What’s In The Box? Giveaway!

I’m not a massive consumer 365 days of the year. Understatement.

When it comes to Christmas, and the giving of gifts we do give some gifts to close family. But over the last few years gift giving has reduced dramatically.


I find the commercial side of Christmas rather depressing. Being a trained professional marketing person, I understand it. I get it. Christmas is a huge opportunity for retailers.

But sincerely I’d rather spend my time and money on a special meal with family and friends, than spend a day trawling the shops looking for clutter that will have no use after the initial excitement of unwrapping it on Christmas day.

The gifts that are given are typically consumable. Or an experience. Or both. Something to enjoy there and then, or in the near future and not to keep.

I’m a fan of boxes generally. And at Christmas I love compiling the Christmas boxes.

XBoxes Click here to read last years post all about it!

So simple to put together, to store and to send to Santa ;)

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A Chaotic Food Waste Friday

You may have noticed I haven’t been around my virtual home much over the last week or so. You may not. There was no open house/blog yesterday, but I did find time to start a conversation over at Facebook. Thank you for joining in.

My decision to take Christmas off this year has already proved itself to be a good one.

As Rachel said herself “Life happens when you’re making plans, as they say.”

Maybe I had a premonition, or maybe fate intervened. Whatever happened it was the right decision.

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Arriving At Christmasland 2014

This weekend the Wright’s arrived at Christmasland.

We usually land the first weekend in December. And this was…the first weekend in December.

The annual pilgrimage to the local forest took place Saturday morning.


It did feel we arrived a little late  this year. In fact we were told that the majority of the larger trees had sold out the weekend before. Hence we went a little smaller this year, but it’s still lovely and saved us some pennies.

Carrying tree

Daddy carried the tree. Mommy took photographs.

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Food Waste Friday / Using Up Bread

Each week since March 2008, in order to motivate her to waste less food, Kristen The Frugal Girl, has posted a picture of any food that has gone bad over the last seven days. She found this embarrassing practice so helpful, to her, that she invited other bloggers to post their own photos, and Food Waste Friday was born.

FoodWasteFriday I started participating in October 2010 and have found, 4-years on, the amount of food I waste is minimal. Every Friday, as part of my No Waste Tastes Great routine, I account for all my potential food waste as well as confessing to any items that I failed to save.

Kristen kindly asked me to host Food Waste Friday, alternate weeks and her initial invite for everyone to join in is cordially extended here!

Back to the tried and tested formula today Guys it’s a fridge photo! (my videoing skills seriously need work – see last week)

Simply Being Mum’s Friday Fridge


There is some waste. Right at the bottom there’s a small container of leftover chicken casserole. It’s been there quite a few days, and I am fanatical about food hygiene when it comes to poultry. It will be disposed of.

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Open House / Getting Christmassy

**Please note I have decided to edit today’s open house blog post. I didn’t think carefully enough about it  – it’s my error. Thank you for the 2 previous comments (it’s appreciated you popped by! thank you! I read them and they contained great advice – if you’d like to comment again please do) but I’ve started from scratch. Thank you for understanding**

It’s Thursday! Time to open up the blog for our virtual meet up.

Today I’d like to talk about ‘getting Christmassy’.

Maybe I am taking Christmas off. But the reason for backing off on obligations, and all the aspects of this season that feel like a the chore, was so I could focus on what is important. On my family.

Time to step it up a gear. The decorations are going up this weekend, along with the tree. We have a festive fundraiser to attend on Saturday and I’ve booked a Santa safari. This is where we’re going this year and I cannot wait to meet the Big Guy! I am a Santa fan!

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