So lets just be honest here… unless you gave birth, became filled with baby, got engaged or married, been offered your dream job or anything of that joyful ilk… 2016 has been a pretty abysmal year for us all here in the UK hasn’t it? I mean Brexit… come on guys! What were you all thinking! Actually… for those who reside in the good ol’ US of A it has been even worse, at least we don’t have a clueless, fame seekingly obnoxious, orange clown leading our country down a dark, dark path of madness. The celebrity deaths and political insanity have meant that this year has been pretty rubbish to say the least. Only one good thing has come of this year, which has led to many good things…
Well its been a lovely little blogging break but every good thing must come to an end right?! Not that I particularly wanted to take a blogging break it just seemed necessary in tying with the whole season that has recently surpassed us called Christmas. That time of year that gets us all stressed and insanely busy bee-d… know it well!? Well I managed to, in fact, remain relatively calm this time of yule and made a stand to stay at home and let family come to us. It was our first year just me and my little men all day at our own home, so it was pretty special and I thought I would share it with you all. If anything, to potentially inspire the masses to do the same in years to come; to avoid the unnecessary frantic Christmas rush and calm the soul for letting in the true meaning of Christmas, appreciating those that mean the most to us. I’ve popped in some nifty Christmas tips for you all too…
I feel like Rose from Titanic crying “Come back… come back”; although replace freezing to death in the middle of the Atlantic with being in a calendar confused, food coma in a toy carpeted living room. All jokes aside, Christmas seems, like everything else that you look forward to, to just pass by like a fleeting memory. Why does Christmas predominantly seem like the roadrunner of seasons? Why does it always go so quickly?
Everyone loves a good ol’ fashioned Christmas tradition and they are rife in our family! Some span back to before I was even born and have been going on for generations of Rock and Roses ladies; others are brand spanking new and I have conjured them for my little family to enjoy. I think that Christmas is not all about the day (don’t get me wrong it is important obviously) but about the season as a whole. There is a certain warmth and joy to creating the Christmas spirit in your home for your children to bask in. The magic of Christmas can be found in the sparking of imagination from the start of Winter right though to the end; Christmas Traditions are an amazing way of making this possible.
As you can clearly see from my, verging on spammy, Instagram feed I love a bit of the ol’ Christmas spirit. No scrooges or grinches permitted near this Mama’s household thank you very much! Needless to say that music is a huge part of Christmas for me; I have a deep love for music. Wether you love them or loathe them, Christmas songs are a massive part of getting in to the spirit of the season and, like it or not, cannot be avoided the further into December you get.
If you follow me you will know that I love a good ol’ baking session with my little man. The benefit of it being that I also get to eat what I create; win win. As the season of gluttonous goodwill approached I thought I would have a stab at Mince Pies. The seasons traditional sweet treat; along with many others that have entered my mouth already and will continue to do so until they stop selling them (Valentines? Easter maybe?) On perusing traditional recipes, I’m looking at you Delia, Mincemeat seems a horrendous faff so I decided to cheat and pick up some ready made stuff from my local LIDL as ‘Every LIDL helps’… right? Indeed it does. So here are my Mince Pie baking hacks with LIDL.
Silly question right?! Well you would think that, but I recently read an article in The Telegraph that discussed how Scientists have conjured a crazy grinch like theory that parents are in fact traumatising their children by ‘lying’ to them about a non existent jolly red clad present over that visits you at Christmas. Dr Kathy McKay has published an article in The Lancet Psychiatry detailing how we are ‘undermining’ our children’s trust at this festive season which will later damage their mental state and question the trust between them and their parents.
I wanted to start posting roundups of our past months in pictures. So here is the first of my new monthly series: it is a good one to start with as Autumn has so much to offer a Mama (Who doesn’t love walking through a sea of spicy orange pumpkins and indulging in the occasional leaf crunch?!)
So after the release of my Rockin’ Mamas Christmas Gift Guide, with fervent response, i thought it appropriate that I should also add a Rockin’ Toddlers Christmas Gift Guide to the mix! We have learnt from previous years that we don’t actually have to spend very much on our little man for Christmas as our family and friend circuit is so vast that he gets inundated with presents! We have opted for just one big main ‘tree present’ and then are filling his stocking (which I made for his first Christmas) with little bits and bobs! I have concocted a list of my fave finds this year that can serve as amazing little stocking fillers;
So as the season of good will approaches (rather fast I may add…) I am, in contrary to previous years of madly rushing around to grab last minute gifts, attempting to be a little more prepared and logical with my present buying. There are lots of great websites and products out there that are amazing for Moms and family buying, but I find that I get lost in buying for others that I don’t know what to say when someone asks me what I want! So… I have conjured a list of 10 of my favourite products and brands this year into this Rockin’ Mamas Christmas Gift Guide (hint hint) to inspire you!
If you follow me you will have seen my post detailing how to rock your kids next birthday party with a tribal theme; the theme was based around our amazingly cool present for our little man which was a monochrome teepee that I purchased from Grattify. I am totally in love with it and posted it all over social media with great response! I have since been asked back to the site to check out their spanking new feature that lets you ‘Make an Offer’ on an item to get a personalised price.