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Jack And The Beanstalk at Millfield Theatre


Now that Christmas is over, you are probably asking yourself should I bother going to a Christmas panto? The answer is obviously Yes! and Millfield Theatre's legendary pantomime is here- bigger, better and more bonkers than ever!


This year's Christmas extravaganza is Jack and the Beanstalk, written and directored by Marc Day. The panto follows Jack, his brother Simon and their Mum Dame Dottie Trott face the very naughty Fleshcreep (henchman to the Giant Blunderbore) and save his sweetheart Jill.

Darcy and I were lucky enough to see the show, and we loved every minute of it.

This bonkers panto spectacular is full of beans, with fantastic song-and-dance numbers. I also loved that they included landmarks of Enfield. The giant was also a pleasant suprise. 


We laughed and danced throughout the panto, and Darcy has decided she wants to become one of the Junior Ensemble.

On Friday 29th December at 5pm there will be a relaxed performance. This is specifically designed to welcome people with an Autistic Spectrum condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorder.


All performances are 2 hours 15 minutes long, and include a 20 minute interval. Don't miss out on the fun. Jack and the Beanstalk is on until the 31st December 2017, you can buy tickets here

Our Christmas Eve Routine*


Happy Christmas everyone! It’s finally Christmas on Monday and we are so so so so SO excited for the big day, but I think I love Christmas Eve probably just as much as Christmas Day; so I thought I’d share  our Christmas Eve routine.


It starts off with Darcy waking me up at silly o'clock, we open the last door of her advent calendar, then she get stuck into her Christmas Eve box, It includes a festive DVD, movie snacks, new PJs, a bath bomb and a plate to put Santa's treats on. Darcy has fallen in love with silver Light up Wooden Star, its battery operated as well.




We spend the afternoon facetiming friends and family, and Darcy and her Grandma have their annual Christmas Bake off. This year it was minced pies, whilst I try to do my last Christmas shopping and wrap up all her presents.

We then settle down to our Christmas Eve buffet, because I'm going to be completely honest, I don't have the time or energy to be wanting to cook, especially knowing the next day, I'll be stuck in the kitchen for half of the day.


Christmas Eve, is not Christmas Eve without watching some Christmas movies, our favourites are Elf and The Grinch. We snuggle down into freshly washed festive theme duvet covers. This year it's these reindeer brushed cotton set, they are so warm and cosy and goes well with my faux fur throw. JD Williams have some lovely homeware bits at the moment. There's normally a bit of pouting as I won't let Darcy have all the strawberry crème chocolates, they are my favourite after all.

Darcy then has a bath with the bathbomb from her Christmas eve box, I always choose Luxury Pud from Lush as it has lavender in it and helps her fall asleep easier, we leave Santa his treats next to the fire-place and head to bed to read Santa Is Coming To Enfield then it's finally bed time and I can have a cheeky Ameretto and cranberry juice.


How do you and your family enjoy Christmas Eve? I hope you all have the most magical day tomorrow and get everything you could possibly wish for.


A Few Affordable Last Minute Christmas Stocking Fillers Gift Ideas* - For All The Family



Sometimes best things come in small packages, especially when it comes to Christmas stocking fillers. I have found some of the best Christmas Stocking Fillers for everyone, from little boys and girls to big kids and grown-ups. And best of all, these are under £10
 

For Him
£1 for Team America: World Police?? The classic film from the creators of 'South Park', with puppets. In the 'War on Terror' Team America is the United States' first line of defence, an elite unit of counter-terrorist operatives whose adventures take them all over the world - often destroying most of it as they go.Head down to Poundland to get yours, whilst you are there you can get a bar of Twin Peaks, their Toblerone lookalike that costs £1 - but you'll have to be quick as only 500,000 bars are being sold. This Hulk bath bomb is also from Poundland and is cheap as chips. This cheeky anti Bullsh*t spray is from B & M for £1.99, the perfect funny addition to their stocking.
 

For Kids You cannot go wrong with chocolate, this selection pack is from Poundland for £1, Channel 5 Milkshake! Brand New Besties*  features 2 hours of your little ones favourite characters including AW Patrol, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, Peppa Pig, Fireman Sam, Poppy Cat, Noddy, Toyland Detective and Bob the Builder. And is only £4.99 on Amazon. Do you remember when The Teletubbies had a Christmas number 1? Relive those memories with Teletubbies - Big Hugs* retails at £8.99 and features 19 of their most popular songs. This fluffy cute key ring from Home Bargain is and would look perfect on a bag handle or key ring.




For her This portable mini nail polish dryer from Flying Tiger is only £4.99. Keeping on the nail theme these false nails from Primark are only £2!! and come in a assortment of shapes and colours. Sudocrem* is not just for baby bottoms, used to treat pesky spots, to soothe dry patches of skin or as a gentle face mask, and it’s priced at only £2.00! How about a mini cinema light box from Home Bargains? You create your own messages, words, phrases or letters for £3.99

The Christmas Tag

Six more sleeps, six more sleeps!! Can you tell I'm super excited for Christmas this year?. Bring on the quality family time, cosy movie times, annual Christmas Eve buffet and seeing Darcy's face on Christmas morning when she opens up all of her presents.


The lovely Emma from Life According to Mrs Shilts  and Rachel from Word of Rachel have tagged me in the very festive Christmas tag, so let me share with you all the Christmassy things that I love.

What’s Your Favourite Christmas Movie?
Hmm... this is a tough one,but is has to be Elf. You couldn't help fall in love with Buddy, his inocconece and Christmas spirit is just infectious. I have lost count of the amount of times I have watched it. I went to see Elf the Musical at the theatre a few years ago and it wasn't anywhere as good as the film.

Have You Ever Had A White Christmas?

I had to ask my Mum as I couldn't remember, and apparently I have had a white Christmas. Fingers crossed we have one this year, as Darcy has put it on her Christmas list.

What Is Your Favourite Christmas Song?

Pop songs it has to be Last Christmas by Wham, I've grown up listening to it,and there is Mariah Carey, All I want for Christmas, I am forever trying to hit those high notes.


Do You Open Any Presents On Christmas Eve?
No, we do not open our Christmas presents until after breakfast Christmas morning. However Darcy does have a Christmas Eve box that she opens on Christmas Eve and it keeps her entertained for the whole day. It includes a festive DVD, movie snacks, new PJs, a bath bomb and a plate to put Santa's treats on.

Can You Name All Of Santa’s Reindeer?
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen and of course Rudolph.
 
Look how small she was

What Holiday Traditions Are You Looking Forward To This Year?
A visit to see Santa in his Grotto, each year Darcy, myself and her dad go to our local gardening centre and she picks a new Christmas decoration. When she moves out I'm planning on giving them all to her so she can decorate her first tree in her first home.  Even though her fagther and I are not together,  I think it is important that we do things together as a family and create memories. We also do lots of Christmas baking and watch a lot and I mean A LOT of Christmas movies.

Is Your Christmas Tree Real or Fake?
I'm sorry but the frugal in me will not allow myself to buy a real tree, Darcy has been bugging me for a real one. So maybe next year....

What Is Your Favourite Holiday Treat/Food/Sweet?

Pigs in blankets and mince pies,which I'm going to try and make myself this year.

Be Honest, Do You Like Giving Or Receiving Gifts Better?

It's all about giving for me, I've been buying presents throughout the year. I like giving gifts more because i love seeing someone happy especially because I have given them a gift. To me, that smile on their face is already enough to pay me for what I have given.

What Is The Best Christmas Present You Ever Received?
A laptop from my Mum a few years ago, I had a rather crappy year and my laptop at the time died on me. I wasn't expecting it and let's be honest it's a rather expensive present, so I may had cried a little.


What Is Your Dream Place To Visit For The Holiday Season?

I really want to visit Disneyland Paris during the Christmas period. I've seen so many pictures and it just looks so magical.


Are You A Pro Present Wrapper Or Do You Fail Miserably?
I would say I'm almost a pro, I used to drive my Mum crazy, as I would never fold the edges properly lol.


Most Memorable Christmas Memory?
Being pregnant with Darcy, I couldn't enjoy my Christmas dinner due to sickness and everyone kept telling me they thought she would come on Christmas day. So was on tender hooks all the time waiting to see if she would arrive or not. She turned up being 10 days fashionably late and me being induced.


What Makes The Holidays Special For You?
Everyone is generally in a good mood, I love spending time with my family and friends and sitting down and appreciating what and who I have around me.


So that's my Christmas tag, now I tag;

 

 

Last Mintue Christmas Gift Guide for Her*


So there is officially 8 days left till Christmas. But have you got that special woman in your life her present yet? Today i'm sharing a few gift ideas which would be perfect and you can buy online if you haven't enough time  or not brave enough to pop to the shops.


We all need something to keep us organised. This gorgeous rose gold Filofax is the perfect gift for any age. Use it from putting in birthdays, to-do notes, shopping lists, addresses, appointments, bills, work shifts, the list is endless. Pair with a fancy pen and she's set to write until her heart's content.


I mean who doesn't love Nutella, and there is so much more you can do with it them bread it on bread or eat it straight from the jar. Nutella: The 30 Best Recipes,is split into four sections, each covering a different type of recipe, from treats, to melt-in-the-mouth and sharing. The recipes details are compact due to the size of the book, but are easy to follow. Some of the recipes rely on ready-made ingredients, such as salted caramel or filo pastry, but the rest are fairly common store cupboard ingredients. The recipes cover various skill levels, so there will be something in here for the skilled baker or novice to try.



After a long day there is nothing better than a foot massage. The Dual Foot Massagner from Prezzybox. The foot massager uses the Shiatsu massage concept of rotating nodes which give an invigorating massage and provide manual pressure to specific parts of your feet, to relieve any tension and pain that you may be experiencing in the different parts of your body.

Gin has become very popular lately, and what more could you buy the gin lover woman in your life than some Christmas Gin filled baubles*. Most definitely the most sought after festive decorations ever, so you better pick some up quickly for her tree. 

So that was my last minute gift  guide for her, I hope you find it helpful.

6 Top Christmas Presents for Kids*


One thing I remember about Christmas as a kid, was marking down everything I wanted in a catalogue, and Darcy has done the same this Christmas, only thing is she has literally circled every single toy. We are definitely spoilt for choice nowadays, luckily I got my hands on some of the very top toys that your kids are going to absolutely love.




First off, Num Noms Nail Polish Maker*. If you are a regular reader you will know that D is Num Noms mad. So of course I had to get her this.The Num Noms scented nail polish maker comes with 3 scented color bottle, 1 nail base bottle, 1 glitter bottle, 3 empty nail polish bottle, an exclusive Heavenly Froyo Num Nom, 2 fake nail spiral, and 2 finger stands. You can make 3 different color nail polish with only 4 easy steps! 






Do you have a little baker in the family? Then this Baking Star Kids Personalised Baking Set * will be perfect for them. I can't get over how cute this is.The set comes with children sized chopping board, rolling-pin, pastry brush, wooden spoon and spatula and a utensil container which comes in 4 colours, blue, pink, white or red. Every items expect the utensil container can be personalised to up to 12 characters. The quality is bang on and I can't wait to see D's face when she opens it.

Born Gifted stock a great range of fun, age appropriate toys for children. From babies to big kids, from fairies and angels to Star Wars, there’s something for everyone and something to suit every budget.


For the little mover in your life, how about the BeatBo Boogie Bundle? BeatBo is a great toy for toddlers. It springs to life when baby touches its head, fun songs, learning content and dance moves encourage baby to get up and move. Including 3 modes that “grow” with baby. In Dance ‘n Move Mode, BeatBo’s shaking hips, nodding head and lively music encourage baby to move around. Learning & Games Mode helps teach baby ABCs, colours, counting and more



Phil the fridge, is the perfect game for all ages. As Phil spins, players must get their food into the correct holes, but watch out for Phil's door, when it opens and your food falls out you will need to start again. The winner is the player who gets all their coloured food shapes into the fridge first.


If you got the chance to see the My little Pony movie at the cinema? Then you will want a Pinkie Pie swimming seapony. Place her in water and watch her swim on her own. Underwater, her tail sparkles and lights up. After an exciting day of water play, brush and style her hair with the included comb accessory.


If your child likes Play Doh, then they will love Doctor Drill 'n' Fill. It's a great way to explore dentist, With the fun dental tools included in this playset, your child will have hours and hours of fun filling cavities, making braces, and brushing teeth.

So there we have it, I hope you found the perfect present for the little one in your life.

Our Christmas Bucket List



I don't know about you but Christmas comes and goes so quickly, and I sometimes miss out on the real fun of the festive season.

That is why I like to have a bucket list, it keeps me motivated and keep track of everything we have and haven't done yet.

A bucket list is the perfect way to make sure you create beautiful memories, and I tought i would share with you what I have planned for Darcy and I.


Make paper chains
Visit a Christmas Market
Have a Christmas Movie Marathon
Make Christmas cards 
Visit a Grotto
Make hot chocolate with marshmallows
Play in the snow
Decorate a ginger bread house
Write and Mail a letter to Santa
Donate old toys and clothes to charity
Go on a winter walk
Have a Christmas sing along
go ice skating
Visiting family and friends 

Are you a fan of  bucket lists? what do you have planned?

Our Travel Bucket List for 2018*



I'm all about making memories and now that Darcy is almost 4, I think it is the perfect time that we grab our passports and start travelling. I know she is desperate to go on a plane and I really want to go on some adventures with her.

So where should we go?


Greece
A think Greece would be the prefect first holiday for us, the flight is not too long, it's affordable, the weather is good and I hear the food is delicious. Destination2.co.uk offers luxury Crete holidays that look great!I would love to visit Santorini, I've seen so many pictures of Instagram it just looks perfect.


Barcelona
From the stunning architecture of Gaudi to a delicious evening filled with tapas, Barcelona is a must see destination. Definitely try to be in Barcelona on the 23rd of April, as it is St Jordi's day (the Patron of Catalonia) and the streets are filled with book stands and rose stands. Have a stroll down Las Ramblas or even better in La Rambla de Catalunya a, and buy a rose to your beloved one (their version of Valentine's day).


Scotland
Darcy loves nothing better than travelling on the train, so imagine the fun she would have on a sleeper train to Scotland. It would also make the jounery easier, No "are we there yet? or I'm bored". I really want to visit the iconic Edinburgh castle, walk down the Royal Mile and a eat one of those famous deep fried Mars bar.


Walt Disney World
We are Disney mad and after taking D to Disneyland Paris for her third birthday. I really want to take her to Walt Disney World. I hear Christmas is amazing there and I can't think of a most perfect place to spend Christmas than the most magical place on earth. 


Paris
When we visited Disneyland Paris we did not get a chance to explore any of the city. I would love to go back and Buy a Paris Pass and visit some of the famous landmarks. Climb up the top of the Eiffel Tower, visit The Notre Dame and drink hot chocolate at Angelina's.


What is on your travel bucket list?

River Island Kids Christmas Party Wear Fav Picks

River Island Kids Christmas Party Wear Fav Picks




It's official, Darcy has a better social life than me! The Christmas party invites have trickle in thick and fast. And it's not like I need a excuse to buy her some new clothes.

River Island have some amazing stuff in their girls selection at the moment. D is like a magpie and loves anything pink and sparkly. So you can imagine her eyes lit up when she saw this pink and silver ombre sequins dress. I am in love with these black metallic cullottes, they need to hurry up and make them in plus size.

At the moment, River Island have an amazing offer on. Spend £60 and save £10, spend £80 and save £15 and spend £100 and save £20. Perfect time to update your kids party wardrobe.

I hope that you enjoyed these quick picks! What will your little ones be wearing during the Christmas party season? What are your faves from the above?!

6 Gift Ideas for the man in your life


I don't know why but I always find it harder to think of gift ideas for the men in my life. Each year i'm having to look for better presents than the year before. It can be a bit of a nightmare at times.



However I have some fab ideas for you this year, so here we go;


I don't think you can't go wrong with lager. There are lots on the market, you are spoilt for choice. But I can personally recommend Hofmeister*. It's a light, crisp and produced under the Purity Law, which means it can only contain water, hops and barley.

You can get 12 bottles at the moment for only £19.99 or 24 bottles for £39.99 on Amazon, and free delivery if you use the code FTBHOF17, but you’ll need to be quick. If you are looking for a bit extra Moonpig now have Hofemister selection set which come with a half pint glass. A 2 bottle selection set is £16 or you can get the 5 bottle selection set for £22.


Who remembers Virtual pets* growing up? You look after your pet by caring for it, providing medical help, feeding it and generally doing everything that you would do for a real pet! It's the perfect gift for any age and cheaper than buying a real pet at £5.99


Looking for something a little different and quirky? how about a Grow it - bonsai Tree*? You don't even need to have green fingers. Everything you need is inside this gift box including starter growing pots, compost discs, seeds and a booklet containing growing tips, and it's only £12.99

With coffee shops popping up all over the place, you need to know your Cappuccino from your Cortado. Coffee Drinks: An Illustrated Inforgrapic Guide to What's in Your Cup is a guide to over 25 of the most popular ways to drink coffee rendered in beautiful infographic style.


For the man who loves to look after himself, you can't go wrong with a Lynx set. It has a full size Body Spray 150ml, Body Wash 250ml and Anti-Perspirant 150ml - all with the subtle fragrance of Lynx Black. 

This set is ideal for Christmas and currently half price at Tesco for £3.25, what a bargain and ideal for that Secret Santa gift



Stationary is not just for women, and there's nothing better than a good pen. This Sheaffer Ballpoint pen is light, stylist and retails at just £10. It's the perfect practical everyday use present that you know will actually be used.

It is common to have family and friends that are spread across the UK or even overseas. If this is the case, you will often have to post your Christmas gifts to your loved ones. Using a courier service to deliver your parcels will help you save both time and money over the holidays. 

The courier comparison site My Parcel Delivery can help you find the cheapest courier services available as well as finding the right courier to fulfil your needs. Before you send your gifts, make sure to check out the list of restricted and prohibited items before sending them as most couriers will not handle these items. Take a look at the best ways to package your parcels so that your presents are well protected and remain a surprise for the recipient! There’s a selection of courier services available. 

Say goodbye to Post Office queues by leaving your parcels at a designated drop-off point if using a courier such as UPS. Better still, you can have your parcels collected from your own home with an express service by Parcelforce. If last-minute shopping is inevitable, take a moment to check the last dates for delivery over the festive season. The last thing that you need is for your gifts to arrive at their destination after the big day!


I hope you found my Christmas gift guide for "him" helpful. If you were stuck and desperately seeking some inspiration as part of the Christmas gift countdown have a look and see what you can find. You never know you might also find a little something for yourself!!!!. 

Happy Shopping

Soap and Glory Spa Of Wonder Gift Box | Boots Star Gift 2017





This year, the Boots Star Gift Set for Christmas 2017 is one you don't want to miss. The Spa Of Wonder Gift Box set is usually £60. However, you can get it for half the price at £30!! The products are worth £78, so for £30? You would be mad not to get one!








The gift box contains;

  • SMOOTHIE STAR Deep Moisture Body Milk
  • THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER Body Butter
  • FACE SOAP & CLARITY 3-IN-1 Daily Vitamin C Facial Wash
  • BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL Radiance-Boosting Mask
  • THE SCRUB OF YOUR LIFE Smoothing Body Scrub
  • SEXY MOTHER PUCKER Lip Plumping Gloss in Plums Up
  • SUPERCAT Liquid Black Eyeliner Pen
  • THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER 3-in-1 Cleanse, Creamy Body Wash
  • THICK & FAST High-Definition Collagen Coat Mascara in Black
I have to say, i'm really impressed with the selection this year, there's something for everyone and a great mix of some of Soap & Glory's best sellers. My particular favourites are The Righteous Butter Body Butter, The Scrub Of Your Life Smoothering Body Scrub and the Supercat Liquid Black Eyeliner Pen, which is really primainated.

If you're still looking for Christmas gifts (or like me, going to treat yourself), Soap & Glory's Star Gift for 2017 definitely has you covered. Oh and make sure you use your Boots Advantage Card and build up those points!