Post Comment Love 15 - 17th December

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Welcome back to another Post Comment Love with Stephanie and I. Link up your best or favourite post of the week to give it that extra bit of love.

Well this is it folks, the last Post Comment Love of the year! Stephanie and I decided a few weeks ago to take a short break (just two weeks) off for Christmas. We will be back for PoCoLo on 5th January. During the holidays it's all about family and while I love co-hosting this awesome linky with Stephanie it will be a welcome break to spend some time with family. I'm hoping we'll be playing board games, playing computer games, and enjoying the festive food while NOT bickering daily and trying to keep the house tidy. I know I'm asking a lot there but it would be nice if it all worked out. Do you think Santa can help me out?





  • Nothing is better than going home to family and eating good food and relaxing. 

Irina Shayk





Our heating is still not sorted completely - we have our missing radiator now but the heating of the house is still an issue. I have a funny feeling this issue is going to go on. Nevermind, just bring me the mince pies and I'll be happy!

As for other stuff, I'm going to take this Christmas break to enjoy some time off. I think I need it. It's been a tough year and as much as I love blogging the pressure can sometimes be a bit much. I've also got a few ideas milling about in my head and I want to work out if they'll go anywhere.





  • Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.

Norman Vincent Peale





So, to all you PoCoLo-ers I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year and I hope you join us for PoCoLo when we return!




Blogger Showcase Dark Saint


Dark Saint describes themselves as weird, passionate and quiet and is using their introspective writing to try to help others. Check out their answers to our questions over on Stephanie's blog.




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Keep your man in style this Christmas

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If your man is anything like mine he is a pain to buy for, especially at Christmas. He already has most of the things he wants and socks and mens fragrances are off the list, so what on earth do you buy? This year I have turned to clothes, I know what the Hubby likes and can get some things he wouldn't buy for himself but would like - the perfect Christmas gift.




What to buy?


The Hubby has had the same sense of style since I met him - he loves his jeans, t-shirts, and jumpers. In the spring and summer he has lots of t-shirts to choose from but his selection of jumpers for autumn and winter was limited. He has a few nice ones that I bought 2-3 years ago from Ted Baker but that's about it. As the weather gets colder and I see him shivering as he walks around the house I thought it would be a good idea to get a few long sleeved tops and jumpers for him.




Where to go?


I hadn't heard of The Idle Man until they got in touch and asked if I'd like to review some of their items. The Idle Man, a menswear based retailer, catering to the style conscious man. Hosting brands such as Champion, Farah and Dickies. The Idle Man is a go-to destination for men. Alongside the online shop, The Idle Man Manual is a blog dedicated to offering style advice as well as stories and guides about music, grooming and lifestyle. When it comes to buying for the Hubby there are usually only a couple of places I go - Tesco or Ted Baker - but it's always nice to find something new so I decided to give The Idle Man a go. 




Style


Like I said, as it's almost winter I decided to go for the long-sleeved options and I have no doubt the Hubby will like them. 



grey sweatshirt with christmas decorations laying on top of it.


The Hubby likes a lot of different styles of jumpers so I got a selection. I think of the four jumpers chosen there aren't any that are a similar style to one another. The first, a grey casual-looking sweatshirt, has long sleeves but is thin - it would be great underneath a big coat - and paired with jeans would be great for a night in the pub or a walk out with the family. This sweater is available from The Idle Man for £30.



Navy sweatshirt, with fleece feeling inside, with a christmas wreath on the front of it.


Next, this navy sweatshirt. While plain I think this sweatshirt would look good over the top of a polo shirt. It is thicker than the grey sweatshirt and has a fleece-y feel inside, so if the Hubby decides to wear it on its own the material won't irritate his skin. I have no doubt this sweatshirt will keep him warm on the colder days. You can buy this sweater for £20.



A navy hoodie with christmas decorations lying on it.


Hoodie time! Everyone loves a good hoodie right? Well, the Hubby does anyway. Another navy choice this hoodie will go with anything, obviously more of a casual look but that's the Hubby all over. The material the hoodie is made from is very thin so it would work well over the top of a t-shirt, and it feels nice inside - not fleecey but soft. The hood has pull strings and there's a pouch on the front of the jumper - perfect for the wintery months. The hoodie is available for £20.



A burgundy turtle neck sweater with a christmassy ribbon laid over the top of it.


Finally this turtle neck jumper, in burgundy, is my favourite. I love the colour and know it will look great on the Hubby. Again the jumper is quite thin but as a turtle neck I don't think anything underneath it would work very well. I'd say this jumper would work well with a thick coat if heading outside but it will look good on. Made from cotton the feel of the material is fine, I don't think it will irritate the Hubby's skin. Grab this turtle neck jumper for your man for £25.



Burgundy t-shirt covered in Christmas decorations


I also got the Hubby a plain cotton t-shirt in burgundy. Like I said he does love his t-shirts and another one to add to the collection will make him happy! Get this t-shirt for £8.




What I thought about The Idle Man


The selection on The Idle Man website is great, there's plenty to choose from with lots of different colour choices (including pink) and something to suit any style. There's clothes from The Idle Man as well as other brands and the prices are reasonable. Be sure to check out their Autumn/Winter lookbook.

I will be heading to The Idle Man website again when the Hubby is ready for some more new clothes!


If you were to buy something for your man which would you choose?

I was sent the items listed for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

What I love about Christmas...

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This time of year is a great time to get to know people, it's a chance to sit and chat with your family and friends and find out what they love about Christmas. In the blogging community there's an easy way for us to get the same kind of get-to-know-you traditions but in written form - cue The Christmas  Tag. A few days ago my blogging buddy Lou over at With Love from Lou tagged me and after reading through the questions I decided to give it a go. So without further ado here's who I love about Christmas...




Favourite Christmas movie?


Love Actually. It has been my favourite for a few years now and every time I think of the festive season a scene from Love Actually comes to mind. The characters are brilliant, the different stories that seem to come together are great, and there's a wonderful feel-good ending. Perfect Christmas movie. 

Of course that's not forgetting about the other amazing Christmas movies like It's a Wonderful Life and Home Alone.




Have you ever had a white Christmas?


I can't remember doing. I have a few memories of snow but I think the majority of those were around Christmas and not on Christmas Day. I don't actually remember it snowing on Christmas Day, ever, which is kind of weird huh?




Where do you usually spend your holiday?


At home. I wake early on Christmas Day, the boys get out of bed and we open a few presents. Then I take a little break to get the turkey into the oven as quickly as possible so I can get back to present opening. Once the presents are open and the turkey is cooking we chill out as a family putting batteries into toys, playing new games, and enjoying our gifts. 






Around lunch time I am back in the kitchen to get lunch ready while the boys play games or use their new toys. We usually sit down to eat lunch at around 2pm and within about 20 minutes it's all been eaten and we get back to enjoying our gifts. This is my time to chill out properly. 

The last two years I've had family over for Christmas lunch which meant I was catering for 20 people. While it was quite stressful it was lovely having everyone here and the afternoon was that much more special because I got to spend it with (some of) the people I love.




What is your favourite Christmas song?




The first one that comes to mind is Last Christmas, mainly because I remember it from my childhood. Next in line is Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas because it's awesome. 




Do you open presents on Christmas Eve?


No! I have no idea where that came from but doesn't it completely undermine the whole Santa thing? If Santa doesn't come until Christmas Eve how are there presents to be opened!? 

So no, we don't - and have never - opened presents on Christmas Eve. While I think it's okay to do so if you choose I do think it's kind of cheating.




Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?


Dancer, Prancer, Donner, Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Vixen, and Rudolph. I nearly forgot about Cupid.




What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?


Every year since 2003 the Hubby and I spend Christmas Eve getting our lounge ready for the boys. Santa does something different with the presents every year and we spend time making sure it is all ready for him. It's so much fun! Once Santa has visited and it's time for the Hubby and I to chill out we sit in our movie room and watch Love Actually on a big screen. When I am sitting down watching Hugh Grant dance across the screen I really feel like it's Christmas, it doesn't feel real until that point.





  • Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas. 



Dale Evans





Is your Christmas Tree real or fake?


Fake. I've had the same tree since moving into our house just before BP was born, so 13 years! It has fir cones and red berries and is so "me" that I can't bear to part with it. To be honest the idea of having a real tree and having bits of tree drop onto the carpet makes me shudder. No, fake all the way here.




What is your favourite holiday treat/food/sweet?


Oh gosh there's just so many! I'm not sure I want to choose between food and sweets. The food has got to be Christmas Lunch with all the trimmings, the turkey, stuffing, roast potatoes, vegetables, pigs in blankets, Yorkshire Puddings, and of course gravy and cranberry sauce. But then there's dessert and sweets - goodness. Mince pies get it for me every time, they just scream Christmas and add brandy cream and they're to die for!








Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better?


I think that really depends on the gift doesn't it? Receiving a gift that takes your breath away is amazing and knowing that someone has thought about you while buying that gift makes it special. I have received gifts that have taken my breath away - one year the Hubby bought me a diamond eternity ring that was presented in a black velvet box. It was an amazing gift and whenever I look at it now I remember that day. I have also received amazing gifts from my boys that have brought tears to my eyes - like the Hulk Tsum Tsum they got me last year because You won't like me when I'm angry! Seeing the look on someone's face as they open up the gift you bought for them, watching as they realise just how wonderful the gift is, nothing can top the pleasure you get from making someone that happy. 




What is the best Christmas present you have ever received?


Oh boy, how on earth do you choose just one? After 36 years of receiving gifts I'm not sure I can pick just one - a few memorable ones that come to mind are...

The dolls head that I got when I was about 6 years old. It was one of those hairdressing things where you get to play with the doll's hair? I adored it and I still remember it today.

The gold diamond eternity ring the Hubby bought me - that one took my breath away.

All my desk buddies - Mickey and Minnie and my Tsum Tsum that the boys bought for me last year. They know me so well, even the Hulk made me smile!




What is your dream place to visit for the holiday season?


Oh this one is easy - Walt Disney World. We have been to Disney World lots of times during the summer and spring but never for Christmas. We were once there late October and got to see them preparing for Halloween and Christmas and it made me realise how amazing it would be to spend Christmas there. Of course I would totally miss the turkey Christmas Lunch and opening presents but the magic of Walt Disney World would make up for that I have no doubt.




Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?


I'm somewhere in the middle. The Hubby is a pro, he folds the paper so neatly and has to have everything square - he hates anything that isn't in a box! For me I do my best but it never quite goes as well as the Hubby's wrapping, but it's not terrible either so I'll settle for that.




Most memorable Christmas memory?


It's not very long ago, just last year, but it is very special. Last Christmas we had all the family over for Christmas Day because my father-in-law had lung cancer. We thought it might be his last Christmas and so I decided to have everyone over so we could all be together and make some wonderful memories that included him. My father-in-law died in May and so I am so glad we were able to make last Christmas so special. 





  • Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone. 

Charles M. Schulz





What made you realise the truth about Santa?


To be honest I can't remember, I have spent my entire adulthood keeping him alive for the boys so to me he is real, albeit in spirit. The magic of Christmas is all about Santa and the fact that he visits, and even when my boys don't believe any longer I will make them pretend because I love it so much!




What makes the holidays special for you?


Family. I was recently asked if I was mad having everyone over for Christmas Lunch (17 people this year) for the third time in a row but despite it being stressful and a hectic morning I love it. I love the fact that the boys get to see their Nanny, I love that they get to spend time with their cousins and see their aunts and uncles. For me Christmas is about family, whether that's our little family of just us four or the extended family too. 

There is no other feeling like sitting down at a dining table decorated with Christmassy adornments, looking around and seeing people you love sitting there with you. Chatting as you enjoy a mighty festive meal and slumping on a sofa afterwards - it's all a part of Christmas don't you think?






And that's it folks! I loved this tag because it gave me a chance to share a little bit more about me and my Christmas traditions. I'm not going to tag anyone but if you'd like to take part I'd love to read your answers so do let me know about your post in the comments!

Post Comment Love 8th - 10th December

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Welcome back to Post Comment Love, link up your best or favourite post of the week and Stephanie and I will read, share and comment. It's so lovely to see our little linky still going after all this time and I'm looking forward to another great year.

Things have been busy and annoying here this week. Last week we had a new heating system installed and last Thursday we were left with no heating overnight - I was not happy. On Friday we had people here again and they spent the entire day working on getting the heating working - we were freezing. Luckily they managed to get the heating on and working so weren't left with no heating for the weekend but it took until lunch time on Saturday to get the house warm. 

Despite not being finished though the installers didn't show up on Monday, we were expecting them but no one showed up. It's always good when that happens isn't it? I spent the day trying to get through to them on the phone but didn't get to talk to anyone. So as you can imagine by Tuesday I was quite annoyed. When I finally got through I was told someone would be coming to our house, and they did. They came on Tuesday, they did a few things, but they are still not finished and we haven't heard from or seen them since. We're still missing a radiator in our downstairs bathroom and there's a few bits they need to tidy up. All in all it's been quite an annoying time. Why is it you only ever have heating issues when you need it most?

I'm just hoping everything gets sorted before Christmas because I've got lots of planning to do before then. I ordered my Turkey last week and I've got to make my list of other things so I can add it to the order. More planning. I've also got to try out a recipe for my dessert, I always practise beforehand, which means more time to go shopping and plan what I'm doing. This is one of the main things I hate about this time of year, there doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day for everything. And when you have other stuff going on too that takes more time. I only hope I can get things sorted by Christmas Day because if I can't we'll be having Turkey sandwiches for lunch!

Are you planning for Christmas Day yet?




Blogger Showcase Tione from Beauty That Walks





Who are you?


My name is Tione. I am a full-time college student that enjoys blogging about beauty, lifestyle and other relating topics.




How did you discover blogs/blogging?


I started blogging back in 2011. At first it started out as a school project and grew into a hobby. 




Why did you start blogging?


I started blogging as a hobby. I just needed somewhere that I could develop my thoughts and ideas.




What do you find most challenging?


The most challenging part of blogging is driving traffic to the website. 




What is your favourite topic to write about?


My favorite topics includes makeup and natural hair.




Are you blogging for fun or do you have goals?


I blog for fun but I would like to reach a goal of at least 10k monthly views.




What is your favourite thing about blogging?


Reaching out to people. Writing and updating my blog with contents.




Have you ever attended a blogging conference and if so, what did you think?


I have never attended a blogging conference but hope to do so someday.




What are your 3 best posts?






Describe yourself in three words!


Beauty Queen, Fashionista, Book Worm




Are you a tea and biscuits or coffee and cake person?


Wow! I am both actually...




What's your idea of a perfect night out?


Movies, Club and Dinner




Your perfect night in?


Relaxing on the sofa and/or playing games and chatting with the family or perhaps movie nite.




What would your best friend/OH/mum or kids say is your best quality?


I have no idea.... 


Connect with Tione:

Facebook
Instagram
Pinterest
Twitter

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions Tione, feel free to grab our 'featured' badge and display ever so proudly on your blog.


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Why won't my Teen talk to me?

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My eldest son, BP, is 13 years old and refuses to talk to me most of the time. He is quiet, which is fine, but even with simple things like asking for sweets he is reluctant to do. I have no idea why and sometimes it makes me feel like I'm failing at being his mum. Surely I'm a person he should feel most comfortable talking to?

Of course when I think about it I remember hating my parents when I was a teen, I thought they couldn't have any idea what life was like for me. How could they? They were adults who had everything together and I was suffering at the hands of everyone and feeling like the world was against me. 




So what to do?


I read an article on The Guardian website that I found quite interesting, it was written in 2014 but it makes a lot of sense. In the article Tim Lott says "The reason your teenager won't talk to you is because you're boring and they're not going to waste their time." - now I know that sounds daft but to be honest it's kind of true. As parents we have been through the teen stage and come out the other side, we know that things change but saying that to our teens doesn't help them. It makes us sound like know-it-alls and pushes our teens further away.







Take a step back


Unfortunately now is the time that your child (and mine) is trying to become their own person, they want separation from you and when you ask them to talk to you you're actually pushing them away. Teens turn to their peers for advice, they do everything in their power to not be influenced by you. It is the hardest time for us as their parents though because all we want to do is help, to talk, to impart wisdom. 





  • All teenagers have this desire to somehow run away. 

Joan Chen





Most of the articles I've read on this topic say you should do your best to take a step back. Let your child be themselves, let them confide in friends rather than you, and let them make mistakes. Be open with them, show them you are there if they need you but don't push them to share. 

As a parent who is going through this right now I can say it is so hard to do. My instinct is to protect my son, he is only 13 and I want to know who his friends are, where they go, and what they are doing. I want to be there all the time and know where he is, I want to be his confidant, I want to be the person he turns to for advice. But...

I know he needs to grow up. I know he needs to learn what life is like without me there to turn to every second. I know he needs to explore who he is. 

These two sides are not compatible, I know this, but it doesn't make it any easier. Being a parent to a teen is worrying, frustrating, maddening even, especially when they do everything you tell them not to! But taking a step back and trying my best to not interfere is the best thing I can do for him at the moment. 




Will he ever talk to me?


One of my worries is that by taking a step back I will show BP that I don't care about his life. Maybe he will think that because I'm not constantly asking about his life and trying to get information out of him that I don't want to know that stuff. 

Again articles say that's not true. And when I think about it logically I know it's not true because I talk to my parents now. I tell them things. I share. 

The teenage years are the time your child branches out and explores who he/she is. It is a chance for them to learn to be a person without you by their side every second and just because they don't talk to you now doesn't mean they won't want to when they come out the other side of this stage. In fact if you wait patiently and show them you're there if they need you they are more likely to turn to you for advice later. 

So yes, he will talk to me... eventually. Or at least I hope he will.







Parenting a teen is fun!


Okay so fun might not be the right word, perhaps "testing" is better? While I worry about BP's decisions and the fact that he doesn't talk to me I know he is making the right decisions. He's doing well in school, he has friends, and he is sociable (at least some of the time). He can surprise me sometimes with how old he can act, and sometimes he infuriates me with how childish he can act. But I guess that's just part of being a teen, he's testing, he's learning, he's exploring. 





  • It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. 

E. E. Cummings





I have quite a few years of parenting teens ahead of me, with BP being 13 and LP being 8 by the time BP is almost out of his teens LP will be just entering them. That'll be 10 years of parenting a teen so I ought to get some experience! 

Parenting a teen is tough at times and you can feel like you're the worst person in the world. So if you need a shoulder to cry on or someone to vent to I am here for you. I will listen to your woes and your worries and nod along as I relate to your stories. Us parents of teens need to stick together - there's power in numbers right!?

Does your teen talk to you?


If you're feeling stressed out after parenting your teen why not schedule in some me-time? Grab my me-time planner and make sure you get some time to yourself to ease the stress!





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