Acquisitions | Our Grand Tour Mothers Only Gift Box

 

Last week when I was frantically co-ordinating a rather large giveaway series, I quietly won a lovely prize for myself!  

The beautifully presented Mothers Box from Our Grand Tour, RRP$100.  Full of perfectly curated, organic treats in a handmade wooden box, there couldn’t be a more flawless treat when you’re looking to celebrate someone special.  The Mark Antonia candle is divine, 2015 will be my year of burning all the beautiful candles and taking time to enjoy them and this baby is first on the list!

Thank you so much Lucy x

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Christmas Gift Guide | Gorgeous Wooden Toys Kids will LOVE!

Christmas shopping for little ones is my absolute fave, especially if you shop a little further afield than your local department store – and by further afield I totally mean mean online shopping not actually driving further away that would be ludicrous!  If you are brave enough to escape licensed product :::::shudder:::: and the multitude of plastic toys that stock the aisles there are some beautiful {and ssshhhh, educational} options to fill the stockings this Christmas.  

The Wooden Toybox asked me to visit their online store, do a bit of shopping and curate my top toy picks for Christmas.  Truly, this was a harder job than it sounds even for an expert online shopper like myself as there are just way too many choices, and most of them are under $50!

Christmas Toys Under $50 NZ

 Build up Peg Board $30.  I purchased this for Nixies 1st birthday back in July and we love it!  So good for fine motor skills and hand eye coordination, plus developing pattern building later on.

Firefighters $44  I added these to the list because every kid has vehicles to play with but no ‘MANS’ as Nix calls them, and these ‘MANS’ are SO cute!

Magnetic Heart Cake Set $30

Construction Site Peg Puzzle $12  This one is under the tree for Nixon {theoretically of course, because in reality the tree’s days are numbered #nonixonno}.

Sushi Selection $27

Gingerbread Baking Set $28  This is getting gifted to a friends little girls and it’s SO cute, and Christmassy!

City Fire Engine $48

UFO $40

Fix it Toolbox $25

My First Loom $29  Weaving!!!! Excite.  I had a plastic-fantastic loom when I was a little girl and I loved it, plus hanging-woven-things are going for mega-bucks on Etsy right now, so maybe a loom for the whole family?

Christmas Gift Guide Wooden Toys NZ

City Car Park $110 Boys, check.  cars, check.

Round Activity Pond with Stand $129 This is on my wish list for our garden, nothing keeps my boys happier than playing with water.

The Farm Yard Set $90 Animals for the ‘MANS’ cute!

Runna Mini Trike $79 This is a balance bike for babes from 12 months!  Nix is going to be all over this {helmets also available : )}

All Seasons Furnished House $235, not your average dolls house right?

Log Hauler $82

Gourmet Kitchen $150

Discovery Space Centre $150

If you have been playing along with our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway keep your eyes peeled for a couple of these toys and you could have some very happy kids on Christmas Day!

This post was sponsored by The Wooden Toy Box.  All opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Gift Guide | All the Beautiful Books!

My Christmas shopping is progressing surprisingly well this year.  I hate rush-shopping so have been steadily ticking items off my list for the past few months.  The kids gifts are a different story however.  The only presents locked in and ordered so far are books.  And that makes me so excited!  I LOVE ALL THE BOOKS!

If you’re in New Zealand you only have until the 8th of December to get your Book Depository orders placed to ensure delivery before Santa comes, so get that plastic cranking!

Here are the books that will be under the tree at our house this year {so far lol}

 Christmas Gift Guide Books - Mummy Blog New Zealand

Oh No, GEORGE! By Chris Haughton

Animalium By Jenny Broom

The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm By Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

The Elephant and the Bad Baby By Raymond Briggs

Roadwork By Sally Sutton

Dear Zoo By Rod Campbell

The Ocean Alphabet Book By Jerry Pallotta

 

Who even has a 10 year old anyway?

Life is mental.  Then your eldest son turns 10 and life gets more mental and you just get really  o l d .

On Friday E turns 10 and this means {if my maths is correct} that Dave and I have been parents for 10 freaking years!  What the?!  Double whammy actually as this also means we have been married for, wait for it, 10 FREAKING YEARS!  Yup, we sealed the deal in a classy ceremony in a San Diego courthouse with one month old Ethan as best man – as he has remained to this day.

We have had some seriously good times with this kid, he was our sole team-mate for 8.5 years before graciously becoming the best big brother there has ever been.  He is the kid at school that is super smart and kicks ass in the classroom but also goes pretty hard on the sports field as well.  He sung his heart out on stage last night at the APPA choir festival at the Auckland Town Hall, and Dave was just the proudest Dad ever, constantly sending me pics and messages about his awesome boy.  The nice thing about this is that I sung in the APPA choir when I was Ethan’s age 25 years ago and stood on the same stage at the Town Hall!  There he is 4th from the left in green;

Auckland Kids Choir

Shopping for gifts for a ten year old boy is infinitely harder than then the 9 year old I had last year.  For some reason I cannot fathom the item on the top of his birthday list is this;

WWE Spinner Belt

Hmmm.  Confused?  Same.  That’s apparently a WWE Championship Spinner Belt Replica, which will not (sadly) be coming to live at our house post birthday on Friday.  Wrestling belt, wrestling toy guys, some status update on Minecraft.  And that is it.  The sum total of my big guys birthday wish-list is a bunch of plastic, sweaty men in lycra gear.  Scary stuff.  But, compared to that his real birthday present is freaking awesome!  I cannot wait for Friday morning!

 

 

Acquisitions | Smiggle Advent Calendar

Ethan’s birthday is on Wednesday and he has been as notoriously hard to buy for this year as he is every year. Luckily his birthday is close enough to Christmas to be able to slide in this wicked advent calendar under the guise of a birthday prezzie.
E is a huge Smiggle fan so I just know he is going to love opening up 25 days worth of cute stationary treats.
RRP $30 from Smiggle stores.

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