Tuesday, 28 December 2010

All About The Boys Clearance Sale

I'm having a clearance sale on my website www.allabouttheboys.co.uk on Monday 3rd January.  Big reductions on quality clothes.  Some of the items for sale include :

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Chateau de Sable

I have few words to describe how I feel about this beautiful French designed childrens clothes store, except to say, I aspire to become such a beautiful site on http://www.allabouttheboys.co.uk/  one day ......

Sneak Preview of Spring

Monday, 20 December 2010

New Liberty Collection at Zara Home for Kids

For the zillionth time I wish I had a little girl ! Look at this gorgeous new collection just in at Zara Home for kids :

The Garden Waterflower Bedlinen range

Susi Waterflower shirt

The Marta Booties

All Available online at Zara Home for Kids

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Build A Bear

AGAIN I  AM LATE !  Many .many apologies for the delay in drawing the winner of this competition :

We put all the names in a bowl and Milo selected The winner, who is :

IRENE   - (facebook message for address details)

Many thanks to all who entered - some lovely names

More great giveaways will resume after Christmas - HO! HO! HO!

Having a birthday in December can tweak the purse strings, but to have two in the same month as Christmas is a real test when money is tight.  The twins recently had their 6th Birthday and thanks to my generous parents the "big" present was sorted ! They also received several cards containing money.   My first reaction is to put it into their savings accounts for "a rainy day" I certainly know all about them !  But then they saw an advert for Build a Bear !  "PLEASSSEEE MUMMY, can we spend our birthday money and buy a bear" 

I must admit to never having ventured into our local store, it looks VERY expensive, the kind of luxury that we had to forego a long time ago. I popped onto twitter to ask the lovely tweeters what their view was of Build a Bear !  It was a resounding thumbs up, although like me, a few thought the costs soon mounted up with clothes, hearts, shoes etc.  But as a birthday treat, it was a lovely idea.  I found out they even do parties !  And for those of you into apps they have just launched their first mobile application for the ipad, iphone & iPod Touch !  http://www.buildabear.co.uk/app/  with exclusive offers for app users.

We collected the twins from school and along we went, Monday night after school, best time to go. There were only a few customers. What an experience ! I can see now why people love it in there so much.

The boys had a wonderful time with the staff, they were friendly, paitent and went out of their way to make it a great experience for the boys.  Milo chose a Obi bear and Jarvis a Darth Vader, complete with Star wars sound track in their paws .

When I arrived home I was thrilled to receive a tweet from the Lovely Estelle from Build A Bear offering us a birthday trip to the local store !  As we had just arrived home ! Doh! Timing is everything !  I asked if it would be possible to have a bear to giveaway on my blog, and guess what ! She sent me one ! Whoop!

I have a gorgeous velvet puppy, complete with pretty pink pj,s and slippers.

To enter :

Follow this blog and leave a comment telling me what you would call the puppy if you won.

For additional chances to win :

Follow me on twitter and RT http://twitter.com/allaboutheboys

Follow Build a bear on Twitter http://twitter.com/buildabear

Like and comment about the giveaway on build a bear facebook http://www.facebook.com/reqs.php?fcode=1ee2ee233&f=100001586689977#!/Buildabear

like and comment about the giveaway on my facebook http://www.facebook.com/KarenAllabouttheboys 

The more you do, the more chances to win !

Winner picked at random on Sunday evening.


Saturday, 4 December 2010

Little Hathi

Many apologies for the delay in drawing the winners of this competition !  Its such a busy time of year.  The winners are :

Blue Octupus  -  GillyMo
Pink Octupus - Shelley Bird (facebook entry)

Many thanks to all who entered. Please keep following as more competitions to come soon. xx

Looking for that extra special gift for a new baby ? or a beautiful Christmas present for a special little boy or girl ? concerned about fair trade ? if so, pop over and take a look at the gorgeous items on offer from Little Hathi  Supporting fair trade since 2007.

From Beautiful Baby blankets to Crochet Tea Sets !  You will be sure to find something adorable on this pretty site.

The owners of Little Hathi have very kindly offered me two mini octupus rattle toys to giveaway. One in blue/green colourway and one in pink.

Pop over to Little Hathi and pick your favourite item.

Leave a comment here telling me what your favourite item is and which colour Octupus you would like if you win.  Please ensure you are following this blog to qualify.

you will get one additional entry for everyone of the following:

Tweet and RT this competition

Follow @BabiPur AND @Allaboutheboys on Twitter

Competition open only to UK residents

Closes at 8.00pm Thursday 16th December

Winnder selected at Random


Wednesday, 1 December 2010

To HAT or not to HAT that is the question !

What ?  What !!!  .........

The snow hasn't quite reached us in Devon yet, but boy was it cold this morning ! Not just chilly, but biting cold !  I wrapped the twins up in lots of layers, gloves and their new trapper hats.  Put on my scarf and thick coat, steeped outside the door and nearly fell over with the shock of it. 

Nothing for it, I really will have to put that wolly black and white stripe hat with the pom-pom on top on!   On it went, "That's a nice hat mummy, can I wear it ?"   "err No sweetie you have your nice new hat"  "you look funny mummy "  "Thank you darling". 

Off we trot to school.  Thankfully not meeting up with any of the other mums (or dads) along the way, but glad for the protection it gave.  "I'll take it off when I get to the gates" I tell myself.  Not bloody likely, when we get there. I swear its minus 200 ! 

Oh No !  There's the deputy head doing his morning meet and greet !  "Hello boys, nice hats "
 "oh! erm, hello Mrs Jones, errm Nice ....  Cold morning isn't it ! "

I walk bravely on, by this time my nose is running and my eyes are streaming, can't wipe them because I am carrying 2 lunch boxes and 2 school bags.  "oh! God !  there are all the young yummy mummies in their pretty pink knitted hats with flap ear things.  They glance in my direction and look quickly away.  "does she not know what she looks like ?" 

I march on, head down.  Phew, there are "the old gang" made up of us older mums and dads all wearing sensible warm clothes. The dads glance  (they wouldn't notice if I turned up naked with tassles on - well maybe one might ) " cold isn't it ! "  "yes, certainly is "   I choke through snot and tears, "put my new hat on - ha ! ha! "  trying to make light of my horrendous appearance seems only to succeed in drawing even more pitying looks in my direction. Stop LOOKING at me, its only a HAT ! 

In the classroom I make the mistake of pulling the offending item off my head !  BIG MISTAKE ! I mean BIG MISTAKE ! A static jolt that sends my gorgeous grey locks flying skyward as if they too, are so mortified to be part of my being they can't get away quick enough !

I can feel my face turning bright red with the combined heat of the classroom and the horror of it all. Plonk the hat back on my head, kiss the twins bye and march off down the road to the safety of my home.

HATS ! Burgh ! You can keep em.


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