The best last-minute Christmas gifts for her: Christmas 2019

Christmas is literally right around the corner. You probably still haven’t gotten gifts. If you are stressing out and you seem to can’t think of something to get a woman in your life – here are the best last-minute gift ideas that you can use.

Shopping for a woman can be a hard task. Women tend to be picky and every woman likes different things. Don’t stress out too much. Last-minute Christmas shopping is actually not unusual and everyone seems to do it. People that are organized and buy their gifts on time are very rare. So don’t blame yourself but get to work.

Before deciding on what you are going to buy really think about her interests, goals, and dreams and reflect that in her gift.

Every girl is different. If she is into fashion you can go and buy her clothes, shoes, or a bag. This can, of course, be tricky since you most likely won’t be able to pick whatever she is going to like. For those of you that are sure of her taste or she has been talking a lot about something that she wants – good for you. But for those of you that can’t trust themselves – grab her a gift card for her favorite store and let her go and choose whatever she likes. This gift is great since she will have the freedom to pick whatever she would really wear.

Another great gift is a classic – jewelry. Every girl likes jewelry. Note what she wears more often – some like rings, some like necklaces, some love earrings. Pay attention to these details and go out and buy whatever she likes to wear. Some girls don’t like wearing rings, for example. So if you have never seen her wear any don’t get her that because she will be kins of disappointed probably.

Parfume. Go and grab her a nice luxury perfume. I don’t think that there is a woman out there that doesn’t like a nice perfume. We all want to smell nice. Some girls like perfume more than others and have a ton of variety on their vanity. Some have only a few. Regardless of that, every woman likes perfumes.

Why you shouldn’t drink coffee on an empty stomach

Almost everyone drinks coffee early in the morning on an empty stomach. But not many know that this habit is actually not good for you and you should always eat before getting your daily dose of caffeine.

What happens when you drink coffee on an empty stomach is that the level of cortisol in your body increases. For those of you that don’t know what this is – cortisol is a hormone that regulates your immune response, your metabolism, and your stress response.

In the morning when you wake up your body starts releasing this hormone anyways so when you drink coffee your body ends up releasing way too much of it. By doing this you subject your body to too much stress. This causes mood swings throughout the day and it can be a risk for your health in the long run.

Coffee also stimulates the acid in your stomach and when there is no food to absorb it you are left with a belly that is full of acid.

This can cause gastric ulcers and you will probably experience heartburn.

All of the above combined with mood swings and anxiety is not a good idea.

If you not only drink coffee on an empty stomach but you consume large amounts of it you can not only experience anxiety but panic attacks as well.

Coffee has plenty of benefits and if you want to experience them without the downfalls that I listed – make sure you drink it after grabbing breakfast and in moderate amounts.

My first Christmas as an adult.

 Christmas without a doubt is my favorite holiday. Usually all December I am happy and I get this feeling inside like my life is about to change and there is going to be a huge Christmas miracle. Briefly, I am full of life and I am eager for the dinner on the 25th. Last year didn’t make an exception. While in this happy overjoyed state I took the worst decision of my life – to have all of my family members in my house for Christmas. Since I live alone for almost a year, I am so independent and I take such good care of myself this idea that I can manage to feed 15+ people, decorate my house beautifully and welcome them warmly just overcame my common sense. I am terrible at cooking, of course, I will manage to make a decent dinner and impress everyone, sure.

By the time I realized that this task is a bit too complicated for me it was too late. There was no going back and I had to suck it up. My mother knows me so well and she was very well aware that it’s almost impossible for me to do this. My pride is too strong though so there was no chance of me backing down. I had to do it.
Exactly on the 1st of December, I decorated my house just the way I wanted. Of course, my parents helped me with that. I put up the big tree, all the stockings for my now unwanted guests, all the Christmas lights. That wasn’t as hard as I thought, actually it was quite fun. I am not going to mention how much money I spent but the important thing was that my home turned out just like I envisioned it.

Now here is the most difficult part… The cooking. I remember it was a week before the dinner and I was still just procrastinating full of anxiety. This was the only thing I could think of and yet I still wasn’t doing anything. I was in this constant state of panic. I sat one night, exactly three days before the dinner, and I really started thinking about the mess I had successfully put myself in. I calmed down a bit and started googling easy Christmas recipes. Let me add here that my dad is a professional chef and there was NO chance at all of impressing him. Imagine cooking for Gordon Ramsey? Disaster… My mother? She is used to eating my fathers’ dishes so she was a lost cause as well. What about the other guests? Hell, I can’t even impress myself how am I going to manage to do this? I remembered my vision. Everyone happy in my house. They wouldn’t care for the food that much, right? After hours of pointless panic and anxiety, I was determined to get some work done.

I made a list of everything I needed. The next day I bought everything. I started cooking and boy was it the most difficult thing I had ever done. I don’t even want to dig deep into the process. I had about five full-on mental breakdowns while I was only cutting the vegetables. I can only imagine how amusing I looked. The most important thing was that I did it. Some things were a bit burned, some weren’t fully cooked but ‘’the salads would save me’’ I thought.

On the 25th I was surprisingly calm since I knew that my food is not that good. It was still edible and that was good enough for me. I decorated the table, I got dressed and I was ready for my guests. The whole night was actually amazing. My family brought food. Literally, my parents came with a cooked turkey, my aunt with vegetables, my grandma with the desserts. They even came with drinks. Being well aware of the fact that I can only make eggs and the chance of me being able to cook a decent full course meal was very slim, they came prepared. This was actually cute and it made me very happy. After having fun all night everyone decided that it’s time to go. After they left I sat in the hallway feeling super content and full of joy. I made it. I didn’t do so terrible. We all had fun and it was actually one of the best Christmas nights that we have had.

Then another problem presented itself. I had to clean everything. I swear my whole house was such a mess I couldn’t even believe it. Present wrappings everywhere, my sink was full of dishes and I don’t even have a dishwasher. The list goes on and on. The table was a mess. There was food everywhere in the house. I even saw that someone had spilled wine on my carpet and I love this carpet to death. So what did I do? I just went to sleep. I was a bit tipsy, tired and full of emotions and there was not a chance in this world that I was going to clean this now. I said to myself maybe I am dreaming.

Guess what? I wasn’t dreaming and this mess was real. It looked even worse in the morning. I called my mother and I explained to her the situation. She came and helped me wash the dishes and clean a bit but it was literally so much work. I thought I would never be in this position but here I was. May I add that I am kinda lazy and I don’t want to spend my free time cleaning. So, of course, I called a cleaning company (Monster Cleaning) to come and take all of my problems away. I couldn’t bother cleaning. They sent me this nice lady that said would be ready in two hours. When I came home I was pretty pleased with the result. My home was fresh, clean and spotless with no signs of my family being there the other night. Not to mention that I use this lady on the regular now 🙂

Simple Home Cleaning Guide

Being rational and not making hasty decisions when cleaning your home is very crucial. Many times an accidental spill might occur, other times someone might track some mud inside all over your favourite carpet. It is key not to panic and instead make the right decision. Sanitation requires attention and care. Sure, you can always call professional cleaning companies to do it for you but where’s the fun in that? Besides, you are better off hiring such help only for large scale cleaning projects of something really delicate such as dry carpet cleaning.

Taking care of your carpet

Speaking of carpets, you really need to watch over them once you have them at home. A quick tip from us – don’t lay your carpet near windows or balcony doors. Why? Well they will get faded really quickly if exposed to sunlight. Also being close to doors will ensure that that there is heavy traffic over them. The more feet stepping on your white carpet, the faster it will not be white anymore. If you have pets you will definitely feel this. Vacuuming daily is a must. Steam cleaning is also your friend especially if you are looking to have some deep purification for your carpet. Another great idea when it comes to maintaining a sanitised carpet is to actually wash it by using foam. The carpet shampoo method basically means that you let the detergent generate a lot of foam on your carpet. It needs to stay like that overnight. Then you wash it off and your rug will look like new.

Handle your wooden or tile floor with care

Cleaning hard floors might sound easy, but it is in fact an assignment that will need to be carried out daily. Make sure you wipe and vacuum your wooden or tile floor. Crumbs, dust and hair can always be found there. Washing it with a mop and a little detergent is also a great idea. An important tip here is to always make sure the floor is completely dry before letting people step on it. First of all, walking on a wet floor usually leaves dark dirty traces. And second of all it holds the risk of slipping. If you live with elder people or very young children make sure you warn them after the floor has been washed. Hardwood flooring is best polished every few months. People usually overlook this aspect, but if you do it regularly you will also have a longer lasting floor.

Ensure a good night sleep

Your mattresses and curtains can be some of the dirtiest objects in your home. Both absorb a lot of particles and they are hard to see. Unfortunately, there are hazards related to what we breathe in. This is why you want to have dust-free upholstery and mattresses. Invest in a stronger vacuum cleaner or have a company come over for curtain cleaning. Beating your mattress once in a while will also have a positive effect on how clean it is.

Conducting house clearance is also imperative. Try not to get attached to items you used to use in the past. Everything which is obsolete should be gotten rid of. Sentimental value is overrated and you are better off having more space rather than just fighting old stuff lying around. Depending on the nature of the things you are throwing out you will need to separate them. Whatever can be re-used should be taken to the closest recycling factory. Electronics cannot go in the regular bins as well. If you are unsure how to handle such a project maybe investing little money in professional services provided by a local company might be a good idea. It will save you time and plenty of hassle.