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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.

Christmas Gift Guide: Last Minute Stocking Fillers… and Present Wrapping Help!

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas Gift Guide, Product Reviews | Posted on 19-12-2011

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Christmas is so close now but there is still time for a bit of last minute shopping, both on the high street – if you’re really brave – and online – if you’re fast.  Here’s a few stocking fillers I’ve found that might help you finish the mad shopping for this year.

For the budding chef in your life, or just someone who loves kitchen gadgets can I suggest these Antler Trivets and this Oil & Vinegar Fire Extinguisher Set?

The Antler Trivets protect your kitchen surfaces from hot pans, and they are even more special because they are magnetic meaning that you can put your pan down anywhere and won’t cause any damage. The Oil & Vinegar Set holds 100ml of liquid and its dispensed by pumping the extinguishers. They are so cute, and have made a lovely stocking filler for Grandma!

Click here for more information on these fillers!

Fabric Flavours offers a massive selection of branded t shirts and babygros for children which would make a great addition to their stocking. Our favourite was this Gruffalo t shirt:

On their website you will also find designs featuring Roald Dahl characters, the Hungry Caterpillar, Star Wars and Denis the Menace to name but a few. They are high quality t shirts featuring bright and vibrant designs which your children will love.

Click here to see the full Fabric Flavours range!

And of course once all your shopping is done you have the dreaded wrapping to look forward to, and we all know that its generally down to the girls to do this. If the men in your life is anything like my hubby wrapping will be disasterous!! If you fancy giving him a challenge though, try some Man Wrap!!

Man Wrap is easy to use foil wrapping paper. It comes on a roll with a handle at one end, and all your man has to do is roll out how much he needs, rip it off, wrap it around the gift and press it down – and he’s done. Available exclusively from The Monster Factory Man Wrap comes in red or blue stars and is £5.99 for a 5m roll.

Fabric Flavours Summer Pop-up Shop at Brent Cross

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 15-08-2011

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Fabric Flavours have a Summer Pop-up shop at Britain’s second largest shopping centre Brent Cross. The shop will be open all Summer and is stocking their entire range. Characters from the designs will also be making appearances at the shop throughout the Summer.

Shop opening hours:
Mon-Friday 10am-8pm
Saturday 9am-7pm
Sunday 12 noon – 6pm

Take a peek at their website to see what you fancy beforehand!!