DITL Sunday 10th December: Snow Day!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….. seriously, it is! In the movies, Christmas is nearly always depicted in a snowy scene but the reality is that I don’t think I have even seen so much as a flake of snow in December…. until today! It might not be Christmas Day yet but there is a definite festive feel in the air as we gear up to the big day, so seeing houses with Christmas lights and a dusting of snow really makes quite a magical scene.

The little tyke didn’t know what to make of it all at first, he was excited and nervous in equal measures. We put on his new boots, scarf, hat, coat and mittens to help prepare him for the cold outside. But he wouldn’t step on the snow! He took a few steps and kept moaning to be picked up, so Daddy and Mummy took turns to carry him until we went to shop and back. Oh goodness, he really is getting to heavy to carry around all the time. By the time we got back from our first trip out I was very thankful to be back indoors.

We made a lunch of sausages and mash, followed by apple crumble and custard. Perfect yummy winter food for such a cold, snowy day. The little man gobbled it all up, it seems the cold air had given him a huge appetite. After a little playtime, we went into the front garden to see the new snowman friend that had appeared in the garden (Daddy snuck off to build him). My little boy fell in love and it was at this point that he felt a little bit more confident and started adding more snow to bulk up his snowman friend.

We decided to make a short trip out in the car to our local Aldi, just to break up the day a little. Sunday is usually Special Buys day and we like to see what new stock they have brought in. Todays offerings included Marvel character toys, Star Wars merhandise and childrens pyjamas. I love Aldi but they don’t always get it right, those childrens pjs were not the best of quality unfortunately. What a shame because he would have looked very cosy in the Paw Patrol onesie!

By the end of the day he got so confident about being out in the snow he grabbed his welly boots and begged us to take him out again. “Ok, but just for a little while” we said as we wrapped him back up in his coat, and this time he confidently stepped on to the snow and rushed over to his snowman. “Oh no!” he exclaimed, our snowman friend had fallen over! Daddy, Mummy and the little man worked together to help rebuild Mr. Snowman. I took a little video of this and I can’t wait to look back on it in years to come. Happy memories!

Take care all, ta ta and good night xxx

Shhhh…. Christmas is coming (in 76 days)

santa-claus-and-joeSo, the other day somebody asked me the question “So what are your plans for Christmas?”. Truth be told, I really don’t have a flipping clue!!! But when I think back to this time last year I was much more organised by this point – making handcrafted Christmas cards, making the little tykes first Christmas Eve box, planning the Christmas food shop and making lists for cards and present. So far I have done nothing!

I ask myself why and I find it hard to find a definitive answer. I am most definitely looking forward to making Christmas special this year for my little boy, but I have had a lot on my mind lately. Not to worry, it’s not too late to start thinking about it now. I am even nibbling on some marzipan stollen bites to get me in the mood as I write this post!

So here goes, my Christmas bucket list……

  • Find a couple of good story books to help explain Christmas to my little boy
  • Book a slot for the online Christmas food shop
  • Work out a meal plan for the Christmas break (breakfast/lunch/dinner)
  • Book a breakfast with Santa or Santas grotto slot at the local garden centre
  • Buy an advent calendar
  • Get some festive Christmas bedding for December
  • Take the little tyke to see the Christmas light switch on in the village
  • Order the turkey and trimmings from the local butcher
  • Make handmade cards with the little tyke for close family members
  • Buy some nice charity cards for everybody else
  • Make mince pies with Daddy and little tyke
  • Make my homemade cranberry sauce
  • Use the handcrafted Christmas Eve box again and fill with new gifts for little tyke
  • Make a small Christmas Eve box for my best friends children to post
  • Get some festive PJs for all the family
  • Buy a Christmas jumper for the nursery Christmas party
  • Drink hot chocolate with marshmallows
  • Buy presents for family members
  • Buy small gifts and cards for work colleagues
  • Decorate house with Christmas trimmings
  • Wrap presents
  • Make Christmas dinner at home
  • Go for nice festive walk
  • Invite close family around for buffet during Christmas holiday
  • Watch Elf with the little tyke!!! (this is an important one)
  • Watch some Disney movies
  • Listen to Christmas music
  • Teach little tyke to sing some Christmas songs

That’s actually quite a long list! I am not sure if I will get to do it all, but I can certainly have fun trying. It certainly makes me feel a lot better to put my ideas down in a list like this. Do you have any more ideas that you could suggest to add to this list? Has the list given you inspiration for Christmas activities? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Hope you are all having a lovely evening, take care and ta ta xxx

 

The little tykes Christmas Eve Box

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Starting with Knagglig crate from Ikea

I think I mentioned a while back in a previous post, how I had purchased a basic flat pack crate from Ikea (Knagglig) as I had the idea to use it for a Christmas Eve Box. I had wondered, where did this trend come from? On trying to research it on the internet I didn’t find a conclusive answer but many different countries and cultures celebrate Christmas on the 24th by opening presents and it seems that we have started to pick up some of these habits here. The idea is to have a small activity box for children to open on Christmas Eve, to get them into the spirit of the festivities early. Boxes are usually filled with small items, such as chocolates, pyjamas, letters from Santa, Christmas dvds and books. I really wouldn’t want to go overboard with the box gifts, as I would not like to detract from the magic of opening gifts on Christmas day from Santa. So keep small.

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Crate painted in a chalk grey with woodcut lettering applied

The flat pack crate was really quick and easy to make up. Please be aware that the box is actually quite small, so it might not be suitable to fit any large gifts. I painted it all over in a plain grey colour with a chalk effect matt finish, but red would have been equally effective. I found the woodcut lettering on Amazon and I think it makes the box look a little bit more fancy.

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The Christmas Bear lift-the-flap book

For Christmas Eve we need a special bedtime story to read to the little tyke. Knowing how much he loves The Tickle Book, we found ‘The Christmas Bear‘ from the same author and thought it would be perfect.

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Little Christmas Elf from Waitrose

Next up, we needed a little festive cuddly and found this lovely little elf from Waitrose. As you  can see, his hands also stick together with velcro. I believe you can also purchase a bigger version.

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George pig Christmas pyjamas and slipper socks

I bought the Christmas pyjamas from Sainsbury’s a little while back, they look so cosy! Now I am not sure how I am going to use these, as the little tyke has one leg and foot in plaster. I think we will have to dress him in some shorts with the top and put on one sock:(

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Christmas Eve Box end
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Christmas Eve Box front

I used some stencils and white paint for the lettering and the snowflakes. What you see above is not quite the finished article, as his last name was added to the box after the photo was taken. I really enjoyed this project and am very pleased with the results! I am determined to make the little tykes Christmas magical despite his fractured leg!

So what do you think? Like or loathe this new tradition? Are any of you thinking of putting something together for your children on Christmas Eve?

I am off work now until after Christmas as I am looking after the brave little soldier. I will keep you all posted on how we get on, entertaining him is proving difficult at the moment!

Ta ta for now my lovelies, just 3 sleeps until Christmas xxx

Christmas (tag)

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The lovely Valerie from Living Lighter in Atlanta very kindly tagged me for a Christmas Q&A. Thank you Valerie, big hugs to you! Valeries blog Living Lighter in Atlanta follows her life as a Mummy and I would highly recommend that you check her blog out here.

So here goes, my answers to some Chrimbo questions –

What is your favorite Christmas film? Easy peasy lemon squeezy…… its got to be Elf for me! I know its a bit modern and Christmas is all about being nostalgic, but I just find this movie so heart warming and genuinely funny. I also love Home Alone. I wasn’t so much a fan of it when it first came out, but its grown on me.

Have you ever had a white Christmas? No I am afraid not, it must be lovely though. Where I come from the climate was too mild and we rarely saw snow.

Where do you usually spend your holiday? With my family at home and we have a nice day tucked up indoors. By Boxing Day we are eager to escape the confines of the house and go for a nice big walk in the country to blow the cobwebs away.

What is your favorite Christmas song? The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) by Nat King Cole. It just really makes me smile! Oh and for something a bit more upbeat I like Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms and Rocking Around The Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee.

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve? No, but this is the first year we are introducing a Christmas Eve box to the little tyke. I wonder what he will think to it? I cannot wait!

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Oh blimey…. afraid not.

What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year? Opening the presents on Christmas morning. This is my little boys 2nd Christmas and whilst he is not totally aware it is Christmas, he will be excited by what is going on.

Is your Christmas tree real or fake? Fake, but its a lovely one. I bought it from Next a couple of years ago and it has a snow effect on the leaves.

What is your all time favorite holiday food/sweet treat? Oooo cranberry sauce, its my absolute favourite. Pre-baby I would make a batch of my own every year! Plus parsnips, love a good parsnip.

Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better? Both equally. I love to to put thought into the presents that I buy and I appreciate receiving presents from friends and family. Its a nice gesture.

What is the best Christmas present you have ever received? Promise you won’t laugh… a keytar when I was a kid. A keytar, whats one of those you ask? Well its a keyboard that is supported by a strap to wear around the neck and shoulders. Keyboards were big in the late 80s/early 90s and all kids wanted them.

What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season? Australia. Because I would love to try a Christmas that is totally different to anything I have experienced before. Its the height of their Summer at Christmas and it would be great!

Are you a pro-present wrapper or do you fail miserably?  I’m ok, but I hate wrapping presents.

Most memorable holiday moment? Too many to mention, but last year was special as it my sons first Christmas and he was dressed as a little elf. Awwww!

What made you realize the truth about Santa? Not sure.

What makes the holidays special for you? Christmas decorations (the house seems so bare when you take them down) and the big day itself. Its all about your loved ones and showing how much you care.

I’m tagging the following ladies:

The Normal Mum

The Day Dreaming Mummy

Motherhood Rambles

Diary of Nine Months

Some Kind of Beautiful Chaos

Welcome to the Nursery

Ta ta for now my lovelies, off to make a brew! xxx

 

Christmas Outfits for Toddler Boys

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I am quite confident in saying that I cannot be the only Mummy who has noticed the lack of toddler/baby boy Christmas outfits in the shops! The girls have racks and racks of frilly red dresses and Peppa Pig themed outfits, leaving the boys section rather lacking! I would like the little tyke to have a couple of Christmassy outfits to wear for nursery and the big day itself, so I have turned to the internet for inspiration. Heres some of the outfits that I have spotted –

Festive George Pig Long Sleeve Top from Tu at Sainsbury’sgeorge-pig-top

This nice little long sleeve top is nice and light, which is great for nursery as it can be quite warm with the heating. My little man loves Peppa Pig and George is his favourite character of course! Would look great with some jeans or navy cord trousers. Price £7.00.

Polar Bear Christmas Jumper from Jojo Maman Bebepolar-bear-jumper

Not my picture but a picture taken off the Jojo Maman Bebe website. This cute little Polar Bear jumper is made of a cashmere mix which should feel lovely and soft to wear. I especially like the cute little button detail on the shoulder. Not cheap though at £22. Gulp!

Baby Fair Isle Bus Jumper from John Lewisjohn-lewis-jumper

Oh darn another expensive one, but its too cute! I must point out that I am not going to actually buy all of these tops, they are on my shortlist. I like the side button opening on this top should make it easier to put on and take off. It could look quite smart for a Christmas party or could be worn on the big day itself. Price £17.

Red Stripe Long Sleeve Santa T-Shirt from Nextnext-christmas-top

My friend gave me the blue version of this top as her little boy had outgrown it. The red version looks rather bright and jolly, don’t you think? Another nice one to wear at nursery me thinks. Priced at £9.

Grey Marl Santa Jumper from Marks & Spencerssanta-jumper

This is the first of my festive outfits, ta da! Oh actually, I bought him some festive pjs for his Christmas Eve box a while ago but that doesn’t count. I loved this little jumper with the pom pom detail and am hoping to dress him in this for Christmas dinner (we are going out to eat this year!). What do you think would go with it in terms of bottoms and shoes? I would love to hear some suggestions. He’s going to look cute as a button!

What will you be dressing your little ones on Christmas day? Smart or casual? Anything special? I would love to hear your thoughts as always.

Time for me to put my feet up, ta ta my lovelies xxx

 

 

Christmas Eve Box Gift Idea

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Santa’s Reply Letter Kit from Card Factory

Last year I made a little Christmas Eve Box up for my best friends two little children as a nice gift and a thank you for all the support she had given me over the year. This year I decided to continue with this theme and have made up another little gift box for them to open on Christmas Eve. You do not have to spend a lot of money on making these types of gifts. Most of the contents were purchased from Card Factory, Aldi and The Range.

The Santa’s Reply Letter Kit (I actually bought one for each child) was purchased from Card Factory for a mere 49 pence each! It came with a full colour letter template and a full colour envelope. What a bargain and lovely finishing touch for the gift box.

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Little Cuddly Elves

The little cuddly elves were also purchased from Card Factory for just 99 pence each! Just look how cute they are! I would put links to these products but I cannot see them on their website, so its probably best to pop into your local store.

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Christmas Activity Books

I bought the Disney Christmas Sing-along book from Aldi for a couple of pounds and the Santas Christmas Colouring and Activity book and Christmas Colouring Set was purchased from The Range. I couldn’t believe how many crafty products were available at The Range, who knew? Very impressed with the selection!

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Christmas Eve Box

The large gift box was also purchased from The Range (as a set of 3 gift boxes) and used to house all the little gifts. I put some shredded paper at the bottom and placed all the treats inside, including some little chocolate coins from Aldi. What do you think? I think it turned out quite well myself and am pleased with the end result:)

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Cuddly Christmas Toys

Oh and I just had to get the little fellas above! Guess how much they cost…just £1.99 each from Card Factory. How could I leave the store without them? Super,super cute!

So what do you think? Have you seen any kiddies Christmas gifts or decorations that have caught your eye in the shops? Have you finished your Christmas shopping? I have a long way to go yet!

Ta ta for now and nighty night xx

P.S. Still working on the little tykes Christmas crate, update will be with you soon!

Winter shopping and Christmas haul

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The winter has arrived with a bang this week, with the temperatures slowly plummeting and the nights growing darker earlier following last weeks clock change. I don’t know why I felt so surprised with the turn in the weather, as it typically grows colder as we approach the end of the year.

With the biting wind blowing outside I decided it was time to take action and get the little tyke all geared up for his outdoors adventures! We needed some winter woolies! On our Saturday trip to Sainsbury’s I spotted the Boys Multicoloured Gruffalo 3 Piece Set. This set consists of an embroidered bobble hat, scarf and mittens, that are nicely finished off with fleece lining for extra comfort.

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Sainsbury’s Boys Multicoloured Gruffalo 3 Piece Set – Hat, Scarf & Mittens

It is made in a multicoloured thick knit, which is great for keeping the little tyke cosy and warm. As you can see in the picture below, it looks super cute with his navy blue coat.

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All dressed for the winter weather

Whilst in Sainsbury’s we couldn’t help but stop to have a look at some of the Christmas novelties. Little tyke found a dancing Christmas pudding that sings Rocking Around the Christmas Tree (sounds bizarre I know) and he couldn’t stop chuckling as the little pudding danced to the music. Whenever I hear him giggle it just makes me feel so emotional and warms my heart. Gosh, I have turned into a right softy! After that, how could I possibly not go and buy the thing! It is currently tucked up inside the understairs cupboard waiting to come out in December!

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Sainsbury’s Dancing Christmas Pudding

The next item was something that I bought the other month, but I thought it would be relevant to throw into this blog. I say bought, it was actually purchased using a voucher for Marks and Spencer’s which I had received a while back. I fell in love with these Bauble Jaquard Cushions as soon as I set eyes on them and I feel they will be a stylish addition to the sofa in December. It has a reversible vintage Christmas design, which I just adore!

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Marks & Spencers Vintage Style Christmas Cushions

Last year I made a gift for my best friends two little children, as a thank you for all her support during the year. They simply loved their Christmas Eve boxes and I really enjoyed putting them together and now this year I would like to make something similar for the little tyke. I purchased a Knagglig Pine Box on my last trip to Ikea, with the thought of creating a special personalised Christmas Eve box.

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Ikea Knagglig Pine Box

As you can see it is a flatpack design and I am pleased to say that we built the crate up today! Hooray! Its been sitting in my understairs cupboard for over a month now. Next step is to pick a colour and paint it. What colour should I go for? Grey with white lettering (modern)? or red with white lettering (traditional)? I am thinking of either going for combination of wooden lettering with hand painted writing or just using stencils, but have not decided which to go for yet. I have also bought the first item to go into the box this week! A super cute and cuddly George Pig Christmas Pyjama Set from Sainsbury’s! It has a long sleeve top, fleece bottoms and a pair of little slipper socks.

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George Pig Christmas Pyjamas

I am still trying to figure out what else to put in, but I don’t want to go too over the top. A set of pyjamas, a Christmas book and a cuddly toy will probably do for his age. What do you think to the Christmas Eve box idea?

That’s it from me for another evening, ta ta for now and night night! xx

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