Christmas Party Food
There’s always one thing on Christmas party tables that makes you smile. That one food that reminds you of Christmas past or that you reach for before anything else there. For me, it’s all the mini versions of things I love, like mini spring rolls or those little cones of fish and chips, enough for a mouthful of so but not much more. It’s the diversity and the possibilities when you look at party food. The whole array of different foods on one plate. To be frank, I like to eat this sort of thing during the year too, I call it ‘bits and pieces’ and Daddy Ramblings knows that these little tastes are always high up my list of treat teas!
If I think back to Christmas parties when I was a kid, or any parties for that matter the one food that I go back to is Vol-Au-Vants. Those little pastry things, filled with some disgusting looking filling that grownups always rolled out for party tables. The sort of thing that really wasn’t very tasty but people ate because it was the done thing. I think if I saw one on a party table now I’d probably choke on my spring roll!
But whatever your favourite Christmas Party Food, I bet you are thinking about something you like right now aren’t you? Does this video from Waitrose help the matter at all? You can also find more information over on their Facebook Page.
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Make Me Better Lambie
Doc McStuffins is one of my favourite kids TV programmes, let alone the children. There is something very sweet about the little girl who talks to her toys and makes them feel better when they are ill.
I find the good nature of Doc very endearing and the children love the show in it’s entirety but particularly when Doc comes up with a name for the illness and writes it in the ‘Big Book of Boo-boos’. We all have our favourite episodes, songs and characters but LissyLou and I particularly love Lambie. The cuddly sheep with the cute tutu and sweet voice has been our favourite since the first episode.
The Make Me Better Lambie toy is just as you would imagine her to be, she is soft and cuddly, you can’t help but want to snuggle her. LissyLou is a big fan of soft toys and things to cuddle and the soft fleecy texture of Lambie is perfect for this.
The main feature of Make Me Better Lambie is that she gets poorly and you make her better. When you switch Make Me Better Lambie on her chest glows red and she cries so that you know she is poorly. I wasn’t very keen on the sound she makes, she sounds more like a cat than a lamb. I think it would have been nicer for her to speak, this would have made her more like the character. You make her better by using the provided doctors syringe. It seemed a bit strange that you put the syringe against a heart on Lambies bottom but it is easy to ‘make her better’ For me it would have been more realistic to put the syringe to Lambies mouth, as this is how children normally receive their medicine and might have seemed more normal to them?
Make Me Better Lambie also has a night light function which I thought would be very sweet. Her chest glows a pale yellow colour when you press her hand and it provides a lovely low level light that would make for a good night light. Sadly, this function does not last long enough to be an efficient night light. It seemed to only last a few seconds. LissyLou likes pressing Lambies hand to make her glow but it is ineffective at night because sadly it just doesn’t last long enough.
The final thing to note is that once you have made Lambie better you have to switch her off in order to make her better again straight away. It will reset if left on but small children will just want to make her better repeatedly so it would be better if you could press her hand on similar to restart the process.
We did like Make Me Better Lambie, yes there are things we would like to change about her but little Doc fans will love her for cuddles, at £24.99 I do think she is fairly expensive though. But she is a firm favourite with LissyLou and she loves her!
What A Difference A Week Makes
This has been a busy week for LissyLou. We’ve gone from dummies, bottle and nappies to no dummies,no bottles and no nappies!
Here’s how it went….
First up dummies. We’ve been preparing LissyLou for the removal of her dummies for a couple of months now. We planned to send them to Santa for the baby elves. In our minds we planned to leave them out for Santa on Christmas Eve and in return LissyLou would ask him for a till to play with. As Christmas draws nearer I suddenly wondered what would happen when she wouldn’t sleep on Christmas Eve due to missing the dummies so I made a snap decision last week to send them straight to Santa through the post. So we held a little goodbye ritual, kissing each and every dummy goodbye, me saying a few words in thanks to the dummies and us both placing them in an envelope. It wasn’t nearly as painful as I thought it would be and a week down the line she doesn’t ask after them at all.
Second, the bottles. I’ve let this little habit go on much longer than I know is sensible. We were down to one bottle of milk per day but I knew this comfort thing needed to stop. I just told her she would drink her milk from her cup now and that was that. Easy!
Lastly is the nappies. LissyLou has been truly adamant that she would not get rid of her nappies, it’s been a source of worry and annoyance on my part as I worried if she would ever potty train (I know, irrational right?). But yesterday she declared that she would be wearing knickers for nursery this week. I explained that meant that she would need to start using the toilet and she gleefully agreed! I nearly choked on my tea! So we’ve started down the potty training route and I have to say that it’s taken me completely by surprise. It’s not easy to sort out potty training around different child care and work etc but I know that now she is ready I have to support her 100%. She’s doing really well, not quite there yet but we are on the road, and that’s what really matters!