Monday, 28 November 2016

Your Most Budget-Friendly Christmas Ever

Hi everyone

No matter how much you eagerly await Christmas, the expenses involved can make you dread it too.  However, it is possible to keep your costs under control with a bit of forward-planning. Here is how:

Each year in January you swear that the coming Christmas is going to be cheaper, but it seems that it is suddenly here again: decorations for the house, buying of presents, caring for guests, as well as turkey and all the trimmings you need to cook. It does not have to be stressful. With a bit of creativity and careful planning, it is possible to keep spiralling costs at bay and keep your budget under control.

The following tricks and tips can help in planning your Christmas down to your last penny, to ensure that you never have to tighten your belt once more in when January rolls in. 
Budgeting For Gifts

1. Create a budget and don’t deviate from it: think of the total maximum amount you are willing to spend then divide this figure between the number of people you plan to buy gifts for, weighting both down and up according to expectations and importance. If a couple of gift items go beyond the individual budget, you can quickly even it out by ensuring that the next set of purchases are below the budgeted figure. 

2. Propose a spend limit for the family: Christmas is mainly about the children, so the entire family should find it a relief to have at least a spending limit for adults on the very least or simply a Secret Santa arrangement.

3. Shop online and ahead: Avoid leaving everything until the last minute. To get amazing bargains, do your research online early on – you will discover discounts in the days and weeks leading up to Christmas and you should always seek out voucher codes too. Multi-purchase deals also offer you a lifeline but only if the gift recipients don’t live under one roof.

4. Do secret Santa with close family members, it can save a lot of money. Also set a budget or you could even be extra frugal and get loads of free samples from WOW FreeStuff, box them and give them as a present. I've recieved perfume samples, make up and chocolates which i have saved for gifts at Christmas. 

4. Making your own: Homemade gifts can help you save some cash and look extra-thoughtful.

Cutting Costs on Decorations and Cards 

1. Saving on postage: Rather than spending a fortune on stamps, you can consider sending free e-cards online or send charity e-cards for a small donation. It is the thought that counts after all!

2. Getting crafty: You can make lovely, endearing gift tags and cards from old cards sent to you in the previous year, scraps of paper, ribbon, etc. Cut ribbon loops out of old skirts and tops since they make for perfect gift tags. This year i am making my own felt decorations for all of my friends and family. I get all of my ideas and inspiration from Pinterest.

Eating, Drinking, and Being Thrifty

1. Planning your parties and meals: Itemize all they you will need to prevent over-buying. If you encounter deals on non-fresh or frozen items, you can buy them in advance then cross them off your list. If you can buy them in bulk, party foods become cheaper.

2. Avoid panic buying: you obviously don’t want to be worrying about if your turkey is still in date or throwing away veg that has gone off. However, on Christmas Eve, supermarkets reducing their supply of fresh meat can offer a bargain you can use for your Boxing Day festivities or freeze it to make life in January easier.

3. Buying with friends: if you find something you can enjoy savings on by bulk buying, or foods such as cranberry sauce, which you only require a small amount of, plan to buy then share the food and associated costs with a neighbour or friend.

4. Ditching the turkey: It might sound radical, but in the absence of a massive gathering, chicken or other types of meat may be cheaper since the Christmas mark-up is not included and will save you from having to eat turkey curry all week. 


Do you normally stick to your Christmas budget, or do you always find your costs spiralling out of control?

Let me know in the comments below.

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley

xxx

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Christmas Craft Fair At The Walled Gardens

Hi Bunnies

On Sunday 20th November I visited the Christmas craft fair at the Walled Gardens in Beeston Fields Golf Club, Nottingham. It was free entry and open from 10am-4pm.

I love going to craft fairs as you buy handmade gifts for loved ones or if you are creative like me then you can gain ideas of what to make. 

My favourite items were the felt penguins and home made bunnies.
 



Watch my video below incase you missed it :-
Enjoy!

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley

xxx

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

#TodayImGrateful

Hi everyone.

I saw the hashtag #TodayImGrateful on Twitter and I wanted to write a blog post saying what I'm grateful for. Twitter can only fit 140 characters in one tweet and this is not enough space. I thought i would write a blog post instead.

I believe in having a attitude of gratitude. I think it's important to be grateful for everything that you have in life because someone would love to have what you have.

Today I'm grateful for.....

My home
I am grateful that I have a house to live in. I am blessed to have my own room and a place to sleep peacefully. I am protected and safe.

My family
I have a mum and dad who are alive and healthy who love me unconditionally. If it wasn't for my parents then I wouldn't exist. I'm grateful to have Magic in my life. She's my pet rabbit and my best friend.

Food
I have food in my belly right now and food in the house.

Water
Clean fresh drinking water is available from the taps to drink. I am able to wash my body by having a shower and bath. I can wash my clothes in a washing machine.

Electricity
Because of electricity i can keep warm, have a shower, charge my laptop, phone and other gadgets.

Friends
I'm grateful for my friends who support me and love me. The friends who make the effort to see me on a regular basis. The friends who ask how I am doing and care about the response. The friends who phone me up for no particular reason just to talk about life. The friends who are supporting my YouTube channel and blog who tell me that I am doing a great job (I need to hear that I am doing a great job otherwise I will curl up into a ball, hibernate and not be very functional - so thank you!)

The Internet
I wouldn't have met half of my friends if it wasn't for the internet. I wouldn't be uploading videos to YouTube or writing this blog post. I wouldn't be able to look at cute pictures of rabbits or Maltipoo dogs on Instagram on a daily basis. The internet brings great joy to my life.

Ex-boyfriends
I'm grateful to my ex-boyfriends and the relationships which didn't work out for whatever reason at the time. I am single and able to find the right partner who gives me the love which I deserve and desire.

The Past
I'm grateful to the roller coaster which is my past because without everything which has happened to me and the people who I have met. I wouldn't be the person who I am today.

The Present
Right here in this moment, i am in charge of my own life. I am taking steps every day towards my goals and dreams. I'm grateful that I have the opportunity to go for what I want right now.

The Future
I'm very grateful that I have a future in front of me and i will use my time here on earth to make a difference in some way. I'm looking forward to the future to achieve my goals and to live each day to the maximum.

What are you grateful for?

Let me know in the comments below.

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley

xx

Monday, 14 November 2016

Betty Crockers Devil's Food Cake Mix Review

Hi everyone

It's that time of year again when I find myself eating more sweet foods due to the colder weather. A slice of cake seems more appealing to me rather than a healthy soup or salad.

I brought a Betty Crockers Devil's food cake mix from ASDA last week and I wanted to share my thoughts on it with you.
After researching on the Betty Crocker website there are gluten free alternative kits available which I would love to test and blog for you. 

The cake mix comes in a packet inside the box and you have to combine your own eggs, vegetable oil and water in a large bowl. The ingredients are easy to mix together to create a beautifully smooth texture. Cakes which I make from scratch the mixture never comes out as good.

I divided the mixture into 2 cake tins and put in the oven (180 degrees on the middle shelf for about 25 mins)
As my two cakes were baking in the oven. a delicious smell of chocolate spread around my entire house and my mouth was drooling the entire time. 

When the cakes were baked I was shocked with how well they had risen. I placed them to cool on a cooling rack and as I waited for them to cool i made my own butter icing. After smothering Morrisons Strawberry value jam on each cake, I added my butter icing to help it all stick together.

I sandwiched the cakes together and TA-DA a beautiful cake was created. 
The cake was very moist and tasted delicious. I would recommend buying Betty Crockers Devil's Food Cake Mix. It's easy to make if you follow the instructions.

Let me know in the comments below if you have tried making any Betty Crockers products before.

The cake says it serves 12 people but seeing as though i'm 5ft 10 tall i would probably count for about 3 people. 

Well.... that's my excuse to eat more cake anyway.

;)

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley

xxx

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Hi my name is Hayley. I'm from Nottingham in the UK.I like to write and share my thoughts in this blog about my adventures, cruelty free beauty products and art projects. I also have a YouTube channel which i upload regular content onto :)