2018 Christmas Advent Calendars You Should Buy!

December is now less than a month away and the closer it gets to the 1st December, the more people frantically run around the shops and online for advent calendars. Whether they be chocolate, tea, beauty or even alcohol everyone is after the perfect one for Christmas, not even just for themselves.

For years now I’ve always looked out for unique and amazing calendars that appeal to me and this year I feel like I’ve seen quite a few I’m keen on. So I thought I would share them on my blog.

I don’t care if people are still thinking, “Nat! It’s too early for Christmas!” Well no not really. It’s a month until December and people usually start opening advent calendars on the 1st so…

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this post! At the time of writing I’ll pop prices too, as well as links to the product.

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  • Baylis & Harding Beauticology Special Delivery Red Calendar – £9.99 (link)

I actually heard about this advent calendar from someone I work with and it is RIGHT up my street! I love all the scents of the products in there such as peppermint swirl, candy cane and vanilla icing. The scent range actually reminds me of what The Body Shop are bringing out this year. I always eye up the Baylis & Harding stuff at Christmas and regret not getting anything, but I think I am going to treat myself to this this year. I mean, why the hell not?! Spoiler, I’ve already bought it! 😛

  • Cath Kidston Christmas Town House Advent Calendar – £40.00 (link)

The past year I’ve really grown to love Cath Kidston, after years of wondering what the hype around it was! I’ve been eyeing up the advent calendar they’re bringing out this year and I really like the look of this one, but I put that down to all the cute alpaca stuff they have in it. You get loads of different bits and pieces in this including body lotion, lip balm, hand cream, bathing salts, cuticle cream and body scrub. I just love all the different things you get! I’ve found this really cheap online so I may have to treat myself to it to have at work or something. I’ll see. This would make an amazing gift for a teeanger, or anyone who loves Cath Kidston.

  • The Body Shop 25 Days Of The Ehchanted Deluxe Advent Calendar – £65.00 (link)

This was one of the first advent calendars I saw this year and I was so close to ordering it, BUT urgh the price. It hurts my soul. I’ve never had a beauty advent calendar before and this year I felt like going all out, but not for almost £70! This looks so good though and has a large variety of products in, perfect for anyone who is looking for new products to try, or even people who want to try The Body Shop but aren’t sure where to start. I’m not a massive fan of some of the products in all The Body Shop advent calendars but I’d gift those items to people, my mom and my best friends being the main ones, you know like little stocking fillers! I may keep my eyes peeled when these go down in price to pick them up but I just can’t justify the price.

  • Disney Snow White 12 Days Beauty Advent Calendar – £14.00 down to £7.00 (link)

I saw this advent calendar a while ago when I was bored on my lunchbreak and was after an advent calendar. I know that this is aimed at children, but it just looks so basic and simple I love it! This would be great to give to a teenager or child 12 days before Christmas and for the price you could buy loads of them too! I may have to grab one of these at some point if I still feel like getting it. The items in the calendar have a fresh apple scent. You get a nice range of products in this like hand cream, body lotion, body wash, lip balm, bath fizzers, nail file and a body puff. This is more for children and teenagers.

  • MUGLER Angel Advent Calendar – £115.00 down to £103.50 (link)

This is definitely an advent calendar I’d love to buy but fuck me the price is crazy! This is something I’ll be keeping my eye on however as it’s just such a bargain for all the goodies you get. Angel was one of the first perfumes I owned and it was my mom who bought it for me. I don’t wear Angel as much as I used to for vairous reasons, mostly because I’m trying to use up my older stuff to make way for my favourite stuff. This is only for 12 days so I’d start it more towards Christmas. I just love all the little bits you get in here and especially the fact you get two refillable bottles, one in a 15ml and one in a 25ml! I’d gift my mom the latter as I have a refill size at 25ml already. I’m praying this goes down in price more as I really would like it, even after Christmas!

  • Baileys Advent Calendar – £18.00 down to £16.20 (link)

There’s nothing wrong with an alcohol advent calendar, but not when they cost a bloody fortune! This probably isn’t worth £18.00 when you can buy a bottle of Baileys for the same money. I like the idea of opening little minatures each day to pop in your coffee and hot chocolates! I’d want to pick this up for a cheaper price though, not going to lie.

  • M&S 12 Days Of Christmas Socks – £18.00 (link)

My manager at work actually found these and they’re such a unique and cute idea! I love the idea of opening a new pair of socks for 12 days, especially Christmas socks. I’m actually tempted to buy this as a gift for someone myself, but I’m unsure. BUT if you know someone who loves a good pair of socks, you could definitely pick this up for them. My favourite pair in the box is definitely the Christmas llama ones. 😛

  • I Love Christmas 12 Days Of Christmas Advent Calendar – £12.00 (link)

This is the last gift set on this list and it’s definitely a cute one, for an affordable price. This is definitely a great advent calendar to pick up for a child or a teenager due to how cutesy it is. Not only do I love all the kawaii animals on it, but I also love what you get inside the gift set itself! You get hand cream, bath salts, bath fizzers, a body puff, nail file, lip balm, body lotion and body wash. They’re all scents that are right up my street too! For £12.00 I feel like this is a complete bargain.

So those are my picks for advent calendars! I’m sure there are so many more out there that may appeal to loads of people, but these are the ones I like the most!

There are some really awesome advent calendars out there! This is the first time I’ll be treating myself to a nice advent calender too. I’ve already bought both me and Dane Reece’s Peanut Butter advent calendars and I’m so excited to open it. 😛

Are you or have you bought your an advent calendar yet? If so which one have you bought, or which one(s) are you planning to pick up? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having a great week so far

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Cosy Club Christmas 2018 *

There is always a first for everything and whilst it wasn’t the first time I visited Cosy Club, it was the first time I was invited to go to a food related blog event. Let me tell you now, I had such a blast and it was one of my favourite blog events to date for so many reasons! I was allowed to bring a plus one with me, so I asked Dane if he wanted to come along and he was more than happy to. I think he actually enjoyed the event more than I did and as this was his first plus one event he had an amazing time, which in turn made me happy.

The event happened on Thursday 25th October, but I didn’t realise until before the event that it was exactly two months until Christmas. Almost a week later and I still can’t believe how close to Christmas we are. Everyone is starting to think about what gifts to buy their loved ones, which cards they want to buy to send out and especially what food and where they want to eat it come Christmas Day.

BUT have you sorted out your work Christmas party, or even a party for you and your friends? It’s starting to slowly come to the time where people start asking around their workplaces and friends for availability, as well as where people may want to go for food. Cosy Club may just be the place for you, whether you’re looking for somewhere for work or even just for a massive Christmas party for you and your friends.

As I mentioned Cosy Club in Coventry invited me as well as some other bloggers to try out their Christmas menu and hear about how they’re going to make your Christmas special and let me tell you, they made me really excited for Christmas.

I’m going to talk about the menu and all the glorious food first, then I’ll mention prices, dates to book etc. SO get yourself a hot drink, or maybe even a snack as this is going to end up making you hungry and you’ll definitely need something to munch on whilst you read. 😛

Cosy Club have a set menu for their seriously glorious Christmas menu this year which will run between 22nd November until 24th December. The set menu consists of 3 courses for £27.95 per person. If you book early enough on certain dates you’ll save 15% off food! I really think the price is so worth the money for all the great food you get, as well as how lovely the Cosy Club is as a whole.

You can view the menu online here and book here. You don’t need to pre-order your food, but you do need to pre-order your drinks! This means when you arrived all your drinks will be ready on the table for you to get stuck into. With the food you order that on the night, which I love! Most places want you to pre-order what everyone wants and I have always hated this for so many reasons, the main one being I always end up changing my mind on the night.

I’d already had a look at the Christmas menu before heading to the event to have a look and see what was in store for both me and Dane. I wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted to eat so I decided I would have a thorough look at the menu when I arrived at Cosy Club.

The staff were all so welcoming and friendly! The two members of staff who looked after us all throughout the night were amazing and approachable for any questions we had, as well as recommending food and drink to us both. The two guys who served us were the manager Lubos and Luke, so I want to say a massive thank you to them both for being such great hosts!

On arrival we were given a moment to sit down and get comfortable before being offered drinks that you would be offered if you booked a Christmas meal there. I went for a glass of prosecco and Dane went for a glass of coke, sadly he was driving. The other two drinks on offer on arrival are mulled wine and mulled cider.

We had a good look over the menu and we didn’t realise until we looked at the menu in the restaurant that the starter is a sharing platter. We just thought that you picked one of the starters.

The sharing platter to start contains a selection of six different dishes, which you would usually share between four people, but we had one to share between the two of us! After being told about the dishes we would get on the sharing platter, we were asked what we wanted to order for our mains and dessert. We were given loads of recommendations on dishes to try and advised to pick a different dish from each other so we could try a bit of each others, which me and Dane do all the time anyway! Such a good idea though and it’s something I always recommend people to do. I’ll go into which main and pudding we ordered when I talk about those.

For now though, I’ll talk about the sharing platter to start. As I mentioned you get six different dishes, three are vegetarian and one is vegan. There are also some gluten free dishes in there too, but I’ll talk about them as and when.

The sharing platter was HUGE and I couldn’t believe how much variety you get on the platter itself. We tried stuff in the order of how it’s set out on the menu so we knew what we were having and such. I won’t go into too much detail about these as I don’t want to bore you. 😛

Of course if you are vegetarian, vegan or gluten free they will change the sharing platters to suit yourself! When you book you just need to let them know and they can sort out some alternatives for you. Sadly I can’t remember what alternatives they told me, but I remember it sounded really good!

Smoked Salmon Blinis – with lemon & chive crème fraîche and baby rocket.

Oh man these were so cute in size but oh so yummy at the same time! I love salmon so I knew I would love this. They’re a perfect size, but if I was ever given enough of these I’d just eat them all. They’re so moreish. You get four of these on the sharing platter, so one each if there are four people sharing, therefore me and Dane have two each. This was definitely enough for us both!

Cumberland Pigs in Blankets – with a sticky mulled cider glaze.

Me and Dane were really excited about these and spoke about them whilst walking to Cosy Club. We’re a sucker for pigs in blankets at home and the fact they have the sticky glaze just won us over! These were amazing and as there were four we were able to have two each. I could have just eaten a massive bowl of them. Pigs in blankets really do remind me of Christmas but the idea of them in the sticky mulled cider glaze is such a genius idea! I may just have to try and do this myself for Christmas Day. This was Dane’s favourite dish.

Halloumi & Sweetcorn Bites – with chipotle sweet chilli jam (vegetarian & gluten free).

This was the first vegetarian and gluten free dish we tried and it was such a perfect comfort snack! I love stuff like this and I love halloumi, especially fried and it worked so well alongside the sweetcorn in these bites. We had one of these each and they were quite big in all honesty. Sadly I don’t recall there being a chipotle sweet chilli jam with it, unless it was dipped into it and coated etc. Either way we really enjoyed these and I could totally eat them all year around as a comfort food.

Slow-cooked Pork Belly Bites – with sticky five spice & honey (gluten free).

This was definitely my favourite dish out of the six and I could have just eaten it over and over again! It reminded me of pork belly I’ve eaten in the past from Chinese and Japanese restaurants and as friends, family and even readers will know, I’m a sucker for Asian food. You got one each of the pork belly and I wish there had been more as I just enjoyed it that much. They were sweet and spicy in taste and so soft and succulent, it just gave me happy memories, as sad and as weird as that sounds. 😛

Baked Camembert – with olive oil toasted sourdough soldiers and fig & date chutney (vegetarian, gluten free option available).

This was sadly mine and Dane’s least favourite part of the platter and that is purely because I’m not a fan of Camembert and Dane just didn’t quite like this one. In all honesty I’d never really tried Camembert until that evening and I don’t feel like I need to try it again, it just isn’t for me. It was baked lovely and was really soft and gooey, which was perfect for dunking the sourdough soldiers into, which tasted AMAZING! I loved the taste of these and it did compliment the Camembert really well, but sadly that wasn’t for me. Like the bites, I don’t recall there being a fig and date chutney, but that didn’t bother me as we aren’t a fan of chutney anyway! This was far too much Camembert for just us two (not that I’m complaining about that! :P), so between four people it would be perfect. I also love that there is a gluten free option for this.

Mushroom, Tarragon & Chestnut Pâté – with olive oil toasted sourdough (vegan, contains nuts, gluten free option available).

This was the last part of the platter and was one I wasn’t actually going to try. I love pate BUT I hate mushrooms, which put me off trying it. Dane tried it before me and said how lovely it was and that it didn’t taste like it even had mushrooms in, he dislikes mushrooms just as much as I do by the way! I tried a little of his and decided to have my own serving. The pate didn’t taste at all of mushroom and if anything it reminded both me and Dane of sun dried tomatoes, which I really like. We had two pieces of sourdough to put the pate on, but I feel like we could have done with more as most of the pate was left. However, I understand if there were four people it would be eaten up. I did feel like what we had was enough for us both, I guess I just felt bad for wasting food, you know?

Stuffed, we were ready for our mains but not before we ordered some more drinks! I was really pacing myself with my prosecco, as I’m not a massive fan of it. I decided to try one of the cocktails on the Christmas menu which is being served as pitchers. This was the cherry bakewell cocktail and I LOVED it so much, it has for sure fast become one of my favourite things. They do this all year around so I would be more than happy to go to Cosy Club in future purely to drink this!

Cherry Bakewell – Take cherry juice & Amaretto almond liqueur, gently mix with Ron Barcelo rum, add a drop of caramel syrup to sweeten & bake (or rather shake) then garnish with a cherry (£22.95 for a pitcher).

As Dane wasn’t driving the manager recommended Dane try a mocktail and handed him the drinks menu. Dane went for St Clements, which at first he wasn’t keen on due to the bitter lemon in there but it grew on him eventually.

St Clements – Freshly squeezed oranges and Fever-Tree Bitter Lemon with a hint of Angostura bitters.

They also do the English Garden cocktail pitcher (A delightful mix of all things English; Hendrick’s gin, pressed apple juice & elderflower over ice, finished with cucumber. Just the ticket.) which you can get throughout the year from their cocktail menu. I didn’t try this one as it isn’t really up my street, but it sound so refreshing and perfect for any gin lover!

Alongside the two cocktail pitchers they also offer a mocktail pitcher called Pink Lemonade (Lemonade, pomegranate, lemon juice and ginger ale over a strawberry muddle), which like the cocktail pitchers is available all year around. I really wanted to try this one but by the end of the night I was just too stuffed from food and liquids. I know some of the girls at the event tried it though and said how lovely it was. I’ll definitely try this in the future though.

We were given a while after this to chat with the other bloggers who were there, as well as have a chat about stuff in general and all the food we’d just eaten and thoroughly enjoyed. Most of the bloggers at the event were girls who I know through Coventry Bloggers and it was lovely to see so many people I know, as well as meeting some for the first time!

With the main menu you have six dishes to choose from and it was so hard to pick what I wanted but I had been thinking about it throughout the day after having a look at the menu. I was torn between what I went for and what Dane went for and I was sort of glad that Dane went for what he did, so I could go for what I wanted.

Slow-Roasted Outdoor Bred Pork Belly – with chestnut & herb sausage stuffing, dauphinoise potatoes, braised red cabbage, watercress and a red wine gravy (gluten free and contains nuts).

Oh man I could not believe the portion size when this came out to me! I’m a sucker for pork belly, as you may have guessed earlier when I was talking about the starters and when I read that you got dauphinoise potatoes with it, I just knew this would be my choice. The pork belly was in a swirl, which I thought was really cool and just something different and the size of the dauphinoise potatoes was crazy! I could not finish this, I was so stuffed and I think I only ate half of the dauphinoise potatoes. The pork belly was so juicy to eat and usually I hate eating the fat from pork belly, but the fat was just so soft and melted in your mouth I couldn’t NOT eat it. The flavouring was lovely and to my delight it was different from the pork belly that you get on the sharing platter. I worried they would be the same and whilst I loved the platter pork belly, I didn’t want it twice. So yeah I loved that. I recently made my own dauphinoise potatoes and they were so lovely, but not as good as Cosy Club’s. These were so buttery and tasty to eat, I could have just eaten that so I was quite sad that I couldn’t finish those. The red wine gravy was really good and I couldn’t get enough of it, if anything I wish I’d had more as I love gravy. The only part of my main I disliked was the red cabbage, but that’s because I don’t like it. It looked lovely and soft and I can only imagine how perfect it will work with the whole dish. I seriously loved what I chose and was so glad I picked it.

Norfolk Turkey & Smoked Bacon Pie – with pigs in blankets, creamy mash, roasted maple-glazed carrots & parsnips, sprouts with a sage & chestnut butter gravy (contains nuts).

This was the main that Dane went for and it was something I was tempted to have myself, but I decided against it as I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not. It’s basically an alternative Christmas dinner, which most places will offer for Christmas meals. I had one myself last year during a friends Christmas dinner but it just reminded me of your last school dinner before you break up for Christmas. I tried some of the pie Dane had and it was really good and definitely something different. Dane said how the pie was doughy, just how he likes it but how he knows of people who dislike that. He also commented how the sauce was creamy and complimented the turkey and bacon really well. Although it doesn’t state which sauce it is inside of the pie, I have a feeling it was bread sauce. The pie contained turkey and what looked like leeks, so for that alone I was glad I didn’t order it, as I’m not the biggest fan of them myself. The parsnips were maple glazed and so delicious! Dane gave me quite a few to have as I enjoyed the one he gave me to try so much. We assume that it wasn’t in the pie, but sadly there weren’t any pigs in blankets with this main, which we didn’t realise until now whilst I’ve been writing the post! I don’t think Dane missed them due to having them in the sharing platter. He also commented how it states the mash is creamy, when his mash was lumpy. Whilst this didn’t bother him, he did expect it to not have lumps.

As I mentioned, we were both far too full to finish off our food and I can only imagine if we had of forced ourselves to finish, we’d have had no room for pudding and that was something both me and Dane were excited for!

Before the main arrived Dane ordered himself another mocktail, which he loved so much he ordered another one before pudding arrived too! I can understand why he loved it though, it was amazing. It was Bucking Mule – All the flavour of your favourite cocktail, without the fuzzy buzz or morning regret, with a kick from ginger ale, blood orange & fresh lime. I tried it and it reminded me of something and when Dane suggested Fruit Pastilles, he was right! It tasted just like them! I’d love to make these ourselves come Christmas Day for Dane.

Pudding came out quite quickly, which we both liked as we were pretty excited for them. I think I was more excited for what Dane picked over what I chose.

Limoncello Cheesecake – with raspberry coulis and crushed meringue (vegetarian).

I love a good cheesecake, but man this cheesecake was something else and sadly I couldn’t finish it and that alone made me feel so sad. This was such a lovely tarte lemon cheesecake was a really good biscuit base and melt in your mouth meringue. Dane actually tried the meringue before I did, which I didn’t mind as I kept scoffing bits of his pudding. As I mentioned the meringue was really soft and melted in your mouth, I’m not a massive fan of meringue so the fact that I loved this is a definitely a plus. The raspberry coulis and lemon worked so well together and I really enjoyed it, it just added a little something to the cheesecake. It was just perfect and such a lovely light option for after the sharing platter and main. Dane now wishes he’d had what I had!

Chocolate Brownie & Cinder Toffee Trifle – with chocolate fudge sauce & salted caramel cream (vegetarian & gluten free).

Okay I loved my pudding but bloody hell Dane’s choice of pudding was the dogs I loved it so much, even though I tried just a small portion of it! This was the pudding I was going to get, but as Dane wanted it I knew I’d be able to try it. I love how it came in a little clear mug, it’s so adorable. The best part of this little trifle was the salted caramel cream, I’m a massive sucker for anything salted caramel flavoured so I knew I would love that. The trifle itself is just perfect and it’s made me want to make a chocolate trifle sooner rather than later! I’ve always associated trifle with my family as they always made one, but personally I cannot stand trifle, so a chocolate option is good. I may just have been inspired to make a chocolate trifle now for my family for Boxing Day. Now thinking about it, I don’t at all regret the dessert I chose as I really loved the lemon cheesecake.

As I mentioned, I couldn’t finish off my pudding, which really saddened me as I really wanted to. We were offered coffee after our puddings but we were so full after all the food and drink we just couldn’t stomach it. If anything I just made sure to have plenty of water to wash everything down.

We were brought over some mince pies to finish off the meal, but not only were we too stuffed to eat any but we’re not big fans of mince pies, so sadly they were left behind.

When we all felt ready to get up me and the Coventry Bloggers decided to get a big group photo (or two) of us altogether! It was lovely to be honest and I love the photos we all got together.

From L-R we have myself, Gemma from Just Gem, Lizzie from Hello Lizzie Bee, Emma from How To Emma, Emily from Drained Beauty and Isobel from Fashionista Chic. I love these girls and they’re all such beauties and lovely to talk to whenever they’re at the same events as myself and even online.

After a bit of a natter about the food and drink, as well as when we’ll all see each other next it was time to go home! Me and Dane were shattered, but that didn’t stop him from going to a midnight launch for a game and stay up a few hours to play it. 😛

We also left the event with some goodie bags which contained some adorable Christmas tree decorations, candy canes, shortbread biscuits in a cute little bag as well as leaflets and menus about their Christmas and New Years menu!

I have to say I had such a blast at the Cosy Club in Coventry and I especially loved how friendly everyone was and the atmosphere. The first time I went to Cosy Club it was during the Coventry German Market a couple of years ago. Me, Dane, my best friend Gabriella and our friends Lee and Sam went and it was amazing. The atmosphere is still just as comforting and well cosy as it was back then and I love it.

Me and Dane are already contemplating visiting Cosy Club again during the next few months as a rest stop from Christmas shopping and I might even suggest going for my birthday after the New Year!

What do you think of the Cosy Club and their amazing offers for Christmas? Do you think you’d book there for work or even friends and family? If so what would you pick to eat for your main and pudding? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Thank you again to the Cosy Club for inviting me to this amazing event in Coventry! I had such an amazing time and thanks for getting me so excited for Christmas this year.

Until next time all, I hope you’ve had a great weekend and great start to the week.

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What I Got For Christmas!

Christmas is nearly over and bloody hell it went by fast! I can’t believe we’ve had the three magical days fly by us and leave a coating of snow behind.

I hope all of my readers and blogger friends had an amazing Christmas and (although it isn’t important) I hope everyone got what they wanted for Christmas! I know I did and more!

So, (as pretty much most bloggers do now!) I thought I would write about what lovely gifts I got from Dane, my family and friends this Christmas.

I want to disclose here that this is by any means me showing off what I got this year and I never feel like when I read fellow bloggers posts, or watch YouTube videos about it that people are meaning to show off. I love reading and seeing what my fellow bloggers received (as I’m a nosey bitch! :P) as it’s nice to see goodies they’ve wished for throughout the year as well as special meaning behind them! If you feel this is me showing off, click off of this post now because, ain’t nobody got time for that!

NOW! On with the post!

When writing this post I haven’t actually received all my gifts and one of my best friends still hasn’t been able to give me hers, but I’ll be seeing her around my birthday so I can definitely mention it then!

The first gift I want to talk about is the gorgeous little Sylveon print that Sarah over at Raiin Monkey sent me in the post! I wasn’t expecting it and it’s so sweet of her! I’m going to pop it up in the office somewhere so I can look at it whilst doing blog work. 🙂

My friend Jacqui was able give me hers from both her and her boyfriend Chris and it was such a thoughtful and beautiful gift! It may not look like much to many, but we’ve had quite a few cocktail evenings together and my cocktail shaker isn’t the best. It gets stuck and then you struggle to get the lid off. So they bought us this Smirnoff kit, with a gorgeous red and silver shaker in (it matches our kitchen!) as well as a glass and measure cup in! I couldn’t be any happier with it to be honest.

My friend Sophi sent me a little box of goodies and I love them all so much! She sent us some little Japanese sweeties (which sadly we ate before I took my pictures! :P), a Pusheen tote bag and some Pusheen socks, as well as a pair of fox socks. I can’t complain at getting socks and I’ll be wearing them to work to keep my feet toasty over the rest of the winter months! OH and she also put in a cute little Pusheen keychain too, which I’ll pop on my tote bag!

Speaking of Pusheen! Dane’s brother and his girlfriend bought me a gorgeous boxed Pusheen mug with socks! I love it so much and am currently drinking some lemon green tea from it. The socks that came with it are so adorable and have paw prints on the feet. As well as that they also gave me a cute Minnie Mouse face mask as well as a Winky Lux flower balm in green. When you apply it to your lips it works with the PH and turns into a gorgeous light pink! I can’t wait to use this and I’ve wanted one of these since they first came out!

My aunt and cousin both bought me and Dane this gorgeous dachshund pillow which I’m going to have for the chair in the office! As well as that they also picked me up a gold fox keyring which was popped into my Christmas card.

Dane’s gran bought me a little something for Christmas and that’s a Bailey’s gift set with a little glass and some Lindt Lindor chocolates, which I LOVE! This will be enjoyed New Years Eve or on my birthday for definite! 😀

My sister in law and  my nephews bought me a cute little lip butter set, and it’s so strange! They’re lovely and you get three flavours, coconut, cherry and peppermint.. I’ve never used a lip butter like this before but I’ll definitely be keeping these for work and around the house!

Dane’s parents bought me some lovely gifts and one that really did make me chuckle! The first gift I noticed they’d bought me and one they get me every year is a Lush Christmas gift set! This year they bought me The Snowman gift set. This one contains The Snowman bubbleroon, Butterbear bath bomb, Man In The Moon bubble bar and Snow Angel bath melt. I’m super excited to try Man In The Moon!

They picked me up three hot chocolates on sticks! I LOVE these and they actually bought these from one of our friends coffee stalls in Coventry! These are so amazing and work really well! They bought me a normal one, a mocca one and a peppermint one! I can’t wait to try the peppermint flavour and I’ll definitely make it in my new Pusheen mug. 😛

One of my favourite presents from Dane’s parents has to be the Your Name Blu-ray that they bought me! This isn’t just the ordinary Blu-ray either, but actually a collector’s edition so it comes with both Blu-ray, DVD and also a CD of the films soundtrack! It’s such a beautiful film and was one of my favourites I’d been to see in the cinema last year. I definitely recommend watching it if you get the chance, or if you have Amazon Prime as it’s on there to watch in both subbed and dubbed right now!

Finally the present that made me chuckle is this little pom pom… That is actually a panic alarm! You pull the keychain and it makes a very loud noise! I doubt I’ll pop this onto my handbag but I’ll definitely keep it inside of my bag for emergencies! You never know to be fair. I get why she picked this up for me though to be honest! In my old job I would get to the car park at 5.30am, I would be the only one, it was dark and at one point we had issues with people hiding in the dark on the level of the car park I was on. It did frighten me! So this gift whilst being strange, as very thoughtful all the same.

Now onto the gifts that Dane bought me, I’m going to save the present my mom bought me until last. Usually I would save Dane’s until then, but wait until you see what she bought for me!

Since moving into our house we have a tradition now of making stockings up for each other, which consist of cute little bits and pieces, as well as Japanese sweets! This was no acceptation this year and we both gifted each other Japanese gifts!

He picked me up an assortment of Japanese treats, which includes some Puccho sweets in ramune flavour (Japanese soda), some sour candy sweets which are also ramune flavoured, some Pokemon grape gummy sweeties and some green matcha flavoured Kit Kats which are MY FAVOURITE! Finally he bought me a Gudetama DIY kit where you get to make a pudding version of Gudetama to eat! I cannot wait to do this and I think I’ll be saving it for my birthday. ^_^

Also in my stocking I had a few other bits and pieces such as a new refill for my Filofax and what a cutie he is, he bought me on in pink! I need to use my Filofax more this year!

Also in my stocking and presents overall was a couple of little Pokemon goodies, all of them are so cute! The first thing I opened was this Eevee pouch type bag, which is an official Pokemon Center item! I don’t know quite yet what I’ll use this for, but I can see it being for feminine products once a month and maybe some random handbag bits and pieces. This was a gift he’d asked me if I liked the look of when we were both having a nose online for gifts for one another. I wasn’t all that fussed at the time but all the same when I opened it Christmas Day I still loved it! It’s a little Eevee which you’re meant to rest over a glass, but I can see me sticking it to the PC monitor or even by the side of my bed. Another Pokemon gift he bought me was this blind box (although he knew which one he’d ordered) which contain desk buddies. Dane bought me this Pikachu one which holds your mobile phone for you. He bought me this to have for work but I want to have it for by my bed! It’s so cute and such a thoughtful gift all the same.

One of my favourite gifts from Dane just has to be this onigiri squishy keyring from Tofu Cute! I get anxious during long car journeys, as well as in other certain situations! This not only feels relaxing to squish over and over, but it’s also scented with (what I think anyway) strawberries! On the way to and from Coventry for Christmas Day I was squishing away at this, as well as whilst at Dane’s parents on the day! It’s going to end up living in my handbag for when I feel anxious or angry and need to relieve some tension.

One of the presents I had asked for for Christmas after discovering its existence are these Haku chopsticks. Haku is the dragon from Spirited Away and is my favourite Studio Ghibli character! I didn’t know if these chopsticks would be real or fake, but when I inspected the packet they are in fact real and Studio Ghibli approved!

The first main gift that I opened was this, The Manga Cookbook, which also came with a pack of chopsticks! I love cooking Japanese food, especially if I’m craving Japanese and I can’t and don’t want to go out and eat or buy any. This is a cute little gift and I can’t wait for me and Dane to cook recipes together from it.

The next gifts are these two little Pokemon Center plushies, which are like Beanie Babies! I’ve been collecting these for a few years now, thanks to Dane but they’re now so hard to get hold of! I found someone in the UK selling these 2 for a decent price and I didn’t know if Dane wou;d pick them up or not… Alas he did and they’re so adorable! We have a Flareon and a Raichu here and they’ll go so well with my other Eeveelutions, as well as with my Pikachu!

If you got back and take a look at the Christmas wish list I made on Christmas Eve (which you can read here) you’ll see that I wished for a lot of anime shows/films on Blu-ray and apart from one, all of the ones I asked for I got! Two of those being A Silent Voice and Your Lie In April part 2. Alongside Your Name, A Silent Voice was one of my favourite films from 2017 and I’m so stocked to have it on Blu-ray! The box itself is gorgeous and I cannot wait to binge watch it with Dane one of the evenings this week. This is the collector’s edition Blu-ray too, which also includes a DVD and a special booklet that tells you all about the film, as well as about the manga.

The second Blu-ray Dane bought for me is part 2 of Your Lie In April, which is the final part of the special collector’s edition! He bought me part 1 and the special box at the start of the year for my birthday, so now I’m so happy to finally have the box set completed! This is definitely the first thing I’ll be watching with Dane out of all of the Blu-rays I received as I want to binge watch all of this with him! I haven’t continued to watch anymore of it until I had all of the box set for us to binge watch!

Aside from my main presents this was probably one of my favourites to be honest! It’s The Art Of Persona 5 and I have been lusting after this book since they announced it way back in the summer! I’m so pleased Dane bought it for me to be honest as on Christmas Day after I opened it I had a good flick through the whole thing and I cannot wait to sit down with a cup of coffee and read the whole thing, cover to cover. This year I discovered Persona 5, as well as the Persona franchise! I haven’t fallen in love with a franchise this hard since Pokemon and I am so chuffed that back when it came out at the start of the year that I bought it.

Finally we have the main gifts from Dane and my favourites! These are the 2 Nendoroid’s that Dane bought for me this Christmas and I was so surprised to be honest with you! I mentioned on my Christmas wish list that I had a feeling Dane would have bought me Yuri but when I opened Viktor and THEN Yuri I was so happy! I couldn’t have asked for better Nendoroid’s to have received this Christmas and I feel like such a lucky girl. We have no room right now to put these up anywhere so sadly they’ll be staying in the boxes until we have room. But I love my 2 YURI!!! boys so much and I cannot wait to play with them and display them in the future! So many YURI!!! On Ice Nendoroid’s have been announced lately that we will definitely be getting in the future!

Dane really spoilt me this year and I am so grateful for everything I received! I know I have another present arriving that he ordered me, it’s nothing special but it’s the thought that counts! FYI it’s a Macaroon Treats Yankee Candle!

Now onto my final present and definitely the one that blew me away the most. I was so surprised when I opened it to discover my mom had bought me a Dyson hairdryer! I know these aren’t cheap to be honest and I’ve lusted after one since they were announced, so the fact that my mom bought me one makes me feel so loved and special. I still can’t believe she bought it for me and after trying it, I really do adore it. I wish she could read how thankful and grateful I am.

So those were all the goodies I got for Christmas and I am so, SO thankful to everyone who bought myself, as well as Dane gifts this year!

What did you get for Christmas? Big or small I would love to hear what you got from loved ones. You know where to tell me. 😉

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re all resting after loads of Christmas and Boxing Day dinners!

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Post Christmas Natter (Plus What I received…)

It’s almost a week since Christmas Day was here and I can’t quite believe how quickly it’s flown by! I had a lovely Christmas even though I was working both Christmas Eve and Boxing Day (WAH FML!) but it’s come and gone now. Plus I have New Years Eve and Day off, woohoo!

So I decided to do a little catch up post about my Christmas and share what lovely gifts I received from Dane, my parents and everyone else. 🙂

Christmas Eve I didn’t finish work until late (6pm to be exact) and due to being tired and lazy we decided to get a takeaway and spend the evening watching movies. One movie we watching in particular was Sausage Party, which came out this year. Not exactly a Christmas movie, but one we both enjoyed watching, although at the end it got very weird and we sat in shock with hands over mouths, awkwardly laughing.

We got an early night as we were both shattered! This being said I had an awful nights sleep. I kept waking up throughout the night as the wind was waking me up. So we both woke up early Christmas Day and popped on a Christmas movie whilst we opened our presents. I spoilt Dane rotten this year and he loved all of his gifts. He spoilt me just as much too and every gift he gave me I loved. We both asked each other what our favourite gifts were out of the bunch. Dane’s was Vol. 1-9 of One Punch Man and mine was a tough one. I’ll show off what gifts he gave me before I tell you which were my favourites… I can’t pick one!

We decided to do stockings this year, as a new tradition and we filled them both full of yummy treats, well Dane filled mine full of Japanese sweets, mostly Kit Kats! My friend Sophi (heyyy!) picked up some of these stockings for us which was lovely of her! She of course got an N for me and a D for Dane.

As you can see Dane bought me LOADS of Kit Kats, Japanese ones to be exact! As well as a few other Japanese treats, which are mostly matcha flavoured… My favourite. 😛 He bought me a little geisha pouch full of different flavoured Kit Kats, which I loved as it looked adorable! It came with a piece of paper inside telling you about all the flavours which I was pleased about, as you never know what you could be trying. For example there is a wasabi flavoured Kit Kat in there!

Onto the main gifts from Dane and I was well and truly spoilt this year… But so was he. 😛 All of my gifts from him were thoughtful and I can’t really say I prefer one to the other, but I will of course say my favourite 3 or something. 😛

One of my favourite gifts from what Dane bought me were these two sleeping Pokemon plushies from the Pokemon Centre in Japan. As you can see he gave me a Pikachu and Jolteon which I love, especially Jolteon’s cute little bum and feet. 😛 I knew I was going to get one of these but I didn’t have a clue which and these were both a lovely surprise to get. They’re now in my Pokemon cabinet in the living room.

Another one of my favourite presents from Dane was these South Park figures from the new game coming out in 2017, The Fracture But Whole. I already have a couple of the figures from the first game (Princess Kenny and Cartman as a wizard) and I love them so much, but not as much as these. I have Butters, Kenny and Cartman all as their super villain and hero alter egos. They’re now in my cupboard and look amazing. It’s a shame they didn’t bring anymore of the characters out, but I guess these three are the main ones.

I keep saying this is my favourite present from Dane even though I knew I was having it, but it’s my new jacket… A Pokemon jacket! This is by a brand I have grown to love since August when I bought my first pieces by her, the brand being Ohayou! Clothing. She’s a designer in Bristol and most of her designs are Pokemon related and anything Japanese and kawaii. As you can see from the pictures it’s a varsity style jacket with an adorable picture of Eevee on the back! I love it and since Christmas Day I’ve pretty much lived in it! I can’t wait to write a post about Ohayou! Clothing in the new year!

Everyone who knows me knows that I LOVE foxes and I think every Christmas we have shared since being together, Dane has always bought me a fox related present. This year he of course had to keep up the tradition and bought me this beautiful tote bag with a fox and wolf on it. I’ve viewed this seller on Etsy before and if you love foxes then you will love her work! He also bought one of her illustrated books about foxes, which I really enjoyed reading in bed on Christmas Day morning.

Yay for manga! I’m in need of some new books to read after finally finishing Nana (and my heart broke!) and of course Dane knew I wanted some new material to read including Nichijou. As of yet I haven’t started to read it but I intend to start very soon. It’s like Azumanga Daioh so it is based around a school and the lives of the students there. I can’t wait to read it!

MORE KIT KATS! I told you he bought me loads! These are sake flavoured and we tried one on Christmas Day. I LOVE them! They’re very strong smelling and tasting of sake, which I thought I would hate but really enjoyed. I would definitely buy these again… But I have a feeling they aren’t cheap.

Finally we have a few little stocking fillers Dane gifted me, one not being in this picture as I forgot to take it! That item is the Bee & Puppycat cooking book. I thought it would be all jokey cooking recipes but they’re actually legit and ones that both the workers of the comic have submitted, as well as fans of the comic book too. Both me and Dane had a flick through it on Christmas Day and have already decided on some recipes that we want to bake and cook very soon.

Speaking of food he also got me a Pikachu sushi mold which I am SO EXCITED to use! I love making Japanese food and the next thing I want to learn how to make is sushi. I’ve already discussed with Dane that we make onigiri (rice ball with fish, chicken, veg inside… Basically like a sandwich to us but with rice instead of bread) with the mold. I can’t wait!

I knew I was getting these for Christmas (even though when it came to opening them I FORGOT ALL ABOUT THEM!) but Dane bought me some Victoria’s Secret body sprays. One is a minty scent and the other more vanilla and sugary. I love things like this and the VS body sprays are the best I’ve ever tried.

The final thing Dane bought me was a new calendar which as you can see is Pusheen.

This was meant to be one of my Christmas presents but Dane gave it to me about a week before Christmas and I love it so much! It’s a little glass bottle with a little soot sprite inside from the film Spirited Away. That’s one of my favourite films so I love anything to do with it. He’s now in my cabinet in the living room.

We spent Christmas at my parents house and then Boxing Day at Dane’s parents. We both had a lovely time at both houses and I wouldn’t change anything! Sadly my mom was working but me and Dane played games and watched movies with my dad and my brother, which was really fun! We practically did the same with Dane’s family too and we had a right laugh. We played Joking Hazard with my family and The Game of Life with Dane’s. We had lots of laughs and giggles!

I’m not showing off all my presents in  this post, mostly just Dane’s to be honest but I thought I would show off my favourite gifts from my family and Dane’s.

This was one of my favourite presents this year and it’s from my parents. It’s a Thomas Sabo charm bracelet with a martini glass charm. She kind of hinting to me getting something like this but I wasn’t 100% sure what it would be. I love it though, so much more than my Pandora bracelet and I’ve already eyed up what other additions I can add to it. I’ve found so far that it’s just so much lighter than Pandora to wear and therefore easier to wear.

My mom bought me and Dane a couple of other things too, some of which are on the way apparently in the post. But one of my other favourite items from her is this giraffe dressing gown (which I have on at the moment!). The hood on it is huge and had a giraffe face on which I think is cute. It’s also a great length too which is ideal as one of my old ones would drag on the ground as I walk up the stairs and trip me up. I’ve pretty much lived in this since Christmas Day!

Like the presents my parents bought me I won’t talk about everything, but more so my favourites. Dane’s parents bought me these lovely pajamas which I knew I was going to get due to asking for them, but they were still a lovely surprise and as soon as we got home Boxing Day I put them on. They’re burgundy with woodland animal print on. Right up my street! They also bought me a Lush gift set (Snow Fairy one!) and some stuff for the house.

Finally we have one of the gifts that Dane’s brother and girlfriend bought for us. They bought us a huge box full of Japanese candy but sadly I never managed to get a picture of it. However I did manage to get a picture of the candle they bought us. It’s a WoodWick candle, a brand we both love just as much as Yankee Candle. This one is in the scent Black Cherry and it’s HUGE! When you burn these it makes a crackling sound like a fire and when we lit this for the first time it was nice to see the flame move over from the right to the left side of the wick. It’s a lovely present, especially for the house.

So those were my presents from Christmas this year. As well as these presents I did of course get more from work friends, my friends, family and more. I just wanted to show some that I had managed to snap pictures of.

I had a lovely Christmas this year even though it did come and go in the blink of an eye! I don’t have a clue when to take my Christmas tree down. Probably tomorrow after work as it’ll soon be 2017 and our tree wont need to be up anymore, sadly. I’ll miss our cute little tree. 😦

What lovely presents did you get for Christmas and did you have a lovely time over the Christmas period? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having a great week so far!

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Last Minute Christmas Ideas

It’s only a week until Christmas now and although myself and Dane have finished our Christmas shopping I know of a lot of people who probably haven’t even started yet! My parents for example leave their Christmas shopping until the last minute.

SO this Christmas ideas list will be handy if you’re like them! This list will cater to men, women, children, and teenagers.

  • Zoella On My Travels Back Pack – £50.00 *currently £30.00* (link)

This is a great present idea for a woman of any age but I would say this is more for a teenager or student, especially if they’re a fan of the YouTube star Zoella, who has teamed up with Boots this year to create some lovely gifts for Christmas. Inside this gorgeous grey backpack you get a ceramic takeaway cup for those hot drinks, a keyring for your keys and some pencils. You can’t really go wrong with something like this. Hell I’d love it but I have enough bags to last me a lifetime. 😛

  • Stormtrooper Decanter – £21.00 (link)

This is the perfect gift for anyone who loves Star Wars, but I would say more so for your boyfriend, brother or even your dad. It’s a decanter which you can pop any alcoholic choice in. I was going to get one of these for Dane and fill it with Jack Daniels, but I left it. BUT you don’t have to fill this with alcohol! You could always buy some cheap battery operated fairy lights and put them into the decanter, leaving the on and off switch outside. This was another idea I had for Dane for Christmas, but again I left it. May have to do it though now as he loves this.

  • Lush Rudy and Pip Gift Set – £11.95 each (link) & (link)

Look how adorable these two little gift sets are! These will make lovely last minute gifts for children and even secret Santa gifts. My favourite of the two is Rudy. If you want to get one or even both of these though you will have to hurry as Lush run out of things like this super quickly as Christmas grows closer.

  • Pokemon Christmas Pikachu Mug – £7.99 (link)

Who doesn’t like to get a mug for Christmas? Or any occasion for that matter! I have eyed this mug up myself many times over December so far but I don’t really need anymore mugs… BUT this would make a great addition to any Pokemon fans cupboard, or even their desk at work! Yeah it’s Christmas themed, but sod that, I’d use it all year around. 😛

  • Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cupcake In A Mug – £9.99 (link)

It’s funny because I’ve actually bought this mug for Dane for Christmas as he spotted it in Lakeland last night and really liked it. It’s also a present he’s received early which is kinda nice. On the mug there is a guide and ingredients as to how to make a chocolate and peanut butter cupcake in the microwave,  which Dane really liked. So this is a definite mug for anyone you know who doesn’t just love cake, but loves anything chocolate and peanut butter flavoured. It also makes an amazing mug for big cups of coffee!

  • Pusheen Shaped Purse – £7.99 (link)

I LOVE Pusheen and although I wouldn’t be bothered about receiving something like this, I know a lot of little girls who would! I loved when I was bought my first coin purse as a little girl. I was able to keep my pennies in there for sweeties and pound shop treats. Pusheen is starting to become a more known thing in the UK now after being out in America for agggges and little girls go crazy for her. So why not get a lovely little coin purse and pop some silver in there for good luck. 🙂

  • Hamster Hottie – £9.00 (link)

I LOVE hotties and I recently bought myself a new one, as well as buying one of my best friends one for Christmas. They’re a lovely gifts to receive for Christmas due to how cold it is, as well as in general! I bought my friend Jacqui hers as it was Gromit, who she loves! But also because I know she would appreciate the warmth of it. I love mine because I like to snuggle it when I have bad period pain, or in bed and on the sofa if I’m chilly and need something to warm me up a little bit. These are great for anyone of any age and you can pick so many different varieties and animals up which is great!

  • Christmas Slipper Socks – £12.00 (link)

This a cheesy Christmas gift, but a nice one if you’re stuck for ideas on what to get a male secret Santa, boyfriend, brother or your dad. I’ve bought these for Dane as his feet are always cold, I wanted something nice/cheesy for him to wear Christmas day and he wanted them! They have cute little bells on which jingle as you walk and some support on the soles so that you won’t slip on wooden flooring (which is handy in our house seeing as all downstairs is wooden floor!). I am just so excited for him to wear these Christmas!

So those are just some of my ideas for some quick last minute Christmas presents! There are hundreds more I could have added to be honest. Check out Boots for some good ideas, as well as your local supermarkets! M&S had a 50% off gifts sale recently, which I’m sure is still on so that is definitely worth checking out!

I hope everyone isn’t stressing too much with presents and even food for next week. Have you finished all your Christmas shopping? If so what was your best purchase this year for someone? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time take care all and I hope everyone is getting excited! Only 7 days now!

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