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]

Dreaming of fun in the sun!

Even though we are in December and most of our thoughts are busy thinking about Christmas I do at times, when I’m standing in the freezing cold rain, find myself dreaming of a nice hot sunny summer holiday. Before I fell ill with ME we would go on holiday every year and most of the time we would go aboard to Spain and it would be absolutely fabulous. We would always centre the holiday around the children and we would always[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 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]