A birthday celebration with MoonPig

As you may have seen if you follow me on social media, Freya turned 3 over the weekend. I am still in shock that I have a 3 year old; I mean where did the last 3 years go?

Whilst the new rule of 6 scuppered our original plans, we still managed to celebrate our gorgeous girl’s birthday and have a lovely weekend.

We have been trying hard to tie in lots of changes in Freya’s life lately like turning 3, moving up rooms at nursery and becoming a big sister soon so it has felt like a huge milestone age for her and we wanted to still make it special. When Moonpig got in touch to see if they could help us celebrate Freya’s birthday, I was absolutely delighted to say yes and help make it even more special.

I am a big fan of ordering cards both online and via apps and during lockdown it was a godsend for being able to keep track of birthdays etc. The last few weeks has been no different for me with baby due any day, I’ve taken to ordering cards well in advance so I can get on top of things. I’ve always had a thought that Moonpig only did personalised cards but after spending a lot of time on the app recently, I realised they also offer food and drink, gifts and even flowers and plants. It is pretty much a one stop shop for your gifting needs.

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Moonpig sent out an incredible package for Freya including an unicorn inflated balloon which she loved the minute it came in the post, as well as allowing me the chance to purchase a personalised card for her. We didn’t go too wild with her gifts this year as we knew she was getting a lot from family anyway but the lovely bundle of Moonpig goodies just added that something extra to her birthday and made it even more special.

I was pleasantly surprised by everything I saw on their website and loved that it could be filtered down by not only occasion but also who it was for including sections for kids and babies. I did initially think that the gifts would be out of my price range for the convenience of it all but in fact, I found absolutely loads that I would have happily added to my basket.

As a thank you for reading my post I have a 20% off discount code that you can use to order cards through the Moonpig app which you can download here if you don’t already have it. The code to enter at the checkout is APP20CA.

I hope you can enjoy your own #MoonpigMoments with their fab website/app and let me know in the comments if you manage to save yourself some money with the discount code.

Laura x

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Learning during a Pandemic with Reading Fairy York

AD/GIFTED Classes* If you’d have said to me at the start of 2020 ” You’re going to be in lockdown due to a Pandemic at the end of March and have to survive WFH full time and parenting as well as being pregnant!”, I would have definitely thought you were having me on.

When things got bad and the reality of parenting and WFH started to become a reality, I found my days were becoming more of a struggle in terms of having structure with Freya. We started well with an activity every day but quickly she lost interest and just wanted to be lazy and watch TV.

When I was offered the chance to join a term of Reading Fairy York classes with the lovely Gemma, to say I bit the hand off of Kate at Avocado Events would be an understatement. Freya and I had done no classes together other than swimming every other week since I went back to work in October 2018 so I was intrigued to see what she would be like.

If you’ve not heard about Reading Fairy before the here’s a snippet from their website:

Reading Fairy classes are designed to develop the crucial building blocks for reading and language development from 1-5 years. We believe in learning through play and nurturing a love of reading. Activities will be introduced by Reading Fairy and her four lovable friends; Phonic Fox, Music Mouse, Chat Cat and Book Bear. Each session includes: sensory and performance story telling, songs and rhymes, first words and fun phonics games and picture book time.

Our classes are progressive and are split into age groups:

Book Babies (Age 1+) -encourages early language and literacy

Toddler Tales (Age 18 months +) -active early language and literacy

Story Stars (Age 2+) -introduces letters and sounds for early reading fun

Reading Recruits (Ages 3 and 4) -develops skills for reading to prepare your child for reading at school.

Having never used Zoom before, I was a little nervous when I agreed to do the classes however Gemma provides a full information sheet ahead of each weeks class including meeting/pass codes and what the theme of the week ahead is. Alongside each theme is a list of items your child may want to have for the class as well as some amazing printouts to enjoy.

At the start of each class, Gemma lets you into the meeting and greets your child. Freya was definitely a little apprehensive at first but most recently, she has come out of her shell and enjoyed the classes more. Throughout the class there are stories, singing and lots of phonics something that Freya has started to pick up on after each class. She has enjoyed singing the songs, especially the ones she recognises from nursery and the different characters we are introduced to each week.

The brilliant thing about Gemma is she is completely understanding of children that are not feeling the camera one day or disappear out of sight during the call. I’ve regularly had Freya run off to find more toys, run to the potty or even just ask for our camera to be switched off and just enjoyed watching and listening instead. Gemma is great at engaging with the children due to her background in education and Early Years, it’s really easy to see why all the kids love her during the class.

If you’re looking for some classes in York that focus on reading and phonics then I would highly recommend Gemma.

Laura x

*Gifted Classes for a term*

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What’s in Freya’s Christmas Eve Box

2019 – the year I succumbed to the American tradition that is the “Christmas Eve Box!”

Prior to this I thought Freya was far too young for one and now at 2.25 years of age, I think she will love it, albeit not really get it still. Today we put up our Christmas tree (yes it’s November but it’s 1 month away so shush!). She loved helping to unravel the beads, and then get them all knotted up again.

So back to the box. Rather than buy a wooden box, I decided to go for one of the absolute steal Home Bargain boxes for £2.99. You can write your child’s name on the lid of the box and personalise it so it’s perfect. For your money, you get a cookie inside and as well as a letter from Santa, a book and …..

I haven’t gone crazy when deciding to fill the box and have merely chosen a few little things to add to it including a set of Frozen PJ’s from Tu which I got in the 25% event and they include some lovely wam Olaf socks to match. I also picked up the Orchard Toys Pigs in Blankets game from Aldi in their recent toy event for less than £4 so we can all play a game as a family on Christmas Eve.

On top of that, I will be giving Freya a Peppa Pig bamboo tumbler and plate to put out for Santa so he can have his Whisky and Mince Pie (yes that’s what Santa will be feasting on in our house ladies and gentleman) which was kindly gifted to us for the big event from GiftGivingAllWrappedUp.

Lastly we will be sending Santa the Peppa Pig Christmas Sack in advance so it makes it easier for him to leave presents at our house. Got to make his job as easy as possible of course! This was also kindly gifted to us and I can’t wait to see her face when she wakes up that morning.

We were also kindly gifted a cute Peppa Pig bauble which has pride of place on our tree now and has completely ruined my colour scheme of whites, silvers and irridescent baubles, but Freya loves it and that’s all that matters.

I can’t wait to see others Christmas Eve boxes if you’ve done one this year so feel free to leave me any blog links in the comments.

Laura x

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