Category: CHRISTMAS

Christmas 2019

Christmas 2019

I love writing this little round up of our Christmas each year. With it being William’s first Christmas and the first one Florence really understood the whole magic of Santa, this Christmas was a really special one for us. I tried to fill Advent with […]

William’s Christmas Gifts – Gift Ideas for Baby’s First Christmas

William’s Christmas Gifts – Gift Ideas for Baby’s First Christmas

Following on from my post yesterday about what Florence is getting for Christmas, I thought I’d also share with you the things we have bought for William this year. With it being his first Christmas I have been so excited to choose the perfect gifts […]

What Florence is getting for Christmas this year

What Florence is getting for Christmas this year

I hope that this post is taken in the spirit that it’s written – for inspiration for those who aren’t sure what to get, rather than a showy off kind if thing, but I thought I’d show you some of the things Florence will be getting for Christmas this year.

A lot of thought has gone into the children’s gifts this year and I’ve continued a tradition that my mum started when I was young of each of the children getting 10 things from Father Christmas and then some other bits from us too. I know that Father Christmas giving more than one small token is a bit of a controversial way to do things these days, but as long as they’re taught gratitude and kindness along with it I hope that they would never gloat or make someone else feel less as they grow up. Neither of the children have super expensive gifts this year but in the future I’m sure the requests will start to come in and that’s when we’ll likely make sure ‘main’ presents come from us. I guess it’s just a personal preference but I do love the sense of magic that Father Christmas brings and the feeling of  having woken up to a pile of gifts (regardless of their value –  one year all I had asked for was some paper!) from Santa as a child was just magical. All of their presents are already wrapped and they have their own Father Christmas paper that he’s chosen specially for each of them – according to him, this saves a lot of time writing labels!!

The Father Christmas gifts

Unicorn Scooter

 We had originally got her a second hand paw patrol balance bike but out of nowhere she has been set on Father Christmas bringing a unicorn scooter so we are holding it back for her birthday. I’ve ordered this one from Argos which was £21.99 and part of their 2 for £30 deal so I picked up a gift for a friend’s little on too. undefined Image 0

Wooden princess carriage

Asda sell some absolutely beautiful and great value wooden toys but very rarely put them on their website so it can be a bit of pot luck when you go into their stores as to what you might find. With Florence’s recent adoration for Frozen and all things princesses I thought this little play set I found would make the perfect gift.

Fairy Dress up Set

I couldn’t find the full set online but I’ve bought this pair of fairy wings together with a matching tutu  from our local Claire’s store.

Skye & Chase Figures

These were a bit of a bargain find in our local Entertainer toy store at just £3.50 each. I guess they were so cheap because they are from the discontinued Mighty Pup range? Not sure, but they complete her collection and I saved some pennies too.

Wooden play scales

We do a lot of baking here and we are really starting to ecplore maths through our weighing of the ingredients etc. I thought it might be a nice idea to add some scales to her play kitchen so that she can not only expand on her roleplay but we can continue to explore numbers through play. This little set was £12 in WilkoImage result for wilko wooden scales

Frogs Frenzy Game

I’d really like to start having Sunday night board games as a family so I thought this would make a perfect little intro to board games for Florence at her age. It’s like the original Hungry Hippos but with frogs! Image result for elc hungry frogs

HappyLand Playground |  I’m adding just one thing to our Happyland collection this year, and that’s this playground set.

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Personalised baking bits | I mentioned above how much we love baking and I wanted to get something personalised for each of the children so when I found this personalised baking bowl & matching utensils from Sophia Victoria Joy I knew they’d be perfect! Personalised Mixing Bowl

 

Gifts from us

Of course, the children will also both receive some gifts from us. The big guy isn’t getting all the credit! We’ve chosen a few gifts for each of them to open in the morning from us and these will be wrapped in different paper so as not to ruin the illusion!

Elsa doll

Frozen Princess necklace

Pincer set

Fisher Price Music Set – joint with William

Tea Time / Stocking Presents

These are the standard little bits which most people call stocking fillers, but we always open them after Christmas dinner or just before tea so they’ve been fondly known as tea time presents for as long as I can remember. Most of these have been picked up in poundland or similar stores and none of them cost more than a fiver.

Tooth Brush & Tooth paste – Christmas just isn’t Christmas if you don’t get a new tooth brush am I right?

Money Box

Lanka Kade Unicorn

Stickers

Frozen Plate / Bowl / Cup set

Alphabet Place Mat

I hope this has given you some inspiration for your own 2 year old’s Chirstmas gifts. 7 sleeps to go!

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A Christmas Playdough Recipe and a cool way to wrap it!

A Christmas Playdough Recipe and a cool way to wrap it!

Florence loves play dough (what toddler doesn’t?!) and she’s been asking me to play it almost every day since our last tub had to be thrown out as she’d left the lid off and mushed all the colours together. I’ve been meaning to have another […]

Florence & William’s Christmas Photo Shoot – 2019

Florence & William’s Christmas Photo Shoot – 2019

It has become a bit of a tradition here to have a little mini Christmas photo shoot in December. This year is William’s first Christmas, so as well as some festive photographs of ecah of them, I got to capture some sibling shots which have […]

Our Activity Advent – 33 things to do as a family during Advent

Our Activity Advent – 33 things to do as a family during Advent

I was talking on instagram stories he other day about out family advent calendar for this year and I how instead of just toys & chocolate we were going to be filling it with activities to do in the lead up to Christmas. I really want our Advent this year to be full of magic and sparkle and to make some memories our little family will treasure forever and this felt like a really lovely way to do it. I have made an advent calendar using an over the door shoe hanger and some gold stickers and filled each of the pockets with places to go or things to do. They range from making Christmas cards and movie days to visiting Father Christmas and trips to some our local festive attractions. And because some of them will likely happen on the same day, I’ve added a few more than 24 to fill it out.  I also want to teach Florence the importance of giving and of helping those less fortunate than us so as well as crafts and days out, I’ve added some acts of kindness to our activity advent too.

Traditions

Decorate the Christmas tree

Have a Christmas Photo Shoot – See Florence’s first Christmas photo shoot here 

Write & send Christmas Cards

Wrap presents together

Days out

Visit Father Christmas

Christmas at Bedgebury

Leeds Castle Christmas Market

Christmas at Kent Life

A trip to see the Reindeer at Knole Park

See Frozen II at the cinema

Christmas shopping day

Go on a Christmas Light Hunt

See a Christmas show / pantomime

Go to the Church Nativity

Days in

Have a pyjama day

Set up a home Christmas Cinema with popcorn & treats

Build a blanket den and decorate it with fairy lights

Crafts

Snowman paper plate

Decorate a Christmas tree cone

Christmas Crackers

Salt dough tree decoration

Do you wanna build a Snowman? Play dough

Make gifts for friends

Make a Christmas collage

Bakes

Reindeer Biscuits – Recipe here! 

Christmas tree cupcakes

Festive jam tarts

Decorate some festive biscuits

Christmas mallow pops

Acts of kindness

Donate a toy to a giving tree

Buy an extra Christmas dinner for a local family

Pay a visit to a local nursing home to spread some Christmas cheer

Donate to the local children’s ward

We’re only on day 2 and our Activity Advent calendar has gone down a treat with Florence already. She can’t wait to wake up and find out what we are all up to tomorrow.  Follow me: Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / Bloglovin / Pinterest

Recipe: Rudolph the Reindeer biscuits

Recipe: Rudolph the Reindeer biscuits

I’m back with another festive bake this week and this time I am revisiting an idea I first made a number of years ago. Florence has been asking to make biscuits a lot lately and frankly I’m not all that good at making them but […]

The Christmas Blog – 2018

The Christmas Blog – 2018

And just like that, Christmas is over and we find ourselves counting down to the beginning of a New Year. In lieu of our normal weekend blog, I thought I’d share how we spent Christmas as a family this year. Against all the odds, we […]