Post Comment Love 30th November - 2nd December

Welcome back to another week of Post Comment Love - the one where we enter December! Can you believe it? Join Stephanie and me for this week's linky, we can't wait to see what you've got in store for us. 

December tomorrow - how did that happen? It seems like I blinked and it's nearly Christmas. The funny thing is that because December 1st is on a Saturday the boys will get to see me putting up the Christmas decorations - they're usually at school when I do it. BP isn't that interested to be honest, but LP can't wait. He's already asked if there's anything he'll be able to help with and he's excited that we're getting ready for Christmas. It's times like this that I get reminded he's still quite young. At 9 years old he's super excited for Santa's visit (yes he still believes) and he's putting together a list ready to send. 

Most of the time LP is quite grown up, he's even started offering to do me and his dad drinks (cold drinks) so that he can help us, and when I'm cooking dinner he often asks if he can help. It's lovely, he always wants to help.

It's been an interesting week parenting wise because we've noticed BP taking quite an interest in programming (coding). He does Computer Science as one of his options for GCSEs and up until recently he hadn't shown any interest in programming but just recently he's spending more time doing it at home. He's taking what he's learning at school, what his teacher talks to him about, and sometimes even things he's seen in class (like a timer), and bringing it home to try to create something. The other day he showed me how he'd created a timer. It sounds a really simple thing but if you'd seen his screen it was all gibberish to me and I was impressed. It's fun for the Hubby too - him being a programmer - because they can talk about things they're doing and they understand what the other is talking about. BP has even asked for help once or twice. I love that they can bond in this way. 


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With all the stuff that's going on in the world, Brexit, terrorist attacks, etc, it's nice to be at home and see some truly wonderful things happening.

Apart from the Christmas decorations it will be nice to have a lazy weekend. We're often so busy at the weekend and it's nice to have a few when you don't have anything else planned. It won't be long before that's a thing of the past!



Do you have a fun weekend planned?




Blogger Showcase Loretta from Messy Mama




Who are you?


My name is Loretta and I am a Mama blogger. My website is http://messymama18.com. I am a new mom of a six month old. On my page, I talk about my new adventures as a mom and everything I'm learning along the way. My passion is writing, which is why I have started my blog. I am currently working on my first novel.



How did you discover blogs/blogging?


I started blogging for myself about 5 years ago. I didn't have a niche and I basically wrote about everything and anything. I was very naïve to the blogging world and never went beyond posting here and there. A few months ago I came across a blogging how to workshop and it changed my life. I got serious about blogging, picked a niche, and I have been spending more time trying to build my brand and get my blog out there.



Why did you start blogging?


I love writing. It is my passion. I am currently working on a book but there is no immediate satisfaction with it. With blogging, I get to put my words out there and improve my writing. I would love to turn it into a business.



What do you find most challenging?


The consistency of writing and trying to find different topics to write about within my niche. Also, reaching an audience. I just started and I know becoming a successful blogger doesn't happen over night, but the wondering about if I am ever going to get to that point is constantly on my mind.



What is your favourite topic to write about?


My favorite topic to write about is my experiences as a new mom and what I am learning through out all the stages of motherhood. I am hoping to inspire new moms like me.



Are you blogging for fun or do you have goals?


Both. Like I said before, I love to write. I am also hoping to build my blog into a business in the future. Right now I am focusing on learning about blogging and putting myself out there.



What is your favourite thing about blogging?


Being able to write periodically and putting my pieces in front of an audience. I am also falling in love with the little network that I have been building and the bloggers I have had the pleasure of connecting with. I am a stay at home mom, and I love it, but its isolating. Having a network of like minded people is refreshing and inspiring.



Have you ever attended a blogging conference?


No, but I would like to.



What are your three best posts?


Anxious, Mom, Sarcastic



Tea and biscuits or coffee and cake?


I like coffee and I like cake



What's your idea of a perfect night out?


Date night with the husband at our favorite restaurant and maybe a late night boardwalk near an ocean with a beach bar.



Your perfect night in?


Movie night with my husband and daughter



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


I'm artistic.



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Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions Loretta and feel free to grab our featured badge and display it ever-so-proudly on your blog.


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How Do You Know When It’s Time to Go Back to Work?

You have been going back and forth in your mind for several months now; you weigh up the pros and cons every evening before you go to bed. Going back to work as a mum can take a lot of courage, especially when you have taken so much time out over the years to be with your children. Although getting time to yourself is never easy, you wouldn’t change being a stay at home mum for the world. You love seeing them off to school with their huge backpacks on their shoulders; you adore taking them to their extra-curricular activities, whether it’s dance or martial arts. There is something special and irreplaceable about that precious time you get to spend with your little ones in those early years. Perhaps they are starting to grow up now and you realise you don’t need to be around as much. You have always felt guilty about heading back to work and pursuing the career of your dreams again. Do you think the time has come? You don’t have to rush into any decisions right away, especially not with something so huge. The following ideas might make you understand whether it is time to hop back onto the career ladder now. Consider all your options and you can be content that you made the right decision for your beautiful family.






You Have a New Passion for Learning


When you’re a busy mum everything seems to go on the back burner for a while, even if you do have an inner passion for something. You can suppress this feeling for a certain amount of time, but eventually you will need to listen to your instincts. If you suddenly feel the need to start learning again, then this is a great sign. You might want to consider an online course, like a masters program in education with distance learning. Learning online will help you to keep with the normal flow of everyday life, whilst pursuing something you really enjoy.



Your Little Ones Are Growing Up


When your kids start getting a little bit older, they often don’t need to have you around as much at home. Although you enjoy being there for them whenever they need you, sometimes it’s better to start giving them more independence. When your children start showing signs of this, you might want to think about heading back to work and getting back on the career ladder. The truth is, you might not need to be at home to watch them all day because they are out at school or with their friends.



You’re Getting Bored


Being at home all day can get a little bit boring especially when your little ones are out at school all day. There is only so much housework, daytime television and errands you can endure before you actually need to start doing something productive. You might feel guilty for saying you’re getting bored of being a stay at home mum, but every mother goes through this at some stage in their life. Don’t be afraid to be brutally honest with yourself and start to put your needs first.



You Need to do Something for Yourself


Every mother needs time for themselves sometimes; instead of rushing around and sorting out everything for the kids, you want to have your own direction. You want to be able to achieve something amazing and be proud of yourself, whether that’s getting a new job or taking up a hobby you have always wanted to do. You deserve to be happy every single day and if that means going back to work, then that is exactly what you should think about doing.






Your Savings are Low


You might want to go back to work for practical reasons. Perhaps your other half is working his socks off every day to provide for your family and you want to start contributing. You might have been living off your savings for a while and they are starting to run out. Going back to work to provide for your family is an honourable reason that you should be proud of. When your household suddenly has two incomes you will be pleasantly surprised at all of the lovely things you can now afford to do as a family, such as weekends away and beautiful holidays.



You Love to Work


There are many advantages of being a working mother; working might have been instilled in you from a young age, so you are itching to get back to it. When you love to work, it’s certainly going to be a no brainer when decided whether to hop back onto the career ladder. You deserve to do something you really love so start chasing it now.



You Are Ready to Start Afresh


Perhaps your children recently went back to school and you admired how excited they were at starting a new year. You really want that for yourself now and you’re ready to make a fresh start. Beginning a new career is an amazing way to start again, so if you want to wipe the slate clean and begin a new kind of life for yourself, now is your perfect opportunity to take it and run.

Decisions like this will never come lightly to any mother, especially if you have always been around for your kids since they were little. Going back to work can be hugely beneficial for both you and your family, so try to think of some of the positive aspects before ruling everything out altogether. You might have rediscovered an old passion of yours or maybe you feel like you need to get out there and do something for yourself for a change. Whatever your motivation is, it’s almost certain that you will have the right knowledge to make the right decision for your family. As long as they are there to support you every step of the way, you can feel at ease in knowing you are now starting a whole new chapter in your life.

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5 reasons to love school uniform

When my boys first started school and I had to start a new routine of cleaning the school uniform for the coming week I rolled my eyes. When school began I took my first steps on a road that would mean I was constantly cleaning and the work was never ending. But as a mum I've realised that while having the washing machine on all the time sucks there are so many other reasons to love school uniform.



Morning routine is easier


When your kids wear school uniform they can get up in the morning and know what they're going to put on. It makes the morning routine so much easier, you're not having to hurry them along in deciding what to wear, you're not arguing with them about whether their clothes are appropriate. This also means they have more time to eat breakfast, they're not spending all their time deciding what to wear and hurrying out the door without having breakfast. 





All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. 

John Gunther





Helps prevent bullying


Being the mum to someone who has been bullied I'm for anything that reduces the risks. School uniform certainly won't remove the risks entirely but they do help. It stops the peer pressure to have the latest 'trendy' clothes, it stops the parents feeling the pressure to spend hundreds of pounds on the latest pair of trainers, and it's one less thing the kids can be taunted for. Particularly in High School there is such a range of students - some with rich parents, others with parents who need benefits to get by - and wearing school uniform removes the chance of being bullied for wearing the wrong shirt or jumper. 


5 Reasons To Love School Uniform | Reduce bullying by wearing school uniform - anything that will reduce the bullying right?



Reduces distractions


Along the same lines as the reducing bullying wearing school uniform helps reduce distractions in lessons. Instead of talking about the new jumper their friend is wearing the kids concentrate on their work, they're focussed on the important things. Everyone is wearing the same, no one stands out because of what they are or are not wearing. 





When you put on a uniform, there are certain inhibitions that you accept. 

Dwight D. Eisenhower





Easy to spot intruders


News reports of shootings in the USA, terrorist attacks in capital cities across the country, it's enough to send a parent crazy. Every time I see there's been another school shooting in America I shudder and thank goodness we don't have things like that in this country. We do have terrorist attacks though, and being able to spot someone who doesn't belong is half the battle won. With all students wearing the same school uniform it is easier to spot someone who is out of place - meaning reactions can be faster if something did happen.


5 Reasons To Love School Uniform | Spotting intruders in a crowd of school children wearing uniform is much easier.



Hand-me-down


When I was in school it was so not cool to wear hand-me-downs but it is a great way to save money and to be honest it's just common sense. When BP started High School I had to buy him a blazer, it was small and he has long since outgrown it - and it cost a fair bit. The great thing though is that I can put it to one side for a while until LP is ready to start that school. It may not work for all clothing but if it can be saved, I do - it's much better doing that than having to buy it all again!



Name your kids' uniform


There aren't many things that annoy me about school uniform, apart from washing of course. However when it comes to naming the uniform I roll my eyes and sigh. I've never been able to find something that works well enough - laundry pens wash off or seep into the clothing, and regular pens are just no use, it's a challenge. That is until now. I've come across Stikets, and they have name labels that you can have printed (and are customisable) and the labels can go on almost anything. From iron-on clothes labels to stick-on labels for school objects (think school bag, lunch bag, etc). This is a game-changer.

5 Reasons To Love School Uniform | Clothes labels, object labels, and even shoe labels!
This is the pack - as you can see one of the luggage tags is not there (it's on LP's coat). And the blue boxes are covering LP's name but this is what the labels look like and your child's name would be under the blue box.


For LP I ordered a basic pack, available for £19.95, which includes a selection of sizes of personalised name labels as well as iron-on labels, and even luggage tags. Recently LP's coat zip broke, the little pully thing on the zip snapped and he's been struggling with it. When I saw the luggage tags, with LP's name on them, I realised they'd be the perfect solution to the zip problem and since I attached the tag to his coat he is able to zip up properly again. And it's a good job too - given the recent weather.

What I love about Stikets though is that I can type in LP's name, choose a logo (I chose a 😎), and choose what background - there are so many to choose from. I've added labels to every piece of school uniform LP owns, including his school bag and lunch box!


5 Reasons To Love School Uniform | Here's 5 reasons to love school uniforms, and a solution for one of the reasons we hate it!


So there you have it, even with one of the worst things about school uniform there's an easy solution. 


Do you love or hate school uniform?



If you enjoyed this post you'll like How to keep your kids entertained when it's raining outside or if you're looking for something to brighten your day check out Why it's awesome being a mum to tweens and teens.

Stop by Facebook and let me know what you think about school uniform.

And if you're looking for ways to get your morning routine sorted try out this Organised Mama Pack - with chore sheets, checklists, and even some for the kids!

Christmas gift ideas for your mum and dad

When you've spent years buying gifts for someone it can be really tough to come up with gift ideas that you haven't done a million times already. When you buy gifts for Christmas, birthdays, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and anniversary, you've pretty much exhausted all the usual gift ideas within about a year. But if you head away from your usual store choices you may discover some great finds - after a little while trawling the internet here's a few Christmas gift ideas for your mum and dad that I found.



For Mum




Hobbies




Embroidery kits



Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mum and Dad | An embroidery gift could inspire your mum to start a new hobby!


If your mum is looking for something new to try out or even if she already does embroidery these kits from Gifts for a Girl - a company that supports charities that provide actual physical help and support for abandoned children - are a great little gift, and they're different. Ideal for beginners they would be a good introduction to embroidery and then later on she could move on to more complicated designs. I love the idea of giving a gift that will inspire a new hobby - grab this bear embroidery kit for £14.95.



Craft kits



Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mum And Dad | A new hobby for mum in the form of cute little felt penguins.


Along the same lines as the embroidery is Felt Craft Kits, again from Gifts for a Girl. Your mum could make these cute little penguins and be inspired to create more animals - perhaps even inspiring a business idea! But really it's about giving your mum something to do that she'll enjoy and that is just for her - at least to begin with. You can buy these cute little penguins from Gifts for a  Girl for £14.40.



Book rest lamp



Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mum and Dad | A book lamp is perfect for the readers, never lose your page again!


Is your mum a big reader? And I can imagine that she reads real books, not on the kindle? Well here's a great bed-side table lamp that will be ideal for readers of books. Not only is it a great for reading while in bed with its soft subtle light, but it also doubles up as a book rest - so she'll never lose her book page again!

It's a fun design and acknowledges what she likes to do - a great Christmas gift. You can buy this book rest lamp from Smithers of Stamford for £40.





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

Norman Vincent Peale





Jewellery


Like I said before I love jewellery that is a bit different, not something everyone has. And again in my search for something beautiful and unique I wasn't disappointed, actually I was quite surprised at where you could find this beautiful jewellery. 



Oak Leaf Silver Pendant



Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mum and Dad | A unique silver pendant - made with real leaves.


Isn't this just beautiful? Brilliant for your nature-loving mum and something you're not going to see a lot of other people wearing this oak leaf silver pendant - from Natural History Museum (!) for £30. Created with real handpicked leaves that are preserved and then dipped in precious metal this is a thoughtful and creative gift for your mum and it's really unlikely anyone will have something the same!



Iridescent Maple Leaf Necklace



Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mum and Dad | An iridescent copper leaf, made with a real leaf!


As with the pendant above you can find this beautiful piece at the Natural History Museum for £35. Again it is created with real handpicked leaves and this time it is dipped in copper to give it that iridescent look. Oh, and if you'd prefer it in Rose gold you can get that instead!



Lifestyle




Rainbow Glitter Bag



Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mum and Dad | Add a little sparkle to your mum's life with this beautiful rainbow glitter bag.


Want to add a touch of sparkle to your mums life? Give her this wonderfully colourful handbag for Christmas. Available from SoS15.co.uk for £65 this bag is sure to bring a smile to your mum's face and add a bit of sparkle to her day. The strap is detachable so she can wear it how she likes and the back of the bag is made using a less abrasive glitter fabric so it's still sparkly!



Audubon American Flamingo make-up bag and wash bag set



Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mum and Dad | Put a smile on your mum's face with this flamingo make-up and wash bag set.


Sure to bring a smile to your mum's face this gorgeous make-up bag and wash bag set is a great gift for a mum who likes to carry her make up with her. I love the flamingo, and apparently it is an iconic nineteenth-century illustration by John James Audubon. Grab this awesome set for your mum for £30 from Natural History Museum.



For Dad




Playstation mug



Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mum and Dad | This Playstation mug is a great gift idea for your dad.


If your dad is anything like mine he loves his Playstation, mine has for a long time. And back when it was the original playstation and gaming was just taking off it was an exciting time for them. Nostalgia plays a big part in making us happy and that's why this Playstation mug is one of the perfect gifts for your dad - grab it from MenKind for £12.99.



Ted Baker Ballpoint Pen



Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mum And Dad | Ballpoint pens make great gifts because they last forever!


The Hubby and I were talking recently about pens (I know - we're so rock 'n' roll!) and how we both had good pens that lasted through our college and uni years. You can't underestimate giving a good pen as a gift. I have various pens but the ones I use again and again are the reliable ones, and I have a couple of Ted Baker pens myself that I've had for years. Your writer dads will love you for it, and those dads that work in offices will be thankful for a pen they know is just theirs! Grab a great pen in Walnut from Hurn & Hurn for £26.95.



Storm Glass Globe



Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mum And Dad | Your dad can predict the weather with this gorgeous globe.


For something a little different why not buy this Storm Glass Globe for your dad. Let him go retro in predicting the weather - like they used to before satellites! Of course that doesn't mean it will actually be able to predict the weather but it'll look gorgeous either way. For £29.99, available from MenKind, your dad can have his very own weather predictor in his room and he can call you to let you know when it'll be cloudy... 



Night in For Him Hamper



Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mum And Dad | Give your dad some me time with this hamper for his night in.


Us mums aren't the only ones that enjoy a relaxing night in with a glass of wine, which is why I think this hamper from Hamper.com is a great fit for your dad. With a bottle of wine, and a few nibbles this is a great hamper that he'll be able to enjoy - perhaps when your mum is out with friends. Give him the nod to have some 'me' time, because the men need it too! Grab this hamper from Hamper.com for £39.





Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.

Pindar





For both




Gold Cafetiere and Teapot



Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mum And Dad | Let your parents enjoy their morning tea or coffee together in style.


If your parents are anything like mine they like their tea, and giving them a gorgeous pot they can make their tea in is the perfect gift. These two things are lovely looking and they have some lovely cups to go with them too, including some Mr & Mrs cups with gold handles. For tea lovers there's the teapot, available from Audenza for £19.95 (was £39.95), and for coffee drinkers there's the cafetiere for £34.95. 



Glass Tumblers



Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mum And Dad | Your mum and dad could enjoy a nice whisky in these gorgeous tumblers.


This set of 2 glass tumblers from Hurn & Hurn is not only gorgeous but because there's two it's great for your whisky-loving parents. The Hubby and I like our spherical glasses for our bourbon but they have to have a flat bottom, which can be tough to find. These are brilliant because they're spherical but they have a flat bottom so they'll stand on a coaster without any trouble - unlike the glasses that roll around. You could always get them a bottle of whisky to go with it too! Grab this set of glasses for £31.



Luxury Traditional Christmas Hamper



Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mum And Dad | Make your parents Christmas extra special with this luxury Christmas hamper.


Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a hamper right? Back in the day the Hubby used to get luxury Christmas hampers from work and it was lovely. Your parents will love this huge Christmas hamper available from Hamper.com for £115, with mince pies, tea, and two bottles of wine (amongst other things). Make their Christmas extra special with this wonderful hamper.


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We always struggle buying for our parents, but with a little research I think I've come up with some good ideas, now all we have to do is settle on something!



What gifts will you be getting for your parents?




If you enjoyed this post you'll like Christmas Gift Ideas for your Mother-in-law or if you're not married yet check out She's a keeper! Christmas gift ideas for your boyfriend's parents.

Stop by Facebook and let me know what gift ideas you're struggling with this year.

To keep your kids busy while you're trying to organise for the big day grab this Christmas Activity Book with colouring pages, word search, crossword, and more.

Sometimes, You've Just Got To Do It In Style

When traveling abroad, it’s always worthwhile to squeeze the most out of your vacation. We all look for the best deals, the most beautiful locations, and consider the most engaging activities we can before we make that final decision, and arrange something that you can enjoy. No matter if you’re part of a family, if you’re a solo traveler, or you’re a couple, there will always be a great vacation out there for you if you look for it. 




However, sometimes you’ve simply got to do it in style. This means taking your all to experience something truly excellent, something that you’ll likely remember for most of your life. If you take the time to plan a trip like this, perhaps to celebrate or perhaps to simply be spontaneous, you’ll find an experience like nothing before.

For this effort, you’ll need wacky ideas to guide you. Let us help you with those:



Huge Events


It can sometimes be worth treating yourself to visit an event you’ve cared about for some time. Let’s say you’re very much into playing video games, and the stories behind them. Heading to E3 or PAX, international conventions that draw thousands each year, and a host of game developers and raw acting talent could be incredible to see, much the same case with Comic-Con. If you’re into sports, you may decide to head to England to spend the weekend watching the Royal Ascot, perhaps even upgrading to a higher-star hotel room than you’re used to. 

You may even decide to rent a yacht for the Monaco Grand Prix, watching perhaps one of the most expensive sporting events in the world with one of the most wonderful forms of accommodation in the world. Heading to a huge event, even if it’s just once in your life can feel truly humbling, and give you an experience you’re never going to forget.



World Wonders


It might not be that you wish to celebrate a certain hobby, but rather feel your place as a human on this Earth by paying attention to some of the most profound wonders of the world. Seeing the Pyramids for the first time, or Chichen Itza, or Christ The Redeemer could be considered absolutely incredible. Heading on a specialised tour guide to help you learn the entire history, and absorbing yourself into the culture of the surrounding area can all prove absolutely wonderful if you go with the flow and make the most out of the destination. Crafting a bucket list of things to do before you are unable to can help you delve into these wonders with joy, understanding just how the peak of humanity can express itself sometimes.



Family Connections


A little humility can sometimes be worthwhile too. You may simply decide to organise an event for all of the family to attend, bringing together multiple generations under one roof. You might decide to ensure that you’re there for the birth of your nephews and nieces, or generally reconnect with your family if you haven’t in some time. To me, that’s also ‘doing it in style.’

With these tips, organising the trip of a lifetime is sure to be possible.

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Post Comment Love 23rd - 25th November

Welcome back to another Post Comment Love with Stephanie and me. Can you believe it's almost December? It seems just two minutes ago we got back from Florida and now it's almost Christmas - what is going on?!? 

I haven't even started with the Christmas shopping and we've got so much to do. Next weekend will be Christmas decoration time (ours always go up on the 1st) and then it'll be the hurtle towards the day. Oh boy, we'd better get buying hadn't we? I do have a list, so that's something I suppose. I've been adding things to my Amazon wish list as a reminder of things to think about but I do prefer to buy things that aren't from the High Street. You know, the kind of things that you couldn't get doubled up. But of course that means more planning. On the plus side I'm not cooking for 20 people this year, in fact we might be going out for Christmas Lunch which I'm quite looking forward to. In 14 years I haven't had a year when I didn't cook so having the break would be lovely.


Post Comment Love 23rd - 25th November | I'm looking forward to Turkey for Christmas Lunch.
Mmmm turkey... 


As for other stuff we don't have a lot going on at the moment, apart from all the 40th birthdays. Our first is my brother, on 21st December, then we have a little break. After that they come thick and fast. But as I was saying, we don't have a lot going on, the boys are going to school and LP is enjoying his clubs and karate. BP is studying a lot, he seems to have more homework this year than ever before and he doesn't like it one bit. I've had to start telling him how much to do and when, so he doesn't end up doing 4 hours of homework in one evening. It's difficult when all he wants to do is play Fortnite but he's got hours of homework to do. But that's a mums job right? As much as I hate being Evil Mum it has to be done so that he doesn't fall behind. 

I've been helping LP a lot lately too. He has his first big project from school and it's due in next week. He's written a biography about his dad, which he's needed quite a bit of help with. When BP did it I could pretty much leave him to it, but LP needs the extra help. Especially with the grammar and punctuation. I don't mind it though, it's what I do after all. Hopefully he'll get it all finished and he'll have a nice break for Christmas. 

So, that's it from me this week. 
Are you Christmas ready?



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Alonyo is a London based blogger who enjoys ordering pizza and watching her favourite TV shows or movies on a night in. Head to Stephanie's blog to read more about Alonyo and find out what her three best blog posts are.



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Top 7 things you should do at Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World

When you first enter Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World it's easy to get overwhelmed because there's so much to see and do. For a start there's a choice of how you want to enter, you can go either left or right, and you'll see different things depending which route you take. But fret no more - here's our top 7 things you should do at Animal Kingdom - you can do more, obviously, but these are our favourites.



Avatar Flight of Passage


I have never been on a ride that is quite so realistic. You sit on a bike type machine and put on glasses, then you are transported to Pandora. You get to ride on a Banshee and it flies through the air showing you around Pandora, and you're surprised along the way too. This ride is epic, wind blows into your face as the Banshee flies around, water splashes you as it flies over the sea, and your tummy does somersaults as the Banshee flies around the huge trees. It is truly a unique experience and one I would highly recommend. 


Top 7 Things You Should Do At Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World | Visit Pandora to see some beautiful sights.


Na'vi River Journey


Top 7 Things You Should Do At Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World | Walking through Pandora is quite an experience, with floating rocks and waterfalls everywhere.


Another ride within the Pandora area of Animal Kingdom this one is for everyone, even those that don't like rides very much. You sit in a boat and sail along a gentle river, there's no sudden drops or turns, and while you sail along the river you get to see some wonderful sights around Pandora. Luminescent plants and animals, strange looking animals in a forest, and an amazing sight towards the end of the ride. I won't tell you what it is, so as to not spoil the surprise, but it's one not to miss.





True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision. 

Edith Wharton





Kilimanjaro Safari


I have recommended the safari so many times that I feel like a broken record, but it really is amazing. You sit in a large truck and the driver takes you around the Savannah to see various different animals. You'll spot giraffes, zebra, and if you look really closely you may even spot the leopards - if they're out. The brilliant thing about the Safari is you get to snap great photos while learning about the animals you're seeing. The driver of your truck will always have some information for you and will talk constantly during your ride. The Safari is quite bumpy, so not great for those that suffer with back issues, but little ones love it as long as you hold tightly onto them!


Top 7 Things You Should Do At Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World | See lions lying on rocks on the Kilimanjaro Safaris.



Finding Nemo the Musical


If there is just one show you have time to see make it Finding Nemo the Musical. Based on the movie this is a show where puppeteers sing and make their puppets (Nemo, sharks, etc) dance and swim around the stage. All of the music is brilliant but some of it is outstanding, particularly when Crush comes onto stage and starts singing. Despite the number of times I've seen the show it never fails to bring a tear to my eye at the end. All the family will love this one.



Maharaja Jungle Trek


If you haven't had enough of all the walking yet you absolutely must do the Maharaja Jungle Trek, a path takes you past various animals, including tigers, and you can sometimes get very close up. There are unique birds to see, as well as gorillas and other animals too. The best thing about the Trek though is that there's always a Cast Member around to teach you about the animals. Last time we visited BP spent a while talking to a Cast Member about the Kimodo Dragon because he was obsessed with it. He couldn't believe he'd seen one in real life and was talking about it all the time. It was brilliant seeing him learn about the animal from someone who actually knows stuff.


Top 7 Things You Should Do At Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World | See gorillas from far away, and up close, on the Maharaja Jungle Trek.




Winged Encounters: The Kingdom Takes Flight


Watch Macaws fly over your head, and not high over your head either. More than once I've seen people have to duck to avoid the Macaws. Cast Members stand outdoors and teach about the birds, telling anyone that will stand and listen that they don't actually keep them in a cage like others. The Macaws fly to and from their "home" whenever they please and they're not told when to "perform". The last time we were there one Macaw decided he wasn't interested in following the rest of the group back to his home and stayed on a perch in the park for a while after the "show" had finished. The Cast Member had to stay where she was, talking about the birds, until the Macaw decided to fly home. It's a really interesting bit of entertainment.





Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere. 

Carl Sagan





Rivers of Light


This night time show is a must if you happen to be at the park into the night. You sit or stand around a huge lake in the middle of Animal Kingdom and watch as a boat sails into the middle of the lake. What follows is a mixture of wonderful coloured lighting, water features, and other sailing boats and things that all mix together to create a beautiful show. The music is great and the show is just 15 minutes long, so if you're tired there's not long to wait before you can leave. I'd recommend seeing the show, and you don't have to queue in the long lines for ages either. When we saw the show we didn't queue at all, just entered the area after everyone else had gone in and sat down, and we even found a seat!


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There are plenty more things to see at Animal Kingdom, and if you're able to visit more than one day you'll easily fill them. 



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Christmas Gift ideas for your mother-in-law

There are certain relatives that can be difficult to buy Christmas Gifts for, it could be that you don't know them well enough or just that they're a bit awkward to buy for. I have a few people like that, not awkward to buy for but I just never know what to get, so I've spent a little time putting together a good list of Christmas Gift ideas for your mother-in-law, because for me she's one of the ones I struggle with.

I like to buy gifts that are a bit different, something that will stand out next to all those gift sets from Boots (not that those are bad gifts). I always try to think about the person I'm buying for, and in this case it's my Mother-in-law, I think about what they like, what they enjoy doing, and how a gift could enhance those things. With that in mind here we go...



Fashion




Alpaca Fur Pompom Gloves & Scarf



Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mother-in-Law | These luxury scarf and gloves will have your mother-in-law like putty in your hands!
Gorgeous looking scarf and gloves - photo courtesy of PressLoft


The colour of this scarf, and matching gloves, is gorgeous and it totally screams luxury. I love the pompoms, which are made from 70% Alpaca fur and 30% bamboo - but before your mouth is agape with shock, the fur used is from alpaca that have died from natural causes. The animals are never killed purely for their fur. 

You can buy the Scarf for £110, and the gloves cost £64.95 from annabeljames.co.uk.





For it is in giving that we receive.

Francis of Assisi





Ladybird Silk Eye Mask


Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mother-in-Law | For the mum who likes to nap!


Made from 100% silk with organic cotton inner and priced at £30 this eye mask is a perfect luxury gift. It would make a great gift for any mother-in-law that likes to travel, or even just those that like a good nap. 

Buy this eye mask from Wilful North.



'Imbolc Festival' Square Silk Scarf


Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mother-In-Law | A silk scarf is luxury she'll love!


Another great find at Wilful North is this silk scarf, which is available in three sizes. I love the colour of the scarf, it's very striking, I think it would be perfect for those mother-in-laws that like to stay stylish. To get your mother-in-law something really special grab this scarf from Wilful north from £65.



Pansy Silk Neckerchief


Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mother-in-Law | The silk neckerchief is luxury that won't break the bank.


If you'd like to get your mother-in-law a little luxury without breaking the bank then this silk neckerchief is just what you're looking for. Handmade using 100% and digitally printed with a floral pansy design it's sure to bring a smile to her face, and at just £18 your wallet will thank you too!



Millwoven Silk Eye Pillow



Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mother-in-Law | This silk eye pillow is the perfect gift that will let her have an uninterrupted nap.
Image courtesy of PressLoft


Now for some I know this might sound like a strange gift, but for someone who suffers with migraines this could be the perfect gift. The pillows are filled with linseed so they're perfect for placing over your eyes when meditating or simply taking a nap, you can also have lavender scented inserts. The cover is removable for washing and is available in three colours. For £35 this is a great luxury gift that will allow your mother-in-law that "me time" she really wants - with no interruptions!



Jewellery




Gold Swallow Necklace


Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mother-in-Law | A unique Swallow necklace could be the perfect way to say Merry Christmas.


Ever since watching Cougar Town I've loved the look of unique jewellery, like having a turtle on a necklace. More and more I've seen things like that pop up and that's why I loved the look of this gold swallow necklace, it's so cool!

Available from Arlette Gold for £60 your mother-in-law could have this gold plated swallow, that apparently symbolises a sailor's safe return - the sighting of the bird meant that land was close by. You can choose either gold- or silver-plated, and it is handmade in Kent.



Edblad Glow Studs, Rose Gold



Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mother In Law | Rose Gold mini studs are a perfect Christmas gift.


I love rose gold, it's not quite as bright as proper gold but it makes me think "luxury". These mini studs that are set with 13 mini crystals to reflect the light are pretty and simple, which makes them perfect for any occasion - you can also get a matching necklace. At £32 they'd make the perfect Christmas gift for any stylish mother-in-law.



Oval Amethyst and Marcasite Cluster Ring


Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mother In Law | An oval amethyst, sterling silver, ring that won't cost the earth.


This sterling silver ring is gorgeous, and at just £29 it makes a great (and not too expensive) Christmas gift. I love the colour of the amethyst on this ring and there's lots of matching jewellery on the Gemondo Jewellery website too. The great thing about this jewellers is that the jewellery is not really expensive so you can buy beautiful pieces without hurting your credit!



Christmas Pin Badge



Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mother In Law | A cute little Christmas pin that is fairly cheap - win!


With a choice of 5 you can send a pin to your mother-in-law she'll love and it'll make a great stocking filler. At just £7.50 these cute little pins would look great on a coat lapel or a handbag, and each time she looks at it, she'll think of you.



Home




Klippan Pure Wool Field Blanket


Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mother In Law | A bright yellow blanket will keep her warm while brightening the dark nights.


Okay so it's getting colder and everyone loves a good blanket to snuggle under right? But the blanket doesn't have to be a dark colour - get a lovely, bright, yellow blanket for your mother-in-law to snuggle under and even though it's dark outside she'll feel like the sun is shining. Grab this wool blanket from And Shine for £70.



Alpaca Throw


Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mother In Law | A lovely, natural coloured throw made from alpaca wool, something your mother-in-law will love.


Heading back to the Annabel James website I found this gorgeous throw, in "natural" colour it's lovely, and it's made from Alpaca wool. It's durable, luxurious, and is sure to keep your mother-in-law warm on those chilly evenings, and there's a choice of 8 colours - so you're sure to find something she'll love. Oh, and the price is currently reduced - grab this throw now for £139.95.



Bloomingville Rose Pink Cotton Throw


Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mother In Law | A beautiful pink throw that doesn't cost a lot - win!


Now I know we can't all spend almost £150 on a throw for our mother-in-law, but that doesn't mean we can't make her feel special with a gorgeous throw for keeping warm at night. This rose pink cotton throw from Beaumonde is lovely, I love the muted pink and I have no doubt it would keep mother-in-law warm at night, and at just £20 it's a great little gift right?



Liliana Sheet Metal Dancing Girl Sculpture


Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mother In Law | This dancer sculpture would be the perfect, and different, addition to your mother-in-law's lounge.


If you're looking for something a little bit different, perhaps your mother-in-law was a dancer? Then this sculpture would be a wonderful Christmas gift. It is made using reclaimed metal in different shades of golds, coppers, and rusty reds. From afar it looks like a beautiful dancer, elegant and agile, but up close you see the intricacies of the metal and how it is formed together. Definitely a striking piece to have in your home, and for £100 your mother-in-law could be admiring it on her table.



Voyage Elemental Arcturus Vessel Abalone


Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mother In Law | A lovely blue vase for her to put gorgeous white flowers into.


Okay so that title is a bit of a mouthful - basically it's a vase. This beautiful blue vase would be perfect sitting on your mother-in-law's dining table filled with the most beautiful white flowers wouldn't it? For £59, from Bridgman, your mother-in-law could be thanking you with the home-cooked meals you love so much.



Medium Rose Pot


Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mother In Law | Candles with a lavender scent will leave her calm and happy.


If your mother-in-law likes candles then these Dalit Candles group of 3 Medium Rose Pots will be a lovely gift. The candles are available in a lavender scent (my favourite) with a hint of vanilla and cost £16.99. I love the little rose on the pot, it's exactly the kind of style I love.



Artland DOF Neon Tumblers


Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mother In Law | A pair of these bright and unique glasses would be a great gift.


This set of two mouth blown tumblers would be a brilliant Christmas gift. The colours are bright and there's a crackled effect through the coloured area, and for just £18.50 I'm sure they'd be a good addition to anyone's glass cupboard.





The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.

Charles Dudley Warner





Woodland Light


Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mother In Law | A unique lamp could make her smile.


For something a little different check out Bright Corner and their lights. This Woodland light is gorgeous, made from Birch plywood it could help anyone calm down by it's lovely light. You can grab it for £68.



The usual gifts


I know I said I like to get something a bit different from the usual store stuff but sometimes there's no option. Although these next few things don't come from your regular 'stores' I think they're great.



Ultimate Spa Box


Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mother In Law | Every woman likes a spa day, especially one at home.


Whenever I hear the word spa my ears automatically prick up and I'm listening. A day at the spa is wonderful and always welcome, but sometimes you can't get there. That's why this hamper is super special - it's like a spa at home! At a cost of £165.99 it's quite pricey but you get plenty of look-after-yourself goodies.



Gluten Free Hamper


Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mother In Law | This gluten free hamper is sure to make her smile.


For the mother-in-laws who like to be, or have to be, gluten-free then this is a great little hamper, and I have no doubt she'll be thankful for such a wonderful gift. Featuring wine gums and peanut butter honeycomb it sounds like a luxurious hamper but for £38 it doesn't cost the earth.



Burgundy Blooms Faux Bouquet


Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mother In Law | All mums like flowers, but I bet they like flowers that don't die even more!


Why not get your mother-in-law some flowers that will never die, but that still look and feel like real flowers? This gorgeous Bridgman bouquet of flowers would be such a lovely gift, especially at Christmas. There's no need to worry about dead flowers with these, and those gorgeous blooms will be colourful all year round. What's not to love? Grab this bouquet for £95.



Travel Mugs


Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Mother In Law | Travel mugs are great, especially for travelling.


If your mother-in-law has to drive to work every day but misses her morning coffee why not buy her one of these travel mugs, they're colourful, very handy, and I'm sure she'd love them. And at just £13 each you could even buy her more than one!


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There you have it, a selection of Christmas gift ideas for your mother-in-law. I hope I've helped you settle on something for your mother-in-law, or if not at least inspired you.


Which is your favourite idea from the list?



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