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Breakfast with Father Christmas at Wyevale Garden Centre

On the day that Jasmine turned eight, we visited our local Wyevale Garden Centre to have breakfast with the big man himself. This is our third year and we always enjoy it. There is so much included in the ticket price, as well as the magic of meeting Santa. When we arrived, we were shown to our table, which was decked out with activity sheets for the children and Christmas crackers for all. The children busied themselves with pulling crackers and doing some colouring whilst waiting for breakfast to arrive. We adults were offered tea or coffee and the children were given a choice of orange or blackcurrant squash (I chose to upgrade my coffee to a latte as I’m not keen on filter coffee). Breakfast itself was delicious, and the only minor complaint was that Jasmine would have liked bacon as part of the child’s plate, though she did enjoy what she had. Sonny, still the fussy monkey he has always been, did not want his cooked breakfast – the staff were very obliging …

Peter Pan at the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

Last week, we were very kindly invited to the press night of Worthing’s brilliant pantomime, Peter Pan, at the Pavilion Theatre. We were incredibly fortunate with our seats, which were right in the centre and three rows back, so we had the perfect view of all the entertainment. And what a lot of entertainment there was!  As a 20-something who grew up with CBBC on the television most days, I must admit I was rather excited to see Richard McCourt (of Dick and Dom fame) starring as Smee, the very silly but kindhearted pirate, but it was Patrick Monahan as Captain Hook who really stole the show for me. With his excellent comic timing and stage presence, I was actually hoping he would defeat Peter Pan at times, if only to keep him in the show for longer. Peter Pan has all the ingredients of a classic panto and is very interactive, with plenty of audience participation thrown in for good measure. There is something for all the family to enjoy and, for me, it signals …

Kids Christmas Day Fashion Haul

I think there is something so special about dressing up at Christmas time, but I also feel it is a perfect opportunity to relax, as we rarely have the time during our busy lives. This Christmas Day, my children will have new onesies to wear indoors, with festive socks too. My favourites are this gorgeous Fairisle onesie from John Lewis and these Santa socks from FatFace. We aren’t planning on going further than the beach for a brisk walk this Christmas Day so won’t be dressing up as such, but new clothes will feature. For the children, I love these comfy Converse joggers and matching Converse shoes, all topped off with a Boden Christmas jumper. And for me? Well, I wouldn’t say no to a gorgeous new SuperDry coat! Do you dress up for Christmas Day? Let me know in the comments.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals at Voucheroo

It can’t have escaped your notice that this weekend is a pretty big deal for shoppers and businesses alike; huge numbers of the latter have sent out emails, and social media is awash with price cuts and special offers. Black Friday may be quite a new phenomenon this side of the pond but it has already made a big impression – it is estimated that we will spend £1.3 billon today in the UK alone. Crazy, right? Not everyone approves of the American-infused Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals but they can be useful when it comes to ticking off Christmas presents.  My children have asked for things such as Lego, Aquabeads, kinetic sand, and scooters, all of which are available on sites such as Amazon, and heavily reduced this weekend. Knowing where to look for the best deals, and those most relevant to your needs, can prove tricky though, so using a site like Voucheroo is wise. Voucheroo have selected the best deals from around the web and have exclusive discount codes and offers, taking …

Christmas Wish List with

It’s November, I officially have my Christmas head on (what? I’m a parent; I have to!) and have been looking for somewhere to stock up on Christmas gifts. I do buy local where possible, and I love a proper shopping trip, which I hope to do next month, but there are just some things that need to be bought online. I’ve spent a lot of time browsing the Wicked Uncle site for the children and now have a long wishlist of things I want to buy from Very, including the following treasures:   Polaroid camera, £89.99    iPod Touch, £179.99    Furry Connect, £59.99   V-Flex Scooter, £45   iPad Pro, £549   Avengers DVD player, £59.99 Cocktail Pack, 19.99    Chocolate Liqueur, £19.99 Have you started Christmas shopping yet?