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It’s okay to cancel Christmas (in fact, I highly recommend it)

It’s okay to cancel Christmas (in fact, I highly recommend it)

I'm giving my kids cash for Christmas this year. Not even a gift card, just money. I'm also giving my nieces, nephews, friends and probably the postie cash for Christmas too. I think my sisters thought I was joking when I mentioned it, but alas, I was not. I didn't...

DIY felt Christmas baubles for the kids to make

DIY felt Christmas baubles for the kids to make

I’m feeling a little bit proud. I just taught 27 Year 3 students how to do a running stitch so that they could DIY felt Christmas baubles for home. I love encouraging my class to get creative and sewing is next-level for many of them. These felt Christmas baubles...

Raspberry rum balls are a new Christmas classic

Raspberry rum balls are a new Christmas classic

Nothing says 'Christmas' to me more than rum balls. My mum faithfully makes them every year for the (extra) silly season. Never at any other time of year. I've riffed on Mum's classic to make these raspberry rum balls. Raspberry and rum are foodie friends. They work...

25 easy Elf on the Shelf ideas for mums who are over the elf

25 easy Elf on the Shelf ideas for mums who are over the elf

A couple of years ago, you caved in and got The Elf. The kids loved it, you kinda loved it, that cheeky, funny, lovable elf brought the Christmas joy in sleigh-loads. You called him Noel (geddit?), and he was the most fun you've ever had in December while sober for a...

The gift giving formula: What kids really need for Christmas

The gift giving formula: What kids really need for Christmas

Ah, Christmas. Christmas, Christmas, Christmas. I love you, I loathe you. Love the community, the festivities, the merriment and kindness. Loathe the STUFF. All that grabbiness from the kids, even lovely kids like mine. What kids really need for Christmas, and what...

21+ gift ideas for tween boys they will really love

21+ gift ideas for tween boys they will really love

At last, it's gift ideas for tween boys time! We've found gifts to sort the teen girls, teen boys and tween girls and here we are buying for adolescent boys. They are a tough crowd to buy for, let me tell you. If they're sporty, they've already got all the sporting...

Advent kindness calendar for older kids [free printable]

Advent kindness calendar for older kids [free printable]

Deck the halls! Or at least the living room! Christmas officially kicks off on 1 December with the advent calendar. This year, instead of the usual advent chocolate box, I'm urging you to try a kindness calendar. I first made a Christmas kindness calendar when my kids...

Make a natural Christmas wreath for your front door

Make a natural Christmas wreath for your front door

This natural Christmas wreath tutorial comes to you from my friend Louise Trevitt. Lou is a gifted artist and stylist who over many years of friendship has taught me to always make time for dabbling and tinkering. We came together to create this natural Christmas...

21+ Christmas gift ideas for tween girls they will really love

21+ Christmas gift ideas for tween girls they will really love

This massive list of gift ideas for tween girls joins our list for teen boys, tween boys and teen girls. So check those out for more thoughtful gifts that might also suit your tweenie. In this list, I've included gifts that suit girly tween girls and less girly...

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