Shopping Until I’m Dropping

Day Out

After a fairly chilled out week last week we decided we’d had enough of sitting around and went out for the day on Saturday. Well, I say the day, we actually didn’t leave until after lunch. Two reasons for this, I didn’t want to spend any more money than necessary and the kids didn’t really want to go out. I mean, how cruel of me to drag me away from their electronic devices!

So, we ventured out to a National Trust Property, Baddesley Clinton, which turned out to be only half an hours drive away. It was a gloriously sunny day and it was just so nice to actually get out side in it. It was also really nice to get inside the cool house after five minutes of leaving the air conditioning of the car.

We did spend some time in the garden in the shade though, soaking up enough vitamin D to last us another week.

On Sunday we rested. As you do.

(Well, if you don’t count the washing pile that put Everest to shame, or the Sunday roast I decided to cook, or the bathroom that was definitely in need of a scrub before the round of showering kids scummed it up again.)


Then it’s been non-stop. Shopping, baking, doctor visits, dentist appointment, more shopping, even more shopping and barely a moment to snap open a laptop.

If you are wondering why all the shopping wasn’t done in one go then I need to explain. First up there is food shopping which is quite necessary. Then there was birthday card shopping, a total of 10 cards were purchased. Oh, and we decided that it would be a nice idea to visit the toy store so the Little Man could spend his birthday money, and the girls could spend theirs. The joys of having three kids’ birthdays in the space of four weeks! One is ‘the birthday yet to come,’ but as we will be on holiday we let her have some money early, and the other is the ‘birthday past,’ but we kept back some money especially for this spending spree. The Little Man has his birthday this week, ‘the birthday present,’ but we went shopping a couple of days earlier so he didn’t feel so bad about his sisters having presents on his special day.

Oh well, it made sense when I thought it all up.

Then more shopping because I had to go to Hobbycraft for supplies. I have a Christening to go to on Sunday, it’s quite a special one as we are going to be the Godparents. I’ve never been chosen as Godparent before and I wanted to get something special. Only I couldn’t find anything that didn’t break the bank, so I’m making something myself. I’m a bit worried about it now, but I’ve been assured that it looks good. I’ll show it to you later, if you want me too. A good idea before doing any kind of shopping is to look for online Money Saving Discount Codes.

So, I guess the word of the week this week has to be Shopping! 

a stylish woman holding up a hoard of shopping bags
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  1. August 10, 2018 / 2:41 pm

    Sounds like a busy week with all that shopping. I hope you have a lovely time at the christening on Sunday. How lovely to be asked to be a godparent. Glad you had a nice time at Baddesley Clinton. It’s one of my favourite National Trust places to visit. #WotW

  2. August 10, 2018 / 3:07 pm

    hahaha! Eesh! How cruel to drag the kids away from their electronics. I drgged my two off theirs this week and they actually had a good time. lol
    That is a lot of shopping but I have been the same the past few weeks. We have my fella’s and two girls birthdays over the next month, uniform and all the back to school things to buy.
    Aww! How lovely that you are a godparent. I am sure whatever you have made is lovely. Home made gifts always mean much more than shop bought x

  3. August 10, 2018 / 3:17 pm

    That is a lot of shopping! Loads of different reasons, too, it’s definitely kept you busy. I do like Baddesley Clinton, lovely to stroll around there x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  4. August 11, 2018 / 1:02 pm

    A handmade gift is more special than a shop one. Would love to see what you create. We have most of the birthdays in the first half of the year so now it’s what should Father Christmas get everyone? #mmbc

  5. August 11, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    Wow you squeased in a lot, just reading it makes ypu feel tired. I do like Baddesley Clinton lovely gardens to walk around X #wotw

  6. August 12, 2018 / 1:28 pm

    Oh god I have a huge pile of washing to put away, this weather has been amazing hasn’t it? It makes you go out, rather than rainy days making you want to stay in. Hope the christening was lovely its such an honour being a godparent isn’t it? x

  7. August 13, 2018 / 5:50 pm

    Hi Anne, it sounds like you could be all shopped out now, I know I would have been (I hate shopping). It does make sense for the children to spend their birthday money together it may even make it more exciting as they show each other there purchases… A relaxing Sunday? The roast sounds good, but as for the washing and cleaning? Noooooo!!!!!.. I won’t spend more than I have to on clothes, but wouldn’t know where to start to make my own, so I would love to see yours.

    Thank you for popping by and linking up with #keepingitreal.


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