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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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How I save myself time and money

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How I save myself time and money

Almost wrote this on the wrong site, but in some way this information can apply to parenting too, because lets face it being a mum or dad you are juggling a lot of things. it can be very much a balancing act.

I have been posting on this site on a Sunday, but thought whilst hubby and son were out getting petrol, I would take advantage.

I wrote a blog post similar to this one, please check it out: How I save myself time during the days and weeks ahead/A Productive weekend

The key thing for me is GETTING AHEAD OF MYSELF! I wrote a blog on my site:

https://theparentingadventurestipsandtricks.wordpress.com/ 

Arranging a birthday party/Never try to please everyone its truly impossible

Where I talk about getting ahead of myself. Its what I live by at the moment to help stop me from getting overwhelmed because it is a very busy time of year, like it is for a lot of people, as I have many birthdays before Christmas and helps me get organized.

One tip# How I save myself time and money, by thinking of each step before it is done. You do especially being a parent have to be flexible and adaptable, because often the plans go out of the window but this also helps you should you end up with a child who is sick or an adult even.

1. Always if you have children take change of clothing out should they get sick like a vomiting or diarrhea, even when they are no longer babies, because kids can get sick anywhere. Often there is no warning, but least you have planned ahead, should this occur and have your health visitor and doctors number should you need to make an urgent appointment to see them.

2. Have Calpol to hand and paracetamol, and if they do offers in your pharmacy on such items, which they often do this time of year, take advantage. Like Boots a UK pharmacy, they will often do special offers or give you a voucher if you have Boots card to use on your next purchase. Make sure you check the valid from and expiry date before using.

3. Save for Christmas and birthdays like your children a year or so ahead, and have some idea of what you plan to buy as gifts and where you will be having their birthday or Christmas meal or party some time before hand too. Yes this may change as children’s minds change, but once you have some idea you can easily adapt and make as you get nearer to the day any changes way before, so some items you can tick of your list and prepare should any last minute items come up.

4. Any Christmas dinner and parties you need to arrange, make sure you book way ahead of time usually as soon as venues and restaurants begin to advertise as many can be booked up very quickly.

5. I will use my free weekends to catch up on errands and chores because helps save time in the week, and the same applies for my blogs and writing my books too.

6. One item I used on my parenting blog above, which I wanted to include here, because it is very relevant this time of year, is any store cards like if you have a Boots card, save the points you have earned to help pay for gifts for people or medicines you may need. Make sure if you have a Boots card that you pick up the free Boots magazine, as they will have coupons and vouchers in this too. If you haven’t got a Boots card, then you can still pick this up, but you will have to pay for it instead.

7. If other parents who’s children are in the same school and class and ask if you if would like to participate in making or putting a few quid towards a gift for the teacher opt in. Saves you a lot of time and money. Of course if they ask for an extortionate amount you have to choice to opt out too, everyone’s budget after all is often different however most, well I would like to think, will say any amount is welcome and I usually will give £5 towards a gift and help getting my son involved help make the handmade gift too.

8. Always pack items that you are wearing and your children will wear the night before, and set any own clothes days and event days at your children’s school and diary on your Calendar, paper or digital because lets face it, it is easy to lose track and forget. One thing I learned recently to do, and I always us Google Calendar because it is free and you can check it everywhere you go.

9. If you fancy some TV time to yourself but don’t often get the chance, which is quite regular in my case, set a day and time in your calendar too. We often just need that time to do other things other than chores and look after our kids. I tend to use the days off whilst son is at school even if it is for half or an hour. Of course if you work full time, then I tended to use the evenings, and when I do my exercising I set my alarm and extra half hour early before my son and hubby are due to get us or whilst cooking dinner in the kitchen, in the evening. Alternative my husband will do his exercise and catch up on TV when my son and I have gone to bed at night on some evenings too.

10. Clean as you go and whilst you are waiting. Example whilst I was waiting for the kettle to boil to sterilize one of Henry’s cup which I do still recommend to do especially if they take them to school, because it is surprising how many germs they can pick up if not careful, I did a bit of dusting in my Living room and a quick clean is just as a effective as a long cleaning session as it helps get ahead and stay on track.

So I hope this information was helpful and if you have any other tips of how to save time and money please share, I love sharing these types of tips and ideas and when others do too. All comments can be left below.

To be kept up to date of all my blogs on this site, remember you can follow me on WordPress.com, and I do write on these following sites too:

https://www.carriesrealworld.com/

https://everyonecanbuildacastle.com/

https://theparentingadventuresthebirthofmyson.wordpress.com

https://sportsandfitnesspassion.wordpress.com/

Have a great weekend everyone!

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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Stress free Christmas/Get ahead of yourself

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Stress free Christmas/Get ahead of yourself
Christmas decor picture 1

This is a image of our home we decorated for last year 2018.

I love blogging on a Sunday so I think I am going to continue to do so for this blog as Sunday’s is more or less a free day for me at the moment so going to make the most of it.

Last week I started a new job so couldn’t blog as much as I wanted, so using the weekends to catch up is really helping. Today I purchased my first Christmas present. OH YEAH!

If you want a stress free Christmas you have to get ahead of yourself. I hate rushing and this week I had to do a lot of that, because it was my mums birthday, my brothers and my son’s party yesterday, and had another birthday today.

I wrote a blog on my site: https://theparentingadventurestipsandtricks.wordpress.com/

I shared a blog giving some tips and tricks on Arranging a kids party and not try to please everyone because it is truly impossible. However it did go well everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, next year I will plan it a bit better, but I won’t be doing a party every year, I already have an idea of what I will do, so going to save once tomorrow is over, from this Tuesday coming for next year.

  • This is one tip I would share on this site about Christmas, start saving as soon as Christmas is over for next year, it saves a lot of time and gets you ahead of yourself.

Getting ahead of myself is what I live by at the moment, because if I can save myself time for the next day, I know this will leave me time to have for myself and not get overwhelmed.

I wrote a blog this week on my site: https://everyonecanbuildacastle.com 

About never try to be perfect and create good habits instead. I live by this too, because no one in this world is perfect and so I stopped trying to be, instead I do what I can, when I can, but if I can save myself a bit of time then I do it, and this is a good habit to get into.

  • The other tip I would give about Christmas and birthdays, is save those points on your store cards as much as possible. I love my Boots card and if you shop at Sainsbury’s save those Nectar points, because that’s how we paid for one of our shops over one Christmas and great way to save yourself money and time. 
  • If you see any Christmas items such as table wear, clothes or gifts for people get them as they usually start doing better deals way before Christmas when the stock starts coming out, which this year was about August. The closer you get to Christmas the higher price of some of the items will usually be. 
  • Another tip is set a date in your diary of when you will sit down and plan for the festive period. You can do this as early as you want to, its up to you. Even though I save, I tend to wait until all the birthdays are done in November and this year I am going to start from the 26th November. Getting that one present today, as helped me get myself ready and can tick one item on the list, however there is still more to do, so just sitting down and planning is a great way to go over what you really need and stop unnecessary purchases and not over spend. 
  • Only spend what you can and remember the price tag isn’t important as even making a gift can still be truly special and more personal. 
  • Always have a budget and have a list. 
  • If you are stuck on what to buy as gifts then do ask your friends and family, what they will truly want. Don’t be shy about giving gift cards, as sometimes giving a gift card saves you time and gives them a choice of what they want, rather than buying them an item they will later return. 

So I am going to get on with some more bits I need to do before tomorrow as I have another busy week ahead. Not as much as last week, but as life there is always something to do, well in my life there is anyway.

Have a great rest of the weekend people and see you in the blog next week, which will probably be next Sunday. Have a good week ahead.

If you have any more tips about how you plan and get ready for Christmas and birthdays then please leave a comment below, I would love to hear from you. I love sharing tips such as these online, its a great way to spread the word and help others make their lives easier too.

You can keep up to date with all my blogs on this site by following me on WordPress.com and I do have other blog sites too. Please check these out below:

https://www.carriesrealworld.com/

https://theparentingadventuresthebirthofmyson.wordpress.com

https://sportsandfitnesspassion.wordpress.com/

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

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Why I meal plan and how?

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Planning meals is very important to me, I don’t bother with breakfast or lunch, but focus on dinner time, as that what works for me.

Meal planning for me is essential, as we do end up splurging on food that didn’t get used, and that ends up in the bin. So meal planning to me is very important.

I go by first of all what we already have, so that food gets used up and then go on what else we need for the week ahead. I will do a grocery haul soon.

I have created a meal planning printables so go and check them out below.

Meal planner design Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Meal Planner Dinners for the week in blue

I always meal plan from Saturday onwards, as that’s when we do our shopping, but you can create a meal planner of your own and arrange the days that work for you, these are just some ideas and tools if you too wish to meal plan.

I hope you find this useful and helps you with saving money on food.

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Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

A Trip To Southampton

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It was a brilliant new year, one I shall never forget. We traveled to Southampton to see my husband’s parents.

Firstly when we arrived we took my husbands real mum and her husband for a coffee in a place called Woolston. Not that many shops, but there is the Woolston Cafe there and they do a lovely full English Breakfast, or you can have other meals too and a drink.

As you drive through to Southampton you come across the harbour, with many boats. It is a beautiful place and I get goose bumps whenever we drive to Southampton.

Then we went to see my husbands real dad and step mum, who live in a place called Sholing, which has a few shops, but it is mainly houses. It was a lovely surprise to them as we didn’t say that we were coming down on new years eve, and they loved the surprise.

We had a bite to eat there and then went out to a pub called The Juniper Berry where they had Karaoke, at which my father in-law got up and sang a few songs.

Then went round to one of our friends in Southampton place to celebrate the new year and had a few drinks in doors.

Picture of our friends on New Years Eve

The next day we stayed mainly indoors with my husbands dad and step mum, watching some old films. My husband and I did take a little walk up to the shop, but that was all we did do in terms of going out.

On Wednesday we celebrated my husbands dads birthday, and started off in a pub  called the Heartbreakers, which was a nice little pub round the back of town very quiet but very comfortable.

They do a huge range of drinks and I was drinking Symonds Cider.

My husband on the left of this picture in the blue suit and my father in law who was the birthday boy.

In between visiting the Heartbreakers we went round to Christina’s for a bite to eat, they do a whole range of nice food. I had my favourite, scampi and chips, which I know it is not healthy, but when I am on holiday I like to treat myself a little bit.

Then on from Heartbreakers we walked to another pub called The Angel, which had again wasn’t packed so plenty places to sit and we all each put on some music on the jukebox. There were a good variety, plus they had the football on live aswell.

It was a really brilliant evening and good to play some music and have a drink at the same time.

Southampton is great for shopping aswell and they have a great selection if you like me, like shopping in charity shops, aswell high street stores like Primark, Marks and Spencers and Debenhams.

I also love going down to the Quay but not much was open on this day, and none of the big Cruise ships were in, so we didn’t go down there this time.

In any case we still had a fantastic time and I would totally recommend it.

Many thanks for reading

 

Carrie X

 

 

 

My Favourite Christmas Films

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My favourite films at Christmas is You’ve go mail with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, I just love the innocence of the movie and how they finally realise that they already know each other.

Then Mary Poppins, the old version, not the new one that has just been released. I am sorry but you can’t beat the classics and it always brings me such excitement every time I see the film.

My son and I are loving Polar Express at the moment, and we’ve watched twice in two days. I just love the magic of it and my son because he loves trains, loves the film.

I can’t forget the old classic, A Christmas Carol, about Scrooge and is visited by the ghost of Christmas passed and present. I love the old black and white version.

Then there are films like The Snowman, it always brings me goosebumps each year and never grow sick of it.

Groundhog day with Bill Murray, absolutely hilarious and never grow sick of it, it still makes me laugh every time I watch it.

I am looking forward seeing some of these films this Christmas again and again.

So what are your favourite Christmas films? I would love to hear from you.

Merry Christmas Everyone.

 

Carrie X

Celebrating my birthday

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Last weekend I celebrated my 40th birthday. How do I feel?

I feel OK, I not allowing the negative thoughts about it come through, the thoughts of “I haven’t achieved everything I wanted and age and time are catching up with me”,  but I still got time to achieve all that I want, instead.

On the actual day which was last Thursday, I met my mum for lunch, and went to the Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, in Victoria street, London. The food was lovely, I had Pasta Bolognese and my mum had ravioli type dish.

Then Saturday my husband and I went to see Bat Out Of Hell, at the Dominion Theatre.

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It was a really good show. If you like Meat Loaf, whom I have seen in concert you’d like this musical. It is about a young girl called Raven, is kept prisoner by her father who happens to be dictatorial ruler of the city, but she falls in love with Strat.

It includes all the songs you’d recognise from the Bat Out of Hell albums that Meat loaf had done in his passed albums. Real tribute I felt to Meat Loaf and his music.

In the evening we met my family (my mum, step dad, brother and his family) for a meal in Bills, in Wimbledon. Really nice meal, and delicious pudding.

Soon I will be meeting my friends for a birthday drink too, soon.

It was all in all a great weekend and glad I got to celebrate my birthday in style.

I’ll only be 40 once so good to celebrate it.

Have you recently celebrated a birthday, if so let me know, I would love to hear from you.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X