Thursday, 20 December 2012

Warner Bros Film Review Round Up....

Well its that time of year that many of us feel like snuggling up with a soft blanket, and a creamy hot chocolate in hand to watch a DVD or two. It is actually three in this case as Warner Bros sent us 3 films to watch. Three great choices to watch this Christmas time.... 


First up was New Year's Eve, which in my opinion is a great DVD to watch during this festive time.


 "New Year's Eve celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts in the intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year." --(C) Warner Bros.

 Basically it follows the lives and relationships of many on News Year's Eve and although there were quite a lot of different story lines and plots to follow, I did just about keep up. I would say it is possibly an attempt at Love actually, that perhaps doesn't quite make it but enjoyable for me all the same. Its a very girly movie in my opinion, and has quite some stars in it, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Halle Berry, Ashton Kutcher, Robert De Niro, and Jon Bon Jovi to mention just a few. I would describe it as a feel good, romantic movie, entertaining and a perfect Sunday morning watch.

Next up was The Dark Knight Rises....

  

Not being a big fan of super hero films, I decided to give this a go and it was, it has to be said quite a production. An action packed and entertaining film, with some great visuals. With Christian Bale adding emotional depth as Batman and Michael Cain giving a fantastic performance I was drawn into the story and plot line of this dynamic film. Despite his tarnished reputation after the events in the Dark Knight, in which he took the rap for Dent's crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force which is struggling to cope with Bane's plans to destroy the City. There is a lot of suspense that keeps this film exciting and with many a twist and turn. Its quite a long film though I was kept entertained throughout. I would definitely recommend this as one to watch.  

Finally we have the children's film, which they (and I) loved. The Polar Express is a wonderful film to watch at Christmas....


It begins with a doubting boy and a group of other young children who board a magical train on Christmas Eve, that is heading towards The north Pole and the home of Santa Claus.. What unfolds is an adventure which the boy, during his magical ride, embarks on a journey of self discovery and shows him the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. We all snuggled up on the sofa for this one and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was the sort of film that got us all in the Christmas spirit and re affirmed our faith in Christmas. I felt the CGI was used well to capture the feel and essence of the film and made the film what it was. The scenery was just gorgeous and Tom hanks as the conductor who tells the boy, "The true meaning of Christmas is in your heart." was great as the character. Definitely a magical film to watch, especially at Christmas and Master Poppins has watched it about 4 times already, he loves it :)   

So some great movie choices there to keep us entertained, and all of which can be found on  Amazon

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Disclosure: We were sent 3 DVD's for the purpose of this review blog post, all words and opinions are my own, unless stated. 




  

Monday, 17 December 2012

A Charity Shop Girl At Heart....

" It is not important what is under the Christmas tree, but the people who are around it...."

....However Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without giving a little gift or two and this Christmas I really wanted to put a lot of thought in finding gifts for my loved ones. Sometimes I really can't believe how much money is spent at Christmas, often it seems the more money is spent on someone the more we must care. Of course this is not the case and for many, who like me, simply can't afford to spend hundreds of pounds on gifts at Christmas, I like to moochy around the charity shops. I really enjoy thinking of what that person may like and so many times have found the perfect gift for a loved on in a charity shop. you just never know what you may find in there....

Oh how I loved this. Perfect for Master Poppins who shall have hours of fun with these ever so retro pocket binoculars which I think were made in Japan, and from the 60's....





He shall absolutely love these binoculars, and I think an utter bargain for £. I can't wait for him to view the world through them. As for my next charity shop fine, I can only give a peeky as I wouldn't want someone to spy it before the big day. I adored it as soon as I saw it and I knew would be the perfect gift for somone special. Hopefully she shall fall in love with it like I did....




I couldn't help but pick up a Christmas pretty or two along the way. As I have somewhat of a silver theme going on with the tree this year, I loved these NOEL decorations, 4 for £1....




They really do go so nicely with the rest of the tree....




My humour really knows know bounds as I just HAD to have this kitsch gnome that makes a little 'noise' when one walks past it. Well worth the £1.95 price for all the laughter we've had already. This is going to be a special treat for a person who I know shall really appreciate it ;)


And for you to appreciate it, I think you need to have a listen ;)

How the children and I managed not to giggle away I don't know....

   

Now this little £3.95 charity shop number may not look like the kind of gift one would like to unwrap on Christmas day....


Not my usual pretty little number huh, but kinda cute. He is actually an original, handmade in Norway Ny Form Troll, which being the Speed Skater troll, has now been discontinued. You can read about the trolls here if you fancy. It was actually Miss.Poppins who spied this one in the charity shop as she thought was a bit of a bargain and knew the original trolls, especially the discontinued ones could fetch a bit. Think I'll take her every time we go troll hunting....



Ah, I think he has rather grown me and have thought of the perfect person he can go to for Christmas. They apparently bring good luck too, so actually I think quite a sweet, unique gift and he still has his original label....




There really is something quite special in my opinion of having a vintage Christmas. I think it is perhaps the nostalgia of it all and I just love helping myself to a choccy or two served in a pretty vintage dish....


So bring on the Sinatra.... 


And gather those we love around the table to remember days gone by....


Merry Christmas one and all :))

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Saturday, 8 December 2012

It's Beginning to Feel A Lot Like....

....CHRISTMAS. 

Finally, after some days of feeling under the weather, poorly and generally not feeling like doing anything, I  found the energy to begin the decoration of the tree. I find Christmas a really cheery time and love looking at everyone's pretty decorations and the twinkling lights on trees always bring a smile to my face. This year I have stepped away from my normal traditional red/white look and gone for a somewhat silver look. I thought it would have a cold feel to it but actually I really, really like it. When we got tree #2 (long story, tree #1 didn't quite work out) in its little stand with water and stretched out the branches, it was time to get the decorations out. I am really happy with the look....   


The silver aspect rather than giving a cold feel, actually looks very pretty and there is certainly enough sparkle on there. The Poundland butterflies are perfect and so easy to just clip on....


Decorations I already had  from over the years also suit the look....   

It did feel strange though leaving off all my red decorations, but I have dotted some of favorite ones around the house so they can still be admired. I think this little Bonne Mamon jar I had and popped some candy canes in looks cute. The ribbon I glued on creates a special Christmas touch....


I had bought these 12 baubles a while ago from the charity shop for £1, they are beautifully vintage, and so pretty I had to photograph them twice. I cant wait to get them on the tree.... 

So until I am feeling a bit more with it, and can finish all of it off with the children, we kind of have a 3/4 decorated tree, but I think looks good for now...

 Nearly there....

Merry Christmas one and all. Have you got your tree up yet?

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Friday, 7 December 2012

Splitster Review....

A little while ago the children were sent this Splitster Stunt Car to have a play with and see what they thought. It's a great little stunt car with a cool tumbling and spinning action that provides hours of fun for  children....
The wheels light up giving a great effect and it even stands up and spins on the top. It flips, bounces and in my opinion is a great product for both boys and girls. It is operated by remote control with a rechargeable battery and the levers were pretty straight forward for my children to use on the controls. The wheels are actually quite soft so no real damage can be done indoors, but I would defiantly recommend this for outdoor play to get a real feel for what the stunt car can do. Anyway here it is in action....




All in all a super little stunt car, that provided my little Poppins with some great entertainment and I of course couldn't resist having a little go ;) The Splitster is available from Amazon and is priced at £19.99.

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Disclosure: We were provided with one Splitster Stunt Car for the purposes of this blog post. All words and opinions my own. 

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Inspiring Hallmark Advent Calender....

With Christmas advent calenders being eagerly opened each day here by my little Poppins, I thought I would share a very special advent calender that I love to take my own little peek at each day too. It has been created by Hallmark and is a great advent calender to help inspire you over Christmas....


The calender, which you can find here has some great tips and many a little project on offer, as each day until Christmas Eve a magical window opens to reveal ideas such as seasonal recipes, handmade gift ideas, and even Christmas make-up tips. I gather the little project behind the magical window on December 13th is going to a be a sweet little one, and yes is provided by my very self ;) Of course I don't want to give too much away, other than say if you love a pink Christmas (like I do) you shall hopefully likey :)

I myself am looking forward to popping back there tomorrow to see what the next little inspirational treat is up on offer :)

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Monday, 3 December 2012

Christmas At Poundland!....

Oh my, where is the time going? I think my real life 'to do' lists are stretching sooooo long that blogging has taken a bit of a back seat of late. Especially at this time of year I really love reading other people's festive blog posts near Christmas so am hoping to get my Christmas blogging hat on. Talking of Christmas, a little while ago Poundland who have a blog were inviting customers to apply and offer their services to become a Poundland Ambassador. Well I couldn't resist applying, especially as I have purchased many a pretty and useful item from Poundland and indeed is a store where many a bargain can be found. Soon I was told that I was to become one of their Ambassadors and I was to take part in monthly challenges to share my experiences of the store, goods purchased, and general customer service. My children like it there too, and I occasionally offer them a little pocket money to pop in and choose some £1 items. I wanted to include them very much in these challenges.

Here are all the ambassadors involved....


     

This months challenge was of course focused on Christmas and we were to purchase items from many of their different ranges on offer. So with a £20 gift voucher in my purse I made my way to the store for this months Christmas challenge. I was to pick at least two Christmas inspired items from these Poundland ranges....

Christmas Wrapping & Accessories 
Christmas Gifts (Adult)
Christmas Stocking Fillers (Children)
Christmas Party (Beauty/Clothing)
Christmas Tree Decorations
Christmas General Decorations
Christmas Table Decorations
Christmas Sweets
Christmas Homeware

The two extra items left over could be purchased from any of the ranges. Of course the children wanted to head straight over to the sweet isle ;) 




Well they had to pick Santa didn't they ;)




Then it was on to Christmas wrapping and accessories. These cute, vintage inspired labels caught my eye and in the basket they went....




I must have chosen wisely as later on that evening whilst reading one of my house-y magazines, there they were as a top item to buy this Christmas....




I also picked out some pretty Christmas ribbon and bows that I knew would coordinate nicely with my Christmas wrapping paper already purchased.... 




Christmas gifts chosen for the adults were this pretty trinket box and iphone cover....


I chose the cute Christmas stocking fillers for the children as a surprise, I just loved the cute light up brooches.... 




Next up it was beauty and clothing. I am finding in this bitterly cold weather my hands need a bit of tlc so chose something to make those hands of mine look as best they can at Christmas festivities....  


We had great fun picking decorations for the tree and these beautiful butterflies came away with us...


 I am going a little different this year and where normally I would opt for a red/green/gold traditional theme for our tree, I am going very girly and colourful. So lots of pinks, blues, silvers and I can't wait to get decorating the tree that we purchased over the weekend. For general decorations we decided to include our two extra's as well, so our 4 items were this cute little snowman decoration....




 Oh we love him and I have seen very similar items in other stores that cost much more than a pound. Then Miss. Poppins wanted a little Chrismas tree for by her bed and when she saw this one for a £1 she knew it would be perfect. She can't wait to get decorating it....




She also saw these cute dog window stickers, how could I say no. TOO CUTE....




Our final choice from the general range was one I picked and I thought would go perfectly with my colourful and girly theme this year....



I love a pretty table at christmas and I do like a traditional feel to it, so from their table wear range I opted for 2 of these charger plates in a lovely Christmas red....(more were indeed bought by myself)




For our final 2 items from homeware, we picked a useful roaster tray and some festive tea towels....


So in my opinion we chose a really good variety of Christmas items and I think a great Christmas stash for only £20....



 I am really pleased with the items and so far the quality is really good. The shopping experience itself was quite fun, and staff were helpful when I asked about their different ranges etc. Some may point their nose up a little at 'bargain stores' such as Poundland and the like, but as we all know, money doesn't grow on tress and I for one am never shy of hunting out that next bargain ;) They also have a great Pinterest page that can be found here

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Disclosure: We were provided with a Poundland shopping voucher to the value of £20 for the purposes of this blog post. Many other items from Poundland were also purchased by myself.