December 22, 2014
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Christmas flowers from EFlorist.

I’ve never had flowers at christmas before, I guess I’ve never been good enough to receive them as a gift. Flowers for my house is honestly the last thing I’m thinking about, whist elbowing my way through the shops getting our christmas food. I’ve always bought a poinsettia though, so to be honest I just expected something along those lines when I was offered a festive basket* from my favourite online florist eflororist.

Oh my how wrong was I! I’ve got roses, lilies, ivy, gold pine cones, glitter, even a large golden apple and baubles! I’ve honestly never seen such a beautiful arrangement of flowers, I think it even beats the gorgeous set they sent me over the summer.

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All arranged beautifully in a woman basket and delivered to your door, they’re still doing next day deliveries now so if you’re in need of a quick but fantastic present, why not think about sending a gorgeous festive bouquet?
Use the code MTJAM15 at the checkout and get a festive 15% off your order too! Find all the festive bouquets here and have a very Merry Christmas. Xx
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December 19, 2014
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Oh Christmas tree

Oh Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches. I still remember singing this song at school and have sung it more than once since putting ours up this year. It’s a true feast to my eyes this year, full of memories, traditions and of course sweets.

The last few years our tree hasn’t been half as good. When we lived in our flat we had so little room that we nearly didn’t have a tree. But I kicked up such a fuss (I’m such a kid) that my husband went out and returned with a pencil tree. It was normal hight but really really really narrow lol. It looked fab in our flat but a bit daft in our new house last year. Even more so as I only dressed the top, pesky toddlers!

So this year we have a lovely new tree, and some lovely new decorations.  I’ve got some old ones too and even some home made ones.

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I had to buy some new baubles this year, I had bought teeny tiny ones a few years back for the pencil tree and you wouldn’t notice them on our new tree. I bought a pack from my studio catalog in green, red and gold. I wanted a new traditional theme and I adore them. Some are shiny, some are glittery and they have come in serval different sizes. I’ve purposely put the small ones right at the top and the biggest on the lower branches, and I think it looks fab.

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I own six hand painted glass baubles in the same traditional colors that have been stored for a few years. It’s so lovely to have them back out on show, I’ve had these for years and I love them. These are also all on the top half of the tree, nor worth the risk for me putting them low down.

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I have these two gold glitter birds which clip on to the tree. I bought them this January in the sale and they look perfect sitting either side of Tia’s angel.

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Tias angel, this is made from wood and I had it made for her for her first Christmas. I wanted something that could go on the tree every year, this is its third year and I’ll be adding a new one next year.

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The highest bauble which hangs above Tias angel is my newest bauble ordered from Feather in a bauble. The white feather inside says The Finn bringing the family tree together. You can choose the ribbon and writing colour, I love it.

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How cute are these personalised family decorations I ordered from my studio catalog? They make me smile so much.

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But not as much as this beauty does! Tias first ever home made Christmas decoration that she made at her grandparents house. This will be treasured forever.

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This year I attempted home made decorations for the first time ever, these were my felt creations and I’m super proud of them.

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Tias first Christmas bauble will always be welcome on our family tree.

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And last but not at all least is my beautiful fairy which I bought from past times years ago. I had searched for years looking for a beautiful angel, most had super scary faces. This one is  beautiful and sits proudly on top looking over us all. 
I also have candy canes on the tree which we have in hot chocolate drinks over the Christmas period.
I’ve been searching for a pretty pink or purple star to add to my tree for baby Tilda, I think I’m going to make one sillier to the yellow star I made Tia.

What do you have on your tree? Do you change your decorations yearly or do you stick to the same ones.

December 18, 2014
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Debenhams wish list for Tia.

There is not a lot of things on Tia’s wishlist, only being two she hasn’t quite got the hang of them yet. Although I’m sure next year will be quite different! It has started when we go out to shops, “mummy I want that this and that”
And of course don’t forget she really wants a large lunch (she actually told Father Christmas this when she met him) and a baby (currently growing in my tummy)

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However sitting her down to take a look at the fantastic range of goodies available to order from Debenhams we found serval things she would in fact love under the tree next week. Like most children these days, she’s completely and head over heels in love with frozen. This pull apart talking olaf £20 looks fantastic and seems good value for what it does.
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Most mornings we tune in to watch a few children’s programs, and Mr Tumble is a favourite. She enjoys singing along and signs too. She’s also OBSESSED with stickers, so this Mr tumbles spotty sticker book £3.99 is like a toddlers dream come true and a total bargain in the sale.
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Earlier this year we were really lucky to have met the gorgeous Dr Ranj, whenever we go to the doctors now she asks to see him haha! She would adore playing pretend doctors with this cute doc mcstuffins doctors bag £20
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Being a blogger I take a few (million) photos nearly every day. Tia has well and truly picked up on this and will quite often go grab a random object, spend some time placing it down then ask if she can take a picture of said item. She normally does this on my phone as I won’t let her touch my camera for fear of her dropping it. So this vtech twist camera £55 would be a lovely gift for her, she could click away to her hearts content.
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Ok so this last item is totally for me BUT I know she would love it ha! I had one myself when growing up and so wish I had kept it, collecting sylvilian family’s is something I’ve always wanted to do when I had children of my own. Seeing how she plays role play now with her happyland shows me she’ll indeed love this collection when a bit older. This sylvilian famililes beach house £60 is the perfect place to start. Well they’ll need a nice house to live in won’t they :-)
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What do you think of Tia’s wish list? Would you purchase any of it?

December 17, 2014
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Melting snowman biscuits.

Yesterday me and Tia made these super cute festive biscuits using my super easy biscuit recipe which you can find here.

I made the dough the night before to give it plenty of time to chill, so it was just a case of rolling, baking then decorating. I don’t own a round cutter (I know I know)! So I used a glass to cut out the size I wanted, I got 22 biscuits from my recipe. After placing them on lined trays I cooked them for 12 minutes at 170degrees.

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Whilst Tia played with the leftovers (think better tasting play dough) I counted out 22 marshmallows and started to decorate them with my icing pens. Unfortunately halfway though it got really watery, the faces looked scary but seeing as the biscuits are meant to be melting snowmen, I wasn’t too worried about this detail :-)

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The biscuits were a lovely golden colour once cooked and still very soft to touch, they hardened up once cooled on the racks. Me and Tia then whipped up a basic icing mix, I added the sugar and water and Tia did the mixing. I then spread each biscuit with the icing and Tia squished down a snowman head onto each iced biscuit.
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We worked together until all 22 were decorated, I let her eat the last one as a thank you treat. It passed her test test! If I had had more time, I would have iced little twig arms and some buttons on the icing once it had hardened. Maybe even some little scarfs, but I had completely run out of time, having a toddler “help” means everything takes longer lol.
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What festive treats do you enjoy making with the kids?

December 15, 2014
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Chocolat chocolat gift idea.

Now imagine a website where you could create chocolate bars. You get to pick the base, Dark, milk, white or caramel chocolate. Then you get a choice of toppings, so you create your perfect bar! You have the option of making from scratch yourself, or you can also choose from a pre-selected menu if you’re struggling to choose or are short of time. Chocolat chocolat is the webpage of dreams for all chocolate lovers everywhere. I think it also makes a superb gift option for people, sending someone the gift of amazing high quality chocolate that you’ve designed yourself? What could be sweeter than that.
Here’s what I ordered* and what I thought of them.
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Caramel chocolate with praline and sea salt.
This chocolate is amazing, I do love caramel chocolate. Caramac has been a favourite since I was small, but this is something else. For a start its three times as thick, the sea salt was an amazing choice of topping. I love the newish salted caramel craze that’s been pretty big this year, this is honestly the best I’ve had so far. The praline although pretty undetectable in taste, makes the bar really smooth. Would I order this bar again? 100% yes!
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White chocolate with gold foil, cranberries and chocolate coated honeycomb.
Wow! White chocolate seems to be really hit and miss with people, you either seem to enjoy it or dislike it. Most people seem to think of it as a kids sweet, that’s how it’s advertised so this makes sense. I’m in the love club, I’ve always enjoyed it, but then I hate dark chocolate ha!
I attempted to make a grown up version with my toppings and I think I did really good, the creamy smoothness of the white chocolate embedded with sweet cranberries works oh so well. The little pieces of honeycomb crunch giving a lovely contrast to the smoothness of the chocolate. It really is good, and the gold? Well I think it looks so pretty, it finishes the bar off perfectly.
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Milk chocolate with praline, fudge and marshmallow.
This is the bar I was most excited about, so it’s of course the one I’m least impressed with! It’s just far too sweet, without the praline it could have been perfect. The chocolate itself is very nice, the marshmallows are ok, the fudge tastes lovely, again I cannot taste the praline. I’m pretty sure it’s the reason this bar is just a little bit sickly though, if you have a super sweet tooth then this bar is the bar for you!
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You can choose to order one, two or three bars here and they start from a very reasonable £5.95 and you get deals when ordering more than one. I think the three pack for £14.95 is really good value, it’s also worth bearing in mind that it’s not free delivery. I loved the little card included which told me who had made my bars, and all bars have an expiry date on the back.

December 4, 2014
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My first trimester.

Hey guys, I’m writing this in November and Im just shy of eleven weeks! I’ll be hitting publish on this soon, it’s all so very exciting! Well, maybe more for me than you, I want to record regularly throughout this pregnancy so I have a record of it. It’s mad how much you forget over time..

So so far I’ve felt pretty rough, which was to be expected I think. I suffered with horrific nausea for the whole nine months with Tia, I’m hoping it will sod off quicker this time *crosses fingers* I’ve found gaviscon has helped settle my tummy at times, also eating blander food. I’ve gone from eating three meals a day to eating six smaller meals a day. This has helped a bit with the nausea and also Im not eating as much so a few hours later Im feeling hungry again! Growing a baby is such hungry work!

I found out I was pregnant when I was just four weeks, I guess as we were trying I was eager to test. I did two tests really early (a good 10 days before my period was due) and I got two lines BUT the second one on both was super faint. I tried not to get too excited incase I was imagining it! Then I did another the day before and got two stronger lines, a fourth two days later totally confirmed it!

I’m sure I’m more tired this time around, I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a few years older now or because I run around after Tia non stop, or most likely a mix of them both ha! I guess I’m lucky as Tia still has a nap everyday and I join her on days when I’m struggling.

I had my first lot of blood tests on halloween and I met my midwife on November 11th, she’s so lovely. I’m now counting down the days for our first scan on December 1st, not long now!

At twelve weeks the sickness seems to be easing off and dare I say I feel a tad more energetic? Here’s hoping this pregnancy is a tad easier than my last.

December 2, 2014
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When christmas wishes come true.

On asking Tia (two years old) what she wants for Christmas, she thinks really hard for a minute before answering quite seriously, that would would like some lunch please.

To be honest, in all the excitement Im not sure she quite “gets” it yet. She’s still so little but it’s so lovely to ask her anyway.

Three months ago my sister had twin baby boys, and Tia is both besotted and fascinated with them. To say she’s deeply in love would be a massive understatement!

So more recently her Christmas list now includes a baby. So she wants lunch and a baby for Christmas please Santa clause!

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It makes me so happy to be able to announce that Tia will be getting both of her christmas wishes as we’re expecting baby number two, due 12th June 2015!!!
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We had our first scan on Monday 1st December and baby seems to be healthy and happy. I look forward to sharing updates with you all, christmas is going to be extra special this year.

December 2, 2014
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November round up.

Eeeep I’m a few days late, I’ve no idea where this month has gone. It’s just GONE! I’ve only got a few products to share with you today so I won’t keep you too long :-)

First up is the Nuevue iPad case. Designed to fit 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation iPads, it’s both stylish and shock resistant. It has an antimicrobial and anti-static actions which work just by using the case. By sliding the iPad into the Nuevue case, the supersoft microfibre inside gently removes any finger prints from the screen and back. By applying gentle pressure on the case when removing the iPad you’ll have a clean screen every time. The antimicrobial protection eliminates 99.9% of bacteria on the screens surface.
The Nuevue case comes with a glass cleaning wipe for you to throughly clean the screen before starting to use the case and It comes with a leather strip to keep your tablet in place. It’s very lightweight and thin but my tablet feels very protected inside it, the outside material is canvas but it also comes in a cotton version.
You can buy a Nuevue case from here in a range of colours for £29.99. Knowing they fit all modals makes it a great present choice for Christmas when you’re unsure of the gen iPad for the recipient.
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Next up is a crime book written by R.M Cartmel called The richebourg affair.
I’ve not had a chance to read this book yet and most likely won’t now until the new year, when I’ve read it I’ll write a separate review so for now I’ll share the blurb.

Commandant Truchard of the Paris police is used to dealing with villainy and violence in the French capital, but when he is summoned home to Burgundy on the death of his brother, he finds a seething vat of theft, fraud and cold blooded murder fomenting beneath the serene surface of the little village of Nuits-Saint-Georges.

. What is hidden behind the cellar walls?
. Who wanted his brother dead?
. Why does inspector Molleau have a loaded pistol in his desk drawer?

As Truchaud digs deeper and deeper into the mystery, he discovers that, for some people, Richebourg is quite literally a wine to die for.

The Richebourg affair is the first of a trilogy set in and around Nuits-Saint Georges, following Truchard through three different wine related scandals over the course of a year in the burgundy vineyards.

Now I love a good crime book and I also love wine haha! So I’m really hoping I’ll get my teeth into this book, full review to follow! You can buy The Richebourg Affair here on amazon for £7.99 for the paperback and £3.99 for the kindle version.

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Last up I wanted to share my amazing new christmas earrings from the very lovely and super talented Amy who owns Niteo jewellery shop. I bought both the Christmas trees and snowmen versions that she made and am head over heels in love with them both. Amy hand makes all her jewellery with high quality beads and Swarovski. Everything glitters and shines and twinkles, these are the perfect finish to any christmas outfit. I bought these a good month ago and I’ve just started wearing them now we’re into December. They come in lovely little organza bags which would make them super cute gifts.
Amy makes a range of products including bespoke wedding jewellery, and matching sets including bracelets, earrings and necklaces. You can find the christmas earrings here priced at £6 a pair.
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November 25, 2014
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All I want for Christmas is…

Hey my lovely readers old and new. Christmas really is creeping up on us now, and with it lots of gift guides. I find these so so helpful,  I never know what I want myself, let alone anyone else! I’ve compiled a little gift list for ladies here, I hope you see something you like.

First up is this amazing talc (not the stuff your nan uses honestly)! From one of my favourite stores lush. It’s called Vanillia puff and is £4.95 for 50g, find it both in store and online here.

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I’ve worn a Pandora bracelet for a few years now and would love a new charm. However none of them are jumping out at me, Troll beads have some amazing beads so I may just start a new bracelet in the new year. I love this eternal love charm and the expectant parent one would make the most amazing gift for an expecting parent, I know a few people I would live to buy this for. Troll beads start from just £25.

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Last summer I read the most amazing gift chic flick called sealed with a kiss written by Rachel lucas, I couldn’t put it down and read it in one sitting! I’m so excited to see she’s realised a Christmas edition on the Kindle here. Priced at 59p it’s a total bargain and if it’s anything like the summer book it will be amazing!

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Last up is this amazing blusher from clinique called cheek pop in plum pop. Priced at £16.50 it’s a bit pricey for a blush but hey, if you can’t have a treat at Christmas when can you!

seen anything on my wishlist that you would like for yourself or a loved one? Leave me a little comment if yes, I love talking to you xx

November 24, 2014
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Get ready for Christmas with Miss Francis.

Party season is fast approaching, and for Tia this mean super pretty dresses (and sausage rolls and balloons) She can spend ages picking out which one she wants to wear, she’s two!! It’s just going to get worse right? Ha!
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Tias first ever party dress which she wore at a month old.

So she has quite a collection now, but Tia seems to pick them based on their twirling abilities. If she can spin around and they can out she’s happy, it’s for this exact reason she nearly always picks a tutu. Is there anything more princesses like than a tutu? I honestly think not!

Tia got her very first tutu aged ten months, this was from Miss Francis. She wore it on her first birthday and she really was the belle of her own ball. The tutu was big and fluffy and well, just amazing.
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Tias first Miss Francis tutu.

Fast forward just over a year and Tia’s received a new bigger Tutu* from Miss Francis as her old one is now too short. We picked the vanillia sunday style in age 1-3 years. It came in a huge box, this excited me very much. Big box equals big skirt right? Right! The tutu was even more amazing than her first one, bigger is definitely better.
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You’re able to adjust the waist slightly using the ribbon which ties into a lovely bow when you’ve finished. It sits just under her knee, a fantastic length. This will change depending on the height of your child of course, Tia’s about average for her two years, she’s super slim though so gives the impression of being taller.

This tutu is heavy, not in an uncomfortable for the child kind of way (has flashbacks to my wedding day)! But in a you know it’s been made really well way. It’s fans out beautifully when twirling, it’s everything Tia looks for in a party outfit.

Priced at £44.99 for Tia’s size, it’s a little more expensive than some others you can get. I do honestly think it’s worth the money though, it comes in a beautiful box wrapped in tissue paper. It makes the perfect present for this reason, you just know the skirt is going to be special as its wrapped as such. It’s also such good quality, not at all stiff or itchy. It’s wonderfully soft and washes really well.
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Miss Francis stock tutus from birth right up to ten years, they also stock matching ruffle tops, dresses and accessories. They also stock sequinned tutus and all deliveries within the UK are posted free of charge so if you’re looking for either the perfect Christmas present or Christmas outfit for a girl then do give Moss Francis a visit. She’s on twitter and facebook too.

Use the discount code MT15 for a nice 15% discount on your order.