Tag: Christmas shopping


The temperature has really dropped this week and our little family has also been down with a bad cold and awful cough.  In fact, little T has been off school for a couple of days.  She’s back now, in spite still having that dreadful cough.  So our week was mostly spent sniffing, tissues all over, and our house sounding as if we were housing a couple of seals!  It was that bad.

On a happier note, we’re almost done with our Christmas shopping.  Packages have started to arrive on our doorstep, making me feel really excited, especially since we managed to get everything on little T’s Christmas list.  Some of her presents are now safely tucked-away in our shed.  Will start wrapping them next week, once we’ve managed to get all the Christmas stuff down from our attic.  This is what makes winter so much fun and bearable.  You can almost forgive all that greyness, dull and cold weather.

Oh and the sun has also been out, as if cheering us on, towards Christmas.  For how long, I absolutely have no idea.  For now, I’m going to bask in it – wrapped though, in full Winter gear.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

A Christmas Wish List Challenge

It certainly is beginning to look a lot like Christmas and it’s snowing on my blog!  Yay!  So I made a Christmas header and changed the colour of my background adding it up to the Christmas “look” and “feel”.  If you’re not a Chrismassy type of person, I suggest you stay off my blog for this month, because I love Christmas and my posts and design might make you want to throw up 🙂

Anyway, a very lovely lady got in touch with me and asked if little T and I would be up for a Christmas Gift Competition that could win us every toy on our Christmas wish list.  Who would say no to that right, even though the husband and I have actually completed our Christmas shopping already, I still said yes!  If we win, that means more toys for little T!

So the challenge was to go to the Compare4kids which is a comparison website aimed at busy parents who have little time or the budget to do gift-shopping for their little ones.  It’s a very easy website to use.  Just click on the sex of your child, age, budget and the website will filter all the age appropriate toys and the budget for you.

For the challenge, our budget was £100.  Here’s little T choosing her toys (please pretend that you don’t see the mess on our bureau 🙂

She was pointing to this toy:

And then chose one that was even more expensive.  So I had to explain she needed to choose toys that would cost not more than the budget.  So here are her final choices:

A Fabric Doll’s Play House worth £64 and a Chad Valley Kids Pink Grand Piano for £29.99 which totals to £93.99!  Yay and some spare change for chocolates! 🙂

I actually tried to convince her to choose another toy and not the fabric doll’s house because she received a doll’s house last Christmas from her grandparents and a castle (thanks to my lovely sister) why would she want another one?  I guess you can never have enough doll’s houses when you’re little 🙂

Like I mentioned, it’s a very easy website to use.  Great for those who don’t have loads of time surfing the net, going from one toy website to another, at compare4kids, they’ve got a wide range of toys to choose from.  So save yourself the stress, the time and money and try out their website this Christmas!  That is, if you haven’t done your shopping yet 🙂

Now fingers crossed and toes too, hope we win the challenge!

Christmas Gift Suggestions for the Important Women in your Lives (Attention: Husbands)

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?  We have!  In fact, we are actually done with our list save for a few stocking fillers.  This is the first time this has ever happened, normally we wait till it’s actually December before we start ticking our list off.  But then my husband and I just got into it and did everything online.  Oh the joys of online shopping!  Now if only he’d get into the Christmas mood too and start getting our Christmas decors out from the attic.  If I weren’t hobbling, I’d go up there myself in spite protests from him saying “It’s TOO bloody early for that!” I do want my foot to heal soon, so I’m not doing anything crazy like climbing up the ladder just to get to the attic… at least, not yet.

Speaking of the husband, I’m wondering now if he’s bought his Christmas present for ME yet.  I’ve emailed him my Christmas wish-list, surely he has?  You think?

In case he hasn’t though, I’m dedicating this post to him and all the other husbands out there, or boyfriends or partners.  Just think of this post as a big-help to nudge you men to the right direction.  I know how totally clueless you guys are sometimes.  I don’t want to hear a dialogue like “What do you mean you don’t want tickets to a Test Match at Lords for our Anniversary?!  All women want that?!  Believe me, we don’t!

Here’s a little tip.  Women love jewellery, just like we also love bags, shoes and books.  But let’s focus on the bling first, because as much as we love books, during special occasions like Christmas birthdays and anniversaries,  it’s nice to feel extra special and jewellery will do just that, especially unique handmade ones that won’t be found anywhere else in the world.

Remember F, little T’s best friend?  His lovely mum happens to make the most intricately designed necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings and they are all handmade.  Her online shop is called Camali Design.  Here are a few examples of her lovely designs:

Show your wife how special she is by gifting her with this beautiful Labrodorite ring in sterling silver and cubic zirconia.  I think that ring will look perfect on my finger!  Hint, hint, hint.  Click here for more information about it.

If your loved one prefers necklaces, this one-of-a-kind intricate Cow Parsley Large Silver disc pendant design, will make her feel truly special. And if you’re ready to purchase that beautiful necklace, click here.

And lastly, this is one of my favourites from her collection –  These simple but lovely earrings made from beach pebbles.  What makes them so special?  Those pebbles are from the beaches in Cornwall.  So if you want to take home a piece of Cornwall, this would definitely make the best present ever.  Click here to buy. There are of course lovelier and dressier earrings than this one.  you can click here to see for yourself.

She also does commissioned pieces, so if you have a particular design in mind, just contact her and she’ll do it exactly as you want it.

You can also find her at notonthehighstreet.com.  And if you love craft fairs, do visit her stall at Truro in December.  See poster below for more information.

Remember, if it’s made in Cornwall, it’s truly special.