3 Reasons Why You Should Spend New Year in Disneyland Paris

If you follow me on social media, you won’t have been able to miss the fact that my family and I spent a few days over the new year in Disneyland Paris. Disneyland has been my happy place since I first went as a child and, although I can’t afford to go as often as I would like now I have children of my own, I absolutely love to go...

Foodie Friday – Festive Meal Ideas Between Christmas & New Year

It’s the time of year where you just can’t face yet another meal based around leftover turkey and are fed up of grazing on chocolate, cheese and crisps. Rather than reaching for the snacks again or resorting to yet another turkey sandwich for dinner tonight, why not put together one of the following festive meal ideas for between Christmas and New Year? There’s a mixture of ideas with varying levels...

A Christmas Afternoon Tea at Haskins

So, we all know by now how much I love Christmas. It is by far my favourite time of year and I am always up for a Christmas themed event so when the lovely Alice at Liz Lean PR got in touch with me and asked if the Bournemouth Bloggers would like to have our Christmas meet-up at Haskins Garden Centre I knew it would be the perfect place to...

A Night at The Panto – Sleeping Beauty at the Pavilion in Bournemouth

Last night I was very kindly invited along to the press night performance of Sleeping Beauty at the Pavilion theatre in Bournemouth. Going to the pantomime has become a bit of a family tradition over the past few years. Although we usually go on New Year’s Day, it was nice to attend a little earlier than usual this year and of course I am really grateful to have been able...

Mummy Mondays – Carol Concerts & Christmas Jumper Days – Why I’ll Be Skipping the Mum Guilt Next Christmas

Christmas is always going to be a hectic time. With three children, two of school age, this time of year throws up a whole host of extra things to add to the diary and desperately try to remember. The school run in the cold and rain is not fun. Add in a million and one things you need to remember before you leave the house and it is a nightmare....

Acknowledging Grief at Christmas

Losing a loved one at any time of year is hard but there is something about December and the anticipation that Christmas brings that made the death of my beloved Grandad seventeen years ago today seem all the more devastating. My grandad had cancer of the oesophagus, which attacked hard and fast and left him, at the end of his life, unable to eat, drink or even swallow. Seeing such...

5 Things I Love About December

I know, I know, Christmas is all I can talk about lately but, as a huge fan of the festive season, I wanted to share the five things I love about December. I have mentioned in the past that I suffer with my mental health, and I have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which means that I find autumn and winter hard as the days get shorter and the weather can...

Mummy Mondays – Our First Real Christmas Tree

I think it is probably clear by now that I am a huge fan of Christmas. I start getting excited as soon as Halloween is over and I always without fail have my tree up by December 1st. This year, I was fortunate enough to be sent a Christmas tree from The Christmas Forest and it was extra exciting for me as it was actually my first ever real Christmas...

A New Forest NativiTEA at The Bell Inn

I never used to be a big fan of afternoon tea but lately I am a complete convert. There is something so cosy about an afternoon tea at this time of year, enjoyed with friends and good conversation so I was delighted to be invited along with the Bournemouth Bloggers to the launch event for The Bell Inn’s festive NativiTEA. The Bell Inn is situated in the heart of the...

Mummy Mondays – The Festive Displays You Need to Visit this Christmas

Last week I was fortunate enough to be invited along to two festive events. Although based in different counties, the two events had some similarities, both centred around beautiful displays that are sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. If you are looking for something to do with the family in the lead-up to Christmas, I would highly recommend both Bournemouth’s Christmas Tree Wonderland and the Christmas at Beaulieu...