In this week's festive blog post I want to share my Christmas top picks with you . This post contains a little bit of everything, from my top three Christmas cookies to my top three stores to buy stocking-fillers from. This post is an all-encompassing festive explosion – enjoy!
The run-up to Christmas has to be one of my favourite times of the year. Ever since I can remember, I've thoroughly enjoyed everything to do with this holiday from decorating our tree to picking out the most tacky Christmas jumper. To me Christmas is more than just receiving and buying gifts, it's a time to reconnect with family and friends. I usually spend the whole month surrounded by my close family and friends and I LOVE it. Living in Dubai, I don't get to see my extended family very often; each winter I head back to London and the best part of my trip is spending time with everyone and getting into the festive mood.
Hearing advice about the first day of school and how to stay on top of school work is useful, but after a while it gets repetitive! I'll admit, I shared my own back to school advice in a previous blog post, but I think this post will be useful to a lot more of you. We all know how to stay organized and prepare for the first day back at school, but sometimes we need a little more... I really don't like seeing the summer come to an end, and I always make an extra special effort to do things that I love in September to make the whole transition back to school (or back to work, for some of you) a little less sad. I do things like making sure I get an early night, lighting my best smelling candle, and listening to my favorite music while taking a bath (sometimes I even whip out the Christmas music to cheer myself up if I've had a really hard day). It's these little things that I do each day that I can look forward to after a draining day at school (I know that sounds a little dramatic, but school is hard!) that make the back to school season a little more bearable. That's why I want to encourage all of you to have one thing planned for each day this September that will make you happy - a little treat that you can look forward to at the end of each day.
I’m sure the idea of environmental protection is not distant to you; our feeds seem to be filled with articles, photos, and videos regarding environmental protection, as awareness is spreading. We feel good if we follow an account who claims they create a product from recycled materials, but do we really know why they do this? Why it's so important that we recycle? That we save water? Electricity? For most people, the answer is no. We feel fulfilled enough with the little scraps of information we get from the headlines about climate change and rising sea levels, but we don’t really know how this will impact us, and we don’t bother to do anything because we feel like we can’t make a difference. So we continue to live in our naive bubble, telling ourselves that we’re doing enough by watching others tackle environmental problems when all around us the earth is changing, and we can’t undo that change.
Have you ever had one of those days where it just feels like everything is going wrong? Or where all you want to do is go home and curl up in your bed? Yup, we've all had those days. It sometimes comes from stress, fatigue, or just certain circumstances. I've recently been having some of those days, where one thing goes wrong and then everything else just cascades into a downward, stressful, overwhelming spiral, and it's so hard to pull yourself out of it. For me, it's because of stress, it's a really busy time of year for me at the moment, but I've managed to come up with four tips that can fix any bad day for me.