Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Basic Invite - The perfect way to get the word out

When we have an event to organise, whether it be a wedding, a christening, a graduation or a birthday, we want to make sure we get the word out to our nearest and dearest in the best way possible and the way to do that is with a striking invitation.

I was recently contacted by Katie from Basic Invite and after looking at the website I fell in love with the massive range of beautiful bespoke invitations and stationary they offer. They cater for every occasion you can think of and wow what a selection they have!

When I was browsing the website, I found that they offer the chance to have a custom sample sent out to you to get your approval before the final order is placed which I think is fantastic and it's something you don't get from most companies. It's a great idea as sometimes when you order online, it can sometimes not be what you wanted but this way it means you can alter it to suit you and they will not go to print until you are 100% satisfied.

They also do a fantastic range of personalised guest books which really caught my eye. I've seen guest books many times and they can be quite basic but having a personalised one really adds a special touch. I love this one called 'under the stars' Of course it's covered in stars which is what drew me in at first but you can personalise it in any way you like and also decide how many pages you would like and whether you would like lined or blank pages. It is 100% about what you want.

Another great feature of basic invite is that they offer a range of coloured envelopes for your invites. Let's face it, a white envelope is classic but it can be boring so receiving an invite in a brighly coloured envelope is always going to be exciting!

I really wish I had an event to organise so that I could really go to town with these amazing invites but one thing's for sure, when that time comes I'll definitely be heading to Basic Invite and no where else!!

Basic Invite are active on all social media platforms, go give them a follow and definitely check out the website, you won't be disappointed.


Monday, 6 March 2017

Stepping Out: Keeping Your Children Comfortable Throughout The Day

As soon as our children start to walk, so does our never ending task of buying the correct shoes.  Buying adult shoes is simple.  We know our size, we know the style we like and then we buy a pair that should last us a lifetime.  Children however are still growing and developing so making sure their shoes fit perfectly is a must.  If you don’t look after them now you could be causing future problems.

Toddlers who are in the house need shoes and are pretty easy to buy for, their first pair is an exciting milestone and whilst they will have an idea of what they like, they probably won’t be too fussy.  As soon as your children start walking outdoors though, they will need a good form of foot protection.  You have eighteen years of shoe shopping to get through and as the years go buy, your children will develop their own style and might become a little more selective.  This means you job is going to get tough.  However we have some great advice for new mums and experienced mums to help ensure your children are wearing the best fit for their feet.

Checking your children’s shoes is something you ought to be doing constantly.  There can be periods where their growth appears to plateau and there are times where they grow so quickly you might find you are buying two pairs of shoes across a six week period.  Young children won’t be able to verbalize their shoes are causing them grief, so every time you get them dressed, have a good feel of the fit.   

Measuring their feet is also important.  You cannot do this yourself as well as a proper shoe shop can.  If you have to then you could use a piece of paper to trace the outline of their feet.  You can then take a measurement from the heel to the furthest toe and across the ball of the foot.  This will help you to purchase shoes without long queues to get it done in store.

Younger children need a flexible sole.  Due to small bones and soft tendons, stiff soles can prevent the foot from growing properly.  Unfortunately softer shoe materials don’t offer much protection or support and will wear through much quicker.  So if your children are more active then you will need a stiffer sole.  

Look for shoes that are made with breathable materials such as canvas or ones with vents in them. Kids are very high-energy and may play active games for hours on end. Their shoes should allow their feet to breathe and get air.

You should ensure your children have their shoes off as often as possible, so get them used to taking them off as soon as they are indoors.  Their feet need to be free to move and grow without being restricted by leather or tight shoes.  This will ensure you have happy children with happy feet and as a result, you will have a happier relationship with shoe shopping.

Which is really good.  Because you are going to be doing an awful lot of it over the coming years! 

Friday, 3 March 2017

Hacks To Make Travel With Little Ones Less Stressful

If you are planning a family holiday, then it can be both exciting and overwhelming. There can be a lot of things to organise, such as passports and holiday documents as well as tickets and what you will be doing when you are there. Not to mention packing, foreign currency and getting your home ready to be empty for a little while. With all that in mind, it can become a little stressful. But if you’re planning a trip over the Easter break or this summer, then you can rest at ease. Here are a few ideas and hacks to make your family travel as simple and stress-free as possible.


Plan Travel For Specific Times

This can be trickier for more long haul journeys unless they are overnight trips. But if you are choosing more budget airlines for shorter journeys, and your kids still take naps, then plan your travel around the times that they would normally take a nap. When sat down on a plane or train, the motion and constant humming sound will send them right off to sleep. Which is going to be more enjoyable for everyone concerned.

Don’t Get Lost

If you’ve ever been to a large theme park like Disneyland with your family, then you will know how easy it is to lose little ones as there are people walking in all directions. You might have also seen people dressed in the same t-shirts. Sometimes large family groups will wear the same colours shirt or even have their last names on so everyone knows that they are together. As a way to avoid losing your little ones, then you could look into custom t-shirt printing for your trip. Then if one of your children does wander off, they can be easily identified as yours, and the staff can bring them back to you much quicker.


Pack a New Toy

It can be hard to keep kids entertained for a long time with the same old toys or gadgets that they have. So if you can be organised enough, the getting something new for them is a great idea. You could even wrap it up like a gift, so that takes extra time up and keeps their interest for longer. Think about taking toys and books that can be used at your destination too. They will be without their normal things and having something like a book to read at bedtime is a good idea so they can stick to their routine.

Do Your Research

When you’re packing for a trip with little ones, it can feel like you are taking all of your earthly possessions. So one of the best things to do is to see what will be near to where you are going to stay. If you’ll be near to a supermarket, then you don’t need to stress out too much about taking the right amount of nappies, as you can always buy more when you are there. So look for the things that you might need, and it could help you to pack more lightly.