Give me a break at Xmas

Happy new Year!

So I’ve been on the missing list and taking a break from my blog, hope you all had as fab a xmas as I did. At the age of 5 and 2 Xmas is turning into a very exciting time in my house and for the forseeable I can only hope that will get even better.

One of the main reasons for me taking a break in December was the amount of pressure put on us parent/blog writers to do arts, crafts, magic elves, xmas eve boxes, santa visits etc etc and as much as admire you all for all your hard work I felt the need not to be judged over the holiday period with how much (or little!) I actually did.!

I’m not saying we didn’t do anything festive but as you may of read in my earlier post I just can’t abide the elf on the shelf. Now I get it if it’s fun etc but all these people picturing their elf drinking wine, making a mess etc well I won’t go on…

So whilst I put my grinch mask down…

We had an elf door for the first time this year. Z loved the fact that their letters to Santa were whizzed off with his ‘lease’ agreement.

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We went to our local Xmas lights turn on and supported the local scouts, schools etc with all their stalls.

We visited our schools xmas fair and meet Santa and went snow boarding. Luckily we saw the big man there as we got chicken pox on the day of our official visit 😦

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We were very proud of Zachary being the kind InnKeeper in his Xmas play.

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We enjoyed dressing up and being silly with lots of Xmassy props.

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We left our stockings and treats for Santa out.

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Mummy even had some fun at her Xmas party and with friends.

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Then Xmas day was the best!

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Lets see what 2016 can bring!

Elf on the shelf?? Really??!

Now I know I might be unpopular for this post but does anyone else find the elf on the shelf people creepy??

Seriously! We’re telling our kids all year round to behave and then we have these creepy elves causing mischief around the house looking weird and creepy. Agree or disagree??

Leave me a comment and let me know!

Lol

 

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The countdown begins…

Well here it is. Christmas is coming! Now its nice and cold and I have my woolly scarf on I’m well and truly on the run down to Christmas 🙂

Certain traditions have to be followed in our house – some I like and others I don’t!
1) Christmas Presents. These have to be found!  Under the stairs, in the loft, back of wardrobes and even stashed at Grandmas and once again surprise yourself with the amount of stuff you’ve actually managed to squirrel away over the year and realise you have completely overdone it with tut!

2) Christmas cakes for everyone who asks! I have in total completed 3 and have the next lot of fruit steeping as we speak. This is my Christmas Cake Recipe for you.

3) Christmas Tree. We aren’t allowed (!!!) to put this up until 12 days before xmas, insisted by my other half, although I usually manage to wangle a bit longer due to how the weekends fall. I’m hoping for the 7th December this year but it may still be the 14th – boo 😦

4) Xmas PJ’s. Purchased to be worn on Xmas Eve. These are Flo’s and I have Z’s tucked away from last year.

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5) Santas Grotto. We have a lovely grotto near us at Ruxley Garden Centre where the kids get to walk through the elf village, make a card, make reindeer food then meet Santa. I’ve also booked ice skating for Zachy and Daddy after so should be a magical day.

6) Elf. We downloaded elf app last year of which the name escapes me and I can’t find so may have to come back to you but it was brilliant. The elf would pop out from behind any static object in your house that you pre film and position the siad Elf next to. It was magical.

7) Cookies for Santa. We bake cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve to leave out. Again another debate I’ve been having with myself is whether to get a personalised plate…

7) Christmas Parties. Not that I’m complaining about an opportunity out with my friends but usually this means by the time I’ve done the 2 or 3 sets of friends plus the work one I’m done with partying. The other downer is that it generally means that commencing next week I won’t see the other half till Xmas Day! (or that’s how it feels 🙂 )

New Traditions

I have Santa letters this year that I received from Lapland mailroom. You can read my post about it here. I’m really looking forward to Zachary getting his this year and seeing his face when we read it together.

I really want Zachy to write a letter to Santa this year so the above comes almost as a response.

I’ve been considering doing a Xmas box for Xmas Eve so I may make one this year. I’ll include the aforementioned pyjamas, a Christmas book, Christmas film and maybe one early present – perhaps you could let me know what you all put in yours if you do them?

Top 5 things on my Christmas List

So now Halloween and Fireworks are out the way its time to get into Christmas mode. Only 6 Saturdays to go!!

I thought I would put this Christmas wish list together and try and leave it lying around for some gift ideas for the other half!

1) Cath Kidston Diary

I love this diary it has year to page, month to page and week to page. Its beautifully floral and hand bag sized and only priced at £12

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2) Firetrap Lexi Boots

Trendy riding boot style. Only £49 at m and m direct!

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3) Lingerie!

A nice bra and knickers set something in black and like this set from M & S I dont think you can beat them for gorgeous, comfy and well fitting options: Lace set Lingerie

4) Day Trip Out

There are plenty of Groupon offers and one I spotted recently was afternoon tea at The Shard or a nice meal out in Town with some cocktails just me and the other half (we all now how hard it is to get some quality time together)

5) Scholl Velvet Pedi

I’m terrible for finding time for myself and there’s nothing better than a pedicure so this is my pamper at home present wish!

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6) Mulberry Bag…! (Ok I said 5 but this is a real wish only!)

What girl doesnt want a Mulberry Bag and at only £795 its a steal (cough cough!)

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Whats on your wish list??

nb: this is not an affiliate page or paid for just genuine wishes 🙂

Xmas is here! Lapland Mailroom Review…

So this week I was asked to do a review of some gorgeous christmas letters from http://www.laplandmailroom.com. I must admit to being super excited as I’ve been considering something like this now that Z is of an age that he knows what’s going on.

Their website is super easy to use and you can choose from a letter or a letter with activity pack:



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Included in the letter price for a limited time only is the ‘Nice Child Certificate’ usually priced at £2.95. That’s got to be worth it’s weight in gold for 2015 hasn’t it?!

The letters are all personalised and the one I chose for Zachary was perfect, it included exactly how old he’ll be (4 1/4), what he wants for Xmas, where he lives and even mentions his best friends name. The extra part I love is the ps bit on the bottom where you can put anything extra that you want them to continue with (ours was keeping our trousers dry!)

The other letter I ordered was baby’s first christmas letter which I think is a lovely keepsake and could also be a lovely present you could order as godparent, grandparent, friend etc. It will definitely be something we hold on to.

Ran by a husband and wife team this is a really lovely family site and you can see Nicola has really thought about how to capture a child’s imagination talking about the reindeers, elves, santos coat etc. You can even include what the children left out for Santa last year 🙂

Priced at £6.95 or £7.95 with the activity pack I think this is a great buy.

Why not go and have a look for yourself? Www.laplandmailroom.com

Nb. I was sent these letters free of charge but all thoughts are my honest opinions.

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