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Christmas party with friends 

We had our Christmas party the other day with my Filipino and Malaysian friends. We do this every year to catch up and get together. We also bring our kids with us so you can imagine how we do it lol. Just eat, catch up, give presents and take loads of pictures and selfie 😂

And this what I wore on the day 


I recycled this dress from last year Christmas and just team up with red high heeled strappy shoes as well. Our dress theme is something  sparkly, glittery, and shimmery there. 


Everyone has to bring something to share as we knew how hard to host a party so we all agreed. I made a chiffon cheesecake and put a star to look like a bit of Christmas cake 🙂 


The food was lovely, I have really enjoyed it. 


We dance and took lots of pictures and just enjoyed the day. It was fun, while our kids made a mess, few cried and few join in and kids took our group pictures as well


Our kids look feed up already haha


And yes we’re having fun with our kids lol 
So, this is how we did our Christmas party. It was a total fun, so if you ever attend a Filipino party, just bring the whole family and also a plastic bag for a take away haha. 

❤ merry Christmas everyone ❤

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Elf on the Shelf Antics

My children are 5 and 8 and absolutely love Elf on the Shelf (EotS). We use it part as a “behave” incentive and partly to keep the Christmas Magic alive!

For those who don’t know about EotS, basically the elf is real and keeps watch on the kids during the day (but is still like the Toy Story toys) then flies back to the North Pole every night to report to Santa and in the morning it’s in a different spot in the house, often having got up to naughty tricks.

We don’t have the “original” elf, I find that one creepy, Sparkle is our larger elf (from Ikea) and Jingle is the smaller elf (from Waitrose). The children won Jingle at a Christmas Faye’s and decided to “bring him to life” as a friend for Sparkle, so we now have two elves.

Our elves don’t do fun tricks every night, sometimes they just move to a new position and sometimes they “forget” to move (opps)

Below you will find a few EotS antics which my naughty little elf has got up to:


Jingle and Sparkle go fishing in our goldfish bowl.


Crash landing from the North Pole tonight with a ceiling squish.


Sparkle made us breakfast and nicked some of it!


Sparkle did some cheeky baking.


Using the chalkola chalk markers the naughty elves drew on our family photos (note this is drawn on the glass so will wipe off)

Chalk Pens – Pack of 8 Earth colour markers – Use on Whiteboard, Chalkboard, Window, Blackboard, Bistros Glass – 6 mm Bullet Tip

I will post again with more antics later in December.

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Children’s Christmas crafts

I love doing crafts with the children, any excuse but Christmas is by far the best excuse around. 


Homemade Christmas cards, my kids were 2 and 5 when we did these. 

A full handprint in brown makes a reindeer. 

Green finger prints in a circle make a great wreath. 

Fingerprints into a triangle make a Christmas tree. 

Finger prints in a line for Christmas lights or in a candycane shape. 


A toilet roll painted green with a red rim with and green painted paper rolled into a funnel for his hat makes a cute elf. 

Half a paper plate and 2 hand prints and 4 brown legs make our reindeer. 

These are just a few examples, I prefer crafts which don’t need adult help, I like the kids craft to be their own work. 

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Local post: where to see Santa Rustington, Littlehampton, worthing areas

Here is a selection of places to visit Santa around Littlehampton/Worthing/Rustington area. 

Saturday 26 November 2016 – 10:00 to 16:00, Christmas Fair (St Mary’s Church, Broadwater Rd, Worthing BN11 8HT)Christmas Craft market in the Church and a Santa’s Grotto.

Saturday 3 December 2016, Christmas in Rustington. There will be Santa’s Grotto, an Arts and Crafts fair in the Methodist Church with free workshops and a children’s fair.

Saturday 3 December 2016 – 12:30 to 19:00. Father Christmas Grotto at Arundel Museum (Mill Road, Arundel, BN18 9PA). £3 per child. Price includes entrance to the museum for up to two adults and children.

Saturday 10th December. Paws, Play and Stay, Rustington. Book a visit between 12-4pm, Meet Santa and his Huskies

Littlehampton Miniture Railway, 15.30 on Sat 17th 12.00 and 15.30 on Sun 18th: £5.00 for adults and £8.00 for children. The Santa service runs from Norfolk Gardens to Mewsbrook Park (where Santa and his Grotto will be based) and returns to Norfolk Gardens after your visit.

Windmill Inn, Rustington. Saturday 3rd, Sunday 11th, Saturday 17th, Friday 23rd December. £8.50 per person for breakfast (adults and children), visit from Santa, kids get a goodie bag

Amberley Museum. Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th, Saturday 10th, Sunday 11th, Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th and Wednesday 21st December. Santa special, including a visit with Santa. 

Field Place Manor House. Winter Wonderland is open from Monday 19th December to Friday 23rd December, 11am to 6pm. £12.50 per child, adults go free!

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All about Christmas! The dress, the food, the presents and family  moment. 

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! Enjoying the festive season with your family and loved ones are the best presents that you could ever have. I’m sharing few Christmas throwback of my dress, opening of presents, food and laughter and family moment. This is how we celebrate the spirit of Christmas. Enjoy x

The dress

You will probably notice that I wear a lot of bright coloured dress. It’s because according to our family tradition, wearing red or bright coloured clothes on Christmas or new year will bring good lucks. Since then it became a part of us. 


The opening of presents

Most of the presents we gave to each other are not that fancy, we just buy anything so it’s a surprise. We don’t usually know what we’re getting. It’s not like making a wish list and you kind of have an idea already what’s inside or what you could get. But then it’s not the highlight of our celebration but the moment of spending time with family. Plus surprise present are kind of exciting. You don’t know what your getting 😂


The food and the turkey etc

Since we live here in the uk, we became use of having the traditional English roast turkey every Christmas plus some Filipino food. It’s nice to have varieties of food.


Family & Friends

We sing karaoke and dance to the music or we play games with the kids. We just have a good fun, eat and laugh a lot. And take pictures ofcourse lol That’s how we celebrate our Christmas and new year. 


Now it’s your turn to share how do you celebrate Christmas? Let’s make a hashtag #christmasthrowback and reflect on your previous Christmas moment. I’m sure that it will bring sweet memory like mine. I think capturing moments are priceless. No matter how many times it takes you to get that perfect shot. 😉

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Christmas gift guide for 8 and 5 year old

No idea what to buy your kids this year?! Well here are a few suggestions straight from an 8 year old girl and 5 year old boy, I hope this gives you some ideas

Little Live Pets Snuggles My Dream Puppy
They have both asked for the Little Live Pet Snuggles. It’s not cheap, but they have both begged me for it!

Hatchimals Egg – Teal

Another item they have both asked for, now I know these are out of stock all over the place but they are apparently worth waiting for.

Playmobil 6055 Princess Fairies Playset with Toadstool House

We love playmobil in this house, my daughter has chosen the fairy set this year.

Playmobil 6678 Large Floating Pirate Raiders’ Ship with 3 Pirates

And my son is into the pirate sets

Speak Out Board Game for Christmas Halloween Family Edition, the Authentic, Hilarious Mouth Guard Party Game + 1 Pcs YUMQUA Dry Bag

The family game of choice is going to be Speak Out, the kids think it is hilarious and unfortunately I think we will be playing it around the turkey!

Hasbro Speak Out Game

My children also love arts and crafts so the list has to include a giant craft bundle for them!

I hope this has given you a few ideas and over the next few weeks I will be doing other gift list ideas. Leave me a comment if you would like suggestions for a specific age range!

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Crochet Christmas teacher gifts 

I started learning to crochet a few years ago and have got pretty good at it. I have been making Christmas present gifts for my children’s teachers, I have a few teacher friends and they always tell me homemade gifts are greatly appreciated. So here is a few of my past makes:


Based on this pot design with hearts for the wings, circle eyes and a triangle nose. 


I couldn’t find the pattern I used but there is a similar version here plus adding the wings etc as above. 


Snow flake decorations 


Tree shapes, star shapes and snowflakes as above, fixed onto a chain as bunting. 


Christmas tree decoration


Stocking here, wreath here

Some people don’t appreciate crocheted, or knitted gifts. The yarn maybe cheap but the time taken to make the gifts is what matters.