Our word this week is of course the same as most people’s.


This is technically my 2nd Christmas post, as I did one on Christmas Eve detailing what we usually get up during the Christmas holiday and what we did this year πŸ™‚

Christmas is always a great time and I look forwards to it most of the year. Although it’s not my favourite holiday (that’s πŸŽƒHalloweenπŸ‘»). I do still love and enjoy taking part in all the fun things to do and sharing the day with my family.
Christmas Day is the only day I know 100% that my hubby has off work each the year because his work close for the day. I love this because I know he will always be here with us as a family.

You see growing up I didn’t often have that. My mum and dad both had jobs where if they had to work Christmas Day they couldn’t really get out it. Which always seemed to take some of the sparkle or magic away for me. All I ever wanted was a day with my family without someone having to dash off to work.
They still work in similar jobs and that’s why this year we had to have an earlier Christmas dinner because both were working Christmas night.
My sisters and I take it in turns to host Christmas dinner with for my parents and this year it was my turn πŸ™‚
Them working doesn’t bother me as much now as it did as a kids because we work around their routines, so they can enjoy the Christmas fun which is great.

This year like every other my mum (and normally my dad) came round to see the kids open their presents.

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After the presents were open and my mum had left for work. It was still really early. The sun hadn’t even risen yet, but my kids were wide awake and full of beans. All wanting to play and open their new toys. Hubby and I sorted through the toys fixing them together, adding batteries or switching them on, before we snuck off to make breakfast and clean up.

My hubby did most of the work with breakfast while I started prepping dinner and sorting out the table.

He then put on his mistletoe head band and Christmas jumper, while getting fully into the Christmas spirit.

A little while later once the table was set and the 3 meats (lamb, beef and Turkey) roasted in the oven with the veg, stuffing and pigs in blankets. I finished setting the table and had managed to get dressed.


Soon enough the family had all arrived. This year I had my kids, my parents and my inlaws round for Christmas dinner. The table was set, the kids were all dressed and dinner was ready to be served.
(Unfortunately this is when the hectic ness set in and I didn’t manage to snap any nice pictures)
Dinner was beautiful though and I give myself a massive pay on the back. It was my first time doing a rack of lamb and to add the fact it was stuffed too. I was amazed I managed to get the cooking times all right.
At dinner the drinks began to flow and the rest of the night was spent talking, laughing and enjoying each other’s company.
I didn’t manage to snap this cute picture on baby and myself though πŸ™‚


How was your Christmas? Did you have fun?

Nikki x

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My Christmas – so far

As this is my first Christmas blogging I thought I would walk you through our family Christmas before the big day.

School Ends – Christmas prep starts
See normally during the half term I would have loads of crafting activities. We would make decorations, bake and right cards. Plus the kids would fill in their Christmas activity books and we would write letters to Santa and post them.

This year though, we had a very late start to the Christmas prep as 2 of my kids got poorly during the weekend after they broke up. Luckily they got well enough to join in last few days.

See Santa
I know to lots of people this is a right of passage too and they take their kids every year. I am on of those people and although they have seen many other Santa’s in the last month. I always take them to see the santa in local shopping centre every year.


Wrapping presents
This is actually one of the things I really don’t like about Christmas. I hate having to spend hours wrapping the presents, just do the kids can rip off the paper in seconds and it thrown in the bin. It’s a massive waste of money, time, effort and paper. But then though I hate it I still wrap nearly all their presents every year because it’s not Christmas with out wrapping paper.


Christmas shopping
I an the one that does the food shop every year without fail. I always go major over budget and end up with things I don’t need, want or know what to do with.
For the food shop I always start buying a month before Christmas. I buy my mini sausages and sausage meat as soon as possible and store it in my freezer until Christmas Eve. I start storing up on the booze, nibbles and “kid wine” (grape juice) and in recent years I have started. Preordering my main meat, starters and pudding, so it’s paid for and ready to pick up Christmas Eve with no fuss πŸ™‚

Christmas clean up
In the week running up to Christmas, I try to do a major clean before my family come round (not that it looks any different) and on Christmas Eve, the cleaning steps up a gear as the prep begins. As the kids play the hubby and I will been seen darting about trying to get stuff polished, wiped or swept. Although soon as kids come down on Christmas morning it’s a bomb site again!

Christmas Eve night
Christmas Eve night has to be one of my favourite time though. I love how excited the kids get. We spend the day making decorations, watching Christmas films and spending time together.
This year we also went to see Santa. As we could go earlier due to ill children.
After tea we will all get in our pj’s curl up to read The night before Christmas, then put 2 mince pies, a carrot and a big glass of baileys out for Santa before bed.

Then soon as the kids are a sleep in bed the hubby and I get to work with sorting the presents, building them and finished what is left to wrap (if any!). Then we set them all up as if santa had been πŸ™‚

Then it’s a quick clean up and off to bed we go πŸ™‚

I can’t wait to see the kids faces in the morning when they see all their presents we have bought them and I hope they like the shoes Santa has got for them.

I hope you a great day and I will fill you in on the rest of our Christmas later on x

Nikki x

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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 πŸ˜ƒ)

We were all given a Β£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 Β£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.

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.

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


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.


Thank you to my secret Santa your gift is much appreciated, you did a great job πŸ˜„
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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Nikki x