My weekly round up 24/11/13 – 30/11/13

This week has been much better than last week for me as I started the week by going Christmas shopping with my hubby which was lots of fun and left me in such a festive mood. I do love shopping and I know that many people get stressed trying to shop at Christmas with the crowds of people and the pressure to buy the right gift, but for me, it is always fun and I also enjoyed the fact that I[Read more]

My Christmas wish

Smiles. My Christmas wish is the same every year and that is to see my family smile.   I adore seeing smiles as when you see your loved ones smiling you know that they are happy. You know that all the stress, rushing around and expense of the last few months has been worth it.   I love to see the excited smiles on the children’s faces when they check to see if Santa has been. I love to see my children[Read more]

December’s idea list.

Welcome to the first of my monthly idea lists. There is a different idea for every day of the month and then at the end of each month, a new list will be posted. You are welcome to follow the list to the letter, or you can just pick and choose the ideas that you like and find useful. This month focuses on Christmas, but if you celebrate something different you can always apply the idea’s to your own holiday and adjust them accordingly.[Read more]

Listography – Guilty Pleasures.

This weeks listography is being hosted by Older single mum and the topic is guilty pleasures. Here is my list of guilty pleasures, which I must admit, I am rather embarrassed about! Yum!!! 1) Vampires! I am a sucker for a bad vampire trying to be good and this obsession started long ago with Buffy the Vampire Slayer in my teens when I would lust after the character Angel. As I have grown older I am still swooning over bad boy vamps[Read more]

Portable office.

If you are lacking space for a specific office area in your home to do all your family admin such as paying bills, writing letters and replying to school letters or maybe you do have an area for that, but would rather do those tasks while watching TV, a portable office may be exactly what you are looking for. So, what is a portable office I hear you asking me! Well, the name is pretty self-explanatory, as it is basically[Read more]

Autumn Family poem.

When I heard that to win a holiday at Center Parcs you and your family need to write a poem about autumn I jumped at the chance as I love writing poetry and I thought that even if we do not win, it will be a great family project to do. The poem was inspired by the season and also by some brilliant tips from Emma Tapp and I particularly liked number three. Get creative – Have your children decorate their[Read more]

5 very low cost Christmas activities to do with your children this Christmas.

We all know how stressful the Christmas season can get when it comes to our finances so it can be difficult to think of things that you can do with your children that are not going to cost you a fortune. What people sometimes forget is that Christmas activities can in actual fact be very inexpensive if you use your imagination. Here are five ideas to get you started. 1. Christmas carolling. you could do a search on the internet[Read more]

I could not live without my fridge freezer!

When asked the question which household appliance could I not live without my first thought, like most, was none of them! But on reflection I suppose I could live without most modern items that we have now as our great grandparents once did. While I greatly admire what my nana went through during the war, keeping house with none of today’s luxuries, I am sure that if she could of chosen to use the items that we use today she[Read more]

One for the freezer

Of course in an ideal world I would cook everything from scratch but in the real world, I do not always have the time so I’m always on the look out for nice and easy dinners that I can keep in the freezer for when I’m short on time and in need of something simple. Well, I have found something perfect for that purpose in the winter months. It is a chicken hotpot from Iceland and it only costs £3!![Read more]