Week 51 - The end is neigh!

Week 51, WOW! Almost a whole year of taking a photo a day. Well, the week has been spend in a whirl of Christmas parties (the monkeys, not mine!), card delivering, Santa visiting and present wrapping. Both monkeys have now finished preschool and school for Christmas, the grand parents are down and we are all systems go! Here's our #365 photo's for days 348-354
Day 348. Santa arrived to see the monkeys and their friends via convertable! Only in Essex! 
Day 349. A glorious sunny day that had to be captured.
Day 350. Coffee with the kiddies and mums, this was little monkeys Christmas Tree cupcake! 
Day 351. Daddy's cappacino with festive biscuit and star. I stuck to fresh juice. 
Day 352. Someone woke at 5am and wondered why he was tired by 10.30am! I sat on the drive whilst he slept for over half an hour.
Day 353. Not a great photo but this is a family meal out last night. The monkeys were given these craft tubs to decorate a cardboard tree each! Great idea.
Day 354. Spinning class for me at 9am today. 

One more round up to go but I just wanted to say thank you for sticking with us this past year whilst we inundate you with a daily photo and weekly round up! Merry Christmas to you all.
TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky


6 Week Challenge Results!

I have to say I'm chuffed to bits. What a difference 6 weeks make. My upper body fat is down by 3%, I've lost 2cm's off my waist and have lost a total of 4.1kgs in 6 weeks. That's 9.02lb. So not the 1 stone I had aimed for initially but I'm more than happy with the results. So much so, I no longer want to eat rubbish. I want to exercise and I'm going to sign up to the next challenge being set by the gym from the 8th January 2015. In the meantime, I'm going to enjoy Christmas but not go mad and get to the gym when I can each week. 
I have to say I've still a way to go but I feel amazing! The change in the following photo is quite something! I feel rather proud.

Parragon Book Buddies November Book Review - The Diggers

We have been Parragon Book Buddies for some time now and each month the monkeys love to see which book we've been sent. 
November was no different and the book very apt considering the monkeys had recently been to Diggerland, so diggers were quite popular! The Diggers by the award winning Margaret Wise Brown landed on the door mat. Best known for her classics Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny, this is another gem by Margaret.
Another highly illustrated story book by a great author. Ilustrated by French Antoine Corbineau, the pages are beautiful. The book is all about animals, people and machines digging a journey of discovery underground. 'Diggers' include a dog, a mole, a worm, a pirate, a man, a big digger and much more!
Little monkey loves diggers and both he and big monkey enjoyed the book. Big monkey easily read it from cover to cover and enjoyed looking at the illustrations throughout.
The Diggers can be purchased here.
You can see other books by Margaret Wise Brown and lots of other authors on the following Parragon Books social media channels. Happy reading!


We Saw Santa...........

Sadly there are no more bookings being taken for this year, but if you ever fancy a great day out (and a visit to Santa next Christmas) we can highly recommend Ashlyns Farm Park in Essex.
It was recommended to us by friends, so a group of us Mummy's arranged to take our children there last Saturday. 
We specifically went to see Santa but also had lunch there first and then the children played outside in the farm park. The weather was very kind to us! 
For £10 per child, they along with any accompanying adults get a tractor and trailer ride to the bottom of the farm where they are greeted by reindeer in a field, next to a fab log cabin where Santa awaits by a roaring fire. Each group is invited in to visit him, receive a gift and then they can wander back outside to eat mince pies, drink mulled wine or have a hot chocolate. The tractor then returns to the main farm park area. Santa was even seen waving us all off!
It was very well done, very magical and definitely somewhere we will take Daddy next time we go! Both monkeys got matching wooden 'make your own' door plaques and were happy to have their photo taken with Santa. 
Afterwards we took a look at some of the other animals at the farm including pigs wallowing in lots of mud, rabbits and reptiles. The outdoor play equipment was very popular and set out really well.
Luckily the sun was shinning and all the kiddies with us had a great time. You cannot see Santa himself without pre booking. He must be a popular visitor there, as like I said, bookings are now full for this year.
The cafe inside the farm shop sells a good array of food and has a good childrens menu too. The shop sells lots of organic and healthy fresh produce and other goodies. I popped back in and picked up a few bits. There is also a small indoor soft play on site, which we didn't use this time.
A fantastic Santa experince at a great place to visit any time of the year. We'll be booking to see the man in red this time next year.
Super Busy Mum
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


Aveeno - Skincare and New Book

Since having the monkeys we've discovered Aveeno. We use it regularly on their skin and on our own for dry skin patches, general moisturing and of course hand care. Now the lovely people at Aveeno have a great new book designed to highlight the importance of looking after children's skin and teaching children how important it is.
The Dry-ventures of Ellie & Eddie. 
Eddie is a Gecko, he and Ellie are friends. They both have dry skin. Aveeno is used to rescue their dry skin, aided by Ellie's parents who have a great little song they sing when applying it to Ellie's skin to help her feel more comfortable having creams and lotions applied. Eddie has a special spray that Ellie helps to put on him.  Making skin care fun.
Fortunately beacause the monkeys have always been used to having cream applied they happily let us help them to look after their skin, but this fab little story will help children to understand why their skin needs tender loving care.
The book was developed by the team at Aveeno after a study conducted found that:
48% of surveyed mums agree that their child does not enjoy their emollient routine.
46% of mums stated that their child doesn’t like using creams or lotions.
And 51% of mums say that they would find advice on how to develop an enjoyable dry, eczema-prone skin routine helpful.
I'm sure this book will go some way to helping those Mum's with their concerns. Readers can download the book for free here.
They can also request free samples of Aveeno here.
We were sent the Aveeno products and book for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


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