“Worried I am becoming a functioning alcoholic”. “Yummy mummys” abuse commuter on escalator. How much to spend on teachers Xmas presents? Eat mince pies and raise money for charity.

Last Updated on : 10th December 2013
How much to spend on teachers Xmas presents








Dear South West London Mum,


I don’t have high expectations as far as Christmas presents are concerned.

Mr NappyValleyNet is to present giving what Boris Johnson is to smart haircuts.

Once he bought me a coat which was EXACTLY the same as one I already had.

And I mean EXACTLY the same: same colour, same size and same style.

My daughter is now old enough to realise how bad he is and decided to step in.

This week I eavesdropped on her telling him that he should buy me a handbag for Christmas (I’ve trained her well) and that her short-list of shops were Prada, Chanel (pronounced “channel”) and Gilly Hicks (I didn’t say she was perfect).

She told him the budget was £50 and that he was to choose one online and then they would go out shopping for the day to buy it in person.

After ten minutes of fruitless searching she decided the budget actually needed to be £500 and after another ten minutes she wasn’t sure but he would have to pay “whatever”.

At that point I decided to intervene and so breezed into the room with a cheery “what’ya doing?”

Mr NVN just looked stressed whereas my daughter looked like the cat who’d got the cream.

“It’s a surprise,” she babbled “but we’re going shopping and you and me are getting matching presents!”


Here’s what you’ve been talking about on NappyValleyNet (Wandsworth):

I LOVE this sort of question! Sorinao is going out for dinner and would like recommendations for a new restaurant! Please please please share, there is nothing more exciting that trying somewhere new! Well I suppose if they gave away a free Prada handbag with the bill that would top it, but you know what I mean!…click here for details

From meals out to meals in, Aguapazza is a caterer and she desperately needs a chef for THIS FRIDAY…click here for details

Wow! This post has attracted a bit of attention. Hattie witnessed two “Yummy Mummys” abusing a female commuter who asked them not to block the escalators at Waterloo with their prams…click here for details

Tomandblobby is concerned. Last week a speeding van narrowly missed a toddler between the commons and he wonders if we need more traffic calming measures. Has anyone complained to Wandsworth Council about vehicle speeds?…click here for details

Gillak is flying off with her little ones for Christmas and she’s looking for a taxi company that will take her them all. I am not sure I helped with this query!…click here for details

On a similar note, Muddlemoo is off to Oman for Christmas and has a VERY active 13 month old. They’ve booked a seat for him but she wonders if she can use a forward facing car seat in it?…click here for details 

And Pie81 wonders if anyone has been to Mauritius with a toddler?…click here for details

2boysmum has been charged a fortune by a handyman to put together a GLTC TOY kitchen – four hours worth! Has she been fleeced or does it really take that long?…click here for details

Mummydani wonders if you’re visiting Singapore over Christmas? She’d love someone to drop a parcel off if you are as postage is SO expensive! Anyone seen “Midnight Express”?…click here for details

This is a serious post. “In Need of Advice” is a local mum and she worries that she is becoming a functioning alcoholic. She’d like help. I really hope we can…click here for details

Firstpregnancy wonders if anyone has used Chinese pregnancy herbs? KH says be careful!…click here for details

2010 is looking for a drama class for her 6 year old and 3 and a half year old twins! Who”ll help them with their “Alas Poor Yoricks?”…click here for details

Mrs Pavlova wonders if you can recommend an accountant?…click here for details

From bean counters to errr food! DancingQueen would like help and advice for Christmas dinner. Stuffing recipes, turkey instructions, how to cook roasties? All advice needed!…click here for details

Do you know Francesca Alexander? They do amazing hair and beauty and now, in the words of Apple, there’s an App for that!…click here for details

INY wonders how much you spend on a teacher’s present?….click here for details

Wheresmyschool? posted a link to a story about more Wandsworth Council Cuts. Shouldn’t they be trying to create more jobs, he/she asks?…click here for details

Martina is currently on maternity leave with baby number 2 and is struggling with the idea of going back to work. She is looking for someone to work 3 days a week doing a mixture of childcare and housekeeping. Does such a person exist? How much would they cost?…click here for details

Our “rent a house or flat” section is becoming incredibly popular! Fancy a massive flat in the Heaver Estate?…click here for details

JingoX has posted details of the Mince Pie Project. Do you love mince pies? Do you want to raise money for charity? Well you MUST try these amazing pies from chefs such as Tom Aikens, Laura Amos, Jason Atherton and many many more!…click here for details

Our meet a mum section just keeps going! Russian baby group anyone?…click here for details

Sticking with the Russian theme, AliW’s husband is off to work at the Winter Olympics in Socchi in the New Year. He hates the cold and she wonders if anyone can give him any tips? Errr..apply for the Summer Olympics? Seriously any suggestions gratefully received!…click here for details 

ClareM is looking for a doctors surgery around Abbeville Road?…click here for details

Busyworkingmum needs temporary car insurance. She’ll be driving new (company) wheels in February but needs short term cover until then!…click here for details

Looking for a new challenge? Our great friends at Bambino Merino need a permanent P/T customer service and order processing assistant (click here) and  Karen has posted details of a part-time finance officer role at the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama…click here for details

Listen up at the back, the playground is HEAVING with schools questions!

Cloud would like feedback on St Bonniface…click here for details

Wandsworth Prep have posted details of their 2014 assessment morning…click here for details

MungoMuffit has posted a rather depressing link to a summary of the UK education system…click here for details

St Annes has a new head and appears to be on the “up” writes Tintin…click here for details

Our House and Garden Section is busier than a Christmas tree shop!

CG99 would like recommendations for a good tile and bathroom showroom (click here) KM wants to leave a recommendation for a decorator (click here) LA complains about her Fisher and Paykel dishwasher (click here) LM is searching for someone to design and install a kitchen (click here). SMW needs someone to create CAD drawings of a house…click here for details


The NappyValleyNet calendar is packed, lots and lots and lots to do!

Balham Breastfeeding cafe is at Harrisons! (click here) Busy Bees in Wandsworth have an open day on the 11th of December (click here) and The Seven Wonders of Christmas comes to Clapham Common…click here for details

Don’t forget AnnabelsArcade our totally free buying and selling site!

For sale this week:- a selection of birth, baby and toddler books (click here), a rain forest play gym (click here) and a Moses basket (click here). 


That’s it, have a wonderful week.




Annabel and the NappyValleyNet.com Team


PS we’ll be announcing the winner of “Win a Nappy Valley Christmas” later this week!

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