Pinterest win! (Winterest?!)

June 20th, 2017

I love Pinterest. I can while away hours pinning away interesting craft projects, sewing ideas and projects for the garden that, realistically, I haven’t got a hope of actually doing. But I can dream, and actually there are a lot of pins on my board that I have found useful… hair ideas for my daughter, Chiglet, and helpful household hints for me. Although that does make me sound rather dull!

Taking advantage of a day of good weather, and in anticipation of a forecast week of wet and windy ahead, I spent a bit of time gardening. And of course my thoughts turned to the inspiring ideas on my ‘Garden’ Pinterest board. “What a wonderful chance for some family projects”, I thought.

I cracked my husband on with creating a fire pit using the bricks in the skip (kitchen renovation is ongoing, but that is a story for another day!) and persuaded Chiglet to put down her iPad (no mean feat) and join me in a bit of Mother-Daughter crafty bonding. The plan was to recreate a picture I had seen of a little metal watering can hanging from a hook, with a shower of glittery beads coming out of the spout to give the illusion of  water droplets.

I had a little metal water can already, and a stash of beads from old necklaces and previous planned projects (blame Pinterest!) so Chiglet and I spend a very happy half hour or so threading beads while watching husband lug bricks back and forth. And I have to say we are very pleased indeed with the finished item… Pinterest win!

Pinterest win watering can!

 

 

Family friendly treatments at Spruce Moose beauty salon, Harrogate

February 28th, 2017

Last year I was lucky enough to win an express manicure at Spruce Moose, here in Harrogate, in a competition on their Facebook page. As my nails are ridiculously short, (I don’t bite them, but they do break really easily) I treated my daughter (known here on the blog as Chiglet 🙂 ), and the lovely lady at Spruce Moose did a really terrific job.

I recently saw an update on the Spruce Moose Facebook page about ‘family friendly’ treatments, which will be offered on Mondays between 10am and 1pm. What a great idea! Any Mums and Dads looking for pampering ‘me time’ can take the children, too, as there will be a safe play area with clean, well looked after toys; extra treatment time; a private feeding area and plenty of wheel space for prams and push chairs.

Spruce Moose can be found at www.sprucemoose.com Unit 9, Westgate House, 5 Albert Street, Harrogate,

Boxes for Scottish newborn babies

January 11th, 2017

For over 80 years the government of Finland have given a maternity kit containing around 80 items useful for babies, to expectant Finnish mothers. The gift has been designed so the box itself can be used as a cot for newborns, and the maternity kit has been credited with cutting infant mortality rates and raising life chances.

Inspired by these Scandinavian baby boxes, in October 2016 Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish first minister, announced that similar boxes would be gifted to Mums in Scotland. The project started on the 1st of January 2017, and the first mums in the pilot areas of Clackmannanshire and Orkney have received their boxes.

The box contains a play mat, a changing mat, a digital thermometer, a fleece jacket, several babygrows, a hooded bath towel, a reusable nappy and liners, a baby book and an organic sponge. As with the Nordic scheme, the boxes are suitable for a baby to sleep in and contain cot sheets, a mattress and a blanket. A Scots dialect poem entitled “Welcome Wee One” by national poet Jackie Kay is also included. You know what I’m going to say… it’s a great idea, but if they had only thought to add in a Baby Feed Wheel, it would be pretty much perfect!

Scottish Baby Box

 

Buy British Day – Discount on www.chiggs.co.uk to celebrate!

October 1st, 2016

Saturday, the 1st of October 2016, has been designated as ‘Buy British Day’.
The hashtag #BuyBritishDay will be used to promote products Made in the UK, and lots of British-made brands will be supporting the occasion and offering special discounts.

New baby congratulations cards

 

As you know, Chiggs Wheels are very proudly printed and hand finished in the UK, so to celebrate Buy British Day we will be offering a 10% discount on purchases made on the Chiggs online shop. There is, of course, a magic word… and the word is “Harrogate”. Just pop it in the ‘promotional code’ box at the checkout page, and 10% will magically disappear from the cost of your order 🙂

Medicine timers

Get the tape measure out, new mums… apparently, big headed babies are brighter!

September 21st, 2016

According to scientists (is there a more chilling phrase?!) there is a link between the size of babies’ heads at birth, and their future success… larger head circumference and brain volume is associated with higher intelligence.

The finding is among the first made by UK Biobank, a long term study of 500,000 Britons to discover the links between their genes, their physical and mental health and their path through life.

“Highly significant associations were observed between the cognitive test scores in the UK Biobank sample and many polygenic profile scores, including . . . intracranial volume, infant head circumference and childhood cognitive ability,” said the researchers in a paper published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. (And no, I haven’t read the paper… I read an article in The Times newspaper 🙂 )

Incidentally, I have a teeny tiny head. When I worked as an Air Stewardess, I had an extra-small sized uniform hat, and still had to sew a lining of felt into the brim to get it to fit 🙂

Me in the galley of a 'plane In my very small Air Stewardess hat!

Me in the galley of a ‘plane In my very small Air Stewardess hat!

Baby Week Leeds

September 12th, 2016

Today marks the start of Baby Week Leeds, which runs from the 12th to the 16th of September 2016. Based on the Semana do Bebe (the week of the baby) model in Brazil, this event is an Early Years initiative aiming to raise awareness of the critical growth stages of a baby’s life.

There are many events for professionals, parents, and babies taking place throughout the city during the week. The timetable can be found here and includes interactive activities such as sensory storytelling time and baby massage sessions at locations including Chapeltown Children’s centre and Kirkstall Children’s Centre.

Following the closing ceremony at Leeds Civic Hall on Friday, there will be a pram push around Millennium Square at 3pm. Fingers crossed for some good Yorkshire weather!

For more information, (and to register for events) visit the Baby Week website, and for daily updates search for #BabyWeek on Twitter.

Harrogate Home and Gift (Buyers’ Festival) is open for business!

July 17th, 2016

Today is the first day of the Harrogate Home and Gift trade fair, which runs until Wednesday the 20th of July.

The trade fair has been given a new name, and is now the Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival, possibly with a nod to the fun atmosphere Harrogate provides, which helps it stand out from other trade events and makes it so popular with both exhibitors and visitors!

Yes, there is plenty of Yorkshire Tea drunk, but the Pimms bar is also incredibly popular 🙂 . There are four product trails to follow around the trade fair, the Eco Trail, Best of British Trail, New Product Trail and Christmas Trail.

We’re not exhibiting at the Buyers’ festival, an exhibitors stand is a little out of our price range (as they say in Yorkshire “‘Ow Much?!”), and if you can’t make the trade fair either but would like to discover some fabulous British made greeting cards and gifts for yourself, have a look at the trade and wholesale page on the Chiggs website, and get in touch with us!

Chiggs trade fair

The Great Northern Retail Forum takes place over three days of the fair (Sunday to Tuesday) with a line-up of retail experts and speakers offering various talks in The Forum next to Hall D.

Home and Gift Buyers Festival 2016 Opening Times:-

Sunday 17th July 9am – 6pm

Monday 18th July 9am- 6pm

Tuesday 19th July 9am- 6pm

Wednesday 20th July 9am- 4pm

‘High Street July’ encouraging people to shop local, shop Independent

July 7th, 2016

As you know, here at Chiggs we are passionate about championing local independent businesses, as they are the lovely people who sell Chiggs Wheels and keep my little business going!

Also waving the ‘buy local, buy Indie’ flag is the national website Free Postcode Lottery. They have unveiled a campaign called High Street July to encourage people to shop from their local independent retailers, to help prevent “Our local businesses [being]  pushed out by big supermarket chains and our high streets blighted by betting shops”!

If you are a member of Free Postcode lottery (and as the name suggests, it’s free to join!)  you need to  take a photo/scan of your receipt and email it to receipts@freepostcodelottery.com and they will add 5% of your spend to your Bonus.

I’ve been signed up to the Free Postcode Lottery website for a while now, and check the draw daily. I’ve not had any luck yet, but by checking everyday I have built up a little bonus pot, which will be added to my winnings should I strike lucky!

If you’d like to have a look at the lottery page to find out how it all works, (and it is legit… the prize money is generated by the advertising revenue from the site, and Martin Lewis at money saving expert has recommended the lottery… that’s how I found out about it and registered my postcode!) follow my link:- Free Postcode Lottery

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Cie Carabossa Fire Gardens

June 24th, 2016

Last night Chiglet and I went to a spectacular display in the Valley Gardens, in Harrogate. Part of the Harrogate International Festival (co-comissioned by the Yorkshire Festival) the Fire Garden was created by a French company Carabosse.

We were absolutely entranced! We got there at around 9pm and the fires were lit from around 9.15, and as dusk approached and the darkness encroached upon the remains of the daylight the fire installations seemed to brighten and intensify. (Yes, I know, rather arty-fart talk for Chiggs, but the whole magical experience affects you like that!)

Lighting the fires

I find fire rather mesmerising, and the mixture of large installations and many many small ones (like the flaming flowerpots lining the paths) was spectacular. The smell of incense combined with the scents of the Garden flowers, and with the heat of the flames and ethereal music it really did touch all the senses.

 

 

Cie Carabosse is also on this evening (Friday 24th of June) and tomorrow (25th of June) and I urge you to visit if you can. At £3 for adults and £1 for children our magical evening cost us a mere £4… as we say in Yorkshire, that, lad, is a reet bargain!

 

Wheel in the window

June 22nd, 2016

I was in my local town of Harrogate to do some shopping recently, and as usual my first stops were in some local Independent shops. We are lucky in Harrogate, in that we do still have a few non-chain retailers, although they are getting harder to find! A whole row of really lovely ‘indies’ closed down recently when a Jamie Oliver ‘Italian’ and a Nandos took over half a block in the centre of town.

One rather wonderful independent retailer we do still have, though, is Magpie on Beulah Street in the centre of town. Regular readers of this blog (Hi, Mum!) will recall that Magpie Greetings were my very very first stockist of Baby Feed Wheels, and have been re-ordering these ‘new baby’ cards (and now our Get Well Soon cards, too) for the last 10-odd years!

Magpie, Harrogate

Magpie, Harrogate

You can imagine my delight, then, to see that Magpie have put a pink Baby Feed Wheel in their window display! I still get excited when I see Chiggs Wheels actually for sale in real live shops, so I was skipping down Beulah Street to be part of a window display! Thank you Magpie!

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