Heads-up for February and Parents as gardeners

As I wait impatiently for the bulbs to come up in our garden, I’m always conscious that I am not the one who makes them grow. That miraculous, explosion of green above the soil is not created by me. But … Continued

6 Easy Christmas traditions for tired parents

I’m going to take a guess that you’re tired. I don’t have any fancy-schmancy analytics telling me how many of the people who read this blogs are parents but I’m guessing you mostly are and I know this time of … Continued

Favourite Christmas books for kids

It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Advent, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get excited about Christmas! One of our most-anticipated Advent family traditions is getting out a special collection of favourite Christmas books that only come out in December. … Continued

Advent – the key that unlocks Christmas (free printable)

What are your dreams for your family’s Christmas this year? The absolute ideal? These are mine. Perhaps you can relate? Precious, cosy family times with little cheeks glowing and memories being made. My children catching the wonder of the true … Continued

The season of thankfulness and an unmissable recipe

The concept of thankfulness or gratitude has had a huge influence on my life. For years we have, as non-Americans, celebrated a sort of Thanksgiving and I explained why here last year. It started as a young teacher when a friend mentioned … Continued

The Jesse Tree – my favourite part of Advent

I’m going to say it very, very softly so you won’t run away. Advent starts (officially) in just under 4 weeks. See, I didn’t mention the C-word and I didn’t hum any carols. I’m just easing you into the idea. … Continued