|GIVEAWAY|lush £20 gift card


2017 is going to be the year I really start to look after myself, get my health in check and treat myself to lots of pampering! 

With this in mind, I thought there might be a lot of you out there who want a little pampering and so I'm offering a £20 lush gift card to one lucky winner. 

Simply enter below!

Good luck and thanks 😘

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This is not a sponsored post, I am supplying the gift card myself. 

|BLOGMAS|stocking filler gift guide for 5 year olds - Day 6

Grab the mistletoe and get ready to find the perfect gift for that special someone this Christmas.   My gift guide is based around stocking fillers for my 5 year old, T.  Here are 8 idea's that I know he would love this year, including a fantastic giveaway for the DVD featured.

This post contains Amazon affiliate links and is a collaborative post.

1. T, I know would LOVE this Scooby Doo 6 DVD Christmas collection! Would also be fantastic for a Christmas eve box or Tree gift if you do those! 

2. Our little super sleuth is dying to get this Secret Message writer invisible pen for Christmas, you never know, Father Christmas might just slip this into his stocking!

3. This Lego Batman light key ring would definitely be a big hit in our house, great for dark walks to school.

4. I always like to put something a little Christmassy in T's stocking and this bubble bath from M&S is perfect!

5. Every 5 year old needs a multi coloured star wars pen, right?  Nothing more to say really :)

6. A playmobil paramedic on motorbike is high up on T's wish list, a little pricy but I'm sure would be used lots.

7.  I thought this cute little nerf gun would be a great addition to T's stocking, he doesn't have any tiny ones like this.

8. T has been dying to get his hands on some of these robo fish for ages so I'll be putting one in his stocking this year.

Would you like to win a copy of the fabulous Scooby Doo 6 DVD collection featured in this gift guide?  Enter below.
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|BLOGMAS|kids christmas interview - Day 5 (catching-up!)


This year I thought it would be nice to 'interview' T about Christmas, what it means and ask him some questions.  I decided to record this rather than fill in a form and I'm so glad I did, I just know that this will be a new tradition in our house for as long as he is willing!
I kept the questions simple this year and purposely steered away from 'What would you like for Christmas?'  As I'll be recording this elsewhere.
Here are the questions I asked:-

1. Why do we celebrate Christmas?
2. What gifts were brought to baby Jesus?
3. What's your favourite Christmas song?
4. What's your favourite Christmas movie?
5. What's your Christmas wish?
6. What present would mummy like the most?
7. What present would daddy like the most?
8. Can you name all of Father Christmas's reindeer?
9. Where was Jesus born?
10. What do naughty boys and girls get?
11. What do you eat on Christmas Day?
12. What's your favourite part of Christmas?
13. How can you help someone less fortunate this Christmas?
14. Who announced baby Jesus's arrival?
15. Do you believe?

We had a lot of fun doing this video and it was lovely to have Twiggy there too, even if she did scratch T!


If you'd like a copy of our 'interview' you can download it here, we'd love you to tag us if you do it with your children.

|BLOGMAS|Christmas Crafting with Baker Ross - Day 4


We were super-excited to get our Baker Ross bloggers Christmas box as they never fail to make great kids, perfect for keeping the kids occupied for a while you get a few Christmas jobs done! 

In our box this time were the following kits:-

Santa mix and match decoration kits - 6 for £3.49

Snowflake fingerprint decorations - 6 for £3.49 usually but currently on sale at £1.99

Christmas pals cross stitch cards - 6 for £3.96 usually but currently on sale at £1.99

Santa Christmas Wish List kits - 5 for £3.99

Christmas scratch art pictures - 6 for £2.95

Gingerbread house photo frame kits - 6 for £2.99 usually but currently on sale at £1.49

Christmas bauble colour-in window decorations - 12 for £2.75

and we used our fab fibre tip pens from our last box for our colouring in!


T calls these his photo booth Santa's, he loved putting the props on the little Santa figures, he really loves these little foam kits from Baker Ross, and I love how I can just give him one and it keeps him busy whilst I'm making dinner! 


My messy little pumpkin struggled a bit with this kit, he got in a little mess with the finger printing, but he loved making them.


How cute are these these Christmas wish lists, I love them for decoration, not just putting the actual list!  Again, T loved these as it's something that he could do all by himself.


T struggled at first with the Christmas scratch art pictures but he soon got the hang of them and there was no stopping him, it took a while for him to keep within the lines but we got there and he found great satisfaction in 'perfecting' his technique.


The Christmas baubles look great coloured in with the vibrant fab fibre tip pens, so colourful and bright!  We both had fun doing this activity 😊

|BLOGMAS|Snow filled Christmas ornaments - Day 3


Today we have a wonderful Christmas ornament for you to make and bring out year after year. 

I would love to say that these fantastic ornaments are my own invention but sadly they are not. However, as the lady who created them doesn't blog and has given me permission to share here. 

These were the brainchild of Becky, a lovely lady who runs the Playmobil Anonymous Facebook page  the words and tutorial are mine though. 

The principal can be used for any small Christmas characters, lego, cake decorations etc


We used: I've added in links to the products I used for this post, if you use them I receive a small commission from Amazon.
Plastic fillable Christmas trees
Modge podge you could use PVA but it might dull the glitter a little
Green Glitter
Artificial snow
Christmas figures to pop inside - we used Playmobil ones from eBay


1. Start by covering one half of the Christmas tree decoration with a thick layer of glue.


2. Sprinkle the green glitter into the decoration and make sure that it covers the glue. T shows you below how to do this. 

3. Leave to dry overnight. 


4. You may need a couple of coats to get good coverage. 


5. Once dried, you can add an extra layer of modge podge, this seals the glitter and means that your toys won't get covered and any flakes won't discolour the 'snow'. This is optional though. If you are using PVA your glitter may dull a little if you do this.  Leave to dry overnight.


6. Add your characters to the glittered side and add a couple of spoonfuls of artificial snow.


7. Seal the decorations and give them a little tap to settle the snow. If you do not intend to use the figures again, you could glue them closed to prevent accidents.  Add some string to the top to hang from the tree. 

|BLOGMAS|15 amazing advent activities for kids - Day 2

Day 2 of blogmas for here and there's still time to make some of these amazing advent calendars.

1. We do advent books, but this fun advent snowman from Adventures of Adam takes the concept to a whole new level!

2. This is a great idea for advent, I love the idea of the little presents each day through advent contained in the Countdown to Christmas Box from Teach me Mommy.

3. If you are looking to use Advent to spend more time with your family, My Joy Filled Life have a fab printable with ideas for daily family activities.

4. This is such a lovely idea from Crafty Kids at Home get your children to make their siblings advent calendars.

5. Create a super cute elf small world like Sun Hats & Wellie Boots did with their Advent elf houses

6. Why buy a lego advent calendar when you can make your own, this is such a great idea from Little Bins for Little Hands the models are fantastic and it's such an original idea.

7. Download your own advent boxes to fill with goodies with this free printable from Powerful Mothering

8. OK, so you may not have 24 loo rolls hanging about the house, but in case you do, this is a fantastic loo roll advent calendar from Danya Banya

9. Lovely free printable advent calendar printables from A Little Pinch of Perfect, great for a cosy after school activity.

10. Sing your way through advent with this original Christmas Carol Advent Calendar from Mama smiles.

11. Here's a fun advent from Rainy Day Mum fill your own envelopes and bring this Snowman advent calendar out each year!

12. A different take on the Christmas countdown from Tot Schooling this clever Christmas countdown printable is a great idea.

13. There are lots of ideas for teaching your children the true meaning of Christmas in this post from The Awe Filled Homemaker.

14. Want to bring more faith into your advent?  How about reading the Nativity story from the bible verses using this handy 25 Days of Christmas Bible verses free printable from Encouraging Mom's at Home

15. For some great ideas for fun but thoughtful Christmas family activities, this 25 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar from What's up Fagans is perfect!

And if you are still looking for more, Clare's Tot's have a further 24 ideas!

Are you strictly a chocolate advent calendar fan or do you have a more interesting way of celebrating Advent?  I'd love to hear what you do!

|BLOGMAS|Our Christmas 2016... - Day 1


Our Christmas...

Twinkly lights glowing against bright, shiny baubles, the glow of Christmas has already started here. 

Mulled wine in front of the fire and piles of gifts ready for wrapping. 

The excitement of a school performance at a stately home and practicing carols for Church Christmas services.  

Time to consider what Christmas means to us, nice food and drink with close family, daytime naps and long winter walks after a big meal. 

Crafty keepsakes and handmade cards, spending time cooking recipes old and new that we don't usually have the time for. 

Appreciation of what we have and helping others less fortunate than ourselves. 

Drinks with friends, a special tea with Santa and a yearly visit from a Buddy the Elf.

Reading the nativity story as a family and Christmas movie nights with treats. 

Laying back, relaxing, switching off the alarm and avoiding looking at the clock! 

All of our Christmas celebrations have one thing in common: FAMILY 💙💗💙

In the next 25 days I'll be taking you on our Christmas journey, showing you our festive makes, sharing our favourite Christmas traditions and telling you about our Yuletide activities.   

Ooooh, I cannot wait! I hope you are looking forward to it too. 

|REVIEW|kinetic sand review


Ok, I hold my hands up!  I'd heard of Kinetic sand but had never seen it and in all honesty I thought it was a bit of a gimmick!  T had put it on his Christmas list so when we were given the chance to review, I didn't even ask him, I knew he'd want to.


We were sent the kinetic sand sandcastle set which contains, 3 moulds, a double ended tool, a play tray and a bag of kinetic sand.  Let me just add here that the photo on the box suggests that there's enough sand to fill the tray and to have enough left to use the moulds, in reality, you'd need another 454g bag of kinetic sand to do this - not really a proble, just something I think is worth pointing out. 

The texture of this sand is amazing, it just doesn't feel anything like sand, it's absolutely amazing, T delighted in showing me how you can create a ball that 'can actually bounce'.   He has quite literally spent hours playing with this set, I'm amazed by how occupied he was with it, adding his play doh tools to extend his play.


I've made sure that Father Christmas gets the message to get some more as I know he had his eye on the glow in the dark sand!


T found it easy to press the kinetic sand into the moulds and create the castle etc.  Although it was very clean, I was paranoid it would get everywhere so I put it on the tuff spot, im glad I did as it soon came out of the tray provided 😊


T made a 'castle' with all of the kinetic sand and then...

Decided to 'smooch' it with his feet!  'This feels so funny, Mummy' he kept saying trying to encourage me to have a go (I didn't!)  overall kinetic sand got the big thumbs up from us, I cannot believe we've not tried it before.

It can be purchased at all the toy stores and on Amazon, this kit retails for £19.99 and is from age 3+.

Disclaimer: we were sent this product in return for our honest review, all opinions are our own.