There are few things that inspire me more than people who have an idea and make it a reality. I married one of those people and like to surround myself with others. My friend Ana is one of them. I have known her for many years and even did her wedding makeup, but only recently did I realise how creative she is.
I’ve always known her as a very intelligent, well read and kind person who liked to dabble in crafts. Recently, however, she started a Facebook group called Doodlehead through which she launches weekly crafty challenges for parents to enjoy with their children and I had to add a couple of virtues to her already long list.
If you’ve read here for some time, you’ll know that I love creating Christmas traditions with my children and one of my favourite ones is the advent calendar. I still buy the cartoon character ones stuffed with chocolate (I still want my children to like me!) but every year I try to come up with something different for the girls to enjoy the countdown to the most magical day of the year. I rummaged a little through my archives and found these (heavily filtered) Instagram photos of Christmases past and wanted to share them with you.
I am writing this after having hung this year’s calendar, safe in the knowledge that I won’t be spending hours coming up with Christmassy activities for at least another five years!
Note: this post is in no way sponsored by Doodlehead. I just really like Ana’s work and hope you will support her too.