If you are a lover of gin like myself, then no doubt you are looking forward to the upcoming festive season, as gin seems to be everywhere. Walk into your local bar or restaurant, and and no doubt you will be faced with a large selection of gins. The supermarkets are filled with gin gifts, and there seems to be different offers on gins every day. But how about a Gin Fizz and Prosecco bar, which is the perfect present for gin lovers.

Microbarbox - Find me a gift

Microbarbox is a bar in a box, and I absolutely love the idea of bringing the bar … Continue reading

Another month gone in the blink of an eye, and time for me to sit down and focus on my Little Loves for the past month. November is the month when Christmas starts to creep in, and of course I have had my first mince pie of the season. I am sure I will be indulging in a few more before the 25th December.

Costa Mince Pie

Read

I have read a good mix of books this month, and I’m really into reading at the moment. Everybody seems to be talking about This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay, so when I … Continue reading

The £10 Christmas is back again, and I can’t believe it’s 8 years since we started it. I have not mentioned it on the blog for the past few years, but with the festive season about to begin, I thought I would let newer readers know what it is.

The £10 Christmas

What is the £10 Christmas

The £10 Christmas is the budget that the husband and I set every Christmas for each other. We started it 8 years ago, when we decided we would rather put our money towards Christmas days out, and festive breaks away with the kids. Now that … Continue reading

There is no getting away from the fact that Christmas is well and truly on the horizon, and whilst you won’t find me putting my tree up before the middle of December, one thing that I like to be is organised. The kids have presented me with their lists, one via whatsapp, and one via the good old traditional method of pen and paper, and the buying for the kids has commenced.

Unique Christmas Gift Guide

But friends and family don’t tend to come with a list, so I may have to get my thinking cap on. Over the past few weeks, I have … Continue reading

Sticking to your budget this Christmas

Sticking to your budget this Christmas

If you’re dreading January already, the credit card bills, the scrimping and saving for Christmas, then now is the time to do something about it. You don’t have to accept Christmas debt, you can take steps to create and stick to a sensible budget for this coming festive period.

Work out how much you are going to spend

Think about everything you’ll have at your disposal. This includes the points balances on loyalty cards, unused vouchers, and stamp schemes if you’ve been using any. And of course your salary. When you’ve totted everything … Continue reading

I know we have only just entered October, but now is the perfect time to start thinking about Christmas Pantomimes. The popular Epstein Theatre in the heart of Liverpool, will be playing host to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from Friday 7th December to Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

Panto - The Epstein Theatre

Cast members braved the cold to pose for pictures along The Strand – capturing Liverpool’s beautiful and famous landscape, before heading to The Epstein Theatre where press and VIP’s got a sneak peek at what they can expect this Christmas.

Radio City 2’s Claire Simmo, who stars as the 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 … Continue reading

*Please click here for the review and contents for the Smiggle Advent Calendar for 2018*

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

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 … Continue reading

I hope everybody had an enjoyable Christmas and has eaten and drank far too much, played countless board games and had lots of lazy days. Or has that just been us. Here is what we have been up to over the festive period.

Read

Despite receiving 2 books for Christmas and promising myself early nights to read them, nope not even started them. I blame the ‘watched’ section for this.

Christmas books

Watched

GILMORE GIRLS. Yes after a month of hearing all about the show on Little Loves, we have started watching it from the very beginning. Yes I said WE, as … Continue reading

Hurrah for the last day of term. As always with this time of year it has been filled with parties, film days, end of term tests, carol concerts and more. The kids (and I) are knackered and we are looking forward to a full week of chilling out before the big day arrives. In amongst the craziness of the week, I did manage Festive Afternoon Tea out with my best friend. It was the perfect opportunity to catch up, chill out, and of course eat lots of yummy cakes. So what else have we been up to this past fortnight.… Continue reading