A ‘Mum Muddling Through’ Christmas Carol

Marley was dead, to begin with.

Perhaps this wasn’t the film to choose on Christmas eve, as the girls zone out to the demise of that labrador whilst Jennifer Aniston and family mourn their beloved puppy. Still, at least it gave me a bonus ninety minutes to blitz the house. Prep the veg, whizz the hoover round, shove any last bits of laundry behind closed doors and make everything look perfect. more “A ‘Mum Muddling Through’ Christmas Carol”

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#HideTheBags Cool Christmas jumpers for kids

It’s all too easy to fall into the accidental purchases for the kids this time of year. The recent uptake on the Christmas jumper tradition is just too tempting with so many cute as hell designs in the shops. (Christmas jumper day is on 15th December this year!). It’s even easier when the high street offers some bargains, perfect for carrying them through each and every party, lunch and family get together. And anyway, they grow so fast – so that’s my excuse, right? more “#HideTheBags Cool Christmas jumpers for kids”

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Christmas overwhelm: The most wonderful (and chaotic) time of the year

Although it’s only late November, there is a definite buzz of Christmas in the air. Trees are going up, twinkling in the dark on your way home from school (how did that happen?), Christmas Advertising has hit boiling point and the to-do lists in my head are starting to brim over. more “Christmas overwhelm: The most wonderful (and chaotic) time of the year”

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#GIVEAWAY Disney on Ice presents Passport to Adventure this Christmas

Given that we have just returned from four days in Disneyland Paris, you’d think we’d be a bit Disneyed out. But, the fact is, when you have two young girls (and never actually grew up yourself), I’m not sure there is such a thing as too much Disneymore “#GIVEAWAY Disney on Ice presents Passport to Adventure this Christmas”

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#HideTheBags Supporting small businesses this Christmas

It’s all too convenient these days to pick up your Christmas shopping from the giants – the mega toy stores, the supermarkets during your grocery shop and the online retailers offering sales and bulk delivery services.  more “#HideTheBags Supporting small businesses this Christmas”

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Santa’s little helper – a christmas job

It’s been three years since I left work. Three years of wearing whatever I like, running to my own schedule, and being based at home.Blogging has however become my job of course, but it isn’t quite the same as a guaranteed income, a workplace that you head off to each day, seeking solace in conversations about stuff other than kids, and what’s going on ‘out there’. more “Santa’s little helper – a christmas job”

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Christmas Stocking Fillers + Hawkins Bazaar pre-filled stocking #GIVEAWAY

It is, undoubtedly, the nostalgia of Christmas past that makes parenting at Christmas so special. The process of taking your own childhood traditions, perhaps blending them with those of the family you co-parent with, adding into the mix some elements of your own and creating a new generation of memories and habits. more “Christmas Stocking Fillers + Hawkins Bazaar pre-filled stocking #GIVEAWAY”

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10 Christmas gift ideas for girls 2017 #HideTheBags

As a Mum to two girls, this post is for anyone seeking a little bit of gifting inspiration for the little girls in their life – grandchildren, nieces, goddaughters, step -daughters, or even your own little fierce ones if you are lacking in inspiration.  more “10 Christmas gift ideas for girls 2017 #HideTheBags”

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#FirstWorldProblems; Christmas, when your kids already have too much

Given that the last half term break before the big C has passed (well unless you have a 2 weeker, like us), it’s time to face facts and accept that it may be pre-Halloween, but there are going to be Chrimbo related conversations, articles, small talk and lists with increasing intensity from now to the 25th December. more “#FirstWorldProblems; Christmas, when your kids already have too much”

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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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