When I suggested to my friend that we tasted all of the new Christmas drinks from Starbucks she was on board.. until I told her we were doing it all at once lol. I thought it would make a good video and I think it did.. we tested them all and although I didn’t LOVE anything they weren’t as awful as I expected
We tasted Orange Mocha / Toffee Nut Latte / Gingerbread Latte and Eggnog
The only one that was really terrible was the Orange Mocha but I think that was made wrong because everyone tells me that it’s delicious.. it just tasted burnt. The one I was shocked to quite like was the eggnog, I honestly thought it would be gross but turns out.. not that terrible after all.. actually quite pleasant. Since then I’ve tried a couple of the Costa drinks and have to say I think I’m converting. I even perfer Costa’s regular lattes to Starbucks now.. what’s happening? The Salted Caramel Cream Latte is delish and if they didn’t have SO many we might have done a Costa version but it would have cost a fortune.
What’s your favourite festive drink this year?
Usually when I stumble upon a funny clip or anecdote I will save it for Wednesday but this was just too good so we’re having an early (or late depending on how you want to look at it) Hump Day Ha Ha today, courtesy of commenter Charlieee23 on my recent Pet Peeves video. One of my pet peeves is not grammar in general because there are so many rules it’s tough to be right ALL the time – though I know I make it look easy – it’s the pronunciation of the word H.
I am firmly in the minority pronouncing the letter Aitch, most of you will say Haitch and while I’ve made my peace (kind of) with it.. it’s wrong. So long as you know that I can sleep easy. After the video went live I had so many comments and tweets, some were equally as irritated by Haitch and others argued it was right. The ones that really got me were those who tried to prove their case with the argument that H has to start with the letter H.. don’t even get me started. One example given was that if H was Aitch then House would be Ouse.. *sigh*. Anyway.. I have definitely driven my point home and I don’t go about my life picking people up on their pronunciation because honestly it would consume all of my time and nobody cares but the below clip gave me a laugh and hopefully whichever side you’re on you’ll get a giggle from it too.
What are your Pet Peeves?
*PS. if you’re still not convinced try typing haitch in to your phone, see what spell check thinks..
I know some of you humbugs out there will still think it’s too early for all this but I’ve been burning this for weeks just to defy you. It’s Christmas in my house, we have the tree up and EVERYTHING, so there!! Ahem *composes self* moving on.. Yankee Candles, YAY! Don’t you love a good Yankee and Christmastime? I have 4 on the go at the moment (not all at once you understand) and one (Happy Christmas) I’m saving for December. Merry Marshmallow is a new launch for 2013 but I think it will stick around as it offers an alternative to citrus/pine in a light vanilla fragrance that doesn’t make you gag. I have to specify that because I AM not a fan of their other vanilla scents.. The cupcake varieties are seriously the worst, soooo synthetic but this is just the right balance of sweetness. I can’t tell you I prefer it to my beloved Fireside treats which is a touch less vanilla with a smokey edge but I do like it.. good job really since this candle is MASSIVE. My other favourites at present are Winter Wonderland – classic Christmas but I fear it may have been discontinued and Cranberry Ice – sooo yummy, sweet but tart at the same time!
I would wager that a HUGE jar such as this will last you all Christmas so if you’re planning on getting only one it’s definitely the most cost effective way to do it and will set you back £19.99 online here. If you don’t want one quite so large the majority of my Christmas scents I have are Medium jars and I can vouch for their effectiveness.. the scent really fills the room but if you’re on a tight budget I would recommend that wax tarts because I don’t think the small jars are quite as pungent.. unless of course you’re burning one while you’re working at your desk for example in which case it will work nicely.. ie: what I do with my Fireside Treats
When I first started my YouTube channel I was out of work and totally broke. I had no idea it would become anything let alone as large a part of my life as it has and I had even less clue how important the name of it would be! I effectively branded myself as someone who would talk about only affordable products from that day and so when I got a job and wasn’t quite so skint I met with (lets say constructive) criticism when I spoke about more expensive brands. Almost 4 years later and my budget has far surpassed that of my previously unemployed self and my purchases reflect that. Now I’ve gone back and forth about this, one minute I think it’s my channel and I should be able to talk about whatever the hell I like but I know many of my viewers subscribed to me because they are on a tighter budget and I have to appreciate that the niche that restricts me also gained me the following I’m so grateful to have. So although this idea is not a new one it’s taken me more than a year to finally bite the bullet and start fresh with a new channel.
Those of you who know me outside of this blog may know that I already have a vlog channel which chronicles all things non beauty as well as the day in the life, follow me round style vlogs. I also maintained a ttc/pregnancy/baby channel until about a year ago (when Milo turned 1) so this will technically be my 4th YouTube channel.. excessive? Perhaps but they all serve their own purpose. Those of you who enjoy a good beauty review might not want to see me chatting about nothing on my walk to work and vice versa.. this new channel will hopefully enable me to strip out any more expensive products as well as clothing/accessories videos from missbudgetbeauty to keep it pure and true to it’s name. I’m really hoping that those who are not in to higher end brands will be happy with this change and those who are interested will follow me there as well. Either way this will be a standalone channel that could exist on it’s own and shouldn’t affect the content I’m currently making at all.
Here on my blog I generally feel comfortable talking about whatever I like anyway so there will be no change here.. my readers are a lot more relaxed about the term budget and generally seem to appreciate it’s fluidity and that it differs from person to person.. one day I will review MUA, the next MAC and none of you seem to care. I love you guys. I wish it was the same for my videos but hey.. this will be a fun little adventure, starting fresh is always exciting.
I’m overwhelmed that so many of you have already shown your support and subscribed and if you’re interested in seeing more hauls, beauty reviews, handbags (I can finally review my designer wares) and OOTD’s you might be interested in Diary Of A Spendaholic
Vanilla used to be my go to scent for pretty much everything, from body spray to lip balm to candles I wasn’t interested unless it was vanilla. In recent years however most brands have taken to using an awful, synthetic note to fragrance their products that I just can’t stand. Yankee Candle vanilla scents are just AWFUL to me and don’t even get my started on the cupcake ones.. they are so sickly I can’t stand it. The variety of bad experiences I had led me to go completely the other way and choose fruity/spicy scents which I decided were more grown up and a safer bet to not make me gag.
When Flamingo candles asked me if I’d like to review one of their jars I was spoiled for choice but an old flame caught my attention with a new twist.. Vanilla & Black Pepper. The soft, sweet vanilla mixed with the spicy pepper sounded appealing and once I burned it I knew I’d made the right choice. It’s a more mature vanilla fragrance and if you’re hooked on the original variety I would absolutely recommend you give this a go. I wasnt sure about the packaging at first, it doesn’t look or feel expensive and I must admit had I chosen a scent with a more colourful wax it might have looked a little cheap on my desk but I think this colour combination is pretty classic and from a storage perspective I quite like that it comes with a screw top lid.
I believe the candle I have is the ‘classic’ size and available online here for £12. It claims to have a burn time of 5o hours, I’ve burned it for a couple of full days so far and it’s barely made a dent so I think that estimate could be an understatement but if you’ve burned one of these down and can advise leave a comment because I’m not done with mine yet.
Since Milos birthday has now passed Christmas is officially allowed to begin in my house and so I am declaring it open here on my blog too! Over the next couple of days you will see some festive changes as well as even more Christmas themed posts.. No it’s not to early!
Ps. My tree goes up tomorrow, hehe
*This picture is my entry to F+F’s Awkward Christmas competition, what do you think? Awkward enough?
Come on, how many of you actually saw this show? I’m guessing not all that many but I loved it. I just watched the finale and believe it was cancelled soon after but the story had been told so much as I wish they’d continue it was a good ending point for the show and the characters. I’m not a huge musical fan (actually that might be a lie) so when I started watching I wasn’t sure how I’d like it but it was a musical based on a Broadway show so it didn’t feel like they were all walking around, singing for no reason. There were periods in the second season when I feel like the plot floundered a little and I really thought it was going to go out on a serious low but the final few episodes really picked up and the finale was brilliant so if you manage to catch it on repeat I would definitely recommend you give it a go.
I don’t want to spoil the plot or the ending for anyone who hasn’t seen it and might want to but in the end there are no characters I disliked.. apart from maybe that red head that stole Ana’s part.. and I was really happy with the way they tied up all of the characters stories and what started out as a show about competition ended as story about love and friendship
The best show nobody watched!
PS. I really wish they’d shown what happened with Jimmy though..
I really want to make some kind of musical Christmas video with some friends and fellow YouTubers this year and in my quest to find something similar that’s already been done I found this that just HAD to be this weeks Hump Day Haha!
So, so funny.. but I’m still at a loss as to how to even begin to plan my own video.. I want to mash together clips of various people singing one song and I initially wanted it to be sung by US but I think the only way will be to mime the original.. hmm. Any ideas?
So I know it’s not technically even been Halloween yet but as far as I’m concerned Friday marks the countdown to Christmas (which starts 1st Dec for anyone wondering) so I’ve been patiently waiting but as soon as it hits the festive posts will flood in.. for now I thought I’d share one of my favourite Christmas movie clips – I may make this a regular feature so if you have any suggestions of your own leave a comment!
Also, while we’re on the subject of Hugh Grant and his epic dancing has anyone else noticed the homage One Direction paid to his Music & Lyrics character in their newest video? I’m not a music video person but my daughter made me watch this and I then made her watch Hugh doing the original!
Check out One Direction at around 5.19 and Hugh at around 11 seconds.. in truth I think they pinched a few more moves from the Pop music video too which if you haven’t already seen is below and you’re welcome.. never ceases to cheer me up and it’s just So. Darn. Catchy!
Driving home today I heard this on the Radio and had to download the album – this song is basically ‘you can’t please everyone so please yourself’, something I try to remember when people are overly critical of something and I think it’s a good general attitude to have so I thought I’d share it with you as I’d never heard it before today.
PS – I’m secretly a HUGE country music fan, don’t tell anyone
I’ve always wanted to go to the Clothes Show but never have. I’m not sure if it’s the distance or that it falls at Christmastime that has stopped me but this year I really want to go! Emma (link) and I were actually deliberating about a concert in Birmingham on the 7th a while ago and decided it wasn’t worth the trip but if we can slot it in to a girls weekend.. I’m in!
I have 2 tickets worth £56 up for grabs if you’re interesting in attending this year leave a comment below with the date you prefer and your contact details (email or twitter preferably) – and don’t forget to make sure you can get there before your enter! The giveaway will run for 1 week and end midnight 05/11 and the winner will be contacted shortly afterwards.
Good Luck & maybe I will see you there!
*Giveaway prize provided by The Clothes Show
Skeleton Dress – £7.75 / Smoke Machine – £29.99 / Spider Wine Glass - £4.65 / Vampire Queen Costume – £14.95 / Bloody Hand Prints – £5.10 / Best Costume Award – £4.95 / Skeleton Drinks Cooler – £12.99 / Skull Cocktail Shaker – £4.95 / Bottle Labels – £1.79 / Halloween Lantern Garland – £3.15 / Black Wig – £6.89 / Body Parts – £2.79 / Skull Punch Bowl – £12.95
I actually just bought the skeleton dress and a black wig for my costume so I will let you know when they arrive what the quality is like but together they were fairly inexpensive and will hopefully be comfortable. It’s not a specific costume as such so my makeup will likely be pale and spooky – video maybe – but any suggestions there are welcome! I know some of you will think a smoke machine is a mad idea but my parents go all out with their Halloween parties, they invested in one a couple of years ago and it seriously adds the spooky atmosphere.. this one is pretty cheap too but remember you will have to buy the liquid that goes in it too! I love the table wear you can get for Halloween now, the plates and glasses etc but it can add up if you’re having a big party. The punch bowl, the skeleton cooler and the bottle labels all give a big impact for much less overall.
All of this has a spooky feel which fits in with the decorations that my Dad will put up but if I was to have my own Halloween party.. maybe one day.. I would probably go more American like the below – *picture source* – I know it sounds pathetic but I’m not in to being scared.. I love decorating though so I would keep it fun rather than hide things that pop out and scream at people.. I’m a killjoy, I know.
What do you do for Halloween?
I have been spending a lot of time of Pinterest recently looking at Christmas Decorations and activities to do with the kids. I came across this little guy on a blog I followed Pinterest to – the name of the blog escapes me now but he crux of it was that they had an elf which every night moved to a new position in the house and the kids had the job of locating him. I thought this was such a fun idea but little did I know how popular it was. I genuinely thought this was one woman with too much time on her hands who’d thought up a great way to keep the Christmas magic alive in this little elf but in America Elf On The Shelf is HUGE, just google it. I’ve seen so many photos of the different locations and positions the elves have been in that I had to share some of my favourites with you..
People get CREATIVE! There are also some less than family friendly pictures out there if you’re up for a sinister giggle or two but let’s keep it wholesome on the blog – today anyway. I love this idea and have found Elf On The Shelf to buy online from Tesco so will be ordering him toot suite as I want to have him in time for the tree going up – likely mid November.Obviously you could do this with anything, you can buy any toy and do something similar but he comes with a book and the story behind him and I just think he’s too cute to dupe for cheaper. For those wondering he’s Santas elf and every night he flies back to the North Pole to tell him about the day and whether the children have been good. Each morning he returns and this is where you come in.. he has to be in a new place every day. The rule is that he cannot be touched as his magic is fragile and if it’s broken he wont be able to get back to Santa anymore. I was telling Ella about the elf and how cute is this?.. she said ‘if Milo accidentally touches him I will move him at night so that he thinks he’s still magic’ – she’s 8 and on the cusp of not believing but she still wants to. I have a feeling that next year I will have a helper keeping the magic alive for her brother.
The elf is available online here for £27.95, have you heard of this before? I’m interested to know if I’ve just totally missed it or this really is only big in the US
I don’t usually get in to movies and TV here on my blog but I’ve spent most of my morning looking up New York based films to get me in the mood for our trip in January. I was looking for suggestions more than anything but came away deciding that everything worth watching was already on my list and most made up the all time top 5 constantly running in my head. Those these aren’t exclusively NY they ARE exclusively rom-coms and if I didn’t already have them downloaded they are being added to my iTunes library as I type.
Sleepless In Seattle
You’ve Got Mail
One Fine Day
When Harry Met Sally
I wouldn’t class myself as a Meg Ryan fan but looking at the list I have to admit.. I must like her. There are countless others I could mention – It’s Complicated, First Wives Club.. actually anything with Goldie Hawn or Diane Keaton for that matter – it’s really too difficult to narrow it down to just 5 but as of right now these are they. First Wives Club MAY overtake The Holiday in a less festive season. There are plenty of other genres I like and films I have loved but there are very few I could watch over and over. The Cider House Rules for example is a brilliant film but it’s long and sad and not something I often feel like watching.. yet I’d still recommend it to anyone who hasn’t seen it. I usually tailor my viewing to my mood or upcoming events, I’ve been watching Christmas films since September and now we’ve finally booked our trip to New York I will be seeking out anything with a glimpse of the skyline to feed our excitement.. does anyone else do that?
If any of you want to share your all time favourites or recommend a good New York film, leave a comment.. it’s one of my favourite subjects and yet I never seem to talk with you about it.. I see a ‘Khila Talk’ video coming soon!