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Christmas Gift Wrapping Inspiration - Gold & Cream 

So are you a type of person who has already wrapped their gifts for Christmas? Now I must make a confession, I haven’t even started! Now I know some people hate wrapping presents but I weirdly like it. Well, not so much the actual wrapping but I get excited to plan the theme and buy all the different papers and ribbons and extra little bits. 

Every year I like to pick a colour scheme and then mix and match their ribbons and tags. Last year we went tradition with red and green. But we used so much wrapping paper it was crazy. Both my husband and I spend quite a bit on the wrapping paper, as it’s was sooo thick! I hate that thin gift wrap. So like I said I like a theme. And this year I thought that I would try and keep to some kind of budget and go crazy with kraft paper. It’s plain, it’s cheap and you can get it almost anywhere. You can choose to add whatever colour ribbons, bows or tags you like.

You can choose silver, copper, bronze and more to add a sparkle to your Christmas this year. But getting your Christmas theme right is all about embracing luxury. Colours such as gold, and champagne, and rich, shiny textures such as glitter, foil and silk. Pair the look with soft ivory, white or cream to create a more sophisticated look. I have to say that it's my favourite look for gift wrapping. 

This year, I most definitely drawn to the sophisticated look of gold and cream. I really love the look of the gold and cream against the plain brown kraft paper, it's very eye catching. The theme just oozes luxury and by adding lashings of foiled ribbon and big bows, and embellish the look with sparkly accessories such as metallic tags really sets the theme off. I just couldn't resist a gold and cream theme. Originally I was going to use kraft paper and white string, but then I saw some of the most gorgeous foil bows, I knew that kraft paper and white string wasn't simply going to cut it. 

The gold and cream theme needed to perfect accessories to enhance the overall look and with a little research we came across some of the cutest gift wrap accessories. First I got this gorgeous gold and cream accessory pack that included two ribbons, six luxury bows and eight gold gift tags. Ideal for for enhancing the wrapping paper on your gift, send your presents with an extra special meaning this year from Cancer Research UK. No gift is complete without a cute luxury gold and cream bows and these ribbon and bows. And as if that wasn't enough gold and cream for the gifts this year we also got some curling ribbon for an added extra appeal. I will save these for the special gifts though. 

I also got some metallic sharpies to keep with the gold and cream theme from WH Smith, I used these to write the tags and to draw little designs on kraft paper before wrapping. I love that you can personalise your wrapping paper. My daughter even helped me get creative with the wrapping paper with hearts, stars and snowflakes. 

If you are in need of some inspiration for some of your Christmas wrapping then head over the pinterest, it's so fantastic for a little inspiration. When it comes to picking a theme pick your colours and then buy your accessories to fit around the theme. I do prefer to mix and match my accessories, however I did get them all from one place which made it so much easier for me. So what do you think of my gold and cream theme?

The accessories featured in the blog post were sent to me for review courtesy of Cancer Research UK, but as always my words and opinions are my own. 

Puppy Dog Pals Doghouse Playset

My daughter adores animals and absolutely loves dogs. We cannot walk by a dog without her wanting to ask their owners if she can pet them. Lately she has really got into Pugs and I have a sneaky suspicion it has something to do with the Disney Junior's show Puppy Dog Pals. For those who don't know Puppy Dog Pals are about fun-loving pug puppy brothers Bingo and Rolly that go on adventures throughout their neighborhood and around the world as a way to help quench their thrill-seeking appetites. The pups' motto is life is always more exciting with your best friends by your side. For the pugs, those friends include owner Bob, his cat Hissy and his robot dog A.R.F. I have to admit Puppy Dog Pals is something that I like too. They are so cute, funny and really help children to understand friendship and problem-solving together

As Christmas is just around the corner and we are gearing up towards the end of present buying, hopefully so I wanted to tell you about a couple of gifts that will be perfect for those who love pugs and Puppy Dog Pals. And I know that my daughter will love finding these gifts under the tree. My daughter really loves role play and she will play for hours with her Happyland toy figurines making up some exciting adventures. With this Puppy Dog Pals Playset and the Puppy Dog Pals Deluxe Figure set she will be able to imagine some of the most amazing adventures. 

Puppy Dog Pals Playset

Best pals Bingo and Rolly love playing and exploring together and now children will be able to unleashing their creative minds and go on some of the most amazing adventures with this action-packed two-story Puppy Dog Pals Doghouse Playset. Bingo and Rolly figures can ride the tire swing, take the elevator up and down, slide from the second floor into their A.R.F, their robotic friend, and even fly on a glider around the roof. What's not to love really? The playset includes poseable figures of Bingo and Rolly, one A.R.F. as a vehicle, and tons of exciting kid-powered features. We had lots of fun sliding bingo down the slide. The Puppy Dog Pals Playhouse is so simple and easy to put together. When it comes to putting toys together that's normally a job for my husband as I don't have the patience of reading instructions and twisting all those annoying tags in toys. However, assembling the Puppy Dog Pals Playhouse was so easy and I managed to get it up and together in a couple of clicks, my kind of toy!

Puppy Dog Pals Deluxe Figure Set

To compliment the Playset we also have the Puppy Dog Pals Deluxe Figure Set. This set comes with 6 figures and 4 accessories including: Bingo, Rolly, A.R.F., Bob, Hissy, Keia, two food bowls, one cat bed, and a fetch toy. Each figure is highly detailed and comes in the perfect collectible size. I know that my daughter will have house of fun playing with her favourite character imagining some of the most exciting adventures. 

If you are looking for a fun, interactive toy that is all about their new favorite Disney Junior show, this is the perfect one for your children. The Puppy Dog Pals Play set is £29.99, and the Puppy Dog Pals Deluxe Figure Set is £24.99 and both are available from all good toys stores and Amazon. With less than a week until Christmas be quick to avoid any disappointments. 

We were kindly send these toy sets for review, but as always my words and opinions are my own. 

5 Winter Wardrobe Essentials

It's pretty clear from the way it looks outside that winter is in full force. As I write this post I am cosy under a blanket with a chunky knitted jumper on and it's looking very grey and miserable outside. Despite the bitterness, it's one of my favourite seasons though. There's nothing quite like looking at the changing colour of nature, the fresh crisp air, chunky knits, boots, and not forgetting berry coloured lipsticks. Now with the colder weather comes a complete overhaul in my wardrobe, now you may have caught my post about updating my autumn wardrobe, and seeing as we are having more colder days I have completely moved my wardrobe over to winter. So I thought that now would be the perfect time to share my five winter wardrobe essentials that are versatile and will carry you through the season.

1// A Neutral Handbag

Now I am a handbag girl and have a different handbag for every occasion. A neutral handbag is a key part of any winter wardrobe. I have been hunting for the perfect everyday handbag, but the ones I like are either too big or not quite big enough. So I was pretty happy that I finally found an all rounder. A bag that is neutral and can go with pretty much any outfit I try to put together, it's practical and looks pretty. This Fiorelli Colette Shoulder Handbag in Tan is a great all rounder. It's a great medium sized handbag in a neutral tan shade. The sleek silhouette and striking shade are just a few of the features with this everyday bag. The Colette comes with triple compartments with mag dot closures as well a central zip pocket, complimented by the cute grab handles and detachable strap ready to grab and go in an instant. There are more colours available as some of the colours are currently on sale and would make such a cute gift for a loved one. Everyone needs a new handbag!

2// Denim

Skinny jeans are perfect for winter as their streamlined silhouette allows you to layer multiple items on top for warmth. Wear them with flat heel boots and a leather jacket in the day or pointy toe heels and a snazzy top for a night out on the town. These go-to choice and you can do no wrong. For a twist on the denim you could choose to wear a cute denim midi tube skirt. Practical yet stylish, this pull-on stretch denim tube skirt deserves a place in every woman's wardrobe. The easy-to-wear, super-soft fabric is great for everyday, meanwhile the flat elasticated waistband ensures maximum comfort. For an effortlessly chic look.

3// A Cosy Knitted Jumper

I love winter, because that means you can choose a chunky knit and be done with an outfit! It's officially jumper season. It has to be said that a chunky oh-so-cuddly knitted jumper is something everyone should have in their winter wardrobe. A cable knit works with everything. This Bardot Cable Jumper can be paired with a jeans on the weekend, a button-down and tailored trousers for the office, and a pleated, feminine skirt for a holiday party. This knitted jumper will more than earn it's keep this season. But for the ultimate comfort everyone needs on of these Super Soft High Neck Jumper's in their wardrobes. This boucle high-neck jumper will be your most loved wardrobe staple! Simply pair with jeans and boots for an effortless look, or team with a printed midi skirt for a chic look.

4// Statement Scarf

Accessorise with a scarf that adds style as well as warmth to your winter ensemble. I do have a slight thing about scarves and I probably have too many, but it doesn't stop me from getting more. I adore going to places like Primark and H&M for my basics. However now that we are into the colder months of the year means that we can indulge in some statement scarves. Now your style of scarf depends on your own personal style. Plaid and cold weather go together like hot chocolate and marshmallows. But I much prefer making a statement with colours and tend to go for bold and vibrant when it comes to making a choice. This scarf is super soft and oh so luxurious and in a classic mustattd colour is a great when adding some seasonal festivity to a neutral outfit. My favourite thing about a statement scarf is that they can be styled a million different ways. Some are large enough to wear as a shawl, wrap around your neck and drape over your shoulders, or loop around the usual scarf way. Others can make an outfit. What kind of statement do you like to make with a scarf? 

4// Versatile Boots

Because boots are usually more expensive, it's important to shop for ones that can be worn with a number of outfits. Look for a pair of boots that compliments the clothes you already have in your wardrobe. Ankle boots will certainly become a stable. Ever so stylish and versatile this shoe never seems to get old. Pair with a dress and tights in the day or finish off any going out look. For me some simple black Chunky Heel Chelsea Boots are always my choice. A pair of black boots is a must for any footwear collection and stylish heeled ankle boots are versatile enough for all manners of outfit. What are your essentials for your winter wardrobe?

This post is in collaboration with Fashion World. 

My Cosy Christmas Night Essentials 

Yep this time of year I love cosy evenings covered in blankets, the heating whacked up to full and hot chocolates. What’s not to love right? I thought I’d share my cosy Christmas essentials with you, as I recently have been trying to up my game to ensure that my cosy nights in were definitely as exciting as going out.

Pyjamas:  I love more than getting home and getting straight into my pyjamas, whether it’s after the school run, or 9pm, there is nothing better especially on a cold dark night. But for the most indulgent night your pjs have to be super comfy, am I right? And as usual this time of year I love to buy pjs. You know the Christmas kind. Red flannel, reindeer or fluffy white jumpers. I like them all. This year I have picked up a couple of pairs from Primark; a cosy fleecy set and a flannel set. They just scream Christmas to me. 

Blankets: First things first, when it comes to blankets you can never have too many. We have autumn blankets, blankets for beds, blankets of illness and blankets for Christmas. Now I have to say I love Primark and B and M’s for my go to blankets. You will always manage to pick up some super cosy blankets for a few quid. Winning! I will pop them on the sofa or on my daughters toy boxes so if we have visitors then they can get snuggly too.

Candles: You can’t have a cosy night in without candles. My ultimate go to candle for Christmas is undoubtedly The Wickford & Co gingerbread candle. Whether used as decor pieces or strictly for fragrance candles are always a great for a cosy night in. You can keep to a budget and get some of the most gorgeous fragrances, or you can get some gorgeous luxury styles that range in price. My favourite candle by far are this Gingerbread Candle from Home Bargains, it's actually amazing. This candle is a great dupe for the Yankee Candle and the glass pot is also of a similar shape with the lid to match. They feel really luxurious in terms of weight and smell soooo good. I will always recommend this candle to everyone. 

Films: You can’t have a cosy Christmas evening without watching a Christmas film can you? When I took these pictures, I was watching Arthur Christmas with my daughter. With all this festive excitement I thought it would be a great idea to share our favourite Christmas films of all time, and there are so many fantastic ones to choose from. I have been asking all my family and friends about their favourite Christmas films and there seems to be quite a few popular ones in this list. Ever since I can remember this has been a sort of, tradition in our family. My parents would settle us down with blankets, hot chocolate and sweets in preparation for our Christmas Eve film and this would always be our choice. The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic Charles Dickens novel, A Christmas Carol which is a tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption of Christmas Eve. A must see for all families especially because in this adaption there are some modern songs, who doesn't love a good sing-a-long? Oh Home Alone. A timeless favourite! In my opinion Home Alone 1&2 are the best films out of the sequels and they would always get me excited about Christmas. 

Snacks: Who needs extra podge for the festive cold nights? Me? An excuse hey! However this Christmas, I have been making an effort on the snack front. I’m all about popcorn, gingerbread men and Lebrucken this year. But there are always times for some chocolate in there somewhere and these cute little chocolate pizzas are perfect for a cosy night in. What are your favourite snacks? 

Cosy Lighting: Now when it starts to get darker after the school run the first thing that my daughter and I will do is going around and switch all the cosy lighting on. I have a vase of sticks, two gorgeous jar domes with fairy lights inside and various other bowls of lights. Not forgetting the tonnes of other lighting we have with the Christmas tree, window lights and fairy lights. I love seeing all the twinkling lights. 

So what are your cosy Christmas essentials?

Guinness World Record Challenges Game

Who doesn't love a good board game at Christmas? I will always remember waking up Christmas morning to open all the gifts around the tree to discover a brand new board game. We had quite the collection at my grandparents house and I have so many fond memories sitting up the table with a glass of Cherryade, laughing and giggling with them both. Board games are such a great way to bring out your competitive side while having fun with family, it's also a good way to break the ice and encourage guests to mingle with one another. With that in mind, I wanted to share a brand new game that will definitely get the family together to unleash their competitive side. 

Are you competitive? Are you a fan of the Guinness World Records? If you are, then this game if for you. In Guinness World Record Challenges Game, you can test both your knowledge of the Guinness World Records as well as the skill of your fellow players by challenging them to physical tests. The aim of Guinness World Record Challenges is to be the first player to get to the finish line on the board having completed three challenges during your journey. 

The game comes with a board playing game, 150 question card about the Guinness World Records, 20 challenge cards - 10 are purple best time cards and 10 orange 30 seconds cards, a booklet of rules and guidelines, a notebook, ping-pong ball, 5 playing coloured counters and a dice. In the box there is also a handy list of objects that you need to use to play the game that are not included in the game. A smartphone, a bottle of water, ten pairs of socks, a deck of cards, coins, pint glasses, paper clips and teaspoons. All important objects for the challenges.

What is Guinness World Record Challenge Game

Guinness World Records Challenges has a board style set up where players take it in turns to roll a dice and work their way around the board. The game is so simple and easy to set up. Before you begin playing you will need to give the cards a quick shuffle and place the cards in the marked places on the board, you also need place a smartphone in the middle of the board displaying a timer. Then you throw the dice. Talking of the dice, this is far from your standard dice. The one used in this game is unique as it has the numbers 1 to 4 on it, but also two challenge symbols. One purple side with Best Time Challenges, and the other orange for 30 Second Challenges. If you roll a number on the dice then you simply move forward. If you roll one of the challenge symbols then you simply move to the next challenge symbol of that colour on the game board. 

The game has three different types of squares that you can land on. Question squares where you can answer a question relating to an existing record, there is no need for knowledge you can guess too! Even my four year old had a go with guesses and actually won the game. There are also challenge squares which can be one of two types; Best Time or 30 Second Challenges. You get these cards either by rolling one of the challenge symbols on the dice, or by landing on one of the challenge squares as you move around the board. Once you do either of these you can then choose between picking up a challenge card and completing it yourself, or choosing another player and challenging them. If you win the challenge then you get to keep the challenge card. The challenges in the game can vary, however that's half the fun. One challenge you could be trying to see how many socks you could put on your foot, to challenges like making a paper clip necklace. It really does vary! You need three cards to win the game. It's a game for those who like a challenge, but it's great to increase your knowledge of the Guinness World Records. 

Our Thoughts on Guinness World Record Challenge Game.

Would we recommend Guinness World Record Challenge Game? Oh yes, especially for those who love to unleash their competitive streak and want to broaden their knowledge of the Guinness World Records. I would recommend this game to friends and family who have a wicked sense of gaming fun. This game would be one game to play at Christmas with the family. Guinness World Records Challenges is published by Megableu. It is for 2 – 5 players, aged 8+. It is available to buy online here. It has a RRP of £24.99. It's definitely a game that would make the perfect gift for Christmas! 

What are your favourite games to play at Christmas? Would you try the Guinness World Record Challenges Game?

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