Archive for the ‘Chiggs Wheels’ Category

Family friendly treatments at Spruce Moose beauty salon, Harrogate

Tuesday, 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

Wednesday, 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!

Saturday, 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 🙂

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Baby Week Leeds

Monday, 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.

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

Thursday, 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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Wheel in the window

Wednesday, 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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If you can’t remember whether you took your pills this morning…

Monday, May 16th, 2016

…don’t worry: soon your medicine will be able to answer the question for you. I’ll admit, when I first read an article in The Times newspaper with this headline that went on to say pills will “soon be able to tell if you have taken them”, I checked the top of the paper to see if the date was the 1st of April!

A US company, Proteus Digital Health, has developed a tiny sensor the size of a grain of sand that sends out a signal when ingested. The minuscule device, which can be attached to pills, contains a silicon circuit that transmits a signal to a patch worn by the patient. The patch will then contain a record of the dates and times when people take their medication.

*Science alert!* The sensor gets it’s power source from a coating of copper on one side and magnesium on the other. When these enter the gut they get wet and, as in a battery, the metals act as an anode and cathode and cause a charge to pass.

It all sound very high-tech and futuristic! Obviously keeping track of your medicine times is very important, so if you can’t wait for this technology to become available, we have the perfect solution.. the Get Well Wheel.

Just turn the dial to record the time you take your medicine. No science, no patch required!

No science, no batteries required… no problem!

 

 

 

#shopsbs is launched, and Chiggs’s cards will float your boat.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

It was a few years ago now, but some of you may remember when Chiggs was retweeted on twitter by Theo Paphitis (of Dragon’s Den fame) when he chose us as a winner of his Small Business Sunday (‪#‎SBS‬) initiative.

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#SBS

It was a huge honour, and last year I attended one of the yearly SBS events with some other Harrogate based business owners. The exciting announcement at this year’s event was the development of an SBS shop, and now it has been launched! It is to showcase the products of the businesses who have won #SBS and Chiggs is delighted to be included.

If you are looking for a ‘New Baby’ card that the new parents will be delighted to receive, or for a Get Well Soon card with a useful twist, Chiggs Baby Feed Wheels and Get Well Wheels are here on the SBS shop. 

Have a look around, there are some lovely items!

Baby Shower Wheel

 

(Note, the Chiggs Twitter account has changed name since we won SBS, and is now @ChiggsHQ. Do come and say hello!)

Dippy eggs are back on the menu.

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Since the salmonella crisis 30 years ago (I remember it well, and it doesn’t seem so long ago!), pregnant ladies have been advised to avoid eating runny eggs, raw eggs or products containing raw eggs (mayonnaise for example).

Well, good news for dippy egg lovers! A new report says that pregnant women should now be advised they can safely eat eggs during pregnancy.

The Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (catchy!) has found that due to improved hygiene and storage over the past 15 years, the risk of salmonella in British hens is now very low, and British eggs with the red lion mark actually carry a very low risk to vulnerable groups such as pregnant women.

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Presents for a new mum

Monday, February 1st, 2016

I’ve put together a few ideas of presents to take round when you visit a new mum with a new-born baby. Baby often gets all the presents (who can resist gorgeous little baby outfits?!) especially if there has been a baby shower before the birth, so these are some ideas especially with Mum in mind.

  • An insulated coffee/tea mug with a lid, to keep hot drinks hot and avoid spillages! Drinking lukewarm coffee and doing everything one-handed is par for the course in the first few weeks of parenthood!
  • Baby Feed Wheel so the new parents can keep a note of baby’s feed times… pencils and scraps of paper are easily mislaid!
  • Food…check dietary requirements (I’m lactose intolerant so couldn’t eat the box of the chocolates my husband’s colleague brought round. Not normally a problem but in my post partum state it seemed like the end of the world that my husband was eating ‘my’ chocolates, even though I couldn’t!). If you’re taking meals around, make sure they’re easy to reheat and there is room in the freezer for them.
  • Nibbles like biscuits, chocolates, muffins and crisps to dip into while feeding, esp if breastfeeding, these can also be handy to give to other guests!
  • Magazines or a kindle voucher.
  • Hand cream (lots and lots of washing hands in those first few weeks can play havoc with your hands!)
  • Anything off the ‘banned’ pregnancy food list (pate, strong cheeses, smoked salmon)
  • If she’s a good friend, a basket of practical presents like dry shampoo, lasinoh cream, breast pads, maternity pads and a baby medicine wheel. If you can make the basket a ‘useful’ one, then so much the better.. maybe with a handle so it can be used to keep the everyday baby bits and bobs in, to move from room to room.
Keep track of baby's medicine times, set the 'clock' dial to show when baby is given calpol etc.

Keep track of baby’s medicine times, set the ‘clock’ dial to show when baby is given calpol etc.

  • Thank you cards and stamps.
  • A cosy cardigan or bed jacket type item for the night feeds.
  • Really nice cordial or soft drink. I love ‘Ame’ because it’s not too sweet, but it’s so difficult to find in the shops!

And while you’re on your way, don’t forget to ask the new parents if they would like you to pick up anything from the shops for them on your way round!