Skating in the Square, Dorchester – 2017

Skating in the Square, Dorchester – 2017

Ever since I was a child I held the view that ice skating at Christmas is possibly one of the most Christmassy things you can do. I think it comes from memories of so many Christmas films where people smoothly skate across rinks in their hats and scarves. When Clara was pregnant we went to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland where I spent about ten minutes edging round the side of an ice rink wondering why I thought it was a good idea. But it was something I still saw as a special memory,…continue reading →
Christmas gifts for a geeky parent

Christmas gifts for a geeky parent

There're still a few days left to head to the shops to pick up a Christmas gift for the geeky parent in your life. I consider myself a geek in many different ways, so thought I would share some gift ideas in case you love a geek and wish to get them something great this year. Without a doubt the first thing I always think of when it comes to stocking fillers is a Power bank, to power all the tech your geeky parent will be using over Christmas. This slim Romoss Power…continue reading →
Kingston Lacy at Christmas

Kingston Lacy at Christmas

Last year we visited Kingston Lacy at Christmas time and started possibly one of my favourite traditions of December. During December the team at Kingston Lacy set the home out to reflect how the previous owners, The Bankes family, enjoyed Christmas day. From entering the house you take a trip back in time to discover the games room laid out with decks of cards and domiones. This is one of our favourite rooms in the house due to the rather large Christmas tree set up at the end of the room. We always…continue reading →
Christmas films we love

Christmas films we love

I know it's still November, but I'll be honest we started watching Christmas films we love a few weeks ago. I am throwing a Polar Express party for my Beavers this year, so we decided to pop it on to get some inspiration and we have progressed onto other Christmas films each day. Previously our little man wasn't too fond of films. He doesn't really like new things if he thinks about it, but if you just pop a film on and he gets into it he starts to like it. He's very…continue reading →
A delayed Boxing Day

A delayed Boxing Day

As I said in my Christmas Day post, I fell ill on the evening of Christmas Day, so our Boxing day got delayed. Not wishing to disappoint my family or M, we decided to host a replacement Boxing Day at our house. Since we moved into our new home, Clara has been cooking up a storm. It's been great to have all our kitchen appliances back out of storage and Clara had been making use of our Fast Slow Pro again.  Clara decided to use the slow cooker function to cook a delicious…continue reading →
Christmas Day 2016

Christmas Day 2016

Just over a month ago we were incredibly excited that our Christmas Day would be spent in our new home. We were able to begin our own traditions and purchase a brand new tree for our new living room. Everything just felt extra magical this year. On Christmas Eve M left Father Christmas a couple of fairy cakes and a carrot for his reindeer, before falling asleep after many minutes of excited bouncing around the house. Clara and I popped M's Christmas sack under the tree and headed to bed to let Santa…continue reading →
Last minute Christmas gift ideas (for 4 yr olds)

Last minute Christmas gift ideas (for 4 yr olds)

We all have that moment where we panic that we have forgotten to buy a present for a friend who will be popping by with their child. Luckily it's Saturday and there is still time to pop to the shops to buy that last minute Christmas gift (unless you are reading this after Christmas Eve). So here are some last minute Christmas gift ideas that you could pick up in town today. Selection box - It's not Christmas unless you get at least one of these as a child. So one of these…continue reading →
Christmas at Kingston Lacy

Christmas at Kingston Lacy

A few weeks ago Clara began the search for a Father Christmas we could take M to see. She had been recommended Kingston Lacy a beautiful National Trust property not too far away from us. We booked a Father Christmas visit and I took advantage of a voucher I had to cover the entrance fee to discover Christmas at Kingston Lacy. On arrival we were immediately made to feel very welcome and headed into the courtyard to explore before M's turn seeing Father Christmas. We enjoyed watching a ukulele choir, picked out stocking…continue reading →
Our Christmas favourites on Netflix

Our Christmas favourites on Netflix

Today our little man finished school for Christmas. Our Christmas festivities can officially begin and what better way to share my love of Christmas than by sharing our Christmas favourites on Netflix. I make sure I watch at least one Christmas movie a week during December and have gradually convinced M to watch the odd Christmas movie with me too. In fact I have a Christmas movie on whilst I type this. There are so many Christmas themed movies and TV shows to watch this month on Netflix, so I'd love to hear your…continue reading →
Why is the magic so important?

Why is the magic so important?

I am one of those people who believes in keeping a little magic alive for children as long as possible. I am not unrealistic in my expectations of how long children believe in the tooth fairy, Easter bunny or Father Christmas. But I do try my best to make the magic in childhood important. I know there are people who don't feel we should "lie" to our children, that wish to remove all magic as soon as possible, but that is not for me. But if that works for them and their children,…continue reading →