December … Not Just Christmas

Links to all my Christmas posts including recipes, gift and wrapping ideas, recommended books, films and music, and eco-friendly ways to celebrate the season. Of course, December isn't just about Christmas, so I talk about some other December awareness days.

100 Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas for all Budgets

Are you looking for eco-friendly, sustainable gift ideas for birthdays, Christmas, and other occasions. I've included 100 experiences, gifts of time, home baked and home made gifts, gifts to help people start their sustainable living journey, subscriptions, and eco-friendly gift boxes.

An Advent of Christmas Kindness – 25 Ideas for Giving Back on a Budget

My Charity Christmas Advent calendar consists of 25 ideas for Christmas kindness, and will allow you to give to charity during the festive period without breaking your budget.

Zero Waste, Eco-Friendly, Charitable & Money-saving Advent Calendar Ideas

Are you looking to be more charitable, frugal, or eco-friendly in your advent calendar options? Read my ideas for Charity Advent Calendars, Virtual Advent Calendars, DIY Advent Calendars & Reusuable Advent Calendars.

National Pumpkin Day

Read on to find out more about National Pumpkin Day along with pumpkin recipes and arts & crafts from around the world.

Do You Believe in Book Fairies?

Do you believe in fairies? Have you heard of book fairies? They inspired me to carry out some random acts of kindness recently. Read on to find out more.

My First Concert – 1982

Experience my first concert as told by my schoolgirl self in December 1982 - The Kinks and The Truth at Guildford Civic Hall as part of the Come Dancing tour.

Waste Free Halloween – Ideas for having an eco friendly celebration for all ages

Halloween is generally a time of huge waste. Read my tips of how to be more eco friendly by reusing, swapping and being creative to ensure a waste free Halloween holiday.

Live In Harmony

A wish for the new year. Wouldn't it be nice if we could all live in harmony? World peace is a bit optimistic, but even if people could just be nice to each other on social media or not get involved in someone else's disputes that would be a great start! Maybe take a little … Continue reading Live In Harmony

Merry Christmas

Good morning everyone! Merry Christmas to you all. I hope you have a lovely Christmas Day or if you find this time of year a struggle, I hope you will find it at least bearable and will have someone to share it with. Thank you all so much for your support again this year. Thanks … Continue reading Merry Christmas

Poppies for Remembrance Day – What do Different Colour Poppies Mean?

Did you know there are 6 types of poppies for Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday in the UK? Find out more about the types and colours of poppies available and view some amazing poppy art and memorials for Remembrance Day.

Victorian Corpse Bride Halloween Display, Redford USA

Photos from the annual Halloween Corpse Bride display in Redford USA

Doggy Dress Up & Feline Fancy Dress – Do your pets love Halloween?

Therapy dog Lucy, cute staffie Luna and Pancake the cat enjoy some dressing up fun for Halloween

Halloween Pumpkin Art & Crafts

A collection of arts and crafts based on pumpkin designs - from street art to line drawings, pumpkin carvings to painted stones and a link to a free printable for this year's Big Neighbourhood Pumpkin Trail.

Dear Mrs Bird – Pay It Forward with a Random Act of Kindness

Rather than reviewing or recommending Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce, I thought I would use this opportunity to talk about my¬†Pay It Forward¬†idea for carrying out random acts of kindness. I haven't finished reading this yet but will tell you a little bit about the book anyway. Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce, signifies … Continue reading Dear Mrs Bird – Pay It Forward with a Random Act of Kindness

Celebrations, Awareness & Kindness at Tea and Cake for the Soul

A collection of posts to spread kindness, share celebrations and commemorations and raise the profile of awareness days.

The Hidden Side of Loneliness

Updated November 2019 There are often self-help and thought-provoking statuses that appear on Facebook. Some you scroll past and some you read right to the end then feel a little bit cheated that it's a copy and paste post. Some you realise are shared posts but you can appreciate that people are just trying to … Continue reading The Hidden Side of Loneliness

My YouTube Christmas Eve Playlist

My Christmas playlist perfect for Christmas Eve. A great mix of traditional and new Christmas tunes, all with a cool rockabilly, psychobilly and ska vibe.

Recommended Netflix Christmas Movies (UK)

My lowdown on the Netflix Christmas movies for 2020 and years previous.

I Saw the Real Santa Claus

I loved Christmas as a kid, all the magic and the belief in Father Christmas. It's not quite the same as a grown-up is it? That's until I saw the real Santa Claus. Have you ever seen him? Take a look and see what you think. I've been fortunate enough to spend Christmas in California … Continue reading I Saw the Real Santa Claus