Prestige Christmas Hamper

prestige christmas hamper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas! I finally get to start to talk about Christmas. A time of year I love. A time full of joy and magic. Children’s faces full of excitement and wonder.  Decorations line the streets and houses. Excitement builds and builds.

There is one thing I don’t like about Christmas and that is the difficulty I find each year gift giving to a few people. The kind of people you maybe don’t know too well to buy a personal gift, an elderly relative or a neighbour you know is spending Christmas alone this year.

I feel food is the way to go for these types of gifts. Not just any food but luxury food, food you know wouldn’t buy themselves. I personally would love to receive a Christmas hamper as a gift. So I got extremely excited when I received a Christmas hamper from Prestige.

prestige christmas hamperThe hamper arrived in a  well-packaged cardboard box and my excitement grew. When I opened the box I was greeted with a lovely presented wicker hamper. I just loved the gift tag attached to it. It made it feel very special and luxurious.

Inside all the items were well packaged with plenty of stuffing so no accidents and breakages could occur.

Upon opening the box it did not take very long for packages to get opened. BG2 and I immediately sat down with the packet of Belgium curls.

prestige christmas hampers it wasn’t the first time I have tried these curls, in fact they are some of my favourite. I was a little reluctant to share with BG2 if i’m honest.

 

prestige christmas hampers

 

 

 

We also had my sister-in-law over Friday evening. Of course i have a real hard time sharing food so i did eat the white chocolate before they got there. I did let the hubby have a taste. We both agreed that the chocolate was very nice, it wasn’t overly sweet like white chocolate can be known for.

prestige christmas hampersThe wine was lovely and went down extremely fast that evening. I am not a big wine drinker however i soon found my glass empty.

 

prestige christmas hampers

 

Yum! The crisps were also a favourite that night, although my sister-in-law and I finished the lot and the men were left with an empty container.

 

prestige christmas hampers

 

 

prestige christmas hampers

 

prestige christmas hampers

 

 

prestige christmas hampers

 

prestige christmas hampers

 

I was very impressed with the quality of products in the hamper. Everything we have tried so far has been lovely.

 

This would make a lovely gift for a neighbour who is alone this Christmas.

Included in our Prestige hamper:

Founders Stone Merlot 187ml
Founders Stone White Zinfandel 187ml
Founders Stone Pinot Grigio 187ml
Natural Sea Salt Yorkshire Crisps 100g
Pumpkin Seed and Cranberry Biscuits for Cheese 125g
Matthew Walker Luxury Gold Christmas Pudding 100g
English Afternoon Tea 20 Teabags
Honey Blond Chocolate Bar 50g
Belgian Marc de Champagne Fancy Truffles 200g
Belgian Chocolate Caramel Thins 80g
Mackays Scottish Strawberry Preserve 113g
Mackays Dundee Orange Marmalade 113g
Tall Handmade Wicker Basket

The hamper we received was £49.99 and can be found here.

You can find more hampers from Prestige hampers here.

Why I Love Christmas

why i love christmas

Eeeeekkk!!! It’s almost here guys! Just over a week before the big day I wait all year for. It’s Christmas everybody and it is my favourite time of year. The 25th of December people either love it or hate it. My husband hates the holiday, he turns into a grumpy old man and can’t wait for it to be over. Me on the other hand has more than enough festive spirit for the both of us. I start buying Christmas prestents in May and buy the time December arrives all I have to do is wrap them. So here are my reasons I love Christmas.

  1.  Magic. Christmas gives you a sense of magic. I feel like a child again. Santa is arriving and comes down your chimney, elves come to life, reindeer flying. Christmas is full of magic.
  2. Christmas food. The most of December is full of feasting with the likes of work parties, Christmas markets, Christmas festivals, Girlie Christmas parties, Christmas day dinner. Oh! Christmas day dinner, the meal of all meals. The turkey that could feed three families even though its just four of you, so you end up eating turkey for the next three days afterwards. All the trimmings, Christmas cake, Christmas pudding. I am sure I will be putting a stone on this Christmas and start endless amount of diets next year.
  3.  Family & Friends. Christmas is the time of year when you get the chance to spend more time with your family and friends. People you don’t usually see throughout the year, enjoying free time that you don’t usually have in the year.
  4. Christmas lights. I love walking through the streets when its dark out and everybody has their lights on their houses. Sparkling and twinkling lights brightens the streets.
  5. Children’s faces. The kids! Christmas is all about the kids. Their faces speak a thousand words on Christmas morning when they see that Santa has arrived Christmas morning, the glass of milk is empty and there are crumbs on the plate where a mince pie once sat. The sparkle and excitement in their eyes is what Christmas is all about for me. My kids.
  6. Christmas songs. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the songs in the background. The likes of Shaking Stevens, Wizzard, Jim Reeves and Mariah Carey Are on constant play in our house throughout the week before Christmas.
  7. Christmas movies. Christmas movie nights are the best. Curled up on the sofa in your jammies with a tin of chocolates that we always buy every year even though they are over priced. Christmas movies such as Santa Clause, The Grinch and Muppets Christmas carol.
  8.  Christmas Decorations. This year I haven’t put as many decorations up, usually our house looks like Santa’s grotto, however the tree is always decorated and cluttered just the way we like it. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without decorations.

What do you love about Christmas? How will you be celebrating Christmas this year?

Tesco baby club Christmas story book club review

tesco baby club

We love books, by now if you read my blog regularly you will know this from an earlier post here. A book for Christmas makes a perfect gift. We were asked by Tesco Baby Club to review a couple of Christmas Story books. We love books and we love Christmas, what a great fit.

Tesco Baby Club Peppa's Christmas

Peppa Pig – Peppa’s Christmas

I sat in my chair with B2 nestled in my arms. I pulled out Peppa’s Christmas. She recognised Peppa instantly and showed her eagerness with an ‘ooooooooooo’ and repeating the word ‘Peppa’ I began to read the story to her. She loved to look at the colourful pictures and would reach out and try to grab the characters.

BG2 was excited during the story. She would look up at me, watching me with interest as I read the story to her. Once we had finished a page she eagerly moved onto the next until the book was finished.

Tesco Baby Club Peppa's Christmas

Once we had finished the book BG2 took the book from my hands and sat with it on her lap looking at the pictures and turning the pages.

This book was short and simple, it was short enough to keep a very young child like BG2 engaged in the story. Yet it was also simple enough that a slightly older child learning to read is able to try and read it themselves.

The book was a durable cardboard book so isn’t easily ripped by over excited hands. However BG2 has attempted to eat this book a few times while reading it.

We have read this book a few times now and it has quickly become a favourite of BG2’s . I love the bright pictures and Peppa is a well known loved character which children can instantly engage with.

Tesco Baby Club Peppa's Christmas

Tesco Baby Club Norman the slug that saved christmas

Norman The slug who saved Christmas

My Kids love the collection of books by Sue Hendra, so when Norman the slug that saved Christmas arrived in the post they where eager to read it. This one didn’t disappoint. It was full of entertaining and bright pictures that engaged the children in the story. However there was a few pages that where dark blue with black writing on top which although was still able to read did make it a little more difficult to notice.

They both loved the book. BG1 loved the sleigh Norman the slug made from holly and when he used his slug slime to re seal the presents. LM Loved seeing the snails fly like Santa’s reindeer. But they both agreed that the best part was when Norman pretended to be a bauble and he looked like a snail.

Tesco Baby Club Norman the slug that saved christmas

This story was lovely to read with LM, and BG1 was able to read it herself. They where entertained the whole way through and it was short enough to keep them interested from start to finish.

I love the meaning behind the book about doing the right thing, not taking what is yours and being honest. Promoting good behaviour and kindness. This book was a lovely addition to our Christmas book collection. We would definitely recommend this book to mummy friends with children of the same age.

Tesco Baby Club Norman the slug that saved christmas

*We were sent these books by Tesco Baby Club for the purpose of this review. All opinions and words are my own. This post contains affiliate links which means if you make a purchase through these links I will be compensated with a few pennies at no extra cost to yourself.

Give a book for Christmas

Give a book for Christmas

 

Christmas is a time for family. A time for giving your time, and a time to enjoy with the people you love around you. What better way to spend time with your child than curled up on a cosy chair reading a family favourite book.

I love reading with my children and there are so many reasons why you should read with your child. Books make a wonderful gift to give to everybody at Christmas. From a small baby to a young child, a Teenager, a Mother, or Grandparents. There are so many books to be chosen from.

Whether you love great big adventures, want to fly across the sky, walk on the moon, or want to transport to a whole new world. There is a book out there for everybody.

We are taking part in the BritMums and Penguin Random house children’s Books Christmas Present Challenge!

Penguin random house sent us 3 books to wrap up and give as gifts for Christmas. So what did we receive?

The Racehorse who couldn’t gallop.

What girl hasn’t dreamt of owning her very own pony. I am sure my daughter has, I know I did when I was her age. She loves reading. She spends every evening reading in bed and aspires to be a writer herself just like her favourite author Roald Dahl.

This book will keep her very entertained especially knowing it contains a farting pony named Percy. What is it with kds and farting?

the race horse that couldn't gallop

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

We also received The Diary of a Wimpy kid – Double down. This book has been onBG1’s Christmas list for quite some time, it is something that has caught her attention and she is eager to read it. But I am sure this book won’t just be enjoyed by her but also my son – and the hubby will enjoy reading it to them too.

diary of a wimpy kid

Girl online going solo

Lastly we were sent Girl online going solo. This book is for the slightly older girl and my younger cousin is sure to love it. I took a sneaky peek and I am tempted to give it a read myself before it gets wrapped up in bows.

gift a book for christmas

Books in our house are treasured. I was brought up to love and take care of my books. My mum, as I grew out of the books packed them away in a large suitcase ready for when I had my own children.

Well that day came and when they were old enough we brought the suitcase down from the loft. Opening the suitcase revealed a reasure trove of books. Books ranging from Roald Dahl’s Matilda to Quentin Blakes all join in, C.S.Lewis Chronicles of Narnia to A.A.Milne Winnie the Pooh.

Now these books have been passed onto my own children. Many of them I received as gifts for Christmas. My mum would write the year we received it in the corner of the inside cover.

My daugter is now a huge fan of Roald Dahls Matilda and James and the giant peach thanks to my old book collection.

What was my favourite book when I was a child?

There are so many it makes it hard to choose, but the one that sticks out the most is Dorothy Edwards My naughty little sister. Mainly because when I read this book as a child I could relate to the character telling the story because I had a naughty little sister myself.

What books are on your Christmas list this year? What was your favourite book growing up?

First day of December 2016

first day of december 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello first day of December. I still can’t quite get over that it is the first day of December already. With the first day of December arrives our house guests the Elves. This will be the fourth Christmas SnowAngel has stayed with us and the second year for her brother Chippy.

We woke up this morning and the temperature had dropped significantly. I tiptoed to the boiler and turned on the heating. The roads, pavements and cars were covered in ice. Jack Frost had spread his magic during the night. Winter is well and truly here ready to make the month of December cold and magical.
I love the winter, minus the rain. The hats , scarves and gloves are out. The heating is on and the hot chocolate is being made – marshmallows and cream are a must.

 

With the Elves arrival also brings the first day of advent. I don’t by the chocolate calendars from the supermarket. They just aren’t what they used to be. The chocolates are smaller and are a bit naff to say the least. Each year out comes our fabric calendar that my parents used for me and my sisters when I was younger. I fill it with chocolate coins and chocolate santas.

 

In our house the Elves are not as naughty as some of the scout Elves I know. They don’t like too much mess, they do however like to bring small gifts throughout December like Christmas story books, colouring books, socks and mugs.

On our way to school this morning we wrapped up warm and tread carefully, making sure we did not slip on the icy ground. Everything was was with frost.

 

LM has another cough – his fourth since September, so we are spending the day on the sofa with a large pile of Christmas movies to make our way through.

I even managed to open my new slow cooker and have an oxtail stew bubbling away for tea tonight. The perfect comfort food for the start of December.

We won’t be putting our decorations up until after LM’s birthday next week however tomorrow we will be getting festive with Christmas songs and helping Nanny put her tree up.

You can find out what we are upto this December here