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The Jubilee and Beyond

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 21-05-2012

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We’re just a few weeks away from celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee and you won’t have failed to notice the huge array of merchandise – both official and otherwise – that has been springing up in every shop you go in. There are products to help your party go with a swing interspersed with what can only be described as “novelty” items, as well as the companies cashing in.

If you’re looking for commemorative items that you can use beyond the extended weekend in early June, look no further than this little selection here:

Leanne Shoes (Jubilee Edition) from Hotter
The popular Leanne shoe from Hotter has been given a 2012 twist with the help of red, white and blue laces and decorative insoles. These shoes come with all the comfort you’d expect from Hotter but with a subtle hint of patriotism, and a pair of plain white laces to use as well. The Leanne shoes are limited edition with just 1,200 pairs being sold via the Hotter website and each pair comes in a Union  Jack shoe box with a certificate of authenticity. Once the Jubilee ends these shoes won’t look out of place at Olympic Events and any future sporting occasion, such as Wimbledon or the next Test Match.

Offer: For 10% off your first Hotter order PLUS free delivery enter code PFAUBS at the check-out before July 1st. Cannot be used with any other offer.

Charlotte Beach Bag (Union Jack Edition) from Old Bag Company
The Charlotte Beach Bag was the first bag designed by Sally, founder of the Old Bag Company. Its been given a Union Jack make-over for this year only to commemorate the Jubilee. The bag has plenty of pockets both inside and out, is waterproof and can be put in the washing machine. The ideal bag if you’re planning on celebrating on the beach – weather permitting – but also a great bag for use this summer on holiday and for years to come.
Head over to the Old Bag Company website to check out this, and their other Union Jack products.

London Set from Carddies
The super cute and portable colouring kits make a return with a new design perfect for the Jubilee. “London” features the iconic skyline with the Thames and London Eye, and the characters include the Queen and a corgi, as well as a Policeman and Beefeater. This will be ideal for entertaining little ones on the journey if you’re taking them into London this summer, or if you want a bit of peace whilst you watch the celebrations.
Sets can be bought from the Carddies Amazon store here.

Great British Bear Kit from Gift Horse Kits

This adorable red bear is available in kit form from Gift Horse Kits and has been specially created for this year. The beautifully presented kit includes everything you need to craft this little bear for a loved one or for yourself – needles, wool, stuffing, fabric for details, and the Union Jack flag – as well as very simple and well written instructions, complete with pictures. This little bear is made with a simple knit and purl stitches so is perfect for even the novice knitter. The Great British Bear is available now for £16 with free postage from Gift Horse Kits.

So…? Brit Perfume from So…?

So…? Brit is a fusion of British flowers and fruits – Peony, Rose, Vanilla and Iris – that will leave you smelling patriotic as you party this Jubilee year. The packaging also features a feminine and quirky take on the Union Jack. This perfume will see you through the Jubilee celebrations and beyond with its beautiful summery floral scent. The So…? Brit collection is available now direct from the So…? website.

Lion King T-Shirt from Fabric Flavours
Okay so this is a little tenuous, but I couldn’t resist including this great new design t-shirt from Fabric Flavours. Featuring Simba from the hugely popular Lion King movie with the slogan “Future King” makes this t-shirt a potential for Jubilee celebrations. “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” is also written inside the collar for an added detail. So no, its not exactly Jubilee related, but its pretty darn cute!
You’ll find this t-shirt over on the Fabric Flavours website.

Union Jack Tshirt from K9 Pet Products

Who said the celebrations had to be limited to humans? Beautifully modelled by my parents dog Monty, this t shirt features a sparkly Union Jack which means your pet can party on with everyone else. The same design is also available as a hoodie and an ID tag. It fits brilliantly, and won’t look out of place at any point this summer. Check out the full range here, all of which has 15% off until the end of May.

Shop At Zulily – Daily Deals For Mums, Babies, and Kids

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Product Launch | Posted on 09-05-2012

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Zulily launched in the UK last month after a press event in Central London. Zulily provides heavily discounted branded items – up to 90% off retail prices – for short periods of time. Each sale event lasts 72 hours and then they are gone, making way for a new brand and new deals. A group of bloggers and national press were invited to morning tea and to preview some of the clothes, shoes, books and accessories which would be on sale via Zulily in the coming weeks and months.

 

Every day at 6am a new selection of goods are added, and over the past week there has been clothing, changing bags, maternity bras, books and furniture on offer at great prices.

We bought this last week for Little Man to give him somewhere to sit whilst colouring or playing with his Lego or puzzles:
This desk for Pkolino currently retails for £79.99 from Amazon. I got it through Zulily for just £45, and it was delivered this morning 10 days after ordering. A sturdy flat packed desk which is suitable from age 2 up to around 6 – so a great investment too.

Ordering from Zulily is simple and you pay just one postage charge per day, so if you order something in the morning then have another browse later on you will get free delivery on anything else ordered before midnight.

Joining Zulily is free, so why not head over there now and take a look at what’s on offer today by clicking here.

Kiddie Coupons Visit: Fishers Farm Park

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Kiddie Coupons, Product Reviews | Posted on 04-03-2012

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On Friday I went to Fishers Farm Park near Wisborough Green with Little Man and two of his friends and their Mums. It was our first visit there so we were very excited to go, plus it was our first trip out using our Kiddie Coupons Booklet. The Kiddie Coupon Booklet is a family orientated guidebook for Sussex which contains a wealth of vouchers for free or discounted entries or free meals at top local attractions. Priced at just £15 the book aims to save you over £200 during 2012. All the vouchers must be used this year, but that just gives you a good excuse to go on more days out with your children – perfect for this years “stay-cation”.

Fishers Farm Park is packed with activities for children, both indoors and out. There’s a huge array of farm and small animals to be seen and petted, as well as multiple soft play areas and outdoor play areas for children of all ages. Tractor rides, zip wires and rock climbing are also available, and there is a spacious restaurant and well stocked gift shop.

Entry into Fishers Farm Park is reasonably priced at the moment as its not peak season, so with the £2 off per person (up to 4 people) it was a bargain. Under 2’s get in for free as well, which was perfect. We all enjoyed looking at the animals in the barns and outside, riding on the tractors, playing in the toddler racing cars, and in the outdoor play zones. Little Man was a big fan of the tractor in the play area.

Unfortunately being out of season a lot of the rides were only running at limited times and some sections of the park weren’t operating at all. A return visit during the peak season would be a great idea, but perhaps not until Little Man is slightly older and can appreciate it all more. The one thing I would advise all visitors to do – apart from take your Kiddie Coupon voucher with you of course – is to take a picnic. There are plenty of picnic tables dotted around the park which would be lovely on a warm sunny day. The restaurant is large and has plenty of high chairs, but unfortunately it is very expensive for the amount of food you get.  Next time I’ll certainly bring my own food.

Kiddie Coupon Booklets are available now from their website. You can also find them on Twitter (@KiddieCouponsUK) and Facebook.

Christmas Gift Guide: Books For All Ages… and DISCOUNTS and a COMPETITION!!

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Book Review, Christmas Gift Guide, Competition | Posted on 09-12-2011

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Books are pretty much a regular feature under Christmas trees in my family, and always have been. I know for a fact that Little Man will be opening some new books on Christmas morning. If you’re looking for books to get for someone you know and love this festive season, I might just be able to help.

Autumn Publishing sent me a selection of their new titles recently, and I think they’d make a great addition to any stocking this year.

The “Pops For Tots” range is aimed at children from 1+ and has four titles to choose from. Chunky books that are perfect for little hands the colourful pages feature pop-up pictures which I’m sure will put a smile on any little ones face. Images on each page are named so these books could last well into early reading stages. Choose from “On The Farm”, “Time To Play”, “In The Sea” and “Things That Go.”

“Collectable Pixi Books” are for children between 3 and 6. Priced at a tiny 99p each these books are great pocket money buys, and there are plenty to choose from to get your child’s collection started. There is a range of Sesame Street, Koala Brothers and Fairy Tales to choose from and there are eight books in each series. As well as a book your Pixi pack comes with colourful stickers and a “Kids Go Free” voucher to a Sea Life Centre, making these books an absolute bargain. Stock up now!!

For 8 years and over there is the “Write Stuff” books – there’s one for boys and one for girls.  These books encourage the author within through a fun step by step guide to planning, drafting and writing a story, as well as all the different types of writing there are out there – perfect for any budding bloggers in the family! With blank pages and gaps in the information for your child to write all they’ll need is the book and a pen – it should certainly keep them quiet for a while whilst you recover on Boxing Day.

If you’re looking for a book for someone slightly older there is no book I’ll recommend more than “Are We Nearly There Yet?” by the marvellous Ben Hatch. Published by Summersdale this book is perfect for anyone that has or is about to embark on a long car journey with their children. Ben’s 8000 mile trip might take some beating, but I’m certain you’ll all find a “Yep, that happened to me…” moment in this diary of his journey. It will have you in tears, hysterics and general awe as Ben tackles this epic journey with his wife and children whilst attempting to write a guide book from the comfort of a (slightly dubious) Vauxhall Astra and rather a lot of hotel rooms. You’ll learn more about Ben and his family as they tackle dodgy driving (sorry Dinah), the death of his father, and Billie Piper’s pyjamas. As someone who’s never really done a really long car journey with a child – Little Man tends to sleep through them still – I am a little scared about what’s to come, and what things I’ll use as a make shift baby wipe…

Don’t just take my word for it – this marvellous book has got itself something of celebrity following!

‘Ben Hatch makes me laugh.’

John Cleese

‘A voyage of pain, suffering, argument, baby wipes, discovery and utter delight… Never travel in a car without children without this book by your side…’

Terry Wogan

‘A funny, touching cross-country jaunt that’s as much about being a kid as it is about being a grown-up. (And thank God someone else did it so you don’t have to…)’

Danny Wallace

‘A wonderful book – hilarious, cringeworthy and moving, all at the same time. Highly recommended for anyone with a family, a car or a sense of humour.’

Sophie Kinsella

“Ben Hatch is a very funny writer. His work is fresh and heartfelt.”

David Jason.

“A wonderful book. Terribly moving and so so funny.”

Richard Briers.

 

To win a copy of Ben’s brilliant book simply follow these instructions:

1) Comment on this post AND 2) Tweet “Are We Nearly There Yet @SussexMummy and @BenHatch?”

Competition ends at 8pm on Friday 16th December and I will endeavour to get the book to the winner before Christmas!!

Autumn Publishing can be found online where you’ll discover their huge range of children’s books and use the following code for a discount off your first purchase!!

“Are We Nearly There Yet?” is available from Summersdale Publishing.

Follow Ben Hatch on Twitter @BenHatch.