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

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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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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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Why blogging is so important to me

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There’s a lot going on in my mind right now and I feel like it’s best if I write a blog post. I don’t really mind if it’s not read by many or anyone at all, but I just feel like writing things down is a stress reducer for me.

I’ve mentioned many times and maybe my regular readers will be fully aware of my passion for writing. I’ve always enjoyed it and even won the ‘Best Writer’ award way back in Year 6 in primary school. My teacher said in the speech he gave about how at 11 years old I could write better than most adults, which was just a shock to me, since I just write how I think.

I think my passion really developed, though, as a teenager. I had a laptop (one of many over the years) and would just write and write. It wasn’t until I joined my local youth website, Wicid, that I realised it genuinely was what I wanted to do for a career. My field of writing changed from fictional to factual. I’ve always been a fan of those teen magazines which talk about celebrities. Not in a bashing tabloid kind of way, but more of a ‘fangirl’ and praising kind of way. I used to read all the magazines. From ‘Girl Talk’ when I was about 6 to 10 before moving onto ‘Sugar’, ‘Shout’, ‘Mizz’ and ‘Bliss’ as I reached secondary school. I think that’s where I picked up my tone of writing – light hearted, cheeky and as if I’m talking to a friend.

Fast forward a few years and I managed to get a job with a pop culture website. I volunteered for two years before gaining a full time job, which was essentially my dream. But one thing stood in the way – my mental health.

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My favourite Winter Yankee Candles

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‘Tis the season to get cosy and for me, I think it’s a necessity to have a good candle. My favourite kind are scented and Yankee Candle are without a doubt my favourite brand when it comes to a good smelling one to light and have such a cosy feeling to them. I’ve narrowed down my top five Wintery Yankee Candles to share with you to inspire your seasonal scents.

Candy Cane Lane

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This sweet scent has a delicious aroma of peppermint mixed with hints of cookies and vanilla icing, making it a treat for all sweet-tooths alike. The crimson red shade of the wax also blends in with the typical Christmas colours giving the perfect cosy glow.

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Berry Jam

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This one isn’t part of Yankee’s Christmas collection, but it’s definitely a gorgeous winter flavour. The stunning scent consists of berry notes including fresh berries and pomegranate. It reminds me of some Winter cooking going on during a cosy evening. It really brings the room to life and making your mouth water a slight.

Shop the Berry Jam scent

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November Monthly Favourites 2016

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Hard to believe this is my last monthly favourites of 2016! Next month, I’ll be doing the big annual favourites from the past 12 months. Anyway, let’s get on with it, shall we?

24 Hrs (Deluxe Edition) – Olly Murs

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Back with album number five, Olly Murs brings a whole set of songs and this time he’s getting personal, with tales to tell of his recent relationship coming to an end. The album sees Murs at his most vulnerable, really putting his feelings out on the line in the form of art. It’s no ‘Dance With Me Tonight’ and definitely no ‘Troublemaker’, but Olly never likes to make two songs sound too similar. My favourite tracks are definitely ‘Flaws’, ‘You Don’t Know Love’, ‘Years and Years’ and ‘Private’, though I do adore every track. I applaud him for being so open without stabbing a knife in the back or heart of his ex.

Glory Days (Deluxe Edition) – Little Mix

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After their lead single from album four, Shout Out To My Ex, took the world by a storm, is it any surprise that Little Mix’s latest release could be considered a work of art? Little Mix change their sound with every album – no two sound the same. Jesy, Perrie, Leigh-Anne and Jade have evolved yet again and love is very much the theme of this record. Heartbreak, romance and a sprinkle of sassy attitude, the girls have grown up and so has their music. It’s a big leap from ‘DNA’ and a whole new era from ‘Get Weird’, not to mention a different sound from ‘Salute’ – I think a lot of people would take a strong liking to this new record. My favourite songs include ‘Power’, ‘Beep Beep’, ‘Down & Dirty’ and of course ‘Shoutout To My Ex’. If you’re looking for fun, a good time and relatable lyrics, then this is the album for you.

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Cute Stocking Stuffers For That Person Who Loves Pink

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There’s almost ALWAYS that one person in our lives who just loves pink. And if you didn’t know-“pink isn’t just a colour; it’s an attitude.” So for your friends and family who feel pretty pink, here are some of the cutest stocking stuffers to get them this Christmas.

Alice in wonderland pamper me disney bubble bath and body lotion duo – £7.99

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Okay, can we please talk about this gorgeous set? I love Alice in Wonderland and this is such an adorable set. It’s not too tacky, either, and the packaging isn’t too “child-like”, either, which sometimes happens to be the case with some pink and Disney designs. I’d also like to point out, much like in my Disney gift guide, there are a lot of amazing gifts such as this for the Disney lover on the site, so if you want to stick to these style gifts, definitely check them out. If I had an endless bank account balance, I’d probably buy the entire site.

Available from Truffle Shuffle

Pink Irridescent glass jar and straw – £6.99

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Jars as glasses have been some kind of trend for ages – so much so that my mother bought a set for us to have at home. I’ll definitely admit, there’s a lot of room for your beverage of choice in them! This is really cute and really useful. I’d say this is a perfect bloggers cup if you don’t want to use a tumbler cup and it’s a cold drink because you can have the drink next to your computer and there’s a highly unlikely chance of you spilling it.

Available from New Look

Gold Glitter Instax Frame – £6.00

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Okay, look; I know I said pink and this is gold but hear me out – pink and gold go together. It’s just a known fact. Instax are a massive thing at the moment and I, for one, love my Instax camera. This is a cute little gift which can be totally personal, whether you have an Instax photo to put in the frame or the recipient has an Instax camera and would like to frame one. I need one of these for my desk for sure.

Available from Urban Outfitters

Love in Paris Pure Butter Biscuits TIN – £4.99

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I have the Parisian theme running through my bedroom so this would be an adorable storage tin once the biscuits were consumed. If you think about it… like really think… you’re technically giving two gifts here. Something edible and a piece of storage.

Available from TK Maxx

Really Tiny Booklight in pink – £6.99

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As a night reader, I’ll let you into a secret; this is probably on the top five of my most wanted Christmas gifts. These things are genius and any bookworm who is lacking one will thank you for this.

Available from Waterstones

Gingerbread socks – £3.50

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Is it even Christmas without one pair of socks?  These adorable Christmassy socks are a must for a stocking, no explanation even needed.

Available from Accessorize

Zoella Beauty Spa in a Jar – £10.00

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Again, smellies and bath items are another staple Christmas present and YouTube phenomenon, Zoella, has released a gorgeous Christmas collection. I know lots of people tend to think because she appeals to a younger audience, her products won’t be up to scratch for people aged 17+ but I promise you, at 21 , I’m still a big Zoella fan and her products are pretty amazing. Rather than bubblegum floss, Zoe’s products are actually very appealing for the older end of her audience age bracket. Heck, even my mother and gran are keen on the scents and products (though they’re not allowed any of mine). I think even if you haven’t got a fan in the family, maybe gift this to someone who really does love bath products because this stuff is amazing.

Available from Feel Unique

Blossom Rose Tealights – £5.95

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Just some cute, quaint little candles to keep the cosy atmosphere in the winter months because not every month is Christmassy! Come January, I’d love to light these little beauties up to prolong those snuggly vibes.

Available from Prezzybox 

The Queen Is Sleeping Eye Mask – £3.49

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We all know a Sleeping Beauty who just needs to make sure they have enough shut eye.  This luxurious eyemask is fit for royalty who need to be well rested.

Available from findmeagift.co.uk

Bubblegum iPhone 6 case – £12.00pink-phonecase

This gorgeous case is perfect for any iPhone user who wants a splash of pink in their life. It’s by Skinnydip who is a growing brand with a popularity for their phone cases and accessories, so the brand alone is something to be excited about.

Available from Topshop

I hope you’ve found this pink-themed stocking stuffer guide useful and you find the perfect presents for Christmas. What’s your favourite from the list? Leave a comment below!

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Celebrity Bargain Buy: Jesy Nelson #2

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Welcome back to ‘Celebrity Bargain Buy’, where I’ll be sharing with you some fashion pieces worn by celebrities which are available for an affordable price.

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Today’s piece is Jesy Nelson’s Guns N Roses top which she recently wore on a night out. Similarly to Jade’s post yesterday, I decided to post another Jesy piece so soon due to the incredible price on the item.

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Jesy was really rocking this top with some shorts, fishnet tights and thigh high boots which looked stunning. Believe it or not, you can get Jesy’s top from H&M for just £12.99!

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Celebrity Bargain Buy: Camila Cabello

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Welcome back to ‘Celebrity Bargain Buy’, where I’ll be sharing with you some fashion pieces worn by celebrities which are available for an affordable price.

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Today’s piece is Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello’s dress she wore in the ‘Write On Me’ music video.

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This is a gorgeous LBD which is perfect for any evening event. From dates to parties, this dress is perfect. You can get it from Topshop and it’s currently on sale for $24 (which is about £19).

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