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    • mum2one
    • By mum2one 31st Dec 16, 12:04 AM
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    Santas challenge 2018 and beyond xx
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    • 31st Dec 16, 12:04 AM
    Santas challenge 2018 and beyond xx 31st Dec 16 at 12:04 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
    Last edited by mum2one; 18-01-2018 at 12:59 AM.
    Tackling the debt free life one day at a time xx
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    • sammy_kaye18
    • By sammy_kaye18 5th Jul 19, 10:27 AM
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    Sorry guys,
    Lurking on the post and see you all mentioning boxes - is this like operation christmas child? Can someone explain please?
    Finally sorting myself out.
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 5th Jul 19, 3:27 PM
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    Sorry guys,
    Lurking on the post and see you all mentioning boxes - is this like operation christmas child? Can someone explain please?
    Originally posted by sammy_kaye18
    Welcome Sammy Kaye!
    Lurkers always invited 'in!'

    Yes, but these boxes are going to either families or OAPs in Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova & Ukraine. To anyone identified as in need of whatever creed, colour, or religion.
    The charity has been working in Romania ever since the horrors of the orphanages under Caucescau (can't spell his name!)

    There are collection points across most of country, otherwise near Worthing
    Have a look at last year's photo diary- makes me cry- these folk have so little and a shoe box is such a magical (and useful)treat.

    Home page here: https://linktohope.co.uk/
    Delivery diary 2018 (brief explanation) https://linktohope.co.uk/shoebox-delivery-diary-2018
    Photos 2018 here: https://linktohope.co.uk/shoebox-appeal-2019/shoebox-photos-2018

    There are links on the home page for registration etc
    Last edited by Katiehound; 05-07-2019 at 3:39 PM.
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 5th Jul 19, 3:37 PM
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    Forgot to say that if you are crafty you can make knee blankets or knit teddies which are used as 'packaging' and then distributed. Same delivery places as before.
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    • sammy_kaye18
    • By sammy_kaye18 5th Jul 19, 7:27 PM
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    Welcome Sammy Kaye!
    Lurkers always invited 'in!'

    Yes, but these boxes are going to either families or OAPs in Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova & Ukraine. To anyone identified as in need of whatever creed, colour, or religion.
    The charity has been working in Romania ever since the horrors of the orphanages under Caucescau (can't spell his name!)

    There are collection points across most of country, otherwise near Worthing
    Have a look at last year's photo diary- makes me cry- these folk have so little and a shoe box is such a magical (and useful)treat.

    Home page here: https://linktohope.co.uk/
    Delivery diary 2018 (brief explanation) https://linktohope.co.uk/shoebox-delivery-diary-2018
    Photos 2018 here: https://linktohope.co.uk/shoebox-appeal-2019/shoebox-photos-2018

    There are links on the home page for registration etc
    Originally posted by Katiehound
    Thank Katie Hound.
    I have registered as my children and I like to charitable things especially at christmas.
    The only thing I have to ask is - I saw on the page you are to include the 6 basics but then you can have another 5 items but I couldnt see a list of what is allowed and what isnt (obviously medication, food etc Im guessing is a no no)
    Do you by chance have a copy of the lists? Red and purple I think they said they were.

    I have checked as well and we have a local collection point in our town too :-)
    Finally sorting myself out.
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 5th Jul 19, 9:13 PM
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    Food, perfume, medicines, seeds,written material (ie books) are not allowed.

    You need to register online and then you will be sent the forms or I assume you can download.They ask how many you would like. One of the reasons is that they want to know how many boxes are coming so they can get sufficient storage in the lorries.

    You are not restricted to 11 items- it's more what you can squeeze in! That's why I don't put in a woolly scarf as it takes far too much room

    It rather depends which box(es) you are doing
    OAP has things like: mug, cutlery, glasses (or magnifying glass) sensory item, socks/tights, wind up torch, pens paper, nail clippers

    Family box has things like pencils & pens, colouring book, solar powered calculator,thin scarf, small toys, a tool/steel measure.

    You can also add extra things, lipstick, lipsalve, necklace/bracelet, calico shopping bag, sewing kit, plasters, paint box, hair bobbles etc,- as long as you list them on the form which is taped to the lid.

    I tend to buy from a mix of sources: supermarket own brand, cheapie shops, carboots & charity shops- it's a bit of a challenge

    Pleased to hear you are joining, it's a very worthwhile cause. When the depots are open you can watch daily photos on Facebook and then follow the deliveries of one lorry.
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 6th Jul 19, 8:29 AM
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    Welcome Sammy Kaye

    I've really loved doing my shoeboxes this year and I cram in extras like Katiehound said Into my boxes.

    Things don't have to be expensive, for example ive used Molly's bars of chocolate from Tesc@, only 30p for a big bar (and very nice-had to do a taste test) but when u see where the boxes go to on the link to hope site it makes it so worthwhile.

    I didn't really get into the boxes well last year (it was my first year of doing them) but once you find ur best way to do them u start to fly and manage to cram the impossible into them.

    The six main items from the blue secton are,

    *gloves/scarf or hat (new or knitted)
    *sweets/chocolate (BB June 2020 EU origin)
    *soap and flannel
    *toothbrush/toothpaste
    *candles & holders
    *small games (travel size draughts/dominoes/playing cards)

    Then add at least a further 5 items from the red box for a family shoebox or from the purple box to make a unisex elderly shoebox

    With families (which is the red box)

    *colouring pads (A5) - i've struggled to get A5 but have put several A6 books in my boxes
    *crayons/pencils (with rubber and sharpener)
    *small toys (yo-yo, skipping rope, toy cars)
    *soft toy/teddy (with CE label)
    * tape measure/DIY tool
    * head scarf (lightweight)
    * shampoo (max 300ml)
    * solar powered calculator
    * safety razors
    * other gifts (there is a space on the form to list. I tend to put in lip salve, sewing kits, an eco friendly foldable shopping bag, hair bands, plasters, pencil case, slippers-pinched the idea from Chanie! (have picked up fluffy children's ones very cheap in sales which are very useful for packing things in) compact hair brush with mirror depending on the stocks of goodies I have )

    Will be back after to list the purple elderly (unisex) box

    Honesty you will get sorted much from doing a box Sammy Kaye
    Katiehound got me and Chanie into doing the boxes and we all like to do extras for charity at christmas including the shoeboxes
    We're a lovely positive thread
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 7th Jul 19, 9:47 PM
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    I have managed to sort out the shoebox stash- finally!
    (I still have 2 big bags to store for next year!- e.g when Wilco's sold off their wooden toy taxis & buses @ 25pence I bought loads!)
    My friend and I are going to have to knit 7 pairs of mitts over a long w/e!

    Tomorrow the plan is to go to Mr T to buy: 8 toothpastes, 4 t brushes, 8 disposable razor packs & 8 bars of chocolate!

    When I have sewn my 4 shopping bags (colourful thick curtaining) and sorted the 4 sewing kits I'll be able to pack the OAP boxes (oh no, lacking the mitts/gloves- curses).
    My friend has bought me 4 tools from £land for family boxes..
    Now it looks like I am short of cheapie wrapping paper- I slipped up there!

    At a carboot sale today got a box of 1/2 length lead pencils- when full it had 2 x gross! I guess there must be 230or more? - for £1.
    Also new dominoes, dice set, connect 4 (travel size)- altogether for £1
    3 mini handcreams- free
    hair bobbles, mini clips in mini bags - 10 pence each
    I reckon I am just about sorted. Hurrah

    Tomorrow plan to deliver 4 or 5 doggy duvets
    Fingers crossed dishwasher will be mended.............finally??
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 8th Jul 19, 2:04 PM
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    Today in Mr T:
    5 disposable razors- 30pence
    basic toothpaste- -50 pence
    pack of 2 x basic toothbrushes- 24 pence

    Sadly cheapie shampoo bottles too large -500ml rather than 350ml. Bought 300ml shampoo in Aldi
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 12th Jul 19, 7:08 AM
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    Today in Mr T:
    5 disposable razors- 30pence
    basic toothpaste- -50 pence
    pack of 2 x basic toothbrushes- 24 pence

    Sadly cheapie shampoo bottles too large -500ml rather than 350ml. Bought 300ml shampoo in Aldi
    Originally posted by Katiehound
    Thanks for the tip. Will definitely check out those items from mr T.
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 12th Jul 19, 2:39 PM
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    Glad I haven't been holding breath over dishwasher.... still broken. Needs new thermostat, man says he will fix for free as he did not diagnose correctly..... but... there's no rush!!

    Started knitting mitts pair 1. About 1" of rib so far whilst waiuting for car to be fixed.

    Yesterday I had my birthday treatto myself (it's in the school holidays.) Went to feed tigers at a local wildlife park. They have the largest collection of tigers in UK (11)- all from rescue. Stunning cats, obviously happy because they are very laid back. Probably not worth the cost but it was very memorable and I have a couple of stunning photos.
    I was also standing just inches from a big cat ( other side of mesh, naturally!!)
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 14th Jul 19, 8:51 PM
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    katie your birthday treat sounds like fun, but also scary.

    Xmas prep has been replaced with a few other priorities. Firstly, we had DDs birthday party this weekend, even though her birthday is over the summer holidays. She has loads of gift bags, which I have diverted to my gift wrapping stash.

    I found a couple more items for my link boxes. Speaking of which, I popped into Sports Direct to see if they had any spare boxes and I was told that most people take their boxes with them, as they can only accept returns on footwear in boxes. This means I will be ‘forced’ to buy more shoes to get the boxes!

    It’s MILs birthday coming up and I asked OH to ask her what she wanted as she is difficult to buy for. We have settled on a M & S voucher, which makes it so much easier. I did pick up a scarf for her in the Sainsburys sale, so she will at least have something to open on the day.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 15th Jul 19, 7:29 PM
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    Funny story

    During my lunch break, I passed an empty shoe box next to an overflowing bin. I thought maybe I should grab it for my link boxes. Anyway, i didn’t get as far as picking up the box as I realised it had trainers in it, so I left it where it was and walked away, annoyed that I lost out on a box.
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 15th Jul 19, 9:31 PM
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    Funny story

    During my lunch break, I passed an empty shoe box next to an overflowing bin. I thought maybe I should grab it for my link boxes. Anyway, i didn’t get as far as picking up the box as I realised it had trainers in it, so I left it where it was and walked away, annoyed that I lost out on a box.
    Originally posted by chanie
    I could have solved that problem for you: box to keep and trainers in the shoe bank (whatever state- they use the remaining bits)

    I am turning into the bag lady. Today at the edge of a bank carpark I collected 8 woolly scarves! just dumped in a soggy heap. Took home and washed by hand, now drying. 2 were lambswool. This is such a wasteful society. So 8 scarves for shoe boxes, possibly. One looks a bit tatty so that might be part of a dog coat. There were 2 more scarves and some shorts - will go back tomorrow as I'll have the car.

    Have sewn 3 shopping bags for the OAP boxes.
    That leaves:
    one bag to make
    8 sewing kits to sort- some need needle cases
    7 pairs of mitts

    Then pack!!

    Actually the tiger experience wasn't scary. They were so laid back- just looked like very big pet cats but with amazing markings.
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 21st Jul 19, 10:05 AM
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    All I could think about while I was in hospital was getting out to complete box 5. Only need a couple of items to finish it now and ate the chocolate out of it last night so going to replace that today.

    Supposed to be on bed rest but I'm finding I'm either getting really bored or tired so I'm trying to do a couple of bits every day.

    Have most of the bits for my elderly number 6 box but I definitely won't be storing any bits like Katiehound, I really am at the end of my stocks now but they have done well. Can't believe u found the scarves, it is a wasteful society.

    Chanie I can't believe what Sports Direct said about the shoeboxes. DD is going to ask her BF DM again to get me a shoebox as they live in a little village where everyone knows everyone. A couple she sent me were too small but I've used them for parcelling up other items so not wasted.

    It's nice to have the sunshine out. A couple of weeks and I have to go back into hospital for a couple of days.
    Where my collection point is, I have meetings every 3 months so I am really hoping that when we have the next meeting I can drop the boxes off before hand and i'll be fit to go to it.

    Saw a couple of Amazon bits really cheap for good quality smellies. Don't know if it's a descriptive mistake by Amaz@n. DD and I decided to go for it and put in an order to put in the local food bank collection if they do come thru. So far the order hasn't been cancelled.

    That's about it from me.
    Chanie hope DD party went okay
    katiehound tiger experience sounds good, very different.
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 24th Jul 19, 10:38 PM
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    Elderly box number 6 completed but haven't quite finished box 5 just need a DIY tool.

    Stocks are looking very pitiful and depleted-hardly anything left, I will have to start collecting throughout next year for those boxes.

    My washing machine has decided to compete with Katiehound dishwasher. It has completely packed up which is extremely frustrating when I could be making the most of the nice weather for washing. Sods law!
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 25th Jul 19, 9:35 PM
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    Very brief reply now as I want to get to bed. So short of sleep, not just heat but circumstances.

    Will write at length- probably on another thread-
    Tues 10.15 broke down 89 miles from home.
    It took RAC (with Saga car insurance) 17 hours to get me home. Walked in the door at at 03.10 Weds.Yes, you read it right.
    Woman driver alone with 2 dogs, 30 degrees temp stranded at side of road in a town. At one point they even offered to tow me home next day! Totally unacceptable 'service' 21 hour day

    Had a great time in Norfolk charity shops, just rather marred by homeward drive! No car at present, courtesy car tomorrow.

    36.5 degrees today on coast around 20 miles away. Feel like a grease spot!!
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 28th Jul 19, 5:38 AM
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    Greetings from Greece.

    Whenever we go away, I always keep my eyes peeled for presents, but I rarely find anything suitable. Despite hating shopping, OH always insists on buying souvenirs for the family. I hate ‘wasting’ money on stuff that is essentially unwanted junk (we have bags full of unwanted t-shirts and ashtrays that we don’t want or need). So,I try and buy either useful or consumable products like tea towels, local herbs, soap and sweets.

    Katie that’s awful news about your ordeal. I hope you complain.
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 29th Jul 19, 2:50 PM
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    Ha , still recovering!
    Very vociferous complaint made to breakdown- investigation takes 20 working days. Also complaint to Saga- no feedback from them- yet- I am not letting it rest.

    Hopefully I get my car tomorrow. The gearbox is now out. The courtesy car is teeny and I struggle to get in and out. Also struggled to find reverse, then set off the windscreen wipers and couldn't stop them in the sun!!

    5 pairs of mittens made. No more, will use 2 woolly scarves instead.
    8 sewing kits done
    Need to sort out the hair bits and then I think I am done.

    Have already got bits for next year! When you see bags of coloured pencils- 50+ for £1 that's a bargain I can not resisit, and packs of mini playing cards @20 pence too......

    The dishwasher man is due to come tomorrow. Not holding breath. His excuses are myriad and plausible but now I'm not sure they are quite the truth........
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 30th Jul 19, 9:04 AM
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    Katiehoundgood luck for the dishwasher man turning up today. I hope he does for u and it finally gets sorted. Mechanical wise things definitely don't sound to be going ur way
    I thought it was truly disgusting about the RAC taking 17 hours to get home and I am so glad u have complained and will not let it rest. Really unacceptable service.

    How u find ur bargains for the shoeboxes I don't know. I'm not that lucky.

    Bought some bits for my last box yesterday. I was going to do a family box but DD really wanted me to do another elderly box. Just need a shoebox for this but DD BF has his birthday today and among his presents is a shoebox so I'm going to try to nab that.
    Box 5 still needs completing-just needs a DIY tool, waiting for some from eBay.

    Chanie oooo Greece, have a great time. I always like a fridge magnet. When DD was at primary school her bestie always used to buy her a magnet from her holibobs. Useful for keeping stuff on the fridge but we have a nice display developing on the boiler side aswell. T-shirts and ash trays a definite no from me. Soap and sweets yes, they're nice but practical aswell.

    Have my DN birthday coming up in a couple of weeks. Due to a few lifestyle changes with her I was debating what to buy her. Have got her a few things i know she will like and is always asking for.
    Have bought a bamboo toothbrush set that comes with a couple of free biodegradeable things with it to finish her off.
    Ideal for her. Also bought one for DD for Christmas where the original idea came from. Looking at the sets I am going to get another for DD BF for Christmas.

    Other than some birthday present wrapping done and the odd Christmas present, already packed into the leftover small spare shoebox I had, I've done nothing else present wise except do some organising and tidying up of presents in the storage suitcases as everything was getting messy and something would just get damaged. Noticeably less items stored this year, I have really cut down.but it doesn't look like I have cut down iyswim.
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 30th Jul 19, 8:44 PM
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    Dishwasher man came today. Don't know if machine is fixed because the glue had to be left to set for 4 hours, by then too dark to use (solar panels) I will have it running tomorrow. Fingers crossed

    My car is back too thankfully and the Fabia has returned to the garage. I'm only £900 the poorer!!
    I have sent a card to the hairdresser who rescued me. I will get a gift card from Mr T for the folk who kept us safe for 13 hours- they can then choose drink, food or flowers- and I know that they shop there.

    It's been clammy here today. The wind has been blowing thro house- wonderful cooler air, but it's meant the odd door crashing shut and both dogs have been upskittled. I thought I'd have a siesta only to have one dog almost sitting on my head and the other squashed up against me. Very relaxing!! I think thunder might have been possible that is why they behaved so oddly.

    Panic today as I mislaid my Yellow Fever vacc cert. I took it to the surgery so they could scan it for my notes and then realised I hadn't seen it since I got home yesterday. Finally found it in a shopping bag (that I had already searched). Just think, I have kept it safe since 1981 only to lose now.

    Not expecting any word from RAC until late August, I doubt they will keep me informed.

    Still have hair bobbles etc to do. I don't react well in this heat. Grief, my thermostat says 23 degrees now. Another night to toss and turn.

    I need to attack some sleeping bags/ duvets tomorrow as planning to deliver to village PO, maybe also dog groomers on Thu.

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