#RememberingTheseDays Week 21

Welcome back to week twenty one  of #RememberingTheseDays Instagram community. The place to share your precious family memories. I host this community with the lovely Laura over at Life with Baby Kicks #rememberingthesedays-3 Whatever the memory, or life event you want to record, joining in is simple, just tag your favourite photos #RememberingTheseDays over on Instagram. Each Sunday Laura and I will choose our four favourites. Please follow Mudpie Fridays here and Life with Baby Kicks here on Instagram to see if you have been featured.

Each Saturday when I go in to choose my favourites and make sure I have liked every photo within the tag, I always try to guess how many we will be up to. I was amazed to see that we are now at 11,100+. Considering we only just passed 10,000 last week I was quite shocked at how the community continues to grow with lots of new people joining us for the first time. Thank you to everyone who continues to use #RememberingTheseDays. To mark the beginning of December and my newly found festive mood I have opted for some lovely Christmassy shots this week. I suspect this will continue now until the new year!

This weeks favourites:

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  • I have always wanted to try this but have always failed miserably! Great photo from @verymuchsoblog for her me and my project this month
  • This photo took me back down memory lane, as I have a very similar one of Monkey at the same age, great capture from @littlebuttondiaries
  • What a great way to start December with a beautiful photo shoot, this photo is without doubt just that! @ivyandiblog
  • This is a truly magical photo from @squishedblueberries and you can’t get much more Christmassy with trees and a Santa’s hat!

Please pop over and visit their feeds by clicking on the names above.

My favourite from my feed is this one of me and Monkey at Lapland UK. We had such a brilliant time and left on very much a festive high. I also think we have probably found a new Christmas tradition and will be returning next year for sure. I am just in the process of putting the final touches to the review which will publish early next week.

My favourite from Laura’s feed is this one of the Big One putting the star on top of the tree! I too have tried to capture this photo year after year and have failed miserably. Since the Big One and Monkey are similar in age range I am hoping that this may also be the year for us too! In fact as you read this with any luck we are off trying to pick out a Christmas Tree!

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Portable North Pole

If you are regular readers you will know for the last few weeks we have been getting prepared for the big day with various Advent Activities, Elf planning, contents for the calendar and general Christmas cheer. I am definitely feeling festive this year! But if you are not then I suggest checking out the Portable North Pole app and watching your child’s reaction to it – its guaranteed to get you in the festive mood! I am actually quite surprised that I have not tried this out before. With our elves joining us yesterday it seemed the perfect opportunity to weave some festive magic. The people behind the Portable North Pole (PNP) have recently launched a whole range of merchandise including elves at John Lewis.

Portable North Pole Review

So what is the Portable North Pole? It a mobile app and website that sends you child video and phone message from the North Pole.

Portable North Pole is one of the world’s most beloved Christmas family entertainment brands, dedicated to bringing the magic of Santa into homes with personalised video and call messages from the big guy himself! Each message is carefully crafted to engage, surprise and keep children in suspense and they have become a modern tradition in millions of homes worldwide at Christmas.

The 2016 edition has some new videos as well as a reaction meter for the mobile app. A Magic Pass costs £9.99 and for this you get;

  • Unlimited Premium Videos -eight in total including a Birthday celebration one which can be used later in the year.
  • The Reaction Recorder (with the mobile app only)
  • Unlimited Santa Calls – there are lots of different scenarios to choose from including ones around doing well & achievement, improving behaviour (good bribery options here!), encouragement and of course Christmas Eve.
  • HD downloads of all your videos
  • Story time with Santa a new video each week in December

Our Elf left a note saying that Father Christmas wanted to speak with Monkey and to use Mummy’s phone to get through to the elf switch board. He was absolutely fascinated when the phone rung and he got put on hold to wait for the big man. This photo of the experience doesn’t do it justice as you can’t see is the constant nodding along to the call. The big smile and concentration that surpasses that of watching his favourite TV programme! He has already asked if he can speak with Father Christmas again!

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I am especially loving the videos. You have the option to add photos and details of of your child to the premium videos which are included in the magic pass. You need to spend a little but of time setting up the videos in advance with pictures and details of what they have got up to recently. Monkey loves seeing his picture in books an as it turns out in Father Christmas videos. The one we tried out is over five minutes long and you can download them so you are not dependent on needing an internet signal.

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Both the calls and the videos really add to the excitement building up to the big day, and work really well in conjunction with a good deed elf or similar. Although you don’t need one of these to make them work. I can see us using all the features of this app which makes it extremely good value for money, I only wish I had found it sooner. You can download the app from the app store and its available on both Apple and Android. Alternatively check out their website at The Portable North Pole.

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Disney Tea Party with Mickey & Donald

With Monkey now at school play dates have become a regular feature, he was super thrilled to find out that we would be having a Disney Tea Party play date this week. Of course this time of year the only problem with having a play date is that it tends to be dark by around 4pm!  Not that it bothered the kids but apologies for the photos!!

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I didn’t tell Monkey about the play date until the morning, it was lovely watching him skip into school excited about having his little friend over. In order to surprise them both I set up a little tea party on the kitchen floor using the Toy Story party plates and cups we had been sent. There is something special about having food on the floor when you are four and a half years old! Disney had also very kindly sent us some other guests to join in the fun.

Disney Tea Party with Micky & Donald

We had a personalised Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck as well as  Tsum Tusm Stitch and  a Lotso Bear who smells of Strawberries. I secretly wanted the bear and was going to keep him for myself. Although Monkey’s little friend felt the same way and took him home with her when she left. Sob… I really don’t need a soft toy she is just saving me from myself.  Although he was very adorable, squishy and did surprisingly smell of strawberries. The sort of soft toy you just want to keep hugging! I have been reliably informed by her mum that she sleeps with him every night at the moment. Hubby would have probably complained and he would have been relegated to the bottom of the bed if he had stayed with us.

Disney Tea Party with Micky & Donald

The same can be said for Monkey who also sleeps with his Mickey Mouse. At school they have been learning how to write and read their name so he thinks its great that Mickey has his name on this foot! Being a mother of two it would also solve the arguments over toys, not that we at that stage yet…

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Mickey came dressed in a festive sweater and cords for Christmas time. I am a sucker for mementos especially at this time of year,  so the fact that you can personalise a selection of Disney’s soft toys is right up my street. He comes with one foot embroidered with the year and the other with your child’s name. Although the name is a sticker and not embroidery it is in the same colour and same classic Disney font. He’s a good size at 40cm and is the quality I would expect from a brand such as Disney. He’s very huggable with super soft fabrics and I can see a new Christmas tradition forming – of collecting one each year.

Disney Tea Party with Micky & Donald

As you can get other Disney characters I opted for Donald Duck for Kipper as he’s secretly always been my favourite! He is just as gorgeous albeit slightly larger than Mickey. Kipper was taken with the bright colours patting him on the head which is hillarious. Saying that as he does’t come with the year embroidered so I can see myself ordering another Mickey for Kipper’s first Christmas as it would make such a lovely keepsake.

As far as the party was concerned Monkey’s little friend got right into the spirt dressing up in her favourite party frock and we sung Disney songs as they ate and fed the toys. There was even a little bit of bad dancing (on my part) the kids were really good naturally.

Disney Tea Party with Micky & Donald

After we had finished eating we all curled up on the sofa together and watched a Disney classic. There is no better way to wind down after a hard day at school with cuddles and film.I would recommend looking at Disney Store Personalised Toy page as there are lots of characters to choose from and they would make an ideal Christmas present and kids love them!

Disney Tea Party with Micky & Donald

I love spending time with Monkey at this age as his imagination is just coming into its own. We have some lovely conversations, he’s already a master of telling stories. Listening to them bounce off of each other, it reminded me that I should do it more often, rather than have my head stuck in a laptop or on a phone. Disney’s ethos is very much centred around ‘From our family to yours’, words that really resonated with me when I first worked with them back in the Summer. I was expecting a tea party and some soft toy fun. What I ended up with was some quality time with my eldest and his little friend with a reminder to do it more often! Thank you Disney.

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Blogger Club UK #46

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I am still struggling to get organised writing this on Tuesday night (late), I am wondering if I need to start saying ‘no’ to things! I have a handful of brand posts left to write before Christmas and have decided I am not taking on any more work now until the new year. Otherwise I am never going to be organised for Christmas, as it is I haven’t done any of the advent bits I need to do such as fill the calendars, wrap the advent books and Hubby’s beer. Yes tomorrow is the 30th!

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My favourite photo has got to be this one of Monkey and me on our recent visit to Lapland UK. We went at the weekend and had the most amazing time, a review will be following shortly so I don’t want to give too much away. However I think its safe to say that we now have a new Christmas Family Tradition.

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Back to the linky…

Last week we had 68 posts link up, thank you everyone that continues to join us week after week. The linky runs from 6am Wednesday – 12pm Friday GMT where all bloggers are welcome to add any type of post they like. The Blogger Club UK community & linky are not limited to the UK – we’d love to have bloggers from all over the world join us read more about it on my Blogger Club UK Page.

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We have been adjusting our priorities over the last few weeks and I for one have realised that my maternity leave will soon be coming to an end and so I need to enjoy Kipper as much as possible during this precious time. The linky is still continuing as we have built such a great community thanks to you our readers and linkers. These are our new rules I hope you all understand. I will be commenting on posts as I can, as I love reading them all.

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Quick & Easy Elf on the Shelf

We are BIG fans of Elf on the Shelf in our house, this will be the third year we have taken part and our little ‘Elfie’ has joined us to watch over Monkey and to help him stay on the nice list. You can read all about our antics in our first year in our Elf on the Shelf Ideas for a 2 year old. The idea behind Elf on the Shelf is simple, each night your elf will report back to Father Christmas on how good your child’s behaviour has been. His magic allows him to travel to the the North Pole. However your child must never touch him or his powers will disappear. [If this does happen then some magic dust aka glitter can restore your elf’s magical powers if necessary]…

Quick and Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas

However after speaking to a number of mums, I know a lot of people who would like to get involved but don’t. Worrying that they do not have the time to think up a new activity each night.

So this year I have designed a free printable giving you an idea for each day from the 1st of Dec to the 25th of Dec. All of which are really simple and take no more than 5 minutes. So you can print this out and have everything you need, no more getting into bed and turning to the other half and going ‘oh no the elf’. Which we have done on more than one occasion.

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If this is your first year with Elf on the Shelf then a story book comes with your Elf explaining how it all works to your little ones. Of course if your elf has visited before then the first appearance will be with a welcome message. Last year we used chocolate coins to say ‘Hi’. Monkey made reference to it the other day ‘wondering’ if Elfie would bring chocolate coins with her again this year! Funny what they remember so that will definitely be our starting point.

  1. Quick & Easy Elf on the Shelf‘Hi’ with chocolate coins
  2. Message in snow from the North Pole (flour)
  3. Hanging from the living room lights
  4. Selfie with Elfie while child is sleeping
  5. Taking Paw Patrol for a walk (with pipe cleaners)
  6. Having a snowball fight with cotton wool balls
  7. Noughts and crosses with marshmallows
  8. Walking on the ceiling
  9. Making snow angels in sprinkles
  10. Tree decoration hunt
  11. Surprise – reindeer chocolate milk
  12. Covering the tree in toilet paper
  13. Elves diy photo booth
  14. Leaves out paper and scissors to make snowflakes
  15. Drinking an orange ‘fresh orange juice’
  16. Last Day of school message
  17. Rewarding with a Christmas Colouring Book
  18. Filling the front room with balloons
  19. Sealing up the bedroom door with streamers
  20. Plant some magic beans
  21. 4 more sleeps to Christmas written on loo roll
  22. Magic beans turn into candy canes
  23. All wrapped up in Christmas Paper with ‘help’ tag
  24. Presents Christmas Eve Box
  25. Good bye message/note
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The great people over at Elf on the Shelf have also thought about this and this year launched some new additions to the elf family. Including Elves at Play, a 60 page idea book and 15 tools to help you prep each night. Such as suction pads so your elf can hang upside down, a hanging chair and grappling hook. All of which to aid the antics your elf gets up to and will be making my life easier this year. There is also a mobile app which can be downloaded for the Apple App Store and loads of ideas on the Elf on the Shelf website.

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  • They have also offered my readers the chance to win an Elf on Shelf by entering the competition below, please use the Gleam application and note the T&Cs
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  • Competition is open to residents of UK aged 18 or over
  • There is no cash alternative offered
  • The winner will be drawn at random and receive an Elf on the Shelf as pictured above
  • The competition will close on 10th December 2016 at 11.59pm, the winner will be notified through Twitter
  • The Winner will be asked to provide an email address and full postal address

I have a number of other giveaways running as we approach Christmas please search giveaway in the box above to enter. Good Luck!

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Star Wars BladeBuilders Spin-Action Lightsaber Review

Monkey is just getting into Star Wars and is fascinated by a number of their toys but light sabers have got to be there at the top of the list. We were sent a BladeBuilders Spin Action Lightsaber to review. Produced by Hasbro its aimed at 4+ and is priced at £34.99. My initial reaction was that this is a lot for a lightsaber, is it really worth it? Since having the toy now for two weeks I completely stand corrected, I am seriously considering getting one for Hubby too so that they can play together. As I think he is a little jealous of Monkey’s new toy and it would make a great Christmas present for him too.

Star Wars BladeBuilders Spin-Action Lightsaber Review

So I guess the question is why? There are five elements to this lightsaber the main part which has an extending red beam which flashes and makes a noise that sounds like the lightsabers in the film. Then there is a light dagger which also lights up in a pale blue colour. A spinning connector and two further adjustable connectors which can swivel and form right angles. They are all inter changeable and Monkey loves to switch them around. At the young end of the age range Monkey has no problem swapping the pieces around. They connect with little red buttons that click into place so its really easy to do.

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This also means that it is so much more than just a lightsaber and in fact Monkey can his little friends can take an end each and have little battles between themselves. The circular spinning connector means that you can realise a little button and spin the lightsaber around or keep it static. He’s  a little short for this element and is yet to master it fully.

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He has great fun acting out Star Wars scenes in his head and then showing off his ‘moves’. Its a great toy for adding into make believe or imaginative play. The lightsaber comes with three AAA batteries for the red part, you will also need three for the dagger. Its difficult to judge but my initial feeling is that it goes through batteries reasonably quickly so its worth having some spare.

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Things I love:

  • Other BladeBuilder Lightsabers can be added to this one as the parts are all interchangeable.
  • There are loads of combinations, you can see some of the different ones in the photos in this post.
  • Its big and towers against Monkey which he thinks is fantastic!
  • Good quality plastic that feels like it will last even with all the changes that Monkey makes every time he plays with it.
  • Unlike other toys he does keep picking up any playing with it, rather than it being a one time wonder like so many toys.
  • The fact that the red lightsaber collapses in on itself so its easy to store. It also extends at the flick of a wrist, something Monkey has been mastering.

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I would with out doubt recommend this toy for all Star Wars fans over the age of four. Its by far the best lightsaber we have tried out and I am sure it would be a very well received Christmas present. You can buy the Star Wars BladeBuilders Spin-Action Lightsaber from a number of high street retailers including Argos, and Smyth Toys

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Squires Garden Centre Christmas Circus 2016

Last year we were lucky to be invited to the Squires Garden Centre Christmas Circus and Monkey loved it! So when we were invited back this year to see the 2016 show I was interested to see if they could live up to the high expectations we now had. As we entered the big top I realised that the circus was in fact a different one all together, with a completely different layout. Instead of being bombarded with requested for candy floss and popcorn we were lead straight to our seats.

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In the middle of the top there was a small white stage but not the big stage we had seen previously which was quite high for little ones sitting right at the front. In fact this time round a lot of the acts just used the floor. It give the elusion of space and because the chairs are set out around a circular setting there are more ring side seats with a better view. Like before there are also raised stalls at the back to ensure everyone can see. I think they must have listened to feedback too, as although we came armed with hats and gloves they weren’t really needed. It was a lot warmer! A massive plus in my book.

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This year the theme of the show was ‘Santa’s got talent’. Wanting to find some acts for the party he has planned for his elves he marks acts in true strictly style ..although there is no Craig scoring here, most of the acts received a more than deserved 9. The show opens with some uni-cycle and juggling. We were not allowed to take pictures with a flash so you are going to have to bare with me! Monkey was fascinated by the man’s ability to stay upright.

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Afterwards a clown made quite an entrance shouting from the back of the big top. The show itself was not too clown heavy which suited me although the funniest thing ever was watching a polar bear twerking but I will come to that! Then there was a trapeze artist followed by a Russian hula hooper. All the while Father Christmas is looking on scoring each act.

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Next the big top was plunged into darkness and the juggling act came back with glow in the dark juggling balls followed by fire. I liked the fact that the ring master used the opportunity to remind children of the dangers of fire. My favourite act came next – bubbles! All the kids eyes were transfixed especially when the nitrogen bubbles came out. It made you want to rush up on stage to join in. An acrobat wowed us before another claimed a mountain of chairs. For the grand finale a dancing polar bear had us all in stitches as it busted some moves to ice ice baby and twerked on stage. I couldn’t resist videoing it, although it has been cut to ensure that members of the public are not included.

At the end we went out via Father Christmas’ grotto with the opportunity to pose for a photo. Monkey received a gift of some juggling balls which he thought was excellent. Overall we had a great evening and I would definitely recommend a visit if you are local.

Squires Garden Centre Christmas Circus 2016

Things you need to know:

  • Dates: Saturday 26th November – 24th December
  • Times: 10.30am / 2.30pm / 4.30pm Monday-Saturday and 11am / 2.30pm on Sundays. Full details can be found on their website.
  • Location: Squire’s Garden Centre, London Road, Washington, RH20 2BP
    Cost: £12 per person, can be booked on line using the link above, by phone 01903 863505 or in person at the box office at Squire’s Washington.
  • The show lasts approximately 60 minutes

After Christmas the circus will be running a more traditional show

  • Dates: 27th – 31st December
  • Times : 10.30am / 2.30pm / 4.30pm Monday-Saturday and 11am / 2.30pm on Sundays
  • Cost: £10 per person and the show lasts approximately 60 minutes.

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My Favourite Christmas Advert – Calling all Tiger Protectors & Giveaway

Monkey’s favourite cuddly toy for many a month when he small was a little tiger we picked up on a visit to London Zoo. It went everywhere with him, and I mean everywhere. It was the toy that Hubby and I kicked ourselves for only buying one, I am sure most parents have been there. When we were contacted by the WWF-UK to help spread the word about their new campaign it reminded me about our little trip to London Zoo and the fascination with the tigers at such a young age. Their aim is to write one of the biggest conservation success stories in recent history and if I can help them to do this then I will.

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The tiger is the biggest, the most iconic, and one of the most endangered of all cats. Sadly wild tiger numbers have declined by over 95% during the last century due to threats like poaching and habitat loss. But now for the first time in conservation history, their numbers are increasing and there are now almost 3,900 tigers in the wild. We’re at a pivotal moment where the UK public can play a critical role in helping us continue to increase tiger numbers.

This Christmas WWF-UK are calling on the public to become Tiger Protectors with WWF, to help them achieve their goal to double the number of wild tigers by 2022 – the next Chinese Year of the Tiger. WWF-UK brings the plight of wild tigers home in the latest advert to hit our screens during this festive season.

I know you all want to see the advert so here it is, but be warned its a bit of a tear jerker…

Yes they are asking for a donation… £5 a month, what a wonderful Christmas present this would make. The chance for our Children’s,  children to see and understand what a  tiger is, rather than it just become another name on a long list of extinct species. To have an attachment to a little fluffy soft toy and actually be able to understand, that its not some mythical creature. That they still exist, roaming the plains and perhaps one day, the dream,  to see them in the wild themselves…

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In return for the £5 donation you will get:

  • A personalised tiger certificate.
  • Regular tiger news throughout the year to keep you updated on everything tiger related.
  • A fact pack.
  • A personalised story book ‘The Tiger Protector’ featuring a child and adult of your choosing in the story.

You can read more and donate on the Become a Tiger Protector Website.

Monkey has been trying out the The Tiger Protector personalised story book and and loves it. The illustrations are bright and vibrant and immediately appealing to little ones eyes. Good quality printing and paper, it is a book which will stand the test of time and become a firm a favourite. There is personalisation throughout the book and its a lovely heart warming story in keeping with the advert. Monkey really enjoys it and requests it most evenings.

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Ultimately with a campaign such as this its all about raising awareness, so in order to do this I am giving away a WWF-UK soft tiger, as well as dress up ears, bow tie and tail, along with a WWF notebook. These are the same as (although not) the ones pictured above. All you need to do to be within a chance of winning is tweet about the campaign using the Gleam application below. Please help me, to help WWF-UK to spread the word.

Soft Tiger Plush and Tiger Dress-up #iProtectTigers Campaign

  • Competition is open to residents of UK aged 18 or over
  • There is no cash alternative offered
  • The winner will be drawn at random and receive a soft tiger plush and dress up like the ones pictured in this post
  • The competition will close on 15th December 2016 at 11.59pm, the winner will be notified through Twitter
  • The Winner will be asked to provide an email address and full postal address

I have a number of other giveaways running as we approach Christmas please search giveaway in the box above to enter. Good Luck!

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#RememberingTheseDays Week 20

Welcome back to week twenty of #RememberingTheseDays Instagram community. The place to share your precious family memories. I host this community with the lovely Laura over at Life with Baby Kicks #rememberingthesedays-3 Whatever the memory, or life event you want to record, joining in is simple, just tag your favourite photos #RememberingTheseDays over on Instagram. Each Sunday Laura and I will choose our four favourites. Please follow Mudpie Fridays here and Life with Baby Kicks here on Instagram to see if you have been featured.

Each Saturday when I go in to choose my favourites and make sure I have liked every photo within the tag, I always try to guess how many we will be up to. I was very happy to see that this week we are now over 10,360 which means last week we got over 700 tags. Thank you to all of you who continue to use #RememberingTheseDays. So as promised we are working on something for when we hit 10,000! Although we were not expecting to hit it so soon!! So its not ready for this week, but Laura and I are over the moon that we have reached such a milestone so quickly. Thank you!

This weeks favourites:

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From top left to bottom right:

  • Love the matchingness, although the words that accompany this photo are even more gorgeous over @tobyandroo
  • Another stunning photo from @lavendervibesau, taken over at Point Anne where special words were muttered
  • I purposefully was trying not to include Christmas photos since come next week I suspect they will feature a lot in everyone’s feeds, but I could not resist this one of `Ruby @melmclellan
  • Those eyes!! @fivelittledoves

Please pop over and visit their feeds by clicking on the names above.

My favourite from my feed is this one of Monkey when he was around two. We had gone searching for a Gruffalo. Not only does it remind me that my 4.5 year old was little once and not the steam roller of pent up energy he is now. Sometimes with all the answering back, smart comments and whinging you forget how adorable they are. Somewhere under all that is the same little person thats in this photo, it gives me hope he will emerge after whatever phase he is going through at the moment. It also reminds we still have all this to come with Kipper, the constant wonderment, funny words and cuteness.

Do you ever look back through old photos? I forget just how cute he was!!!

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My favourite from Laura’s feed is this one of the Big One hiding under an umbrella in the rain. Its not often I see a photo that makes me laugh out loud instantly and this did just that. To be fair I don’t think there is much rain in Qatar!

What do you do when you're an expat kid in Qatar and haven't seen rain in months? You hide under an umbrella of course!

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Come and join in by using the hashtag #RememberingTheseDays, and please pass this tag to your Instagram buddies.  Thank you for those who joined us at the #RememberingTheseDays Linky last week. We were really hope it will help our community to grow since we so many that use the tag each week, but so far its not been that popular….. if possible please encourage all your friends to join in. Each week we will be linking back  to our top commentators spreading some DA love as well, so you will be benefiting from links from sites with DAs of 37 and 32.

This weeks top commentator was @agirlabouttownhouse,  thank you so much lovely

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  • #RememberingTheseDays Instagram Linky will be open from 7am on Sunday morning and will close at midnight on Tuesday
  • You can link up to two photos each week
  • Please comment on one each of the hosts photos, the one before yours and any other of your choosing.
  • Our top three commenters each week will receive a link back to their blog and IG accounts
  • Please use the tag #Rememberingthesedays in your comments so the recipients know how you found them and it makes it easier for us to identify the top commentor.
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  • Laura and I will comment on all photos linked up

We really want this to foster a greater sense of community, lets share the instagram love and get commenting. Hopefully we will be able to tell you more about our celebratory plans next week.

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RockaBye Originals Tuxedo Bling Sleepsuit Review

As there is only two months calendar wise between Monkey and Kipper we have been lucky enough to reuse most of Monkey’s clothes. However this has meant that when I have looked for new clothes for Kipper I want something completely different and unique. Fitting this remit entirely is RockaBye Originals and when Emma got in contact offering us the chance to review on of their Bling range I of course said yes!

Rockabye originals tuxedo sleepsuit bling review

I really like their ethos:

FOR KIDS ABOUT TO ROCK, WE SALUTE YOU.
EVERY GORGEOUS, MAD ONE OF YOU IS A TOTAL ORIGINAL.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO WEAR FUNKY FASHION AND GREAT STYLE.
DEMAND COOL. EMBRACE DIFFERENT. STAY ORIGINAL.

RockaBye Originals website.

Rockabye originals tuxedo sleepsuit bling review

Using only 100% cotton they are a perfect ‘unique’ solution for parents that want to dress their little ones in something different. Especially as each piece of their Bling Range is limited edition with only 1000 pieces made of each. With the festive season almost upon us and Kipper’s first every New Year I opted to try out the Tuxedo Sleepsuit Bling. Although it is perfect for a special occasion such as a Wedding or as an alternative outfit for a Christening. I would actually use this for everyday wear as well. Purely because they stay little for such a short period of time something this gorgeous should not just be saved for special occasions!

Rockabye originals tuxedo sleepsuit bling review

The suit and an equally stunning Gold Drip Bib came in a smart cardboard box with the company’s gold embossed logo. Not only does this make gift wrapping a breeze but it also makes it feel very decedent. The bibs are one size and on Kipper who has recently turned six months, is a little bit like a rugby ball. So it does reach all the way down his body. This does mean I can use it smarten up other outfits effortlessly. Its double thickness cotton and since Kipper in in the throws of full on teething it has been put to the test and I am happy to say it really copes well keeping the dampness of his clothes. Personally I think its far too nice to use at meal times and couldn’t bring myself to do it!

Rockabye originals tuxedo sleepsuit bling review

Rockabye originals tuxedo sleepsuit bling review

Now as mentioned Kipper is a little short and a little round (bless him) so I was a little apprehensive about how it would fit. When we have tried ‘designer’ baby grows inevitably they are far to skinny for him. But I am happy to say there is loads of room in this, sized 6-12 months I can see it fitting him all the way through. If anything its a little on the large side, plenty of room for growing legs and arms just the way I like it. The gold edging is not too tight round the shoulders or cuffs. Kipper is broad on the shoulder, both boys are, yet the slits go all the way to top of the arm meaning manoeuvring him into it is straightforward. Especially now he can roll…. I like the little touches such as the real bow and the signature red embroidered lighting flash.

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The gold pattern is thick – if that makes sense? It doesn’t disappear or separate when you stretch it like cheaper clothes can do. The washing instructions do recommend turning inside out and not ironing on the pattern to keep it in tip top condition. You would be mistaken for thinking by looking at it that it would be hand wash only, yet its machine washable at thirty. Having a couple of Emma’s other designs I can vouch for the fact that they wash and last well.

Rockabye originals tuxedo sleepsuit bling review

May absolute favourite part are the little stars on the bottom of the feet!

Rockabye originals tuxedo sleepsuit bling review

Although on my higher end of the price range at £30 for the Tuxedo Sleepsuit and £14.50 for the Gold Drip Bib – you do get garments that designed in the UK and manufactured in the EU without a sweatshop in sight. Emma a mother of two runs the business from a green shed at the bottom of her garden, and I for one want to support home grown local businesses. Juggling the demands of parenthood with building something for the future is no easy task and I am prepared to pay more for quality. I have always felt that its really difficult when you have two of the same gender, as the second child always struggles to find their own identity as they live in hand me downs. Its great to have something for Kipper which is his. I am really impressed with the softness of both the suit and the bib. I love the uniqueness of them both and how smart and gorgeous he looks in them.

Rockabye originals tuxedo sleepsuit bling review

I would definitely but them as presents, and if the Tuxedo is not for you there are some other lovely designs including a Guitar Sleepsuit, Love Onesie and Lightening Sleepsuit. Available in white and back and go all the way up to 6 years. Emma has very kindly agreed to offer one of my readers a chance to win a bib and Sleepsuit/Onesie of their choice from the Gold Range perfect for the festive period. For your chance to win please enter via the Gleam application below and note the T&Cs.

Enter Competition

  • Competition is open to residents of UK aged 18 or over
  • There is no cash alternative offered
  • The winner will be drawn at random and receive a bib and sleepsuit or onesie of their choice from the RockaBye Original Gold Range
  • The competition will close on 15th December 2016 at 11.59pm, the winner will be notified through Twitter
  • The Winner will be asked to provide an email address and full postal address

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We were given the Tuxedo SleepSuit Bling and the Gold Drip Bib for the purpose of this review, all words and opinions are my own