A few weeks ago Katie and I were invited along to Very for a VERY special Christmas event. It was a chance to get in the festive spirit, and see some of the items that would be available online this Christmas.

Very Christmas Party

Whilst I do shop at Very from time to time, I really wasn’t aware of the huge variety of brands that they stock. Even selling one of my favourites, Cath Kidston.

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Katie loves looking at clothes, and she was happy browsing both the children’s and adult clothing section. She picked out this unicorn top and fluffy blue jacket, and I only wish they did this in my size too.… Continue reading

With Christmas on the horizon you might be one of those organised people who have bought, wrapped and are sat at home feeling smug. Or like me you could be scratching your head wondering what to buy friends and family. If you have anyone who is travel obsessed, I have picked out 6 travel inspired gifts from Uncommon Goods to help you this festive season.

Travel Gifts from Uncommon Goods

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These cork globes are not only practical but stylish too. Perfect for tracking your adventures using the five pins included, though of course you can always buy more if you love holidays as much as we do.… Continue reading

There is no getting away from the fact that advent calendars seem to be a huge part in the run up to Christmas, and it seems nowadays you can open those 24 (or if you are lucky 25) doors and find pretty much anything behind it. I have selected 5 calendars that are available this year suitable for tweens, teens and adults.

Advent Calendars for tweens teens and adults

Mad Beauty

This has got my 11 year old daughter’s name written all over it. The Mad Beauty calendar is filled with 24 items of make up which includes eye shadow, lipsticks and nail polish. The full contents are listed on the back of the calendar, so no peaking if you want it to be a surprise.… Continue reading

I like to be pretty organised for Christmas, and tend to start my shopping once the kids go back after October half term. I usually have a pretty good idea of what to get the kids, and to be honest they do present me with a rather large list. But when it comes to buying presents for the males in our family, I find myself getting a little stuck. Do you stick to the traditional pack of socks, the Lynx gift set, or a set of beers from around the world.

Christmas gift ideas for Men

This Christmas I am going to take a little inspiration from some of the gifts my husband received for his recent birthday.… Continue reading

*This post does contain pictures of the full contents of the Smiggle 2017 calendar* 

*I am also giving away a Smiggle advent calendar here*

Tis the season to start thinking about advent calendars, and my 11 year old daughter has already started her campaign to find the best one. Being a stationery addict she is of course drawn to the advent calendar from Smiggle. The calendar promises 25 days of stationery surprises, as well as offering a great competition to win a whopping £500 Smiggle shopping spree.

Smiggle Advent Calendar 2017 contents

So the big question is….. what exactly is inside the calendar. The contents are not listed on the Smiggle website, and I was originally going to open a few doors to offer a sneak peek inside.… Continue reading

Last night we were invited to the Press Evening of Winter Wonderland in Manchester. As it was our 4th visit I have shared with you our 10 top tips for visiting Winter Wonderland this year. You can also read my review of last years event here.

If you have older kids make your way towards the back of Winter Wonderland. Here you will find the bigger rides for older children (and 45 year old husbands).

Fairground ride

Wear layers as I find it gets quite warm inside Event City. If you have coats there is a cloakroom at the entrance to Winter Wonderland.… Continue reading

The summer holidays are fast becoming a distant memory, and now that we are in Autumn it means it is perfectly acceptable to start mentioning Christmas. I *may* have even started to buy a few presents. But Christmas is not just about giving and receiving  presents, stuffing ourselves full of chocolate and drinking sherry. It’s a chance to get together with family and friends, and enjoy the many Christmas attractions that happen each year.

Winter Wonderland Manchester

For the past 2 years we have visited Winter Wonderland in Manchester, which is the biggest indoor Christmas attraction located at Event City (next to the Trafford Centre).… Continue reading

At the end of November I was invited to attend the Co-op Christmas Blogger Evening, which was held at their impressive head office in Manchester. After a long journey I was very grateful to be handed a glass of fizz when I arrived. I had around 10 minutes to catch up with some blogging friends, and we were then invited to take our seats for ‘A Taste of Christmas’. During the evening we had the chance to try lots of food and wine from the Co-op Festive menu for 2015.

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We sampled starters which were pate and prawn cocktail which were both delicious.… Continue reading

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1 – Putting the tree up in November. Quite simply Christmas is in December NOT November. I had planned to put the tree up on the 18th December, but a certain 9 year old forced us into the loft last Sunday. With a hangover too….. oh the joy.

2 – Braving the shops ANYTIME in December. My Christmas shopping is done via a laptop, Pyjamas on with a large glass of gin/wine/baileys.

3 – Taking about 4 hours to write Christmas cards. Sorry but I don’t see the point in Christmas cards anymore, and have not sent one in about 8 years.… Continue reading

I don’t know about you, but planning the food for the Christmas festivities takes up alot of my thinking time. Of course we all panic that the shops are going to be shut for the whole of the Christmas period. And as usual I will no doubt be buying food to feed the five thousand. For the past few weeks I have been buying some Christmas food to put away. Okay the Roses *might* have been opened on more than one occasion.  And at least the gin has been purchased.

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I do my weekly shop online, but the other day I popped into Tesco and I really missed just wandering around a store.… Continue reading