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Blogmas Day 24

It’s the last day of Blogmas, folks! I hope you have enjoyed the last 23 days as much as I have. However, I still have one more post for you today.

We’re Cake Decorating Cheats

I am a total amateur when it comes to baking. My husband is the go to cake baker in our house, but this year we left it late and didn’t have the time to bake.

The best part of cake making is the decorating, although, I’m not awesome at that either. So, I had an idea to buy a cake to decorate with icing pens and cake toppers. If you’re going to cheat do it properly, right?

For the final post, I thought I’d share our family cake decorating results. I am not a fruit cake fan, so we bought a festive favourite… yule log.

My daughter didn’t mind that we cheated. It was still a fun activity for her. We may not have had a lot of time, but she made something she is proud of.

(The back piece is cut and un-decorated because my husband isn’t a fan of the icing pens. We like to accommodate everyone.)

All that is left to say is merry Christmas for tomorrow, and I shall be back in the New Year!


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Blogmas Day 19

Christmas Film Review

To be honest, this post was purely so I could binge watch Christmas films with the family. Spending a day in pyjamas with the curtains shut is totally fine when you can say ‘it’s for blogmas day 19’.

The Polar Express

5*! What is there not to love about this film? Christmas spirit, belief, and Tom Hanks. The magic of Christmas is captured in this film. It’s a perfect watch if you have children of a certain age asking those dreaded questions about Santa.

The Nativity 1

4*! This is a feel good film for adults and kids alike. Who doesn’t like a light-hearted Martin Freeman film. My daughter loves this film. Mr.Poppy was a huge hit in my house.

Love Actually

5*! I watch this film every year! The highs and lows of Christmas are perfectly captured in the different story arcs. Obviously, this is not one for kids, but a great film to watch with mates or the significant other.

Arthur Christmas

5*! This is feel good and hilarious. One of my absolute favourites. They even bring my home county of Cornwall into it. Perfect! Kids and adults can appreciate this gem.


What are your favourite festive films?


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Blogmas Day 18

Pinterest Craft for Kids

You might have guessed from the title that my post for Blogmas day 18 is all about Pinterest crafts that kids can do. We’ve had many a Pinterest fail in our time, so to save you the drama, here is a tried and tested idea I found on Pinterest that my 8 year old found fun and simple.

Painted Candle Jar

Painted Candle Jars Pinterest Link This pin was saved from thistinybluehouse.com.

Finished Product:

Not only are these gorgeous, they can be given as gifts. Another bonus, I didn’t need to buy a thing. I dug out old jars and paint from the garage. An old dish sponge gave it the dabbed effect. We even made our own stencils out of a piece of card.

Note: We used a light, gold paint and the design was hard to see, so we used permanent glass markers to outline them. If you use a darker paint this step won’t be necessary.

I recommend that you and your children have a go at this craft. We are giving ours as gifts to grandparents, and I’m sure they’ll be happy to receive them.

Are you giving handmade gifts this year?


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Idea sourced from Pinterest (see link above)

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Blogmas Day 17

Santa Fun Run

Blogmas day 17 is a recount of an event we went to yesterday. Helston, Cornwall holds a Santa Fun Run every December, but this year was the first year we managed to get to it.

It wasn’t a massive affair, but it was all in the name of charity. A group of huskies even joined in. See for yourself:


My hubby is planning to join in with our kids next year.

Does your hometown do similar events at Christmastime? Do you participate in something totally wacky for charity?


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Blogmas Day 16

No Bake Foodie Gift

What is in store for you on Blogmas day 16? Well… I have a simple no bake treat idea that will cost no more than a few pounds and will make teachers, classmates, colleagues, and secret santas very happy.

Foodie gifts look great when presented in cellophane baggies. Here’s a link to the ones I purchased on Amazon for less than £2. Cellophane Baggies.

Hot Chocolate Spoons

This idea is incredibly simple yet effective. Kids especially love melting these into a mug of hot milk.

What you will need:

Spoons: You can use any spoons of your choice.

Chocolate: I like to do milk chocolate for kids. You can go rich and dark for adults.

Baby marshmallows: This is optional. You can use festive sprinkles.

Method:

Melt the chocolate. I do mine in the microwave. Heat on a medium heat for 1 minute. Stir well, and then heat for 20 second intervals. Do not rush this stage or you’ll end up with grainy, clumpy chocolate.

Lay your spoons on a baking tray and fill with your melted chocolate. (See picture above.)

Top with the marshmallows or sprinkles.

Place the tray in the fridge until the chocolate sets.

Once set, remove from the fridge and place a spoon or two in a cellophane baggie and tie with a ribbon. You can also add a gift tag that says ‘stir into hot milk’.

(Picture from Blogmas day 14)


I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Time restraints don’t have to stop us making treats or getting crafty with the kids this Christmas. Also, if you are on a tight budget, I’m sure your loved ones will appreciate these foodie gifts.


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Blogmas Day 15

Etsy Christmas Jumpers

I have found 5 Christmas jumpers on Etsy that I think would make brilliant party pieces or gifts.

The Shed Outlet have a brilliant Drake jumper for £19.95.

Bachelorette Shirt stock the must have Buddy the Elf jumper. This is one of my favourites because I like gaudy and festive.

The winter vibe is strong in Game of Thrones, so Print Bar are right on the money with this jumper.

PRZM Creations have an awesome Grinch jumper for sale. This is a close second to the Elf jumper for me.

Any Peaky Blinders fans out there? Here’s a blinder of a jumper from AC Print Workers.


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Blogmas Day 14

We Got Our Jingle On

Whilst procrastinating on Pinterest, I saw a fun idea that hasn’t really taken off in the UK…yet. ‘You’ve been Jingled’ is a great way to spread some Christmas cheer to friends and neighbours.

I told my daughter about it, and she begged me to start off a jingle train. Our targets… her besties.

We bought a gift bag and filled it with some treats. We made a little poem to explain the concept to the recipients and to encourage them to join in.

When you jingle someone you’re not supposed to be caught leaving the treats. As this was near impossible in our situation, us Mums had a chat before hand, but the children were none the wiser.

We had good fun doing this. It is always a bonus knowing we’ve put a smile on someone’s face too.

If you want to get your Jingle on, here is the poem we created:

‘You’ve Been Jingled!’

We wanted to spread some Christmas cheer,

After all it’s that time of year.

These goodies come from us to you,

With hope that you will do it too.

Leave your treats, but don’t get caught,

Show someone they’re in your thoughts.

Merry Christmas!


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