Friday, 25 December 2015

VLOGMAS #4: Emotional on Christmas Eve!

The final installment of Vlogmas is here, which can only mean one thing... Santa's coming! 

Getting into the vlogging spirit this week was a little more difficult as I was feeling a bit emotional about approaching another Christmas with a few less family members. I think there can sometimes be a bit of pressure around the festive season to constantly be in a happy mood... I know I have definitely felt it this year.

I don't mean to be a Debbie Downer at all, so I did try and keep this vlog quite upbeat with a spot of festive baking! I made some more of my Gingerbread Cupcakes to take with me to Christmas Day lunch and also attempted to make Creme Caramel straight from my grandmother's own recipe books.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Hot Mulled Cider Recipe

I love baking all year around, but when it comes to Christmas time, I'm an absolute fiend in the kitchen and I feel I always have to be making or baking something. To me, there's something so homely and festive about a house smelling like gingerbread or sugar cookies. As much as I like to eat, I also love to drink! Steaming mugs of hot chocolate served with whipped cream are usually my drink of choice come Christmas time, but I thought I might switch it up this year and try out a mulled cider recipe.

Traditionally, this recipe calls for wine to be used instead of cider, served hot with an array of spices such as clove, cinnamon and star anise. What better 'Christmassy' flavours, don't you think?

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Friday, 18 December 2015

Drunk Dog, Christmas Lights & Going to Little Mix!

Enter week three of Vlogmas and we find ourselves only a week away from Christmas. Cue panic and stress over how many gifts I still need to wrap! Please tell me it's not just me?

This week, Sarah and I had our annual Christmas Movie Marathon where we got all cozy in our Christmas jumpers and watched some of our favourite festive films. We also headed to a popular Melbourne suburb which is well known for their Christmas lights every year. There's practically a whole street adorned with moving Santa's, glowing reindeer and candy canes dotted in every front yard, it's basically the epitome of Christmas and all things wonderfully festive.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Christmas Rumball Recipe

Don't let the title fool you, I promise this Rumball recipe is actually sans alcohol and very kid friendly, but I wouldn't object to adding a little rum in to get everyone into the festive mood. You'll thank me for this later when you're sitting around a table with your relatives and they start asking you why you still don't have a boyfriend. Is this just me?

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Get Ready With Me: Christmas Edition

I know I'm really into Christmas. I mean, I start thinking about and preparing for it from around September and I understand that most people would think I'm totally mad- (I am) but there is just something so wonderful and 'homey' about Christmas time that makes me feel so warm and fuzzy inside.

So it would come as no surprise to you that I have already started thinking about what I will be wearing for the big day and especially any parties leading up to Christmas too. I've already come up with a makeup look in my head, that (of course) includes a beautiful red lip, so I thought I would share this with you!

Friday, 11 December 2015

VLOGMAS #2: Christmas Shopping & Dog Washing

Kicking off week two of the Vlogmas festivities, I made a good dent in my Christmas shopping list, so I'm pretty happy about that and now have some presents I can start wrapping. I don't know about you, but I love giving gifts to people more than I enjoy receiving them. There's something so fulfilling about finding that 'perfect gift' that you know a friend or family member would love!

My brother and I also got around to washing our dog, Chilli who is a complete hydrophobe so that was an interesting task to say the least! He ended up running around the house in circles like a madman and even tried to bite the lens off my camera once or twice! He's an absolute nutter but so bloody cute so I can't help but forgive him!

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Christmas Decor Inspiration

Whether you're hosting Christmas this year or not, you can't deny that Christmas decorations really get you into the festive spirit. Seeing a lovely table laid out with beautiful decorations and bursting colours of red, green and streams of gold, makes it pretty impossible to be a grinch. 

This festive season, I wanted to inspire you with some beautiful decorations, table settings and even show you some sneak peeks of a few festive inspired recipes that will be appearing on this blog in the next month. So grab your mug of hot cocoa, rug up (if you're somewhere cold) and prepare yourself to feel as festive as possible by the end of this post!

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Making Gingerbread Houses with Melissa Bubbles

I've always wanted to bake and construct my own Gingerbread House and these feelings especially tend to crop up around Christmas time. Naturally, I thought I would kick off the Christmas festivities with a cute little collaboration with a fellow YouTube friend, Melissa Bubbles.

I am sure most of you are already familiar with our banter from previous videos but when the two of us get together to film, we are an unstoppable laughing machine!

Friday, 4 December 2015

Vlogmas Fail & I GOT SNAPCHAT!

If you were watching out for my really exciting announcement over on my Facebook Page earlier this week, you will already know that I am participating in Vlogmas this year! For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the concept of Vlogmas, don't you worry... I go into detail in my video below so watch out for that!

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

My 5 Summer Essentials

Before we spiral into a world of nothing but Christmas anticipation, I thought I would take a moment to address the fact that it's officially the beginning of Summer here in Australia. The next three months will (likely) bring terribly hot weather, dehydration and the inevitable sunburn. Trust me, no matter how much one 'slip, slop and slap's' there is still an 80% chance your skin will burn if you decide to step out of your house on a 'lovely' and 'breezy' 45C day. 

Okay, so the hot weather makes me a little more sarcastic than usual but honestly I can't stand the Australian Summer heat. I would much rather be with my relatives in Germany, rugging up and walking along the Christmas markets in the Winter snow. 

Alas, I am not a millionaire and cannot afford to constantly travel to avoid the Summer heat, so I thought I would share some of my top tips to staying cool this Summer.

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