December is very nearly amongst us, and for many of us, presents, decorations and food are on our minds. We've double and even triple checked our list of people to buy for, because forgetting your least favourite sister in law is acceptable for you, but not a great look to the wider family. We're jotting down foodie items on our Christmas food shopping list as and when we think of them, but no doubt we'll still forget something important, like the Christmas pudding, and we've already got our Christmas day outfits sorted, well I have - priorities right?

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Christmas is a time of giving, eating, relaxing, and for some of us even entertaining. If you're one of the brave people out there (like me) who has offered to host the festive season at your house, then your lists go far longer than doing the Christmas food shop, and making sure everyone has a present or two that they're going to love, because is there anything worse than unwanted Christmas presents?

Christmas is now just officially one month away, and if the sights of pretty decorated Christmas tree's filling our social media timelines isn't a reminder, or the photo's of the perfectly wrapped presents with bows, then maybe it's the Christmas song's being played back to back on the radio, or the Christmas adverts being played on every television break possible. 

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Everywhere we turn we see Christmas, and I LOVE it all, though I need to get into gear and start buying presents pretty soon, because before we know it the mince pies will be laid out ready for Santa, the presents will be stacked neatly under the tree, and stockings of all styles and sizes will be filled with presents of all kinds across the nation. 
If you're a regular reader or visitor to Unique Young Mum, then you may know that Christmas is my favourite time of the year! It's the one time of year that I relax that little bit more, watch lots of television - well Christmas movies to be precise, and let's not forget the Christmas jumpers, whacky hair accessories and reindeer earmuffs come out to play, when else can we do that bar Christmas time?

The advent season is very nearly upon us, and as I've enjoyed doing Advent Features previously, I just knew I had to do one again this year! What other way can we countdown to Christmas than with an advent calendar? Well, I suppose we do have the Elf On The Shelf too, and he's the one who brings the Unique Young Mum household their calendars! Plus having a foodie advent calendar is the one time of the year we can get away with eating sweet treats first thing in the morning right!? Without further ado, let me introduce you to Unique Young Mum's 2018 Advent Calendar Feature!
The Christmas season is the perfect time of year for showering the ones that you love with gifts. Finding the right Christmas gift for mum or dad, or your significant other or anyone else for that matter can be a difficult and time costly challenge, and often we can panic buy resulting in unwanted gifts, and awkward silences.

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Christmas present buying is a stressful time of year as it is, we've got financial worries like no tomorrow, we've got horrible visions of the Christmas presents not turning up on time, and we're having mini breakdowns over the fact that the item at the top of your child's Christmas list is out of stock everywhere! This post will hopefully help you to avoid the top giving mistakes this festive season.
Every parent loves to believe that their child is a little angel who wouldn’t hurt a fly. The truth is that you need to keep a close eye on your cheeky monkey’s behaviour no matter how cute and innocent they may seem. With Christmas just around the corner, it seems that being a good boy or girl is high on their priority list so that Father Christmas visits them with all of their lovely presents. 

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However, are there any year-round techniques that will work for even the naughtiest of little elves? Take note of some of these ideas and you will soon find the perfect way to teach your child the importance of good behaviour and manners.
The festive season is coming up fast, and in the middle of the hustle and bustle of spending time with family and friends, running around, and gift-buying, it's common to fail to take care of yourself. This can lead to everything from stress to poor health, and even depression in some cases.

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The trick to not becoming any of these things during the festive season is to do what you can to plan for Christmas, work with what you've got and ensure it stays stress-free. With that being said, read on below for a few of the top tips to make your festive season, happy, bright, and stress-free, all at the same time.
With Christmas day being just 41 days away, I know many of us are now on the hunt for presents, and with toys being the most sought-after presents on children's list across the globe, it's only right I start off the first of a few competitions with a toy! I'm giving away a Baby born Soft Touch Doll which has an RRP of £49.99, and one lucky winner can be wrapping this up to put under their tree this Christmas. 

The all-new BABY born® Soft Touch Doll has nine lifelike functions and eleven accessories to encourage imaginative play, with the soft touch being more softer and huggable than before. With even more play value, BABY born® Soft Touch cries real tears, opens and closes his or her eyes, eats and drinks, has additional arm mobility, is fully bathable, and has controlled potty movements simply by pushing the easy to press belly button – BABY born® Soft Touch does all of this and more without the use of any batteries!
The place where we live, enjoy, play, eat, make memories, dream, have parties, dinner dates, gatherings, bake-offs, and much more is our home. To ensure we're still in love with our home, it's important to make repairs and re-decorate from time to time. If we want to make our homes up to date according to social trends, and the latest interior design fashions, then we must focus on making the required improvements in our home.

I'm pretty sure no one decorates their forever home once, I mean, can you just imagine the state of the decor if a house hadn't been decorated in 20+ years? Regardless of how well it's been looked after, everything has a time, and I don't know of any wallpaper or paint that comes with a lifetime guarantee, neither fashion-wise, or quality wise. Besides, there are different times in our lives where decorations are a must, family homes - for example, are bound to experience a mini art gallery at some point due to little hands, and let's not get started on the interior design disasters of ripped wallpaper!