Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Almost 2015!

Can you believe it is almost the end of 2014! 

For me this year has seemed to whirl passed my eyes in a matter of seconds leaving behind a whole bag of mixed emotions but mostly these are happy ones. I watched my son leave nursery and start at big school, I gave birth to my baby girl and I have seen James become an amazing big brother. 
This year has also been tough with a horrible pregnancy where I was feeling sick and in a lot of pain the whole way through. Family members have been poorly and we have had to move house totally unexpectedly whilst I was 7 months pregnant!  

To top it all off Christmas was a bit of a write off for us this year. I began feeling ill Christmas eve morning but by Christmas eve night everyone in the house was ill. By Christmas morning we all had soaring temperatures, nasty coughs and stuffy blocked up noses. We tried our best to make the most of it and James LOVED finding that Santa had been and opening all of his presents. 
We had to cancel our Christmas lunch as we were all too poorly to eat anything and the rest of Christmas day was spent snuggled on the sofa watching Christmas dvds. 

Overall though we have loved spending time together as a family of 4, Having everyone here together with no work or school runs to worry about has been lovely and everyone perked up for a spot of ice skating yesterday! 



I have lots of hopes for 2015 but my main ones are -

- To spend more time with my family/children and friends. 
- To loose weight so that I can be happier, healthier and more energetic to run after James and Evie!
- To start saving money rather than wasting it.

But most of all I just want to enjoy it. I want to smile more, regret less and live life to its fullest remembering that life is for living not for worrying. 

This has also been the first proper full year I have been blogging and I have loved it! Not only has my blog been a great place for me to create and store memories for myself, it has been lovely to be able to share these with you, my lovely readers! I have been extremely lucky to also have the opportunity to review some fantastic products and work with some amazing companies, which hopefully you have found useful. I would like to thank each and every one of you who has visited my blog, my Facebook, my twitter or one of our other pages. Every comment, like, share etc I have been truly greatful for so thank you.

So here's to an amazing 2015!

Do you have any resolutions, wishes or hopes for 2015? please do share with us below. 

xXx


Sunday, 21 December 2014

December Degustabox **REVIEW**

We had a little surprise last week our degustabox arrived early!! Degustabox sent out the boxes early so they were not caught up in all the christmas madness and postal delays over christmas so it was fab to have received it a little bit early so we could enjoy all the yummy items inside over christmas. Here is what was inside our box this month - 
The Chia company oats + chia.
The chia company oats + chia are wholegrain oats and chia blended with the finest quality fruits and coconut oil. You simply add water to create a smooth and creamy textured breakfast. Chia seeds are great for you and packed full of omega 3, fibre, protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidents. I wasnt sure what to expect but after trying it I must say it was delicious. I tried the mixed berry outs and they had a lovely subtle fruity flavour and it felt great to get a good breakfast to start the day. RRP £1.70.

Bahlsen biscuits.
I was delighted to find these in the box and new they would be enjoyed by everyone. These biscuits consist of the finest continental milk chocolate wrapped around a butter biscuit or oozing with caramel. As expected they were devoured by the whole family and they were totally delicious! It was great to find both the milk chocolate and caramel versions in the box so we got to try both. RRP £1.79 per pack.

Popchips.
Popchips slogan is "All the flavour half the fat" and this was certainly true! These crisps were packed with flavour and contain less than 100 calories per serving. Pop chips are made in a completly different way, they are not fried nor are they baked they are actually popped using a little heat and preasure leaving you with a delicious tasting crisp with a crunchy texture, Delicious! RRP £1.79.

Pukka Herbs
Pukka herbs clean green is a fresh burst of pure organic green tea with a luscious lemony lift. Im not a huge fan of hot drinks anyway but will occasionally drink a fruity tea. You could smell the lemon as soon as the water hit the herbs. RRP £2.39 for 20 sachets.

Eisberg alcohol free wine. 
Eisberg alcohol wine is made in exactly the same way as alcoholic wine just with the alcohol removed so you get the same taste. Eisberg alcohol wine is available in Chardonnay, Rose, Cabernet, Sauvignon and Riesling so a lovely big selection. I was a little disappointed to find the non alcoholic version in my box. Especially since degustabox are now offering their customers the choice between having alcohol or no alcohol in your box so perhaps would have been great to include this in the non alcoholic version of the box and given an alcohol version to others. However it will come in handy if I have to drive over christmas but still fancy something a bit different to lemonade! RRP £3.49.

Gloworm mixers.
Gloworm mixers are premium mixers specifically blended to compliment a variety of spirits. They are sugar and taurine free and come in 4 unique flavours. Raspberry and Orris for Vodka, Cucumber and Apple for Gin, Pear, spice and lime for Rum and Lemongrass and ginger for Bourbon. I have popped these away to enjoy over christmas but I love the sound of the unique flavours. RRP £1.50 each.

Kents kitchen meal kits.
Kents kitchen bring to you these 1,2,3 step authentic meal kits. The 3 pots you get in each pack contain all the herbs, spices and oil you will need for your meal and you just need to add the fresh ingredients. These little pots are handy to have in the cupboard to whip up a tasty meal in no time and minimal mess. I was a little disappointed to find these in the box again as we recieved them just a few months ago however it was great to try a new flavour! I would say these are more for adults than a family based meal though as it was quite spicy. RRP £2.50.

Fry light infuse chilli spray.
I am a big fan of Frylight and use the original frylight for all types of cooking and baking so I was excited to a flavoured variety in the box. The chilli infused frylight is made with natural chilli extract and because it is dispensed via a spray nozzle you can adjust the amount of flavour and heat you add to your dish. I recently used this to make a stir fry and it was a great addition. It have a subtle chilli flavour to the meal without being over power but adding a great flavour with just a few sprays! RRP £2.00.

Bonne Maman marmalade.

This Bonne Maman course orange marmalade is fresh, zingy and made with thick shred orang peels for lots of character. Bonne Maman maramlade really packs a punch of flavour and you get a real waft of orange as soon as you pop the lid. The texture is a little thick for me but it will work great in cooking. RRP £2.30.

Overall this was another great box from Degustabox. There are 1 or 2 items we wont use personally but I will b epassing these on to family who will love them so nothing will go to waste. I have to admit I was a little disappointed at the lack of festive treats/ items but this is just a personal opinion and the box was still fab!


Do you fancy trying out Degustabox for yourself? Then you can order directly from their website or you can stay up to date with all the latest news and offers via one of their social media pages.


xXx

* I was not paid for this review. All opinions given are my own.
* If you would like me to review your product or service, please email me on xJessLegresleyx@hotmail.com.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Clearwell Caves Santa visit!

Each year as Christmas approaches we take a trip to visit Santa. We visit somewhere different each year and make a day of it. This year we visited Clearwell Caves in Coleford. 

"Clearwell Caves are natural caves, extensively mined for iron ore to make some of Britain's most complex and oldest mine workings. The mine dates back well over 4,000 years, when early miners dug for ochre pigments to make paints. Iron ore miners later created a warren of underground passageways, by connecting huge caverns."

Each year at Clearwell Caves they put on the story of "The perfect christmas tree". The caves are decorated, illuminated and tell a magical christmas story for all to enjoy. Santa is also hidden among the caves for you to pay a visit mid way through your walk around the caves. 

James loves caves so we knew he would love the visit and the added bonus of Santa was sure to see him in excitement over drive lol! We certainly were not disappointed either.



As we entered the caves it was great to see all of the authentic machinery and tools used back when the caves were used for mining and it was great to tell James a little bit about it.

As we ventured further in to the caves the story began. The story is written on boards next to lit up displays which consists of large rag doll type figures, large illuminated trees and lights as well as other stuffed toy characters and effects. 
James loved hearing the short bits of story that went along with the displays and it meant we spent a nice long while looking around the caves without James getting bored. There was also no tour guide or time limit in the caves so you could spend as much or as little time as you liked looking round, I thought this was fab especially with little ones who sometimes like to spend more time in one places than others. 

The displays were beautiful and you could really tell that a lot of effort and time had gone into each and every one. 


Parking is free at Clearwell Caves and the price to enter the caves during Christmas time is £9 per person. Babies under 2 go free or you can pay £4.50 for them to get a gift from Santa. 

We arrived just before opening time at 10 am and there was already a small que however it quickly went down and both the que to get in and the que for Santa were well organised and went down quickly with minimum waiting time. 

James and Evelyn both loved seeing Santa and much to our surprise there were no tears from Evelyn and James told Santa all that he wanted for Christmas, they both sat with Santa for a lovely photo and small chit chat. You are able to take your own photo of the children with Santa which I think is fab as it means no extra hidden costs and you can take several photos as you please. 


After visiting Santa the children could then head over to a small market type stall loaded with gifts and choose a gift of their choice. I had mixed thoughts about this is I thought it was a great idea they got to choose a present they would like, However I did think it took away a little of the magic of receiving a wrapped "surprise" present directly from Santa. James loved choosing his own present though!

Inside the caves is also a small Christmas market and cafe. We didn't visit these as we had young children with us however the Christmas market stalls looked lovely and filled with some fantastic gift ideas, Christmas decorations and keepsakes. 

Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our visit and the caves and Santa were fantastic! If you are looking for a Santa to visit or something to keep the children occupied for a few hours in the run up to Christmas I would really recommend trying out Clearwell Caves! 

Why not pop over to their website to find out more - www.clearwellcaves.com

Have you taken your children to visit santa this year? 

xXx



Friday, 19 December 2014

Almost christmas!

Just a quick post from me today but can you believe its almost christmas! 

I think the blue skies (although very cold) are throwing me off a little bit and I keep having to remind myself it really is less than 1 week until the big day. Theres just snow about snow that automatically makes it chrismassy right? 

James is so excited, Not helped by the visit from santa as school this week which has sent him into christmas overdrive and every night before bed we get "is santa coming tonight" lol.

This will of course be Evie's first christmas and although I know she is really still to young to understand any of it she has loved the christmas lights on the tree and I cant wait to spend it as a family all together. 

James loved putting up the decorations! Here he is putting the all important final touch to the christmas tree (the angel on top of course!) 



We have also been introducing some new traditions for James and Evie to enjoy such as Elf on the shelf and a christmas eve basket (post to follow with pics). 

Heres some of the things our naughty elf has been up too - 




So now I just have the big christmas food shop to do, YAY lots of christmas goodies! and a few more presents to wrap.

Do you have any christmas traditions you do every year? Are you all organised for christmas? 

xXx

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Lakeland Family Fun Hamper **REVIEW**

I am a bit of a sucker for hampers! I find myself browsing through all the different hamper options when they all start appearing around christmas. So as you can imagine I was over the moon to be offered a family hamper from Lakeland to try out. 

I do often find hampers centre around 1 type of product i.e alcohol, cheeses, chocolate etc but that is where the Lakeland family fun hamper is a little different.

The family fun hamper contains a mix of chocolate, sweets, puddings, crisps, sauces, drinks, crackers and even games!


Here is what is included in the Lakeland family fun hamper -
  • Half-Coated Chocolate Christmas Tree Biscuits (200g).
  • Claire’s Smoky Red Pepper Salsa Dip (200g).
  • Montezuma’s Giant Milk Chocolate Buttons (180g).
  • Mackie’s Sea Salt Crisps (150g).
  • Cartmel Chocolate Sauce (170g).
  • Chocca Mocca Belgian Drinking Chocolate (150g).
  • Cole’s Chocolate Steamed Pudding Twin Pack (2 x 110g).
  • Propercorn Sweet & Salty (30g).
  • Perry Court Farm Apple Juice (75cl).
  • Australian Soft Eating Liquorice – Strawberry Flavoured (500g).
  • Milk Chocolate Battleships (140g).
  • Sprout Roulette (120g).
  • 8 Bingo Crackers.
  • The World’s Silliest Family Jokes.
The box arrived beautifully packaged in a multi-coloured very sturdy cardboard box with everything inside individually wrapped again in sturdy card. 


We loved the addition of the fun games which is not something I have seen in other hampers. My personal favourite game included was the chocolate battleships. Its a game all the family can have a giggle over and there is chocolate to eat (whats not to love!?! lol). I also know that my mum and sister will have a real giggle at the sprouts game. The addition of the family jokes tin was a great idea too as they are something that can be packed away and brought out every christmas. 

I love how this box had such a variety of products in it. It really is the ultimate family hamper with some real luxury products to enjoy. There is so much included that you could even break the hamper down and give some of the products as gifts if you wished too. 


All of the products inside are high quality and totally delicious! The family fun hamper would make a fantastic gift for a family if you are looking for something a little bit different to send as a gift. 

If this hamper isnt for you, no problem Lakeland have SO many hampers to choose from you are bound to find one that is perfect for you. Why not pop over and check out all the hampers available on their website here - www.lakeland.co.uk.

You can also stay up to date with all the latest news, offers and new products on the Lakeland twitter and facebook pages here  - 


What hamper do you most like the look of over on the Lakeland website? 

xXx

* I was not paid for this review. All opinions given are my own.

* If you would like me to review your product or service, please email me on xJessLegresleyx@hotmail.com.


Sunday, 14 December 2014

November Degustabox **REVIEW**

Whats not to love about a monthly box delivered straight to your door filled to the brim with exciting new food and drink items to try from new and existing brands? Well that is exactly what Degustabox brings you! 



We have been receiving the Degustabox for several months now and I can honestly say we have NEVER been disappointed by the contents of any of our boxes.

Here is what was inside our November Degustabox - 

Kettle Chips. 
All the greatness of the original Kettle chips but in two tasty new flavours these flavours are limited edition for christmas so get yours quick! We had the Salsa Mesquite flavour in our box and they were delicious. When I first saw them I was a bit dubious as its not a flavour I would normally pick up but im glad I got to try them. They have a lovely heat to them and taste a cross between barbecue and tomato. RRP £2.19 each

Cool Dawn Recovery Drinks.
Cool dawn drinks are a herbal detox drink that is designed to cure/prevent hangovers. These are suppose to be drink at the end of the night after you have been drinking and then again in the morning if needed. The flavour is suppose to be a combination of liquorice and citrus but I have to admit the taste really wasn't great. Im not a big drinker anyway so I hadn't had a chance to properly try them out. RRP £1.49 each.

Lindor My Melting Moment. 
These were my favourite thing in the box (who doesnt love chocolate!?!) There were actually 5 inside the box so plenty to go around and we all loved them. It was fantastic to find a high quality chocolate brand in the box and I loved the start shapes (perfect for christmas!) RRP £0.65 each.

Kents Kitchen Flavour Shots.
I love trying things like this. With James now at school and Evelyn always demanding my attention for cuddles or feeding it can be hard to get a tasty meal on the table each night. So these flavour shots that can be just added in with meat, veg, pasta and potatoes etc pack the meal with loads of flavour making a tasty meal simply and quickly. We had the Fajita flavour shots which had a little bit of spice to them but we all really enjoyed them even James who is 5! RRP £1.85 each (4 pots per pack).

Branston Chutney.
Branston already produce lots of delicious products but now they have introduced a new product to their range Chutney! You can choose from Caramelised onion or Mediterranean tomato. Included in our box was the Mediterranean tomato. Im not really a bit fan of chutney but I gave them to my dad who was delighted to try them and gave them a big thumbs up. He said they had a lovely rich flavour. RRP £1.50. 

PIP Organic fruit juice. 
PIP organic is a family run london based business that produce award winning pure organic juices and smooties. We received the apple fruit juice in our box and it was really tasty and refreshing. PIP fruit juices are made from 100% organix fruit and not from concentrate and you can really taste this in the flavour. James enjoyed them too and you could really taste the fresh apple. RRP £1.50 each.

Montano Cider.
This Italian crafted cider is solely made from the apples grown in the foothills of the Trentino region of Northern Italy. Both myself and hubby enoyed this. It had a smooth refreshing taste that was easy to drink. RRP £2.79 each.

Holy Cow Curries.
Holy Cow sachets are authentic indian curries made from all natural ingredients, No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives just great tastes! These sachets also have the added bonus of being gluten free and suitable for vegatatians. These again were perfect for putting together a quick but tasty meal. Myself and James enjoyed the curry (we are curry wimps and dont like anything too spicy lol) and Hubby enjoyed the Madras which he said was great and packed a real punch. RRP £1.69 each. 

Also included in the box this month was a gift!! Yep thats right Degustabox sent out an extra gift to all of there loyal customers who had been with them from the get go. Its so great to hear of a company rewarding existing customers and not just new customers. 
The gift we received were these totally delicious Baru Marshmallows. 
These were totally delicious marshmallows are dipped in chocolate and flavoured with sea salt caramel. Such a lovely gift! 

Do you fancy trying Degustabox out for yourself? You can order your box here from the website www.degustabox.com and if you use the code AOP76  to receive £3 off your order. 

Each box is priced at just £12.99 (£9.99) using the code above and that included postage. As you can see the value of the contents inside the box far outweighs the price of the box. We always look forward to ours turning up and have been introduced to so many fab products and brands since receiving our Degustabox.

Do you have a friend who you think would love this box? How about sending one as a christmas present? 


What is your favourite item from the box this month? 

xXx

* I was not paid for this review. All opinions given are my own.
* If you would like me to review your product or service, please email me on xJessLegresleyx@hotmail.com.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Organix Goodies Christmas selection box.

With christmas coming the shops are filled with chocolate, sweets and selection boxes which are great as a treat for older children but what about the younger toddlers? 

Well the fantastic people at Organix have come up with the Organix Goodies Christmas selection box for children 12 months +. 



Each selection box contains -


Box Contents
  • 1 x Blackcurrant & Apple Fruit Stars 12g 
  • 1 x Raspberry & Apple Fruit Moos 12g
  • 1 x Raspberry & Apple Soft Oaty Bar 30g 
  • 1 x Mini Gingerbread Men 25g 
  • 1 x Alphabet Biscuits 25g 

These boxes are priced at just £2.99 so a really great price with such a big selection of products inside. 

The Organic Goodies christmas selection boxes are available to buy at Boots, Ocado and Amazon.

As well as these selection boxes Organix have a fantastic range of "no junk" products and you check them all out here on their website www.organix-shop.co.uk.

xXx


* I was not paid for this review. All opinions given are my own.
* If you would like me to review your product or service, please email me on xJessLegresleyx@hotmail.com.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Christmas Giveaway Number 3!

Have you seen our christmas givaways we have been running? If not check them out here -

Chocolate mug brownie kit

Marvellous Mummy Kit

Today we have a Carddies set to give away to one of our lucky readers! 


What are Carddies?

  • Carddies are little Card People to colour in and play with for hours
  • They come in fun sets:  some sets are ready now, and many more are on their way!
  • Carddies sets appeal to girls and to boys aged 3 to 99!
  • Each Carddies set has double sided little Card People and a scene to colour in, high quality Carddies colouring pencils, and plastic stands which all bring the Carddies to life
  • Carddies are packaged in a perfect, robust card box. You can carry them everywhere!
  • Carddies are made in the UK using premium materials made to last

So fancy winning your own Carddies set? Then enter via the rafflecopter form below. The lucky winner will get to choose a set of your choice from the Carddies website here - www.carddies.com

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Open to UK residents only. A winner will be picked via rafflecopter at random and prize will be sent from the company themselves and not myself. The winner will be notfied via email and then I will require your full name and address to pass on to the company for your prize to be sent. 

Happy half birthday Evelyn!

Evelyn turned 6 months yesterday!

I cannot believe its been 6 months since she came in to our lives! 

Evelyn is such a little character now, She is babbling and "almost" sitting unaided but will do it for a few seconds at a time when she wants too. Shes more interested in standing and looking at the big wide world around her and will quite happily stand (if you hold her hands) for ages. She can also roll from her back to her front but then cannot get back, which isnt very handy as she hates being on her front but insists on constantly rolling lol!

(Evelyn is such a big girl she can hold her own bottle now.) 

She is such a mummy's girl which is so lovely as James was a complete dad's boy. Although James is her absolute favourite of course and she always has a smile on her face for her big brother. Its so lovely watching them laugh, play and grow together. 

Evelyn is loving trying new foods and we are totally going along with the "food is fun until their 1 " moto and its been much less stressful for all of us. Her favourites are cucumber and baby biscotti. She does like toast but tends to just lick the butter off lol and she is definitely not loving carrot!. 

(Evelyn likes to sit in the sit up seat of the trolley for short periods of time so she can have a nosey round lol.)

Its really strange because it feels like she has been with us forever. I worried so much about how James would adapt to having another baby here and having to share us but he loves her so much I dont think he can remember a time when she wasn't here either, Hes just so happy to have someone to play with and to protect.

Evelyn is enjoying classes such as jolly babies, swimming and baby and me (a local class run by our local sure start centre) and we have met some fantastic friends through it too. She has a better social life than I do I think and just this week along has got 2 christmas parties! 

(Cuddles with daddy and her big brother!)

Thanks for reading.

xXx

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Nonabox **REVIEW** Box Three.

You may have noticed we have been reviewing Nonabox recently. If you haven't seen them yet check out our other reviews here BOX 1, BOX 2.



Nonabox is a monthly subscription box aimed at mums to be all the way up until your child is two. Each Nonabox is delivered straight to your door and will contain 6-9 high quality products tailored to you and your baby/ stage in pregnancy. 

Here is what was in our box this month...



Ella's Kitchen - Spinach, apples and swedes food pouch (stage 1 4 months+) RRP 99p each.
I love the Ella's kitchen range and find they have such a huge variety of flavours for baby to try! It was great to find a pouch that was tailored to my babies age inside the box too. 

Sleepytot bunny baby comforter - RRP £10.99.
This little bunny is so soft! It features velcro on its hands and feet which can be used to hold items such as a dummy or to be attached to the cot bars or pushchair. Evelyn doesn't use a dummy however it has been handy to be able to attach it to the pushchair so she cannot chuck it out! 

Yoomi 5oz Bottle - RRP £7.50
The Yoomi bottle is part of a unique warming system, It is first self-warming baby bottle, yoomi gently warms baby's feed to the natural temperature of breast milk in just 60 seconds using a small pod that sits inside the bottle to warm it. I was however a little disappointed to find just the bottle in the box and no actual warming pod so I was unable to try out the whole unique system, However the bottle looks good and has a fab wide neck and soft flexible teat. 

Mum kind, Bump to baby nutrition bar - RRP £2
This is a cereal bar with milk choc chips and raisins and then dipped in chocolate!
"Nutritionally balanced for pregnant women, 'Bump to Baby enhanced bars' are the perfect portable snack for busy days. With 25% NRV* of 18 key nutrients (essential for mums-to-be and her baby) such as Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron and Vitamin K they are a chocolate treat that’s much better for you." I was a little disappointed I didn't find these whilst I was pregnant as it was delicious and could have really topped up my nutrients through the morning sickness!

Gumigem teething necklace - RRP £10.35
I already have a circular pendant style Gumigem necklace and LOVE them! My little girl loves twiddling with the cord when feeding and it has been great for her to chew on when I have been carrying her in the sling. These necklaces are not only stylish but practical too and made from washable silicone they are great for teething babies. 

Lindt Lindor milk chocolate truffles 50g - RRP £1.00
Of course I was happy to see these in the box who doesn't love chocolate lol! These delicious truffles melt in your mouth. The box is mostly aimed at baby products so it was lovely to have something for myself to enjoy inside. 


I have loved receiving the Nonabox, The excitement of finding out what is inside the box each month is fantastic. I love the fact it gives you the opportunity to try out high quality products from companies you may or may not of heard of before for a fraction of the price! 

Do you fancy trying out Nonabox for yourself or do you want to find out a little more? Check out the website here - nonabox.co.uk.

You can also stay up to date with all the latest news and offers via the Nonabox Facebook page here - www.facebook.com/nonabox.

What product you like the look of the most out of this box? 

xXx

* I was not paid for this review. All opinions given are my own.
* If you would like me to review your product or service, please email me on xJessLegresleyx@hotmail.com.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide 2014 - Children's toys!





1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Junior ReadyBed - RRP £29.99 Available from Amazon and Argos.
"Snuggle up, settle down, shut your eyes – a slumberfull night awaits. Perfect for a home stay or a nighttime adventure away, the Turtles Junior ReadyBed is the all-in-one sleeping bag and bed where superhero sleep comes easy. Let Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Rafael take him from eyes wide open to the land of nod in moments. Simply pop it open, pump it up and have him tucked in tight as a hero in a half shell in seconds, cosied up on a super-soft mattress and plush built-in pillow."

2. Zippy Mat Gigantic Keyboard Playmat - RRP £19.75 Available from Amazon.
"Giant piano playmat with 24 touch sensitive keys, Select which of the 8 instruments you want the keys to sound like, then run along the keys to play delightful tunes. Te function buttons along the top allow you to record and play back your musical creations. Great for kids and parties.

3. Tomy Bathtime Octopals - RRP £9.99 Available from Toys R us (Babies R us).
"Floating bath island toy featuring a mummy octopus pouring cup and 8 little baby water squirters that can stick to bath sides or tiles. Your toddler will have great fun in the bath with these brightly coloured fun Octopals! Squirters have a different number that corresponds to a number on the base for number matching fun."

4. Transformers 4 Stomp and Chomp Grimlock - RRP £84.99 Available from many places including Tesco, Smyths, Toys R us and Argos.
"At almost 40cm tall, this Transformers 4 Stomp and Chomp Grimlock features incredible attention to detail plus lights and sounds. This mighty figure is ready to take on any enemy and can convert in just 1 step into a chomping dinosaur with light up eyes."

5. GetGo Disney Frozen Play Tent - RRP 24.99 Available from Argos and Amazon.
"Dream of being whisked away to a fairytale Castle? Discover an enchanted kingdom on your doorstep with our Disney Frozen Castle Play Tent. Whether she’s getting ready to be crowned queen indoors or planning a Frozen adventure in the garden, with her princess friends Elsa and Ana by her side this Castle Play tent is the perfect place for fairytale adventures."

6. Despicable Me Moon Chair - RRP £24.99 Available from Argos and Smyths.
This is a must have for all Despicable Me fans who want to get their hands on all things Minion! This fun folding moon chair from HGL is the perfect way to bring a touch of Minions to the home and is the perfect size for young Minion fans to sit comfortably while playing or watching TV. "

7. Colour Your Own Cardboard Rocket Playset - RRP £20.00 Available from Hawkins Bazaar. 
"NASA spends so much time and money on its shuttles, you'd have thought they could have at least put a little bit of colourful flair into their designs. Now you have the chance to succeed where our most talented rocket scientists have failed with this rocket playhouse that comes ready to be coloured. Once the cardboard pieces have been folded and slotted together, the rocket stands over a metre tall and can be decorated with any materials that little astronauts desire."

8. My Pal Violet/ Scout - RRP £17.99 Available from Argos, Smyths, Amazon, Toys R us, Very and more. 
My Pal Scout introduces a variety of early learning concepts from numbers to routines and music. As a loyal learning buddy, Scout prompts kids to interact with him socially and encourages them to talk and sing along to build early language skills."

9. My Magical Mermaid Play Set - RRP £19.99 Available from Hawkins Bazaar.
What's a magical mermaid without her own underwater kingdom to explore? Fill this large cylindrical tank with water and then drop in the included mermaid figure and she'll start to explore her new underwater wonderland. Flip the switch to activate the blue LED light, illuminating the water to make it look like an enchanted lagoon. The water-activated My Magical Mermaid figure swishes her tail to swim, darting between the plastic rocks and coral at the bottom of her tank. Place the magic ring around her waist and she'll bob up and down, or slip it over her head like a crown and she'll swim horizontally on her back."


There are so many fantastic gift ideas out there this year that it was really hard to choose just a few to share! 

What is at the top of your children's wishlist to santa this year? 

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