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Monthly Archives: December 2015

The best year of my life, 2015

Leaving work to become a mummy

As 2015 draws to a close, I have to say that I’m sorry to see it end. This day last year was my last day in work before I left for maternity leave, and what a year I went on to have. I wanted to record it here…

Best of Nine.. Vegan Recipes

Best of Nine Vegan Recipes

  This is an odd looking photo collage isn’t it? It’s my ‘best of nine’ from Instagram, my nine most popular images from 2015. Interestingly the majority of them are of vegan food, and what I consider some of the worst quality photos I…

Wishing you Joy and Peace this Christmas Time

Joy and Peace

  I hope you all have the most wonderful Christmas. With love, joy and peace from The Sparkle Nest Image Credit to the amazing Kelly Rae Roberts…

Frey at 10 months – and the first Yule

10 months and my first Yule

My baby boy turned 10 months old today. He’s definitely turning into more of a little boy than a baby now, and as always he is an absolute joy and makes me smile every single day, even on the darkest of days. We bought this ‘My First…

Frome Independent Christmas Market

Henderson Rea

I’ve been so lucky to have been able to visit lots of Christmas markets this year. Before I was on maternity leave I worked every Sunday. Even a year on I still really appreciate having a Sunday off and I’ve really been making the most of…

My Sunday Photo – Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies

This month’s amazing The Vegan Kind box had in it another cookie mix from ‘Sticky Mix’. I’ve had one before, which I reviewed here. This one was a Christmassy oat and cranberry mix, which I made on Friday night. On Saturday morning, I popped…

Diana Baylon and The Art of Juggling Motherhood and Work

Diana Baylon

Last Friday I talked about Absolute Truth, For Beginners, the new novel by Katarina West. I asked Katarina if she would write a post for The Sparkle Nest to talk about how she juggles being a successful author with being a mother, and I was so happy when she agreed…

My Favourite Things – Gift Guide

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I’ve really enjoyed putting together gift guides this Christmas, it’s been a fabulous excuse for hours of window shopping! I’ve found so many lovely things recently I wanted to put together one more, but I couldn’t decide on a theme, so these…

Sugared Orange Slices

Sugared Orange Slices

Did you used to get an orange in the bottom of your Christmas stocking? I didn’t, I used to get a little bag of chocolate coins. Which I probably preferred much more than an orange when I was a small person. Either way, oranges are very Christmassy. I…

Absolute Truth, For Beginners

absolute-book

Absolute Truth, For Beginners is the newly released novel by Katarina West. I was so excited to receive an advanced reader copy back in October, which I started to read whilst we were on holiday in France. If you read my blog regularly, you will know that life since then…