Something for the weekend…plus a giveaway with Buttonbag

The last weekend in November…can you believe it? November has flown by and we are getting ready to get all full-on festive (with bells on!). It is possibly the most exciting time of year if you have kids who believe in the magic of Christmas which can be infectious. So, while we go and dust down the tinsel, take a look at what we’ve been loving this week.


Georgie and the boys sat down to do some Buttonbag craft goodies to get them into the Christmas Spirit. Teddy was too young to quite grasp the concept of the “make and do”…especially when he can “grab and throw” but Harry and Georgie really enjoyed spending time together doing the Advent Calendar and Christmas decorations. They really are simple to do and anyone can have a go. To celebrate Christmas being just around the corner, Buttonbag are giving away to one of our readers a goodie bag of the Christmas decoration craft boxes. They are perfect as Advent Calendar gifts, Christmas Holiday activities and stocking fillers.

In order to enter simply comment below, telling us you’re favourite Christmas Carol.

  • The Giveaway will run from 04.00am GMT on 26th November 2016 until 00:00am GMT on 10th December 2016.
  • The Giveaway is open to UK residents only.
  • The Giveaway is open to entrants aged 18 and over.
  • The prize is not transferable.
  • The winner will be chosen at random and will be announced via social media outlets and will also be contacted in person. Make sure you have subscribed to our blog so you can keep an eye out to see if you have won!

We were gifted the Buttonbag craft sets. All thoughts, opinions and styling however are entirely our own.

cotton twist advent calendar

Did you see our Advent Calendar post last week? It’s not too late to get yours, so don’t miss out. Harriet and Katie had a great time putting together their Cotton Twist Make Your Own Advent this week. It was so much fun making it together, a perfect after school activity. You can add sweets, little pressies or mini experiences/activities into the envelopes. Cotton Twist have some great ideas on their blog which you can print out and cut up, like Today We Are Choosing Our Christmas Tree, Today We’re Going Ice Skating – all in fun colours.

We were gifted the Cotton Twist Advent Calendar. All thoughts, opinions and styling however are entirely our own.


Most kids go through a Lego obsessed stage and these Brikkon sets are perfect for little people who are too busy rushing about to build a spaceship/castle/tree house etc from scratch. The models are easy to assemble and then have small notches which Lego can be placed and built on. Katie has bought a few of these, and they are great fun and a perfect addition to any lego mad household. Available here.


We love Cheryl Rawling’s designs and style so when we saw these Naughty/Nice bauble beauties at Origami-est we knew they were a Christmas must have for a bit of cool, grown up decoration. Available to pre-order here.


This festive animal set from Mibo would make a cute  Advent gift/Christmas activity to do with a small child. The animal pop out, so no scissors required and they can be used as tree decorations, gift tags or making a seasonal scene. Available here.


As we start being invited over to friend’s and family’s house to indulge in some Christmas spirit, we can start thinking about gifts we can take which isn’t a box of chocolates (obviously always take wine!). This little star spoon would be a lovely gift tied with some twine to a jar of yummy jam or marmalade. Available here.


Just in case anyone is taking note out there, we LOVE this gift set from Hush. How gorgeous would it be to wake up on Christmas Day and find this under the tree? Gold stars on a bright blue and cosy cashmere? Yes please! Available here.


How about having one of your Advent day surprises a pyjama day with a movie? These pyjamas from Lala & Bea would fit the bill and would not look too out of place if you threw on a coat and wellies to get out in the fresh air. Available here.screenshot-2016-11-22-13-38-44

Talking of Lala & Bea, Georgie was having a coffee with one of the gorgeous girls who make up the brand, Katie, who introduced her to Sevin London. She had one of the candles and the towels. Oh. My. Goodness, the candle smelt divine and the towels felt like no other towel has felt…cloud soft and something you’d want to wrap yourself up in whilst lighting one of the candles and driving off in a moment of calm. Available here.


In preparation for the big man visiting on the 24th December, this plate from Buddy & Bear will make him feel welcome with a mince pie and maybe a shot of whiskey to keep him going…and not forgetting the all important carrot for the reindeer. They do a number of different designs and they are a big favourite of Harriet’s – plastic to avoid spillages, yet large enough for a proper portioned meal. Available here.


  1. Alice Matthews
    26th November 2016 / 11:32 am

    My favourite carol is O Holy Night.

  2. Matt Froggatt
    26th November 2016 / 11:34 am

    Jingle Bells!!

  3. 26th November 2016 / 11:42 am

    My Favourite Christmas Carol is silent night x

  4. Jackie ONeill
    26th November 2016 / 11:54 am

    Silent Night

  5. Heather Haigh
    26th November 2016 / 12:14 pm

    Good king Wensleslas

    26th November 2016 / 12:17 pm

    Silent Night is my favourite

  7. Zoe C
    26th November 2016 / 12:33 pm

    Hark the Herald Angels

  8. Christine Northrop
    26th November 2016 / 12:38 pm

    We 3 Kings

  9. 26th November 2016 / 12:41 pm

    I saw three ship a sailing

  10. Claire Tea
    26th November 2016 / 12:53 pm

    Ding Dong Merrily On High

  11. Lorraine Stone
    26th November 2016 / 12:54 pm

    Angels We Have Heard On High

  12. Ms Suan Watts
    26th November 2016 / 12:54 pm

    The Holly and the Ivy

  13. ValB
    26th November 2016 / 1:13 pm

    Once in Royal David;s City

  14. Karen Lloyd
    26th November 2016 / 1:38 pm

    Joy to the World is my favourite Christmas Carol.

  15. sam macaree
    26th November 2016 / 1:42 pm


  16. clare davies
    26th November 2016 / 1:44 pm

    Silent night

  17. Vivien Baird
    26th November 2016 / 2:14 pm

    Away In A Manger

  18. Lisa Evans
    26th November 2016 / 2:26 pm

    Deck the halls

  19. Gavin Robertson
    26th November 2016 / 2:42 pm

    Silent Night

  20. Emma Salter
    26th November 2016 / 2:42 pm

    Silent Night.

  21. Louise A
    26th November 2016 / 3:39 pm

    Good King Wenceslas

  22. Emma J Walters
    26th November 2016 / 3:54 pm

    silent night 🙂

  23. Caroline H
    26th November 2016 / 4:08 pm

    We Three Kings.

  24. Tammy Park
    26th November 2016 / 4:41 pm

    In the Deep Mid-Winter

  25. Anna Cheetham
    26th November 2016 / 5:33 pm

    Once in Royal David’s City

  26. Laura Tovey
    26th November 2016 / 5:41 pm

    Jingle Bells!!!

  27. Ann-Marie Gould
    26th November 2016 / 5:57 pm


  28. Sally Lloyd-Jones
    26th November 2016 / 6:41 pm

    Once in royal David’s city

  29. Bryony
    26th November 2016 / 8:01 pm

    In the Bleak Midwinter

  30. Susan Howitt
    26th November 2016 / 8:07 pm

    Once In Royal David’s City

  31. Jo Carroll
    26th November 2016 / 8:42 pm

    Silent Night.

  32. hayley williams
    26th November 2016 / 8:52 pm

    Hark the Herald Angels

  33. bella smyth
    26th November 2016 / 9:06 pm

    Once in Royal David;s City

  34. Janet Howell
    26th November 2016 / 9:09 pm

    My favourite is Away In The Manger.

  35. Stacey Carnell
    26th November 2016 / 9:15 pm

    When Santa got stuck up the chimney! It’s my sons fave haha 🙂

  36. Stephanie Tsang
    26th November 2016 / 10:25 pm

    Jingle Bells

  37. Kim Neville
    26th November 2016 / 11:24 pm

    Away In A Manger

  38. Claire Speakman
    27th November 2016 / 2:03 am

    Silent night

  39. David Reeves
    27th November 2016 / 6:14 am


  40. Frances Heaton
    27th November 2016 / 6:51 am

    Silent Night!

  41. mary baines
    27th November 2016 / 8:27 am

    o come all ye faithful

  42. Charlotte Arnott
    27th November 2016 / 11:53 am

    O come all ye faithful

  43. James Bingham
    27th November 2016 / 12:52 pm

    Away in a Manger

  44. cheryl hadfield
    27th November 2016 / 1:02 pm

    Silent Night

  45. FionaLynne Edwards
    27th November 2016 / 3:02 pm

    My favourite Carol is Once In Royal David’s City

  46. Cecelia Allen
    27th November 2016 / 3:09 pm

    Oh come all ye faithful

  47. Kathryn Bellamy
    27th November 2016 / 3:26 pm

    Away In A Manger

  48. Helen Tovell
    27th November 2016 / 3:38 pm

    Away in a manger

  49. Jennifer Casey
    27th November 2016 / 3:59 pm

    I love them all, but O Holy Night always gives me goosebumps

  50. Adele
    27th November 2016 / 4:12 pm

    jingle bells.

  51. sarah birkett
    27th November 2016 / 7:13 pm

    Away ina manger, sung by children by candlelight

  52. jodie a harvey
    27th November 2016 / 7:23 pm

    Silent Night is my favourite

  53. Steven S
    27th November 2016 / 7:58 pm

    Little Donkey

  54. Lorraine Tinsley
    27th November 2016 / 11:28 pm

    Little Donkey

  55. Keri Jones
    28th November 2016 / 7:08 pm

    I love Silent Night ad have doe for as long as I can remember <3

  56. Clare H
    28th November 2016 / 8:58 pm

    Away in a manger

  57. leanne weir
    28th November 2016 / 9:53 pm

    My Favourite Christmas Carol is silent night

  58. Katy M
    29th November 2016 / 9:58 am

    Little donkey

  59. Ellie Wood
    29th November 2016 / 2:36 pm

    We three kings, is my favourite christmas song

  60. Joanna Smith
    29th November 2016 / 7:51 pm

    In the Bleak Midwinter

  61. Sharon Worsley
    29th November 2016 / 8:36 pm

    Oh come all ye faithful

  62. richard scholfield
    30th November 2016 / 12:23 pm


  63. 4th December 2016 / 12:07 pm

    See him lying on a bed of straw

  64. Solange
    5th December 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Silent Night

  65. Susan Hoggett
    5th December 2016 / 10:24 pm

    Silent Night

  66. Sarah Reed
    6th December 2016 / 9:48 am

    The Holly and The Ivy

  67. Sheila Sloan
    8th December 2016 / 6:47 am

    Silent Night

  68. Sarah Rees
    8th December 2016 / 6:45 pm

    My favorite is Away in a manger

  69. Andrea Miles
    9th December 2016 / 9:02 am

    a welsh carol Tua Bethlem Dref ( on the way to Bethlehem)

  70. Rebecca King
    9th December 2016 / 10:12 am

    Silent Night

  71. katie w
    9th December 2016 / 11:33 am

    O come all Ye Faithfull

  72. Caroline J Robinson
    9th December 2016 / 12:01 pm

    O Come, All Ye Faithful

  73. Lisa Wilkinson
    9th December 2016 / 1:52 pm

    I love Silent Night

  74. Emma Jackson
    9th December 2016 / 4:30 pm

    O Come All Ye Failthful is my favourite but I only know the first 2 verses, in church I have to blag it through the rest 😀

    9th December 2016 / 6:17 pm


  76. Kat Allinson
    9th December 2016 / 8:01 pm

    Away in a manger

  77. Kristy Brown
    9th December 2016 / 8:17 pm

    O Come All Ye Faithful

  78. steph lovatt
    9th December 2016 / 8:17 pm

    Little donkey

  79. Rowena Wood
    9th December 2016 / 9:33 pm

    I love Away In The Manger!

  80. Diana
    9th December 2016 / 10:01 pm

    Silent night 🙂

  81. Jennie
    9th December 2016 / 11:24 pm

    O little town of Bethlehem

  82. Elaine Patterson
    9th December 2016 / 11:24 pm

    In the Bleak Midwinter

  83. claire little
    10th December 2016 / 12:36 am

    silent night 🙂

  84. Jamie Millard
    10th December 2016 / 1:56 am

    Little donkey

  85. Catherine Pawsey
    10th December 2016 / 5:47 am

    I think I would pick Silent Night.

  86. Lesley Cohen Wright
    10th December 2016 / 7:48 am

    Silent night

  87. sarah parker
    10th December 2016 / 10:31 am

    silent night 🙂

  88. donna l jones
    10th December 2016 / 11:47 am

    Jingle Bells

  89. linda griffiths
    10th December 2016 / 6:04 pm

    jingle bells

  90. Laura Nice
    10th December 2016 / 8:13 pm

    Silent night

  91. Joanne Austin
    10th December 2016 / 9:30 pm

    I like silent night

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