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 

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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

12 weeks of Christmas series 

Ive decided to do a 12 weeks of christmas series! I do apologise to anyone who is not Christmas crazy like me for swearing with the Xmas word ! But Christmas is THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR….

Especially for me as this year I will have a nearly 4yr old and a 2yr old. My daughter who is the eldest is really truly getting it this year and is already asking about father Christmas and Rudolph. Eeek it really should be a magical year this year. 

So like I said I’ve decided to do a 12 weeks for Christmas series. Every week sharing hits, tips, trick, recipes and all this christmasy with you all. 

If there’s anything specific you would like to see please comment and let me know.

If you like this also check out the Christmas gift box so far.  

Much love 

Rhianna xx 

Top 5 cleaning tips! 

As you know I love sharing tips tricks and hacks and today is no different. Please share any tips or hacks you have I’m always looking for more ways to make life easyer. 

1. Smelly drains

Let me just start with by this in the pound shop! DO NOT SPEND £5.

Zoflora has so many uses, you can dilute it 40-1 to make homemade antibac. Or you can use it neat which is what I do I use it to stop smelly sinks and to clean and disinfect my washing machine on its monthly self wash. I do however dilute it to clean my wheelly bins (I don’t like the smell of disinfectant)

2. Foisty hovers

If you hover up a handful of lenor unstoppables every time you empty your hover, as your hovering the beads heat up and give off the aroma of the beads.
3. Burnt on food on a ceramic stove top.

If you are like me and to often forget about a pan on the stove whilst sorting the children then Cream cleaner will be your new best friend. 

Just squert it on and use the scrubby side of a sponge and it will just wipe away. 

4. Mug and grime on the white edges of trainers. 

Again Cream cleaner with a tooth brush and it’ll lift straight off..

5. Stained clothes.

I’m not going to say to much about this as I think I have written about this about a million times! Just get one and try it for yourself ! I’ll link a couple of the previous posts In which I’ve mentioned it. 


Before it’s been washed you can literally watch the stains disappear. 

my first blog post 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this and there are a few you haven’t tried. 

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

Bank holiday baking!

August bank holiday weekend always calls for a can’t BBQ. We’ve got 35 with children coming this year. As usual my grandma has asking me to bake cakes. The last few year the bbq has fallen around my cousins birthday so I’ve always done him his favorite Victoria sandwich style cake, vanilla sponge, jam and butter icing. Last year my daughter who was then 2 helped my decorate it so it looked like it had my smacked arround the face with a sprinkle factory.

Previously to that I used to do my lemon and poppy seed cake or occasionally a chocolate (although I tend to save that for Christmas gatherings). But this year I have allowed requestes so I am baking my famous chocolate cake and I thought I’d try carrot cake muffins. 

*disclaimer I have a weird  “thing” about vegetables In puddings and fruit with dinner. 

So I have no idea what carrot cake is supposed to taste like so I’m defiantly going to be winging it. My 3 yr old will be helping so if it all goes Pete tong then I can just put it down to her helping…. can’t i???? 🤣🤣

But on Tuesday I got bitten on my ankle, Wednesday we went to the zoo and so it ballooned up and it seems to be getting worse, the skin around the bite is blistering AND THEN today 3 days on after being out today, but in the car as a passanger so very little walking. My foot has swollen and if I attempt to walk my ankle feels like it is going snap.!

If anyone has any tips or idea how to treat my ankle please so share. 

Everyone else please pray for my baking this weekend trying not to aggravate my ankle or food!  WISH ME LUCK 
Much love 

rhianna xx