For Dave’s birthday in November we decided to go somewhere a bit different with the children for a morning out of the house. We decided to visit Milestones Living History Museum in Basingstoke, part of the Hampshire Cultural Trust, just a twenty minute drive for us. Milestones is an old fashioned indoor village complete with cobbled streets, authentic buildings, shops and vehicles.
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I love Christmas and seem to spend most of the year counting down to the festive season. It’s something I plan for months in advance, loving shopping, Christmas jumpers, Christmas music and even Christmas movies on the TV.
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It’s no secret that as a family we love Harry Potter. I remember working in Woolworths when the books first came out – and then the movies. There’s always been such a buzz around the franchise and as soon as I read the books, in my twenties, I was hooked! I now read them every year without fail and cannot wait until the children are a little older and can appreciate the whole of the Wizarding World just as much as I do.
When I started blogging nearly seven years ago disclosures weren’t something that we really talked about. There weren’t any real regulations and carving a career through a blog or social media channels was still so new. There were no real industry standards and people just did what felt right to them, learning as they went along.
I am always looking for ways to use up leftover mincemeat and I have made mincemeat muffins, festive swirls and even mince pie flapjacks. But, there is nothing quite like a loaf cake to slice and serve. So I’ve made a mincemeat loaf cake to use up half a jar of mincemeat and it’s the perfect bake to enjoy at any time of the year – I may even start saving a jar of mincemeat after Christmas just to enjoy this part way through the year.
Well, I have no idea where November went. It was October yesterday and yet today we’re in December. Is it just me or are the months going past quicker with each one?
Welcome back to another week of Living Arrows – and thanks to everyone who linked up last week. I love this project and it’s so nice getting to know the families that participate in Living Arrows each week and this year it has been a really lovely mix of old and new faces. I can’t believe we’re nearly at the end of the year!
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Welcome back to another week of the Ordinary Moments. If you haven’t joined in before this is a weekly linky that launches every Sunday morning and is open until midnight on the following Saturday. It’s a linky that celebrates any ordinary moments in your life – or the not so ordinary some weeks too. Basically – anything goes. I’ll be sharing and commenting on the posts that are linked up during the week and there’s a badge at the bottom of the post if you’d like to add it to yours too.
Anyone watching our lives on social media probably think we have no money worries, don’t have to budget and spend our whole time on press trips and having a big holiday every year. But, we are like every other family. We work hard to afford our lifestyle, plan as much as possible and find times like Christmas such a stretch like other families.
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And just like that, another month is coming to a close. November is always a bit of an inbetween month. It doesn’t have all the colour of autumn that October brings and it isn’t quite the excitement of December. It’s been grey and rainy but, even so, it’s been a pretty lovely month.
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As a work at home parent it’s very hard to get dedicated time out unless I organise a weekend away or a night out with friends. Last week Spa Experience invited me to their Wimbledon spa to have a bit of me time whilst the children were at school and it’s not something I’d ever really thought to do before!