Category: CHRISTMAS

DIY Christmas Wrapping Paper

DIY Christmas Wrapping Paper

With all eyes on the impact we have on the planet I’m making a conscious effort to make this Christmas as Eco Friendly as possible. I’ve tried to opt for wooden toys over plastic for Florence, I’ve made a lot of gifts rather than bought […]

Florence’s First Christmas Gifts

Florence’s First Christmas Gifts

I’ve already shared the contents of Florence’s First Christmas Stocking so I thought I would share some of the other things we’ve… ahem… Santa… has bought her for Christmas this year. We’ve quite a big family and it’s likely Florence is going to be showered […]

Christmas Crafts | Festive Sugar Scrubs

Christmas Crafts | Festive Sugar Scrubs

There’s nothing quite like a sending and receiving a homemade gift at Christmas. There’s something so special about knowing you’ve worked to create something special for a loved one.  Today I wanted to show you one of the homemade Christmas gifts that I made for some friends and family a few years ago.

I was inspired to make these Festive Sugar Scrubs on Pinterest and they were originally posted over on A Pumpkin and a Princess.  I’ve adapted the recipe a little bit so they are perfect for each individual recipient, but here’s how I made them.

What you will need:

300g brown sugar, 400ml of sweet Almond Oil, 400g Shea Butter Soap Base, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ginger, 2 tsp vanilla extract & a Ginger Bread Man Mold.

Step One:

Melt the Soap Base over a Bain Marie, stirring occasionally. Once part melted, add the Sweet Almond Oil to the bowl and leave to melt until the mixture is liquid.

Step Two:

While they are melting together, take a jug and add mix in your brown sugar, cinnamon and ginger.

Step Three:

Remove your Soap / Oil combo from the heat and allow to cool for one minute.

Step Four:

Add the micture to the sugar & spices and stir. While still runny pour evenly between your six molds and leave to cool for a further twenty minutes. Once cool pop them in your freezer for about an hour before removing and wrapping them in cellophane ready to give as gifts.

Handy Tip: DO NOT be concerned that the mixture is not thick enough and over stir in step four. Give it a quick mix in and then pour straight away otherwise you will end up with really stodgy ‘dough’ which you can’t pour into the mold. Take it from someone who learned the hard way ;)

Homemade Christmas Gifts

Are you making gifts this Christmas? I am still on the hunt for inspiration so pop your links / ideas below. Check out my other Christmas Crafts over on pinterest.

 

*This post was originally published on 4th December 2015.

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Our Christmas Traditions old & new

Our Christmas Traditions old & new

One of the many things I love about Christmas is that so many of our family traditions centre around this time of year. I have so many wonderful memories of Christmas’s as I grew up and I know my Mum worked so hard to make […]

A Christmas Wishlist fit for a Movie Star

A Christmas Wishlist fit for a Movie Star

It’s that time of year where we are all colating wishlists for Santa, and while my real life Christmas list has become all about clocks, hoovers & other very boring Mum requests it’s still fun to fantasise about all of those things money (lots of […]

Stocking Fillers for Baby’s First Christmas

Stocking Fillers for Baby’s First Christmas

The decorations are up, the cards are made and now it’s time to think about the presents! I’m not sure whether it’s because I’m too excited for Florence’s First Christmas or that I am just better prepared this year, but believe it or not I’ve actually almost finished my Christmas shopping already. I am going to be posting a series of gift guides for all the family over the next week or so, but I thought I would start with showing you some of the stocking fillers we’ve bought for Florence. There is a real mix of practical bits & bobs and toys here so I hope you can take away a little bit of inspiration for your own little one’s stocking too.

We are a family of readers and we really love the ‘That’s not my…’ series and so I’m popping a copy of their unicorn edition in Flo’s stocking for Christmas morning. It’s just the right size to fit in and who doesn’t love unicorns?  babys first christmas stocking fillers 4

Baby spoons are another hugely practical item for Florence’s stocking but one that we desperately need. I chose Boots ones as they are super colourful and the perfect size for her to grip.babys first christmas stocking fillers 8

How adorable is this little hand knitted woolly hat from Blue Bunny Boutique? It’s available in lots of different colours and has cute little bear ears! I cannot wait for Florence to wear hers on chilly winter days!babys first christmas stocking fillers 6

Sensory staples are a fab stocking filler idea as while they might not seem very interesting on their own, they’ll come in handy through the year for different DIY sensory toys! Buttons, feathers & water beads are always good things to have a stock of.babys first christmas stocking fillers 2

I picked up these two teething toys at a local Christmas market from Two Little Bears. I’d not heard f them before but they have the most adorable little shop & I am a sucker for a small local business so I couldn’t resist.babys first christmas stocking fillers 3

Now that she’s sitting up confidently she is able to play with toys differently to before when laying on her back or belly were the only option. We’ve added these cute little Hape vehicles to her stocking.babys first christmas stocking fillers 7

I am forever searching our house for missing dummies! How can it be that I’ve bought about 1,000 and yet lately we only have one! And Florence has perfected her ability to throw it across the room, car, shopping centre when she no longer wants it… only to desperately need it 10 seconds later. Kids eh? You just can’t please ‘em. To put this ludicrous dummy searching fiasco we’ve got a gorgeous little dummy clip from nibbling which has teether elements too! Bonus!babys first christmas stocking fillers 10

Florence adores bath time, in fact I think if she could she would just spend all day every day in the bath! I picked up these light up rubber ducks in B&M for £3.99, which I thought was a total bargain and they make a perfect stocking filler.babys first christmas stocking fillers 5

And last but not least are these adorable winter animal finger puppets from Primark. For only £3.50, you get five in the set and they can go in the bath too! We love the jungle, farmyard & Christmas ones we have already – they’re fab for story telling and they’ll be fab for our winter theme baby play in the next couple of months.babys first christmas stocking fillers 9

I hope this has given you a few ideas on what to add to your baby’s first stocking!

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Christmas Discovery Basket for 6 months & up

Christmas Discovery Basket for 6 months & up

As well as some fab toy reviews, I’m going to be sharing a few festive baby play ideas here over the next few weeks. Today I thought I would tell you about our Christmas Discovery Basket which is suitable for around 6 months and above. […]

Our Personalised Christmas Cards for Baby’s First Christmas

Our Personalised Christmas Cards for Baby’s First Christmas

So, the other day I shared some of the photographs I shot of Florence during our DIY Baby’s First Christmas photo shoot and mentioned that I was keen to use them in a few different ways. Well, the first of three ways I’ve used them […]