Monthly Archives: October 2012

Win a Pair of Welly Warmas


Let’s face it winter has hit early, it’s cold, wet and some places have had snow. It’s welly weather!

Welly’s are perfect for keeping your feet nice and dry but they are not always very warm. This is why everyone needs a pair of Welly Warmas in their life.

Cosy, warm and fully machine washable, choose from a range of colours and sizes suitable for men, women and children alike. For a touch of luxury, why not indulge in a pair trimmed with softest faux fur?

Sound amazing don’t they? They come in adult and children sizes.

We rather like these Navy & Tartan ones

And these cerise spotty ones for the kids are cute.

We have two pairs to giveaway. One adult and one Child’s pair.

All you have to do is follow the instructions in the widget below.

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Have a Great Autumn Half Term on a Budget


Have a Great Autumn Half Term

Half term is upon which means two things:

1)      Keeping the kids entertained

2)      Doing that without breaking the bank

Here at Kids One Stop Shop we think you can lots of fun and spend very little, here are some of our ideas:

Halloween Party

Having a Halloween Party can be a cheap way of entertaining the children this half term and there are ways of doing it on a budget:

  • Make the most of free downloads there are loads on the internet; we found Halloween masks and decorations.

  • Make your own spooky playlist on Spotify, sign up for free trial and dance the day away.

  • Get guests to bring one item of food each to save on the food costs.

  • Pumpkin carving is fun and relatively cheap, depending on how many children are at the party buy a few pumpkins. Get the children to scoop the insides out (save for pumpkin soup or pie) and then cut out your pumpkin face. You may want to help the children with this depending on their age. You can get them to design then first or use a template. Sainsbury’s have some free pumpkin templates online.

  • Don’t worry about party bags they are an added cost you don’t need.

Get Out and About

It can be tempting to stay at home wrapped up warm but after a few days your children will have cabin fever. Wrap up warm, take a flask of hot chocolate and have an autumn adventure. Find your local forest/woods or even your local park.

Here are some things you can do:

  • The Woodlands Trust Nature Detectives have some great free resources including this Halloween Play Pack which packed full of fun things to do outside.

  • Collect leaves, twigs etc and then come home and make an autumn collage.

Of course if it’s raining you can either get your wellies on or embrace it or checkout our wet weather activities.

Love Your Library

Don’t forget about the humble local library, they often run activities during the holidays.

If not then why not get out some longer books like Roald Dahl or Enid Blyton and spend the holiday reading them together. You could read a few chapters each day and then creative activities around what you have read.

You don’t have to get story books out, why not visit the craft or recipe section to see if you can get an inspiration for projects.

You can also rent DVD’s from libraries perfect for an afternoon on the sofa.

If you don’t fancy a trek out or the weather is terrible check to see if your library rents ebooks, you can do this online.

We hope this has given you some ideas on how to spend the half term holiday.

We are Writing for Kiddicare!


We have started writing a monthly post for the Kiddicare blog which we are really excited about! You can read our first two posts now Surviving the School Run and Those Big Christmas Gifts.

We feature some great Kiddicare products on Kids One Stop Shop including this Baby Weavers Wean Me Highchair

And the Kiddicare.com Imax Adapt Pushchair.

Kiddicare have just opened a new store in Nottingham and have more new stores planned in the next 12 months.

Free Printables: Halloween Decorations


Last week we shared some free Halloween Masks for you to print out and use. This week we have been surfing the net and found some Halloween decorations for you.

You can decorate your home for free and keep the kids occupied at the same time!

This is what we found:

Decorative Halloween Banner from Family Fun

Decorative Halloween Banner

Cats and Bats from Mias Craft Ideas 

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Happy Halloween Banner from Carina Gardener

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Halloween Bunting from House to Home

Meal Plan Monday – 15th October (Week 38)


We are running behind today, a sick child can really throw your schedule out.

This is what we are having this week:

Monday – Chicken Drumsticks and Jacket Potato

Tuesday – Slow Cooked Pork

Wednesday – Sausage Casserole

Thursday – Beef Stew

Friday – Pizza

Saturday – Slow Cooked Bolognaise Bake

Sunday – Roast Lamb

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

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Craft Corner: How to Make Your Own Halloween Mask


Halloween is not far away, the shops are filling up with Halloween goodies and costumes. If you are looking for something different why not make your own mask.

It’s very simple:

You will need:

  • Paper Plate
  • Paint
  • String
  • Pencil
  • Wool
  • Glue
  • Scissors

To Make:

  • Cut eye holes in the paper plate
  • Decorate how you like; you could make a witch or a monster.
  • Use the wool for hair, or any other scraps you have at home.
  • Poke a hole either side of the plate with the pencil and thread the string through and you have a mask.

You make whatever you like, just have fun!

 

 

Meal Plan Monday – 8th October (Week 37)


We are loving indulging in some autumn food, there is something so comforting about a stew or a casserole.

What are your favourite autumn foods?

This is what we are having this week:

Monday – Spaghetti Bolognaise

Tuesday – Lentil Soup and Homemade Bread

Wednesday – Chicken Casserole

Thursday – Beef and Mushroom Pie

Friday – Homemade Burgers

Saturday – Turkey Stir-fry

Sunday – Lemon Roasted Chicken

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

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International Walk to School Month


October is International Walk to School Month, it’s the time to ditch the car and get your walking shoes on!

Not only will you be saving on fuel but you will increase you and your child’s physical activity. It’s also gives you a great chance to teach your child road safety.

Here are some tips to make your walk to school and back a pleasant one:

  • Make sure you leave with plenty of time and plan your route
  • Take a drink walking can be thirsty work
  • Be prepared for bad weather, pop on your wellies if it looks like rain and take rain coats
  • Make sure you have everything before you leave
  • Make it fun play i-spy or make of list of things to spot on the way
  • Team up with other parents and go as a group

You don’t have to do the whole month try a week or one day a week, it will make a big difference.