Friday, 8 December 2017

Day 8 - Blogmas

Boxing Day Plan

BOXING DAY!!!!!!!

When I was a kid I had this silly thought in my head that boxing day is when all the boxing matches where on. Now that I am 29 I understand that the meaning actually comes from the Victorian time when rich families would give any left over food from Christmas to homeless or poorer families who would go door to door with boxes, ready to collect the food.

I think that is such a god thing to do, giving back to the less fortunate but I suppose proper food and not just left overs is better.

The company I work for closes on Boxing day, so I get any extra day off, which I am unbelievably great full for. Sadly the company Paul works for is open 24/7 so ha has to work on Boxing day.

I will there fore be waking up a bit earlier then I want to, trying to go to sleep, but probably have Coco jumping on the bed. I will then probably wake up have a coffee. 

One thing I would love to do this year is go for a little walk with Coco. Normally Paul walks her as I am not good with her off the lead and I get a bit anxious when other dogs are around as I don't know what they will be like or how Coco will react to them. But the thought of rapping up in a nice warm clothes and taking her out sounds perfect to me. 

Then I will probably just come home and veg out on the sofa watching TV, films and eating everything in site. 

The only thing that I am worried about is that I haven't been well recently, I have a bit of a cough and bad throat. I worry that because I am off my body will relax and the germs will take over, so I may end up spending the day in bed getting over a cold. (fingers crossed I wont tho).

What are you all doing boxing day???

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Merry Christmas 
Lots of Love 
Lottie
Xxx

Day 7 - Blogmas

Secret Santa Ideas

Tis the season to spend money fa la la la la la la la la!!!!

With the season of giving upon us, I thought a Secret Santa gift idea post would help a few of you.

Lets be honest Secret Santa doesn't stay secret for long does it, at least not at my work, so sometimes you can feel obligated to go a bit ott to show people how much you care.

So here are a few gift ideas with price tags to show you don't have to spend the earth to make your seceret santa smile.

£5 and under

Glass Jar Poundland £1 (Yep £1)
So for someone you are unsure of you can always try something simple this is very cute  but very nice and simple and looks a hell of a lot more expensive then it actually is. For £1 you cant really go wrong, also you can always rade the chocolate section of Poundland too, just saying you know everyone loves chocolate.




For the beauty lover, you can always go for this cute little set, it has eye shadows and nail varnishes. The nail colours are very different so there is something in there for everyone, to me the eye shadows all look like shimmers so they can be added to complete a look, or you can go all out and do a full shimmer eye.




How good is this at a little Secert Santa or a stocking filler, think of it family is over on christmas, you've had your meal and everyone is tired, how about breaking open a bottle and playing this. With a set of 50 question lets get everyone brain working.




£10 and under


This is another classic game to play after dinner at christmas, or to have at work for that down time people get. The pool cues are about the same size as a pencil and you can either play alone or get others involved. 




For all those chocolate lovers out there, this is brill! Pick yellow, green or red colour and fill it with a load of M&M's and your done, very cute and sweet.



£15 and under


Who loves Soap and Glory????? I think this is such a cute present and if you really love your coworkers this is a good buy. They get to have a nice relax and lets admit it smells bloody gorgeous!! Also just to add this is in the 3 for 2 offer Boots always do, so you can always get this and a couple more presents for friends and family while you are their.



I am not going to say what but one of the above items is my Secret Santa present, but I am not giving mine till Christmas Eve so I can't say what it is, but I think its a good idea. 

What are you getting your Secret Santa? 





Merry Christmas 
Lots of Love 
Lottie
Xxx






Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Day 6 - Blogmas

Christmas Day Menu

FOOOOOOOODDDDDDDD I love food at Christmas, I sometimes feel like I need to eat and drink my way through the entire day, which lets face it most people will do too.

I suppose the best place to start is

Breakfast -

Last year my parents where here for breakfast as the stayed over for a few days, I ended up getting like 3 packets of bacon and we all had bacon and egg butties. This year I can see me and Paul being no different. We will ether have bacon and egg butties, or a full fried breakfast. My dream would be to have coffee in bed, while watching some Christmas movies, then coming downstiars opening presents, then having a proper full friend breakfast, bacon, sauage, egg, beans, mushrooms and toast, with a nice cuppa.

Christmas Day Dinner -

This year since it is just me and Paul we will probably not go over the top with dinner. I will do my roats potatoes which Paul likes, we will have a nice Turkey Crown, with veg and LOADS of stuffing (yes please just pass me the bowl and a spoon). I may do mash too and of course a gallon of gravy. This year I will try my hardest to make my dad gravy. Two years ago it didn't go to plan, last year dad was here so he made it, but this year (third times a charm) will be my year. I will get this gravy right!!! It is a nice recipe that my dad has given me so fingers crossed I will get it right.

Snacks-

Cheese, cheese, cheese, chocolate and probably more cheese. I dunno if you know this about me but I like cheese, especially caramelised onion cheese. I can eat cheese all day if I wanted, so this year I am going to make sure I have a few different ones in and then we can just pick at it with some crackers while we wait for dinner to be cooked.

Selection Box-

Need I say anymore!!!

I know that Christmas is not all about food but it is a very good place to start, when you cant really go out of thr house all day.

What food will you all be eating???



Merry Christmas
Lots of Love
Lottie
Xxx

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Day 5 - Blogmas

Childhood Christmas Memories

Christmas as a kid is like the BEST time ever and now that I am an adult I appreciate it so much more, but I guess that is how life really is. You don't know how good you have it till you don't anymore. 

I have quite a few childhood christmas memories, one is that I remember coming down every morning to watch a kids TV show, something like Journey to the Centre of the Earth but the cartoon version, and it had a lion in it who was like an explorer. I remember I would get ready brek for breakfast every morning and then I would break up my chocolate from my advent calendar and put it in to my ready brek and it would go all chocolatey. 

One Christmas morning I remember coming downstairs, and seeing the HUGE pile of presents on the sofa, and then watching The Flintstones Christmas special, waiting for my dad to wake up so I could open everything. 

I also remember the year I thought I was being left on my own in the living room but instead I got a new bike and everyone had gone upstairs to hide it. 

When I was a kid the routine was always the same, up early, well I would be and so would my mom, I would then sit there like I had ants in my pants, and asking my mom to go and wake up my dad. Once dad was awake I would open all my presents, then mom then lastly dad would open his. Mom would then pass around a big rubbish bag to put all the wrapping paper in, then call my nan and wish her a merry christmas, putting me on the phone, telling me to say thank you for what I got. 

Then we would have breakfast and after I would take all my presents upstairs and get a chance to play with everything. 

I loved it. Although (and to this day I am a little sad about this) the one thing I ALWAYS wanted I never got, and that was a barbie house. I got a convertible car, I get millions of dolls, I got a Skipper (Barbies little sister) I got a Shelley (Barbies really little sister). I even got a Barbie horse, that actually walked when you lifted its tail, but I never got a house!!


What are your favourite Childhood memories as a kid at christmas? 



Merry Christmas 
Lottie
Xxx

Monday, 4 December 2017

Day 4 - Blogmas

What I love about christmas

Day 4 of Blogmas and I hope you are all enjoying these blogs, I want to keep them interesting for you but also not too long so it doesn't seem full on. 

So today is all about why I love Christmas so much. 

I guess most people would say that it is getting gifts and a few years ago I think I would have said that without a doubt. I love getting gifts as much as the next person but being on the edge of 30 years old, things are very different for me, I look at things a lot differently. 

For me it is totally and utterly getting to spend time with my family. The last two years myself and Paul have had our families come stay with us, but this year it will just be Paul, Coco and I at home. I can't wait for it. 

I also love the feeling of christmas, I love the build up to the day, a couple of weeks before either walking through town or hearing the christmas music, its like you can feel it. 

Lastly I love the food (OBVIOUSLY). When I was little my mom would do dinner early and then we would have like a mini buffet on the night time, with cake and biscuits and cheese and left over meat. Since being with Paul we tend to have dinner early and then later at night we will have a mini christmas dinner on a cob (or barm or roll what ever you call it). We also have chocolates during the day. Paul's dad and I love Terry's Chocolate Orange so that is our chocolate of choice here. 

What do you all love about christmas?? 



Don't forget to check out the girls Blogs too 

Merry Christmas 
Lots of Love 
Lottie
Xxx




Sunday, 3 December 2017

Day 2 - Blogmas

Favourite Christmas Songs


So day two of blogmas is here and keeping with all things christmasy lets talk music!


Music at any time is amazing, it has the power to take you back to a memory of a time, place or person. Music at Christmas is even better, it can bring back feelings of every christmas you remember.


For me as soon as I hear christmas music I just get really festive. I want it to be christmas day and be having a jump around waiting to open presents and just being surrounded by the people I love the most. 


I have said this before but for me when I hear Wham "Last Christmas" that is when I no its christmas and I feel like I can be all christmasy. I don't know why that song, I just feel all festive when I hear it. When I put up my christmas tree I MUST have traditional christmas songs on, like Nat King Cole, it really does make me feel all nostalgic. It reminds me of when my mom used to be putting up christmas decorations, she would have old christmas songs on, that would remind her of her dad. So maybe that is why I love it because it is all about family. 


I wanted to share with you a load of my favourite christmas songs, and see what you think. I say get a nice hot chocolate, snuggle up with a mince pie and listen to some of my all time favourite christmas songs!

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!



Wham - Last Christmas 




Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song 




Shakin Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone 




Mel and Kim - Rocking Around the Christmas Tree 




Wizzard - I wish it could be Christmas Everyday 




Slade - Merry Christmas Everyone (as a self respecting brummy obviously!!) 




Jona Lewis - Stop the Cavalry 



My collection may seem a little older them my 29 years but to me this is what I grew up with, this to me is proper traditional christmas music. I don't like that you don't have any songs about Christmas over Christmas.

Do you know the last time we had a song with 'Christmas' in the title over christmas??? 2004!!!! that was the new version of Band Aid!!! Lets try and remember some amazing christmas classics this year shall we?? Whats your favourites???

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Merry Christmas
Lots of Love
Lottie
Xxx


Day 3 - Blogmas

Christmas Day Outfit


When I was a kid, my outfit consisted of my favourite PJ's my dressing gown and the most comfy fluffy slippers avalible to me. Know I am an adult I love getting in the mood by plannin a nice outift for the day. 



The last two years myself and Paul have had family at our house, so the first year I wore this lovely number 









I love it, I got it at 'Yours' Clothing, and it is my favourite Christmas top, its very comfy and nice and strachy. 



Last year I wanted to get a bit more wow factor. So I get a gorgeous top and skirt with petticoat from Dishonest Soul. 








I loved this outift so much, I wanted to twirl all the time, plus the colours really are so Christmasy especially having the checkered skirt. I do admit tho I was very ill over Christmas so I ended up taking the petticoat off and just having my skirt on. 



This year is very different, this will be the first year where it is just me, Paul and our animals all alone. So I am not afraid to admit I WILL be spending the entire day in my PJ's again. Primark have the best christmas PJ collections at the moment, 



These come in a very cute little box and who can resist ELF!!!!! 


This year I also want to do Paul and I a Christmas eve box, but that is for another blog. So do I go for a nice new christmas pair of PJ's or do I stick to my old faithful and go for my onsie?? I do love my onsie, it has mickey mouse ears and it is red and white, but then there is the whole toilet issue. I plan to have a lot of drink at christmas and so onsies are not good when it comes to going there.



I guess I still have a little time to decide. What will you guys be wearing??? 



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Merry Christmas 

Lots of Love 
Lottie 
Xxx

Friday, 1 December 2017

Day 1 - Blogmas

Happy December Everyone!!!! 

So I thought since it is finally December and Youtubers will be doing Vlogmas from today, I wanted to do my very own version and so Blogmas came to mind. Along with two of lovely blogger friends we will be bringing you a blog for everyday from today till Christmas Eve. The two lovely Ladies are Jordan from Jordan Rawr Beauty and Georgie from Georgie Girl Web. At the end of each blog I will add their links so go and check them out too. So here we go day 1 of BLOGMAS!!!!!!!!



Gerogie 



Jordan



Christmas Tree Reveal

Today is all about my CHRISTMAS TREE!!!!!!!!! I love decorating the christmas tree, ok well to be honest I love watching Paul decorate the christmas tree. I tend to sit there and play with things and then dress up in tinsel and put baubles on my ears and pretend to be Pat Butcher hahaha. Yes I actually sit there with them over my ears. 

I love the smell of tinsel, does that make me weird, possibly, but I love it. I also have my favourite decorations. We were live there is a little stall that pops up every year and they sell tree decorations and then you can get them personalised. The first year Paul and I moved in together and then last year when it was our first christmas with Coco we got a doggy decoration. 

I love them and I cant wait till next year when we can get a decoration of a newly married couple as it will be our first christmas as husband and wife. 

When I was little our tree was every colour of the rainbow and we had ornaments that were years old. For me and Paul we tend to pick colours so I think the majority of ours are gold which I think is a really nice colour for christmas. 

We got our tree the first year we were together at christmas so this will be our 3rd year of having it and we got it from Argos. The baubles are a mixture of from my parents, ones I already had, and my beloved Disney ones. When we put them up I always have my faves that I hand pick and put on the tree. I got them a while ago and they are still in amazing condition. 







What does your tree look like? Do you help or do you ''Help'' to put the tree up haha?? 

Don't forget to check out the girls blogs either 


Jordan 


Georgie 



See you tomorrow 
Merry Christmas 
Lottie
Xxx

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Babies??

As I have said before I want this to be my safe place where I can talk about what is going on in my head. Well what is going on is not a happy place at the moment. 

My fiancee and I have been trying to have a baby for over 2 years now and still nothing. I am not going to lie I have been at my lowest point over this time, I feel like I am the one who is at fault. 

Since setting the date for the wedding we haven't been trying, as knowing my luck it would be when I got pregnant and we wouldn't be able to save for both. Although after going to the doctors a while ago I got an appointment to go and have some test done to see what is going on. I am honestly so scared. I think it is because as long as I hadn't seen a specialist in my head I can think what I like, but once I have been and the doctor has the results, I have to face the reality. 

Since booking the appointment I have been getting upset when I am around children. A few weeks ago myself and Paul were in a lift with three families all of which had children and it honestly made my heart hurt. I just kept thinking that we will never have that. The pain increases even more when I hear on the news that the rules on IVF may be changing soon and that when adopting you are not looked on well if you are a plus size person. 

I feel like I will never have children, when all I want to do is have a family with Paul. 

My head is all over the place when it comes to this topic and it hurts to think about it so I think I am going to stop now. I just wanted to share a little bit of what is going on in my head, also I think if I write it down and put it out there in the universe maybe it will help me a little. 

See you soon 
Lots of Love 
Lottie 
Xxx

Gift Ideas For Xmas on A Budget

I will freely admit that this year Christmas for us is on a budget. Paul and I are still saving for our wedding which is in July, so I thought I would show you some ideas for gifts in case you are looking for gift ideas but not sure where to look.

Trust me you can get some right bargains out there and there are more places to go rather then Boots 3 for 2, not that there is anything wrong with Boots, but lets face it, it is still pricey.



Yep you heard me Primark, they are now doing a lot more beauty products, not just make up but hair too. They are 2 in 1 so this means u can straighten your hair like normal, but this has rounded ends which means it also doubles up as a curler, so if you are like me and you like to have a little curl and movement in your hair this is brill for it.



For all those music lovers out there this is brill! You get Headphones, Earphones and a bluetooth speaker. They come in different colours including Rose Gold and Black. Perfect for parents to get kids who blast music too much, or for someone travel, or if like me you love playing music while doing house work the speaker is perfect.




My dad has always said he wanted a jigsaw, I got his from B&Q and that was £29, I know this is not that much cheaper but as Tesco says ''every little helps'' so to the person in your life who likes power tools, this is a nice little saver.




Everyone must remember this game from there childhood, I do. On the website it says ages 4-8 but I say 4 - no age limit. Perfect game for Christmas day. Imagine it, all presents opened dinner is in the oven, and the whole family sit down with some music and play hungry hippos, seems like a good day to me. This is currently £12.99 in B&M, so little saving but still a saving.




For me there is nothing better then coming home on Christmas Eve getting into new pjs and watching a nice film. I love these pjs, they include little bed socks too so you really can get nice and cosy.




So that is it for my little gift guide, I hope it gives you a couple ideas as to where to get some bargains and also to shop around and find the same things in different places. Let me know if you find any other good gifts. 

See you Soon
Lots of Love 
Lottie
Xxx






Saturday, 4 November 2017

Bonfire Night Ideas

''Remember remember the 5th of November the Gun powder Treason and Plot, 
I know of no reason why the Gun powder Treason should ever be forgot''


It is that time again, fluffy hats and gloves, wrapped up in big coats and scarfs, watching fire work displays and bomb fires. Firstly I would like to say that this time of year is to be taken seriously, you need to make sure you are safe first and second make sure your animals are ok. Our dog Coco can be a little funny with fireworks, sometimes she is fine but if its constant she gets scared and can be a bit shaky, so just make sure you and your animals are all safe. 

That being said this time of year can be so much fun, I remember being a kid and my mom would get me sparklers every year and we would stand outside with then making shapes and trying to write my name, you have no idea how hard it is to write 'Charlotte' in sparklers at the age of 6, no wonder I go by Lottie. 

I am not going to a fireworks display this year, and so I thought it would be a nice idea to give you ideas as to what you can do to still have that bonfire night experience. 

My number one is always food, so for me bonfire night makes me think of Jacket Potatoes, Hotdogs, burgers. All things you get at a fire, and they aren't too expensive to get them either so you are well away. 

Toffee Apples!!! I love toffee apples, (I had one tonight, tasted just as good as I remember) they are so good and even with a mouth full of sweet teeth my sweetness was satisfied. 

As a kid I never had this but Paul has said he always had it on bonfire night, Chilli, I do love chilli but I never had it on bonfire night, but I can see the logic as it is such a nice comfort food and you can always do what me and Paul do and put it over jacket potatoes and then add cottage cheese and sweetcorn on top! It is LUSH!!!

As for entertainment, I say anything you like, if there is a firework display near your house you can always pop out into the back garden and have a watch, or just stick a movie on and have a nice family night in, which to be honest is probably going to be what I do. 

OS that is my idea of having a good bonfire night. What will you be doing tonight and tomorrow?? Let me know in the comments. 


See you Soon 

Lots of Love 
Lottie
Xxx









My Favourite Time of Year

Like most people Autumn is my most favourite time of the year, I love the colours, the feeling in the air. The smells of the log burns. The crunchy leaves, it makes me feel all nice and fuzzy inside. I wanted to share with you some of the things I love doing this time of year so if you ever have nothing to do you can tunr to the list and think 'ye I'll do that today'' 

Walks 
This time of year I think is perfect for a lovely walk, on your own, with someone, with a pet, what ever you like. We have the added bonus of not having the harsh winter rain and enjoying the crips weather. I love to grab my travel mug, fill it with Hot Chocolate or coffee, which ever grabs my fancy, putting on so boots, and nice scarf (mental note I need a new scarf), and a big coat and just going for a walk in the big park opposite my house. I love seeing the colours change on the leaves. New seasons always make me happy anyway but Autumn especially because it is like the trees are shedding there last year, and waiting for a new life to grow. It's like what we can do, the last two months of the year is when we can start to drop that baggage of this year and start to think of making a fresh start. 




Film day 
I think this is a must especially with the days getting shorter and colder. I love just grabbing a blanket and snuggling on the sofa with goodies and watching movies, Harry Potter marathon is always good, and if your a hard core fan you can actually watch all the films in just over 23 hours, so good if you have a couple days off together. 

Reading
Most people have that list of books that just keeps getting longer and longer, and every year you start to tell yourself I will read this. Well this is the perfect time to do it. Again I get a nice blanket snuggle up with a hot drink and crack a book open, I have set myself the challenge of finishing Megan Jayne Crabbe's book which I am not afraid to say at the moment I am failing miserably at, but I will get back on track with it. I will finish it by next year and then I will set myself a new challenge, so keep your eyes open for that. 

National Trust Visits. 
For me and Paul it is a lot easier as we have a car and yearly passes to the NT, so I would advise anyone thinking of it to get one. I love our passes and take full advantage of them every month. Not only is it a very cheap day out if you are strapped for cash, grab a picnic and your passes and your well away. Also you will find some of the larger houses and places do events around the holidays. My favourite NT place at the moment has to be Dunham Massey. It is beautiful, has reindeer in, gorgeous gardens, and also lovely entertainment for the kids. All for a nice little price tag each month, instead of a large price tag every month. 


What do you like to do this time of year? Let me know in the comments? 

See you soon 
Lots of Love
Lottie
Xxx