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Little Lady's Christmas Eve Basket 2020

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The Christmas Eve box is a trend that has grown massively in the last few years. The beauty of a Christmas Eve box is that you can fill them with whatever you like and give them to whoever you like, as long as they suit your Christmas Eve needs – that could be food, a film, books, or everything Santa needs on his arrival into your home. 


We have been doing these Christmas Eve Baskets every year for our daughter and now they have become our tradition. I always get so excited curating these little baskets for my daughter and nothing beats seeing her little face when she gets to unwrap the basket. Each year the basket of goodies seems to get bigger and filled with new surprises. Do you have a Christmas Eve box or basket? They are so simple and easy to put together they will really get you feeling festive and you'll have everything you need for a festive fun filled day. 

The Box or Basket

But you always have to start off with a box, basket or container to hold all those Christmas eve treats. When we first started our tradition we looked everywhere for the perfectly sized wooden box, but we couldn't find one. So in the end we decided to begin our Christmas Eve tradition with a basket instead of a box. There are so many different kinds of boxes or baskets that you could use, but you will definitely need something that is going to be sturdy and last a while. We picked up a medium wicker baskets many years ago, but we have seen this similar one in grey. 

A Christmas Film

There's nothing quite like snuggles on the sofa watching your festive favourites to wind down from a fun filled day, it has to be one of our favourite traditions. But trying to narrow down your favourite Christmas film is always a hard choice as there are so many wonderful choices. As a child we would always save The Muppet Christmas Carol for our Christmas Eve film and it this is something that my daughter loves to watch too. It just has that nostalgic feel for me. 

You could watch some favourites from your childhood like the Grinch, Miracle on 34th Street or The Santa Clause. Perhaps you want to choose an all out classic , like It's a Wonderful Life or White Christmas. Or maybe a newer film, like Netflix's Klaus which is perfect for all the family or the recently released Jingle Jangle that is fast becoming a festive favourite. The great thing about Christmas films for children is that it's so much easier to find a good one than a bad one. We have picked the best five films see which ones we included

A Christmas Story

Once you finish your hot chocolate with all the trimming watching your favourite film, it's now time for a bedtime story. The beautiful illustrations and sweet stories will leave you and your children feeling full of the holiday spirit. Beloved tales like The Night Before Christmas or The Polar Express are great choices for little ones. No matter which option you choose, we highly suggest holding on to these year after year. You may find that displaying them and reading together as a family will become some of the most treasured Christmas traditions you hold dear. 


Hot Chocolate 

Silky, delicious hot chocolate is the perfect festive treat for the holidays. But a hot chocolate with whipped cream and all the marshmallows you can possibly fit into your festive mug is like a Christmas Eve staple, right? You can always take your hot chocolate up a notch with Peppermint Hot Chocolate, Salted Caramel Rum Hot Chocolate or how about a Coconut Hot Chocolate? Go on, it's Christmas!

Magical Reindeer Food

Let your children create a little Magical Reindeer Food for the Rudolf and his hard working reindeer team. Traditionally it is just oats and glitter, but, with my animal loving girl we needed to make sure that we didn't include anything that could harm any birds or wildlife. 


Gingerbread House

My husband always works on Christmas Eve which can be a little disappointing as he misses out on all the fun. But we always managed to save a couple of fun festive activities for him to get involved with and making a gingerbread house together is one of them. I love making gingerbread but making a gingerbread house from scratch isn't my favourite so to make life a little easier we always add a ready-to-assemble gingerbread house kits in our daughter's basket. 


Festive Pyjamas. 

Christmas is a time for wearing pyjamas, even during the day so it's an opportune moment to upgrade their nightwear with a matching set. Last year we picked up some matching festive pyjamas from Primark, but sadly due to the lockdown and shops closing we couldn't get hold of all our size which is a shame. But after scouring all the supermarkets and a little online searching we managed to pick our daughter some cute little reindeer pyjamas that I know she will love. 

Socks 

Christmas socks or slippers are always great idea to add into a Christmas Eve Basket. There are plenty of options for children from fluffy to funny to personalised that will look so cute over the festive season. Frugi have the best choices with their Super Socks in a Bag like these grey reindeer ones. I know that my daughter will just loves these. Wrapped up in their very own gift bag, these brand NEW Super Socks make perfect Christmas presents for little ones. With colourful and festive characters on each pair, these beautifully soft and cosy socks are ideal for keeping teeny-tiny toes warm. Not only are they cute, festive and warm they are 90% Organic Cotton 8% Polyamide 2% Elastane. 


Christmas Crafts

Not something everyone thinks about when putting together a Christmas Eve box or basket, but we love crafts in this household. So we added a couple of small crafts kits for our daughter to occupy herself throughout the day. We have added a Suncatcher Decoration Kit that we will pop into our window, a Foam Fun Craft Kit and a Merry Christmas Elf Craft that we picked up from Poundland. 

Colouring Books and Pens

Along with those crafts we always like to add in a couple of activity packs, colouring books and pens. After having a festive Christmas Eve Breakfast we will then pop on our first Christmas film of the day and do a little colouring together and the best picture gets to go on the place of pride - the fridge!


Sweet Treats

As if we haven't indulged in enough sweet treats already we have added in a couple of sweet treats in the Christmas Eve Basket. We picked up a mini selection box, a jar of gold coins, candy canes and this really cool The Snowman and The Snow Dog Fruit Flavoured Jelly Bean Cane.

Do you have a Christmas Eve box for your family? If not, have you thought about starting a new tradition?

Nutrivive CBD Dermavive Ultra Cream

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I'm not someone that deals too well with dramatic changes, I need to be eased in gently and quietly. But with the way it looks outside, the weather clearly didn't get the memo and went full on winter! With this cold crisp air also brings low humidity, plummeting temperatures and frosty mornings meaning a lot of changes for my skin. Winter is notorious for leaving my skin feeling dry, cracked and irritated causing a lot of problems that can often lead to extra sensitive skin.


And so the time has come to adapt to a winter friendly skincare routine. In general, my skin needs a lot more love this time of year, so I tend to switch up my daily and nightly routine so I can deal with those changes in my skin.

While I would always recommend a gentle cleanser anyway, but this is essential in the winter when your skin is really dehydrated. You don't want to strip your skin of those natural oils by using a harsh cleanser. If you don't already, something that I would recommend you add into your winter skincare routine is a vitamin c essence. My favourite is LUMENE Valo (Light) Glow Boost Essence which is a foolproof solution for reviving fatigued and dull looking skin and instead swapping it out for a glow. I love this essence and use it all year round. 

Skipping on the moisturiser is an absolute no no in the winter. If you can just change one thing then please please get yourself a good moisturiser to help tackle your dry and delicate skin during winter. I''ve always struggled to get a good balance with my winter skincare routine and that I use too many products or not enough. So trust when I say that I have tried a lot of products and many creamy moisturisers over the years. 


Finding a good moisturiser that nourishes without clogging pores and boost luminosity and soothe discomfort without leaving a greasy film can be quite the challenge. But I may have just come across something that can do all those. Over the last few weeks I've been trying this new Nutrivive CBD Dermavive Ultra Cream and it's an absolute dream. 

OK, so as far as CBD in skincare goes, I'll be honest I've always been a little dubious. Beauty trends come and go quicker than we're able to keep up with sometimes, and when CBD came on the scene a couple of years ago promising skincare miracles it seemed too good to be true. 

But what is CBD?

But CBD has flooded the health and wellness space and it seems to be everywhere! But what exactly is CBD, and how has it become an ingredients that many of us want to to try? CBD is an extract known as cannabidiol, and it's a part of a class of compounds known as cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. This naturally occurring substance is extracted and mixed with a carrier oil, often hemp seed or coconut to create CBD. 

This natural remedy boasts an incredibly wide range of health benefits. From treating a variety of physical and mental condition such as stress, anxiety, chronic pain depression to promoting a better night' sleep to helping with inflammation and fast becoming a luxury wellness and beauty ingredient. 

Nutritive CBD Dermavive Ultra Cream

This super nourishing moisturiser is the perfect all rounder for those with dry and delicate skin. It is formulated with CBD and rich in natural ingredients that deeply hydrate the skin, providing calm, soothing results without any unwanted greasy layer of oil. I love that it's infused with Blackberry and Yang Yang but in no way overpowering like some other scented moisturisers I have. 


You only need to use a small amount as a part of your morning and evening skincare routine, so this little tub is going to last me a long time. I have been using this cream day and night for the past few weeks and I can see that my skin looks and feels more hydrated. Around the autumn and winter time I normally get dry patches on my cheeks and chin but these patches have completely vanished since using this cream in my skincare routine. 

The moisturiser is cruelty free, 100% organic and suitable for vegans. The Dermavive Ultra CBD cream costs £39.99 for 50ml; a little goes a long way here! You can get it from the Nutrivive website, where you can also get various concentrations CBD pure oil and blends.


** We have been kindly gifted this Nutrivive CBD Dermavive Cream but as always my words and opinions are my own. Images are subject to copyright, please seek permission before using.**

My Top 5 Christmas Films

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It feels so strange think that we are already in the second week of December! Seriously these months have just flown by and I feel as if I have missed EVERYTHING. So come on fess up, who is prepared? We have so much to do in these last couple of week so I am sat here wondering if we will get it all finished in time. So what better way to be counter productive by wrapping myself in blankets, drinking hot chocolate to watch some festive favourites. 


I'm sure so many of you are looing forward to lots of fun and festivities so I thought that it would be good to share some of our favourite Christmas films of all time! There are so many good ones, so it was pretty hard to pick five! But these five have to be the ones that make many families feels nostalgic and get them all in a festive mood. Will your favourite be in our list? 

The Muppet Christmas Carol 

A bit of a controversial one! But this film has to be my all time favourite festive film. It just makes me feels so nostalgic and takes me right back to my childhood. We would always save this film for our Christmas Eve family film all snuggled up on the sofa with hot chocolates and lots of whipped cream. The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic Charles Dickens novel, A Christmas Carol which is a tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption of Christmas Eve. A must see for all families especially because in this adaption there are some modern songs, who doesn't love a good sing-a-long? 

The Polar Express 

Oh The Polar Express! Isn't it the sweetest little film. I remember watching this film for the first time years ago with my Nan and it always reminds me of her. I would always pop around her in December and she would make me one of those special hot chocolates of her and we would watch it together. You're never too old for cuddles of hot chocolates with your Nan. Now it feels so goof to create the same atmosphere with my own daughter who adores the film and wants to find the polar express every time we see a train. This exciting adventure is based on a children's book by Christ Van Allsburg. The film takes a young boy on a magical train journey that shows him that wonder of life never fades, if you believe! 

The Santa Clause 

This film us such a classic! The festive films of the 90s really brings back so many memories as a child, it feels so strange to be recreating those types of memories with my daughter. However, she did make me laugh when she asked why the mobile phones were so big in the film - she certainly made me feel old. But if you want to get into the festive mood then I would highly recommend you watching all three movies. 

The Grinch

The Grinch! But the Jim Carey version because, well he is bloody brilliant! We love Dr. Seuss in our household with a slight obsession with The Lorax. I couldn't even guess at how many times we have watched that film together. I'd like to say that we watch The Grinch at Christmas, but we start watching this one from July onwards, she never tires of it! The Grinch hates everything do with Christmas. So much so that he lives so far into the mountains with his dog so he can't be disturbed. But, one day he has an idea to steal Christmas. The Grinch then travels down to the village and tries stealing everything he could and meets a little girl, Cindy-Lou. Is this one on your festive favourites?

Home Alone 

A timeless classic! But it really is so hard to choose between Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York though? They both have the festive feel and gets you all excited about Christmas, but which is better? My husband loves the first film, but for me Home Alone 2: Lost in New York just tops it off for me. I has a better story line than the first film and it always makes me fall in love with New York and the pretty lights! Visiting New York at Christmas time is on our travel bucket list. 

So what are your favourite festive films? 

Holiday Gift Guide For Men

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I don’t know about you, but I always feel like it’s difficult to shop for men. Men don’t require much and when they find something that they like or want they normally buy it for themselves. This makes it particularly tough to find something to get them for Christmas. There are only so many socks and Daddy cups you can get. So we have curated a great holiday gift guide for the men in the hopes that's you'll find something. 


HyperX Cloud Buds Wireless Headphones

We will kick off this holiday gift guide for him with these HyperX Cloud Buds Wireless Headphones, he will soon discover sounds he didn't think possible. These Bluetooth® earbuds are great for listening to music, streaming, or playing some games. These are next level that go above and beyond to make sure their next workout or commute is better than ever. The lightweight flexible neckband features an in-line mic and multi-function button so you can answer calls or change tracks. I like the fact that it comes with three ear tip sizes so you can get the perfect fit for all day comfort.


Flaming Lick Hot Sauce Subscription 

Got someone wo likes hot sauce? Why not get your foodie taste test lots of different hot sauce flavours with this hot sauce subscription. Flaming Licks is definitely for the ultimate hot sauce head! With three hot sauces, chilli jams, chilli chutneys, pickles or chilli inspired marinades coming through to their letter box each month - it's the gift that keeps on giving. 

Fortnum & Mason The Grosvenor Hamper

I adore a Christmas hamper that is filled with luxury treats to see you through the festive period. This Fortnum & Mason’s The Grosvenor Hamper includes a bottle of Vinho Verde, a bottle of Dao Tinto, the Fortum & Maon Royal Blend Tea, Champagne Truffles, Piccadilly Salted Caramel Biscuits and Pistachio and Clotted Cream Biscuits. For something with a smaller budget how about this John Lewis & Partners Festive Treats Hamper that is full of everything you need to indulge in over the Christmas period and more. From a bottle of Merlot and a Christmas pudding to mince pies, a luxury chocolate set, and chutneys, this gift will be the star of the show on Christmas morning. 

Original Arran Cheese Platter

Let’s talk about CHEESE! A cheese plate appetiser is an essential dish at festive gatherings and can make a really great gift too. We like to get cheese gifts or platters for our aunts or uncles, and they are always appreciated! You can pick up some great cheese gifts just like this Original Arran Cheese Platter that include Walker's Mini Oatcakes, Tuxford & Tebbett Creamery Blue Stilton, Arran Cheese with Chilli, Arran Mature Cheese, Arran Oak Smoked Cheddar. But that's not it they have also included Bradfords Granny's Best Pickle and Tomato Chutney. Yum!


Navy Blue Canvas Pumps

These Navy Blue Canvas Pumps from Next make a great casual look that will go perfectly with a pair of jeans and a formal shirt. It has been designed as a sporty slip on that is comfortable, fitted with a lightweight sole for a flexible ease. Perfect for wearing to the office on Fridays, on date night or guys night.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37

With most of us taking up some kind of exercise plan during lockdown in the summer and autumn. So to help keep to those goals why not add something that will help them stick to their new active lifestyle. The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37 is the running shoe that'll keep those 5Ks coming. They are so light, responsive, bouncy and durable and come in all black. 

Drake & Hutch Red Striped Socks

Socks! They are like a Christmas staple for men, aren't they? So of course we added some funky red striped socks into the holiday gift guide for men. Drake & Hutch have some of really funky designs that certainly have a British flare. There is a whole range that include stripes, polka dots, to camouflage, hearts and even palm trees. Drake & Hutch was first established in London by a group of young designers with the aim of creating underwear that is affordable and made with the same quality and attention to detail found in a bespoke suit.


Everlane The Boxer Brief

If you're not using Christmas as an excuse to replenish the pants and socks in the life of the man closest to you, you're doing it wrong. It is time to ditch those pants that fit in all the wrong places and choose something that is practical and comfortable. These Everlane The Boxer Brief are made from Supima cotton with a tailored fit for the ultimate comfort. 

Burton Navy Half Zip Jumper with Organic Cotton

Clothing isn't always the first choice when it comes to getting gifts for my husband, he has a certain style and he is so picky! I hate shopping for him, but there is always a safe go to! A good pullover jumper is always something he likes to have in his closet. This Burton Navy Jumper is lightweight half zip jumper is an essential item for his wardrobe all year round. With a classic fit in a soft organic cotton blend rich yarn, the fit of this style makes it wearable over a smart collared shirt under a blazer or alternatively over a T-shirt for more casual days.

Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide Chrome Edition Razor 

You can't really go wrong with a razor? It's something that they need and can never have too many of them. Just like this Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide Chrome Edition Razor which features 5 anti-friction blades for a shave you barely feel, and a chrome effect handle that lets you shave in style. With FlexBall technology, ProGlide responds to contours and gets virtually every hair. It will make a great stocking filler. 

Philips Series 9000 Prestige Beard Trimmer

If you’re going to invest in a new beard trimmer for Christmas, be it for you or a loved one. The Philips BT9000 Prestige is a high-quality stainless-steel body hand finished with ultimate attention to detail, giving you a lasting premium experience. With built-in metal comb, experience unmatched precision no matter how much pressure is applied. It leave you will soft, refreshed skin that you get when you visit a barber. 

Prada Luna Rossa Black

Aftershave is always a great choice and you can cater to all types of budgets. But perhaps get him something that he hasn't tried before and after a handful of those spritz cards I decided on a little luxury with this Prada Black with dry musky Amber set off with frothy Patchouli and Coumarine, with hints of Bergamot and Angelic slowly builds and crashes with seductive, masculine energy. It smells so GOOOOOD!

Personalised Joop! Homme 125ml EDT 

We always love picking up some budget friendly ones for family and friends. So this Joop Aftershave is the perfect pick. We also had the option to get our bottles personalised for our brother in law which I always think is a nice touch. It isn't something he tends to choose, but sometimes different can be a good change. The Firetrap Noir is another budget favourite the fragrance starts with tones of Verbena, pink pepper, pepper, with middles notes of nutmeg, patchouli, and a base expresses notes of civet. 


Heath Wash Bag Gift Set

A new wash bag is always a great practical gift, but a new wash bag filled with a new skincare regime is even better. You will never be without the essentials with this Heath Wash Bag Gift Set that is made from full-grain leather and canvas. Inside there you will find a whole range of essentials such as Hand Salve, Eye Serum, Face Wash, and a Moisturiser. 

The Fuzzy Duck Collection

Baylis & Harding have some of the best gift ranges out this time of year and most will find one of their gift sets under their tree. The Fuzzy Duck Collection is great for the everyday gentlemen who loves a little bit of luxury that leaves them feeling energised and revived. This Men's Fuzzy Duck Ginger & Lime Gift trio set comes with all the shower essentials you will need - hair and body wash, shampoo and shower gel. Ginger & Lime is a clean, masculine scent - a blend of citrus Lime and warming ginger to gently cleanse and uplift the senses. These shower combination will sure leave your feeling clean and revitalised. 


The Summerton Club Subscription Service

The Summerton Club is a premium spirits subscription service. You can choose from a monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly subscription where you will receive a beautifully-aged bottle of whisky, brandy or rum delivered directly to your doorstep. The perfect gift for my husband. I love that these are not ordinary bottles you will find at the supermarket, each bottle is carefully selected and that extra bit special. Some bottles aren’t even available to purchase in the UK yet and all deliveries sent out are worth more than the membership fee. The Summerton Club pride themselves in not only providing great value for money but a taste experience that any drink connoisseur will appreciate and love.

These gifts cover a wide range of creative interests and tastes that will bring smiles to their faces on Christmas morning. I really hope that this gift guide inspires you. Some of the items featured in this blog post have been gifted to me, but as always my words are my own. *Images are subject to copyright, please seek permission before using*

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