A solution for an icy car, too many Christmas trees and not a Christmas jumper!

I used to park my car in our garage, but since we moved we don’t have a garage. It’s obviously much quicker to leave in the mornings (no more opening the door, reversing out, getting out to shut the door) but when it’s frosty it means scraping the car. I have covered the car in an old sheet before, but then it gets all soggy and it’s hard to find somewhere to leave it for it to dry out. Anyway, I was looking on Amazon and came across a car cover- it has little hooks to grip onto the wheels, and even little pockets for the  wing mirrors! It is some sort of woven fabric, but you can just shake it and most of the frost comes off, and then it folds up into a little bag that stays in the boot. I’ve only used it a couple of times but it is saving me time in the morning which is fab. It even has little reflective bits on the cover, in case you park it in the road I suppose.

I wore this jumper a few times last week and ended up having to explain to many people that it isn’t a Christmas jumper- it has penguins on it (what are they to do with Christmas??)- in fact penguins live in the South Pole, pretty much as far from Father Christmas as is possible…

Talking of Christmas, I have seen so many decorations up in the past few weeks (some around Halloween)- people have their trees up and flashing lights going. I feel like they are peaking too early. I feel like perhaps I am getting old, but honestly our tree didn’t go up until the school holidays, and sometimes not even until Christmas Eve (but if you got a real one too soon the needles would drop off anyway- although even when we got a fake one it was still late to go up as my parents aren’t big on Christmas and often don’t even have one any more). Down our road there are flashing lights and santa’s on the roof and all sorts.

Last week the big tree in town was turned on (I didn’t go) so on a run this week I ran past it, and I do like how it looks- all white lights and  there are fairy lights in the normal trees too.

Earlier in the week I had to go to a meeting and as the traffic was good I had a few minutes, so I stopped off to get a warm drink as it’s been so cold. The last hot chocolate I had from Costa tasted like coffee, so I was pleased when it was actually chocolate  flavoured.

During these cold days we have been loving the fire- it’s so toasty, although it does seem to dry out the air so I’ve been putting a little bowl of water next to it, with some essential oils in there to help with the humidity.

Not very wintery, but I was sent some Savse smoothies a while back. I really like these as they are made with veggies as well as fruits, so don’t seem as sugary as a normal smoothie.

They are all really good- the orange one contains mango, celery, apple, lemon, orange, passion fruit and carrot, and although I could taste the celery a little, it didn’t overpower. Even though I don’t like the idea of drinking beetroot (no idea why, because I love eating it), the purple one has been my favourite so far (with beetroot, apple, lemon, lime, mango, avocado and coconut). They are cold pressed and have a really good shelf life, so I’ve still got a couple in the fridge. I find them really good after a long run, or just when I fancy a bit of extra fruit. I think because of the veggies they are lower in calories than other 100% fruit smoothies too, with just over 100 cals per bottle, if you are interested in that sort of thing.

If I was out and about and fancied something like this I’d keep an eye out for them too.

When do you put your Christmas tree up? Have you noticed more being up earlier recently or is it just me? Do you have any Christmas or winter jumpers/ clothes? I’ll be cracking out my Christmas leggings once December is here!

*I was sent the smoothies in exchange for a mention on my blog. All opinions are my own.

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4 thoughts on “A solution for an icy car, too many Christmas trees and not a Christmas jumper!”

  1. I have a glorious Christmas Sweater with snowmen on it. It’s Boden. I’d been coveting it for a while, and then there was a sale, and I was lost.

    My Christmas tree goes up tomorrow – we have some lights up in the street already, which I adore.

  2. I would *slightly* agree that your jumper is somewhat Christmas-themed. I know penguins aren’t inherently Christmassy… but they do have that vague association with winter and Christmas time. However, it’s a lovely jumper regardless and I think you’re safe wearing it whenever
    I’ve never heard about the water thing next to the fire – great idea! My skin always gets so dry during winter.
    Also, I love the the sheet thing. I had a version of this for my car but I couldn’t get it to stay on… I’ll need to find a better one as it is such a good idea. My car sits right next to my parents house so one side is sheltered at least.

    1. I always used to put a bowl of water on the radiator as it helps, but I had forgotten about it and only recently remembered.
      I did read a lot of the reviews on amazon before actually choosing one, as some of them looked good (one was magnetic) but then some people said it blew off in the wind and scratched their cars.

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