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With just over 2 weeks to go until Christmas, the Christmas light displays have been switched on, the annual Coca-Cola advert has aired and bloggers up and down the country have already been working hard on this month’s content for Blogmas.

Meanwhile, behind the scenes, we are all manically striving to find that perfect gift for our loved ones, locate that dress for our office party and make sure we have perfected that recipe for the Christmas cake. It is no wonder that for many the Christmas countdown can leave us feeling burnt-out. Don’t panic! I have just the thing for you, so put your feet up, pour yourself a drink and don’t forget the Quality Street, because I have some fantastic stocking fillers for you today from the lovely people over at MAD BEAUTY.

First up are the rather delightful hand sanitizers that not only feature a festive design but also smell incredible (cranberry, marshmallow and Cherry) and at £2.99 each they won’t break the bank.

Next up are some Disney themed goodies, these were such a lovely surprise as I absolutely loved Minnie Mouse when I was a little girl and desperately needed a hair band to help keep the hair off my face when applying my makeup, so when MAD BEAUTY sent me the cutest Minnie themed headband I couldn’t wait to try it on and again at £4.99 I think it is very reasonable in terms of price.

If you know someone that was born in the 80’s or 90’s then chances are they will probably remember the good old days of slush puppies after school. So if you are looking for a gift that will leave them feeling nostalgic then defiantly consider the trio of lip balms for £7.99. They would make a brilliant secret Santa gift.

 

Lastly, If you are looking for something to warm up those cold snowy winter nights, then MAD BEAUTY have also created a range that includes a pack of bath salts and a Christmas cracker featuring a mini hand cream with a fresh strawberry fragrance. I absolutely love the cute packaging as it means that you could potentially consider skipping the gift wrapping altogether.

Whether you are looking for vintage wash bags, stationary or affordable stocking fillers and gifts, MAD BEAUTY has you covered.

Who says affordable products have to compromise on ethical standards? Click here to read all about Mad Beauty and their animal testing policy.

Still need more festive inspo? Check out MAD BEAUTY and their website here.

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What will you be putting on your wish list this year?

Love Emma

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Last Friday, marked the beginning of December, a clear sign if there ever was one that Christmas is just around the corner. With the countdown already on, I have decided to share some of my favourite Christmas songs, with you guys.

Much to my Fiancé’s amusement, I have been blasting these out in the car, whilst we have been out and about doing our Christmas shopping. Each of these songs holds a special memory for me, from watching my favourite Christmas films such as ‘Home Alone’ and ‘Love Actually’ to taking part in my school Christmas concert and lastly dancing in our living room, whilst decorating the tree. So, without further ado, here are my favourite Christmas songs for the festive season.

Disclaimer: Prepare for some cheesy numbers and a few soundtracks from the ‘Home Alone’ movie.

  1. I wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Blizzard

  2. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee

  3. Do they Know it’s Christmas – Band Aid

  4. Last Christmas – Wham

  5. All I want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey

  6. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – The Jackson 5

  7. Somewhere Only We Know – Lily Allen

  8. Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea

  9. Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade

  10. Christmas Is All Around (Love Actually) – Billy Mack

  11. Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens

What songs are on your ‘Christmas playlist’ for 2017? Do you prefer classics or will you be the first in line to purchase the latest release from Rak-Su?

 

Love Emma

XxXx

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Dear Santa,

So I was wondering if you would consider revoking your decision to place me on the dreaded ‘Naughty List’ this year and maybe consider treating me to the following:

  • Good health for me and my loved ones
  • A happy family
  • Quality family time
  • Christmas dinner
  • Lush – Something Festive please
  • A phone case from iDEAL of Sweden
  • Socks – Cute and Fluffy
  • Marzipan Fruits
  • Astronaut Ice Cream
  • A new decoration for my tree
  • A canvas with Toby on (My Westie)
  • A nice photo album for me to record this year’s Christmas in
  • An Oasis Voucher

Did I mention there is a mince-pie and some milk in it for you? Don’t worry I will be sure to leave a carrot or two out for Rudolph and his pals.

P.S I promise to be good, but I can’t promise anything in relation to that tub of Quality Street or that bottle of Bailey’s.

 

Merry Christmas,

Love Emma,

XxXx

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After a lovely relaxing weekend in the Welsh countryside, it was time for me and Al to make the 258 mile trip back down South. Of course, with the temperatures dropping to a cool 3 degrees Celsius, poor visibility and an unfamiliar route, it came as no surprise when the dreaded orange light appeared on the dashboard and there were no petrol stations in sight. You could say this wasn’t exactly part of the plan at 1am in the morning.

However, if this whole experience has taught me anything it is: if we fail to prepare then we should prepare to fail. Whilst I haven’t passed my test yet, I think we can all benefit from a Winter essentials list for driving in colder temperatures, or simply when we set out on longer journeys. So, aside from anti-freeze, a scraper and a blanket what else should we take with us when driving home for Christmas?

Prepare Your Vehicle

  • Make sure your car has been serviced.
  • Test your brakes.
  • Check your tyre tread.
  • Make sure all of your lights are working and carry spare bulbs.
  • Make sure your battery is fully charged.
  • Check your wipers and wiper blades are working ok.
  • Make sure all of your fluids are topped up – windscreen wash, anti-freeze and oil.
  • Consider stocking up on the above essentials at the start of Winter.

Emergency Kit

  • Tow rope.
  • Snow shovel.
  • De-icing equipment.
  • A blanket to keep you warm.
  • A thermos flask with a hot drink or soup.
  • Wear warm clothes.
  • Snacks in case you get stranded.
  • A fully charged mobile phone.
  • A working torch.
  • A well stocked first aid kit with foil blanket.

Prepare for your journey

  • Check the weather forecast before setting off on a long journey.
  • Avoid making long journeys or travelling if conditions are bad.
  • Keep your fuel tank near to full – We nearly learnt the hard way!
  • Let someone know your route and what time you expect to arrive in case you run into difficulties.
  • Consider a map in case your sat nav or phone dies on you.

These are just some of the ways you can prepare for travelling in colder weather such as snow, rain or severe wind. Of course, there are many other ways you can ensure that you and your passengers stay safe, such as ensuring you reduce your speed. If you would like more information on travelling in Winter then you can check out the ROSPA website for more tips and the AA website also sells winter kits for under £30.

Will you be making any long journeys before the New Year? How do you make sure you stay safe? I would love to hear from you all.

Not sure how to perform basic service checks on your vehicle? Check out Cars.com for further tips and advice.

 

Love Emma

XxXx

 

*La Blonde Voyage was compensated to write this post on www.lablondevoyage.co.uk.

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“Firewood” Fine Art Print $40

Still struggling to find a unique present for that man in your life or for your stationery loving friend? Then I have two very exciting gift ideas from as little as £20.

First up is Etta Vee a little online boutique whose work oozes vibrancy and captures your heart with a single glance. Her hand painted pieces are absolutely stunning. If you want to own your own little masterpiece then you seriously need to check out her online shop where she sells everything from phone cases, notepads, painted glass, paintings, fine art prints, ornaments and so much more.

Notebooks $27

I feel incredibly lucky that by pure chance I had stumbled across Etta Vee on Instagram as her work is a little slice of heaven and I will defiantly be purchasing some pieces from her for my loved ones as well as asking Santa to bring me my own little piece of Etta Vee. Trouble is I can’t quiet decide on whether I need a new phone case or a piece of wall art more.

Cooper Hand painted glass ornament $25

Sunset in Normandie iPhone Case $20

Next up is the very talented Kip from Karte Graphik who’s paper-cutting skills bring to life worldwide cities literally on paper. From as little as £35 Kip can take a simple city and transform it into a gift that is perfect for capturing a special moment in time. If you are newly engaged, then why not consider having a design of where you both got engaged? I for one love the idea of having Venice on my wall above our fireplace reminding me of that special moment that sealed our fates as each other’s future husband/wife. Kip can also create customised pieces from £110 that are unique to the recipient.

Berlin £35

London Brixton £35

Upper West Side NYC £50

If you would like to see more of Kip’s work then you can do so by clicking on the links below for more information and images.

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Have you started your shopping yet?

Love Emma

XxXx

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