Childhood Favourites

Time for #listmania 12: childhood favorites. It’s been a wonderful stroll down memory lane writing this list.

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Favourite Toys:
Barbie, He-Man, Care Bears, Rainbow Brite.
Yep, I’m a real child of the early 80’s! I loved my Barbie dolls the most, I had far too many of them. (Thanks Uncle Steve!) I kept most of them, they’re packed away in boxes somewhere, hopefully Snugglebug will like them when she’s a bit bigger. To balance out the super-girly-ness of Barbie, I loved He-man too. Although, quite often, the two would come together and Barbie would leave Ken at the altar and run away with He-Man to battle evil instead!

Favourite Foods:
My Baba’s cheese strudel and her home-made donuts. Yum, still two of my faves, but the smell of my childhood is definitely Baba’s chicken noodle soup. Not that I liked it all that much, after having to eat it almost every single day for at least 6 years, I finally admitted that I couldn’t stand the stuff! But the smell of it takes me straight back to my grandmas kitchen and I still crave it when I have a cold.

The last photo of 'Lissa and I, taken the day before she died.

The last photo of ‘Lissa and I, taken the day before she died.


Favourite Pet:
As a kid, I had a few pets, mostly cats that ignored me and fish that didn’t live very long. I always wanted a dog but wasn’t allowed to have one at home, so when my Grandparents neighbours dog had puppies, they got one so I could have a dog at their house. Her name was Melissa and she was a funny little thing. I spent endless afternoons playing and talking to her.

Christmas 1989, Uncle Steve & I, with the amazing gingerbread 'santa's workshop'

Christmas 1989, Uncle Steve & I, with the amazing gingerbread ‘santa’s workshop’


Favourite Time of Year:
Christmas!!! I’ve always loved christmas, it was always such a big deal when I was a kid. Being an only child, I was seriously spoiled, not only by my parents but grandparents and uncles too. The highlight of christmas was definitely my uncle’s gingerbread houses. It started out small one christmas and got more and more elaborate every year, till he gave up making them when I was about 13. I always loved seeing what he was going to create for me. I love now that he’s revived this tradition now for Snugglebug. (and next year for Squishy too.)

Favourite Things to Do:
Rollerskating & Riding my bike.
Most days after school, if the weather was ok, I’d be outside doing laps of the garage on my rollerskates or riding my bike around the backyard. Every pair of jeans I owned as a kid was ripped at the knees because I was constantly falling over on my rollerskates, but I still loved it. If I was inside, I had my head buried in a book. My absolute favourites were: Anne of Green Gables, (and the rest of the Avonleigh series) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Trixie Belden books, and all the Enid Blyton books. I’ve got a most of these packed away n a box somewhere, hopefully when the kids are older they’ll enjoy them as much as I did.

I’m really enjoying writing these lists every week and want to say a big thanks to Deb from Home Life Simplified for coming up with all these awesome topics to write about, they’ve been very helpful for getting me off my bloggy butt and actually writing something when I haven’t really been feeling like it lately.

Till next time,
Beck xoxo

It’s Christmas time.

I admit it, I’m one of those people. I love Christmas.

The pretty lights, wrapping presents, parties, decorating the tree, christmas shopping and all the rest of the craziness that comes with this time of year. The smell of gingerbread baking, the sound of Christmas carols drifting from every shop you walk past, knowing that Santa is on his way. I love it all.

I know we all tut-tut about the amount of waste and the blatant commercialism of it all and way too many presents, and it’s true but it’s only once a year, and we don’t need to go completely overboard to have a great day.

Since having Snugglebug it’s made this time of year even more special and fun. (Even though I do cringe a bit when I see how many presents she gets!) I love the excitement, seeing her eyes light up when she sees the tree all lit up and sparkly, dancing around to christmas carols, the look on her face at the first taste of gingerbread or candy cane and of course the squeals of excitement as she carefully peels the paper off a present.

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I really love the traditions of Christmas, putting up the tree, baking, going to see the houses all decorated. I’m really excited to be able to start our own traditions now for our little family, starting Β with decorating the tree together, counting down the days and making decorations with Snugglebug. I can’t wait till she gets bigger and can help with baking Christmas treats and making gifts for people. (This year she’s my chief cookie taster, at this rate I’m not sure there’ll be many left for Christmas day.) I’ve even got my eye on an “elf on a shelf” for next year after seeing all the awesome ideas on pinterest.

Speaking of next year, I’m already looking forward to next Christmas, it’ll be our first Christmas in the new house and the new baby’s first Christmas too. I’m pretty sure I’ll go completely over the top decorating and cooking to try to create a perfect traditional Christmas. It’s been so long since I’ve had a proper Christmas tree or unpacked all my decorations, I can’t wait, it doesn’t feel like Christmas without them. This year I even had to go buy a mini tree because it just didn’t feel right not having one at all.

So, ho-ho-ho everyone, hope you all have a fabulous Christmas and that Santa spoils you all.

Merry Christmas everybody!

Till next time

Beck xxx