How to handle the post-Christmas cleanup

How to handle the post-Christmas cleanup is a paid collaboration with Clearabee. Although Christmas is something to look forward to each year, there’s one part that can fill you with dread – the post-Christmas clean up. Once you’ve given and received your gifts, had family over, cooked Christmas dinner and taken down the decorations, it’s soon time to clean up. Unsurprisingly, a lot of waste is produced over the festive period. In the UK, the amount of waste produced increases by 30% at Christmas. Instead of sending everything to landfill, you should try to recycle as much as possible. Clearabee offers same day waste collection and they divert 95% of what more »


How to Meal Plan and stick with it 3

Do you meal plan? Do you love the sound of setting a menu for the week but when it comes to it you just can not stick to it. Well, I have been meal planning for the last 8 years and as a family we love it and better still we stick to it.


Free Printable New Years Eve Party Photo Booth Props 1

Free Printable New Years Eve Party Photo Booth Props is a paid post with Epson as I am #EpsonAbassador. I am having a blast experimenting with my  EcoTank ET-7700 and have designed these New Year Eve Party photo booth props for you to download and print for free to help showcase just how amazing it is. Plus who doesn’t love a party!


Yorkshire Pudding Wraps – A great way to use up leftovers 4

Yorkshire Pudding Wraps is a paid post for the Family Favourite campaign, sponsored by Scotch Kitchen #FamilyFavourite One of the highlights of our family week is Sunday Dinner. The husbeast is in charge and always produces a fantastic meal and we all sit around the table together to enjoy. One of the things we like to have is beef. Beef is naturally rich in protein, low in salt and provides eight essential vitamins and minerals that support good health and wellbeing. These are: iron, niacin (vitamin B3), vitamins B6 and B12, zinc, riboflavin, potassium and phosphorus.


Clove and Orange Pomanders perfect for Christmas 1

Clove and Orange pomanders are perfect for Christmas. They add a fabulously festive touch and scent to your home and for me are the smell of Christmas. I used to make these with my mum over advent when I was younger as we never put the tree up until after my birthday on 20th December, so they are so evocative of that time for me.


Simple Winter Wool Forest Wreath 1

Simple Winter Wool Forest Wreath is a paid-for collaboration. This wreath was inspired by this beautiful winter wonderland wreath I pinned last year but I had already made a simple white winter wreath last year using a feather bower and I wanted to mix it up a little. So I had a look through my craft stash and sound 3 balls of finger knitting wool that I thought would be perfect.


Spreading the cost of Christmas 1

Spreading the cost of Christmas is a paid collaboration. Christmas is expensive. Even with all the will in the world, we can not always be prepared for the cost associated. Or perhaps we have been saving for Christmas and then something happens and all those savings disappear. That is what happened to us this year. Our dog Alvin became unwell and had to have a major operation which we hadn’t planned for and due to a previous condition we do not have pet insurance.


Ultimate Teen Boy Gift Guide 2

Having two teenage boys aged 13 and 14 I know how hard it can be to think of gifts for boys of that age, so I have put together this Ultimate Teen Boy Gift Guide after being asked numerous times what would be a good gift for boys that age.


Craft Stick Snowflake Ornaments 2

I am a sucker for things that glitter and shine and these Craft Stick Snowflake Ornaments look beautiful. A big plus with these is that you don’t need to use a glue gun or wait for the glue to dry on the initial snowflake.


DIY Recyclable Christmas Gift Wrap 4

DIY Recyclable Christmas Gift Wrap is a paid collaborative post with Bostik. Did you know that not all wrapping paper is recyclable? Where we live if it doesn’t stay in a ball when you scrunch it up or has sticky tape on it then you can not put it in our recycling bin.


Christmas Baking With The Family: Our Favourite Sugar Cookies Recipe 2

Christmas Baking With The Family: Our Favourite Sugar Cookies Recipe is a paid collaboration with Funky Pigeon. I am a BIG fan of Christmas traditions and Christmas Cooking. Over the years I hope these traditions cement by boys’ memories of our times together. I for one have always loved it when we are all in the kitchen and some of our best conversations happen when we are baking up a storm.


Make Sure to Send your Teacher a Thank You Card this Christmas 5

Make Sure to Send your Teacher a Thank You Card this Christmas is a paid collaborative post with ThankATeacher.co.uk. Every single day I take my hat off to the teachers out there. I have always said that they have the ability to make or break the school experience and I am so lucky that my boys have, and have had, some amazing teachers in their lives.


The Clueless Parents Guide to TikTok

The Clueless Parents Guide to TikTok is a paid collaborative post with TikTok, but all opinions are my own. You can be forgiven for not knowing what TikTok is if you are not a teenager, but last September, it had more app store downloads than YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, and even Facebook. It might be the world’s fastest-growing social media app and as a parent, it might also be the world’s most confusing! So here is my clueless parent’s guide to TikTok.


Free Printable Christmas Star Ornaments with Templates

Free Printable Christmas Star Ornaments with Templates is a paid collaborative post with Epson as I am #EpsonAbassador. I wanted to really put the EcoTank ET-7700 through its paces this month, so I designed a free star decoration inspired by the ones I used to make as a child from the previous years Christmas cards.


Simple Paper and Button Christmas Star Decorations 1

These paper and button Christmas Star decorations are so easy to make with children and a lovely invitation to create for over the festive period. To make it even simpler I have created a template that you can print out onto yellow card stock for the kids to cut.


DIY Mini Plant Pot Reindeer Ornaments

These DIY Mini Plant Pot Reindeer Ornaments are such a cute DIY Christmas Craft and perfect for decorating your tree this festive season. Yes, they are Mini plant pot Rudolfs!


Card and Button Christmas Tree Decorations

I am a big fan of simple Christmas crafts and these Card and Button Christmas Tree Decorations certainly fit that bill. Not only do they look amazing, but they are also simple to prep )perfect for busy mums or teachers) and great for kids of all ages.


Lion King Activity Sheets

Enjoy these Lion King activity sheets for children, including Lion King puzzles, a Lion King maze, colouring sheets, door hangers and a delightful mask of Simba to print, cut out and play with. All in all 12 fabulous fun activity sheets to enjoy.