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Christmas Security Tips with Yale

You may have to pinch yourself to believe it but it’s officially Christmas, with the big day itself a mere three sleeps away. Sadly, we cannot afford to be lax about our home security purely because it is the festive season. In fact, theft of presents from beneath Christmas trees and other obvious places is a stark reminder of just how cautious we should be. To help us remember the necessary measures to take in order to stay safe, Yale have put together this lovely little video of Christmas security tips: Take note, take action, and then enjoy Christmas 🙂

Christmas on the i360

Today we took a flight with Santa, in Brighton of all places. The sea a reflection of the slate grey sky, I was not very optimistic that we would see a great deal, but the children were rather giddy with excitement. We were asked to arrive at the British Airways i360 20 minutes pre-flight, which gave enough time to have our tickets scanned, pose for photos, present our bags for checking and be scanned before entry. Soon after checking in, we were boarding the i360. The children, of course, couldn’t wait to check out the views. Inside the donut, as we affectionately refer to it, is spacious with seating around the back wall. There is a champagne bar but no toilet. Then there are the views. Admittedly, beneath today’s drape of mist, we could not see much further than the Marina, but it was interesting to see Brighton from a new perspective. All this week, right up until Christmas Eve, there are Santa flights twice daily, at 2 and 4pm. There is an increased fee …

Natural Christmas Decorations with Saltrock

The four of us are huge Saltrock fans, particularly of their gorgeous snuggly hoodies. I regularly scour the website for new additions to our wardrobes and, on my most recent visit, I stumbled upon a blog post all about Christmas decorations that can be made from the many treasures children find on nature walks and during afternoons at the beach. I think the pinecone ideas are my favourite. Who knew they could be so versatile and so festive?! I love these two gems: So simple yet really effective and I’m sure most children could easily manage them with minimal adult assistance.  Next time you’re out and about with your little ones, why not grab a few natural treasures and see if you can make something with them? Saltrock hoodies obviously optional, but I’d certainly recommend them 🙂 


Breakfast with Father Christmas at Wyevale Garden Centre

On the day that Jasmine turned eight, we visited our local Wyevale Garden Centre to have breakfast with the big man himself. This is our third year and we always enjoy it. There is so much included in the ticket price, as well as the magic of meeting Santa. When we arrived, we were shown to our table, which was decked out with activity sheets for the children and Christmas crackers for all. The children busied themselves with pulling crackers and doing some colouring whilst waiting for breakfast to arrive. We adults were offered tea or coffee and the children were given a choice of orange or blackcurrant squash (I chose to upgrade my coffee to a latte as I’m not keen on filter coffee). Breakfast itself was delicious, and the only minor complaint was that Jasmine would have liked bacon as part of the child’s plate, though she did enjoy what she had. Sonny, still the fussy monkey he has always been, did not want his cooked breakfast – the staff were very obliging …

Peter Pan at the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

Last week, we were very kindly invited to the press night of Worthing’s brilliant pantomime, Peter Pan, at the Pavilion Theatre. We were incredibly fortunate with our seats, which were right in the centre and three rows back, so we had the perfect view of all the entertainment. And what a lot of entertainment there was!  As a 20-something who grew up with CBBC on the television most days, I must admit I was rather excited to see Richard McCourt (of Dick and Dom fame) starring as Smee, the very silly but kindhearted pirate, but it was Patrick Monahan as Captain Hook who really stole the show for me. With his excellent comic timing and stage presence, I was actually hoping he would defeat Peter Pan at times, if only to keep him in the show for longer. Peter Pan has all the ingredients of a classic panto and is very interactive, with plenty of audience participation thrown in for good measure. There is something for all the family to enjoy and, for me, it signals …