Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Breakfast With Santa at Brewers Fayre

I love taking the kids to visit Santa and we try to do something different each year. This year we were invited to preview the Breakfast with Santa a Brewers Fayre at the Guild in Bromsgrove.

As it was breakfast we had an early start but the kids were eager to get ready and go out to meet the Big Man himself. I'm not really sure that the girls still believe in Santa but they went along with it. The Little Man was most excited and thought we were going to the North Pole. What a pity the snow from the night before didn't stick around as it would have looked great driving through the hills to get there. Saying that, I don't really drive in the snow so probably a good idea it didn't stick!

We were shown to our table on arrival and the kids went straight into the colouring in and activities set out for them.

Then we helped ourselves to a choice of continental breakfast and cereals. There was a lot on offer and plenty of tea, coffee and soft drinks to wash it all down. The kids went straight for the cereal, but also had toast and croissants.
While tucking into breakfast we were visited at the table by Santa himself, looking very authentic and causing the Little Man to gasp 'It's really him!'

Then each table in turn was taken to visit Santa in his grotto. Santa was very accommodating and made the kids feel at ease as he chatted with them. He did look very much like the real Santa, who should be really busy in the North Pole right now! The kids were soon chatting away telling him all the things they wanted for Christmas and nearly giving me a heart attack! (How come they tell Santa the want the really really expensive things that they never mention to me?) Then Santa gave them all a little present (Denis the Menace related) and the kids asked sheepishly if they could open it straight away, to which Santa agreed if it was okay with mum and dad.

After our visit to the grotto, it was time for our cooked breakfast which was rather nice. The kids especially liked their sausages, which they exclaimed loudly, were much  nicer than mummy's sausages that they had at home. 

When breakfast was over it was time to have some fun in the play area, which as always with Brewers Fayre,was superbly equipped for a fun time. 

The Breakfast with Santa at Brewers Fayre starts on 5th December and is on every weekend until Christmas from 10am to 11.30am. It will also be on from Monday 21st December to Thursday 24th December. The cost is £8.99 per child and for this you get breakfast, a visit to Santas grotto with a gift and lots of other craft activities while you are waiting. You can find all the details and book your place locally by visiting the Brewers Fayre Website.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Our Favourite Christmas Books

The Little Man has already has me reading his favourite Christmas books at bedtime. He loves the stories to help him build up his excitement as we race towards the holiday season. I love them too and here I am sharing a few of our favourites.

Santa is Coming to Birmingham

by Steve Smallman

This is definitely one the Little Man will always ask for. I know this book is set in Birmingham but you can get the story in various towns across the UK.

Buy from Amazon.co.uk

The story tells of Santa visit going a little awry but the day is saved by a new little reindeer out on his first ever journey. It features some famous landmarks that will be recognised and is loads of fun. Although it doesn't actually mention our suburb, it does mention some  nearby.

Mouse's Christmas Wish

By Judi Abbot

A lovely story about animal friends coming together to spend Christmas together. But everything is going wrong for little mouse. Will he ever make it to his friend Rabbit's house or is he doomed to spend Christmas alone?

A feel good book that has a little twist at the end. Of course everyone knows that Christmas is best spent with friends.

Buy from Amazon.co.uk

Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom: Christmas Adventure

Such a big favourite on the television, Ben and Holly have a fabulous adventure when Father Christmas makes a surprise visit to the Little Kingdom. The grown-ups get trapped in various Christmas decorations and it's up to Ben and Holly to rescue them.

The Little Man has grown out of Peppa Pig and no longer watches Ben and Holly, but we do love this story it is such fun.

Buy from Amazon.co.uk

The Sheep that Saved Christmas.

by Jason Page

Everyone knows someone like Cynthia, someone that is crazy about Christmas. Only Cynthia is a sheep and her woolly friends are a little fed up of her festivities all year round, so they send her off to the North Pole to help Father Christmas. The problem is, there is not a lot a sheep can do to help...or is there?
Cynthia is a loveable character, you can't help but wish that it all turns out good for her in the end.

So that's what we are reading for now, I'm sure our Christmas collection will grow, we still have some old favourites tucked away that haven't found there way out yet.
What are your kids favourite reads at Christmas time, I would love to know.

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Sunday, 22 November 2015

My Sunday Photo 22 November 2015

Breakfast With Santa

Yesterday we met Santa for Breakfast. This photo is very special to me. There may be other photo opportunities with Santa this year but I realise that this may not be the case for much longer. In fact I know that the girls no longer really believe and are just going along with it. Of course the Little Man is still very much a believer, but this will probably be the last year that I have all three buying into the Santa mystery.


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Frozen Toiletries Gift Wish List

 My Boo loves Frozen, she had a fabulous Frozen Birthday party last summer, we even had snow in July! This Christmas she has helped me put together this gift wish list of Frozen toiletries.

Frozen Lip Balm Trio.

Now the weather is colder, Boo suffers from sore lips a lot and she loves her lip balm to keep them soft and smooth. This pack contains three beautiful crystal balls filled with lip balm in three delicate shades and sweet smells. They make a lovely gift and can be purchased for £6 from Boots.

Frozen Bath and Beauty Wash Bag.

This lovely bag comes with a selection of toiletries, 50ml Hair Spritz, 50ml Bath and Shower Gel, 50ml Shimmer Lotion, 30ml Body Sprtiz and 2x Bath Fizzers. The bag is reuseable and very good quality, Boo's eldest sister has already tried to nab it for her make up! Boo really loved the bath fizzers and can't wait for the party season to use the glittering hair spritz. A lovely gift at £10 from Boots.

Shimmer and Sparkle Bubble Bath 

This was our favourite. An adorable bottle with a jewelled lid, decorated with a bracelet and shimmery ribbon. The bubble bath shimmers when shaken and the whole thing is just really pretty. Boo loved the bracelet and couldn't wait to wear it. The bubble bath produces lots of shimmery bubbles when poured under running water. At just £5 it's a lovely gift or stocking filler from Boots.

Boo's Verdict.

Boo thought all the items were really lovely. The lip balms were very cute and she is always popping a little onto her lips, she said they make her lips feel smooth and taste nice.
The wash bag is really pretty and full of lovely things. She said she loves the picture on the bag and want to be a Queen of Snow, now she wants it to snow! The bath fizzers were great fun and made the bath all pink and sparkly.
Boo's favourite was the Bubble Bath because the bottle was so pretty and the bubble bath sparkled when you shook it. She loved the bracelet too.

All products can be purchased from Boots. They are not suitable for under 3 years old. They are not edible. 

Disclosure: We were sent these products to review in return for our honest and unbiased opinions. 

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Where is the Train to a Better World?

Over the weekend I saw most of my friends Facebook profiles turn blue, white and red in support of the people in France. I also saw people slam Facebook for doing this because they have not offered the same support for other countries that have suffered similar atrocities, like Beirut. In truth it's happening all over the world and it is horrifying.

Still, when it happens so close to home it strikes a chord, those of us in European countries know it could be us next, or our family. It scares us, shocks us and we join together in support and mourning.

Does this really have to drive a divide between East and West though?

For some maybe, after all, those that are instigating the attacks are coming from the East are they not. Even if those carrying out the attacks may be natives to the West, and some are, they are receiving their instructions from elsewhere.

We cannot let this cloud our minds though, there are just as many people, innocent people suffering in the Middle East. That's why they are running away, coming to us for help. They are being attacked by the same people who are attacking us. They are not opposing us.

Beyond the blame, beyond the cause, we have human beings being slaughtered in many countries on a regular basis and this is wrong.

It's also driving a wedge between those of us that are not fighting, causing us to oppose each other's opinions, argue with each other. It's not just them and us any more.

Why are we allowing this?

The media will always give us more coverage of attacks closer to home. Most of the attacks are carried out far from home and we only get more news coverage when they happen in holiday destinations like Tunisia or Turkey.
We will feel more shock at countries that are attacked that are not in the Middle East because the fighting has been going on so long there we are more accustomed to hearing about it.
I'm not saying that either of these things are right or wrong, but we shouldn't be arguing with each other about them.

Straight away people were saying close our borders, stop them from coming into our country. Yes, we are scared, but the sad thing is, they are probably already here. That doesn't mean they are among the Asian family that run your local shop or restaurant though, or even those refugees that have just arrived in camp. It's easy to think that the terrorists have sneaked in with those. The truth is we can't tell, we have to put our faith in the experts to find out where they are and weed them out. One of the terrorists in Paris was French, remember that. Again, it's just something to drive a wedge between us, those of us that should be sticking together, standing together, keeping everything together.

We should know who our enemy is, We should stand together. Don't let them turn us against each other because we are stronger as one.

We may not be fighting with kalashnikovs or bombs but we should not be attacking each other with words either.

I will show my support to Paris but I will also think of the families lost in Beirut.
Also, this year, France, Libya,Yemen, Tunisia, Afghanistan,Texas, Baghdad, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, Egypt, Turkey and Bangladesh, some of these places have been attacked more than once.

I will continue to teach my children how to accept other people's views and opinions gracefully even if they don't totally agree with them. I will teach them right from wrong, and mostly that harming other people is wrong. Will there even be a future for my children with the way the world is turning? If there was a train to  a better world then I'd be first in line to buy my family a ticket.