Round Two, Three and Four Christmas 2016

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Christmas eve is always spent with Nick's Dad's family at his Uncle's house. His Aunt prepares a giant table for everyone - more than twenty at a long long table, with cold meats and delicious salads. Lulu is no longer the only child there and she loved playing all night with her cousins. In fact, she didn't want to leave, but we needed to head home to sprinkle food for the reindeer - a combination of oats and glitter that was sent home from pre-school - and put out cookies and orange juice for santa.

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After waking every few hours with Zelda extremely unsettled, we found Sir Elton giving himself a bath in the bathroom window early Christmas morning. This is not so unusual and we didn't think much of it until after we opened the presents when we discovered he was still there and I could see a little blood. I'd let him outside at 5:30am and between 5:30 and 6:15 when Zelda woke, he'd gotten in a fight. Luckily Lulu had received a Doc McStuffins Pet Vet kit. She knew exactly what to do. 'Get your pet to the Vet'. 

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We arrived back at Nick's mum's close to 11am and settled in for a few more presents and the long awaited breakfast. Lunch ended up being a late afternoon delicious affair with us all not leaving the table until early evening. Great company and good food and an emergency vet trip. A Christmas well done.

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Christmas Giving

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We all have so many things and aren't really in need of anything, so if you are looking for ways to give to those less fortunate this Christmas, here are a few ideas for giving back:

Through

Aussie Farmers Direct & Foodbank

Project Rudolph

you can purchase a Christmas dinner for a family in need - note that you must live within a major city to be able to purchase this.

Unicef

has a number of charitable gifts - purchase vaccinations or school bags or water.

Give something to a mum in need through

the Myer Give Registry

Place a toy under

the Kmart wish tree

- This is one of my favourite things to do with Lulu

Purchase a toy online for

the Smith Family

to distribute this Christmas

Happy giving x

5 Simple Ideas for Christmas Wrapping

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Wrapping Christmas presents is one of my absolute favourite things. Put on some christmas tunes, pour a glass of champagne and away you go. There is so many great ideas when it comes to Christmas wrapping. I tend to stick with brown paper and build from there. Today I'm sharing a few variations on the brown paper theme.

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Brown paper cut out on

Miss Red Fox

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Monochrome on

Homey Oh My

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White and Brown Paper on

Deko

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Surprise Gift Ideas for Kids from Lush

I had never thought of Lush as a place to get presets for little kids. Sure teenagers will love their products, but little kids had never crossed my mind, until... their catalogue appeared in our mailbox one day. I was looking though it on the couch and Lulu came up to see what I was doing. In that way that pre-schoolers do, she quickly snatched the catalogue from me and proceeded to point out all the things that she would like Santa to bring.

Lush is perfect as you don't end up with piles of broken plastic toys. Their products a useful and they don't hurt the environment. Plus they are perfect gifts for a travelling holiday as the kids can use them while you are away. It's win win.

Here are Lulu's picks from the Lush Christmas catalogue

Surprise Gift Ideas for Kids From Lush

Lulu's picks of the surprise gift ideas for kids from Lush include:

1. Snowman Fun - your kids can make this snowman. The snowman can then be used to make bubbles and clean your kid. It's a versatile snowman.

2. Fairy Dust Dusting Powder - Ok so I'm not exactly sure what this fairy dust does, however it does promise to keep you 'fresh for big adventures'. Anything fairy dust is fine by Lulu.

3. Peeping Santa Bubble Bar - The name says it all. Just crumble under running water for lots of bubbles.

4. Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar  - Again, you can't go wrong with fairy stuff. Swirl it around the bath for magic bubbles then put it aside to use again.

Next time your stuck for a gift for a little kid, head to Lush!

*this post was not sponsored by Lush, I just wanted to share my magical discovery with you all!

Three New Christmas Movies to Love

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Love the Coopers

There is nothing I love more than a Christmas movie, except a Christmas movie with Dianne Keaton. This movie not only has Dianne Keaton, but also many more actors that I love. It looks to be a fabulous, feel good movie. 

Christmas Eve

This movie is shamelessly appealing to all lovers of Love Actually. I know I’m going to love it. 

The Night Before

This is your classic bromance movie. I’m not sure if I’ll love it, but I do love most of the actors in it. plus there is a cameo from Mindy Kaling so I’ll give it a go.