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Watch “HOW TO STOP SPENDING MONEY 💸 (15 tips to stop impulse shopping + save money with minimalism)” on YouTube

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Watch “HOW TO STOP SPENDING MONEY 💸 (15 tips to stop impulse shopping + save money with minimalism)” on YouTube

HI ALL ITS ANOTHER DAY OF BLOGMAS.

DAY 12:

I’m starting this blog whilst waiting to help take my son to his school church service today, it is amazing how you can use such little time to do bits and bobs, Thank the lord for APPS AND SMART PHONES!

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This time of year we can spend, spend, spend, and be anxious at the same time because we are getting into debt as we do so. yet we have all these gifts to buy and birthdays too, like in my world, yet how can we save money and stop spending so we have more of it, without being out of pocket?

Please watch this video below about How to stop spending money, with 15 tips to stop impulse shopping and save money with minimalism.

This video is by Home Happy Life and they do great content like the video above.

I do believe you should treat yourself but if you are doing it 3 or 4 times a day, or you can’t just buy the one item and you feel that guilt where you know it will damage your self esteem and effect your relationships, which in turn leads to regret, then it isn’t a treat at all.

TREAT IS AN ITEM THAT GIVES YOU ENERGY NOT DESTROY IT! SO RATHER THAN BUY, INVEST AND CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO SEE HOW YOU CAN STILL TREAT YOURSELF WITHOUT SPENDING.

A treat doesn’t have to be a materialistic thing it can be anything,

Tips to treat yourself with less spending or even for free

 

So I hope this helps you with trying to not impulse buy, stop spending and save, and if you have other tips then please share if you wish. All comments can be shared below.

To keep ups to date with my blogs then you can follow me on WordPress.com and I will be blogging some more, I will be posting one more today on my site:

https://theparentingadventurestipsandtricks.wordpress.com/

All my Blogmas posts for this year can be found on my main site:

https://www.carriesrealworld.com/

To visit my other sites I write blogs on please check out these following links below:

https://everyonecanbuildacastle.com/

https://theparentingadventuresthebirthofmyson.wordpress.com

https://sportsandfitnesspassion.wordpress.com/

I hope you have a good rest of the day and many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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Watch “LIFE-CHANGING GIFT WRAPPING HACKS” on YouTube

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Watch “LIFE-CHANGING GIFT WRAPPING HACKS” on YouTube

BLOG NUMBER 2 FOR BLOGMAS DAY 15! PLEASE CHECK OUT MY OTHER BLOG I JUST WROTE ON MY HOMEWARES PAGE ON CARRIESREALWORLD ABOUT STORAGE IDEAS, BECAUSE ASWELL AS USING ITEMS TO STORE THINGS IN YOUR HOME, THEY CAN ALSO BE GREAT TO USE AS GIFT BOXES AND HAMPERS TOO, AND YOU MAY ALREADY HAVE SOME ITEMS IN YOUR HOME THAT YOU MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT, (see link below):

https://www.carriesrealworld.com/homewares/storage-ideas-for-the-home

To carry on with the home and Christmas gift theme, I wanted to share this video below of some gift wrapping hacks by Emily Norris, who does some brilliant Youtube content.

I love a hack and would often dread gift wrapping because I would lose patience and stick the sellotape in the wrong place, and they would end up looking like a total mess.

Gift bags are great and I do reuse these when they are given to me, but following these hacks below has helped me this year, and there are different ways to wrap gifts rather than the traditional old fashion way, which can create extra purposes for gifts of today. 

So check out below and give them a go.

 

 

If you too have any hacks to share about gift wrapping or any hacks that will help me and my readers at Christmas because we can often get behind, then please share your comment below if you wish, and you can follow me too, by pressing the option below after this blog.

Please see links to my other blog sites where I will also be posting blog for this blogmas and what ever is in my mind:

https://everyonecanbuildacastle.com/

https://everydaylivingandlifestyle.wordpress.com/

https://theparentingadventurestipsandtricks.wordpress.com/

https://theparentingadventuresthebirthofmyson.wordpress.com

https://sportsandfitnesspassion.wordpress.com/

HAPPY SUNDAY!

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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THE FIRST BLOG FOR BLOGMAS! Make your own Advent Calendar and bring romance back this Christmas!

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THE FIRST BLOG FOR BLOGMAS! Make your own Advent Calendar and bring romance back this Christmas!

HELLO AND WELCOME TO THE FIRST BLOG FOR BLOGMAS! If you didn’t know I will be posting blogs on one or more (seeing how it goes) of my blogging sites for 25 days from today until Christmas day.

THAT IS A WHOLE LOT OF BLOGGING BUT I AM SO READY SOOO LETS GO

The first blog post I wanted to write was about Making your own Advent Calendar and bring romance back this Christmas!

I made my son’s own Advent Calendar this year and yes I spelled Advent wrongly which I realised after sharing on Instagram, so I will add the D whilst son is a sleep tonight and hopefully he’ll my son will be none of the wiser.

You can make it as snazzy as you like and can be very cost effective way to save on Advent this year. I didn’t want Henry to just have chocolate because he eats that everyday and we want to cut down on his chocolate in take as too much is not good for them and I got the idea from watching a video by Louise Pentland about Advent Calendars and ideas for it.

I got my boxes from Amazon and it came as a huge bundle with string and came as 80 boxes so I will be using some for putting some Christmas Presents into, and will have some left over for next year.

Here is a link so you can see these boxes on Amazon along with the stickers:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07QYL44F1/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07YWG7CZW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07R4Y2WKR/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

A GREAT WAY TO MAKE A SAVING!

The stickers I bought separately. but again these came from Amazon too and again I have a lot left over so can use them for my planners, to add to my gift wrapping, there is so much I can do.

The items inside are some gifts my mum had from Christmas crackers from last Christmas that had not been used, I bought some packs of little cars, bikes and trains to go inside. Yes they were for 3 years + but I know Henry still loves playing with such things and so will get so much joy out of them.

These you can get from a local toy shop or stores such as Poundland.

I have added a few chocolates inside a few boxes, which were ones we had left over from halloween and my husband loves to get boxes of Roses, Quality Street and Heroes when they are on offer so used some of these and also included some experiences. These were a bus tour around London with mum and dad to see the lights at Christmas, which we have booked via Groupon.

This was with 56% off. A day at a zoo or farm and a visit to Battersea Park to play football and walk along the river during half term, because he really enjoyed that when we did that during Autumn’s half term.

You can put in what ever you want and whatever budget you have. I even used the paper hats you get in Christmas crackers to put inside some of the boxes, as Henry loves hats at the moment.

 

LET YOUR CREATIVITY GO WILD!

 

To Bring romance back this Christmas then instead of waiting for your spouse to do it, because lets face it not everyone has romance in their body and have no idea that you want more romance unless you say, create it yourself.

Romance is like the word success IT CAN BE WHAT EVER YOU WANT IT TO BE!

  1. Create them an Advent Calendar with promises you will make to them each day, example “I will stop assuming you know what I am thinking and will communicate better so you know what it is I want”. I often forget that Elv much as he is good at a lot of things, is not able to read my mind, and thankful that he can’t, but then I get annoyed because he didn’t do something that I had in my head. He can’t see what’s in my head unless I say, so one thing I have and will continue to work on is to not assume but say. You can make Promised, like to make them lunch everyday for work if you don’t already, take them to their favourite restaurant for a meal, and make a note of each promises so you remember too.
  2. Set a date in the Diary and plan a date night before Christmas without the kids. I love my son to the moon and back, but we all need that time to ourselves, alone and with our spouses, partners and loves ones, without being interrupted because your child wants a particular programme on the TV. Once you set a date stick to it and you don’t have to necessarily have to go out, out, but like me and my husband did yesterday. We were supposed to be watching football at our local club in Leatherhead, but the game got cancelled so instead we picked up some Fish N Chips and chilled and relaxed and watched some football on the TV instead.
  3. Good old fashioned breakfast in bed. I often and no I am not saying I am perfect because I know I am not, I will whilst I make a cup of tea and do my son’s brekkie will make Elv some toast, or even scrambled, fried or boiled egg on toast and take it upstairs so he can eat it with a cup of tea whilst watching some Saturday or Sunday morning TV.
  4. Use your days off and weekends to do something a bit different to the norm. Check out Groupon, Virgin Experience Days, Red Letter Days, etc for different offers on meals and experiences. Give that to your love one as part of their Christmas Advent Calendar or Christmas gift.
  5. Create a play list or a CD with all the songs that you and your spouse/partner/girlfriend/boyfriend love to listen to and marks certain parts of your’s and their lives. Example for us: A Groovy Kind of Love by Phil Collins, because this was our song that played when I walked up the aisle to marry my husband.

If there are other things you would like to add that I haven’t of how to bring romance back into your  life this Christmas then please share. You can leave a comment below.

I will be posting again tomorrow on one of my other websites to continue Blogmas, so please see links to my other sites below:

https://www.carriesrealworld.com/

https://everyonecanbuildacastle.com/

https://theparentingadventurestipsandtricks.wordpress.com/

https://theparentingadventuresthebirthofmyson.wordpress.com

https://sportsandfitnesspassion.wordpress.com/

Enjoy the rest of Sunday!

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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BLOGMAS IS HERE! POSTING EVERYDAY FROM TOMORROW 1ST OF DEC TO THE 25TH DEC 2019

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BLOGMAS IS HERE! POSTING EVERYDAY FROM TOMORROW 1ST OF DEC TO THE 25TH DEC 2019

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YES, YES, YES! For the first time ever I am going to be doing Blogmas, where I will be posting a blog either on this site, on my main site https://www.carriesrealworld.com or my other WordPress sites (see links to these below):

https://everyonecanbuildacastle.com/

https://theparentingadventurestipsandtricks.wordpress.com/

https://theparentingadventuresthebirthofmyson.wordpress.com

https://sportsandfitnesspassion.wordpress.com/

This will be everyday from tomorrow the 1st December to the 25th December, Christmas day.

I am not going to lie I am pretty apprehensive about it as there will be days where tiredness or busyness of doing other things may get in the way but even if it is sharing a video, about an article or book, etc I am going to post.

Already this morning as I have been preparing for this year doing Blogmas we have had a few strops, my son, me and my husband but the one thing that I love about my family is however much we may moan to one another we always laugh at the end.

Today it is Saturday and I have had a productive morning with doing a home workout whilst catching up on some Youtube, working on my blogs and giving my son his breakfast, and soon I will be getting mine and hubby’s breakfast on too.

So I am ready for the day, we are off to the football whilst my son spends time with his nanny (my mum) and visits Bockets Farm, which is great for kids as they do a Christmas event there, which is one of the reasons why Henry is going and is going to spend sometime with his cousins too.

I wish you all a great day and please look out for my posts which I will putting up on my Pinterest and social media accounts aswell, and lets get this show on the road!

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Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

I am glad that Christmas isn’t everyday

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I was going over what to write in this weeks blog and the song “I wish it could be Christmas everyday” by Wizzard came into my head, because in thinking about this song, I am glad that Christmas isn’t everyday. If it were we all be skint by the first week of January and more in debt, the shops would be endlessly busy and having your Christmas lights on all year round would make the utility bills go up and to be honest I’d be done with Christmas by the first two weeks of the year. It would be like “Okay I’m done with Christmas can we move on now?”.

However it doesn’t stop me from getting into the spirit. In fact I have today put up some more decorations including our Christmas tree in the living room. There is more to be added, but glad I have made a start.

The one thing I do to save myself money is have an artificial tree and we have one which sprinkles snow over the tree and is great as we can pack it away in its box it came in and into our shed once Christmas has finished for the next year, and one thing we can already cross off our list.

I use baubles not just for decorating on our tree, but around the house too. You can get some cheap hooks from places like Wilkos and hang baubles around the house. Once christmas is done if you get the hooks with stickers they can be easily be taken off the wall without leaving a mark.

I do buy a few new items mainly from Poundland or from charity shops. Check out Youtube channels such as Life at the cottage and Kate McCabe

They often do charity shop hauls which can give you ideas of what good finds you can get from such shops. However do browse around because even in charity shops the price on Christmas decor can be just a pricey so do your research, and remember that a lot of stores will be trying to get rid of their Christmas stock in January so have a look around then for Christmas decorations too.

After watching a video on Youtube by Life at the cottage where she did a recent haul her last thrift Tuesday video for this year, it gave me an idea of next year buying gifts from charity shops or handmade. I have bought gifts for people from charity shops before, but this year I kind of forgot to look in these stores and I can not for the life of me workout why, because this is one thing I regularly do. However I am going to next year or go handmade.

The other thing I am saving money on this year is selection boxes. I will not be buying as really my son for example has chocolate all year round so why would giving him a selection box be any different? Instead I am going to get some Christmas chocolates to perhaps hang on our tree or to put into his stocking instead, or even which is quite popular with my son and nieces too, chocolate coins. These always go down well.

So I am going to be on my way and get on with the rest of the day, and will post again on this site again next week. Until then have a good rest of the week and don’t let Christmas stress you out. If you need to scream into a pillow then do so or have a relaxing bath, then do that too.

Let me know how you save money at Christmas and if you would like Christmas everyday. You can leave a comment below.

You can keep up to date with all my blog by following me on WordPress.com and I write on these sites too:

https://www.carriesrealworld.com/

https://everyonecanbuildacastle.com/

https://theparentingadventurestipsandtricks.wordpress.com/

https://theparentingadventuresthebirthofmyson.wordpress.com

https://sportsandfitnesspassion.wordpress.com/

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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What a Dreadful Day

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What a dreadful day it is today, and boy did I get wet this morning, literally soaked through. I couldn’t even drink the Chai Latte I bought from Costa I got so wet.

Anyway dried off now and indoors. Please check out my new fitness blog I wrote called “Completed Another Run” outside, as I have started getting into running again.

Go check out my fitness blog from last week called “Getting Back Into Fitness”. I am disappointed in myself for stopping as I had progressed so much from when I very first started running. Nevertheless it is good to get back out there pacing those pavements, even though it has been tough getting back into it.

I even did a workout indoors on Sunday morning which I hadn’t done for a few weeks. Watch out for my fitness blogs on sportsandfitnesspassion as I will be posting more very soon.

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Last weekend I got into watching a lot of films. On Friday whilst my husband was out with his work colleagues I watched a film called Keeping Up With The Joneses. It is about a new set of neighbours who move into the neighbourhood and pretend to a normal very happy in love couple when it turns out they are secretly spy’s.

Loved this film, and I would definitely watch it again, as it was so funny. Even my son watched it with me and laughed to and his 5 years old.

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On Saturday my husband and I watched Bohemium Rhapsody, which is about Freddy Mercury and Queen, of how they formed and when they became to do Live Aid, which was truly memorable.

I love, love this film and could watch it, again and again. I just love the whole story of how they were all just university students and Freddy was a baggage handler on the side, and became big stars.

I have written a few blogs dedicated to Queen called Queen Mania and Queens Music lives on through film.

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I did watch Strictly Come Dancing, the first show on Monday evening, and did a lot of dancing with my son, who enjoyed the show too. Check out my blog I wrote called Strictly is Back, where I talk about my thoughts of the launch show.

It was definitely full of surprises and I think we were all stunned by Kevin Fletcher, from Emmerdale, Samba. Definitely one to watch

If you didn’t see it, here is a snippet of Kevin Fletcher’s Samba below:

My favourite song this year has been a Genesis song, Follow you, follow me, but I like a new version of this song. I discovered it from seeing a car advert on the TV. The version is sung by a singer called Rina Mushonga by Faultline Beat.

The other songs I have been loving at the moment is Oleta Adams, Get Here. Also I have been listening to a lot of Celion Dion songs, I imagine myself being able to sing those songs like her. Absolute outstanding voice.

The other song have been:

Also last Friday I watched a lot documentaries about another band I love, Fleetwood Mac, and I am lucky that I have seen one of the members perform, Stevie Nicks at the Hard Rock Calling Festival in Hyde Park.

So what films, TV and music have you been loving? I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.

Remember you can keep up to date with my blogs by following me on WordPress.com.

I write regular on other blogs, too see links below:

https://www.carriesrealworld.com

https://everyonecanbuildacastle.com

https://theparentingadventurestipsandtricks.wordpress.com

https://theparentingadventures.wordpress.com

Please check out my last blog called “I love Sunday Afternoons” if you didn’t read it.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X