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On the 18th Day of Blogmas: Mulled Wine

On the 18th Day of Blogmas: Mulled Wine

I love mulled wine and always look forward to making my first batch. There is something very homely about simmering fruits and spices in a bath of deep red wine. Mulled wine was created by the Romans back in the 2nd century. They discovered that […]

On the 17th Day of Blogmas: I made Danish Paper Hearts

On the 17th Day of Blogmas: I made Danish Paper Hearts

With the trend for all things Scandi, I thought I’d have a go at making a paper heart. These lovely paper designs are said to have originated with Hans Christian Anderson. He was something of an expert at paper cutting, it turns out. I was […]

On the 16th Day of Blogmas: My Winter Skincare Routine in 3 Easy Steps

On the 16th Day of Blogmas: My Winter Skincare Routine in 3 Easy Steps

How we define the start of winter depends upon whether we are looking at the weather from a meteorological or astronomical point of view. The meteorological winter began on 1st December and will continue through until 28th February. The astronomical winter, however, will begin with […]

On the 15th day of Blogmas: Welcome to Meltdown City!

On the 15th day of Blogmas: Welcome to Meltdown City!

Hello and welcome to Meltdown City! Yes, I’ve reached that point in December where there is too little month left and far too much left to do. To be fair, I’ve bought most of the presents and I’ve even started to wrap them. The tree […]

On the 14th Day of Blogmas: The School Play

On the 14th Day of Blogmas: The School Play

If you’ve watched the film ‘Nativity’, you’ll appreciate the hard work that goes into producing the annual school play. For weeks the children have been rehearsing; learning lines and practising a whole range of new songs. Parents – if they’re anything like me, anyway – […]

On the 13th day of Blogmas: Lucia Bread

On the 13th day of Blogmas: Lucia Bread

The Legend of St Lucia There is an old Swedish legend that, one winter night in December 1764, a gentleman was woken from his sleep by a beautiful voice. A young woman, dressed in white, was singing and dancing around his room. She had wings […]

On the 12th day of Blogmas: Giving to Yourself

On the 12th day of Blogmas: Giving to Yourself

Women tend to be great at giving but lousy at receiving. As you seek out the perfect presents for those you love, are you remembering to treat yourself? This is a quick reminder that you can’t pour from an empty jug. So today, put together […]

On the 11th Day of Blogmas: The Little Book of Hygge – a Book Review

On the 11th Day of Blogmas: The Little Book of Hygge – a Book Review

They say that the happiest country in the world is Denmark, and that’s because of Hygge. There isn’t a corresponding word in English but it’s all about creating comfort and joy. That premise alone has been enough to spark my interest in the subject. It’s […]

On the 10th Day of Blogmas: Time with Friends and Family

On the 10th Day of Blogmas: Time with Friends and Family

We recently asked our son (who is 13 and has Down syndrome) what he would like for Christmas. He thought for a while and then replied, ‘The gift of friendship.’ We all giggled, but actually he’s got a really good point. What could be better […]

On the 9th Day of Blogmas: The Comfort Box Revisited

On the 9th Day of Blogmas: The Comfort Box Revisited

You’ll know by now that I’m a sucker for a good old comfort box…whether it’s one I’ve made up myself, or have purchased through a company like HyggeBox. At this time of year, a comfort box can be a source of relief; an antidote to […]