Sitting in the doctors surgery waiting for a Dee to have minor foot surgery we overheard the sweetest conversation between strangers. An elderly lady and a cute little ginger lad with amazing curls in his hair. She asked him if he was a good boy for his mum. “You’re being good for your mum today. Are you always this good? I bet you’re on Santa’s nice list aren’t you?” His face lit up. “I’ve wrote a list but it’s not super long like my the ones my sister writes” “do you think he’ll come for your big sister and give her toys then?“ “No she’s getting books and things.” Maybe she asked for books, or maybe he sees books as a bad gift but he was grinning as he said it. Was adorable listening, he pretty much recited everything he was hoping for and then told the lady that Father […]
Towards Christmas it can get manic with kids and Christmas lists, and advent calendars, and writing a ton of cards booking a food delivery and and aannnd…. Wouldn’t it be nice just to stop and do something for yourself? A nice soak in the tub with no interruptions? Maybe with some candles, and your favourite music playing and possibly even a cup of hot chocolate? Well we’ve got you covered! I have teamed up with a great bunch of bloggers (again), to offer up the fantastic prize of hamper, which will hopefully have you looking forward to pampering yourself no matter how busy the day has been. Before we get onto the prize – lets meet the lovely team who have all chipped in to offer this prize: Julie’s Notebook | Lisahh-Jayne | Futures | Trials and Tribulations of a Brummie Mummy | Life in a Break Down | UK […]
Christmas is about making things magical and special for the kiddies isn’t it? It isn’t about the price of presents, or the size of the turkey. Apparently the current generation of parents are determined to keep their little elves children believing in Santa. The NSPCC surveyed 2000ish parents, and the findings of this are below. Personally I think I’ve lost the “believe I Santa” thing with my boys, D hasn’t believed for years, and this year Jen tells me he doesn’t want “any silly gifts from Santa – I know that’s just YOU writing in your wrong hand!” Even if I have lost this fight, I intend to keep trying a bit longer, just in case. They will get a letter from Santa, we will feed the reindeers and we check out NORAD Santa radar together a few times on Christmas eve. The nation’s favourite family Christmas tradition for parents […]
For the last few years I have been preparing thoughtful advent calendars after deciding chocolate advent calendars are a bit dull and predictable. So I make prepare lovely felt calendars placing little toys and gifts in the pockets. I try to spend less than 25/35p per pocket but make an exception for Lego. When the local or national newspapers have “free Lego” I will pay about 60p for it. The paper just goes in the recycling pile or will be used as chicken bedding. Lego goes in weekend pockets, these take time to build. Little gifts like snap cards, miniature colouring pencil sets, wooden toys and tiny teddies go in the weekdays. These little beauties are mostly bought in pound shops and Wilko.
I know, it isn’t Christmas yet. But it is the season to be shopping apparently. While I am not about to put the tree up just yet I do love to buy and plan early. That is the coolest thing about The Christmas Boutique, it runs all year. You can buy a Christmas stocking in July if you want to. Christmas Boutique were kind enough to send a parcel of festive cheer my way to review. My favourite item is the advent calendar.
I hate to say it, but Christmas is on the way. To me that means trying to win presents! Being on a lower income is a bit depressing when my lads are writing Christmas lists, but they’ve written them early so I know what I want to win at least. For D it’s mainly Lego Technics, and Jen mostly wants HotWheels. Obviously if I haven’t won these things by December I will buy them, using my best bargain hunting skills, but winning them would be much better! I am late posting this week as man flu kindly shared by my boys has made me feel rather rubbish. Anyways, if you haven’t been over to #WinningWeekends before it is a competitions linky. A list of blog based, open to the UK, competitions. I started this linky as I like competitions and know bloggers can get lots of new followers from competitions. […]
As you might have gathered, I am annoyed by the recent bad press related to the Trussell Trust and food banks after The Daily Fail wrote that article. So annoyed I visited my local food bank and not only donated some items, but spent some time talking to the staff at Gloucester food bank. The Fail is way off, these people are lovely, and kind, and well, brilliant. The first thing I want to say is that Gloucester food bank gets no government level help – it is a charity that relies on kind donations and volunteered time. It is a smallish building, but well used. Shelves were stacked with items that families in need would love. It was organised by type of product, and dates. Bulkier items had whole shelves to themselves, and smaller bits were in labelled cardboard boxes used like draws. I met lovely volunteers who I saw […]
I am pretty sure people that know me well know I love the Manic Street Preachers. Last night was my Christmas present. Blokey gave me a xmas card with a note saying “this is a promise of a hotel booking, manics gig tickets for two and a babysitter”. We don’t get much alone time without the boys. A very thoughtful gift I thought although it was a long wait.
Romantic doesn’t have to be a silly over-priced token gift. To me its the little things that are most romantic. Things like coffee and breakfast in bed, or when Blokey picks up on tiny things I say. As regular blog readers will know, I’ve had a troubled past. For me the sweetest thing ever was when we were talking about 80’s toys as we are the same age. I said how I used to collect Pound Puppies and Pound Purries but I had to leave them when I ran away, and I regretted that. Well I wasn’t dropping hints, I was not asking nor expecting him to find me any PP’s. But he went on ebay when I was asleep and bought a Pound Puppy mummy dog. The ones with the velcro tummy with babies inside. I was so surprised, a simple comment in a conversation, I had forgotten it […]
Firstly I know it is not yet Spring, but January is a great time to have a proper clear out after all the chaos of Christmas. If your garden has been effected by all the heavy rain, like my poor garden has, I bet the carpet is a bit of a wreck? Around the same time I got Freya Woof, I got myself a cheap (entry level) Vax carpet washer ready for, erm, wet patches. I am extremely glad I bought this, but I keep thinking I should have forked out a little more for a better model like this one. I love my Vax and Blokey has previously accused me of being obsessed with washing the floor since I bought it. I’m not obsessed with cleaning, but I will admit I love seeing so much dirt come out of a carpet that looks clean, then just pouring it away. […]
My lad D loves Freya Woof. He loves it more when we can play without other dogs nearby. This kids park is unusual, dogs are allowed in on leads. These photos were taken just before Christmas but I forgot to blog them. In my opinion you can see a loving bond between Freya and D. I loves them both <3
Speck were lovely and sent us some cases to try, for 2 of our tablets and 1 of our phones. My eldest son D got his Nexus 7 last Christmas and he bought a very cheap leather look case from Amazon. It did the job, but within minutes of getting the Speck FitFolio case on his device he said he wish he’d got a better one a year ago and he couldn’t believe how much better it felt and looks. It costs £29.95 online. The quality difference is massive between Speck and the five quid generic tatt case he was using.