How to De-Stress over the Holidays

Life can be so hectic and sometimes the only time we allow ourselves to chill at home not doing much other than eating and spending time with family is at Christmas time. We have spoken to endless amounts of people about this prior to writing this post and almost everyone says the same thing- Christmas is the only holiday we spend at home doing nothing and don’t feel guilty for it.

It’s important that we have time to switch off from everyday life and the stresses that can come from it. Take the time to do the things you love but don’t usually prioritise or have time to fit in around your daily routine whether this is baking a cake, going for a run, painting your nails or watching your favourite TV show that you are now 5 seasons behind on.

This shouldn’t be just at Christmas time though, try and schedule a weekend in every now and again where you just spend time doing the things you really want to do. We always talk about how much we LOVE these weekends, we wouldn’t want these kinds of weekends all the time because we wouldn’t appreciate them as much but it is nice when you have been so hectic just to sit at home on a Saturday evening with a glass of wine in hand watching your favourite TV show.

We have set ourselves a challenge to make sure we start to schedule in these weekends, putting our self-care and health as a priority. This is going to be really hard for us because we always love being on the go making the most of our weekends and making them as jam packed as possible, but we know sometimes we end up burning the candle at both ends and it usually results in us becoming poorly which isn’t something we want.

So we urge you to do the same as us, start off with Christmas (if you can and have the time off work). Really allow yourself to switch off from your daily routine, say goodbye to the stressful morning commute, work deadlines and everything anything else that angers you or causes you stress on a daily basis. We can assure you your body and mind will thank you for it and you will feel so much better for it, going back to work in January feeling refreshed with a new optimistic mind that is ready to smash everything that comes your way.

So we are going to help you to start, grab a pen and paper and write down everything you love doing in your spare time that you want to do regularly going forward you can see some of the things that are on our lists below:

Annie
Bake banana loaf- my favourite
Swimming
Catch up on Nashville- best TV show ever
Go for a long walk in the woods
Straightening my hair

Rach
Painting my nails
Reading and finishing a book
Cleanse my skin
Cross Stich
Reading my favourite magazines

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Why You Should Start A YouTube Channel Today

We kept putting off starting a YouTube channel for months and months and we really wished we hadn’t. We always look back and laugh at our first vlog we were so formal sitting at Rach’s breakfast bar introducing ourselves, pulling funny facial expressions and using our hands WAY too much. We wouldn’t change it for the world though and we would never make this video private even if we cringe at it every time.


December is the perfect month to start YouTube especially if you want to vlog there is always so much going on around this time and everyone loves watching vlogmas. It will definitely make your first couple of video’s/vlogs fun and festive. We are excited to vlog during vlogmas, unfortunately we won’t be able to do it every day but we will be vlogging as often as we can.


In October we sat and filmed our first sit down video, up until that point we were only doing vlogs. We decided it was about time we sat down and did a chatty video. We were scared it would be super awkward and we wouldn’t know what to say but it wasn’t and we had so much fun. The first two video we filmed was an ‘autumn haul’ and the second one was ‘helpful blogging tips’ that we decided to post on our blogs 2nd birthday.


We don’t have many subscribers at all but you know what that really doesn’t bother us we love filming and we love the fact we can now go back and watch our holidays or fun days out that we have had. Memories that would have otherwise been forgotten have now been captured and are online for us to watch back forever.


The more you vlog or film the more natural it becomes, you become yourself on camera instead of trying to be yourself. We found this quite challenging to begin with but the more we have vlogged the better we have become (we hope).

December To Do List

Is anyone else obsessed with writing to do lists? We have one master copy to do list but then we also seem to have so many other daily to do lists flying around reminding us of all the work we have to do. We have therefore decided to document our December to do list (mostly fun things).

Life can get so busy especially in December that sometimes we forget to just stop and take a look back at everything we wanted to do, so we thought if we document it we have to do it right?

What is on your December to do list? We would love to know as always!

Blogmas- We are so excited to be taking part in Blogmas again this year, we loved it last year but it does mean our to list has grown and Blogmas has justified its own to do list.

Baking everything Christmas related- We love baking all things seasonal especially at Christmas time! We spend our lives on Pinterest gathering all the inspiration we need to get in the kitchen and make the house smell like sugar and spice.

Attend a carol concert- This is one of our favourite things to do at Christmas time and last year we didn’t get round to going to a carol concert together.

Drink copious amounts of Mulled Wine- Need we say more? We love mulled wine and we even made our own last year which was incredible.

Watch endless Christmas films- Snuggled on the sofa with the fire on, hot chocolate in hand wrapped in a blanket our idea of heaven.

Winter walks- Just because its cold outside doesn’t mean you have to spend all of your time inside, get outside and explore the countryside.

Eat all the advent calendars- Chocolate for breakfast? Errrr yes please!

Put up the Christmas tree and outside lights- A tradition that will never end!

Wear tacky Christmas jumpers- If you see two girls wearing identical tacky Christmas jumpers walking around you can probably assume that is us.

Watching and take part in Vlogmas- We will be taking part in Vlogmas for the first time this year, we won’t be Vlogging everyday but we will try and film as often as possible. Watching Vlogmas is one of our favourite things to do we always catch up on it in the gym when we are doing some cardio.

Spend time with friends & Family- December is the month were everyone makes the effort to see family and friends and we absolutely love it.

Buy Christmas presents- Thankfully we have already started (super organised this year) but we still have a few more bits to get!

BLOOMS DAY 24 – Our favourite Blogmas posts

We have loved taking part in our very first blogmas this year. We have loved writing all the posts but also reading other bloggers posts too. We thought we would share our favourite #blogmas posts for 2016.

Christie Louize – It was very hard to pick our favourite Chrismtas post, however it had to be The Definitive List of Christmas Food, because well, we love food too! We also completely agree with the number one choice, we LOVE pigs in blankets too, best part of the Christmas meal. However we would eat everything on this list apart from Christmas pudding, we agree this being the worst!

Belle Momento – We first discovered Francesca on twitter and so glad we did as we love following her blog. Francesca’s post about Christmas wrapping is absolutely fab and the photography is amazing. We both love wrapping up presents, but struggle to make them look ‘pretty’ so this post has given us some inspiration. Maybe next year we will do some cool wrapping! Check out this cute post here

The Blossom Twins – We love following the Blossom Twins blogposts and twitter accounts, we particularly like that there are two of us and two of them too!! We loved their Getting into the Christmas Spirit post because it completely sums up Christmas for us. We love Christmas movies and we love Terrys chocolate orange and for us this is how we get into the Christmas spirit. We would also add mulled wine to the list, the smell of mulled wine throughout the house definitely gets us into the Christmas spirit too! Go read their post here

Hay Sparkle – The gingerbread cucpcakes post was a firm winner for us because we are fellow bakers too and also love baking with ginger this year. These cupcakes look super cute and we will most definitely be making them next year. Check out the recipe here

The girl with an accent – If you don’t know what to cook this Christmas then this post is the one for you! There is so many good recipes here, we were drooling at the idea of feta and spinach stuffed French bread, mmmm! The candy cane cupcakes are also super cute.

Daisy Ashcroft – we are gonna be honest it was extremely hard to pick our favourite post from Daisy’s 2016 Blogmas. Daisy’s photosphraphy is dreamy, and one day we wish our photography skills were as good as hers! However we decided to go with Apple and Cinamon Muffins post, because the flavour combination is fab. These would be great muffins to take to a Christmas party, however we would also eat for breakfast too, oooops! Make sure you check out her other blogmas posts including the Elf of the Shelf ideas for adults which is pretty funny!

 

We would love to know your favourite #blogmas posts, please share them with us!