My top 5 tips for planning a Disneyland Paris holiday!


Trips to Disneyland are full of magic, laughter and happiness but they can also be stressful, especially when you want to make the most of your trip. Planning your Disneyland trip well is the key to an easy and enjoyable holiday. It will also help you get the best value for money too!

Here's my top 5 tips for planning a Disneyland Paris holiday!




1. Budget!
This one if probably the most obvious as whenever you plan a holiday you always budget and price things up, right? Well, with Disney you have to budget that bit more and your spending money may need to go a bit further than expected. Budget for every little thing! Hotel, travel, transfers and tickets but make sure you include meals and souvenirs too. Meals are more expensive than in UK theme parks and, with most things Disney, so are the souvenirs!  For an idea of meal costs take a look at the Disneyland Paris website, where most menus can be found and downloaded.

2. Research, research and a bit more research!
Doing a bit of googling can go a long way when planning your Disney trip and there's plenty of resources out there. My person faves are the Trip Advisor forums, the Disneyland Paris website and app, along with The Dibb. A quick read could help you find the perfect character Meet and Greets or the perfect spot for Illuminations, so go and have a google!



3. Make your reservations!
Even in low season the most popular table service restaurants can get booked up, so call before you travel and reserve a table or if you're staying in a Disneyland hotel ask the concierge, who will be happy to help you make your booking.



4. Make your bucket list!
This is vital if you're going during a busy time like the school summer holidays! Queue times will be longer, restaurants will be busier! To make the most of your trip create your bucket list and aim to at least get those ticked off! It's a Small World is always on our list!

 5. Make the trip special!
Planning little treats or special things can help create amazing memories and give added pixie dust to your trip. Meet your favorite characters, wear matching outfits, try pin trading or buy special Mickey ears, so many little touches can add to the magic.



Planning well and being organised will give you more time to enjoy the magic and create the best memories!

I've vlogged about this too! Watch the video here

Mummy Snowy Owl
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Festive Bird Feeders


Christmas is upon us. You've wrapped the gifts. Got the turkey out of the freezer. You've visited your family and friends. 

Maybe you want to do something a bit different. You'd like to make something with the kids. Maybe you need them distracted for a little while. Well, this little craft is ideal. Although, please be aware it can get a little messy!

To make these festive bird feeders you will need

  • Bird seed - £1 @ Wilko
  • Festive shaped cutters - £1 @ Home Bargains and Poundland
  • Gelatin - £1.19 @ Asda
  • Peanut Butter 99p @ Lidl
  • Chopping bowl
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Jug
  • Hot water
  • Straws 
  • String
  • Scissors
The listed ingredients and equipment

To start you will need to establish how much bird feed you need. To do this I laid out the cutters on the chopping board and poured the seed into them and this gave the amount required.

Cookie cutters shaped like snowmen

The cutters full of seed

Next, make up the gelatin in the mixing bowl as per the directions.

Gelatin being poured into a bowl

Gelatin being made in a bowl

Add the bird seed and stir well. 

Gelatin and bird seed in a bowl

Gelatin and bird seed in a bowl

Spoon into the cutters.

Bird seed in the cookie cutters with straws in to make holes

Using the scissors, cut the straw and cut into short lengths. Place in the shape where you'd like the hole for the string to be.

Close up of the straws in the seed

Close up of the straws in the seed

Place in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours but preferably overnight.

When removed from the fridge loosen the shapes from the board. Also, carefully push the straws all the way through the seed so it goes through the other side. Remove the cutters.

The festive bird seed shapes on a board and out of the cutters

Using the spoon, or a spatula if you have one, smear the peanut butter on to parts of the bird seed shapes.

The festive bird seed shapes on a board smeared with peanut butter

The festive bird seed shapes on a board smeared with peanut butter

I know from the feeders I have previously made that birds and squirrels love peanut butter!

Cut the string into the lengths you require for hanging the shapes. Inset the string through the hole and knot. 

The festive bird seed shapes on a board smeared with peanut butter with string through the holes

The festive bird seed shapes on a board smeared with peanut butter with string through the holes

Hang outside in a safe place and away from predators. Don't worry if you forget the holes or the shapes break up, simple place them on the tree.

The bird feeders hanging from a tree

The bird feeders hanging from a tree

The bird feeders hanging from a tree

That's it! You are done! You've made a festive dinner for the birds.

Happy crafting!

Mummy Snowy Owl
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Book of the week


This week's book of the week is another festive one but possibly our last book of the week for the year!

This book is the perfect Christmas book and is a must for Christmas Eve.

This week's book of the week is The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore.


The Night Before Christmas book

Telling the story of the events of Christmas Eve, The Night Before Christmas, is a book that is available in various different forms. 

Ours is traditional style book with pop ups and intricate cutouts and windows. It mostly features black and white illustrations, with the odd shot of festive green or red. 


A child reading The Night Before Christmas

Niroot Puttapipat illustrations are also silhouette based but there is certainly no mistaking the shape of the characters and scenes, and especially of Father Christmas.

The Night Before Christmas tells the tale of a boy who is awoken by a clattering on the roof and witnesses St Nick visiting his home and delivering gifts. Told in a rhyming form it sparks and keeps a a child's interest, making them excited for the magic of Christmas.


A child reading The Night Before Christmas

As you can see, our 3 year old, Joseph is very enchanted by it. 

Over the Christmas period The Night Before Christmas is available in most book shops. You can find the version the same as ours here at Amazon. 

Ours was a gift from Granny to Joseph on his first Christmas and for that reason it will always be our favourite Christmas book. 


The Night Before Christmas book laid out with candy canes, a Christmas tree biscuit and milk


Merry Christmas and happy reading!

Mummy Snowy Owl
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Movie of the week - What is it?


Regular readers will know all about my weekly movie posts where I share our current favourite and most watched movies. 

Some of them are very new movies but they are mostly old and random choices! Because of this I get odd messages on social media asking 'why the random movies?' and 'why are these so out of date?'. 

So, I thought I'd do a little post about what caused the start of movie of the week and why it's so random!

Well, its so random, because lets be honest, children are random!


They see a dvd on the shelf and they NEED to watch it. 

They NEED to watch it every day for a week. 

Sometimes they NEED to watch it twice a day. 

Then for no apparent reason they change their minds and they can't possibly watch it ever again. 

They'll watch Easter films at Christmas and Christmas films in the summer.

They'll watch old Disney classics when you want to take them to see the latest Pixar.

Children are random.

(I watch my movies from a box)

Our 3 year old, Joseph, loves a good movie and just like I've mentioned above he picks some classics and some very random ones! 

Apart from this week. 

This week Joseph doesn't want to partake in movie of the week, and that's because he's bloody obsessed with Paw Patrol again.

I guess that's the reason I started the movie of the week posts. To share the randomness of children. 

Apart from this week. 

This week Paw Patrol are on a roll.

Mummy Snowy Owl
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Bauble Christmas Card


With Christmas just around the corner I thought I'd bring you another Christmas card craft. Just like the Fingerprint Christmas Lights Card it is super easy to do and is quite similar in its style and what you need.

You will need

  • A piece of white card - £1 @ Poundland for 30 sheets or 15p for 1 sheet @ Wilko
  • Cards and envelopes - £1 @ Poundland
  • Paints - £2.50 @ Wilko for a set of 4 or 50p for a mixed palette
  • Paint brush - £1 for a pack @ Wilko
  • Paint palette or a paper plate if needed
  • Pot of water for rinsing between colours
  • Black pen or felt-tip
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick - 50p @ Wilko
A selection of craft supplies including card, paint, paint brush and scissors

*If you're little artist is likely to get carried away make sure you protect your table, clothing etc!

Start by squirting some of the paint into the palette or container.

Paint in pots, a piece of card and a paint brush, with a child's hand ready to paint

Then give your little artist the paint brush and let them get creative. 

A child painting

A child painting

A child painting

Encourage them to rinse the brush between colours to avoid the brown mess that appears in a lot of children's paintings!

A child's painting

Leave to dry.

A childs painting

Next, using a black pen draw a wavy horizontal line along one of the cards. Also draw three or four straight vertical lines off it.

A card with a wavy lane across it and straight lines coming off it

Then using the scissors cut out a selection of bauble shapes. If you're not confident cutting freehand draw them out first. 

Childrens painting with scissors

Cut out shapes

Using the glue, stick your shapes to the card at the end of the  vertical lines.

Handmade card with bauble shapes glued to it

That is it you are done!

Hand made card with bauble shapes glued to it

Just like a lot of my other crafts, this card is very easy to do and is an easy way to showcase your little artists creativity and paintings.

Why not give it a try?

Hand made card with bauble shapes glued to it

Happy crafting!

Mummy Snowy Owl
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Book of the week!


We're still going all festive with our books on the run up to Christmas and this week's book is very festive indeed!

This week's book of the week is Jingle Bell Christmas.


As a flap book, Jingle Bell Christmas is a little different and it also features something a little different as it has a pair of bells in its centre. This adds to the festive cheer as you turn the pages.

The book is brightly illustrated and tells the story of Santa returning from his night of delivering presents. 

He returns with three special presents. One for the elves, one for the reindeers and one for Mrs Claus. By lifting the flaps we discover what each gets for a gift.

Inside the Jingle Bell Christmas book with Santa and Mrs Claus

Santa has a little surprise at the end when he too gets a gift!

Jingle Bell Christmas is an ideal book for little ones over the festive season. It is full of cute characters, and with a rhyming narrative is engaging.

Our copy was a gift but you can find it here at Amazon.

Happy reading!

Mummy Snowy Owl
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Movie of the week!


This week's movie of the week is another festive one! It features the North Pole and a well known man in red.

I hadn't seen this movie until a couple of years ago when I was pregnant with our now 3 year old. Suffering with nausea, I lay on the sofa feeling very sorry for myself trying to get in the festive mood and I've watched it every Christmas since!

This week's movie of the week is The Santa Clause.


The Santa Clause DVD cover

Staring Tim Allen, The Santa Clause tells the story of Scott Calvin. Having accidentally killed Santa, Scott follows the instructions on the card that he finds with the famous red suit. 

'If something should happen to me, put on my suit. The reindeer will know what to do'. 


A man dressed in a Santa in a sleigh with his son

Initially thinking he only has to finish the gift delivering for one Christmas Eve, he soon finds that's not the case when he reaches the North Pole with his son Charlie. It seems Scott has missed the small print and the 'clause' on the card. He's now the new Santa Claus!

He has less than a year to get his affairs in order before returning to the North Pole, but things don't go smoothly. Scott's ex-wife is not impressed by his behaviour and things become more and more complicated as Scott begins to take on a more Santa like appearance.


A man with a Santa like appearance


Though a little dated now (it was made in 1994) The Santa Clause offers festive family entertainment at its best. With jokes for grown-ups and kids it will keep you laughing alone throughout.

As you can see Joseph is somewhat transfixed by it! 


A little boy transfixed by the tv

The Santa Clause is currently available from Amazon here. Add it to your collection for some festive cheer! 

Enjoy!

Mummy Snowy Owl
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Festive Rocky Road


There's lots of Christmas recipes around at the moment and after the success of my Reindeer Cup Cakes I though I'd do another! 

Now, I've seen all the short clips and links for Festive Rocky Road but nearly every single recipe is American and features ingredients that we simply don't have here! So after a bit of research I've created this original recipe! 

It is very easy to do and if done correctly is something of a showstopper! 

A plate of white chocolate rocky road with two small bottles of milk

You will need

  • 125g best for baking spread - 55p @ Tesco
  • 1 tablespoon of honey - 89p @ Aldi
  • 400g white chocolate - 45p per 100g bar @ Tesco
  • 100g marshmallows - £1 @ Poundland
  • 20 mini or 10 large candy canes - £1 @ Poundland
  • 6 Haribo strawberry pencils - £1 @ Poundland
  • 100g digestive biscuts - 31p @ Tesco
  • Festive sprinkles - £1 @ Asda
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Baking tray lined with greaseproof paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Saucepan 
A picture showing the listed ingredients

Start by breaking up the digestives and candy cakes. I put mine into a sandwich bag and hit them with the rolling pin.  Cut the strawberry pencils into pieces 1 - 2 cm long. Set aside for later.

Ingredients chopped and smashed

Over a low heat melt the spread, honey and chocolate in the saucepan, mixing together as you go. 

A pan with melting ingredients

Once its melted the mixture should be thick and almost gloopy. 

Melted ingredients

Pour into the mixing bowl and quickly add the digestives and marshmallows. If the marshmallows are large ones break them up into smaller pieces. 

Ingredients in a mixing bowl

Stir well and add the candy canes and strawberry pencils.

Ingredients in a mixing bowl

Ingredients in a mixing bowl

The mixture will start to get stiff as it cools so mix as quick as you can and then pour into your baking tray.

Mixture in a baking tray

Mixture in a baking tray

Sprinkle over your festive sprinkles and place in your fridge to set. Leave for at least 3 hours or preferably overnight.

Mixture in a baking tray topped with rudolph sprinkles


When your ready to sample your Festive Rocky Road turn it out of the tin, face down and peel off the greaseproof paper.

Rocky road turned upside down with a greaseproof paper covering

Rocky Road turned upside down

Using a sharp knife cut into pieces. Your Festive Rocky Road is ready for sampling! Store in the fridge whilst in-between bites!

Festive Rocky Road on a Santa plate with mini milk bottles on the side

Enjoy!

Mummy Snowy Owl
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