The Best Christmas Jumper

Do you have a Christmas Jumper? I haven’t been able to find one for me yet, but bought the kids some gorgeous ones in the sale last year, which they wore to school last Friday to support Save The Children’s Christmas Jumper Day.  How amazing is it that people all over the country wore Christmas jumpers and donated for Save the Children.

Don’t worry if you’ve missed the boat or didn’t get chance to join in for any reason there’s another great way to support the campaign, simply pick up a copy of this super cute little book ‘The Best Christmas Jumper’ next time you pop into Costa, which I seem to do frequently. Priced at only £1.50 it’s a lovely little stocking filler and £1.17 of that cost goes directly to Save The Children to help with their Read on, Get on campaign helping to improve literacy skills of disadvantaged children throughout the UK.

The story is a sweet Christmas tale, featuring Santa, Snowman, Reindeer and an Elf, who discover that working together as a team helps them be successful.
Written by award-winning children’s writer Rachel Bright author of the Love Monster series, and illustrated by Vicki Gausden of Noisy Circus fame. It’s suitable for kids of all ages. My children LOVED it.

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We were sent a ‘bedtime pack’ including a copy of the book by Costa.

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Great last minute Christmas gifts for kids

If like me you’re starting to panic that you haven’t bought enough for Christmas yet, how about some of these fun ideas?

For younger children

We love Djeco craft kits, this clay one was just adorable. Play Merrily Toy Shop has a great selection.

How about Pig Goes Pop, Doh Nutters or Pig Out?

Or a LeapTV?

Scooters are great for the school run and keeping active all year long,  you could even get one for the big kid in your life.

Great Family Games

Split Second is a fun family game where players compete to answer questions as fast as they can from one of five categories, players write their answers  onto a spring loaded paddle then release into the centre, the quickest answer wins the point. Split Second is aimed at children 8+, but my 6 year old really enjoyed it as well.

I thought the questions were pitched perfectly for children, just hard enough to keep my 7 year old interested, but not so hard he got fed up. I know this is a game we’ll be playing for many years to come. [Read more…]

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The one with the Christmas crazy

I’m a day late with Wot So Funee this week, we’ve had almost two solid weeks of house guests, 6 christmas plays, two pantos and a church service as well as the usual Christmas craziness of present buying and card writing.

I almost didn’t go to Z’s School Church Service, but rather unusually for him he had a little drama role, so I thought I should make the effort and you know what? I’m so glad I did. It was a lovely traditional service, which really put things in perspective for me. They did performances, about Scrooge, the World War 1 truce, Christmas in the 1950’s and why Christmas isn’t all about presents. We sang good old traditional carols and the children were impeccably behaved.

However, I’ve paid the price for all my gallivanting with the kids, because my living room looks like this.

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Please tell me I’m not the only one in the middle of a complete Christmas Meltdown?

On the plus side, I overheard my Z telling S that he really does believe in the elf, and then they decided he’d married Elsa because they spent last night doing word searches together…

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Win a full year’s holiday for your family worth up to £10,000

How do you fancy a whole year of FREE holidays? Scotland’s leading holiday park company, Argyll Holidays are searching for its next Active Family to enjoy a year’s worth of breaks in stunning Scottish destinations.

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The winning family will receive up to £10,000 worth of holidays during 2015 across Argyll Holidays’ locations throughout Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, including free fun family activities and use of the fantastic leisure facilities. Doesn’t that sound amazing? [Read more…]

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The one about Christmas

In my head, Christmas is chilling out by the fire watching movies snuggled up on the sofa, baking gingerbread and making endless gorgeous Christmas crafts under the flickering glow of Christmas lights. Stockings up, cards written, presents wrapped, festive music playing in the background while everyone smiles, laughs and eats mince pies.

The reality is that behind the fantasy there’s a stressed out parent frantically ordering/shopping for gifts and food, wondering where on earth to hide any more presents and trying to find an extra 10 minutes in an already over stretched day to write cards.

I love Christmas, I really do, I’ve already smiled till my face hurt at Nativity plays, beamed from ear to ear as my 7 year old banged out ‘Good King Wenceslas’ almost in tune and made toast, crumpets and gingerbread Christmas Tree shaped. I’m semi organised with presents, and yet still feel like I’m not doing enough. My Christmas Pinterest board is full of crafts I’m not going to find the time to make, our elf antics have not been as fun-filled or exciting as I’d planned. How is it the 10th already? I thought we’d have done so much more by now. Can someone please make time slow down a little?

Am I putting too much pressure on myself or do you feel the same?

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Creating a magical Christmas Card

I do LOVE a good personalised Christmas card. We don’t see some of our family and friends for long periods of time so it’s always nice to see an up to date photo of their children at Christmas. We haven’t managed one of our own for the last few years, just because I’ve not been organised enough to get a good photo and then spend the time making the card, which always seemed like a long, drawn out process.

However, assuming you can get the kids to smile in a Christmassy fashion, Postsnap makes creating Christmas cards easy. You simply install the app on your iPhone or iPad, take a photo, upload it into the app, choose from a huge variety of fun cards, add your text and then you can either get it sent straight to the recipient or to yourself. It took me less than five minutes to order 30 personalised cards, and the prices are very reasonable. If you order over 50 they are just 80 pence each!!

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Our cards arrived very quickly and I’m so pleased with the end result. It’s not the picture I had in mind when I set the photo up, but getting three children to smile at the camera is harder than you’d think. Next time I might just get them all to pull a silly face. Big thanks to Mammasaurus who did some clever photo editing for me. [Read more…]

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Christmas Smells

When I think of Christmas, I think of mulled wine simmering on the stove, the scent of oranges and cloves drifting through the house, gingerbread in the oven and the lovely outdoorsy smell of the Christmas Tree in the living room.

What I hadn’t considered were the less attractive Christmas smells around, wet clothes on radiators, stinky muddy shoes, stale central heating air, and that slightly musty Christmas stocking smell. Luckily Febreze were on hand with some lovely Christmas Smells and Christmas smell disguisers. The Apple and Spice Fabric Refresher has made my stockings and sacks smell yummy and the Frosted Pine Candle makes my house smell deliciously Christmassy for guests.

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I’ve been enjoying the Whittards Mulled Wine Tea on school nights, saving the real thing for weekends and the kids loved decorating the gingerbread men and stocking.

See here for more information about Christmas Smells, good and bad. [Read more…]

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Learning to drive

I remember learning to drive like it was yesterday, I remember the instructor picking me up at home and afterwards dropping me off at college. I remember my Mum taking me out to practice and then making me stop on the side of the road so she could get back behind the wheel, I was THAT bad. I remember how much my legs were shaking when I took my test, I remember being utterly flabbergasted that I’d passed. In my 17 years of driving I’ve had numerous small ‘incidents’ the worst was when I accidentally straddled the base of a petrol pump when I was 18 in my first car, and had to ask an attendant to help my push the car off….to make matters worse it was during the petrol crisis and the pump was empty! I’ve never mastered the art of parallel parking unless there’s a lot of space either side.

More recently I took a corner very badly in a car park and scraped all down the side of my SMax on the concrete, there was a LOT of damage. I’ve never felt so stupid, and am now ridiculously careful in that car park. I also once crashed into our garage, which now had a car shaped dent in it. [Read more…]

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Holding onto the memories

This afternoon, I’ll be heading to school to watch my fourth play of the week. Little H along with her Year R friends were utterly adorable in their version of The Very Hopeless Camel, a play I first watched three years ago when Z was in Year R. She chose to be a donkey and sang her little heart out in every performance even adding some embellishments of her own, which made me giggle and  almost brought a tear to my eye at the same time. Her little face doing some of the actions was a picture, one I want to hold in my mind forever. She scrunched up her nose, hand on hips and leant forward when Herod was cross and swung her imaginary baby with gusto when on the stage. She was just brilliant. A star in the making.

I’ve found myself feeling a bit sad this morning, sad that that’s a big milestone of her Year R over already, and I know from experience how fast the year goes from here on.

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Teach your child to read with Alphablocks

I feel like I should be an expert at teaching children to read now I’m on my third child to start school, but the reality is that my children are all very different and so I’ve had to use different techniques with all of them. My biggest challenge with my littlest is lack of time. When my eldest was learning to read we didn’t have so many after school clubs and things we’re generally calmer. These days we dash all over the place, meaning our time to concentrate on school work is generally very limited.

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