Amy Antoinette - A Motherhood & Lifestyle Blog: December 2012

16 December 2012

A Magical Birthday - Harry Potter Studio Tour

A few weekends ago, Matt surprised me with a trip away and a visit to the Harry Potter Studio Tour for my birthday. I've wanted to take a peek at the inside secrets of the magical world for so long. I read Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone in my first year at grammar school and I (along with the rest of the class) was captivated from the very first paragraph, enthralled to enter a magical and enchanting world we all wished could be real. So it was with much excitement when we stepped into the Studios at Leavesden for a glimpse at the story which had come to life through the films.

I'd heard glowing reviews of the tour and I was delighted to find it exceeded my expectations. We marvelled at the great level of detail in each and every prop, set, and item of clothing. Each item had been lovingly created by the most talented in the business and it was amazing to see the work behind every moment in the films. Stepping into The Great Hall and Diagon Alley felt as if we were part of the magical world, and I loved absorbing the atmosphere of the Potions Dungeon, Gryffindor Common Room and The Burrow. We excitedly queued for Butterbear, anticipating the first sip of the famous drink - and we were pleased to find it was deliciously sweet and frothy.

I'd highly recommend a visit to the Harry Potter Studio Tour for any fellow fan, it really does transport you into the enchanting world created by J.K Rowling, and there are so many delights and surprises in store you certainly won't leave disappointed!

13 December 2012

DIY Christmas Decorations

I love adorning our Christmas tree with special trinkets and baubles, so this year I thought it would be fun to add a touch of DIY to the decorations. I bought 10 wooden tags in the shape of a present from eBay for just £3.95, after deliberating over the snowmen, star and angel shapes which were also available. I thought about painting them, but decided on a bit of sparkle with glitter in gold and red to match our traditional tree. Just a dab of glue and a quick sprinkle of glitter and they were transformed!

Have you made any Christmas decorations yourself?

9 December 2012

Life Lately

1. My mum always find the best cards, I love these little angels! 
2. A sneak peek of our Christmas tree 
3. The pretty cake which my mum made for my birthday. It was THE BEST cake I have ever tasted!
4. An Etsy purchase gorgeously gift wrapped
5. A tiny embroidery hoop imprinted with William and Noah's birth date 
6. The beautiful Tiffany necklace my husband gifted me with, I adore the dainty diamond 
7. Shabby chic cushion made by my talented mum for our home, wrapped in 'made with ♥' ribbon 
8. Hydrangeas look most lovely when they're drying out in a variety of shades
9. Enjoying the rose scented candle from my 'whats on my bedside table' post

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6 December 2012

Christmas Gift Guide - The Girly Girl

Whether you're looking for some inspiration for yourself, or searching for a lovely present for a female friend or relative, here's a gloriously girly gift list. I love each and every one of these items and would be delighted to unwrap any of them on Christmas morning!

4 December 2012

Christmas Gift Guide - Boux Avenue

Whether you're looking to buy some girly treats for your friends or hoping for some lovely lingerie from your other half, Boux Avenue has a selection of gorgeous gifts. Here are some of my favourite picks for the festive season...

Callie GarterA cute dusky pink garter with frilly lace trim and a pretty statement bow.

Snuggle Slipper Socks - Every girl needs a pair of chunky, cosy socks during Winter. This pink one-size-fits-all pair of ribbed snuggle socks feature rubber grip soles and cute pompom ties - perfect for lazy days at home.

Callie Eye Mask An eye mask used to be essential for me when I was younger as I could only sleep in complete darkness. If only I'd had an eye mask as pretty as this one! The frilly lace trim, delicate ribbon detail and tie-back fastening make this an ultra feminine eye mask.

Pink Taffeta Perfume Purse Spray - The perfect size to pop in your clutch on a night out, this stylish little purse spray holds the Boux Avenue Pink Taffeta fragrance - a sensuous blend of rose amber and peony notes.

Crystal Cut Oval Perfume BottleA beautiful little glass perfume bottle featuring a delicate crystal cut oval design, faceted stopper and antique neck trinket - perfect for displaying on your dressing table!

A Little Scented Something Drawer Sachet - A cute miniature lace bra and knickers shaped drawer sachet fragranced with a soft rose scent.

Razzle Tie Leg Ballet Pumps - These ultra pretty ballet pump slippers are complete with long ties for the authentic ballerina look.

Written in partnership with Boux Avenue

2 December 2012

What's On My Bedside Table

I've seen the 'what's on my bedside table' post pop up a few times on beauty blogs I read so I thought I'd give you a little peek of mine. The bedroom is my haven, with all my favourite products residing on my bedside table, perfectly within reach when I'm curled up and encased in a heavenly feather and down duvet. My bedside table drawer houses a mass of lip balm, hand cream and foot cream, all very disorganised and chaotic, but luckily this post doesn't require me to delve into the depths of the beauty abyss - instead I can focus on the (usually) orderly surface of my bedside table. My bedtime essentials are all kept here - a good book, a hydrating lip balm, hand cream and a candle for a cosy ambiance. Everything I need to settle into a soothing slumber!

What's on your bedside table?

1 December 2012

Christmas Gift Guide - The Gadget Girl

1. Colgate ProClinical A1500 Electric Toothbrush - The ultimate toothbrush! The ProClinical has three speed settings and automatically adjusts to the correct one using its sensors which pick up the position the toothbrush is being held. Currently half price at Boots, this will leave teeth ultra clean!

2. Philips Avance Juicer - This juicer produces smoothies and juices in an instant and best of all, cleaning is simple and quick so you can enjoy healthy living and tasty drinks without the fuss.

3. Google Nexus 7 - Available from Carphone Warehouse, tablets are perfect for browsing blogs and watching films on the go.

4. Babyliss Thermo Ceramic Rollers - Christmas festivities and parties call for big, bouncy hair which is made simple with these heated rollers.

5. Babyliss Big Hair Brush - The perfect gift for achieving a big blow-dry at home. This brush is really easy to use once you get the hang of it and saves yourself having to go to the salon for party perfect hair.

6. Tria Hair Removal Laser - The first and only cordless laser hair removal system available for use at home, the Tria Laser uses the same laser technology that professionals use in-clinic for permanent results, at a fraction of the cost. I've been trialling the Tria Laser and will write a full blog post with the results next year, but so far, so good!