The Great Northern Christmas with Booths

There a lot of things I love about Christmas, but one of the best things about the festive season is gathering everyone around the table for a full roast dinner with all the trimmings.

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As part of a big family, Christmas dinners were always a hectic affair with everyone crowded around the table on mismatched chairs. That’s part of the fun, and spending time with family is what Christmas is all about. In recent years we’ve hosted Christmas at our own home; sometimes just us and the kids, sometimes with our families. Given the space (and a big enough table) I’d happily have a house full for the festive feast. Of course, it might be a different story if I was the one cooking, but luckily my Husband takes care of that!

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Museum of Manchester Review

When we were away the other weekend, we visited the Museum of Manchester. We wanted to go mainly to see the T-Rex skeleton, as Izzy has been showing an interest in dinosaurs and fossils lately, and Clara just likes anything big that roars.

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I was surprised by Clara – at 2 years old I thought she would be a bit young to get much out of it but she loved it! She liked seeing all the models of the animals and even the skeletons, especially the elephant.

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Review: New Sofia the First Toys from JAKKS

Disney Junior is a firm favourite in our house, and the girls both love watching Sofia The First. So they were delighted to get the chance to review some of the new collection of Sofia toys from JAKKS Pacific.

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We’d love to do more vlogs so I thought this would be a great opportunity to dust off the video camera and practice my editing skills… you can watch the girls opening their new toys over on our YouTube channel, plus some outtakes! It’s surprisingly difficult to coordinate two kids on camera – we had a tantrum, Clara nearly broke the camera and at one point abandoned the toys in favour of the cardboard box (typical toddler!). However, we did have lots of fun making the videos so hopefully you will enjoy them!

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Keeping your child’s favourite toy safe on holiday, with tips from Mothercare

New research from Mothercare has revealed that 69% of parents say their kid’s favourite cuddly toy is a must-pack holiday item.

For us, we can’t go anywhere overnight without taking Seahorse. He is Izzy’s favourite toy; she’s had him since she was 1 day old. He smells a bit funky, the pink fur has turned grey in places and the light up tummy isn’t as bright as it once was but she loves him regardless.

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