Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Breakfast With Santa at Alton Towers Hotel

One of our favourite Christmas traditions is visiting Alton Towers each year for Santa’s Sleepover. This is a tradition that we have enjoyed for about 11 years now and over those years we have seen the special event change and evolve with new activities added each year. This year we enjoyed a breakfast with Santa for the first time.

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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Our Sunday Photo - 06/08/2017

Highlight of the week was booking The Overtones at Christmas. Absolutely love The Overtone so roll on December.

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Friday, 23 June 2017

What I'm Saving For In 2017

As I write it's 186 days until Christmas and for those that think it's too early to start thinking of the 'big day' then you may be wrong. Yesterday Argos announced their predictions for the toys that will be on the top of children's Christmas lists this year. I am like a 'big' kid when it comes to Christmas as it usually means that my favourite brands will be releasing some new gadgets. If you have read any of our previous tech posts, then you will know that I do love my gadgets, and it's no surprise that these 3 below will make up my most wanted gifts for Christmas 2017.

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Friday, 6 January 2017

Little J's Pre School Days - December

Little J spent most of December counting down the days till Christmas. He was so excited and just couldn't wait till Christmas Day. This was the first year that he understood what it was all about and how it's a magical time of year. The month seemed to whizz by but for little J it probably dragged and it must have seemed an eternity waiting for Santa to come.


We started the month off with Little J being a Shepherd in his Nursery Nativity. He was amazing as was all the children. I had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat as I watched him sing and dance along with his friends.
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Monday, 28 November 2016

Our 2016 Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas will soon be here and whilst I love buying presents I often get stuck for ideas on what to buy. So this year I decided to make notes every time something caught my eye on TV or whilst browsing the internet.



Firstly I will start with ideas for the kids. Now Father Christmas still brings all our Christmas presents here however we do have family and friends for buy for so it's always worth jotting down some ideas.


 Chad Valley - Wooden Fire and Police Station.

Regular readers will know that we were selected to be part of the Chad Valley Play Panel and part of our role was to try and test Chad Valley Toys. One of our favourite so far is the Wooden Fire and Police Station. It has a RRP of £29.99 and it is such good value for money. you can read our review here and it definitely gets a thumbs up from us.


Nick Jr - Ready Steady Dough

Little J recently spotted the Nick Jr Ready Steady Dough range in the Entertainer Toy Shop and has since put it on his Christmas list. He loves Nick Jr and play dough so I know this will be a hit for little ones out there. Even Willy Wonka would be proud of the colourful candy in the Ready Steady Dough Swirly Whirly Sweets Set.

This Dough set's full of tools, moulds and shapes to make sweets that look just like the real thing.

Fill up the sweet machine with dough and turn the handle for swirly eye-popping patterns.  You could even open your own sweet shop.


Drumond Park - Pickin Chickens

Games are always a favourite at Christmas time and one of our favourites is Pickin Chickens. It's is the latest in a long line of much loved, instant-action table-top games from Drumond Park. Beautifully designed and destined to become a perennial favourite, this lively, fun and supremely tactile game will help young players quickly grasp the concept of taking turns, learning their colours, making decisions and practising memory skills - all while they beaver away to save their precious chicks from that sneaky jumping fox.


Smiggle - Sky High 2 Tone Clock

Smiggle is a brand I have only recently become aware of after a shop opened in our town centre. It's full of amazing gift ideas and I could probably make a Smiggle gift guide but I have narrowed it down to 2 ideas. Firstly the Sky High 2 Tone Clock. I absolutely love this and think it is a perfect stocking filler.  

Press down on the sky high alarm clock & see the time project onto your ceiling or wall. display includes time & temperature, back lit display (for night time) plus musical alarms to choose from.


Smiggle - Glimmer and Shimmer Bracelet Kit

Glimmer, shimmer & get creative with our diy bracelet kit. with everything you need to create funky accessories & simple step-by-step instructions, you'll be glimmering & shimmering all over.


Sense Organics - Reindeer Pyjamas

We have a tradition that every Christmas Eve we all go to bed wearing new PJ's. We absolutely love the quality of Sense Organics Pyjamas and the reindeer pattern is perfect for the festive period. You can view the full range available at Sense Organics or Amazon


Harry Potter Complete 8 Film Collection

As huge Harry Potter fans we couldn't miss this off our gift guide. It's a must have family movie collection. The 16 disc blu ray set features all 8 movies 

Year 1: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Year 2: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Year 3: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Year 4: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Year 5: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 

Year 6: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Year 7 - Part 1: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Year 7 - Part 2: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 


Pete's Dragon

The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon. This is the newly released version of the movie and a must see this Christmas.


This December, Rogue One will premiere in Cinema's across the UK and I know that Star Wars gifts will be at the top of many Christmas lists this year.

Here are a few of our top picks. 


Star Wars - NERF Episode VII Chewbacca Bowcaster

We are huge fans of Nerf and their blasters have given us many hours of fun over the years creating our own Nerf Wars. This Chewbacca Bowcaster is just one of the Nerf's available within the Star Wars range.

Star Wars - Itty Bittys
From a Hallmark Galaxy not so far away comes a group of itty bittys perfect for any Star Wars fan. Old favourites like Yoda™, Chewbacca™, C-3PO™, R2-D2™, Darth Vader™ and Stormtrooper™ are joined by some new favourites Rey™, BB-8™ and Kylo Ren™, a must for any Star Wars collection


Star Wars - Cufflinks

Perfect novelty gift for any Star Wars fan. A range of retro cufflinks are averrable to buy from Happy Happy Loft over on eBay.

Choose From:
STORM TROOPER
DARTH VADER
AT-AT
MILLENNIUM FALCON
STORM TROOPER / DARTH VADER (one of each)
STAR WARS (logo round)

 If you'd like your cufflinks sent in a gift bag or gift box, please add to basket before checkout.

Size: 1.5cm x 2cm

To view the range available visit Happy Happy Loft



The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher

If you are a regular to my blog you will know I am a huge fan of McFly. One of the band members Tom Fletcher has created a beautiful Children's fiction book in time for Christmas. His love of Christmas and Dinosaurs are merged in his first novel The Christmasaurus, following the adventures of a young wheelchair user, William Trundle. An exciting festive read for all ages.



Santa's Magic Key

We have already begun reading Christmas stories here and will continue right up till Christmas Eve. This gorgeous festive gift set contains a story book and special magic key from Santa himself. Simply hang the key on your front door on Christmas Eve and Santa will do the rest. The essential present for every home without a chimney at Christmas.


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Friday, 18 December 2015

Santa Special 2015 - Llangollen Railway

Christmas is a very special time for us and we have many traditions that we do each year. As a family we like to visit Disneyland Paris and Santa's Sleepover at Alton Towers. My Mum and Dad enjoy taking the boys to the grotto and then on to a pantomime in the evening. My in-laws go on the Santa Special - Llangollen Railway. It's so nice that we each do something with the boys that makes Christmas that little bit more special. All these traditions have been every year for at least 11 years. This year we decided to go on the Santa Special too and I'm so glad we did.

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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Our Disney Christmas Decorations

Decorating our Christmas tree is my favourite thing to do at Christmas. We have collected so many beautiful tree decorations over the years and I just love putting them all together. We have homemade ones from when big J was younger. He would bring them home from school and he couldn't wait to pop them on the tree. Mostly our tree is filled with Disney decorations. Every year we go to Disneyland Paris just before Christmas  and we buy at least three new decorations, its become a family tradition. 

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Friday, 20 November 2015

Christmas Tipples Gift Guide

Do you need to buy a nice Christmas drink for friends or family this Christmas? Check out our top 5 recommendations for a festive tipple.

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Thursday, 19 November 2015

Christmas Gift Guide - For Her

If you are stumped for a Christmas present idea this year for the lady in your life, check out our top 5 ideas.

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Christmas Gift Guide - For Him

Here are our top 5 gift ideas for him this Christmas

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Christmas Gift Guide For Tweens and Teens

I find this is the hardest age to buy for but after some research I have the top 5 gifts to but a Tween or Teen this Christmas.


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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Christmas Gift Guide For School Aged Children

If you need to buy for child aged 5-9 this Christmas check out our top 5 gifts for School Aged children.

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EllieBeanPrints Personalised Print Giveaway

When I first browsed through EllieBeanPrints website I got so excited. I love personalised gifts and when I saw the huge collection of personalised prints I wanted them all. Each personalised print is unique and custom made just for you. I instantly went to the Christmas section as it's my favourite time of year and I found the Family Christmas Print.


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Monday, 16 November 2015

Christmas Gift Guide For Pre-Schoolers

If you are stuck for ideas on what to buy this Christmas then you can check out our top 5 presents for Pre-Schoolers.


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