Buying gifts for Christmas can be a struggle especially for women. So I’ve rounded up some of my top Christmas gift idea’s for any new mom, wife, sister or friend.
Last week I attended the Stellar Shine Awards the only Irish awards that is solely dedicated to recognising, celebrating and applauding young women aged 18 to 35. There was ten categories with over 75 awesome Irish women nominated including best author, best actress, best sports star, best singer and best radio personality. I was there amongst some of Irelands finest women because I was nominated in the best blogger or vlogger category (yes I’m still pinching myself).
I attended the awards hosted by Mia Dunphy in The Spencer with my friend Louise, we sipped cocktails, we chased and nibbled on the delicious food hovering around the room, mingled with some of Ireland’s biggest role models and I enjoyed my five minutes of fame as my name was called out along with the other finalists. Suzanne Jackson an amazing role model, beauty and fashion blogger won my category. I’ve been a huge fan of hers three years now. She is a huge inspiration to many young women including myself.
Katie Taylor won best sports star, Cecilia Ahern won best author and Una Healy from The Saturdays won best singer, who unfortunately couldn’t make it on the night to accept their shine award gongs. While Jennifer Maguire best known from Republic of Telly won best TV presenter. The hilarious Hillary Rose won best comedian. The beautiful Aoibheann McCaul won best actress on the night and best fashion designer went to Chupi Sweetman-Pell. Nikki Hayes from Spin 103.8 also won the best radio personality. The biggest and most inspirational award on the night was awarded to Louise McSharry for best role model.
It was a fantastic night, I’m honored and still quite speechless I was a finalist with my parenting blog. I never expected anyone to read my blogs except for friends and family. It’s six months since I set up My Little Babog and I’m loving every minute of it. I am so grateful to each and everyone of you who nominated me. I will treasure this moment forever!!
The Christmas Toy Show is back and this year it’s even bigger and better. Taking the main stage in the RDS from the 22nd-30th of November, the Christmas Toy Show promises to be a nine-day magical and memorable experience.
There will be live entertainment throughout the nine day spectacular from disco’s, ventriloquism puppet shows, Play Doh workshops, music classes, magicians, story-time and football challenges. There will also be a giant photo wall at the Show where children can get their picture taken with their favourite cartoon characters including snow queen Elsa.
One of the great features about the Christmas Toy Show is the Elf Service. There will be hundreds of the must have toys this Christmas along with some fantastic stocking fillers. The Elves will be on hand with their clever ways to help you to your car, stash them in Santa’s storeroom for pick up at a later date or to help organise home delivery.
The Christmas Toy Show is hosting an amazing Santa experience this year which includes a train ride through Santa’s magical kingdom, a story from Mrs. Claus and a Christmas Elf will guide you through Santa’s grotto. Advanced booking is strongly advised. Tickets are €15 and each child will receive a gift from Santa. You can book your tickets HERE.
Admission to the Christmas Toy Show at the RDS is €6 per person or a family ticket admits five people at €25, children two and under are free.
For more details about the Christmas Toy Show extravaganza visit www.christmastoyshow.ie
I have a Family ticket to GIVEAWAY to two lucky readers. Comment below or leave a comment on the post on my My Little Babog Facebook page. Two winners will be chosen at random on Sunday evening.
Santa’s Irish Adventure is written by L. J Taylor, illustrated by Patrick D. Kinsella and produced right here in Ireland by Digital Scribe in Bray, Co Wicklow.
The book arrived last week, Kayla was ecstatic when it arrived. Complete with a letter from Santa confirming she was on the nice list, it made her day. That evening we got comfy with some hot chocolate and I watched as Kayla got lost in the book and the adventures it brought her on.
Santa also sent my little babog a letter, it was in the book when we opened it, she is on the nice list and he cannot wait to come bring Kayla some presents if her good behaviour continues. It was an added bonus, again this is personalised and Kayla was mesmerized yet again.
The only fault I have with this book is the price, I do think it’s quite expensive at €15.99, however Kayla loved it so much I would buy one as a gift. We are bringing Irish culture, mythology, landmarks and history into our everyday life at the moment and this book and it’s educational features really helped embrace that. I loved reading this book to Kayla. I loved watching her face light up as we turned each page. This book makes the perfect gift for Christmas or as a special treat.
I love my book that mammy got me. I love how I helped Santa save Christmas. The elf looks like The Grinch, but he’s green thats my favourite colour. My friend Louise went to the Giant’s Causeway, I seen pictures, mammy says she might bring me next summer. I love my book, I like my picture and I like my brothers are in the book too. I cannot wait for Santa to come on Christmas Eve.
The personalised Christmas book takes 5 days to print and 1-2 days delivery within Ireland. Santa’s Irish Adventure costs €15.99 plus P&P and you can order your own copy HERE. Digital Scribe are also on Facebook, check them out HERE.
The guys over at Digital Scribe have been super generous and I have one to GIVEAWAY. Competition open to all. Giveaway will close 23rd of November at 8pm.
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**Disclaimer: I was giving this product for reviewing purposes only. This does not affect my honest opinion.
Not so long ago I began to worry about Frankie’s development, he hated tummy time, he had yet to roll over and he was still drinking six to seven bottles a day. I began comparing him to other babies his age and started fretting over his development.
Then one evening I went in to check on him and he was sleeping on his tummy, i had yet to witness it but the ‘rollover’ was complete. The following morning he blurted out mama, fast forward two weeks and he’s recognising signs, he sits up unaided and he’s clapping hands.
Now I’m afraid to blink. He’ll be riding Tinkerbell our lab like a cowboy around the house soon. Frankie is roaming through the house, exploring, marking his territory, letting us know who is boss. When I’m cooking dinner he creeps around the fridge, practically hanging out of his walkers expressing his interest in whatever is on the menu.
Last week I was making a stir-fry, their he was loitering about, so I gave him a slice of yellow pepper. Assuming he would throw it away, he gnawed, chewed and demolished every last piece. Tinkerbell has some competition; she normally gets the left-overs.
My boy is going to be talking, walking and answering back before I know it. I was wishing time away, rushing precious moments for the sake of competing with others, now I just want to rewind every milestone. It’s been a rollercoaster the past couple weeks, I’m overwhelmed with how quick my baby is growing.
Can we just pause this moment?
Many mothers fret about allergies, and I’m no exception. I’m having an issue with eggs this month. Kayla had a horrible reaction at eight months old, while my partner also has an egg allergy.
Egg allergy symptoms normally occur within a few minutes but some children may not react until a few hours after eating eggs or foods containing eggs.
Kayla had quite a severe reaction when she was Frankie’s age after consuming boiled egg, she broke out in a rash from head to toe, her nasal became inflamed and she began vomiting violently. It was during the snow storm we had four years ago, a taxi-man I never got to thank got us to the hospital within minutes. It was a very scary experience.
When I began researching egg, I discovered egg has many other names. Some of them hidden amongst ingredients that can be easily consumed without knowledge. Egg can be also known as Conalbumin, Livetin and Ovalbumin amongst many other words. Egg is also used in some hair care products, medications and vaccinations. For this reason Kayla had her MMR in hospital as a precaution.
I dreaded birthday parties, try explaining to a toddler they are not allowed cake, it was horrible. She missed out on so much due to her allergy. One of Kayla’s favourite foods is a pancake, it’s a special treat. A friend had joined slimming world and gave us an eggless pancake recipe that I still treasure to this day.
Eggs are very nutritious. They provide your baby with iron for their brain development, protein for growth and they are a source of vitamin D for healthy bones and teeth. Frankie is more active now, I’ve noticed he has a much bigger appetite the past week. It’s now time to introduce some new foods, explore some new textures and tastes.
Over time Kayla began to tolerate small amounts of egg. Advised by our dietician we began reintroducing her last year and so far it has been a success. Many children do outgrow their egg allergy before adolescence but in some cases, it continues into adulthood.
What if Frankie reacts? The hives I can cope with but when Kayla’s nose began to inflam, that was terrifying. It may be a little extreme but considering the family history I’m looking into getting an allergy test done on Frankie for my own peace of mind.
Since our family grew we had to make some big changes, the electricity, heating and shopping budget all increased, money is tight so we decided to make some big changes and one of mine was to shop for second-hand toys for the kids.
Children are so expensive, their needs and tastes change so quickly. Buying second hand baby clothes and toys helps create a greener environment, landfill space is preserved. Buying used goods also costs only fraction of the original price.
I researched some baby and toddler second hand markets local to me and came across The Baby Market. So Kayla and I headed along is search of some inexpensive educational toys.
Upon arrival there was a €3 entrance fee with €1 donated to charity. I loved the layout of the room, it was spacious with plenty of room between tables, perfect for creeping through the thirty something stalls, toys were stockpiled and the atmosphere was lovely. There was an excellent variety of quality second hand baby, toddler, maternity and children’s goods. I also came across a handful of stalls with local vendors selling services and goods, and there was a little kiddies corner with arts and crafts too.
Kayla and I went off exploring for some bargains, our aim was to find some new toys for the little man. This teddy was one of Kayla’s finds. The Fisher-Price Love to Play Puppy normally retailing for €19.99, we got it for €3. Frankie love’s it.
Another bargain not to be missed was this VTech Playtime Bus that normally retails for €26.99. It is an interactive talking bus that teaches phonics, letters and numbers, costing us mere €4. While Frankie loves pressing the button, Kayla is having a great time answering the interactive curriculum questions, it’s a very educational toy.
Some people may be too proud to buy their children second hand toys but honestly after finding these little treasures I will definitely be back. It’s shocking some of the bargain that can be found. Stall holders had travel systems, car-seats, cots, bouncers and baby monitors and sterilisers. You could get everything you need for a newborn baby under one roof, it’s amazing and so cheap.
Always keep an eye out for product recalls especially when buying for a baby and always check the product is in perfect working order before purchase.