Make time for you this Christmas..

As a busy parent, I confess I sometimes struggle to make time for myself. I read an article which said that the average US Mother works the equivalent of two full time jobs. It also said that Mums got an average 1 hour 7 minutes a day to themselves. Which doesn’t sound very much, so you can see why some of us struggle to find “me time”.

With Christmas on the way, I have vowed to find time to spend on myself! If I’m a happy Mama, then I hope Christmas will be happier for everyone!

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Scalextric BTCC Touring Car Battle Racing Set – Review

Scalextric is on the top of many Christmas lists! We were delighted to get the opportunity to review the Scalextric BTCC Touring Car Battle Racing Set. I say we, actually, Mr G took over, taking photos to send his brother. Yes, they may be grown ups, but they still fondly remember their own childhoods with Scalextric!

 

There’s something really exciting about a new Scalextric set, and even I was excited to get to race! This set is suitable for age 5+, an ideal progression from My First Scalextric! Continue reading →

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3 Timeless Christmas Gift Ideas for a loved one.

Christmas present buying can be tough, you stand in the shop and look blankly at the various gift ideas. In my experience, sometimes this can lead to buying a perfume box set, that the recipient does not really want. Perfume is so hard to buy for someone else, so purchase with care! I have three suggestions to help you pick a gift which will stand the test of time! Continue reading →

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How do you dress your Christmas tree?

How do you dress your Christmas tree? It’s a serious question! Do you go for minimalism or is your tree an explosion of colour and festive cheer? Our tree used to have a strict theme, gold and red only. I had to have red as I have a lovely Santa decoration which I refused not to add to the Christmas tree!! As my children have got older, they want little decorations added, often which they have made, which do not fit my theme!

Christmas Tree Lights and Gold Bauble

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Handmade Christmas Gifts

I am not the most capable person at making things, crafting I do find tough. However, I am trying to improve! My children love crafts, and I am keen to encourage them. I like the idea that they are able to have basic sewing skills for example. This Christmas, we’re trying to have a more eco-friendly Christmas. In my view one of the easiest ways to do this is to make some of our gifts. I confess I am useless at knitting, I have tried many times! So, we’re sticking to sewing and general crafting.

The first thing we have been doing is using scraps of material to sew lavender bags – using dried lavender from our garden. The bags are so easy to sew, and we’ve tied them with ribbon collected from gifts received at previous Christmas or birthdays.

Lavender Bag, scissors and sewing box

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Bathroom Ideas

I believe that a bathroom should be haven of tranquillity. But, as a busy parent, our bathroom is very family friendly! Rubber ducks and child friendly bubble baths adorn the bathroom. However, when the children have gone to bed, I want the bathroom to become my at home spa! Continue reading →

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Does my bump look big in this?

Big bumps, little bumps, as soon as you’re pregnant you seem to see baby bumps everywhere!

I’ve talked baby bumps before, or more specifically the curse of bump envy. This time round, I feel enormous. I have also started to be aware that maybe the baby will be huge. This is something which worries me. I think in part the worry is in part as we’re not having growth scans this pregnancy.

What I’m wearing.. Jumper from Arancrafts.com, Maternity Jeans – thrifted, Po-Zu.com Brisk in tweed.

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Twinkling Lullaby Iggle Piggle – REVIEW

If you’re a parent of a pre-school child, I have no doubt you know exactly who Iggle Piggle is! But, just in case.. Iggle Piggle is the loveable blue character from CBeebies In the Night Garden.

 

The clocks change, has meant my 3 year old daughter is struggling to get used to darker evenings. Bedtime is a little bit more challenging. I am finding it takes her a little longer to settle, and she has started to ask for the light to be left on.

Twinkling Lullaby Iggle Piggle

Twinkling Lullaby Iggle Piggle has been an instant hit with my daughter. She’s not the biggest INTNG fan, though does love watching the programme before bedtime. But, she has really fallen for Iggle Piggle! He now is essential at bedtime! His blanket and a star are attached to his hands – great as they won’t get lost! By pressing his hand his star lights up, and the lullabies start. The lullabies play one after the next and are really soothing songs recognisable from the show. The star light changes colour very subtly, it has a gentle glow which is soothing. Perfect to settle a tired toddler or pre-schooler! This toy is aimed at children 10months +.  He’s quite big so he is popular with older toddlers and pre-school children too.

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