Last Minute Stocking Fillers – Blogmas Day 24

Last Minute Christmas Stocking Gifts


There is always something that gets forgotten in the haste of preparing for the big day. Check out my selection of little things that you can find whilst out and about just to stack up those stockings for a champagne breakfast and sneaky present opening. From Urban Decay to Yankee Candles this selection has something for everyone – although there is a lack of male presence! So for the men in your life check out the selection below for some last-minute gifts that can be found in many shops.
Last Minute Stocking Fillers for Him
If you man has a sweet tooth or likes to pamper himself there is something for almost anyone in the selection above. I hope you are more prepared than I am and are enjoying the holiday season.

#IMWAYR – Blogmas Day 22

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Another Monday and just a few days until Christmas – how are we all doing? With most of my Christmas shopping done I have one more present to buy and it is a tricky one so I will get on with this post and crack on with my shopping!


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I’m almost finished with this audio book with about one hour to go. If you have read or listened to this book I would love to hear what you think.
There are some great reviews out there – check them out:

Vilma’s Book Blog

Kevin @ I Heart Chick Lit

Laura’s Haven

Tara @ Running ‘n’ Reading

Anna @ Diary of an Eccentric

I am hoping to finish listening to this book mid-week so I can crack on with something else very important that I want to read more than having to read! A bit of a secret but I’m hoping all will be revealed soon!


Things are great on the living front at the moment – well apart from my split location. Between mine and himself I feel like I’m being spread a little thin on the ground but I am sure it will pass. Work is hard but as I am off for the Christmas period I can’t really complain.

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Over the past couple of weeks I have picked up a few new bedding sets and this one is just so cute.
Don’t ya think?!
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As I have very sensitive skin I have to keep my make up brushes clean and do it as often as possible without ruining them. As I do not wear make up every day I clean my brushes every two weeks and this week I managed to get a snap of my squeaky clean brushes.

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Himself and I popped over to a friend’s house on Sunday and found this in their bathroom and just had to snap it. At this current moment in time I am incredibly happy and this caption is exactly how I feel so why not ‘spread the love’ so to speak.


My skin has really been giving me problems lately which is most likely due to the crazy weather changes. From the bitter cold outside going to the warmth of inside (my house is like the tropics!) my skin flares up and I find my skin reacting like crazy. My medicine cabinet seems to have more anti-histamine in it than the regular hay fever season and it is truly annoying.

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As I mentioned last week this has been a staple in my daily routine as it really has saved my skin from falling off like a snake. Disgusting but true!

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With House of Fraser throwing such heavy discounts around before Christmas I thought it would only be right to treat myself and as I use this on a regular basis I am extremely glad for the top up.

What are you using to keep your skin smooth in such harsh weather.

What have you been up to this week?

Date Night @ Home with LOTR – Blogmas Day 14

Lord of the Rings, LOTR, Vision, Characters

Many people say that it is important to set aside some together time with the other half in your life. Myself and ‘the man’ decided as I work crazy shifts that it really is important to make time when I am off to spend quality time together so we have a night a week (shifts permitting of course!). Like most men himself likes Lord of the Rings however it really has never been my thing. When the first part of ‘The Hobbit’ hit the big screen I went to see it but as I didn’t really understand the back story it seemed a little pointless. Now it is time to make the time (that I may not get back in my life!) and watch it.

Tonight we are going to make some popcorn and snuggle up under our christmas duvet set and finished off the last part of the first film. Have you watched it? What did you think?

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September Surprise Me

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September is one of those months where it is almost the end of the year but the beginning of a brand new season. With new Autumn/Winter lines gracing the catwalks, people starting to think about Christmas way before they should and children going into new classes at school it is most definitely a month of change. Questioning myself – is it a good change? Is there a change on my end that is needed?

As I do not have children or work in a job that takes a specific break for the summer holidays work just continues like most as usual. Over the past couple of weeks I have been on leave from work and managed to not only celebrate my birthday with an epic weekender but gone through a week of being bed bound with tonsillitis. Nurses really are the worst patients, all I wanted was to be left alone in my room to get over the illness and read in the moments I could manage to stay awake!

In a way September seems to be the month that people pick up on the New Years resolutions that they haven’t quite got around to and try and sort themselves out before the end of the year creeps in and tasks are rendered unsuccessful.

This brings me to the point of – what have I not ticked off my years list? Well at the beginning of the year I didn’t make an resolutions as quite frankly I am very bad at sticking to them.

So for the month of September what will I be doing?

Reading time – After changing jobs and getting into the swing of things my commute has been cut down to only 20 minutes each way. My reading time which used to be made up mostly of travel time has since diminished – not that I am complaining that work is so close as I have more of life outside of work. However I now have to find the time at home to sit and read. Not being one that is in love with audio books (I tolerate them as a last resort), I barely use my kindle (or kindle app).

Girl time – During the last month myself and Catherine (old school friends right here!) have been out a couple of times and have had a great time. I have a very small circle of friends who are actually quite separate so group occasions are sparse. However after spending some much-needed girly time together that we both enjoyed we need more. As both of us have commitments that take up a lot of time scheduling is paramount.

Blogging time – Right here, right now I have to admit I love my blog (hasn’t been that way for a while!) and I want to put more effort into it. Things will be changing over here at a gradual pace and hopefully you will be seeing the differences very soon. More scheduling.

New places – Time permitting from work I would love to visit two new places that I have not been to before. It is so easy on days off to just head to the local coffee shop and sit there. However there is so much else to do and I am hoping that I will be involved. Camera at the ready of course!

New people – This goes hand in hand with the new places point of the month. Time and effort are needed in equal measure. Getting out of my comfort zone has always been difficult but I will try.

On that note I am going to catch up with a friend I haven’t seen in a while then head home and prepare to go back to work tomorrow before I get on with my list of things for tonight of course!