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Turning teenager birthday party.

Had been fretting about this party for weeks, okay maybe not as 'fretty' as I was about my half century (ouch, that still smarts a bit) last year, but I was still getting myself in a bit of a tizz! The DJ was booked, and luckily paid for by eldest son, as let's face it DJ's cost the earth these days. I was definitely in the wrong line when God handed out careers advice. He never told me that writing would never be as fruitful as spinning discs (although it's actually clicking on tunes from a laptop these days- yeah go figure!!). (more…)


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Christmas Quirks

Christmas, unlike any other time of year, brings out the family foibles, timeless traditions, never ending nonsense and Christmas quirks. Nobody questions why we laugh at awful jokes whilst wearing paper hats, sing along to songs we've heard a thousand times before or buy trolleys full of food for a 12 hour closed shop period. We just do!! (more…)


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Top 5 Christmas Markets in the UK

For many people, Christmas shopping involves a mouse, keyboard and a debit card. For some of us though, there's nothing better than wandering round a Christmas market sipping mulled wine and browsing stalls. Here's our compilation of the top 5 Christmas markets in the UK. (more…)


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10 Crazy Christmas Gifts

We've seen a list of the most extravagant Christmas gifts, now let's look at 10 crazy Christmas gifts. You won't find pants and socks on this list, but what you will find is some very, VERY odd stuff: A penis bone of a racoon- Why, just why???? Several cavity riddled teeth A 'Where's Osama Bin Laden' book A necklace made out of dead bugs Snail secretion face mask A sock warmer An egg frying mould shaped like a gun DIY back shaver Gold edible spray paint Life sized cutout of Morrissey We think we'd be happier with a satsuma and a handful of walnuts ...


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Christmas Dinner Around The World

We've looked at Christmas around the world  now let's look at one of the focal points of that day- dinner. Here in the UK it's customary for the dinner table to offer a fat roast turkey, roast potatoes, stuffing, pigs in blankets and every veg you can think of- not forgetting the Brussel sprouts! But have you ever wondered how they do things differently in other parts of the world?  (more…)


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Christmas Around The World

Christmas around the World isn't always celebrated the way that we here in Britain are familiar with. In some instances it's due to the climate- (in Australia people have their Christmas dinner on the beach!) and also due to religions. Luckily there's lots of Countries that do celebrate and here are a few: (more…)


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Saronti Advent-Day 17 Christmas Jokes

Why did they ask the turkey to join the band? He had the drum sticks. What did Adam say on the day before Christmas? It’s Christmas, Eve! (more…)


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Saronti Advent- Day11 Christmas Decorations

It seems that every year the Christmas cracker jokes get sillier and the Christmas Decorations go up earlier and earlier, but where did the tradition come from? The revelation that tinsel was made in Germany in 1910 and was once made in real silver, would lead us to believe that decorations were a rich man's extravagance. This couldn't be further from the truth! (more…)


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Saronti Advent- Day 10 Best Xmas Pressies EVER

The Statue of Liberty is the biggest Xmas gift ever, presented to the US in 1886 by the French, but what would make the best Xmas pressies ever?  (more…)


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Saronti Advent- Day 8 Christmas Jokes

Christmas jokes- Can't get enough of 'em- Why does Santa have three gardens? So he can 'ho ho ho'! (more…)


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Saronti Advent Day 7- Christmas Food Facts

Amongst the Christmas food gorging,  we find the average Brit eats 27 mince pies over the festive period. Incredibly there are over 370 million mince pies sold in the UK over this time with a jaw dropping 20% thrown out.  (more…)


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Saronti Advent-Day 6 The Christmas Stocking Tradition

This tradition began in France in the 12th Century when Nuns used to leave out stockings full of fruit, tangerines and nuts for the poor people. They would put an apple in the toe for good health and the tangerine at the heel would represent good luck as they were very rare and expensive. (more…)


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Saronti Advent-Day 5 Christmas Films

We've seen the Top 10 Christmas songs, now let's look at the Top 10 Christmas Films. In reverse order: 10:- Charles Dickins- A Christmas carol- The 1951 adaptation comes in at this spot, although the musical version Scrooge is always worth a watch too (more…)


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Saronti Advent-Day 4 Make Your Pine Needles Tasty

Many parts of the Christmas tree can actually be quite tasty, with the Pine needles being a good source of Vitamin C. Of course we don't mean pull them off the tree, chop them up in your salad and start chewing, but use them in one of the following ways: (more…)


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Saronti Advent- Day 3 – Christmas Cards

In this technological world, the tradition of sending Christmas cards is all but dying. It's now customary to send an 'Elf yourself' or a 'singing Grinch' as a greeting. Gone are the days of pegging up the cards on a length of string and taking bets on when the first one arrives. There was something quite wonderful and warm about receiving a card through the post, but where did the tradition start? (more…)


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Advent Day 2 – Hilarious Christmas Belly Busters

Who doesn't love a Christmas Joke so here are some to make you smile- Share the love everyone :)   Why did they ask the turkey to join the band? He had the drum sticks. What’s a skunks favourite Christmas carol?- Jingle smells What kind of music do Elves listen to?- Wrap What do they sing at a snowman's birthday party? Freeze a jolly good fellow What did Adam say on the day before Christmas? It’s Christmas, Eve! What happened to the man who stole an Advent Calendar? He got 25 days!  


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Advent Day 1- Fantabulous Facts About Xmas Dinner

For our Saronti advent facts Day 1 an Edwardian Christmas dinner featured dishes such as braised ox heart in aspic and slow roasted pigs head in marmalade & mustard jelly (it doesn't end there) accompanied by jellied tongue. Sounds like a bushtucker trial to me! (more…)


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The Top 10 Best Selling Christmas Songs

So it's nearly that time again- radio stations and shops full of Noddy Holder screaming out "It's CHRIIIISTMAAAAS"- you know you do it too :). Yes the season of Christmas songs is soon upon us and for some it's all a bit too much. For those of you that can't abide Christmas songs, look away now! (more…)


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The Struggle of Emigrating

Making that tough decision to emigrate or move far away is hard enough – but the struggle of emigrating and having to leave your Parents, Grandparents or other elderly relatives behind can be a gut-wrenching experience. How do you deal with the guilt? Should you emigrate at all? How will you cope with a family split apart? (more…)


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Where did the Nativity Play start ?

Although Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, the word nativity comes from the latin word 'natal' which means birth. It is tradition in Primary schools to perform Nativity Play for the parents and friends of the school children. The Nativity Play recreates the scene of Jesus' Birth, in the stable and tells of how Mary and Joseph were visited by the Shepherds and Wise Men. The parts of Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds and the Wise Men are played by children. (more…)


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Christmas Activities

Here are some Christmas activities for the kids- and you !   (more…)


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5 Things We Should Teach Kids

When you hold that tiny newborn you aren't prepared for the bolt of love lightening that hits. You also don't get an instruction manual that can assist you for the next- well it never really ends, does it- years! There are however, 5 things we should teach our kids before they turn 10. (more…)


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Weird News from Around the World

Some people don't watch the news due to continuing catastrophe and carnage of war and people hurting people. Here at Saronti though, we like to catch up on a different kind of news, the weird news from around the world. Here, for your amusement (not to mention your amazement) is this posts' round up: (more…)


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Hilarious gags by Hilarious people

It's nearly Christmas so here's some cheer to set you on your way.. (more…)


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Dad’s Memory Book (just in case!)

Mum decided that for Dad's 80th she wanted to do a memory book for him. I think she's safeguarding herself for if he gets Alzheimer's, then he can carry his book around with him and stop attacking the strangers in his house ! She found a really great company, Saronti, where you can actually have the faces and names of your whole family placed in a funny storybook, - brilliant stuff. I ordered a Seaside Outing book and set about sourcing all the photos. Had a zillion of the kids to choose from and a shed load of the Old Man to trawl through- I could feel an afternoon reminiscing with tea and swiss roll (it's a known requirement) coming on. (more…)


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Reason for Rhyme

What is the reason for rhyme - it’s quite simple! It’s fun to read and fun to hear. Children love to rhyme words, and even when a sequence of words don’t actually fully rhyme (professionally known as B rhymes) children still love them. (more…)


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Keep safe on Bonfire Night.

Tonight, wherever you celebrate and whatever you do there are a few safety guidelines you MUST follow:- Fireworks Safety Guide - as set out by RoSPA (Royal Society of Prevention of Accidents) (more…)


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Remember Remember the 5th of November

Following the Gunpowder Plot of November 5, 1605 when Guy Fawkes and 12 conspirators planned to blow up Parliament and kill King James II, Bonfire Night has remained an annual celebration for more than 400 years . Fawkes was arrested while guarding the explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. (more…)


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Things you may not know about your favourite Songs.

We all love music of one sort or another and there are certain songs that travel taste barriers, just like those songs that however much you try to ignore- you can't!! Here are a few examples of those and some facts that may surprise you about them (more…)


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The Origins of Halloween

The word Halloween is short for All Hallows' Evening also known as Hallowe'en or All Hallows' Eve. It falls on the night of October 31 and it is traditionally celebrated with trick-or-treating, costume parties, bonfires, visiting 'haunted houses' and carving jack-o-lanterns from pumpkins. The tradition began from the Irish and Scottish Immigrants who carried it over to North America in the nineteenth century. United Kingdom and other western countries joined the scary bandwagon in the late twentieth century. (more…)


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The Worst jobs in History

Tourist trips around London Loos! There are some odd places to show tourists around but this one would be my worst nightmare.  Rachel Erickson is a London tour guide with a big, big difference. Forget the Tower, forget the Houses of Parliament- Rachel shows visitors around the Toilets of London Town! Rachel, an American, has many tourists sign up for her fact packed tour, but admits that the British are her biggest fans. (more…)


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10 Most common superstitions

As someone who was brought up in a  house ruled by superstitions it was inevitable that I have carried some of them through to my children's lives. Somewhat deliberately though, I have abandoned many of them -with glee! I get a strange, childish pleasure from deliberately flaunting the crossing on stairs and placing brand new shoes on the table- Gosh Horror!! (more…)


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Back to School

As the Summer Holidays fade away it’s the start of a new school year, and for some the start of School. Unfortunately I’m not one of life’s organised Mum’s, in fact throughout the Summer Holidays our life is pretty shambolic. Every year I say I’m going to buy the kid’s school uniform and shoes in plenty of time for the new school year - and yes, every year I forget and end up rushing around trying to find stuff at the last minute! (more…)


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15 Secrets to a perfect relationship

Admitting you're wrong after a row Saying "I love you" before you go to sleep Sharing the household chores Having regular date nights Taking turns to cook- or cooking together (more…)


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Animal goodies

Happy Hamster (more…)


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Salmon Salad

Not all Salads are for dieters. Here is a favourite of mine that's delicious, healthy and filling! Along with my special sesame seed dressing it's also different. Take a salmon steak, sprinkle with sea salt and grill under a medium flame. If desired, squeeze half a lemon over the fish just before it's cooked. (more…)


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