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My own personal wishlist for christmas !

I want to add as I go some kind of 'work in progress' for a wishlist of gift items for christmas.

('wip' famous words I should have on my tombstone just after 'I don't have time' or better still 'now he has the time')

Note to family - this is in no particular order !

What : Headphones

Why do I want it ? : I watch more and more content on my laptop or now tablet and am fed up with using in ear speakers ! If you want me to look stylish then pick up the not cheap but well designed and made Beats Solo 2 's in red or black pls santa.

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Attempted Christmas Shopping and Cheap Hearts

Attempted Christmas Shopping and Cheap Hearts

Yeterday attempted to make a significant start to 2013's Christmas Shopping and came acoss these cool items. Firstly a very cheap wicker heart shape from dunelm. Not really sure where I would put it but for 1.99 how can you go wrong ?

So then this also led to a walk through the related stores such as Staples (UK) and B and Q (a uk DIY place)..

Office Chairs (slight digression but I need something for my derriere) The following office chairs all fitted my needs which were leather or faux leather and decent price. Spending 8 hours a day on it I needed also a firm support - I recommend sitting on the chair you end up buying. A lot (not pictured here) seemed to rock or roll on the central pivot and I wondered if this was due to the demo models or indeed if they were broken which in the latter case would also signify a weakness. The follwoing seemed very comfortable, and I also wanted more than just and up down control. Some tilt was desirable.

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3 of the best tablets for kids and toddlers for Christmas

3 of the best tablets for kids and toddlers for Christmas


The Leap Pad 2 and Leap Pad Ultra


The Leap Pad Ultra [review] It's around 129 pounds exclusive to John Lewis in the UK however we saw Argos also advertising it for much less we think they may be confusing the models so check ! Of note the Ultra has the following feature set: Strong enough for a toddler. 11 apps out of the box with access to 500 more online to buy. Child friendly controls (our 2 year old has some grasp of an iphone but lets face it you want something a little easier) Headphones Up to 9 hours battery life. 7 inch screen with a good 1024x600 resolution Safe ring fenced internet and chat apps that are limited to set dialogues to choose from.

To consider : The leap pad 2 is like a mini version of this without the wifi, not as great at touch sensitivity but still a great tablet for your toddler. Maybe this represents better value.

Bad Points: It looks like a kids toy (toddlers want the adult looking stuff don’t they) I think its design is actually spot on and not too toy like. But just 2 colours to choose from. Misuse of transformer can cause shock!

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Homemade Christmas Costume Ideas

female elf costume

Are you looking for that perfect costume? Do you like to dress up in festive attire? Whatever your interest is, you can celebrate the season by creating a Christmas costume yourself. The Christmas costume may represent anything related to the winter season or the holidays that you love; the hot apple pie to those stockings that you see on the mantle. You can be very creative when it comes to your Christmas costume ideas. Here are some ideas.

Cute Santa CostumeChristmas Tree


A costume made to resemble a Christmas tree can be great idea. You can pick up the things that you need for making the costume from any local store or a craft store. Some of the things that you need to have are green felt sufficient enough to cover the body from shoulders to toes two times, several felt squares in varied colors, some Christmas garlands that can be used for Christmas tree trimming and a party hat that has a conical shape. To make your Christmas tree costume, first cut out a hole at the center of the green felt using a pair of scissors so that you can slip over your head. Trim the ends and sides of the green felt, after slipping it over the head, to make sure that it is not too big for you. You can make use of the excess fabric to decorate your party hat to form the top of the Christmas tree. Now, cut the colored felt pieces in circular shape and use them to decorate your Christmas tree costume with garland and ornaments.

Thanks for the image use from Christmas Tree Costume http://www.fancydressball.co.uk/christmas-fancy-dress/novelty-christmas-costumes/christmas-tree-costume-28265.htm


Another costume party idea is to dress up as an elf. You can use footed pajamas or red thermal and a little bit of felt for the purpose. A yard of green felt can be purchased from any of your local fabric stores or a craft store. Cut a basic zigzag kind of trim so that it can either be sewn, stapled or glued to your red dress at the ankles, wrists and waist positions. You can also make an elf hat. First, measure your head's circumference. Cut a triangular piece with the length of two sides same as that of your head's circumference. Roll the fabric in such a way that the two of the sides of the triangle meet. You can staple, glue or sew them together to create a hat.

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