What Happened To Good Manners?

What Happened To Good Manners?

When I was a child I was taught that ‘Manners Maketh The Man’, or girl/woman in my case. It’s something that I think is very important. I’m teaching good manners to my children and trying to encourage them to be courteous and respectful of other people. Not just please and thank you, although they are exceptionally important, but also learning to wait to speak until adults have finished talking, holding the door for people, thanking people if they let you go first in a queue or stand to the side to let you past.

It’s not easy but it’s something that I hold personal pride in and I want the children to do so too.

But I’ve found that recently it’s harder and harder to find examples of good manners when you are out and about. Take a couple of weeks ago at the park. My husband stopped a little girl (no more than 2) from getting kicked in the face when she ran in front of a swing. The parents didn’t thank him. I then stopped the very same little girl from jumping off a 4ft high ledge (way taller than herself), again no thanks. To me that warrants at least a smile, but nothing. It was as if nothing had happened at all.

Walking around the town centre and stopping at a narrow point on the pavement to let people through without even a smile. Letting people out of junctions in the car without so much as a wave of thanks. Making sure the children step into the side of the path in the park to let children on bikes through safely, not even a nod!

It’s hard to expect children to understand what good manners are if they don’t see good examples as the norm isn’t it?

Are good manners extinct? I’d love to know your take on it!

Christmas Bargain Hunting

Christmas Bargain Hunting

Only 10 Friday’s until Christmas! It will be here before we know it so I’ve been starting to hunt out some Christmas Bargains and look at ways to save money to pay for all the goodies!

Here are a few ways to help pay for Christmas, easy little things you can do to save a few pounds toward the cost:

1. Have a toy clearout – sorting through old toys will always bring some items that can be passed on to friends or the charity shop but may also unearth some items that would be good enough to sell on ebay, gumtree, pre-loved or local Facebook selling pages. You could make a few pounds and someone else gets a bargain!

2. Trade your daily newspaper/coffee or your weekly treat and you could easily save enough for a gift or two.

3. Shop around, most big name gifts can be found cheaper online with a good discount code, try Top Cash Back for money back on your online shopping and discounts too! I’ve been a member about 3 years and so far I’ve had over £500 in cashback. I always check there first before I spend online.

4. Download apps onto your smart phone to help save money when shopping in big name High Street stores such as Matalan and Boots, the Boots app links to their advantage card scheme, using it today I got extra money off Revlon makeup and extra points on my Advantage Card!

5. Stop smoking this Stoptober, you can read my post here on why you might want to quit this year, and you could make a big saving in time for Christmas. My Voucher Codes surveyed 1000 people and found that saving money was a big reason for many quitting. The full results can be found over on the TNT magazine site.

6. Shop on 3 for 2’s, if you don’t need 3 gifts then split the deal with a friend and split the savings!

7. Try All Beauty, it’s a discount beauty and fragrance site and it offers huge savings on perfume and cosmetics. It’s my favourite site for perfume and aftershave, great prices and delivery!

8. Big name shops such as Tesco and ToysRUs both have sales on at the moment so you might be able to grab a bargain toy or two!


Do you have a money saving tip or any bargains you’ve spotted?

Why I Loved Friends

Why I Loved Friends

Friends. Best TV show ever? Got to be in my top 10 I reckon. I loved Friends, it was one of those shows that always made me feel better, made me laugh, cry and sometimes dispair but always always made me want more.

I’ve probably seen every episode at least 5 times but they never get old. I still end up laughing and smiling and love every minute.

If I had to pin down a few of my all time favourite moments then the following would be in my top 5.

Top 5 Friends Moments

1. The One With The Football (1996!) – they head out to play American Football in the park and a fun game turns into a crazily competitive match and is honestly hilarious as they fight it out!

2. The One with the Cat (1997) – Joey gets locked inside the TV cabinet and robbed, you can totally see it coming but it makes me cry with laughter every singled time.

3. The One with Ross’s Thing (1997) – Phoebe ends up dating two guys at the same time, Vince the beefy fireman, and Jason the sensitive kindergarten teacher. She likes them both for their obvious attributes. My favourite part is when they find out she has been dating both of them but what really upsets Vince is that she had a candlelit picnic in the park – he is very unimpressed that she would risk an open flame in a wooded area – brilliant!

4. The One with Monica’s Boots (2001) – Monica buys some beautiful, expensive boots but they are agony to wear. Chandler wanted her to return them but she couldn’t because they were too beautiful. Just brilliant when Chandler has to carry her home because the boots hurt her so much but she gets him to stop in front of the shoe shop so she can look at more boots that will be just as painful!

5. The One with Phoebe’s Wedding – A giant blizzard threatens their big day but they get married anyway and I just love the romance and love in that episode.

Central Perk and coffee are one of the threads that ties episodes of Friends together, I always wished I could find a coffee shop as cool and friendly as Central Perk (perhaps minus Gunther) but I’m stuck with regular coffee shops or even a coffee at home. You all know that coffee is a major love in my life, I remember seeing those huge mugs in Central Perk and thinking how cool they all looked with them. Imagine my joy when CafePod decided to celebrate Friends 20th Anniversary by releasing special Friends themed packs! Love seeing the Friends logo every time I make a cuppa, all I’m missing is the gang to share one with! You can win a trip to New York with the special packs of CafePod or one of 20 Friends Box Sets – a potentially amazing bonus with your coffee – result!


Why I Love Friends


Do you have a favourite Friends moment? I’d love to be reminded of some other great Friends memories!

I was gifted some CafePod pods to celebrate the Friends 20th Anniversary

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