As a child, growing up with the name Alice, I was given many a copy of Alice In Wonderland as gifts over the years. Not that I’m complaining though, it’s one of my most treasured childhood stories.
Falling down a rabbit hole, into a world on mind-bending mystery, having adventures and meeting new friends along the way – what’s not to love about that.
Recently we were invited as a family to visit the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon to see Lewis Carroll’s classic characters come to life in their enchanting adaptation of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. How exciting!
The Polka Theatre is worth a visit just to spend time there. It’s where dreams of life on the stage will begin. The foyer, full of displays linked to the current shows, has rocking horses, book corners and a huge dressing up box. The cafe area sells much more than the normal over priced boxes of chocolates and popcorn and outside I am reliable informed is a lovely play area (visiting at the start of December we sadly didn’t get to make use of it).
I love a party – and what better excuse is there for a party than Christmas? and what makes a party more than cocktails?
Give traditional Christmas flavours a creative spin with the Honey Glazed Cosmo, a perfect yuletide tipple featuring nutty, cranberry and fragrant notes. Designed by Dan Wilks of Create Cocktails, who has created bespoke cocktails for the likes of Madonna, Kylie and Kate Moss, this simple to make cocktail is sure to impress guests over the festive season.
Honey Glazed Cosmo Cocktail
40ml Salty Caramel Popcorn ODDKA 40ml cranberry juice 1 teaspoon redcurrant jelly 2 lime wedges 2 dashes of orange bitters Star anise to decorate Read More →
Finding good, little presents for teenage girls that are decent enough to tear them away from their iPads/mobiles/boyfriends can be a little difficult. However, with so many websites offering great ideas for even the most alternative tastes, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home anymore to find those little extra presents to make her smile on Christmas day.
We’ve put together a list of some of our favourites from across the web to make your life even easier, along with the types of teenage girl they’d be perfect for. Read More →
With less than three weeks till we leave for America, and the friends we are staying with sending us pictures of all the snow they have already, I have been on the hunt for suitable clothes and childrens winter boots for if the weather is bad when we out there.
Luckily S has been sent a lovely pair of HI TEC Childrens Winter Boots (my girls get the loveliest mail of all the children I know) so we can be safe in the knowledge that at least her feet will be warm and dry.
I love where I live. The Essex Husband and I have worked extremely hard to be able to buy a nice house in a nice area and I am very proud of what we have achieved.
Village life isn’t for everyone, at times I miss the hustle and bustle of London, but that’s a small price to for a tight-knit community and for my daughters going to a village school with only 10 children in each year group.
What’s also great about living out in the sticks is the sense of community you feel. Our neighbours have become some of our very best friends. The kind of friends that I know, no matter where I am living, I will still be sending Christmas cards to when I’m 90. We share childcare, dinner parties and our DIY skills with each other. We work together to make our little part of the world a better place.
That’s why B&Q street club sounded like such a great idea to me. Read More →
Today anessewife.com brings to you Mince Pie Cinnamon Sticks With Baileys Chili Chocolate Sauce – my new favourite Christmas party food treat.
Christmas means many things to many people. A time to reflect, to worship, to be thankful or maybe a time to celebrate, to give and to receive.
For me its a chance to see loved ones, to take some time out to enjoy myself, to spoil my nearest and dearest with love, presents and food….and, without doubt, a time to party. And these mince-pie cinnamon sticks with Baileys chili chocolate sauce are the perfect complement to a Christmas cocktail or two. Read More →
For me, there is one book that will always be synonymous with Christmas. One that, even on just hearing the opening line, transports me back to being six or seven, full of excitement and anticipation, ready for bed on December 24th. The book I could not wait to read to my children.
Best Ever Christmas Book…..?
That’s simple….its has to be The Night Before Christmas by Clement C Moore. That is the best ever Christmas Book for me, perfectly capturing the thrill that is Christmas Eve. As a child it was the traditional Christmas I craved, and as a parent it is full of the magic I want to share with my child. Perfection.