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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.
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 27th May 19, 8:12 AM
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    Wow Chanie now that is prepared. Since u posted about the two 2020 Xmas presents I have found one present but it might be allocated as a birthday present, not sure yet.

    Will definitely pop into Sports Direct, a great idea as I was really beginning to think what I would do. DD brought 2 big boxes back, hoping to put one together today. The other box she brought home is too small but I have a birthday present to send the end of the month which it will be perfect for. Determined to try and reuse things or recycle as much as I can

    I hope everyone is enjoying the BH. Just need to pop to the shops and I think it will be a quiet day for us. Also really need to get a letter written
    As DD had to go back to uni for exams straight after Easter we still have Easter eggs sitting on the cupboard and a broken up egg in the fridge-it seems such a distant memory now.this year is whizzing by.
    Hope everyone is doing okay.
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    • crazy-cat-lady
    • By crazy-cat-lady 27th May 19, 8:28 AM
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    Wow 2020 started already. Iím way behind with THIS year on where I usually am. Started off well and flagging now.

    Things have been a little hectic though and I havenít had time or money spare to do much. Hopefully I can make a start soon.

    We are away most of December so itís going to be chaos this year and Iím already stressing about how Iím going to get everything done. Going to have to visit all friends and family and dish out presents on the 1st or 2nd of December or they wonít get them til after Christmas. We get home on the early morning of 23rd and got to soft out food, cleaning, unpacking and Christmas dinner prep while jet lagged.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 27th May 19, 6:01 PM
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    Haha ladies, I still have lots to do for 2019, but sometimes, if you see a decent gift, you just have to get it.

    I also bought one more gift yesterday for my BIL, which was an insulated water bottle from TK Maxx.

    I now have 9 people left to buy for. This includes:
    3 x cash
    2 x where I have already sorted part of the gifts
    4 x still to buy

    Plus OH and thr children.

    Gosh, when I write it down, it feels like I have lots left to do, despite having bought so much already!
    Last edited by chanie; 27-05-2019 at 6:37 PM.
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 28th May 19, 6:49 AM
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    I actually managed to put my first shoe box together last night as I had loads of bits left over from last year. Just a couple of little items short but I think I also have enough to put almost another box together. This first box is slightly bigger than they would like but don't want to waste the box.

    U have done so well Chanie. I keep getting overwhelmed by all the wrapping I need to do, especially as I won't be able to bend post surgery for a few months and everything is tucked away in suitcases under beds.
    Im concentrating on those I will need to send out first.
    Really really struggling with DD this year. Always get the usual bits she uses throughout the year and a main present but struggling this year with the main present, as yet I have no ideas at all. Even struggling with her usual bits as when I was sorting out some of her uni stuff into a proper storage box I noticed she has loads of shower gels etc left over but then I keep thinking she still has the rest of the year to go yet so will be in need of supplies by then!
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 28th May 19, 8:19 PM
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    Well done on putting your first shoe box together. I have a different strategy to you - rather than do one box at a time, I do all of mine at the same time. This does make it more difficult see how the boxes are filling up. I managed to get another box today. OH got some new work shoes today and my first thought was ‘ooo, I can use the box’.

    I’m sure inspiration will come to you about DDs presents. Me and OH tend to leave thr children’s presents until much nearer the time and we always find something in the end. As long as everyone else is sorted in good time, we can cope with just having to sort out thr children.
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 30th May 19, 7:55 PM
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    People must think we are bonkers when we become very happy to see a shoebox!
    First one completely finished and wrapped.
    Chanie I couldn't do it the way you do it, I would lose patience but I think doing one at a time can become quite long winded but I am going to aim for 4 this year.
    Still quite a bit left over from last year including some knitted items DM did before she gave up so I'm 3/4 thru putting together an elderly box. Got to get a few bits to finish it off. Have found Tesc@'s Molly medium bars of chocolate have a good shelf life, are only 30p and a decent chocolate. Forgot to pick up the chocolate today

    Other than the shoeboxes and aiming to get a present wrapped tonight, ive come to abit of a standstill again
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 30th May 19, 8:43 PM
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    I am off to Home Bargsins this weekend, so I’m going to try and stock up on stuff for my boxes and the Christmas toy appeal. I haven’t registered with link yet, so I must get onto that.

    The 2020 present I ordered from Sainsburys was out of stock, but they had it in store, so I picked it up today.
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 10th Jun 19, 3:58 PM
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    Ha! I'm still here- but more lurking in the background! Almost halfway through the year and when I have been at home I've been ill. Not good!!

    5 week cruise from early Jan from Colombo to Dover.
    Then picked up viral cough whilst home for 10 days
    2 weeks in Ireland (coughing!)
    Home for less than 10 days (still coughing!)
    17 days tour of India- Golden triangle + extra including tigers (very full on.) Came home with food poisoning (lasted 3 weeks)
    4 weeks in Ireland
    Have been home for 2 weeks now and trying to catch up on everything: stacks of unfiled paperwork, osteopath, dentist,get dishwasher mended, replace washing machine (26 yo)replace broken camera etc etc.

    Today signed up for shoe boxes. Now £3 per box
    New leaflets- not displayed online this year
    This is the info from Link HO:
    "List is similar to last year but we have asked people to put 6 core items into every box whether is a Family or and Elderly Shoebox and then add extra items to make the box they want. So core items are candles/holders, soap/flannel, Toothbrush/toothpaste, Sweets/Chocolate, Small Game and Gloves or Scarf or Hat. Everything else is extras."

    I have a lot of stuff collected- car boots are good for small items/ thin scarves etc. Need to pack boxes by end of August so I can cruise with a clear conscience.

    Most of my friends are getting cheapie tat from India- I have pretty pens, mirrors, bags etc & already bought one mag sub with a free GH apron. I also got a handsome coffee table cities -in -maps book for E4 from Dealz- so £3.50ish- that's going to be a prezzie.

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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 10th Jun 19, 9:24 PM
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    katiehound u have really been through it, food poisoning is a very nasty business. Hope u r doing okay now and glad u r still lurking and haven't left us.

    How many shoeboxes are u aiming to do this year?
    I'm actually thinking of aiming for 5 this year. I've become a dab hand at packing loads into a small space and after Chanie said about h.bargains I popped along to my local to see what I could get.
    I'm really happy I've got a local collection point this year, DD won't have to take them back to uni.

    Apart from the shoeboxes just need to wrap and send fathers day present, a couple of birthday presents then I have no more birthdays until October.
    Apart from the shoeboxes I haven't really been focused on presents, more focused on the garden at the minute
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 11th Jun 19, 9:03 PM
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    Erm yes, the food poisoning was a pain- not the kind of souvenir you want from anywhere, I thought I was going to be living on dry toast, bananas and live yoghurt forever!

    My plan is to do 8 boxes. I collected the boxes whilst in Ireland because a local shoe shop there saves them for their own shoebox appeal. The car was so full and the boxes wouldn't go inside each other so I had to pack them with things that had to come home with me!! I'm cheating - mine are size 9/10! but they are not boot boxes.

    Unfortunately the local collector has retired so it's going to mean double the distance: a 50 mile round trip instead of 24 ( and I used to visit a friend about 5 more miles away so it was convenient.) I have tried phoning the 'new' one to see when they will accept the boxes- no answer, so far.
    In the past I have tried to cram in hat & gloves/mitts but never bother with woolly scarf- just too bulky.
    I'm wondering what best before date they want for sweets. April/ May 20 perhaps?
    Hope the leaflets come reasonably soon so I can see exactly what is needed. I know I need to source wind-up torches, that wasn't easy last year.

    Just now better get out with dogs- we are going to start building an ark soon- just pouring non stop all night and all day! My bathroom is full of soggy leads , collars and dog coats. Rain- ugh!!
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 11th Jun 19, 10:15 PM
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    katie wow, 8 boxes. I’m impressed.

    I’m planning on doing 4. This will be 3 family and 1 elderly, as I find the elderly ones more difficult to fill. I enjoy the diversity of the family boxes.
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 12th Jun 19, 9:31 AM
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    Nope couldn't do 8. Much admiration Katiehound on this.
    I also enjoy the family boxes more tbh and I didn't put scarves in last year because of room.

    I've got their leaflets (took a while to come thru after signing up) and they are saying on sweets/chocolate BB June 2020 EU origin. If u have a tesc@ nearby they have a good size nice Molly's chocolate bar for 30p with a decent BB date.

    Managed to get pencil and rubber sets reduced to 20p in the W@rks so bought several sets and looking at the stash I have from last year that I had left over, they are items more geared up for the family boxes.
    If I can get a box this week I probably have enough ready to do another family box. I do like doing them, especially when I read online of where the shoeboxes went last year and the awful circumstances people are living in.feel like I'm doing a small piece of good
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 12th Jun 19, 2:28 PM
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    I'm doing 4 of each. Last year I got some really thin scarves which folded to nowt. Sometime last year (after box packing) I got some plain viscose scarves in Poundland reduced to 50pence- one came in very handy in India!!
    Haven't had a chance to survey the 'need to buy' yet- too busy with dishwasher / machine/ doggy duvets,/ shredding docs etc. I know that I already have a lot of what's needed.

    Yes, everytimeI look at the photos it makes me cry- what abject poverty and that's why I do it. It's the elderly I feel really sorry for as often they are left with no friends, or even with the grandchildren to care for. I think they asked for shopping bags last year so I made them out of brightly coloured curtaining- made a change from duvets!!
    I also make a small SO per month which goes into their other projects.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 12th Jun 19, 6:46 PM
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    Katie it is awfully sad.

    I’m also doing a donation to a Christmas toy appeal, as I would like to do something to help local people too. I have a big bag of items put aside which I am adding to. I wanted to do it last year, but left it too late.
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 13th Jun 19, 3:09 PM
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    Two or three times a year I buy extra shower gel etc or cleaning products and take them to the community larder as they always want those if someone has been 'given' a house- so that's my local 'donation.' Plus I do shop & donate to local charity shops.
    When I went to pay for new washer found a new charity shop in town! Makes 10 in all.........
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 13th Jun 19, 10:01 PM
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    Just lost 2 posts arggghhh, just not playing ball so I'm going to see if I can do a quick post.

    Completed second shoebox tonight, elderly this time, made good use of my mum's knitted items.

    Still have quite a bit left so family shoebox next.
    Community larder sounds interesting, we have nothing like this here
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 14th Jun 19, 1:58 PM
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    The community larder is run by the local churches group- like a food bank. They do accept food but also want toiletries & household cleaning products- so that's what I take them.
    The Sally Army also hand out goodies and I think give free lunches.
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 14th Jun 19, 7:30 PM
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    We have an organisation here that supports young people with life skills, sorting out courses/jobs and then finally helping to get them into their own accommodation. They never ask for items but something like a community larder would be brilliant to support them.

    Tried to post aswell last night that my car has to go in for a service next week and they have offered to drop me into the nearby town. Where I live we don't have many shops so really going to make use of the opportunity to get more shoeboxes, have a nosy in the pound and charity shops.

    Also donate to the local animal shelter where we always get our cats from. They have a collection point in tesc@s, always pop something in when we go shopping and pop more in at Christmas.

    Out of the blue I decided to book Poland pre Christmas as abit of a target to aim for health wise. If things don'the go to plan and I can't go, DD is going to take her BF but I am really hoping to go and have bought a book on Poland to take into hospital with me.

    Father's day presents posted today, 21st birthday presents to sort out next.
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 17th Jun 19, 6:14 PM
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    Don't know if you are near an Aldi but they have 'Family soap'- 4 large bars for 59 pence. In the past I have put shower gel in the boxes but they are asking you not to- problem of bottle disposal, so I'll use a large soap instead and buy shampoo.
    I also noted that Aldi's sweets are dated Feb?2020 whilst bars of chocolate Nov 2020. Funny, I would have though ti would be other way round!

    Bought £5 of shower gel/ washing up liquid (yes I know strange combo!) and wash up sponges and delivered to 'larder.'
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 17th Jun 19, 8:06 PM
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    Katie thanks for the Aldi soap tip. I will definitely pick some up when I pop in.
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