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A Little Festive Catch Up And Little Loves

I didn’t write a round-up last week, there was no time! But don’t you just love that festive buzz? Trying to get it all done, all the festive anticipation?

This year was always going to be different. The proverbial cat was now officially out of the bag and Christmas promises never to be the same again.

This is something I have twittered on about all year. Determined to keep the spirit of Christmas going strong in my little family. And you know what? There is life after the big guy! The secret to success for me was managing expectations, not expecting less, just different.

Festive Christmas Hamper

Festive Table


The signs of life changing and the boys growing up were a huge feature of our festive season with Jack passing his driving theory test the day before Christmas Eve.

His test was booked for 8am in Skipton, which is a good 40 minutes away from our home and called for an extra early morning. Chris and I wandered Skipton in the dark watching the market waking up for day and sipped coffee as we waited for what felt like forever. Before Jack appeared grinning from ear to ear clutching his certificate.

So now we are excitedly looking for cars, trying to work out which are the best value to insure whilst still being cool. Of course he still has to pass his practical test. However is thrilled to be one step nearer, I just can’t believe one of our children will be driving very soon.


The amazing news just before Christmas that I had been chosen as the winner of the gorgeous Susanna’s Elite Island Family competition.


Excited doesn’t even cut it, I am beside myself. I have spent loads of time reading about the resorts and still can’t decide which resort we would rather visit. But think we might have narrowed it down a little. Ooh to feel the Caribbean sun on my face!

What a wonderful early Christmas presents? We don’t know whether to look at cars or flights first, exciting times?


Snuggly jumpers, and cozy dresses. Christmas has been a time spent chilling with family and friends. We seem to have packed loads in despite the obligatory winter colds! Have enjoyed family time and been busier than we usually are at Christmas, but had the most wonderful time.


Lovely memories, the boys were thrilled with their gifts and enjoying a bit of family time has been wonderful. I just wish I had picked my camera up a little more! The break from the Internet has been very much welcomed, its nice to have a little time to just focus on family life. We have seen family and friends, been for festive drinks and had chill days, its been perfect.

And the most delicious tiger bread with Camembert, if  you haven’t tried this its super easy and delicious, its wonderful as a starter or with soup.

bread cooked with camembert


I have added a gin fave to my little gin shelf. Have you tried The Botanist? Its delicious, so fresh, a real easy drinking gin with citrus flavour and notes of apple mint, coriander, orange and lemon peel, honey, coconut and wild mint. I think it has to be one of my top 5 gins. And is perfect for celebrating our recent successes.

The Botanist Gin

Now we look forwards to the New Year

It promises to be exciting, I am trying to work out if we can get flights to the US from the Caribbean to squeeze a few days in New York or a cruise, but not having much success finding anything.

Christmas Round Up

We have a very exciting trip to Center Parcs at the end of January, it’s the perfect winter break and something to look forwards to in the dark winter months.

Hopefully there will be a house move on the horizon, new cars and maybe a new school; the jury is still out on that one.

I haven’t started to think of New Years resolutions yet. I think because there is so much change on the horizon it almost feels like enough to be dealing with but none the less all very exciting.

Have a wonderful New Years Eve whatever you are up too

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Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

Thursday 4th of January 2018

How lovely to have a trip to the Caribbean to look forward to and what a wonderful early Christmas present that was. Well done to Jack on passing his theory test. Sounds like you had a lovely Christmas and that tiger bread and Camembert looks so good! Wishing you all a happy new year. #WotW


Wednesday 3rd of January 2018

It sounds like lots of congratulations are in order! What with your son passing his theory test and you winning a wonderful family holiday. It's all very exciting! Here's to more of that kind of thing in 2018! xx

Tracey Williams

Wednesday 3rd of January 2018

Wow Sarah what an exciting week you had before the big day and huge well done to Jack for passing his theory test. I agree that the spirit of Christmas is still alive when the kids are older, it's just a different kind of spirit and I love making new traditions as the kids grow up. And huge congratulations again for winning the competition, it couldn't have happened to a nicer person x

Chloe: Picture Taker Memory Maker

Sunday 31st of December 2017

Wow what an exciting week! Congratulations to your boy for passing his theory test. Fingers crossed the practical test goes just as smoothly. And what a wonderful thing to win a holiday! I'm already excited to read all about it and see your photos once you're there. Happy New Year :)


Monday 1st of January 2018

Thanks Chloe yes he needs to get it booked and is so excited about driving, and I know arghhhh I am so excited. Happy New Year lovely lady x

Debbie | An Organised Mess

Saturday 30th of December 2017

Congratulations on your win- it sounds like 2018 will be amazing for you. I love the idea of the Christmas you've created, and glad the Christmas spirit stayed with you. The camembert looks delicious!


Monday 1st of January 2018

Thanks so much Debbie, yes here is to a great 2018, and the camembert is delicious. Christmas is all about the Christmas spirit isn't it, thats what keeps the magic alive x

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