Archive for December 2009

Christmas Presents

December 30th, 2009 — 7:36pm

I have been soo lucky this year! I have had everything I wanted and more!

My dad surprised me and Has with a new digital SLR camera, it’s amazing!  It’s a Nikon D5000 and I’m still learning the different setting but even switching everything to automatic, the camera takes great photos.

Say Cheese!
Suzie bought me the best mug ever!  It reads “I ♥ Spreadsheets” after all I am the spreadsheet queen!  She also bought me a pack of “Hen Night Howlers” the first game I read involved a banana, a condom and the players mouth… lets just say we won’t be playing most of those on the hen night! Thank you Suzie
Hayley somehow managed to track down my perfume!!  I couldn’t believe it!  I will now be able to wear Love by Nina Ricci on my wedding day!  Thank you Hayley!
Paul bought me my gorgeous earrings I wanted for the wedding from Yarwood White
I wore them on Christmas day but now they’ve been put away, not to be worn until November!
I had loads of other bits and bobs, Has bought me, amongst other things, Stephen Fry in America which I can’t wait to watch, a New Moon fleece blanket (because I am secretly 13!) and an amazing book of the top 100 cities in the world!
I had new pajamas, 2 new pairs of slippers and 2 new dressing gowns… I guess when people think of me they think snuggly, cosy and sleepy.  They’re not wrong either!
I had a wonderful Christmas, not just because of the great gifts I received but I’ve loved spending extra time with my friends and family.  This is why I love Christmas so much.

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Christmas Table Inspiration The Finale!

December 27th, 2009 — 8:34pm

After the weeks of preparing, it took about 40 minutes to put the Christmas table together.  It was quite hectic trying to arrange everything before the family arrived but we managed.  Despite my best efforts to be prepared I still forgot a few things, but it all turned out well in the end and we improvised with a few new vases.

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Christmas Table Inspiration Part 4

December 27th, 2009 — 8:18pm

Christmas Eve was super busy, as I’m sure it was for hundreds of other people, but as late as 10.30 I was up decorating the bags for the peppermint sandwich cookies.

Earlier on in the day Hayley helped me “Christmasfy” some boring candle holders and vases ready for the Christmas table.

Just a few mini touches made even the most plain looking candle sparkle with Christmas.
I was up early and managed to get in to Hobbycraft for opening, they had already started to reduce their Christmas range so I picked up a few packs of stickers, ribbon and sparkley baubles.

These were old holders that came with fragrance candles all ready in them, I’d already burnt down most of the candle, so I took those out and put tea lights in them.  They are slightly frosted so they look really pretty with tea lights in them.

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Christmas Table Inspiration Part 3

December 27th, 2009 — 7:58pm

I’d seen a recipe for peppermint cookie sandwiches on Joy the Baker.  The looked amazing and sounded delicious.  I wanted to give my family a little Christmas favour so decided to make these.

Hayley helped me make them on Christmas Eve. You can find the recipe here.

Making cookies is messy business!
After cutting out large circles for the cookies we soon found we didn’t have enough cookies to go around, which meant we re-rolled the dough and used a smaller cutter.
Hayley models the peppermint sandwich cookies beautifully!
After mixing, cooking, sandwiching and cooling all that was left was to put them in the bags I had prepared earlier, a la Blue Peter and set them out on the table.

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Merry Christmas!!

December 25th, 2009 — 7:30am

I hope everyone has a fab Christmas!

Eat, drink, sing, party and be very merry!
Much Love xxx

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Follow Father Christmas!

December 24th, 2009 — 12:18pm

It’s Christmas Eve and we’re in the kitchen preparing the turkey, getting ready to make peppermint sandwich cookies and following Father Christmas’ progress as he delivers his presents to all the boys and girls!

At the moment he’s in the Solomon Islands.

Have a fab Christmas everyone, I hope Father Christmas brings you everything you wished for! x

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Plastic willies and L Plates… No Thanks!

December 22nd, 2009 — 12:32pm

Picture this:
A woman so drunk she can barely stand, dressed head to toe in condoms, pink sashes, L plates, badges and flashing head gear…  sounds classy doesn’t she!?  All this would understandably conjure up the image of a bride to be on her hen night, but I can promise you 100% that will not be me!

I refuse to have a hen party like that, I want a short relaxing break away where I won’t be horrified and mortally ashamed of myself come Monday morning!  Yes you could say I am boring but I honestly believe I do not need to be covered in plastic willies to have a good hen party.

My Mom, Bridesmaids and I have hummed and harred over different ideas.  I can’t and won’t expect people to spend a fortune my hen party but I also know a lot of my friends are expecting a weekend away.  My Mom’s suggestion as a compromise was 2 nights in London.

Go on the Friday afternoon and leave on Sunday.  If people were struggling for time off work or money then they can always join the party on Saturday morning.
I’ve looked at few options for accommodation such as hotels and apartments but ideally I need to know how many people would be able to join us to start getting an idea on prices.

I’ve looked at a few things for us to do, like hiring a private pod on the London Eye, or having afternoon tea at Bea’s of Bloomsbury at cute shop where we can have afternoon tea.  Very elegant!  I also know there is a Absolt Vodka Ice Bar, where the whole bar is made from ice and you have to wear huge thermal capes to keep you warm!

Obviously the Hen Weekend is going to cost some pennies so I need to warn people early enough so they can budget for it.  I am totally aware that some people will find it difficult to afford the weekend and will 100% understand if they can’t come.  Hopefully I’ll have a little shindig at home that won’t cost anyone anything… Hayley believes this is going to be the L plate and willy party… we’ll see!

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…

December 21st, 2009 — 4:41pm

…Who is the fairest of them all!

I know I still have a little while to go but for a while now I’ve upped the ante on my skin care regime.  I don’t think it’s something that can change over night, although I have seen an improvement quite quickly, I think for wonderful gleaming skin it needs to be a long term commitment.

To start with I’ve been drinking a lot more water to hydrate my skin.  I find now that I can feel quite dry if I do not drink enough.

My night time skin care routine used to consist of quickly wiping my face with a make up remover wipe and exfoliating when I thought about it.  My skin was never bad, but it wasn’t great either.

I’ve started by wearing a lot less make up.  I used to wear foundation every day, now I dot my face with powder and only wear foundation if I’m going out.

Also every night without fail, no matter how tired or drunk I always complete the following to take off my make up.

I lightly rub Nivea Visage eye make up remover across my eye lids and lashes to remove my mascara and eye make up, I’m completely paranoid by eye wrinkles so I never rub too hard!

I then cleanse my face with Simple Purifying Cleaner.
Then to finish I use Simple Kind To Skin Soothing Facial Toner.

Once all my make up has been removed I then lightly dab Garnier Ultra Lift eye cream around my eyes.  I’m very conscious of eye wrinkles!  Since I was about 21 I have religiously applied eye cream every night.

I then moisturise with Olay Beauty Fluid.
Once a week I use Clinique Exfoliating Scrub, it leaves my skin feeling really smooth and clean.  I love it!
My morning routine is a little simpler.  I use Clinique All About Eyes Rich as it really moisturises the skin around my eyes and makes a great base for eye make up.  I then moisturise with Clinique Dramtically Different Moisturing Gel.  If my skin feels a little oily then I use a small amount of The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream as recommended by my friend and beautician Harriet!
Since ditching the face wipes and committing to this routine I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my skin, I rarely get break outs and my skin looks fresher.  Closer to the wedding I may invest in a few professional facials, not just as a way to make my skin glow but I feel I deserve a little pampering…

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Christmas Films – Updated

December 21st, 2009 — 2:17pm

I made my “Christmas Films to watch” list back in November. So far I’ve been able to see…

Home Alone, We watched this on Saturday night when our friends came round to play games. The scene were Kevin puts the spider on Marv’s face has me in hysterics every time! It’s making me laugh just thinking about it!

Scrooged, We watched this the day we put up our Christmas tree – a festive film to kick start the season!

Father Christmas, I actually watched this back in November, I asked Has to buy it for me and watched it as soon as it arrived in the post! I’d forgotten Father Christmas was an alcoholic!

Elf, this was on TV not so long ago so I snuggled up in bed to watch it!
Miracle On 34th Street, this was on TV too, I half watched it and half listened to the chart countdown last night to find out who was Christmas Number 1
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, I’ve seen this twice in the last few weeks! We watched it on DVD then it was on TV yesterday, it’s such a fab film so so funny!

The Nightmare Before Christmas, again this was on TV yesterday, I literally stayed in bed all day yesterday, switching the channels to find another film once one had finish!

There are still a few more I HAVE to watch before Christmas, although I’m not sure when I’m going to get round to it! We are suppose to be seeing the new Christmas Carol film by Disney at the IMAX tomorrow which I’m looking forward to, but I’d love to watch The Muppet Christmas Carol and It’s A Wonderful Life over the next few days.

It’s a Wonderful Life
“Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.”

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Snowflake Gift Tags

December 21st, 2009 — 12:25pm

I’m not entirely sure where the idea came from but I decided I would make wooden snowflake decorations for people this year.

I bought 9 wooden snowflakes from eBay and made a hole big enough so I’d be able to push ribbon through later.

I then painted both sides with white acrylic paint. I did add blue glitter to the paint but it didn’t work out so well. The paint just coated the glitter so I didn’t really get the effect I was going for.

I left them for a few days to dry. If I did this project again I would definitely hang the snowflakes up to dry instead of lying them flat. When I came to paint the other side bits had dried on the opposite side in lumps, so it wasn’t as smooth as I would have liked.

Once they were dry I wrote the names on and poked the ribbon (also from eBay) through the hole.

I’m really pleased with the way they have come out. I shall be giving them out on presents but hopefully they will get put up on Christmas trees too!

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