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. 

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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!

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

12 weeks of Christmas!

We it is officially 12 weeks until Christmas today!  Whoop who’s excited !! For this week I thought I would share Christmas eve box ideas as an autumn caramel apple empanadas recipe.

Christmas eve boxes are one of the many new christmas crazes to have hit the UK in the past few year. So here are some of my favourite aswell as ideas of what to fill them with.

Christmas eve boxes. 


 Instagram company rockman rocks

Retailing at £30

Ebay seller dotty vintage.
Retailing between £3-£7

Studio catalogue and online. Retailing at 19.99

 

ebay company lazer craft shapes ltd

Retailing at £13-£14

I hope I have covered all price points, there are so many different designs and styles aswell as ones for individual children or ones big enough for the whole family.

Christmas eve box filling ideas.

  • Reindeer food
  • Christmas pjs
  • Christmas book
  • Christmas game / activity
  • Christmas film
  • Sweets
  • Santa’s key
  • Small toy
  • Small soft toy
  • Hot chocolate cone
  • Candy cane
  • Chocolate coins

The list is endless but hopefully this will get your imagination going and you can come up with some ideas perfect for your family.
Caramel apple empanadas.

These aren’t completely festive but they are defiantly autumn appropriate.

*Disclaimer this isn’t my recipe but it was just to good to keep to my self! caramel apple empanadas.** 

Ingredients: 

64g / 1/2 cup light brown sugar 

2 tbsp butter 

1 tbsp lemon juice 

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon 

1/4 tsp nutmeg 

1 tbsp corn flour

Dash of water 

Premade short crust pastry at room temp

Egg wash 

Extra sugar for sprinkling.
On a medium heat use a high sides skillet pan. Add the apples, sugar, butter, nutmeg,vanilla lemon and cinnamon. Cook for 5mins or until the butter and sugar have created a caramel sauce.

Mix corn flour and a dash of water together in a sperate bowl. Add it to the Apple mixture, bring to the boil and cook for a further 3-4 mins. Until it is thick and yummy.

Leave to cool completely.

Use a 3 1\2 inch round cutter to cut disk shapes. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper.

Place a small amount of mixture in the centre of your discs and fold in half like a pasty. Use a fork to crimp the edges together.

Use a sharp lift to pierce a tiny slit in the top of each empanada to help release the steam.

Egg wash and sprinkle with a light dusting of sugar.

Bake at 180° for 18-20 mins

Cook and enjoy. Serve with remaining caramel sauce or chantilly cream.

My 3yr old helped fill, fold and egg wash ours so I am sure yours will look much prettyer.

I hope you enjoy the first edition.

Please let me know how I did. And what you would like to see throughout these 12 weeks xx

Much love

Rhianna xx

Diary of a Little Peach

5 tips to help mum’s stay organised!





1. Meal plan!

No only does it save money it also keeps everyone in the know as to what’s for dinner! I have a lost dedicated to Meal planning if you want to know more. 

2. Have an organiser/ planner or calender!

Keep all important dates in there and remember to refure to it. Each week as I’m writing my meal plan on my memo board I also check my organiser and write any appointments, birthdays etc there for the whole family to see. 

3. Konmari folding method.

I’ve recently got on the bandwagon with konmari folding and well omg I can now buy more cloths!! ( I know this defeats the object) but honestly I have so much more space and I can see everything especially in the children’s draws as they share a chest of draws, so there limited on space plus there Ikea chest of draws are really deep so having there cloths piled became a bit like a game of jenga. 

4. Online shopping. 

Doing your food shopping online means you can take your time picking your groceries and doing your Meal plan. You also aren’t tempted to stray off your list. I also find having a running total at the edge of my screen also makes me rethink some of my impulse/ treat buys. It will be delivered on a day of your choice and even better no tantuming bored todlers tagging along. 

5. Getting ready ahead of time.

I find getting the children’s clothes out the night before and there bags ready seems to save an incredible amount of time, especially as my 3 going on 13 yr old likes to pick her own cloths but takes too long deciding. I also always have a spare change bag ready for emergencies which is always packed with essentials for both children.
Please share your favourite organising tips! I’m always looking for more.

I’m working on a change bag essentials post atm so stay tuned!

Much love 

Rhianna xx

5 more mum hacks 

Mum hacks are the staple of my life. Anything to make my life less stressful then I’m in! 

Here a 5 mum / life hacks that i use in my everyday life!.

1. Drippy ice lollies 

Use a cup cake case to catch the drips 

2. Ran out of febreeze?

Use fabric conditioner and water mixed in a spray bottle!

3. Brown bananas.

Keep clingfilm over the ends of your bananas to keep them fresher for longer.

4. Baby proofing on a budget. 

Baby proofing cupboard locks can be expensive and well just a pain in the bum. So use linkie baby toys to stop little fingers getting in. These are also great for baby proofing on the go. People don’t realise how inappropriate there homes can be until they have children of there own and in my experience they end up feeling bad that there child free one isn’t equipped for your children… mad I know. Which is why these are great as you can bring spear linkies with you and use as needed. 

5. Sandy toes.

Whether it’s in the sand pit or down the beach sand is the devil! Use talcum powder to remove the excess moisture then the sand will just rub off. 
That’s it for today, please share any mum hacks below.

Much love 

Rhianna xx 

Meal planning 

As a mother of two under 4 with a partner that works long hour’s I feel like a single mother at times. So I battle this with lists for lists! Honestly i have a list for everything. But one of my big ones and i feel questionably one of the most important is my meal plan. 

The Benifits of meal planning !

1. It save hours in the supermarket.

Knowing exactly what you have to get and not wavering from that list means shopping is a quick, stress free and saves money when shopping with two little ones. 

2. Minimises waste. 

Checking what food you have left from last week is essential to minimising waste. Plan meals around that’s left first, for example if you have veg left then you need a meal that includes what vegetables you have left over or if you have some chicken etc.

3. Knowing what’s on for dinner.

I personally only plan dinner as my children eat cereal for breakfast most days. So knowing what’s for dinner helps me decide what’s for lunch. My son would live off pasta of he was allowed so there for if we’re having pasta for dinner then pasta is off the menu for lunch. 

4. Pick meals that use some of the same ingredients.

This on sounds strange in the title as I can’t find another that to world it so I’ll use an example.

( I’ve used same colours for same ingredients so it will reduce the money spent and the left over waste) 

All the black items are either one time use so there doesn’t tend to be waste, items I regularly by or items I would tend to have in the cupboard such as rice or pasta. 

Being organised and on top of everything makes life 10x easyer. Most of you are mum’s so I don’t need to explain how time saving is imperative. 

I also like to bulk cook when I can and have meals in the freezer, a dear friend of mine said one day (she didn’t mean it maliciously she just doesn’t have children so is ignorant to how much time you don’t have). 

She said “why are you freezing meals, you don’t don’t work or anything so you must have time to cook fresh everynight” I chuckled as she as only 10 weeks pregnant at the time. “I’m going to cook fresh for my baby every night, no freezer meals for us”

She is in for a short sharp shock when her baby arrives!

Anyway I’m rambling now. Have an amazing bank holiday weekend everyone!!!

Much love 

Rhianna xx