The ultimate Christmas gift guide for all the family

I have been very busy here at Dancing dandelions HQ sourcing some of the best products on the market and believe I have managed to find something for everyone here.

I know only too well how stressful it can be trying to find the perfect gift for your loved ones, so hopefully this will help give you some inspiration!

Recipe: Gingerbread cupcakes topped with cinnamon & toffee frosting

My children are currently LOVING gingerbread. My 6 year old made some gingerbread men (recipe here) to take to school and they are addicted to the new McVities mini gingerbread (seen here on the cakes) so I thought, as my main love is cupcakes I'd combine the two.

And, well, we're SO close to Christmas now (Eeek!) and gingerbread just IS Christmas.

There's seriously no better smell than ginger and cinnamon wafting through the house on a cold December day.

What's the worst Christmas gift you have ever received? Is it as bad as these bloggers received?

As I am currently compiling my Christmas gift guide which features some absolutely cracking gifts for the loved ones in your life, it got me thinking about the bad ones I have received over the years too....

And there have been a few!

I'm not sure who of my family & friends read my blog and I'm too much of a wuss to reveal all just in case, because one thing I can say is that although I have received some really terrible gifts over the years, I do believe they have been given with love by people who truly thought they had found something perfect for me.

I really wouldn't want to upset people...however, if you have gifted me something ever, be aware, it could be you ;-) 

(perhaps check out my gift guide coming up this week to discover what I really would like to receive this Christmas)

So instead, I have asked my fellow blogging friends to spill the beans on their own disastrous, naff, unthoughtful or downright bizarre gifts!!!

Christmas bucket list [Printable pdf included]

My printable resources have proved to be extremely popular especially my summer and autumn bucket lists and so I thought I would share my Christmas bucket list with you all today!

These are things I like to do for our own family each season to help gather ideas of what we all might like to do and as a way of ensuring that we actually do things.

10 things you might not know about me. #10thingsaboutme

So I was tagged in this meme months and months ago on instagram by a few people and never got around to doing it so I thought I'd share some interesting (maybe) facts on here instead as a little 'getting to know you' post because although I've been blogging a while now, I don't really share much about myself!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas: John Lewis Ad 2017 #MozTheMonster

Some of the World's top creative minds have been employed. 

Millions have been spent. 

The film has been months in the making and shrouded in secrecy.

Journalists had even had to sign legal non-disclosure agreements prior to watching pre-launch copies.

My view: Hollywood Sexual Harassment Scandal #MeToo

I'm not normally one to weigh in on these debates and offer my opinion because in general I like to keep things light but some things are sometimes too important to avoid and hide away from for the sake of light-heartedness. Its exactly avoiding the issue that has created this huge one. 

Wild! Science Global Science Challenge & Perfume Factory Review



For today's review we have very kindly been sent one of the Wild Science kits - our kit being the perfume factory!

The perfume factory is aimed at girls (or boys - BB joined in the fun too!) aged 8+ and allows them to extract and blend their very own secret formula scents using the special filtering tools.

We're going on a Bear Hunt twitter party

Yesterday we were lucky enough to join in with an 'Im going on a Bear Hunt' twitter party. 

I posted about our love of the book and film HERE.

Did you manage to come and join in? Maybe you were one of our winners?

Review: Lion Guard Hyena Hideout playset

We love the Lion Guard in this house. 

You may already know that from my previous review of some of their toys HERE.

We were very lucky to be offered a further Lion Guard playset to review and this time it was the Hyena playset. The perfect accompaniment to the 'Defend the Pride Lands set' as this one is 'baddies' as my children call them, hide out. The very characters that pose threat to Kion and his friends!

Review: Las Iguanas restaurant Blackpool

You may already know that I LOVE Las Iguanas. I have spoken about my loves on here a few times now.

I have previously visited the Birmingham (Arcadian), Derby & Liverpool restaurants and each and every one have the same great food and fabulous atmosphere. 

Hello 2017! New year, new me...

Wow. How are we in 2017 already? 

It must be a sign of getting old because I swear the years fly by faster and faster as each one passes. 

It doesn't help with that feeling with the amount of birthdays we celebrate over December and January. In the same month I become another year older, so does LL and then two weeks later the littlest becomes not so little anymore so I just end up spending a month wondering where the year went, how I ended up 32, how my first baby is 7 already and how my baby is going to be a two year old.....

Seriously. I blinked and missed it all. 

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