Family Life

Getting social in February

Well February is turning out to a busy month for me, our life always seems to be busy during the winter. As much as I love it, it then doesn’t hold out much hope for the rest of the year.

getting social

January has become a month where we go out for dinner with in brother-in-laws their gorgeous girl friends and their Aunty and Uncle who we are all really close too. It has been happening for the last 6 years and is something we all look forward too. The brother’s birthdays are all in January and early February so that is how it started.

Getting social in February

But February, wow, we have got meals and lunches booked all over the place. It’s my Hubby’s birthday along with his younger brother at the start of the month, so this weekend we are off out for dinner as a group of 4, (the older brother is away in London, but he was invited). We have a baby sitter.. woohoo!

Next week we have an evening meal out with my Dad, who now lives 3 hours away in Surrey, so he is coming up for a couple of nights. He has offered to take us all out for dinner, so we are heading to the village pub for dinner.

The following weekend, we have valentines day, so that will be a meal at home, normally the trusty M&S meal deal. Then shock horror we are having a take away with my mother in law and the brothers, partners and the children. It’s a once a year deal, we don’t really have meals with my mother in law, although we do see them a lot it’s more a cuppa and putting the political world to rights….. often resulting in needing a gin after.

Then it’s my birthday… woohoo! I think we might head to York for the day. It’s one of my favourite places to visit for the day. Although we haven’t been since we moved house, so it’s now just over 2 hours for us to get there. But with a full day out, will mean another meal out.

The weekend after we have been invited to my father-in-laws house for Sunday lunch, again with my brother-in-laws. My Hubby also has 3 step brothers and a step sister, plus their partners and children. At the moment there is 20 of us with the four children and 9 dogs! It’s busy at the father-in-laws when we are all together. But Sunday lunch is just us, the 2 brothers, girlfriends and the children, which will be nice. We have full family get togethers when we are get outside for the extra space!

My last night out is with a group of friends, celebrating my besties new job! She has landed her dream job working in London and I couldn’t be prouder! So I am staying over at hers so we can all enjoy a meal out and drinks after.

My month is super busy and I cannot remember having so many plans just one month since having children. But it is really nice to have things to look forward to.

Now what am I going to wear?

For the love of sweets with Swizzels!

I love sweets, do you? What’s not to love, sweet, sour, sticky, chewy, suckable and oh so tasty! It’s not just me who loves sweets in our house it’s all of us. Well more me and the kids as the Hubby doesn’t get a look in, you have to have fast fingers when it comes to sweets round here..

Valentines day is coming up and Swizzels have sent me some of their most loved sweets including, wait for it…… a personalised tube of love hearts!!! My valentines is made!

We don’t really do much for valentines, it’s normally a card and a meal cooked by me! haha! Although he always says no gifts he does normally give me roses. Although it could be wishful thinking this year. As we now live miles from a supermarket so he cannot just pop in on the way home from work.

love heart sweets with personalised tube

Just look at my very own personalised love heart tube, it’s so cute and I think i’m going to keep my pens and pencils in it after.

The personalised love heart tube is packed full with 25 mini rolls. It costs just £9.99, which makes the perfect little gift for valentines day, especially if you are just buying a token gift. I really think this is great value for money, if you have a sweet lover in your house, you are on to a winner.

swizzels personalised love hearts

The love of sweets with Swizzels

swizzels gift hamper

Anyway, clearly the Swizzels team love me by sending over a box packed full of sweets and I love them too! I love that you can now buy personalised love hearts, these would make the perfect addition to a wedding, in your sweet table or as table favours.

swizzels sweets

Did you know that Swizzels has been making sweets for over 90 years and they are a British family owned brand. Swizzels pride themselves on how each product is made so you know you will be getting a high quality item.

swizzels sweet hamper

For 2020 Swizzels have released limited edition pink valentines Love Heart rolls. These are super cute in bright pink, what’s not to love! They come in a hand tied bag complete with pink ribbon, just £9.99 for 30 rolls.

limited edition pink love heart sweets

Swizzles have a large selection of gifts you can order online, from various different sized hampers to packs of sweets. I even have a little 15% off discount code you can use until the 14th of February, just add in V15 at at the check out for your discount.

I think I’m going to order my sister one of the larger personalised hampers for her birthday, if you think I’m partial to a sweet you haven’t met my sister!

 

*Thank you Swizzels for gifting my these fabulous sweets.*

Christmas gifts for children 2019

Christmas is coming and the children’s toys are filling up the advertising on the TV, the toy catalogues in our house have got circles around lots of items that the children would like. I do love that the children are able to look through the books and choice items they like. What I don’t like so much is that the little one wants just about everything, which of course is just not possible.

Christmas gifts for Children

I thought I would put together some Christmas gifts for children 2019.

Christmas gifts for children 2019 – toys

Scoot this interactive little dog, is up there as a top pick for Christmas this year. Super cute and something that I think will get hours of play. Scoot will follow you around, just like a real pup. Scoot will wonder around, but when you clap your hands or call his name his will come straight back to you. Perfect little gift for your children this year.

scoot animagic

Colouramazing will keep the children busy all day! A box packed full of Jungle Animals to colour and bring to life. The box contains pens and 4 different activities, my daughter is craft mad so this will be perfect for any craft loving children.

 

Something to wear

I have the travel bug and really want get in as many holidays as possible over the next couple of years. Just about every holiday will involve flip flops, other than our lapland trip. So Havaianas are the top of my list for a practical gifts for this Christmas. Havaians have a wonderful range of children’s flip flops. I love Havaians they worth that extra bit of money for the comfort and the quality.

My daughter goes through so many pairs of leggings, it’s crazy. They get holes in, or covered in paint or wear out from over wearing. So these Love Leggings are wonderful and will get so much wear. The quality of these leggings is fabulous, plus they do not go see-through when climbing trees and doing gymnastics. We have found that the leggings are true to size and very comfy. We just about always have navy leggings as I think they go with everything.

love leggings

Stocking fillers

Santa always brings the Children a stocking full of little bits and there is always a chocolatey treat included in there. However this year I have been told that Santa is wanting to make children’s stockings a bit healthier by adding in yummy alternatives like the fruit bowl snacks! Santa is very clever.

healthy stocking fillers

I find stocking fillers for boys slightly difficult, but these cool Hangrees are brilliant fun. You make up slime and then fill up your favourite character and wait for them to poop!

Little gifts for babies

When my children were little they we used Doidycups and loved them. They are designed to used from around 3 months old, we still have them now. The Doidycups are designed to teach your children a more natural way to drink and also helps to stop them from overfeeding.

Doidy also make bowls, they are super flexible with a slant to help stop those spillages. The bowl is clearly designed with a suction pad to make sure it doesn’t move or get thrown on the floor when they have finished eating. Such a good idea.

I think Doidy items would make the perfect addition for babies stockings or for under the tree.

Teething is a big thing for babies and effects them all so differently. Bickiepegs are a natural teething biscuits that can be used from 6 months to help aid the pain of teething. Bickiepegs Finger Toothbrush & Gum Massager is another teething aid that you place on your finger for your baby to chew on. These make great little stocking fillers.

I always pop toiletries under the tree or in stockings, I like to buy gifts that are not just toys but something that will get used. All babies love Johnson’s baby products, I have used them on my children for years, and this box will be the perfect little gift for Christmas.

I hope have found something that your little ones would love this year. There are so many wonderful products on the market at the moment.

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

 

*I was send these products for inclusion within my gift guide.*