Monday, 4 December 2017

Joy of Christmas Decorations - Share the Joy Linky

Hello December! I love Christmas. I have many happy memories in past Decembers involving celebrating birthdays, yummy food, cheerful Christmas decorations and family fun. We got our Christmas tree last week so it was time to pull out the Christmas boxes from under the stairs. I love re-discovering Christmas items that I have forgotten in the last year but I think the person that was most excited was my daughter. Very quickly my living room floor was covered in Christmas decorations, craft supplies, and Christmas cards. I had forgotten how many Christmas craft kits I purchased the last couple years. I have decided on a new goal that this year we are going have hours of crafting fun and use up the craft supplies so very little is put back in storage at the end of the Christmas season. We will enjoy buying a few next craft kits next year.
My truly special ornaments (or babbles) are still stored in the USA at my parents home. In the next couple years when my children are a little older and less likely to pull the glass ornaments off the tree, I will have the "Christmas box" sent to England. Our current tree decorations are made up of plastic metallic and glitter ornaments with a few bead garlands. My daughter has handmade felt ornaments for her tree and Little Brother has inherited handmade wooden planes that were made by my father and grandfather before I was born.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

1st UK Real Christmas Tree with Pines and Needles, St Albans - Review

We have started a new UK Christmas tradition this year by introducing my children to the magic of real Christmas trees. We travelled this week on a cold and dark night to our local Pines and Needles Christmas tree store in St Albans, Hertfordshire. We were invited by the marketing team of Pines and Needles to visit store and pick out a tree.
My first real Christmas tree was given to me when I was only 2 days old. I have many happy childhood memories of travelling with my grandparents or parents to the local Christmas tree farm to pick out tree for my bedroom in Oregon, USA. We would always have beautiful main tree that my mother would cover with thousands of lights and delicate glass ornaments but my siblings and I would always have a Christmas tree also in our room with our personal collections of decorations.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Joy of Wintery Nights - Share the Joy Linky

Thank you everyone that linked up last week in the Share the Joy post here at Ladybug Home. Loved reading the festive posts and several clever handmade gift items. I was thinking of titling this blog post, "Joy of Mince Pies" because it my children's favourite treat this past week. I really love wintery nights and being cosy at home with warm cup of tea or some hot chocolate. It has been so cold lately in England and definitely winter has come. My daughter has asked for snow for Christmas and that certainly could be a possibility based on how cold it has been the last couple weeks.
We have been walking around the toy shops and creating a list in my head or by taking photos on my phone of toys or items that my children seem to show interest in. Santa is still not sure what he is bring my children this year. Since both my children were born within a month of Christmas, there is plenty of gifts to be purchased in the near future. I keep sneaking items into the closest under the stairs and luckily my daughter has not peaked in there yet.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Joy of Thankfulness - Share the Joy Linky

On Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 is Thanksgiving in the USA will be a day is filled with lots of food, checking out the Black Friday deals, and visiting with Family and Friends. Most importantly it is day dedicated to think about what you thankful about. I have many reasons to be thankful but below are a couple of my top reasons. 


1) FAMILY - I am so grateful to have two beautiful children and supportive husband. I am blessed with caring parents and in-laws whom always are creating magical moments for my children. My parents send boxes filled with yummy treats, clothes and decorative items. My mother-in-law always send us home from Sunday Lunches with baby wipes for the children and dark chocolate for "Dad & Mum".


Saturday, 18 November 2017

Organizing For Your Lifestyle: Adaptable Inspirations from Socks to Suitcases by Jane Stoller - Book Review

In the last year, I have read quite of few online editorial articles about the benefits of decluttering your home, mind and life. Our home is a very typical home that is filled with too many toys, clothes and general stuff. I do believe that one of the best ways of creating positive changes in my family and my life is to look at ways to improve our home environment. A more organised home have many benefits including less time searching for items and less clutter to sort constantly. 

When I received an email offering to receive a copy of Jane Stoller's book titled "Organizing For Your Lifestyle: Adaptable Inspirations from Socks to Suitcases", I was very interested to reading. From a very young age, Jane had a passion from organising her possessions and storage options as an adult. 

This books if filled with interesting information about the science behind the stress behind disorganisation and how changing your lifestyle to be more organised can benefit your life. Some of the benefits expressed by Jane include: healthy eating; more likely to exercise; sleep better in clean sheets; improved finances and improve relationships with partner. 

Jane has travelled and lived around the world and often with limited closest space. Jane shares some very practical ways to organise your closet including examples of storage options that can be purchased from several major retailers. She provides some helpful advice when it comes to hangers and how important invest in the appropriate hangers for your garments. She suggested black velvet wire hangers because they don't require lots of space and your clothes will not slip off. 

Monday, 13 November 2017

Joy of Cuddles - Share the Joy Linky

The greatest joy that I felt this week was cuddles with my children. I recently started working at a new job and I am really grateful that this job allows me work evenings and weekends so that I can still do the school runs, go on school trips, and have lazy days at home during week with my son. It also makes me appreciate more cuddles with my children. I also think my children appreciate me a little more since I am not around 24/7 now. My son normally meets me at the door when I get home from work and instantly wants to jump in my lap for mommy's special cuddles.
I love trying to soak up my son's body warmth and touching his soft hair. It fills my tired body with love. I also sneak into my daughter's room in the late evening to give her a small cuddle while she is sleeping but my favourite cuddles are in the morning when she has just woken up. My almost 6 year old barely fits in my lap anymore but I am filled with joy and pride of my beautiful daughter when we cuddle. I hope my children always want hugs from their Mommy.      


Monday, 6 November 2017

Joy of November - Share the Joy Linky

Welcome to November! We had a very fun Halloween that included one and half hours of trick-or-treating. My daughter was so joyful as she dashed around the neighbourhood with her friends and filled her pumpkin bucket with sweets. I must admit that I have eaten more of the candy the last week than she has. It definitely feels like November with the cold and dark nights. The weather has been colder and greyer than October. 
My daughter is counting down the weeks until Christmas but my thoughts have turned to festive treats. The month of November for me is filled with thoughts about past Thanksgivings with yummy food and spending time with my USA family. Life can be challenging at times these days but I am always very thankful for my family and festive foods this time of year. I must get some canned pumpkin to try to tempt my children again this year with some pumpkin pie. Bring on the whipped cream!


Monday, 30 October 2017

Joy of Halloween DIY Robot Costumes - Share the Joy Linky

We have been busy the last couple days creating Halloween DIY Robot Costumes. Last week was the first time in over 3 years that worked away from home while my children was on a school break. I spent most of the week training at a new job while my husband was able to use holiday time to spend the week with our children during their half-term school back. I think he enjoyed making new special memories but I did miss them all tons. 
As I shared in last week's Share the Joy post, I grew up with handmade costumes sewn by my mother and I encourage my children to use their imagination to think of new Halloween costume ideas each year. I was surprised on Wednesday when I came home from work to discover that while I was gone that holes were cut in a couple boxes to create the beginnings of robot costumes. Big Sister expressed that she wanted to be a robot for Halloween while Little Brother wanted to be pumpkin robot.  The last couple days, we have used my supply of metallic Pinty Plus spray paint to spray the cardboard boxes. Little Brother's box required an orange sponged painting. With some glitter card stock, pipe cleaners, and lots of glue we were able to create this year's Halloween costumes. A quick spray of metallic paints on some black leggings and some new Iridescent Rainbow Trainers finished off Big Sister's costume. Big Sister is excited to head out trick-or-treating this year.

What are you or your children dressing up as this Halloween?
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