Monthly Archives: May 2014

Fun in the Sun with Kids One Stop Shop

On Tuesday we gave you our top tips on staying safe in sun.  Luckily for you we sell the most brilliant products to help keep your family safe in the sun.

Fun in the Sun with Kids One Stop Shop

Top Row

 Koo-di Sun & Sleep Sunshade

Blue Multi Towelling Long Hooded Top

Legionnaire Hat – Navy/White Stripe

Middle Row

UFO Yellow Tropical Crop Pant

Bubblegum Pink Baby UPF Rash Vest

Red White All in One UPF Suit

Bottom Row

Naturally Cool Kids SPF25 Sun Cream

Pair of Personalised Car Sunshades

Pop Up Travel Bassinet – SUN & SLEEP

How to Stay Safe in the Sun

How to Stay Safe in the Sun

Here at Kids One Stop Shop we are really passionate about sun safety.  In 2011 13,348 people were diagnosed with Skin Cancer in the UK.  That’s really scary and we need to protect ourselves and our children more from the sun.

Here are our top tips for staying safe in the sun.

Cover Up

Keep your body protected with a t-shirt, hat and sunglasses. If you are at the beach or playing the paddling pool use UPF protective swimwear.

Slap on the Sun cream

Sun cream should be used in partnership with your clothes not instead of. Ideally it should be at least SPF30 and have a 4 or 5 star UVA rating.

It should go on at least 20 minutes before you are exposed to the sun and needs topping up during the day. It becomes part of our morning routine in the summer; we slap SPF50 on before we get our clothes on.

Find the Shade

Try not to sit in direct sunlight find a shaded area or use a parasol or sun tent to protect you. Babies and young children should be kept out of direct sunlight.

You can get sunshades for babies prams which will keep them protected from the sun.

The peak time for the sun is 11am to 3pm so make sure you keep in the shade so you don’t burn and put yourself at risk from skin cancer.

Stay Hydrated

Take a drink out for yourself and your children and keep hydrated in the sun.

What are you tops for sun safety?

5 Brilliant Things to May Half Term

Half Term

Half term is upon us again and it’s hard to know what to do with the Children.

We have found 5 brilliant things that you could do this half term some of which are free!

1. Visit Manchester United’s Museum for Free

Throughout May and June it is free to visit the Manchester United’s Museum.  Why not pop along and have a look around. The David Beckham exhibition ends in June so if you want to see it now’s your chance!

2. Visit the New Cbeebies Land at Alton Towers

The new Cbeebies Land opens on the 24th May and it looks awesome. A must for any Cbeebies fan. It’s packed full of their favourite characters with live shows, rides and sensory areas.

Under 4’s go free and if you book online you save up to 25%.

3 . Spring Special at Willow Farm

Willow Farm are running a Spring Special programme from 24th May -1st June. Activities include sheep shearing, Ferret Fun, Horse Display, Puppet Show, JCB Young Drivers Zone, Tree House adventure and much, much more.

4 . Become Nectar Collectors at Isis Education Centre at The LookOut in Hyde Park (Free Event)


They are hosting two open days as part of the Chelsea Fringe on the 28th and 29th of May. Walk around the gardens, visit the sunshine pond and mini-beast area. You can explore using the plant spotter sheets or take part in the free craft activities. You can make a nectar feeder for butterflies, make a recycled plant pot, paint and colour pictures of butterflies and bees or explore the gardens with their children’s nature trail.

Drop in from 11 am or 3pm. You can book a free slot to ensure you don’t miss out.

5 . Visit a National Trust Area and Work on Your 50 Things

Visit one of our top fossil-hunting spots to see what you can find.

Find your local National Trust property and get out and active. Visit the 50 Things to Do before Your 11 ¾ site and pick what you want to do or look for a family friendly event.

What ever you do have a great half term!

Walk to School Week & a Free Printable Nature Trail

Walk to school week


Next week see’s the start of Walk to School Week. Here at Kids One Stop Shop we want to help encourage you to leave your car at home and get walking.

Here are some tips on how to make Walk to School Week easy and fun.

  • If you are walking instead of taking the car you will have to leave earlier so make sure you plan for the earlier start time.

  • Check the weather the night before to see if you need wellies or your sun hats

  • Make sure have a drink, walking can be thirsty work.

  • Go with friends to make it fun. Encourage other parents to join in and go together.

  • Why not technically walking if your child is not too keen why not let them take their scooter.

  • Play games on the way like eye spy it will make the time pass quicker.

  • Turn your walk into a nature trail with our free printable below. Go on the hunt for bugs, flowers and other interesting things.

Download here.Mini

Cooking with Children: Cheesy Chicken Nuggets

Cheesy Chicken Nuggets KOSSThis is a quick easy mid week meal to make. It’s even easier if you get your children to do the dirty work!


Approx 300g chicken breast cut into chunks 

250g Panko Breadcrumbs 

25g grated Parmesan cheese 

1-2 eggs 

We set up a little production line with out baking tray at the end.

Preheat oven to 200/180 fan

Crack an egg in to a bowl or shallow dish. We use the plastic takeaway tubs. Add the grated cheese and whisk.

The a second dish put the breadcrumbs

Dip the chicken in the egg and then into the breadcrumbs. You may need to squish the breadcrumbs on a little and then place of baking sheet.

Repeat until you have coated all the chicken. You may find you need more breadcrumbs or have to crack a second egg. I find it varies each day.

Cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes until cooked.

We serve with chips and baked beans.

Cheesy Chicken Nuggets

You can use the same mixture of strips of fish for homemade fish fingers.  We sometimes add dried herbs to the breadcrumbs for a different taste.


Free Printable Game: Animal Pairs

Free Printable Game-

We haven’t given you a free printable in a while so we thought we give a great game to play with your children this weekend.

Just print out the sheet below, cut out the squares and you have a game of pairs to play. Its great for memory and animal recognition.

Have fun playing!

Download here

I’m Going To BritMums Live!

This year we are sending our community manager and blogger Carol along to attend the BritMums Live Conference. Carol is a blogging conference expert so if you want to ask any questions or need a friend on the day look for her.

BritMums have done a linky which you can add your meet and greet posts to so you can see everyone that is going.

So here is a little more about Carol

Carol Smith

Name: Carol 

Blog: Kids One Stop Shop 

Twitter ID: @mumscoffeeclub you can also find her on her personal twitter @caroljs

Height: 5ft 3inchs

Hair: Red. Sometimes curly and sometimes straight.

Eyes: One brown eye and one green. I wear glasses

Is this your first blogging conference?

No I have been to quite a few over the years and even spoken at one or two.

Are you attending both days?

Yes and I can’t wait

What are you most looking forward to at BritMums Live 2014?

Meeting new and old friends.

What are you wearing?

I’m not sure yet I haven’t thought that far ahead but something comfortable.

What do you hope to gain from BritMums Live 2014?

Catch up with friends and learn some new skills.

Do you have any tips to pass on to others who may not have been before?

Yes. I wrote a post a few years ago about surviving a blogging conference and the tips are still relevant today. Have a read.

Look out for Carol on the day and say hello. Beware she is a hugger!

Blogger Spotlight: Mary from Over 40 and a Mum to One



Mary Proctor

Blog Name

Over 40 and a Mum to One

Describe Your Blog

A parenting and lifestyle blog, sharing the adventures I have with my 4 year old Monkey son.  We love nature and exploring new places.  We review anything that fits on with our family.  Brewster is our family pet and often features on the blog too.

Why did you start blogging?

I started the blog to share my experiences as a first time older Mum in my 40′s.  But the blog has evolved and I’ve realised how much I love nature, and reviewing as well as sharing experiences of life with my little boy.

What do you love about blogging?

The community.  Sharing information, learning new skills.  The opportunities that have come our way – getting to try lots of new things, go to new places and just have lots of fun.  It gives me some ‘me’ time.

What advice would you give to new bloggers?

Communicate across social media, ask questions, people are generally very helpful.  Be yourself, blog for yourself, don’t stress when you’ve got too many posts outstanding!  Remember why you are doing what you’re doing.  Family comes first.

What blogs should we be reading?

I love she’s on my wavelength.  For beautiful photos I can never wait to check out a post from

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

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