MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Just a quick post to wish all our readers and followers a very merry day! Hope you all have amazing days, whatever you get up to.

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THIS IS SUCH A NICE CHRISTMAS GIFT.... 

YOU GUYS ARE INCREDIBLE, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING THESE BLOG POSTS I CREATE, IT MEANS THE WORLD!

Keep sharing, reading and commenting on my blog!

Memories of the week...

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I'm like totally mega extremely well and truly... excited. *Sorry*

Rhun has recently taken a big interest in colours. So, this week we have focused on TWO colours. Yellow and Blue. He can now identify those two colours, he gets confused sometimes with different shades but we will get there.

I'm so happy. This came out of nowhere, I tried a few weeks ago with the whole colour thing but he didn't take to it.

Onwards and upwards.

What's the memories of your week?

X

Yankee Candle Review - Macaron Treats

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Upon first glance this has a very 'summery' look about it. The bright picture on the label along with the bright green wax reminds me of some of the summer fragrances Yankee Candle has to offer. The only difference with this one is, it's so christmas like you wouldn't want to burn it in summer. Everything about it screams christmas. It's a very sweet, sugary scent that managed to easily fill the living room without it being too overpowering. The scent lasted until the next morning too which was quite nice. This has a medium throw, I think if it were anything more it would be too much, it would smell exceedingly sickly as like I said before, it's a very sweet, sugary scent. It reminds me of sugar cookies!

So although I'm never a huge fan of the sweeter scents, I'd most probably buy this one again!


Here you can see the wax melt with the new Yankee Candle logo stamped on it.


Strength of fragrance on cold throw - 5
Strength of fragrance on hot throw - 6
Would I purchase again? - Yes

Here is the scent description from the Yankee Candle website:
The classic Parisian macaron-sweet as can be and lighter than air, with notes of vanilla, almond and, of course, sugar.

You can purchase it below -




Code Christmas Eve....

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The build up to Christmas has literally come and gone so quick this year. I'm not sure if that's because I've been a little unprepared or preoccupied with other things but I can't handle the speed December has passed by at. It only feels like it was August two minutes ago, I can still remember visiting the beach and enjoying taking Rhun out on summer trips. Maybe it's because we've been mega busy with hospital appointments and such so we haven't noticed time passing by.

Anyway, let's crack on with my Christmas Eve routine! Before I had Rhun my routine was way different to what it is now, I barely had any presents under the tree as I had nobody to buy for, Christmas was always very quiet as I didn't do any of that whole 'family' stuff normal people get up to on Christmas day. I pretty much just carried on with my day like normal, the only added difference was a lot more alcohol was consumed! Since having Rhun my festive spirit has been refreshed and I got that christmas sparkle back.



Let's start, we have a pretty normal, but excitable day (he'll sleep better right?) but that soon changes when he's in bed. Luckily he sleeps for 15 hours every night so I have plenty of time and never feel rushed, I usually find myself twiddling my thumbs at 9pm! 

First thing I ALWAYS do is clean the house as soon as he goes to bed, that's MY time. I love cleaning so always spend a few hours when he's in bed cleaning the entire house, mop the floors, do some washing etc. I nearly always have a Yankee on the go. Throughout December I've been burning some of the Christmas fragrances from my Yankee Advent Calendar. Christmas Eve i'll be burning 'Christmas Eve' by Yankee Candle - how could I not? Soon as I have a clean house and a nice aroma floating throughout the rooms I'll then sit down with a cuppa tea!

This is when I have a quick mooch over social media on my phone and relax my legs for ten minutes. The heating will be on, the Christmas tree lights will all be on too. 



Before I even begin to move any presents under the tree I have to wrap the last minute ones I have bought that day - sometimes they are for family we see at New Year but I like to wrap everything before Christmas Day, cause I know if I don't they won't get wrapped! There's only usually a few but it's an important part of my routine on Christmas eve. 

I usually change my bedding and get on some nice fresh sheets as we usually go away after Christmas so it saves me doing it when we come back! After I'll take a shower and get cosy in my festive pj's - it's mandatory.

At this point I'll probably get a snack and open something alcoholic! I mean, it's probably about 7/8pm now so it's still early! I'll whack on my most festive christmas playlist on youtube and start bringing the presents in and arranging them under the tree whilst taking festive instagram shots.

Once all that's done and the house is in pristine order and momma claus has delivered all presents I'll sit down on the laptop for the rest of the evening trawling through pinterest crying about all the festive crafts and DIY's I could have done this year and promise myself I'll try harder next year.... 

Usually stumble to bed half cut around midnight and wait for my little cookie head to wake up in the morning :) 

Pretty much how it rolls in this household. 

What does your Christmas Eve look like? 







Christingle Service (In pictures)

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Such a lovely, warming service we attended on Saturday. Rhun really enjoyed taking part in the crafts they had on for the children too. 

My Christmas Present Arrived!

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I bought myself a steadicam for Christmas this year. I usually buy myself some Yankee Candles but as I have wanted a steadicam for so long now, I decided that I would treat myself and I did just that! 

It's not even an expensive steadicam, I paid a tenner for it reduced on Ebay. I didn't really want to spend a lot because I thought it was going to be something i'd purchase, play with briefly then put to the back of the cupboard. 

I think it's changed me. In the 10 hours I've had it, I feel like a new woman. I'm so mega excited to try this out properly tomorrow and see if I can start getting some footage for my 2017 into for my Youtube channel. I actually think it's pretty easy to use, some people say they are quite hard to get to grips with but since it arrived this morning I've done nothing but play with it and I think we already make a great team!

It's nothing fancy, but it does the job, exactly what you need when you are trying and testing something new, something basic that doesn't break the bank.

I shall be back later, hopefully with youtube video links! :) 

How To - Descale your shower head

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Ever had lack of pressure coming through your shower head?
Does it seem to lack like it never used to?
Not as powerful as what it was when you first purchased it?
When was the last time you gave it a good ol' clean?

No, I'm not mad, it's like your washing machine, just because both have water running through pretty regularly doesn't mean to say they don't need cleaning, the opposite in fact. Limescale build up is probably the culprit if you are experiencing anything I listed above. It simply needs a good clean, with nothing less than my favourite product, white vinegar.

It's really easy and you just leave it overnight - so it's not as if you'll even be using it... you'll be fast asleep!

Fill up a jug with a full bottle (yes full bottle!) of white vinegar and take your shower head off the shower hose, simply leave the shower head in the jug of vinegar overnight, that's it!

In the morning give it a little wipe and rinse and you are good to go again! So easy but so effective. But before you pour away all that good to use again vinegar, pour it back in the bottle it came out of, orrrrrr you could pour it in your kettle and descale your kettle whilst you're at it! :)

You can thank me later.

The Christmas Tag

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Because of the lack of posts on my blog lately (sorry, seasonal chores... present wrapping has taken over evenings more recently) I decided this was a good festive post to keep the festivities going online. The lovely Laura at Five Little Doves nominated me to take part in The Christmas Tag, So here it is.



What’s your favourite Christmas movie?


The Grinch, without a doubt. The most amazing christmas movie in the entire world. Elf comes in at a close second but I'm still yet to find a movie that tops the Grinch. It's the film I get so excited about watching year in year out. I can do the impressions and everything.

Have you ever had a White Christmas?

I want to say yes, but that could just be in my head. I'm pretty sure when I was about 5 it snowed for three days over christmas. Maybe I'm making it up... in my memories it snowed ok!!!! 


Where do you usually spend your holidays?

I usually go back and see family in Yorkshire over the holidays, do some  catching up, celebrate some more, play a few party games, drink a few bottles of wine *hic*. It's always nice to go back and catch up with everyone, you can't beat good company over a nice bottle!


What is your favourite Christmas song?

There's a few but the first I always choose first is Mariah Careys' - All I want for Christmas. There's just something about it that really, really gets me in the christmas mood. 


Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

Noooooo! Can I?? As a kid we used to but that didn't last very long. Maybe when Rhun is a little older I can start doing him a Christmas Eve box that he can then open the night before Christmas, until then... nothing gets opened, it spoils it! 


Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Rudolph, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen

I cheated. I found this wooden decoration in Poundland this year and had to buy it so I could be reminded! 




Which holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?

Eating, drinking. Durrrrr. How can one even question this? Just kidding. Wait, am I? I'm looking forward to boxing day with my grandparents as this will be the first year we've actually seen them over Christmas.





Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

Fake. I hate the smell of real christmas trees. I'm no scrooge. I just hate the smell of them, they make me sneeze soooo bad. I itch like crazy and those needles that drop off, nooooo thanks, not wise with a toddler. My main tree is white, can you even get real white trees? 


What is your favourite holiday treat/sweet/food?
Roast potatoes, like proppa roasties. Nice juicy, crispy roast potatoes, can't even appreciate them anymore than what I already do. I love them. Lifes all about the potatoes.  And a good ol' Yorkshire pudding! 


FYI I'm not going to answer with the typical #pigsinblankets .... I can't stand them. Really can't stand the taste of bacon. Ewww. 




Be honest, do you prefer giving or receiving gifts?

Receiving, obviously.


I mean, giving.

Wait... 



What is the best Christmas present that you have ever received?

Last year Rhun was rushed into hospital days before Christmas with suspected meningitis, he was floppy, fitting and stopped breathing so was rushed through to resus. He also managed to catch hand, foot and mouth whilst in hospital, had an allergic reaction to the antibiotics and developed conjunctivitis. Thankfully he was home and recovering well for his first Christmas, that was my best Christmas Present.  


                

What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

NEW YORK. Without a doubt. I've never been abroad but it's always the one place I said I'd go as a kid. I love it. I can just imagine it to be incredibly amazing throughout the festive season. 


Are you a pro wrapper or do you fail miserably?
Previous years I admit I have failed miserably because I used to HATE wrapping gifts, I have little patience. However, I was totally inspired by my nans wrapping, like every year they are incredibly wrapped, she puts so much effort into her wrapping it made me a little jealous. This year I decided to take a little more time and wrap earlier (meaning things weren't rushed on Christmas Eve) and I got nice ribbon etc and they look awesome! Super proud of myself. Mission accomplished. 






Most memorable Christmas moment?

Rhuns' face last year (his first christmas) when he crawled his way into the living room and saw all the living room lit up and lots of presents under the tree. I'll never forget that.  


What made you realise the truth about Santa?

A teacher at my first primary school, she was actually my older brothers teacher. We were about 6 or 7 and She told everyone in assembly Santa wasn't real. Parents were absolutely livid - as you can imagine! Mrs Burden, (legit name!!!!!) I hope you're burdened with guilt! 


What makes the holidays special for you?

Before I had Rhun it was definitely having the chance to relax and drink a lot! Now, Rhun makes it special for me just like I make it special for him. Seeing family also makes it feel complete too. Having children changes the festive period for you, a lot! 


I nominate these lovely people-
VickyHollie, Sonia, CyndeyVicki & my blogger bff Holly 


Hope you all have an amazing Christmas.

See you all in the New Year

xxx

Yankee Candle Review - Salty Sea



Just a super quick review on this scent, not a huge amount to say really. I bought it expecting a strong costal fresh scent, I got a very light scent of 'saltiness' and that was probably about it. I didn't get much what so ever, literally the lightest throw with some saltiness to it. I couldn't smell a huge amount but it reminded me of either lemon or limes, I couldn't quite put my finger on it. It barely filled the kitchen and that's a small room. If you like lighter fragrances then this is for you.


Strength of fragrance on cold throw - 3
Strength of fragrance on hot throw - 2
Would I purchase again? - No
Here is the scent description from the Yankee Candle website:
Clean & inviting, like a cool, refreshing breeze of sea air

Sundown Adventureland (picture heavy)

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It's been a fun filled few days away at Sundown Adventureland! We've had so much fun and Rhun has loved every minute, as we all have. Sundown Adventureland is a theme park for under 10's, perfect for that exploring energy filled toddler we had on board!

So much to see and do and definitely a good value for money, we also saw Santa!


 Luckily we arrived pretty early so Rhun made the most of having the park to himself... 

 We met humpty dumpty and all Rhuns' other favourite nursery rhyme characters.

 Inside the theme park is an Angry birds park, sadly it was a little bit wet but we did have fun on the rides instead! 
 Me & Rhun inside one of the houses

 Off with 'er 'ed

 Fuel food

 
Me and Rhun at the Angry Birds park ready to cause some chaos he he he



 This is incredible, all the ranches and stores were amazing, so perfectly decorated and in with the theme of the wild west. We all felt as though we were on a movie set. You can explore more of each building and go inside, there are also more activities to do in the buildings. Honestly, there's so much to do you wouldn't believe it! 


  Sharing chocolate brownies

  We also met Santas reindeer! Rhun was amazed! 

 Quick park seflie


#goatlife



 
It's so toddler friendly is this park, the kids can explore almost anything they see, climb on anything and have fun everywhere they go.


 
This brought a tear to my eye. Rhun loved Santa last year but has been a little hesitant this year, never crying but always avoiding Santa where he can. He walked straight into the grotto and ran up to Santa, sat on his knee, gave him high fives.. he loved him! It was so lovely to see, it was such a magical experience, one I will never forget. The grotto was absolutely lovely and decorated fantastically. 


 
Quick hotel seflie with my boy and his cheeky grin


 
Just another selfie, we have no shame. 


 So much soft play and outdoor play for the kiddies. Rhun cried when we left each house/area as he thought that was it and thought it was the end, pretty hard telling a toddler there are hundreds of similar things to see and do. 


 
These flying pigs were in Angry birds land and were great! I'm so glad Rhun enjoyed them.


 
Ahoy there! 


 
Here's the eggs in Angry birds land too... not sure I liked these so much, momma got dizzy! 


 
How incredible are these buildings, everything is children height, they were amazing! Everything was on a smaller scale including the buildings. The park was so clean and tidy we  were actually pleasantly surprised for a kids park. 





 
A tiny child scale village, so cute! Each building has activities inside too! 






 
Ooops I missed the sign that said 'Under 10's only'







 
Rhun loved the tractor rides he went on more than once! 





 
This picture was taken when we went on an adventure on Santas sleigh on our way to the grotto




 Mega slides in one of the indoor soft play centres

 
This was one of the activities in the garage building. 
















Such a magical and incredible festive experience with the whole santa ride and grotto. The park is so big, bigger than we thought it was. We didn't even see half of the stuff it had going on, there's so much to occupy the children and great for kids of Rhuns' age who want to explore and learn at the same time. We could have taken thousands of pictures but we were too busy having fun (adults included!). Sundown definitely brought the child out in me and Tracy!

Huge thank you to Carol and Tracy for taking us away on more adventures, was the most amazing experience and we created some beautiful memories. 
 
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