Play at Brewers Fayre at the Old Brickworks

I can not begin to explain how excited I was when I received and email offering me and my family a VIP invite to the Play at Brewers Fayre event at The Old Brickworks pub and restaurant in Drighlington, for the launch of their new Beano themed indoor play area.

The family at The Old Brickworks, Brewers Fayre.

The family at The Old Brickworks, Brewers Fayre.

What made it even better was the fact that it was the day before mine and the Hubby’s wedding anniversary. so it meant that we could all go out for a family meal while the kids had loads of fun in the new play area.
When we arrived Dennis was stood outside waiting to meet people and take photo. The kids were thrilled and even Baby was intrigued to see who this person knew person was, instead of crying like her brothers and sister did as babies.

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The kids were blown away by the new play area and couldn’t wait to play and were itching to go explore all the new equipment. We had never been to the Brewers Fayre before so the whole experience was new to us. It was one I was excited to be taking part in.

The new area had all been designed with children in mind. There is a Toddler zone which is prefect for the little menace’s to have fun, a Treetop play house for the older one’s (height restrictions apply) and they even have a party room that has been named ‘The Den’. Which means that you can actually book the space out for your child’s birthday party. The play area is open every day from 9.30am – 8pm and its only cost £3 for 90 minutes of play. Plus you get to meet Dennis and Gnasher in person.

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As you can see the kids loved it. The day was made extra special because there was an amazing lady that who was doing some beautiful face painting. Of course P and E were straight over to get their faces done. P wanted a dinosaur, where as E went for Frozen.

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Once the kids had their fun, we decided that it was time to eat and went in the main restaurant to get our meal. I had order a chicken and bacon salad, whereas the hubby had chosen the Brewers Fayre burger. We both really enjoyed our meals and were extremely pleased. The kids ordered off the children’s menu, with P and E having The Big Bad Dog, while T and Baby had pasta meal such as Macaroni cheese and Spaghetti Beano-ese.
I only really managed to get a few picture of the food because everyone wolfed it down it was that tasty.

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The Hubby mentioned that he really loved the little extra added touch they added to the meal, such as the wrapper for the burger or how the hot dogs came in a little basket.
I was really impressed with the prices that you could get the meals. You could order off the children’s menu for £3.99 each and there is a Brewers Fayre Day Time Value offer where you can choose 2 adult main meals from a choice of 12 for just £10. Plus you can order 2 desserts for £2.(This is on weekdays only)

Brewers Fayre doesn’t just have an indoor play area though they also have an outdoor play area. For those lovely summer days when you want to let your kids run free and play while you enjoy a cheeky pint or glass of wine.

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It is safe to say that we had a really great time (I think the amount of photos I took shows that) and the Hubby was already arranging our next visit before we had even left. He has loads of ideas about use having the kids parties there too. I guess we will have to see what happens, but I know I would be more than happy go to Brewers Fayre for lunch again.

I would really recommend!

Nikki x

Disclaimer… I was not paid for this review, however we were given a complimentary meal in exchange for my honest opinion.

10 reasons I love being a Mum! 

Being a mum is one of the most time-consuming, never-ending and amazing jobs in the world. It is an honour, a privilege and a gift to be given these tiny people to look after. Sometime we are even the ones lucky enough to create these adorable wonders and sometime they not made up of our DNA but they have still the centre of our universe and unbelievable love we feel for our child is indescribable.

Even if some days they make us want to pull our hair out or we bribe them with biscuits and their favourite TV because we want 5 minutes peace, so we can go to the loo without a trail of children following and watching as we pee or even better we get to drink a hot cup of coffee before we accidentally close our eyes and wake up to realise we have drifted off and the kids decided to redecorate the living room walls or better our faces. (Or does this just happen to me?)

Now before this becomes a list of all the downfall to being a mum, I will get to my point. That even though our kids can annoy us to the point of distraction, they are still the most precious treasures we will ever be given and because of this here is my list of the reasons I love being a mum.

  1. Watching their faces light up with joy!Nothing is better than seeing my children smile. For me knowing that they are happy and seeing it on their face lets me know that even though I’m not prefect I must be doing something right.
  2. When I watch them exploring, learning and trying new thing.While doing this my children tend to make more mess then I thought possible for people so small. But as long as they are having fun I don’t really care about the mess (sometimes).
  3. Their unexpected kisses.This happens to me regularly. I will be sat playing or stood making tea and out of no where a little person will run up and plant one on me. It is the best feeling in the world to know you are that loved that they had to stop what ever they were doing just to show you they care.
  4. Their little hands.I don’t know about you but I love my children’s hands. I love holding them, tickling them and kissing them. I could stare in wonder at those tiny digits all day. I love how small they are and how perfectly they fit around my finger or in my hand.
  5. Reading them a bedtime stories.I love reading to my kids and I use to read to T and P every night without fail. But as I had more children and the kids got older, the reading started to dwindle (Mainly due to my exhaustion). It’s was something that would plague me with guilt because I knew my girls would be missing out. So at start of this year I made a vow that I would try my best to read a story or sing a lullaby to all my kids before bed on a night. (It has been broken a few times but I make up for it the next night)
  6. Watching them sleep.They look so peaceful, sweet and cute. I just get lost in their faces and before I know it, a moment has turned into and hour and I realise their asleep.
  7. I love watching them play and getting involved!Who’s says just because you have kids you can’t spend your time pulling funny face and being silly together. That just because you’re a mum now you can’t act like a loon in the street or pretend the ground shoots laser if you stand on the cracks. One of my favourite things about motherhood is watching my kids play and use their imaginations. I love taking part and playing along as they describe the adventure they are taking me on. Who says just because you get older you have to grow up!
  8. Cuddles!I don’t even think I need to give a reason for why I love this one. It’s enough said.
  9. When they want to learn from you.When your try to cook or bake or clean and you have this little person who is interested and wants to watch and help you do it. When you know in that omens that you are teaching the a life skill by baking buns or filling up the washing machine or cleaning up for themselves. It fills you with hope that they will know how to look after themselves when they inevitably grow up and leave home.
  10. The pride you feel when you realise that this amazing family is yours! And you wouldn’t trade them for the world!

 

Why do you love being a mum? 

Oh and by the way

Happy Mother’s Day 

Nikki x

The 5 chores I wish I didn’t have to do!

We all have those chores or odd jobs around the house that we completely hate! The jobs that make us groan out loud at the very thought of. 

I am no different and I have a list as long as my arm of job I can put up with but I also have a list of jobs I would avoid like the plague and I am more then happy to past off to my hubby or I will leave them until they really need to be done or even better I just won’t do them at all!
(I know that makes me sound really bad but not all of these job at that important)


So here my list

  • The Washing Up

I completely hate the washing up with a passion but with 7 of us living in 1 house. It not exactly something that can be left. Luckily for me though it was a job my hubby happily agreed too and I very nearly had it write in to our wedding vow.
“I promise to love, honour and always wash up” has a catching ring to it wouldn’t you say?

  • Pairing socks

In this house it’s a fend for yourself kind of approach to pairing socks. I just can’t stand sitting there pairing and matching socks because you are never fully finished because there is always those few left over singles that you can never find the match to. It infuriate me, so instead of putting myself through the undo stress of marrying socks. I just put them all in a basket and you fend for yourself and if you find a pair, BONUS!

  • Ironing

Some people say they love ironing but I just do not see the appeal. Specially when I know my kids will just end up rolling around creasing them again or shoving them in a draw very untidily. I save my time and sanity and only iron if I have too or I’ll ask the hubby to do it.

  • Scrubbing the toilet

I think this is a universal one for most people. I know it needs doing and I will do it if and when I have too, but it a very unpleasant experience. Specially when I have 2 boys at home that seriously need to work on their target practise.

  • Sorting through the clutter

This is one of those tedious jobs that I hate. Mainly because of the constant onslaught of paper work I get given for the kids school or hospital appointments. Then there is the fact that they never stop growing out of clothes or  mixing up and breaking their toys. Which means that at least once a month I have to go on a declutter mission that ends up taking hours or sometimes days out of my life. Just for the clutter to re-accumulate within a matter of days.

So there you go my lists of job that I despise having to do but will do if I have too. (Well apart from the socks, I’m just not going there)

Do you have any jobs that you hate?

Is there any job you won’t do?

And who does them for you, if you don’t?

Nikki x

 

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10 phrases I swore I would never say to my kids…..but do!

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As a child I was, what can only be described as a “demon child”. I was one of those spoilt little brats that would scream the store down and throw all out hissy fits in very public places. My mum would try to be strong and would try to ignore or calm me down, but I was a very strong willed and stubborn child. (Must be because I’m a Taurus!)

That being the case I always remember certain phrases my mum would say to me that would make matters even worse or that annoyed me and made me scream loud.

When I became a mother I swore I wasn’t going to ever say such phrases, I was going to understand my child, our life would be great and I would be one of those easy going, cool mums that had a amazing untreatable bond with their child that was built out of respect. (You can stop laughing now)
Yes I was a kidding myself. I was living in a dream world and I didn’t know what being a real mum entailed. In my defence though, I was only a 16 when I fell pregnant with T.

And even though I swore blind I would never say these phrases to my kids. As they grow older I hear myself saying them and I’m slowly turning into my parents!

So here you go the 10 phrases I swore I wouldn’t say to my kids (but actually do!):

1) “Because I said so!”

2) “You make a better door then a window.”

3) “Just give me a 1 second.” (I say this a lot)

4) “If I had said that when I was a kid I would have got a ……….!”

5) “Thats life!”

6) “Tough!”

7) “Your too young to understand, your just a kid.”

8) “Money doesn’t grow on trees.”

9) “When you move out I’m going to come and jump all over your sofas and see how you like it”

And the last but not least

10) “When you have kids I hope they give you just as much grief as your giving me.”

Do you ever say any of these? Is there anything you swore you were never going to say to your kids? Do you find yourself saying it anyway?

Nikki x

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Liebster Award Nomination

I was so excited when I first realised I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Sweaty Mummy. You should really check out here blog and also her Twitter @sweatymummyuk

Thank you very much for nominating me and I am sorry it has taken me so long to do the post x

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The rules of Liebster Award are:

Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.

1) Display the Liebster Award badge on your blog – the best way to do this is to save the image to your computer and upload to your post
2) Answer 11 questions about yourself which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you (see below for my answers)
3) Provide 11 random facts about yourself
4) Nominate 5 to 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award and who have less than 200 followers
5) Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer
6) List these rules in your post and once you have written and published it you have to inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster Award and provide a link to your post so that they can learn all about it!

So here is goes 😝

When and why did you start blogging?
I first started blogging in March 2014 and I did it because I wanted to get my story out about what happened at the birth of my 4th child Baby. When my family and I got the surprise new that she had Down’s syndrome and then she was rushed off to neonatal when she stopped breathing. She spent the next 3 weeks recovering and you can read all about it here. So I started blogging as a way to have a place for me to put my feelings and thoughts out into the world. Somewhere I could talk about how my children were doing and how I cope with the day to day life and the almost constant hospital appointments with Baby, E and now myself.

What is your profession
I don’t really have a profession but my job is being the best mummy I can be to my kids and its a full time, 24/7 job that has crappy holidays, very little time off and a non existent wage each week but is one of the most amazing and rewarding things I have ever done with my life.

Do you have any pets?
We have 3 cats Pebbles, BamBam and Dino. They are 2 females and a male cat. I love them to pieces but they are pains in the bum because all they do is fight (sort of like the kids). It’s normally BamBam and Dino that are the worse for it though.

If you were stranded on a island what 3 things would you take with you?
(Your not allowed you laptop, mobile or tablet!!!)
I honestly don’t know how I would cope with out any of them! But I would probably take a big knife, a Flint stone and a photo of my family.

What’s your favourite pizza topping ?
I love spicy pizza’s. So hot shot, curry topping or anything with meat and chillies on it.

If you had to choose one drink that you couldn’t live without, what would it be?
Wine!!! Particularly red wine. I love the stuff and would drink it every night if it wasn’t so bad for me, my liver and my waist line.

What music do you like?
I like all sorts of music. Growing up I loved metal, road and new metal but I also like so pop and cheesy music. My favourite singer is P!nk.

What’s your favourite form of exercise?
I don’t really like exercise as in classes and going to the gym, but I enjoy walking, playing on the wii fit and doing yoga at home.

What is your favourite colour and what does it say about you?
My favourite colour is pink. I think it says that I am a fun, bright person that likes to stand out but I can also be relaxing calming and feisty.

Who is your idol?

My beautiful Baby girl is my idol. Watching all she has gone though in the start of her life and she came out the other side and is amazing.

What is your favourite flavour of ice-cream?
I love mint chocolate chip or toffee. If we are talking Ben & Jerry’s ice cream it has to be caramel chew chew.

Here are the 11 facts about me:

1. I am the youngest of 3 girls

2. I have the Steps greatest hits album on my iTunes account

3. Pink is my favourite colour

4. I have always wanted to learn to surf

5. It wasn’t until last year I finally clicked why they call your elbow your funny bone.

6. I have 3 cats called Pebbles, BamBam and Dino

7. I can’t stand the vegetable swede

8. Last year I could only do basic plaits and ponytails in hair now I can do French, Dutch and fishtail braids.

9. I love ice skating but haven’t been in years

10. I am a lover of red wine and would love to do a wine tasting course/trip.

11. Every year when there is enough snow I have to build a snowman, even if it middle of the night and my kids are asleep.

There you go 11 facts about me.

I would like to nominate:

@littlelifebythesea

@bekb65

@twinmummyyummy

@elw_23_

@liquoriceuk

Here are your 11 questions:

When and why did you start blogging?

What is the best thing you ever did?

What is your favourite food?

What is the one thing you would be lost without and why?

What is you best blog post? (Add link)

Do you own pets?

What do you watch on TV?

What do you do in your spare time?

If you could do anything what would it be?

Do you have children?

What do you want in the future?

I hope you will enjoy taking part and answering my questions x

Nikki x

The New Year’s Tag

Thank you very much to the lovely Zena who write one of my favourite blogs, Zena’s Suitcase for The New Year’s Tag.

I have seen many of my blogging friends taking part in this meme and was hoping I would be tagged because it looks and seemed like fun. Plus it helps people get to know some more about me and my hope for the future.

Highlights of 2014

My year started out with a serious black cloud of me and my family. I was still lots in my emotions and with coming to terms with Baby’s diagnosis. I reached out to many other parents and join loads of Down syndrome groups. I am so glad that I did it because I met a load of wonderful people and some lovely friends.
In March of this year I started blogging and finally managed to move myself out from under that dark cloud. By getting my feeling out I managed to stop thinking why me and enjoying this amazing family I had been given.

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My hubby and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary also in March. It was amazing and I find it hard to believe that it’s been over a year, nearly 2.

We went on our first family holiday with Baby during the summer and managed to make so many amazing memories. The time was spent playing on the beach, exploring new surroundings and just having loads of family fun.
My boys have both been taking swimming lesson this year and are finally able to swim unaided, they both joined the scouts, P learned to ride his bike and E started nursery this Autumn. Which she completely loves and cries when she has to take time off for the half term and this Christmas holiday.
This was also the year was Baby’s turned 1. We threw a massive party with a bouncy castle (it was more for us then Baby) and invite our friends and the kids round. It was such a great day and we had loads of fun. Baby mainly enjoyed opening her presents and playing with the cardboard boxes they came in.

Excited For In 2015

So far for 2015 I don’t have lots planned. We have a family holiday for 2 weeks in Spain booked and which I am really excited for because it will be E’ and Baby’s first holiday aboard. I can’t wait to see how E reacted to taking he first aeroplane trip.
I still think Baby is a bit young to fully understand but will be able to sense the excitement and enjoy the fun.

I am looking forward to my 1st blogiversary in March and I plan to make changes to me blog and try to go self hosted. I really want to make something of my blog. Although I have loved using the wordpress.com free blog, I know I need my blog to grow and become something more.

I am also really looking for to going to my first blogging events. I already have my ticket for Britmums live. Which I am super excited to go too, because I will finally be able to meet up with the many bloggers I have got to know and read. I also plan to join a few other events if I can manage to get tickets. First though we need to finish paying for our holiday and I need to book hotel for britmums.

New Year’s Resolutions

I make resolutions every year and I do stick to them for a short while but I tend to give up on end. In 2014 I came close to my 1 resolution which was to learn to drive. I did lessons but eventually give up because we were going on holiday and I needed to save the money.

This year I plan to stick to my resolutions but I’m not going to set anything too difficult.

I will aim to eat better and not go for the easy option when I’m tired.
I want to do something to raise money for charity. I may join race for life again.
I am going to put more effort into trying or doing new things.
I will try again to do my driving lessons or take me theory test.
I will move the kids bedrooms round and decorate.

Blogging High

For me my blogging highs this year have been when I won my John Lewis vouchers and for being chosen to write post and reviews.
I have also loved being mentioned on people’s blogs and having people tell me that they like what I write.
It fills me with so much happiness because sometimes I don’t think what I wrote gets the point I want to across. I sometime wonder if my blog is actually any good. Luckily I have a great family and friends that tell me what they think and great people who tell me what they think.

Photo Of The Year

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I’m going to tag the following bloggers

Sharon @ TeenTweenToddler

Sara @MumturnedMom

Emily @Mummy’s Retreat

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Nikki x

My Secret Santa

This Christmas I joined in with a secret Santa that was run by the lovely Emily at Twin mummy’s newbie bloggers, facebook group.

I had never really taken part in a secret Santa before and was nervous/excited about what to do or if I would get the right presents for the person I was given. I really enjoyed the idea of then blogging about our gifts so the person who sent it would know what we thought of their gifts. I also loved the fact that i was going to be given a present that I wouldn’t have to buy myself. (my hubby isn’t normally good at present/gifts although he has really tired this year so we will see on Christmas morning 😃)

We were all given a £10 limit and given the url, address and name of the person that was picked for us. I found trying to find a nice present/presents that the person I was given quite hard with the £10 limit, but I eventually came across some nice stuff and wrapped them and sent them off on the deadline date of the 8th December.

Within a couple of days my parcel had arrive from my secret Santa. It was wrapped in a bright pink plastic parcel bag with a lovely card and my address on front with a “fragile with care” sticker on front. (Of course to my kids this meant when mummy outs the box down, we should go over and give it a curious shake)
I put the present to one side where it sat tempting me for days/weeks. We had all agreed to open them together on a certain date (but you know what the Royal Mail can be like at Christmas time. It must be bedlam) and some of the people unfortunately hadn’t received their gifts by that date. So the date was changed and we were told that we could open the presents when ever.

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Finally I was able to see what was inside the box that was sent to me. I was extremely giddy to be able to open my gift that I forgot to take a photo of how it arrived.
Inside was a lovely red and gold box that was filled with a nice card and a load of gifts that were hidden in the red shredded paper.

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It was so exciting having to dig threw the paper to find the gifts inside. It made the experience so much more fun and made me appreciate the gift even more.

Inside the box was:
2 eye shadow palettes
3 fragrance testers
Cocoa butter hand cream
Cocoa butter moisturiser
Baylis shower gel, body cream and soap
Plus a Gold shatter nail varnish

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I was amazed at how much my Santa had managed to get on our budget and was so happy with the gifts. One thing I know I am in need of is some pampering and me time but like most mums it’s not easy to find the time to give yourself a break. Now I have a reason and some great products to try out. I can’t wait to try out the makeup and nail varnish. The even better thing is just before this gift arrived I was thinking I needed to buy myself some more hand cream and I am always wanting to try out new fragrances because I tend to stick to same ones all time.

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Thank you to my secret Santa your gift is much appreciated, you did a great job 😄
My kids also loved all the bubble wrapped that up wrapped the breakable stuff in. They had a field day popping it while I hunted through the box to find my next treat ☺️

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🎅🎄🌟🎁😄🍷 Merry Christmas Everyone 🍷😄🎁🌟🎄🎅

Nikki x

The One Lovely Blog Award and Christmas Tag

 

I was recently nominated for a One Lovely Blog Award and Christmas Tag by Louise at Little Hearts, Big Love. I firstly want to say how honoured I was when I read that she had picked me and how flattered I was that she thought my little blog was good enough to nominate. Thank you darling 😀

So as part of this I have been asked to share 7 fact about myself. I will also answering the Christmassy questions too before nominating 15 people to also take part if they choose too.

One Lovely Blog Award

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Facts about me

  •  I am a mother to 4 beautiful children but I also have 2 step children. I love being a mother and I try to treat all my children the same but in their own different ways.
  • I had my first child when I was 17. Even though he wasn’t planned I loved my son more then anything and he became my whole world.
  • I had my second son at the age of 20 (the day before my 21st birthday). I was single at the time and had gone through the whole pregnancy on my own and with the support of my family, mostly my amazing mother (who’s birthday my son was born on).
  • Even though I was a single mum of 2 I managed to get my self on a college course to redo my GCSE’s and then went on to do my Alevels. (although I wasn’t single during my Alevel years as I met my hubby just before I finished my GCSE year).
  • I am a total chatter box and I will talk to almost anyone about anything. it’s not always a good thing though and sometimes my mouth runs away with itself and I say the wrong thing.
  • I try my hardest to be as honest as I possibly can. Which some people love about me because they know I don’t mean it in a bad way I’m just wanting to treat them the way I would want to be treated and I know that if I looks horrid in an outfit I would want to know.
  • I have slight OCD when it comes to me making sandwiches or preparing certain meals. Also my volume on my TV has to be on either a 0 or a 5.

The Christmas

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1. What is your favourite Christmas movie?

My favourite Christmas film has to be I’ll be home for Christmas. I don’t know why I love this film over all the other Christmas films out there but it doesn’t feel like Christmas until I have watched this film.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas eve or on Christmas day?
Growing up we were always allowed to open one present on Christmas Eve. It was a tradition I wanted to do with my children but my hubby didn’t really like the idea because it spoils the Christmas fun in morning. Do we get up super early on Christmas morning, normally around 6am and my parents come round. Then we all open presents together before we have breakfast.

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
Last year was my favourite and best Christmas ever. I loved it because it was just my kids, my stepdaughter, my hubby and myself. So we could just enjoy ourselves and be a complete family. It was Baby’s first Christmas.
The whole day was so much fun and so relaxing 🙂

4. Favourite festive food?
For my it has to be pigs in blankets. I love them! But you can’t go wrong with sausages wrapped in bacon!

5. Favourite Christmas gift?
My favourite Christmas gift I brought for myself from T when he was a baby. It’s a Mum locket with “I love you” inscribed to back. I brought it from Argos 10 years ago and I still it now (although the chain has been changed many times) It’s my favourite necklace.

6. Favourite Christmas scent?
I don’t actually really like many Christmas scents. I find them really over powering. But I do love the smell of crisp air just after it snows. Does that count?

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
We have quite a few traditions that we stick too. Each Christmas Eve we will either baked Christmas biscuits or buns, then we have hot chocolate and watch Christmas films. Then if we have time we will make a new decoration or art and craft inspired Christmas projected. Then after we get ready for bed I sit and read “T’was night before Christmas” and other Christmas stories before we leave a carrot, biscuit, mince pie and a glass of Bailey’s out for Santa before bed.

8. What tops your tree?
We have an angel on top of out tree. It’s the one my use to have at her house that she handed down to me when I moved house.

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
I don’t really remember. I think it might of been a baby brother. But being youngest I never got that 🙂

10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
I love the joy on my kids faces in the morning. I love the quality time I get to spend with my family and I love the magic of it all.

The rules for the One Lovely Blog Award are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award and link back to them in your post.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers that you admire to do the same and let them know.

My One Lovely Blog Award nominations are as follows:

  1. Life As Alice
  2. Twin Mummy and Daddy
  3. The Reading Residence
  4. Lets Talk Mommy
  5. The Oliver’s Madhouse
  6. Teen Tween Toddler
  7. You Baby Me Mummy
  8. Northumberland Mam
  9. Hodge Podge Days Blog
  10. Keep Up With The Jones Family
  11. Slouching Towards Thatcham
  12. Life as our little family
  13. Super Busy Mum
  14. Honest Mum
  15. Mum in the Madhouse

Hopefully you will all take part and also do the Christmas tag too.

Nikki ❤

 

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