Christmas Play List

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December is the month when I download a Christmas playlist or two onto my phone to play via the magic of Bluetooth wherever I am. If you read my Share the Shuffle post earlier this year you will know that I have a wide ranging taste in music, but Christmas tunes to me are almost always pop classics. A few … Read More

The Christmas Play Rehearsal

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The Christmas Play Rehearsal

It’s December which in our house means one thing… we are counting down to Christmas! The decorations are up and we are starting to pull out Christmas films, download Christmas playlists and dig out our Christmas stories. This year we have a new one to read together – The Christmas Play Rehearsal written by Sue Wickstead. “It’s Christmas time, and … Read More

Santa’s Winter Wonderland at the SnowDome

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Reindeer - SnowDome

For me, one of the must haves in my diary during the winter season is plenty of quality family time. There really isn’t anything that fills me with as much joy as making happy memories with my boys, so when I was recently invited along to visit Santa’s Winter Wonderland at the SnowDome in Tamworth I jumped at the chance. … Read More

Mystery Blogger Award

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Mystery Blogger Award

Back in September the lovely Mrs A from Hooks and Dragons nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award – thank you Tracey! As regular readers will know, I’ve been nominated for blogger awards previously. They don’t result in adding metal to a mantlepiece or cabinet, but they do make me feel enormously grateful to the community that I am a … Read More

Christmas Gift Guide 2018

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Christmas tree

Looking to shop local or buy gifts that are reusuable and practical but with some added Christmas sparkle? Look no more! I have been on the hunt for a range of gift ideas to suit the whole family, and have rounded up my favourites for your perusal here:   Buckley London UK based manufacturer of high street costume jewellery, Buckley London have a range … Read More

Buckley London

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Buckley London

Buckley London offer high street fashion jewellery through their online shop. Established in 1989 they are known for selling products for any occasion. For the purposes of my 2018 Christmas gift guide I have been sent one of their Christmas baubles to take a closer look at. It is fun and eye catching and a sparkly necklace is nestled within. … Read More

Coin Reward Charts

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Coin savings chart

I’m a big fan of reward charts and, more importantly, so are my boys. Over the summer they actively made themselves reward charts with a huge amount of joy! This brought about a new found interest in building up rewards for good behaviour and being helpful around the house. It’s also a nice way for me to reward and thank them for … Read More

Crafty Kestrel

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Noel Robin - Crafty Kestrel

Established this year, Crafty Kestrel is run by the lovely Kerry. Based in Warwickshire Kerry has also authored two books, A Year in Woolly Wonders and A Woollyful Christmas. She has turned her hobby into her business and has set up an online shop to sell her creations. Kerry was kind enough to send me this beautiful knitted robin to review for my 2018 Christmas gift guide. Noel the … Read More

Emma Lord Photography

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Emma Lord Photo bag

Emma Lord Photography has featured on my blog a few times before. I love her work and the way she approaches each photography session with ease and professionalism, making it so calm. Emma is still running her photography sessions, but this year she also set up her own Etsy store so that you can get your hands on her own fabulous prints … Read More

Estarer Bag

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Estarer laptop bag

Writing my blog, or indeed when I sometimes foray into writing fictional work, I like to be able to carry my laptop around with me, along with various accessories, pens and of course my trusty notepad. In the last few years, the choice of laptop bags has massively increased from the dull black leatherette shoulder bags of old. The Estarer … Read More