I’m starting to get really excited about Christmas now and was reading this tag on Emma’s (www.allthatshimmers.co.uk) blog and thought I’d give it a go. I had a really Christmasy weekend with a traditional Victorian Market Friday night, then putting my Grandma’s decorations up Saturday and my Mother’s decorations up last night, I just was Christmas to hurry up now. Although I’m no way near ready for it and still have a lot of presents to buy. Just 16 days to go!
In the ‘snow’ at the Christmas Market
 
1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie(s)?
It’s so hard to choose just one, I think my all time favourite is probably Elf or Love Actually, but then I love the traditional movies that they put on around the festive season especially About a Boy, Mary Poppins or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (I’m currently being moaned at by the other half as they don’t count unless they have Santa in them!!).
2. Do you open your present on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas Morning, who opens their presents on Christmas Eve? Santa doesn’t come until Christmas Day so there wouldn’t be anything to open! We usually open our stocking presents first thing, then have a late breakfast, usually consisting of croissants then we open family presents before having a late Christmas dinner at around 3pm.
3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
One Christmas memory in particular was about 12 years ago now, I think I was 10 or 11 and my brother had been given a robot that answered to voice commands, but all it said was ‘I do not compute’ as it didn’t recognise anything he was saying. My Great Aunt Kate who would have been about 90 at the time found it hilarious and kept saying ‘I do not compute’ to everything we asked her. This was the same Christmas she woke up underneath my metal bunk-bed (on a futon) thinking she was in Jail and asking us all what she’d done so wrong to be locked up. Christmases haven’t been the same without her.
4. Favourite festive food?
I don’t think I have a favourite food, I think it’s more the fact that you can eat everything you put your eyes on, whether it’s chocolate for breakfast or cheese as a midnight snack, who cares, it’s Christmas!
5. Favourite Christmas gift?
I think my most wanted gift was a Pink Nintendo DS when the first ones were released, I got an A4 pad of lined paper and had written ‘Pink Nintendogs DS Pack’ over and over again until the book was full, I think my mum got the idea! Another of my favourites was a Baby Born Doll that I pushed in a pram around the shopping centre until I was 12 (at least), I never realised how bad that must have looked.
6. Favourite Christmas scent?
Definitely Cinnamon! I’m currently burning some Orange and Cinnamon Shearer Candles which smell amazing. Glade Spiced Apple and Cinnamon is another of my favourites.
7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
One of my Mother’s traditions is buying the turkey Christmas Eve; she still spends hours in the local Morrison’s store (which used to be Safeway) waiting for that perfect turkey to be reduced, luckily my brother and I used to (and still do!) stay home with my Grandma. Other than that, just chilling,  eating, watching movies and playing board games.
8. What tops your tree?
An Fairy that my brother and I have to put on the top of the tree at the exact same time whilst each holding a side, all hell would break loose if one side touched the tree before the other side did. This is still the tradition aged 19 and 21, he’s away at university this year so the fairy is sitting on the windowsill waiting until he comes home so she can go on the tree.
9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
I had to text my Mother on this one because I couldn’t think of anything, she couldn’t think of anything wild or extravagant although she said I asked to Sylvanian Families year after year when I was far to old for them, and also asked for every dolly on the market. Did anyone have the dolly that actually cried? I used to make my parents look after it.
10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
My favourite part of Christmas, even as a child, was all my family being together and having fun! I used to love my Grandma coming to stay especially, she’d sit with us and play board games or make puzzles until we had to go to bed. She also let us decorate her, paint her face, dress her up, isn’t that what Grandma’s are for?
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Ami xxxxx

I’m totally addicted to getting the best bargains or freebies, is it just me or do thing look/taste/smell better when they’re free? Even if it isn’t something you personally want or you’re going to use it’s always nice to give it to someone else (and you don’t even have to tell them it was free!). I’ve picked up quite a few freebies this week so I thought I’d start a weekly ‘Freebie Friday’ tag so you could go and pick up your weekly freebies.

 

O2 Moments is one of the best apps I have on my phone, constantly giving O2 customers ‘no purchase necessary’ freebies and unbeatable deals. They update these regularly usually having 1-2 freebies a week and as much as 50% off at stores, restaurants and hotels, they also hold regular competitions (this week is ‘Win tickets and a meet and greet with Michael Buble’ and ‘Win a luxury case of wine’ with Vigin Wines). I’m not sure whether it’s the good feeling of Christmas but they’ve got some great deals this week.

 

 

I picked up a free demister chamois from Halfords (perfect as Milo seems to have ‘claimed’ my last one) along with a free roll of ‘Be More Dog’ wrapping paper from o2. How can you not love a cat pulling a sleigh (see picture above). There’s also free chocolate coins at WHSmith.

 

 

 

I picked up this Bakers dog food bowl when I brought a pack of food in Iceland, as most of you know I’ve recently got a French Bulldog called Milo and it’s becoming a pain having to bring him, along with his bed, food, bowls and toys from home to work and back again each day so I’ve started buying another of everything so it’s just Milo we have to carry! This bowl now sits nicely in the office. Even if you’ve got enough bowls it’s always nice to have a spare in the cupboard for when it’s needed. I’m not sure whether this deal is in all Iceland stores but it’s definitely worth popping to your local to have a check anyway.

 

This was featured in my ‘Christmas Gift Guide‘ yesterday as was brought with a Body Shop Christmas voucher in my Cosmopolitan magazine, they also put these vouchers in the Glamour Magazine but sadly mine didn’t include one although it was sealed! The vouchers were worth either £3, £15 or £100 and I got the £3 one. This hand cream was £3.50 so I had to pay 50p for it. I love Body Shop’s hand creams, they seem to last forever although the foil packaging sometimes splits in my handbag.
Another great deal on the O2 moments app is £10 off at The Fragrance Shop with NO minimum spend. This is great as you often get caught out by ‘£20 off!! *but you have to spend £100 first, so I was really happy when I read the terms and conditions that I could technically pick up a freebie. After browsing their online site (www.thefragranceshop.co.uk) I picked out this ‘Travalo’ which is a mini travel perfume holder that you can refill and refill and refill again with your favourite perfume, perfect for you handbag or flights. I’m going to collect it later and hopefully use my boyfriends app to pick up a second (who want’s just one perfume on holiday!). These are either £10 for the basic ones or £12 for the pretty coloured ones, definitely worth the extra £2 and £2 overall with the o2 moments app!
As you all know my obsession with nail polish, especially BarryM, I have to add that Boots (online only) are currently doing BarryM’s £2.99 Nail Polishes for Buy One Get One Free. They usually do these 2 for £5 or 3 for 2 but never BOGOF so if you’re a nail paint lover it’s worth making the most of this great deal. They make great gifts too! Pictured is their Cobalt Blue and Pink Sapphire Glitter both on the BOGOF offer.
Ami xxxxx

 

We’re fast approaching Christmas, the days seem to keep whizzing past, it’s hard to believe we’re just 21 days from Christmas and 28 days away from 2015! I’m usually really organised but this year I’m the complete opposite. After trying to figure out what to get everyone for Christmas and looking through various gift guides I thought I would write a ‘for her’ list of my own for #Blogmas.

 

Perfume is always a safe option, I don’t think any women would ever say no to perfume. This (Gucci Guilty) is one of my favourites brought for me by my Dad last Christmas, I’d also recommend Diesel ‘Loverdose’or Armani ‘Ci’. The perfume shop (www.theperfumeshop.com) always have a good selection with some unbeatable deals.

 

These may be ‘sooo last year’ but I think they make a great present for your mum/sister/girlfriend as you can now buy them for as little as £34 with hundreds of colours to chose from to make sure you get her favourite colour. They’re great watches, perfect for everyday use to adding a little pop of colour to a plain outfit. They’re currently 50% off at The Watch Shop!

 

You can never go wrong with a personalised mug, almost everyone drinks some form or hot drinks whether it be tea, coffee, hot chocolate or cup of soups, everyone needs ‘their’ mug. (I’ve got my fair share of mugs dotted around at Mothers/Boyfriend/Friends houses). These two were brought from Tesco earlier this year and they currently have some great Christmas mugs (www.tesco.com). Starbucks bring out Christmas mugs each year too which I just have to buy! (www.starbucks.co.uk)

 

I went to my first ‘Partylite’ Party the other week and now feel like I’ve been missing out. I must admit that some items seemed a bit pricey for what there were but there were also some great deals to be had in their Christmas/Autumn catalogue. I brought this set of Reindeer/Deer tealight holders for £13.95 for the pair which I didn’t think was too bad. You can shop most products online here but I’d recommend having a Partylite Party to anyone, it was great fun and it was nice to see and smell the products before you brought them. These are pictured with Shearer Candles’ (www.shearer-candles.com) Orange and Cinnamon Tealights which smell absolutely divine!
On the subject of Candles. The Yankee Store now have their Christmas/Festive range in stock; I couldn’t choose just one or two so I brought nearly the entire range. ‘Snowflake Cookie’ is definitely one of my favourites along with ‘Fireside Treats’ which smells like roasted marshmallows. I usually buy the waxes instead of the big jars as you then get a chance to try different ones. You can browse Yankee’s MASSIVE selection here.

My family almost always end up getting something from Body Shop (www.thebodyshop.co.uk) with their Christmas or Birthday presents as it’s such a ‘loved by all’ brand. They have the perfect gift for almost every generation especially their hand creams are always a winner for my Mother or Grandma. I brought this one for myself yesterday and it really does smell good enough to eat!

 

Hope this helps with your Christmas Shopping!

 

Ami xxxxx

 

I love December, I love Christmas and I love any excuse to add a bit of sparkle to my daily make-up routine, especially my nails. I’d seen Loreal’s ‘Gold Leaf’ Top Coat advertised in one of my monthly magazine subscriptions and knew I had to have it. That was until BarryM brought out their Aquarium Range which included ‘Treasure Chest’ an identical polish for half the price so I ended up buying two polishes from the Aquarium Range for the same price the ‘Gold Leaf’ would have been, such a good buy. I’m yet to complete my aquarium collection but I’m sure it won’t be long (hint hint Santa).

 

For my Christmas nail look I’ve used BarryM ‘Treasure Chest’ as mentioned above, BarryM Gelly Nail Paint in ‘Blood Orange’ and Orly ‘Tough Cookie’ as a top coat. I love BarryM’s Gelly range as they add that little extra shine and they tend to last longer than their normal polishes. I brought the first 5 when they released them a couple of years ago and haven’t stopped since, I can’t wait to try some from their winter range.

 

I used the ‘Blood Orange’ Gelly as a base coat, although you can get away with just using one coat of this polish because it covers so well I always find it best to use two coats. I waited for this to dry fully before adding ‘Treasure Chest’ as my top coat or glitter coat as I sometimes call it. Then I finished my nail look of with Orly’s ‘Tough Cookie’ as a clear top coat, this adds shine like you’ve never seen before and if you apply this every two to three days your nails can last up to 2 weeks with not one chip!
 I can’t wait to try more Christmasy looks, what’s your favourite Festive nail paint?
Ami xxxxx

 

Hey all! It’s been a busy couple of weeks for me but I’ve managed to find some time to write this post! Here’s my latest purchases over the last month. I’ve got a few other bits and pieces but I’ll include them in my next post.
I brought most of it on a shopping trip to Bicester outlet with my Mother, we had a great day after a rather eventful journey getting there, we were stuck in traffic for a while then when we finally got out of it we ended up getting on the wrong motorway!! Oopsie!

These were from the Ralph Lauren outlet, £12.99 each from £50, they’re great for winter under my gilet. I should have brought more really.
My mother brought me this one, £16 in Superdry, I loved the colour and hadn’t seen one like this before. Strange though as I just sold an XS Superdry top on eBay as it was way too small for me but this is an XS and it’s too big if anything. I love it though. I wore it on a trip to Weston-Super-Mare with Milo (excuse the MASSIVE hair, it was very windy!).
Aren’t these just gorgeous. I think they were about £3 from Cath Kidston, they’re a great for cards for work colleagues etc as they’re not to personal but very pretty and quirky.

Not a very good photo of this but it’s a fleece headband from Jack Wills. I’ve got a really fluffy one but I wanted something a bit more take for walks around the village. This was £10 reduced from £16, I’ve not gotten round to wearing it yet.

My last two purchases are also from Cat Kidson, I went looking for Christmas presents and ended up getting a Handbag and Makeup bag for myself, my everyday handbag is too big really and I keep filling it with stuff I don’t need so I thought I’d challenge myself and buy a smaller one. I’ve been using it for 2 weeks now and it’s definitely a challenge.

The makeup bag was only £4 so I had to get it as my other one was battered. They had it in loads of colours and patterns so it was a difficult choice.
What have you brought recently?
Ami xxxxx