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CHRISTMAS: DECORATING OUR TREE WITH AMARA



I love decorating the tree, it's one of my favourite things about the season. I always get so excited about decorating the tree. We make a night of it and watch Christmas films and have big mugs of hot chocolate with cream and marshmellows.

We've had our tree for a couple of years now, and i'm still happy with my colour theme, I went for a mixture of metals so there's lots of Gold, Silver, Rose Gold, Bronze and copper decorations. This year I decided to add a little bit of pink to the tree as we've had a little girl but also i've added some blush pink soft furnishings to our living room like cushions and throws so this ties everything together.

Most of our baubles were from B&M, we bought a few packs of baubles and then I picked up some unique baubles from places like John Lewis and Oliver Bonas.

This year i've kindly been sent a few gorgeous decorations from Amara.com They have a really lovely selection of Christmas Decorations to choose from and alot of them have now been discounted so you can get yourself some gorgeous luxury decorations for less.

The Angel Wings  came in a pack of two. They are a really decent size and a gorgeous gold/ silver glitter finish. They really stand out on the tree and lots of people have commented on them.

The two pink baubles are also from Amara, I love the fluffy one, it's so pretty and is really unique. The other pink one has sequins on and is also really lovely. The shade of pink is perfect and I think it really ties the whole tree together. I actually picked up the pink 'First Christmas' bauble from a little stall in our local shopping center but I think this works well with the pink baubles from Amara.

The personalised baubles are from Selfridges, I picked them up a couple of years ago, i'm not sure if they still do them but I've just ordered Amelia a personalised one from Notonthehighstreet.com and i've seen that Next have started a personalised range.

Make sure you head on over to Amara.com as I said they have discounted all of their decorations so you can get yourself some gorgeous pieces for your tree for less. Head on over and let me know what your favourite decoration is, they have a really cool pineapple decoration that I might have to order.












CHRISTMAS: GIFT GUIDE FOR HIM



I know some people find it really hard to shop for the men in their lives. I have a few men to shmen op for over Christmas, Clint, my dad, his dad and my grandad. I agree that men are difficult to shop for and I don't know if it's just the men in my life but they always say they don't need anything so it's super hard to shop for them. I tend to play it safe and stick to smellies but i've got a few other gift ideas below to help you shop for the men in your life.

As I mentioned above I tend to go for smellies, you can't really go wrong as men always need shower gels and aftershaves. This Crabtree and Evelyn Moroccan Myrrh Cologne is a really lovely scent, I really like the packaging, the Orange really stands out. There is a whole Moroccan Myrrh range so check that out too for other products like soap, shave cream and body wash.

Another brand that does some really good smellies and other mens grooming products is Bluebeards Revenge. They have a huge selection of products such as aftershaves, shaving products and haircare products. Their products smell amazing and Clint has actually been a fan of theirs for a few years now. He really likes their Matt Clay hair product. This gift set is a great value for money as it contains a 100ml size bottle of the Bluebeards Revenge Eau de toilette and a 150ml size of the shower gel. They come in this lovely gift box so would make a lovely gift.


Chemist.co.uk have actually put together some really great gift sets perfect for Christmas, they have a set for her, for him and one for the kids. There are some really great products in the set for him including a Dove For Men Moisturiser  and face wash. A Rock Face Body spray,  moisturiser  and shower wash  aswell as a Loreal Men Expert Shower Gel. It's a great set with lots of fab brands and products inside. You can also shop the products individually and the website also stock lots more brands and products at really good prices.

If you don't want to buy grooming or skincare products for the men in your life then here's a few other gift ideas that might help. Clint has quite a big DVD collection and he usually asks for some DVD's for Christmas. I knew he would want the new Fast and Furious film so i've picked that up for him, we've actually bought the other DVD Black Sails for his Dad as he likes DVD's too! The new Game of Thrones season is out this week too, I think that would be a good gift for those Thrones fans out there! I think dvd's are quite affordable so even if your on a tight budget this is a good option. If you don't really know what DVD to get someone but you know they would appreciate a DVD or CD you could get them a voucher for somewhere like HMV.

This leather belt is from Dobell, I really like brown leather belts and think they look really smart. It's always handy to have a belt and Clint's belts are all looking a little worse for wear so I thought i'd grab him a new one. I like the simple style of this belt and think it would go with most of his clothes. Dobell also stock black belts so if you prefer a black belt then check them out. The belt is really good quality and a good price. Sometimes its good to buy people the things they need, I always tend to grab Clint some new socks, underwear and this year a nice new belt.

A few other gift ideas for him include, a shaver - I bought my dad a shaver last year I think, I got him a dry or wet shaver and he uses it all the time.
Gadgets! Men love gadgets, my dad asks for a drone nearly every year! I always get him one but he seems to crash or lose them.
Personalised gifts - It's Clints first Christmas as a daddy, I really want to get him a frame or a keyring that says daddy.

What do you get the men in your life for Christmas? Have you got any good gift ideas? Have you done your Christmas shopping already, I have loads to buy!












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CHRISTMAS: CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FROM LUSH



It's Christmas which means LUSH have all of their amazing gift sets in store and online! I'm a huge fan of LUSH and some of their Christmas products are my absolute favourites! They have a huge range of gift sets and they vary in price so there is something to suit every budget.

I think you can't really go wrong with LUSH products as gifts. They do lots of different gift sets, or if your looking for a smaller gift you can buy an individual product such as a bath bomb or shower gel.
I know LUSH isnt for everyone but they actually do a huge range of products, even some very subtle ones with hardly any scent for people who don't like strong smells. They also sell massage bars and fresh cleansers so they have something for everyone.

I'm going to talk about a few of their amazing Christmas gift sets that are available this season. First is the Merry Christmas gift set, this includes 4 bath bombs so is perfect for any bath lovers. I love getting Christmas bath bombs, this set actually includes the Golden Wonder bath bomb which is one of my all time favourites because it' so pretty ( I haven't photographed it because it actually broke in the box but it's a gold present shape ) It creates lots of blue and yellow colour in the bath and has a really gorgeous citrus scent!  This gift set also includes the Shoot For The Stars gifts set which is a lovely blue bath bomb with gold glittery stars in, the Cocoa butter in this bath bomb leaves your skin feeling super soft and the gold glitter sits on top of the colbalt blue water like a midnight sky. I haven't tried Thundersnow before so i'm looking forward to giving that a try. Apparently it smells like peppermint which just screams Christmas to me so i'm so excited to try this one out. I bet it leaves you feeling so fresh. Finally the Christmas Sweater bath bomb which I also think is another new one, this one is a more spicy, gingery scent so another festive scent and it makes the water red, orange and yellow.

Next is the Snow Fairy gift set. Snow Fairy is an iconic Christmas Scent from Lush. It's super popular and I remember it used to sell out over Christmas because it was so popular. I think they hold better stock now to keep up with the demand but I know people stock up on it for the year as it's only around at Christmas. The set contains 4 Snow Fairy products including the shower gel, body conditioner, jelly bomb and reusable magic wand. The gift is perfect for a Snow Fairy fan. They also have a smaller set, Little Snow Fairy which contains the shower gel and jelly bomb.

Best Wishes is another gift set available this year and it includes Christmas Sweater bath bomb, a snowman bubbleroon and the Saucy Snowcake soap. This set has abit more variety of products so would be good for someone who hasn't tried any Lush products before but want's to give some a try.


The sets vary in price but they start off very reasonable. They are beautifully packaged in either a decorative box or wrapped in a lovely festive paper and finished off with a bow. They are a lovely gift idea. Check out the LUSH website to see what other sets they have and you can search by price making it super easy to stick to budget. The website is really informative so any product information / ingredients etc you can find everything you need.














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CHRISTMAS: GETTING INTO THE FESTIVE SPIRIT


I haven't really got into the festive spirit just yet, December has crept up on me. I haven't bought any presents yet, I know i've just had a baby and I need to stop being so hard on myself. I thought i'd write a little blog post with some ways to get into the festive spirit. 

Decorating the tree is one of my favourite ways to get into the festive spirit, we put our tree up around the 1st December. We make hot chocolates with cream and marshmellows and put a christmas film on. 

Go to some festive events in your local area, why not take the kids to visit Santa. We are taking Amelia to see Santa over the weekend. I think it will be lovely to get a photo of her with him whilst shes still a tiny newborn. Why not visit a Christmas Market, In Birmingham we have the German Market and there's an ice rink. I think we are going to the Market next week, i'm really looking forward to it. 

With snow forecast over the weekend you might want to stay in and spend some time at home. You can watch films with popcorn and hot chocolates with the family. Get those Christmas cards written and wrap presents.You can win yourself some money to have the most amazing Christmas by browsing some new bingo games online, and don't forget to order those last minute gifts online. 

Get your Christmas bedding out and add some fairy lights in your bedroom to make it cosy and Christmassy.

I'm really excited for our First Christmas as a family of three, we have lots going on over the next couple of weeks and I need to try and fit in Christmas Shopping at some point. How are you getting into the festive spirit. Have you visited a Christmas market or will you be visiting Santa in his grotto? 





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CHRISTMAS: GIFT IDEAS FOR BABIES

It's Amelia's first Christmas and although we won't be buying her any presents ( ok we might have bought her this cute penguin dressing gown but thats it! ) She is only 3 weeks old and she got alot of new clothes and gifts when she was born so she doesn't really need anything. Clint's mom has also gone crazy and bought her loads so she really doesn't need anything else. I thought it would be nice to put together a little gift guide of some products you could buy for your baby or maybe one of your friends has recently had a baby and you need some inspiration.

First up is this cuteeee penguin dressing gown from My 1st Years, as I mentioned above we've actually bought this for Amelia because I love penguins, it's on offer right now aswell. You can have it personalised so it would make a really lovely gift, if you don't fancy the penguin they also do standard personalised dressing gown or they also have some other festive designs.

I think a personalised bauble is a lovely gift idea, this gorgeous glass bauble is from Studio Seed via Notonthehighstreet.com. It's a nice keepsake that will get to go on the Christmas Tree year after year and then when their older they might even hang it on their own tree.

I have featured this mat from Mamashack before. I've actually bought one for Amelia already and we love it. We've had so many compliments on it and they have lots of other patterns. They also sell lots of other personalised products so make sure you head on over and have a look.

I always love buying clothes for little ones, River Island have lots of gorgeous clothes to choose from. How cute is this dress, I love the print and think the design is really nice. I think i'm going to get this for Amelia for when shes a little bit bigger. This hat is also from River Island, all of Amelia's hats are still too big for her little head. I love the pink pom pom and eyelash design, it's so cute.

I have bought Amelia some books, I picked up some off the works website, they have an offer where you can get 10 books for £10 so I think they would be lovely gifts for Christmas. This personalised book is from Letterfest via Notonthehighstreet.com again this is a lovely gift and would make a keepsake.










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CHRISTMAS: BEAUTY GIFT IDEAS FOR HER


It's Christmas!!! Christmas is nearly here so i've put together a few gift ideas. I will have a few gift guides going up on the blog over the next few days so keep your eyes peeled for those. Today's post is gift ideas for the beauty lover in your life. 

Mad Beauty have a really good selection of gifts perfect for the festive season. I thought i'd include this advent calender in my gift guide as you get lots of different gifts inside. I think this would be a really cute gift for a younger sister or friend. Be sure to check out Mad Beauty as they have loads of really cute gifts over on their website. They also stock lots of Disney goodies and they're products are a really affordable. 

Next is this gift set by Evolve, they are an organic beauty brand. The set includes their best selling Hyaluronic Serum and Radiant Glow Mask. I really like the packaging and think this is a lovely gift set for someone who loves their skincare. Evolve beauty is a lovely brand, i've used their products before. 

I love LUSH and I always get lots of Lush goodies for Christmas, I think they are a great gift idea. Everyone loves abit of Lush, it's a great gift idea for him or her. Lush have a huge selection of gifts, i'm actually going to do a separate blog post of a few of the Christmas Gift Sets that Lush have to offer this year. I thought i'd include the Little Snow Fairy gift set as it's one of the smaller sets, it's really afforable at £11.50 and contains two products, a 100ml bottle of Snow Fairy Shower Gel and one of the new Snow Fairy Jelly Bomb.

This Mandara Spa Lip Butter Trio is only £4.50 so really affordable, you can pick one up from Sainsburys I think this would be a fab stocking filler or secret santa gift. 

Neals Yard Remedies have lots of amazing Christmas Gifts this year. They have lots of sets that include a range of different products and vary in price. I've included these bath salts. I love the packaging, the little blue pouches and wooden scoop are lovely and would make a really nice gift. The Lavender bath salts are perfect for someone who struggles to sleep and needs to relax and unwind before bed. 

Neal and Wolf have some fab Christmas gift sets to choose from. I love the Ritual Collection as it contains the Neal and Wolf Ritual Shampoo and Conditioner which is one of my favourites. I loveee the scent it's amazing. I've used a few products from the Neal and Wolf Ritual range and have really liked the products. Neal and Wolf also have a huge range of different hair care products such as this hair oil.

This Urban Veda gift set is a great way to try some of their products, they have a huge selection of products and gift sets to choose from so there is something for everyone. Check out their Christmas gift sets here and find out all about Urban Veda natural skincare. Again the sets vary in price so theres something to suit any budget.

How cute is this packaging! Bilou is a really afforable brand. They have a range of body sprays and shower foams and have some amazing scents for example, Coco Cocktail which smells like holidays and Pina Coladas, Fizzy Berry and Cotton Candy. The Coco Cocktail body spray smells so good!! I really like the packaging. I love the quirky and fun text and colours. These would be a lovely stocking filler. 

I love buying people perfume and aftershave, check out my latest blog post featuring a couple of fragrances that i've picked out from Fragrance Direct. Head over to their website to browse a huge range of fragrance, it's so easy to find that perfect fragrance. 

I thought i'd include these handcreams as my hands always get really dry this time of year. I love getting decent hand creams for Christmas. The Crabtree & Evelyn hand cream is really good and they have lots of different scents and sizes. 

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? What kind of gifts are you buying this year. Are there any products in my gift guide that you would gift for the beauty lover in your life? 












CHRISTMAS: PICK THE PERFECT FRAGRANCE THIS CHRISTMAS


It's December and with Christmas around the corner it's time to get organised and go shopping for those Christmas gifts. I haven't bought any presents yet as I have just had a baby so the last few weeks have just flown by and I haven't had chance to even think about Christmas. I will hopefully be able to order most of my shopping online and then will pop to the shops over the next week or so and get any other bits. I don't have many people to buy for and i'm sure our friends and family will be understanding that I haven't gone mad this year. 

I love getting perfume for Christmas and I usually buy perfume for a few of our family members. My mom always asks for perfume and I always try and buy her something different. She tends to stick to the same few perfumes so I like getting her something new to try. It's really easy to shop for perfume on Fragrance Direct as they have so many different brands at really affordable prices. They also have really good descriptions of the fragrance so you can decide if it sounds like a scent you would like, they also have lots of reviews so you can see what other customers think. 

I picked out this Marc Jacobs scent, it's described as a woody, sexy scent. It's gorgeous, the scent is really warm and sweet. It is a sexy scent and I'm so happy with it. I've had so many compliments on this perfume too. The bottle is gorgeous, I love the dark greeny/blue shade of the bottle and the gold detailing, this looks amazing on my dressing table. 

I also picked out this Joop WOW fragrance, i've actually picked this out for my dad as he always needs new aftershave. I am a fan of the original Joop fragrance so I thought i'd see what the WOW fragrance is like. It is a very masculine scent, the combination of bergamot, cardamom and violet create a warm fragrance that is perfect for this season. It's not overpowering so perfect from day to night. I really like the bottle, it's simple but sleek. 

Head on over to the Fragrance Direct site to check out all of the amazing fragrances they have to offer perfect to gift this Christmas. They have so much choice and with free delivery and a gift wrapping service it makes gift giving so easy. Do you have any fragrances on your wish list this Christmas? What is your favourite perfume or aftershave and what kind of scents do you usually go for? 






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