Christmas Shopping for Men with House of Fraser

*This is a collaborative post

Men are notoriously hard to buy for. Whether it’s birthdays, anniversaries or any other occasion it can be hard to find the perfect gift for the man in your life and with Christmas coming up I’ve been scouring the internet trying to find gifts for Hubby and the other men in our lives.

House of Fraser are pretty much my go to shop when looking for gifts as the different departments have something for everyone. This year, House of Fraser’s Men’s Accessories section has some of the perfect gifts for Christmas. I’ve put together some of my favourite gifts for men from across the department store – and it’s made me realise that actually, there are quite a lot of options for men out there when it comes to finding the perfect Christmas gift.

Men's Christmas House of Fraser Wish List

When shopping for men I tend to stick to generic presents – black socks, a gift set of toiletries and maybe a DVD or book thrown in for a bit of variety. It never gets much more exciting than that. But this year my gifts for men are going to be full of colour, a bit more exciting and a little bit more ‘outside the box’ than they have been in previous years. I’m now inspired to get on with the Christmas shopping!


What Makes a Family Holiday Amazing?

*This post is in collaboration with

What do we look for when booking a family holiday? A pool, beach, nice food and things to see and do? Well, have completed a study to see what exactly children want from a family holiday – and whether it’s actually the same things parents look for when booking holidays for the family.

IMG_1840 questioned over 22,500 children globally to find out what they want from their family holiday and depending on the child’s age the answers varied quite considerable.

Not surprisingly, top of teenagers wish lists were reliable WI-FI and the chance to take awesome photos for social media, keeping in contact with their friends whilst they’re away. But younger children crave a swimming pool and ice-cream – as well as other food they’re not normally allowed to eat at home – it really is the simple things as far as young children are concerned.

But, most exciting of all is that the UK was voted the top destination for historical sites by all age groups which is great news for this October half term where you can get to inspire children and visit some of the best attractions the UK has to offer – and teach them some history too.

But the research highlighted Greece, Brazil and the United States as the top rated destinations for children this year, with all three countries recommended by the young guest reviewers who visited. We spent a week in Greece in July and I know that our children would also give it a big thumbs up – they can’t wait to go back.


But, Japan, Mexico and Canada were also recommended by children visiting from around the world, showing how diverse destinations are more accessible and family-friendly than ever – and Mexico is actually top of our list of places to visit next year too.

This infographic shows the results of the research for both younger children and teenagers so when you’re booking your next family break you can make sure it ticks all the boxes from a child’s perspective too – and can be ab awesome break for the whole family.


We’re already planning our next year’s holidays and wherever they will take us we’ll definitely be looking for somewhere with a pool, near the beach and the opportunity for all of us to try things we couldn’t do at home, try new foods, see new things and all make memories that will last forever.

What do you think? Are these the answers your children would give if you quizzed them on their dream holiday?


Living Arrows – 43/52

Here we are again – another week of Living Arrows! If you haven’t joined in before, Living Arrows is about celebrating childhood. The project originally took it’s name from a poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” and every Monday we share a moment from our week and invite others to do the same as part of this linky.

Each week I share two pictures from our week – one of each of our children – but you can share one or more pictures that capture a moment of childhood. The following week I’ll share my three favourite photos from the week before, linking back to the owner’s blogs.

So if you would like to link up, grab a badge and post around a photo of childhood from the previous week. I look forward to reading your posts and make sure you visit a few of the other posts that have linked up and leave a comment too!

Living Arrows

Here are a few of my favourite photos from last week:


Very Much So


My Sentimental Jamboree



This week’s photos were both taken in the garden, having a practice ‘jump for Pudsey‘ where both children loved being able to jump on and off the garden benches and really just get outside on a day which wasn’t the best as far as the weather is concerned.


Both LP and Little Man really love jumping. It’s a new found love of theirs and something that just makes them so happy. It’s a combination of the freedom, the independence and the sheer fun of free-fall.


As always, I’m really looking forward to reading your posts this week – thanks for taking the time to link up! This really is such a big part of my blogging week and I love that so many people stop by each week.

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Barnaby’s Visiting for the Holidays {The Ordinary Moments}

Katie’s off on her adventures this half term so I’ve offered to host The Ordinary Moments for her so she can step away and relax for the week. If you’d like to link up you can at the bottom of the post.

Just before the children broke up for the summer holidays LP had the class soft toy come to stay for a weekend. We all loved taking him out and about and I even wrote an Ordinary Moments post about our adventures. But, on Friday, Little Man got to bring the nursery bear – Barnaby – home for the holidays.

Little Man has always watched his sister getting to do fun things through being at school and has never been able to participate himself so this was such a big thing for him – and he has made sure that Barnaby hasn’t left his side since.

Barnaby is being shown everything that Little Man does, he gets to share the experiences and go along for the ride. Little Man watches TV with him, sits with him at meal times and even takes him to bed. Every sentence that Little Man says involves Barnaby in some way and for Little Man, his very first school holidays are going to be all about Barnaby.


Little Man has always shared LP’s friends and watched her go on school outings, dress up and do homework but now Little Man gets to do things for himself. Nursery has opened up a whole new world for him – one where he makes his own friends, gets to have his own experiences and gets to do things he loves – like sharing his life with Barnaby.

I can’t wait to see what adventures Little Man takes Barnaby on over the next week but one things for sure, whatever Little Man gets up to, Barnaby will be along for the ride.


Leave your Ordinary Moments links below and I’ll be over to read and comment later in the week – thanks for taking the time to read and link up.

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Fruity Banana Muffins Recipe

The children love to bake and one thing we bake regularly is mini muffins – as they’re just so easy. They make a great breakfast or snack for the children and they freeze really well. Here’s our recipe for Fruity Banana Muffins.

Fruity Banana Muffins Recipe

Fruity Banana Muffins


  • 230g margarine
  • 230g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 4 over ripe bananas
  • 100ml sour cream
  • 450g plain flour
  • 2.5 tsp baking powder
  • 0.5 tsp baking powder
  • 140g dried fruit

Fruity Banana Muffins Recipe


  • Preheat the oven 190C/375F/Gas 5
  • Cream the margarine, caster sugar and vanilla before mixing in the eggs.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  • Line a muffin tray with paper cases and fill each case nearly to the top with the cake mix.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until risen and golden brown.

Fruity Banana Muffins Recipe