The unexpected guests – The Magic Door Store giveaway

We had some guests move in with us last week.

They’ve set up camp in our rumpus room beside our piano.

They don’t make much fuss. In fact, we’ve not seen them at all. They come and go at night as they please leaving behind a fine trail of silvery dust which glistens in the light.

Miss Four tells me that fairies have moved into our house making our home their new home.

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It was early last Sunday morning when she first discovered them. As she and her sister climbed into bed with us for some cuddles before breakfast, I pulled the two of them in close.

‘I have something to show you,’ I whispered excitedly.

I rolled out of bed, put my almost two-year-old on my hip, and took Miss Four’s hand in mine as I guided them into our rumpus room.

Miss Four could sense something magical was imminent. Her eyes still heavy with sleep, she looked at me quizzically as I pointed to a small purple door slightly bigger than my hand and asked her, ‘What’s that?’

I popped Miss Almost Two down on the floor and she and her sister approached the door with caution.

‘What is it, Mummy?’ Miss Four asked intrigued.

‘I’m not really sure,’ I told her.

‘It looks like a tiny door for fairies. I think fairies visited last night and liked our house so much that they decided to stay and live here with us.’

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Well, Miss Four’s eyes nearly popped right out of her head. I haven’t seen her with that expression on her face since Santa visited last year leaving a trail of footprints behind.

Momentarily speechless, she turned on her heel, raced back into our bedroom and leapt onto the bed.

‘Daddy!’ she squealed her voice breaking in excitement.

‘Fair-wees (fairies), fair-wees have put a door in our house!’

She grabbed Dave by the hand and attempted to pull him up out of bed demanding he witness this wonder with his own eyes.

The next few minutes were filled with a certain type of hysteria. There was squealing, lots of squealing, jumping up and down and the start of many magical tales.

On that first day, we would have gone upstairs to the rumpus room about a million times just to ‘check on the door’.

‘It’s still there,’ I said to Miss Four for the one thousandth time.

‘I want to draw a big love heart on their door,’ she said dreamily.

‘I want to draw a big love heart and write them a letter so they know we think it is so really special that they choose-ded (chose) our house to live in and we don’t ever want them to leave.’

And so we wrote them a letter and placed it beside their garden (which they water at night while we’re asleep, so their mushrooms grow huge and colourful enough for them to play and dance under).

Strangely enough, the very next day the fairies left us a note!

This Magic Door has opened up the most beautiful and magical dialogue in our house.

‘There are five fairies who live with us. No elves. Just fairies,’ explains Miss Four.

‘They come out at night and sprinkle magical fairy dust everywhere.

‘They don’t come out at daytime because they’re scared of us. We’re so big and they’re just really tiny.

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‘They are about this big,’ she finishes off matter-of-factly.

Her unwavering belief in fairies and magic has dumbfounded me. It is innocent and beautiful and I just wish we could all believe in fairies and magic forever!

Not long after I showed the girls the door, I emailed The Magic Door Store, who gave us the door. I was so grateful to them for choosing us to trial the door and for triggering some beautiful imaginative play.

And guess what?! The Magic Door Store is kindly letting me giveaway a magic door to one lucky reader.

All you need to do is put your creative hats on and tell me in the comments below or on my Facebook page where I link this post, the name of the Fairy of Elf that will be using your door.

This giveaway is now closed, however thanks to The Magic Door Store I can offer you 15% off your Magic Door purchases. Just head over to The Magic Door Store before 12 October and enter the discount code at checkout MWM.

Terms and conditions

– This giveaway is only open to Australian residents.

– Closing date for entries is 5pm Tuesday, 30 September.

– The winner will be contacted via email on Wednesday, 1 October.

– If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, another winner will be chosen.

– Entries will be judged on creativity and originality.

* Mummy, Wife, Me received a magic fair door, a fairy garden, and fairy dust for the purpose of this giveaway. No financial compensation was received. As always, all opinions are my own.

Linking up today with Jess for IBOT.

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57 comments on The unexpected guests – The Magic Door Store giveaway

  1. Kerry Thorburn
    September 23, 2014 at 6:25 am (3 years ago)

    My wee Bug decided that the fairy would either be called ‘Fairy Dad’ or ‘Fairy Mum Butterfly’ – not sure that these are particularly creative lol (I guess they are certainly original) but I do know she’d love the fairy door. I can just picture the excitement your two girls have been experiencing, and it’s these joys of childhood that so make up for the times when they are testing us πŸ™‚ What a beautiful thing for your girls to have in their home πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 23, 2014 at 12:53 pm (3 years ago)

      They are definitely original names! I particularly love the Fairy Mum Butterfly. Very cute πŸ™‚

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  2. Bec @ The Plumbette
    September 23, 2014 at 6:59 am (3 years ago)

    Renee, what a gorgeous post and great idea with the door. My girls would LOVE this. Esther has taken to naming a riding horse ‘Suzie’. I have no idea where she got that name from. What a great giveaway too. I just asked Esther what she would name her fairy and she told me ‘Tinkle’. And she mentioned she would like Ben and Holly from Ben and Holly’s magic kingdom to come and visit.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 23, 2014 at 12:54 pm (3 years ago)

      Oooh that would be very cool if Ben and Holly came to visit πŸ™‚ Tinkle is such a cute name. My daughter calls Tinkerbell, Tinkle-bell. I laugh every time πŸ™‚

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  3. Jess - Peachy Keen Mumma
    September 23, 2014 at 7:11 am (3 years ago)

    This is just beautiful. What a lovely memory for your daughter to have. I’d love to have this in our house too! Growing up in a fundamentalist christian home we often didn’t have a tree, because that’s what the heathen’s did. We weren’t allowed to watch Smurfs or Care Bears or anything with magic. I’d love to give my kids what I miss out on; a magical childhood – filled with santa and his reindeer, tooth fairies, garden gnomes, and wishing on stars (and of course fairies in the wall of our house)!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 23, 2014 at 12:56 pm (3 years ago)

      Aww Jess. I’m sorry you missed out on all of that. Fortunately, you can share the magic you missed out on with now your kids. Enjoy πŸ™‚

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  4. Bec @ Seeing the Lighter Side of Parenting
    September 23, 2014 at 7:39 am (3 years ago)

    Oh that is SO gorgeous! What a wonderful idea. I’d name her Annabelle because that’s what I named the fairy at the bottom of the garden when I was younger:)

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  5. Jody at Six Little Hearts
    September 23, 2014 at 7:44 am (3 years ago)

    Squeals!
    I so want one of these – my kids would go berserk!
    I think elf’s name is Magenta – she whispered it to me herself while I was reading all about her new home!
    How seriously delightful!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 23, 2014 at 12:56 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. Very cute, Jody. And yes, they will go beserk πŸ™‚

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  6. Bek @AuthorRebeccaMugridge
    September 23, 2014 at 8:08 am (3 years ago)

    I love the idea of fairy doors! And the magical adventure you have given your children is timeless!
    You have linked with IBOT and I have just asked my two girls and they said ,” See Lena” (not to be confused with Celina) from my 3 year old because with a door into our house you can actually “see” Lena apparently haha, the things they come up with πŸ™‚ And my 8 year old just said Rosella (I am guessing Tinkerbells friend πŸ˜‰
    What a gorgeous concept and post XX

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 23, 2014 at 12:58 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Bek. I’m glad you like it. I love those creative names too x

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  7. Emily
    September 23, 2014 at 8:37 am (3 years ago)

    What a beautiful post! And a lovely idea. My daughter has taken to coming up with rhyming names for her toys that don’t make much sense. We’ve got a teddy named ‘Ed the Ted whose name is Fred’ and a baby doll named ‘Maybe Cadaby whose name is Baby’. So if we had a fairy in our house, it would probably be ‘Hairy Maclary the magical fairy from Donaldson’s Dairy’! (With apologies to Lynley Dodd.)

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 23, 2014 at 12:59 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. Just gorgeous. She’s clearly taking after her mummy with the rhyming πŸ™‚

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  8. WifeSylv
    September 23, 2014 at 8:39 am (3 years ago)

    That’s too sweet. I’ve always told my daughter stories about Hugo the fairy. I like the burly name for someone so delicate!
    Also, I have a friend whose 11 year old twins still write to the fairies in their garden. Their Mum finds it a super helpful way to stay in touch with them in a much more meaningful way – keeping up to date with their school friends etc. The hardest thing for her is not to slip and disclose information she received as the fairy! (Although deep down, I’m pretty sure her kids know it’s mum they’re writing to!)

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 23, 2014 at 12:59 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh that is a lovely idea!! I love it πŸ™‚ I kinda dig the name Hugo too πŸ™‚

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  9. Tegan
    September 23, 2014 at 9:42 am (3 years ago)

    What a gorgeous post! It’s amazing how kids imaginations work. I love listening to Mr 5 making up stories with his toys.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm (3 years ago)

      I love it when you catch them deep in their own world πŸ™‚

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  10. Pinky Poinker
    September 23, 2014 at 10:00 am (3 years ago)

    How absolutely adorable! I used to do a similar thing with my daughter! I love fairies πŸ™‚ You’re such a lovely mummy Renee x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm (3 years ago)

      Aww Pinky! You’re too sweet. I loved your fairy post and clip from your Dad. So special.

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  11. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    September 23, 2014 at 12:36 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh Ren that is just so gorgeous, you will be growing their imagination so much!!! CUTE! x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Em. We are definitely big on make believe in this house x

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  12. EssentiallyJess
    September 23, 2014 at 2:30 pm (3 years ago)

    We had a fairy door for a while, and the kids loved it. Not sure what happened to it when we moved, come to think of it? Maybe it’s time to find some new fairies

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  13. Toni
    September 23, 2014 at 3:37 pm (3 years ago)

    Our fairy door would have to be for Holly from Ben and Holly’s little kingdom and she can bring Ben and Gaston and Nanny Plum with her, but not Daisy and Poppy because I think they would be a little bit too mischievous. I can’t wait to get one of these for little miss, I always used to think fairies lived in our house when I was younger so I can just imagine how excited she would be to see they have their own door.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      September 24, 2014 at 9:39 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes, we definitely don’t want Daisy and Poppy to come around πŸ™‚

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      September 24, 2014 at 9:40 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes, we definitely don’t want Daisy and Poppy coming around! πŸ™‚

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  14. Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad
    September 23, 2014 at 3:43 pm (3 years ago)

    Nawww bless. I love seeing children enjoy the magic of fantasy! What a cute idea!

    Rather than name just one, I would name the entire family or rather gaggle of fairies. In a house full of Vicks they would be affectionately known as the ‘Vick-aries’ πŸ™‚

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  15. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    September 23, 2014 at 3:59 pm (3 years ago)

    That’s so precious Renee! We used to do lots of make-believe stuff like that for Bell when she was little, and I loved it too.
    Your girls are so lucky that they’re having a magical childhood xx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      September 24, 2014 at 9:43 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Lisa. It’s so much fun, isn’t it?!

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  16. Hugzilla
    September 23, 2014 at 6:05 pm (3 years ago)

    My kids are major Ben and Holly fans. They would go nuts for stuff like this. What a cool idea!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      September 24, 2014 at 9:44 pm (3 years ago)

      It’s the best show . Massive fans in this house πŸ™‚

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  17. Sam
    September 23, 2014 at 8:28 pm (3 years ago)

    Very cute – we would love one in our house – particularly seeing as though we planted a fairy garden outside last year and it died (let’s just say I don’t have much of a green thumb) – haha…
    So, Libby says the fairy’s name who lives at our house would be: Shalenkolee (pronounced Shall-enk-OH-leeeeee) – she has this thing that whenever she names a doll or character in a story these days it has to be a ‘totally made up name you’ve never heard before’ so it’s usually a bit nonsensical with loads of syllables – haha!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      September 24, 2014 at 9:45 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh Sam! That is adorable. My girls do the same πŸ™‚

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  18. DruimΓ©@SnippetsandSpirits
    September 24, 2014 at 12:25 am (3 years ago)

    Oh So gorgeous! Your description the magic and belief and excitment. Our fairy would be called Siofra (pron.Sheefra) Gaelic for Fairy.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      September 24, 2014 at 9:46 pm (3 years ago)

      Ooh I like that. She sounds like a powerful fairy πŸ™‚

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  19. Aroha @ Colours of Sunset
    September 24, 2014 at 7:05 am (3 years ago)

    A couple of friends of mine got these for the tooth fairy to visit! They are a very cute idea! x Aroha (for #teamIBOT πŸ˜‰ )

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  20. Josefa @always Josefa
    September 24, 2014 at 9:07 am (3 years ago)

    Oh Renee this is just the most beautiful of stories. You know what I could sit here and type out that my boys would just love this (and they would!) but the truth is I would love this. I have always wanted one and never found the courage to buy one for our house, or myself. I think these little fairy doors are a gateway to imagination, creativity and curiosity that we too often forget in our busy every day lives. Our elf would be named Arlo. He would be the keeper of our secrets, the protector of our dreams and the warrior of our curiosity – fighting for us to keep believing in ourselves even in times when we don’t believe in ourselves. This little door into Arlo’s world would be just one more connection between a mummy and her two boys and a mummy and her own world of fairy tales and dreams xx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      September 24, 2014 at 9:50 pm (3 years ago)

      Amazing, Josefa. Such beautiful words. Thank you πŸ™‚ I don’t blame you for wanting one yourself. Our door has brought so much happiness and delight into this household x Every house should have one xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 25, 2014 at 10:23 pm (3 years ago)

      Isn’t it just?!

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  21. Lara @ This Charming Mum
    September 25, 2014 at 3:23 pm (3 years ago)

    I’ve always loved the look of these little doors! Well, we have a lot of fairy paraphernalia in our house for the girls, so I thought I’d ask my son about this door out of curiosity. There was no hesitation – it would be the perfect home for his imaginary friend ‘Spido’. Master 3 can often be found walking around with his ‘friend’ in the palm of his hand, moving from game to game. Spido comes with us to Kindy (on insecure days) and is sometimes even the one we blame for spills and accidental breakages! Apparently Spido has been looking to move into his own place for some time now and this would be perfect. He could visit any time! I’m glad your girls are having so much fun with it πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 25, 2014 at 10:23 pm (3 years ago)

      Aww Spido sounds like a great friend for a little boy and I’m sure he’d love his own place to live. Too cute!

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  22. Emma Fahy Davis
    September 25, 2014 at 10:12 pm (3 years ago)

    I keep seeing these fairy doors pop up all over the place, what a cool idea! I wish my girls weren’t too old for magic any more πŸ™ I’m pretty sure I could sell the idea to Chiara, possibly even the twins, but Maya would shut them down in five seconds flat. She’s a bit of a know-it-all big sister!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 25, 2014 at 10:24 pm (3 years ago)

      Ahh yes. I guess that is the trouble with older siblings. So do the younger ones still believe in Santa?

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  23. Zanni Louise
    September 28, 2014 at 1:25 am (3 years ago)

    This is so magical. I have never heard of these! How?? What a lovely experience you girls had that morning. I bet you Miss Four remembers that forever. I remember my fairies from four onwards so clearly, as much as I remember ‘real’ things that happened; whatever the difference is.

    I might have to ask Elka in the morning to help me with this. They naming is usually her department. xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 29, 2014 at 8:36 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. Cute, Zanni. That is beautiful you have such vivid memories of your fairies x

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  24. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    September 28, 2014 at 8:16 pm (3 years ago)

    How beautiful, what a special moment for you all! This sounds just so gorgeous. My big boy tells me our elf is called Big Elf Bikkies – I think the savoy biscuit he was eating at the time influenced his decision!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 29, 2014 at 8:37 pm (3 years ago)

      Haha hilarious! I love how they do that πŸ™‚

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  25. Neets
    September 28, 2014 at 8:32 pm (3 years ago)

    This is such a brilliant idea Renee. I read this blog post to my kids (very carefully) tonight as their bedtime story. They absolutely loved it. Thank you for bringing some magic to our house too. When I asked them which fairies may come to visit us Mr 4 said in his gentle voice, Johnson & Tinkerbell. He was quickly shot down by Miss Bossy 3.5 who shouted back. No, it will be Jack & Lola mummy & I’ll look after them πŸ™‚ xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 29, 2014 at 8:38 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Neets. I was chuffed to bits to hear you read my story to your little darlings. I am so pleased they love it xx

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  26. Zanni Louise
    September 29, 2014 at 10:49 am (3 years ago)

    So, our names for the fairies would be Silky, Milla and Millie (who are twins). The three fairies live in the door in the wall, but spend their nights painting the leaves and flowers in the garden, and giving colour to our world. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 29, 2014 at 8:39 pm (3 years ago)

      Oooh that is beautiful. You have excelled yourself, Elfie xx

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  27. Tonia Zemek
    October 3, 2014 at 12:29 pm (3 years ago)

    I have been meaning to post a comment about this blog for ages and (finally) today is the day. This was the most beautiful tale of family fun – I totally love the concept and how your little ones embraced it. Just simply beautiful!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 5, 2014 at 7:46 pm (3 years ago)

      Aww thank you, Tonia. That’s lovely to hear πŸ™‚

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