Category: CHRISTMAS

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 […]

How to make DIY Reindeer Food Sack

How to make DIY Reindeer Food Sack

While Florence is a little young to really understand what on earth is going on this Christmas, my sister and I have made these cute little Reindeer Food Bags for the older children in our family and I thought I would share a little tutorial on how you can make them too. Alternatively, if you just don’t have the time but would still like to have one, you can buy one from her facebook page here. All the proceeds she makes go to charity.

All you need is:

1 x cup of porridge oats

Glitter

1tbsp cinnamon

Zip Lock Food Bag

Burlap square of around 9″ x 9″

Googly eyes

Red ribbon

Jingle bell

Hot Glue Gun

First things first, you will need to make your reindeer food. Mix your porridge oats, glitter and ground cinnamon together in a bowl. You could also use ginger or mixed spice depending on your preference. Pour the mixture into a zip lock bag, collecting it into one corner of the bag and tie the string around the top to make a cone shape.

Next, grab your burlap square and place the bag in the centre. Fold one corner of the burlap twice into the centre and then repeat on the opposite side. Roll both sides in to cover the bag.

Now fold the two ends up and pinch together at the top of where the bag is. Tie together with string and you should have the basic shape of your reindeer – the head and two ears.reindeer food sack 2

Next is the fun part. Using your hot glue gun, stick the googly eyes & Pom Pom nose onto one side of the head to form Rudolph’s face. Then simply tie your ribbon in a bow around the base of the ears to hide the string and add the jingle bell for decoration.

And there you have it, a super cute Reindeer Food Sack!

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DIY Baby’s First Christmas Photo Shoot

DIY Baby’s First Christmas Photo Shoot

So it’s here, December is finally upon us and this year I am beyond excited for the festive season! So much so that we put our tree up last weekend and we have spent every morning for the last couple of weeks listening to Christmas […]

Christmas Crafts | Festive Hot Chocolate Stirrers

Christmas Crafts | Festive Hot Chocolate Stirrers

Ah it’s that time of year again where I get to to get a bit creative with decorations and gifts. This year we’re hosting Christmas dinner and so I wanted to give our guests a little something as an after dinner treat. On the hunt […]