10 Things You Had No Idea Happened at Christmas

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year where consumerism is at an all-time high. Our Christmas dinners have gotten fancier, to the point where our homes will resemble one of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares on Christmas Day. There’s always someone down the road who’s trying to out-do the festive illuminations outside your house. Let’s be honest, chrimbo wouldn’t be the same without all this Christmas palaver, and it’s a time that really does bring families together.

…Until it comes to presents. Christmas presents are notoriously difficult to buy and the pickier the receiver, the harder it is to buy. They’re expensive and no matter what you pick, you never know whether the recipient truly likes it. (it’s useful to know, if relatives buy you hideous Christmas jumpers, simply hold it up in front of your face to cover your reaction).

Christmas Eve Box Ideas: A New Christmas Eve Tradition

 

Mums and dads, it’s that time of year where your kids can finally get the presents they’ve been asking for (probably since August or May, maybe even October?). Sadly, they’ll have to wait till Christmas day to open them. Or do they…?

 

Parents know Christmas is all about presents and every kid knows exactly where to find them too (that’s right, hiding them in suitcases or boxes inside boxes doesn’t work anymore!).

7 Great British Bake off Disasters That Had Us Enthralled

 

The nation is in mourning; yes, Great British Bake Off has come to its climatic end and Wednesday evenings will now seem empty and void.

 

Yet, as we celebrate Candice Brown’s well-deserved win, it’s a good time to reflect on GBBO 2016 and take a look at some of the less successful baking moments that have made this season into yet another classic. Which is your favourite?

 

Frightful Delights This Halloween

 

As the nights are well and truly drawing in and summer begins to feel like a distant memory, up pops Halloween to add some excitement and colour to a mid-autumn night.

 

Its origins are much debated but there is a practical reason offered in some quarters, which suggests that, since it occurs at the start of winter - and with winter being a much darker and trickier time to navigate in times gone by - it was seen as the time where we were closest to the underworld. That would certainly explain the spooky goings on.

Chocolate - A Guilty Pleasure or a Healthy Addition?

 

If you want to justify eating chocolate, go online and google the health benefits of chocolate. You’ll find loads of ways this confectionery is good for you, from heart protection to dealing with pain. It really sounds too good to be true….

 

Yet, let’s face it, the number one reason we love chocolate isn’t because you’re on a health kick – it’s because it tastes so good!

 

Science or Smiles?

 

7 Personalised Gift Ideas to Try This Grandparents' Day

 

Is there anyone quite as special as a grandparent? They’re responsible for so many of our fondest memories and are such a huge part of our lives.  Make the time to show them how much you care this Grandparents’ Day, with a heartfelt gift, carefully planned event or touching gesture.

 

Giving a thoughtful gift is the very best way to show someone just how much they mean to you. As with all presents, the ones that mean the most are the ones that come straight from the heart. The more personal it is, the more it means when you give it. With that in mind, here are some great gift ideas for you to try this Grandparents’ Day that celebrate tradition, have a wonderfully personal touch and are great to do with the family.

7 Seriously Sweet Peter Rabbit Party Ideas

By Beatrix Potter (1866–1943) - Project Gutenberg ebook of The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48458140

 

For those who don’t know, July marked an incredible 150 years since the birth of much-loved author, Beatrix Potter! Her series is one of the most beautifully written and illustrated collections of children’s books –The Tale of Peter Rabbit being a firm favourite – and has enthralled generation after generation.

 

In honour of the Beatrix Potter books, the author’s life, her loveable little characters and this momentous anniversary, why not incorporate all of the above and throw a Peter Rabbit or Beatrix Potter-inspired party? We’ve pulled together a few of our favourite Peter Rabbit party ideas for the occasion, including party games, delicious recipes, cakes and more. Just watch out for Mr. McGregor…

5 Ways to Include the Kids in Your Anniversary Celebrations

 

It’s your wedding anniversary – congratulations! It’s the one day of the year most parents can commemorate their togetherness. Remember celebrating your wedding anniversary before children? With kids on the scene now, you may well be wondering what to do on your anniversary.

 

The great thing about little ones is they bring a different element of fun and excitement to special occasions. Why not embrace your wedding anniversary with the kids? It’s a great way to have fun as a family and to celebrate your love for each other on this special day.

Olympics in Life: Gifts for Gold, Silver and Bronze

 

With the start of the Rio Olympics, everyone’s getting into the competitive spirit. Yet, a key part of the Olympics is the ‘taking part’. That’s why we give out gold, silver and bronze medals – it’s not just about who wins first place.

 

Although the Olympics themselves started in Ancient Greece, how the modern Olympics started actually took around 1500 years. When Baron Pierre de Coubertin proposed its return back in 1894, the Olympics medals became a key part of the process.

5 of the Worst Wedding Anniversary Gifts Ever

 

Anniversaries are a wonderful, romantic occasion; a time when partners can express their love for one another and for their partnership. So, naturally, when it comes to choosing anniversary gifts it can feel as though a lot is at stake. Do not fret! Here’s a list of what NOT to do, in hopes to avoid the disappointed looks and long held grudges.


First things first, not all gifts are created equal, but they certainly don’t have to be expensive. No matter what your budget, be confident that the right gift is out there. All it takes is a little time and effort. However, in the meantime, avoid these hazardous waters.