All Wrapped Up!

The time is drawing ever closer. The day that I half delight in, half dread. Yes, I’m taking about Christmas present wrapping day. I do not like wrapping. I am not very good at wrapping. OK, I’m no good at all at wrapping. I blame my lack of artistic skills combined with my tendency towards impatience and my non-existent perfectionist qualities. These things do not really add up to prettily presented packages. Back in the day, when the Husband and I both worked full time before we had the kids, things were different. Oh no, I don’t mean I was Read more >

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WIN a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fluffy squirrel!

Beyond the gates, astonishment awaits… Roald Dahl’s deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in the OLIVIER AWARD-WINNING musical directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes and we’re offering FIVE lucky winners the chance to win a fluffy squirrel from Wonka’s nut room! Winner of ‘Theatre Show of the Year’ at the London Lifestyle Awards 2015, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the perfect festive treat. A chocolate garden, an army of squirrels, and the curiously peculiar Oopma-Llopmas in a gigantic, two-time Oliver Award-winning musical that is Read more >

Papery Peep November 2015

Welcome to this month’s Papery Peep. Its a chance to share all things pretty and papery, and I invite you to link up any paper-loving posts that you like, too. I love to see them! If you’ve been reading my blog over the past few weeks you’ll already know that this month has been a good one for paper. Last week I shared my Ultimate Stationery Gift Guide packed with pretty paper, pens and more to tempt every stationery addict. Then the kids and I have had fun with a handprint Christmas tree craft and Christmas placemats, and I’ve received a gorgeous new Read more >



If I Could Live Anywhere

If I could live anywhere, where would it be? A friend asked me this the other day and it did get me thinking. There is a huge world out there, and all I’ve ever known is England. Where would we go? The Husband has a couple of friends that have emigrated to Australia. As with my penchant for browsing RightMove, I’ve looked at some display homes in Brisbane and I can see the attraction. My brother has been over there a couple of times and his wife has family there. The problem for me is, it just feels such a long, Read more >

A Magical Christmas at Drayton Manor

We had a fabulous time at the weekend visiting a Magical Christmas at Drayton Manor. All of the rides in Thomasland were running as well as a couple out in the main park, perfect for a day out with the kids. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, there were also snow showers, Christmas Tree light shows, an indoor ice rink, Christmas shows, 4D Polar Express, Thomas Land shows, meet and greets, a magical parade and fireworks. Excitement was high! The park looked so pretty and festive and as well as the decorations and twinkly lights, dotted around were fun over-sized ornaments Read more >

Little man with the Fat Controller

Disaster Designs bag

I’m Loving…Flamingo Gifts

Earlier this year I brought you my top picks from Flamingo Gifts, including my gorgeous rack of milk bottles. They remain one of my favourite little touches in my newly decorated kitchen, so I was more than happy to work with the team again and select a few items to show off to you today. It took me a while to choose just a few things as they are a great store for gift ideas and as I was looking around, I was spotting things that would be perfect for so many people I need to buy for! In the Read more >

Making Kids Christmas Placemats

Last weekend the kids and I made a handprint Christmas tree, and while doing so, we created lots of paper with handprints on, as you would. We used several for our tree but still had some left over and I felt a bit sad to throw them away. Then the idea struck me that we could make something else with them. Christmas placements. This will be the first year that we are hosting Christmas, and I’m looking forward to setting the table. Boo and I have been out and chosen a festive table runner, candle, crackers and napkins, and now Read more >

Making Christmas Placemats


Word of the Week 20/11/15

Hello and welcome to Word of the Week. If you’re new here, Word of the Week is a nice and simple weekly linky, with everyone welcome to pop by and share. You reflect back on the past week and sum it up in one word. Then share your word with us in a blog post, with as little or as much explanation as you like. It’s a fun and friendly linky, so please do be lovely and visit as many of the other blogs as you can and share with them your thoughts on their words and weeks. I do comment on every Read more >

And you thought Elf on the Shelf was creepy…

We’ve had our Elf on the Shelf for the past couple of years, and the kids absolutely adore him. Marty, his name is, and he arrives on the 1st December each year. The children are keen for his arrival, and each and every day when they wake up, they’re eager to rush downstairs to see where he’s moved to over night. That’s how it works here, with him popping to the North Pole in the night, but back by dawn, and it’s really about the kids having him in the house. I know some people like to do it as Read more >


Holiday memories

Happy Holiday Snaps

I was at my mum’s the other day when the kids found her photo stash. We all enjoyed looking through them, seeing mine and my brother’s childhood laid before us on paper, filled with so many family holidays from our past. Looking back over our old family photos, so many of them were bad! Blurry, heads missing, poorly positioned, whatever, but we kept them. They are still moments preserved in time. The photos were usually of us at Christmas or away on our annual fortnight caravan holiday. After all, those were the only times Mum and Dad would get the camera Read more >

The Ultimate Stationery Gift Guide

Oh, I am excited about today’s post! With Christmas on the way, it only seems right that I spend time trawling around finding pretty stationery for you to ogle which is obviously a hardship for me, so I do hope you all appreciate it…. So, here it is, the ultimate stationery gift guide, and really, if you can’t find something here to put on your Christmas list, then you’re no stationery addict at all! For Snail Mailing These picks are all from Zazzle, and we have two pretty postcards, a Hello Gorgeous wrap around label, and stickers just perfect for Read more >

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Hobonichi Techo Planner Month to View

Win a Hobonichi Planner

The lovely folk over at Pocket Notebooks are offering one of my lucky readers the chance to win an A6 Hobonichi Techo Planner, and I am bursting to share more about it and get this competition under way so that the winner will have it in plenty of time to get organised for the new year. Here it is, the planner from Japan with something of a cult following… This is A6 so its nice and lightweight and comfortable to carry around with you. It has lay-flat binding making it easy to open and work on. Inside, at the bottom of Read more >

Red Candy Gifts

I brought Red Candy to you earlier this year, by way of my top picks with them. I spent a lot of time browsing their website and there were so many items that tempted me. So when they got in touch with me recently, it was not easy selecting just a few products to share with you today. Red Candy are great at offering funky homeware and gift ideas, so I had a little think about things that I wanted around the home and set about choosing… I love having photos of the kids dotted around, so when I spotted Read more >

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Christmas Cards From Zazzle

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be thinking about your Christmas cards around about now. I like to get mine written towards the end of this month, ready to send in early December. I used to sell cards, and I used to sell them because I love them. I’m one of those people who spends quite some time selecting cards, greetings or Christmas. So I took great delight popping over to Zazzle to make my selections this year. If you’ve not visited Zazzle before, then you are in for something of a treat, albeit a somewhat overwhelming treat at times. Where Read more >

A Handprint Christmas Tree

With Christmas approaching, yesterday the kids and I decided to give a handprint Christmas tree a whirl. I love the idea of crafts with hand or footprints involved, as I see it as a way to preserve a moment in time, a memento to keep. I toyed with doing footprints initially, but the logistics of that seemed a lot trickier and messier than handprints, so the hands won out! Thinking it through, I decided to get the children to do lots of handprints on paper for me, so that we could then choose the best ones and cut them out for Read more >

Making handprints

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Siblings November 2015

This month has seen my two almost grow closer to one another in age. Yes, I know that they cannot do that! Boo is now 6 years and 1 month, Little Man 3 years and 2 months, and I feel like this has been the month they have played more on a level with one another. Little Man certainly dictates the play a lot more than he used to, and though Boo sometimes wants a little alone time, he tempts her back to playing with him with his funny ideas for games. Maybe they seem closer in age because Little Man Read more >

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