We are big fans of winter cooking and one of the best things about the cold weather is the change to come home to a fab home cooked meal and one of our family favorites is Beef and ale with crispy dumplings. It is something that both MadDad and I remember fondly from our childhood and thankfully the boys both love it too. How to make Beef and ale with crispy Dumplings
One of the highlights of having children is getting to re-live the excitement of Christmas. That magic and mystery that gets lost somewhere around the dawn of our teenage years is suddenly back and it’s so much fun to experience it again, this time as a parent. It feels imperative to make the most of it while it lasts, as with all the fleeting joys of childhood. What would Christmas be without the wonder of it all? With so many fond memories of our own Christmases back in the days of innocence when we believed in Father Christmas and his team of loyal elves working away in the North Pole, there’s more »
One of our favorite family tradition is all snuggling up together and enjoying a family film and to celebrate this we are working with Sky Movies this Christmas and sharing their personalised Sky Movies #MovieMe Christmas Cards, along with our festive sugar and spice seasoning and free popcorn box printables.
Reindeer food is one of our Christmas Eve traditions and we love to make it as much as the boys love sprinkling it outside as treats for the reindeer. We have great fun each year making it for family and friends and this year I am excited to share with you 7 great free printable labels for you designed by The Purple Pumpkin Blog using the same designs as our Advent Acts of Kindness. Traditionally it is just oats (oatmeal) and glitter, but, we live in a pretty rural area and we stopped putting glitter in our reindeer food a few years back to protect the local wildlife. Now we more »
Both my boys have suffered with Eczema throughout their lives. This is something that we have had to manage as a family and they go through phases when it is worse than normal, but thankfully we mostly have it under control as a family. Yes I say as a family, as looking after their eczema is a family affair and has affected the whole household. When Maxi was a baby we went though lots of product and sought out lots of advise to try and understand his eczema and learn what worked for him and us. Now at nine his eczema is pretty much under control and as long as we more »
Can you remember what you got for Christmas last year or the year before? I know that I can’t. In fact as I get older these things seem more and more important to me, so this year I am going to create a Christmas memories book for us to use. Sort of like a scrapbook where we can record our memories of the festive season. Experiences and people that made it special. I always promise that I will do scrapbooks, but I never seen to have the time, so I am happy for this to be quick and simple and I am going to pop it in a bag in the advent more »
The RSPCA do an incredible job of rescuing dogs, as well as other pets, with 245,590 animals being collected and rescued by the hard-working RSPCA last year. However, they need continual help and support, especially at Christmas time. Here’s how you can help: Adopt a pet You too can rescue dogs this Christmas by adopting and re-homing them. However, dogs aren’t just for Christmas, they need a home for life and adopting a pet can be a life changing decision and not one to take lightly. There are many wonderful benefits to owning a pet such as companionship and the opportunity to do more exercise but you must make sure you have more »
Is there anything better than receiving a homemade card……. yes, a homemade gift and I love receiving gift a child has made. Over the years the boys have made lots of gifts, in fact it is something that we have become know for. We make the Grandparents and family gifts and also their teachers get a kid made gift at Christmas too. 5 kid made gifts that you would like to receive!
We love making decorations as a family for our Christmas tree and this year we are joining in again with 10 days of kid made ornaments and this year they are inspired by a book. So ours are tree decorations inspired by The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Anderson. Each year we buy new christmas books for our Advent basket. This year I bought a book for me. It is a beautifully illustrated edition of The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Anderson.
One of our family traditions is homemade christmas crackers. Since as long as I can remember we had small cracker presents on the dining table usually made by my mum. They were precious things that were small and once I got older we each took a turn year on year to make the crackers and full them with cracker presents. When Wrap.me sent me a couple of sheets of their amazing personalised instagram wrapping paper I knew just what I wanted to make with them……. Christmas Crackers. How to make Christmas Crackers
We love advent and one of the ways we celebrate is to have an advent wreath or ring that we light each sunday to help celebrate the lead up to Christmas. The first Sunday of advent for 2014 in November 30th. Me and the boys have spend the last few days making this years advent ring, even though it is more of a plinth! People light one candle on the first Sunday of Advent, two on the second Sunday, three on the third Sunday and all four on the fourth Sunday. Some people then continue to light all four candles during the Christmas period. Traditionally an advent ring has three purple and more »
In the midst of the “nesting” phase of pregnancy, most prospective mothers (and fathers, for that matter) are excitedly preparing a nursery for their imminent arrival. It’s certainly one of the most thrilling parts of the nine month period – but few would disagree that it’s also incredibly daunting. While we don’t want to put too much of a downer on this period, there’s far more to decisions than what paint to throw on the wall. As you may have guessed through the title of this piece, we’re specifically going to concentrate on blinds here and highlight just what considerations need to be made. Unfortunately, these don’t all relate to style more »
We are all about the Christmas cards at the moment and today I want to share with you a really simple Santa Hat Christmas card that is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers to make. It is also the perfect 5 minute craft that is going to be our family Christmas cards this year. Nothing says Merry Christmas more than a homemade Christmas Card specially when it comes to family and grandparents a card from children is a card to cherish.
We are working with PayPal this Christmas on their Magical Christmas Moment #PayPalMoments campaign. It is an ace competition where they are giving people the chance to win some great prizes (find out more on the PayPal Facebook Page). They challenged me to shop for Christmas using PayPal and then share with you our Magical Moments that we created with the time we saved. Well here is the first. The Polar Express UK The MiniMad’s are eight and nine and WANT to still believe in Father Christmas. They both often have questions about if he is real, but are unsure, so when we were offered a trip on The Polar Express UK at more »
Do your kids do chores? The boys have been doing chores or helping round the house since they could walk. It used to be simple, they followed me round and did them, but as they have got older, it sometimes is a battle. So what are age chores do your kids do you get them to do them? How to encourage your kids to do chores.
My boys seem to have hollow legs they are always eating. They both have school lunch and then we eat together as a family at six pm each evening during the week. So I need to find them an after school snack that satisfies their hunger, but doesn’t overfill them. They also have Judo, cubs and football, so it is all about balancing their needs and wants, which isn’t easy when you are 8 and 9! Healthy after school snack ideas
There is nothing nicer than receiving a homemade Christmas card and these easy ribbon Christmas cards are so easy for you to make with kids of all ages. You don’t need lots of different materials to make lots of different styles of DIY Christmas cards made with ribbons. I love that I have turned my kids into crafters.
So you saw my recent post with the 50 advent acts of kindness with the two free printable sets designed by the lovely Purple Pumpkin blog. Well I wanted to share with you ways to display them or use them. We tried to make it easy for you all by offering them in two different sizes (A4 and US letter size) in addition to two designs christmas trees and also gift tags. We love Anna from The Imagination Trees Kindness Elves and this would be a great list to use for Kindness Jars