1 January 2017

Christmas lessons learnt

I always write down notes to myself for next year, so I avoid making the same mistakes all over again next year. You will forget in a year!!! Last year I bough too many cakes, so I ended up eating them long into the new year. NOT a good idea. So this year I will buy less, and buy more if I need more. Also I decided last year that it will still be Christmas if I clean a little less. More important to spend time with the kids.


31 December 2016

Happy New Year!

Have a happy new year, and I cannot wait to see you all in the new year!


22 December 2016

Decorating the tree

When I was little, my parents always decorated the tree after we had gone to bed on the 23rd. When we got up on Christmas tree, we could not wait to see the tree with all the presents under it. Although I liked that tradition, I have just come to the conclusion that I have enough to do on the 23rd and also I want to get more that one week of joy out of the tree, so I have started putting the tree up a week before Christmas. This year the kids were so impatient. They wanted to decorate the tree right after we brought it home. But since it was a part of their advent calendar, we had to wait for the right day.






21 December 2016

Do you believe?


I am a bit sad to say that I think our 8 year old no longer believes in Santa. Last year we got a neighbor to come as Santa so he would not recognize any of us playing the bearded man. That did not work either, because he recognized his voice. So this year I think we will just let his father be Santa again for our 2 year old, and let the 8 year old figure it out. It is sad. I wish I could hire a Santa to come. Any volunteers living in Trondheim?

19 December 2016

Last minute finishing touches

Suddenly the last week is here, and the last finishing touches has to be done. There is always that last minute present that needs to be wrapped and the last minute shopping to be done. Make sure you finish as well as you start. Add some nature to your present to make them stand out under the tree.


16 December 2016

Orange with cloves

Making oranges with cloves in is a tradition I have carried with me since my childhood. They make the house smell sooo good.  This is a great activity you can make the kids do to keep the peace in case you need a moment to yourself. My kids love it, and have started asking to do it early in December. 


15 December 2016

Make a place card holder

When I have dinner parties with many guest I always yous place cards. I think about who would enjoy talking to each other, and how to keep the peace at the table. Make these place card holders to make your table extra beautiful. They are easy to make, and all you need are some plyers and metal wire. You can find the recipe on how to make them here.




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