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Stocking Fillers For Girls- Christmas Gift Guide



I’m always very good about thinking about stocking filler but the realising very close to Christmas that I’ve been thinking of the actual presents more than stocking fillers and I haven’t managed to buy very much at all. 

7yo is very easy to buy for which is a godsend when it comes to keeping the costs low but making sure what you’re buying is worth the money and will actually get used or played with.

Here are some ideas for stocking fillers for girls this year, all of which I know 7yo will enjoy so if you are shopping for a similar age girl then I hope you get some good ideas.

Blue Nose Friends – These cute soft toys retail for around £5 each. Scamp, Hugo, Sasha and Blanche are all new for November 2014 and I know they will be a hit for 7yo.

Frozen Top

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Having A Hotter Moment



I’ll admit I have never been to a Hotter shoe shop before. My mother in law works in a clothes shop that stocks Hotter shoes and she is always referring to older ladies buying them, so they had never come under my radar when I have been looking for new shoes. When  Joanne from CharlieMoos mentioned that Hotter shoes were holding a #shoesietuesday event in my local Bournemouth store, I decided to have a look online to see what I might expect.

I was actually pleasantly surprised at the styles of shoes and boots that were available on the website, and immediately I fell in love with the Belle boots (pictured above, top right and left image).


As soon as I walked into the store, I realised I may have been missing out for no reason all these years. Mel and the team at the store

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Make It Personal With Snapfish



It’s that time of year again where I am thinking about Christmas presents, but also about how I’m going to stay ahead of the game next year and be organised. We often have photo calendars as they are a great memory of what we have been getting up to. This year I’ve used Snapfish to have my calendar made.

There is a good choice of sizes and options to select before creating your calendar. I chose the 12 x 12 wall calendar as we always hang ours behind the kitchen door, and I like to look at the larger photos when I walk past as it makes me smile. I couldn’t resist filling this calendar with photos of our holiday to Disney this Summer so I can relive the memories through next year.


First I chose the background for my photos. I actually changed from this

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Project 365 9th – 15th November




9th – How close do you want to get to me Lola?

10th – Making a Lentil Ragu today in the slow cooker

11th – I went to the Hotter shop in Bournemouth this evening

12th – My new boots from Hotter last night

13th – Some new friends came to stay today.

14th – Caught red handed Lola. Naughty dog, time to move the toilet rolls or remember to shut the door.

15th – No excuses, felt a little grotty today so have been lazing on the sofa all day.



Lentil Ragu


After making lentil fritters the other day and realising how versatile they are, I emptied the fridge of all the vegetables and decided to make a lentil ragu in the slow cooker. This is the next meal in my #fronterachallenge with Frontera Wines. This time I am using a merlot wine for depth and flavour. Such an easy meal, just throwing everything together.

Lentil Ragu 2014-11-14 13:28:37 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients tomatoes, chopped courgette, chopped onion, chopped garlic clove, crushed 1 carrot, peeled and diced 1 tsp chilli flakes 1 tsp basil 1 tsp tomato puree 1 bay leaf 1 tsp oregano 1/4 bottle red wine water 1 cup lentils 1 punnet mushrooms, sliced Instructions Add all ingredients to a slow cooker and stir. Cook on low for eight hours until lentils have cooked through. Add more water if required through cooking. http://thelifeofspicers.com/  


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Lentil Fritters

lentil fritters


There’s nothing exciting in the fridge or the cupboards, so what do you have for lunch when you don’t want to go to the shop and spend money for the sake of it. This was me the other day, and I REALLY didn’t want to spend money, so I rooted through the cupboards and found a bag of lentils I had forgotten about. There were eggs in the fridge so I decided to have a go at making some lentil fritters.

Lentil Fritters 2014-11-12 13:13:43 Lentil fritters Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 1 cup lentils 1tsp cumin powder 1 egg 1/2 cup plain flour water 1 chilli 1tbsp oil Instructions Cook the lentils in water as per the packet instructions. This is usually around 15 minutes on a steady simmer. In a bowl, mix together the egg, flour, chopped chilli and cumin. If the batter mixture

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