Friday 25 November 2022

The Best Advent Calendars 2022

Advent Calendars have become bigger and better than they've ever been. There is one to suit any age or interest. Here are some of the best advent calendars for 2022.

L'OCCITANE Classic Beauty Advent Calendar*

L'occitane provides lovely beauty, skincare and well-being products. Known for its incredible, intense scents, this advent calendar will suit any L'occitane fan or someone who likes good quality beauty products. It includes 24 days of their bestselling pampering products worth over £100. The mini sized treats are perfect for testing out their range and for someone that likes to travel as they can be popped in a toiletry bag for overnight stays or hand luggage items. You can purchase their full range of advent calendars and more here, L'OCCITANE.

Sephora Advent Calendar

If you're a beauty fan then you will have been ecstatic to finally see Sephora selling in the UK. I think it's something I've been waiting for for years. They have their own advent calendar which includes a 34 different beauty must haves worth over £700. 17 of which are actually full-sized beauty products so it's really worth every penny. You can purchase yours here, Sephora.

Build a Bear Advent Calendar

If you have children in your family who love Build-a-Bear then their Beary Merry Plush advent calendar will be perfect for them. It includes 25 pieces so they have one door to open on Christmas Day for an extra treat. The calendar includes 6 mini plush friends and 19 clothing and accessory pieces. You can get yours here, Build-a-Bear.

5 Surprise Mini Brands Limited Edition Advent Calendar

If you have children like mine who are obsessed with opening these kind of surprise toys then this is the calendar for them. It's packed with 24 minis including a few limited editions which cannot be found anywhere else. It also includes 2 ultra rare minis. You can purchase this calendar at all good toy stores.

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Hannah Marie Magic 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar

For Disney fans what more could be better than 12 days of handmade Disney magic. These calendars are truly unique. Hannah Marie Magic makes the most incredible Disney ears and accessories so I'm sure this advent calendar won't disappoint a true fan. It's also great to support a small business especial during the festive season. You can grab yours here, Hannah Marie Magic.

Sandwick Bay Christmas 
Advent Candle*

This candle is a great alternative to a traditional advent calendar. Available in 2 festive fragrances, this will fill your home with a Christmas aroma throughout December. It can also be reused and enjoyed every year by placing a new candle in the jar. You can get yours here,

Electronic Games Advent Calendar

This advent calendar is truly different. It contains components to build your own games. When you finish opening all the doors you will be able to create 24 games such as codebreaker and whack a mole. Due to the small pieces it's suitable for ages 14 and up. You can purchase it from Menkind

Star Wars Original Stormtrooper Beer Advent Calendar

(Photo from the Menkind website)

For the Star Wars fans this beer advent calendar includes 12 delicious beers. It's officially licensed and only available at, Menkind

*Please note items marked with a * have been gifted to me to include in a blog post*

Friday 4 November 2022

5 Out-Of-The-Box Ways To Get Your Daily Exercise

Like most people, you probably associate exercise with going to the gym, running on a treadmill, or lifting weights. But what if we told you that there are other, more creative ways to get your daily dose of exercise? In this blog post, we'll explore five out-of-the-box ways to get your daily exercise. So whether you're looking for something new to add to your workout routine or you're just not a fan of the gym, read on!

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1. Go For A Walk Or Run In A Park Or Nature Reserve.

One of the best things about getting your exercise outdoors is that you can appreciate the beauty of nature while you sweat it out. So instead of hitting the gym, put on your sneakers and head to your local park or nature reserve for a walk or run. Not only will you get some fresh air and vitamin D, but you'll also be able to take in the sights and sounds of nature, a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

2. Take A Dance Class.

If you're looking for a fun way to get your heart rate up, why not try taking a dance class? There are all sorts of dance styles to choose from, from salsa and ballroom dancing to hip-hop and breakdancing, so you're sure to find one that's perfect for you. And not only will you burn calories and tone muscle, but you'll also get to meet new people and maybe even learn a thing or two about another culture.

3. Take Up Roller Skating.

Remember the days of roller skating or rollerblading as a kid at the local rink? Well, dust off those skates and hit the pavement for a fun and low-impact way to get your daily exercise; just be sure to wear safety gear! Not only will you burn calories, but you'll also improve your balance and coordination. Bonus points if you can learn some cool tricks! This is a great way to get in a full-body workout without having to enter a gym.

4. Go For A Bike Ride.

Hop on a bike and explore your neighbourhood, or even take a day trip to a nearby town. Not only is biking great exercise, but it's also eco-friendly and can be a great way to bond with friends or family members. And if you want an extra challenge, try finding some hilly terrain to really get your heart pumping. You could even consider riding your bike to work or to the grocery store instead of always jumping straight in the car.

5. Do Yard Work Or Take The Stairs.

Sometimes getting your daily exercise doesn't have to be complicated; you can simply do yard work or take the stairs instead of the elevator when given the opportunity. Of course, if you really want to make things challenging (and fun), try doing yard work while wearing a weighted vest or running up and down the stairs instead of walking. Trust us; your heart (and muscles) will thank you later!


There are all sorts of ways to get your daily exercise; it doesn't always have to involve going to the gym or working out alone. So if you're looking for something new and exciting (or maybe even something less time-consuming), consider one of these five out-of-the-box ideas for getting your daily dose of fitness. And who knows? You might just have some fun in the process!

*This is a collaborative post*

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