Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Competition: Win a Steampunk Jewellery Kit

Today I am giving you the chance to win a Design & Make Steampunk Jewellery kit from Interplay. Create your own vintage inspired jewellery with victorian style trends such as angel wings, keys, hearts, clock parts and cogs. The set includes a 20 page activity guide to learn how to design 8 stylish and unique pieces of jewellery. The Design & Make Steampunk Jewellery kit is recommended for ages 8 and over.

Christmas Book Advent

For the past two years I have made a book advent for the kids and it has become quite a tradition. I choose 24 books. Some old. Some new. A mix of some of our favourite family stories, classic Christmas selections and a few new exciting books thrown in the mix. 

For me, it is about spending a little bit of time together enjoying a nice story. We do read all year around but you don't get to read in front of a Christmas tree surrounded by magical lights all year around do you? We love to sit in the warm living room, snuggled under a blanket while the kids take it in turns each day to open up the next book ready to read.

It doesn't need to be an expensive tradition. In fact it doesn't have to cost you more than the money for wrapping paper and tape. My kids have not once asked why their books have been wrapped up or questioned why they are not all new books. They love the book advent and the extra special bit of family time it gives us.

Our books are bought by our special Elf, I like to use an Elf just to bring exciting activities for the kids to do over Christmas and to make Christmas seem even more magical. You don't need an Elf to do a book advent though! This year I have displayed them with the smallest at the top and the largest at the bottom so it looks a bit like a tree shape!

Monday, 30 November 2015

Peter Pan & Wendy at Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Friday night, Me, Andy and Gracie got to spend some much needed time alone to take Gracie to the theatre for the first time. We were lucky enough to be given tickets to attend Peter Pan & Wendy at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford. Adapted by Ella Hickson from the novel by JM Barrie, the show brings the story of Peter Pan & Wendy to life. 

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Christmas Gifts From Photobox

I love personalised photo gifts and my favourite website to use is Photobox. The quality of their products is much higher than any other I have used and I was thrilled to be given some credit to try out some new products for Christmas. 

Friday, 27 November 2015

Christmas Gift Guide: Family Stocking Fillers

Stocking fillers are my favourite gifts to buy. I love to shop for little thoughtful gifts that I think will be really appreciated on Christmas day. So with that in mind,  I have put together a list of lovely small token gifts to give you some inspiration.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Santas Magical Grotto at House of Fraser

On Tuesday evening, the five of us headed to Birmingham straight from picking up Gracie at school for a special VIP event at House of Fraser. We got to have experience their amazing Santa's Magical Grotto ahead of the opening to the public on Saturday 28th November. The House of Fraser Santa's grotto features traditional style shop fronts and a log cabin which houses Santa himself along with his mischievous elves. 

The grotto is built entirely by volunteers from the House of Fraser team with all proceeds going to Harry Moseley's charity Help Harry Help Others. It is the third year running that they have supported this charity and even have boxes of bracelets on sale for a £1 donation each on one of the activity tables. 

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Review: Diono Travel Changer

I have only recently discovered the brand Diono. Diono sell a huge range of products which help busy families, combining safety and convenience to make the perfect baby products. I was recently sent the Diono Travel Changer to try out and see if it is really as handy as it looks.

The Diono Travel Changer is a great space saving nappy changing solution. It is a clutch style bag which contains a foldable change mat, which simply velcro's open or shut for one handed access, and a reusable soft wipes pouch. It has a very handy wrist strap which can obviously hang from your wrist or could also be used to attach to a stroller/trike etc. It also has room inside for 2 or 3 nappies and a full packet of wet wipes. 

I thought this product would be perfect for me to attach to the pushchair on the school run. I have found myself half way to school in the morning to realise Gracie has a mixture of breakfast and toothpaste smudged around her mouth more times than I would like to admit and of course when running out in the morning I never bother picking up the change bag, we have enough to carry and fill the pushchair basket. I have also found myself 'popping in' to a friends or my Grandmas house on the way back from school just for the baby to poo and me have to run home in a panic. So the last few weeks I have tried the travel changer out to see if it makes my life a bit easier. 

I like to wrap the strap around the handle a few times to steady it a little as my pushchair is parent facing and the bag would likely fall near to her and she would helpfully open and empty the contents everywhere. I have only really 'needed' it a few times but those few times I really appreciated it. With Elsie teething and Zach constantly poorly, we quite often have snotty noses and with this cold weather I find they seem to get it worse. So there has been a few occasions where I would usually panic and use whatever I can find to wipe them up and I have quite handily had a pack of wet wipes in the travel changer to use instead. I have made a mental note to add a pack of tissues to the bag too. 

I think the travel changer would be good to keep inside a larger change bag too. If you are out for the day and need to pop to the loo to change the baby you can simply grab the travel changer out of the main change bag to take with you and save rummaging for the things you need in the toilet whilst juggling a baby. I really do like the travel changer and can see us using it a lot. 

The Diono Travel Changer has a RRP of £20 and is available from Uber Kids.