Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Making Magical Christmas Memories at LaplandUK!

This weekend we all got well and truly into the Christmas spirit with the most magical day out to visit Father Christmas at LaplandUK!

LaplandUK is an original adaptation of the Father Christmas story and the story behind the secret world of elves which is all brought to life through a 4 hour immersive experience.

The experience begins before you even check in. As you step foot from the car you are met by the beautiful scenery of Whitmoor forest where you can follow the signs for enchanted forest to begin your journey. Once inside the check in area you are transported to a magical world of elves where even the people checking you in are elves!

Our First Real Christmas Tree with Pines and Needles **REVIEW**

Last week we took delivery of a beautiful Christmas tree ready to throw our living room into full Christmas mode but this was a little different. We have always had a fake tree but this year Pines and Needles very kindly offered to send of one of their beautiful real Nordmann fir tree's and the kids were so excited to be finally getting a real tree!

Pines and Needles was founded by brothers Josh and Sam Lyle back in 1995. It all started when the youngsters (then aged 15 and 13) came up with the brainwave of loading an old horsebox with Christmas trees from their family farm in Scotland and taking the long journey down to London.After a few years the kilted crew grew in size, the Internet beckoned, and the rest, as they say, is history. Pines and Needles will deliver your chosen Christmas tree o your door, install, decorate and even take away and recycle anywhere in London or the South of England. Now that's how you take the stress out of Christmas!

We were all so excited for the delivery of our tree which arrived promptly and on the day stated. The trees come netted as well as in a green plastic bag to keep them as safe and fresh as possible for when they reach you. Unfortunately we had some issues with our first tree that seemed to have been damaged. This wasn't an issue for Pines and Needles though as with every Christmas tree you order if you are not totally happy with your tree once it arrives, simply give them a call or email and they will arrange a replacement tree to be sent out to you asap! 

I think that's pretty amazing customer service and really does give you peace of mind when ordering. Our second tree arrived a few days later and we were really happy with it. It was huge (tall and wide) and was the most green tree I have ever seen.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

" Mummy my friend's think you're fat!... "

Its a conversation I knew deep down was coming but one I had wished and hoped wouldn't.

Yesterday as we drove home from school and my husband was asking me how my latest slimming world weigh in had gone, it happened! James turned to me and says "mum I don't really want to tell you because I know it will make you sad.... but my friends said you're fat."

That was it my heart simply sank right there and then I held back the tears that wanted to stream from my face. Instead I simply replied "that's ok James". What a stupid thing to say, of course it wasn't ok! I was basically confirming to him that its ok for people to say horrible things about others which is something I tell him is not ok every day!

You see the truth is I didn't feel worthy of feeling sad or upset. I am fat! Despite losing 2 stone 7lbs at Slimming world its been a pretty long slow journey and I'm still very much over weight so the fact is I am fat and they are right, how could I then be upset?

Thursday, 7 December 2017

#StrongerTogether with Hallmark and the Justice League.

This week the kids were so excited to receive an exciting delivery of some of their favourite superheroes in Itty Bittys form from Hallmark! Including The Flash, Batman, Wonder Woman, Bat Girl, Superman and Super Woman.

Alongside the Itty Bittys the kids discovered everything they needed to make their very own superhero cape and become a hero themselves and so they got to work. Together we designed a family logo which includes the initial of our surname, something we all share. Then the kids went crazy decorating their capes and masks with as much glitter and felt as they could find.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Build-A-Bear Stuffing Station **REVIEW**

Both James and Evelyn love Build-A-Bear Workshop, we only have to walk past the shop in our local shopping mall and I'm certain I can hear their squeals of excitement! However the bears can be pricey and we don't always have time to go in so imagine their excitement when they discovered they could make their very own Build-A-Bear teddies at home!

The Build-A-Bear stuffing station is a kit that allows your children to make two of their very own Build-A-Bear cuddly friends from the comfort of their own home. It comes with all the fun bits that you would find at any Build-A-Bear store including stuffing your own bear, a magical heart to place inside your bear and even some accessories for your new cuddly friends including clothes.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Chicken Pox has taken over our house!

Firstly I would like to apologise for this blog seemingly being so quite over the last few weeks. I have tons of blog posts to share with you including lots of Christmas themed posts however our house has been taken over by Chicken Pox!

Evelyn got Chicken pox almost 3 weeks ago now. She wasn't poorly or even itchy with it but had spots on her tummy, back, tops of her legs and her head (about 25 spots in total). She went back to nursery after a week and a day later her brother had come out in spots. He was then off school for a week returning on Wednesday (much to his delight as he had been desperate to see his friends!). Then just 2 hours after I had dropped him back at school I get a call from pre-school who now think Evelyn has come out in more spots!

I dash down there thinking surely not, I had heard that once you contract Chicken Pox you were then immune, I have since learnt this is most definitely not the case! So yes it would appear Evelyn now has Chicken Pox again so that's twice within one month! Again she doesn't seem ill or itchy what so ever, her big brother was the same and aside from seeing the actual spots you wouldn't even know either of them were ill.

Whilst I feel so bad in saying it, I have to admit I have totally had enough! I'm sick of sitting in this house, staring at these 4 walls as we can't go out and risk passing it on to anyone else. Its like they are tag teaming me here and its been 3 straight weeks so far, the longest I have been out the house is to take on of them to school (which has been a super quick dash so as the one who has Chicken Pox isn't around the other kids!).

I can't seem to get anything done because I have the kids moaning they are bored, fed up or hungry and I just can't clear my mind from this constant headache from being stuck indoors for so long. So really what I am trying to say is I'm so sorry for being so absent and I really appreciate all of you who are still checking in, reading my blog and sticking around.

I will be back soon (hopefully!) with lots of fun, festive content for you all to enjoy and will even do a little giveaway to say thank you for all being so understanding and patient with me.

I can officially say Chicken pox can SOD OFF! I actually think I would rather being doing the school run in the rain than sitting in the house any longer and that says something! Hopefully we will be that to these cheeky happy faces soon!

I hope you are all well, are you all getting ready for Christmas?


Christmas Gift Guide 2017 #2

Who is ready for Christmas? I can't quite believe its just 32 days until the big day and despite my promises to be a bit more organised this year I still have so much to do! I'm always dubious at completing my Christmas shopping for the kids though as they always seem to change their mind!

So I have been searching high and low online for some great gift idea's that I am certain the kids will love and I have put lots of them here to help you with some idea's too. From fascinating books to inflatable stormtroopers here are some of my favourite gift idea's this year.