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The tree is up, the kids are turning into little monsters in front of our eyes and the house is ‘a-glow’ with fairy lights…Christmas has finally found us!
We spent Sunday decorating our house and choosing a tree (this takes me some time as I search for the ‘perfect’ shape). Sounds like bliss? It wasn’t. After a lovely trip to see the reindeer at Cotley Farm, we chose our tree (which is perfectly formed!) and headed home blaring Christmas tunes at the top of our lungs.
Once home, the erecting of the tree went smoothly (well done hubby), as did the lights (mainly due to MY organised packing away last January). The kids quickly pulled out every decoration, hung a few and promptly stopped.
“Why aren’t you helping,” I asked. “It’s boring,” came the reply. Oh. And that was that. They’d lost interest. If it wasn’t for the sheer fact that I am a self confessed control freak when it comes to decorating the tree I’d have forced them to carry on.
So, as they were not so interested I thought I’d share with you a few of my favourite Christmas decorations.
It’s that time of year and Jack Frost is certainly ‘nipping at my toes’ and fingers!
As a mum, it is safe to say that my hands are washed a lot…they are always subjected various sinks after whatever dirt my two boys have managed to land in! But all the hand washing takes its toll. I get very dry hands in the colder months.
Not only does it smell amazing, but it is super rich and easily absorbed…great for use on the go (a must for every mum).
They do it in two sizes, a large one (which I keep by the computer) and a small one, perfect for handbags and nappy bags. What more could a mum ask for?!
And here it is…
With Christmas just around the corner, I’m hoping that Santa surprises me with some Soap and Glory goodies….after all, I have been a very good girl this year!
P.S I also picked up their Glow Job moisturiser… so, look out for my thoughts that soon
It’s official, I’ve got Christmas envy. Everywhere I go lights are twinkling and festive songs are ringing out. But, we have yet to put a single decoration up at home yet.
Now, everyone has a different opinion on when you should ‘deck the halls’ and get festive with it…but normally we will make our annual trip to a local farm, where they have mulled wine and reindeer to keep everyone happy, and pick out our Christmas tree in early December – I think if you’re splashing out on a Norwegian Fir tree you might as well get your money’s worth!
But, this is not for everyone. I have friends who want their tree up for as little time as possible, so will squeeze it in in the final few hours before Santa arrives (eeek that’s piling on the pressure!), whilst others I know have had decorations up since mid-November!
So, it is a fine art perfecting the precise time for you to enter into the festive spirit and show the world (in the voice of Slade’s Noddy Holder) “it’s Christmas”!
I think it’s safe to say that our tree will make its appearance this weekend…look out! I’ll post photos when it’s ready (by that I mean once the children have gone to bed and I can rearrange their not-so-carefully placed baubles)!
But in the mean time, enjoy this beautiful tree which appeared recently outside Feniton Village Post Office..definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area!
1) I heard my first Christmas song played on the radio today…it was Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmas Time
2) I’ve seen the Coca Cola Advert…this is the ‘Official’ start to Christmas for me
3) This weekend it’s Xmas Treats weekend at Escot
4) My children are singing Christmas carols that they’re practicing for their school nativities
5) I’ve had my first Christmas card… it’s from Combe House and it’s gorgeous
So, ’tis the season to be jolly…lets go with it!
I have to share a little secret…one of my wonderfully talented friends has set up a little enterprise to keep her busy while she is running around after her three children (for most of us this would be enough!) – Look What Mummy’s Made!
Together with one of her friends she is cooking up a storm and providing East Devon with a homemade choice of delicious biscuits, treats, desserts, hampers and plenty more.
I recently treated a group of friends to one of her Tarte Au Citrons and it was a huge hit…I am not a dessert maker, I have a few staples but savoury is much more ‘my thing’, and so it was good to be able to offer my ‘guests’ something other than a shop-bought alternative.
Look What Mummy’s Made is currently taking orders for Christmas; offering a range of festive hampers and made-to-order gingerbread houses – an eye-catching centre piece for your Christmas table this year!
You can find more details of Look What Mummy’s Made on Facebook here or email them at email@example.com.
The delicious remains of the Tarte Au Citron (before seconds!)…
This week I’m home with the kids enjoying some quality ‘mummy time’ during half term. But, before I head too deep into the wilderness that is running around after two very excitable little boys, I just thought I’d share with you something my youngest said on Saturday as we were heading to Honiton Carnival.
To set the scene, it’s cold, we are all dressed up snug and are walking down into town with a group of adults and children. Then, out of nowhere, my little boy turns to one of my friends and says (with a straight face that only a child can pull off!) “You don’t know the power of the dark side”.
Well..there you go then.
Out of the mouths of babes….
Happy half term!
P.S Look out for my round up of Halloween and half term fun soon…
Fancy a fun-filled family day out at Escot and the joy of knowing you’re one step closer to wrapping up that perfect Christmas gift? Then I have the perfect idea.
Firetop Photography recently launched its all-new Location Portrait Days and has cleverly arranged some convenient dates over the half-term break. The one-hour slots are the perfect chance to capture the whole family on a fun day out in beautiful surroundings. Sit back and let Firetop Photography do all the work – all you will need to do is have fun and pick your favourite images from the day…great for personal gifts for all your relatives, with print prices from as little as £12. Alternatively, why not pick your favourite shot and turn it into a beautiful Christmas card to send all your friends and family?!
The one-hour slots cost just £30, but if you quote ‘LUCIEBLOG’ when booking Firetop Photography is offering you a special price of only £15. Go on, treat yourself!
The date for the Escot Location Portrait Day is Tuesday, October 30th…to book call 0800 1577203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you all there!
I read another depressing article in the Daily Mail Online about how women ‘can’t have it all’ when it comes to career and motherhood. I find this kind of article the worst, probably worse than seeing the streams of airbrushed models strewn across the pages of glossy magazines, beacaue I know that is unrealistic…I am old enough and wise enough to know what ‘real’ women’s bodies look like, but there is nothing more crushing, or more negative to portray, than telling women they simply can’t ‘have it all’.
Firstly, what is ‘having it all’?? This itself is confusing, because one of the wonders of the modern world is that women have the choice now. They can do and be, pretty much, whatever they desire and this is something I am keen to pass on to my children. And secondly, who is defining this ‘all’? For some would argue that managing a home, a husband and children is ‘all’, whilst others might say that achieving the career of their dreams is ‘all’ they need.
In this case I think the author of this ridiculous article was referring to the old cliche of juggling work and family life. Boring. And not at all true. Hundreds of ‘warrior’ mums (and dads) are successfully juggling their work and family on a daily basis. Because they ‘have’ to. We (and I lump myself in with this as a busy associate editor and copywriter with two small boys, one big husband, one dog and two cats) may not find it easy, we may sometimes complain and we might not always be happy, but, we are achieving it ‘all’. That is, holding down a job and raising a normal family.
So, when I read another damning article it makes me mad and sad. Mad because we shouldn’t be ‘doing down’ these busy working mums who are providing for their families in more ways than a financial one, and sad because I find it all too depressing that there are people out there shouting about not being able to ‘have it all’ and perhaps persuading young girls to believe it.
It’s a nonsense. Life it not always rosy, but you only have to look around to see that there are plenty of women who are ‘having it all’. I am certainly one, and I have plenty of mummy friends who I see at the school gate collecting their children, either after work or soon to be at work. If this isn’t life and a ‘real’ example of modern women having a career and a family, then I’m lost on the definition. So, as one juggling mum to millions of other mums: Well done, you deserve a pat on the back and at the very least a large glass of wine in celebration of the achievement you are pulling off each and every single day. Let’s not let others tell us we can’t have it ‘all’!