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Today’s blog post is all about what I do to calm down. Have you been keeping up with my daily blog posts? To read the latest copy the short link or check my bio! https://lifewiththehazelwoods.co.uk/2019/11/12/things-i-do-to-calm-myself-down/
Today’s read for our animal obsessed boy, it’s been raining so much today so we’ve stayed in and read and napped. We’ve both got this horrid cold that’s been going round and sticking to your chest so I’ve been utilising his nap time and napping too. People never tell you how hard being a parent is when both you and your child are ill it is so draining! Currently whacking the heating on and watching hey duggee under blankets!
We’ve spent our evening making Christmas cards. I know it’s early but considering i take like a month to remember to deliver any sort of card it’s probably right on time😂
Praise be! What I’m reading now! I’ve had this book for about a year and keep going to read it and stop. After being deeply immersed in the tv series and having to watch all of the seasons in every spare moment I had I thought enough time had passed now to pick the book up again. I’m about half way through and loving it but hating it at the same time. It’s a brilliant book but also such a harsh storyline that sometimes I feel a bit horrid reading it but I’m unable to put it down and must learn more and what happens next. Anyone else obsessed the tv series too and can not wait to see what happens next? #praisebe #thehandmaidstale #bookstagram
There’s something about the cold weather that makes me crave chocolate cake and a warm cup of tea ☕️🍰
This is my favourite little plaque in my house. I’m a sucker for cute little quotes and probably always will be. Whenever I look at this little thing I smile and remember to do more of what makes me happy. Just a reminder to “do more of what makes you happy”!

With Christmas and elijahs birthday fast approaching I thought I’ll start shopping early to stop the panic and it being so hard on the bank all at once. Separating some gifts for his birthday and some for his Christmas I’m almost done just a few more gifts to get so here’s a few bits I’ve got. If you’re stuck this might help you out with some ideas!

Ive already got Elijah a leapfrog Ice cream cart and three pop up books and also a magnetic drawing pad. I’ve been wrapping the gifts as getting them so they’re already wrapped and ready for his birthday. I brought the icecream cart as I think it’s a good learning toy to teach him about sharing and it’s a good game to play together to use the imagination. The pop up books as boy loves a book and a magnetic drawing pad as I’ve waited forever to get him one. I’m planning to get him a eisel for Christmas and some little figures and cars as stocking fillers. I may get him a scooter or balance bike but I haven’t decided.

Play-doh kitchen set with moulds and kitchen bits. Elijah loves play doh and gets it out almost everyday. He loves his little kitchen so I thought when I saw it it’s the perfect thing to get as he can make his own fake food!
Elijah has a few puzzles but not many. Elijah started to really like dinosaurs and animals recently so I got this lovely collection of puzzles we can do together and he’ll love the finished result.
For some reason my phone won’t rotate this photo but oh well! This book is from a range of books he already has where you pull apart to see more things. Elijah loves interactive books at the moment and it’s teaching him to explore . He also loves vehicles so this book I know he’ll love.
For some reason I saw this in tkmaxx it’s official Disney and is moana I just think it’s from a different. Country perhaps and that’s why the name is wrong. Oh well the kid loves his “onana” do I thought I’d treat him to the toys and he doesn’t have a toy boat yet that doesn’t belong in the bath!
Kinetic sand. Kids love playing with sand and Elijahs no exception when I saw this at a ply group I was sold because Elijah could finally play in the sand without rolling in it and drowning his clothes, my clothes and the house in it after he’s done playing in his sound box. This has things he can mould and explore and the perfect rainy day activity.
A counting book with flaps. Elijah loves flaps and lions so I brought this only as it had a lion on it. I want him to learn to trace the numbers so he one day can learn to write them. A long way of but good to start and play young.
Elijahs a long way of learning to write but I got this book so he can try copying and tracing when he’s older. I will do it and he can watch and when he’s older he’ll work it out however long that may be I brought it as it was on sale and I thought perfect for when he’s nearing school age and until then there’s lots of items that start with the letter you trace!
A cash register! Elijah loves pressing buttons and had a go on one at soft play and loved it. I thought this will be great for make pretend play and something he’ll grow to love. A lot of gifts I buy are stuff he’ll like later on in the year as he gets a lot that he can play with now and not later. He has a basket for his shopping also included. My friend is buying him a trolley so he’ll poop himself with the idea of that!
Magnetic play board. Elijah can learn how magnets work and move them around. He lives stickers so may like magnets.
Bath crayons because everyone can be a Picasso.
Puzzle book. This looks great fun and we love priddy books so much. The puzzles look quite easy and is a book at the same time. The bits are cute and colourful and well no doubt have lots of fun.

Afternoon tea set. Elijah already has one but it’s terrible and bits are missing. I brought this lovely sass and belle set and had to take it out to show how cute it is! It’s run so can use to have water or squash and wash up! Can use for teddy bear tea party’s and when he has guests over. I’m so excited for him to open this one!

Alot of things are marketed age 3. I feel bad know my son enough to know he no longer puts things in his mouth unless it’s food so he’s pretty good on that front. So long as you watch him with things with age restrictions I see no problem and it’s probably just a insurance or in some cases packaging thing. I’ve seen Elijah plying with similar to a lot of these things markets 3+ since younger than now and had no problem. Most of these toys mummy needs to play with him anyway which I don’t mind atall. Not a few more bits to buy and I’m all done. Next thing to find a massive monster truck car as boy is obsessed with massive cars. Brownie points if it has a lion on it!

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