Christmas is the time for cheers, good food and most importantly presents (my kids would agree on that last one). However, some of us still haven’t quite figured out what to get our loved one this Christmas season and with so little time to spare; I think I need to lend a helping hand where I can.
Toddlers or Babies?
I’m sure this has already been taken care of, because what more do kids appreciate more than toys? If your child hasn’t adopted a Moshi Monster yet, then ‘tis the season to get adopting, or you could get them a few Moshi Monster toys for their overflowing toy collection.
Instead of the odd home ware, why not get her something that is truly just for her enjoyment alone? A great gift idea would be the gift of time off, so she can finally enjoy some well-deserved “me time” after all the hustle and bustle of Christmas. You could get her a gift-certificate to a local spa; or even more grandiose, add up with a few family members and get her a night at a hotel that provides such a service.
You don’t have to complicate gift shopping for dad here; men are simple creatures, and they will appreciate most presents. It could be anything from the latest apple gadget (if he is techie), to some nice pair of underwear or thermals from Figleaves.
Consider what they may already own here and just get them an add-on that they have been saving up for, but haven’t gotten around to buying yet. For example, if he owns a game console, then it might be easier to simply get the newest game for that console or if he is a rabid movie fan, then check out Amazon for their new releases. They are pretty quick to deliver, even this far along. Alternatively, if he is past the whole gaming phase or never quite got into it in the first place, then consider getting him something like the Jean Paul Gaultier set of cologne and aftershave. Trust me, he’ll love the smell – it’s a classic.
Women, whether in their early teens, late teens or adolescence, are not that hard to buy for. Essentially because most items these days are made for women – so you are bound to find something they’ll like. Why not get them the new Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette if they are into beauty and fashion?
Remember, girls can be techie’s too and all personalities vary; so there is no point in getting the recipient something that doesn’t appeal to their personality.
Research, research, research…though, I wonder if you still have time?
During pregnancy and the months that follow, there are a lot of stresses that life has to throw at you and although a lot of the time you can feel lethargic and drained, there is no reason why you shouldn’t look your best, especially now that Christmas is here.
It is typical for people to mention your glowing complexion when you are pregnant and this is not simply a saying or an old wives tale, your complexion does tend to improve when you are pregnant and that’s not the only thing that gets better during this period.
Your hair tends to grow thicker and glossier and your skin is stronger and less prone to outbreak, not to mention all of your new found sexy baby lumps. If you want to feel like the best possible version of yourself, don’t let the bad parts bring you down. Make the most of this interesting time of your life, you will feel an overwhelming sense of triumph and pride.
During your time of pregnancy and especially, the few months after the baby arrives, all of your time, money an effort tend to go on the baby. Mothers tend to let a lot of things they would normally consider quite important, fall by the wayside.
Being pregnant or having a child in your life should not mean you cannot express your own fashionable side, nor does it mean you have lost the right to dress up for special occasions. For the pregnant lady or even those post birth there are some really glamorous stores such as Tiffany Rose that allow you to really celebrate a special occasion in style instead of feeling like the proverbial wall flower. They have maternity occasion wear to suit every figure; whether it is the stylish maternity maxi dresses perfect for concealing post pregnancy bodies or their occasion dresses.
To be fair to Mini, who may or may not read this post when she is older, the part wasn’t one of the better ones. I had assumed it was a speaking role, but it was just singing a song at the back whilst the rest of the year group sang along too. Before anyone moans, yes I know they want to build up other kids confidence, but with that said the main part was acted by a very confident child, as were all of the other main parts too.
Anyway, never let it be said that Mini doesn’t know how to build her own part (ahem).
I ended up seeing the play both on Tuesday morning and yesterday evening as well. That worked out well as I committed the cardinal parenting fail of missing filming her bit. In my defence, I was told she was speaking her role, not singing it with everyone else. So, I thought the song was the lead up to her bit. And couldn’t get it on tape in time.
She did really well, and did a little dance, and sat quietly. It was lovely.
So, onto yesterday evening, and after a day spent having fun at Panasonic for the next Intelligent Living Mums workshop (more on that to follow), I got in, made some dinner for the Brats, had a cuppa and it was back to school.
I managed to bagsie with the help of some of the class Mums a front row seat- we could barely see on Tuesday as the hall was packed- and, camera poised, I started to film.
I think the combination of it being 6pm, on a school night, right near Christmas, the second time they’d acted it, and the actors being a bunch of hyper 5 and 6 year olds made for a rather rowdy and hilarious play…..
|….Especially Mini and her fellow stars|
I think her costume was lovely- it turned out that the reason Mini thought it was “epically crap” was because her costume didn’t light up with fairy lights (only the main characters did as they were playing the Star Of Bethlehem). The only issue I saw though was the head dress was a bit itchy with tinsel.
By the end (it was 40 minutes long), the kids were either yawning with tiredness after a busy school day, or being slightly mischievous. You had the Three Wise Men playing catch with their gifts, the narrators giggling amongst themselves, funny faces being pulled at parents, and Mini and her mates taking their head dresses off and using them as blindfolds or wearing them upside down.
But, what did Mini do to build her part?
I asked her teacher if they were meant to dance or do actions after the morning performance and was told, no, but she thought Mini’s moves (as her Dad has now called them) were sweet and not too OTT. In which case I can only presume that she encouraged Mini to do them again. I can then only presume that Mini thought she should perhaps improve on them. A lot.
She had the audience in hysterics, with parent’s coming over to me to laugh and say how much they’d enjoyed it!
I wont just type about them, here, for your viewing hilarity, is Mini, building her part spectacularly.
And yes, I will be showing this at her 18th birthday party. Sorry Mini!