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Friday, 19 December 2014
Day 19 of my Holidays With Hannah Series!
This is a makeup idea that I think would be lovely for Christmas!

Primer - Elf Mineral Infused Face Primer in Clear
Foundation - Rimmel Lasting Finish in Light Porcelain
Concealer - Seventeen Phwoarr Paint in Fair

Setting Powder - Elf Studio Finish Powder in Translucent
Brows - No 7 Beautiful Brows Pencil in Brown
Eye Shadow - Sleek Eyeshadow Palette in Au Natural
Cappuccino - Base
Regal - Contour & Liner
Conker - Swept On The Middle Of Lid
Nougat - Highlighter

Eyelashes - Eylure Volume Lashes No 100
Eyeliner - Rimmel Exaggerate Automatic Waterproof in Black
Mascara - Seventeen Falsifeye HD in Black
Blusher - Bourjois Little Pot in Frosted Rose 

Lips- Revlon Colourburst in Elusive

As always, thanks for reading...
Thursday, 18 December 2014
Day 18 of my Holidays With Hannah Series!
For this post I'm going to share some Christmas Nail Art I've seen on Pinterest & YouTube. I know that people can be more makeup than nails or vice-versa and that's why I wanted to incorporate nails in this Blogmas series. Just a note; these are not my own pictures, they were found on Pinterest.

Sorry for missing Day 17 of Blogmas, I have been working a lot of hours recently as it's Christmas and had fallen behind.

White Glitter French Manicure
Glitter Bauble Nail Art
Tartan Nail Art
 Glitter Christmas Tree Nail Art

As always, thanks for reading...
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Day 16 of my Holidays With Hannah Series!
I found some amazing recipes and treat ideas online and I thought I'd share them with you!

Christmas Cookies

I found this recipe on the all recipes website and I've use it many times. It's a very simple recipe making it brilliant for beginners and children and it means you can go overboard with decorating! 

Ingredients (Makes 4 Dozen):
- 450g plain flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 225g butter or cooking margarine
- 300g caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 dessert spoon vanilla extract

Preparation - 20 Minutes
Cook - 8 Minutes

1) Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas Mark 5 and lightly grease two baking trays.

2) Sift flour, baking powder and salt together; set aside.
3) In a large bowl; cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time and then stir in the vanilla. Gradually blend in the sifted flour until evenly mixed. Cover dough and refrigerate for 2 hours.
4) On a clean floured surface, roll out small portions of dough to half a centimeter thickness. Cut out tree, bauble or christmassy shape using a knife or cookie cutter.
5) Bake for 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven or until the edges are barley brown. Transfer onto a wire rack to cool. When cool decorate how you like!

 Pictures courtesy of the all recipe website.

Oreo Snowman

I originally saw a YouTuber do this before rediscovering the recipe on Pinterest. These are candy coated Oreo's with a Snowman face.

- Oreo Cookies (Double Stuffed)
- Cake Pop Sticks
- Vanilla Quick Melt Candy Coating
- Orange Tic-Tacs (Cut In Half)
- Black Icing

1) Insert the cake pop stick into the middle of the Oreo, applying pressure until it's secure and the cookie doesn't break. 
2) Melt the vanilla candy coating according to the packets instructions. Drizzle the candy coating onto the Oreo, wait to dry then flip and apply to the other. Dipping the Oreo will result in it falling off!
3) When waiting for one side to dry, place the Oreo on wax or parchment paper so it doesn't stick.
4) Before the candy coating has completely cooled, add half an orange tic-tac for the nose but allow to cool before adding the black icing for eyes and mouth as it can end up being runny. Then your done!

Christmas Rice Krispy Treats

I found this on Positively Splendid; basically these are rice krispy treats that are dyed green and shaped like Christmas trees but I think these are very quick and effective treats to make. 

- Rice Krispys
- 3 Tablespoons Of Butter
- White Marshmallows
- Green Food Colouring
- Lollipop Stick
- Sweets For Decorating

1) Melt the butter and marshmallows together in a microwave safe bowl at one minute intervals or in a pan on the hob. Stir some green food colouring into the mixture, adding it bit by bit to get the desired colour pigment.
2) Whilst that was coming together; place a couple of cups of rice krispys into a bowl; enough to fill a pan.
3) When the mixture is at a thinner consistency; pour it over the rice krispys bit by bit and mix well. After mixing place it into the pan and pop in the fridge to cool for 15 minutes.
4) Once it's cooled cut out tree shapes with a cookie cutter or knife and place onto a plate to start decorating. You can use smarties, jelly tots, m&ms...whatever you fancy. To finish it off push a lollipop stick into the bottom and your done!

As always, thanks for reading...
Monday, 15 December 2014
Day 15 of my Holidays With Hannah Series!
In this post I will be sharing some Christmas Traditions that I've shared with my family over the years.

Two Christmas Trees

As my Brother and I grew up, we had our own Christmas Tree that we placed in the Dining Room or Hallway. It was a floor standing one that we decorated with paper chains and Ornaments made at School or home. This went on until I was 12 and it's such a creative idea that my Mum had. It also meant that my Mum could decorate our proper tree as most Mum's will probably tell you; it has to be done right. 

Sweet Table

Something that my Grandma start with my Mum, Auntie and Uncles is a sweet table. We always used the sideboard and we place bowls of fruit and nuts across the center, place boxes or tins of chocolate and sweets along the back and then fill the gaps with more!
Here's what ours looked like last year:

Christmas Eve Cinema & Takeaway

As mentioned in my Christmas Eve Box post; growing up my Dad would take my Brother and I to the cinema on Christmas Eve which often ended in us getting takeaway on the way home. With us now all working, we don't get chance to go to the cinema anymore but we do grab a takeaway still!

Muppets Christmas Carol

This is something my Mum does with my Brother and I. Over Christmas whether it'd be Christmas Eve, Day or Boxing Day we will sit and veg on the sofa and watch A Muppets Christmas Carol. We all love that movie in our house so over the years it just became a tradition.

D.I.Y Baubles

In my family I was one of the youngest among my cousins and as I started to get older they
started to settle down and have children, I now have wonderful godchildren and cousins. 
In most families you have those that you buy for and those that you don't because unfortunately you don't see them as often as you'd like.
For the ones I buy for, I started my own Christmas Tradition; every year they get a Christmas Ornament and as they get older they'll have enough to start off their own Christmas Tree. 
This year I decided to make them and if you'd like to do this you'll need: A create your own photo ornament, images of your choice and a printer.

I picked these ornaments up last year from Morrisons when they were in the after Christmas sale.

I have Two Frozen fans, one Liam Payne fan, one 101 Dalmatians fan and a Batman Fan; these are the images I used:
Using PicMonkey, I was able to resize them and round the edges of the image to make them easier to cut. The I printed them on photo paper; making sure I changed the paper preference in settings so they came out at the best available quality.
I then cut them out and placed them in the baubles. 
This is how they turned out:

Sorry about the photo quality; still getting the hang of my camera!

As always, thanks for reading...

Sunday, 14 December 2014
Day 14 of my Holidays With Hannah Series!
This post if filled with Christmas Craft Ideas / Activities to do over the festive season!

Cardboard Tree

I found this idea on Pinterest; basically you get some big cardboard boxes or even some thick cardboard sheets and trace out two trees with bases. You cut up the middle of both and slide them together so it looks something like this:
Click Here for more in depth Instructions and a template!

What I love most about this project is that the Children can decorate it however they like. If they want to paint it pink, cellotape tinsel to it or even add pictures of bands they like it makes a lovely project and memories.

Handmade Ornaments

There are an array of ways to do this and these are some of my favourites!
Using pieces of Felt, cut out Christmas themed characters or objects. Then stitch or glue them together leaving a small gap to stuff them before sealing them completely.
Another way to incorporate felt is to cut out ring shapes and stick buttons on them to make wreath styled ornaments.
Finally; the last one I think ends up looking lovely is glitter baubles. Buy a pack of plain, clear baubles making sure they have a screw top.
Unscrew the top and poor in some glue; I believe it's best to use Mod Podge for this. Swirl the glue around the bauble, draining any extra. Then before it dries; add the glitter and you can use one, two or as many colours as you like.

Frozen Silly Putty

It's no secret that Frozen has become one of the biggest crazes this year and what better way than incorporating it into your Christmas Crafts.
I found this recipe on Paging Fun Mums Website and think its just ingenious. Not only could you make your frozen fans something fun and different but you can change the colour to green and make a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles version.

Colouring Printables

As always, thanks for reading...
Saturday, 13 December 2014
Day 13 of my Holidays With Hannah Series!
This post is all about the Christmas Eve Box.

I think this is a lovely tradition to start whether you have children or not. With the Holiday season being so hectic it's nice that on Christmas Eve before more seasonal chaos begins; that you can sit and chill with a movie. So if you'd like to know more then read on ^.^
The PJs I featured in this are from New Look && M&S.

The Christmas Eve Box can contain what you want it to. My personal way of putting one together is to include a pair of PJs for everyone, hot drinks, popcorn and a Christmas movie.
You can customise this and swap PJs for onesie's or the hot drinks for wine.
If your not a Christmas Movie person then you can chose something you like or for younger children that are too energetic to keep still; do some Christmas colouring or craft.

For an even quieter evening you can read; There are personal favourites I like to re-read over Christmas and there are some brilliant Christmas adaptations for Children.

As always, thanks for reading...

Friday, 12 December 2014
Day 12 of my Holidays With Hannah Series!
These are just extra bits and pieces that you can fill Christmas Stockings with.

As a disclaimer; I have posted links with an idea to where you can get the item(s) but it's not because that's the best price or that I'm being sponsored. I wanted to reflect all different retailers so randomly chose an item from one place, one from another and so on. Please remember prices are subjective to change which is why I haven't included them.
I would love to know what you are getting up to this Christmas, if you've brought anything you've seen on here, excited to share present, makeup or decoration ideas or anything Christmassy! So message me on Twitter or Instagram or use the hashtag #HolidaysWithHannah.

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