Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Our At Home Christingle

I remember doing Christingle services as a child in our local church. I loved them as a child but it's not something I carried on doing as I grew up nor with my two; we just never felt very at home in our local church so never went back. 

Now though we go to a lovely church when we stay with Mr K and the boys and we all love it there. Mr K was with the boys at their Christingle service on Sunday which they attend every year. I decided to teach L and A about Christingle but we did it in the comfort of our home. 

Here's what you'll need:  

An Orange, which represents the earth.

A red ribbon to tie around the orange representing the blood of Christ.

Dried fruits skewered on cocktail sticks (we used Dolly Mix too!) Which are pushed into the orange, representing the fruits of the earth and the four seasons. 

A lit candle, usually white, pushed into the centre of the orange, representing Jesus Christ as the light of the world.

We worked together with me letting the children have a go at what they thought all the different elements meant. They did really well actually and it was a lovely activity which allowed me to feel closer to my children and share my faith with them. L in particular identifies as a Christian and enjoys church a lot. 

After we made them we lit the candles and all said a prayer. I started off and the guys chipped in with things and people they were thankful for.  It was such a lovely moment. Next year we will be able to do this as a proper family at church, although I must admit I quite liked our homemade service! 

Friday, 1 December 2017

Visiting Father Christmas 2017

The children and I  were looking for something to do last weekend when I came across a post online from a local shop. The quirky little teddy bear store at the top of town, Dylan's Bear Necessities was going to be playing host to a very special visitor! 

Monday, 27 November 2017

What's on my Christmas Wishlist?

Don't run! It's not a gift guide! Although my children's book selection went down well I don't think I need to add to all the other gift guides in the blogosphere, there are plenty of great ones out there.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Our Books for the Kids This Christmas

My children love their books. It has to be said Midge is the real book worm (okay, she comes second to me!) in this family. Both of my children have asked for some books this year both from myself and from Father Christmas.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Curse of The Werewolf Boy by Chris Priestley

I have the perfect book for all you spooky story lovers out there this Halloween: Curse of The Werewolf Boy is a new children's book written by Chris Priestly. Midge loved delving into the world of Maudlin Towers to discover the various characters on offer in this spooky book. 

Saturday, 28 October 2017

My Sunday Photo: Digging for Treasure

We have had a lovely half term away with Mr K and the boys. Our favourite part of this half term was definitely visiting Diggerland which is around the corner from Mr K's house! We did lots of fun things which I wrote about here. Below is one of my favourite photos of the day: Little A and I digging deep for treasure (to make Mummy rich!) 

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Half Term Fun at Diggerland!

Once again we have packed up the car and have headed to Martyn and the boy's house to enjoy a half term as a family of six! We had a few plans for half term but the one the children and Mr K and I were really looking forward to was our family trip to Diggerland.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017


I've been feeling a little under the weather lately. Like a lot of the population I was bitten by the cold that seems to be doing the rounds. I was bunged up, tired, sore and on tonsillitis watch, I prayed very hard to not get tonsillitis as I get it very badly; not something I fancy coping with on my own with 2 children!

Monday, 2 October 2017

Let Them Eat Dirt - New Book and Food for Thought...

My whole childhood was spent in the glorious countryside. I honestly had a brilliant up bringing. I started my life in the Cotswolds living in a farm house opposite a stud that my dad worked on as the stud groom. I grew up with my 2 younger siblings and my mum being a stay at home parent most of the time and putting in night shifts as a health carer. At one point she was studying too.
 I remember a lot of things from my childhood  but one thing I honestly  don't remember? Getting sick

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Smear Tests, Abnormal Cells and a Colposcopy

I wanted to write up my experience of a recent abnormal cell result from my smear test. I was so worried I didn't know what to do and I ended up reading all sorts and wished I found a personal account to help me. I'm writing about my results and my experience of a colposcopy where I had a biopsy taken on my cervix to check the cells. I've left several links at the bottom of this post of 2 websites; Jo's Trust and NHS Choices, which really helped me.