Happy New Year! Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and marvellous New Year.I thoroughly enjoyed my two weeks off. We had a lovely first Christmas with our little one and it was so nice to connect with family and friends and not do any work or blogging! I need to get back into the swing of things though so normal service should resume this week. I’m working on moving all posts from NHM Facebook Friend (that’s NorthHantsMum ;-)) to the NHM Facebook Page. There will be more about this hopefully this week…
So, to start 2012 on NHM this post is a summary of the most popular posts that featured in 2011. (Yes, I’m being very lazy and not doing a new original post, but I’m trying to ease back in gently! lol)
NorthHantsMum won’t be posting anything for the next two weeks as I’m on my Christmas holidays. YAY! I’m going to use some of the time to plan and prepare the blog for next year – lots of exciting things coming up.
It’s been such an awesome 6 months since I started NorthHantsMum. Thank you all so much for reading, for your comments and for all of your support, online and offline.
I wish you all a wonderful Christmas (your first “Christmas with babies” for lots of you!!!!) and a fabulous New Year and look forward to connecting with you again in 2012!
Loux aka. NorthHantsMum
Ok, I tried to hold out but I think you can probably tell from the recent Christmas themed blogs that I’m starting to get quite excited!!!
I found this website when I was looking for Norad Santa Tracking and I was really impressed with the content, specifically the activities for little ones.
Chat with Santa’s elves, Bonnie and Bif, through ElfChat
Send Santa a letter and he’ll write you back
Print a Good Deeds Calendar
and there are loads of other things to check out. Worth a look if you would like some good Christmas activities to share with your little ones. http://www.northpole.com/
Norad Santa tracking is a brilliant website. The site officially opens on Christmas Eve and you can then track exactly where Santa is at any time whilst he is delivering Christmas presents across the world.
If you want to see how long it is until Santa starts his present delivery the Norad Santa tracking site will tell you. You can also purchase App or Android App to mirror the website. Very cool.
You can using the Icing Sugar and Welly Boots to make Father Christmas’ footprints!!!
When you put your mince pie and glass of sherry out for Father Christmas on the mantle piece, and the water and carrots for Rudolph and the rest of the reindeers outside the back door, you can make it even more convincing for your little ones by re-creating Father Christmas’ snowy footprints!
Very cool and very convincing if done well. Oh and easy to hoover up afterwards when the footsteps “magically” disappear 😉
I’ve been thinking of all those things you don’t want to run out of at Christmas. You might want to double up on these items beforehand so you don’t have to make a special trip to the shops during Christmas with little ones in tow.
This is what I’ve come up with so far:
- Tin Foil
- Batteries for all of those new Toys
- Greaseproof paper
- Toilet Rolls
- Dishwasher Tablets (if you are blessed to have a dishwasher) or washing up liquid
- Bin liners
- Nappies (if your children are using them still)
- Wetwipes and Nappy Sacks (If your children are using them still)
- Pet Food
- Matches (you never know when you will need them!)
- Formula (if using)
- Washing powder
- Alcohol 😀
PS: Have I missed anything?
Are you stuck for ideas? I had hoped to add a few more links but this is as far as I got I’m afraid. There is also a link to the UK Christmas Posting Delivery Dates at the bottom.
http://www.babyhampshire.co.uk/christmas-gift-guide? – If you are loaded this link is good.
Great Little Trading Co (LOVE this website)
Charity Christmas Presents – a great list of presents to buy for someone else which will also give you a warm glow.
Christmas delivery dates 2011
Christmas Blog Posts
Below are a list of blog posts which are sort of related to Christmas. Some could be helpful for gift hunting (if you haven’t already got it all sorted). At NorthHantsMum my aim is to try to make your life a little bit easier. Hope these help!
If you have 5 minutes to spare you can make the best Christmas cards ever for free
Are homemade Christmas gifts a good idea?
The Great Autumn Winter Coat Hunt: Snow Boots
Find me a Gift
An Explosion of Memories
Ok, I know I said I wasn’t going to lay it on thick about it being nearly Christmas, but this is absolutely AWESOME and it is the 1st of December! Yay!
A friend of mine showed me this site. She’d done the message’s for her boys and they were in awe of it. To be honest, so was I because it’s just brilliant.
Santa says your child’s name, remembers key events in the past year and even has photo’s to prove he knows what’s happened!
If you have children above the age of 2.5 years old then you will love this site. Actually, even if you don’t have children over 2.5 years old, check it out anyway! You could always send a Santa message to your significant other 😉
Santa’s Message: http://www.portablenorthpole.tv/home
I’ve been reading a number of Parenting Books in an effort to try to be a good parent. Not sure if it’s working, but I’ve read a lot of really interesting stuff. Enclosed is a link about the “marshmallow test” which I read about in “Emotional Intelligence” by Daniel Goleman. Although this book was written by an American author his findings are still very interesting. The book was written over 40 years ago so much has been written about this test since.
The concept of the Marshmallow Test is that you place a marshmallow in front of a 4 year old for 15 minutes. The tester tells the child that if they can wait 15 minutes before eating the marshmallow they will be allowed two marshmallow’s, rather than just the one in front of them. Those children that were able to resist grabbing the marshmallow placed in front of them had better life outcomes.
This is the best link I could find which explains self control in children and links to the concept of the Marshmallow Test: http://healthland.time.com/2011/09/06/the-secrets-of-self-control-the-marshmallow-test-40-years-later/
There has been a lot of research around this if you are interested in discovering more. I would recommend reading “Emotional Intelligence”. It is pretty heavy going though and one of the downsides is that the author doesn’t describe what you can do to help your child improve their self control (although I haven’t finished the book yet!). This is something I am researching and plan to do a future post on.
I thought this was fascinating and that some of you might be interested. Let me know your thoughts.
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All those questions you’ve been dying to ask your Toddler