Advent Calendars perfect for little people.

Posted On November 20, 2014| Leave a reply

Christmas is fast approaching and with just twelve days until the start of December I thought I had better start thinking about Advent Calendars for the girls.

In previous years I have brought the Playmobil Advent Calendar which is excellent and would highly recommend.  Amelie absolutely loved it.  It is beautifully presented and if you are like us and Playmobil fans you can’t go wrong.

This year however I am thinking of making my own.  Looking for inspiration I checked out pinterest.  Here are a few of my favourites I came across.

I fell in love with this beautiful Reindeer by The Sugar House Shop.  What a fab idea.  For someone who is crafty I would love to make this.  However time is fast running out and I just know that I would never finish it and it would be added to my ever growing pile of unfinished projects.


I am a huge fan of Purl Bee and have had my eye on this for ages.  I love the way  you pin the decorations onto the tree.


I love this simple but effective advent calendar by Willow Day.  You could make an amazing Christmas scene with these.  If you hop over to her website there is a template you can print off.


I think the little cardboard houses I found on babble would make for a beautiful advent calendar imagine it with little fairy lights intertwined with it.  However how long it would survive in our house with the girls pulling at it would be anyone’s guess.

If I was making it for myself or someone older I would almost certainly go with the amazing walnut advent calendar by Sweet Paul – Oh how I love that magazine.  I think it looks so sophisticated and just dam right gorgeous.


Finally I love this one by LA MASION DE LouLou.  Again I like the simplicity and the cute little polar bears.

Which one do you like best?  With all this inspiration I had best get a wiggle on with ours.  You can check out all of the cool advent calanders I came across on my pinterest board.



Aveeno – The Dry-ventures of Ellie and Eddie, Bye Bye Dry Skin. #AveenoUK #byebyedryskin.

Posted On November 12, 2014| Leave a reply

If you are a parent who’s child or children suffers from eczema I am sure you will understand how difficult it can be to manage it.  Not only is it upsetting to watch your child suffering it can also be very time consuming.  1 in 10 mums asked said that they spend 2-3 hours a week dealing with their childs eczema.  That is a huge amount of time.

Both of our girls have and still do to a degree suffer with eczema.  We are fortunate that despite suffering the effects of eczema it has always been fairly mild.  Amelie’s suffers from time to time with bouts of eczema all over her body in little patches.  She unfortunately scratches it and ends up with red sores especially on her knees, tummy and back.  I struggle with her as she won’t allow me to use any creams and ultimately it either becomes a fight or I forget to do it.  Harriet suffered almost straight away behind her ears and on her tummy.  Hers is triggered by certain food intolerance’s.  She is much more compliant however again I am ashamed to say that I have fallen into the trap of having no skin care routine in place and as such it is as when I remember.  Not only that but I struggled with the previous creams we were given as I found them particularly greasy.  I didn’t until now realise just how many children do suffer from eczema.  I was surprised to read that 1 in 5 children and 1 in 10 adults suffer.


AVEENO has recognised the struggle many parents go through everyday to manage their childrens eczema and have put together a children’s book series, The Dry-ventures of Ellie and Eddie.  The book has been created to provide parents with a useful tool to support them in the effective management of their child’s dry, eczema-prone skin.    Bye Bye Dry Skin is the first book in the series which centers on the triggers of dry skin and also on bath time.


AVEENO recognises that keeping skin moisturised daily is the corner stone to managing dry, eczema-prone skin.  The AVEENO products containing Colloidal Oatmeal are clinically proven to help restore the top layer of skin leaving the skin soft and comfortable.  I absolutely love the AVEENO Cream.  I too suffer from very dry hands especially in the colder months and I always have a tube close to hand.

Because I struggle to remember to apply lotions to the girls I have fallen in love with the AVEENO Bath & Shower Oil.  The girls love it in their bath and I love to use it in the shower.  The girls come out of the bath lovely and soft and has definitely made some improvement in the dryness of their skin.

You can find further details on the The Dry-Ventures of Ellie and Eddie at

Sisterly Love.

Posted On November 11, 2014| Leave a reply

It has been a busy few weeks here but doing what I am not too sure.  I always thought that once Amelie went to school I would have all this spare time on my hands and my house would be beautifully tidy and organised.  Alas this is not how the real world works.

We have been busy working hard with Amelie to bring her reading up to speed, and poor Harriet continues to be a source of worry although finally I feel we are starting to get somewhere.  We have at last got a referral to a speech therapist and a follow up physiotherapist appointment for further investigation into her mobility.  An NHS health care professional has started to take me seriously and investigate the possibility that perhaps all her little health ailments are linked.

My cute cute little Harriet makes me smile every day and I can not believe just how much she looks like her big sister.  face-paintsShe is so caring and loving and gives me such lovely cuddles.  Although I wish she would sleep through the night just once.  Ninety percent of the time Amelie and Harriet are so cute to watch together.

Whatever Amelie does Harriet needs to do too.  Amelie sometimes get frustrated with Harriet as she will literally follow her from the moment she gets in from school and they will fight over the chair or the bit of wall they are standing against but they are also very sweet together.  If Amelie gets the colouring pencils out she will get the crayons and a colouring book for Harriet too.

It is tough for Harriet because she can not speak at all.  Not one word and consequently gets frustrated and starts lashing out hitting, kicking throwing.  There is no problem with her ability to understand what you are asking her to do but its tough all the same.  Its hard on Amelie too because she doesn’t understand why Harriet keeps hitting her.  However most of the time its not too bad and I am able to understand most of what Harriet is pointing at  or screaming about which allows me to diffuse the situation.

Lately we have fallen into watching Cbeebies bed time hour and Harriet goes absolutely bonkers when in the night garden comes on.  Every night she makes us all laugh with her squealing.