12 weeks of Christmas 

It’s now only 2 week until Christmas day ! I hope everyone is excited? Decs up? And all shopping finished ?

I thought I would share what is going in my nearly 4yr olds and 2yr olds stockings this year!

  • Tooth brush and tooth paste
  • Foaming radox kids bath wash
  • Flanel mit 
  • Knickers 
  • Fluffy socks
  • Mickymouse Santa teddy
  • Hachamels and my little pony surprise bags 
  • Tube of Smarties 
  • Note book
  • Pony rubber
  • Mini spirograph
  • Nail polish (toes only) 
  • Hair bow
  • Pony hair bands

  • Tooth brush 
  • Tooth paste 
  • Magnetic wooden bus (for train track)
  • Magnetic wooden tractor
  • Magnetic wooden fire engine 
  • Crayons
  • Kinder chocolate bars
  • Mickymouse Santa teddy
  • Foaming radox kids bath wash
  • Flannel mit 
  • Christmas socks 
  • Maraca 
  • Avengers blind bag squishy 
  • Smarties 

The majority of there things are from pound land, a few items are from the works and the rest are from the supermarket. 

I hope that gives you ideas if your stuck 

What’s inside your stocking? 


“When Santa got stuck up the chimney, he began to shout.

 you girls and boys won’t get any toys until you pull me out.

The is soot my back, my beard is all black my nose is tickly too.

 when Santa got stuck up the chimney

 achoo achoo achoo”

Much love 

Rhianna xx

P.s  I apologise for this being late for some reason it didn’t publish as scheduled ?

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12 weeks of Christmas 

3 weeks until the big man leaves us all coal as we’ve been naughty this year… Well that’s very presumptuous of me to assume everyone leads a double life as a night time villan!

With the Christmas holidays fast approaching I’ve got a few simple craft / gift ideas for the kids to do!

Homemade Christmas cards.

I used A5 card I got from the range and a Christmas stamp I’ve had for year.

Pip cleaner bows !

Felt presents which I pre cut as my kids are under 4.

Bar the extra glue I think these simple cards turned out lovely and my eldest had so much fun. 

Chridtmas Tree box frames 

These were stupid easy and cheap!

Frames are from Poundland 

The backing paper from Poundland it came in a pack with load of different designs

Green trees were from the same card pack as above 

Pompoms and tree decorations were all from Poundland 

The stem is felt and the tree base is corrugated card from morrisons! But you could easily just colour those or paint them.

I also chose to add glitter to the.bottom of the frames mainly as I have enough glitter to fill a swimming pool!

It cost about £6 for the craft pieces, we made 12 frames and still have stuff left over and £1  per frame! BARGIN 

I think we all know what my family members are getting from the kids this year !

I hope your all enjoying the festive season and not stressing to much 

Much love 

rhianna xx 

12 weeks of Christmas 

Wow it’s only 4 weeks and counting now until father Christmas comes! 

First of all I do apologise for being a day late with this post I’ve just had a manic week. 

This week I want to talk about stockings!

Do you have a stocking,  a sack or may be even both?

Do you by new every year or do you have an old favorite you use year after year? 

For me, my great grandmother made us all when we were born a bucilla Christmas stocking and I must say they are beautiful. So when I had my children I asked.my grandmother (as my great grandmother is no longer with us) to make my two there very own 

As you can see mine is very well loved and looking a little tatty these days 

My partner on the other hand has nothing like this he said his mum just used to by a new one every year? For me I find this strange but we are a family of traditions where as his family isn’t.  

For example 

  • We go to my grandmother’s for Christmas every other year and on the years we don’t go we go for new years day
  • The bucilla stockings 
  • My parents, I and my cousins have a bacon sandwich breakfast round alternate homes every year so we get to see each other as we all have our own family and commitments now

The list is endless.

What are your family traditions? I am talking today about my traditions growling up as my children are stil young we are now starting our own tradtioning within our family. 

Tis the season to be jolly!

Much love 

rhianna xx  

12 weeks of Christmas 

Well it’s only 5 weeks now!  Omg where has the year gone? 

Personally I don’t set new years resolutions but I do decided things I want to do that are realistic … such as redecorate the living room or go to a specific place. If i set resolutions like loose weight or join the gym I know I’m setting myself up for failer before I even start ?

What are your new year resolutions,

I would love for you to share your aspirations for 2018!

Homemade crafts 

Every year I look at wreaths and either don’t like them or find them far to expensive, so this year I decided to make my own !

I used am old wooden wreath of my grandmothers, ripped all the old decorations off and started from scratch. 

I brought the flowers from the range and the berry sticks and leaves were from dumel last year in the sales (50p). I reused the smaller pinecones from what was originally on the wreath and just hot glued them on. 

Chuffed even if I do say so myself !

Oh also the wreath hanger was from pound land ! Bargin I had been looking on eBay and they wanted £9-£20!

Well it’s nearly December and time to decorate… (1st of December in my house) 

When do you decorate?

Much love 

Rhianna xx

Catch up with my 12 weeks of Christmas series here. 

12 weeks of Christmas 

6weeks until Christmas and everyone is starting to worry about the financial strain chrtimas put on the average household. 

Christmas on a budget! 

Christmas is the one time of year we all like to splerg and indulge. So here are a few ways to save some pennies without feeling like your cutting back or missing out. 

1. Christmas cards.

Although they can be found cheap as chips at 62p a stamp, posting them will quickly become extortionate. So only post what you really have to and send them out early so you can use 2nd class stamps at a marginally better 54p.

2. Wrapping paper.

For really close family members (grandparents etc) use the kids festive themed art work. It adds a beautiful homemade feel plus there’s no guilt from you for throwing away the 100th snowman picture?.

3. The pound shop.

They have a lovely array of decoration, home decor items, cards and wrapping materials. Shop wisely and with a list as it is all to easy to get sucked into the whole it’s only a pound thing, next thing you know you’ve spend triple what yoy truly intended. 

4. Letters from Santa.

Some companies charge you as much as £20 For a letter from Santa. Where as the royal mail will send you one for free! (Although they do not guarantee a reply we’ve always had one) . Or if you would prefer something a little more personal you could write it and post it yourself. That way you have a guaranteed letter saying exactly what YOU want it to?

5. Shop around.

The joys of smart phones, shop around to find the best price for the items you cannot miss off the list. 

There are websites out there that will do all the work for you.. idealo is just one of many. Aswell as giving you all the different prices and retailers it also give you all the information and specification of the product your searching for.

6. Discount codes.

Although discount codes and vouchers aren’t always easy to come by in the UK. If you sign up to email newsletters from things such as the big toy retailers. They quite often offer a “new customer ” style discount on your first order aswell as they email you with any offers or discount codes they currently have, saving you from keep searching for them. 

7. Only buy for the kids

Buying gifts for everyone just isn’t always financially viable. So what we do is anyone with children we agree they do not buy for us and we so not buy for them we only but for the children. 

8. Handmade family gifts.

Handmade gifts are a great touch. Try family hampers or movie night… even a basket full of homemade cookies and hot chocolate mix. Plus the kids can really feel like there get involved making them.

9. List for your lists. 

Write list for everything ;

  • Gifts
  • Food
  • Decorations 
  • To do list
  • Wrapping supplies 
  • Etc 

And most important stick to it! You will naturally as the weeks go on scrap half of the items on your list.  Checking it regularly will help you realise you don’t need 10 varieties of everything as your not feeding the entire town!.  This will automatically save you money, but most importantly it will keep you focused and stop you buying unnecessary bargin items. “It’s only a bargin if you actually needed it in the first place!”

10. Set a budget .

Once again this only works if you stick to it. Decide a set amount for each child, each couple or household as well as a food budget, decor budget etc.  This will help your spending stay undercontroll, aswell as make you really think about the gift your giving rather than just buying for the sake of buying. 
Well I hope you found at least one of these tips useful to save money this Christmas. 

Have a fab week !

Check out last weeks post of you missed it.

 

12 weeks of Christmas 

Ahh it’s 7 weeks until Christmas… is any body else panicking. This week I thought I would share some of my favorite Christmas recipes, although none of these are just for Christmas. Some super easy cheats fudge, yorky puds for those of us who usually fail and yummy short bread.

Also don’t forget to try my gingerbread man recipe as well as the extremly Moorish caramel apple empanadas
 

Christmas shortbread biscuits!

250g unsalted butter ( at room temp)

125g caster sugar

240g plain flour 

Pre heat your over to 150°c

Line two baking trays with grease proof paper.

Method (for best results do it the old fashioned way with a wooden spoon and bowl)

  • Cream the butter until smooth and soft.
  • Add flour and sugar mix until combined.
  • Lightly need the dough with slightly flour hands.
  • Chill in the fridge for 2mins.
  • Half the dough equally.
  • Roll out between 2 pieces of grease proof (1/4inch thickness )
  • Cut into festive shapes 
  • Bake for 15-20 mins

This recipes makes around 20 biscuits and will keep in an air tight container for about a week.

To make spiced biscuits replace caster sugar with soft brown sugar and add a tsp cinnamon.

To make lemon add the rind of one unwaxed lemon.

To make tree decoration biscuits use a tooth pick create a whole at the top for the sting before baking.

Simple icing which is great for kids:

150g for sifted icing sugar 

2tbs warm water 

Food colour of your choice 

Mix until paste like and pip as you like.
The best yorky puds.

 Full disclaimer I have never be able to make Yorkshire puddings until about 6months ago I found this recipe.. Well method I guess?  And I have never looked back!

4 eggs

200ml milk

200g plain flour 

Pinch of salt.

Method.

Preheat oven to 190°

Use sunflower oil rather than vegetable (apparently it has a different smoking temperature )

Put half cm of oil into each hole on a muffin tin.  Heat until smoking. Approx 15mins.

Use the largest bowl you have. 

Whisk the eggs then add milk and whisk (adding plenty of air)

Sift in the flour and add salt and whisk until the lumps are gone. 

Transfer into a jug or anything with a pouring spout.

Take muffin tin out of the oven. 

Fill the holes but using a spoon to catch the drips in between holes as if you have better inbetween it can restric the puds growth. 

Cook for 20-25mins 

Remember the most important step DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR. It will cause then to sink.
Cheats fudge!

400g golden caster sugar 

397g can of condensed milk

140g salted butter chopped into pieces 

1tsp vanilla bean paste

(Optional) 2tsp coffee liqueur, amaretto or any other alcohol 

 Method    

Grease and line a 20cm square baking tin with baking parchment. Put the sugar, condensed milk and butter in a large heatproof bowl (the mixture will bubble up as it cooks to roughly double its size), add a good pinch of salt and stir.

Heat the mixture in the microwave on High for 10 mins, stirring every 2-3 mins. Keep an eye on the mixture, as it will bubble up and may go over the sides of the bowl.

Add the vanilla and liqueur to the mixture, whisk together and heat on High for another 2 mins. The mixture should be caramel-coloured and thickened. Scrape into the tin and set aside for 45 mins–1 hr until cool and firm before cutting. Pack into a box and eat within 3 weeks 

  1. You could even once cooled add a layer of melted chocolate to the top and let that set before cutting into squares?


DO you have an old faithful recipe you typically pull out at Christmas?? 

I hope you all have had a brilliant weekend celebrating guy forks!

Much love

Rhianna xx

12 weeks of Christmas!

Christmas is fast approaching 8 weeks to be precise! 

This week I have been thinking about homemade Christmas cards and crafts to enjoy with your little ones!

Hands and feet cards.

Nice but simple finger print candy cane

Father Christmas and his white beard

I love this one but it’s a bit to adventurous for me with 2 under 4!

I made a variation of this reindeer the year before last with my daughter.

I am loving this idea as it has such a modern feel.

Craft / decoration ideas.

I think this is such a cute idea I know my 3yr old would love to make and decorate her own Christmas tree.

These candy canes are a quick and easy craft that you can use as decoration for your tree or on gifts which the recipient can then put on there tree.

Crafts with supplies you littereally have coming out of your ears it’s like music to mine.

These adorable pegs would make great card holders.

I made the Christmas trees and the stars from the picture above last year with my daughter. 

OMG how lush is this! It is on my to do list so I’ll let you know how it turnes out.
I , I say I by that i mean me and my daughter are currently made home decor items which I plan to give to our parents and grandparents as extra gifts for Christmas this year. So stay tuned for that as I’ll be doing a step by step for you. 

I hope you all have had a lovely weekend!

Follow alone with the 12 weeks of Christmas.x 

Much love 

Rhianna xx