Christmas is soon upon us! Movies/TV Episodes To Watch ๐ŸŽ„

Happy December! Michael Buble has defrosted and the smell of mince pies and mulled wine fills the area. Christmas adverts are on TV and shops are packed with panicking buyers and moaning children. The air has a crisp coldness to it and everywhere you turn, people are walking past you with bobble hats drinking Starbucks in the new Christmas cups… how prepared are you? I personally love the lead up to Christmas but the holiday itself for me, means that I will be spending so much money! So if you are unlike me and don’t work in retail, you will spend Christmas Eve, relaxing watching Christmas films, maybe making cookies and last minute wrapping.

So I’ve complied a list for of films and TV episodes for all of you who have time to relax over the Christmas period. So firstly films:

  • It’s a Wonderful Life (1947)
  • The Snowman (1982)
  • A Christmas Carol (1984 film)
  • Home Alone (1990)
  • Edward Scissorhands (1990)
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
  • The Santa Clause (1994)
  • Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
  • Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
  • Serendipity (2001)
  • Barbie in the Nutcracker (2001)
  • The Santa Clause 2 (2002)
  • Elf (2003)
  • Love Actually (2003)
  • Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
  • The Polar Express (2004)
  • The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
  • Barbie in A Christmas Carol (2008)
  • Nativity! (2009)
  • Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger (2012)

 

TV Episodes (shows that I watch/ed)

Beverly Hills, 90210

  1. “A Walsh Family Christmas” (Season 2 Episode 18)
  2. “Somewhere in the World it’s Christmas” (Season 4 Episode 15)
  3. “Christmas Comes This Time Each Year” (Season 5 Episode 15)
  4. Angels We Have Heard on High (Season 6: Episode 15)
  5. Gift Wrapped (Season 7: Episode 13)
  6. Santa Knows (Season 8: Episode 14)
  7. Nine Yolks Whipped Lightly (Season 10: Episode 12)

Friends

  1. The One with the Monkey (Season 1: Episode 10)
  2. The One with Phoebe’s Dad (Season 2: Episode 9)
  3. The One Where Rachel Quits (Season 3: Episode 10)
  4. The Holiday Armadillo (Season 7: Episode 10)
  5. The One with Christmas in Tulsa (Season 9: Episode 10)

Gossip Girl

  1. Roman Holiday (Season 1: Episode 11)

Pretty Little Liars

  1. How the ‘A’ Stole Christmas (Season 5: Episode 13)

The Vampire Diaries

  1. Christmas Through Your Eyes (Season 6: Episode 10)
  2. Cold as Ice (Season 7: Episode 9)
  3. The Next Time I Hurt Somebody, It Could Be You (Season 8: Episode 7)
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Book Review: I Was Dead For 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough ๐Ÿ“–

Book Chosen: I Was Dead For 13 Minutes

Author: Sarah Pinborough

Number of pages:ย 406

Published: 2016

Publisher:ย Gollancz

No spoilers will be in this review!

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The plot: Natasha is found in the early hours of the morning by a dog walker, barely alive and unconscious in the river. After being taken to hospital, she is pronounced dead for 13 minutes then she wakes up with no memory of what happened. Being the most popular girl at school and the leader of the “barbies” she realises that her almost death was no accident especially when her two best friends Jenny and Hayleyย start acting odd.

Becca who was once childhood best friends with Natasha but got dropped in Year 7 when Natasha became more popular, has always been bitter about what happened. Now an outsider in school and spends most of the time smoking or with her boyfriend but then she finds out what happened. Upon visiting Natasha in the hospital she realises that perhaps her almost death was no accident and starts to help her old best friend unravel the mystery of how she ended up in that river…

๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–ย 3/5. The plot was so so good as there was a few plot twists but I HATED the ending. I couldn’t really connect with any of the characters either so I feel that aspect was missing!

25 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Christmas ๐ŸŽ„

  1. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
  2. Last Christmas – Wham!
  3. Winter Wonderland – Tony Bennett
  4. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Perry Cosmo
  5. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Frank Sinatra
  6. Sleigh Ride – Johnny Mathis
  7. Feliz Navidad – Jose Feliciano
  8. Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season – Andy Wiliams
  9. Jingle Bell Rock – Daryl Hall & John Oates
  10. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
  11. Carol of The Bells – Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych
  12. Wonderful Christmas – Paul McCartney
  13. A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
  14. White Christmas – Destiny’s Child
  15. Santa Clause Is Coming To Town – The Jackson 5
  16. Christmas Lights – Coldplay
  17. The Nutcracker -Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  18. Kidnap The Sandy Claws – Danny Elfman
  19. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – The Jackson 5
  20. Santa’s Coming For Us – Sia
  21. Dominick the Donkey – Lou Monte
  22. Peppermint Winter – Owl City
  23. Little Saint Nick – The Beach Boys
  24. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid
  25. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Sabrina Capenter

 

Hope you are all having a lovely December and are getting in the mood for Christmas!ย ๐ŸŽ„ย 

12 Month Book Wrap Up! ๐Ÿ“–

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So as we only have a few weeks until 2017 ends (wow didn’t that flow by!!) I thought I’d do an 12 month book wrap up. What books did you read this year? Have you read any of the same ones I have? Do you have an ever growing TBR list like me?ย So without further udo, I have created a list of all the books I have read this year! Enjoy!

  1. A Court of Throne and Roses by Sarah J Maas
  2. Ink by Alice Broadway
  3. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
  4. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  5. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  6. The Selection by Kiera Cass
  7. The Elite by Kiera Cass.
  8. The One by Kiera Cass.
  9. The Heir by Kiera Cass.
  10. The Crown by Kiera Cass.
  11. Spellbook of The Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle
  12. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  13. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
  14. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  15. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
  16. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
  17. I Was Dead For 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough
  18. The Future of Us byย byย Jay Asher
  19. Nemesisย by Brendan Reichs

 

50 Songs That Remind Me Of My Teenage Years ๏ธ๐ŸŽถ

I made a playlist of my 50 Songs that remind me of my childhood ย way back in January and since then I have made multiple other playlists for Spring, Summerย and Summer Love. So now here is one to represent what I listed to in my teenage years, so whilst I was at school and sixth form. (Aged 13-18) Hope you enjoy!ย How many of these have you listened to?

  1. What I’ve Done – Linkin Park
  2. Whenever, Wherever – Shakira
  3. Here’s To Never Growing Up – Avril Lavigne
  4. Umbrella – Rihanna
  5. Potential Breakup Song – Aly & AJ
  6. Underdog – You Me At Six
  7. Misery Business – Paramore
  8. All The Small Things – Blink 182
  9. Sugar, We’re Goin Down – Fall Out Boy
  10. I Write Sins Not Tragedies – Panic! At The Disco
  11. Dirty Little Secret – All-American Rejects
  12. Thnks fr th Mmrs – Fall Out Boy
  13. I Hate Everything About You – Three Days Grace
  14. Animal I Have Become – Three Days Grace
  15. If Today Was Your Last Day – Nickelback
  16. Nothing Good Has Happened Yet – We Are The Ocean
  17. Stacy’s Mom – Bowling For Soup
  18. All To Myself – Marianas Trench
  19. Supermassive Black Hole – Muse
  20. What The Hell – Avril Lavigne
  21. Girl Like That – Every Avenue
  22. Starry Eyed – Ellie Golding
  23. How To Save A Life – The Fray
  24. Fireflies – Owl City
  25. My Immortal – Evanescence
  26. Stupid Girls – P!nk
  27. Who Knew – P!nk
  28. Cleanin Out My Closet – Eminem
  29. Mockingbird – Eminem
  30. Thinking Of You – Katy Perry
  31. Ur So Gay – Katy Perry
  32. I Kissed A Girl – Katy Perry
  33. Hot N Cold – Katy Perry
  34. Candles – Hey Monday
  35. 6 Months – Hey Monday
  36. This Aint A Love Song – Scouting For Girls
  37. Time After Time – Elliot Minor
  38. Kick In The Teeth – Papa Roach
  39. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Marilyn Manson
  40. Like It’s Her Birthday – Good Charlotte
  41. Underdog – You Me At Six
  42. Die Young – Kesha
  43. Here You Me – Jimmy Eat World
  44. Rockstar – Nickelback
  45. Cupids Chokehold – Gym Class Heroes
  46. I โค Hello Kitty – Blood On The Dancefloor
  47. The Kill – Thirty Seconds To Mars
  48. Snuff – Slipknot
  49. You Stupid Girl – Framing Hanley
  50. Love Story – Taylor Swift

My Favourite Disney Channel Original Movies and A List Of Them All ๐Ÿฐ

So here is the full list of Disney Channel Original Movies according to Disney Wikia, I’ve also crossed out all the films that I have seen. How many of these films have you seen?:

  • Under Wraps (October 25, 1997)
  • You Lucky Dog (June 27, 1998)
  • Brink! (August 29, 1998)
  • Halloweentown (October 17, 1998)ย 
  • Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (January 23, 1999)
  • Can of Worms (April 10, 1999)
  • The Thirteenth Year (May 15, 1999)
  • Smart House (June 26, 1999)
  • Johnny Tsunami (July 24, 1999)
  • Genius (August 21, 1999)
  • Don’t Look Under the Bed (October 9, 1999)
  • Horse Sense (November 20, 1999)
  • Up, Up, and Away (January 22, 2000)
  • The Color of Friendship (February 5, 2000)
  • Alley Cats Strike (March 18, 2000)
  • Rip Girls (April 22, 2000)
  • Miracle in Lane 2 (May 13, 2000)
  • Stepsister from Planet Weird (June 17, 2000)
  • Ready to Run (July 14, 2000)
  • Quints (August 18, 2000)
  • The Other Me (September 8, 2000)
  • Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire (October 13, 2000)
  • Phantom of the Megaplex (November 10, 2000)
  • The Ultimate Christmas Present (December 1, 2000)
  • Zenon: The Zequel (January 12, 2001)
  • Motocrossed (February 16, 2001)
  • The Luck of the Irish (March 9, 2001)
  • Hounded (April 13, 2001)
  • Jett Jackson: The Movie (June 8, 2001)
  • The Jennie Project (July 13, 2001)
  • Jumping Ship (August 17, 2001)
  • The Poof Point (September 14, 2001)
  • Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge (October 12, 2001)
  • ‘Twas the Night (December 7, 2001)
  • Double Teamed (January 18, 2002)
  • Cadet Kelly (March 8, 2002)
  • Tru Confessions (April 5, 2002)
  • Get a Clue (June 28, 2002)
  • Gotta Kick It Up! (July 26, 2002)
  • A Ring of Endless Light (August 23, 2002)
  • The Scream Team (October 11, 2002)
  • You Wish! (January 10, 2003)
  • Right on Track (March 21, 2003)
  • The Even Stevens Movie (June 13, 2003)
  • Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-Off (July 18, 2003)
  • The Cheetah Girls (August 15, 2003)
  • Full – Court Miracle (November 21, 2003)
  • Pixel Perfect (January 16, 2004)
  • Going to the Mat (March 19, 2004)
  • Zenon: Z3 (June 11, 2004)
  • Stuck in the Suburbs (July 16, 2004)
  • Tiger Cruise (August 6, 2004)
  • Halloweentown High (October 8, 2004)ย 
  • Now You See It… (January 14, 2005)
  • Buffalo Dreams (March 11, 2005)
  • Kim Possible: So the Drama (April 8, 2005)
  • Go Figure (June 11, 2005)
  • Life Is Ruff (July 15, 2005)
  • The Proud Family Movie (August 19, 2005)
  • Twitches (October 14, 2005)
  • High School Musical (January 20, 2006)
  • Cow Belles (March 24, 2006)
  • Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior (June 16, 2006)
  • Read It and Weep (July 21, 2006)
  • The Cheetah Girls 2 (August 25, 2006)
  • Return to Halloweentown (October 20, 2006)
  • Jump In! (January 12, 2007)
  • Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board (June 8, 2007)
  • High School Musical 2 (August 17, 2007)
  • Twitches Too (October 12, 2007)
  • Minutemen (January 25, 2008)
  • Camp Rock (June 20, 2008)
  • The Cheetah Girls: One World (August 22, 2008)
  • Dadnapped (February 16, 2009)
  • Hatching Pete (April 24, 2009)
  • Princess Protection Program (June 26, 2009)
  • Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie (August 28, 2009)
  • StarStruck (February 14, 2010)
  • Den Brother (August 13, 2010)
  • Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (September 3, 2010)
  • Avalon High (November 12, 2010)
  • The Suite Life Movie (March 25, 2011)
  • Lemonade Mouth (April 15, 2011)
  • Geek Charming (November 11, 2011)
  • Frenemies (January 13, 2012)
  • Radio Rebel (February 17, 2012)
  • Let It Shine (June 15, 2012)
  • Girl Vs. Monster (October 12, 2012)
  • Teen Beach Movie (July 19, 2013)
  • Cloud 9 (January 17, 2014)
  • Zapped (June 27, 2014)
  • How to Build a Better Boy (August 15, 2014)
  • Bad Hair Day (February 13, 2015)
  • Teen Beach Movie 2 (June 26, 2015)
  • Descendants (July 31, 2015)
  • Invisible Sister (October 9, 2015)
  • Adventures in Babysitting (June 24, 2016)
  • The Swap (October 9, 2016)
  • Descendants 2 (July 21, 2017)
  • Zombies (February 2018)

So my ultimate favourite Disney Channel Original Movie has to be Halloweentown! It’s a mixture of Disney, Halloween and Magic… what’s not to love? The film is about 13-year-old Marnie Piper and her younger siblings Dylan and Sophie. Marnie is upset with her mother who never allows them to go out for Halloween, and does not allow Marnie to go to a costume party. Then their grandmother Aggie visits that night, Aggie openly encourages the children to get more involved in Halloween much to the dismay of their mother. When Aggie leaves, Marnie decides to sneak out and go with her back on the bus to where Aggie lives… that’s all I shall say!

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My second favourite has to be Cloud 9 purely because Dove Cameron is one of my favourite actresses. The story focuses on Kayla, a snowboarder who is dropped from her team and forced to train with Will, a dog groomer and also former snowboarding champion who’s struggling after a career-ending wipe-out.

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Minutemen comes in third because I just love the plot as it involves Time Travel. I used to have a huge crush on Nicholas Braun. The plot of this film is about Virgil and Charlie, two best friends who invent a 10 minute time machine with the help of Zeke to spare others just like them from the humiliation they’ve endured.

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Fourth is Girl Vs Monster, due to the soundtrack. Skylar has never really been afraid of anything, then she finds out that her parents are monster hunters after she accidentally releases some monsters from a secret containment chamber. It’s her job to follow her destiny to recapture all the monsters and also save her parents.

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and lastly is has to be High School Musical, it is such a classic and as it was aired when I was in Year 6/7 then I remember it fondly.ย Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez meet at a party on New Years Eve and end up singing karaoke together. One week later Troy goes back to his high school, East High, in New Mexico to find that Gabriella is a new student there. They quickly become close friends and accidentally audition for the school musical. After getting a callback, drama queen Sharpay Evans and her sidekick brother Ryan are furious. As Troy is a “jock” and Gabriella is labelled as a “nerd” none of their friends want their relationship to succeed and cannot understand why two people who seem so incompatible on the surface want to be together.

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Cook Vegan: Homemade Sweet Potato Chips with a Protein Sauce ๐Ÿฅ”๐Ÿด

So I actually haven’t done a veganism or vegan post on here for AGES! So as I am completely obsessed with sweet potatoes, especially my sweet potato chips! They are super simple to make and I make them every time I buy a sweet potato! So here is the recipe to how to make sweet potato chips and how to make a protein filled sauce to dip the chips in!

So firstly you cut up the sweet potato, I would just use one large sweet potato as that is more than enough for one person. I start by cutting off the ends of my sweet potato and then slicing them up in whatever shape I want my chips. Before I place them on a baking tray, I add oliveย oil or vegan butter so the chips don’t get stuck whilst they are cooking. I then add a little bit of olive oil on the top of the chips once they are placed on the tray and then put mixed herbs on top. I have a fan over so I put them on 200C for 30 minutes. Be sure to check your potatoes after about 15 minutes to make sure they are not burning.

Once they are in the oven then I start making my sauce. I’ve only just started making this sauce and it was purely because I wanted to dip my chips in an iron and protein filled sauce rather than using humus or tomato sauce. There is 4 ingredients to my sauce and if have all them all ready it will only take you about 5 minutes to make it!

The ingredients are:

  • Three tablespoons of red kidney beans (already cooked and out of a can)
  • Two tablespoons of hemp seeds
  • Two tablespoons of already blended walnuts.
  • Water

I then put all of this in a blender and blend it together. Adding as much water as I want depending on how thick I want my sauce! Kidney beans contain a lot of iron on them in 100g of Kidney Beans they containย 8.2 mg of iron (almost four times more than spinach!!)ย Hemp Seeds and Walnuts are both rich in protein!ย 25% of calories in hemp seeds come from protein. So if you are ever worried about where to get protein from hemp seeds and nuts is two of the foods you can get it from!

So here are some images of the food, if you makeย my recipe then please let me know in the comments!ย 

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