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    • 3forholidays
    • By 3forholidays 24th Dec 17, 7:08 PM
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    * Rocking around the Christmas Tree * - It's the 2018 Christmas Chatter Thread
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    • 24th Dec 17, 7:08 PM
    * Rocking around the Christmas Tree * - It's the 2018 Christmas Chatter Thread 24th Dec 17 at 7:08 PM
    !!!8216;Rockin' around the Christmas tree
    At the Christmas party hop
    Mistletoe hung where you can see
    Every couple tries to stop

    Rockin' around the Christmas tree
    Let the Christmas spirit ring
    Later we'll have some pumpkin pie
    And we'll do some caroling!!!8217;

    Hello and welcome to the 7th Christmas Chatter Thread.

    It!!!8217;s hard to believe that another year has gone and we are almost at the big event that we have spent so long planning and preparing for! But this thread is about so much more than Christmas but about the whole year with all the ups and downs, as well as the bits in between.

    NOTE - For all new people please don't lurk, but come and join in with all the chatter. We are all a little mad (about Christmas!), but not dangerous.

    The following posts will be made up of all the links saved from last year with new ones added as we go.
    This will hopefully make it easier in October/November when we are all looking for them.

    Please let me know if any become out of date or if you would like your birthday added to the list

    Thanks to all posters on the previous threads !!!8211; the thread is only a success because of your contributions!

    So on that note it is over to you and roll on Christmas 2018!

    Our Birthdays

    Newthrift 18th
    Clumsy42 28th

    murie 24th
    junior_j 25th

    vulpix 12th

    quidsy 23rd
    princesskitty29 29th

    pixtotts 4th
    Opee92 13th
    jakes-mum 19th
    Girl in a Yellow Dress 21st

    Nic2075 1st
    04624181 13th
    dropsofjupiter 22nd
    msgigglewick 23rd

    mrs-moneypenny 17th
    Hanley25 19th

    Treasurequeen 12th
    patentgirl 30th

    Spendless 28th
    whitesatin 28th

    freespirit66 1st

    Peppapig 1st
    mrsinvisable 7th
    pinknfluffy28 28th

    FeistyFidget 14th
    3forholidays 15th
    CHRISSYG 25th !!!!!!!!
    Last edited by 3forholidays; 31-12-2017 at 2:55 PM.
    A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot, and realise how blessed you are.

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    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 9th Jan 18, 10:37 PM
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    Welcome back bunbun, good to see you
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
    • 04624181
    • By 04624181 10th Jan 18, 10:40 AM
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    Hello all, Hope you are all ok and are having a great start to the. new year.
    Still off work, I have only bought an make up advent calendar in the sale. Reduced from £50 to £25 to £6.25. Online shopping isnt the same as being able to get into the shops. Things still up in the air, waiting for discussion with Gp and plan of action.
    I have to admit that this Christmas and New year was the best to date as it was relaxed, the kids were kept busy with less tat and more thoughtful gifts. actually miss the kids now they are back at school.
    Vulpix- house is going up for sale very soon. Just finished doing the kitchen, new floor, tiles etc. DH Pulled our old carpet up in our bedroom and the floorboards were varnished beautifully, they had paint stains all over them from previous owner. Lots of elbow grease later ( and a few choice words from DH) brought it up beautifully and it is a real feature. I picked a rug from ik*a online and DH went and picked it up. The house looks beautiful.
    Hope everybody is ok xxx
    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 10th Jan 18, 10:39 PM
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    Haha,wish I could say my house looks beautiful. I am finding more and more stuff to try and sell but DD1 is full of applying for a PHD and has no brain space for a carboot sale at the moment.

    That was a lucky find 0462... with the floor boards.I was thinking today as i was hoovering I might go all wooden floors in the next house. Had vintage parquet in the last house but one,that was lovely.Wishing you speed with your journey with the medics,x

    I have found a problem in the small bedroom.Moved the wardrobe and there was mould on the wall.It always feels colder in there than the rest of the house.As we are staying here for a while we had better try and get it sorted out.The next door semi had a similar problem,I will ask her when I see her next who she got to sort it.

    Me n Mr V put a blind up today in the kitchen.Before hand we allocated separate parts of the job and avoided being in the room together whilst we did them! The best DIY we have ever done together.No falling out at all.I was in the sittingroom though snigering as he was swearing in the kitchen.

    I have decided not to buy too early for Christmas too.I need the space in my bedroom.I broke a mirror i had bought,shoving too much in the wardrobe.

    I will make the old Christmas cards into gift tags tomorrow.

    love to all xxxV
    • murie
    • By murie 11th Jan 18, 7:32 AM
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    Just popping in to say fort hose that have female birthdays coming up (not mentioning as Christmas presents lol), I have noticed this on HKUD

    There is a code there that brings it down to £12.80.

    NOTE- its not a full UV gel nail kit that requires several different layers, this one is just a cured top coat that can be used with ordinary polishes and extends the life of your manicure. I've ordered one for my sisters birthday.
    lovin' this site!
    • 04624181
    • By 04624181 13th Jan 18, 9:57 AM
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    Good Morning all,

    Hope we are all well.
    Vulpix- Our house has been instructed to go up for sale. Just got to authorise our room descriptions and picture order etc. Only thing that lets us down is our back garden as we have not had chance to paint it yet. DH is even thinking about painting it tomorrow morning and retaking the picture. The Loft is the definite surprise in the house. We had 3 estate agents come and they were amazed at the size of the room. 18" x 14" Biggest room in the house. One Estate Agent said he could tell the kitchen was new, erm nope it is 14 years old lol. We painted our tiles and had a new floor put down and it has transformed it. To be fair the kitchen is still in pristine condition.
    Murie- fantastic deal and was very tempted but im trying to be good and save incase we do actually manage to sell and we need the money for solicitors etc. Last time we moved was 15 years ago and we cannot believe the changes in prices of things since then!

    Need to carry on with the official declutter, Start packing what is not needed/being used and keep the house in pristine shape at all times incase somebody wants to view!
    • 3forholidays
    • By 3forholidays 13th Jan 18, 11:02 AM
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    04624181 Wishing you a speedy house sale! Great compliments from the estate agent regarding the kitchen considering it is one of the used areas of the house - probably the small amount of work that you did has improved the look of the space.

    Hope everyone is keeping well
    A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot, and realise how blessed you are.

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    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 13th Jan 18, 11:53 AM
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    04624181 exciting times with the house sale. Would painting the garden really make a difference? Thinking of your poor OH out there in this weather. One of the first things we did when we moved was repaint the garden fence from poo brown to a lovely pale green. However the rest of the house was in great condition (you wouldn't have thought so with the list of things we plan to do to it lol) so if it's just a little thing it might not really matter? It's the big ticket items that can sway people I think and sounds like you've got a big tick with the kitchen.

    No Xmas prep here, feeling a bit cross with myself shopping in the 50% Boots sale and not looking at Superdrug or Wilko for a couple of recipients where I could prob have got something equally as nice and cheaper but never mind, I'll remember that for next year, although I don't want Boxing Day to turn into some rush out to the shops.
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    • 04624181
    • By 04624181 13th Jan 18, 12:03 PM
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    3forholidays, the new floor and a small tin of tile paint has completely updated the whole kitchen.
    Kerrigt- I myself think it isnt worth it but they are the worst pictures as the rendering is patchy and black in places, DH feels it lets the rest of the house down. DH has it in his head he will get up early in the morning and do it. I for one will be having a lie in lol.

    Have cleaned the fridge, hoovered and mopped floors, polished etc downstairs. Going to sit and have a brew and chill for a while.
    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 13th Jan 18, 7:12 PM
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    0462,don't over do it now.That's it when your house is for sale,keeping it immaculate.I am like a broken record with the "don't leave that there,put it away"! If DH wants to paint in the garden,let him,as long as it's not raining.Some people can't imagine how it would look if only a lick of paint was added.When I had this house valued last year the Estate Agent was raving at what I had done to the garden ie made one.His friend used to live next door so he knew what it used to be like.(broken glass and chunks of broken concrete,will learn how to add a photo one day!)He said it had added thousands to the house.

    Went to get my shoes changed at schu today.The kids bought me some Doc Marts for Christmas but they crippled me.When I felt inside one was really rough on the seam,the other ok.They had one other pair in stock which were ok but still hurt a bit,right where you bend your foot so I got some Fly boots instead!liked the others but lurrrve my new red boots.

    The new duvet covers have been difficult to find curtains to match.Was on the verge of sending them back,but found the exact right colour in a charity shop for £10.The woman said they were in the packet when they were donated and she had just taken them out and put them on a hanger.I have had a brainwave and will paint the bedside lamps shades the same as I painted the furniture.Feel like I have to economise a bit as the duvet cover was *whispers £90.

    I know non of this is anything to do with Christmas but I miss chatting with you lot.

    • StokieBecks
    • By StokieBecks 13th Jan 18, 9:16 PM
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    Evening all hope you are all ok.

    Feeling abit fed up today. No real explanation so just riding it out. Tomorrow is a new day

    Good luck with the house sale 04624181 sounds like little bits of work have made a big difference.

    Vulpix glad you found some matching curtains that was lucky.

    Christmas savings are well underway but don't start buying until July/August generally. If I see something though least I know the money is sitting there which helps. Must be better at sticking to budget this year
    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 14th Jan 18, 11:56 AM
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    Good luck with the house sale 0462, it's stressful but exciting. I love the idea of fresh starts, probably why I've already stopped saying 'we're not moving again' even though we only moved here last year.

    STOKIE I know what you mean, some days are just down days for no obvious reason but ride it out is def the way to go.

    VULPIX I'm not surprised you've added value to your house, you've worked blooming hard on that garden. Putting pics up the new way really is easy or I wouldn't be able to do it and I'd love to see your handiwork. Who cares if news isn't Christmas related

    KERRI I think I must be one of the few people who don't shop in Boots for Christmas pressies. I normally find other stores are cheaper although I must admit that because I dont really enjoy receiving smelly sets I tend not to give them.

    Nothing Christmassy going on here, thoughts are tending to turn to spring and the garden. I'm redoing the bedroom though as I've finally persuaded DH that we need to get rid of our brown leather bed. 12 years and I've never managed to get the decor right to suit it so hopefully I'll be more successful with the new one. This afternoon will be reserved for watching the BDO Darts final - I'm not one for sports and games but darts and show jumping are definite exceptions.

    Happy Sunday everyone.
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 14th Jan 18, 1:54 PM
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    peppy I do think really get any of the traditional body spray and shower gel sets for anyone, OH has sensitive skin so I never know how he'd react to any so that's him out. I buy for a couple of girls who are just getting into smellies so have started getting them things like lip gloss or small cans of body spray but in the past have got them some nice things like big character hot water bottle / pj covers. They're usually gifts that I can afford / are in budget in the sale but not at full price.
    We also have a couple of DN who are still in the Disney age range so things for parties (that they always seem to be going to) like nail sets or glittery body spray is good for them.
    This year I saw some additional bits for people I wouldn't normally buy early for, but really liked so that was a good buy IMO.

    I love the darts at Xmas - actually went to bed as it was getting late during the second semi and couldn't sleep because I was too excited to see the result so sat in bed watching it on the iPad I love the fact there aren't many sports where people of such different ages can compete against each other.
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    • 04624181
    • By 04624181 15th Jan 18, 10:50 AM
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    Good Morning all, We have rain here again!!

    Good job DH did not complete the outside painting because it would of been a waste of time. DD is unwell. we have had 2 really bad nights of bad temperatures, have had to bathe her down to get her temp down. She is dosed up on both calpol and ibruprofen spread out throughout the 24hrs. Thought it was tonsiltis but now not sure, she has lost her voice too, very raspy. If she isnt getting better by tomorrow it will have to be a trip to the drs. She even asked for Difflam in the moddle of the night last night, she absolutely hates that so it must be bad if she is asking me to get it. So im shattered! She is in bed with me and DH in her room as he has got a hectic week with work. He did paint the halway upstairs, just need to gloss that now but that is ususally my job as he is so heavy handed. I currently have emulsion all over my handbag, stair carpet and curtains. And breathe!!!
    Trying to work out a budget for the new year. Its difficult as we may need to scrape together every penny for a move but I want Christmas seperate. I have no idea what to start to put away monthly for it. Need to declutter again! I do not know how it all gets in here x lol
    Vulpix- I bet your bedroom will lok gorgeous when it is all done. Good thinking on the painting the lampshade idea.
    Stokiebecks- We all have those days, hope you managed to ride it out and are feeling better today.
    Peppa- LOL, I would love a bungalow in an ideal world but we would like a new build this time and bungalow are quite rare.
    Kerrigt- I am going to have a look in the sale online as im still unable to get out. DS likes jack wills so you cant go wrong with those toiletries if they are in the sale. And sister has a big birthday this year, she loves misguided stuff so will have a look online xx
    • LMG1305
    • By LMG1305 15th Jan 18, 2:25 PM
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    msgiggle - I have been keeping an eye on the Boots sale but not really been impressed with it this year. Saying that I've not bought much at all in the sales, apart from some wrapping paper & a few little bits & pieces. I think at the moment I'm trying to focus on getting the house decluttered so the thought of buying more stuff doesn't work with my new focus

    Hi murie, hope you are well. I do that sometimes, I don't always reply but I'm always reading & checking in on everybody.

    Stokie - that damn cough has been bothering a lot of people. I hope you're feeling a little less fed up today! I always find January is a drag, the weather is rubbish, payday seems a long time away, there is nothing exciting to look forward to & is just generally miserable.

    Hi bunbun, welcome back to the chat.

    0462 - that's a great deal on the advent calendar. I wish I was good at finding these bargains. Good luck with the house sale, hopefully you will get a buyer soon that wants to move quickly & be in before the spring

    vulpix- sounds like you're still on a mission. Great find with the curtains, I need to get a new pair for my bedroom but we will be redecorating that room this year so I will probably just keep the ones I've got until the decorating commences. Bedding is so expensive isn't it! We have got a super king size bed too, so makes it top of the bracket all the time. I usually only buy our bedding in the sales now but the problem with that is, they aren't always available.

    kerri - I used to do a lot of my shopping in Boots, just used to do it by default, but over the last 2 years I bought a bit more in Superdrug mainly because of offers I'd spotted, but I certainly think they are better value for money than Boots now.

    3forH - hope you are doing well.

    Peppa - we have booked somebody in to start working on our back garden in around 6 weeks now, so that by the time the weather warms up it will be lovely.

    I've had a busy weekend really. Put some furniture together, sorted through my daughters clothes & toys to get rid of some stuff & put some of her board games away properly, instead of having them stacked in the corner. I also put all our Christmas bedding in my ottoman, I usually keep them in the airing cupboard with the rest of our bedding, but they get in the way so I thought I'd put them somewhere that isn't used regularly. I also put some of our old bedding in a charity bag which is being collected today, so that clears up more space . I feel like I achieved a lot this weekend, so I'm happy.
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 15th Jan 18, 4:07 PM
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    I always find January is a drag, the weather is rubbish, payday seems a long time away, there is nothing exciting to look forward to & is just generally miserable.
    Originally posted by LMG1305
    Exactly what I say on NYE and why I don't get excited about New Year - and everyone calls me a bah humbug...but it's true
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    • jakes-mum
    • By jakes-mum 15th Jan 18, 6:08 PM
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    Afternoon all, been a bit awol but am reading along.

    Its DD's big 10 birthday tomorrow she's very excited but im a bit at the thought of my baby being in double figures, im just not ready! She very helpfully wrote me a birthday present wish list . . unfortunately she wrote it yesterday *rolls eyes*, DH was after a new xbox game so we wandered out to the city and I actually managed to find 2 of the games she was after in the sale at g@me so snapped them up and was talked into some wireless headphones for her as well, so my amazing idea of a trip to Harry potter has again been side lined and we've said we're going to stop trying to do it as a present and just book it later in the year on a whim as a special treat for her as she's never one to ask for things through out the year.

    I too am feeling the january blues, its just such a sad month, so long and cold and dreary, im not much of a fan of february either but at least you can say its only 4 weeks long, january just seems to stretch on for an eternity, I swear the calendars are lying, there is no way this month has 31 days! feels more like 131!

    Also looked in Mr T for reduced toys for next years giving tree but they were surprisingly lacking! I usually get something each january did pick up 2 packs of gift tags for 5p each, not sure I needed them but I just couldn't turn down 5p gift tags!

    Good luck with the move 0462

    Sorry if I haven't commented on anything else I should have done, im struggling a bit with the health again and I just cannot retain information at the minute, I read it and poof! it disappears into the corner recesses of my mind never to be seen again
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    • StokieBecks
    • By StokieBecks 15th Jan 18, 8:16 PM
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    Glad I am not the only one who finds January a bit dreary.

    Had a day off today and it's been grey and wet so stayed in (well apart from doing the food shop) and watched films

    Jake's mum hope your daughter has a great birthday!
    • nic2075
    • By nic2075 16th Jan 18, 8:20 PM
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    Quieter in here now. I do find it harder to post with less Christmas stuff happening, but I'll try and post at least once a week.

    We several inches of snow with more expected overnight. It does look lovely and the kids have been out playing since school finished. But I like my snow before Christmas lol.

    Picked up a few things in the sales, a denim jacket for me and bits and bobs for my youngests birthday in May.

    Still not decided whether to move or not. I really don't want to, but makes sense financially.
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 16th Jan 18, 10:28 PM
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    I caved and bought a pack of 10 Christmas cards in Clintins reduced to 99p. Didn't need them but they made me laugh.

    Also found a Nails Inc bauble in local B00ts (despite store showing as OOS online) well there were actually two but I only really needed one and one had slightly battered packaging. Have heard murmurings that the 70% sale is on tomorrow but Friday seems more likely.
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    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 17th Jan 18, 8:54 AM
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    Well done KERRI, only buying what you need/want in the sales is when you get a real bargain. I tend to spoil it by buying more than one when I spot a 'bargain' and ending up with things I've got no recipients for so I'm going to try not to do that this year.

    Hope DD enjoyed her birthday JAKESMUM, it pulls the heartstrings when they reach these milestone birthdays doesn't it. When I look at my girls now they're grown up I can't believe it, I can remember being their age so clearly and it only seems a short time ago.

    0462 hope DD is feeling better now. Your post reminded me that I'm supposed to be budgeting for Christmas this year so I've started with all the big bills that aren't paid monthly (insurance, car servicing etc) and tonight I'll work out how much we need for pressies across the year and at Christmas so I can be sure how much I need to put away each month. I haven't really got used to not having my salary coming in every month but I used to budget well years ago before I earned good money so I'm confident I can do it again if I really try. I find it hard to budget when the money I'm putting aside is in the bank so for now I'm going back to my envelopes and I'm going to try using cash instead of the credit card. I pay it off in full every month but I do buy more if I'm not parting with real money.

    No Christmas planning here (other than aforesaid budgeting) but I'll still be getting my daily Christmas fix from our lovely thread.
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
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