Thursday photo #186

It was a big risk. Nowhere local seemed to sell a star costume for the nativity. I could have kept on looking, but instead I resorted to Amazon. Today, it paid off. A parcel arrived and I knew before I opened it that it was the star costume. Brilliant, nailed it. Back in the real world… Feeling slightly smug, I opened the package to put it in Libby’s bag for school. But wait, why was it red? I looked at the label. Elf costume. I opened my emails to find one from the Amazon seller. “It’s possible you may have…

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Buying toys the easy way with Carousel by Tesco

This is a collaborative post. Picture the scene. It’s Christmas morning and Santa has delivered the gift at the top of your child’s list. After months of waiting, they can’t stand the anticipation anymore and rip open the box to turn it on. And then begins the struggle to get the thing out. Eventually, once scissors and Stanley knives have done their job, it’s out and you’re ready to play. But wait, something’s wrong. No batteries. Carousel by Tesco It’s a familiar scenario in homes around the world. Any number of sharp implements are needed to uncouple toy and box.…

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Family Travel Tips #19

Welcome to the latest Family Travel Tips linky. Well, it’s happening. It’s time to dust off the advent calendar and dig around in the loft for Christmas decorations. We’ve already been to two Christmas events and we have lots more lined up. What have you been up to over the past couple of weeks? I look forward to reading about your family travel and days out – festive or otherwise! Featured posts I have been jealously admiring Instagram photos from my chosen post for weeks. So, I was delighted to see Go Live Young linking up their post about visiting…

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15 Things you need to know about Hogwarts in the snow

Entering the great hall was a breathtaking moment. Even for those who have seen it before, this year is special. From November 2017 to January 2018, the Warner Brothers Studio Tour is transformed into Hogwarts in the Snow. For the first time ever, the Great Hall is decorated as it was for the Yule Ball. And it’s beautiful. Here’s what you need to know. 1. Your Christmas decorations will instantly seem rubbish Are you proud you are of the way your home is decorated for Christmas? Be prepared for a disappointment. You will NEVER do the festive season justice again…

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Thursday Photo #185

Routine. Even the word fills me with dread. Synonymous with drudgery and boredom. And yet, it seems we have fallen into some sort of a routine. And it’s not as bad as I anticipated. Actually, I rather like it. The weekends Weekends around here look like this. Saturday – fun. A day out, somewhere exciting. This week, it was the Magical Christmas event at Drayton Manor. On a good week, I go out for the day with my husband and the girls. But even the bad weeks are not too bad. When I’ve got loads of work to do, I…

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The loneliness of the mainland

The feeling had been stirring for a few weeks. Not a crippling emotional pain but a nagging sense of discontent. Nothing was quite going to plan. Cancelled work, stretched finances. Tired children, nagging doubts. And above all else, the dawning realisation that nobody really cared. Trying to speak It was the ongoing battle that tipped the scales of doubt. Countless attempts to tell somebody. Subconsciously willing them to stop what they were doing. Wishing with every fibre that one of them would rouse from the preoccupation with their own problems and listen. Just a few minutes, maybe an hour. Long…

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Children’s book review: The Great Cat-Nap

It is a sad reflection on the seriousness of second child syndrome in our house. For several months, our long-suffering youngest has been listening to bedtime stories aimed at much older children. In fact, the recommendation is that they’re for children age six plus – she’s three. So, it was time to redress the balance with an adorable new book for little ones. And it’s one she can wholeheartedly relate to. The Saccone Jolys and the Great Cat-Nap The Saccone Joly family consists of mum and dad, three children and six dogs. The girls giggled at the children’s activities that…

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