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:

#KossSummerPhoto Challenge

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:

Meal Planning 13th July

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


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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.

Meal Planning Monday {15th June}


We can’t believe its half way through June already!! That Summer holiday is creeping up on us.

Its a busy week this week! Our community manager Carol  is back from Blogtacular and is heading for Britmums Live this Saturday. Carol will be taking part in the How to Be a Social Media Manager session. If you see her say hello she is very friendly.

This week we are having:

Meal Planning 15th 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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5 Free Father’s Day Printables


Father’s Day is around the corner and lets face it dad is hard to buy for.

We have a some great printables for you to give dad an extra special treat.

There are 4 posters for you to print out and frame. Choose which one you like best and just click and print.

Father's Day Printable: Beard Number one Daddy Printable Superhero Dad Free Printable

Best Dad Ever Printable

We also have this great poster for you to print out and fill in. Get the children to write or draw what makes their dad rock! They could do one each.

 

My Dad Rocks Printable

Just click and print!

Let us know if you use them, we would love to see pictures

Meal Planning Monday {8th June}


How was your weekend? The Kids One Stop Shop team had lots of fun in the sun!

We are hoping the good weather stays.

This is what we are having this week:

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We are trying to make our own minted lamb kofta’s this week, fingers crossed they go well.

Our community manager Carol will be at Blogtacular this Saturday so do say hello if you see her.

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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Meal Planning Monday {18th May}


What a soggy start to the week! The forecast is not looking great for the week, hopes of salads and BBQ’s are out of the window.

This is what we are having this week.

Meal Planning 18th May

The Chicken, Bacon & Mushroom pasta bake it one of our favourite meals to use up leftover roast chicken.

We are also using leftover slow cooked pork to make pulled pork pizza’s this Friday, its a new one for us.

On Sunday instead of a full roast we are going to have chicken tray bake. We throw in chicken legs, baby potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes and butternut squash and rosemary and bake for 45-50 mins and it is delicious.

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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