Sunday, 9 December 2018

Mrs Mulled Wine's Christmas Countdown - 2 weeks to go

Eeek! 2 weeks to go. I finally feel on top of my Christmas shopping with a successful trip to intu Metrocentre on Monday and North Shields Christmas Market this weekend. If you've never been to North Shields Christmas Market before, I'd highly recommend checking it out next year. There are over 100 local traders and all the best ones seem to go here. From local ales and distilleries to The Brownie Bar, Geordie Bangers, Homemade Jam and Chutney Stalls, the best pies, homemade wreaths for sale, sweet stalls, Christmas cakes and lots and lots of Christmas treats, it's such a good place to support our local businesses. Entry is free and there's a funfair for kids (£2 per ride), Alpacas to stroke and feed, birds of prey to meet, Elf crafts in the shopping centre and food vans (including churros, hog roast, Hadrian's pizza and a mobile gin bar). It's loosely Victorian themed and a lot of th traders dress up and they're all super friendly,


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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

How hard is it to make your own wreath for Christmas?

Disclosure: House of Botanics organised a blogger event and helped us to create our own wreath free of charge. They did not ask for any coverage.

How hard is it to make your own wreath for Christmas?  - final wreaths

I have always wanted to make my own Christmas wreath so was delighted when House of Botanics organised a blogger event and asked me to go along and have a go. House of Botanics is the most gorgeous florist and plant shop in STACK Newcastle (facing Tyneside Cinema, just up from YOLO Coffee). Owner Naomi has years of experience, is knowledgeable and very customer-orientated. A personalised service is at the heart of everything they do here and if you're looking for a special gift or Christmas wreath/plant/bouquet of flowers this Christmas, I'd highly recommend popping in. I noticed gifts for sale from just £2.
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Sunday, 2 December 2018

Mrs Mulled Wine's Christmas Countdown - 3 weeks to go

Only three weeks to go! My pre-Christmas stress seems to have melted away a little this week. I'm not putting too much pressure on myself, haven't packed too much into my diary, I'm cutting down on work and I've spent a lot of time watching Christmas Movies. I hope after Monday (my Christmas shopping day) I'll feel a lot more organised and prepared too.

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Sunday, 25 November 2018

Mrs Mulled Wine's Christmas - 4 Weeks to Go



Black Friday - Is it a con? 


I've heard a couple of 'experts' on the radio saying that Black Friday is a con trying to whip consumers up into a shopping frenzy and there actually aren't that many bargains to be had and I honestly feel like I have to agree. I'm after a Nintendo Switch and the cheapest price I could find a new one at on Black Friday was £237.99 down from £249 the day before. I am pretty confident the price will drop even further at some point in the run up to Christmas. I reckon retailers drop their prices a little on Black Friday to make us feel like we're getting a good deal but actually save their best deals until nearer Christmas when they're trying to tempt people with big last-minute purchases. The only deals I think were decent were travel and hotel deals where you could buy vouchers for 20% off etc...

Did anyone grab a good deal? I didn't buy a single thing in the end.  
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Sunday, 18 November 2018

Mrs Mulled Wine's Countdown to Christmas - 5 weeks to go

Just over five weeks to go and I am finally feeling festive. We're enjoying a relaxing weekend at home this weekend before the craziness of Christmas really starts. Can you believe we're off to our first panto next week? It's my birthday weekend in a couple of weeks time and I have lots of fun stuff planned including a Christmas dinner at Artisan and festive afternoon tea at Spanish City. Most of my festive outings tend to revolve around food these days.

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Sunday, 11 November 2018

Mrs Mulled Wine's Christmas Countdown - 6 Weeks To Go

I hope you didn't miss me too much last week. We had a very full-on half term and now the kids are back to school, I am very much on Christmas countdown (despite only buying one gift so far). I've pledged this year to only buy our grown-up gifts from a charity close to the recipient's heart or a small or local business this year and I'm looking forward to spending more at Christmas markets this year. A sale to a small business or charity really does make a difference and its just a little way to spread some Christmas cheer. Also, who wants another Boots gift set?

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