How to throw the ultimate holiday/Christmas Party!

I’ve always loved hosting holiday parties, and it has been something I’ve done with my family for many years. There is really nothing better than a good get-together during the holiday season. Which is kind of the inspiration for my post today. I know how overwhelming even the thought of hosting a party can be before you’ve even gotten to the different parts of it but by the end of this post, all you should feel prepped and ready to host the ultimate holiday party! Keep reading for more!

Dealing with Tinselitis – a Case of Festive Season Madness

We all know how crazy the holiday season can get. While it is a magical time of year that many of us hope to enjoy, it can also get insanely busy and chaotic. There are all the parties to attend or host; gifts and gifts and more gifts; everything just seems so expensive; all the cooking and then cleaning up again; you have to decorate and make everything seem festive. There is so much pressure for things to be perfect and everyone else either seems overly enthusiastic or like they should be moving in with the Grinch before his heart grew. It’s as if the world has an extreme case of tinselitis and sometimes, even if you love/like/don’t mind the holidays, it just becomes too stressful to bare the festive season madness. Well, I am here to tell you not to worry because I will help you survive any stresses you have about getting through the madness surrounding the festive season. Keep reading for more

Christmas Gift-Giving Guide and Advice

One of the most stressful elements of Christmas is the gift shopping. What if you don’t think of the right gift? What if you can’t afford the perfect gift? What if you just have no clue what to get the person? Well I have also felt the pain of Christmas shopping and I know that it can be a nightmare, so today I’ll be giving some gift-giving advice for all those who need a little inspiration for their gift shopping. Keep reading for more!

Best-ever Christmas Cookies (and what your favourite Christmas cookie says about you) :D

It’s official. December is here. And that can only mean one thing …

CHRISTMAS COOKIES!

Come on, be honest with yourself. No matter how healthy you are, or how much you say you don’t have a sweet tooth, I don’t think there is one of us who can resist getting into the holiday season by munching on a Christmas cookie. Let’s face it. We are all Cookie Monsters at this time of year, but who can blame us? There are just so many delicious treats to choose from. There’s gingerbread, sugar cookies, peppermint bark and much much more and the fact that they are in ample supply this time of year is just too much temptation to resist. This is the time of year where cookie lovers (and people in general) everywhere can eat and bake their hearts out. And the best part is that the holidays are a perfect no-judgement period.

Keep reading to see the best-ever Christmas cookies and what your favourite Christmas cookie says about you 🙂

A Day to Give Thanks – Happy Thanksgiving! :)

The end of November is approaching, and to many, that means …Happy almost Thanksgiving, everyone! Now, Thanksgiving is not a huge celebration where I live, and I don’t know much about the holiday, but nonetheless, I think it is always a good idea to stop and give thanks for the things and people in our lives. Today isn’t going to be a long post because, in the spirit of the holiday, I would just like to take a moment to give thanks for everything in my life and share with you all what I am grateful and thankful for. Please feel free to share what you are thankful for and keep reading to see what I am thankful for. I hope you enjoy today’s post!

Best Hot Drinks for Wintery Days!

I love a good hot beverage. Whether it is to wake me up in the morning, relax me in the evening or just to keep me from turning into a popsicle on a cold winter day, hot drinks are the best. In South Africa, it is currently heading towards summer, so the temperature outside isn’t really conducive to drinking things that steam. It’s already so hot outside that rain steams off the road two hours after the storm started, so a steaming hot cup of tea isn’t exactly what you’d like. However, I’m not in South Africa right now. I’m on a little trip to the US of A for college-related reasons and much to my body’s despair and my tea obsession’s joy, it is wintery as can be this side of the world. So, in lieu of the fact that I’m spending a lot of time outside of beautifully heated buildings wearing many layers of protective thermals, the only thing keeping me going is the steady stream of hot beverages gracing my gloved hands. Today I will be chatting about the best hot drinks for wintery days – sharing my favourite steamy drinks with you and giving you a list for just in case you end up somewhere cold and need something hot and delicious to keep your spirits high and your hands warm. I hope you enjoy it!

Skincare Tips and Advice :)

Have you ever looked in the mirror and just smiled because you are happy with the way your skin looks? Or has your whole mood been brought down because you notice a pimple that just seems too huge to be seen in public with? Our skin is a big part of our lives and how our skin looks can have a significant impact on our mood, our day and our confidence. Sometimes though, it just seems like the odds aren’t in our favour, and our skin just doesn’t want to cooperate. It looks dull or oily or dry, or you are breaking out, and that experience can be quite depressing. Well, I know how horrible it can feel when your skin isn’t looking the way you want it, but you don’t have to utterly despair. There are quite a few tips and tricks you can use, that are easy enough to implement, that might make a massive difference to your skin. My mom has always been militant that I look after my skin and treat it properly, and that can be done through a lot of different avenues. So today, I will be sharing with you some skincare tips and advice for when your skin is being recalcitrant. All it takes is a little effort to implement them.

Best Games for a Game Night!

Hi everyone! So last week I chatted about tips for throwing the ultimate game night, but I realised that that post was missing a pretty significant chunk. What games are actually good to play at game night? I was tempted to add it to last week’s post but then thought it would just end up being too long, so I decided to split it up. As I said in that post, the games are really the core of your evening, so picking the right ones can make or break your social event. So, in light of this, I did a little research and had a long think about which games are actually good ideas to play when you are having a game night. If you and your friends don’t already have an idea of what games you’d like to play, here is a list of games that should keep the fun and laughter (as well as competitiveness going) for the whole evening.

Tips for Hosting the Ultimate Games Night

Since I was a much shorter blonde child, I have always loved games. Board games, card games, trivia games and any other games you can think of. Even though games become less of a common activity the older you get (even though for the life of me I can’t understand why), I also think that one of the best ways to spend your social downtime is to have a games night. You get to spend time with friends, enjoy some light-hearted competition and be nourished by delicious snacks. I love hosting game nights because I get to enjoy games that I don’t get to play often enough, and I get an evening of my friends’ company. What more can you ask? So, because hosting events/social activities and games are two big loves of mine, I’d like to combine them in today’s blog post. For all of you who also enjoy a good board game or are looking for an excuse to socialise with friends but don’t feel like hosting just another dinner, here are my tips for hosting the ultimate games night.

What to do on Halloween?

When you’re little, it seems simple what you would do on Halloween. You get dressed up in your cool costume, maybe help decorate the house in spooky attire and then go trick-or-treating in your neighbourhood. Or you and your friends have a sleepover at each other’s house, and there is just Halloween candy everywhere. However, the fun sometimes goes out of it the older you get, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get to enjoy Halloween. There are plenty of things to do during this spooky holiday, whether you are young or old or doing things solo, with a partner or with a group. I was thinking of a fun way to spend Halloween with my boyfriend and maybe a friend or two. While I was researching, I actually realised there are many things to do on Halloween, even for people like me who aren’t into things that are in anyway creepy or scary. So, if you’re struggling to think of something to do this Halloween, or are looking for inspiration to spice up your group gathering, here are ten ideas for what to do on Halloween. I hope you enjoy it!