Archive | December 2015

On The Fifth Day Of Christmas: Christmas Crafts

 

 

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There are 1000’s of websites that will give you inspiration on Christmas crafts and I found two Crafts that I thought my Girls would love.

On Sunday I went shopping and got a few bits so we could create some Christmas Decorations. I went to BnM Bargains. They had quite a selection to choose from so we grabbed the essentials and made our way home.

I also invited my two nephews round so they could get involved. The first Craft we did was Salt Dough Snowmen.

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To Create these you will need:

  • Plain Flour: 2 Cups
  • Salt: 1 Cup
  • water: 1 Cup
  • Paint
  • Goggley eyes
  • Bottle tops for the hats
  • Pipe Cleaners for the scarf’s
  • Paint
  • Anything else you would like to use to decorate.

Salt Dough is very easy to make and can be used to make a variety of things.

Mix the flour, salt and water together to create a dough. Nead until soft and give it to the children to make whatever there hearts desire.

We made snowmen which made some nice decorations to put round the house. Once the children have finished making there creations, Bake in the oven on gas mark 4 for around half an hour until hard. They are now ready to paint and decorate.

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The next Creation we made were Christmas Tree’s, we made these by cutting out a circle and making it into a wide cone shape. we used Green Glitter card to make them sparkle. I then put out lots of pom poms, all different sizes and colours and the kids decorated them as they wanted to.

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My children really enjoyed Creating these Christmas decorations, it also kept them quiet for at least 2 hours so I was able to get some cleaning done.

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On The Fourth Day Of Christmas: Family Traditions

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Thanks for hopping over from The Lawless Gang. When I was a child we did a few things every year that stayed the same until I had children of my own. Every Christmas eve we would go to the local social club, we would meet other members of my family and of course friends.

Christmas day was always the same, we would spend christmas morning at home,  then we would meet my older brother and sister for drinks at the local pub. Christmas dinner was always at my Nan’s house and after we spent a couple of hours there we would go round to my mothers best friends and play games there.

Since I’ve had children some of it has stayed the same. we don’t go to the club on Christmas eve anymore instead we take the girls somehwhere fun in the hope we will tire them out so they will go to bed early. Last year we went to Twinlakes and it was amazing, we were hoping to go this year but due to work commitments we can’t.

Christmas day has changed a bit to, we go to my Nan’s one year then to my mother in law’s the next, but this year its changed completely and I will be the host. This year will be the first year I have spent Christmas day at home.

Another Tradition that we only started Last year was Meeting up with friends. we meet up with friends the week before Christmas and have a meal. This also gives us the opportunity to exchange gifts.

Having Children has changed the way we Celebrate Christmas but Its definatly for the better. Each year is different which I find to better and more exciting.

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On The Third Day Of Christmas: How Things Have Changed

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I have always loved Christmas, and I still feel and act like a big kid on Christmas Morning. I’ve always enjoyed buying gifts for people and watching there faces light up when they open them, But when I had my children Christmas just got better and better. I really enjoy Taking part in all the Christmas Activities that are on offer, as well as making lists with them to send to Father Christmas. The magic That was lost as i got older has now returned and seeing how excited they get on Christmas day is just priceless.

Christmas for me has never been about getting drunk and partying the whole time so having children hasn’t stopped me from doing those things, its made Christmas a lot more special.

Obviously the main thing that has changed for me is my bank balance,  now I have my children I spend a lot more money, which is all worth it when I see there little faces light up on Christmas morning.

I have also Noticed there are less decorations in my house, Especially this year as we had a kitten join the family. we have a smaller tree which is positioned on a cupboard, instead of a big tree on the floor. We have had to do this as the cat likes to Knock things over, at present she hasn’t touched the tree , but I’m not holding my breath and i fully expect her to knock it over before Christmas comes to an end.

We also have acquired many singing and dancing Christmas Characters which my children love to set off, so we are never to far away from a Christmas song.

I am so excited this Christmas more then I have been through the years as both my Children are at the age where they understand which in turn has made them more excited about the big day.

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On The Second Day Of Christmas: My List To Santa.

 

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Every Year My family and Friends always as me the same Question “What would you Like for Christmas” and I always have the same answer “I Have no idea”

Obviously their are things that i would love in life but these are usually unrealistic. so here is my list of unrealistic things that I would love but the likely hood of me ever getting them or ever happening is very small:

  • A good nights sleep: Since having my youngest Daughter who is now 3, me and my fiancé haven’t had a decent nights sleep as she will not sleep all night in her own bed. most parents will understand this as when a child is your bed they toss and turn all night, as well as take up most of the bed. I would love just one night of undisturbed sleep that is followed by a lie in. (wishful thinking I know).
  • A nice family outing without one tantrum: We try as much as possible to have family days out a couple of times a year, but they always seem to end with me or my fiancé in a bad mood because one of my children has played up for one reason or another.
  • A clean car free of crumbs: My car always seems to get in a mess, my children like to leave there crisp packets, drink cartons in there ( I am also guilty of this)
  • A Washing Fairy: I would love a fairy or magic wand to get my washing done in quick time, I always seem to be washing and putting clothes away on a daily basis.
  • My hair to be left alone just for one day: My Youngest daughter is forever playing with my hair for comfort. She has done this since she was 9 months old. It can be quite painful Sometimes as she like to twist it until it knots up.
  • And last but not least I would love what most mothers would love, to have my figure back without giving up my favourite sweet treats.

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This entry was posted on December 14, 2015. 1 Comment

On the First Day of Christmas: Christmas Activities to keep the Kids Occupied

 

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Christmas time is a magical time for children and theirs always lots of activities on offer to keep them busy. This includes days out and crafts to make at home.

This year I have already took my girls to see father Christmas twice, the first time I took them to the Merry hill Lights switch on. Their was lots of activities for the children to take part in. There Christmas grotto was also on, I took them last year and I was very impressed so I decided i would take them again.

This grotto is quite different to ones i have been to before, the first room we were taken to was the elf school. Here two of the elves did some singing and dancing with the children and even taught them some elfish which is the language spoken by the elves. After they have finished in the elf school they were given a graduation certificate and a hat. we where then led to santa’s log cabin where he spoke with my girls and asked them what they wanted for christmas, they then chose a gift from the toyshop. All this cost just £6.00 and was well worth the money.

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Most shopping centres have grottos, some better then others but are there so the children have something to do on the dreaded shopping days.

Birmingham also offer various activites for children and adults including the Frankfurt Christmas markets.

There are also lots of crafting workshops taking place in Birmingham and all the events and times can be found here  .

As well as trips out their are lots of ideas on the internet, these include crafts that can be made in the comfort of your own home that will also keep the kids occupied as well as make great gifts for your loved ones at christmas.

Here a few links to some sites I have found that are quite useful

These Sites are great to use especially when the kids brake up from school for the Christmas Holidays. If your children are like mine and get bored very easily then these can be a life saver.

I also try to some Baking at Christmas and its great to get those little hands involved. Biscuits and cakes also make great gifts for loved ones or even teachers.

The BBC Good food Website have a great Variety of festive bakes, So if you have some young chefs at home then have a look.

If you want to really push the boat out at Christmas Theme Parks such as Drayton Manor and Twin lakes have some superb Christmas themed days.

Last Christmas Eve we visited the Twin Lakes Winter Wonderland. Twin Lakes is an outdoor Adventure Park with lots of play grounds, and Attractions. Their Winter Wonderland is the best I have experienced. Its fairly priced and lots of activities are included in the price.

When we went the Winter Wonderland was Quite big and was complete with fake snow, animated polar bears and penguins and even a train that took you around the wonderland to Santa’s log cabin. After the children saw Santa they were given a voucher to choose a good quality gift from the toy shop.

The nicest part about going Christmas eve was My girls got the chance to wave Santa off before he began his journey to deliver presents. the night ended with a firework display over the car park.

So as you can see there are lots of Activities you can do at home or out and about that will help parents survive the Christmas period.

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