Christmas Songs That Bring Back Memories

Music is such a powerful thing. A song can bring back strong memories, memories of a specific time, place, person, occasion or smell…and Christmas music is no exception – in fact, I think it has that ability ten fold! I love Christmas songs, and there’s very few that I don’t like, so they’re played constantly throughout December! But here are some that bring back strong Christmas memories:

It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas

This one reminds me of Bish. The song reminds me of Christmas together, and specifically, our first Christmas together, so it will always be a fave.

Wombling Merry Christmas

This is mine and my dad’s song, but I have no idea why! We used to bounce around the living room to it and it’s amazing. Don’t hate on the Wombles โœ‹

Driving Home for Christmas

Mama P’s fave, so I think of her every time I hear it ๐Ÿ’• And it’s such a lovely song too!

Marshmallow World

I love this song, but it has to be Darlene Love’s version from Phil Spector’s ‘A Christmas Gift For You’. I love the whole album, it reminds me of family and decorating the house when I was younger, but this song is my fave.

Candy Cane Lane

Okay, if you haven’t heard Sia’s Christmas album yet, get listening! I’m always skeptical about new Christmas songs (the classics are just SO amazingly special, aren’t they?!), and, whilst there ARE a few new songs that I like, I never expected like this entire album! Sia appears to be a favourite at the Studio for Christmas routines, and and now, whenever I hear a Sia Xmas song (particularly Candy Cane Lane), I’m reminded of my Studio fam, my second home ๐Ÿ˜Š

Saviour’s Day

I cant say it’s in my top 10 favourite Christmas songs, but I will forever associate Cliff Richard’s Christmas songs with my brother. I can’t remember when it started, but it’ll be quite a few years back though… Our Christmas Eve tradition was to watch The Muppet’s Christmas Carol, then get the Monopoly board out, drink Baileys, eat Pringles, and put Christmas music channels on. And the terrible music video for Saviour’s Day had us in stitches every year ๐Ÿ˜‚ So, naturally, the song brings back fond memories of me and my bro – which is why I (can’t believe I’m saying this), I like listening to the song now ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Believe

Who doesn’t love Polar Express?! It’s beautiful and magical, and Josh Groban’s song sums up all those feelings AND THEN SOME. So I’ve always loved it. It’s also the song where I had a costume malfunction on stage… Throwing it back to the Studio’s Christmas show in 2010 when I was still a student, I did Contemporary/Ballet solo to the song. I’d had a quick change into the costume, and forgotten that the poppers on the skirt weren’t ample and I should be tying a knot to keep the skirt in place. So, down I went onto the floor to do a roll, and when I stood up, the skirt stayed down ๐Ÿ˜‚ I danced through the rest of the number (obviously) in my leotard, but learned to always secure costumes correctly ๐Ÿ™„

Troika

Throwing it back to Christmas 1999 and my starring role of ‘Little Tree’ in the Year 2 Christmas show. I stood there with a cardboard tree cutout (that was bigger than me) stuck to my front, and because I was the only tree in the forest not to be picked to go to someone’s home, Santa sent the angels, elves and various other Christmas creatures to decorate me. To the Troika track! So there you go ๐Ÿ˜‚

What Christmas songs bring back special memories for you?

Lynette x (3)

Favourite Blog Posts of 2019

Hello lovelies, welcome back to Blogmas 2019!

This is the first full year I’ve gotten into blogging properly (I started in July 2018), so I thought it’d be fun to have a quick throwback, to share with you all my favourite posts of 2019.

26 Discoveries In My 26th Year

My birthday post of 2019! Whilst a lot of bloggers choose to do ‘__ Things I’ve Learned In __ Years’, I decided to keep it chilled and wrote about discoveries from the year just gone. We’re talking lifestyle, food, beauty, fashion, adulting discoveries and more… and it’s possibly my favourite! It was so fun to write.

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9 Reasons I Feel Like an Adult This Month

I suppose I’ve been living in denial about my adult status for a while…but with a house, a husband, and all the other grown up things going on in life…there’s no denying it anymore ๐Ÿ˜‚ So back in summer, I wrote down 9 things that made me feel like an adult that month.

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New Year: Q&A Time

This was a fun one to start off the year with! I answered a bunch of questions put to me by fellow bloggers, have a look if you’re feeling nosey…

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And now a couple of wedding ones!

If you’re new to my blog, you won’t know that I got married back in May and published a whole series of both pre and post wedding posts, all about the experience! You can read The Wedding Series here, but here are my faves:

Top Tips For Your Wedding Day

The most important tips I would give to anyone who’s about to get married. For this one, we’re not talking planning, it’s tips SPECIFICALLY for your big day, and tips I wish everyone could know.

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Our Wedding Timeline

I walk you through the Bish Wedding from 7:00am-12:00am in PICTURES!

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Tips for Coping with Moving House

Moving house is ONE OF THE MOST STRESSFUL EXPERIENCES OF YOUR LIFE! I noted down some tips that helped me cope during our move, in the hope it would help someone else out there…

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1 Second a Day 2018

Finishing with this one, which was my first blog post of the year. It included my 1 Second a Day video of 2018, which had been SO much fun to work on! I’ve been doing it this year too, so stay tuned for my 2019 vid!

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Whether you’ve read just one of my blog posts, a couple of them, or all of them…THANKYOU for visiting and supporting Life With Lynette!

Lynette x (3)

Childhood Christmas Memories

Christmas is such a wonderful time of the year, filled with love and magic and family…but what do you remember from being a child, what are those memories that have stuck with you, right into your adult life?

Sure there’s the obvious memories like sneaking into Mum and Dad’s room with our stockings on Christmas morning, and the feeling of utter disbelief and joy when we walked into the living room on Christmas morning to see ‘HE’D BEEN’…but here’s a few others of mine.

Marzipane Fruit Making at School ๐Ÿ“๐ŸŒ๐ŸŠ

The last couple of weeks before Christmas during primary school were AMAZING. We’d alternate each year between either crafts, or a Christmas show. When it was crafts week, we’d make all manner of Christmassy things (you can guess the sort), but the one that’s stuck with me is Marzipan fruit! Shaping and dying it, adding cloves to make cores/stems, and rolling some of them in sugar to make seed effects. I used to love it, and I bloomin love marzipan.

Going On Dad’s Shoulders To Put the Spire Up๐ŸŽ„โญ

Todd and I always took it in turns each year to put the spire on the tree. It was a proper tradition, Mama P even wrote down on the box, year on year, who’s turn it was. But the tradition didn’t stop there! Whoever was putting the spire on top (it turned into a star in our last few years though) had to go on Dad’s shoulders. Which made sense when we were little – but the tradition never died. He was actually insistent on keeping it up, even when we were tall enough to reach the top of the tree ourselves, and even when Todd had grown taller than Dad! Which is why, 2 years ago, at age 25, I was up there again…

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Tug of War ๐ŸŠโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ“ฆ

A tradition in my home town…pub teams in a tug of war competition OVER the river Nidd…so guess what happens to the losers ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s a lovely Boxing Day tradition, and although I haven’t gone in the last few years (12pm on Boxing Day? I’ve still been in bed recovering from Christmas Day!), I’d like to introduce it into tradition again…at some point…

Bethlehemdale ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒŸ

So at primary school, in the years we weren’t busy making Christmas cards and marzipan fruit, we were getting stagy – and Bethlehemdale in 2002 will stay with me FOREVER. It does what it says on the tin really – the Mary and Joseph story, but set in Yorkshire. It was one of (if not the most!) favourite things about primary school!

“Eh up, by gum, a change is happening it’s going to come. EY UP, by gum, a change is going to come”!
SHOUT OUT to anyone who KNOWS and sung that line in their heads ๐Ÿ˜‰

Making Christmas Cards ๐Ÿ–๏ธโœ‚๏ธ

I used to love crafts, whether that was at school or home, and I absolutely loved making home made Christmas cards for the fam. Felt tips, paint, stamps, glitter glue, shiny crepe paper –ย  I was in my element!

Santa Visiting ๐ŸŽ…๐ŸฆŒ

This has been a tradition in our town for as long as I can remember…a wonderful volunteer group spend the evenings in the run up to Christmas accompanying Santa on his sleigh around the estates of the town. They’ve got their buckets so you can donate (it’s a big charity group in the town), but the MAIN reason is so all the kids can see Santa! I remember waiting in such anticipation, and getting so giddy when Mum would shout ‘Santa’s coming down the street!’. The sleigh would be playing carols, and there he’d be. It was UTTERLY magical. I’ve always managed to miss him in my adult years since moving back here, but I live in hope, that one day, Santa will appear on the estate…

Have you got any specific memories from Christmas Past? Feel free to share below in the comments! Don’t forget, you can also catch up on other Blogmas 2019 posts HERE!

Lynette x (3)

10 Bangers to Blast Out This Summer

Since this is the first summer of being a car owner, I’m finally able to experience the glory of having the windows down, sunnies on, music blasting out… It’s nice isn’t it?! My favourite drives have been the ones over to work in Wakefield on a Sunday morning. Admittedly the window hasn’t been down for the 30 minutes I spend on the motorway, but the music’s still been pumpingย ๐Ÿ˜‚

I’ve given you my top 10, each one linked to the song on YouTube, so you can go and have a listen if you fancy! SO…

1. Shotgun – George Ezra

I’m starting with a song that whenever it gets listened to in the future, we’ll always remember the heatwave of 2018. An absolute car banger.

2. 2002 – Anne-Marie

It’s cute, fun to sing along to, and we’re virtually the same age so it’s one of those half relatable ‘aww’ kinda songs.

3. Barcelona – Max George

A song that’s just filled with those pure summer vibes.

4. Flames – David Guetta and Sia

Again, fab to sing along to in the car, especially the riffs.

5. Better When I’m Dancing – Meghan Trainor

It’s not current I know, but I’ve just happened across it and it’s giving me such happy vibes! Definitely going to be adding this to my Mini Movers Street Dance playlist!

6. I’ll Be There – Jess Glynne

This one I really wasn’t sure about to start off with, but the yodelling has grown on me.

7.ย Wavey – CliQ feat. Alika

One with a gorgeous bass – bass so bass-y that if I was a pedestrian and heard it blasting out of a car, I’d roll my eyes at the driverย ๐Ÿ˜‚

8. So Young – The Corrs

Onto the throwbacks now. And whoever says they don’t like the Corrs IS A LIARย ๐Ÿ˜‚

9. Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus

I’m pretty sure out of all of my choices, this’ll be the one to label as my ‘Guilty Pleasure Song‘.

10. Lovefool – The Cardigans

And an incredibly special song for my fam. Our ‘Holiday Song’ from 199…7? I’m just guessing because it came out in Autumn 1996. It’s forever been labelled as our song and always reminds me of happy childhood holidays, I mean, it’s that special, it’s making it to our Wedding Playlist, so no hatersย โœ‹

I’m actually quite proud (getting to the end of the list) that there’s not many chav beats on there – which I DO love listening to whilst I’m driving, not gonna lie. Publishing at the beginning of August, it’ll probably change in a couple of weeks let’s be honest. When I rediscover an old Cascada album or somethingย ๐Ÿ˜‚

Please feel free to share any song recommendations below, with my job I’m always open to new music suggestions!

Lynette x (3)

The Heat is On…


Good day and happy Bank Holiday to you all! HOW is it that we find ourselves at yet another Bank Holiday Monday? So soon? If I were the Bank Holiday creator, I’d spread them out through the year – the first Monday at Easter is lovely, but now…does anyone else feel like it’s more of a pain than a treat? Spread them out, give us one in October/November when we’re struggling with the weather and need a helping hand to get us to Christmas (‘:

ANYWAY, my intention wasn’t to be negative. After all, how GLORIOUS has this weather been?! Particularly the last couple of days when it hasn’t been as hot. I don’t like the heat, I never have, particularly when training. And particularly when you’re doing a show – FLASHBACK to July 2014 and Bird College’s Summer Show, when I was in second year. Every day it was over 30 degrees and we had cast members fainting and being sick at the side of the stage. Teachers were coming round to our dressing rooms every half an hour with wet paper towels that had been in the freezer for us to put on the backs of our necks – every single person was looked after, the staff were incredible – but whilst I adore show time, that show week was one of the worst – all because of the heat!

img_0800‘Edward Scissor Hands’ Ballet from Bird College’s ‘Wonderlands’, Summer Show 2014
Photo (and partner!) credit: Oliver John Bylett

Last week we decided to officially start our summer and headed out to Carriage’s Beer Garden in Knaresborough. I’d never been, but was so happy to be introduced to it! The garden sits on a slight hill, on the way down to the station, but hidden from view from the road and covered in flowers and greenery. It was about 6:00pm, the sun wasn’t quite going down, but lower in the sky, and there was the most amazing vibe there – do you know what I mean if I say, it just had that ‘summer’ feeling? Chilled, happy, carefree? That was the vibe. I’m already looking forward to a summer of those evenings.ย 

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Having said all this – the RAIN on Saturday afternoon…?! :O I’ve never seen rain like it – and it happened JUST as we were driving back from Wetherby. It fell so fast that there was no where for it to drain away, so the puddles were DEEP, and unavoidable. Ed observed as we saw a bus heading towards the worst affected section, that the bigger vehicles would probably be okay – but our little smart car did struggle bless it :’) The carpet in front of the gaping living room window wasn’t TOO wet when we got in, it only took a few tea towels to soak it up -_-
Mental note (for both of us) to check the weather forecast when leaving the flat and the window is open. At least we don’t have a washing line… #adultprobsย 

Of course, it’s miserable again today – typical. I’m cuddling myself up in the arm chair, reading Harry Potter with the window open (only a bit!) so I can hear the rain ๐Ÿ™‚ย Happy Bank Holiday!

Lynette x

Celtic Spirit…


Saturday 22nd April saw the return of Studio 3’s biennial show, ‘Celtic Spirit’. This was only the second show (the first was in April 2015), but the plan is in place to perform at the Frazer Theatre every two years. I missed the last show because I was in London training, but now I’m back… you couldn’t keep me away!ย 

It was a fantastic show. Act 1 loosely based on Michael Flately’s ‘Lord of the Dance’, and Act 2 a selection of other Irish dances the girls have been working on in class. Act 1 I especially enjoyed; I spent my childhood dancing round the living room to ‘Lord of the Dance’ and ‘Riverdance’. My Nan even made me a flamenco costume so that when that piece came on on her VHS, I could prance around the living room in full character.ย I can’t remember whether that was before or after the dress she made me for my first ever choreography competition in 1999 – because after all of that prancing around, when it came to making up a solo, it HAD to be from Riverdance (refer to Featured Image for Lynette in costume at Dance Krazy 2000).ย 

Watching the show DIDย make me a little jealous though. Whilst I had the opportunity to train in so many styles at Bird, Irish wasn’t on of them. So when I moved away in 2011, I waved goodbye to my Riverdance classes and haven’t done one since. Which is really quite sad, because I adored it, it was one of my favourites. And it was always that that got bought out at the school fairs and Knaresborough events.ย 

I find it very hard these days to go to a professional show and not find something to be critical about. But not Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. If you haven’t seen an Irish show live, I URGE you to get yourself to one. They’re absolutely incredible. I could say, maybe it’s because I had so much admiration for them when I was younger that I can’t find fault…but I don’t think it’s that. They’re such a spectacle for so many reasons, there’s something in those shows for everyone. Thunderstorm (for example) did, and always will, give me goosebumps:

A clip from the 1996 show, filmed at Radio City Music Hall.
(This was the version I had on VHS and grew up to)

Actually, thinking about it, I’m pretty sure my parents have been to more shows than I have! It seems that every year there’s a tour of one of the many Irish shows – and they ALWAYS manage to get tickets (get yourself in touch with Mama P, she clearly has the inside scoop). It’s been years since I last got to see one – I should probably find out how she does it and get myself to the next one!ย 

Just before I sign off for today, I want to say a massive well done to all the girls involved in Celtic Spirit, you were all fab. And Viv, of course – yet another fantastic show.

Lynette x

I Can Hear the Bells…


So, Tuesday afternoon I get in from a meeting and have a couple of hours to lesson plan before I turn on my heel and head back into town to work. So, motivated head on, I bypass the kitchen (yeh, I know…!) and head straight upstairs. Now, some of you will know, when I’m walking ANYWHERE, I have my earphones in. Fairly loud, not enough to deafen me like we did when we were teens, but you know, loud enough to drown out the world. So I didn’t notice the delicate ‘bips’ of the house alarm going off. 30 seconds later, I’m just about at my room and I hear some kind of alarm thing. Puzzled, look around, take out an earphone… YEP. The burglar alarm is wailing, full blast, for the whole world to hear – I leg it back along the landing, down the stairs, turn back on myself down the hall to get to the alarm box to put in the code. I don’t think I’ve ever run so fast in my life. Apologies to any of my neighbours who were disturbed. Although, having said that, it was 2pm. It’s not like it was 6:30am. Like the last time I did it…

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So with alarms in mind, I have to share with you the couple of alarm related incidents that have happened at theatres. These are different theatres and happened years apart. I guess when you spend so much time in and around them, it’s only a matter of time before a bit of drama happens.

Dry Ice
The first fire alarm incident of my career happened at Studio 3’s annual show, Dance Krazy at Harrogate International Centre. I’m pretty sure it was 2006, please correct me if I’m wrong (if anyone can remember that is, we were only in our mid teens)! So we were all ready to go, we were standing by in the wings for the opening number – and the fire alarm goes off. Now, it was quite a while ago so it’s hard to remember in exact detail, but I didn’t think it was real. You know, as you do, how many times have you been somewhere, heard an alarm and looked around for assurance it was an accident? We’d be a nightmare in an actual fire, back at college they would test the alarm weekly so it became fairly normal to hear it over the plinky plonk of the piano as you did your battement glissรฉs.
Anyway, back onto topic. They started evacuating the audience which is when we were told we needed to make our way outside.
So there we all are, outside, at night, in February – we were in jazz pants and a top. It was not warm. The rest of the school was ready for the ballet so were stood around in leotards and tights! The poor little ones must’ve been freezing. And do you know why the fire alarm went off? Because they pumped too much dry ice onto the stage (smoke, for any of you non-theatre-speaking folk reading this). They started pumping the stuff onto stage 30 minutes before the curtain. 30 MINUTES! Is it any wonder the fire alarms thought it was real smoke?! Thankfully I’ve not come across any further problems with dry ice and fire alarms – but there’s always time…

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Image taken from Dance Krazy 2006

Fire Doors
HSAP’s Footloose in 2010 at Harrogate Theatre. Again, the alarm went off and we didn’t know what was happening, whether to go out into the cold or not. But we did, in full costume, as we were about 5 minutes away from starting the show. The firemen came. I’m still not entirely sure what happened, but it was something to do with a fire door being open and dust from the lights floating…somewhere…? Though a couple of the girls were convinced they’d left their straighteners on that had started a fire ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m not clear on the details (maybe someone can fill me in), but there’s nothing that throws you off your game and pre-show warm ups/rituals like being stood outside in the cold and the rain.

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Firemen come to our rescue as we evacuate the theatre

Main moral of the story… Don’t go wild with dry ice. And always check your straighteners/tongs are switched off.
Oh, and take your earphones out as soon as you get in the house…

Lynette x