A Happy Hallmark Christmas!

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Christmas is such an amazing time of year, filled with fun, family and friends. However, before the fun can begin, if you're like me, you'll have many lists of things to do, ranging from getting the tree and decorations out of the attic to writing out Christmas cards and working out when we can buy our veg without shopping on Christmas Eve.

Now don't panic, because Hallmark can help make things that little bit easier for us by ticking off at least two of things on our lists! They have a fantastic range of both Christmas Cards and cute stocking fillers :)

Hallmark, the pioneer of the greeting card, has been creating greeting cards and gifts for over 100 years and because of their quality and reliability, they've even been voted a UK Superbrand!

Christmas Cards

There really is a card for everyone, whether you're looking for a single card for a family member or a box of luxury cards for friends. Here is a very small selection of the 5,000 plus greeting cards that are available:

My favourite cards have to be the Luxury Pop Up Christmas Cards and the Luxury 3D Keepsake cards. They are really pretty and fun! I can just see my friend's reaction when she opens her card!

That said, the designs of the pack of 12 Christmas Cards are so pretty :)

Itty Bittys

Itty Bittys are brilliant and super cute gifts, perfect for stocking fillers! Collectible plush toys that are available in Disney, Comic Book Superheroes or Christmas characters, they are just right for popping into the top of a stocking :)

Here a just a few of the vast range that are available :

They really are so adorable! I can see why they're so popular, plus, they don't have to be just for little ones. My sister would love the Santa Mickey and Minnie Claus :)

Hallmark really does have everything you need to help with the last bits on your Christmas to do list!
You can find out more about Hallmark and shop online on their website. You can also find their fantastic range of everything Christmassy in greeting card stockists around the country. They can also be on Twitter and Facebook.

Disclaimer: I was sent a range of Hallmark Christmas Cards and Itty Bittys in return for my honest opinion. As always, all opinions are my own.

Christmas Eve Gift Bags from Whoo Hoo Gift Bags

Friday, 1 December 2017

It's the start of December which means not long until Christmas! I am so excited, but as always, there is still so much to do for Christmas Day. However, I'm really looking forward to Christmas Eve, the calm before the storm!

On Christmas Eve, we shut the doors, curl up on the sofa and watch a Christmas movie. I always like to make Christmas Eve a really special time as the next day always becomes a bit of a blur.

I've always liked the idea of having a Christmas Eve box or something for the kids, but they are so different in age, it's always been hard to find something for them both. That was until I found Whoo Hoo Gift Bags.

Whoo Hoo Gift Bags are a small company based on the Shropshire-Powys border who make gifts with a difference. Tired of the wrapping being thrown away, they came up with idea of having the gift bag as something you can reuse, with the gifts inside made in the UK, some of which are sourced locally in Powys, Shropshire and Gwynedd, which is important as they really like to support their local businesses :)

Lovingly handmade with gorgeous fabrics, Whoo Hoo Gift Bags are so pretty! You can really see that time, effort and enjoyment have gone into making a gift bag.

The Christmas Eve Gift Bag is full of everything you need for the little ones at Christmas!

Each Christmas Eve Gift Bag comes with a Christmas Eve Plate, Christmas Mason Drinking Jar, Magic Reindeer Food, Santa Stop Here Wooden Plaque, Handmade Reindeer Chocolate, Handmade Penguin Chocolate,  Handmade Christmas Shapes Pack and a Children's Magic game.

My favourite has to be the pretty reindeer food and the Santa Stop Here wooden plaque. I have a feeling that for Dorothy, it will probably be facing the "Naughty but I can explain" side by the time Santa visits!

Now you might think that this gift bag might be too young for Mikey as he is now 13, but he is very excited about making this year really special for his sister and really wants to make it magically for her. He also really likes magic tricks, so I think he might be keeping that!

What I really love about Whoo Hoo Gift Bags Christmas Eve Gift Bag is that once this year is over, the Christmas plate, mason jar and Santa Stop Here sign can be placed back in it, but I can then reuse it and refill it with new things every year, which is perfect as the kids get older :)

You can find out more about Whoo Hoo Gift Bags and purchase their Christmas Eve Gift Bag, which retails at £30, on their website. You can also find them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Disclaimer: We were sent a Whoo Hoo Gift Bags Christmas Eve Gift Bag in return for our honest review. As always, all opinions are our own.

Sports Direct Christmas #sdfiverchallenge

Friday, 10 November 2017

As we all know, Christmas is only a few weeks away. Among the major things we do, apart from making sure that we've ordered the turkey and bought new decorations is to buy presents for everyone. I have to admit, buying Christmas presents for my family isn't cheap! I never have a budget, I just love to buy presents for my family that I know they will love and I never really think about how much I spend!

Recently, I was given the task of finding fun and interesting gifts from Sports Direct for Christmas for £5 or under.
We spend a lot of time in Sports Direct as Mark owns a football coaching business , so we buy a lot of the football equipment from them. I have to admit though, I never really thought of Sports Direct as somewhere I could buy Christmas presents before!

I was given £30 worth of vouchers to find some great gifts for people on my Christmas list. I was amazed at the variety of gifts available and managed to buy quite a few things, but some are under wraps (pun intended!) until the big day. However, here is just a little of what I bought :

Liverpool Beanie Teddy


I bought this little guy as a stocking filler for Mark. He....gulp....supports Liverpool and I thought it would be a great little addition to his stocking! He has a lot of different Liverpool goodies and I knew that this little beanie would go great with his collection!

Crystal Creations


I really liked the look of the Crystal Creations and I knew that I had to get it for my niece. She really loves getting hands on and creative and I know that this would be something that she would love. It was also on offer for £5, which was amazing value!


Dr Suess 4-in-1 Games Cube


I bought this as a present for Dot. Mikey often reads his Dr Suess books to her and she loves them. I knew that she would really playing these different games :) 

3D Snakes and Ladders


This 3D Snakes and Ladders was something that I chose for both Mikey and Dot. It was going to be a joint gift for both of them, but they may have found it and opened it before I realised! It is now a game that they are playing almost every day!

Now I wouldn't normally consider Sports Direct for Christmas presents. You may think that for £5 or less, the quality of these presents may not be up to scratch, but you'd be wrong. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of all the gifts I had bought.  As we order a lot from them, I already knew that Sports Direct's delivery was always speedy, with a lot of previous orders arriving earlier than expected and they didn't disappoint this time either. The whole experience was a really positive one :)

I can honestly say that after this recent shopping trip, I've realised that Sports Direct isn't just football kits and football training equipment. There really is something for everyone. You can buy great quality gifts for family, friends and everyone in between and with any budget!

This post is an entry for BritMums #sdfiverchallenge Christmas Challenge, sponsored by Sportsdirect.com. As always, all opinions are our own.

Pandemic: Have you got what it takes?

Friday, 3 November 2017

Happy Friday! As you all aware, I am part of the Board Game Bloggers Club :)  I love a good board game (I may have mentioned that a few times!), so was very excited to see what would arrive this month! This month's board game is the international award winning Pandemic.

The box looked like the cover of a film or TV series, so I was really excited to see what was inside.

In Pandemic, you and the other players are members of a disease control team and have to work together to develop cures and prevent disease outbreaks before 4 deadly diseases contaminate humanity.

Pandemic is different to any board game we've ever played. Unlike other games, you have to work together as a team. You all win together or all lose together. To improve your team's chances, each player has a specific role with special abilities.

There are a lot of instructions and I have to admit, we were really confused when we first started playing, but after going through them a couple of times, it was starting to make sense!

It is a game of strategy and although there is no timer, it really feels like a race against time to cure and eradicate disease from cities around the world, especially as each go you take, you have to turn over infection cards, which increases the world's disease. There was a major panic every time a city had a disease outbreak and it caused a chain reaction!

Pandemic isn't a game that can be played when you have a spare 10 minutes or so. It took over an hour to play each time we played it, but it flew by! We were so engrossed and involved in it. With a heavy heart, I have to say that we have yet to eradicate all the diseases, but we are determined to see this one day!

Pandemic is suitable for 2 to 4 players aged 8 years and over and is available on Amazon, retailing for £36.99, which may sound a bit pricey, however it I really do think it's worth it. It is a game that not only changes every time you play it, but it's also a great game to play together. We really liked that we had to work together to try and beat the disease!

Disclaimer: We were sent Pandemic in return for our honest opinion. As always, our opinions are our own.

Christmas Gift Ideas: Happy Little Bundles

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Welcome to another Christmas Gift Ideas post! As you are all aware, I wanted to share with you ideas for gifts that had a twist. Something that was that little bit different to the usual gifts out there.

Today, I wanted to share with you a Creativity Activity Pack from Happy Little Bundles.

Happy Little Bundles was founded by Dr Jemma Harris, a mum of two and a psychologist, who is passionate about the health, wellbeing and development of children and their families. Happy Little Bundles creates amazing family activity packs that help families spend quality time together, whilst also supporting Dr Jemma's passions.

The Creativity Activity Pack was designed to not only to help families spend quality time together but to help them do it with a really fun activity! It is also full of sparkle...perfect for Christmas!

Included in the Creativity Activity Pack is a selection of playdough, a Nuture Creativity A5 print and also some sturdy wooden tools.

I really love the idea of this. Not only is it an unusual gift, but it really is quality made and definitely an activity that can be repeated time and again.

I do have a confession to make though...I am in love with the rainbow/unicorn playdough and I haven't dared take it out of the tub yet! It's just so pretty!

The A5 print is also lovely and although it is relevant to the box, it's perfect for a family home. We have ours hanging up in our kitchen :)

What I really like about this pack is that it has something for everyone and will keep everyone engaged from little ones to adults. It is the perfect family activity :)

The Creativity Activity Pack is only £19.99, which for a family gift is an amazing price! Happy Little Bundles sell individual Activity Packs or you can subscribe and receive a new one every month. They also sell an A5 print holder (like the one in my photo) which is magnetic and easy to use.

To find out more about Happy Little Bundles and the amazing activity packs they create, please head over to their website. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.


Now, the lovely people at Happy Little Bundles are giving you the chance to win your very own Creativity Activity Pack! All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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PrizeHappy Little Bundles Creativity Activity Pack
The closing date is 1st December 2017. 
Winner will be notified by email within 7 days of the competition closing. UK only.

Disclaimer: We were sent a Creativity Activity Pack in return for our honest opinion. As always, all opinions are our own.

Christmas Gift Ideas: Hobson's Choice Crafts

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Happy Tuesday everyone! As you know, my previous posts have been sharing some great Christmas ideas with you and today I want to show you some gift ideas from Hobson's Choice Crafts.

You may have seen me mention Hobson's Choice Crafts a while ago in my Mother's Day Gift Guide. I love Sarah's work. She makes personalised gifts from scratch and each one is different and made personal for you.

I found Hobson's Choice Crafts on Instagram over a year ago and have bought quite a bit of Christmas crafts and some great presents made my Sarah's fair hands. I can't help myself! I love the material she uses and I love how she really takes her time and makes each item special, no matter how small or big it may be. Sarah personalises each item for you and also takes custom orders :)

Below are a few ideas for you, for both Christmas decorations and for Christmas presents. I'm sure that there'll be something that you'll love!

Here are just a few of the Christmas products she has made:

and here are some great gift ideas:

To find out more about these gifts and other lovely items Sarah makes, you can find Hobson's Choice Craft on Facebook and Instagram, both of which are updated daily.


Now Sarah has very kindly given you a chance to win a personalised Christmas Eve Bag. All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

PrizePersonalised Christmas Eve Bag 
The closing date is 30th November 2017. 
Winner will be notified by email within 7 days of the competition closing. UK only.