10 tips for cutting the cost of Christmas

This is a collaborative post. It’s not just presents that end up costing a fortune at Christmas. Although with children and family to buy for, spending on gifts soon adds up. But it’s the other stuff too. Like the fact that I see it as a personal challenge to make sure that there are no mince pies left at the end of any day. Which means buying more the next day. I estimate my mince pie costs alone to be in the region of £29,384,795 per year. Well, maybe not quite that much. But you get the gist. So, I’ve…

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Getting over the unforgivable

This is a collaborative post. A couple of nights ago, I found out that my husband had cheated on me. And worst of all, my family were complicit. It came to a head when he’d booked a meal for everyone at a time I couldn’t do. He made excuses, but it didn’t add up. Eventually my daughter spilled the beans. The meal had been at HER house. I confronted him. Well actually, I knocked seven bells out of him. And then, I woke up. Furious The events were so vivid that when I opened my eyes that morning, I couldn’t…

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A reason a season or a lifetime

I am a constant source of disappointment to my surprisingly sociable husband. Don’t worry, I’m not oversharing about a serious issue in our marriage. We simply have rather different ideas about friendship. A reason, a season or a lifetime There is a quote about people coming into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. I think on face value this is a bit callous. There doesn’t need to be a reason to be around someone, enjoying their company is enough. And yet, there is some logic in it, when you take it to it’s simplest form. The…

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Making the right purchasing decisions with Which?

This is a collaborative post. I must admit, I’m a bit tight with money. Actually, I very rarely open my wallet to buy material things – I’m much more likely to spend my money on travelling. So when I really do need to buy something, it has to be a good price and excellent quality. Purchasing decisions for parents As a parent, I feel that deciding what to buy is an even bigger decision. Because if I get it wrong, I could put my children’s happiness – or worse still their safety – at risk. That’s why consumer champion Which?…

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Creating a birthday party slideshow

As the farmer counted down, 25 children crouched in the starting position. … 4, 3, 2, 1, GO! The gate flew open and two pigs came flying out of their pen like rats up a drainpipe. On the other side of the fence, the children were in hot pursuit. Grown adults were heard to shout, “Come on Ginger!” Showing support for their favourite pig. The unusual birthday party Libby had waited all year for her birthday party. She’d been to some brilliant ones – the rest of the class had set a pretty high bar. And now it was her…

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