Christmas 2017

Gift Ideas for Mum & Dad

*I have been gifted some of the items in this gift guide*.

I always struggle when it comes to buying presents for adults, especially if they’re not immediately family or close friends. I’ve put together this guide to help those of you that share this struggle.

For The New Mum

Childs Farm Baby Bedtime Kit £12.99 from

For The Car Enthusiast

Simonz car cleaning gift kit with wireless mouse £15.00. You can find it here.

For The Make-Up Lover.

W7 Eye Eco eye colour palette, Boozi Lip Balm, Illmasqua Eye Gel and I-Art Eye colour are all available from


For the Skincare addict

Collagen boosting night ampoules, overnight spot corrector and eye lifting serum from the Skin Doctors.

For The Long Soak Lover a bath bomb from Bomb Cosmetics

And you can’t go wrong with a piece of jewellery.

This bracelet by Fiorelli is from

Ok so I’m a little bit hopeless when it comes to Men’s gifts.

I’ve got my husband an Apple Watch this year, if you have a tech lover or a fitness fanatic you can find out more about them here.

Message from Santa App

I recently discovered the Message from Santa App from another mum on the PTA and had to give it a try! I think its great! You can call Santa’s voicemail, Get a Call from Santa or Text Santa.

When you call Santa’s voicemail you get a list of options and some of these are really great!

1 Record your Christmas wish-list.
2 Put someone on naughty or nice list.
3 Check what Santa’s doing right now.
4 Check weather in North-pole
5 Check how many days until Christmas?
6 Find out the names of the reindeer
9 leave Santa a message

You can text Santa and get an instant reply.

You can get a call from Santa for a variety of reasons. He can call to put the recipient on the naughty/nice list or to say he/she must get ready for school/bed.

We’ve had great fun in counting down the days using the voicemail, finding out what Santa’s been doing and on the odd occasion of bad behaviour I’ve phoned to put the boys on the naughty list.

You can download the Message to Santa App here.


Blogmas Day 4: Christmas Pantomimes

Christmas 2016 we had our first family pantomime visit, we chose Cinderella at the Floral Pavillion in New Brighton. I wasn’t sure if the boy were too young to understand but they watched the whole thing and were glued to the stag.

The show starred Olivia Birchenough from Milkshake as Cinderella, Tam Ryan, comedian as Buttons, Alison Hammond as the Fairy Godmother and Jamie Morris and Tarot Joseph as the Ugly Sisters.

The show was great. The ugly sisters were very funny and Tristan said his favourite part was when they sang ghost busters and one of the ugly sisters scared the ghost away. The show was filled with fun and laughter, some sadness and of course a happy ending. The audience were amazed when an actual Shetland pony was brought onto the stage.

A annual visit to a pantomime is definitely going to become a Christmas tradition, although we haven’t booked this years yet – mainly because I can’t decide which to attend as there’s lots of choice this year.

Pantomimes in the North West this Christmas include


Day 1: Happy First of December… He’s here, He’s here.

Happy 1st December!! How quickly has it come around this year?? Not quite feeling the Christmas spirit yet this year, it’s been a hard year and I’m usually finishing off our Christmas shopping round about now but I’ve barely started. I’m going to pursue in the Christmas fun for the boys and hopefully the Christmas spirit will appear somewhere along the way.

For many the 1st of December brings the advent calendars and lots of excitement for chocolate for breakfast. For some it bring the elf on the shelf. In our house we do the elf slightly differently than the typical elf on the shelf, we do a mixture of the elf bringing treats and/or activities, days out or just being mischievous. The first of December marks his arrival and this morning the boys woke up and excitedly asked if they could come downstairs to see if the elf had come this year; because Santa needs lots of elf’s to stay back home so not everyone gets an elf. Tristan was the first downstairs this morning and he screamed ‘He’s here!! He’s here!! and he’s brought advent calendars.’

elf on the shelf busylazymum #blogmas Christmas 2017Advent Calendars: Moo-free £2.99 from Aldi, personalised Snowman & Snow dog white chocolate £5 from Thornton’s, Scooby Snacks for Dogs £2.99 from B&M, personalised Santa £5 from Thornton’s and Chocologic Free from £2.50 from Tesco.

I debated getting a ‘proper’ elf on the shelf elf this year as the boys are both a bit older and I think the cuddly elf might be getting a bit young for them now, but I decided to stick with him for the time being as we’ve had so much fun with him and with moving house thought it’d be nice to have Buddy here instead of more change for them.

In the past Buddy our elf has…

…Decorated the boys bedroom ready for Christmas.

…brought us our letter to Santa kits.

…brought us our Christmas cards to write and festive snacks.

…snuck into our apartment at Butlin’s to surprise us with a North Pole Breakfast.


… brought us Christmas Crafts.

Our Elf Buddy has been so much fun in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing the excitement on the boys faces each day when they find out where he’s hiding, what he’s done or what he’s brought.

You can keep updated with our elf antics over at Buddy’s Elf Antics 2017.

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to check out Blogmas: Day 2.


Blogmas Day 7: The Coca Cola Truck

Last night after school we travelled to Liverpool to see the iconic ‘Holidays are coming’ Coca Cola Truck which was situated next to Liverpool One’s 30 metre Christmas tree on Paradise Street.

We arrived at around 4pm expecting the queue to be unbelievably long we were pleasantly surprised when we went from the end of the queue to having our photos taken within 15 minutes. *This may of had something to do with the rain. Or the fact we got there at a good time. Previous years we have arrived later and have had to queue for up to an hour and a half.

Whilst we were waiting in the queue we were given vouchers for a bottle of Coca Cola from a supermarket. As we got closer we were offered a small can of coca cola – all varieties were available. We took 3 cans of coca cola. I don’t often let the boys have fizzy drinks but as a treat on this occasion I did. The assistant wasn’t allowed to hand the drink to the children which is great as it shows that Coca Cola are taking social responsibility. I had previously read in the Liverpool Echo that there were calls to ban the coca cola truck coming to Liverpool One due to an ‘obesity epidemic’. I think Coca Cola have been very responsible in this situation as they have passed that responsibility onto the parents.

We approached the truck where there were 3 podiums which we could choose one to pose for a photo on and an assistant would take your camera/phone and take a photo for you. Previous years they would take the photo for you and also take one with their professional camera which you could download or buy a copy of online.


We had our photo taken and moved along to the area near the front of the truck and finished our drinks before putting the cans in the recycling bin provided.

At the front of the Coca Cola Truck there was a photo frame so it would have been rude not to.

As we walked around the other side of the Coca Cola Truck Tristan spotted an assistant and he went over to ask her some questions about the truck. She was lovely and told him that it wasn’t just a normal truck and that Santa was in there resting for the big day. She the offered for the boys to go behind the barrier for a photo against the very front of the Coca Cola Truck, so we took a few more photos.

Well done to all the Coca Cola Team at Liverpool One this year, you were all friendly and helpful even though you were getting soaked and no doubt were freezing. Also the security guards who were on top form asking Lewis if he’d lost his mum or dad and turning around to check when he appeared next to them at the barrier hoping for a closer look at the Coca Cola Truck. (I was stood at the other side of the barrier within arms reach).

I was a little disappointed to find out that a short time after we left, images were projected onto the side of the Coca Cola Truck would of been nice to see our face on it. But never mind we’ll see you again next Christmas.

You can see the Coca Cola Truck at the following locations:

  • 7th December (Today) Watford – Asda.
  • 7th December (Today) Telford Shopping Centre.
  • 8th December Wembley – London Designer Outlet.
  • 8th December Nottingham – Victoria Retail Park.
  • 9th December London – O2 Arena.
  • 9th December Birmingham – Edgbaston Street.
  • 10th December London – O2 Arena.
  • 10th December Birmingham – Edgbaston Street.
  • 11th December Coventry – Broadgate.
  • 13th December Reading – Riverside Shopping Centre.
  • 14th December Rushden – Waitrose.
  • 15th December Milton Keynes – Xscape.
  • 16th December Essex – Lakeside.
  • 17th December Essex – Lakeside.

.Tour dates are usually released at the beginning of November, we’ll be sure to let you know when we know.