Picture Christmas List

Picture Christmas List

At 5 and 3 neither C or LissyLou are capable of writing a full letter easily so this year I thought that rather than write a letter myself that there must be a better way for them to tell the Big Man what they want for Christmas. Father Christmas is still magic in our house, we still believe and I wanted them to feel fully part of the process and to have a way of telling him what they would like in a clear way.

So I got a couple of Christmas gift catalogues when I was out shopping and armed with some paper, scissors and glue we went to work.

By cutting out pictures of what they wanted and sticking them to the paper they each created a list that clearly showed the sort of toys they’d like and it gave C a small opportunity to write but without it overfacing him and without him needing too much support.

Picture Christmas List

We had lots of fun making our letters and then looking through the catalogues for things for Mummy and Daddy too.

The letters are now ready to post to Father Christmas and then it’s just a case of waiting a month and seeing what arrives on Christmas morning!

Picture Christmas ListPicture Christmas List

 

Playmobil Advent Calendar 2014

Playmobil Advent Calendar 2014

 

How could you take the concept of an advent calendar and the fun of opening a new box every day and make it even more exciting? Add Playmobil of course! What makes Playmobil advent calendars particularly brilliant is that, over advent you open a new door every day and  build up a Christmassy scene that offers a fun play piece for the whole festive period, and can then be boxed up and  packed away for next year. They are very well made, giving the quality that you expect from a big brand like Playmobil and no corners are left uncovered in the wide eyed amazement it will bring your family. The kids loved theirs last year as it gave them the chance to create something a little bit special and they loved seeing what little item would be hidden behind the doors each day.

It’a a lovely addition to making Christmas that little bit more special and gives a family with more than one child a calendar to share across the period and a toy to play with each Christmas.

 

Playmobil Advent Calendar 2014

A Dream Family Kitchen

A Dream Family Kitchen

BEKO asked us to think about our dream family kitchen, what our kitchen means to us, what we’d do if we could revamp it and what key appliance we couldn’t live without. We’d love a new kitchen, it’s definitely the biggest purchase on our wish list for our home. We have a good sized kitchen diner that isn’t very well laid out and is somewhat dated and I’d love to be able to start from scratch and get a space that is both beautiful and very user friendly. Currently, it’s neither.

 

When I think about a dream family kitchen my ideas always start with a great cooker. It’s sort of the key to the whole thing really. It’s probably because I’m working with a rubbish oven at the moment. It takes forever to get anywhere near temperature and it’s not very pretty. I don’t know who thought a green oven and hob were a good idea because frankly they just look a bit odd! This Double Oven from the built in appliances range by BEKO looks perfect, plenty of oven space perfect for cooking great big family meals!

My mood board is based around this cooker, my love of grey and also my love of colour.

A Dream Family Kitchen

 

I love the sleek look of these grey cabinets, they just look cool. I think you could put any coloured accessories with them but I went bold because I think they can take it. The licence plate mirror would be a great talking piece, it’s cool and colourful and would really draw your eye. The Poole Pottery vase is beautiful. I’ve been a fan of Poole Pottery for years now and I already have this vase in black and it’s one of my favourite decorative items. The colours on this one are just stunning, warm and inviting and crying out for beautiful flowers. I love flowers in my kitchen, they make me smile, especially if I’m washing up!

I think a kitchen should be a place for family and if we could re-do our kitchen like this I know it would be the most popular room in our house. To keep the brightness I chose this brightly coloured tableware and I love the everyday useability of this set. I can just imagine us all sat round enjoying a big fat roast dinner together in our dream family kitchen. I think this kitchen would make me want to cook!

This mood board has been produced in collaboration with BEKO
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