Hello hello! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! We had a good one, although I came down with a really nasty cold on Christmas Eve so I certainly wasn’t myself. However I was determined not to let that spoil Finley’s first Christmas. On Christmas Eve I cooked the beef and made the gravy and dessert then we went out for drinks with my family and best friends before coming home and getting settled in for the night. Then on Christmas Day we went through to James’ Dad’s, then my best friends then finally to my Mam and Dads for lunch. It was lovely seeing my nephews opening all their presents! I felt so poorly on Christmas night that James took Finley so I could get 6 hours straight sleep, what a difference that made! On Boxing Day we just chilled out, I made some bread and did some online sales shopping then had a bath, it was bliss!
Christmas Organic Veg Box
More Christmas fruits and veggies from the green grocer
Christmas Day breakfast – homemade granola, persimmon, pomegranate and full fat greek yoghurt
Christmas lunch! Turkey, beef, mash, sprouts, roasties, stuffing, maple roasted parsnips, honey roast carrots and my own homemade gravy
Based on Jamie Oliver’s Winter Pudding Bombe, I made a version with pandoro, cherry jam, vanilla ice cream, frozen sweet cherries, cocktail cherries and amaretto. It was delicious!
Porridge with apple, sweet mince meat and greek yoghurt
Boxing Day leftover Turkey Salad with pomegranate, balsamic and lemon infused rapeseed oil
Haha you are joking right? ;-)
Christmas Eve outfit: fairisle scarf: Topshop, black t-shirt: H&M, black velvet patterned kimono: New Look, jeans: New Look, ankle boots: Fenwick
Christmas Day outfits – all the Christmas jumpers! Mine was from Topshop worn with a necklace from H&M, Finley’s was from Boots and James was from George at Asda
Considering I felt so ill I don’t think I looked too bad! I’m miffed at those jeans I wore on Christmas eve, they are new and with them being skinny I bought them in my ‘bigger’ size thinking that would be needed for them to fit, but as they have stretch in they have become so baggy after a 20 minutes of wearing them, grrr!
Of course it being Finley’s first Christmas was the major highlight of the week! He’s doing so well, all of a sudden he’s started to grasp toys, it’s such a delight seeing him discover the world around him. He’s also gained another 8oz this week which for a 4 month old is a cracking gain, slowly he’s catching up. He was treated to some lovely gifts, we got him a jumperoo, a illustrated portrait of him and some clothes and friends and family also got him more clothes and a light projector from my parents which he loves, as well as a play den from his other grandparents and a tummy time mat. Also…
My pressies! I get so spoilt and I am very blessed. I got some slipper boots, pjs, under ware, chocolates, a Sailor Jerry’s rum set, Dead Sea Spa set, some converse trainers, Sarah Millican DVD (bloody love her!) an amazing personalised calendar from my sis in law and an unusual plate from my Sis from Anthopologie that says ‘those that do not believe in magic will never find it’. My gift from James is still on it’s way, but I can’t wait to get my gold necklace with anchor pendant with Finley’s name engraved on it. I also love giving gifts and I think one of my fave gifts I gave was the adult colouring in books to my sister and best friend.
I’ve hardly been online this week so no exciting links I’m afraid, but I will leave you with this link to one of my old posts about how to be Healthier and Happier in 2014 – all just as relevant for 2015 too!
Oh and here’s another cheeky link to get signed up to my email updates as I promise you I have some good stuff coming up for subscribers in 2015!
Well I have to say, even as I haven’t ate as ‘badly’ as I usually do at Christmas because of feeling poorly I’m totally feeling ready to get back to normal healthy eats. Probably because I have been poorly, all I want is green smoothies and clean foods!
How was your Christmas? What was your favourite gift you gave? What was your favourite gift you received?
Such a merry and festive Christmas & even though you may have felt rotten you certainly don’t look like it.
Giggled at your “move” comment ;-) last weekend I was all gung-ho about exercising every day, I had even diarised what I was going to do when and then Monday rolled around and I went “NAH” and have taken the week off exercise bar yesterday when I volunteered to be the tail runner at parkrun so walked the 5km route and it was great to be out in the brisk fresh air.
I love how much stronger Finely is getting, he is a super star for sure.
Enjoy the rest of your festive season.
Haha, it is pretty hard to be motivated to exercise over Chrimbo, will be making up for it next year I hope! He really is coming on, hopefully we’ll catch up in Brighton next year and you’ll meet him!
I also came down with a heavy cold on Christmas Eve… Rubbish! Hope we’re both feeling better soon. Being ill over Christmas is no fun at all. :(
That tree ornament is beautiful and what a lovely photo of the three of you together. :)
Hope you are feeling better Mary, I’m just starting to pull myself round!
Christmas greetings! You all look wonderful :)
Thank you Rae!
Aw sorry you were ill, I swear christmas just brings it out in people sometimes! I think that may be my favourite ‘move’ ever – tee hee! I had pretty much pre-planned a restful week, and today was my first morning stepping foot in the gym all week – I felt weak as a kitten! I Checking out that ice cream bomb recipe now – mum needs some inspiration for new years day ;)
Hehe me too! God help me when I eventually get back in the gym! That recipe is a good one, plus you can really change up the ingredients if you like :-)
Merry Christmas! Hope you’re feeling better now. Those presents look gorgeous! Shockingly (!) my favourite presents are the food related ones – a spiraliser, Against All Grain cookbook and a glass teapot :)
I’m feeling much better now thanks Pip! Those sound like great gifts Pip, enjoy the spiraliser!
I hope you are feeling better now- feeling ill is just rubbish :(
Glad you managed to have such a lovely Christmas together, and more good news about FInley putting on weight.
We haven’t opened any presents yet- something to look forward to when we get home, although I did order myself a pair of slippers in the sale as my current ones are a bit tired now!
Thanks Maria, as I’ve just commented on your blog I think we must have had a similar cold, I’ve had headaches and a nasty cough as well. Thankfully feeling much better now though! Hope you enjoy opening your pressies on your return!
e passed on to our 2 yr old he’s a Leo / August babe like you Laura!
Fav pressie sent out was a Rudolf canvas painted by the toddler boy to his grandparents.
Gorgeous family foto of you all!
Thanks Karina! What a lovely gift! Leos are awesome :-)
I love that Xmas ornament ~ it’s so delicate and classy. I’ve seen some other custom baby decorations and they look really tacky, but yours is beautiful. And I think Finley has done the impossible: he’s made me think a baby can actually be cute…and I look forward to when you post photos of him because he’s so sweet! He has the most expressive face as well: definitely a cheeky little chappie :)
I hope you’re feeling better now: it does sound as though you had an exhausting lead-up to Xmas and there are some nasty bugs around, so perhaps it was all just a bit too much? Take care!
Thank Jess I had to look for ages for that ornament, as you say some of them were bloody horrible! That means a lot that you don’t mind pics of him! I know you aren’t exactly a baby person so it’s lovely. He does have one of those faces. Yep, spot on, I’ve been completely burned out and my immune system is in the gutter I think. Lots to try and repair in January x
You look fabulous on Christmas Day ! I think everyone gets a cold this time of year – I have been juicing it up to shift mine:)
You know I kept wanting to juice but it’s been so long since I’ve juiced I knew I’d have to clean it before and after and it just felt like too much!
I’m also suffering a rubbish cold. Hope you’re feeling better soon! Fin is just too cute in that reindeer suit!
Oh no hope you feel better soon!
Hope you are feeling better! Being ill at Christmas sucks! I love the little reindeer suit!
All your food looks so good! Love that you made so much yourself. That’s rubbish you were ill, but like you said you look amazing and can’t tell in the photos. I love your Christmas Eve outfit, too! I HATE baggy jeans – you’ve got ONE job – to be skinny jeans and keep your shape. Ugh. Happy Christmas!
Hope you’re feeling better now! Love the picture of the three of you in your Christmas jumpers – so cute! x
You guys look so good with all your Christmas jumpers/onsies on! Lovely family photo :)
And that Jamie Oliver recipe cake thing, though I have no idea what it is, it looks AMAZING. And your Christmas dinner looks so good – love the idea of using two meats. I already want more turkey. I cannot get enough.
Hope you’re feeling better as well. Ben was sick literally the ENTIRE Christmas holiday. He only started feeling properly better yesterday!! Such a shame :(