Who else does a Christmas cleanup?

It’s that time of year again where I find myself thinking about how many toys the girls have that they simply don’t play with anymore, and those that have never been played with. What is it about Christmas looming that gets me into a frenzy? Well, I’ll tell you! Toys! Toys! Oh, more toys! I’ve decided that we need a serious declutter! We need to simplify our lives, our home and be more selective about toys we gift our children. Last year, Santa brought our girls lots of Sylvanian Family toys. They’re absolutely lovely, but sadly they’ve never been played… [Read More]

Our Christmas Day

I know! I know! Another blog post written by another Mummy blogger all about her Christmas Day, but I don’t care! In sharing our day on my blog, my children can read it back in years to come! Christmas Eve was actually pretty funny. Our girls woke at 5.45am. That’s not the funny part by the way! Had it not been for the fact that the elves had left the girls a Christmas present each, a new pair of pjs, and I wanted to see them open them, I would definitely have tried for a lie in today! Anyway, 5.45… [Read More]

How Christmas has changed since I was a kid


Looking at the Christmases from when I was a child and comparing them to the Christmases that my children are experiencing, I’m amazed at how much has changed. When I was little I remember my parents taking my sister and I to Santa’s grotto. This would usually involve standing in a pretty long queue with lots of other parents and their children. Children would take it in turns to go in and see Santa with their mums and dads. They’d usually be given a present by Santa himself or by one of his elves, and this would be done in… [Read More]

Happy Christmas!


There will be no ‘That Friday Linky’ this weekend! Nigel and I would just like to say a big and heartfelt thank you to everyone who reads our blogs, to everyone we’ve worked with over the past year and to all of the bloggers who comment and interact with us, and take part in our linky. We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year! That Friday Linky will start again next Friday, 30/12/16.

The Pressure of Fulfilling your Kids Christmas List

Posting their letters to Santa

Oh my goodness me! I never thought I’d be one of those parents that would want to buy their child everything on their Christmas lists, but I am! There I’ve said it! I buy my kids everything on their Christmas lists! Before you cast your judgment on me, as it does sound pretty insane, have you considered the size of my twin girls Christmas lists? There, maybe now it doesn’t seem so insane if perhaps they list just ten things each? This is usually how their lists start, so buying them everything on it, is pretty simple.  However what happens… [Read More]

Christmas Dinner for all the Family

Christmas Cake

Ooo I love Christmas! Putting up the decorations, buying presents and wrapping them, then trying to find as many empty cupboards and drawers as possible to hide everything in! I love the planning, the family time and the excitement! I just love it! I love the food, although my waistline doesn’t love it anywhere near as much I do, but they do say it’s the season to be jolly after all! I also love cooking Christmas dinner! I think the thought of cooking Christmas dinner is something that a lot of people find daunting, and I guess if you’re cooking for… [Read More]

An Elf for Christmas: Week Two

So I finished last weeks update on Saturday when our Elves turned the magic beans that the girls had buried into candy canes. Unfortunately on that very same Saturday, the girls weren’t very well behaved. Therefore when they awoke Sunday morning they were greeted with the following site. Both of the elves had cards from Santa which read: “Oh no. Santa knows you have been naughty. He isn’t very pleased. Try being EXTRA helpful today.” I must admit I have mixed feelings about doing this, but I just couldn’t justify leaving out what I had originally planned to leave out… [Read More]

Christmas Money Saving Tips

Christmas is one of the busiest and most expensive times of the year. If you have a large family and lots of friends then your bank account is definitely going to feel the pinch, but there are lots of things that you can do to help you save some money in the run up to Christmas. Here are some tips to help you get started: Using Christmas money saving tools can be a great way to keep track of all your spending. They can also help you to budget. By using check lists, you can write a list of what you need,… [Read More]

Three Days of an Elf for Christmas

This year we’ve introduced an Elf for Christmas to our twin girls. We’ve never done the whole Elf thing before, but after being sent one to review which aims to promote good behaviour I was keen to give it a go. I planned out what activities our Elves would be doing each day. You can read about these activities in my post, 24 Days of Elf Visitor Activities. Rather than write a post each day of what the Elves have been getting up to, I thought I’d share a weekly update. So, our Elves arrived on 1st December and I think… [Read More]