Thursday, 18 January 2018

Happy 8th Blog Birthday to Mummy's Space

Thanks to Timehop for notifying me of this milestone today.

I do love my little blog, I have had wonderful experiences and opportunities because of it over the past 8 years and it has helped me record some very special memories and life events. 

I remember writing that first post so well, sitting in our old flat in Bayswater, typing single handed on my laptop as I cradled my little sleeping baby Ben in my other arm. My blog was my way of kick starting my baby brain back into action, I didn't really care who read it but I just wanted to write and share pictures and it has grown from there. Through it I have learnt a lot over the years and continue to do so as I embark on my new plans for my blog, it's definitely time for a makeover so watch this space. 

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Hello 2018!

2018 crept up on us pretty quickly didn't it? We are already over a week into it and the fun and festivities of Christmas and New Year seems like forever ago already. We did have a wonderful Christmas break with some quality family time together including a trip to Disneyland Paris which was a magical way to start the holidays. 

It's back to reality now though, rushing about and the mundane routines kicking in again. January is pretty grey and bleak so far and it is making me long for Springtime to arrive when it is not so dark in the morning. I really feel for the kiddies when I have to wake them from their snuggly slumbers in the morning to get up and ready for school. Poor little monkeys, they always look so cosy curled up in their beds. Zachary still hasn't got his head around the fact that he has to get up when, "it is still night time", if only he felt the same at weekends and didn't spring out of bed at 6am wanting to play with his toys and watch TV. 

I normally don't bother with New Years resolutions but I decided to set some goals for 2018. One is blog and career related and I am in early stages of putting these plans in motion. I have the usual better budgeting and save money resolution but, my most important is family focused which involves just making little everyday changes that will hopefully result in more smiles and laughter and less tantrums and grump-asauruses. 

On a side note Zoey had a great start to the year and came home with the prized Star of the Day teddy yesterday, she has promised Zachary she will pick him to help her in her "star duties" giving out the fruit today which made him super happy this morning. 

So here's to a very happy and healthy 2018, I hope everyone has a magical one! 

Friday, 8 December 2017

Our Little Stars and Elf on the Shelf Fun

Yesterday was a big day for the Twins as it was their much anticipated Nativity performance for the Reception class parents with Zachary playing the part of a star and Zoey an angel. For the past few weeks we have been getting little snippets and previews of all the songs and accompanying actions so I couldn't wait to see it. They were all so adorable on stage, singing their little hearts out and remembering the actions, with a very cute moment of impromptu laughter from the all kids making it a very special treat for the audience  packed full of proud mummies, daddies and grandparents.

The excitement doesn't stop there though as it's Ben turn tonight, he will be doing his very first solo singing The Little Drummer Boy with his school choir at a local carol concert. I am really looking forward to hearing Ben sing and getting all festive listening to the Christmas carols.

Of course our Elves wanted to join in the kids fun, so yesterday we found them assembled around our Nativity with Snowflake dressed as an angel and Oswald in a star costume while Stardust was busy practicing Little Drummer boy solo just like Ben.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

The Elves are Back

Stardust, Snowflake and Oswald, our much loved Elves on the Shelf are back and adding lots of fun to the Christmas countdown again this year. Seeing the excitement and wonder in my childrens' eyes at this time of year is where the Christmas magic lies for me, and these little elves certainly help to make this happen. I love the mad scramble in the morning as the Twins and Ben jump out of bed and race around the house trying to find what mischief their elves have been up to the night before. 

Only six days in and our cheeky elves certainly have been enjoying themselves. They have had a disco party, read the Christmasurus, were found swinging from curtain poles, hid in the Lego Disney Castle, hung out with the peas in the pod and even got up to some decorating last night which meant the kids woke up to a magical sight when they opened their bedroom doors and discovered the elves had lit up the staircase with twinkling fairy lights. Here are a few pictures from the past few days to show what they have been up to. 

I love Elf on the Shelf just as much as the kids, this is our fifth year of having them visit and the magic these little elves bring is stronger than ever. I wonder what plans they have for tonight.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Meet our PNP Do-Good Elf & Special Discount Code

The Elves are Back

We have had a very exciting start to the day with the return of our three elves Stardust, Snowflake and Oswald who have brought a special present for the kids, "Smelf" our Portable North Pole (PNP) Do-Good Elf. Apparently Santa and the elves had overheard us discussing elf names and Daddy saying he would name his "Smelf" as in Smelly Elf (ooops!) and they found it hilarious so brought us a baby Smelf.

Christmas Magic with Portable North Pole

We are massive fans of Portable North Pole and the videos and calls have definitely added lots of Christmas magic over the past few years which is why I am so excited about reviewing our new Elf addition. According to the box, Santa has sent us a baby elf which we are responsible for teaching the difference between naughty and nice to so that one day he will grow up to be a valuable part of Santa's team. Thankfully Santa and his elves will be keeping a close eye on us and helping us by sending video messages.

Our Do-Good Elf also comes with his very own passport from Santa's Village and special Elf stickers which is a really nice touch, I love the fact you can properly personalise him so that he truly does become one of the family. My three can't wait to start filling in the passport, on the first page you add a picture of your elf, his name, date of birth and favourite colour and there are also other pages to record Elf Adventures. This is a really fun way to add extra Christmas excitement to the build up.

My first impression of our Do-Good Elf is just how well he is made and the extremely high quality of the materials used in doing so. I love the fact that his limbs are bendy and fully posable, his cheeky grin adds to his personality and Zachary was delighted to see he has big green eyes as it is his favourite colour. His clothes are fully removable and washable too which is good news if he needs a freshen up after any adventures or outings. We are hoping it snows so he can get outside and make snow angels with us. I have a feeling Smelf will be a very important part of our Christmas build up this year.

The Do-Good Elf comes with a special code for grown-ups eyes only which you enter into the PNP app or online and then unlock 4 video messages. I can't wait to show these to the kids and will be sharing them along with some of the other PNP videos and calls in the run up to Christmas so watch out for them.

Where to Buy

The Do-Good Elf (RRP £20) and other Portable North Pole toys and products are available to buy from John Lewis, the range has something for every taste and budget with Magic Baubles, Santa Letter Kit, Good Deed Jar and more. 

Special Magic Pass Discount - Unlock Videos and Calls

If you would like to add some extra magic and excitement to the build up to the big day with PNP video messages and calls then I have some good news for you. I have been given a special discount code which gives you 20% off the Magic Pass that gives you access to videos and calls that can be personalised, just use the discount code PNP7BLG20. To redeem the promo code, follow this link to create an account and then at the payment cart apply the code to get the discount.

The video messages are definitely magical and I have found the calls fantastic to encourage good behaviour in the kids especially if they are in risk of getting put on the naughty list.

Here's a look at some of the Video Messages available.

Below you will find some of the calls you can personalise, "Try Harder to Listen to your Parents" will no doubt be used a few times in the run up to Christmas as it was last year with much success.

So there you have it, watch out for more posts on PNP videos and calls here over the next few days. I can't wait to see Ben, Zoey and Zachary's reaction to them. In the meantime go and have fun making some of your own special magical memories with the help of PNP for your little ones.

*Disclaimer: I received a Do-Good Elf and PNP Magic pass. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased.