In the spirit of Christmas I have one copy of How I Met My Match to give away. This is a great book for Young Adult’s and the young at heart and makes a wonderful Christmas gift! All you have to do to win is comment on my blog post with your favourite childhood Christmas memory. Competition will run until Sunday 14th December and winner will be picked at random.
About How I Met My Match:
When Lacey breaks up with her boyfriend, Jake, she watches as her popularity, friends and social life goes with him. Managing basketball, school and everyday life is a lot to deal with when you only have one friend by your side, so in the hope to make some new friends, Lacey joins an online dating and friendship site, MeetYourMatch. Then, Lacey meets Chad. Lacey’s dream guy who she couldn’t have more in common with, but is it fate? Or is it to good to be true?
Christmas shopping is hard, especially when you’re on a budget. There’s so much pressure to find the perfect gift but often they are so expensive.
I’ve compiled a list of gifts you can buy that are good, suit all kinds of people and they won’t break the bank.
Gifts for the animal lover: I come from a family of animal lovers and one of my favourite gift ideas is getting a portrait done of their animal. There is heaps of artists advertising their talents on places like Facebook and Twitter and you can get a bargain at only $20.
Failing that, I love the art prints on www. felt.co.nz they have some adorable animal prints for a bargain and some artists even send you a little bonus gift.
If you have an ultimate animal lover on your hands, perhaps you could gift them a copy of my self published book Don’t Shop, Adopt. You can feel good because, not only are you supporting me, a portion of your sale will be donated to the South Canterbury SPCA. You can visit www.dontshopadopt.co.nz to have a look for yourself.
Gifts for the book lover: Book lovers can be so hard to buy for, can’t they? Some of us will only read certain genres and some of us are willing to read any genre at least once. There’s a heap of cool websites related to books that you can check out but my favourite is Whitcoulls. They often do little features with new release books, good books for her and good books for him. Failing that, why not gift them a gift voucher and they can choose their own present! Everybody wins! However if you really want to give a physical gift perhaps you could ask for an exchange voucher. If it’s not their thing, they can swap for something that is. Continue reading →
If there is one thing I believe in, it’s Christmas wishes. Kind of like New Years resolutions except I only make them at Christmas.
I remember when I was a kid I would always wish for a new toy or something that one of my friends had and then I would wish that my family was happy always.
Now I’m all grown up and only one of those wishes has stayed the same. I’m sure you can guess which one. I guess, as we grow up, we lose sight of material things and begin to focus on what’s important: Family, friends and living life to the fullest.
This year I’ll be wishing for good health, not only for me but everyone I know. I’ll be wishing that everyone I know make the most of life because life is far to short so you might as well enjoy it. Seriously, you’ll regret it one day if you don’t.
I’m a person that can often hold a grudge if someone hurts someone I love and me, to a degree. My Dad always gives me one piece of advice and I try to remember this always: Be the bigger person, don’t waste your time and bring yourself down holding a grudge. He’s exactly right and to be honest, most of them probably don’t even care that I feel that way. Infact I should probably be thankful to those people they show me how I never want to make other people feel.
Most people tell me I’m a pretty nice person and that really means a lot to me but next year (and the rest of this year) I want to focus on being even nicer. I’m happier when I’m making others happy. My Christmas wish is that I might inspire others to do the same.
It’s just not Christmas Eve if you don’t sit down and watch some good old Christmas movies. It’s tradition so you have to do it, right?
I love Christmas movies and the ones that have animals as the main characters are my absolute favourites. I’m still playing Blogmas catch up due to starting late so today I’m doing two Blogmas posts. I thought I would start off with my top 10 Christmas movies: Continue reading →
Traditions are a big part of Christmas and everyone has something they always do so here’s mine.
I have more than one Christmas tradition but my absolute favourite one is dressing my pets up in their Christmas outfits.
Every year I buy a little Christmas outfit for my pets and the pets that will allow me to do it get dressed up and get their photo taken. Such a joyous occasion. I thought I would share below some of their Christmas outfits over the years.
It can be really hard deciding on the perfect gift for your loved one. There’s so much pressure at Christmas with gift buying that you forget about what they actually like.
I have always been a big fan of getting meaningful gifts. My boyfriend works in IT so I made him a plaque with the binary (0s and 1s) code on it. Then I thought about his favourite TV show and got him a mug with his favourite TV character (Moss from the IT Crowd) on it.
Sometimes I like to get gifts that I like to remind him of me. One year I got my partner a teddy bear (just a small one because he’s not as big a fan as me of teddies) and although they are not really his thing he absolutely loved it because it reminded him of me and, teddies are really cute.
You don’t always have to buy a gift for it to be special. You can make something and your husband/boyfriend/wife/girlfriend may appreciate it a whole lot more because you really went out of your way to make the gift.
Sometimes you don’t even have to make or buy anything, sometimes even just doing a simple task that your partner would usually do will mean a lot to them because you have taken something off of their plate.
Speaking of plates, pretty much everyone loves food so why not make your partner a dish that they absolutely love. I guarantee this would really mean a lot to them. I made my boyfriend a Spaghetti Pie a couple of weeks ago and I’ve never seen him so excited about food.
So there you have it, with a little creative thinking you can find the perfect gift many different ways.
I know I’m a little late to the Blogmas party but I really love writing so I’ll do four Blogmas posts today in order to catch up. Starting with: What Christmas means to me.
It’s very easy to lose sight when it comes to the festive season. Retail stores get very into the Christmas spirit which is wonderful but often you can find yourself thinking it’s all about material items. But, it’s not.
In my opinion, Christmas is spending time with family or friends and just having a bloody good time.
Eating two or three courses of the main and forgetting your diet while you help yourself to lots of sweets and puddings maybe even trying something new. For example, last year my boyfriend, Shaun, had never had trifle and I had a blast introducing him to one of my favourite puddings.
Christmas is laughing and joking with your family, forgetting all of the worries and stress you have been dealing with all year. Getting out the back yard cricket set and hitting a few wickets. Making fun of your brother while he takes the absolute piss out of you, complimenting your mother on the delicious food and enjoying watching your father relaxed and carefree. Getting excited with your eight year old niece about all the presents and smiling at the memory of when you were that age. Continue reading →
By now, most people know that I absolutely love Christmas, sure it’s often tinged with sad moments but it’s usually a pretty happy time too. So naturally, when I was told about NZ Secret Santa on Twitter I just had to join in!
There’s a few reasons I love playing NZ Secret Santa, you got to meet some pretty awesome new tweeps, you get to give a gift and get one back and this year we even get badges but my ultimate favourite thing is the gift of giving.
I love giving gifts. There’s nothing better than that feeling of finding the perfect gift and seeing the giftee’s reaction when they open it. I love that part so much! Maybe they have had a hard year, maybe they got Bad Santa’d in the past or maybe they just need cheering up or they are just a really awesome person. I love being able to show them that someone does care and having the opportunity to spoil them. I also love that we get to give a gift to a very deserving charity.
This year NZ Secret Santa was even better for me. My giftee has been bad Santa’d in the past and is hoping for a miracle this year, I can’t wait to see their reaction when they open their gift and see that I took the time to find something special and really meaningful. Hopefully it gives them hope that some of us Secret Santas do try our best.
I hope everyone else is having fun this year and getting excited, like me, to see their giftee open their gift 😀