Monday, 14 December 2015

Adult Christmas Eve Box Ideas

Yes I said it, a Christmas Eve box for adults! Why should the kids have all the fun. I've always given a Christmas Eve gift to the little lads and lass and a couple of years ago we started the Christmas Eve box tradition, for us it's the perfect way to wind down for the night before the big day. Read more about it here

This got me thinking that once the little lads and lass have gone to bed I will surprise The Mister with our very own Christmas Eve Box, I say surprise, it might be ruined if he reads this post! Here's what I have included in our Adult Christmas Eve Box

New PJs - There is nothing better than new PJs especially as we are spending Christmas Day at home this year, there's no rush so we probably stay in our pjs and open presents until late morning. 

Hot chocolate cocktail  - A bit of Netflix and chill (literally) with a boozy all the trimmings hot chocolate cocktail. If hot chocolate is not your thing then what about a nice bottle of red wine?

Fudge & Posh crisps - Errr need I say more, some (more) lovely late night treats so we don't have to get up and march all the way into kitchen...which is actually right next door to our living room! But who wants to move when you are all snuggled up in comfy new PJs and drinking a hot chocolate cocktail.

Candles - Candles are a huge part of our Christmas tradition, so a fresh new candle is a must.


Winter Warmers + Amazing GIVEAWAY with Fat Face

We are an all weather family, come rain, sleet or snow we will still be out and about, going for family walks, exploring woods and at this time of the year visiting Christmas markets, ice skating and hopefully (fingers crossed) playing in the snow! For us, as long as we are wrapped up warm we are perfectly happy in the crisp cold air.

I have mentioned before that although I love bargains there are some things I just don't skimp on, quality is key and for me good quality, hard wearing (but of course stylish) winter coats, boots and winter accessories are an absolute must! With these clothes you really get what you pay for. The last thing I would want would is for the Little Lads and Lass to complain they are cold, so it is well made hats (or ear muffs if you have a HUGE top knot) scarf, gloves and thick woolly socks for all.
I am an absolute sucker for pompoms and cute little bear ears on kids hats and accessories, so you can imagine how much I loooove these Fat Face winter accessories. Bear ears AND pompoms together it is cuteness overload. Saying that although Tiger's grizzly bear hat has ears its not too cutesy and the bear is pretty fierce! The gloves again have bear claw detail but its not too over the top and make it perfect for his age.

Grizzle Bear Beanie, Scarf and Gloves Fat Face 

For Violets Camborne Bear and Beaux's Polar Bear winter set is just full on cute, just the way they like it! The mittens which are actually fingerless gloves with a fold over finger pocket and more little pompoms are just divine! All of their scarves are lined with the softest snuggliest faux fur, perfect for those who complain about itchy woolly materials. We are in love with the kids Fat Face winter accessories range.
Because it almost Christmas! Little Likely Lads have collaborated with Fat Face to Give Away ALL of the below gorgeous winter accessories!! For a chance to win, in the comments below Tell me your favorite things to do in the winter? and visit the Little Likely Lads and Fat Face Face Book Page. You can also have an additional three entries, see the Rafflecopter below for details.

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For even more chances to win lovely Fat Face goodies keep a beady eye on the Fat Face Facebook page right up to Christmas, as there will be lots of other giveaway bundles!

Disclaimer: This post and giveaway is in collaboration with Fat Face

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Just another Manic Mum Day

Over the weekend Toby Carvery challenged me to take a day off from cooking at home, not much of a challenge really and I can't say I took much convincing! A day off from preparing, cooking and then clearing said food off of the floor, where do I sign?! We went to our local Toby Carvery on Saturday which was perfect timing as we had a particularly manic but lovely day planned. Our day started bright and early by decorating our Christmas tree, a spot of Christmas shopping then to the cinema to watch The Good Dinosaur. Our table at Toby Carvery was booked at 5.30pm straight after the film finished but a little later than the little lads would eat dinner normally.

When we arrived it was dark outside and Toby Carvery was full of Christmas decorations, it was lovely and warm and had a buzzy Christmassy atmosphere. Very inviting! We were shown to our table, our drinks order was taken and it was straight to the carvery and the little lads were eating within 10 minutes of arriving! They didn't even get a chance to complain (Mum 1 - Little Lads 0)

I couldn't resist piling my plate high! I chose pork and beef, a HUGE Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, roast potatoes, plenty of veg and lashings of gravy, the whole shebang!. Everything you would expect from a good Sunday roast but without the effort of making it yourself. The little lads actually prefer meat and potatoes over chicken nuggets and chips so they were happy chappies with their roast. We were stuffed after our main but we could have gone up for more potatoes and veg if we wanted but myself and the little lads had our hearts set on desert.

For desert the little lads both chose orange jelly which had segments of oranges inside (one of their five a day! Mum -2 Little Lads 0) I had the biggest black currant Eton mess, it was lovely but I couldn't finish it, Tiger was more than happy to assist me. The Mister was so full after his main he could only manage an espresso.

We had an lovely meal, in a cosy Christmassy restaurant which was really family friendly. What I was surprised about was how affordable our family meal was, we ordered 2x adult Carvery mains, 2x children's Carvery mains, 2x orange jelly deserts, an Eton mess dessert, 2x apple juices, a beer and a white wine Spritzer (well it was a mums night off after all) and an espresso and it totaled to £41.80 which I feel is very reasonable for a family meal out. Thanks Toby Carvery, I thoroughly enjoyed your challenge.

Toby Carvery are offering all of my readers a free Sundae see full details below.


Sunday, 6 December 2015

Wyevale Breakfast with Santa Review

Yesterday morning we were invited to have breakfast with Santa at Wyevale Garden Centre in Sherfield on Loddon. The little lads were so excited to be meeting the big man himself and excited to be having breakfast out as we very rarely do.

I love visiting Wyedale Garden Centres at this time of the year, it always has such a Christmassy feel with all the freshly cut Christmas trees, Christmassy flowers and gorgeous decorations. This is usually where we come and let the little lads choose their new decoration for our Christmas tree, it's become a bit of a tradition now. But actually having breakfast and meeting Santa was an extra special treat that we've been looking forward to.

When we arrived, we were shown to our table. The 'colour me placemat' were set out for each of the little lads along with crayons, chocolate coins and Christmas crackers. We were told to make ourselves comfy and help ourselves to tea, coffee and squash. At the time of booking we chose to have a full cooked breakfast (bacon, fried eggs, a sausage, fried bread, black pudding, hash browns, beans, mushroom and a tomato!!) we didn't need lunch after eating all of that! And the little lads had a children's cooked breakfast (sausage, a hash brown, beans, scrambled eggs and toast) all of which was lovely.

Once the breakfast was cleared away the elves who were beautifully dressed and very friendly bought over Christmas tree cookies for the little lads to decorate. They definitely went for the 'more is more' approach and piled theirs high with icing and sweets. They were delighted with their cookie creations. 

While we were busy decorating the cookies the elves told all of the children to sit on the mat by the grotto, they needed to tell them that Santa had gotten lost and that they needed to shout and call out for him. After some VERY loud shouting, Santa appeared with a huge sack. Santas costume was great and he was fantastic with the children. After he had said his hellos and given a few high fives we were asked to continue with decorating our cookies so each child could meet Santa individually, have their photo taken with him and receive their gift.

This is the first year both of the little lads were excited to meet Santa with no tears. They had their photos taken, had a little chat with Santa and received their gifts. It was all very sweet and probably the first time that I began to feel all Christmassy this year, there's nothing like seeing Christmas through the eyes of your children. They really enjoyed it and soaked in the whole experience.

I was really impressed with the gifts from Santa, beautiful wrapped in big boxes, which as we all know, it's size what matters when it comes to presents! Tiger received a board game which we played until we waved Santa off and were ready to leave. Beaux received a stunt racing track which we opened once we got home and both little lads played with all afternoon!

We had a fantastic morning and left feeling really Christmassy. It was perfect way to meet Santa this Christmas. I highly recommend it, we will be coming again next year. To book your visit click HERE.

Disclaimer: We were given complimentary tickets for the purpose of this review, as always all opinions and photography are my own.

Monday, 30 November 2015

Little and Fierce Stylish Kids Accessories

Little & Fierce are my go to when looking for cool accessories for the little lads and lass. Especially at Christmas time, they have a great stocking filler section of quality little goodies! Cool accessories the kids will just love all year long.

Earlier this year I reviewed Little & Fierce and amongst the other lovely accessories , I was sent this Ampersands Commodities hunter style hat but it was too big for Beaux at the time. I was warned it was for ages 3+ but I wouldn't be told, I was obsessed with the design and style of this hat.

Amperdsand Commodities Hat - Little and Fierce £15.00

For me this hunter style hat has a retro feel to it, it reminds me of a bonnet I had as a child but mine was red with a little grey pompom, I couldn't have been more than 3yrs old but I remember it so clearly, I loved that bright hat with its soft fluffy flaps that kept my ears toasty and warm. I also insisted on having it tied in a bow underneath my chin, I can't explain it now but I guess there was something comforting about it. So naturally I had to have this hat even though Beaux wouldn't get to wear it until now, but I'm sure you would agree it was totally worth the wait!

As much as I love the style of this hat I can not get enough of the Aztec design, stunning bright colours and oversized handmade pompom. I always try to make sure the little lads have a couple of colourful hats for the winter. They are so refreshing when the weather is a bit cold and dreary! Get over to Little & Fierce to see their full range. 


Thursday, 26 November 2015

The Style Project December

I can't believe December prompts already! The most colourful, sparkly and a little OTT month of the year and we've got #TheStyleProject to match! I won't lie but I'm rather excited about the 'Christmas Jumper' and 'Sparkle' prompts! Give me ALL the glitter! I can't wait to see your photos! So get tagging #TheStyleProject

Novembers prompts were all about autumnal colours and I loved getting out my leopard print boots and my faux fur coat collection, especially as it's been getting really chilly. I'm a real fan of multi textural layers and wrapping up warm.
See Here for all of my November #TheStyleProject photos

Left to Right/Top to Bottom - @mokuska @mostlyyummy @gemmashanley @fbcottages @modernmummyuk
 @emilsslb @mummagz @bertiebowen @thegirlswiththepinkshoes

As always I've loved nosing my way through your tagged photos, I can't wait to see how you lovely ladies interpret the prompts. It surprises me how different and inspirational everyone's photos are. Here are a few of my absolute favorites , you must check out their gorgeous feeds for style inspo.

If you are new to #TheStyleProject and would like to join in, myself and co-hosts Katy and Kara would love to have you. The rules are very simple...

A daily list of prompts will be released each month on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #TheStyleProject, these prompts can be interpreted however you please just include the prompt when getting dressed that day. For example Day 1 prompt is 'Wooden' I have some sweet little wooden earring I would love to show you. I will share my photo on both of my Instagram and Twitter account and hashtag #TheStyleProject that's it! It's really that simple but can make a huge impact on how you feel about the way you look.

Make sure you hashtag your photos with #TheStyleProject so we can see your lovely photos. I love looking at everyone's photos and find Instagram especially has a lovely supporting community, ready to give the thumbs up to 'that colour lippie you've been unsure of'! Come and join in, you don't have to do every prompt, feel free to pop in and out as you please. 

At the end of each month I will give a little shout out to my favorite #TheStyleProject photos here on this dear blog and on my Instagram account you know, share a bit of the love.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Introducing JORD Wood Watch

I can't wait to introduce you to my newest love, my beautiful JORD Wood Watch. The moment I saw this watch I fell in love, I had never seen a wooden watch like this before. I love how understated the Koa wood is but then the contrast of rose gold and Swarovski crystals really livens it up and make it something quite special! It's so easy to style and will go with absolutely everything, dressed up or down an every day watch.

Cora Koa & Rose Gold  - JORD Wood Watch - FREE Worldwide Shipping

Every time I have worn my Cora JORD Wood Watch I have received loads of compliments, I think because it is so unique people have wanted to take a closer look. For this reason I think a JORD Wood Watch would make an excellent Christmas present for your mum, sister, best friend or even your other half, the men's range is equally as gorgeous and definitely has the wow factor!

My watch came beautifully packaged in a wooden box with a sliding lid, resting on a lovely little tweed pillow, Cora lives in here when shes not being paraded around on my wrist.

Another thing I love about my JORD Wood Watch is that it fits me perfectly, it is made to measure, which is such a lovely touch. No matter what type of strap I wear, a belt strap, a shoe strap I always seem to be the hole or buckle in between, meaning its either too tight or too loose and it drives me mad. Being able to send the measurement of exactly how I like to wear my watch was an absolute bonus!

This Koa and Rose Gold wooden watch is one of five from the Cora series, I chose this particular colour as I thought it would really suit my skin tone but it was a real toss up between her and Purple Heart and Pearl, I am a sucker for burgundy especially at Christmas time it really was a tough decision, the JORD range is so lovely, something to suit all styles.

Psst - Keep an eye out for a GIVEAWAY later this week to win your very own JORD Wood Watch.

Ladies Wood Watch This Post is in collaboration with JORD Wood Watches

Friday, 20 November 2015

Pocket Money Christmas Gift Ideas

All From Stocking Fillers
Russian Doll Pen £1.99 For Mum because who doesn't like pretty stationary
Retro Coin Purse £2.49 For Big Sister These purse are super cool, any lover of colour will adore these.
Mix N Match Puzzle £1.49 For Little Brother Time to get creative with these colourful spinning blocks, what funny character will he make?
Grow Your Own Venus Fly Trap £4.99 For Dad I think the Venus Fly Trap has to be 'The' most masculine plant we could think of. A great plant for the study or a desk.
Pop Up Cone Puppets £2.99 For The Tots Colourful wooden puppets, these are just simply adorable.

Especially at Christmas time we think it's important for the little lads and lass to appreciate the act of giving as well as receiving. So we encourage them to buy small gifts for family and friends using their own pocket money. I came across Stocking Fillers a one stop shop for hundreds of stocking fillers, make your own or buy their pre-filled stockings. But it is also perfect for finding small gifts for under £5, they have a huge range with lots to choose from for the whole family. The kids love it, we sit together picking, choosing and thinking about what would make someone else happy and excited to unwrap on Christmas Day.

I personally love nothing more than a gift from the kids which they have chosen themselves, they are usually so excited to give it to me and it takes extreme will power to not to give the game away before Christmas Day! I love their chain of thought, why they think someone would enjoy receiving their gift and I let them choose totally independently no matter how obscure their gifts might be. It's a fantastic insight into how they view their loved ones.

Together we created this Christmas gift guide for presents under £5 from Stocking Fillers and I have to admit they chose perfect well thought out presents and I just adore the Russian Doll Pens, I'm strongly hinting and hoping to find one wrapped up underneath the Christmas tree!

If you hurray Stocking Fillers have a discount code until the 1st December 15 just use code: TINSEL to receive 10% off your order. 

Disclosure: This is a Sponsored post in conjunction with Stocking Fillers

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

The Style Project November

I have loved October's #TheStyleProject I found I have been really inspired by lots of your tagged photos, my favorite a super cute curly fringe which I copied immediately with absolutely no shame! The prompts have also helped me spot gaps in my own wardrobe so its given me an excuse to get out shopping (like I really need an excuse!) 

Below are my favorite #TheStyleProject for October, it was really difficult to choose as there was so many great photos but these really stood out for me.
Left to Right, Top to Bottom - @lisawellington @missleslieanne @innocentcharmschats
 @emilsslb @followers_of_fashion @mostlyyummy
@bertiebowen @gemmashanley @mokuska
If you want to get involved please do! Most who have joined in come back month after month its so much fun, inspirational and you get to meet a great group of stylish ladies. The 'loose rules' are very simple...

A daily list of prompts will be released each month on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #TheStyleProject, these prompts can be interpreted however you please just include the prompt when getting dressed that day. For example Day 1 prompt is 'Tassel', I don't have any clothes with tassels on them so I will just wear my shocking pink brogues which have a small fringe on them. I will share my photo on both of my Instagram and Twitter account and hashtag #TheStyleProject that's it! It's really that simple but can make a huge impact on how you feel about the way you look.

Make sure you hashtag your photos with #TheStyleProject so we can see your lovely photos. I love looking at everyone's photos and find Instagram especially has a lovely supporting community, ready to give the thumbs up to 'that colour lippie you've been unsure of'! Come and join in, you don't have to do every prompt, feel free to pop in and out as you please. 

At the end of each month I will give a little shout out to my favorite #TheStyleProject photos here on this dear blog and on my Instagram account you know, share a bit of the love.

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