5 amazing (and free) Christmas gifts to remember

As a one income family, this time of year can be a bit of a stretch. But that’s nothing new – it was a stretch when we had an extra salary coming in, a stretch before we had kids (somehow) and even a stretch before we really knew the flipping meaning of ‘a stretch’.

It’s got me thinking though about those ‘gesture’ gifts, and whether people would really like a pair of socks, a novelty bit of tat – or something much more thoughtful. more “5 amazing (and free) Christmas gifts to remember”

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Braised red cabbage and apples recipe: A Christmas day favourite

My blog isn’t ever going to be a cookery school that’s for sure…but a little bit of what you fancy does you good, and at the first sign of cold weather I ALWAYS fancy Braised red cabbage with apples. It’s a classic winter warmer that takes a Roast Pork dinner to a whole other level, and the leftovers quite frankly will be scoffed right out of the fridge. more “Braised red cabbage and apples recipe: A Christmas day favourite”

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Tea with Santa at Elm court, a Wyevale garden centre (REVIEW)

If there’s one item at the top of any parents to do list in December, it has to be sorting out a visit to see the big guy himself. St Nick, Santa, Father Christmas…whatever you want to call him, he is a busy guy getting around every department store, garden centre, shopping precinct, school, nursery, kids party and hospital. Yet, the slots to go sit on his knee (well, actually I’m not sure that’s the done thing anymore?), particularly on an annual-leave-free- weekend, are like GOLDDUST. more “Tea with Santa at Elm court, a Wyevale garden centre (REVIEW)”

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It’s in the singing of a street corner choir…

I’ve already cracked open a Muppets Christmas Carol, a litre of Baileys and bought a new Christmas Jumper, so it goes without saying I’m bursting at the seams to write a festive blog post.

This is likely to be a right old random ramble (I’m a blogger, that’s what we do); I don’t really know what to add to last years A-Z of christmas traditions in my household, but this year there will be a few changes. more “It’s in the singing of a street corner choir…”

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B-logging off for Christmas

I have never worked at Christmas. Fact.

Never had to cover the graveyard shift that is between Christmas and New year. Not since I started working at 18, sixteen years ago. I guess I didn’t work in a sector where I was particular needed, but it also was a sneaky bit of jiggery pokery to make sure I had a nice long festive rest.
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Mum Muddling Through…Christmas

It’s so close now you can almost smell it; The turkey cooking. The Baileys on ice. The roaring fire.

I’m feeling SO excited to have two (or should that be four?) ridiculously hyper people in the house on Christmas morning this year. As a massive overgrown kid myself when it comes to all things festive, I just know it’s going to be AMAZING!

Now, the magic of Christmas doesn’t come without a major amount of work for us Mums.  But by the big day itself, it’s time to forget the credit card bill, enjoy the fruit of your MANY hours of Christmas shopping labour, watch the presents you tirelessly wrap be unwrapped in a fraction of the time, and sit back, and store up those memories which you worked so hard to create.

Now, as a newish Blogger, I of course, needed to write the all important ‘Christmas traditions I love etc etc post’. So here it is, Mum Muddling Through Christmas…an A to Z of what makes this time of year so wonderful for me & mine…
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Hide The Bags #5: It’s Christmas!

Okay, okay…so it’s not quite Christmas but we are DEFINITELY now in December and that means all you Mums and Dads are probably busy scouring the shops and the web for those special gifts to make the big day magical. Some of you won’t have started, and some of you will smugly be admiring your parcels already wrapped, stockings stuffed. Either way, there will definitely be a lot of hiding of bags going on in homes everywhere.
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