Xmas Gift Ideas that even Karen from Finance will like.

Christmas, Hobbies

Hi guys!

So this week I thought I’d give a guide to Christmas gifts, as by this time some people are super stressing about what they have to get for Karen from Finance (by the way, does Karen really need a gift?) – but this is a guide also for the people that are close to you that are so hard to buy gifts for (not looking at you Mum).

  1. Origami.

Now if you had read my blog about Origami (Read Here) you will be ahead on the game on this! Basically look up instructions on how to build origami, such as this Wikihow link!

Then you can get origami paper off Ebay for not much, and for the colours you choose, and you can also select a glass vase also to put it in. You can make the colours your giftee’s favourite colours, or to fit in with their home, and you can also add lights also, like this! Just make sure you are safe with the lights as it is paper and you don’t want hunky firemen over at your friends house when it burns down. Or do you?

origami vase

2. Wrapping Presents

There are some cool ways to wrap gifts these days. I personally love the ideas below.

christmas wrapping

I’m always looking for ways to use my Hello Kitty Instax camera (Here’s my review of it) and how I can use my cool photos as part of gifts and art. These ideas are fantastic as it really makes it personal. I suggest getting pictures of peoples kids, dogs, or important moments, then saving them for wrapping gifts, as it really makes it super personal. I also love the bells on a string idea, and the little reindeer!

3. Happy Jar

happiness jar

I have written a blog about this (Read here) in more depth so check it out if you want further information! This is a great gift for someone who gets the January/February blues, and needs to know that there is light at the start of March. It’s a great mental health tool that I have given to a few of my friends and it really helps!

These are a few ideas that will hopefully help you in your quest to be the best gift giver after Santa Claus and give Barbara (remember her from last blog?) a run for her money. Send me pics and tag me in social media if you do any of these ideas, I’d love to see them!

Merry Christmas!

T xx

PS I’ve included a few blog links that are in my blog however if you want something different try these!

How To Decorate Your Home For Christmas Better Than Your Neighbour Barbara

Tools to have great Mental Health over Christmas!Tools to have great Mental Health over Christmas!

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Bright Events: Vino Winter Wine Tasting 2017

Christmas, Edinburgh, Review
I got the opportunity to attend the two sessions of the annual Vino Winter Wine tastings at Summerhall, and it was a fantastic event.

Vino has been in business for seven years now, and have shops all over Edinburgh. Every year they have a Winter Wine Tasting event to bring together wine lovers, customers, staff, and press to really show off the wines they stock from all over the world. Having the event at Summerhall is a great choice, as the Dissection Room (the room the event was held in) is a splendid space where they were able to put in 19 tables and a bar for the event.

There was a full table of sparkling wine, as you walked in, featuring brands such as Taittinger and Rocco prosecco on hand. The Are You Game wines were there also, who are made by Fowles wine, and we were tasting their Sparkling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz. They featured some of the best labels of the night.
https://www.facebook.com/ChampagneTaittingerhttps://twitter.com/TaittingerUKhttps://en-gb.facebook.com/RoccoVenezia/https://www.fowleswine.comhttps://twitter.com/FowlesWineIMG_1114Another recent addition to the Vino family was Eschenhof Holzer Haide Roter Veltliner and Wagram Zweigelt from Austria – also with fantastic labels and great taste, with the folks from Red Squirrel on hand to talk about the wines.http://www.redsquirrelwine.agencyhttp://eschenhof-holzer.at/en/

https://www.facebook.com/eschenhofholzer/about

https://twitter.com/eschenhofholzer

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On Table 5 from Australia were the Alpha Box and Dice wines, featuring their ‘Tarot’ and ‘Fog’ wines, both red, and very popular with the customers I spoke to. These are low intervention, natural wines with no sulphur.

https://alphaboxdice.com/

https://en-gb.facebook.com/alphaboxdice

https://twitter.com/alphaboxdice

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New Zealand wines were a big feature at the event, with the Esk Valley Sauvignon Blanc and the Te Awa Left Field Albarino on Table 6 available to taste. One is the famed Sauvignon Blanc of Marlborough, the choice on many wine lists from here to Auckland but the Albarino is rarely seen outside of its heartland in Galicia, Spain. Fresh and characterful, it is a distinctively seductive wine.
www.eskvalley.co.nz/

https://twitter.com/EskValleyWines

https://teawacollection.com/

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Woodstock Winery from Australia showcased some of their dynamic wines, such as the Mary McTaggart Riesling, the Naughty Monte, and the Octogenarian Grenache Tempranillo.

www.woodstockwine.com.au/
https://twitter.com/woodstock_wine

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There were plenty of gins to taste, with The Old Curiosity from the Secret Herb Garden tasting three of their flavours – Chamomile & Cornflower, Lavender & Echinacea and Apothecary Rose. They also have an added element of changing colour when tonic is added – very much a fun party trick for your next event! Edinburgh Gin also had many of their flavours to try, such as their Christmas gin, and the very popular Plum & Vanilla Liqueur.

https://www.theoldcuriosity.co.uk/home/

https://twitter.com/secretherbgarde

https://en-gb.facebook.com/secretherbgarden/

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A selection of rum was available, with Atlantico Rum there, and the very tasty Seawolf White Rum produced in Scotland at Table 16.

www.atlanticorum.com/

https://en-gb.facebook.com/AtlanticoRum/

https://twitter.com/AtlanticoRum

https://twitter.com/seawolfrum

https://en-gb.facebook.com/SeaWolfRum/

They had a great range of whiskeys at the event, from the The Epicurean Malt, to the Scallywag Blended Malt Whiskey, and the Rock Oyster Blended Malt Whiskey.

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https://www.facebook.com/DLTheEpicurean/

https://twitter.com/dlaingwhisky

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Barney’s brought their beer truck for the event, which looks amazing, and they also had many cans to taste, such as the Glory Days, Red Rye, and Cosmic Ripper.

www.barneysbeer.co.uk/

https://twitter.com/barneysbeer

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Lucky Liquor were there showing their brand new Lucky Liqueurs on Table 16, with flavours such as Kummel, Violet, and Huckleberry – perfect if you frequent Lucky Liquor and want to have a piece of it to take home and enjoy.

http://www.luckyliquorco.com

https://www.facebook.com/LuckyLiquorCo

https://twitter.com/luckyliquorco

Vino curated a pick of wines at Table 18, called the Dunedin Wine Selection. This one is new for Winter 2017, launched on the night. You can order a box of 6 different wines, carefully selected by the team at Vino, and get to drink some of the best wines Vino has to offer. They come in different themed boxes such as: Classic, White, Red, Discovery, or Tasting, which has all of the 12 wines that Vino have selected for their Winter Selection.  There are wines included such as Two Dogs A Peacock & A Horse from South Africa, Alpha Box and Dice ‘Fog’ Adelaide Hills Nebbiolo from Australia, and Artolas Red Vidigal from Portugal. Perfect for gifting or having for your festive season and beyond.

If you would like to have a look at the cases in more detail, please visit the address below:
http://www.vinowines.co.uk/shop/case-deal

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There were other brands showing at the event, such as locals Bon Accord, doing tastings of their non alcoholic yet tasty mixers. Cloudy Lemonade and Rhubarb, as well as a great Ginger Beer.

www.bonaccordsoftdrinks.com/

https://en-gb.facebook.com/bonaccordsoftdrinks/

https://twitter.com/bonaccorddrinks

There was even food to keep everyone fed and happy, chocolate tastings on hand with Edward & Irwyn showcasing their delicious chocolates such as Dandelion Honeycomb, Snowy Mountain, and Scandinavian Spices, all made in Scotland. The Pantry Man van were also outside doing seriously tasty burgers all night, and keeping everyone on an even keel.

https://edwardandirwyn.co.uk

https://en-gb.facebook.com/EdwardandIrwyn/

https://twitter.com/EdwardandIrwyn

Drinkly were there to talk about their alcohol delivery service, with a comprehensive alcohol list and gifts to choose from, with delivery right up until midnight! Great idea for your festive parties to avoid the crowds, just order before 10pm.

https://drinkly.co.uk/

https://twitter.com/wearedrinkly

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All in all, a fantastic night, and one not to be missed next year! Follow the Vino pages on Facebook and Twitter, and of course the website to keep track of their latest events.

www.vinowines.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/people/Vino-Wines/100001063662700

https://twitter.com/vinowineshops

T xx

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How To Decorate Your Home For Christmas Better Than Your Neighbour Barbara

Christmas

Hi guys!

So shock horror. I haven’t gotten my Christmas tree up yet. I KNOW RIGHT. However that is happening this weekend and when I do I will be spamming ya feeds ABOUT IT.

So I thought I’d share some cool inspirational images that I found on Pinterest (shout out to Pinterest) and hopefully make your home merry and bright this Christmas. And confuse your neighbours, family, friends, and the firemen that come to your house because you went too extra with the lights.

First. this Christmas tree. How awesome is this!!!

I have a wire mannequin that I have decorated like this a few years and it looks so awesome and cool! You can do whatever you like with it as well, it really does provide a cool point of difference and really adds a fashionable flair to the holiday.

Another idea for those who will get snow (fingers crossed we in Edinburgh do) – do an upside down snowman! It’s fun and silly and will make you and others smile.

Alternative Christmas decorations such as these robots. Who says you have to have a normal tree? I could have a My Little Pony themed Christmas tree if I want….hmm….

Using Christmas tree foliage is a great way to not get the whole tree and then add some awesome hanging decorations to create a cool background for family photos and the dinner table.

Sometimes you get some awesome cards that you want to put pride of place in your home – look no further than this next idea! I love this idea as it really makes a cool feature of your cards and make your friends and family feel that their awesome card is appreciated!

I hope you liked these suggestions, I love decorating my home for Christmas in new and fun ways, please send me any suggestions you have also! And follow me on Pinterest to see what else I have going on.

T xx

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Tools to have great Mental Health over Christmas!

Christmas, Mental Health

Hi team!

So Christmas is a time of joy, family, and presents (don’t forget them presents!) Hoooowever it is a time that depression and anxiety can make it’s full entrance at the wrong time. Speaking from experience, Christmas Day can be a minefield for a person that is suffering from D&A.

The first stress factor is getting presents for everyone. Do you really need to get that present for your neighbours cousin’s boyfriend? No you do not. Send out cards, and get gifts for the people that really matter in your life.

The second stress factor is work. A lot of people work right up to the day (unless you are very lucky and for that I am envious) and often on the day itself are too wiped out to enjoy the day. Take time through the month to give yourself self care, and don’t push yourself trying to attend every Christmas event out there.

The third is where you are spending the day. Often family comes into this, with pressures perhaps real or imagined taking place. You have to ask yourself what you want out of the day. Do you want to have a chilled out day or a full day of family and food? It is your day too, and you need to look after yourself. I like to do both, where I have the loudness for awhile, then a bit of quiet time to recharge, often taking a walk after dinner if I can to get out the house and get a bit of fresh air. Make it work for you as it’s your health that matters.

The fourth is FOMO. There are lot of a great events on around Christmas, such as Christmas markets, dinners, parties, celebrities turning on lights, carolling, the list goes on. The problem is when you want to go to everything, and start to overwhelm yourself. Pick and choose your events over the holiday season, as you will be more tired over the month of December.

So here are a few tips for the December/Christmas extravaganza:

  1. Sleep well, Hydrate, Eat right (I know, lame, but try to eat some veggies and fruits).
  2. Say yes to events you really want to go to, and no to events that you don’t. There are sometimes obligatory things that happen around this time of year but really, it’s your health that matters and you need to pace yourself.
  3. Take time out over December to meditate, do yoga, run, what ever you do to relax. Make sure you get that alone time to really take in the moment and get your breath back.
  4. Remember it is only one day. Go into it expecting the best, and you shouldn’t be disappointed.
  5. Take in the moments over the day, and you will be surprised at how many make you feel good and that you feel you may have missed previous years!

Happy Christmas everyone and hope you all get unicorns in your stockings!

T xx

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