#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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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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