Musical Advent Calendar – Day 18

The Dollyrots – Messed Up Xmas

I think it’s time for a bit of festive rock and roll…. Pop/Punk band The Dollyrots made this amusing and ridiculously catchy little song using suggestions of Christmas gifts from all their Facebook fans…. brilliant!

8 Important Life Lessons I Learnt From ‘Modern Family’

Half of being a good parent is just showing up

Showing Up

It’s true. And every parent in Modern Family has got it right. They may not always have all the answers, and the kids may not always like everything they do or say. But when all is said and done, they are all there. The most valuable thing you can give to someone is your time and when you do, people know you care.

There are dreamers and there are realists…

Dreamers And Realists

“‎’There are dreamers and there are realists in this world, you think the dreamers would find the dreamers and the realists would find the realists, but more often than not the opposite is true. See the dreamers need the realists to keep the dreamers from soaring too close to the sun. And the realists? Well without the dreamers, they might not ever get off the ground”

Love doesn’t come with a template

Love Template

Learn to love unconditionally, even if it’s a little unconventional. There’s no manual or guide book, we’re all just flying blind. Go with your gut and stick with what feels right; keep your heart open 24/7 and when you’re both happy and the score is nil all, its love all.

Be the wind in their back, not the spit in their face

Wind In Their Back

Gloria is always supporting Manny, no matter what his venture; she is a great mum and is his biggest cheerleader. Sometimes Jay thinks she is a little too supportive and strives to give Manny a bit of a reality check. Either way, they are both just looking out for the best interests of him.
It’s so much easier to criticise than to promote. But the people close to us need our support and praise. No matter how many times you hear that your parents are proud of you, it still strikes a nerve!

Be brave, even when you are afraid

Be Brave

Being brave doesn’t mean not being scared, it means being scared and doing it anyway. Modern Family has taught me it’s okay to fail as long as you try. Your friends and family will still be there even if you fall short.

When it comes to relationships, you get what you give


There are three marriages in Modern Family, none of which are perfect and they don’t pretend to be. They all have their challenges but the characters put the work in. They talk through miscommunications, redeem mistakes and learn to empathise with and understand each other.
Keep the spark alive, communicate, listen and apologise. Some things are worth far more than your pride.

A little passion and dramatics are okay, they show you care


Gloria is loud, passionate, firey and dramatic; but we love her for it! You will never be confused as to what she is feeling. Wearing your heart on your sleeve and showing your emotions isn’t such a bad thing. If you want to shout about it, shout about it. The important people will still be there at the end of the day.

Do something you are not supposed to occasionally

Do Something

Alex and her Grandma had a special connection; and here is the note she left her, along with a lighter when she passed away:
“This is a lighter. It belonged to my favorite actor, Paul Newman. One day, he came into the restaurant where I was waitressing and accidentally left it behind. For the first time in my life, I did something I wasn’t supposed to, and slipped it into my pocket. One of the customers saw and said, ‘Don’t worry. Your secret’s safe with me.’ That customer turned out to be the love of my life, your grandfather. So, my Alex, who I love so dearly, who’s probably too much like me for her own good, every once in a while, don’t be afraid to break the rules. You never know what can happen.”

Written by Aimee S. – Send her a tweet here: @mai_styles

Musical Advent Calendar – Day 17

Victorious Cast – It’s Not Christmas Without You

It wouldn’t be a Christmas Countdown without a bit of cheese…. and seeing as how the Nickelodeon show Victorious is my guilty pleasure, I thought I’d include this festive, poppy little number from the programme. I can’t believe how far Ariana Grande has come from these days…. I love all of these cutie pie ladies (and their Christmas outfits)! :D

Musical Advent Calendar – Day 16

Kate Voegele – Please Come Home For Christmas

I am seriously in love with Kate Voegele’s music…. she is a singer/songwriter who also starred in the US hit show One Tree Hill (which I am getting the serious urge to watch again now…!) This live performance of “Please Come Home For Christmas” ROCKS!!

Musical Advent Calendar – Day 15

Tori Amos – Pink And Glitter

One of the biggest musical influences in my life is the wonderful Tori Amos - this is a flawless live performance of one of her own quirky little Christmas songs. It makes me feel all warm and cosy!

Musical Advent Calendar – Day 10

Bright Eyes – Blue Christmas

The beautiful, melancholic music of Bright Eyes was a big influence of mine during my teenage years (not to mention I basically wanted to marry Conor Oberst when I was 17…) – this is their lovely cover of Blue Christmas to make you feel nice and miserable over the festive season. Ho ho ho!