It’s December the 15th, and when I popped to the shops today I wasn’t quite expecting it to be the scary ordeal that it was. Christmas makes people crazy, and angry!
It was the aggressive driving on the roads that was the most worrying. I drive a small blue car, I call it an old lady car because I drive it because it’s low on tax and economical on fuel. I call it my old lady car because old ladies are wise! I’ve also been known to drive an Audi A5 2 litre TDI – my husband’s car, which people generally assume a man is driving. Let me just say, if you were of the school of thought that sexism is officially over, think again. Just try this little experiment for one and you will soon see how differently you are treated.
Today I was in my little blue car. This fella in a scrappy van decided to swerve in front of me and proceed to slow to 30 on a 50 road. For absolutely no reason. Rather than go around him I chose to sit behind him because, honestly, I thought he was mental and I did not want to provoke him by DRIVING MY CAR. So I sat while everyone else went round.
When we got to the shops, it was like people were willing to have a physical fight over parking spaces. Thankfully, I parked easily and it was a sweet spot too (backed onto pavement so I could safely put up the pram). But every time I came out of a shop all I could hear was beeping. It was crazy! I honestly thought a fight was going to break out. Wrapping paper and tinsel flying everywhere outside Poundland.
I’m not perfect either I’ve had my fair share of road rage in the past. Sticking my fingers up at someone who turned out to be my sort-of-manager was not my best moment. But it’s crazy out there at the minute. Christmas is sending people loopy and I think we all need to stop and take a breath!
My main objective on a journey anywhere, in my little old lady car, or my husband’s faster rep car, is to get my baby and myself there and back safely. If I could say anything to all the dickhead drivers out there it would be: ‘Your car is not a weapon. Please do not risk my baby’s safety because you are nuts, or in a hurry.’
I saw a man in a van drive into the back of a woman’s car who was waiting at the school crossing last week and since then have heard of two other people this has happened to. I’ve driven past so many people who are more concerned about what is on their phone than what is on the road in front of them. And isn’t it obvious when someone ahead of you is on their phone? Intermittent speed and zig zagging on the road and nearly hitting the curb. The same as if they were drunk.
Christmas on the roads is mad!
So Etsy tasked me with putting together a Christmas gift guide that is personal to me. Etsy is one of my favourite places to shop anyway so I thought I’d have a nosey at what they have for Christmas. You know when you’re out shopping and pick something up and go ‘Oh …….. would love that!’ and put it back on the shelf? Well that’s what I’m doing here really. To give it a fun twist I thought I’d name and shame too. So let’s see how this goes!
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- This mug for my friend’s husband Jason who has had pics of him napping posted to Facebook which makes me laugh. £9.00
- This wooden watch stand from Welsh company MijMoj for my husband Rich to support is ever burgeoning watch collection as the single one I got him for Father’s Day just won’t do. £65.00
- This tongue in cheek gardening wall plaque for my mum Elaine who volunteers at a community garden and has found her happy place. £11.95
- This lovely lip balm set for my neighbour Ali. Whenever I’m round her house I seem to find a glass of prosecco in my hand and I couldn’t love her more for it! £6.50
- This is for my friend’s husband Matt who rocks out at church on his guitar but is a stand up Christian guy, obvs. £30.00
- This for my friend Vanessa as she is a baking Queen and deserves something nice for putting up with her husband posting vids of her sleeping on facebook. £22.00
- This for my friends Luke and Emma who are tying the knot next year and we all can’t wait! £5.00
- Finally this mug for me because most days it’s true! £13.00
What do you think of my picks? Let me know which ones you like. How’s your Christmas shopping going?
The third week of Vlogmas began with a Christmas wrapping challenge. We filmed two videos with my friend Ceri and her daughter from MyahzineTV on the same day.
The British cookie taste challenge went up on MyahzineTV and the girls also did the wrap challenge. I gave them 3 random household items to wrap that were funny shapes and filmed them wrapping them. They did brilliantly well and ended by wrapping my coffee table. I was wondering if they might try to wrap each other by the end of it but they were happy to just rip the paper off everything in a bit of a frenzy instead! They had fun filming it and I had fun editing it because I had a bit of an insider glimpse into how they play when mums aren’t around as Ceri and I were having a cuppa in the kitchen while they wrapped. It was really sweet.
The next video was a behind the scenes glimpse of the collaboration day. I like this vid because Beg was really into presenting that day and she’s such a pro! Then I was running out of ideas so I made my own ‘Christmas Questions Tag’ which was 8 questions in 5 mins. But my video was actually 8 mins. So you could say I set my own rules and then broke them which was a bit daft but nobody seemed to mind. 😉 Another vlogger, Maria Loves joined in and it was great seeing her answers as she is someone I had watched a lot of throughout Vlogmas. It felt slightly surreal to communicate with someone I haven’t met in this way. I feel like I know her, and others I watched regularly, better than some people I know in ‘real life’.
Day 23 was a video of Beg and her friend from next door making clay snowmen. This was really off the cuff as Beg came upstairs and asked me to film them making them and I asked if it could be a vlog and she said yes. So then the both of them were presenting a little Blue Peter-esque 4 min craft vid all the while having an undertone argument about whether they would make a marshmallow or a snowball next. I will show them that when they’re on their way out to some cool gig when they’re 18.
And then to finish off Vlogmas the last video was a 47 sec montage of us all on Christmas morning opening presents. A lovely easy watch to end 25 (nearly) days of daily uploads.
I had a GoPro for Christmas and there are 2 more vids on the channel since Christmas day. One where we mounted the camera onto Beg’s scooter so check that one out too!
What I’ve learned from Vlogmas week 3:
- Some days filming is just not meant to be and everything will be against you filming! (kids, batteries, road sweepers etc.)
- Filming with friends is fun!
- There are different output settings when exporting from my video editing programme. Who knew.
Favourite highlights from Vlogmas week 3:
- Watching the girls working together to find ways to wrap the funny shaped objects and hearing them having a giggle too.
- The end of the wrapping vid Beg goes ‘so yeah’ and we each inadvertently copy in turn, it’s funny.
- Beg’s presenting skills.
I’ve loved doing Vlogmas 2016 and will be hoping to join in again next Christmas. Thank you for watching my videos and all your support in the form of likes, comments and YouTube subs it is really appreciated. Hope you had a fantastic Christmas too!
I have been tagged by the very lovely Madeline from This Glorious Life (and I have met her in real life so I can verify that she is very lovely) to join in with the Christmas tag. So here goes.
What is your favourite Christmas movie?
Absolutely has to be The Muppet’s Christmas Carol. I love the songs and it leaves you feeling all fuzzy inside by the end. I’ve watched it every year since I was a kid.
Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Although I’ve never stayed anywhere with guaranteed snow at Christmas I’m sure we must have had at least a couple of white Christmases at home in Wales over the years.
Where do you usually spend your Christmas?
At home. I think it’s the best place to be, surrounded by as many family as possible.
What is your favourite Christmas song?
I love the Pogues one. I like the story in the lyrics. It’s gritty but still lovely!
Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
Yes my Grandmother is German and so as a kid I was always allowed to choose one present from under the tree to open on Christmas eve. This is a tradition I have continued with my daughter in the form of a Christmas eve box. I use the same box every year and I put in some new pj’s, hot chocolate, slippers or cosy socks and we cwtch up and watch a film together.
Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
On Comet, on Blitzen, on Dasher on Dancer, on Cupid, on, Rudolph, on Prancer and…Vixen(?)
Which Christmas traditions are you looking forward to this year?
We usually visit my husband’s sister’s house on Christmas eve and see all his family there which is lovely.
Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
It’s fake and very glad I am too! We had a real one last year and it was a right pain! Maybe one day again if we ever live in a little cottage in the country.
What is your all time Christmas treat/food/sweet?
I love Christmas pudding with lots of cream. And sprouts, I really love sprouts. They’re like little mini cabbages and they just taste so nice.
Love or loathe?
Be honest, do you prefer giving or receiving presents?
Honestly honestly prefer giving presents. When you know you’ve got something really good. 🙂
Best Christmas present you’ve ever received?
A blue bike when I was a kid. It was awesome.
Where would be your dream place to visit for the Christmas season?
There’s no place like home for Christmas but if we were to go away, then I would like to visit a Christmas market in Germany.
Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
I’m good at wrapping but I tend to stick to the basics. I’ve seen lots of presents around lately with big bows and ribbon and extra’s and the really hip modern wrapping paper all looks so great but I never get round to adding any of it. This year I didn’t even have labels, I’ve written everyone’s names on the presents in Sharpie!
Helping to wrap
Most memorable Christmas moment?
I don’t know why but one year my uncle bought my mum a funny present and it was a toy cats tail peeping out of a paper bag that span round and round and it just sticks in my mind. Random.
What made you realise the truth about Santa?
A teacher in primary school one day announcing St Nicholas is dead. She was telling us the actual story of St Nick but it just kind of spoiled it for me.
What makes Christmas special for you?
Celebrating Jesus’s life on earth with my friends and their families in church on Christmas morning and feeling joyous. Looking around me on Christmas day and realising that I’m a grown-up with my own family and realising how lucky I am.
I’ve left it a bit late to tag anyone going forward but I wanted to get a Christmassy post up to end 2016 on my blog. So all that’s left to say is Merry Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful time with the people most special to you. Much Christmas love and best wishes to everyone! 🙂