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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?

Friday, December 10, 2021

My Christmas wishlist 🎅🎄🎁 2021

December 10, 2021 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Christmas eve is only two weeks away! So today, I’m sharing the items on my Christmas wishlist with you!

Christmas is the season of giving. If you are trying to figure out what to ask for, or what to get for others, then this post is for you! I always recommend making a wishlist so that loved ones can spend their money gifting you something they know you will love.

Christmas gifts

🎅 Dear Santa, 

I have been very good this year. This is my Christmas wishlist:

What's on your Christmas wishlist this year?

Monday, November 29, 2021

Holiday gift ideas for your dogs

November 29, 2021 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Since the holiday season has officially started, I want to share a few gift ideas with you. This year, I'm starting with holiday gift ideas for your dogs!

I always buy Christmas presents for Rascal and, I know that the majority of dog guardians (I don't like the word owners) do the same for their pets.
Rascal at Christmas 2020
Rascal - Christmas 2020

I always dress Rascal in cosy sweaters during the colder months, so a warm outfit is always number one on my list! Dogs can get cold, just like us! Small dogs, as well as dogs with short coats, feel the cold more sharply than larger dogs or breeds with thick coats. These dogs may need a sweater or coat when outside for extended periods during the winter.
Maltipoo in sweaters
Check out my picks:

Collars and accessories are a perfect gift for dogs that do not need or want to wear clothes.

Toys and treats are always good gift ideas that your furry friends will surely enjoy.

These are just a few gift ideas I wanted to share with you today. If you have pets, let me know if you buy them Christmas/holiday gifts?

Thursday, September 16, 2021

DIY: Essential oil sachets

September 16, 2021 2 Comments

Hello everyone!

Why buy overpriced, mass-produced scented sachets when you can easily make them yourself? You’re seriously not going to believe how easy it is! These DIY essential oil sachets can add a pleasant scent in unexpected places and give a tiny dose of aromatherapy.


  • essential oil/s 
  • 1 cup of uncooked rice (brown or white)
  • cotton muslin drawstring bags/ organza bags/ coffee filers/ tea bags (for loose tea)  
  • a mason jar 

Tip: Instead of buying new pouches, go green! You can use an orphan sock and tie the top. If you’re crafty, you can sew a little bag from a scrap of fabric. You can also crochet/knit your own! Be sure to use a breathable cloth bag made of a material such as cotton or linen.

essential oil sachet


  1. Pour the rice into the jar.
  2. Add about 20 drops of essential oil. (I love using lavender)
  3. Cap the mason jar and shake.
  4. If the scent is not strong enough, add more essential oil. If it’s too potent, add a little more rice.
  5. Once you’ve found the perfect balance, use a spoon to scoop the scented rice into the bags.
  6. Close the bag. If using coffee filters, staple the open ends to close them.

When the scent starts to fade away (after a couple of months), you can repeat the process using the same rice and bags!

Try placing them in...

  • a drawer
  • a linen closet
  • your rearview mirror (car freshener)
  • your gym bag
  • your suitcase
  • smelly shoes 

There are many other ways to use essential oil sachets; such as:

  • a natural insect repellent for clothes, etc
  • a natural pest repellent for books and photo albums
  • a natural air freshener
  • near your bedside or in your pillowcase to help you fall asleep
  • when studying for better memory
  • a gift to your friends and family

The beauty of these simple sachets is that you can tailor them to fit your preferences. Customise your own using any essential oil combo you love most! If you do not know how to blend essential oils, read this: Blending essential oils for beginners.

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