Which Buggy would you choose? Comfort or Fashion..

It’s Buggy Time…So many to choose from…

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When we were pregnant with Eddison the time came to choose a buggy.

Lucky enough we had been visiting friends in Oundle, a beautiful part of England with lovely walks and forest trails. This gave me the knowledge of the types of activities and terrain would be using the Buggy for. But if it hadn’t been for this experience, I would not have even thought about the different needs we have for our ‘buggy’.

The choice of buggies was unbelieveable – different shapes, sizes, colours and most importantly prices.

My question to you parents out there is:

“How did you choose your buggy”

Some people go with the fashion and look for the number 1 make .. For example the ……. ICandy  I am not putting any of these other makes down but for me they didn’t fit the criteria I had…

This blog outlines my input on how we chose our buggy and what we looked for in a buggy.

Other people go for the look and colour of the buggy… I took it a little further.. PRACTICALITY WISE

This is how I tackled the question in hand..

First – what exactly did I need to use the buggy for? Now, we love going for walks and when we are visiting friends this can be over rough ground and so we needed something that would absorb shock and be comfortable to push.

I don’t agree on spending over the odds on a buggy either because I feel the companies are praying of the emotions of young families at a special time of their life’s and know they want the ‘best’ for their new born to be. But on the whole it was the ease of travel – getting up and down kerbs, bumps, going over rough ground. This was the main objective.

So for me here are the list of no nos:

Small wheels – for me they are a waste of time. It’s worth adding there that we have a stroller for around town and in the shopping centres. But for going out walking small wheels not the best. Cross country is just not going to happen.

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These wheels are too small for going on country walks

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There can’t be much comfort for the little one if you are trying to walk across uneven rough terrain.

Look at this buggy trying to navigate across a pebbled ground.

Shape – not too upright, fragile looking

Cost – £400 was the limit for us – if we had to spend that much… And that was with the knowledge that my Dad was paying for it!

The end product We went for was the Mothercare ( http://www.mothercare.com/prams-pushchairs/prams_pushchairs,default,sc.html?view=grid ) own brand ‘xtreme’. 3 large wheels, very easy to manoevere (I can turn this buggy round 360degrees with one hand). £200!

£200…. Brand new and it was and still is amazing. Thanks dad by the way :)

Check out how good this buggy is at travelling around corners..


I use it all the time and love the swivel wheel at the front for quick turns. I know that not everyone will agree and I would love to hear why you made your purchase and the reasons behind it so we can gather as much information for new families. Please comment below and let’s get together a list of reasons why we buy what we buy.

On reflection and talking to expert Julie from WOT Fitness

(http://www.wotfitness.com/default.html ), Enfield is that the buggy was perfect for me but the handles for Sam are too high. The ultimate buggy therefore would be the same but with adjustable height handles. This is all to do with posture when you walk with the buggy. We have another blog on posture coming up soon which I will link to this blog once it’s written.

To recap, if you are the person who loves their walks is physical and will use their buggy in the outdoors. You might live in huge countryside or go to the countryside for visits – you need to get the big wheeled machines.

Take a look…The wheels below are just too small..

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This size is better in my opinion.

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If you are that person who will walk along the high street, maybe to a park or two with pretty flat ground- it’s your choice small wheels won’t be a hindrance.

I hope this has helped you guys out there thinking of purchasing. It seems like a trivial subject but it is not. A lot of money is involved and it is a purpose driven purchase, so think ‘will I need this buggy to do for me?’

Sam’s Morning sickness

15 weeks into it

(the pregnancy)

and I still feel sorry for sam..

she’s had terrible morning sickness which does leave me wondering if it’s a girl..? Any truth in that old wife’s tale? Comments below please….

Does having heavy bouts of morning sickness edge the bets more towards there being a girl or not?

That would be a no according to http://morningsicknessinfo.org/boy-or-girl ….

Check out this Morning sickness YouTube clip

So… Morning sickness boy or girl ?

That is the question..

Anyway Thank goodness the worst is over, fingers crossed though because they do say that morning sickness normally dies down after your first trimester… So let’s hope..

How did you mums out there get on with morning sickness. ?.. would be Interesting to find out numbers of mums out there who had and didn’t have morning sickness.

Here is a couple of stats for you…

Up to 85 percent of pregnant women experience morning sickness. Doctors believe rapidly rising levels of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin, which is released by the placenta, cause the symptoms, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Taken from  – http://t.today.com/parents/morning-sickness-pregnancy-has-surprising-upside-1D80007975

Thoughts on a Postcard guys and girls… Would be good to hear from you.

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On another note please get involved……

I would love to hear about your stories and experiences – both business and family. Write in, contact me, https://madeat94.com/contact-us/ or comment on the blogs that are to follow if you find them interesting.

If you have any questions or want to know more just comment below:)

Look out for my next blog and please share with your friends on Your social media streams. Plus one final thing. Like our Facebook page and you can see loads of gift ideas related to our crafts business Little Miss Scrabbled.

Speak soon

Kevin

 

 

So…Let the Countdown Begin #babybump

Right guys I wanted to include you all in the countdown to ‘baby bump’ being due so we made a special edition ‘Double Heart Countdown plaque’? You may have seen this in the previous blog but it’s now official. We decided on a magnet plaque because we are always passing the kitchen. This makes it easier to update and also more fun looking at it whilst cooking etc.

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So, we have 27 weeks till kick off ( Well it’s actually 26 now because of the problem we had uploading the blog to the website last week..) anyway as you can see we’ve made it interesting by putting a guessing section so that the family can take part as well.

And here’s where you can take part too!

Read on….

We’ve guessed the following:

  • The weight of the baby
  • The date baby will be born
  • If it’s a boy or a girl

So Little miss Scrabbled (Sam and I) want to play a game with you guys…

                  ‘Guess the weight game’

How it works is simple. You click on the link below giving your guess of the weight. The person closest to the actual weight will win a free plaque of their choice from the website.

It gets better.. When you enter the weight, if you add your guess of boy or girl and date AND you get this right too, we will give you a voucher to spend up to £25 on our website… FREE!

To recap (teacher talk) – join in and guess the WEIGHT ‘baby bump’ will be. The closest number will win a FREE plaque of their choice. IF you guess ALL three correctly… Weight, date, sex…YOU will WIN £25 worth of Little Miss Scrabbled products. In the event of a draw I think we will toss a coin or i’m sure Sam will know how to work out the winner.

Let the games begin haha…

REMEMBER you must click on the link below and we can then see all the guesses.. And so can you..

GUESSING GAME LINK’

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On another note please get involved……

I would love to hear about your stories and experiences – both business and family. Write in, contact me, https://madeat94.com/contact-us/ or comment on the blogs that are to follow if you find them interesting.

If you have any questions or want to know more just comment below:)

Look out for my next blog and please share with your friends on Your social media streams. Plus one final thing. Like our Facebook page and you can see loads of gift ideas related to our crafts business Little Miss Scrabbled.

Speak soon

Kevin

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We’re Pregnant!

We’re pregnant!….

I love how us men say this but it’s the woman who has to go through it.. Really guys let’s be honest; we have it pretty easy.

Anyway…

Excited, nervous, over the moon.. A few words to describe the feeling that I and I imagine all men who actually want to have a baby in the first place and who have not stupidly made a girl pregnant because they either have no respect or no clue on the implications of not being a ‘dad’ when it comes to the crunch, will have, not on them but to the mother and child. Strong views from me because there are TOO MANY MEN out there who don’t think about the affect them not being a real father when they mess up and impregnate a girl has on THE CHILD! I’m sure I’ll write another blog about the meaning of the word ‘father’ one day :)

Moving off my high horse and onto to better things…

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There will be another member of the little miss scrabbled family joining us around the 2nd April 2015. Lots to do and plan family wise and work wise but after the problems we’ve had which I won’t go into detail about , we are so happy about the news.

But what will that mean for our family.. Well I bet most of you in this position start to think the same way.

The personal stuff

  1. The house is too small?
  2. Where can we move to?
  3. Can we afford the bigger mortgage?
  4. What are all of our options?
  5. Is the car big enough? (yes to that.. We have a Renault scenic and it’s a great size).
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The family business stuff

Who will write the plaques? Sam currently does all the writing..

How are we going to cope with the addition to the family and the initial stages after the new baby comes into the world?

On this front, I hope that we are in control because we have been planning this for a while. Our business plan, believe it or not outlined the new baby in the plan, along with how we cope with the addition.

Here’s what we plan to do:

We are currently looking for an apprentice who will shadow me and Sam. They will take on the preparation and completion phases of the orders so, preparing the plaques with paint, painting the embellishments etc.

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Christine, our admin girl who has worked with me for years doing 15 odd hrs a week will help us a little more with thingssuch as…

  • Mapping out the daily orders
  • Getting the labels ready for print
  • Communication with the clients / customers.

So there we have it .. The countdown begins

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Please get involved

I would love to hear about your stories and experiences – both business and family. Write in, contact me, https://madeat94.com/contact-us/ or comment on the blogs that are to follow if you find them interesting.

If you have any questions or want to know more just comment below:)

Look out for my next blog and please share with your friends on Your social media streams. Plus one final thing. Like our Facebook page and you can see loads of gift ideas related to our crafts business Little Miss Scrabbled.

Speak soon

Kevin

What are Word art gifts?

At LittleMissScrabbled.co.uk we believe that giving someone a gift or present is one thing but going that extra mile and personalising it is another!

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The personalised Word art at LittleMissScrabbled.co.uk involves putting a series of words together in a pattern to make a shape, image, number or word. It’s an ideal way of giving a beautiful gift that adds sentiment to the keepsake.

How to order your Word Art piece

It’s really simple to get that bespoke order created at LittleMissScrabbled.co.uk. Think of the 3 Ss…

Search…

…for the gift that you want BY OCCASION or BY PRODUCT example

Select…..

…your item and click ‘add to cart’ ….go to checkout and pay for your item

Send…

…us your personalisation details via the ‘customer message’ section at checkout or via the contact us page. This can include the names you want on the Word Art Frame or the 12-18 key words that you want to make up the ‘number 30’ for example

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Aspects you can personalise….

We ask our customers, when making an order to email in 12 – 18 personal words that have some form of  ‘meaning’ to the person receiving the gift. They choose the shape etc. And add any personalisation that they want this can include:

  • Colour scheme
  • Words
  • Message
  • Embellishments e.g. Hearts, flowers, houses

We cater for every occasion and if it’s not on the website.. Just ask and we’ll design one for you.

Here are a few more designs that illustrate different ways you can personalise your gifts.

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 Get in contact if there is something you fancy or see on our website and we can help you create a special gift for someone.

Please get involved

I would love to hear about your stories and experiences – both business and family. Write in, contact me, https://madeat94.com/contact-us/ or comment on the blogs that are to follow if you find them interesting.

If you have any questions or want to know more just comment below:)

Look out for my next blog and please share with your friends on Your social media streams. Plus one final thing. Like our Facebook page and you can see loads of gift ideas related to our crafts business Little Miss Scrabbled.

Speak soon

Kevin

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