Monday, 12 December 2016

Itsatashathing: Blogmas 2016 Day 12: Christmas traditions

Hi everyone,

Another baby update: she still hasn't made her arrival and we're on to day 12...

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Christmas traditions
I don't have many but I thought I would write down the ones I do have or have had over the years.

  • Advent calendars! Now I can get greedy with these and usually end up with more than one. I usually have the Lindt ones and a me to you one. This year I have a Cadbury one.
  • My Mum would always leave wrapping presents until Christmas eve when I went to bed.
  • I still get a Santa sack full of bits and pieces.
  • Christmas would always be a big family event. The 'best' table and china would always be used, there would be so many of us sat round the table for dinner.
  • Christmas lunch would always be set out as a buffet on the 'everyday' table.
  • Every year I would visit a Christmas market.
  • As a young girl my Grandma would take me to church.
  • Presents would be given throughout the day. My family don't like opening them all at once.

QOTD: What are your Christmas traditions?

Tasha x

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Itsatashathing: Blogmas 2016 Day 11: Christmas outings: What to do?

Hi everyone,

On to day 11...

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Christmas outings: What to do?
I love Christmas and there is always so much to do where ever you live. So I thought I would put together a list of things I like to do at Christmas:

  • I have been to winter wonderland in Hyde Park a couple of times and honestly, it's amazing! There is so much to do and get involved in. It's been open since the 18th November and goes on until the 2nd January 2017. They are celebrating 10 years this year. For more info click: here.
  • I love to go to local Christmas markets. Traditionally me and my Nanna always used to go to the on at Winchester cathedral. It's a little harder now as I don't live close any more but we would have gone this year again. Find some Christmas markets here.
  • Christmas shopping. There's no better feeling then buying a present you know someone is going to love. 
  • Go on a Christmas light drive or walk. Have a look around your local neighbourhood at how they have done their houses up for Christmas. I always used to go and look around local houses with my parents as some used to do it all for charity.
QOTD: Where do you like to go at Christmas?

Tasha x

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Itsatashathing: Blogmas 2016 Day 10: Letter to Santa

Hi everyone,

It's day 10 and here is my...

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Letter to Santa

Dear Santa,

This has been one whirl wind of a year and its still is. I only have a couple of things I would like to ask you for this year.

Firstly, I would like to make sure all my family (this includes my boyfriend and his family) are well and that 2017 is a great and prosperous new year for them all. I want to see them all have an amazing year and to really go for what they want and to achieve it.

Secondly, I would love to have my baby girl and be out of hospital in time for Christmas. There is nothing I would like more then this, to have a happy healthy baby girl and to share her first Christmas at home (and with a nice Christmas dinner).

As I said I don't really have anything much to ask but if you can bring me just a couple of things these 2 would be amazing. I believe that I have been as good as I can be this year, so I think I do deserve them.

Thank you

Tasha x

(QOTD: What would you ask Santa for?)

Friday, 9 December 2016

Itsatashathing: Blogmas 2016 Day 9: Nailed it!

Hi everyone,

Day 9, no baby (sad times).

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Nailed it!
There is nothing better then searching through Pinterest (find me here) at Christmas time. So I have pulled a few of my favourite Christmas nail pins for inspiration this season.

QOTD: Do you go to the nail bar or do your nails yourself?

Tasha x

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Itsatashathing: Blogmas 2016 Day 8: Favourite Christmas foods

Hi everyone,

Time for day 8...

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Favourite Christmas foods

Here is a list of foods that I love and traditionally have at Christmas:

  • Celebrations
  • Roses
  • Heroes
  • Quality street
  • Turkey
  • Stuffing
  • Pigs in blankets
  • I always have a chocolate cake as I don't like Christmas pudding
  • Gammon

QOTD: What are your favourite Christmas foods?

Tasha x

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Itsatashathing: Blogmas 2016 Day 7: Favourite Christmas films

Hi everyone,

It's day 7 and still no baby.

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Favourite Christmas films
So here are a few of my favourite Christmas films:

  1. Miracle on 34th Street
  2. The Grinch
  3. Jack Frost
  4. Rudolph the red nosed reindeer the movie (1998)
  5. Home Alone
  6. The nightmare before Christmas
  7. Elf
  8. The Holiday
  9. The Santa Clause 2
  10. A Christmas Carol
QOTD: What is your favourite Christmas film?

Tasha x

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Itsatashathing: Blogmas 2016 Day 6: Christmas song playlist

Hi everyone,

What did day 6 bring in your advent calendar today? I had a chocolate snowman.

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Christmas song playlist
If I had to bring out a Christmas CD this is what I would have on there as without fail these are the songs you will here me playing. (No particular order of favourites.)
  1. Paul McCartney- Wonderful Christmas time
  2. Mariah Carey- All I want for Christmas is you
  3. Band aid 1984- Do they know it's Christmas?
  4. The Pogues feat. Kirsty Maccoll- Fairytale of New York
  5. Wizzard- I wish it could be Christmas everyday
  6. Shakin' Stevens- Merry Christmas everyone
  7. Mel & Kim- Rockin' around the Christmas tree
  8. Slade- Merry Christmas everybody
  9. Justin Bieber- Mistletoe
  10. Wham!- Last Christmas
  11. Jackson 5- Santa Claus is coming to town
  12. John Lennon- Happy Xmas (war is over)
  13. Kylie Minogue- Santa baby
  14. Chris Rea- Driving home for Christmas
QOTD: What is your favourite Christmas song?

Tasha x

Monday, 5 December 2016

Itsatashathing: Blogmas 2016 Day 5: Stocking fillers for him

Hi everyone,

Day 5 and I am going to talk about....

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Stocking fillers for him
These are things that if I were to be doing a stocking for my boyfriend (as well as some other bits I know wouldn't be for him) he would like:
  • Underwear.
  • Belts.
  • For my boyfriend FIFA points. So if the man you are buying for likes gaming maybe a PlayStation or Xbox voucher.
  • His favourite aftershave.
  • Deodorant.
  • Chocolate and/or sweets.
  • Miniature bottles of alcohol (remembering the legal age in your country).
  • Joke/novelty items.
  • Key ring.
  • Mug and/or glass.
  • Shower and/or bath products.
  • Body lotion (Nivea is a favourite of my boyfriend).
  • Something personalised.
  • Travel games.
  • Slippers.
  • Gadgets.
  • Stationary.
QOTD: What would you put in a stocking for a man?

Tasha x

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Itsatashathing: Blogmas 2016 Day 4: Stocking fillers for her

Hi everyone,

Quick baby update... still no sign. On to day 4...

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Stocking fillers for her

So I have devised a list of things that my Mum would put in a stocking for me. Yes I'm 20 years of age and I still get a stocking, anyone else? Best part of Christmas is a stocking. My Mum usually puts stuff in there that will last me and that way I don't have to buy the stuff for myself.
  • Underwear. I don't think a stocking is complete without a novelty pair of socks and knickers.
  • Body sprays/splashes. I love getting Charlie, Impulse, So...? etc. in my stocking.
  • Mini perfumes. You can get some cute miniature sets from Boots, Superdrug, the perfume shop etc. 
  • A Christmas teddy. My Mum is a sucker for a teddy and I usually find one or two in my stocking.
  • Chocolate and sweets. A stocking from my point of view can never have enough chocolate and what's a stocking without chocolate coins?
  • Razors or wax strips. Practical and saves me buying some for a while.
  • To link to that, shaving foam.
  • Dry shampoo. I usually find 3 or 4 bottles in mine and dry shampoo always comes in handy!
  • Pyjamas. Same with the underwear, novelty ones are the best.
  • Lip balms. From Nivea to novelty (seriously Christmas is all about novelty right?) you can never have enough.
  • In the picture below I received a tangle teezer and I love it!
  • Facial wash/scrub.
  • Facial Wipes.
  • Face creams.
  • Her favourite pieces of make up.
  • Makeup brushes.
  • Storage for make up and brushes.
  • Jewellery.
  • For the over 18s/21s (depending on the legal age in your country) miniature bottles of their favourite wine or spirit.
  • A money box (as seen in picture below in front of the Guylian chocolates).
  • The year I received this stocking below my Mum put in some hot chocolate from Whittard. I believe it was rocky road flavoured.
  • A gift voucher.
  • Nail varnish.
  • Slippers.
  • Joke items.
  • Keying's.
  • Candles or reed diffusers.
  • Lush bath/shower products.
  • Surprise her with a ring? For those of you looking to pop the question, place it at the bottom of her stocking so just when she thinks it can't get any better... it gets 100x better.

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A stocking my Mum made up for me

QOTD: What do you like getting in your stocking?

Tasha x

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Itsatashathing: Blogmas 2016 Day 3: What's on my Christmas list?

Hi everyone,

So today is the day that baby girl is due! How exciting! Today's post is...

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What's on my Christmas list?
To be honest I don't want a lot for Christmas (just so you're aware I sang that line, cue Mariah Carey all I want for Christmas). I have been going through the boots website and I have picked out things that I like the look of. So here is what I would like for Christmas:
  • (To follow my Mariah Carey sing song) There is just one thing I need: a happy healthy baby, come on little one we're rooting for you today!
The make up and cosmetics wish list:
  • Some new makeup brushes. MAC, Spectrum, Real Techniques, I really don't mind. 
  • Sleek smoke and mirrors set. (Or any Sleek makeup/gift set for that matter.)
  • Ted Baker Sparkle and shade set. (Again I love Ted Baker so I would love all of the sets.)
  • Essie nail polish sets.
  • I'm obsessed with Jack Wills so I would be grateful for any of their makeup gift sets.
  • No7 beauty haul colour vault.
  • Ted Baker Treasure Trove.
  • Any bareMinerals set.
  • Dior total matte smoky palette.
  • Dior All-in-one couture palette.
  • Rosé all day gift set.
Bath and Body wish list:
  • Jack Wills bath and body sets, I'm not picky.
  • Any Ted Baker bath and body set.
  • Soap and Glory super spa set.
  • Soap and Glory Girl-o-Whirl set.
  • Soap and Glory pick of the bunch set.
  • Soap and Glory the whole glam lot set.
  • French Connection luxe collection
  • French Connection bed ready set.
  • French Connection lost in the mist.
  • Disney Alice late for an important date body mist and cosmetic bag set.
  • I love... lots of bubbles set (the scents in there sound amazing!).
  • CoCo Chanel Mademoiselle.
  • Charlie body sprays.
  • So...? Body sprays.
  • Impulse body sprays.
  • Marc Jacobs decadence.
  • Issey Miyake eau d'Issey. (I love this fragrance!)
  • Ghost perfumes.

QOTD: What would you like for Christmas?

Tasha x

Friday, 2 December 2016

Itsatashathing: Blogmas 2016 Day 2: This time next year tag

Hi everyone,

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This time next year tag

Thank you to Leah who tagged me a week or so ago to do this tag. So I thought I would include it as part of my Blogmas. They sort of tie in with New Years resoloutions.

The Rules:
  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Write your goals for next year.
  • Write how you’re going to achieve your goals.
  • Tag at least 5 of your blogger friends to share their goals.
  • Then if you wish in 365 days write a post for everyone to see if you have been successful or not!
This time next year I would like to have:
  1. Make a savings account for baby. I know Leah has this on her list but it's something I have been thinking about for a while. How I will do this is go into a bank and set her up an account. It will probably be one of those that she can't touch until she is of a certain age as I don't want her wasting the money we have saved for her.
  2. Be doing everything I can for little one. As I am a qualified nursery nurse I understand the importance of one-to-one time. I want to do so much with her and already have so much planned in my head.
  3. Read more books. Sounds simple but even though I have the time I still don't just pick up a book. I'm going to set a goal that I will have read between 3 and 5 books next year.

The people I nominate are:
  1. The-Finer Things In Life
  2. Life with Ktkinnes
  3. The Life of a Glasgow Girl
  4. BeautyLifeMom
  5. Me Becoming Mum
Sorry if you've already been nominated.

QOTD: What would you like to see yourself doing this time next year?

Tasha x

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Itsatashathing: Blogmas 2016 Day 1: Favourite things about Christmas

Hi everyone,

It's December! How excited am I?! Not only is it December but it's day 1 of Blogmas!

Day 1 is...

Blogmas 2016
Favourite things about Christmas
So here's my list:
  • High spirits. I love how everyone gets so excited and there's just a lovely Christmas atmosphere.
  • Christmas lights.
  • Christmas shopping.
  • Spending time with family.
  • Christmas cooking.
  • Giving to others.
  • Wrapping presents.
  • Christmas music.
  • Christmas films.
  • Christmas markets.
  • Seeing how excited the children in the family get.
  • Decorating the tree.
  • The night before Christmas and you know the big day will be here when you wake up!

QOTD: What is your favourite thing about Christmas?

Tasha x