19
Aug

Five top hacks for the new school term

Ahh, the new term. Whether it’s their first foray into school, or their last year at primary, the same still applies. They’ll need new kit including school bags, shoes and the rest. But what are the essentials and which bits suit your little (or large) learner? Yep, it can be a pretty confusing time. That’s why we’ve packed up everything you need to know in some handy hacks.

Their first ever day

OK, so before we even go into what they’ll need. Let’s have a chat about the parents. We know that this can be an emosh time for you guys too, so our advice: Bring the tissues and wear that waterproof mascara! Now that’s you all prepped, let’s talk about those mini learners. Pre-school and reception can be a confusing time for them, so get them all excited. Buy them a new teddy that they can take in for comfort – everyone loves a school buddy – and build up the excitement by buying a book that tells them all about what to expect on their big day. Chances are that these things combined, will have them running in without even a second glance at you. *Sob

Bagging the right one

Bags. Small ones, big ones, ones with straps, others that hold water bottles, satchels and backpacks. And let’s not forget those lunchboxes too! Yup, bagging the right one can be a minefield! But, there’s an easy way to get it spot on. Got an older kid? They’re going to have heavy books, so make sure you go for a large backpack that’s padded on the shoulders. And one that fits an A4 folder… we know it sounds silly, but trust us, it’ll save them lugging this around. Got a smaller schooler? If your school doesn’t supply a book bag, then invest in something similar. We’re huge fans of on-trend satchels, and, because they have compartments, they’re a lot easier for little ones to find stuff. Looking to pack a punch with a cool lunchbox? You can’t go wrong with a soft, insulated sort with compartments. As many come with straps, they’re great for slinging over the shoulder too.

School run fun

Ahhh, the school run – traffic and tantrums (mainly from us!). But there is another way. And that’s to walk. Not only is it great exercise, but it also means that you won’t be late because you’ve been driving around looking for that gold dust parking space. And there’s a good few things you can do to make this go as smoothly as possible. If you’re walking with little ones, then speed up the pace with a scooter. It’s a great way to get them all enthusiastic about the journey. Just don’t forget that helmet! Worried about rainy days? There’s stuff for that too. From kids’ sized umbrellas to wellies and raincoats for you all, there’s no excuse not to take on that walk. Unless it’s snowing – we draw the line at snow!

Dress code

Yes, we know, nearly every kid has to wear a uniform. But there are some pieces that can make your life easier. Don’t have time in the mornings? Invest in non or easy iron shirts that can be put straight on, or very quickly skimmed over. And, while we’re on the topic of making life easy, don’t forget to stock up on doubles of everything too! You never know when they’re going to lose something – if they’re anything like ours, it’ll be every. Single. Day. #Facepalm

Accessories Darling

Nothing marks the start of a new term more than a shiny new pencil case filled with pencils and pens. And when it comes to this, let them go wild and pick their own. Something they love may not go missing quite so easily! And finally. Let’s not forget that water bottle. Whether it’s a rubber version that can be slipped into a side pocket of a backpack, or, a stainless-steel sustainable number, this is a must for every little learner’s kit.

So, there it is, a list on getting prepped for the new term. We think we deserve an A star for this one guys!

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Tesco

Trousers – 2 pack from £7

Shoezone

Lilley Girls Black Patent T-Bar Shoe – £12.99

Trux Boys Black Lace Up Flat Shoe

Shoezone

Trux Boys Black Lace Up Flat Shoe – £12.99

 

SoulCal Denim Backpack

Sports Direct

SoulCal Denim Backpack – £10.00

 

 

30
Jul

Going Plastic Free and Sustainable

Eco, plastic-free and sustainability are all buzzwords we’re hearing, especially since this month is #PlasticFree July. Yep, eco-consciousness has hit the mainstream as we all begin to realise what these materials can do to our planet. Thanks Sir Attenborough! We know that life gets in the way, and that’s why we’re here with a couple of tips to give you a helping hand when it comes to going plastic-free and being sustainable too. Just call us Captain Planet…

Reusable cool

Even if you’re too busy to do anything else, taking on the reusable challenge is a must and, if you take our advice, a cinch! We’re talking swapping those plastic bags for cloth shoppers and switching plastic bottles for a stainless steel one. With so many refilling stations in shopping centres and cafes, there’s really no excuse. Think of it this way, not only do both these initiatives help the environment, they’ll also save you money. No more 5p bags and no more £1 bottles of water either! #justsaying

Raving over recycled

We’re all pretty savvy when it comes to putting our stuff in the blue bins, at home, and in the range of split bins in shopping centres too. However, there are other ways to get involved in this! Did you know, that a range of places now offer clothing that’s made of recyclable materials? From tops made of old bags to backpacks made of plastic milk bottles, there’s something for everyone. And here’s a little FYI. From 2024, Adidas will also be making ALL its trainers from recycled goods. Sprint to it guys!

Buy biodegradable

A standard plastic toothbrush takes around 1,000 years to decompose, while a plastic soap bottle takes 450. That’s a lot of Grandchildren’s, grandchildren, grandchildren to think about! That’s why we’re so pleased to be seeing cool biodegradable kit coming into play. From bamboo or wood toothbrushes, which decompose naturally, to biodegradable wipes. Great for wiping babies’ bottoms and using on your face too. Not at the same time, obviously!

Check out the charity shops

If we’ve said it once, we’ll say it again. Charity shops are pretty awesome for a whole range of things. First up, recycling the stuff you don’t want and reducing landfill, and secondly, for finding stuff. Buying clothing from here means you’re not fuelling the demand for new clothes, thus saving water and waste that goes into making new fashion! And let’s not forget those books, DVDs and household goods too… As they say, ‘one man’s waste, is another man’s treasure!’

So, there it is folks! Quick and easy ways to make sure you’re doing your bit to be sustainable and plastic-free… Sir David would be proud!

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Tesco Stainless Steel Insulated Bottle Rose Gold

Tesco

Tesco Stainless Steel Insulated Bottle Rose Gold – £5.00

Dettol Multi Purpose Biodegradable 50 Wipes

Tesco

Dettol Multi Purpose Biodegradable 50 Wipes – £2.50

 

Simple Kind To Skin Biodegradable Cleansing Wipes

Boots

Simple Kind To Skin Biodegradable Cleansing Wipes – £3.99

 

 

Naty Sensitive Unscented Baby Wipes, 3 x 56 pack = 168 wipes

Boots

Naty Sensitive Unscented Baby Wipes, 3 x 56 pack = 168 wipes – £5.70

 

 

17
Jul

Prepping for the kids’ summer holidays

Ahhh July, the month of sun (we can hope right?), longer nights and the beginning of school summer holidays. And now is the time that many of us either decide to take a little break away or look for stuff to keep the kids entertained on their looong summer break.  But we know it’s not always plane (yes, we spelt it like that on purpose) sailing. And that’s where we’re here to help with our simple tips. On your marks, get set, read…

Staying in

If last year’s weather was anything to go by, you don’t really need to venture much further than your back garden… no, it’s not lazy, it’s practical! And there’s loads of stuff to make sure you don’t hear those cries of, ‘I’m bored’. Toddlers and pre-schoolers are suckers for anything that makes them think they’re all grown up, so, take advantage. Bring out a watering can and get them set for watering those flowers, or take it to the next level. Fill a paddling pool or bowl of water and bring out your plastic and wooden kitchen utensils so they can pretend play. The idea of being allowed to play with those things usually locked away will make them think they’ve got one over on you… #sneaky

Chalk up the crafting

It’s always wise to have a lil’ something up your sleeve, just in case the ‘forbidden’ toys get a bit tired. And that’s where crafting comes in. If the sun’s still shining, give them a piece of chalk and let them loose on the patio, or, take out a great big sheet and roll out the paints for your mini Monets to get arty with. Rainy day? Bring crafting home with a cool colouring and sticker book. Or, if they’re slightly older, why not try them with on-trend knitting. With a range of knitting needles for kids, it’s a great way to hone their counting and concentration skills too.

Out and about

As well as parks, woods and of course soft play for rainy days, there’s a hidden gem you may not have thought about. And that’s your local shopping centre. Many of these host a range of free events for the summer, whether it’s face-painting or art days so keep a look out on their Facebook page to see what’s going on. Alternatively, while away a few hours just browsing with the kids, with a promise of a treat or lunch if they behave #beentheredonethat #stilllivingit.

Leaving on a jet plane…

If you’ve decided to take the plunge and jet off to warmer climes with the kids (you brave mumma and papa) then there’s a few things that will ease that airport and holiday stress. Firstly, invest in their happiness – a happy kid at the airport means less stress. Stock up on those colouring books, snacks, and buy them a special carry-on bag to carry it all in and make them feel all grown up. We also find a ‘special’ holiday outfit builds up the excitement, oh and it’s also a perfect way to make sure they wear that sunhat too!

Beat the sun

Ok, it’s time to get all grown up on you, because as you know, sun protection is so important. Gosh, how much do we sound like our mums! Whether you’re at home or away, always make sure you’ve got that suncream handy. Whether it’s a spray, rub in or roller, it’s a life saver. Out by the paddling pool, beach or hotel pool? Invest in UV clothes for the kids. We love how these cover them up, while keeping them cool and finally, don’t forget that sunhat.

That’s it for now summer people, enjoy the sun and the holidays and don’t forget to take a look at our little picks below!

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Sports Direct

VX-3 Cabin Bag – £28.00

Sports Direct

Star Graph BP Pen Case93 – £14.99

 

Boots

Mini Club Blue Floral Sunsafe – £14.00

 

 

Boots

Mini Club Dinosaur Keppi – £6.00

 

 

30
May

3 cool ways to look hot, even if the weather’s not

Spring Summer 2019 seems to be all about having a little extra – and that’s from head to toe. We’re seeing oversized hats, shout-out colours in tie-dye and neon, and even the humble sandal has suddenly become bold. Check out our top three fashion must-haves for your very own sizzling hot Spring.

1. You can leave your hat on…

…but only if it’s enormous. The fashion for oversized hats actually landed in SS18 with the success of the Jacquemus La Bomba hat, but more and more brands are now vying for a piece of the action. We’re seeing fabrics from tulle to raffia and everything in between and styles emulating witches’ hats, flowers and, well, candyfloss actually. At least these accessories are useful come rain or shine. Shelter beneath your very own and show off your flamboyant side.

2. The devil’s in the detail

There’s no space for plain and simple this season. Whether you go for fringing or feathers or choose to show off complexity in colours, SS19 is all about mixing it up. Fringes are everywhere: on dresses, jackets, skirts but partywear is where the frou-frou is at its most frivolous. Colours and, for that matter patterns, are also all about throwing caution to the wind. SS19 is all about bright, bold and badly clashing! Tie-dye, neon and floral are all on the table with mix and match a must. No-one’s going anywhere incognito this season.

3. Fancy footwork

Our favourite friend for warmer climes, the sandal is finally getting some extra love. Having been clumpy and geekish as well as strappy and barely-there, this timeless footwear has been through some evolutions. This year, it’s joining the fashion for funky fringing and feathers. Check out this gallery from Elle.com to see how you can be footloose and fancy-free this Spring.

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Biba Calissa Small Lock Leather Crossbody

Sports Direct

Biba Calissa Small Lock Leather Crossbody – £85.00

Label Lab Feather Devore Dress

Sports Direct

Label Lab Feather Devore Dress – £30.00

Rocket Dog Nina Web Flip Flops Ladies

Sports Direct

Rocket Dog Nina Web Flip Flops Ladies – £6.00

15
May

5 inspirational ideas to keep the kids occupied during half term – whatever the weather!

Come rain or shine – and let’s face it, both have equally good odds here in the UK – half term is approaching and the kids need occupying. Check out our 5 inspirational ideas for fun activities, even when you’re dealing with four seasons in one day…

  1. Check out Hooplakidzlab on YouTube. They’ve got some amazing fun science experiments for kids which will have them shrieking with delight and include some hidden learning. That’s every parent’s favourite form of fun, surely? We particularly liked the marshmallow catapult and the elephant toothpaste. Great activities for less than Spring-like weather and, best of all, they’re really easy to equip yourself for too. Most shopping centres will have everything you need to be mini scientists for the day.
  2. While we’re on the topic of marshmallows, why not head out to your local shopping centre and treat the kids to a hot chocolate with marshmallows? Delicious and warming, while you’re there you can also pick up some crafty bits and bobs for some more wet wear play sessions.
  3. There are some fabulously effective, yet simple, craft ideas here on the Red Tricycle All using paper as a basic material, they’re imaginative and fun. We can definitely see some games developing from some too, such as flying your model aeroplane, or playing king of the castle with your newly-created crowns.
  4. Crafting is an activity that kids never tire of. Why not head to the shops and grab some materials to start your creative juices flowing. Think fabric offcuts, headbands or sunglasses that can be upcycled or some cheap and cheerful socks to create your very own puppet show. Don’t forget to choose a couple of different types of glue so that everything sticks well and see what wonders you can create.
  5. If nothing but fresh air will do, why not try some pond dipping? Let’s face it, you’re getting wet anyway so this feels like the ideal activity for a rainy half term. These days, there are some excellent wildlife kits available for kids but, if you’re doing things the spontaneous way, just grab a net and some Tupperware to hold your finds plus a spoon to use to examine your samples more closely. Along with your wellies and wet weather gear, you’ll be ready to go. Who said a rainy day was boring?

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Gelert Packaway Junior Waterproof Jacket

Sports Direct

Gelert Packaway Junior Waterproof Jacket – £11.99

Staedtler Traditional 110 12 Sketching Pencils 2H - Hb

Tesco

Staedtler Traditional 110 12 Sketching Pencils 2H – Hbb – £7.00

 

Galt Horrible Science Violent Volcano Craft Kit

WHSmith

Galt Horrible Science Violent Volcano Craft Kit – £8.99

 

 

Dunlop Fishing Telescopic Landing Net

Argos

Dunlop Fishing Telescopic Landing Net – £11.99

 

1
May

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29
Apr

Five ways shopping can boost your health and wellbeing

With Spring, or, if this month’s weather is anything to go by, Summer, in the air, now’s the time you’ll probably be itching to get out and about at lunchtime.

And, who could blame you? Yep the aircon is probably on at full blast and you’ll want to take off those layers keeping you warm in the office. Why do offices do that?

Oh, and it’s not just about keeping warm – ready for the science bit, research has shown that getting away from your desk for an hour can help boost creativity and energise you.

So, with all these great reasons in mind, there’s not really any excuse not to get on down to your local shops and high street.

Here’s why:

Bask in the warmth

If, like us, you’re counting down til’ payday, shopping may not appeal right now. However, simply meandering around the shops is great for clearing your mind and getting your creative thinking on. Alternatively, grab a seat inside, or, outside of your fave coffee shop or seating area, take out your book and have some me-time. Not a reader? Grab an adult colouring book, or get into knitting – both proven to really chill you out.

Go shopping

If you have pennies left… lucky you! Then take advantage of retail therapy. Yup, that’s right. It really does what it says on the tin. Buying clothes, books and even kitchen wares are proven to make you feel satisfied and happy. And why wouldn’t it! It’s a great excuse to treat yourself without feeling guilty.

Get an MOT

No, we’re not talking about your car – although if you’re driving, why not treat your car to clean in the car park – we’re talking about you. An eye test, especially if you’re working at a computer, is an annual must and the great news is that it can be done during your lunchbreak. Here’s a little tip: If you use a computer for long periods of time, your employer may pay for your test too. Speak to the guys at the opticians when you book and to your employer. Bonus!

Claw back the healthy eating

The beginning of Spring means Summer really is just around the corner, which means we’re all getting into the ‘beach body’ spirit. And that means healthy eating. So kick start it now. Grab your spring greens and fish from a supermarket (check out this recipe for a great simple summer meal (add link) or visit a restaurant or café that offers healthy lunches. Yep, it’s that simple.

Bag a bargain

The first steps to feeling happy and energised is to feel satisfied. So, take advantage of these latest offers (add link) on your local centre’s page. Or, nab a bargain in one of the seasonal sales. There’s no better feeling than knowing you’ve saved cash while looking good!

Make someone else happy

A small gift can brighten up anyone’s day. And it’s proven to make you feel better too! Whether it’s a friend in need of a hot chocolate, or a quirky birthday card for a work colleague, a romantic card coupled with flowers for a partner, or just a simple keyring with a silly message, you call enjoy making someone smile. They may even pay back the favour – but that’s not why we do it… honest!

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Pick Me Up Giftset

Thorntons

Pick Me Up Giftset – £17.50

Milk Chocolate Smiles Bag

Thorntons

Milk Chocolate Smiles Bag – £3.50

 

Secret Garden: 20 Postcards

WHSmith

Secret Garden: 20 Postcards – £6.40

 

 

WHSmith Art Triangular Colouring Pens, Multi Ink (Pack of 30)

WHSmith

WHSmith Art Triangular Colouring Pens, Multi Ink (Pack of 30) – £9.35

 

23
Apr

Six ways to lift your look this Spring

It’s fair to say that our UK seasons don’t always have a clear beginning and end. Spring is officially here, according to the date and most of the plants in the garden, but if you’re having wardrobe nightmares with the constant is it/ isn’t it indecisive weather, worry no more. We’ve got some great ideas to make your wardrobe work with minimal outlay.

1 . Crafty thinking

Spring fashion has hit the shops. There’s a blast of colour and everyone’s feeling cheery at the sight of the nodding daffs. But, in the UK, we have to deal with the odd sub-zero early morning for a few more weeks yet so how can we bring this colour in to our existing wardrobe and avoid shelling out on clothes that don’t work with the weather?

Head on down to your local stationery or craft shop for a cheap and cheerful craft pack. There are a tonne of sequins, beads and other applique in these selections and they are perfect for adding a little extra to an old hat or scruffy t-shirt.

2. A trick of the light

The main difference between winter and spring trends is usually colour. If you’re not yet ready to ‘clast a clout’ why not buy some accessories to brighten up your existing outfits? We’re thinking scarves, belts, bags or shoes which trick the eye into seeing a brighter look. This approach keeps your costs down until Spring has completely sprung but cheers up your winter wardrobe. Check out this article by Vogue for inspiration – we’re loving the Prada headbands – an accessory that’s easy to emulate from the high street.

3. Get touchy-feely

Why not invest in a budget basic – we love t-shirts or lightweight jumpers for simplicity of design – and customise it to bring in the emerging Spring trends. Lighter weight fabrics might not be the obvious choice quite yet, but you can still use them to amazing effect when customising another item.

There’s a huge range of funky accessories that can be used to give your basic piece a lift. Think patches, gems or buttons from the craft shops or head to your local fabric shop and check out the offcuts bin. Small pieces of interesting, tactile fabrics such as net or satin can transform the look of a plain cotton tee.

4. Patchy showers

While you still need an extra layer during April and May, the bargain bin in the haberdashery department is most definitely your best friend. Search through for any brightly coloured fabric and create your own ‘fat quarters’ which can then be stitched together to create a bright, Spring-like pashmina-style scarf. Look for a range of patterns and styles to bring together for a really unique accessory.

5. Bags of style

One of the new catwalk trends this Spring is to wear not one but two handbags. Mix and match size, colour and style and wear one on each hip to create this crazy new look. Investing in a couple of small, budget bags is a quick and cost effective way of adding some colour to your outfit without blowing your budget.

6. Sparkle like the sun

Finally, don’t forget the bling! If the sun isn’t out to play, that doesn’t mean you can’t be. Grab some shiny, impactful gems and jewels and create a shining light of your own. Here’s some inspiration for looks that are trending but the general rule is…there are no rules. Big and bold is beautiful and will be sure to lift the heads of passers by.

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Rose Gold Finish Lucille Necklace Made With Swarovski® Crystals

Warren James

Rose Gold Finish Lucille Necklace Made With Swarovski® Crystals – £14.00

 

 

Lilley Beige Owl Printed Shopper Bag

ShoeZone

Lilley Beige Owl Printed Shopper Bag – £1.99

Multi Coloured Tropical Print Beach Bag and Purse

ShoeZone

Multi Coloured Tropical Print Beach Bag and Purse – £7.99

 

Shimmer Art

WHSmith

Shimmer Art (Klutz) – £9.35

 

29
Mar

5 Steps to Capsule Wardrobe Success

Our world is nothing if it is not consumer-led. We all enjoy filling our houses with accessories and clothing is now more affordable than ever.

It’s no surprise then, that we are seeing a surge in advice on how to de-clutter. Marie Kondo is probably the most famous declutterer – officially known as an ‘organisation consultant’.

So, with this topic hot on everyone’s mind, here’s how to get to grips with the idea of less is more.

Focused fashion

The idea of a simple, clutter-free wardrobe is nothing new in the fashion world. You’ll no doubt be familiar of the concept of a capsule wardrobe: one where you can pick and mix separates to create an outfit for any occasion. Many of us aspire to this notion but, for some reason, it’s harder that it looks to create this streamlined closet.

Here are our 5 steps to turn clutter to capsule:

  1. Donna Karan popularised the concept of a capsule wardrobe back in 1985 when she released a collection of seven interchangeable items of work clothing. So, is seven the magic number? Un-fancy.com thinks not. The general rule seems to be that you don’t have to have a magic number but you should aim for 50 or fewer pieces – that includes footwear and outerwear. So, step one is to begin with a clear out.
  2. The KonMari approach has introduced mindfulness to tidying, and it is widely believed that this is behind its immense popularity. Using this approach, it is suggested that you spend some time living with your newly pared-down wardrobe before refilling it. So, don’t rush straight out to the shops!
  3. The original concept of a capsule wardrobe was set out by Susie Faux, owner of a London boutique called ‘Wardrobe’. She stated that the perfect version would contain items that never went out of fashion, for example skirts, trousers and coats. These ‘staples’ can then be augmented with seasonal items to create colour and flexibility. The Blissful Mind believes there are ten essential items for today’s capsule wardrobe: a vest top, a short-sleeved t-shirt, a long-sleeved t-shirt, a blouse, a sweater, a black dress, a cardigan, a blazer, jeans, and a black skirt. Check out your wardrobe and make a note of any gaps or any extras.
  4. It’s time to be honest with yourself. Consider the various parts of your lifestyle: are you a parent who does the daily school run? Do you work? If so, are you office or home based? Do you spend most of your time in a city or country environment? Questions such as these will help you to determine whether any items in your wardrobe are surplus to requirements. They will also help you to tweak the capsule wardrobe essentials. For example, there’s little point in owning heels if you live in the country, work from home and enjoy an outdoor lifestyle. Remember, being honest might mean parting with the chiffon party dress that you simply love but which is likely to be worn once every few years.
  5. Now for the fun bit! It’s time to shop for the finishing touches to your capsule wardrobe. Ok, before you jump into the car and whizz off to the mall, there needs to be some planning. Think again about the lifestyle you confirmed in step 4. And also think about your colours – what looks good on you? Many capsule wardrobe basics are monochrome to provide the greatest flexibility so it’s likely you’ll want to add some pops of colour into the mix. Understand your budget: if you are investing in a few key items, it’s better to buy quality. Sometimes, the clearance bargains are the things that take us off track – the sale is too tempting and we forget about fit, style and practicality.

The great thing about capsule wardrobes is that they can flex for the season. You don’t need to feel you have to shop for every eventuality: work out what you need for now and then go through your planning again a couple of weeks before the next season starts, ready to replace anything that’s not right for the weather and your lifestyle.

And there you have it: a fuss-free wardrobe which will save you time and money and mean you always look dressed to impress!

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Lee Cooper Essential Long Cardigan Ladies

Sports Direct

Lee Cooper Essential Long Cardigan Ladies – £9.00

 

 

Curver Your Style Large Cream

Tesco

Curver Your Style Large Cream – £3.00

Tesco Flocked Hangers 20 Pack

Tesco

Tesco Flocked Hangers 20 Pack – £10.00

 

13
Mar

Nailing That Fancy Dress Outfit For Comic Relief And Beyond

This month is the one that parents love and dread in equal measures. Yep, it’s probably the time when your kids are going to dress up a good number of times… gee, thanks Comic Relief and World Book Day. Whether you’re buying or making that special outfit, we know it can be a challenge. But, when it’s all done, those pics and smiles make it all worthwhile.

And let’s be honest, aside from these two events, there’s always a time for kids to dress up, whether it’s Christmas, Halloween, Easter, or all the endless parties that seem to come around. That’s why we’ve come up with some quick and easy ways to nail dressing up this March and beyond, whether it’s a full-on outfit, or something more-simple.

1. Shop in advance

World Book Day was a great event. We saw Mario’s, Wonkas and Billionaire Boy. But, hands up who left it last minute and ended up in the shops on the night before? And who decided to order online only for it to arrive and be nothing as described? The key? Think ahead. Many stores stock fancy dress outfits all year round, meaning it’s great to pick one up in the sales, or when one takes your fancy. It’ll save that rush, and double up as a great imaginative play outfit when you’re having a day at home #doubleduty

fancy dress costumes

2. Get Crafty

If you’re stuck with a last- minute request for dress up, don’t despair.  Just think outta the (craft)box. We all have a pair of old tights we don’t wear. Grab them, cut one leg off and stuff it with cotton wool or old papers and mags. Tie a knot at the end and there’s a great animal tail right there. Embellish the look by raiding their craft box for feathers, sequins and, frankly anything you can get your hands on. Then, add the face paints and finish the look with a simple block colour outfit.

child in face paint and blue suite

3. Nailing that Comic Relief Outfit

Here’s a little bit of advance warning. On Friday 15th March, schools up and down the country will be getting into the spirit of Comic Relief and asking kids to dress up for a small donation. And there’s nothing like the present to get prepped. This year it’s all about digging out the reddest t-shirt, hat or silly wig and accessories – including those head boppers. If you don’t fancy going down the official merchandise route, there’s a huge range of stores that sell all the above, from accessories shops, supermarkets and craft stores. Just get your skates on because every parent in the country will be looking for that something red in the next few days.

boy with red teddy bear

4. Be a stress superhero

Ok, so we know this is cheating, but hey, who said you had to play by the fancy dress rules? If you have a kid that hates the idea of dressing up, help them out. A simple mask or cape, whether it’s home made or, bought is a great way to encourage the shy ones to get dressed up without the full shebang. Just team it up with their normal clothes, and Bob’s your uncle there’s some stress-free dress up right there. #yourewelcome.

boy dressed as a super hero

5. Shop sustainably

After World Book Day and Halloween, charity shops are inundated with those costumes that parents had pulled out from the year before, only to find they just didn’t fit their kid. Bad news for us, great news for you as many of these end up at the doors of charity shops. Pop on down and take a look, it may mean you get to grab a fancy dress outfit and be sustainable too!

shop front

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Sports Direct

Lee Cooper 2 Zip Gilet Mens – £13.00

 

 

WHSmith

Let’s Create Children’s Craft Set – £9.99

WHSmith

npw Hair Wraps – £9.99

Boots

ELC Medical Case- £16.00