How to take the stress out of Christmas dinner

Christmas dinner is arguably the most important meal of the year. It’s a celebration, a time for the family to come together and share a special meal. But there’s no getting away from it, cooking all the elements of the Christmas dinner perfectly and getting everything ready at the same time is a stressful exercise!

If you’ve suffered a nerve-shredding Christmas Day in the kitchen before, help is at hand! Here are some useful tips that will ensure that next time it falls on you to serve up a generous spread on 25 December, you’ll sail through it like a pro.

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Educational Gift Guide for Kids

There are so many amazing educational and engaging products for kids available these days, that they can learn and develop their knowledge and skills through play without it feeling like a chore at all. Whether your child wants to learn more about coding, maths, history or the world around them, these are a few of our favourite educational toys to keep both parents and children happy this holiday season.

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Tips for throwing a great party for a five-year-old

Throwing a kid’s birthday party can be stressful. Your kid will want to have the best day and impress all their friends, which puts great pressure on you – not to mention the pressure you might feel from other parents. When a kid turns 5, they start to feel a lot more independent, and may have a bigger idea of what they want, which can be tricky. However, throwing a kid’s party can be easy if you set some rules and stick to them. So, how can you throw a great party for a five-year-old? 

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This Years Christmas Good Toy Guide

Looking for good quality ideas for Christmas presents, and want to select something with developmental benefits that your child will get a lot out of all year round? The Good Toy Guide is a great resource, and now they have brought out this years 2019 Christmas Good Toy Guide.

The guide is brought to you by the independent experts at Fundamentally Children, and aims to help you find the perfect toy for your child. The Christmas Good Toy Guide includes over 50 #GoodToys, all tested by children and endorsed by experts, so you know it’s a review you can trust.

The guide is available as a paper catalogue, or online via the website, and we have been having a little browse…

In addition to the paper catalogue seen above, you can also check out this years Christmas Good Toy Guide online at their website www.christmasgoodtoyguide.com, which is really user friendly and easy to browse the age categories you can see below. If you want to think outside of the box this year, you could also check out their suggestions of alternative gifts which has some brilliant ideas.

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Must Have Toys for Christmas

With only a few weeks until Christmas, it’s time to start getting prepared if you haven’t already, and to get the kids busy writing up some Christmas lists if you are in need of ideas for the toys to make them most happy to make them most happy under the Christmas tree this year.

If you do need more ideas and inspiration, there are plenty of top toy lists available at this time of year, to give you an idea of the toys set to be best sellers. Last week, I went along to Dream Toys to find out the top 12 toys revealed for this year, and stores like Very have put together their own lists too.

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Feeling the pinch this year? Here are the best ways to pay for Christmas

Christmas can be expensive, particularly if you have young children or a large family. If you do not have the savings to buy all the presents, decorations, and the food that seems to be such a big part of this time of year, you might be tempted to look for bad credit loans. While that is fine, if you feel comfortable with paying for Christmas into 2020 and beyond, you might want to consider other ways of getting through this costly period. 

“What’s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer” (Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’)

.Here, we look at some of the ways you can cut the worry of money of Christmas in a little more detail.

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What are the Best Ways to Dispose of Your Christmas Tree?

Christmas is now just around the corner so people will naturally begin to make plans for the holiday season soon, but it is also important that you think about just after Christmas too. This is a time of year where families tend to create a lot of waste so you will want to make sure that you are disposing of everything properly. This includes your Christmas tree and there are a few good options for ways to dispose of this.

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Shopping For Christmas During The Summer Holidays

It’s the summer holidays already, and that can only mean one thing- that in a blink of an eye it will be Christmas again. If you find that you are always in a mad panic to buy gifts for your children, then you should be starting right now. The school holidays are a great time to start planning for Christmas for many reasons. 

Find Out What Your Kids Want

The summer holidays are long days that need to be filled with lots of fun and entertainment for your children. You’ll probably be clutching at straws trying to keep things interesting for them, without spending everything you own. 

Why not have a day out to the toy shop? Encourage your children to save up their pocket money for a couple of weeks before you go, and that way they can buy something that they like, and learn the value of their own money. 

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Rakhi Gift Ideas to Celebrate Pristine Festival of Rakhi with Siblings

Raksha Bandhan is almost here! The time has arrived again to come a step closer to the childhood companions who understand you, keep your secrets safe, believes you, care for you and most importantly, loves you unconditionally. No matter, if you are blessed with a brother or sister, the thing which really does, is how they adore your life with ultimate joys and merriments. Celebrate the hue of bond you share with your siblings by gifting something that they love to receive. 

Gifts are the best gestures that can foster the individual’s spirit with ultimate satisfaction and eternal love. Rakhi festival is all about following the rituals of tying a sacred thread around brother’s wrist and exchanging gifts. But this time, turn this practice into a memorable one by sending rakhi gifts to India right at your sibling’s doorstep via various gift portals. You can also go for the below-listed rakhi gift ideas that are special as they are. So, you can’t go wrong with the idea of gifting the offerings listed below.

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Keeping the Magic Alive at Christmas and the Thorntons Christmas Range

One of the best things about the festive season, according to my kids, is the chance to eat lots of treats especially chocolate! They were sent some of the new Cheeky Elves from Thorntons Christmas range and they have definitely gone down very well in our house.

These cheeky little elves and so cute, and make a nice change from the usual Chocolate Santas. They have lovely detail with different coloured chocolate to add features on to each elf, in red and white and these 200g elves are a really good size for a Christmas treat which my boys will eat over several days. You can also get little ones at 60g each, or get a personalised cheeky elf!

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