Black peg board with copper frame and the words "every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings" with a lit candle and a mug of hot chocolate with a candy cane

Woo hoo! It’s December!!

I’m pretty excited about the start of the festive season!

December is the perfect time to light some candles and get snuggled up on the sofa with a hot chocolate and blanket. I absolutely love a Christmas movie, and like many people I have some that are classics from my childhood. Then there are others that have part of my Xmas tradition as I’ve gotten older (…and some that didn’t come out until I was older). I’m going to share some of my favourites with you.

Home Alone

I don’t think I’m alone in loving Home Alone. For most people my age, this film has great childhood memories. If you don’t know the story (you must have been living under a rock for the last 17 years), after an argument with his family Kevin wishes they would disappear. And of course he gets his wish and gets left home alone while his family go on holiday for Christmas. Much hilarity ensues including a house full of booby traps to catch burglars – The Wet Bandits – in a series of stunts that would surely actually kill a human. The idea of getting left at home alone and having the run of your house with no parents about is most kids dream. Getting to eat whatever you want, watch whatever you want on TV, for as long as you want…!

Love Actually

This film gives me all the festive feels! Bill Nighy playing an aged rocker bringing out a Christmas single with the tune of Wet Wet Wet’s “Love Is All Around”. Everyone loves a feel good romantic film at Christmas right?! The fact that Hugh Grant and Colin Firth are in this movie, totally makes this film for me. I love Hugh Grant’s dancing! I has become a bit of a Christmas thing to watch Love Actually with my wee brother and stepmum, although we do fast forward through a certain part cause it’s a bit awks…

The Holiday

Yup… another romantic Christmas film! Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet’s characters do a house swap in December after both have guy troubles. It’s a typical, “guys are d**ks but then they both meet the loves of their lives” film. This one has Jack Black, my (not so) secret and weird crush. I literally love everything he is in, he is just so funny! Despite not normally being into mushy stuff (I realise my Crimbo film picks disagree) I really love this film. It makes me happy.

Elf

It really wouldn’t be Christmas without this film. Will Ferrel plays Buddy the elf, a human who found himself in the North Pole after crawling into Santa’s sack. After finding out there’s a reason he doesn’t fit in, he heads to New York in search of his real family. Hilariously funny, with an infectious excitement for Christmas, it definitely gets you in the mood for Santa day. And it makes you want to eat candy for breakfast every day in December!

It’s A Wonderful Life

I have saved the best for last. For me it isn’t Christmas until this movie has been watched. It has become a Christmas Eve tradition to watch this with my family since my wee brother and sister got old enough to watch it, and it’s honestly one of my favourite Christmas traditions. I don’t watch this film at all in December and save it for Christmas Eve. This year Mark and I will be going with my family to watch it at the GFT.

Clarence the angel is sent to help George Bailey, a man in need who has reached the lowest point in his life. We see George’s life from when he was a boy, up until the point he is ready to jump off a bridge. If you’ve never seen it, I know this doesn’t really make it sound like a must see film. But it really is. Clarence goes on to show George just what impact him never being born would have on the lives of all his family and friends, and it turns out that everyone’s life has been made better by him. And it also gets us to “remember no man is a failure who has friends”.

 

I really could go on with this list, there are SO many great Christmas films. But I had to stop myself at five or we would have been here all day!

Have any of your favourite Christmas movies made it into my top five? Whats your all time favourite?

 

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Red hair with glittery gold strands

You can’t beat sparkly unicorn hair!

As a lover of all things glittery, when I saw a post on Lipstick Lashes And Locks Instagram page saying they were going to start doing hair dazzle, I was pretty excited!

With my next appointment booked in I definitely wanted some sparkle put in my hair. There was a selection of colours but being a redhead I thought the obvious colour choice was gold, thinking it would go well with the warm tone of my hair. After my hair had been cut and dried Tina got to work on transforming my usual red mop into Unicorn hair! She tied the hair dazzle into a very small section of my hair just under the top layer near my parting. To make sure they didn’t slide out of my freshly washed hair she put in a wee bit of texturising ¬†powder on before tying them in.

I honestly loved it! With just a few strands added it gave a subtle glitter to my hair and looked amazing when it caught the light.

Tina had advised they can last up to a week, and would be easily taken out by just sliding them out your hair. And, even better, you can still use your hairdryer and straighteners as they aren’t ruined by heat.

Mine lasted around five days, until I next washed my hair and despite being really gentle when I washed it one strand came out. I think this might have partly been down to my hair going really soft because I used conditioner. The rest of the strands came out the following day. One naturally and then I took the rest out myself. They did come out really easily, and without taking any of my hair with it.

I would like to note that five days is normally a bit longer than I would go without washing my hair but I found that because I had the dazzle in I wasn’t touching my hair as much so the roots weren’t getting greasy. Meaning it didn’t really look like five days without washing!

As I suspected, once the dazzle was out my normal hair didn’t quite cut it for a few days! I will definitely be wanting more when I go back for my next hair cut.

If you live in or near Edinburgh and fancy a bit of unicorn hair get yourself booked into Lipstick Lashes And Locks! The hair dazzle would be perfect for the festive season and I think they’re getting more colours in soon. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a copper colour!

What are your thoughts on hair dazzle, would you get some?

 

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Yup, another month down!

Things were a wee bit quiet over here during September. As you may be able to see my wee blog got a bit of a make over. I moved from Blogger over to self-hosted WordPress and got a fancy new theme from Pipdig ūüôā

And, when I say I moved over from Blogger, what I really mean is Mark moved my blog from Blogger over to WordPress. My contribution to it was getting the self hosting sorted and picking a theme I liked. Mark did everything else including moving all my content over from Blogger and making sure everything looked just how I wanted it. What a bloody champ! He is definitely a keeper (obvs for more than just his coding ability and never ending patience with me when I’m being a teeny bit demanding!).

Although things have been quiet on here while lots has been getting done in the background, Mark and I had a really fun, busy month! September is my birthday month, and this year it was a bit of a big one for me as entered Club 30 (eeeeeek!). As well as taking the day of my birthday off, Mark had a further two weeks off work for us to spend some time together.

My month kicked off with some mate dates though. Me and my bestie grabbed lunch and a really long overdue catch up at my favourite cake place EVER (Tea Jenny’s in Falkirk incase you were wondering)! Despite it being months since we’d seen each other, it always feels like it has been no time at all, she cracks me up and my face is always aching from so much laughing when we meet up! I also got to see her before she set off for a month long road trip round Europe with her husband. What an amazing way to celebrate turning 30 right?! I’m not at all jealous…

I also went to The Luna Cinema to see La La Land. It was a pretty cool experience, and the first time I’d been to an outdoor cinema. We had our blankets to sit on, thermos filled with tea, Tunnock’s Tea Cakes to munch, and because it’s Scotland our rain coats on. Just as well we did too, because it rained pretty much the whole time! Ryan Gosling more than made up for it though and the film was a lot better than I was expecting.

Then came the big 3-0…! Thankfully being 30 doesn’t mean I have to grow up, and this was perfectly demonstrated by the presents Mark got me – a Hello Kitty instax camera and backpack. We headed through to Edinburgh and got some froyo and a couple of drinks before I went to get my hair cut and then headed to my Mum’s for (what was meant to be) my birthday non-party…it was a full blown party! I can confirm that the hangovers don’t get better, there is no tolerance that is built up with age. The next day I felt rough, McDonalds Big Mac rough. And that night I was surprised with Mexican food with the friends group from Fife, I love Mexican food but the hangover was so bad I actually made my dinner choice based on the lack of cheese in the dish!

We kicked off the official start of Mark’s holidays with a trip to Wallace Monument, and it just so happened that we picked the day that was the 720th anniversary of the Battle of Stirling Bridge. There were reenactments throughout the day (which admittedly made me cringe slightly) and birds of prey. After managing to make it through about only ten minutes of the reenactment we headed up into the monument to climb the 246 steps to the top. Now that doesn’t sound like a lot but when there are people going both up and down in the a space that is definitely not big enough it really feels like a challenge to get up. The views across Stirling make it completely worth it though, although we didn’t stay at the top too long cause it was just a bit windy!

It was also Doors Open weekends during September. We headed through to Glasgow to see the Winter Gardens in Springburn, which involved a walk round Springburn Park while learning about the history of the place and the plans to restore the derelict Winter Gardens. As interesting as it was I can’t deny I was a little disappointed we didn’t actually get to go inside them, I have a thing with abandoned/derelict buildings.

Which brings me nicely onto the next thing – a trip to St Peter’s Seminary, an abandoned building that was used to teach people wanting to become priests. The brutalist architecture of the building is really something and the graffiti shows that despite lying unused and fenced off people have still managed to sneak in.

The weather when we were off was pretty disappointing, some may just call it Scottish, but we managed to pick the best day of the two weeks to bag another Munro – Cairn Gorm. It only took an hour and a half to get to the top but it was a pretty steep climb! It meant Munro number six for me, and three for Mark.

I got invited along to the Fresher Festival in Glasgow, a two day long event giving students everything they need for their uni experience. There were food stalls, people there from clubs and pubs, Glasgow Subway, glasses company Iolla and a VIP area hosted by Yada events. Seeing all the stalls related to alcohol reminded me just how much of being a student involved a lot of time in the pub!

The last weekend in the month Mark and I headed to Edinburgh to take part in Maggie’s Culture Crawl, a 10k walk round the city with access to buildings/parts of buildings you would otherwise not get in to. It was a fun experience and I will be writing a blog post all about it soon.

So there you have it, my mega busy September. How was your month?

 

 

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I feel like all months fly by but, man, August felt like a blur!

We went on holiday last month which probably helped it feel so quick.

After quitting my job at the end of July I really felt like I needed a bit of a break. Now, considering I’ve only worked in a proper full time job for three months this year a break might sound insane. But while I wasn’t working I was studying, job hunting and constantly stressing about my lack of job which is actually pretty tiring in itself!

So, I asked Mark to get time off work so we could go on holiday. I think it was needed by both of us! While I’ve been spending months stressing, Mark has had to put up with me. Not fun I’m sure! We had a few options for places to go, but we decided on Berlin. We had a great time, saw lots, ate so much food (I love German food) and drank a fair amount of beer. The history geek in me was loving the city! I’m still sorting out the photos from our trip but I will get a post all about it up soon.

August in Edinburgh is Festival month! The city is buzzing and there’s so much to see and do. Although I spent a fair bit of time in the city we only went to one show. I just love soaking up the atmosphere though. There’s always good foodie stuff going on at this time of year too and we had fun at the Festival Village: Waverley sampling some of the amazing food and drinks. I was all about the halloumi fries!

I spent more time at Business Gateway events last month, this time focusing on ones for starting your own business. We’re planning our next EBC event for December and in the process of setting up the business! Scary and exciting times! During the month we had a few team meet ups and meetings for the next workshop. We now have all our hosts secured which is awesome! This is going to be another amazing event (you can buy tickets here).

I feel like every month we end up with a trip to St Andrews. It’s one of my favourite places in Scotland and I feel really lucky to live so close. A trip to St Andrews was a proper day out from where I lived before, it took me a hour and a half to get there (so far I’ve had mini-holidays in St Andrews!!) and now it’s less than half an hour away. I love the quirky shops and Jannetta’s ice cream is always worth the wait in the queue on a sunny day! If you haven’t been St Andrews should definitely be on your list.

How was your August?

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Your period, time of the month, Aunt Flo, monthly visitor, lady time, painters in, code red.

Whatever we call it I think we can all agree it’s (roughly) five days of the month that totally suck!

Personally, if given the choice I would stay in the house for the full five days, hot water bottle firmly on my tummy and blanket¬†wrapped round me. Ok, so now imagine this was never an option for you, even for one day of your period. Imagine you didn’t have a sofa to curl up on, no kettle to fill a hot water bottle. Imagine being homeless and getting your period?! No access to sanitary products or even a shower to get clean. Doesn’t really bear thinking about does it.

Our lady time is no longer a subject we can’t talk about, and why should we keep quiet about it? A huge chunk of the population experiences a period every month. And our periods have hit the news recently for a couple of reasons, mainly because “tampon tax” has been a topic of conversation for some time now. The tax that is added to luxury items also applies to sanitary products. I think all women would agree that a tampon or sanitary towel is far from a luxury item! And also because of “period poverty”, this is when women are in the position of having to make a choice between sanitary items and other household essentials.¬†But when it comes to the homeless we often forget about the need for sanitary products. There are women having to use the likes of toilet roll and old rags in place of tampons or sanitary towels!

Simon Community¬†Scotland¬†have just launched a new initiative aimed at helping women during their time of the month. Simon¬†Community help over 500 women experiencing homelessness¬†every year. Through their street team in Glasgow they reach out to women and provide gender specific assistance supporting women in getting their lives back on track and providing emergency¬†accommodation. Yesterday (23.08.17) they launched Period Friendly¬†Points (PFP) throughout Glasgow to support women to get through their time of month with dignity. Period Friendly Points are places specifically set up for the homeless although it is hoped that this is something that will extend to other locations and will include the likes of¬†coffee shops. These PFP will have free sanitary products, pants, disposable bags, wipes to¬†allow women to feel clean and¬†information leaflets offering¬†help with using the products. As well as the essential products to get¬†women through this time of month, there are people available to talk to, whether it’s a question about Aunt Flo or just to have a chat. Many of these women have never spoken to anyone about their period, some don’t know how long a tampon should be¬†kept in or even what a period actually is!¬†As well as the PFP the street team will be handing out Period Friendly Pax. These are compact bags¬†containing the¬†essentials.

A five day period costs Simon Community and their suppliers £15. This is for five towels, twelve tampons, three pairs of pants, travel wipes and disposable bags. You can help by donating. You can also offer your time as the charity are always looking for volunteers to help with re-stocking the PFP, sorting out supplies and packing the Period Friendly Pax or even just lending an ear to women who visit PFP and need someone to talk to.

To donate text PFPR28 to 70070 with the amount you want to donate Р£5 or £10.

And next time Aunt Flo pays a visit, think about how lucky you are to be able to snuggle up on the sofa under your blanket.

xxx
 
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