The Year That Christmas Was Different

Covid, lockdowns and tier changes… all things I don’t think any of us thought would happen this year. A few days before Christmas the rules changed yet again and this meant a lot of people having to rethink and replan their Christmases, us included. Although this Christmas wasn’t the same as normal, or even what we expected, we made the most of what we could do. s We started Christmas Eve with a Christmas Eve box. This is something we’ve done for Erin for years now but this is the first year she’s really been able to get excited about

Home Christmas: How to Make it Special

AD | Collaborative post Christmas is a special time, and it’s one of the few times of the year when the majority of us can take some time off and put our feet up. But with the possibility of lockdowns and restrictions on movement and gatherings, we might need to be a little more creative as to how we make Christmas special. We know that picking out great gifts for everyone is important, but here I’m going to concentrate more on the social aspects of Christmas. Decorate The great Christmas tree debate rages throughout society at this time every year,

How I’m Getting Prepared For Christmas This Year

Can you believe it’s the middle of November already? Somehow, even with the hell of a year that we’ve had, 2020 seems to have flown by. It only seems like a few minutes ago that we were in March being told about lockdown for the first time. Presents With Erin’s birthday being on New Year’s Day I really like to make sure I’m organised well in advance for Christmas. I hate the thought of going into December still having presents to buy. I can’t imagine anything worse than having to brave the shops to try and find those last minute

How To Afford An Amazing Christmas Dinner Without Going Broke

I know it’s only March but I’m already thinking about Christmas. To be completely honest, I tend to start thinking about Christmas early in January. You see, Erin’s birthday is on New Year’s Day and we always have a lot going on from the beginning of December to the beginning of January. Between any Christmas activities, any last minute presents to buy, Christmas meals and our very own Christmas dinner, there is a lot to think about in the space of one month… and that’s without adding in Erin’s birthday. I always feel like money needs to be stretched further

A Pre-Christmas Celebration At The Beechwood Hotel

A few years ago we discovered a really fantastic restaurant just a few minutes away from our house. I don’t know how we didn’t know it was there but the Beechwood Hotel quickly became a family favourite. This year, as Mum now lives with us in Norfolk we wanted to do something special for Christmas and a trip back here was an obvious choice. During December the Beechwood Hotel offers a pre-Christmas celebration menu which consists of 3 courses for £29.95. This includes canapes as well! There is also a children’s menu available to with various options and ice cream

An Early Christmas In London

AD | Includes gifted experiences At the beginning of December I went for a very rare weekend away to London. I say it was rare because I went with my Mum instead of with John and Erin. I wanted to give her a treat before Christmas and I also had some vouchers for a previous collaboration t use up. Up until now, I haven’t been able to spend much time with Mum on her own because of Erin so I thought a little getaway would be a great idea. Unfortunately, my journey did not start off well. Thanks to horrendous

Festive Afternoon Tea At The Assembly House, Norwich

Once a month I go for lunch with a friend and we generally pick somewhere I have never been before. For our meal in December we wanted something really festive but no restaurant menu really stood out to us. My friend had been to The Assembly House before and suggested it as an option as they had a festive afternoon tea menu. At £22.95 (or £45 for two) it wasn’t a cheap option but we both wanted something special for a pre-Christmas treat. The Assembly House is an absolutely stunning Georgian venue in the centre of Norwich. I have walked

3 Ways To Save Money For Christmas

AD | Paid collaboration Christmas can be a really stressful time of the year and each year there seems to be more and more pressure to go one further than the year before. As someone with a New Year’s Day baby, I try to plan for Christmas all year round so I don’t end up with everything to do in the space of a couple of months. This year’s Christmas is only a few weeks away now but there are always ways to save money so today I’m sharing some of my best tips! Stick to a plan At the