Just Another Blogmas Post

Just Another Blogmas Post

I had so many exciting plans for my blog come December and they’ve all been swept into the chimney, note the Mary Poppins reference. I am actually quite upset but I need to stop being hard on myself. I did have an infection after a huge operation and my main priority was not getting behind on my University work. I’ve had some time with my sister and nephews which has been lovely and I’ve spent the weekend watching Mary Poppins and an array of Christmas films as well as on munching away at a Terry’s Chocolate Orange cause why the hell not?!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely December never the less. What have you all been up to? I’ve managed to finish all my Christmas shopping and have them ready and wrapped. I’ve saw Mary Poppins Returns which was so nostalgic and a really good sing along. Anyway, I thought I would have a bit of a ramble in this post to make up of the lack of blogging recently and include some of the things that I’ve wanted to talk about this month.

One of the posts that I was going to put up was a gift guide on small businesses but I thought I would share with you a couple of places in this post instead, shout out to all you northern birds still needing presents because this one is definitely for you. The Stack in Newcastle is home to some amazing businesses including: For The Love Of North where I managed to pick up some classic music coasters of when artists like Queen first played in Newcastle, Beer Box which brews and sells unique beer – great gift for any beer lovers out there, Uncaptive Ethical Clothing that sells bamboo socks as requested from a family member and Lollybomb that has a great selection of Bomb Cosmetic bath bombs and other such products. I have tried to source most of my gifts for family and friends from small or local businesses this year which I am super proud of.

I have tried to stick to a bit of a budget this year and shopping locally has really helped me. I’ve also took advantage of a couple of deals in Boots and my staff discount. I definitely think writing down everything in a little notebook including the price on what you’ve bought can really help you stick to a budget. I usually spend a fortune on presents because I want to treat everyone and see them happy however compared to previous years I have saved myself about £200 and still brought gifts that I am happy with and know they will love. It’s just about being fruitful with money and picking up those offers.

At the start of December I treated myself to a potted Christmas Tree for my room. I did actually buy a star to put on top but it was so heavy that the branch kept bending so my Christmas Tree topper is this cool but festive retro robot. Secretly, I think it is much better anyway. Also you should count yourself lucky because my bedroom hasn’t looked this tidy in weeks but I thought I would tidy it up a little bit especially to take some photos of my festive room. It’s cute and I am slightly in love.

I’m going to try and get myself back in the swing of blogging (she says for the millionth time) but I miss regular posting over on my little corner of the internet. I promise I will get better soon. I just need to find a way to plan my time a bit better with University work and deadlines.

Did you get up to much this weekend? If you do happen to be doing that last minute Christmas shopping, don’t forget to be kind to retail workers. They are just doing their job after all! I hope you all have a lovely Christmas with family and friends. I’ll see you soon…

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Four Netflix Originals To Get You In The Christmas Spirit

For those of you who don’t know, I had my tonsils removed last week and I have been feeling a little bit less festive due to that. It’s currently Tuesday evening and I am so upset that I haven’t managed to get this up sooner or decorate the Christmas tree yet but I really haven’t been well at all. Although blogmas has defeated my right from the start I thought I would begin my blog festivities with a list of films that I have enjoyed. Netflix films however have come to my rescue and I feel as though it has really helped me get into the Christmas spirit this year. I’ve also been catching up with plenty of YouTubers and reading a good book when I have had the energy. It feels as though it has come around so quickly and that the festive season has started early this year. I know so many people who have popped their Christmas trees up before the 1st December but I am totally living for it!

The Holiday Calendar | It’s about a photographer who receives an Advent calendar that she thinks predicts the future and points her towards finding love. It’s such a cheesy and down to earth film which I fell in love with. It had me gripped from the beginning to end.  If you have watched Just My Luck then I believe you would love this one just as much.

The Princess Switch | Similar to The Parent Trap, it’s about a down-to-earth Chicago baker that travels for a contest in a different country with her friend Kevin and his daughter. As she goes to clean up, she bumps into the Princess who is due to get married and look exactly the same as each other. With the Princess wanting to understand what it’s like to be normal, they decide to switch places and they both fall in love. It’s definitely a chick flick but similar to The Holiday Calendar, I fell in love with it.

A Christmas Prince | You may have watched this last year but if you haven’t watched it already then I think you should. A young journalist is sent to get the scoop on a dashing Prince who is due to be king. It’s got a lot of drama in and a happy ending. Apparently the second one will be coming out soon on Netflix so… (Update: I’ve watched the second one and it is just as good if not better!)

The Christmas Chronicles | I was quite unsure of this when I saw the adverts but I proceeded to watch on Friday afternoon and it wasn’t too bad. It’s about a brother and sister who ends up on Santa’s sleigh and helps deliver the presents on Christmas Eve. There are so many events that happen during the film and it was a really good watch.

Outnumbered Christmas Specials | Okay, so Outnumbered isn’t necessarily a Netflix Original but its hilarious and that’s why I am including it. Whenever I am feeling down and in need of cheering up I throw on Outnumbered. They are a classic and the episodes are dead short so you can easily binge watch the series if you want. They have three Christmas episodes all on Netflix as well as all five seasons so you can laugh along at the sitcom for the whole of December.

Have you got any Christmas movie recommendations? Let me know in the comments below.

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