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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Noah’s First Proper Christmas

Recently I was asked by Mothercare to share some advice and ideas on my first baby's first Christmas for a blog post that they were putting together.
Bloggers Tips for a Baby's First Christmas
I was more than happy to do so and now that their post is live I thought I would share my whole piece with you guys.


Noah was born on December 18th, 2007 so his very first Christmas is a total blur and I can’t really remember much apart from staying up most the night watching Father Ted and breast feeding and eating brownies!

So when people ask me about Noah’s first proper Christmas I always remember Christmas 2008 where he had just turned 1 and was already walking.

I remember going really OTT with the decorations in our little flat and making a ridiculous amount of paper snowflake’s and putting up our very first Christmas Tree.
He didn’t really take any notice of any of it and continued doing what he did most days.
I was so worried it wouldn’t be perfect that I forgot he was only 1 and wouldn’t actually remember if there were decorations.

Christmas eve we went over and stayed with my parents so that we could all wake up together and for the first time in a long time make a big fuss of Christmas morning as he was the first grandchild!

We did the carrot for Rudolph and drink for Santa and I even started a tradition that the boys all still have, which is brand new Christmas pjs to go to bed in!
It felt nice to be making a fuss again as the magic really does fade away once you enter your teens and adulthood.
So even though Noah had no idea what we were doing we all really enjoyed doing it.

Christmas morning we had breakfast first as I was adamant that Noah would stick to his routine.

Noah loved seeing all the pretty coloured boxes of all shapes and sizes under the twinkling tree and Seeing as he’d just had a birthday he knew full well what was to be done with those boxes and was more than eager to get going and started helping himself too all the boxes that took his fancy.

He got very spoilt that year and everyone enjoyed doing so.
 I remember his favourite present was a toy hoover from Mothercare that my Gran had bought for him as she knew how much he loved pretending to use my hoover to clean around the flat.

He had his first taste of Christmas dinner that year too, and from what I can remember he ate it all up.
I do wish I knew about Baby Led Weaning back then as that would have made my meal time much easier and I think he would of enjoyed it more as he was a very hands on baby!

 I over stressed the little things and over spent on presents for him as I worried he wouldn’t have enough but in the end he had more than he knew what to do with and if I asked him now what he got he wouldn’t even know and to be honest I hardly remember what he got!

I also stressed too much on trying to keep him in his usual routine,
 not only did it not work as meal times were all out of sync and there was far too much going on for him to nap.
I stressed out and didn’t enjoy the day as much as I should have.

Noah survived not having his usual routine and so did I.
I have learned from this and with all the other boys first Christmas I was much more relaxed and enjoyed the day a lot more!

When Noah did get a little grizzly around lunchtime we popped on some shoes and took him out for an afternoon stroll and left mum to crack on with lunch and by the time we got back Noah was fast asleep and I was calmer and able to enjoy the rest of the day!

My bit of advice is to not worry about going too mad with the presents as they don’t really need much for their first Christmas and will be quite happy with something little.
Maybe focus buying little keepsakes that you can keep to remember your 1st baby’s very first Christmas.

Try not to stress the little things, if your routine does goes out of sync don’t fret life will go on and the baby will survive.

If you end up feeling stressed pop on your coat and take babe for a stroll and I promise it will make you feel 100x better!

I can't believe that my first little baby is about to have his 10th Christmas!!
Where did the time go?!


In return for writing my tips and advice Mothercare very Kindly sent the Twins & Ru some gorgeous festive PJs and a very cool Christmas Eve box that I can fill with goodies for all four boys.

The Christmas Eve box and PJs can be found over on Mothercare's Christmas shop.

Keep an eye on the blog to find out what I'll be putting inside the Christmas Eve box.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

#MySundayPhoto .... Mother and Son

I haven't linked up to #MySundayPhoto for a long time and I've actually really missed it.
So I thought I'd re-join in with the fun by sharing this photo of Oscar and I taken at my wedding.

I'm still working my way through all the wedding photos and every time I go back through them I find hidden gems such as this. 

I have shared a handful of photos already and if you haven't seen them and would like to then click here.


** Photo Credit -- Mdknightphotography/ **

Monday, 6 November 2017

John Adams BLOPEN Glitter Studio Review

As part of my review series for the brand new John Adams Craft Club that launched at the end of September.

I am now sharing with you how me and the boys got on with the Blopens Glitter Studio

Box Contains;

Glitter Holder, 
Glue Pen, 
4 Glitter Tubes, 
Butterfly Mobile. 
3 Flowers, 
8 Stencils, 
Ribbon and Instructions


I really love the amount of different stencils you get included in the box, the boys all enjoyed looking through them deciding which ones they were going to do and who they were going to be for.

Once you've got everything out the box you can then turn the box around and use it as an easel, with slots for all the pens and glitter tubes. 
Which is great for helping you store your pens whilst you work on your master piece.

For our first attempt at BLOPENS we decided we would just use the templates on normal paper just so we could get the hang of it.
Everyone decided they would do one for their favourite teachers at school which was rather sweet.

They made sure to add lots of glitter to make them look extra special.

The BLOPENS were really easy to use and the all 3 of the boys found it nice and simple to use them.
Even little Ru mastered them and made some really awesome art work!
The recommended age is 6 upwards but with adult supervision the boys all got on really well.
If using BLOPENS with under 6 always make sure an adult is present!

After the wedding the boys are all planning to do one of the mobiles designs and hang it in their room.

The boys joint effort for Daddy
For their head teacher
For another teacher.

Recommended for ages 6 +
Available from Smyths Toys 
 RRP £24.99

Over on the John Adams Craft Club Facebook page there are lots of craft tips/ideas, competitions, reviews and a whole lot of other fun things.
Why not head over and check it out!

Hot Wheels Roto Revolution Track Set

Hot Wheels Roto Revolution will test your skills in a head-to-head face off with friends. 
Challengers strategically launch their Hot Wheels cars into the rotating set. 
With perfect timing, you’ll be looping around the set and crashing and smashing into your opponent’s cars in no time! 
Last man standing in the loop wins! 
Launch into action with this interactive, strategic, skill based track set with the fast action you expect from Hot Wheels. 

Key Features;

  • Battle your friends and test your skills in this EPIC rotating track set
  • Challengers strategically launch their Hot Wheels cars into the rotating set
  • Time your launch and you'll be looping around the set and crashing and smashing into your opponent's cars in no time! 
  • This interactive, strategic, skill-based boosted set delivers speed and in-your-face action
  • The last car racing wins! Start over again and sharpen your launching skills to secure your victory
  • Batteries required: 4 x D (Not included)
  • Ages 5 and up
Whats in the box;

The Roto Revolution™ Track Set includes 2 launchers and 2 Hot Wheels® cars.

As soon as this track was the built the boys were eager to get racing!
The track really took no time at all putting together, I'm sure Noah could have done this with his eyes shut it was that simple!

It really is the perfect entertainment for the twins, they love nothing more than challenging each other to find out whose the best!
So this track really is perfect for them.

Oscar picked the Pink Hot Wheel and Alex picked the blue & orange Hot Wheel and they each took their place behind their launchers.

It took them both a few goes, as they just couldn't get their timings right, and would end up missing the slot as the track rotated.

After a few goes Alex seemed to get the hang of it which annoyed Oscar, so much so that he really focused and ended up slamming his launcher just at the right time to get his car shooting around the track and knocking off Alex's car right off the track!

Tears, tantrums and laughter were all part of the experience of playing with this track!
Once the frustration was over the fun began and they sat and played happily whilst I cracked on with Sunday dinner.

After the boys were finished even Ru tried to have a go, but he just couldn't get the car onto the track, but to be fair he was just happy with hitting his launcher and watching the car crash into the track.

I was surprised both twins managed to get their cars to loop the loop without falling to the floor mid loop!

Another toy that would be perfect for twins, as they each get a car and each get to play it at the same time!
This track would make an awesome Christmas present.
Available from Argos for £49.99