SOME TIPS TO EASE THE STRESS OF PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS PART 4

Into the finals days before Christmas. For many it will be a very busy few days, finishing off any shopping and doing the final preparation for gatherings and the big day. Take a break and bring the magic of Christmas into your family’s life. Take a stroll around your neighbouring and check out the lights. Children (and big kids) get mesmerised. It is another thing to do as a family, but it will also gives you a chance to say hello to your neighbours. If working, bring treats to staff at work with a nice note. Another way to make time with the family is to prepare some hot cocoa and some popcorn. Then tell everyone to get their PJs on and watch a Christmas movie. Nothing nicer than to get in

SOME TIPS TO EASE THE STRESS OF PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS PART 3

Want something nice to do with the kids? Why not make gingerbread men or a gingerbread house. It is a great way to show the kids how to bake and be creative with their icing. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it is always fun. And if you are not the baking type, there are kits available at supermarkets and speciality food stores, that have the gingerbread pieces already made. All you have to do is ice. This is what we made two years ago. The kids were very proud of themselves as it didn't fall apart. Then maybe give it as a gift. Other things you can make are sweet treats or cakes, like Almond bread. I have been making this simple recipe with great success. It is so easy to make and it is i

SOME TIPS TO EASE THE STRESS OF PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS PART 2

If you are organised you will have sent off your Christmas cards already, but for the few of us that haven’t got around to it, maybe consider emailing or messaging. It is far more eco-friendly by saving on cards. Also, it means they get the message on time as there is only 7 days to go. What you need to do, is personalise the message. Add some photos, talk about the year that has past and what it means to have them in your life. Often messages like this have more meaning. However, you will have a few people that don’t have email or messaging services, then print off the same message and mail it. It may arrive late, but it is better than not sending one at all. Be creative while sending lovel

SOME TIPS TO EASE THE STRESS OF PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS

Can you believe Christmas nearly here? Where has the year gone? I love this time of year because it means spending time with the family and friends, getting away from routine, relaxing and enjoying nice food. However, I know for some it can be very stressful, with many people feeling overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done. But Christmas should be about having fun. So, I decided to give you a helping hand to make Christmas a more enjoyable and less frantic occasion, while keeping the earth in mind. For the next few days, I will give some suggestions that will help you out, but also give you time to appreciate the important things in life. Starting with… Green Gifts If you are stil