A few years ago I suddenly had 2 non believers.  Even now it makes me sad. Christmas would forever more be different from the ones that came before. Different….very very different. From that day, we will not have a visit to Santa, you see, they no longer believe. I am much more upset about this than they were. No longer will I see their faces light up when they meet that special man. No longer will they suddenly turn shy and go very quite, mouths open with an eye popping gaze. No longer will I creep around on Christmas Eve,… View Post

How do we survive Christmas! That’s a interesting statement isn’t it?  How do we survive this time of the year with all the hustle and bustle ?  How do we end up at the start of a brand new year unscathed? So how do we survive Christmas? I would certainly not say I am a expert in answering these questions but being in my 40’s now and still standing I think I have done ok so far. Here a few things I have learnt along the way: 1 Budget This really has to be your first priority when considering how… View Post

Christmas isn’t Christmas without homemade mince pies. Flaky buttery sweet pastry encasing rich mincemeat full to the brim with rich decadent fruits and that lovely sticky sauce. If you’re lucky it will also have a little alcohol, brandy for example, mixed in as well. My Grandmother was a tremendous sweet pastry cook. He pastry was to die for. A quite simple yet gorgeous tasting rough puff pastry recipe. A recipe I use from her hand written recipe book dating back to the 1930’s. In our house from about now there at least 1 batch (24) mince pies cooked every week.… View Post

Today as part of my attempt to complete Blogmas; a post a day from 1 December until Christmas I thought I’d talk about Christmas hair and make up.  By no means am I a beauty and hair expert but here are a few of my favourite party picks. 1 Urban Decay Naked Smokey Eye Palette I just adore the naked range of eye shadows by Urban decay.  The Naked Smokey palette has to be my go to palette for nights out.  I admit I struggle to do a stunning smokey eye but even I can get the smokey eye effects with these… View Post

The last few years I’ve thought long and hard about participating in a month long blogging challenge like Blogmas (1st to 25 December) or Blogtober (blog post every day in October). I think the sheer commitment to such a project has always put me off. But this year I’ve decided to go for it!  I hope to blog every day until Christmas Day with each blog post having a Christmas feel. I’ve made a list and checked it twice (pun intended) and just need a few more ideas to make 25 posts. It was far easier than I thought and… View Post