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Lidl Christmas Party Food

Party Food

Pardon my French but bloody hell #lidlsurprises. I’m the ‘chief shopper’ in my household which means I pick the clothes, the food and the appliances we buy. When it comes to our food shopping, my husband prefers we stick to the same place and for as long as I can remember, Tesco has been out go-to groceries store. However in recent months, I have tried breaking that mould and shopping around. We’ve occasionally done a ‘top-up’ shop at Sainsbury’s and get the odd bits from Aldi. With Christmas being such a special occasion, we go to Waitrose for that.

In all my years, never have I considered going to Lidl. The last time I stepped foot into one of their stores was when I was at secondary school and had a chocolate biscuit addiction. Mumsnet challenged me to buy party food from there. The Lidl Chrismas range were both great value and great tasting which left me pleasantly surprised.

To me Christmas is a time for family and a time to celebrate. I look forward to exchanging presents, eating my weight in food and watching an endless stream of Christmas movies. Since becoming a mum, I’ve found it to be even more important to me. I find new ways to make new traditions with my family and pass on old ones.lidl christmas

I dread slaving away in the kitchen so when I can, I slip out of having to make the turkey. Somehow, it always comes down to me. Maybe because my house is normally the central location where everyone comes to.  When I can get away with not making turkey, I go for whole chicken because everyone loves it. Well, except for the vegetarians. For them, I have a wide selection of party food and snacks to compensate.

With a £25 budget , I headed to Lidl to see how much party food I could get from the Party time range. With a packed basket I headed to the till thinking I’d be told I’ve exceeded that budget. Instead, I was told I was significantly below it and had to get more things. Here are the party food I got:

Partytime 60  Indian selection, £2.99
Christmas Hand Cooked Crisps
Premium Cracker Selection, 1,79
Partytime 12 Chicken Skewers, £1.99
Partytime 14 Vegetarian Spring Rolls, £1.99
Deluxe  12 Tempura Prawns, £1,79
Partytime 10 Gyozas, £1.99
Partytime 14 Duck Spring Rolls, £1.99

With all these food and not enough mouth to feed, I invited some friends and their kids for a girls night in. In the video below, I mention how eager I was to try the Deluxe Tempura King Prawns. My, oh my they were incredible and cost only £1.89! I left them in the oven long enough for the crispy batter coating to be really crunchy. The sweet chilli dip was slight runny but tasted AMAZING. So good, I dipped a few chips in there too. These Tempura King Prawns literally flew off the plate when they came out of the oven. I’ve had to promised to return to Lidl and get some more because even the kids liked them.

Another thing that was quite enjoyable were the Premium Crackers Selection. For £1.79, you get a selection of six multigrain, whole wheat and poppy seed crackers. My nephews who are super fussy and hate trying new things loved them. As they ran around the house, they’d stop to take some and eat. It was an absolute pleasure having everyone over. It truly felt like Christmas day with all the food and people around.

The least favourite from the Partytime range were probably the Indian Selections. I’m not much of an Indian food fan so maybe I should have cooked half and save the rest for another day. In hindsight, the 60 Oriental snack selection might have been a better option or perhaps even both seeing as they cost a mere £3.99 each. The snack selection of vegetable samosas, onion bhajis and vegetable pakoras were very pocket-friendly and definitely something to serve if you are expecting a lot of people.

I cannot tell you how happy I was that all the food cooked at the same temperature of 190C. I really hate cooking frozen food that require different cooking times. Everything went straight in the oven from freezer. In addition, even for the small price tags attached to them, they didn’t taste like generic frozen foods. Each item had enough flavour to have your taste buds dancing.

My nearest store was the Woolwich branch. After a recent renovation, it nice and clean. Things are pretty easy to find and when they are not, the staff are willing to help. As someone who prefers shopping online, I appreciate all the help I can get when I have to shop in-store. As previously mentioned, I was pleasantly surprised with my visit to Lidl and will definitely be going back to get the Oriental Snack Selection and Deluxe Tempura Prawns and maybe a few other bits.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity. I have received a voucher in return for writing this post

 

Christmas Gift Guide for Women

Christmas Gift Guide for Women

Ohhh Christmas is coming. Only 24 days to go now and I can’t contain my excitement. I went shopping on Oxford Street last week and it really got me into the festive spirit. Last week, I compiled a christmas gift guide for kids and this week I have one for women. I know a lot of bloggers are doing these. Its a great way to find gift ideas. Majority of the stuff on the list are something I would definitely want someone to get me. It consists of lingerie, chocolate, wine and music. All the things that make my life fun! A couple of products on the list like Green & Black Chocolate, the Idea Radiance Trio and Spotify are things I can’t live without!

 Christmas Gift Guide for Women

  1.  This illy Francis Francis Y3 IperEspresso machine caught my eye because of the colour. It also comes in Orange!
  2.  Halo sport headband , created to help keep sweat away from the face are also fashion forward!
  3.  I really like these Sophie Anderson handwoven bags. Especially the bucket style one with orange pom poms.
  4. Lloyds Pharmacy stocks a wide range of celebrity perfumes like Cheryl Cole’s Storm Flower
  5. Lingerie is not just for valentine’s day. This set is from french brand Maison Lejaby is so pretty.
  6. Both Taylor Swift and Sam Smith released such amazing albums this year. Albumcards  is a personalised greetings card plus music gift, all in one!
  7. It’s no secret I love Timex watches for their stylish yet simplistic designs that us why I think they make great gifts.
  8. If it’s a present that lasts all year round you are after then I think a Baylis and Harding gift set is the way to go. The one pictured is the Sweet Mandarin and Grapefruit Slipper set from Lloyds Pharmacy.
  9. I still remember the first time I had Green and Blacks. It was this time two years ago and since then its been a love affair. They are the perfect festive season snack in from of the TV watching Netflix.
  10. For just £6.00, this Vaseline Make Up Bag collection is a bargain. It comes with a make up bag ( of course ) a Hand and Nail lotion and a Lip Therapy rosy lips.
  11. Yes, another lingerie set. This time by Edge O’ Beyond.  I really like the blue negligee.
  12.  Spotify makes a great gift for someone with an eclectic taste in music. They have gift cards that can be bought online or from selected retailers like The Co-operative, Homebase, Argos, Morrisons and Tesco.
  13. These Diva Pro hairdryers, are mesmerising. The colours are so vibrant.
  14. Michelin starred Kinloch Lodge Hotel Isle of Skye has a range of luxury festive food gift packages.
  15. A spa with a difference Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa also happen to do gift vouchers.
  16. From the Miranda Kerr for Royal Albert  teacup collection, this teacup is available to buy from House of Fraser, John Lewis, Selfridges, Fenwicks, and Harrods.
  17. Edinburgh Woollen Mill Headband 
  18. I have been using the Amway Artistry Ideal Radiance Illuminating Essence for about 6 months and now swear by it. I use it as a primer and the result is amazing. This gift set comes with a Moisture Cream and Spot Corrector.
  19. I have had my hair in its natural state for a few years and I finally know what works well for me. Anything with Argan Oil like this Creightons Argon Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner. 
  20.  Make up Eraser does the job of removing make up without the need of cleansers. Sounds like a life changing gift for make up lovers!
  21. Tictail sounds like the place to go if you are looking for creative and unique gifts like the pictured unicorn print cushion or Celine Earrings by Marina Celi.
  22. OMG doesn’t The Chapel Down Vine lease scheme sounds like it was set up for moments when a bottle of wine just isn’t enough? Either way it makes a cool gift for wine lovers.
  23. The Discovery Mixed Duo Gift Box by Laithwaite comes with two bottles. One red and one white for £20
  24. Chocolate Ecstasy Tour.
  25. Chocolate Boutique Hotel Hamper

Christmas Jumper Day

Christmas Jumper Day

This year, Christmas Jumper Day in on Friday 12th December. For those of you who don’t know what this is, it is an annual fundraising day organised by Save the Children. There are a host of retailers including Ikea, Bulgari, Costa and George at Asda joining in to ‘make the world better with a sweater‘.

Save the Children are asking as many people as possible to join in by either customising and wearing an existing jumper or buying one . George at Asda have already launched their range of jumpers for men, women and kids with prices starting from £12. They are hoping to raise £750,000 to help Save the Children’s work in the UK. The full range is pictured but you can also view it here

Christmas Jumper Day

For Wonen

Christmas Jumper Day

For Kids

Christmas Jumper Day

For Men

There are also other ways to join in. Renowned knitter Sue Stratford has specially designed two knitting patterns. You can choose from a mini Christmas Jumper bunting pattern or a mini knitted penguin donning his own Christmas jumper to create a cute decoration to hang on your tree. There is also a christmas jumper card designs to try out or and Gingerbread recipe. All the fun activities can be seen here

It’s really easy to take part – all you have to do is sign up at christmasjumperday.org, get family, friends and colleagues involved, make, borrow or buy a festive sweater, wear it on Friday 12 December and donate! We’re asking grown-ups for a suggested donation of £2 and school children for £1, and to recognise your generous support, the government will double your money – matching every pound you give. To donate via text message, please text JUMPER or JTTW ( to add to my team total ) to 70050 to donate £2 straight to Save the Children.

You can share pictures on Twitter using #xmasjumperday or on Facebook www.facebook.com/christmasjumperday. For more information please visit Save the Children

Ella’s Kitchen ‘jingle belly’ Christmas Dinner

Ella's Kitchen ‘jingle belly' Christmas Dinner

Its no secret that I love Ella’s Kitchen! I blogged about there Weeny Weaning Restaurant that I attended with Amelia a while back.

This Christmas they making my love for them reach new levels with their jingle belly Christmas Dinner. Which essentially is a christmas dinner in a pinch suitable for babies aged 7months and above. This is the perfect way to include weaning babies in the christmas dinner tradition. The jingle belly pouch contains , carrot, parsnips, red cabbage, potatoes, sprouts, cranberry  and of course turkey! So they are not missing out on all the christmas trimming!

Ella's Kitchen ‘jingle belly' Christmas Dinner

For every pouch of the jingle belly christmas dinner sold, Ella’s Kitchen will donate 30p to Kids Company  in order to help them provide food for disadvantaged children and their families on Christmas Day. We all know how hard the christmas period can be especially for the less fortunate. That is why it is nice to see a brand trying to make a difference. To donate to Kids Company and help them feed thousands of vulnerable little ones this Christmas, go to www.kidsco.org.uk/donate

The Ella’s Kitchen ‘jingle belly’ Christmas Dinner costs £1.39 and is available from Tesco now. For more  information, visit www.ellaskitchen.co.uk

Food | Eat your heart out, it’s Christmas

Food for Christmas, Food Gifts

I don’t now about you but one of the things I look forward to during the festive season is the food. Its like an all you can eat buffet that lasts for days if not weeks. I love grabbing a box of chocolate and sitting by the TV with the family.

Food for Christmas, Food Gifts

1. Carluccio’s Christmas Festive Hamper ( £65.00 ) is jam packed with classic Italian foods like ragu, wheat pasta and even a bottle of prosecco.

2. Green and Black Connoisseur Collection has such a wide range to chose from and even comes with a tasting wheel which tells you which chocolate is great paired with something else.

3.Cadbury Roses ( £9.19 ) is one of the many chocolates I enjoy during the festive period. I personally like going through the tin and eating my favourites till what’s left is the flavour no one wants.

4. Black Vanilla have brought out 6 very festive flavour this season. They are Mince pie gelato, Turkey and cranberry gelato, Mulled wine sorbetto, Brandy Butter Gelato, Panettone Gelato and a Christmas Pudding flavour. The Mulled wine flavour does sound very tempting.

5. Fabulously Fox’s assorted biscuit tin and a cup of tea = perfection. My favourite is the Chunkie Cookie, then the Viennesse, then the… Ok ill stop.

6. We all know about Moonpig.com. But did you know they do even more cool stuff like this Personalised Beer selection with Tankard ( £20.00 )

7.Another great gift from Moonpig.com, a personalised Christmas hamper with a bottle of wine, cheddar cheese, fruit cake and more.

8. Some mouth watering  Chutneys from English Provender.

9. Shared these Thornton Christmas model ( £10.00 ) chocolate with my daughter last year and she loved them. Can’t wait to have them again this year.

10. Butler’s Christmas Chocolate collection is comes with a selection of 12 alcohol free chocolate truffles, pralines and many other flavours.

Shopping | Tablets for Christmas

Christmas Presents, Tablets

Over the years, buying christmas presents for your loved ones has become some what easier. There is such a wide range to choose from for any age group. To kick off this year’s gift idea posts I have rounded up some of the best tablets available. From the ever so popular Apple iPads to the brand new money saving Tesco Hudl.

Christmas Presents, Tablets

 

Tesco Hudl — The brand new Tesco Hudl is available in a vast range of colours and allows you to stream videos straight to a TV using a Micro HDMI to HDMI cable.size…7″ battery life…9 Hours price…£119.00 or £60 using Tesco Clubcard Boost.

Apple iPad— Apple are the leaders when it comes to talets. They have the iPad mini, iPad Air, iPad 1,2 or 3 which can all do a range of things. size…5.3″ battery life…Prices start from £249 for the iPad mini.

Sony Xperia tablet Z— One of 2013 most popular tablet. It is the thinnest and lightest Android tablet available. size 10.1 inch…battery life…up to 10 hours…price…£299

Google Nexus 10— If you love all thing Google then the nexus 10 is the one to get. Like a laptop, it allows you to create a multi users. So every one has their own space. size 10″…battery life up to 9 hours… price £319

Lenovo Yoga 8— The coolest thing about this tablet is that it has an expandable memory so you don’t have to stick to the 16GB it comes with. size 8″…battery life…up to 18 hours price…£199 for wifi only or £229 for 3G.

Microsoft Surface Pro 2— Not sure whether to get a tablet or a laptop? Then the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is the ideal choice. It even comes with Microsoft Office suite. size…10.6″ battery life…up to 8 hours price…£359 for 32GB

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0— Like the Lenovo tablet, this one also has an expandable memory. What stands out about the Samsung Galaxy note is the S Pen as note everyone want to use their fingers. size…8″ battery life… up to 8 hours price…£299

 

 

Shopping | #Telegraphbeautybox

Telegraph Beauty Box

For all my beauty lovers out there, tomorrow, the Telegraph are releasing their new beauty box which contains seven, yes seven full sized products worth £100 for just £15! I dont want to keep banging on about this but Christmas is near and this would make a great present for a loved one with breaking the bank.That’s if you don’t get it for yourself.

Telegraph Beauty Box

  • Elemis SOS Emergency Cream (15ml)  £19.40
  • OPI Nail Lacquer (15ml), worth £11.50
  • Bellapierre Black Mineral Mascara (9ml, full size), worth £19.99
  • Calvin Klein Créme Lipstick- Flutter (3.5g,full size), worth £14.00
  • Joico K-Pak Shampoo to repair hair (300ml) worth £14.00
  • Pecksniff’s Hand and Body Lotion with Orange, Mandarin, Geranium and Cedarwood (250ml), worth £12.00
  • Pecksniff’s Shower and Bath Gel with Orange, Mandarin, Geranium and Cedarwood (250ml, worth £12.00

Full details on how to get yours will be in tomorrow’s copy ( Saturday 16th November ) of The Telegraph. Click here to find out more

Christmas | Battle of the Ads

We literally just got to mid November and already the Christmas ads have been rolled out. Each year, I look out for the Coca Cola advert because for me ( and I’m sure many others ) that is a confirmation that Christmas is near. This seems to be happening earlier each year. Also for some reason, this year it feels like there is some sort of secret competition between retailers. According to an article on The Guardian website, market analyst Nielsen said, ” retailers will spend about £390m” on advertising.

When the John Lewis  #bearandhare advert was released last week, social media went crazy. Tweets describing the ad as a tear- jerker was every where. I personally didn’t understand the hype with this one. I mean am I missing something here? What is causing the tears? On YouTube, it has already received over 4.5 million views. I have to say I do like the Lily Allen song though.So far the Tesco advert is my favourite mainly because of its portrayal of christmas. You know. Having the family all there. The various generations, the uncles you don’t see till christmas and of course the food. The advert really captures the excitement of christmas

Also, the Lidl advert really caught my attention. Mainly because of the song. What is your favourite advert this year?

Christmas Shopping | Gifts for Kids

It nearly the end of my Christmas Gift Guides. Today’s gift guide is for kids.
Below are a list of presents for boys and girl aged under ten. I had so much fun putting this together because I have a three year old girl and this gave me clues on what to get her. No.10 From Alex and Alexa is one I know she really like so that is top of the list. Last year, she got a toy pitch so 7 and 8 will also be on the list. Isn’t she a lucky girl?
What will you be getting the lil ones in your life this Christmas?
1.The SpongeBob SquarePants ultra soft ear plugs. Available from Boots and Superdrugs. £4.99
2. Miioon Ruckjack. A Rucksack and Jacket in one. The site allows kids to create their own designs.
5. To Story Mania. Available for Xbox and Playstation 3
6. Is he Spiderman, Hulk or Captain America? Only £16.99 from Smyths
9. Disney Princess : My Fairytale adventure. Available on WII 3DS and PCs.
10. Leap Frog Ping LeapPad 2 on Sale from £90.00 to £67.00 on Alex and Alexa.
12. Sharpie Markers  £19.99
13. Pocket Libraries. £2.79 each
16. For the Princesses.
17. Build-a-Bear Workshop Cheerleader Bear
18. Family Games by Bananagrams. Includes Appleletters, Pears in Pairs and of course Bananagram! p.s Its not just for kids, Model Jade Parfitt loves it
19.Build-a Bear Workshop Doctor and Footballer Bears
24. Arm and Hammer’s MyWay Spin Toothbrush. Yes this is on the list. We have to make brushing fun!
26. Bobux Soft Sole Shoes. Comes in sizes up to 27 month and 80 styles.
28. Playstation’s Wonderbook : Book of Spells. Watch the trailer here 
29. The Body Collector. Classic Fantasy Adventure £12.99
30. Red Lego Alarm Clock on sale for £16.50

Christmas Shopping | Gift for Techies

We live in an era where technology rules the world. Even your 10 year old nephew is asking for a blackberry for Christmas. Below are a list of cool techie products suitable for…well the technology lovers. From a shredder to a plant sensor I have it all here below.
1. Canon EOS M Camera. Come in a variety of colours. £649.99
3. iLuv Workstation for iPads. Comes with detachable bluetooth keyboard. £69.99
5. Large Charging Station  Gets rid of cables everywhere. £28
6. Marley Headphones. Inspired by Bob Marley’s vision of one love. £19.99 – £249.99
8. iPad mini. if they don’t already own an iPad of i Phone. £269.99
9. Brabantia Solar Bathroom scale. For the weight watchers. £38
10.  

11. Roberts – SOUND 100 £250 
12. Roberts Radio – Cath Kidston Rivival DAB kempton rose. £200
13. Quarkie In Ear headphones. I absolutely love the quirky designs £69
14. Kindle Fire. The Kinkle just got even better. £129.99
15. Fellowes Shredder. Good for shredding credit and debit cards so you stop them from spending. £39.99 
16. Three. Get a new mobile phone on pay as you go or pay monthly with the UK’s most reliable network since EE was introduced.
17. TurboCharger Pocket Power.Charges iPhone, iPad, iPod, Kindle, Samsung Galaxy S3 and a whole range of other popular phones, tablets, e-readers and MP3 players. £12.95
18. Mywellness Key is a portable device that measures physical activity though out the day.£100
19. Toshiba Satellite u920t is a convertible laptop. £899
20. iLuv OrigamiFolio iPad case. Folds into five different angle.
21.eneloop is a long life rechargeable battery.Avoid the ‘batteries not included’ moment on christmas day. £7
23.Slendertone Face help the face by toning and lifting the muscles. £250

Christmas Shopping | Gifts for Men

I find it hard shopping for men. Becausee quite frankly event they don’t know what they like. One minute they support Tottenham Hot Spurs and the next they support Chelsea. Its like… “Dude make up your wind”.
To avoid you getting a pair of socks for the guys in your life this christmas, I have compiled a list of what I deem suitable presents for men. From the young to the old. 
p.s I didn’t include socks 😉


1. Tube and Station tent from the Monster Factory £59.99
2. if you a guy who is an ideas man. Why not get him this Paperblanks note pad so he can note them down.
3. A masculine woody watery fragrance. Only £22.95 from Oriflame
4. Help him give Bradley Wiggins a run for his money with these custom able bike from Mango Bikes
5. So cool even I want this. Smurf Book Ends. £19.99 Just Mustard
6. Cufflink storage box. Goes well with the Facebook ‘like’cufflinks (no. 14). £14.99 from Just Mustard
7. Limited edition Yellow Subversion coms in a set of five for £395 from www.50by70.com.
8. This is THE gift for all footy fanatics. A personalised Manchester United FC Dressing room photo from Menkind. £29.99 (should be available for other clubs too.)
9. Just like every woman needs an LBD, every man need a lil black book. This Filofax mini Chameleon Personal Organiser fits the bill. £20
10. My favourite mens perfume… EVER is Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme that is why I know the sport version of this timeless fragrance will be appreciated by any guy. Debenhams  £32.72
11. Grooming Kit. Menkind
12. I’d say this is a nice gift set for young men and for only from £13.99 Boots you will not break the bank.
13.Make sure the men in your life stay in trend with these John White shoes. www.johnwhiteshoes.com
14. Facebook ‘like’ Cufflinks. Goes well with (no.9 ) the Cufflink box.
15.Calm and Gale handkerchief by Nick Munro  £10
16. For the Comic Book lovers. Batman Trilogy.

Christmas Shopping | Gifts for Adventurers

Adventurers are people who seek ‘adventures’. They are risk takers that is why all the below will be suitable for them. Be it a man or a woman if you know the person loves a new experience then this is for them.
!. Virgin Experience Days. A Virgin Experience gift card covers anything you can imagine. From Ice Climbing  to Feeding Penguins
2. Hertz Super Cars. This could have easily gone in the gift guide for men but I can tell you they are not the only one who love fast cars. With a range of cars like Range Rover, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and Rolls Royce I am sure you will find something to suit anyones fancy. Gift Cards come in as little as £50.
3. Go Ape. The name says in all. Know anyone who needs to let out their inner Tarzan? Then this gift is of them. They have 39 Locations nationwide with more to come.

Christmas Shopping | Gifts for Women

Finding the right gift for anyone can be hard work. Now finding a gift for any woman in your life id just… no word can describe it. There are so many factors to consider when buying gifts for women. For example Age, Interest, Style etc. Lucky for you I’m am here to help.

1. This is a must for weave wearers and curly hair lovers. £27 from www.velcrosleeprollers.com 
2. Kipling Marrit City Toiletry bag from QVC £53. Need I say more?
3. Stacking bracelet was all the  rage this year continue the trend with this STORY bracelet by Kranz and Ziegler. From £22.50 www.story-jewellery.com
4. Label M have teamed up with British designer Giles Deacon for an exclusive collection. This is a great gift for the fashion conscious.
5. Candles were a big trend this year and I don’t see it ending soon that is why this Jasmine scented  Dityque candle from The Urban Retreat Beautique will make an ideal gift. £38
6. Keep her core warm with Kokoro Haramak tummy wrap £29.99 ( Available for kids too)
7. If her eyes is her best feature then you must get this  Benefit ‘Double the bad’ Mascare and eyeliner set from Debenhams on sale for £17.42 (odd price, i know)
8. Does she spend hours straightening her hair? Then get her the ghd Classic Styler which provides a professional finish for £199
9. For the Fashion and Art Lover. Why not combine the two with this piece by Marco Fabiano from Art.co.uk
10.  You can’t go wrong with jewellery especially this handmade Rosa Red necklace www.rosared.co.uk
11. Pamper her feet with this Lavender and Almond Gift set that contains a foot scrub, foot cream and a cost slippers £4.99 from Home Bargains 
12. Help her stay stylish AND practical with this Sofia handbag which comes with a bottle holder, a key clip and several other compartments. £52 and is available to buy from www.miatui.com.
13. Get the Spa treatment at home for just £11.90 with the Lavera Honey Moments Gift Box 
14. These Timex watches are simple and stylish for just £49.99
15. Perfect gift for cosy nights during the colder months. £39.99 from Dreamland 
16. What says I love you better than nice jewellery. If i was to receive this Bibi Bijoux Hexagon Bead and Charm bracelet from anyone. I will be one happy bunny. QVC £91.00
17. Go ‘Balmi’ with the very popular lip balm which contains Vitamin, jojoba oil and SPF 15. Only £4.99 from Boots 
18. Formulated with marine nutrients H20 Plus products are all about addressing our skin concerns.  is Exclusive to M & S ( P.S I am giving a gift set away here )
19. Great hair products for the natural haired ‘sistas’ . Available to buy from Superdrug, Tesco and Savers.
20. Floris White Rose Perfume  £69.00
21. Help Calm her senses using the Nelsons Arnicare bath & massage balm £8.99 ( I am giving one away here)
22. No picture but a gift card to her favourite store will make a memorable gift.
23. I call this the magic cloth. For £10, this Sensai Sponge chief is the perfect gift for skincare/make up lovers. Available from Selfridges 
24. Simple Simply Chic gift set for the quickest way to wipe away make up . Need I say more?
25. Getting your wife, fiancé or girlfriend Lingerie for Christmas is nothing new. This Anita Rosa Faia Scarlett set is perfect and comes in various sizes.
26. Or be brave with the La Perla lingerie from Fox and Rose Top  £72 and Triangle bottoms £41
27. A gift card is the best present to get when you are stuck for ideas. This Debenhams Pink Sequins gift card is suitable for any women. Simply add anything from £10 – £200 and let her buy what she wants.
28. Nail Inc’s inc Bling it On set from Debenhams £17
29. A present for her? No silly its for you. If you love your girlfriend in your shirt, you will love her in these Staunton Moods Shirt 
30.These Paperblanks journals are blogger essentials. Perfect for noting down post ideas on the go. Click to find your nearest stockist
31. I Love….Christmas . Great Stocking Filers from Superdrugs 

My Christmas Wishlist

This is my Christmas Wishlist so friends family and even foes, please take note as these are EXACTLY what I want for Christmas( and what you can get a loved one.

*****WARNING***** Some Items maybe a bit Pricey. Lets just say I have an expensive taste (especially when its someone else paying LOL)

First up is THE Zara bag! as seen on the gorgeous Olivia Palermo. I have come across this bag on different people a million and one times but I still want it. (Every time I go to a Zara store I check it they have it and when they do I spend a lot of time thinking should I buy..should I?….and I then I don’t. The one time I was actually ready to buy it. I waited at the till for the Sales Assistant to check the stockroom for  new one but there wasn’t any 🙁 and the one on display had scratches al over it and they were not willing to discount it. Now I’m thinking I should have just got it like that seeing as it sold out in stores and only available on eBay)

Zara Plaited Handle bag £79.00
Now like the Zara bag I am sure you guys have seen this plastered everywhere but I have been dying for a pair and would be ecstatic to receive it as a gift. Its the American Apparel Disco pants. 
American Apparel Disco Pants 

I’ve been registered for my local gym for lord knows how how but I hardly ever go. I just hate the hassle of leaving my house to go and exercise. Anyway that is why I want a WII fit. SOmeone says it actually help and you don’t have to leave your house. HOW GREAT is THAT!

Nitendo Wii Fit- Price Differ depending on store
Ok the next thing on my wish list may sound rather odd to you guys but its WH Smith vouchers. I used to love enjoy reading novels and don’t know where that passion went but I want to re-ignite it and what perfect way to do it than in the New Year. This would also may a great gift if you know someone who enjoys reading. It doesn’t have to be WH Smith it could be Waterstones or any other bookstore vouchers


My Favourite:Christmas Movies.

As a child, the run up to Christmas was always an exciting time for me (except from having to listen to Joy to the world on replay and having people singing it to me too seeing as my name is Joy). I get excited watch my Mum cook and seeing family around me and of course switching in the TV and seeing that they are showing a christmas movie.The Christmas spirit is here and what better time to share with you some of my favourite Christmas movies. 
Nothing! I tell you NOTHING! can beat Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at 6am on Christmas morning after staying up all night to open presents (And get a sneak peak of Santa which I now know does not actually exist. LOL) The movie is an animation released in 1998.
Next up is Home Alone 1 and 2. Now if you haven’t seen Home Alone please explain where have you been? even when it’s not Christmas they show it on TV. I remember I wanted to get lost in New York after watching the part 2 so I can torture bad guys too.  Oh and how cute was Macauley Culkin in the movies!

Call me Claus is such a nice film starring Whoopi Goldberg! 
You cannot forget The Nativity Story!  This is what Christmas is ALL about if you must watch any of the movies I have mentioned make sure it is this one!!
To avoid making this a picture heavy post I am going to just list the rest! Some are relatively new because as I grew older so did my interests. I am sure you will spot a trend. 
How the Grinch stole Christmas (2000)
Deck the Halls (2006)
Elf (2003) 
The Holiday(2006)
Love Actually (2003)
Shrek the Halls (2007) 
Mean Girls (2004)–I know this is not a christmas movie but there is a christmas scene when the ‘Plastics’ sing jingle bells! P.S this is actually one of my favourite movies of all time LOL don’t judge me
(Images and Information from IMDb.com)
What are you favourite Christmas Movies?