If you do one thing this Mother’s Day...

Happy Mother’s Day!

And if you’re reading this and your not a mother or female. Happy 11th March, this post still applies to you! 💜

One thing I’ve realised over the past 6 months is just how important it is to take 30 minutes EACH DAY to yourself, this might be as simple as going to bed early to watch Netflix or listen to your favourite music with a glass of wine, curl up with a cup of tea and a book or do a yoga class, meditate or simply sit in the dark relaxing! Whatever it is that helps with your wellbeing do it and make sure you do something every day! 

Estimation and measuring activity with schleich animal figures

We rarely have any time for after school activities these days due to all of T’s after school sports clubs, on Monday’s though, he has no clubs so we have 3 hours to ourselves before Daddy gets home, I try to have a few things up my sleeve for him if he can’t think of what he’s like to do as this time is screen free. 

GIVEAWAY | Rubik’s 2 x 2 cube

As you know from our Rubik’s junior post and giveaway, we are very fond of Rubik’s cubes. 

Although T loves his 4 x 4 he gets so frustrated with not being able to do a side let alone the whole cube and I’m still working on completing the last stage of the 4 x 4, it’s only taken me about 33 years so I completely know how he feels!! 

When we were sent the 2 x 2 cube  I knew that T would be thrilled, he longs to complete one and I knew that this would be far better for him. 

January bargains with B & M Stores

We’ve been working with B & M Stores to get ahead for a Christmas 2018 and bag ourselves a bargain in the January Sales. With a £20 budget I visited B & M with a view to buy some gifts and stocking fillers for next Christmas. Although there wasn’t much left in either of our stores, I did manage to pick up some really good bargains both in the sale and full price. 

We managed to pick up some lovely items for neighbour gifts, the super cute wine bottle hugger was £1.49 reduced from £1.99 so we’ll put that round a bottle of wine for a perfect gift for one of our neighbours.  We also picked up this lovely wicker candle holder which was full price but still an absolute bargain at £2.99 we’ll add a small poinsettia instead of a candle and that will make another lovely gift for a neighbour. 

Each year we put together small hampers for friends and family so we’re always on the look out for nice items to include, these jar candles were just £1 each full price and have lovely Christmassy scents so will be a perfect addition to our hampers. 

The heart again was full price but a fantastic price of £1.49!!!!  This will also go in one of our hampers. 

We managed to get T a few gifts for his Christmas Eve box and stocking, I know he’ll fall in love with the pug stress ball which was reduced from £2.49 to £1.49 a perfect stocking filler!   Each year we buy a snow globe to add to T’s collection so this one will go in T’s Christmas Eve box to be added to his collection, with a full price of £2.99 it really was a bargain. The boxer shorts were £4.99 for 3 pairs so I think the Elf on the Shelf might bring these for T one day so he gets to wear them throughout December! 

Finally we managed to pick up a couple of novelty items which we can either use for secret Santa gifts or we’ll use the face straws for New Years Eve fun and the table tennis set as a prize for a New Year’s Party game! The straws were reduced from £2.99 to £1.49 and the table tennis set was reduced from £2.99 to £1 real bargains!

In total we spent £19.93 and I think we managed to pick up some good, quality gifts for that budget, I’ll certainly be keeping my eye out for more bargains through the year!

If you want to get ahead on your Christmas shopping for 2018, I’d highly recommend heading to B & M Stores and pick up a few bargains for yourself while they still have their Christmas range. However, remember to keep looking all year round as some items can be picked up throughout the year and made more Christmassy at the time, like our wicker poinsettia plant pot!

Have you bagged any bargains in B & M Stores? If you have let me know in comments. 

|REVIEW|the game of things

Are you looking for a game to play with older kids, family and friends at Christmas?  We’ve been sent The Game of Things to try out, which we will be using when hosting New Years Eve this year.  

Aimed at over 14’s and recommended for more than 4 people, The Game of Things isn't really a competitive game, it’s more a game of laughs. Younger children can play if they are able to read and write but you need to ‘edit’ the cards first to remove any inappropriate ones! 

|FOOD|chocolate and banana ready brek

T loves Ready Brek and Despicable Me, so I thought I’d make a special Ready Brek for him, fit for minions!

We were recently sent the new DM3 dvd and a DM3 mineez toy so we made a morning of it and enjoyed watching the film after eating our special Ready Brek.

|CREATE|easy felt snowman Christmas decoration

I always like to help T make a Christmas decoration for his Grandparents and Auntie, I know my mum and my sister love having one each year to add to their tree. We usually use them as gift tags on their gifts from him.

This year we are joining in with The Mad House’s Kid Made Christmas decorations daily blog hop along with lots of other great bloggers, pop over and see the amazing crafts that have been made.  Yesterday the fab Le Coin de Mel showed us how to make a gorgeous reindeer advent calendar, which is definitely worth looking at.