Looking Forward To….

Hope you enjoyed your weekend. Over the weekend we attended a friend’s birthday party with my husband , it was a good chance for us to catch up with some friends that we hadn’t seen in a while. We also visited  family  and enjoyed an  Italian meal of homemade Picci (Homemade rolled Italian pasta) with ragu. Its eight days to Christmas ….I am almost done with my christmas exchange gifts and  super excited about our upcoming  trip to Spain. Looking forward to sharing photos when we get back.  Here are a some interesting things i came across around the net, thought i would share with you.

Very adorable Christmas greetings from this family.

This heartwarming gesture from Airline to Passengers.

Cute boy struggling to get hug. Here 

Movie treat: Hunger Games Catching Fire.

For the foodies : Baked Sweet Potato Sticks

Did you know that Frozen smoke is  the best insulator in existence.

Food for thought.

How did you spend your weekend ? What are you looking forward to..?

Big hug from me.

 

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Christmas Playlist

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Christmas is around the corner and i can’t help but share with you guys my selection of wintery songs.

Folk Angel-Angels we have heard  on High

Rascal Flatts-I’ll be home for Christmas

Diana Krall -Let it Snow

Brooke Fraser – Angels We have heard on high

Michel Bublè-Santa Claus is Coming To Town

Jason Mraz-Winter Wonderland

Burl Ives-Holly Jolly Christmas

 Michael Buble – I’ll Be Home For Christmas.

Hillsong- Born Is The King (Its Christmas)

Martina McBride – Silver Bells

Micheal W.Smith- Christmas Day

Clara Chung – It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.

Josh Groban-Noel ( Full Album)

Do you have some favourites on this list.  When do you start listening to Christmas music ?

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Are you dreading Christmas?

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Christmas season is definately a time of happiness, a season to be celebrated and enjoyed. When i think about  Christmas i love remembering what it felt like as a child , having amazing lunch with my parents and brothers and sitting at the table for hours chatting and laughing, putting up the christmas tree and the sound of christmas songs on christmas morning as we got ready for church.

Last week i spoke to a dear friend of mine who shared with me her dread and dislike of the holidays. She felt like this season comes along with so much stress and expectations. And refelecting on our conversation  i realise that as so many celebrate the holidays many cant wait for them to end.

Why is it that this season that is meant to be filled with joy, peace, happiness instead brings feelings of sadness and loneliness for others?

May be you lost loved one around the festive season and from that time on christmas and all other holidays make you sad and depressed. Maybe you are a single parent, divorced with kids and as much as you are doing your best for your children, you still feel that holidays will never be the same.Maybe you are dreading buying gifts or you hate receiving gifts !! May be you are dreading  the big family gatherings with relatives that you haven’t spoken to for the past year.

There are so many reasons why this season carries feelings of dread for alot of people. All the planning and organising  towards christmas ,buying and wrapping gifts does get overwhelming. And at the end of it all you just want the new  year to be here already. How do you address dreading the holidays? This year  lets refocus our approach to Christmas. Here are a few pointers that i shared with my friend hopefully these will help bring back the christmas joy and spirit back for you ;Lets get back to the basics..to the simple things.

Let us create time for family experiences. Christmas is not just about getting and giving gifts. Do not go in debt just so you can get a gift for everyone on your long gift lift. How about making or creating a thoughtful gift instead of buying one. That will take some pressure off . A secret Santa exchange is also another fun way to avoid spending so much on gifts. Instead of everyone giving a gift to everyone, simply draw names  and have each person give a single gift to another person. Read here for another frugal gift exchange idea.

Acknowledge anyone that is missing maybe through sharing a story or you can decide as a family before hand how you would like to do it.Maybe making an ornament in their honor and putting it  in the christmas tree.Yes there will be some sadness but the richness of loving memories will bring some warmth into christmas.

Make a donation to a charity or do something for the less fortunate around you.Let this season be an opportunity for you to engage in loving kindness and generosity to others around you.Many people in our communities are suffering with no food, no job,no shelter and the holidays magnify these bad situtations. Look out for these people and offer a helping hand.

Gratitude. Count your blessings and think about the things that you do have other than what you dont have. Yes you might have had the worst year ever but you are still alive , you are healthy,that is reason enough for you to be grateful. Gratitude is reminder that one can always fins areason to be happy.

Do what makes you happy. Break free from all the expectations that people might have of you or that you might have of yourself during this season. You don’t have to decorate with red and green if you dont want  to, or feel pressured to put  up a christmas tree  at the end of the day do what pleases you and what makes you happy. Celebrate this holiday in your own way.

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Homemade Bath And Beauty Christmas Gift Ideas.

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Homemade bath and beauty christmas gift ideas  can make perfect gifts this christmas. There are so many free bath and beauty recipes out there it can make your head spin. I managed to round up some that I thought might be easy and fun to make.  I think any of these would make an awesome homemade gift.

How to make Bath Snowballs~ Great holiday gift idea!tvs6212.jpghomemade sugar scrub rosemary mint and printable card

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Quick Bread In a Jar

Pamper Yourself Jars

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SOURCE : Bath Bombs via One Good Thing, Bath Snow Balls via Martha Stewart, Bath Salts via Martha Stewart, Rosemary mint sugar scrub, Chocolate Chip Oatmeal  Quick BreadPamper Yourself Gift Set via Plum Adorable, Spa In A Jar via So Shelli Blog, Homemade Sugar Scrub via Maybe Matilda,  Honey brown sugar scrub from A Pumpkin and aPrincess, Coconut and Rose Body Scrub via Craft Berry Juice

Happy Crafting.

Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas For Him.

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I think alot of ladies can agree with me when i say it is hard to find the perfect gift for the men in our lives. Now that  christmas is almost here i have made a round up of homemade christmas gift ideas that will warm your dad, brother or husband’s heart ; Simply because you made it with love and the thought will count more than anything in the world.   These are all unique and beautiful gifts that you can make with items which you probably already have in the house hence making it cost effective. So lets get started.

DIY Monogrammed mug via designmom

Monogrammed Mug via DesignMom

Eye Glasses Case

Roll Up Tool Organiser

You Are Loved Plate

Lego Cuff Links

Mustache Mug Via The Tortoise and the Hare

Just Because I Love You Book

30 Dates for 20 Dollars 

Skinny tie DIY

Skinny Tie

Iphone Case Cross Stitch via Purl Bee

Rosemary Mint Shaving Cream

Personalized Cork Coasters

Personalised Coasters via Martha Stewart

Home is Wherever I’m With You via Dating Divas

Christmas Chai

Chai Tea Via Easy Peasy Organic

Fleece Lined Throw

Choo Choo Train Shirt via Repeat Crafter Me

Music CD Via Mormon Mama on a Mission

Diy cord organiser

David's Homemade Nutella

Home made Nutella

Stamped Initial Cuff Links

Hooked on You via The Dating Divas

Travel Map via Design Sponge

Share in the comments below if you have any other christmas gift ideas for men. Which of these was your favourite?.

Happy Crafting.