This is just the sort of story that leaves you feeling all warm inside, a true life Christmas fairytale! When Lalle contacted me to design her railway themed wedding table plan, I had no idea of the story that lay behind it.
You see, Lalle met her Vince on a train just before Christmas 8 years ago, while they were both reading the same book (2066, by Roberto Bolano, in case you're wondering!).
Over the last week or so, I've come across a few ideas of things to do which will be magical for the children and I thought I should share them. They also happen to be either free, or low cost. Bonus!
1. FREE personalised video message from Santa
You’d think that having a baby and a toddler, I’d find this one really easy to write. Wrong. The thing is, there’s little point in me writing a piece aimed at parents of children, I think most parents know their little ones well enough to know what they’re going to love. So this blog is aimed at your friends and family’s children, where things start to get a bit trickier.
In my recent blog about Christmas traditions, I shared with you the new wooden, reindeer advent calendar I've bought to fill with festive treats and gifts, I guess you could say it's our personalised Christmas calendar. Here he is, filled up and ready to go! Read on to find out what's gone inside....
Am I really that old? Was it THAT long ago since I was a teenager? If I was under any illusion at all, then researching and writing this gift guide has proven to me once and for all that those years are long gone! And when they are that long ago, how on earth do you decide what to buy for a mid to late teen (that is not your own) these days, particularly when anything you like is most likely detested by them? Well I’ve done the hard work for you, here are my top 5 gift suggestions.
So, gift ideas for him? Wow, I found it so much harder to come up with 5 ideas that would be universally appealing to men than I did for women. It seems to me that men’s tastes and interests change with age much more so than they do for women, do you agree? For example, in my experience women of all ages are interested in clothes and jewellery, but men (in general) less so – with younger guys having much more interest than those that are a little older (or maybe that’s just my Dad and Father–in-law!). Here they are, my top 5 gift ideas for HIM:
There’s no getting away from it now, Christmas will be upon us before we know it and I don’t know about you, but I have an ever present feeling of mild alarm going on and will do until my shopping is complete. I thought I’d share some of my gift ideas with you.
WIN a personalised Christmas print!
We are in celebration mode here at Names In Frames as we have now completed our fabulous Christmas collection! Any of these gorgeous designs will give the perfect finishing touch to the festive feel in your home this year and for years to come. Since we’re in such a good mood about it, we’ve decided to let one lucky person have one ABSOLUTELY FREE, we’ll even frame it!
As the sun set on our (for once) gorgeous summer, my thoughts turned quickly to Christmas. Front of mind for me this year is not ‘what will I get everyone?’ or even ‘what will I cook?’ (although these are right up there, as usual), but ‘how can I make Christmas special for our children? What traditions can we start now, while they’re young and that we can repeat, year after year and that they will tell their children about?’ In short, what does our Baker family Christmas look like?