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Little T's Christmas Wish-List: Our Debenhams Christmas Blogger Competition Entry

It’s the second to the last month of the year and that means Christmas is definitely just around the corner, making its presence felt every single blaming day.  Don’t mean to sound like such a Scrooge, I do love Christmas and if I had my way, I’d bring down all our Christmas decorations from the attic on the very first day of November,but somehow due to some recent disappointments, I’m not feeling very festive nowadays, even though it is already November.  Hopefully by December, I’d be feeling all Chrimassy again.

Of course, it’s different with my little one who has been talking endlessly about what kind of presents she wants to receive this year.  She’s been dying to do her Christmas Wish List, but this year, I’ve decided to do it this way, you’ll never know Father Christmas might just be reading blogs this year and luck may finally shine on me just this one time.

Little T’s Letter to Santa and Christmas Wish List:

1.  Disney Radio controlled Inflatable Baymax with sounds. 2.  Disney Frozen Karaoke Microphone. 3.  Mookie Swooshie10 Colour Dough & Roller 4.  Barbie Convertible Car 5.  AquaBot 6.  Robotic Kitty 7.  Monster High Walkie Talkie 8. V-Tech Kiddie Active Secret Safe Diary 9.  Despicable Me Agnes costume 10.  Anna Frozen Costume 11. Despicable Me Girl costume 12.  Rapunzel dress-up costume (Would love Rapunzel’s wig too, but mum can’t seem to find it.)


This is our entry to Debenhams Christmas Blogger Competition all toys chosen above can be found in their lovely toy collection. Do have a look or better yet, you can join too!

Has your little one written their letter to Father Christmas/Santa yet?

Do YOU have a wish-list for Christmas too?

We have a Debenhams Winner!

As I’ve used my husband’s old school photo to introduce the Debenhams Back-to-school competition, I felt it was only fair that he gets to choose the winner… And he chose (drum roll please) …

Sandy Clarke of the blog Sandy Dreams!

When asked why, he said:

Probably it was the evocative memory, not just of the type of uniform that I wore but also of my friends.  I also liked the juxtaposition of the dad with Ben, his son.

There you go, do check out her post.

Congratulations Sandy!

You’ve just won £100 worth of back-to-school items from Debenhams.  Plus a £50 voucher!  Happy Shopping!

As for the others who joined, you still have a chance to be included in the top ten and win a £50 Debenhams voucher.  I’m crossing my fingers that all of you get in.

Thank you so much for supporting my first ever competition.  And thanks to Debenhams for choosing me to host this competition along with The Ramblings of a formerly Rock n Roll Mum and Yellow Days.

Have you won a competition before?

I haven’t!

Perhaps its time for me to start joining in!

Know of any?

The School Countdown begins!

We’re back in Blightey folks!  As I type this I see grey clouds looming outside.  I’m wearing a cardi, leggings and wooly socks.  Not a pretty picture at all!

But anyway, back to reality!  And that is, the school countdown is about to begin.  Sigh.  The one good thing I was looking forward to was the parcel Debenhams had very kindly sent over to us for hosting the #backtoschool competition.   Little T had fun modelling her outfits, while I had fun taking photos of her.

She looked so cute in the Debenham’s school set.  FYI, I didn’t tell her to pose that way, she did it on her own and didn’t have the heart to tell her not to!  Was worried about the size of the blouses, some reviews I read mentioned that they were too small for their daughters.  But it fit little T really well, leaving enough room to grow into.

Little T also has a lovely skater pinafore dress, a pair of boot-leg school trousers, a couple of new school skirts, school blouses, black tights, and for a change black socks instead of white.  While I’m not a big fan of the shoe brand, Sketchers – I chose their “Velocity Pouty” strap shoes because of its sporty look.  If your daughter is like mine who loves to run amok in the school-grounds, then best to choose something like this.

And lastly, a school outfit isn’t complete (especially if you live in a “cold” country like England) without a winter-coat.  We chose this lovely J by Conran Designer girl’s navy quilted fleece coat.  Isn’t it the cutest?

If you like what you see, there’s still time to join our Debenhams Back-to-School Competition.  The deadline is on Saturday, midnight, 6th of September.  C’mon folks, what are you waiting for?

For parents with school-age children, are you all set for school too?  As for the rest, did you have a good summer vacation like we did?  Do tell!

Disclaimer:  Debenhams very kindly sent us the items shown in the photos and mentioned in the above post for hosting the Back-to-school competition.

Blast from the Past: A Debenhams Back-to-school Competition

What were you like as a primary schooler?  Were you shy or were you one of the kids whom everyone liked?

Like little T, I too was shy. But my mother said I also had the most infectious laugh, now whether I shared this with my friends in school, I have no idea.  And like T, I also would go to school impeccably dressed in my uniform and like my little one, go home from school looking absolutely disheveled.

I wish I had a photo to share with you.  But the problem with living and moving two continents in less than a decade, you tend to downsize your personal belongings and sadly, that included sacrificing personal stuff like old photographs. Yes, I know, you’re probably thinking now, but photos nowadays are stored on your laptop, phone, online or yes, the cloud!

But not in my days.  When I was a school girl, we stored photographs in family albums.  We went  to the shop to have them printed out and if memory serves me right, it took about a day or two before the prints were ready.  Remember those days?

Anyway, summer is about to end which means, for those who are parents, school is about to begin again.  Yes, it’s that maddening time of the year, you know that rush to buy all our children’s school needs in time before school starts, uniforms, school-shoes, jumpers and all that malarkey.

So in connection with that, as much as I’d love to share with you an old photograph of myself, I’m sharing instead, one of my dear husband as an adorably cute 5-year-old school boy.  In about three days, my little T will be the same age as her dad in the photo below:

Why is he wearing a coat, mum?  Asks T.

It’s not a coat, sweetie.  It’s a school blazer. 

We have a school jumper!  Says T.

Do you like your dad’s old uniform?

Yes!  He looks smart!  She says skipping off to play Minion Rush.

Our little family is still on holiday, but didn’t want to miss out on this wonderful opportunity to host my ever first competition on this blog.  Please support me!  So for those of you who have school-aged children and haven’t had the chance to complete your list of things-to-buy for your kids, this might just be your chance to tick off that list courtesy of Debenhams Back-to-School-Competition.  They’ve got a lovely range of school items for you to choose from.

Here’s how you can join:

  •  Post an old school photo of yourself (be it a class photo, school disco or even sports day), tell us what your child thinks of it and how they would recreate it using at least 5 items from Debenhams kids-wear.
  • To enter comment the post URL onto one of the host’s competition pages (that’s me, so you can comment here) and email it to bloggers@debenhams.com
  • Open to UK residents only.


  • Top 10 bloggers will win a £50 Debenhams voucher each AND each host will choose their favourite who will also win up to £100 to spend on kids’ clothes and accessories. This means we’re offering entrants TEN chances to share an £800 prize!  

The most creative post wins!

What about you?  What were you like as a primary school student?  Do share your photos and this is your chance to win every single school item your child will need for school.  However, if you’re one of those super-organised mothers who always get everything done way before anything starts.  See this as an opportunity to top-up whatever item your child might need, perhaps, a lovely new raincoat, winter-coat which might be a little bit too pricey for your budget, this is your chance to get it, without spending anything, but sharing a lovely memory with us!  FYI, I’m hosting this competition together with two other lovely bloggers:  Yellow Days and The Ramblings of a Formerly Rock n Roll Mum.

What are you guys waiting for? Unearth those adorable photos of yourself as a child and write a post about it and who knows, you might just win lovely items from Debenhams Back-to-school range!


Plenty of time to find those adorable photos of you as a school girl or boy.  Once again, if you’re too shy to share your picture, you can also choose one of your husband/wife or partner (as long as you ask permission! 😉

DISCLAIMER:  This post is a collaboration with Debenhams.  Please click here, for more information about the terms and conditions of the Back-to-School competition. Debenhams will be responsible for the provision of prizes. I received items of school uniform in return for hosting this competition.