Monday, 23 November 2015

Christmas on a tiny string

This year Christmas is smaller than ever. The children's presents are scaled right back. Dylan is having driving lessons (I'm paying half with his dad). So he really isn't getting much else. Mostly clothes and smellies, just so he has things to open on the big day.

I am going to book Stephanie some ice skating lessons, we have an ice bowl not too far away. Stephanie has been asking to go ice skating for years, but I am still having nightmares from taking Dylan when he was younger (around 10!). I thought as I am not confident ie can barely stand up on skates! Lessons will probably be the safest bet. It is £60 for 6 lessons so she should be able to balance by the end of those! I am considering booking myself on as well so that I am confident to go on and enjoy time with her. To go with those Stephanie will get a few little presents to open. I already have a couple of bits for her- some pencils with her name on which she has ssked for, bought at a bargain price of £2.99. Another something she has asked for is a nerf gun rebelle, these were recently on offer at argos and you got 2 different guns for £8.99 for both so those were collected quickly.

I have heard that you can get cheap turkey crowns in aldi so I shall be heading there on pay day to hopefully get one. Everything else is already bought- I like to get treats- biscuits, pringles etc. These have been bought with my weekly shop for the past few months as and when I spot them on offer.

Christmas is almost done in my house. Just need to wrap up my children's presents and get some little bits for the stockings, I am thinking punch balloons, rocket balloons, wind up racers etc to have some giggles with on the big day. All other presents have been wrapped as soon as they are bought.

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How are you managing Christmas this year?

Monday, 16 November 2015

Home made gifts.

Sometimes my children really surprise me. Stephanie recently had a birthday party (well actually she has had several). I asked what she wanted to do for a present for this little girl, what we could get her. Stephanie said lets not buy one mum. We can make her a jar of sweets like we did for Christmas present last year. So that's just what she did and a card as well.

We have also discussed the plans for Christmas present making. We now just need to get on with beginning to make them. I will reveal once we have finished.

What are you making for gifts this year?

Saturday, 7 November 2015

My birthday meal

I have wanted to go to Jamie's Italian for a very long time but always put it off because it will cost too much etc etc.

Well this year I decided to go for it. I was going to have that as a treat. So I booked a table for me and the 2 children on my birthday. We got there and straight away I was impressed with the staff, polite and welcoming. They spoke to the children and actually stood still to listen to what they were saying. I know when you are buys in a restaurant you are doing so many things at once that this isn't easy, but they did. Once we had finally chosen Dylan and I ordered starters, there wasn't a starter on the children's menu, I was going to see if Stephanie would eat one of the adult ones but she was unsure- the waitress said it's no problem we can bring some breadsticks out for her so that you all eat together.  It really was tricky to choose our food and it took us a long time. Again, staff were fab answering the children's questions about the different sauces etc. on the foods.

Our main courses, we all had a little taste of each others. If was all really tasty,

Playing between courses. We played lots of games which we haven't played in a long time eg the alphabet shopping game, we had so much fun and laughed a lot.

Desserts- we all chose the same.

The whole meal was absolutely delicious. All the staff we saw were very friendly, we had a great time. And the bonus was it wasn't as expensive as I had expected. For a three course meal for 3 of us it was £52.00. Which is a lot when you look at our usual weekly shop, but for a posh restaurant not as much as I thought it would be. I would go back again, but not for a while- our belts are firmly tightened after a blow-out birthday! LOL

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Happy Halloween

I seem to have been super busy since I started back at school. Hardly a moment to catch my breath before onto the next whirling event.

I am still here and trying to keep a tight grip on our finances. I am watching the news waiting for the
pinch to hit harder!

We are still managing to have some fun though, and still sticking to minimal spending.

We went to the local farm for our annual pumpkin pick- we left with just a  few! Lots of soup will be made to keep us warm through winter! LOL

 Stephanie has taken part in some local running events.

 We went out for a delicious meal to celebrate my 35th birthday. Ok so not the most frugal choice but soo tasty. I think this one warrants a post all of its own another day!
We have also had my baby boys 17th birthday. The car in the distance will give a clue to his present this year! Again, a post for another day!

So much to catch up on but now I have a garden full of children asking for lunch- left over party food from last night it is!

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Home improvements

I have finally finished my bedroom;

I love it! It's much calmer and peaceful. I need to find this for the rest of the house now or I might just spend my days  in bed! LOL

I do want to get new accessories, I would like a lampshade as I don't have one. Also a bedside lamp as I knocked mine over whilst decorating and have broken it. It's glass so is now quite dangerous. I have spotted a lampshade I like and it is currently on sale for £7.99 so I shall be going back in the week once I have been paid I just need to find a lamp ion the colour I want (purple). I also would like to finish my new purple crochet blanket and eventually I would like a different duvet set with purple tones in it. The duvet is not essential though as there is nothing wrong with the couple of sets I have so will wait until I find a bargain somewhere.

This project has cost in total
£20 for the grey paint
£10 for white paint
£13 for gloss
£17 for floor paint

So a total of £60. However I still have half a tin of white gloss which will be used elsewhere in the house and there is a little white emulsion in the tin and 1/3 of  the floor paint left. All will be used up in future projects. 

Friday, 21 August 2015

Thank you Mr Tesco

As usual I have saved my clubcard points all year. I traded most of them in for 3 tickets to Chessington. We like theme park rides, and Stephanie is just starting to enjoy small coasters. So we were very excited.
When we got to the park there was a notice board saying that four of the rides were closed, to be fair they were some of the bigger coasters so we wouldn't have gone on anyway. Dylan didn't want to go alone and Stephanie is not yet big enough for them so we weren't overly disappointed. However, when we got to the gate a staff member politely asked if we knew they were closed and gave us a voucher which entitles us to another day at the park for free. We just have to use the tickets before November 2nd. I have to say I am very impressed, after the awful accident at a different theme park a while ago I am aware this is likely to be in part to raise the profile of the group again.

We had a fabulous day. We started with the ride Stephanie dragged us to- The vampire. She has nerve wanted to go on this before, but she was very excited and desperate to try. I should have trusted my instincts- she hated it! The longest 3 minutes sat next to her screaming in terror! From there we headed to the Bubbleworks- much calmer.

These pictures are the part where you go around and look at scenery such as ducks taking a bath etc. Their faces make me laugh.

I put my phone away for the more interesting part of the ride- the water fountains. We always have a bit of a play in that part and I knew we would all come out wet. So no pictures to show. The ride did the job- my princess was smiling again. We headed off for lunch and then onto some calmer rides.
We were a little disappointed as we were unable to go on the one ride we were all looking forward to Dragon Falls. Its a water slide ride. Sadly, it was broken by the time we reached it and the park staff were busy fixing it but not finished in time for us to have a go. Nevermind, we will enjoy it on our return visit.


As well as enjoying the rides we also went in the sea life centre. There is also the zoo animals at the park but the children didn't want to visit those this time.

We had a great day and staff were polite wherever we encountered them. We will be returning at some point before the 2nd November. Probably in the next half term.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

One thing to say to you...

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This is a show off post but I really feel the need. Today my gorgeous boy Dylan got his GCSE results. He got
1 a*
4 a
3 b
2 c

I am so immensely proud of him. All this work is his own he deserves this. We went to collect his results this morning. I then took him out for lunch. He came home chatted to his friends on the computer, had a nap. He then went to his dad's for dinner and to celebrate with him too.

He has well and truly earned his place in the 6th form to complete his a levels.

One proud momma here.