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

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


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GreaterSkies Christmas

I was introduced to GreaterSkies earlier this year and I haven’t stopped looking at my beautiful print since. The quality is stunning and to be able to have a snapshot of the stars over a particular place and time is a great gift idea. I chose the sky as it would have appeared when Jacob and I got married, but there were so many other dates that sprung to … Read More

Hopping Hare Candles

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Hopping Hare Candle Christmas

If you read my blog regularly or follow me on social media you may have guessed that I am completely taken with these candles! They just had to have a place on my gift guide. Handpoured Claire and her sister Justine work so hard to get the combination of oils right and use a high percentage of oil in each candle so that the … Read More

Micro Trike

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Micro Trike foot

We have had the pleasure of trying out the Micro Trike this year. Different from other trikes aimed at the toddler or pre-schooler age in that it doesn’t have pedals for use by the child I wasn’t sure how my three year old would take to it. The Micro Trike is principally aimed at helping toddlers transition between using a … Read More