Friday, 28 November 2014

The First Advent Calender #FlashbackFriday

As we approach the 1st of December, I already have Miss C on the countdown to open her Playmobil advent calender. She is really excited about this one; even more so than opening a chocolate one.

Z's first chocolate advent calender was in 2010. For the first two years, he had a lovely one that had a little book behind each door. Bella sent him his first chocolate advent calender which he was delighted with.

I will always remember the year Bella sent them a picture advent calender each. Miss C was 2 and therefore didn't really know the difference but Z knew. He knew it wasn't a chocolate one and he protested, "why did Bella send us joke advent calenders?"

So this year Bella has made sure she has bought them each a chocolate advent calender that cost £1 from the supermarket. No joke advent calenders for us.

My Three and Me

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Family Time on Holiday

I was lucky enough to go on many fantastic holidays growing up and I'll always remember the fun we had and the memories we made whilst on holiday. At the time I probably didn't appreciate just how hard it can be to go on a family holiday abroad because of work commitments or finances but now I have my own family, I really do appreciate and cherish our family holiday time together.

Our most memorable holiday to date was definitely Disneyland Paris in October last year followed closely by our trip to a caravan park in Blackpool for a week in July.

Disneyland Paris was a bit more extravagant than Blackpool but I know the kids enjoyed both just the same.

We went to Blackpool in the first week of the Summer holidays. We had booked the caravan park from Monday to Friday but we went down early to visit Bella and Pops in Manchester. It was great to see them for a few days before driving over to Blackpool on the Monday morning.

The kids were really excited to be staying in a caravan. I remember when my cousins, sisters and I used to go on caravan holidays with my Grandparents so seeing their faces light up when they saw the caravan reminded me of how excited we all were.

We enjoyed playing outside during the day and dancing in the show bar at night. The kids entertainment team were brilliant and Z and Miss C soon knew the dance routines well enough to join in all night...well until 9pm.

On one of the days, we headed to the Pleasure Beach. Again, it wasn't a patch on Disneyland Paris but the kids loved Nickelodeon Land and went on the Wallace and Gromit ride a fair few times.

The weather was a bit hit and miss. We had some lovely days filled with sunshine and other days where it poured with rain. I guess that is the risk you take when you have a holiday in the UK but we didn't let it ruin our time together. It just meant staying in and playing games together.

We really enjoyed the five days in Blackpool. We had lots of fun, enjoyed swimming, eating yummy food, playing, exploring and making memories together. These are the days I hope my children look back on and remember as fondly as I remember my childhood holidays.

This is my entry for the Mark Warner Family Holiday Ambassador programme.

Our Christmas Wishlist from Debenhams

Mummy Constant is hosting a fantastic competition to win up to £300 in Debenhams gift vouchers by creating a toy wishlist for the kids from the great selection of toys available from Debenhams and I couldn't not enter; I love to shop and I love to shop in Debenhams.

 Leapfrog My Little Pony game / Wood Worx Jet Fighter Kit / My Little Pony Paint and Style / LEGO Minecraft the Mine / Mondo Motors Aston Martin / Doc McStuffins Singing Doll / Teksta Kitty

There were lots of toys, games and crafts to choose from and these are items that the kids have asked Santa for this year. I know they'd love to see them under our tree on Christmas morning! (Can you imagine them actually hanging out of the tree?)

I have chosen the My Little Pony gifts and the Teksta Kitty for Miss C as she loves animals, especially ponies and cats. On her letter to Santa she has asked for a cat that "actually listens to me". Apparently our real cats aren't very good listeners! Miss C still loves to play her Leappad and as she is learning about numbers at school, this game will be fun way to learn whilst she plays.

Z adores Minecraft and he adores LEGO, so LEGO Minecraft is definitely going to get Santa big bonus points if he brings him one. I've found it hard to find LEGO Minecraft sets so it's great to see Debenhams are stocking some of the most sought after toys in time for Christmas. Z loves Aston Martins. I think he gets this from his Dad who also loves Aston Martins. I think they'd both enjoy playing with the remote controlled car together...I know they'd prefer a real one but this toy one is definitely more in my price range! Z also loves a craft activity and as he's doing wood work at school, I think he'd enjoy this jet fighter set.

Lastly, I can't forget about my niece Miss K. She adores Doc McStuffins and the songs from the show so I know she'd love this Doc McStuffins toy. She's so in to Doc, she asks to check your boo-boo whenever you hurt yourself!

That's our Christmas Wishlist from Debenhams. What would be on your list?

This is my entry to Mummy Constant's Debenhams giveaway.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Pets #TheGallery

After Casper and Rocky had to be put to sleep last year, we said we weren't getting any more pets. Then, one sunny afternoon in July, a walk in to the pet shop changed our minds. We saw Felix with his two brothers and it was like fate. Black and white in colour, he was a combination of all black Rocky and all white Casper. He was born around about the time Casper and Rocky went to sleep.

Felix has been with us for over a year now and he has definitely made himself at home. He is the boss and likes to let our other cats, Morgan and Jazz know this. Jazz and Felix are best of chums really but Felix likes to chase Morgan and she's getting a bit old for that carry on now.

Miss C loves Felix. She still carries him around the house like a baby and he loves it. He loves to cuddle up with us in bed or lie on the couch beside us. He is a really friendly little cat.

Sticky Fingers Photo Gallery

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Christmas Special Offers from Darceys

I'm a huge fan of Darceys scented soy wax melts and candles. They are made here in Scotland and I try to support small businesses as much as possible when it comes to buying gifts for family and friends. Darceys products are 100% natural with no colourings added to the wax. The melts and candles are all made with soy wax instead of paraffin wax that other leading brands use so there are no nasty toxins released when you melt or burn them. I became a rep for Darceys earlier in the year because I love their products so much.

Every month Darceys launch a special offer alongside their brochure filled with gorgeous scents and gifts. At the beginning of November, we launched our Christmas Special Offers and I thought I'd share them with you if you are looking for something a bit different or something a bit special without spending lots of money.

Darceys launched 8 new scents in time for the Christmas offers. They are Frosted Snowdrops, Snow Angel, Alpine Snowdrift, Christmas Splendour, Gingersnap Cookies, Apple & Cinnamon, Christmas Memories and Christmas Cabernet. My personal favourites are Christmas Cabernet and Snow Angel. Christmas Cabernet is a warm, spicy scent; just like mulled wine whilst Snow Angel is a minty scent with a hint of buttercream. It's really fresh and a bit sweet.

Here are some of the offers that are available from Darceys up until December 12th:

You can order on our website or, you can tweet or facebook Darceys and we'll let you know if there is a rep in your area you can order from. The last date you can order is December 12th as this will ensure your order arrives in time for Christmas. All of Darceys products are handmade to order so you're guaranteed something really special when your order arrives.

My favourite gift set is the burner set which costs £8.00:

All of the offers come gift wrapped in cellophane and a bow for your convenience. These are really gorgeous gift ideas that any candle lover will enjoy. And they are 100% natural so you know you are burning clean. 

Head over to my Darceys From Laura page where I have a giveaway running for your chance to win your choice of Christmas scented melts. 

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