Two weeks into January and everything feels well and truly back to normal now after all the festivities.
Monday I had a policy seminar and a Labour group meeting, then on Tuesday we resumed our weekly library visits and I was psyched to see that Vincent the Vixen was on the display shelf. It was one of the titles I reviewed for Truth and Tails in the early days of the blog, so it's great to see them expanding and getting exposure. After that we went shopping for reduced Christmas cards, etc, and picked up a couple of free bottles of raspberry & apple Robinson's Refresh'd through the Shopmium app. Sometimes the new product try-outs are hit or miss but it was so good - I could have drunk a crate of the stuff!
The tail end of the week is a blur already, and I can't remember what we did altogether. On Friday Marianna and I went to help out at the Eastern Valley Foodbank collection at Morrisons, then we went on to 50p Fridays at Maendy Primary. It's great that these things are out there, but sad that people need them when we live in the sixth richest country in the world. :(
Back at the household level, I've made £25 through Oh My Dosh! this week so Marianna got to have her 'Old McDonald's', and I splashed out almost £2 on some magnetic false eyelashes. I've only ever managed to get proper false eyelashes to stick in place twice in my life, but I'm hoping these are going to arrive and work and be brilliant. Time will tell!
Along with OMD! I've been trying out various free trials and services. I wrote a blog post about MyPostcard.com which lets you send personalised cards for free, and I made a start on Mothers' Day with a free card and delivery code at Planet Cards. I also got 10 free prints + free delivery through the Free Prints app. With the trials I've given Graze Box (snack free with YY3P5KFRE), Toucan Box (kids' crafts for £2), and Butternut Box (dog food, 75% off) a go. I shall doubtless blog about them all in due course.
Today I took Marianna to one of her nursery friends' birthday party - she had a great time, except for when Spiderman, Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy turned up. The fear of mascots in all their many guises is still going strong...
Finally, if you missed them, I've got two competitions running at the moment. One for a copy of the lovely kid's book, Morgan's Magic Moon, and another for a little panda money box.