Can you believe that Advent is almost upon us? I know it sounds a bit trite, but it honestly does feel like only yesterday when we were celebrating Halloween (and if you look at my blog you’ll see clear evidence of this, as that was the last time I wrote a post!) But here we are, heading into December once again, and that can mean only one thing – it’s time to crack out the Advent Calendar. Read more
Way back in 2009, several months before I decided to set up The Family Patch (at that time known as Amanda’s Patch, as we were still 2 years away from having a baby!), I wrote a series of poems called Advent at The North Pole, as a way of exploring what it would be like to prepare for Christmas if you were Santa and the Elves! Read more
I am so excited to share today’s post with you. For several years now I’ve wanted to create resources for other families to enjoy together. And I couldn’t think of a better resource than a free, printable Activity Advent Calendar for you to use this December. Read more
Today marks The Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year and the point at which the light begins to return to the world once more. This time last year I wrote a post called Solstice Reflections and reading back over it I am reminded of both major similarities and differences between this time last year and where I am today (it’s like a spiral dance). Read more
Happy Beltane Everyone!
This past week has been one of many new beginnings for us as a family (a new home, a new nursery for Little Man, and two new jobs for me) and is the culmination of many months of preparation and waiting. It’s hard to believe that all of this was set into motion right back at the beginning of the year and is only just really coming to fruition, but I find it immeasurably satisfying to see how perfect the timing is. Read more
Today marks the Midwinter Solstice, or the “return of the sun” and is one of the main celebrations in the Pagan Wheel of the Year. It comes just a few days before Christmas and is a time of celebration of hope for us in some of our darkest days. Read more
Halloween is a big thing here at The Patch. We just love this time of year, the autumn colours, the cooler weather (and snuggling up warm in the evenings) , and celebrations galore. Halloween is the first, quickly followed by Guy Fawkes, and then it’s not long before the run up to Christmas. We all need reasons to celebrate during these colder, darker months and there’s nothing we need more in our family right now than some cheer during the harsher season. Read more
One of the things I have been most looking forward to since becoming a mum has to be getting to a stage when Little Man and I would be able to do some crafts together. I loved creating things as a child, and continue to enjoy it as an adult, so I couldn’t wait to explore this love with Little Man too. Read more
I’m really excited about Christmas this year. And our preparations have already begun… Read more
Are Family Traditions and a Family Culture important? How do you build these, or do they develop naturally? I've been looking at the ones we are building in our family and it's made me realise I want to do more...
How on earth did this happen?
I went for an interview on 1st November, and now I’ve just completed my second week at work, TJ has the chance of a new job in the new year, and it’s almost Christmas… um, where did that last month go? And how did so much happen so quickly? Read more
It’s hard to believe, but this time last year we had just met our beautiful baby boy.
It was the end of 9 very long, hard months with a pregnancy that threw us challenges from start to finish. It was also the end of a difficult labour and I spent the next few hours throwing up, sleeping, being whisked off to theatre, and being monitored and gradually unhooked from everything I was attached to as my body stated to recover. Read more
Are you ready for a ton of gorgeous photos from our first Christmas as a family?
Here goes… Read more
A warm and hearty welcome to you, this lovely Christmas Eve eve!
That’s such a funny saying, isn’t it? It reminds me of being a little girl, excited about the fact that tomorrow would be Christmas Eve and Santa would be coming my way. Read more
Can you believe it is November already?
I cannot say that this year has zoomed by because it hasn’t. I spent the majority of January through to September feeling pretty darn miserable. But now that the pregnancy is over and my mind has pretty much blocked almost the entirety of my pregnancy experience it feels as if we were celebrating last year’s Halloween just a few short months ago. It’s like I have lost 9 whole months. Not that I’m complaining, this time of year (October to December) is my absolute favourite. But still, it’s weird! Read more
What a weekend we’ve had! First the Royal Wedding and then Beltane and now we have Tim’s brother staying for a short visit before he jets off to Australia. Read more
Well, as promised, here are photos of the finished cupcakes… Read more