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Monday, 30 November 2020

About November 2020

November has been a bit of a washout hasn't it! Between the second lockdown, short days and long nights, dreary grey and cold weather I feel like I haven't really done very much. 

About November 2020 - Things I've done

Although we haven't been able to do much this month I can say Christmas is officially sorted here! Presents are bought, quite a few are wrapped and we're pretty much ready to go. Christmas is looking like it will be different to normal but I'm still looking forward to it. 

We had a muddy walk around Kirkstall Abbey and along the canal. There's nothing like crunching through all the Autumnal leaves and getting a good blast of fresh air, especially when we're all spending so much more time indoors. 
Walking along the side of the Leeds canal in Kirkstall
I found a new (well new to me) second hand bookshop in my area that are doing a click and collect service. I've treated myself to a pile of new books and feel good for helping out more small businesses. 

Ellie has been learning to drive, but it keeps getting delayed due to the pandemic restrictions and lockdowns. So, I bit the bullet and insured her on my car and we've been out together. It is going really well, I'm jealous of her parallel parking skills too!

This month has been Toms birthday (so he can finally stop with the I'm older than him jokes). Lockdown birthdays suck but we made the best of the day! Our local Indian restaurant is now doing takeaways so we had a lovely meal, a few drinks and birthday cake. 

About November 2020 - Blog posts I've loved

About November 2020
I love this post by Gina from Culture Bean on how to visit Copenhagen on a budget. Although we can't travel at the moment it doesn't mean we can't plan future trips, and I have my eye on Copenhagen for a mini break. 

I love being warm and cosy at home as often as possible once Summer is over so this post by Alice about cosy nights and hygge is the perfect read. I am SO jealous of that peach print bedding in the photograph too!

Cinnamon and apples are a staple Autumnal food so I love this recipe for Cinnamon apple french toast casserole by Amy from Accidental Happy Baker. It sounds like a delicious Sunday morning breakfast we all need. 

The big 4-0 is approaching far faster than I'd like. Instead of trying to hide from it I love the idea of Claires from Our Favourite Jar, 101 goals in 1001 days. I'm going to have a think about some goals to set for myself and count down to 40 in the best possible way. 

Like pretty much everyone else in the UK this second lockdown has been a struggle for me so self-care has been more important than ever this month. This post from Louise Grace Blogs about setting a self care morning routine is a great read. 

Another self-care post I have loved this month is all about starting gratitude journalling by Lauren at Bournemouth Girl. I do keep an organiser to keep track of everything I'm doing but love the idea of jotting down things I'm grateful for at the end of each day. 

December plans

A homemade advent calendar for Ellie is one of our December traditions now, so this year Tom is getting one too. It'll be a nice little surprise for him as he doesn't know we do this every year. I'm quite excited to see what he thinks of it. 
5 homemade advent calendars lined up on the floor
Watching a Christmas film every day is something we tried last year ... and failed miserably at as we were just so busy. Given that no-one is really doing much I think this year will be much more successful. If you've got a favourite Christmas film let me know and we can add it to our list. 

I mean Christmas is the main one here, right? We will be having Christmas Day at home, usually my mum and brother come for dinner. At the moment I'm not sure if they will be able to or not, but either way we'll make the most of it. 

Depending on the rules and situation again we're hopefully going to my in-laws for a couple of days to do Christmas all over again. 

Eating, eating and more eating. I can't wait to eat all the festive food. 

How has November been for you? What do you have planned for December?  


Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Moonpig moments virtual event

*AD - PR EVENT* A few weeks ago I attended my first (virtual) blogging event in SO long. Between my illness and surgery then, obviously, coronavirus I haven't been to anything for well over a year! The Moonpig moments virtual event was a great night, virtually hanging out with other bloggers and finding out more about the world of Moonpig. I also have a great discount for you all, perfect for getting the Christmas cards in, at the end of the post. 

Moonpig moments - the app

If you're like me you're very aware of Moonpig already, you know they sell cards and like most people if nothing else sent birthday cards from them through the first lockdown. I had no idea they had an app (make sure you download it here) or the wide range of things, other than cards, they actually sell. Fortunately Jasper from Moonpig was on hand to talk us through the app and everything it has to offer. 
Moonpig app photograph birthday card

My favourite features of the app, that you might not know about are:

The ability to set reminders. A great way to keep up with everyones birthdays and special occasions. Add them all to the app (you can even import them from your phones calendar) and let the notifications remind you to buy a card. 
Moonpig app reminder screen

The handwritten message feature is great! Just write your message on a plain piece of paper and upload it in to the app and your handwriting will be printed inside the card. I love how much more personal the card will seem. 
Moonpig app handwritten feature

You can buy your cards and set the date you would like them to be sent. I am SO unorganised with cards so sitting at the start of the month, quarter or even year and getting them all done and sent out is a great idea. 

With lockdown 2 about to hit the UK I will be using Moonpig to design and make Christmas cards to send to the family I'm probably not going to see now. I know how much more my Nan will love a Christmas card with a photograph of us on rather than the generic shop bought ones. 

Moonpig Moments - the flowers

My favourite part of the Moonpig moments virtual event was a flower arranging workshop. I love fresh flowers but to be honest never really know how to "arrange" them. 
We received a Christmas bouquet from Moonpig and were talked through arranging them into a floral centrepiece. How gorgeous does this look? 
Moonpig Christmas flower bouquet

Moonpig Christmas flowers table decoration arrangement

Flowers are something I had no idea you can get on Moonpig but love that I now know I can get a card and bouquet sent out all from the same place in one go. Receiving a surprise bunch of flowers can completely change a day. At a time when families and loved ones are separated especially over the upcoming festive season a bouquet could be the perfect present to send. 

Moonpig moments - the cocktails

Another great gift idea (and again something I didn't know I could buy from Moonpig) is alcohol. From prosecco and wine to gin and vodka. At the virtual event we had a cocktail masterclass with Conor from Mix & Twist and were shown how to make 3 delicious cocktails with a bottle of Belvedere vodka. 
Moonpig Belvedere vodka

Again I love that I can send a Christmas card and a bottle of something to people I can't see at the moment. 

The Moonpig Moments virtual event was a great night and really informative too. If you want to order a card, flowers or gifts you can find Moonpig here and don't forget to use the discount code below. 

*DISCOUNT CODE* Make sure you use the code APP20CA for 20% off cards

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