Our Christmas Wishlist from Beebies Baby Store

Can you believe its only just over 2 weeks until Christmas? I certainly can’t! My Christmas shopping is going quite well. Just a couple of awkward people left to finish off (everyone has a couple of those don’t they?). I’ve been doing a lot of shopping with smaller shops this Christmas, whether locally, on Facebook or online. One store that I have recently found is Beebies Baby Store. Ami from Beebies has asked bloggers to put together their Christmas Wishlist from her website and one lucky winner will win the contents of their list. I was spoiled for choice, so here is what I chose…

Highchair

This gorgeous High Chair (£49.99) would be a huge hit with L this year. I love the styling and it would look gorgeous in our playroom. I can see hours of fun feeding dolly in this.

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We have some lovely play food, but this Icecream Sundae Set (£26.99) is something a bit different. Its also L’s favourite food so would definitely become a favourite!

rainy dayI’ve seen these Rainy Day Boxes (£13.48) before and they seem like a great idea. I’d hide this away and pull it out when we needed some entertainment on a wet day.

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These Chunky Paint Pens (£3.99) are great for helping little hands to be creative. These would make a fun winter activity with a little less mess than paint and brushes.

As you can see, we found lots of ideas on the Beebies website :) Why not pop over and have a look?

Disclosure: This post in my entry into the Beebies Baby Store Win Your Wishlist Competition

 

Christmas Masterclass with John Lewis

Now that we have a John Lewis in Exeter, I’ve been lusting after many of their gorgeous Christmas decorations. I was very lucky to be invited into the store for a private masterclass on Decorating the Christmas Tree, and Preparing the Festive Table. Tamsin and Jo from the Visual Merchandising team were on hand to give the the lowdown on how to have a perfect display this Christmas.

First we dressed a Christmas Tree in their ‘Lapland‘ Childrens theme. This range is gorgeous and fun for the children, with its oversize baubles, felt animals and bright colours. We talked about how to approach the tree to make sure you get an spread of colour (put all the same type of decoration on at once, so you can see that they are spread out and you don’t have 2 decorations the same too close). We also talked about the benefit of artificial trees as you can manipulate the branches to fill in gaps and hold ornaments in place. We also talked about putting the lights on the tree, but this is a job I hate so luckily my tree at home is pre-lit!

I fell in love with some of the decorations and couldn’t leave the shop with out buying these wool ball decorations and these gorgeous boiled wool baubles too! These are perfect for adding to the bottom of the tree where pesky toddlers like to play with the decorations as they are perfectly safe and can’t break!

The tips on picking a theme or colour for your decorations were good, and although our tree at home remains a mishmash of things we have collected over the years, I was a little bit more careful in my selection of what went on the tree this year.

Then we moved onto the table. I was really interested in this, as this year we are hosting our very first Christmas at home, and I wanted it to be special! The theme I was shown was a beautiful, quite formal Winter Wonderland inspired theme. It was absolutely beautiful and although my table won’t look similar, I was inspired to take a theme and run with it. So my table will have a green and red Holly and Ivy theme. I’ll also be giving thought to how the table is laid out and adding little favour boxes to each place setting, again inspired by what Tamsin and Jo showed me!

My favourite touch was a wreath which had been laid flat on the table with a candle in the middle, which made a gorgeous centrepiece. Always be open to using things in a different way, just because its sold as a wreath doesn’t mean it has to be hung up!

I’ll be back to show you what my Christmas Tree and Table end up looking like :) Thanks very much to John Lewis Exeter for taking the time to show me these great hints and tips.

 

Fabulous Bakin’ Boys Christmas Cupcakes

Now that December is here I feel that I am allowed to mention the ‘C’ word. That’s right, Christmas is coming! I am feeling really festive at the moment thanks in part to a festive trip to Center Parcs last weekend (more on that later!). My festive mood has also been helped by these Christmas Cupcakes from The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys

The cupcakes are available in two flavours – Mint Chocolate and Chocolate Orange. We were lucky enough to be sent a box of the Mint Chocolate to try.

The cakes are made of a delicious chocolate sponge, topped with either a white, milk or dark chocolate flavoured topping. The cakes come individually wrapped making them perfect for lunch boxes or even stockings.

We enjoyed the subtle minty flavour of the sponge and the variety of toppings meant there was something for everyone. I would have preferred a thicker cake as the topping was quite heavy, but as it was chocolate thats not too much of a complaint!

The wrappers on each cake are printed with a fab joke which kept us smiling. Each cake contains no artificial colours or flavours and has been lovingly baked in a nut-free bakery. The Christmas cupcake range will be available at a special introductory price of £1.00 per pack of six (RRP £1.69) in Tesco, ASDA and Morrisons stores nationwide.

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