Christmas Eve 2016

Christmas Eve was quite a chilled one for us, we woke up to find our Elf Buddy had gone back to the North Pole and had left behind a Christmas Eve basket for us all to enjoy, the kids were so surprised and loved it. We got dressed and headed to the beach for a nice walk and in hopes to knacker the children out so they would sleep that night, it was quite windy on the beach but we all managed to walk quite a way and Archie wanted to run out onto the sand banks, crazy boy! We headed home and Archie had a little 20 minute sleep in the car which was perfect as as we knew he would still be tired for that night! 

Vileda Windomatic

Fed up of cleaning your windows, does it take ages and still leave smears? You need the Vileda Windomatic in your life. It has changed my cleaning routine completely, and helped reduce the time and use of kitchen roll/wet wipes too! When you look at it you just think ah that's to clean my windows with, but I have used this in loads of other places like the shower, mirrors, kitchen cupboards, for condensation, for the car and even to quickly clean up a spill of water on the table!

My first task was my shower doors, we don't ever wipe these down after using it so the water drops dry on the glass, I used a glass cleaner and gave them a good scrub and using the Vileda windomatic I cleaned the glass and there was no more water marks afterwards and they looked streak free. This saved me so much kitchen roll like I would normally do to wipe it off. Now every time we shower we use the Vileda to suck the water off to prevent those horrible water marks and a week later the doors still look clear!

To Isla | Your 4th Birthday

Today Isla you are 4 years old, thats four whole years that I have been a Mummy and you have been here brightening up mine and Daddy's lives. I cant actually believe how quick this past year has gone and how I'm going to feel so much older by saying that I now have a four year old! I still remember the day you was born like it was yesterday, the overwhelming feeling of taking home this tiny little newborn and feeling like a child myself at 19 I thought I wouldn't know what to do. But you was amazing and everything came so naturally, you taught me how to love, how to think for someone else before myself and how to be a Mother. 

You make me and Daddy so proud, you're learning so much everyday and the things you come out with amaze us! You make us all so happy and always put a smile on our faces, you know how to make us laugh and you can be so gentle and loving. But you do also have this wild fiery side, your such a determined little girl who knows what she wants, your so independent and strong, yes it is challenging and at times hard work, but I wouldn't change you for the world. You're the most amazing big Sister to Archie, he is your best friend and you look after him so well and now you both play together, hold hands while you walk and you teach him so much, I know Archie loves you to bits.

Getting To Know Me | 2016

I was tagged by the lovely Holly to do this, there are 25 questions and hopefully you will get to know me a little better after reading these!

1. What is your favourite thing on TV?
I don't actually watch 'normal' television, we only have Netflix in this house, so its got to be Pretty Little Liars (I can't wait for the final series to come out)

2. Name 3 thing that are physically close to you right now.
My iPhone, Fox's cookies and Perry!

3. What's the weather like right now?
Dark and foggy 

4. Do you drive? If so have you crashed?
No I don't drive, its a goal for 2017!

5. What are you currently looking forward to?
Isla's 4th Birthday on Monday! 

6. What did you eat for supper last night?
The original combo from the Harvester! 

7. What was the last movie you saw?
Finding Dory 

8. Who did you last call?

9. What's your biggest plan for the year ahead?
To have lots of holidays and breaks as a family. 

10. What was the last country you visited?
Rhodes in May 

Siblings | December

Wow I cant believe this is the last month of Siblings for 2016, this year has gone so quick and these two have grown and changed so much, their bond has blossomed and finally I feel that they are a tight unit. They play together so well now, Mummy and Daddy's is their all time favourite game, with them both caring for baby dolls, although Archie usually runs away with the babies. Archie learns so much from Isla, and I also feel Archie gives Isla a lot more confidence too, its like they bounce off of each other. I honestly cant wait to see how their bond grows next year, although I do feel a bit anxious with Isla starting school next September and how it will affect them both. But for now we are going to make the most of the time we have before then, next year we are going to do so much and I cant wait. 

^ This has to be my all time favourite photo of them both, as they hold hands and walk into the sunset together. They are the perfect little duo now, the best of friends and I beam with pride at moments like this. 

Stocking Fillers | 19 Month Old

Here are Archie's stocking fillers and he is 19 months old, I found him a little tricky to buy for but I think he still has got a good amount of things. I tried to spend the same amount on each of them, even though Archie has more in his stocking, but some of these things they will both play with like the cars and animals. 

I will list below where everything is from and how much they cost

1. Paw Patrol socks - £2 from Primark 
2. Chase soft toy - £7 from Tesco
3. 6 Hot Wheels cars - £1 each from Poundland
4. 4 animal figures - £1 each from Wilkinson's
5. Spiderman toothbrush - £2.50 from B&M Bargains
6. Thomas magic flannel - £1.50 from Wilkinson's
7. Wooden bus - £1 from Poundland
8. Chocolate lolly - £1 from Asda 

Total Spend: £25

Click here to see what is in Isla's stocking (4 years old)

Stocking Fillers | 4 Year Old

I thought I would share with you whats in Isla's stocking this year, she will be turning 4 on the 19th December and these are things I think she will love. I found it so easy this year to get bits for her as she is starting to love smaller things and she's at a suitable age for them. I did get her a set of 2 Disney Frozen nail varnish but we have opened them already on our girly night, but just bits like that I find she loves now. I tried to get a range of toys and practical items as well for her, and I think we are going to put them in the stocking unwrapped this year. 

So here is everything that is going into her stocking, I will list below where they are from and how much they cost, incase you see any ideas for your little ones!

1. Paw Patrol socks - £2 from Primark 
2. Disney Princess Lego - £4.49 from Tesco
3. Cinderella figure - £3.50 from Tesco
4. Giraffe figure - £1 from Wilkinson's
5. 2 horse figures - £1 each from Wilkinson's 
6. Shopkins chef club - £2.50 from Tesco
7. Wooden school bus - £1 from poundland
8. Frozen bath tints - £2.50 from Wilkinson's
9. Belle magic flannel - £1.50 from Wilkinson's
10. Frozen toothbrush - £2.50 from Wilkinson's
11. Chocolate lolly - £1 from Asda

Total Spend: £23.99

Click here to see what is in Archie's stocking (19 months old)

I hope you find this helpful :)

Our Family Christmas Eve Basket 2016

This is the first year that I am doing a Christmas Eve basket, last year we got back from Disney right before Christmas and Perry has always had to work on Christmas Eve, but this year at his new job he has the day off and also Isla is at such a great age to understand it all now, and I want it to be something that our elf leaves as a goodbye present, as we are also doing Elf on the shelf this year. 

So here is what is inside our basket, Im just using a wicker picnic basket that we had and Ive also put everything inside and buckled it up so its all ready to be set up again on Christmas Eve. I tried to not spend too much on it, as we are on a budget due to our wedding, but I think I did well and next year I can put more bits in instead! I tried to get us things that would give us something to do on the day and keep us all busy. 

I have got the kids some matching pyjamas from Next, so I put these in so that after bath time they can get all cosy in their new pyjamas. I cant wait to see them both in them, Islas pyjamas cost £11 and Archie's cost £10 but I got them a size up so they will last them all next year too. 

Scootaheadz | Pretty Pearl

Are you wanting to personalise your child's scooter, or make them more fun and exciting? Something to make it stand out from the rest so your child doesn't mistakenly pick up the wrong scooter? Than look no further than Scootaheadz, they are a fun add on to your child's scooter, trikes and even some bicycles. Made from PVC so it will last a long time, easy to attach to most T-bar scooters, waterproof and is easily wipe cleaned, makes it perfect for your little ones scooters. 

We was sent Pretty Pearl the unicorn, and Isla is in love with her! She absolutely loves horses and unicorns so she was over the moon with her add on to her scooter. She has been loving her scooter recently as she is able to ride it to pre-school, but as another girl has the same scooter we have to keep them apart so we know who's is which, but now Isla has this we will easily be able to tell them apart which is awesome! 

There are also 6 other scootaheadz, Cheeky Charly who is a brown horse, Surfing Sammy the shark, Lovely Lola the purple horse, Timmy T-Rex the blue dinosaur, Pippa Pony the pink horse and Danny Dino the green dinosaur. With so many to choose from you will be able to find one to match your child's scooter or just one that they will love! I'm already eyeing up Timmy T-rex for Archie's scooter as I just think it makes the scooter so much more fun and personal for the child.

Our Bedtime Routine With 2 Toddlers

So today I thought I would share with you our bedtime routine with our two little ones aged 3 and 1, at the moment this seems to work for us and its been like this for the past 3 years. However I think when Isla starts Reception next September we may have to move things forward a bit so she can go to bed a bit earlier... let me know, if your little one is in school aged 5-6 what time do they go to bed? Anyway enough rambling from me, I will start...

5:30pm - I usually start dinner around this time, depending on what we are having I may start earlier. But my aim is to have dinner on the table for 6pm.

6:00pm - Dinner is served and we all sit down to tuck in.

6:20pm - We have usually finished by now and the kids will have a dessert if we have any, either a yoghurt or ice cream as a treat. Although now winter is here we do love a apple crumble now and again.