Loving loungewear

Monday, 30 November 2015

We're a family of homebodies, for sure. We love going out for walks, days out and nice food, but there's nothing better than coming home, popping on our comfy clothes and cuddling up to watch a movie.

So it's no surprise that loungewear is one of my most favourite types of.... well, wear. Especially at this time of year. But I want something that's not only comfortable, but looks good too. Something I won't feel too ashamed in if I have to open the door to the postman.

I've been scouring the internet for Christmas list contenders and found a few gems, so I thought I'd share the loungewear love with you.

The White Company just nails loungewear. Every time. The perfect balance of comfort, quality and simple style. This charcoal grey hoodie has got my name all over it. I wouldn't say no to these black brushed drawstring trousers either. So comfy!

Marble print leggings anyone? I may not even risk waiting until Christmas in case these beauties sell out! Oysho loungewear / gymwear is such great quality, always a bit different and reasonably priced too. In fact, I'm wearing my Oysho mermaid print leggings as I type :)

I also love this bonne nuit t-shirt. Although it's technically a pyjama top, I would absolutely wear it to lounge around with leggings.

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you will be familiar with my love of all things leopard. As soon as I spotted these Esprit leopard tracksuit bottoms, I knew they had to be mine. Pop these on with a slouchy black knit and no-one will ever guess how lazy you're being! 

What's your favourite thing to wear for a lazy day at home?

Afternoon tea with a festive twist at The Celtic Manor

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Afternoon tea and Christmas. Two of my most favourite things. So as you can imagine, excitement levels were pretty high when I was invited to attend a festive afternoon tea at The Celtic Manor resort.

As if going to The Celtic Manor wasn't exciting enough, there was going to be cake. And mulled wine. And Christmas!

Expectation was sky high. And it didn't disappoint. 

From the moment I arrived, the atmosphere was inviting, festive and I felt immediately relaxed.

Our afternoon began with a demonstration of how to prepare the perfect glass of warming, spicy mulled wine, by head bartender Scott. If I could only put into words how good it smelt. Christmas in a glass.

This was followed by an explanation of each item on the menu from executive pastry chef Karl, before the food was brought out for us to try.

I was very impressed with the savoury selection. The chicken, sage and onion brioche was especially tasty and there was a good balance of sweet and savoury items.

The cakes were just outstanding. A selection of festive favourites, with a little Celtic Manor magic; there's something to satisfy even the sweetest tooth.

My personal favourites were the pistachio and marzipan cone and the mince pie, which had a delightful shortbread topping. Just perfect.

I couldn't finish all of the cakes on offer, but was able to bring them home to share with my family devour myself later that evening. 

As if we hadn't been treated enough, we were given a basket of warm, freshly baked scones to enjoy with jam and clotted cream. The vanilla and chestnut scone was quite simply delicious. And despite my waistband feeling ever so slightly snug, I still managed to fit in a scone. Or two. Well, it would have been rude not to.

Feeling spoilt, full and decidedly festive, it was the perfect end to a wonderful afternoon at The Celtic Manor. From the warm and welcoming staff, to the outstanding food and idyllic setting, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this as a special treat over the festive season.

Festive Afternoon Tea at The Celtic Manor is available from 1 December until 4 January. You can find more information here.

Did you know The Celtic Manor also hosts a Christmas Kingdom throughout December? With an ice rink, Santa's grotto and gingerbread decorating, my children would absolutely love to go. It sounds like the perfect festive family day out.

Share your Precious Moments | a Sunday cwtch

Monday, 23 November 2015

Ty Hafan Precious Moments

We're all so busy at this time of year. Especially when you have children and want their Christmas to be as perfect and magical as possible. Making plans, looking forward and counting down the hours until that special day.

Imagine not having that luxury. Of time. Time to plan and look forward. Time to spare.

I can't even begin to imagine it. But for some families, that's the devastating reality.

When I was asked to become a blog ambassador for Tŷ Hafan, I couldn't have been more happy to help.

Tŷ Hafan works with life-limited children and their families to ensure they make the most of every precious moment. To help spread awareness of the amazing work they do, the charity is asking us all to share and celebrate our precious moments this ChristmasEach week they will launch a new word on social media and ask people to share their own precious moment linked to that word. It can be anything from a person, a memory, a personal achievement or a place that is special to you. 

The campaign is already underway and this week Tŷ Hafan is asking us to share a 'cwtch'. One of my favourite welsh words (for those who haven't heard it, it means cuddle) and one of my favourite things to do.

The photo I've shared is of a typical Sunday afternoon in our house. Snuggled on the sofa, after a slightly too large dinner, watching a Christmas movie with the people I love the most.

I try to remind myself that every single moment I have with my children is precious. Easier said than done when real life takes over. But nevertheless, it's important to me to try and appreciate the small things and remember the simple moments.

I hope you'll join us and share your precious moments on social media. Don't forget to use the hashtag #preciousmoments.

To find out more, please visit the Tŷ Hafan Precious Moments campaign page.

The nightwear before Christmas

Friday, 20 November 2015

Just like every man and his dog, I love to kit out the fam in new Christmas pyjamas every time the festive season rolls around. Even the husband has a Christmas tree onesie that he dons with aplomb every evening, once December hits.

The shops are full to the brim with reindeer and snowman nightwear and it can be hard to see the wood for the Christmas trees. So, I've done the hard work for you and found a selection of great seasonal PJs sure to please all members of the family.

I've got my eye firmly on these adorable seal print PJ bottoms. I tend not to buy a pyjama set - I just opt for the bottom half and wear a plain vest top with them. And yes, I admit these aren't 100% 'Christmas'.... but seals live in the cold don't they? And look how cute!

If I absolutely had to go for a more festive option, it would have to be these grinch PJs. Love them!

Dylan has a thing for dinosaurs. This set of M&S pyjamas have dinosaurs with actual Santa hats on them. Win.

Meryn must have had a growth spurt, because all of her onesies are half way up her legs! She could definitely do with a new one and she'll love this grey polar bear jersey onesie from Next.

Finally, these penguin PJs by Popupshop are unisex, in a range of sizes (from 12 months to 8 years) and on sale. What's not to love?

Happy lounging :)

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♡ Little bits #32 ♡

Monday, 16 November 2015

I've been a bit quiet on the blog front for the last week or so, so I thought I'd do a quick catch up with some photos from the past month.

1. My most favourite kind of day, in one of my favourite places. Warm enough to enjoy a walk on the beach, but with a little autumn chill in the air. Bright blue skies and miles of sand to run on. 
2. The king of all the s'mores. Yum.
3. One of my favourite videos for Channel Mum so far - capturing our perfect autumn day.
4. Boo.

5. My clever husband made Dylan a Freddy Fazbear mask for his halloween costume. I don't think I've ever seen Dylan so happy. Not so sure about it myself.... but apparently it's "epic".
6. My beautiful little Marceline.
7. Rainy day desperation crafting. We made a 'scrumple pumpkin' from tissue paper and a paper plate :)
8. How has Halloween been and gone already? I feel like I blinked and it was over. Waaaaah.

9. Filming a little christmas video for Channel Mum with this adorable little elf and feeling ridiculously festive. Ho ho ho. Watch this space.
10. More sunny autumn days on the beach. I hope we can fit in a few more before winter really sets in.
11. I got to watch my babies perform at the Wales Millennium Centre with their local youth theatre. So proud.
12. Teaming up with women around the world to #bringcolourback as part of the Chime for Change campaign. You can find out more here.