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    • mum2one
    • By mum2one 14th Jan 20, 7:46 PM
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    Santaís challenge 2020 ...
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    • 14th Jan 20, 7:46 PM
    Santaís challenge 2020 ... 14th Jan 20 at 7:46 PM
    Santaís Challenge...

    Santaís challenge isnít just about Christmas Eve, itís about Birhtdays, Motherís Day, fathers days, Christmas ... but most of all, friendship and support.


    Weíre a small group of ladies that have been together over a few years - so welcome to the family.


    Challenge
    The second part of the title...
    The great aim is to split all the work throughout the year, whether itís buying presents in the sale, reusing Xmas cards as tags, throu to the famous ďMiss Hoodies cornerĒ.


    Miss Hoodie was a nickname given to my daughter many years ago... the name has stuck as when I was doing the monthly challenge prep she would want to help and said clean cupboard... so every month thereís a little cleaning challenge.


    Donít feel that you have to do everything on the list, you might already be prepared, not needed it time factor. Itís as much about spreading the planning out...


    Hereís to a new year, a new decade, to friends old and new ... and thinking of you to those not with us xx



    xx rip dad... we had our ups and downs but weíre always be family xx
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    • crazy-cat-lady
    • By crazy-cat-lady 14th Jan 20, 8:05 PM
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    • 14th Jan 20, 8:05 PM
    Yay. New year new thread. Though Iíll miss the old one.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 14th Jan 20, 9:19 PM
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    • 14th Jan 20, 9:19 PM
    Thanks for the new thread.

    For any newbies, I thought I would start with a quick gift guide in case anyone needs any inspiration....

    Santas Challenge gift gift guide

    ‘Green’ gifts or something useful - this is normally my first port of call when considering gifts.
    - steel water bottle
    - fold up shopping bag or tote bag
    - travel mug (with coffee shop voucher)
    - wrist warmers
    - peshtemal towel (handy for holidays)
    - travel jewellery box
    - luggage tag
    - travel card holder, travel wallet or passport cover

    Things to do - a great way to avoid ‘stuff’
    - cinema tickets (great for teens)
    - afternoon tea
    - llama trekking
    - English Heritage/National Trust membership (expensive but food for couples or families)
    -restaurant vouchers
    - personalised luggage strap

    Monthly subscriptions - are really popular at the moment. You can get beauty boxes, coffee, cheese, gin and children’s craft ones, magazines. I have never got one, so I can’t comment, but could be a good suggestion.


    Favourite shops - I rarely pay full price for my gifts as there is normally an offer floating around somewhere.

    Flying tiger - a posh pound shop, but good quality.

    Hema - similar to Flying Tiger.

    TK Maxx - definitely worth a browse. I have bought items that I’ve seen in other shops for higher prices. The phone accessories are good for teens.

    eBay - I don’t buy anything without checking eBay first. Many items are ‘brand new with tags’ and some shops have ebay shops for their old stock.

    I will keep this list updated as I think of stuff.
    Last edited by chanie; 16-01-2020 at 3:26 PM.
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 14th Jan 20, 10:01 PM
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    • 14th Jan 20, 10:01 PM
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    • 14th Jan 20, 10:01 PM
    Ooooo lovely new thread.

    I will also miss the old one. Thru katiehound we got hooked making up our link to hope shoeboxes and looking forward to seeing ur gift guide chanie.......only bec i pinch ur ideas . The luggage organisers (a present idea i pinched from u) are still a favourite with DSisinlaw

    Some bargains that i picked up for the charity auction, i've decided to send to the organiser. I thought not only would it create some space but the organiser also put out an appeal for other bits, some of which i had so thought it would be easier to send everything all in one go.

    Have picked up a few bits in the monsoon sale-childrens slippers that had an extra discount on them. Ive done a click and collect for DD to pick up as now she is back at uni she only lives 5 mins from the city centre. I dont even have a monsoon in the next town, would have to travel a fair way and postage outweighs the extra savings.
    Also picked up the last 2 rolls of wrapping paper in tesc@ today for 20p (def wont need to buy any next year) , unicorn gift bags for 10p and lindt choc sets with a good shelf life down to 60p. Picked up 6 for DD and i to tap into for little extras to add to birthday presents.

    Feeling prepared again and more in control.

    Doing some decluttering found some jewellery that i didnt even know i had that ive popped in my shoebox stocks.
    2017 birthday savings shopping frugally = 481.15:money. 2018 birthday savings so far=360.66
    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 15th Jan 20, 12:54 PM
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    • 15th Jan 20, 12:54 PM
    Wonderful!! A new shiny thread!!!
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    • 15th Jan 20, 12:54 PM
    My title says it all!
    A new shiny thread for the new decade

    Greetings everyone.

    Today I printed off my e-visa for India & Sri Lanka at the library. Victory.

    This week so far I have bought the 2 mini hot water bottles I needed & 6 s/s table knives for the boxes. I have also realised that I have a glut of perfectly good hairbrushes, so they are washed ready to pack in the expanding bags!!

    Yesterday I managed to flick the presser foot off my sewing machine- don't ask how and it ended up under a heap of fabric bits. I didn't hear it land and was all prepared to order a replacement online @ £20. Luckily I decided not to look for it. And hey presto- found!

    To the present list I would add:

    Magazine subscription (often there's a 5 for £5 /6 for £6 deal)
    Luggage strap with woven name (great at the carousel!)
    Last edited by Katiehound; 15-01-2020 at 12:56 PM.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 16th Jan 20, 3:27 PM
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    • 16th Jan 20, 3:27 PM
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    • 16th Jan 20, 3:27 PM
    My title says it all!
    A new shiny thread for the new decade


    To the present list I would add:

    Magazine subscription (often there's a 5 for £5 /6 for £6 deal)
    Luggage strap with woven name (great at the carousel!)
    Originally posted by Katiehound
    Thanks. I have changed the title of the gift guide and also added the two ideas.
    2020 savings on purchases £1021.28
    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 16th Jan 20, 5:55 PM
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    • 16th Jan 20, 5:55 PM
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    • 16th Jan 20, 5:55 PM
    My title says it all!
    A new shiny thread for the new decade

    Greetings everyone.

    Today I printed off my e-visa for India & Sri Lanka at the library. Victory.

    This week so far I have bought the 2 mini hot water bottles I needed & 6 s/s table knives for the boxes. I have also realised that I have a glut of perfectly good hairbrushes, so they are washed ready to pack in the expanding bags!!
    Originally posted by Katiehound
    Can i ask where did u get the mini hot water bottles from katiehound please?

    Tried everywhere last year but only found them on ebay and they were expensive
    2017 birthday savings shopping frugally = 481.15:money. 2018 birthday savings so far=360.66
    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 16th Jan 20, 10:38 PM
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    • 16th Jan 20, 10:38 PM
    I won't use that font again- it 's just SO big!!

    I got the hot water bottles from a chain called Yorkshire Trading. I got the 1 litre bottles- they were £1.75? and there were smaller ones too, not a lot cheaper. They have branches across the N/ NE.Unfortunately they are online, but none of this product

    Just looked on-line ebay etc, yes they are very dear. The only suggestion I can make is that I buy some for you and post? Don't know how many I could post for £3 small packet? I'm willing to check if that would help. Need to do it soonish too.........before cruise.
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 17th Jan 20, 9:05 AM
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    • 17th Jan 20, 9:05 AM
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    • 17th Jan 20, 9:05 AM
    Katiehound that would be brilliant but only if u have time. I definately woudlnt stand a chance of getting any around here, and would be more than happy to cover all costs.
    I missed putting a mini hottie in my boxes last year

    Just to let u know the registration is now open for the boxes. Ive registered its just getting the boxes now, have to wait till i see my foot guy at hospital next and scrounge!!!!
    2017 birthday savings shopping frugally = 481.15:money. 2018 birthday savings so far=360.66
    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 17th Jan 20, 11:49 AM
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    Happy Kitties I will pm you with my contact details. I would have a chance to check their stock level & postage costs Mon or Tue next week
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    • Anglea
    • By Anglea 17th Jan 20, 2:13 PM
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    Hi everyone, I've subscribed to the new thread but haven't read all the messages I've missed yet, I've got some birthdays next week but also dad's funeral so things are not going to plan and I still haven't fully sorted out the house after Christmas, decs and tree piled up to be put away in the lounge.

    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 17th Jan 20, 7:34 PM
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    Hi Anglea, it must be a stressful time for you but we are still here! (Well, I am here for a couple more weeks before cruising)

    Just take things a day at a time, and be kind to yourself.

    Take care
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    • crazy-cat-lady
    • By crazy-cat-lady 18th Jan 20, 9:35 AM
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    Anglea..the tree, house, all of it can wait. Take care of yourself and donít worry about the little things. Tidying can wait til everything is settled and youíre ready. Itíll be a welcome distraction when you need it later. Hope youíre ok.

    Holiday again tomorrow. Caribbean cruise number 2. Canít believe Iím saying that. Two cruises in two months. The mother in law bought this for us all as a big treat. After that, we are home for a long while and in one place.

    I can have a nosey in the sales in Orlando before we get on this ship, for anything to put away. Usually some good bargains there. Especially clothes. (I remember getting a Calvin Klein jacket and Vera Wang PJs at Macyís for equivalent of £5 each).

    And when we get back, I start a new job, part time around nursery. A long time since Iíve done anything like this. Iíve been off work since having our little girl. Itíll be a nice treat to have money again, though Iím very nervous/anxious/excited. Itíll be a big change.
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 18th Jan 20, 11:26 AM
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    Have a great holiday, followed by , hopefully an equally great new job!!
    Clearly lots of excitement : enjoy!!
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 18th Jan 20, 8:00 PM
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    Anglea as someone once said to me, things will get sorted in their own time and they are not important compared to the important things currently going on in ur life right now and she was right. Be kind and patient with urself. The house will get sorted, but u r dealing with so much at the minute. Sending hugs.

    CCL u lucky thing with the cruise. Enjoy! Im sure u will be just fine in ur new job. It just settling into the new routine and change. I bet u will be great!

    Katiehound even had a look in the factory outlet store but nothing. Will be calling tomorrow!

    Did pick up a couple of items for charity auction today to put away and had a bargain with debenh@ms. Someone had posted up about socks being greatly reduced and next day free delivery. Managed to get 6 pairs reduced to 2.40 for my boxes.
    Thinking about buying a couple of storage boxes for charity items and to pop the box stocks in which are finally buiding up

    While getting some charity items i spotted something for Dsisinlaw so she is now finished.
    Just created some space sending items to charity organiser only for it to be filed up again! But all for good causes

    Luggage tag and travel wallet pinched from Chanies list for besties birthday
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 21st Jan 20, 1:45 PM
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    I've been very lucky over the past couple of days.

    I went to get some storage boxes this morning and they were reducing christmas bits further down to 50p. Picked up one prosecco bubble bath bauble for a friends daughter and a few bits for the charity auction i support. One box is full of items for the charity.

    Also managed to get hold of a lovely top reduced in the sale with free next day delivery for Dcousins daughter from Debenh@ms.

    DD has been very lucky with reduced cuddlies in the Disney store.

    Ive been able to speak to the amazing Katiehound who has very kindly picked up hotties for my shoeboxes. I am so grateful. I also got to see some of the amazing projects Katiehound has done. Thank u katiehound

    Think i might have to buy more storage boxes for my shoebox stocks as they are finally building up again and have a sort out to see what ive got as ive just been throwing things into bags

    Need to parcel up and send the second birthday present of the year. Bought last year in the sales, i know its something the person will love and its nice that i dont have to go rushing about for a present. Not sure whether ive got a birthday card though, need to sort about cards for this year
    Last edited by Happy Kitties; 21-01-2020 at 2:42 PM.
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 21st Jan 20, 5:49 PM
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    Hot water bottle challenge completed today!

    If you would like to see this is what the real Katiehound did before rehoming:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PnkdFvRSMg

    You can see my existing hounds here- 1st story:
    Katie's story- 6th
    http://www.trailhoundwelfare.org.uk/category/stories/

    Looks like my 1st story needs updating- Shay has passed his KC GC silver, now he's 7!

    Today got a letter about my visas- won't be allowed on the ship without them- smug feeling. I have them (and the correct ones too!!)
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