Since I’ve had children, I’ve had this terrible fear of roads.
The other day, Beatrice asked me when she’ll be allowed to walk to school alone with her friends and… no way I think it’s that time already!
One of the main reasons is that I can daily see, in the street where we live, cars speeding up whenever they got a chance, careless of the speed limit and of the dangerousness of doing so on a street that leads to the main primary school, therefore often busy with children walking around.
We lost our beloved cat right outside our home where she was run over by a car, and since that day I’m even more determined to raise awareness of the danger of speeding on the roads.
One thing that I’ve been keen to teach my children is to keep safe while out and about, whether walking, cycling or traveling by car and I found a way to talk about such a serious matter in a more fun and interactive way.
On the Accident Advice Helpline, there is a fun, interactive quiz that you can play with your children and that will help them understand a bit more about road safety and rules on the streets.
The questions vary from crossing at traffic lights to riding a bike on the road. For each question, after you give your answer, you get a short explanation of the reason behind that specific answer. This works amazingly as Beatrice is in a phase where she wants to have a justification for everything (quite right, I should say so).
And the cool bit is that, not only your child is learning by watching an entertaining game, but he/she can find out a final score and print out a certificate as a reward.
Beatrice loved the idea that by focusing on finding the right answers she got a certificate, and she was proud to show it to her daddy.
If you are looking to give some basic road safety information to your children I’d say, you should give the quiz a go.
I know this time of the year everyone talks about diets and exercising, I talk about chocolate!
We recently went away for the Christmas holidays and our friend kindly looked after our cuddly Romeo. I was looking for an original present to say thank you to my friend for giving up some of her time to come to the house and make sure our kitty cat was ok . Luckily I was introduced to the idea of a chocolate type card.
Honestly, who wouldn’t like to receive some chocolate by post?
Morse Toad is a website where you can create your own chocolate gifts.
You can now send yummy chocolatey messages for many, many occasions either by choosing between plenty of messages ideas from the website or you can create your own personalised greeting chocolate card. And you can also upload a photo which makes the edible greeting card even more special!
On their website, you can easily find chocolate gifts organised by message type, by occasion or by recipient.
I went for a “Thank you for looking after me” chocolate card and I requested to have an additional message on the card inserted on the lid of the box (where you have the option of adding a picture of your choice).
Their chocolate is one of the smoothest, most exceptional Belgian chocolate you have ever tasted plus you can be assured that their suppliers source their chocolate ethically and process their cocoa with great care and expertise.
Why send a card when chocolate tastes so much better?
This year once more, I decided to give to all the teachers, edible gifts.
Having recently discovered “My cupcake toppers”, a company that does amazing paper rice and icing toppers, I went for a classic vanilla cupcake with a Christmassy Disney theme.
In the past, I used different paper rice toppers but I’ve never been happy with the quality. They were either too difficult to peel off or the colour was not really bright.
As you can see from these pictures these toppers are amazing, perfect in every detail and so easy to use!
At Christmas, Beatrice loves watching “Mickey’s once upon a Christmas” so she picked a topper which reminded her of the movie.
For Leonardo’s teachers we picked Winnie the pooh
Even if you are not a pro in making cupcakes, these toppers will make your simple vanilla cupcakes, looks so amazing! Just add a bit of frosting on top of each cupcake, peel the rice paper off and gently press one on each cupcake.
I then boxed all cupcakes in single decorated boxes and close them with a simple red ribbon.
All the teacher loved them!
If you would like to give it a go, please check out the company which produces these lovely toppers. You will see that on their website they have a great choice of themes for many occasion and you will be amazed not only by the quality of the toppers and the care in packing them but by their professionalism in dealing with your order.
I’m usually pretty organised when it comes to choosing Christmas presents but this year I kind of left it all to the last minute. Last week, while I was browsing online in the hope to find some original ideas for my family, I realised that what they would like the most, it is something that reminds them of their niblings. In fact, they always go on and on about not having enough pictures of them, so I thought a personalised gift with the picture of my children was a perfect gift choice.
A couple of years ago, they really appreciated having their presents wrapped in personalised wrapping paper, so this year it had to be something different. In Italy, you would find that it is still quite common to see a calendar hung in the kitchen (I haven’t seen many over here) so we thought that making one with our children’s pictures was just what they’d wish for.
I opened my laptop and started looking for the most current pictures we could use and I put them all together using Snapfish.
I have to say I was impressed by the quality received and by the quick delivery. I thought I wouldn’t receive it on time so imagine my joy when the postman pushed it through the letterbox a whole week before Christmas!
The website gives you many options to arrange the pictures on the calendar. You can choose to add more than one per month and their size. You can pick a simple background like I did or you can get creative with different options available.
And while I was browsing their website, and noticed that there were many offers on, I decided to order another few personalised items which will be perfect stocking fillers.
Beatrice at the moment is obsessed with having her own keys. We told her that it’s a bit too early to have the keys for the house so we agreed to give her a “fake” set of keys to put in her own bag and pretend she’s a grown up. I think even a better idea would be to use the photo keyring for her secret diary’s little keys so that perhaps she won’t moan about losing them anymore.
My mum, on the other side, needs to have as many keyrings as possible. She likes to put them all together so that when she reaches for the keys in the bag, she can easily find them. And what better idea than give her a keyring with the picture we recently took when we went to visit her?
She’ll be thrilled!
And while I was playing around on the website, I added a couple of personalised fridge magnets…
And a lovely phone case for my busy sister who is always on the go chatting on her mobile.
So if you are still stuck on Christmas presents ideas then check out the Snapfish website as there are still many great deals on most products and 2 x 1 on personalised mugs and Christmas ornaments.
Happy Christmas shopping!