Five gifts that give a little more

One of the best things about Christmas is the gift giving – how wonderful it is to see the look the faces of loved ones when you hand over a little package of love. But what about a gift this year that gives a little more… here are my top five gifts that help fund a greater cause.

1. Ugly Xmas Rashie. Best idea ever!  It’s usually too damn hot to get into the ugly Christmas jumper fun here in Aussie land, but now we can with these awesome rash vests, available in two fab designs in adult and kids sizes ($69.95 for adults). And best of all you will be supporting the Cancer Council in their fight against cancer. They sell out though so get in quick!

2. Dash the Brave clothing. These modern and minimalist clothing are just gorgeous for the whole family! I could buy every single piece – and the best thing is – they raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research and support.

3. Pray4Trax necklaces. The perfect gift for a special boy or girl in your life. They even are great for mummas too! Featuring a variety of animals, non toxic beads and magnetic lock for safety – they are perfect. They also raise money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis.

4. Fairy Tales for Hope. These beautiful prints based on classic fairy tales by talented Melbourne-based artist Tonia Composto, are a beautiful gift that also raise money for the Stillbirth Foundation. They come in two sizes and are limited numbers.

5. TOMS bags. You are probably across the TOMS shoe situation – one pair of shoes for a pair for someone in need. But you might not be aware of their bags! By purchasing one bag – the money goes to help provide a safe birth for a mother and baby in need. This is my favourite one.

Does Santa come to your house?

Whether you are a believer or not, it is hard to escape the jolly man in the red suit during the festive season. I know lots of people who don’t “do Santa” as they see it as lying to their kids; too commercial; giving an imaginary person the ‘glory’, or they don’t celebrate Christmas, amongst other reasons. I also know lots of people who know Santa “isn’t real” and are well into their adulthood and still get presents from Santa Claus every year. Continue reading

A Christmas Resolution

Some of the Chrissy cards I have stashed away and am determined to send this year!

Some of the Chrissy cards I have stashed away and am determined to send this year!

Forget a New Year’s Resolution, they are hard to think of, stick to and remember past January 31… I say a Christmas Resoultion is way better!

What is something that you have always wanted to do at Christmas but never have made the time or effort to do? Is there a tradition you always think, “hey I would love to do that with my fam”. Continue reading

Last min Christmas gifts

These beauties will be super fun for the kiddies!

These beauties will be super fun for the kiddies!

You are fast running out of time!! There are literally two days left! But here are a couple of ideas, for him, her and the kids that you should have no problems sorting out in the next two days.

For him
A Knobby underwear subscription- you can get 3,6,9 or 12 month subscription. It’s the underwear gift, made fun! Check it out here!

A three month subscription to The Beer Crate. It’s not the cheapest but a fabulous idea he will love! All the details here. And both these ideas you can do without setting foot in a shopping centre.

For her

Tickets for Ghost the musical! Seriously, she will be happy. Shows in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Tickets available through Ticketmaster.

A voucher for a treatment at her beautician or day spa! You will find a lot of these places will be open at least on the 23rd and some will even offer online vouchers so you won’t even have to go in. Always a lovely gift to receive and team the voucher with a bottle of champers- I’d be ultra happy 🙂

For the kids:

The good thing about Bunnings is that it is open outside the normal business hours, and they have awesome ideas for kids! My favourites (pictured) are the mini DIYs- a scarecrow or a gnome! So much fun and could even be an activity for Christmas Day.

My other pick from Bunnings is all the fun gardening projects they have for kids, from growing sprouts in a head shape to make hair (classic) to mini garden beds and tools- you can’t go wrong with this outdoor fun!

I hope these ideas help…. Good luck!

 

Snickerdoodles- a yummy Christmassy treat!

Just out of the oven! Yum!

Just out of the oven! Yum!

This weekend, I set myself a challenge to make a batch of Snickerdoodles to share with my work colleagues. Never made them before, but they are a yummy Christmas treat, and why not hey!

I found a recipe online which is a Martha Stewart recipe. (You can follow along with the original post here). It was a lot easier than I thought and worked out well!

My tips for the recipe- make sure you cream the butter and sugar well. I think I rushed this bit. Also, when you have everything mixed together, I was worried it was a bit dry, but once you roll into the balls this is not the case at all. So don’t panic :). I also slightly over cooked mine. After the 15 mins, they weren’t quite done but I probably should have turned off oven and left for a few mins rather than 5 mins at full heat… Still soft and yummy but not the usual softness.

You will need:

2 3/4 cups plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp coarse salt
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs

Topping:
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 180 degs.
1. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
2. Put butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
3. Mix in eggs.
4. Reduce speed to low; gradually add flour mixture.
5. Stir together cinnamon and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in a small bowl.
6. Shape dough into 20 (1 3/4-inch) balls; roll in cinnamon sugar. Space 3 inches apart on baking sheets.
7. Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until edges are golden, 12 to 15 minutes.
8. Let cool on sheets on wire racks. Cookies can be stored at room temperature up to 3 days.

Rolled up and ready to go.

Rolled up and ready to go.

Silver linings- a Christmas confession

Now that didn’t take long! Our first confession is in… I received this amazing confession from Miss Silver Linings. Silver writes:

“A dear member of my family is very resourceful, and we’ve always enjoyed their op-shop gifts, wrapped in recycled paper and curling ribbon – carefully assembled, so there’s no need for even new sticky-tape. Once I even got a gift from them that was wrapped in the washed foil packaging from a box of Shapes. Quirky, yes, but thoughtful, definitely! I don’t think they’ve ever missed a Christmas gift for anyone in the whole extended family!”

Now that is thrifty! And very resourceful!

If you have a confession- email me (tinselturkey@gmail.com). Can’t wait to hear from you!

K x

Christmas Confessions

Get those Christmas secrets off your chest anonymously!

Get those Christmas secrets off your chest anonymously!

I witnessed the most interesting conversation at work this week. It started with a little meme reminding us all there are only eight Fridays until Christmas and from there, each of my colleagues began to share all these little quirks about Christmas with their families. Strange wrapping methods, present sabotage, only writing on one side of Christmas tags so they can be used next year…There were so many! And so interesting, I wanted to share them all! And this got me thinking…

Do you have a Christmas Confession? Anything unusual or a little naughty that you or a family member does/have done over the festive season that you want to get off your chest? Send me an email with your confession and I will share with you all anonymously! Email me at tinselturkey@gmail.com.

Time to get your Christmas on…

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There are signs that Christmas is on it’s way popping up everywhere!

There are little signs that Christmas is on it’s way popping up. Just in the lift today at DJs there was a small gold sticker letting me know what level the Christmas store was on. I turned on the cooling at home this week. And I felt the urge to sing a carol. It is time to get my Christmas on!

I said this to a friend and he said- how exactly does one ‘get their Christmas on’. Because we celebrate Christmas in such different ways; this was a question I couldn’t really answer. It’s personal. It could mean dusting off the cricket bat, booking plane tickets for a trip home, finding the Christmas lights, eating a candy cane (did that this week too). And it’s the feeling you get doing it. It’s the little things that make you feel ready and excited for the festive season and put that little bit of tinsel in your step. Continue reading