Simple Self-Care Ideas for Christmas.

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It’s been a crazy year, and if I’m not mistaken December feels just as cray, but with the added stress of Christmas luring in the background. We’re all hoping for the perfect Christmas this year. To enjoy time with our families. We would normally be already out and about shopping, partying and all the rest, but this year we lost a month in lockdown… ah. So we need to consider our Self-Care just as much so today I am sharing self-care ideas for Christmas.

We all know that Christmas isn’t going to be exactly the same this year. But let’s not get worse off by not looking after ourselves, I’m the chaos to organise the slightly different Christmas we are having.

Remembering that the Self-Care ideas for Christmas are not just about making sure you take care of yourself, but also make sure that we also take care of our mental well-being.

Simple Self Care Ideas for christmas, that anyone can do…

Have a fireplace ASMR video playing in the background.

This is my top and favourite suggestion for this whole post! I am not gonna lie, ASMR videos are so peaceful and helpful for your mental wellbeing and mindfulness. Having a video of a crackling fire streaming on the TV really does create a calm and soothing atmosphere. My favourite video on youtube is the Burning fireplace with crackling fire sounds by virtual fireplace.

Stream the video on the TV whilst cuddled up with a hot drink and chill.

Have a pyjama & Duvet day.

Stop feeling the pressure to get up and be productive everyday. Set yourself a day to snuggle in your pyjamas, stay indoors and sit under your favourite duvet/blanky. No one expects you to be on the go 24/7.

Taking the day for yourself to do nothing is sometimes the best thing to do for your own self care. It is in no way a waste of a day. Chilling out is something that we all need to do from time to time. Winter is a hectic period and most of the time you can find yourself on the go non stop! So dont forget to take a break and revitalise for you.

Wear your cosy slippers whenever possible.

This is one of my favourites for self care ideas for Christmas…

Oh, that feeling of getting indoors and taking those uncomfy shoes off and sliding into your slippers. It gives your feet a tingly warm sensation! keep to your comfy slippers. Not only are they cosy, and comfortable. They keep you warm in the house in the winter months! nobody likes the shivers of a freezing cold floor.

Light a soothing and winter smelling candle.

If you know me, this won’t be a surprise for you. I am always mentioning how candles are good for your wellbeing. It is all to do with the senses. The gentle sound of the crackling wick that calms anxiety, the cosy little light that that candle brings when lit, and that’s without even mentioning the lush smells that the candles give off. Since its winter, stick the wintery smells such as my favourite scent by Yankee, warm & cosy.

Read a book.

There is something even more comforting about reading a book in the winter! Cosy hot drinks, not going out and watching the falling rain at the window. I mean it is the good old British weather, hey? Taking time to relax with a decent book is a brilliant self-care idea for Christmas.

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Make a pillow fort to chill in.

If you are bored inside why not challenge yourself to create a cosy pillow fort with your loved ones. Grab your blankets, your pillows, Throw in some fairy lights, and get cosy in your own comfy sanctuary.

Cuddle up and watch your favourite film, or even a christmasy one. Enjoy your time hidden from the rest of the world.

Enjoy a luxury hot chocolate.

When it hits winter I am big on the hot chocolate! of course. Does not matter if its twinning’s hot chocolate, Galaxy or Tassimo made Cadbury’s… Which are all lush, I love a cosy hot chocolate.

Hot chocolate is a calming drink, and is wonderful for you to drink during the day! Cocoa in general can have a positive effect on your health and wellbeing. However it does depend on the one you drink.

Enjoy some seasonal festivities.

No matter what the circumstances are this year, there are still festive activities available for you to attend, whilst following government guidelines.

Check out your local newspapers and online updates to find out where these are still going ahead. Getting out of the house, and enjoying what you can this year, is still important. For your mental health and your physical wellbeing.

Use warm towels, straight from the dryer.

Oh that snuggly warm feeling!

I love it, When you pull out the warm clothes from the dryer. Your hands sink in to a warm pile of soft fabrics. Having a warm towel fresh from the dryer, is a heavenly experience… Especially after stepping out of a hot shower into the cold air.

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Organise the winter wardrobe.

I love sorting out the wardrobe from season to season, folding and putting away all the summer bits and getting out the winter warmers. I’m a sucker for a cosy chunky knit and for leggings in the winter. The scarfs come out and so do the winter boots. With my chunky hoodies and comforts. I love to keep organised and put everything I need for the season at easy access. Besides no one wants to be rushing to get ready one morning and having to sieve through the strappy and cold clothes.

Reflect on the past year, and set your new goals.

Well, this year, has been a rollercoaster and that is probably an understatement for 2020. Min-due most years are pretty hectic and normally more fun to be fair.

This is a perfect time now before the new year comes in talking through your memories. Scrapbook what you want to never forget, and take time to accept the things that haven’t been in your control.

Stay organised for Christmas.

One thing that is brilliant for looking after yourself is staying organised and on top of things, we all know how busy this time of year gets, so staying organised where possible keeps you from getting even more stressed. I’ve already spoke a little bit this Blogmas, about avoiding Christmas, but when it comes to self-care and Christmas. Looking after your wellbeing is so important.

Keep well hydrated.

It stuck in my mind, what a nurse said to me whilst I was at an appointment last week. Our bodies are like flowers. We hydrate ourselves so that we can flourish. Just like a plant needs water to survive, so do we. So just because it’s colder weather, and the temptation is to have that extra coffee because your cold, think of how you need to be hydrated to stay well also.

Spend time with your loved ones.

The winter months can be depressing as well as they can be lovely. Especially when it’s freezing cold, or even raining. It’s impossible to organise anything with friends at the best of times. Especially where social distancing comes in to play! As long as you can, arrange to meet with your loved ones at a social distance and catch up with a coffee in the park. Staying connected is a big part of self care. For all of us.

Have a declutter before the Christmas chaos.

Decluttering is something we can all do to improve our positivity. No one likes to be surrounded by too much stuff. And as the Christmas holiday and January sale period tend to leave us with so much stuff to what we already owned having a declutter to prepare is the perfect option.

Even down to the food cupboards. So you know exactly what it is you have in the house.

Spend some well owed time on your hobbies.

well since it isn’t the summer anymore and we’re even more confined to out houses more than normal.
it doesn’t matter what your hobbies are. We all know that sometimes life gets too busy to be able to actually enjoy your hobbies. Taking time to do the things you enjoy doing is a massive thing for your positivity and inspires you to do other things.

Set up your new year planners.

My favourite pass time of the winter. Getting your planners, goals/ambitions for the new year written out and organised. It’s a December tradition for me. I normally have a couple of planners and calendars on the go. I always fill in birthdays and anniversaries before anything else. And I quite enjoy transferring them to the new planner. I can’t wait to get my hands on a vertical happy planner for 2021.

Make extra effort to speak to your loved ones.

If there is one thing that this year, and being in lockdown has taught us more than anything is how important our connections with others are. How lucky we are to have this thing called technology. Yeah, it can be a pain at times but it gives us the ability to stay connected with people. Even if it’s a simple reply to someone’s Facebook status, or alike on their photo. You might find that that action led to someone feeling comforted by your presence. We all have been going through struggles more than anything this year. Supporting others just proves that no one is ever really alone.

Focus on your self love

you are amazing, you are beautiful and you are gonna kick-ass to the future you to come.
make sure you remember to take time for yourself during the busy period and remind yourself why you love you. I get it can be hard to remember sometimes. But write a list of everything you love about you right now.

Take a nap.

when you’ve been having a hectic day or week, and in most cases months, remember to get the rest you really need.
you should never feel guilty for feeling tired and wanting to get an hours sleep every now and then! Do it for you, your body and your mind.

Get some fresh air in your lungs.

finally. Remember to get some fresh air into your lungs whenever possible! This year hasn’t filled us with opportunities to get out and about, but sometimes just a 10-minute walk can do wonders. Self-care is about looking after one’s self, so remember it’s ok to have to get out of the house and go for a walk. A change of scenery does everyone some good.

Do you have any self-care ideas for Christmas period that you swear by! I would love to hear them in the comments below.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Him under £50.

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Christmas gift ideas for him

Buying Christmas gifts for the opposite sex can be a challenge at the best of times, especially when it’s the general family gifts and there are only a few men to buy for. You know them, but you don’t know where to start when it comes to buying for them. I thought with Blogmas going well this year it was about time I shared some gift guides to help you guys get through the chaos that is Christmas shopping. So in today’s post, I am sharing some pretty awesome Christmas gift ideas for him, to make the stressful Christmas shopping a little less stressful.

Christmas gift ideas for him to get your hands on…

Beautiful fleece-lined gloves by Salt & Hyde.

These beautiful fleece-lined gloves make a smart winter warmer for them. They are beautifully designed. You can check out these gloves and many more beautiful products from Trendhim.

1. Parker Jotter London Trio Discovery Pack

I’m not gonna lie, I do think of pens when I think of gifts for the men in our family. My dad lives in a house full of pens, but if you think he can find his own for one minute, you have another thing coming.

Parker is a beautiful brand of pens, and this set is such a reasonable price to bring joy to a loved one.

2. Bedside Pocket

Keeping there stuff all together instead of floating around the bedroom, this cute little organiser is so handy for shoving the TV remote, and their book and what ever it is they need besides them.

This would be the perfect present for anyone who loves a day in bed!

3. Baylis & Harding The Fuzzy Duck Men’s Ginger & Lime Beard Tin Giftset

Baylis & Harding is such a sweet and popular brand of self-care/beauty products. The Ginger & Lime set smells divine, and is such a reasonable price to gift for Christmas to an uncle or cousin!

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4. Things I Hate Programmer Gamer Gift T-Shirt

This T-shirt really speaks out to me, novelty t-shirts based on their personality make a brilliant gift for your loved ones!

I mean besides the fact that who doesn’t relate to hating a crap wifi/battery or a loading sign that doesn’t load. Novelty t-shirts are something we all have a secret love for! Amazon is the perfect place to get something that is personalised to them.

5. Handmade Nose-Shaped Eyeglass Spectacle Holder

If they wear glasses then this is the perfect bedside gift for them. This holder gives them a safe space to leave their glasses at the end of the day, and it looks pretty trendy too. I am constantly taking my glasses off and loosing them by the morning because I have no idea where they have got too. So basing my own experiences this would be the perfect present for anyone who wheres glasses daily!

6. Anker SoundCore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Everyone loves a bit of music! These portable Bluetooth speakers are perfect for bringing the music to the memories!

Portable bluetooth speakers are so handy! Easy to shove in the bottom of the bag for when you don’t know that you are going to need them! it doesn’t take very long to charge and isn’t a bad looking speaker!

7. Beard grooming kit

If they have a beard, what could be better than a beard/self-care kit for them? This one contains cute scissors in the shape of a bird! would they be bothered by this? maybe, maybe not, but as it goes for reasonable gift ideas for him, this is a pretty handy one!

8. 2021 Pocket diary

Anyone else has a man in their life that has the inability to stay organised? Getting them a planner is the perfect organisational hint that you could give! A smart, plain planner will be perfect for him!

9. Don’t forget a lynx set!

To be honest you do not need to be a him to expect a Lynx set in your stocking this year! Its pretty much a Christmas right of passage.

So thats it from me when it comes to ‘useful gift ideas for him’. If you have any other suggestions of what would make some perfect Christmas gift ideas for him that drop me a comment below! I can’t wait to surprise our loved ones with the things that are coming there way this year! but I am always on the hunt for some more ideas for things that could put a smile on there face…

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How to survive seasonal stress.

Every year we can feel our blood pressure being raised as it is time to face the Christmas season. There’s so much you have to, barely any time to do it, the cost seems to get more and more each year, and you literally have no money to do it on, even though somehow we manage to pull it off, every single year we seem to get more and more stressed and closer to pulling our hair out. So, what can we do to ease the seasonal stress this year?

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How to avoid the dreaded seasonal stress…

Remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Firstly, and the most important thing to take away from this post, if nothing else. Take a moment and remember the true meaning of Christmas, the real reason why we do this every year.

It’s not about getting the biggest and most expensive presents, or about how much food and drink we have.
we are so lucky to receive anything at all. Our loved ones buy as gifts to show their love, and appreciation of that person.

Keep organised and plan ahead.

If you know me, you will probably know that organisation is something I am hot on. I am often ready with a planner, notebook and a pen ready to organise any project or event.
And I am no different when it comes to Christmas. Present lists, card lists, shopping lists and to-do lists. Recipes planned out, and prep is done whenever possible. Ensuring I keep on top of as much as I can when it comes to the Christmas time chaos.
Keeping lists of what you’ve brought and who it’s for is the best list to keep! Literally making it so easy when it comes to wrapping up the presents and checking who they were actually brought for.

And then try to remain on plan.

It’s all very well organising, planning and probably making an insane amount of lists, it’s time to actually follow your plan. Remind You planned it this way for a reason. That reason was to make your life easier whilst getting it all done.

Don’t leave everything till the last minute.

Obvious, but sometimes needed advice. It’s so easy sometimes to fall into a trap of ‘oh there’s plenty of time to do that later’. It can become easy to fall into a trap of having a massive list of things to complete, and only getting half of them done because you’ve allowed yourself too much time to actually complete them.

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try to avoid family drama and conflicts.

If you are already stressed with family members, family gatherings can be such a pain in the ass though. It will be so much kinder on your own mental health to avoid getting into heated disputes and tension.

Know exactly what it is your doing.

Sometimes this is easier said than done, especially when you are waiting to be told what it is you need to do from other people. However, having an idea of what your role of participation is for the Christmas period is

Stop with the social media expectations.

One thing I can’t stress enough. Stop comparing yourself to others. You are amazing on your own, the most beautiful Instagram profiles I see are the ones that are natural. With houses, people and lives all being different and unique no one needs to try and copy or create unrealistic expectations for posting on the gram. Instead spend time enjoying yourself, and capture moments instead of staged happiness.

don’t overdo it on the sugar.

Remember your self care, too much sugar is bad for your health as well as containing too many calories. It’s known that your diet can increase anxiety that is already there. Sugar plays a massive part in this. Anxiety and stress being highly linked together.

Or caffeine.

If you struggle with stress as it is, without the seasonal stress added on top, caffeine is literally the worst thing for you. The more coffee that you drink the less sleep you get. Which can then become a vicious cycle. High amounts of caffeine can lead to a negative effect on your health anyway.

make sure you make time for yourself.

It might be busy, and you may have a ton of stuff to do. However, making sure that you make time for yourself is a top priority that you need to remember. Self-care is so important to ensure that you do not burn yourself out.

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Shop online where you can.

Try and make it easy for yourself where ever you can, try shopping online for Christmas presents, and food whenever possible. Meaning you take a break from the stressful situation that heading to the shops bring! At least if you do your shopping online, the chances are you are finding it at a cheaper price then the high street, as well as avoiding the long ques and stressful shopping in the town centre. So you can sit back, chill out and wait for your deliveries to come to you!

Prevent future stress and don’t overspend.

One of the biggest things to cause seasonal stress is the money. Quite often we fail to stick to our budgets, and manage to overspend on the gift and food buying. Don’t worry if you do this, you are not alone. We all manage to do it somehow. The month that we really notice it, January. One of the longest months of the year, mainly long because we’re all waiting for the next pay day, so that we can finally go back to our normal spending routine.

Most important of all… Don’t forget to enjoy yourself.

It’s Christmas! Common! It’s time to let loose and enjoy yourself for the Christmas season! The work can wait, and so can your phone. it’s time to spend valued time with family, enjoying their company.
now your probably thinking ‘I’ve done that already too much in the lockdown this year.’ However, Christmas is different. Christmas gives us hope and reminds us to believe in the magic. Don’t allow the seasonal stress to take over.

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How to bake the perfect sugar cookie.

There is something about this time of year that makes us want to bake tasty treats all of the time! so, today I am sharing how I make these yummy sugar cookie biscuits.

Sugar cookie biscuits are perfect for icing and decorating to look pretty and festive!

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What Ingredients you will need:

  • 225g unsalted butter
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (Salted Caramel is also acceptable)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 330g plain flour

The Method:

Before you do anything, Preheat oven to 180° C. Then grab some baking trays and place grease proof paper on these.

In a bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla extract and egg. (I cheated and used a mixer on low speed and this worked perfectly).

In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and then add a little of the mixture at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be very stiff.

Note: You do not need to chill the dough before baking.

Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface and cut into whatever shapes take your fancy.

Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool on the baking tray until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.

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Christmas films to watch on festive nights in.

Christmas may not be quite the same this year, but we are all busy making the best of the situation we are in! So this year we don’t really have much excuse but to enjoy a few Christmas films to watch snuggled up on the sofa, a festive movie night in. Grab the popcorn, the blanket and the remote, and snuggle down and watch some of the best Christmas movies around.

Christmas films tend to go on from around October in this house, Living with the queen of Christmas films, my Emma, She can’t get enough of Christmas films.

The Best Christmas films (according to me anyway)

The Grinch

My Number 1 film, is and always will be The Grinch! My favourite film to watch at Christmas, It’s funny, its Fictional, and Jim Carey absolutely Rocks this Grimy Christmas Hating Character. 

The holiday calendar

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The Next film I have literally fallen in love with is The Holiday Calendar witch is a Netflix.com original! A single girl, who’s best friend is clearly in love with her, misses all the signs that the magical calendar is giving her, to find her true love, whilst she persistently dates the wrong one! A festive love story! Perfect! 

The Christmas Chronicles

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Next up, Netflix wins again with me. The Christmas Chronicles, starring Kurt Russell. which was released literally a few days ago. When Christmas goes terribly wrong Santa is put to his paces to make sure all the boys and girls receive their Christmas gifts. Yup. Really enjoyed this film and would definitely suggest this to my friends! 

Santa Girl

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All she wanted is to go to college and fit in, But for Cassie it isn’t that simple. She is the only daughter of Santa clause and must marry as part of a contract. Whilst trying to rebel Cassie faces some massive challenges whilst her, and her elf friend attends college. Yep, This is another romantic comdey. Although the story line is pretty obvious, the magical twists and creepy Jack Frost in this film, kept me glued to the screen!

The princess switch

Christmas, romance and comedy all rolled into one royal tale with this movie. And if you can get over high school musicals Gabriella playing a royal princess. This film is brilliant. 2 complete strangers, one princess, one baker swap lives and find themselves in love with the other ones man.

A muppets Christmas

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Oh I do love the muppets, but th muppets at Christmas, even more. The Muppet characters tell the classic tale of an old bitter man who hates Christmas is haunted by ghoasts and ghouls until he finds redemption on Christmas Eve.

Christmas with the Kranks

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Imagine not being in the mood for Christmas, so much so that you tell everyone not to bother with you and Christmas, as you plan to head out to the tropical islands for a beach paradise holiday. Only to find out your daughter is coming back for the traditional Christmas that she loves so much, and now you have to struggle to do it all at the very last minute. This is what happens with the Kranks.

Jingle Jangle

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I absolutely loved watching this film, so much so that I was surprised that Em wanted me to turn this one off. (Like I said she’s the queen of Christmas). Jingle Jangle is more of a musical one, and is quite cheesy in places. A story of a fathers failing inventions that has a massive twist when the children put their belief in. I honestly felt there was a warming Christmas message in this tale, that magic only really happens when we believe. Cute, hey?

Nativity!

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Dude where’s my Donkey, Dude where has it gone?

Nativity is a series of 3 hilarious movies, based around a school, moody teachers and a brilliant Mr Poppy, Who is more of a child, than a teaching assistant. The songs will get stuck in your head for days, and you really will feel in the festive spirit from watching these Christmas films!

Santa Clause the movie

I couldn’t miss these classic Christmas films off my list, Santa Clause, and I do mean all 3 of the funny Santa Clause Films with Tim Allen. It’s hard not to picture Tim Allen in Home Improvements or his voice as Buzz light year, But he really does make an excellent Santa! I remember seeing clause when it first came out, It’s been on my top Christmas film list for a long time now.

Love Actually

Finally, Love Actually, is my number 5 top Christmas film to watch! You can’t really miss this one! it’s on every year! especially over Christmas week. Stories of Love, Christmas Cheer, and Nativities. They didn’t go wrong with that one.

On a side note: none of the above pictures is my own, but has been used in a non-profitable way to include joy on my post.  

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Goodbye November, Hello the month of Christmas!

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Well Hello there guys, Today’s post is coming to you pretty last minute. My intentions where to get this post written up yesterday, but an unexpected trip to the hospital and the emergency department followed by a rather sleepless night last night did however get in the way. I am still feeling in pain and unconfortable but thought I would throw myself into this post ready for the 1st of many posts this month as we say hello to the month of christmas.

So instead of my general monthly round up I thought today would be a great opportunity to give you guys a proper update on what’s been going on in our lives, to also talk about my Christmas expectations and bucket list!

What we got up to in November

The dreaded second lockdown.

I am gonna have to start by saying that really November has been a very quiet month for us, obviously with facing another lockdown we haven’t been out and about like we would normally be. It feels quite weird for Novemember to be a quiet month, normally when we get to november we have tons of plans and days planned as we begin to get in the festive season. Instead along with the rest of the UK, we have been stuck indoors, only going out for shopping and getting on with things the best we can.

On a positive note…

Here in Southampton, Hampshire, we have been placed into the Tier 2. Which means what? well I am still trying to work this out for myself! I am not going to lie I am not facing the high street this year for christmas. I really doubt my anxiety would be able to cope. So this year our christmas shopping has been supermarkets and online based! I cant wait to talk to you guys about some of the superises we managed to find our loved ones in the new year (would want to ruin any surprises now, hey)

It was Alfi’s Birthday.

We were lucky enough to enjoy Alfi’s birthday with him during lockdown this month, as this little monkey turned 8 years old. It was a hectic and fun day.

We tried to help make his birthday fun for him, even with the lockdown, and having to self isolate by preparing a scavenger hunt with a few presents from us.

We met Dotty.

This beautiful little Jack Russell Puppy is called Dotty and she is Emma’s dads new addition to the house. This little one is so cute and full of energy! She also definitely knows how to hold her own! She’s already met our Bella, and I can see them being the best of friends. I mean isn’t she just a cutie!?

She’s as big as Bella already so, definitely going to be a bigger Jack Russell.

Instagram update

Admittedly luck has not been on my side this month, not only with health but also technology!

Sunday morning I woke up to find out I have been locked out of my @AlexaJadeBlogs Instagram account. Since I hadn’t update my phone number when I changed it, this meant I was unable to verify my account as mine, and I have been completely locked out without any options. This means I am starting again and using an older account. So If you would like to help me regrow my Instagram please give me a follow on @lifebyalexajade.

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Bring on the festive season!

It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas in this house!

So we decided along with so many others it seems, to bring some positivity into the lockdown period (and our house) by getting out our Christmas decorations nearly a month early.

Our tree went up in the beginning of November this year, and it honestly has helped the positivity in house. I love our tree, and we are slowly adding some more decorations around the house to make the festive season really christmasy! I can’t wait to show you this month in one of my Blogmas posts, what we have put up and done!

Preparing blogmas posts.

Well I have to admit, being secluded to our house this month has had one very positive. Although I haven’t posted to the blog much in November, I have been busy planning, scheduling and preparing some pretty awesome blog posts for this years Blogmas.

I love a good blogging challenge and blogmas is brilliant for bloggers to share a few festive posts for the year, whilst of course, challenging yourself.

My 2020 Christmas bucket list

  • Create a hot chocolate bar.
  • Make the house feel Christmasy.
  • Complete Blogmas.
  • Be more creative with my Christmas wrapping.
  • Take some quirky Christmas photos.
  • Enjoy some Festive activities at home.
  • Take a Christmas lights drive.
  • Make and decorate aGingerbread house.
  • Decorate my own ugly Christmas sweater or t-shirt.
  • Make a Christmas playlist.
  • Light some festive candles.
  • Make some mulled wine.
  • Read a Christmas story.

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Festive Blogging Ideas for blogmas.

It is getting close to December! If you are planning on doing Blogmas this year, you should have already got together some sort of plan. However it’s not too late, you can still get organised and get your Blogmas posts together. Today I am sharing nearly 200 Blogmas Ideas for you to help get your Crimbo post plans together.

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What is Blogmas?

If you don’t actually know what Blogmas is, Blogmas

Pretty similar to Blogtober, Blogmas is a month-long challenge for bloggers in December. Bloggers post in an advent calendar style for 25 days up till the big day. Some also go above and beyond to fill in the whole month up to the new year.

How do I take part in Blogmas?

Blogmas is not something that you need to apply for or permission to do, you are more than welcome to join in. All you need is some inspiration creative thoughts and your blog. If you don’t have a blog, check out my how to create a blog post, to get started.

It is up to you how you actually organise your blog posts when you are taking part in Blogmas, Some will freestyle and post every day on the day, and others will pre-write their posts so that they are scheduled and done as it happens.

It doesn’t matter what your blogging niche is either. Anyone can take part. There are no rules. It’s your blog, and completely up to you post what you want to post, and what you know your readers will want to hear from you.

100 brilliant blog post ideas for blogmas…

  • What your favourite things about Christmas are
  • What you don’t like about Christmas
  • Your Christmas traditions are.
  • Best Advent Calendars you can do/buy
  • Gift Guides (specify who the gift guide is for ie, pets, him, her)
  • Favourite Christmas Films
  • Share your favourite Christmas crafts
  • Elf on the Shelf Ideas
  • Christmas Party Outfit Ideas
  • What your house looks like for Christmas
  • Show Us Your Christmas Tree
  • What to eat at Christmas
  • Your favourite Hot Chocolate Recipe
  • How To Host The Perfect Christmas Party
  • Ultimate Christmas Playlist
  • A Christmas Tag
  • Your Letter To Santa
  • Or an old letter to Santa you wrote as a child.
  • Christmas Baking Recipes
  • Festive Themed Nail Art
  • Christmas Games to play with the family
  • Family Christmas Traditions
  • Christmas Eve Box Ideas
  • Festive drinks guide (Christmas Cocktails & Mocktails)
  • Winter Skincare (Your routine)
  • A Festive Get Ready With Me
  • How To Survive The Boxing Day Sales
  • Your Christmas goals!
  • How To Feel Festive when you are not feeling it.
  • Top Tips On Having A Less Stressful Christmas
  • whats going to be on your Christmas dinner plate?
  • Christmas Budgeting Tips

  • Outfit Ideas For New Year’s Eve
  • How To Beat The Winter illnesses
  • A Guide To Christmas Events In Your City/Town
  • Childhood Christmas Memories
  • What To Make With Christmas Leftovers
  • Winter Essentials
  • How to repurpose Christmas cards
  • ideas on how to save money this Christmas
  • What to do with your unwanted Christmas gifts
  • How to avoid overspending this Christmas
  • Favourite Festive Candles
  • Your Christmas Wishlist
  • Homemade Christmas Presents, and how you did them.
  • Mince Pie Taste Test – where you got them
  • Christmas TV Picks

Check out my christmas top 5 playlist, here.

  • Winter Wardrobe Essentials
  • Favourite Christmas Themed Books
  • Mulled Wine or Mulled Cider Recipe (or a non-alcoholic alternative)
  • Winter Activities
  • Christmas Party Essentials
  • How To Have A Festive Night In
  • Gift Wrapping Ideas
  • How To Get Your Home Ready for Christmas
  • Festive Day Out
  • Winter Pamper Routine
  • Are You On The Naughty Or Nice List?
  • What Christmas Is Like In Your Household
  • Christmas Photo Props & Backgrounds
  • Things To Do On Boxing Day
  • How To Entertain with Children Over The Christmas Holidays
  • Favourite Blogmas Posts/Vlogmas
  • Alternatives To Turkey For Christmas Dinner
  • Christmas Hacks To Make Life Easier
  • Best & Worst Christmas Jumpers

Got enough ideas? check out one of my Christmas posts from last year… How to make gingerbread men.

  • Christmas Decoration Haul
  • Winter Self Care Tips
  • How To Avoid A New Year’s Day Hangover
  • Favourite Photos Of This Year
  • How You Organise/Plan For Christmas
  • Looking Back On Your Year
  • New Year Goals
  • Our holiday traditions
  • How I plan for the perfect Christmas
  • My goals for December
  • The best diaries/planners for ‘20XX’
  • Festive nail ideas
  • How to organise a secret Santa and add a twist.
  • What to wear on Christmas day
  • The best accessories for cold weather
  • Top 10 ugly Christmas sweaters
  • Winter skincare routine
  • Christmas party outfit ideas
  • Essential outfits for the holiday season
  • How to cook the perfect Christmas turkey

Check out the things I love about christmas, here.

  • Our Christmas lunch menu.
  • How to make a gingerbread house
  • Hot chocolate recipes
  • How to make Christmas cookies
  • What I bought everyone for Christmas this year.
  • How to make a gift hamper & what to include in a gift hamper
  • The best place to buy pre-made gift hampers
  • What to do if the ‘must-have’ toy isn’t available
  • The must-have toys of this year
  • What to give someone instead of a gift card
  • The best Christmas present I ever received
  • Stocking fillers that cost less than £5
  • Tips for stress-free shopping this Christmas.
  • When to start shopping for next Christmas?

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5 things to remember with the new lockdown.

Good morning Everyone, happy Monday… Let’s get real for a minute. Is anyone else completely sick of the pandemic? I mean, How many times has it been said this year that 2020 has really been a hell of a year? With all of our worlds that have been turned upside down. Staying positive has become more of a challenge for a lot of us this year, as opportunities, plans and excitements went out of the window. Then, just when things are starting to return to normal (well, the new normal), we entered a new lockdown.

The past few days, I have realised something really important.
It is really easy to allow yourself to become filled with negativity over the things that we really cannot control. How true is that?

I mean, with so much negativity going on in the world, it does put a downer on us all. That is without even mentioning are normal stresses that we tend to have in our day to day lives. So a new lockdown just adds to that really.

It really won’t last together.

We may not know how long the pandemic will last, or when we will go back to an actual normal, but one thing that is for certain, and something we should all remember when ever we feel down or disheartened by the current events, is that it really will not last forever.

It might seem like there is no end in sight right now, especially with the UK numbers rising again daily. The new lockdown is supposedly 4 weeks but who knows. All we do know is one day there will be a vaccine. The pandemic will be a distant memory!

This year will never be forgotten.

With that being said, one this is for certain, 2020 will be a year that is never forgotten for anyone. The truth of it is. We are currently writing history. In years to come, we will be telling our children and future grandchildren about the events that we have seen unveil.

Just like the war, the Coronavirus has made history.

You can do this, You are strong, and you’ve already got through the first one! The new one is no different.

Now that we are into the colder months, we are facing the winter morning & dark evenings which without a doubt does not help are moods. We may find this lockdown to be even tougher this time round.

No matter how grey and miserable the weather is you can make any day a good day. Use your strengths to create a day that you want to have. Surround yourself with colour and creativity.

Do all of the things that make you happy and get you through the day. Because looking after you is the most important thing.

new lockdown

Learn from the last lockdown, and stop pressuring yourself to be productive.

Last time we had lockdown, I noticed alot of people that were struggling to be productive. Mainly because they were filling themselves with to many expectations to fulfil great things during the lockdown period. Now don’t get me wrong. Creating goals, keeping busy, and achieving new things is something I completely believe in. However these goals still need to be reasonable and appropriate to you.

Stop creating impossible to reach goals! instead Dream big, and work to milestones!

Keep in touch with your loved ones.

It is very true that we can get through anything, as long as we stick together, support each other and be there for one another.

Taking the time to check in with loved ones has such a positive effect on your own mental wellbeing as well as making sure that your friends and family are coping as well, which is a rather kind thing to do.

So anyway guys, Stay safe, stay strong! You have got this.

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How to use a Box of Favours

This post contains gifted items. However all thoughts are my own.

This post is in collaboration with The box of favours.

It it getting to that time again! we are all looking to do christmas shopping, and although it may be a little extra challenging this year to go shopping its something that none of us are actually going to avoid.

So what do you get for someone you love? Someone that probably already has everything that they need. In this day and age most people don’t wait around for Christmas or birthdays! So it makes buying the special present even harder.

‘It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving’

– Mother Teresa

What is a Box of favours?

The concept of the box of favours is about the thought more so than the actual product. So when you are gifting someone special with this cute little gift, you are actually gifting a promise to them. I would say that it is more about the promises you are making than the actual gift itself.

Why I should purchase The Box of favours?

For EVERY Box Of Favours sold the owners will donate $1 to the charity ‘One Tree Planted’. Which means for every dollar, that they receive they will plant a tree. So for every box sold a tree will be planted.

How to use a Box of favours?

The concept of Box Of Favours is simple…

  • Buy a Box Of Favours for someone from here.
  • Fill in the 5 black favour cards with whatever your heart desires.
  • Sign the contract that has been included.
  • Give the Box Of Favours away to someone special.
  • When they present you with the favour card.. you do the favour!

Simple! Right?

What could I include on my cards?

I could include a list of things that you could include to gift with your box of favours, however. The best favours will come from your heart. They will be the ones that you know that that person will fully appreciate, and value coming from you.

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