This post is sponsored by Woolworths Gold.
Whenever I ask my Mum friends what they wish for most of all this Christmas the answers are strikingly similar…
Time to myself
And I can most certainly relate! I wish I could give every parent I know the gift of some downtime this Christmas as I know how hard it can be to find time away from the needs and demands of my much-loved little people. Instead, all I can suggest (at least for those of us who don’t have fairy godmothers of the babysitting kind) is making the most of everyday snippets of Mum time where the kids are happily busy so that Mum (or Dad) can relax. I have previously shared some ideas for finding these five-minute pockets of time (you can find those suggestions here and here) but today I thought I would give this idea a little Christmas twist to help you find your precious five minutes hidden amidst the busyness of Christmas preparation and entertaining! Here goes…
5 Ideas for Finding 5 Minutes of Mum (and Dad) Time This Christmas
Idea #1: Christmas crowns (fun for kids who like to create)
Cover the table in brown paper or Christmas wrap (once the kids are done, simply roll up the brown paper and pop it in the recycling bin). Add cardboard crowns (ours are shop bought and Immy and I painted them gold with some acrylic paint and a foam roller – completely optional), jewels or sequins, and small bottles or tubes of white craft glue and glitter glue. For little ones, swap the jewels and glue for self-adhesive star stickers.
Crank up the carols and let the kids each decorate a Christmas crown while you sit down to a delicious Woolworths Gold antipasti platter of Truffled Salami, Smoked Wagu Beef, Oak Smoked Cheddar and Blue Shropshire Cheese… though be careful, you might just have to share – my girls devoured the salami and wagu beef!
Idea #2: Christmas comes to the dollhouse (fun for kids who like to imagine)
My imaginative girl loves it when we theme the dollhouse for Christmas – and I love the hours of engaged, imaginative play that result. All it takes is a few simple tweaks – you can find my ideas in this previous post, Christmas Comes to the Dollhouse. I suggest keeping this one under wraps until you are ready to use it, as the novelty factor will help to keep the kids happily playing for a nice, long stretch.
Hopefully long enough for you to enjoy a bowl of delicious Woolworths Gold Christmas pudding with your choice of cream, ice cream or custard! Choices, choices! Will your pudding be the Woolworths Gold Ultimate Christmas Pudding, the Hidden Mulled Pear Pudding, the Hidden Cherry Pudding or the rich and totally indulgent Belgian Chocolate Pudding?
Idea #3: Christmas sticky art (fun for littlies)
I have shared my love for sticky art for toddlers before and this week I gave it a Christmas twist with a selection of predominately red, green and gold collage pieces (can I just say – nice, big googly eyes are the bomb for toddlers!) AJ adores placing the pieces on the clear Contact paper (self adhesive book covering) and taking them off again…and on again…and off again…and on again…
If you are entertaining a group of children either provide them each with a small bowl of collage materials and an individual sheet of Contact paper taped down low to a door or window, or try one nice long piece that they can all work together on.
While they work why not make a cup of tea or coffee and sit back with a piece of Woolworths Gold Pure Butter Shortbread (though I can never stop at just one) or Mini Fruit Mince Pie. A diehard sweet tooth, these may just be my two favourite eating pleasures at Christmastime.
Idea #4: I like to move it, move it (fun for kids who like to keep moving)
If you have a good amount of free space indoors or undercover outdoors, why not set up one of the activities from this post – Getting Little Bodies Moving When It’s Too Cold (or Hot) Outdoors – the hopscotch, balloon batting, cup stacking and bean bag throwing are all wonderfully low mess and would work particularly well.
Or set older kids to playing Hide and Seek, Charades or another classic childhood game so that you can relax with a glass of wine and just a little, totally decadent chocolate or two – like the exquisite gold dusted Woolworths Gold Chocolate Champagne Truffles or something from the impossibly-hard-to-choose-a-favourite After Dinner Chocolate Collection.
Idea #5: Set the table for success (fun for kids as they wait for Christmas dinner to be served)
One of my strongest childhood Christmas memories is of being gathered around the kid’s table with my siblings and cousins for Christmas dinner. Of course, this activity idea doesn’t have to just be for the kids Cover your table with brown paper (dress it up with a wrapping paper runner if you like) and draw a simple ‘frame’ at each place setting. Add a tub of marker pens or crayons and invite the kids to get busy drawing while they wait for dinner to be served.
We were invited to trial the Woolworths Gold supreme food range – you can see more of the Christmas range here (though I warn you, your mouth will most definitely water looking at these images). With a distinctive gold and brown packaging and logo, Gold products are selected for their premium qualities and each individual product must meet at least two of the following criteria; it must use the highest quality ingredients, these ingredients must be sourced from authentic sources and the products must be hand crafted or created by artisans using a traditional method.
Selected Woolworths Gold products are now available both in store and online.
Are you entertaining at your home this Christmas? Who’s coming and what are you most looking forward to eating?