Since our family saw the total solar eclipse we have been dreaming of more astronomical experiences. We want to visit a dark sky park and hope to see the northern lights one day. So when the Star Name Registry offered me the gift of a Bright Star Name set to review, of course I jumped at the chance to name a star! This gift idea is perfect for us. I put my husband’s name on the certificate. He is quite difficult to buy for, but he will love this. It’s quite appropriate as we saw a shooting star on our…

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Regular readers of my blog will have noticed that I did not post a pic of the week last Sunday, or join up with the My Sunday Photo linky. The reason why is quite boring I’m afraid. I was simply on a very long motorway journey that day. By the time I got home, cooked tea and sorted the laundry it was 10pm and I was falling asleep in front of the TV. It’s the first Sunday I’ve missed since first joining in, over ten months ago. Developing a Vintage Father Christmas I used this vintage style photo of Father…

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For months I’ve been wondering about joining in with the #LittleLoves linky hosted by Morgana from the blog Coffee Work Sleep Repeat. She’s one of the first bloggers I read in the early days. Something I like about this link-up is that every blogger involved writes their post under the same headings of Read, Watched, Heard, Made, Wore, And Lastly. They are pretty broad titles but it does allow for some real old-school blogging where I can write up snippets from my life. All those hot-headed thoughts that pop into my head during the week don’t normally have much of…

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This blog post contains affiliate links – that means if you click on the link and go on to make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. Most of us are passionate about certain Christmas traditions. Personally, I am quite dedicated to Christmas baking. I make our own cake, Christmas pudding, mincemeat, mince pies, Christmas tree decoration biscuits and Yule log. I’m not crazy, it’s just my Christmas passion! It isn’t masses of work because half the ingredients are identical. Admittedly, I am a bit of a recipe fiddler. I’m always adapting, altering and tweaking. I have two alterations…

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Are you wondering what to do with leftover mincemeat? Delicious, fragrant and fruity, it is a favourite part of my Christmas feasting. But now it’s January I’m just not in the mood to make mince pies again. Mincemeat lasts quite a long time so I haven’t rushed to use mine up, but now all the Christmas cheese and turkey is eaten and only the last quarter of the cake remains, it’s come to my attention that the mincemeat is sitting there without a clear plan for it’s future. There are lots of mincemeat cake recipes around and I often make one…

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