Christmas Bargains & Lies

OK.. I admit it.. I’m a liar. I said NO TOYS this Christmas after getting halfway through writing a post on why I’m not buying toys this christmas.. and what did I do? That’s right I acted like a child myself when the Mr spotted this Wilko Wooden Pirate Ship reduced from £15 to £5!!!!! Well now..

At that price and being the last one on the shelf, I couldn’t resist. I can’t wait to play with it I cant wait to see Izzy play with it.. Especially as she is a huge pirate fan just like her Mummy! 😉

On to the next Aisle and I spotted the Wilko Wooden Peg Story kits reduced to 50p each!! So of course I had to grab one of each… Realising I had officially started Christmas shopping!

I had that ‘I’ve started so I’ll continue’ moment and picked up two £1 Shopkin Activity Kit’s as we’ve bought a few. As there’s always at least 2 of the activities inside the girls love to do them together. Not exactly a bargain as all these activity packs cost £1 in most places but still well worth it. (Again I lied, as I had previously told Eva NO SHOPKINS THIS CHRISTMAS!)

I have to admit although I totally lied to myself about not buying toys this year, I am pretty pleased that for a grand total of £8.50 I am up to 6 presents already! 

I may have talked myself into believing I technically only bought 1 toy as the rest are ‘craft kits’ but I’m hoping we don’t end up buying too many toys. In all honesty though with Wilko amongst other’s reducing things like this and me still being a bit of a child at times, I can see it being a struggle, haha!

Perhaps I’ll just stick to non character toys?.. Or maybe I’ll fail miserably, get carried away myself & end up picking up toys for the next 10 or so years lol! (When do children stop wanting toys?) Keep an eye out for future posts & fails😉

Have you started Christmas shopping? Have you found any awesome bargains yet? I’d love to hear and see what bargains you’ve found so far!

Pain Management – Trying Something New

I had pain managment today and was quite anxious about going. It didn’t help that I had to go to the Dr’s first where I didn’t get seen until half an hour after my appointment time but the main reason was that I needed to bring up the fact that whilst my First steroid injections for a little while things had gone down hill since.

After explaining I’ve been getting electric shock type pains all over, the burning and tingling I’ve had, how everywhere seems to constantly ache especially when I’m cold, my memory has gotten worse and I’m struggling to keep my balance amongst other things The Dr decided the injections weren’t going to be helpful as I had 3 injections at once not just one so it should have helped for a lot longer and instead, I was offered a trial of Gabapentin.

I had to think about it quickly.. I dont want to rely on yet more tablets but at the same time I’m struggling so much to cope with the pain, everyone must be as bored as I am with all my complaining and with the cold weather setting in I’m honestly scared to think I could feel the same as last winter. I decided to give it a go.

I’ve not really read much about Gabapentin up until now and I still dont know a lot about it but it sound’s like it’s worth a go so tonight I’ll be taking my first dose of 300mg and gradually up the dose over the next 6 weeks & hopefully it will help.

Have you tried Gabapentin for Chronic pain? Did you find it helped much?

A Positive Start In Year 2

Last year we had quite a few problem’s with Eva’s school and to be honest it made me quite nervous about her going back as last year got so stressful & we strongly considered moving her to a different school but we decided to ride it out and see how things went.

I’m pleased to say I don’t think we will be having anywhere near as many issues this year. Her new teacher seems great, she seems to be friendly and rather jolly yet at the same time strict enough to not let Eva get away with too much silliness.
Eva has been changing her reading books regularly so she is happy she’s earning her reading air miles as she loves reading and her confidence is growing with each book which is so lovely to see as  last year seemed to really make her feel like she wasn’t good at anything as none of her achievements were being mark down. She came home several times upset as she had been told to just get on with her work when she needed help so she started just giving up.

Whilst I think she’s doing amazingly learning at her own pace, she feels she has to have these marks & awards like everyone else, so I try to support her in that as much as I can whilst also pointing out she’s always learning and doing well regardless of marks. However now she is earning her air miles & getting stickers and a lot more praise she seems a lot happier and I am pleased for her.

We sat with her Math & English homework books on Saturday and she flew through them with confidence whilst still making sure her letters and number were written the right way and neatly, it was amazing to see the change, she finished 5 sheets of work in 10 minutes! 10 MINUTES it takes her 15 to put on her shoes!!! I’m really pleased she’s enjoying it again as I love getting involved in her learning and helping her find a way to work out the answers.

It’s been such a postive start to the school year for Eva and I really hope it continues as she seems a lot happier in herself and is coming home happy again instead of moody or in tears.

How did your kid/s get on for their first week back at school? Have their been any improvements/issues compared to last year?

Staying On Top

I’ve shared quite a bit on this blog over the last year and I have to say it’s definitely helped, even when I went through a quiet patch the blog was still here being read and liked & commented on and I’ve started to get back into the swing of things again.

I’ve met some lovely bloggers & I’ve noticed myself interacting more and over the last few weeks that has given me a bit of a boost to be honest. Now I’m full of idea’s again and being a lot more organized jotting down notes and dates so I dont keep forgetting and feeling empty and useless. 

On top of all that reading what other’s have gone through or are going through has really been a big motivation for me on bad day’s, if they can carry on & find ways around their challenges I can too!

Sometimes it makes it easier to push through and get things done and sometimes it reminds you to take that much needed break. All in all I think it’s helped me restore some kind of balance and I feel like I’m staying on top of everything again not just the blog.

During my quiet patch I spent a lot of time thinking I was completely useless. My brother especially has helped me see that although I am limited by what I can do, it doesn’t make me lazy, he reminded me of our ‘mother’ growing up and how much more I do for my girls in comparison. 

I spend a lot of time pointing out what I can’t do and all the things going wrong but I’m trying to focus on what I can do and what’s going well instead. Instead of feeling awful for taking a break I use that time to blog or chat or crochet so I’m still doing something rather than feeling sorry for myself. 

I know there are still going to be days where it is all too much but hopefully with a bit more positivity those days will become fewer. 

I’ve started writing notes in notebooks, on post it’s and on our little whiteboard on the fridge to help me remember things & it is definitely helping me be a bit more organized. Perhaps if I finally start using my planner and calander a little better too I’ll spend less time frustrated & forgetting things & getting more done aswell as actually resting when I need to.

Hopefully I can stay on top of things and keep positive for a while! How do you stay on top? What help’s you stay positive?  

Latest WIP – A Blanket For Eva 

I’ve been getting a bit stressed again recently and as always I’ve fallen back on Crochet to help me through. It really is amazing how calming crochet can be, especially when you are familiar with the stitches/pattern.

I knitted a fluffy blanket for Izzy last year & Eva wanted a blanket of her own. With limited funds I haven’t managed to find any really nice soft fluffy wool/yarn for her but thanks to my friend adding to my stash I have started on a simple blanket for now so she doesn’t feel left out, especially with winter nearing and our love of sofa days with pillows, blankets, TV, books & hot chocolate!

Eva loves anything reallllllyy colourful (hence loving her colourful crocheted bag!) so I suggested making a blanket up out of lots of different colours/shades, which she was quite excited about.

I’ve been working on this blanket on and off and finally picked it back up again this week, mostly as Izzy keeps telling me I need to… ‘MUMMY! SIT! ROUND AND THROUGH! SIT!’ haha!

With Eva picking colours as we go it has slowly grown over the last week or so & we have decided to make it big enough to fit Eva’s bed for winter too so I will be making a second square & attaching them. I’m really enjoying making this blanket, changing colours and not having to think too much about what I’m doing as I can do this stitch with my eyes closed! (Yes I have tried, it amuses the girls haha!)

Eva wants me to incorporate the cupcake stitch I recently learnt, in somewhere in the blanket, I’ve been doing 3 rows though and cupcake stitch is only 2 so I may use that as a border once both squares are completed, what do you think? Maybe I could use some more of the colourful wool to blend it all together?

Do you crochet? If so, what are you currently working on? Or thinking of starting?

Me You and Magoo

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Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

August MS515B Bluetooth Speaker Review

You may have spotted my post offering a one day only early Christmas deal with a 40% discount on a set of August MS515B Bluetooth Speakers being sold on Amazon for £29.95.

For sharing August Lab’s early Christmas deal I was given an awesome discount on the speakers myself & ordered them first thing Thursday morning when the discount codes went live.

Friday morning we received our email letting us know our parcel was being delivered later that day!

I was quite excited to be honest as A) I LOVE opening parcels 😂😂 & B) I love listening to music especially when cleaning & these can easily be moved around room to room without disturbing the music!

Our parcel arrived around about 4.30pm and we quickly got the box opened up to have a look inside.

I checked the manual and got them plugged in to charge up & was really impressed by how easy they are to set up. They come with a USB lead with a split lead to charge both speakers at the same time. The speakers are connected by a lead included in the box and they also have an AV in lead so they can be plugged into devices without bluetooth meaning you can literally use them with anything!

I quickly got my phone connected via bluetooth to test them out and was amazed by the sound quality and just how loud they are! For such small speakers they really do have some power, anything with bass (when up loud) makes them jump across the side a little which really amused Eva.

We had them set up in the kitchen and the sound filled the room & we all ended up dancing in the kitchen whilst I cleaned & the Mr cooked for the girls. 

The Mr loves music too and has play-lists saved on his youtube., as I don’t he was quickly getting bored of typing in each song so he quickly connected his phone to the speakers and took over with his play-lists for a good hour.

Overall we were really impressed with the quality especially for only £29.95 (Unless you used my discount code 😉 ) delivered the next day even though we chose the free delivery option!

I can see these becoming one of our new favourite toys. As Eva has seen them I cant really give them to her as a present, so I have said we can all share them instead.  I can see the girls using them in our room and me using them around the flat when cleaning to save having the sound system on which we currently have no remote for & have the bass up high which can be a bit much at times! 🙈🙊

I love that the girls can connect using the Tablet as well as us using our phones & pc/laptop and as they are rechargeable we can take them anywhere. I’ve yet to find a problem with them and like that I can skip forwards and back a track using the button on the back of the main speaker.

*This is a sponsored post & I received a large discount on the speakers in return for sharing the 40% off discount post and an honest review.

Made From What?

Julia

I love seeing small businesses working hard and gradually growing, one small business I have been watching grow over the last year or so is ‘Made From What?’ run by Julia. Julia make’s absolutely stunning unique up-cycled, handmade items from Jewellery , Bow’s Home Decor, Storage and more!

I first discovered Julia’s makes on facebook and followed her after being so impressed by her creativity. I enjoy seeing her makes pop on my feed and I wanted to share a few of my favourites with my readers so I decided to get in touch and since I’m already harping on about christmas and hunting down a few deals I managed to get a nice discount for all my readers, perhaps you could treat yourself or start early on presents!

If you spend £5 or more in the Made From What? Etsy Shop & use the code RelentleslyPurple at the checkout for a 10% discount!

Hollow pattern, Custom dream catcher style hanging decoration, custom colour, home decor, gifts

 

 

I love these gorgeous Dream Catchers, they are beautiful & I love that you can choose the style & colour.

 

 

 

 

Pink butterfly embellished dream catcher style decoration in cute shades of pink hanging decoration

 

This is my favourite dream catcher, I know its PINK (yuk!) but Eva would be thrilled to have this hanging next to her bed, in fact she has actually asked me for a pink dream catcher so perhaps I’ll add this onto her Christmas list!

 

String covered lettered decorative, candle holder, vase upcycled bottle set with letter and words of choice in custom colour of choice

 

 

I love the idea’s of these sat on a fireplace or shelf, dont you? I’d obviously have to ask for purple though😉

 

 

 

Black lid dinosaur topped jar, large jar, black lid jar, dinosaur jar, black dinosaurs, jar sets, dinosaur mad

 

How cool are these dinosaur topped jars? We love dinosaurs & stomping around roaring like mad so these would look awesome on a shelf.. Hm must look at buying some shelves.

 

Purple button cream bow ribbon flower trinket jar with blue petals and cream half pearl on recycled upcycled glass jar with plastic lid

 

 

This purple trinket box with a bow is quite cute too.

 

 

Light blue bunting with purple floral detail, floral bunting, 5 flag bunting, triangle bunting, vintage inspired flag bunting, blue bunting

 Who doesn’t like a bit of bunting? I love how pretty and calming this bunting is, it would look gorgeous hung up anywhere.

Purple and cream faded heart shaped recycled scrap rag wreath wall hanging, door hanging, hanging decoration

Last of all is this beautiful purple and white heart wreath which is probably my absolute favourite from Julia’s Etsy Shop!

 

 

 

If you like any of these items, head on over to Etsy and dont forget to use code RelentlesslyPurple to get 10% off order’s over £5!

If you’d like to find out more about Made From What? vist Julia’s social media pages:

Facebook: Made From What?

Instagram: @madefromwhat

Twitter: @madefromwhat