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It’s Beginning To Feel…

*whispers “a BIT like Christmas“?!

Yup – You know it’s getting close to THAT time of year when the coffee shops start busting out their colourful paper cups so you can wander along busy streets, the heat of the elixir warming your freezing hands!  This week I also had my first (second and possibly third?) mulled wine of the season at our village Fireworks Party…and the requisite awkward school photos arrived, just in time for me to package them up and send them off to unsuspecting relatives! #sorrynotsorry

And then of course, there’s THAT John Lewis advert.  And you know the countdown is really on.

Given that I loved last years Lilly Allen / “Bear and Hare” offering, I knew this years would be a tough one to get right.  Very glad I’m not on the thinktank team for the JL christmas ads!  No pressure there then?!

But they’ve done it!  I felt warm and cosy watching the penguin antics and, having started with uncertainty in my heart I ended my premier viewing with, apparently, something in my eye!  I know.  I’m THAT woman!  If you see my dignity anywhere, please be sure to let it know I miss it!

Ads aside, one of my favourite JL services is how I can order online and said item is delivered to my local Waitrose the next day!  They’ve helped me out numerous times when I’ve had an event to go to and obviously “nothing to wear” (despite a wardrobe that’s begging for mercy!) but no time for shopping.  So I order online and voila –  Cinders is off to the ball! Love that.

I also recently ordered a time and sanity-saving tumble dryerfrom them, having heard great things from my sister about their delivery, just at the time my old dryer decided to hand in it’s notice.  I’m big on line drying as I love the way it negates the need to iron bedding but, as the A/W ’14 rains set in, I needed to get my act together, and pronto.  So when JL asked if I wanted to check out their services, I said yes quicker than a hare could wake a hibernating bear!

LAUNDRYThe dryer arrived, accompanied by two of the happiest delivery men I’ve ever had the pleasure of dealing with. Smiles too? I know!

My local store has a glass lift which my kids LOVE riding in – made all the more exciting at this time of year by the fact that the Christmas shop is in the basement of the store, so you can see it as you’re riding the lift. Not that we’d ever be THOSE people who just ride up and down in the lift for fun you understand. Nopey nope nope.  Not us!

Which reminds me, we haven’t done that yet this year. That’s the weekend sorted then!  Aside from the fact that I might need to get my act together, given that I’m talking the talk but haven’t actually made any lists or bought any presents yet!  But there’s still loads of time, right?  Right??

K x

*Tries not to panic






  • Reply Honest Mum November 13, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Gosh weeping at that ad, John Lewis get me every single time… I’m not ready for Christmas either but always feel the same every year! One of my parents’ restaurants is opening this year for Christmas Day so I’m now not hosting Christmas at mine (huge shame)! I’m definitely starting to feel festive though, my birthday is on Sunday then it’s time to start preparing!

    • Reply Katy November 14, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      Yay! Happy Birthday you! And I’m feeling properly festive already! I fear I will peak too soon! x

  • Reply Emma Crazywithtwins November 9, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    I hadn’t seen the ad yet… now I have… OMG how can Monty the Penguin not be real? I’m devastated! xx

    • Reply Katy November 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      It was a good twist! I wasn’t expecting that ending! x

  • Reply Kate Takes 5 (@KateTakes5) November 9, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I am the least prepared I’ve ever been this year. I’m planning on simply throwing money at the problem. Just need to find the money…

    • Reply Katy November 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      Ditto! *checks back of sofa

  • Reply Sonya Cisco November 9, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Oh it’s AGES away yet! I had my first mulled wine yesterday, and I like the JL penguins but I do wish everyone would hold fire a bit, I LOVE Christmas but am worried My excitement will peak too soon! Xxx

    • Reply Katy November 10, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      Me too! Loving the mulled wine! x

  • Reply Michelle Twin Mum November 8, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Absolutley loads of time, panic not! I have started buying though and have quite a bit of the kids stuff sorted, until they chnage their mind and send me off in a spin! Mich x

    • Reply Katy November 10, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      Haha! Good point! Mine change daily! x

  • Reply Allie November 8, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    I well up every time I see it. Made my son, who’s just gone to uni, watch it and he was “yeah, it’s ok I suppose”!! I think that was the moment when I realised my baby boy had grown up – cue more sobs!! xx

    • Reply Katy November 10, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      Stop that! x

  • Reply Michelle Reeves (Bod for tea) November 8, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Ruddy LOVE John Lewis – I practically grew up in the Oxford Street store and have had a love affair with the brand ever since childhood. Their service really is second to none. Enjoy your dryer! (P.S. I think I have something in my eye too… clearly just a coincidence… *sniffs* *ignores Christmas* *buries head in sand*)

    • Reply Katy November 8, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      See, in my head the C word is just gonna get sorted! By a magical fairy who waves her wand and suddenly it’s all done and I live in a pristine / ready home! x

  • Reply Otilia November 8, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Well done to John Lewis again! They did it!

    • Reply Katy November 8, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      Imagine the pressure NEXT year! 😉 x

  • Reply Cassie November 7, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    gulp….little tear from me as well.

    • Reply Katy November 8, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      Apologies! x

  • Reply Mum of One November 7, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    I am still yet to see the advert. I LOVE John Lewis. Sadly have moved to a town without one *gulps*

    • Reply Katy November 8, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      Sad times indeed! xx

  • Reply Cass@frugalfamily November 7, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    I may have had a slight tear in my eye at the end of the advert too although last years was amazing wasn’t it?

    You know there’s only 48 more sleeps to go don’t you 😉

    • Reply Katy November 8, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      Too exciting! xx

  • Reply Trish November 7, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    I saw the advert yesterday and it had the desired effect – gulp! I think it was the memory of having a happy little boy at home when my own has now flown the nest that really got the tears flowing.
    I’m always happy to hear good things about John Lewis as I worked for them for 11 years after university. They were very good employers…I miss my staff discount too.

    • Reply Katy November 8, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      Oh my goodness – hadn’t even THOUGHT about how I’d feel once the kids are grown up! *sobs again x

  • Reply Clare Goldsack November 7, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    I blubbed, much to the amusement of my girls. Natasha LOVES Penguins so it’s a massive hit with her and she’s already been perusing the Monty merchandise on the JL website (lots already out of stock!). I love this time of year 🙂 xx

    • Reply Katy November 8, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      Me too! Love it! xx

  • Reply Siobhan November 7, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    That add is so cute:0). A tumble dryer is something I might invest in!lists done here and few presents already!Helps that my two girls adore Xmas too!

    • Reply Katy November 7, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      I ruddy LOVE my dyer! x

  • Reply Becky November 7, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    oh flipping heck little tear here!

    • Reply Katy November 7, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      Told you! xx

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