12 Weeks to Christmas – Surviving The Christmas Market

Lincoln Christmas Market is one of the Biggest Christmas Markets in Europe. In just under two weeks I will be joining the 250,000 + visitors soaking up the festive feel.

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But heading to a festive market especially with anxiety can be a daunting prospect!

Here are a few things to help me survive my day out!

  • Travel – How am I going to get there? Make sure your not already stressed from taking a wrong turn or because your running late for a train. If its a big Christmas Market be aware that some roads may be closed
  • Parking – Is there a park and ride? DO you have change for the meter?
  • Clothing – Make sure you have suitable clothing & footwear. There will be alot of walking and you will no doubt have lots of bags to carry.You dont want to get to hot!
  • Have your Christmas list with you! That way you know who your buying for and roughly what you want to get
  • Get a shopping list too – Are there some things you would like to purchase on the day? A snow globe, some christmas potpourri maybe?
  • Stick to your budget! – If you have a budget for the day dont go over it! Do you really need another candle holder?
  • Make stops throughout the day for food & Drink – Don’t just fill up on samples and Glühwein Make sure you hydrate with water or a cuppa!

This is the first year I’ve been to the market since I was a child and I’m really looking forward to it!

Have you been? What stalls can you recommend I visit?

Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel As I will be Vlogging through December! So you will be able to see how I get on at the Market!

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I have set up a pinterest board for my 12 weeks of christmas posts If you want to join in with this series why not join in with the weekly Link Up!


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12 WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS SERIES

  1. 12 weeks of Christmas- Welcome
  2. 12 Weeks Of Chritsmas – Bucket List
  3. 12 Weeks Of Christmas – Days Out
  4. 12 weeks of Christmas – Shopping List 
  5. 12 weeks of Christmas – Plan with me
  6. 12 Weeks Of Christmas – Advent Calendars 
  7. 12 Weeks Of Christmas – Elf On The Shelf 

Wicked Wednesday – 2 minute silence??

On Sunday we had M’s first remembrance parade with rainbows. 

The parade went well it was cold but the sun was shining. 

Afterwards there was a church service we all went to. Both J & M were very well behaved. 

However when we went outside for the placing of the poppies and the 2 minutes silence things changed. 

J asked what we were doing after. I had promised to take them for hot chocolate. 

He asked if he could take his iPad. 

When I said no he put up a fight. 

He cried and shouted “I want my IPad” the church bells stopped ringing 11am and everyone around us had bowed heads. 

OMG it’s 2 minutes silence. 


J was still screaming about his IPad. 

I ended up walking him out of the church yard and up the street. 

I was so cross with him! 😦 

We ended up postponing hot Chocolate. 

Why is it they kick off at the worst moments. 

Joining in with Brummy Mummy of 2’s #wickedwednesday 

Lone Parenting – Pros & Cons

So hubby has gone away to work again!

Every time he works away the week or two before his mood dips and my anxiety heightens.

So I’m on my own again! It’s only a week this time and I know there are some out there that are single parents all the time! There are some out there whose hubbys are away 6 month’s at a time!

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But pros and cons of being a lone parent!

 Pros

  • I can watch tv at all hours of the night! – Sometimes when I can’t sleep I like to listen to a sitcom like Miranda or not going out. but when hubby is fast asleep I don’t like to put tv on!
  • Snuggles in bed with the kids – Okay we have snuggles most nights but when it’s just us I love that they fall asleep snuggled up to me! we chat about our day and plan what we are doing tomorrow!
  • I tend to read more when hubby is away – I can grab a cuppa and a book and sit and read once the kids have gone to sleep.
  • There is more hot water – one less bath means more hot water for me to have a bath!
  • Less washing – Hubby goes though more clothes a week than the kids!

Cons

  • I feel very alone at night – once I’ve locked the door I know the only people I’m going to see is my kids and although I love them lots it’s no substitution for my hubby!
  • I tend to eat rubbish when hubby is away  – It’s no fun cooking meals for people who would rather have a happy meal!
  • Reassuring hugs & kisses – If I have a bad day when hubby is away There is no one to hug away the bad feelings of the day!
  • I don’t really sleep very well when hubby is away – Despite sometimes having sleepless nights anyway, when hubby is away he tends to be in a different time zone and somehow I adopt that time zone too!
  • My anxiety goes through the roof when hubby is way – My brain is on over drive with what ifs.
  • There is no-one else to put the kids in bed – If the kids fall asleep not in bed I have to be the one to carry them to bed!
  • I feel sad that hubby is missing things – The kids do something that makes me proud, or we make a memory together , Hubby is missing them.

I miss him when he is away!

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I will get through the week, I will miss him then he will be back and I will be moaning about him again within days!

 

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Elf On The Shelf- Idea’s & Planning

It’s not long before Father Christmas sends his helpers down from the North Pole to keep an eye on all the children & Adults to make sure they are doing their best to stay on the Nice list!

A couple of Years ago Twinkl & Puddin arrived at our home on December the first They brought with them a special present  – A book all about them.

The Idea behind the Elves is that they are sent from Father Christmas to live with families and then report back to Santa anything that he needs for the Naughty or nice list!

Unfortunately the Elves are only children themselves so need a little guidance on how to behave themselves!

Here are a few examples of the things ours have got up to during their time with us!

Some days when They are tired they just sit at the Christmas tree or on the mantlepiece.

This year I am anticipating the elves return on the 1st of December and I think they will be up to their antics again!

Ok So now to the planning –

After going through pinterest for Ideas – I print off a calendar and start jotting down some ideas!

Once the month is full of ideas I can prepare an accessories bag for each day.

I will be also using these for a couple of the adventures.

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Keep an eye on my social media and here on my blog for updates on what Twinkl & Puddin get up to this year!

I hope I have given you some inspiration.

Let me know what your Elf gets up to!

Don’t forget to link up your Christmas posts below!

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12 WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS SERIES

  1. 12 weeks of Christmas- Welcome
  2. 12 Weeks Of Christmas – Bucket List
  3. 12 Weeks Of Christmas – Days Out
  4. 12 weeks of Christmas – Shopping List 
  5. 12 weeks of Christmas – Plan with me
  6. 12 Weeks Of Christmas – Advent Calendars 

Wicked Wednesday – I want to go to the fireworks!

 

At the weekend the kids bugged about going to a bonfire and seeing some fireworks they asked all evening on the Friday and then all day on Saturday.

So I checked google to see what local events were happening about!

We found one at a pub  so we headed out and met up with our friends.

Once we got outside J wanted to go on the pitch black play park where there were loads of big kids – I wasn’t really up for this. I could barely see so I said no!

he was not happy about this and whinged all the while!

M loved the bonfire but as soon as the fireworks started she moaned the bangs hurt her ears.

So we had one moaning she wanted to go as they hurt her ears and one moaning now because he was too cold!

We stayed to the end with much protesting!

I just have to say kids it was your idea to go out!


We ended the evening with a hot cuppa & snacks at our friends house chatting in front of the roaring fire.

It made up for the moaning!

 

Thins post is linked on Brummy Mummy of 2’s #wickedwednesday 

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12 Weeks to Christmas – Advent Calendars

In just under 4 weeks it will be opening our advent calendars and this year I’m planning on getting away from the regular chocolate variety and opting for something different.

To help me make up my mind i have been looking at reviews from last year and looking for inspiration in the shops christmas departments.

Here are some of my favorites.

Kids 

Playmobile do a range of advent calendars Christmas themed as well as pirate theme and princesses for the girls.

Lego also have a great range from christmas themed to star wars So not just for the kids 😉

Other great non chocolate Calendars for kids.

Vtech toot-toot Ideal for toddlers.

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Play doh also have a couple one is the new Doh Vinci range of PlayDoh the other a regular PlayDoh with festive cutters.

Men

For the men there are some great calendars out there.

I saw this one in Debenhams the other day  it actually works well if you put everything together correctly that is!

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Or what about this from Uk tool Centre?

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Coffee Lover? what about this from Not On The High Street.

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Or this for Beer addicts  From Waitrose.shopping-3

To go with the beer what about a bag of pork scratchings.

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Ladies

There are so many advent Calendars this year that I would love!

This is the Yankee Candle one for this year  I already have this on order so you will be seeing it featured in my Vlogmas Daily vlogs on you Tube.

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Bomb cosmetics also have a great calendar a different product for each day in the run up to Christmas.

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There is this Charm bracelet Calendar from Meri Meri.

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Fellow Vlogger Tanya Burr also has her own advent calendar this year however its only a 12 day one so one beauty  for each of the 12 days of Christmas.

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Sanctuary Spa Also have this so by christmas you will be able to have your very own home spa!

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The one I am looking forward to opening each morning after the school run is this form The English Tea Company – A cuppa a day up till christmas.

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I’m so looking forward to the festive season and opening our advent calendars

I hope I have given you some ideas of the usual Chocolate alternatives.

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I have set up a pinterest board for my 12 weeks of christmas posts If you want to join in with this series why not join in with the weekly Link Up!

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12 WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS SERIES

  1. 12 weeks of Christmas- Welcome
  2. 12 Weeks Of Christmas – Bucket List
  3. 12 Weeks Of Christmas – Days Out
  4. 12 weeks of Christmas – Shopping List 
  5. 12 weeks of Christmas – Plan with me

Its Just Too Much

Last week during half term we put up decorations for halloween we went to a halloween party and decorated halloween themed pots then we threw our own halloween party then back to school on Monday fully halloweened out but we still had trick or treat to do! I wasn’t really bothered but the kids were excited!

I love the idea the actual going out, getting dressed up & the kids enjoying the feel of it!

This year though it seems too much! Halloween is catching up with christmas the events the parties the decorations. before we know it we will be planning Halloween in June like we plan Christmas in July!

And don’d get me started on the sweets

Christmas is just around the corner and if they ate one sweet a day until Xmas day they would still have too many left! and they are bound to get more for xmas!

This year we have spent a lot on decorating and entertaining. We now need to find somewhere to put it all until next year – Another corner of the loft taken up by decorations that only come out once a year and are no doubt going to be added to as new decorations will go on sale in aug and we will see new things. Only remembering after we have done our halloween haul what we had in the loft from last year!

In the news there is reports of people getting to wrapped up in scaring people. Costumes that are targeted at our children are like something from a horror movie!

Its just getting a bit too much.

I would like to scale back next year!

But along with the decorations by the summer I will have forgotten all about this years and end up planning a full week of events!

 

Right now its time for Christmas – There isn’t ever too much Christmas

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Sometimes I open my mouth and my Mother comes out!

My 4-year-old twins just looked at me like I had another head!

I heard myself say it!

OMG I’m turning into my mum

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No I don’t mean the hairs that I constantly have to pluck from my chin, or that I look in the mirror and see my mum (Shit I actually do?) Those lines at the corner of my eyes! Where did they come from?

Nowadays your monthly salon visits aren’t for having highlights or a bright colour they are a necessity – I mean it’s not just a myth, if you pluck a grey hair 2 more will grow…. I must have plucked hundreds!

Coupled with this, sometimes you look around as you hear your mum say something only it wasn’t her – It was you! You opened your mouth and your mum came out!

Blue Twin had a strop the other day about wanting pudding and gave me such a filthy look.

“Don’t look at me in that tone of voice” I said

I had to stop myself carrying on with “It’s smells a funny colour”

Then it hit me – It’s not just this phrase, there are loads of things I say to my kids that, even as they leave my mouth, I cringe that it’s my mother talking!

When they are whinging about something hurting just to get out of doing something – “But Mummmmy my (blank) hurrrrttttsss  – My reply “your bum will hurt in a min if you don’t (blank) “

Or what about?  “Because I said so!” Normally this in reply to a ‘why can’t I…’ question that you either are too tired to answer or don’t know why!

These are some more I remember my mum saying to me…

  • “If the wind changes you will stop like it”
  • “I want never gets”
  • “Are your legs broken? Well you can walk then!” – When wanting to be picked up!
  • “I’ll see” – Meaning nope no way not ever oh go on then!
  • In response to its not fair “no but it’s not raining”
  • “No I’m not going to sleep I’m just resting my eyes!”

I think I’ve already said all of these too.

Oh god!

Send the wine I think it’s too late for me I’ve already turned into my mum!

Run quick save yourselves

Have you turned into your Mum? What phrases do you say that your mum taught you?

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This post first Appeared on Meet Other Mums 

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November Blogging / Vlogging Plans. 

Hello November.

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This month I am attending the mumsnet BlogFest event!  I am hoping to pick up lots of inspiration for my blog!

I am scrapping Screen Free Tuesdays as I didn’t have much inspiration on this front!

So to the plans

November 12 months of Christmas 
6th –  Advent Calendars
13th – Elf On The Shelf – Ideas & Planning
20th – How to survive a Christmas Market
27th – Dec The Halls

Linkys

Wednesday – Wicked Wednesday Linky from Brummy Mummy of 2

Friday – Cuppa of the week.

Sundays through until Christmas- 12 weeks of Christmas.

Blog Plans for November 

3rd Its just too much

14th – Lone Parenting Pros & Cons

21st – Black Friday – Tips for myself

24th – Meet Other Mums Post – She Went into Labour

As always I may have extra posts if the mood takes it!

Don’t forget to follow me on wordpress bloglovin instagram and facebook to make sure you don’t miss out!

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12 Weeks to Christmas – Plan With Me

Tomorrow is Halloween and then it will be bonfire night that means christmas is next up on the calendar!

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We have a very busy December so I like to plan a head and I always start by filling in a diary of big days in December We have 2 birthdays, a wedding anniversary and Christmas day

Then I put down all the events we have planned

This year we have J & M’s birthday party, a christmas party we are hosting , a trip on a santa train, village lights switch on, xmas eve meal,

When all events are in I’m ready for writing up a gift list!

Writing down everyone we buy gifts for.

Next up are any menu plans for dinners or parties we are hosting.

We have our main Christmas dinner on christmas eve so I write-up a rough plan of what I’m cooking.

When food is taken care of I will go to pinterest and magazines and look for table decor ideas.

Also When I’m planning Christmas I write-up a plan of any household  jobs that need doing before the big day.

At the moment one job is to finish off the downstairs shower room. So paint and flooring are ordered and finishing it is on my agenda!

I also like to have a rough plan for Elf On The Shelf

This year I want to do something a bit different with Elf On The Shelf. More on this in a separate post!

Thats about it!

So lets get planning!

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I have set up a pinterest board for my 12 weeks of christmas posts If you want to join in with this series why not join in with the weekly Link Up!


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*items featured in this post can be found using my “Want Feed” Just follow the links and it will take you to the page full of Christmas Items.

12 WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS SERIES

  1. 12 weeks of Christmas- Welcome
  2. 12 Weeks Of Chritsmas – Bucket List
  3. 12 Weeks Of Christmas – Days Out
  4. 12 weeks of Christmas – Shopping List