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Getting Our Home Ready For Christmas | Christmas Decorating and Getting Hive Installed

I seem to get more and more excited about Christmas each year as the boys get older. I love knowing that they understand it all and feel the magic of it that much more - their excitement gets me excited. I really don't think there's anything more festive and cosy than decorating the house ready for Christmas. As a child, I used to get so excited when my Mum put up our decorations and our Christmas tree and I still feel like a big kid doing ours today!

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Although as I'm sure all parents will relate - decorating when you're the adult with multiple very young children, isn't quite as relaxing as it was when you were the child. But we made it through and we had such a special moment when both Ethan and Logan decided to take over the decorating of the Christmas tree and Adam and I watched as they ever so sweetly and calmly hung all of the baubles up with very minimal help from me. It was exactly how I hoped decorating our tree would be and every time that I look at it I feel so happy that the boys worked together so nicely on decorating it.

Christmas decor, Christmas home decor, decorating the Christmas tree, christmas 2017
Christmas decor, Christmas home decor, decorating the Christmas tree, christmas 2017
"Wow! A star Mummy!'

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Christmas decor, Christmas home decor, decorating the Christmas tree, christmas 2017
 One of my most favourite photos - Daddy and Ethan putting the star on top of thre tree. Their happy smiles make me smile. 

We've very excitingly recently had Hive installed and it has come at the most perfect time of the year for so many reasons. Firstly because of the cold weather - we don't have the warmest house and it can be horrible coming home after a family day out or a weekend away or a weeks holiday to a freezing cold home that takes ages to heat up. But now that we have had Hive Active Heating installed we are able to control our heating from our smartphone, tablet or laptop, which means that we can switch our heating on whilst we're out and on our way home from somewhere and I can't tell you how much of a difference that has made to us with being able to come home to a warm house!

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Having a thermostat has been amazing - our house has felt so much warmer during the days that we are at home (I now can't believe that we didn't have a thermostat before!). We've set up a schedule from our phone using the Hive app and it means that we never have to worry about turning the heating on or off, as it's automatically done through Hive. And if we need to change the schedule it's really simple to do again via the app.

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Another thing we are loving about Hive so far is having the ability to control our lights from our phones and Adam's Apple Watch too thanks to Hive's Active Plugs and their Smart Bulbs. This means that we can come home to our Christmas tree lights already on and twinkling away in our living room which as you can imagine is very cosy to walk in to. It also means that whilst we're away we can control our lighting, switching the lights on and off as if we're really home to avoid the house looking empty.

The boys absolutely love that they are able to do the very special task of turning on the Christmas lights! We took these photos of them trying it for the first time after we put our tree up and they thought it was pretty magical. What's also amazing about Hive is that it's not at all overcomplicated - it's such clever technology, yet it's so easy to use.

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Hive, Hive Active Heating, Hive Smart plus, Hive door sensors, hive lighting, hive home,






Our house is feeling really cosy and festive and really ready for Christmas. I can't actually believe how close it is now. Hasn't this year flown? I will be sharing a Christmas Home Decor Tour here on my blog and over on my youtube channel very soon so do keep an eye out for that and if you are thinking of getting Hive too, then I would absolutely recommend getting it sooner rather than later because it is even more amazing this time of year with the extra Christmas lights and colder weather. If you purchase the Hive Welcome Home Plan over at www.hivehome.com you will even receive a free set of fairy lights!

Christmas decor, Christmas home decor, decorating the Christmas tree, christmas 2017
Christmas decor, Christmas home decor, decorating the Christmas tree, christmas 2017

Thank you for reading. 
Alex xo 
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**We are working with Hive on their Special Moments campaign. But all words and opinions expressed are entirely our own. 
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