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Wednesday, 23 December 2015
This is just a quick post as I was very unsure what to do and after shopping with my mum, getting some jobs done, helping out a friend and squeezing the new Star Wars Movie in, I was sitting here still stumped for ideas. Then it hit me; every Christmas I have my own traditions and routines but there are 5 things I feel you have to do every Christmas.

1) Take photos - It's great to have memories to look back on and it makes you feel nostalgic when you compare your technology now to what will come in the future.


2) Don't let anyone be alone - This is something my Mum instilled in me. Across the UK there are so many people alone over the holidays and if you know someone who is and can be their company, they won't forget it. We always end up having a full house over the holidays and it again creates the best memories.


3) Finish your advent calendar! - I say this as I never finish mine and I know a lot of people who eat the last few bits over new years.


4) Keep the magic - Whether you are told about Santa or not still keep it up in front of young family members or in public. Little ears hear everything, keeping that magic alive and watching their faces is priceless.


5) Relax - The day is here, there's nothing more to do and the next one is a whole year away so enjoy it.


As always, thanks for reading...

Tuesday, 22 December 2015
Today is the 22nd December...only two days till Christmas! If you still have loads to buy here are a couple of last minute ideas.

Gift Cards

Tesco is brilliant for this as they stock a whole host of branded gift cards from Restaurants to Apple to Clothing Stores. These are easy to pick up if you still have food shopping to do and you can gift them in a unique way.

Treat Hamper

This doesn't necessarily have to be a hamper either. Go to your local shop and pick up all the sweet things they like, add alcohol or even flowers if your local shop has them and put them all into a gift bag / hamper bag. You can do this with baking supplies or even do a goodie-bag of Christmas Scratch cards.

Gifting Money

Two unique ways to gift money are by putting it in a balloon with confetti to pop! or you can be crafty and make a little tree. Another idea is to make a scavenger out of it and hide the money somewhere in the house.
Gingerbread House
If you are good at baking why not make your own gingerbread and cut it into houses pieces for your friend to decorate and put together. You could easily buy a kit but this just a way to make it extra special.

Orange Wreath

This is something fun to do for your parent or grandparent, just buy a roll of cellophane, cut one long length off, place and tie in oranges then shape it into a wreath.

DIY Candle

Take a sheet of wax paper and either draw or print and image onto it. Then wrap it around the candle and apply heat until it melts into the candle. I would suggest cutting around the image rather than covering the whole candle in the sheet as pictured. Makes it quicker and simpler to do.

Emergency Frame

Take a box frame and fill it with sweets or chocolate and write or put letter stickers on the front with a message like the one pictured. Again if you have food shopping to do you can pick up a frame and sweets easily.

Cup Of Treats

Have a Starbucks addicted fan? If you pop into your local you'll find loads of cups and mugs like the one pictured which you could fill with Starbucks treats or others that they'd like.

Cocoa Tubes

Hobbycraft and most craft stores stock these adorable plastic tubes in the homeware and sometimes craft section to which you could fill with hot chocolate. Fill one with cocoa powder, another with marshmallows...etc then tie them together with some festive ribbon.

As always, thanks for reading...
Monday, 21 December 2015
Just a list of my Top Ten favourite Christmas films, I'm such a big kid and you will see that I love a lot of the family ones.

Eloise At Christmastime

Eloise lives at the Plaza and her adventure at Christmas time is really fun to watch. The main reason I stumbled across this, is because it stars Julie Andrews who I love. Eloise is suspicious of a man named Brooks who was chosen to marry the daughter of the plaza, Rachel. So with some new spy gear she decides to take matters into her own hands.

Mickey's Christmas Carol

A Disney take on the Charles Dickens classic, Mickey's Christmas Carol tells the story of scrooge in a non-scary way whilst keeping the Disney Magic. Featuring some character favourites; the character of scrooge is played by Scrooge McDuck (very fitting) and tells the story of how a man who resented the holidays came to appreciate what Christmas is all about.

The Grinch

In my opinion one of the best Christmas films! Cindy Lou-who has lost her Christmas spirit and thinks that getting The Grinch to join in on the festivities will help her see what Christmas is all about. The Grinch however hates Christmas and decides to try and steal it! An amazing performance by Jim Carrey that you cannot recreate, it's funny, witty and follows the rhymes Dr Seuss wrote.

Nightmare Before Christmas

This is actually a Halloween based film...Jack the Pumpkin King grows tired of the same thing year after year and stumbles across Christmas town. He finds it so unique and decided that Christmas should be his and kidnaps Santa Clause. Jack's friend Sally has a vision that Christmas would be a disaster but Jack doesn't listen and it all goes wrong...

Arthur Christmas

This is a close second to being my favourite Christmas film. It's a very modern take on how Santa pulls off Christmas and how he gets around the world delivering all the presents in one night but, oh no! a child has been missed. Arthur Christmas (Santa's son) decides to deliver the present himself along with Bryony the Wrapping Elf and Grandsanta. 

The Polar Express

Out of all my favourite Christmas films this is probably the sweetest one and has the most magic of Christmas to it. Arthur Christmas is very modern but this film relies on the magic of Christmas. A boy witnesses a train appear in front of his house on Christmas Eve night, it is on its way to the North Pole. After some doubtful thoughts and boarding, a few adventures arise before they finally reach their destinatiom. The boy is still as doubtful before coming face to face with the man himself.

The Muppets Christmas Carol

Another take on the Charles Dickens Classic, The Muppets adds a musical aspect to the movie and it's become a family favourite over the past decade. With Michael Caine as Scrooge it's hard to see anyone else in that part. Having Kermit, Miss Piggy and even Bunsen and Beaker it makes you feel so nostalgic.

The Christmas List

This is a TV film that I watched one year and loved. Melody, a perfume sales woman who knows every scent, is a single woman in her mid 30's and isn't living life the way she wants. Convinced by a friend to write a letter to Santa asking for all the things she'd dreamed of starts to come true. Along the way she doubts the five year plan her current boyfriend has set up and falls in love with a handsome psychiatrist. 

Home By Christmas

Another film that was on Channel 5 one year and is an absolute Christmas gem. Julia Bedford finds out that her husband is cheating on her. After a harsh divorce where the ex hides most of his assets she is left living paycheck to paycheck and her daughter, who cannot cope with the sudden change of school..etc decided to live with her father and his new girlfriend. Julia is then robbed, losing/ getting everything stolen and is forced to live out her car. She meets some amazing people on the way to getting back on her feet and discovers what is really valuable in life.

Love Actually

This film features 10 stories in one to which they all interlude and concluded together a month after Christmas. But as they all begin leading up in the weeks to Christmas it's so hard not to fall in love with all the characters and stories, this film could easily of been 10 but they pieced it together so well with a school play being the centre of the majority of the crossovers. It's become a go to film to watch each year. 

As always, thanks for reading...
Friday, 18 December 2015
With Christmas coming up a lot of people have started their wrapping. I have all the patience in the world for this, it's one of my favourite things to do. I'm that person, the one who uses double sided sticky tape and makes big bows to go on the top. 
Unfortunatly I've been ill and no energy or time to start mine yet. But, I've found a lot of inspiration over the years and I'll always try new ideas/incorporate what I see into my own style so I thought I'd share my favourite videos with you.




I especially love the video by Robeson Design, they've actually done some amazing videos for Christmas in general and you can get some fantastic ideas from them ^.^ I will definitely put some pictures on my Instagram when I am done.

I would love to know what you are getting up to this Christmas, if you've done anything you've seen on the blog, excited to share present, makeup or decoration ideas or anything Christmassy! Message me on Twitter or Instagram or use the hashtag #HolidaysWithHannah


As always, thanks for reading...

Thursday, 17 December 2015
I loved decorating gingerbread houses growing up but after my Ulcerative Colitis diagnosis, I found that eating gingerbread upsets it and I couldn't justify spending £5-£7.50 on one. When searching in B&M's I found a mini house that cost £1.99 which was perfect I could make a mini one and I knew my Dad or Brother would eat it.
This is how it turned out:

I think these are the perfect size for one person so if you have friends round or have an evening with the little ones these are a great activity! I would love to see how you've decorated yours this year or do you decorate cookies instead?

As always, I would love to know what you are getting up to this Christmas, if you've done anything you've seen on the blog, excited to share present, makeup or decoration ideas or anything Christmassy! Message me on Twitter or Instagram or use the hashtag #HolidaysWithHannah


As always, thanks for reading...

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

What is it?

Text Santa is a charity initiative set up by ITV. It started in 2011 and supports UK Based charities over the Christmas Holidays. Each year a couple of charities are chosen to be supported and this year it will be Macmillan Cancer Support, Make A Wish Foundation and Save The Children.

When is it?

It airs on Friday 18th December at 8:00pm on ITV. This year the presenters will be Phillip Schofield, Christine BleakleyAmanda Holden,Stephen MulhernHolly WilloughbyOlly MursCaroline FlackAlesha Dixon and Paddy McGuinness

What does the money do?

Over £21 Million for 22 different charities has been raised so far. The money has gone towards helping families affected by crisis, granting wishes for those who are battling life-threatening illnesses and funding for nursing staff. You can help by purchasing merchandise from stores such as Hobbycraft, Primark, Liberty and Interflora. The main way ITV are getting people to raise money and awareness is by doing your bit in a Christmas knit. If you wear your Christmas knit this Friday then text in your donations! All other fundraising ideas can be found here.

How to donate

To donate online using a debit/credit card : Click Here
To donate by telephone call: 0300 123 6060 
To donate by bank transaction, visit Barclays and send to:
ITV Text Santa 
Barclays PLC
Account: 33197654
Sort code: 207898


To donate by text (each message will cost £1 plus standard network rate charge):
 Message    Number    Amount
SANTA5      70760         £5
SANTA10      70760         £10

If you are fundraising for Text Santa either comment below or find me on Twitter & Instagram. I would love to know what Christmas Knit you picked to wear ^.^


As always, thanks for reading...

Tuesday, 15 December 2015
On Sunday I was really in the mood for baking and as I went onto my blog read list I found that Zoella (Zoe Sugg) had put up a really simple recipe to try. So I went for it!

Honestly...mine didn't turn out well at all, because a) I burned a batch...oops and b) I didn't take my time and rushed a bit so the decorating and shapes were a little off here and there. Nonetheless I wanted to share this with you as they were really tasty


I print screened the recipe for you off Zoella's Blog but you can click here to go to her post!


I decided to use food colouring to make green icing as I used a tree cookie cutter and little silver balls as baubles. This is how they turned out:


I would love to know what you are getting up to this Christmas, if you've done anything you've seen on the blog, excited to share present, makeup or decoration ideas or anything Christmassy! Message me on Twitter or Instagram or use the hashtag #HolidaysWithHannah


As always, thanks for reading...

Monday, 14 December 2015
It's officially the last week of school for children across the UK which is why I thought about creating a Christmas Activities post. I found all these ideas on Pinterest when looking for activities to do with the kids in my family. I included links in the titles of each one.

I would love to know what you are getting up to this Christmas, if you've done anything you've seen on here, excited to share present, makeup or decoration ideas or anything Christmassy! Message me on Twitter or Instagram or use the hashtag #HolidaysWithHannah.


As always, thanks for reading...
Friday, 11 December 2015
My original plan was to do a Stocking Fillers Post but I included some throughout the Gift Guides and thought it would be a little same-y so I decided to do a master list of all the ones I've posted.











I really hope these help ^.^ 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! Message me on Twitter or Instagram or use the hashtag #HolidaysWithHannah.

As always, thanks for reading...
Thursday, 10 December 2015
This year I haven't Included consoles as I found the deals change a lot and some included a variety of games so I picked the top consoles and made a list of the Top Ten Games.

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! Message me on Twitter or Instagram or use the hashtag #HolidaysWithHannah.


Fallout 4
FIFA 16
Star Wars Battlefront
Call Duty Black Ops III
Assassins Creed Syndicate
Uncharted
Just Cause 3
Need For Speed
Until Dawn
Minecraft: Story Mode



As always, thanks for reading...
Wednesday, 9 December 2015
I am in no way an expert baker...to be honest I'm not great at it but I do love it and always give it a go around the Christmas season. This year I decided to make vanilla cupcakes.

Ingredients

-100g Self Raising Flour
-100g Caster Sugar
-100g Butter (Recommend Stork)
-2 Large Eggs
-A Teaspoon Of Vanilla Extract
-A Heaped Teaspoon Of Baking Powder
-Food Colouring (Optional)
-Sprinkles (I used some snowman ones from Morrisons)
-Icing Sugar

Utensils

-Mixing Bowl
-Spoons
-Scales
-Sift
-Muffin Tray
-Cupcake Cases

Method

-Preheat your oven to 180°c.
-Then prepare everything ready to go. Line your muffin tray with the paper cases and set that to the side. Then measure out all your ingredients.
-Get your mixing bowl and sift in the 100g of flour and caster sugar. I like to mix these together first and make sure it's really fine.
-Then put the 100g of butter in and start to gentle mix that so it's distributed. Crack in the two eggs, add a teaspoon of vanilla extract, a heaped teaspoon of baking powder and if you fancy add some food colouring.
-Mix it together well until it becomes a smooth consistency.
-Fill the cupcake cases with the mixture so they are about 1/3 to half way full.
-Place them in the oven to bake for 12-15 mins just until they are sponge-y to the touch.
-When the cakes are finished take them out and place them on a cooling tray for around 10 mins. While they're cooling prepare your icing sugar.
-You will need to sift the 100g of icing sugar into a mixing bowl. Add a tablespoon of warm water and mix, keep adding small amounts of water until you get the right consistency.
-Get your icing and place it into a piping bag and once the cupcake are cool start to pipe it onto the cakes.
-Then sprinkle or add the decorations you like.

I actually added blue food colouring to my cupcake mixture but they look more green in this photo: 


And you are done!


I would love to know what you are getting up to this Christmas, if you've made these yourself, excited to share present, makeup or decoration ideas or anything Christmassy! Message me on Twitter or Instagram or use the hashtag #HolidaysWithHannah.


As always, thanks for reading...

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