12 Days of Natsmas: Christmas Day in the life (9)

I mean…it’s pretty self explanatory

I know, I missed a day, Im sorry. However, I have realised that this now means we are on track now as I accidently started the “12 days” a day early, so now it means we’ll finish on christmas eve as planned. My math skills are clearly lacking.

7:30 – (not so) rudely awoken by my mother after my alarm failed.

7:45 – Actually got out of bed and went down stairs to a breakfast of Pain au Chocolat. Very nice, only ate one of them so hid the other in the bin because I was too full and in a rush.

*Cue a day if College “fun” with hardly any christmas events whatsoever.*

2:00 – Driving lesson, I’m pretty sure that my instructor was half an hour early but I may be wrong.

3:30 – Arrived home and had a drink – im not entirely sure why this took so long but…

4:00 – danced around my room whilst deciding what to wear to tonight’s christmas party – whoop, whoop.

Finally settled on a basic grey vest top (which was once my brothers) with a burgundy bralette. Plus my glittery skirt which many of you may have seen in my outfits blog post. And some tights and a grey, bobbly cardigan because it’s bloomin freezing.

4:30- carried on dancing even though I have to leave in 30 mins and have a naked face.

4:38 – finally started doing my make up (filmed a very quick get ready of me that should go on the YouTube Channel at some point!

5:10 – Left house late to pick up friend and take to other friends house

5:54 – began peeling and cutting veg at friends house ready for Friend xmas dinner, had in depth discussion about which way to slice carrots – settled on coins so there appears more!

6:32 – Veg all prepared and in saucepans on hob, ready to begin boiling. I have begin drinking cider at this point as the stress surrounding our hostess is not as contagious as it should be.

6:50 – My “Christmas Dinner” playlist begins and the three of us decide where we will sit on the table (together).

7:10 – Guests begin arriving, veg begins to boil and Cauli-broc is put in oven.

7:30 – Yorkshires arrive and most of the guests are here, many photos are taken by our hostess’ Christmas tree – drinks are in full swing at this point. As some guests are really quite late (and are bringing the pigs in blankets and Potatoes) the veg and oven are turned waaaayyyyy down.

7:55 – food is all dished up and as we begin eating the final guests arrived with the (pre -cooked, thankfully) food.

8:00 – crackers are pulled, jokes are told, life is good.

9:10 – I make a (slightly drunken) speech thanking hostess and cooker and then everyone begins chanting meaning I have to finish off a bottle of lambrini- bad idea. We then open our secret santas – I recieve: Hot Chocolate, Cocktail mixers, another bottle of lambrini and some slipper socks – lovely!

9:50 – after a (not so) quick bathroom and smoke break we begin our quiz after being randomly genorated into teams – that somehow made every couple into the same team accidentally.

10:40 – the quiz is over, my team one – somehow, even though i could see entirely well by this point. We spend the next 20 mins dancing to everyones fave songs (including mans not hot – i mean wow *sarcastic*)

11:10 – we head home and I stumble up to bed, slightly sick and spinning. This is what happens when a party finishes early- you reach your drunk peak when you arrive home – sad really.

Anyway, that was my Christmassy day

I hope you enjoyed that little outlook into my life – this is not a typical day but was very special as I got to celebrate the holidays with my closest friends and eat a hella lot of food

Merry Natsmas!

Xx

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12 Days of Natsmas: Fave Christmas Food (7)

You know what? This may be my favourite topic to talk about. Who am I kidding THIS IS THE BEST TOPIC TO BLOG ABOUT!

Yes that’s right FOOOOOOODDDDD!!!

Today I will giving you a list of my top picks for Christmas nibbles and meals. Some will be branded whereas others are more general foods (this could even be a hint to everyone out there looking at what to get me for Christmas!)

To start off with it what Christmas is made of for me. Since discovering these a few years ago, I have fallen in love. They are paired perfect with a cup of tea, adding to your daily calorie intake in no time. These are the “Favourina Spiced Biscuits” you can find at Lidl for a measly £1.39. they taste absolutely glorious and I’ve already been through a whole pack this Christmas! They are a perfect size and have festive cut outs on them – beautiful!

Click here to see

Next up is a more general one which I often eat all year round (on a sunday – hint hint), but are extra special in winter, especially Christmas day! This is Roast Potatoes (preferably in gravy). I belive that this is the best part of any roast dinner, however, they are hard to get just right. I often find my self tucking into a soggy or try potato which to be honest is not acceptable. No one should have to suffer the pain of sinking their teeth into a soggy tat. May your days be blessed with fluffy and crispy tatas!

A perfect pair to our perfect tats is gravy. I mean, you literally cannot have a roast without it. When you think about it, the concept of pouring meaty water over your food is a tad strange but it sure does taste good! My personal favourite would be “Bisto Best” – i’m going to be honest when I first saw it I though it would all be a con to get more money out of you (as it is a bit on the pricey side of gravy) however, once i tried it in my own roast, i never went back! There are now lots of different flavours so if you fancy being a bit more fancy this Christmas… Click here

Next up we have chocolate which to be honest is the thing that makes you put on the pounds. I discovered my favourite this year actually. It wasn’t my first time eating it by a long shot but I realised how addictive I found them. them being “Maltesers” of course. The “merry teaser mini reindeer’s” they bring out are even more tasty and add a little Christmas spirit to your bite. Truly adorable, see all the products Morrisons alone do for Malteser here

Another fantastic Christmassy treat is the Yule Log. Not a specific product but an amazing bake all the same. I’m not the biggest fan of Christmas Pudding, so this is what I’ll be eating come christmas day desert. A close cousin to the yule log is the roly-poly which is equally delicious with some custard and is guaranteed to warm up your insides.

Last but by no means least is a dish that I can just picture all my friends waiting for. That is the famous Coombs Cheese Board. Although this is enjoyed by the family all year round (only Friday to Sunday of course) it gets a glamorous update around Christmas time. In fact below I have included a picture of our fridge currently, getting ready for Christmas:

(yes that is a whole shelf of cheese)

There is no Christmas without Cheese and Buiscas

(Nice Rhyme)

Anyway Merry Natsmas to all, and to all good night

Xx

12 Days of Natsmas: Top 10 Christmas Movies (6)

After yesterdays Shambles of a blog post I am very happy to have a more relaxing article to write you. Today i will be sharing my pick of the top 10 Christmas films. I must add that i have only included the well known ones as I have seem hundreds of little known ones (thanks to Channel 5) and to be honest, they all share the same story line: Girl loses Christmas spirit, finds it in a man. Don’t get me wrong, I love them and do entirely enjoy them but…I mean… they could mix it up a bit.

I have actually just returned from a Carol Service which was lovely and has made me feel all warm inside so I am officially ready for Christmas (although I will be praying that my mums Christmas present arrives on time!)

Anyway, let us begin, I have decided to order the following most popular Christmas films from that I like most to least: Elf, Home Alone, It’s a Wonderful Life, Love Actually, The Polar Express, White Christmas, The Muppets Christmas Carol, The Grinch, Jingle All The Way, The Holiday, Arthur Christmas and Nativity!… those that have “their eye on the ball” will realize that there are 12 films listed. I know, a travesty, but if you want an honest “TOP 10” then just ignore the first 2.

So just to get it out the way with, this is the order I personally would like to put them in:

The Grinch

Love Actually

Elf

Nativity!

Arthur Christmas

White Christmas

The Muppets Christmas Carol

The Holiday

The Polar Express

It’s a Wonderful Life

Jingle All The Way

Home Alone

But… like all great blogists…bloggers…I must be scientific with my justification so I have rated them in 3 categories and then put them into order after adding them all up. The 3 categories are: Christmassyness, How much I like them and How likely I am to watch them this Christmas (very self-centered, I know!)

So with that in mind, this is the new order from highest to lowest points:

29 – The Grinch

28 – Arthur Christmas, The Muppets Christmas Carol, Nativity!, Elf

27 – Love Actually

25 – The Holiday

24 – The Polar Express

23 – White Christmas

17 – Jingle all the way

16 – It’s a Wonderful Life, Home Alone

I mean that should be blasphemy, to put a classic such as “It’s a Wonderful Life” AT THE BOTTOM!

But anyway, still happy Home Alones down there,

Merry Natsmas (half way there!!!)

Xx

12 Days of Natsmas: How to Survive Awkward Christmas Moments (3)

This may be the most important post you read this Christmas so, don’t stop… you have been warned.

Hello Darlings,

Today I will be guiding you on how to get out of life’s most awkward Christmas moments, because lets facts it, it’s a sticky time of year, awkwardness lurks at every Christmas tree filled corner. So I shall waste no time at all because some of these may have occurred already:

1) PRESENTS

This has it’s own section because SOOOOO much can go wrong with presents, it’s bad enough picking them out for everyone else, but you forget the horror of having to open them in front of everyone else.

The First one is opening a present, you absolutely hate, like literally does this person even know you? What is it? What is that? What does it do? I can’t even! But little do you know, whilst these questions are rushing through your head, your face is reacting to them, meaning that everyone can see EXACTLY WHAT YOU THINK OF THAT VERY PRECIOUS ARTICLE YOU HAVE IN YOUR HANDS!!! Do not fret. All you need to do is simply carry on looking down at the gift and then act like you suddenly realise how amazing it is and smile, look up and for God’s sake, SAY THANK YOU. What a lovely…thing they have gifted. If they look a bit apprehensive, simple state that you didn’t realise what it was, but now you know…WOW! Perfection, honestly -_-

The other arguably worse thing that can occur is when you unwrap something, and you know EXACTLY what it is. It may be a overly-sexual gift from your lover or something much more cheeky than grandma thought. When this occurs, I can’t really give you much help. I just hope for your sake that there aren’t too many people watching at the time. All I can suggest is giggling slightly WITHOUT ATTRACTING TOO MUCH ATTENTION and then sliding “it” back into “it’s” box or wrapping paper and sliding it behind you as fast as possible, again WITHOUT ATTRACTING TOO MUCH ATTENTION!

*Shudders* moving on

2) CARDS

Possibly the most common and probably ,most awkward moment that happens to everyone at some point in their life, forgetting someone’s Christmas Card. I can picture it now, giving some of you HOARD of cards out to friends or family and then walking up to another, GETTING THEIR ATTENTION…and frantically looking through your pile, before saying “Oh”. I am so sorry for you. All you can do i’m afraid is ensure that you make a full list before writing them out, going through them with someone else and double checking all your group chats to ensure no one is left out.

Equal to this is being of the receiving end or…not receiving end. Basically if you can see someone’s left you out, be nice. As seen in the paragraph above, they probably genuinely did just forget. Don’t take it to heart, just laugh and say don’t worry, give it to be next time. Who knows, you may even get an extra present from all the bother they caused?

3) FAMILY

This needs to be a whole novel itself, here’s just a few though:

“Reuniting” with someone who hasn’t seen you since you ‘were this tall’. I mean, who is this woman? Why am I being forced to kiss her cheek? What do you want from me? Are you important? Literally, I don’t think anyone you ask could answer you these questions clearly and confidently. Just be polite, who knows they may get you a present – wait, I’ve already said that, sorry, priorities – be polite – they may help you out in the future/you might make their day?

Now this THIS is what kills me. The Love Life Question. Got a Boyfriend yet Natalie? No, i haven’t YET Auntie Jane! There are a few ways you can answer this, or a question like this, obviously the first one mentioned is what usually happens but you may be also tempted to go “Not yet Deerdrie, Got a new hip yet?” or “Still pretending that’s your natural hair colour?” or even “Have you?” Cause to be honest, if they have the cheek to interview you on your love life choices or…lack of them, you have the right to hit back. But to be honest, they’re family and it IS Christmas, so just be polite again…or failing that passive aggressive and sarcastic (you can rant about it later).

Lastly, we come to when you ask THE WRONG QUESTION and it literally makes your stomach churn (not good after all that Turkey and Wine). They’ve either broken up with that person, or lost that job or some other tragedy and literally what are you meant to do, it was perfectly innocent. Just say something like “Oh, I’m so sorry” or “there’ll be others” or “Good, I never liked them anyway”, though, that last one could be a bit dodgy if they get back together after Christmas. Then move the conversation on, VERY VERY QUICKLY, so at least they wont resent you for too long.

 

Well, there we go. A full list of the most awkward moments around Christmas, believe me, there are maaannnnny more so if you would like something else like this is the future (maybe a new years or valentine version) let me know

See you tomorrow and Merry Natsmas!

Xx

12 days of Natsmas: Fave Baubles and my Tree (2)

Good Morning/Noon/Night my loves and welcome to Natsmas Day 2!

Today’s blog post also has a very short youtube video to go with it which you can go to here: Natsmas Day 2

Below are my picks for my favourite baubles on my tree this year which will be most unhelpful to you seeing as I have no clue where they are from, but anyway – here we go

I mean show me a bauble that better embodies Christmas.

I love the colours, i love the patterns and how else would you top off Christmas than with a little bit a shine (the gem in the middle) – PERFECTION!

I mean… LOOK AT IT…I feel like a posh ass b*tch. This is quite possibly the fanciest bauble on my tree. I mean look at that shiny bod, those swirls of gold and the little baby silver gem leaves. Gorgeous.

I swear she does have a face, the flash was justa tad bright. This little gem I actually bought my self many moons ago when I was a wee girlie. It was never intended to be Christmas decoration but has gained the title after being accidentally put away with the other xmas boxes. I just love the colours and her dress and winds so much – PLUS check the pointed toes, girls got strong ankles.

Last but not least we have this beautiful specimen that I actually made myself with some buttons and cork and glue. I am quite proud with how it turned out but I will take no credit for the idea as it wasn’t mine and im sure if you really want you can find instructions online and believe me if I can do it, anyone can.

Hope you enjoyed that little post and also my very short vid

See you tomorrow and Happy Natsmas!

Xx

12 Days of Natsmas: PLAN (1)

HAPPY 2 YEARS TO NATSCHATS ON WORDPRESS!!!

Hello my lovelies, and Welcome to the first day of Natsmas!!!

That’s right, I didn’t think I could hack the full 24 days of blogmas however, 12 days seems much more manageable and I even get to throw in a play on words.

So day one of Natsmas as you can see by the above title is a plan, I thought this would be a good idea so that everyone reading would be able to get excited with me about all the lovely stuff we have coming up!

If you have any further suggestion, I am open to all ideas as I do have a bit of room to move stuff around, but, for now, here is the line up for the next 11 days UNTIL XMAS!!!

2) Fave Baubles and Decorations

3) Surviving Awkward Christmas moments

4) Xmas Presents

5) Christmas Outfits (Formal and (Party)

6) Top Christmas Movies

7) Fave Christmas Food

8) Christmas Cocktails/Mocktails

9) Day in the life

10) Get ready with me: Winter Edition

11) Christmas Baking Recipe

12) Top Christmas songs 2017 (Case study ratings by a series of people from different age groups)

Phew! That’s alotta work to do, I better get cracking. The twelfth day Christmas song challenge has already taken up a lot of time and I am very excited to see the results myself, if you would like to be part of it please do let me know and I will sent you the list! There will be a few videos over on YouTube to go along with some of these Blog Posts if you fancy giving them a watch, so keep an eye out.

Also, I would just like to say sorry about the lack of Instagram posts but that is because I have had to delete Instagram for a little while, I should have it back after Natsmas tho so it will be back again for 2018!

How crazy is it that there’s less than a month left of 2017, it feels like only a few weeks ago I was welcoming it and now its over. I am scared, but also very happy to see what the new year bring as I can guarantee it will be one of the most eventful years of my young life. I will keep you updated every step of the way though!

See you tomorrow,

Xx

Blogmas Day 16: What Christmas means to me?

Okay so I may have accidentally skipped at day…But come on it’s my first time, everyone makes mistakes (cheeky 😉 )!

But to make it up to you I have uploaded a video to NatsChatsTV (my YouTube Channel for those who don’t know) where I showed you a quick summary of The 1975 show I went to last night. IT WAS AMAZING! Although it was the reason I didn’t upload a blog post. But just think instead of writing something I gave you something which requires much less effort (on your part at least) all you have to do is watch a video to find out what I was up to instead of reading a horrifically spelt blog.

But anyway moving onto today’s Blogmas I though I’d take advice from my old pal Stevie Wonder and tell you “what Christmas means to me”.

For many it’s a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ (It is a religious holiday dont forget) but I feel like it has evolved from the original meaning. To be it is now an opportunity to meet with all my family and friends which I may not normally see the rest of the year. It is also a time to show other people how much they mean to you (yes presents) and just generally have a little relax at the end of the year and reflect on what you have done and accomplished. I know that some of you may not celebrate Christmas due to difference in faith or any other opinion/belief but you can still join in on the season by simply enjoying yourself (at least most of you will get a day off).

As I said it’s also a great time to just chill after your busy year (its nearly over) and look forward to what the future brings. A great excuse to put of a few (or a few more than a few) pounds and allow yourself to smile and laugh and be merry. I find that many people try to disguise themselves and their true emotions nowadays because they’re scared of what others will think but, let us just think. If we all relaxed and let our emotions be free (just for once) then surely there would be no judgement and therefore no need for anyone to be putting up shields. Please remember this when you’re out and about this Christmas season.

I hope you enjoyed this short little heart to heart (i seem to be doing alot of these lately). If you would like to check out my vlog (please do) then you can go to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpBzAFrhPBrlhObNi6ahL4A

As always Merry Blogmas you gorgeous people and I shall see you…TOMORROW!!!

p.s. do comment what christmas means to you also as you know I love hearing what you have to say

Xx

Blogmas day 9: My Christmas (animal) jumpers

imageimageimageimageHello everybody, today I thought I’d share with you all the Christmas jumpers I have this year. I’m afraid none of them were bought this year but I’ll still tell you where they were from so you can try and find them if you wish. Feel free to show me your ones and tell me which of mine are ypur favourite

1)
Robin Jumper from George at Asda
I think this is literally one of the cutest ones I have, and it so so soft! Literally putting this on is like slipping into a fluffy blanket (worst simile ever)

2)
Christmas Penguin from Papaya in Matalan. This is probably my most Christmassy jumper (I know I need some new ones). This is also super fluffy but with the random sequins which add an added crunch!

3)
Pura Moda Dalmation jumper. This is probably my least Christmassy jumper but I feel like it’s perfect for a more formal situation (possibly a Christmas meal?) and the colour goes with pretty much anything

4)
So I lied this is even less Christmassy, but it’s still super cute! For the nerd in all of us (and my favourite coloured one) this is my last Christmassy animal jumper!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Happy Blogmas!!!
Xx

Blogmas day 8: My Christmas Playlist

Okay I’m gonna be honest. I spent all evening trying to put these into order but literally could not cause I love them all too much! So Ladies and Gentleman here is Natalie’s Ultimate Christmas Playlist 2016

  1. Do they know its Christmas time? – Band Aid (The original is obviously the best)
  2. Mis Deseos/Feliz Navidas – Michael Buble and Thalia (Im not even sure what they’re saying most of the time, but its just so damn jolly!)
  3. Fairy tale of New York – The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl (The song everyone sings when they’ve had too much mulled wine!)
  4. Literally the whole Nativity Soundtrack (You cant help but smile through their pre-adolescent voices)
  5. Wonderful Christmas time – paul mcartney (CLASSIC!)
  6. I wish it could be Christmas every day  – wizard (CLASSIC #2)
  7. Merry Christmas everyone – slade (CLASSIC #3)
  8. Mistletoe – Justin Bieber (Oh come on! It’s christmas you need a bit of cheese)
  9. Santa tell me – Ariana grande (I literally only discovered this song this week and it is now one of my favourites, its so catchy!!!)
  10. All I want for Christmas is you – Mariah Carey (All your girlfriends will form a group and belt this all night long)
  11. Step into Christmas – Elton john (CLASSIC #4)
  12. 8 days of Christmas – destinys child (Im gonna be honest I completely forgot about this little treasure and then rediscovered it recently #SlayQueens)
  13. Christmas (baby please come home) – Michael Buble (Me and my friends have been singing this constantly [it’s a great duet song btw])
  14. What Christmas means to me – stevie wonder (I also rediscovered this golden classic recently and just love its energy)
  15. Last Christmas – WHAM! (CLASSIC #5)
  16. One more sleep – Leona Lewis (I have no idea when this came out but I saw it on the music channel the other day and couldnt stop dancing and singing along)
  17. Baby its cold outside – Michael buble and idina menzel (This was drawing with the Tom Jones version but I gave intot his one due to its adorable music video!)
  18. Happy Christmas war is over – John Lennon and Yoko Ono (CLASSIC #6)
  19. Santa Claus is coming to town – Jackson 5 (Again with the jolliness OML!)
  20. Mistletoe and Wine – Cliff Richard (CLASSIC #7)
  21. Rocking around the christmas tree – Mel & Kim (When you fancy a dance…around the christmas tree?)
  22. Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea (Clues in the name)
  23. Stay another day – East 17 (Im gonna be honest, this is a terrible song, but its also amazing!)
  24. Stop the Calvary – Jona Lewie (I promise it is christmassy)
  25. It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Andy Williams (Classic #8)

I hope you enjoyed that little Playlist I created. If you want to listen you can find it on my Spotify (spotify:user:natnats14), its called Christmas if your having a bad day or something. This will hopefully get you feeling festive, Merry Blogmas!

Xx