Friday, 19 December 2014

Five On Friday!

With taking part in Blogmas 2014 this month I haven't had much time to just sit and write about what's going on in our world. So therefore I figured Five On Friday would be perfect opportunity :)

One//

Emilie has been unwell all week.. It started with a brutal cold and has developed into Croup. She isn't eating or sleeping, therefore not a lot of us are sleeping. Poor thing was awake with a coughing fit from 2.45am this morning. I could tell that she really wanted to sleep but every time she dosed off she would start coughing again. She's exhausted, I'm exhausted and neither of us have a lot of patients at the moment.. However she is the only one that can get away with throwing herself on the floor whilst having a tantrum..



Two//

James has his first wobbly tooth! I'm asking myself how he is even old enough to be hitting that milestone yet. He's excited but worried that it's going to hurt when it does eventually fall out. I think the promise of money from the tooth fairy is helping to alleviate that..


Three//

I want to take a minute to rave about my new iPhone 6 Plus! Going from the iPhone 4 to the 6 Plus there is such a big difference! It's quicker, the camera is a million times better and Suri is quite funny if you're bored! I was worried that it was going to be too big but I can still use it one handed whilst pushing the pushchair so no problems there :) It's safe to say that I'm very happy with my early Christmas present..


Four//

Anthony has eleven days off over Christmas and to say that he's looking forward to it would be a slight understatement. He's counting down the days until he finishes at lunch time on Christmas Eve. James finishes school this afternoon and I'm happy that we're going to have some down time. Towards the end of each term James is so ready to have some time off. He's tired and in need of a rest.. I foresee some Christmas movies, snuggles on the sofa and bundling up for some chilly mornings at the park in our very near future.


Five//

Do you make new years resolutions? For the past two years I haven't and instead gone for a word for the year. This past year my word was 'Connect'. I wanted to connect more with people. My family, my friends both in real life and online. I think I've managed to keep it in my back of my mind for the year and I've definitely improved my.... Connections :)

I've started thinking about my new word for 2015.. I don't have it yet.. Last year I struggled for weeks and then it suddenly came to me on New Years Eve. Maybe I'll figured it out sooner this year?





Blogmas 2014 - Preparing For Christmas!

I've missed the past few days of this link up but Emilie has an awful cold that has knocked her for six and also croup so she isn't sleeping and is clingy clingy clingy!

Todays prompt is all about preparing for Christmas..

I love Christmas Day but I find the run up to it stressful more than magical. I find myself worrying about everything, from the food to the gifts, do the kids have enough? will the vegetables go bad before I cook them? You name it and I worry about it.

Today though, James finishes school! He went in this morning in his 'festive' clothing..


I've brought all the children's gifts, I just need to wrap them, hopefully tonight! I just need to get a few last minute gifts for some family and then thats done.

I feel like now James is finishing school that it's starting to feel a bit more like Christmas.. That's not to say that I won't still spend the next five days worrying.. It's my type A personality :) 

Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas Tree & A Giveaway!

I failed at Blogmas 2014 over the weekend. Last week & the past two days have been so busy and this week doesn't show any signs of things slowing down! It's James' last week at school so we have Christmas meals and a visit from Santa.

Today's prompt is to show off our Christmas decorations! I'm combining today and tomorrow because in England we only really do Christmas trees. I follow a lot of people in America and I am in awe at how their whole house gets decorated. I want to do that!

Two weeks ago my tree look beautiful but now that Emilie has had her hands all over it we have two broken branches and baubles all mixed up :)



{The Fox & boots are the kids new decorations for this year}



{Both James & Emilie's first baubles}



{My cousin won a Christmas Card competition a few years ago! This comes out every November and takes pride of place}

Keeping it simple this year because of a certain toddler... 


And now for a fun giveaway! Laura over at The Everyday Joys  & I have teamed up and are offering the winner 3 Scentsy bars of your choice! 







Good luck! 


Friday, 12 December 2014

Not So Much... A Winter Wonderland.

A Winter Wonderland
Show us Photos of where you live..

To me a winter wonderland means snow.. We haven't had any snow since the beginning of 2013. All we have right now is grey skies, wind and rain.. 

Evidence A - I took this photo this morning after dropping James off at school.. 



In the spirit of Blogmas though.. Here are some photos from our town.. 






I cannot wait to see some of the real 'Winter Wonderlands' out there! 

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Whats on your Christmas Day menu?


Today on Blogmas 2014 we're being encouraged to share our menu for Christmas Day. I am so excited for this years dinner. Probably because last year was a bust between a teething baby and a husband in bed with tonsillitis so I want to make up for it! 

This year on the menu is.. 

Roast Turkey & Roast Gammon.. (I cook the Gammon the night before. Two years ago when I was pregnant with Emilie I was still awake at 3am cooking this massive joint of Gammon!) 

Roast potatoes

Carrots, Broccoli & Parsnips, 

Brussel sprouts - Anthony is the only one that eats them but they're a staple at Christmas, right? 

Pigs in blankets

Sage, Onion & garlic stuffing balls. 

Yorkshire puddings 

All served with gravy :)

For desert there will be the choice of Christmas pudding with double cream or ice cream - I have a feeling that James will go for the ice cream and I'll end up eating most of the christmas pudding. 

On boxing day my whole family are going to my Sisters house where my Mum is doing a buffet style dinner and then the next day my sister-in-law and her family are coming to us so we'll be having a second Christmas dinner.. I'm sure that I won't hear any complaints from the boys in my life about that :) 

What's on your menu this Christmas? 


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Blogmas 2014 - Day 10 - Cookies!

The prompt for today was 'Show us your cookies or share your favourite cookie recipes' 

For the past two weeks I keep saying that I need to bake some cookies.. It's one of those things though that I keep meaning to do but then something else comes up so the baking gets pushed down the list again. I actually love to bake. There was once a time where everyday I would be baking, cakes, cookies or cupcakes but then I went from being a Mum to one to a Mum to two. Meaning I have less time :)

I like to change my cookies up.. Sometimes I like just simple plain ones. Other times I like ginger bread, or I'll throw some chocolate chips in. I always decide what kind I'm going to make whilst I'm making them.. That and it depends what I have in my cupboards at the time!

Here's my go to recipe for simple plain cookies..

Ingredients - 

8oz Butter
4oz Caster Sugar
10oz Plain flour.


Method - 

Preheat the over then 170 degrees.

In a bowl cream the butter and then add the sugar and beat until the mixture is soft and fluffy.

Sift the flour into the mixture and mix until it forms a dough. Then using your head separate the dough into walnut size balls. Place these on a baking tray and then flatten with the back of a fork.

Pop them in the over and bake for roughly 15 minutes or until golden brown.

If you want to add any optional ingredients, (vanilla essence, chocolate chips etc) then do this when you are adding the flour.

It's as simple as that and they taste delicious! After writing this I think I am going to make an effort and bake some of these tonight! I always tend to make gingerbread cookies on Christmas eve. James loves to have one before he goes to bed and also leaves one for Santa!

Do you have a go to recipe for cookies?


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Winter Must Haves!

"Winter items you cannot live without" was todays prompt for the Blogmas 2014 challenge. It's quite fitting because today the temperatures plummeted and the wind picked up. It's brutal outside this evening.

One// Hot Chocolate




What is not to love about this drink. It's perfect for those cold rainy afternoons!


Two// My slow cooker. 


It's a staple in my house during the winter. I love just being able to throw everything in and then leaving it until dinner time. Plus I get the gorgeous smells around my home all day too. I could not live without this kitchen appliance :)


Three// Snuggie blanket. 

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I want to meet whoever came up with the idea for this blanket and buy them a hot chocolate. I hate being cold and this blanket is perfect! 

Four// Slippers!


I brought these slippers last week and I now live in them. No more cold feet for me! I'm miserable when I'm cold and I'm always one of those people that if my feet are cold then so is the rest of me. Plus they're Christmas themed so they get bonus points!