Blogmas Day 7 – Gifts for Him

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With two and a half weeks to the big day I worry some of you might be worried, wondering what do I get my boyfriend, dad or strange colleague that I drew in Secret Santa?

Well have no fear – I am here! With my handy guide to Gift buying for Him.

This post should be really easy, it is basically going to be a wish list of things I want masked in an attempt to help you out. (But also if anyone I know is stuck for gifts for me . . . here we go)


Gift One.

Funko Pops.

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If you, the love of your life or that special family member is anything like me (a big ole Geek) then what is not to love about Funko Pops. They are the best stocking filler gift going. A great shout for any fan and the range they cater for is now massive. From Films to T.V. shows, to Disney, to Musicians, to the Royal Family.

Though also if you are like me, then you might be somewhat particular about the collection you have, so shop with caution.


Gift Two.

Grooming Products.

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Us men need some TLC at times too and what better way to do that with a nice grooming gift set. Recently I started using Black Leopard Skincare line of grooming products and haven’t looked back since. Their range stretches from Face Scrubs to Hair Gel, eye cream to shaving cream and even a lovely moisturiser. What is better than having your man, dad or brother feel fresh and smell good. A bit of self-care and loving it always needed and what better excuse, especially at Christmas.


Gift Three.

Google Home.

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This little gem will always hit my guide list and I don’t even own one! This is more of just a want from me. But the more I research the more I wish I could get one. For the techies that want to live their Iron Man JARVIS house dream – this is the start. One day I imagine having a Smart House and a house tablet that can control the whole building. With the ability to answer questions, play music, control the heating and lights. The possibilities will be endless.


Gift Four.

Aviation Gin.

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A bottle of something is always a nice gift, especially with the classy quirky boxes and gift sets they come in. If Gin is not his tipple (it’s mine) then why not something else. But I’ve added Aviation because it’s made by Ryan Reynolds. I don’t mean he is making home-brew in his bathtub. But he founded the company and it’s a gin I have always wanted to try.

 


Gift Four.

Playstation Icon Sign.

Now for something a little geeky. This light is perfect for the players! A quirky nod to the PlayStation’s controller buttons will bring light to any gaming setup. As long as we didn’t start the debate as to which console is better Playstation vs XBox we’ll be ok . . . *cough* PS4 *cough*

 


Gift Five.

Sports Team Shirt.

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This one is for the sporty guy in your life, the lad, dad or striker. Sporting merchandise is always a great shout when it comes to gifts. As long as you know their team. The image is the Houston Texans Jersey which can be found along with other teams and merch over on Fanatic Shop. But if NFL isn’t their thing, they do football, rugby or even F1.

In my bathroom at home we have a handful of rubber ducks with the Norwich City emblem on them. Usually the teams own store has some wonderfully quirky and cool gifts. Take a look.


 

I hope this handy little guide has helped, let me know if you use it or what you are getting instead.

 

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Blogmas Day 6 – T.V. Specials

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Hello my festive pretties, today we are talking about T.V Christmas Specials because who doesn’t like watching TV on Christmas Day.


Part of the Christmas Day tradition usually involves slumped on the sofa nursing a food baby, partially comatose and watching some T.V. special. Now not reading the T.V. Guide this year I am not sure what there is to entice us all in. From recent years I’ve felt the main top dogs (BBC and ITV) have lacked something special and we have had to move over to the likes of GOLD (or whatever it’s called nowadays) and Dave for a bit of real entertainment. That being said here is my list of Christmas T.V. Specials that I really enjoy and always almost get watched over the festive season.


Gavin and Stacey – The Christmas Special.

What an entry to start with, a festive fun emotional episode which deals with the two families sharing Christmas together, Gavin breaking the news to his side about him moving to Wales and the classy Band Aid cover. It’s just an all-round warm fuzzy episode that is easy going and perfect for that food coma you put yourself in. Giving a realistic look at an average household Christmas; talking about Noel Edmonds, enjoying a festive dinner and have a little tiff with the estranged family members. I for one love it I do!


Only Fools and Horses – If They Could See Us Now.

 Next must-see viewing or classic memory of Christmas T.V. Special would have to be Only Fools – after a good run there were a few episodes to pick from, but I settled on this one. It starts with the Trotters on holiday in Monaco living the cushy lifestyle – but that lasts minutes and they are back at Nelson Mandela House. Then after a bit more heartfelt Christmas esque love, ole Del Boy ends up on a game show thinking he can make his millions back – pure gold. As well as the episode itself the show generated the accolade of “BBC’s Most Viewed Television Programme of the Decade” – with an approximately 21.3 Million tuning in to watch it. – Crazy right, clearly they were doing something right.


Morecambe and Wise – Any Show or Compilation. 

Anyone that knows me will know that I love this comedic duo so much – the phrase “They don’t make ’em like they used to” is so real and appropriate with this duo. Classic wholesome family fun using a smooth mix of acting, comedy, dancing and singing to make the perfect comedy duo. It always seems like a festive go to watch as well –  I promise you somewhere on the box someone will be showing an episode of this pair and laughter will ensue.


FRIENDS – The One With The Holiday Armadillo

Last but not least I can’t go without mentioning FRIENDS – again with a handful to pick from I have chosen the Holiday Armadillo. In an attempt to teach his son about his Jewish heritage, Ross tries to dress up as Santa and encourage Ben (his son) to take an interest – the only problem being, he can’t find a Santa costume anywhere. . . leaving him to improvise and become the Holiday Armadillo. It’s a cute yet still comical episode about the Maccabees and the lighting of the Menorah. Comedy comes flying back in when Chandler manages to find a Santa suit in an attempt to help Ross, while Joey goes the other way and bursts in dressed as Superman. It’s a festive fun episode that is such easy watching you will laugh every time.


I hope you have enjoyed my list of festive Christmas T.V. Specials, let me know what you love to watch and the must-see shows you always put on over the Christmas period.

 Much love.

Blogmas Day 5 – Christmas Clothing

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This month is going quickly isn’t it, Christmas will be here in no time.


Today the post’s title is The Christmas Attire.

That’s right we are focusing on the beloved tacky and somewhat horrific Christmas jumper. I don’t know about you but I love dressing up, finding that perfect tacky jumper to wear with pride during the Christmas season and just generally going over the top – so this post is to let you know what my festive wardrobe is like.

Each year I like to buy a new Christmas themed T-Shirt, Jumper, and Shirt; as it stands currently I have a few novelty T-Shirts, a generic Santa body top, a Die Hard themed top and a St Nick Pizza Parlour – advertising Deep, Crisp and Even Pizza Pies. Which is like a dream for me, mixing Christmas and Pizza my two favourite things.

Also for the moments of professionalism in the office at work, I have two festive shirts, something to wear with a tie, jumper or jacket just to bring an itch of festive cheer to the dull working environment of the office. I have a blue one with small Santa heads all over it and a white one with Rudolph heads. What can I say, I’m a classy guy.

Finally of my pride of joys in the Christmas Attire list is my overly tacky cardigan. Imagine Santa, Rudolph and the Gingerbread man all had a night on the gin . . . yes, this is the result. But I love it so much, throw my knitted Santa hat into the mix and I am snug, warm and looking damn festive!

Let me know what you have, what you dress up in and what is a must for the festive season. I wanna see gingerbread dresses, snowmen ties and maybe a onesie or two.

Love y’all

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blogmas Day 3 – Festive Films

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One of my favourite parts about Christmas – The Festive Films.

Films filled with festive joy, magic and fun, what more can you really ask for from the season. Plus the majority of Christmas flicks are once a year viewing. Which makes them even better – let’s be honest when was the last time you watched “Miracle of 34th Street” – oh wait. 12 months ago. Well it’s about time you saw it again.

So here is my Top 5 Christmas films (in no order) as a guide of things to watch over this festive period.


It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s time to watch this 1946 classic emotional rollercoaster that is “It’s a Wonderful Life”. A beautiful story about an angel sent down from Heaven to help a down on his luck businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he didn’t exist. You’ve probably seen it spoofed and parodied time and time again and I think that shows how significant this piece of art is. I guarantee you’ll be welling up during this viewing and it’s as effective and meaningful today as it was back in the 40’s.

Honestly if you have never seen it – Please make it a must this Christmas time.

 

 

 


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Elf

To be honest I am not sure I need to even give the rundown of what happens in this film – but for you small few who have never seen it; After being raised by Elves in the North Pole, a man heads to New York to find his real family and adjust to human life.

When you put it like that it sounds a bit odd – but Will Ferrell excels as Buddy the Elf – a hyperactive over the top man boy raised by elves. It’s genius. Throw in a splash of Zooey Deschanel, James Caan, a bag of quotable lines and an epic snowball fight into the mix and you have one happy fun-filled family must see. (Wow what a saying)

 

 


The Night Before

This entry is a relatively new film but has automatically hit the top 5 list for me. It follows three lifelong friends as they spend Christmas eve in New York City looking for the lifelong dream of “The Nutcracker Ball” an epic, drink and drug fuelled party.

It’s stuffed full of jokes, gags and references to other Christmas films that you won’t stop laughing for the entire thing. While also hitting home with an underlying message of family, closure and love. I think it’s floating around Netflix, check it out – keep an eye out for a cheeky Christmas Cameo from a pop sensation (it just works nicely).

 


 

 

Christmas with the Coopers

Like the number 3 this is relatively new to the world of Christmas movies but nonetheless I think it captures the magic of the season beautifully. It’s a set of intertwined stories revolving around a family as they build up to Christmas Eve. It’s just a feel good enjoyable watch, with a star-studded cast including; John Goodman, Ed Helms, Olivia Wilde and the beautiful Marisa Tomei.

Critically I am not sure it did very well. But it means a lot to me – I took my GF to see it when we first started dating and it’s just an ideal little movie. You might see it floating around Amazon Prime and if so, click it, pop your feet up and enjoy this gem.

 


Die Hard

Now time for the crown jewel, the cream of the crop, the BEST Christmas Film of all times (as voted by Empire Online – 22nd Dec 2016), That is a Fact!

So lets break it down (as if you don’t know) Die Hard is about a cop from New York who tries to save his wife and other party guests from a German terrorist during a works Christmas Party in Los Angeles.

HOW MUCH MORE CHRISTMAS DO YOU NEED TO GET – I can’t express how much I love this movie and even with its problems (Green Vest) it’s still a brilliant must watch festive film.

 

 


 

 

So there’s my Top Five Festive Films. (And that was hard to break it down to just 5 as there are some greats out there). Check them out, or re watch them – enjoy the holidays and let me know what you like to watch, what is a must see and what makes you feel all warm and magical inside.

Honourable mentions also have to go to: Home Alone 1 & 2, The Snowman, The Grinch, The Santa Claus, Scrooge, Office Christmas Party and Love Actually.

Merry Blogmas Y’all

Bohemian Rhapsody – The Review.

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I am struggling to find a way to start this post. Does that happen to you guys? Do you get lost in a sea of “Hey Guys”, “Morning” and “Welcome back” – well that is me this morning. So I am going to just jump into this post.

Because last night I went to the cinema to watch Bohemian Rhapsody and I was blown away.


For the longest time I have been a Queen fan, their music, talent and story has always been a part of my life. Top three favourite bands of all time and annoyingly it took me a good week and a bit to go see the movie when it came out. But I made a point to go this weekend, we’ve been very busy as you might know with house stuff but it was time to take a break.

So me and the GF went out for dinner, then popped over to the Cinema for some overpriced ice cream and a cute impromptu date night. With Bohemian Rhapsody on the cards we were set to go.


Let’s begin. Get on your bikes and ride!

Two years ago Channel Five did a docudrama about Freddie, his life, his troubles and his death – The Freddie Mercury Story: Who Wants To Live Forever. If you ever get a chance to watch this please do. It’s amazing. In my eyes this film and that Docudrama compliment each other so well they are almost like a double feature. Then when they announced they were making this movie I was hyped and psyched.

I loved this movie, the entire thing was amazing, breathtaking and emotional.

Following the life of Freddie Mercury a young Parsis man in 70’s London being discriminated for his heritage, his style and his teeth. We see Freddie meet May, Taylor and Deacon, form the a group called “Queen”, take some big gambles, record some unique styles and sounds, then just watching their music and career go from strength to strength.

But at the same time watching his lavish and promiscuous social life take its toll on his friends and real relationships as it spirals out of control into a drug binge.

The film hits all the emotional notes you’d expect, you take the journey with the band, feeling the highs and tingle of them writing; Another one Bites the Dust or Bohemian Rhapsody, to the lows and troubles of Freddie being played, relationships breaking down and then watching him realise and get diagnosed with AIDS. The last 40 minutes of the film I had a frog in my throat, it chokes you up big time. But that is his story, the magic behind the Great Pretender.

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And what a story it is – another thing that really helped this film was the incredible casting, because for me the entire cast were spot on.

Malek obviously goes without saying absolutely nailed his performance as Freddie. But saying that the whole band were amazing; Lee, Hardy and Mazzello playing May, Taylor and Deacon bounced off each other perfectly and it’s exactly what I would imagine the real band would have been like.

Even having Mike Myers as Ray Foster the EMI exec who tries to tell the band that Bohemian Rhapsody is too long and not what the people want, claiming that no one will ever rock out and head bang in their car to that song  . . . . (Yes they made that joke and I seemed to be the only person in the cinema that laughed) was amazing casting.

Overall the film was amazing, I am still in awe of it. This morning I woke up thinking about it on so many levels and I can not recommend it enough as it’s a story you need to know and see. I can see it making an impact next February when Award Season starts. You have heard it here first!

 


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The News! An update of what I’ve been doing.

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So over the past few months I’ve dropped in content. The Man Vs Movies series dried up, I missed self set deadlines and I just couldn’t find time for the blog. I was worried about the how my lack of presence would affect the community. Not that I am a role model, but more would this be it, would I be forgotten for the newest trend. I know right, silly thoughts but they were there. So I clawed back as much time as I could and put out what I could when I could and just keep up with people. But I soon remembered the blogging community is one of the most supportive groups of people ever. I could vanish for six months, come back and still have an amazing group of people checking in on me.

The reason behind this was because I was spending my time filling out a shit tonne (I believe that is the correct unit of measurement) of paper work and having meetings for our latest adventure. This is the pinnacle of Adulthood life and just what this blog was built for.

Because we have just bought a house!

(Pause for applause)


On the 26th June at 5.30pm me and the GF went to view a house. A lovely 3 bed semi-detached in a nice area of town. Garden, Garage, Driveway. For the area, size and price, it was a steal. So we put an offer in and the following day it was accepted.

This is just the start of the journey, 4 months/16 weeks later (on the 26th) we have finished, exchanged, got the keys and began our next chapter.

Getting there was hard and at times mentally draining on me. As we were selling her flat to buy this we decided she would deal with the appropriate people for that, as it’s a Shared Ownership property (which I recommend people avoiding, as it was a nightmare to get out of and the hidden fees and ‘Oh to get that you need to pay this’ were for stupid reasons), while I was to deal with the Solicitor on everything else.

I don’t want to go into the boring, long-winded details. I have already bored and ranted at friends, family and co-workers on this for the past 4 months, I want to spare you that pain. All I will say is it’s a simple process that seems to attract useless people. There is no need for the process to take as long as it does and in turn cause as much stress as it does.

There were days I would say to my GF that I was genuinely worried about my Mental Health – and I like to think I am a strong character. But some of the people involved in this just set out to be ignorant and useless. But I am good now. I only ranted and snapped at the solicitors twice. Which is good going isn’t it.


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Now it’s all hands on deck. We have a lot of work ahead of us but it’s going to look amazing when we have finished.

It kind of means Christmas is on hold and going to be stupidly cheap. Because paint and curtains is a priority over presents sadly. But if anyone is wondering what to get us. Vouchers for The Range, Dunelm Mill and Next Home would be spot on.

It’s such a relief to have this completed, it ticks something of my 30 before 30 list – getting on the property ladder and it’s the next step in my relationship with the GF. Oh and it’s good to be able to let you all know finally, it was hard keeping it from twitter – I think secretly a handful of you knew but now I can share the love and tell you all properly.


Next step – Right from the off the GF stepped in with her interior decorator hat on and threw ideas, colour palettes and swatches at me. So we made a compromise. I am such an easy-going guy and usually like what she picks out, but I wanted 3 spaces that I can decorate, decide on and have control of – she can have the rest of the house, but I wanted the Garage, Garden and third bedroom (smallest of the three). The deal was struck and pow we have harmony.

So as you read this I am probably up to my eyeballs in paint, tools and old tiles. I have to rip the bathroom floor up pretty quickly and we have to get the whole house painted as the carpet man comes in a couple of days to lay the new carpet. So it’s literally all hands on deck. If you are wanting to give us a hand by all means popover, there will be pizza as a reward.

Keep your eyes peeled on Insta for those cool “Before/After” house shots and also if anyone has any decoration guides or quirky life hack builds I’d love to see them, any and all inspiration is needed.

I Can’t Believe I am a Homeowner! MWAH!

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Happy Anniversary!

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We’ve been together a year now. Started seeing each other in September but October 11th we became official. I told all my friends about you. Share photos of us on Instagram and started to make many memories.

We’ve bought new people into our relationship, met some great friends and loved every minute of things. Even the dark times where we wouldn’t talk for a week or so. We worked through it, we have become stronger and still as much in love as when we first started.


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My main thank you, is to you guys, the readers, the followers, the friends I have made. This year has been amazing and I have loved what we have made here. I can’t wait to see it grow, to get better and even more awesome.

Honestly I never thought when I first started that I would have met such inspirations and amazing people such as: Maud, Abbie, Lauren – and then the #BlogVengers; Colin, Gareth, Elle, Annie. These are to name a few – I could go on forever naming all the gems in this blogging world. Basically if you are reading this, you are one of them! I am so thankful! I also want to thank the brands who have trusted me and given me the chance to work with them to promote their amazing brands. I have loved every chance I have had.

To the next year!