It’s been a while since I wrote a little loves post and to be honest I have missed it. December has been a busy month full of festive fun. My eldest is 4 and it turns out she is the perfect age for Christmas. She has enjoyed all the festivities this month and was so excited for Christmas. At 18 months, E was pretty oblivious to it but still, she really enjoyed the music and lights. I’ll be writing a post next week all about our days out this month so this post is about everything else.
This month E has been sleeping a little better in an evening and I have been making the most of having a little time in the evening, I’ve read a little, caught up on some tv and made a few changes to my blog. I also found time to bake a few festive treats this month. Read on to find out more.
I’ve enjoyed reading December’s The simple things and also Nigel Slater’s The Christmas Chronicles. Both have a really festive feel and also lots of recipes. Cooking and baking has always been a big love of mine and Christmas is one of those times of year where I love to get in the kitchen. I don’t cook or bake as much as I did before kids but I still like to when I get chance and Christmas is a perfect time. Speaking of food, I also really enjoyed this article by Nigella Lawson about food and Instagram. Food photography is not my strongest point especially as most of what I cook would not be considered “Instafood” but as this article show, that’s ok.
As ever, I’ve been reading a lot with my daughters. We had a book advent calendar again for the third year. I love sharing Christmas books with them. We enjoyed many old favourites from previous years as well as some new ones that we were kindly sent by some publishers I am working with and also a selection that I picked up in the Libary.
I’ve really been enjoying the latest series of Grey’s anatomy. I can’t believe how many years I have been watching this series and I still love it. This weeks episode was particularly good and I can’t believe the cliffhanger they left us with until after the season break!
I have to say there wasn’t all that much on tv over Christmas that I wanted to watch. Just as well really as E has been unwell and I have spent my evenings up and down the stairs settling her. I am looking forward to the new series of Delicious starting tonight though.
One of my highlights of blogging this year was being invited along to watch The snowman tour at Chester Cathedral this month. I have many childhood memories of watching The Snowman each Christmas Eve. We were lucky to have front row seats and we all really enjoyed it. It was such a magical start to the month and a lovely way to enjoy this festive classic.
F was also in her school nativity “Christmas with the aliens”. I have to say I was a little sceptical when I heard the title. In the end, we really enjoyed it and it was clear that F did too. Her whole class were stars. She sang and danced her little heart out. It was such a contrast to 12 months ago when she was in her preschool nativity. She has grown in confidence so much. The songs in this particular nativity were really fun and very catching. F has been singing them a lot over this past month.
F has been calling reindeer “reindolf” which I found really cute. E has started clearly saying “row, row, row” whilst rocking back and forwards. As well as loving row, row, row your boat she also really loves a sleeping bunny’s song that we sing at playgroup. She loves it and lies down on the floor for the first half before enthusiastically dancing for the second part. She loves music and can’t resist dancing along. Of course, I’ve been enjoying listening to lots of Christmas songs this month too.
For once I’ve got lots of things to share here. I bought a new theme for the blog in a black Friday sale and this month I have loved playing around with it. I’m so pleased with how my blog looks now. This blog has come so far this year and I hope it will continue to grow and improve in 2018. You may remember that I made the decision at the beginning of the year to turn my blog into one I was proud of. I have a few things that I want to edit but it’s definitely heading in the right direction. I voluntarily told one of my friends about the blog this year which is a big change for me. I have lots of plans for the new year including continuing to run Blogger pin party, #mycolourfulkids on Instagram and also introducing a new blog guest post series “In my kitchen”.
I spent a day volunteering at F’s school this month. They were hosting a visiting school and I helped out with some Christmas crafts. I loved crafting with the kids, watching F interact with her friends and getting to know a few of the other school mums.
I never found time to make our Christmas cake but I did end up making a few festive treats. I started by baking gingerbread biscuits for the girls’ teachers, teaching assistants and nursery workers. I used this recipe and they were delicious. I made chocolate fudge in the slow cooker which ended up being a combination of different recipes I found so I might write that up as the fudge was delicious. Finally, I baked a mincemeat cake using this recipe. I didn’t bother with the topping though. The cake was not only simple and quick to bake but moist and really delicious. I’ll definitely be making it again.
The girls have been wearing their Christmas outfits at every opportunity. F loves her “reindolf” jumper and E loves hugging her outfit. It is a top with a fairy on and a tutu attached. She loves cuddling dolls and teddies so I assume shes hugging the fairy, very sweet to watch.
This is probably going to be my last post of 2017 so I would like to wish you all a happy new year.