Winter Sun

Luckily for us, we all finished work/school on Friday so we have a good week to get ready for Christmas. We kicked off our holiday yesterday with a trip to Brighton to visit family and drop off some Christmas presents (stopping off at Starbucks for the obligatory Gingerbread Latte!)

We visited my dad and grandad first and TJ was so proud to show everyone how well he could read now and managed to read all of Green Eggs and Ham which was super impressive.

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Pull a Pine – Arne RSPB Nature Reserve

Since moving to Dorset, we’ve made it our mission to explore as much of this beautiful county as possible. We stumbled across Arne about 2 years ago now and it’s one of our favourite places to go.

Every year, they host a ‘Pull a Pine for Christmas’ event in order to help clear away the pine trees to enable the rest of the plants and vegetation to grow properly. Last year, over 2000 people cleared 17 football pitches of pine! In return for helping, you get to take away as many Christmas trees as you like! It’s a completely win win situation.

Non-RSPB members had to pay a £10 entry fee with members only paying £5. When you consider that even the smallest real Christmas tree will probably set you back £25 in the shops, this represented incredible value for money and you are helping with conservation at the same time.

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Prestige Christmas Hampers – A Review

When you have children, Christmas is a time that makes you reflect on your childhood. I have fond memories of my nan getting a Christmas hamper from the milkman every year and literally bursting with excitement when we went through it.

The concept of a Christmas hamper has moved on slightly from tinned meat and Fruit Jellies (thankfully) and we were really pleased to be offered the chance to review a luxury hamper from Prestige Hampers.

We were sent the Christmas Wishes Carton (RRP £94.99) which is packed full of delicious goodies and not one, not two, but three bottles of wine – a red, a white and a prosecco! There really is something for everyone in this hamper. There are some lovely sweets and chocolates, some delicious cheddar biscuits, some gorgeous mince pies and Christmas Spiced Butter Fudge (which will be the first to be sampled!) Although this particular hamper didn’t come in a basket, the Taste of Christmas Carton Hamper can be bought in  willow basket if you wish.

The hamper included:
Barfield Bakery Mince Pies x 4
Baru Swirly Hot Chocolate Powder with Chocolate Figurines 250g
Buiteman Cheddar Biscuits 75g
Butlers ‘The Festive Menu’ Chocolates 130g
Copperpot Christmas Spiced Butter Fudge 175g
Farmhouse Biscuits Traditional Hand Baked Biscuits 125g
Frank’s Luxury Cranberry & Spice Oaties 300g
Just Sweets Jelly Beans 125g
Paxton & Whitfield Poppy & Linseed Biscuits for Cheese 150g
Quibbles Three Nuts and a Cranberry Assortment 100g
Riegelein Solid Chocolate Santas 125g
The English Provender Co. Caramelised Red Onion Chutney 325g
The Original Cake Company Top Iced Slab Cake
Yorkshire Crisps Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella 100g
Filipetti Prosecco Italy 75cl
Merlot Primera Luz Chile 75cl
Sauvignon Blanc Primera Luz Chile 75cl

I think that hampers are a fantastic idea for a present. They contain items that you wouldn’t normally buy for yourself and have that touch of luxury to enjoy – especially at Christmas.

Prestige Hampers sell a wide range of hampers for all occasions ranging from a £9.99 sweetie box to The Luxor which is £419.99 and contains everything you would need for Christmas day. Just click here to see what they have on offer

I will definitely be taking a look when I (finally) start my Christmas shopping!

**We were sent this hamper for the purpose of a review – all opinions are our own.**

The Santa Express at Longleat Safari Park

There’s something particularly magical about having young children around during the Christmas period. This is TJ’s fifth Christmas and I have to say that each one has got better and better. We try to do something special each year to create some special memories to look back on in years to come. Last year we went on the Polar Express in Dartmoor which was absolutely amazing and somewhere we would definitely recommend. This year, we asked TJ what he wanted to do and he went for the Santa Express at Longleat Safari Park. (which also coincides with the incredible Festival of Light).

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Home Made Christmas Gifts for Teachers

As a teacher, it’s always nice at Christmas to receive gifts and cards from your pupils. They become a token of appreciation for all the hard work you put in over the term and  let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a cheeky bottle of red or box of chocolates to put you in the festive spirit.

More recently though, there has been an increase in home-made gifts and cards being handed out to teachers and I have to say that it means a lot to know that time and effort has been put into making something special for you.

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