Blogmas Day 12

Blogmas Update – Halfway Point!

How is it the 12th of December already?!  We are halfway into Blogmas and I still don’t feel very festive!  I am in a lot of pain today but I’m super pleased with myself for getting halfway through the challenge.  Whilst this post isn’t very stationery related, I wanted to share a few of my thoughts today.

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Christmas Gifts for the Busy B

The other day, I did a blog post featuring a few of my favourite products from Busy B to help you organise your Christmas.  As a result, I spent a lot of time on the website.  And I ended up finding tons of products I think would make great gifts.  So today’s post will look at good Christmas gifts for the Busy B in your life.  I’ve categorised them into small areas, most of which are areas that I love or need in my life.  You don’t have to stick to those categories, they are just the ones that I am personally drawn to.  Essentially most of these gifts are things I personally would love to get (or already own and adore!) so you know…  It’s a selection of things I would like?

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The Christmas Tag

The Christmas Tag is making its way around and it looked like a lot of fun so I wanted to do it today.  As luck would have it, the lovely Natalie nominated me!  Check out her lovely post here.  It’s definitely perfect timing so I had to jump at the chance to do it for today’s post.  I feel like it’s a good way to get into the festive spirit – and I definitely need some of that right now!  Because, for some reason, it doesn’t feel like Christmas yet!

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Handmade Holiday Cards featuring The Greeting Farm

Cardmaking is something I really enjoy but don’t always have time to do.  I’ve made it a point to try and actively make cards for Christmas every year.  Most times I manage to make a few but not enough.  This year, I’m making loads so I hopefully will have enough for everyone.  For example, just for today’s post, I’ve made 15-16 cards (though I’ve already posted a few of them to loved ones).  These cards are all very simple to do but a little time consuming.  It’s a great task to do whilst sitting in front of the TV.  Today’s cards are handmade holiday cards featuring The Greeting Farm stamps.  They are really simple and easy to recreate so definitely one that you could do with children too!

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Christmas Stationery Sales

Christmas is a season of giving.  It’s probably also the season to spend far too much money.  Since we have budgets to stick to, it’s a great time to look around for some bargains.  A few stationery companies I love are hosting giveaways or sales.  So I thought I’d compile a list of them so you can take advantage of them!

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Blogmas Day 12

A Year of Notes to Yourself

Today has been a very “mental health” day for me.  This essentially means that I actually took time to think or talk about mental health problems or wellbeing.  It means, I spent a lot of time focusing on my own mental health today.  “Mental Health” days are really important I think.  You don’t have to go out of your way to do something.  It’s more about pausing for a moment and reflecting.  How’s your mental health recently?  Have you been looking after it?  Is there anything you can do to improve it?  Sometimes I think we forget to do this.  Physical health is usually easier to recognise, simply because if you’re in pain then you’ll know.  Although, it’s a bit like checking for any lumps or bumps or going for regular check ups.  I think mental health is something that’s easily neglected.

So today, upon reflection, I’ve decided to try and write some little notes full of love to myself.  I’m hoping to spend the next year filling a jar with things that matter.  Then, at the end of next year, pull them out and read them.  Alternatively, if I go through a rough period or have a low day, grab a few to read.  It will be full of happy memories, good thoughts, gratitude and lots of love.

I really wanted to address this today because I think we often forget about ourselves in the holidays.  Sometimes we get so busy trying to please others, buying them the perfect gifts or worrying about money that we just forget to pause for a moment.  Christmas is one of my favourite holidays but it’s not always easy.  It comes with financial concerns, stress, a mad rush, pressure and sometimes also loneliness.  It’s definitely not easy – especially when everyone around you might seem like they are having a great time.  I don’t have much advice in how to make Christmas better if you experience any of those things.  However, one thing I can always promote is self-care.  This is one way of helping your future days be a bit happier, I think.

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Christmas at Busy B (+ 25% Discount)

I was kindly sent over an exclusive discount of 25% by Busy B to share with my readers.  As it’s a brand I adore, I pretty much want everything they sell.  I mean, I even checked out their wedding and baby ranges and I’m not getting married or having a baby any time soon!  Everything they sell is super cute and really functional – which I love.  I’ll definitely be raving about their products in more posts to come, if I’m honest.  However, today, I wanted to feature their Christmas range and show you some of the products you might want to get your hands on.  These are products that will help make Christmas a bit easier, more organised and a bit more special I think!  (If you’re here just for the discount code, scroll to the bottom!).  So let’s check out Christmas at Busy B.

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Getting Organised this Christmas

I can’t believe it’s December already, I definitely am not ready for Christmas… are you?  We’re only a few weeks away!  It’s prime time to get organised for Christmas – otherwise nothing will be done!  I’ve brought the odd thing or two, almost got all of the ideas for gifts sorted.  But if you’re like me, you may also be really behind with this year’s Christmas planning!  I did a bit of a search to find some products to inspire me to get organised.  More importantly, organised quickly – as there isn’t much time left.  I found a few products that I wanted to share today and came up with three different options for you to get into your Christmas planning.  Let me know if you find any of them useful too.

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Mrs Brimble’s Jingle and Mingle

I’ll be honest, my favourite kind of events to go to these days are – without a doubt – the stationery, planners and craft events.   They are amazing.  It’s a room (or several rooms) full of likeminded people who all just want to talk stationery or get crafty.  Everyone you meet is so generous and kind.  People swap their unused products with each other.  They share their washi or sticker collection.  I’ve met a lot of amazing people from these events.  The minute the event finishes, I already start looking forward to the next one.  Yesterday, I went to an event just like this – Jingle and Mingle.  It was a small casual style event, which makes it really relaxing and really good fun.

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Handmade Christmas Gift Guide (Under £30)

I’m a huge fan of shopping small, independent or handmade.  Christmas is no exception.  I do shop from big retailers or brands, don’t get me wrong.  But I make the conscious effort to try and shop small and support these small handmade businesses.  Rather than lining the pockets of already rich people, you actually help support small businesses to grow and help people achieve their dreams.  So I thought I would dedicate a meaningful Christmas Gift Guide to this cause.  Here’s a list of a few of my top choices for a Handmade Christmas Gift guide this year – all of which are under £30.  What better place to shop handmade than Etsy?

I’ve browsed through Etsy stores and found 10 products that stood out to me.  These were chosen because they are all meaningful to me in some way.  I love using stationery in a positive way in my life.  Writing letters to loved ones, journaling (which is a good for my mental health and self-care routine), crafting or just being inspired by beautiful artwork or motivational quotes.  I decided to choose products that range in value but all of them are under £30 each, as it’s just a little better for the budget at this time.  I will be sharing more expensive items in another post later.  So I think you should be able to find something for any stationery lover!

Whether it’s the main gift or a stocking filler, there’s things for everyone.  Be sure to also check out the individual stores, as they all have tons of other great products.  Since these are handmade products, most will be made in limited quantities or made to order so be sure to order early and check the individual shop’s policies to make sure they’ll arrive by Christmas. Continue reading “Handmade Christmas Gift Guide (Under £30)”