Saturday, 31 December 2016

2017: A Healthier You

As we head into the last evening of 2016, we are reminded of a wonderful year and of course of the things we want to do differently next year. So, here are 5 easy tips of being a healthier you in 2017!!

Eat healthy
Fad diets don't work and neither does skipping meals. Try to maintain a healthy weight with vegetables, fruits, lean meats and lots of exercise.

Get some sleep -
That doesn't mean catching up on the weekends. Get to bed at a regular time every day, including Saturdays. Don't stay up too late or sleep to late. A regular sleep schedule can make a world of difference in how you feel every day.

Find some peace
It is easy to get stressed but it is also okay to give yourself a break. An activity like reading, yoga, running or singing can help you relax. Take some time off for yourself, even it its just a few minutes. If you can, enjoy a whole week off. You brain and body will thank you and you might even find yourself happier and better at concentrating. 

Drinking water is good for you body in a ton of ways, from keeping you full between meals to keeping your skin and hair healthy and if you work long, tough days on the farm, hydrating is key. Grab a water bottle and keep it with you. Your body will thank you.

Make Friends
Friends are there to support you through bad and good times. Make a new connection or focus on an old one. If you need life advice, who better to ask than a fellow farmer! Don't go through stresses alone. It's ok to ask for help and to help others when they need you!

What did we miss? Share your thoughts in the comments. 

Have a wonderful New Year's Eve!!

Monday, 26 December 2016

Christmas Day at Our Farmhouse

I hope you are all having a relaxing holiday!!! ♥︎

Fortunately I was in the clear this year cooking wise, as my mama Jane was in the kitchen cooking the Christmas dinner!! Thank you mama!!

Now that the holiday season has calmed down a little, I thought I would share some photos from my Christmas Day. 

We had a classic and very tasty prawn cocktail as starters... 

We had a traditional Danish Christmas Dinner, roast pork, bacon wrapped stuffing balls, pigs in blankets, parsnips, red cabbage, spouts, mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, carrots and not forgetting gravy. The dinner was delicious, but I knew it would be as my mama is a fantastic chef!

The day after Christmas, you need to take the time to recharge. So grab a blanket. Take a nap. Read a book for pleasure, not business. Cuddle up with the ones you know. Watch movies, you know you want to because this all, well it only comes one time a year!

Dear Santa Mug & Coaster Set

Did you all have a good Christmas?

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Christmas Eve at Our Little Farmhouse...

Can you believe it's Christmas Eve already?
The holiday has really sprang up on us this year.  I wasn't really feeling in the spirit of Christmas until last night. 

The farmhouse is twinkling and sparking with the sights, sounds and aromas of 
"the most wonderful time of the year!" 
So come on in out of the cold air... May your heart be blessed and filled with love as I welcome sweet, adorable, you into my home this Christmas. 

I'm so trilled that you came to share some Christmas joy with me! I've been happily decking the halls, hanging wreaths, adoring my mantles with rose hips garlands, while sipping a cup of tea. Now go grab a cup of something yummy to sip and turn on your christmas music! 

Someone said "The kitchen is the heart of the home".... I agree! Especially at Christmastime. It's the place where all the warm aromas of vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, apple out, spicy clove and orange pomanders, sugar cookies and supper cookin' swirl throughout the house making each heart swoon and eyes sparkle. It smells like love. The kitchen seems to be the happiest room in the room.

The lights are up and twinkling like stars... the wind is whistling. 
Last year I stuck twigs into the top of the tree... this year, glass baubles (from a chandelier) and vintage candle holders with homemade candles.

I haven't had much time this year to decorate the house, as we only moved in... in October. And we left the christmas decorations box in the attic of the old house so we don't have much at all but hopefully it will be better this next year!!!

The Kitchen definitely smells like Christmas this fine afternoon.
(Santa's Pantry Candle - Christmas Tree) 

(Homemade Mince Pies from my Grandad) 

Yep, I'm a farm girl at heart and will always be one.

Thank you so much for stopping by! As always I sure love hearing from you!

May you have a Very Merry Christmas!

Decorating a Gingerbread House...!!!

I'll let you in a secret: I didn't actually make this Gingerbread House, I have only decorated it.
To get into the spirit of Christmas (as Christmas Day is tomorrow), I thought it'd be nice to do something more traditional and fun to decorate a Gingerbread House.

It's seriously nothing perfect, but it was good fun to do!

Have you ever made a Gingerbread House? Did yours look better than mine? It probably did. 
What other traditional activities do you enjoy?

I would love to see your Gingerbread houses if you have made them this year!! Tweet them to me @Abbiemay or tag me on Facebook!!!

Merry Christmas to all my readers!!

Farmers Market | Nutmeg

When it comes to winter recipes, nutmeg is one of our favourite ingredients. It tastes and smells amazing and makes a great addition to you fall flavours. Nutmegs are grown on evergreen trees which are native to rain forests. The nutmeg fruit is about the size of an sprout which ripens to oval kernels or nutmeg spice. Nutmeg has lots of health benefits from digestive benefits to anti-depressant qualities. It is a great source of copper, potassium, calcium and magnesium.

You can purchase nutmeg whole or in power form. The flavour is popular in a variety of recipes. It can be used in sauces, soups and sweets like pie, cakes and donuts.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Farmers Market | Lamb

Lamb is not necessarily everyone's first choice of meat, but we learned some interesting information about lamb. In the united kingdom, lamb comes in a variety of cuts from chops, ribs, roasts and racks to ground or stewed. Lamb is incredibly nutritious and low in calories and fat. It's full of protein and vitamins and is low in cholesterol.

There are more than 34,000 sheep operations in the United Kingdom, producing sheep in almost every county. Two reasons sheep are so popular is because they are a sustainable resource and benefit the environment. They graze vegetation including weeds, leaving the land healthier without the use of chemicals.

Two reasons sheep are so popular is because they are a sustainable resource and benefit the environment. Sheep control undergrowth in forests which can help prevent forest fires. They graze vegetation including weeds, leaving the land healthier without the use of chemicals.

Happy Holiday!!!

Thursday, 22 December 2016

How To Make Your Home Smell Like Christmas

Christmas to me has certain smell, strange as it may sound hang with me as I explain. There are all sorts of things that create a Christmas smell for me and nothing makes me happier than opening my front door to be greeted by my house smelling all festive!

Here is my list of some of the things you can do to create your own Christmas smell...

1. Buy Christmas themed Candles 
As I am writing this blog I have got my Santa's Pantry Sugar Cookie candle burning away and not only is it filling my room sugary biscuit-y goodness, it's also making me want to put my apron and make a batch of my own. Which brings me to my next point.. 

2. Get Baking!
Nothing smells greater than a fresh batch of ginger bread cookies, christmas cupcakes, mince pies etc I could go on and on but not only is it something fun and festive to do it creates such a homely smell throughout your house!

3. Buy a real Christmas Tree
Christmas trees to me have such a great earthy smell. I absolutely love them. 

4. Make Mulled wine or Mulled cider
Having a lovely pan of wine/cider with a mix of fruit and spices bubbling away will fill your house full of aromatic smells in no times. Also helps that you can have a glass after too.

5. Clove Oranges (my favourite)
Stud cloves into an orange in any pattern you fancy and then you can either pop them in a town with some Christmas potpourri or you can wrap a bit of ribbon round them and hang them about the house.  Te aroma they give off is amazing and not too mention very festive. 

Let me know in the comments, if you think Christmas has a certain smell and if so, I'd love to hear from you!

Three days till Christmas...

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

"I never thought it was such a bad little tree. Maybe it just needs a little love." 

Looking after your Skin this Winter...

While I love the holiday season, I don't particularly enjoy cold weather. I don't know about you but dehydrated, flaking skin can put a damper on my holiday festivities. 

The skin typically becomes much drier in the winter as it's exposed to cold, wind, indoor heating and dry climates. All of these things can wreak havoc on our skins moisture barrier causing it to become dry, dehydrated and unbalanced. 

So here's a few tips and products you should definitely try out this winter to keep your skin in tip top condition...

1. Invest in a good moisturiser!
I can't stress this enough, a good moisturiser applied every day or night (or both) reeky sets your kin to be at its best. It rehydrates and keeps your skin supple.

2. Cleanse, Tone and Exfoliate
Daily is best to get of nasty toxins and anything that sitting on your face. 

3. If your skin is really suffering use a good face mask likewise you can use different ones for different reasons. 
Such as Lush - mask of magnaminty which helps unclog pores.

4. Use a good shower body wash that has moisturising properties too. 
Nivea and Dove always have a good selection that leaves your skin feeling clean and soft. Or likewise run a bath and pick your favourite bath bomb, relax, soak and let it do it's thing. 

5. Chapped lips a reoccurring problem?
You're most likely dehydrated too. Make sure you're drinking enough fluids and apple a good lip bam ofter (Soap & Glory) - Mighty mouth as it nourishes lips but also has a pop of colour to it as well.

6. Be sure to buy a hand cream
 (preferably two, one full size and one small enough to keep in your handbag) this way anytime you can feel your hands drying and cracking you have some cream to hard.

7. A good foot cream doesn't go a miss either. 
Rub as much on as you would like and pop some soft socks on to help it soak in!

8. Wrap up. 
Honestly a scarf, hat and gloves will make all the difference. Not only do they keep you warm but they protect you from the icy winds and rain. 

9. Drink water! 
Without sounding too much like a nagging parent, keeping your fluids levels up help your skin stay hydrated too. 

Hopefully these tips will of been some help and if you have any tips of your own please do share in the comments below I'd love to hear from you....

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Farmers Market | Peppermint

Fall and winter are the perfect time to enjoy peppermint. Peppermint has a smoothing aroma and a great flavour. This herb has menthol oil, which gives a cool sensations. Peppermint is grown all over the world. The mint plant actually does not produce seeds and there are over twenty varieties of mint that vary in colour, flavour and smell. Peppermint is not only delicious, but it has many health benefits. The plant has antioxidants and dietary finer which can help control blood pressure. The menthol in the plant has anaesthetic properties. It is also a great source of potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium. 

Peppermint is available dried or fresh and can be used in a number of recipes. It is popular in tea, ice cream and other desserts. It can also be used as a garnish, like parsley. It is also popular in soups, sauces and some salads.

If you want to try some peppermint recipes, check here for everything from cookies to pasta!

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Farmers Market | Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a great fall and winter spice. It is a flavoured stick with a strong scent which actually comes from the outer bark of a cinnamomum tree. In addition to being a wonderful spice iced in a variety of recipes, cinnamon also has anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. From helping to prevent stoke and artery disease to increasing digestion , the health benefits of cinnamon are numerous. It also can reduce blood sugar levels and cure the common cold. 

Cinnamon is available year round in sticks and powder forms. It's sweet and fragrant and is a light brown colour. It is used in pies, bagels and candies.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Farmers Market | All About Sugar

As the weather gets colder, we can't help but think about baking and cookies and waiting for Santa.
When we start planning what to bake around the holidays, we know our #1 ingredients will be sugar. But sugar is not just for baking. In fact, it's in a lot of foods that may surprise you! Knowing the facts about sugar can help you make smarter food choices today, tomorrow and during the holidays!

Sugar is composed of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen but it comes in many forms. Sugar comes in many forms! Our bodies convert the sugar in foods into glucose or blood sugar. Table sugar or surges is part glucose, part fructose. Fructose is the sugar in fruit. Maltose is the sugar in beer and is two parts glucose. Milk sugar, or lactose is part glucose, part galactose. Dextrose is glucose that comes from plants like corn and grapes. Got it?

Almost all foods that are not meat contain natural sugars from vegetables to beans to breads, our body processes the sugars in our food differently. The carbohydrates in vegetables, beans and and while grains are broken part and used slowly and efficiently by the body. Sugar in the form of starches like bread, pasta corn and potatoes are composed of chains of sugars that break down quickly. 

The hormone that manages the process of breaking down sugars is called insulin. When glucose is present in our bloodstream, insulin levels spike to help manage our use it in various body tissues. Once the glucose has been used or stored as fat, ur insulin levels dip, signalling us eat again. It's important to eat sugar in moderation so that your body can regulate it normally. If not, you could be at risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes or even asthma or cancer. 

If you want to try to curb sugar cravings which can come in the form of bread or pasta or dessert, it's good to eat foods that have less sugar and high quality fat. Try to incorporate nuts, avocados, coconuts or olives as snacks. Banana's, kiwi, pineapples and plums also contain serotonin, which can help the brain fight cravings. 

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

5 Christmas Quick Travel Tips

Whether you are going to family member's house for Christmas or to Europe for a ten day vacation, here are some basic tips on how to travel smart! 

1. Pack What You Need in Your Carry On 
It's not likely, but luggage can always get lost so be sure to put you mascara, toothbrush and a change of clothes in your carry on so if the unthinkable happens, you aren't stuck.

2. Roll your clothes 
Instead of folding your shirts and jeans, roll them up! After many, many trips, I learned this awesome trip. Clothes fit better in a suitcase when you roll them, rather than lay them flat. They won't wrinkle as much when rolled tightly!

3. Alert your bank 
If your bank is doing its job, it may flag your account if you are spending money out of town so tell you back will be gone (especially for an extended period of time) and be sure to get some cash before you go!

4. Do some research 
If you are going to a new place be sure to do some research ahead of time so you know what you want to do, how to get there and when to go. You don't want to waste time while travelling trying to plan your days.

5. Pack the ibuprofen 
You never know when you are going to start felling ill, be sure to have all the things you need with you in your bag so you have to make a trip to drug store or even worse spend an arm and a leg on it in the airport. Band aids, Ibuprofen and a nail file should come with you everywhere!

Happy Holiday's!!!

Monday, 12 December 2016

Blogmas Day 12 | Christmas Giveaway

I've been toying with the idea of doing some kind of giveaway for quite a while now, but never really seemed to find the right moment. As I'm doing #Blogmas this year and am planning on doing it properly (I flaked out halfway through last years Blogmas due to very bad planning on my part!)
I thought I'd try a little 12 Day of Christmas giveaway to say a massive
 'Thank You & Merry Christmas to all of my followers on Blogger, Twitter and Facebook.

I love writing my blog posts, interacting with my readers and discovering new blogs in return. I love the feeling of belonging to a community through blogging and everyone I have met is just so supportive and motivating. So I wanted to host a giveaway to show my appreciation for everyone being so welcoming and putting up with me over this past year in particular.

I'm giving away a Fendt 1050 Vario Toy Tractor £24.50, as you can see below. 

To be in a chance of winning this tractor for Christmas, all you have to do is:
  • Follow this blog via Bloglovin 
  • Leave a comment below, telling me one item on your Christmas wish list
  • Follow me on Facebook & Twitter, Share my pinned post.
The winner will be announced on December 24th 2016 (Christmas Eve) and will be notified by direct message - good luck!! 

Merry Christmas Everyone... 

Sunday, 11 December 2016

My Favourite Boots are Le Chameau's...

I don't think of myself as one of those women that must have a room sized closet full of shoes. I am a fairly practical person. As I get older, however comfort and quality take over. A product that lasts and in which makes my life and time afield more pleasurable is more important. 

These are without a doubt my most favourite pairs of boots I've ever owned. 
Wellingtons boots in case you don't know, are DIFFICULT! Between finding the right kind of toe, you like to finding a pair that's comfortable enough that you'll actually want to wear them. Choosing the perfect pair of wellies can rival rocket science in terms of level of difficulty and I had to kiss a lot of frogs before I found my pair.

There's nothing worse than wearing a brand new, shiny pair of flawless boots. 
Talk about attention-grabbing!!

Only thing is, they weren't cheap. Well let me approach this another way: they were expensive. Not as much as a pair of Jimmy Choos. 

So, when I tried on my first pair of LeChameau I left the store, figuring I'd find another pair somewhere else that I liked just as well and not as expensive but I returned to the store and bought them an hour later. I just knew I'd found my soulmate. 

They've turned out to be one of the best purchases I've ever made. I wear them on average, five out of seven days a week. I wear them in the mud. I wear them in the rain. I wear them to the grocery store, even to the hairdressers.
 They're like butter on my feet: they're my best friends. I realise that there are just some things in life that are worth the money.

I guess there's just something imperfect about them and in that respect, they make me feel right at home. I love them SO MUCH, I have three pairs. The middle pair are my new ones and they are all neoprene so they keep my little feet snug over the winter periods. I've put a lot of miles on them already. I never felt relieved when taking them off at the end of the day, you know what I am talking about right? When you can't wait to take your boots off? Not so with the Chasseurs. 
I could literally sleep in them (Actually I think I have slept in them once). 

Here are my boots. (Thankfully, the don't look as perfect as they look in this catalog photo.) They can be found pretty much anywhere. I bought mine from Luck of Louth. I literally live in that store. 

What are your favourite pair of boots?

Blogmas Day 11 | Santa's Pantry Christmas Candles

During this time of the year I start getting addicted to two things, tea and candles! The warmth and lovely scents of the candles just me me feel relaxed. So far this month I've bought many candles so I thought it would be fun to share what scents I will be boring up this year!

This year I have been browsing the stores are new Christmas candles, Yorkshire Trading in Louth have quite a few american candles and Santa's Pantry caught my eye. 
I picked up Cranberry Garland & Sugar Cookie. They aren't very big jars 4oz (113g). 
Santa's Pantry scented candles are guaranteed to last approx 10 hours burning time, and mine have lasted longer than that. Cranberry Garland just reminds me of Christmas trees, they definitely leave the room smelling wonderful. 

The perfect little gift for candle lover's this Christmas. 

The good thing about Santa's Pantry is that they have so many different scents ti choose from and from £1.99, you can't go wrong! 

Warning: Do not leave candle unattended when lit. Keep out of reach of children.

What are your favourite Christmas candles? 

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Blogmas Day 10 | Christmas Traditions Tag

1. When does Christmas start for you?
It's not Christmas until December, I get excited for it near the end of November but I won't start listening to Christmas songs, watching Christmas movies or anything Christmasy before the December 1st because I feel that just ruins Christmas otherwise and the whole run up to it.

2. What is one Christmas movie you have to watch?
Home Alone (Only the 1st and 2nd one though). I also like to watch Jack Frost as that has been one of my favourites since I was a little kid. 

3. Do you bake or buy a Christmas Cake?
My grandad bakes one each year. However, last year I actually made and decorated one with my best friend which was a giggle. Even though I do not like Christmas cake

4. When do you put up your Christmas tree?
December 1st but tend to be the weekends

5. Do you have a real or fake christmas tree?
Our main Christmas tree is real. 

6. When do you start playing Christmas music?
The first of December is when I shove on the Christmas music, Mariah Carey. 

7. Do you use the same Christmas decorations every year or buy new ones?
Most of our decorations have a story behind them but each year we tend to pick something new up. 

8. How to you spend Christmas Eve?
 I used to go out with the whole family to the pantomime every year, but this is the first year that I haven't done so as I feel that I am a but too old now for it.

9. Advent calendar or no advent calendar
Advent Calendar but not a chocolate one as I eat the whole chocolate in one day. haha.

10. Do you leave a snack out for Father Christmas and his reindeer?
When I was younger I always used to leave a mince pie, a glass of milk and a carrot. 

11. How does Santa get into your house?
Now that's a secret! 

12. Mince Pies, yay or nay?
I love mince pies especially homemade by grandad. They are my favourite.

13. Snowballs, egg nog or mulled wine?
Snowballs - love <3
Egg nog - love even more
mulled wine - Never really had 

14. What scents remind you of Christmas 
Cinnamon, Christmas Tree scent, Cranberry Garland.

15. How do you spend Christmas tag?
We wake up (my nephews usually woke me up, jumping on my bed), have breakfast, open our presents, chill, Christmas lunch then just chill, watch movies.  

Friday, 9 December 2016

Blogmas Day 9 | Favourite Christmas Songs

I love December because it means that it is nearly Christmas and this means that it it the acceptable time to play Christmas music. So, today I thought it would be a good idea to share with you some of my favourites.

Merry Christmas, Baby - Sheryl Crow
Run Run Rudolph - Luke Byran 
Hairy Christmas - Duck Dynasty
All I Want For Christmas - Mariah Carey
It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Michael Buble
Driving Home For Christmas - Chris Rea

Obviously there are more that I love but these are just some of my favourites.

Over the last few days I have fallen in LOVE with Katie Melua new CD, It's so beautiful!
Take a listen below... You can purchase In Winter on AMAZON for £9.82 cheaper than the stores. 

What are some of you favourite Christmas songs?

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Blogmas Day 8 | 50 Festive Things that you can do this Christmas.

So December is well and truly underway now. I thought I'd compile a list of 50 different things that you can do in order to get into the festive spirit or to feel just that little but more Christmassy! 

1. Create a Christmas playlist

2. Invite all your friends around and have a christmas movie marathon

3. Get your family together and start decorating the house.

4. Buy a Christmas jumper or if you don't have money to buy one customise and old plain jumper.

5. Visit your local Christmas market.

6. Go Ice Skating. 

7. Make or buy a christmas wreath to hang on the front door.

8. Make your own advent calendar.

9. Bake some festive treats like mince pies or gingerbread man.

10. Make your own Christmas Cards.

11. Create christmas card for everyone you have to buy for this year.

12. Frost your bedroom windows to make them look more Christmassy.

13. Grab your friends and go cajoling around your local town!

14. Plan a secret santa for your work friends or even just your own close knit group of friends.

15. Create a box full of your old clothes and things you don't want and donate it to a homeless shelter.

16. Create your Christmas decorations to hand on the tree.

17. Create Christmas Day menus.

18. Start to wrap any Christmas presents you have already bought.

19. Start to write out all your Christmas Cards

20. Drink eggnog

21. Make a warm mug of Cinnamon Hot Chocolate. Delicious this time of year!

22. Order the Turkey for Christmas if you haven't already done so.

23. Make your own Christmas wrapping paper.

24. Create your own festive cocktail recipes.

25. Head into your local town to see the Christmas Decorations.

26. Have a Christmassy walk in the park.

27. Go and watch a pantomime near you or head into London to watch 'Elf The Musical'

28. Buy and hang a piece of mistletoe anywhere you choose.

29. Create your own mulled wine

30. Go to your local church at least one sunday during advent.

31. Have young siblings/cousins/family members? Take a trip to Santa's Grotto

32. Start planning those new years resolutions

33. Create your own gift tags.

34. Sit in the house eating Christmas treats all day.

35. Make a list of game and fun things to do with your family over the festive period.

36. Head to your local garden centre and have a look at all the real Christmas trees.

37. Decorate your own gingerbread house.

38. Take one photo a day during December.

39. Create your own Christmas Day breakfast.

40. Go sales shopping in a mall or online.

41. Have an 'ugly sweater party'.

42. Make your own candy cane coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

43. Put red and green m&ms in your breakfast throughout the festive season.

44. Make your own snowflakes and string them around the house.

45. Read a christmas story.

46. Create your own Christmas Stocking and fill it with treats to give to a loved one.

47. If you're lucky enough to have snow, then have a snowball fight or build your own snowman

48. Organise a chocolate coin hunt around your house or garden. See who can find the most.

49, Go on a trip to look for the house that has the most Christmas decorations.

50. Plan your own Christmas party

What are your favourite things to do during the festive season?

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Blogmas Day 7 | 9 Things I LOVE about Christmas!!!

1. Family 

 Family is the most important part of Christmas. Just because they are able to offer great company, support and occasionally it is just nice to have a good old chin-wag with someone close to you. Alongside family is gift giving. I love seeing their faces when they open gifts - just a nice feeling, ya know?

2. Food

Food, I love food. I love cold turkey in fresh warm bread rolls, pigs in blankets, homemade Yorkshire pudding, red cabbage, brown caramelised potatoes, sausage stuffing, honey coated parsnips, party finder food... Are you seeing a pattern here? I like all the terribly unhealthy foods at Christmas. 

3. Baking

Baking such as: cakes, biscuits, puddings, cupcakes, flapjack... My mama is the best baker in the world, her butterfly buns are to die for and her Chocolate Cake is incredible. 

4. Markets

Christmas markets, stalls and festive shops are not only incredibly instagramable but also the perfect way to get into the Christmassy spirit. I recently visited Christmas World at Brigg Garden Centre and it was actually magical! 

5. Candles

Now, candles are one of my favourite things to have. I have soon many now of all different scents. Yankee Christmas scented candles are the way forward, all year round, every single day, all day. 

6. Decorations 

Christmas decorations and in particular decorating the tree is something that I look forward to all year! Although, my mum is so fussy about our tree at home that we often don't get to decorate or even if we do she'll spend days altering it after. However, aside from the decorations I also love fairy lights.

7. Lights

Lights, Christmas outdoor lights, tree lights, Christmas lights in towns (just lights in general) are incredibly pretty and wintery. Fairy lights make me smile and if I had my way we would have Christmas light up inside our house all year round. 

8. Pantomime
In my family it is a tradition to go to local pantomime each year. It is also compulsory to sit near the front in order to get grandad pied... hehe. The pantomime is just so much festive fun as well as little but of harmless political banter. What more could you want? 

9. Shortbread
So, I admit, I have already mentioned baking BUT shortbread needs it own market of importance. In particular the shortbread from M&S. Every single year, I request an entire tine to myself (judge all you like, I couldn't care less) as it is just the nicest treat for me at Christmas. I love it, a lot!

What do you love about Christmas and the festive season?

Happy Holiday!

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Blogmas Day 6 | What to Buy for Her Christmas

The holidays are creeping' and for the next few weeks we're rounding up all of our favourite things in hopes that they will inspire you with ideas, as well as help ease the overwhelming task that is holiday shopping! First up is a gift guide for girl who has been wearing plaid before it was ever a trend, likes to get her hands dirty, can rock a chic either harness like nobody else can...

1. Makeup
Girls love getting makeup, no matter what kind! You could literally walk into House of Fraser or Debenhams and buy them any makeup gift set and they will be ecstatic. This could also include nail polish.

2. Clothes
If you know there she and style, clothes are always a great gift. If not, you could get a gift card to there favourite store.

3. Candles
I absolutely love candles and I think most women agree with me. Yankee candle have the best smelling candles and are constantly having deals on them. If the women in your life prefers scents warmers, pick them up some nice smelling wax codes or even replacement bulbs. 

4. Jewellery
This item can be either very cheap or very expensive. In other words, items from Forever21 compared to Tiffany or Pandora. If any guy is planning to propose soon, Christmas Day is an awesome day to do it!! What's a better present than having the man you love give you the present of himself forever!!

5. Bath products
Bath bombs and bubble baths work for everyone.. I personally love any Lush products since they smell so amazing. Go for a generic scent like vanilla or a floral if you are not too sure what the person will like.

6. Cute Stationary
I do not know what it is about cute stationary products that makes me need to have it, but I love being able to make my to do or shopping lists on products like this. They are items every woman can throw into her purse and carry with her all the time and will think of you every time she takes it out.

7. Perfume
This is as basic of a Christmas as it gets. Every women loves getting perfume since the best ones are usually pricey. If you are not sure what kind of get her, The Perfume Shop or Debenhams that has samples of multiple perfumes and then has a certificate inside for one full bottle of perfume. This way they can test put different ones then go buy the full bottle of there favourite, it is multiple presents in one!!

8. Purse/wallets
Coach, Michael Kors and Burberry are all brands that ave some of the most stylish purses and wallets of today. I will not lie to you though, they can get pretty pricey. If your on a budget check out stores like Forever21, ASOS for a more affordable.

9. Bedroom Decor
I though this was a cute idea for a gift. Cuddle blankets, cute jewellery storage and pictures frames are all good items that you can customise to the specific person you are giving it too. For your girlfriend, you can add pictures of you and her together in the picture frame.

Leave your ideas below along with what you are asking for this year.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Blogmas Day 5 | What to Buy Him for Christmas

1. Aftershave 
This is a great choice for guys since they love to smell good (can't beat a good smelling farmer). 

2. Gaming System/Video Games
Any gaming console will make a great gift. If you already have the console, games or headsets also make an awesome gift. Is he always running out of batteries? Buy him a play and charge kit or a TON of batteries.

3. Candy or Treats
I think this a good gift for anyone really, who doesn't get a sweet tooth? Any guy will love to recieve his favourite treats from you. You could even throw in a couple bottles of there favourite drink.

4. Movies/TV series
Movies and TV series can be very expensive at times, but they tend to go on sale during the holidays. Pick up some of your favourite movies or the first season of there favourite TV show.

5. Favourite Toy Tractors
Most guys collect there favourite tractors. There are so many different items out there that has the logo like overalls, pictures, kitchen applicants household items and much more. If you really want to surprise them, try surprising them. 

6. Portable Charger or Headphones 
If you get hime a portable charger no guy will ever have to worry about his phone dieing. Other phone accessories like headphones and phone cases are also perfect gifts. 

7. Wallet
Most guys keep there wallets well past there due date. One year I filled the wallet with some gift cards to his favourite restaurant and stores.

8. Sunglasses 
This is an item that guys tend to lose or break. With the multiple brands and styles out there, there has to be at least one pair that will suit them. 

9. Go Pro/ Drone
Try to find out what kind of toys or gadgets he is interested in.

10. Socks, underwear and undershirts are the most asked for and most needed items that guys will highly appreciate getting. If you are not sure what clothes to get him, offer to take him out shopping one day and you can help pick them out.

Are you done your Christmas shopping yet? Stay tuned for tomorrows post on what to get Women for Christmas.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Blogmas Day 4 | Dealing with Holiday Stress

As a child there is no stress in the world. As an adult Christmas tends to stress people out for various reasons. Whether it's financial, work, losing a love one etc. I firmly believe that the holiday is a time for happiness. It is my favourite time of year by far, I love feeling festive so there are tips which I swear by to ensure I don't get too stressed.


I find writing lists of things that need to be done easier than attempting to remember everything. Writing a list of presents you need to buy other people so you don't have to stress and do thing last minute.

Order Online

Ordering your essential foods for the christmas period is better to be done online. One thing I cannot stand is how crowded the supermarkets get over christmas time. I get extremely stressed and anxious in big crowds of people so it is just easier to get you food shopping delivered to your door.


Another god list to write is goal, by setting goals for thing that need to be done before the 25th you will know what day you need the tasks completed by so you aren't leaving things until last minute which is bound to stress you out.

Pamper yourself 

Make sure you allow yourself time to relax. Allow yourself a pamper day/evening so the stress doesn't bubble up inside you. Pamper nights are always the best in winter anyways so the stressful christmas period is the perfect excuse to throw in extra pamper sessions!

What would you do to prevent getting stressed over the Christmas period?

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Blogmas Day 3 | Briggs Garden Centre at Christmas

There's a family tradition of ours to go to the local garden centre during the build up to Christmas and look at the Christmas decorations to buy. We never do a complete overhaul of the decorations, we simply add to our collection... meaning it now fills the majority of the attic. When my sister lived at home we had the best job of bringing them all down from the attic and putting them all back once Christmas is over. 

We're really lucky to live near some fabulous Garden Centres where they tend to go all out when it comes to selling decorations for Christmas. Unfortunately, our favourite one of all closed down a few years ago "Christmas World" at East Raverdale.

Last week, me and my mama had a trip out at Brigg Garden Centre which is just about 25minutes down the road so not too far! We had a wonderful time and also enjoyed looking round at all the Christmas decorations . I took a few photographs while I was there...

This Christmas head over to your local garden centres. Garden centres near me are full of decorations, lights and trees. Brigg garden centre has a lot of entrainment for the families, even have real reindeers. 

This place is so big and there's so many products to choose from. Everything is conveniently stored in colour schemes, making it easter to find just what you need.

My favourite was Mrs Rabbits Tea Party but it's not the look we're going for this year but it was just so cute how it was laid out. A few photos below.

Comment if you've been to any garden centres or Christmas shops this year, let me know what you got!!