Christmas crafting with children.

Christmas is such a great time of year as there are so many opportunities to do things with your family. Crafting at Christmas is so much fun and children are really good at being creative and having a go. Some people find it hard to play with their children when it comes to make believe games as they feel silly, so doing a craft project with your child could be a great way to spend some quality time together as[Read more]

Christmas first aid kit.

Every year I make up a Christmas first aid kit which is basically a box containing everything I think that we will need in case of any minor illness or injury over the Christmas period so that I do not have to be running around to buy things should we fall unwell. The contents of this box need to be tailored to your family, but to give you an idea I have listed the contents of our Christmas first aid kit below.[Read more]

Christmas baking.

I absolutely love to cook and bake and my favourite type of baking is Christmas baking. There is so much fun that you can have when you are baking for Christmas and it really gives you an excuse to step it up a gear which I love. It is also a great activity to do with your children as they love cooking and then getting to eat what they have made! Now some people say that they can not cook but[Read more]

Christmas traditions.

Establishing family traditions is, in my opinion, a very important and worthwhile activity which can really bond a family together as they are unique to your family. A tradition is simply an activity that you always repeat at the same time each year. The recurring nature of the activity is set in stone so that every member of the family knows without a doubt that at a specific time each year the activity will be happening. For example, you may[Read more]

Where to stash the presents!

During the run-up to Christmas, we have a lot of pressies to hide from prying eyes and I wondered where everyone keeps theirs. Over the years I have had to become quite inventive as we have three girls, two of which are teens, to hide presents from. We have also lived in a flat and a very small house in the past which meant a total lack of space in general let alone at Christmas time when things needed to be kept[Read more]

Plan, plan and plan some more.

Christmas is fast approaching and some people have not given any thought to the big day or started any type of preparation and it really bugs me. Now don’t get me wrong if people like to leave things to the last minute then that is entirely up to them, but what makes me mad is when they moan about it. I am forever hearing things like ‘Hasn’t December come round quick this year?’, ‘I don’t know how I’m going to[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]

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]