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Saturday, 20 December 2014

My Christmas Home ♥

I'm not quite finished with all my Christmassy blog posts just yet! I wanted to show you all of my decorations and pretty festive things that we've got up around the house. We put your Christmas tree up the first weekend of December, but I kept on adding to it as I kept on buying new things.. oops! It's finally finished now and I'm so happy with it.

I think it looks much better than last years (although I've lost my favourite gingerbread man decoration!) and it's really full and mostly coordinating with the Nordic red and white theme. All of my Christmas decorations are bargain buys and even our Christmas tree was bought in the sale a few years back, although admittedly we could do with a new one. Here's my photos...

The decorations are from a mix of shops; mostly Home Bargains, Poundland, and DotComGiftShop. The candy canes were only £1 for 6 from Tesco, and the stuffed felt owls are from Dunelm.

These were all from Poundland; the cottage tealight holders look beautiful lit up, and I put the star shaped fairy lights into the star dish.

My new winter bedding is super cosy and homely! The bedding set was £16 from Primark, and the tartan fleece throw was I think only £3. I added some new wintery themed cushions including the stunning red owl cushion which matches my old purple one! It has snowflakes on the patchwork fabric and it fits in nicely. The red fairisle knitted cushion features Christmas trees and reindeer and is really comfy. I also have the new reindeer cushions from Dunelm, one big and one is mini! I love my new bed layout!  

I put some Poundland fairylights around my headboard on my bead which look so lovely when they're all lit up. 

I also used some Poundland fairylights to make this light up jar. It's a really nice feature as it glows all around my room. The jar is a big pink Kilner one and the lights are battery operated so I sellotaped the battery pack to the lid so you can't see them.

This felt Merry Christmas garland is from Poundland and I've hung it up in our dining room. 

I love this little table we have in our dining room. I've decorated it using a vase of old twigs and turned it into a mini Christmas tree. I've also put some nice knitted ceramic candles on the table, and my family of metal reindeer. Don't they look cute!

This little sign was only £1.49 from Home Bargains.

We have quite a few little Christmassy nik-naks on our mantlepiece, including a cute little tealight cottage which was from Poundland a few years ago, as well as some reindeer tealight holders from Dunelm. The Noel garland is old from DotComGiftShop and the floral pink reindeer head is from Flamingo Gifts.

And finally, this is my big Santa sack! I'm keeping all my pressies in it (which I still really need to wrap up!)


Thursday, 18 December 2014

Last Minute Stocking Fillers ♥

Stocking fillers are generally my favourite part of Christmas morning. It's a bit like picking from a lucky dip; some pressies are great and some are simple pleasures, but unwrapping each one is enjoyable! If you're still stuck for some stocking filler ideas or you need to give your boyfriend some last minute inspirations (no doubt this weekend the high street will be full of men in a panic!) then here are a few of my favourite ideas.

 I love collecting these little clip on sterling silver charms from various different brands. I don't actually have a charm bracelet but I frequently change the charm on my necklace and wear one at a time as a pendant. Hot Diamonds do my favourite charms, but I've also bought beautiful ones from The Charm Works

I really like the charms because you can buy them in almost any design and it's nice to collect meaningful ones as well as pretty ones. Hot Diamonds are currently offering free next day delivery all the way up until 23rd December, and their items come gift wrapped too so they make the perfect last minute gift.

A Boots store is never far away and is on every high street, so they're a great one stop shop for Christmas gifts. My favourite beauty brand is Soap and Glory and these little gift sets would make the perfect stocking filler for any beauty lover! The Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss crayons set includes three gorgeous shades and comes in a tin box for storage. 

The Santa Gloss gift is only £6 and would make a wonderful stocking filler. Inside the little cardboard candy cane (which you could also hang on a tree!) is a Sexy Mother Pucker lipgloss in a pink shade. They do 3 for 2 on all of their gifts so can be great value for money.

 A bargain buy; these cupcake bath bombs are from Poundland and they were on 3 for £2. My little niece is only 10 but she said she'd like some bath bombs for Christmas, so I bought her these as they are hugely cheaper than the ones in Lush! Although I can't imagine they're the best quality, they are wrapped up in a pretty cupcake print box and will be perfect for a 10 year old! They smell amazing too, I want to try one for myself!

 A big tub of chocolate spread with your name on.. need I say more? Selfridges have been selling these personalised Nutella jars instore for a little while now and I noticed there is always a big queue for them in Birmingham! They're only £3.99 for a jar and I love the fact they can be personalised! Yum! I bought this one for my friend Leonie for her birthday and she loved it!

Flamingo Candles do a huge range of luxury fragranced candles and they also have a special Christmas collection.  This one is called mulled wine and berries and it smells amazing and very festive! All of the candles are handmade in the UK and organic. Each one comes in a little jar with a lid and finished with a mirrored flamingo! The candles burn for up to 50 hours and candles always make a lovely little stocking filler.

Pretty stationery is another Christmas gift winner for me. I love receiving pretty pens and notepads, and I adore this beautiful Watercolour Birds range from Santoro. The collection includes many lovely pieces, including the pocket mirror; which comes with a little pouch to keep it in, book boxes; which are great for keeping as secret storage space, a pen; handbag essential, and a stunning hardcover notebook. All of these items have the beautiful artwork printed onto it and are really good quality. 

 The Fragrance Shop do a subscription service called Discovery Club that you can sign up to and you will then receive the latest fragrance samples each quarter. You could sign a loved one up to this service as a gift and they would get to try out exciting fragrance samples delivered straight to their door. The box also includes a booklet of money off vouchers which can be redeemed against the featured fragrances. It's a great way to try out new fragrances before committing to buying, and the box includes both male and female samples. 

 This beautifully presented little star shaped box makes a lovely stocking filler. It contains the luxurious Inner Strength bath and shower oil from Aromatherapy Associates. The award-winning blend contains clary sage, cardamom and frankincense essential oils to leave skin super soft. Aromatherapy Associates are offering free delivery too! 

I bought these reindeer print pyjamas from F&F Clothing when they were offering 25% off everything a couple of weeks ago. They're really nicely packaged and although this exact pair is no longer on their website, they have lots of similar pairs for only £10 each. You can order up to 3pm Monday 22nd December to click and collect for free to get them in time for Christmas!  

 Cosy slippers are an ideal stocking filler for Christmas. I love the little ballet slippers such as these tartan print ones from South Beach. You can buy them from loads of shops in lots of different designs and I think they're fit in a stocking too! 

 I think personalised photo print gifts are great for Christmas, and my Mum especially loves them! I ordered her a magnet with a photo of the family on for her to add to her fridge collection, and also every year I get her a photo calendar filled with the past years photos. I upload loads of family photos into the calendar and personalise the pages for her. I also bought a photo keyring for Liam as a little stocking filler, as he never has a keyring for his keys! I ordered all of these from Snapfish and I was really impressed with the quality (although my poor photo taking skills don't show this!).

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

My Favourite Christmas Decorations ♥

I've gone a little bit over the top with buying Christmas decorations this year. I probably had enough already but I just cannot resist cute decorative bits! Our Christmas theme at home is red and white with nordic touches, and lots and lots of reindeer and stags! Here's some of my favourite Christmas decorations I've purchased this year. My next blog post will feature my Christmas tree and everything in it's place!

 These two adorable little silver deer are so sweet and go perfectly with my metal stag that I recently featured.  These look really lovely on the mantlepiece, windowsill or fireplace, and are lovely for Christmas but I may keep them out all year round!

 I spotted these amazing reindeer patterened glasses in Home Bargains last weekend. It was the last box available and unfortunately one was missing so I got three glasses for £1.49 rather than four for £1.99. Luckily there's only three of us in the house! I couldn't resist them for that price and I also bought the red and green stripey paper straws from to add a touch of vintage to them. They were also from Home Bargains and were only 99p for a pack of 25.

 These little wooden hearts came in a set of three from Poundland and I really like the red tartan print and the cute little button embellishment! They also had star shaped ones too.

I bought this little stag head for only £1.50 from Wilko. It is meant to be a tree decoration but it's quite large and the colour is a little bit garish and doesn't match the theme. So instead I've stuck it to the wall above my mirror! 

 Another adorable reindeer decoration, this Merry Christmas metal plaque is quite big (about A5 sized) and it was only £1.49 from Home Bargains. I've hung my one up in our dining room. 

 These deer painted side plates I bought from Pound World and I love them! They're perfect for serving mince pies and other festive treats on. They were labelled as 2 for £1 but the till said they were 3 for £2 so I got three! I think I already featured these a few weeks ago possibly but here they are again!

 I bought this single wooden deer decoration from Home Bargains as it was only 79p and I couldn't leave it. I love the little hearts on it and the polka dot bottom!

 Again from Home Bargains, this set of four little wooden houses were only £1.49. They have cute little heart shaped windows and check printed patterns all over in red and white so fits in nicely with my Christmas tree colours.

 Don't buy this pretty red pillar candle. It may look nice and smell lovely but it leaves glitter EVERYWHERE. Literally everywhere! Once you whip off the clear plastic it's like a glitter bomb has exploded. Beware! It's from Laura Ashley and I received it as a freebie for one of their Christmas store events.

 I bought one of these cable knit stag heads as a present for Terri's birthday and I liked it so much that I wanted to keep it! Luckily Liam bought one for me as a surprise pressie so I didn't have to steal Terris! It is so cute and I plan on hanging jewellery from mine!

 This owl print bedding is just the cutest thing ever! It was 30% off from BHS for Black Friday and so I bought it for only £14. I plan on opening this up as a Christmas Eve treat!

 I love these little ceramic cable knitted pillar tea light holders from the Christmas Boutique. They also do a larger version but I love these and they're perfect for my mulberry scented tea lights. And they match the stag head!

 These two little deer tree decorations are so cute! The set features one stag and one little deer, and both are made from glossy printed ceramic and have a white satin ribbon attached so they can be hung up. 

 I bought this set of four red glitter stag decorations for only £1 from a local cheap shop called Boyes in Cambridgeshire (similar on eBay). They're possibly my favourite tree decorations are they're just so sparkly and cute!

 What's better than a floral stag head? My two favourite things combined!  This metal hanging decoration is from Flamingo Gifts and is only £4.95. I love the pretty ditsy floral design and the gold rim.

Another of my favourite things.. cupcakes! These festive designed glass baubles have a cute red gingham ribbon to tie them onto the tree and have been finished off with glitter. Yummy! 

These cute nordic style Christmas tree decorations are from DotComGiftShop and were only only £1 from their sale! They're all handpainted with pretty patterns and come in a range of shapes including hearts, stars, and stockings.

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