What was in my Sanctuary Advent Calendar #3 

This post was a little delayed as I refused to open my advent calendar in advance as I loved the little surprise gift each morning (and totally miss it now) so I couldn’t schedule the post and then I took a much needed break over Christmas (which I’m technically still on).  I wanted to finish off my advent reveal post as I loved the last few products in the calendar...

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...

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...

‘The Girl who Saved Christmas’ by William Thomas Thach 

One of the most magical parts of Christmas has to be the stories. The children adore books and love story time, especially at this time of year when our bedtime reading takes on a Christmas theme.  The Girl who Saved Christmas is a festive tale about a young girl, Molly, who reminds Santa what Christmas is all about after he’s left disheartened that all children appear to have been bad...

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...

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...

What’s in my Sanctuary Advent Calendar? #2 

You may have seen my previous post showing what was in my Sanctuary Advent Calendar for week 1 of advent. This is what I got for the second week:  Day 8 – Sleep mask  Day 9 – Foaming Creamy Bath Soak  Day 10 – Nail File  Day 11 – Luxurious Body Butter  Day 12 – Tea Light Candle  Day 13 – Thermal Detox Mask  Day 14 – Nail Seperators  I...

What I’m Wearing Christmas Day! 

I don’t know about you but I always find it really interesting what other people wear on the best day of the year (aka Christmas Day, obviously). Some people tend to go super casual and stay in their festive pjs, some people like a good Christmas jumper, and some people go all out.  I have to admit, I’m in the latter category. My family have always tended to dress up...

Furry Friends Watches – Give the Gift of Time this Christmas!

My children are at an age where they want whatever the other has. This means that for Christmas this year they are getting the same or very similar presents to avoid arguments. They also both love being like us at the moment and have asked Santa for Henry and Hetty Hoover toys because they want to hoover (I kid you not)! Their latest obsession is telling the time (hey, I’m...

My Favourite Christmas Films 

For even the most bah humbug of those amongst us, there’s no denying we are now coming close to Christmas. Why not get yourself in the holiday spirit by watching one of these festive favourites?  1. Love Actually   2. Home Alone 2  3. Home Alone  4. The Grinch  5. Four Christmasses 6. Miracle on 34th Street  7. The Snowman  8. The Holiday  9. Arthur Christmas  10. A Christmas Carol...