Christmas Stocking Fillers For Him

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Its time for my second stocking filler gift guide this time for HIM, if you didn’t already check out my stocking fillers for her, you can read that HERE. Is it just me or are males very difficult to buy for? I have managed to put together some items all  £10 and under which I think would be perfect to pop into a stocking for your dad, brother, son, boyfriend or whoever that male is you’re struggling to think up present ideas for. He might think he’s too manly for a little stocking full of goodies but I don’t think he will be disappointed. Remember if you see something you like, get it quick, things are selling fast!!

1.  Who doesn’t want warm toasty hands in gloves and be able to use a touch screen phone with no hassle?! I chose these plain and simple touch screen gloves from ASOS!

2. For the boy who loves beer, the beer in my picture above is a Desperado, but you can choose a favourite beer of his!

3. What would a stocking filler gift guide be without including some socks, this pack of 3 thermal socks are from Tesco!

4. For the boy on the go, a Thermos Mug with a lid. I picked this travel mug because it’s not a big ugly flask and also not too girly like a lot of travel cups around.

5. Now I know a lot of males can be against using skin care items but if its bought for them there more likely to use it. This is the L’Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic X-Treme Black Charcoal Face Wash, perfect to cleanse away daily impurities and dirt leaving the face feeling squeaky clean. For after cleansing is the L’Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Quenching Gel, I think this is perfect for men, its hydrating but also shine free!

6. For the male whose room doesn’t smell as good as it could. You may be thinking a candle, for a male?! but this is the Yankee Candle in the scent Midsummers Night, which smells just like a mens aftershave!

7.  Beanies and bobble hats are perfect stocking fillers, on trend and practical, this one is from H&M for an affordable price of £7.99!

8. Sweets, who doesn’t like sweets? You can swap these up for that persons personal favourite, but these are ‘Belly Flops’ by jellybelly. They are basically a 1kg bag of mix match flavour jelly beans. They are a cheaper price because they’re reject jelly beans (different sizes, flavours and shapes etc). 20p over budget but a good deal none the less!

9. For the boy who loves beer and baking. A Beer Bread Kit, with all the dry ingredients in this cute little sack like bag, all that you need to add is beer! There is a choice in flavours, its quick, easy and probably quite tasty.

10. Shower gel is always needed and I love Orignal Source shower gels. They have a range of scents including a mens range, I decided to include the coconut scent. I think coconut is a fairly  uni sex scent, men always get bought the classics such as Lynx, Addis and other scents so why not mix it up. Lets be honest coconut smells delicious.

11.  Perfect to go with the shower gel a Lynx Man Washer Body Tool. Not only do these help shower gel lather up, which means easier washing they also exfoliate without using a scrub, fuss free!

12. This little gadget is a Grip Strip, it grips to surfaces like your dash-board using no magnets or sticky things. It stops things like your phone, keys, sunglasses or whatever else you want to prevent from falling off and sliding around your car. Pretty handy!

I hope you like the stocking fillers I picked for men, let me know in the comments what you’re buying for a male in your life this Christmas?

Merry Christmas,
Anna

Christmas Stocking Fillers For Her

Last year I done a stocking fillers gift guide right at the start of my blogging journey. This year I’m hoping it will be a lot better. I really enjoy searching online for bits I think are perfect to pop into a little stocking. I think stockings are such a lovely way to give someone a couple of presents whatever your age! I wanted to keep everything £10 and under so you can create a stocking full of goodies at a more affordable price! This year I have decided to do stocking fillers ‘for her’ which is this post you’re reading and stocking fillers ‘for him’ which will be my next post, so keep your eyes peeled for that!  Hurry and get shopping if you see something someone you know might like or fancy adding on your Christmas list, things are selling out fast!

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1. Zoellas beauty range is super affordable so perfect for stockings, the two products I chose to include were the ‘Fizz Bar’ and ‘Body Mist’ you can shop the whole range HERE or HERE.

2. For the girl who loves candles, Yankee Candle Votives are the ideal size and an affordable price at £1.75 each. They do a range of scents from fruity, fresh, floral and festive so there is definitely a scent for everyone!

3. For the chocoholic that not only likes to eat her chocolate but drink it to. These are House Of Dorchester Stir In Hot Chocolate Spoons, a luxurious version of you average hot chocolate. They come in a variety of flavours, I especially like the sound of the Sea Salted Caramel one.

4. This product does come in at 60p over budget and it is of course a Tangle Teezer. I mean who doesn’t need to brush their hair? These are known to remove knots without feeling like your ripping your hair out!

5. This is a Soap And Glory Gift Set full of Mini’s, all which are in the ‘Sugar Crush’ scent, which I love, It smells like sugary coca-cola and limes. You get a bit of everything within this gift set from body scrub, shower gel, hand cream and body butter, all of which come in a cute little box, soap and glory is always a winner, trust me!

6. You can never have too many socks, right? This cute multi packet of socks are from Tesco!

7. For the girl who loves a good pamper, this is a little pamper pack of 6 peel off and mud face masks at only £5.00 on Feel Unique!

8. For the girl who loves a good cuppa, this a little festive bauble containing 10 tea bags by BlueBird Tea Co. in the choice of Christmas Cake or Gingerbread Chai flavour. I think these a unique and cute idea.

9. Secret Paradise Bathing Flowers, I think these a such a lovely idea they are dissolving soap petals and contain floral scents like cassis and raspberry, lily of the valley and peony, you’ll feel like your bathing amongst pretty flowers.

10. I love and already own one of these cute initial mugs. They do whatever initial you like all which is gold along with the handle and other details, with blue, lilac or pink little polka dots depending on your initial and they come presented in a pink little box. You can find these on a little online shop called Bombayduck.

11. For the girl who loves lipstick, this little hanging pyramid is by Topshop and contains a lipstick in the shade ‘hazard’ inside. I love Topshop lipsticks and this is in a lovely red shade, very festive indeed!

12. This is a book containing recipes all of which contain Nutella, perfect for someone who loves cooking/baking and also Nutella. This can be found in various places but I found this one on ASOS!

I hope you like everything I picked, which of the products I mentioned would you most like to receive?

Merry Christmas,
Anna

1st Of December | Count Down To Christmas

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So it’s the 1st of December, which means it’s officially the count down to Christmas. I know what you’re thinking ‘another over excited Christmas lover’ well its true! I could not help but write a blog post relating to Christmas, now I think it’s officially acceptable to get excited for it. For those of you shouting ‘bah humbug’ well you’ll either loath this blog post or maybe it will get you in the festive mood and you’ll love it. My blog from now until Christmas is going to be filled with blog posts such as gift guides, stocking fillers, party fashion, Christmas jumpers and festive make up looks!

As a start to my Christmassy blog posts, I thought why not share all the reasons I am looking forward to about this festive month.

Putting up the Christmas tree and decorating the house

Cute Christmas decorations

Log fires

♥ Mince pies

♥ Wrapping presents

Drinking mulled wine

♥ Family

Christmas shopping

 Cosy, cute PJ’s

 Slippers and cosy socks

 Giving presents

Receiving presents

Christmas lights

♥ Pigs in blankets

Christmas dinner

♥ Candles, candles and more candles

♥ Festive fashion and festive make up

♥ Baths with, Christmas Lush Cosmetics bath bombs

My dog in her Christmas Santa jumper

♥ Christmas blog posts

Scarves, hats, gloves, boots and coats

Costa Coffee, black forest hot chocolates and chai tea lattes

Listening to my favourite Christmas song ‘The Pogues – Fairytale Of New York’

 

What are you most looking forward to this Christmas? and what would you add to the list? Let me know in the comments!

Anna

Healthy Alternatives.

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I don’t know about you but Christmas for me has consisted of a lot of over eating of things that aren’t very good for me! It’s hard not too when everyone else is tucking into that box of chocolate or offering you mince pies and cream, I have no will power this time of the year. But as I said in my last post with 2014 nearing I am hoping to get back on track with my healthy eating at Weight Watchers. I started weight watchers at the start of January last year and managed to lose 3 stone, but as it got closer to Christmas and I was lacking in motivation, the healthy eating life style began to be a bit neglected!  So I’ve picked out some of my favourite, healthy/lower in calorie alternatives to popular foods, hopefully this will give you some ideas and remind myself of what it was I was eating before my little blip.

Healthy Alternatives

Nakd – Cocoa Orange Fruit & Nut Bar

These bars are a great alternative to cereal bars or even chocolate bars. They contain Dates (40%), Cashews (40%), Raisins (14%), Cocoa (5%), Orange oil.  Which is really good if you compare that to a cereal bar or chocolate bar from the supermarkets, they have no added preservatives or sugar to them! They are really nice as a sweet treat and good for on the go to just pop in your bag and take out with you.  You can find these at Holland and Barrett or check your local super markets e.g the Tesco near me stocks them, they come in a variety of flavours, so take your pick.

Wholemeal Carbs

Always choose the wholemeal option when it comes to food, they have the same number of calories in them but white bread and pasta etc  are all refined carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrates lead to rapid sugar spikes which is when the sugar is processed by are cells as fuel, this leaves you feeling hungry and less satisfied quicker than if you we’re to eat wholemeal carbohydrates. This is because whole meal carbs are not absorbed into our cells as quickly, there for leaving us feeling fuller for longer. Which when eating healthy is an important thing, if you can keep yourself fuller and less likely to snack then that’s always a good thing. Whole meal bread also contains more fibre which is a vital part of a healthy balanced diet. Science lesson over!

Frozen Yogurt

Frozen yoghurt isn’t that good for you don’t get me wrong, but its much lower in calories than Ice-cream, depending on which ones you get so do check the ingredients and calorie content before chowing down on big tubs of the stuff! The one I have shown in the picture above is the Tesco Frozen Yogurt Mango & Passion Fruit. This is perfect if your craving a dessert after dinner!

Kallo Thick Organic Rice Cakes

Rice cakes they sound and look bland, but I think they are pretty tasty topped with the right things. They are very low in calories, contain no hidden ingredients, just organic whole grain rice and a bit of sea salt. These are a great alternative to the classic cream cracker or any crackers really, you put pretty much anything that takes your fancy on to one of these and they are nice a light so they don’t leave you feeling bloated or weighed down. You definitely don’t need to feel guilty about eating a lot of these (with in reason). I like to top these with a low-fat cream cheese, smoked salmon, cucumber and sprinkling of black pepper! You can get these from most supermarkets, it doesn’t have to be Kallo rice crackers there all pretty much the same.

Vita Coco 100% Pure Coconut Water and  Orange Juice With Bits Not From Concentrate

I hadn’t heard of Coconut Water until recently, but I’m very glad I came across it as I think it’s really tasty and refreshing. It’s not the cheapest of drinks but it is much healthier than any squash or smoothies. It’s the perfect drink for the summer, it’s very refreshing and hydrating but a little more exciting than a glass of water. You can find this at various places, such as  Holland And Barret or again check your local supermarket, Tesco near me stocks it! This is probably a no brainer but Orange juice NOT from concentrate, look at the ingredients on any juices your buying, if it’s not 100% pure fruit I wouldn’t bother with it, juice from concentrate contains a ton of sugar and preserves! If you have your own juicer then I’d definitely recommended creating your own juice as you know exactly what’s in it and its fresher.

Yogurt

These are just two yogurt one is a extremely natural yogurt and another not quite as natural but very filling and yummy! The most natural yogurt I have found that’s not just plain yogurt is the Rachel’s Organic Low Fat Vanilla Yogurt , the ingredients list on this is nice and short which is usually a good sign. It contains , Organic Low Fat Yogurt,Organic Sugar  and Organic Vanilla Extract. This does come in low-fat with other flavours depending which supermarket you shop at, and also normal non low-fat flavours too. The other yogurts I have been enjoying lately are the Danio yogurts, there not the cheapest but I do think there worth the money. There basically very thick yogurt with a fruit layer at the bottom, which I find usually bumps the calories up a lot. These aren’t the lowest calorie yogurts out there but they are really filling because the yogurt is so thick and you get quite a lot in a pot. They contain no artificial flavours, colours or preserves and come in 0% fat and non low-fat flavours.

Kallo Organic Milk Chocolate Thin Rice Cakes

This time I’m talking rice crackers covered in milk chocolate one side. I think these are actually really nice and a good snack when you fancy something sweet or something with a bit of chocolate. They don’t contain any artificial flavours, colours or preserves, the ingredients are Organic Milk Chocolate (59%) (Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Full CREAM MILK, Powder, Organic Cocoa Mass),Organic Whole grain Brown Rice. Again you can find these in Holland and Barrett or check your local supermarket.

Propercorn

I am obsessed with these little bags of popcorn, they are perfect snacks, really satisfying and filling but also light and not too heavy in the stomach. They come in savoury and sweet flavours such as Sweet And Salty, Sea Salt and Fiery Worcester Sauce And Sun dried Tomato. Me and my mum always say when eating a bag of these that they seem to go on forever, which is good because it makes you feel full. I think it’s really good that they come in small bags as if I have big bags of popcorn there’s no stopping me, so the fact that once this little bag is gone there is no more is a good thing! They are much better for you than crisps or other brands of popcorn and I personally think they are really tasty! I would also recommend Metcalfe’s Skinny Topcorn especially in the flavour chocolate crackle, but there really hard to find I’ve only come across them in Topshop, weirdly enough, and other flavours in Primark!  I know super markets do big bags  of some flavours which is fine if you have more self-control than me! You can find propercorn in your local supermarket or look around online and the same goes for Metcalfe’s Skinny Topcorn.

Remember a balanced diet is healthy, don’t restrict yourself from everything you love, all in moderation. If you have any healthy food recommendations I’d love to hear about them!

Santa Claws.

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Whenever Christmas is around the corner, us girls really like to get in the festive spirit, from Christmas shopping, present wrapping, decorating the house right down to our nails. Is it just me that when its near Christmas and I’m going to paint my nails they have to be somewhat Christmassy or it just feels wrong! I recently bought a Birchbox which you can find out more about HERE. One of the beauty items I received was a Nail Rock nail varnish and pot of matching red glitter, it comes in a little set together. I was so pleased to see this in my beauty box and to give it a try,  red and sparkly, doesn’t get more Christmassy than that!

It’s really simple to use all you have to do is paint your nails with a base coat of your choice, then paint your nails with the red nail varnish and leave to dry. When your first coat is dry that’s when the glitter fun can start, you need to do a second coat of the red nail polish then when the nails are still wet, simply dip your nail into the pot of matching glitter and press  firmly on your  coloured nails!

It does get a little messy so I suggest you put a piece of paper or something underneath your hands to catch the glitter, now at this point like I was your fingers are probably covered in glitter but its pretty easy to sort, I got a make up brush and carefully brushed around the nails to brush the excess glitter off. Then all you have to do is pour the excess glitter on the paper back in to the pot so you don’t waste any. Allow your nails to dry for at least 15 mins, but I found they dried pretty quickly but I was careful until I knew for sure they we’re dry.

I really love the effect this sparkly duo gives, I thought it was going to be like novel glitter nail varnish, but it is so pretty and it looks like it would be a lot harder to create this look on your nails than it is! I think I have found my perfect festive nail look this Christmas and I will be wearing this Christmas day!

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Merry Christmas beautiful people ♥

Sweater weather.

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Christmas Jumpers

That’s right I’m going to be talking about Christmas jumpers. This year Christmas themed jumpers seem to have really taken off and everywhere is selling them! There like Marmite you either love them or hate them, I know I can’t help but smile when browsing the shops seeing all the cute, festive jumpers, and laughing at the cringey, novelty ones! Whether you’re looking for a warm more wearable festive jumper that doesn’t have to just be worn on Christmas day, or a funny, novelty one to get everyone laughing, there is something in the shops for you at the moment, but be quick as they are selling fast!

ASOS christmas dress
£38 asos.com

Topshop sweater
£50 topshop.com

Asos sweater
£35 asos.com

Christmas sweater
£24.99 – newlook.com

Christmas sweater
£16.99 – daisystreet.co.uk

Fair isle jumper
£16.99 – daisystreet.co.uk

Christmas sweater
£16.99 – daisystreet.co.uk

Christmas sweater
£27.99 – newlook.com

Christmas sweater
£27.99 – newlook.com

Vesta Elf Novelty Christmas Jumper In Red
£16.99 – daisystreet.co.uk

Stocking fillers

Child, teen or adult, everyone loves a good stocking for Christmas, sometimes it’s the little cute gifts at Christmas that we enjoy and remember the most! I have picked out a range of little goodies I think would be perfect stocking fillers or even just lovely presents for friends and family. All the items I have picked are under £15, I hope this inspires you with ideas for any stockings and presents you may be giving this year. Merry Christmas! ♥

 The Body Shop, GINGER MANICURE & MOISTURE DUO – £6.00

 Barry M Matte Nail Paint  – £3.99

Next, Animal Face Socks Four Pack – £8.00

Lush Cosmetics,  MRS FROSTY – £12.50

River Island,  CAT MICROWAVE SOCKY DOLL – Was £12.00 on sale for £9.60

Lush Cosmetics, SANTA’S LIP SCRUB – £5.50

Cadbury Dairy Milk Snow Bites (find in most supermarkets) – £1.50

Urban Outfitters,  Elephant iPhone Case – £14.00

You are So Loved (Book)  – £6.47

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm – £2.99

Next, Plum Berry Fragranced 3 Wick Candle – £8.00

Topshop, CHRISTMAS JUMPER NAIL WRAPS – £6.00

Lush Cosmetics, SANTA BABY lip tint – £5.50Santa Baby is Vegan Approved