2016 – What a Year! 

I know the blogosphere will be full of roundup posts, but no two will be the same (unless maybe for those of us whose partners also blog), so I thought I would summarise what 2016 has meant for me, in preparation for welcoming 2017 (aka the year Ed and I get married, eek!). Way back in January, Ed and I went to my work Christmas party (when you work in...

Merry Christmas Eve! Our Plans for Today 

This Christmas Eve we have all three children so we will be spending the day as a family and really getting into the Christmas spirit.  I have plenty of craft activities stocked up and late afternoon the children will be opening their Christmas Eve gifts.  Then we will be snuggling up on the sofa in our new pjs with some chocolately treats, a Christmas story and their new Arthur Christmas...

Foodie Friday – Strawberry Santas

Christmas day is just around the corner. After a huge Christmas dinner you might not have room for much in the evening, but these super simple and quick to prepare Santa strawberries are the perfect sweet treat!  All You Need: -Pack of Strawberries  -Extra Thick Squirty Cream  What to Do: -Carefully slice the very top of the strawberries to remove the stalk  -Slice the end off (leaving around 2/3 the...

Wedding Wednesday – Best Christmas Proposal Ideas 

Planning to propose to your partner this Christmas, here are some cute ideas of how to go about it for an extra magical proposal…    1. He’s Making a List  What better way to propose than with a personalised Treasure Hunt (I am a little biased as this is how Ed proposed to me).  2. Rocking Around the Christmas Tree Not only does it say it for you, but you...

My Christmas Jumper Collection

Over the past few years I’ve bought a new Christmas jumper, mainly from Primark and H&M, each year. This means I now have a little collection which I tend to wear on rotation during the week prior to Christmas.  My favourite is probably the black ‘meet me under the mistletoe’ one as it is the less ‘novelty’ one and can be dressed up with jeans and heels for Christmas drinks. ...

Mummy Mondays – Building our Gingerbread House

I’ve been so excited to build our gingerbread house ever since I bought the kit in Tescos weeks ago. I knew the reality might not be as I had been dreaming off as putting together a house made of gingerbread with only icing as glue is pretty stressful but we had a lovely time and I’m fairly impressed with the result (although really Ed did all the hard work).  The...

What I Love about Christmas

I make no secret of the fact that Christmas is my favourite time of the year. But what makes Christmas so special for me? What is it I love in particular?  I think the main thing I love is that everyone comes together at Christmas time. It’s a time for loved ones, for family and friends spending time together. Work pauses for most people, and time can be spent relaxing...

How to Host the Perfect Pre-Christmas Party 

Ok, before I start this, I’m talking party in the small gathering with a couple bottles of (in this case mulled) wine sense rather than a full on rave which will have the neighbours banging on the walls to keep the noise down.  Ed and I aren’t really the type to cause a noise disruption and our friends are now at the ages where they’re for the most part settled...

Foodie Friday – Chocolate Spread Christmas Tree 

When Ed and I saw the Nutella Christmas Tree video on Facebook last week we knew we had to recreate it as it looked totally delicious. We decided to swap Nutella for Cadbury Chocolate Spread as Cameron isn’t a huge fan of Nutella.  Cameron, Ed and I made this in about 10 minutes on Saturday, so including baking time it only took just over half an hour – not bad...

Beauty – A Merry YSL Christmas

I’ve never really been one for expensive makeup brands. I tend to stick to the low to mid end range with a mix of Rimmel, Maybelleine and Bourjois (as you’ll have seen from my previous beauty blog posts). My most expensive makeup item to date has probably been the Urban Decay Naked Palette 2 (I also have the naked3 but don’t really rate it much).  Recently I had a rare...