Friday, 12 December 2014

Blogmas - The Christmas Tag


We are getting closer and closer to Christmas and I'm not even kidding I am so excited! I thing I told you that yesterday but I will tell you again:) It is now 12 days until Christmas!
So today I am doing another Christmas related post because as you guys know I'm loving my blogmas posts, even if I haven't done it properly. I just love thinking about Christmas and sharing my Christmas memories with you guys:) This is the Christmas tag and I saw it when I was reading makeupsavvy's blog - http://www.makeupsavvy.co.uk/. I wasn't nominated to do this tag, but I really wanted to write about something super Christmassy today, so yeah:)

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
My favourite Christmas movie would have to be either Elf, The Muppets Christmas Carol, the Snowman and the Snow dog and the Grinch. But basically I love all Christmas movies so that's a difficult one:)

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
In my family because I live with my mum, I spend Christmas Eve with my Dad and his side of the family, therefore any presents that I have off them, I open on Christmas Eve and then on Christmas morning I open my other presents at home. It's like having two Christmases, so I'm not complaining. 

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
I don't think I do, I just love Christmas and nothing can beat it. Therefore to me every Christmas is full of wonderful memories and I'm not sure I could pick just one. However, if I had to then I would say my favourite Christmas memory is from the year I started buying Christmas presents for other people myself. Seeing how happy they were and knowing I had bought them something they really wanted is an amazing feeling. 

4. Favourite festive food?
I'm not completely sure what actually counts as festive food, because I'm not really a fan of the Christmas Dinner traditional foods like turkey. I think this year my Mum is cooking beef, but if it was left down to me it would probably be Salmon, which doesn't sound very festive at all does it? But I also love Mulled Wine, which I know is a drink, but I just had to throw it out there!
5. Favourite Christmas gift?
Simple, I don't have one... there has never been anything which has been bought for me that I haven't liked and therefore I can't pick a favourite. Plus, it's to hard and it's making my brain hurt:) 
6. Favourite Christmas scent?
Cinnamon, or Cranberry, or Salted Caramel, or Toffee Nut. The last two are also my favourite Christmas coffees, this years being the Toffee Nut Latte from Starbucks. 


7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
It's really weird actually, I don't believe in Santa any more (that's not to say he's not real though!) but yet I still like to leave a glass of milk, a mince pie and a carrot out in front of the fireplace. I also like to have a few drinks on Christmas Eve with my family watching Christmas specials and films on the TV. 
8. What tops your tree?
                                                                            An angel!

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
A pony, I literally asked for a pony for years and years and I don't think I gave it up until I was at least twelve. 

10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?
Definitely watching people open presents I have bought them and seeing the happiness on their faces. I also love wrapping presents as well, which is odd because not many people do. And of course, opening presents myself!!!

Thanks for reading guys and I tag anyone who is reading this to do the Christmas tag yourself, it made me feel so much more festive (if that's even possible). See you all in the next Christmas post:)
Maddie xoxo 

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Blogmas - My Christmas Blogging Desk+Blogging Essentials!


 

Can anyone believe it? It's 13 days until Christmas!! I am so so so excited! Hope you are too and if you are then let me know in the comments below what your favourite things about Christmas are and also how excited are you?

So today I decided to do another blog post about my blogging desk/work desk. I have already done one of these earlier on in the year, however I thought I would do one today to show you guys the little Christmas touches I have added to it and also to tell you all about my Winter blogging essentials. 


So here is an overall shot of my desk, I must admit I have seen other bloggers who have much Christmassier blogging desks, but I don't mind as long as I have my little Christmas tree! As you can see not much has really changed, I have put up my Christmas tree as I do every year and also added a Salted Caramel candle on the top shelf. I have a few other Christmas decorations on my desk that you will see in the close up shots:) Also, if you didn't read my last blogging desk post then I should warn you, I am very organised and this is how my desk looks all the time, even the drawer underneath is amazingly organised. But that's just me!

This is a close up of my Christmas tree, as you can see it has some cute little decorations on it and it also has a cute little red and gold bow at the top. Behind my Christmas tree I have a few of my winter desk essentials. The macaroons in the gold plastic wrapper are from the German markets that I wrote about in my previous post. They are gorgeous and I purchased 2 Vanilla, 2 Chocolate and 2 Caramel, I must admit that Vanilla is my favourite. The brown bag next to the macaroons is my bag of Butterscotch coffee (which I am currently drinking as I type this post) which is to die for. Again the coffee was from the Christmas markets. Also behind the tree I have my copy of Girl Online by Zoe Sugg. Personally I really enjoyed this book and Zoe has been my inspiration for a long time, in regards to her mental health videos, her honesty, her openness and her confidence and without her and her blog and YouTube, I probably wouldn't be typing this right now. I have heard on the news about the possibility that Zoe's book was completely ghost-written, but to me that doesn't matter, the characters, the places and the whole basis of the story was her idea and that is what makes a story, not necessarily who writes it. Just wanted to put that out there:)
Just noticed my brushes look really dirty here, but they are currently drying now
as I cleaned them before writing this post:)
I am showing another of my Christmas/Winter essentials here which is my KIKO Cleansing Water. I just love using this to remove my make up and cleanse my skin at the end of a cold winters day, it just feels so refreshing. I also think my cute little bow around my make up brush holder adds to the winter feel:)
  
I love my snowman pen holder that I use at Christmas, I just think it's the
cutest little thing!
Hope you liked this little post and I will see you again in my next Christmas blog post!:) 
Maddie xoxo


Monday, 8 December 2014

Blogmas - Manchester German Christmas Markets!

Hey guys, so as most of you may know, from my 50 facts about me post, I'm a girl who LOVES Christmas (that much that it had to be in CAPITALS!) Therefore it might not come as much of a surprise that I decided to do blogmas, although I must admit not in the conventional way as this is my first Christmassy post... but expect more to come:D On Saturday I visited the German Markets in Manchester with my mum and her friend. We were also in Manchester to see Shrek the Musical, but more on that later. I decided to share with you some photographs and stories from our little day trip/night trip. 


Our first stop of the day after we got off the train was to go and get a nice steaming mulled wine each as it was so so cold. The mulled wine from the German Markets is THE nicest thing ever (as long as your old enough of course). After a super busy train journey, this is definitely the pick me up we needed. Also...it's Christmas tradition so of course we had to have one...
Not sure what these are called but it is so cute and christmassy and I love it!

Just a little shot of part of the markets and a few of the stalls. There is also a really cool swing ride
at the back!
                         

I love this huge Father Christmas that sits on top of the town hall, it's so cute. It usually gets put up during the Christmas lights switch on! This photograph was taken at the main section of the markets which was absolutely packed on Saturday night when we went. 


I loved this little store so much so that I asked if I could take a photograph of it, because I really wanted to show you guys. They have the cutest Christmas decorations ever, glass baubles, baby father Christmas's and wooden Christmas garlands. Also the couple who worked there were the loveliest people ever. If anyone reading this blog has the opportunity to visit Manchester markets, please visit this stall as it is amazing. 

Aww my Mum and her friend look so happy here...



I must admit I went a little crazy on spending on the stalls on Saturday. I bought myself some Butterscotch coffee, some mini macaroons in Caramel, Vanilla and Chocolate flavours and also drank mulled wine and German beer. I also bought some Christmas presents for the family, which I think they will really enjoy. After going to the markets we went to see Shrek the Musical at the Palace Theatre, which was an amazing show we all loved it. 

See you guys in the next Christmas post:)
Maddie xoxo