Christmas Gift Guide: Advent Calendars for All the Family

With a few weeks to go until 1st December, it’s time to decide how you are going to celebrate the official countdown to Christmas. Whether you are treating yourself, a loved one or all the family, there’s bound to be something in this list to suit everyone!


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1. Tsum Tsum Advent Calendar 

Disney lovers will enjoy collecting 18 new characters plus a range of seasonal accessories. (Asda, £37.95)


2. Yankee Candle Advent Calendar

Let the scent of Christmas cookies and orange fill your home with these 23 festively fragranced tealights and 1 votive candle. (Amazon, £19.97)

3. Playmobil Christmas on the Farm Advent Calendar 

This farm themed play set features over 20 animals plus Father Christmas and an Angel. Recommended for ages 4-10, this Playmobil advent calendar offers opportunity for play long after the Christmas tree has been taken down.  (Amazon, £19.98)

4. Toot Toot Animal Friends Advent Calendar

Last year Clara had the Toot Toot Drivers version of this advent calendar; this year an animal-themed one has been added to the collection, featuring Rudolph, some animal friends and accessories, including cookie cutters and tree decorations. (Amazon, £37.99)
5. Star Wars Advent Calendar 

If you know a Star Wars fan you might get some inspiration from our ‘Christmas gift guide for Star Wars fans‘. This advent calendar includes 8 Lego minifigures and accessories. (Amazon, £23.74)

6. German Beer Advent Calendar 

Advent calendars are not just for kids – you can sample a different German beer every day in the run up to Christmas with this boozy box of bottles. (Amazon, £44.99)

7. Tobar Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

Add your own selection of small toys, sweets and other treats to this wooden advent calendar, which can be reused year after year. (Amazon, £14.36)

8. Disney Frozen Royally Cool Cosmetic Advent Calendar

Perfect for little princesses, this set includes 24 Frozen gifts including nail polishes, lip glosses and hair clips. (Amazon, £15.00)

9. Ginvent Calendar 

Have a very merry Christmas with this collection of 24 different gins. (Amazon, £124.95)
10. Masha and the Bear Advent Calendar 

Fans of the children’s television show Masha and the Bear will love this set featuring 24 beauty themed gifts, including hair accessories, shower gel and fragrances. (Amazon, £15.98)
11. L’Occitane Advent Calendar 

Look your best this Christmas with a selection of miniature beauty products including soap, hand cream, face cream and many more. (L’Occitane, £42.00)

12. Hotel Chocolat Advent Calendar

Of course there is nothing wrong with a good old fashioned chocolate advent calendar; I love this one from Hotel Chocolat, available in milk, dark or caramel chocolate. (Hotel Chocolat, £12.50)

Which one would you pick? Let me know in the comments below!



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  • This week we went to see Disney on Ice presents Frozen at the MEN arena in Manchester. The girls – and I – loved it. They both dressed as Anna to watch the story of Frozen told through ice skating. There was snow, pyrotechnics, Sven on skates and a moving sled – and even a giant inflatable snow monster! It was a great show and kept Clara’s attention throughout with the popular characters and familiar songs.img_20161016_124852img_20161016_125116
  • Izzy had her first swimming lesson in the deep end of the pool and did amazingly! I have to say I was quite apprehensive and she was scared she was going to “drunk” (I think she meant drown/sink!) but she tried really hard and did really well.
  • Clara had her 2 year check up with the nurse. Of course she wouldn’t actually speak to the nurse, making me out to be a liar as I’d written on the questionnaire how well she can talk! She’s just under average height for her age, but on the 91 percentile for weight, the chunky monkey. Izzy is the opposite, tall and slim!img_20161015_111519

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Little Passports Review #4: Art

For the past few months, Izzy has been receiving the Little Passports Early Explorers subscription to review. Each month she receives a package from America which encourages children to learn about the world. Each one is themed, and the latest to arrive was all about Art.


Little Passports is a monthly subscription package which delivers adventure right to your door. Over the next few months we will be trying out the Early Explorers subscription, for children aged 3-5, which we have kindly been gifted in return for an honest review.

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Each pack includes an activity passport, luggage tag, trading cards, stickers, a flash light adventure and a postcard all around the same theme. In addition, they each include a different souvenir or toy. This month’s pack included a canvas with paints which Izzy enjoyed making into her very own work of art.



Izzy really enjoys getting a parcel through the post and seeing what surprised are included. I like to use it as an opportunity to talk to her about our own experiences and show her photos of places we have visited. The art mentioned included the Mona Lisa and Russian Dolls – so I talked to her about how I saw the famous painting in Paris and showed her a set of Russian dolls that I brought back from Prague. She loves seeing what souvenirs are included and completing the activities in the passport.

Little Passports offer 3 different packages – the Early Explorers for children aged 3-5, World Edition for 6-12 year olds and the USA Edition. Find out more here: Give the gift of Adventure!


Christmas Gift Ideas for Star Wars Fans

Welcome to the first in a series of Christmas Gift Guides! With a house full of Star Wars fans, this first guide is a roundup of the best gifts for fans of the fantasy movie series.


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1. Set of Seven Star Wars Movie Posters

Incorporate your love of Star Wars into your decor with this set of posters, one for each of the seven movies. Printed on A2, A3 or A4 paper, these posters come unframed. (Etsy, from £45)il_570xn-898007014_i1hl

2. Storm Trooper Alarm Clock

Wake up ready to take on the Galaxy with this Lego Storm Trooper alarm clock – also available as Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Darth Maul and Yoda. (Amazon, £19.99)

3. Cookie Cutters

Mastering the skills of the Jedi is hungry work, so make up a batch of Star Wars themed cookies – perfect for party treats! (Amazon, £2.79)4. Star Wars Crochet Kit 

This set has everything you need to crochet your very own Jabba, Wookie or a range of other Star Wars characters. (Amazon, £12.99)

5. Star Wars Lego Buildables

Build your own action figure out of Lego – collect all the main characters to recreate scenes from the films. (Amazon, from £11.99)6. Star Wars Yoda Itty Bitty

These adorable soft toys from Hallmark come in all different characters – perfect to collect. My favourite is this teeny Yoda! (Amazon, £6.99)
7. The Complete Star Wars Episodes 1-6 DVD

Catch up on the first 6 films with this DVD box set. (Amazon, £49.99)

8. Metal Earth AT-AT Model

This miniature kit from Metal Earth comes flat packed, ready to be built into a 3D model. (Amazon, from £8.35)

9. Star Wars Monopoly Game

Play as your favourite Star Wars character to trade planets and bases in order to take over the universe, in this themed version of the popular Monopoly board game. (Amazon, £19.97)10. Sphero BB-8 App Enabled Droid

Guide BB-8 around using a smartphone or tablet, and record and view your own virtual holographic videos. (Amazon, £104.99)

11. Death Star Ice Cube Mould 

This silicone mould can be used to create Death Star ice cubes, chocolates and even cakes. (Amazon, from £1.43)

12. Princess Leia and Han Solo Framed Lego Print 

Show someone you love them with this famous movie quote complete with Leia and Han Solo Lego minifigures. (Etsy, £15)

Have you got any Star Wars themed gifts you would add to this list? Let me know in the comments below. 


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  • This week I went along to my first ever event as a blogger; it was the launch of the Booths Christmas range at one of their Cumbrian stores. I was really nervous as I didn’t know what to expect and I was completely out of my comfort zone, but it was really interesting and I hope it’s the first of many. I met fellow blogger Steph from Mental Parentals, and even though we’d never met before I still felt like she was a familiar face just from reading her blog!img_20161004_185820
  • Izzy had her last swimming lesson in Stage 4, although it was brought to an abrupt end due to poo in the pool! We didn’t know what had happened at first, as all the kids were just told to get out and line up at the side of the pool, but then Izzy – in her usual subtle way – started miming to us and doing actions of someone having a poo. It was like a slightly disturbing game of charades.
  • I can’t believe she will be in Stage 5 next week, which means she will be swimming in the deep end. She’s a bit nervous but she’s also really proud of herself; she’s been working really hard at swimming lately. I’m probably more nervous, given that her first lesson in the big pool resulted in her instructor having to jump in fully clothed to stop her drowning. Luckily she wasn’t traumatized and we can laugh about it now!2016-10-11-08-43-18
  • Winter preparations are in full swing, and both girls got new coats, hats and gloves when we went shopping last week. Since then, typically, the weather has been unseasonably warm but they have still insisted on wearing their new coats anyway. img_20161003_071620
  • Izzy had a sleepover at my friend’s house. She had loads of fun making pizza, feeding the ducks and playing with the new budgie. Clara was a bit confused though and in the morning said “Izzy gone… We lost her.” She was excited to see her when we went to pick her up,  but even more excited to see the budgie and even stroked his belly, which I was really surprised about given how she usually holds back and is quite cautious. She was so proud of herself though.2016-10-10-22-48-18
  • It’s new hair week for me! I got rid of the blonde that was drying out my hair and went back to dark brown but with some purple highlights running through it. It feels much healthier already. It’s amazing how new hair can instantly make you feel better!img_20161008_161619

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