Getting Organised for the Christmas Break as a Blogger

I have had a blogging break during the Christmas holidays for the last 3 years, and I am looking forward to doing just that in the next few days. Christmas comes once a year and the countdown to the big day is always really exciting. Most people are offline shopping and getting ready for the festivities. Which is why a blogging break is highly recommended. I will be posting as normal until 23rd December. You may find me publishing a blog post or 2 after Christmas, but my regular blogging schedule will commence as normal in the new year.


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I like to take time off blogging and my other freelance gigs to enjoy the holiday season with the family. Also, it is my time to reflect on how the year has been, and tidy up some of my behind the scenes job. It is so easy to just keep going, day after day, without stopping to catch your breath. The holidays force me to take time out and step away from work a bit.


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Why a blogging break is important for me


Clear my head

Taking my break to unwind with the family helps me clear my head and get ready for the new year. We all need a break everyone and again, and I find that I perform better when I am well rested. This year has been extremely busy for me, so I definitely need time off to clear my head and get recharged for 2019.


I get to have some fun

We have fun activities planned over the Christmas Break and I really can’t wait to relax and have a great time. I know the kids will have so much fun with their cousins, and it is just what we need after a very busy year.


Save my content for when it matters

The online world goes really quiet as Christmas approaches, and I know why. Everyone is running around trying to ensure they and their loved ones have a great Christmas. So it is kind of pointless publishing regular posts if no one is reading them.



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Read other blogs

When I take time off blogging, I like to read. I spend my time reading different books on my Amazon Kindle, and I also like catching up on some of my favourite blogs. Spending time off my own blog also allows me discover new blogs.


What plans do you have for the Christmas break?







Christmas Gift Ideas for the Man in your Life

The Christmas lights came on last night in our village, and it is starting to feel a lot like Christmas now. I have been busy shopping for gifts for my loved ones. Most of the items have been ticked off my list, I just need to find the time to get them all wrapped.

If you are shopping for Christmas gifts for the man in your life, then you are in luck. You may find these Christmas Gift Ideas post very useful. I know how tricky it can be to shop for gifts for the men in our lives. But hopefully these items will inspire you.



Vivienne Westwood ORB Mocassins £180


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This Vivienne Westwood black ORB Mocassins sold by Mainline Menswear is a stylish Christmas gift idea for the fashion conscious man. I love everything about the shoes. Vivienne Westwood is an amazing fashion designer, and she outdid herself with this footwear. The large antique gold coloured metal and orange, blue, yellow and turquoise enamel Vivienne Westwood Orb logo stud situated on the front of the shoe finishes off the look beautifully. I also like the black matte look.



Zippo Leather Credit Card Wallet £21.50

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This lovely Leather Credit Card Wallet by Zippo is made from genuine leather. It can hold up to 13 cards and has a transparent plastic pocket. I like the fact that it comes packaged in a gift box. This would make a lovely Christmas gift for sure. I like it a lot.



Zippo Leather Passport Holder £16.75

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This stunning Zippo Leather Passport Holder is also made from genuine leather. It features a passport pocket and can hold up to 4 cards. I love the fact that it comes packaged in a gift box. The price tag is also budget friendly. Great gift idea if you ask me.



Buffwear Amby Brown/Brown [Hat Blend.] £34.75


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A Headwarmer would make an excellent gift this season. I really like this Buffwear Headwarmer. We have in our autumn/winter wardrobe and they do the work so well. They are practical and very stylish. I think they would work well as little gifts this Christmas.



Danilo Harry Potter Collectors Box Set £19.99

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This is a great gift idea for the Harry Potter fans. The box sold by Danilo contains a 2019 Harry Potter square calendar, A5 diary and pen signed, sealed and delivered in a beautiful keepsake box. I love the packaging a lot. Great gift idea for young boys and adults alike.



Minivino Wine Advent Calendar £55

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This Minivino Wine Advent Calendar by Broadland Wineries would work great for stocking fillers. You get 24 small bottles inside this pack. It is a mixed selection of 24 small bottles – 22×18.7cl of red, white, rosé, mulled wine and 2x20cl Prosecco. The white wines include New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Australian Chardonnay, Italian Pinot Grigio, South African Chenin Blanc and sparkling Prosecco. While the red wines include New Zealand Pinot Noir, Argentine Malbec, Chilean Merlot, South African Shiraz, Australian Shiraz and mulled wine.

It works great as gift idea for the wine and Prosecco lovers.



Find Me A Gift Personalised Men’s Travel Toiletry Bag £34.99

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This Personalised Men’s Travel Toiletry Bag by Find Me A Gift is a lovely Christmas gift idea for the man in your life. I like the fact that comes personalised. That makes the Toiletry Bag so unique. This bag can stylishly carry all the daily essentials. From creams and lotions, to shaving sticks and sponges. This bag would definitely come in very handy.


What do you think of these gift ideas? Please sound off in the comments section below.

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day.


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A Christmas Lifestyle Gift Guide

Christmas is around the corner and the decorations have started going up. I walked around our town centre today and I saw loads of beautiful Christmas decorations up already and I am loving the season. Christmas makes me feel like a little kid. I love everything about the season and I am glad it is here.

I have written up a Christmas Lifestyle Gift Guide to inspire the early shoppers. Hope you like these gift ideas –


iStorage diskAshur 2 Hard Drive from £150

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This iStorage diskAshur 2 would make a great Christmas gift. It comes in 4 colours – Fiery Red, Phantom Black, Ocean Blue and Racing Green, with the Fiery Red being my favourite colour.

This is a great gift idea for the tech minded people and gadget lovers. I find it very useful as I work from home online, and I have lots of information that needs to be saved securely. The iStorage diskAshur 2  does an excellent job securing all my vital documents. The capacity goes from 500GB up to 5TB, so there are options available.


Posterhaste Family Portrait from £20


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I think this is a great gift idea for to give a family this Christmas. It is very personal and I love personal gifts from loved ones, so this Posterhaste Family Portrait gift idea is right up my street! It comes in 6 sizes and you have it print personalised and framed or in a box canvas.

The quality of the print and frame is really good. We have one of these portraits on our wall and it is a true beauty. My kids love the frame so much. It makes a house feel more like a home with this Posterhaste personalised frame.


HoMedics Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser £39.99

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This HoMedics Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser helps you stay relaxed with up to five hours of continuous runtime. Diffusers are great for your wellbeing if you know how to use them.

It comes with orange and peppermint oils that provide a natural aroma to help you stay relaxed. It can do wonders for your mood. I like the fact that the diffuser soothes humidity by alleviating dry air.This product would be a great gift idea this Christmas. You can get a pack at Argos this Christmas.



Eyejusters Adjustable Reading Glasses £49

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This Eyejusters Oxford Edition is a lovely gift idea for anyone who has to wear different glasses for different purposes. Thanks to Eyejusters pair, you wouldn’t need to have so many pairs of glasses. You would only need Eyejusters.

You can use this pair of glasses for everything, from reading books to working on the computer. All you have to do is to simply turn the hidden eyeDials™ to change focus.

  • Adjust the lenses from +0.50D to +4.00D
  • High quality Optician-Grade Plastic frames
  • Anti-Scratch coating included



Tower Glass Jar Blender with Grinder £79.99

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If you are after top cooking gift ideas then you are in luck. I am a huge fan of Tower Housewares and this Glass Jar Blender with Grinder is one of my current favourites. It would be a great Christmas gift for sure. I love the sleek look of it. It is very easy to clean and the 1.5L capacity is a great size.

This Tower Blender also comes with a grinder, which makes it even more practical. It is one handy kitchen gadget to have in the house. I really love it and I am certain many would adore it too!



SIGG Hot & Cold Bottles £29.95

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SIGG Hot & Cold Bottles would make great Christmas gifts. They are very useful to have around. The SIGG bottles are made from heat-resistant borosilicate glass. The double layers provide an improved insulation effect, which keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for longer.

I love these SIGG bottles. I think the SIGG look is really chic. They are great way to get your drinking water so more.



Jacked Wines £5

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Jacked Wines is a new brand that has recently launched in Tesco nationwide. It comes in 2 varieties – Sauvignon Blanc with Ginger and Rosé with Lychee. I love both varieties. For the Sauvignon Blanc with Ginger, I love the spicy ginger flavour. While I enjoy the mix of delicate Rosé and sweet lychee in the Rosé with Lychee Wine.

These Jacked Wines taste very good and would be great as a little gift this Christmas. The bottles are 50cl which is quite unique as most wines bottles are standard 75cl.



Typhoon Living Cream Stove Top Kettle £27.99

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If you are in search of a great kitchen gadget to give out this Christmas, then you are in luck. I adore this Typhoon Living Cream Stove Top Kettle. It is such a beauty and it looks amazing in my kitchen.

I think it would make someone’s Christmas extra special. I love the contemporary design a lot. This kettle would definitely breathe life into any kitchen with the sleek design. The best part about it is that it whistles when the water is boiling.



Nextbase 312GW Dash Cam £99


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This Nextbase 312GW Dash Cam comes with inbuilt Wi-Fi, GPS logging and an accompanying smartphone app. It is one of the most popular Dash Cams on the market. I think it is a great car accessory to have especially for a new driver like myself.

The fact that this Dash Cam comes with an inbuilt Wi-Fi that allows you to connect it directly with your smartphone or tablet makes it even more grand.



Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur £8

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This Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur comes in a lovely packaging. It looks almost too good to drink. I think it would make a great small Christmas gift. This Liqueur is made from an infusion of fresh black raspberries, Madagascan vanilla, Moroccan citrus, honey and XO cognac.

I love it . It has an excellent taste. You can use it in creating many delicious cocktail recipes. 


What do you think of these Christmas Lifestyle Gift Guide? Did any of the gifts catch your eye?


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