Review: Shrek The Musical DVD

We are big fans of Shrek here at Downton Shabby and the box set of films is much loved and often played. The kids were thrilled…

Even Bigger Tax Breaks For Married Couples If Tories Win Election …

Chancellor George Osborne will announce in his Autumn Statement this Thursday (5th December) a proposal to give married couples a tax cut worth as much…

20 Weird Things I Do At Christmas – Is It Just Me?

Around this time of year, I find my stress levels rising and I tend to become, well, shall we say less centred and calm than…

Review: Fireman Sam Advent Puzzle From Jumbo Games

This is a lovely 24 piece jigsaw with nice big pieces for little hands.   It forms a Fireman Sam picture with each jigsaw piece being numbered…

Silent Sunday – 01/12/13

Ieuan throwing some shapes in the kitchen.

Fathers Will Be Able To Share Parental Leave from April 2015

Another day, another ‘sound bite’ policy from the Government – this time we hear that, from April 2015 fathers will be entitled to shared parental leave.…

I’ve Been A Bit Distracted By …Thomas Sabo – 29/11/2013

In case you’ve already had enough of sparkle and glitter, or you’re keeping your powder dry for the Christmas festivities, these rock-chic-esq silver skulls from Thomas…

Bottle warming – Why My Microwave Makes My Heart Go Ping

Just after I had Caitlin in 2007, The Husband and I invested in probably the most ineffective appliance we’ve ever come across. It was a…

Win £150 worth of Howick Boys Clothes Competition With House Of Fraser

This giveaway is now closed but you can find all my current competitions on my competitions page. The lovely gals over at the House of Fraser…

Spending On Kids’ Christmas Presents: How Much Is Enough?

An article in The Daily Mail (26/11/2013) entitled “OUCH! Average child’s Christmas list adds up to nearly £900 – and a third believe they’ll get…

Giveaway: Beautiful Sterling Silver Sparrow Pendant Worth £55 From Oorla Jewellery

This giveaway is now closed but you can find all my current competitions on my competitions page. I have a beautiful silver pendant from Oorla Jewellery worth £55…