This month the Pinterest round-up is all about planning for the festive season and how to make it easier all around. Included are tips on saving money for Christmas, planning your desserts, making your house festive and how you can work towards a more eco-friendly Christmas.
Saving money for Christmas
We all save up for Christmas. Whether that’s to buy presents, the food or even for a Christmas holiday. Fiona from Savvy in Somerset shares a free budgeting app that can kick start your savings. Fiona’s pin is festive with the emphasis on tracking your gifts for the family. Leta over at Attachment Mummy has lots of ways to make extra money for Christmas, her pin is festive but also means business with the colours she’s used. I’m a fan of her Christmas planning guide with a week by week list of essential tasks to get done leading up to Christmas. Becky over at Baby Budgeting has a great list of things to do at Christmas that are free. I particularly like browsing Christmas markets for ideas and highlighting the Christmas TV guide for films!
Planning your desserts
Getting ahead with the food prep helps so much at Christmas. I’ve already made my Christmas cake a couple of weeks back now. Kimberly over at OddHogg has a delicious-sounding ginger Christmas cake recipe which looks festive for the table at Christmas. Paula over at Mummy vs Work has a lovely sounding Malteaser Christmas pudding recipe. It can be made well in advance and even given as a gift.
A festive home
Decorating the house really does get you in the festive mood. I love browsing Pinterest for Christmas decorations you can make yourself. Michelle from What Mummy Thinks has this gorgeous papercut Christmas wreath and personalised Christmas stocking. Nicky over at Shift Working Mum has the classic paper chain decorations. These are a good way to start if you are not very crafty.
Emma over at Emma Reed and Kate from The Less-Refined Mind both have great ideas for an eco-friendly Christmas. Emma suggests ways to wrap your presents instead of Christmas paper which sometimes is not recyclable. Kate’s ideas are for zero waste children’s gifts. As her pin shows, zero waste gifts can include beautiful wooden toys.
Don’t forget once Christmas is here to step back from social media and enjoy the moment. Taking a break and unwinding is good for self-care. Joanne Dewberry has a few tips on stepping away from technology and relaxing with her slow cooker hot chocolate.
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Rachel is a hardworking mum of two girls 3 and 1 years old. Residing in picturesque Cornwall with her very tall husband Dave, they love nothing better than spending time together as a family. She blogs over at Rachel Bustin sharing family life as well as tips on money-saving and gardening. Rachel is a bookworm, a chocoholic, a comper and knows a lot about cheese! You can say hi over on Twitter and Instagram @RachelBustin