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Five Things I Love About Christmas

Posted on December 22, 2015

Hi Guys!

I’m one of those annoying people that start getting excited about christmas really early, like in August – but on the other hand I’m also pretty disorganised when it comes to presents, and often seem to end up buying them in a panic right before the day, which is exactly what’s happened again this year… clever me!

I’ve always been a fan of Christmas, but it seems that as you get older, people say it’s not as special or exciting as it once was – and I completely disagree. Now we have Freddy, Christmas really is just the best thing ever! He’s four and a half now, and he’s SO excited. This is the first year that he really understands what’s going on, and every day for the last couple of weeks he’s been asking ‘Mummy is it Christmas yet?’, ‘Is it Christmas yet’, ‘MUMMY IS IT CHRISTMAS?’ He has been driving me slightly potty, bless him.

I always intend to write a ‘my favourite things about Winter/Christmas post’ but never seem to get around to it, so that’s exactly what I’ve done today…

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1. Putting the tree and decorations up. Now I’m not one of those people that are particular about what the tree looks like – though I must admit I have a sweet little gold glittery table top tree, which is the ‘fancy’ one. But for our main tree, we have no theme or colour code, and we let Freddy choose the decs this year and decorate the tree himself. He did a fantastic job and our multi-colour tree looks amazing, I love it! (And yes that is my duvet cover drying in the background – we don’t have a tumble dryer ok!)

2. Winter walks. There’s nothing like a nice walk on a chilly winters’ afternoon to blow out the cobwebs – which is often necessary after the mass of food and drink consumption. I was intending to put a nice little photo in here but my camera is playing up (again) so I’ll have to add this at a later date. I often find it difficult to find or allow myself the time to take walks normally, as I’ve been so busy, so I’m really looking forward to getting out and about over the festive season with my family.

3. Catching up with friends and family. It seems the older we get, the harder it is to get together with friends and family. With friends all starting their own families and work shifts and life, there’s always something that gets in the way. It’s hard getting people together and arranging everyone. I love that everyone has even a bit of time off over Christmas though, and I’m really looking forward to catching up with my friends for a drink and a goss.

4. Festive food and drink. Christmas really is about the food and drink to me. I love it! This year we’re actually going out for Christmas dinner, which we’ve never done before so I’m pretty excited! I love the idea of a nice relaxing day, with no prep, no cooking, and most importantly, no washing up! 🙂

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I’ve been stocking up on Christmas treats too, and as I do have a bit of a sweet tooth,this Ho Ho Cookie Gift Tin is just Christmas in a tin for me! This gorgeous selection of hand decorated cookies are just stunning to look at, as well as being tasty (I’ve tried a couple, just to make sure they’re ok, you know?) You can also have one of them personalised and include a special message on the gift tag if you wish. I can’t wait to see Freddy’s face when I show him these!

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And I may have been snacking on these gorgeous Godiva Chocolates already too… this carefully selected white, milk and dark assortment of Belgian chocolates, including signature chocolates and the new winter varieties; fruity dark chocolate and raspberry, and a rich milk chocolate ‘Vanuatu’ ganache, are just SO GOOD. I’ve officially been converted to Godiva!

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And while we’re on the subject of food, I’ve also been reading this Oh Come All Ye Tasteful book (again, apologies for the stock photo, I’ll update this with my own asap!) which comprises of a mixture of hilarious commentary and recipes to help you celebrate the festive period like a King! With recipes like truffled turkey, brussels sprout petit fours and reindeer nibbles this guide to the festive period is perfect for the foodie in your life. I’m going to try to make at least one of the recipes over Christmas.

5. Christmas Eve. Christmas eve is actually my favourite day of the whole holiday. I love the anticipation and the build up, which reaches it’s peak on Christmas eve. On previous years I’d usually be wrapping presents in the day time and spending the evening in the local pub with friends, these days though things are a little different. My friends and I are all a bit older with families of our own, so I’ll be staying at home playing with Fred, watching Christmassy things on TV and eating treats – and I wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂

I’d love to hear what you love most about Christmas?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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A Weekend In Cambridge

Posted on June 27, 2015

Hi Guys!

You might have noticed things have been a bit quite on the blog this week, and I’ve not been so active on social media. Well I decided to have some ‘time off’ and went with my family for a long weekend in Cambridge! (Before then heading off to London for a few days, but I’ll save that for a separate post) Before we went I decided I wouldn’t take the laptop – it’s always good to have a break I think, and when I’ve taken time off before it’s great to come back to blogging feeling refreshed and invigorated!

Luckily, Cambridge is only about an hours’ drive for us, and we planned a couple of things to do before leaving. So on our way to checking into the Cambridge Central Travelodge, we thought it would be a good idea to stop off at Funky Funhouse. This is a massive soft play centre set away from the town on an industrial estate. Fred had the best time romping around with the other children there and after a couple of hours we headed off to check in at the Travelodge.

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Cambridge Central Travelode is conveniently located within a reasonable walking distance of the town centre. The staff were super friendly and helpful, and our room, was clean and spacious and had everything we needed – there was a TV, coffee and tea making facilities and an en-suite bathroom.

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We unpacked our bags and headed off for a quick look around Cambridge – unfortunately we didn’t quite make it into the centre as Fred was pretty tired from all the running around, so we stopped in a pub for a snack then went back to the hotel for the evening. I should also mention that the hotel is also handily located at the leisure centre complex, so there’s a mini Sainsbury’s and Tesco on hand next door if you need to stoke up on supplies. There’a also a cinema, gym, and loads of restaurants including Frankie and Benny’s, Chiquito’s and Bella Italia if you’re looking for something to eat but don’t want to travel into Cambridge centre.

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On the Saturday we woke up after a good night’s sleep – our room had air con, YES!! We headed into Cambridge for a look round the shops – I made a beeline for Kiko, John Lewis and Space NK (I’ll be showing you my purchases soon!) and we stopped for lunch at Zizi’s. We then took a pretty long walk to the Fitzwilliam Museum, and got soaked in the rain!

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After catching the bus back – my legs were tired so Fred’s poor little legs must have been knackered! We went back to our room for a brew and a rest and headed out to Chiquito’s for our evening meal. We left early on Sunday, stopping at Funky Funhouse again before hitting the road home.

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Travelodge good points: Our room was clean and spacious. It was in a great location with all the leisure park facilities at hand. The staff were friendly and helpful, and our room was easily accessible and easy to find. Breakfast was also an all you can eat buffet – one day Freddy had Cocopops as a treat then two helpings of sausages and beans! He was very happy!

Travelodge points worth mentioning: When we arrived we found out this Travelodge doesn’t have it’s own car park. There *is* a car park but it’s for the Leiseure Centre, and costs £12 every 24 hours. Alternatively you can park at the nearby multi-story for a reduced rate of £7 per day. This isn’t the end of the world by any means but I thought it was worth mentioning.

Cambridge good points: Cambridge has a fantastic selection of shops, I wish we had longer to explore! (and more money!) For the beauty lovers like me there’s stand alone stores for Penhalligons, MAC, Clarins, L’Occitane, Molton Brown, Jo Malone, Kiko, Space NK… and these are just the ones I happened to walk past! As Cambridge really isn’t that far away for me, I’ll definitely be heading back soon for a proper shopping spree! I’d really like to go punting on the river too!

Cambridge points worth mentioning: As much as I loved Cambridge, it’s quite ‘touristy’ and clearly we stood out as tourists because the amount of times we got collared by student-type street sellers asking us to go on a tour, or punting (when it was raining) was quite ridiculous. This was literally my only complaint though, Cambridge really is a lovely place!

It was so lovely to have a weekend away with my family, massive thanks to Talented Talkers and Travelodge for putting us up for the weekend xxx