{The Nest Loves} 10 (unexpected) Tips for Staying in the Christmas Mood

Do you remember how magic of Christmas never failed to show when we were kids? As soon as the weather got hotter and the holiday season grew near, we were already in a jolly spirit. As kids, we had full attention of our parents and all the free time in the world to enjoy ourselves – everything that we gradually lost with growing up. Daily stress, worries, responsibilities and fast pace of life all contribute to forgetting that holiday spirit and joy. Still, you should never forget how much getting into the holiday spirit can actually feel relaxing and therapeutic. Check out the following tips that could help you stay in the Christmas mood even after the Christmas, and you may be able to rediscover the magic and wonders of Christmas again! 

Dress for the occasion

It might seem silly, but the way you dress as well as wearing seasonal colors can really help with getting you into the Christmas mood. So, don’t be afraid to rock some sequin tops as well as a lot of reds and greens. If you like to stick to plain colors, an effective detail such as a long, fluffy red scarf can really do the trick.red

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Holidays make for the perfect opportunity to try out a bit bolder makeup looks. This doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to go all out with full face of makeup every day, but feel free to step out of your comfort zone as well. Glitter on the eyes and bolder shades of lipsticks are perfectly acceptable during this time of year and they can assist in getting you all jolly as well.

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Other great way to relax and enjoy the holiday season is by filling your home with holiday scents. Make sure to prep your home and keep it clean by using air purifiers for allergies and then light up some scented Christmas candles.

Play some Christmas movies

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Most people can afford lazy evenings in. So, if you’re used to relaxing after a busy day at home, why not play some Christmas movies, too? Pick the ones that you loved the most and allow yourself to reminiscent about the past. That way, you might even retrace your steps back to that fulfilling holiday joy.

Casual night coca

If you don’t really enjoy watching movies, you can still organize yourself a casual and relaxing night in with a cup of mulled wine and your favorite Christmas music. And if you don’t like wine, you can always make hot cocoa. So festive and cozy.

Hit the kitchen kitchen

Making Christmas cookies isn’t difficult by any means, but it is definitely worth it for getting you into that much desired Christmas mood. Just try it and you’ll have a blast with both making and eating gingerbread men.

The above-mentioned tips are simple and low-effort things that anyone can find the time for. But it’s the little things that actually mean a lot. Make sure to try some of them yourself and jump into that Christmas mood which was so natural and fulfilling when you were a child.

This article was contributed by Claire Hastings.

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{Christmas Prizeapolooza 2016} Tinkered By and loved

A little while ago on the blog I showed my love for a beautiful little business called TinkeredBy and I am still as much in love. This business is absolutely wonderful, not only offering sensational and fabulous pieces but also helping people.

Run by creative sister duo, Kate Boston and Rachael Steadman TinkeredBy is more than just a shop, it is a movement.

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TinkeredBy  is all about the truly hand made. They support sustainable products that are sourced with a sense of conscience. This business has a beautiful spot in my heart because not only are chasing their own dreams, but helping to build brighter futures for those around them.

TinkeredBy are your go-to for quality handmade homewares and jewellery. There is nothing matchy-matchy and you know that wearing one of the TinkeredBy creations you are one of a kind.

My very favourite part about Tinkerked By is that I can read the actual real life story of the artist who created my purchase. That is incredibly special to know the story behind the art or jewellery that is going to come into my home. 2collageblog

 

Tinkerked By really is creating products that better the world and using business to inspire change.

You can purchased directly from their website, or alternatively you could host your very own Trunk Show.

| Facebook: facebook.com/tinkeredby |

| Email: info@tinkeredby.com |

| Web: www.tinkeredby.com |

| Phone: 0417 425 801 |
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line4The fantastic girls at TinkeredBy are offering a fantastic bundle for one very lucky winner this year. You could be standing out from the crowd with a jewellery bundle including this GORGEOUS white bone necklace! Oh my! whitebone_on_leather_necklace-1

To be in the running all you to do is be a ‘liker’ of TinkeredBy on facebook as well as The Central Nest’s facebook page and like the ORIGINAL competition post on our facebook page.

Remember to ‘tag’ a friend and ‘share’ the post for an additional entry.

Winner will be drawn 5pm (AEST) Thursday 22 December 2016.

To see the full terms and conditions go here -> Christmas Prizeapolooza 2016 Rules

{Christmas Prizeapolooza 2016} Lush Lips love the Lip Lab

macquaUnless you have been living under a rock you would have heard me yak on and on about this one time I got to create my very own lipstick with the girls from Macquarie Medispa. They have bought to our area the  Lip Lab which is just the most fabulous thing ever.

I went and experienced the fun of the  Lip Lab a little while ago – in fact you can read about my fun night out here -> The Central Nest went Lip Labbing but in case you missed it, the Lip Lab at Macquarie Medispa in Orange is the first of its kind in the area.

The Lip Lab is an exciting innovation that lets you customise your very own lipstick. You get to choose the colour, whether it’s lipstick or gloss and even the scent! lip

You meet with one of your colour consultants who takes you step by step through the process to create your very own masterpiece!

Just to top it off you get to name your own lipstick so that the girls can recreate it for you again in the future! For a long time Macquarie Medispa has been ahead of the curve and this is another great example.

| Phone: 02 6324 5552 |

| 102 Byng Street, Orange |

| Facebook: macquariemedispa |
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line4The fabulous girls at Macquarie Medispa are offering one very lucky nester the chance to design their own lipstick at the Lip Lab in Orange! This is such a fun experience, I can’t even tell you!

To be in the running all you have to do is be a ‘liker’ of Macquarie Medispa on facebook as well as The Central Nest’s facebook page and like the ORIGINAL competition post on our facebook page.

Remember to ‘tag’ a friend and ‘share’ the post for an additional entry.

Winner will be drawn 5pm (AEST) Thursday 22 December 2016.

To see the full terms and conditions go here -> Christmas Prizeapolooza 2016 Rules

{Christmas Prizeapolooza 2016} Give a little bit of Glitz this year

This product is the EXACT reason I started this blog, it’s local, it’s brilliant and I didn’t know it existed until now.

Little Glitz by Amanda is located in Blayney and she offers custom cross stitch portraits, wall hangings and letters. 15354316_1799094906975396_1227810246_o

Amanda has been cross-stitching since she was young and it was a skill taught to her by her mother. How fantastic is that?

This is honestly the best product I have seen in a long time, what a brilliant way to capture your family and what a fabulous gift this would make. You could buy it as a wedding gift  and then buy another one with the couple and added children later! I love this idea! Imagine a whole couple’s history celebrated by cross stitch.

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Little Glitz by Amanda offers simply stunning items and I hope in the not to distant future to have one of her beautiful creations hanging in my home.

If there is one business that you need to get out and support after this year’s Christmas prizeapolooza let it be this one.

You can get in contact with Little Glitz by Amanda today!

| Phone: 0423 114 187 |

| Email: amanda_egan2388@hotmail.com |

| Facebook: @littleglitzbyamanda |

| Instagram: @littleglitzbyamanda |
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line4The fantastically talented Little Glitz by Amanda is offering one very lucky nester the chance to win a fully custom family portrait. I can’t even tell you how much I love this prize. I want it BAD!

To be in the running all you have to do is be a ‘liker’ of Little Glitz by Amanda on facebook as well as The Central Nest’s facebook page and like the ORIGINAL competition post on our facebook page.

Remember to ‘tag’ a friend and ‘share’ the post for an additional entry.

Winner will be drawn 5pm (AEST) Thursday 22 December 2016.

To see the full terms and conditions go here -> Christmas Prizeapolooza 2016 Rules

 

{Christmas Prizeapolooza 2016}Tracey Mackie Artist makes Christmas happy

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I literally cannot draw. Like I can scribble but when my DNA was being formed they forgot to add the little splash of creativity or art ability. That is the COMPLETE opposite of the gorgeous Tracey Mackie Artist. She is clever and smart and talented. She takes inspiration from the everyday and transforms it into masterpieces.

There is no secret I love local, but I especially love local when it is better than anyone else. Tracey Mackie Artist is beyond better, she is simply the best. westir

So many of my friends want a ‘gossip girls’ or ‘sugar lips’ to take pride of place in their home and for bloody good reason. Tracey Mackie Artist  offers fresh, contemporary creations that scream love and entertainment.

Tracey Mackie Artist can help you with personalised art or with that last minute present. Make sure you contact Tracey today:

| Facebook: @traceymackieartist |

| Website: http://www.traceymackieartist.com |

| Instagram: @traceymackie_art |

treeline4The gorgeous Tracey Mackie is sprinkling happiness everywhere with a giftpack for one lucky nester. tracey

To be in the running all you have to do is be a ‘liker’ of Tracey Mackie on facebook as well as The Central Nest’s facebook page and like the ORIGINAL competition post on our facebook page.

Remember to ‘tag’ a friend and ‘share’ the post for an additional entry.

Winner will be drawn 5pm (AEST) Thursday 22 December 2016.

To see the full terms and conditions go here -> Christmas Prizeapolooza 2016 Rules

{Christmas Prizeapolooza 2016} Christmas is beauty beyond

beauty-beyondThere are few things I take super seriously in life, the first is my family, the second is maintaining an adequate addiction to reality television and the third is the obligation to keep ones eyebrows on pointe (or on fleek like the young thangs say)!

The girls at beauty beyond are my people, they are friendly and clever and not stuck up beauty snobs that you can sometimes endure in similar fashionable beauty salons. Beauty Beyond simply wants to help make the best version of yourself.

I highly recommend their goddess facials – they are without a doubt the most relaxing and rejuvenating experience ever!

I am super eager to try out the Russian doll eyelash extensions they are now offering, what a brilliant way to make yourself feel more beautiful!

Also, in case you have left your Christmas shopping to the last minute the girls can arrange a gift voucher for your nearest and dearest (or, well, yourself).

If you want to feel more beautiful make sure you talk to the wonderful team at Beauty Beyond

| Phone: 6331 5077 |

| Facebook: @beautybeyondbathurst|

treeline4The beautiful girls at Beauty Beyond are giving one extremely lucky nester the opportunity to get their very own lash extensions done worth $110! I can’t even tell you how jealous I am!

To be in the running all you have to do is be a ‘liker’ of Beauty Beyond on facebook as well as The Central Nest’s facebook page and like the ORIGINAL competition post on our facebook page.

Remember to ‘tag’ a friend and ‘share’ the post for an additional entry.

Winner will be drawn 5pm (AEST) Thursday 22 December 2016.

To see the full terms and conditions go here -> Christmas Prizeapolooza 2016 Rules

{Christmas Prizeapolooza 2016} JasitUp this Christmas

There is something completely wonderful about JasitUp HandStamped Jewellery, it is like fairy dust is sprinkled just to make her items just that little bit more magic than the others.

JasitUp HandStamped Jewellery offers handcrafted stamping on some absolutely delightful pieces of jewellery. These are the items that are likely to become the forever piece of your collection.

I have to say that my absolute favourite feature of JasitUp is the fact that there are endless ways to personalise your own keepsake. You could use the kid’s birthdates or your anniversary. It could be a date of graduation or favourite lyrics from a song. Whatever details matter to you, matter to JasitUp.  jas

Plus, Jasmine Howard the owner/operator is super lovely and friendly. She is creative and approachable and wonderfully talented.

If you want something that will last a lifetime make sure you contact JasitUp today.

| Email: jasit_up@yahoo.com.au |

| Phone: 0423 274 390 |

| Facebook: @JASITUP.handstamped |

 

treeline4The gorgeous JasitUp is making Christmas just a little more sparkly for one lucky nester this Christmas by offering a Rose Gold Tree of Life Pendant on thick belcher link chain valued at $90! She will even include personalisation of names/dates or quotes! WOAH!jasitup

To be in the running all you have to do is be a ‘liker’ of  JasitUp on facebook as well as The Central Nest’s facebook page and like the ORIGINAL competition post on our facebook page.

Remember to ‘tag’ a friend and ‘share’ the post for an additional entry.

Winner will be drawn 5pm (AEST) Thursday 22 December 2016.

To see the full terms and conditions go here -> Christmas Prizeapolooza 2016 Rules