I know it’s a little late in the game to put out a post like this, especially as I love getting ideas from these kinds of things but well, there’s only a week left until Christmas right and I’d have thought most people would be finished with their shopping by now (though whenever I drive anywhere at the moment, that certainly doesn’t seem correct). But I thought I’d put this together and show you all some bits little bear is getting for christmas.
In our living room, we have a raccoon pull along crate which contains some books for bear. My idea is to change the books in them every couple of months (or seasonally) so I really couldn’t miss out on putting together a box full of festive books for him. He loves having books in the living room, he is forever bringing them to me (though he has the attention span of a goldfish and just gets up as soon as I open the first page). But sometimes, I will find him sat on the floor with a little book babbling to himself whilst turning the pages. Of course I do sit down with him and read with him, as I said, sometimes he just gets back up but sometimes we can get through a couple pages. Back to the point. Last year, we did a book advent for him (though it didn’t go very well as we missed a few days so just opened them all) but I have picked up some books I’ve seen in shops this year with a festive theme and I honestly couldn’t wait for him to read them.
A few months ago, we thought bear would never get the hang of cutlery. How to use it, what it’s for etc. One day he all of a sudden seemed to know how. He used his spoon to scoop things and put them to his mouth. A few days later, he managed to grasp using a fork, stabbing things and putting them to his mouth again. Though still a little shaky every now and again. We were contacted asking if he would like to try out some Doddl* cutlery, which I hadn’t really known much of before. Sure I’d heard of them in weaning groups on the odd occasion but I just didn’t have a clue. But he soon knew what they were as soon as I opened the package and he couldn’t wait to start using his new cutlery.
A few weeks ago, Bear & I headed to Southport for a day out with our lovely friends Lisa (from Lisa Cowan Blog) & her little lady. I was totally cacking it I’ll be honest, I was mentally preparing myself for a bus AND a train journey there and back. I only really started panicking about it on the way home but none the less, Lisa kept me distracted, as did the little monkeys. Anyways, we were invited to visit the store and have a good look around, and basically gather our views on it (and it gave us a reason to go to the seaside, though the weather wasn’t too kind). But I shall say, we were impressed.
Myself, Bear & Bear’s daddy recently went on a family holiday together (if you follow me on Twitter, you probably already knew this) and we had such a lovely holiday, whilst also being on a budget. We even met up with the wonderful Amy & her little dude and had such a lovely time. Because we have family in different areas of the country, we will take little breaks to visit them but this time, we wanted to go somewhere different and see different things. We stayed in South Cornwall for a week and honestly, we didn’t have any trouble with money or not having anything to do etc. Bearing in mind we also drove (I drove) all the way from Wigan in Manchester to Southern Cornwall and we had an 18 month old in tow, it was challenging. But so worth it. I want to share my tips on holidaying with a toddler whilst on a budget.