My Christmas Wishlist

It’s December! We are allowed to officially get excited about Christmas. We picked out a few new decorations today (we’re going for a bright, colourful theme this year) and I even started my Christmas shopping. Get me.

While I was walking around Carnaby Street, Liberty and Covent Garden in London today (humming Driving Home For Christmas natch), I started making a mental Christmas wishlist for myself. I thought I’d share it with you, in case it inspires you when you’re buying for your friends and family. I’M ALL HEART.

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1. Cocoon coat J.Crew £350

2. Personalised leather camera strap, NOTHS, £47.50

3. Mark Slojd lamp, Wayfair, £65.99

4. Joby GripTight Gorilla Pod iPhone tripod, Amazon, £16.99

5. iPhone case, Ban.do. $25

6. Smile print, Southwood Stores, £25

7. Hello Apparel sweatshirt, Southwood Stores, £40

8. Storage jars, Hema, from £5

 

What are you hoping Father Christmas brings you?

 

 

A Gorgeous Day Out In Greenwich

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It’s four weeks since I went down to working four days a week and started spending one day a week with the four-year-old. So what have we done so far? We’ve visited friends and their new babies, we’ve gone for tea and cake at our favourite local cafe, we’ve met my mother-in-law for lunch and we have hung out doing jigsaw puzzles and decorating biscuits. It’s been LOVELY.

Last week, we met up with one of my favourite local friends, Katrina who blogs over at Cool Bananas Blog and her son Bear. She picked us up and we drove to Greenwich. It was freezing cold and Greenwich Park was just started to fill up with tourists, heading for the Royal Observatory, as we walked through to the town centre, jumping on soggy leaves as we went. We headed for Peyton and Byrne, a cute little cafe with amazing looking cakes and cool wallpaper that makes your eyes go funny if you stare at it for too long.

Greenwich Park in autumn

Bakewell tart

Cakes

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Can My Family Rock A Christmas Jumper With Style?

Ah Christmas jumpers. In the last few years, they’ve gone from seriously uncool (Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy anyone?) to ironically cool to… well, have they gone past the point of irony back to uncoolness again?

Or, actually,  is Christmas something that should just never try to be cool? After all, some of my favourite decorations are the tatty old things I’ve had for years and I loved it when my parents put our (crappy) homemade decorations on the tree. Year after year. Until they practically disintegrated.

And when it comes to Christmas jumpers, now that Save The Children have created Christmas Jumper Day (December 12th, fact fans), we have a brilliant reason to wear our festive knits and if anyone dares to scoff at us, we can remind them that’s it’s all for charity. This year, a selection of Christmas jumpers that George at Asda are selling will see a portion of the money go to Save The Children. YAY TO GEORGE AT ASDA.

Here’s how we’ll be rocking our festive knits, come 12th December…

Me

I’ve got this Nordic pastel jumper (£16), and I wore it last week, on a little trip to Columbia Road flower market with the family. It’s kind of a Christmas jumper in disguise – you might miss the festive reindeer if you didn’t look too closely. I wore it with my distressed jeans, chunky boots and a statement necklace.

Christmas jumper chic

Mr P

We’ve gone for another Nordic affair – a navy knit with reindeer and trees (£12) – for Mr P. He usually rocks his jumpers with a pair of loose jeans and tan brogues. Maybe even a shirt underneath, if he’s feeling fancy, like.

Christmas jumper chic

The four-year-old

You can’t go wrong with Rudolph, can you? This jumper (£8) is in the boys’ section at George at Asda, but we have bought it for our daughter, and we’ll team it with her Rudolph leggings and probably her black patent boots (not in shot because she was out wearing them when I took this pic!)

Kids Christmas jumper

So what do you think – will we be rocking our Christmas jumpers in style this year?

• Big thanks to George at Asda who agreed to donate an extra £150 to Save The Children’s Christmas Jumper appeal in Not Another Mummy Blog’s name. You can donate here! And don’t forget to wear your Christmas jumper on 12th December.

My Perfect Family Holiday (And A Little Game Of Holiday Bingo!)

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This week, my family and I are on a short break in Cornwall. Right now, as I type, I’m sitting on a plush red sofa, drinking tea, log burning stove roaring next to me, and I’m looking out onto the choppy English Channel. The sea and sky have a purpley hazy glow to them and Mr P and the four-year-old are off swimming in the hotel pool while I’m catching up on a bit of blogging. If it wasn’t for Status Quo music playing in the background, it would feel pretty perfect.

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Our break has got me thinking a bit about what makes the perfect holiday – for me, it’s about going somewhere that has something for everyone. So a hotel that offers swimming for the little ones, a kick-ass crèche, and fun outdoor play areas alongside a spa for me, gorgeous chill out areas, ooh and nice wine please – is pretty much the dream.

That way, you ALL get to have fun and relax – aren’t those the two magical ingredients to a holiday? Time to switch off from deadlines and housework and – well, basically everything a bit boring and rubbish in life. Time to just sit and do a puzzle with your child. Or splash around in the pool. Or eat ice cream every day. Time to recharge the batteries and get some perspective on life. Make memories to store away and recall when you’re back home… cleaning the cooker. These are some of my favourite family memories from the past year…

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But for me, a dream holiday should also have an air of predictability to it – there’s something special about having holiday traditions as a family (when I grew up, it wasn’t a holiday if we didn’t take a pack of cards for endless games of Rummy.)

So with this in mind, I’ve created a game – Family Holiday Bingo.

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Life Before Frozen…

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Let me just freak you out with a fact. A year ago, NONE of us had seen Frozen. It was released in early December 2013 here in the UK (and I believe on Thanksgiving weekend in the US) so this time last year, only a handful of people in the whole world had seen it … I’m guessing people who work for Disney, preview audiences, perhaps some press.

Can you even remember what life was like pre-Frozen? Let me remind you…

  1. Your child’s favourite movie was probably Tangled. Or Toy Story. Crazy times!
  2. If someone asked if you wanna build a snowman, your reply would probably be “yeah OK…” rather than singing: “Come on, let’s go and play!”
  3. If you heard someone say: “Take me up the North Mountain” you might think it was a saucy request. Not now, now you know that the North Mountain is where Elsa’s ice palace is.
  4. The most famous Elsa you’d heard of was a lion cub (disclaimer: this may be a reference only people over 35 may get. Watch the 1966 movie Born Free…)
  5. When someone you knew was having a little rant about something, you might have rolled your eyes and said: “Let it go!” Now? You can’t possibly say it without the other person bursting into song…
  6. You could say the name “Anna” without any small child in earshot, correcting you, saying: “No. It’s Auuuunna.”
  7. Toddlers and pre-schoolers had no idea what a fractal is. Now they know all about frozen fractals. And how they spiral all around.
  8. Your naive little mind assumed if you wanted to buy a Disney doll or dress, all you’d have to do is pop to the Disney Store. Ha! (You’d never experienced the frenzy of trying to get hold of Frozen merchandise…)
  9. You couldn’t imagine singing a Disney duet with your other half in the car. Now, every time Love Is An Open Door comes on (because you obviously have the soundtrack CD) you try to emulate the wonder that is this couple.
  10. You’d never plaited your child’s hair. These days, the request for “An Elsa plait please!” comes almost weekly.

Have I forgotten anything about LBF (Life Before Frozen)? Remind me!