A Christmas Survival Guide

It’s nearly Christmas and that makes me happy and terrified in equal measures. I absolutely love the festive season, but buy does it get exhausting and frantic. With little over a week to go, it is now officially all systems go, with lots of presents still to buy, all the wrapping to do, and lots of festive fun nights still ahead.

With all that in mind, this is a bit of a survival guide to products that could make Christmas a little less stressful, and could help you manage to both look and feel yourself over the Christmas period.

Do you need a supplement?

Opti Women, which you can pick up from Discount Supplements, may be an excellent way of boosting your immune system and reducing fatigue over the busy Christmas period. Optimum Nutrition Opti Women has a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals to help support metabolic and immune function. This could help you feel more ready to cope with the busy packed days that Christmas brings.

Have a cup of Tea

Long said to be the one thing that puts everything in perspective, having a cup of herbal tea can be stimulating, or relaxing, depending on the blend. Yogi Tea have a wonderful green jasmine tea that is perfect for starting your day on Christmas Day (Yogi have christened the essence of their Green Jasmine Tea as Pause Before the Day Begins). This is a tea to wake you up, just what you might need if the smalls have decided that an early start is needed on Christmas Day (ahem!)


It is super cold out there at the moment, and this is something that can play havoc with our skin, so the need to moisturise is stronger than ever. A good night cream can help our skin repair itself whilst we sleep. I love Avalon Organics Lavender Luminosity Ultimate Night Cream. It costs less than a tenner, has a lovely creamy consistency that my skin just laps up, and the smell of lavender is so soothing, especially at bedtime. In addition, it is great for sensitive skin, something that many of us suffer with as the weather gets colder and colder.

What are your Christmas survival tips?

Getting In The Swim In 2018

As we near the end of 2017, and end the year with the most over indulgent festival of them all, our thoughts often turn to getting fitter in the New Year. Our New Year’s Resolutions are full of good intentions of getting in shape and getting fighting fit, and this is the busiest time of year for new gym memberships, many of which are already gathering dust by the end of the January.

But there is an easier way to keep yourself fit, to get into shape and have an awful lot of fun whilst doing it. Swimming is one of the best, and cheapest forms of exercise. It is one that you can do at your own pace, as part of a group, or even with your family. It can be done locally, doesn’t require an up front membership or massive monthly fees, the only thing it really needs is sensible swimming attire, so whether you need boys swimwear or a decent swimsuit, this is something you could put all that lovely Christmas cash towards.

Young Family Relaxing In Swimming Pool

Many towns and cities are appreciating the value of swimming as a sport and pastime, as well as something that could potentially save your life. In my own area alone, new baths have been opened in Bloxwich, Wednesbury and West Bromwich, with many offering free swimming for children and reduced rates for senior citizens. Most leisure centres offer adult only swimming for those who are serious about getting in the laps, as well as family sessions, mother and baby classes and free swim sessions.

Swimming is a healthy pastime with no age limit, and it is never to late to learn. My mom was a non swimmer until late into her forties, when, fed up of being stuck on the sidelines as her whole family had fun in the pool, she signed up for swimming lessons. Now she does a passable front crawl, not exactly Adam Peaty, but she can take part and have fun all the same.

Swimming is an activity that not only keeps you fit, but is also a great social activity too. Most pools have a coffee shop/cafe attached so you can meet friends and have a chat as well as keeping yourself active. It is also an activity that doesn’t require a great deal of equipment, you literally need a swimsuit or trunks. However, if you are planning on taking the kids you can have a lot of fun with inflatables, and toggles which aid diving and swimming under the water.

Swimming is fun, and that fun is not restricted to outdoor pools in sun soaked destinations. You can enjoy it local to you, an all weather activity that can be enjoyed by everyone during weekdays and weekends. If you are really looking to get fit and active in 2018, this could be a viable way of doing it that you won’t give up on after the first month.


Christmas Gift Ideas For Sun Worshippers

For some people, a perfect Christmas is one spent a thousand miles away from the cold, crisp winter. Their idea of Christmas is basking on a beach in the scorching sun, recharging the batteries and the Vitamin D levels with heat, relaxation and blissful contentment.

My late mother-in-law was one of those people, usually jetting off around December 23rd to her favourite hotel in Fuerteventura, for a Christmas break that involved topping up the tan, eatiing fine food and drinking cocktails, with palm trees rather than Christmas trees the order of the day. This did make Rita a hard person to buy for, in the days before widespread online shopping it wasn’t that easy to get a Tankini in winter, let alone pick up a cool beach bag or a sundress. Thankfully today that is no longer the case, so you can get your sun worshipping friends and family the gifts they will truly appreciate.


New swimwear is always a must when you are going on holiday, and for a Christmas holiday I think it is the equivalent of wearing new PJs on Christmas Eve. Brands like Simply Beach sell swimwear all year around so you can pick something that really suits, rather than making do with what your local sports shop has left.

Hand Luggage Only?

If you know someone who likes to avoid all those airport baggage queues by traveling light, a gift from Cabin Zero could be a great and much appreciated option. Cabin Zero are almost like the Mary Poppins bags of the travel world, very lightweight, the right size for the overhead locker, and able to carry pretty much all of your beach needs. You can read my review here.

Travel Suntan Kits

Christmas is actually the perfect time of the year to get some luxurious suntan lotion sets which make a lovely, thoughtful Christmas present for someone about to take a sunshine break. Clarins may not be a brand that they usually use, but well worth splashing out on as a Christmas gift.


You’d think these would be the Holy Grail of a Christmas gift, but thanks to many online stores have permanent sales sections, you can often find sun dresses, shorts and kaftans and cover ups all year around. Check out stores like House of Fraser, Dorothy Perkins and ASOS that have sales and outlet sections pretty much all year around. In addition, eBAY allows you to pick up out of season clothing and accessories.

These are just a few ideas for gifts for those who like to escape Christmas altogether, but still like to find a little something in their stocking on December 25th.