Spending time together as a family is very important to me. As a single working mum, I'm keen to make the most of our time as a three. We eat round the table together every morning and evening without fail, we read together every single night, and we have other little routines that we love - pizza and movie night on a Friday is one of our faves! We also like to get out and about and create memories together whenever we can, whether that's a trip on the train into London, or a road trip down to the coast.
This month, the team behind Applewood Cheese set us a challenge to put aside an hour for some quality time with our loved ones. This was pretty easy for us, but it was made extra fun by the introduction of a new board game!
We spent an evening (about four hours, not just one!) playing Monopoly, which I had previously thought might be a bit old for the girls (at 3 and 6). It turns out they got the hang of it pretty quickly!
We put our pyjamas on, set up the board and got drinks and nibbles ready (is it just me, or do 'good times' and 'food' go hand in hand for everyone?!). I was the banker and after a brief explanation of the rules we were off.
In true Monopoly playing style, there were arguments (I WANT TO BE THE CAT!), there were tears (I DON'T HAVE ANY MONEY LEFT!) but most importantly there was so much laughter. And it turns out Evie has the best business sense out of ALL of us, owning most of London by the end of the game!
Christmas is the perfect opportunity to spend more time with friends and family, especially those that we don't see that often. How do you like to spend time with yours?
Thanks to Applewood Cheese for sending us a hamper of their delicious products, some fun games and a BRILLIANT family organiser to make sure we always have plenty of family time scheduled for 2016!