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    • mum2one
    • By mum2one 31st Dec 16, 1:04 AM
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    Santas challenge 2017
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    • 31st Dec 16, 1:04 AM
    Santas challenge 2017 31st Dec 16 at 1:04 AM
    A warm welcome to old and new friends.

    What is Santas challenge...

    We're a lovely thread, may be small but we're good... I know Christmas happens every year, yet by planning throughout the year this can take off some of the financial pressure of finding everything last minute, spread the tasks throughout the year.

    It's not just about Christmas, it's birthdays, Easter, Valentine's Day,x cleaning those kitchen cupboards, having a general moan about life, yet being there as well.

    The great plan is for a challenge on the 24th of the month, so that by Christmas Eve we are all ready and can sit back and relax...

    A big welcome to everyone. Xx
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 5th Sep 17, 9:52 AM
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    Katiehound-my guess was going to be for a serviette, I was way out with that!!

    I'm at a stand still now with my Christmas shopping, just need a couple of things nearer the time which I've saved some supermarket vouchers for but otherwise I have finished. Not wrapped everything as stuff is still packed up from the decorators being in and I have to be in the mood for decorating and for wrapping!!

    Still have my Christmas vouchers to come, DD is off to uni so If she wants a tablet I will use some of my vouchers for her and I get to have her ipad which is abit big and clunky now. If not, will save some vouchers for the sales.

    Really looking forward to Prague, the accessible travel agent has managed to get us back into the same hotel again which is so close to the Christmas markets and works out cheaper than staying in a premier inn in this country. Lots of gingerbread and baubles to bring back for people.My bestie and her DD are coming with us this time so will have a great time,can't wait!
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 8th Sep 17, 9:49 PM
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    happy kitties Prague sounds wonderful.

    I had a clear out of the box that I keep the presents in. I dump freebie gifts and items to be re-gifted in there as well, so it was overflowing. I did manage to remove the children's presents before they saw them!!! I pulled out a number of items I was unlikely to ever find a recipient for and put them aside for the jumble sale or school fete. At least I can close the box now.

    I also identified a broken present. The problem with buying throughout the year, is that it's normally too late to return the item,by the time you notice the fault. I'd bought MIL a travel wallet and the clasp came off in my hand when I opened. I stuck it back in place, and it seemed fine. Now, it's come off again and won't stay in place - I can't superglue it, as it needs to move. So now, I need a replacement gift.

    Rumour has it that Smyths 20% off toys starts at the end of next week. I'm not sure if I will buy enough to warrant a 1.5 hour round trip though.
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    • Anglea
    • By Anglea 10th Sep 17, 6:41 PM
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    Hi everyone.

    Chanie, I remember when travel wallets were a topic on here, that's a real shame the one you brought is beyond repair. Are you going to get another one?

    Katiehound - I never expected your credit card would be paying for the loo!! That's certainly an unusual scenario although I do recall several foreign holidays where you had to pay u cash for a tiny piece of toilet paper and you weren't allowed to ask for 2 pieces lol

    I was laughing at Chanie's suggestion with the food delicacy.

    Happy Kitties that sounds like a really good trip hope you get good weather for the outside markets.

    Mum2one, that's nice that you were given a compliment. I can see why Miss H was astounded by the name of that cider

    Hi Laurenh1, welcome to our group, hope you enjoy it.

    I've made a start on my handmade gift ideas. Have any of you done the Open When letters/cards/gifts? I've been coming up with suggestions for a set of those as a birthday gift for the friend who is doing Christmas with me (birthday on Winter Solstice) I thought the first card would be 'open now' and have some kind of personal gift, I might make a necklace and the rest of the envelopes will be a mix of funny and serious with photos and other bits and pieces to go inside.

    • chanie
    • By chanie 10th Sep 17, 7:30 PM
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    Chanie, I remember when travel wallets were a topic on here, that's a real shame the one you brought is beyond repair. Are you going to get another one?
    Originally posted by Anglea
    I did try and glue the broken clasp back on, as it was otherwise going in the bin and I had nothing to lose by trying. Needless to say, it didn't work. I've ordered another one, but a different style and with a popper rather than a clasp. It's for my MIL, who I find difficult to buy for and I don't have any other ideas.

    Angela your 'open when' idea sounds lovely. It's nice to have gifts spread out over a longer period of time.

    I'm going to make the children chocolate selection boxes this year. I got shop bought last year and they were a rip off. I need to find a nice sized box or cheap basket.
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    • crazy-cat-lady
    • By crazy-cat-lady 11th Sep 17, 2:45 PM
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    Back from holiday. Had an amazing cruise and Zoe loved it. We got fireworks as we pulled out of Hamburg. The end of a big cruise festival. A very different and less relaxing holiday with a baby, but she loved it and made little friends in the kid's club.

    There was a mix up with online credit and I ended up with a lot more than I should have. Told them and they didn't correct it. So I did a bit of Christmas shopping on board. Whiskey and a few other bottles, so that's dad and possibly sister. Some nice earrings for my niece and some perfume for mum. All essentially free..shh. Don't tell! And got a few bits on shore in Sweden and Copenhagen as the make up and smellies there were a good price in a few of the shops I like. But now we are back I can properly concentrate on it. Get my Christmas planner out and start making notes. Yay.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 11th Sep 17, 8:43 PM
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    crazy cat Good result on the cruise.


    We have 9 people left to buy for, which means I'm roughly halfway there. Plus our children. Gosh, when it's written down like that, it seems horrendous.
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 12th Sep 17, 9:07 AM
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    chanie that is a shame about ur mil travel wallet, i wouldnt have been a happy bunny at all.It was you that put me onto the idea of travel wallets and I got a few for presents-birthdays and Christmas. A great idea and they do make fantastic present.
    Can't wait for Prague, have managed to get rooms in the same place as last year that are so close to the Christmas markets and work out cheaper than if you were going to a Premier Inn over here. Taking bestie this year, she is super excited!!

    I'm just waiting for Christmas stock to come out in the shops. M@rrisons did Christmas cocktail baubles last year which were a really good price, DD thought they were great. Hoping they do them again this year as I am after some for my sis in law and DD again.

    Just need to finish wrapping but everything still packed up after decorating and I am slowly sorting things out.
    I've also started on the next round of birthdays-a few landmark, after a break over the summer. The RMS stamps are a godsend this time of year, they save me a fortune in postage.
    Hope everyone's Christmas plans are going well x
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 12th Sep 17, 10:01 AM
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    Apologies everyone, my post this morning contained a lot of info from a previous post I did-u can tell I am at a standstill with Christmas!!!!!!!
    But I did want to comment on chanies broken travel wallet-that would have frustrated me enormously
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 12th Sep 17, 11:09 AM
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    Apologies everyone, my post this morning contained a lot of info from a previous post I did-u can tell I am at a standstill with Christmas!!!!!!!
    But I did want to comment on chanies broken travel wallet-that would have frustrated me enormously
    Originally posted by Happy Kitties

    That is one of the problems with buying in advance - if it is broken or unwanted, you can't really return it. Last year, I bought SIL some water dancing speakers and by the time I gave them to her, the water had evaporated. I tried to take them back to the shop, but they said they hadn't sold them for months.


    When I buy a gift, I make sure I give it the once over before putting it away in storage. I also try to avoid buying stuff that could get damaged easily.


    Happy kitties I'm looking forward to the shops Xmas stock too, particularly IKEA - I like their stuff as its different to the stuff you normally see on the High Street.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 12th Sep 17, 9:01 PM
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    The new travel wallet arrived today and the look and feel of it is much better. I wasn't that impressed with the first one I bought in terms of quality, but not enough to either not give it, or to return it.
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    • mum2one
    • By mum2one 12th Sep 17, 10:50 PM
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    Where has the time gone, I know once had Miss hoodies bday end of the mth, then it's Xmas planning...

    Feel so tight, thou I know it isn't, as had some tax back from the ppi, I said I'd put some up towards a mac book... but it would be off me and mum, with a smaller present for her bday... so far we have a new suitcase (hand luggage size), straighteners - off the dog, iou for foundation, she likes mac foundation £24 a pot! Airport treat and iou for 2 pandora charms. For her bday she's going to cinema and Nando's with 3 friends, so said i would pay for the meals.

    We've got Prague b4 Xmas, can't wait....

    ...
    Christmas presents, had a body shop order, 30% off, spent by£30 had free gifts worth £30. Perfume and other items so that's a friends Xmas prezzie ticked off.
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 13th Sep 17, 7:25 PM
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    Chanie I am totally with you, that is one of the pitfalls of buying early
    .I took your advice I remember with my niece, she had her travel wallet early to make use of it with her travelling and use it she has
    Also with how I store items, they have to be sturdy, I am limited with storage for fragile items

    Well,Christmas is well and truly on its way, I think it has skipped Miss Hoodies birthday mum2one. There was a whole isle dedicated to Christmas in Home B@rgains when I went today.They were promoting Christmas sweets at the entrance aswell and also there was a whole section dedicated to Halloween-how my DD hated Halloween, she could never be bothered to dress up and go trick/treating, it just never appealed to her. Even when she stayed in for the night she hated the continual knocking on the door. I do like to have a pumpkin going in the window, and I like the history of it but I'm not a big fan of the commercialism of it.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 15th Sep 17, 2:22 PM
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    I managed to save £20 today, which I'm pleased with. A couple of weeks ago, we bought DDs birthday presents and I noticed they were currently on offer, saving £20 on two items. Needless to say, I hot-footed it down there to rebuy at the lower price and return with the original receipt.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 17th Sep 17, 8:04 PM
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    I've been thinking about doing homemade chocolate selection boxes for the children, as the ones in the shops seem to be shrinking in size. Today, I had some inspiration - the children have small metal buckets, which were filled with Easter eggs. The children have outgrown the characters on them (props pig etc), so I'm attempting to spray paint them, using those silver spray paints you get at Christmas. It's going to take a few coats, but I'll be able reuse them in the future.
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 18th Sep 17, 10:22 AM
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    chanie you are doing really well and I don't blame you with DDs birthday presents, £20 Is £20 that can be used somewhere else. I wish I had an Ikea near me, unfortunately the nearest one is 2 1/2 hours away
    Bought the 2 tubs of sweets offer at Tesc@s but ended up opening one when I got stuck into chores yesterday and I was so hungry had choc first and then food.
    Morris@ns have their Christmas stock out, the selection boxes are so small and there is no sign of the cocktail baubles. Fingers crossed they do them again, would be gutted if they don't as they made brilliant presents last year
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    • Anglea
    • By Anglea 18th Sep 17, 1:30 PM
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    Hi everyone,

    I haven't had a chance to do anything because I've been trying to help mum with paperwork, dad doesn't have dementia or anything like that but ever since he had surgery years ago the mix of anaesthetic and medication in hospital has caused strange problems and there have been a lot of dramas because he doesn't think there is anything wrong with him at all, and he was always the one doing all the paperwork he's inadvertedly caused a lot of fiascos that now need to be sorted and as he's been hoarding the paperwork that's also an issue.

    I've discarded some of my initial thoughts for hand made gifts eg book folding as it looked far more complicated than I imagined from the videos - for the online friend. I've now got a plan B. Her father's side of the family were Polish and even though she went there first time ever this year, didn't get to meet them or have authentic food, it was just international chain places, her father is deceased so she hasn't had any traditional food since she was small. So I thought I'd try and make some special biscuits that are made for Christmas (my family are Polish so mum usually makes them but it's been a while since I tried) and send them in the post.

    Has any of you tried sending biscuits or cakes in the mail and was it successful? How did you package it?

    I decided to make the 'open when' letters for Christmas instead of birthday as they will be easier to hide for when I have the boys at home as space is limited.

    Mum2one, you always give Miss Hoodie brilliant presents no matter what the occasion.

    Chanie, that's a really good idea about the chocolates. I'm glad you received a better travel wallet replacement and you're happy with it.

    Happy Kitties, what are cocktail baubles? mini bottles inside baubles or ready mixed up somehow?

    • chanie
    • By chanie 18th Sep 17, 4:13 PM
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    Has any of you tried sending biscuits or cakes in the mail and was it successful? How did you package it?


    Originally posted by Anglea


    No, I haven't. But my Aunt sometimes receives homemade goodies, all packaged in weird and wonderful ways, purely because the most important thing is that they arrive fresh and not broken. I was going to suggest sending them in a nice tin, but that could work out quite costly, so maybe a plastic tub (you could recycle your Tesco's sweetie tubs!!!).


    Alternatively, you could make up a 'bake your own biscuit' jar, when you add all of the dry ingredients in a jar and then send that over with instructions, so that all your friend will need to do, is add the wet ingredients and bake.
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    • mum2one
    • By mum2one 18th Sep 17, 11:56 PM
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    Boots have there Christmas range on-line, I did notice a few quirks...

    Most of ted baker range is not on 3 4 2
    There's not a big dial and glory item...
    Benefit items Ans some smashbox - not on 3 4 2

    ......
    Digressing thou...

    All over f/b and news channels, it looks like toys r us are in deep trouble, with a view to going bankrupt, so if u have gift cards etc, spend them asap.

    ........

    Xx
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 19th Sep 17, 12:32 PM
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    That's interesting about Toys R Us. Thanks for the heads up.


    Sainsburys are doing their 25% off clothing this week. I'm going to buy some Pjs for the children for Xmas Eve.
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    • mum2one
    • By mum2one 25th Sep 17, 2:00 AM
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    Septembers santas challenge
    its 3 months till Christmas, where does the time fly....


    [COLOR="Purple"]christmas cake
    Howís the time to get the fruit soaking, whether you chuck it in with sherry, brandy, rum or what ever you fancy, it will be nice and juicy for baking.

    [COLOR="Blue"]light bulbs
    Now the nights are starting to get darker, the lights are on more, so have a wonder around the house and see how many you need, even if itís just 2 spare bulbs, you never know.[/

    [COLOR="Purple"]fuse box
    Following on from my mother tripping the elec with the toaster.... do you know where the fuse box is, ideally leave a torch near there.[/

    [COLOR="RoyalBlue"]smoke alarms[/
    Rest the alarms, give them a quick hoover through to get rid of dust, if your battery powered, and you donít remember the last time you changed it... time for a new battery.

    [COLOR="Green"]bartteries[/
    Not just for the remote control, but if your buying toys etc, add some batteries, save the upset on Xmas day.

    christmas catalogues / stick moving
    Most of the shops are starting to get there xmas ranges in, and will soon be bringing out the catalogues

    With all the Christmas ranges being brought in, that generally means a shuffle around,you may ur doing a marathon around the supermarket looking for that item which is now 10 aisles away...in between times 1001 things end up in the trolley

    [COLOR="RoyalBlue"promotional leaflets, adding in for Xmas.
    Promo - this time of yr supermarkets start there spend xx get xx off, usually if you havenít used them for a while.(mr s sent me offers £42 off next 4 weeks shopping) as its money wouldnít of had, it will get done extras for Xmas, win win all around, they get my custom, get a bottle of baileys and some chocs, biscuits for Xmas.

    Adding in... sounds daft but if your liable to have a house full of visitors not just tea, coffee, milk thatís needed, ur toilet rolls are going down quicker.... if your at home and not work,,,,

    [/
    [COLOR="Navy"]christmas cards
    Start your Xmas cards list, break them up, post, family, street, work. So when you do start writing the names are ready, have a quick flip the address book and check there up to date.

    Stamps - by preparing your post list ur know how many stamps also if you can post 2nd class, save a few more pennies.

    summer clothes
    What was our summer now feels like a distant memory, before you fold the summer clothes away, check what fits / doesnít, like / donít like...
    [/

    [COLOR="deepskyblue"]winter quilts
    Donít discard the summer quilts yet, if you get really cold, donít buy a higher tog winter quilt, add the summer in as well.
    [/

    Are you single..
    Itís alwats been a joke - donít get a new man before Christmas as your have to buy him a Christmas present...

    Miss hoodies cleaning corner..
    The freezer, by giving it a clean and a sort you can see what is there, and find space ready for Xmas,

    [COLOR="SeaGreen"]me, me, me[/
    Without sounding selfish, weíre the ones who do most of the Xmas planning, sorting, make some me time, whether itís acoffee out,or a lock the bathroom door, for a long soak, make sure you take some tine x
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    RIP Dad, - Always love you, - He was 1 in a million xx
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