Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Canary Wharf Christmas Activities

I love all the festive activities going on around London these days!
Last weekend we took Emilia to Canary Wharf where a plethora of Christmas activities were going on  outdoor as well as inside the shopping centre.We first visited the Christmas market by the water with all its woodden little houses and lots and lots of sweets.

We then headed to the ice rink where we enjoyed looking at people and listening to the music. We did some dancing as well!

It was very cold outside so we craved a warm lunch and we picked Wahaca, a colorful and yummy Mexican restaurant where Emilia enjoyed a big plate of tortillas filled with grilled chicken and melted cheese. She was so excited that it was very difficult to convince her to nap after lunch!

And since there was no intention of napping, we went inside the shopping centre for more excitement! We first tried to vist Santa's grotto but the queue was too long, same for the cookie decorating session, we then opted for some face painting instead and Emilia chose to have a snowman on her cheek.

All in all it was a good day which ended with even more Christmas markets on the way home...

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Zia Bea and Winter Wonderland!

My cousin Beatrice, or zia Bia for Emilia, is in town and Emilia couldn't be happier! She arrived Sunday afternoon and is leaving later on today. Not only is Zia Bia super sweet but she also brought gifts, among which this cute and personalised apron. 

Emilia is loving all the extra love and attention and all the nice things that we are doing together. The highlight of the last few days no doubt must have been our trip to Winter Wonderland, a wonderful Christmas theme park and festival nestled in a corner of Hyde Park. So much fun! 

A lovely Saturday with family

Last Saturday we invited my cousin Severe, aka Emilia's baby sitter, and her family for lunch. It was a bright, sunny day, so after a big lunch we all headed out to enjoy the weather and the Christmas markets! We walked all the way to the London Eye, stopped at every single stall, and enjoyed a ride on the carousel as well as the Southbank train. It was a lovely Saturday with family!

Festive Dinner and Limoncello Making

Last Friday I hosted craft night. As we are in December and Christmas is approaching, I thought it would be nice to start the evening with a festive dinner. While Emilia was napping, I took my time to make the table festive! Oh how much I love this time of year! 

The craft I had chosen for the evening was *limoncello making*! I found an organic Limoncello kit on the Abel and Cole website and thought it was a fun idea. We could only do the first part of the craft as the alcohol needs to sit with the lemon peel for four weeks now. And then we can do the rest. I have got something to look forward to when we are back to London from the Christmas holiday! 

Peppa Pig Live

Several weeks ago while walking in the tube, Rob and I spotted a poster about a Peppa Pig's Big Splash show in London. Of course, we had to check it out. Once back home, we checked on the Internet and found what we were looking for. We immediately looked at potential dates and in no time we had our tickets with us! We had been counting the days to the show and finally it was here! Last Thursday, on a rainy day, Rob, Emilia and I ventured to Piccadilly Circus and enjoyed a wonderful show at the Criterion Theatre. Emilia had a blast. It was so cute to see all those little kids gathered together to see their idol. The show was wonderful, sweet and entertaining, we all had fun and got back home with a dinosaur! 

I could only take a few pictures as photos were not allowed but if you are more curious, do have a look at this video from the show's website.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Christmas is (already) here!

We put up the Christmas tree yesterday, now it really feels like Christmas! I collected the tree from the local florist on my way back from work, I struggled a little bit to carry it home but I was too excited to see Emilia's face to leave it there...and she didn't disappoint. She was over the moon! A few of our neighbours had put their lights up already and Emilia has been asking to look at them every night. I knew she wanted something at home too. At first, I thought it would be easier to decorate the tree while Emilia was sleeping but then I realised that she was an important part of the whole process. And she was very good! 

We love the way it came out, it's a short, chubby, full, and lovely Christmas tree with decorations from different parts of the world, Italy, Denmark, Sweden and England! Do you like it? 

And while the tree is up, we enjoy some Christmas of Emilia and mummy's favorite activities! 

P.S. In case you were wondering what it looks like outside our building, here is a picture for you. Beautiful uh!?!

More Gothenburg love...

I had the pleasure to go back to Gothenburg for work last week. I said it before and I'll say it again: I LOVE Sweden! I could move there today if there was an opportunity. I loved Gothenburg when I first visited last April and around this time of year I found it even more beautiful thanks to the Christmas magics. I was surrounded by lights, Christmas trees and elves! Here are just some of the many pictures I took...