I like my stocking fillers to have a purpose as well as being fun. As well as the obligatory chocolate, sweets and underwear that goes into the stockings, I like to add some items for the bath. These may not be particularly exciting for 6yo when she pulls it all out, but usefulness has it’s place on Christmas morning among all the excitement.
Halo and Horns Zingy Bathtime wash in a fruity and refreshing orange. This makes bath and shower time really fragrant. A little goes along way with this tube and there are no nasty ingredients which a parent always likes to hear. RRP £3.05
Crazy Soap always makes bath time that little bit messier and fun. There are some great fun ideas around including mouldable foam soap, bath goo and body paint which I can happily report doesn’t stain the bath, but does make the water go a funny colour. RRp £2-£3
LoveBoo do a range of shampoo, conditioner and detangling spray for children. The conditioner is a nice treat for 6yo’s hair every now and again. It has a lovely coconut aroma when you pour out the thick liquid. A little really does go a long way to making hair soft and shiny. RRP £8.99
If you have little boys then you might be interested to hear about what Anna and Jenny say about H&A Jake and The Neverland Pirate Range, or what Tami thought about the Planes range from the same company
Laura’s kids have been playing with the Little Explorers range in the bath, and if you find bath time a struggle then Mary has some tips on which products may help with this
Do you put bath products in stockings? If so what do you choose?
Disclosure – I received the products pictured free of charge but all opinions are my own
With the weather turning colder, many of us are getting colds and coughs. There are some very strange bugs doing the rounds here at the moment, and whilst thankfully (touch wood) 6yo has escaped having a cold or cough, I know that when she does get them, she will suffer quite a lot, especially at night. We do try to combat the viruses by taking vitamins every day, but the bugs still get through the defences.
Did you know that after a study of 2000 Mums and Dads, the following results were found?
I was particularly shocked to see that according to statistics we lose over a week’s worth of sleep due to colds. I am not very good when I lose out on sleep, and I definitely fall into the statistical outcomes of ditching the gym when tired and arguing with Hubby.
When 6yo is all bunged up, we have terrible trouble getting her to sleep with her head raised at night. She also likes to wrap herself up in her duvet and usually gets too hot.
This parenting lark isn’t an easy job at the best of times, but when they’re ill it can be even tougher. Factor in us parents being ill and all sense and logic will go out of the window. Olbas want to help us parents out a little by offering one lucky blog reader a goody pack to help with these nasty winter colds.
The prize consists of two of each pictured above. To enter please use the rafflecopter below.
Well Elfie has been with us for a week now, and he’s been getting up to a lot of night time activities. Not of them have been as mischievous as we first thought they would be after his first couple of night time antics.
After his first night with us, and 6yo went through the stage of saying that I had moved him, she now comes downstairs in the mornings and looks for what he may have been up to, so it’s proving a success in this house and it’s making the festive season fun.
We went to see Santa this week. We seem to go to the same place each year, and always take a visit to see the reindeer first. The grotto is laid out really well and we take a walk through the Winter Wonderland after giving an elf our ticket.
We must have picked a really good time this year as we weren’t rushed, and there was no queue in the wonderland meaning we got to stop and look at everything around us without feeling pushed and shoved, or missed anything as the queue moves.
Once we reached the entrance to see Santa we were met with two elves. One elf spent a couple of minutes asking 6yo her name, how old she was, whether she had been good etc. Then they did something that made this visit to Santa worth every penny. She asked 6yo what toys she liked and gauged her answers to pick the gift she would receive as we worked out afterwords. She asked two questions after the age.
- Do you like Barbies or playing with your dolls?
- Do you like making things?
As readers of my blog knows 6yo loves making things. Her answer showed this and the elf disappeared, which we now know was to select the gift.
She spent a few happy minutes chatting with Santa before posing for the official photo and saying goodbye to him.
She was delighted to open her gift and find a bead making set inside.
The party season is upon us, and no doubt many of us will be going to parties, dinners, inviting people round and gathering with friends and family. There will always be a drink on hand or offered whether that be of the alcoholic variety or non alcoholic, so I thought I would share some of the different drinks I sampled and perhaps drank more than my share of some of them during the blogger’s night in.
Shloer have just launched a fizzy variety to their range. Non alcoholic fizz, a great way to toast the festive season.
Eisburg do a range of non alcoholic wines including a popular rose, chardonnay, Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon. If you are looking for something that looks like wine and tastes almost like wine then this is your drink without the alcohol included. It’s quite a sweet drink, but not at all unpleasant for a change.
Something different that I tasted not really thinking I would like it, let alone enjoy it enough to purchase since trying it, is a flavoured tonic water from Bottle Green. A pomegranate and elderflower flavour that is sweet yet has the bitterness of tonic water. I thought this drink was lovely all on it’s own and didn’t need the alcoholic shot to make it a drink.
If you’re looking for something different with a bit of a kick, you could do worse than trying some cocktails. I sampled a very tangy, citrusy Margherita from MyCocktail which was served frozen and I have to admit I fell in love with it.
We served them up in these rather groovy Pirate themed party wear which we had in honour of a friend who couldn’t attend.
Aldi do a great range of drinks that are cheaper than branded versions. A nice fizzy chardonnay, rose, and Sauvignon blanc, an amber spirit which I’m afraid I didn’t drink but passed to one of the ladies to enjoy, and some Aldi version of Baileys.
We served the fizz with some mixers from Funkin Cocktails to make Peach Belinis (thanks Red Rose Mummy for that gem of an idea). This worked well as a toast when we all arrived, and the fizz was supplemented with the Shloer for the non drinkers in the group.
Something a little away from your average wine, why not try a Funkin cocktail with the help of a pre mixed mixer. Just add your own alcohol such as Vodka and enjoy a fruity, flavoursome drink. We didn’t have any spirits suitable during the blogger’s night in, so I brought mine home to enjoy with Hubby.
Carling have a new Zest flavour of winter berries out for the colder season. We have reviewed this separately here, but they are a nice alternative to wine or cocktails, and are low alcohol volume.
Last but not least in my Festive drinks guide is I Heart Wines. Seven different varieties on offer from Rose, Shiraz, Merlot, Prosecco, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
A big thanks to all the companies mentioned above as we were lucky enough to be able to try all of these on our blogger’s night in. I hope you have a lovely party season and enjoy your drinks responsibly should they contain alcohol.
Every year we go to visit Father Christmas at the local Garden Centre. The visit isn’t just about seeing the big man himself, but also to pay a visit to see the reindeer that are in residence every December.
Comet and Jingle are friendly creatures and they usually come to the fence to say hello. Jingle has lost her antlers this year, and they were fastened to the fence for us all to have a look at. Female reindeer shed their antlers once a year and then they grow back. A little like teeth do. I didn’t know this, and neither did 6yo, so it was good to learn something at the same time as looking at these gorgeous animals.
As we walked through into Winter Wonderland (more on that in a different post), 6yo couldn’t resist putting her toy dog she brought to see Santa onto the fake reindeer’s back inside.
I know Christmas is an extremely busy time of year for delivering the post, and believe me I have great admiration for what you all do, but why would some postal workers not even bother to knock on the door and instead choose to stand there and write out a missed delivery card is beyond me.
Surely it takes longer for you to write the card and then carry the parcels back to the van or bag, and then continue with them until you reach the depot at the end of the round, than it would be to wait at least 30 seconds to see if anyone will answer the door.
The reason I KNOW you didn’t knock this morning is that I was in the house with no TV on working two rooms away from the door on the laptop. The house was quiet and I heard a clunk which was you putting the parcel on my kitchen windowsill outside so you could write your card.
You looked very sheepish when I answered the door and took the parcel. I can’t get away with bad customer service in my job when we’re busy and pushed to the max, so nor should you!
Every single year I aim to be more organised and actually get a diary before the year starts. This year I have achieved that aim thanks to my recent blogger’s night in. We were very kindly treated to our own personal planner from the lovely Sara who is the brains behind the planners.
I was able to personalise my planner to suit me, so I had a little think about what I wanted it to involve and how I wanted it to be laid out. Well of course I wanted my blog organisation to be featuring as well as personal and work commitments. I have noticed that I am more organised when I write things down, as life is so busy things can be forgotten so quickly.
Once I had designed my Front and Back covers with the personalisation I wanted, it was onto the detailing of the pages as this was one of the most important aspects for me.
There are a choice of four different layouts in the A5 planner that I have chosen. I could have chosen colums, rows to cover equal space over six days with the weekend together, rows to cover more space for the weekend and less for Mon – Thurs or equal sqaures. I chose the second option as looking at all the layouts this one would work best for me and my life.
Once you have chosen your layout, the top and bottom sections can be colour co-ordinated to your choosing, and the design along the top bar can be changed to suit as well. Mine has a turquoise theme running through it with birds.
The bottom section can include notes, to do, a small calendar of the whole month, ideas, and more. This is all to suit what you need. I chose to put a to do section and notes in the bottom of all mine, as this will be really useful for blogging ideas as they come to me.
Once the diary is complete, you can then add in what you would like at the back of the diary. An overview of this year and next perhaps? Or a map of the world? I have chosen lined paper with an overview of 2014 and 2015 for reference. There is plenty of lined paper included which is going to be really handy for jotting down notes, and things I need to remember. If an address book is more your thing then you can have this included.
Finally, you can complete your own personal details into the diary. There are some quirky ideas to add into the front cover should you lose your diary, so the finder can return to you. You can add as much or as little information as you like here.
All of the four sizes of diary will be secured with an elastic tie. This can be in a variety of colours, so I chose to have it in turquoise to match my pages. There is also a small ruler included as well which can also be colour co-ordinated.
The diary took just over a week to be delivered to me, and it was presented beautifully in a sturdy cardboard casing. My diary is just big enough for what I want for next year. I was very pleased to see it starts on 23rd December (my birthday) which means I can get planning before the year actually starts.
The front and back cover are protected with a plastic outer cover and the pages themselves are a very good quality thick paper which aren’t shiny.
I’m always excited by new stationary, and can’t wait to start adding notes and information. Would you like to win one yourself? If so please enter the rafflecopter below as Personal Planners have very kindly agreed to give one to one of my readers too.