• Visiting Santa at Parndon Wood // Parenting

    Christmas this year has been completely different from previous years, for one thing I was told directly by my daughter that Santa was indeed real because her teacher told her so, not being something that I have done in my house due to it never being a thing when I was growing up I decided to not do ‘Santa’ for my children and instead let them make up their own minds. One I was told he was real, naturally I went all out on it, prepping what Santa was going to bring and planning a fun trip to a local nature reserve that had flown in Santa for the day. Parndon Wood is a beautiful place to visit at any time of year, we often visit to see the wild life and enjoy a little walk around the woods, located on the outskirts of Harlow which is the town I live in and next door to the crematoria it is a quiet and peaceful place to enjoy nature, seeing that there was going to be a Santa I booked up tickets straight away to take my children along, they also had  crafts to do which is something I was interested… View Post

    DIY Christmas Home Decor // Home

    This year has been all about sustainability in my home, one of the biggest things we’ve done is DIY and making our own Christmas decor. At the start of the year, back in the spring was when I actually got this fun little idea, we collected bags of pinecones during a walk with the single purpose of decorating and hanging them around the house come Christmas time. Spring is the best time of year to collect pinecones as that is when they do begin to drop, I attempted to do this a few years ago but went to find them at winter without thinking, seeds drop in springtime! but anyway.. here’s our little how to for creating your own decorations. What You’ll Need Pinecones or any autumnal style outdoor plants PVA glue (I used Mod Podge) Glitter of your choice String A glue gun. How To Do It. This is such a simple DIY that it doesn’t take a lot of explaining or even planning, add your glue into a bowl, pour your glitter in another bowl dip the pinecones into the glue, then the glitter and set aside to dry, once dry I shook the excess glitter off and… View Post