10 Positive Things To Do This Christmas Week #114

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Happy Monday everyone! Here are 10 positive things to do this Christmas week, including some of my favourites featured over the past couple of years.

  • Spend a little time reading all of the Christmas cards you have received and be grateful for all the people in your life.
  • If possible give your home/room a good clean tonight so it is sparkly and tidy for Christmas. Don’t forget a Christmas soundtrack (ideas below)!
  • Check your rubbish/recycling collection times for the Christmas period and recycle anything you can in advance. Tip – give old magazines to friends/family for them to read over the festive break.
  • Go for a walk in your local town and take in all the festivities (try to avoid running errands!) to help you feel more present and in the moment.
  • Pop to the library and pick up a couple of books to read over the holidays.
  • Whilst waiting in shopping queues over the next couple of days, send a few text messages wishing your loved ones a great Christmas.
  • Get the board games out.  Take an hour off and simply concentrate on having some fun with loved ones.
  • Listen to lovely Christmas soundtracks. I love this one from Julia Ogden or this playlist from The Future Kept.
  • Water your plants now incase you forget over Christmas!
  • Go to your local cinema and watch a festive film; we’re playing Miracle on 34th Street (35mm film!) and It’s a Wonderful Life – joy!

Brew up and see my previous 5 Positive Things posts here.

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On Our Travels: London

Here are some more photographs of our time in London the other week while celebrating the OH’s birthday. Travelodge treated us to a stay at the Southwark hotel, which we’ve now discovered is a great location for beavering around London.

We arrived a little early for 3pm check-in but we were able to leave our bags with left luggage for a charity donation of £1 (some Travelodge’s don’t do this). Bags left, we headed straight to a local pub for a birthday drink and then to Tate Modern for some serious Picasso-loving.

Picasso Tate

St Pauls

Yup. That is Yoda on the left.

Christmas markets

Southwark View

Back at the hotel – our view of The Shard!

Travelodge SouthwarkThe room had everything you need for a couple of night’s stay, although there were no drawers to put your bits and bobs in. We got a great night’s sleep on both nights, and didn’t hear a peep from the other rooms or the railway outside. We had breakfast on one of the mornings (not bad, but really busy) so we chose to sleep in the next day and have a late breakfast next door at Carlo’s Kitchen.

London attractions

The London Eye looking magical at night

London Eye Southwark

Nightlife in Waterloo

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skyline

us

Our attempt at a couple selfie.

The old vic

We really wanted to see a play at The Old Vic (only 5 mins from the hotel) but simply couldn’t afford it so we downsized and bought tickets to Sunny Afternoon in the West End. We love the music of the Kinks, but the show was a tad too cheesy for us. We’ll save up for The Old Vic next time!

londonHouses of ParliamentI’m so glad we got to see London together at Christmas time, the whole place looked like a picture post card and I was pointing at everything like a proper nerd.

Where do you recommend visiting during Christmas time?

Disclosure: In collaboration with Travelodge

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Tote of the Week: Allotment Mud by Betty & Walter

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Allotment Mud Tote Bag Via Betty & Walter (£48)

Do you think this tote bag from Betty & Walter can count as part of my five-a-day? No? Oh well.

There are many other reasons why the Allotment Mud Tote is Tote Of The Week! Firstly, its design is inspired by the illustrations from a 60s cookbook (I love old recipe books). Aren’t the vegetable silhouettes charming?

Secondly, next year we’re sharing a greenhouse and allotment with our neighbours so we can officially begin growing our own veg! I have so much to learn but it’s really exciting that we’ll be soon growing our own, with the help of our lovely green-fingered neighbours.

Finally, because Uncle Monty from Withnail and I would highly approve of it, don’t you think?

Happy Friday!

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Christmas Gift Guide 2014 #5

One week to go my friends! One whole week till I neck a couple of glasses of Bucks Fizz for breakfast and prance around the living room to Fairytale of New York. I’m a classy bird.

There’s still time to buy gifts online and in the shops, and plenty of time to wrap them beautifully too. So ignore all the smug folk who bought everything last summer and have a gander at this week’s finery from Boden, Howkapow, Gap and lots more!

christmas gift guide

From left to right: Orla Kiely Mug (£8.50) from Dotmaison | Cushion Cover (£4) from Ikea |Leather Loafers (£21) from Boden | Earrings (£12) from Howkapow | Kate Spade Pencil Case (£12.99) from Gap | Festive Jumper (£49.95) from Joules | Mulled Wine (£4.85) from Ikea | Set of 3 Pens (£6) from Paperchase

Check out my other gift guides for more seasonal inspiration!

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At Home: Christmas, Home and Port

Can you believe it’s almost a week till Christmas? Seriously, let’s all stop and think about that for a second. I know, right?!

The week before Christmas is always my favourite part of the festive season as it’s full of gatherings with friends and family, and nights in front of the fire wrapping gifts and eating mince pies. I’m a little bit behind with my to do list but seeing everyone with a festive skip in their step is enough to keep me going with a smile on my face. Here’s lots of lovely things that are making me happy right now!

christmas tree

Firstly, the presents under the Christmas tree. I’ve made a start wrapping gifts for the OH (before he finds them!) but I’m going to do the rest this week with mulled wine and The Muppet Christmas Carol for company. Ah, there’s no finer sight than presents under a tree.

guest room

If you ignore all the empty cardboard boxes behind me in this photograph, the spare room is almost complete!

This room has been a dumping ground for the past three months so when Mattress Next Day contacted me to see if I wanted to review a mattress it felt like the right time to begin sorting the room out. I was sent a Silentnight Memory 3 Zone mattress and at the same time I bought a bed frame from them as they had a great selection of affordable frames. As the title of the brand suggests, they provide next day delivery too, plus we managed to get free delivery.

why hello

The mattress is really comfy (jealous it doesn’t fit our king size bed upstairs!) so I’m hoping our first guest will get a decent night’s kip, a big step up from the couch we used to offer in our last home!

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A new diary! I love shopping for a new diary, and this year I kept it simple and neutral with this beauty from Paperchase. I may have added a new polka dot pen to my shopping basket too. Oops.

port

Now we have a drinks cupboard (I’m officially a grown up) we’ve decided to use the a proper decanter that the OH was left from his grandad. Its contents? Porty port port, of course. Paired with a good cd or record and I’m in heaven.

mince pies

Hurrah for festive bakes! I’m not going to lie, last week was one of the hardest week’s I’ve had in a very long time. So when Sunday came around, I chose to make some Christmassy treats to help me relax. Mince pies, ginger shortbread and a batch of limoncello did wonders for my sanity!

french bedroom companyPauline’s Pretty Throw and Ombre Quilted Cushion c/o The French Bedroom Company

Another Sunday activity was watching Sense and Sensibility (Emma Thompson’s final scene gets me every time!) with my new my mink throw and ombre cushion. The throw and cushion are from The French Bedroom Company, and they’ve been living on our sofa ever since; they’re a cosy and comfy pair!

Throws

The neutral colours are pretty calming too, exactly what our lounge needs to distract from all the Christmas decorations! Yes, that’s more port. Hiccup.

fire

Fire! We’ve had lots of problems with our chimney, but finely we have lift-off! Our open fire is one of my favourite things about the house and I’m so, so happy we can now use it. Just in time for Christmas – joy!

Are you counting the days till Christmas and having a break?

 

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5 Positive Things To Do This Week #113

mince pies

  • Add floral and festive joy to your computer with this Poinsettia desktop wallpaper from Design Love Fest.
  • Give any leftover festive bakes to your neighbours…I always bake far too much for just the two of us.
  • Feed the birds. Here’s 10 lovely bird feeders and houses for inspiration!
  • Take it very easy on the roads this week – everyone is in manic Christmas mode.
  • Tell the one’s you love how much you love them. Soppy, yes. But very, very important.

Brew up and see my previous 5 Positive Things To Do posts here.

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