Blogmas – Christmas Cocktails With The Duke & Fly

I love a cocktail at Christmas. Actually, I love a cocktail full stop but Christmas is a convenient excuse so let’s go with it. I’m pretty good at whipping up a cocktail…no false modesty here. Working behind the bar for almost four years you pick up a trick or two but, (as I’m no longer at the forefront of whats hot and whats not), I decided to leave it to the professionals to come up with a selection of Christmas cocktails with a little more oomph than your traditional snowball. I asked the guys at ‘Thin White Duke’ and ‘Spider & Fly’ in Carlisle to come up with two suitably seasonal yet suitably chic concoctions for the discerning Christmas party goer this December. All ingredients and methods are listed but if you are in the Carlisle area I highly recommend heading on down and sampling the real deal!

Blogmas - Christmas Cocktails with The Duke & Fly

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“It’s Not Terry’s Martini”

  • Double Espresso,
  • 20ml Orange Vodka,
  • 15ml Kahlua,
  • 15ml Mozart Chocolate,
  • 15ml Sugar Syrup.
  • Icing Sugar & Coffee Beans To Garnish

METHOD

  • Fill a latte glass with ice and set aside to chill
  • Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake your boots!
  • Empty the glass of ice and sprinkle the side with icing sugar
  • Strain the mixture into the now empty glass
  • Garnish with a sprinkle of coffee beans

chocolate orange espresso martini

“Mulled Wine Mojito”

  • 50ml Mulled Wine,
  • 25ml Sailor Jerry,
  • Squeeze Pear Puree,
  • Dash of Soda Water,
  • Handful Of Mint,
  • 3 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 4 x Lime Wedges,
  • Winter Berries & Sliced Pear To Garnish,

METHOD

  • Take a tall cocktail glass, add the lime & sugar and muddle.
  • Add the mulled wine, rum, pear puree and mint.
  • Fill the glass with crushed ice then stir vigorously using a long spoon.
  • Top with a dash of soda water and garnish with pear, winter berries and a sprig of mint

mulled wine mojito

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“The Black Forest Gâteau”

  • 12.5ml Chambord,
  • 12.5ml Briotette Framboise (raspberry liqueur),
  • 25ml Briotette Cerise (cherry liqueur),
  • 20ml Sugar Syrup (equal parts sugar and water),
  • 25ml Cranberry Juice,

METHOD

  • Fill a martini glass with ice and set aside to chill
  • Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake your boots
  • Empty the glass of ice and strain the mixture
  • Serve with a cream float and shavings of 70% cocoa chocolate (for the cream float, pour double cream in a fine stream over the back of a spoon).

black forest gateau cocktail

cocktail cream float

“Maple Pecan Old Fashioned”

  • 35ml Maple Syrup,
  • 50ml Knob Creek Bourbon,
  • 5 Dashes Of Angostura Bitters,

METHOD

  • Fill a tumbler with ice and set aside to chill
  • Add half the ingredients to a mixing glass, fill with ice and stir
  • As the ice begins to melt add the remaining ingredients and top with more ice
  • Empty the glass of ice and strain the mixture
  • Add fresh ice to the mixture and served with crushed salted pecans.

maple pecan old fashioned

Do you have any favourite Christmas cocktails or are you a Baileys or nothing kind of a girl (or boy)?

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BLOGMAS – My Top Ten Festive Tunes

I have terrible taste in music. Actually, that’s not strictly true, I have very fine taste in music….I mean who doesn’t love a bit of Neil Sedaka in the car? Mr.R is on a mission to turn Luna into a Carl Cox fan before I can corrupt her with Abba but I digress. Christmas is the time of year where I can indulge my (o.k I admit, bordering on cheesy) taste in music and I’ll admit I really struggled to narrow this down to ten! I’ve tried to stay clear of the ‘big 70s classics’ (i.e. Slade & Wizzard) for no other reason than they are just so awesome that everyone going to listen to them regardless!  Without further ado here are my top ten festive tunes – the perfect soundtrack to start the party season!

my top ten festive tunes1.     Fairytale Of New York – The Pogues & Kirstie McCall

I think this one will top quite a few peoples top ten festive tunes list. What I love about this one is its grittiness. It’s has a real edge of sleaze and sadness to it but at the same time gives you all the warm fuzzies that let’s face it, are a necessary ingredient of an iconic festive hit.

2.      Last Christmas – Wham

Oh, George (and Andrew, mustn’t forget Andrew) where do I even start? The video for Last Christmas is everything I want the festive season to be and not even that awful woman giving poor George’s brooch away can spoil it for me!

3.      Walking In A Winter Wonderland – Macy Gray

This cover of the 1930s original is just so cool! Macy’s gravelly vocals give this festive favourite a real modern twist but it never loses that classic Christmassy vibe!

4.      Stop The Cavalry – Jona Lewie

When I started to think about my top ten festive tunes I asked a few people what their picks would be and I was amazed by how often this one came up! It’s so delightfully upbeat and yet tinged with quite a heartbreaking undercurrent. The brass band immediately draws you into thoughts of Christmas’s past and it just seems to be the perfect snuggle in front of the fire with a hot chocolate song!

5.      Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy – David Bowie & Bing Crosby

The pairing of Bing Crosby, old-school crooner of White Christmas fame and a young David Bowie shouldn’t work but there’s just something about these two distinctive voices and the way they blend together. This was recorded not long before Bing Crosby died which adds another layer of poignancy.

6.     Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow – Dean Martin

Dean Martin just has the dreamiest voice and I could listen to him sing let it snow let it snow let it snow all day! This is the perfect tree decorating song – fire on, glass of wine in hand…lovely!

7.      Baby Its Cold Outside – Tom Jones & Cerys Matthews

Is it sacrilege that of all the versions of this Christmas classic it’s the Tom Jones version that does it for me? I don’t care, the video for this is epic (and was actually the inspiration behind one of my school Drama project)!

8.      Mistletoe & Wine – Cliff Richard

I couldn’t do a top ten festive tunes without Mr Christmas himself – Cliff Richard. Mistletoe and wine has to be the ultimate Christmas classic. I actually don’t think its possible to get into the festivities until you’ve heard Mistletoe & Wine.

9.      Chiquitita – Abba

Yep, I had to get them in somewhere. Although this doesn’t have Christmas (or even winter for that matter) in the song at all, the video was shot on a snow-covered mountain in front a humungous snowman and you really can’t get much more Christmassy than that! (Also don’t you just love that brummmph, bom, bom, bom at the end? Chills)!

10.      Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) – The Darkness

Whatever happened to The Darkness? I loved the darkness! They were like a super tongue in cheek, super camp Queen (the band not you know, The Queen). Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End) with is none too subtle double entendre is basically a piss take but it’s so catchy and so funny that it just can’t fail to raise a smile!

11.      It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Dean Martin

I ummed and ahhed about including this one (which is why its a little late to the party). Five years ago today we lost someone very special and this song evokes so many memories from that time. For me it’s not a party track, nor does it get me into the festive spirit but, I certainly don’t find it sad or upsetting. Whenever I hear it I stop, listen and remember. There’s great comfort in that and for me, this will always be one of the most special songs of the season.

What would you include in your top ten festive tunes?

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BLOGMAS – Five Christmas Gifts For Men

My husband is not into sports…or fishing or fashion. The only thing that genuinely tickles his fancy are cars and as much as I would love to present him with his beloved Audi RS3 its just not gonna happen! When it comes to buying Christmas gifts it is always, without fail the men in my life who are the biggest pain in the bum! If you’ve read my post The Anniversary Conundrum then you’ll know how much of an issue I find buying presents for the male of the species. They want nothing. They need nothing. You spend a small fortune desperately trying to raise a smile of genuine delight that never seems to materialise. So, I have trawled the interweb (sorry I just cannot do real-life shops – particularly at this time of year with a pushchair in tow) for five Christmas gifts for men which, although they may not do cartwheels of joy over, may just like enough to utilise….

The Experience – Gin & Botanical Dining Extravaganza (£200) Not On The High Street

Yes, this is a substantial gift but I have a sneaking suspicion that it could be a winner. One of the best presents I ever managed to pull off was tickets to see Michael McIntyre. If in doubt an experience could be the way forward. Whether he’s into his drinks, racing, food or flying, a day or weekend learning something new is a great idea for a really special gift!

Gin & Botanical Dining Extravaganza For Two

For The Coffee LoverMonthly Delivery Coffee Subscription (£29 For Three Months) Not On The High Street

There’s a plethora of beauty boxes and subscription packages available for the girls but (as ever) a very limited selection when it comes to the boys! When I stumbled across this package that delivers fresh coffee from independent farmers each and every month I thought, ‘Yes’, that is something that could actually be appreciated in my household (Mr.R and his caffeine affliction are something of a standing joke). I love the idea that it’s not just a one-off gift and you can choose how long you want your subscription to last – you could choose to have fresh coffee delivered right up until next Christmas!

Coffee Subscription - Christmas gifts for men

For The Drinks CoinneusserCocktail Chameleon Hardback Book £40 Mr Porter

A few years ago I bought a beautiful coffee table book called ‘Vintage Cocktails’ for Mr.R without any real expectation that he would be interested. But against all odds, it was a surprise hit. There’s an abundance of lovely cocktail recipe books out there and at this time of year, I don’t think you can go wrong (who doesn’t love a cocktail at Christmas)?

Cocktail Chameleon Book

For The Techy Bloke – Sonos Play 1 Smart Speaker £149 John Lewis

I’ve yet to come across a bloke who doesn’t have at least a passing interest in anything a bit techy. I’m talking speakers, sound systems, tv’s…you get the gist! We have two of the Sonos Play 1 speakers at home and to be honest they’re a bit of a no-brainer. They link up to your phone which means you can play music from your library or even from your Spotify account and it’s great to be able to have different playlists in different rooms. We also have the soundbar and subwoofer (Mr.R’s pride and joy) which make great gifts if you’re looking to spend a little more (last year the whole family chipped in to get the subwoofer for my dad who is notoriously hard to buy for).

Sonos Play 1 Smart Speaker

For The FoodyPembridge Indulgent Chilled Hamper – £120 Marks & Spencer

Men like to eat right? Of course, they do and who could resist a hamper full of cheese, crackers and a few bottles of wine? When I start to get stressed with Christmas shopping I always try to remember the incontrovertible fact that a beautiful hamper will be always be appreciated, used and enjoyed and at the end of the day, that’s about as much as any gift giver can hope for! M&S have a gorgeous selection of hampers in a wide variety of price points that make fabulous gifts for men (or indeed for anyone really)!

Sonos Play 1 Smart Speaker

I hope you were able to find a little inspiration here. Do you have any top tips on how to buy Christmas gifts for men?

Elf On The Shelf – The Adventures Of Tuukka Tuukka DAY5 

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Watcha cooking Tuukka Tuukka??? 

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BLOGMAS – November Favourites, The Last Of The Year

How is it monthly favourites time again? It only seems like two minutes ago I was putting the finishing touches to Octobers favourites! I blinked, went on holiday and now it’s bloomin Christmas! In terms of November favourites, there’s a new skincare discovery, an (almost) toddling baby and news of a rather exciting Royal event for 2018!

Environ

Regular readers will know I’m something of a skincare junkie. I think this is born from the fact that I’ve spent the last 30 odd years battling with a host of skin-related issues. I’m always on the lookout for the next wonder product and am inexplicably drawn to anything rich and luxurious (and usually super spendy – go figure)! It was getting to the point that as lovely as the products I was using undoubtedly were, I was seeing very little in the way of results on my major problem areas (currently residual pregnancy pigmentation and my nemesis…milia)! My friend Kim is a skincare specialist so I decided it was time to book in for a consultation. She immediately pointed out that most of the products I was using were oil-based (damn my luxurious tastes) and therefore were working against my skin type. She suggested switching to water-based products and introduced me to Environ which I have to say has been something of a revelation! Within a week of using the products, I (for the first time) noticed a significant difference in the texture and appearance of my skin. I’ve since had my first facial with Kim which was unlike any facial I’ve ever had. No faff, no namby-pamby, strokey massage just firm, targeted pressure, lots of exfoliation and the use of electronic and sound waves to up my hydration levels. In other words, it gets shit done! I haven’t been using the products for long but the difference I have seen is huge and my understanding of the products is that with continued use you can move up to different strengths and start introducing tools such as dermal rollers and a rather fancy mobile devise to get the results of a facial at home! I’ve also recently started on the skin supplements (a mixture of Omegas, Vitamin A and antioxidants) to start treating my skin from the inside. I’m really excited to continue with this regime and build on the results I’ already starting to see! For me putting this regime into place is the star of my November favourites list.

Environ Skincare

KIM VAN LIEROP – SKIN SPECIALIST

Pre Christmas Getaway 

Seeing as we spent 10 days of the month holiday, this was a given for November favourites! Our pre-Christmas getaway to the South of Spain was just what the Doctor ordered. After a manic few months, it was great to spend some quality time together as a family before the Christmas madness descended. We ate, we drank, we shopped. It was friggin awesome! Check out my Pre-Christmas Holiday In The Sun post to find out my top tips on what to see, where to eat and where to shop!

Family Holiday In Spain

Black Camisoles

The upside to something you have always loved being ‘in fashion’ is you are suddenly overwhelmed with an abundance of variations in a whole range of price brackets. The downsides are a. every other bugger has exactly the same breadth of choice and b. you end up getting overly excited by the fact that you actually have a choice and end up with (in this case) EVERY BLACK LACE CAMISOLE you come across. Now, I’m really not complaining. These are the moments you need to take advantage of and stock up while you can. The fad will die down and soon I will be left alone with my cami’s…just the way I like it!

Samsøe ⏀ Samsøe Camisole Massimo Dutti Velvet Camisole

Anine Bing Madeline Blazer

Ok so (if you’ve been reading my blog) you will know all about the saga that is the Anine Bing blazer. Long story short I fell in love with seemingly the most popular jacket of the season! It was sold out everywhere and took an age to come back into stock. When it did I was waiting, ready to pounce and boy it really hasn’t disappointed! I’ve written a full post all about the Madeline Blazer if you want to check it out in all its glory…it’s definitely earned its place in the November Favourites!

Anine Bing Blazer

Glossier Cloud Paint

I always have good intentions of taking a streamlined makeup bag on holiday but this time I actually managed it! Only one foundation, no eyeliner (that one was a bit traumatic) and the Glossier Cloud Paint cream blush which, after continued use I am LOVING! It’s great for those no-makeup makeup days or I’ve used it as a bit of a base for my powder blush if I’m after something with a bit more oomph! I also love the fact that you can mix up the colours to create just the right tone for you. Check out my Glossier Review for my thoughts on Cloud Paint and more from the range.

Glossier Cloud Paint

Baby Steps

Luna is almost on her feet. Correction, she IS on her feet but doesn’t seem overly keen on staying there. Watching your child grow and develop is a strange old thing. You strive and strive for the next step, when will she walk? when will she talk? But as soon as the achievement is made you find yourself welling up and lamenting the fact that your baby is growing up! Such is the way of the world and if I’m honest, I’m very much looking forward to having random little conversations with my little munchkin. She’s truly hilarious without words so I can only imagine the laughs we will have when she does start to speak!

Luna Belle

The Royal Wedding Part II

A late addition to the November Favourites but oh my, its a goodie! So a week ago today, I was glued to the T.V as the news was announced that Prince Harry was to marry Meghan Markle! Oh. My. God…There’s going to be another Royal Wedding!! My excitement levels have gone stratospheric but I know myself well enough to try and instil a level of calm or I will end up sad, lamenting the fact that I am already married and can’t have another wedding (believe me I’ve tried – Mr.R is having none of it)! The news has special meaning as it’s a very real and positive reminder of how far we as a nation have come. Last month I talked about the Netflix series, The Crown and one of the major themes was a dereliction of duty through falling in love with the wrong person. Edward and Wallis, Margaret and Peter, Charles and Camilla, all tragic love stories in their own way. Given this history, the event taking place next year is all the more special and remarkable and I for one CANNOT WAIT! No really, I’m going to have a party (also I’m very excited to get me a new mug)!

royal wedding style

So thats my November favourites. How was November for you? Are we all organised for the big day?

Elf On The Shelf – The Adventures Of Tuukka Tuukka DAY4

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Are you a bit chilly in there Tuukka Tuukka?

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BLOGMAS – My Fantasy Christmas Wish List

One of my favourite past times is perusing the virtual shelves of luxury online stores and adding all the loveliness to a wish list or fantasy shopping basket! Now it’s a momentous day when I actually make a purchase so all of this is purely in the realms of fantasy but hey, a girl can dream right? Here are my top ten fantasy buys that are getting me hot under the collar this Christmas. Mr.R, if you’re reading…

dear santa...my fantasy wish list

Balmain Blazer

The Rolls Royce of blazers make no mistake! We all know I love a blazer and this one has been on the life lust list for quite some time! The Balmain signature blazer is significantly more structured than my usual picks and yes it will always be just a little bit ‘wag-ish’ but hey, I’m cool with a little bit of wag style now and then!

Black Balmain Blazer

BALMAIN BLAZER

Jimmy Choo Romy Pumps

My Jimmy Choo Black patent Abel pumps are probably one of the most worn pair of shoes I own so I’m desperate to add the Romy (in the lower 85mm heel) to my collection. This blush suede pair are the perfect paradox of practical and impractical…they’ll go with anything and everything but blush pink suede? Did someone say high maintenance?

Jimmy Choo Romy Pumps

JIMMY CHOO ROMY PUMPS

Prada Handbag

A year or so ago my mum bought me what is essentially a wallet on a chain…a small bag big enough for your phone with card slots and a zip compartment. Now as much as I love my other bags, this is the one I reach for on a day to day basis. It’s small and light, it basically acts as a purse and I can wear it cross body. This Prada bag would be the perfect upgrade for days where something a little more dressy is required.

Prada Cross Body Bag

PRADA BAG

Chloe Susanna Boots

I feel like I’m hugely late to the party with this one. The Susanna boots have been on the market for so long they have doubled in price and spawned a Topshop dupe! They are definitely having a moment right now but I can see me wearing these until my dying day! They remind me of (a much more glitzy version of) a pair of Ash cowboy boots I had and wore until they had been re-soled so many times they dropped to pieces.

Chloe Susanna Boots

CHLOE SUSANNA BOOTS

Diptyque Dragon Scented Candle

A Christmas candle is always such a special treat and really helps to get you into the festive spirit! I adore Diptyque and the Christmas collection this year is beyond gorgeous! Three warming, festive scents in the most beautiful glass votives (I use mine for storing makeup brushes once the candle has burned down) choose from Dragon, Unicorn or Pheonix…I’m not gonna lie, I think I need fall three the only issue being I feel like I need this in my life right now so festivities can well and truly commence!

Diptyque Christmas Candle

DIPTYQUE CANDLE

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Masterclass

I’ve always been more of an eye than a lip girl but I’m starting to feel that now I’m in my thirties I really should have mastered the art of applying a proper, full-on lip! This collection by Charlotte Tilbury has given me all the heart eyes and surely would give me the incentive to play at ‘being a real grown-up who wears lipstick and everything’!

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Masterclass

CHARLOTTE TILBURY LIP MASTERCLASS

Maria Tash Mini 18-Karat Gold Diamond Earring

I mentioned a while ago that I’m having a bit of a moment with earrings and have been lusting after anything from Maria Tash for quite some time. This super simple yet super chic mini hoop would be quite a delight to find tucked away in my stocking…Santa if your listening?

Maria Tash Gold Hoop Earring

MARIA TASH EARRING

Mejuri Beaded Ring

These gold skinny stacking rings are so bloomin awesome but present me with two problems. Firstly, despite my best efforts and intentions, my hands are looking a little rough, dry and just generally a bit worse for wear. Not the best for showing off these delicate little beauties. Secondly (and yes I’m aware that this is a bit of a first world problem) which one do you choose? They’re all so morish! Obviously, I can’t do much about the latter (except maybe buy all the rings which does seem rather excessive) but if somebody would like to gift me some products by Margaret Dabbs well that would be just fabulous!

Mejuri Beaded Ring

MEJURI RING

Acne Scarf

Isn’t this baby blue colour a dream? This scarf seems made for snuggling up on icy, wintry days and manages to look both cosy and ‘tres chic’ all at once! I have a feeling that this is the type of accessory that would live in your wardrobe for a long long time!

Acne Canada Scarf

ACNE SCARF

Joseph Leather Leggings

Many years ago I was the proud owner of the ultimate leather leggings from By Malene Birger. Supple, soft, stretchy leather that didn’t ‘knee’ or ‘sag’ they were perfection. Unfortunately, said leggings were involved in an incident which even now makes me wince. If I said the incident involved a bottle of ‘bleach heavy’ mould and mildew remover would you get the gist? Yes…it was a sad sad day indeed. Anyway, since that sad day, I have never had the heart (or the pennies) to replace them but I’m pretty sure this fantasy pair by Joseph would greatly help the grieving process along!

Joseph Leather Leggings

JOSEPH LEATHER LEGGINGS

What’s on your fantasy Christmas Wish List???

Elf On The Shelf – The Adventures Of Tuukka Tuukka DAY3

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That was a new tube of toothpaste Tuukka Tuukka!

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BLOGMAS – How I Store My Christmas Decorations

Last Christmas I had an epiphany. There I was happily unwrapping my (really quite extensive) bauble collection from the mass of shredded tissue paper they called home when it occurred to me that surely there must be a safer and more organised method than the one I was currently using! ‘A place for everything and everything in its place’ they say so if you want to make life easier for yourself next Christmas (it’s too late for this year – you might as well embrace the chaos) then follow these top tips for storing your Christmas decorations.

how to store your christmas decorations

Arm Yourself With The Correct Tools.

Invest in the right tools now and avoid a post-Christmas meltdown when the awful day you have to de-Christmas your house comes around. (That day is depressing enough without breaking your favourite ornament trying to stuff it into a tatty cardboard box). There’s nothing quite like being prepared and having the correct tools. In this instance plastic storage tubs, bubble wrap and a Label Maker (I don’t know how I have managed to get through life but to my shame, I still DO NOT own a label maker…that’s definitely on for the Christmas wish list)! If you have any large gift boxes lying around, these make excellent alternatives to a plastic storage tub or if your an organisational nerd, Lakeland does a dedicated Christmas ornament storage box which comes with handy winders for your Christmas lights which brings me nicely on to…

Leave The Lights In The Same Condition You Wish To Find Them 

Yes, we’ve all done it but there is nothing, I repeat nothing more frustrating than getting in a tangle with your Christmas lights. You can literally lose hours of your life detangling a string of fairy lights so do yourself a favour and spend a few more minutes carefully winding them around a firm piece of cardboard before putting them into storage…your future self with thank you!

Colour Coordinate

If your anything like me you will have baubles and trinkets in every colour under the sun. Now I like to colour coordinate different areas of my house (for example my stair garland is decorated in shades of blush pink and gold where my tree is usually a more traditional red, gold and green) so it makes sense to me to store like with like making decorating the enjoyable and stress free task it rightly deserves to be!

If In Doubt Bubble Wrap Is Your Friend

If the budget doesn’t allow for an influx of new plastic tubs or if you’re short of space then bubble wrap is your best friend! You can buy huge rolls of bubble wrap form hardware or stationary stores for not a lot of money and it is truly worth its weight in gold when it comes to protecting the more delicate and valuable Christmas decorations.

Take Pictures For Next Year

A few years ago I tried something a little different and more elaborate with my mantlepiece garland and absolutely loved it! When it came to recreating it the year after I became increasingly frustrated trying to remember what I had done until it suddenly occurred to me that (of course) I had taken pictures! Now in this day and age taking photos of your Christmas decorations is pretty much a given but make it easy on yourself and create a ‘decorations’ folder on your phone – that way you have a handy template to work from!

Set Aside Space To Store Your Decorations

We are in the process of remodelling our garage and I fully intend to have some dedicated decoration storage built into the plans! At the moment they reside in the loft, a place Mr.R has decreed I am not allowed to venture and yet hates to venture himself! I’m currently gearing up for the yearly battle to get him up there to bring my decorations down (on a side note if you haven’t seen Michal McIntyre’s sketch on this very topic then do check it out…hilarious)!

Do you have any top tips for storing your Christmas decorations?

Elf On The Shelf – The Adventures Of Tuukka Tuukka DAY2

Andrex Puppy Elf
Tuukka Tuukka’s been taking tips from the Andrex puppy!
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Someone’s been having fun!

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BLOGMAS – Christmas Cards With Papier

*disclaimer* If you are on my Christmas card list then please avert your eyes now!

I know there are people who don’t see the point in Christmas cards and see the whole process as a massive chore but I absolutely love it when December begins and suddenly the morning post gets interesting. I relish the process of selecting my cards and find it fascinating to see the cards everybody else picks. I’m not so fond of the writing part (I honestly don’t think my hand has recovered from the amount of thank you cards required when you get married and have a baby), so this year I’ve cheated ever so slightly by buying them pre-written from Papier. Papier does the most lovely personalised paper goods (we bought Luna’s first birthday invitations from here and the quality is just fantastic)! There’s a plethora of designs to choose from and you can buy them individually or in packs. I’ve chosen two designs – a rather jazzy Christmas pineapple and the lesser seen Christmas tiger! Are Christmas cards a big thing in your household? I’d love to hear all about your unique traditions.

Papier Christmas Cards

Pre Written Christmas Cards

PAPIER CHRISTMAS CARDS

Elf On The Shelf

I’ve always adored Christmas but like most people, I was sad to find that the older you get the less magical things begin to appear. So, when Luna was born I threw myself with gusto into each and every Christmas tradition I could think of! Luna was far too young to pay attention but I couldn’t help myself. I was like well, a kid at Christmas! Now, Elf On The Shelf wasn’t doing the rounds when I was young but what an amazing concept (although do come back to me on the 24th when I’ve done the whole of advent…my feelings towards the little scout elves may have changed somewhat)! Our elf is a ‘she’ who is currently nameless (when Luna’s old enough she can do the honours) although I think I’m going to start calling her ‘Tuukka Tuukka’ as that’s pretty much all Luna says (except for dadadada but lets not open that old wound)! Every day in the run-up to Christmas I’ll be showing you what Tuukka Tuukka’s getting up to…what this space!

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December 1st…Tuukka Tuukka arrives bearing gifts – Luna’s very first advent calendar!

THE ELF ON THE SHELF – GIRL

THE ELF ON THE SHELF – BOY

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