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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
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    Tackling the debt free life one day at a time xx
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 16th Sep 19, 9:58 PM
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    happy kitties the shopping baskets are part of the Little Shop promotion which has recently been running. I have no idea what I’m going to fill them up with yet.

    Our trip to Calais wasn’t productive on the shopping front. It’s difficult to shop with the children in tow. Still, we had a lovely time. We are planning to go back towards Xmas time - not quite on Prague, happy kitties but we thought it would be a nice treat and maybe that trip will be more productive.
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 17th Sep 19, 8:59 AM
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    Chanie I think Calais will be so exciting and so Christmassy before Christmas, definitely worthy of another trip . I only ever seem to bring back Christmas baubles!
    It's a shame this trip wasn't more productive but I remember when my DD was younger, it was a nightmare on the shopping front but so nice to do the trip

    Trying to get hold of the shoebox contact is proving hard work at this rate I will be dropping them off at the drop off point DD used at uni, it might prove a lot easier. I'm definitely not as organised as Katie hound!

    Slowly wrapping the birthday presents, ready for drop off this weekend. The spare bedroom will slowly be looking tidier after the drop off. It's lovely to pick up presents cheaper and definitely more convenient to have them in and ready, it's just the storage. They seem to take over everywhere.
    Each year I say I'm not going to go so mad, then I see a perfect present and think I've got to have that
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 17th Sep 19, 10:24 AM
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    I only ever seem to bring back Christmas baubles!
    Originally posted by Happy Kitties




    Its a lovely way to have memories of your trips.


    I have a box that I keep the presents in, but that's full, so I have expanded into OH's wardrobe!!. I can't reach the box without a ladder, but we don't have a suitable one so normally will bring a chair from downstairs. Last night, I needed something from my box, so I ended up getting a lift from OH on his shoulders so I could reach......
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 20th Sep 19, 9:06 AM
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    I bought 3 chocolate oranges which were 75p in Tesco's. I don't have anyone in mind to give them to, but I thought it was worth grabbing them at that price, even though you can get them in the poundshop!!!
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 22nd Sep 19, 11:47 AM
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    Its a lovely way to have memories of your trips.


    I have a box that I keep the presents in, but that's full, so I have expanded into OH's wardrobe!!. I can't reach the box without a ladder, but we don't have a suitable one so normally will bring a chair from downstairs. Last night, I needed something from my box, so I ended up getting a lift from OH on his shoulders so I could reach......
    Originally posted by chanie
    Chanie this made me smile so much, the image of u balancing on ur OHs shoulders to get a present. The things we do! I hope u managed to get the present!

    I managed to deliver 4 bags of birthday presents to my Uncle yesterday ready for birthdays next month. All being for youngsters they had several small presents each, wrapped and popped into a gift bag. But could I find one of the smaller presents, nope. Me and DD hunted high and low in all the suitcases I use for storage, hunted in my wardrobe but we just couldn't find it at all.
    My uncle was greatly amused saying I bet as soon as the birthday has been u will find it-so true!

    I've noticed now the birthday presents have gone out as it was a friend's birthday too that I have a lot more spare storage space than I would normally have. If I get chance I'm going to have a sort out and rearrange of things, just make things tidier as Ive a couple of birthday presents for Jan birthdays that could do with being tucked away.

    Other Christmas prep, I did buy some pringles to pop away-DD has eaten them! Will start stashing some bits after next week when she has gone back to uni.

    Hope everyone's Christmas prep is going okay x
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 22nd Sep 19, 9:39 PM
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    I had a clear out of my gift box and was amazed at all the crap I had. Lots of unwanted gifts and freebies, many of which had been in the box for years. I decided to either gift it at the next available date (birthday or xmas) or give to the charity shop/school fete. It feels so much easier now I don’t have to trawl through all that junk!

    Now that we are in September, I feel I can legitimately ask the remaining family members what they want (all OHs side of the family!). DN wants 5migg1e. You don’t get much for your money, but there is a sale on at the moment, so I should be able to sort out a decent gift (and save money at the same time).

    SIL hasn’t said what she wants, so I’ve told OH I will get her some PJS. I’m not going to spend too much time and effort thinking about what to get her as she puts minimal time and effort in to the presents she buys for us.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 23rd Sep 19, 7:37 PM
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    I did go to 5migg1e today and spent 35 (eek) but bought a few bits for DD as well as DN. I just need to think of a way to present the gift to DN, as although the items are expensive, there isn’t much there.


    EDIT - have decided to present in a hamper. I have also have a few extra non-5migg1e related items I can use to bulk up the gift, to make it look a bit more substantial.
    Last edited by chanie; 24-09-2019 at 10:52 AM.
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 27th Sep 19, 12:16 PM
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    chanie I think the hamper idea sounds fab.That's the problem when u have bought items and u don't get a lot for ur money but they are items that are wanted and its how u pad it out. Always find that with teeangers when items get more expensive,always looks like uve not bought them much when in reality uve spent a fortune!

    Have got to go away for a meeting tonight. Four hour journey and staying over at DDs who only moved into her flat yesterday. Hoping to deliver 4 shoeboxes tonight as in the area of the drop off point from last year. Would have delivered the 7 but I haven't finished the last one. It's full but just finishing it off, I mentally have just gone on strike.
    Thought it was a good opportunity to at least get 4 out of the way just for wardrobe access

    Have been slowly plodding on with wrapping Christmas presents. Hoping I will be prepared!
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 27th Sep 19, 2:48 PM
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    A quick post from me!

    Got home Tues from Ireland. Weather on motorway was horrendous- all the water/ rain/ spray back so that w.wipers couldn't cope, so visibility poor. Plus road works and I flipping missed the turn onto M62 off M60-did an extra 26? miles. Thank goodness Topps tiles let me use their staff toilet. Once you get into a conurbation it's really hard on motorways- you never know when there is going to be a turn off for a U turn. It was a 38 hour day- still catching up!!

    Off next Thu at 7.30am to Dover. Then small fly in ointment- Thomas Cook were the company that Fred.Olsen has used for charter flights. Just got details of flight- now BA scheduled but no chance of premium economy- less vital leg room and less luggage allowance- 12 hour flight for return to UK.

    so thankful I got the shoeboxes done!
    Came home with a few bargains (not loads) now have beach towels (1.80) and Sistema water bottles- (1.15)

    Yesterday I bought a nice microfibre coat for the 5 challenge friend- it cost 1!! so if it doesn't suit it can go to a different charity shop in a different area.

    Yesterday managed to delete 350 junk e-mails. can now see what's vital.

    E-mail (not letter) from RAC 18or 19 Sept. Have accepted ex gratia payment = annual membership. Can not be bothered to go to ombudsman to claim for distress etc. - tooo much effort. (But I suspect it would warrant further investigation.....)
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 27th Sep 19, 8:55 PM
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    Given up battle with dishwasher until November! too many other essential jobs before I cruise........
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 28th Sep 19, 1:23 PM
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    Not Christmas at all but saw this delightful photo- light relief after politics! in Ireland. Australian couple had their wedding photos taken on the Ring of Kerry with an addition!
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 28th Sep 19, 9:58 PM
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    Love the photo.

    Katie am pleased you got something from RAC.

    Card factory have started to get their Xmas stock in. I picked up my 2020 wall calendar, diary and some money wallets. The stock in Card Factory sells quickly eg the gift bags, so I’m going to stock up early.

    This led me to identify a gap in my Xmas prep. My Xmas sundries (money wallets, gift bags, sellotape etc) are kept with the Xmas decorations, but we don’t decorate until the middle of December, so I don’t Know how much I have/need until I open the box (this is how I know that Card Factory run out).
    After Xmas, I am going to do an inventory for the following year so I can keep on top of this. I will of course, reuse any packaging or gift bags I get.
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 28th Sep 19, 11:18 PM
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    katiehound i'm pleased that u managed to get something from the RAC.
    The photo is great!

    Well I managed to deliver 5/7 shoeboxes yesterday. Oh my word it was a big house with a huge drive that would be a nightmare for cars in the winter and a nightmare for getting a wheelchair back up in general. Fortunately the neighbours were out, I couldn't see the numbers on the houses, they directed me to the house and were brilliantly helpful taking the boxes down to the house. Just as I was about to leave there was a tap on my car window, the householder had come out to say thank u.
    Have got a drop off point closer to home so when last box is done and I have a meeting in that area I will drop the final 2 off. Here's hoping for no steep drives or DD will be back to doing the drop offs next year!!!

    Chanie regarding the card factory I remember going into the shop a couple of years back for a bottle bag. They had flown out and no stock left so definitely worth stocking up. I try and pick up cards and paper in the sale from there, won't need paper have loads but will need to get stocks of personal cards up after this Christmas.

    Planning on getting another parcel sent next week with some charity bits in and keep plodding on with wrapping if I am in the mood!
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 7th Oct 19, 9:55 AM
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    Now that the shops are getting their Xmas food in, I'm going to start planning Xmas dinner and buying items to put away for Xmas. I feel another list coming on.....


    I need to finalise my Link Boxes and contact my local drop off point. I think I only need to get hats and gloves etc for them.
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 7th Oct 19, 11:47 AM
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    Chanie now u have mentioned it i could just eat a Christmas dinner
    Haven't a clue what we are doing Christmas day, DM is refusing to talk about it. Will order a smaller turkey and beef from the farm shop as normal and see what happens. We may not have a living room (decorating the hall first) but I've got a table and chairs at least!

    Still haven't completed my final link to hope box. I was doing so well with them but this one, I've just got to seal and wrap it but I've just left it.
    Have been wrapping Christmas presents and have finally sorted DD. She has given out present ideas this year which has made everyone's lives much easier! Things have been much better aswell to store items since all of those birthday presents went out, it has literally been a wrap and stash. It's nice to have the space. Also a clear out of my presents box for my charity box and a tidy up of the spare room has made a big difference.

    Feel that organised that I actually picked up some totes bedsocks in H.Bargains (only 1.60) ready for Christmas 2020......it won't last
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 8th Oct 19, 9:22 AM
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    I invited my Mum and her partner for Xmas dinner and they have accepted!!!! Normally, we see them on Boxing Day, but I thought it may be nice to do something a bit different this year. This means the pressure is on, food wise. I'm quite looking forward to it actually, as it means I can push the boat out a bit more food wise - the children don't really eat the trimmings, so I don't bother with them, as they go to waste. Now, I have a couple more adults to feed, I can.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 9th Oct 19, 9:26 AM
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    I have decided to do a mini stocking each for my Mum and her partner as they will be coming to us for Xmas dinner. I have quite a few generic gifts in my stash (e.g. socks, handcream, candles) that I can put in the stockings, so its not going to cost a lot of money to finish them off.


    I contacted my Link to Hope area contact and she would like me to deliver them at the end of October, so I have a couple of weeks to finish them off.


    This week, I'm going to SIL her PJ's from M&S, as I believe they are about to start issuing their Xmas receipts - in the event that she doesn't like them, I can return them and get a full refund.
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 12th Oct 19, 9:23 AM
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    Sounds like u are going to have an extra special Christmas Chanie and I think the stockings are a lovely touch. Just makes everything magical

    I have done nothing really christmassy this week except for wrap DD presents (she is nearly finished now).

    The hall is being sorted out ready for decorating. This week has seen extreme decluttering, a new stair lift and carpet which were badly needed (if extremely tiring). Feel better and the house easier to manage now with more sorting out and more decorating being done
    The carpet man was saying that he is going into extra busy season as everyone wants new carpets before Christmas.

    My poor last link to hope shoebox has still had no attention from me. Planning on finishing it off this weekend. Won't take long once I get my head round it. Need to contact the local coordinator to me.

    Have popped a couple of food items away for Christmas but will be really hidden before DD comes home! Have also got my Halloween sweets ready. They're safe in my company as I'm not a sweet person........chocolate is a different matter

    I've a couple of birthdays this month, one will need sending with a letter. Have dug the presents out, just need to get wrapping with those.
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