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3 Birthday Gift Ideas for 10 Year Olds

This year sees Jasmine turn 10, somewhat unbelievably.  The day itself may not be until December but I have already started thinking about how to make it special.  Ten feels huge; double figures.  A milestone.  Inching closer to high school and greater independence. We have started talking about a party – a disco to share with all her friends and most likely the last big party she will have until she turns 16 (a scary prospect) – and she has some firm ideas about the gifts that she would like.  The last time we spoke about it, these included a Garmin child’s activity tracker, a Polaroid camera and vlogging equipment.  Yeah, she’s not a cheap date these days! I have been toying with the idea of saving the gift ideas for Christmas or farming them out to family and instead buying her something a little different; some kind of experience day that she won’t forget for a long time.  Or a puppy.  No, let’s stick with the experiences for now… The first to catch my …

A Children’s Party to Remember

Throwing a birthday party for your child is a such a special occasion, that keeping an eye on what you’re spending can get a little out of hand. You want them to have the best time, as well as all of their little friends, but do you really need to spend hundreds of pounds?Giving your child a birthday to remember can be done from your home with much less cost and hassle. A bit of preparation and a close eye at your spending can make all the difference. Games: Old and New Classic games such as pass the parcel, musical chairs and hide and seek can be done in the house quite easily. For pass the parcel, all you need is a small treat such as a pack of cards, small toy or bag of sweeties and lots of wrapping paper. Musical chairs simply requires an open space and a selection of chairs placed back to back in a line and hide and seek can be played outdoors and in, with a safety check of …

5 Fun Ideas For Your Teenager’s Birthday Party

Teenagers are notoriously difficult to please. They each have their own specific tastes, which can be difficult to meet at times. Birthdays are particularly tricky times. You won’t want to disappoint them with your choice of presents for them. And there is also a birthday party to organise! It’s no longer as easy as holding a tea party. As your teenagers may think they are all grown up, they will want something more than just a standard kid’s party. To help you decide what to do for your teenager’s party, here are some fun ideas.  Pexels GoQuest GoQuest is an indoor challenge that is aimed at teenagers and adults. The custom-built arena has different challenge rooms. Working together as a group, everyone in the room has to try and solve the puzzle or challenge in a set amount of time. There is a variety of things to take part in. From light physical activities to mental problems. Teenagers will love going here with their friends for a birthday party. After they’ve finished, they can enjoy …

Dear Jasmine, Birthday Seven

Dear Jasmine In this moment, seven years ago, you were not quite born.  Almost, but not quite.  You arrived at 10:51 on an ice-cold Wednesday morning, your cheeks pink and your cries indignant.  I remember that day as if it were yesterday.  Daddy sang to you and showed you the slate-grey World from the delivery room window.  our sweet young midwife, Esther, made us tea and toast and ran me a bath.  She dressed you too, in your first outfit.  You slept every moment of that day.  I was supposed to feed you but you refused to wake long enough to oblige.  When our visitors had all left and Daddy had gone home to sleep, you woke and cried and we stayed awake all night, on and off.  Early the next morning, Daddy texted to see if we wanted anything before he came to see us.  We didn’t; he was enough. I’m not sure who stole the time between that day and this, but they left behind a beautiful young lady.  An animal-mad adrenaline junkie with a …

Birthday Wishlist

Given our current financial circumstances, I already know I’m not having a big celebration for my birthday but still, I will be 28 on Sunday, and it’s called a wishlist for a reason, right? So, here is what I would have liked if gifts were still a thing. Milk Tray cake   Big Bang Theory Lego – seriously cute Tassimo machine – it would save money in the long run, trust me   Gift cards for M&S and Waterstones; two of my favourite shops L’Occitane gift set – smelling good is the way forward That’s everything, I think. Ah well, next year will be a goodun!