Be Thankful…

Today’s post is not the read and run kind. I defy anybody to say that they can’t comment, even if it is mentally, and this post has been designed to make you think…


Be Thankful print £2.52 Etsy.com

This December has passed by in a blur for me. Even after talking about #shareadvent I managed a measly 3 prompts before life took over. It’s an American idea to ‘give thanks’ for what we are grateful for in life but for a time of year that for me is about friends and family, kindness and sharing and love, I certainly haven’t done enough stepping back and thinking about how lucky I am.

I thought I’d make a list of things I am thankful for this Christmas and I’d love you to take a moment today or this weekend to stop and reflect and share your thoughts in the comments.

I am grateful for tradition. Today I’m going for lunch, last minute shopping and a nails appointment with my Mum and sister. It’s the third Christmas day out we have had now and I cherish the time for just the three of us, doing girly things. We never get a lot done, but now I don’t live at home it’s a nice chance to catch up in the run up to Christmas before it’s actually the big day and it’s almost all over.

I’m grateful for opportunity. Having Francesca move to Manchester has been great but having the chance to live with her again, although it has brought with it some challenges, has been amazing. I’ve got to know her again in a way you only do when you live with someone and been able to support her more than I would have otherwise. Although some people might think it’s odd, I love being able to say that ‘I live with my sister’.

I’m grateful for partnership. This month Pete has done what he always does, made everything around me work, when I don’t have time to. He’s looked after me, organised me and been there for me, even though this half of the team hasn’t been pulling its weight. It’s the practicalities of unconditional love and I am eternally thankful we found each other.

I’m grateful to be healthy. At this time of year more than ever, I enjoy my home visits through work. It’s always a privilege being asked into people’s homes where they are most vulnerable, the old ladies leaving the door open and the old men who ask you to turn out the lights when you leave to save the electricity. This year I’m reminded as I visit the lonely or depressed or dying that I am lucky to be healthy and happy and that right now, those around me are too.

Lastly, I’m grateful for change. I always consider myself quite a dynamic person but in reality, I don’t like change. Moving has been a big change and since then, I have stalled on getting the house renovation moving, preferring to plan than get my hands dirty and dusty. When it feels like hard work I must remember it will be worth it, that the mess will be finite and the result is creating our family home.

Now it’s your turn readers. You don’t have to write an essay, but what are you thankful for this Christmas?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Christmas Gift Guide #5: The Mini Me’s

Today I’m moving onto the mini-me’s. It can be hard to buy for the little ones and that old cliche about the cardboard box being more interesting than the present really does ring true. I also find that toys veer far too much down the plastic-fantastic route and try my best to steer well clear of those, preferring instead to buy choices I know the parents of any little one will love just as much as the little one themselves, if not more.

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What do you think readers, do you have little ones to buy for? What are your top tips and finds this year?
Michelle xx

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Christmas Gift Guide #4: The Stylish Homemaker

For those of you who are last minute shopping, we have a slew of gift guides this week for you and a couple of festive treats from my contributors. Hold onto your Santa hats!

Although I love the festive feeling of towns all dressed up in their twinkly lights, I must admit I have a real aversion to shopping when it’s incredibly busy. Brings me out in a cold sweat. So I tend to do the bulk of my shopping online from the comfort of my own home.

And with a really varied range of people to buy for this year my finds are quite an eclectic mix, so I’ve split them into a few gift guides which Rebecca is kindly sharing with you readers throughout the week.

First up is the stylish homemaker… we all have a friend who loves her home and gets excited about paint and wallpaper samples, well these are the perfect gifts for her (or him!). This one was pretty easy for me to put together as it’s basically everything I already want.

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  • 1. Magazine buying always feels like such an indulgent luxury so what could be better than having this drop through your letterbox every month? A subscription actually works out much more cost-effective too. Living etc Magazine Subscription Gift Pack (12 issues)
  • 2. I love the intricate design of this Morse-Code Love Blanket by HollyBerry (how can you not buy one for Christmas with that name?)
  • 3. If you’re going to give scented candles then why not make sure they’re the best… Tom Dixon Scented Candle Gift Set I can see these making great desk pots once the candle has burned away
  • 4. The neon trend shows no signs of slowing down and these are a quirky little gift that won’t break the bank but will definitely impress Seletti – Neon Art Neon Letters Numbers and Shapes
  • 5. It may be practical but oh how pretty is it? Seletti Cutting Board
  • 6. This has long been on my list and I’m hoping will be under my own tree this Christmas Decorating with Style Abigail Ahern
  • 7. This may seem like an off choice of present but seriously I would love it if someone bought me these, they’re hard to track down and it’s one of those items I covet and never get round to buying Heals Plumen Bulbs. A stocking filler perhaps?
  • 8. Sipsmith Damson Vodka 50cl and 9. Kosta Boda Tumblers Of course these have to be given together, perhaps with a little handwritten recipe for a delicious Damson Vodka cocktail
  • 10. Ceramic Letter Hook another unexpected stocking filler that’s cute and original
  • 11. We Love Karou Mug sipping a morning coffee in these is guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone’s face
  • 12. And of course they could only sit atop these Artek Siena Coasters. Gorgeous!

 

Michelle xx

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CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE #3: Stocking fillers

In my family, it’s customary to have a main christmas or birthday present, and also some small presents too, which is lovely to receive but tricky to accomplish sometimes. It’s hard to find stocking fillers that are both ‘wanted’ and also within budget as they can easily add up. I’ve rounded up a selection of my favourites here for girls and guys (although of course some you might disagree with me – cheese lovers I’m looking at you! ;) )


Earrings £6 Accessorize // Burt Bees Lip Balm, John Lewis £3.14 // Tangle Teezer £10.99 John Lewis // Glitter Tape, £3.50/roll Paper Mash // Bespoke pencil set £25 Abigail Warner at NOTHS.com // Meringue Girls Cookbook Amazon £10.20
Happy Socks £8, ASOS // iPhone initial case – Paperchase £12 // Stag and Owl Wine stoppers, Paperchase £8 // Ravioli cutter, Tesco £5.99 // Alex Ferguson My Autobiography, Amazon £12 // Wensleydale with Fig and Orange truckle £1 ASDA

For the girls…

  • Pretty studs for every day
  • A sweet lip balm
  • For girls of all ages, a hair brush guaranteed to get through those knotty ends
  • Sparkly tape for all manner of gift wrapping and crafty plans
  • Personalised pencils for the smartest girl at school (or in the office)
  • For the domestic goddess, or sweet toothed, the cookbook of the moment.
For the boys…
  • Christmas cheese for festive nibbles
  • The most talked about autobiography (and book?) this year, a must for any football fan.
  • For the foodie, a ravioli press to make his own filled pasta parcels
  • Happy socks, because black socks are boring.
  • An initialled Phone cover
  • For a litte bit of gentlemanly style, a stag wine stopper.

I know I always find picking out budget stocking fillers tricky without resorting to the same old same old and without spending a fortune, so I’d love to hear if you have any great ideas?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Christmas Gift Guide #2: For Mums (of all ages) by Esme

Today’s gift guide is from Esme, who is bringing us a list of pampering and spoiling suggestions for new mums and in fact, mums everywhere of all ages. Hint: Forward the link to your OH and thank Esme later ;)

Under £20

£20 – £30

Splash out

Can you add to this list readers – We’d both love to hear any suggestions you might have. It’s looking like the Joules pyjamas are pretty hot this year!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Christmas Gift Guide #1: My Wish List

It’s December people so time to hold on to your hats as we bring you a range of gift guides from me and the wider Florence Finds team. I’m kicking things off with a bit of a wish list more than a guide, but I suspect it will give you some ideas of things you might want to buy your lucky friends and family :)

  • Origins Moisturiser with SPF £35 I’m ready for a new moisturiser and need something heavier for the winter, but I never forsake my SPF.
  • Joules Pyjama bottoms £29.95 For winter cosiness and spring time florals all in one.
  • Checked Scarf, Zara £19.99 Because I love the trend for tartan during the Christmas season. 
  • Little Parcel friendship bracelet, Astley Clarke (15% off until midnight tonight readers!) £175 I’ve long wanted one of these and fell for this one to remind you of someone important.
  • Silver Zatchel saddle bag, Atterley Road, £70 Because I want a small winter bag for wearing over winter layers and gleaming metallics are bang on trend.
  • Big Antipasti plank, Jamies Italian £17.50 For sharing lingering meals with friends.
  • Cocktail Shaker, Anthropologie £20 To add a little something to my bar tray for seasonal parties.
  • Walnut Owl, Howkapow £25 Because I didn’t get it last year…
  • Cashmere Jumper, Boden £149 (currently 30% off) Always an investment, Always luxurious, eternally practical and stylish.
  • Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner in Black Mauve Shimmer £17.50 An old favourite recently resurrected and promoted to top of my make up favourites
So what’s on your Christmas list ladies?
Love,
Rebecca
xo

DIY Advent Calendar round up #ShareAdvent 2013

Those of you who have been here for more than 12 months will remember that last year I participated in #ShareAdvent, championed by Anna from Skin and Blister. The idea behind the whole project is to make sure that at such a busy time of year you don’t lose sight of the little and simple things that make Advent so special. Family activities, appreciating the small things and making time to enjoy it all. I’m going to be doing as much as I can – would you like to join Anna?


Image via Skin and Blister blog

As you can see the prompts are quite ambiguous which leaves plenty of room for interpretation and you don’t have to do them all. I’m so glad Anna has put Share Advent together again – Thanks Anna!
Don’t forget to blog, Tweet or Instagram using the hashtag #ShareAdvent!


Hanging Paper bags // Red Nosed Animals // Branch and Hanging circles // Muslin Bag advent board // Mini Tree advent calendar // Hanging matchboxes // Ridiculously Easy Advent Calendar // Red Envelope DIY

As we’re on the subject of Advent calendars, I thought I’d round up a few DIY advent calendar ideas that I have seen around the internet. You need to get ready folks! Only 5 days until December 1st!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Triple Temptation: Berry Lips


Stila Crush Lip and Cheek Stain in Cherry £16 // Albeit lipstick in Plum £14 // Marquisette Rouge – & Other Stories £12

Now the mercury has dipped to freezing I’m thinking about pink cheeks and berry lips for a festive look. Equally good for a trip to the Christmas Markets in the day time or brought out for a Christmas get together. I actually purchased the & Other Stories shade in London last week and can vouch for the creamy texture and berry-perfect shade. I also own the Stila lip glaze and was inspired to get it out after seeing Bella wear it a couple of weekends ago (in another shade) but it remains less moisturising than the creamy texture of the lipstick.

Now, what I’d like to know is if you guys can recommend any other brands or shades for a berry pout this winter? Have you tried a berry lip?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Triple Temptation: The Christmas Jumper


Polar Bear £16 // Heart Reindeer £18 // Penguins £32

Already, I’m getting excited about Christmas, and more than any year before I’ve noticed Christmas jumpers making a comeback. This is one trend it’s worth finding a bargain for and you won’t get much on the cost-per-wear front, but fortunately the supermarkets and high street are coming up trumps.

I’d love to see any great Christmas jumpers you’re coveting?

Love,
Rebecca
xo