Autumn, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Christmas Movie Countdown

The best way to get into the festive spirit is to snuggle up under a blanket with a hot chocolate and watch a good Christmas film. This year, myself and little legs have decided to countdown the days to Christmas by watching a different movie every night, so what are we watching? And more importantly what have we missed? Let us know your favourite Christmas movie in the comments below.

  1. Nightmare before Christmas
  2. Home Alone
  3. Home Alone 2
  4. Elf
  5. The Grinch
  6. Jack Frost
  7. Miracle on 34th Street
  8. It’s a wonderful Life
  9. White Christmas
  10. Die Hard
  11. The Santa Clause
  12. Gremlins
  13. Arthur Christmas
  14. Jingle all the way
  15. Serendipity
  16. Batman Returns
  17. Scrooged
  18. Edward Scissorhands
  19. The Snowman
  20. Groundhog day
  21. The Muppet Christmas Carol
  22. Polar Express
  23. Rise of the Guardians
  24. Deck the Halls
  25. Father Christmas
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Autumn, Lifestyle

Homemade Wrapping Paper

Does anyone else absolutely love wrapping paper? I love it so much that before October has finished I have usually toddled around every store in Newcastle looking for the best festive paper I can wrap my gifts in that year, and if truth be told I actually had this years paper picked out but I refused to let myself buy it until November 1st.

That was until I seen a post on my Facebook page explaining that you are unable to recycle it and mountains of the stuff ends up in landfills every year which is not helping out current pollution situation.

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So on November the 1st (or a few days after) I toddled out and purchased some brown paper, logged into my Pinterest account and pinned multiple ideas for making my own festive wrapping. Some of the idea’s I found are beautiful! From making homemade pom-poms to wrap around your gifts, to decorating your presents with pine cones and pine tree cuttings.  I opted for the classic stamper and ink set in the hopes that I could get little legs involved in creating some amazing wrapping paper designs and get him off the consoles for a little bit.

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Now I will say I don’t think I am actually made for arts and crafts. As wonderful as the image above looks (okay, as alright as the image above looks) I have to admit that these trees aren’t in straight lines, more like drunken lines and after an hour or two I ended up with cramp in my arm from repeating the same movement’s of stamp in ink, stamp on paper, stamp back into ink on loop. However, I will say that I felt a little proud when finished with how fab it looked, especially when I was toddling through Fenwick’s and seen they were selling pretty much identical wrapping paper to the one I have created for £4 a roll! Are you making your own wrapping paper this year? If so let me know what you’re doing in the comments section below!

 

 

Uncategorized

Christmas Bucket List

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I know I have an Autumn Bucket List already on the go but I purposely left off all the Christmas stuff so I could have a separate bucket list for the month of December. So here is our Christmas countdown bucket list. Lets see how many we can cross off before December 24th! Let me know what you’re looking forward to doing or seeing over the next 23 days, I would hate to think I have missed something off our list!

  • See Fenwick’s Window
  • Go the Fenwick’s christmas cafe
  • Jesmond Dene afternoon tea
  • Drink hot chocolate
  • Bake a Christmas cake
  • Bake Christmas goodies
  • Eat roast chestnuts
  • Visit a Christmas Market
  • Watch Christmas Movies
  • Make my own wrapping paper or Christmas cards
  • Make a Christmas wreath

 

 

Autumn, Lifestyle

Christmas Countdown!

Aghhhhh! Here we are, 24 days until it is all over and eaten and drank. The countdown to the most wonderful time of the year has officially begun and I am beyond excited! Are you? For some crazy reason unbeknown to me, I seem to have some form of content planned for pretty much everyday of December. I know, stop the train! After a whole five-week of silence I have come back big in the craziest month of the year, however I am not going to be forcing myself to completing Blogmas so if I miss a day or two posting then so be it and if not then look at me being ridiculously productive at last, even if it has occurred at the end of 2018!

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I will probably be too crazy busy to post and promote my posts all throughout the festive period, which I am sure you will understand so I recommend clicking the follow button found in the right hand side column as it means you will get a little email pinging into your inbox as soon as I upload any content so you won’t miss a thing!

Why will I be crazy busy you may ask! Well I will be drinking my way through river of hot chocolate, baking up lots of jolly delights and obviously playing Santa by getting all the gifts ready for Christmas day. Hopefully I will find a minute or two to relax and check out Hadrian’s Tipi, Pizza Punks Christmas menu and many more festive activities on the run down to the big day!

Can you tell I am excited? Let me know what your most excited about now that we are entering the final few weeks of 2018.

Autumn, Lifestyle

31 Preteen Halloween Movies

This Halloween season myself and Little Legs decided we would countdown to the 31st October by watching a different film every evening. Now we usually always watch a ton of ‘spooky’ movies during the October period in any way but this idea, along with LLs getting older challenged us to find new films to watch for 2018.

However! How difficult is it to find horror film ideas for 11 years olds! I scoured the internet looking for films we could watch and the film lists I kept finding are either for teeny tiny kids, or full-blown horror buffs! Nightmare! So here is our list of 31 films we are watching throughout October that will hopefully inspire your Halloween film viewings or will help you with ideas for introducing your little ones into a slightly darker version of childhood classics.

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Also please let me know if I have missed any pre-teen friendly horror gems off the list! Here we go:

  1. Hocus Pocus
  2. Beetlejuice
  3. Frankenweenie
  4. Edward Scissorhands
  5. Corpse Bride
  6. Coraline
  7. Nightmare before Christmas
  8. The Addams Family
  9. Ghostbusters
  10. Death becomes her
  11. The Witches
  12. The Black Caldron
  13. The Goonies
  14. Gremlins
  15. Box Trolls
  16. Rocky Horror picture show
  17. Underworld 1 – 2 & 3
  18. The league of extraordinary gentlemen
  19. Van Helsing
  20. The Lost Boys
  21. House on Haunted Hill (Vincent price)
  22. Hell Boy
  23. Sleepy Hollow
  24. Tremors
  25. Zombieland
  26. Sweeney Todd
  27. The Birds
  28. Psycho
  29. Frankenstein
  30. The Mummy
  31. Little shop of horrors

Autumn, Beauty

Scream Queens

Night two of my bath bomb series is another product from The Rage Company and this post is going to be heavy with images as I don’t think I can explain with words the fantastically beautiful bath art this bomb created.

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The bath bomb I used was called B-Movie Scream Queen and looked quite creepy. Not one tiny little detail was overlooked and the little face even had blood coming from its nose, mouth and forehead. In the description of this product it did pre-warn me that this bath bomb had been pressed so hard it may not actually float, so I was pleasantly surprised that mine had no issues at all with staying above the water on its own.

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The fragrance of this bath bomb was also incredible! It smells exactly like the foam banana sweets you get in your mix up which paired wonderfully with The Body Shop banana shower gel and body yoghurt I already had in the house. After the top layer had dissolved and give off a thick yellow foam into my bath I finally hit the electric blue centre that is hidden in the middle of this bath bomb.

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After the bath bomb had stopped fizzing and had completely disappeared I swirled the waters and found the most spectacular emerald green waters hidden underneath. There was no lusture like there had been with the Spellbound bath bomb the night before, however this didn’t make the water any less magical. I have tried to capture the amazing rich green colour of the water in the photo below however it doesn’t look anywhere near as bright as it was in real life.

Now will I buy this bath bomb again? Yes! I am honestly blown away with the quality of The Rage Company’s products if truth be told and I will definitely be purchasing from this amazing indie shop again in the near future!

 

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Autumn, Beauty

Spellbound

Hello, hello, hello and welcome to the first day of my 2018 bath bomb series! You may recall I did something similar this time last year, and if truth be told I really enjoyed that little mini series! So I thought why not try it again? I’ve mixed it up this year and instead of using Lush products I opted for some indie sellers on Etsy instead, and where I say some I actually mean two as I ended up obsessed with pretty much all of The Rage Company’s products.

So based on that I decided to kick-start this weeks series off with the first bath bomb I used from The Rage Company that is called Spellbound. This beautiful spiced plum scented bath bomb was amazing and the bath bomb itself was actually bigger than my hand and was grey in colour with a gold metallic pentagon on top.

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I mean just look at that!

Now, after slowly lowering Spellbound into the bath it seemed to sink straight away before re-emerging seconds later fizzing away quickly creating a beautiful rich plum coloured water and releasing a very festive and warm cinnamon fragrance which also had subtle sweet undertones to it which lingered on my skin and in the air for a very long time afterwards.

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Now at first this just seemed like your regular bath bomb doing its usual thing, however after Spellbound was around halfway through its spectacular show it started to speed up fizzing away and give off the illusion of a witches caldron bubbling away, after it finished doing this I noticed that their was a spectacular amount of gold lustre floating through my bath water. This lustre was so beautiful I actually think it rivals and beats that of its main stream rivals.

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I later realised that this bath bomb contains both olive oil and coconut oil which would explain why my skin felt beautifully soft after I left the bath. I even seemed to be glowing slightly which I imagine has something to do with the oils found within this bath bomb and the spectacular shimmer that I was mesmerized by. It was a wonderful start to my week full of baths and will definitely be a bath bomb that I will be purchasing again as soon as it is back in stock!

Autumn, Lifestyle

Scent Circus: Scary Movie Wax Melts

After my Disney wax melt haul I decided I didn’t need any more wax melts for quite a while or at least that is what I told myself until Scent Circus announced they would be releasing a limited edition box for the Halloween season with the theme based around ‘Scary Movies’.

This limited edition box is one of Scent Circus’s ‘big top boxes’ that are a monthly themed box that is released on the first of every month with six unique wax melts inside. These boxes cost £7.50 and you buy them ‘blind’ so you have no idea what the scents of the melts will be nor do you know how they will look until they arrive, so you can imagine how excited I was when I got home from work and seen the box sitting on the bench waiting for me to open.

Upon opening the package I found the contents had been wrapped up in emerald-green tissue paper and there was a note saying ‘Open if you dare…’ So what did I find inside?

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Happy!? Halloween is pumpkin crunch pie scented and I think this is the perfect fragrance for the Autumn months as it gives off a warm but sweet aroma when used. This melt also screams Autumn as it is the classic pumpkin orange Halloween colour and has the words Happy Halloween written across it as well as featuring two skeleton hands on the front of the melt.

It is another sweet-smelling wax and is based on everyone’s favourite killer clown. The scent of this melt is buttered popcorn so it gives off a wonderful vanilla fragrance. The look of the wax melt is also based on the image of It himself and is crimson red in colour.

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Everybody… Scream! melt is based on the movie, you guessed it scream. This wax melt is my favourite from this Halloween collection as it is cherry scented and who doesn’t love rich berry scents especially in the Autumn months.

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Twilight is also a really nice smelling melt and features a pair of fangs and the word ‘fang-tastic’. However, due to being so used to the Lush lavender-scented twilight body wash I ended up being quite taken aback that this was in fact a light floral fragrance, but in a pleasantly surprised way. This wax melt smells very clean and slightly like freshly washed bedding to me which means it will be a nice wax melt to use during the day time as well as on the evening.

Friday 13th on the other hand is quite a heavy autumnal fragrance and smells of cranberries and pomegranate. This wax melt is also a rich purple colour and has the design of Jason’s iconic mask from the movie it is based on.

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What is Halloween without a zombie reference thrown in for good measure? The last wax melt in this box is just that and is named Rotten to the Core. This dawn of the dead inspired melt features a zombie on the front of the wax melt and has a baked apple pie fragrance which again is another wonderful melt to carry you through the Autumn months! I mean who doesn’t love the smell of warm apple pie?

And that is that, another wonderful box from Scent Circus. I honestly can’t wait to see what themes both the November and December big top boxes will be.

Autumn, Fashion

Irregular choice Halloween collection

Shoes!

My god how long has it been since I last wrote a post about shoes? That’s quite sad considering that this was the subject that kick started my blogging adventure over a year and a bit ago.

So why are shoes appearing in the middle of my blogtober posts you may be wondering? Well, that is because these shoes aren’t just any bog standard normal shoes. No these are Halloween themed, glitter entrusted shoes, I mean what more do you need?

There are three shoes in this collection, and it is the first time Irregular Choice have created a Halloween collection as far as I am aware, which is strange considering they are a brand who have always embraced quirky and unique styles over the years.

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Batty For You have a similar heel unit and heel size to that of Mal-e-bow and Ascot which have both been incredibly popular styles over the years. On the front of the right shoe you have a metallic spiders web with little gemstone embellishments, and on the left shoe you find the spider who created the web. The main feature of this shoe is the bat wings found at the back of the heel which contains wires so you can manipulate the wings to sit how you would like them to, be that flush up against the shoe or sticking out as if you are about to take flight.

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Next up are probably my favourite from this tiny collection which are called Mrs Webb. These black velvet shoes have a small heel unit that is similar to the popular design Ban Joe and they also feature a T-bar that resembles a glittery spider web complete with a tiny spider at the top. There is also another silver-embroidered spider’s web found at the back of the shoe that runs down the heel unit as well as glitter and silver little gem stones that have also been dotted all over the velvet uppers. Lastly, and what makes this shoe stand out to me personally is the metallic pumpkin orange trim that runs around the shoe and sole unit. Fantastic!

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The last of this collection is the Incy Wincy flats that don’t seem to scream Halloween season in the same way as the other two heels do, however they are just equally as striking in their own right, and are a style you could wear throughout the year. A web laced mesh sits over a silver metallic upper with sequence that catches the light as you walk. There is also a rather large orange metallic and black matte bow that sits on the front of the shoe and looks incredibly cute. The tiny little heel is also glitter encrusted and has an orange heel tip which again complements the shoe nicely.

Now, even though that is the entire Irregular choice Halloween collection I feel I must also mention the Miaow boots which is a core classic to the Irregular Choice brand. This was the first IC shoe I fell in love with over a decade ago and it definitely has a witch like vibe going on, and the silhouette of this boot gives me hocus pocus vibes. There is also a cat broach sitting on the outside of the upper which has the most amazing amber gemstone eyes which is the perfect finishing touch to this iconic boot.

Which of these are your favourites for this Halloween season? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

 

Note: All the above images are Irregular Choices photos and I have taken them from the Irregular Choice FaceBook page, because I’ve been mega busy at work and I haven’t had a chance to take my own photos. Very sorry! 

Autumn, Lifestyle

Wildest Dreams Book Box – October 18

A little change from our usual Tuesday post seeing as I am having a teeny tiny break from baking before the Halloween treat creating madness occurs. Also a little change because I woke up this week with a trapped nerve in my lower back. So Monday evening was all about relaxing rather than baking and luckily for me my Wildest Dreams Box arrived just in time!

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What is the Wildest Dreams Box I here you mutter. Well, it’s only the best subscription box ever! Basically, once a month a newly released YA book is sent out to you through the post alongside other book related products such as tea personalised to the book of the month and other bath or body products. This months box is my first ever delivery after signing up to the Wildest Dreams subscription so let’s see what is inside!

The Book!

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So lets jump to the main event which is the book that is featured in this months box. This book is called The Boneless Mercies written by April Genevieve Tucholke and according to the blurb ‘This is a story of Mercies and witches, of reeds and thorns, of woman and giants’.

Obviously it had already captured my imagination from its description and I could not wait to jump in and get started reading. In fact, I ended up beginning this book while sitting on the bathroom floor waiting for my tea to brew and bath to fill and I can tell you now it was a difficult one to put down as it had me hooked from the very first chapter.

Tea!

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Now, I bloody love a good cup of tea!! Nothing else can calm me like tea can, especially when I am feeling under the weather or a little blue. So as mentioned above every box also includes a special blend of tea that is personalised to the book and the pack that arrived in this months box is called ‘It’s a Monsters World’ which is toffee, pumpkin and liquorice flavoured. I know that seems a weird combo but it actually smells and tastes ridiculously nice! I have a loose leaf tea-pot so I’m going to make this tea in that however you are also kindly gifted some disposable tea bags if needs be.

Bath Product!

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This months box also contained a handmade bath bomb and its little tag stated it was inspired by the Vampire Diaries series. This bath bomb smelt amazing! It was infused with patchouli which is a scent I love and vanilla as well as having notes of rose absolute, orange and jasmine which created this beautiful sweet but musky fragrance. It also turned my water jet black (see the first image) which was a surprise as the bath bomb was dark grey in colour so that was cool!

Other bits and bobs!

There was also some little extras in this box that I loved! It really made me feel that this box was more personal and more thought through unlike other subscription boxes which is nice! I received two jelly eyeball sweets which obviously got eaten as soon as the box was opened, a little syringe pen which I thought was a fake blood sugar syrup shot or something  at first because you know, food is always my first thought. A bookmark was also included, a mini book review card that I can fill out about this months featured book and also what I assume is the signature of April Genevieve Tucholke (The featured books author) alongside a little note of what is included in this months box. How cute!

And that is that! I honestly cannot express with words how excited I am about finding this subscription box and if you are a book lover then I fully recommend you check out the Wildest Dreams Box website! Also day 16 of blogtober! Whattt! I’m into the last half of the blogtober challenge now so thank you to everyone who has been reading along so far as well as everyone who has left comments on my previous posts, it is really inspiring me to keep on target for posting every day of this month!