Last Minute Christmas Rush


Yes, in case you haven’t noticed the mad rush for Christmas has started and will swiftly come to an end in the next 10 days, leaving you either frazzled …. or lovely and relaxed ready to pop the kettle on for one last cuppa as you track your online deliveries making their way to your home…. pre-wrapped!!!!… just kidding I lied about that part, although it is an add on with Amazon and possibly some others too.

So if you want to avoid feeling frazzled, I believe there is still time to cozy up with your laptop, do some shopping and then head out to the centre/mall for a hot chocolate and some people watching!

I’ve done some shopping this year with Debenhams and was very satisfied with my experience, from customer service down to the couriers who delivered from Nightline. I can’t go into detail on what I purchased as I would be giving away a few surprises on my nearest and dearest!

I’ve also shopped on Amazon. I send parcels to the U.S. & Italy every year, which I did again this year. Everyone loves the excitement of a parcel arriving at Christmas despite what’s inside. For both parcels I purchased from Irish companies and packaged and sent from home. However, for some last minute gifts I did shop on Amazon and have them delivered direct to the U.S., gift wrapped with a gift note. By doing this, you not only buy a better pressie because you avoid heavy postage fees but you can also have them arrive presented ready for under the tree (great for last minute missed Irish postal service situations!)

I am now back searching in the baby categories while gift shopping. We’ve had our own addition to the kitchen as well as a nephew and some friends babies! Recently I came across Water Babies which have some lovely gifts for babies to prepare them for lessons which they also sell gift vouchers for. These swimming lessons come highly recommended and if there is one skill we should all wish for our children to learn is swimming & water safety. Here is a link to their shop. I have ordered the Goggles – Aqua Sphere Moby Kids   €11.99 as a stocking filler. 

Do you have any other go to’s for those last minute shopping ideas? If so, let us know so we can all get set for the silly season and still have time to put the feet up before the dancing begins!

I did not receive any form of payment from any mentioned companies above for this blog piece. I simply volunteer the info to give those who need it a little nudge & help y’all get organised! And as always all opinions are my own (or My Toddlers!) –

Happy Shopping!




The 50 States by Sol Linero and Gabrielle Balkan

We were sent The 50 States by Mumsnet Blogger Network and asked to review it as part of a linky for the Wide Eyed Book Series. As always, all opinions are our own.

My first reaction of the book was the size and weight and the encyclopedia feel it had. It brought back childhood memories that have been swallowed up by recent technologies and I was excited to share it with MT. For more than one reason actually! She was born in the U.S. and so it has more value for us than just facts. It offers a connection and pride that can be lost by distance.

The book is in alphabetical order of all 50 states and offers interesting facts on each page like about successful people who began their career/were born in the said state, the capital of the state and interesting facts about local rivers, fish, fruit and flowers. It is very colourful and attractive for younger children as well as offering the written text for the older children. As if that wasn’t enough, there is a surprise at the back with two pages dedicated to all U.S. Presidents in Hall of Fame style and to the flags of each state. We have added it to our book shelf and will go back to it regularly.

Review: Slim Sonic Travel Toothbrush

I was asked to review The Stylish Sonic Toothbrush and after seeing the images sent in the request email jumped at the chance! I was immediately drawn to the colours and pretty design not to mention the way it’s packed away making it a very handy travel toothbrush. To see it in a handbag, one might think it is a perfume spray or a small make up brush case, maybe even a stylish pill box. 

When I used the brush, I liked the comfortable grip. It is definitely a travel toothbrush and I wouldn’t recommend substituting it for your everyday toothbrush, however, as a travel toothbrush it is electric and provides 22,000 brush strikes per minute. There is also a replaceable head in the box. It costs €12.95 which sounds pricey for a travel toothbrush but it seems durable and will last only having to replace the heads. It uses a AAA battery which does not come with your purchase. 

MT also loved the pretty design but said she’s going to stick to her Hello Kitty toothbrush!!