Win 1 of 5 Spirograph Optical 3D Studio Sets (worth £24.99!)

I have a really fun giveaway for all my crafty readers today. Remember Spirograph? Well it’s back!

Spirograph Studio Set

Kids of all ages can draw cool, geometric creations in bright colour. The new 21st century Spirograph now comes with eye-popping 3D technology, so kids can watch the drawings jump out from the page in an amazing display. Sets are available from £4.99 to £24.99.

I have a great giveaway where five readers of the gingerbread house have the chance to win a Spirograph Optical 3D Studio Set, worth £24.99.

With it’s geometric and swirling patterns, Spirograph has helped kids big and small to create beautiful art, stunning designs and wonderful memories for generations.

Spirograph continues this tradition in 21st century style with all new sets. The Spirograph Optical 3D Studio Set also comes with cool 3D glasses that enable you to watch the different colours in your design pop out from the page in cool 3D. Recommended for ages 5 years and over this would make a great Christmas gift for a crafty child.

The Spirograph Optical 3D Studio Set includes:
• 12 Drawing Wheels and 4 Templates.
• 3D Effect Dual Colour Pen, 2 Florescent Markers, 3 Colour Pens and a Rainbow Pencil..
• Optical 3D Glasses – includes 3 LR44 Batteries
• Spirograph Design Book.
• 10 Drawing Papers and 1 Spirograph Sticker.
• Sealable Storage Bag.

Spirograph Studio Set ContentsGiveaway:

I have a fun giveaway for 5 readers of the gingerbread house to win a Spirograph Optical 3D Studio Set, worth £24.99. To enter the giveaway just complete the Rafflecopter widget – you must answer the question and leave a blog comment to enter.

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Our Advent Box

I’m really looking forward to December 1st as for me, that’s when Christmas really starts. The Christmas shopping is done, food ordered and planned which means we can look forward to the children’s Christmas concerts, making some lovely decorations and visiting Father Christmas in his grotto.

Every year we celebrate Advent with Advent calendars and a book Advent.

This year I have introduced an Advent Box Crate to open on December 1st.

Advent box

It’s packed full of goodies for us all to enjoy in the run up to Christmas Day. Most importantly it contains our Elf on the Shelf who will be reporting back to Father Christmas on a daily basis. My children love looking for the Elf every morning and we enjoy hiding him around the house.

There are Advent calendars. You may notice the children have 4 between them as we just couldn’t decide! My husband has a Star Wars Lego Advent calendar and I can’t wait help the children open our Playmobil Santa’s Workshop Advent Calendar. We have a couple of Advent candles to light as well as a special festive Yankee candle.

This year I have put the children’s new pyjamas in the Advent Box instead of keeping them for Christmas Eve. My 4 year old has Planes Fire and Rescue ones and the nearly-3 year old has a Frozen nightie, they are so cute I couldn’t wait much longer to give them.

I love this Christmas countdown blackboard. I thought it would be great to cross off a day and help build excitement. It would be fun to make your own but this was only a pound from Poundland!

Christmas countdown blackboard

I’ve added in a Santa key to leave out on Christmas Eve as we have a fake chimney and both children were very concerned how Father Christmas would get in the house. There’s homemade Reindeer food, a copy of Arthur Christmas on DVD, letters from Father Christmas to open, some small Lego decorations to make and a couple of craft kits too. Phew!

Our Advent reading books, 24 festive stories to share, are in a separate box but both children have already said they are looking forward to reading them again. I am so looking forward to opening our Advent Box on Sunday evening. How are you celebrating Advent?

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How to make gingerbread mug cake

I’ve wanted to try making a mug cake for a while. I adore cake but when there’s cake in the cake tin, well I just have to eat it until it’s all gone. I thought it would be fun to make a gingerbread mug cake as the portion would be so much more manageable.

how to make a gingerbread mug cake

Ingredients needed to make a gingerbread mug cake:
5 tablespoons plain flour
¼ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon of festive spices (to include ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla)
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
3 tablespoons brown muscovado sugar
4 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

How to make a gingerbread mug cake:

Choose your favourite Christmas mug (make sure it is microwave safe).

Place all the dry ingredients into your mug and stir. Add the wet ingredients and stir well.

how to make a gingerbread mug cake

Microwave for 30 seconds up to 2 minutes depending on your microwave. Use a skewer to check that the mixture is cooked through.

Decorate with some whipped cream or even a spoonful of ice cream.

gingerbread mug cake

This is a fun recipe and perfect if you fancy a quick sweet treat. I wonder what other flavours I can try :)

In collaboration with Homebase

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