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    • 3forholidays
    • By 3forholidays 24th Dec 18, 6:09 PM
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    * Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas * - It's the 2019 Christmas Chatter Thread
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    • 24th Dec 18, 6:09 PM
    * Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas * - It's the 2019 Christmas Chatter Thread 24th Dec 18 at 6:09 PM

    Hello and welcome to the 8th Christmas Chatter Thread.

    Itís 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    Please let me know if any become out of date or if you would like your birthday added to the list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 Ė the thread is only a success because of your contributions!

    So on that note it is over to you and roll on Christmas 2019!

    Our Birthdays



    JANUARY
    Newthrift 18th
    Clumsy42 28th

    FEBRUARY
    murie 24th
    junior_j 25th

    MARCH
    vulpix 12th

    APRIL
    quidsy 23rd
    princesskitty29 29th

    MAY
    pixtotts 4th
    Opee92 13th
    Girl in a Yellow Dress 21st

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

    JULY
    mrs-moneypenny 17th
    Hanley25 19th

    AUGUST
    Treasurequeen 12th
    patentgirl 30th

    SEPTEMBER
    Spendless 28th
    whitesatin 28th

    OCTOBER
    freespirit66 1st

    NOVEMBER
    Peppapig 1st
    mrsinvisable 7th
    pinknfluffy28 28th

    DECEMBER
    FeistyFidget 14th
    3forholidays 15th
    CHRISSYG 25th !!!!!!!!
    Last edited by 3forholidays; 24-12-2018 at 6:34 PM. Reason: tidying up
    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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    • murie
    • By murie 19th Jul 19, 8:08 PM
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    murie
    Just found this on Boots, might be useful for someone?https://www.boots.com/offers/bootsclearance/all-clearance/sensationail-express-gel-deluxe-starter-kit-10236582
    lovin' this site!
    • noodles86
    • By noodles86 19th Jul 19, 8:12 PM
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    Evening all,

    Amazing how a few weeks can just fly by. Last few weeks at work (I work in a school) were tough and I needed the upcoming break. Just came home from Butlins Bognor (lovely part of the world, makes a difference from Leicestershire!) where four nights weren't enough and now feeling re-energised for the next five weeks!

    Christmas front, I bought quite a few bits in the Argos sale. My little girls loves these opteenies">https://www.argos.co.uk/search/popteenies/?clickOrigin=searchbar:home:termopteenies and I've bought some as Christmas presents for the young girls in our family. Also good for anyone whose little one is invited to a party as the boxes are massive. I got a hoodie reduced to £6 in the Sainsburys sale for a boy who will be nearly thirteen at Christmas (& I've no idea what thirteen year old boys are into on a budget of around £5!).

    What survey sites are everyone using to earn vouchers? Sounds intriguing.

    Nic2075 is savers the shop that sells toiletries? I think my ASD girl would love a neck cushion with a hood to keep the world out! Will have to keep an eye out.

    Free is the outlet village worth going to? keep saying we will go (hubby loves Crew clothing and I know there's an outlet there.
    Spreading a little Christmas joy all year round
    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 20th Jul 19, 7:14 AM
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    Morning everyone.

    I'm off out shortly to check out the Sue Ryder CS in the hope of finding a dark waistcoat for DD to play the role of Philip in the Greatest Showman at her drama summer school next week.

    I found a white ruffled shirt in a CS yesterday for £1

    We already have a cravat and boots from her doing Les Mis a few years ago.

    Once found all she'll need is some black leggings, which she needs for college/drama class anyway.
    • Joyfullyfestive
    • By Joyfullyfestive 20th Jul 19, 8:03 AM
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    Thanks girlinayellowdress, going to check those out now
    Joyfullyfestive all year round. Instagram: @joyfullyfestive
    • mrsinvisible
    • By mrsinvisible 20th Jul 19, 8:28 AM
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    Morning all. Good to see the pages are still filling well. Sorry it has been a long time since l posted, (although like many of us, l read daily).
    Well l think l have come to the end of the fruit for jams, but the veg and stuff for the chutneys are about ready, l am seriously running out of jars!!
    Found a wasps nest in the 'eave' of the front porch, so DGS was volunteered to spray the entrance of it with wasp killer and then bung a sponge into it to keep the in ones in and the out ones out; then we had the task of getting rid of the ones trying to get in. Not environmentally friendly l know, but ……… wasps.
    My printer has run out of ink, £36.98 for a back and a colour cartridge, but only £29 for a new machine with 5 months of free ink how is that possible? do they WANT me to be un- environment conscious or do they want me to throw money away? Answers please on a postcard or the back of a £20 note, thank you.
    Rant over, and b-r-e-a-t-h-e.
    Lots of the baby birds have fledged, and are being shown how to feed themselves, except for one mammy blackbird who keeps on feeding her chick even tho it is able to do its own thing! Lovely to sit and watch them all.
    Spendless, l hope your CS has dark waistcoats for your DDs role, she must be very talented.xx
    • sammy_kaye18
    • By sammy_kaye18 20th Jul 19, 12:36 PM
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    Well I was just looking through a sale page for a local store and trying to find some cheaper bits for my little girl (shes 9) and she has just said she doesnt really want toys this year - just craft stuff!
    If anyone finds my baby, can they please send her back to me? Im not ready for her to grow up yet!
    So looks like I will be on the look out for lots of craft sets and accessories that I can add into a big box for her to rummage through and then she can have lots of things to do , make and craft for the coming year instead of cluttering the house with junk. I have seen some sets which I think she will enjoy making too.

    I will get a few board games though from the charity shops as well to keep us all entertained.

    Nothing much going on here, its raining again so we are house bound for the minute so have just had a bit of a lazy day although I may bake a cake in a minute to have with custard for pudding later.

    Does anyone have any ideas for this please..

    I want to make gift bags for the women in my family - Im thinking a candle, some bath smellies, some sweeties, a picture of the kids and maybe comfy socks or slippers.
    The only problem I have is my mother in law - she has pet budgies so as a result wont use candles/air fresheners etc but Id still like to include something nice......Im thinking maybe a battery powered candle or a light up ornament (she loves robins) - has anyone any other ideas though?
    Finally sorting myself out.
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    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 20th Jul 19, 2:19 PM
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    sammykaye - what about the fairy lights you can get with just a few lights on them? I bought my daughter some like this a few years ago, they spelt out her name and the idea was they went around her headboard. I bought them in a Clinton's outlet.
    • Treasurequeen
    • By Treasurequeen 20th Jul 19, 8:44 PM
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    I haven't posted in a while but I have been reading daily, SammyKaye I have seen some light up real wax candles in different shapes (Christmas trees, snowflakes). But for the life of my I cant remember where, I will have a look tomorrow. I bought my aunt a fake candle but made out of real wax as she has 5 cats and she was very pleased with it. Also you may find some craft sets in charity shops my local julias house sell craft sets. If you sign up to hobbycraft loyalty card you can get £5.00 gift voucher on your birthday. i use mine to put towards gifts, or things i can make into gifts.

    Birthdays for the rest of the year have all been sorted cards and gifts wise so i can focus on christmas gifts now.

    I am going to start buying non perishables and long dated tins to put in christmas cupboard to keep costs down in december. Can't believe how quick this year is going, its nice to see the thread filling up.

    Hugs and best wishes to you all xx
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    • sammy_kaye18
    • By sammy_kaye18 21st Jul 19, 8:45 AM
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    sammykaye - what about the fairy lights you can get with just a few lights on them? I bought my daughter some like this a few years ago, they spelt out her name and the idea was they went around her headboard. I bought them in a Clinton's outlet.
    Originally posted by Spendless
    Yes I think I might go the route of decorating her room for her. She saw me do her brothers for his birthday and now I think she might have the same idea :-) So that would be a lovely idea if I can find her some fairy lights to decorate her room with.


    SammyKaye I have seen some light up real wax candles in different shapes (Christmas trees, snowflakes). But for the life of my I cant remember where, I will have a look tomorrow. I bought my aunt a fake candle but made out of real wax as she has 5 cats and she was very pleased with it. Also you may find some craft sets in charity shops my local julias house sell craft sets. If you sign up to hobbycraft loyalty card you can get £5.00 gift voucher on your birthday. i use mine to put towards gifts, or things i can make into gifts.

    I am going to start buying non perishables and long dated tins to put in christmas cupboard to keep costs down in december. Can't believe how quick this year is going, its nice to see the thread filling up.
    Originally posted by Treasurequeen
    I think I will sign up for the hobbycraft card but I am not sure where my local store is but I might see if I can talk husband into going and looking as they had some lovely sets from what I can remember too.

    I think the fake candle sounds nice and yesterday I found a frosted white bottle that had fairy lights inside so it glowed and it had 'when robins appear, lost loved ones are near' and a picture of a robin on it - she is obsessed with Robins and has one that visits her garden every morning so I think she will like that.

    I agree too - I think I will have to start thinking about a christmas cupboard before long. My son is now 15! and Holly is 9 and my husband Owen is a grazer so they eat me out of house and home on a regular basis so I think I will need to be well prepared this year especially since they both seem to be hitting growth spurts!
    Finally sorting myself out.
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    • princesskitty29
    • By princesskitty29 21st Jul 19, 11:39 AM
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    Hi all! Well a fair amount has been going on here since I last posted, DH went away on a stag do at 4am Friday morning and got home at 10pm last night so it's been full on with the kids. Somebody hit our car in Tesco car park on Friday whilst I was at a playgroup, damaging the paintwork and dislodging the panel, thankfully they had a conscience and left their details. Wiggle had his last day in Foundation, then yesterday when he was hoovering up the tiny playdough bits scattered on the floor he decided to hoover up his socks and now one is stuck in the pipe! I was grilling some food for breakfast this morning and the oven conked out, only to flicker back to life a couple of minutes later, so somethingís not right there. And on top of all of that we found out yesterday that a notorious character well known in the press has moved into our road! Iím not going to go into details about who it is but letís just say itís not really the type of character you want living a few houses down, I donít think they will give us any trouble themselves but we donít know what type of people might be visiting them! They are not well liked. Theyíre currently renting it so hopefully it might only be temporary. Oh, and I was kept awake from 3am this morning by really loud bass, turns out there was an illegal rave going on in the woods a few miles from where I live! Iím hoping the rest of the summer holidays might be a bit quieterÖ.

    Welcome Joyfully! Nice to have you here, i've just followed you back on Instagram.

    vulpix you are right! Itís one of those strange things where things can be quite stressful with little ones needing you for everything 24/7, but then one day weíll miss it too!

    Peppa ha I always think that too, Iíd be pretty gutted if my turkey tasted like salmon! Soooo excited about the new one on Christmas Day! I love having a programme that I really enjoy doing a Christmas special.

    Redrobin I love to hear what kids ask for for Christmas! Iím waiting to see what my two come up with over the years.

    Sammy it sounds like you had a lovely time away. The Works always have loads of craft bits and bobs at good prices.
    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 21st Jul 19, 5:11 PM
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    My cousins 2 kids asked for a baby brother or sister for Christmas one year or failing that a dog! They got a dog!
    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 21st Jul 19, 6:28 PM
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    My cousins 2 kids asked for a baby brother or sister for Christmas one year or failing that a dog! They got a dog!
    Originally posted by vulpix
    Last year, my daughter said to me a few days before December 25th..."So far, my Christmas presents are going to be disappointing..I haven't heard any of them barking'

    We finally got a dog in the spring, after I caved in after 20 years of resistance to one.
    • Joyfullyfestive
    • By Joyfullyfestive 21st Jul 19, 7:25 PM
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    Thanks Princesskitty,
    my Instagram is @joyfullyfestive if someone can add it to the list?

    Went shopping today, not much Christmas stuff yet, but brought some Xmas wax tarts in Yankee candle shop for 50p each and some star fairy lights in primark for £1.50. bargain!
    Joyfullyfestive all year round. Instagram: @joyfullyfestive
    • freespirit66
    • By freespirit66 22nd Jul 19, 3:38 PM
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    Afternoon everyone, hope everyone is well, and not too hot! Well call me Smuggy McSmugface I have finished Christmas presents, tbf I donít have that many to buy for. I got Thumper an Adidas tracksuit to finish him off. He loves tracky bottoms, being autistic he is really funny about his clothes and how they feel on him. Iíve got my eye on a beautiful silver stags antler candle holder (thanks to our lovely Murie) I think that will be my next buy for Christmas.

    PEPPA Congratulations on your new DGS, what have they named him? Your GC have such lovely names.

    VULPIX glad you had a lovely holiday, I hope you feel nice and rested and looking after yourself.

    REDREDROBIN hi and welcome back

    SAMMYKAYE your little camping trip sounded perfect. The light up Robin ornament sounds lovely, we have a robin here too, I love watching him/her

    JOYFULLYFESTIVE hi and welcome, I have followed you back on IG

    NOODLES yes I really liked the East Midlands outlet, itís outside, lots of benches, compact but with good shops there

    MRSINVISIBLE yes I donít understand why ink is more expensive than the flipping printer, madness!

    PRINCESSKITTY ooh you have to DM me the name of the celebrity I am intrigued (and damn nosey). I hope everything gets fixed! How is Your MIL now?

    SPENDLESS I am giggling at DDs comment about not hearing any barking yet
    CURRENTLY READING Trisha Ashley - A Good Heart is hard to find
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    • girlinayellowdress
    • By girlinayellowdress 22nd Jul 19, 4:08 PM
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    Free I have some nice antler candle holders. They hold five dinner candles each and do give off some heat. I would like to see the ones you have your eye on x
    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 22nd Jul 19, 10:31 PM
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    Aw thanks FREE. Heís called James Aaron and heís so cute.
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
    • mrsinvisible
    • By mrsinvisible 23rd Jul 19, 7:05 AM
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    Welcome James Aaron, lucky PeppaP,.

    What a lot of present good ideas everyone. The candles and fairylights all sound gorgeous. l managed to get fairy lights that work from the doofer that you charge mobile phones with,( it plugs in to the wall and has a slot for the charger cable to go in) . it must have a proper name? anyway, l put the lights all round the top of the conservatory windows, and l think it looks very effective.
    l have decluttered a corner in Chez invis living room. l relocated the stereo into the conservatory into the TV unit. DS2 took the unit it was in, so reduce, re-use-, recycle all in one. Must remember to get him a card this morning as it is his birthday, and fave cos made me a swiss roll for his cake.
    passed the house that has 5 of my hanging baskets and saw that a couple looked bedraggled and bare, so as l have 3 just sitting here, l will take them down for them. (when this wind dies down that is).
    Caffiene calling , xx
    • freespirit66
    • By freespirit66 23rd Jul 19, 12:43 PM
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    [SIZE="2"]GIRLINAYELLOWDRESS this one. /https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Unique-Rustic-Antler-Candle-Holder-4-Taper-Vintage-Style-Home-Decor-Stag-Deer/202706395700

    PEPPAPIG aww thatís a lovely name, so long since I had newborn cuddles

    MRSINVISIBLE I love the sound of the lights in the conservatory [SIZE]
    CURRENTLY READING Trisha Ashley - A Good Heart is hard to find
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    • girlinayellowdress
    • By girlinayellowdress 23rd Jul 19, 1:11 PM
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    Free I sent you a pic via insta x
    • mrsinvisible
    • By mrsinvisible 24th Jul 19, 6:53 AM
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    Free they are the teeny tiny ones in a copper coloured wire, LED l think. They were about 75p a string from Ge@rbest. (when l put the voile curtains up in the conservatory, and before l put the furniture back in, Fave Cos said ''it looks like a parlour of repose''. Then l put the lights round and she said ''now it looks like a fairground ride'') l do love her. smilie face emoji insert.
    My friend whose PIP got turned down got her mandatory request result yesterday, and is delighted and relieved to have been awarded the standard daily living rate.
    DS2 had his birthday cake it was yummy, and more-ish.
    Fave niece is bringing my two great nieces this afternoon, so a really lovely time today. So l'd best get my booty shaking and tidy up. xx
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