Christmas stories, trees and elves #littleloves

Another week of illness in this house I’m afraid. Thankfully I think we are starting this weekend with everyone almost well. My husband was full of cold last weekend and the tiny one started with conjunctivitis. The poor thing was unable to open her eyes when she woke up in the early hours of the morning. I took her to the GP’s on Monday and thankfully the eye ointment started working pretty quickly (she hates me applying it though). It would be easy to remember these last few weeks as sleep less nights and lazy days but what I love about little loves is that it reminds me that we have made some good moments too.


We’ve been reading lots of winter and Christmas themed books this week as part of our book advent calendar. Although we open a new one each day, we do continue to read the others too.


Not a great deal of tv this week. The tiny one continues to get me up early so I did watch Grey’s anatomy whilst playing with her one morning last weekend, whilst the rest of the house slept. I don’t mind the early starts so much if we’ve had a reasonable night (rare). I’ve also enjoyed watching my eldest enjoy her advent calendar and elf on the shelf.


Every morning when the ladybird wakes she asks if the elf has wrapped her another book. She doesn’t seem that bothered by what else he has been doing as long as he’s brought her a book. I love that she clearly adores books, although I wish she had a bit more interest in the elf after all the effort I’m putting in!


Nothing exciting here but I have picked out some new clothes for my Christmas presents from my family. I’ve gone for tops as I think I am back to my pre-pregnancy size in tops. I really need some new tops as some of the ones I currently wear are maternity ones. Great for feeding but probably not that flattering. I’ve picked a few Joules harbour tops and one from Boden. I can’t wait to start wearing them all.


Yesterday I made bird feeders with my eldest. She enjoyed the process and I know she will enjoy watching birds eat them.


I baked soda bread last weekend and cooked the shepherds pie from Jamie Oliver’s Super foods family classics. Both were delicious. IMG_20161203_125339.jpg


And lastly ….

We put our Christmas tree up last weekend. We have a big artificial one in our living room. It’s not a tatestfully decorated one by any stretch of the imagination! It’s fully of lovely decorations though. We have a set of simple red and gold orniments that we bought when we first moved in together. Then we have more interesting decorations that we have added over the years. I’ve also inherited this year a few that belonged to my great aunt and remind me so much of my childhood Christmas’. We’ve also got a few handmade ones too. My eldest loves rearranging the decorations and the youngest rolling around near it, watching the twinkling lights and trying to grab (and eat) tha baubles.IMG_20161204_112438.jpg

This year I’ve added a small real tree in our kitchen. I love it.



  1. December 12, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    What a good idea making a bird feeder! I must make some with my girls. Such a great little project and as you said they will love watching the birds come and eat from it.
    I might try doing a book Advent for my two next year, but I don’t think I’ll end up sticking with Christmas themed books though or unless that’s the whole idea?
    Have a lovely week xx

    • December 12, 2016 / 3:19 pm

      You can do whatever kind of books you like. We have a mix of Christmas and winter (snowy) books. I’m guessing a book advent gets harder as kids loose interest in picture books. X

  2. Not A Frumpy Mum
    December 15, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    Yay to new non pregnancy clothes, makes you feel much more like yourself when you’re back in more “normal” clothe doesn’t it? xx

    • December 16, 2016 / 8:08 pm

      It really does. I still need to lose some baby weight but I am going in the right direction slowly! x

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