Saturday, 24 December 2016

The Christmas Tag

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I was planning on doing the Christmas Tag myself for this blog post but thought I've probably answered the majority of these questions in a round about way in my previous Blogmas posts, so I decided to rope in my nieces (Evelyn - 7 and Belle - 5) and ask them instead, plus they're a lot more entertaining than me!

What's your favourite Christmas film?

Evelyn - "I really like The Grinch because it's funny. I like it when The Grinch dances and wiggles his hairy bum!"
Belle - "I like The Santa Clause because I like it when Santa falls off the roof and I love when the reindeer pumps like this (makes pumping noise)!

What's your favourite thing about Christmas?

Evelyn - "Presents and all the food because its a really nice thing with family and friends at Christmas."
Belle - "Turkey and nuts."

Favourite festive food?

Evelyn - "The turkey and pistachios."
Belle - "Turkey, nuts and wine."

What gift do you want the most this Christmas?

Evelyn - "Lego Funfair because it looks so cool and it's going to be so cool."
Belle - "Lollipop Maker because I want to make lollipops then eat them."

Favourite Christmas song?

Evelyn - "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday because it's nice and jolly and I like to shake my hips to it."
Belle - "Santa Clause Is Coming To Town because I like to say HEY and do this." (She then fist pumps the air)

Favourite memory from Christmas?

Evelyn - "Opening my presents and seeing ones from my list. I got really excited when I saw my Puppy Suprise because I forgot to put it on my list cos I was really really busy with life, but Santa read my mind and knew cos I was wishing out my window and he saw me!"
Belle - "Eating turkey and nuts" (Belle's clearly a huge fan of turkey and nuts!)

What's your New Years resolution?

Evelyn - "Not to eat sweets for 2 months, and I really mean it Auntie El so stop looking at me!"
Belle - "To start carrying my own school bag for mummy."

Can you both name all of Santa's reindeers?

Evelyn - "Comet, Blitzen, Dasher..." (thinking hard)
Belle - "I know! Cumin, Donner, Blitzen, Mole cos I like that name, urmmmm Blitzen."
Evelyn -  "Oh and Rudolph!"

I hope you enjoyed this post. These are their genuine answers typed up word for word, and I can assure you Belle has eaten turkey and nuts on other days other than Christmas!

Leave me a link below to your Christmas tag, I'd love to have a read!



Monday, 12 December 2016

10 of my favourite Christmas songs!

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As soon as Halloween ends I get the Christmas movies on the TV (add link to 10 xmas films) and the Christmas music blasting from my car. There is not a lot of time between Halloween and Christmas day to fully appreciate the songs made especially for this time of year, so I like to give myself maximum time to enjoy them until my heart is content.

Wham! - Last Christmas

Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas

Boney M - Mary's Boy Child

Carol of the Bells

Michael Bublé - Christmas

Chris Rea - Driving Home for Christmas

Bing Crosby - White Christmas

The Pogues - Fairytale of New York

Elton John - Step Into Christmas

Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone

What's your favourite Christmas songs to get you excited for the big day?

Ellé x

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate Recipe

I'm not really a hot drink person but something I can definitely get on board with is hot chocolate. Its my favourite thing to drink in the colder months, with a comfy blanket and a good Christmas film. You can see my top 10 Christmas films here.

For Blogmas I thought I'd whip up something festive and a little different to the basic hot chocolate. This is a really easy peasy recipe in which you can decide the quantities and just chuck it all in! So, if you haven't guessed from the blog title I made a Peppermint White Hot Chocolate. This may sound sickly, but the balance of the sweet chocolate is cut with the after taste of the refreshing and Christmassy taste of peppermint!


  • White chocolate - this can be in a bar, buttons or chocolate chips. Whatever you fancy!
  • Peppermint essence
  • x2 Candy canes
  • Milk
  • Cream
  • Squirty cream
  • Marshmallows


  • In a sauce pan pour the milk in and add in the white chocolate. For the milk it depends how many cups your wanting to make. I usually just fill the cup I'm going to use 3/4 of the way leaving plenty of room for the toppings! For the chocolate it depends on taste. I hate milk and like mine to be strong. For my own cup I added in 8 squares of chocolate. Its best to start less as you can always add more as you go - just give it a quick taste test before.
  • Keep it on a medium heat and keep stirring to make sure the chocolate melts and the milk doesn't burn. 
  • Now to add the peppermint essence. This is optional, again it depends on how much of a fan you are. I added a cap full into mine. If you want to skip this step you can always use one of the candy canes as a stirrer to get a subtle hint of peppermint.
  • Once you've given it a good stir and made sure the chocolate is melted and that the milk is steaming you can then remove it off the heat and pour it into your mug of choice.
  • To cool it a bit so you don't burn your tongue, just add a splash of cream.
  • Time for the toppings! I topped mine with squirty cream, mini marshmallows and then I added one of the candy canes in whole as a stirrer then crushed the other one in a plastic bag with a rolling pin, then sprinkled on top.
Et voila! A super simple but festive drink for a cosy night in. Now I'm not meaning to blow my own trumpet but this is seriously tasty!

Leave me a comment below if you re-create this recipe or share me a link to yours.


Sunday, 4 December 2016

Female Christmas gift guide

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One of my favourite parts about Christmas is the build up and excitement of getting everyones presents then giving it to them on Christmas day. I love watching peoples reaction and excitement. I've picked 10 presents from different price points that would be perfect for any female in your family, or you could just put them all on your list like I have!
1. Too Faced Grande Hotel - contains 3 different palettes which have eyeshadows as well as blushers and bronzers. They also smell like festive treats! Give one lucky person the whole set or give away a palette to 3 different people.
2. Leopard daily journal - I love leopard and I love stationary. This was featured on The Anna Edits lifestyle gift guide and I've been lusting after it ever since.
3. Spectrum 10 piece essential - Spectrum do the most beautiful brushes, they're great quality and have a decent price point.
4. Lined Leather Mules - these can be a bit love / hate but I love them. These Zara lined leather mules are a good dupe for the Gucci Princetown Mules and a lot cheaper!
5. Emma Hardie Merrily Moringa - I have heard a lot of rave reviews for this product but couldn't face the usual price tag. This cute little bauble is the perfect way to test the waters before spending.
6. Missguided coat - what better time to get a new coat than at winter. The padded coat is having a bit of a moment currently and I love the faux fur lining.
7. Snow Fairy gift set - my favourite scent from Lush. It literally smells like those bubble gum fizzy bottle sweets!
8. Oil slick planter - such a cute pot for a cactus in your house.
9. Get The Glow - I love Madeline Shaw's YouTube channel and blog for all her healthy recipes and can only expect the book to be just as good.
10. Ouai - the brand new hair collection by Jen Atkin who styles celebrities hairs including Chrissy Teigan, Jessica Alba and of course the Kardashians. After watching a few tutorials her products look insane and I'm dying to try the texturising spray.

Ellé x

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Top 10 Christmas Films to Watch this year!

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My favourite kind of film is a Christmas film. There's nothing else like it. All year I pine until November when I can finally watch my favourites without feeling guilty or being judged! Here are my ultimate top 10 Christmas films...

The Santa Clause

There's Tim Allen, there's Elves with Attitude and a kids dad becomes Santa. What's not to love?

Home Alone 1 & 2

They count as one right? These are the ultimate classics that I annoyingly quote the whole way through. I think 2 is my favourite just because of New York. I just love Kevin, Marv, Harry and Buzz - those guys crack me up!


I remember my mum and dad taking me to watch this when it first came out in the cinema in 2003 (I was 8 I'm now 21!!!!) and its just one of those that gets better and funnier the more you watch.

The Grinch

Jim Carrey is hilarious in this and I just LOVE the Grinch. I need to meet him in real life.

Love Actually

This film gives me all the feels. I love the story line and how it all intertwines, plus its a proper British romcom and I love who stars in it.

The Holiday

Another romcom which makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. You've got the eye candy of Jude Law, the comedy of Jack Black and a really cute old man.


This film is completely underrated and I don't hear enough people talking about it! It's a bunch of children in Infant school preparing for their school Nativity. What I love about it is that they didn't give the kids scripts or proper directions so some of the stuff they come out with hilarious!

Polar Express

I just love this film its so magical plus it always makes me crave the hot chocolate they get on the train!

Muppets Christmas Carol

Out of all the Christmas Carols this one will always remain my favourite. The muppets, the songs, its just perfect!

Jack Frost

This is the saddest yet heartwarming film in one. It definitely tugs on the heart strings but I love it so much!

What are your favourite Christmas films?


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