Day 5: It’s all fun and games until someone spills the Christmas fizz.

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Five Little Monkeys Santa Sack // Pumpkin Patch $200 Voucher // Happy Little Poppets Range // Nuzilla ABC Poster

You know the moment I’m talking about. We all do.  It happens on Christmas Mornings, at large family celebrations, at Grandma’s house and always, always in any restaurant that even begins to call itself fancy. It is inevitable – you cannot stop it. It is the curse of all parents everywhere.

What happens is as follows.  You have dressed your child – in a special outfit, perhaps newly purchased.  Your child is undoubtedly cleaner than usual – hands are clean, hair is washed, brushed and all remnants of the mud bath they were in only a short time ago has vanished.  You have made it out the door and you are only 15 minutes late.  Every child within your grasp is under strict instructions to keep their outfit clean upon pain of death.

You breathe out and look around – you are the picture of motherhood perfection.

Then Grandpa gives them that too high, too tall, too slippery glass of raspberry fizzy and in one tip over the tablecloth and onto the carpet, the moment is gone.

Dream big anyway and get your cherubs ready for Christmas Day with this gorgeous pack of Happy Little Poppets bath and hair range. Dress them in the perfect outfits with this amazing $200 Voucher from the wonderful people at Pumpkin Patch. While you get ready, keep them occupied in front of a gorgeous ABC Poster from Nuzilla and waltz through the door at Grandmas with a Five Little Monkeys santa sack under your arm.  The rest is up to you…

Entries to win this giveaway are now closed.  Thank you for taking the time to enter.

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156 Comments on "Day 5: It’s all fun and games until someone spills the Christmas fizz."

  1. Kell says:

    Ha! Love the description! People say to always carry one extra outfit for you when you take a little one out – I’ve started taking two! Messy little monkey :)

  2. lena says:

    this is really an awesome giveaway gift. Am eyeing on the pumpkin patch since theyve got great clothes there

  3. Denise McIlroy says:

    /what a great giveaway!!!

  4. Di says:

    I never could keep the kids totally clean for the whole day and in the end I decided it really isnt that important – more important to let them be kids and get dirty sometimes :-)

  5. nicola says:

    Wow only 15 minutes late, that would be a miracle! What a great giveaway!

  6. Annette says:

    Wow, what a great giveaway

  7. Rach K says:

    wicked giveaway there!

  8. Amy McCallum says:

    What an awesome pack – would be amazing to win!

  9. Alison says:

    So true! This would be great to win.

  10. Janine Boult says:

    thankfully I have my parents trained not to give my daughter fizzy drinks – although she goes and steals strawberries from the garden and then bye bye clean clothes!

  11. Nikki S says:

    Wow wee this is so true. With two girls I always have a bucket of clothes soaking. Would love to win this one.

  12. crystal says:

    ooooh this awesome!

  13. Claire L says:

    Oh yeah, I’ve learnt to take photos immediately if I want picture perfect dressed children, but I kinda like the choc smeared faces and singlet and nappy only photos too. Dads, Grandads, Uncles – all great for over exciting kids in small spaces.

  14. Claire L says:

    Must say this is an absolutely fantastic prize pack too!!

  15. Hayley Berendsen says:

    Certainly know this feeling with an extremely rough and tumble 4yr old boy and a explosively spilly 4month old baby girl we are constantly changing clothes in this house! Would love this prize it sounds fabulous!!

  16. Casey Bartz says:

    Yup, its official, I need this, What a great prize and classic story!

  17. Charlotte says:

    I marvel at my 2 1/2yr old’s ability to not only trash her own outfit in record-breaking speed, but also that of her 9 week old brother. Jam-face kisses, marmite fingers, ‘accidental’ felt marks… The list grows daily.

  18. Belinda says:

    What a superb prize for the whole family – could all be outfitted for Christmas Day.

  19. Sam says:

    What an awesome giveaway!! Merry christmas all!

  20. Susan Stewart says:

    We all love playing games

  21. Angela Biggar says:

    I lurve those santa sacks – so cute!

  22. Malien de Vries says:

    Hehe, love the description! What a fantastic prize too!

  23. Kristyn Milson says:

    wow what an awesome prize!

  24. Ange says:

    Oh, the imagery you’ve conjured up for me! Awesome giveaway – thanks for the opportunity to enter!

  25. Emma J says:

    Would love to win this. Miss 3 is constantly changing her clothes and HAS to choose why she wears. I’m sure she will find something she likes (and will actually keep on) from the great range at pumpkin patch :)

  26. Andrea Brown says:

    Awesome prize! Yes please!

  27. Danielle G says:

    amazing prize pack, would love to be in the draw please :-)

  28. Wellington Chic says:

    Ohhh, I’ve heard about Foxton Fizz, but haven’t got to try it yet :-)

  29. Kelly says:

    Pumpkin Patch vouchers would be awesome!

  30. Kendyl Adams says:

    My little lady would have a ball shopping in pumpkin patch with the amount of changes she is going though a day. :)

  31. Renata Rossi says:

    Oh my gosh you are giving away so many cool things!!! Would love love love this :)

  32. Ange Beaumont says:

    Oh wow this is awesome!! I need all the help I can get getting my wee man ready to go anywhere :-)

  33. Simone Baird says:

    Awesome pack today – love the Foxton Fizz image!

  34. Shelley Wood says:

    but in a years time will it really matter???

  35. Erina Cooper says:

    This is one wicked prize pack!!

    My son would be thrilled to hear if we won it, esp the pumpkin patch voucher! every time we walk past PP he points out outfits etc that he wants to get his little sister, due around Christmas time.

  36. Tina Dorn says:

    Oh the things I could buy with that voucher! Please count me in!

  37. Tina says:

    Wow! Whoever wins this is one lucky mumma!

  38. Liz says:

    My grandaughter would love this prize too – so would her kiddies with the new clothes.

  39. Andrea says:

    Yes please

  40. Lucy Knight says:

    I feel like packing a suitcase of spare clothes everytime I leave the house. Not just for the kids, I seem to get spilled on everyday as well!

  41. Kelly says:

    This is so true. I thought my daughter was bad but then I had my son….

  42. Debbe Laurent says:

    Hehe with twins in the house you sure need more than ONE clean outfit although……is it really sad that I have to confess that Mummy is the one that normally makes more mess *blush*

  43. Michelle says:

    LOL -can totally relate to this! Normally it’s baby slop over my clothes, on the very odd occasion I get dressed up. Great giveaways!

  44. Andrea C says:

    The key is to get a stain on your clothing (or the kids) as soon as possible. Sounds crazy I know, but you know it’s inevitable, so the sooner it happens the sooner you can relax, stop focusing on things being perfect and enjoy the day!

  45. Stacey D says:

    Another great prize on offer – hopefully I win today, and if not, then hopefully my baby arrives today on its due date so I can relive the joys of the spills.

  46. PJ says:

    This all sounds sooo familar! Chocolate is the worst as once it melts in their little hands it then goes everywhere while they run away around the house ruining all my holiday cleaning for visitors:(

  47. Ashleigh Murray says:

    YES PLEASE!! :)

  48. Scott Murray says:


  49. Hayley says:

    Woohoo, this would be awesome for my babe :)

  50. Kristina says:

    I dress at the very last second, make sure the photos are done before we leave the house and then the rest is up to fate – generally someone comes home covered in something that has stained.. it was usually achieved doing something that was lots of fun though :-)

  51. Penny says:

    My eldest is the clumsiest kid ever, since she is 7 people expect her to cope with whatever they give her (and she does too, demanding to be treated like a big girl) but it always ends in disaster…

  52. Tracey D Joyce says:

    my kids are making memories EVERYWHERE and omg I have pretty much a suitcase worth of clothes in my car..BUT then with 3 under 5 you have too lol

  53. Kristy Dekker says:

    This sounds like the norm! haha And it’s always the day you’ve forgotten the essential item of clothing…

  54. Katherine T says:

    What a fantastic prize! Even with one toddler I’m always amazed at how much chaos he can create in a short space of time!

  55. Kelly F says:

    Would be great just before xmas :)

  56. Tarsha Makgill says:

    Oh I would love to win a santa sack for Georgie, my sewing skills leave a lot to be desired!

  57. debs says:

    haha – the life of a mum trying to keep it all together. I’m glad I’m not the only one that doesn’t completely succeed :P

  58. Tania Pearson says:

    another great prize!

  59. Melissa says:

    I would love this! I adore Pumpkin patch clothes but rarely can i afford them, dreams are free! lol

  60. Emily Lee says:

    wow, what an awesome prize, love the lot!

  61. Dynelle Smallwood says:

    Yes thanks

  62. Sherree says:


  63. kylie graham says:

    Yes please so cool :-)

  64. Jo Andrews says:

    Oh yes please.

  65. Sandra Davie says:

    So true – I always carry a ‘default’ outfit on special occasions!

  66. Gemma Thornton says:

    What a great giveaway! Would be fantastic to win :)

  67. Bex Dixon says:

    What a great giveaway! Though we always need way more than two outfits!

  68. victoria horwell says:

    Love this!!!!

  69. Cara Thompson says:

    An amazing prize! I would love to say I was only ever 15mins late for anything – an hour minimum is more like me these days lol :) Spare clothes in the nappy bag are an absolute must!

  70. Raewyn Stevens says:

    This is perfect! Everything would go well in the santa sack :)

  71. Erin F says:

    Awesome prize pack! Got my fingers crossed…

  72. Megan S says:

    this would be lovely

  73. Annalise Mehrtens says:

    what a great prize pack!! Would love to win :)

  74. Nikkim says:

    Great prize pack!!!

  75. Danielle says:

    Amazing Prize!!! while my daughter is pretty god with staying reasonably clean my 2 year old son is quite the opposite, sometimes an hour after getting him up hes been through 2 changes of clothes!!! and he may as well not wear clothes to playgroup, would be easier to just hose him down!!

  76. Mags says:

    Ooooh what I could buy with a Pumpkin Patch voucher!!!

  77. Liz says:

    Haha, great prize.. you know what I love about winter – is that mr 3 3/4s is always in his red overalls and coat, he loves them.. waterproof, so I only have to worry about staining mils white carpet sigh.

  78. Tori Hughes says:

    Awesome! Certainly don’t leave the house without a change of clothes or two!

  79. Jolene Giles says:

    hahaha, I always take change of clothes for my two… always happens when they are dressed at their best too! or right before you put them in the car to leave the house also :S

  80. Jackie B says:

    I still manage to spill something down myself whenever dressed up.

  81. Amu A. says:

    Awesome, count me in for the draw please.

  82. Kirsten Newton says:

    The days are just getting better love this one

  83. veronica saussey says:

    wow what an awesome give away , we have filled up with making Christmas cards with spills of paint , glitter and glue but so much fun with all four pre-schoolers .

  84. Joan Elwin says:

    As a mother and grandmother i am fully aware that the moment i try to leave the house the children will either need a nappy change or drop something down their clothes. My solution has been to move the clock forward 5 minutes so that we do usually arrive at our destination on time.

  85. Alison Donley says:

    This is nearly as good as having a time machine by the back door

  86. angela says:

    wouldnt this be wonderful to win :)

  87. Claire says:


  88. Jo says:

    Oh yes, this is the best giveaway so far, would LOVE to win please!!! And yes, agree to “motherhood perfection.” Lovely description.

  89. Tracey Boyes says:

    yes yes yes please!

  90. Leigh says:

    Great play on words! Great prize ……

  91. Linda says:

    Wish I can win!

  92. JoCee says:

    Awesome giveaway , someone will be very happy.

  93. Kelly A says:

    Whoever a wins is going to have a very Merry Christmas!!

  94. Rachel says:

    Such a fab giveaway!! Pick me :) :)

  95. Sara C says:

    Love it, learnt from experience put the nice dress on 5 mins before you need it, or put a t shirt on over the top ! It buys you a little time. good luck everyone, some one will be stoked with this I know I would be over the moon.

  96. Katy says:

    Merry Christmas :-)

  97. Darren says:

    This would be awesome!

  98. Vicky M says:

    oh wow wow wow! How awesome would it be to win this fab prize!

  99. Rhonwyn says:

    This looks amazing! Would love to win :)

  100. Rachelle says:

    Awesum – fabulous giveaway :)

  101. Trudi says:

    Fab prize! Love the narrative – so accurate!

  102. Katie says:

    Clean children. Wonderful and fleeting!

  103. Hilary Stone says:

    Oh yes – this is so true. Would be great to win!

  104. Monique says:

    What an amazing Christmas prize pack, would be so great to win :-)

  105. Pip says:

    This is lovely.

  106. Bekz Tschurtschenthaler says:

    wholly molly!! pick me pick me! what an AWESOME prize pack!

  107. Edna Y says:

    This would be so great!

  108. Liz M says:

    Given that Christmas is at my house, I sure hope no one spills the fizz!

  109. Christine says:

    The first time I took my newborn out she decided to throw up down my front… 4 years between my two girls and I had totally forgotten about packing clothes for myself! I was quickly reminded :) hehehe! :)

  110. Kim O says:

    wow – love that everything in the prize pack is so useful – so cool :)

  111. Sandra says:

    Would be an awesome prize to win. Our outfits never stay clean for long when there’s food around ;-)

  112. Michelle West says:

    This would be simply amazing!

  113. Jamie says:

    Wow!!! This is a fantastic prize!!!

  114. megan says:

    What an awesome prize :-)

  115. Jude Arbuthnot says:

    A great giveaway! Yes please!

  116. Chelsea McLachlan says:

    Thankfully I (hopefully) have all family trained on the DO NOT give my daughter daughter fizzy front, but theres a little something that finds it’s way dribbling down the front of a swanky new outfit. This giveaway is amazing :)

  117. Rachel Henderson says:

    :-) so true

  118. Erin Sawyer says:

    Full body plastic cover until the last possible moment?! Eek! Would love this prize very much!

  119. Naomi says:

    Fantastic prize!

  120. Miriam Matthews says:

    Awesome prize, good luck all

  121. Amanda Henriksen says:

    Oh yes please, what an amazing prize.

  122. amanda bull says:

    oh no not the fizzy…we always have punch at xmas

  123. Jess B says:

    Sounds awesome! I would love to dress my four beauties in matching outfits from PP for Christmas – that would be incredible!

  124. Zahra Marie Brogden says:

    Such and awesome give away!
    I always struggle to keep my youngest two clean!

  125. Marji says:

    Oh this is a great one!

  126. Nana Di says:

    Honestly, if they go out clean, that’s it. Anything after that which ends up on there cloths mean’s they have had a great time.More relaxed with the grandy’s than what I was with my own bab’ys, that come with age, i’s all about having quality time with my grand children. xxx

  127. Teresa says:

    Sounds so cool! Love Pumpkin Patch range and I have 5 girlies who love to twirl new dresses :)

  128. Shani McLean says:

    This is an amazing prize & thankyou for the laugh

  129. Glenys Key says:

    Awesome Pumpkin Patch range of clothing is The Bee’s Knees!

  130. Melissa GIles says:

    This would be so awesome. be nice to get some nice new stuff for them

  131. Melissa GIles says:

    This would be so awesome, new nice clothers for the kids would be a dream

  132. Stacey Francis says:

    Great prize

  133. Amy Coward says:

    Fantastic giveaway!

  134. Melissa says:

    Haha, so true!

  135. Michelle says:

    Sounds good to me! Count me in!! :)

  136. Andrea says:

    its always when they wear light colours that something like this happens and that brand new outfit is then ruined. Kids sure are messy little things :)

  137. Aimee says:

    Awesome prize! My daughter is 9 but still needs a change of clothes grubby wee minx!

  138. Alison says:

    Lol oh yes! She’s only 9 months old and we’ve encountered this. Frequently! My lass can’t even look at a strawberry without suddenly looking like an extra in a zombie movie :)

  139. Mel Archer says:

    Wow, what a great gift, it’d be great to get some lovely clothes for both my boys with that voucher. :)

  140. Jayne says:

    Awesome blog& so true lol…what a gorgeous prize pack, would love to spoil my little cheeky monkey with it. : )

  141. Rebecca says:

    I avoid *some* laundry by not fully dressing children until we’re about to leave.

  142. Jaqui says:

    Awwww my messy wee munchkin would love to win this!!! Haha am so over stained clothes at meal times…we feed in the nud now : 0 hmmm not so appropriate at christmas lunch however!

  143. Teena Halford says:

    sounds like a great prize

  144. GM says:

    Haha! This is totally wicked!!! ;)

  145. Sharon says:

    Wow, this prize pack is awesome. Love your countdown/gift giving idea :)

  146. Nina Bradley says:

    Id love to win. We cant afford pumpkin patch. I always take spare clothes in car as well as my back pack.

  147. suzi c says:

    We so need this xx

  148. Sara says:

    Yup, then 45 mins later you find all three kids hiding behind the sofa with an empty box of Ferrero Rocher (possibly the worlds most expensive chocolate) and two packets of Christmas Mince pies all with just one bite out of them because the kids don’t actually like them.

  149. josephine smith says:

    need to win my son is already outgrown his clothes great to buy him more for Christmas :)

  150. Angela Pickering says:

    What’s worse is when your sweet wee child is looking dandy and clean, then you see yourself in the window/mirror while out to see the snot they decided to wipe on your shoulder (and yes, you will always be wearing black)

  151. Celia says:

    Awesome prize!!

  152. Jean Britt says:

    Oh dear ! Raspberry on the carpet, not good. This would be a lovely prize to win.

  153. Maria says:

    My daughter was 1 last year think she had about three outfit changes, will see how many it will be this year. :)

  154. Jane says:

    Would love it ! Popular giveaway!

  155. Loren says:

    Messy little things aren’t they :) always have to carry an extra outfit if it’s a a special occasion

  156. Jannah says:

    Just realized I’m reading these backwards. Such cool prizes

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