Saturday, 20 December 2014

Christmas Fun at Peppa Pig World

We've been having a busy week of family fun, kicking off with Monday at the girls' absolute favourite place, Peppa Pig World.  We have been several times this year, and they really can't get enough.  I think we definitely need to get season tickets next year!  Always a lovely place to be, it is just magical at Christmastime.  Here's what we got up to...

Sophia ready to go!!

Friday, 19 December 2014

Tatiana's First Birthday

Here are some pictures from Tatiana's first birthday, and party, last weekend.  I still can't believe how fast that year has gone!  And how gorgeous all my girls are, inside and out: I'm one very lucky mama!

Life!

Oh my gosh, I am cream-crackered!  After weeks of planning, grocery shopping, making endless lists, buying presents, wrapping presents, writing cards, delivering cards and presents, socialising, making crafty bits and bobs, driving endlessly up and down motorways, buying some more, and queue after queue after queue, Christmas is finally on the horizon.  I have bought everything needed now, bar the big fresh food shop, I have wrapped some of it, I have planned all of it, and come this weekend we will be shutting up shop and taking a well-earned rest, dear reader.  What a crazy time it is.  For mothers anyway, whereas Steve has one person to buy for (me) and hasn't even managed that yet!  Grr.

On the Buggy Hunt

It seems incredible that Tatiana was born a year ago this week, the past twelve months have gone so fast!  We went to the girls’ toddler group party last week, hard to believe I was heavy with bump for it last year, and Sophia was still so tiny then too. Time goes too fast!  But now Tatia is getting bigger we have been on the look-out for a new buggy. Looking for something high quality, but innovative and a bit different.  A friend recommended Dutch baby brand Mutsy, who have been making high-quality prams and pushchairs since 1937.  I hadn't heard of them before, but apparently Mutsy created the first 3-in-1 concept in the 1980s, the Monaco.  Today, Mutsy offers a stylish range of prams, strollers, pushchairs, and associated accessories; as well as baby highchairs and booster seats.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Get your legal house in order for 2015: 5 jobs you must do this year

If you’re thinking ahead and making plans for 2015, you should make sure that all of your legal documentation is in order. Unfortunately, you never know when you might need to have a Power of Attorney (POA) to help a family member; alternatively, if you become ill or are in an accident those left behind will regret that you never made a will. Use the New Year to start organising your legal affairs.

The Geek’s Guide to Home DIY

DIY can be daunting if you’ve never attempted to fix anything yourself. However, there are many benefits that come with home DIY. Not only can it save you a fortune, you’ll also feel a real sense of pride once you’ve finished. The internet has made it easier than ever before to learn how to do basic tasks around the home. Below you’ll discover some of the best DIY tips for geeks.

Why Home Cooking Encourages A Healthy Lifestyle

Homemade meals make for healthier meals. Compared to eating out, studies suggest that home cooking encourages healthier eating habits. Here are the reasons why:

Five of the Best Games to Play on the Phone or Tablet

Most people these days have a smartphone or tablet and this means there are so many new gaming opportunities available to us. It doesn't matter if you like puzzles, RPGs or shooters, there's something out there for everyone. Here are some of the best games out there.

Win a Double Flip Fun & Games Mat

We have a lovely new giveaway for you this week, a Fun & Games Mat from Double Flip.  Designed, printed and hand-made in Britain, this practical but fun set makes a fantastic gift, and a take anywhere play set.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

New Year's Budgeting and Planning

Can't believe we've already got our new year, new sweep heads on, must be something in the water!  Last night Steve and I sat down to plan out the budget for the year, a detailed record of all the incomings and outgoings, and our saving and spending goals for the next twelve months.  Somehow the books appear to balance, on paper at least, so our plan to finally get a bigger car may well come to fruition this year.  But there are always those little bitty spanners in the works aren't there?

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Comping Wish List 2015

Have you been taking part in the frenzy of Advent competitions?  How have you done?  Did you manage to get anywhere with the M&S Pass the Parcel app, between breakdowns?  (Its, not yours, although I hear some dedicated compers were close...)  We won two chocolate Santas, woohoo!  My only other win this month, so far, has been this very cute Boj jumper, which Lara will be delighted with.  But I have big plans afoot for 2015!

Monday, 15 December 2014

New Year's Wishes

Yes, it's slightly premature, but with the downward slope towards Christmas comes the inevitability of new year.  I aalways rather dreaded the pressurised partydom of New Year's Eve, and one of the joys of parenthood is that no-one actually expects you to do anything, thank goodness!  Since Steve and I got together we have appropriated our own New Year's Eve tradition, a simple one of PJs, sofa picnic, Champagne and telly.  What more do you need?  And of course, now the girls join in too, bliss!

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