Smash Review

Any one else have an obsession with stationary?? It seems I have also passed this on to the children. When we were asked to do a review of the stunning Neo Galaxy range from Smash we were more then willing to review it!! From the colours down to the huge range of stationary needs, we had everyone in our house fighting over this new range!! Make sure to keep your eyes peeled in Big W stores near you as this Neo Galaxy is out as of today (15th July).

I like the fact that they are darker in colour so less likely of seeing all the dirty finger marks and grimy smudge marks over it as well as appealing to all age groups (from as young as 4 to me…………) so it was a no brainer when I sat down to write this review. My kids love writing by hand and the size of these notebooks are ideal to throw in my handbag for when they are ready to be imaginative and runaway in their story writing.

This beautiful designed range makes the girls and I super excited to get back to school and work and show off the amazing covers of the folders, the cute quotes on the notebooks and the quirky paper clips.  If your after something to make over your work space or get the kids a but more excited about their study area give the neo galaxy a go! They say a change is as good as a holiday, revamp that desk area and feel fresh again!

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Atura Vaycay

Ahhhh when I think back to how decadent life was a little calmer and a whole less emotional……………A little slice of paradise tucked just out of the hustle and bustle of the city! What a little beauty it was staying at the stunning Atura Hotel Bankstown.

A weekend full of wining and dining and laughs to make a fabulous weekend away. Not only has this gem got the most comfortable, dreamy beds I have ever stayed in, but the rooms are so warming and friendly, you feel like you never outstay your welcome.

I cannot get over how many things there are to do at this place. Base yourselves here and spend the day slipping and sliding all over the place at wet n wild Sydney only to come back and chill by the pool (if you aren’t waterlogged already) with some delicious cocktails, Then to top your night off head over to the drive in movies (which are right next door…if you are lucky enough you may even see them from your hotel rooms) and end it old school. The next day treat yourself to some chilled tunes and amazing food at the Royal Cricketers Arms just the other side of the hotel. What better way to wind down after a crazy busy day before. honestly, SO. MUCH. TO. DO!!!! Did I mention how close it was to eastern creek race way?? I know, crazy!

Here I am already planning my summer weekend away with the fam bam (they even have interconnecting rooms that we can all fit in to…..so important when wanting to go away as a family, actually staying together haha!

FYI – I hate those places that advertise free breakfast and its all the cold food and pastries…. Not here, from scrambled eggs, hash browns to waffles, you know where you’ll find me between 7 and 10, long brekky anyone!!!!!

From bathroom envy to breakfast of champions I couldn’t recommend this place enough!

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PROTECT-A-BED

Any one else get excited over new linen?? Or is that just crazy old me showing my age?? I couldn’t believe how much difference a mattress proctor can make not only on the condition of your mattress but your actual health as well.

We have 4 out of 6 people in this family who all can be affected by asthma and 5 out of 6 for excema. When I saw that these protectors were approved by National Asthma Council Australia and also approved by Eczema Association as Sensitive Skin Tried and Tested I knew it was something we needed in our house hold, so partnering up with Protect-A-Bed and their range was a no brainer!!!

I selected the Signature Tencel Mattress Protector Range from Protect-A-Bed as was recommended as ideal for people with sensitive skin which if you looked this up in the dictionary I swear there would be a photo of us there!!!

We have 4 out of 6 people in this family who all can be affected by asthma and 5 out of 6 for excema. When I saw that these protectors were approved by National Asthma Council Australia and also approved by Eczema Association as Sensitive Skin Tried and Tested I knew it was something we needed in our house hold, so partnering up with Protect-A-Bed and their range was a no brainer!!!

We have loved our sleeping nights on them, and with the waterproof aspect I was a little worried about it being cold to sleep on. I have found with some waterproof protectors we have previously experienced during the night they were so cold which has caused our kids to wake up numerous times and then cause the household to have a very restless sleep. I was so happy with the families sleep on these, they didn’t wake up cold and I didn’t dread waking up.

Not to mention I can machine wash these beauties without worrying about them warping shape, shrinking or worse…..never feeling like they are dried properly….I really am showing my age with the excitement of washing haha!!

If I was to invest in the next range from Protect-A-Bed I would defiantly look at trying the  Cotton Quilted Mattress Protector…I’m all about the cosiness! Hands down beats any store bought protector I have purchased in the last 12 years.

Stop doing nothing and start taking the power back from trolls and bullies!!!

I am taking a side note from my original blog post tonight and want to ask you some questions, to start the movement, the keyboards typing fiercely and chatter amongst ourselves loud enough to make a difference!!!

#DOITFORDOLLY we’ve seen this plastered EVERYWHERE the last week and rightly so….. it really is so sad that it has taken us this long to start really raising awareness about children taking their life, that’s what they are CHILDREN.  These poor, poor kids who feel the weight of the world on their shoulders and feel they have no other option but to take their life.

Last year in my home town a 15 year old took her own life due to the same thing…..  bullying! This is ridiculous. This is absurd…. not only do I have to worry about drugs, guns and bombs with my young family I now have to worry about bullying as I am feeling it is this extreme!

I raise these questions to you….

At what stage do we open up to our children about bullying??

I tell you what, I started last year. When I heard my 4 year old refer to a girl at her day care as “fat” Hannah. I ALMOST DIED!!!! I couldn’t believe these words that came out of her mouth. Boy did she get a serving. We have now banned that word in our house over the top, maybe but I feel it necessary!!!! MORTIFIED………we don’t talk like this in our house and I am not the type of parent to sit there and say “well who did you hear it from? And who came up with this name?? It wasn’t you, you learnt it from someone, didn’t you???” NO. You said it. You’ve been saying it your just as bad.

So again, this week with Dolly taking her life, it has raise more questions I want to talk about with the girls, 12, 6 and 4.

Obviously not going into detail with the 6 and 4 year old about taking your own life ect, but at the same time bullying and standing by saying nothing is just not tolerated in our house. It has to start at home. Come on guys, start talking. We have to take responsibility and start to talk to them about this, about how words can be hurtful even if you didn’t mean it. How powerful words are. They cannot be taken back once they are put out there.

My 12 year old step daughter is heading into high school, 18 months younger then Dolly.

Is she too young to be told how peoples words can hurt someone so badly they have no other option??

Is she too young to be told that people take their own life? To be drummed into her that keyboard warriors and verbally telling someone their life isn’t worth anything is totally unacceptable??

To emphasis to her that standing by and saying nothing is just as bad??

I don’t think so, but I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on how and to what depth to go into at what age. Type away people, tag each other, share blog posts on this, don’t let the social media hype of this fire burn out. Do it for our kids. Do it to make a better future. Do it to make a kinder world. JUST DO IT!!!!!

 

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Lunch with Lu

Lucia is a beautiful soul who I began following on Insta just after her gorgeous son Luca was born. Lucia and I have bonded over our love of food and her kind kind soul. I am so blessed that she has taken the time from her crazy schedule with Babes and Picnics to answer some questions on her Christmas time traditions and family time.

 

What does Christmas Day look like in your house?

My family is from Slovakia and my husband is from Brazil so both of our cultures have Christmas on the evening of the 24th! We normally go to my parents house and invite and orphaned friends that may not have any family around. We have a very small family so we love bringing more people together! We have never had a proper Christmas Day xmas! Although now that we have Luca we would love to do both! Christmas Day is normally spend recovering, relaxing, eating leftovers, swimming and hanging out with the fam 🙂

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What is your ideal Christmas? 

I love when there is lots of delicious food, Christmas tunes, family and friends together, games and lots of laughter! Doesn’t matter where as long as it’s a good time! Although….I would LOVE to have a white Christmas…just like in the movies! That is definitely on my bucket list!

Do you have traditions with family? or are you looking to create new ones?

Yes we do! If we are in Australia with my family we normally head out as a family in the late afternoon of the 24th and then when we get back home SANTA has been and all the presents are under the tree etc. Obviously as we are all adults now we don’t do that, we just do secret santa, but as Luca and our future children grow up we will start again.

A Slovakian tradition my dad has before dinner is to make a toast, cuts an apple in half and if the apple has a perfect star it means good health for the following year and we all have to eat a piece of the apple, he also throws whole walnuts into each corner of the dinning room, each 4 corners have a different purpose and you keep the nuts there the whole year. We put lentils in a bowl under the Christmas tree for prosperity and abundance (aka money haha). We would normally drink champagne and a Slovakian spirit too.

We also have traditional foods that my parents cook each Christmas (with modifications for those fussy eaters/tolerant ones aka my sister and I haha). It normally starts with a Slovakian wafer with honey and garlic, then yummy cabbage soup, then it’s delicious potato salad and chicken/pork schnitzels. Those are the traditional foods and of course my sister and I over the years have added our own touch with platters and dessert.

In the past 5 years or more we have started Secret Santa because we are all adults. We have our “good” secret santa which is the main person we buy for and then we also have a “bad” secret santa (shitty present) which has no dollar value, can be free, no limits but I guess should get a laugh from us all haha

I am sure Thiago and I will develop our own traditions with Luca and our future children, but at this stage we will enjoy the traditions which our parents have carried through the generations.

 

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What is a Christmas tradition you would like to pass on to your children? 

I would love to do St. Nicholas which is when you polish/clean your best shoes (traditionally black boots) and put them on the window sill and St Nick leaves something inside them! Then obviously keeping Christmas on the evening of the 24th but also do something on the 25th. Luca is only 18months so perhaps next year we can start something!

Are you a caroller? (do you enjoy heading to the parks etc?)

I LOVE it! But to be honest to drag Thiago to one of those would be wayyyyy more painful than it’s worth….so no, we haven’t been as a family before. On the bucket list haha

 

What’s more exciting…..giving the presents or buying the presents?

Definitely both! Although sometimes buying can be a bit tricky depending on who my secret santa is. Who doesn’t love to buy gifts, wrap them all pretty and then gift them!? Definitely becoming harder these days, but I love the thought of it all and then putting it all together 🙂

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Are you a blow the budget kinda girl or keeping it within reason?

Mmmmm definitely keeping it within reason. I could easily blow the budget but it’s not what Christmas is about for us.

 

Are you a leave it to the last minute or prepare throughout the year, for present shopping?

Most definitely leave it to the last minute! Always, with everything in my life haha

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Top 2 prezzies you bought Luca this Christmas?

We only bought him 2 things! And my family asked for a wish list so that he isn’t getting unnecessary items.

#1 is the ” 2 in 1 Balance Bike in Grey” from Hip Kids! We actually bought this back in September and have been eyeing it off since Luca was born! He is will go nuts for this present alone.

#2 a matching raw dark cherry + turquoise anklet to match his necklace from Tribal Dreaming.

(I am also going to make some DIY paints and Playdough)

 

How has Christmas changed for you over the last 10 years? 

Mmmm hasn’t changed too much! It very similar every year (unless we are in Brazil) but I can’t wait for Luca to get a little older as we have only had all adult Christmas’s since my sister and I were kiddies!

 

 

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Brekky with Britt

The beautiful Brittany Noonan has taken time out to answer these Christmas questions about how she spends time with her family over Christmas. Even though Christmas is a highly stressful time for some (Britt has openly spoken about this in her blog) I really appreciate her answering my Christmas questions. 

 

What does Christmas day look like in your house ……..

We start the day with opening our gifts under the Christmas tree. As Millie was so young the last 2 years we managed a sleep in but I’m sure that will all change this year and the excitement of Christmas morning will start very early.

After presents we have coffee and a light breakfast and will go for a quick dip in the ocean before all the family arrives and my self and sisters and Mum will usually cook the lunch. We have a big Christmas lunch of seafood, cold meats and lots of salads and treats – this year we will be hosting Christmas again so everyone comes to us.

Our Christmas afternoon will be spent at the beach, in the pool or playing with our new gifts and evenings are quieter as we all relax after filling our bellies full of Christmas food.

 

What’s your ideal Christmas??

My ideal Christmas is honestly just seeing Millie happy and smiling, enjoying her gift and being surrounded by family. Plus lots of yummy food.

 

Do you have traditions with family or are you looking to start new ones??

Honestly not really but Im sure as we grow as a family we will create our own.

 

What’s a Christmas tradition you would like to pass on to your kids??

Having just one gift from Santa which is wrapped differently from the rest.

 

Are you a caroller?? (do you enjoy heading a lot to carols in the park ect??

No they kind of drive me mad but Im sure that will have to change as Millie gets older.

 

What’s more exciting……giving the presents or buying the presents??

I love seeing Millies face light up BUT I also love planning what gifts to buy everyone.

 

Are you a blow the budget kinda gal or keeping it within reason??

Come on Taryn you know me…. Blow the budget everytime. I’m really good until likw 2 days before Christmas then I get all festive and want to buy everuthing for everyone.

 

Are you leave to the last minute or prepare throughout the year, for present shopping??

Last minute. Every time.

 

Top 2 prezzies you have got for the kids this year for Christmas…..

Busted. I haven’t started BUT I do want to get Millie an arts and crafts table wih a heap of things to creat and play with.

 

How has Christmas changed for you over the last 10 years??

Totally changed. As a young adult it was all about getting “jolly” aka druk with my friends and ending up with a nasty hang over on Christmas Day but now its all about enjoying time with my beautiful husband and daughter! I know which Christmas I prefer that’s for sure.

 

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Christmas catch up with Robbie Maddison

So, I am stepping away from the guest blogger appearance on here and opening it up to a guest writer. I’m sure 99.9% of you have heard of Robbie Maddison by now…..the daredevil, stunt man of the decade! Little did you know how much of a family man he is, even writing his own children’s book “The Story of Robbie Maddison”! I was lucky enough that Robbie took some time out of his crazy schedule to shine a little light on what Christmas means to him and his beautiful wife Amy and 3 boys. So sit back, enjoy the quiet time and insight to this gorgeous family.

What does Christmas day look like in your house……..

We spend Christmas morning with just the immediate family.

Our kids rise excitedly early and it’s all surprise and amazement with all the gifts they receive. They choose a few gifts and we set it up for them to play with for the morning. Lunch is with my parents then we return home to clean up and let the kids keep playing. To us it is a day for the kids so we let them do as they please mostly…

 

What’s your ideal Christmas??

Spending it with family, this is what we do every year, appreciating each other enjoying an activity the whole family enjoys (usually a blast up the river for a swim on the jet ski) we may need a boat this year with the new addition.

 

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Do you have traditions with family or are you looking to start new ones??

Since my wife and I started a family and have kids christmas has changed from what it was when we were kids, Our traditional thing now is christmas eve, when the entire family get together for a hot meal and Santa Clause stops in to see the kids. It’s been going on for over 15yrs now so its funny to see the kids grow up and realise what’s actually going on. Our other traditional things we do at this time of year is we get a santa photo, we do christmas lunch with my parents and i see my cousins a few days before christmas, these are the guys i used to spend christmas day with…

What’s a Christmas tradition you would like to pass on to your kids??

We do a hot meal on christmas eve with the whole expanded family, Santa makes an appearance and hands out presents, carols are sung and there is some dancing, i would love to see this carried on for generations.

Are carols played loud and proud in your house hold??

Oh yes, and we find funny remixes to blast out and laugh about.

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What’s more exciting……giving the presents or buying the presents??

Giving

Are you a blow the budget kinda family or try keep it within reason??

My wife is a bargain queen, somehow she manages to spoil everyone and does it cost effectively.

Who is in charge of the present delegating and shopping??

My wife

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Top 2 prezzies you have got for the kids this year for Christmas…..

What do you get kids who have it all? One son wants a jet pack, that’s not happening. The other wants a large RC airplane, but he is 4yrs old and he thinks he is older than his skill level. I need to figure it out very soon though

How has Christmas changed for you over the last 10 years??

Now i have kids i really enjoy it and it means alot to us all, prior to kids it was a day more focused on the spiritual side of it. It’s a time now that i really love as I get to see my kids so excited and I’m able to teach them some moral values around all the excitement this day brings.

Fav Christmas memory you have as a family?

Seeing the younger kids faces when Santa arrives is always so awesome. The time we spend all together is definitely the highlight for me.

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Christmas Chat with Mel

 

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What does Christmas day look like in your house ……..

We share Christmas with Ayden. At the moment whilst his dad doesn’t have any other children we’ve had him every Christmas morning until just after lunch and then we swap him over. So Christmas is usually at my house for anyone who wants to come over early for breakfast and then we go to someone else’s house for lunch etc. Every morning though we sit around the tree and open the presents.

This year however is going to be completely different. Ayden wont be with us at all this year. He’s going away so its going to feel a little odd this year. But we will just be hanging around our house all day. Its just exhausting and no fun for anyone when you’re dragging around toddlers and babies who miss out on day naps. So we’re doing an open house for any of our friends and family. 

What’s your ideal Christmas??

Honestly, just relaxing. Sitting back and enjoying our family and friends whilst eating good food. As I’ve gotten older Christmas has been more about the kids getting together and playing and the adults enjoying the company of each other.

Do you have traditions with family or are you looking to start new ones??

Growing up I don’t think we had any. We had the cookies and milk which I still do, oh and I’m the nut always out the front munching on carrots to look like reindeers have been. We take the kids shopping and they pick a couple gifts each that can be wrapped and left under the big charity tree so they can be given to less fortunate children.

I’m starting some new ones for us though. Christmas Eve boxes for us to open which will have a DVD, PJS, a Christmas movie and some treats.

 

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What’s a Christmas tradition you would like to pass on to your kids??

I think it’s so important for our children to learn the ability to gift gifts to people who aren’t as lucky as us and feel joy from it. I want them to try and do this with their families when they’re older too.

 

Are you a loud and proud caroller??

I LOVE a good carol! I’ll be playing them non-stop soon and I can’t wait. We don’t really do many carols though because well, toddler life. She doesn’t enjoy standing still or staying close by so we avoid the arguments and stress and watch them on TV. Plus what’s with Santa always coming at like 930 PM on Christmas eve at carols – don’t people have things to build at that time of night hahah.

 

What’s more exciting……giving the presents or buying the presents??

Buying. I love buying presents for others. Even if it’s something small, it makes me really happy.

Are you a blow the budget kinda gal or keeping it within reason??

I’m actually embarrassed to admit I use to spend hundreds on gifts for Ayden. I saved all year and brought things throughout the year and gave him so many things. Things he never used and became charity bag fillers. I don’t know if its because I felt like I owed it to him or to prove to others that I could do it on my own.

Anyway now I buy four types of gifts.

Something they want.

Something they need.

Something to wear.

Something to read.

Admittedly they get more than four gifts. I might put 5 outfits in or something like that. But I don’t go over board anymore. I don’t really spend heaps now. Ayden cost me more than the others. But having four kids means I have to be sensible Sally.

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Are you leave to the last minute or prepare throughout the year, for present shopping??

I’ve only just started now. Whoops. But like each year I’ll make a goal to start early next year haha.

Top 2 prezzies you have got for the kids this year for Christmas…..

LOL dolls and outdoor play things.

How has Christmas changed for you over the last 10 years??

It would have been my first Christmas as a mother 10 years ago. Wow!

Its changed so much for me. It’s so much louder and filled with so much love. My friends have become my family as well and we just love being able to celebrate with our children and our closest people.

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Christmas with Alice

Tonight on the blog is the beautiful Alice, from @aliceinhealthyland, I fell badly (mum crush) for this Mumma just before Cruzie was born and love watching her humble and gentle approach to motherhood and life. I was so so excited when Alice said she would take the time for a my Christmas Chat. So get comfy and enjoy getting to know Alice little more….I bet she will be your new mum crush!
What does Christmas day look like in your house ……..
Well we wake up.
Open one pressure each. Fill up a Santa sack with all the gifts from under our tree and head over to Grandma’s house (hubby’s family). We open all the pressies there and feast on a Christmas lunch with family.
Then at 2:30 we head to my family who like to party haha. We do secret Santa so we do that and then we party and eat. A lot of the girls in my family are nurses so Christmas Day starts in the arvo.
I love Christmas as I am one of 8 so it’s always lots of fun. Now having children it even more amazing.
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What’s your ideal Christmas?
Just being with loved ones honestly I’m so grateful to be surrounded by such beautiful people and of course eating.
Do you have traditions with family or are you looking to start new ones??
Watching everyone open their gifts one by one.
Christmas pjs are a must haha. Love them.
Santa photos with the whole family. I once had one with Mum and Dad and the 8 Children it was so fun. Santa was a little shocked when he seen us all coming haha.
We make cookies for Santa and leave Carrots for Rudolph.
We are also starting an idea where we go around the room and ask everyone in the family something we they are grateful for this Christmas.
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What’s a Christmas tradition you would like to pass on to your kids??
I think the grateful idea is fab. Christmas is a special time to be with loved ones and receive gifts but we do need to remember to be grateful for our health and the life we have.
Are carols played loud and proud in your house hold??
Absolutely. Gosh there are some bangers! Love “ITS CHRISTMAS TIME THERES NO NEED TO BE AFRIAD.”
What’s more exciting……giving the presents or buying the presents??
Hmmm I love watching their face light up.
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Are you a blow the budget kinda family or try keep it within reason??
Within reason totally. David’s mother however? Blow the budget hahaha.
Who is in charge of the present delegating and shopping??
David and I are pretty even actually we shop together. Except when we buy each other’s we go separate.
Top 2 prezzies you have got for the kids this year for Christmas…..
Cruzie – A wooden school bus and a outdoor water play game. Both from Kmart as he just had a birthday. Gets so much from family to.
Winter Rose – @marchingbambino wooden instruments and a handmade horse and carriage from @willownoak.
How has Christmas changed for you over the last 10 years??
Well Christmas has always been special to me especially being from a big family. It always turns into a party that anyone is welcome to as well. Bit of a open door policy after dinner. With children though it’s extra special. I love watching Christmas movies with David and Cruz. I feel I have got into the spirit a little earlier this year too.
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Fav Christmas memory you have as a family?
Well my family is still young so I will share one from my family.
One year we all had a life line Christmas where we all had to do a secret Santa gift from the thrift shop. Something we could wear and then we would wear it on Christmas Day. Was such a laugh. So many onlooker on the beach had a good laugh too.

Christmas is around the corner so I thought why not start up some q&a’s with fav bloggers and a guest for the festive season! T get the ball rolling we have the beautiful Emily Tomini, I have followed her and Alina’s journey for about 2 years now and sh his the most sweetest blogger I know, and how can you not want more kids when you see her beautiful daughter! Enjoy the Sunday session guys xx

 

What does Christmas day look like in your house …….. It’s all about family, food and fun for us! There’s kids and chaos everywhere and by the end of the day everyone has full hearts and very full bellies which to me is just how Christmas is meant to be!

Whats your ideal Christmas??    Growing up, we never had big Christmas’s as my family was quite fractured and dysfunctional. It never felt like a very special time for me and personally Christmas for me is all about the children, the magic and the wonder and excitement! Now that I’m a mother this is what I want to focus on for Alina, not the presents or the ‘things’ as such but about the excitement and the memories. To make sure it’s a magical time full of love and gorgeous memories with her family that she will always hold dear. Making small traditions and just enjoying our family and knowing she is loved!

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Do you have traditions with family or are you looking to start new ones??   We don’t have any traditions carried down but we did start some last year for the three of us for Alina’s first Christmas. We each have a personalized Christmas stocking that we will get out each year, we started Elf on the shelf and a Christmas book. We will do Carols with he family in the lead up and go for a walk through the neighborhood and look at the lights on Christmas Eve.

 Whats a Christmas tradition you would like to pass on to your kids??    As Alina gets older a tradition I would really like to start together is a Christmas movie on Christmas Eve, I grew up watching Miracle on 34th Street. It’s a movie that rekindles my childhood excitement about Christmas and I’d like to share that with her

Are you a caroller??……. enjoy heading a lot to carols in the park ect??   Hehe yes! I honestly love it so much. There is something so magical about the community coming together and spreading joy and Christmas cheer! I love sitting back and just watching my family enjoy themselves, the kids especially!!

 

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 Whats more exciting……giving the presents or buying the presents??    Giving them for sure! I’m hugely sentimental. I love to make a point of showing I’ve listened or taken into account what makes my family happy. I don’t do huge over the top presents but the little gestures of love! Watching their faces is my favourite part!

Are you a blow the budget kinda gal or keeping it within reason??     I keep it within reason, Christmas is a time where I think you easily get carried away if you let yourself and it’s only one day out of an entire year! What’s truly important is the memories and enjoyment on the day and that never involves the material things! In our family we do Secret Santa/Kris Kringle for the adults so I do like to spend a little extra on the one present but aside from that I honestly don’t spend much on Christmas aside from the food!! I’ll blow the budget on food any day haha!

Are you leave to the last minute or prepare throughout the year, for present shopping??  Last minute gal here! Each year I say I’ll plan better next year but I think I do my best present picking and organizing last minute under pressure haha!

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Top 2 prezzies you have got for the kids this year for Christmas…..Honestly, I haven’t purchased one present for Alina yet! I’m extremely stuck on what to purchase her… I’m big on experiences, so something that will suit her age and be able to make a family day out of. I’ll still put little things under the tree for her and in her stocking because unwrapping gifts on Christmas Day is what it’s all about! Alina loves books, coloring, play dough etc so there’ll be plenty of little things for her to open and enjoy for 10 mins before she casts them aside haha!

How has Christmas changed for you over the last 10 years??  Christmas has become joyous again! I’ve made a huge effort within our family to un-do some of the past experiences and really focus on family and the importance of putting the children first! Life is so short and I’m all about family so these days it really is a magical time again and we have a blast together Christmas Day and the lead up to it!

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