Christmas Decoarations

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.


Christmas Open Weekend at Inspirations Wholesale.

Inspirations wholesale Christmas BusyLazyMum

I heard of Inspirations Wholesale in Bromborough a long time ago and unfortunately never got round to popping in. When I found out about their Christmas open weekend via Facebook I knew this would be the perfect opportunity for me to pop in and have a nosey and I am so glad I did!I wasn’t quite sure where Inspirations was but found it relatively easily. I was shocked by the sheer size of the building! I wasn’t expecting a little shop but was expecting something less than half the size, it was huge!! We went in and they were offering drinks and cake for a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support which I thought was a brilliant idea!I love Christmas and love to make it special for our boys. I like to have themes when we decorate for Christmas and recent years have been quite bland. So I have been in search of some inspiration to make our first Christmas in our own home that extra bit special. Inspirations Wholesale have so many stunning themes I am stuck for choice!Inspirations wholesale Christmas BusyLazyMum

We went in and the boys were so excited to see all the trees and the colours. There was a wreath making display which Tristan watched eagerly and asked if we could make one. I promised to do one nearer Christmas so watch this space – I’m not very artistic so it might turn into an epic fail but it’s worth a try, and thanks to Inspirations we have an idea of where to start.

We wondered around the colourful displays and came to their Facebook frame competition, which there was a short queue for. The boys got involved and used the Christmassy props provided. Good luck to everyone that entered! The prize is a £50 gift voucher to spend in store. I love the elf hat Lewis is wearing its £9.99 + VAT and you can buy it here.

We then went for a wonder along the aisles where the non display items were and the boys started to get a bit bored. So we only had a short wonder and then left. I thought these elf signs were great and will 100% be adding one to our decorations this year. Which one though? Decisions Decision! You can buy them for £3.75+VAT here

The boys both loved the elf trees. Although Tristan said he loved the upside down tree too.  As the elf comes to stay with us throughout December we will probably be buying most of this range in the near future.

It’s safe to say that when it’s a bit closer to Christmas and my ‘Christmas is ages away’ Scrooge husband has found his Christmas spirit we will be returning and I shudder to think how much we will spend – not because it’s expensive because everything I saw was very reasonably priced, but because I will want to buy it all!

You can view some of Inspirations Wholesale stock on their website here and follow them on Facebook here.