Monthly Archives: May 2012

Family Friendly Day’s Out: Wychwood Festival


Wychwood Festival has been nominated Best Family Festival 6 years in a row and with over 100 workshops for children it’s easy to see why.

Wychwood Festival takes place 8-10 June 2012 at Cheltenham Racecourse and the line-up includes:

  • James
  • Bellowhead
  • The Saw Doctors
  • Dodgy
  • The Damned
  • Francois & The Atlas Mountains
  • The Cuban Brothers
  • Dr & The Medics
  • Mahala Rai Banda
  • Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends
  • Duke Special

There is also:

  • Dedicated Children’s Literature Programme featuring Tony de Sailles, Nina & The Neurons, John Dougherty and more
  • Family theatre, children’s workshops with poetry, performance, drama and music
  • Dance workshops with pilates & yoga, flamenco & tap, samba and Bollywood
  • Adult workshops including lino cutting and pinhole camera creations
  • Circus acts and The Sunday Parade
  • BBC Introducing Stage featuring the best in local emerging talent from Gloucestershire & the six surrounding regions

It sounds like an amazing weekend!

Day tickets start from £37 and children under 5 go FREE but they will need a ticket so let them know.

Full details can be found on their website www.wychwoodfestival.com

 

 

Our Guide to Hosting a Jubilee Party


The Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations start next weekend and a great way to celebrate is to have a party.

Whether its a  big street party, a family party or a small  garden party we have put together a little guide to help the planning go smoothly.

The Food

You have two options, you can make your own food or buy it in.

If you are making your own here are some of our favourite Jubilee recipes:

Mary’s Cadogan’s Jubilee Chicken 

Pork, Plum and Sage Pasties

Asparagus and Stilton Tart 

Honey & Mustard Sausages 

Jubilee Cakes from Butcher, Baker 

Jubilee Trifle

For those of you that don’t fancy spending the day cooking then why not get it made for you.  Many supermarkets make platters for special occasions and several are producing special Jubilee ones.

M&S Street Party

Sainsbury's Diamond Jubilee Party Food

Large Canape Selection image

Waitrose

 

The Decorations

Now the food is organised time to think about what you are going to serve it on and how to decorate the party space.

Very

Napkins from Children's Party Shop

Tablecloth from Nellies

Bunting from Not on The Highstreet

Cups from TfL Shop

 

The Entertainment 

Depending on who is coming to your party you might want some entertainment especially if there is going to be children around.

Here are some ideas:

For the children you could

  • Hire a bouncy castle
  • Arts and Crafts corner
  • Musical Statues
  • Pass the Parcel
  • Paddling Pool

If its an adult party then think about the music. Make a playlist that will keep you going through the whole party, that way you won’t have to worry about it as the party gets in to full swing.

If you prefer CD’s then Amazon have a huge selection of Jubilee inspired music with prices to suit every budget.

Lastly if you could hire some entertainment, Be On the Scene  is an online community for those with talent to network and showcase their talents.

The Outfit

The food, decoration and entertainment is all sorted out now you need your party outfit.

We have already covered party outfits for Boys and Girls, now its time for the adults.

Ladies Jubilee Outfit

Boden Spring Tea Dress from Kids One Stop Shop

 

Flag Maxi Dress from Next

Skater Dress from Boohoo.com

 

Men’s Jubilee Outfits

Gant Shirt from John Lewis

H&M Shirt

Polo Shirt from Topman

 

You should now be ready for your Jubilee Party.

Don’t forget the sunscreen if you are having a party outside and most of all have a great time!

 

 

Meal Plan Monday 28th May (Week 19)


The weather has been glorious this week and it looks like it’s here to stay for a few more days.

It’s the Jubilee this weekend; we are having a BBQ on Sunday, what are your plans?

This is what we are having this week:

Monday – Chicken & Bacon Salad

Tuesday – Lamb & Mint Burgers

Wednesday – Turkey Stir fry

Thursday – Salmon and Cous cous

Friday – Homemade Chicken Fingers

Saturday – Sausage & Mash

Sunday – BBQ

Don’t forget to pop over to Mrs M’s blog to see the other meal plans

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The Baby Show at The Birmingham NEC


Last week we sent Luke from our sales team to The Baby Show this is what he go up to:

The show on Friday was very busy with tons of moms looking for a barging and the newest products to the market. It was also full of celeb moms and dads and expecting mothers. With well over 200 exhibitors there were plenty of stands to go an visit.

Also met a couple of stars, Ray from Xfactor and his wife. Expecting their baby in the 24th July – GOOD LUCK.

Also there is a shocking image of me and Donal MacIntyre.

Here are some photographs from the day.

 

New Products on Kids One Stop Shop {May}


We are constantly adding new products to the Kids One Stop Shop site. This month we have a great selection of Jubilee and Olympic products and some fantastic summer clothes and accessories.

This is what we have added in May:

Jubilee and Olympics

T-Shirts by Most Wanted 

Olympic Suitcase by Trunki

Union Jack Trilby Hat by Fore!! Axel & Hudson

Summer Clothes and Accessories

Stella McCartney Lola Dress from Selfridges

Shoes and Reversible Hats by Crocs 

Women’s Dress by Joules

Pushchairs and Toys

Phil & Teds Explorer New Improved Sport Buggy

Chicco Echo Stroller – Jade

Lamaze Flip Flop Fred

Lollipop Lane Upsy Daisy Activity Spiral Toy

You can find a wide range of products on Kids One Stop Shop including men’s clothing, books and car seats.

You can even sell your pre-loved items on here, use the code ProudtobeBritish to get 25% off listings to day.

Meal Plan Monday – 21st May (Week 18)


The weather is supposed to improve this week (at last) so I have gone with some lighter meals from the middle of the week.

This is what we are having this week:

Monday – Pork Meatballs

Tuesday – Grilled Chicken & New Potatoes

Wednesday – Salmon and Salad

Thursday – Beef Stir-fry

Friday – Homemade Fish Fingers with wedges

Saturday – Homemade Burgers

Sunday – Steak & New Potatoes

 

Don’t forget to pop over to Mrs M’s blog to see the other meal plans

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Jubilee Party Outfit for Boys


Last week we showed you Jubilee Party Outfits for girls for three different budgets.

We haven’t forgotten about the boys so here are our picks for Jubilee Party Outfits for boys.

Outfit 1 £77.95

Trousers from Joules £27.95, Shirt from Boden £20, Converse shoes from John Lewis £30.

Outfit 2 £43.95

Trousers from Gap £17.95, Shirt from John Lewis £14, Shoes from Next £12

Outfit 3 £20.39

 

Trousers for H&M £5.99, Shirt from Debenhams £8.40, Shoes from ASDA £6

Come back next week for more Jubilee fun.

Cybher in Tweets


On Saturday our blogger Carol attended Cybher the first all inclusive female blogger event in the UK.

Carol tweeted when she could (between cups of coffee and cake) on our twitter feed @mumscoffeeclub here are some of her tweets from the day:

Opening speech by @geekisnewchic #cybher

1st session The Future of Blogging #cybher

Penguin and Panda new algorithm to take out spam links eg sponsored posts #cybher

Authority is the word of the day #cybher

2nd session @girlonetrack on the Darker Side of Blogging #Cybher

Scary what the newspapers will do to get a story #cybher

Rafflecopter provides you with a platform for entry. Is OK for FB#cybher

Register with ICO if you are holding data #comps #cybher

Have robust T&C’s #comps #cybher

Be mindful with world wide comps, US states all have different laws#cybher

Next sessions Dealing with Crackerjacks with @nataliemlue #cybher

I can’t repeat her first troll comment!! #cybher

Its sport for some people #cybher

“Sheep in trolls clothing” #cybher

WordPress session. Use google fonts to make your blog unique#cybher

Back up, back up, back up #cybher

We are getting appy #cybher

Get Flipboard for iPhone/pad #cybher

Foodspotting for food bloggers #cybher #apps

Use A-HDR which has great filters for pictures and then post through instagram #cybher #apps

Create a mood and use that to decide your colour palette for your blog. #cybher

For more tweets from the day check out  #cybher on twitter and to read everyone’s experience visit the Cybher blog

Meal Plan Monday – 14th May (Week 17)


Last week was a very busy week with going to Cybher which is why meal planning really works; it makes life so much easier.

I will have a roundup of the Cybher conference for you later this week.

We had a change of plan for yesterday’s meal as my other half decided to cook a joint of Pork in the slow cooker and it was divine. So we are having Toad in the Hole today instead.

This is what we are having this week:

Monday – Toad in the Hole

Tuesday – Meatballs

Wednesday – Fishcakes (Homemade)

Thursday – Turkey Stir Fry

Friday – Beef Stew

Saturday – Homemade Pizza

Sunday – Roast Cod wrapped in Bacon

 

Don’t forget to pop over to Mrs M’s blog to see the other meal plans

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Jubilee Party Outfits for Girls


The Queens Diamond Jubilee is not far away and we know parties are being planned across  the country.

We have been on the hunt for the perfect party outfits to suit everyone’s budget.

Outfit 1 – £95.91

Dress from Joules £35.95, Cardigan from John Lewis £13, Sandals from Little Stomper £38, Tights from The Kids Window£8.96.

Outfit 2 – £47.40

 

Dress from Next £24, Cardigan from Debenhams £6.40, Shoes from Brantano £12, Socks from BHS pack of 3 for £5.

Outfit 3 -£24.99

Dress from H&M £5.99, Cardigan from Tesco £5, Sandals from ASDA £6, Tights from M&Co £5.

Come back next week for Jubilee party outfits for the boys.