Christmas wish list
Everyone has a Christmas wish list of coveted products that they want Santa to leave under their tree. This year I am not as excited about Christmas as I usually am, I am not sure why. This year has been a hard year; it feels like prices have shot through the roof and we are definitively having to watch the pounds more closely.
I am grateful that I have all of my children’s presents sorted out, as long as they have a good time, I am happy. However, my money has not stretched as far as it has in previous years, looking at what I have got, I feel like I should have more to show for it. I am sinking into the trap of comparing myself to other parents with the presents stacked high, I know I should not give in to parental competition but it is so easy.
Due to this feeling of indifference to the festive season, my wish list of products is small compared to last year. These are items that I would like under my tree, but I will not be devastated if I do not get them. Having looked long and hard at my lifestyle this year, I have come to realise that I do not need many things to keep me happy. Also, you will notice a distinct lack of makeup items on here; that is deliberate, I will use up my collection before I purchase new items.
An elephant necklace
Elephants are my spirit animal. They are strong, dependable, majestic and also can be determined. Ever since I was a teenager and my mum started collecting elephant statues, I have been obsessed. I have many elephant statues around the house, along with Buddha statues and every time I see one I like, I will buy it and find somewhere to place it in the house.
I already have an elephant necklace that I featured in one of my posts. However, this necklace is too long to wear on an everyday basis. I would like a smaller, silver necklace similar to this one on Amazon. I love the origami design, it makes it unusual.
I have just recently rediscovered the trend of wearing a dress over leggings. I used to be into jeans/jeggings with a top and long shirt. However, I have discovered that a dress with leggings is both comfortable and makes me look much smarter than if I wear jeans and a top.
I have also found that it is often more comfortable to wear a jersey dress than wearing a t-shirt and jeans as they cover the parts I am most self-conscious about which are my stomach and legs. I will not worry about whether my top will rise up and show the effects of two babies and lots of takeaways and chocolate.
I have seen a few dresses I like currently, which I will list below:
A new Vacuum cleaner
You could argue that this is a present for the home and not for me but I am seriously tempted to look into getting a new Vacuum cleaner. Having discovered Mrs Hinch’s home on Instagram, I have caught the cleaning bug and have made it a mission to keep on top of the housework. When my house is clean and tidier, my mind feels much better. This is opposed to the claustrophobic feeling I get when the house is a mess.
Having spent some time focusing on the housework, I have realised that a cordless stick Vacuum cleaner would suit our household better. The Vacuum we have at present is annoying, the cable is too short, it is hard to do the upstairs and stairs as it is quite heavy. Also, it does not pick up as much as I would like.
When looking at a Vacuum, Shark are at the top of the list.. Currently, Shark is the big name in Vacuum cleaners and they are expensive. I see getting a new vacuum cleaner as an investment, like a TV, you will have it a while. If I buy one then I might as well get a decent one; I will just use the money I would have spent on makeup and that should cover it.
Wilde About The Girl kindle book
I have been following Louise Pentland, AKA Sprinkle of Glitter, for years now. I read her first book Wilde Like Me over the summer and I loved it. It is the first book in a long while that has grabbed me enough to keep reading it. I am not a big reader anymore; when I was a child/teen I would read every day and devour books. Now, I am lucky if I can concentrate on reading a book due to my job as a teacher, my brain is too overloaded to handle a book.
I was surprised how easy I found this book to read, perhaps it is because I am familiar with Louise’s tone and personality. It is true that peoples personalities show in their writing, it felt like I was just like listening to one of her videos, it put me at ease.
I did purchase the audio version too so with the book so I could listen when I was not in the mood to read and read if I so wished. This made it so much easier for me to access the book. If I purchase the Kindle version of her second book, I will definitely add the audio version to it. I look forward to settling down and reading this in the new year when all the chaos of Christmas has blown over. This is a great way of practising self-care and it will hopefully help me beat the winter blues that can creep up on you.
Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
When I looked at books on mindfulness, this book was suggested. Having already bought and read Mark Williams ‘Life In A Frantic World’, I wanted to read more. This book intrigues me because it is about the author’s real experiences in dealing with a world that is none stop. I will let the book’s blurb speak for itself.
THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
The world is messing with our minds.
Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected, yet feel more alone. And we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index.
– How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad?
– How do we stay human in a technological world?
– How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious?
After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig. And he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him. Notes on a Nervous Planet is a personal and vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the twenty-first century.
Scribbles That Matter Dotted Bullet Journal
As you might be aware, I bullet journal. I use my bullet journal to creatively plan my life and document things like gratitude and events with the children. I also use my bullet journal as an artistic outlet and feed my creative side.
Scribbles that Matter are hailed as the ultimate brand of bullet journal, with many people on bullet journal groups raving about them. Compared to the bullet journals I have been using previous, these ones are twice as expensive but I hope that they are stronger and have better quality paper.
Tombow Dual Brush Pens
These are to accompany my bullet journal. I have been looking at these for a while, however, they are on the expensive side for coloured pens considering I already have some water-based brush pens from years ago. I used to be a crafter, but I stopped when the kids were born; my current brush pens are six years old and the nibs are not suitable for my needs.
I know that Tombow brush pens are great for bullet journaling for two reasons. Firstly everyone on the bullet journaling groups swears by them. Secondly, I bought a black one and have been trying it out and I love them. I hope to get myself a few sets which will mean I have the ability to do more brush script handwriting in my journal.
Pen slot holder
Once you become addicted to bullet journaling, you soon start developing a large collection of different pens and pencils. I like to keep all of my journaling stuff downstairs in my living room so I can journal while I watch TV. However, I am tired of having three different pencil cases and not having my pens easily accessible.
A pen organiser would be the perfect solution for my problems. I can store all of my pens in one handy place and they are all neat and tidy. I will also be able to keep my pens and pencils in the same place and also store sticker sheets inside the pen organiser if I so wish.
What are you wishing for this Christmas? Are there any particular things you want Santa to pop under your tree? As always, let me know what you think in the comments below.
Ciao for now beauties xx