QUICK PICS: You can’t pour from an empty cup.

My friend and I went to a beautiful spa on Thursday. It was our Christmas present to each other for the second year running.

Post-thirty, we both realised that what we needed more than household objects, sweet treats and fleecy blankets, was some quality time together (while being massaged with hot stones into a state of Nirvana.) We’re both so busy that moments like these have become so rare over the years, but this only makes us treasure them more.

As we were sat chatting, pre-hot tub, my friend – who runs her own business and is one of the most hardworking people I know – turned to me and said,

“You can’t pour from an empty cup.” 

At this time of year, a lot of us feel like our cups are empty. The dark, icy mornings; the constant sniffles; the pressure to be a social butterfly; the headache of finding perfect gifts for picky family members without going bankrupt…

Sometimes, we just need some moments to ourselves. To recharge. To be selfish. To be silent. To be.

Sometimes, we just need time to re-fill our cups.

Even though I haven’t done it justice, I couldn’t resist throwing in some pictures from ‘My Little Farm Spa’ – http://www.mylittlefarmspa.co.uk – a working farm as well as a spa, the hygge/mindfulness factor is through the roof! 

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QUICK PIC: A lovely, thoughtful DIY Christmas gift!

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A lovely colleague and beautiful human being gave me this ‘teacher survival kit’ a couple of years ago for Christmas. As I’ve talked about in the past, teachers love homemade, thoughtful gifts so there’s absolutely no need to splash the cash! Any teacher worth their salt would love a creative, thoughtful gift like this. Not to mention, you could easily adapt this to be a survival pack for a mummy/grandma/business owner/fashionista/office worker/lion tamer…

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Have you made something similar? Are you planning to make something similar this year? Think you have an easy DIY idea that will kick this one out of the water? Share below!

Gifts for teachers? Don’t buy, make!

When I worked in Primary School, I used to call the end of summer term ‘Second Christmas.’ Every year, the gifts from my class grew in number and quality. I’d like to think this shows my growth as a teacher and see it as a sign that the kids just loved me more and more; in reality, I think the parents were maybe just a little more competitive in their present giving.

Let me just say, that I never expected presents or even cards. I loved those kids regardless.

When you spent a year ‘growing’ a child, and see them fall and flourish in different subjects and situations, you can find good things to say about even the most unpleasant of children.

With that said, after a year of hellish SATs stress and work-life balance being a running joke (“Does sleep count as ‘life?’”) presents were a wonderful way to end the school year and made me feel really loved. I loved the cupcakes, wine (of course!), chocolates, flowers and the jewellry – oh wow the jewellry! – but my favourite presents were always the homemade ones.

Here are a few of my favourites:

Reindeer noses

‘Reindeer Noses’ – lovely creative idea and a tasty Christmas present too!

 

 

Jam from Ethan

Homemade Jam – so nicely presented and almost too good to eat…almost!

 

 

 

 

cards from kids

Cards, pictures and poems from the kids long outlast even the tastiest wine and chocs!

 

So, if you’re a parent or a student who is on the verge of overspending on a much-loved teacher or support assistant, then don’t! Instead, exchange your money for effort, and make them something to show them what their help has meant to you this year. I promise you, they will treasure it for years to come.