What made me happy in 2016?

What made me happy in 2016?

With so much talk about 2016 being a crapola of a year, I thought I'd do my best to try and put a positive spin on things. Here are just a few of the things on Gift Grapevine that made me happy this year. 1. Tornado wrangling As much as my tornadoes do their best to...

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Top 5 Pins of 2015

Top 5 Pins of 2015

Happy New Year! I hope you had a fantastic festive break and 2016 has started off with a bang. I'm just happy to have survived the post Christmas haze of excessive cheer and not being entirely sure what day of the week it was! Before I jump into another year...

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What made me happy in 2015?

What made me happy in 2015?

In the words of Velma from Scooby Doo - jinkies! Where did the year go? Amongst the chaos and fun of our little family, sharing hundreds of gift ideas on this blog and enjoying many glasses of wine and G&T, here are the things that made me happy in 2015... 1....

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Affordable gift ideas for dinosaur mad kids

Affordable gift ideas for dinosaur mad kids

                          Boys are a new thing for our family. My parents have three daughters, five granddaughters and now Mr TT, their one and only grandson. When he arrived into this world two years ago, the fact that he was a boy was a shock to everyone,...

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Best books for babies

Best books for babies

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.”
Garrison Keillor (American writer and broadcaster)

I’m a bit of a nut when it comes to kids books. You’re never too young (or old!) to enjoy them. Each night, when my kids tire of running around and finally manage to sit still, I love nothing more than cuddling up together and reading their current favourites.

I usually follow the gift giving rule of “if in doubt, give a book”. For very young kids, I find board books are the way to go. My toddler tornedos aren’t exactly gentle creatures. As much as I have tried to teach them to be gentle with their books, I have found that board books have stood the test of time rather than their flimsy paperback counterparts (especially the lift the flap variety).

Here are a few books that have been favourites with Miss TT and Mr TT and their friends when they were very young. These are the ones that I actually don’t mind reading again and again…..

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