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Merry Christmas from 2 Bottles of Milk

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Very Merry Christmas

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The Favourite Christmas Advert of 2017

As voted for by Parent Bloggers.

We recently asked parent bloggers what their favourite Christmas Advert of 2017 was.

The choice was between any Christmas advert for a company that has aired this year be it for the first, like the new John Lewis one, a continuation of a story as in Kevin the Carrot who features in the Aldi ads or an old classic in the form of Holidays Are Coming (Coca Cola).

To be honest the results did surprise us a bit, however that’s what makes this countdown interesting.

So without further ado here is

The Countdown of the Favourite Christmas Advert 2017

In joint 9th position, all the 1 vote each are the following:

Boots

Heathrow Airport

Apple – Couple Dancing

Tesco – Everyone’s Welcome

Lauren from Dilan and Me voted for the Tesco Advert Everyone’s Welcome and this is why: I like the Tesco one! It’s really nice to see an ad representing all kinds of families, and they’ve handled the ridiculous backlash against the ad really well!

Vodafone – Love Story

Georgina from Pixie Does voted for the Vodafone Love Story Adverts (The first of which is featured here) and this is why: Gotta be the Vodafone advert with Martin Freeman and the lady in the red coat 🙂 I love a story-led ad series, reminds me of the old Oxo and Nescafe ads 🙂

In 8th place, all with 2 votes each we have the following adverts:

Debenhams – You Shall

Janet from Falcondale Life voted for the Debenhams You Shall Advert and heres why: When the Debenhams Christmas advert came out there were a lot of people sharing it on Twitter. I’m not sure that we’ve all locked eyes with a handsome stranger on a train but it’s obviously struck a chord with a few people! Losing a stiletto on a train seems entirely possible after a good Christmas party. 

Clare from Wild Mama Wild Tribe also voted for the Debenhams Advert and heres why: I love the Debenhams advert – it sums up the hope the excitement, the magic of Christmas spirit for me 

Waitrose – Snowed In

Rebecca from Wishes and Wellies voted for the Waitrose Advert and heres why: I really love the Waitrose advert. It reminded me of a winter we got snowed in at a family farm, we missed a whole week of work. We may have had to eat odd food, but we were all devastated when the snow melted and we had to go home. Christmas is about family.

John Lewis – Moz The Monster

Sky Movies

Nina from Ready For A Cuppa voted for the Sky Movies Advert and heres why: I love the sky movies ad, it has all the feels of Christmas. It’s the only one that has given me full on tears streaming this year. After the past few years of John Lewis adverts it’s what I’ve come to expect of a Christmas advert. The sky movies one as a mum really pulls at my heart.

Jennifer from Might Mama Bear also voted for the Sky Movies Advert and heres why: The sky movies one with the little girl watching Sound of Music is the only one that made me emotional this year. It’s so lovely having the mum watching her daughter grow up and then watch her granddaughter at the end. All the feels! 

In 7th place with 3 votes is the Asda Best Christmas Ever Advert:

Asda

Becci of To Aufinity and Beyond voted for the Asda advert and heres why: This year I wasn’t as blown away by all the ads. The one that’s been stuck in my head though is the Asda one with the girl in the chocolate factory! ‘Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow don’t stop it’ll soon be here.’

In 6th place with 5 votes is the McDonalds #reindeerready Advert

McDonalds

Peter of Household Money Saving voted for the McDonalds advert and heres why: I enjoy the McDonald’s advert. I usually find them a little annoying, but thought this one was quite warm. Plus I didn’t know you could get carrot sticks from them! 

Tracey of Pack the PJs also voted for the McDonalds advert and heres why: I have to vote for the MaccyD advert because their one two years ago (people singing ‘I wish it could be Christmas everyday’) – my two children appeared in it twice!! 

Debbie of My Boys Club also voted for the McDonalds Advert and heres why: I like the McDonalds one as it is telling you not to buy their burgers 😂<

In 5th Place with 6 votes is the Sainsburys Advert

Sainsbury

Natalie of Diary of An Unexpectant Mother voted for Sainsbury advert and heres why: I absolutely love the Sainsbury’s advert – there’s no trying to make anybody cry, it’s about joy and fun which is what Christmas is supposed to be about. And everyone loves a Christmas song, right?! <<<<<<< a href=”http://www.arepops.com”>Are Pops also voted for the Sainsbury Advert and heres why:  I voted for Sainsbury’s this year. It’s so down to earth and real. A catchy song too! Plus it doesn’t look like it would have cost them millions which I like.<

In 4th Place with 9 votes is the Adli advert featuring Kevin the Carrot

Laura of Savings 4 Savvy Mums voted for the Aldi Advert and heres why: It’s got to be Kevin. Love the ALDI advent. So cute and who can resist the Kevin and Katie soft toys? I can’t!! <

ichelle of Time and Pence also voted for the Aldi Advert and heres why: Our favourite is Aldi’s Kevin the carrot in our house. My son stops everything he’s doing to watch it when it comes on. Love it!<

lt; h2>Now for the Top Three!

First up in the number 3 position with 11 votes is the BBC Advert

Andy of Dads Sofa voted for the BBC Advert and heres why: That BBC advert with the dad and daughter. I don’t often watch adverts shared on Facebook… I must have seen that one 3 or 4 times at least so far<<

iz of Hart of the Munchkin Patch also voted for the BBC advert and heres why: It’s the BBC advert for me this year. It’s a real heartwarmer! Any parent watching it can’t resist all those feels, surely?! <

In 2nd place with 20 votes is this years Marks & Spencer Advert featuring none other then Paddington Bear

Jemma of May Flower Blogs voted for the Marks & Spencer advert and heres why: How can you not love the Paddington advert by M&S. “thank you little bear” gets me every time. Perfection! <

Finally in the TOP SPOT and to be honest its not surprising, but the amount of votes for it has surprised us. The advert at number 1 is probably the most iconic Christmas Advert of all time!

With a whopping 56 votes our top advert of 2017 as voted for by parent bloggers is none other then the Coca Cola – Holidays are Coming.

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My Sunday Photo 17:34. Family Matters

I will finish off our tour of the last year next weekend however for this special Christmas Eve #mysundayphoto I thought I would share a random yet festive image of us as a family.

This festive season we have become slightly addicted to an app called Elf on The Shelf.

We have placed our faces into a few videos that are available and have had fun for free.

The above image is from one of those videos and it makes us smile every time we look at it. The boys love the videos and laugh whenever they watch them.

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My Sunday Photo 17:33. Best Moments of 2017 #3

Over the last couple of weeks I have been using #mysundayphoto to revisit some of the highlights of the last year. After a stressful year it’s has been nice to look at the good times we’ve had.

This week we are off to the woods.

Way back in January the boys and I took a trip to a local woods that I have frequented since I was a toddler. It is a lovely woods that has changed a lot over the years but is still a firm favourite of mine and now my family.

The above picture was taken of the boys whilst they were sitting on a carved seat. The woods are a managed woods and trees are periodically cut down and every now and then you come across a stub where it has been deliberately left and carved into a seat. Oliver in particular loved coming across these and climbing on them and pretending he was king of the castle.

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Our Cochlear Journey

Over the last few months we have written regularly about Leo’s Hearing Loss and his Assessment Process for Cochlear Implants at London’s St Thomas Hospital.

To say that this journey has been emotional is an understatement and it has also been stressful for Leo. It is a journey that has taken longer then we expected, however since we last wrote we have had some huge developments and his journey has moved forward significantly which has been a good yet stressful and emotional time.

As mentioned in our last post Leo was offered Cochlear Implants and was expected to under go implantation at some point during November. However on a recent appointment we were told that because Leo didn’t completely fit the NICE guidelines for Implantation then there could be a funding issue. Leo’s Hearing was 5db above the guidelines in one ear. To say that this appointment was emotional would be true however those emotions ran high a couple of times with tears of frustration and numerous questions on what the next step was and what sort of funding might be obtained to allow the operation to go ahead.

Since then Leo has had his operation and although the actually surgery went well his recovery wasn’t as smooth as planned but he was up and about and discharged the next day which was good.

Over the past few weeks he has coped remarkably well considering he has had little to no hearing, he has attended preschool with no problems and has just gotten on with life like the Leo we love.

Leo has now had his switch on and has adapting to wearing processors, however I will write more about that just after Christmas once he’s had a chance to wear them a little longer.

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My Sunday Photo 17:32. Best Moments of 2017 #2

Greek Delight!

As I mentioned last week I will be using the last few Sunday’s of 2017 to take a journey back through this year and look at the happy and exciting moments that have occurred during what has been an extremely stressful year.

This week we’ve travelled to Greece.

I have blogged before about being lucky enough have family living in Athens and that we are able to go out and see them semi regularly. This last summer we flew out for two weeks of Greek summer sun staying part of the time in Athens and also spending some of our time in the Greek Countryside, around a 2 hour drive outside of Athens.

The above photo was taken on a working farm that also is open to people taking holidays there.

The first evening we got there the boys and their cousins were feeding the horses that were near our accommodation when my brother in law noticed that a sprinkler has started up, before we knew it the whole field between us and the rooms was awash with water being sprayed from a field of sprinklers. We made a dash back to dry land however the kids decided to would be better fun to run around like nutters in it.

The above photo was taken whilst the boys were having the time of their lives, I had noticed that due to the height of the sprinklers sprayed the water some had begun to form rainbows. I decided that I was going to try and capture one of these and this picture is the result.

Photalife
Posted in Celebrations, Christmas, Elf on the Shelf

Elf on the Shelf: Day 10: Snow Dayz!

Tonight’s elf on the shelf idea comes from Oliver. When visiting Marsh Farm today during their Christmas Experience they had a show all about a polar bear and snow. The children had to use their magic wands to make it snow. Afterwards Oliver full of excitement exclaimed ” I bet Elfie can make it snow it home” so that’s just what he has done…