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10 things you won’t find me doing this Christmas

1 – Putting the tree up in November. Quite simply Christmas is in December NOT November. Its now the 7th December and still no tree up in The Williams house. Our tree goes up the middle weekend in December and one year it went up the third weekend….. Gasp !!!

2 – Braving the shops ANYTIME in December. My Christmas shopping is done via a laptop, Pyjamas on with a large glass of gin/wine/baileys.

3 – Taking about 4 hours to write Christmas cards. Sorry but I don’t see the point … Continue reading

Last year some of you may remember I blogged about ‘Amazing what you can get for a tenner’. Hubby and I have a limit of £10.00 for each others Christmas presents. Yep no Radley bags or Pandora charms for me. We started our tradition around 4 years ago when we were saving to go to Florida, and we now do it every year. Its amazing how much thought you put into it with only a small budget. I am great at sourcing bargains, and this year he has a total of 9 presents to open on the big day, beating … Continue reading

So who remembers the post I did about ‘Amazing what you can get for a tenner’ ? The post was all about how me and hubby set ourselves a strict budget of £10.00 to buy each others presents with. The presents all neatly wrapped up looked like this

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And the presents all unwrapped look like this

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Yep my lucky husband got all that for exactly £10.00 and the prices are as follows

Kids and adults quiz questions £3.75

Christmas ale £2.00

Family Guy mug £1.00

Family Guy beer glass £1.00

Kindle light £1.00

Paper aeroplanes £1.00

Diary milk £0.25

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Winter Wonderland

On Sunday we were lucky to visit Winter Wonderland which is situated in Event City in Manchester (next to the Trafford Centre). I had been following Winter Wonderland on facebook and they had been getting some great feedback, so myself, husband and our 2 children aged 11 and 7 were excited to visit.

You can book your tickets on their website, and they run 2 sessions each day apart from Christmas and New Years Eve. We opted for the early session on Sunday which was 11am till 3pm. A further session runs 4.30pm till 8.30pm. We arrived at Event City … Continue reading

Santa and HeadphonesWell its that time of year when I can finally breathe a sigh of relief, as nearly everything has been ticked off the present buying lists. One thing I still need to buy is headphones. My 11 year old son requested these, as he spends time listening to music on his ipad. He also requested that they are wireless. Now being nearly 40 and not down with the kids, I thought that all headphones came with wires. I then drifted back several thousand years to a Sunday evening, when I would plug my headphones in and listen to the top … Continue reading

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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 … 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 … Continue reading