Christmas Book Haul Review

Hello December, you have come at last my dear friend and now I can finally blog these sweet Christmas books I have been hoarding away since September! I hope to rotate between them in the lead up to Christmas but Phoebe really has her favourite books already and now requests to read three books or more at night. She also reads some herself and then will fall asleep when she is done which is a bit sweet but can be a bit of hassle when we continuously asks for them from her bookshelf. Anyway enough rambling but here is the little collection of Christmas books we got this year.

Enjoy xx

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A Christmas Wish - A Peter Rabbit Tale

I decided to get Zoey a special book to read to her on Christmas Eve but I was having the worst luck finding the perfect one for her and one that we would treasure forever. I searched and searched until I stumbled upon this petite Peter Rabbit one from Booktopia, I knew I had to get it for her because hello Peter Rabbit is my life. Bonus points because it’s a board book too so she can play with it without damaging it. In this wee book, Peter’s Christmas wish is to get a big bunch of radishes and he also wishes to get a peek at Santa too. The illustrations are very sweet and I cannot wait to read this with Zoey.

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The Pups Save Christmas - Big Golden Book

I will admit this one I got on a whim because Phoebe is obsessed with Paw Patrol {my fault for introducing her} I am not a huge fan of this one because your basically reading exactly what happens in the tv episode including all those delightful catch phrases from all the pups. {yayy} Phoebe liked it although it is a bit lengthly for her age group but I do like it is a big Golden book not the itty bitty ones. Maybe get this one as a stocking filler for any Paw Patrol fans.

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Belle & Boo and the Very Merry Christmas

I am a huge fan of everything Belle & Boo and this book was Phoebe’s first Christmas book so it is a staple in our Christmas reads. She has been requesting this one alot at night and she loves the Christmas tree on the front of it. Sweet Belle & Boo is a must for any little one but this one is especially precious at Christmas time, it teaches kids the importance of being kind at Christmas time and the meaning behind Christmas.

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We’re Going On An Elf Chase

You had me at lift the flaps! I am a sucker for flap books and Phoebe adores them so I had to get this one. I mean adorable rabbits on the lookout for cheeky elves is adorable at best. The cover is beautifully designed and so are the illustrations. I like how Phoebe can learn counting while you seek and count each elf and it rhymes {I do love a good rhyming book folks}

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Snow

There is no better time in the year than Christmas time to introduce your little to some poetry. I fell for this book and it’s gorgeous cover! I love how minimal the illustrations are but yet they hold so much depth in them. This one is different to any other Christmas book I have seen, it has short poetry text on each page by the late Walter De La Mare whom I have never heard of to be honest but after reading this I am curious about his works. This one is special folk and I encourage you to seek this one out from your local bookstore.

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Jolly Christmas Postman

This was a book that Phoebe got last year and I will admit I have been keeping it away because Phoebe has been known to wreck a good book or two recently. I pulled it out this year because thinking she was a bit older she would enjoy it but sadly this one is a bit repetitive and for more grown up kids I think. It has so many detailed knick knacks and letters throughout it that Phoebe did not understand very well because the age gap for this book is for older children. There was a few bits that she did like but unfortunately this book will have to wait till next year to be enjoyed i think.

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Grandpa Christmas

This book drew me in for the beautiful blurb it told, it is a book about a little girl who reads a letter from her Grandpa at Christmas time. In this particular letter her Grandpa wishes that Mia will have a better world to live in and that she should take care of the world around her, she should do nice things like planting seeds in the garden and cleaning up. The book has beautiful illustrations that are so detailed in what they portray, from the ice caps melting, endangered animals to polluted oceans this book takes you on an emotional journey and teaches little ones to be mindful of taking care of the planet. I really like the message of this book and hope it teaches Phoebe alot.

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The Twinkly Twinkly Christmas Tree

I love the books from Usborne, they have soo many kinds of books and they are very informative. This one is so whimsical and Christmasy! I mean just look at the cover! Phoebe liked this one alot, especially the twinkling lights throughout this book, it has lovely little lights that are fireflies on one page and town lights on another. I even bet Zoey would love this book too just because of the lights! My only problem is that they are a bit bright though, so much so that in a dark space the reader probably would not be able to see the picture but I read it in dusk light so who knows! But I encourage you to check out this one also.

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Pick A Pine Tree

I just want to say a huge thank you to Jack and Willow for this! I had ordered this with another supplier and sadly they would not get anymore in until next year! so I quickly jumped on the Googles and found Jack and Willow had this so ordered it, it came quickly and is probably my favourite book from this entire collection. {be sure to check out the rest of their little book collection} I love it so much and Phoebe simply adores it so so much, especially the Christmas tree part at the end. The illustrations are so gorgeous, so much depth and detail to them! you literally feel Christmasy and living in the pictures with this one. No wonder it is a popular book! Please check this one out guys because it is a huge keeper.

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The Night Before Christmas

I ordered this particular book to read to Phoebe on Christmas Eve so have not had a proper read of it yet, but from what I have seen it is beautiful. Full of gorgeous illustrations of jolly Santa and his reindeer. I am planning on doing up some Christmas Eve boxes for the girls with pjs, a new plush and a book to read on Christmas Eve so watch my Insta to see that sometime soon.

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A Very Corgi Christmas

This cover stole my heart! Phoebe loves dogs so of course I had to get this one guys! I won’t spoil the plot for you but this one had some Lady & The Tramp vibes to it and I adored it so much. Hello, sweet Corgi’s enjoying Christmas time will melt anyone’s heart. You know you want this one guys, especially if your little one adores anything to do with dogs.

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A Christmas Carol

I preordered this one so had to wait for it to be released but soo glad I did. I have never read the original book but this one brings it to life with fresh eyes. The illustrations are gorgeous, insanely detailed {especially each of the ghosts of Christmas} and the book rhymes so win win for me. Some parts were a little scary with the ghosts so maybe not good for little ones but I enjoyed reading it to Phoebe and will probably have to watch the movie now to read the classic book.

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Little Robin Red Vest

I teared up reading this one guys, this was the first Christmas book for Phoebe this year and I did not know it was Christmasy until the end but it tells the sweetest tale about a little Robin with several vests who he gives away to poorly animals in the cold each day until Christmas Eve when he is left without any jackets in the cold but Santa notices his kindness towards others and gifts him the most beautiful, perfect red jacket for him and I cried at the fact that it tells how Robin’s get their rest chests in the sweetest way possible. I cried like a baby haha and found it just crazy adorable.

Little Cashew | Seven Month Update {also Forster Trip}

I realised this afternoon while Phoebe rediscovered her baby doll, while she carefully played with her and showed such gentleness, that Zoey has given Phoebe the gift of compassion, she has given her the gift of a nurturing, sharing and kind heart. I get such a surge of emotion watching them interact together, Zoey is such a big admiring of her big sister and almost anything she does produces a little giggle from Zoey, Phoebe is always aware of Zoey, always shares things with her or new things that she discovers. I honestly am so blessed with these two and am so thankful that God wrote them into this story of motherhood. I cannot wait till they are at the age that they can play together and sleep in the same room, I really cannot wait to read them both stories at bedtime especially greats such as Harry Potter or Narnia.

Zoey has been on the path of discovering how to crawl, she needs much encouragement verbally and then she just sticks her butt in the air. Sometimes she does move like a tiny bit but at the moment she is actually pushing off her toes not her knees, if that makes sense, but she does have the right idea about it. She is teething, I mean she has been for a while but this is now the cutting of the teeth or the horrible part that just makes babies not happy about anything at all so she has been grumpier than usual. I found some vegan rusks so she has been munching on them which she loves, she noticed that if she bangs it on the table it makes a noise and also she can throw it pretty damn far.

She loves playing with the playbar that we have at home, she reaches and grabs all the toys on it {Phoebe likes to take them all off as a game} which is not ideal but Zoey just keeps staring at her with such affection. Zoey also is enjoying solids, we have her on normal purees at the moment and occasionally I will let her have some steamed broccoli, I do not feel too comfortable giving her anything else just yet since the allergic reaction incident, perhaps in another month or something we will start venturing into other foods for her to grasp and munch on but for now it’s just purees kiddo. It kind of sucks because we have her on purees that we buy from the usual stores but for her age category at the moment so many of those purees are not vegan and the ones that catch my attention all just have milk in them which she is allergic too so I may have to make my own purees for her but as I said she will probably only be on just purees for this month coming and then onto actual solids.

She has mastered sitting up finally, we were so focused on getting her to crawl that we forgot about her learning how to sit up and balance. But she is such a pro now and I think she quite loves it. She has found her voice now and is always squealing, screeching and chirping especially when she is in a playful mood which is majority of the time. She is a super happy baby, like it’s a bit odd to always be this happy haha but we are so thankful for her joyous smiles. She discovered that she can laugh at anything now and the other day she was just sitting and laughing which was hilariously adorable.

As for sleep, Zoey is still co sleeping with me in the bed, she honestly just seems much more content there than in the crib. The past few nights she has been a bit restless I guess due to teething etc so I am fine with her next to me for a bit longer because at least I am getting some sleep and some sleep is better than no sleep at all. We started sleeping training Phoebe at nine months or something other so perhaps will do the same routine with Zoey because she is going through the whole separation anxiety phase {I literally cannot use the toilet without her freaking out that I am gone}

So we all went to Forster for a wee holiday because Ben had a wedding to shoot up there so we packed the car which probably more things than we actually needed {typical}, the car ride was not too bad with the kids which was really surprising but I think we were all grateful to get out when we reached our accomodation. The place we stayed was nice and cosy, I liked that Phoebe had her own bedroom so her routine was not destroyed, it had a lovely backyard area which would of been great for the kids if the weather was not windy and cold {I even relaxed on the grass for a bit in the sun and read a book but then the wind got insane so I retreated inside}, it had a bathtub so the kids got to experience that which was so much fun but in terms of calming down before bedtime was not very ideal. Things that I disliked about were we stayed was that things were just a bit loud, when the toilets flushed or the shower it was just honestly really really loud, people coming into the lobby outside our door was loud especially when the kids were asleep at night, maybe I am just being a concerned mum about it but I wish it was a little bit quieter. Also we did not bring our own highchair mainly because we had no more room in the car and they told us it would cost us $25 to use their own in the hotel and they were unsure if one was even available for us, who charges for a highchair?! I was honestly so baffled and we just gave up because it was just outright crazy.

I enjoyed our walks to the beach and we probably indulged in too much eating out while in Forster though it seemed like every-time we walked out of the hotel to go do something Phoebe was just wild and a handful {normal toddler behaviour I guess but it just seemed to much more crazy than usual in Forster}. We tried going to the beach at one point which was at absolute shit show, honestly what were we thinking! going to the beach past nap-time for all of us, it was windy and just a mess! one memory we will not be forgetting anytime soon! we even bought a cheap pop up tent thingo that was a hassle to set up {sorry Ben} and we just gave up on the beach idea and did not even try to attempt it again. Poor Phoebe was delighted in the beach and the water, not so much walking on the sand herself but she was keen to be out there, Zoey on the other hand breastfed and fell asleep straight away which was handy. I do not like sand at all, probably like the idea of the beach rather than the formalities of it. Perhaps when they are older we will try it again and probably plan it a bit better for sure.

The night that Ben was away shooting the wedding I stupidly attempted having a bath with both kids. {never ever again} It made so much sense in my mind but the execution was poorly! bloody heck it was poorly and one heck of a mess but once they were both settled into bed I at least got like maybe half an hour of silence before Zoey decided to wake up. I think we were all just happy to be home once we arrived, I don’t understand how you go on a holiday to relax but then just come back probably more exhausted then when you left haha! One morning Ben noticed a strange dog walking through the backyard next minute he yells its a fricken fox! I have never moved so fast before in my life and it was honestly the most beautiful rogue fox I have ever seen, it was so close and it even locked eyes with me! It disappeared somewhere but we saw it again on our walk until it hid very well in the bush.

So you might one to grab a wee cup of coffee for this blog post because there are a few captures below but all are golden memories so hope you enjoy them

xx

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September | Book Haul Review

Okay so I know it has taken me forever to actually do another book review and honestly, life has been so hectic and things have been getting behind me quite easily. I recently bought Rey a bunch of new books and as much as a love getting them, at the same time it is a little bit expensive and some of the books I do get her are a bit of disappointment. I do want to keep doing this though but they might be more spaced out also her bookshelf at the moment is mighty full and I legit cannot put anymore books on it. {sad truth} I am hoping to do a Christmas book haul hopefully, fingers crossed that it happens.

So lets dive in {sigh obviously been watching way too much Paw Patrol} lets start with some good ole Star Wars books because these two girls are going to have a tonne one day so might as well start their collection now. The “Star Wars Block Book” is a must be for any fans, heck all of these books are but this one in particular is something special, it lists all the characters, planets, literally everything in this beautifully visual and put together book. I love going through it with Rey and getting her knowledgeable on all things Star Wars. So I kinda have this insane love for any book that rhymes like its insane, I used to find them so annoying but suddenly they are just so enjoyable to read, so these other two books “Star Wars Obi 123” and “ABC-3P0” are so much fun for me, the writing is so well thought of for each page or thing if you will, I love how they both involve things from every film especially the recent ones. These are such great books especially for big Star Wars fans and are a must. There may also be another one coming soon based on feelings that ties into the Star Wars universe {so getting it}

The next book I have had my eye on for a long time and honestly it has been sitting in my Pinterest forever is “A Fairy Friend” it is a beautiful illustrated story about fairies and how to befriend them. I adore anything by the super talented Claire Keane, her illustrations are so magical and this book is so close to my heart being a Peter Pan lover. If Rey was a wee bit older I would probably get her to make some sort of whimsical fairy house with me but probably wait till she understands the story a little bit more.

The next book “I Am Jellyfish” is a recent find of mine, thanks to the brilliant people I follow on Instagram. I really want to like this book because I was excited about getting it but to be honest, it is just a bit flat and generic in the way of story and the font, well the font type just bothers me. I do love that the cover is glow in the dark! amazing feature, not too sure if the entire book is glow in the dark so will have to check that out. The illustrations are beautiful and Rey kept saying “woah” when I read it to her, the illustrations are pretty immersive so points for that but yeah I am not a huge fan but perhaps it will grow on me.

Now Rey has a massive horse obsession since she started watching the Spirit tv series on Netflix, heck I watch it with her because it is so good! So I wanted to get her a decent horse book so did some research and “Little Pinto and the Wild Horses of Mustang Canyon” popped up. I love how realistic the illustrations are and it really takes me back to some books that I read growing up, I think it is a bit advanced for Rey but she likes looking at the pictures for now. I do love how on the last page it has some facts about wild horses and also a glossary on some horse breeds and terms which makes this a must read book for any horse loving kids.

So I am a huge fan of the film “Rise of The Guardians”, it has Easter and Christmas all in one film and an adorable tooth fairy and the loveable and dare I say cute Jack Frost who reminds me so much of Peter Pan {perhaps that is why I love it so much} but I have watched it countless times and will probably watch it again at Christmas. I did not know that the characters are from books and when I found “The Guardians of Childhood Jack Frost” at a local bookstore I think I might of cried reading it whilst standing in the store. It has been sitting in the cupboard for a while because it is advanced for Rey but I took it out and read it to her one night and I loved it to pieces. There is a guardians oath in the book and I love it so so much, I honestly want all of the other ones. This particular one is all about how Jack Frost became Jack Frost. I don’t want to spoil it for those who want to read this book or have not seen the film but I highly recommend this one.

Every now and again went I enter a bookstore I either will let my impulses run free and buy some books or I will walk out with nothing. “The Bear, the Piano, the Dog and the Fiddle” caught my eye when my impulses were allowed to run free one afternoon. I knew about the first book before this one but it did not catch my attention like this one did, it must be that adorable little dog on it because I mean Rey is a dog lover so my eyes must of just gone to the dog. Enough rambling! but this book, the illustrations are simply gorgeous! so vivid and the depth of them is amazing. This story is beautifully written and is full of suspense. Again do not want to give anything away but you have to read this one! It is really quite special!

I am a huge huge fan of the Belle and Boo books so I was so eager to check out this entirely new book “The Little Dancers Showtime!”, there is no Belle or Boo in this one but it is so adorable by itself! Again perhaps a bit advanced for Rey but I love how it tells the tale of friendship and so many other emotions. Each little character has been beautifully created, each with certain roles to bring to the story. It is such a subtle sweet little book and I am so very glad it is a part of the girls book collection.

Illustrations in children’s book are evolving more and more each day, into vivid, beautiful creations. “Leaf” by none other than the insanely talented Sandra Dieckmann has been in my must buy book list for ages! I am so ashamed I have not gotten it earlier! It is so visually stunning, so much to look at and discover. Rey always picks this one up to read and loves finding all the wild animals especially the wolf, she always howls like a wee wolf. This one is a fine keeper and I am very keen to get her second book soon.

I have been wanting to get Rey a simple book to teach her the Bible for a while but everything on the market just is a bit generic and dated. I wanted something with clear illustrations and something enjoyable for us both. “This Is The Gospel” by Kids Read Truth is everything I wanted and more, it is a modern book that simply tells the most important parts of the Gospel and even has the bonus of added Scripture under each page. I love love love this book and how simply the illustrations are for Rey to follow. This is one of the books she picks regularly to read at night and I love getting her to repeat words such as “Gospel, God, Adam, Eve, Sin, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Family,” we even have started saying a prayer together when she is about to sleep and hearing her little voice say “Dear God” and “Amen” fills my heart with so much proud joy. I highly recommend this book and it would make the perfect gift for those dear to your heart. I believe they may also be releasing a book about the Christmas Story maybe?

Speaking of hearts, the next book is all about that. “The Heart of A Whale” is a beautifully illustrated and is a simple wee book about finding love, this poor lonely whale sings this song and when no-one replies back he gets sad until his song finds another whale who travels to him and he finally is not alone. It is super cute and I do recommend it but the story does seem a bit too simple to me but I do love the illustrations.

This last book is honestly not what I was expecting, “Julian Is A Mermaid” is entirely different to what I thought it would be about, in saying that I do still like what it is all about but I dislike the fact that is actually has little to no words in it and is purely illustrations. I wish I had known this before I purchased it because I went to read it to my daughter and I was like well there is not any words to actually read. Perhaps it is just a shock for me and this is the new craze for picture books and perhaps it will grow on me. I really did think that he became a mermaid guys but I still recommend this book and everything it brings because it is an important topic for young children to learn about. Hell I may even be reading this book entirely wrong! if so my bad! but again buy this book because it is beautiful.

Well anyway that is the end of this book haul and I do hope you find a new lovely book to read with your littles. I hope I can do one of these again and perhaps even master this whole review game because it is not my forte, and neither is taking pictures of books for that matter. But thanks for sticking with me and supporting this little side journey.

xx

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