CHRISTMAS HIGH TEA………………….

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Yesterday was a special and beautiful day for me, my eldest son returned to Spain for a quick week-end visit, it is the first time I have seen him since my emergency operation in January, we speak weekly and message but there is nothing like a big hug, I miss him so much, but it was so lovely to see him and my sweet daughter in law also, oh how they are missed. I decided to do a Christmas High Tea, which I know they both love, it was so lovely with the Christmas twist and pretty little lights, the big log fire and warm candle lights………we chatted and laughed and as always the time went far to fast, they left this morning so the wait is now on till the next time………..hoping it will not be a long wait, they are travelling to New York at the New Year which I think is fabulous, I just worry they are safe, as all mum’s do, for ever, the job is never finished ! We worry when they are small and we worry when they are big………

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After saying our good byes, I now start to prepare for next week-end, the big one, I have my list ready … I would not survive without my lists, I have a friend coming to stay for Christmas and my younger son and family coming for Christmas lunch, I love to have people round, setting the table and preparing all the little surprises, On Christmas day I will be surrounded by people I love and that love me, we will be four generations around my table as my Mother will also be present, I feel very lucky and of course I am very grateful for that, but of course with my eldest son also, I would be in heaven…………..but, it is not to be, however we are going to Skype, so they will be present in a certain form, this is when I thank our modern technology ………. So I hope you have all had a lovely week-end and are able to take things easy this week as we build up to the big day…<3

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Christmas sunday morning

Today is our day of relax, we hope, with Christmas so close maybe we are busy with bits and bobs, if that’s the case, don’t forget coffee time and maybe a little Christmas chocolate treat ! Spoil yourself a little and don’t forget its Christmas for you too……………<3

 

 

Brooke Universal Life Coach 

 

 

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CHRISTMAS WARM UP !……………….

Before we take of into full party mode, I thought you might enjoy this relaxing guitar tribute to the some of the most popular Spanish and International Christmas Carols.

This is to be listened to alongside the open fire with a lovely glass of mulled wine, full of the essence of Christmas, I hope you enjoy ❤

 

 

Brooke Universal Life Coach 

 

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SATURDAY…………………………

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Well, this is the big preparation Saturday, …………………..next week will be a litle to close for comfort so try to have everything under control, Have a great day today lots of fun and be happy always ❤

 

 

Brooke Universal Life Coach

 

 

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FRIDAY TIPS………………….

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This week lets take a look at helpful little tips for the home front, we need all the help we can get in this holiday time, and some you will remember and help you out thought-out the year……

The magic of milk, if you have some beautiful lace that has lost that white colour typical of delicate lace, you need to wet it in boiling milk and iron, white leather belts should be wiped with equal parts of milk and egg whites, fabrics that are losing the colour should be left overnight in milk !! 

Are you wooden drawers sticking, this could be one of two things, maybe your stop point at the back of the drawers are out of line or you need to rub the side tops with soap or wax or you may in extreme cases need to rub them down a little with sand paper.

Now, how many of us find that during the winter months we wet are beautiful shoes, should this happen, never place them in front of a heater, dry them clean them and cover them in linseed oil, wrap them in newspaper and place them on their side.

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Ball point pens, great things and very useful, but unfortunately when they fall into the wrong hands or even just break in are pocket or bag, we need to be applied a solution to remove the marks, the best way is with essence of vinegar, apply with a clean cloth and later rub until dry, you may need to repeat this more than once.

Would you like to have a deep freezer free of any odours at all, at times just cleaning them is not always enough, however if you place a bowl with vinegar and boiled milk, you will find that all odours will disappear,you only need to leave it for a few minuets. 

The rubber seal that we find in our washing machines,fridge etc., can be kept in perfect condition by rubbing them with glycerine , you will find that they close better last longer and will actually use less electric. 

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The importance of keeping that micro wave clean, don’t forget that little bits and pieces of food and liquids can damage the micro wave, to avoid this take a damp cloth with lemon or bicarb.

If you love fresh flowers in your home like me, you may find at times that the flower vase you use will smell a little, I have a few little tips for this, one is a few drops of bleach in the water, or when the vase is empty place the left overs of wet coffee beans or powder and leave over night, the following day clean as normal, they really will shine and look fabulous.

Have you ever found any  nasty rust marks in your sink or bath, not nice at all, you can use the general cleaning materials on the market on my solution would be warm vinegar !! works a treat

Ok, there you go, don’t work to hard, the pressure is on, Christmas is round the corner , have a great week-end ❤

 

 

Brooke Universal Life Coach

 

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JUST ONE MORE……………………..

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Just one more Friday, before Santa comes down your chimney !! So, try to take this weekend calmly, no stress please, what will be, will be…… we can only do what is possible, one step at a time…….

Have a great week-end ❤

 

 

Brooke Universal Life Coach 

 

 

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IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR………………..

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What is it about this time of the year, the winter wonderland affects our mind spirit and soul, I adore the summer months, but I love the winter also, what is it that we love so much, something that reaches down deep within us to touch all our lovely memories, a nice warm home maybe a spectacular view of gorgeous winter trees, the leaves falling and crushing under are feet, thick fluffy socks, a delicious warm drink and a book that takes us to far away lands or deep into our dreams, it’s a perfect time of the year to find ourselves, we can drift in front of the fire, imaging the images we wish within the flames of the wonderful glow of a winter fire, when all this is taking place around you we find that we encounter all kinds of emotions.

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We listen to the rain, sliding down the window frame or beating its beat on the garden path, or maybe we listen to the wind howling around our home or we may be watching the snow fall, each little snow flake as unique as we are, you know as you become older you have that knowing that what is to come is better than what is gone, because our experience can only enrich anything we have already done, and therefore make any circumstance in the future better than before.

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When we accumulate experience in life in general, the more we realise you have no desire for drama, conflict or any kind of intensity, you just really want to enjoy yourself , your loved ones and your home, maybe great company and it helps if you have a person who knows how you drink your coffee, even if it is you…………..

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Another thing we also realise at this time of year and stage of our life, is to never take anything for granted, not a single smile or even tear…. every person we know should be appreciated and not taken for granted in anyway..our health, when we breathe every step we take, how lucky we are, so as it is Christmas time and we start to decorate are homes and hearts, remember the wonderful perfumes of vanilla, spicy cinnamon and warm chocolate, invite all of these memories and transform your home into a welcoming retreat, enjoy this time of year !

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READY STEADY GO…………………….

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Think about this, are you ready to live and to set your joy free ?

 

 

Brooke Universal Life Coach

 

 

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FROM ME TO YOU ……………………….

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Its time for a big thank you to all my new and existing followers, I am very appreciative and grateful for every single one of you, I thank you for the time you give to reading my posts and keeping up with where I am at, I know it is not easy to follow everyone we wish, I know how much time and work goes into this and especially now at Christmas time when we have so much to do, apart from our normal commitments, so a special thank you to you all……………….

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This is a special message from me to you, I know you are all around the world so I hope my appreciation reaches each and everyone of you ❤

 

Brooke Universal Life Coach

 

 

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TODAY ?……………………………..

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