Christmas can turn from being a fabulous festive holiday into a commercial, over inflated nightmare which leaves your purse empty and January a very long month.
Like any parent I love to give my children things to make them smile and I adore spoiling my nieces, nephews and godchildren.
But I don’t want to break the bank.
So when Sports Direct approached me to take part in their Christmas Challenge, I leapt at the chance.
Look what I got for £50…

An impressive haul, and lots of presents ticked off on my list.

The clock will make Twin Boy’s day, as he is an Arsenal fanatic like his Dad.  The Minnie Mouse set will delight BB and my eldest daughter will love her new cuddly doggy pillow.

How cute are the Hello Kitty headphones (and ear muffs).

So if you are looking for somewhere to get your stocking fillers, I highly recommend you get your skates on and zoom down to Sports Direct and get your mitts on some bargains.

And yes, you are right – you did spot Play Doh in the mix…..

Disclosure: We were gifted the items from Sports Direct for the purpose of this review.

If you are my children don’t read this.
I mean it, turn away now.
Are they gone?


Check out this beauty….

My kids are huge Harry Potter fans and will be ecstatic to find this leaning against the tree come Christmas morning.  And although Santa will claim the credit, we really owe a huge thank you to the company.
They sent the twins this fab bit of Potter magic to hang on their wall and for anyone else looking to treat their kids this Christmas (or grown up relatives) you may want to check out their site.
You can find images from Hollywood like…


You can also purchase beautiful scenic images like this beautiful one of the beach in Cancun, Mexico.

Or go classic, and have a bit of Monet on your wall.

Or go wild and put one of your own images onto canvas.

These make great, really unique presents that can become a focal point in the home.

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Staying in and playing with the kids can be expensive if you feel you have to buy the latest games and fill up the cupboards with the latest models of toys.  Adventure can be made without any fuss or spending and I can guarantee the kids will thrive on playing on normal household objects.

Take the humble bed for example.

Indoor trampolining on a naked mattress is one way my kids get their kicks, they can spend hours trying to headbutt the light fitting and I am always met with groans and moans when I announce it is time to make the bed.  However they all manage to disappear quickly when I ask for help to clothe the cushions.

The bed can also be converted into a dark and dangerous den, you can rip the duvet off the mattress and secure it between the bed frame and the wall (radiators come in handy here) Then cushions can be used to block out natural light and books and torches can be smuggled in for secret dentime reading.  Hours can be spent hiding in a cosy corner, creating new rooms, and trying your hand at den interior design, and it doesn’t cost a penny.

The bed can also be used as a ship on an angry ocean.  One foot off the mattress could be eaten by hungry piranhas, and always make sure you steer clear of the whale who hides underneath the frame.  Pirate can jump aboard and challenge you and you can delight in making them walk the plank into the murky depths below.

Making your own adventures in the home costs nothing, you simply need a bed, a mattress and a bit of imagination.

Much better than the latest fad.

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Half term has begun….

The holiday started with a visit to Butser Ancient Farm, to find out more about the Roman and Celtic way of life….

The twins are studying the Romans and Celts for their homework project this term, so twin girl jumped at the chance to see what she had been learning in action.

We researched the Round Houses…

Then  we visited the Round houses, beautiful dark places, with fires in the center creating a smoky haven of heat.

The kids taught me that fires would have been crucial to the way of life, for food, heat, comfort, and light.

We found the design for Twin girls piece of jewellery that she is going to create.

Then we moved onto the Roman way of life.

And built a mosaic.

And we tried the Roman game of Hopscotch.

Then we spent some time being archaeologists.

And we found some treasure.

All in all  – a pretty fantastic day out.