What’s in your #ChristmasStocking…

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Happy Christmas everyone! The countdown is well and truly underway and to get you in the festive spirit, here’s our brand new What’s in Your #ChristmasStocking tag. If you would like to join in, just pop to the bottom of the post for more details.

 

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What’s in your #ChristmasStocking?

It’s all about the quick-fire questions in this tag, so go with the flow and jot down what pops into your head. Ready, steady, jingle!

1. Who’s behind the gathering of Christmas stocking treats – Mama Christmas or Father Christmas? 

I buy the stuff for Hubster and Lola. Hubster buys stuff for mine.

2. Traditional stocking or giant sack? 

Traditional stocking.

3. Christmas stockings for everyone or only those who believe?

Everyone! Including my beloved fur baby, Lola!

4. Cheap as chips or a big festive splurge?

Usually cheap with one splurge item in them. Candy is a huge contender in our stockings.

5. Themed goodies or a pick-a-mix stocking of treasure?

Mixed of course! Themes make my brain work too hard when all it really wants to do is think about eating cookies.

6. Real orange or chocolate orange?

I don’t understand this question. I’m assuming this is a custom in the UK. Chocolate orange does sound yucky though, unless it’s just regular chocolate shaped like a ball. But if it’s orange flavored chocolate then I would say no thanks.

7. Christmas ‘stick to your teeth’ candy or Santa’s ‘special’ healthy snacks?

Nothing healthy comes near me on Christmas day. Even my vegetables get doused in unhealthy things!

8. Chocolate coins or sugared mice?

I vote chocolate coins. One, because I like them. Two, I have no idea what sugared mice are! I’m intrigued though.

9. Latest trends or traditional wooden puzzles?

Wooden puzzles? I had to put a question mark there because I’ve never given or received a puzzle for Christmas.

10. Each item carefully wrapped in authentic looking wrapping paper or Santa just threw it all in?

Santa tossed that stuff in!

11. Stockings hung with care by the fireplace or end of the bed?

They hang off the television stand.

12. Who fills the stocking – Mama Christmas or Father Christmas?

I fill Hubster and Lola’s stockings. Hubster fills up mine – usually with some help from my mom who sends stocking stuffers. (She knows Hubster struggles in this area!) We then each try to sneak past one another on Christmas Eve and fill them. It can become quite the debacle!

13. Filled to the brim and overflowing or perfectly neat?

Neat, once stuff starts coming out you have to admit defeat and wrap stuff for under the tree.

14. What do you leave Santa – a glass of milk or something stronger for the road?

I leave him nothing…I eat all the cookies myself!

Share your favourite Christmas tip of all time…

Watch movies for the month to really put yourself in the mood! I made a list of them in case you hate crap plots!

Top 10 Christmas movies for people who hate crap plots…

I would love my nominated buddies to join in with this Christmas tag, as well as anyone else reading this who would like to take part.

Lisa Pomerantz

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Join in and play the What’s in Your #ChristmasStocking game!

1. Once you have answered the tag quick-fire questions in your own blog post, nominate a handful of buddies to join in.

2. Pop the badge on and leave a link to this post so your nominated buddies will be able to find the badge code.

3. Don’t forget to tag me (ShankYouVeryMuch) and the creator (3_LittleButtons) into your post on twitter as we’d love to read what your answers are!

Please include the above text (more or less) in your own post so others know how to play. Enjoy!


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Poll Tuesday week 40…

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Another week of Christmas and we’re still not there yet! However, we’re getting closer and the cookies are getting more delicious with each day.

This week’s poll is all about the Christmas movies. Yesterday I regaled you all with my thoughts on the top 10 best Christmas movies to watch and now I want to hear your opinion.

Head on over to Twitter and vote now!

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Top 10 Christmas movies for people who hate crap plots…

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We all have that one friend, the person who cannot stand a sappy feel good movie with a weak plot and sad characters. I am that friend. I like almost no “traditional” Christmas movies. A Christmas Story was shunned even when I was a child, that little boy in a bunny outfit was ridiculous. Scrooge was just as obnoxious – 50 variations of the movie and all of them frustrated me with their slow plots and obvious endings. Frosty didn’t melt fast enough for my taste, and Rudolph had low self-esteem that only got better when outside forces deemed him good enough. The Peanuts movie was ridiculous – a bad plot, silly characters, no action. Even newer Christmas movies fail to excite me – Elf is too obnoxious, Polar Express is just too long, the Grinch turns nice, and Bad Santa is just bad.

Someone get me something better!

So here’s a list of movies to enjoy if you are like me and want something more from your Christmas movies. I’ve started at the bottom of the top 10 so your excitement builds as you read.

10. Jingle All the Way – It’s the Terminator in a Christmas movie. That’s all that needs to be said. He also goes full on rage while Christmas shopping, a feeling many of us wish we could give in to.

9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – what can go wrong, will go wrong. Poor Clark never gets to have an easy time of it. I have always dreamed of a lighting display on my house that was powerful enough to shut down an entire city.

8. Gremlins – it’s a Christmas movie / horror film. The gift that turns on you, leading you to a fight for your very life. Merry Christmas.

7. The Family Stone – here it is everyone, the one sappy movie on my list. I let this one slip by because there are brawls, cheating partners, and people smoking marijuana.

6. The Terminator – while most wouldn’t consider this a Christmas movie, I love it. There’s nothing cheerier than a robot uprising and time travel, coupled with shootouts and Ah-nold.

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5. Home Alone 2 – Let’s face it, this Kevin kid just can’t stand his relatives. The universe is sending a clear message to him that he should just take a vacation alone each year. He should also be getting updates from the prison system on the whereabouts of these two criminals!

4. The Santa Clause – Tim Allen makes enough jokes that this is a thoroughly enjoyable movie despite its lack of grave bodily injury and explosive devices. It’s sequels were good, but they didn’t make the list.

3. Die Hard 2 – sequels are rarely as good as the original, but this one did justice to its franchise. Another Christmas, another set of explosions. Not to mention the really exciting fact that airplanes are landing on a runway full of flames. Nothing can go wrong.

2. Home Alone – what kid didn’t dream of getting the house to themselves during the miserable crush of the holidays?! Let’s face it, no matter how much you love your relatives, you also love being able to get a slice of cheese pizza to yourself.

1. Die Hard – classic action movie with swearing and explosions…and a touch of Christmas. Any time you see “ho,ho,ho” scrawled in someone’s blood you know an exciting story is about to unfold.


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Poll Tuesday week 39…

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This poll is open from 6am Tuesday to noon on Thursday, London time. That is a 54 hour window to cast your vote. Look at me with my math skills!

Tis the season to be jolly. Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Now that we’ve got a bit of singing out of the way, let’s talk about cookies.

CHRISTMAS COOKIES!

While you can make these yummy treats all year long, they really taste better during the month of December. I think it’s all the extra cheer, taste buds just come alive.

It could also be the extra booze we all tend to indulge in.

Head on over to Twitter and vote now!

Poll Tuesday


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Expand your blog audience with Instagram…

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Welcome back to my new series for all the bloggers who read my blog. My regular readers can still enjoy these posts, but this series is very much dedicated to those who use their computer to spread joy and knowledge to people across the world. Or those who just wanted a job that they could do in their pajamas…

No one tell the Hubster!

So far I’ve given out the number one piece of advice I hope everyone will learn from my 4 years of blogging. I’ve gone over the 5 ways that Twitter can improve your blog and your life. I also talked about the cardinal sin that bloggers commit when they are new to the game.

This week we are going to talk about Instagram. Oh Instagram! That merciless wench who wants nothing more than to force us to pay for sponsored posts or forever be banished to the bottom of the picture bin. I’m not going to bore you with the same old advice about quality photos, great hashtags, picture perfect everything – you know all that already! Instead, I’m going to give you actual practical advice for increasing your following without having to take a selfie while dangling from a threadbare rope over a cliff.

Choosing the type of Instagram account is critical.

There are two types of accounts on Instagram and knowing the difference is important. Your follower count will be wildly different depending on what you use your account for. The personal account is just that, it is set up to allow you one link in your profile and that’s about it. You can link a personal Instagram account to your Twitter and Facebook profiles, as well as several other social media platforms.

The business profile gives you space for more information. In addition to a link in the profile, you can also add contact me buttons. This allows you to put a phone number or email, very useful for bloggers who are interested in PR work for companies. You can connect the business profile to various social media accounts. However, the best feature is the analytics. You will see which posts are performing the best, who your target viewing audience is, and can run promotions.

I am running a personal Instagram account for this blog and a business Instagram account for my online store.

Recently Instagram went the way of Facebook and instituted a secret algorithm which dictates the order that photos show up in your feed. No longer will the newest photos show up first, now you see what Instagram wants you to see first. Everyone is unhappy with the algorithm and question why it stays. It pays, so it stays. Companies love the smell of money.

This leads us to the one huge downside to the business profile.

I have noticed that my business account loses and gains a lot more followers in a single day than my personal account. This seems to be true of many people I’ve spoken to who have multiple accounts. While my personal account ticks up at a slower pace, it also doesn’t see ridiculous highs and lows – I have never plummeted in numbers. On the business account I easily lose 30 followers each day, gain 31, and repeat every single day of the week. So if I look at my follower analytics, I’m averaging only a few actual followers each week on my business account.

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My personal Instagram account is nice and steady, like the turtle the won the race! I average about 10-15 new followers each week and I rarely lose them.

So why would you choose business over personal? That decision will boil down to what you want your blog to accomplish. If working with companies is important to you, you need the analytics. If you are selling things, the business account will give you the data to reach target audiences. If your blog promotes books that you’ve written and want people to read, you will need the extra spots to put contact information in your Instagram profile.

If you are merely using your blog as a way to express yourself, not earn any income, than a personal Instagram account will be sufficient. You won’t have anxiety when you open up the app each morning and see you’ve lost more followers than you gained the day before. You also won’t get all the spammy accounts who want you to “check this out” which is prevalent on the business account side. Instead, you’ll see a slower follower count but it will actually be people interested in reading your blog and seeing you in your personal space.

Now that you’ve read all my words, come find me on Instagram so I can see your awesome photos!


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Poll Tuesday week 38…

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The time has finally arrived. You’ve gotten the turkey out of the way, the stuffing has been finished, the pie is all but a distant memory of the Thanksgiving feast. It’s December.

The month where everyone is completely exhausted, yet determined to pretend they are not. Let’s face it, December is the month where people start to understand what triplet newborns do to their parents. Some of us may have to take a long weekend in January to recover.

It takes me an entire week of napping before I can recall my own name after a successful Christmas month!

This month’s polls will be all about Christmas. Today I want to know what your absolute favorite part of the season is. Head on over to Twitter and vote now!

Poll Tuesday


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The Autumn of Heather…

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Sometimes I find myself watching an excessive amount of television. Instead of being productive during the day, I’ll binge watch Netflix until my legs practically atrophy from disuse. Sadly, I only really notice the problem when I look back on social media posts and realize they were all based on characters from the screen.

These are tales of those times.

HGTV

Yep, you only ever hear this on the Home and Garden channel. I walked into a home improvement store to look at a tile backsplash and actually tried this line out on the salesperson who was helping me. I’ve never been so satisfied in my life. Her mouth was flapping but no sound came out. She took a few deep breaths and I could almost see the wheels turning in her head to come up with a response. I think she wanted to laugh but couldn’t tell her brain to do it.

It was an impressive feat considering I wasn’t anywhere near herringbone or hexagonal tile displays!

Lizzie Borden

This is what happens when you binge watch a show about serial killers. Sometimes you end up wanting to be like them. Throwing parties I mean, not killing people.

Now, I’m going to go outside for a walk because there is a distinct ass print on my couch and I’m worried my knees will forget how to operate if I’m not careful about all this TV watching I’ve been doing.

I also ran out of episodes to watch.

Bonus points to anyone who knows why I titled my blog post this way. Hint, it has to do with Seinfeld, the best show that ever existed. Leave a comment!


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Poll Tuesday week 37…

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This poll is open from 6am Tuesday to noon on Thursday, London time. That is a 54 hour window to cast your vote. Look at me with my math skills!

Thanksgiving is creeping up on me with a speed that I’m a bit uncomfortable with. Frankly, I dread the turkey day. While most people are fighting over the bird, I’m dreaming of seeing a cow on my plate. Turkey is just not my favorite. I like dark meat, but it isn’t worth the trouble of trying to get it all. The small bones, the tiny slivers of meat that cling to them…I’m exhausted just thinking about it. Let’s not even think about how much sugar I will need to consume in order to wake up early enough to start cooking this bird that I didn’t want in the first place!

This Thanksgiving will be special.

My parents are coming for the holiday and with my mother’s presence comes a built-in cook. She’ll wrestle that bird in the oven while I lie on the couch and stare lifelessly at the Macy’s day parade. Mom will listen to her Christmas music as she bastes, I’ll be eating a waffle that I’ve pleaded with her to make since she is hanging out in the kitchen already. Then, when the bird is ready to be consumed, my mother will fight that previously feathered friend until the dark meat magically shows up on my plate for me to consume.

Before you think she’s a servant, I promise you my mother will be pampered.

I’m baking her a cake! A whole cake for her to enjoy until it is all gone. With help from me and my belly. And my dad. And Hubster. Because it’s her birthday… Yep, I’m making her cook me a feast on her birthday.

I can already feel the grim reaper looking for me.

Now head on over to my Twitter where we are voting on what part of Thanksgiving is your favorite!

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Dream Team Linky #82

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Hhhhheeeeelllllooooo!!!!! I am so excited to be here! Today is my first every guest hosting of the #DreamTeam linky. Fellow bloggers know what that means, but I’m going to explain it quickly for my regular readers who don’t blog. Today the floodgates open and bloggers will be stopping by to post one of their writings on the internet wall. So check out the links below by clicking the blue rectangle with a frog on it. If any of the authors tickle you, give them a shout out on social media or in the comment section.

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Each week that I host, I will select my favorite posts to be featured. You can find these the following week on Dawn’s linky along with a special Featured Blogger badge to use on your website. I’ll also be sharing this featured post across social media, someone cue the trumpets please!

Now, on to the rules. We must have at least a few rules or society will breakdown into complete chaos!

1. Add one post to the #DreamTeam linky, which goes live every Tuesday morning at 6am and will close on Thursday at 9pm, London time.

2. Add the #DreamTeam linky badge or a text link to the bottom of your linked up post. If you are adding this to a side/bottom bar or linky page, please do ensure this is clear to avoid being missed out of commenting.

3. Share your post on Twitter with the linky hashtag #DreamTeam. Tag in your hosts for retweets @HeatherKeet @3_LittleButtons  @BridieByTheSea

4. Please comment on each of the hosts linked posts PLUS the post directly before your own (a total of 4 posts as a minimum). If the post before your own does not carry the #DreamTeam badge or text link, you are not required to leave a comment.

5. Optional. Get into the party spirit and tweet/add comments to any additional posts you have really enjoyed. Other bloggers are more likely to return the favour if you do! It’s a #winwin all round. As hosts, we will aim to retweet your posts again as we read them, as long as you have included your twitter handle in your sharing buttons.

*By linking up, you are giving us permission to send you an email and/or tweet reminder for the #DreamTeam each week.

Annette, 3 Little ButtonsTwitter, Instagram, Facebook, You Tube.

Bridget, Bridie By The SeaTwitter, Instagram, Facebook, You Tube.

Dawn, Rhyming With WineTwitter, Instagram, Facebook.

Nicola, All Things SplicedTwitter, Instagram, Facebook.

Heather, Shank You Very Much – Twitter, InstagramInstaFacebook, Store

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Dear Lola – Not feeling the fun…

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Dear Lola,

Why do Americans call the tiny versions of a candy bar a “fun size” bar? What makes it fun? I don’t understand if it is the small size that makes it fun, or some other attribute we in Scotland have never been able to experience. I know you’re an English Bulldog, but I’m hoping your adopted home of America will lend you some insight into this odd naming of candy.

Sincerely,
Not Feeling the Fun in Fife

Dear Lola

Dear Not Feeling the Fun in Fife,

While I have spent many hours pondering the odd workings of human behavior, I have never pondered this curiosity before you posed the question. I’m also very afraid of chocolate because Mommybeast tells me it will kill me, while using her very serious tone that brooks no argument from me. I’ll never stop asking for cheese though, she never gets her serious tone out when I eat that!

Back to the matter at hand though! The name of these tiny candy bars is definitely an oxymoron. While that explains the verbiage, I suspect you want to know why someone would choose an oxymoron when naming a candy.

For that, we must blame the Hominid Wrangler.

(Note from Lola’s Mommybeast: a Hominid Wrangler is the parent of a human child, or as she calls them, Miniature Humans.)

The fun size candy bar was named thusly so Miniature Humans are fooled into thinking the small bar is far superior to the “regular” candy bar sitting just next to it on the shelf. Instead of eating a boring candy bar, the Miniature Human will naturally gravitate to the fun candy bar. The Hominid Wrangler gets three benefits from this con artistry.

First, Hominid Wranglers don’t have to tell their Miniature Humans no. Hominid Wranglers can confidently say yes to the tiny candy with all the glee that my Mommybeast displays as she tosses cheese towards my face. During my observations, I’ve noticed that Hominid Wranglers are bound by a clause where they can only use the word no in extreme cases where death may result. It seems counterintuitive to my own species’ technique of teaching. My guess is that humans have not evolved far enough yet. Be patient, your time will come.

Second, Hominid Wranglers get to save a bit of money. Unlike a luxuriously priced regular candy bar, the fun size candy is much more economical. This is a necessity because the Miniature Human will see a balloon later in the day and screech for it until everyone around them wants to poke their ears out just to make the noise stop. Save your ears, buy the fun size candy.

Third, the Hominid Wrangler will not have to contend with a vicious sugar high as a result of the meager sized candy bar. While that initial sugar high seems like a party, the Miniature Human will eventually come crashing down with a bang. Then the Hominid Wrangler is left with a screaming Miniature Human who suddenly forgot how to work their legs, arms, and ears.

This all leaves me wondering if Miniature Humans are worth all the effort one must expend to make sure they turn out properly. Well, that’s a topic for another day!

♥Lola♥

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