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Getting The Family Together Through Board Games


Christmas is a great time of year for taking the time to spend with the family. Instead of sitting in front of the TV, we like getting the family together through board games whilst letting our competitive sides come out a little.


During the year we have been lucky enough to review some of our now favourite board games. There’s always been someone on hand to test them out for the first few times, before finding nieces and nephews to join in later on. I know a lot of these will be coming out again over the festive period. 

Pumpaloons has been one of our favourite fast paced games. Ideal for a short burst of energy indoors or out, this game will focus your attention on beating your opponent to be the first to inflate the loons. Our full review can be read here.

Articulate For Kids is

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Project 365 7th – 13th December


This week was really busy with bits and pieces going on. I suspect everyone is feeling a little tired now in the run up to Christmas. 7yo is getting very excited to the point of not sleeping too well and being up or down a lot.



7th – I think the dog was making herself comfy on the rug. I guess it’s warmer than the floor in this weather.

8th – The elf took some of 7yo’s toys on a train ride!

9th – I built 7yo a desk to save waiting for Hubby to do it at the weekend

10th – New glasses for 7yo today. Slightly different shape which are a slightly more grown up style but keeping her a child at the same time. It’s difficult to get the style right when she wears them for a year and changes a school year

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A Visit To Santa 2014


We have set an unintentional tradition by visiting the same place to see Santa each year. I think this year is our fourth year of visiting the local garden centre to see the big man himself. It’s amazing to see how 7yo has changed from year to year.


We love seeing the reindeer and always make a beeline for them first. Today we arrived as they were being fed so they were up and near the fence which was nice to see, if a little smelly!


We were lucky enough to be first in the queue for our time slot so made our way slowly through the grotto looking at all the animals and twinkly lights. As we had no-one in front of us we were able to stop for photos along the way.

7yo and Santa had a good chat about what she would

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Christmas Crafting With Bakerross



We got started early this year with the Christmas crafts from Bakerross, but they kindly sent us some more goodies recently to help us create more Christmassy goodies.

7yo mixed and matched from the kits provided to create some lovely bauble cards for her cousins and friends at school. Bauble card blanks are £1.98 for six, and they come with silver thread to attach to the top of the card meaning they can be hung from the tree which is a nice idea.

We also received some gingerbread photo fridge magnets. These are a decent size holding a 7 x 11cm photo. A great idea for the grandparents for Christmas (shhh I couldn’t show photos of these). The template is included in foam with plenty of additional foam pieces to accessorize with. Only £2.99 for five.


Do you remember as a child using two pieces

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Catching Up With Elfies Antics #Elfontheshelf


Since #elfontheshelf was such a hit last year, we are doing it again this year. Elfie has been getting up to her usual mischievous tricks since she returned to the shelf at the beginning of December.


She’s been choosing different antics to last year which is pleasing 7yo a lot. It certainly helps her get out of bed quicker on these cold mornings to see what Elfie has been getting up to.

We’ve seen her swinging from the door way one morning, taking a marshmallow bath, sliding down a candy cane zip wire (not sure where she was aiming to get to).


I thought we were just having trouble with the puppy stealing the toilet roll, but it would seem Elfie has taken a shine to it as well, as she has borrowed some on a couple of occasions to roll down the stairs in, and

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Spots Of Fun Pup Doing His Bit For Charity

Build-A-Bear Workshop Spots of Fun Pup



We are big fans of Build a Bear Workshop in this house. 7yo even had her birthday party there this year. We always check when new films come out to see the newest range of bears that are available. 

Build a Bear Workshop work closely with Children in Need, and whilst the TV show may have passed for this year, the work is still continuing through the shops and website in the form of Spots of Fun Pup. He’s a really cute 41cm white puppy with colourful spots, retailing at £16.50. For every pup sold, £1 is donated to BBC Children In Need which supports disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

If you like to accessorice your bears like we do, then there is a special Pudsey PJ’s which can be purchase for £10, with £2 of that sale going to Children In Need.


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