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5 Easter movies worth watching*

This Easter weekend why not snuggle up with the family on the sofa and watch some Easter themed films on a Panasonic Viera tv. These all feature bunnies or Easter traditions. Do you have favourite Easter films or TV shows? Hop. The first film on my list is a modern classic. It is a brilliantly funny film, with both animation and live action. It has bunny rabbits, Easter chicks, lots of chocolate and seasonal fun. Oh and jelly beans are rabbit poop…..


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Gift ideas for dogs 5

If you have a dog you’ll know that they really are family and my pet dogs have always had gifts. Since the internet happened it has been very easy to get a thoughtful gift for dogs or for the owner. Treat boxes. If you are shopping mainly for the owners then monthly boxes are a good idea, Pawsome box for example. It won’t arrive in time for Christmas now but just send a card saying that Fido will be getting a regular gift for however long you chose. Use code blg49x2a to get 25% discount on your first box. The Christmas Pawsome box *contains a squeaky vinyl Santa, a tennis ball on chewable rope, a seriously cute robin teddy, posh Biogance dog shampoo, chocolate orange treats, miniature Christmas pudding treats and some Trixie chews. As normal it has a little leaflet about the products, which is helpful. I had a nosey […]


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Last minute gift ideas for boys 4

As a Mum of two boys I’ve had a lot of gift ideas mentioned to me. If you are a last minute shopper I might be able to help you avoid buying the dreaded socks, or worse still, petrol station purchases. Star Wars Lego. We were recently sent some Lego by George at Asda* and the lads do rather like it. Dee (age 13) chose the TIE fighter, whilst Jen (age 7) chose a couple of smaller sets. The TIE fighter took a while to build which is great for an older boy, or even a childish adult. With the size of the box and the RRP of £59.99 I was honestly expecting more, something bigger or with a smaller ship or droid in the box. Dee said he likes the set but that he also felt the price was too high, and he’s an avid Lego collector. I’d recommend […]


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Gifts for strangers

Yup, I have been doing the Random Acts of Kindness again. Yesterday morning the father and son from the “Syrian resettlement” family was on the radio. Their English was broken, but they came across the air waves as wonderful people. The son was 13 years old, the same as my eldest son. I felt for him as he described terrorists “taking” his town. He’s a normal kid, from a troubled country. He had no say in where he was born or the conflict going on there. I decide I’m going to welcome them to their new home. I try to find out more about the family, and now know the approximate ages of the other children. The lad is getting Lego Technics – my own 13 year old says it’s a decent gift, and he’s an expert on being a teenage lad afterall. The daughter have a pink kitten TY […]


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Christmas present ideas – experiences not things

Are you struggling for inspiration for gifts? I’m going to share some gift ideas here and hopefully it will help one of my readers. Firstly presents don’t need to be something physical, they can be effort based or some kind of experience. Most people have too much stuff these days anyway. One of the family is getting a meal at a posh restaurant as a voucher from Wowcher. The good thing about this is its pre purchased at a set price, quite discounted already but it states clearly what is and isn’t included. Also check Groupon and Amazon Local. For my brother in law I’ve been tiling his bathroom. No offence to him but decoration and DIY isn’t his thing. I spent a few quid on materials but this gift will last years not just until January so you’ve got to do it properly. It’s taken me about 6 hours […]


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Halloween is coming – WIN 38

As it is Autumn now that means one thing, Halloween. Yippee! I like Halloween, an excuse to say hiya to all my neighbours when the kids go out in fancy dress. In fact I only see certain neighbours at Halloween, to us it’s not frightening it’s just fun. This will be Doris Dog’s first Halloween here, so I’m going to need a costume for both her and Freya Woof. My son is saying we should have them dressed as a dead horse, a bit like in panto horse – half each. If I can find a big enough horse teddy I might be able to adapt this into a pair of dog outfits. They are most likely going to be ending up dressed in outfits from the child clothing section in local shops though. Another classic of Halloween is the horror film and Wes Craven was the Daddy of all […]


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Wicked Uncle birthday toy shop 1

Until I was contacted by Wicked Uncle I had never heard of them but I think it is a great concept. Kids birthdays can be hard, especially for finding gifts for your kids best friends. On wicked uncle’s website you chose the child’s age and gender and it suggests products.  To test the site for ease of use I passed D my laptop and told him the budget and “said shop for toys, you’ve got 15 minutes. Go!” What he choose was this mini volcano light and a funky plasma ball. Both items were found in his age range, he’s 12 almost 13 and the volcano was found under “teen boy” whilst the plasma light was found under “12 year old boy” so pretty much spot on.


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Quick Valentine’s gift 5

I dislike the commercial cards and all the balloons and gimmicks that go with valentines day each year.  All that money for a tacky gift, no thanks. I’m going to show you how to make a thoughtful and inexpensive gift. A stained glass effect candle jar. What you need is a jar, some tissue paper, a paint brush, PVA or Modge Podge glue and about half an hour. Firstly paint the jar in glue. Start ripping up bits of tissue and sticking bits to the jar.  White is a great base colour. Mixed up with the white  paper are pale pink pieces.  I got these damp in a bowl of water so the ink leaks into the white.


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The book of everyone – Valentine’s gift idea 1

The book of everyone, it’s a brilliant idea but I had trouble with the website, it took me hours. I want to be positive though, as the end result is ace, but the air was blue by the time I was done. The Book of Everyone Valentine’s Edition is a lovingly crafted book created for that special someone in your life. A truly one of a kind gift, made by the buyer (and a special hand from the geniuses who work at The Book of Everyone) with just a few loving taps of the keyboard.   The Book of Everyone showcases through the options of digital, paperback, hardback and deluxe books, the journey through the world they were born into. The Book of Everyone can be made in minutes, customised, previewed right away, printed and dispatched to you in under one week! Or if you really have left it until the last […]


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Valentine’s on the Cheap 3

Valentine’s on the Cheap – it can be done! On February 14th most of the restaurants and theatres are overcrowded, overpriced and the service is just plain dismal. By staying at home you’ll save the pennies, avoid the crowds and increase your intimacy. Are you dreading the thought of spending yet another Valentine’s Day at home? Well, it doesn’t have to be drab and unimaginative. In fact, if you’re not off to one of the swish function rooms or wedding venues Brisbane or Sydney (or any other major city in Australia), why not plan something special for your Valentine without having to be out of pocket? But remember, these venues still offer your romantic options so you could still opt to go for the swish! Here are some ideas for celebrating a special Valentine’s Day at home. A Picnic by the Fireside Pull the sofa up to a roaring fire, […]


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Happy Christmas 2

I just thought you would all appreciate a Christmas card? I am not doing cards this year, (have you seen the price of stamps these days!?) I’ve made decorations for local friends though. I’ve sent a parcel of dog toys and treats to the Dogs Trust instead of wasting lots on stamps.