The Winter Tag

Something a little different for Blogmas – because the lovely Amy at Fleur Du Belle tagged me in this Winter Post! You can see her’s here.

There’s 10 questions, so I give my 10 answers, then tag 8 bloggers to take part too – easy ๐Ÿ˜Šย So here we go! ๐ŸŽ„

Questions and Answers

  1. What is your favourite holiday tradition?

This is a tricky one, as a lot of traditions are changing… If you haven’t followed my blog until recently, you may not know that Ed and I have just moved into our first house – and for the first time, neither of us are moving back in/living for a few days, at our parent’s houses over Christmas, and will, for the first time, wake up in the same place on Christmas morning. We’re in the process of creating new traditions! There are so many traditions I love, for so many reasons – but I’ll have to say decorating the house. It marks the start of Christmas, it’s exciting and magical – I loved doing it every year with my family, and this year in our new home was no exception!

  1. What is your favourite winter scent?

There are quite a few smells I love and associate with Christmas, so I’m going to cheat and say 2…Apple & Cinnamon, and Mulled Wine.ย ย 

  1. What is your favourite winter go-to fashioned trend?

It sounds boring – but a cuddly jumper, jeans, and either Timberland boots or black knee high boots (depending on the occasion). I just don’t think the pinafore/jumper dress thing suits me! ๐Ÿ™ˆ

  1. What is your all-time favourite holiday movie?

Oooooo there’s SO many Christmas films I watch each year! I think it has to be Muppet Christmas Carol though – because I love it, AND (as I discussed in my Fave Festive Films post), it’s one of those films that reminds me of family.

  1. Whatโ€™s your favourite all-time holiday tune?

Like the films, there are so many I could say! There’s lots of faves in My Top 15 Christmas Songs, so I’ll have to direct you there – I’m not sure I could pick just one!

  1. Do you prefer to travel or stay at home during the holidays?

Definitely stay at home. And unless circumstances changed dramatically, I would never/could never go away.

  1. Whatโ€™s your favourite winter activity?

It’s funny how many of these questions link to recent Blogmas posts ๐Ÿ™Šย You can check out My Favourite Things About Winter here!ย 

  1. Do you love or hate the snow?

Just over a year ago, I’d have said LOVE and nothing else…but now I have a car. If it snows and I don’t have to drive anywhere, I love it! But if I DO have to drive…NO THANKS.

  1. What is one item on your wish list this year?

I don’t have a list, and haven’t had anything specific I want for a few years now. I’m incredibly lucky in my life right now, and I’m just grateful for that, if I’m perfectly honest! However cheesy that may sound…

  1. What is your favourite holiday treat?

PARTY FOOD. And I say that because it’s such a broad term…I WANT ALL THE FOOD. If you know me, you know I’m a massive mince pie fan, but the term #TreatYourself can be used so loosely when there’s pigs in blankets, prawn toast, sausage rolls and mini kievs involved. So yes. FOOD is my treat ๐Ÿ˜†

Now then, my tags ARE:

Sophie at Sophie’s Choice
Tasha at Tasha’s Lifestyle
Elisha at Elisha Blogs
Erica at Grand Fash Life
Kate at Kate’s Beauty Home
Geraldine at
Geraldine Talks
Louise at Sociable Events Aberdeen
Rina at Rina Kay

Merry Christmas you gorgeous lot, see you for my next Blogmas post on 19th December!

Lynette x

Spice Up Your Hot Chocolate!

One of my favourite things about this time of year is the longer evenings, the colder days, and the excuse to snuggle on the sofa with some good telly and a hot chocolate – OR jazz up your working hours with a delicious, festive hot drink!ย 

I’ve made hot chocolate so many different ways over the years – with water, almond milk, even with real chocolate. The best taste (in my opinion) is definitely using melted down chocolate with skimmed milk, but we don’t always have time (or patience!) to spend long on a hot drink – so for most of these recipes (unless otherwise stated), I heated milk in the microwave for a minute or so, before mixing in Cadbury’s drinking chocolate. When it comes to milk quantities (whether microwaving or pan-ing), I use the mug I’m using as a measure (it saves on washing up)! Just be aware that you don’t fill it too much if you’ll be adding another liquid later.

I THOROUGHLY enjoyed experimenting in the kitchen and using Ed as a Guinea Pig…I hope you enjoy too if you give one (or more!) of them a try!

Baileys Hot Chocolate

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I just HAD to start with this one! If you’ve got a milk frother, heat and then froth up your milk (don’t worry if you don’t it won’t affect the taste!), add a drop of Baileys, and give it a good stir. I’m not going to tell you how much Baileys to use – let’s face it, who would reallyyyyy measure it out? You’d just pour a good gloop in, like I did ๐Ÿ˜œ

Candy Cane Hot Chocolate

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In a pan, heat milk until hot (but not boiling), then add in the drinking chocolate, a crushed candy cane, and whisk. Pour into your mug and garnish with cream and another candy cane. Simple!

Sweet Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

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Heat milk in microwave (start with 1 minute and see how you go). Once heated, add drinking chocolate, a pinch of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. (Depending on taste, you may want to add a little sugar too, though the melting marshmallows may add enough sweetness). Give it a good whisk and finish with cream, marshmallows and cinnamon stick.

Cherry Hot Chocolate

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If you haven’t already, try the melted chocolate technique… Heat your milk in a pan and add 3 squares of your favourite chocolate. Once melted, pour into your mug and top up with Brandy. I used M&S’s Cherry Brandy, but it works equally as well with other liqueurs, like Amaretto! Garnish however you want (I always add a cocktail cherry on top too, though the melting cream doesn’t allow it to sit there very long)!

Honeycomb Hot Chocolate

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Instead of drinking chocolate or regular chocolate, you’re going to melt a honeycomb bar in your heated milk! (I suggest heating your milk in a pan for this one). I then garnished mine with honeycomb crumb biscuit and cream!

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

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Possibly one of the most indulgent on the list. Prepare your milk in either a pan or the microwave, but if you’re microwaving, use a Pyrex jug because the next step is heavy whisking! Add a heaped tbsp of peanut butter (I’ll let you be the judge of how heaped a heaped tbsp is!), drinking chocolate and a teaspoon of sugar and get whisking! If you have some time to melt some extra peanut butter for the topping, go ahead, it’s heavenly!ย  Mine was also finished off with cream and chocolate sauceย ๐Ÿ˜

Is your mouth watering now? Get in the kitchen and knock up your own, and let me know how you get on!

Lynette x

My Favourite Things About Winter

Winter HAS to be my favourite season of the year! Christmas is the obvious feature, but it’s also turned into a special time of the year for Ed and I too…it’s when we started dating, became an official couple, went on our first holiday AND got engaged! So the time of year is just full of love and special memories! I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite things about winter, with particular reference to December.

๐ŸŒ™ย Dark Evenings

An unpopular opinion perhaps, but I like the shorter days and longer evenings! It feels more magical, more special – especially for December.

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โ„๏ธย Crisp Walks

Who doesn’t love a crisp winter walk in the country? All bundled up, wearing a million layers…maybe best to avoid the rainy days, they aren’t so fun, but the bright, cold days are just gorgeous.

โœจย Fairylights

Pretty and sparkly and magical…what’s not to love?! I’ve put fairy lights wherever I can in the house…but some of the best have to be the ones outside… In the dark, on a walk or driving in the car, it’s just gorgeous. Who else’s parents used to take detours to show them pretty lights or extravagantly lit houses?!

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๐ŸŽ„ย A Christmas lights switch on, a Christmas market or Pantomime

Similar to the last point, but there is just SUCH a good feeling in the air! Everyone’s in a fantastic mood, carols are being sung or Wham’s being played over the speakers, you can smell roasting chestnuts, mulled wine or a hog roast, everyone’s bundled up in hats and scarves and bumping into people they haven’t seen in months. Kids have got their glow sticks flashing, are pumped full of sugar ready for a few hours of ‘It’s behind you!’ and parents and grandparents are half loving it, half wondering why they aren’t at home with their feet up. Everyone, of all different ages, are coming together because of one common interest, and it’s such a special experience!ย 

๐Ÿ›๏ธย The hustle and bustle of town

Particularly in the couple of weeks running up to Christmas…Christmas decorations are everywhere, fairylights adorn shop doors and windows, people are going about their Christmas shopping, hands laden with bags or festive cuppas in hand…and despite the cold, there’s a feeling of warmth and excitement and it’s utterly magical.

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โ˜•ย Hot drinks on tap

I don’t know about you, but I drink probably about 4 times as many hot drinks at this time of year compared to any other time…MAINLY as a source of heat for my hands! My hands and feet are ALWAYS cold in winter, so whether it’s a cup of tea or festive hot chocolate, it’s a wonderful excuse to have a constant stream of steam!

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๐Ÿ‚ย The scenery

I mean, it’s just gorgeous. I don’t think I really need to expand much further.

What are your favourite things about Winter?

Lynette x

Favourite Festive Films

I’m sure this subject can be widely argued, we all have our favourites, for different reasons…perhaps the film itself isn’t ground breaking cinema, but it reminds you of a certain time/place/person: and that emotional link is why you watch it every year. Or maybe it’s just coz it’s brilliant! But here are mine:

1. The Santa Clause

I had to put this first, because it’s always been a part of my Christmas. I remember watching it as kid, thinking how magical it was, wondering if it could actually be true. I think the main reason I go back and watch it each year is because it sparks that magical feeling of Christmas that I had as a kid – that feeling when you’re full of wonder and excitement. And it’s not Christmas without Tim Allen! Obviously, I’ve watched the sequels many times too, but the original is the best!

2. Polar Express

This is just such a special film. Watching it cuddled up with a hot chocolate, it reminds us of how special it was believing in Father Christmas. It’s full of magic and is a FIRM favourite of mine – it makes me feel all warm and happy and fuzzy ๐Ÿ˜Šย And naturally, I sing along too!

3. Elf

Awwww it’s just brilliant isn’t it?! Will Ferrell erupts onto the screen in green, disguised as all our inner child’s at Christmas! However many times you’ve seen it before, you still cackle at the same bits, it’ll never fail to cheer you up or get in the Christmas spirit…because as we all know ‘The best to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear’ ๐Ÿ˜Š

4. Love Actually

Who. Doesn’t. Love. Love Actually?! If you don’t imagine Hugh Grant’s dad dancing every time you hear ‘Jump’ by the Pointer Sisters throughout the year, then you haven’t seen this film enough! We still haven’t forgiven Alan Rickman for buying that necklace, we still love Andrew Lincoln for those cue cards, and we remain slightly embarrassed that an excited Laura Linney reminds us all of our teenage selves. Despite the moments of heartbreak, it’s filled with love, and it reminds us that ‘Love Actually is, all around’ โค๏ธ

5. The Holiday

This is the first film I’ll watch in the run up to Christmas. I try to wait until 1st December, but it’s been known to make it onto my telly during the last few days of November… It’s perfect viewing for a night in alone, nestled under a blanket with some hot chocolate or a baileys, and some delicious food or snacks. It’s heartwarming in the right places, heartbreaking in the right places, and the odd flicker of comedy is just lovely. Kate Winslet, Jack Black, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law are just gorgeous in this.

6. Nativity

Ohhhhh Nativity! I’m afraid if you don’t like Nativity, we can no longer be friends… ๐Ÿ™Šย It’s just pure brilliance! It’s cute, funny, heart warming – it’ll have you laughing one minute and crying the next. I can’t believe I’m admitting it, but I get choked up! Every. Year. ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™ˆย Obviously there’s the sequels as well, which are good, but NOTHING can top the original! (Ed and I realised this year that we’re very similar to Mr Maddens and Mr Poppy…any guesses who’s who?!)

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7. This Christmas

A romantic Christmas film centering around the Whitfield family, who’s eldest has come home for the first time in years. It’s a veryyyy well known cast, and I love films like this – putting actors I love, together in one place. And the SASS level is just something else for a Christmas film ๐Ÿ˜‚

8. Christmas with the Kranks

I feel like this one is a bit of a marmite film, but I love it! Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis decide to skip Christmas in order to save money to go on a cruise, but then find out their daughter’s coming home and will be expecting a family Christmas. With these two leading the film, it’s a manic, comedy filled treat, perfect for afternoon viewing with a good cuppa!

9. White Christmas

A classic. And a must see each Christmas, particularly as a Musical Theatre graduate and Vera Ellen fan. It’s old and wholesome and lovely (and funny!), and really quite special. And so stagey!

10. The Muppet Christmas Carol

Last, but by no means least – and actually potentially my all time fave – Muppet Christmas Carol! I’ve watched it since I was a kid, and when Todd and I grew up, we made it a tradition to watch it on Christmas Eve afternoon. I love the story, I love Gonzo and Rizzo as narrators, I love the songs… It’s brilliant, a tradition, and it wouldn’t be Christmas without it.

And there we have it! There are tons more that I love, and I’m sure there’ll be some of your favourites that didn’t make the list – but as I said earlier, some of mine are (because I enjoy them, yes), but also because I associate them with magical Christmases. It’s quite amazing how powerful television can be for our memories and associated feelings…

Lynette x

Christmas Night in Alone Essentials

Now, who else LOVES a cosy night in by themselves?!ย ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ Ed’s away in Panto Land, and whilst he’s home most nights, it tends to be late, so I’ve had a few opportunities to engross myself in some much needed me time (it’s been a long term)! So, what are my night in alone essentials? Let me run them by you.

First off: PREP!

  1. TIDY.

    Get the washing up done, and make sure the house is nice and tidy. You’ll find it much easier to relax (and feel like you deserve it more too!) if your home is nice and clean and clutter free!

  2. Light a candle and get in the bath.

    I recently invested in an Apple and Cinnamon scented bubble bath, and this alongside some tealight candles makes for such a relaxing, festive bath!

  3. Moisturise.

    When you’re all scrubbed and nice and clean (don’t forget to exfoliate if you can), grab your favourite moisturiser and go to town on soothing that winter skin. You’ll feel clean as a whistle!

  4. Hair Mask.

    If you washed your hair, use a leave in conditioner. No one’s going to see you, so work it through your hair and stick it up in a nice top knot. I don’t spend enough time giving my hair TLC, so these nights are a fantastic time to do just that!

  5. Get Comfy.

    Get into your fluffiest Christmas PJs (or onesie!), get the fairylights and Christmas tree on if they’re not already, and either order a takeaway, or cook your favourite meal! My fave night in food is burger and chips ๐Ÿ˜Šย But not Maccie’s, I mean a good stacked up burger, with bacon and cheese and fried onion and loads of other yummy additionsย ๐Ÿ˜

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Now you’re clean, fed and watered, you need to set yourself up for the rest of the evening. Grab whatever you need from the bathroom/kitchen, because you want to move as little as possible for the next few hours! Pick a lovely festive film (my top pick would either be The Holiday or Love Actually for an evening like this!), and nestle down. Here’s the things that I think about prepping:

  • Pudding – THE BIGGEST priority, obviously…MINCE PIE ANYONE?! ๐Ÿฅง๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Yummy drink – But what am I in the mood for? Red wine? Baileys? Hot chocolate? ๐Ÿท
  • Nail varnish – Do I want to take this opportunity of sitting and doing nothing, to paint my nails? ๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿป
  • Candles – GET THEM LIT, it feels so much cosier! ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ
  • Face mask – Are you a smoothie mask kind of person or a peeler? I’m a peeler. ๐Ÿง–๐Ÿป
  • Airplane Mode – Turn it on. You’ll be able to enjoy your evening so much more if you’re uninterrupted and not tempted to start scrolling through Insta. โœˆ๏ธ

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I can’t explain how much I love a cosy night in. And now that we’re in our gorgeous house for the first year too, these nights are so much yummier than ever beforeย ๐Ÿ˜ What are your night in alone essentials, can you recommend anything you think I’m missing out on? Share below in the comments!

Lynette x

 

The Best Places to Shop Online This Christmas

Whilst a lot of us like to, or try to, shop on the High Street and support local business, it’s not always doable, or we can’t find what we’re looking for. So, online it is. This year I managed about half and half – mainly because I haven’t had time to travel to one of the nearby cities for a gift shopping day (some things I wanted to get just can’t be found on the high street of a market town). Any gifts I share will be from last year (I don’t want any of my friends/family finding out what they’re getting before Christmas!), but I stand by the stores this year, and have used all of them again!ย 

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If you’ve visited my blog before, you know what a fan of Etsy I am. It’s a fantastic way of supporting small businesses, and I’m yet to be any less than very pleased with products/gifts I’ve bought from there. I got these wine glasses (images taken from site) for Mum and Dad last year, and I still love them…the picture doesn’t show it very well, but they’re glittery! I’m almost tempted to invest in some for Ed and I…

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If you want any kind if personalised gift, this is a great place to start browsing – cards, mugs, glasswear, calendars – I’ve used this site several times, and got myself a notebook (of which there are HUNDREDS of different designs, perfect if you’re buying for a stationery lover!). Sometimes you can get some good discount codes too – and even 10% off can help the pinch of Christmas!

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There’s some lovely household decor and gifts on this website, which I discovered last year I was looking for some Firefly jars. I bought a couple for friends and a couple for us, and would happily purchase from there again! It’s now a go-to site for gift browsing!

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For photo gifts, this is where I head. They offer calendars, keyrings, canvases, mugs, cushions – not all of those ideas may appeal to you, but they do photo books and regular prints of your photos too. Again, you can often find a discount code, although prices aren’t too bad anyway!

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I came across this site a few months ago whilst searching for a birthday gift for one of my girls, and it’s such a cute little site! I think it depends on the kind of thing you’re after, not all of their content is my cup of tea…but some of their monochrome range is right up my street! I bought a cushion for my girlie, then returned to buy mugs for both my parent’s birthdays (and then myself too, naturally) ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

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I’m pretty sure that this was the first website I used for online shopping, and although I feel that some of the gifts are a bit pricey, there’s some lovely things on there, and some ideas you wouldn’t have even thought of before (hence the name, I guess)!

Have I missed any of your favourite sites? I’m always open to new places and ideas, so please feel free to share below!

Lynette x

Favourite Decorations in our New Home!

Now then, if you know me or have followed my blog for a couple of months, you’ll know that Ed and I bought our first house in September! It was a long process, a busy and stressful few months, but now (despite there still being plenty of things to do), we’re settled. And that’s a wonderful feeling!

This isn’t our first Christmas together, but because of the change of scenery, quite a few things have changed/been added/taken away. It was really exciting to decorate the house for the first time – finding what works well where, and knowing it’s the start of a new tradition!

I’m not going to share everything, but here’s a few of my faves:

The Tree

We upgraded to a taller tree this year, and also invested in some red baubles (last year we had gold/chrome/silver to go with the living room in the flat – red would’ve clashed). I love the warmth they bring – now all that’s missing is the presents!

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Bish Bauble

This was a gift to ourselves last year, for our first Christmas together. Ed and I have called each other ‘Bish’ for as long as we’ve been friends, so for 9 years, we haven’t used our actual names! We have no idea where it came from, but it obviously happened at school at some point, and it stuck! It was a lovely way to mark our first Christmas (it’s got the date on the back too) and will have pride of place on the tree every year โค๏ธ

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Garland

Last year this sat upstairs on a beam/ledge/thing, but this year (seeing as we have a windowsill for the first time, I KNOW, woo!) it’s been promoted! It sits perfectly behind ‘Love’ and is slightly too long which is great is it curls round to the front of the sill – it doesn’t just stop awkwardly. We added the candles to finish off the sill (from our Best Man’s mum’s shop – THANKS SUE!), and often leave the curtains slightly open on a night so we can enjoy the set up ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ

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Stairs

I may have gone a bit OTT, BUT it’s currently a bit of a lonely place – there’s no natural light and we have no paintings/pictures/mirrors etc to decorate it yet. So I thought I’d give it a bit of Chrismas Zhush (yes, that’s how you spell it, I had to Google it)! โœจ

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Wreath

A front door actually opening onto the street meant our first Wreath! Knowing that this would be the Bish Wreath for many years to come, we shopped around, but were drawn to this one from Not On the Highstreet. And love it!ย 

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It was so exciting decorating our new home for the first time, and I just love how it’s turned out! I’m sure there’ll be a couple of bits we decide we need (whether that’s this year or next) just to finish it off, but it all feels very magical right now!

…Especially knowing that whilst it’s all pretty and exciting this year, it’s the first year of a lot of new Christmas traditions ๐Ÿ˜Š

This is the 3rd Blogmas post, make sure you’ve subscribed so you don’t miss any in the future – and I’ll see you for the next on 7th December!

Lynette x

My Top 15 Christmas Songs

I LOVE Christmas music, it really gets me in the festive spirit, so trying to keep it to less than 100,000 was HARDย ๐Ÿ˜‚ย I love Christmas songs SOOOOOO much, wherever I am during December, they’re blasting out. I’m sharing a few of my ultimate faves with you…the ones that really get me in the festive spirit, remind me of someone special or just make me insanely happy! They’re in no particular order…enjoy!

1. FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORKย – I mean, it HAD to make the list!

2. CHRISTMAS WRAPPINGย – I don’t know why, but I’ve loved this since I was a kid!

3. THAT’S WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS TO ME – I first heard it a couple of years ago and now it’s up there with my top faves! I’m using it with one of my classes and I just can’t get enough of it! It’s perfect for dancing to๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

4. STEP INTO CHRISTMASย – PURE JOY!

5. WOMBLING MERRY CHRISTMASย – This has been mine and my dad’s song for as long as I can remember, so however daft it is, I love it coz it makes me think of my daft Dad and I jigging round the living room ๐Ÿ™ˆ

6. DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMASย – Mama P’s favourite, such a lovely song, and it makes me so happy. It always reminds me of herย ๐Ÿ’•

7. SAVIOUR’S DAYย – This started out ironically a few years ago as my brother and I cackled at the music video…but now when I hear the song, it reminds me of the fun Todd and I have. So it fills me with joy ๐Ÿ˜‚

8. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODYย – It isn’t Christmas without Slade!

9. HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMASย – So many artists have covered this song, I love them all coz I love the song so much…but this is my current favourite version.

10. I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAYย – It isn’t Christmas without the Andrex puppy song!

11. BELIEVEย – How could we forget about The Polar Express?! And that time I did a ballet solo to this and my skirt fell off half way through…ย ๐Ÿ™ƒ

12. CHRISTMAS (BABY PLEASE COME HOME)ย – Specifically this version, along with the rest of this Phil Spector album, because it reminds me of Christmases with my family ๐Ÿค—

13. LIGHT THE NIGHTย – Because it’s pretty much been unofficially labelled as the Studio’s Christmas song…it’s come out every Christmas in various forms (shows, outdoor performances etc) for years now, so it’s not Christmas for me without hearing it!

14. IN DULCI JUBILOย – You can’t sing along to it unfortunately (maybe whistle though), but is anyone else in agreement that this little number really makes you feel merry? ๐Ÿ˜Š

15. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST; BUBLE. Any Buble. But this one reminds me of my Bish โค๏ธ

Did your fave songs make the list? As I said, there’s SO many more I could’ve added, but these are all quite special to me!ย ๐ŸŽ…

Lynette x

Things I Can’t Live Without at Christmas

Right, so this is exciting! Hello and welcome to the start of Blogmas 2018 at lifewithlynette! I didn’t even know what Blogmas WAS until a couple of months ago when I saw other bloggers start to talk about it…so I had a Google. And for those of you reading who don’t know what it is, it’s basically a fun name/excuse for me to waffle at you about Christmas things during December ๐Ÿ˜Š ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป

A lot of bloggers I know are doing a post every day for the month, but to be honest, I don’t have the time for that amount of content – so I’m going to be posting every other day! I’ve got plenty of ideas planned out; decor, drinks, fave TV shows from the year, best places to shop online this Christmas… I’ve tried to keep it as varied as I can (still all Christmas related though!) so make sure you’ve subscribed so’s you don’t miss one that you enjoy/might help you!

I thought I’d use this post as an excuse to introduce Blogmas, along with just delving right in and telling you the things I can’t live without at Christmas. Because it’s 1st December! And CHRISTMAS HAS NOW OFFICIALLY BEGUN! Well, technically for us, it began last night…Ed went away to panto land today, and although this year he’ll be commuting (last year he was living away from home for the month, that was CRAP), we wanted to decorate and start Christmas before he disappeared. The tree is up, lights strung, and wreath hung…and for the first time in our new home! Which is really exciting!

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This year is going to be quite different to my previous Christmases. I’ll be visiting Mum and Dad’s rather than staying for a few days (#adulting), Ed and I are staying together on Christmas Day and visiting both families, and my bro is bringing his girlfriend up north for the first time! Lots of family traditions will be changing, but that’s inevitable as we grow up. And although it’s a shame, it’s exciting that we have the opportunity to make new traditions now!

So then, just to finish off; Things I Can’t Live Without at Christmas:

  • Making the home cosy
  • Baileys
  • Faiylights
  • Apple and Cinnamon candles
  • THE MUSIC
  • Festive Costa Hot Chocolates
  • Mince Pies
  • Christmas films that enhance that festive feeling (Polar Express, I’m looking at you)
  • A cold winter walk
  • The SMELL of tinsel
  • Seeing loved ones open their presents
  • The hustle and bustle of Christmas markets
  • Bread Sauce
  • A Theatre tripย 
  • Family

I have plenty of posts where I can chat about more meaningful things…but in the run up to the Christmas period, those are things that pop into my head and get me excited! What are yours?

Lynette x

Hello 2017…


Well then! Happy New Year to you all! I can’t believe how fast 2016 went – I observed with several people over the last couple of months that each year seems to go quicker than the last. Can you remember when we were at school and the terms dragged onnnnnn and onnnnnn and onnnnnn. It felt like we spent our entire lives there. Half terms were only actually 6 weeks long! Now, 6 weeks goes by in the blink of an eye. Weird.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year and spent it as you wanted, whether that be with friends, family, or colleagues (for those of you out there who had to work) ๐Ÿ˜ฆ It’s such a nice feeling to have friends and family come back home for Christmas. The feeling of the place changes and you easily pick up and adopt old traditions. Whether that’s an annual party (big nod to the Corrins, you hosted an excellent party, as always), games day, night at the pub, countryside walk or quick cafe visit.ย 

49f4eda9a94de446169d850e5f8a77cc_screenAnd whilst there are plenty of nice traditions…there ARE a couple that crop up every year, that you pray you’ll maybe escape this time…

  • The DVDs/tapes that are brought out, of you and your sibling/siblings as kids…
  • The quizzing from the grandparents about why you don’t have a boyfriend…ย 
  • Losing at Monopoly. Every. Year.ย 

Nevertheless, it’s a wonderful time of the year and regardless of the negatives, we know we’ll look forward to it just as much next year.ย 

So, Christmas is over, you’ve stuffed yourself with left overs, drunk enough Baileys to fill a bath and struggled with the random limbo week where we don’t know what to do. Now comes the New Year. For me, New Years has never been anything special. But this year, I’m home and I got to spend it with exactly who I wanted. Not watching High School Musical 1-3 back to back in my studio flat in Hammersmith (yeh, I saw in 2016 really well, don’t be jealous) ๐Ÿ˜‰

Which brings us to New Years resolutions. I understand that a New Year seems an appropriate time to make lifestyle adjustments. But a ‘Resolution’ feels like such a big title – we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to achieve something, which is sometimes unachievable (‘I want to quit this, I want to quit that’). As with any change, I feel baby steps are the way to do it. So instead, I like to acknowledge what makes me happy, andย  if there’s anything about my life I’d like to change. The main one for 2017: I want to spend less time on social media in my spare time (especially now that parts of my work are heavily based/dependent on it). I think the majority of us can put our hands up and admit we could make better use of the time spent aimlessly scrolling. Pass me a book.

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2016 was a strange year for me. A lot happened. Lots of big life decisions – but I’m happy with the decisions I made. I’m going into 2017 happy, with a job I love, in the place I love, surrounded by the people I love. It’s a new chapter. And I can’t wait to see what the year brings.ย 

Sending best wishes for 2017 to you all,
Lynette x

P.S. New Year, New You (please forgive me for saying that) – I have new adult classes starting at Studio 3! Dance classes for beginners and fitness classes for all abilities! I’m so looking forward to these, ESPECIALLY after piling on the Christmas pounds! :’) For more information, head to my Instagram (lynette_s3dance) or search for Studio 3 Dance Workshop on Facebook ๐Ÿ™‚