Wednesday, 5 February 2020

What We're Reading - The Little Raindrop (with Giveaway)

It's National Storytelling Week and it just feels right that I share our What We're Reading post for the month since we love storytelling! 

This month Scarlet has been really enjoying The Little Raindrop by Joanna Gray, it's the perfect storytelling book for toddler and children starting to read on their own. The story follow The Little Raindrop through the entire water cycle from falling out of the cloud right through finding it's way to the ground and beyond. 

You can follow along on the adventure of The Little Raindrop as he travels through the various waterways in the river on his long journey. You can see all the animals and environments The Little Raindrop must travel in order to complete the water cycle. The book brings a big learning aspect of understanding where rain comes from and what the water cycle really is.

I love the art style in the book, it has the feel of a pencil drawing. There are no harsh outlines with colouring pencil completing the whole image giving a softer, more natural look to the whole book. This style really helps to give life to the water and the nature in the book. 

You can purchase The Little Raindrop from £4.80.

To Celebrate National Storytelling Week I have decided to hold a few giveaways over the next 4 days which will round out the end of the week. The first and biggest giveaway being for a copy of The Little Raindrop, a copy of Zoom, a wheely good book of colours from the My Little World range, an A5 colouring book, an A5 dot-to-dot book and a packet of 12 small colouring pencils. A lovely little prize that would be perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.

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Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Photo of the week 05/52

January has ended! Usually I find that I get a lot done through January and kind of stay on top of things but honestly this year I've struggled to keep up. The past week hasn't been much different, finding our way back to a routine has been hard since Christmas and New Year. Not that it's been helped with all 3 children picking up a heavy cold this week which has now lovingly been passed on to me. I do think I'm getting there in terms of getting on top of the ever growing to do list and it might have even stopped growing (for now).

This past week has been pretty busy for all of us with the usual day to day and weekly routine of shopping, cleaning, playing, school clubs and dinners all going at full pace. There are honestly full days where we go and go.

We managed to get a nice break mid week at our mums and tots group where Scarlet and Avery enjoyed some really fun sensory play with lights and tents. They both enjoyed exploring and it's where I got this week's photo. It's not perfect and Avery has on odd socks but the moment I captured between them was a very small moment they took together to explore lights inside a tiny tent and it made my heart grow even more.

This week also involved me cutting off half my hair and visiting family who I haven't been to see in almost 7 years but I'm determined to change that!

How has your week/ January been?

Monday, 13 January 2020

Photo of the week (02/52)

It was the first week back to school last week. A lot happened in the day to day for us all but it mostly happened at home. I got up to date with most of the housework, did a good bit of blog work and plenty of planning. We also got started on the de-cluttering so we mostly stayed home, which is whyI decided to go with this photo for the week. It sums up the week pretty well with Scarlet carrying around my book for most of the week while we cleaned and sorted as much as we could.

How was your first full week of the year?
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

My hopes for 2020

I said before that I am not one to make resolutions and that still stands. I suck at making resolutions that will fade away before January is even over. Which is why I have hopes of things I want achieve throughout the year. Some of these are things I have already been working on since 2019. I'm good with the idea that I can carry on with some of the goals I had last year or ones I started towards the end of the year since I can start to change things at any time of the year. 

Start a family game night

Having family time is always important for me and while we do try to get out when we can there are plenty of days where that just isn't possible between school, after school clubs, dinner and homework which can mean we go several days without real quality time spent together without it being a walking to this activity kind of time. I want to change that in 2020 and add a weekly or even bi-weekly game night into our routine. We have lots of fun games that are perfect to play together so this year we will make good use of them! I'm actually pretty excited to make this a part of our routine. 

Spend time doing something one on one with the children more

As I said above it's easy during the week to find we are in a routine of getting everything done and not spending time together. In trying to juggle three children, housework, blogging, getting outdoors, school, clubs and homework we leave less time for each child to have time one on one and I think it's very important for them to have that. 
Life is certainly busy so I know I need to be realistic in that we really can't have an hour of one on one time everyday with everyone so I think once a week having time where Dylan and Scarlet can have time with each of us one on one doing an activity of their choice could be an idea. I will also make up a little activity jar for days when they can't decide what they want to do. Avery does tend to have a bit more one to one time as Dylan and Scarlet go off and play alone or together every day.

Keep on top of the housework

So I'm not great at keeping everything on the to-do list going at the same time. There's usually a massive pile of washing that needs sorted out (still got one of those right now!), an area of the house I completely neglected (usually the shoe boxes in the hall) or the washing machine needs a good scrub on the inside. The jobs everyone seems to neglect every now and then are somehow always needing done. This year I want to try to make a routine of doing the housework for every day. If I do the general stuff everyday including the washing and shoe sorting I hope that it won't take as long and I will find time for the less often but equally import jobs like cleaning the washing machine. 
If you've got any tips let me know in the comments.

Declutter the house and organise

As a bit of an addition to the point above I want to try to continue with de-cluttering. We have quite a bit and as time moves I am slowly getting through more and more but there is still a fair bit to go. This is one of those things that has carried through several years now and each year I have got more and more clutter out. The problem is we are a big family and our needs are changing often. Through regular sorting and de-cluttering we can probably get the whole house to be more organised, at least I hope so!

Try new meals and recipes

We can get stuck in a rut when it comes to dinner meals. We tend to do meal planning and buy what we need, however I have found that through doing that we just have the same meals every two weeks rather than changing it up. It can be hard to change up our eating habits too, Dylan can be quite picky to what he will try. Despite that this year I hope to work a little more on getting new recipes we can all try. We have a slow cooker now too so there should be plenty of delicious winter recipes I can whip up in there first thing in the morning on busy days.

What's your families favourite recipe?

Blog regularly and Stay on top of my emails 

So you may have noticed I suck at regularly blogging for long periods of time, life gets busy and sometimes blogging has to take a back seat. I'm not saying that won't happen this year but I want to work harder at being regular and getting some blogging done in advance. I will be getting myself a diary soon and when I have done I will work on filling in my regular blogging posts. I plan to keep up with being organised and having other posts bullet pointed into a notebook which I have already started. 

Redecorate the hall and bathroom

Okay so this final one also comes with a bit of a confession, We've never redecorated these rooms, we moved in 4 years ago now. When we first moved the bathroom was painted with one coat, it was rushed on the night before we had to move in and it was never finished, the top cutting in was never done and we have since found out we used the wrong pot of paint anyway! I'm currently considering using a paint remover and starting from scratch as well as giving all the walls a good wipe down before we repaint. 

The hall is another project we started four years ago (after we'd moved in) discovered a few issues and have never finished. It originally had wall paper which was dated and already coming off. Back when my brother lived with us we spent a few days pulling off a lot of the paper by hand and with the wall steamer but there had been several layers and eventually I just gave up. It has since stayed unfinished and it is firmly on the list of things to do. Hopefully it will be done this year!

That is it, these are the things I want to try to achieve this year when I can, some will be started now,some have began and others will take a back seat for another time in the year. There may even be some I don't get to but I want to try. 

You might have noticed that there isn't any hopes for changing me this year, last year I shared a little about taking a body positive journey and how it has changed me so far. I plan to continue with being more positive and happy in myself so I won't be making plans to change anything other than how I view myself. I hope that by 2020 I will be more confident and maybe there will be fewer bad days too.

Have you got any hopes you want to try to achieve in 2020?
Tuesday, 7 January 2020

All about my year 2019

The last two years I have shared my All about my year 2017 and All about my year 2018. I quite enjoy writing these posts and it's a really nice way to reflect back on the year

I do hope that everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year even if that now feels like it was a million years ago. 

1. What did you do for your birthday this year? 

I had the most boring birthday ever this year, we went out and did our big Christmas food shopping and I rushed around trying to post out our Secret Santa gifts! There's always next year right?

2. Whats the biggest thing to happen to you this year? 

It would definitely be giving birth to Avery in May this year! He was the last little piece of us we didn't even know was missing. I haven't yet shared my Birth story with Avery but that is something I hope to do in 2020. 

3. What was the biggest thing to happen for your child/children this year? 

The biggest thing to happen for both Dylan and Scarlet in 2019 was becoming big brother and Sister to Avery. Dylan has been super excited to now have his own brother and not just be a brother. Scarlet has become an amazing big sister and throughout 2019 was so excited about having another baby then helping look after Avery. 

I think another really big thing that happened for Dylan this year was that he attended a summer scheme for the first time. He went to one with his friends from his usual after school club so he had plenty of friends to enjoy time with over the summer! He is already talking about going back next year too.

For Scarlet I think another big thing that has happened during 2019 was turning two! For Scarlet this is the first birthday she has kind of understood that it isn't just a normal day, she knew there would cake, presents, balloons and lots of fun. She loved being the centre of attention for the whole day.

Avery on the other hand was born and started to have solid foods at 6 months old in 2019. He loves food and exploring through his weaning journey so far.

4. Could you pick a favourite week of the year? 

I honestly don't think I could. There have been many weeks I have loved this year, when Avery was born, Several weeks over the summer where we met friends, had days out and enjoyed time together. I hope that 2020 will hold some great weeks too. 

5. Do you have a favourite photograph of yourself from 2019? 

I do, this one above of me and Scarlet together, we'd spent the day out at the Botanical Gardens and I asked Simon to take some photographs of just me. In the end there are several with both Dylan and Scarlet as well as with each of them alone. I think these mean more to me than the ones where I am alone and this one in particular is actually when I thought Simon had finished and we started walking to get off the grass. I love it, it's natural and was just the capturing of a moment together. 

6. What was your best day out? 

The best day out we had this year was for me when we took a trip in the afternoon to see C.S.Lewis square before heading on to the new Stormont estate park that opened in the summer.It was way after bedtime before we had even started the journey home but it was so nice to spend the evening having fun and being carefree. It was a day where we used the bus so it was just me and all three children on my own. It certainly didn't deter me and was the first time I took everyone out without help!

7. What is the best film you have seen this year? 

Toy Story 4! We all loved it and enjoyed having time together out at the cinema. It's still a favourite now.

8. Is there anything you wish didn't happen this year? 

I do wish that I hadn't lost two grandparents in the space of a week over the end of October and beginning of November. It was a hard way to end 2019 and something I think I am still coming to terms with now. 

9. What would you like to achieve or improve for 2020? 

I do have a few hope for 2020 but the only thing I really want to 'achieve' is to finally finish decorating the hall and bathroom! I will be sharing more on what I hope to do throughout 2020, some had already started last year too.

10. How will you be celebrating/did you celebrate New Years Eve?

We celebrated how we always do, sat on the sofa together with at least one sleeping child between us ringing in the new year with Big Ben fireworks on TV and singing Old lang syne out of tune and  completely out of time.In fact Simon doesn't even know the words. It was perfect!
Monday, 6 January 2020

Photo of the week 1/52

Happy New Year! 
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and enjoyed some time with their friends and family. We've enjoyed our time together while Dylan was off school and have managed a day out as well as a cinema trip. I have chosen a photo I took on the first day of the year before we headed out to see Frozen 2. Definitely worth a watch if you haven't seen it! We all loved it, even Simon which is really saying something.

Today marks the beginning of a new term, the end of the Christmas holidays and the start of getting a routine back in place. 

How has the Christmas break and New Year been for you?
Monday, 16 December 2019

Christmas gift ideas for Children

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When it come to buying a Christmas gift for children there is so much selection out there! A vast variety of gifts that could entertain, interest and entice little minds but just what do we go for from a large selection? I have put together a few gift ideas which could be perfect for children of various ages. 

I'll start with a gift that can be perfect for babies of any age, a little pram toy. I love the little fish toy from One Pure Fox. The little fish is called Efie and he's made of completely organic GOTS certified fabric and filling. Which means that while being good fun for baby they are also good for the environment. The little pram toy is attached by the little wooden and metal clasp at the top which can also be removed from the string loop to wash it! Yes, it's washable, in the machine at a low temperature. It washes really well as I have washed this one a few times! It's Avery's favourite top and we've used it since birth.
You can purchase your own Efie the Fish from One Pure Fox for £14.95.

You can Adopt a Mermaid! I mean this probably would have been a real dream of mine when I was a child. You are now able to adopt a mermaid from Mermaid Adoptions and it includes much more than just a mermaid. We got a Mermaid Adoption pack that contained a mermaid doll too, They are available separate as are each of the dolls.
In our Mermaid Adoption pack you can find

  • An 18 inch Sea Sparkles Mermaid 
  • A blank Mermaid Adoption certificate
  • A letter of confirmation of adoption
  • An A4 Mermaid poster
  • A Mermaid card,
  • 2 Mermaid postcards
  • A face mask to assemble yourself
  • 3 Mermaid stickers 
  • A bookmark
  • A key ring 
  • A mermaid adoption badge
In each adoption pack you will also get quarterly emails updates sent through to keep you up to date with your mermaid. 

Our little Mermaid is called Lily and I just love her pink and blue hair! There are five Mermaid dolls to choose from each has it's own style and colour. I honestly think the Adoption pack is wonderful, it's very cute and it really would build so much excitement for any child who loves the mythical wonders. There are also Unicorn Adoptions and Dragon Adoptions available so there is something for the mythical lover in all children.

The even better news is that you can purchase the Mermaid Adoption pack from just £19.99 with Mermaid included!

It just wouldn't be Christmas without games and puzzles to play together would it? I love that every year we get a game or puzzle to play together. We are big fans of the Orchard Toys range and I had to include their very diverse range of games and puzzles with something to suit all ages from toddler to teen!

We really enjoy doing the Animal Shapes puzzle with Scarlet. It contains various animal shaped puzzles, each with a shape cut out. Finding which shape fits into each animal is all the fun and as each animal is a different colour it is really easy for toddlers to understand. It's a lovely puzzle to introduce when they are ready to move on from chunky wooden put the shape in the matching hole  to something that requires more motor skills.
You can purchase the Orchard Toys Animal Shapes puzzle for £6.98.

As for an older child the Orchard Toys range has lots of games to offer up for family fun this Christmas. Other than the iconic Shopping List Game a favourite of ours is Follow That Car! A fun domino style game with pieces containing various car types with several colours of each kind. The aim is to get rid of all your cars first but you can only place a car that matches the one beside it or is the same colour. The addition of road blocks and a roundabout brings even more excitement to the game too.
You can Purchase the Orchard Toys Follow That Car! game for £7.49.

Lastly but most certainly not least is the lovely book Autism with Lola: Playing with Bourbon Badger by Jodie Isitt. A book with a purpose, Autism with Lola is the first in the Autism with Love series and it has been created to help and teach people about Autism and how it affects children around us.

I know plenty of children and grown ups who have Autism and understanding their world is incredibly hard.  Having a story where you can teach children about Autism and disability can be really important, not everyone in the world can do the same things and that's okay. Jodie has used woodland animals in the story to help really capture a child's imagination and to entice them into the story of the book.
The book is completed with beautiful subtle illustrations by Lucy Smith. I think her images of Lola really help to bring the story to life  for children's imaginations.
Lola is a bunny, but she is different, Lola has Autism and in the story we see some of the traits and sign of autism and anxiety being used. The story follows Lola in her day at school where she is having fun painting, her favourite! When suddenly it's break time and the other children all get excited about tidying up, getting louder and Lola is scared, she doesn't like the noise, it's hurting her ears. She hides, trying to stop the nose by holding her ears when Bourbon Badger starts to shush everyone, trying to help Lola. It's through the signs that Bourbon Badger can see Lola is upset and finding things hard. the story continues through playing together and some of the Autism traits that Lola has that day. It highlights these traits and there is a very special section on advice from professionals for any parent or career who can see similarities between Lola and their children.

I think the Autism with Lola: Playing with Bourbon Badger by Jodie Isitt book would be a lovely gift for a child who might have autism or even for a friend or family member of children with Autism. It's a lovely story to read together and it could answer a lot of questions for children too.
You can purchase Autism with Lola: playing with Bourbon Badger by Jodie Isitt for £8.49

I hope you found a gift that will be perfect this Christmas!
Merry Christmas

Friday, 13 December 2019

Christmas gifts that would be perfect for any adult {with giveaway}

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Finding a gift for most adults is often much harder than buying gifts for children, at least in my experience! This year I am sharing some gift ideas that would work for many adults in your life. 

 I for one struggle with going to sleep at night and drifting off and I am sure that I'm not the only one. Why not gift someone who you know struggles with sleeping a little helping hand to drift off with the Puressentiel Sleep Easy gift set. This set contains a Rest and Relax air spray in 75ml, 100% organic rest and relax massage oil in 100ml and a true lavender organic essential oil in 10ml all tucked up nicely in the Puressentiel cosmetic bag. This set is perfect for relaxing, unwinding and preparing for a good nights sleep this Christmas. The Sleep Easy gift set isn't the only one available from Puressentiel either, the range includes Pamper and Glow, Pure Scents (air sprays), Scents of Serenity and Scents of Purity too. You can purchase the Puressentiel Sleep Easy gift set for £19.99

Another great way to relax is with candles. I personally love candles and at this time of year they fill our home with the scents of Christmas which is why I love this NEOM Christmas Wish candle is made up with over 10 essential oils in a hand poured wax mix and you can really feel like Christmas is here. Each candle has all natural ingredients and this single wick version can burn for up to 35 hours!  The NEOM candle range is a lovely treat for any candle lover this Christmas. You can purchase the NEOM Christmas Wish 1 wick candle for £32

Give a card with a difference this Christmas. Talkies by Talking Print is just that, an audio card inside which you share a voice message up to 30 seconds long that can be recorded at home ready to send off to the lucky recipient. I love the idea of Talkies cards, a moment of time captured to be played back up to 200 times! You can decide what should be on the front of your card too with the option to create your own at home on a blank card or a printed card. There are several options for a printed card with at least five Christmas themed images or upload your own to use. While choosing which you'd like, consider if you want your card to come pre-loaded with your voice message or if you'd prefer to do it yourself at home. We did ours in our home and it couldn't have been easier! To record your message you simply hold in the red dot and it starts recording after a beep. It was honestly so easy. You can write your message on the opposite side of the card for that special someone. 
You can purchase your own Talkies Audio Cards from: blank (£4.95), Printed card without audio pre-loaded (£7.95) or Printed cards with audio (£9.95).

If you want to give something a little more special than an audio card this season you can go for the Talkies Video Cards which can be personalised with a printed card design or again with your own image along with the option of a blank card to complete at home. The difference with a Video card from Talkies is that the inside has a recorded video of a memory or massage you'd like to share with your loved one. I love this idea and think these are the perfect way to preserve memories of children or grandchildren for family members we don't often see as often as we'd like. You have the option of a 4 inch video card or a 7 inch video card too. As you can see the blank card (4 inch version shown open) comes with a video of instructions on how to load it up with your chosen video as long as it fits the 256mb memory of each card. The other big plus for me with the video cards is that they can be charged using the provided USB transfer wire so the memory captured can be rewatched for as long as you choose. I think these would be a lovely Christmas gift to look back on as the family changes and grows. 
You can purchase Talkies Video Cards from: blank (£26.95), Printed card without audio pre-loaded (£30.95) or Printed cards with audio (£34.95).

If you know a film or TV show fan your sure to find an adorable collectible in the Dorbz range which are a version of Funko Pop. I for one love to watch a good show or movie and this Sadness Dorbz from Inside Out is just so cute! their little round shape is really appealing and since they are collectible you can always add on with others in the range. These are the perfect gift for any geeky friends you know! You can purchase the Sadness Dorbz for £7.95

We all know that one person who loves to be organised or at least one who tries really hard to be organised and could use a little hand to get there. A calendar with a bit of a bright and happy touch would make a lovely gift this Christmas and I personally love this calendar from DorkFace. Gemma is a lovely lady who creates pretty amazing art and this year she put together this special calendar which has unique prints she created for each month with a little something extra at the end. The final page is a little tick sheet with activities or things to try to accomplish through the year like bake cookies, go swimming, told someone you loved them and more. Gemma has just a few of these calendars left but there is a whole range of creative pieces available in her shop. You can purchase the DorkFace 2020 Calendar for just £8.

We're all familiar with the big chocolate boxes available at Christmas but what do you do when they don't like chocolate and prefer sweets? I noticed the Swizzels Sweet Shop Favourites and I immediately picked one up. Simon complains every year that he doesn't like chocolate and he'd prefer sweets so this year that's just what he'll get! This really is a great gift for the sweet lover in your family who much rather enjoy the classic sweets like love hearts or double dip this Christmas. This box is available in most supermarkets like Tesco this Christmas for just £5.

Last but certainly not least is something that is perfect for anyone who loves to play golf. Golfamore is a yearly subscription to get access to golf course all around the world at discount prices. With Golfamore launching this year into the UK they are delighted to have new members gaining access with discount green fees for some of the top golf courses here in the UK. They'll be delighted to start all new adventures in golfing by trying the places they always dreamed about. The even better news is that they can even get discounts for courses all around the world so taking a day while on holiday isn't out of the question! What's even better is that the subscription is perfect for those last minute gifts if you need it since the promotion will run right up to Christmas eve! I think it would be a lovely gift this Christmas to pop the details inside a card for something they really aren't expecting.
To give the gift of access to an extensive list of golf courses around the world is even easier with a special promotion price subscription to Golfamore of just £25 this Christmas.

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Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Christmas gift ideas that are Eco Friendly

*Some items featured in this guide have been gifted*

When it comes to buying gifts this Christmas I am trying to choose more options that are Eco friendly. Through the year I have been trying to reduce our waste and chase things we use daily to a more Environmentally Friendly product when I can. I know that some of our friends and family are doing the same and getting those people a gift that is better for the environment seems like a better option to me. With that in mind I have put together five options that would make lovely gifts this Christmas.

Stocking fillers can actually be quite hard to think of, you'd be surprised by just how much it takes to  fill a stocking if you've never done it before! I love the idea of adding in something that will be useful beyond just Christmas morning which makes the DEENO-saur organic bamboo toothbrushes just perfect! The brushes bristles are coloured with the options of purple, orange and aqua. Each brush handle has the little DEENO-saur on which I think makes it look really cute and appealing to children. Plus the brushes all come in their own individual box with a unique design for each colour. Inside the brush is safe in a Paper bag for extra protection and it means that all the packaging is recyclable! The DEENO-saur organic bamboo toothbrushes are available in a pack of 3 (one of each colour) £6.99 or individually £3.99

When it comes to gifts for children why not consider a new organic clothing item from Boy Wonder. A brand who are new, they have just re-launched their Kick Starter campaign in recent days and with over 30% of their goal reached already they are set to be a big hit. Boy Wonder is a brand of organic boys clothing made here in the UK from certified organic yarn. The range will include some lovely bright and bold prints of T-shirts and jumpers which are available at a special reduced price during the kickstarter campaign. I think these would make lovely gifts for boys this Christmas and the Fish T-shirt is my favourite but there are a few designs to choose from including ice cream, caravan and milk designs. Check out the Boy Wonder kick starter with their range starting at just £33 with several other options to support Boy Wonder in their launch.

Giving a gift that will get used often is what we all want at Christmas time so what better to give than useful items like a water bottle or metal straws. I love having our metal straws out with me in the bag so that should we need one we always have it to use. I like the bend feature in these straws and with an 8 pack of two different sizes of Metal Straws just £3.99 they would be perfect for the family this Christmas.

It took me months to find a water bottle I loved that wasn't entirely made of plastic. When I finally came across My Manna water bottle made from glass I thought it was worth a try and I honestly use it almost daily now! The Manna Glass bottle is made to be used with both hot or cold drinks so if you finish your water and fancy a coffee while your out, you can just rinse and re-use! Did I mention that it keeps the temperate regulated inside to keep your drink at a level temperate for as long as possible. Thanks to the silicone slip on the outside your hands are protected from both the heat and cold too. Mine has a hook style top which I do like but this particular bottle is no longer available and I have found another Manna Glass Bottle with a bamboo lid in the same style for £9.98 including delivery. 

Finally on Christmas we all want a bit of fun and as I am sure many families do, we enjoy playing games over Christmas. This year I am really excited to play Nudge a fun two player game that is completely different to any we know yet still familiar enough to have us addicted to playing over and over again. The aim is to use each of your two moves every turn to try and nudge your opponent off the edge of the board. However you can only move your opponent when your line is bigger than theirs which means you can only move in the one direction while your pieces are connected. It sounds a little complicated at first but like any great board game it gets easier as you play and get used to the rules. Everything about Nudge is environmentally friendly and yes a game might not be an essential but I really love that this could be a really well loved gift at both Christmas or birthday's. The board you play on is made from recycled grey board and the play counters are bio-plastic made from a starch base so after 3-6 months in the elements they'll biodegrade back to the earth! I love Nudge and I am excited to share it with friends and family this Christmas. Nudge is available for £9.99.

Which of our Eco gifts will be on your list this Christmas?

Merry Christmas! 
Friday, 6 December 2019

Bringing the magic of Christmas into our home with An Elf For Christmas {Review}

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*All thoughts and opinions are my own*    

Christmas is my favourite time of year and I just love to build up the magic with the Children in the run up. One great way to add some extra special magic this Christmas is to bring an Elf in to join your family for December. We're so excited to bring our new Elf friend from An Elf For Christmas into our home this December!

We've been sent the Boy Elf For Christmas Magical Reward Kit from the An Elf For Christmas selection. Inside the Reward kit you can find a Boy Elf For Christmas, Elf living here sign, two letters to Santa, 1 reward chart, 1 sheet of stickers, 2 arrival letters, 2 nice list awards, 8 elf cards to encourage/ reward good behaviour and a thank you postcard. 

The selection from An Elf For Christmas also includes Girl Elves and comes in a dark skinned version which means they are perfect for every family! You can get the Boy and Girl Elves on their own too.

Bringing An Elf For Christmas into your home during December can mean something different for every family. The Elves can get up to no good, be kind, do funny things, prompt activities for your children or they could even just come to play hide and seek at night! Our Elf will do various activities throughout December. We've already had our Elf remind us to write our letters to Santa and tonight he's going to do some Elf Magic and transform our normal hen's eggs into something more delicious! Can you guess what it might be?

An Elf For Christmas Elves have a cute, friendly face, festive elf sized clothing including striped tights and a lovely little bauble hat. Each elf also has a Velcro square on one hand to help make them more versatile for lots of Elf fun like holding on to something.

I love that the kit comes with so many little extras that you can use with An Elf For Christmas Elves throughout December. I am particularly excited to include the Reward chart in our Elf fun this year. It will be perfect for those final days before Christmas when school ends and we need help to tidy toys or special jobs need done. 

The perfect way to end the reward chart and all of the December Elf fun will be with the Nice List certificates! Each year our Elf magically leaves us on Christmas Eve leaving behind our Christmas Eve box and I think these will make a lovely little finishing touch for our December. 

The great news is that Elves can arrive any time in December so if you would really like to bring An Elf For Christmas into your home this December there is still plenty of time! We love our Elf even though he did show up 5 days into December after having a special assignment from Santa to do first. 

You can purchase A Boy Elf For Christmas Reward Chart from An Elf For Christmas for £19.99.




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