Enjoying a real Christmas tree even in a small space (AD – Gifted)

We were gifted the featured item in exchange for coverage. 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 little home is actually not a bad size, it just doesn’t have a big amount of natural light. If we had modern rooflights I’d feel much happier staying here while we saved for a bigger home. I just hate that we only have a couple of windows in our whole home. It’s a bit depressing!

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.

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Our real Christmas tree from Pines and Needles.

Stay safe this Winter with these car safety tips (AD)

AD. Winter is approaching – only a couple of weeks until it is officially here! We’ve already had snow and ice where we live, so my thoughts have turned to getting our car ready before the long journeys visiting family and friends this Christmas time. Car safety is really important to me as I’m a bit of an anxious passenger! Today I’m going to share a few tips with you on ensuring that your car is safe this Winter. This will help you be ready for those long journeys over the festive period to visit loved ones.

Stay safe this Winter with these car safety tips

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Christmas Dinner prep with Joseph Joseph (AD – Gifted)

We were gifted the items featured within this post in exchange for coverage. Now that we are just over 3 weeks until Christmas I’m getting really excited. Not only am I looking forward to spending time with my family but my thoughts are turning to the Christmas Dinner. Christmas Dinner prep is something that I always think about a few weeks in advance. I like to spend a little time, a few days a week, prepping dishes for Christmas Day to make sure it runs smoothly. Today I want to share with you some new kitchen items I’ve got from Joseph Joseph, to help with the prep, while telling you about the Christmas Dinner prep I’ll be doing this year with my new goodies.

Christmas Dinner Prep

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Christmas decorations from Amazon

I love decorating for Christmas. You can have a little nosy at our Christmas tree from last year. We have a big variety of different decorations that we have collected in the 8 Christmases that we have spent in our flat together. Musical toys, garlands, ceiling decorations, multiple personalised Christmas tree decorations and much more. Today I want to share with you some lovely decorations for Christmas from Amazon that I’ve found. Be sure to check that the price is still a bargain as prices change – also make sure that the item can still be delivered in plenty of time for decorating your home and tree! 

Christmas Decorations from Amazon

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Being charitable at Christmas time

For me Christmas is a time for my family to enjoy together. Yes presents are involved, and good food, but in recent years Christmas has become about family and togetherness. I can remember years gone by when I would be in tears at Christmas, thinking about my Dad not getting in touch (again) or other sad occasions. Now my Dad has passed away, and my life is happy, I don’t let such things upset me, or Christmas. Christmas is a time for celebration for us and I love to make nice food, give nice presents but also I love to be charitable, especially at Christmas time. Today I want to talk to you about some of the ways that you can be charitable at Christmas time.

Being charitable at Christmas time

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