The Not so Secret Santa

Some of my lovely blogging friends decided to get together to do a festive not so secret Santa, what a great idea. Its difficult buying for a new friend is it, but as we all have blogging in common I decided that my gift would be at least a little blog related.

Before I get on to that I wanted to write a little about the wonderful ladies I have met along the way. I have met some truly lovely and generous people since I started blogging in February. And now chat to a community of wonderful people who offer me advice a tips.

I have said this before, but I never ever envisaged making true friends through my blog. Yet here I am 10 months later with a group of wonderful friends most of who I got to meet in November, and do you know what? We got on like a house on fire. I suppose that was inevitable, we have the love of blogging in common.

I would like to say a huge thank-you to all these lovely ladies for picking me up when my blog breaks, or I am exhausted from working, being a Mum and blogging till midnight. I am so glad I found you all.

Drum Roll for some of my new-found blogging friends. Check them out they are fantastic. The lovely;

Kat,  Jess, Rachel, JuliaKarenKarenLucyHayleyStephBonitaKatieAmy, Katie, Heledd

And last but no means least the lovely Jenna who I exchanged gifts with. We had a budget of £ choose a gift for each other.

secret santaFor Jenna I chose a bar of champagne chocolate, well I didn’t have enough for champagne so thought this was the next best thing. A nice Mummy only treat for Jenna. And a heart shape egg mold. I thought this could be great for many blogging posts. Here’s a list of things Jenna could make with it.

Heart shaped eggs, how lovely would a salad look with heart-shaped eggs.

Heart shaped mini home-made burgers for Jasmine

Heart shaped pate, for dinner parties.

Heart shaped chocolates for Valentine’s Day; you could add popping candy for the kiddies.

Heart shaped low sugar Haribo sweets.

Heart shaped home-made soap.


Heart shaped home-made salt dough ornaments.

Just a few ideas Jenna, but I do have a challenge for you. I challenge you to make a new heart-shaped item every month during 2015. If you choose to accept you may choose from the suggestions above or choose your own.

And what did the lovely Jenna send in my parcel??

IMG_5051Festive socks, do you know I have never had Christmas socks, so was so excited to receive these. In fact I am wearing them now, they are so cute.

A lovely stationary set, so pretty with birds on. I love birds and bird prints. This is a staple item for all bloggers so has gone in my lap top bag. Ready for me to write my inspiration and plans for my blogging year ahead.

IMG_5053And lastly, my favorite item is a beautiful tape measure in a flower shape. I can NEVER find a tape measure Joe has a real thing for them he is always measuring things grrr. Yes it’s great that he has such an interest in math’s but not when I need to measure something. They won’t touch this it’s far too pretty. I can now measure whenever I want.

In fact as soon as I unwrapped it Joe has to measure the circumference of all our heads. And it seems I have the biggest head in the house ha ha. Yes that is what living in the Christie household is like, not only was I subjected to a public head measuring, I was then ridiculed for the size of my head.

Thank you Jenna for my lovely gifts I love, love, love them and thanks to all my lovely blogging ladies for the support you have given me this year.

Mami 2 Five

Author of Extraordinary Chaos a family lifestyle and travel blog from a 40+ mum of teenage boys, sharing our family travels, recipes, reviews and country living. Also the co editor of Cruising With Kids Family Cruise Blog

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  1. 20th December 2014 / 9:48 am

    You are such a lovely lady and it has been fab getting to know you. You are gorgeous. Thanks for the mention! Also, I love those Christmas socks. Fabulous! And the heart shaped mould is a genius idea. I can’t wait to read Jenna’s posts. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    • SarahJChristie
      20th December 2014 / 9:10 pm

      Ah thanks lovely Lucy you are lovely too, so glad to have met you, yes I can’t wait to see what Jenna does with it x

  2. 20th December 2014 / 12:55 pm

    Awww thanks for my mention too! So, so nice to have met you too, and actually in person too at Blogfest! Hurrah! Here’s to a fab 2015 for you and more fun and games next year ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Christmas to you and your lovely family. Jess xx

    • SarahJChristie
      20th December 2014 / 9:09 pm

      Merry Christmas to you all too lovely Jess, yes heres to a fab 2015 and great friends x

  3. 20th December 2014 / 1:41 pm

    love it Sarah, thanks for the mention too, it’s been great to get to know you all, loved meeting you at blogfest too.
    The heart shaped mould is genius. I want one of those!

    • SarahJChristie
      20th December 2014 / 9:08 pm

      Thanks Karen its from Debenhams, yes blogfest was great we need another meet up soon x

  4. 20th December 2014 / 8:15 pm

    Ah Sarah I’m so glad to have met you too (well not in person yet but you know!) and all the other lovelies. Now where did you get the mould from, it is amazing!!! Love the socks too xxx Merry Christmas! Xx

    • SarahJChristie
      20th December 2014 / 9:07 pm

      Thanks Julia, I can’t wait to meet you at brit mums unless we can arrange an agents meet up before ? The mould is from Debenhams how great is it, I wish I had for one for myself xx

  5. Jenna
    20th December 2014 / 10:46 pm

    You’ve never had festive socks before?! Madness!

    Haha, so funny that Joe measured your head – sorry about that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’m so glad you loved your gifts.

    I love what you chose for me – oh and I totally take you up on your challenge. My mind is buzzing with ideas and all of your suggestions are fab. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

    • SarahJChristie
      21st December 2014 / 8:52 am

      Of fantastic Jenna, I can’t wait to see your posts, I just wish I had got myself a press now I think i need to get one x

  6. 21st December 2014 / 8:06 am

    Need the egg mould in my life!! Great ideas here. Loved taking part and thank you for the mention lovely. I need to add everyone to mine!! Xxxx

    • SarahJChristie
      21st December 2014 / 8:54 am

      Thanks Kat, Yes I too need an Egg mould in my life, I am going to have to go to Debenhams and see if I can get one xx

  7. Mim @
    21st December 2014 / 8:35 am

    What an lovely idea and what awesome gifts! I really want the egg press having seen all your different ideas for it ๐Ÿ™‚ Mim ๐Ÿ™‚ #sundaystars

    • SarahJChristie
      21st December 2014 / 8:56 am

      Thank you and yes I really wish I had bought one myself now x

  8. 21st December 2014 / 8:49 am

    Awww love this, so nice that you have made such good friends through your blog! It makes the whole experience one of real enjoyment! Any space for more, do let me know ???? lovely post and idea! Loved the gifts that you got and have. Have a fab Christmas. Xxx

    • SarahJChristie
      21st December 2014 / 9:07 am

      Ah thank you there is always room for new blogging friends, Merry Christmas to you too xx

  9. Katie Haydock
    21st December 2014 / 9:21 am

    What a brilliant challenge! I can’t wait to see what she does with it. And I simply LOVE festive socks – I hope Santa brings me some this year as I’m still on the red polar bear ones from the year before last.
    Thank you so much for joining in with the not so secret Santa and a very merry Christmas to you xxxxxx

    • SarahJChristie
      21st December 2014 / 7:34 pm

      I know me too, and I love the socks xx

  10. 21st December 2014 / 8:55 pm

    OMG I like so need that egg press- I want heart shaped eggs in the morningโ€ฆ. Thank you fro the lovely mention and love seeing what everyone has sent and received. And, you win with the Champagne chic – very posh! Lucky Jenna and love that you’ve challenged her too ! ha ha

    • SarahJChristie
      23rd December 2014 / 9:31 pm

      Ha ha thanks Bonita, yes I can’t wait to see what Jenna does, I have so enjoyed Secret Santa xx

  11. 21st December 2014 / 10:11 pm

    I’ve loved taking part in this Secret Santa! I think we may have started a new little tradition here. Thank you for the mention, I feel exactly the same about the friendships I’ve made this year through blogging.

    I hope Jenna takes you up on that heart shaped challenge!

    Have a wonderful Christmas xxxx


    • SarahJChristie
      23rd December 2014 / 9:30 pm

      Me too, and yes I agree I can’t wait until next year, Its been a great year hasn’t it, so many new friends, and experiences. I have just loved it x

  12. 22nd December 2014 / 3:36 pm

    heart shaped eggs! how cool great gift hope you have a lovely christmas! x

    • SarahJChristie
      23rd December 2014 / 9:28 pm

      I know how cute, Thanks Amy xx

  13. 4th January 2015 / 1:24 am

    I must have read this on my phone and forgot to come back and comment, glad I just checked!
    I love the challenge you have set Jenna and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with! xxx

    • SarahJChristie
      4th January 2015 / 11:02 am

      Ha ha neither can I she will be able to do all sorts with the heart hopefully, I have loved the challenge too x

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