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Monday, November 14, 2022

Twelve (12) vegan-friendly Advent calendars to shop right now

November 14, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

For Christians everywhere, Advent is the period leading up to Christmas. For Catholics, this year, Advent starts on Sunday, the 27th of November. The word "advent" means "arrival" or "coming". 

Lately, the word advent has become associated with Advent calendars. Calendars filled with chocolate began to appear in the late 1950s and soon began to spread around the world. But, in recent years, these calendars have become more popular than ever.

wooden Advent calendar

While the date of the first day of Advent changes each year, mass-produced, Advent calendars tend to run from December 1st through December 24th. An Advent calendar helps count the days until Christmas, usually with a small item or phrase revealed each day. 

The proper way to work through an Advent calendar is to start with the box labelled "one". The point of the calendar is not to count down but rather to count up towards Christmas Day.

Advent calendars can have a variety of shapes and styles, from calendars designed for makeup lovers to fun ones that would be great for kids. And one cannot overlook the classic chocolate option.

Below, you can find links to twelve (12) vegan-friendly Advent calendars. Take a look!

  1. Art File Christmas Shop Advent Calendar Card • Art File Christmas Shop Advent Calendar Card • €5.43
  2. Hotel Chocolat The Advent Calendar, Dark Chocolate, 125g • Hotel Chocolat The Advent Calendar, Dark Chocolate, 125g • €15
  3. bareMinerals Clean Beauty Countdown 12 Day Advent Calendar • bareMinerals • €90.47
  4. The Letteroom - Wooden Reusable Christmas Advent Calendar With Car • The Letteroom - Wooden Reusable Christmas Advent Calendar With Car • €31.93
  5. Tea Advent Christmas Calendar • Palais des Thés • €35
  6. Personalised Wall Hanging Advent Calendar • M&S Collection • €22.30
  7. Cath Kidston Beauty Advent Calendar • Cath Kidston • €51
  8. William Morris at Home Bullerswood Beauty Advent Calendar • William Morris at Home Bullerswood Beauty Advent Calendar • €51
  9. Joe & Seph's Vegan Popcorn Advent Calendar, 168g • Joe & Seph's Vegan Popcorn Advent Calendar, 168g • €31.40
  10. A Christmas Sky Beauty Advent Calendar • Cath Kidston • €51
  11. Hip Vegan Advent Calendar • Hip • €16
  12. Garnier 12 Days Of Maskmas Advent Calendar • Garnier • €34

Which Advent calendar is your favourite?

Talk to you soon!

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!

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! 

fairy lights on open book

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?

Monday, December 13, 2021

Getting organised for Christmas 🎄

December 13, 2021 0 Comments

 Hello everyone!

Although we love the process of getting ready for Christmas, tackling the never-ending to-do list in preparation for Christmas Day can be hugely overwhelming. But fear not; with these simple organisation tips, you can take the stress out of the planning and enjoy everything the holidays have to offer.

December calendar

Whether you’re hosting Christmas eve dinner or Christmas lunch for the whole family or planning gift ideas, these steps will help simplify the process and minimise stress. 

Start the process early 

Break down the one giant job into many manageable little ones and keep a positive attitude! Don't put too much pressure on yourself!

Decide on a budget

Decide how much you can afford to spend on Christmas this year and stick to it. When buying gifts for each other, you can set a price limit to make it fun and fair.

Make a to-do list

You can never make too many lists when planning for Christmas. If you don’t tend to carry an organiser with you, use the Notes App on your phone.

Save inspiration ideas

If you find anything on Instagram or Pinterest, simply save it to a collection or board, so all your ideas are collated in one place. You can save everything from recipes, décor inspiration and gift ideas.

Get your December calendar in order

December is a busy month for everyone. If you’re planning on spending time with your friends, it’s best to organise activities ahead of the rush to avoid disappointment.

Buy and wrap your presents

Make a simple shopping list, and if you have a crammed schedule, buy online. Don't waste your money. If in doubt, buy a voucher!

Christmas planner

Write up your Christmas card list

Once done, save it on your computer for future Christmases; alter names and addresses as and when needed.

Share food responsibilities

Delegate dishes to everyone to make it an equal effort. 

Decide on how your menu will look and set a date to do the food shopping or organise your online delivery.

Make food in advance

Shop for any fresh ingredients the week before the day. Can you start chopping vegetables or making sauces? How much easier would the day be if you did this? Work out what you can freeze or make beforehand, too. Prepping all your gravy, pâté, sauces, chutneys and mulled wine in advance is a real time-saver.

Declutter your home

Start to declutter and create space for your Christmas decorations. If you have guests staying over at Christmas, you may need to clear some space in the spare room. Don't look at this as a huge job, as you'll only put it off. Try doing 20 minutes each evening instead.

Label your decorations

Use clear, labelled boxes to make your decorations a little bit more organised. You’ll be very thankful you did this the next year!

Clear and lay the table

If you can eat at the kitchen table for a couple of days, you can get the dining room table ready early and give yourself one less thing to do on the day. 

Make a schedule for the day

Make a schedule for when each dish should go in and come out of the oven. It’s so easy to get distracted with present-opening and socialising. Timing is everything.

What’s your go-to tip for getting organised for Christmas?