My 2017 Bucket List

I’m not really one for resolutions. I used to make them when I was younger, but they weren’t of any real significance. However, there are things I want to do within 2017 which I wouldn’t really call resolutions, but just things I’d like to see happen. So, we’re going to call it my 2017 bucket list and go from there.

Go travelling

I wouldn’t say like pack my bags and go across Europe or something, but I’d like to just go places more. Maybe a trip to London, hopefully one to Paris or Brighton. Just get out of my usual surroundings. It’d be really nice to just go somewhere and enjoy myself.

Get a new tattoo

I really love my first tattoo, but I want to get another one. I’m not planning to get as crazily inked as my dad was, but I’d like a few meaningful ones. I’m not going to tell you the design I want to get, because I want to be a surprise, but it’s a small one and I’ve wanted it for a good while now.

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.
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Why Feminism is important to me

CN:  Rape, slut-shaming and abuse are some of the topics discussed but not in great detail 

feminism

ˈfɛmɪnɪz(ə)m/

noun

 The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

 

I may have mentioned it once or twice, but never really gone into much about why I’m a feminist and why it’s important to me. People often tend to see the topic as ‘taboo’ or really misinterpret what feminism is about. It is not something in which women are “man haters” or feel that the female gender is superior to the male. The female gender has been oppressed for as long as history can remember. Of course, not everyone is aware of the history and often tend to base it on “well, I don’t feel oppressed, my life is great,” or ” I treat women with respect, therefore there is equality,” which is rather closed minded. I can straight away admit that growing up in my life, it was a close-knit family and there was indeed a lot of respect for all genders. However, it’s when I began to finally socialise more, make friends out of my small, caucasian-based community that I began to really see the difference. In the last few years, I’ve made friends from pretty much every walk of life. Non-binary genders, LGBTQA+ community, different races, religions, rich, poor, famous, nobodies and you really begin to learn.

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Feminism is important to me. Feminism is important to me because there are so many consequences of being a female. Even if up in my life until I finally stepped foot out into the world I felt extremely privileged, you wake up and see reality. Feminism is important to me because when I or my female friends or family go out, we are told “to be careful” and “don’t walk alone” because there is a fear of being raped. Feminism is important to me because we as a society are teaching women to change how we dress instead of teaching men to not rape. Because approximately 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped in England and Wales alone every year, meaning there’s roughly 11 rapes (of adults alone) every hour. These figures include assaults by penetration and attempts. And usually, there is very much a lot of victim blaming.

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My 2016 Favourites

Can you believe another year has come to an end? Because I can’t. I feel like everytime I blink, a whole 12 months has passed by. Insane. I’ve discovered a lot of things this year, so of course I’m going to do a post dedicated to them and rave about my love for these favourites.

Books

Tanya Bakes by Tanya Burr

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This is Tanya’s second book release. With the popularity proven with the baking chapter of her first book, ‘Love Tanya’, and major love shown for her baking videos, Tanya released this gorgeous book full of amazing recipes which are not too complicated and caters for her entire audience, both young and old. I tried a few recipes with my mother and I highly enjoyed making her  ‘Sunday Cake’ which was adorable to read about an old tradition. There are other recipes from her friends and family which really makes this book so personal. I can’t wait to try making other treats.

Available from WH Smiths for £11.89

Our World by Little Mix

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To be given the insight of life in one of the world’s biggest girl groups of this decade is really interesting. Keeping it real and not over glorifying the glitz and glam that fame brings, Jesy, Perrie, Leigh-Anne and Jade share a view of the world through their eyes. What’s really worth commending is that the girls don’t shy away from the struggles they face. Though their face on billboards and their music played worldwide, The 2011 X Factor winners are still very much down to Earth and openly discuss struggles they’ve faced that many of their fans can relate to. I highly enjoyed this book and getting to know the girls on a more personal level. Another enjoyable aspect is that they talk to the fans as if they are on the same level, rather than talking down as if they are more superior, which is always highly appreciated by fans.

Available from W H Smith for £7.99

Beauty

LUSH’s Rub Rub Rub Shower scrub

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When my friend, Lily, introduced me to this scrub, I was blown away. More so by the fact that it is an amazing alternative to typical shampoo and conditioner. It washes my hair so well and gives it a lot of volume. If you want gorgeous beach babe hair, this product used in the shower is amazing. I cannot get enough of it!

Available from LUSH  for £8.95

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New year, new look!

Hey guys!

As 2016 is so close to ending (thankfully, not been the most spectacular year, right?) I’ve given my blog a major makeover. Not only have I gone all out with a new theme and social media designs, though – I’ve finally gone self hosted! I’ve been wanting to do it for quite a while now and this week, I’ve finally made the big step. Hooray!

I just want to say an enormously massive thank you to my friend, Alex, who has been the Fairy Godmother in helping me make all of this happen. I’m truly thankful for her because I literally couldn’t have done it without her. Make sure you check her out at Not A Clever GirlKeep It Nerdy and her photography site – she’s literally the best.

I’ve also recently hit 200 followers on my blog, which is so exciting! Thank you to everyone for all your support in 2016, especially to the blogging communities who have been so helpful and insightful when it’s come to me taking my blog more seriously. I’ve had a lovely Christmas and been inspired all week for new posts for 2017, so I hope you’ll stick with me in the new year!

Wishing you all the best possible ending to 2016 and a fantastic new year.

Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.
Boxing Day Sales

My Boxing Day Sales Picks 2016

Dinner has been devoured, bellies are full and the Christmas specials are on the TV. The biggest part of Christmas 2016 is done and dusted, but now it’s time for one of my most favourite bits – the sales!

If you are a teen or young adult you may prefer to have smaller presents to open and then have money to spend in the sales, or just want to shop them anyway. I’ve done some research and picked out some of the best deals for this year.

FASHION

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New LookTopshop and River Island have already made a start in the game by opening their sales Christmas Eve. Up to a whopping 70% off across all departments including Curves, Petitie, Tall, Maternity, Mens and much more.

ASOS and Missguided are both offering up to 50% off across their websites including clothing, accessories and footwear. One of the big brands people are excited for is Next, who are offering up to 50% across the entire store.

Boohoo are also joining the sales with 60% off as well as H&M offering the same percentage off.

Very is another with up to half price across the entire site as well as fashion. Also in the sales, John Lewis are offering up to half price on womenswear as well as different departments having sales.

BEAUTY

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Debenhams are having an entire sale across all apartments, but most notably people are very excited for the beauty and fragrance sale, offering up to 50%. Joining in the half price sales are Superdrug, LUSH and Boots.

If you’re keen on high-end brands, you may be pleased to know that Illamasqua are offering up to 70% off on their online sale. Beauty Bay, Cult Beauty and Feelunique are also ripping off 50% of prices on their website.

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Blogmas Day 12: Films on TV Christmas 2016

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Can you believe it’s the last day of Blogmas?! I’ve had such an amazing time working on these blog posts and sharing them with you. I definitely think I’ll be doing the full 24 days next year.

Following from yesterday’s post, because there’s so much on over Christmas, I decided to dedicate a separate post to what films are on. So for the final post, here’s what movies you need to know about being on this Christmas.

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A Christmas Carol

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Jim Carrey’s animated take on the Charles Dickens’ classic magically transports you back to the 19th Century to tell the tale of miserable old Ebenezer Scrooge and his pure hatred for the festive period. While a story many of us have come to know, it’s one you can never grow tired of, especially with the fantastic animation of this movie version.

Airs 11:30AM on BBC One 

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

This fantasy sequel of ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ sees the Pevensie children summoned to return to Narnia to help Prince Caspian fight the dark forces of the despotic Lord Miraz.

Airs 2:15PM on BBC One

One Hundred and One Dalmatians

My favourite Disney film! The Disney 1996 animation is what made the breed so popular and well loved (and is the reason behind my huge love for them… and owner of four in my 21 years.) Join Pongo and Perdita in an extraordinary journey to find their beloved puppies after the evil Cruella De Vil captures them for her no good selfish plans involving fur fashion.

Airs 4:20PM on ITV

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Blogmas Day 11: What’s on TV Christmas 2016

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Today’s post is one I’m excited about, because it’s a big deal in our house; Christmas TV! Now I know Christmas specials have been playing throughout the month of December, but I think the next three days is where it’ll be the best. So, get your TV planner at the ready because here’s some picks of  what’ll be on the box Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day…

BBC One

The Great Christmas Bake Off

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Making its final appearance on BBC One, The Great British Bake Off will air one of two Christmas specials. Mel and Sue return with the baking royalty that is Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. The fantastic four return one last time before the big move to Channel 4 along with four bakers from previous series. Former contestants will return for three festive challenges, following the declaration of the Bake Off Christmas champ.

Airs Christmas Day at 4:45PM and Boxing Day at 7PM

Doctor Who

After a year-long wait, there’s just hours to go until the return of Peter Capaldi reprising his role of The Doctor in the Christmas special. ‘The Return of Doctor Mysterio’ will see The Doctor unite with superpowered vigilante ‘The Ghost’ and a journalist in order to save New York City from an alien attack.

Airs Christmas Day at 5:45PM 

Eastenders

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With it looking like the possibility of this being Phil’s last Christmas, it’s going to be a very interesting time for the Mitchell’s around the festive period. Meanwhile, Denise’s due date is fast approaching and with Kim and Vincent on holiday, she’s hoping for a peaceful Christmas with Libby and Patrick, but will it go to plan? And surprise, Branning fans… he’s back! How will Christmas on the Square be so calm with the return of Max?

Airing Christmas Eve at 8:25PM, Christmas Day at  9:30PM (hour long special)  and Boxing Day 8PM

Outnumbered

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It’s Boxing Day and the Brockman family have to carry out a special mission for Grandad. They encounter car problems, child problems, parent problems, emotional problems and World War Two. If the adults can’t sort things out the children will have to.

Airs Boxing Day at 10PM

Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly alumni will be making a return to the dance floor for the annual Christmas special. Runner up from series two – Denise Lewis, 2016’s first vote off – Melvin Odoom, Frankie Bridge – from season 12, series 8’s Pamela Stephenson, Ainsley Harriott from series 13 and Gethin Jones from series 5 will be the contestants taking to the floor to come toe to toe in Tango for a war of Waltzes.

Airs Christmas Day at 6:45PM

Call The Midwife

The nuns of Nonnatus House will be sunnying it up this Christmas as they swap the frosty East London for the heat of South Africa in this year’s Christmas special as they help a small struggling mission hospital on the Eastern Cape. But will there be a Christmas miracle millions of miles from home?

Airs Christmas Day at 8PM 

Mrs Brown’s Boys

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Britain’s best sitcom of the 21st Century returns to the tellybox again for another Christmas special. Agnes and the clan are gearing up for the festive season, with a Christmas tree conundrum, a blaze at Wash and Blow causing trouble for Rory and Dino, Cathy and her new French beau  and Grandad returning from hospital with medical marijuana, it’s hardly going to be calm in the Dublin darling’s house this year.

Airs Christmas Day at 10:30PM 

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Blogmas Day 10: Decorating a Gingerbread House

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I’ll let you into a secret; I’ve never made a Gingerbread House before. Well, I still haven’t. But I’ve now decorated one.

To get into the spirit of Christmas, I thought it’d be nice to do something more traditional and fun to decorate a Gingerbread House.

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The contents

 

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Blogmas Day 9: My Fear of Father Christmas

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Father Christmas. Santa Clause. St Nick. The man of the moment. The Symbol of Christmas. Everyone loves a jolly old pudgy man who brings lots of presents for kids all over the world right?

Father Christmas. A big, scary old strange man who breaks into your house without consent, coming too close to you for your liking with a roaring laugh enough to hurt your tiny little eardrums.

The first? A description that seems to fit the typical seasonal icon that we hear so much about. The latter? My views on the terribly terrifying elderly bloke who scared me half to death.

I know what you’re thinking- “Jazz, he’s nice. He gives you presents.” Yeah, well he also knows when you’ve been sleeping and knows when you’re awake. To me? That sounds super stalkerish.

Okay, okay, I’m not afraid of the fictional character anymore, but when I was little and during the period where I believed he was indeed a real person, I was petrified. I don’t remember exactly what caused me to be so afraid (though, bare in mind, I have been diagnosed with anxiety. Could Santa be the root of the cause? Probably not, but clearly I was a nervous child since birth) but my Gran recalls that when I was just the tender age of two, a Father Christmas tried to take me off my mother outside a supermarket and I was not having any of it. The following years saw me absolutely trembling with fear over him. I remember at a very young age being in a B&Q and there he was; my version of Satan. A big bloke head to toe in red and a dodgy beard to cover his true identity. All he wanted to do was give me a lollipop, but I let loose from my mother’s grip and ran down each aisle. Every aisle I reached the end of, his face would peer followed by a high pitched scream from myself before running away again. My mother had to tell him to just give up because I did not and would not like him, regardless of how many free lollipops he had to bribe me with.

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Blogmas Day 8: Christmas Crafts

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It’s time to get creative! With the big day less than a week away, I’ve spent time with my mother to demonstrate some Christmas crafts for you to do. Whether for yourself or to give to others.

Christmas Heart decorations

Add a touch of homemade love to your Christmas tree with these easy to make heart decorations.

You will need: Scraps of fabric, stuffing of your choice, paper, pencil, scissors, pins, sewing machine or sewing kit.  

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  1. Fold a piece of paper in half
  2. Draw half a heart on the fold line
  3. Cut the heart
  4. Open to reveal a whole heart
  5. Pin to fabric and cut around the heart
  6. With right sides facing, hand or machine stitch most of the way around, leave a gap to turn out
  7. Turn out and stuff with stuffing. This could be old tights, stuffing from an old cushion, beans, rice,etc.
  8. Sew the rest and add a loop to hang. You can use the ribbon inside your clothing used to hang or string

Mammy’s note: “We used craft fabric to make ours but we have also used old ripped PJs in a Christmas pattern previously, which is ideal for crafts on a budget.”

Santa Egg Hats

Make breakfast more festive with these cute little Santa hats for your eggs.

You will need:  red and white yarn and knitting needles (4mm, UK size 8) 

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