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Friday, 30 November 2018

Brie & Cranberry Sharing Bread


Christmas is full of food, parties and time with family but if you're super busy there's not always the time to create tasty and amazing food from scratch.

This brie and cranberry bread is something that is easy to make, great to share and most importantly of all is yummy!!


Finished bread on a chopping board, cut with some portions on a plate


Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Christmas Gift Guide - Family Board Game (5+)


Item gifted for review purposes.

Welcome back to my Christmas gift guide, where I'm sharing lots of ideas for your Christmas shopping list!

This latest item is another great board game and this one can be enjoyed by the younger members of the family with an age guideline of 5+.


Picture of the Igloo Mania game in its box, surrounded by wrapping paper, ribbon


Monday, 26 November 2018

Sherwood Forest


Growing up and living in Nottingham, Robin Hood is a legend I've grown up with. Movies, TV shows, and at one time a visitor centre in the city centre, keep the tale alive.

Unfortunately the visitor centre, The Tales of Robin Hood, closed a few years ago and with Nottingham Castle closed for a huge refurbishment you'll need to head a little further for Nottingham's history at the moment.

Around an hours drive north of the city centre sits the world famous Sherwood Forest. Made famous by Robin Hood and his Merry Men, Sherwood Forest is home to one of the oldest trees in the world, the Major Oak, along with ancient woodland that can be dated back to the Ice Age.


Red haired little boy looking at a large oak tree


Saturday, 24 November 2018

Christmas Gift Guide - For The Organised Family

Item gifted for review purposes.

The next gift in my Christmas gift guide is for the organised family or the the family that needs to get organised!!!

Things like calendars and diaries are always really useful gifts and they can go from plain to very fancy. For the best character themed and licensed I always look in the direction of Danilo. I was lucky enough to get a Disney calendar in my BlogOn goody bag and I love it!

They have a huge range available, with diaries and calendars for Disney and Marvel fans, gamers, movie lovers and more! We got a peak at the Peppa Pig calendar for kids, the Mary Poppins diary, the Rick and Morty cube and the amazing Harry Potter set!


Peppa Pig calendar, Harry Potter gift set, Mary Poppins themed diary, Rick & Morty calendar cube, with wrapping paper and ribbon nearby


Thursday, 22 November 2018

Christmas Star Bites


Well, it's been a while since I've done a bake and as the festive feeling is spreading over my blog lets create some festive bakes too!

As always I've done this as cheap as possible and for a couple of pounds the results are yummy!


Star shaped pastries with icing sprinkled over the top, some on a wire rack and some on a napkin


Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Christmas Gift Guide - Family Board Game (7+)

Item gifted for review purposes.

Welcome back to my Christmas Gift Guide.

The latest gift idea is the kind of gift I got regularly as a child but we don't seem to give all that often these days. As people try and breakaway from tech and have family time though, board games are making a comeback!

Googly Eyes is for those aged 7+ and is for 4 or more players, making it a great game for family time.


Boxed board game laid out next to ribbon and wrapping paper


Sunday, 18 November 2018

Cadbury World


After a busy summer and with Joseph now at school it seem ages since we've had a day outSo, with Daddy off over half term we made use of our time together and had a trip to Cadbury World in Bournville, Birmingham!


Exterior shot of an old factory with the words cadbury on its frontage


Friday, 16 November 2018

Christmas Gift Guide - For The Drink Connoisseur



Item gifted for review purposes.

Welcome back to my Christmas Gift Guide!

My gift ideas are going to start picking up pace a little now and will be posted more regularly! So, lets step up the gift buying with something a little different!

Bottle of brandy next to two filled brandy glasses


Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Charity Spotlight - World Cord Blood Day


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On the run up to Christmas people often begin to think about good and charitable causes and November is a month full of awareness days and weeks. With this in mind I've decided to pick one close to my heart and bring back my old Charity Spotlight feature. 

Writing about World Cord Blood Day takes me back five years! Back to when I was expecting out little boy! Wow, I can't believe it was that long ago?!

Baby scan photo


Monday, 12 November 2018

Christmas Gift Guide - A Gift For Babies & Toddlers!


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Welcome back to my Christmas gift guide!!

This gift is one for the babies and toddlers in your lives!

Little ones can usually be easy to buy for and toys will probably be your go to but what if you want something a little different? Maybe the parents plead with you for no more toys and something educational as an alternative.

This is where Babel Babies comes inA great alternative to a toy, their Sing Languages Together CD, brings multilingual music and stories together to learn, sing and play. 


Flat lay showing a Christmas wrapping paper, ribbon and a CD with a cover that reads Sing Languages Together and a dancing crocodile


Saturday, 10 November 2018

November Giveaway!


October has gone and we are now well into November, so it's time for this month's giveaway! 

I'm excited to say it's a Christmas one! 


American style mailbox sticking out of the snow with Merry Christmas written on the side


Thursday, 8 November 2018

Lapland Mailroom


Item gifted for review purposes.

Christmas is a magical time for children and I love little touches that can add to the experience for our little boy.

Elf doors, magic keys and snowy footprints all make an appearance at our house. With our four year old, Joseph, a little older this year and understanding Christmas a lot more I also wanted to add a letter from Santa.

So, when I was contacted by Santa's elves over at Lapland Mailroom I was super excited! 

Heading over to their website to place my order, I was impressed by what I found.


Website screenshot showing Santa and a child and the packages on offer

Lapland Mailroom offers four different letters to choose from, with one of the options to mark a child's first Christmas. How cute! 


Website screenshot

Website screenshot showing packages

The others each offer different wording and messages from Santa, meaning you can pick the one that best suits your child.


Website screenshot showing letter example

Letter example

Personalisation means you can add your child's name and what they'll be asking Santa for, as well as how you'd like the letter signing off. Great if you call the big guy Father Christmas instead of Santa!  


Website screenshot showing how to order

There are two packages available, with a letter and a nice list certificate for £8.95 and a package with an activity pack for £9.95. Both packages include international delivery and are posted out during the first week of December, bringing excitement for the start of the festive period.


Package example

Letter example

Placing the order for ours was really easy and I love that Lapland Mailroom have different letters to choose from. I can't wait to see Joseph's little face when his letter from Santa arrives!!

Spreading the Christmas cheer the elves are giving my readers 10% with code xmaspromo18.

Keep your eyes peeled as you might just see the Lapland Mailroom again in this month's giveaway!!

Mummy Snowy Owl
xx

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Christmas Gift Guide - A Gift For The Foodie!


Item gifted for review purposes.

Welcome to my first ever gift guide!

As I mentioned in my Here Comes Christmas post, my gift guide is going to feature great gifts and will hopefully even give you ideas for the hard to buy for! 

This first gift is for the foodies in your life! Perhaps they've got all the tools of the trade and a ton of cookery books, so what can you get them?

These herb and spice gift sets from Steenbergs are sure to be loved by any food fan!


Flatlay showing wrapping paper, ribbon and jar spices in gift boxes


Sunday, 4 November 2018

Friday, 2 November 2018

Goodbye October


When I wrote Goodbye September I mentioned how busy it had been but looking back I feel like October was in the wings, chuckling away to itself thinking you've seen nothing yet!


Autumn woodland with orange leaves on the ground