Birthday Gifts for 4 year old boy.

Our eldest turns 4 this week and for me its bittersweet, its his last birthday before starting school. We have a couple of things planned for his birthday to really make the most of it, especially as he seems to have a good understanding of his birthday this year. I shall probably spend a good portion of it reflecting on the past 4 years. After all its been 4 years since I became a mum.

We always find it a bit difficult having Henrys birthday not far from Christmas, luckily this time we knew back at Christmas what we were going to get him as his main present. We considered getting it for him for Christmas but decided against it as he probably wouldn’t have got much use out of it until now anyway.

A couple of the gifts we bought in December and they were initially for Christmas as well but we again we decided to save some for his birthday. They are all available still at various retailers, bear in mind we didn’t necessarily pay the prices they may be advertised at. As  I say some were purchased months ago.

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Christmas gifts – 9 month old girl.

My previous post Christmas gifts – 3 year old boy. was a look at what we have got our son for Christmas. I hope it was useful to anyone who may have needed a little inspiration. In this post you’ll see what we have got our daughter this year. She’s only 9 months old so she doesn’t need a lot of gifts. We have a lot of baby toys that we had saved from when Henry was a baby.

Stocking fillers.

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As with Henry’s stocking I don’t remember where we got it but there are plenty of different styles of stocking available to get in most retailers.

The bath squirters came from Homesense at £3.99.

The rattle came from Asda, it doesn’t appear to be online. We paid £1.50 for it.

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Christmas gifts – 3 year old boy.

This is the first year that Henry has really started to understand about Santa Claus and what happens at Christmas. When we got our decorations down and I started to explain how Santa gets in our house as we don’t have a chimney (he uses the magic key that we put outside, and only his magic fingers can transform the key into one that fits our door) he was truly fascinated.

As for a Christmas list up until a few weeks ago he kept changing his mind as to what he wanted so we decided to start collecting some bits and wait for him to make his mind up.

We always do a Christmas stocking that will be placed in his room and Santa will fill this up with small goodies. We’ve been unsure as to the main presents, what’s the correct protocol when it comes to Santa’s gifts?? Such a small thing but it gets embedded in their brain you have to make sure you get it right for yourself. You don’t want to slip up a few months down the line and tell them you got something when they think Santa did. What do you all do??

We have decided to divide up what we have and some will be from Santa, wrapped in separate paper, and the others from us? I’ve no idea if this is gonna work.

Stocking fillers.

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Christmas Eve boxes

I saw a few years ago a lot of people were doing Christmas Eve boxes and that to me seemed like such a cute little thing to do the night before Christmas. A nice way to extend the ‘magic’ for a little longer and build up the anticipation and excitement. So I started this on Henry’s first Christmas with a small box. All it had in it were Christmas pyjamas and a Christmas book. Although he had no idea I really loved it so I think we may have made this a little family tradition.

Every Christmas from now I will get the children Christmas pjs for their box so it means they can actually wear their new Christmas pjs for Christmas Eve. This will always be the starting point for their boxes.

Then as they get older I plan on including hot chocolate mixes and a Christmas movie, maybe some movie snacks to all enjoy on Christmas Eve. But for now as they are small this is what they have this year.

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Woodland Nursery Tour

 I wanted to show you our nursery we love it so much, so much so we didn’t change it when we were expecting Mollie.

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A bit of background first, we moved into our current house when I was 4 months pregnant with Henry. As for the house, we were very lucky it came up when it did, the kitchen and bathroom had been newly done so there was no decorating needed. As of now the only rooms we have done have been the nursery and Henry’s current bedroom, mostly because we know that we plan on moving again soon.
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Vintage vehicles meets Route 66.

When Henry was big enough to move into his single bed we moved him into our second bedroom. Take a look at his old nursery room decor here. He has a complete obsession with cars so it seemed only logical to decorate his bedroom accordingly. We don’t plan on having to decorate it again (we plan on moving) so it needed to grow with him, so I decided to give his room a vintage vibe.

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Before we even decided on the room colour we had chosen the red industrial lampshade. I just spotted it one trip and thought it was exactly what we were looking for. The rest of the room just grew from there. The bedding came from Next, I don’t believe they do this one anymore, it has a gorgeous car design on it, great for kids without being too much like a cartoon. I’m not a big fan of general kids bedding. The route 66 sign was a great find, also at the range.

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