Friday, 18 December 2015

Christmas Gift to you!

Just a bit of fun for Christmas! Lizzie (6) & I have put together a Spotify playlist for you, compiled of all our favourite Kitchen Disco tunes!! Have fun! Buggysnuggle Kitchen Disco
Hope you have a great Christmas & wishing everyone a peaceful 2016!

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Win 2 tickets to The Baby Show

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We're going to be at The Baby Show between the 23rd and 25th October at Olympia, London (Stand C101) and we would love to see you there.

The Baby Show is the UK's leading pregnancy and parenting show, providing everything needed for baby, bump and you. The Baby Show is a fun family-friendly day out, packed with entertainment to ensure your little ones are kept amused and stimulated, as well as offering visitors a chance to hear from some of the country's leading baby and childcare experts. Events throughout the day include activity classes, play areas and photography competitions, not to mention the latest trends showcased in the daily fashion shows for mums!

We have 4 pairs of tickets to The Baby Show (worth £20 each) to giveaway. For your chance to win two tickets to The Baby Show, all you have to do is follow us on Twitter and RT our competition tweet or Like and Share our competition post on Facebook!

The giveaway closes at noon on Friday 16th October 2015.

Winners will be chosen on Monday 19th October at random, and the winners will be notified on Facebook or directly on Twitter within 4 days of the closing date.

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Employees of The Buggysnuggle Company or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.

UK entrants only

Entrants must be over 16 years of age

There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

Only entries that have either followed @BuggysnuggleHQ on Twitter and retweeted the competition tweet, or 'liked' and shared the Facebook post will be counted.

Closing date for entry will be midday on Friday 16th October 2015. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.

The Buggysnuggle Company reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice. The Buggysnuggle Company will notify any changes to the competition to entrants as soon as possible.

No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

Winners will be chosen on Monday 19th October 2015 at random.

The winner will be notified by Facebook or directly on Twitter within 4 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 24 hours of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

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Thursday, 11 June 2015

Family Festival Fun!

Having kids doesn’t mean the festival fun has to stop, it just has to change a bit! A pushchair with a big basket underneath for all your kit is very useful (actually even if you’re not taking the kids!), and of course it must have a Buggysnuggle for your little one to snuggle up in when they zonk out after a day of running around in the fresh air!FAST ASLEEP IN HER BUGGYSNUGGLE IN THE MUSIC TENT AT ROCK OYSTER FESTIVAL

What with this being the UK, chances are it’ll be blooming freezing and 99% of heat is lost through the head apparently (well that’s what my mum always told me!), so a hat is a must – a little sun dress, jumper & funky hat is a great festival look for kids anyway!! Winking smile Buggysnuggle hats tick all the boxes! LOP200-3

A Buggysnuggle Picnic Rug is a must – honestly, you will love them! Sit on it in the sun, or use it as a shelter when it’s raining – I’ve used them in both ways several times! In fact it’s big enough that you can sit on it & have half of it folded back over your head! It folds up small & can be easily carried… PIC191-5

Finally, to snuggle up in the tent or campervan much later on, a Sofasnuggle is the ultimate festival luxury for kids!  SOFASNUGGLEsThere are loads of festivals aimed at families nowadays:

Womad 24th-26th July

Check out the family dance tent & the World of Kids! At Charlton Park, Malmesbury www.womad.co.uk

Port Eliot Festival 30th July-2nd August

This is the ultimate boho & literary festival. So much for kids to do: dance with trolls, have tea with a giant, while mum & dad go for a wild swim! At Port Eliot, St Germans, Cornwall www.porteliotfestival.com

Camp Bestival 30th July-2nd August

This was one of the first family festivals & has a stunning setting near Lulworth Cove in Dorset www.campbestival.net

The Big Festival 29-31st August

Ex-Blur’s Alex James & Jamie Oliver got together to put this family foodie festival on in The Cotswolds www.jamieoliver.com/thebigfestival

I’ll be found at Rock Oyster Festival on 10-11th July http://www.rockoysterfestival.co.uk/ which is a fantastic small music & food festival. I’ll be the one sheltering under a Buggysnuggle Picnic Rug! 

This is just a tiny selection, but there are literally 100’s. Check out http://www.festivalmag.com/festivals/family-friendly/ to find one near you! FESTIVAL-2FESTIVAL-3

     

                                                    

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Easter holidays! Don’t panic!

As a working mum I usually spend the holidays in a permanent state of guilt. I know I should be doing things with the kids, but my “I’m just popping up to check my emails” often turns into 3 hours being sucked into whatever has appeared in my in box. Well, not this holiday! I am going to make a list of things we’re going to do & each day I’m going to get up extra early & do a couple of hours in the office, then we’re going to do FUN STUFF! Hmmm, that’s the plan, we’ll see what happens!
If you’re stuck for ideas, here are a few which will hopefully inspire you to do fun stuff too!

1. Visit your nearest major tourist attraction

It’s a well known fact that people often fail to visit amazing places which are right on their door step. I lived in Thame, near Oxford for 34 years & never visited any of Oxford’s beautiful universities! Inspector Morse on telly was the closest I got to looking around one! So I’m going to visit Tintagel & King Arthurs Castle, which is just up the road here in Cornwall & which I haven’t been to for years & I know the kids will love it. This is a great website for finding your closest castle: http://www.castlexplorer.co.uk/yorkshire.html and you cannot fail to be inspired here: http://www.visitbritain.com/en/EN/

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2. Plan a picnic

If you see a window of opportunity, just go for it! Even if you just pop into the closest shop & grab a few snacks, or spend a few hours making a delicious picnic, you won’t regret it. Drive to a lovely wood or beach, or, if you haven’t got a car just wander to the nearest green space. Check out our huge Buggysnuggle Picnic Rugs too – they are a massive 3m x 1.45m & will fit the whole family!  

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3. Go for a long walk

Whatever the weather, long walks are a joy! If it’s grotty, just dress up in all the gear, wellies, waterproofs & hats. The fresh air will make you feel great. Whilst you’re on the walk get the kids to collect things: if you’re on the beach collect shells, if you’re in the woods collect leaves & stones & flowers etc. Just use your imagination! Hippychick have some great waterproofs available.

  

4. Visit a National Trust property

They are always interesting & you’ll be supporting a very important charity too! http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ They are also running an Easter egg hunt in 300 locations over the holidays:  https://www.eastereggtrail.com/ I also love their “50 Things to do before you’re 11 3/4” – great ideas for entertaining little people.

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5. Plant something

Great for a rainy day. Buy some seeds & plant whatever takes your fancy. You can also get the kids to paint the pots first. Just mix 2 parts acrylic paint with 1 part PVA glue & you’ll have pretty pots to plant in! This website has loads of ideas of what to plant right now: http://kidsinthegarden.co.uk/ If you get them planting at the start of the holidays, there’ll probably be seedlings showing by the end!

6. Make a den

Forget about tiding up your sitting room, just give them a huge pile of blankets & pillows, a few boxes & whatever you think will help them & let their imaginations run wild. I used to love doing this when I was a kid! Check out this Pinterest page for 100’s of ideas & inspiration!

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7. Movie Day

If it’s simply too awful to go outside, have a movie day. Get the popcorn out & all those DVD’s you never get around to watching & just veg out! Alternatively, support your local cinema by seeing the latest movie releases. If you haven’t seen Paddington yet, I massively recommend it – hilarious!

8. Fly a kite

If you haven’t got a pocket kite lying around then why not make one?! I know, I know, making stuff is really effortful, but check this out – it’s really, really simple & you’ll have a lot of fun! Honest!  http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Kite-Out-of-a-Plastic-Bag

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9. Have a cream tea

Scones are the easiest thing in the world to make & warm from the oven, there is nothing more delicious! Get the kids to lay the table while the scones are cooking, then have a proper afternoon tea! Here is a very simple recipe: http://www.maryberry.co.uk/recipes/baking/devonshire-scones Then you just have to decide whether to put the jam on before the cream (the proper Cornish way!) or cream then jam (like they do in Devon!)

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10. Learn something new

If they can’t yet ride their bike, teach them.

If they can’t swim, get down the pool & help them learn.

Improve throwing & catching, or learn to juggle.

Whatever it is, persevere – remember as our parents said “there’s no such thing as can’t!”

So your pre-Easter holidays check list / shopping list is:

PLANT POTS

PVA GLUE

ACRYLIC PAINTS

PAINT BRUSH

SUNFLOWER / COSMOS / POT MARIGOLD SEEDS (or whatever you fancy)

CARROT / TOMATO / COURGETTE SEEDS (or whatever you fancy)

COMPOST / SOIL

POPCORN

STICKS FOR THE KITE

SELOTAPE

LIGHTWEIGHT STRING

SELF RAISING FLOWER 450G

BAKING POWDER

BUTTER 75G

SUGAR 50G

2 EGGS

MILK 225ML

JAM

CLOTTED CREAM

JUGGLING BALLS

Have a great Easter holidays, & whatever you do I hope you have lots of fun!

Monday, 2 February 2015

The Big Heart Bike Ride update

Last year I wrote a post about how, in a mad moment, I’d signed up for a charity bike ride in India & was about to start training. The Big Heart Bike Ride will see the participants (hopefully) cycling 500km in 5 days from the Taj Mahal to the pink city of Jaipur, in Rajasthan. Now here I am 10 months later, after cycling over 1300 miles and climbing over one and a half times the height of Everest through the North Cornish lanes, training for this event! I leave on Friday & am currently feeling incredibly excited but also slightly terrified! 

I’m raising money for 2 charities, the British Heart Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. I wanted to raise money for JDRF as well as the BHF because my eldest son has been a type 1 diabetic for the last 7 years.

Prior to January 2008 my only experience of type 1 diabetes was a vague memory of a girl I went to school with who always got to eat a Mars Bar during P.E. - I really had no other clue about it.

Seven years ago, almost to the day, Cameron (12 at the time) was with me on a trip to the Boat Show. All day he drove me crazy with his constant thirst. On the train back to Cornwall he drank over 2 litres of water & was still thirsty! I look back at these 2 photos & wonder how I could not have noticed his dramatic weight loss. They were taken less than a week apart & yet by the second photo he is sallow skinned & hollow cheeked. I thought he was just having a growth spurt.

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A few days later Cam collapsed during a football match. He felt sick & weak & we assumed he had a bug. We took him home & then he came out shopping in our local town with me. A concerned friend who fortunately had more knowledge of diabetes than me, who had heard about Cam’s funny turn & had witnessed his thirst a few days earlier, called & asked me if his breath smelt of pear drops. It did indeed & she said I needed to get him straight to hospital.

By the time I got him to Treliske he had been sick & we’d had to stop at a garage so he could drink another 3 litres of fluid. His blood sugar level was 75, which none of the doctors or nurses had ever seen. We were told that most people would be in a coma with sugar levels over 40. They thought the huge amount he’d been drinking had possibly kept him conscious. We were incredibly lucky. If he’d gone to bed that night with what we thought was a bug, he may not have woken up.

The next few days were a massive learning curve with so much information to take in. Discovering that Cam’s life was now dependent on insulin which would need to be injected 4 times a day & he would need to prick his finger & test his sugar levels numerous times a day was a terrible shock. He was such a big, strong healthy & sporty boy – how could it be possible?

Over the last seven years he has had his ups & downs. Suffering from type 1 diabetes is bad enough at any time, but through your teens is especially tough. He’s recently come back from 3 months travelling & had an amazing time. But preparing for the trip had many complications caused by all the meds he had to take. Did he have enough? Where would he keep them (they need to be kept in a fridge)? Did he have the right insurance cover? So many extra things to consider as a diabetic. He really is amazing though & takes it all in his stride, rarely complaining & just getting on with life.

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Cam on his travels, getting on with life as a diabetic!

Since he was diagnosed there have been many improvements in the diabetes drugs & equipment & there is often talk of a cure in the press. We will see, but the more money that can be raised for organisations like the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the better.

This is why I am raising money for JDRF as well as the British Heart Foundation - I leave in 4 days!

I am well aware you are asked for money for charity all the time nowadays & so I’m not asking for you to donate large amounts, just a couple of quid will make a huge difference if lots of people donate. I’ve almost reach the 2K target that I set myself, but I’d like to raise more, because they are such great charities. If you think you would like to help please be so kind as to visit my fundraising page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SarahWickins 

Thanks so much in advance Sarah x

P.S. The normal exemplary service at Buggysnuggle HQ may be disrupted next week in my absense. Orders will be despatched as dodgy wi-fi allows! (please bear with me!)