Thursday, 17 December 2015

#12daysofparenting Christmas crafts

Hi and thank you for popping over from Spice Life Laugh to see what Crafts  we have been up to on the firth day of #12daysofparenting there is lots of prizes to be won and you can find all the details over at #12daysofparenting all entries can be completed by the rafflecopter at the bottom of the page.  Today we are being sponsored by the lovely Sand Art Pictures

Me and Daddy are not crafty people in the slightest so we usually go places where they have the ideas already for us and the mess to, I'm not the tidiest of people but I can't cope with the mess of doing crafty things but we do try for the girls. 

With Kacy knowing the truth, I am trying to keep the magic alive so when I said yes to doing a some posts for the #12daysofparenting I thought it would give me chance to get my thinking cap on and do different things this year with Freddie our Elf and hopefully keep the magic alive. 

The first crafty thing that Freddie and his new recruits Bob, Bud and Ben brought  was the ingredients and what to do for salt dough.  As a family we have never done this before usually we go to a shop we pick out what we want to paint as well as the girls and paint but we gave it ago, these still aren't finished with the busy social life of a 10 year old it was hard enough to try and fit this in to her scheduled to do, we are hoping to have these painted this weekend. 

Elf's ready for Salt dough making
Elves having everything ready for us

Salt dough in the making
Some of our pictures from us making the Salt Dough

The second crafty thing the Elves brought us was some snowman, they had decorated one each to show the girls what to do and then they could either copy or design there own. (meaning me and Daddy sat there colouring in 4 snowman the night before) 

colouring in snowman
Colouring in Snowman

Are you crafty? if so what have you done over the festive period, I would love some inspiration to carry trying to do crafty things with the girls over the year. 

Why not pop over to Glossy Tots to see what they have been up to. 

The codeword for today is God Jul

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

#12daysofparenting Our Christmas Traditions

Hello and thanks for coming over from The weaving Idea  to see what Christmas traditions we have on the forth day of #12daysofparenting there is lots of prizes to be won and you can find all the details over at #12daysofparenting all entries can be completed by the rafflecopter at the bottom of the page. Today we are being sponsored by the lovely Bambi and me who have lovely sleeping bags 0-6 and 0-18 months to give away.

Christmas Traditions have slightly changed over the years with the girls getting older but there is one we have always done since Daddy and I have been together and that is a Christmas decoration with the year on it, but for what ever reason we are missing one from 2007, which we are both gutted about. Our Christmas this year, is one we have made which you can read about tomorrow.

The rest of our Christmas Traditions is Elf on the Shelf which if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you would of seen the antics they have been up to over the last 16 days with a couple of times me and Daddy forgetting and jumping out of bed to move them, not what I had planned ops.

This is Freddie we have had him since 2010. The girls, particularly Kira, love him and can't wait to see what he gets up to the next day. This year we have got three new recruits to help Freddie out, Bob, Bud and Ben.

Freddie the Elf

The last two years, we have had a North Pole Breakfast which the girls have loved. This is where they get to eat cakes and sweets for breakfast, which if you can't do that at Christmas when can you?!

We also have a Christmas Eve bags, which I can't remember when we started that, but the girls have always had new PJ's or bedding. Now it is in a bag so every year its slightly different but the Pj's are always in the bags, you can't go wrong with pj's.

Kacy's Christmas stash

Kira's Christmas Eve Stash

Summer's Christmas Eve Stash
Our final Christmas tradition, which again I can't remember when we started but we only ever get them on Christmas morning and usually all gone by 28th maybe the 27th depending on how full they make their bowls and that is a cereal called Lucky Charms!

Lucky Charms

What are your Christmas Traditions?

Please head over to Spice Life Laugh and see what her and her family Christmas traditions are

The Codeword for today is MUSIC

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Sunday, 13 December 2015

Norman The Slug Who Saved Christmas

I haven't been around much lately on the blog side with losing my mojo for writing, I am getting it back with the first of many Christmas blogs and the first one is a book review on a little Slug who saves Christmas, this book is perfect if your looking for a new book to read over the Christmas period or that little something extra to give to your child. 

The girls and I love Christmas, I try and keep the magic going until the last minute. So when we got offered the chance to do a book review on a new book by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, I said yes. I knew Summer would love it, we have a two of their books already which we read regularly. We have Keith the car with the magic hat and Norman the slug with the silly shell. 

Summer and a book
This was the 6th picture I took of her 
Summer was so excited to read the book, that she couldn't wait for me to read it to her that she read it in her own way to her teddies.

Norman the Slug who saved Christmas, is all about when Norman is getting ready to go to bed and a sack of presents lands right by Norman's stocking, he is overcome with excitement.  He really must of been a very good slug this year.  But after a frenzy of unwrapping he spots a label - and realises that none of the presents were meant for him, but had in fact fallen off Father Christmas's sleigh.  Norman knows he has to get the presents to the family they're mean't for - but how can he manage it in time? Can one little slug save Christmas? 

If you are looking for a new Christmas book this year I would definitely recommend getting this story children and adults will love it, its got bold and festive theme artwork throughout the story.

Norman the slug who saved Christmas is from 3+ Summer who is 4 absolutely loves this book it's short enough to read before bed but also to give you the festive feeling. 

You can buy this book from Amazon RRP £3.49 

**I was given this book to review for my own photos and thoughts**