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It is that time of the year again. I am one of the blogging mums who has an elf visit each year – sorry about that!
I love Christmas and this year is no exception. We are full of Christmas cheer in this house. Even the monkeys at the top of the blog have decided to join in!
Doodles the Elf
Our elf is called Doodles and if last year is anything to go by he is a little mischievous!
He created havoc in the bathroom and was using my lipstick to write messages on my bathroom mirror! So it is fair to say that as from today we will have an additional little monkey joining us for the month of December.
Here are some examples from last Christmas so you can see what we are dealing with:
Anyway, having carefully considered how to blog about this, I decided not over elf the pudding (sorry). I will do a little round up post of his antics once a week – on a Saturday.
For those not familiar with the elf, he arrives on the December 1st and stays until Christmas Eve. He flies back to Santa each night to report on whether children have been naughty or nice, which – as a parent – is really quite useful, I have to say. It saves me having to contact Santa each evening!
Today Doodles arrived for the month and he brought the boys advent calendars, which is very nice of him. He also brought a letter from Santa. The boys are over the moon!
If you have one of Doodles friends visiting you this christmas please tag me on social media and share your posts!
I would love to see them all and to know that I am not the only one bought in to the elf madness.
Let the christmas craziness commence… yippee!!
I have been been loving the christmas lists on all my favourite bloggers websites. They have been full of brilliant ideas and so I thought I would jump right in and do the same.
So here are some christmas ideas for blogging parents – in other words this is what I would like for christmas… hint hint Daddy monkey!
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As someone who is Social Media ALL THE TIME, I love the idea of a spa break. Which would naturally mean a digital detox for a day. The thought of hanging out at a lovely spa relaxing and pondering life seems like absolute bliss
I have wanted Lightroom ( as in the photo editing software) for a while now.
The photography side of blogging is so much fun and I have a lot to learn. I really want to improve on this in 2017.
It is a main focus of mine and now I have my actual lightroom (see above) all set up at home, I want to take it to the next level. So what better way than to get some fab software to help with your editing. So this is number 1 on my wish list this christmas.
Possibly with a dummies guide on how to use it – this might come in handy…
Leading on from this there is not much point in having editing software if you don’t know how to use a camera effectively. So, the other thing on my wish list is a photography course.
As it turns out we found a great online course on Groupon (which my mum spotted – thanks mum), which I have already bought. Although it is technically not christmas yet I have already started making my way though the course and it has helped massively.
Proof that you don’t have to break the bank to improve your skills.
Can you believe that even though I have been blogging for nearly a year I don’t have a tripod?
In fact for the most part I have just used my iPhone to take photographs – hence the above mentioned photography course.
I have my eye on this one. I like it because it is lightweight, which will come in handy when I run after the kids.
So, this is definitely on my wish list this Christmas. Well that and a camera charger as I seem to have misplaced mine…
I created my own blogging journal this year. However, I have had my eye on this one by Paperchase for a while.
Blogging courses don’t have to break that bank either. Aby Moore from You Baby, Me Mummy has a great variety of courses available, sometimes for free or for a minimal price that are always helpful and inspiring, check out her blog here. The beauty of Aby’s courses are than she sends you the information to work through in your own time. To top it off she is super lovely!
Also if you want to be inspired to learn more why not check out this blog post from View from In Here. Nikki is one of the nicest and friendliest bloggers I have had the pleasure of virtually meeting.
I can’t remember where I saw this originally.
However, I know it was another bloggers website but I can’t for the life of me remember where – if it was you please comment below.
I love the Little Miss Blogger Mug! What a better way to enjoy a cup of tea. Unfortunately, I don’t see a ‘Mr Blogger’ mug though, maybe we should start a petition…
A long lie and breakfast in bed
A bit short of cash? This is such a lovely simple idea which I know most mums would appreciate. A long lie with breakfast in bed, with little people entertained by Daddy.
What a lovely relaxing idea!
So there you have it, my complete guide for pressies this christmas for any blogger in your life. In other words… my christmas list. Happy shopping Daddy monkey…
Let me know in the comments what you would like for Christmas.
Or, if I have missed anything essential off this list that you think
I may need a parent blogger would love, then let me know below.
JOIN IN #CAPTURINGTHEDAY! THIS HASHTAG COMMUNITY IS ON WEEK 12 AND IS RUN BY DOUBLE THE MONKEY BUSINESS AND LIFE IS KNUTTS. ORIGINAL POST HERE.
We have had an eventful week, after D got sand in his eye at kindergarten on Monday. This meant a rather long trip to A&E where he was very brave as the doctor cleaned his eye. He had sore eyes for a few days afterwards but is a lot happier now. He has to go for an eye test this week to check for any damage so we are keeping our fingers crossed that he gets the all clear.
We have also had to say goodbye to some lovely friends this week, as they move back to the UK. Always sad when people move – and in this environment people move often. Still not long now until we are packing up.
We are moving into the full on festive cheer now. The Christmas markets have started here so it feels like Christmas is here. I just need to convince Daddy monkey to put the tree up!
Thanks to everyone who took part in #capturingtheday this week.
Keep tagging us please! Everyone is welcome. We want to see anything that you feel captures your day. Gemma and I love seeing everything you have all been up to.
WEEK 12 – MY FAVOURITES
Without further ado these are my top pics for this week.
The top left photo is a lovely symbol of mummy / son love, as they cuddle up together on a cold day.
The donuts sound delicious – they are filled with nuttella! They look and sound delicious.
Bottom right is such a lovely capture, as a gorgoues little boy smiles at the camera.
The last photo made me very jealous, tickets to Lapland UK! My two would love there and I can see us taking them when we return to the UK next year.
From top left (clockwise):
- Dilan and Me: Blog & Instagram
- The Culinary Jumble: Blog & Instagram
- Coffee, Cakes and Kids: Blog & Instagram
- Dear Bear and Beany: Blog & Instagram
WEEK 12 – GEMMA’S FAVOURITES
Pop over to Gemma’s blog to find out more about her week.
From top left (clockwise):
- Wonderful Chaos: Blog & Instagram
- Have kids will travel UK: Instagram
- Burnished Chaos: Blog & Instagram
- Five Little Doves: Blog & Instagram
LIFE IS KNUTTS – MY FAVOURITE
Pop over to Gemma’s account to see what she has picked this week. I really struggled to pick just one this week that were my favourites, so I have completely cheated and picked two! I love both these photos. The first one sees a fog bow, which I had never heard of until Gemma posted it today, truly stunning! The second photo makes me long for London life once more, as Gemma captures Carnaby Street at Christmas.
Sharing my #fogbow photo from last Easter in light of seeing an amazing one on Facebook the other night. I’d never seen one before and had no idea what it was at the time. Our planet is pretty cool isn’t it?! Taken near #lochailort in the #scottishhighlands on my #iphone #capturingtheday #insta_scotland
HOW TO JOIN IN
If you are discovering this hashtag for the first time, it is easy to take part.
We want to see a selection of photos, regardless of the topic! So tag #capturingtheday – we want to see variety!
We didn’t want a hashtag that just represented one niche because we want to see them all! You don’t have to be a blogger to take part, everyone is welcome!
It is so easy to join, next time you post a photo tag us using: #capturingtheday.
Every Sunday we will do a blog post and every week we will feature our eight favourite photos – four each.
These featured images will also appear on our Instagram account with a tag back to your account.
So what are you waiting for? Join us as we are #capturingtheday.
Help us spread the word! We want everyone to join in!
I hope you all have a great week, we can’t wait to see what you have for us this week.
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“We are a little like a snowflake…. unique and one of a kind”
If you share you lives with little people, then I am sure that the excitement of Christmas has already started to creep in.
It is not even December yet and the boys have been signing Christmas songs, making up a Christmas dance (which was very strictly!) and asking – daily – if Santa is here yet. I have been so fed up trying to remember how many sleeps there are until Christmas that yesterday I dug out the Christmas countdown ornament that we have. The thinking was that this would help stop the constant questions. And, guess what. I was wrong…..
As you have probably realised from reading my other posts lately, the boys love getting crafty. So I thought we could do some fun Christmas crafts to keep them occupied.
Little did I know that this would get messy…. Very very messy.
I thought it would be fun to make white a snowflake out of handprints. How much fun would that be?
Lots of fun as it turns out, until one child steps – thankfully barefoot – in the paint and then runs away. Queue one freaked out mummy trying to stop him before he got to a carpet! Serves me right for being clever and doing crafts in the utility room floor, as I thought it would be easiest to clean up.
Anyway, if you fancy having a go at this, here is how we did it. I would recommend trying this without the drama!
Warning, this is craft is easy peasy!!!
What you need to make a snowflake:
- Coloured paper
- White paint
- One hand
So, all you have to do is let your little one dip their hand in the white paint and repeatedly put this on the card. Then, each time you turn the card slightly.
Once done, you can add to the snowflake by making little snowdrops with the tips of fingers.
I thought it looked really effective. If you have a go please tag me on Social Media so I can see your snowflake!