Valentine’s Gift Guide

*This post contains gifted items however all words, images and opinions are my own.

Love it or hate it Valentine’s day is a great excuse to show someone how much they mean to you. For me, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to make sure we take time from our busy lives as Mum and Dad, to treat each other and force us to spend some quality time together- Something we often let slide down the priority scale. Valentine’s gifts can be a minefield, so I have done the thinking for you and have put together a selection of gifts that are guaranteed to be a hit this Valentine’s.

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Dartington Crystal Cushion Large Heather Vase

This stunning hand made vase by the iconic Dartington Crystal is guaranteed to put a smile on her face this Valentine’s day. The Heather coloured glass has been designed with a delicate optic effect and features an indented base that helps to retain or splay out floral displays. This beautifully simplistic and chic vase is one of a huge collection of stunning vases by Dartington. Check out their range and order yours here.

Sassy Shop Wax Melts

Sassy shop Wax offer a huge range of beautifully scented melts to suit everyone, meaning that they will make a fantastic gift for your loved one this Valentine’s day. Their brightly coloured and thoughtfully designed bars are offered in a vast range of scents, from scents to create a relaxing environment to scents made to lift and invigorate, these are a true crowd pleaser. The melts are long burning and release powerful scents around the home. Head to Sassy shop wax website or social media to discover their gorgeous fragrance range.

Handmade Perfect4u Candles

Always a crowd pleaser, candles always make for a great Valentine’s gift. Handmade Perfect4u offer a fabulous range of scented candles and diffusers at affordable prices. I was kindly sent the Cassis and Fig candle to try and I am really impressed with the scent and burn. The Cassis is rich and teams perfectly with the sweet scent of fig for a well balanced and lovely fragrance. Soy wax delivers a clean and toxin free burn that is environmentally friendly. Discover Handmade Perfect4u range here.

ProCook Crystal Champagne Glasses

Valentine’s is the perfect excuse to reach for the bubbles, so do it in style with these ProCook crystal champagne glasses. With their stylish, angled design and long elegant stems, the ProCook crystal champagne glasses are guaranteed to add a touch of modern sophistication to your date night. Made from quality crystal glass these stunning glasses really have the wow factor and make a great gift. These timeless classics will be used again and again, sold in a pack of 4 so that you can share the love, get yours here.

Tesalate Towel for Two

Winter can feel extremely long and dull, so it’s probably not a surprise to hear that February is the most popular month for brits to head on holiday for some winter sun! If you have plans to escape the cold or just want to gift someone the promise of summer, then this towel for two is the perfect gift. Tesalate offer a huge range of sand free, fast drying towels, in the most stylish designs. Photographed is the bohemian towel for two, the quality of these beach towels is amazing and it’s big enough for two, how romantic. Get yours here.

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Yardley English Dahlia Eau de Toilette

Forming part of their floral classics range, Yardley classic floral scents are always a fabulous gift for women. Inspired by a diverse variety of flowers and containing an impressive 90% naturally derived ingredients. The delicate fragrance of Dahlia is met with fresh citrus notes, a warming patchouli and musk base making this divine fragrance wearable every day. Yardley offer an extensive range of timeless florals to suit all, check out their full range here.

Dr. PAWPAW Ultimate Red Balm

Another beauty wonder from the makers of Dr Pawpaw Original Balm, this nourishing lip balm is all you need to make your lips kissable this Valentine’s day. This balm has a subtle pinkie red tint that gives your lips and cheeks the perfect pop of colour. This paw paw balm is made in the UK from a variety of natural ingredients including the ingredient fermented Pawpaw, the fruit of the plant Carica Papaya. The Pawpaw has been found to have natural healing qualities and that’s why this nourishing balm is a must have. This make up bag staple is available to buy at Sainsburys.

Pretty You London Sleepwear

Effortlessly sexy and plush, this Animal Spot Cami and shorts set makes the perfect Valentine’s gift. This cami short pyjama set really feels special, finished with a chiffon layer trim and subtle Pretty You London branding, it drapes perfectly over the body for a sophisticated yet sexy look. The elasticated waistband and loose fitting shape make this the perfect pyjama set for your loved one. Check out Pretty You London’s stunning range here.

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Bulldog Skincare

A firm favourite among men, Bulldog is skincare for men, made easy. From the classics to more advanced skin care, there is something guaranteed to please everyone. The Original Bamboo Razor has everything he needs for a great shave, if he is bearded, the fast absorbing and nourishing beard oil will make the perfect treat. Team with Bulldog’s classics such as shower gel and moisturiser and you will be on to a winner this Valentine’s. Shop the full range here.

Trendhim Anchor Clasp Bracelet

Not sure what to buy the man who has it all? Look no further than Trendhim for all of your stylish male gifting needs. From Bracelets and watches to bow ties, Trendhim has it all. This gorgeous black and gold clasp stacked bracelet features an on trend nautical steel closure that hooks on to the luxury leather straps. Explore Trendhim’s extensive and stylish range of bracelets here.

Dear Barber Style & Go Collection

When it comes to hair many men are set in their ways, Dear Barber are set to change that. The unique styling and grooming range allow men to experience luxury grooming at home, every day. With it’s stylish yet traditional vibe, the Dear Barber style and go boxes are sure to be a huge hit with your man this Valentine’s. Absolutely everything from the Dear Barber range is made in the UK, for a true and authentic traditional feel. The products ooze luxury and grandeur but at a surprisingly affordable price. Check out the range here.

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Mermaid Pink Gin

Generally speaking, you can’t for far wrong with a boozy gift, especially Gin! The gorgeous and striking bottle (plastic free may I add) in it’s pink design means that it looks perfect as a valentine’s gift. Inspired by it’s Isle of Wight setting, Mermaid pink gin is made from ethically sourced and totally natural ingredients. The gin itself is aromatic and refreshing with it’s infusion of fresh island strawberries, zesty lemon and a subtle hint of savoury rock samphire. I love the taste of this gin, it is far less sickly sweet than other pink gins that I have tried and a much cleaner flavour, you can tell there are no artificial sweeteners in it and every taste left me impressed. You can pick yours up at Marks and Spencer’s this Valentine’s or click here to find out more.

Myprotein Protein Truffles and Spread

Although Valentine’s makes most people reach for the flowers and chocolate, many of us (me included) are still keeping up our good intentions for the new year and trying to loose those pesky Christmas pounds! Myprotein have come up with the perfect solution so that you can indulge in chocolatey treats this Valentine’s, without the guilt. Packing a massive 2.6g of protein per truffle, these melt in your mouth sensations are the perfect Valentines treat for your health concious loved one. The truffles are velvety smooth and pack a real chocolate kick, they are almost brownie like in their richness. The chocolate spread is equally delicious, it has a silky texture and will be perfect as a guilt free solution for dipping fruit this Valentine’s. Don’t miss out on tasaty treats this Valentine’s, Get yours here.

Guylain Chocolates

Known and loved by many, this Valentine’s classic by Guylian is certain to make a great Valentine’s gift. Guylian creates all of it’s great tasting chocolates with only the finest Belgian chocolate. These Praline Hearts in their eye-catching red box, are marbled and filled with delicious roasted hazelnut praline. An elegant and timeless classic, get yours here.

Perky Blenders Coffee

Variety is the spice of life as they say and Perky Blenders have it in abundance. Their team is passionate about providing an extremely high quality product with excellent service. As well as providing an incredible selection of top quality coffee Perky Blenders also offer coffee subscriptions through their website, the perfect gift for a coffee lover this Valentine’s. Roasted daily, to make sure their coffee is at it’s freshest, convinient letterbox friendly and biodegradable packaging and a great variety of delicious blends, every coffee lovers dream! Get yours here.

Aladdin at the Bournemouth Pavilion

There is nothing I love more than a pre Christmas trip to the panto to get me feeling festive. This was our first Christmas panto since the move and I could not wait to see what the show had in store for us. When we arrived the Pavilion Theatre was absolutely buzzing with the excited chatter of children and their families, with the show still early in it’s release it was a full audience.

As with most pantomimes the story of Aladdin came secondary to the hilarious one liners and audience participation, I think the balance of story telling, singing and laughs worked really well in this performance. The undoubted stars of the show were David Ball as Widow Twanky and the hilarious Noel Brodie as Wishee Washee, their energy throughout the whole performance was amazing and they kept the children laughing all the way through with plenty of adult humour thrown in for good measure. The audience were up on their feet and singing along a number of times. With the show being quite new to the Pavilion there were still a few teething issues however these were dealt with seamlessly and the ad libbing from the characters made the show even more entertaining.

Eastenders star Richard Blackwood played the villain faultlessly and the clever use of lighting meant that he was portrayed as a baddie without terrifying the children. X Factors Amelia Lily was brilliant as the Spirit of the Ring, her powerful voice had the children captivated whenever she spoke or sang, a true star!

On a whole the show provides a great couple of hours of entertainment for all of the family. We left the show feeling festive and with the children singing songs from the show. There were a few moments where I felt that the adult banter and innuendos were a bit much for such a young audience and could have been toned down slightly in places. I also found an Ed Sheeran number between Aladdin and Jasmine a bit of an odd choice due to it’s raunchy wording, when the song first began I thought they would be changing the wording however this was not the case and bar a few lines of the song, most of the lyrics were not really fitting. Regardless we had a great time, the children were entertained throughout and a great night was had by all.

If you are looking for some family fun over the festive period you can catch Aladdin at the Bournemouth Pavilion until 5th January 2020. Tickets are available to purchase Online, from the box office or by phone.

We were kindly gifted tickets to see the show however all words and opinions are of my own. Images provided by BH Live.

Christmas Gift Guide- Food and Drink

If ever there is a time to indulge yourself, it’s Christmas time. Food and drink make the perfect gifts for your loved ones and of course don’t forget your selelf. Here is a little collection of delicious items to make your or someone you loves Christmas that bit more luxurious.

Lir Discovery Collection

Perfect for sharing with friends or family the Lir Discovery Collection oozes luxury and decadence. With 16 pieces, each chocolate is encased in a perfectly smooth Belgian chocolate exterior. This box has something to suit everyone, from Salted Caramel to exotic Persian Lime, guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. Pick up in your local Morrisons, Tesco or Co-op or from Lir direct, here.

Jam Shed

Well known and loved, this medium-sweet Shiraz is rich and opulent. With it’s sweet red berry flavours, balanced perfectly with subtle hints of vanilla and spice. Perfect on its own or with some cinnamon, cloves and orange thrown in for a delicious twist this Christmas. The perfect Christmas tipple for you or a loved one. Find yours at most major supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsburys and Ocado.

Tomatin Whisky

Founded in 1897, the Tomatin whisky distillery sits at an altitude of 313m just to the west of the village of the same name. With twelve active stills and an output of around 5 million litres per year, Tomatin is one of the largest distilleries in the Highlands. They offer a huge range of the highest quality Whisky. The perfect gift for the whisky lover in your life. Check Tomatin out here.

Popcorn Shed

Who doesn’t love popcorn? Popcorn Shed offer a huge range of delicious gourmet popcorn options. The incredible flavours and adorable packaging is certain to make someone smile this Christmas. With a Great selection of gifts on their Website, from savoury to sweet, Popcorn shed is a great gift and is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.

Jeffrey’s Tonic Syrups

The perfect gift for any gin lover. Jeffrey’s Tonic Syrups come in a huge range of unique flavours from fresh and fruity to winter warmers. Made to pair beautifully with different blends and flavours of gin, these syrups are easy to mix to craft your own bespoke tonic water. Made with completely natural ingredients these syrups contain no artificial flavourings and are vegan friendly. Great for cocktails, spirits and non alcoholic drinks these are a great gift or addition to your festive shop.

The Summerton Whisky Club

Know a whisky lover? A subscription to Summerton Whisky Club may just be what you have been looking for. Summerton offer unique, top quality whisky delivered to your door, chosen by their team of experts, every bottle of whisky is gauranteed to please your loved one and offer an unusual gift idea that will keep on giving. You can select whether to have whisky delivered bi-monthly for 3 months, 6 months or 1 year. Treat someone you love to something totally unique and special this year.

Taste card

Know someone who loves dining out? Tastecard works with over 6000 partner restaurants to offer huge discounts on dining out. With the likes of family favourites such as Pizza Express, ZiZi and Frankie and Benny’s to choose from, as well as hundreds of restaurants local to you, this is a great gift for all. Save your loved one as much as 50% off meals out this year. Tastecard also offer discounts for local attractions and cinema trips. Order yours here.

Thorntons Chocolate Models

Perfect for the little ones this Chrsitmas, Thorntons have an adorable range of chocolate models which are a great foodie gift for children. Previously featured in my Children’s gift guide these are sure to be popular this Christmas. Head to Thorntons website to choose yours.

Don’t forget to treat yourself……..

All of that foodie Christmas shopping must have made you hungry? Why not treat yourself to one of these continental advent calendars from Thorntons to reward yourself this December.

*This post features gifted items however all words and opinions are my own.

Christmas Gift Guide- Something a bit different?

This year I have decided to ditch the usual his/hers gift guides and bring to you some ideas for fun, quirky and alternative gifts including stocking fillers and wrapping paper.

Frenzy 230mm Black Folding Commuter Scooter V2

This Frenzy commuter scooter is the perfect gift for anyone who wants to commute in style, commuting from both a place or work or study has never been easier, this wonder scooter folds down easily to a small size and even has a carry strap for easy transportation. The quality is fantastic, with it’s big wheels for speed and comfort this is sure to be a hit this Christmas. Head to Skates.co.uk to see their huge range of scooters, skates, boards and bikes to find the perfect gift.

Tesalate Super Absorbent Towel

Know someone getting some winter sun? Want to dry off from that Boxing day swim in style? Tesalate offer a totally unique and beautiful range of super absorbent and sand free towels, they are rapid drying, compact and come in their own bag. With their stylish and colourful designs these towels are a great and unusual Christmas gift idea that will be used again and again. Check out Tesalate’s huge range here.

Willow of London Personalised Phone Case

If you are looking for a personalised gift Willow of London is the place to go. From Phone cases to luggage they offer a vast range of stylish options. This latest design phone case is amazing, Willow of London are constantly bringing out incredible designs so keep your eye out. The quality is superb and the gorgeous sparkling leopard pattern is so on trend. Their phone cases are made to fit a huge range of phone models. Check out Willow of London here to find the perfect gift for someone special.

Maps International Scratch the World Map

Do you know someone who loves to travel? Maps International offer a huge range of stylish and fun wall maps. With their extensive collection, Maps International caters for both functional use while also looking fantastic in any home. The Scratch the world map ticks all the boxes for a great gift, simply grab a coin and start scratching off the destinations you have been, creating your very own personalised map.

Sportsman Recovery Kit

Whether hubby is an avid weight lifter or dad loves a round of golf, this Sportsman Recovery kit from Atlantic Folk is the perfect manly pampering gift. Included in the smart tin case are a relaxing bath oil, a muscle rub and stretching elastic. The bath oil and muscle rub are made with invigorating and refreshing blends of essential oils and smell divine. You can also have the tin personalised to make this a great and unusual gift for your athletic loved one.

Just the Tonic

Sick of buying that gin lover the same old bottle of gin every Christmas? Why not surprise them with this great book. Just the Tonic offers an informative and fascinating look into the colourful history of tonic and it’s changing role over the years. The book also includes cocktail recipes inspired by historical events, and is beautifully illustrated throughout. Team this with some quirky tonic water for a fabulous gift. Get yours here.

Boobs Phone Case by Crudelydrawn

Designed by the wonderful creator of Crudelydrawn Antony Armstrong, this boobs phone case has certainly met the “something a bit different”breif. Made from top quality plastic and offered to suit a huge range of phones this case is a fun and feel good gift. Head to the Crudely drawn website for a huge range of quirky and fun gifts this Christmas.

Kensie Satin Pillowcases

These Kensie pillowcases are a great and unusual gift to a loved one. Not only are they a beautiful and luxurious gift, Satin pillowcases are a must for preventing creases and fine lines from forming and keeping hair neat and damage free. Fully machine washable in in a lovely gift box pick these up at your local T.kmaxx.

Stocking fillers

  • Taylor Benfield Floral & Ginger Travel CandleThese gorgeous little candles may be small but wow do they pack a punch! The floral scent is uplifting and the ginger compliments it perfectly for a truly unique scent. The stylish packaging makes these the perfect stocking filler.
  • Pecksniffs Leather and Oak Moss Candle– When I saw this in tk maxx I had to pick one up for my husband. The fragrance is rich and dark and I know my husband will love it. The man candle or ‘mandle’ if you will, is forecast to be a huge hit this Christmas. Nothing un-manly about a candle lit bath!
  • M&S festive bath bombs– These lovely little bath bombs not only look adorable but they smell great too. Perfect stocking filler size and a bargain at only £3 each.
  • M&S Gents Cracker– This mini shower gel cracker is an adorable addition to any stocking.
  • T-zone Glitter Peel off Mask– Perfect for party season. This T- zone glitter mask draws out impurities to help keep skin clear. Enriched with skin loving Strawflower and firming Centella Asiatica Extract. Add some glitz to someone’s pamper routine this Christmas.

Unusual gift wrap.

Vamp up your Christmas wrapping this year with these unusual wrapping paper options.

  • Leopard print gift wrap– This quirky gift wrap still feels seasonal with it’s luxy gold tones. Head to M&S to get yours. All gift wraps are 3 for 2 making them great value.
  • Marianne North Gift Wrap Book-Twelve beautiful paintings from the iconic collection of Marianne North- These botanical style prints are sure to liven up your Christmas wrapping for a totally unique look. Printed on the finest quality paper, each sheet tears out easily, leaving you with a clean edge for hassle free gift-wrapping- Genius and stylish. Get yours here.
  • 12 Days of Christmas gift wrap– Unicorns and flamingos meet Father Christmas what’s not to love! This is a great alternative gift wrap for the kids. Find yours at Sainsbury’s.

*Post contains gifted items however all words and opinions are my own.

Christmas Gift Guide- Home Interiors

My two favourite things collide! In this gift guide I have sourced some gorgeous gifts guaranteed to please any home interior lover and/or make your home look beautifully festive this Christmas.

Ragged Rose Table Runner and Placemats

The perfect addition to any festive table this Ragged Rose Christmas Silver Grey runner is stunning. With beautiful tassel detailing, scattered star pattern and gorgeous colour, this will look elegant draped over any table this winter. These matching placemats are a great size and complete the look. All made from 100% cotton, this timeless set will be used again and again.

Taylor Benfield Cadles

Taylor Benfield have really pulled it out of the bag with their Spiced Noir fragrance. This stylish candle, in it’s beautifully presented packaging is sure to put a smile on any candle lovers face this Christmas. I love the spicy and warming notes. Also available in a smaller size, perfect for stockings, see Taylor Benfield’s range here.

Konstsmide 1441 LED Moose String Light Set

These adorable LED Moose lights from Internet Gardener are a quirky and stylish alternative to traditional Christmas lights. The adorable little creatures have a beautiful warm glow to them and will look great in any home. Perfect in windows or around a fireplace, this string light set promises a bit of fun that can be used year on year.

Philips Steam&Go Plus handheld garment steamer

Give the gift of time this Christmas. The Steam&Go handheld garment steamer uses continuous steam to keep clothes fresh and reduces the need for washing or dry cleaning. Removes odour and 99.9% of bacteria as well as keeping garments looking pristine. Ideal for travelling, removing creases from clothes, bed linen and table wear, this nifty little steamer with it’s stylish design is bound to be a hit this Christmas.

Cofee Lovers Mug

This gorgeous mug by Sheffield Home is the perfect gift for your coffee obsessed loved one. With its stylish matte black and pale pink design, great size and luxury feel. Head to Homesense to see their huge range of cups and mugs.

To read a great roundup of Christmas Gift guides Family Budgeting have put together a fabulous gift guide post which features myself.

Christmas Gift Guide for Children

With three little ones and almost a decade of children’s present buying under our belt it can often feel difficult to find inspiration every year as Christmas comes around. So what do you buy the children who have it all? I have put together this gift guide of my favourite books, toys and and more, guaranteed to put a smile on their faces and keep little ones entertained this Christmas.

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Wondering what the must have gifts for Children are for this year? Amazon have done the research for you!

L.O.L Surprise! Winter Disco Bigger Surprise

This L.O.L Winter Surprise is exclusive to Amazon and is a must have among children this Christmas. Watch your child unbox 60 never before seen surprises including a limited edition L.O.L surprise and 5 exclusive dolls to name a few. All kept safe in this fantastic case, your child can have hours of fun anywhere they go. Get yours here.

L.O.L Surprise 2-in-1 Gamper Van

This L.O.L Surprise Glamper Van also includes a massive 55 surprises! With the flexibility to extend and provide a huge area of play or detach the front for a separate smaller car to enjoy wherever they go, this Glamper van offers hours of fun.

Owleez

Forecast to be hugely popular this Christmas these adorable, interactive owls respond to your movement, touch and love. They have over 100 movements and sounds and best of all they can even fly! Get yours here.

Linkimals Smooth Moves Sloth

One for the little ones, this colourful Linkamal sloth by Fisher Price uses lights and sounds to encourage your baby to learn and explore. With a huge array of songs and lights to choose from, this adorable sloth is a great way to keep your little one occupied and having fun.

Paw Patrol Super Paws Mighty Jet

This 2 in 1 transforming jet switches from a jet to Paw Patrol mobile command HQ! Providing two fantastic ways to play and get creative with their imagination. With an exciting disc launcher and Ryder figure included, as well as many more to collect, it’s no wonder this has made it into the top 10.

Monopoly Voice Banking

Fun for all the family! Monopoly Voice Banking is a genius way to play this wonderful family classic. Kick back, enjoy and let the clever bank unit manage all the Monopoly finances. This is a great gift for all the family to enjoy over the festive period.

Pictionary Air

Pictionary air is the new and hilarious twist to a true classic. One guaranteed to be played time and time again. Draw in the air and see your ideas come to life. Download the Pictionary Air app and have hours of fun with the family.

Treasure X Kings Gold Treasure Tomb

The Treasure X Kings Gold Treasure Tomb is the ultimate Treasure X experience for your child. Your child can be part of the adventure digging through magic rock to unleash mini beasts. Smash and dig through layers to find hidden treasures. With 30 levels to complete this is a gift that will keep on giving.

Nerf Fortnite SP-L Blaster

Anything Fortnite related was bound to be a hit this Christmas. Team that with Nerf and it is no wonder this is hitting Christmas wish lists. Inspired by the blaster used in the popular game the blaster has a 3 dart capacity and comes with a detachable barrel so your child can customise it. Includes 6 Nerf Elite darts. Get yours here.

Lego Hidden Side Haunted High School

Your child will love to build and play with this Lego Haunted High School playset. Try to defeat the ghosts haunting the school. Includes a fantastic 8 mini figures, this is a great addition to your child’s Lego collection. Download the App and scan the model to make it come alive!

Frenzy 230mm Black Folding Scooter V2

This stylish Frenzy scooter is certain to be a huge hit with the kids this Christmas. It’s big wheels make for a comfortable riding experience, along with it’s sturdy mechanism mean that this scooter will go and go. The stylish design means that the scooter will be perfect for either boys or girls. Popular among commuters due to it’s small folding capabilities, that means Mum or Dad can hop on any time too! Fun for all of the family. Check out the huge range of scooters, skates, boards and bikes available at Skates.co.uk here.

Little Creatures: Goes to sleep Personalised Book

This personalised book is not only adorable but has been proven to help you develop a highly effective bedtime routine. The ‘Goes to Sleep’ book features your little one throughout and can be tailored in every way from name to hair colour. Get yours here.

Watadventure Personalised Book

Take your Child on an adventure! This Watadventure eco themed books aim is to inspire kids to save the planet. The fun comic style book contains practical activities, eco themed stories and challenges. Personalise yours here.

Hey Grandude! By Paul McCartney

Written by the known and loved Paul McCartney, Hey Grandude is an action packed picture book that follows the story of an explorer Grandude and his 4 Grandchildren. Inspired by his own experience as a Grandfather join them in this adventurous and exciting story, guaranteed to keep your little ones eager to turn the page for more. This is the perfect book for your child to share with a loved one.

Casagami Gingerbread

Something totally different, this Gingerbread house from Litogami is made from sustainable materials and uses solar to power its adorable glow. Perfect for a Christmas eve box maybe? This little house can be assembled with family and friends and is sure to bring a touch of magic to your child. Get yours here.

Tonies Intuitive Speaker

This Toniebox Speaker is fun and interactive way for your child to enjoy stories and songs from these adorable little Tonies figures. With many story telling figures to choose from, this is the perfect gift that you can keep adding to. The stylish cube comes in 7 different colours and all Tonie story telling figures are hand painted. Easy to use, stylish and no complicated controls, I can see this being a huge hit this Christmas.

3Doodler Start Essentials Pen Set

This award winning 3D doodler allows your child to bring their ideas to life! This child friendly pen melts plastic that cools and hardens rapidly meaning they can doodle in the air. Educational and great fun this is a must have this Christmas.

Hasbros Play-doh Stamp n Top Pizza Oven

Hours of fun to be had! Hasbro’s Kitchen Creations allows your child to unleash their imagination and create Play-Doh pizzas from cooking the base to grating the cheese. The perfect gift for those children who love to get creative and includes everything your child needs for hours of pizza making fun. Get yours here.

Thorntons Chocolate Elf

Crafted from Thorntons delicious milk chocolate, this Cheeky Elf is guaranteed to be a hit with children of any age. Check out the adorable range of characters available at Thorntons this Christmas. They can even be personalised to include your child’s name in icing.

*This post contains gifted items however all words and opinions are my own.

Rocky Horror comes to Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

Last night myself and my husband went along to The Pavilion Theatre to watch the Rocky Horror show. Now confession time…. we had never seen the film! So we had absolutely no idea what we were going into, apart from The time warp we knew nothing about this cult classic….. and i’m so glad. I am loving going into some of these shows blind, it really adds to the experience.

For those who have not seen the show, the story follows the newly engaged and rather square Brad Majors and Janet Weiss on their way to visit a former college professor. They break down outside creepy castle. They go inside seeking a telephone, but instead come face to face with a cross dressing Dr Frank n Furter, who is in the middle of one of his frenzied experiments. This roller coaster of a show is extremely fast paced, with it’s catchy and unforgettable songs, seamless set changes and dark humour. The show had the audience up on their feet dancing within the first 30 minutes of the show.

For me, narrator Philip Franks was one of the absolute stars of the show. His interactions with the audience were hilarious, witty and had the audience in fits of laughter throughout. Stephen Webb who played the main role of Frank N Furter sang a fantastic rendition of ‘I’m going home’ and despite the light hearted nature of the production actually managed to move the audience in a way that you truly felt as though you had been on a journey with the characters. The make up and costumes of the cast were incredible and the whole production was faultless. I was lucky enough to watch a make up masterclass before the show and it was really interesting to see the stage makeup being done.

Clearly loved by many, the audience contributed a huge part to the atmosphere of the show. It was uplifting to see so many people dressed up, singing their hearts out and dancing away to the time warp. If you are looking for a night of undiluted fun and frolics then the Rocky Horror Show will not disappoint! You can catch Rocky Horror at the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre until Saturday 26th October.

Chynna x

Great night at Rocky Horror

My tickets to the show were gifted however all words and opinions are my own.