UK Travel: A Festive Minibreak

We wanted to get into the Christmas spirit this month after a stressful November at work, so we booked ourselves a couple of nights away in early December, complete with two lovely festive activities. Christmas at Blenheim Palace I’d absolutely loved the Christmas at Dunham Massey event in 2018, and after noticing that several other … Continue reading UK Travel: A Festive Minibreak

How to Feel Festive in 5 Inexpensive Steps

There's just 2 weeks until Christmas, so it really is time to be feeling those festive vibes. If a hectic work schedule and last minute shopping has left you feeling less than magical, here are 5 ways to get the feels without spending lots of money on Christmas activities. 1. Create a Cosy Space to … Continue reading How to Feel Festive in 5 Inexpensive Steps

Christmas at Dunham Massey

I’m a massive Christmas fan and always looking for magical, festive things to do in December, so I was so excited to be able to preview Dunham Massey’s Christmas Trail. The National Trust property is based in Greater Manchester, and for the second year running they have created an after-dark illuminated experience through their deer … Continue reading Christmas at Dunham Massey

Apple & Blackberry Christmas Cobbler

It’s never too early for Christmas food, and making this tasty Christmas Cobbler definitely got me in the festive spirit. Not only does it look good enough for a Christmas Day dessert, the added cinnamon means it’s full of festive flavour too! It’s such a simple pudding to make, so there’s literally no downside to … Continue reading Apple & Blackberry Christmas Cobbler

9 Things You’ll Understand if You’re a Christmas Person

I’m a Christmas person and proud of it. For me it genuinely is the most wonderful time of the year, and I know I’m not alone in this. So if you’re a Christmas person too, this list will sound very familiar... 1. Christmas is a season, not a day. The weeks of build-up are usually … Continue reading 9 Things You’ll Understand if You’re a Christmas Person

Irresistible Gifts for Your Christmas List

December is right around the corner and if you’re like me you’ll now be busy with your Christmas shopping. You’re probably also thinking about your own Christmas wishlists (it’s hard to go shopping for other people without at least noticing some things you’d love yourself), and that’s where the inspiration for this post came from … Continue reading Irresistible Gifts for Your Christmas List

10 Gift Ideas That Aren’t “Things”

Sometimes the nicest gifts aren’t “things” at all. Whether it’s a class to inspire a new hobby or something that gets them out and about, “things to do” gifts show that you really know a person, and it’s always nice to buy something you know they will definitely use! So if you are looking for … Continue reading 10 Gift Ideas That Aren’t “Things”

10 Festive Things to Do in Manchester

December is almost here, and the official Christmas countdown can officially begin. So if you’re not feeling festive yet, here are a few things you can be doing to get in the mood for the most wonderful time of the year. 1. Christmas Carols at John Rylands Library. I went to this one-hour carol concert … Continue reading 10 Festive Things to Do in Manchester

Festive reads: Christmas in the Snow

“Christmas in the Snow” is one of a few Karen Swan books which have promising festive titles. Unfortunately “Christmas at Claridges” did not live up to my expectations as it was mainly a summertime book and not remotely Christmassy! This one, on the other hand, was everything I dreamed and more - the whole of … Continue reading Festive reads: Christmas in the Snow

Foodie Christmas Gifts: Panettone

More and more I am finding that food items make the perfect Christmas gifts. Whether it's individual items, like this gorgeously packaged classic Italian Panettone from, or bespoke food hampers that you've filled with various treats perfectly selected with your recipient in mind, at least you know that food gifts will always get used - I … Continue reading Foodie Christmas Gifts: Panettone