Living Arrows 50/53 – almost Christmas!

Happy Monday! What a great month it has been so far! Lots to look forward to, and only 2 weeks today until Christmas Eve! This means I’ve almost completed another year of Living Arrows and I already know I’ll be taking part in 2019. I love the chance to share a snapshot of Daisy each week and look back over all the photographs and posts to see how much she is changing. This weeks living arrows 50/53 post is now live!

Living Arrows 50/53

Here Daisy was in a really cheeky mood. We were playing with a snowman teddy, that is holding a saxophone. He plays music but doesn’t have batteries in yet. Daisy was making her own tune and singing the words to ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ which made me laugh. She’s got such a lovely personality and when she’s in a silly mood she always makes me laugh. At times like this, I can see so much of myself in her, as I love to sing and make up tunes! Being silly is part of the fun of a 2.5-year-old so I’m trying to embrace all of these silly, fun moments.

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The Meal Planning Linky Week #49 Meal Plan

Meal planning is something that I have really come to enjoy in the last year. Meal planning helps keep us from buying so many takeaways, helps us eat healthier and has become an enjoyable part of my week. I love being able to look at a week’s meal plan, shop for the groceries and know that we have lots of nice meals to choose from.

Katykickers weekly meal planning linky

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Money Talks with Plutonium Sox

Every Thursday I will be bringing you another instalment of my guest series, Money Talks. I’ll be featuring bloggers from all walks of life giving their answers to money-related questions. Hopefully, you will find a new blog to read and learn more about other people online. Money Talks will be live every Thursday and I’ve got some absolutely fantastic bloggers taking part! Hope you enjoy it. If you’re a blogger and want to take part then get in touch. This weeks instalment features Plutonium Sox. You can check out the Plutonium Sox website here.

Money Talks with Plutonium Sox

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Living Arrows 49/53 – a bedtime story

Happy Monday! I hope the week ahead is a good one. I’m looking forward to lots of family time, staying on top of my schedule with work and feeling motivated. It has been a good fortnight for getting work done and organising my home, ready for Christmas! I’m so excited this year as Daisy is really taking a big interest in everything! I can’t wait to see her face on Christmas Day when we open toys and spend most of the day playing together. I’m really working hard at the moment to make sure I can have a break over Christmas and the New Year. This weeks Living Arrows 49/53 post is now live, I hope you enjoy it.

Living Arrows 49/53

Tom snapped this photo early in the week last week and I didn’t see it until Thursday. I’ve got a wine close to hand and we are enjoying a bedtime story together. Daisy has really settled back into her bedtime routine lately and is loving stories now more than ever.

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Enjoying a real Christmas tree even in a small space

I’ve made no secret of it but we live in a very small home. At present we are in a one-bedroom-flat and we are always working on de-cluttering, organising and cleaning to keep our home pristine. Having piles of clutter around can feel overwhelming at times and this is why I work hard on keeping our home as tidy and organised as possible. We have never had a real Christmas tree in our 8 Christmases living together, until this year! We have been gifted a tree from Pines and Needles and I’m going to give you a look at it and share my thoughts on the quality.

Real Christmas tree

As you can see we’ve gone for quite a small tree this year, due to our limited space. Just to be able to fit our Christmas tree in I have to clean my desk off and pack away lots of little bits like my printer! We ordered a 3ft Nordmann Fir for our real Christmas tree and absolutely love it!

When our tree arrived it came by courier, and we received the tree, a water holding stand and a complimentary mini Christmas tree, that Daisy had a great time decorating! The courier brought our real Christmas tree up to the front door (we live on the 3rd floor) and everything came well wrapped.

Unwrapping our real Christmas tree there were a LOT of loose pine needles, obviously from where it had been bashed around a little in transit. We didn’t need to worry though as it was easy to shake off the loose needles and then get the tree into place. My husband had to saw a little off the bottom of the tree, to ensure the tree drinks the water when in the stand and lasts right through December.

In the above photograph, you can see all of the needles that have fallen off the tree in 3 days. Not bad at all!

A look at our real Christmas tree

As you can see our real Christmas tree is really full and lush. It has an amazing smell, that you only get from having a real Christmas tree in December. It was so simple to put it into place and start decorating. There was no faffing at all and we didn’t have to click any branches in place or find pieces in our hall cupboard like we would with our usual artificial Christmas tree.

The star on top of our real Christmas tree

It’s actually working out really well having our 3ft Christmas tree up on my desk. I work from the sofa most of the time anyway and there are other areas of our home I can work from if I need to. As our Christmas tree is up high it is simple to use the handheld part of my Shark to vacuum up the needles. Also, Daisy cannot trash the Christmas tree and can just admire it instead.

Our real Christmas tree - The Stevens

You’ve still got lots of time to buy your own real Christmas tree! Head over to the Pines and Needles website where you can find trees from 3ft to 12ft with the minimal dropping of needles and a wonderful smell too!

I know that the tree is going to last well as my Mum had a Christmas tree last year from Pines and Needles and it lasted right until the end of the year while still looking and smelling fantastic.

We received this tree in exchange for an honest review.

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Our real Christmas tree from Pines and Needles.