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Our home this Christmas

First things first, Happy December!! My favourite month of the year is here and I can finally share it with my little baby boy! We’re beyond excited to spend Christmas with Seb and have been making the most of getting Christmassy at every opportunity we can! I know he’s going to hate me for this picture one day but I couldn’t resist…

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Anyway, sorry it’s been a little quite over here. I’ve been busy getting things ready for Christmas and just making sure we make the best memories of Seb’s first Christmas. I’ve been trying to make as many things as possible, like footprint gift tags (easier said than done with a wriggly 4 month old baby!) and footprint salt dough tree decorations!

Here’s a little peek at our home this Christmas!


I picked up this stocking holder from HomeSense a few weeks ago and I love how it looks on our mantelpiece. Perfect for Seb’s new stocking…


Stocking from Curiosity in Swanage


Our Christmas Kiwi and Pukeko take pride of place on our mantelpiece too!



During the madness of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and whatever other sales were on in the last few weeks, I managed to pick up these beautiful gold wreath decorations from M&S with 50% off. We’ve put the wreath in the porch (replacing our BBQ sign!) and the other over the mantelpiece.


I’ve put a few decorations in Seb’s nursery too, including this wind up musical soldier from HomeSense. He loves that it moves and sings!


And of course his Santa suit ready for Christmas day!


We decided to splurge on a real tree this year and we absolutely love it. Seb is fascinated by the lights and would happily stare at it for hours on end!


Obligatory “First Christmas” decoration from Nanny!

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We moved our usual artificial tree into the landing upstairs this year and love how it looks! Turtle Mat kindly sent me this awesome door mat in their Christmas Jumper design and we love it!! In fact we’re debating if it is acceptable to use it all year round in our porch! We decided to incorporate it in our decorations and it very conveniently hides the Christmas tree light wires!

So there it is, our home this Christmas! How is your Christmas decorating going?

Alpenfraulein, The Pug Mug

I have a little confession to make. I love mugs. I have mugs in a multitude of colours, designs and sizes and they are really starting to take over my kitchen! Good job they get a lot of use these days!

When I was recently contacted by Alpenfraulein, designers of four illustrations which have been cleverly placed on hand crafted bone china mugs, I obviously I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to receive another mug to add to my growing collection (although my kitchen cupboards were telling me otherwise)!


The dog themed mugs were inspired by Nici’s (one half of the design team at Alphenfraulein) French Bulldog who is not only the agency’s mascot, but comes to “work” at the the agency almost every day! I chose the Pug Mug and I absolutely adore the illustration, in fact, I’d go as far as saying it’s my new favourite mug!


I had to get a close up of that golden poop…!


The illustrations are wonderfully unique and would make a perfect Christmas gift for dog lovers out there. The Pug Mug (and his friends the Bulldog, Dachshund and Poodle) are available to purchase on the Alpenfraulein website.

Now I’m off to make a cuppa!

Sebastian, October

Sebastian is now 3 months old! He is hitting some awesome milestones and we are cherishing every second we have with him! Here is a little photo diary from his 3rd month on this world, October!


Lots and lots of smiles!


Super cute in my favourite outfit from M&S!


Loving his monkey to play with in his car seat!


This awesome baby grow from Baby Gap.


Funny Faces.


Cold weather and a new hat from Nanny! (Primark!)


Getting very strong and not loving tummy time too much nowadays!


More smiles.


Loving bath time and looking even cuter after.


Life in a Tiger Bouncer! I bought this for Seb when he was about 10 weeks old and he just loves it!


Play time before bed time.


First swimming lesson! Seb is such a water baby and he absolutely loves swimming! We are using the amazing Veronique at Baby Swim Bournemouth. I’ll hopefully be posting a full review soon!


Winter weather means polar bear jumpers (Primark again)!


Waking up and napping in Mummy’s bed is Seb’s favourite pastime!


Baby’s first halloween!


My lame attempt at carving a pumpkin but Seb didn’t seem too bothered!

October saw some pretty cool advances with Seb’s development. He now reaches for toys, grabs them, tries to eat them (and everything else in sight). He has also started teething! I’m still breastfeeding and he now only wakes a few times in the night for a feed. He smiles all the time and in the last few weeks has started giggling. Seb is such a happy baby and I am totally loving being his Mummy!