Woah woah woah… hold the phone. Anyone else caught on to the fact that Next now sell toys??? Yep my go to kids and adult clothing shop has now extended its range (and therefore my bank balance) to include a multitude of well know toy brands.
A review Of the Lol Pearl Surprise by my lovely sister-in-law Stevie.
So I’m pretty excited right now! I must admit I was more ecstatic playing with the new LOL Pearl Surprise doll than my actual daughter. For any hesitating parents who haven’t jumped on the bandwagon for these blind bag toys, seatbelts on we are going on a fab ride.
The countdown is on and what more fun to get you in the mood for Christmas than arts and crafts with a six and three year old… hmmm just about anything else.
Each year, I undertake the eugh task of getting out the paint supplies and having them make something absolutely stunning. (Well they make something okay). It’s a tradition, and with every year there’s a new ornament to add or something to hang in the window. Our collection is growing.
Yay it’s December! So it’s time to talk about Christmas ideas!!
Family Christmas ideas. Christmas crafts, Christmas traditions. Christmas, Christmas, CHRISTMAS!
Have you had enough of it already: heck no. I say this whilst lounging in red tartan pjs, twinkling lights on in the background, and the tree in all its magnificence decked out behind me. All I need is some cheeses and jack frost nipping at my nose.
I’m officially Christmas ready, and so I should have no shame in having the decs out in full swing in the middle of November. I’ve completed the drag task of christmas shopping, preparing cards, ordering the turkey dinner, that’s the crap stuff. I’m allowed to indulge in the magic now. Yep Stevie is all done with the tasks and all I have is the fun ahead of me.
So here comes the fun… Over the next few weeks I’m going to discuss some of our favourite things to do for the holidays and would love to hear any suggestions and traditions your family does at this magical time of year!
The first thing on the agender is the decorations. I try to transform the lounge, so in every corner there’s something either, red, gold or a jolly Mr Frosty. However I just about manage to withhold patience whilst the decs go up. It’s bit of a mad house, and serious case of deja vu each year, but we stumble into it, with a Christmas song collection blasting out on Spotify. (Do not put on childrens Christmas songs; I can not handle the choir singing jingle bells on repeat).
The kids are placing a hundred baubles at their height on the tree whilst I slowly replace them evenly. My taste is a little eclectic. I quite like the mismatch of ornaments on the tree. Each year I try and buy a few more randoms to place, with my favourite ones being from craft fairs and of all places Sainsbury’s. I usually huddle in the sale aisles halfway into December to grab a few baubles half price from there each year. I will most likely repeat this little tradition, but only when it’s a third off, come on Sainsbos chuck it in the sale already!
This year I have invested in some Christmas cushions from Poundland. Believe me I was not expecting to come away with some throw pillows for the couch from Poundland. But call me pleasantly surprised. Sure the stuffing is a bit lackluster, but at a reduced cost for something used only once a year, call me converted. I’m guessing each store carries its own designs but we went for a red reindeer square, a black merry christmas signed one and a cream red nose printed reindeer one. Across the grey background of our grey sofa they look quite darn chic.
Back to the tree and in the assortment of decs we have a few LEGO ones, Starwars, Frozen, and the kids homemade ones dotted about. At times I wish it would resemble the professional decorated ones in shops but I also love how it reflects us as a family.
So the kids are loving it, my husband just about bares it and I’m just like let’s hurry it up. But you know what, I wouldn’t trade it. The kids excitement only fuels my love for christmas and the end result brings so much joy that you forget all about the kids breaking that one lego ornament we’ve had for years. The house is warm and cosy and that air of magic consumes you so.
I would love to see your examples of Christmas loving. Do you go full on out and decorate the whole house; if so I’m extremely jealous and am hopping in the car ASAP! Please share any ideas to get us in the festive spirit and look out for further countdown to Christmas posts.
Love Stevie x
You can read more guest posts from Stevie here.
You can read more Christmas themed posts here.
Stevie’s back with another guest post. This time she’s sharing her ‘love’ for elf on a shelf…
We are getting closer and closer to christmas, and the one thing I’ve told myself to be is more organised! I’m never that bad (like mad dashing to the shops on christmas eve) but there is something I’m not looking forward to, something I’m putting off. Its those four words I’m dreading. Elf on a shelf.