Estelea's Blog

French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.

Have yourself a Merry Greedy Xmas! (4 ways to celebrate with less money but more ❤️)

screen-shot-2016-12-16-at-10-55-25

1 week to go! before you drain all your energy and your money in the yearly shopping craziness, pause for a second ..

Do we really need more material stuff to make us happy? Can we do something a bit different this year, that would not only please us but also the planet?

Here are 4 ideas ..Not only to do good, but to also feel good 🙂

1. Be generous with your time, not with your money

What if instead of adding more we would simply do better? This year we made vouchers for our kids. Instead of getting Ms Attila another doll, she has 5 “Good for a Ms Attila kind of day“. Whenever she wants, she’ll cash her ticket for a day where she’ll be the one deciding on what we are all doing. Swimming pool? Cooking? Manipedi? Movie topped with ice cream? The young lady knows the budget for the day, she’ll decide on how we’ll spend it.

Her brother asked for a “Boys kind of day” tickets. We only get to see Mr Attila Sr on week ends as he is  working on another island. And our son really misses him. So wish granted, he’ll have full days with his Dad only, starting with a breakfast out, probably treasure hunts and swimming competitions .. All I know is that he’ll for sure sleep super well at night !

I am not supposed to tell yet but Santa will bring my husband a romantic get away with his favorite person in the whole universe (Me!). It does not imply expensive resto or a fancy hotel. He is definitely an outdoor person, so I am preparing a few hour getaway among the best hiking trails of Fontainebleau .. Pique nique and hot chocolate included, obviously!

2. Recycle and create

We have made our family Christmas presents, and they mean a lot. They don’t look like the perfectly shaped ones coming right from the  (Chinese) factories. But they are so much meaningful as they are filled with special ingredients …

The cookies are love and smiles made.

fullsizerender-4 The decorations are made of patience, attention and encouragements (yes, you can colour this one all by yourself because you’re a brilliant artist! Yes, you can mix up everything if you like it that way!).

Pinterest is loaded with incredibly cheap yet impressive Arts and DYI craft ideas. We are becoming experts in homemade ornaments with a recipe that does not cost us more than $5 for a 3h session.fullsizerender-6

Just need cornstach, water, salt and flour .. and a bit of imagination (just let the kids do, inhale fun and exhale OCD ).

Have some old Tshirt calling for recycling? We are preparing a “breath and relax” series of eye pillows for our loved ones.

Just add cheap rice and a few drops of lavender essential oil ..Et voilà!

Did you know that in the UK alone, the amount of wrapping paper binned at Christmas would stretch to the moon?! So we’ll simply use what’s around. Old magazines, drawings, even leaves will make more original packages. And so much more eco friendly. If you are looking for inspiration, just watch those 4 eco wrapping hacks ..

3. Share your talent

I love teaching yoga and I’ve been lucky enough to be trained by a truly inspiring and highly professional teacher.

I know my Mum could definitely use a 90mn Yin class.

screen-shot-2016-12-16-at-12-29-01

If Santa can do ..

So this will be my Christmas present for her this year. A voucher for 5 tailored classes. I have started working on the sequences so they are absolutely made for her. Sur mesure!

And this present will mean more than another perfume or piece of jewelry. Because I am preparing it, researching for it and having her practice in mind all the way. It won’t be a one shot, but a nice rendez vous.

I already told her I don’t want a Christmas present, but wouldn’t mind a few “Home made couscous” coupons. She still has to come up with 4 other recipes she’ll make for us ..Yummy presents are the best, aren’t they?

4. Cherish the memories (and the environment!)

What if instead of asking Santa for a new jacket, you’d hold on to the old one longer? Think of it as an old friend whith whom you ve shared so many great memories …

The single best thing we can do for the planet is to keep our stuff in use longer. This simple act of extending the life of our garments through proper care and repair reduces the need to buy more over time—thereby avoiding the CO2 emissions, waste output and water usage required to build it” explains Patagonia CEO. So they launched this excellent initiative: Worn Wearscreen-shot-2016-12-16-at-14-42-25Instead of throwing your clothes because of a broken zipper or another hole, just bring it to their shop. Either they’ll fix it for you, or even better, will also teach you how to fix it by yourself.

It inspired many responsible and cool people to decline this idea in their hometown. Last month, anyone could visit the Do Market in London to get their clothes repaired for free and learn the basics on how to give them a second life.

Instead of rushing Chrismukkha shopping, let’s remember for a moment the real spirits of the Holidays: family, gratitude, faith, love and peace. The best things in life are free 🙂

Do you think you could pick up an idea or 2 for Christmas? I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Holidays to you all 🎄

Advertisements

22 comments on “Have yourself a Merry Greedy Xmas! (4 ways to celebrate with less money but more ❤️)

  1. Ann GrubbsnCritters
    December 16, 2016

    Those are the best kind of gifts! And here is us sending you lots of kisses all the way from NL. kisses are free and very eco-friendly! Xoxo 😉

    • estelea
      December 16, 2016

      And many many back at you all ❤ ! will you guys have a real white Xmas this year?

      • Ann GrubbsnCritters
        December 16, 2016

        Not seeing any snow…but it’s been so cold!

      • estelea
        December 23, 2016

        Must be pretty harsh for you ? Although the best excuse for hot chocolats with a sip of rhum 😉 Merry Xmas from the Pacific 😎

      • Ann GrubbsnCritters
        December 24, 2016

        Better than a 34-38 degree heat all year round! :p

  2. lexklein
    December 16, 2016

    I like your way of thinking! We have been trying to do this for a while – time instead of stuff. It is mostly appreciated!

    • estelea
      December 23, 2016

      Also buy the followers of your blog ! Keep on offering trips to each other 😉 Merry Xmas X

  3. Green Global Trek
    December 16, 2016

    This is such a great post! Hear, hear!!

    I love the coupon idea and we used it a lot with our kids when they were younger. It allows for creativity and less spending or buying useless stuff. We also give each other vouchers on birthdays to use for massages, dates etc. When I turned 40 my husband gave me a branch with 40 vouchers for my fortieth birthday.

    Lots of terrific ideas here Estelea.

    Peta

    • estelea
      December 23, 2016

      Stealing this wonderful idea of 40sh vouchers ! Excellent one ! Happy Holidays to you from our little island of Bantayan. Hardly no connection here, per-fect 😉
      Xxx

  4. Snapshotsincursive
    December 16, 2016

    You are spot on! 🌟💫✨

    • estelea
      December 17, 2016

      Glad you like it this way too my dear 🙂 Happy yummy holidays 🎉

  5. Yvette Bouaziz
    December 16, 2016

    Super créative ma chérie. Tu pourrais faire des merveilles ici avec ce que je me propose de donner à recycler! Donc,en échange s’un couscous végétarien,j’aurai droit à un cours de yoga sur mesure?OK. Je prends. Bises bellifontaines

    • estelea
      December 17, 2016

      J’y travaille avec ❤️! Attend de voir, tu vas adorer … livraison dans quelques semaines 😉 enoooormes bises et joyeux Chrismukkah à tous

  6. anroworld
    December 17, 2016

    Wow, dear Estelea, you are a bunch of useful ides that can save our greedy world. I absolutely in and, as an example, I am preparing my Crhistmas video that I made only with the help of my camera (not expensive, assure you) and my creative mind. I did not spend a penny, but the feelings I hope to bring and share are enormous…how about that? Does it count?

    • estelea
      December 23, 2016

      It does count, indeed ! Imagination and creativity are priceless and give the best presents always ! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones xxx

      • anroworld
        December 24, 2016

        Thank you, dear, Merry Christmas!

      • estelea
        December 29, 2016

        Same to you dear and a beautiful year ahead X

  7. roundtriptravel
    December 17, 2016

    What great ideas! I love that you focus on the experience. Those days spent with the hubby or your daughter are ones you’ll remember much longer than a nice purse you’ll have for maybe a year or two. Very creative and practical!

    • estelea
      December 23, 2016

      Thanks a lot for stopping by 🙂 yes, moments means so much more than material stuff .. (although a nice purse or 2 wont hurt 😉 . Where will you spend Xmas ?

      • roundtriptravel
        December 23, 2016

        I’ll be at home with a log on the fireplace and pancakes on the kitchen table 🙂

      • estelea
        December 29, 2016

        That’s what I call a real Christmas. Makes Santa and his sleigh easier to imagine than when living in the Philippines 😉

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Check them out, they are awesome!

Wish to Dish

Celebrating food and all the joy that comes from creating and eating it.

Motherhood Made Me Do It

Surviving kids, marriage and life with only the suggestion of sanity

giaspora.wordpress.com/

Geopolitics, Economics and Culture .... a view from the Philippine Diaspora

Yours Truly, Dimi

Inspiration. Aspirations. Exploration

Photography Journal Blog

The ramblings of a photographer who is trying to improve

Grammy Writes

and takes pictures, and travels, and...

GreenStitched

all your sustainability stories, together

Journal Edge

An online blog with highly informative, cheerful and inspirational articles for people who love travel to India with passion and make a different Lifestyle. Vikas Acharya is the founder and managing editor at Journal Edge Online Blog. Contact me to find out how I can help you create high-quality blog content, lead magnets, ebooks, and web copy for your business.

La Rioja and the world seen from my guardaviñas

Sharing ideas. Photos, travels, music, History, stories,...

Indrosphere

All conditioned things are impermanent

Elizabeth Beer

Yoga Life for the Determined Yogi

runsurfyogagirl031

runsurfyogagirl031

Traveling around the world

Traveling with God blessings

rachelmankowitz

The Cricket Pages

Yves-sama

You've Arrived.

Petite Girls Guide

Bipolar and Mental Illnesses are written about here. Written by a bipolar person themselves.

Darwin on the rocks and around the world

Photography and travel blog

%d bloggers like this: