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Christmas Treats from Treat Republic

I’m a big fan of personalised gifts and I think they make things just that little bit more special. I am an affiliate for Treat Republic so if you use any links on this page I may earn a little money from your purchase at no extra cost to you, so thank you for your support.

Here are a few of the delightful gifts you can buy from Treat Republic this Christmas. Delivered from Watford faster than Santa’s sleigh. Are you ready for a treat?

Christmas Eve Boxes

Are you a fan of Christmas Eve boxes? This year you could make one extra special with some lovely personalisation. These wooden boxes come in an array of designs and you can choose whether to have them large or small. They will last year after year and all you have to do is fill them with treats for Christmas Eve. You can buy boxes for your baby, child pet or even a giant one for your whole family. prices start from £21.99.

treat republic Christmas Eve box

Gifts for Her From Treat Republic

treat republic for her at christmas

Personalised Definition Ceramic Eco Cup £20.00

One of my favourites, add three definitions and a name. A great personalised gift.

Personalised Rustic Carved Wooden Heart Trinket Dish £25.00

Personalised Disc Necklace £25

Available in gold plating, silver plating or rose gold plating on brass.
personalised up to 12 characters

Personalised rose gold glass trinket box 9cm x 9cm x 5cm £25

Gifts for Him

Gifts for him from Treat Republic

Personalised Home Brewed Dimpled Beer Glass

Personalised Slate Man Cave Sign

Engraved Special Coordinates Bar Cufflinks

Personalised Engraved Black Powerbank

Gifts for the Kids

gifts for the kids from treat republic, details written out below photo

Personalised Kids Baking Set

Personalised Children’s Jungle Animal Dinner Set


Personalised Children’s Dinosaur Wooden Train with Letters – Create Your Own Train From £5
Example: a train with dinosaurs and five letters will cost £24.95

Kids Personalised Unicorn Watch

I hope I have given you some inspiration and some original ideas for Christmas gifts. If you are interested in seeing what else Treat Republic have on offer you can visit their Christmas Shop

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Horror Games to Scare Your Socks off this Halloween

I’m not one for playing horror games but I admit that I love to watch others play. If you want a good scare on Halloween and are looking for good horror games here are some from Go2Games. I’m an affiliate so I’ll earn a little cash if you buy anything from my links, but at no extra cost to you so a big scary thank you. But, I do have a treat for you too..5% off any of these games with the code HALLOWEEN5 at the checkout.

Halloween Game for the kids – Goosebumps Dead of Night

Slappy the Dummy has unleashed a nightmare of Goosebumps monsters, and they’re all out to get you! Escape from frightening creatures like the Graveyard Ghoul, Lawn Gnomes, Annihilator 3000, Murder the Clown, and the Werewolf of Fever Swamp as you collect the scattered pages of Slappy’s book to seal him away. You’ll explore infamous Goosebumps locales for clues, hide from monsters, and solve Slappy’s devious puzzles.

In Goosebumps Dead of Night, the best-selling Goosebumps franchise has been reimagined as a first-person spooky survival adventure game for Nintendo Switch. Experience three chapters of stealth gameplay with 3D graphics and chilling AI monsters.


  • EXPLORATION – Explore Locations From The Goosebumps Books And Movies As You Search For Clues, Evade Monsters, And Solve Puzzles To Stop The Evil Ventriloquist Dummy Slappy.
  • PUZZLES – Solve Puzzles To Thwart The Evil Slappy. Be Careful Though, One Wrong Move Could Be Your Last.
  • JUMPSCARES – Beware You’re In For A Scare! Some Of The Classic Monsters From Goosebumps Have Been Unleashed, And They Are Hungry. Avoid Them At All Costs, Or They May Scare You To Death.
  • The Game Also Features HD Rumble Functionality, Touchscreen Support, And Gyroscopic Controls On Nintendo Switch.

Day Z

Do you want to fight zombies for a thrill? How about playing along with up to 60 others online, how long will you survive? A harsh, immersive games for those who like a horror challenge, team up or go it alone, but stay alive as long as you can. Available on most consoles.

Bloodstained – Ritual of the Night

If scary zombies are not your thing then how about a gothic horror action RPG set in 19th Century England. Play as a cursed orphan who has to battle her way through a castle and defeat an evil summoner to save humanity and herself. Available on most platforms.

Devil May Cry 5

It’s been years since the legions of hell have set foot in this world but now a new demonic invasion has begun. It’s down to three lone demon hunters to save humanity. Over the top, technically advanced, utterly insane action experience of this generation.

Dark Souls III

The Award winning Dark Souls III pushes the boundaries. As the world falls into ruins you journey into a universe of of colossal enemies and environments. Embrace the darkness and immerse yourself into some epic gameplay.

Resident Evil 8 Village (one of my favourite horror games)

I’ve watched all the Resident Evil games (too scared to play them myself!) I thought the last one was the scariest, but Village continues the story of Ethan and Mia and their baby Rose. Quite terrifying at times, it’s a great game to play late at night (but not alone. hahaha!)

Are you a fan of Halloween games or Horror Games? Don’t forget, all of these games have a discount code of HALLOWEEN5 if you decide to purchase one.

Other things I enjoy while At Home a Lot.

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My Latest Crochet Creation – A Warm Mosaic Hat

I found this fabulous pattern for a crochet mosaic hat and it really appealed. The best thing about mosaic crochet is that you don’t have loads of ends to weave in because you don’t have to change the colours you just bring them in each row. You can get some really fun patterns from mosaic crochet and it’s not that difficult to master once you can read the charts.

mosaic crochet hat

The pattern isn’t exactly right, but I think it still looks good. I think the great thing about these types of patterns is that you can make it more unique when you get it wrong, so long as it fits okay! I just need a pom pom on the top now, but I haven’t decided yet whether to make one or buy a fake furry one. I love the rustic autumn colours which I bought from Deramores my favourite wool shop. The wool is Studio Aran which is great value but feels so soft. Choosing your wool is one of the fun parts of crochet. I did have to put a ban on myself for buying wool earlier this year, but after using up over half of my stash I decided that it wouldn’t hurt to get some more wool especially as the seasons are changing. I can see a lot of hats and scarves being made if I am well enough.

Here’s me wearing the hat…yes, it definitely needs a pom pom.

crochet mosaic hat on my head

I’m going to make another now, maybe in a child’s size so I can put it in my Etsy Shop.

You can find out all about the pattern here on MJs Off The Hook Designs. I bought the book so I have two more designs to try out using very different techniques.

Do you crochet?

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My Pink Baby Cardigan

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Baby Cardigan in Pink, My Latest Crochet Creation

I love to Crochet and I have my own little shop on Etsy with all my makes. I started with blankets but apart from a couple that I have gifted, I have mostly kept them. They took so long to make it was hard to part with them. I then went on to scarves and cowls which were fun to make. But I also found that I enjoyed making baby clothes after I made a little blanket and cardigan for my great nephew. My latest creation is a pink cardigan for a baby girl.

baby cardigan in pink from the front with arms out

I love this pattern by Kelly Jane Designs and I’m about to embark on a blue version and a lovely bobble baby blanket. I have a selection of these lovely buttons which say ‘handmade with love’

close up of baby cardigan showing cute buttons

My Baby days are over but I wish I’d learnt to crochet when my children were little. The first time I tried was when I was expecting my first born, but it didn’t turn out very well. It was harder then too because there was no internet for help, I had to use books and written pattern. My Mom could knit but not crochet. I can knit a little but I prefer to crochet.

Kerry Jayne provides some adorable patterns and I’m a big fan (not an affiliate, an actual fan!) When you buy one of her patterns you get step by step directions with clear to follow images. It makes learning a lot easier.

baby cardigan in pink with arms folded in

You can find my pink cardigan along with the other items in my Etsy Shop along with a few other items like cowls and mittens, and a lovely blanket.

Do you crochet?

If you happen to be looking for baby gifts Then Never Mind the Mess has a Perfect New Baby Gift List on their blog you may enjoy.

My Etsy Shop September Sale

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Thornton’s Advent Calendar Offer! Less than 100 days to Christmas

Today I’m bringing to you the advent calendar, I am an affiliate of Thornton’s so if you click through any of my links and make a purchase I may earn a little money at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my blog.

I know what you are thinking…it’s only September, please don’t talk about Christmas yet! But this year, more than ever, people are getting in quick with their orders with food shortages and the delivery issues. Getting organised early is the best option and Christmas is less than 100 days away! So I’m bringing to you an offer from Thorntons for Advent Calendar.

Advent Calendar

I really hope that Thornton’s have plenty of Advent Calendars because these are flying off the shelves already.

Advent Calendars from Thorntons

Milk Chocolate Santa Advent Calendar (93g)

Make the countdown to Christmas even more magical this year with a delicious advent calendar designed and decorated just for them.

These calendars are £6 each but you can save by buying 4 for £20. I have three kids, but I always buy a chocolate calendar for my eldest too, so it’s perfect for me.

Christmas Chocolate Tradition

We all have our little Christmas traditions don’t we. Since my children were small I have always bought them a Thorntons Chocolate Figure for Christmas.

chocolate Santa

They cost £10 and make a great stocking filler. I usually have mine personalised with the kid’s names but they don’t seem to be doing that this year.

It’s always worth signing up to Thornton’s e-mail offers to make sure you don’t miss out!

Previous posts: Building a Chocolate Gingerbread House

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My Etsy Shop September Sale

I’ve not really done much to promote my own Etsy shop but I think now is the time. The weather is now getting cooler and I’m sure my cowls would be appreciated as well as my gloves. I have a gorgeous baby blanket for sale as well and I am planning on adding a few more baby items. I have decided to reduce the price of my makes in the hope that I may have my first sale sometime soon. So here are the items in my September Sale.


Batik Swirl cowl

This is my cosy Batik Swirl Cowl. It has a dappled effect and is in a graduated colour with a picot edge. Perfect to pop around your neck on a cooler day. Sale price is £10.80 and I offer free P&P

blue graduated cowl

intricate crochet cowl, handmade to feel soft and warm around your neck. The colours are a graduation of blues from a King Cole Caron Cake. Add an extra layer of warmth around your neck, under your coat or on it’s own. The cowl is and infinity scarf so it has no ends, just pop it over your head and away you go. Currently on sale for £9.90

pink cowl, infinity scarf

Lovely soft hand crocheted infinity scarf in graduating shades of pink. Slightly longer to give that scarf feel but easy to pop over your head without having to knot. Currently on sale for £9.90


graduated shawl in soft coloured wool

This is a handmade shawl from soft graduated coloured wool. The graduated coloured shawl has a blueish picot edges around three sides. There are some more detailed photos on Etsy.


fingerless gloves

Soft and snuggly fingerless mittens or wrist warmers. Handmade in a lovely soft blue wool with a white trim. Fits small to medium. I’m wearing them in the photo and I have quite skinny wrists (7inches) and fingers, but they will stretch a little. Great for keeping your hands and wrists warm while leaving your fingers free for todays technology. I use the same at home to keep my hands warm while I’m working on my laptop. Currently £6.75

orange fingerless mittens

Feel the warmth in these lovely orange fingerless mittens/wrist warmers with a dark emerald picot edging. Hand made with soft wool. Will fit small to medium size wrists, 7-8 inches. Keep your wrists and hands warm while having your fingers free. Thumb also has a little emerald trim. £6.75


brick pattern little bag

Hand made crochet bag. This little bag is made from mosaic crochet in a brick pattern with crochet handles. It’s burgundy in colour with a graduated grey and pink brickwork pattern. It measures 8 inches (21 cm) in width and 6 inches (15cm) tall with a further 6 inches for the handles. Currently on sale for £7.20

Baby Blanket

Baby blooms baby blanket

Soft and sweet baby blanket, handmade crochet in soft DK baby wool. Pastel colours creating a selection of flower panels, each one unique. Flower bed border around the edge.
Approximately 40 by 36 inches, perfect for babies cot or pram. This blanket was a lot of work and is really pretty, it’s currently on sale for £27.

Thanks for taking a look. If you are a member of Etsy I’d really appreciate a view and maybe a favourite on my items. Being a new seller I don’t get much traffic. Even if you don’t buy anything you can help me get noticed a little more. Thank you in advance. xx

Other Posts: I took the Plunge and Opened an Etsy Shop.

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Summer Sale, Bringing some Offers for my Readers

I am an affiliate for quite a few programs and lately I’ve seem some great Summer Sale offers that I’d like to share with you. All links are affiliate so if you see something you like and click through to buy then I may earn a little money. This is at no extra cost to you, so thank you for supporting my blog.


You may be thinking it’s a little late for sunglasses, or you may be planning on a trip to a sunnier climate. I love a good bargain when it comes to sunglasses and now Hawkers have a great sale on with styles to suit everyone.

These are pretty and reduced from £29.99 to just £19.99.

summer sale, sunglasses

Craft Stash

There are some fabulous bargains to be had at Craft Stash but you have to be quick as the sale is only on for a week.

Buy 1, get the 2nd for only a penny! Use code PENNY at the checkout.

Up To £5 Off selected Magazine Kits

25% Off Selected Pens, Pencils & Art SuppliesWith code: BTS

Up To 40% Off Clairefontaine

Centre of Excellence

I’m a big fan of The Centre of Excellence for all sorts of educational courses and they have some special offers on kids courses at the moment.

You can use my code RAISIEBAY466 for 70% off any of the courses. But they also have a lot of children’s courses on sale for £29.99.

There are also some fabulous animal courses that you could use my discount code on.

Start Right

It is the time of year when parents are looking for back to school shoes and you may be able to find some in the Start Right Summer Sale. You’ll need to be quick though and there are not many sizes left. Start Right are a still a good place if you are looking for school shoes though, and if you need to buy online they sell foot measuring gauges. You can also get free delivery on school shoes and sign up to the newsletter for a discount and special offers!

Dotty Fish

If you are looking for Baby Shoes then Dotty Fish are absolutely adorable. They currently have a summer sale on their gorgeous sandles. But that’s not all, you can get 20% off accessories with the code GIVEME20 and Free UK Delivery.

summer sale sandles for babies,

The Pen Shop

Maybe you are looking for a special pen for a special person or you would like to treat someone with a back to school or university gift. The pen shop has a sale on.

Parker IM Black Chrome Trim Fountain Pen and Ball Pen Set – Was £63.00 Now Only £36.00!

Cross Calais Black Fountain Pen – Was £42.00 Now Only £33.60!

Cross Beverly Translucent Red Fountain Pen – Was £42 Now Only £33.60!

Free Delivery on order over £20!

Thanks for reading, I’ll keep looking for offers for you.

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New Baby Crochet Cardigan and Blanket

If you read my other blog, Raisiebay, you may already know that we have a new baby in the family. My niece had a little boy just a few weeks ago and he is the most adorable little baby, I just had to get my hooks out and make something for him. I decided to crochet a blanket and a cardigan.

First up, I bought my wool, I chose Stylecraft Special in Aspen colour. I did think it would be more blue, but it was a kind of aquamarine colour, which happens to be my niece’s favourite colour.

Baby Blanket.

I tried lots of patterns but I decided on just a simple waffle crochet stitch to make this square pram size blanket. But it needed a little decorations so I made a couple of bunnies to sew on the corner.

baby blanket crochet in waffle stitch, with two little bunnies sewn on
baby blanket with bunnies

Baby Cardigan

I chose my cardigan pattern from Kerry Jane Designs on Etsy.

crochet baby cardigan.
Little Ridge Cardigan from Kelly Jane Designs

I bought the buttons on Amazon which were a great bargain. Just £6.99 for 150 buttons in different sizes. Each one is printed with the words, Handmade with love and with two little hearts. I think they are perfect for a baby cardigan.

I made the cardigan in the newborn size but as my great nephew is so tiny it doesn’t fit him yet. I am thinking of making some more for my shop as it’s such a great pattern.

You can see more of my crochet here on this blog. And you can see some of the things I’ve made for sale on my Etsy shop which is also called At Home A Lot.

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Ten Must Haves for your Garden this Summer

British Summertime is always unpredictable, but we all love our gardens at this time of year. If you can’t go out then stay home and enjoy your garden, maybe even invite some friends over. Fire up the BBQ or have a garden party.

I set myself a challenge to find 10 things on Etsy which would make my garden more fun and inviting.

I am an Etsy Affiliate, so if you click through my links and go on to buy something, then I may earn a little money. It will cost you no extra though so thank you so much for your support of my blog x

1. Garden Furniture

You need somewhere to sit and enjoy your garden. It can be a lovely patio set, an outdoor table and chairs, a bench with stools or even a picnic blanket. You can find what you need on Etsy and I have some in my favourites. I have a ratten garden set myself, but I’d love a real wooden picnic table like this one.

wooden picnic bench for the garden.
Wooden Picnic bench

2. Flowers and Plants

You can make your garden look so much nicer with careful planting. Depending on the size of your garden you can have flower border, flower beds, raised beds, or pots.

Here is a good starter pack of 5 mixed plants.

Five garden plants in pots
5 Mixed garden plants

3. Lighting

When dusk falls but it’s still warm, it’s lovely to be able to spend more time outside. For this you will need lighting and there are lots of ways of doing this. Solar lamps are great for this and you can plant them anywhere. However, we love fairy lights and we have some just like these all around our seating area. They are also solar powered so the sun during the day keeps them alight at night.

garden fairy lights.
Fairy Outdoor solar powered lights

4. Garden Ornaments

Whether they are on your lawn or your patio, ornaments can brighten up your garden and create a focal point. I’m a big fan of wall hangings, wind chimes and all kinds of figures. But this gorgeous peacock really caught my eye.

metal peacock garden ornament.
36 inch hand painted peacock

5. Fire Pit

When it gets cold you can replicate a camp fire with a fire pit. Some of them are ultra modern like this one. (If you don’t want to use it as a fire pit it would make a beautiful flower planter.

fire pit
Fire pit

6. BBQ

When it comes to Summertime our thoughts turn to BBQs. We have already had our first BBQ this year and it’s only April. You can get everything you need on Etsy for the perfect BBQ, from actual BBQs to utensils and aprons. I found this really nice sign though and it would look great on the wall behind our BBQ area.

BBQ master wall sign
Personalised BBQ Grill Master Sign.

7. Dinner Sets

Whether it’s for the BBQ or a picnic, you’ll be needing something to eat off while outside. I love this melamine plate bowl and beaker set from Emma Bridgewater.

plate, bowl and beaker set with yellow flowers and bumble bees.
Plate, bowl and beaker set.

8. Bunting

Parties outside are great. I have four children with summer birthdays and we are well rehearsed, like this Frozen party we had for Boo’s 7th Birthday. There are lots of ways of decorating but bunting is a must.

pretty hummingbird bunting for outside.
humming bird, outside bunting

9. Gnomes

Some people love gnomes and some people don’t. I’ll let this fabulous decoration tell you how I feel about them.

T rex dinosaur garden ornament, attacking garden gnomes.
T Rex garden gnome massacre.

10. Gazebo

The weather is unpredictable but don’t let that keep you out of the garden, stick up a gazebo instead.

blue garden gazebo
Pop up Gazebo

I did it! Ten things from Etsy for your garden. I hope you enjoyed my selection but if you’d like to see more you can visit my Etsy Favourites here, or maybe you’d like to see the Editors Picks.

You might enjoy another of my blog posts Things to Save and Splurge on in Your Home.

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Things To Save and Splurge On In Your Home

There are some things in your home that are worth spending the money on and some things that you should just buy as basic as they come. A good way of helping to save your money and spend it in the right places is knowing what items or areas of the home are worth it. Here are some things to save and splurge on in your home.

door mat with the word home on, things to save and splurge within your home

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Soft Furnishings – Save

Soft furnishings like your cushion covers, throws, and table napkins are all things that you can certainly save money on. They are things that are likely to be used every single day in some way or another but they are likely going to be cheap to buy regardless. It’s not so much about the quality that you’re paying for because either way, they’re likely to get worn down quickly because of the weak materials that are often used. 

These things that you buy for the home are often for decoration and so it’s ideal to spend more on the other parts of the home, leaving the accessories like soft furnishings, etc. as a budget buy. You don’t need to spend a huge amount on these things for your home. It’s better to buy it cheap than to spend too much.

Smart Technology – Splurge

Smart technology is something that can be a great addition to your home. It not only adds value to your property in some respects, but it also adds a lot of ease and functionality to the home too. There are so many different smart technology options available and so when it comes to buying it, it’s worth splurging on specific products. Things like a smart television, for example, will often be a good investment. 

There are plenty of appliances nowadays that have smart features and can connect to other electronic devices. These electronic devices are things like your phone, whereby you can control the appliance from a distance.

Storage – Save

Storage is a necessity for most homes and sometimes, you might not have enough to keep all the clutter in order. If you have floor space that’s being taken up by stuff, then it’s important to invest in storage to keep everything where it should be. However, you shouldn’t have to spend hundreds on storage. For example, you could stick with the basics that are plastic tubs that can fit underneath your bed or in a cupboard.

When buying storage trying to find things that are functional and stylish for your space. You may also want to consider buying furniture in the future that doubles up as a storage space too but only if it’s really needed. For the most part, storage of any sort can be fairly cheap to buy, so you don’t need to go overboard in this regard.

Cooking Utensils – Splurge

Cooking utensils are something you use every day and on some occasions, multiple times per day. So with that being said, you want something durable and that’s not going to break or fall apart within the first few months of owning it. Things like your pots and pans are going to be better if they’re made out of solid materials that can last a lifetime, or at least a decade or so. As much as it might be tempting to get it cheap, invest in the utensils that are going to be durable, whatever you cook or use them for around the kitchen.

These utensils are worth splurging on, especially as they contribute to prepping and cooking your meals as a household.

Furniture – A Bit Of Both

Furniture is a bit of both because there are some things that are good to have splurged on and others where it’s worth getting them cheaper. Your sofa and bed are two items of furniture that are worth splurging on because they offer a lot of comforts that you will need on a daily basis. Whether you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep or watching a movie, they’re both an important part of comfortable living. Whilst there might be other things like your television stand or side cabinets that don’t need so much spending on them, especially if they’re just there for decoration.

Knowing what to save and what to splurge on when it comes to your home is something that can help you to save money when it’s needed and to treat yourself in other cases. Use these tips to make sure you’re getting the most out of what you buy, regardless of what it is.

living room furniture

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