Santa Safari:Our Family Christmas Trip to West Midland Safari Park 

One of our favourite places to visit for a day trip as a family is without a doubt, West Midland Safari Park. So when I was asked to bring the family along to experience their Santa Safari, it was an immediate, “Yes, I would love to!” When you have five year old twin girls who completely and totally believe in Santa it’s quite simply magical. They also love animals so to be able to drive through the Safari first and see all the awesome animals before going on to meet Santa. Well, it’s a recipe for a perfect day. We live… [Read More]

Christmas Gift Guide 2017

It’s unbelievable that it’s nearly 12 months since last Christmas, but Christmas is nearly here again, and I for one couldn’t be happier! I love Christmas, especially when you have five year old twin girls. The magic of Christmas is still very much alive in our home. So here we go! Here is my Christmas Gift Guide for 2017. There is something for everyone, kids, him, her and tech lovers. First up on the Christmas gift guide is for those little darlings in your life, your children. Children 1. Heelys £49.95 First up we have these Heelys X2 Bolt Plus… [Read More]

Christmas Eve in Our Home 

Now that our twins are four years old, they’re able to work out exactly how many days it is to Christmas. The countdown, as you can  imagine, has been in full swing for quite a while! Of course the advent calendars the girls have, have encouraged them to countdown the days, but that’s not a bad thing and of course the excitement levels continue to increase as Christmas Day gets closer. Christmas Eve this year is going to be a busy day for the family in general. We are visiting my wife’s sister and her family on the  morning of Christmas… [Read More]

Our Annual Visit To See Santa 

Yesterday I found a picture which is approximately 18 years old of my oldest daughters and me visiting Santa’s grotto. It made me realise I have been doing the annual visit to see Santa for a long time and I’m not sure I’m aging too well, but OMG! Five children gives you grey hairs! Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of my son and I visiting Santa, and at 17 years old I think he is a bit too old, haha! I did suggest we go together to get that all important memory, but recieved a very blank look and… [Read More]

Do We Spoil Our Children at Christmas? 

I imagine every year, every parent asks themselves this question. Do we spoil our children at Christmas?  The honest answer for me and my children is probably yes!  My oldest three children who are now 21, 19 and 17 years old. When they were toddlers they were definitely spoilt in the amount of presents they had. It would always take them a couple of hours to open all their presents.  One particular year the two oldest girls had bikes for Christmas and my son who was 3 years old didn’t. So on Christmas Eve morning I felt very guilty that… [Read More]

Christmas Cards, Supermarkets and Teachers. Xmas Marketing or Traditions?

It’s that time of the year that I love! Christmas! Christmas is without a doubt a magical, wonderful time, and if you have little ones that still believe in Father Christmas it makes it so special! Seeing their eyes light up on Christmas morning are what family memories are made of! I particularly remember my oldest three and my four year old twins being totally memorised by Santa’s footprints and remnants of snow from the North Pole on the carpet. Their innocence is just to be treasured, not realising for a minute that mummy and daddy did it! Unfortunately certain… [Read More]

What do you do when the Kids are in School?

Well, this week the boss gave me the week off work. Yes, I gave myself a week off! This was very convenient! My wife and I did all the wrapping of all the Christmas presents and put together lots of the girls toys and checked that they were all working. One toy in particular that I was really looking forward to putting together, in fact I was wetting myself with excitement, is their Chad Valley White 6v Sports Car! You may be wondering why I was so excited? Omg! Isn’t it obvious? I wanted to have a go and my… [Read More]

When to Put Up Your Christmas Decorations 

Well according to my wife’s gospel, it is ok to put up the Christmas decorations on November 26th. This is really strange for me as it’s my birthday on the 29th and I honestly can’t remember ever celebrating my birthday with the house totally decked out in Christmas decorations! Hey, what’s going on! Have you forgotten it’s my birthday tomorrow?! It was very strange how it all happened. We went to the skate park because the twins R and M had been asking for weeks to go and the weather had been appalling, it seemed as the weekend came the… [Read More]

Santa Please Stop Here Canvas Review 

One Christmas tradition that all of my five children have always loved doing is putting up the Santa please stop here sign. Even my eldest at 21 years of age still believes and has to make sure it’s put up, haha! Recently I was sent the most unique and very cool Santa please stop here signs from Karen over at Love Your Home Interiors. The signs come in canvas form and they are beautifully decorated and personalised to your child with their name. For a child seeing their name on a sign such as this with a cartoonists picture of Santa definitely… [Read More]