Do you do Christmas Eve boxes? It’s a tradition I started a few years ago in our house.
We use them as a ‘farewell’ present from the elves and if they get a box…they know they have been put on father Christmas’ nice list.
I used to put a Christmas movie in them but now with all the festive films you could wish to see readily available on Netflix, amazon and now tv (to name a few) I haven’t put one in.
This years boxes are made up of a new pair of pyjamas, a selection box, a few festive themed colouring books and pencils, a small present and a cuddly toy! My children are 7 and 1 and this works for both of their ages only with a small few changes like the baby has crayons instead of pencils.
I then wrapped everything individually in brown paper, drew a reindeer face on the front and then stuck on Pom poms for noses. A simple yet very effective decorating technique.
Once all the presents are in the box it looks like they have a lot, so it’s more exciting for them…but in reality everything in the box (apart from the pyjamas) was relatively inexpensive.
The colouring & activity books were from Poundland, the pencils & crayons were 50p each packet from wilko’s, the selection packs were 75p each from wilko’s, the cuddly toys were around £8/£9 each from tk max, the polly pocket was around £3.50 (in the Sainsbury’s sale) and the little bus was £1 from Poundland. Both pairs of pj’s were from gap.
If you do boxes – let me know what you put in yours. I can’t wait to see their faces when they open these, Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year, especially when you have children x
Our dining room never actually was a dining room. As soon as we moved in my daughter declared it as the ‘playroom’ and that is what it’s been ever since. We had a toy kitchen in there and loads of toy bins, buckets and boxes which took up all the room and stopped them actually playing in there.
The other week I had had enough, I popped to Ikea & came out with three shelving units, 6 storage boxes and two hotdogs (one was for my other half haha!) I wanted to create a practical place that toys could be stored in but also a stylish area to play and entertain the children. With a one year old and a seven year old you have to find the balance between babyish and that bit more grown up…this is what the result was;
I (and they) absolutely adore their new space. I find them sitting together reading a book or emptying out all the drawers I’ve just filled! I have removed the toy kitchen and am hoping to put that in a playhouse in the garden for Christmas so I’ll have to have a word with Santa and see what he can do on that front.
I keep jigging it around and adding different bits like some prints on the wall from Desenio, some lights from primark, photo frames and some bigger book storage drawers from sainsburys…I don’t know if it’ll ever be fully ‘finished’ but I love it & I wish I had had somewhere similar to play when I was younger x
Rain glorious rain! Oh how I’ve missed the sound of you on the Windows, whilst being curled up on the sofa under a blanket, with a good book. I will *try* and never moan about you again…but I know that’ll never happen…I’m British – take weather out of the equation and there’s not much else we have to talk about haha!
As much as the heatwave was nice I’m so looking forward to cosy indoorsy evenings, wearing jumpers, Halloween…let’s face it it’ll be Christmas before we know it 😉🎅🏼 the year is really flying by.
I hope you’ve all had a lovely summer and with a few more weeks left before the children go back to school…what are your best tips of things to do with them or places to take them that don’t cost the earth? We’ve been to parks, the lavender fields (which is a great day out if you go on the tractor ride etc and is inexpensive) done lots of drawings and paintings, swimming, local events like the Kingston dragon boat race are a nice day out, cinema & softplay…but mainly we’ve been indoors trying not to melt haha so if you’ve got some good ideas for days out please leave them in the comments 😄 X
Hey guys I thought I’d share some facts about me so you can get to know me a bit better 😄…
1. I never used to like tea (unless it was a dipping sauce for biscuits!) but now I like a good cuppa!
2. Still drink related…not all the facts will be don’t worry haha…I don’t like coffee or fizzy drinks! No coke, no fizzy alcohol…none of it ✋🏻 I find it disgusting!
3. If I could have a superpower…it would be to fluently speak and sign every language in the world – how amazing would it be? You could talk to and understand everyone…and you’d finally know what the nail technicians say about you when your sitting in the salon haha!
4. The personal achievement I’m most proud of (after the births of my beautiful children) is passing my driving test! I adore driving and the freedom it gives you.
5. I once stood behind Rod Stewart on a Harrods escalator…I was that close that I could’ve pinched his bum…I didn’t…but I could’ve 😂
6. I used to work at Wimbledon tennis club…at the time of the championships it was mayhem and I never fully appreciated it – but now I don’t work there I miss it on those magical two weeks of the year 🍓🎾
7. I don’t have a middle name!
8. I love writing, drawing, painting…anything creative really – although I don’t get much time to dedicate to it all right now! I can’t wait for the day that Lulu has to build a big paper mache monstrosity for ‘her’ homework – I’m all over that! 🙈😂
9. I’m on a three month countdown to the big 3-0 😱
10. My biggest goal is that I really want to become a published author and/or have something I’ve written performed on stage or screen!
Tell me some things about you in the comments!
I have adored Jacqueline Wilson from the moment I was able to read. One year, after reading Double Act my best friend and I decided to dress up as Ruby & Garnet for world book day – I was about a foot taller and we looked nothing alike but to us we were the twins. We were lucky enough to meet Jacqueline that day who came to do a talk at our school and she said she thought we looked great.
When I saw that Double Act was playing at the polka theatre I was so excited and booked my daughter and I a spot straight away…and as luck would have it there was an after show chat with the legend herself that day.
We took our seats and within a few minutes I was in fits of laughter, I won’t ruin it for you but all I will say is sheep! When I heard that line nostalgia raced through me and I remembered being a young girl and finding it just as hilarious as I did reading it for the first time.
The whole cast were wonderful and very adaptable as there were only six of them all in all. It was lovely to see my daughter enjoying the play just as much as I was. It doesn’t matter what age you are – it is fun for all the family.
Watching the play as an adult made me realise how many emotions the book actually does make you feel. As funny as it was there are also some very sad parts that I probably didn’t fully understand when I was younger, but I have to admit I welled up a few times.
The play is on until the 5th August and the ticket prices are very reasonable – if you get a chance to go, you won’t regret it! It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon and the theatre itself has a lot to keep the children busy before and after shows with a cafe, reading corner, shop and outside play area.
I’ll pop the website link below and I look forward to going to see many more shows at the polka theatre with my babies.
Would you be brave enough to let your child name their new brother or sister? I’m all for unusual names but when Lulu suggested we call her baby brother YouTube…I had to draw the line!
Apparently Hillary Duff’s son wants to call his new sibling Cofant Croissant – which sounds like the name of an excellent Bond villain or an evil step mother haha. I’d love to know how their little minds work to come up with some of these ideas.
I do know someone who let their son name his new baby brother…luckily for them he picked the name Jack.
Some families have said they at least consider the suggestions made by their older children as they want them to feel more connected and not pushed out by the impending new arrival. With many of them going on to use the suggested names as middle names. Scary spice allegedly let her daughter Phoenix name her little sister, going for something a lot less unusual than her name, Maddison.
When I was at school, I was the only student with my name. I loved it and now my daughter is the only one at her school with her name.
Personally I think it’s nice to be different with your name choices and pretty much anything goes nowadays…but I definitely won’t be bringing a YouTube or Cofant into the world anytime soon.
We were lucky enough to be sent a copy of ‘Benjy Bunn’s Busy Day’ so tonight, after bath time my babies and I sat down to read what Benjy had been getting up too.
You could be mistaken for thinking that Benjy is a naughty bunny…but that’s not the case, he just wants to help even if he gets things wrong along the way.
The Benjy series was written in 1973 by Bev Scott Prior as a story for her children, now all these years later it has been illustrated by her own grandchildren which I think makes the book that little bit more special.
My six year old managed to read the book to her brother almost without any help from me and her favourite part was when he tried to make his mummy a cake, she also loved the reoccurring worm illustrations and actively looked for him every time she turnt the page. When asked if she thought Benjy was a naughty bunny, she replied; ‘No mummy, he’s just trying to be helpful!’
Overall we really enjoyed the book and can’t wait to find out what trouble Benjy will get into next time…
I’ve always envied those people who have known from a young age what they have wanted to do and pursued the right channels in education and life to get there. I never knew what I wanted to do, I think half the problem stems from having too much choice. To name a few I’ve wanted to be, an actress, an artist, a psychologist, a spaceman (until I watched that awful George clooney film where they spun so much it made me feel sick) a mermaid (that ones a long shot…but hey you’ve gotta have dreams) and everything in between.
I had acting lessons when I was younger, for one term. I really enjoyed them but at the time I don’t think my mum could afford them and also told me that she didn’t think acting was a real career option for me…maybe she was right but they’ll always be an empty space on my shelf where that Oscar should’ve been 😉
One thing I’ve always loved is writing but I guess I never thought of it as a career option until a few years ago. I would love to be a published author one day. To see my words printed in an actual book…that one day may be turned into a play or a film that I (I mean real actors) could perform in. But again I get the doubts, will it be good enough? What if no one likes it? What’s the point you’ll never get published anyway?! So I don’t get any further than a few scrambled and rambling pages in a notebook. If you are a published author I take my metaphorical hat off to you…it’s hard work, but I imagine is so, so worth it!
So basically what I’m trying to say in a round about way is, if you don’t know what career path you want to pursue yet – don’t worry we all get there in the end, it just takes some longer than others to realise their dreams…and even if your mum says you can’t do that…you can! Unless it’s like a serial killer or something…you definitely shouldn’t pursue that haha! So JK Rowling…watch out 😉 X
Why don’t a lot of schools do Easter parades anymore? My mum has a lovely photo of me doing mine when I was younger and I really wanted one of my daughter. We love doing anything crafty so decided to make one anyway. It was such a cheap but effective and fun way to spend the afternoon.
I picked up a plain bonnet, some chicks, some light up eggs and some brown wool all from poundland and poundworld – the chicks were reduced to 75p and poundworld had a 3 for 2 offer on their Easter craft section so that was great.
After deciding where we wanted to place everything we attached it all mainly using the wool and even attached dangly mini eggs…incase she gets hungry obvs! Haha! But all in all it was a lovely way to spend the afternoon with her for the grand old price of about £5 and it looked really effective…even if I do say so myself. Have a lovely Easter guys x