Ho Ho Ho, Santa is very busy this year

by 21stcenturymummy on October 20, 2009

Father Christmas

Eek! It’s that time of year already, Christmas is coming. Sorry to depress you all, it’s only 10 weeks away!

Last year I tried (without success) to get tickets to see Father Christmas at Harrods or Selfridges for my 1 year old. I was so disappointed, but thinking back, it was definitely more for my enjoyment than hers!  Santa is clearly very busy as his grottos get booked very early and this year I vowed to make sure I got on the case as soon as last Christmas was over.

Well I had forgotten again, until a friend just mentioned she has got tickets. After hearing this, I panicked, frantically scrabbled around on the computer key pad trying to get on the Harrods website. To my dismay the Harrods Grotto is sold out. However it must be my  lucky day as there are still a few slots available at the Selfridges Santa Experience (you can forget weekends). It’s £2 per child.

AND it’s £2 per adult – does that mean I get to sit on Santa’s knee too??? I don’t think they do the whole sitting on knee thing anymore because of the apparent potential paedophile risk, although I personally think that’s taking things a bit too far.

Hurray, we’re going to see Santa, the question is will my two year old run away screaming when she sees him!

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Obsession with Buggies

by 21stcenturymummy on October 3, 2009

A couple of months ago I spent the best £7.99 ever, on a toy buggy for my daughter. I first realised how much she liked them when we were went to the park or playground. Forget the swings, slides, seesaws, she’d be off in the direction of the nearest buggy she spotted, mowing down anything or anyone in her path. There was one time when she went right up to a little girl with a buggy and snatched it right from under her. The little girl just stood there, in total shock!  I was continuously having to explain how she had to give it back as it wasn’t hers – water off a ducks back to my daughter!

I’d always been adamant I would never buy one of these horrible, plastic-looking pink buggies, but I gave in after seeing how much she loved them. I found the cheapest, least pink one possible from a toy shop in Putney for the princely sum of £7.99.

She wheels it around the house, to the park, to the shops, literally everywhere. Sometimes she puts her doll in it but more often than not just enjoys wheeling it about. However, still when we’re in the park she prefers everyone else’s buggy to her own. I’ve even seen her with a collection of them around her.

She’s now on her fourth buggy. The first one broke from over use, the second one a little boy borrowed when we are at the park. He kept sitting in it, and was a little too heavy! The third one didn’t work when I took it out of the bag, only running on three of the wheels, so I’ve now gone for a different one.

There is a wide range of toy buggies/prams available, from blue ones for boys, wooden ones, and 3 wheeler ones. There’s even a Silvercross Balmoral Dolls Pram for £299 at Harrods.

This time I’ve gone for The Corolle Dolls Stroller £14.00, reduced to £10.28 from Amazon. Let’s hope it lasts.

Corolle dolls - Stroller

The Silvercross Heritage Dolls Pram £270 from John Lewis

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A trip to Harrods' Toy Department, London

October 1, 2009

On Monday, my friend and I took our little ones to the toy department at Harrods, in Knightsbridge, London. We had planned on doing some shopping as well but it didn’t quite work out that way.  We had lunch at Eat before we arrived, then found out there was a child-friendly restaurant ‘Planet Harrods’, which would […]

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