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So today I finished wrapping some more presents and decided to photograph this lovely little bundle of gifts. The lucky recipient on Christmas day will be my hubby. I know….. he is a lucky boy. Except all these gifts cost exactly £10. Yep me and the hubby have a strict budget of a tenner, and have done this since having kids. We prefer to put our money towards gifts for the children, and days out around Christmas. And it has to be exactly £10. not under or over even by a penny. And no going to Poundland and getting 10 things….… Continue reading

CP Xmas 2 years ago we were lucky enough to spend the Christmas break at Centerparcs. We had been 4 times around the Christmas period for their Winter Wonderland, but never for Christmas Day itself. We only booked the break at the beginning of December, and after deliberating about it for weeks, a stressful day at work for my hubby gave me the YES love you can book it.

The next few weeks were a blur of excitement and mild panic. Panic from my daughter as to how Father Christmas would find us. As we were booked to see Father Christmas on Christmas Eve, I suggested we let him know our lodge number.… Continue reading

Xmas piggyI love money saving and I am not afraid to admit it I worship Martin Lewis. I first found his website www.moneysavingexpert.co.uk (MSE for short) about 7 years ago when I gave up work to be a stay at home mum. Over the years, all thanks to MSE we appealed to get our council tax band lowered and WON, I have done lots of Mystery Shopping, I always shop around and I never leave the house without some form of voucher in my purse. Talking to other people though, it seems not everyone knows about the deals that are out there, and I thought I would blog about some of the savings we have made this past 2 weeks.… Continue reading

Go ApeToday we had the fantastic opportunity of visiting a Go Ape site. For those of you unsure what Go Ape is, its a tree trekking adventure which sees you go through a course of obstacles, rope ladders and zip wires high up in the trees. We are fortunate to have a Go Ape course 15 minutes from where we live, and my husband and 11 year old son had always wanted to do the course. As I am a total wuss, I was happy to watch them from the ground and occasionally laugh at them.

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It’s easy to book online, and you choose which time you would like to go.… Continue reading

WinterAs you may have noticed from my blog we love going away. Around this time of year I find myself looking around the internet for some inspiration for a Winter beak away. We LOVE going away at this time of year, and 2 years ago we were lucky to spend the Christmas break at Centerparcs. Other years have seen us go away for a few days before the hectic Christmas period starts. Whilst others may hate the stress of going away at this hectic time of year, for me it encourages us to be all sorted for Christmas. I can go and enjoy a few days away knowing the presents are all wrapped and shipped off to Father Christmas !… Continue reading

FireworksOn Sunday we had a family day out to Alton Towers. We are regular visitors to Alton Towers as we have had Merlin Annual Passes for the past 3 years. However we have never visited when the fireworks have been on. After hearing very good reviews about their fireworks we decided that this would be the year we finally see them. The fireworks are held over 3 nights and we thought the Sunday would be less busy. We arrived at the theme park for 11.30am and we were quickly inside the park.

We were given a leaflet advising us what time the fireworks would start.… Continue reading