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How To Make December Birthdays Special

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As you probably know Christmas starts showing up in stores from September and it's pretty hard to keep away from it especially when you start hearing Christmas songs as you're walking round doing your weekly shop. I always think birthdays that are in the last quarter of the year must be tough, especially December birthdays. You have to wait all year for your special day then Christmas is just around the corner too. It must also be hard as a parent or family member to come up with children's gift ideas for both birthday and Christmas in the same month. I think those that celebrate their birthdays in December should have lots of extra fuss and here are some ideas on how to make December birthdays special.

Happy Birthday sign


No Christmas Until The Birthday Is Over
This may be tough to do if the birthday is in the second half of the month but I think if the birthday is within the first two weeks of December there should be no Christmas until the birthday is over. Make sure you have lots of birthday banners, balloons and other party decorations for the birthday boy or girl. If the birthday falls in the last two weeks of December make sure you still put up lots of birthday decorations, banners and balloons as well as your Christmas decorations. 

Give The Same Amount Of Presents You Would For Any Birthday
Christmas time can be very expensive but it's important not to give the birthday boy or girl less than you would if the birthday was at another time of year. They have waited all year for their birthday and just because Christmas is in the same month they still want lots of presents. 

Keep The Birthday And Christmas Separate 
When buying birthday and Christmas presents make sure you keep the presents separate and use both Christmas and birthday wrapping paper for the gifts. Try to stay away from seasonal gifts too, keep them for Christmas. 

birthday party


Plan A Birthday Party
We all like people to make a fuss about us on our birthdays and what better way than to have a birthday party. The weather in December is likely to be cold so you can choose to throw a birthday party in the house, hire a party venue or if it's for the kids then there are lots of indoor play centres that have great party packages. 

Most Importantly Plan
Planning is the most important part of making a December birthday special. 

Presents become harder to buy in December as there is such a huge demand especially for the most popular items. Make sure you buy well in advance to prevent disappointment. 

Make sure you have birthday cards and wrapping paper bought in plenty of time before the shops are overrun with Christmas. 

Birthday cakes can also be hard to find, maybe decide to bake one instead. 

If you are planning on hosting a birthday party make sure you get your invites out super early as December is such a busy time for everyone, give people plenty of notice. 

I'm sure those that celebrate their birthdays in December don't mind as they are used to it but it's always nice to be made a fuss of no matter the month.

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Neon Effect Message Frame Giveaway

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The Neon Effect Message Frame allows you to create your own message by writing on the glass of the light up neon effect frame.

Neon effect message frame



The frame is 23cm square, made of plastic and features a glass panel in the centre of the frame which is perfect for writing your messages. All you need to do is use the bright, vibrant neon pens to create your messages. There are three colours to choose from, pink, green and orange. 

You can choose how you wish to display your frame. It can be hung on the wall or can be free standing on any flat surface. 

Once you have created your message all you need to do is turn on the frame and watch your message illuminate with a bright neon effect glow. 

Once you have finished all you need to do is simply wipe clean using a dry cloth and start all over again. 

Neon Effect Message Frame


I've teamed up with Wicked Uncle to give one our readers the chance to win a Neon Effect Message Frame. 

Wicked Uncle offer a range of gifts for all ages and occasions.

All you need to do is complete the entry form below and remember to pop back daily for bonus chances to win. 

Good Luck


Michelle

Terms

Competition closes on Sunday 3rd Oct 2021

Entrants must have a valid UK address. 

Bulk, third party or any other entries using automated software will be disqualified. 

All entrants and entries are checked and verified. 

1 lucky winner will be chosen at random by the Gleam application. 

Playdays and Runways will contact the lucky winners within 7 days of the competition closing. 

The winners will be emailed to the email address given at the time of entering. 

The winners will not be announced on my blog or social media until they have agreed that their name can be displayed. 

The winners must respond within 28 days, if no response a new winner will be chosen. 

This prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative 

The Prize : A Neon Effect Message Frame

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Horrible Histories Board Game Giveaway

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Disclosure - We were sent the product below for the purpose of this post. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are our own unless stated. This post contains affiliate links. 

There are just a couple of weeks left now till the end of the Summer holidays and then we will begin looking forward to our favourite seasons Autumn and Winter. I love the darker evenings, watching movies and playing board games. Little J is at the age now where he likes to play board games that take a little bit more thinking but still lots of fun. We cannot wait to play the newest addition to our collection, Horrible Histories board game.

Horrible Histories Board Game


The Horrible Histories board game is a family friendly board game that is not only lots of fun but educational too. Take a journey through history answering multiple choice questions along the way or acting out charades. 

Be careful not to stumble upon Rattus and his cheeky and tricky chance cards. 

Horrible Histories board game


Horrible Histories Board Game is suitable for 2-4 players and is aimed at 8 years and above. 

If you would like to be in with the chance to win the Horrible Histories game all you need to do is complete the entry form below before 11:59pm on the 5th September. After this date one lucky winner will be chosen and contacted within 7 days. For bonus chances to win make sure you pop back daily. 



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Pindaloo Ball Game Giveaway

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Disclosure - We were sent the product below for the purpose of this post. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are our unless stated. This post contains affiliate links. 

If you want to have some fun with the kids this Summer that doesn't require wifi or a screen then you can enter our latest giveaway to win Pindaloo. Pindaloo is perfect for hours of fun as once you master the loop you will want to do it again and again. 

pindaloo




Pop the ball in the tube, flick and watch as the ball jumps out of one end of the tube, then use your skills to catch it in the other end. Once you can land the perfect loop then you can always get creative by doing trick shots. 

Pindaloo is a great game to enjoy on your own, with friends or as a party game. It's fun for all ages and really helps with hand eye coordination. 

If you want to be in with the chance to win your own Pindaloo then all you need to do is complete the entry form below. If you are not lucky enough to win then you can head to Wicked Uncle to buy your own Pindaloo

Good Luck

Michelle

Closing date for entrants is 11:59pm on 15th August
Playdays and Runways will contact the winner within 7 days of this date
Prize is Pindaloo ball game
Full Terms available on the Gleam App under Terms and Conditions.
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Giant Bubble Set Giveaway

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Disclosure - We were sent the product below for the purpose of this post and another to giveaway. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are our unless stated. 

Hopefully the bad weather will soon be behind us and we can start to enjoy some Spring and Summer sun and have lots of fun in the garden. We have lots of toys and games to keep us entertained in the garden including our new Giant Bubble Set from Ridley's.

Giant Bubble Set


Who can make the biggest bubble? Just dip your wand in the tray full of bubble mixture, wave the wand around and make some bubbles. It's so easy and simple but lots of fun. 

We have teamed up with Wicked Uncle to offer a Giant Bubble Set to one of our readers. Just complete the entry form below and remember to pop back daily for bonus chances to win. 

Good Luck

Michelle
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6 in 1 Solar Recycler Review

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Disclosure - We were sent a 6 in 1 Solar Recycler for the purpose of this post. Any thoughts, opinions or photographs are our own. 

To celebrate British Science Week I have teamed up with Wicked Uncle to give away a 6 in 1 Solar Recycler kit. The 6 in 1 Solar Recycler kit is an eco-friendly kit which allows you to build six moving models using household recyclable items.

6 in 1 Solar Recycler


Powered by natural sunlight, the models are easy to make up and build using old recycled items with the various kit parts, including a solar panel, motor and instructions. Have fun recycling a drinking can to create an impressive walking robot with googly eyes or make a twin-can street roller. Reuse empty water bottles to build a bottle yacht, drumming robot and flying bird or recycle those old CDs to make the cool-looking CD racer. A great beginners' introduction to solar power technology, whilst having fun stretching the imagination and inventing your own creations. All powered up by simply sitting on the window-sill, a truly brilliant kit.

Unfortunately our giveaway is now closed.


Michelle
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Quizzie The Robot Giveaway

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Disclosure - We received a Quizzie for the purpose of this post and also another for a giveaway prize. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are our own. 

Quizzie The Robot


We are now the owners of a Quizzie Robot and he certainly cheered us up last week. Quizzie is a cute little robot standing approx 10cm tall with the cutest of faces however he does have a cheeky streak, so beware. 

Quizzie The Robot


Quizzie has three game modes that are all equally as fun and easy to play. 

Quizzie The Robot

Quizzie The Robot


Yes / No
Record up to five yes / no questions and then pass to a friend or family member so they can answer them. Quizzie will play back your question and the player has to guess if the answer is yes or no and press the corresponding button. If they guess correctly they can move on to the next question but if not then they will be squirted with water. 

Memory Game
Quizzie will change his face and you have to remember which face he was showing you. Was he smiling, winking or sad? Guess wrong and its a squirt of water in the face for you. 

Lucky Chance
This is a little like pass the bomb. You pass Quizzie between players and if he stops on you then prepare to get wet. 

Quizzie The Robot


I have teamed up with Wicked Uncle to give you the chance to win your own Quizzie Robot. All you need to do is enter our giveaway below using the form and make you sure you keep popping back as I will add bonus chances to win throughout the giveaway. 

Good Luck

Michelle

Competition closes on Sunday 21st February 2021

Entrants must have a valid UK address. 

Bulk, third party or any other entries using automated software will be disqualified. 

All entrants and entries are checked and verified. 

1 lucky winner will be chosen at random by the Gleam application. 

Playdays and Runways will contact the lucky winners within 7 days of the competition closing. 

The winners will be emailed to the email address given at the time of entering. 

The winners must respond within 28 days, if no response a new winner will be chosen. 

This prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative 

The Prize : Quizzie The Robot

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Five Gift Ideas For Seven Year Old Girls.

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Little J has made it all the way to year 3 at school without being invited to a girls birthday party. He goes to all the boys parties but never manages to bag an invite to a girls party. When I asked him why he is very honest and says he just doesn't play with them. Being in a house and a family full of boys I would love to go present shopping for a girl for a change so here are some of my favourite gift ideas for seven year old girls
Bath bomb factory
Bath Bomb Factory
There is nothing better than relaxing in the bath with your favourite bath bomb. With The Bath Bomb Factory you can create your own bath bomb using your favourite colour or colours, maybe add sprinkles and choose from three delicious flavour scents strawberry, pineapple and vanilla or add all three together to make tutti frutti. 

The bath bombs are fun and easy to make and will be ready in just 30 minutes. The Bath Bomb Factory is currently priced at £24.95 and is a great gift for creative kids. 
Rock Painting
Hide and Seek Rock Painting
Last year we visited the park and whilst exploring in the woods we found a painted rock. I told little J that we couldn't touch it and that it had been put there by someone for us to enjoy. After that we loved looking and searching for rocks whenever we headed out. This Hide and Seek Rock painting kit is perfect for little artists who would like their masterpieces to be found. 

The Hide and Seek Rock Painting kit is currently priced at £12.99 and includes 6 rocks, 6 paints, 2 fine paintbrushes and a 48 page booklet bursting with ideas for your rock creations. 

100 kids activities - scratch off bucket list
100 Kids Activities - Scratch Off Bucket List
Every six to sevens weeks when half terms arrive and kids are home from school, parents across the UK hear the dreaded words 'Im Bored'. The 100 Kids Activities - Scratch Off Bucket List gives the kids 100 different ideas and activities to do. Every time they complete one of the activities they can scratch it off and it will reveal a pretty picture. 

Currently £12.95 it's the gift that keeps on giving.
imagidice
Imagidice!
I used to love writing stories when I was younger and always had lots of ideas however if you need a little bit of inspiration you can used Imagidice. Imagidice includes 12 dice featuring 72 different pictures which you roll and then use to inspire your story. 

Imagidice is currently priced at £15.95 and features over 10 million different picture combinations. 

Dreams diary


Dreams ans Secrets Lockable Diary
Every young girl loves having their own privacy and somewhere where they can jot down their thoughts and their secrets. The Dreams and Secrets Diary features over 100 colourful pages to write down all your secrets using the ball point pen which smells like candy floss and once you are finished you can secure your secrets under lock and key. 

Currently priced at £8.95 and is perfect for seven year old girls. 

These gifts are not only perfect for birthdays but also Christmas will be here very soon and would make the perfect presents. 

Michelle

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Daddy Goes Shopping On Wicked Uncle

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When it comes to buying toys I am a little more open minded than Daddy. Daddy obviously enjoys choosing toys for little J but they are always the same type either cars or lego. So when Wicked Uncle gave us a challenge of browsing their website and choosing some toys for little J, I gave Daddy the job.
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