5 Films I Want To Watch This Christmas | My Christmas Watchlist

On a Saturday evening I much prefer to curl up with a book than watch films – though I’m sure that’s no surprise to you! However, when Christmas comes around I do tend to be watching more telly. I watch the same Christmas films every year which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense because I still haven’t watched all of the classics. Today’s post is a list of Christmas films I really want to watch this year! You’ll be ashamed by the amount of American films I haven’t watched 😂

Miracle On 34th Street

It’s on the shelf but still wrapped in its plastic film! I’ve heard many good things about this one so it’s a priority for this year. If it wasn’t for my long to-do list, I’d definitely go and watch it now.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

I don’t know if I should class this as a Halloween or Christmas film! I’m still putting it on my watchlist for this month though. So many of my friends have watched it that I feel a bit left out! It’ll be interesting to see what the hype is all about.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Some of you will definitely be shocked by this, but I’ve just never seen The Grinch! I have a brief understanding of the story line, though there is more festivity in watching the whole of it!

Love Actually

Rom-coms might be my all-time my favourite genre of films, though I’ve never watched one of the most iconic rom-coms of all time! I’m quite disappointed within myself, though not for much longer. I’ll try my best to watch this film soon!

Frozen II

Can you believe that Frozen was released 5 years ago? It seems like yesterday. I’m going to see this sequel next week and I’m quite excited for it. Though you may not class it as a Christmas film, all the snow and ice definitely has wintery vibes for me. Sequels are always disappointing, but it’s a children’s film so I will find enjoyment in it anyways!

That’s it for my Christmas watch list! I don’t think that I will have time for any more than five so I’m leaving it at that. You will find me rewatching all the Nativity’s at some point though!

What is your favourite Christmas film? Do you have a watchlist this year?

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My Christmas Bucket-List | 5 Activity Ideas For Winter

Thank you so much Zoe for the idea for this post! Make sure to check out her blog, YouTube and Instagram if you haven’t already. Between now and Christmas I’d like to complete a few festive things (big and small) and this post is going to be a place for all of those ideas! Also, if you don’t know what activities to do in the holidays, then this is a perfect place to find things to do.

  • Go to a Christmas/local market

This is an item on my list that I have already completed! Last Friday I went to a nighttime market after school and it was very jolly. All the Christmas lights are up in town so that definitely added to the coziness (despite it being freezing). I love buying local produce and this market was a hive for that sort of stuff!

  • Make a gingerbread house

This one is a bit ambitious but with patience I’m sure that I’ll be able to achieve it. Usually we buy a kit and just do the decorating. However, that doesn’t usually take long. So to make the project last a bit longer I’ve had the idea to make it from scratch! If it goes well then I’ll definitely post it on my Instagram.

  • Roast chestnuts

We do have chestnuts and we do have an open fire! Now the only thing we need is time.

  • Watch Christopher Robin on the sofa with a hot chocolate

This activity is much less demanding from the money-aspect of things. My mum and I really love Winnie-The-Pooh and when Christopher Robin came out we were immediately obsessed! We don’t yet have the DVD so that’s on the Christmas Wishlist. Christmas can be super busy so it would be nice to find a free afternoon to do this!

  • Make a Christmas/Winter wreath

Back in Autumn my friend and I made autumn wreaths out of all of the fallen orange leaves. I’d like to do the same but for Christmas. There’s not much foliage about in Winter but I’m sure I’ll be able to find some evergreens and pinecones! If all else fails we do have a wreath for the door but I thought that it would be nice to make my own this year. If you get your friends or family around it can be a great activity to do with them!

And that makes a perfect five things to achieve this season! If you end up recreating any of these ideas then do let me know via Instagram. I am aware that not all of my readers are Christian but hopefully you’ll be able to do some of these things without the Christmas twist! (such as making a winter wreath, or going to a local market) Thank you all for reading and have a lovely week!

What are your favourite Christmas activities? Do you have any winter traditions?

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Easy & Yummy Oaty Cookies Recipe | Perfect Alternative To High Calorie Snacks

Happy Friday!

Here’s another baking post for you. Today I’ll be sharing my no-longer secret oaty cookie recipe. They’re really easy to make (similar procedure to flapjack but with a few more ingredients) and taste amazing! An extra five minutes in oven makes them lovely and crisp, whereas ‘under’ baking them gives a lovely doughy texture. They’re not too unhealthy so I would really recommend them as an alternative to the packaged chocolate bars (it reduces your plastic waste as well). On to the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 75g wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder 
  • 75g porridge oats
  • 50g caster sugar 
  • 75g butter 
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup 
  • 2 tbsp milk

Method:

  • Sift flour into a bowl. Mix in baking powder, porridge oats and sugar. You could also use self-raising flour if that’s what you already have at home (saving you a trip to the shops!)

  • Melt the butter, syrup and milk in a small saucepan or in the microwave and stir. It should look like this:

  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined. It should look similar  to flapjack mixture!

  • Now preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. If you do this now then your oven will have heated enough before you have to put them in. Doing it right at the start (as most recipes recommend) is a waste of energy! It saves you money in the long-run too. 

  • Spoon onto a lined baking tray and shape into rounds, leaving space between each biscuit as they will spread whilst cooking. The recipe makes roughly 15 medium sized cookies. 

  • Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Leave to cool for 5 minutes before removing from tray. They taste really amazing when they are straight from the oven – and even better with a cup of tea!


Thank you for reading today’s post! If you do try out this recipe (it’s super easy, you don’t need to be skilled in order to do it) then I would love to see your recreations! Send me photos through Instagram or email me. 

What are your favourite cookies? Rich chocolate or light vanilla?

Stay tuned for my takeover on Neve Franks’s Positivity Blog tomorrow! Over on Instagram I will be doing the stories for the day and sharing my message of positivity. Go and give it a follow!

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Answering Your Questions About Books | Ft. Instagram

Hello, welcome back to my blog!

Today I will be answering some questions that you asked me on my Instagram story: all about books and reading. I found them all very good, but only picked ten! I hope you enjoy 😊

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Usually my bedroom where I can block out any noises, though the garden can be nice. My bed is very comfy and no-one can disturb me there!

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

You may have seen my cute beaded bookmark in my Instagram photos. I will always use that one, but if I don’t have it with me I’ll use a random piece of paper.

Can you stop reading at any point in time or do you have to stop at a certain point, page or chapter?

I try to read until a page ending in 00 (like 100, 200) though sometimes I have to put my book down at the end of a paragraph.

Do you eat or drink while reading?

I sometimes have chewing gum, or a glass of water. Though when I am drinking, I get a bit distracted from the book because I’m concentrating on two things.

Can you read whilst listening to music or watching TV?

I can read on the bus or train, though most of the conversation is blurred over eachother. However, at home, I can’t read with music or TV in the background. Music is too distracting and even ‘calm’ music is too much for me 😂

One book at a time, or several at once?

Just one at a time. I means I can finish them faster, usually.

Reading at home or everywhere?

Wherever I can! Library, train, social occasions even…

Do you read ahead or skip pages?

I do read very fast and miss things sometimes but I never skip pages!

Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Always silently, I don’t want people hearing the context of some of the books I read…

Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

Most of the books I read are borrowed from the library so I have to keep them in good condition! If it’s my own, I read it comfortably. If that breaks the spine then it’s just unfortunate. Though I try to keep them new so that I can give them to a charity shop with it looking nice.


Thank you for reading! I would love to hear your answers to these questions in the comments below.

I hope you have a lovely day!

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How To Be More Eco-Friendly (Even As Teens!)

Hello, welcome back to my blog.

I know many of you are passionate about cutting down on plastics and saving the environment, but how do we do that? I am sharing with you, today, some easy ways to make sure you are doing the best for the environment. So even though we can’t vote for better government, we can change a few things in our everyday life.

Don’t Buy Books

It will help save our planet and it will save you money! Use facilities like the library to read books. I am a massive bookworm, as many of you will know, but I don’t need books to prove that. I use the library, and occasionally a charity shop. If I ever buy from a charity shop, I always return it once I’ve read it. Not only does this help a charity, it helps you. You no longer have to find space to store that book.

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