Elfie's Christmas Letters. A Unique Christmas Tradition For The Whole Family. Inspire the kids to read with this unique advent calendar and spark their imaginations!
Christmas, Christmas Letters, International Elf Service

WIN Elfie’s Christmas Letters 2016 – Bursting With Christmas Magic!

It’s only August but soon we’ll all be back from our holidays and the kids will be back at school, which is when the International Elf Service starts to get really busy.  The Magical Wind Machine is being oiled and serviced as I type, ready for when all the letters to Father Christmas start to whoosh in!  This year’s set […]

A Visit To The Christmas Shop In Selfridges In London!
Christmas, International Elf Service

The Christmas Shop In Selfridges, Is Open!

It’s only August, but Christmas has arrived on the 4th floor of Selfridges’ flagship store on Oxford Street!  This urban Winter Wonderland is supposedly the earliest opening Department Store Christmas Shop in Europe, largely to satisfy the demand from foreign tourists.  It boasts over 50,000 decorations on display, with more expansion planned in the Autumn, and I had […]

Doing story time with the kids when you can't be there!
Crafts/Activities, International Elf Service, Parenting

Doing Story Time With Your Kids…When You Can’t Be There

*You can hear me chatting about this live over on Facebook: HERE :).  Either you can do it for your kids, or they can do it for themselves or each other! We’ve all cuddled up for story time with our kids and enjoyed the closeness of quiet time together.  Reading together is one of the most precious […]

How to turn old joggers into shorts without measuring or sewing!
Crafts/Activities, International Elf Service

How To Turn Old Joggers Into Shorts, Without Measuring or Sewing!

Joggers don’t last so long in this house – our active, almost eight year old, can fly through the knees in a couple of weeks.  So, rather than put them in the fabric recycling centre, I turn them into cool sporty shorts.  So easy, so quick, and no measuring or sewing involved!  The beauty of […]

WIN: Exotic Stationery & Reindeer Poo Planter Bundle!
International Elf Service

WIN: Exotic Stationery & Reindeer Poo Planter Bundle!

Calling all stationery lovers and Christmas stocking fillers! This is the most gorgeous stationery prize bundle from the Exotic Paper Company, where we get our Ellie Poo Paper from.  The Elves in the North Pole use it to write to children with ‘live news’ from Father Christmas’ workshop! So, included in this fantastic stationery prize bundle, […]

FREE eBook containing over 80 activities & crafts for children to do over the school holidays!
Crafts/Activities, International Elf Service, Parenting

Things To Do Over The School Holidays! FREE eBook

Over 80 outdoor & indoor activities for children to do during the school holidays in this FREE to download eBook!  A present from me to you, because I’ve suddenly realised a rather long school holiday is nearly upon us and the kids might need the odd idea or two…eek! Sign up here to download your free copy http://eepurl.com/b9rnnT. […]

FREE eBook with ways to encourage children to enter the world of 'bookwormery' and enjoy curling up with a good book.
International Elf Service, Parenting, Products

FREE eBook: Ways To Encourage Children To Read

If you have a reluctant or wobbly reader in your house and wonder if they’ll ever want to snuggle up with a fairly substantial book, then this eBook is for you! Some children just don’t take naturally to reading and, like my middle one, would have happily stuck to picture books without proper encouragement. Having tackled it from several angles, […]