Win A Child’s Christmas in Wales – 3 up for grabs

‘All the Christmases roll down toward the two-tongued sea, like a cold and headlong moon bundling down the sky that was our street…’

Celebrated poet, Dylan Thomas, recalls his own childhood with wit and magic in this beautiful children’s classic that has become one of his most popular works.


Dylan Thomas’s lyrical account of his childhood Christmases in a small Welsh town, featuring wolves, bears, hippos and Mrs Prothero’s cat, has become deservedly famous. This re-designed edition from Orion Children’s Books celebrates the centenary of his birth, and features brand-new artwork from illustrator Peter Bailey. This would make a beautiful gift edition of a classic work from one of Britain’s best-loved writers.


I have teamed up with Orion Children’s Books for a lovely giveaway. I have 3 copies of A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas to giveaway to readers of the gingerbread house.

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Monday happy things

This has been quite a quiet week for us. We’ve stayed close to home, just trying to get through the days until half term.


My 4 year old had a brilliant school report. I know I’m totally biased but it was great to hear how well he’s settled into Reception. I was able to look through his workbooks where he had written about why he was special (because he can ride a bike) and what he wants to be when he’s older (an artist).


I baked some delicious lemon meringue cupcakes after finally getting my hands on a packet of the Orla Kiely branded Kerrygold butter.

lemon meringue cupcakes

My daughter and I have been enjoying Dinky Dancer. We’ve been to our third session and she’s dancing and joining in like a pro. She seems to be a bit of a Strictly fan too!

I finished embroidering my hexagons for Wild Olive’s Winter Stitching Club pattern. I love that weekends allow me some stitching time and I instagrammed the hexies as I finished them – there was a steady stream :) I started turning the embroidered pieces into puffy hexies and I’m hoping to finish my table mat this week.

sewing table

We spent the morning at our local Farmer’s Market. There were slices of oreo chocolate cake consumed, sweet gingerbread house ornaments and Shipping Forecast postcards to purchase and the children exhausted themselves on the bouncy castle.

oreo chocolate cake


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Take and Play Roaring Dino Run

Over the summer you may remember we went to see the new Thomas and Friends film, Tale of the Brave. My 4 year old has always loved Thomas and when he was younger never went anywhere without his wooden Thomas and Gordon – it was a sad day when he grew out of that particular habit.

Both my children enjoyed Tale of the Brave so were happy to be sent the new Fisher-Price Thomas and Friends Take-n-Play Roaring Dino Run Playset, which was inspired by the new Thomas and Friends DVD Tale of the Brave, to review.

Roaring Dino Run

Take and Play Roaring Dino Run

My 4 year old loves reviewing toys, he has a bit of a YouTube obsession so is always keen to give me his opinion.

This Thomas and Friends Playset is great value, it’s actually two playsets in one. The official blurb is as follows:

Thomas the Tank Engine is exploring the clay pits in search of dinosaur fossil bones for the Sodor Museum exhibit! As you unfold the Thomas Take ‘n’ Play Roaring Dino Run Playset, the bridge drops and the mountain track tumbles to the ground! Send Thomas over the bridge, then lift it up to reveal the giant dinosaur fossil in the mountainside and hear the dino ROAR!

Roaring Dino RunAs Thomas escapes three bone fossils slide down the mountain face. Load the bones into Thomas’ cargo car, then turn the set around to deliver them to the museum! Plug the bones onto the dinosaur wall and the Megalosaurus exhibit is complete!

Take n Play playsetLittle Sis doesn’t get much of a look in but she plays with the set when her brother is at school.

This is a fun toy with some great features:

The set comes with Thomas and one carriage
It folds up really easily so can be taken anywhere
Great for imaginative play
It connects with other Thomas Take-n-Play Portable Fold-Out Playsets
Magnets let you attach other engines or tenders to Thomas
There are sound effects!
Helps develop gross motor skills, sensory skills and reasoning skills

This play set stands alone really well but is also a fun tie-in with the latest film, Tale of the Brave. I think it’s quite large, and you can see from one of the photos above that my son likes to play with over the edge of the table for extra drama!
We have a few Take-N-Play sets, you can read our review of the Take-N-Play Adventure Castle here.


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