Hi All and I hope you had a great weekend too. This weekend we celebrated my son's 3rd birthday and my brother's 40th. Friday we had a little tea party, with my son's Nan, Grandpa, Aunties and Uncle and his cousins, who live in London. Above as promised on Friday's blog is a picture of my son's birthday cake, which was purchased from Waitrose at £5.99. I added a few extra sprinkles to personalise it. However going to ASDA's on Friday morning, I wish I had gone there to buy it instead, as they had so much more on offer and much better prices than Waitrose.
Thank you to all the family and friends for his gifts and cards, and birthday wishes on facebook. Not all gifts have been opened yet, we are doing one gift at a time as he still pretty much unaware of his birthday, but he is starting to get it, a little.
On Saturday, weather wise it was a bit of a miserable day as it rained all day, but it didn't stop us. We spent some time up in Victoria London, where they have a big shopping mall, so Henry got to travel by train, which he loves. Then we spent sometime looking around shops whilst he napped, had a coffee and a drink in the Wetherspoons and then headed off home to have bite to eat and then watch the rugby.
I didn't watch Strictly Come Dancing this weekend, as we had family down, and they like to record it and watch it in the week, so we all watched something different, whilst having a sandwich and a chat. With family coming down you don't have to go all out, as they are there to see you. So I find a chilled atmosphere doing sandwiches and drink is a good way to have a chilled environment, and you don't have to spend all day in the kitchen.
On Sunday, because the weather was much better we walked through the park, where Henry got to have a run around, and play on the swings and then visit the ducks and geese, near the pond. Then we went to the local old fashion sweet shop, http://www.hattys.co.uk/ which we always go to. I love old fashion sweets.
Then we had another coffee, found some great bits in the Charity shops and then Henry and I went onto have a nice birthday lunch to celebrate my brother's birthday.
It was really nice to be all together.
Today it was time for Henry's grandparents from Southampton to go back home. I did a bit of extra Christmas shopping, I hurt my foot falling down the stairs, silly me and now catching up with you all, about my weekend.
If you are looking for inspiration for some Christmas goodies, then do not disregard the charity shops, you can find some great decor and gifts there. I also looked in Poundland and they had some great festive pieces including gifts, great for if you are having a Christmas party, as you can buy some great tableware such as tablecloths, cutlery, plates and some great low cost prezzies.
I also bought some items from Very.co.uk and they are doing 3 for 2 on selective items. You can buy some really nice personalised gifts at a good price.
I will be doing a Haul/Christmas gift guide soon.
I always say it isn't about the price but about what the present means from you to the person you are giving the gift too. With children find out what they are in too, by chatting with them. Or observing what they are currently into.
You can make gifts, like a personalised CD, I have bought a personalised glass for his granddad in Southampton, or create a hamper with some little bits.
Many stores such as Very, Boots, Freeman's, I even noticed when walking through the House Of Fraser always do some great deals and sales on gift sets for him and for her. Or it can be, depending on the gift set and store, be more cost effective to make your own gift set. Use the vouchers you get from Boots for products like No 7 items to create a gift. I did this as part of my mums birthday gift, and you can get some other coupons and vouchers from other stores online, via Groupon, and Savvyme.co.uk
I love to buy and save, but always do your maths to workout what is the best option, so you can still give the gift you want, but save at the same time.
Many thanks for reading,