Unfortunately it seems that tis the season to be sneezing and when you’re curled up on the sofa under 3 blankets and feeling bleugh here is some of my advice. Everyones bodies are different but these are my top tips of the day
- Moisturise! Your nose and upper lip area are likely to get dry and sore and painful. Make sure you moisturise this area every few hours (use unperfumed or it will sting). Use lip balm or vaseline on your lips and even cover your nose to make a protective barrier. If your nose gets really bad rub Sudocrem well into it (although not when you’re going out in public as its white). You may look silly but its good protection (especially at night although beware of it getting on your pillow)
- Moisturised tissues. This may seem a bit extravagant but its worth it (saves some of the pain mentioned above). You can get moisturised tissues but if you want to get more for your money some loo roll comes with shea butter and aloe vera these days!
- Hydrate! Lots of water, orange juice etc (natural no chemicals). Ribena is really good for a sore throat (people tend to recommend it hot)
- Honey Glycerol and Lemon. You can buy a bottle of this is chemists, its a cough syrup but all natural so your not worrying about mixing medications
- I tend to avoid caffeine when ill as i read once that it inhibits herbal remedies (no idea if this is true or not) although i do like a nice cup of lapsing souchong tea
- Avoid dairy if your nose is bunged
- Garlic! if it kills vampires its also good against bad colds
- Hit it with the herbals. 1 capful cider vinegar, juice of half a lemon, half to one tsp honey all topped up with hot water (I tend to do half a mug). Don’t smell it, just drink it. All the ingredients contain magical antistringant type properties.
- Steam inhale! I have a fancy gadget from boots for this but the basis is dissolve some vicks vapour rub in hot water and breathe in the fumes (easy method is a bowl with a towel over your head
- Hot showers of your face and hot baths. Steam is good for temporarily clearing the head
- and finally keep warm but also get a little bit of fresh air by opening a window once in a while or bobbing your head out the door so as you don’t fester in stale air
Hats are really important in winer. A warm head and warm ears makes for a happy body. I do have a large collection of hats, I buy a new one every autumn (mainly for the fun of it). This year i received a present from the Gentleman of the house in the form of a Jaguar Print furry hat. I haven’t worn it yet but its going to be deliciously warm when the cold weather hits (the only slight hesitation is how it will go with my snow leopard print coat and leopard print bag – they say “friends don’t let friends wear more than 25% leopard print” but some days this can be a little tricky – lets call it eccentric and be done with it)
The acquisition of my new hat has now completed a family of furry hats.
Left – This belonged to my grandma, its probably from the 70’s or something. Its rather chic and I think of it as my Dr Zhivago hat
Middle – This belongs to my mum and I used to be mortified when she wore it out in public. Its probably from the 80’s. She did have a similar one in brown but I don’t know what happened to that. I haven’t yet decided yet whether to wear it in public (or what coat it will go with)
Right – this is my beautiful new jaguar print hat (by …) It was lucky we got it when we did since the small boutique shop upped and moved to T… the following week. The hat is fleece lined and so huggable. Ive not worn it yet but I imagine it will be making its debut soon
Theres an episode of Red Dwarf when the Cat wears a white fur coat and hat. It was so beautiful, I wish I had a photo to show you
Some people have all their christmas presents wrapped and their christmas cards written before December even starts (I know I’ve met them). Im not that organised although I did see the merit in buying some presents as early as October so as to spread the cost over a few months rather than just one. Here are a few tips from my experience
- Buy your wrapping paper on a day you are not buying anything else. Wrapping paper is large and difficult to carry especially since shops don’t usually have the right size bags for them and they try to escape every time you don’t have your eyes on them
- If you do need stamps buy a whole load of them at once when the shops/post office isn’t too busy. Stamps are useful things to have and last so it doesn’t matter if you buy too many
- If you are buying a real tree and taking it in a car put an old bed sheet down first. Although it sounds obvious its not necessarily the first thing you think of and will save ages of brushing and vacuuming later
- Calculate your dried fruit. If you bake its likely you will be making lots of fruit cakes. Get a list of all the quantities of the various dried fruits you news, total them up and hit the shops (or order online so a nice man will do all the heavy lifting for you)
- And finally if you really really want to be prepared and thrifty (like my mum), buy your christmas paraphernalia in January when they’re all reduced (that is if you have the storage space)
It is an inevitability that at this time of the year glitter will get everywhere. I just got it all over the sofa while emptying out the baubles and I dread to think what will happen once i get the christmas cards out of the box. The Gentleman of the house will not be pleased… although he may become a little sparkly as he did when I gave him the box of cards to hold in the shop.
Things to remember about glitter: It won’t wash off your hands easily and sticky tape will not stick to glitter paper
However edible glitter is super fun for putting on cakes and even adding to champagne. When you first pour some fizz on it you get the most beautiful effect like a snow globe, after that it floats and can be stirred to revive the effect (although if you do this at a party be prepared for finding glitter months and months later as it gets everywhere)