Shows to binge watch on Netflix

When Kory finally goes to bed I like to wind down by getting under a blanket on the couch and just flicking through the different shows that are on Netflix. So many of us watch Netflix now and if you’re anything like me, you love binge watching shows. In that case, you’re probably in need of a new show to watch! So I thought it would be fun if I shared with you a list of my favourite shows to binge watch on Netflix…

Stranger things – I love that this show is set in the 80s! The story follows a group of friends who are searching for their friend who goes missing under very strange circumstances. It is a Sci Fi series, a little scary in parts and will keep you in suspense.

Orange is the new black – Everyone was talking about this show when it first came out and at first, I wasn’t sure whether it was a show that I would enjoy watching but I gave it a watch and it had me hooked straight away. Orange is the new black follows the story of Piper who is sentenced to spend time in a minimum-security women’s prison. Piper has to adjust to life behind bars and befriend the range of different characters she will now be living alongside, who we as viewers get to learn more about with each episode.

Luther – Luther is about John Luther, a genius murder detective who is brilliant at solving murder cases but also emotionally impulsive and someone who is tormented by the dark side of humanity while hunting down murderers. Luther has paid a heavy price for his dedication; he has never been able to prevent himself from being consumed by the darkness of the crimes with which he deals. A must watch.

Making a Murderer – This might possibly be the best true crime documentary I have watched for a long time. From the minute I put it on I just couldn’t stop watching it. If you like documentaries, true crime stories, police and murder investigations then you need to add this one to your list. It follows a murder investigation and a failed justice system with lots of twists and turns and what makes it even more interesting is that it’s all true! I binged watch both seasons of this show in less than a week and I am hoping that they do a third!

Friends – Need I say more? Because if you haven’t watched friends yet then you need to right now! A total classic.

The Sinner – Loved loved loved this show. I have watched both seasons and I have to say I prefer the first season to the second, although still good, I just feel the first season was a lot better. A mum snaps and stabs a stranger to death in front of everybody on a busy beach. Why did she do it? She doesn’t know. But one cop is determined to get to the bottom of it and find out why. This series will have you hooked and you will be desperate to find out the truth!

Broadchurch – One of the most gripping detective series I’ve ever watched. You do not see the ending coming at all! Broadchurch is one of those shows that will have you clicking ‘next episode’ one after the other just to get to the end.

The Walking Dead – The Walking Dead is set in a post-apocalyptic America after a virus infects the whole population and turns the dead into zombies. The show starts with character Rick Grimes who awakes from a coma with no idea of what’s been going on around him and embarks on trying to find his wife and their son.

The Mindy Project – A funny comedy series that follows Mindy Lahiri, a young doctor living in New York City.

Breaking Bad – This show is about a high school chemistry teacher who has been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, whose wife is pregnant and whose son has cerebral palsy. So he teams up with his old student to make and sell crystal meth for his family’s financial security.

Pretty Little Liars – This show is completely addictive. I watched this show when I was in College and I’ve just started to re watch it all over again. The show follows a group of girls who’s friend, Alison, goes missing. The girls start to receive anonymous texts from someone who refers to themselves as ‘A.’ Whoever A is, they know everything about all of the girls’, all of their deepest darkest secrets and A holds that against them and threatens them. But who is A?

Gotham – Gotham is a crime drama series that is based on the characters published by DC Comics and primarily those who appear in the Batman franchise. The show follows a young detective James Gordon as he battles villains such as Penguin, The Riddler, Mr Freeze and many more as well as corruption in a pre-batman Gotham city. The show also follows the life of a young Bruce Wayne (batman) who’s parents are murdered. James Gordon becomes a friend to young Bruce Wayne as he finds his way to becoming the iconic Batman. So if you’re a fan of any of the above, you’ll want to give this show a watch.

You – The Netflix show ‘You’ is based on the book with the same name by Caroline Kepnes. I read the book a while ago and devoured it. I was so excited when I heard they were making the story into a Netflix series! The show is as amazing as the book and does not disappoint. ‘You’ follows the story of bookstore manager Joe Goldberg who meets aspiring female writer, Beck when she enters his store one day. What starts as a crush soon turns more sinister and the lines between love and obsession are blurred, you as the viewer may even find yourself siding with the stalker during throughout some parts of the show. Creepy, right?!

The Big Bang Theory – I had to end this list with my all time favourite show to binge watch. I have been watching The Big Bang Theory for years now. It’s one of those shows that you can come home to after a shitty day and it will make you feel better. It’s one of those shows that you can keep coming back to, I just never get fed up of watching it, I can rewatch old episodes and still laugh as hard as I did the first time I watched them. This show has been a big part of my life and I’ll be so sad when it ends but at least I’ll be able to binge watch all of the earlier episodes. The show starts with two nerds who are highly intelligent scientists who live together in an apartment and whose worlds get turned upside down when a hot blonde moves in across the hall from them… But so much has happened since the show first aired in 2007 that you’ll have to give it a watch yourself to see what all the fuss is about. If you haven’t watched this show, you honestly need to.

So those are all my favourite shows to binge watch on Netflix right now.  But I want to hear yours! What should I binge watch next on Netflix?

Treat yo’ self

Being a mum is no easy job and sometimes we as mums forget that we should treat ourselves and that we can do so without feeling guilty! We deserve a treat too!

The other week I treated myself to a new pair of shoes that were in the sale, I picked them up and put them back at least 3 times before finally deciding that I was going to buy them. I walked over to the till and every thought that came into my head was persuading me not to buy them. Thoughts like:

‘oh but I could use the money towards something else.’ Like what?

‘I shouldn’t be buying them.’ Why’s that?

or ‘I could buy Kory another pair of shoes instead.’ To add to the collection of shoes that he already has?!

My Nan was with me and I said to her ‘oh I’ll just leave it, I’m going to put them back.’ And she said ‘Kirsti, don’t be silly, just get them!’ And that’s when I realised I was being silly. It was just a pair of shoes and they only cost £6, it wasn’t exactly breaking the bank and I couldn’t remember the last time I treated myself to something. To anything.

So I bought them.

Once I’d got over feeling guilty, I felt good. I buy stuff for Kory and the house all the time and it was a nice change to buy something that was for myself. Taking care of yourself is an extremely important part of your mental wellbeing. As a stay at home mum, I often neglect myself and my needs. As mums we give so much of ourselves and our time to everyone else in our family. One thing I’ve learnt over the years since becoming a mum is that in order to be the best mum that I can be, I have to look after myself too and invest a little time in myself. I’m sure many of you will agree with me, that being a mum is hard but being a mum who is running on empty is a lot harder. I love my son and my partner, they make me very happy every day but there is nothing wrong or selfish about taking care of yourself or treating yourself.

One of my favourite things to do that doesn’t cost any money is sorting through cupboards, organising drawers and having a clear out at home. I don’t see it as a chore, tidying things up really helps me to de-stress and afterwards I feel like I’ve got a clear head space and can think straight.

Treating yourself doesn’t have to cost money if that’s an issue. Make yourself a cup of tea, read a book, join a book club or start your own, run a bubble bath, go for a walk, eat your favourite chocolate, paint your nails, do yoga, have some quiet time, try out a face mask, stick a film on or a box set that you’ve been meaning to watch. Whatever it is that you need to do to feel human again or whatever it is that you just fancy treating yourself to – then do it!

I’d love to know, what are some ways that you treat yo self?

Wedding planning on a budget

As some of you may already know, we are getting married in 2020! I was so happy when my partner proposed to me a few years ago, we had an engagement party and a few weeks after that was when I found out I was pregnant with Kory so the wedding planning got put on hold. Fast forward to now and we’ve officially set a date! We’ve paid the deposit on the venue, we’ve booked a photographer, paid for all the flowers, booked a venue dresser, bought all of the wedding stationery, (invites, rsvps, save the dates, guest book, thank you cards and place name cards) booked registrar and decided on where we’re going on our honeymoon – well, familymoon!

A few people have told me that we’ve got a lot done and that we’re very organised but I still feel like we’ve got so much to do and it’s stressful! And very expensive…

Here is a list of everything included in our wedding planning, some that we’ve done and some that we’re still yet to get done.

  • Decide on a budget (X)
  • Draft your guest list
  • Decide on the ceremony time (X)
  • Research and visit venues (X)
  • Start scrapbooking ideas (X)
  • Start dress shopping
  • Book ceremony and reception venues (X)
  • Book officiant/registrar (X)
  • Decide on your wedding party (X)
  • Hold an engagement party (X)
  • Meet caterers and decide on menu
  • Book entertainment
  • Book photographer (X)
  • Research guest accommodation (X)
  • Send save the date cards
  • Plan honeymoon (X)
  • Shop for wedding party’s outfits
  • Book a florist (X)
  • Arrange transport
  • Write and send invitations
  • Order the cake
  • Book hair/make-up appointments
  • Plan the order of service and the days time-line (X)
  • Make/order favours
  • Buy wedding rings
  • Organise stag/hen parties
  • Final dress fitting
  • Check in with all suppliers and confirm details
  • Organise gifts for wedding party
  • Get marriage license
  • Send final guest list to caterers/venue
  • Delegate wedding day tasks
  • Pick up dress
  • Confirm arrival times with all vendors
  • Book spa treatments
  • Break in your shoes

I think that’s everything. At least I hope so anyway!

The truth is, we’re not made of money and we can’t afford an over the top extravagant wedding even if we wanted one, which if I’m honest, we don’t. We both agreed that we wanted something low key and I’m more than happy with that. All that matters to me is that I get to marry the love of my life, the person who is the father to my child and my best friend.

So I’m going to share with you some ideas of my own on how you can cut the cost down for your own wedding. Here goes:

  • Decide on a budget: It sounds simple but it’s important that you agree on a realistic budget with your partner and then start planning from there so you know how much you can spend and what sort of wedding to plan.
  • Call in favours: Do you know someone who makes cakes? Someone who drives a nice car? Don’t be afraid to ask them if they wouldn’t mind making you a cake instead of buying you a gift, ask your friend with the nice car if they wouldn’t mind driving you to the church. Tell them it’s okay if they don’t want to. My auntie makes dance costumes and has said she will do all of my alterations for me on my dress and my bridesmaids dresses so that has saved us lots of money.
  • Cake: If you don’t know anyone who can make your wedding cake for you as a favour, you can still save money by buying one. I don’t mean from a professional cake maker because they can cost hundreds of pounds but supermarkets such as Asda and Tesco sell their own ready made 3 tier wedding cakes, they’re usually fruit cake, serve around 60 and don’t cost much at all! You could even spend a little more if you wanted to and head to somewhere like Marks and Spencer’s or Waitrose who sell ready made tiers. The small tiers start from £10 and go up in price with each bigger tier. You can choose from fruit cake, traditional sponge or chocolate and just put it together yourself. For example, a three tier cake from M&S would cost £60, it has beautiful lightly flowered detail on each tier and would feed up to 80 weddings guests.
  • Wedding stationery: Wedding stationery includes invites (day time and evening), rsvps, save the dates, a guest book, thank you cards and place name cards. To pay a company to make your wedding stationery for you can be quite expensive as they can charge more than £1 per invite and if you’ve got 100 guests then you do the math… You could have a go at making your own if you’re crafty but I purchased all of mine from Card factory, I think they’re lovely and they fit the colour scheme of our wedding perfectly and saved us a fortune. The day time invites cost £3.99 for a pack of 20 invitations. The evening invites cost £1.99 for a pack of 10 invitations. Thank you cards cost £1.99 for a pack of 10. Our guest book and pen cost £3.99 and came together as a set. The rsvps cost £1.49 for a pack of 20. Save the date cards cost just 99p for a pack of 20 and place name cards cost just 99p for a pack of 20 too! I even bought a pack of 12 matching table numbers for 99p as well!
  • Research and visit venues: Have a look around online and see what venues fit your agreed budget and look at the packages they have to offer you. A lot of places will give you discounts if you have a winter wedding or a wedding on a weekday. Wedding packages usually come in bronze, silver or gold. Bronze being the least amount of cost and gold being the most expensive. We wanted a venue that is beautiful yet affordable and we found that with Mercure Georgian House Hotel. We opted for their silver wedding package, we felt that it was best suited to what we wanted and we saved a great deal of money by choosing one of the packages as so much is included in them, it saved us a lot of money and a lot of stress too because it took away a lot of the things that we still had to arrange.
  • Start scrapbooking ideas. Making note of things that you’d like at your wedding and noting down the cost of them is a great way to start planning but it’s also a good way for you to eliminate things that maybe aren’t essential and that you can’t afford or have a look at ways of making them more affordable.
  • Decide on your wedding party. Keeping the numbers down in your wedding party (groomsmen, bridesmaids, flowers girls, ect) means keeping costs down. If you have 8 bridesmaids they each need a dress, shoes and their hair and make up doing which if you’re paying for those things then is not going to be cheap! I have decided I am having a maid of honour which will be my sister and 1 bridesmaid which is my best friend. I’m also having Kory walk me down the aisle. My partner is having 1 best man, 2 groomsmen and my nephew as a page boy.
  • Bridesmaid dresses: Speaking of bridesmaids dresses. I knew in my mind what style and colour dress I wanted my bridesmaids to wear, I searched high and low online and in stores but I just couldn’t find what I was looking for and I also didn’t want to pay an extortionate amount of money for them. A few people recommended Crystaldresses * to me, they are a seller on eBay and although they ship from China (I was a little apprehensive at first when I heard that too) I have heard so many positive things about them and they have a very good seller rating on eBay too. The quality of the dresses and the material used to make them is meant to be really good and the price of them also. The dresses that I want cost just £28.99 plus £8 shipping for both and what’s great about Crystaldresses is that if you’re unhappy with the standard of the dress or the sizing then you can return them for a full refund. So I’m going to give it a go because what have I got to lose? If the dresses are as gorgeous as they look on the pictures and the positive reviews that I’ve read already are to be true then I’ll be very happy. As I said earlier my auntie has already agreed to do any alterations for me and I’ll have 2 beautiful bridesmaids.
  • Photographer: Photographers can be expensive but the best thing to do is to have a look at your budget and see what you can afford. Some photographers are cheaper than others, if you book a photographer for less time then that will save you money and if you book early in advance some photographers even offer discounts so try securing one as soon as you can.
  • Make your own favours: favours don’t have to cost a fortune, if you look online there are tons of DIY favours ideas that don’t cost much at all. Or just don’t have favours at all, that’s always an option too.
  • Flowers. Wedding flowers don’t have to be expensive. Artificial flowers are a lot cheaper than real and you could even have a go at putting your own flowers together. Home Bargains have some lovely flowers that are already bunched and they only cost a couple of quid. Might be worth just bunching a few of those together, the end result may surprise you…
  • Venue dresser: Having a venue dresser (someone to decorate the venue for you) is not essential but for us, it took a lot of the stress away of having to buy decorations and then figuring out what to do with them and where to put them after the wedding. Also Something Else Events had an amazing offer on that we just couldn’t pass up. Their pearl plus package cost just £350 and it included up to 10 table centre pieces of our choice, 10 mirrored plates, 2 rose light up bay trees, starlight back drop, starlight top table skirt, starlight cake table skirt, 4ft LED love letters, post box for cards, sweet card filled with sweets for up to 100 guests, 100 chair covers, 100 chair sashes and 10 table runners! Amazing!!
  • Honeymoon: It’s hard enough planning your wedding without having to plan a honeymoon as well. We are so lucky that my uncle lives in Canada and he has offered for me, my partner and Kory to go and stay with him. So accommodation isn’t costing us anything and all we will have to pay for is our flights and our spends whilst there. My advice to you would be to book your honeymoon destination when it’s off season. You’ll notice a drastic drop in price and it won’t be as busy. Depending on where you decide to go, off season doesn’t necessarily mean bad weather. When you’re asking about a rate or making a reservation, don’t be shy to let them know that it’s your honeymoon. At the very least you may get a bottle of champagne on the house, a better table or even a room upgrade. If you’re simply not in a position to afford the honeymoon of your dreams right now, book a mini moon now and save for your honeymoon for your first wedding anniversary.

So, there all my own ideas on how you can plan a wedding when you’re on a budget. As you can see, we’ve still a lot of planning left to do ourselves! I hope you found my tips to be helpful. If you did, please let me know what was most helpful to you.

* Items marked with a * are part of a collaboration. These are all my own ideas and all views and opinions are my own. *

Kory’s name

Kory’s name is very meaningful, we didn’t just stumble upon it one day in a baby name book and think ‘oh that’s a nice name!’ (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!) But after discussing names, we only had the one name in mind for a boy, it’s the same name we kept coming back to, the only name we could agree on, the only one that seemed to ‘stick’ with us and it’s the same name that I’m going to tell you about.

As soon as we found out we were having a baby boy we already knew what we wanted to name him and he had the same name all throughout the pregnancy and was named Kory George Lonsdale on the 08/08/2016. The day he was born. And so I thought it would be nice to share with you the reason behind his name.

Kory George Lonsdale, our first born baby boy. His first name ‘Kory’ is a combination of my name and his dads names together.

Kirsti & Rory = Kory

His middle name ‘George’ is my great grandads name who I was very close to growing up before he passed away. He was a great man, very kind and I have very fond memories of him.

Despite being born in August, Kory was only meant to be due in mid September. He was born 6 weeks early, weighing 4lb 7oz after my waters had spontaneously started leaking. Him being born early took us completely by surprise, I had a very straight forward pregnancy with no complications so him making an early appearance was a shock and a bit of a mystery to us all… As a result of him being born earlier than planned in August meant that he now shared the same birth month as his great great grandad George who he happens to be named after, which also means that they both share the same star sign too. They are both Leo’s.

‘Lonsdale’ is Kory’s dads last name. We are getting married in 2020 and I can’t wait for the day until we all share the same name.

And so that’s the story of Kory’s name. I’ve always liked names with a meaning behind them and Kory’s name is definitely special to us.

What did you name your child? Is there a reason behind their name?

I’d love to know!

Kory’s bedroom

This blog post is way overdue, if you remember from a while ago, I said we were switching rooms with Kory so that he could have our bedroom as it was bigger and we weren’t making much use of the space in that room anyway.

Since then, we have swapped rooms around and I feel like we really did make the right decision by doing so. Swapping rooms has meant that Kory has so much more room to play with all his toys in his bedroom, he really does love playing in there now and I think his new bedroom is lovely and just perfect for a little boy. He doesn’t really have a theme going on, just a little bit of everything that he loves. We thought we’d let him decide that when he’s a little older. We were going to paint his room a pale blue but I quite like the cream walls as they make his bedroom seem nice, bright and open, so for now, I think we’ll just leave them as they are. We just decided to go for a blue lampshade, lamp and blue curtains instead.

As well as providing more space for Kory to play, we were able to put more furniture in his bedroom as well which means that he has a lot more storage now too. Of course that meant getting rid of his nursery set which was hard but seeing the outcome of his new bedroom made it easier. As well as new furniture, we got Kory a new single bed and ditched the cot and I have to say, he actually sleeps a lot better in his bed.

Letting Kory have the bigger bedroom has meant that he can have a book corner which is amazing because he has a lot of books and he loves reading them (just like his mum!) and it’s nice that we’re able to display them. It’s so much easier for him to choose a book to read now.

So that’s the update on our little project that was Kory’s bedroom. I’m sure we’ll continue to keep adding to it and making changes over the years to come. How did you decorate your child’s bedroom/nursery? Did you go for a particular theme or colour? Let me know!

My new year’s resolutions

Today is the 1st of January and with 2019 upon us, I thought I would share with you my New Years resolutions. Please let me know yours in the comments!

  • Read read read. I used to always read, I used to always have my head in a book but it’s been so long since I started a book and actually finished it. It’s not because of lack of interest – I love books, it’s having the spare time to read that’s an issue! But I’ve made a promise to myself that I’m going to make more time for reading, even if it’s just a couple of pages at night and in doing so, hopefully fall back in love with reading all over again.
  • Blog more. I’m really enjoying blogging at the moment and eventually I would like my blog to go somewhere so this year I’m going to blog as much as I can and take blogging more seriously.
  • Stay positive. I like to think I’m a pretty positive person anyway but sometimes I let things get me down and I can get quite stressed. But life’s too short for that and I just want to be happy.

So those are my New Years resolutions for 2019. I know these may not seem like majorly important resolutions to have but I’m happy and content with my life and where I’m at right now and these are just some of the things that I’d like to achieve in the upcoming year.

Thanks for reading my New Years resolutions, Don’t forget to leave yours in the comments!

New Year’s Eve

Just popping in to wish you all a happy new year for later before I forget!

We always celebrate New Years Eve the same way every year, we just stay at home in our pyjamas with a Chinese takeaway and a couple of drinks just watching the countdown to midnight on the tv (that’s if I can manage to stay awake long enough anyway! #mumprobs) This may seem like a boring way to enter the new year to some of you but for me, I can’t think of a better way to enter the new year than at home just spending time with my family and to make this New Year’s Eve even better, we have our close friends joining us too!

So as today is the last day of 2018, I thought I’d write a quick summary of the soon-to-be previous year. I don’t really know what to make of this past year… 2018 has had its many highs for us but it’s certainly had it’s lows too. I’m definitely looking forward to welcoming in a new year, with a new year comes new goals and I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for me and my family.

So happy New Year’s Eve, folks! I hope the new year is good to you! Goodbye, 2018. 2019 – we’re ready for you!

Merry Christmas!

I’m sorry this post is a little late. Christmas Day is always a busy one for us and I just didn’t have a minute to write this blog post!

Yesterday we had the best Christmas. Kory woke in the morning and we was just so excited to take him downstairs! We couldn’t wait! Every year as we’re walking down the stairs we always say to Kory ‘Has he been?! Let’s see if Father Christmas has been to Kory’s house!’ And this year he was looking around and as soon as he seen the tree and all of the presents he excitedly shouted ‘presents!!! Father Christmas bring Kory presents!’ Just seeing Kory’s face when he came downstairs on Christmas morning was enough to make my entire day.

That morning at home we all sat around the Christmas tree opening our presents with Christmas music playing in the background and in that moment I had never felt more touched by all of the gifts that Kory and us received and grateful for the people in our lives. We had all been well and truly spoilt rotten by our family and friends and each other and Kory had the best day playing with his new toys!

Later that day we all headed to my Nan and grandad’s house for Christmas dinner where we exchanged even more gifts! Our christmas dinner was delicious as it is every year and it was nice being all together. That saying I’ve heard before is definitely true… ‘That it’s not what’s under the tree at Christmas that matters but who’s around it’ because as nice as gift giving and receiving is, for me there’s nothing better than being surrounded by my family and good food, just talking and laughing and every year at Christmas I’m always reminded of just how lucky we are to have the family and friends that we have.

Today is Boxing Day and Boxing Day for us means staying at home in our pyjamas and playing with Kory and his toys all day. So I’m just popping by to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I hope you and your families all had a lovely day yesterday.

Merry Christmas all!

Love,

The Lonsdales, xo

Breakfast with Santa

Yesterday me, my partner and Kory visited Toby Carvery to have breakfast with Santa.

This is the second year we’ve taken Kory here to have breakfast with Santa. Last year he was a little bit too young to understand Santa, who he actually is and what it is that he does but this year he was excited to see him and kept saying ‘ Father Christmas give Kory present. Good boy.’ After we’d finished eating our breakfasts (which were lovely by the way!) We made our way to see Santa, Kory was a bit wary and wouldn’t go towards him at first and didn’t want to sit on his knee, he just stood by me and held my hand while Santa talked to him until Santa said ‘I have a present for you.’ Then Kory went straight over to him to have a look what he’d got!

Santa gave Kory a Christmas paper bag that was filled with all different Christmas activities like a letter to Santa, stickers, crayons and lots more! For just £4.99 Kory got a yummy breakfast with a drink and he got to meet Santa who gave him a gift. The Breakfast with Santa is available on a few dates over December and it’s really easy to book on, just head to the Toby Carvery website and select which date works best for you and choose a time between 9:00am-11:00am.

What I really like about taking Kory here to see Santa is that there is no ques to see him, it doesn’t get too busy which I find works better for Kory and because you’ve been assigned a time by booking your table, you can go see Santa whenever is best for you – before your breakfast or afterwards!

I think it’s well worth the visit and we’ll more than likely take Kory to have breakfast with Santa again next year too.

Have your kids been to see Santa yet? If so, where do you usually take them to see him?

* This is not a sponsored post. *

Christmas gift ideas for the whole family

I have read many ‘Christmas gift ideas’ blog posts and I have seen lots of different and interesting gift ideas that I would never have thought of myself! So, as part of blogmas, I thought I would write a ‘Christmas gift ideas’ blog post of my own by sharing with you what gifts I’ve bought for my own family and in doing so hopefully give you some inspiration for your own gifts at the same time.

Let’s start with my partner! Christmas gift ideas for him:

  • Beard set. My fiancé’s beard is his pride and joy, he’s always grooming his beard and taking care of it so I bought him a beard set that he’s been eyeing up for a while. Something tells me he’s going to be very pleased with this gift!
  • Boxers and socks. I buy him new boxers and socks every year. I always get him to throw away all of his old boxers and socks and then replace them with new. Not very exciting but who doesn’t love new underwear?!
  • T-shirts. My partner is very easy to buy for when it comes to shirts, I know what style, fitting and colour he tends to go for. But pants are a no go. He’s so fussy when it comes to pants. I’ll leave them to him…
  • Coffee set. He LOVES coffee, he’s sort of a coffee connoisseur if you will… I always know he’s gonna be pleased if I buy him coffee. I have bought him one of the Costa coffee gift sets. There are a few different ones to choose from. Perfect for the coffee lover in your family!
  • PlayStation game. My fiancé is most definitely a gamer, he enjoys playing on his PlayStation so I bought him a game that I’ve heard him talking about…
  • Beer. My partner doesn’t drink a lot or very often so alcohol in our house is sort of a treat and what better time to indulge in treats than at Christmas?
  • Star Wars frame. He is the biggest Star Wars fan. I wanted to buy him something that I know he loves, something that’s personalised and something that he can keep so I had a friend who is also an artist draw a Star Wars family for me, the characters she’s drawn include Han Solo, Leia, Kylo Ren and Chewie (the idea is that they represent us – Han being Rory, Leia being me, Kylo being Kory and Chewie being our dog Harley – not representing us too much though, I like to think we’re a less dysfunctional family! Lol) and underneath it says ‘May The Lonsdale family be with you.’ (That’s us!!) and I’ve bought a lovely frame to put it in so that he will be able to proudly display it in our house. I think this gift is the gift that I am most excited to give him.

If you’d like, you can check her artwork out by heading to her Instagram page:

http://www.instagram.com/jadesdraw

Stocking fillers for him:

  • PlayStation gift card
  • Coffee beans
  • Some of his favourite chocolates

Christmas gift ideas for mum:

  • Candle. My mum loves candles! She has them all around the house and has them lit all the time. I think this is where I get my candle addiction from… She loves all candles; big, small, cheap, expensive but I always treat her to a Yankee candle at Christmas.
  • Wax melts and burner. Like candles, my mum likes anything that smells nice and that makes her home smell nice. She has a few burners already but I’ve treated her to a fancy electric one because she’s always complaining that she’s running out of tea lights and she’s always running out of wax melts too so I’ve bought her some lovely smelling wax melts as well.
  • Perfume. My mum loves perfume, she has so much of it already but she mentioned in conversation that she wanted this perfume in particular so being the good daughter that I am, that’s what I’ve got her!
  • Pyjamas. I buy my mum new pyjamas for Christmas every year. She likes being able to wear them and throwing out all of her old pyjamas.
  • Slippers. To go with the new pyjamas of course!

Christmas gift ideas for sister:

  • Pyjamas. My sister loves pyjamas, more specifically the fluffy kind and every year at Christmas I buy her new pyjamas to match my mum.
  • Slipper socks. She’s not really a fan of slippers and prefers slipper socks and they go nicely with the pyjamas that I’ve already bought her.
  • Fondue set. My sister loves chocolate and more than anything she loves melting it, dipping fruit in it and then eating it. I’ve caught her melting chocolate in the microwave a few times! So I thought this fondue set would make a really nice gift for her…
  • Chocolates. As if I hadn’t bought her enough chocolate already, I bought a box of her favourite chocolates too!
  • Face masks. My sister loves a good pampering so I know she will love these face masks that I’ve bought her.
  • I buy gifts like these for my sister because that way I can’t really go wrong. Everyone loves new pyjamas and I know that she loves chocolate, any chocolate really. She also loves make-up and clothes but those can be difficult to buy if you don’t know exactly what it is that that person likes. You have to consider things like; what brand to go for? What sort of make-up and clothes? How much are you willing to spend? Etc. So because of this I find it’s easier for me to just stick with the gifts that I mentioned above.
  • Christmas gift ideas for Nan:
    • Perfume. My Nan only wears one perfume and that’s her favourite – in this case it’s Sunflowers by Elizabeth Arden. It retails for around £10 which is pretty reasonable.
    • My Nan can be quite tricky to buy for, everything I wanted to buy her she’s either already got or she doesn’t want or need. This year for Christmas, instead of wrecking my brain trying to figure out what to buy her, I’ve decided no to buy her ‘something’ as such but an experience instead. I’ve bought her a voucher for afternoon tea for 2 which is essentially a present for both Nan and grandad. She loves tea and cake so I think she’s going to love this!

    Christmas gift ideas for grandad:

    • Like my Nan, my grandad is also tricky to buy for. He already has everything! This year I have bought my grandad a fleece jacket, he really likes them, he’s always wearing one and I’ve noticed the one he’s currently got is looking a little worn so I’ve bought him a new one.
    • The afternoon tea I’ve paid for is for 2 so he’ll also get to enjoy an afternoon tea experience.

    Christmas gift ideas for children:

  • Every year I say I’m not going to go overboard this year but every year I do – but not intentionally. I try to follow a gift guide (main present, something he wants, something he needs, something to wear and something to read.) But I still always end up buying more than I had intended. I start Christmas shopping early, usually September time and I have to hide the gifts I’ve bought and despite writing a list of what I’ve bought so that I don’t forget, I lose the list or something else happens and I end up forgetting what I’ve bought anyway! So when it comes to lifting everything out to wrap, that’s when I realise how much I’ve actually bought. But do you know what? He’s a good kid and I want to make his Christmas’ as special as I can. Within reason of course… So here goes:
    • Main present. Kory hasn’t really had a ‘main’ present off us this year so we’ve made up for it by buying him a few more little presents. There was one or two things I had in mind that we wanted to get him but my Nan and mum had asked could they get him them instead. I wanted to get him a scooter and Kory had been asking for some ‘yellow fish’ so another idea we had was to get him a little fish tank for in his bedroom that he could help take care of.
      Something he wants. Kory loves cars, whenever we ask him ‘what do you want Father Christmas to bring you?’ He always says ‘toys, cars.’ Like he doesn’t have enough cars already! But he does spend a lot of time playing with them so we don’t mind buying him some more.
      Something he needs. Kory’s only 2 years old so there’s nothing that he really needs as such… He had ran out of play doh so we did buy him some more of that for Christmas.
      Something to wear. As it goes I have bought Kory some new clothes for Christmas, I’ve not spent a fortune but I do like him having a new outfit to wear on Christmas Day. I’m not going to wrap these up as presents though, these are just a treat for the run up to Christmas.
      Something to read. Kory gets a lot of enjoyment out of being read to so I tend to pick new books up for him all the time. I have bought him a couple of new books for Christmas as well.
      Everything else (because like I said, I always go overboard:) A Playmobil truck because he loves the Playmobil range and I find that the toys are really sturdy, Spider-Man action figure – currently his favourite superhero, Mrs Potato Head to go with the Mr Potato Head he’s already got, a wooden pirate ship that I wanted for him last year but didn’t get, rubble to complete his paw patrol collection, paw patrol tower, smart sand, a vet pet carrier and just some other small goodies.

    Stocking fillers:

    • Blind bags
    • Kinder chocolate
    • Surprise eggs

    Christmas gift ideas for uncle:

    Because I buy for my nephew now I only really buy my aunty and uncle a little bit of something each. This year I have bought my uncle…

    • Nivea set. He likes Nivea and/or Dove so I bought him a Nivea gift set.
    • Beers. My uncle likes beer so I tend to buy him some sort of beer every year for Christmas.

    Christmas gift ideas for aunty:

    • Body cream and perfume gift set. She likes creams and perfumes so I thought this would make a nice gift for her.
    • My aunty likes wine so I bought her a novelty wine glass and a bottle of wine to go with it.

    Christmas gift ideas for nephew:

    Every year I buy my nephew a toy or two and an outfit to go with them. This year I bought him:

    • A police station set that comes with small emergency vehicles.
    • A dinosaur themed play doh set that comes with all different stencils and utensils
    • Outfit

    Christmas gift ideas for teacher:

    This is the first year that I have had to buy a Christmas gift for a teacher, technically Kory has 3 teachers so I bought each of them a gift. With it being Kory’s first year at nursery, I wanted to buy them something that his teachers can keep. As it’s Christmas, I bought them a Christmas decoration that is a star and on one side it says ‘A little star on your tree to say thank you for teaching me.’ And on the reverse side it says ‘Love, Kory.’ As you can see from the picture…

    So that is pretty much everything that I have bought for my family this year for Christmas. I hope you enjoyed reading my Christmas gift ideas. What gifts have you bought this year?

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