Christmas Cocktails

When I was little, I remember pinching cocktail cherries out of the jar my folks had for their Christmas drinks… they were so yummy! I was always jealous of the ‘fancy’ drinks the grown-ups had…. while I’m not a big drinker, there is something about a delicious cockatail at Christams time.. sat around the fire, with a drink garnished with a cocktail cherry… that’s my idea of a good night ;) Opies have created these amazing sounding Christmas Cocktails – I’ll be trying one or two out if this baby ever arrives! I’m thinking a Snowbomb may be the way to see in the New Year… which one catches your fancy? Snowbomb Ingredients: Brandy Advocaat Like a jager bomb but fill half a shot glass with Advocaat half with Brandy. Place the shot glass in a rock’s glass full of lemonade. Add an Opie’s cherry to the shot glass and drink it like you would a jager bomb. Mistletoe Kiss Ingredients: 60ml Honey Vodka, 40ml Pineapple Juice 30ml Coco Lopez 20ml Maraschino Cherry Liquor from a jar of Opies cocktail cherries Shake and serve straight up, garnish with Opies cocktail cherries and Opies cocktail gherkins on a cocktail stick. Gingerman…

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Our Christmas Stocking Tradition

When I was a little girl, we opened all our gifts in the morning, bar one. That was our ‘tea-time’ present, it sat underneath the Christmas Tree until the end of the day. I loved having that one thing left to open when everything else had been unwrapped. When I got married and started a family, I carried on that tradition. The Christmas after Kiki was born, I decided to make Lola a Christmas Stocking as a last minute idea – we realised that she’d be awake and excited before the baby {as Kiki didn’t wake up until 9am!} and we thought a stocking was something she could open before we started on the rest of the gifts. Well, she woke up, opened the half a dozen or so gifts in her stocking and was SO excited. She declared that ‘Santa had brought her lots of gifts, will he come back next year?!’ So cute! The following year, we decided to do stockings for all of us instead of our ‘tea-time’ gift. It’s a tradition that continues to this day, and is one of my favourite things of Christmas Day. The girls love hanging their stockings by the fire on…

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52 Weeks of Gratitude – Week Thirty-Two

  New boots + a new coat! Keeping me snug and stylish this winter ;) A fun home ed Christmas party yesterday – always good to catch up with friends My fabulous new Ooba travel system arriving this weeks thanks to the lovely peeps at Cosatto – now I just need a baby to put in it! Baileys cheesecake – need I say more?! Hearing Baya kissing my belly and telling Beastie she loves him Being SO close to not being pregnant anymore… honestly, I’m so ready to sleep on my tummy again Snail mail letters from friends Watching Kiki in her Gymnastic Christmas Display – so fun! Visiting the Christmas market this week – we go each year and it always makes me feel really festive Enjoying slower days with the kiddos – so glad we can take each day as it comes, and not have to rush around!

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Gift Ideas from Kiddicare

Buzzing Brains Toadstool Playset / LeapFrog Read With Me (Violet) / Happy Hopperz – Pink Dog / Buzzing Brains Xylophone / Buzzing Brains Click Clack Track / Buzzing Brains Pull Along Dog / With Love Teddy Chime Ball / Sunny Safari Musical Mirror / Learn With The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book / Fisher Price Chatter Phone / With Love Teddy Chime Ball   If you’re still looking for a little gift inspiration this Christmas, I put together a little selection of ideas from Kiddicare. They have something for all ages, and offer free shipping on orders over £29.99 SO it could be your one stop shop! Baya was sent one of the LeapFrog Read with me Violet – and I have honestly never seen a child so excited and happy! She absolutely adores it, and it’s barely left her side in the past few days! We also have the Hungry Caterpillar books waiting for Beastie. The Pink Happy Hopperz will offer hours of fun – we have a similar one and the girlies love it. I also really love the look of the Toadstool playyset – so cute! post in association with Kiddicare

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November Nonabox Review

It’s always a happy mail day when the postman brings me a Nonabox! I love getting surprises in the post, and these boxes are great. If you haven’t seen them before, Nonabox is a monthly subscription box for pregnant Mamas, and Mama’s with babies/toddlers. You get around 5/6 products each month for £24.95 a month {though it works out cheaper if you take a subscription}. The products are always worth more than your subscription cost – so it’s a great way of testing out new products, and discovering new brands. This month I got some fab goodies – my last box while being pregnant {least I hope so!} – so the first two items were very much appreciated! Lindor – Milk Chocolate Truffles and a Mumkind Nutritional Bar. I love Lindor chocs, and these are safely stashed away for a post baby treat {Kiki was eying them up and I told her as I had to have the baby they were all for me ha!}. I haven’t tried the Mumkind bars before, but they sound great. A cereal bar that is nutritional balanced for a mama to be. They’d be great to keep in your bag for that emergency snack,…

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