The Ultimate Rabbit Hole #95

Ultimate Rabbit Hole 94

This week has been a roller coaster of emotions but  it ended on a high with some good news from the endo at my annual check up and for that I am very, very grateful. I am so ready for the weekend. are you?!

Before we get stuck in, can we just take a minute to appreciate the canine cuteness of today’s header! These bunnies were made by my talented friend, Agata, who I have renamed the Crochet Queen. I think the Rabbit Hole has a new mascot! I’m trying to persuade her to open an Etsy shop with her crocheted menagerie because everyone needs some of this crochet cuteness in their life, don’t you agree?

This week there was so much goodness around the inter webs. This week’s sojourn down the rabbit hole is going to be action packed!

Today is National Cake Day and quite frankly, it would be rude not to celebrate. I asked my trusty co-pilots, Karin and Paula about their all time favourite cake. Karin chose a butter cake with passionfruit icing, but I took things one step further in the passionfruit department, with Violet, the Passionfruit Sponge. Paula opted for an Eclair Cake. I hadn’t heard of it before but now I know about it, I have to try this delicious creation made with graham crackers, vanilla custard and chocolate frosting. So much nom! Mine is my nana’s best ever bread pudding which is a cake and a dessert all in  one. I’ve been loving it since I was on solids. True story!

We’ve dusted off our advent calendars, the cloth ones with pockets that we’ve had since we first got together. However, if I was in the market for new advents and I wanted to splash some cash, I’d be investing in one of these 14 awesome boozy advent calendars. These are obviously adults only which just goes to show, you’re never too old for an advent calendar!

Now the gift guides are coming thick and fast around the interwebs and there have been some absolute crackers! If you’re looking for the perfect kris kringle gift, these beauty gifts will be just the ticket, and talking of tickets, check out the gift tags, they’re pun-derful! If you want something non-beauty for your buck, check out these kris kingle ideas with a gift for every budget and nothing over 25 bucks! If you love the planet as much as your friends and family, you’ll love these 24 low tox present ideas.

Just as important as the presents you should buy, take heed of the ones you shouldn’t. This is a comprehensive list of the gifts you should not buy for other people’s  kidsunless of course, you want to be on their frenemy list! When it comes to giving great gifts to small people, Tash from Gift Grapevine knows what’s what. Santa would surely give his santa-ly seal of approval to her latest gift guide for great gifts for 7-9 year oldsAnd if you’re giving to autistic kids this Christmas, be sure to  read Kristy’s enlightening post and follow her one golden rule .

I actually think the shopping is the easy part, it’s the wrapping that brings me undone! I think these 15+wrapping ideas will see me right!

If you want to keep tabs on all your Christmas shopping, there’s an app for that. In fact, there’s a few, and this post has all the deets and everything else you need to know to keep  track of and stay on top of your festive purchases.

Talking of apps, Christmas can be as stressful as it is festive so here are 5 great apps to calm your farm. It’s not called the silly season for nothing, you know!

If you fancy a festive love injection, you’ll want to check out these 7 Christmas date ideas. I’m planning to tick off a few of these!

Forget decorating the halls with holly, how about decorating your sandals with pompoms?! Pom pom sandals are so in right now, and now you can make your own for a fraction of the price!

Still on the subject of fashion, let’s talk canine couture! Check out these 15 dogs who go all out with their Christmas costumes. It doesn’t get much cuter than this!

What’s your favourite cake? Are you on the pom pom shoe train? Can you wrap like a ninja or are you a crapper wrapper like me? What are your must-have apps?

Every Saturday morning, we will open up the rabbit hole link up for bloggers to add their link list posts or even just their favourite post (if you are not of the link list kind) for the week. Please link only one post. This makes it fair for everyone and allows more posts to be read. Talking of reading, do try and pop along to say howdee to some of  the other lovely linkers. Link up here, over at Calm to Conniption or The Geeky Shopaholic. It doesn’t matter where you add your link because it will appear on all three blogs, as if by magic!  The link up will stay open until midnight the following Monday.

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  • Great news! Sounds like it’s time for you to celebrate this weekend 🙂 Also, a great list of all things Christmassy here – I look forward to taking a look at a few of these links.

  • I look forward to this round up and just love what you have to share.
    Happy Weekend V x

  • So much Christmas Sam! I delivered my last major pieces of work for the year this week so I’m ready to get Christmassy. You’ve got me inspired!
    And Agata’s rabbits are THE BEST! X

    • Oh yay you! Now the festive fun can really start! If you love Agata’s rabbits, you’re going to love the rest of her amazing animals that she’s made. I want them ALL! Happy weekend x

  • Love the doggy Christmas costumes! I wish Cooper was more agreeable to getting dressed up! He doesn’t know it yet but he’s going to get dressed up this year – I have grand plans for the annual Christmas card, haha!

    Thank you for the link up!

    • I can’t wait to see Copper’s costume! If he wants to get in on your outift of the day photos, he’ll have to look the part! Doesn’t he realise he’s the pooch of a fashion blogger?! Happy weekend! x

  • I love Christmas so much – and it’s so much fun now that the boys understand what’s going on! Although, I could definitely do with a boozy advent calendar for myself 😝😂😝

    • Kids make Christmas magic, don’t they?! I think you should totally invest in one of those advent calendars! x

  • I’m so glad you ended the week with some good health news.

    I love the above round up of festive links. So much Christmas inspiration! Thank you for including my post among them.


  • Thanks for the inclusion, Sammie. Glad you ended the week on a high and loving all the links here. Also I have bookmarked your festive brownies- yuuuum

    • I couldn’t not include your post – it was a cracker! And it’s always a good idea to say yes to brownies!

  • Happy News Day for you this week! Must be a relief of course and now they say. I am a fan of all things passionfruit and recently made some great little passionfruit and coconut cakes that are sadly eaten. Yummo. I’m needing to reinvent Christmas for me now that we live away from the family and have less contact (and they are all growing up so fast!)…so to that end, I decided to make me (and others I hope!) and #24DaysofXmas Intstagram challenge and I’ve written about it today..introducing it! Hope people will join in the {optional} daily prompts and post! D xx

    • Oh yum! Those cakes sound delicious, nothing sad about cakes that are eaten, that’s just a wonderful excuse to make some more! I’m looking forward to checking out your insta challenge. Hope you have a lovely weekend xx

  • LydiaCLee

    So sorry – being very naughty – dump and run but I will be back tomorrow to read all (23 people coming for sit down lunch – in laws, nothing exciting, and then friends for dinner at 5.30.) Have to rearrange all the furniture.

    • Nothing naughty about that at all. Enjoy your lunch and dinner and a leisurely ramble round the rabbit hole when it’s all done and dusted! Bon appetit!

  • jess

    I weirdly enjoy wrapping presents!

  • Hi Sammie thanks for all those fabulous links love your work gurl x

  • Gosh, favourite cake. That’s a tough one. How about I just tell you my least favourite. Anything with desiccated coconut or loads of super sweet icing, fake cream and slimy tinned fruit. I do love an old school bread and butter pudding though, with sultanas!

    • Oh yum! Now all I can think about is bread and butter pudding and how much I want one! Hope you have an ace weekend x

  • Oh, I think the crochet Queen should totally open up an Etsy Shop! I must say I love a pavlova or an ice cream cake, and I love how you pull out those advent calendars with the pockets that you’ve had since you first met… too gorgeous! Yep, I don’t mind a bit of Christmas wrapping too. Have a great weekend lovely. x

    • I bet you can wrap gifts like a boss! Isn’t Agata clever? I hope she opens that Etsy store sooner rather than later! Happy weekend, lovely xx

  • Choosing my fave cake is easy – it’s my sister’s pear, pistachio and dark chocolate cake! Soooo good, especially with ice cream. Thanks for including one of my gift guides! I finished my 8th and final one for the season yesterday and I must admit, I’m all gift guided out now. So many lovely things to share 🙂 xx

    • That cake sounds amazeballs – I’d love a sneak peak at the recipe 🙂 You totally outdid yourself with the gift guides this year. Love your work, lady x

  • merilyn

    i’m so pleased for you sammie!
    lots of goodies here today as usual, thanks hun!
    I love the story about the bread pudding! … cute!
    my grandma used to make it!
    I love chocolate mud cake!!!
    have a good one lovely!
    much love m:)X

    • Thanks, M! It’s a huge relief! Bread pudding is an oldie but a goodie! Mmmm, mud cake, good choice! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend xx

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Sammie I was thinking about you all day yesterday and was so excited when your email came through that you got the all clear! So lovely to have dinner last night and thank you my dear for sharing Violet! Hope you’re having a gorgeous weekend 🙂

  • No one is ever too old for an advent calendar. I wanted the tea one when I saw it but now I don’t need to because I got lots of tea in my gift exchange present. Yay! Tough week for you my love, but I am so happy for your good news. I bet due to circumstances of the week, this appointment would have weighed heavily in the lead up. xx

    • Your gift exchange presents looked awesome – have you opened them all?!

      It was a massive week and as thrilled as I was with my news, it was so bittersweet after this week’s news. Still, onwards and upwards!

      Hope you’ve had a fun weekend xx

  • Here I go again missing all of these delicious food days! I think I’ll have to make a cake today to make up for it as there’s no such thing as a bad day for cake! My favourite cake is a tie between chocolate cake with chocolate frosting – or carrot cake with cream cheese frosting (banana cake with cream cheese frosting coming in close after that!).

  • michelle barrington

    I am a total wrapping ninja and am becoming equally awesome at hiding presents now that I have an 8 year old in the house!

  • Chelsey

    I just got some good news from my endo on Thursday! High five to that! And why not celebrate with more cake haha I like to dream but must confess I’m a bit of a crapper wrapper!

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