Dressing up for Christmas day?…

Ever since I was a child, one of my favourite Christmas traditions is picking something nice to wear for the big day..my 7 year old self would excitedly pick a dress with some sort of velvet and sparkle, feeling a million dollars rocking up to grandmas to see what my cousins would be dressed smartly in.

That feeling has never left me although, dont get me wrong I am not talking full gown but if I wear jeans and a top, I try make sure I feel great in it and its not just one of my normal ‘go to’ ‘running around the house’ outfits. It goes for Sonny too, I like him to have something new on, smart yet comfortable enough to play in and yes it may only stay clean until 8am but its just a nice feeling to have your best attire on.

Luckily when I met Ian, I realised he shared a love of Christmas and followed traditions similarly which was a massive bonus point, I mean I couldn’t be with someone who didn’t get excited when the Coca cola advert popped on our screens. Its funny listening to other peoples take on traditions, its made me think…Why do we get all dressed up to simply sit in the house all day and eat delicious food?  Joey had the right idea with his ‘eating pants’ in the thanksgiving episode in Friends, much more comfortable clothing with expanding waist lines for the bottomless pit of Quality Street.

I’ve heard of some families wearing Pyjamas all day and if they are smart ones, you know festive Joules then I can totally see the appeal to that! One day I may go down that route but this year I will stick to what I know best and find something with some sparkle or christmas theme!

What do you all do?

Love Harriet x

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Making Ginger bread….

I’m not sure why but I am feeling festive so much earlier this year, the excitement waves keep hitting me and the diary is rapidly getting booked up with Christmas parties and events; I’m almost a little scared that this spirit needs to stay put for quiet a while until the end of December!

A couple weeks ago I had an itch to cook up some ginger bread biscuits and haven’t stopped making them ever since, so I thought I’d share this simple recipe in case anyone wants to whip up a batch and get those lovely festive baking smells filling the house!

Also I did let Sonny get involved when making some Halloween skeleton men something that if you read my last post you’ll know is a big step…..it was an easy mum/toddler baking experience following these instructions….

Ingredients

  • 150g Muscovado sugar
  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 tbs golden syrup
  • 400g plain flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 4 tsp Ginger

Method

  • Pre heat the oven to 180 and line some baking trays with parchment
  • Cream the butter and sugar together
  • Add the eggs and the syrup and mix well to combine
  • Add in the dry ingredients and with a wooden spoon mix well to form a delicious dough
  • Flour your surface and roll out the dough in sections ready to cut your biscuit shapes
  • Pop in the oven for 10 minutes, leave to cool before icing as desired

You can have loads of fun cutting shapes and creating a twist on the ol’ ginger bread man classic!

Enjoy

Love Harriet x

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The 4 gift guide rule…I’m adopting…

This will be Sonnys second Christmas and although its all very exciting I find buying presents for him really tricky not to mention, what do you get a child that seems to have everything ohh and don’t get me started on the toy mess!

Last year he was 5 months old and didn’t really need anything major plus he had no idea what was happening so buying gifts seemed really strange.

This year I have tried to  think about a Christmas list for him, ready in case anyone asks me but most importantly I have decided that I am going to adopt the 4 gift guide rule as a way to streamline what we give him; that way it will be consistent each year and fair.

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A Christmas night in….

I love a night in…good thing with a toddler in tow! So it’s no surprise that a Christmas night in is my ultimate fav thing to do! Hot chocolate in hand whilst gazing at the twinkly Christmas tree, festive film on TV and a bottomless pit on chocolates perched on your lap…calories don’t count at Christmas right??!

Whether its with the girls or the hubby, I love nothing more than making the house super cosy, snuggled in my Pjs with that excited feeling in the air.

Wintery nights are even more exciting again now we have Sonny and I definitely want to pass on some Christmas traditions and that fluttery festive excitement down to him.

Our nights have consisted of Christmas books before bed, hot chocolate and plenty of vlogmas viewing along with present wrapping…of course sipping on mulled wine and with the big Chrismas eve only a few days away that dizzy childish feeling is approaching thick and fast….

I wish you all a cosy snuggly and delish Christmas

Love Harriet x

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Christmas Wreath Making……

Last Saturday I indulged in my first festive activity of 2016, I donned the Christmas jumper, slicked on that red lip, munched on my first mince pie and OMG what fun we had….Emily or American Emily as we/I like to call her was super organised this year and had seen advertised  Christmas wreath making workshops.  Wreath making is something I have always wanted to do and with Emily’s promise of prosecco whilst we get crafty I obviously jumped at the chance to book a space!

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