The most perfect day.
A wonderful Christmas Eve lunch.
Sunday saw this family get wrapped up in our winter gear and head for the stunningly Autumnal Golden Acre Park in Leeds, where we met with my friend and fitness trainer, Caroline, and her three gorgeous boys, Barnaby, Ralph and Henry, for a walk around the lake.
Fabulous party food!
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.
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.
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.
It's the most wonderful time of the year isn't it?!- and that means little ones deserve utterly darling, stylish and super-comfortable shoes to wear this winter for parties, family fun, and most importantly the big day.
I need to no excuse to dress up as regular readers here know!
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!.
I adore Eternal Collection and never fail to find a statement necklace or earring set that make a stylish addition to my favourite LBDs.
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!
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.
Folks, it's nearly Christmas! I know, it's hard to believe as it's only just October tomorrow but before you know it, you'll be buying Christmas trees and posting off letters to Santa (I've already got my hand hovering over the Chanel site, crossing fingers and toes)!
Ever since the kids came along, we've opted to share the cuteness (we're good like that and it is the season for it) with personalised Christmas cards for our close friends and family... and this year we were lucky enough that wonderful online bespoke stationers Paper Shaker gifted us 50 fabulous, personalised Christmas cards with their mugs on it and aren't they pretty?