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  1. Halloween Arts & Crafts

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    I've mixed feelings about Halloween because I'm not keen on the trick or treat aspect of it. However there are some fun activities you can do which are fun and don't involve knocking on peoples doors!

    Pumpkin picking :

    In the summer Olive, Charlie and I had a lovely time at Sopley Farm picking strawberries and I vowed to return to nab a pumpkin or three this Autumn! We made our way over to Sopley on what turned out to be the most beautiful sunny Autumn day! Although Charlie insisted on wearing shorts we put wellies on too! Which turned out to be a good idea as it was rather muddy in places! When we arrived we were pointed in the correct location of the pumpkins and offered a sleigh. This also turned out to be an amazing idea! As by jove those pumpkins are heavy! Of course Olive had to test it first!

    pumpkin picking

    It's such a treat to not only pick your own pumpkin from the ground but to also see a vast amount of pumpkins in various stages of growth. We saw the yellow flowers, tiny green buds, green pumpkins, yellowish orange, really dark orange, long ones, short ones, fat ones, super round ones, ones with flat parts where they had been laying growing, all the beauty of nature that you don't see in the supermarket. We picked a pumpkin each, Olive took a very long time to find just the right size/shape and colour pumpkin, which she then carried home in the car and placed on a cushion wrapped in a blanket for the reminder of Sunday! We also grabbed a teeny tiny pumpkin just because it was oh so cute! For 6 pumpkins we paid just over £6 (60p per kilo) and had an absolutely brilliant time!

    I got one!!! #pumpkin #pumpkinpatch #autumn #Olive #pickyourown #girl #sunshine 🎃

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    Dressing Up :

    Who doesn't enjoy dressing up! Dressing up at Halloween is all about having fun it doesn't have to be super scary! You can't go wrong with a Disney Store Costume something suitable for both boys and girls and who says Halloween has to be scary?! Last Year Megan wore a Cinderella dress with white and black face paints and back combed hair! This is my thrifty side coming in, witches costumes don't have the versatile uses that Princesses or Superheroes do!

    A photo posted by Joanne Dewberry (@charliemoos) on

    Lantern making:

    Take an empty milk jug or squash bottle, wash it out thoroughly and leave to dry. Using a black marker pen draw spooky eyes and a mouth on the front. Cut a hole in the back big enough to pop in an LED tea light candle. You could also fill the inside of the jug/bottle with fairy lights. Simple and yet super effective.

    Bunting :

    I decided to decorate the living room window sill with our homemade lanterns and pumpkins so we added a spot of bunting too. This Day of the Dead bunting is perfect for the job! You can choose to colour it or leave them blank. I strung ours up on string and hung from the net curtain hooks. I printed off a few copies and the children decided they wanted to colour them in not leave them black and white. I love how artistic Megan is as she decided to draw her own flags. Wayfair have a collection of free printable on their blog for Halloween.

    PS. If you are having a Halloween Party or looking for Trick or Treat bags look no further than our Skull and Cross Bones collection RRP £1.95 each. 

    halloween bags


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  2. 14 MOOlah Making Ideas

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    cashpileThe summer holidays are fast approaching it's unreal! Where has 2015 gone? The thing about the summer holidays are they can be an expensive time, especially if like me you are on reduced working hours. Some days I'm too tired to even consider working once the children are in bed. Whilst I fill the calendar up with free activities and have been booking days out in advance (it's so much cheaper this way) it's nice to have some money to just be spontaneous, have a meal out or just treat ourselves. So with 2 weeks to go I need to consider making a bit of extra spending money.

    Decluttering :

    Apparently we have around £600 worth of unwanted/not needed/justin case clutter in our homes. Whilst £600 would be nice I'd be happy with half that!

    • eBay: is the obvious starter as you can do this at home. However it can be time consuming photographing and listing everything.

    • You can list items for free on Gumtree and Facebook.

    • Carboot Sales: this is a good way to do a one off declutter in one hit, towards the end of the day you can lower your prices and hopefully go home with an empty boot.

    • DVD's and CD's: there are lots of online platforms and apps where you scan the barcode and are given a price for your unwanted bits. Music Magpie, Ziffit, Zapper to name a few. Whilst each DVD might only fetch sometimes as little as 25p if you have a large collection it can soon add up.

    • Books: another great app is We buy books, scan the barcode and cash them in. Great if like me you have a ton if children's book that the children have grown out of!

    • Empty those drawers you know the one filled with old mobile phone handsets, ipods, cameras and games consoles. There are plenty of sites that will take them.

    • Clothing: children's nearly new sales, dress agencies and if you still have some items left try cash 4 clothes where they pay you on weight for your clothes.


    Using your skills :

    • Blogging: although it's no quick fix as running a blog takes work, time and commitment you can earn from blogging in the way of paid reviews, sponsored content and advertising.

    • Survey sites: by filling in online surveys for cash and attending face-to-face focus groups you can soon top up your income.

    • Topcashback: earn money by just shopping online! (although not quite saving money at least you are making money from those sales)

    • Secret Shoppers: A mystery shopper is a person who poses as a real customer whilst assessing customer service levels provided by a company

    • Sell your handmade items: if your a dab hand at card craft or knitting why not consider selling your wares.

    • Sell your photos: have a keen interest in photography? Good at taking photos, sell them on sites like Shutterstock or Dreamstime.

    • Be an extra: fancy being in the next blockbuster or maybe an episode of Eastenders, extras can earn up £80 a day.


    I for one am definitely going to be opening up some drawers tomorrow and having a good sort through! Do you have any top tips for making extra money?

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