Husband secretive about salary? “Stranger danger” from talking doll. Council parking surplus.

Last Updated on : 12th December 2016

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

I’m currently living through the “battle of the batteries”.

Every Friday evening my son steals the rechargeables from Mr NVN’s bathroom radio to put in his game controllers.

And every Monday morning my husband huffs grumpily around the house hunting them down, so he can decant them back.

It’s now got to the stage where both husband and son are playing hide and seek with their own gadgets, so the other can’t find them.

And last week we reached a new low.

Mr NVN claimed he had found an “amazing” hiding place for his radio which even “Sherlock Holmes” couldn’t detect.

But on Monday morning the radio was mysteriously back on it’s usual bathroom shelf with a note taped to the front…

“Dear Daddy, I’ve got the batteries. They’re now in my moneybox safe. If you try to break-in it won’t hold out for ever, but probably long enough to make you late for work. You’ve lost. Buy more batteries. Love your son”

So that’ll be rechargeables on everyone’s Xmas list.

Here is what you’ve been discussing this week about on NappyValleyNet:

An electronic doll, which is appearing on many Christmas lists, can be “hacked”and the BBC are warning it can expose children to “Stranger Danger”. I honestly thought this was an urban myth but it does check out (click here).

Do you know how much your partner earns? Balhamom assumed everyone knew and was stunned to find that’s not the case. Is she alone? (click here).

Sticking with earnings – do you know how much SURPLUS Wandsworth Council make from their parking? We do and it’s a LOT! (click here)

Today is the very last day to “Win A Nappy Valley Christmas.” You can win EVERYTHING you need for Christmas from a heap of wonderful local businesses!

There is a new Christmas advert in town and John Lewis should be VERY worried! A Polish auction site has produced an absolutely gorgeous commercial – more heartwarming than a big bowl of soup! (click here).

GuyD73 wants to tell you all about a random act of kindness. Coming straight after that Polish TV advert I’m pretty sure there won’t be a dry eye in Nappy Valley! (click here)

Entertaining for Christmas? The lovely Georgie has some top tips for getting the most from your home over the holiday season plus some lovely local homes for sale which are perfect for enteraining (click here).

LP73 is concerned by a recent increase in the number of muggings by men on scooters in SW12/11/18 – what are the police doing to catch the culprits she asks? (click here)

TJP is having real problems with her builders. She’s seven months pregnant and getting really stressed. No shows and broken promises are causing her issues – any advice? (click here).

OAB is looking for a homeopath – can you recommend one? (click here)

Suslik is having real issues finding somewhere for great children’s swimming lessons. It’s the higher stages she is struggling to find. Any ideas gratefully received (click here)

MBB wonders if you can recommend a carpet store? Can you share where you source your shag pile? (click here).

NYVANLON would love any recommendations for solicitors who can help with wills? (click here)

Do you remember the park which was threatened with being converted into flats? Well it’s been given planning permission (click here).

The car wash at Homebase has now closed. Denwand asks where she can go for a shammy and shampoo? All together now…”down the car wash…” (click here).

HPuttPutt would love your flat rental advice – are the fees pretty standard between all letting agents? (click here).

CHG has found a lovely little brown tabby cat. She’s about six months old and not chipped. If you’re missing a friendly feline then get in touch! (click here)

Suffering from tech. problems in the run up to Xmas? The wonderful TobyTech is back from university and ready to help iron out your IT issues! (click here).

Blackbird London is a gorgeous boutique just off Webbs Road. Specialising in designer jewellery, homewares & gifts it really is a bit of an undiscovered gem. They’re hosting a prosecco and mince pie night this Thursday with 10% off (click here)

Looking for Christmas and New Year  travel ideas? We’ve two wonderful suggestions to be getting on with! First off Santa’s sledge are our friends at Ski Famille (click here). They only have a few flight inclusive packages left but if Christmas on the slopes is your idea of yuletide heaven then click here! Secondly, our friends at Gitcombe Cottages are offering NVN’ers huge discounts for their Devon cottages over New Year. They only have two left so don’t leave it too long! (click here).

The Night that Autumn Turned to Winter” is a wonderful play at the Battersea Arts Centre. If your little ones are aged three to seven then they’ll love this heart warming play and, even better, we have four tickets to win for next Monday’s performance! (click here)

We have more reviews than a Sunday newspaper!

Last week the lovely Charlotte popped in to All About the Girl for a trio of treatments. What did she think about her Shellac, Paraffin Wax and Technispa treatment? Roving foodie Rob visited Lamberts and Pizza Storm. Did he enjoy his “pizza the action”? Sticking with food the lovely Field and Flower have posted their recipe for orange and thyme roast turkey. I challenge you to read it and not feel ravenous!

Sticking with reviews, a Battersea tech. team are launching a new local travel app early next year and they’re looking for reviewers/content creators. Tourologist is supported by the team at AirBnb so it has a pretty good pedigree – find out how you can get involved here. 

We have a nativity play full of school posts!

A fascinating discussion on how important is it to attend a local primary school? Tiredness and distance from playdates balanced against a great school? (click here). The Governors of Wix have posted following news that the school is to be taken over by Belleville (click here). I missed this post last time – sorry Monaco. Being French she hadn’t considered boarding school but it’s now a possibility. What do the children do about friends at weekends, she asks? Hang out with primary school friends or move on? Lastly, don’t forget to check out our list of upcoming school open days! (click here)

We have a Xmas hamper full of “Sits Vac” posts!

A small NGO are looking for a P/T admin assistant (click here). A “well known” company in Chelsea is looking for a digital marketing manager (click here)LV posts that a disabled lady off Northcote Road is hoping to find a book keeper to deal with papers and tax (click here)The Parent Gym need volunteers (click here)Lastly, Nordic Style need sales assistants for Christmas (click here). Don’t forget we have a stack of nanny and au pair vacancies EVERY week! (click here).

We have more “House and Garden” questions than elves have toys!

EmmaB wonders if you’ve ever heard of Tom Howley kitchens? Would you recommend them? (click here). Looking for someone to hang pictures? We have a post for that! (click here). DT would love your basement conversion recommendations? (click here). SouthofRW is hoping to find a good CCTV installer (click here). Mrs October has some GREAT advice regarding party wall surveyors – thanks for sharing! (click here).  Petal is after a clothes steamer – recommend a brand? (click here). Lastly, Snowbaby needs someone to restore Victorian hallway tiles – any ideas? (click here)

Looking to buy or sell? It’s totally free to post your items on NappyValleyNet

WANTED: cricket equipment for a ten year old (click here), WANTED a Maxi Micro scooter (click here) and FOR SALE a nursing/slider chair (click here)

Phew, that’s it, have a fabby week!


Annabel and the NappyValleyNet team

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