Five Rules to a perfect family Christmas….

5 Rules for a perfect family Chrias (1)

Christmas is a day that some people spend months preparing for so when it finally comes around, the day itself has a lot to live up to and I don't know about you but I've definitely been guilty of expecting everything to be perfect and then getting stressed when things don't go according to plan! So this year, I've accepted that the day won't be perfect and there'll more than likely be at least one vital thing that I've forgotten and you know what?  I don't really care. ;-) I'm as prepared and organised as I'm going to get, I have wine chilling and some lovely candles and bath oil ready … [Read more...]

Frugal Family Traditions….

frugal family traditions

A couple of years ago, when I was asked if we had any family Christmas traditions, I said no because I didn’t really think the things we did were traditions – they’re just small things we do every year to make Christmas that bit more magical to us as a family.  As I was saying it, I realised that what we’re doing is making new family traditions, traditions that I hope the kids will want to continue as they get older and more importantly, will do with their own children in years to come. My favourite tradition is probably making a video for each of the kids using Portable North Pole although … [Read more...]

Don’t fall into the Christmas trap….


Christmas is not about having tins of Quality Street and Roses stacked high in your cupboard. Christmas is not about filling your cabinet with alcohol. Christmas is not about emptying the supermarkets of fruit and veg. Christmas is not about eating until you feel sick on Christmas Day and then going back for pudding half an hour later. Christmas is not about who’s tree looks the nicest. Christmas is not about buying the most expensive toys and gifts. Christmas is not about sitting in front of the TV all day watching repeats of shows you’ve seen more times than you can … [Read more...]

Reindeer Dust….


No matter how old you are, if you want to wake up to presents on Christmas morning you really should be sprinkling some reindeer dust on your path on Christmas Eve to help the reindeers find their way to your house! ;-) Reindeer dust has always been on of our favourite Christmas Eve traditions and I know I've told you about it many, many times so I'm not going to bore you with how you make it today, although you can find out here how we make it if you're interested. What I wanted to tell you today is that I've set up a brand spanking new Pinterest board with ideas on how to make your … [Read more...]