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We know Christmas is six months away, but we can’t help but feel the tiniest bit excited about this upcoming Netflix movie.

Last Christmas, we were completely obsessed with the popular and incredibly cheesy Netflix film A Christmas Prince. We must admit we tuned into the film more than once over the festive period.

We’re sure you’re going to adore this year’s Netflix original Christmas flick The Princess Switch, starring High School Musical alum Vanessa Hudgens and Nashville star Sam Palladio.

The romantic comedy is all about a Duchess and a commoner who trade places when they realise the uncanny resemblance between them. It sounds like The Parent Trap sprinkled with Christmas cheer and set somewhere a lot more glamorous than a campsite.

However, things get complicated when they both fall in love with men who have no idea who they really are.

Vanessa treated fans to a glimpse of the movie on her Instagram account. She shared a photo with co-star Sam Palladio in full costume.

 

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She captioned the photo: “Did someone say a royal wedding? That’s a wrap on THE CHRISTMAS SWITCH. coming to you this holiday season on Netflix.”

The Spring Breakers actress added: “I’m so excited for you guys to see this one.”

Vanessa may have mixed up the title of the movie, but we cannot wait to see her in the Netflix festive flick.

The film may not be released for a couple of months but we’re already daydreaming of cosying up in front of the fire and tuning into The Princess Switch.

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Plates are empty, the dishwasher is full, there's a Christmas film on the telly and your Dad is already nodding off in his armchair. 

The hours and days after your Christmas dinner has finally digested are traditionally a time to feast of turkey sandwiches – and lots of them. 

However, we'd all like to think that our culinary skills have progressed a bit over the past year, and what better way to put them to the test than by creating scrumptious dishes from the Christmas leftovers? 

And to help, we've rounded up some of our favourite leftover turkey recipes that are both simple to make and oh-so tasty. 

Enjoy! 

Turkey Bubble & Squeak 

 

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Creamy Turkey Pot Pie Mac and Cheese

 

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Leftover Turkey Chilli Con Carne

 

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Creamy Turkey & Potato Soup

 

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Enchilada Bake With Leftover Turkey

 

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Turkey Tetrazzini

 

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Asian Inspired Turkey Soup

Leftover Turkey Paella

 

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Leftover Turkey Spicy Miso Ramen

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If Chris Rea's Driving Home For Christmas gives you butterflies in your stomach, you're not alone.

If after 24 hours back home this Christmas, you struggled to understand why you got butterflies in the first place, you're definitely among your own people here.

Believe us, we know the idea of returning to the family homestead over the festive period is always hugely appealing, but, unfortunately, we have to admit that the reality often falls a little short.

For every shared laugh and moment of closeness, there are always twice as many arguments and three times as many spats; it is what it is, ladies.

Here we take a closer look at the reality of returning to the family home for Christmas.

1. You revert to teenage mode

There's something about crossing your parents' threshold which throws all of us back a few years in the maturity stakes.

Within minutes of sashaying in, an adolescent cloud will descend upon you, and you'll feel compelled to ditch your heels in favour of a hoody and your tote in favour of a tank top. And that's just the clothes. 

From fighting over the remote to refusing to answer the house phone, your transition back in time is pretty much complete.

2. You need more personal space

Living on top of your family was fine for most of your life, but your tolerance has definitely waned slightly since you moved out.

While you're undoubtedly thrilled to see them, that doesn't mean you're OK with sharing an inflatable bed, or squeezing onto one armchair together for the duration of an entire film.

Having to endure your sister's breath in your ear as you watch Home Alone: Lost in New York is more than flesh and blood can stand, frankly.

3. You struggle with the 'routine'

Having to re-adapt to the family's routine can be one of the toughest parts of the festive season.

You forgot that your father rises at dawn and insists that the rest of the family does too and it had slipped your mind that your mother needs to know your whereabouts at all times.

Oh, and you really hadn't factored in your drunk siblings' penchant for arriving home at 4am and burning the kitchen down. Maybe you blocked it out.

4. You question your family's habits

Whether it's their chewing, their insistence on having the TV volume on an even number or their reluctance to have a discussion at a normal decibel, your family's habits are enough to drive you to drink.

You told yourself to rise above it, and God knows you definitely tried, but they're really pushing you to the limit here.

It's as if they want you to leave, but they will not get the better of you.

5. You miss alone-time

Being able to spend more than a few hours in complete silence is something you can kiss goodbye to when you rock up at the family homestead this Christmas.

You'll spend the entire festive season being asked multiple questions – many of which shouldn't require an answer of more than two words, but by God, you'll be obliged to give one.

You'll find yourself fantasising about a moment in your day when the only sound you hear is the crickets chirping around your own head.

6. You struggle with your own notions

While your friends may think nothing of your love for a Chai Latte and your other half wouldn't question your obsession with tapas, your family think you're nothing more than a high-falutin' gobshite.

And the longer you spend with them, the more you tend to believe them.

To be fair, it was far from Chai Lattes you were raised….

7. You must accept drop-in visitors

When you return home for Christmas you realise that the 'just popped in for a chat' visitor is still an actual thing.

The thought of dropping in on someone unannounced within your own circle would have you ex-communicated in no time, but back home, it's a cause for celebration.

And sneaking upstairs the minute the doorbell rings isn't an option because – just like every Christmas that has gone before – you have been nominated the head of the welcoming committee.

 

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When it comes to comfort, Christmas is the one day of the year when pretty much anything goes. 

Wear you dressing gown at the dinner table? – No problem. 

Nip to the shop in your slippers? – Go right ahead. 

Stay in you onesie all day long? – Absolutely, in fact, we insist. 

Christmas day is all about family, food and feeling cosy, which is why we've come up with a few reasons why staying in your onesie all day is perfectly acceptable. 

1. It's waaay more comfortable than that itchy Christmas jumper

If anyone finds a more comfortable clothing item, we want to be the first to hear about it. 

For now though, you'll find us lounging in front of the telly in our favourite onesie.  

2. You don't need to waste time getting changed

There's dinner to be cooked, presents to be opened and cheesy Christmas films to watch – honestly who has the time for anything else?

Just roll out of bed and let the festive fun begin! 

3. Save your 'good clothes' for a day you're actually going to leave the house

Sure, everyone like to look their best at Christmas time, but when your aunt Marie is the only one to compliment your efforts, you're better off saving yourself for Stephen's Day. 

4. More room for turkey 

Christmas Day is the one day of the year when it's totally acceptable to eat your body weight in glorious food – the skinny jeans are just holding us back. 

5. They can actually be pretty stylish

The onesie game has gone from strength to strength over the past few years, meaning we no longer have to compromise style for comfort. 

Oh, what a time to be alive! 

 

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Christmas shopping can be a daunting task. Trying to find a gift for your moody teenage sister is like mission impossible.

The shops are crammed with frantic shoppers, the queues never seem to end and your arms ache from lugging so many shopping bags around. However, there is one thing you can do to make the experience better- TREAT YO SELF.

Buy yourself something that'll bring a smile to your face, whether that's a weekend away or a Polaroid camera to capture those special festive moments.

Clockwise from top left:
Alex and Ani Bracelet €75 Kilkenny 
L'Occitane Shea Butter Collection €59 L'Occitane
Personalised Diary £29 Not On The High Street
Personalised Welly Boot Family Print £17.15 Not On The High Street
Clockwise from left:
Yankee Candle Holder €22.40 Debenhams
Polaroid Camera £60 Amazon
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream €30.60 Debenhams
Teapot and Mug Set €21 Debenhams

 

Clockwise from left:
Turquoise Vinyl Turntable £42.99 Amazon
White Mini Hotel Robe €37 ASOS
City West Gift Card from €25 City West Hotel
Whittards of Chelsea  Luxury Hot Chocolate €9.60 Debenhams
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Here we go again… 

Every year you tell yourself it'll be different this time around, every year you tell yourself you won't leave everything to the last minute.

And every year you find yourself rushing around the shops on Christmas Eve, dishing out dirty looks over half-price scented candles. 

Will we ever learn? 

Probably not, but hey, it wouldn't be Christmas without some last-minute mayhem, now would it? 

Here's a handy list of the best gifts that can be picked up in town this weekend:

 

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Our favourite thing to do during the winter break when we are done with the present shopping is obviously to drink with our friends and eat all the chocolate. 

And for some of us, it is also to bake some pretty treats to share with our family. If you are really broke, an edible gift is actually a good idea for your uncles and aunties who will appreciate the effort.

With the inspiration below, you will definitely be crowned star baker! 

1. Three Wise Men

 

2. Cute treats

 

 

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3. Kawai gingerbread men

 

4. Winter accessories

 

 

5. Princess Elsa

 

 

 6. The poo-moji

 

 7. Adorable fawn

 

 

8. Cute snowmen

 

9. Winter jumper collection

 

 

 10. Hot chocolate mugs

 

 

 11. Teddy bears

 

 

12. Beautiful Santas

 

 

 13. Wintery landscape

 

 

 14. Christmas baking essentials

 

 

15. Santa macarons

 

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Whether you're entertaining friends, hosting Christmas dinner, or even just relaxing by the fire, the festive season is a great time to get creative in the kitchen. 

And no we're not talking about roast potatoes and brussels sprouts – we're talking margaritas and prosecco spritzers. 

That's right. 2017 is all about the Christmas cocktail. 

Gone are the days when wine and lemonade meant the height of sophistication, nowadays it'll all about delicate mixtures and Insta-worthy garnishes. 

But never fear, because we've rounded up the best Christmas cocktail recipes that are sure to impress this December. 

1. The Holiday Berry Sparkler

A combination of cranberry, cider, triple decker and Smirnoff Ice, this fruity cocktail is simple to make and relatively inexpensive. 

It's crowd pleasing flavours and festive colours make in the perfect addition to any Christmas party. 

By The Gastronom

2. Festive Cranberry Margarita

A Yuletide twist on an old classic. 

This warming cocktail strikes the balance between sweet and spicy with a delicate mixture of silver tequila, cranberry juice and cinnamon sticks. 

By danikasea

3. Hot Toddy

 

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Need a little pick-me-up on these cold winter evenings? Say no more. 

This comforting combination of sweet honey, whisky and spice will do just the trick. 

By Mrs D-Daily 

4. Pomegranate and Rosemary Gin Fizz

Now you're talking! 

Gin, soda and pomegranate juice? We can definitely get on board. 

By Clink Clink Drink 

5. Frozen Red Wine Smoothie 

 

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It might be freezing outside, but it's warm by the fire – and what better way to keep cool on those cosy nights in than with a festive red wine smoothie? 

Don't let the name put you off. The frozen blueberries, cranberry juice and vino actually sounds oddly delicious. 

By Kiju Organic 

6. Christmas Cranberry Sangria

 

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Bring a little sunshine into your home this Christmas with a festive take on a Spanish classic. 

Created using combination of prosecco, soda water, fresh cranberries and flavourings, this Insta-worthy drink can be made in batches, saving you time and money.

By Simply Delicious 

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Let's face it, your Dad probably has enough socks and boxers to see him through to 2020, so why not treat him to something special this Christmas? 

Sure, he'll probably tell you not to bother and then give out over the money you spent, but even the most stubborn of Dads deserves to be spoiled every once in a while. 

Alas, once we venture outside the realm of Homer Simpson slippers and 'Best Dad' mugs, shopping for our fathers can prove more difficult than we ever imagined. 

But never fear – we've got you covered. 

From the amateur cook to the fitness fanatic, we've picked out the top gifts to suit the most important man in your life.

The stylish Dad

The adventurous Dad

The sporty Dad 

The Dad who loves to cook 

The musical Dad

 

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Christmas is the season to be jolly (or at least that's how the song goes), and what better way to relax and be merry than catching up with old friends over an ice cold beer? 

And while most of might have a hard time telling our pale ales from our pilsners, there's always one friend who reckons they're a gold standard connoisseur. 

Here's our top 10 gifts for the beer fanatic in your life. 

Cheers! 

 

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If there's one person in our lives that deserves to be treated like a Queen this Christmas, it's our dear mothers. 

Between cooking turkeys, diffusing fights at the dinner table and making sure the house is stocked with all your favourite childhood treats, the Mams, Mums, and Mamas of the world truly are the real heroes of Christmas.

And what do they ask for in return? Absolutely nothing. 

Well, we're not having it – the woman who gave you life should be celebrated whether she likes it or not, which is why we've rounded up some of the this seasons' best gifts, perfect for the mum who wants nothing. 

 

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Let's be honest, choosing presents isn't exactly easy.

But choosing presents for a loved one who embodies all that is good in the world borders on unbearable when you refuse to settle for less.

While everyone else on your list is checked off in next to no time, you devote a serious amount of time and research to this particular person's gift, and yet you rarely feel the final choice does them justice.

If this sounds all too familiar, then you'll be relieved to know that the always luxurious L'Occitane has your back this Christmas.

Give your loved one the gift they deserve in the form of a decadent pamper package from one of the world's most desired brands.

We mean, just take a look at these and discover more about L’Occitane here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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