Category: CHRISTMAS

Last minute Christmas shopping with MenKind

Last minute Christmas shopping with MenKind

If you’re anything like me, you’ll still have e a few Christmas gifts you need to pick up in time for Tuesday. It always seems to be the same type of things that get left til last… the gifts for the people you have NO […]

Our Family Christmas Eve Box

Our Family Christmas Eve Box

With Florence about to celebrate her second Christmas We are jumping on the bandwagon and indulging in what seems to be the latest popular Christmas tradition. This year will be the first year we have a proper Family Christmas Eve Box Filled with treats for […]

Christmas Gift ideas for All the family

Christmas Gift ideas for All the family

With Christmas just around the corner there have been gift guides galore popping up wherever you look, so I thought I would do a little guide complete with gift ideas for every member of the family.

The unicorn believer

They’re everywhere you look just lately and everyone knows at least one unicorn obsessed person! This unicorn breakfast set* will set their day off to the perfect start. 

The Girly Girl

Every girly girl needs a little Hollywood glamour and what better way than to make getting ready in style than to do your make up in this light up Hollywood Mirror.*  It’s battery powered and will make the 

The Little helper

Why not pick up a matching pinny for you and your little helper? Florence loves helping out in the kitchen and these twinning aprons from Able Labels are just the cutest!

The Potterhead

We are a family of big Harry Potter fans here and while we’ve all read the books and watched the films over and over I reckon we’ll be reading them over and over for years to come. This first edition hardback copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will make the perfect gift. 

The one who loses everything

We all have at least one person in the family who loses things…ALL THE TIME… Keys are a common culprit for disappearing and so a key finder is a great solution! 

The Super Hero

For the super hero fan in your life, how about an original comic from the year and month they were born? eBay is a great place to look for this sort of thing!

The Mum to Be

The My Expert Midwife gift set is the perfect pamper kit for the Mum to be in your life. Not only do they all smell great but the products are miracle workers for post birth discomfort!

The Naptime Snuggler

We have a teddy obsessed little girl here who steals Sean’s family dog’s teddy bear every time we visit so we were on the hunt for something as similarly soft and floppy as Bella’s! We finally found this Jelly Cat Bumbly Bear who is just adorable and will no doubt be a favourite with Florence. 

Happy Christmas shopping!

*I was sent some of the items in this post for inclusion in this post.

Florence’s Christmas Photo Shoot – 2018

Florence’s Christmas Photo Shoot – 2018

Can something be a tradition if so far you’ve only done it twice? Well, with this only being Florence’s second Christmas, I’m going to go ahead and say that it can! Last year I created a little Christmas Photo Shoot to mark her first Christmas […]

5 Ways to Celebrate Baby’s First Christmas

5 Ways to Celebrate Baby’s First Christmas

December is finally upon us and I don’t know about you but after a super busy year, I am so excited for the countdown to Christmas. Over the next 25 days I’ll be sharing some fabulously festive content here as well as the usual pregnancy […]

Toy Review: Hape Busy City Railway

Toy Review: Hape Busy City Railway

Ever since Florence was born I have been SO excited to introduce her to the wonder of train play. I don’t remember having a train set myself as a child, I think I had cars and vehicles but not necessarily an actual train set with track and such. However, a friend and her Thomas obsessed children showed me how wonderful playing with trains can be and just how many opportunities for learning and imaginative play it can bring and so it’s been at the top of my toy wish list for Florence. Our friends over at Hape have made my train play dreams come true just in time for Christmas and have sent us this Busy City Railway Play Set to test out and share our thoughts with you. I’ve not actually shown it to Florence just yet, as it, along with some other train bits, is one of her Christmas presents however I have had a go myself! Once the cat is out of the bag and she’s opened it on Christmas morning I’ll probably be back to share some different ways to play with train & track as well as any further thoughts we have on this little (it’s actually not that little) set.

The Hape Busy City Railway is comprised of over 40 pieces including wooden track, trains and carriages, a station, a bridge and a tunnel as well as people and signs. Included in the box is an instruction leaflet which shows just one of the ways you can set up the track and I’ve followed them to create the scene in the photos below. I think though, to start with we may opt for a more simple configuration when it comes to play and then move on to make more ambitious routes as Florence’s understanding and enjoyment builds.

There is a bright red passenger train which has a total of three carriages which connect via magnets. It seemlessy pushes around the track and fits perfectly through all of the elements, even serving the Busy City commuters from the station platform. The station is sturdy and detailed, complete with a ticket machine and timetable and even has little details like the yellow line on the platform.

Designed to demonstrate the idea that trains aren’t just for people, they are important as working vehicles too, there is a crane and freight train included with removeable and magnetic shipping containers that can be loaded onto the truck and driven away through the automatic gates at the level crossing.

Predominantly made from sustainable wood with only certain parts being plastic, the Busy City Rail Set is clearly built to last ready to be played with again and again. Full of colour and jam packed with realistic features the set offers so much potential for teaching little one’s not only about trains themselves but also colours, numbers and language through their play.

Being that I don’t drive yet, Florence is already fairly familiar with train travel and we often talk about the different parts of our journey and trains while out and about so I am excited to bring this real life experience into our play at home.

The Busy City Railway is marketed as suitable for three years and up with clear instructions not to leave little ones unsupervised when playing. I can imagine this is most likely due to the small parts included. You can buy it from Amazon for £64.54.

DISCLOSURE: We were sent a Busy City Railway play set for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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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 […]