Coin Reward Charts

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Coin savings chart

I’m a big fan of reward charts and, more importantly, so are my boys. Over the summer they actively made themselves reward charts with a huge amount of joy! This brought about a new found interest in building up rewards for good behaviour and being helpful around the house. It’s also a nice way for me to reward and thank them for … Read More

Crafty Kestrel

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Noel Robin - Crafty Kestrel

Established this year, Crafty Kestrel is run by the lovely Kerry. Based in Warwickshire Kerry has also authored two books, A Year in Woolly Wonders and A Woollyful Christmas. She has turned her hobby into her business and has set up an online shop to sell her creations. Kerry was kind enough to send me this beautiful knitted robin to review for my 2018 Christmas gift guide. Noel the … Read More

Emma Lord Photography

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Emma Lord Photo bag

Emma Lord Photography has featured on my blog a few times before. I love her work and the way she approaches each photography session with ease and professionalism, making it so calm. Emma is still running her photography sessions, but this year she also set up her own Etsy store so that you can get your hands on her own fabulous prints … Read More

Estarer Bag

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Estarer laptop bag

Writing my blog, or indeed when I sometimes foray into writing fictional work, I like to be able to carry my laptop around with me, along with various accessories, pens and of course my trusty notepad. In the last few years, the choice of laptop bags has massively increased from the dull black leatherette shoulder bags of old. The Estarer … Read More


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GreaterSkies Christmas

I was introduced to GreaterSkies earlier this year and I haven’t stopped looking at my beautiful print since. The quality is stunning and to be able to have a snapshot of the stars over a particular place and time is a great gift idea. I chose the sky as it would have appeared when Jacob and I got married, but there were so many other dates that sprung to … Read More

Hopping Hare Candles

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Hopping Hare Candle Christmas

If you read my blog regularly or follow me on social media you may have guessed that I am completely taken with these candles! They just had to have a place on my gift guide. Handpoured Claire and her sister Justine work so hard to get the combination of oils right and use a high percentage of oil in each candle so that the … Read More

Micro Trike

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Micro Trike foot

We have had the pleasure of trying out the Micro Trike this year. Different from other trikes aimed at the toddler or pre-schooler age in that it doesn’t have pedals for use by the child I wasn’t sure how my three year old would take to it. The Micro Trike is principally aimed at helping toddlers transition between using a … Read More

Panda Post

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Panda Post Christmas

I wrote about Panda Post earlier this year and the adventures of Panda have really supported Munch and increased his interest in reading. As a child I used to keep an ear out for the flip of the letterbox, always wondering if it was something exciting for me. Usually it was a bill for my parents but what better way to engage early readers than through … Read More


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Posterlounge wall art

You may recall that I wrote about Posterlounge earlier in the year. My love for this company has not diminished since then. The quality of the world map that we received is superb and gets lots of appreciative remarks from our guests. By way of a quick recap, Posterlounge is an online shop for wall art. There are thousands of motifs to chose from … Read More

Sparks and Daughters

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Sparks and Daughters apron

Sparks and Daughters are a mother and daughter business who have been running for over ten years. Specialising in personalised gifts, there is something for everyone on their website. For the purposes of my 2018 Christmas Gift Guide I was sent an apron to review, but their product range covers so much more. From personalised baby clothes and blankets, to … Read More