December first, advent calendars and costa

 

What have we done to mark the first day of December?
We have put our tree up. Ours is green with red and gold decorations. I’ve been collecting pretty decorations, the sparklier the better. We also have a snow filled one with ‘Amelia Skye’ written on it, to mark Amelia’s first Christmas.

We have opened our advent calendars – Amelia has a chocolate peppa pig one, her favourite cartoon. I thought about getting her the toot toot advent calendar with the toys in but decided it was a bit expensive for her first Christmas when she doesn’t understand what’s going on yet. I’ll get her one next year when she’s bigger.

Amelia and I walked up to see the big Christmas tree in Aylesford retail park. We also stopped in costa so that I could get my favourite Black Forest hot chocolate – Amelia had a little bit on her dummy, which she loved. It snowed for a while yesterday and is still really cold so I’m hoping for more snow in the lead up to Christmas.

Amelia’s Daddy is 26

It’s Titchyprincess’s daddy’s birthday today. In previous years I’ve gone for pretty big presents (a trip to Poland, a day at Harry Potter studio tour) but this year we went for smaller, cuter presents. As this is the first of his birthdays that we have spent together in our own home we put up banners and balloons and Amelia helped me bake a cake yesterday. I know, it is not perfect but it tastes nice and is covered in chocolate and butter cream so rob isn’t complaining.

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Amelia’s present to her daddy was this cushion. The case is a personalised one from studio and the cushion itself I found in dunelm mill – what good is a cushion without a middle?

Moustache yah ion from studio

One of the sillier presents I bought Rob:

Monster socks from primark

Monster socks! They are from Primark and Amelia is mesmerised by them thanks to all the bright colours. I never seem to get out as many socks as I put in the washing so I’m sure I will loose at least one of these socks in the near future. But they are fun while they last.

 

Amelia’s daddy really loves hot chocolate so I made him up a box of different instant hot chocolates (this translates to me going in Sainsbury’s and filling a basket with a dozen different sachets). Rob has already tried the wispa gold hot chocolate and Amelia is fascinated with the box I wrapped them all in.

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There always has to be a joke present! I found this man apron at littlewoods . The funniest part of it is that rob will probably use it to avoid getting his clothes wet when he does the washing up.

 

We’ve spent the morning having breakfast – sausages and eggy bread – and watching the snow!!! out the window. It’s been a very relaxed morning and Rob liked all his presents. Yes he had more than the ones I’ve mentioned, but trying to take multiple photos with Amelia grabbing at everything is impossible.

It’s the first of December tomorrow and the birthday banners will be replaced with tinsel and baubles. I can’t wait.

Christmas To Do List in Kent

Costa and a movie with my titch. So many fun Christmas things to do

 

Look at this little cheeky face. Below are just a few of things I want to do with her in the lead up to Christmas

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Titchy Princess just keeps growing and smiling

Canterbury
I can’t wait to take Amelia shopping in Canterbury. I go to university there and the Christmas lights are beautiful. Over the weekend the little Christmas huts have been set up amongst the shops, selling a variety of home made gifts, food and drinks and a variety of Christmas decorations. The hot donuts stall had a queue of people and the fudge and chocolate stall had equally as many perusers when I walked by yesterday.
Newnham Court Shopping Village
Notcuts is home to one of the most beautiful Christmas decoration department stores. They stock everything from personalised cards to six foot snowman sculptures. We took Amelia a couple of weeks ago and she was mesmerised by all of the twinkly lights and sparkly decorations. They also have a wonderful gift section, with an array of hampers and chocolates.
Chatham Dockside Christmas Market
This is not somewhere we have visited yet but the Facebook page has sold it to me. Much like the style of the huts in Canterbury, this market comprises of a number of stalls in german style wooden huts. One of the stalls that particularly caught my eye was an image of a food merchant making Yorkshire pudding wraps – a roast dinner wrapped in a giant Yorkshire pudding. As a vegetarian this is probably not for me but I’m sure all the meat eaters out there would love this.

Santa’s Grotto
As it is Amelia’s first Christmas we have to take her to meet Santa. He can be seen at a range of venues throughout December, including Maidstone town centre, Notcuts and Canterbury high street to name a few.

Wingham Wildlife Park
Also in Canterbury, wingham wildlife park is one my favourite family days out. In the run up to Christmas I would imagine it will be particularly popular as it houses penguins. I have been several times before and can not wait to take Amelia to see my favourite animal. Penguins are featured in everything at Christmas – I even found penguin gingerbread men in Morrisons.

All the shops and markets are free entry. The Santa’s grottos begin at £3 and increase in price depending on location. Wingham wildlife park is £17 per adult and £14 per child, under 2’s go free.

Christmas is on the way

With Christmas just over four weeks away I think I have brought most things. Everyone’s presents are either here and wrapped or on order. We’ve brought all our Christmas decorations – most of them from Tesco – although we aren’t putting them up until the 1st of December. (I confess the only reason they are still in boxes is because Robs birthday is end of November and I don’t want to put them up before his birthday.)

I keep picking up bits for Amelia. The latest Christmas item is a hair bow which I ordered from ‘ribbon and bows.’ a lovely company on Facebook and Instagram.

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We’ve wrapped all of Amelia’s presents and put them in her Santa sack and stocking. She also has a Christmas Eve box with a pair of pyjamas, a Christmas book, a Christmas dvd and some Christmas chocolates.

How is everyone else’s Christmas prep going?

Winter is Here

For me, it is now officially winter. Today, for the first time since before spring, when I walked indoors my glasses steamed up. It was so cold outside that when I came back home, my glasses were so fogged up that I couldn’t see. The irony is not lost on me.

I took Amelia on our usual walk, Something we now can’t do without gloves, scarves and Amelia’s gorgeous snow suit, a fluffy penguin one from next that her nanny on her dads side bought her.

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Aldi have got their Christmas range in now and I could have brought everything. I settled for buying one of their gorgeous scented candles. There were several to chose from and I very nearly bought one of each but I restrained myself.

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I can’t wait to buy our decorations and celebrate our first Christmas in our first home as a little family of three (5 if you count the uncle pigs).

#bringbackthecostapenguin

So it’s November and the Christmas costa cups are back. We took a little trip to Canterbury high street today and I bought myself one of their Christmas drinks. Rob had a honeycomb latte and I had a black forest hot chocolate, both of which were delicious. However they are missing one of my favourite Christmas characters on their cups.

This year there is no penguin cup!

Anyone who knows me knows that I adore penguins. Half of the reason I love Christmas is because I can put penguin inspired items up everywhere and no one can comment because they are Christmas decorations. Penguin cushions, penguin bedding, penguin baubles, penguin shaped foods. (Admittedly I have penguin cushions and teddies that I keep up all year round but that’s not the point.)

I was extremely disappointed to find that costa are not using a penguin decorated cup this year. So I’m starting up a campaign. #bringbackthecostapenguin

Here is a picture of the adorable cups from last year

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