Christmas Eve.

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Welcome to Blogmas day 24!

Today is Christmas Eve! How quickly has December gone?

Blogmas is coming to an end, I cannot tell you just how sad I am about this. I’ve really enjoyed writing a post everyday. I feel that it has really kept me focused and motivated. I will be definitely doing Blogmas again next year.

I’m not sure whether or not I will be writing a post tomorrow. However I will be sharing my Christmas day over on my Instagram, so be sure to head over there to follow my day!

This morning, Josh and I got up early and headed over to a local restaurant for breakfast then we took a nice walk back to his mum’s house.

Today has been pretty relaxed to be honest. His family loved the cupcakes I made so that made me feel happy.

I’m very nervous to give Josh his presents, I really hope he likes them!

What will you be doing this evening?

– Hannah ❤

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My Trip to Kent.

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Welcome to Blogmas day 23!

Today has been crazy busy. I got on a train to London at 6:22am this morning.

This Christmas I will be spending the holiday with my boyfriend and his family. I’m heading down a couple of days early so I can spend some time with Josh and his family before all the Christmas madness fully happens.

Presents need to be wrapped and put under the tree. I need to give his family the cupcakes.

It’s going to be a busy but exciting few days! Josh’s siblings are all younger so they really get into the Christmas spirit.

How are you spending your Christmas?

– Hannah ❤

Festive Baking.

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Welcome to Blogmas day 22! Today has been extremely busy as I’ve spent the good part of this afternoon baking.

I decided that I would make four different flavours this Christmas.

  • Coffee
  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Caramel

I added chocolate chips to the cupcakes to make them extra chocolatey.  I topped each cupcake off with some piped vanilla buttercream icing.

I added a few sprinkles on to the top of each cupcake.

I made 48 cupcakes. 6 of them I will be giving to one of our neighbours. 12 of them I will be bring with me on my trip to Kent and I will be giving them to my boyfriends family. The rest of them will be for family and friends.

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I love baking, especially around Christmas time!

What is your favourite thing to bake?

– Hannah ❤

Rainy Day Bits and Bobs.

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Welcome to Blogmas day 21!

I don’t know about you but during the winter time I often have days where I’m feeling a bit fed up and a bit overwhelmed with all the Christmassy cheer.

When I feel like that it tends to make me feel quite down. This year I decided to buy a few things to keep my mind occupied.

I picked up some cross stitches, some magazines and a colouring book, all Christmas themed of course!

I’ve always found colouring quite comforting and having these things to do in the evening times has really helped relax my mind.

The best part is, you can remove the pages from the finished pictures in the colouring book to decorate your room/house. You can do exactly the same with the cross stitches.

What do you to relax your mind during the festive season?

– Hannah ❤

The Christmas Tag.

Welcome to Blogmas day 17.

Today I decided I would take part in a Christmas tag.

What is your favourite Christmas Movie?

Honestly, this changes every year! This year I’ve been loving ‘A Christmas Prince’. It’s super sweet. I mean who doesn’t love a cheesy adorable film at this time of year?

What is your Favourite Christmas Song?

Oooh. I have so many! Um, maybe Last Christmas by Wham! I love it. I cannot listen to it enough. I just feel like it never gets boring.

Do You Open Presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning?

 

Christmas morning, of course!

What is your Favourite Christmas Scent?

Good question! Probably cinnamon and Snow Fairy from Lush, because… well… it’s just lush! Haha!

What tops your tree?

We used to put a star on the top of the tree. Then we had an angel for a while. This year we don’t have anything on top, maybe I should add something on top now.

Is your tree real or fake?

Fake. Although when I was very young, my parents used to buy a real tree at Christmas.

Have you ever gone Christmas Caroling?

No, I’m way too shy to go…

Although, having said that, when I was younger, me and my siblings used to sing in a choir and we used to do Christmas concerts.

White or Coloured Lights?

Oooh. Both! They can both look lovely.

But I would say if I had to pick one, I would probably say white lights.

Eggnog or Hot Chocolate?

Hot chocolate definitely!

Are You A Buddy the Elf or Ebenezer Scrooge?

I LOVE CHRISTMAS so… Buddy the Elf 100% I wish it could be Christmas everyday… 

When do you put up your tree/decorations?

My family always puts them up in the second week of December. If it was up to me, they would go up on November 1st. (Maybe when I move out 😉 )

If you could travel anywhere for the holiday season, where would it be?

Probably Germany. I really really want to go to their Christmas markets.

Do you make new years resolutions?

Always, but I’m not going to give any of them away here… You’ll have to check back on my blog in the next couple of weeks.

I hope that you enjoyed this tag. If you decide to take part I would love for you to tag me so I can read your answers. 

– Hannah ❤

Christmas MUST reads.

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Welcome to Blogmas day 15.

I’ve really been into reading this year. I thought it would only be right to get some cool Christmassy books to read this year.

I actually read ‘The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily’ last Christmas and I loved it. I’ve read it again this year too. I have a feeling that it’s going to become a book that I read every year.

I always picked up:

  • Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery
  • One Christmas Kiss in Notting Hill
  • Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair

I’m currently making my way through these at the minute. I’m loving them so far. I think I’m going to make it part of my Christmas tradition that I buy new Christmas books every year.

It really puts me in a festive mood!

Have you read any Christmas books? Any recommendations?

– Hannah ❤

Dogs Love Christmas Too!

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Welcome to Blogmas day 14.

How’s your December going?

Who else has bought some Christmassy treats for their pets? Penny (my parents cocker spaniel) has been spoilt this year. I’ve bought her an advent calendar (I will be honest, I think she is getting far too used to having a doggy chocolate in the mornings)

I also picked up some doggy mince pies from The Range. Penny loves them!

Pets are apart of the family, why shouldn’t they experience the gift giving too?

Are you buying your pets anything special this Christmas?

– Hannah ❤

Festive Hot Drinks.

Welcome back to Blogmas day 12.

Today I’m going to be sharing with you some of my favourite festive homemade hot chocolates.

  • 1/2 cup of whole milk
  • 5oz of chopped chocolate
  • 1/4 heavy cream (you can add, but I decided not to)
  • Topping and sauce

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I used the same chocolate recipe and I changed the toppings and syrups to suit the taste of what I wanted.

I topped the hot chocolates off with Christmas sprinkles or different sauces. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think there is anything better than a drinking a hot chocolate and cozying up on the sofa watching a Christmas film.

What I love about making hot chocolates is that you can literally add anything you want to them.

Over this Christmas the hot chocolates I’m wanting to make are:

  • gingerbread
  • mint
  • peppermint
  • orange

I’m literally so excited to see how they turn out.

Make sure you’re following me on Instagram (@paint_me_a_smile_) to see all things Christmas related! I’m obsessed!

Thank you very much for reading this post.

What drinks do you like to make at Christmas time?

– Hannah ❤

The Perfect Lush Bath This Christmas.

Welcome back to Blogmas day 11!

Every year for as long as I can remember I have always looked forward to seeing the new (and old) products that Lush bring out around Christmas time.

When I was away in South Korea a couple of years ago, I was really disappointed, firstly because my apartment didn’t have a bath. Secondly, because Lush was so expensive in Korea!

So now that I’m back, I can fully indulge in what might be Lush’s best Christmas products year yet! I am so in love with some of the things they have brought out this year.

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I mean, how beautiful do these products look?

I know that I’m going to be having plenty of Lush baths this Christmas.

How about you? Which Lush products are you loving this Christmas?

– Hannah ❤

Festive Nails.

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Welcome back to Blogmas day 10.

I don’t know about you but I’m so excited for Christmas! We’ve only got 14 more days to go!

Today I want to share with you the nail varnishes that I picked up from Superdrug for this Christmas. Now, unfortunately, I work in a place where I’m not able to wear nail polish to work. Therefore when I have a few days off from work, I really make an effort to paint my nails at any chance I get.

I’ve really been looking forwards for shops to bring out their Christmas ranges of Christmas nail colours. I’m in love with these two!

These are my two Christmas colours for this year!

What colour nails will you be wearing this Christmas?

– Hannah ❤

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