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Why It's Important To Have "Me" Time and 6 Ways You Can Achieve It

All I wanted was 10 minutes. 10 minutes to just sit down. In simple peace, calm and quiet. To scroll through Facebook maybe, or to read a book. To play on a game or paint my nails.

10 minutes. 10 selfish minutes.

It wasn’t just that it was the Easter holidays.

I forgot to set myself boundaries. I forgot not to expect too much of myself. I just kept extending my to do list, despite the fact that I had children at home on their Easter holidays and that they were both poorly at different times.

We had chicken pox sweep our household recently. My children weren't overly ill with it, my youngest certainly suffered more than our eldest who caught it exactly 2 weeks after. So we were cooped up a lot during the holidays, but it wasn't just that. There were many reasons why I craved peace; 

The children were poorly, they were bored, it was raining A LOT so even the garden wasn't an option on half of the days, my to do list kept getting longer, the children didn't sleep great so we w…

Why We're Excited For Advent

Advent is just around the corner. In just over a week, we will be able to indulge in festive films and magical music. I will be able to deck my halls with glistening decor and adorn my bed with the comfiest Christmas duvet. 

I love the start of advent. For me November is a busy month as I am constantly on the go trying to make sure the house is as de cluttered and ready for the festivities as it can be.

I’ve spent the last few months having a bit clear out and doing some home improvements. I’ve changed the garden up a bit, got a window cleaner to do the outside of my windows. I’ve cleaned the inside ones, painted all of my doors downstairs and painted the downstairs toilet and the bathroom. I have De-cluttered and sorted out every room.

I’ve also gotten ahead with the Christmas prep so that I can truly make the most of what is definitely the most wonderful time of the year for me. Each year, I write a list of at least one festive thing to do each day; from donating to a food bank to decorating a gingerbread house. To see a complete list of of advent activities, look at my blog post from 2 years ago; Tiny Toes And Big Advent.

I feel so ready to enjoy the thrills, excitement and joyfulness that advent brings. I can’t wait to see the faces of my little men light up with each activity we do. Especially the first day, not only have they got a traditional chocolate calendar, (A Mario one this year- a sign they are growing older) but we also have got them a toy one. My eldest has a Lego City one, the youngest a Schleich farm animal one. They are going to love opening up a little surprise each day.

We are also doing Elf on a Shelf this year. The last few years I have seen the popularity in this rise tenfold. But we have resisted. However, after seeing a cheap option in The Range- we have decided to partake and add yet another magic element to advent for my Sons.

As usual too, we are doing our book advent like we do every year. It is so warming, to know that each night the boys can open another book on our festive story time countdown till Christmas. This tradition doesn’t cost much either now as once we had the collection we can just re use the same books each year. I tend to sell or donate the books the boys have out grown or don’t enjoy so much and then each year I just have to buy one or two new ones to replace the old. This is definitely something I hope my children will enjoy for years to come.

I love all of our Christmas traditions and I do try to do something new each year, so this year will be Elf on the Shelf. 
Do you have any traditions? I found a lot of families do, click here to read about my traditions. As soon as December starts, Christmas has arrived for me. We can then watch Christmas films and listen to Christmas music. The festivities will have arrived. So then each day goes quickly.... and before I know it Christmas day will be here.

What are your advent traditions? Pop a comment below, I would love to hear from you. 

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