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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Santa made our Christmas extra special this year...

Santa made our Christmas extra special this year..

Last week you'll remember I wrote a post informing you that Santa Claus was coming to town, well guess what - he really did! Christmas 2013 in our house was magical, not only for my children but for all the children ( and adults ) we met throughout the day.

My children woke up at about 8am as usual on Christmas morning and ran down the stairs to see if Santa had been and left them some presents. Santa had not only left them lots of lovely gifts this year but he had also left them an extra special surprise, himself!

The kids faces were a picture and the girls loved him. Ryan was a little scared at first as Santa was very big but after a quick cuddle he soon came round. Santa ( who we know as Daddy ) soon got lots of cute cuddles from the kids which I think he loved too.

Santa was amazing, his suit was super soft and bright, the kids just loved squeezing him. He didn't get to stay at our house for long though as we had lots of family to visit. Our first stop was at my parents house, where we took great joy in surprising them all. Our next stop was at our Aunt's house where we were staying for dinner. There was smiles all around as we walked in with Santa,  everyone wanted their photograph taken, both young and old. 

My favourite part of the day was on our traditional walk to the pub around the corner. Lots of cars beeped their horns and children waved from their windows. Good old Santa being the jolly fellow that he is waved back happily to all. It was truly a magical day.

Santa had a quick pint with Grampy and enjoyed all the attention from the crowds. Children waved and even the grumpiest of adults had to smile. Santa was the best dressed there! It was a little strange for me to be walking down the street on Christmas Day with Santa but it was wonderful, it was so nice to spread a little Christmas cheer to all who say us pass by.

We all had a wonderful Christmas this year and hope you did too. The wonderful people over at Wayfair really made our Christmas a magical one we will never forget. Their costumes really do come to life, they're amazing quality and certainly made with love. There's lots of other costumes to choose from too, not just Santa's but animals and lots of other fun ones. Be sure to check out the Wayfair Dress Up America section to see them all.

This Christmas Santa Claus really did come to town, My town!

Disclosure: Wayfair sent us our Santa costume as a gift for the purpose of this review but all the opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own.

Monday, 23 December 2013

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town .. He REALLY Is!

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve so there's not long to go now until the big day arrives. This Christmas my kids are going to get a BIG surprise as Daddy is going to become Santa Claus for the day, I'm very excited! Thanks to the lovely people at Wayfair we have got an amazing Santa Claus costume which is sure to know the kids socks off.

The Dress Up America Santa Mascot Adult Costume is a full bodied jumpsuit with attached mitts, head and feet. It costs £79.23 with free delivery which might sound like a lot but it's an amazing suit. It's not a thin, flimsy costume at all. It's a well made, well presented bull body costume and I can't wait to see Daddy in it on Christmas Day.

I think lots of people are going to get enjoyment out of this suit this Christmas as Daddy is planning on wearing it for the whole of Christmas Day, yes the WHOLE day. That means driving around on our family visits, visiting my parents and giving them a good laugh probably. Shocking Christmas drinkers in the local pub as he pops in for a quick pint before dinner, that could be very interesting and then for Christmas Dinner with the family which is sure to bring smiles. The best part about this whole plan is that nobody knows so it's going to be a complete surprise to everyone and I just can't wait to see how everyone reacts.  

Be sure to watch out for the follow up post to see what happens...

Happy 11th Birthday Chloe

Happy 11th Birthday Chloe

Who'd have thought it, a whole 11 years has passed since my first child was born. Chloe, my eldest daughter has grown into a truly beautiful young woman and I really couldn't be any prouder of her. Having a birthday two days before Christmas is never easy but she never moans. I try my best every year to make the day all about her, Christmas can get put on hold for just one day! We got to enjoy a nice family day yesterday to kick of the Birthday Eve celebrations, we went to the cinema to watch the new Disney movie Frozen which she loved and then headed on out for dinner at a local restaurant which is always a welcomed treat.

Today we spent the day at my Mum's house enjoying a small but lovely family party. Last minutes preparations meant a quick trip to Iceland as us Mums do. Party packs bought and I was ready to go, even If I did get stuck in the mad Christmas shopping rush.

We had pizzas and burgers and even fish finger sandwiches. Chicken kebabs, mini sausages and cheese - there had to be cheese. We invited the neighbours kids round to join us and enjoyed a lovely afternoon of dancing, games and food. Chloe had a fantastic time, it was nice to see her enjoying herself. She wasn't sure what cake she wanted this year so she had asked for a surprise which is literally what she got. I kind of played it safe though, going for a One Direction one. Every 11 year old girl has got to love them, right?

Chloe might not be much smaller than me but she will always be my little girl no matter how old she gets and I hope she knows that. Watching her blow out her candles, and seeing that smile on her face was just priceless. 

I hope the wish she made brings her every happiness for the year ahead.

Happy Birthday Chloe, Love always Mummy xx

The Snowman & The Snowdog Christmas Hamper #Review

The Snowman & The Snowdog Christmas Hamper
From Thorntons.

The Snowman & The Snowdog is a wonderful family film filled with cute characters and festive treats. We're a huge fan of both films and adore the new Snowdog, he's just so sweet. If you're looking for a delicious chocolate Christmas Hamper this year and you're a fan of the story then why not check out the Thorntons The Snowman & The Snowdog Christmas Hamper.

This gorgeous hamper is filled with exclusive The Snowman and The Snowdog goodies, all of which have been carefully crafted from delicious milk chocolate and creamy white chocolate.

It's the perfect gift for a family with young children, or as a present for adult fans of the classic Christmas film! They'll love tucking in to this scrummy selection pack, with friendly Snowman models and a sweet Snowdog, complete with floppy colourful ears! 

This Christmas Hamper contains: 

The Snowman and The Snowdog Selection Pack (142g) x2

• The Snowman and The Snowdog Model (154g) x2

• Mini The Snowman and The Snowdog (22g) x2

• The Snowman and The Snowdog Characters (80g) x2

• The Snowdog Mini White Chocolate Model (80g) x2

• White Chocolate The Snowman Lolly (28g) x2

There's so much to be enjoyed in one lovely hamper which comes in a beautiful gift box, my kids loved it! Not only is the chocolate delicious but the characters are gorgeous and truly made with love, they're almost too lovely to eat but it would be a shame to just sit looking at them.

The Snowman & The Snowdog Christmas Hamper would normally cost £30 but it's currently on sale for just £20 - it's a fantastic bargain. If you're a fan of the film or just love chocolate then I'd definitely recommend this one, it's a truly magical festive treat suitable for all the family.

This Review was brought to you in association with Thorntons.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

The Hotel Chocolat Christmas Goody Bag #Review

The Hotel Chocolat Christmas Goody Bag 

Oh My Goodness! Check out Hotel Chocolat's most exciting chocolate goodies which have been specially selected for Christmas, bagged and bowed all ready for you to unwrap.

The Christmas Goody Bag contains a 50% Cookie & Caramel Wreath, 6 Christmas Mess Chocolates, 6 Treacle Tart Chocolates and a trio of milk chocolate Santas.

Mummy Of 3 Diaries has been sent one of these fantastic goody bags to try out and review, here's how we got on .... are you ready?

First off the Christmas Goody Bag comes beautifully presented in a gorgeous gift bag topped of with a bow. It costs £18 and contains 4 different Hotel Chocolat products. Each of which comes individually wrapped so they can be enjoyed separately which is a great idea as we've all had a big box of chocs at some point which was too big to enjoy in one go which has resulted in waste. Well with this goody bag there won't be any waste, just great taste.

The trio of milk chocolate Santas come in their very own grotto decorated box which is rather sweet. It contains three irresistibly cute milk chocolate Santas which are perfect for pockets, stockings and Christmas treats. These were a huge hit with the kids, it was great that there was three in a pack as that meant there was just enough for one each.

The small Festive Wreath contains 50% cocoa milk chocolate with cookies and hand cut florentines that beautifully balance the sweetness of the chocolate. This is definitely one for the grown ups though as it was a bit too rich for the kids who didn't like this one but that's ok as it simply means for me, I'm not complaining.

Now this one is my favourite! These cute little Christmas Mess parcels are just heavenly, I could have eaten all of these by myself but didn't because the kids loved them too. These fabulously fruity cranberry ganache and strawberry mousse with meringue sprinkles are amazing! You get 6 of these in the goody bag which is just enough to share out. I am so going to buy myself some more of these real soon, they taste so nice. Honest!

Last but no means least you get 6 Treacle Tart Chocolates, they're simply a delicious marriage of runny caramel crowned with a crunchy shortbread biscuit. These came a very close second in my list of favourite chocolates ever. I loved the crisp chocolate outer shell and the soft sweet caramel middle. The shortbread biscuit on the top was just the icing on the cake, together this is one tasty treat. The kids and I really liked this one, it was very morish.

The Hotel Chocolat Christmas Goody Bag is fantastic, it really is full of delicious goodies just like it's name says. I've already bought one of these for a family member and now that I've tried one, I'm certain they're going to love it just as much as we have. This is not any old goody bag, it's the Hotel Chocolat Christmas Goody Bag and it means business. It looks great, it tastes great and we think it is great. Top marks from us, a well deserved 5/5.

Disclosure: We received our Christmas Goody Bag for free for the purpose of this review but this does not in any way influence my opinions or thoughts.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Great Gizmos celebrates new kids gifts website with 10% off voucher and free shipping on orders over £10!

Great Gizmos celebrates new kids gifts website with 10% off voucher and free shipping on orders over £10!

There are only a few days left before Christmas Day and everyone is looking for a bargain as well as the perfect gift for the kids in their life. Great Gizmos is here to help you with all your shopping needs for the festive period with their brand new website .

If you're looking for an art and craft project, baby’s first toy or a cool outdoor gadget, Great Gizmos has it all and offer free shipping with any order over £10. In addition, there is even a 10% off voucher for first time users (valid until 31st January 2014) so you can save money this Christmas – just enter CPR10 at the checkout for extra savings! This site is packed full of ideas and really easy to navigate. Order now and you'll be well in time for Christmas!

A little more about what the site is all about…

Great Gizmos’ introduced the brand new site in early November  The aim is to encompass what gift givers, parents or friends need whilst online shopping. The animated pages help you find that perfect gift by categorising products to make them easier to find as well as being able to search by price, gender or age so you can specifically find the right product for you. Alternatively, if you know what you are looking for then you can search via Brand, which will show everything available in that collection. Plus, each product includes a detailed description so even if you are browsing you can see exactly what is on offer.

With you’ll find a fantastic range of toys and gifts suitable for children of all ages from great brands such as 4M, NICI, PlanToys and Zoob. Whether it is activity kits, science projects, soft toys and accessories, eco-friendly wooden toys or construction sets you are looking for they provide a wealth of products so you can find that perfect gift every occasion. So what are you waiting for, this could be the Christmas elf you're all in need of…

Monday, 9 December 2013

Christmas at Poundland #Review

Christmas at Poundland

This Christmas Poundland is bursting to the brim with Christmas goodies. There's presents, decorations, stocking fillers, food and even cleaning products for the aftermath! 

Yesterday I went to my local High Street store to check out what's on offer and to partake in a special Bloggers Christmas Poundland challenge. We were given a wonderful £20 voucher and challenged to see what we could buy to make our Christmas that little bit easier. I was really surprised with all the goodies they have available in store, there's shelves full of everything you could possible need for Christmas. It took me about 45 minutes to decide on what to buy.

It was a tough job but someone had to do it and boy was I so glad that someone was me. I came out of Poundland, one very happy Mummy with 3 bags full of festive fun.

I bought 5 rolls of gorgeous wrapping paper, 1 snowman design for us adults and 4 for the kids. There was Disney Princesses in both pink and purple for my girls and Disney Cars and Toy Story for my little man. I loved the selection they had, there was paper for everyone, young or old. I bought pretty bows and gift tag stickers which I love as they're a quick and easy way to label all your gifts. I had to get a few gift bags too of course, with all the pretty designs to choose from I just couldn't resist and ended up with three of them.

I bought some Milk Chocolate Candy Canes for the kids and a box of Chocolate Liqueurs for my dad, they're his favourite. I found some super cute headbands for my girls and least but not least I got two packets of batteries, AA and AAA which we're going to need once Santa has been. Overall I had a rather enjoyable and productive shopping trip.

Poundland is already one of my favourite high street stores as it's full of value and choice. If you're looking for some Christmas bargains then why not try your local store and see what you can find. You won't be disappointed, there really is something for everyone.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Join the fun with HARIBO this Christmas. #Review

HARIBO - Stocking Fillers and Yummy Treats!

 Join the fun with HARIBO this Christmas and enjoy their latest selection of festive treats, some of which could make some great Christmas stocking fillers. There's the fun Party Time bucket which contain lots of small individually wrapped bags which are great for treating the kids. I like to give my three a small treat when they are good and these small bags are the perfect size. You can also get a smaller tub of loose sweets with the Christmas Mix tub. 

There's the new Igloo Friends boxes which are totally adorable and Sparkly Stars handy packs which are yummy. I really like the new Tangfastics and Chamallows tubes too, these are the perfect size to pop into a stocking this Christmas. I love HARIBO, they're my favourites so I was over the moon when we got sent this delicious package. What a treat! 

HARIBO sweets are always well packaged and taste great. They're reasonably priced and full of fun making them the perfect choice of sweets to share this Christmas.

Disclosure: I received this sweet hamper for the purpose of this review.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Peers Hardy Children's Watches #Review and #Competition

Peers Hardy Children's Watches 
Review and Competition 

Peers Hardy have a wonderful selection of children's watches for you this Christmas. They have so many well known and loved characters like Hello Kitty, Moshi Monsters and Mr Men. Having two girls of watch using age I chose two beautiful watches, each to suit their own personality. For Chloe my eldest who is almost 11 I chose a stunning Hello Kitty watch. 

It's pink enough for any little princess in training but has a tough leather strap for durability. This pretty pink watch has a cute Hello Kitty picture in the middle of the dial and just simple numbers around the edges. I really love the little charm attached to it, it's very beautiful. 

It comes in a cute see through package all ready to be the perfect gift this Christmas. These gorgeous Hello Kitty watches are available from: Debenhams, H Samuel, Fenwick Newcastle and Bentalls Kingston.

My daughter Lily who's 6 is still learning to tell the time by herself so I chose a cute little Tikkers watch that has helpful hints around the dial making time telling simpler.

Again it's a pretty pink watch but this time it has a easy to adjust velcro strap which is much better for growing girls. I really love the duo of pinks and the easy to read dial, my Lily is going to love her new watch when Santa delivers it this Christmas. Again it comes in a lovely case making it an easy to wrap gift. It's a gorgeous little watch, it really is. Tikkers watches are available from: John Lewis, H Samuel, Debenhams, Fenwick Newcastle and Bentalls Kingston.

How would YOU like to win yourself one of two gorgeous Peers Hardy childrens watches?

I have got two fabulous watches up for grab today. There's a cute Hello Kitty sparkly girls watch and a cool alien themed boys watch. If you would like to win one of these watches simply use the RaffleCopter Form below to enter: Please give it a few seconds to load as it can be slow at times. This giveaway is open to the UK only and 2 winners will be drawn at random on Sunday December 8th at random from all the correct entries - Good Luck.

ALDI Winter Warmers + Christmas Gift Ideas #Review

ALDI Winter Warmers + Christmas Gift Ideas 

I plan to stay warm and cosy this winter but doing it on a budget is proving quite a challenge. Or it was until I found ALDI and it's amazing weekly Special Buys

Thursday December 5th ALDI will be launching their very own Special buys Skiing range. This range isn't just for skiers, it's for all those trying to dress well and keep warm this winter. With snow on it's way - we better get stocked up and quick. There will be some super cute snow suits for infants available in both pink and blue. Complete ski outfits for kids of all ages and trendy snow boots for all too. I think are just perfect for the winter months ahead.

There's also lots of great gifts and winter warmers at ALDI's for Christmas this year. They've got everything from food and toys to slippers and cute character socks which are so lovely.

This December you can check out  Aldi’s equivalent of Lelli Kelly shoes for little girls, these are so lovely and will be great for parties in the run up to Xmas! My daughter has always wanted a pair of original Lelli Kelly 's but they're way out of our price range but now she has have the next best thing. They look very similar but cost just a tiny fraction of the price.

So if you're looking for some great Christmas gift ideas, Winter Warmers or cute kids shoes, why not check out what ALDI has to offer. Who knows what bargains you might find!

Christmas Day My Way! #Poem x

All I Want For Christmas Is You...

Three little monkeys love climbing trees
They light up my life and make me believe
I believe in joy and hope and love
My little monkeys were sent from above.

EVERY Christmas I counts my blessings
We share a meal with all the dressings
We do all the normal traditional things
We enjoy the happiness this day brings.

Excitement takes over and laughter fills the room
We wipe away tears and lock away gloom
Christmas is our time, our time together
This way we'll stay, hopefully FOREVER.

Presents are a bonus, something nice to share
But Christmas is so much more like showing that you care
Hugs and Kisses, I Love You's
Little things that last the whole year through.

This Christmas I ask for one thing
Just one thing that Santa can't bring
Good health and Happiness, lots of love and cheer
Enough to last past Christmas and take us through the year.

I love my little monkeys, they mean the world to me
Christmas wouldn't be the same without them you see
They are the heart of Christmas, their smiles and faces show all
As long as we're all together, I know we'll have a ball.

All I want for Christmas is a peaceful, happy day
Time to reflect and watch my monkeys play
As long as we're together I know that I can say
No matter what happens - we'll have the best possible day!

Merry Christmas! This post is my entry into the Tots100/Argos 12 Days of Christmas competition.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Fireman Sam Advent Puzzle #Review

Fireman Sam Advent Puzzle - Jumbo Games

This Christmas why not treat your Fireman Sam fans to a festive Advent Calendar and Puzzle all in one from Jumbo Games. I've never seen anything like this before so I was very excited to get a closer look. This beautifully boxed puzzle has 24 pieces and is aimed at children 3 and over. Each piece has an advent calendar window in the middle with a picture hidden behind.

The pieces are a nice size, perfect for small hands to get a grip of.  They're brightly painted and make a wonderful Pontypandy Christmas scene once all put together. 

I really love the idea of this advent calendar and puzzle all in one but in practice there was one thing I didn't like and that was the puzzle once made is a lot bigger than the box so there's no where to keep it safe on the count up to Christmas. I would have liked it if the box had been the same size so that I could have stored it back in it. Once the puzzle is made, it's quite big meaning in my small house I don't really have the space to leave it out for the next month. It's a lovely puzzle and a great advent calendar but sadly I've had to put it back in the box for now until I find a place I can leave it out. If you have a lots of space then you needn't worry like me.

I scored this Fireman Sam Advent Puzzle a 2/5. I really like the puzzle but the advent calendar part won't be suitable for us as there's just no where safe to leave it out flat sadly.

Disclosure: We received our advent puzzle for free for the purpose of this review but that doesn't affect our opinions expressed. My reviews are always 100% honest.

Check Out The Latest Additions To The MARS And GALAXY Range. #Review

Check Out The Latest Additions To 

There's NEW MARS, MALTESERS and GALAXY thick shakes so whether you're a malt, caramel or chocolate fan there is one to suit everyone.

There's NEW Squeezy MILKY WAY and GALAXY chocolate spreads which are sure to be a hit  with all chocolate lovers, these can be spread over toast, or popped onto desserts or even fruit. Why not try spreading some on top of your cakes as an icing or squeezing some in the centre for a extra gooey chocolate treat? Mmm Yum!

Their NEW GALAXY Hot Chocolate has a new look and more importantly, new improved flavour, giving you a more chocolaty and creamier taste than ever before. These are just what you need to keep you toasty in the winter months to come. 

Last but not least, if you're a  coffee lover but don't want to miss out on the smooth taste of GALAXY, then the rebranded and improved flavour of the GALAXY Iced Coffee Mocha Latte is 
the perfect match for you.

There's lots of new MARS Chocolate Drinks and Treats to try this winter but which one would you try first? My girls loved the chocolate spreads whilst my personal fave has got to be the new Frothy Top hot chocolate - it's so yum. They're all delicious and there really is something for every chocolate fan. There's hot and cold, drinkable and spreadable - great chocolate fun!