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Sunday, 21 December 2014

The Best Gifts to Help New Year's Resolutions

The Best Gifts to Help New Year’s Resolutions
New Year’s Resolutions are difficult to stick to for anybody. You need will power but you also need the support of your friends and loved ones. So if you have a friend or family member who has got a worthwhile resolution for the New Year offer all the help you can. If you think they would benefit from making a resolution, why not help them out with a thoughtful gift? Here are a few inspirational ideas for your New Year’s Resolution Gift.

Gift: Headphones
Resolution Suggestion: Learn a language
A quality pair of headphones makes listening to anything more enjoyable. Suppliers such as Electric Shop offer a great selection of headphones which could not only prove an incentive to learn a foreign language but get them to the gym or pounding the pavement with a daily jog.

Gift: Fitness Tracker
Resolution Suggestion: Get Healthy
On a similar fitness tip, fitness and health trackers such as those made by Jawbone and fitbit allow exercise fans to analyse their workouts with their smart phones after keeping tabs on their activity.

Gift: Mocktail Recipe Book
Resolution Suggestion: Drink Less Alcohol
This fun gift may encourage someone to throw a January ‘dry’ party or help them discover new drinks for when they are on a night out. This is also a good way to aid a January detox after the excesses of Christmas.

Gift: E-reader
Resolution Suggestion: Watch Less Television
Amazon’s new Fire HD7 is amongst the most top of the range e-readers surround sound capable with cameras in the front and rear. However, if your friend wants to do more worthwhile activities rather than watching telly this may not be the answer (the streaming qualities is one of the models plus points). Go for a cheaper model on which they can only read to encourage a more productive pass time.

Gift: Walking Boots / Water Proofs
Resolution Suggestion: Spend more time in the great outdoors
There are sure to be some great walks around where your friend lives either in their local vicinity or a short drive away. Don’t let weather be an excuse by kitting them out with some high quality wet weather gear.

Gift: Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30
Resolution Suggestion: Become an Early Bird
Getting up an hour earlier can enable you to achieve so much more. This design of alarm clock brings the snoozer gently out of sleep with an increasingly bright light which lets your body know to stop producing the sleep-inducing melatonin hormone and increase the production of cortisol which perks you up to start the day.  

Gift: Theatre/Concert Gift Vouchers
Resolution Suggestion: Get Out More
If one of your friends or family members feel they are not getting enough culture in their lives why not treat them to some vouchers from ticketmaster which will allow them to go to the show of their choice in the New Year.

Christmas Wish List

With only a few days left until the Big Man pays a visit. I have been doing a bit of online browsing to come up with the boys Christmas wish list. With the boys so close in age i always try and find toys that they are able to share and interactive with each other as much as possible. So after scoring the Debenhams website i put together a few little goodies that the boys would love to find under the tree come Thursday Morning.

 1) Melissa and Doug Grocery Basket: Imaginative play is a big hit with the boys and lots of fun for active little minds. Playing shop is one our favourites and this little set with its own little basket would be a great addition to the family grocery store
2) A Treasury of Five Minute Stories: We always try and share a bedtime story every night before bed and this book is packed with some of my childhood favourites that i would love to share with the boys.

 3) Thomas and Friends Walkie Talkie: Both the boys are huge Thomas fans and am sure they would have lots of fun with these talking to each other from different rooms.

4) Thomas and Friends Ravensburger Thomas Night Work, 60 pc Glow in the Dark Puzzle: I am a big believer in educational toys and i love that the boys will still and work out how to complete puzzles. I like to try and challenge them and this 60 piece puzzle not only features Thomas and Friends but glows in the dark too.

5) Pirate Pursuit Game: Board games are another big hit with the boys and we all love sitting together as a family playing a game. As the boys are so close in age they tend to like similar things and pirates are a current hit. This game looks different to any we current have and the wind up Galleon looks like a great idea.

6) Brio Monorail Airport Set: Our train set is one of the only toys that seems to be played everyday. So we are always looking for additions to our set. The Monorail Airport set will add a new dimension to our play and the youngest will especially like the lift set and plane.

7) Teksta Kitty: My eldest has become rather found of one of the robotic friends that they have at nursery and i think that Kitty would be a welcome addition to the household. Not only is Kitty super cute but i am sure we could have lots of fun training her how to perform and is the next best thing to a real Kitty.

Disclaimer: This post is my entry into the Teksta Debenhams competition

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Snowman and the Snowdog Blog Tour

A couple of weeks ago we were asked if we would like to take part in the Snowman and Snowdog twelve days of Christmas blog tour.The Snowman is one of my all time favourite Christmas movie's and last year it was in the boys stocking and was an instant hit with them too.

We were sent a lovely boxset containing the Snowman and the Snowdog DVD and a cute little plush Snowdog. The boys couldn't wait to open it.

Snowman and  Snowdog Box Set

Snowman and Snowdog DVD
The Snowman and the Snowdog is an adorable sequel to the Raymond Briggs classic animated Snowman film. This film (without giving too much away) is about a young boy Billy who finds a secret box under the floor boards of his new house containing a snowman making kit. He builds a Snowman and a Snowdog and the tale comes to life with a magical adventure. The soundtrack is a lovely addition to the story and the boys favourite is the colourful fun race with lots of lovely characters.

Snowdog plush toy
Little man has really taken to this film and loves the plush Snowdog toy. In fact the little Snowdog accompanies little man to bed and i have seen them sharing the odd chocolate biscuit together too.

This lovely little Snowman and Snowdog set that has become an instant hit in our household can be purchased from Amazon

Why not check out day 10 of the Snowman and Snowdog blog tour here
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