Merry Christmas from ClaireySweetie | Blogmas Day 24

Hey Sweeties,

So here we are, the final day of blogmas -how fast did that go eh?

Have I enjoyed blogmas this year? Well yes and no. I had the whole schedule of content ready to go at the beginning of the month, and I managed to get a lot of the photography I needed early on as well as some of the posts written… but I still ended up missing a day and some of my ideas for posts, didn’t quite go into fruition. That being said, I am pleased with the content I did manage to produce and it’s been amazing to see more people following; I haven’t quite hit my follower goals, but I’m close.

Do I think blogmas is something to do again? I mean, a lot can happen between now and next December but at this moment in time, I think not… but I won’t be alone. Asides from managing to watch Zoella’s vlogs during my lunchtime, all my spare time otherwise has been either at work, or spent preparing my own content. If we’re all participating in blogmas, it’s totally understandable as to why people just haven’t had the time to consume other peoples content; that’s a lot of work for not a huge amount of return. So we’ll see.

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So all that’s left for me to say my Sweeties is this – I wish you and your families, a very Merry Christmas.

Until next time x

P.S. Remember my Christmas/3rd Blogaversary giveaway is still happening until the 31st -to see what’s included and to enter, click here.

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What’s Inside my Marks & Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar | Blogmas Day 23

Hey Sweeties,

For today’s post I thought it apt to review the Marks & Spencer beauty advent calendar that I treated myself to when it went on sale towards the end of November.

I don’t know about you, but this year it really does seem we’re all (and I do literally mean everybody) a bit obsessed by advent calendars, even my husband picked up on it just based on his Facebook feed. I also thought I was going to have to settle for just a simple chocolate one this year as I just wasn’t on it enough to get any of the beauty advent calendars that sold out before they even went on sale. I also draw the line at things like that which the hype out does the thing itself; I mean, beauty advent calendars are nice, but they’re not the be all and end all are they? Unless it’s something super super worth having that has only a limited availability (like the Glossy Box collaboration with NARS released last November –here– then totally understandable).

However, that all being said, when I learnt that I hadn’t missed out on getting the Marks & Spencer beauty advent calendar, I did feel it was worth it based on its cost (£35 when purchased with £35 worth of M&S shopping) and the value of the gifts inside (£250).

Marks & Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar

 

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Pretty Lights & Windows – Christmas in London | Blogmas Day 20

Hey Sweeties,

Can you tell me something that is more festive than walking through a city (in this case London), on a crisp winters day looking at Christmas lights and window displays? Of course not! We can’t always do it every year but when we can, my husband and I love to take a day out together during December to take a trip to London to look at the Christmas lights and window displays.

Christmas in London

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Hey, it’s Okay: The Christmas Edition – 5 Un-Festive Thoughts it’s Okay to Feel | Blogmas Day 9

Hey Sweeties,

When I say, “5 un-festive thoughts to feel” to be sure, this isn’t me going against my promise of being more festive and excited for Christmas this year (see my post, why so anti), I totally am but I think there are a few assumptions about this time of year, that some people are too afraid to go against and think differently about. It’s a bit like my feelings towards autumn, it’s a very pretty season but I hate that it gets dark at like, 4pm. Christmas is the same, I love how it brings people together, but I hate the pressure to spend and be extravagant. You guys know how I like to keep things real around here and cut through the fluff so here goes –

Festive M&S Christmas jumper

To feel it unnecessary to buy gifts for the sake of it –buy spontaneously throughout the year instead-

Christmas isn’t all about gifts, but it’s easy to forget this when you’re out shopping getting stressed about what you could possibly get for your brother’s girlfriend’s cousin twice removed who you never EVER see! As you get older, time with family is the most priceless and important thing Christmas brings so concentrate on having a really enjoyable day with good food and conversation.

To opt out of the annual post lunch game of Trivial Pursuit-

Worst. Game. Ever.

Festive M&S Christmas jumper

Christmas Jumper from Marks & Spencer

To buy all of your gifts in January – 

Seriously, do. If you are going to splurge (& it’s okay to do so if it’s important to you), write out some IOU’s in a card to your loved ones so they still have something to open on the day, and purchase presents in the sales after Christmas; it’s cheaper and allows for that festive feeling to last a little longer. My husband and I have already agreed that we are not allowed to buy each other anything before Christmas; we’ll dedicate a day to spend together hitting the shops after Christmas Day. It’s totally not about being a cheapskate, I for one can no longer stomach buying things that get slashed in price a few days or weeks later and it often means you get more for your money.

Festive M&S Christmas jumper

Eat!

I know in the past, in my efforts to not put on weight or give in to treats, I have missed out on enjoying Christmas for what it’s really all about –food! That tin of Quality Street doing the rounds in the office? Take two! More than one chocolate filled advent calendar? Do it! Mince pies? YES! … I mean, don’t go mad but life is far too short to deny yourself treats when it counts; January is all about hitting the gym hard and you’ll see better results if you actually have something to work off!

And finally…

Festive M&S Christmas jumper

Therapy handbag Purse

Handbag purse from Therapy @ House of Fraser

To ask yourself if all this festivity is a lot of effort for something that goes by so quickly –

It is, but if being festive, decorating your home, making that extra effort to see friends and family, buying gifts and treating yourself to a treat or two makes you happy… then it’s 100% worth it and 100% okay!

Merry Christmas everybody!

What are some of the things about Christmas that you’re too afraid to say out loud? Come on people, it’s a safe space here 😉

Remember to enter my giveaway! To see what’s included and to enter, click here.

Until tomorrow x

 

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My Pinterest Ideas for Decorating your Home at Christmas | Blogmas Day 4

Hey Sweeties,

I don’t know about you, but I have sensed a real want for everyone to get festive this year. Maybe I have just channelled into this more this year in my effort to be more enthusiastic about Christmas (see my post, why so anti?), but November seems to have taken ages to get through before people can get the Christmas bedding on, decorations out and Christmas tunes on. Although things can’t truly kick off until December, I have still been busily pinning images for some festive inspiration to a dedicated Pinterest board.

I’ll be totally honest with you, I love having a Christmas tree, but it’s such a faff to get out, assemble and put away again a few weeks later –this isn’t me being Scrooge like, it is a faff. However, this year (and for those foreseeable), I can’t get my tree out, even if I wanted to. Why? Well unfortunately my beautiful bunny Lola (remember her here), sadly passed away earlier this year and despite that event completely breaking my heart, I did take delivery of a new member of the family over the summer. She –Winifred (@bunny_wini)- while still an indoor bunny, will be a lot bigger than Lola and therefore I needed to increase the size of the cage. Therefore, there is now simply not enough room for a tree… and let’s be honest, I’m not sure I trust Wini around one anyway, ha! So, I need to look for other ways to bring Christmas into my home and Pinterest is the perfect starting point.

Here are some of my favourite ideas from Pinterest so far –

Pinterest ideas for Christmas

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