Dear Santa…Our Wishlist from Debenhams

I was asked to put together a Christmas Wishlist for the children from the Debenhams Toy range. So, I asked the children to get together and choose some things they would like and write a letter to Santa.

Here’s what they said…

Dear Santa,

We have been very good this year (you can check with Mummy – she always tells us how much she loves us) and we would be really happy if we could have these presents for Christmas. They are quite a few on the list but if you can’t get us all, one from each one’s list will be fine.

Jadyn

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VTech Secret Safe Diary 

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 My Little Pony Headphones

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Disney Princess Projector Alarm Clock

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Lego Star WarsKashyyyk Troopers

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TMNT Dojo Raph in training

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dojo Raph in Training

Aeryn frozen large magnetic Scribbler

Disney Frozen Large Magnetic Scribbler

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Lego Duplo Disney Princess Sleeping Beauty’s Fairy Tale

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Frozen Cool Tunes Headphones

We are enjoying having Ellie the Elf at home and we don’t really want her to leave on Christmas Eve.

We may (don’t tell Mummy) try and stay up on Christmas Eve so we can see you. That’s if Mummy doesn’t use her magic dust.

Have a Merry Christmas.

Jadyn, Ethan and Aeryn

How to work off your Christmas Dinner calories…

It’s the Christmas season – the season of fun, family and (over) indulgence. The food is just too tempting to say no too and why should we when it happens just once a year. Mince pies, turkey and trimings, Christmas puddings and yes the glass(es) of mulled wine.

If you want to know how to work this off, here’s an interesting infographic telling you just how much you need to do make up for your indulgence.

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Disclaimer: I was under no obligation to share this post. I just think it’s a great way of keeping the calories in check this Christmas. 

Beautiful gift ideas with StreetHub

I like gifts that are a little unique, a little quaint and a lot different. They take the mundane out of receiving. That’s why I am always on the lookout for gifts that you don’t really find on highstreet stores (when it concerns myself or the adults I buy presents for) The children of course only want toys!

StreetHub has some amazing gifts that are unique and rather lovely. They also have gifts to suit every pocket which is great – you can get something for as little as £2.75 and go right up to £5700. (Anyone buying me one of these dearer ones?)

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Their products are available for same day delivery (within London) in as little as 90 minutes. Perfect for those times that you forget a birthday or anniversary.

I was sent these lovely black tree glasses. They are gorgeous and are exquisite on their own so can be used as decoration. Each one has a different design of oak, blosson, birch and fir and are perfect for whiskey in these cold months.

Of course, as I said they are so lovely that I like having them around the house. So, I tweaked it a bit and used them for my scented candles.

Don’t they look gorgeous?

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I think these look really pretty and can add that certain chic to a home.

They are available for £39.95

Disclaimer: This is my entry in the StreetHub competition. All ideas and opinions are my own.

 

Get a grip on your tyres this winter with Michelin

With us hearing so often on the news about road traffic accidents, I think it is vital that we check our cars over at least once a week. It is even more urgent before a long drive.

Like we don’t forget to fill fuel, we must make it a habit to ensure that the tyres are pumped up. Ha! Look at me talk! I am not the designated driver. :)

But, I can still feel a difference when I sit in the car and the tyres have the right pressure. When I feel it less, I just bring it to my husband’s notice. Job done. Just kidding, I do know how to check for tyre pressure and if required I am perfectly capable of doing so.

Michelin have released this infographic based on a survey carried out with Mumsnet and it makes a very interesting read.

 

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I have always been firmly of the belief that if you buy cheap, you get cheap and I would never compromise on good quality tyres especially as the car carries our most precious cargo – our children.

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The research also brought to light more notions about tyres –

The survey revealed, there was still a discrepancy between genders with more men taking responsibility for tyres, but women are acknowledging that this shouldn’t be the case; – 97% agreed all drivers should take responsibility for their vehicle and its safety.

Safety and longevity emerged as the most important criteria to Mumsnetters when choosing tyres, but car handling and fuel saving were important too. Only 19% referred to the importance of tyre labelling, indicating that tyre labelling remains less understood than perhaps other labelling – for example the environmental ratings used on white goods (fridges, washing machines etc) – Michelin say – did you know that tyre labels include a rating for wet braking stopping distances?

Safety: Whilst safety is the key consideration , 38% didn’t know the legal tread depth, 67% were unaware of the penalty for having bald tyres (which is a min. 3 points per tyre, plus a fine in the UK) and 38% only checked their tyre pressures twice a year or less….

….interestingly many cited their car as having TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) and that this removed the need for regular tyre pressure checks. However, Michelin say that older, indirect TPMS systems (mainly fitted before 2012) may only alert the user to a sudden change in pressure (e.g. caused by a puncture). They do NOT necessarily indicate the gradual loss of air from tyres which reduces tyre performance leading to reduced fuel efficiency and braking capability.

Winter tyres: surprisingly, 66% would consider or be prepared to buy winter tyres in the future. 7% of Mumsnetters currently own winter tyres, which is above average when compared with the UK as a whole.

Premium Brands: 65% are prepared to pay the extra for a quality tyre brand which confirms that the majority of Mumsnetters recognise its worth paying for the inherent quality and safety performance associated with a recognised premium brand. Michelin say “not all tyres are the same…..”

Buying tyres: Only 6% purchased online, which may reflect a lack of knowledge in tyres, leaving purchasers more likely to be swayed by the tyre retailer’s recommendation. Investing the time in understanding how to read a tyre and using online tyre selector tools could help empower Mumsnetters to make their own choices. Mobile tyre fitment for home or office, bookable online, is also an option for greater convenience.

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I was also very surprised to find out about winter tyres being so important. My brother who lives out in the country makes sure to get fitted with winter tyres but as we live in the city, we don’t really see the necessity. After reading this, I may just have another thought to getting my tyres changed during winter.

You can read what other Mumsnet Bloggers think of tyre safety here

Michelin say that their Total Performance tyres bring together the optimum mix of performance areas, like grip, long-life and fuel saving, and that they’re perfect for the daily driving challenges that Mumsnetters face.

Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Mumsnet and Michelin to spread awareness of tyre safety. I have not been compensated for this post but will be entered into a prize draw.

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