Thursday, 21 December 2017

How To Host A Mum's Night In

It's easy to say that this time of year is busy, unbelievably busy. Your dairies are jam packed with countless events, navities, school parties, work christmas dos, dinner with friends, drinks with the girls, family meals, the list can go on and on. Speaking from experience, I find this whole month is, granted, the most enjoyable of the year, but also the most expensive (obviously) and most stressful. The task of finding a baby sitter alone can all get too much, that sometimes in the end, you've had to miss out entirely. 

Which is why I've had an idea that can result in you spending time with your friends and not need to worry about baby sitters. Here are a couple of ideas and tips on how to host a mum's night in! 

1. All Are Welcome 
Yep, get everyone round, if your friends have babies or children, or even if they don't, get them round. Have the tots bring along a pillow or blanket and gather together all the cushions, pillows, bedding, anything you have to spare and turn the living room into one giant, cosy chill zone. You can even go the whole hog and build a enormous den for everyone. 

2. Bedtime Routine 
Well it is a little obvious bedtime won't be a regimented as usual, but that's half the fun. You can still follow your bedtime routine loosely. Why not mix it up and have the older children read the younger ones stories, the Miffy books featured in the image above are particular favourites of mine and very festive! They will also love looking at the sweet, little sticker book together too. You can find them all here.

3. Bath Time 
If you don't mind the kids sharing baths, then get them in there, crack out the fancy bubbles or even try throwing some pom poms in. I know for a fact we all have a packet laying around, they dry out quickly and are add so much excitement to bath time! 

4. Movie Time
Once everyone is ready for bed, head back to your den or chill zone and decide on a movie to all watch together. I am obsessed with the DisneyLife app, all the Disney you can think of and for only £4.99 a month, you can also try it out for your first week for free. Download it on your phone, laptop, tablets or iPads, you won't regret it, it's saved my sanity a number of times on long flights and car journeys! Find out more about DisneyLife here.

5. Time To ZZZ 
With all the excitement of having this huge sleep over, the younger ones will probably crash out halfway through the film. If there are a couple determined little ones fighting the ZZZ's try popping on some of the Sleepy Lotion by Lush. Packed with a number of ingredients, including lavender to aid sleep, you'll find those tired little eyes will begin to close before you've put the lid back on! It really is fabulous stuff and can be used by the whole family too! Take a look at the Lush Sleepy Lotion here

6. Mum Time 
Even if the children haven't fallen asleep, don't let that stop you from having a pamper! Have your friends bring over their favourite face masks or beauty products and just get stuck in. It's the perfect way to try out something new and just have a good giggle. 

7. No Pressure
The idea behind hosting this night in is to just focus on spending time with your friends. Don't clock watch or freak out about the kids staying up too late. It's the perfect opportunity just to have fun and make memories, instead of feeling as though you've had to miss out on another event, make it your own! And this idea can be used throughout the year too.

So there you have it, just a couple ideas for what can be a bloomin' brilliant night! Let me know if you give this a go and if you have any other ideas too! 

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

The Perfect Personalised Gift By Wonderbly

Some of you may already be familiar with the books by Wonderbly, the lost name title is possibly their best seller. My daughter has her very own copy that she adores almost as much as I do! Personalised gifts are defiantly my favourite to give and receive for Zara, especially if it's a story for bedtime!

As luck should have it, Wonderbly have a new book out just in time for the festive season called, The Christmas Snowflake. I won't give the plot away, but it's a real heart warmer! Beautifully written with pages full of stunning illustrations. 

Just like the other titles available you are able to customise the stories with children's names and up to nine family members. Just an added bonus of showing your tots their names in print, I know my daughter will grow to appreciate how special that will make this present. 

Oh, and the best part is that you'll find your very own Christmas snowflake in the pages to hang on your tree. This book can easily become a new Yule Tide tradition, I can imagine myself tucking it away with my decorations to then have it down again to read over and over during the run up to the big day. 

So what are you waiting for? You still have time to order it for Christmas and can also ask for gift wrapping too so it arrives 'under the tree' ready. Then you can sit back and watch  the amazement in your little one's eyes when they open up their truly perfect Christmas book.

Visit the Wonderbly website here take some time to explore the variety of stories, you really are spoilt for choice! You can also nab yourself 20% off when you buy two or more books with the code ADVENT20. That's Snow joke! 

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*small print, the products featured in today's post were kindly sent to me. However the wording and options are by yours truly. Thank you Wonderbly for Zara's book! 

Sunday, 3 December 2017

How Mum Life Is Easier With Petit Fernand

Do you ever have one of those days when everything just goes wrong, you'd even leave your head somewhere peculiar if it wasn't attached. Well add in a small person who is fully your responsibility and you got a whole lotta mess right there.... Especially when items go missing too. Coats, shoes, water cups, lunch boxes, you name it. 

It was only the other day I thought to myself enough was enough. Time to get really organised and buy my daughter some name tags. I searched for a little while with a very nostalgic frame of mind, as I remember the name tags that I had growing up, white slim strips of polyester with my full name stitched in red, did any of you have the same? I was inches away from pressing the order button when I thought of my mum, painstakingly sewing them into each item of clothing I had. I also remember how they would scratch the back of my neck as I ran in the playground. 

Sod that, I thought, there's got to be something out there that's better, easier, more, well pretty. 

That's when Petit Fernand came along. I first spotted their advert during a late night Instagram scroll. It features name labels being stuck (yes stuck) and ironed onto clothing and items, without a needle in sight... Sold. They weren't lying either, it really is that easy. Quick and simple which resulted in me looking like one of those "put together" mums. 

You are able to customise the labels yourself too, my toddler spent ages choosing the colours, background, picture and font. A personal touch that makes them even more perfect, oh, and they also very affordable too. I went for the starter label pack, which included a selection of all the labels available which was delivered in a handy booklet keeping them all safe and out of harm's way. Take a look for yourself at the starter label pack here. Included in the starter pack are Petit Fernand stick-on labels, here. Item and object labels, here. Shoe labels, here  

The quality of the labels are fabulous, very visible and really stay put. I can now relax knowing that when Zara throws her coat down and kicks her shoes off at the child minders everything will all make their way home safely again. I've also popped labels on her swimming bag, dance gear and even in her favourite books she insists on taking out with her.  

So if you are on the hunt for some name labels, I whole heartedly recommend Petit Fernand! Grab your little one and have some fun designing their labels. There is also personalised water cups, mugs and lunch boxes available too, perfect stocking fillers! 

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*the small print. The products mentioned in this post were very kindly sent to me, however the opinions and review was written by yours truly