Meeting Santa’s Reindeer. {Vlogmas day 4}

Hey friends,

So, so far I have uploaded for 4 days consecutively, woo hoo go me… Going into vlogmas I was a little worried how I would go, but that being said the month is still young and I will congratulate myself properly on boxing day.
Anyway, on Saturday our local shopping centre hosted Santa’s arrival complete with a reindeer to meet!
Naturally we were there eagerly waiting to see Santa and his sweet friend and I vlogged that day – well, the best I could, on my own with 2 small children…
To check out our vlog from that day, please click HERE.
And a few snaps of the star of the show, “Radar” the red deer…

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I hope you all have had a lovely weekend.
I hope you enjoyed our first “daily vlog” for Vlogmas… If you have any video requests please let me know in the comments. 
If you have missed some of the vlogmas videos so far you can watch
DAY 1
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DAY 2 &
DAY 3

by clicking on them. Or check out my youtube channel HERE.
Have a lovely day
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VLOGMAS Day 1.

Hey friends,
So after much deliberation and then asking my instagram followers I have decided to do VLOGMAS this year…
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Vlogmas for those that don’t know is one video per day between the 1st of December until the 25th.
To check out my first video please click HERE.

If you have any suggestions for videos you would like to see during vlogmas please comment below or connect with me on social media!
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5 tips to stay sane with THE ELF ON THE SHELF! 

Hi friends…
It’s the 27th of November… Despite that being both of my brother’s birthday, it is also 3 days until DECEMBER!!
Meaning, if you have an Elf on the Shelf – his arrival is coming up rather quickly…
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For today’s post I have 5 tips to make your elf’s visit pleasant rather than stressful…

  1. Make a plan, but don’t be too strict. I set out a monthly plan so I have inspiration and a general idea of what will happen – but I know I can easily swap days around, I also leave a few days blank so I can see how our month is going and add in plans we come up with later on. I even coordinated a few days with my best friend, so our kids can have Christmas themed play dates on certain days that the elf will announce. Having a plan is my top tip or even just 25-30 rough ideas of how to stage it, or just make a Pinterest board of elf ideas you love & wish to recreate. Basically, just have some ideas going into December with what you want to do. (Also have a plan for nights that you can’t be stuffed doing much with it, or a plan in case you forget to move it!)
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  2. Don’t go overboard, do not set unrealistic expectations or plan too big… December is a busy and big month for everyone – add in planing and setting up an extra visitor every night can be a lot of work. Keep it simple.
  3. Use what you have, don’t feel the need to buy all new props for the elf. Raid your kids toys. Our Generation, Lego, Barbie, basically any toys are great for elf accessories and props – even your Christmas decor!
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  4. Have fun, with it. Don’t view it as a chore – encourage your husband to even think up a few stunts for the elf so you can set it up together. Don’t over think it, like I said in point 2, just keep it simple and just have fun. Remember why you are doing it, it’s meant to bring happiness not stress…
  5. Your family, your rules… Everyone does the elf on the shelf differently, some people let the kids touch the elf, some don’t… Sometimes the elf comes earlier than December 1st & others only visit for 12 days before Christmas. Some elves just do funny antics, some bring little gifts or treats and some announce daily activities or do a combination of all! Every elf is unique – do what works for you and your family. There is no set rules, the elf & it’s antics can be as simple or as extravagant as you want… Don’t compare your elf to others. Comparison is the thief of joy, even with elves!
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Do you do Elf on the Shelf? What is your top tip for staying sane while staging your festive little friend?
Let me know below or on my social media…
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Keep an eye on my social media, I will share a photo of our elf Kringle’s new house this week!
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Christmas decor haul {VLOG}

Hi friends,

I cannot believe in 1month & 1 day we will be celebrating Christmas! Our elf on the shelf plans are coming together and my house is starting to feel very Christmassy… (If you like I can share some of our elf plans in the next blog post on Monday! In my last blog post HERE I shared our 2017 festive bucket list!)

I went shopping with my best friend the other week & purchased a few (a lot) of new Christmas items… So of course, I thought I would film a haul video to share with you all!
Click HERE to check out the video! I have purchased some extra Christmas things since filming this video, so make sure you keep an eye on my instagram, because I will share those over there!
Now on the topic of videos, I’m considering doing vlogmas… Maybe? Thoughts? (Vlogmas for those that don’t know, is 1 video everyday between 1-25th December…) 

Let me know what your favourite item from the haul was in the comments below, or catch up with me on my social media! (I would love to see your latest Christmas decor finds too!)
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Christmas bucket list 2017.

Hi friends!

I can’t believe we are just over a month away from Christmas!! My mind is blown… Our tree is up and most of our decorations are out… To get into the festive season even more I have jumped on board the “Christmas bucket list” band wagon… (Thanks Kelle Hampton for the inspiration!) 

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Yes, I am well aware I own wayyy to many christmas DVDs.
What is on your Christmas bucket list? What is the one thing you MUST do every festive season?
I would love to know, comment below or connect with me on social media!
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Kmart Elf door GIVEAWAY

Hey friends!
Well, this weeks been a bit of a whirlwind… Last week I posted about finding an elf door at Kmart, that went viral (over 267,000 views on Facebook!)

Then the Daily Mail shared a post I wrote which you can read HERE… From that came an offer to be in a magazine & also a spot on a morning talk show… Yep – TV.
I am a tiny bit nervous about that, yes I make YouTube videos – but they aren’t live TV! So yes, it’s all exciting and when things are more confirmed I’ll let you know. And what does one wear for a TV appearance?? Help!!

The Daily Mail also shared another one of my article todays, kind of stretched what I said a bit in that one though, but that happens… You can read that one HERE but keep in mind what I actually wrote can be found HERE & HERE... (my child does watch TV occasionally, mainly animal DVDs (movies or documentaries) but I stand by disliking Peppa Pig!) 

To celebrate a great week & to thank you all for liking, sharing & always supporting me, I am hosting a giveaway on my Facebook and Instagram.
You could win yourself an elf door! I have 2 to giveaway, so make sure you enter on both Facebook & Instagram so you double your chance to win!

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So make sure you head on over & enter!!
Good luck!
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Merry Christmas. {2015}

Christmas is almost here, 3 more sleeps and it is Christmas Day!
My house has been cleaned countless times, the gift shopping is done, surprise gifts have been sewn, parcels and Christmas cards have been posted and most gifts are wrapped. 
Tomorrow it all starts for us, my Uncle is flying in to stay at our house for a few days for Christmas and we are all very excited. 
We are hosting Christmas at our house for the 2nd year in a row and I am so full of joy.
I love Christmas, you know that, but I really love hosting Christmas. I specifically purchased the largest dining table we could afford when we bought our furniture for this house because I knew I wanted to host Christmas as often as I could.
I love the busyness, the chaos, the loudness, the laughter and just my people all being together under my roof enjoying themselves. 
Admittedly at some point during the prep of cooking everything I may stress at one point or another, but it’s all part of it. Being flustered and a bit overwhelmed is to be expected when you are cooking for 10 people.
It is the only type of stress I really look forward too. 
Like I said I love Christmas, and everything that comes with it. 
I am trying to purposefully take time at the end of each day and just soak it all in. Soak in what we did during the day, soak in my favourite moments and just remember why we celebrate Christmas. Remembering Jesus is always important everyday to me, but especially at Christmas. It can be a time when we get distracted with earthly possessions and become materialistic – but I strive not to be. For me I get more joy out of giving gifts than receiving and when I do receive a gift it doesn’t matter about the price tag, if someone went out of there way to select a gift for me – I am thankful. That is so kind of them and I am grateful. A way I stay focused on why we celebrate Christmas is by reading nativity stories to LuLu as often as I can, to me it is important that we remain focused on and I teach my daughter why we truly celebrate Christmas and not have it be so much about gifts and selfish reasons. 
One of LuLu’s favourite Christmas carols is “Away in a manger” – she loves it because I love it and because it’s about “bubba Jesus”. She is such a sweet girl. 
Well, I best be off, it is after 10pm! 
I thought I would quickly write this post to wish you all the most lovely Christmas.

Merry Christmas to my lovely readers, my friends. 
I hope you have a joyous Christmas Day and you are surrounded by all those you hold dear.
I wish you a day full of love, laughter, too much delicious food and good times that become memories you’ll cherish forever.
I pray that you take a moment amongst the craziness that comes with this festive season and remember why we celebrate Christmas and give thanks to our Saviour. 
I hope to have another post up before New Year, if you want to stay up to date with what I am up to remember to check me out on my social media…
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Merry Christmas.