My Top 5 Christmas Movies of All Time | Skint Momma

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What could be better on a cold Winter’s evening than snuggling up on the sofa, fire blazing, wrapped in a huge blanket, sporting the thickest thermal socks you own and cradling a giant mug of hot chocolate on a cold Winter’s evening…except a great Christmas movie!

Well, all of these things combined, would be just about my idea of the perfect evening!

I put together a list of my TOP 5 favourite Christmas films for you, if you are looking for some movie inspiration for your family night in, look no further!

 

In no particular order…

 

1. ELF (2003)

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I LOVE Will Ferrell. This is, hands down, the funniest Christmas movie ever. There are just the right amount of hilarious innuendoes that only the grown ups will understand, and yet it still feels innocent enough for the kiddies to enjoy.

 

2. SANTA CLAUS THE MOVIE (1985)

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A true classic. This film will always have a special place in my heart. It is such a fantastic Christmas film. The North Pole scenes seemed so realistic to me as a child. My mum was able to convince me that it was in fact a documentary showing the REAL Santa, in his REAL workshop, going about his REAL LIFE! I believed her for a long…long…time…

 

3. DIE HARD (1988)

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All the best films (and people…) are products of the 80’s!

I am ashamed to say that I only watched this film for the first time last year. I couldn’t understand how it could be considered a ‘Christmas movie’- but it totally is!

It is the ultimate, alternative, action-packed, edge of your seat, nail biting Christmas movie.

I loved it. My brother had to tell me to shut up countless times during the film, while I shouted “OH MY GOD. NO. HOLY SH*T. AAAAAHHH”… Fantastic. Watch it.

 

4. RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (2012)

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Another fantastic ‘kids’ film. A little alternative to the usual Christmas films. This one focuses on all the ‘guardians’- Santa, Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny etc…

It has a story line that is centred around getting children to ‘believe’, I just love the magic of it…and also the fact that Santa is portrayed as a tough, burly, tattooed, Russian man with a hard exterior and a heart of gold (…is it just me or is there something about him?!)

Hilarious.

 

5. HOME ALONE (1990)

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It’s not Christmas until you have watched Home Alone at least twice.

Packed full of laughs, a little fear, and some questionable parenting, this is a much loved Christmas movie for all of us!

It requires no explanation, I am yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love it!

 

What is YOUR favourite Christmas movie??

 

Skint Momma xx

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Steak and Onion Melts | A Gift For Your Hangover

BEEF STEAK AND ONION MELTS

Slimming World Friendly

When I made these for my husband his reaction was…”Oh Jeeeesus”.

I think he liked them.

My two year old daughter’s reaction?

Well, she ate most of hers and rubbed the rest directly on to her belly…I think she approves!

 

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These are cheap to make, messy to eat and taste awesome.

Keep some baby wipes handy for your fingers afterwards because your going to need them!

This recipe is made to be Slimming World friendly too…so even if you went a little over board last night, you can easily get your hangover foodie fix, without over-indulging.

 

Ingredients (Makes 6…I guess about 1 syn plus 1 each of Healthy extras A&B)

  • 6 pack of wholemeal sandwich thins (I used Kingsmill £1 in Tesco) (1 Healthy Extra B for 1)
  • 1 tin of Tesco Value stewed steak and gravy (£1.20 per tin) (4.5 syns per tin)(other brands may be syn free, please check)
  • 3 large mushrooms, diced
  • 1-2 tsp onion salt (I used about 1 and a half)
  • 180g grated cheddar (30g is 1 Healthy extra A)
  • Plenty of oil spray for the pan (Frylight is free, but I use olive oil spray)
  • 1 large egg, beaten

 

Method

  • Open up the sandwich thins and set aside
  • Cook the steak in a hot pan for 4-5 minutes
  • Fry off the mushrooms in a hot pan with plenty of oil spray, until they are cooked (soft and browned)
  • Add the onion salt to mushrooms and stir
  • Pour the steak and mushrooms together and stir again
  • Add a couple of tbsp of the mixture one half of each sandwich thin and put 30g of grated cheddar on top of each one
  • Put the sandwich thins back together and brush some beaten egg on one side, place under a hot grill for 2-3 minutes
  • Remove from grill and repeat with brushing beaten egg on to the uncooked side and grill again for 2-3 minutes
  • Remove from grill once the cheese has melted and the bread is nicely toasted

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ENJOY! xx

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*Skint Momma is not affiliated in any way with Slimming World, nor is Skint Momma qualified to give syn values. Please consult Slimming World directly for accurate and correct information.*

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The FREE Christmas Gift Guide | Skint Momma

I started to think about writing this post a few weeks ago.

This was initially intended to be a ‘Christmas Gift Guide for Mums’. I had started to do a little bit of ‘crowd sourcing’, asking my local mums’ group, “What do you really want for Christmas?”.

I had expected to receive answers full of the most sought after gifts of the season; gift sets, a nice hand bag, a good coat, new perfume…that sort of thing!

Instead, what I was flooded with, was something different entirely!

Some joked and said they wanted “more sleep”, some said they would LOVE some IOUs for the promise of a babysitter for just a few hours break.

Some said they just wanted a friend to come round and share a bottle of wine with them.

I started to think about all of the amazing people in my life, the people I have had the gift of meeting this year, and the people who have touched my heart in a way that I can’t describe.

This got me thinking some more, why do we spend so much money at Christmas, when the most valuable thing we could give to somebody could actually be our time?

Time to listen, time to talk, time to cry, shout and laugh…

I thought, this want for the gift of ‘time’, isn’t exclusive to just other mothers like me.

There are billions of people in this world, and just a small speck of them are our own friends and family.

Is time really such a difficult gift to give?

Could we not spare an hour a week visiting a friend in need, helping a stressed out relative or a keeping lonely neighbour company?

If every one of us gave one hour of our time to another person, to simply be there for them; offer to go to the shop for them if they can’t go themselves, or just to sit with them and hold their hand…do you know how much true joy we could bring to the ones we care for this Christmas?

Time is so precious, eventually it runs out, sometimes we are blessed with more time than others.

Why not stop and think this Christmas, what could you DO to bring true joy to somebody you care about?

Money is just an object. Time is precious. Don’t waste it.

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Skint Momma xx

 

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WIN £100 VOUCHER TO SPEND AT WHITTARD | Skint Momma

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The cold, dark months can make it tricky to get out of bed in the mornings, and even trickier to avoid jumping straight back in at the end of the evening.

Whittard is company that has been mastering Britain’s beverages for over a century, and they want to help warm us up this winter!

The nice people at Whittard want to help you through the winter months, so are giving 3 lucky people the chance to win £100 to spend online on any scrumptious items they like.

Choose from a delicious selection of hot chocolates, coffee beans and tea blends. Plus, there’s a gorgeous array of gifts and hampers should you feel in sharing mood.

You don’t even have to get out of bed to enter

TO ENTER TO WIN THE CHANCE TO WIN A FABULOUS £100 VOUCHER TO SPEND ONLINE AT WHITTARD :-

 

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All you have to do to enter is tell them your favourite Whittard hot chocolate flavour in the comments section.

Choose from their favourites pictured above (Rocky Road, Crème Brûlée or Salted Caramel), or head to the site to see all the other flavours.

And if you win, you can buy them all!

*The competition closes at midnight on Thursday 17th November 2016. Entry is open to UK residents only. Winners will be chosen at random and contacted via email. If a winner cannot be contacted or if there is no response, Voucherbox reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant chosen at random. Winners may be announced on social media. Entrants may be contacted about relevant deals in the future, which may be unsubscribed to at any time*

Skint Momma is not affiliated with Voucherbox or Whittard in anyway, Skint Momma is simply sharing this competition for the interest of our readers. Any issues with either company should be taken up with them directly. 

Thank you

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Good Luck!

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EASY CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE | FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN

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Whether you are a parent, relative or close friend of a child with special needs, it can be difficult to know exactly what to get them for Christmas.

Bombarded with loud, bright and overwhelming toy adverts on a daily basis, our SEN kids don’t always want the typical ‘mainstream’ gifts that you might want to buy for them.

Knowing what my own daughter enjoys playing with – empty boxes, stickers, sensory items, things to build or stack, I decided to ask the always fabulous parents from the ASD Support Group NI on Facebook what they think their own children would love to receive this Christmas.

While it seems most other Christmas Gift Guides will typically have a handy list from 1 – 10 (or so) of the most sought after items this year, buying for a special needs child isn’t always as simple as that.

I want to start with some of the advice the parents gave me on buying for their children…

  • Don’t be afraid to ask parents what their child would really like for Christmas. All of our SEN kids are so different. Often people will gift an age appropriate toy and a lot of the time that isn’t something that our children will actually be able to use.
  • Some children with special needs really don’t like surprises. Often it is easier to follow their rules, allow them to tell you exactly what it is they would like (within good reason of course) to avoid unnecessary anxiety, stress and upset at a time of year that is meant to be joyful.

These were some of the gift ideas that were suggested…

  1. Sensory toys can make a great gift for a SEN child, as odd as this one sounds, a Sensory Body Sock would be something my daughter would love more than she loves chocolate (thats a LOT).
  2. Fidget toys are fantastic for little & big sensory seekers alike. providing a calm and relaxing experience.
  3. Building toys like Lego and Duplo are great for exploring hands and an eye for detail.
  4. Some ASD kids love animals, a LOT. My daughter is one of them. Animal toys are a lovely gift. Playing with animal toys was one of the first things that encouraged my daughter to start talking, so you never know how helpful this gift could be.
  5. Puzzle games, are also brilliant for creative kids, and can help them learn too
  6. Practical items like hat, scarf and glove sets can be a really great gift too (check with parent first encase there are sensory issues), I know my own daughter just loves wearing hats.
  7. Gender neutral clothes for older aspie girls may also be more appreciated than something big, pink and frilly
  8. Art and craft supplies like the Mister Maker Doodle Drawer Craft kit  are fantastic to keeping hands occupied and letting creativity flow.
  9. A messy, gooey, fun gift for a sensory seeker- try Gelli Baff, it turns your bath water into a jelly-like texture. Even I think I would like that one!
  10. Lastly, for more sensory toy ideas, have a look on Pinterest.  Also, for specifically for sensory and special needs items try sites like Learning Space, Spacekraft and Rompa for loads more ideas.

I hope this helped to give you some gift ideas for a special needs child this Christmas. Remember, not all SEN children are the same, no two are alike and if you just aren’t sure, don’t be afraid to ask!

Merry Christmas

Skint Momma xx

 

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