Today marks the end of the play school week and as such Littlebit is always shattered and grumpy come pick up time on a Thursday. That in mind we tend to have an easy going afternoon just chilling on the sofa with a movie. Elden must have known this as today he brought her a new Thomas King of the Railway DVD.
You can never have enough fairy lights. We have them up all year round, just one set in the kitchen that make me smile when I turn them on on a dark morning. At Christmas we add to these lights so pretty much the whole house sparkles. However, last year I had to chuck some very old, probably very unsafe lights away.
So when LED Hut offered us some of their LED Christmas lights for review I jumped at the chance.
In case you haven’t heard of LED Hut, they are the UK’s number one online retailer for LED lighting products! They have recently teamed with property guru Sarah Beeny to encourage 1 million UK homes to make the savvy switch to LEDs.
With LED lights you can:
- Save 90% on your lighting bills
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- Save around £30 a month by switching to LEDs (a typical home)
- Just plug them in and start saving - LED bulbs are a direct replacement for your old energy-guzzling bulbs!
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I opted for the cool white string lights and have hung them around our monster bookcase. What do you think?
I love them. I think they really brighten that end of the room and once all the rest of the Christmas decorations are up (which is a work in progress) it’s going to look just fab.
What I love best about LEDs as they don’t get hot so they are safe to have near floor level and within Littlebit’s reach, as long as they’re securely attached of course.
Have you thought about switching to energy saving LEDs? I hadn’t before now but see that LED Hut do loads of everyday options too so will be switching to LED light bulbs in the new year. They’re not just for Christmas!
This is a review post. We were supplied with a set of cool white LED Christmas string lights by LED Hut for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.
This morning our Elf on the Shelf Elden arrived all the way from the North Pole. This is his 3rd visit, he first arrived in 2011 when Littlebit was just over a year old. It was totally lost on her then, obviously, but it gave me some time to plan lots of ideas for him as she gets older.
Last year she understood a bit more, LOVED the accompanying DVD “An Elf’s Story” and asked to watch it at least once a day and thoroughly enjoyed “finding” where Elden had returned to each morning. She’s now 3 years old and this year is going to be so much fun as she understands that bit more again.
So, this morning there was a knock on the door and awaiting her as she opened it was this parcel.
In the film “An Elf’s Story”, which if you don’t already have I really recommend you get to go alongside your Elf on the Shelf, the parcels are packaged up at The North Pole and delivered by elves onto each door step with a ring of the bell but no one is there but the parcel when the door is opened. This is what we do too.
I wrapped it up in brown paper and did a quick Google image search for “North Pole Post Marks”, printed them out and stuck them on. The parcel is addressed to Littlebit but I have obscured our address for obvious reasons.
In the book that accompanies your elf he arrives at the start of the Holidays, in America that’s Thanksgiving. In our house we celebrate Thanksgiving on the Saturday closest to actual Thanksgiving, today!
Littlebit seemed to remember from last year as the parcel arrived.
Once open and the book was read, reminding Littlebit that Elden will fly home to The North Pole each night and report back to Santa, we then sat down with a hot chocolate and watched the film.
I think The Elf on the Shelf is such a magical idea. It sometimes gets a bit of a bad press, but we don’t use it as a threat, that is if you’re not good then you won’t get any presents, but we do use it as an incentive to be good and he occasionally brings little gifts and treats if she has been especially good.
Check out our Elf on the Shelf Pinterest board for ideas and what Elden got to up last year and we’ll be back again tomorrow with his first return visit.
So today American’s celebrate Thanksgiving. We also celebrate Thanksgiving, though we are obviously not American, in fact we’re very British. The reason, well a few years back an American friend was over here and threw a Thankgiving dinner to which we were invited. The food was DIVINE! But more than that, the atmosphere, the thankfulness, the celebration of being thankful completely sucked me in.
Then Littlebit arrived. She was due around Thanksgiving, yet arrived on the 23rd September. Thus Thanksgiving always falls around her due date. What better reason for a celebration. To be thankful that she made it!
So each year, on the Saturday closest to Thanksgiving we throw a Thanksgiving dinner for family and/or friends. A time to just be in each others company and be thankful for the lives we have. We have various different Thanksgivingy decorations which go up mid to late November and this year I thought Littlebit was old enough to add to this collection by making a Thankful Tree. We are going to use our Easter tree and got these fab leaf shaped post its from Amazon. We’ll sit down for half an hour and list all of the things we are thankful for.
On Saturday, at our Thankgiving Dinner everyone will be given a post it leaf so they can add to our tree, which will be at the centre of the dining table. Do check back next week as I’m sure there’ll be photos of our Thankful Tree along with our celebrations.
So, whether you’re an American or not. Celebrating the true meaning of Thanksgiving or just giving thanks with the people important to you like us. We wish you a…
It’s no secret that Littlebit LOVES Thomas. For her birthday we finally gave in and bought her the train track. She loves that thing and plays with it every day.
But what makes this play special is that she is frequently re-enacting the stories from the books that we have. We have loads of the Thomas & Friends books, 24 to be precise so we still have a number to collect, and Littlebit likes to take them out when we go on days out, they’re just the right size to pop into my handbag too which is great.
So, when the lovely people at Egmont UK offered us a Thomas bundle of books I was so excited for Littlebit. This is what arrived.
What a lucky, lucky girl. She went straight to the smaller books, as that’s what she knows, and didn’t touch the others for 3 days. We managed to make the entire bundle last well over a month, introducing one or two a week. It’s been great. That girl can never get enough Thomas. We’ve LOVED all of the books but especially the smaller story books which she has added to the collection in her bedroom and added the stories to her re-enacting with the train set and the activity and colouring books. She’s especially enjoyed showing her trains the pictures she’s coloured in. Cute!
Egmont UK are doing a fabulous range of personalised books where you can have a Thomas & Friends story personalised with your child’s name and make them the star of the story. Not only do the books include your little one’s name but they also create an image which looks like your child. How cool is that? These books are exclusive to Egmont UK and are totally fabulous.
And now to the most exciting part, you can win one of these personalised books and a Thomas book bundle by entering the competition below, courtesy of Egmont UK.
Terms and conditions:
- Competition closes 7 days from date of posting – midnight on Thursday 5th December 2013.
- Competition open to UK residents only.
- The winner will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter.
- No cash alternative is available.
- Mummypinkwellies is not responsible for this prize. The winner will receive the prize direct from Egmont UK.
This is a review and competition post. We were supplied with a the bundle of Thomas books photographed above by Egmont UK for the purpose of this review and competition. All opinions are my own.