Monthly Archives: April 2014

5 Ways to Save Money This Spring

5 ways to Save Money This Spring

The summer holidays will soon be upon us and we all want to save some pennies for that.  We still have a half term to go and we know that can often be costly.

We have some tips that will help you spend less and save more so you can get out and do the things you want this summer.

Cut Up Your Food

This may sound like a strange one but I have found recently that by cutting up my meat I can make it go further.

As a family of four a packet of eight sausages doesn’t go far if you have whole sausages each but I now cut them in half and make mini toad in the holes or slice and use in pasta dishes.

Instead of using a whole chicken breast each, this is very expensive. I now look recipes that use slice and diced chicken I can make two breasts feed the whole family.

Eat Seasonally

There is a reason why strawberries are expensive in January they are not in season and have to be imported. This is the same for most fruit and veg.  Buy varieties that are in season and you will find that the prices are much more reasonable.

Visit your local greengrocer or market and ask them what’s in season it will taste better as well.

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Get Walking

Now the weather is getting nice ditch the car and walk. Not only will be saving money on fuel but you will get fitter!

Love Your Library

We would never tell you to stop reading but try to use the library more and cut down on your book buying for a few months. If you are a book worm you could be spending a small fortune on books each month. Save what you what have spent on a day out in the summer.

Get It On The Line

Your washing that is. Turn off the heating and tumble dryer and on dry days get that washing on the line. It will smell lovely and you will save on your energy bills.

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Blogger Spotlight: Anna from In The Playroom


In The Playroom


Anna Marikar

Blog Name

In The Playroom

Describe Your Blog

In The Playroom is Parenting and lifestyle blog with a focus on children’s crafts and education, as well as days out and general family life

Why did you start blogging?

I had been reading other people’s blogs for years and eventually decided to join in and make my own.

What do you love about blogging?

I love the community; I’ve met lots of lovely new people through blogging. It keeps me busy and for me it’s turned into a great way to work from home.

What advice would you give to new bloggers?

Get involved in the community, read other blogs and comment. This is good for you and good for them, and makes the blogging community a nicer place to be.

What blogs should we be reading?

The Brick Castle

Et Speaks from Home

Red Rose Mummy

My Mills Baby

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

Koss Blogger Spotlight

Great Outdoor Toys and Activities

Spring has officially sprung and its time to get outdoors and have fun. At Kids One Stop Shop we have a brilliant range of outdoor toys and activities for your children.

We though we would share some of them with you.

outdoor toys

Top Row

22 Piece Wooden Picnic Set

UV Protected Pop Up Tent

Wooden Flower Press

Second Row

Labrador Push Along Baby Walker

Transporter Passenger Trike

The all weather balance bike – Blue chopper

Third Row

Italtrike Scooter

Speedster Fire Engine Ride on

Blossom Gardening Tote

Bottom Row

Radio Flyer Scoot About

Green didicar Walk ‘n Ride

Toby All Terrain Red Wagon


Large Chocolate Easter Nest

Large Chocolate Easter Nest

Last week we experimented with making a large Chocolate Eater Nest. The small ones are very nice but sometimes you need something bigger.

It turned out really well and makes a great pudding. It would look great on your Easter table.

As we are so kind we thought we would share the recipe with you.


100g Rice Crispies

100g Milk Chocolate

20g Mini Marshmallows

Mini Chocolate Eggs

You will also need a shallow round cake tin/bowl/dish and cling film

How To Make

Line your dish with cling film this will make it easier to removed later

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler (bowl over a saucepan of simmering water)

Leave it to cool for a few minutes

Add the rice crispies and marshmallows to the collate and stir.

Spoon the mixture into your dish making sure to press it down so its compact

Add the mini eggs. Push them in lightly so they stick

Leave to set in the fridge for at least one hour. If you want it sooner pop it in the freezer for 15 minutes.


You can also use corn flakes or broken shredded wheat and add dried fruits. The combinations are endless.

Alternative Easter Gifts

I have to admit I get a little twitchy at all the chocolate my girls get for Easter. Even when I ask for no chocolate they always seem to end up with tonnes.  So I tend to get them something different either Easter or spring inspired. A soft toy for the baby or something for the garden. Sunflower seeds and pots went down very well last year.

Here are our picks of the best alterative Easter gifts available on Kids One Stop Shop

 Alternative Easter Gifts

Top Row

Easter Patchfoot Rabbits

Purple Buggy Bunny

Baby Chick Costume

Middle Row

Toppy Turtle Gardening Tote

The Egg and Spoon Collection

Peel and Press Butterfly

Bottom Row

Chico the Chick Backpack

Strawberry Design – 22 Piece Wooden Picnic Set

Wooden Insect Jar with Magnifying Lid

Easter Crafts and Activities

Easter Crafts & Activities

The Easter Holidays are upon us and we know it can be a long two weeks if the kids are kept entertained.

To make your life a little easier we have searched the internet form some great Easter Crafts and Activities for for you and your kids to do.

Try these Easter Nests they are easy to make and taste delicious.

We also have these two great Easter Colouring sheets for you to print off.

Easter Egg Colouring Sheets

Snaffles and his mummy have been making Easter Bunting. It looks likes a lot of fun.

Domestic Goddesque has two great activities for you to try. We are loving these Printed Spring Chick Cards.

TP print Easter Chick card with washi tape

These Bunny Cupcakes look amazing.

Bunny cupcakes

The Mum In the Madhouse has been making these super cute Felted Wool Easter Chicks.

This Bunny Matching Game from Activity Village looks like fun.

Bunny matching game

Why not make a Bunny Headband? Kids Parties have a free printout

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 Now its your turn to share your Easter Crafts and Activities. Just your link below

Funky Kids T-Shirts

Spring is here! It’s time to hide the winter clothes and embrace the warmer weather.

This of course means some new clothes for the children. We know that clothes shopping can be painful so we have pulled together some of our clothes to make it easier for you.

We thought we would start with t-shirts; you can never have too many t-shirts.

 Funky Kids T-Shirts

Top Row

Princess Petal Crown £36

Personalised Camera T shirt £17

Fresh Clothing’s “Lolly” Tee £12.99

Bottom Row

Escape The Circus £17

Star People T-Shirt £14.99

‘Suspect your Elders’ kids T Shirt £19