Oversized Hoodies, Snuggle Socks and a Season of Winter TV

Have you ever played that game where you have to choose your favourite of two items? Tea or Coffee? McDonalds or Burger King? Android or iOS? Well I’m not very good at this game. It’s meant to be a quick fire game to bring out your personality, only for me, most of the time I can’t decide which is my favourite. Those 3 questions I just asked are pretty easy ones to answer – Coffee. Burger King. iOS – but then it gets down to the nitty gritty. The majority of the time I don’t have a favourite, I like different things for different reasons and I take way too much time weighing up the pros and cons of each. A quick fire game? Nope, not for me! I’ll spend the day mulling over the question and still won’t have an answer for you. Blue or Pink? My favourite colour is green, how can I possibly choose between blue or pink? I’m the mother of a little girl, our house is filled with pretty pink fluffy objects. But my pink loving daughter Cici has the most beautiful set of piercing blue eyes I’ve ever seen. You see my problem?

Winter or Summer? I love the summer, but I also love the colder months. It rains here in Wales regardless of the season, so I can’t even use that in my reasoning. Summer time brings the smell of freshly cut grass, trips to the beach and barbecues. But then along comes winter time and with it, a whole other range of ‘favourites’; a season of exciting events – Hallowe’en, Guy Fawkes Night and Christmas – and the opportunity to dress up warm in cosy hats and scarves, mugs of hot chocolate and snuggling up at home in front of the fire, watching trashy TV programmes. Such a warm, cosy thought. The only thing missing from my own real life ‘perfect winter scene’ is a ginormous television, like the Panasonic Ultra HD 4K TV. But for now, I’ll have to make do with my trusty 32″ basic model.

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I don’t tend to watch a lot of TV during the summer months. With the longer days, Cici and I are usually busy right up until I realise the time, way past her bedtime. Whether it’s just me pottering about the house while she plays in the garden, or finally coming home from a long day at the beach, there just doesn’t seem to be time for TV. During the colder months though, we’re indoors a lot more to avoid the chill, so naturally, the TV is in use. While my fellow single friends are dolling themselves up in their tiny black dresses ready for a crazy Saturday night out, I much prefer to stay at home in my pyjamas, an oversized hoodie and a pair of fluffy snuggle socks, just chilling out. So what is a 31 year old single mum like myself going to snuggle up to watch this winter? Well, read on to find out!

My cosy nights in front of the TV usually begin with the X Factor auditions of course. You just know that Christmas is peeking around the corner when the X Factor starts back. The auditions are my favourite part, watching the weird and wonderful auditionees resemble strangled cats always has me howling. What makes it even funnier is when they are genuinely offended when they get four no’s! The final ‘live show’ episode is always an exciting one, not necessarily because of the acts, I usually find them all just a little blah and I’ve usually already  guessed who’s going to be the clear winner, but because when it ends, there’s only a few days left before Christmas, my most magical time of year.


No doubt, there’ll be another crazy new season of Geordie Shore to catch. In fact, the first episode of Season 13 screened just this week, minus my all-time favourite Charlotte Crosby. Car crash TV? Yes. But that’s why I enjoy it. It reminds me of my carefree days, my early twenties, when life was all about parties, clubbing and no responsibilities. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a mum and I wouldn’t change it for the world, but it’s nice to switch off once a week and reminisce about the good old days.


I’ve been getting super excited this past week! Wanna know why? Well my two favourite Geordies (I’m sensing a pattern here with my love of Geordies!) have been popping up on screen every so often during an ad break, cleverly building up the excitement of another regular winter time fave… I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! I’ve no idea who’s going into the Australian jungle this year, but rumour has it that previously mentioned Miss Crosby may be making an appearance. Whoever goes in though, guaranteed it’ll be the underdog who takes the crown as King or Queen of the Jungle!


One series I really enjoyed last winter and which has been commissioned for a second series (rumoured to be screened at the end of 2016, but as of yet unconfirmed), was a crime drama called Unforgotten, starring Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar, who played a pair of detectives investigating a historic murder case when the body of a man who was reported missing in the seventies is discovered. Police dramas aren’t usually my thing, I prefer light hearted programmes, but this one had me gripped from start to finish. I felt disappointed when it ended, I needed more! Hopefully series 2 won’t be long!

Another series that has caught my eye in the media recently, again currently being filmed but no official release date has been released, is Tina and Bobby. Played by girl next door soap actress Michelle Keegan and actor Lorne MacFadyen, the series tells the story of the famous British football player Bobby Moore and his first wife Tina, based on her real life memoirs as a married couple living their life in the public eye back in the sixties.

I’m terrified of horror films, so I wont be tuning in to any of those this Hallowe’en weekend. However, there is a new TV series starting on October 27th on Channel W that looks quite interesting. It’s a paranormal series that watches a set of brave celebrities as they stay in Britain’s most haunted hotels. I loved the old TV show Most Haunted, so I’m assuming it’ll be a similar style show, and watching celebrities pee their pants in fright could prove quite funny!

Last, but not least, I wanted to give a little mention to a fantastic TV programme which screened on BBC1 Wales last week. Aberfan: The Green Hollow, a film poem written by Owen Sheers to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, one of the biggest tragedies in modern history which occurred in a tiny Welsh village, just 27 miles from my own. A beautifully written, poignant film starring a host of great Welsh stars, including Cold Feet actress Eve Miles and Game of Thrones actor Iwan Rheon, plus appearances by some of the survivors and loved ones who lost a child that day who bravely agreed to tell their story and convey their feelings after a 50 year silence. If you don’t watch anything else for the rest of the year, I urge you to find a way to watch this short film, I guarantee you will not get through the hour without breaking your heart and shedding many a tear! You can read my tribute to the victims and their loved ones here.


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, however the opinions expressed are, as usual, 100% my own.

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