Black Friday, Sustainability and Covid-19

I have been having a lot of thoughts about this years Black Friday, Sustainability and the Covi-19. This is also things I have discussed with some of my friends and family.

We are less than a month away from Christmas today and I have noticed that a lot of people plan to shop their Christmas Presents on Black Friday or Black Week as I have seen a lot of online stores have. A friend asked me how I feel about all the online shopping relating to the transportation of products going here and there. Almost all the transportation equals emission that are bad for the enviroment. Therefore Black Friday is not good for the enviroment.

But I think more people will buy there Christmas presents online this year, because of Covid-19. At least I have bought most of my Christmas presents online since I am in a high risk-group. Usually I would have been in stores looking for the perfect gift. This year I have done most of my shopping online. I fill bad about it because I would have loved to do my part for the environment as well as the stores in my small town and shop form the local shops. What I did not know because I started buying Christmas resents in August was that a lot of shops offer to pick up your order and meet you outside of the store. That would have made it easier to shop. It can also be a good idea to buy present at Etsy and support small stores that have not been able to go on Christmas Markets and sell their products.

What are you thoughts?


Would you rather ~ Christmas Edition part 2

Time for would you rather the Christmas Edition part 2.

Would you rather wear ugly Christmas sweaters for 1 year or stay with the abdominal snowman for 1 week? I would rather wear an ugly Christmas sweater for 1 year. 

Would you rather take a look at Santa’s list or peek at your presents? Definitely take a look at Santa’s list.

Would you rather laugh like Santa or talk like an elf? Hmm.. hard… But I think I would have to choose to laugh like Santa…

Would you rather string a mile of popcorn garland or light & keep 500 candles burning at once? String a mile of popcorn garland.

Would you rather have snowflakes for eyelashes or icicles for teeth? Snowflakes for eyelashes.

Would you rather decorate 10 trees or wrap 100 presents? Easy. I would rather decorate 10 trees… I am really bad at wrapping presents.

Would you rather have Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer for a friend or Frosty the Snowman for a friend? I think I will have to go with Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Would you rather be at home on Christmas and get lots of presents or go to Disneyland for Christmas but not get any presents? That’s an easy choice. I always wanted to go to Disneyland, so Disneyland it is.

Would you rather ride on the Polar Express or live in a giant gingerbread house? Ride on the Polar Express of course.

Would you rather solve a page of Christmas-themed math problems or write a five-paragraph essay about the meaning of Christmas? Write the essay.

Would you rather visit Betlehem or the North Pole? The North Pole.

Would you rather have pointy ears like an elf or have a nose that glows red like Rudolph’s? Have Elf ears.

What would you pick of these options? Have an fantastic Wednesday!

Love, Nea

Christmas Eve

Yesterday was Christmas Eve and the day that we celebrate Christmas in my family. But this year we spent the 23rd at my brother’s house with my sister-in-law, my nephew and my parents. My brother is working over Christmas so we thought we could make the 23rd to our Christmas Eve. We had a wonderful time with great food and laughter. My nephew loved his presets.

Yesterday we were going to have a mini celebration just with my parents at our house. But my mom wasn’t feeling well so my husband, our dogs and I spent yesterday alone at home. It was a cosy Christmas with just the four of us and I loved it. We got to spend some time with the dogs and just be together without any stress. And I didn’t spend a minute thinking about us moving and leaving the dogs in Sweden. And that was really nice.

We ate good food, we watched Kalle Anks Jul (Donald Ducks Christmas program) and then some Christmas movies. We opened our presents. And we laughed. And that is for me a wonderful Christmas.

Today we have no plans at all. I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas Day.

Love, Nea

Would you rather ~ Christmas Edition part 1

Just a few more days until Christmas. And I found this would you rather and I have divided it up in at least two parts. Here is part 1.

Would you rather relive a past winter holiday again or get to travel to a future winter holiday? Relive a past winter holiday again. 

Would you rather spend the holidays with your family or with three celebrities (you can choose the celebrities)? Spend the holidays with my family.

Would you rather have to cook the big holiday meal every year or have to clean up and do the dishes after the holiday meal every year? Cook a big holiday meal every year. 

Would you rather give up Christmas trees or Christmas cookies? Give up Christmas cookies.

Would you rather get one amazing holiday gift or 10 OK holiday gifts? One amazing holiday gift.

Would you rather know what all your gifts are or be surprised by all your gifts? Be Surprised!

Would you rather eat only Christmas cookies or only drink hot cocoa? Only drink hot cocoa!

Would you rather have to put up outdoor Christmas lights for all your neighbours or wrap all the holiday presents for extended family?  Wrap all the holiday presents for my extended family

Would you rather travel during the holidays or stay home? Stay Home.

Would you rather star on a popular holiday music single or star in a popular holiday movie? This one is hard… But I think I would choose a popular holiday movie.

Would you rather be an elf in Santa’s shop or a reindeer on Santa’s sleigh? A reindeer on Santa’s Sleight. Think of all the places you would see.

Would you rather give up one family tradition or start a new one? Start a new one.

Would you rather sing Jingle Bells once every hour for 2 weeks or wear an Elf Costume to school for 1 week? That’s easy, wear the Elf Costume. I think I would be a very cute Elf.

Would you rather watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas or Christmas Story? I love the Grinch so I have to say How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Hope you liked it. Have an amazing Sunday afternoon!

Love, Nea

Christmas Stocking Fillers

It’s just a few days left until Christmas and I just wanted to share some ideas on what you could fill the stockings with. This is things I think you can find almost at any bigger Supermarket, at least I hope you can.

First for the Children:

  • Crayons and colouring books
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Stickers
  • Slipper socks
  • Mittens
  • Small car toy
  • Bath toys
  • Books
  • A puzzle

For the teenagers:

  • Lotions
  • Flash drives
  • Lip gloss
  • Chapstick
  • Diary
  • Pens
  • Socks
  • Keychain
  • Itunes gift cards
  • Other gift cards
  • Fidget spinner
  • Mystic 8 ball

For women:

  • Lotion
  • Candles
  • Face Mask
  • Nailpolish
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Chocolate
  • Books
  • Scarf
  • Socks

For men:

  • Money Clip
  • Keychain
  • Golfballs
  • Stressball
  • Luggage tag
  • Coffee mug
  • Beer opener
  • Magazine
  • Socks
  • Tie

That’s all I got for stocking fillers. I hope you liked it. Have an fantastic Sunday.

Love, Nea

Christmas Gift Ideas for children

I always think its hard to get presents for children. Because every child want different things and it’s hard to know what is the right thing to get. I don’t have children and as an aunt I am boring. because I love buying my nephews and nieces books. But here are some ideas that I think are appropriately whenever, and it’s not just books. And this is not an ad.

My first tip is something that’s called Moonlite. It’s a storybook projector for your mobile phone. It turns storytime into something magical. And here you can buy different packs, with different stories. I know there are a Disney pack, a Fairytale pack and a Very Hungry Caterpiller pack that you can buy. And you can also buy stories separately.

Picture source Moonlite

My second tip is Cubcoats. A Cubcoat is a comfy hoody and a cuddly toy in one. There are available in many different characters. Both original characters like Flynn the fox and Pimm the puppy. But also already famous characters like Minne and Micky Mouse, Bob the minion and Marvel’s Spider-Man. Not only is the product a way to give the children fantasy a boast, but Cubcoats also partnered with Baby2Baby to help low-income children. Read more about it here.

Picture source Cubcoats

A present that I always appreciated when I was a child, no who am I kidding, I love to get it now too, is Disney Movies. As a Disney fan, I feel like this is a great gift. Why not give a Disney movie as a gift an make it into movie night with the kids. I will not link a store here, because I think you can buy a Disney move almost anywhere.

The fourth tip for a gift for children is Lego and Duplo depending on the age of the child. There are lots of different sets you can buy and I think any toystore have them in stock. I found both Lego and Duplo on Amazon. And in Sweden, you can buy Lego and Duplo on BR. I love these two toys because it can help children with keeping their imagination alive. They can build a castle or a ship. Or whatever they can think of.

Picture source Amazon

And my fifth tip is the Coloring Without Borders Coloring Book.  It’s sold on Families Belong Together and all the proceeds go to Families Belong Together, that is a movement that all Families belong together. You can read more about it here. The Coloring Book is really cool because the text is in both English and Spanish. And the child decides what she/he should paint.

And my last tip is the two books Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 tales of extraordinary women and Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Volume 2  by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. Volume 1 in English here and Swedish here. And volume 2 in English here and Swedish here. Or a boxed set in English here. In the clip down below you will see why I think we need to give this books to our daughters, nieces and all children.

I hope you liked my gift ideas for children. And that it maybe gave you some ideas. This is not an ad. Have an amazing day.

Love, Nea