Christmas and New Year

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    Celebrating Christmas with Friends at Luminate – Walton Hall and Gardens Light Trail in Cheshire

    We were meant to be exploring the Luminate light trails twice, once at Southport in Lancashire and then again in Warrington in Cheshire. However Storm Arwen put a stop to our first visit. Then we did start to wonder if our second would be rained off too. Thankfully though, it went ahead and we were able to visit with our friends this weekend. Luminate Cheshire Location Luminate in Cheshire is at Walton Hall & Gardens close to Warrington and really easy to get to from the M6 and M56. We met with the friends that we made at Spike’s baby group when she was tiny. In total there were three…

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    Making Christmas Extra Personal with Aura Print – Eco friendly gift tag Review

    I know that reusable wrapping fabrics are the best way to be eco friendly at Christmas. However, there is something magical about watching kids rip the wrapping paper off presents which makes it difficult for me to go down that route! Instead, I go down the route of trying to be as eco friendly as possible, using eco tape rather than sellotape, and recycled wrapping paper, or at least recyclable wrapping paper. I do this all year – not just at Christmas. So that I know that at least the wrapping on our gifts to Spike’s school friends can be recycled after her friends have opened them. Eco Friendly Christmas…

  • Blog graphic with two images, one is from Laminate 2020 and the other with Raimy and Spike walking through Tatton Park in 2016
    Christmas and New Year,  Days out,  Family

    Winter Events in the North West 2021 – Grab Your Tickets Fast

    This year is the year of the more normal. There arent socially distancing santa visits planned, even if there maybe should be. And there are more events on again. That said a lot have sold out already! Here’s a little round up of the events we’re looking forward to that havent yet completely sold out! 1 – Luminate Southport and Cheshire So full disclosure here, I am attended both of these events and will have a write up on the blog about them at the time. But even if I wasn’t attending in a blogging capacity, they would have been on my to do list anyway. They look awesome! I…

  • Our Christmas Traditions with two images, the first is T holding Spike up o she can put the star on the tree and the second is spike at 7 months old sitting up with her christmas eve teddy and book, One Snowy Night
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    Our Christmas Traditions – how we’re still feeling festive in the new normal

    So this year is going to be a little different for everyone isn’t it? Some Christmas Traditions are having to fall by the wayside this year because of Covid. It’s sad, but hopefully it’ll just be one year and by next year the celebrations can be back to normal. I hope so anyway as next year we’re hoping to go away with Spike’s Grandma to the home of Santa himself! Our Christmas tree traditions Usually our tree makes an appearance the first weekend of December. However this year, we did put it up a little earlier. Lots of people have to spread the Christmas cheer it what’s been a rubbish…

  • Rethink Mental Illness and Virgin Trains team up for Christmas Kindness campaign
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    Virgin Trains spread a little kindness this Christmas – It’s a wonderful line from London to Glasgow

    This Christmas Virgin Trains and Rethink Mental Illness are encouraging you to spread a little kindness. They have teamed up to paint the entire Script of Its a Wonderful Life on the train platforms between London and Glasgow Central. Spreading the story Its a Wonderful Life is a Christmas Movie like no other. Its about kindness and about the lows that can be found at this time of year and how other people can bring you out of them. Its a story that makes you think and believe in the kindness of others, and makes you want to spread that kindness. Our mission Virgin Trains asked us to pop along…

  • Stocking fillers for last minute buys this christmas
    Christmas and New Year,  Gift guide

    Last minute stocking filler gift guide – Because panic buying is the way forward

    No matter how organised you are, there will always be someone you end up panic buying for! This year I’ve panic bought for a lot more people than usual. With a little over a week to go, I still haven’t finished my Christmas shopping and I have no idea when its all going to come. Thankfully I know and trust my favourite online retailers so I can trust their final delivery slots. The only things I’ve got to buy now are the odd bits. Nursery staff, stocking fillers and that kind of thing… I thought I’d share a five of these stocking filler, last minute purchases with you on the…

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    Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate – win a Lindt Chocolate Bear advent calendar

    Say what you like about all the different types of advent calendar out there, but I think chocolate ones are the best. None of these gin advent calendars, or beauty boxes for me. Chocolate first thing on a morning brightens up my December. If you feel the same, WOW FreeStuff has a competition to win a £10 Lindt Chocolate Bear advent Calendar of your own! Read on to find out more! Chocolate advent calendars Obviously traditional advent calendars were pieces of card, with the story of Christmas told in small sections behind each door. Or reusable fabric calendars with a small gift in each pocket. The idea of an advent…

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    Christmas with a 2 year old – lots of squeals and tantrums

    So Christmas 2017 is over. I’m back in work and there’s only New Year left to tackle now before all the goals and fresh starts begin. I have high hopes for 2018 but thats for another post. Today I want to talk about Christmas with a 2 year old. If you have older kids this might sound familiar. If younger, then you may like to know what’s in store. Our Christmas celebrations started on Wednesday 20th December when we braved Manchester Christmas Markets with Spike. This wasn’t as horrific as it could have been and was mostly a lovely day. I was off work on the Friday and decided to…

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    A manic Christmas Eve – Our traditions the day before the big day!

    Christmas Eve was always mental in my house growing up. It was the storm before the calm rather than the other way round! Our family owned and managed a corner shop in a small village and Christmas Day was the only day we were shut. You might think that it sounds like a quiet little business to have. You would be wrong. There were papers to deliver, stock to order, deli food to make and staff to manage. My parents worked 20 hour days. And Christmas Eve was one of the busiest days of the year – mainly catering for the one little thing that the people of the village…

  • Christmas and New Year,  Discussions,  Gift Guides

    My Christmas Wishlist – A last minute gift guide for mummy or daddy

    With so many of us putting so much effort into our kids’ Christmas presents in the last month, it’s easy to forget about our partners. We want the perfect Christmas, but with just over a week to go, you better have remembered your loved one! I have really struggled this year with knowing what I want from friends and family. My mind has been full of making Christmas dinner for the family and ensuring Spike’s Christmas runs smoothly. When it came to her I was sorted a fair few weeks ago. Yet I know T still hasn’t managed to get me much! I thought I’d share a few ideas in…