My Year In Review 2018

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January 2018

I debated whether to write a review of the last 12 months or not. I’m not really one for New Year’s resolutions but I do like to take a moment from time to time to stop and consider life and think about my plans for the year ahead. I’m well aware that I can do this any day of the … Read More

Self-care at Christmas

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Christmas scene

Christmas can be a time where the pressure piles on to feel full of seasonal happiness and goodwill whilst in reality becoming a source stress for many. It can be tough to find the perfect gift, to prepare a meal or to face the seasonal cheer when the damp and dark edges in. In our house we have always tried … Read More

Christmas on Netflix

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Christmas on Netflix

The winter is definitely drawing in at the moment with a sudden sharp chill in the air and dull light in the afternoons. It feels like the perfect excuse for early nights snuggled up in front of the telly with a good film or programme on. It’s certainly the time of year that I confess I am grateful for a … Read More

Have Yourself An Eco-Friendly Christmas

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Woolly snowman

If you’re a regular here you’ll know that I’m pretty keen on supporting the environment. This seems so much more relevant at Christmastime than any other holiday in the calendar. I suspect that many will have at least heard of the David Attenborough programme Blue Planet II, and if you’ve watched it you will have seen the shocking reality of … Read More

Calendar of Goodwill – 2018

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Light up baubles

It’s December and, once more, we have drawn up our Calendar of Goodwill. Our calendar this year is really focused on giving back to those who have helped us over the past 12 months and the local community. I was delighted that the boys have helped again by coming up with ideas, and they even mentioned it before I did … Read More

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