Why did Jennifer Lawrence spend Christmas in Hospital?

So now the last turkey sandwich has been demolished and we’re all getting used to our new phones and tablets, we thought we’d catch up on Instagram and see how our favourite grrrl celebs spent Christmas AND THEN we realised that Jennifer Lawrence spent part of it in hospital!

That’s right, J-Law spent the night before Christmas in a Children’s hospital in her home town. The 24 year-old was home for the holidays in Louisville, Kentucky when she got into the Christmas spirit and dropped in to wish patients at Kosair Children’s Hospital a Merry Christmas.

So, whilst she may play the Hunger Games hero, Katniss Everdeen, Jennifer has shown how easy it is to be a real life hero by reminding us that as we’ve all been busy unwrapping presents and enjoying huge Christmas dinners at home with friends and family, others haven’t been so fortunate!


Mum’s Homemade Mince Pies

Christmas Eve is just around the corner. The tree is up, the cards have been sent and presents are (nearly) all wrapped. So what better way to prepare for the big day than enjoying yur own, homemade mince pies?

Not only do they make delicious Christmas nibbles (much nicer than the one from the shops!), but they’re so quick and simple to make – and the perfect present for that person who has everything!

Here at Grrrl’s Life we had a go with mum’s trusty old family recipe, which we wanted to share with you guys. Comment below or on Facebook and let us know how you get on with your own! And why not share your own Christmas recipes? We’d love to hear from you.

Aaaaaaand we’ll just put this here so you can have a little sing a long with Taylor Swift’s Christmas playlist whilst you’re baking:


  • 225g cold butter, diced
  • 350g plain flour
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 280g mincemeat
  • 1 small egg
  • icing sugar, to dust

1. To make pastry: Rub butter into flour and mix in caster sugar. Roll into a ball.

2. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas mark 6.

3. Roll out 18 walnut-sized balls and place in baking tray. Fill with mincemeat.

in teh tray

Once you’ve cut out the pastry cases, pop them into the tray

4. Use shaped cutters to make lids from left over pastry

You can use shaped cutters like starts and christmas trees to as an even more festive edge to your mince pies - and if you use both the cut out an dleft over pastry you won't waste any!

You can use shaped cutters like starts and christmas trees to as an even more festive edge to your mince pies – and if you use both the cut out and left over pastry you won’t waste any!


Fun shaped cutters are easy to find in the baking aisel in any supermarket

5. Beat egg and brush the tops of the pies. Bake for 20 minutes until golden.

Ready for baking!

Ready for baking!

In teh oven

Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack.

6. Lightly dust with icing sugar.

Use a sift to lightly dust your pies with icing sugar

Use a sieve to lightly dust your pies with icing sugar

And done in half an hour! Dont worry, you don’t have to eat them all at once, they’ll keep for 3 to 4 days in an airtight container. Good luck!

Christmas Jumpers to Make you Stand Out

So, the decorations are up and the lights on – atleast they are in the High Street – so it’s official, Christmas is nearly here!

With a month to go it surely it’s just about acceptable to crack out the Christmas jumpers!

It seems like everyone is wearing one and the shops are full of all kinds of Christmas pudding, snowflake, and Father Christmas versions.

But Christmas jumpers are tricky. How do you stay on trend and stand out without looking like you’re wearing something old and smelly that your gran knitted years ago, or like your dad when he think’s it’s funny to wear a novelty jumper at Christmas dinner?

Have no fear. Grrrl’s Life has been shopping for some slightly different Christmas jumpers that are guaranteed to make you stand out from the crowd. And they won’t bust your savings (or your parents!)

  1.  This Only reindeer hoody won’t just keep you warm, it’ll keep the snow out of your hair. It’s great for dressing down with a pair of jeans. Available from a size 8 to 16 you can choose a fitted look or save if for those really cold evenings and layer it over other tops in a bigger size.

2. Spread the cheer with New Look’s T’is the Season to be Jolly sweater. Not only is it light and won’t have you feeling all bundled up, but it makes a great change from all those jumpers with pictures and patterns. It’s simple and to the point.

3. Add a little sparkle with this robin jersey from Next. It’s proof that loads of bright colours aren’t the only things that makes a jumper eyecatching. Paired with jeans or a black or tartan skirt and black tights this would be perfect for any Christmas do.

4. The festive season wouln’t be complete without a onsie to keep toy warm from head to toe. This snowman from matalan not only looks super cosy, but with the 3D hat and nose it’s also great fun. Perfect for flopping infront of the TV and catching all the Christmas shows after dinner.

5. Who doesn’t love cats?! With this cat jumper from Asda not only will you stand out from all the reindeers and snowmen, but when you buy it you’ll also be entering into the festive spirit by donating to Save The Children! What’s not to like?

This is just the start! Why not head over to our pinterest page where you can find more great christmas jumper ideas.