This month has turned SO much colder hasn’t it? Gone are those days of wondering whether or not to put a coat on in the morning; now it’s full-on big coat weather. Brrrrrr. As soon as the twins are in bed at night I just want to pop on the twinkly lights, light a candle and snuggle under a throw to watch TV with Hubby.
Winter is coming.
I don’t normally love November. It’s not usually my favourite month; mainly because the dark mornings and cold weather always feels a shock to the system and the HUGE buzz of Christmas is still a little way off. However, this year I am using November to try and get as organised as I can for the big day. I’m aiming to do little things in small chunks throughout November in order to spread out the large Christmas to-do list and to avoid any last minute panicking. Because no-one wants that now, do they?
But there are some other lovely things making me smile this month. So here’s what I am loving and wanted to share with you:
1/ Being organised
Yep, me again *puts hand in the air*. Yep, I am banging on about this – again! But really…the time management tips & principles that I talked about in my last blog post that I’ve implemented in the last week have literally been game changing. Getting myself more organised and stopping any unnecessary procrastination when I am working from home has been amazing for my freelance set-up. I even feel more positive and energised as a result.
The best thing has been getting up in the morning and knowing what I am going to be working on that day and sticking to it – rather than faffing about wondering what to start next and then going off into social media (and never coming out). It sounds a bit boring and strict, but I highly recommend it if you are self-employed, work from home, or feel as though you need a little more focus to help you achieve more. I’m looking forward to taking this approach into the new year too.
2/ Starting my Christmas shopping
Every year I leave this job until the last minute and find it HIGHLY stressful. This year – no way! I have been out shopping a few times and picked up lots of gifts & bits already. I have a list of everyone that I need to buy for and I’m ticking them off as I go along. Again, doing a bit here and there is helping so much and actually making me enjoy the build up to the festive season. I’ve done a mixture of online shopping and been into town.
The lovely folk at Philosophy kindly sent me this gorgeous Love & Grace set a few weeks ago, which I adore – thanks guys! It has body washes, as well as a 120ml perfume. It is lovely and definitely a little treat for my skin, which is taking a hit lately from all this cold weather. Oh, and this all smells utterly divine too.
This would make a gorgeous gift for a loved one this Christmas.
4/ All the grey
Call me boring (go on, it’s OK) but as much as I have tried my best to wear plenty of other colours lately (like red & ochre) I still can’t stay away from grey. However, to make sure my outfits don’t get too dull and drab, I’ve been adding in other touches too. Such as a leopard print and leather-look trousers…you know, to jazz it up a little.
Now that Jack Frost is making an appearance in the morning it’s also now officially bobble hat weather – YES! This means that I can leave the house on bad hair days and no-body needs to know otherwise. Winning.
I picked up this super cosy grey jumper from H&M last week. I wear this kind of outfit on the walk to school or for running errands during the week.
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5/ Nativity time
If anyone else has children doing a school nativity play this year then HOW exciting is it?! I literally can’t wait. The twins have been coming home singing the songs from reception class already and it’s the cutest thing ever. I remember watching the nativity plays on TV show ‘This Morning’ when I was a student (Richard & Judy had a different school every day doing parts of the show) and I used to sob then and I didn’t even know the children!
I’m therefore very excited to see my own babies performing it this year and will be a proud Mama. Sometimes it’s little things like this that make you really wish they just wouldn’t get any older and stay little forever.
Happy November guys…
Love, Jess x