Speaking from personal experience, it is really easy to over spend or go over the top when it comes to buying presents for others. If you’re anything like me, and pick things up all through the year when I see them, the loft becomes a great hiding place but it always means I tend to forget what I’ve already bought. This means I end up with more presents than I need and spending more money than I should have. With Christmas in less than 100 days it’s really time to start thinking about ways to save money for Christmas so
It might only be September but the shops are already starting to get their Christmas ranges in and I have already seen things like Christmas puddings and mince pies in Sainsbury’s. Although I plan for Christmas all year round, thanks to having a NYD baby, I was honestly, I was a bit shocked when I saw the Christmas things in the shop as I haven’t even really see Halloween items anywhere yet. The thing is, there is always a spike in burglaries around Christmas so it’s never too early to think about ways to keep you and your home safe!
Up until this year I don’t think I’ve ever really felt the post Christmas blues. Life has always just gone on and with the exception of 2016, I have always been working over the holiday season. This is my first full year of being self-employed and I had a lovely couple of weeks off over Christmas. We had family staying for Christmas and a fantastic New Year and 2nd birthday for Erin but I hated John going back to work on 2nd January. Before Christmas we had my sister staying with us so it had been quite a long time since it
In any normal family with children you know that you’re going to end up with way more toys than you have room for. We’re lucky to have a fairly nice sized house, not massive by any means but probably bigger than we really need. However, when your child’s birthday is on New Year’s Day, you end up with a crazy amount of toys in a very short space of time. Although I cleared out some before we still needed a post Christmas toy cull! Erin received some wonderful toys as presents this year for both her birthday and Christmas and
This Christmas just gone was fantastic and for me, it was one of the best I have had in years. Well, best is probably not the right word because this last Christmas has been very different from the others we have had recently. Instead of it being just me, John and Erin we had my mum, sister and her fiance to stay for about a week. This meant having 5 adults and 1 toddler in the house with a lot of excitement going on. After it was all over, I was really looking forward to the post Christmas clean. Now,
I don’t know about you but when it comes to Christmas, I hate having the decorations up afterwards. I would quite happily take everything down on Boxing Day or 27th December and be done with it. John has changed his mind from year to year depending on what we have had going on. Taking the Christmas decorations down is something I would really rather do sooner than later. I honestly don’t mind putting the Christmas decorations up right at the beginning of December. In fact, I love putting the Christmas decorations up as soon as I can. I think it helps
For years we had a tradition in our family that we would go out for a meal on Christmas Eve instead of having Christmas dinner! This meant we could focus our time on younger members of the family rather than someone being in the kitchen all day cooking. We don’t really get to do that any more though as my Mum lives 6 hours away and my sister… well, she’s in between places at the moment and currently lives with us. We haven’t spent a Christmas together as a whole family for years but this year is different. This year,
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are now relaxing a little bit to get over the madness! We had a wonderful family Christmas and was lucky enough to have my Mum, sister and BIL staying for a few days. It’s the first one we have all spent together in quite some time and even more special because Erin was so excited this year and really started to understand what was going on. Apart from Erin, we were all up at about 6:30 on Christmas Day and we had about an hour’s wait until she woke up. I