How Soon will Tills Become Redundant?

The world of retail has changed so dramatically in a very short space of time that some consumers may have struggled to keep up with the new developments. Online sales are becoming an ever more significant factor in retail sales and it is hard to find many people who haven’t bought something on eBay and Amazon. Mobile phones are being used more and more as are tablets and next day deliveries and click and collect services are commonplace. Continue reading

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The Perfect Kids’ Bedroom

Kids grow up fast and their tastes and interests are likely to change just as quickly. One minute it is Barbie Dolls, the next its Justin Bieber and the focus of their attention can switch in an instant. As young people’s personalities evolve so do their wish lists for their bedrooms which can leave parents with a paintbrush permanently in their hand. How far should parents give in to the whims of their children when it comes to their bedrooms and is it possible to create an environment that will stand the test of time?

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Halloween Parties for Kids

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Children love Halloween, and they love parties, so why not throw a Halloween party for your little one and their friends? Organising a children’s Halloween party is easier than you think, and actually a lot of fun. It’s a perfect bonding experience for you and your child, so get them involved in lots of aspects of the party, and include a few surprises too! Continue reading

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Interesting Brands – Ceremony by Wojcik

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If you are tired of the usual high street offerings and are looking for something stylish that will make your child stand out from the crowd, there are a number of interesting brands on the market to explore. One range you should certainly take a look at is Ceremony by Wojcik which offers a fabulous collection of smart casual and occasion wear for kids aged 0 to 10 years. Prices are not bargain basement but they are aren’t haute couture either and do represent good value for quality garments with great attention to detail. Continue reading

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Baby Fashion Spring/Summer 2014 at I Dream Elephants

Many brands make wonderful collections of baby clothes season after season for the fashion conscious parent.  Alongside high-street brands there are a lot of special boutique retailers out there, like I Dream Elephants, who stock fab-fashion for babies, usually sourcing from continental brands.  Here are a few special pieces for trendy parents to watch out for this spring and summer season.

With winters appearing to move further and further back into the depths of the calendar, we find winter-wear increasingly included within all fashion collections geared towards this time of year.  Baby fashion is no different and you can find warm wear included for the first part of the season.  After all it’s not unusual to find snow in March and April showers in June these days.  I Dream Elephants has a great selection to choose from.

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How Many Toys Do Children Need?

I can still just about remember my childhood days If I try hard enough. I recall that I liked to have adventures and preferred playing outside and that I had a few great toys but only enough to fit comfortably into a small cupboard. These days the kids seem to be buried under a mountain of toys and the increasingly commercial nature of Christmas, the sheer number of collectables and social pressure appear to be creating a feeding frenzy. Continue reading

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Perfect Gifts for a Christening

In the UK, regardless of whether a family is an active part of the Christian community or not, it’s not uncommon for a child belonging to that family to be Christened.  There are various reasons behind the practice, for example my own parents who are not religious decided to have me Christened “just in case”.

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Photo of a Christening balloon by Sarah & Austin Houghton-Bird via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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What Nappies Should You Choose?

When raising children, life is full of compromises.

From negotiating to get the best behaviour to getting your child to eat the right things, nothing seems simple. This starts right at the beginning, with your newborn boy or girl.

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Dealing With Fussy Eaters

If you took a straw poll of parents and asked what the most stressful part of having children is, fussy eating would be right up there with potty training and lack of sleep. Kids are quick to learn that what they put in their mouths is one of the very few aspects of their lives which they have control over, and that they can push Mummy’s buttons by refusing to eat certain foods. Most children go few a certain degree of fussiness when it comes to eating, and being prepared for what might happen will make for a happier household in the long run. Continue reading

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Great Gift Ideas for Tweens

This post is aimed at a slightly older child than our main selection of posts but we hope that you enjoy it all the same!

You may not all be familiar with the term “Tween”.  I know I wasn’t for a long time, but never the less this phrase has been slowly creeping into prominence of late.  You’ll find Wikipedia describing this age group as spanning from 10-12 years old but sometimes it’s used to describe children as young as six!

Tween Gardening Educational Toys from 'The Greenery Nursery' via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Tween Gardening Educational Toys from ‘The Greenery Nursery‘ via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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