5 amazing (and free) Christmas gifts to remember

As a one income family, this time of year can be a bit of a stretch. But that’s nothing new – it was a stretch when we had an extra salary coming in, a stretch before we had kids (somehow) and even a stretch before we really knew the flipping meaning of ‘a stretch’.

It’s got me thinking though about those ‘gesture’ gifts, and whether people would really like a pair of socks, a novelty bit of tat – or something much more thoughtful. more “5 amazing (and free) Christmas gifts to remember”

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#HideTheBags: Christmas gifts for those hard to buy for fellas

It’s the same every single Christmas. Kids gifts are sorted in one 10 minute session online, and Mums, sisters, aunties I could shop for all day long. But when it comes to the men in my life (by that, please be assured I have only one MAN but three ‘Dads’, several brothers, uncles and brother in laws) I struggle every single time. more “#HideTheBags: Christmas gifts for those hard to buy for fellas”

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#HideTheBags: Summer Sale jumpsuit wishlist

The best thing about the end of summer sales is definitely grabbing some bargains to pop away in the wardrobe, ready to fulfill their summer destiny when the weather picks up next year. You might just get some Indian Summer days to give them a little outing, but the reality is the jeans & boots season is fast approaching. I mean, who can resist a major bargain – this time of year is just way too tempting for a recovering shopper like me.  more “#HideTheBags: Summer Sale jumpsuit wishlist”

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#HideTheBags: Summer beauty product splurge

I wasn’t consciously setting out this past month to revamp my make-up bag. It just kind of happened. Ooops. With a combination of Birthday gifts, a little spending money and vouchers  in cards, plus the irresistible lure of Duty free shopping on holiday, and some not-to-be-missed bargains I can of course forgive myself for falling off the #HideTheBags wagon. more “#HideTheBags: Summer beauty product splurge”

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#HideTheBags: Botanical bedding and duvets

It’s fair to say my bed is my haven. King size, solid oak, smothered in a duck down duvet (all year round) and the place I can be found far too often snuggled up in, post 9pm. (We have been blessed with early risers). Whilst winter is all about the cosy, the warmth and the cuddles…I get pretty excited about the fresh luxury of a summer bed too. After all, there is nothing like the sensation of collapsing into a cloud of freshly laundered linen on a warm summers evening, windows wide open and a gentle evening breeze cooling down the heat of the day. more “#HideTheBags: Botanical bedding and duvets”

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#HideTheBags: Garden toys for the kids

As a ‘phase 2’ project to last years ‘Big Build‘, this spring we have focussed on getting the garden Summer ready. That meant decommissioning an unused garage, ripping up some awful patio, and creating a new area to play, and enjoy some outdoor living. Being on a budget, using a ‘find the bargain’ site like BargainBuysForBusyMums was a massive help to avoid paying full price on some outdoor toys for the kids. more “#HideTheBags: Garden toys for the kids”

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#Hidethebags: House of Fraser Spring wish list

There hasn’t been much bag hiding going on so far this year. The indulgence and spending of Christmas, and a busy few months have meant I have had to learn a bit of self-constraint when it comes to naughty impulse buys. more “#Hidethebags: House of Fraser Spring wish list”

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Hide The Bags #5: It’s Christmas!

Okay, okay…so it’s not quite Christmas but we are DEFINITELY now in December and that means all you Mums and Dads are probably busy scouring the shops and the web for those special gifts to make the big day magical. Some of you won’t have started, and some of you will smugly be admiring your parcels already wrapped, stockings stuffed. Either way, there will definitely be a lot of hiding of bags going on in homes everywhere.
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Hide the bags #4: Zara haul

I know you might be thinking that I was supposed to be on a budget (Ker-chinging in the changes: Mum on a Budget) since being made redundant. But you know what comes with being made redundant after 14 years service? A very happy payday. And I do need an outfit for Dangermouses christening…and a new coat (since Mr G spotted the 60-odd year old market trader off of Eastenders has the same one as me, which is falling apart).

So, I decided to do a spot of shopping that for once, did not involve Primarni or a food shopping trip turned clothing section accident.
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Hide the bags #3; Calm kitchen

As you already know (OUR BIG BUILD) we spent the early summer building our dream kitchen…so it would be rude not to fill it with some gorgeousness, in the form of an a selection of accent coloured accessories.

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