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Christmas Countdown – 25 Days to go!

25 days to go until Christmas!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our sporadic Christmas Countdown posts with lots of Christmas Tips, crafts, recipes and of course most recently our Christmas Gift Guides. Today signifies the end of our Christmas Countdown as such and the start of our Christmas Advent Calendar Competition. Each day from tomorrow we will reveal a new competition from some fabulous Independent Retailers including ourselves. Don’t forget to bookmark us, join on Google friends connect (to the right) or sign up via email so that you don’t miss out

Here are some fab Christmas Stockings that we found.

I've been very good Christmas StockingI’ve been Very Good Christmas Stocking from Little Miss Boutique

Rudolph the Reindeer Personalised Christmas StockingPersonalised Rudolph the Reindeer Christmas Stocking from Scamp Personalised Baby Gifts

Gingerbread Man Christmas Stocking

Gingerbread Man Christmas Stocking from Just Sew Right

Blue Star Quilted Christmas Stocking

Blue Star Quilted Christmas Stocking with Red Gingham Trim from Christmas Wrapped Up

Kitty Stocking Slim

Kitty Stocking Slim from The Hands of Kitty Eden

And not fogetting the all important winter wardrobe for the little ones!

Knitted Kimono Style Cardigan with Crochet Flower

With the chilly weather theres nothing nicer than to add a gorgeous cardigan to complete an outfit. I love this Kimono Style Cardigan with a Crochet Flower from Crib Online

Crochet Aviator Hat

And inkeeping with the ‘keeping warm’ theme is this absolutely adorable Crochet Aviator Hat from Slugs on the Refrigerator

Ralph Lauren Polo Romper Suit

Ralph Lauren Polo Romper from All About the Boys

Classic Baby Dungarees

You can’t beat a pair of Classic Baby Dungarees from Sadie and Frank

Sweet Purple Cord Pinafore DressOooh we do love a spot of purple in our Little miss’ wardrobe and I adore this Purple Cord Dress from Olive and Vince

Organics Red Chinese Jacket

Organics for Kids Chinese Jacket from Well Sweet

Girls OXO Cable Knit Cardigan

Ooooh I love this……Girls OXO Cable Knit Cardigan from Picaloulou

Swallow Skater Dress

Stardust Kids Swallow Skater Dress from our very own website

We have a little family tradition where we all have new pyjamas (well the kids) to wear on Christmas Eve. I’ve been on the lookout for some and here’s a couple that I adore.

Vintage Boys Pyjamas

I adore these Vintage Bedlam Pyjamas that we have at the moment.

Elephant all Over Pyjamas

Elephant All Over Pyjamas from Ava & Luc

It’s not just us grown up’s that like a bit of pampering. My little girl loves bubbles in her bath and is quite partial to the odd bite of a bar of soap. Here are a few products that we’ve tried along the way.

Baby's Pure Shea Butter SoapBaby’s Pure Shea Butter Soap from Shea Mooti

Green Baby Chest Rub Gel

Chest Rub Gel from Green Baby

Tame that Mane Condition

Based on my hair and the curls that are appearing on Isabelle I think we’re definitely going to have a need for this Tame that Mane! Conditioner for unruly hair.

Baby Boo Organic Strawberry Body Wash

Baby Boo Organic Splashy Strawberry Body Wash from from Katia Organics

B Organic Mummy and Me Bathtime Bubble - Sweet Orange

B Organics Mummy and Me Bathtime Bubbles – Sweet Orange from My Funny Bunny


Christmas Countdown – 28 Days to Go!

28 Days to go until Christmas!

If you’re not already, it’s definitely time to get into the festive mood. We’ve attended a couple of Christmas Fayres in the last couple of week’s, the last of which was at Bramdean School in Exeter which was fantastic. Set in a gorgeous chapel with a huge wooden door complete with an organ, and looking very festive with two huge real Christmas trees and hoards of well dressed and impressively polite children.

Bramdean School Christmas Fayre

Bramdean School Christmas Fayre

Bramdean School Christmas Fayre

Bramdean School Christmas Fayre

My next door neighbour at the Fayre was a lovely lady selling Usborne Books and we chatted the time away inbetween customers and browsers.

A special thanks to Karen from who organised the event, and invited us along!

Where will be pop up next!

Christmas Countdown – 33 days to go!

33 days until Christmas!

He’s behind you!!!!!!

Who doesn’t love a good pantomime. Here are a pick of the bunch across the UK.

Aladdin – Running from 9th December – 8th January 2012 (Royal and Derngate, Northampton)

Ali Baba and the forty Thieves – Running from 22nd November – 7th January 2012 (The Theatre, Oxfordshire)

Beasts and the Beauties – Running from 7th December – 31st December (Brewery Arts Centre, Highgate)

Beauty and the Beast – Running from 1st December – 3rd January 2012 (The Elgiva Theatre, Buckinghamshire)

Cinderella – Running from 29th November – 1st January 2012 (Wilde Theatre, Berkshire)

Cinderella – Running from 9th December – 8th January 2012 (The Broadway Theatre, Peterborough)

Cinderella – Running from 16th December – 21st January 2012 (Theatre Royal, Plymouth)

Dick Whittington and his Cat – Running from 1st December – 1st January (The Royal Court Theatre, Lancashire)

George’s Marvellous Medicine – Running from 14th – 24th December (The Place, Bedford)

Jack and the Beanstalk – Running from 15th December – 31st December 2011 (The Grange Theatre, Cheshire)

Mother Goose – Running from 13th – 17th December (Junction Theatre, East Yorkshire)

Peter Pan – Running from 8th December – 2nd January 2012 (The Anvil, Basingstoke)

Robinson Crusoe – Running from 12th December – 7th January 2012 (Hall for Cornwall, Truro)

Scrooge – Running from 12th December -7th January 2012 (The Lowry, Salford)

Sinbad and the Pirates of the Black Pearl – 16th December Only (The Madeley Centre, Crewe)

Snow White – Running from 13th December – 1st January 2012 (Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Running from 10th December – 1st January 2012  (Buxton Opera House, Derbyshire)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs -Running from 10th December – 31st December 2011 (White Rock Theatre, Hastings)

The Sleeping Beauty – Running from 11th November – 21st December (Royal Opera House, London)

The Tiger who came to Tea – Running from 30th November – 31st December 2011 (Warwick Arts Centre Studio, Coventry)

Wow they’re are so many! Hope you find one you like.




Christmas Countdown – 34 days to go!

34 Days to go until Christmas!

What’s your Christmas Day routine?

Ours is, me laying awake in bed willing Mister to wake up so that we can go downstairs to see what Santa has left. This is going to be slightly different this year as our Little Miss will be fifteen months old and is likely to be our morning wake-up call of around 5.30 – 6am.

Mister traipses in stocking in hand and we usually sit in bed whilst he delves in (it also gives Mr a chance to wake up). This only last about five minutes before the pestering followed by quilt pinching attempts to get us downstairs.

We then go downstairs, Mister upfront to find all the presents  under the tree. We’re then very cruel and head to the kitchen to make much needed coffee for the impending triatholon of present opening. Mister then chooses something to play with (although at 12 years old he no longer ‘plays’ with things unless of course it is some sort of computer game) and we clear up before getting dressed and tidied up.

This is then followed by my parents arriving. A spot more of present opening and a cooked breakfast is had by all.

We then have a bit of a relax and a play before we head off to the in-laws for our Christmas dinner. After a thorough stuffing we do a spot more present opening and usually a game of some sort and lots of chit-chat before we finally head home laden down.

Christmas day evening is normally outstretched on the sofa following the long but usually lovely day.

Luckily for us our day is fairly relaxed, although we do have to keep to times or the whole thing is at risk of being a stressful situation.

Christmas Countdown – 35 Days to Go!

Christmas Countdown – 35 Days to go until Christmas!

Here’s a selection of gorgeous Christmas Decorations in our Christmas Countdown that I found along the way!

Christmas CountdownI’m thinking wooden Christmas decorations for my tree this year, and I love this Large Nordic Carved Wooden Heart from Beautiful Things

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Hmm not sure whether this can be strictly classed as a decoration but….. this Christmas Pudding Tea Cosy from Hunkydory Home – Make’s me wish I had a teapot

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Holly Wreath Card Holder from Homes & Dreams

Christmas CountdownWhy not Girlify your tree this year with these Bombay Duck Cupcake Tree Decorations from Little Miss Boutique

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Playmobil Advent Calendar Dragon’s Land from Wise Owl Toys

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Gisela Graham Mini Santa and Snowmen Decorations from Butterflies and Dragons

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These gorgeous Small Bears can be either hung on the tree or used as a Christmas Gift Tag for a special present. Available from Out of Love

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Trumpet Angels Rotary Candle Holder from Lovely & Lovely

If you’re still stuck for ideas the check out this post by My Kid Needs That…….

Lisa x

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Christmas Countdown – 36 Days to go!

36 Days until Christmas!

We attended The Erme Primary School Christmas Fayre today and so due to this I wasn’t quick enough to get today’s countdown post ready in time to post.

I’m quite excited though as I have some great gift ideas for Daddy, Gorgeous Nursery furniture and a great range of baby and toddler skincare range to share with you.

We’ve been very busy putting together the Advent Calendar Competition which starts as an Advent Calendar on the 1st December with some great competitions and prizes right through to Christmas Eve.

Keep your eyes peeled!