Celebrations Category

Thanksgiving 101: An Introduction to Thanksgiving for Kiwis and Brits

So this year our family has decided to celebrate Thanksgiving. Neither of us have any American ancestry (although I do have a few Canadian cousins that I’ve never met), but a celebration centered around gratitude and thankfulness has got to be a good thing. Right? In a hope to unleash gratitude in the lives of […]

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Life is Too Short to Stuff A Mushroom: Hosting A Grown Up Party

I’ve often heard it said that ‘life is too short to stuff a mushroom.’ But I recently discovered that mushrooms aren’t too difficult to stuff, especially with a simple mixture of crab, cream cheese and a squeeze of lemon. Fiddly, yes but difficult? No. Something that I’ve often put in the ‘too hard’ basket since […]

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She Smiles At the Rainbow in the Clouds

An inspirational writer, Maya Angelou wrote in her groundbreaking memoir ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’. that “Words mean more than what is set down on paper.” A tribute to this remarkable woman was published late last year after she passed away and was titled –  ‘Rainbow in the Clouds’. Maya Angelou always said […]

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Christmas for the Brokenhearted

‘Lay a whisper on my pillow, leave the winter on the ground. I wake up lonely, there’s air of silence in the bedroom and all around.’ I recall a song that was released when I was not even ten. Performed by Roxette, ‘It must have been love’ was also known by the title ‘Christmas for […]

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A Slow, Simple Christmas

Will you be having a happy Christmas this year, or a hectic, hurried one? I love Christmas. I love everything about it. That is, apart from the rush. Last Christmas I was madly crafting and baking……and blogging about it too. And in years before that I’ve been known to attempt to make truffle towers and gingerbread […]

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Is There a Blog in You?: 75 Posts Later….My Blogging Birthday Blooper

My blog has just turned one! Being the birthday party mad individual that I am, for my first blogversary I decided to bake a birthday cake to celebrate. My four year old said to me ‘Mummy, why are you baking a cake for your blog? A blog isn’t a person, and a blog can’t eat […]

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Singleness of Heart: Celebrating Singleness on Valentine’s Day

It’s been on my heart to write about singleness for sometime. Because many of my lovely friends are single. And this blog is not just for wives or mothers. But I was a little reticent about writing on a topic like singleness, as it seems to be a tricky topic to get right. I mentioned […]

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Silly Season Survival for Busy Parents and Frazzled Folk

Cultivating a Calm Christmas I love Christmas. It is a wonderful time of the year. I know however that it can be a really difficult time of year for some. I’m painfully aware of those around me who have very sadly lost husbands this year or in the last few years, those who have lost […]

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Purely Parties

Children’s birthday parties are just the best. The other week I dropped my eldest at a birthday party around the corner. The candy floss machine had exploded and with the window open and the high winds, the candy floss had spread all around the room. The dad looked like a santa claus gone mad, covered […]

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Let them eat cake…..

A Cake Archive… When making this Princess Anna cake for a friend’s little girl, I had a little ‘cake-astrophe’. When I put the doll into the cake dress, the cake split. I thought that icing would cover a multitude of sins, but even after I had iced the whole cake, the back of the dress […]

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