Continuing my Baby’s First Christmas series is chat with the lovely Becky of The Mummy Adventure. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Becky and Archie a few times this year and it’s been lovely to see Archie grow and develop over the last few months. Here’s how Becky’s planning Archie’s First Christmas.
This year will be Archie’s first Christmas and I think he is going to love it. He will be 10 months, so the perfect age to enjoy the sparkles, lights and colours. His big brother Dylan will be 28 months, so I think our house will be buzzing with excitement! Continue reading →
When I first starting weaning with Little Mr, one of the first thing I gave to him was the porridge from the Heinz Baby breakfast range. It was a complete hit once we got the consistency right so when I was sent some more of the Heinz Baby breakfast range for Little Mr to review I was looking forward to see what he thought.
We were sent a lovely basket of goodies from Heinz Baby including a box of Creamy Oat Porridge, 3 new ready-to-eat breakfast pots in 3 yummy flavours; Very Berry Porridge, Banana and Apple Muesli Creamy Oat Porridge and a packet of six cereals Breakfast Biscotti.
As Little Mr was used to his usual creamy oat porridge, I decided to try him with something new. First up was the banana and apple muesli available to buy in a new ready-to-eat breakfast pot. I removed the sealed lid, warmed it up in the microwave for 5 -10 seconds and gave it a good stir. I gave Little Mr a spoonful to try and it must have been good as he opened his mouth for another mouthful and soon finished the pot.
The new ready-to-eat breakfast pots are a great idea, these are ideal for on-the-go busy parents who want to ensure that their little ones are eating a decent meal first thing without worrying about what they are eating. Little Mr has eaten them all now and they can be eaten warm or cold but he does prefer them warmed up. Ideally I would have liked a spoon you could feed baby with as this would make them perfect for grabbing on the go or if you forgot to pack breakfast for a weaning baby who is spoon fed.
Our favourite product from the Heinz Baby basket was the Six Cereals Breakfast Biscotti. I will admit, giving my baby biscuits for breakfast wasn’t my idea of a healthy breakfast but after reading the contents of the packet and seeing how much Little Mr enjoyed them, I am swayed. The biscotti are made from a blend of 6 cereal grains and ideal as an accompaniment to baby’s usual milk. I was worried about how many biscuits I should be giving Little Mr for breakfast as a decent portion size so have stopped at two biscotti. Little Mr will happily hold and munch away on the biscotti encouraging chewing and the development of his gag reflex (which is less frightening now)
Little Mr has really enjoyed reviewing the Heinz Baby Breakfast range and I will continue to feed him our favourites from the range.
Disclaimer: We were sent a basket of goodies from the Heinz Breakfast Baby Range but all words and images are my own forming an honest and open review.
This weekend has been lovely; a weekend full of family catch ups, Christmas decorations and quality family time marking the start of Christmas 2013. Yesterday my brother-in-law and his partner came over to see us and Little Mr. It was great to see them and for them to spend some time with the little one. He’s grown so much since they last saw him so it was lovely for them to see how much he’s changed and what he can do now.
I spent part of the afternoon writing up our Christmas cards to friends and family which I love doing. I have cheated a little this year and have used a lovely photograph of Little Mr in an elf costume to adorn a postcard style Christmas card from Team Shilts.
We always put our Christmas tree and decorations up the second weekend of December so hubby went up the loft to fetch them down. We put our Christmas tree up in the lounge but I’m not feeling the love for it this year. It’s a fake tree with turquoise and purple decorations on but I desperately want a real Christmas Tree with traditional red and white decorations. Hubby has said no, but I’m still working on him.
Today (Sunday) we went to our annual family (hubby’s side) pre-Christmas meal. There were 27 of us in total and it was such a lovely day. We enjoyed a very tasty 3 course meal and was able to catch up with family we haven’t seen in recent months. Little Mr and his other young cousins were on their best behaviour and it was so nice to see them interacting and wanting to play with each other. We rounded the day off with a trip to our Aunty and Uncles house and the whole family exchanged Christmas cards. It’s such a lovely way to kick off the festive period and from now on I’m buzzing for a magical first Christmas for Little Mr.
Doesn’t he look smart? I dressed him in a burgundy polka dot shirt (which came with a grey dicky bow but he never got to wear it in the end) and some smart jeans. Where’s my baby gone? 43 weeks old today.
If you’re looking for something completely different this year for a Christmas gift, maybe for that family member who literally has everything or a friend who is as sentimental for Baby’s First Christmas as I am. This is something completely out of this world; The Gift Republic Name a Star Gift Tin.
This gift allows you to name a real star in the night sky and details of the star and the name you choose will be kept in the Gift Registry Star Registry which is then sent onto the British Library for their records. It’s important to mention that obviously you can’t claim any rights to the star and you don’t actually own it, it’s simply naming one of the billion shiny stars that light up the night sky after sunset.
The Gift Tin includes a registration form, full details, star fact sheet and a souvenir star map poster. To celebrate Little Mr’s first Christmas, we’ve named the star we were allocated after him with his date of birth in roman numerals. Upon registration, we’ve received a star deed certificate so we can show Little Mr in years to come that there’s a star up there somewhere in the sky with his name on it. I think it’s a great alternative way of commemorating Little Mr’s first Christmas.
The lovely folk at Find Me a Gift have offered one lucky reader their very own Name a Star Gift Tin. You too can name a star after that special someone for their First Christmas or to celebrate a special occasion. All you need to do is enter the rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends midnight 13th December 2013. Good luck!
On Sunday, hubby and I took Little Mr up to Birches Valley at Cannock Chase to see Santa in his Grotto and his Reindeer. Each year the Forestry Commission sell Christmas Trees to the public and they put on a Santa’s Grotto with music, twinkly lights and wooden huts selling Christmassy food and drinks. We met my Sister, Brother-in-law and Nephew there for a family fun filled morning enjoying the festive spirit and the smell of real Christmas trees.
The Grotto is the first thing you see as you walk into the valley and it looks enchanting; a little wooden cottage surrounded by trees with twinkly lights and reindeer outside. We paid our entrance fee (£6 per child plus £1 per adult) and made our way into the Grotto.
Just outside the Grotto was a couple of real reindeer. They were grazing in the grass and it was lovely to look at them up close and inspect their huge antlers.
Inside the Grotto is an entrance way full of Christmas Trees lit up with lights and we made our way following the path into and around the Grotto. A wintry scene, Baby Jesus in a manger and Santa’s sleigh are all there to keep excited eyes busy and it was lovely to look at all the displays whilst we waited in the queue.
Finally, it was time to meet the man in red and what a lovely man he was. He spoke to my nephew first and invited him to tell him what he wanted for Christmas. It was so lovely to see my nephew whisper into his ear and request a much wanted toy. Santa then asked if Little Mr would like to talk to him and so he sat next to him and they all had several photographs taken whilst Santa spoke to Little Mr and my nephew.
Santa gave them both a small cuddly reindeer toy and a little Christmas tree cutting to plant at home which I thought was a really lovely idea. We’ll be planting the tree in the hope it grows into a lovely reminder of Little Mr’s first Christmas.
After our visit to Santa we enjoyed a nice hot cup of tea and a wander around the valley enjoying the music and the smell of Christmas. We will definitely get a real Christmas tree one year and it’ll be magical.
Disclaimer: I’ve not been asked to write about this event but we had such a lovely morning and thought my readers might like to visit so you too can get all warm and fuzzy about Christmas.