How To Tackle Christmas Financially | Blogmas Day Three

In all the fun of Christmas there are always some difficulties. One of the main problems is money and deciding what to get that isn’t over-priced. Today’s post is all about how to get high-quality products for less money and how to reduce how many gifts you have to buy.

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Secret Santa

remember – the clue’s in the title – secret!

This first one is to friend groups. If you have a collection of friends that know each other well then you could possibly do a Secret Santa. This means that you don’t have to buy for everyone but you buy for one person – it’s fun, inclusive and everyone else in the group won’t feel like they’ve missed out because a budget is usually set so no one can try to out-do eachother with the best gift. This is best for groups with five or more people. Otherwise you don’t really get any financial benefits.

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A Letter To Vegans

The few paragraphs I have written aren’t nessacerily from my personal point of view. I believe that being a vegan is about not taking things from other’s that belong on our planet, and about equalising the world. Being a human is a curse at the moment, but if we all pull together maybe we can make it a blessing.

I don’t care who you are, just be what you want to be and do whatever you think is right.

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To Vegans,

If you knew where your products were coming from such as eggs and milk would you use them? For example, I know this option isn’t available to all of us but if you had a hens or a friend/relative did would you use their eggs because you know where they’re coming from? Or would you still not because it’s shameful that those eggs aren’t fertilized and a child could’ve been born. If I were vegan, I would eat these eggs. I know that they have been forced out of the hen and that these chickens can roam around and have enjoyed their life. ‘Free Range’ on the label is just a way of making the brand look kinder, often this is not the case.

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Milk. If you had locally sourced milk, knowing it’s whereabouts would you still not drink it? Cows give birth 2-3 times in their lifetime (or less) before they are sent to market. Calves grow quickly, and need their mother’s milk only in the first couple of months (or less). So, when the cows are producing throughout the year with no intention would you buy and consume the milk? Humans are the most dangerous animals on Earth. We are not challenged to give up our milk to other species – and to be honest I think that no other animal can consume it (poisonous). Knowing that the cows aren’t forced to produce this milk – would you buy it?

Leather. I’ve done no real research but if a cow is killed for meat (which it is, the majority of people are not vegetarian/vegan) the leather can be used. If a cow is killed surely we can make the best of that loss of life and use as much of it as possible. Would you wear the leather? If it is produced in justice…

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Wool. This is a bit different, not all vegans give up wool as such. A sheep is sheared to keep it healthy, its body not overheated. And the sheep doesn’t have to be killed for this.

The few paragraphs I have written aren’t nessacerily from my personal point of view. I believe that being a vegan is about not taking things from other’s that belong on our planet, and about equalising the world. Being a human is a curse at the moment, but if we all pull together maybe we can make it a blessing. 

I don’t care who you are, just be what you want to be and do whatever you think is right. 

The Road Is a Forest

You know when you are driving down the road when the sun’s out and because of the trees lining the road you get flashes of shadows in the corner of your eye? Well that’s like life. Sometimes you need to stop the car and get out to see what the tree has to offer, and rather than hopping back in the car you should climb the tree no matter how high, or hard, because you don’t want the feeling of regret.
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Sometimes these fears are what makes life better. Show them wrong… climb your tree.
And before getting back in that car, think why you need to be driving when you could be walking or running down the pavement with fresh air tingling up your nose.
Take the walk in the woods. With the trees. With the memories on the leaves. Your forest is going to be so large by the end of your life. You will be planting saplings in other people’s forests and growing so wise and strong. Because those little things that help move the world along are you and your thoughts.
And you may be thinking about how the leaves with fall off every year. They do grow back – but you are an Evergreen Tree. Only the bad memories with fall onto the floor. You will not forget them, and they will be used to help animals stay warm and grow themselves. The bad leaves are what you are growing on, bear that in mind.
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As I am writing this I am in the car. I am not driving, I have stopped. I’ve just had my hair cut, and that gives more space for my hair to grow again…
Like a forest.
Don’t cut down the forest.

The Universe Is A Lie | Poem and Reasoning

Dear Creator Being,

How big or how small.

I sometimes wonder if you happened at all.

But that’s beside the point, because really:

Are you brave and strong or fearful and weary?

Dear Creator Being,

How nice or how mean,

I sometimes wonder if you’ve never seen.

But that’s important, because really,

Are you dead from something that is very bleary?

Dear Creator Being,

How weird or how withered,

I sometimes wonder if you have delivered.

But that’s questionable, because really,

Are you scared of the thing that is nearly…

Here, Creator Being?

Are you scared of the end?

Scared of life turning around the bend?

Here Creator Being, where things stand high,

I think that the universe was always a lie.

Dear Creator Being,

At the end of it all,

Are we just an experiment,

And you get payed for the fall?

Kitty Jade @ 2018. All Rights Reserved.

Random Acts Of Kindness | Key Ingredients To Living

Random acts of kindness: “…a selfless act performed by a person or persons wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual… There will generally be no reason other than to make people smile, or be happier.”

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Can you remember when I first started this blog and my catch line was “Here To Share A Smile”? Well, it has been one year since then I hope that I can continue to spread acts of kindness to each and every one of you.

“…Random acts of kindness are important to our sense of wellbeing. The discourage selfishness and encourage our loving and sharing nature.

Giving something without expectation of receiving anything in return is a powerful act of generosity.

Try to carry out one random act of kindness each day, and make it part of your life.

YOU ARE WHAT YOU REPEATEDLY DO.”

Kindness is sometimes overlooked. Sometimes, we carry on through our lives and are so held up that our business controls us. We shall try, every day, to remember that one little thing can bring on a smile, and as they say, a smile is contagious.

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‘…Friendship isn’t this big boulder, it’s a series of events that mirror kindness.’

Every day is a fresh start for you and your mind. Every day, is a new opportunity for spreading kindness. I would just like to say though, that forcing happiness isn’t a way forward. Smile like you mean it, if you don’t – someone will be there smiling already. Because if everyone spreads these little random acts of kindness, smiles will be there.

Here’s a list of little acts you can do: 

  • Make someone a cup of tea
  • Send someone a card
  • Call a relative/friend 
  • Buy someone a coffee
  • Pay someone a compliment
  • Help someone see the positive
  • Bring treats to work or school (handmade things are extra special)
  • Cook a meal for a friend
  • Donate to charity, donate something someone else would appreciate more than you
  • Let someone in your lane

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  • Make someone a playlist
  • Give someone a hug
  • Include everyone in the conversation
  • Listen intently
  • Smile at someone 😉
  • Encourage someone
  • Car share
  • Help someone with heavy bags

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  • Ignore negative voices in your head, you deserve kindness too (I know it’s hard)
  • Do the dishes when it isn’t your turn
  • Say thank you, and mean it
  • Forgive someone
  • Compliment someone to their boss/teacher
  • Hang out with someone new

There are many more random acts for you to conduct, but I would like you to know how easy it is to spread a bit of kindness.

‘Wherever you go, always leave happiness behind.’

Thank you for all the support over this first year of blogging, and many more to come!

I leave you with smiles, hugs and all the kindness…