Portable North Pole spreads Christmas Cheer

One of the most magical things about having a child is their belief in Father Christmas. I have always been a lover of all things Christmassy, but my joy in the festive season changed completely when I was once again able to see if through a child’s eyes. My Joe is almost 11, m not entirely sure he still believes in Santa, when he receives a message from the man himself through Portable North Pole,he still gets really excited, although trying to act cool. It is a real magical moment.

Portable North Pole is a brilliant concept which delivers a personal message to your child from Santa, direct from the North Pole.  Very easy to create, you can upload all the things that make the message personalized, from photographs of your child on special occasions, a picture of your house so Santa can show he knows exactly where you live, and also information about what your child would like as a gift, any special achievements this year, and even the names of friends which are added to Santa’s library. The attention to detail is unique and impressive, and the video are also funny, this year they have added more, from The Magic Carousel, The wrapping machine and the elves magic door. There are also calls from the Man in red himself that can be added to your package.

This year, Christmas Eve will be even more magical than ever thanks to the brand new special multi-device scenario straight from Santa’s sleigh delivered on Christmas Eve! Children will join Santa as he reviews his flight plan for the big night in a personalised video message for an excited child or children – the perfect way to get them to go to bed early too! 

Here’s a full list of what’s new this year:

  • A brand new special multi-device scenario straight from Santa’s sleigh on Christmas eve with a personalised video message from Santa on one device (desktop, smartphone, or tablet) and integrated into the video message is a call from Santa to your phone during the video message. This message can be made for one child or the whole family.
  • 2019 kids and grown-up editions of our free personalised cinematic video messages from Santa with amazing outdoor shots featuring husky dogs and reindeers.
  • Download messages in 1080 HD.*
  • An all-new Premium personalised birthday message from Santa that can be enjoyed all year long. *
  • A total of five new Premium personalised videos with even more ways to personalise the message. *
  • Another new multi-device Premium video scenario with a group option. This is great for parents looking to encourage good behaviour from their children in the days leading up to Christmas.*
  • Two new Premium personalised video calls. *
  • Six new Premium personalised voice calls. *
  • The Reaction Recorder is now available on Google Chrome for desktop and laptop, as well as on the PNP mobile app to capture the moment your little one realises it’s Santa speaking to them directly on one of our Premium videos to create a lifetime keepsake.*
  • Fun games in the Kid’s Corner section on the PNP mobile app for year-round play.
  • New personalisation options. Santa will know even more about your loved one, than ever before.*

This is such a wonderful idea that adds a little more Christmas sparkle to the most wonderful time of the year.

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Holiday Essentials Part 2

I’m going on my Summer holiday next week and to say I am excited would be a bit of an understatement. I can’t wait to get some sun and have a chance to really relax and recharge the batteries, but, before that, the packing needs to be done.

This post is dedicated to a few more of the things that will be in my suitcase, things that will be useful and essential.

Childs Farm SPF Factor 30 Range

Childs Farm is a sun lotion range that I often reach for as it is perfect for skin that is prone to eczema and sensitivity. The range was originally for children, but a new SPF 30 range has been produced for its adult audience, who also love its non allergenic properties.

According to recent research, 60% of people in theUK believe that their skin is sensitive, and 1 in 5 under fives suffers from Atopic Eczema. All Childs Farm products are dermatologist and paediatrician approved as suitable for sensitive skin and are also safe for people prone to eczema. This means your problem skin is not going to be further irritated by your sun cream.

The new products come in the form of a spray bottle, a roll on and a traditional cream. Prices start from £7 and can be found exclusively in Boots and at childsfarm.com

SunSense Ultra SPF 50

If you are looking for a higher level of protection, maybe for the start of your holiday when you are still looking pale and interesting, then the SunSense Ultra SPF 50 is a good way to start.

This fragrance free formula contains Vitamin B3 to help improve the appearance of skin tone and texture as well as replenish dry skin. It is also water resistant for up to 4 hours, so may take away the need to keep reapplying. It comes in three sizes, including a roll on which could be perfect for carrying in your handbag, or putting in a school bag for those extra sunny days we sometimes get, as it is easy for children to apply themselves.

SunSense Ultra SPF50+ from £9.29

Beach towels From John Lewis

Many hotels now provide beach towels for use around the pool, but this still differs from hotel to hotel so is something you need to check before you travel. If you do need a beach towel, or maybe want to get one for swimming in the UK, then this Summer, John Lewis has a fantastic selection, with some really pretty patterns and prints.

My personal favourite is the flamingo design, I’m a bit obsessed with flamingo prints and this is super pretty.

John Lewis & Partners Flamingoes Beach Towel £15.00 Click to visit John Lewis

Isaac Mizrahi Travel Organiser

I got one of these myself from TK Maxx last weekend. Keeping your travel documents in one place in your bag is such a sensible option, and certainly helps things move quicker when you are checking in, either at the hotel or the airport.

I love this Isaac Mizrahi wallet because it is clear, and so you can see and find your documents easy, it also has a space for boarding cards which should be more useful than rooting around in your bag when you go onboard.

This is such a stylish design, and will be really useful if you travel a lot.

Travelling With Children: Tips and Tricks

Going abroad on holiday is often an event that is looked forward to for the entire year. Jetting off to far warmer, sunnier climes is a real treat, and pretty easy to do if you’re a young couple with a lot of free time and disposable income. Once you become a parent however, things get a little more difficult. Even if you can rustle up enough dough to go away, travelling with the kids can be a real headache, fraught with all manner of difficulties. For single parents, this can be even more difficult due to having to handle all the responsibilities by yourself. With this in mind, we thought we’d offer a few tips to help you have a wonderful holiday with your children – whether you travel as a single parent or a two parent family.



Choose your destination carefully. Spain, Greece and the Greek Islands, Portugal and the Canaries offer shortish flights, lovely sunshine and are family friendly. Make sure there is plenty for the whole family to do and try not to limit this to just pools and beaches, look for culture and heritage to do.

The Canary Islands offer volcanoes a and mountains to explore, whilst Greece has ancient ruins that are steeped in history. Both Rhodes and Crete offer stunning archaeological sites that children will enjoy just as much as adults. In Rhodes the old town is best explored on foot, but the best way to explore Crete is by car, particularly with younger children. You can get great deals at auto-huren-kreta.nl and can then explore much further afield.


Chances are you’ll be staying in a family friendly hotel if you’re going away with the children. Family friendly resorts have better facilities, better layouts and don’t mind as much about noise compared to hotels aimed at either couples or singles, so you should definitely think about booking a room in one of these hotels. One of the draws of family friendly resorts is the ability to hire a hotel nanny during your stay. Sometimes included in the room price, these nannies will come and look after your children whilst you go out, meaning you can enjoy some quality time to eat and explore whilst your child sleeps!

Go Out

Utilising the above tip, use the late evenings to explore your surroundings and take in a little local flavour whilst you visit; you don’t want all of your memories to revolve around being by the sea or pool, after all! Enjoy a romantic dinner together at a local restaurant and sample some cuisine, or perhaps dress up glamorously and visit a local casino.

Don’t Succumb

It can be quite easy to fall into the child-led trap whilst you’re on holiday. Instead of visiting the museums, galleries, local restaurants and places of beauty, you end up almost purely frequenting water parks, beaches, play areas and western-themed restaurants, catering almost entirely for the kids. The tip here is to do a healthy mix of both types of activities. If you enjoy exploring and experiencing your destinations, then teach your kids why travelling in such a manner is so wonderful; they’ll learn a lot and you’ll be surprised by the lack of tantrums!


Take Time

Perhaps our most important point is to simply take it easy! If you have younger children you simply must factor in the endless stoppages, toilet breaks, crying and general tedium that makes up a regular day, then multiply it by two! Trust me; rushing around an airport is no fun at the best of times, but with a young child it’s nigh impossible!