Simple Christmas survival cake recipe

Christmas is a time for giving and receiving, a time for remembering those less fortunate than you and spending time with your nearest and dearest. Meanwhile back in the real world, we’re rapidly approaching the time of year where we eat too much, overdose on sherry, argue with the in-laws and count down the god-forsaken minutes until we can go back to work. This simple Christmas survival cake recipe won’t change anything, but it tastes good and there’s enough brandy in it to make sure you’re half-soaked until New Year’s day. Ingredients To soak in advance:  3 x 500g bags of…

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Wyevale breakfast with Santa

This morning, we were lucky enough to be invited to attend Wyevale Garden Centres breakfast with Santa. We chose to go to Hereford Wellington Garden Centre because it is both nearby and in a lovely location. When we arrived, we were shown to our table where the children had a plethora of things to keep them entertained until breakfast time. Christmas crackers, colouring pencils, an activity sheet and chocolate coins. The look on Libby’s face when she was allowed to pull her Christmas cracker was priceless. She was also pretty pleased with the gift in her cracker. Who doesn’t want to be…

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Our Thursday Photo #81

This week, I’ve decided that I’m going to break the habit of a lifetime and actually buy some Christmas presents in November. I’ve never really had much awareness of the deals available on Black Friday in previous years. I now realise that the discounts make it financially preferably to be organised and do my shopping tomorrow. Having done quite a bit of research on the offers around, I thought I’d share my favourite offers, competitions and small companies who don’t reduce their prices. 1. Amazon I do quite a bit of shopping on Amazon because I find that it generally…

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Blogging: 5 tips to get you started

People often ask me how to start a blog. I think back to what a complicated process it was and what an enormous number of mistakes I made along the way. So, here are 5 things I wish I’d known when I started blogging. 1. Know your topic When I first decided to write a blog, it was tied into my work. I had no idea where to start – I didn’t even know what to write about. After several false starts, I fell into writing a very generic parenting blog. These days, I have a bit of a focus on travel, days…

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Job description v Reality. Role: Mother

I worked in recruitment in various guises for several years. I always found that the more honest a company was with their job advert, the more successful they would be in finding the ideal candidate. And yet, for the toughest and most important job in the world, you never hear the truth before applying. Job description part 1 – Pregnancy: Responsibilities: Grow a small person inside you for nine months whilst taking plenty of rest. Uniform: Immaculate maternity clothing. Appearance: Blooming. Hair: Thick and healthy. Size: increasing steadily for nine months. Drawbacks: You may feel slightly nauseous first thing in…

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Drayton’s Magical Christmas Review

Update: This review was from 2015 and Drayton’s Magical Christmas 2016 is now in full swing. You can check out this review from The Dadventurer if you’d like to read about this year’s experience. My Review of Drayton’s Magical Christmas This afternoon, we’ve had an amazing time at Drayton’s Magical Christmas. We have been to Drayton Manor more times than I can count this year and every time we’ve been, Libby has asked whether Father Christmas would be there this time. Finally, today was the day. Libby has been buzzing all week waiting for it. She’s been a bit of a pain…

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Our Thursday Photo #80

I’m not one for starting Christmas early. But somehow, I’ve been swept away with the spirit of things this week and I’m starting to feel a bit festive. On Tuesday, we went to Webbs Garden Centre for their ice rink and Santa’s grotto. Yesterday I took part in the bloggers Christmas shopping challenge at Old Market Shopping Centre, Hereford and we saw them switch on the Christmas lights. So against my better judgement, I’m thinking about Christmas trees already. I’ve even started a Christmas Pinterest board for inspiration. I love the look and smell of a real Christmas tree but I don’t think…

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