The Festive Season In Photos

It may come as a surprise (it certainly did to me!) that I took barely any photos over the festive period. On Christmas day itself I took just two photos; one of Aria and the obligatory Christmas dinner photo, of course! As much as I love capturing memories with photos sometimes it really is nice to put the camera down.

Christmas dinner

I cooked the Christmas dinner myself this year, kinda. My parents did the sprouts, gravy and stuffing and I did the rest. I am useless at making gravy. The dinner was delicious, almost stress free (until right at the very end when I lost my shit) and ready five minutes before my estimated time – I’m quite proud of that one!

Anna Frozen fancy dress

Aria really needs to work on her camera skills, still, she enjoyed pretending to take photos on Christmas day while dressed in her new Anna outfit.

winter sun

Unfortunately we didn’t have a white Christmas, but we did have a lovely snowfall shortly before Christmas, which Aria missed as she had a stomach bug!

sandy cockapoo in the snow

Dobby and Earl made the most of the snow fun!

grey and white cat in the snow

green door with christmas wreath

Thankfully Aria’s sickness bug cleared up in plenty of time for her to attend her playschool Christmas party, which she was quite excited about!

toddler decorating the christmas tree

Aria loved decorating the Christmas tree, and taking everything back off again, all the time…

matching Disney Christmas pjs

I forced Spencer to wear matching pyjamas again, he forced a smile, again.

cute cockapoo sleeping

It was all a bit too much for Dobby!

smiling toddler

We had the most amazing Christmas making magic and memories, and I really hope that you did too!

toddler with magic wand

The Perfect Gift for Daddy

I’ve mentioned before that I find men extremely difficult to buy for, and that Spencer is particularly difficult. We don’t have a big budget and he doesn’t just want ‘things’. I love trinkets and pretty little things but if it isn’t functional Spencer isn’t interested, referring to my trinkets as tat. He has a tendency to think that money grows on trees and will purchase the things that he wants as and when throughout the year. Making gift buying extremely difficult.

personalised ruby port

I’ve now resorted to buying him edible gifts. He isn’t a big drinker but he loves his port at Christmas time, and in similar style to my own father, he will go through a whole bottle in one day. Which leaves me thinking that while it was an appreciated present, it was maybe a bit of a waste as it’s gone in a day, leaving him with no presents to show come Boxing Day.

personalised ruby port

I guess my conundrum was that I wanted a gift that he would appreciate, but I didn’t want to just buy any old throwaway present from Aria, I wanted something special, something personal. Eventually I discovered GiftsOnline4U, the home of a huge selection of personalised gifts and my problems were solved.

When I saw the personalised Port I knew that it was the one. The gift of all gifts. A gift that he will actually appreciate and enjoy. A personal, special gift. This special fine ruby port comes personalised with an exclusive pewter label in the shape of a shield with an embossed design and it looks fabulous! The message is engraved onto the pewter plaque using a diamond cutter and it is recommended that you have a maximum of 70 characters spread over five lines for best results.

Yes, it is port. Yes, he will drink it all in a day. But, he will really appreciate it (maybe he’ll even crack a smile!) and when he is done I can wash the bottle out, pop a candle in it and keep it forever more.

personalised ruby port

GiftsOnline4U stock a very wide range of bespoke gifts for every special occasion, specialising in personalised champagne gifts and other personalised alcohol options, they engrave in house meaning that they are able to offer engraved gifts such as their extensive engraved pocket watch selection.

Port is not the only perfect gift that they sell, I would personally love to receive the Taittinger Champagne Gift Set with Ferrero Rocher Heart, I would savour every single sip and every single bite! The personalised chocolate bars would make for the most perfect children’s stocking fillers as would their personalised pencil cases and crayons.

There is still plenty of time for Christmas delivery, you have right up until 1pm on Thursday 21st December, so if you are struggling for the perfect, personal gift this Christmas be sure to check out GiftsOnline4U, and while you’re there, pick up the engraved pendant twisting heart design for me!

*Disclosure – I received the port in exchange for a feature – as always, all opinions are my own 
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My Plans for a Stress Free Christmas Dinner

Christmas dinner is one of the most stressful dinners to cook, I personally spend weeks stressing and worrying about it, sometimes even months. I’ve been known to make a lot of shortcuts in the past, I’ve even gone to a local cafe to pick up a three course Christmas lunch ready to be served before now! This year I am determined. I will cook my own Christmas dinner. With some help, obviously.

Christmas Dinner Timings Guide

My parents are coming to our house for lunch this year, they have already agreed to do some of the veg and the stuffing to take the pressure off. I’ll also be roping them in to help with the gravy, I always mess the gravy up!

Christmas Dinner Timings Guide

This year I am going to enjoy Christmas. I am going to be calm and relaxed. The dinner will be perfect and stress free. How you ask? I’ll be following the Christmas Dinner Timings Guide from HelloFresh. The guide is free to download, simple to follow and is basically a Christmas day planner which will allow you to have your dinner on the table by 4pm (or earlier/later if you wish, just adjust the times to fit in!).

Christmas Dinner Timings Guide

Thanks to this guide I now know that if I want my stress free dinner on the table at 4pm I need to be pre-heating the oven at 10:30am and cooking my sprouts at 3:30pm, I also know what I can prep the night before for extra stress free cooking on Christmas day. As well as the timings guide the handy PDF includes some delicious recipes, including a mouth watering slow cooked red cabbage and a rich and delicious gravy – maybe I won’t need my parents to make my gravy after all!

If you too would like a stress free Christmas download the Christmas Dinner timings guide and recipes here.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Her

I’ve saved the most important gift guide until last, jokes(ish). Personally I think us women are quite easy to buy for, or most of us are at least. I know that some people will struggle which is why I have compiled some Christmas gift ideas for her.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her Cocoa Couture Christmas Oval with Luxury Belgian Chocolate chocolate for chocoholics

Chocolates are one of my absolute favourite gifts to receive, I love chocolate and my eyes light up when presented with a fancy box of chocolates. Both the box and the chocolates are show stoppers, and with chocolates such as orange cupcake, cappuccino tart, fluted salted caramel cup, and my personal favourite, fluted raspberry cup, there is something for everyone!

The Cocoa Couture Christmas Oval with Luxury Belgian Chocolates is available here for £11.75.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her 7th Heaven super skin essentials face mask gift set

What better way to treat her this Christmas than with some pamper time! The 7th Heaven Super Skin Essentials contains nine easy to use face masks and a headband, presenting the perfect excuse to take half an hour to relax.

You can purchase the 7th Heaven Super Skin Essentials here for £4.99.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her letterbox gifts chocolate gift set

More chocolate because you can never have enough chocolate, ever. The beautifully presented chocolate gift set by Letterbox gifts come stuffed full of luxury British handmade chocolates and is designed to fit straight through your letterbox.

The chocolate gift set is available here for £24.95 with free delivery.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her - personalised monogram mirror - gold hexagon

This etched glass monogram mirror is beautiful, and would make the perfect gift for pretty much anyone and would look the part in most homes.

The Personalised Hexagon Monogram mirror is available here for £30.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her personalised floral wreath cushion cover for mum grandmum

This personalised floral wreath cushion cover is beautiful, it can be personalised with a name up to 12 characters and a message up to 30 characters, allowing you to get as creative as you like!

The personalised floral wreath cushion cover is available here for £14.99.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her Not For Ponies twinning unicorn tops mother and daughter

Twinning is winning so why not give the gift of winning with these fab matching unicorn jumper/tees.

The women’s unicorn sweater is available here for £28.
The children’s unicorn t-shirt is available here for £9.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her personalised hardback notebook from TOAD

TOAD sell a wide range of notebooks, diaries and organisers, all of which are super quality and can be easily personalised.

This personalised hardback notebook is available here for £8.95.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her - grumpy cat in petlandia - personalised grumpy cat book

If she loves animals she will most likely love this personalised Grumpy Cat book in which your animal can star alongside Grumpy Cat!

The personalised Grumpy Cat in Petlandia book is available here for £19.99 with free delivery.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her

Beauty And The Beast is set to be huge this Christmas and with cute accessories such as this Chip mug I can see why!

The Beauty and The Beast Chip mug is available here for £9.99.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her Helly Hanson limelight beanie - port beanie with fur pom pom

We’re smack bang in the middle of a icy, snowy spell and everyone is thinking about keeping warm. Help her to keep warm in style with this Helly Hansen beanie with removable faux fur pom.

The Helly Hansen Limelight beanie is available here for £25.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her handmade in Wales daffodil jewellery earnings and brooch

100% designed and made in Wales this beautiful jewellery featuring the patriotic daffodil is sure to be a welcomed gift.

The daffodil droppers earings are available here for £12.95.
The daffodil lapel pin is available here for £12.95.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her personalised metal street sign family name

With a range of personalisation options this metal street sign can be personalised in the very best way to suit the recipient. It can be adapted to suit family homes, uni halls and so much more!

The personalised metal street sign is available here for £17.50.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her quirky jewellery wooden layered triangle necklace

How about some quirky jewellery with this wooden layered triangle necklace? Handmade in Brighton using sustainably sourced wood, the walnut and alder wood look perfect together hanging from the sterling silver chain.

The wooden layered triangle necklace is available here for £31.50.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her Purepotions all natural skincare winter essentials bundle

Natural skin care brand Purepotions have put together a Winter essentials bundle to give your skin some extra care in the cold weather. The products are free from perfumes, parabens & petrochemicals but packed full of natural oils and tinctures to care for sensitive winter skin. Perfect for those prone to eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and other sore, dry or itchy skin conditions.

The Purepotions Winter essentials bundle is available here for £25.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her affordable rose gold jewellery from jewellerybox

As with chocolate, jewellery is always a winner so why not treat her to some of the delights from JewelleryBox, an online jewellery retailer based in South London selling real jewellery at costume jewellery prices.

The rose gold karma circles bracelet is available here for £66.
The rose gold dipped sterling silver infinity bracelet is available here for £7.95.
The rose gold dipped sterling silver arrow necklace is available here for £9.45.
The rose gold triangle stud earings are available here for £21.

Take advantage of my discount code and get 20% off site wide – XMAS20

*Disclosure – tems received for inclusion in a gift guide*

#GiftMagic This Christmas with Disney

This Christmas we are all about the Disney magic. I love Disney and now my daughter does too. I am so excited to enjoy the Disney magic with her for many years to come.

#GiftMagic Disney matching family Christmas PJs

I am absolutely loving the personalised items available from the Disney Store this year, they have a wide number of items ready waiting for your personalisation, including luxurious stockings and matching family pyjamas – we didn’t have those in my days, unless of course I just wasn’t enough of a good girl to get them!

#GiftMagic Disney stocking fillers for Christmas

Luckily for Aria she is on the nice list 99% of the time and so Disney decided to share their magic with her and gift her a stocking full of some of her favourite goodies.

#GiftMagic Disney stocking fillers for Christmas

Aria loves arts, crafts and Princesses so she is going to be pretty excited to find this Disney Princess art kit in her stocking this year.

#GiftMagic Disney stocking fillers for Christmas

Every Princesses needs a tiara and this Cinderella one is just dreamy. Cinderella was my absolute favourite growing up (very closely followed by The Little Mermaid!) and so I must admit, I’m a little envious of this tiara and will mostly definitely be ‘borrowing’ it from time to time! It’s super heavy and real good quality.

#GiftMagic Disney stocking fillers for Christmas

Thank you Disney for giving myself and my daughter the gift of magic this Christmas.

#GiftMagic Disney matching family Christmas pyjamas

Be sure to visit the Disney Store and #GiftMagic yourself this Christmas!

*Disclosure – the stocking and stocking fillers were gifted to us by Disney – although my daughter will be told they came from Santa – shhhhh*