp along the edge to stop any leakage.

Lay the back onto the baking parchment that the pastry comes in, on a bakig tray.

Beat the egg and brush over the top of each one to help them turn golden.

Sprinkle each one with a little sweetener.

Bake in the over for 10/12 minutes on 200°.

Enjoy hot or leave to cool.

I prefer them warm with a cuppa.

These work out as 5 syns each which I don’t think is too bad. One with a cuppa would be perfect to get that festive mince pie hit.

20g (ish) of light pastry 4.5 syns

1 tsp mincemeat (0.5 syn)

Total: 5 syns each.

Enjoy!

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Blogmas Day 9: My top 10 Christmas films

Watching Christmas films is a sure fire way of getting into the festive spirit, and there are some brilliant Christmas films out there.

I thought I would share a few of my favourite Christmas films with you. If you havn’t seen some defiantly check them out.

Hopefully I’ll be able to fit as many of them as possible into the weeks leading up to Christmas.


Deck the halls (2006)

‘Steve, suburban dad and Christmas enthusiast, finds a wrinkle in his well-ordered existence with the arrival of his new neighbor Danny. Danny has big dreams and plans to illuminate his house with enough holiday lights to make it visible from space. Not to be outdone, Steve declares a war of one-upmanship with Danny that threatens to drag the Christmas spirit through the slush.’

How the Grinch stole Christmas (2000)

‘In this live-action adaptation of the beloved children’s tale by Dr. Seuss, the reclusive green Grinch decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville. Reluctantly joined by his hapless dog, Max, the Grinch comes down from his mountaintop home and sneaks into town to swipe everything holiday-related from the Whos. However, the bitter grump finds a hitch in his plans when he encounters the endearing Cindy Lou Who.’

Santa Clause (1994)

‘Divorced dad Scott has custody of his son on Christmas Eve. After he accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, they are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that Scott must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas arrives. Scott thinks he’s dreaming, but over the next several months he gains weight and grows an inexplicably white beard. Maybe that night at the North Pole wasn’t a dream after all — and maybe Scott has a lot of work to do.’

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The Snowman (1982)

This half-hour British production faithfully recreates author Raymond Briggs’ classic children’s holiday tale, in which a young boy’s snowman magically comes to life and whisks him away to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. Appropriate for very young children, the film has no dialogue, relying instead upon its images to tell the tale.

Arthur Christmas (2011)

‘Set on Christmas night, the film tells a story about Santa Claus’s clumsy son Arthur Claus who discovers that the Santa’s high-tech ship has failed to deliver one girl’s present. In response, he goes on a mission to save her Christmas, accompanied only by his ageing grandfather, a rebellious yet enthusiastic young Christmas elf obsessed with wrapping gifts for children, and a team of eight strong, magical yet untrained reindeer.’

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Elf (2003)

‘Buddy was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs, a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.’

Love Actually (2003)

‘Everywhere you look, love is causing chaos. From the bachelor Prime Minister of the United Kingdom who, on his first day at 10 Downing Street, falls in love with the girl who brings him his tea, to a hopeless sandwich delivery guy who doesn’t think he has a chance with the girls in the U.K., so he heads for Wisconsin. From aging rock stars, to a stony headmistress, to a monolingual Portuguese housemaid–love arrives in many forms, shapes and sizes. Here, ten separate–but intertwining–stories of love all lead up to a big climax on Christmas Eve, proving that love is the driving force in all of these people’s lives.’

Jack Frost (1998)

‘As a touring musician clinging to dreams of stardom, aging rocker Jack Frost never had much time for his wife, Gabby, and young son, Charlie. A year after Jack’s tragic death in a car accident on Christmas Day, Charlie plays a mournful tune on his father’s harmonica. Much to his surprise, the elder Frost is magically brought to life as a snowman on the family lawn. Given a second chance, Charlie and Jack struggle to make up for lost time.’

The Greatest store in the world (1999)

‘Geraldine and her two daughters, Livvie and Angeline, are living rough on the streets on London, just before Christmas. When their van blows up, they must find an alternative place to stay. At first, they live in temporary housing, but the conditions are unbearable. Geraldine reacts quickly and the family decides to take up residence in Scottley’s, the best department store in London. They must keep it a secret from doorman Brian (whom the girls call Mr. Whiskers), and a couple of bumbling thieves who want to rob the store safe of its jewels.

Santa, Who? (2000)

This one is a made for television film.

Santa Claus falls out of his sleigh and develops a case of amnesia right before Christmas. An afraid-of-commitment TV news reporter finds him and uses him on TV to get audience while vowing them to find his family. In the meantime, Santa works in a mall. The TV newsreporter’s girlfriend’s son repeatedly tries to convince the adults that he is the real Santa Claus, which the adults refuse to believe. All the while, Santa’s elves are looking for him. Near the end, a couple thinks it could be their grandfather who has grown a beard, and take him with them.


What’s your favourite Christmas film?

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Blogmas Day 8: A Festive get together🎄

As a group, me and my friends from school try to get together as much as we can (which proves more difficult as the years go by! Damn adulting) we often get together for birthdays and other such occasions and for the last few years I’ve organised something to get us altogether at Christmas too.

We’ve done Secret Santa to death now amongst us all, we have done a festive party at mine and Tim’s a few years in a row now too so we needed something different this year.

In the end we opted for a nice and easy festive meal out together at a restaurant.

We went to a local restaurant called ‘The Oyster Reach’ which is part of the Beefeater chain.

Christmas themed party wear/jumpers was the dress code.

They had both a set and festive menu to choose from and I think we all went for a mixture in the end.

Most of us enjoyed three yummy courses. I went for Calamari to start, my favourite starter.

The festive burger for my main, which alot of us chose.

It was probably the most juicy burger I have had in a while, very tasty.

& I couldn’t resist a cheeky side of pigs in blankets! Well it was a Christmas meal after all.

For dessert I had this delicious chocolate orange melting pudding. Chocolate orange is my favourite flavour combo, heaven.

It was great to get together, catch up and just have a laugh and some yummy food.

The perfect way to spend time together at this time of year.

How do you like to celebrate at this time of year?

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂