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Monday Happy List {Week 269}

Tatty Devine Black Friday bargains

I love to start the week by writing the Monday Happy List. It’s a chance for me to sit down and reflect on the things that made me happy in the previous week, as well as to record some of our family adventures – it’s a post I always enjoy writing.

Monday Happy List {Week 269}

We are embracing Christmas in our house this week. The children spent all their money at the Christmas Fair at school. Over the weekend we put up our Christmas tree, decorated the house, posted our Christmas cards and baked Christmas tree brownies.

Somehow we’re managing to keep up with our daily Elf on the Shelf antics. I love trying to find new things to do with ours. So far they’ve filled out Elf Reports, hidden in the Christmas tree box and had fun cutting snowflakes from toilet roll.

elf on the shelf cutting snowflakes

I tried to stay away from any Black Friday emails as I really didn’t need anything. I’ve pretty much finished my Christmas shopping, and spent all my money. However, I couldn’t resist an email from Tatty Devine and treated myself to two festive necklaces. I love the holly necklace and have worn it every day since it arrived. I can’t wait to wear it to work this week.

On Saturday we popped into London as we had been invited to see the Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. It was such an amazing opportunity and we all really enjoyed seeing the objects on display. We’ve written more about it, including how to save money on family tickets this month.

exploring Hughenden Manor grounds

I wondered if the children were too old to want to visit Father Christmas but I booked it anyway. We’re members of the National Trust so went to see Father Christmas at Hughenden Manor which we’ve been to a few times now. We had a lovely afternoon as the house was decorated for Christmas and there was an animal trail in the grounds. It was lovely to be out in the fresh air.


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    Mellissa Williams
    December 9, 2019 at 11:39 am

    I’m so envious that you got to go to the Tutankhamun exhibition. I heard it was excellent. I hope to go soon

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    Samantha Donnelly
    December 9, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    I would love to have seen the exhibition I know a few pwoplw who have been and said it was really good. I love teh elf on a shelf it wasn’t a thing when mine were little

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    Elizabeth Williams
    December 9, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Love the idea of writing a happy list. The National Trust property sounds like a wonderful place to visit Father Christmas.

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    December 9, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    The exhibition sounds really good. I’d loved to have seen that. Ha, love the festive jewellery idea, perfect for getting into the Christmas spirit.

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    Rhian westbury
    December 10, 2019 at 7:12 am

    Such a festive week with the fair and putting up the tree. Your tatty devine purchases are very nice, gotta treat yourself at this time of the year too x

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    December 10, 2019 at 11:57 am

    I remember having a Tutankhamun exhibition book when I was a child – I was obsessed but I’ve never seen the exhibition! I’m super jealous x

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    Jess Howliston
    December 10, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    I tried to stay away from Black Friday too as I always buy stuff I don’t need lol! The Saatchi Gallery sounds fascinating I will definitely check out your post on saving money on a visit as I know my son would love to visit too!

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    Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog
    December 10, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    We love visiting National Trust places during winter too and seeing them all dressed up. We were inundated with Black Friday emails!

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    Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too
    December 10, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Whilst I’m loving seeing all the elf on the shelf activities, I am pleased it isn’t a tradition that I started with my own children. I’d always forget to move him, plus I’m not creative enough to think of ideas

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    December 10, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Looks like you are keeping very busy. It is always nice to soak up festive atmosphere at this time of year

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    Yeah Lifestyle
    December 10, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    What a lovely and festive happy list. Well done for staying away from those Black Friday deals!

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    Rebecca Smith
    December 11, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    I’d love to see the Tutankhamun exhibition, it sounds absolutely fantastic. Love how festive you’ve been too!

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    Tash @boundforsomewhere
    December 21, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    My kids also spent all of my money at the school fayre 😂😂 Times 4 kids it cost a pretty penny! 😬

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