Friday, 17 November 2017

Christmas Gift Guide: For the kids

Christmas has definitely been a whole lot more magical since having Blake. Having children really does make you see Christmas in a different light and I love finding gifts that I know Blake and my nephews will love.  

Today is the gift guide for the kids and you may want to grab a warm drink and a mince pie as its definitely longer than my other 2 gift guides. With a mixture of toys and non toys you will find some awesome ideas. Collectables | | starting at £3.99

60% of British 0-14 year olds have downloaded and 124 million games are played a month in the UK. New to the UK the toys are an instant hit! The toy range includes collectable creatures and bendable plush toys. Created with the uniquely colourful features recognisable from, they are the must-have toys for legions of fans. Available at affordable prices, they are also great for stocking fillers and gifts. 
Available in the collection are: Blind bags, mystery squishes, bendable 3 packs (with a mystery slither and bendable slither plush. 

  Cadbury Dairy Milk | Cadbury | range of prices

When it comes to Christmas you can't not have Cadbury's!  with a wide range of different festive chocolate treats for the kids and big kids you will find something to send you into chocolate heaven. Some of our favourites include tubes which are the ideal stocking fillers, the traditional selection box, Christmas tree decoration ones and many more. 

  Recipe Box| Galleoneers|Single box £9.99 subscriptions starting at £27.75 

Discover a cuisine each month with Galleoneers' exciting recipes from around the world. Learn about geography and explore new cultures with arts & crafts, fun and educational activities related to the month's cuisine. Galleoneers recipe kits teach  children to cook starters, mains, snacks and desserts. They will learn a variety of cooking methods, such as saut√©ing, steaming, stewing, pan-frying, simmering, roasting, poaching and baking. The kitchen tools and gadgets are provided for your children to keep. All  recipe steps are classified by age and cooking skills level. A great gift idea for a budding chef. 

   Personalised Mugs| Msmugs | Various prices

Choose the perfect personalised Christmas Gift, from the huge Mclaggan Smith Mugs collection. The mugs are bone China, printed and decorated in The UK Since 1974. The initial mug as above can be personalised on the back and is £9.50 for standard size. There are wide range of different designs to choose from and they are the ideal gift for older children.

 My Golden Ticket | Wonderbly | £19.99

My Golden Ticket is a personalised adventure that finally opens Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory to any child on Earth. But this isn’t just a version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with a child’s name slapped inside. Instead, every name gets a different story, including their own unique candy, Oompa Loompa song and Wonkafied family tree. No two adventures are the same. The book is suitable for children ages 5-12 years and avaible in both softback or hardback with between 36 and 40 pages. 

   Bertie bears Christmas book set  | babyblooms | £26

Make Christmas extra special with Bertie bear who brings his favourite Christmas  book  to share. Bertie is also proudly wearing his Christmas jumper embroidered with the name of his favourite little person to snuggle up with. The set is an ideal gift for Christmas eve baskets. Blake has taken a liking to his little bear already and so will whoever you gift this set to. 

  Where Bear?  |Penguin Random House | £6.99

Once there was a bear cub who lived with a little boy. But over time the bear cub grew . . . and grew . . . and GREW! And did things that bears do . . . and do . . . and DO! One day the boy looked at the bear and realised he was just too big and bearish to be living in a house. “I think it’s time we found you a new place to live where you can be bearish and big,” said the boy. “But where, bear?”

  The Marvellous Moon Map |Penguin Random House | £6.99

One day, adventurous Mouse sets off to find the moon with his Marvellous Moon Map, leaving his worried friend Bear behind. But as the Woods get darker, and the weather gets worse, Mouse soon realizes that he needs more than just the Moon Map to find his way . . .

  The snow dog board book  |Penguin Random House | £7.99

Meet the Snowdog in this adorable board book, featuring beautiful artwork and rhyming text. The Snowdog is a fun and cute book that children will treasure.

  Children's Meditations In My Heart  | Amazon  | £14.99
FROM ‘Hygge’ to parenting, the Danish way of doing things is often widely talked about and one of Denmark’s latest exports is no exception. “The Children’s Meditations In my Heart” by emerging Danish author Gitte Winter Graugaard enables children to fall asleep within minutes. Now available in three different languages, it is beginning to change bedtime routines the world over.

  Penguin Warmies | Intelex  | £12.95

As an incredibly sweet daytime playmate for children of all ages, and a wonderfully warming bedtime buddy for them on winter nights, Warmies® Cozy Plush Penguin With Hat really has got it all, making him the ideal Christmas present. 

  Cat Machine Maker™ Junior Operator | Toy State |£11.99

This line of Build-It-Yourself construction sets come equipped with all the pieces needed to build your favourite Cat machine! The machine operator figure is included and fits into the driver’s seat. Collect them all and mix and match pieces to create your own machine! Each model includes a chunky screwdriver and resuable carry case for storage. There are 5 models to collect; Excavator, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, Service Truck and Wheel Loader.

  Play-Doh Shape and Learn Textures and Tools Set | Hobby Craft  | £15

Get your kids inspired with Play Doh Textures and Tools! This fantastic playset offers tactile play that is full of colours and creativity, helping your little ones to explore their senses with unique textured stampers and a variety of enriching activities. The set gives you three texture stampers, three rollers, three double-sided playmats, scissors, a stylus, two rolling cutters, a Together Time Guide, and six cans of colourful Play-Doh Modelling Compound.

 Usborne Fingerprint Activities | Hobby Craft  | £9.99

This adorable book is perfect for rainy days! Usborne Fingerprint Activities is a great way to bring your kids’ imaginations alive! Kids can discover the world of colour with this exciting book, packed with fun activities, instructions and inspirational pictures. Just by using their fingers, kids can colour in the scenes with the ink pad included.

  Toddlebike2 | Toddlebike  | £23.95

Toddlebike2  is a unique “Pre-Balance” bike suitable for Toddlers as soon as they can confidently walk. Suitable for both Indoor AND outdoor use so children can have LOADS of practice time without the pressure or frustration and at their own pace. The Toddlebike2 is 
super lightweight  at just 0.8kg , which is 3 times lighter than most balance bikes, scooters or ride-ons.

  Mini Hornet | The Hornit| £14.99

The Mini Hornit is a fun accessory for children’s bikes and scooters and is fast becoming a craze in the UK, Europe, North America and Australia. It comes loaded with 25 sound effects from bells and trumpets to racing cars and animals, and has bright lights (white AND green!) for safety.It also comes with a remote trigger for use on bikes which enables children to operate the sounds without taking their hands off the handlebars.

  Hape Rainy Day Fun Set | Amazon | £17.79

Make bath time fun with the rainy day set which contains brightly coloured plastic umbrella and balls. Watch the rain as it sprinkles through the umbrella and can your child catch all the balls in the umbrella

Hape Pepe Maze | Amazon | £19.81

Help Pepe find his way along the path! move the colourful balls until they are all collected together. The Pepe Maze includes a magic wand to steer marbles through the maze and helps to develop hand-eye coordination and dexterity. The Pepe Maze is a perfect travel toy!

   Baby Annabell Swims | Baby Annabell | £49.99

Baby Annabell is learning to swim! The must have doll for Christmas 2017. Baby Annabell babbles happily, the little water baby splashes, moves her arms and legs when she comes into contact with the water and floats on her back. Includes a towel and inflatable water wings with cute sheep design

 Awesome little Green Men | Awesome little green men | £24.99

Awesome Little Green Men are a military collectable that combines blind-boxed soldiers and vehicles with a game play experience. Collect & Play the Battle Game. Only you can unveil their stats to build the strongest troop and win the battle!

   Hopster App | Hopster TV  | £3.99 a month

Hopster is an app that has all of your child's favourite TV shows, songs and nursery rhymes, learning games, books and more. Everything on Hopster is carefully selected to tie in with Discovery Learning Map that they created along with leading experts in early years education. The charcters and content featured are of those that many children and parents will recgonise and what sets them apart from the competition is the magical environment they have built up around that content.

  Fisherprice Toilet Train Bing | Argos | £31.99

Bingsters will love playing games with this soft and cuddly Bing. But wait, it's time to stop the game for the toilet train! Toilet Train Bing lets you know when he needs to go to the toilet. Sit Bing on the toilet and hear a flush when he's finished! But, if Bing doesn't make it in time uh-oh! A unique illuminating feature shows that Bing has wet himself. But it's no big thing Bingsters can help Bing catch the toilet train the next time around! The soft and cuddly bing features phrases, games and sounds.

Character Bean Bags Teenybeanies | Starting at £40 

Teeny Beanies sell a wide range of products and these cute character bean bags  come in the following characters: Ulanda Unicorn, Woolly Sheep, Bernie Bunny, Melvin Monkey, Horace Horse, Bumble Bee, Henry Hippo, Digby Dog, Peggy Pig, Florence Fairy, Dotty Ladybird, Dizzy Dinosaur, Claude Cat and Edmund Elephant. Bean bags can be personalised for an extra cost and come in 3 sizes small, medium and large.  

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Christmas Gift Guide: For Him

I know I'm definitely not the only one that struggles when it comes to getting gifts for the men in our lives. Today I am sharing with you some gift ideas for the men in your life and hope that these ideas help you. 

   Festive Stollen Bars | Elizabeth Bakes | £18 for 6 bars

Do you know a man in your life with a sweet tooth? Than these 6 generous sized bars of individually wrapped stollen bars make a great gift or stocking filler.The stollen is best enjoyed for up to 6 weeks from when its made.

 Gillette Proshield Chill Justice League Starter pack | Superdrug   | £14.99

Give the gift of a sleek, close shave with Gillette’s ProShield Starter Pack! Gilette have partnered with Justice League the latest super hero film from Warner Bros and created some gift packs. The set includes Gillette Fusion ProShield men's razor, plus three Refill Blades . The razor has lubrication before & after the blades, and also features Gillette’s thinnest & finest blades (first four blades, same as ProGlide), five precision blades, FlexBall technology and a Precision Trimmer on the back.

 Chrome Circle Cufflinks | Dobell | £9.99

Give the gift of the perfect finishing touch to the man in your life's outfit with these silver coloured circle cufflinks. Featuring chrome plating, these cufflinks give a subtle sophistication to your look. They are great quality for the price and will make your man look all suited and booted. 

  Trio of Christmas socks  | Quiet Rebellion | £29

These quirky Christmas socks may appear serious in the office but they have a secret twist with their funky hidden patterns. The Christmas Trio has three limited edition festive rebels. Designed in London these luxurious socks each have their own history, inspired by characters who do things a little differently. 

  Festive Favourites 6 pack  | Best of British Beer | £22.99

The Best of British Beer Christmas gift pack includes 6 x 500 ml bottles of quality British beer.Hand picked from a selection of their most popular award winning micro breweries, this will give you a taste of the Best of British beer.Each case of beer is delivered in a branded box but if you would like to upgrade it to a very special gift. They can add 3 more beers and send it in a rustic wooden crate. Printed in a retro Christmas sweater style, it also has the words HO HO HO! along the bottom.

Home Baker's Trio of Nut Pastes  |The Nut kitchen | £24.85

Made from the finest Italian nuts, these award-winning nut pastes provide the perfect ingredients for your own bake-off moment. These ready-to-use nut pastes are ideal for time-pressed home bakers and chefs, saving them precious time grinding and processing nuts during the cooking process. A handy mini-booklet of recipes is also included in the gift box.
Each box includes a 150g jar of the following:
Pistachio Paste
Hazelnut Paste
Almond Paste

  Everyday 1/2 Knit Short Pyjama  |Jockey® | £38

These everyday 1/2 knit short pyjama's from Jockey®  pays tribute to Jockey's roots and takes inspiration from traditional American colours, textures, and icons. The perfect combination of timeless design, premium quality and great fit.

 Jaguar Pace Accelerate  | M&S | £28 for 60ml or £44 for 100ml

Created to celebrate the launch of the Jaguar F-Pace family sports car, the best-selling Jaguar Pace is an expression of true masculinity.Today, there’s only one way to increase the pace… Accelerate. Experience a high-voltage, energy-packed race. Feel the adrenaline rushing through your veins. Inspired by the amazing speed and the remarkable dynamic of Jaguar sports cars, Jaguar Pace Accelerate is an exciting new addition to the range. Designed for a man with confidence and charisma. A man who thrives on challenges. A man whose fragrance reflects his drive for excellence.

  Acrylic photo block | Bags of love | From £14

Update your home decor with these stunning photo blocks. The new acrylic photo blocks are free-standing and weighty, and make ideal gifts for loved ones. The crystal clear, diamond polished finish of each block creates a distinct and stylish edge. Your photos are printed in high definition and the unique 3D appearance will make them stand out in a truly unique and contemporary way. 

 The Urbanista Boston | Urbanista | £69

These wireless sports earphones with Bluetooth feature a combination of high quality sound and ergonomic fit, at an affordable price. Urbanista has developed a unique silicon wing, which lets Boston sit securely in the ear, even during the most rigorous workouts. The silicon wing is soft for a comfortable fit, yet tight in order to create a stronger music experience and boost energy during tough workouts. Boston is water resistant and sweat proof, having an IPX5 water resistance rating, so that the user can train in any weather condition. They are perfect for gym goers and budding athletes who want stylish, convenient technology to listen to music when working out.

Tom Tom Spark 3 | Tom Tom | £119
The Tom Tom Spark 3 is the ideal gift for the active sports person. With Multiple Sports Modes, GPS Tracking, 24/7 Activity Tracking, Route Exploration and Personalised Workouts this is a must have fitness tracker for the sporty man in your life.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Christmas Gift Guide: For Her

Every year I like to help give you some gift inspiration so that you can find something suitable for the whole family. We all sometimes struggle with finding the perfect gift/s as either someone is just tricky to buy for or there are far too many options to choose from. 

Today I wanted to share with you some of the lovely gifts that are out there for the lady in your life. 

   Towel up Clip | Towel Up | £3.99

Towel Up is a perfect stocking filler that helps prevent your bath/beach towel from falling down when wrapped up around the chest/waist. It simply slides over where you wrap your towel around you body and hey presto you are ready to move around!

    Baker Days Personalised Cake| Baker Days | Starting at £14.99 for a letterbox cake

Baker days sell delicious unique and personalised cakes and cupcakes.  Its simple to choose a design, size and delicious recipe, and then personalise it with your own photos and special message. Baker days currently have some goregous Christmas designs which make a yummy gift. 

 Disney bath items | Mad Beauty | Various prices

Mad Beauty sell a wide range of items that would make perfect stocking fillers. The Disney range is definitely my favourite as I am a big kid at heart. With Beauty and the beast, Winnie the pooh and Bambi to name a few this range includes some of your favourite Disney characters.   The items included here are: Belle's enchanted rose bath petals, Winnie the Pooh bubble bath and Winnie the Pooh honey lip balm.

 Boost Oxygen  | Boost Oxygen | £17.99

Breathing BOOST Oxygen will boost Energy, alleviate Stress, improve Mental Clarity and Memory while supporting the Immune System and protecting against the negative effects of Air Pollution. BOOST Oxygen has Zero artificial ingredients, Zero Caffeine and Zero Calories! This is an ideal gift for women who are into fitness, who suffer from stress and fatigue. 

  Cake for one special Mum  | Cookie Crumbles | £10.50

Yes I've already featured cake but what happens if you don't want to share? Well the mug cake for one from Cookie Crumbles is here to put a smile on your mum's face. This cute mug comes with a scrumptious coconut chocolate cake mix packed with chocolate chips  It also comes with a cute little spoon – perfect to tuck in and enjoy the freshly baked cake. What makes it better is the cake only takes 5 minutes to cook.

  Mum's luxury Diary  | Dairy Diary | £10.99

I don't know how i'd manage without a diary these days. As a busy mum I find it hard to keep track of appointments, parties, events etc without one. The Mum's luxury diary  for 2018  features a beautiful teal and gold block cover with rounded corners, two ribbons, elastic closure, lie-flat binding for easy writing and stickers to highlight important events. You can find recipes for throughout the year, essential contacts, checklists and more. The diary is compact enough to fit in medium sized bags so you can keep it with you at all times. 

 Oversized Beanie | Your Running Mate | £10

Struggling to find that perfect gift for £10 or under? Trawling the shops for a token for your best Gym Buddy? The search is over as Your Running Mate have a wide range of gifts suitable such as this cute oversized beanie.  The oversized Beanie is single layer hand nit chunky yarn with an oversized pom pom. The gift is ideal for gym  bunnies/ runners for keeping there head warm but also if your not sporty like me are ideal for the school run. 


  Diet Plate and Bowl | The Diet Plate| £34.99

The Diet plate and bowl is ideal for the women who is wanting to loose weight in 2018. 
The Diet Plate is a clinically proven visual calorie counting system, it counts the calories for you so you don't have to. The amount of weight loss seen during the trial was similar to studies using diet medication, but without the potential side effects or the expense. With each week that passes, those using their nutritionally balanced portion control plates will see 1-2 KG or 1-4 pounds of steady weight loss.The calorie counting bowl is the companion to any of our portion control plates, and the completing piece that makes up the full system. The bowls apply a simple colour band method for measuring out cereals and soups, which when combined with a Diet Plate help ensure your daily intake is within the weight loss zone.

   Sleeping bag Gift Set | Feather & Down | £15

Treat someone special to this luxury sleep set. The Feather & Down Sleeping Bag includes a luxury Eye Mask, Sleep Balm, Pillow Spray and Shower Cream. All you need to wind down, relax and encourage that well deserved restful night’s sleep. I think I definitely need this at the moment as I have been struggling with sleep recently. 

   Joan Collins I am women Eau de Parfum  | M&S | £15 for 12ml or £50 for 50ml

Joan Collins I am women fragrance is unquestionably female, embracing citrus top notes, a sensual musk and woody base with romantic floral scents at its heart. Joan Collins timeless beauty is a new international luxury beauty brand, created by one of the most glamorous icons of our time. It aims not just to inspire women, but to provide them with the tools to feel and be beautiful at any age.

  Personalised Tea Towel | Bags of love | From £14

Design a photo tea towel printed edge to edge and sewn to order. Use Bags of love personalised tea towel printing service for a modern tea towel gift  for Mums,sisters and grandmothers. You can choose for the design to be either landscape/portrait , cotton linen/ 100% microfibre and if you have standard or wavy edge. I had to choose my favourite family photo for ours. 

 Grace Laptop Sleeve |STM goods| £34.95

This sleek little number easily transports your laptop simply and safely. With ample cushioning and plush, super soft lining you know your laptop is in a happy place! Slim and light laptops should have slim and light sleeves and this colourful, stylish sleeve is just the ticket for carrying your laptop around. A thoughtful laptop sleeve but not overthought.  Grab this sleek little number to easily transport your laptop simply and safely. 

 VonShef 9pc Copper Parisian Cocktail Set | Domu | £24.99

The Vonshef copper cocktail set is the easiest way to make impressive cocktails. The  Beautifully designed 550ml capacity Parisian cocktail shaker with complementary copper-coloured accessories includes: stainless steel muddler, 9"stainless steel twisted double-ended bar spoon/ fork, stainless steel Hawthorne strainer and double ended stainless steel 25ml/50ml shot measuring jigger. Their is also a handy recipe guide and don't forget there is also a 2 year warranty (registration required)

 No!No! Hair Removal  | No!No! | £199
no!no! hair removal products are the only at-home hair removal devices with patented Advanced Thermicon Technology that not only removes the hair but treats it for smooth results that last with continued use. No! No!'s technology surpasses the IPL and laser treatments as it can work on any hair colour and any skin colour. Plus it's painless!