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Meeting Father Christmas at Beningbrough Hall, York

We adore Beningbrough Hall, just outside of York, a short drive from where we live-it's one of those majestic baroque mansions with grounds that prides itself on being warm and child-friendly-and it is that. It also makes you feel utterly serene the moment you enter. An ideal antidote to Christmas mania.
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Getting Ready for the Big Day at My Folks’

filling the car with presents We are all incredibly excited to be heading to my folks' house, the home I grew up in, for the big day this year, and that means being prepared. Here I am packing the car up about to embark of one of the many #Journeysthatmatter to me, something that Esso are highlighting this season.
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A Wonderfully Festive Weekend Away in Newcastle

Setting off from Leeds to Newcastle on a grey and drizzly day on Saturday to celebrate the launch of Esso's Synergy Fuels, the rain surprisingly and much to the awe of my kids, soon turned to snow on the motorway mid-journey. We certainly didn't expect it. And certainly not as much.
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A Blow Dry at Urban Retreat, Harrods

When I attended the Harrods' Christmas press preview in July, I was lucky enough to meet hair stylist to the stars and Creative Director of Urban Retreat, Harrods, Andrew Barton. Charming Andrew kindly invited me into the salon during our chat, promising me a beautiful blow dry and it certainly did not disappoint!.
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Christmas with John Lewis

This year, John Lewis kindly sent us a 6 foot Argyle Green Fir Christmas Tree and asked us to choose decorations that caught our eye, to help our home look and feel festive!
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Win a Hotel Chocolat Christmas Gift Hamper Worth Over £50

It's nearly Christmas (not long now) and let me tell you, I have some 'Christmas cracker' competitions for you this season. Kicking off the festive celebrations on Honest Mum is this darling Hotel Chocolat gift hamper worth over £50 which one lucky reader can enjoy.