Showing posts with label #christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #christmas. Show all posts

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

- Christmas Wreath -

Last weekend I went to a Christmas Wreath workshop over in Swaffham
It cost £40.

The workshop was completely full, some people had never made a wreath before and some were returning crafters.

We were shown step by step how to make our own wreaths and the instructions were really easy to follow.

We started off running the wire around our copper wreath and then covering it completely in moss before we started on any of the greenery.

We had a big selection of foliage to choose from, we could use as much or as little as we wanted.
If at any point you got stuck the florists would come over and lend a hand or talk you through how to correct it, or where to add some more foliage.

Once we had all finished with the greenery we were then walked through the next step...Decorating our wreaths.
We could each pick 12 decorations and a ribbon.
Then it was up to us what we picked and where we placed them.

Checking from a distance to see how it looked.
Placing the decorations in amongst the foliage.

I was really happy with my final piece, once all my decorations were in place I then went a bit glitter happy with the spray.

The finished wreath up on my door!
I was worried my hook wouldn't hold the weight of it, but so far so good. Even these ridiculously strong winds haven't blown it away yet.

 Having the amazon delivery man ask where I bought it from has been one of my Christmas highlights so far, as I got to smugly reply that I hand made it myself, I even have the ivy spikes in my fingers to prove it!

Making a wreath myself has defiently given me an insight at why handmade ones are so expensive to buy!
A lot of hard work and effort goes into them. My hands were completely black once I'd finished crafting mine and they hurt for days after.

Have you made a wreath this year? 

Friday, 29 November 2019

...Count Down To Christmas with the Sockvent Calendar...

Over the years I  have seen the choice in different Advent Calendars explode, you can now get your hands on all sort of toy Advent Calendars for your little ones to cheese Advent Calendars for those cheese addicted family members.

Until the other day, I was unaware you could even get your hands on a sock Advent Calendar!
Sock Shop UK contacted me and asked if they could send me one of their Wild Feet Advent calendars.

I haven't had an Advent Calendar for years so I was more than eager to accept their offer.
25 days of brand new socks! 
Hard to say no really.  

This huge 43cm x 31cm advent-style gift box is chock-full of ladies socks in seasonal and year-round designs, ranging from Kawaii-style Christmas trees to the angelic pugs shown on the lid of this set. 
25 totally different designs to be discovered, one per day, all December through to Christmas Day.

Wild Feet socks are made using a cotton-rich blend of fibres and in a soft, smooth weave for all-seasons comfort. 
It’s a sock enthusiast’s dream present. 
They have both men’s and ladies’ versions, and in slightly smaller 12-pair choices too.

I love the idea of getting a brand new pair of socks on the run up to Christmas, I'm constantly in need of socks and often end up pinching Noah's so this will finally give me no need to go rummaging through his drawers when we're in a rush to run out the door.

I know all the boys are going to want to have a go at opening a door on this calendar that I'm not sure ill even get a go, they were pretty impressed when the postman delivered it.

 SOCKSHOP have some amazing Black Friday deals which last all weekend, where you can buy this and their 12 days of Christmas Advent Calendars for half price, so why not go and bag a bargain before Christmas!

If you arent too interesting in trying to grab a bargain in the sale why not check out their awesome Christmas shop, where you could find some lovely stocking fillers!

Over on my insta stories in the run-up to Christmas, I will be sharing a new pair of socks daily!

...Would you buy yourself or someone you know a sock advent calendar?...

Saturday, 25 November 2017

.... Tidying Up With Dusty ....

Real Workin’ Buddies Mr. Dusty is a fun way for kids to learn to clean up their toys! 
Dusty can eat it up, sweep it up, and dump it out! 
Dusty has a motorised mouth to eat up bigger toys, plus lights and sounds too! 
Dusty the Super Duper Garbage Truck has a fun personality with over 50 phrases and works on both carpet and hardwood floors!


  • 3 ways to play! Sweep It Up! Eat It Up! Dump It Out!
  • More than 50 phrases
  • Works on carpet and hardwood floors!
  • Fun sound effects!
  • Makes cleaning fun
  • Motorised mouth!
  • Working Light!
  • Batteries Required: 4 x AA (Included)

When I heard about a toy that tidied up I was more than excited about trying it out.
The boys love playing but are a little resistant when I suggest tidying up after themselves, so I was rather keen to seen if Dusty would be my secret weapon to combating this!

The boys were all very impressed with Dusty and were keen to play with him, when I threw down a pile of Lego they looked at me like I was going crazy.
When I told them to drive over the Lego bricks they really thought I had lost it.
After staring at me for a while and trying to decide if I needed to be taken away by the men in the white coats they decided to do as I said and drove Dusty with cheeky smiles over all the bricks...

Their faces were priceless,
They couldn't believe he actually ate it all up!

All the boys liked Dusty but Rupert was the one who really took to him and claimed him as his own.

Rupert can spend ages making a mess and then cleaning it back up again.
He loves munching up the bricks and then dumping them out again and he finds it hilarious when Dusty burps.

Dusty would be a super present to find under the Christmas Tree!
Available from Smyths Toy Store 
RRP £34.99

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Christmas 2016

Our first Christmas in the new house was pretty awesome!!

My parents came up on Christmas Eve and we spent the day chilling out, my mum baked some cinnamon buns, I did some last minute wrapping and we took the boys to a Chris-tingle service at the local church .... a church that back in the day the one and only Pocahontas used to worship with her husband John Rolfe.

It was a fun service where everyone was encouraged to take part.
The twins spent most of the service giggling away!

The boys all went to bed at normal time, even my little non sleeper was asleep by 9.30!

Rupert woke at 5, but I was able to keep him In bed by laying on the floor next to his bed, the twins and Noah woke around 7.
We waiting until 8 for my parents to turn up before we went into the lounge to see what Father Christmas had left!

All the boys were truly spoilt and they love each and everyone of their presents.
Unlike last year where we kind of over did it and they got overwhelmed and didn't know what to play with.

The day was a full on Nerf war between everyone.
I'm still finding stray bullets everywhere from the fights.
Jon's parents and sister popped over for a little while which was nice.
In our other house that would never have worked but this house is perfect for big family gatherings.

Jon and my mum cooked the dinner and it was AMAZING!
They did themselves proud!

Boxing Day we had a lovely breakfast with bubble and squeak and then my parents headed back to Surrey.
In the afternoon we had Jon's parents over and then a nice relaxing evening.

How was your Christmas?

Friday, 23 December 2016

How To Survive After Christmas: The Four Step Guide

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The period of time just before Christmas is always one of the absolute busiest of the year. You’re running around buying gifts, planning meals and frantically trying to make sure that your home looks presentable enough to welcome guests to over the festive period. A lot of us love Christmas, but if we’re entirely honest, there’s often part of us looking forward to the calm period just after the storm of festivities is over, when we can relax again and our lives get back to normal. Here are some tips on how to put your life back together just after Christmas is over…
Your Home

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You might find that right after Christmas your home looks a little like a disaster zone, particularly if you have kids! That means that it’s time to clean and to declutter your house – after all, a clear space around you usually means that you have a clear mind too, and it’s the perfect time of year to start afresh.
If your surfaces are covered in your kids’ Christmas presents, gather them all together, put them in bags, and take them up to your kids’ rooms. Don’t tidy them up for them – just remove them from the communal spaces so they can learn to take responsibility for their own belongings.
If it’s your own clutter that’s the problem, it’s time to get that sorted out. Check out Marie Kondo’s tips on how to tidy up and how to declutter your life. She advises that you should get rid of all your belongings that don’t spark joy in you – and chances are, fragments of old wrapping paper and Christmas cards won’t spark that joy! 
Recycle all your trash, and put away your Christmas presents. If you got anything that you don’t want, for instance toiletries that you won’t use, consider donating them to a homeless shelter.
Christmas can also make you realise what the flaws in your home environment are. If you had problems getting enough space to cook in, consider how you can change your kitchen to suit your needs. The future starts here!
Your Finances

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January is often a tough month for your credit card bill. Although it’s a great idea to plan Christmas as much in advance as you can and start buying gifts through the whole year to store away, that often isn’t the way that it actually works out. December can be a huge rush, and also extremely tough on you and on your bank account.
It’s important not to get too carried away with Christmas. The same responsibilities that you have the rest of the year still apply! Any personal unsecured loans that you might have still need to be paid off at your agreed interest rate, and even though using your credit card might not feel like using real money all the time, you don’t want a sinking feeling in your stomach when you receive your bill. In order to effectively budget your hard earned money better, try withdrawing a certain amount from the bank in cash, and spending only that on your Christmas frivolities. When you’re trying to budget in January, it’s a good idea to do the same thing then.
Make sure that you’re fully up to date on what exactly your incomings and outgoings are, and – this is very important – make sure that you live within your means. Overspending and laying down more money than you actually have is the easiest way to get into debt.
Your Health

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Christmas is without doubt one of the unhealthiest times of the year! Not only do you tend to overindulge in delicious and unhealthy food, but it isn’t a time that you ever do much exercise. After all, it’d be pretty antisocial to get up and go for a run when you’ve just finished your Christmas dinner! But it’s important to get yourself in good health for the New Year.
First of all, take a good look at your diet. Chances are, by the time January rolls around, you’ll have spent most of the last few weeks snacking and drinking a little more alcohol than you should! From the start of 2017, it’s time to get a grip on yourself. 
Start meal planning: not only does this help you get more organised, but it also cuts down the money you spend on food and helps you to stop snacking in between meals. 
Drink more water – not only does this make your skin clear, smooth and flawless, but it will also decrease your appetite so you don’t eat more than you need to.
If you want to get more fit and toned, start going to an exercise class. If you’re an active person who likes to dance, try Zumba! 
If you’re a little more chilled and you’d like to give your mental health a helping hand, try out a yoga class. Pilates and tai chi are also great if you want some simple exercise that will help strengthen your core. Finally, put on your walking shoes and go for a hike! So long as you’re wrapped up warm, the cold weather won’t matter.
Your Relationship

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When you’re extremely busy, you often tend to let things slide a little, and your relationship is definitely one of the things that you pay less attention to. 
Because you assume it’ll always be there, you often don’t devote as much time to maintaining your relationship as you should.
But it’s important to make sure that you’re connected to each other. After the family oriented hubbub of Christmas and New Year, the next holiday is Valentine’s Day! Schedule a babysitter every two or three weeks so you can go out on a date together. If this isn’t possible, have a night in together at home. 
Watch your favourite movie and eat your favourite meal and make sure that you talk to each other. Communication is key to a happy and healthy relationship – if you keep talking honestly to each other, then chances are you’ll stick it out together for the long haul.

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Make Your Own Doctor Who Christmas Cards

Last week Oscar was off from school as he had caught the end of my flu. 
Luckily he's had the flu nasal spray and didn't suffer as much as I did.

I wanted to keep him busy, so I thought it would be the perfect time to make some very cool Doctor Who Christmas Cards.

It's uber easy and next to no mess at all.

We downloaded the copies of the cards from, where there are 4 designs to choose from.

We are massive Doctor Who fans in the Mini Beast household thanks to Daddy's obsession.

I cut out the templates and Oscar took charge of the sticking.
We didn't have any card in the house so I improvised by using some coloured paper and folded it a few times.
It worked pretty well and we were both very impressed with the end result.

Jon loved them so much that he's put them on display and said if we want to send any out we'll have to make some more!

If you want to make your own Doctor Who cards you will need.
The templates which you can download from the Penguin website
Some Card 
A pair of scissors,
A glue stick
A spare 20 minutes.

The illustrations for the cards were taken from the new book - 

A new collection of illustrated Christmas adventures, starring twelve incarnations of the Doctor plus many of his friends and enemies.

Inside this festive book of Doctor Who stories, you'll find timey-wimey mysteries, travels in the TARDIS, monster-chasing excitement and plenty of Christmas magic. Find out what happens when the Third Doctor meets Jackie Tyler, the Seventh Doctor and Ace encounter an alien at Macy's department store, and the Ninth Doctor tries to get Rose a red bicycle for Christmas.
With stories by Jacqueline Rayner, Colin Brake, Richard Dungworth, Mike Tucker, Gary Russell and Scott Handcock, plus twelve original illustrations by artists including the award-winning Rob Biddulph.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Tire Your Kids Out! Getting Through The Christmas Holidays

By this point of the year, everyone’s already looking forward to Christmas! Plenty of good food and gifts mean that it’s a time of year that’s relished by all of us. However, for parents this might not always be the case. Of course you enjoy spending time with your kids when they’re not at school, but at the same time it’s hard to think of ways to keep them occupied. Here are some ideas that don’t just involve their Christmas presents…
Get Artistic And Creative

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This is the time of year that you can really get creative with your kids. Look online for any creative Christmas projects that you can do together. You could make a wreath for your front door, or colourful paper chains to hang up in the rooms, or even a centrepiece for Christmas Day. Making clove oranges is fragrant and fun, and will give your home an incredible Christmassy citrus smell. If you want to bake together, you could make simple Christmas sugar cookies before icing them together. Buy cookie cutters online in the shape of Christmas trees, Santa Claus and his reindeer so you can ice them together. You could even give them to your family and friends as Christmas gifts! Likewise, you could get your kids to decorate photo frames that you can give to their grandparents with photographs of them in, for a fun and personal gift.
Go Out On Day Trips

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Obviously you can’t do this every day, because it might get expensive and time consuming, but this is a great opportunity for you to take your kids out and really enjoy an exciting day together. This time of year there are Christmas markets springing up all over the country, so you could take your kids along there to buy a few Christmas gifts and indulge in some sweet treats. If your family is a sporty, active bunch, consider an activity inside like rock climbing or even a high adrenalin trampoline park. By the time you get home, they’ll be tired out and begging to go to bed early – all the better for you! Alternatively, you could take a cultural route and look around for carol services and special Christmas exhibitions at your local museums, or maybe even celebrities turning on your local Christmas lights. This time of year there’s something going on every day!
Wrap Up Warm And Get Outside

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Even though the cold outside might seem a little oppressive, remember that you can use this time of year to make some incredible memories. If you wrap up in lots of layers and with woollen scarves, hats and gloves, you can spend time outside completely comfortably. Put on your walking boots and get hiking – if you have a dog, it’s important that they still get plenty of exercise this time of year, and going on long dog walks or hikes is a great way to spend time together as a family. Just make sure that your dog is wrapped up warm too! If it snows, take your kids out tobogganing, or if you want to keep it low key, go out into the back garden so you can all make snowmen and snow angels together.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Christmas Gift Ideas With Leap Frog.

Last Christmas we bought the twins Leap Pads and Ru a read with me scout.
They were there favourite presents and they really enjoyed playing with them.
There still going strong today.

So when Leap Frog got in touch and asked if I wanted to review a few things for a Christmas gift guide I was more than happy to say yes!

They really spoilt the boys by sending them
The Leap TV set up,

The twins have been asking for watches for what seems like forever and we've never really found any that we though would be right for them.
So when reading about the Leap Bands I was impressed and questioned myself to why I hadn't thought about looking at them before.

The twins loved them as soon as they saw them in the boxes.
They were desperate for me to get them out and put them onto their wrists.

Leap Bands
suitable for ages 4 -7.

Audio instructions,
Water resistant,
Rechargeable battery,
Parent controls - set quite times and school mode.

The only activity tracker made for kids that encourages active play and healthy habits with 50 fun challenges!

LeapBand comes preloaded with ten imaginative and active play challenges and four cool-down challenges. Parents can add up to 36 more challenges in LeapFrog Connect, so kids will hear fun activity prompts such as "March like an elephant" or "Wiggle like a bug". LeapBand features parental controls to further personalise the experience, including School and Quiet modes.

You can buy the Leap Band from amazon for £13.50, which is a perfect price for a stocking filler/tree present!

The boys love giving all the activities ago, and I can often find them jumping around the living room like a frog in a desperate bid to earn more jewels.

They are easy to charge and to set up, just connect them to a computer and register them over on Leap Frogs Connect page

You can also download an app to your smart phone - Petathlon Games.
Where you can also connect your leadband and it will keep a track of your rewards and you can also play events such as wind sailing, javelin throw, archery and so on.

Count and Crawl Kitty
suitable for ages 9 - 24 months.

Make counting the cat's meow!
Press keys to explore numbers 1-20 and create music.
Bat Kitty's ball of wool or push along for more mew-sical fun.

The kitty is nice and colourful and will catch the eye of any baby.
Ru is older than the recommended age, but he has loved playing with it and I often hear him repeating the numbers and songs that the toy says.
It's helping him with his speech and he loves playing with it.

You can buy count and crawl kitty from Amazon for £10.90.

Leap TV
suitable for ages 3 - 8

The LeapTV system puts learning into motion in three ways:
body capture motion, pointer play and classic controller action.

In the box you get one multi purpose controller, console, console stand, camera stand, motion sensing  camera, HDMI cable, AC power adapter.
You receive a free bonus customisable Pet Play World game with LeapTV registration.

I bought the boys an extra controller and a Spider-Man game off amazon.
The spare controller was £15.50 and the game was £9.99

The twins get envious of Noah playing on his PlayStation so when they saw that they had they're very own console they jumped for joy.

It's relatively easy and quick to set up, so the boys didn't have to wait too long to get going.
They love that they understand what they're meant to do, as rather than have the game instructions written on the screen, it talks to them and tells them what to do.
They are also learning at the same time as playing!

The boys have each pick a pet and love playing games and decorating its home.
Just like on the LeapPad, so because they have already used that they understand what to do on the Leap TV.
The Spider-Man game has been a big hit, even Noah will come and play and help the boys when they get a little stuck.
I can see Santa bringing some new games to fill their stockings!
The Leap TV is aimed at children aged 3-8yrs but its great fun for all the family!

Learning is fun and the leap TV really shows that!

The leap TV kit is currently on sale for only £31.99 rather than £119.99 on the Leap Frog store