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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Toddler Gift Guide: What I Am Getting My 2 Year Old For Christmas

With Christmas again, quickly approaching.. It just comes around too quickly doesn't it?! I want to share with you what I am planning on getting Darcy for Christmas. These will be her presents that will be under the Christmas tree and then I will also be doing a stocking. Now, I wasn't too sure whether I wanted to do this post or not because you're always going to get that one person that says 'wow, that's a lot of toys for a 2 year old' or 'it's not enough' but I'm just putting my whatever face on for this blog post.

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Play Till - I recently bought Darcy a cheapy till for doing so well at toilet training but it broke within a couple of weeks, so I wanted to get her a nice one which I hoped would last a little longer. The one in the picture is actually not the one I've decided to buy as I found another one a bit cheaper but still looks good.

Sylvanian Famillies Figures - So Darcys' main present will be her Beechwood Hall Sylvanian Famillies house, my mum is kindly getting her the furniture so I'm going to get her a little Family to play with. 

Melissa & Doug Scoop & Serve  Darcy is absolutely obsessed with ice cream at the moment, whether that is eating it (probably her favourite) or just generally pretend playing with it, so I know she will really like this.

Melissa & Doug Pizza Set - I am not 100% on whether I will get this for Darcy or not, so it will probably be a last minute order if I do but I just generally love wooden toys, they last so much longer. Like above also, the girl loves pizza so she'd love playing with this.

Sylvanian Famillies Ice Cream Parlour - Moving back to Sylvanian Families again, as you can see there is a bit of a running theme here isn't there. I wanted to get Darcy a little add on to her house that I've bought her, as I said above this kid just loves her ice cream so I figured this would be the perfect thing to get her.

Sylvanian Famillies Beechwood Hall - This will be Darcys 'main' present if that's what you want to call it. I'm so excited to give this to her as I just know she is going to love it. 

Moana Doll - Darcy has recently become obsessed with the film Moana, so I know that this doll is pretty high on her Christmas list. The only thing is that it is £40 so whether or not I can find a cheaper one I don't know, but anyway I'd expect a lot from it at £40.

Baby Alive Snacking Lily - This would be very loved, Darcy is really in to her babies at the moment so I think she'd like this one. The fact that it poops is probably going to provide much entertainment, I didn't think the price was too bad either for what it does at £20. Considering you can buy Baby Annabelle & Baby Born for around the £40-£50 mark, sometimes you're just paying for the name though.

I'd love to know what you're getting your little ones for Christmas!
Thanks for reading


Thursday, 2 November 2017

How To Be Sick When You're A Mum

When you're a mum you can't call in sick unfortunately, life still has to go on. However I do still think that you still need to give yourself a break and take it easier. I just wish I could actually tell myself that when I am ill because I feel really guilty about it all. It got me thinking about things you could do to help yourself and distract your little ones so that you do feel okay about putting your feet up with a cuppa for a well earned rest.

All the rules go out the window with me and I seem to just let Darcy do what she wants, get all her toys out, eat all the chocolate. She would probably enjoy me being ill more often to be honest, ha.
I decided to ask some fellow bloggers what they do to keep little ones entertained when they're ill.

Sticker books and drawing always go down well here! Plus lazy movie days - all screen time cares go out of the window!  - Alex

I have a chronic Illness. So we’ve learnt to adapt our routine. Some days garden picnic, some days duvet day. You can’t pour from any empty cup. So go easy on yourself when you’re poorly - Jade

'Can you find me something' - soft/green/round etc - they are running about excitedly, you get to stay on the sofa, everyone wins! - Siobhan

Doctors and nurses!! I play the patient on the sofa and they look after me by getting glasses of water and reading me stories! - Louise

I have a two year old and most of the time he is the one who is sick. He really doesn’t “get it” when Mum doesn’t want to walk to the kitchen and open and close cupboard doors “just for fun”. Against all my initial statements that he would never use the iPad it has been a life saver on more than one occasion. As long as His favourite Cbeebies shows are on the Kids iPlayer he is happy. We also like building blocks. For some reason he likes playing with his old baby toys though. That keeps him enchanted for a while as he is quite happy with his rediscovery and they are all quite sensory focused so he is fully engaged - Helen

I have a toddler so when I’m not well, I have a bath and my toddler will play in the bath for ages. Gives me a break. - Annastasia

When I'm ill I ask my own mum to help out and take him as much as possible. Luckily she only lives 10 mins away so that is possible for me. At home I would definitely use a TV or tablet and loosen my screen time rules if I'm struggling with being poorly. - Christy

I sellotape loads of pieces of paper to the floor and we have a drawing day. They go collect things from around the house, draw round them, draw round each other etc and I just sit and watch!  - Jade

 Being ill is the only time mixing playdough and sticking stickers in the wrong place is acceptable! - Fern

We are experts at the duvet day. We build a fort when either of us are sick, bring in our blankets and duvets and spend the day watching tv, eating and hanging out with our favourite Disney classics, the sickest gets to pick - Charlotte

Play Google maps! Give them your phone with your house on Google maps & give them local landmarks to find on street view - it keeps them entertained for hours plus it's educational too as they're learning directions! - Natalie

I get my two to put on shows for me so I can just lie down and watch! Or open the back door and let them loose in the garden! - Jenny

I loved all of these and it also made me realise that you can have a sick day and it's okay because they can still be happy and entertained as though nothing is out of the ordinary.
What do you with your litlle ones when you're ill?
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