Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Celebrating 5 years together

My lovely hubby and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary last week. We both agreed it felt particularly special.
Due to work commitments and availibility of babysitters we had to wait until yesterday to celebrate proprely. 
The date started with Hubby announcing he'd planned the whole evening.
  First up was a delicious meal at a local Frankie and Bennys.

Before I was whisked off to the theatre to see Mamma Mia! 
It's a wonderful show to watch. Very upbeat and ridiculously cheesy, in the best way.
It was a wonderful surprise and a great way to celebrate 5 happy years of marriage.

X X X 

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Craft Party Fun.

I've been having a whale of a time this weekend. A friend of mine won craft session tickets at a silent auction recently. 
It was a crafting session of her choice for 4 people and included tea and cake. I was delighted to be asked to join her.

Mrs B, chose the pimp my jam jar session which included decorating flower pots. 
It was a wonderful afternoon, sat sipping tea, nibbling cake and being crafty. Sharon has the most wonderful crafting shed. It's like an entry for shed of the year! Every inch is stuffed with fabric, papers, sparkly things and who knows what. It was like a fantasy land! 

I came home with 2 herb pots and a fairy catching jar. The pots are already filled and planted on my windowsill. I am so proud of them.

If you would like to find out more about Sharon's wonderful crafting session please visit her website HERE


Friday, 23 September 2016

Frugal bracelets

I was taping a cardboard box earlier this morning to send a parcel, when the packing tape ran out. So I tried finishing the job with masking tape (the only tape to hand), which also promptly ran out. It just not my day is it? 

DD2 has picked up her first school bug of the year. It's only a little tummy bug and this morning has already seen a marked improvement all round.
I gave her one of the empty rolls along with some beads and wool. She is now happily watching Disney films while winding wool round the empty roll and adding beads as it occurs to her to do so.
It's just enough work to keep a tired mind and little fingers occupied. 


Sunday, 18 September 2016

Squeezing the laundry pennies

I noticed a few months back that we were purchasing washing powder more often than usual. A box just wasn't lasting as long as it used to. 
I started a tally chart on the lid of the next box and was shocked to find we were 15 loads short of the 52 washes! 
The culprit turned out to be the scoop. We used to use a small jam jar but for one reason or another it had been swapped with a larger one. 
I've replaced the jar with a small pringles tub carefully marked with a fill line.
Hopefully we'll soon be back on track and I can get our laundry back on budget. I'm keeping a simply tally chart inside of the lid to keep track.


Saturday, 17 September 2016

Quiet weekend

The girl's school have changed their approach to handwriting this year.  Instead of confusing the poor students with curly cursive they have now opted for a more simple unjoined approach.
Not knowing different DD2 should be fine with the change, but DD1 has been trying to write the old way for two years.

This weekend we will be practising the new way. DD1 seems to be taking to it quickly. She never quite got into the flow of cursive but already her writing speed is improving and her handwriting much neater.
As she is taking her SATS next year this can only bode well. It still feels like a bit of a curveball to throw the pupils though.

X X x

Friday, 16 September 2016

Frugal Halloween update.

I'm really pleased with my half term planning. I have a whole stash of ideas ready to go and plenty more on my Pinterest board.
Today I made felt pumpkins with fuzzy felt faces.
The pumpkins are actually pockets to store the face parts inside. It used up a few more small pieces from my felt stash. 

The Halloween folder where I am collecting everything is looking nicely stuffed.
So far it contains;

*Cleaver Golf
*tons of colouring pages
*DIY spooky book craft
*jigsaw puzzles
*fuzzy felt
*several paper dolls
*pumpkin faces (as mentioned above)
*activity sheets (again tons printed)

Not in the folder;
*cake decorating kit
*egg boxes for bats
*pumpkin pots 
*paper lanterns
*pumpkin shopping/carving/soup & baking.

Trips out planned;
*pumpkin shopping (local farm do a fab display)
*spooky walk (free annual event at garden centre)
* Free Halloween crafts at local shopping centre 

That's not to bad considering I have £20 left in my budget :)
And there's plenty of time to find even more things to do!


Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Spring Planter project

I've been looking at some beautiful spring planters on Pinterest over the past few evenings. It's inspirefree me to try and  have a go at a mixed planter.
According to the many tutorials they are super easy to do and foolproof.  We will soon see.

Hopefully next spring this empty looking planter will be an artfully arranged display of daffodils, crocus and grape hyacinth. 
 I do like having something to look forward to as the grey cold months of winter pass by.

For now I will be enjoying this lovely display of buddleia flowers. They are making the lounge smell heavenly.