Home for the holidays

After seeing the news this morning, I am feeling terribly grateful that I travelled to Glastonbury on Sunday. I missed all of the horrid weather. Having booked my tickets months ago, I had seats on both trains ready and waiting. And the train itself wasn’t too jam packed, which is always a bonus. I am settled in Glasto with my parents for the whole week. I’m being spoilt rotten, and I know how truly lucky I am to be spending the festive season with my family. I try to be mindful of how many blessings I have, it makes me enjoy them even more!

 

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I would just like to take the time to thank everyone for their comments and likes throughout this year. This has been the first year of The Domestic Storyteller and succeeded my expectations of my little blog! Thank you so much for proving thought-provoking comments and supporting me. I hope you all have a marvellous merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!

Rebecca xx

Perfectly pracitical in every way

I’m sure I have mentioned practical presents before. It makes so much sense to me for gifts to fulfil your needs, as well as your wants. My sister responded to my brief of “practicality” with gusto.

            We exchanged presents early as we will be spending another Christmas apart. Not ideal, but that is just the nature of the circumstances. My sister is a fan of sensible presents too, so she was pleased with her Amazon voucher. She can use it for her Kindle, items for her home or anything else she desires. I also bought her the largest Cadbury selection box you can get. It’s a tradition.

            In return, I received some truly lovely gifts.

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A large bottle of Herbal Essences shampoo and its matching conditioner. Two pairs of very fluffy socks. A vanilla scented candle hidden within an owl. A packet of gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. Simple face wash. Simple eye make-up remover. Simple deep cleansing mask.

 

            Thanks to my sister, I don’t think I’ll need to buy toiletries for the foreseeable future. This will certainly aid my next challenge. It’s going to be a lean time for me next year, but I’m determined to make the most of it with an uplifting challenge. I shall reveal all at a later date.

            I hope everyone is having a marvellous time preparing for Christmas. I love this time of year. I will be travelling to Glastonbury to spend the festive season with my parents and I can’t wait! I hope your Christmas plans are equally as jolly.

PS I’ve donated a jar of mincemeat, a packet of stuffing and a box of stock cubes to my local food bank, in the hope that it will make someone’s Christmas just that little bit easier. It would be wonderful if everyone could do the same and spread the Christmas cheer J

Mind blown.

It all started when I was browsing The Body Shop website. The sister had requested more body butter for Christmas and I was weighing up the options. Being a curious devil with time on my hands, I began reading their “About” tab. That led me on a journey of discovery into the realm of Fairtrade and ethical shopping.

As I followed the path, link after link, questions flew up in my mind. Why is this not the default option? Why is it not standard to pay the right cost for a product? Why is it unusual to run schemes to help poverty-stricken nations?

Do you know, I felt guilty. I felt truly guilty for having so much, or at least having access to so much. When you stop and think how your shopping habits can affect people, real people, not numbers or statistics, on the other side of the world, it opens your eyes.

Greed. That’s what forces us to get as much as we can for as little money as possible. I’m sure I’m not the only one with a wardrobe full of clothes, far exceeding the amount I need. Greed drives us towards the bargains, the offers, the deals, regardless of the cost of human life.

Apologies if I am conveying myself too strongly. I am no saint with regards to bargain hunting, indeed, the majority of this very blog is about making the most of money. But after feeding myself this information, I am feeling inclined to change. I do little clothes shopping anyways, but any further purchases I make will be second-hand, from charity shops preferably or eBay. Any garment I can save from landfill will be a step in the green direction.

Just having enough if what I need will help me to lead a more ethical life. We don’t need excess, we just think we do. I have much more to learn and more to engage with surrounding this topic. Food is another minefield of ethical questioning, but more on that in a later post. I hope you will follow my quest towards a sustainable lifestyle.

Defence is the best offence

How delightful it is to be able to return to my blog at long last. Other commitments have kept me away, but I return to you now with gusto!

Christmas preparations have been proceeding harmoniously. I have most of my presents sorted, as well as travel arrangements organised. Even New Year plans have started to take shape. Talking of shape, I’ve decided to take control of my own. This time of year is infamous for gluttony and overindulgence. Instead of waging war with temptation, I am opting for a defensive stance.

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In the run up to the festive season, I plan to be the epitome of health. I have removed any lingering junk food from my stores today, most of it being donated to fellow housemates. I still won’t tolerate waste on my path to health! From now until Christmas Day, I will be striving to eat no chocolate, sweets or processed sugar of any kind. I became reliant on the sweet stuff during my hectic assignment time and I truly need to cut back. This is not a declaration of never eating chocolate again (let’s not be silly), but rather taking control of the situation to a more sensible level.

The Christmas holidays have begun, so I now have more time to do more exercise. I have missed running regularly, and will soon establish an exercise routine.

By eating clean and exercising more, I’m hoping to lose a little weight, certainly. But more importantly, I want to adopt a healthier way of life and not crave wrong food as much as I do at the moment. That’s the plan anyways.