Five under £5 {February 2016} #FiveUnder5

Throughout last year I saw Julia’s Five Under £5 posts and promised myself that if she ever turned it into a linky I would join in. I love a bargain and love seeing what other people have been buying. I was excited when it was turned into an official monthly linky at the start of the year but I haven’t been able to join in until now.

This month I have bought so many things but mostly over the £5 limit that is allowed in these posts. But I have bought a few things that I love under £5 too!

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I am a huge fan of Homesense and go there at least once a week for a browse – Little Man loves the lift and really enjoys looking at the toy section! Last week I bought a Sugar Pot and Milk Jug Set – the sort of thing everyone needs in their lives and at the bargain price of £3.99! I can now have proper tea parties and can crack the tea pot out.

Another Homesense purchase was this Easter set where you can decorate your own egg cups. This is a gift for LP’s best friend and cost just £2.99 – another absolute bargain! I love that Homesense has such a mix of products and I can always find a lovely gift in there too.

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Last month we reviewed Mega Marshmallows but our local supermarkets don’t sell them so I had to buy these ones from Costco. They were about £4 and they are the nicest things – such a lovely treat but you can cook with them too. The whole family are more than a little addicted to them!

I have a new found love of Nail Polish and bought this one for just £1 in the Accessorize sale. They have loads of colours and I loved the pastel tones. You can’t go wrong for a pound!

Lastly, since getting my Stick to Stigu planner I have found a new love of stationery and so picked up this set of pens from Ikea. They were only £1.50 and the perfect thing for keeping me on track with my to-do lists!

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So there we have it, 5 things under £5. What have you been buying this month?

Finishing off our Bathroom

A few months ago we had our bathroom renovated and like most people we had little jobs that needed finishing off – that inevitably take months to get around to doing.

Getting our Bathroom Ready for Christmas with Domestos

The bathroom ceiling needed painting but before we could paint it we had to also get new lights as the old ones were white plastic down lights that had been covered in paint the last time we’d painted the ceiling a few years before.

So last week when Hubby had a rare day off when I was also off work I decided to paint. LP was at school and I sent Hubby out to soft play with Little Man whilst I did two coats of white paint on the ceiling and then put our new lights in.

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I can say now that the bathroom is completely finished. There’s nothing else we need to do and just being able to lay in the bath and look at a white ceiling is lovely – having everything finished just makes all the difference.

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So now we are on to the next project – our extension plans will be drawn imminently and I can’t wait to share the details with you all.

Living Arrows – 6/52

This week has been a pretty pants one – for me at least. I’ve had issues with my neck since last Monday and so have spent a lot of time not doing much and taking painkillers. Fingers crossed though I’m better now and we can get back to normal.

This week the children have spent loads of time playing, reading, relaxing and just hibernating with me at home – aside from LP’s days at school. LP is currently loving books and has a reignited thing for jigsaws too.

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Little Man has been lovely this week – cuddly, cheeky and so cute. I wish I could bottle him just the way he is right now and save it forever. The age they are always at is just the best but Little Man right now is pretty much perfect. Love him – and the faces he pulls.

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Have a wonderful week everyone.

Living Arrows

Pens Behind Ears – The Ordinary Moments

I remember when I was a child my Dad seemed to always have a pen or pencil behind his ear. I put it down to his manual work – always doing DIY and things in the garden, and being quite hands in his day jobs too. I thought it was something that working people did, walked around with a pen behind their ear for easy storage and access. He was hardly ever seen without a pen behind his ear when I was growing up.

Roll forward twenty five years and I haven’t been around anyone that keeps a pen behind their ear for such a long time although whenever we go to Ikea Hubby will absentmindedly pick up a pencil and put it behind his ear, forgetting about it until hours later.

This is something that Little Man has picked up on and loves to copy, sticking a pencil – or crayon – behind his ear whenever he is doing drawing or colouring. He keeps the crayon behind his ear for a couple of minutes, plays with it whilst it’s behind his ear and usually has the cheekiest look on his face – like he’s doing something so exciting and new. He’ll then take the crayon out again before trying to put it back.

Little Man is growing more and more like his Daddy each day and little things like this, mannerisms and things he says all just mimmic his Daddy more and more. It’s so lovely to see Little Man developing, growing and copying things that I remember copying myself as a child.

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Preparing for Pancake Day

Hubby and I love pancakes but due to our working patterns and how long pancakes take to make we don’t have them nearly as often as we should. We last had them on Christmas Eve as a pre-Christmas treat but with Shrove Tuesday next week it reminded me how lovely a relaxed weekend brunch of pancakes can be.

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When we plan to make pancakes, during school holidays or at weekends, we’ll often have them as a late breakfast or an early lunch. We’ll set up the table with everything we need and we make it into quite an occasion – not just time to eat together but to spend time together too.

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I bought a new crepe pan as well as some new plates and even a little bottle to put maple syrup in from Homesense and it has really completed our Shrove Tuesday table setting. The crepe pan makes pancake making so much easier than a normal frying pan – although I still haven’t mastered the art of flipping them yet!

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Hubby and I always have lemon and sugar on our pancakes and are trying to encourage the children to at least try this traditional flavour combination but they won’t even entertain the idea. Instead they have maple syrup or sickly sweet ice cream sauces in their pancakes – and Nutella when we have it.

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For me, pancakes have to be thin and covered in lots of lemon and sugar, rolled tightly and then sprinkled with more sugar and a last drizzle of lemon juice. You can only make one pancake at a time, leaving the rest in a pile on a plate in the centre of the table – perfect for sharing.

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Pancake Day is a favourite of ours – but pancakes aren’t just for Pancake Day. I’m sure now I’ve started making pancakes again that we’ll be enjoying them all year round.

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Disclosure: I was provided with vouchers to purchase the products used in this post however all opinions are my own.