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Blogmas: Day twenty-three | Festive sweets and treats


Christmas is the time for eating lots of goodies. It is the season of breaking all of the rules, so I thought I would tell you of all of my favourite sweets and treats to eat at this time of the year.

Crisps are always good for a party. My favourites are Doritos and Pringles. There’s something about them that is so yummy, once you start eating them you cannot stop! My Grandad loves the seasalted kettle chips so we always make sure we get some of those in for him.

I never have After Eights except at Christmas. They are so good on Christmas Eve, but so moreish! If I was on my own I could probably go through a whole packet of these, but I must restrain myself.

Chocolate is always good, but you can’t beat some Haribos! They are super tastey, my all time favs are the gummy bears, totally addictive.

And then there are Liquorice Allsorts. I don’t know why but whenever we have a get together or a party, these are always on our table and so for me they’re the ultimate party sweets.

It has been such a nice day. We’ve been getting ready for hosting a family get together tomorrow for Christmas Eve (I can’t believe it is only two more sleeps until Christmas!) I have seen my uncle, and my sister came home from uni!!! She’s not here for long, so I’m going to be her shadow for the next few days, mwuahaha… She’ll be sick of me by the time these three days are over! It’s so good to have her home, and we can finally snuggle up and watch some Mika together! Wahooo.


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Blogmas: Day eight | My top ten Christmas tunes


Hello everyone!

Today I thought I would throw together my top ten Christmas tunes for you to listen too. I must admit I have been setting my alarm clock to Smooth Christmas so I wake up to Christmas tunes every morning. I don’t know if this was the best or the worst decision, but it has made me ultra excited for Christmas!

10. Feliz Navidad

It’s not that Christmasy, but I couldn’t leave it off my list!

9. Fairytale of New York

I feel like it isn’t Christmas until you’ve heard this song.

8. Stop the Cavalry

Quite a nostalgic song for me I guess.

7. Merry Christmas Everyone

The ultimate Christmas Anthem.

6. All I want for Christmas is you

My dad’s favourite Christmas track (or favourite Christmas Video)… Christmas wouldn’t be the same in the Gillibrand household without it!

5. Wonderful Christmas time

For me this is Christmas.

4. Jingle Bells

It wouldn’t be Christmas without Buble now, would it?

3. Wish it could be Christmas Everyday

Another Christmas anthem.

2. Christmas Wrapping

The most annoying but amazing Christmas song of all time. Major ear worm.

1. Christmas time

My dad, his friend Dave and my uncle performed this song to us all one year. My dad sung (wearing a ginger wig), my uncle played guitar and Dave played air guitar. Nothing beats that memory.

So there you have it, my top ten Christmas tunes! I hope you enjoyed them and they got you feeling all festive! Comment below with your favourite Christmas songs, I’d love to know and listen to them x

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Blogmas: Day seven | My Christmas traditions


Christmas has been slightly different for me over the past few years, however this year we are back to how it was in the good old days and I cannot wait – the only exception is that my sister wont be here for new year as she is in Leeds, which is quite heartbreaking.

Christmas is a very special time for me and has become even more special since going to uni. It is all about family, eating good food and spending time with loved ones. To me, nothing can ever beat that.

We celebrate a lot throughout the season. Christmas Eve, my parents put on a party where my family come round in the afternoon. There are goodies out on the table and we play a few games. We exchange gifts with my aunty and grandma (as we don’t get to see them on Christmas day) and we all just get into the festive mood. Then at around 7 o’ clock everyone leaves. This started off as a way to give me and my sister time to get into bed nice and early so that Santa could come and deliver presents. Even though we know the ‘big secret’ now, we still leave out some goodies for Santa and his reindeer and still get and early(-ish) night, so we’re asleep when he arrives.

Then Christmas day we used to wake my mum and dad up really early, but now its them who wake us up! We open our stocking presents in our bedroom and make our way downstairs to the living room, all snuggled up in our pjs. Me, my dad, my mum and my sister all gather round and open the gifts under the Christmas tree. We then phone up my aunty and my grandma, have some breakfast and head on out to my Nana and Grandad’s house. When you walk in it smells amazing and is super cosy. With my nana’s home made mince pies, the dinner nicely cooking and all of the decorations my nana has made, you cannot get any more homely or christmasy. It is so lovely. Again, we exchange gifts, nom on all of the mince pies, indulge in the most tasty Christmas dinner, and then sit and chill all night feeling extremely full watching all of the Christmas TV programmes. It has to be my favourite day of the year!

Boxing day is my Dad’s birthday! So we always go out for a meal and kind of re-do Christmas day but with my aunty and grandma. We eat so much food, play a few party games and see my dad’s old cricket friend, Bruce, who comes out once a year on Boxing Day wearing a fabulous Christmas jumper (which I always envy).

Then the celebrations kind of die down until New Year’s Eve where we either go to my Auntys or stay in at home, but someone always puts on a party for our family and friends to gather. New Year’s Eve means a lot to me. It’s a time where you look back on the year and look forward to the future. I feel like over the past couple of months my family have been through quite a lot, and it was the same last year. Auld Lang Syne is quite emotional. I find myself distant from singing the song, but tend to just look around at my family and think about how lucky I am to be born into such and amazing and loving unit. I cherish every New Year’s Eve as you don’t know what the next year will bring.  It will be weird this year not having my sister there… But nothing stays the same forever.


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I am so excited to announce that I will be taking part in Blogmas this year. It is the first year I have decided to do this so please bear with me with uploading the posts and trying to organise/ arrange everything. But I am super excited about this and think it is the perfect way to get feeling Christmasyy!

I’m sure you do, but if you don’t know what Blogmas is, it is where you post a blog for every day in December about Christmas or winter. It looks so fun and I’m really happy to be doing it this year.

If you are also doing Blogmas please let me know – I love reading other people’s posts about Christmas! It gets me in the festive mood.

I am so looking forward to Christmas this year and I hope my blogs throughout December will help you feel christmasy too!

I will leave you with a picture me and my friend took at the rainy Manchester Christmas Markets this weekend… Do excuse the hoods!


Until December 1st


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Halloween | Dragon Fancy Dress

Happy Halloween Everyone!

I thought I would do a little post to show you what I will be going as tonight. Honestly, I have no idea why I chose this outfit but it is so fluffy and cute that I just couldn’t not get it.


You could wear this for any fancy dress party, it doesn’t just have to be for Halloween (to be fair, it’s not really that scary but it was under Halloween outfits on the website I found it so, I’m half way there).

I’ve purchased some glittery golden tights to go with it which makes my legs look scale-y and more like a dragon. For extra warmth, I’ve paired the dress with some bright green arm warmers which look really awesome.

For my makeup I have chosen to do this:


The inspiration came from a YouTube video which you can find here, but I kind of put my own twist to the look in order to tone it down a bit.

I’m super excited for Halloween this year! Let me know what you’re going as and what you make of this outfit.

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