My grinch

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So why else would I be wide awake after 2 hours sleep with both my side window and skylight open wide to the world when it’s 3 degrees outside?!? Yup you’ve guessed it my Christmas Grinch the little horrible, paranoid, disgusting, hard to control panic attack that feeds off my subconscious and messes with my head.

Give it an inch and it will take a mile, be happy and it will find that what if and run with it. It wants me to think the worst and scare me and stop me from doing things! Yes I can get myself out of them and only a very, very small few have seen one take over me. But again it’s loving the fact it’s added one more person to the club.

You know what though panic attack I won this one, showed how I can beat you and get through it! I’ve figured out why I’m having you and how you are messing with my subconscious and feeding off my underlying fear of being hurt.  But hurt is part of life and may not ever happen, but the fear WILL for definite stop the happiness from happening!

So now I’ve figured you out and know you are trying to wreck the glue that is keeping all my broken bits stuck together I’m going to be me and win! Hate to tell you my little Grinch but this girl is naturally very stubborn, I’m head strong and as I grew up being told, very thran

Now it’s your turn to be scared because I can beat you and I will talk about what you are making me think and that way you have no hold over me and can fix myself.  I won’t have the fear of hurt stop me from living my life and being happy.

Mr Grinch, I’d give up cos I’m going to win this fight, if I beat cancer (yeah that little friend you like to tag along with) I can easily beat you!!!! As my Angels in the hospital tell me ‘now go and live your life!’ I will have the same thing in my head in my fight against you!!!

EEEeeeekkkks it’s Crimbo Jumper time!!!!! For Her

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Marks and Spencer –  Sequin Embellished Robin Jumper (T382111)

£28.00

http://www.marksandspencer.com/sequin-embellished-robin-jumper/p/p22413152

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F&F Holly Slogan Christmas Jumper
£16.00
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F&F Sequin Embellished Sprout Christmas Jumper
£18.00
 http://www.clothingattesco.com/womens-knitwear/f+f-sequin-embellished-sprout-christmas-jumper/invt/bm522404&bklist=icat,4,shop,christmas,womens-christmas-jumpers
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Tu – Cream Patterned Fairisle Jumper
£18.00
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George at Asda – Stag Sequin Jumper
£14.00
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George at Asda – Sequin Reindeer Tunic
£16.00
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George at Asda – Team Rudolph Christmas Sweatshirt
£10.00
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Matalan – Christmas Pudding Jumper
£18.00
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ASOS – Christmas Jumper with Baubles
£40.00
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ASOS – Brave Soul Oh Deer Christmas Jumper
£18.00
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ASOS – Club L Elfie Christmas Jumper
£20.00
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ASOS – ‘This Girl Loves Santa’ Christmas Jumper Dress
£40.00
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ASOS CURVE – Christmas Jumper With ‘I’m On The Naughty List’
£30.00
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Next – Candy Cane Sweater
£22.00
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Get the Label – Woman’s Reindeer Nose Christmas Jumper
£17.99
http://www.getthelabel.com/p/women/clubl-womens-reindeer-nose-christmas-jumper/44638?onSuccess=home&lng=&ctry=GB&channel=PWS&_$ja=tsid:45411|cid:213859994|agid:14524363274|tid:kwd-140370918794|crid:49153481114|nw:g|rnd:4026071805720044013|dvc:c|adp:1o6&gclid=Cj0KEQiAsZayBRCrioKRkYetvc0BEiQAI70-A5gE7HUfpOj__2iu8wGwTHyXj7XWpE3n8pAJgoL7BqcaAlxI8P8HAQ

Eeeeekkks it’s Crimbo Jumper time!!!! For Him

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ASOS –  Christmas Jumper with Snowflake Design

£28.00

http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-Christmas-Jumper-with-Snowflake-Design/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5608100&cid=14622&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Burgundy&totalstyles=107&gridsize=3

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New Look – Grey Reindeer Christmas Jumper

£19.99

http://www.newlook.com/shop/mens/knitwear/grey-reindeer-christmas-jumper-_347103504

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Asda Direct – Home Alone 2 Christmas Jumper

£15.00

http://direct.asda.com/george/men/jumpers-cardigans/home-alone-2-christmas-jumper/G005225431,default,pd.html

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F&F – Gingerbread Man Christmas Jumper

£12.00

http://www.clothingattesco.com/mens-knitwear/f+f-gingerbread-man-christmas-jumper/invt/es522405&bklist=icat,4,shop,christmas,mens-christmas-jumpers

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Tu – Navy Reindeer Christmas Jumper

£16.00

http://tuclothing.sainsburys.co.uk/tustorefront/?pagetype=product&productcode=128648455-Navy

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Burton – Navy ‘Funny Snowman’ Christmas Jumper

£20 Was £25.00

http://www.burton.co.uk/en/bruk/product/navy-funny-snowman-christmas-jumper-4864923?geoip=noredirect&cmpid=ppc_pla_UK_ip&utm_medium=cpc&istCompanyId=2ce96ba2-dcd5-416e-9d2e-419beaae72b0&istItemId=mltwptppm&istBid=tztx&gclid=CjwKEAiAmqayBRDLgsfGiMmkxT0SJADHFUhPTAbIMmIzWGYx-dw2JH_eSjXQ58aEg9nopQq9ASmofhoCpTDw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

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ASOS – Christmas Jumper with Unwrap Me Design

£22.00

http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-Christmas-Jumper-with-Unwrap-Me-Design/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5607698&cid=14622&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=-1&sort=-1&clr=Blue&totalstyles=107&gridsize=3

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ASOS – Reclaimed Vintage Christmas Sweatshirt With Slogan

£30.00

http://www.asos.com/Reclaimed-Vintage/Reclaimed-Vintage-Christmas-Sweatshirt-With-Slogan/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5948728&cid=14622&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=-1&sort=-1&clr=Black&totalstyles=107&gridsize=3

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Next – Red Reindeer Crew

£25.00

http://www.next.co.uk/g412282s2#385422

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Next – Grey Patterned Stag Crew

£26.00

http://www.next.co.uk/g94126s3#141339

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Next – Red Patterned Crew

£26.00

http://www.next.co.uk/g942126s1#397804

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 Debenhams – Red Herring Navy ‘Merry Christmas’ Jumper

£30.00

http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_099010558643_-1

 

Fabulous Friday!!!!

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Even though I don’t work Friday’s I don’t actually know what I’ve been doing these last few weeks with my day off! Yesterday however was fabulous, well spent, and productive. . . The perfect Friday and start to the weekend!

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Bills paid, timesheets emailed and a table for dinner booked, time to be even more productive and use the left over, extremely ripe bananas for a Banana loaf cake, one as normal see my recipe here and the other I added dark chocolate chunks.

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For lunch it was an extremely long, overdue catch up with one of my oldest best friends, fabulous food and even better company!

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We tried out Haptik in Newtownards.

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I went for the housemade maple bacon baked beans on toasted sourdough and a fried egg.

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Followed by a piece of chocolate Guinness cake.

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And to warm me up on what was a freezing day, a little pot of tea!

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Later on that night it was date no 2, this time with my two other besties.

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We headed to Chiquito, Victoria Square in Belfast for dinner. This was my first time and I was very impressed!

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What topped it off was the fact I got to wear the Sombreo. . .  Eeeks!!!

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Yup and I MADE the girlies get involved too!!!

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I was good and stuck to my no alcohol in November and went for a mocktail.  This was the mango and passionfruit Agua Fresca.

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We then decided we would order off the Christmas Menu, I wasn’t even going to open the main menu, just too many delicious meals to choose from, so we kept it simple.

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I started with the nachos, removing the jalapeños the heat was perfect for a wimp like me!!!

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Next up I tried tacos, I’ve always wanted to try these before and they were beautiful!

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Finally I ended with the chocolate hazelnut filled churros, these were lovely, but honestly for me I could only manage 2 max as I find them quite heavy if I ever get them anywhere.

So Friday was a busy one but fun filled and a perfect start to the weekend 🙂

A perfect little gift

Check out this stunning little gift set from By Sam Mercer . Designed as a Christmas Box I think this would be perfect as a gift set any time of the year!

Each box includes a headscarf, bow pin/brooch and a set of shoe clips.  A perfect collection of Sam’s key pieces, and what stunners they are, as someone who has a few of Sam’s headscarves I can verify the high quality of these stunning pieces.  Never a day goes past when I wear them that I don’t receive a compliment!

Take a closer peek . . .

I have to say and drop the hint to Santa (I know you are reading) that I am busting to get my hands on one of the pin/brooches, but to use in my hair, to style my messy top knot.

To order one of these perfect little gifts contact Sam through her facebook page.

Or for that other half in your life or gift buyer share this post, just a subtle hint through email, facebook or twitter.

Nailed it

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Looking for a quick and easy nail art design for the Christmas Party Period, why not try these?

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I used two Model’s Own polishes, something dark and something metallic and shimmery for the party season.

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The dark base colour is model’s own ‘In The Navy’ – NP012 and the spots are the model’s own ‘Champagne’ – NP073.

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Start of painting two coats of your dark base polish (you might want to go for a black or dark red rather than a navy). Then using a dotting tool, brush or tooth pick add your metallic random sized and spaced out dots.  Once dry don’t forget to make your nails pop by applying a glossy clear top coat. (ps pick any metallic colour that suits your style or outfit this season, model’s own have a great range)

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And there you have it, simple and easy and most importantly mega quick! Everyone will think you have either used nail foils, had them done professionally or spent ages doing them. Perfect to match a party dress.