Want to know exactly how long it is until Santa arrives?

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.

http://www.noradsanta.org/

What do Welly Boots, Icing Sugar and Father Christmas have in common?

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 ūüėČ

14 Things you don’t want to forget for Christmas

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:

  1. Tin Foil
  2. Batteries for all of those new Toys
  3. Greaseproof paper
  4. Toilet Rolls
  5. Dishwasher Tablets (if you are blessed to have a dishwasher) or washing up liquid
  6. Bin liners
  7. Lightbulbs
  8. Nappies (if your children are using them still)
  9. Wetwipes and Nappy Sacks (If your children are using them still)
  10. Pet Food
  11. Matches (you never know when you will need them!)
  12. Formula (if using)
  13. Washing powder
  14. Alcohol ūüėÄ

PS: Have I missed anything?

Christmas Present Shopping

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.bambinogoodies.co.uk/

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

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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!

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An Explosion of Memories

A personalised Video Message from Santa for your child (and it’s free!)

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 ūüėČ

Santa’s Message: http://www.portablenorthpole.tv/home

The Marshmallow Test – The Secrets of Self-Control in Children

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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Christmas!!!! (Food, Presents & Pampering)

Are you suddenly realising that it’s only 4 weeks to Christmas? Yup, me too. I’ve managed to book the Christmas food delivery slot today, but because I’d left it quite late (when did the 19th of November become late for Christmas bookings???) I didn’t get any of the slots I wanted. Ho hum.

I’m only just starting to think about Christmas Presents (children seem to speed up time because normally I’m way more organised than this!) but I think this year that I’m going to try to buy local as much as possible. The list below are some ideas of local places where you can get fantastic hand crafted presents. I’ve also included a few ideas that might help your Christmas go a little bit more smoothly.

Let me know if you have any other suggestions to share.

Christmas Presents

Butterflies and Cupcakes

A lovely family business that do some beautiful items. They operate from Tadley but can deliver depending on how close you live to Tadley.

The best items they do are:

  • Name Hangings that are priced at ¬£1.50 per letter
  • Name Plaques (up to 6 letters or more depending in name) at ¬£8.50 and includes an animal character E.g. giraffe, tiger, etc.
  • Christmas Stockings are ¬£12.50 but take a while so last orders for them are the second week in December

Little Rosies Tea Shop (Elm Tree Garden Centre on the way to Tadley) has a shop attached to it with some really nice present ideas.

Basingstoke Discovery Centre ‚ÄúOur Shop‚ÄĚ, town centre. Lots of original items including snow globes and wooden Christmas Tree Decorations.

Alison’s Wonderland, Viables Craft Centre. The shop is attached to the Parlour tea rooms so you can browse with a cuppa in hand. Alison is lovely and very friendly.

Ma Humbug’s, Viables craft centre. Quaint old school sweet shop who will make up sweet boxes for you. Yummy!

Pots2Paint, Viables craft centre. If you are looking for that unique present for the Grandparents then this place will be perfect for you. Check out their website for more details (click on their name and it should take you straight through).

Childhood’s Dream, Winchester. I know I keep raving about this little shop (see the NHM facebook page), but I love it! Lots of wooden, old school toys that retain their value so if your children look after them, you can sell them on easily when they grow out/become bored with them.

Local Mummy Businesses – A list of local Mum businesses in the area that make gifts that would be perfect for Christmas.

Christmas Food

Vegetable/Fruit Boxes

We use Able and Cole box delivery close to Christmas because they deliver right to your door, regardless of the weather conditions which is so worth the £1 delivery charge. They also do a Baby and Toddler box of Veg and Fruit. It can be quite pricey but at least you know you are getting good vegetables, etc. As well as fruit and veg they also deliver diverse things like mince pies, Ella’s baby food and organic cleaning products. They deliver right up to December 23rd. Riverford also deliver boxes to the area.

Local Farm Shops

There are lots of farm shops in and around Basingstoke. Check out the Farm Shop page on NorthHantsMum to find one near you.

Christmas Pampering

If you are already exhausted with the drama of ‚ÄúChristmas with Children‚ÄĚ check out the Mobile Beautician Page or Mobile Hairdressers Page on NorthHantsMum. These wonderful ladies will travel to your house and pamper you in your home. Some of them are even being kind enough to offer you a discount if you mention NorthHantsMum!

Hope this has given you some inspiration. I will post up a few more posts about Christmas, but I’m sure you are being bombarded about it from everywhere else so I’ll try not to lay it on too thick.

Good Luck!

NorthHantsMum

Ballet/Dance classes for 2 year olds (Nov 2011)

Baby & Toddler Dance classes in North Hampshire

Vicky asked the question on NorthHants Mum on Facebook: can anyone recommend ballet/dance classes for 2yr olds?

I’m not able to recommend any specific classes but I’ve done some research about what is available at the moment. Details are below. If you have any recommendations, please don’t hesitate to add them. Vicky – thanks for your question, hope this is what you were looking for.

Dance Classes

Bopping Babies

Toddle-time disco fun, dance and play session for 0-5’s.

Active Life Centre

Modern Dance: The Modern Dance class involves learning dance moves to current popular music. Mondays 14.00 ‚Äď 14.45hrs. Cost: ¬£40.00 for 10 weeks

Ballet Classes

Basingstoke Academy of Dancing

One of the more professional dance schools in Basingstoke.  They hold Mother and Toddler Classes Р18 mnths Р3yrs, Monday morning 9.30am to 10.30am

J.L.D. School of Dancing

They say: Being easily accessed from anywhere in Basingstoke & Deane, J.L.D. School of Dancing has 50 scheduled classes per week and offers dancing lessons for boys and girls from 2 ‚Äď 18 years of age. Dance classes for children aged 2 ‚Äď 5 years are lively and fun, exploring music, movement and mime.

M&M Academy of Arts

They have a boogie babies class on Saturday morning: Pre-school Dance Classes, 45 minutes, Fun and stimulating class for 3 & 4 Years olds. These classes introduce basic ballet, tap and modern/jazz movements incorporating mime and stories.

Centre Stage Ballet

Centre Stage Ballet 3-4 years 4.30-5pm. Ballet 4-5 years 5-5.30pm. Ballet & Tap 5-9 years 5.30-6.15pm

Thursdays at Sherfield Park Community Centre.

Active Life Centre

Ballet (3-4 years): Working from the Royal Acadamy of Dance syllabus, this class involves dancing to classical and contemporary music whilst incorporating ballet steps, miming and free dance. The children have fun working to develop

Lynden School of Dance

I couldn’t find the timetable online for this dance school but I know they do Ka Motion classes at Basingstoke Sports Centre for little people and I’m sure they will have classes for under four’s. To find details you can contact them through their website.

Loose Moose РHook

Loose Moose Theatre Arts is an exciting, vibrant and creative theatre arts school offering a range of programmes for toddlers to teens to adults.

Chandelle Stage School

I don’t have any further details about this apart from that it’s based in the Sycamore centre in Winklebury.

Stage School’s

There is also a stage school in Basingstoke:

http://www.basingstokestageschool.co.uk/

Please add a comment if you know of more dance classes for toddlers in or near Basingstoke. Thanks!

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What is Elimination Communication for babies?

I’d never heard about Elimination Communication before someone added a comment to this site. They were running a blog which documented their experience of E.C. I suddenly discovered a whole new area that I’d never even really considered. Now I get how Indians used to be able to carry their little one’s in Papooses for such a long time! lol.

It was a fascinating subject and I was surprised I’d never heard of it before. Although, when you think about who runs most of our media and the advertising we see it’s not surprising that EC isn’t more widely known off, as nobody in Business¬†benefits from it. The Nappy companies don’t make any money if you don’t use nappies, the nappy cream companies don’t make any money. So I guess the concept of EC isn’t more widely known because there aren’t huge companies behind the advertising trying to drive the knowledge.

I would have loved the opportunity to try this out with my little one, but by the time I found out about it I was back to work and it wasn’t really feasible. However, I’m thinking that now the weather is warmer (Summer? What summer?) and we can spend more time outside, where nappies aren’t always a requirement, I might do a bit more research into this and see if we can try it out. I’ve also been spurred on by reading a blog where the Mum potty trained her little one at 15 months old. I didn’t even know that was a possibility! In fact, the whole potty training experience scares me as it just seems to be a bit of a drama. I am wondering though if I’m putting myself under more pressure because I’ve also read plenty more posts about how seasoned Mum’s (Mum’s with 3+ children) recommend waiting until your little one is really ready.

 

Further Reading

http://eliminationcommunication.wordpress.com/

http://ecomamasays.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/ecnatural-infant-hygiene/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elimination_communication