Saturday, 16 November 2013

Leaving on a jet plane...

In 48 hours I will be sat on a train, heading to Gatwick Airport to sip champagne on our flight to Cuba. This holiday is so long overdue its rediculous. While we have been together for over a year this will be our first solo holiday. All our other trips have been with family and friends. While these have been lovely we need some one-on-one time deserately.

I have finially finished my busiest period at work, a year end, followed by an appraisal and extended audit has left me shattered. Sion has taken on a new role, completely different to his previous one. He's also doing an evening course to improve his career prospects and fantastic opportunities are just around the corner. I'm so proud of him and all the effort he is putting in, but our evenings consist of a slow cooked dinner, a slump on the sofa in front of mindless TV and bed by 10pm, god knows what will happen when we have children!!

Unfortunately before we get to enjoy the sun, sea and mojitos there's one or two jobs still to do, Sion is working todayand we are out for most of tomorrow so I will be (in no particular order);

Putting 3 loads of washing through, drying and ironing (only for holiday stuff, got to make the effort!)
Checking that our free travel insurance does actually cover us, possibly buying new travel insurance if not
Cleaning the flat, including scrubbing the bathroom floor which is quick frankly awful!
Cooking a healthy fat free, carb free dinner - I'm thinking pasta carbonara...I don't care anymore!
Charging my Kindle and downloading books for it
Digging out the one pack of cards that we own
Going into town to buy gift bags for our gifts for the staff in Cuba (there are still items that are difficult to get hold of so we are making gift bags of toiletries and things), a winter coat for me (Crew Clothing currently have 20% off coats) and deodorant for Sion.
Pluck my wayward brows, DIY mani-pedi and leg de-fuzz!

Before all that though I'm going to sit back, drink another cup of Chai tea and read a few blog posts - I am on holiday after all!!

I'll be back blogging in early December, hopefully more regularly and with exciting plans!

Friday, 8 November 2013

The C Word...

Nope not that "C" word...but the next rudest word...whisper it...Christmas!!

The last few weeks seemed to have passed me by and I had a scary realisation that I won't have a chance to start my Christmas shopping until we are properly into December. Now I love Christmas shopping but I hate Christmas crowds and over the last few years I have done the bulk of my shopping online, topping things up with finds at local Christmas fairs and independent shops. I try to stay away from the larger national stores, reducing the risk of duplicate presents and seeing as I'm in a festive, pre-holiday generous spirit I thought I would share a few of my favourite one stop sites.

Secret Sales sells a wide range of higher end gifts at reduced prices. You need to be a member to buy anything but once you have joined you get access to lots of great gift ideas such as
Women's navy glitter wellingtons Sale - Hunter Sale 0.04ct diamond solitaire ring Sale - Divas Diamond Sale Hydra Zen Neurocalm day cream 50ml Sale - Lancome Sale

This month if you join and buy something, use this link and you will receive a £10 e-voucher for money off (so will I and it all helps towards the hunter wellies!)

Not on The High Street has a huge range of personalised and different gifts for all ages. There can be a wait for some items, particularly the hand crafted items but the quality in my opinion has always been fantastic

  Personalised Family/Couples Papercut - posters & prints

If sweet things are more your thing A Quarter Of have a huuuuuuge range of retro penny sweets and bars of chocolate. You can buy premade hampers or I like to buy lots of different types and use them as stocking fillers or as part of larger hampers

SPACE DUST -  CHERRY,1970 box boxes sweets,retro sweets,retro sweetshops,liquorice sweets,toffees,toffee sweets,boiled sweets CHOCOLATE COINS aka Gold Chocolate Coins,gold coins chocolate money Choco Heaven  Coins  Chocolate  sweets  bauble tree decorations baubles christmas xmas giftsforchildren aka Gold Chocolate Coins,retro sweets,retro sweetshops,liquorice sweets,toffees,toffee sweets,boiled sweets ALPHABET LETTERS GUMS, Chewy   Soft  Penny   Fun  Fruit  Gum  Chewy & Soft  Penny & Fun  sweets,retro sweets,retro sweetshops,liquorice sweets,toffees,toffee sweets,boiled sweets
Now I've brought a few presents, I've got plans for the other presents that I need to buy and I've watched the John Lewis Christmas ad 4 times today. I need to step away from the Christmas glitter, at least until we get back from holiday!
What is your favourite online shop?