Personalised Santa sacks 


Christmas! Don’t you just love it? I definitely do. I get so excited about all of it and I start my Christmas shopping early because I like to be organised. I’ve actually got all my presents already. The only problem with doing them early is I need to wrap them quickly because I will have little eyes (mostly the teens) peeking at them. Then that leaves the problem of where to store all the wrapped presents.

Last year I won a personalised Santa Sack for Harry so I thought it would be lovely to get all the kids one (even teens love things like this) as I’ve worked with Personalised Gift Solutions  before, I thought to look there first. They had a lovely selection so I chose these two sacks


Told you they were lovely. They are so authentic and feel like Santa may have left them for you. They are such great quality and are a great size. I have managed to fit virtually all the teens presents inside :)

Sadly my teens don’t believe any more (sob) but they still love them and were excited (as excited as teens get) when they came in the post. Obviously with smaller children you can say Santa left them for the children and they have their names on so he knows who to deliver to. Small children think they ‘re the only child in the world with that name :)

I would highly recommend these sacks, they truly are lovely and I can see them lasting for so long.


*We were sent these Santa sacks for the purposes of review but all words and opinions are my own.

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Zenji and the Muzzy Bug review and giveaway


Zenji & the Muzzy Bug – The perfect stocking filler this Christmas, for sleepless tots AND their frazzled parents!

Originally published on US crowdfunding portal,, the 2nd edition of this life-changing bedtime story is currently available to purchase on Amazon, and on Best known for being a TV presenter on Irelands national TV station RTÉ, author and illustrator Aislí Madden also published the Irish bestseller, “All about Home Economics”, written by her late mother, Deirdre Madden in 2011. She now takes on the children’s market with the first of seven Buddabugzz titles, all of which are designed to promote sleep and nurture children’s mental health from infancy. With vibrant 3D illustrations, Zenji & the Muzzy Bug is guaranteed to entertain and appeal to children of all ages, but what makes this book special, is that it promises to get kids to sleep quicker than ever before, using mindfulness techniques that have been integrated into the story. These mindfulness skills promise to send little ones to sleep quickly and calmly, and if practiced regularly, can benefit children their entire lives. Characters Zenji and Karma encourage readers to listen to their inner voice, believe in their inner strength, and be mindful of their hero within. Mindfulness prescribed by thousands of doctors as a treatment for insomnia. Its benefits are incalculable and its practice is on the increase, it is even being introduced into schools all over the world, which is not surprising as it has been clinically proven to enhance focus and learning ability. It is used worldwide by the medical profession to treat stress and anxiety and is considered to be the key for maintaining positive mental health. The mental health of our children should be paramount, according the World Health Organisation, 20% of children suffer from mental health issues, with many beginning as early as age five. Zenji & the Muzzy Bug, the first book of the Buddabugzz series, aims to nurture mental health by giving children the tools to deal with stress and anxiety before serious issues take root.

The Story

Zenji the Buddabug is feeling rather unwell. He is stuck in bed and he’s extremely bored… That’s until his buddy Karma appears and takes him on a magical adventure… inside Zenji’s body! After listening to Karma’s relaxation rhyme, Zenji is transported inside his own body where he heals himself from within, and becomes more relaxed with each breath he takes.

Our thoughts

We loved reading this book. Harry loved all the characters and thought they were funny. He did listen to the book too, it kept his full attention and he didn’t get bored. I don’t know if it was the book, but he did go to sleep almost straight away with no fuss and he slept through the night with no wake up’s :)

The book is available direct from the publisher at Buddagugzz or at Amazon USA or Amazon UK and is available in printed or ebook.

I have been lucky enough to get two copies to giveaway on my blog. If you would like to a chance to win 1 of 2 copies, enter the rafflecopter below. Good luck!



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Christmas and pregnancy

This Christmas I am going to be 36 weeks pregnant.  I have been this pregnant at Christmas before when I had my daughter but she was my first and Christmas dinner was at my mum’s. This year I have two teenagers and a 3 year old and we’re spending the day at home.

As I’m already having a difficult pregnancy, I do worry that the day will be rubbish and that in turn makes me feel guilty, like I’m being a rubbish mum. The kids already make me feel guilty sometimes because I can’t give them my all but it would be awful if I felt that on Christmas day.

I’m trying my hardest to find ways to ease the strain and make it a perfect day. A few things I have done is I have very almost bought and wrapped all Christmas presents already so it’s not a big hassle when all the mad rush starts in December and I also plan to book my Tesco delivery in the next week or two. I recently asked some bloggers to give me their tips for a stress free Christmas and I’m going to share them here with you :)

  1. Marks and Spencer bung in the oven food to ease the cooking woes, board games so you don’t have to move too much?xx Budding Smiles
  2. Try to prepare as much as you can as early as you can. Get someone else to cook of you can, if you can’t then choose easy options and do an online shop for all of the essentials Red Rose Mummy
  3. Make sure everyone is ok with you disappearing off to rest if you need to, and don’t be afraid to bring the day to an end early of you need to. Christmas Day is exhausting when not pregnant so when you are it’s even worse. Bella was a Feb baby and I went up for a bath at around 5pm- when I came down the house was tidy and guests were leaving. Ghostwritermummy
  4. Last year I was 4 days off my csection date on Christmas Day and had 14 people over on Christmas Day. I just cheated on things like the roast potatoes and some of the veg and brought it from m and s it was a god send xxx Mummy’s Zone
  5. I’ve catered for 20+ 2 years running & I find it so much easier to prep all the veg the day before (Daz does most of it) and buy in the pud. I get the dinner table ready the day before too. It’s only the 5 of us this year & im more worried about that! Good luck X Mum in a Nutshell
  6. Prepare as much as possible in advance and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Get ready some things ready made to make life easier. Get your OH involved, let him know how you feel and ask him to be in charge. Get your teenagers to help out too with preparations, cooking and cleaning or let them help look after the 3-year old so that you can rest a bit too. Don’t get stressed about things – the most important thing is spending time with your family, being happy and enjoying yourselves. smile xx A Mum Reviews
  7. I asked everyone to take on a specific task when I was heavily pregnant over Christmas – my sister did potatoes, OH did vegetables, Mum did turkey, grandma did christmas pudding and we bought in a special dessert from Sainsburys too. I was only responsible for doing the ordering to make sure we had all the food for them to prepare! I also had back up ‘quick’ veg and roast potatoes in the freezer, just in case. And I asked for an afternoon nap as my Christmas present! Mummy Is A Gadget Geek
  8. I was pregnant with Jedi Boy over Christmas and although not heavily I got family to help out so everyone had a task each and disappeared for a nap later afternoon while everyone watched a film together. It worked really well. Also say where is most comfy for you on the sofa so they accommodate. Don’t worry about using frozen veg, potatoes and Yorkshire either! The Mumington Post
  9. I was heavily pregnant over Christmas with E, 38weeks. We ordered all the food as early as possible to be delivered a couple of days early (so no panic if things were missing). Added a note to say I was pregnant and if no one answered could they call my Dad for delivery. Christmas day we planned a quiet one, we did the family thing on Xmas Eve, then Christmas Day was a lovely quiet day. All the food was pre-prepared – bit more pricey but meant no stress. We had a joint rather than a whole bird. It was magical! x Dancing in my Wellies 


Some fab tips given here and I intend to follow as much as I can. If you’re going to be pregnant at Christmas too, I hope these tips help and you have a fantastic Christmas :)

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GroSnug from The Gro Company Review


When I had my two teens there wasn’t gro bags or swaddles etc on the market. Well there may have been but I wasn’t aware of them. All I had was blankets and to be honest they did us fine so when Harry was born I was aware of them but thought that blankets were fine the first two times, they would be this time! But Harry had either ideas. He would not keep a blanket on at all, he was such a fidget. And it wasn’t a massive problem at the beginning because he was born in August but as soon as it started to get colder, he would not sleep through. So we gave in and bought him Grobag from the The Gro Company and my goodness were we glad we did! He had full nights sleep from when he first wore one, he loved it! So we continued to buy him the next sizes up until he went into a bed.

So when I fell pregnant again, we knew we wanted one again. But looking on their website, I also came across swaddles which I had never used before but appealed to me so I had a bit of a dilemma as to which one to use. Then they bought out the new Gro Snug which is essentially both in one product so it sounded perfect! And they kindly sent me one to use on baby boy when he is born in January :)


A revolutionary New 2in1 Swaddle and Newborn Grobag from safe sleep experts The Gro Company. The only bedding you will need for your newborn. This Grey Marl Gro-snug washes beautifully.

The Gro-snug enables you to swaddle arms in or out for a great night’s sleep. Extremely easy to use with no folding needed and a long zip that opens from the bottom for nappy changes. Unique design creates space for hip healthy natural leg position. Perfectly transitions your baby in to their first Grobag.

Made from supersoft and stretchy cotton, the Gro-snug is available in two different weights – Light and Cosy, for different room temperatures. Babies love it!

When baby boy is born I will be sure to keep you all updated on how we get on :)

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Whisbear Review


Whisbear is an extraordinary bear who was born with one mission: to help little babies sleep well.
There are six reasons for which each Whisbear is extraordinary:

Whisbear heart

A device that humms and shushes imitating a hairdryer – very easy to turn on and when your child is asleep the device automatically turns off after 40 minutes.

Whisbear teaches

Playing with the bear means sensory stimulation for children. Rustling ears and paws and long legs made from colourful and contrasting fabrics ensure fun activities for your curious baby.

Fashionable Whisbear

Whisbear arrives to you in his own soft bag. It is his first home thanks to which the bear is always clean and tidy. However, you can use the bag for example as a nappy container. Each bag is carefully packed into a specially designed box which ensures Whisbear save arrival to your home.


A teddy bear different than others

Whisbear was inspired by children’s pictures. A head and four legs – or a Bearhead means more legs a baby can catch and bite.

Whisbear captures not only your heart

We placed magnets in Whisbear paws so you can take him with you everywhere. The bear can easily grab a pram’s handle, cot’s side or accessory bag.

Made in the European Union

100% EU design and production makes us proud! We also support Fair Trades rules and regulations.


I adore this teddy. It is different but still looks so cute. I can’t wait for baby boy to start using it. I love everything about it and when baby is here I will keep you all updated through social media about how I get on with it :)

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Little Stars by Jacqueline Wilson Book Review


The Blurb

Hetty Feather has begun a new chapter in her life story. Escaping from Tanglefield’s Travelling Circus with her dearest friend Diamond, Hetty is determined to find them positions as glamorous music hall artistes.

Hetty and Diamond quickly become the Little Stars of Mrs Ruby’s show, alongside many colourful acts – including an old friend from Hetty’s past, Flirty Bertie. But the Cavalcade proves a dangerous place, and Hetty must fight to protect her darling Diamond, who longs for a normal childhood. Meanwhile, Hetty struggles to understand her feelings for Bertie – and for Jem, whom she has never forgotten.

Hetty dreams of a glittering future for herself and Diamond. The bright lights of the London theatre world beckon – will Hetty become a true star?

Starring a cast of wonderful characters, both old favourites and new, this is the fifth fabulous Hetty Feather story.


Teens Thoughts

I haven’t read the other books in this series so I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to get into the book but I did and it’s a good read. I did find it funny and enjoyable to read but being 14 (nearly 15) I do think it’s a bit too young for me and would benefit better to girls ages 8-12. I think once you’ve read this one, you will want the rest of the books in the series :) I give this book a 10/10

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