Christmas Blender
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How is Christmas just around the corner?!! Are you hanging out to go OTT on Christmas this year? Or are you wishing you could just forget it and move along into 2021? Tune in this week as Amy and Kirsty chat about the year that got mashed up in the blender without the lid on and then spat back out at us all!! Get ready for some helpful suggestions for how to make this Christmas special even though it may look different. Oh and see if you can count how many times Amy plugs the 12 Days of Christmas challenge!

In this episode we:

● Challenge you to think differently and be open to fostering some new traditions;

● Learn about our 12 Days of Christmas challenge;

● Highlight that we’ve been confronted with the reality of our stuff more than ever this year;

● Encourage you to support small businesses for your gift purchases;

● Share some tips on how to get creative and explore new types of experience ideas;

And so so so so much more...

We hope from this conversation we all learn something and put a smile on your face!

Review time! If you have the letter 'R' in your first name then you're up; its your turn to give us a review!

Things mentioned in this episode and other helpful links:

12 Days of Christmas Challenge

Simply organised book

Dash & Lilly on Netflix

Eden Episode

Christmas Schedule Episode

Christmas Decorations Episode

Christmas Gift Episode

Christmas Functions Episode

Thanks to Awesomeperson34567891011121314 and Matilda for you reviews! We love love love getting them!

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Your Parenting Mojo - Respectful, research-based parenting ideas to help kids thrive
Your Parenting Mojo - Respectful, research-based parenting ideas to help kids thrive
Jen Lumanlan
128: Should I Redshirt My Child?
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Simone Davies, Montessori teacher and parent
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ON BOYS Podcast
ON BOYS Podcast
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Badass Breastfeeding Podcast
Badass Breastfeeding Podcast
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