save the children are calling on all across the country to don their favourite wooly christmas knit of splendor in exchange for a £1 donation (or more) to raise money for its life saving work with children all over the world.
joining in couldn’t be simpler.
buy, borrow, customise something you have already with a spot of tinsel. wear it with pride to work, to school or even just around the house!
from 1-2pm on friday 13th there will be a multi blogging network twitter party has been organised by thinly spread with love all blogs, netmums, tots100, britmums, mumsnet, blogs up north and of course save the children. please join if you can. take a selfie of you in your jumper and share it online using the hash tag #XmasJumperDay. a perfect way to celebrate the christmas season whilst also raising awareness and much-needed money all the same time. go you know you want to, GET YOUR KNIT ON!
donate by texting TEAMTHINLYS to 70050 or alternatively pay here
december is quickly whizzing by and before we know it school will be out for the christmas holidays and then the fun really does begin!
but what about christmas gifts? well this year we are going to cook up a cookie treat. we baked these last year and they didn’t last very long at all, so we are going to make gift bags for the teachers this year full of yummy cookies.
it’s no lie, i am a big fan of candles. not everyone’s bag, but i do enjoy a candle or two. many many moons ago i used to buy candles for a living for a well-known retailer. it was most enjoyable.
there are many things that i love about candles the gentle light and the scent that drifts and lingers in the air.
scent is a very personal choice, and the quality of the scent is all down to the quality of the fragrance and the wax used to create the perfect balance. the quality of the wax and the wicks ensure the perfect burn.
for the last couple of christmases i’ve been making card or craft paper stars. they look spectacular and are really easy to make. i’ve made them for us, for friends and for friends shops! you too could make some if you like, you can find the instructions just here.
this year however i stumbled across some little paper decorations whilst in new york and they were even more fab! so i bought one pulled it apart and up scaled it. Continue reading →
there are many things that stand out as very british, the union jack, big ben (or is that elizabeth tower now?), the bulldog, the bacon butty, the cup of tea, the underground, fish and chips, the queen, wimbledon, the BBC, a roast dinner, the weather, pubs, strawberries and cream, the beatles, the tower of london, black cabs, red post boxes, crumpets! this could go on and on. however there is one thing that is missing from this brief list and that is the first thing mi abuela (my grandmother) wanted to see and go on the first and only time she came to visit the great british isles.
as a girl, everything my parents did i pretty much did with them. where they went, i went. we were a very strong unit, me, my mum and my dad. just the three of us. it was pretty damn perfect. they both worked full-time and worked hard too. weekends and holiday times were precious to us and we took full advantage of every moment. this is something that as a family of three ourselves, where we too both work full-time and very hard, we strongly embrace this too. having the opportunity to get away, revives our souls, charge our batteries. it’s a time for us to kick back, relax and take it easy. for us to spend those precious moments together. the three of us. me, mr HPMcQ and ronnie rockstar.
i saw these little houses at a press show back in july, a christmas press show in july. i thought they were fabulous. the lady making them helen musslewhite has an increadible talent. she made some fabulous centre pieces which were beyond magnificent. check this centre piece out. truly inspiring. Continue reading →