Mummy & Me | November

I cant believe we are at the end of November already? Since Autumn started it feels like this year is going by in a flash now! We are so busy at the moment with all of Isla's activities, party's and pre-school Christmas plays - I swear this girl has a better social life than me! I didn't really have the time to take us out and get some nice photos, so a quick trip to the park for these and then a search on my mac found me another two that I had forgot about. Hoping next month I will be more organised!

Isla looks so impressed, I think she was thinking Mum stop embarrassing me at the park, everyone is looking at us, hurry up!

The Christmas Bus | Our Experience

We was invited to go to the Christmas Grotto bus today at Tollgate Shopping Centre in Colchester, we had such a great time at this free event and think it was the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit. I only took Isla with me as I knew she would enjoy it a lot more and is a better age for all the craft fun that they had on board. The bus will be open tomorrow 11am - 5pm and then it will be gone so if your local or in Essex and want some free fun to go to, then definitely head down there. It took us just under an hour to get there by bus and we had such a lovely time, Isla really enjoyed it and after over coming her shyness she really got into it. You can read more details about the event here.

When we arrived we had to wait around 45 minutes to get on the bus, Isla waited so patiently in line and was excited about the bus. We were finally called forward by an Elf who was very friendly and asked Isla what she wanted for Christmas. We got onto the bus and sat down at a table, they were big enough for a family of 4 and there was 4 tables all together and at the back 2 sets of seats for you to wait to be called up to see Santa.

When we sat down a Elf came over and gave us a clear bag and tag, she told Isla to pick her favourite reindeer and using the board to create the reindeer food. Isla picked Rudolph and so we looked to see what food he would like in his food. I thought this was a really nice way of doing it, but Isla couldn't resist and put some silver decorations in hers so hopefully Rudolph wont mind! 

3 Months To Go | Wedding Series

So today its only 3 months to go until the big day! I cant actually believe it, it only feels like yesterday I was saying it was 7 months away and I have blinked and we are now at 3 months! I am feeling like I am getting a little bit of wedding jitters, I cant tell you how nervous I feel about walking down that aisle and saying my vows. Today I thought I would share with you what we have done so far, I cant really show you to much as its all in a cupboard mixed with Isla's Birthday presents and Christmas presents too. We are also holding off to buy anything else for the wedding until after Christmas so I cant wait to share it all with you then.

So what have we done so far, well I have written many lists for a start, and yet I still feel like I am forgetting something, so if you do notice something please do let me know! These are just big things and stuff that we have hired, I will be going into more detail in the new year.

Venue - This is the first thing we booked, we are having our ceremony and reception in the same place so its been pretty straightforward planning wise.

Registrar - Again this is one of the first things we done, we made sure we got our date and time secured well in advance!

Dress - I got my dress in February and actually have it now at my house, it just needs to be altered in January, which I have booked.

Photographer - I hunted Google like a F.B.I agent looking at many photographers and not many I felt were my sort of style, the photos were lovely but just not for me. I finally found the perfect photographer and so we booked him, even though its worked out to be the second most expensive thing!

Tollgate Christmas Bus Grotto Is Coming To Town!

With Christmas just around the corner what perfect way to get into the spirit than visiting the Christmas Bus Grotto this weekend 26th & 27th November at Tollgate Shopping Centre in Colchester, it is a free pop up family event with the double decker bus being converted into a magical winter wonderland where your little ones can meet Santa himself upstairs and also get involved in some fun free Christmas crafts on the lower deck with the elves, how exciting!

Children will be able to make everything from tree decorations to magic reindeer food which I know Isla will absolutely love! Why not come down this weekend and do a bit of Christmas shopping and get the kids into the spirit by visiting the Christmas Grotto Bus, as this is a free event it is provided on a first come, first serve basis so you should arrive early to avoid disappointment. 

You can also download a free app 'Freezy's Christmas Adventure' so you can go on a virtual treasure hunt around the shopping centre to try and find the hidden presents to help snowman Freezy. What a perfect addition to make the day even more magical for the children.

The Grotto bus will be open between 11am - 5pm on both Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November. 
You can find Tollgate Shopping Centre by:

Sat Nav - Use postcode CO3 8RG.
Car - From B1408 London Road to the north. 
Train - Marks Tey and Colchester Town stations are a 10-15 minute taxi journey or
Bus - From Colchester Town get the 65,70 and 71.

*Collaborative post

Christmas Pyjamas & Nappies

This year I was on the hunt for some matching Christmas pyjamas for the kids, I come across some on Next but unfortunately they were out of stock in the sizes I needed in all 3 designs, I really wanted the navy with the stag heads but it just wasn't happening. When these ones come back in stock in the right sizes I jumped at them, at least it is done now and ticked off my ever so long list! So this year on Christmas Eve the kids will be going to bed in these....

... and to match perfectly Asda's Little Angels have released this years new Christmas design and they are the cutest looking nappies I have ever seen! I love the design of them and Archie loved modelling one for me already and even he was fascinated by it, I cant resist the stripy bum! They will go with Archie's outfit perfectly and we cant wait to start using them in December to get us in the spirit. Of course they still offer the 12 hours of dryness and size up guide so your little ones will get a perfect nights sleep ready for Christmas! They are now available to buy online and in store for £3.50 and come in sizes 4+, 5+ and 6+.

*We was sent a pack of nappies to try out, but all words and opinions are my own.

Siblings | November

My two in November have been unwell for what seems like forever so we wasn't able to get any 'proper' photos, but I do love these ones I got of them on my phone. I think it just shows their bond so well now, they love to hold hands while walking now that Archie has got over his I'm independent and don't need you stage, they also cuddle a lot more and want to be sat next to each other at the dinner table. When Isla is in the mood she can be so good with Archie and will happily hand over a toy when he wants it, she is a lot more caring towards him now and can help him depending on what he needs. Archie is always calling for Isla and cries when she walks into nursery which then makes me feel upset! I am so happy with how far they have come, I love their friendship so much and cant wait to watch it grow more over the next year.

The Me and Mine Project

intu Lakeside | Christmas Village

We was invited to visit Santa's grotto at intu Lakeside tonight, having been last year we was excited to come back again this year and visit Santa again. We was pleasantly surprised at how much better the Christmas village was this year, it was a lot bigger with more rides and the most exciting bit was the under cover ice skating! Although this is for age 4 and over so it wasn't something we was able to enjoy this time, but we definitely will with Isla next year. Tickets to see Santa cost £6 per child, and you can book a slot here.

Inside the grotto is a buggy area for you to leave your pushchair while you enjoy your visit, there is always a elf on guard to keep them safe. We was given two tokens to play the first game on the wall and found that around the grotto was lots of interacting games and things for the children to do as well as funny mirrors which made the wait time much more enjoyable both for us parents and the children too.

This gingerbread one was the children's favourite, you had to push the buttons and his eyes would go all funny and it would make a silly noise which the children loved. I think they found this the best bit of the whole grotto, they were giggling so much about it.