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Day 38 – 2 Minute Read on Hair πŸ’‡

New year’s resolution: spend more time having fun!

With that in mind, here’s some easy, messy hair inspiration to save you time 😘 

Thanks for the photos!

Happy Tuesday πŸ˜πŸ’›

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Day 36 – Christmas!

It’s Christmas Eve! I hope you’re snuggled up with some mulled wine and a Christmas jumper, enjoying yourselves πŸ˜πŸŽ… 

Without further ado, I’ve collected up some Christmas songs for your playlist before Santa comes β›„

  • Christmas in the air (tonight) – Scouting for Girls
  • Driving home for Christmas – Chris Rea
  • One more sleep – Leona Lewis
  • Last Christmas – Wham
  • Santa’s got a big bag of soul – The Soul Saints Orchestra
  • Bastille’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’ cover
  • Lonely this Christmas (cover) – Elvis Presley
  • Merry Christmas Baby – Ray Charles
  • White Christmas – Otis Redding
  • Christmas Lights – Coldplay 
  • Fairytale of New York – The Pogues ft Kirsty MacColl
  • Shake up Christmas – Train
  • Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley
  • Just like Christmas – Low
  • All I want for Christmas is you – Mariah Carey

Merry Christmas!! πŸ˜πŸŽ…πŸŒ²

xo

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Day 35 – Sweden

This chilly weather has got me thinking about Scandinavia and, more importantly, about food. My parents worked in Sweden for many years and still miss it to this day so, naturally, Swedish food comes out in the form of a smorgasbord whenever we have a big celebration e.g Christmas Eve tomorrow!

Here are 7 of the best foods to try in Sweden (they’re not all Christmassy) πŸ’›πŸ’™

1. Marabou chocolate is perfection. Try the milk or daim versions and the rolls are amazing!

2. Toast Skagen – these are basically open shrimp sandwiches with mayo, salad and sometimes even caviar! Decadent 🐟

3. Chai lattes – I know, I know, you can get these in any country that has a Starbucks but believe me, the Swedes have taken this spicy drink to a whole new level! Try Espresso House if you can 😘

4. Jansson’s temptation – this is the classic and delicious potato and fish combo that we Brits know and love but in an even more comforting bake!

Recipe here!

5. Semla – a cardamom spiced bun filled with cream, what more could a person want? Eat with coffee or warm milk β˜•

6. Kalles kaviar – trust me on this one, it looks weird but it’s so tasty served on toast or Swedish crispbread with egg and/or cucumber:

7. PrinsesstΓ₯rta – said to have been a royal favourite, this is the famous green cake that everyone needs in their life. Go and channel your inner princess πŸ‘‘

Thank you for the good-enough-to-eat photos πŸ™ŒπŸ˜

Happy Christmas Eve’s Eve! πŸŽ…β›„πŸŒ²πŸΎ

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Day 33 – A Great British Christmas

Santa, I’ve been a bad daily blogger this Christmas but I’m back from my travels so I can catch up πŸŽ…πŸ˜€ 

In honour of being back in the UK, I thought I’d share a few of the unusual things that Brits do at Christmastime (whether we would admit it or not πŸ˜‰)

1. We all pour alcohol on a pudding and set it on fire…

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2. We wish and wish for snow and then panic when we get it

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3. We’ll desperately try anything to get rid of leftover turkey but end up throwing it into a curry with all the veg anyway πŸ—

(Recipe here, as if you need it)

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4. Whether to grumble about it or to nod along, we put the Queen’s speech on the TV and then debate it

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5. On second thoughts, we get grumpy enough to debate anything, really:

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6. We pull Christmas crackers and then wear the paper hats to eat our dinner 😍

The countdown is on, thanks for reading!

πŸŽ…πŸŒ²πŸ‘Ό

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Day 31

Since this is the time of year for dreams to come true, I’m bringing you a list of things to hope for: Foreign foods that the UK (and maybe everywhere else) needs more of!

I hope you enjoy 😁

1. Swiss raclette πŸ§€ yes, it is exactly how it looks – take a big cheese, melt it, scrape it over potatoes…

2. Russian waffle sandwiches (мягкиС Π²Π°Ρ„Π»ΠΈ). You heard me, the Russians are SANDWICHING waffles 😍 fillings include jam, buttercream, a combo of both, caramel, even a chewy marshmallow.

3. Dutch fries with mayo, ketchup and onion (trust me, perfect combo)

4. Khachapuri – a Georgian staple food that is basically deep pan pizza dough made into a boat and filled with cheese and egg or meat. Other variations include lobiani which is flat and filled with beans.

5. Sokolatina (σοκολατινα) – this is a beautifully decorated Greek chocolate cake made by alternating chocolate sponge and mousse!

6. Cailler chocolate – somehow our supermarkets prefer Lindt but Swiss brand Cailler comes in so many flavours that your heart will ache for what we don’t have 🍫

7. Skioufihta (σκιουφιχτα) is a Greek pasta dish. In Crete the pasta is hand rolled into little tubes and then cooked with stock and cheese! Simple and delicious.

8. Humita – I haven’t even tried this glorious, Latin American, steamed sweetcorn creation in its homeland but in a fairly authentic Argentinian restaurant in the Netherlands and it was delicious!

9. Π‘Ρ‹Ρ€ΠΎΠΊ (pronounced sirok) – how do I even begin to describe this… It’s like the miniature, individually packaged lovechild of a cheesecake and a choc ice that you can eat for breakfast, as a snack or for dessert. Often they come with fillings like jam or caramel as well πŸ™Œ

    Thank you for reading!

    πŸ˜πŸŽ„πŸΈπŸ•

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    Day 30 – Travel

    I know I said that this wasn’t intended to be a travel blog but today I have to break my rules (again) πŸ™ˆ

    The Netherlands at Christmas is something you have to see, especially Leiden. I’ve been to Leiden a few times and it never disappoints but even I was amazed by how beautiful it is at Christmas!

    The best thing about Leiden at this time of year is the floating Christmas market

    The market is assembled on barges in the centre of town and you can even ice skate where the water used to be.

    At/near the market you can also:

    – Have a beer and soak up the atmosphere! There is a stand in the market serving Pronck, a highly recommended local beer. Also the waterside pubs like Einstein have outdoor seating under the Christmas lights with blankets.

    – Visit bakeries such as Bakker Van Maanen and Jacobs which have special Christmas treats (they’d also make great presents)

    – Pop in to the Waag bar for a boozy coffee or a hot chocolate!

    – EAT DUTCH WAFFLES or maybe go to Oudt Leyden for enormous, xl pizza sized pancakes πŸ•

    Photo credit to 3rdspaceproject!!

    – Buy Christmas decorations, gifts, scarves, hats, jumpers, socks… All things festive!

    Have a beautiful evening πŸŽ…πŸ˜

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    Day 29 – Christmas β›„

    Last minute Christmas present finders – this post is for you!

    I’m travelling a lot this Christmas so (for slightly self-serving reasons) I thought I’d have a look for easy DIY Christmas gifts. 

    The good news is they exist, the better news is that I’ve made a list!

    Happy crafting πŸ™Œ

    Candy cane sugar scrub? Yes please, Santa πŸŽ…

    Or a gingerbread one!

    Why not make this sweet festive treat

    …Or its citrussy, gin flavoured cousin?

    Speaking of alcohol, what could be better than Christmas pudding vodka πŸΈ

    Or a gift that can be personalised to anyone’s tastes β˜•

    And this cute mug looks easy peasy 😍

    Finally, for those more artistically inclined, you could even personalise a tote.

    Thank you to everyone for your amazing ideas!

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