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

 

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Toddlers favourite books

A little while ago (9 months to be precise) I put up a post about Little Tykes Favourite Books. Now that the little tyke has turned two, it feels like a good time to put up a post with an update. My little chap continues to enjoy storytime with Mummy and he loves to point at the pictures as we turn the pages. At the moment he likes anything bright, colourful and funny pictures. Here are some of his favourites…..

Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski

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Meg and Mog book

The Meg and Mog series of books was a big favourite of mine when I was a child and I am so pleased that the little tyke is also a big fan. Bold, bright colours… tick. Simple stories…. tick. Funny pictures…. tick. What’s not to love about these books about Meg the witch and her friends Mog the cat and Owl!

Ten Little Pirates by Mike Brownlow and Simon Rickerty

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Ten Little Pirates book

I think there are quite a few variations of this book such as dinosaurs, monsters, princesses, elves and superheroes. I thought that I would go for the pirate theme because it looked quite fun and was a little bit different from the rest of the books in his collection. It’s also a great little rhyming story with lots of great sounds that you can exaggerate. As he gets older he can get more involved with the counting element, with lots of fun objects to spot on every page.

George’s New Dinosaur (Peppa Pig books)

 

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George’s New Dinosaur book

 

This was actually one of the little tykes birthday presents and what a great choice! It’s a winning combination of dinosaurs and George Pig. Raaaarrrrrr! It’s a simple little story that makes for a light and easy read with a toddler.

No Bed without Ted by Nicola Smee

 

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No Bed without Ted book

 

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Lots of animals to count on each page

 

I have saved the best book until last. We bought this cute little ‘lift the flap’ reading book whilst on our recent holiday and the little man simply adores it! It is so beautifully illustrated and all the animal drawings are really sweet. I just think it is a really cute story and is perfect for bedtimes!

So what do you think of our choices? Have any of you got any recommendations for books to read with two year olds at bedtime? I would love to hear some ideas!

Hope you are all well this evening, ta ta and nighty night xxx

 

 

Getting ready for the party

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My little boy celebrated his 2nd birthday exactly one week ago and it was a pretty low key affair. This is because next week we will be hosting a joint birthday party for him and his cousin, with family members coming to our house to join the festivities. But the thing is….. I have never hosted a party before in my entire life! In fact, even as child I never had a birthday party. So saying that this is a bit of a learning curve is pretty much an understatement!

But not to worry folks, not to worry! I will do my very best to make it a super day for the two boys and all the guests of course. In my mind its all down to the planning, there’s no good achieved from just ‘winging it’. So my first step was to pick a theme and as this was a joint party, it had to be something that would suit them both. We all decided to go for Thomas the Tank Engine and ran with it. My little boy is mad for Thomas, so this was a great result.

I have created my own posters for the front door, buffet table and posters of the birthday boys to dot around the house. Really chuffed with them (pardon the pun)! I will extend my dining table and push it against the wall for my buffet table and decorate accordingly. I have managed to find loads of red, blue and Thomas party accessories through Amazon and from supermarkets –

  • Amscan Assorted Plastic Cutlery Packs in Bright Royal Blue x 2 (Amazon)
  • Carejoy Red Stripe Paper Drinking Straw Pack (Amazon)
  • Amscan Add An Age Thomas Letter Banner (Amazon)
  • Amscan Thomas Banner (Amazon)
  • Thomas & Friends Party Pack for 16 (Amazon)
  • Bello Blue Stripe Paper Drinking Straw Pack (Cannot remember where I got these!)
  • Happy Hours Red Food Tray Twin Pack (Asda)
  • Red Paper Bowls x 16 (Asda)
  • Red Paper Plates x 20 (Asda)
  • Clear Plastic Tumblers x 20 (Sainsburys)
  • Age 2 Balloons (Card Factory)
  • Thomas Balloon Bouquet (Card Factory)
  • Balloon Weight (Sainsburys)

 

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Thomas Banner No. 1

 

 

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Thomas Banner No. 2

 

Drinks will be served in the kitchen and will include squash, lemonade, pepsi, juices, teas and coffees. Not sure about alcohol? Should I? Should’t I? The garden will have some extra chairs for people and hopefully we will be blessed with fair weather! Oh and we have also bought some super cute Sports Day Washable Fabric Colourful Bunting from Dotcomgiftshop through Amazon. We will wrap this around the fencing that surrounds our garden.

I am getting the food sorted on the morning of the party and am keeping it fairly simple. Sausage rolls, quiche, crisps, sandwiches and the like, plus some sweety treats.

So thats how far I have got with my planning so far. What do you think? Have you got any tips or pointers?

Have a nice evening and ta ta for now xxx

 

Another Primark Haul

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I’m loving Primark at the moment!!! I have to admit that I have been caught by the bug and I quite enjoy rummaging around for some new goodies! Last weekend we had another opportunity to do a spot of child free shopping and I fancied nipping into Primark to get another pair of cosy pj’s. I got a bit carried away…… want to see? –

Jungle Book Pyjamas

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I saw one of my fave Mummy vloggers with a Little Mermaid set of pyjamas and I couldn’t resist hunting them down. Could I find them? Nope! The Primark nightwear department is pretty extensive so I needn’t despair. This is where I found this pretty pyjama set in pink and gold colours, which is very on trend. It’s a perfect set for the summertime in a very lightweight cotton material and is super comfy! Look at the pretty tropical flower detail on the trousers…. love them! RRP – £10.00

Boys Cuban Print Hawaiian Shirt

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I couldn’t resist having a little look at the boys section in the childrens department. This shirt is perfect for the little tyke to take on his beach holiday. It is made in a lovely lightweight cotton material and features a cute Cuban themed pattern. RRP – £6.00

Boys Blue Hawaiian Shirt

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I found a similar style shirt in a cool blue colour with a Hawaiian flower print. This again will be perfect for our beach holiday. He will look like such a cool little dude! RRP – £6.00

Aztec Print Flip Flops

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90p!!!!!!!! How can  I say no? They were actually a last minute purchase, spotted as I was on my way to the till. Had I had a little bit more time I would have picked up a couple of more pairs. Next time I go into Primark I am heading straight to the shoes area for a proper browse!!! RRP – £0.90p

Have any of you been into Primark lately? Have you got any good recommendations for things to look out for? I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions:)

Until next time my lovelies, nighty night and ta ta xxx

Two year old birthday party ideas

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As mentioned on my previous post ‘23 Month Update‘, we have started to think about our little boys 2nd birthday party. What do you do to mark such an occasion? Well to start with, we need to pick a theme……..

The Gruffalo

Pros: One of the little tykes favourite books in the whole world. Its a little bit quirky. You can tie it in with some woodland themed accessories. Kids of all ages would enjoy.

Cons: You would struggle to find a ready made Gruffalo cake. There are not as many gruffalo themed party accessories available.

Peppa Pig

Pros: Involves lots of pastel colours, but mostly pink and blue. There are tons and tons of Peppa and George merchandise available. You can easily buy a Peppa Pig birthday cake in the supermarket without having to make one yourself.

Cons: Too popular and not very original. Off putting for any older kids attending.

Thomas the Tank Engine

Pros: Thomas is probably our little mans favourite tv character. He loves trains. You can get train or Thomas themed party accessories. Blue and red is nice and bright for a party.

Cons: I am struggling to find a ready made Thomas cake. I don’t have time to make a cake and I am not very experienced when it comes to baking.

Dinosaurs

Pros: The little man just loves dinosaurs and dinosaur toys. You could do a mix of jungle and dinosaur themed accessories.

Cons: I cant really think of any, except it might be a bit old for him at the moment.

Jungle Safari

Pros: You can use lots of different animal toys and accessories. There are lots of jungle themed music that you could have in the background. Its lovely and colourful.

Pros: It might not be his favourite theme.

Final decision…… Thomas the Tank Engine

We were thinking more on the lines of the dinosaur party but as he is having a joint party we decided on something that both boys like – Thomas the Tank Engine. Its going to be good fun planning this party actually and I look forward to putting up more posts relating to this!

Have a nice evening folks, ta ta xxx

23 Month Update

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Can you believe we are talking about your 2nd birthday little tyke? I just can’t believe how quickly the past year has gone! The first year felt like five years, but the second year has whizzed by! Our last update was at 19 months, but even in those few months you have changed so much!

Words and Sounds

It’s taken some time but you are getting there. So far you can say a variety of individual words such as “Daddy”, “Mummy”, “Cat”, “Car”, “Dog, “Banana” and “Ball”. You like to sing songs and some of the words can be quite clear sometimes. You love making animal and vehicle noises, especially dinosaur noises “Raaaaaarrrr!!!”.

Play

You can play with other children now and like to play ball games. Much to Daddys delight, you like football! I think your favourite toys would probably be your slide and your cars. You are also a crafty little man and love painting.

TV & Film

At the moment you like Thomas the Tank Engine, Octonauts, In the Night Garden, Tellytubbies and Peppa Pig. Also, Mr Tumble sends you into a strange little trance, what is it about that guy? He bugs the heck out out of me, but you seem to like him. You don’t have the patience to sit and watch a whole film but you have watched quite a bit of Finding Dory. Great taste little man!

Food

You love, love, love your food. I think we are very lucky with you because you will try most things. I think your favourite foods are bananas, grapes, biscuits, cheese corn snacks, roast dinners and spaghetti bolognaise. Oh and like Mummy, your favourite treat is a bit of cake!

Clothes

You fit into 2-3 year old clothes for the length, but the waist bands on the trousers seem too large. So your trousers keep falling down! I try to put hats on you but you pull them straight off. I have managed to get you to wear sunglasses though!

Behaviour

You are a funny little laddie. For such a long time you were as good as gold when eating out but most recently you have become such an impatient little fidget! It can quite frankly be a bit of a nightmare. Shopping is also a no no at the minute. Thank the lord for internet shopping is all I say!

New experiences

You have just come back from your first holiday and have also experienced your first trip on a plane. I was well prepared with snacks and entertainment, but you fell asleep! Just as we took off the ground! We have our big holiday in September, fingers crossed you do as well on the next flight.

I look back fondly on the past year little tyke, but look forward to all the changes and developments for the following year. Next year you will be three and just thinking about that makes me a little bit emotional. My baby boy is growing up, but I couldn’t be prouder of you little tyke. Love you lots and lots, Mummy xxxx

Primark newbie haul

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Primark for the very first time!

I have never shopped in Primark before! Why not I hear you ask? Well, I guess it just always seemed like this huge shopping mega store with the most horrendous queues. Pretty scary when you have a toddler in tow, little patience and not a lot of time! But all the while I keep hearing positive comments about how cheap and fashionable the products are. I was itching to give it a go and yesterday was one of those rare days where I got the opportunity to do a bit of child free shopping. Bingo! I had some ideas in mind of what I wanted to look for before I went into the shop –

  • Summer hat for the little tyke
  • Little shorts for the little tyke
  • Zip lock bags or toiletry bags
  • New ruck sack for nursery
  • Trinket dish (rose gold preferably)
  • Throws
  • Pastel coloured sweatshirts (I’m loving the trend)
  • Sandals
  • Beach bag

Summer Hat

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The cutest and smartest beach hat for the little chap

WIN! This smart little hat is from Primarks ‘Rebel’ range and is sized 2-4 years. It is a lovely brown colour and is finished with a black and white ribbon trim. Priced at £3.00.

Boys Shorts

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These shorts can be dressed smart or casual

WIN! These little green utility shorts are perfect for my little boy. Everything is falling down on him at the moment, so the drawstring will come in handy. No more loose waistbands. They also have little pockets and zip detail. Priced at £6.00.

Zip Bags

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Perfect for makeup, toiletries and first aid bits

WIN! These simple little bags will do just the job when we next go on holiday. I wanted something clear so I can instantly make out the contents. I used plastic shopping bags on our last trip. We can do better than that. Priced at £3.00 (I think… lost the tag).

Nursery ruck sack

FAIL! I couldn’t find any bags for the boys. Was I looking in wrong place?

Trinket dish

FAIL! A ceramic cactus dish was not what I had in mind.

Throws

FAIL! Not great for what I want. They were all soft and fleecy and well….. a bit girly. Perfect for snuggling on a winters day, but not for putting over a chair.

Pastel coloured sweatshirt

FAIL! I wasn’t that sure if the shape of the sweaters would suit me. They all seemed a bit short and I like a little bit of cover up on the tum tum area. If you know what I mean.

Sandals

FAIL! Too. Many. To. Choose. From. Next.

Beach bag

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WIN! Oooooo look at this beauty! It only cost seven bleeding pounds! Who could tell?

Bonus item – Unicorn Pjs

 

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Excuse the creased sheets…. oops

 

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100% Unicorn

Does this make me officially fashionable? Or perhaps a bit of a big kid at heart? I have to say that I really, really liked the selection of nightwear on offer. I might just have to go back and get some more. Central Perk Pjs for me please.

So I guess I kind of enjoyed my little Primark shop. The queue wasnt too bad and I got served pretty quickly. I am not sure I have the patience or time to look at all of the clothes, but I was a big fan of the accessories and the home bits. What do you think to shopping in Primark? Is it yey or nay for you?

Have a lovely evening all, nighty night and ta ta xxx