Friday, 27 November 2015

Christmas Organisation: 4 Weeks to Go

With four weeks to go till the big day, we're doing great.  Hopefully by now you have amassed a decent stash of long-life foods and drinks in the garage, larder or spare room, alongside your growing stash of presents.  Your diary is organised, everything you need is booked, and you have a lovely collection of lists so that there are no worries left in your head.  If you haven't reached Christmas planning nirvana yet, or you're the type that refuses to do anything until December is staring down the barrel of a calendar at you, go back and read our Christmas Organisation posts up to now.  Make sure you have a notepad and diary with you so you can get up to speed fast.  If you're already ahead of the game, here's this week's tasks.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Win "A Christmas Star" on DVD

A Christmas Star is the Christmas feel-good film of the year, which stars a host of famous faces and will show all of us the true meaning of Christmas.  Narrated by Liam Neeson, and starring Pierce Brosnan and Suranne Jones amongst others, this lovely film will become an essential part of your Christmas viewing.

Win a Bread Making Course at River Cottage!

If you've always wanted to make your own bread, we have the perfect prize for you today!  How would you like to spend a day at the River Cottage Cookery School on their Bread Making course?

Christmas Decorating Theme: Princess Pink

One of the more unusual themes at the shows this year was a sweet, romantic pink.  Not everyone's taste maybe, but if you're in charge of the decs, maybe you can indulge in this girly style.  It also works beautifully with silver and white (coming soon), and touches like this gorgeous heart could fit in with your other colour schemes too.  Have a look...

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Christmas Decorating Theme: Scandi

25th November, so I am now totally justified in piling on the Christmasness!  Here's the first of our decorating guides, giving you the lowdown on all the latest themes and fashions, and where to snap up the best baubles on the block.  We have seven themed guides for you this year, four fairly traditional ones and three curve balls.  Hope you enjoy them!  Let's go...

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Win a Phil & Ted Baby Bundle, a Kindle Fire, and More!! #SaveChristmas

If you are feeling lucky this festive season, head over to Facebook to take part in two fun, prize-filled challenges from Sudocrem and Infacol.  The prizes include a Phil & Ted baby bundle, a Kindle Fire, Amazon vouchers, toys, and more!  Why not pop over to Facebook and have a go?  After all, you've got to be in it to win it!!

7 Things to Do in Central London with Young Children

One month to go!!!  Woohoo!  Yep, it's just one month tills Christmas Eve, and plans are hotting up here at Attachment Towers.  Peppa Pig World, Drusilla's, Butlins, put on your festive garb,we're coming to see you!  We've also got London trips planned, taking in all the wonderful festive window displays at Selfridge's, Harrods, Fortnum & Mason's and Hamleys, as well as venturing in the stores for Christmas shopping and browsing.  Of course, there is only so much Christmas shopping small people can take, so we always make sure we have some other activities planned for when the boredom looks set to kick in.  Check out our suggestions below, and also this great guide on 17 things to do in London with kids.  After all, they can only wander the hallowed halls of Hamleys amending that letter to Father Christmas so many times!

Back with a Bang: 5 Steps to Staging a Successful Return to Work

Returning to work after having a baby is a frightening prospect for many of us, something completely outside our previous experience, and our new baby-centred comfort zone.  I am delighted to bring you a guest post from career coach, mentor and mum, Penny Davenport today, with some great advice on how to tackle a return to work after maternity leave.

Monday, 23 November 2015

How Much Is Your Sight Worth? #ValueOfSight #spon

We learnt last week that Steve's mum has cataracts developing in her eyes, and will probably need to have an operation to correct her sight later on.  She is understandably frightened at the prospect of losing the sight in one or both eyes, but thankfully, living in the UK, she knows that the NHS will help her.  Unfortunately, this straightforward and relatively cheap operation isn't available to many people in the world's poorest countries, and there are currently 18 million people blind because of cataracts.  A 10 minute operation to restore their sight would cost just £30!

The Best Advent Calendars

With a week to go until December begins, although less till Advent starts in Christian terms, today we have a round up of the best Advent calendars around for you.  There are some amazing toy calendars about these days, and new ones appear every year.  But we also have some chocolatey ones, some different ideas, and even some great ones for the grown-ups.  Who says we mums should miss out on a daily treat?!


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