Christmas and New Year

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    Christmas and New Year

    Tackling Christmas dinner for the first time – how to avoid dinner disasters

    This year we’re staying at home for Christmas. It’s the first year, since we got together almost 9 years ago, that we’re staying home. At first I would spend Christmas with my family and T his, then we started spending it together, but at his mums. We’d then go visit mine on Boxing Day. But I always said that as soon as we had kids together I wanted Christmas Day to be our thing. One of the main reasons that we had spent Christmas at T’s mums in years gone by is because of L. He spends Christmas morning at his mums then Christmas Day with us. So it was…

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    It’s beginning to look a lot like… – Christmas at Bents Garden Centre 

    So last week I was invited along to Bents Garden Centre to sample the fantastic range of food on offer in the Winter Food Market. And I must say… wow! There was bratwursts ahoy, complete with a vegan version for people to enjoy. Pulled pork and pulled mushrooms with the spiciest pork scratchings  you can ever imagine. Waffles and crepes with every topping you could ask for. And a great selection of drinks, including the beautiful white hot chocolate that I may have sampled with marshmallows! Food glorious food I honestly though I was at a warmer mini version of the Manchester Christmas markets. The atmosphere was great, there was…

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    Spike’s Christmas Wardrobe

    Better late than never… Last Christmas when Spike was teeny tiny, I dressed her up in all sorts for her Christmas wardrobe. I embraced the elf outfits and Santa bodysuits and basically abused her for photos that she’d look cute in. I tried that again this year but the adorable yet hideous outfits were all either too frilly or too small! Instead we made do with fun, funky Christmas themed tops, and the occasional legging or two! Most of this years Christmas Wardrobe came from the boys section – you’ll be shocked to learn! There were too many frills and too many non Christmas-y stuff in the girls section for my…

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    My big quiz of the year 

    I’ve been tagged by Kelly from Nature Mum Blog… to answer some questions about 2016 and my hopes for 2017. What was your highlight of 2016? I think going to Blackpool Zoo with my partner and Spike was the highlight. I loved watching her experience all the animals, many she had never seen before.  Name one thing you are likely to remember about 2016 if asked in five years time? My career change and the experiences I had when I tried to return to work after maternity leave, working 2 part time jobs and landing my dream job.  Sum up 2016 in one word. Tiring.  Name one pearl of wisdom from…

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    For many 2016 has seemed like an awful year. There have been so many celebrity deaths (not going to lie, the only one I really cared about was my beloved Snape, RIP Alan Rickman) and disasters in the form of Brexit and the American Election result. I am not a fan of Brexit though to be honest as we’re saving for a house and it might mean house prices fall in 2 years time it might work in my favour. And don’t get me started on Trump…. For the Hatchling household personally 2016 hasn’t been bad. There have been serious ups and downs from being screwed after my maternity leave…

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    And its over…

    Christmas 2016 is done! Spike had loads of fun, loves every gift and Santa needs a change of address notice if the car on the way back from my parents was anything to go by! It was hectic but it was amazing and I had so much fun too. The festivities began on Christmas Eve when we went to Spike’s Grandma’s to watch her cousins open their gifts. Spike was given a few teddies there and got a Makka Pakka toy from her Auntie Sam. She loved that and the giant teddy bear the most! Christmas Day was amazing. She was so good! She got a little overwhelmed by the…

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    The Christmas Tag 2016

    I was tagged by Amy from The Smallest of Things to join in with the Christmas Tag! What’s your favourite Christmas movie? Its all about Miracle of 34th Street for me… andLove Actually, Elf, and Home Alone, and Polar Express… I ave a few Christmas Movie Faves Have you ever had a white Christmas? I vaguely remember one from when I was little… Where do you usually spend your holiday? We go to T’s mums Christmas Eve to see his sister and our nephews. Then we go home, go back on Christmas Day for Christmas Dinner then back home for the night. Then we go to my parents on Boxing Day and spend…

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    Getting into the Christmas Spirit

    So when I wrote my Christmas Checklist I was very behind on the whole thing. I hadn’t bought most the gifts I needed to buy and I wasn’t getting far on cleaning or anything really. I wanted to start getting into the Christmas Spirit so I started really trying. Its currently 5 days before Christmas. Christmas day is this week. And I am not feeling Christmassy at all! We went to Tatton Park’s Roald Dahl Gloriumptious Christmas Mansion which you can read about here. It was magical and I loved being there and seeing it all, and so did Spike. We then went to Breakfast with Santa at Avant Garden Centre…

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    My Christmas Checklist

    My Christmas 2017 was going to be the best yet. Organisation and budget planning were planned and I was going to be prepared. My checklist went a little something like this: Buy all presents by November 30th Clean the house from top to bottom Have a clear list in my head for things I want for the inevitable “What do you want this year?” questions from family Decorate with Spike around and clearly explain there is no touching the tree. Reinforce this. Enjoy the festivities and keep calm! Nothing was gunna stop me, except everything. November seemed to disappear into a pile of dust, sleepless nights, work and parents evenings. Preparation…