It’s the time of the year again where we can feel the cold weather. Seeing the leaves falling from the trees is a sign of the autumn season and soon winter that makes us want to snuggle under our blanket.
What I love about this season is that the warm memories it creates with family. We spend more time with our family having a cup of tea and getting warm. This season also remind me moments I have spent with my parent’s in law when they came to visit England. This memories I had with them gives me a bit of comfort knowing it’s not the same anymore since my father in law passed away this summer.
It was winter when they came over the last time and we went for a walk to celebrate Christmas and new year. Nothing can beat a lovely photograph to cherish all those memories. Winter is definitely the most wonderful time of the year since we have Christmas and new year to look forward to.
I love taking photographs as a memory of the moment and I know that I can count on truprint when it comes to creating something personal as a gift or a remembrance of the past. I love the idea of personalised photo book where I can cherish my wonderful memories with my loved ones.
Winter gives me wonderful feelings when reminiscing moments like this, through photographs of the past that I can keep it forever.
My beautiful Bethany loves helping with my reviewing and was talent spotted by the company Maya’s Bows, who were looking for bow loving girlies to model their bows for them. Bethany was more than happy to help them out! You can check out the Maya’s Bows over on Facebook and Instagram.
Our first delivery arrived and bethany really enjoyed looking through the whole collection. See her reaction here.
She was absolutely overwhelmed at the different styles, they were all so pretty. I was really pleased with the quality and the variety (not all big bows, but little ones on hair grips and on hair ties and different styles of bow too!)
Check out the Maya’s Bow Facebook page here and Instagram here. If you would like to order from them drop them a private message with yours specifications and quote the code Bethany10 for a 10% discount!
You probably know by now that I’m a Tesco orchard member so every campaign they have, I would love to participate and blog about it and share.
This month, it’s all about party food or dessert / pudding and I have chosen to try out their party food. I was sent Tesco £5 voucher and this is what I bought.
Tesco party food were 3 for £5 as well which is a very good value of money. On Christmas Day, we hosted the dinner as my inlaw’s came over for a Christmas celebration and having the Tesco party food as an appetiser was lovely. We have it while having a drink of wine and etc before having Christmas dinner. It’s also perfect to have it while watching film. It made the day relaxing. My inlaw’s thought that the Tesco party food was lovely too so it’s good.
I only cook the hot & spicy prawn and the chicken bites and just enough as a finger food. I have still got the tex mex selection to cook for new year which is good. Thank you Tesco for the free party food taster. #triedforless
This is our appetiser before having the turkey and you can imagine how full we are by the time the main meal we’re served lol
Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and wishing you all a prosperous and a happy new year. Good luck for the year 2017 guys ❤❤❤
We have the same Christmas tree every year and it’s not big. Well, it’s okey because our house is not that big so we don’t have much space. My daughter took a video after I just put up our tree and So i would like to share it with you. My daughter’s picture wasn’t there because the boys pictures come from their nursery.
It was a very simple Christmas tree with a fairy light on it. It doesn’t matter how big or beautiful is your Christmas decorations but celebrating Christmas with our love ones is the most wonderful time of the year.
Christmas presents doesn’t have to be expensive right? It’s always the thoughts that count not the price of it. Personally, I’m always realistic in giving present. As most of it will just probably goes unwanted present waiting to be clear out. Hence my gift guide this time is nothing fancy but something that can always be use and the price won’t break your purse either.
Gift for kids
Snuggle cozy wrap blanket for kids Is very useful for either travelling or to be use at home while watching film available in link and blue in eBay and only less than £5 including postage I bought this for my boys as well
I originally came from the Philippines ( hence the not so perfect English grammar lol ) and it’s nice to remember memories of my childhood Christmas.
I was maybe about 8 or 10 years old when I find out that the Santa Claus behind all our Christmas presents is our mum. I saw her at midnight ( when she thought were all asleep ) putting presents in our Christmas stocking. But that didn’t ruin it, as i just went along with my mum and always get excited every festive season.
Christmas in the Philippines is definitely the most wonderful time of the year. You can start hearing Christmas carols being played in the shop around September. Although the formal Christmas celebration start on the 16th when many people go for the early morning mass which we called ( simbang gabi ) I can remember walking with my mum in the dark being wrap up with jackets and hat just to attend the mass early morning everyday until Christmas Day and that’s because we were brought up catholic and it became a family tradition. Christmas is the most important holiday in the Philippines and December is actually a cooler month though it’s nothing compare to the cold season here in the uk.
Around December, children or even adults can be seen going house to house and singing Christmas carols. They either just creative and bring any musical instrument with them or go as a group. After singing a Christmas carol they are usually given money or anything that the people can afford to give. I can remember my brother and I did this along with other children and then at the end we all get to share the money given to us.
Christmas customs in the Philippines are a mixture of western and native Filipino traditions. Santa Claus, Christmas trees and cards and Christmas carols are from western influence brought in by the Spanish and Portuguese when they travelled to our country.
However, we have our own Christmas tradition of using ” parol ” a frame with a lit star lantern on it. It’s the most popular Christmas display and decoration in the Philippines.
I can remember being awake all night into Christmas Day as if we’re having a countdown, that’s how important Christmas is in the Philippines. Also we go to the church for the last simbang gabi or Christmas Eve mass and followed by midnight feast or what we call ” noche buena ”
Noche buena is an open house celebration in which family and friends and even neighbours are welcome to join in. They often drop by with a food to share to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas. Most family have a several dish laid out. It’s always a buffet style where all food laid in the table and you just help yourself. Most food include ( lechon baboy ) roast pork, quezon de bola ( Filipino Spanish for ball of cheese ) also hamon or ham, noodles, pasta, fruit salad, cake, rice cake, puto bungbong, bibingka and many more. You can imagine loads of foods being serve at a Filipino household and it’s like a feast.
With Christmas presents, I must say it’s not the Center of the Christmas celebration in the Philippines. Not everyone can afford to buy Christmas present that we’re just grateful to whatever we received. We already consider ourself lucky back then if we have a food to put on the table. What I love about Christmas in the Philippines is the love, warmth, hospitality, generosity and unity of family celebrating together and sharing whatever they have to their extended family, friends and neighbour.
I hope you enjoy reading this and I wish you all a wonderful Christmas wherever you are. ❤️ thank you ❤️
Disclosure: all images source are from the internet and courtesy to whoever own it unless otherwise stated.
Husbands/boyfriends/fathers…any male presents are always the hardest to come up with. Unless they are particularly into something; my dad is a scientist and loves scientific books or antique instruments, some guys are happy with anything star wars or have a hobby like cycling which needs upgrades all the time. But if there isn’t anything obvious I have a few sneaky ideas for you:
Craft Beer box: I was kindly sent one of these to trial with the hubby, the selection we had was delicious!
They are full of flavour and every one is different to the next. You can get a single box for as little as £24 and if you would like to try it they are offering a massive £10 off when you sign up at their website: see here and use the code: EPSANDAMY10
Clothes: boring I know but bear with me; men hate shopping and if you do it then it means they don’t have to! Check out the everything5pounds website, they have a whole men’s second and it goes without saying that everything is £5.
Drink selection: if they don’t love beer how about a teabag selection, my husband and I have been trialling the fabulous twinings selection boxes and he has loved them as much as I have.
Toiletries: same as with clothes, men hate having to do this themselves so if they have a favourite aftershave save them the job and pick it up for them. If he doesn’t have a favourite take a look at this blog with a few ideas for you.
Or beard oil
Chocolate: who doesn’t love chocolate?! Often bought of women but the men get forgotten! I love these chocolate hampers from thorntons.
Well these are my suggestions, hopefully they give you some ideas?! Please note, some of these gift ideas have been sent to me to review and some of the links are affiliate sites, but all opinions are unbiased and my own.
During a visit to the local park recently, my son saw a young boy playing with a monster truck; bumping up and down the kerbs and switching from grass to concrete and back. He decided he needed one of these for Christmas. So when I was contacted by Paramount Toys I knew exactly which toy to ask for!
The Rock Master, Rock Crawler is just what Jack wanted. Sturdy enough to climb up kerbs and over rocks, but still easy enough for a young boy to control. It RRPs at £79.99 but is currently on £34.99, very well priced, check it out here:
Inside the box is the car and remote, secured with plastic to the cardboard (easy to undo with scissors) an instruction manual and a box containing batteries (I love this, no toys come with batteries any more!)
You need a Phillips crosshead screwdriver to put the batteries in both the car and the remote but nothing else needs setting up.
Hold the remote in your left hand and use the right to steer. Pull the trigger towards you for forward and away for reverse and turn the steering wheel to turn. Easy as that!
I’ve not tested the car outside yet, it is my son’s Christmas present so I don’t want to get it all dirty, but it climbed over a pile of 3 cushions in the lounge with no trouble. I think he will find it great fun to play with in the garden.