After an eventful Wednesday, Thursday turned out to be a busy day too. Most of the morning was spent preparing and sending out orders and in the afternoon I decided I needed to get out of the house. I ended up heading off to IKEA, which is always a bit dangerous spending wise, but I needed something for my business and there were a couple of small household items I had been wanting to invest in for a while.
The store was lovely and quiet which is always a plus if you go during the day on a week day. I tend only to visit the Market Place and Bargain Corner as I don't have the time or patience to get lost in the furniture display areas.
I did spend a little bit of money on this occasion, but under £30 and if I'm honest I got quite a few bargains in there too. I picked up some jars to store my dried foods in, i.e. rice, pasta, couscous, spaghetti, which I'd wanted to get for a while. When I got home, I decanted everything into them.
I also bought a lovely lidded glass jar for the bathroom, to house all those hotel/guest soaps and products picked up on our travels. It came in a set of two and as a Family Card member was reduced from £12 to £7. I've filled the larger one with soaps and other products and it sits nicely on the bathroom windowsill, ready for use by ourselves or any guests. The second smaller jar I'm going to fill with Christmas baubles as a Christmas decoration in the first instance and will find another use for it after Christmas. Cookie jar perhaps?
In Bargain Corner, I managed to pick up four ex-display black pillow cases for 50p each, which once washed will always come in handy and some card boxes for wrapping presents for birthdays and Christmas. These cost 50p each too and I find them really useful for wrapping clothes I might have bought people and making them look extra special.
I was pleased with my small haul, as I felt I'd got good value for money on everything I bought and it will all get used and reused.
When I got home it was the evening of Little Bird's school Talent Show. I started to feel a bit nervous for her, as it is only the second time she has done anything like this. We made our way to the school and I was reacquainted with a mum I'd first met when she was small. We sat and enjoyed the show, which was really entertaining. There was some serious talent in it, and some quite thought provoking and powerful spoken word entries. I may be a bit biased, but I was very impressed with the standard of all the performances. As well as the spoken word entries, there was dance fusion, hip hop, flamenco, solo singers, instrumentalists and groups singers. A great selection of acts which made a very interesting evening.
Little Bird's turn eventually came around, and although there was a little mix up over her introduction onto the stage, she didn't get phased by it and did a really good job. I was very proud, but also very relieved once it was over. Talk about an emotional roller coaster. She didn't win a prize, but that didn't matter to us, we were just happy that she'd done her best and had the courage to perform. It was also great to witness the encouragement that every one of the performers received from their peers too. A super evening.