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What I Got For Christmas in 2019 (Harry Potter, books…)

What I got for Christmas

Happy Boxing Day! I still have zero clue what meaning this day has but I know it’s a nightmare for my friends in retail. I love getting the chance to be a bit nosy and see what everyone got for Christmas. Even if you don’t celebrate it, I hope you had a great Wednesday anyway.

For the last few years all of the presents I get on the big day are ones that I buy myself. This isn’t as sound as sad as it seems. I have a list of items that I have my eyes on through the year and, if I still like them, I buy. Part of me thought that would be the case this year, but thanks to a Secret Santa and a uni friend, I had surprises!

It was great to feel like a typical Christmas for the first time in a while.

What I got for Christmas (for myself)

Hufflepuff Notebook (£7.99)

I’ve been drooling over this notebook for so many months and I could never justify getting another notebook. However, after almost a year, I just decided to get it! It’s so pretty! I love hardback notebooks! They last super well and the Hufflepuff design looks incredible!

What do you think I just use it for next year?

CHANEL No5 Deodorant (£36)

I bought this a few months ago before I knew someone was going to give me a pocket spray of it. This fragrance has such an important meaning to me since it was Mum’s favourite scent. Dad got it for her anniversary and I got carried on at Christmas. I really missed smelling this and it always makes me feel elegant when I wear it. You know the person who randomly smells their clothes to breathe in that nice smell? That’s me! Haha!

Thank you, Hannah!!

‘Live in the Moment’ 2020 Diary (£9.99)

I can’t find the link to this specific diary but WHSmith officially have some of the nicest diaries! I’ve been using their ones for around 10 years now and I’m never disappointed! I love getting the creative covered ones that are bright and hardback. This year I chose to get this quote because I need to learn to live more in the moment and not negatively.

Literally cannot wait to start filling it with all the dates I have for next year. I have a certain way of writing in my diary and it makes me more happy than it should!

Fellow stationery nerds get me!

13th Doctor Funko Pop (£9.99)

With the new series of Doctor Who starting next Wednesday, I think I timed getting this particular Funko Pop perfectly. It doesn’t take much to find out how much I have fallen for Jodie’s Doctor. She is so cool, intelligent, that usual Time-Lady quirkiness and Northern grit!

Got to say I missed a Northern Doctor since the 9th Doctor!

I wish I could have gotten her in her long jacket but I just couldn’t find that one when I was in The Entertainer. I hope to collect another next week for my birthday so fingers crossed I can get it!

RWBY: The Official Companion (£14)

This was a gift I got myself during my trip in London to see Ali! We headed into Forbidden Planet so I could look for this book and I almost didn’t get it. We were kind of pushing it a little for time to get my train but we fought! Steven Moffatt had been signing there an hour before and I missed him. I was gutted.

Thankfully a lovely guy who worked at the store pointed me in the right direction. It was even reduced from £28 to £14 so highfive for the fangirl luck. It’s £22 on their website right now! RWBY is an incredible show if you love fairytales, the Brothers Grimm and fantasy. It’s so fun to watch and really has you on the edge of your seat.

What I got for Christmas (from others)

Dumplin’ and Puddin’ (£7.99 each)

Both of these copies came from my amazing Bookish Secret Santa. It was my first time taking part in it this year and everyone was so nice! We even have a Valentines one planned for next year so that will be super exciting for this spinster! I watched Dumplin’ on Netflix and it was such a heart-warming and thought-provoking film. If you haven’t watched, please go check it out. The sequel Puddin follows the same kind of idea but with someone new and a whole different situation!

Severus Snape Funko Pop (£9.99)

Look who decided to show up at my Christmas! HE’S ALIVE!! You can never go wrong with a Harry Potter Funko as a present. At least in my books!

The Secret Language of Cats (£7.99)

Ever want to know what the heck your cat keeps meowing at you? This book is going to teach me all the subtle things about what sounds mean in certain situations. Very scientific with the whole looking at phonetics so, Santa, you might confuse me while I read this!

Bomb Cosmetics Funkadelic Gift Set (£8.40)

Never tried bath bombs in my flat bath so that is going to be an experience! According to the little leaflet on the top of the box, it has inside:

  • Paper Tiger Bath Creamer
  • Pure Therapy Soap
  • Sun Seduction Bath Creamer
  • Free Spirit Soap
  • Hypnobath Bath Blaster

I’m going to have a very chilled start to 2020! I love it!!

Hotel Chocolat Nano Slab Gallery (£10)

I had wondered what this was when I was received it. The box it was in made me think of a board game at first but I was so happy to see chocolate! I’ve never tried chocolate from this shop before but it looks so yummy! All the different slabs of chocolate are going straight to my thighs!

I’m doomed! Haha!

‘Angel Wings’ Yankee Candle (£15.99)

My first thought on unwrapping this candle?

WHOA! THAT IS A FREAKIN’ BIG CANDLE!!

I’ve never owned a candle this large before so it was a shock to see. Not an unpleasant one! It smells SO good and I can’t wait to burn it throught the year. It’s going to make my place smell gorgeous. I’m super grateful to Santa for getting me this especially with it being called ‘Angel Wings’. Perfect for my parents!

I never expected any presents from anyone I knew. I don’t live anywhere near family so was expecting just me and me alone. However, someone believed that I should be blessed with incredible friends this month. What I got for Christmas is going to last with me for a long time.

Thank you so much to Ali, Gemma and Joe for thinking of me!

What did you get under the tree this year?

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My Highlights From The Last Decade (2009 – 2019)

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I can’t believe I’ve managed to get through another decade. This last decade has been one of the toughest of my life due to losing 4 of my relatives. I also was diagnosed with severe depression & anxiety, had 2 big operations and had me saying goodbye. Though have been many, many heartaches that had me questioning my life, there have been highlights scattered in between.

This won’t be a photo-heavy post at all since I don’t have many photos from the last 10 years. It’s definitely a family thing! I just don’t like having my photo taken much. I want to share what I’m proud of accomplishing so I can begin 2020 with a fresh mind!

2009-2010: Started a nursing degree

That’s right! I was almost a nurse! A Children’s nurse to be exact. I had done an Access to Higher Education course on 2009 and thought that doing the degree would make my mum proud. If you didn’t know, my mum had been a nurse for over 30+ years at this point and I did love children. I was accepting onto a course that only had 4 places available and had had to figure out maths! I am hopeless at maths. I’m not even joking with you…I struggle with multiplication, division and even substraction.

Somehow I was able to pass that exam with ratios and weird sums.

If I started this degree, why am I not a nurse now?

10 months into the course, I chose to leave. It wasn’t an easy decision because I desperately didn’t want to disappoint my mum by being a drop-out but, during an adult placement, I saw something horrific. It involved a child too. I questioned whether nursing was for me for a good few months and my tutors tried to get me to stay. Eventually I decided to go for my mental health.

2011: Started a theatre degree and graduated

In 2011, I started another degree!

I have to thank a friend, who was on the course, for pointing this out to me. I didn’t even know my university had a theatre course until then and it finally gave me freedom! The only career I’ve ever wanted to do from a child is acting. I heard all the usual stuff about how it wasn’t a proper career and that I wouldn’t have a life if I pursued it.

I knooow! Even on the first day of my degree my lecturer told us that 99% of us wouldn’t get any work.

People think theatre must be an easy and relaxing degree compared to the others but it’s actually the opposite. My course had everything included: stage management, script-writing, stage management and more. It was to make us completely ready for the industry! I loved everything about my course even the moments I really struggled. They made us work!

I was the first one on my dad’s side of the family to graduate from uni so I’ll always be proud of that! Being proud of everything I’ve done is a major thing!

2011: Fangirled at the final Harry Potter premiere

Having fangirled at almost all the Harry Potter premieres (except the first two!), I couldn’t not go to the final one for Deathly Hallows: Part 2! I knew that every fan would want to be there so I did what I hadn’t done for the others…I camped overnight. I couldn’t do the week that a few fans did but sleeping out in Trafalgar Square is an experience you don’t get too often.

It was so much fun though!

I was a bit too scared to sleep because I didn’t want to get mugged by anyone who snuck in so I gave Mum a camp chair so she could. It’s amazing how you can ignore how hard concrete is after almost 19 hours. Plus I did make friends with some Potter fans around me! I got interviewed by Radio 1, had my photo in the Evening Standard and had memories to last me a lifetime! It’s crazy to think we said goodbye to the Harry Potter cast this decade, especially since we grew up with them!

2012: Attended the Paralympics

2012 is definitely a moment in the decade that the UK will remember for years!

We got to host the Olympics and Paralympics with London being on the world stage for all to see. I’d actually auditioned and was accepted to be a volunteer at the Opening Ceremony but had to pull out due to life. I remembered being glued to the front of my TV watching all the events I could!

You might not know but I’m a big fan of athletics, swimming/diving and equestrian! There is nothing like the thrill of seeing your favourites trying to win gold!

While everyone else was desperately trying to get tickets for the Olympics, I applied to go and see the Paralympics.

I’ve always been interested in how a person adapts to a situation like sport, whether they had a disability they were born with or had one through an illness/event. Didn’t matter to me one bit. All I wanted to see was the athlete and how they did their thing.

When I heard that I was able to get the tickets to sit in the arena and watch, I was super excited! It had a double motive in that it was also a 60th present to my mum!

One of the incredible things I witnessed was seeing blind athletes doing the triple jump. They had a person at the end of the sand-jump who was there to help them perform. They clapped to get them running to a decent speed and then stopped when it was time to hop, skip and jump. Majority of them landed right in the pit which was incredible! Though one did miss a little bit and knocked one of the officials off his chair!

My favourite Paralympics had to be Richard Whitehead, Ellie Simmonds, Hannah Cockroft and Jonnie Peacock!

2013-2016: I started blogging

Who remembers when I was PromptsbyDee?

If you’ve known me for a while, you will. When I first started blogging I was planning to be a theatre/lifestyle blogger. I would chat about what plays I loved, what I’d been to see…basically a super bad version of Carpe Diem Emmie. Theatre is a big love of mine and I genuinely wish that I could see plays super often. However money and life just didn’t let that happen.

That’s why I turned to my other love: fandoms.

Unfortunately I lost that site when my domain and hosting ran out after looking after Mum. Caring took up more of my time so I decided to put blogging aside for a while. It wouldn’t be the last time you saw my face this decade!

2014: Won a competition to see Benedict Cumberbatch’s wax figure unveiled

You see that picture at the top?

That was one from the event and, ever since then, I keep popping up on the odd Madame Tussauds ad. It’s crazy seeing my face scattered around the internet! I googled before writing this post and apparently my ugly mug was on/in:

  • The Today Show
  • Madame Tussauds Website
  • The Metro
  • Vanity Fair
  • Wales Online
  • The Mirror
  • The Express

I look so awkward!! The girls I knew (Irene and Charlie) look really professional in any shots they’re in. I look a bit like a dork! At least I got to wear a deer-stalker!

2015: Visited Los Angeles

This had been a dream of mine for so many years! I think every actress pictures themselves in Hollywood filming at a studio or attending premieres in Downtown LA. When my mum told me that we could go after not being on holiday for over 14 years, I may have screamed. Not only were we going to LA, we were staying at the Beverly Wilshire right opposite Rodeo Drive.

It was mind-blowing!

I’ll be honest and say that I did cry for the first couple of days due to feeling unbelievably awkward. I felt so out of place compared to the beautiful and rich people I saw around. Thankfully a super lovely lady who worked at the hotel made me feel really special. We chatted, got to see her almost every day and she gifted me a gorgeous red lip gloss from Sephora. She’d been wearing it every time I saw her and I kept saying it looked nice! Haha!

Mum and I felt like stars! Guests at the hotel were able to be personally driven to anywhere we want to within a 4-mile radius and then picked up. IN A FREAKING BENTLEY!! I thought I’d get fined for even breathing funny in that car. The guy was great and gave us great advice on where to check out. My highlight had to be seeing Jennifer Lawrence buying coffee at a place called Urth Cafe! OH MY….I literally stopped breathing at the sight of my girl crush. My decade was everything including her! Hunger Games, memes, her winning an Oscar! She even said thanks when I held the door open since I did automatically without seeing who I was holding it for!

I personally can’t think of any other highlights after this since my world has been pretty dark since then.

If I ever do come up with other highlights for this decade, I’ll add them in.

What have been your big positives of the last decade?

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10 Magical Ideas For Any Harry Potter Party

Harry Potter party

There is one thing that I wish I could have had as a kid and that’s a Harry Potter party! I was lucky in the fact that my parents were great at doing parties for me! My dad made the best jam sandwiches! Something I still love to this day so thanks Dad!

It doesn’t matter how old you get, you are never too old for a party!

Before you say it, I know that most kids get them and adults get them on specific birthdays. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a little Harry Potter Potter party on your special day. It’s a little too short notice for my birthday (it’s next month) but I’m still going to share some ideas on how you can make a normal party into a magical one.

Game Ideas

Pin the scar on the Harry:

You’ve heard of ‘Pin the tail on the donkey’, but this is pinning Harry’s scar onto his forehead. Another pin game you can have is ‘Pin the nose on Voldemort’. It sounds like amazing fun and it would be brilliant to see how close people get!

Indoor Chaser Practice:

If I could I would totally play Quidditch! I’m so athletically challenged so would be horrendous at any position but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t try. A great way to discover a future Chaser is to build either build a mini table one with bottles, glow sticks and cups or a bigger one with buckets, poles and hula-hoops. The big one is awesome with red balloons as quaffles!

Horcrux Hunt:

Harry, Ron and Hermione obviously go on their hunt for the Horcruxes in Deathly Hallows so that would make a fun game! A Horcrux scavanger hunt! You get a handful of clues and have to search around for each Horcrux. Depending on how big your party is, you could even work in teams!

Harry Potter Scramble:

It’s exactly what it sounds like.

You get a list of Harry Potter items/characters and you have a certain amount of time to try and unscramble them all. I have actually played this game at a couple of midnight launches and it’s amazing how hard a couple can be!

Flying Keys:

Feeling a little hangry? Try playing ‘Flying Keys’! All you have to do is have a broomstick, attach 3 gummy/chocolate keys to it with strong string and, without using your hands, you have to catch/eat the key first.

Catch the Death-Eater:

Did anyone ever play the game ‘Wink Murderer’ at school? The basic idea is that a detective is picked, sent out the room and then a murderer is picked. The detective has to find out who the murderer is and the murderer has to secretly wink at someone which kills them.

You can totally do this at a Harry Potter party!

Instead of a detective, it’s an auror and instead of a murderer, it’s a Death-Eater.

Instead of a wink, you have to pretend to flick your wand at someone to kill them with the Killing Curse.

Food Ideas

Hufflepuff Puffs/Pizza Puffs:

There are so many things you can do with House foods! I love the idea of having either puff crisps like Wotsits or Hippeas as a snack or pizza puff bites! It’ll be easy to make these vegeterian/gluten-free too!

Sorting Cupcakes:

Every Harry Potter fan wants to be Sorted into their Hogwarts House! If they haven’t been Sorted yet, why not make it fun for them by finding out through cake! You can either make yourself some cupcakes or fairy cakes, make a hole on top and pop either red, yellow, blue or green icing inside. That way, when a person bites into the cake, the person sees what House they’re in.

Better than eating an old hat!

Fruit Owl:

Who doesn’t love food being shaped into different things! If you want a more healthier treat for your party, then why not have a fruit salad in the shape of an owl. At least it won’t bring you mail from your dentist! Haha.

Honeydukes:

Have the funds left for food? Treat your Harry Potter party to actual Wizarding World sweets! You have Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans, Pepper Imps, Chocolate Frogs, Fizzing Whizz-Bees. There are so many to choose from and, if you don’t all that much money, then buy normal sweets and add magical signs to them.

Children love the idea of sweets regardless!

There are so many other things you can do for a party like this! You can have invitations made like a Hogwarts letter, handmade wands as party favours, potions for drinks. You name it, I’m sure there is a Potter spin you can do on it! If you do have a Potter party, then have an amazing one and hopefully this post has given you some ideas!

What would you have your Harry Potter party?

 

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What’s On My ‘His Dark Materials’ Gift Guide?

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The Definitive Guide to Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials (£25) | His Dark Materials: Northern Lights (£7.99) | The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth (£14.99) | Lyra’s Oxford (£6.18) | His Dark Materials Cushion (£29.95) | Dark Materials Poster Set (£28.80) | His Dark Materials Poster Print – A4 (£3.69) | Golden Compass Alethiometer Watch (£40.33)

Who else is watching His Dark Materials on BBC One?!

Me!!

I’ve been adoring all the episodes so far, even though they’ve missed out some bits that pulled my heartstrings in the books! That said, I just had to make a gift guide for the show and franchise because they are so many pretty things out there! Some of these things you may already own and others you might not!

Grab your daemon and let’s see!

The Definitive Guide To His Dark Materials

Ever wanted to learn everything you could about the world Philip Pullman created?

This book has everything you could want! From lots of details about the characters, places, creatures, language and more! I love discovering all the things I’d either missed while reading or wanting to learn more!

With over 560 pages to flip through, I reckon you’ll be busy until next Christmas!

His Dark Materials: Northern Lights (BBC Cover)

Speaking of the BBC series, here is the cover for the book!

I know it may seem pointless to most people about buying the same book over and over with different covers, but for book lovers and fans, it doesn’t matter!

It’s another cover to the collection and you can appreciate it from afar. It’s an even big plus if you’re loving the series and the actress playing Lyra!

The Secret Commonwealth

If you’ve read His Dark Materials a fair few times and needed something new to check out, then you need to grab Philip Pullman’s latest novel featuring an older Lyra!! I wasn’t a massive fan of the first Book of Dust novel but there is just something about Lyra that had me hooked in this!

The second volume of Sir Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now twenty years old, and her dæmon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions a world that they had no idea existed.

Pulled along on his own journey too is Malcolm; once a boy with a boat and a mission to save a baby from the flood, now a man with a strong sense of duty and a desire to do what is right.

Theirs is a world at once familiar and extraordinary, and they must travel far beyond the edges of Oxford, across Europe and into Asia, in search for what is lost – a city haunted by dæmons, a secret at the heart of a desert, and the mystery of the elusive Dust.

Lyra’s Oxford

Remember with Harry Potter when we were trying to pass the time in between books and films?

This was the His Dark Materials version in the form of a short story featuring Lyra and Pan! It’s only 80 pages so a perfect little stocking filler. It’s set two years after The Amber Spyglass and you know wherever these two are, drama can’t be far behind!

Have any of you visited Oxford and tried to look through Lyra’s eyes?

His Dark Materials Cushion

This cushion has the most gorgeous illustration of Lyra flying through the air in a balloon and, while it seems so peaceful, you can feel the magic! Nothing more perfect for a cushion than relaxing and feeling sleepy! The colours are so pretty and I reckon this would fit on any bed!

You can get this cushion 45cm with cover only for £24.95 up to 60cm with cover and insert for £43.95!

Pricey cushion, huh?

Poster Set

I adore this poster set for the reason that they’re designed in a kind of steampunk style! It shows off 3 of the most important places in the series: Oxford, the North and London! It’s just a really different kind of style compared to the colourful ones out there.

If you love steampunk, then I know you’ll love 1 or all 3 of these!

Golden Compass Alethiometer Watch

You can’t have a ‘His Dark Materials’ gift guide without featuring some kind of Alethiometer mention!

When I saw this watch mentioned on Etsy, I knew that I had to include it in my guide! It has the gorgeous design that we’ve come to know and love with the Alethiometer, but the straps come in different colours! 9!! I think everyone would find a gorgeous colour that they like!

It’s £40.93 and I don’t think that’s too bad for a watch!

Have you been watching the show/have you read the books?

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What’s Realistically On My Christmas List?

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Over the years I’ve seen some gift guides that are so unrealistic. They tend to show off Christmas wishlists that either show off or that aren’t physically possible for most people. I love reading and watching people who do showcase luxury items, but I know I’d never be able to afford all of those.

That’s why I wanted to make a realistic Christmas wishlist of items that I know I should be able to get myself this year. I guess this isn’t so much of a wishlist since I’m the only person buying presents for me. That said, life can happen and this time of year is when I allow myself to treat myself to things I’ve been putting off all year.

Chanel No.5

Daisy, you just told us that you wanted to be realistic so why have you started with a super expensive perfume? Believe me, I know that this is expensive but I have my reasons. Chanel was my Mum’s favourite perfume and I’ve really missed the smell of it over the last couple of years. As I know I can’t afford the actual perfume (maybe next year?), I’m planning on getting the deodrant version!

It still smells like the perfume and that is all that matters to me!

2020 Diary

For nearly 10 years I’ve been keeping a journal. I might even do a post about them soon but there is a specific brand of journal that I use and I love it!

I love using ones from WHSmith!

I can’t handle diaries that only have room for a little bit of writing! My writing is like my speech…I don’t know when to shut up. If I have a lot of stuff going on in my head, then I need enough space to chat. It’s the same when I’ve done something really cool and want to remember, I need to add in objects! I really should make a scrapbook…maybe I’ll do that for next year!

What I find with the WHSmith diaries is that some come with the rings so I can fold back the cover and get more room to manoeuvre. That and the front covers are gorgeous!! I’m loving the one I’ve chosen for 2020! It’s very blogger! Haha!

Calendar

You can blame one of my aunties for this!

She always had a calendar on her wall every time I used to visit to write down birthdays and important dates. Since my brain tends to be a little slow and doesn’t always remember things, I have to write down dates in multiple places to remember. I have my diary, my phone and my calendar.

The ones from the Calendar Club are my favourite because they always stock my favourite fandoms there such as Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Star Wars and Sherlock!

Which fandom do you think I’ll choose for my Christmas wishlist this year?

Pyjamas

Before you think I’ve either regressed back to being a kid or entered grandma status, don’t knock pyjamas!

Every year as a kid, I was bought PJs and I loved them! I could never do the t-shirt and shorts combo because, when you have thunder thighs, they don’t look good. That said, I adore the fluffy PJs from Primark. Again since they’re normally from my favourite fandoms: Harry Potter and Disney.

The ones I have are Harry Potter and they’ll speak for themselves when you see them in my ‘What I Got For Christmas’ haul.

Funko Pop

I very rarely buy myself a Funko pop during the year even though there are so many I want. I could literally have a whole wall of them and I’d be happy but I can’t. I need to have reasons why I’m allowed to buy one and these are usually at Christmas and for my birthday.

Even then I struggle!

It’s hard work being a fangirl of multiple fandoms sometimes. I’ve been going into my local Entertainer store to gaze upon all of their Funko pops because they’re so pretty! They have special edition Marvel ones for Christmas, Lord of the Rings, Disney, Frozen 2 and more. Do you think, if I wish really hard, that maybe I’ll win the lottery so I can give majority to charity and then spend the rest on Funkos? Haha.

I’ve chosen my one for this Christmas and it makes me so happy to own it at last!!

Now if only we could get Cursed Child ones! That would make this Christmas wishlist super special!

Something Harry Potter

This sounds so random but I can never decide what I want until the start of December. I guess the impending countdown is enough to make me choose. It doesn’t help that there is so much Harry Potter merchandise to choose from these days! It makes it difficult, okay?!

Do I get a wand? A jigsaw? A game? A film prop?

So. Much. Stuff!!

Even as I write this, I have zero clue what I should get. Okay, scrap that…I have an inkling of what I want to get but it might be a birthday gift instead.

It’s a choice between either Tonk’s wand or Bunty’s wand!

What I’ve discovered for this Christmas is that I’m actually getting 2 gifts that I don’t know!! I’ve taken part in a special bookish Secret Santa created by Mols with a group of other book fans and I’m so excited! The other gift will be from Ali who is sneaky and already sent mine off! Since we’re basically twins, I already had hers wrapped so take that, Miss Caitrin!

What is your own realistic Christmas wishlist this year?

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The Ultimate Harry Potter Christmas Gift Guide (Part 2)

There are so many things out there that you can get for a Harry Potter gift that I’ve had to make my gift guide two parts! Not that I mind, of course! Creating this particular guide is giving some great ideas on what to treat myself for surviving the year! Haha!

If you haven’t seen Part One, feel free to go check it out first! It’s not essential, but it would make me a happy fandom blogger!

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Teens/Adults

Forbidden forest winter coat (EMP – £119 to £129)

Daisy! You’re starting off with a super expensive thing?! What?! I know, I know! Once you see how awesome this coat is, however, you’ll understand! This coat has a gorgeous design on both the front and the back! Though, if you’re scared of spiders, this might not be for you. It comes with a detachable cape, buttons with the Hogwarts logo, removable faux-fur on the hood and sleeves, two side pockets and even an inside pocket (for your wand!)

With the weather that Hogsmeade gets, it’s better to be wrapped up warm! Another thing I love is that it caters for all! It goes for XS up to 5XL!

Patronus Jeans Jacket (EMP – £39.99)

One of my favourite spells in Harry Potter has to be ‘Expecto Patronum’! The idea of being able to create a guardian/light against a darkness sounds perfect for my mental health. When I saw that EMP had a Patronus jean jacket, I knew I must include it!

There are beads on the shoulders, a stag print on the back with Sirius’ quote: ‘The ones that love us never truly leave us’. I think it’s a fitting thing especially if you’ve lost a loved one over the years.

Marauder’s Map High-Top Sneakers (EMP – £32.99)

As much as Vans are a great brand, I didn’t really like the Potter designs they created.

These sneakers have a much better design! They’re a fun black and red colour with a white design of the Marauder’s Map and footprints all over. Simple but still really fun! They range from Size 4 to 10!

Hedwig Handbag (Loungefly – £55.99)

It wouldn’t be a Harry Potter gift guide without something with Hedwig on it!

Depending on what store you shop at, depends on the quality of the Potter handbag or the design. Yeah…kind of tired of seeing the chibi characters everywhere! That said, I’ve heard such incredible things about products from Loungefly and had to show you this gorgeous Hedwig bag. It has her, a Hogwarts letter, yellow & red flowers and a Deathly Hallow symbol on the front!

It’s not a massive bag but has a long shoulder strap, handles for when your shoulder hates you and so much room! Maybe they’ve used an extendable charm inside?

Hogwarts: A History Journal (Mina Lima – £12.95)

Mina Lima are the geniuses behind all of the Harry Potter props we’ve seen in the films from Harry’s acceptance letter to all of the school books we see and more! I’ve always wanted to own a copy of Hogwarts: A History since my inner Hermione has been needing it. This might not be the actual book but it is a notebook with the design on front!

Harry Potter + stationery = heaven!

If you want the whole Hogwarts library collection, it will set you back £75 so best to save your galleons, sickles and knuts!

Back to school

We can’t have a gift guide without looking at the Hogwarts Houses! I won’t throw everything at you since we’d be here all day, but I can’t back down from finding out what is out there for the individual Houses!

Hufflepuff

1910 Hufflepuff Replica Exercise Book (Mina Lima – £10)

After seeing Crimes of Grindelwald and baby!Newt, I knew that I needed to own something from that era! I’m kind of hoping they release the school uniform from there one day but that’s a dream. What you can own is a school book from there! Look at how stunning the design in and, of course, in Hufflepuff yellow!

128 pages to gush on, write different notes and maybe write some fanfics!

Hufflepuff House Crest Set (Mina Lima – £14.95)

Can’t think what to get for that Hufflepuff in your life?

First off, we Hufflepuffs won’t mind what we get and why not get them a little bit of everything with Mina Lima’s Hufflepuff crest? In this set you get a notebook, card holder, a badge and a notecard!

We’ll love it either way!!

Hufflepuff School Robe (WB Studio Tour London – £74.95)

The ultimate Harry Potter gift you can get for a Hufflepuff is their very own authentic Hogwarts school robes!! The day that I received mine was the day they made me cry! I’d been wanting to own a pair for so many years and I’m still thankful to this day that I was able to get some.

They are no joke!

These will make you instantly feel like a proper Hogwarts student since they’re heavy-ish, have the yellow trim and even a pocket inside for your wand!

gryffindor

Gryffindor House Crest Maroon T-Shirt (Platform 9 3/4 Shop – £29.95)

Are you loving the brand new Gryffindor logo shown on the Wizarding World app? If you are, then the Platform 9 and 3/4 Shop has different merch with it on! It might be winter but you can still treat someone to a t-shirt!

Plus it’s so bright that you can’t miss whoever is wearing it!

You can get the same in: Hufflepuff | Ravenclaw | Slytherin

“Better Be Gryffindor!” Print (Mina Lima – £39)

This is something that all possible Gryffindors want to hear when they are at the Sorting Ceremony, especially if they are a Potter or a Weasley!

It’s a bright and wonderful print to have on the wall in a frame! Think we can persuade Mina Lima to make a Hufflepuff one with Newt? Haha!

Gryffindor Embroided Banner (WB Studio Tour London – £17.95)

I reckon this would make every Gryffindor happy! They’d be able to show off their House Pride to anyone visiting, young or old! They could have it above their bed, hanging on a book-shelf or have it near a front door to show even your postman that you’re a Lion!

It will last you for many years to come!

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Ravenclaw

Ravenclaw Attribute Mug (WB Studio Tour London – £12.95)

Have a Ravenclaw that might be doubting themselves a little and needs a reminder of just how great they are? This mug would be perfect! It would show them that they are more than just their books and that they can be wise in so many other ways!

I mean…look at Luna!

“For Those Who Are Learned” Soy Candle (Etsy – £10)

An amazing way to read a book when the weather is horrendous outside is to embrace your magical self and read by candlelight. Obviously you wouldn’t want that person to hurt their eyes but it would still make a great gift!

This is a vegan-friendly soy candle that has rosemary (symbolised for memory) and petrichor (the scent of the earth after rain and helps deep thinking).

ReadingRoomCandleCo (Sara) is the amazing person behind the candles and has the best smelling fandom candles around! Check out Gryffindor, Hufflepuff and Slytherin!

Ravenclaw Bookfold Art (Etsy – £40)

If you’ve never seen how breath-taking bookfold art is, then you need to check out this by BananaBookfolds! What else could be a perfect gift for a Ravenclaw than art made from an extra book?!

It’s made from a Harry Potter book (I knooow…try not to cry at the death of a book and pray it’s not your favourite!), wrapped with a blue ribbon and has silver painted corners!

slytherin

Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy Wands (Cursed Child Store – £32)

I couldn’t talk about Slytherin gifts without fangirling over two of my favourite Slytherins! You don’t have to have seen Cursed Child to appreciate you their wands! They’re so personal to the characters and I feel any Slytherin will understand how hard they push past the old ‘Slytherins are evil’ thoughts.

If you have seen the show, you can check out the official Slytherin section and the brand new Cursed Child: The Journey book!

Slytherin Hooded Sweatshirt (WB Studio Tour London – £39.95)

It sounds super cold down in the dungeons (believe me…I know!) so your favourite Slytherin will need something to wear during the weekends. No teen wants to wear their school uniform to keep them warm on days off!

This sweatshirt is actually unisex so it doesn’t matter what gender you are! As long as you want to show everyone how proud you are to be a Slytherin, you can wear! It’s 80% cotton so perfect to keep any snakes snug!

Slytherin Stocking (WB Studio Tour London – £28)

The final product in my ultimate Harry Potter gift guide is this Slytherin stocking! It’s a Christmas gift guide and, even though I never had a stocking to get teeny presents in, I still love the idea of having something to maybe open on Christmas Eve or before Christmas lunch to keep me going!

It’s such an elegant design with the House crest on the front and a teeny snake on the side!

If you could give any Harry Potter character a gift, who would you choose
and what would it be?

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6 Bloggers & Vloggers I Loved During October

vloggersPhoto by Alejandro Escamilla on Unsplash

It doesn’t matter which month it is, I have certain bloggers and vloggers that I love to see content from. I guess I’m pretty loyal to the ones I love, though I do discovering new people to follow. If you have any recommendations for me after you’ve read this post, let me know in the comments!

We’re 2 days into November already which means I’m going to fangirl over some of my favourite content creators! I never know what to call people online sometimes. Some like to be influencers, others content creators or vloggers/youtubers! So many titles! At the end of the day, we all use a camera but we show our creativity in different ways!

youtube

this is how we bingham

It’s been a long time since I found a family on Youtube that I can love and feel excited to see a new vlog from, but I found that with the Binghams! They’re a brilliant family from Utah who loves to film their daily lives, go crazy over GoPro and show their faith. You have Branden, Mindy, Madison, Ryler, Krew, Brexsen and Hazyl! Oh, can’t forget Lazzy the cat who they saved from freezing to death a few years ago!

I’ve literally binge-watched all of their videos before and it’s amazing to see how they grow as a family! Other members of the family vlog as well: Life in Holland, Jared & Britt, Dan and Chelle and Sean Bingham!

They’re techically bloggers too since Mindy loves to add recipes that she creates

PaigeY

Have you ever wished you were smart enough to go to Cambridge University?

I know I do, but I’m living my dream through watching Paige vlogging about her course, chatting about studying and seeing her crazy friends! Haha! I’ve been watching her videos for just over 2 years and it’s so much fun! She has the same humour as me and has just started her 3rd year. She’s actually studying astrophysics as a module!!

So cool!

Pixie Potterhead

Everyone, meet the brilliant Rhiana!

How I didn’t discover her until a few months ago, I have no idea, but she knows I’m obsessed with her videos! She has an amazing Harry Potter youtube channel where she does unboxings, chats about theories and looks at different topics in the Potter-verse!

She is so fun and comes up with some really unique ideas for her videos, especially compared to others! If you love all things Potter (like me), then you will love her too!

Blog

hellomissjordan

Okay, this is definitely no mystery (especially to Jordan) that I love her and the work she does! She isn’t simply a fashion/beauty blogger but an up-and-coming West-End star and a major face on Instagram. She travels to so many different places around the world and takes us with her through her pictures!

She was recently in Legally Blonde: The Musical and she fangirls alongside me with Harry Potter and Disney!

I know she’s trying to get to 75K by the end of 2019 so, if I can send at least one person her way, I’ll be happy!

LittleMissKaty

I’m slowly starting to realise that I follow a lot of bloggers who have ‘Miss’ in their name somewhere! I love it! I’ve been a follower of Katy for just over 4 years and everything about her posts makes me happy. It’s been an honour to watch her develop her image over the years and really showing what she is capable of creating through photography and editing!

I wish I had even a teeny bit of her editing genius!

She doesn’t only do these photos though! Her blog also focuses on lifestyle, travelling to different countries and, of course, food!! You can’t go wrong with people who review food before you! She is a massive inspiration to me and I’m seriously making it a goal for 2020 to collab with her on something!

Katy! Have your people call my people!

Lady Writes

I can thank Jenny for introducing me to Chloe and her blog! We’re part of a little commenting pod where we read each other’s posts and let them know what we think! I love how warm Chloe’s blog is which is a major factor to why I keep reading and also watching her Youtube videos!

She has a great style and I tend to look to her for fashion tips, skincare advice and lots of different things! Recently I’ve really been enjoying all of her reviews on the latest beauty advent calendars. I know I wouldn’t be able to afford them myself so at least I’ll be able to do what products are included and maybe get some ideas what to treat myself to!

These are only a handful of people who I loved last month! I’ve actually unfollowed a bunch of youtubers which is only natural as you grow up, but I’m so glad that I follow who I really enjoy. Maybe I’ll swap and change in November or stay the same? You know never know with me.

That’s the fangirl life for you!

Which bloggers/vloggers did you enjoy in October?

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New In Fandom | November 2019 (Funkos, Rise of the Skywalker)

November

Yule Ball Ginny Funko (£9.99) | Yule Ball Fred Funko (£9.99) | Yule Ball George Funko (£9.99) | Cinderella’s Castle Build-It (£18.45) | Entertaining with Disney (£25.99) | Star Wars: Spark of the Resistance (£6.99) | The Art of Star Wars Limited Edition (£66.99) | Disney Art of Hand Lettering (£12.99) | Nimbus 2000 Limited Edition Broom (£317) | 13th Doctor Exclusive Rainbow Scarf (£17.99) | 13th Doctor with Goggles Funko (£9.99) | Doctor Who 3D Polarity T-Shirt (£17.99) | Obi Wan 20th Anniversary Figure (£26.99)

Welcome to November, guys! (Okay, it’s still October 31st when I’m writing this but it’s almost over so NOVEMBER!)

We’re officially in the month before Christmas so I can imagine everyone is focused on that! I’ve already seen crowds starting their gift shopping!

At least if they done now, I won’t have to deal with them next month. While everyone is focusing on ‘normal’ gifts, I’m laser-focused on all the fandom goodies coming out this November!

So. Much. Stuff!

This is only a smidge of what is out there right now. I’m even tempted to do a Part 2!

I’ve done my best to pick out a few different fandoms that I love and would personally buy. I think that’s super important when you do a gift guide. Unless you wouldn’t buy what you show for yourself, then I wouldn’t put in a recommendations post.

GINNY, FRED AND GEORGE WEASLEY (YULE BALL)

Look at these Weasley siblings! They look so pretty! I’m going to try and find the Ron to buy with these but I need all the Weasleys in my life. I wish they would bring out a Charlie or a Percy too!

Goblet of Fire is the theme of this Potter year so I’m super happy that a few new Yule Ball Funko Pops are being released.

We have these guys as well as Professor McGonagall, Snape, Padma and Parvati Patil and Cho Chang.

Nimbus 2000 Limited Broom

If you’ve ever wanted to be a Quidditch player (check out Rodney aka KwikSpellCo as one!) and you have money to spare, then this limited edition broom is coming! I wish I wasn’t super clumsy and broke or I would have totally gotten this to pop on my wall!

It’s so cool!

Definitely a talking point!

13th doctor with goggles

Anything with Jodie’s 13th Doctor would be incredible to get! The scene where she is creating her sonic screw driver is such a fun one to watch and a look! I’ve seen so many people cosplaying this outfit so yay for a Funko version!

Reverse the Polarity 3D T-Shirt

MCM Comic Con was last week and a bunch of exclusive goodies were released there! One of them happened to be this t-shirt.

The coolest out there!

Embrace your 10th Doctor with the 3D glasses that come with the top so you can see all the front design in all its glory!

13th Doctor Rainbow Scarf

Another exclusive (this time with Forbidden Planet) is the Doctor’s rainbow scarf from the Christmas Special! I’ve been wanting this ever since I saw the promo picture with it in! Blue doesn’t even suit me but this scarf would literally suit anyone!

We all know how cold winter is going to get so treat yourself to this when it’s released…today!!

Run, Whovians! RUN! (I am!)

The Art of Star Wars Jedi: fallen order

Wow, November is really out with all the exclusives and limited editions!

You can’t deny that Star Wars looks breath-taking with all the special effects. This book is based off the video-game ‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order‘. You get to follow Cal’s quest to rebuild what was the Jedi Order, see him try to learn the ways of the Fore and more!

The game itself is being released on November 15th on PC, Xbox One and PS4!

Star Wars: Spark of the Resistance

With Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker coming out next month, we obviously need something to keep us going until the film comes out! That’s when this YA novel comes in with Rey, Poe and Rose!

When a distress plea goes up from the isolated planet Minfar, Resistance heroes Rey, Poe, and Rose hear the call! Together they will face down a First Order battalion, terrifying flying creatures, and a weapon that could change the course of the war!

obi wan 20th anniversary figure

Can you believe it’s been 20 years since The Phantom Menance came out?! I feel so cold! I remember the day when I first saw Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan and he was cute and Anakin looked adorable!

We even had a super young Natalie Portman!

Now we get this special figure to commerate the 20th anniversary!

Cinderella’s Castle: Build the Fairytale

I love building things like this especially when they’re 3D and they’re Disney! Disney models are so fun to make! I haven’t had the chance to do them recently so the look of Cinderella’s castle looks awesome!

You get push-out characters to add too!

Perfect for a little prince/princess!

entertaining with disney

This book may have come out a few months ago but now it’s in hardcover!!

If you’ve ever wanted to create some sort of Disney-themed event such as a birthday party, an afternoon tea or even a baby shower, then this book has everything! It gives you ideas about designing the invitations, planning meals, decorating the space and more!

Now I really want a Disney party! Anyone?

Art of Hand Lettering

This is one for Disney fans who also have bullet journals or love calligraphy! I’ve always wanted to figure out how to write fancy letters for my journal. You know, with the titles and everything. I’ve seen so many talented people creating them that I want to figure it out.

What better way to learn how to write this way than by writing some beautiful Disney quotes!

I hope there is something from The Lion King or even Beauty and the Beast (possibility since Belle is on the cover! Haha!)

What is on your fandom list for November?

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What I’m Watching On Netflix This Halloween | Blogtober 2019

this halloween

In a couple of weeks, it’ll soon be Halloween and I know a handful of you will be super excited for everything horror! My days are usually less about the horror and the spooky and more about the ‘How many times is too many to rewatch all of the Harry Potter films?’. It may be a super sad month for us Potterheads but we still love to watch! This Halloween is no different!

I can’t get into the scary side of the holiday but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a few things I’m going to be checking out this Halloween on Netflix! They are great for giving recommendations and I’ve found some amazing TV shows and films this way.

You may notice after this post that I have a strange taste in things I watch! (Don’t send the restraining orders through yet! Haha!)

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

You cannot have a terrifying Halloween without watching Sabrina! I literally adore this show! I admit that I did have my doubts prior to it coming to Netflix since I was a big fan of the original, but this is just everything and more! If you love things that are rather dark and have you on the edge of your seat, then you need to let Kiernan Shipka drag you into the shadows kicking and screaming!

So many of my friends have started to cosplay/dress up as this Sabrina such as Megan Flockhart and Jess Medley! These ladies look stunning!

Lucifer

We may as well carry on with the devil into my next pick! Everyone, meet king of hell Lucifer. Lucifer, you probably know everyone from our nightmares! You think you know what the devil is supposed to be like but you have never met one like the one Tom Ellis plays. You might know Tom from watching Miranda or even from Merlin but I think he really shows what an incredible actor he is in this show!

I will happily watch him every Halloween because he’s not bad on the eye either! Hehe. I won’t say much about what his character is like because that would ruin a few things so…I’ll just leave a gif for you instead!

Forensic Files

Alright…this pick will be a 50/50 for some since it is based on real life events and is true crime. I border on feeling uncomfortable and sad with the fact that these cases were based on people being killed to intrigued on how the police and forensics help solve them and lock away the killer.

I blame my mum for watching this because she was interested in these documentaries and, in turn,  so did I. It’s not fun watching these but sometimes they are perfect to watch at Halloween and teach you some life lessons.

Goosebumps

You want to be scared? Goosebumps will do it!

No, not the recent films with Jack Black in them!

The 90s TV show where the title line is “Beware…you’re in for a scare!”. I’m not embarrassed to say that these episodes actually freaked me out enough that I had nightmares from them. It was between this show and another called ‘Are You Afraid of The Dark?’.

The episodes that had me checking everything and anything were ‘Piano Lessons Can Be Murder’, ‘The Haunted Mask’ and ‘It Came From The Kitchen Sink’. I know that the effects were badly done but there is just something about how R.L Stine created these stories that make you uneasy.

Casper

Casper is definitely on my films to watch this Halloween! It’s just such a classic! I’ll admit that it did freak me out a fair bit with the vicar and the back-to-front head but that was just typical 90s scare tactics. I was banned initially at school from watching this in class because the teachers believed it was too scary and gory for kids.

Not gory…just freaky!

Plus I kind of had a crush on the guy who played Casper when he became human!

If you want to carry on watching Casper, check out ‘Casper Meets Wendy’ with a teeny Hilary Duff in it! Beyond cheesy and not scary at all but I still love watching it to this day!

So many TV shows and films to watch and I might not have to be all that spooked in the end which is great for me and my anxiety!

What will you be watching this Halloween?

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Why I Believe Ron Weasley Deserves More Credit | Blogtober 2019

Ron Weasley

Over the years I’ve loved many of the Harry Potter characters from Hermione Granger to Newt Scamander. The one character that I loved from the very start is Ron Weasley. I’ve had a few friends actually scoff at me when I told them which Weasley I liked. “Why didn’t you like Fred and George first? They did more!”.

Statements like that make me laugh.

Of course I know that the twins did some incredible things. All of the Weasleys did something cool! That’s why they were my favourite Wizarding family but a lot of people overlook Ron Weasley when they see his family or even Harry and Hermione.

Not in this post!

Today I’m going to put my case forward on why I believe Ron deserved more love than anyone.

he was harry’s first ever friend

Harry didn’t have any friends before Hogwarts, partially thanks to the Dursleys, so you can probably imagine how much this meant to Harry. This is my first reason for loving Ron because, even though he fanboyed over the fact that he was sharing a compartment with Harry Potter, he actually stayed for his sweets.

Just like a certain nephew would over 20 years later.

he put his life on the line in his first year

Not many 11 year olds would jump into danger for a friend they’d only known for just under a year. That was what Ron was like: a true Gryffindor!

He might have panicked while he was being trapped by Devil’s Snare but he showed how brave he was when he helped both Harry and Hermione get through the giant chess game without getting hurt.

ron weasley

I always saw the chess game as much more than just that though. I saw it as the first time that Ron has been both in control and better at something than someone else. All of his life he had been fighting to be past his brothers and sister and it wasn’t until this that he got the chance. So proud of him! Dumbledore even gave him 50 points!

He was smarter than people gave him credit for 

Maybe Ron wasn’t as smart as a Ravenclaw or like Hermione, but that didn’t mean he was all out dumb. His intelligence appeared in different situations such as the strategy during chess, he figured out that they could use Basilisk fangs to destroy Hufflepuff’s goblet and managed to a decent enough word in Parseltongue to open the Chamber of Secrets and came up with multiple ideas throughout the books that others didn’t.

Just because he didn’t always focus on his work doesn’t make him dim.

He had some of the best lines in the book

Though I sometimes hate that Ron was seen as more of a comic relief than a real character, JK Rowling did give him some of the best lines. Shame that the films gave those lines to others. Yes, I’m still bitter about that!

Some of my favourites are:

  • “From now on, I don’t care if my tea leaves spell, ‘Die, Ron, die,’ I’m chucking them in the bin where they belong.”
  • “Can I have a look at Uranus too, Lavender?”
  • “Oh, of course! I forgot we’ll be hunting down Voldemort in a mobile library.”
  • “And that’s the second time we’ve saved your life tonight, you two-faced b*stard!'”
  • “You need your Inner Eye tested, if you ask me.”
  • “Only if you were prat enough to go dancing around, waving it over your head and singing, ” I’ve got an unbeatable wand, come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough.”

There is also the line where Ron said ‘If you want to kill Harry, you’ll have to kill us too!’ in Prisoner of Azkaban but that was given to Hermione. Gah.

Do you think Ron Weasley should be given more credit than he is?