What’s in Freya’s Christmas Eve Box

2019 – the year I succumbed to the American tradition that is the “Christmas Eve Box!”

Prior to this I thought Freya was far too young for one and now at 2.25 years of age, I think she will love it, albeit not really get it still. Today we put up our Christmas tree (yes it’s November but it’s 1 month away so shush!). She loved helping to unravel the beads, and then get them all knotted up again.

So back to the box. Rather than buy a wooden box, I decided to go for one of the absolute steal Home Bargain boxes for £2.99. You can write your child’s name on the lid of the box and personalise it so it’s perfect. For your money, you get a cookie inside and as well as a letter from Santa, a book and …..

I haven’t gone crazy when deciding to fill the box and have merely chosen a few little things to add to it including a set of Frozen PJ’s from Tu which I got in the 25% event and they include some lovely wam Olaf socks to match. I also picked up the Orchard Toys Pigs in Blankets game from Aldi in their recent toy event for less than £4 so we can all play a game as a family on Christmas Eve.

On top of that, I will be giving Freya a Peppa Pig bamboo tumbler and plate to put out for Santa so he can have his Whisky and Mince Pie (yes that’s what Santa will be feasting on in our house ladies and gentleman) which was kindly gifted to us for the big event from GiftGivingAllWrappedUp.

Lastly we will be sending Santa the Peppa Pig Christmas Sack in advance so it makes it easier for him to leave presents at our house. Got to make his job as easy as possible of course! This was also kindly gifted to us and I can’t wait to see her face when she wakes up that morning.

We were also kindly gifted a cute Peppa Pig bauble which has pride of place on our tree now and has completely ruined my colour scheme of whites, silvers and irridescent baubles, but Freya loves it and that’s all that matters.

I can’t wait to see others Christmas Eve boxes if you’ve done one this year so feel free to leave me any blog links in the comments.

Laura x

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Making my home office a space for me

When we first chose the style of new build home we wanted, we knew that the downstairs study room would end up being a playroom for Freya and the 4th bedroom would be my home office. After changing jobs in April to a role that allows me to work from home a lot more, I spent a couple of months working from the dining table until we moved and I was able to finally start working on my space.

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The home office was a real project as I didn’t want to spend a load of money on a desk and furniture. I browsed Ebay, Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree for days on end looking for a second hand desk until one day I spotted a bargain for £20. I now have a large corner Ikea desk that would have cost over £100 new and despite a few scratches, it’s in great condition. I was lucky enough to be bought an office chair from my mum and brother as a birthday present so I didn’t need to worry about comfort when sitting for the most part of the day.

The desk area and stool when I first set up the office prior to getting my nice comfy office chair to sit on.

Then it came to adding more touches to making it a real office space that allowed me to focus on work and be creative when it comes to my blog and crafting. I chose some pieces from Yes I Want It, that I knew I would love looking at day to day. My desk is usually pretty disorganised as I work in an organised chaos most times but I’m still moving things around position wise and really making it into a creative space.

As I said before, I’m still playing around with the position of the scratch map as the corner it sits in will be a crafting corner for me. I keep moving my planter around as I’m still unsure where I want that to sit shelf wise so it’s probably wise that I don’t fill it until I’m sure. I love the Prosecco sign so much and it’s made me want even more Neon in the house. Not sure I will get my husband on board with that one but I’ll leave it a while before I try to get any more in.

If you haven’t checked out Yes I Want It’s site then I would highly advise you to. I’ve already got my eyes on some board games and some of their fab Friends range.

Laura x

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Living Natural with Norfolk Natural Living

With the ever growing media attention (for good reason) on the Environment, we have been trying to be more mindful about our choices at home and living more sustainably. One of the swaps I have been consciously trying to make is the cleaning products that we use around the home.

Gone are the days where I watch cleaning Instagram stories or videos about the many products people are using to clean their homes. I can count on one hand the amount of products we have in the house for cleaning now as I made a point of using up what we had, and not rushing out to buy products for the sake of products.

Norfolk Natural Living recently reached out to me to review a couple of their wonderful products and without a moment of hesitation, I hopped onboard and offered to write a blog post in exchange for the products.

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Norfolk Natural Living are nestled in a small historic town in Norfolk where the bottle every formulation by hand in their workshop. All of their natural cleaning and garment care products are biodegradable, non-toxic, free from chlorine and bleach, use plant based ingredients and yet, are gentle enough for even a baby’s delicate skin. Even better is that they use PET packaging as it’s 100% recyclable and you can refill your bottles at their store in Holt if you are local.

The two products that I was sent to try out were the Garment Refresher and the Scented Vinegar. The first thing I noticed about the Garment refresher was the lavender scent that came from it. I have been trying to cut down on the number of washing loads we do in a week so this product has allowed me to wear a jumper multiple items without fear of it starting to smell a little worn.

I have successfully managed to reduce our washing machine usage in the last couple of weeks as a result of using this product and have genuinely only been washing clothes that need it. Win, Win!

Next up I tried the Scented Vinegar. I am no stranger to the cleaning powers of white vinegar and usually have a bottle at home to spray down toilet, plugholes to reduce limescale build up. This lovely product has a rose scent meaning it’s far less overpowering that your usual white vinegar smell. Picture me spraying loads into the toilet bowl and having to open windows as wide as possible. Well no longer!

A quick spray of this and it does the job and also leaves the bathrooms smelling great. I also found the best use in our house for this is for cleaning the induction hob and splashback which are both shiny surfaces. I found in the past that wiping them with a cloth still left a residue or marks on the surface which were very apparent in the light. Since using the scented vinegar, I have noticed no streaks or residue as a result and it only requires a small amount which is even better. A little certain goes a long way with this product.

Whilst I know these small changes aren’t the biggest impact right now, I know that we as a household are on the right track and with companies like Norfolk Natural Living putting in such hard work behind the scenes to create these wonderful products, it is even easier. I’ve already spied a few more products on their site that I want to get my hands on and transform the way I wash our clothes as well.

Laura x

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