#KOSSDailyPic September


We would love for you to join in our new daily picture prompt on instagram and twitter.

The prompts are below tag us on instagram or twitter we are @mumscoffeeclub (please tag us as not all photos are showing up in the # search) and the use the hashtag #KOSSDailyPic

We can’t wait to see your pictures!

September

Winners of the #KossSummer Photo Challenge


Winners

We hope you have had a great summer, a huge thanks to all that took part in our #KossSummer photo challenge.  We have chosen our winners and here they are….

Week 1 - Mum In A Nutshell 

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Week 2 - innocentcharmschats

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Week 3 - flat102

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Week 4 - SwimFinGB

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Week 5 - innocentcharmschats

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Week 6

No one posted a Back to School picture we have chosen one of our favourites from Mummy Adventurer  

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Such great photos! Can all the winners email carol@kidssonestopshop.co.uk so we can arrange your prizes!

You did well but we think you can do better so we are starting a daily photo prompt from tomorrow!

The prompts are below tag us on instagram or twitter we are @mumscoffeeclub (please tag us as not all photos are showing up in the # search) and the use the hashtag #KOSSDailyPic

 

September

Meal Planning Monday {31st August}


Have you had a good summer? Its been very busy for us but lots of fun. A big thank you to those who took part in our #KossSummer photo challenge we have a daily prompt starting tomorrow on instagram so do please take part!

We have been terrible with meal plans over the summer but we are back at it and this is what we are having this week:

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What are you having?

For more inspiration pop on over to At Home With Mrs M and checkout the other meal planning Monday posts.

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How We Are Going to Stay Organised This School Year


How We Are Going to Stay Organised This

We promise every September to be organised for school and well by the second week it is all out of the window.

This year we mean it and this is how:

The Night Before

We started doing this last year and really helped. It’s so simple get it all ready the night before! Lay out clothes, older children can do this themselves. Make pack lunches before bed. Check shoes, bags and coats are in the right place.

A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place

Set up school areas, where all the school things go. We have hooks just for school bags and coats and shoes go underneath. As it gets colder we have a basket with hats and gloves so they can grab and go.  We also have a hair basket with detangling spray, hair bands and a brush.

When they get home from school coats, bags, shoes etc go into the school area. Lunch boxes and water bottles go in the kitchen.

Check Book Bags Daily

Once the children have out their bags away I check through for any letters (and rubbish). I try to deal with everything straight away. Letters that need signing and/or money get filled in and out straight back ready for the next day. Any special dates get put on the calendar so I don’t forget anything. Schools are notorious for giving you a days’ notice for a dress up day etc so make sure you check those bags!

Get a Calendar

And use it! Buy or print off our free 2015 calendar and stick on the wall or fridge and use it. There will be countless charity days, dress up days and other events you will need to remember. We have one on my fridge and I check it daily for anything coming up.

Weekly Schedule

Weekly School Schedule

Last year we produced a weekly school schedule and it has been invaluable. It works really well with the main monthly calendar.  It has a column for homework, school clubs, lunch, P.E, school trips and any other events. We print a new one on a Sunday ready for the week ahead. It’s so handy to glance at the week and see what’s going. It also helps with getting ready the night before. You can quickly see if you need P.E kit, pack lunch or if they need to take cardboard boxes in! We have a mix of packed lunches and school meals and I would never remember without this.

Meal Plan

You know we love a meal plan, its goes out of the window in the summer but we back at it next week. Its saves so much time and effort if you know what you will be cooking each day. We check it each night (can you see a theme) and then get anything out of the freezer than needs defrosting and make a list of any ingredients that we may need.

 Its great waking up in the morning and having a plan in mind for the day, even if it doesn’t all go right!

How do you stay organised?

Follow Wendy’s board Back to school on Pinterest.

Mumpreneur 100 Winner!!


We are over the moon to announce that Kids One Stop Shop founder Wendy Lavender is a  Mumpreneur 100 winner for 2015.

Wendy is over the moon to have been chosen by Mumpreneur UK as one of their 100 business women.

Winners will be presented with a certificate at this years Mumpreneur Conference that takes place on Saturday 14th November.

Congratulations Wendy!!

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The KOSS Summer Photograph Challenge


The summer holidays are almost here and we love seeing all of your photos of what you are doing. We thought we would set you a challenge for the summer holidays and have 6 themes for you for the 6 weeks of summer.

We want you to take a picture or two each week and share them with us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.  Tag us and use the hashtag #KossSummer and we will choose are favourite each week and send you a little surprise prize.

The themes are:

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The first one starts on Monday 20th July and will run until Sunday 26th July.  Each them will run for one week.

We cannot wait to see your pictures!

Don’t forget to tag us and use the #!

T&C’s
Open to residents of the UK only.
You must only post pictures you have taken.
Winners will be contacted by social media and will have 7 days to claim their prize before another is chosen.
Prizes will be sent out within 30 days of receiving the winners postal address.
Entries will be shared across our social media channels. All photos shared will be credited.
Each theme runs for one week and entries must be received by Midnight Sunday to be entered for that week. 26/07 Schools Out, 02/08 Summer Fun, 09/08 Summer Food, 16/08 Water Fun, 23/07 Happy People, 30/08 Back to School

Meal Planning Monday {13th July}


We have 8 more school days left until the Summer Holidays and its a frantic rush to get ready for the break.

If you are stuck for summer ideas then check out our latest post full of tips, tricks and hacks for summer.

This is what we are having this week:

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What are you having?

For more inspiration pop on over to At Home With Mrs M and checkout the other meal planning Monday posts.

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40 Ideas, Tips and Tricks for a Great Summer Holiday


40 Ideas, Tips and Tricks for a Great

The summer holidays are just around the corner and like many of us you are faced with trying to keep your child entertained for 6 whole weeks. While older children can often entertain themselves the younger ones are not always that easy to please.

We have some great ideas, tips and tricks to get you through the holidays with a smile of your face.

Keeping Them Entertained

Have a plan of action for each week. Possible days out, play dates, activities etc  Mum in The Madhouse has some great free printable planners on the blog. Perfect for working parents that need to plan childcare through the holidays as well.

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Don’t make plans. Make a daily decision on what you are going to do. Wing it and see where you end up.

The worst sentence ever muttered by a child is “I’m bored”, it can drive you insane. Be prepared and get a bored jar ready before the holidays start. All you need to do is fill a jar or box with activities for them to do like read a book, crafts, watch a film, go for a walk, tidy your room, make a den etc When they tell you they are bored get them to choose an activity to do.

Get them to make a summer bucket list and list all the things they would like to do in the summer holidays and then choose one each day.

Start a summer scrap/happy book.  Have your child write, draw, glue on pictures of their summer adventures. A great rainy day activity.

Go on a park crawl. Make a list of all the parks in your area and visit them all. You could either do it in one day or spread it across the 6 weeks.

Go on lots and lots of picnics.

Have a sports day. Invite their friends over and have a sports day in the garden.

Arrange some playdates.  Take turns with friends to host a play date, the kids can play and you can site, drink coffee and have adult conversation.

Set up different play stations in your garden. You could have sand & water, a shop, kitchen, balls & hula hoops, trikes & scooters, crafts, reading corner etc that way they can flit between each station and not get bored.

Bake cakes! Who doesn’t like cakes? If baking isn’t your thing but plain fairy cakes or biscuits and let your children decorate them.

Make your own ice lollies. Make them in the morning and they should be ready by lunch time. Experiment with frozen smoothies or fresh juice lollies.

These Strawberry and Banana Smoothie lollies by A Mummy Too look great.

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Psst mums here are ones just for you, Cucumber Gin & Tonic Popsicles by Port and Fin.

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All the crafts. If in doubt get the craft box out and let them get messy. Perfect for those too hot to play in the garden days.  You could set a theme for the summer and make items for an art show at the end of the holidays.

Build a den. In the garden, in the woods or in your living room.

Invent your own games.

Put on a show. Invite family and friends over for a show, get the children to sing, dance, tell jokes or do magic tricks.

Go to the seaside, eat doughnuts, build sandcastles and play to 2p machines.

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Go to the Zoo.

Go swimming.

Go to a theme park.

Visit a museum.

Go on a train ride. Choose a destination and have an adventure.

Go the cinema.

Have a home cinema afternoon. Make popcorn, snuggle up and chill out.
Go to the theatre. Check out your local theatre for children shows.
 

Top Tips and Money Saving Ideas

Have a garden box/trug/bag ready to go.  Fill it with wipes, sun lotion, towel, hats, tablecloth etc and have it by the back door. All you need to do it grab drinks and snacks to throw in and off you go into the garden. It saves you running around looking for everything you need and you can just get outside and have fun. It’s especially good if you have very young children that you don’t want to leave on their own while you keep going back indoors for things.

Have a car bag ready to go. Similar to above we have a bag in the back of the car with wipes, nappies, sun lotions, sun hats, a towel, first aid kit and bucket and spades. It means we only have to grab a few things before go out for the day.
Make sun care a part of your daily routine. We out on sun lotion every morning before we get dressed so we are protected before we leave the house.

When going on a picnic, pack everyone their own pack lunch rather than one big bag of food. That way you will have leftovers which go floppy by the time you get home.

Take your own food on days out. It can cost quite a bit to eat out at theme parks etc

Take your own drink when you go out. Costs of drinks can add up.

If you are out and fancy an ice-cream, visit the local supermarket and buy a multi pack it will be much cheaper.
Check for any offers and voucher codes before you go out for family meals.  Try sites like my voucher codes, voucher codes and Money Saving Expert.

Book online and in advance at theme parks, zoos farms etc they often have a good online discount.

Use your supermarket points. Tesco and Nectar points can often be used for money off tickets.

Find free events. There are loads out there you just have to look for them. Many museums have free entry as well. Have a little search and see what you can find.

Take part in the Summer Reading Challenge at your local library.  It’s free, fun and gives you a regular day out during the holidays.

Sign up for the 10 minute Shake Up from Change For Life. It’s full of activities, stickers and a free wrist timer.

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Watch films for free by setting up a trial with Netfilx, NowTV or Amazon Prime just remember to set a reminder to cancel if you don’t want to carry on.

Ditch the car and stay local for the summer. You’ll get fit and save money on petrol.

 
What are your top tips for a great summer?

Follow Wendy’s board Summer 2015 on Pinterest.

Meal Planning Monday {29th June}


This week is going to be hot, hot, hot so we have tried to plan our meals around that.

We are trying minted lamb koftas again and tweaking the recipe. Once we get it right we will share it with you.

This is what we are having this week.

Meal Planning 29th June

What are you having?

For more inspiration pop on over to At Home With Mrs M and checkout the other meal planning Monday posts.

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12 Free Adult Colouring Sheets


Colouring in for adults is all the rage at the moment, even Carol our community manager is doing it.

Its great for unwinding the mind and relaxing you after a long day. Not sure if its for you? Try our free printable adult colouring sheets and find out for yourself!

Just click and print.

12 Adult Colouring Sheets

If you do download them, please share your finished sheets with us on Twitter or Facebook.