Aldi Halloween Special Buys

As a family we thoroughly enjoy Halloween. We don’t go trick or treating however still enjoy our own spooky fun! Every year so far and this year looks set to be the same Roy takes Kieran (now 9yrs) up to his grandparents who do Halloween in a big (and rather frightening!) way.

Taylor stays at home with me and usually my youngest sister Lauren and we man the door and take care of the Trick or Treat-ers! Of course the house must be decorated top to bottom, you must have a proper costume if you answer the door or go to someone else’s house and spider webs and pumpkins are not optional.


Taylor last year, ready to greet people and hand out spooky sweets!

When the lovelies at Aldi asked if I’d like to have a look at some of their Halloween range I thought why not? We were sent this bundle (free of charge) which included a spooky bucket (perfect for offering treats to door knockers), fabulously fun glasses and this seriously freaky door bell. I was home alone when the parcel arrived and pressed the button (not having read the  packaging properly) and threw the thing across the carpet when it boomed out its rather frightening welcome; the kids will love it! Everything that was sent is sturdy and well made, despite being ridiculously cheap to buy!


I’m something of a fan of Aldi, visiting it when I can and was thrilled recently to hear that we’ll be getting one here in Thirsk shortly (I heard a rumour that it’ll be by Xmas but we’ll see). If their Halloween fare is as good as this as and cheap as this I sincerely hope it does open in time for Christmas decorating!

If you are looking for costumes, decorations and accessories for Halloween get yourself down to Aldi and enjoy their seasonal special buy range (see more here).

Have a great Halloween!

*Aldi send us these seasonal goodies free of charge in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. They have had no input into this write-up.


Passion Planner

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I’ve added Passion Planner to my planning setup!

As I’ve blogged about before I have a Personal Filofax with a weekly view that I use for advanced planning / reminders & graph paper Field Notes (in cherry wood) in the back that I use as a bullet journal for brain dumping tasks etc.

What was missing was a method of increasing productivity via better time management. That’s where the Passion Planner comes in. What I’ve done in the picture about is to use the free weekly downloads on their site and have stuck them into a notebook. This is a temporary measure whilst I trial this method however strongly suspect I’ll be buying the 2016 compact version (which has monthly pages etc too) soon.

I’ve been a fan of Passion Planner from the day I saw the first Kickstart video however as a standalone planner it didn’t meet my needs as I juggle a number of regular clients as well as ad hoc projects each week as well as everything home / family / school related.

Used alongside the Filofax (appointments, school information, club info, birthdays, important dates etc) and the Bullet Journal (running task lists of what I need to achieve work and home each day) it seems to have really come into its own. I’m using it to schedule my time and so far so good! Given that I’ve recently taken on (another) course to do from home making the most of my time is going to be essential.

Do you use a Passion Planner? What is your current planner system? Comment and let us all know.

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