Sunday, December 11, 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.......

It's definitely beginning to look and feel like Christmas at home. 
I've popped some photos up of our Christmas decorations and some of the festive goods we've baked.

We've had most of our decorations for years now and each year I will usually add a few new tree decorations or replace something that's worn out and looking a bit tired.
We've gone for a subtle christmas look this year as we will be away in the lead up to Christmas and just wanted to keep things simple.

It is our first year with Melvin Mistletoe our "Elf on the Shelf" and I must say he is very good at keeping the boys on their best behaviour. We haven't had too many crazy antics from him, he just usually moves positions. He is a fun addition to our christmas celebrations.

Here is how Christmas is looking at our place - 

How are your Christmas preparations going? Are you in the festive spirit yet?

Wreath from Balsam Hill
Garlands from Ikea
Black signboard from Typo
Red Santa mailbox from Target
Gold Noel from Kmart
Wooden Star from Kmart
Bell jar of lights from Kmart
Wooden ornaments from Little Paper Lane
Gold ornaments from Domayne, Big W, Target, Freedom

Friday, December 9, 2016

Christmas themed treats

At this time of year the amount of parties and social occasions kick up a notch and it's fun to take along a little christmas themed treat to share and celebrate the festive season.

I made the reindeer christmas bark and then the next week the reindeer cake. 
I wanted to use up all the eyes, red mini m+m's and pretzels ;)
I found the eyes in the cake aisle at Woolies.

Here are a few other ideas I came across on Pinterest that you may want to try - 

Malteser cake - I've also seen this done with ice-cream

Kiwi fruit Christmas tree

Christmas light cupcakes

Santa pancakes

Vegetable Christmas tree

Have you given these a try before? Tempted to give something a go, let me know!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

House tour - Sophie Bell for Adore Magazine

I picked up the latest issue of Adore Magazine the other day and loved the home of Sophie Bell and family. The whole house is painted white with black accents but it is the homewares and fabrics that make the statement and gives the home it's amazing vibe.

 I love the layers of trinkets, books, plants and artwork, it really personalises their place and adds interest and splashes of colour. 
Also the outdoor space looks like an amazing spot for a party!

I've popped a few photos down below but pick up the magazine for all the details and more photos.....

Love it all!

All photos by Hannah Blackmore for Adore Magazine
You can also see more of Sophie's + work on Instagram @peppahart

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Getting into the Christmas Spirit!

With the arrival of our elf "Melvin Mistletoe" at home on Friday morning, the Christmas festivities have begun! This is our first year of "Elf on the Shelf" and the boys were very excited to see Melvin.

They are on their best behaviour at the moment ;)

The boys and I made "Reindeer Bark" after school on Friday. White melted chocolate, pretzels for antlers, mini M+M's for the nose and candy eyes that I picked up from the supermarket. We then added a few sprinkles for colour.  So yum and a fun activity to do with the kids.

We also started on a bit of Christmas decorating. I pulled out the ornaments and tree and we all decorated it together. I let the boys go and maybe only moved 1 or 2 ornaments in to better places ;)
They were very good with spacing things out and filling up the gaps. It was so sweet to see them stepping back to survey their work. A few of the ornaments we had packed away are now a little old or broken so I want to buy a few new ones before I show you our tree. Also some of the built in lights on our tree are broken so we will use it this year but probably pick up a new one in the sales.

When Noah and I were at the shops the other day we ran into Santa. We got a quick photo but will have to get another one with all of the boys in it.

All in all we are excited for Christmas! 
I'll have another post this week on our christmas decorations and festive touches around the house.

How is your Christmas prep going?

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