Unusual Christmas Gift Ideas for Her

It’s that time of the year again when your better half will either throw you some “subtle” hints as to what should she find under the tree on the morning of 25th of December OR she will try and test you. Yes, we women like to test our partners to see how inventive, imaginative and original you can get.

I didn’t put together a gift guide this year, however as a person who feels like I have all the necessities I need and like to be surprised I thought I’d bring you some original ideas that will for sure make your other half smile or at least surprise her.

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How To Make a Homemade Mulled Wine

It’s that time of the year again when if you’re a lover of Christmas like me you will try to think of any possible Christmas Traditions just to keep the festivities going for as long as you can OR if you’re like me you will try to start Christmas as soon as Halloween ends.

One of the best Christmas Traditions I can think of (for adults anyway) is making homemade mulled wine. The scent of apples, wine, oranges and various spices in the air is so magical I cannot describe it. It’s when I can smell it, I can really feel the beginning of Christmas. This is why today I decided to share this recipe with you and hopefully it will bring you and your family some magic this Christmas.

How To Make a Homemade Mulled Wine

Ingredients

  • Bottle of red wine – preferably dry wine
  • 1 Orange
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Spoon of Maple Syrup
  • 1 Spoon of Honey
  • 1 Apple & 2 Cinnamon Sticks OR 1 Sachet of Mulled Wine Spice

Method

Wash the orange & lemon thoroughly under the cold water. Rinse with boiling water, twice. Cut both of them into small pieces with the skin still on it. Place them in a pot; pour in the bottle of wine. Gently heat up – do not boil. Add honey, maple syrup and the sachet of spices (or Apple and Cinnamon). Serve warm in a festive mug.

** Mulled wine spices are available in any of the Easter European Shops, or Polish shops. I haven’t seen this spice in any of the Irish shops however should I come across something similar I’ll be sure to update this post. **

 

Mulled wine is best served with some apple pie, mince pies or gingerbread cookies sitting by the fire.

An interesting fact for my Jetsetters – if you are looking to go to an amazing Christmas Market, Kraków (where I’m from) offers one of the biggest European Christmas Markets. In the market you will find large barrels with tiny doors; you knock on the door and the street seller opens and gives you a mug of mulled wine. (Of course it costs like 2 or 3 Zloty – its not free). However the idea itself and the picture it creates is magical.

 

Joanna x

 

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Why are candles in the bedroom a bad idea?

Have you ever scrolled through Pinterest or an Instagram and thought wow that’s a great photo but why is she (or he) putting candles on their bedding?? While that makes for a great photo this styling is so dangerous and thoughtless!

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Today I am sharing the top reasons as to why having candles lit in your bedroom is an extremely bad idea.

  1. Fire – Number one cause of house fires are candles left unattended be that in the bedroom or anywhere else in the house. Sure they smell great but make sure they are placed away from all flammable materials and are blown out when you leave the room.
  2. Chemical Byproducts – Not all candles are what they state they are. They are not all “handmade & organic” like everything else on the market they contain chemicals that can cause a lot of damage to your health. Which brings me to the next point:
  3. Cancer – Yes, sadly our beloved candles can cause cancer. Not surprisingly, as many things these days cause cancer however think how big is your room? How small of an area you’re limiting the candle to affect; usually with the doors and windows closed we don’t usually let the fumes “go away” anywhere.
  4. Respiratory Irritation – You can develop lung irritation from inhaling the fumes, its almost as bad a second-hand smoking. The particles you inhale linger on your throat and eventually stick to its lining. This can cause long term damage.
  5. Common Allergies – Lastly, candles can bring out allergies onto you. They can cause allergies such as dust, linen and particular scents can trigger different symptoms, especially the spiced candles.

 

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I am sorry to be the bearer of the bad news, as I do love a good candle myself. Heck, I usually buy candles for my friends as gifts be that birthday, new home or get well gifts. Candle says a thousand words. Sadly many of us don’t realize the damage they can cause. If you insist on using them, firstly don’t use them in the room you sleep in; that’s a huge no no as the smell and chemicals linger on at night and you continue to inhale the fumes for 6-8 hours straight. Secondly, make sure you use them in a well ventilated room or have a window or a door open. Lastly, never ever use them in the bathroom – they are known to be “blind” meaning no windows, they are also the worst ventilated space in the entire house, combined with steam this carries double the chemicals into your respiratory system.

I hope you found this informative and if this post helps even one person then I’ll feel like I’ve accomplished something here.

Joanna x

 

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