Christmas mason jar lantern

handmade Christmas decorations

Looking for a five minute Christmas Craft to do with the kids this weekend, or even with a sneaky cocktail once the kids have gone to bed?
I went to a Christmas Craft event, with my mum at her church last night. There were lots of tables set up with various festive crafts.
This mason jar craft was really simple and mess free, so I thought it was the perfect thing to share on my blog.

Christmas lantern how to

To make you need:
jam or mason jars
Twine
Ribbon
Festive wrapping paper cut into 1cm-2.5cm widths
Double sided tape
Scissors
Tea light

At the event they had all the ribbon and paper pre cut to the widths of the jam jars. All we had to do was wrap and stick our chose bits around the jar.
These would make love centre pieces for your table or festive decor for your mantle piece.

This was my first experience of a craft party, but I enjoyed it and would go to another. Have you ever been to a craft party?


Festive Friday Linky Week Two

Welcome to #festivefriday. A blog link up specifically for your festive posts in the run up to Christmas, feel free to join up your Christmas crafts, activities, events, reviews, competitions and recipes here.
#festivefriday

Christmas cake with a twist

Christmas cake recip
This Sunday is stir up Sunday. The official day (last Sunday before advent) to get your festive bakes made. If you've never made a Christmas cake, or perhaps don't enjoy the tradition recipe, then my easy Christmas cake recipe is for you.

Homemade Christmas Mustard



Christmas whisky mustard
Foodie gifts make the best stocking fillers, they can be used during the Christmas season, and help make your loved ones holidays extra special.
This week we paid a visit to Fortnum and Masons. It's such a gorgeous place full of delicious foods and preserves. I was toying with the idea of buying my husband some of their delicious mustards for Christmas.
But in line with my blog mantra, I thought it be far nicer to give some homemade options ago. In my opinion they have just as much flavour for a quarter of the price.

Science Museum with a toddler

Coach travel with toddlers
 For me, London is one of the most Christmassy places on the planet. I used to work in London, and I always struggled with the crowds, but its even more hectic with a bump and a toddler. Especially around kids holidays, so we decided to make our Christmas shopping visit a month earlier! We booked with National express, as we have no trains in Ringwood.

Celebrating Matinmas

Martinmas lantern walk
Did you know that the 11th of November is not just Armistice day, but it is the official feast of St. Martin.

Festive Friday blog link party week 1

PoPDid you know there's only 5 fridays left to Christmas! That means there's five weekends left to make homemade gifts, delicious festive treats and adorable handmade decorations.
For my first ever blog link party I wanted to invite everyone to share their festive posts. And help share the #festivefriday inspiration.
So if you've written a festive post please feel free to add it to the link up.It's open all weekend until midnight Saturday.


I'm really looking forward to reading your posts.

The rules- try to visit other posts, and don't forget to tweet me your links

How do you use Soap Nuts

what are soap nuts?
We've been living without shopping in supermarkets for six months, and using cloth nappies for over a year. During this time, I've been making my own washing powder to reduce the cost of doing laundry. But recently I discovered soap nuts and have decided to try them.

What are soap nuts?

Soap nuts are a completely natural, organic, vegan, vegetarian, no chemical, hypoallergenic and animal testing free laundry detergent.
They come from a group of trees in the lychee family called sapindus, a name derived from the Latin for soap, Saponis. They have been used to make soap for hundreds of years.
what are soap nuts

How do you use Soap nuts

The one kilo bag I ordered, contained two small Hessian drawstring bags. Depending on your water area and how dirty your washing is, you place between three and six individual soap nuts in the mini drawstring bag and place in your machine with your laundry.
how to use soap nuts for washing


When you remove the laundry from the machine, remove the nuts and allow them to dry too.
Soap nuts are biodegradable, so you simply use the same bag with soap nuts in, over and over again, until then have completely broken down. Then you replace them and start over.

I did my first load with soap nuts last night. I have a toddler who stains his clothes something rotten, and I was very pleased with the results.
I do four loads of washing a week, so my 1kg bag of soap nuts (costing only £10) should last at least a year.

Soap nuts don't reduce limescale, so you need to occasionally add bicarbonate of soda to your wash, in order to maintain your machine.

Christmas in November

Okay don't think I'm crazy, but this year with a growing bump and a toddler to contend with, I've decided to start my preparations for Christmas a little early.
getting ready for Christmas

It's been quite fun actually, I really feel like me and froggy are starting a magical Christmas tradition. He's been a fantastic helper, and hopefully it means I can but my feet up a little more in the run up to Christmas rather than dashing around with swollen ankles and spd. *shakes fist and rotten pregnancy symptoms*

Christmas Piccalilli Recipe

Me and my husband are chalk and cheese when it comes to condiments. I love tart and sweet chutney, where he prefers a hot tangy relish. His favourite being piccalilli.
We've been together 6 years, and every year when I do my Christmas chutney making or pickling, he asks meekly if I might try to make a batch of piccalilli. This year I've decided to make him his own batch for Christmas (darling if your reading this, you better still act suprised!).


Christmas Piccalilli recipe

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