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- Portugal -

Back in August, the younger three minibeasts all had their very first trip abroad. We flew off to Portugal, for a massive family holiday.  We went with my parents, my brother and his family and my cousin.
We re-booked a villa that we had hired 10 years ago and surprisingly nothing much had changed, apart from we took up more space this time thanks to the additions of all the new children.

The villa was in Moledo,  which is in the North of Portugal. Filled with beautiful beaches and friendly people

Having our own villa meant we could do what we liked and when we liked.  The boys all need feeding pretty much non stop or they get hangry, so not having to wait for set meal times worked for us.
As I'm talking about Villas, did you know that Clickstay has 75,000 Villas worldwide to choose from! Amongst those 75,000 there are some amazing villas in Portugal, which could help you plan your very own Portugues villa holiday.
There was a local supermarket that we all enjoyed visiting, espec…

- Christmas Wreath -

Last weekend I went to a Christmas Wreath workshop over in Swaffham It cost £40.

The workshop was completely full, some people had never made a wreath before and some were returning crafters.
We were shown step by step how to make our own wreaths and the instructions were really easy to follow.

We started off running the wire around our copper wreath and then covering it completely in moss before we started on any of the greenery.

We had a big selection of foliage to choose from, we could use as much or as little as we wanted. If at any point you got stuck the florists would come over and lend a hand or talk you through how to correct it, or where to add some more foliage.
Once we had all finished with the greenery we were then walked through the next step...Decorating our wreaths. We could each pick 12 decorations and a ribbon. Then it was up to us what we picked and where we placed them.



I was really happy with my final piece, once all my decorations were in place I then went a bit…

...Count Down To Christmas with the Sockvent Calendar...

Over the years I  have seen the choice in different Advent Calendars explode, you can now get your hands on all sort of toy Advent Calendars for your little ones to cheese Advent Calendars for those cheese addicted family members.
Until the other day, I was unaware you could even get your hands on a sock Advent Calendar! Sock Shop UK contacted me and asked if they could send me one of their Wild Feet Advent calendars.

I haven't had an Advent Calendar for years so I was more than eager to accept their offer. 25 days of brand new socks!  Hard to say no really.  

This huge 43cm x 31cm advent-style gift box is chock-full of ladies socks in seasonal and year-round designs, ranging from Kawaii-style Christmas trees to the angelic pugs shown on the lid of this set.  25 totally different designs to be discovered, one per day, all December through to Christmas Day.
Wild Feet socks are made using a cotton-rich blend of fibres and in a soft, smooth weave for all-seasons comfort.  It’s a sock en…

-- Happy Halloween --

Happy Halloween!!!
The boys went off to a four hour Halloween party at martial arts last weekend, they all love dressing up and I secretly love getting arty with the face paints.

Sunday we got stuck into carving the pumpkins that we picked up from the pumpkin patch. Jon and Ru attacked the massive white one and the boys all did their own, we're going to have to buy Alex a new pumpkin today as his had gone a little mouldy.

I turned mine into a vase and bought some autumnal flowers from Tesco's. I also bought some bunting which I've been able to cut up into three different banners as it was so long and I've popped it up over the fireplace, in the hallway and in the kitchen.

I also found a recipe for Pumpkin spice latte cupcakes. I wasn't too keen on them to start with, but the taste grew on me and I rather enjoyed them. Even the boys loved them!

It's not really Halloween without some Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

I'm not sure if we are going trick or treating this …

Day Out // ... Mountfitchet Castle ...

During our half term, Noah went off on holiday with his cousin Sam glamping in Lincoln so we were down one kid. I was pretty much working every day but on the two days off I had we decided we do something a little bit different and go a tad further afield. 
So on Tuesday my first day off, we jumped in the car and headed to Essex. Two hours later we were at Mountfitchet Castle.

Mountfitchet Castle is a unique time capsule.With its commanding position overlooking the Stort Valley, the Castle is situated on its original site which is steeped in history. Formerly an Iron Age hill fort, this historic site was also a Roman signals fort and later a Saxon and Viking settlement before being attacked in 1066 by William the Conqueror who built a wooden Motte and Bailey castle here. Mountfitchet Castle was also briefly used by the Royalist Army to King Charles in the English Civil War (17th C).  The Royalist forces held out at the castle when they were laid Siege to by Cromwell. The grounds were clea…