Monthly Archives: December 2015

12 Days Of Christmas – Day Twelve

What I Got For Christmas!

This year I’ve been given some very lovely gifts from my parents and my aunts and uncles. So, for the last post of the 12 Days Of Christmas, here is what I got for Christmas.

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Going from left to right, the first thing I received was an Academy Of Colour Essential Nudes Collection. This was from one of my aunts and uncles and I’m so excited to use it.

Next is a silver ring with blue and white stones. It’s from my parents and is very cute and simple.

Also from my parents is a bottle of Gloria Vanderbilt perfume which has a really lovely scent. I’ll probably be wearing this daily.

The next thing is from my other aunt and uncle and is a Maria and Talbot Hand Poured Pure Soy candle in the Green Tea and Lemongrass scent. This smells so amazing and I can’t wait to see what it smells like lit.

Next up is also from my parents and is a TOMTOM VIA 280 Navigator. This is going to be so handy considering I got my license 2 months ago.

Last but not least is a Creamy Rich Coconut Fragranced Bath Soak which is also from my parents. Next time I have a bath I will be using this bad boy.

So that’s all for today, I hope you have enjoyed the 12 Days Of Christmas! Merry Christmas everyone and I hope you’ve all had a fantastic day 🙂 x

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12 Days Of Christmas – Day Eleven

The Christmas Tag!

1. What is your favourite Christmas film?
I would have to say Love Actually or The Grinch. They’re both great although I don’t generally watch Christmas movies.

2. Have you ever had a White Christmas?
Considering it’s currently 28°c and Christmas day is supposed to be 32°c, I’m gunna have to say no.

3. Where do you usually spend your holiday?
I always spend Christmas morning at home with my family and then in the afternoon we go to my Great Aunts for a big Christmas dinner.

4. What is your favourite Christmas song?
“All I want for Christmas is you” – Michael Bublé.

5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
I open presents from my aunts and uncles on Christmas Eve at our family BBQ.

6. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Um, Dasher, Prancer, Blitzen, Rudolf, and yeah. That’s it.

7. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?
Probably my family’s Christmas Eve BBQ. It’s always fun to get together with my cousins and have a nice meal together.

8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
It’s very fake. I’ve never had a real Christmas tree.

9. What is your all-time favourite holiday food/sweet treat?
Roast turkey and pavlova. They’re the best things and I always eat them every Christmas.

10. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
I actually really enjoy giving presents that I’ve put a lot of thought into and seeing that person’s reaction.

11. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
I’d have to say when I got my own guitar when I was about 9. I was so ecstatic.

12. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
Definitely London. I would absolutely love to spend a week over there over the Christmas season.

13. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?
I’d like to think that I’m a pro but…I probably fail. I can never get the corners to look good. Ever.

14. Most memorable Holiday moment?
Getting up at 5am Christmas morning with my brothers and going through our stockings before sitting in the lounge room playing the Playstation before mum and dad got up. I always loved doing that.

15. What made you realize the truth about Santa?
My older brother came home from school and told me after our school principal had told him. Thanks Mrs.Donaldson!

16. Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you stick to them?
I guess I try to make them but I rarely ever stick to them. I don’t think anyone really ever does.

17. What makes the holidays special for you?
Spending time away from the rest of the world and just spending it with family instead. I also love seeing people who are usually stressed having fun and relaxing. That’s what makes Christmas especially special.

That’s all for today, I hope you enjoyed it! 🙂 x

12 Days Of Christmas – Day Ten

Top 3 Mean Girls Turned Nice Girls!

High School is full of drama and bitchiness. But, occasionally a mean girl can turn into a nice girl. So here are my favourite mean girls turned nice girls!

1. Regina George – Mean Girls
Obviously Regina is the Queen B of all mean girls in the history of movies ever. But, after being hit by a bus and getting a taste of her own butchy medicine, she turns good. For a while at least. She seems happier at the end of Mean Girls so let’s just stick with the idea that she didn’t change back to a scum-sucking road whore that ruined our lives! Sorry. Just let me contain my inner Janis Ian.

2. Sharpay Evans – High School Musical 2
Oh Sharpay. She’s such a seedy and manipulative character that is so used to getting her own way it’s a shock to the system when it doesn’t happen. So when her own brother turns against her selfish self, it makes her realise her personality. I think I can speak for any HSM fan when I say it was utterly shocking when Sharpay awards Ryan with the Star Dazzle Award that she worked so hard to protect over claiming it herself. It was truly a heartwarming moment. Still…it only lasted that summer for things were back to normal in Senior Year. Still, we’re proud of Sharpay for turning a corner, if only temporarily.

3. Margaret Tate – The Proposal
Margaret starts off as an unbearable witch who is power hungry and treats her assistant like crap. But after forcing him to fake their marriage so that she doesn’t get deported, she begins to grow a conscience and starts to actually fall in love with him and his family. Eventually she puts his own needs ahead of hers and protects him against the law despite the fact that she will get deported. Now that’s true love.

Thanks for reading today 🙂 x

12 Days Of Christmas – Day Nine

Make your own button baubles!

You will need:
– A bag of assorted buttons
– Hot Glue Gun
– DIY baubles

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Step 1: Pick some buttons that are different sizes. For the big buttons, make sure they’re concaved slightly so that they will sit properly on the bauble.

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Step 2: Using the hot glue gun, CAREFULLY glue down buttons randomly.

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Step 3: Repeat!

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I tried making one with just a few buttons and then one with a few more but I think the one that’s completely covered looks the best.

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But seriously how cute are they?

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Thanks for reading! 🙂 x

12 Days Of Christmas – Day Eight

The things that I will (and won’t) miss from High School.

The Things I Won’t Miss:
1. The Homework.
Who wants to do hours of homework after 6 and a half hours of school? No one!

2. Uniforms.
Wearing casual clothes everyday is THE BEST. Never again will I be told to “put that blazer on.”

3. Gossip.
The gossiping and the bitching makes high school feel like an episode of Gossip Girl. Like, why?

4. Mean Teachers.
You know the ones I’m talking about. Those ones that seem to have it out for you and you alone.

5. Sassy Lower Years.
The younger students that seem to think they’re top dog even though they’re HALF MY SIZE.

The Things I Will Miss:
1. Seeing my best friends everyday.
After school finishes everyone goes their separate way and you don’t get to see everyone as much which is sad.

2. The Canteen Food.
I’m really missing those hot dogs with sauce and a hashbrown on top. Mmm.

3. The Nice Teachers.
Those ones that actually encourage you and make you feel GOOD about yourself.

4. School Camps.
These were the best times to have some fun with all your friends while still getting free food.

5. Being Older Than Everyone Else.
Being older means you can act like a teacher and boss the lower years around. Right?

Thanks for reading today guys, catch ya tomorrow 🙂 x

12 Days Of Christmas – Day Seven

The 3 worst types of people in retail at Christmas time.

People can be really rude in retail, especially around Christmas time. So here are the worst kinds of people that I’ve experienced this holiday season.

1. The silent ones.
These are the people that you ask how they are and they say nothing and literally just push their items at you. It’s so incredibly rude. It drives me insane when I’m being nice and doing my job but they stand there without even acknowledging who’s serving them.

2. The ones that get mad at you for something the store doesn’t stock.
Around Christmas time people are buying gifts and whatnot but there are always the people that abuse a worker because the store or company doesn’t stock a particular item. I mean, it’s not as if we are the ones who pick and choose what we stock!

3. The ones who are on the phone.
These are the people that seem to forget they’re at a god damn checkout. They literally don’t even make eye contact. Hang up, please! For the sake of humanity!

Thanks for reading today, comment below any of your retail horror stories from Christmas time! 🙂 x

12 Days Of Christmas – Day Six

Make your own funky baubles!

You will need:
– Spray Adhesive
– Coloured string
– DIY baubles

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Step 1: Tie you string around the top of your bauble.

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Step 2: Spray a light coat of your adhesive around the entire bauble.

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Step 3: Wrap your string around the bauble until it is mostly covered.

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Step 4: Tie it off and spray with another coat of adhesive and allow it to dry.

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Step 5: Make more! Use as many colours as possible. I used pastel colours because I love pastel stuff!

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Thanks for reading today! I hope you enjoyed it! 🙂 x

12 Days Of Christmas – Day Five

Heartbreak – Chapter 1

I stare at the pregnancy test in my hand. Negative. Thank God. No way am I ready to have a baby. I allow myself a sigh of relief. It’s negative, I think to myself. Ethan and I have been living together for 3 months and everyday has been a new adventure. He is the love of my life but we’re not ready for a baby. I drop the test into the bin and walk out into the lounge area. “Hey babe,” I say casually, “how was work?”
“It was okay I guess. Would you mind getting me a beer?” He asks.
“Sure.” I roll my eyes teasingly even though his eyes are glued to the tv and he won’t see it. Yep, definitely not ready for babies. I pass him one of the many beers in the fridge and sit down on the couch next to him.
“So you know how my period was late?” I ask.
“Not really, but sure.” He replies.
“Did you not listen to me this morning?” He shakes his head, “well, I did a test and I’m not pregnant.” I snap.
He finally looks over at me and I’m shocked at how much he seems to care. He gives me a shy smile and leans over to kiss my forehead like he’s done a million times before. A warmth spreads throughout my body and I lean into his chest as his arm wraps around my shoulder.
“I’m sorry,” he says, “I haven’t been listening to you very well lately and I shouldn’t be letting stress get between us. It’s just that work is really intense right now and my boss is giving me grief about every little thing. I’m sorry.” He gently pulls my chin towards him and plants a soft peck on my lips.
“Hey, let’s go out for dinner tonight. Let’s celebrate.” I suggest. He laughs lightly.
“Celebrate what?”
“Let’s just celebrate us.” I smile at him.
“Okay, I’ll book somewhere while you start getting ready,” he says excitedly, “and make sure you wear that red dress!” I giggle as I skip towards the bedroom in a giddy blur.

“I’ll have the smoked salmon with a side of chips and salad, thank you,” Ethan says.
“And I’ll have the chef’s special.” I smile at the waitress. She nods gracefully and walks away. They’re so poised and perfect here. I honestly don’t know how they remain so constantly polite.
“This place is amazing. How did you find it?” I ask.
“Oh, you know, I had some pretty hot dates here back in my day.” He jokes. I smile teasingly back.
“Oh but of course, back when you were 18 and didn’t have a job. How on earth could you afford a place like this? Even at 22 it feels too fabulous for me.” I lance around at the deep maroon walls and the crisp white curtains. The glittery chandeliers gently sway from the summer breeze that enters through the wide glass doors that open onto the street. In response Ethan grabs my hands from across the table and takes them into his. “I don’t care how much it costs. For you, I’d pay for the world.” He slowly raises my right hand to his lips and softly kisses the back of my hand. Sometimes I think he is honestly just too good for me. His romantic flare never fails to reveal itself on nights like this where he is distracted from work and from his family dramas. Just as we begin smiling at each other, the waitress brings over some garlic bread and a bottle of fine wine. Ethan thanks her before raising his glass of red wine in his hand. “A toast,” he says loudly enough so that the people around us can hear, “to my dear Bryton, who never fails to amaze me with her beauty and generosity to a man like me. I love you.” The other tables glance our way as they quieten down.
“I love you too Ethan.” I say. I raise my glass to his and the people around us return to their own conversations. Some days just feel absolutely blessed. We talk for 10 minutes about some of our first interactions before we got together. “Remember after graduation when I asked you if you wanted me to drive you to McDonalds for a cheeseburger after you’d had too many tequila sunrises?” Ethan laughs.
“Yes! Oh man, I was so happy. Cheeseburgers taste absolutely golden when you’ve drunk too much.” We both laugh at our silly high school attempts at grasping for each other’s attention. “Remember when you came into work and I served you and it was so weird because I was nervous and you were freaking out because you were waiting to ask me on a date?” I ask.
“How could I forget myself being such an incoherent mess? I was absolutely terrified. But hey, I guess it worked out for me in the end because here we are 3 years later, still going strong.” We reach across the table for each other’s hands again just as the waitress brings out our meals. Ethan’s smoked salmon looks amazing but no where near as good as my chef’s special. Roast duck and an orange sauce with a potato salad on the side. We eat until we cannot eat anymore. I lean back easily in my chair as I let the food settle in my stomach. “That was amazing.” I say. Ethan nods in agreement. Just as I’m about to say something more, my phone begins to ring. “It’s mum, I’d better answer it.” I walk towards the big open glass doors and lean against the frame as I answer it.
“Hi Mum, what’s up?”
“Honey, it’s your father. He’s had a heart attack.”

12 Days Of Christmas – Day Four

Leftover Pastry Rolls!

This is how I use up the remainder of puff pastry from making my tarts that I put in yesterday’s post.

Step 1: Roll out the remaining pastry so that it is the same thickness as it was originally.

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Step 2: Cut off the edges so that you have a square/rectangle shape.

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Step 3: Cut it in half.

 

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Step 4: Spread some jam over each piece. I used raspberry.

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Step 5: Make a line of blueberries in the center of each piece.

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Step 6: Roll it over and use a fork to bond the edges together. Make sure you do this really well because mine didn’t stick and ended up opening.

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Step 7: Glaze the pastry with some eggs that have been lightly beaten. Put them in a preheated oven of 200 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden.

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Step 8: Take them out and enjoy!

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p.s. I actually like the look of them when they’re open!

 

Thanks for reading today guys, don’t forget to check out tomorrow’s post! 🙂 x

12 Days Of Christmas – Day Three

Jam and fruit tarts!

This is something I like to make around Christmas time because I don’t like mince pies so I think this is a good substitute. It’s super easy and quick and they taste pretty good.

You will need:

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– Puff Pastry
– Jam (I used strawberry and raspberry)
– Frozen or fresh fruit (I used strawberry and raspberry)
– Muffin trays
– Egg
– Something circular to cut circles with (one larger and one smaller)
– Fork
– Brush

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 200°c and take out 2 sheets of puff pastry and allow to thaw.

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Step 2: Using your circle, lightly mark out where you’re going to cut. Make sure you maximize the space!

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Step 3: Cut it out!

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Step 4: Spray your trays with cooking spray and line the tin with your larger circles.

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Step 5: Place a teaspoon of jam into each tart. Don’t put too much in because it will bubble over while cooking if you do.

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Step 6: Take your fruit and place it on top of the jam. Again, don’t fill it too much otherwise it will end in disaster.

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Step 7: Beat your egg in a small glass or cup with a fork until the yolk and white is mixed. Using a brush, lightly glaze the smaller circles.

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Step 8: Place them on top of your tarts.

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Step 9: Cook for 20-25 minutes or until the tops are golden.

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Step 10: Remove from the oven and enjoy!

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Thanks for reading today guys! Check out tomorrow’s post to see what I did with some leftover pastry! 🙂 x