Father Christmas Fail & The Flu. 

Sorry I have been absent from blogmas since the 10th, unfortunately I got struck down with the flu. I haven’t felt so poorly in a long long time. I was going to bed when Archie went to bed at 7.30pm and sleeping right through till morning. It completely wiped it out of me.

We decided to take Archie to visit Father Christmas at the beginning of December this year as we are hoping to send his dummy’s to Father Christmas this year in exchange for a present. We thought that if we went at the start of December then he would associate who he was sending his dummy’s to and then we would have a while to get him used to no dummy’s before we went away at Christmas time to visit Callum’s parents.

The place we take Archie to visit Father Christmas is actually at a local garden centre. Its the best venue we have found. They decorate a large area before you actually get to meet Father Christmas. Its all kitted out with fairy lights, moving polar bears, penguins and deers, fake snow, and Christmas music. When you get to the end of winter wonderland you can knock on Father Christmas’s house where you get to step inside and meet him and some of his elves. It’s absolutely magical so it was a no brainier to take Archie back this year.

During your time in Father Christmas’s house you get to have a quick chat with him and tell him everything you want for Christmas. Get a professional photo taken and get given a gift.

When you exit the house there is a stand where you can view the photos that have just been taken and a chance to purchase them. You then walk down a little path with fake snow on and leads hung up for the reindeers and you get to see real life reindeers. This is by far my favourite part of the experience. It makes everything feel so real and gets you in the Christmas spirit.

This year it was truely magical. Archie is now at an age where he is beging to understand what is going on and the true meaning of Christmas. He absolutely hated meeting Father Christmas but loved his elves and seeing his reindeer.

We explained to him that he is going to bringing him some presents if he is a good boy all year and that Father Christmas is going to be taking his dummy’s to give them to new little baby boys and baby girls who need them because he is now a big boy.

I cant wait to see his little face on Christmas Day when Father Christmas has been. Knowing he now understands where they have come from.

This year Archie decided that he absolutely hated Father Christmas. He was petrified. We couldn’t even get him in the room let alone close enough for a photograph. He loved the grotto leading up to meet him but the actual meeting was an absolute disaster.

Being out of action for a few days and not making any content, I realised that I would rather put quality posts up than quantity and decided that I wasn’t going to continue with blogmas. However much fun it is and I absolute love to read everyone else’s. It was near impossible with a toddler and being poorly.

I have however got a few more posts that I would like to share so I’ll pop them up during the rest of December. Just things that I would like to be able to look back on in years to come and to remember the memories.

Sorry for the absolute fail.

Love Tilly & Archie xx



DIY Christmas Photoshoot.

I absolutely love taking photos of Archie especially during the festive season. They make great photos to put on the front of a Christmas card or even on in a frame as a gift. Both sets of Callum’s Grandparents and Great Grandparents love receiving a framed photo of Archie at Christmas.

I thought I would show you some of the photos I have taken of Archie this Christmas and how I got the shots.

I am by no means a photographer and my images are by no means perfect. I just try my best with what I’ve got and see what the end result comes out like.

To start with you need a decent background. This could be a plain background so that you can add decorations around it or it can be a ‘busy’ background such as in front of the Christmas tree. This year we decided to use a plain white background but last year we used the tree. For our background I used a white table with fair lights stuck round it and a white blanket on the floor.


Once you’ve got a background, establish what kind of props you need and how you want the photo to look. I decided to put Archie in a wrapped box for some photos and have him just sat down for others.

For this look I simply just wrapped up a box, put a light box in and a teddy Father Christmas. Popped a hat on Archie’s head and there we have it. It really couldn’t be more simple.

Before lighting was adjusted and shot was cropped.

We had so much fun taking these photos. Unfortunately I caught Archie at a bad time so he wanted  a nap and there was a lot of bribery with chocolate buttons. If you take some Christmas photos of your littles this year then please tag me in them so I can see how yours turned out.

Thanks for reading. Love Tilly & Archie xx

Christmas Wish List.

I have put together a list of things I would love for Christmas.I don’t often splurge on myself, so I like to save up all my ideas for when people need gift ideas. Callum if your reading this *hint hint*.

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette £38.50

I have wanted this palette for a  number of years but have never justified spending that money on something for myself. Mum guilt sets in when making purchases for myself so I normally wait for Christmas or birthdays to have a splurge on myself.

I love love LOVE that this palette has a variety of matte and shimmery shades and that all the shades are neutral colours. I don’r really experiment with make up all that much and like to stick to a basic neutral face with the occasionally pop of lip colour.



Joby Gorillapod Origional Tripod £17.00

I saw this tripod this summer in John Lewis and loved it. It is exactly what
I’m looking for. You can mould the legs to wrap around an object or to be in a normal tripod position. I film a lot of mine and Archies lives and make little videos for us to lookback on so this would be perfect to get better shots where I can actually be in the videos.

joby-gorillapodUGG Boots, Classic Chesnut £155.00

I have had a couple of pairs of these and have completely worn them to death. My latest pair I have had for over 5 years and over the last couple of weeks a hole has appeared in the toe. I love that they can be paired with any outfit and are super comfortable. ugg-classic-short-in-chestnut

Hunter Original Boots £125.00


I am in love with my Hunter boots. I have the short ones in fuchsia. Unfortunately since being pregnant with Archie they no longer fit me so I’m in need of a new pair. I am in love with this two tone pair in black / dulce. Its such a classic look and they will go with anything. Since having my pair I have needed on many occasions a taller pair which is why I have opted for the knee high appose to the short.


MacBook Pro – 15 Inch £2000 approx

I am dying to upgrade my laptop to a Macbook. I am undecided which one I would like but I k
now it is probably a 15 inch screen. Please can you leave recommendations of your Mac’s below so I can compare. Would be greatly appreciated.


Thank you all for reading, hoping and praying I get one thing off my list this year. If not there’s always next.

Love Tilly & Archie xx



Stocking Fillers For Toddlers.

A couple of days ago I posted a Toddler Gift Guide. In that guide I named 6 items that I have got Archie this Christmas from myself and Callum. This post is going to contain items that Father Christmas has got him in his stocking. I have tried to keep the cost down but those of you with children will know that its really hard to not buy when you see things you know your child will like (this is definitely something I need to work on).

Some of these things I have bought throughout the year when I have seen them or they’ve been in a sale and put away especially for Christmas so may not be available anymore. I’m going to try and link each item where it is from but if I cant then I’ll link something similar.

So here goes..

That is everything that I got Archie for his sack from Father Christmas. I hope you enjoyed reading about the types of things Archie is getting for Christmas and that it has given you inspiration for your children’s gifts.

Love Tilly & Archie xx


Letter To Father Christmas.

Growing up I used to absolutely love it when I got a letter from Father Christmas in the post. I used to think I was so special that he had taken the time to reply back to my letter.

Last year was Archie’s first Christmas and we started this tradition with him too. This year he is old enough to help do his own letter so we sat down together and wrote one.

I asked Archie what he would like for Christmas and as he is a little bit too young to understand, I named things to him that I thought he would like and the things he said yes to, I listed. I then wrote it out for him and he coloured on it and stuck on some of his Christmas stickers.

We sent our letter to Father Christmas using the Royal Mail service. This is a lovely service where you post your letters to their given address by the 9th of December and Father Christmas will send you a personalised response. This is a free service and only costs the price of the stamp on the envelope.

The address in which you send your letters to is: Father Christmas, Santa’s Grotto, Reindeerland, XM4 5HQ. Dont forget to put your child’s full name and address on the back of the letter so Father Christmas knows where to write back to.

I hope you all get your letters off in time and receive everything you wished for on Christmas.

Love Tilly & Archie xx

Christmas Bucket List.

Christmas is my favourite holiday and one of the things I love the most is the build up. This year Archie is going to be nearly 22 Months old so he will properly experience the magic of Christmas. I have decided to write a bucket list, just like my fall bucket list, of all the things I want to do either as a family or just with Archie on the lead up to Christmas.

If you have Instagram or Twitter please feel free to tag me if you would like to follow this bucket list too so I can see you all enjoying the Christmas festivities as much as we are.

  • Visit Santa
  • See Reindeer
  • Decorate a tree
  • Make Christmas decorations
  • Have a Christmas family photo
  • Send a letter to Santa
  • Watch Elf
  • Decorate a ginger bread house
  • Go sledging
  • Drink hot chocolate
  • Sing Christmas carols
  • Make Christmas cards
  • Read Christmas stories
  • Drive around and look at Christmas lights
  • Visit loved ones
  • Make a wreath
  • Go on a carousel
  • Give a secret Santa
  • Kiss under mistletoe
  • Elf on the shelf

I can’t wait to see all your Christmas Bucket lists and the things you get up to this Christmas and hope this festive season is full of fun for you all.

Love Tilly & Archie xx

24 Days Of Blogmas. 

Hi guys and welcome to this festive season.

To celebrate my favourite time of the year I have decided to participate in 24 days of Blogmas. I’m going to be posting a new post every day of December up until Christmas Day. Posts will be going up at 12:00 noon everyday.

I feel like I have completely thrown myself into the deep end as I have been a bit hit and miss recently with uploading posts. I thought this would be a nice way to capture our Christmas this year and to look back on and for you guys to see what we’re up to this month.

Please leave comments down below of any request you would like to see this month. I have quite a few planned already but always welcome your feedback.

Enjoy this festive season and I can’t wait to share what we get up to with you.

Love Tilly & Archie xx