Monthly Archives: February 2014

Support Wendy and the Lullaby Trust


The Lullaby Trust (formerly FSID)

Wendy who owns and runs Kid One Stop Shop along side her friends Rachel and Emma are walking 26.2 miles around the Cheltenham Circular Footpath and this is why:

One year ago, on Saturday 2nd February 2013, Matilda Mae Henley went to sleep and did not wake up. She was just 9 months old. Her life was cut tragically short by SIDS and devastated everyone who knew and loved her, not least her Mummy Jennie.

She is a Mother who has walked the last 12 months without her beautiful Daughter. She is a Mother who is struggling to find reasons to smile each day, and yet she is selflessly supporting The Lullaby Trust in their tireless efforts to support other families and to fund research into Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

With your help we too can support The Lullaby Trust in their efforts to discover why babies like Matilda die. This vital research may also help to save over 300 babies a year in the UK who still die of SIDS. We may not be able to bring Matilda back, no matter how much we would dearly like to, but we can ensure her legacy thrives day by day, and that Jennie knows she is not alone.

On Saturday 2nd August 2014, in Memory of Matilda Mae and in support of a dear friend Jennie and The Lullaby Trust, Rachel, Emma and Wendy will walk ‘Full Circle’ 26.2 miles around the Cheltenham Circular Footpath. Our ‘Full Circle for Matilda Mae’ challenge pays tribute to Jennie and her family, who have so painstakingly and bravely walked the last 12 months without their darling Matilda.

Please please help us to make a difference to families devastated by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Thank you.

You can sponsor Wendy, Rachel and Emma here.

Blogger Spotlight: Emily from Our IVF Journey: All The Fun of Living Life with Twins


Koss Blogger Spotlight

Today we are starting a new feature and showcasing some of the great bloggers that are part of our Kids One Stop Shop Blogger Network.

We are over the moon to introduce are first blogger….

Our IVF Journey: All the fun of living life with twins

Name

Emily Higgins

Blog Name 

Our IVF Journey: All the fun of living life with twins

Describe Your Blog

Our blog is our little place to document our journey through life. Originally we blogged about our IVF Journey and we now blog about our parenting journey. We have two year old twin girls. Although our IVF Journey is over now, we still share other peoples IVF journeys with the aim of helping others going through IVF. We also share crafty posts and recipes.

Why did you start blogging?

To share our IVF Journey with others thinking about having IVF and so that we could document our experiences

What do you love about blogging?

The ability to share your thoughts with the world and being able to interact with other bloggers. For me blogging is a bit like therapy! I always feel better once I’ve got what’s going in my head out in the open through my writing!

What advice would you give to new bloggers?

To blog freely! Don’t worry about what other people say or think. It’s your little piece of the internet

What blogs should we be reading?

The Crazy Kitchen

Oh so Amelia

Edspire

You can find Emily on Twitter , Facebook, G+, Pinterest and Instagram.

Bloggers Network

Easy Peasy Fluffy Pancake Recipe


Easy Peasy Fluffy Pancakes

It’s pancake day next week so as thought I would share my easy peasy fluffy pancake recipe with you.

This recipe makes thick American style pancake and really are easy to make. Your main measurement is a cup . For this either use a proper cup measurement if you have one or a small cup you have at home. Don’t use a mug as the flour/milk/egg ratio will be uneven.

You Need:

1 Cup & 1 Tablespoon of Self Raising Flour

1 Cup of Milk

1 Egg

A small amount of butter or oil to cook them in.

  • Mix all the ingredients together and leave to rest for 5 minutes.

  • Heat a little butter or oil in a frying pan on a medium heat.

  • Spoon small dollops of the pancake batter into the frying pan. Don’t over fill the pan.

  • Wait for the batter to start to bubble and then turn the pancake over. It should take a few minutes.

  • When the pancake is golden brown on both sides it is cooked.

Serve anyway you like. My favourite is chocolate sauce or bananas.

You can add to the batter is you want fruity or chocolate pancakes. I often had a ripe banana or a handful of blueberries or chocolate chips.

You can also make them savory, try adding some cheese and ham to the batter or grated vegetables. They make a great quick lunch or supper.

What do you have on your pancakes?

Tasty Tuesdays on HonestMum.com

Thrifty Tips: How to Save on Your Heating Bills


Its February, its still cold and those heating bills are just going up and up.

Here are a few tips to help you save on your heating bills.

Block Drafts

Can you feel a draft? If cold air is getting in then hot air is getting out and that is costing you money. Check you windows and doors for drafts and block them up. You can get draft excluder’s for your doors and foam strips for your windows.

Also check floor boards, pipes and key holes. You could save up to £50 a year by blocking up those drafts.

Turn It Down

Does your heating need to be as high as it is?

You could save £75 a year but turning your thermostat down by 1 degree.

Timer

Have your heating on a timer so it comes on for a little while in the morning and again in the evening. If you are going away turn it off or if you are worried about frozen pipe turn the thermostat down to the lowest temperature.

If you put the heating on during the day set a timer for 30 mins, your house should have warmed up nicely by then.

Turn it Off

Have a spare room that you don’t use regulars turn the radiator off in that room. No use heating a room that is not being used.

Do you have any tips to share?

 

 

 

Things to Do February Half Term


Things to DoFebruary Half term

Half Term is here, its a bit wet and the kids need to be entertained. Have no fear Kids One Stop Shop is here with a few ideas.

Get Crafty

We have a great round up of Winter Olympic Crafts to get you started.  

Winter Olympic Crafts

This Rainbow Wet Felting from In The Playroom looks like brilliant fun.

These Valentines Heart Mice are just super cute from Ups & Downs, Smiles & Frowns.

Red Ted Art has 40 Fairy Tale Crafts and Activities for you to do.

Make some Stained Glass Window Bunting like Playful Learners

Get Cooking

Crafting not your thing? Not to worry how about giving these recipes a go.

We have some easy fairy cakes for you to try.

Why not give these snappy Crocodile Sugar Cookies from A Mummy Too a try.

Crocodile-cookies

These Mini Pizza Fliers from Cbeebies look yummy and are easy to make.

Mini pizza flyers on a plate

Free Printable Activity Sheets 

Print them off and have fun

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Reef 2 Printables & The Chance to Win a Copy on DVD


Reef 2, an underwater adventure sure to entertain the whole shoal, is released on DVD, Digital and On Demand on 17th February from Paramount Home Media Distribution.

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This sequel to the hit 2006 film heralds the return of courageous little fish ‘Pi’ who once again has to save his beloved reef. Troy, the nasty shark that Pi saw off in his last adventure has returned, and this time he has brought along his toothy shark friends for a ‘fish buffet’!

We have some great free printables for you to download.

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Perfect for half term. Just click on them and print off.

We also have one copy of Reef 2 on DVd to giveaway to one lucky reader.

Just follow the instructions in the widget below to enter.

Closing Date: 24th February

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Win £20, £10, £5 voucher and a signed copy of The Black and White Club book by Alice Hemming!


Win £20, £10, £5 voucher and a signed copy of The Black and White Club book by Alice Hemming! 

By entering our Children’s DESIGN A CHARACTER COMPETITION!

We’d like your budding artists age 4-10 years old to design a new black & white animal character for The Black and White Club book! 

The lovely children’s author Alice Hemming will be judging all of the entries… Alice’s favourite picture will win a signed copy of her brand new book and a £20 voucher to spend at kidsonestopshop.co.uk! We are also going to award £10 for second place & £5 voucher for third place! 

Click on the image and link below to be taken to the competition page on the website for all the details on how to enter! 

Upload your little ones masterpiece to our Facebook page – we can’t wait to see the pictures! If you tweet us using #blackandwhiteanimalcomp you’ll receive another entry too!

Enter now!

Alice Hemming and B&W club


We’ve extended the competition – please share and GOOD LUCK!

Thrifty Festival {3}


Its Thrifty Festival time! We have some great posts to share with you this week.

We started off February with a free printable for you. Print off our Cut & Colour Hearts for some Valentines fun.

Free Printable Cut & Colour Hearts

 

Family Budgeting shares some great advice.

Family Budgeting

Charlie Moos has dome some brilliant thrifty crafting and made her own candles.

lit candle

Ups & Downs, Smiles & Frowns have been making really cute Valentines Cards.

In The Playroom has a great post of how to save money by kicking 8 habits

Now its your turn. Share your Thrifty posts with us to read and share.

There is also a Pinterest Group board if you would like to be added please let us know and of course feel free to grab a badge.

 



Winter Olympics Crafts


Winter Olympic Crafts

The Winter Olympics kicks off on Friday and we are very excited about it at Kids One Stop Shop.

We know how much you love a craft round up so we have had a little search for you and found some great Winter Olympic Crafts to keep you and your little one’s busy.

At Mum in The Madhouse there is two great crafts ideas for you.

You can make your own medals and medal chart.

Easy Pre School Craft have these lovely Laurel Wreaths

We love this Mini Olympic Ice Rink from Silly Eagle Books

You can make this Toss for an Olympic Ring Hoop Loop game with Makes and Takes.

Make a snowboarder with DLTK Crafts. They have free printables for you to use.

Snowboarder or Skier Paper Plate Craft

Activity Village have a great idea for a Ski Collage.

An intrepid skier in our ski collage!

Last but not least we have a printable Design Your Own Ice Skate to decorate.

Design Your Own Ice Skate

Have fun getting crafty!

Have a Winter Olympic craft to share? Add it to our linky below and we will share it on our Twitter and Facebook Page 

Or tag us on twitter with the hashtag #KOSSOlympics