Monday, 22 December 2014

Netflix Stream Team December


Christmas is coming fast, but rather than throw together a list of Christmas related things to watch, I've decided to pick some TV shows that are available on Netflix chosen by myself and hubby that you might enjoy over your Christmas break. What we've done is taken into account that some people may get longer holidays than others. People working in retail don't get near as much time off as teachers, for example. So we've chosen shows that have a varying number of seasons. The thinking is that shows that have more seasons would suit people that are on longer holidays.

 1. "Bates Motel" (1 Season, 10 Episodes).



Bringing Alfred Hitchcock's classic "Psycho" up to date in a modern setting was never going to be easy, but this show pretty much pulls it off. Telling the tale of a young Norman Bates and his beloved Mother. Freddy Highmore plays Norman fantastically, recalling the nervous energy of Anthony Perkins in the original film, and Vera Farmiga steals the show as his mother.

2. "House of Cards" (2 Seasons, 13 Episodes Per Season).


Believe the hype. Netflix's own adaptation draws inspiration from both Michael Dobbs' novel and the 1990 TV adaptation by Dobbs and Andrew Davies. Kevin Spacey gives a fantastic turn as Francis Underwood, a charming but utterly ruthless Congressman. They say behind every good man is a greater woman, and in Francis' wife Claire (played by Robin Wright) we have a lady who is every bit his equal in her unwavering ambition. Brilliantly written and shot, this show is a treat.

3. "Sherlock" (2 Season, 3 Episodes Per Season).



Even though there's less episodes in this BBC adaptation, each episode clocks in at about 90 minutes each, The role that gave Benedict Cumberbatch his big break, it similar to "Bates Motel" whereby we have a modern version of classic stories. The sight of Sherlock using a phone may have come off as contrived, but it actually works. Cumberbatch's delivery of the rapid fire dialogue, and his chemistry with Martin Freeman as his beleaguered Watson, this one is well worth your time.

4. Scrubs (6 Seasons, Episodes Per Season Range From 22-25).



Just to lighten things up after all the drama from the shows listed above, "Scrubs" is the perfect antidote. Starring Zach Braff as a rookie doctor from his first day, this show brought equal part big laughs along with some serious moments along the way. As JD, Braff is surrounded by a cast of fantastic characters, from the perpetually angry Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley) and JD's best friend Turk (Donald Faison). Netflix have the first six seasons and there isn't a bad episode in the bunch.

5. House (8 Seasons, Episodes Per Season Range From 16-24).


Hugh Laurie's "House" is a medical Sherlock Holmes for all intents and purposes. A grumpy genius with his own drug related issues, House is a fascinating character. He can go from likable to unlikable in the space of mere minutes, and the show managed to keep itself fresh by changing the cast around every few seasons unlike a lot of other shows which start to go stale after five or so seasons of the same faces. While there are a lot of episodes of this particular show, the pace is so fast that they absolutely fly by, and it's easy to get caught in the "just one more" trap.



*Disclaimer: I have become a member of the Netflix Stream Team and for this I received a complimentary subscription for one year & an Apple TV (Box). All opinions are my own, and I will be posting once a month in relation to Netflix Stream Team. Stay tuned........

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Irish Beauty Bloggers Secret Santa Extravaganza 2014 #IrishbbloggersSS2014


This was my first year to take part in the Irish Beauty Bloggers Secret Santa Extravaganza hosted by Aisling of Total Makeup Addict! I can't get over at how exciting the whole process was. Everyone that is taking part this year is using the hashtag #IrishbbloggersSS2014 and the teasers were brilliant.

The big reveal happened last weekend for me when I received the most loveliest of parcels which was extremely thought out which made it extra special for me. So you are probably all wondering who my Secret Santa is?.......My secret Santa is the wonderful Audrey from The Nail Affair! I can not thank Audrey enough for her generosity and the research she did to pick the perfect gifts for me.

I had the fun of shopping for Sharon from Behind Green Eyes and you can head over to see what I surprised her with!



My obsession with nails over the year has blossomed as well as my collection, so I was stunned and over the moon to see the Ciaté Haute House set! The colours are amazing and super pigmented with just one coat. So you will definitely see some pictures of these going up over the coming weeks! There are 5 bottles inside and all the colours are beautiful and so so rich and intense.


The mug made me laugh out loud especially as I was hooked on Twisters when I was pregnant with Lillibug. I also collect mugs so this is definitely a welcomed addition to the mug family.


Physicians Formula is something I have been dying to try more of especially after trying out their powder and this made me jump for joy with it being a blush. I'm so excited to try this out!


Also I got three Benefit mini's from Audrey. Benefit is one of my favourite makeup brands because that's where my obsession with makeup first began so I was delighted to see these in the parcel. I'm loving both the lipgloss and the Lolli tint and have been using them since getting them. The "That Gal" face primer is one of my favourites so this little mini will be perfect for travel or just to pop in the bag.


Audrey was super sweet and I can't thank her enough for all the effort she went to picking out everything and getting it to me. The card (or as Lillibug would say an invitation) was lovely and personal. There was also chocolate coins which Lillibug took great pleasure in delving into so they didn't last long and she also sends a big gigantic thank you to Audrey!

Also a big thank you to Aisling for hosting a fun and exciting extravaganza and I'm definitely going to take part again next year, that is if Aisling can put up with us all again in 2015. If you want to see more reveals head over to twitter and use #IrishbbloggersSS2014 or check out Aisling's blog where she will have links to them all.

Merry Christmas everyone xx

Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas Memories (Seasonal Linky): This is my Highly Unorthodox Christmas Memory

Bring yourself back to the year 1990, this would have made me six years of age! This was also the year the Kellogg's Christmas Ad with the little blonde girl in the pink onesie was first broadcast. I remember it so well and so vividly, I remember the neighbours and family so excited about the ad because it was me in it (one such neighbour rang our doorbell at 8pm saying they just saw me on it)! There was no mistake it was me and I had the pink onesie.


Mum told me that the ad was filmed a year or two before and that we went to Ardmore Studios in Wicklow where I met the other two kids who were Canadian.

Growing up I loved telling friends and reminding family about my Christmas ad and I took great delight in this. I knew one day Mum and Dad would hand over the royalties (or so I believed) I used to ask is this why we always have Kellogg's Cornflakes in the house (according to mum yes, we got a lifetime supply and they are dads favourite too). 

Even when I met my husband in 2007 I shared this delightful bit of information with him and of course he told EVERYBODY! According to him it must also explain why Christmas is my favourite time of year. So without fail for every Christmas for seventeen years (yes a whole seventeen years) I went on oblivious to the fact the whole things was one big, fat, gigantic, elaborate, unorthodox Christmas lie. That is until after some research and a few questions I could not answer cropped up. The little girl in the ad was in fact played by twins Alexandra and Holly Stapley.

Also I can't blame my Dad for this lie I'm putting this all on my Mum, she told me she didn't want to break my heart and tell me the truth so she kept it up all that time. Dad would also be seen looking another way and never getting into the conversation. I should have twigged things sooner as it wasn't Dad telling everyone (like a proud parent would) it was me, and it would be Mum smiling and agreeing that it was. I was devastated when I found out, I felt like all my Christmases came tumbling down on me and I was left the fool. I soon got over that, and now I can have a good laugh about it. Every year since finding out I meet someone new to share my Unorthodox Christmas Lie Memory with, and now I've decided to share it with you.


This is part of the Seasonal Linky by Naomi of Dr. How's Science Wows. You can read more links over on her blog and you will be sure to have a great read of her blog too!


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Christmas Arts and Crafts with Lillibug

We are well and truly in the festive spirit right here in LilliWhiteRose HQ! Lillibug is super excited and comes into us every morning around 6am asking if Santa has been or if she can go see him on the choo choo (inspired by multiple viewings of "The Polar Express"). So I decided that maybe Lillibug would like to get creative with a few left over Christmas decoration and this is what we came up with.


What you will need:

1. Scissors
2. Pritt Stick
3. Pencil
4. Tissue Paper
5. Card/Paper (green and gold)
6. Baubles
7. Ribbon
8. Wrapping paper.


How to:

1. Make your frame by using the wrapping paper or any decorative christmassy paper you have and lay it on your tissue paper.

2. Draw a Christmas Tree on your green card and cut it out. Glue it to your tissue paper. For the bucket on the second picture we added silver paper.

3. Glue on your baubles

4. Draw a star on your gold paper and cut out.

5. Add a ribbon to the frame (we just put one on the top left corner).

6. We also had a snowman decoration left over from the tree so we glued that onto one of our pictures too. You could make one out of white paper or even out of white baubles and glue onto the tissue paper. 

TIP: If you use sticks at the back of the frame you can make a stand. You could then light a candle behind the picture and it will glow behind the tissue paper. Make sure to keep the candle a good distance from the picture as you don't want to start a fire!

Voila you are done!


With leftover wrapping paper or if you have some decorative card you could make a lovely photo frame too just like we did above! To make it sturdy we tore off the front page of a catalogue and used that as a base for it.

We hope you like our Christmas themed arts & crafts. This is a first for the blog, so all feedback welcomed. If you decided to try it out please tweet me a picture as I would love to see.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Lillibug: November Milestones and Favourites

My baby girl turned 3 last weekend and I still can't believe how fast those years have gone. She is full of fun, excitement, stubbornness and adventure.


We threw a little party for Lillibug and it was a great day for her to have family and friends around and she had an absolute ball of a time. I found the day very emotional and a lot of memories of the day she was born were stirred up inside me again.


I'm so proud of Lillibug and all her milestones over the last three years. Some recent milestones are:

1. She no longer uses her soother as of three weeks now.
2. She sleeps in her big girl bed and the cot has been put in the attic.


Some of Lillibug's Favourite things over the last month have been:



1. "The Polar Express": To be honest I'm surprised as I know some kids who actually were frightened by this movie when it first came out, but she is absolutely obsessed with it.

2. Role play: From pretending to be our Family Doctor, Princess or even a Pirate, Lilybug's imagination has taken off like a rocket.

3. Her imaginary friend called "The Baby": The Baby has no name or gender, but I have to make sure that "The Baby" is fed and watered and brought for walks along with Lillibug. The whole thing just makes me laugh, as it brings back memories of my childhood when I had an imaginary friend called Fiona!

Did you have an imaginary friend when you were a child or does your little one have one? Let me know in the comments below.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

The Christmas Tag

A big thank you to Samantha from All The Buzz for tagging me! Christmas is my favourite time of year and I hope my answers give some insight to how much I do.



1. What is your favourite Christmas movie/s?
Oh I have so many but my top ones that I watch every year without fail are:
White Christmas
Meet Me in St. Louise
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Elf
Home Alone
The Muppets Christmas Carol

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas eve or on Christmas morning?
On Christmas Eve I always got a present of pyjamas off my mum which is still a tradition that has carried on and Lillibug also gets pyjamas on Christmas Eve. Other than that we had to wait till Christmas morning, but only after the fire was lit and it was all cosy.

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
I have so many, but to this day there is one that really sticks out and that was the year I got my Blue Raleigh bike! I was 9 and for the life of me I could not figure out how Santa could possibly have brought it down the chimney. I'm still baffled!

4. Favourite Christmas food
I love the traditnal Christmas dinner, but it's the food we have on St. Stephens day that I really really look forward to because Dad literally fries everything, the turkey, the potatoes, the ham etc and I love it!

5. Favourite Christmas gift
Ah I can't answer that one at all, I've been very fortunate growing up and now as an adult. I've always been grateful for what I got, but also I never wanted for anything. I always say that Lillibug was my Christmas gift even if she was born 4 weeks before Christmas, so I'm going to say she was my greatest gift of all!

6. Favourite Christmas scent
The smell of a real Christmas tree.

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
After mass it's time to sit down with a hot chocolate with marshmallows and then myself and mum stay up to all hours wrapping presents and chatting.

8. What tops your tree?
A star.

9. As a kid, what was the one extravagant gift you asked for but never got?
I always asked for a surprise and was fortunate that I never wanted for anything on Christmas morning.

10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
Christmas to me will always be about family and friends and the best part is just us all together.


I would love to tag:

Aisling from Total Makeup Addict
Kathleen from Squidgy Moments
Gráinne from Hope from a Butterfly

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Competition Time with Netflix: 1 Year Free Subscription & "All Hail King Julien" Premiere Tickets!

This Competition is now closed & winner has been contacted.

I'm delighted to bring this amazing prize to you, my readers!


Win tickets for a family of four to see "All Hail King Julien" on Sunday, 14 December at the Odeon Cinema at The Point Village at 12.30pm. On the day you will get the chance to party, dance and see how King Julien went from prince to king of the party!

You will also win a 1 year free subscription to Netflix! 

"King Julien is here to party, and no one can stop him from ruling with an iron fist ... in the air, wavin' like he just doesn't care!   All Hail King Julien brings the wild world of Madagascar to a totally original, totally hilarious and totally insane television series in which the king takes on the craziest adventures the jungle has to offer"

All you need to do is leave a comment below telling me your funniest party story or what your kids like to watch on telly. Simple! The winner will be announced Saturday 6th of December. This is open to the Republic of Ireland only, and only over 18's can enter.

*Disclaimer: I have become a member of the Netflix Stream Team and for this I received a complimentary subscription for one year & an Apple TV (Box). All opinions are my own, and I will be posting once a month in relation to Netflix Stream Team. Stay tuned........




Monday, 1 December 2014

November Favourites: Beauty, Skincare & Random

Hi Everyone, so sorry for the lack of posts lately but I'm back now and hoping to get back to two posts a week again. I thought it might be nice to start off with my November favourites.

Beauty & Skincare

1. British Beauty Blogger Dream Box 2  (£21.95 sold out) was packed full of amazing goodies and even though I've had it a week I'm still working my way through it, but my goodness there is so many amazing products in it. I really think that Jane and Latest in Beauty are a winning team when it comes the Dream box and will always pick these boxes over any other ones!

2. Trilogy Everything Balm (€16.95) is a beautiful solid oil that melts on contact. I use this mostly at night time as part of my skincare routine. I get really dry skin and this has been a little saviour for times of need. It really is gorgeous used on the cuticles and nails as well. 

3. La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 (€12.50) has been my friend the last few days after having a reaction to Lillibug's new moisturiser. I got what can only be described as a burn like reaction both on my hands and cheeks. Thankfully this little wonder from La Roche-Posay has been quickly healing the problem. 

4. Micro Nail (€49.99) is such a nifty little gadget and I love it! Definitely one for the Christmas list. I love the smoothness and shine this brings to my nails and they look super healthy when I use the Micro Nail. Check out my before and after pictures to see how this works!

5. Holos Floral Toner (€15.20) is without a doubt my all time favourite toner and this is my second bottle! If you are long time readers you will know that I am a major fan of the skincare range and you can read a full review here.

6. Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara (€9.99) is a beautiful affordable mascara. It gives separation, length and volume. I don't usually get on very well with mascaras that have fibres in them as they irritate my eyes but this one hasn't annoyed my eyes at all. 

7. Eylure Defining and Shading Brow Crayon in Dark Brown (€10). I haven't used a brow pencil in so long that I wasn't sure I would like this at all, but I have been favouring this over my beloved Benefit Gimme Brows for the month of November and can see myself buying another one of these pencils to have as back up for when I run out. The waxy crayon consistency are fabulous and it doesn't budge all day. Also the Dark Brown was a great colour match.

Randoms

8. Christmas Duvet from Heatons (Double €20). The bedroom needed some Christmas cheer so I picked this gorgeous duvet up in Heatons and of course it had to go on the bed straight away!

So what do you think of my November favourites? Have you tried any of the products before? As always let me know in the comments section below because I love hearing your feedback.
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