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    • mum2one
    • By mum2one 31st Dec 16, 1:04 AM
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    Santas challenge 2018 and beyond xx
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    • 31st Dec 16, 1:04 AM
    Santas challenge 2018 and beyond xx 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
    Last edited by mum2one; 18-01-2018 at 1:59 AM.
    xx rip dad... we had our ups and downs but we’re always be family xx
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 20th Oct 19, 10:04 PM
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    I sorted through my link boxes and I just need to buy the hats and confectionery, which I will buy this week. I had to wait until the children were out to finish them off as some of the items I’ve put in the boxes belonged to my children (they haven’t missed the small toys).

    OHs siblings are doing Secret Santa for Xmas, so I only have to buy 1 present, instead of 3. I told one of them that I had already bought a present for one sibling so asked if I could have them.
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 21st Oct 19, 7:28 AM
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    Chanie there are big bars of chocolate, there own brand in Tesc@ for 30p. It's very nice, have taste tested the milk and white one several times, not too thick so easy to get in the box if that is of any help. I've used a bar in all my boxes.
    My poor final box still needs to be wrapped, it really has been the abandoned but I have got some Maccies toys stashed for next year and my first shoebox from podiatry who said when I get back after Christmas he will get me some more!

    It's a good idea re: the secret santa especially if u have one siblings present already.
    I changed my mind with my cousin's children. Felt that the present I had for the 2 little ones was a bit old so made use of the 2 for £15 at Arg@s with an extra 25% off so worked out about 5.50 for a really good present and I will just stash the present I have for next year instead.

    Did start prepping with the Christmas food. Bought a box of biscuits but youngest cat thought it would be great fun to push them off the cupboard They sounded in bits, opened them and typical they were fine

    DD is home this weekend so will wait to start getting more bits until she goes back as it will definitely get eaten!
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 21st Oct 19, 12:44 PM
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    Thanks for the tip on the chocolate - I pass a Tesco on the way home from work, so I think I will pop in and get them (and then also divert to poundland for the hats and gloves).


    Secret Santa went a bit wrong last year for OH's siblings. I was told that it was Secret Santa so, only bought for 1 sibling, but wasn't aware that another sibling decided not to participate. I didn't get them present, so on Boxing Day, I picked up some restaurant vouchers. Its ironic that the sibling didn't participate as this sibling is the one that does the last minute dash to the supermarket to buy all their presents. I would have thought that they would have preferred Secret Santa...


    *edit*
    I bought the chocolate bars from Tesco, plus hats and gloves from the pound-shop, so my boxes are finished. Yay.
    Last edited by chanie; 21-10-2019 at 10:45 PM.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 26th Oct 19, 10:08 PM
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    Matalan have some nice things in for Xmas. I bought a couple of wash bags with first name initials on them, for my nieces, but they are for Xmas 2020. I regret not picking one up for DD, so I need to pop back to get one.

    We know what we are getting DS for Xmas, but aren’t entirely sure what to get DD. I find the ages of 6-8 difficult gift wise, as children start to loose interest in toys, but not quite old enough for the tech/fashion etc the older children want. We struggled with DS at that age and now it’s DDs turn.

    The children also chose a joke present for MIL. She will find it funny but it’s something that can be used, so isn’t a waste of money.
    Last edited by chanie; 26-10-2019 at 10:15 PM.
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 27th Oct 19, 9:35 AM
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    I've not done much, i've had the decorator in and while the hall/stairs and landing look lovely my stress levels are thru the roof!
    I hate decorating with a passion but did little bits like frame new pictures brought back from New York for me which look really nice. Not going to do any more on the decorating front now until after
    Christmas.
    I was looking for a storm lantern, have ordered one from M+S but as soon as u mentioned Matal@n Chanie I went for a nosy. They have small lanterns I really like but not in silver

    I have wrapped a couple of bitty Christmas presents but have been late with birthday presents-still to wrap and give out/send.
    A bottle of sherry I was struggling to find, DD managed to find it for me so I'm going to get that sorted and wrapped tonight along with the birthday presents!

    Took medical advice regarding DM on Christmas day as the rest of the family decided we wanted to go out for food. She is a smart cookie but is like a stroppy toddler. We've been told to leave at home and go out for food. Her response was basically just make sure u bring me back a dinner. She was prepared to make everyone's life miserable for her to get her own way and it's affecting the family. Some family just stay away from her now so have been having to get advice from the medical professionals who have been really good for support so need to go and put a deposit down for the meal.

    I can see it being a bitty week tying up lots of loose ends.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 27th Oct 19, 7:12 PM
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    Decorating is stressful, but always worth it in the end.

    Even if you haven’t made progress this week, you are already well ahead of the game, so that’s one less thing to worry about.

    I have a weeks annual leave soon in between leaving my current job and starting a new one. I want to use some of the time to get ahead with Xmas prep. One job in particular is wrapping presents, which I can do whilst the children are at school. Other tasks include decluttering, writing Xmas cards, making and freezing food for Xmas day and some making up small gifts for the children.

    I popped to Matalan today and picked up a wash bag for DD. Her initial is a popular letter so I wanted to get it before it sold out. I managed to buy it without her seeing, which is no easy feat as she is very nosey.
    Last edited by chanie; 27-10-2019 at 7:38 PM.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 29th Oct 19, 7:31 PM
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    I delivered my Link boxes today. Yay. My area collector said I was the first person to drop off boxes and they had only been contacted by 1 other person.
    I didn’t have the right change for each box so I didn’t attach the the money to the boxes. The collector said this as better as they had to bank up the money so it was easier that I hadn’t (will remember for next year).

    Other tasks completed today - prepped some carrots for the freezer for Xmas day, made a start on updating my 2020 calendar and bullet journal.
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 30th Oct 19, 8:23 AM
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    Chanie u put me to shame , I've still got to deliver my final 2 boxes and uve given me the nudge forward to get it done. Strange that ur collector hasn't had more people drop boxes off, I thought they would be inundated. Will give my area collector a call tonight to arrange for Friday I think.

    I am getting bits done. Took some birthday presents round to besties last night and a catch up we havent done for so long. It gave me the push when I got home to get the rest of their Christmas presents out and wrap.
    Not many left to wrap now. If I can finish everything I've got by the weekend, then I will be very much on target. Going to a Christmas opening weekend at the local garden centre this weekend. DD and I do it every year and have a carvery meal while we are there. We've seen something for DM as well so will pick that up this weekend who is impossible to buy for as she buys things she wants straight away but does like a Christmas item.

    Still need to send a belated birthday present and letter to a friend. My aim is to get this done the end of the week. I have decided bitty weeks are the worst!
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 30th Oct 19, 3:05 PM
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    Happy kitties you put me to shame as you completed and delivered your boxes whilst mine were still half full. But I guess we have different strategies - you do one box at a time, whereas I do mine altogether. Still, we end up at the same place.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 3rd Nov 19, 3:23 PM
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    I bought a step ladder today from Lidl for £18. It’s just tall enough for me to teach my Xmas stash at the top of my wardrobe. No more climbing on OH back for me.

    I also bought a couple of initial drinking glasses for presents from M&S. One letter was like the elusive cocktail baubles as this seemed to be the only letter they didn’t have in stock. Managed to get it in the end - they were 20% off, so saved £1 each in them.

    I have also booked another day trip to France for December. I thought it would be a nice way to experience the build up to Christmas, plus we can buy some nice goodies. I have been holding off on booking in case we had a no deal Br£xit as it could have potentially affected our car insurances and driving licences. Im
    Last edited by chanie; 03-11-2019 at 8:00 PM.
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 3rd Nov 19, 10:12 PM
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    I'm still trying to get hold of the local area collector to drop my 2 boxes off but Chanie urself, Katiehound and me -by doing the boxes I feel that we will have made some people's Christmas' just a little better

    Despite DD very kindly giving me her gastro bug we still did the garden centre opening weekend.bought a lot of bits yesterday (including a birthday present for May next year!) and saved £20 with a voucher but didn't stay for food as neither of us could have managed it.
    But went back today and we both managed food. It's the meal that always symbolises the start of Christmas for us. Treated ourselves to a few more bits, I got a couple of bits to go in the hall.
    The turkey and beef were ordered at the farm shop in the garden centre.

    Also managed to get Christmas day food booked. We have some strange requests but t@ble t@ble are happy to accommodate and we can take a meal out for DM

    Not finished wrapping presents but most are completed now. Have a lovely pile of wrapped presents looking at me in the spare room.

    Chanie yay to France. It will be amazing and yay to the step ladder-it still makes me chuckle that u had to clamber up on OH shoulders to get to ur stash!
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 7th Nov 19, 8:15 AM
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    I'm so glad I managed to drop 5 boxes off when I visited DD as local collector has than been less than cooperative that's if they are collecting. I've rang, left a message, texted a message but nothing. It's one of those weeks where it is just busy but I'm hoping to ring link to hope later to mention it.

    On the present front, apart from 2 presents arriving at the end of the month I only have 2 presents left to wrap. DM rang me yesterday to say some relatives will be visiting her and does she have all my presents from me. She did know but had forgotten. Just a couple of presents to pop into a gift bag along with a Christmas card plus I will also pass another present onto DM for her to pass on. People seem to be more organised this year as I've never known the relatives visit so early.

    I've also found and got presents im sending into a box to check just for size so far, need to be packed up properly (will be a snug fit ) but feel in control and don't feel rushed-for a change!
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 7th Nov 19, 10:35 AM
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    How frustrating about your area collector.
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 7th Nov 19, 3:06 PM
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    chanie the only time the area collector responded was when I rang during the day and they texted back, 'I can't talk now' and that's been the only communication.

    I've just rang link to hope. They were quite shocked as they said they were a good collector but would follow up to see what was going on. There still might be a chance of me delivering my 2 boxes, but they did say if I've been struggling then others would have been as well so want to do a follow up
    Last edited by Happy Kitties; 07-11-2019 at 3:30 PM. Reason: Addition
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 7th Nov 19, 3:56 PM
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    chanie the only time the area collector responded was when I rang during the day and they texted back, 'I can't talk now' and that's been the only communication.
    Originally posted by Happy Kitties

    That's even worse!!!!!!


    My thoughts now turn to planning for Xmas day itself. I bought a bingo kit so that we can play on Xmas Day. I'm going to buy some small prizes to add to the 'excitement'.


    I have pretty much finished my Mum's and her partner's stockings, which I managed to do really cheaply, by raiding my spare gift stash. I need to buy the stockings, but I will just get the ££ shop ones (they won't to keep the stockings, so there is no point in buying expensive ones).
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 7th Nov 19, 7:16 PM
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    Absolutely not good news about the area collector- fortunatelymy boxes went very early!

    Can't type for long- did my arm/wrist in at w/e trying to delete about 350 e-mails. Osteopath was not impressed when I said my arm/ shoulder hurt!

    Landed at LHR at 04.35 last Fri- 12 hour flight from Cape Town. Great cruise.
    Poor poor Mr Napoleon Bonaparte being exiled to a remote sub-tropical island in the S.Atlantic!!I think he had a pretty cushy imprisonment there. St Helena was lovely and the locals very friendly. Apart from La Coruna, Namibia & CT all the places were volcanic islands in the Atlantic.

    I can't quite get my head round the lack of daylight, the torrential rain and exactly what I need to do next! So far this week: osteopath, chiropodist & car service + 3 swims. Have contacted man for dishwasher... due Tues..... but not holding breath!
    Unpacking the case would be handy, and get it in the loft.

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    • Anglea
    • By Anglea 8th Nov 19, 3:24 PM
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    Hi everyone.

    My friend came home 10 days early from holiday hell, she was very ill and it rained non stop and not only did her hotel room flood as I mentioned in a previous post but also problems in the straw hut she was allocated. She had trouble getting home too as there was a bad political situation in Ethiopia where she was getting a connecting flight, luggage lost at Heathrow etc

    She's ordered some of our Christmas food as her life is really chaotic at the moment, so many things going wrong so it may be hard to buy everything in person.

    I can't seem to get myself together at all, there seem to be constant problems at my parents house with dad's health, my son was in a car accident (unhurt) but it happened last weekend when I had the worst episode of TMJ I've had so far. Haven't done anything towards Christmas apart from getting a mailing pamphlet.

    I think we should start up some monthly challenges next year as they really helped me in the past.

    Chanie, that's funny to imagine you on your OH's back. It must have been high up.

    Katiehound I have to ask, do you think you'll ever get fed up of your cruises?

    Happy Kitties, how many of you will be going for the Christmas Day meal?

    • mum2one
    • By mum2one 8th Nov 19, 7:12 PM
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    Hello ladies, a blast from the past...

    All ok, just took a break, it just went from there.

    Miss Hoodie, she’s just turned 17, started driving lessons, passed all her GCSEs, and had a camper van as transport for her prom.

    Mum - she’s had a few falls, touch wood no hospital stays since last August, thou she’s trying out the ambulance services each time on holidays...

    Me.. I’m ok, usual aches and pains, still looking for Mr Right, still travelling with Miss Hoodie. We’ve done Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco this yr, we only came back Monday from Morroco.

    Will spend the next few days catching up on posts,

    From the bottom of my heart, I was bursting to see the thread still going, thank you all xxxx
    xx rip dad... we had our ups and downs but we’re always be family xx
    • Anglea
    • By Anglea 8th Nov 19, 9:37 PM
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    Welcome back Mum2one

    Does this mean you're back for good or just visiting?

    Yes, we've carried on with the thread, it's good to keep a focus on special occasions although I do admit being awol quite a bit this year.

    Thanks for your update, I still remember Miss Hoodie being in Primary and you buying camper van related gifts.

    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 9th Nov 19, 10:46 PM
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    Anglea 3 of us going for the Christmas lunch. We're very close to Duncle who did not like being invited over by DM for the sole purpose of cooking Christmas dinner and basically being a servant.
    Another 3 family members refuse to come over because of DMs behaviour
    Going to update the doctor next week of the issues we are having but I will put a pound on the fact that he already knows what she is up to!

    2 more presents arriving at the end of the month, won't take long to wrap then all sorted.
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