Christmas


Winning Weekends (27-30 December)

Happy Friday compers and bloggers, I hope you had an awesome Christmas! Please linky up blog competitions below, they can be your own blog comps, or just ones you have seen online and thought “that’s awesome, but not for me”. Maybe a friend is having a blog giveaway/contest for boys things, but your kiddies are girls. Perhaps it’s a chocolate competition and you are a devoted dieter? Linky it up 😉 I don’t really have rules for this but this is for UK competitions please, and I would very much appreciate if you filled in the title (name) box like this: “25/2 win your favourite perfume – blogtitle” rather than “my friends awesomely named blog”. End dates are great because if it’s got a long date it might be worth adding to next weekends as well and it’s also good to know what the prize is before trying to win […]


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Thorntons The Snowman and Snowdog Chocolates

Bring a little bit of festive magic to someone special’s Christmas or New year with this extra-special range of choccy treats. The Snowman and Snowdog are favourite festive TV characters, and these gorgeous models are carefully crafted from Thorntons creamy white chocolate so won’t melt in the morning like snow but I can’t promise they’ll last too long as they are rather tasty!


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Homemade Christmas Gift – Tea for Two

If you want a cheap but thoughtful Christmas present then I’ve an idea for you. We made homemade biscuits from one of the millions of recipes easily found online and displayed them in a cute way. Firstly we make biscuit dough and roll it out to about half a centimeter thick and cut it into various sizes of stars using cutters. When these have cooked and cooled slightly arrange them biggest at the bottom, sticking the stars together with icing as you go.


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“Wagg Kennel Is Yummy” – Freya Woof 4

Freya loves Wagg food and treats, so we were delighted when Dalton the Wagg woofer invited Freya to be part of “Dalton’s pack” reviewers. It’s great working with a brand we buy and love already. We’ve tried Freya on a few types of dog munch since she was adopted in October, but in total honesty she spat other brands of food out. With treats she loves her Wagg treats, but will take other brands too. Although she has her limits, Wilko value dog biscuits were a step too cheap. She refused them out right, all except the yellow ones. My hound knows what she likes and that’s fine. She also likes to steal meat that has been allowed a few moments to cool in our kitchen before serving, but that’s another story! The lovely people at Wagg sent Freya a little parcel of love earlier in December and she’s been […]


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Hotel Chocolat Sleekster Christmas Collection

Last night I had to test out Hotel Chocolat’s Sleekster collection. It was a hard job, forcing myself to eat yummy chocolate. I was so distressed that I had eat some of these. 😉 Ok it wasn’t a hard job. Hehehe. It was flipping lovely. Things I loved included great details in the decoration of each chocolate, the grown-up-ness of it, the taste and that Hotel Chocolat are cocoa growers AND chocolatiers. The chocolate itself is rich and tasty – far from average.


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The Christmas Bulbles Competition 3

Me and my eldest son have been “mucking about with craft fluff an’ stuff” and come up with 4 little “Christmas Bulbles”. Nope, that’s not an accidental typo, its Bulbs + Baubles = Bulbles. As I can’t resist a good blogger challenge type of competition I had to have a go at this one. So D and I sat down, and made rather a bit of mess, had some fun, and came out with these…. D isn’t a natural “crafter” so I set him going with a children’s sewing kit and he stitched together Mr Robin. Bright pink and cute he may be, but he has an evil eye, a glass eye in fact. My first creation was the biggest, of course. I threaded 20 glittery mini-baubles onto a festively red pipe cleaner, then wrapped it around the bulb tubes. Around the plastic cap section I then sticky taped on some […]


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Pet London Flashing Collar Set 1

Freya Woof has an early Christmas gift – an adorable collar and lead set from pet London. It has a flashing tag and a clear plastic clip (buckle) on the collar. At night, or in bad weather, the light from the flashy tag gets reflected/amplified by the clear plastic clip so it seems more visible. By day this is just a cute matching set, but at night its a smart safety feature.


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How to Make Handmade Heart Decorations

This evening I’ve been making heart decorations similar to the ones I learnt how to make at the Shloer blogger “crafternoon tea” event with The Makery. Clearly I’ve been inspired! I wanted cheap fabric so I chose two 3 packs of tea towels, one set in green one in red. Festive of course. These were from a pound shop, so was the 5 pack of glittery silver ribbon, and the packet of bells. The coloured ribbons and buttons came from my local market at a marvelous £1.50. The stuffing is free, it’s a lumpy unusable pillow (washed and dried in advance) chopped open.


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Today Is #XmasJumperDay 2

Did you know that you can make a real difference by wearing a festive jumper and donating just one pound? Save the Children is asking people to make the World better with a sweater. This is to help raise money for their life saving work, which helps the most vulnerable children, in the poorest countries, with things such as vaccines and mosquito nets. Save the Children work in more than 120 countries.


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Shloer Crafternoon Tea and WIN (ended) a Bottle 30

Recently I attended Shloer’s brilliant blogger event “crafternoon tea”. It was cakes and posh sandwiches, coffee and crafting with a whole lot of Shloer. Fabulous idea! A lovely dinning room in a posh hotel, and the Makery were teaching us how to make homemade hearts as Christmas tree decorations from ribbons and small bits of fabrics, and buttons and things. I made 2 hearts when I was with Shloer, and now I’m tempted to upcycle old clothing into gifts. Who wouldn’t want a homemade tree decoration made with love by a friend or relative? If only I had a sewing machine, I’d be dangerous!