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Christmas Banner
Christmas Typographic Banner $44 including delivery (I was gifted this item)

It’s that time again, time to start buying the non-perishable Xmas foods, hiding gifts for the kids at the back of the wardrobe and hoping the Chrissy lights work and they aren’t too hard to detangle come December 1.

Then are the thoughts of, “What else do I want to add to it this year ” (along with what did the cats destroy on December 27th last year forcing us to pack away the tree then and there?)

Table Runner

Not in Shops has a great range of personalised Christmas stuff like the banner above, such as Santa sacks for the kids, a wooden chopping board for Santa’s snacks (or my cheese platter when I’ve done my Santa thing on Xmas eve) and personalised table runners because eating is the most important Christmas tradition.

christmas clock
Or how about a Christmas Clock to try to get the kids in bed before Santa comes?

And how sweet are these bloomers for bub?

xmas baby clothes

Go on, check out these local businesses this Christmas!

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Light Spectacular

I received a complimentary double pass for the preview on November 6th

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights 2015

The Christmas Lights Spectacular is back again for its ninth Chrissy season! Hosted by the Hunter Valley Gardens in Pokolbin (Wine Country!), it runs from 8th Novmeber through to January 26th (excluding Xmas day itself) with gates opening at 6:30pm, and lights on from 7:30 til 10pm each night.

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights 2015

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Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights 2015

There are food stalls with pizza, pasta, gelato, churros and more, and Hunter wine available for the grown ups. $7 a glass for this Tallawanta Shiraz.

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights 2015

Santa is available for photo packages, and I think I saw Olaf wandering around for selfies!

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights 2015

There synchronised 12 days of Christmas was impressive! No-one could help singing along!

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights 2015

Live entertainment will help you make a family night of it.

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights 2015

Christmas Lights Spectacular ticket prices:
Adult $27
Children (4-15 yrs) $22
Children 3 yrs & under FREE
Family (2 Adults + 2 Child) $85
Day + Night passes available

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights 2015

Hunter Valley Gardens
Address: 2090 Broke Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320
Phone:(02) 4998 4000

For more details on Christmas Lights Spectacular, tickets and the full program please visit:

Bring on Xmas!

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights 2015

A (mostly) Vegan Christmas Feast


We headed to Canberra for Xmas this year, to help people move house and to be with Bruce’s family. There are two vegans and a vegetarian in the household, so the menu for Christmas lunch was an array of delicious salads, some chicken and feta for us meat eaters, and fruit salad and pavlova for dessert. A deliciously healthy and filling meal that made for awesome leftovers!!!

potato salad
Potato Salad (vegan)

noodle salad
Crispy Noodle Salad (vegan)

Coleslaw (vegan)

garden salad
Garden Salad with Olives (vegan)

vegan sausage roll
Vegan “Sausage” Roll. WAY better than the usual grey meat.

Chicken. I had to shred these BBQ chooks because noone else in the kitchen would touch them. I really don’t like stuffing or that ewie chicken jelly.

Tasty tasty salty feta.

fruit salad
Fruit salad. Yummy Yummy.

pavlova with mango and blueberries and cream

cards against humanity
That evening, those aged over 13 played cards against humanity…. interesting explaining to your bf’s son what “bukakke” is… But a super fun game!

A delicious Xmas. I’ve always had a salad based Xmas lunch – it’s the Irwin side of the family way – so really enjoyed this!

Om nom nom.

Oh and I got Diet Coke for xmas! Twice!

diet coke




EXCUSE THE ALL CAPS, but it’s a very exciting time here!


I’ve out up my tree, wanna see?

purple tree

Giant microbes….

mas fae



Old and new decorations


The Flying Spaghetti Monster.

secret santa

Secret santa gifties

peppa pig advent calendar

My VERY OWN Peppa Pig advent calendar.

Ez and Li Elves

Ez and Li Elves

Diet coke xmas

And the gift of caffeine.

Bring on Xmas!

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