All posts filed under: Christmas

Fun Festive Family Activities: Family Photoshoot And More…

Christmas is a time for joy and laughter, but let’s be real, that isn’t always the case.   Keeping children occupied and in good spirits is equally as difficult at Christmas time as it is at any time of year. So there can never be too much Christmas activity inspiration.   No one wants to feel the wrath of bored kiddies so let’s have a look at some festive ways to bring all the family together. Whether you prefer to stay cosy inside and get crafty or go on a big day out to some Christmas markets – there are Christmas family activities to suit everyone.   It is the special moments when all the family are together and happy that we really get to appreciate the magic of Christmas.   Festive family photoshoot  One way to get all the family involved (and trapped) into doing an activity, is to book a family photoshoot at Christmas time. This is a win-win for parents as it keeps everyone entertained whilst creating some beautiful family portraits that …

Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide for the Men in Your Life…

I am really rubbish at buying gifts for men; I totally lack creativity and imagination.  I do feel (and this is a huge generalisation for which I apologise in advance) that women are easier to buy for.  Clothes, books, jewellery, candles, bath stuff, it’s all there.  Perhaps there is just more stuff marketed at women so I don’t need to think too much about what I’m buying.  But men… well, it’s a whole different ball game.  This year, I’ve come up with a pretty succinct, if not rather last minute, gift guide to suit the men in your life… or hopefully at least one of them! Whisky Another stereotype I’m afraid – where us girls have gin, men apparently favour whisky (it is at least true in the case of my husband and me).  I love smart gift sets like this one from The Whisky Shop, which are ideal for your Dad, Step-Dad or father-in-law, if they are drinkers: Clothes A good way of getting your man to wear something you find him especially attractive in …

The Best Christmas Markets in the UK

I am an overgrown child at the best of times but December makes me giddy with all its festive excitement.  I love everything to do with Christmas: the lights, shopping, presents, meals, grottos, everything.  I’ve not yet been to a Christmas market but I feel like it is somewhere I would really feel at home.  Christmas markets have totally exploded over the past decade and are dotted generously across the UK.  Here is my round up of the best: Edinburgh Where is it?  East Princes Street Gardens When to go:  17th November – 5th January Where to stay:  Fraser Suites Edinburgh offers luxury in the heart of the city. Manchester Where is it?  Albert Square When to go:  November 9th – December 22nd Where to stay:  The Midland Hotel London Where is it?  Alexandra Palace When to go:  until December 16th Where to stay:  Central Park Hotel Bath Where is it?  Bath city centre When to go:  22nd November – 9th December Where to stay:  No.15 Great Pulteney These are just a handful of the many …

Christmas Party Season

Over the weekend, December arrived and brought with it the unspoken assurance that it is now wholly acceptable to talk about Christmas.  Suddenly, BOOM, it’s everywhere.  My social media feeds are chock-full of advent calendars, Christmas trees, Santa visits, cheeky Elf antics and all the other assorted paraphernalia that comes with Christmas.  My calendar has also just exploded.  We don’t have a weekend free between now and the big day; we have pantomime tickets, breakfast with the big man himself and, of course, Christmas meals and parties galore.  It is all very exciting (if a tad overwhelming) but I am left with the constant anxiety over what, exactly, to wear for each occasion. For me, festive jumpers cover the majority of occasions and can be funny, pretty or even stylish depending on your requirements and what you team them with.  Myself and the children own a few each and wear them for our pantomime trips and anywhere we might bump into Santa!  For those occasions where a little more sophistication is needed, I tend to opt …

My Very Own Christmas Wish List

Every year, I write a Christmas wish list for myself. I must admit I don’t think I have ever received anything on the lists, but I enjoy compiling them regardless. It’s always nice to do a bit of virtual window shopping, after all. Here are some of the items that have caught my eye this year: Floral hand cream trio, £22.99, L’Occitane I love the violet and lavender scents and can always use a hand cream in the winter months so this set would be very useful. Glitter mini wallet, £12, Accessorize My current wallet is black, which, quite frankly, is just not good enough.   Vans, £46.99, tReds  Preferably purple, but I’m not too fussy. Ted Baker Home diffuser, £24., Love the Sales Leather across-body bag, £49, Accessorize I have a couple of huge bags and would really like a new smaller one.   Sanctuary Spa gift set, £16, Boots I’m a big fan of Sanctuary, particularly the scrubs and bath oils, and would love this little bag of loveliness to take away with …