BLOGMAS: 22 sleeps…….

Weather: Milder but grey and damp

Carol/song of the day: hey little bull

Christmas/TV of the day: Planes, trains and automobiles

Christmas tip of the day: if you try to make Blue Bols ice lollies using Mr Frosty, they won’t freeze ❄️

It was a snuggly lazy Sunday morning for me and I didn’t want to get dressed as I was wearing the snuggliest and cosiest dressing gown and slippers. The dressing gown is from Asda Β£20 and the slippers are from Matalan Β£10 (more…)


BLOGMAS: 23 Sleeps…..

Weather: dreary and cold

Carol/song of the day: in the bleak midwinter

Christmas film/TV: Stella Christmas special

Christmas tip of the day: use flour and glitter to make Santa foot prints

Chilled day with the dogs, cleaning and watching Christmas specials on Xmas gold TV. We have had The Gruffolo, Mrs Brown’s Boys, Delia cooks Christmas, Father Ted and now Stella. the dogs are doing the usual….. nothing. (more…)

BLOGMAS: 24 sleeps…… πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„

Weather: freezing

Carol/song of the day: Away in a manger

Christmas film: Christmas with the Kranks

Christmas tip of the day: glitter in porridge oats makes fabulous reindeer food and will make your garden twinkle until June ✨


I have never done blogmas before and I am not quite sure if there are rules etc. Pffft to rules.

The only Christmassy thing I have done today is wear red lippy as I opened all the windows in my Tanya Burr advent calendar as I have 0 patience. Very nice it is too although rather gloopy and sticky.

I also threw a hissy fit as my outside lights are refusing to work – every bloody year! So amazon are bringing some more next week.

But Christmas at the house of mouse(ie) is good to go, 5 trees all looking jolly, tat all over my kitchen ~ I am a happy 🐭

Oh and here is my new Christmas gonk ~ Granville

God bless us everyone πŸ’–

“Bah!” said Scrooge, “Humbug!”

The Yankee Candle (Christmas Eve) is burning, my bank account has took a thrashing, there are lists about lists about lists and my blood pressure is off the scale…….IT MUST BE CHRISTMAS

For the record I am a Christmas fanatic.Β  I LOVE IT.Β  I do nothing but complain about it but I absolutely adore it and I drive my family bonkers. We used to have 9 Christmas trees but I have got this down to five.Β  My conservatory is a winter wonderland with the window freezes to prove it.

So what better on these cold and frosty mornings…afternoons and evenings than a good old Christmas film or TV special – here is a list of my personal favourites.

In no particular order…….

TV specials

  • Charlie Brown Christmas
  • The Raccoons Christmas Special
  • Lark Rise to Candleford
  • Grantchester
  • Mrs Brown’s Boys
  • Call the Midwife
  • Poirot – Murder on the Orient Express (not Christmas but lots of snow)
  • Gavin and Stacy
  • Father Ted
  • Only fools and Horses – all of them
  • Rugrats Christmas
  • Michael BublΓ©
  • To the Manor Born

And then the Films….

  • A Muppet Christmas Carol
  • Scrooge
  • Scrooged
  • Scrooge (again – alastair Simm)
  • Little Women (1938)
  • By the light of the silvery moon
  • Meet me in St Louis
  • The Santa Clause
  • National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
  • The Slipper and the Rose
  • The Bishop’s Wife
  • It’s a wonderful life
  • The Shop around the corner
  • Arthur Christmas
  • Elf
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Disney Very merry Christmas sing a long
  • Winnie the pooh and Christmas too
  • Beauty and the Beast – Belle’s enchanted Christmas
  • Love Actually
  • A mom for Christmas (Olivia Newton John)
  • The Christmas Gift (John Denver)


I have probably forgotten loads so will add as I remember them – but let me know if you have any recommendations



Return of the Mouse

Since my mum passed away in the summer I have had no motivation or inclination to come and update this blog.Β  My subscription boxes arrived and I could muster up a ‘meh’ – even the whole My Little Box debacle couldn’t lift me out of my fug.Β  Yes I was still make – up crazy and invested in a new ‘layout’ for my beauty studio (spare room) and went crazy time at the MAC store at Birmingham New Street Station but to actually write about it? Nah. (more…)

Elizabeth Arden ‘Lift and Firm foundation

To be frank, the only reasons I bought this are:

  1. it was Elizabeth Arden
  2. It was reduced from Β£32 to Β£6.99 – I kid thee not

I had no idea what it was when I got it – it was just CHEAP and in a really nice gold shiny box so even if the contents were rubbish it would make a nice ornament.Β  Yes I am THAT girl e.g I have Jo Malone Hand wash and Hand Cream in my bathroom and no-one is allowed to touch them as they are ORNAMENTS. (more…)

Soap and Glory Solar Powder

I got this bronzer when I got the primer, as it was on a 3 for 2 deal at Boots.Β  I also purchased the Supercat eyeliner I will tell you about that in another post.

The Solar Powder is a multi shade ‘shimmering’ bronzer. When you open it it looks like Benefit Hoola and Hoola light with a pink over spray covering the embossed S&G.Β  That over-spray comes right off and beneath it is just nice matte bronzers.

I love Hoola but sometimes it looks really muddy on me especially if I have been cack handed with it and I also struggle to blend it.Β  I have my eye one the Hoola Lite (birthday list kids!) as I think the colour would be better suited to me as I am very fair skinned.

I was a bit anxious to use this as I had had such disasters with the foundation and primer but this bronzer is GORGEOUS; its very (bingo key words coming up) Buttery, creamy, pigmented and blendable. Whoooo Hoooo – got a line, call bingo!

But seriously this is a lovely bronzer, it applies really nicely,Β  the colour suits my complexion and it lasts all day without fading or rubbing off.Β  I loves it 10/10

I still want Hoola lite though kids so get your money out and I also want the Benefit dandelion twinkle and Anastasia Modern renaissanceΒ  – not so subtle HINT