Great Ideas For Children’s Storage

May 11th, 2015 — 9:22pm

The baby days are long behind us. The toddler days are also done. With an 8 year old and 5 year old in residence it was time for a declutter and sort out. So when one of our favourite brands, the Great Little Trading Company, contacted me to see if we would like to be involved with their campaign on children’s storage we jumped on board. Eight years into this family life lark I like to think I know a thing or two when it comes to home storage solutions for family life. Here’s my round up of what helps us to create a place for everything.

Under bed storage
Make use of any and all space beneath beds, perfect for bedding or out of season clothes.

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Beside the bedside
We welcomed this stacking storage trunks for Lil H’s bedside perfect for keeping books, night lights, soothing music and audio book CD’s neat and tidy.

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Baskets, baskets and more baskets
Encourage children to put away their toys and make it easy with open baskets.

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Hook it up
Behind the door or on the wall with shelving with hooks is a great place for clothes, bags and especially useful for the little girls with big party dresses or pettiskirts that take up their entire wardrobes!

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Make the most of what you have
Consider fitted furniture for alcoves or loft rooms to make the most of the space you have even if it is an unconventional shape.

Betta Living cassia-playroomCassia Loft Playroom / Bedroom from Betta Living

Sort the small stuff
The little bits, the pencils, the rubbers, sort them separately so the don’t get lost – clear jars are great for this as you can see and easily label the contents.  

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Hanging baskets
Not the flowering front door type, if you have shelves increase your storage by adding hanging baskets to shelves.

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Wall storage
Be smart with your walls and add hanging canvas pockets to store and display toys and teddies.

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Make the most of corners
Book shelves double up as a fab display, make great use of space and create a reading nook, here’s my own Diva G’s room.

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Dolls house storage
Make storage fun and dual purpose with house shaped free standing and wall hanging storage unit. Diva G had these for her first Christmas (seen above) when she was just 8 weeks old, when she turned 4 years old we “furnished” her shelving and it became her dolls house with all the home comforts you’d expect.

Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 21.23.35Dolls House Bookcase & Dolls House Wall Shelf from www.gltc.co.uk

Cubes and colours
Bright, beautiful, colourful storage cubes are great in kids’ bedrooms and playrooms.

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Wardrobe that grows
Keep the clutter hidden, the toys on display, and their clothes neat and tidy with Betta Living’s transformative wardrobe storage system that will grow with kids as they go from designer babies to trendy teenagers.

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For more great quality and stylish storage ideas for children’s rooms swing by The Great Little Trading Company.

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Back To School Haircuts At Little Big Heads

April 27th, 2015 — 2:27pm

As the school holidays draw to a close there is the inevitable to do list of errands that the children don’t want to do. I am of course talking about the visit to the dentist, the trip to the school shoe shop and a visit to the hairdressers. I set aside one day to do the lot to make the most of the rest of the holidays, usually with the promise of tea out or cinema trip at the end.

We were recently invited to experience Little Big Heads children’s hair salon in Wilmslow and Lil H and Diva G duly reported for makeovers! Lil H is a fan of longer, surfer style hair and by the time the holidays were coming to an end H was sporting a bandana to be able to see out from behind his locks. Diva G has only ever had the ends trimmed, she used to have curls as a baby and we tried to keep them for as long as we could but those days are gone. Her hair is long, quite thin, it’s fine for putting in ponytail, bun, plait but left down to be honest it was frankly style free. We were ready for a proper cut. It was time for the shoulder length bob.

We arrived early, no problem the salon had a playroom with toys, a huge chalkboard and a TV for whilst we waited. The children both picked a DVD to view during their hair cut, they sat still and fully engrossed.  Hair cut and styled Diva G had some glitter spray as a finishing touch and Lil H some hair wax for added “cool”. I am delighted with both their hair cuts, what do you think?

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So now I have hair salon envy! Why should the kids have all the fun? Why can’t I watch Netflix whilst I’m at the hairdressers? Now there’s an idea!

Connect with Little Big Heads in the following places:
Website     http://www.littlebigheads.co.uk/
Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/LittleBigHeads.ChildrensHairSalon
Twitter      @LittleBigHeads1

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Armoured Army Invades Sea Life Manchester

April 27th, 2015 — 8:44am

Sea Life Manchester

Sea Life Manchester unveiled their latest exhibition just before Easter ‘CLAWS’ – see what they did there?! Who knew crabs and crustaceans could be so colourful, so strong and so big?!

The Rainbow Crabs dazzle with their bright shells. The Mantis Shrimp has a punch as powerful as .22 bullet with a claw that travels the equivalent of 100kph. There’s also Claude, a Giant Tasmanian Crab, which when fully grown will eventually weigh in at an astounding 13.5kg and will be just under a meter wide.

Sea Life Manchester Rainbow Crabs

We’ve never been to Sea Life Manchester before and enjoyed discovering all the tanks and learning about their residents. The aquarium has over 5,000+ creatures to discover including sharks, seahorses, octopus, jellyfish and rays.

Sea Life Manchester Rays

Children who are eight and older can get up close and personal with an extra special sea trek experience where they can walk the sea bed of the main tank. Wearing a special wetsuit, a helmet is gently lowered on as you descend into the water. Submerged you are able to walk around inside a giant tank full of fish, huge but friendly stingrays, turtles and even sharks are all swimming around the tank for ten amazing minutes. Don’t worry you are accompanied by an experienced diver giving a type of under water tour pointing out the different creatures as they get close and as far as the sharks go, they are harmless and actually quite shy!

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Entry to Sea Life is £12.50 with children under three granted free entry, to do the incredible seabed walk is £60 which includes full entry to Sea Life, don’t forget your swim wear and a towel!

You can purchase your tickets here

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The Tiger Who Came To Tea Comes To Liverpool

April 25th, 2015 — 10:44am

TigerWith the Easter holidays behind us, my thoughts are already turning to the Summer holidays. My list of people to catch up with, places to go, things to do is officially in progress!

Liverpool is on the “to revisit” list having been invited over to Liverpool by the Epstein theatre ahead of the arrival of the live production of ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’. I’ve seen the show before and it is genuinely like stepping into the book itself and a great introduction to musical theatre for children.

Judith Kerr’s ferociously popular story book The Tiger Who Came To Tea is a Grrrreat musical play and if you’ve never had a Tiger arrive for tea, then this loveable production is the perfect way to show the whole family how to behave the next time one rings the doorbell. It’s a perfect slice of teatime mayhem with sing-a-long songs, oodles of magic and interactive fun for children ages 3 plus and their families.

THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA will be LIVE ON STAGE  from Tuesday 9th through to Sunday 14th June Tues 1.30pm, Wed & Fri 10.30am & 1.30pm, Thu 10.30am, Sat & Sun 11am & 2pm Tickets £12  at the Epstein Theatre, Hanover Street, Liverpool and buy tickets online.

We had a great time having lunch with a Tiger over at the the Epstein theatre thanks so much for having us!

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WIN tickets to GERONIMO – The Biggest Children’s Festival in the North-West!

April 22nd, 2015 — 9:49pm

Do you remember back in February I announced that I was an ambassador for the Geronimo Festival that is taking place in Tatton park, in my very own stomping ground, Cheshire on 23rd-25th May? You can read my original post for details of some of the line ups and more details here…

Geronimo is a brand new to the festival scene for 2015 , a weekend of organised mayhem at Tatton Park in Cheshire, May 23 – 25. You can expect a line-up jam packed with some of the biggest names in children’s entertainment, including CBeebies favourites Mr Bloom, Katy Ashworth, Alex Winters and Cook & Line from Swashbuckle. Geronomites will also be able to enjoy den making, zip wires, donkey rides, circus shows, baby ballet, cooking workshops, storytelling, a petting farm, tree climbing, craft workshops and much more.

Recently announced additions include Sea Life Manchester who will be making a splash as they bring with them Geronimo’s very own Touch Pool where festival-goers can touch and feel the exciting sea creatures. Sea Life’s Breed Rescue Protect Workshop is a make and take craft workshop. Geronimites are also invited to track down Tyler the Turtle, the costume character who will be making special appearances every day.

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Sea Life Manchester’s Barton Square neighbour LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is also bound to prove a hit with boys and girls alike as the Master Model Build workshops will be setting up base, perfect for all LEGO® aficionados to get creative. Bertie the LEGO® costume character will be meeting and greeting fans throughout the weekend.

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Famous for it’s beautiful gardens and woodlands, Tatton Park has excellent motorway links and extensive on site parking. The whole programme is for the under 12s and tickets are on sale now priced £20.00pp. Children under the age of two go free.  If you don’t want to leave it to chance to get your tickets, you can purchase them at http://www.geronimofest.com/

If you would like to try your luck at winning, please enter below… hope to see you there!

I’ve got one family pass (up to four people) to give away to one lucky family. To enter, answer the question below:

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T&C’s: The competition closes on Sunday 10th May 2015. We have one family pass to giveaway. Each pass admits 4 people, one person in the group must be aged over 18 (NB children under the age of 2 years do not require a ticket). The winning family can attend on the day of their choice, either May 23, or May 24 or May 25. The date must be specified at time of confirming the prize. Travel and accommodation are not included. The prize is non-refundable and no cash alternative will be offered. The prize is non transferable and ID will be required at time of collecting the ticket wristband upon arrival. The prize includes all events and activities at Geronimo but not food and drink from any stalls or bar. Winner chosen at random.

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