We all have people who come in and out of our lives and leave a million memories that we forever hold. I have spent a long time recently thinking about the old me, the people who made an impression on my life whilst I worked in holiday parks , the people I became close to and where they are now and what they are up to. With this in mind I decided to use the art of Social media in an attempt to find them and so far the response has been fantastic, However I am still no closer really to finding the people I am looking for. Continue reading “Trying to find my old holiday park friends – Can you help?”
If you follow me on Facebook then you will know that Gareth and I have decided to part ways. Whilst we care very much about each other it simply isn’t working and the passing of my mother has just reinforced how unhappy we both were and mutually we have decided to split but still raise the children together. So I am now faced with the scary fact that I am now a single mum of 5 children! Continue reading “Becoming a single Mum to 5 children is scary!!”
A couple of weeks ago I went away on a weekend break with some friends to Butlins in Skegness. I have been several times to their weekends away and if like me you love to socialise, relax and just let your hair down then these breaks are perfect. They always have live acts from whichever decade it is that you’re at be it 70’s,80’s ,90’s or in this instance it was 2000’s.
You may have read my last blog post where I explained how I was feeling 100% alone and really struggling with life. I was in a pretty bad place and was struggling to find myself again. Today I have woken up in a far more positive mood and it feels great! Continue reading “Feeling more positive today – at last!”
When I started my blog I swore to myself that I would be completely honest. If people wanted to read it then that would be up to them and if they didn’t? Well it would give me somewhere as an outlet to vent how I feel and get things off my chest. I actually started my blog at a time when I felt alone and I felt like people weren’t interested and those who did show an interest about what I wrote on my personal Facebook were taking offence to everything I wrote. ( Although there is that saying, If the cap fits.. ) Real life isn’t just a case of family days out and board games. Real life sucks, it doesn’t just a little bit suck it mahoosively sucks and I am really struggling with it right now. Continue reading “Have you ever felt completely 100% alone”
Christmas is fast approaching and as part of our run up to Christmas we are going to be sharing with you some gift guides. As part of this we are sent quite a lot of games to try out. The latest game we were sent was called Bugs In The Kitchen by Ravensburger. We actually vlogged our entire experience for you too see exactly how the game works. Continue reading “Ravensburger – Bugs In The Kitchen – Game Review”
Shopping…it’s an activity that most of us in the UK have in common. It’s one of our greatest pastimes and sometimes it feels like a sport! Are you a list-maker, a planner or an impulsive buyer and a whim purchaser? Have you got your Christmas shopping finished by the end of August or are you running out on Christmas Eve, trying to beat the crowds?
Do you ever think about our nation’s spending habits and wonder what we’re buying and when we’re buying it?
The team at what2buy4kids is just as curious as you are – that’s why we’ve broken down the UK’s gift shopping habits and uncovered some interesting facts about our national shopping trends.
Christmas Shopping Trends
Unsurprisingly, we spend the largest portion of our shopping money at Christmastime. Brits on average spend £645 on Christmas, from buying gifts to spending on food, drink, parties and socialising. Shoppers buy an average of 14 individual gifts with about £145 spent on our children.
According to our research, some of us are Christmas shopping all throughout the year and 5% of people have already finished their Christmas shopping in January. 53% of shoppers start shopping in November and 22% start in October.
UK parents spend more on kids than the rest of the world
The survey shows that on average, in Britain we spend $438 (£330 approx) on gifts per child, compared to $371 (£280 approx) spent in the US and $358 (£270 approx) spent in France. Considering that we are buying gifts for not only birthdays and Christmas but also for births, graduations, school achievements, and Christenings, it is easy to see how that figure soon ads up.
Shopping from gift registries is also on the rise, with more new parents making baby registries and even some birthday celebrations having a gift list. Most of us buy a gift off a registry list a week before the event, leaving it to the recipient to select what they want and letting the shopper make the transaction just before the event, rather than looking around for what they would want weeks ahead of time.
- This post is a guest post from What2buy4kids
I’m pretty sure I am not the only person who has had the moment where they have sat there and thought about how much of their life they have wasted. Whether it is getting into a rut, being in a job that you really don’t like or just stretching yourself to your full potential. Recently it has been at the very forefront of my mind. Since my mum passed on 22nd September I have struggled to deal with the facts of my own life from how much longer I have left to what I’ve done with the time I’ve had. It has been like a continuous loop going round and round. Continue reading “That moment when you reach the point of ” Sort your life out “”
Kids love Christmas. For them, it is a magical time of the year. Therefore, it really is worth making it as special as possible. A big part of doing so is getting the decorating right.
Last year, I had a good clear out and threw away virtually all of our decorations, so have the perfect excuse to buy some new ones. As a result, I have already started looking around online to see what is available and I am pleased to report that there are some great decorations available.
Movie themed decorations
It is particularly nice to see retailers going back to some of the more traditional styles of decorations. These fun Disney Christmas character decorations are a perfect example of this trend. They are very well made, so can potentially be used as Christmas ornaments, for many years to come. Character-based or movie themed decorations are fun. They also make great gifts for friends and relatives.
Buy a few LED light decorations
Decorating the outside of your home is a good way to create a more Christmassy feel. To a large extent, the inflatable Santa has had its day. Instead, all of the shops are stocking LED frame decorations shaped like reindeer, sleighs and other Christmas related items. Provided you have somewhere to plug them in they are really easy to set up.
Hang some Christmas stockings
Kids love presents, so it is always nice to hang a Christmas stocking for each of them. A friend of mine adds a small present to each of them every day for a couple of weeks prior to Christmas. This is a great way to build excitement and it also makes sure that the kids have plenty of presents to open over the festive season.
Making your own Christmas treats and getting the children involved is a nice way to create a more festive ambience. Potentially, you could start making your Christmas cake now.
Let them decorate their own bedrooms
For an even more Christmassy feel, you could let your children hang some decorations in their own bedrooms. It will keep them occupied for a couple of hours and they will enjoy creating something special.
Get out those Christmas jumpers
Instead of leaving all of those Christmas jumpers you have been given in the drawer, why not get a few out and wear them around the house. You will stay lovely and warm as well as look more festive.
Let the kids make some decorations
Getting your children involved in decorating your home is well worth doing. Every year, mine happily while away hours making glittery snowflakes for the tree. It is one of our favourite traditions and something we start doing several weeks before Christmas. This helps us to get into the festive mood early.
Most kids love being involved in creating something different. If your children enjoy painting, drawing or crafts, why not let them make some of the decorations themselves? You can find more fantastic Christmas decoration craft ideas, here.
- This is a collaborative post