December is almost upon us, and with that comes the classic debate – when is the right time to decorate your home for Christmas? Tradition dictates that Christmas trees should be put up at the beginning of Advent – the fourth Sunday before Christmas – and staying up until the Twelfth night, which will typically be 5th or 6th January, depending on whether you count Christmas Day as the first day.

Regardless of whether you are a Christmas fanatic or not, we appreciate now is a time of potentially getting carried away with all the tempting offers on lights, glitter, foliage and figurines and running the risk of breaking the bank to beautify your home. Below, the team at ACE have shared with you some purse-friendly and creatively easy ideas that all the family can help make to sprinkle some festive magic throughout the home.

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Are you feeling the love in the run up to Valentine’s Day? Get your little ones involved in the preparations by making some sweet treats or a homemade card, and spread the love among your friends. ACE has put together a list of some cute gifts you can make and share with your loved ones this Valentine’s Day – and the kids will love joining in with the making process! Once you’ve finished creating your gifts, clean up the kitchen and remove any food colouring or paint stains with ACE.

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We all have those items that we wear, and wear… and wear, be it a snuggly winter jumper that’s the first thing you dig out as soon as October hits, or that classic LBD that attends every New Year party. The moment you must let go is utterly heart-breaking and a replacement never quite feels the same. In a mission to care for both the planet and your most loyal wardrobe staples, ACE has put together a guide to making your clothes last you for eternity (or thereabouts) *smug face*

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It’s that time of year again. That time when colourful decorations go up all over the place – in your own house and everywhere you go. That time when mince pies become an acceptable coffee break snack; when the TV starts showing classic films on a daily basis; and when it becomes acceptable, if not expected, that the go-to item of clothing will be extravagant knitted masterpiece. That’s right, now is the season of the Christmas jumper.

Christmas jumpers

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It’s a sad fact of life that every so often you will have to mend your clothes. Either that, or be so rich that you can afford to buy a whole new coat whenever a button happened to fall off your current one; not something most of us can do and besides, just imagine the waste!

button men

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It used to be that clothes were only really made to order. There was no buying clothes off the peg. Rather clothes were made by dressmakers instead of on mass in factories, and this meant that the dress making process was slow. Slow but sustainable. Clothes were expensive – the fabric, the time it took to make them; it all added up. So people had far fewer clothes and took to mending them and altering them to match the new season’s trends as it was all that they could afford to do.

cotton bud

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Ironing is simply not fun. Ok, yes, some people do enjoy it. Some people find that doing some ironing is a good way to switch off and relax, but on the whole ironing is something that most people find to be a little bit boring and is something they’d rather not do.

hiking

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Sometimes it can feel as if when you get pregnant the fashion industry decides that all you’ll want to wear are leggings and ponchos – Some days, yes… But not EVERY DAY! Expecting a baby doesn’t mean that we suddenly stop caring about looking good. And deep down it’s not even about looking good, it’s about feeling confident and comfortable and looking great is often part of getting that feeling.

Trendy Maternity Wear

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So word has now spread round the office that you’ve been selected to organise, plan, and execute the Christmas party, but, alas, you’ve run out of festive ideas. Or maybe you’ve decided to treat a group of friends to some holiday merriment, but, oh dear, the Christmas spirit hasn’t really hit you quite yet, and you need some fast ideas! Well, this guide may just be a life-saver!

Christmas Party

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