Our Christmas 2017

Christmas is such a magical time of year, even more so when you have children. Watching their faces light up when they help to put the decorations up, adorn the tree with tinsel and hang their stockings on Christmas eve. Listening to them talking about what to put out for Santa and his reindeer, and of course, trying to get them to go to sleep quickly on Christmas eve and to stay asleep! Our girls usually wake up anytime between 6am and 7am on a typical day. I was hoping this would be the same on Christmas morning, but that… [Read More]

How to find the perfect present for everyone

Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, until it comes to gift shopping. Friends, parents, in-laws, does the list ever stop? You can ask them what they want and if you’re lucky you may even get an exact answer, but that takes all the romance out of gift giving! Alternatively there’s the “Oh, I don’t need anything” answer, that we all know isn’t true. Here you’ll find how to nail the Christmas shopping and find the perfect gift for everyone, even dad. Listen up & pay attention Write the names of your gift receivers onto a notepad…. [Read More]

Fun Festive Christmas Resources from Twinkl

I’m a big advocate for home learning. Why should the learning and fun stop when the kids leave school? For that reason I absolutely love Twinkl. Twinkl is an online educational publishing house, producing teaching materials for children of all ages. You can get instant access to inspirational lesson plans, schemes of work, assessment, interactive activities, resource packs, PowerPoints, at teaching ideas! However, with Christmas just five days away, I’ve been looking through their festive resources and thought I’d share them with you! You can view their Christmas Primary Resources online here, and you can also find Welsh language resources here…. [Read More]

Personalised Gift Review from Personally Presented

I absolutely adore personalised gifts. There’s something very meaningful to a gift that’s been personalised. It shows that a lot of thought has gone in it and that means a lot to me. Personally Presented is an online website that sells a range of personalised gifts. Personally Presented say that they believe in gifts worth giving. A gift that is unique and individual as they are. I recently ordered some personalised gifts from Personally Presented and thought I’d share them here with you. First up is this gorgeous travel mug which costs just £16.95. My new job involves me driving to… [Read More]

Christmas Crafts with Baker Ross

Can you believe that Christmas is just four weeks away! I know everyone probably says the same thing around this time of year, but this year really has just flown by! In the run up to Christmas, our girls and I enjoy a bit of festive creativity and crafts. Baker Ross very kindly sent us some of their Christmas craft kits to try out. We received a box of Santa ceramic gnomes, a box of ceramic Christmas bell decorations, a wooden advent calendar, some porcelain pens, penguin and snowman baubles, a wreath decoration kit, Christmas elf door kit, angel colour-in decorations… [Read More]

Experiences vs Materialistic Things: Is there room for both?

With Christmas looming, I’ve started to see an increase of people posting the same question over and over again in money saving and parenting groups on Facebook. Do you think I’ve bought my children enough presents? Does it look like my son has more presents than my daughter? I don’t understand why people post these questions, along with a picture of a huge pile of presents for their children. Firstly, if you’re that concerned that you’ve bought your son more presents than your daughter there’s actually a simple solution to find out. It’s called counting! Count how many presents you… [Read More]

Black Friday Money Saving Hacks and Tips #BlackFriday #SavvySquad

Friday 24th of November is Black Friday. One of the biggest sale events of the year with many high street and online retailers slashing prices on goods such as electronics, clothing and more. Now, we all love a bargain and some people will go to great lengths to get their hands on them! Whether that’s queuing outside a shop in the early hours or sitting behind your computer screen flicking between websites to find the best deal! Of course Black Friday is a great opportunity to get some bargains in time for Christmas and save some money too, but how… [Read More]

Six Things To Do As A Family This Christmas

Image Christmas has become a part of western culture, regardless of whether a person is Christian or not. It has become a holiday of giving, joy and family, and even though presents and food have slowly taken over, those remain the most integral part of the day. And the run-up to Christmas is a time where families can get together and spend time together. You might meet up with friends and family you haven’t seen all year, or you might just take this opportunity to spend some fun, quality time with your immediate family. There are some many things to… [Read More]

West Midland Safari Park: Santa Safari Review. Video Special!

Scroll down for video Yesterday we visited West Midland Safari Park so that we could experience their Santa Safari. Santa Safari is a magical, festive day out for the whole family. As well as the four mile self-drive safari, children will have the opportunity to visit Santa, as well as Mrs Claus’s Kitchen, and even make Christmas themed crafts. Driving up to the entrance was a lot of fun in itself. Our five year old twins spotted Santa from quite far back and started to get very excited! All the way up the drive to the entrance were snow-covered Christmas… [Read More]