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Saturday, December 25, 2021

Merry Christmas 🎄 2021

December 25, 2021 0 Comments

 Hello everyone!


Can you believe it's Christmas Day? Christmas can mean different things to different people; a time to celebrate, a time for giving, a time to spend with friends and family. 


Some of us may find Christmas difficult this year; for multiple reasons! Many of us were looking forward to this Christmas after last year's cancelled celebrations, only to have to change plans again this year. A sudden spike in Covid-19 cases has meant a Christmas season tainted by the pandemic for a second year running, with family reunions dimmed by the prospect of more restrictions.


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It can be easy to forget the real reason for the holidays and get overwhelmed by everything that's going on. And to stress about having the perfect Christmas and buying the perfect gifts. In fact, the best gifts are things that we already have been given throughout the year (love, friendship and support). Christmas is actually about celebrating how we have already received the very best gift of all; Jesus Christ!


I am very grateful for every blog visit and pageview; thank you! So this Christmas, I am wishing you all health, peace, love and happiness. I hope your Christmas is filled with laughter and smiles, spent with the ones you love most, whether in person or via Zoom!


Merry Christmas to you and yours!




Tuesday, December 21, 2021

How to prevent and soothe dry winter skin

December 21, 2021 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


For the northern half of Earth, the Northern Hemisphere, today is the first day of winter! Have you ever noticed how your skin is affected by the changing seasons? If so, you’ve likely noticed that your skin often seems to get drier and flakier in the colder months.


Having dry skin doesn’t necessarily mean that you also have dehydrated skin. These are two different phenomena. While dehydrated skin lacks waterdry skin lacks sebum. Also, dry skin is a skin type, while dehydration is a condition.


What does dehydrated skin look like?


Dehydrated skin can be dry, itchy and even dull looking. The overall complexion may appear uneven, and fine lines are more noticeable. There are steps you can take to keep your skin looking healthy, even when temperatures dip and there is no escaping the winter cold.


Unlike dry skin, dehydration is treatable with lifestyle changes. Replenishing your hydration is the first step, so it is crucial to drink plenty of water


Tips to prevent and soothe dry winter skin:


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  1. Hydrate from the inside. Read this: Tips for staying hydrated during the colder months.
  2. Use your face cream on damp skin right after cleansing.
  3. Try adding occlusives to your routine (oils, waxes and silicones). Occlusives work by forming a protective layer on the surface of your skin and creating a barrier to prevent moisture loss.
  4. Apply sunscreen daily. Sunscreen is a daily essential for all skin types and tones.
  5. Go easy on exfoliants and scrubs that might irritate the skin even more.
  6. Use overnight treatments. Overnight treatments are skin products that will help hydrate and nourish your skin while you sleep.
  7. Look for products with hyaluronic acid and glycerin (humectants), and try to avoid products that contain retinol and vitamin C, as these could cause more dehydration.
  8. Use a humidifier (only if you live in dry climates).
  9. Turn the indoor temperature down. 
  10. Cut down on your coffee and alcohol intake. 
  11. Opt for non-irritating fabrics.
  12. Wear gloves to protect your hands from the cold.


Dehydrated skin can be a problem, but it is treatable. If your skin dehydration fails to improve after making these simple changes, you may have a dry skin type. See your dermatologist for further advice on how to treat dry skin.


Related posts:


Q&A | Face oils vs serums: What's the difference?

Tips for staying hydrated during the colder months

Ten (10) key skincare tips for autumn





Sunday, December 19, 2021

Weekly recap 13 - 19 December

December 19, 2021 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Since Christmas is only a few days away, this week's three posts were inevitably Christmas-related. 

On Monday, I shared some tips to help you get more organised this Christmas. Then, on Thursday, I listed 8 Christmas books for children to read during the holidays. And finally, on Saturday, I suggested another 8 Christmas books, this time for us adults to enjoy. Christmas books are a sure way to help us get in the Christmas spirit!

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Links:

December 13, 2021 - Getting organised for Christmas 🎄 
December 16, 2021 - Eight Christmas books for children 📚 
December 18, 2021 - Eight Christmas books for adults 📚 

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Thank you for reading and Happy Holidays! 


Saturday, December 18, 2021

Eight (8) Christmas books for adults

December 18, 2021 0 Comments

 Hello everyone!


Only one week until Christmas day! Some of you might still need a little help getting into the Christmas spirit. Just like the TV movies we all love to watch during the holidays, books can be just as festive. Christmas books are not just for kids; this post list books to read at Christmas for adults, including some romance novels, comedies, and even mysteries. In my previous post, I suggested eight Christmas books for children. This time, I chose eight books for adults! 


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The Christmas Escape by Sarah Morgan

An uplifting story of friendship, the festive season, and risking everything for the biggest gift of all!


The Christmas Escape by Sarah Morgan


Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

An unforgettably romantic novel that spans four Christmases (1914-1918)


Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb


One More Christmas at the Castle by Trisha Ashley

A heartwarming novel about second chances.


One More Christmas at the Castle by Trisha Ashley


The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale by Philip Van Doren Stern

The Christmas movie It’s a Wonderful Life was based on this short story, which came to Stern in a dream one night.


The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale by Philip Van Doren Stern


Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva

A fictional account of how Charles Dickens was inspired to write his famous novella, A Christmas Carol.

Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva


Jingle All the Way by Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber is the queen of Christmas stories. If you love Hallmark movies, you will love this book. Did you know that there are six Hallmark movies based on Macomber's Christmas novels?


Jingle All the Way by Debbie Macomber


The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox

A feel-good, holiday-themed romantic comedy about identical twins who switch lives in the days leading up to Christmas.


The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox


Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie

If you prefer a murder mystery to a romance novel, this is the book for you. This detective novel was written in 1938. 


Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie



Books help us relax, decompress and wind down after a long day. Curl up in a holiday blanket by the Christmas tree, diffuse some cosy essential oil blends, and enjoy these festive books for adults.




Thursday, December 16, 2021

Eight (8) Christmas books for children

December 16, 2021 1 Comments

Hello everyone!


The holidays are a magical time! Moods are high as we spend more quality time with our loved ones. A great way to spend time with the little ones in our family during the holidays is by reading Christmas books to/with them. If you are a parent or guardian, you can also add these books to your child's nightly bedtime stories.


Here are eight (8) Christmas books that the kids will surely love:

Christmas books

Merry Christmas, Mr. Mouse by Caralyn Buehner

The story of the Mouse family’s first Christmas. A lively story about discovering the joy and meaning of Christmas.


Merry Christmas, Mr. Mouse by Caralyn Buehner


Love Came Down at Christmas by Tim Wesemann

Gentle rhyme and beautiful artwork bring young readers to the manger to celebrate the gift of the Christ Child.


Love Came Down at Christmas by Tim Wesemann


A Night Like No Other by Werner Cherie

A book that shares the story of the first Christmas night.


A Night Like No Other by Werner Cherie


They Followed the Star by A.E. Dingee

From the Sony Pictures Animation’s film The Star. Bo the donkey and his friends follow the Star that leads them to their destiny.


They Followed the Star by A.E. Dingee

Madeline's Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans

It features the popular children's character, Madeline. Madeline finds herself having to manage the needs of the school when everyone else falls ill. 


Madeline's Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

A young boy boards a train and embarks on an extraordinary journey to the North Pole.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

A Visit from St. Nicholas, more commonly known as The Night Before Christmas and 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.


'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by ghosts, one Christmas Eve. 

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens


Any of these books would also make a great gift!


My favourite Christmas book as a child was, and still is, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  What was your favourite Christmas book?