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The Wonders of Wimbledon and Why It’s OK to Lose

I am rubbish at tennis, always have been, but I do love to watch it. Last year’s incredible final with Andy Murray’s long awaited win will forever be etched on my memory – I could hardly stand to watch and was in and out of the house, half sunbathing, half keeping check on the score. History was being made. Today it feels hard to believe we will see the like again for a very long time. I don’t kn... Read More »

My tea & Arizona Beans recipe

I have decided to have a lazy day today as the weather is nice and I have some time to myself. I have already put the dinner on as its in the slow cooker and so takes time to cook. It is a recipe that was given to me by a lady in Canada many years ago but is still used frequently in our house as it is tasty and not expensive. Here is the recipe for you if you wish to [...] Read More »

Stall open

I have just opened my stall on www.stallandcraftcollective.co.uk. I have looked on the site and there are lots of other people that have lots of goodies for sale at reasonable prices too. Here is the first item I have put up to sell I hope you like it. My first item for Read More »

Hello again

I am sorry that I have been away so long but I have been looking after my granddaughter and not able to use the main computer without her help. I have just got myself a smartphone so it will be easier to speak to you guys. Whilst I have been away I have been busy crafting and have come up with some new designs some cushions, a pram throw and a large tea cosy with a fox on the top. I [...] Read More »

Under the Counter and Above the Shop

There were two things that caught my attention in Tuesday night’s opening episode of the new three part documentary ‘Shopgirls’ shown on BBC2. Firstly, the description by London society hostess and journalist Lady Mary Jeune of the shopping experience in the 1800s as being “a solemn and dreary affair”. Secondly, that in 1851 there were 2.5 million unmarried self-supporting women in Great Britain. ... Read More »

Now is the Summer of Our Discounted Trends

The good news apparently is that sales of football shirts and sporting goods rose so much last month that the high street almost looked like it had a good month. If you’re not the sort of person who longs for wall to wall football on their television after a hard day at work, then this fact will be both bizarre and irrelevant to you. I however have contributed to this in my own small way as ... Read More »

My Top Picnic Savings for National Picnic Week! Plus giveaway to win a Picnic hamper full of Ten Acre Crisps!

 It’s National Picnic week so I’ve found the top picnic deals for you to enjoy with your friends and family, saving more than you spend!   With the weather (supposedly) heating up, what is a better way to honour National Picnic Week, than with some picnic inspired savings to share with your Family and Friends. I’ve gathered together sandwich ingredients, drinks, savoury pastries, biscu... Read More »

Right Here’s Where You Start Paying… in Sweatshirts*

Last week I talked about leggings and cropped tops and the things to avoid in order to present the best version of yourself. This week, thanks to school friend Sophie and her ’80s themed birthday party, I’m having to think about those things again. Last week, Sophie very kindly came up with an argument for me investing in a cropped top this season – she was the only one – so I feel it’s only fair ... Read More »

Keep cash in your pocket on your next theme park visit

Keep cash in your pocket on your next theme park visit

Everyone loves a day out at a theme park. The rides, the costumed characters, the shows, the candy…there’s always something for everyone, young and…well, less young! But visiting theme parks can be a bit of a double edged sword for many families. Sure there’s loads to see and do, yet the costs of getting to there, getting in the gate and all the extras don’t come chea... Read More »

Does anyone else ‘steal’ cuddles?

As my due date approached for my second child, my daughter, who was 19 months at the time, became very wary of mummy and her massive tummy. She was excited for the baby, but didn’t like that mummy was changing. This, combined with the fact that it was harder to do some things with my daughter as I got ever larger, meant my husband spent more time with my daughter. It wasn’t a bad thin... Read More »

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