A Vintage Valentines – Personalise your Valentines Cards at Liberty London with Vintage Playing Cards pop up








Don’t miss out on the chance to show your loved one that you have gone the extra mile with help from Vintage Playing Cards this Valentines. On the 9th February from 12pm-6pm there will be a Vintage Playing Cards promotion in the Stationery area, in which there is the opportunity to get personalised Valentines cards put together right in front of your eyes. Choose from two designs, both of which are handmade and feature original vintage playing cards.
Vintage Playing Cards selection of Valentines gifts and cards are the perfect way to show how much you personally care for that very special person. Vintage Playing Cards specialises in hand-made greeting cards, frames, clocks and gifts made from individually sourced original vintage games including playing cards, and 1920's parlour games. Perfect for the design savvy the stunning selection of gifts includes personalised letter frames that can spell something that is unique to your loved one, creating a thoughtful handmade and very special Valentines gift. All Vintage Playing Cards’ products are handmade in their studio in Suffolk.










If you are not able to attend the promotion at Liberty London, visit the Vintage Playing Cards’ website to see their range of products. The Valentine’s Day range is also featured on the website, with the option of personalisation as well as premade gift options. Other Vintage Playing Cards’ products include:



Letter Frames

The Vintage Playing Cards range of letter frames contain individual cards sourced from a 1930’s spelling game which are put together to spell out romantic expressions. The letter frames have been hand crafted to create beautifully stylish Valentine gifts with phrases from the big screen and iconic love songs including LOVE ACTUALLY, PS I LOVE YOU or IT STARTED WITH A KISS. For the ultimate in romantic gestures you can spell out the name of the person who has your heart or a certain phrase that brings you together. The cards are then double-mounted with cream, black and grey, into a stylish wood box frame.


Vintage Playing Cards also gave a range of international love frames including TI AMO, JE TAIME and CARIAD. The sweetheart frames spell out the sweetest phrases including YOU AND ME, KISS and I LOVE YOU.




However, who says you need to have a significant other to treat you on Valentine’s Day? Treat yourself because you deserve it. Vintage Playing Cards also cater for those who haven’t had the best of luck in the dating departing, may be spending their first Valentine’s Day alone or for those who are just happy being independent and loving themselves. Vintage Playing Cards singleton letter frames includes IT TURNS OUT HE WAS FIFTY SHADES OF GAY or YOUNG WILD AND FREE.





Premade Cards
Receiving a card from that very special person on Valentine’s Day through the post is one of life’s pleasures. But receiving an original piece of art makes it even more special. You can choose from a wide range of beautiful handmade cards featuring the backs of playing cards from the 1920’s through to the 1970’s showing different romantic scenes. Alternatively, you can pick the iconic glitter ace of heart card for a classic stylish Valentine’s Day card.

Vintage Playing Cards can be purchased directly from www.vintageplayingcards.co.uk or for your nearest stockist call 01284 728930

Baby Box University announces its partnership with Highways England

 
Baby Box University announces its partnership with Highways England  
 
 

Baby Box University is proud to announce its partnership with Highways England, through embedding a video on the importance of car safety within all of the Baby Box University NHS syllabi in the UK.

Highways England is the government company charged with operating, maintaining and improving England’s 4300 miles of motorways and major A roads. Their ambition is to ensure our major roads are more dependable, durable and most importantly – safe.

Highways England has produced a specific instructional film to inform expectant parents of what vehicle checks they should undertake before they use it to transport their family. This film has now been included within the comprehensive maternal and childcare education platform www.babyboxuniversity.com which, working with the NHS across England, encourages expectant parents early engagement with maternity services.

Upon completion of their local education syllabus parents receive a certificate that can be redeemed for their free Baby Box.

Louisa Phillips of Highways England said, “We are proud to be working in partnership with Baby Box Co to raise awareness of the importance of checking your vehicle before you travel. This partnership provides an excellent opportunity to provide key road safety messages to an audience who are highly receptive to information on how to keep their family safe. It is essential that the vehicle/s that both parents and newborns are travelling in are properly maintained, road worthy and safe at such an important time in their lives. Safety is our highest priority. Highways England is determined to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on motorways and major A roads and this initiative is a reminder we all have a role to play in travelling safely – including the parents of babies.”


Jennifer Clary, CEO of The Baby Box Co., said, “We are delighted to announce the partnership with Highways England. Our Baby Box outreach is not simply about offering every baby a safe place to sleep. Baby Box University is an all-encompassing programme that offers parental engagement, education and aims to unite the whole community to offer every child a safe and supported start in life. We look forward to working with Highways England to influence parents to be safe whilst driving on the road.”



Christmas in the sunshine – We booked the WRONG hotel!











Only we would go away for Christmas with majority of our family and end up arriving in the completely wrong hotel the other side of the island…. 

It sounds like something out of Home Alone. We couldn’t make it all up, even if we tried.
We luckily had a pretty uneventful plane journey, the smalls behaved well apart from H repeatedly asking his Daddy “if the plane was going to crash and would we die?” Shhh H ssshhhhhhhh H! 

Oh and Mr. H apparently lost us all for half an hour at Gatwick airport… he didn’t of course, he decided to buy Baileys but needed my phone with our boarding cards on, can we just discuss why we need to show boarding cards at the airport to buy things? We’ve all got through security ?!?! Any who the smalls were literally running rings around me so I decided to pop my head and body into Cath Kidston ( Favourite shop! ) however I left the older two smalls and our buggy and bags outside the shop so Mr.H could see where we were. He didn’t. He thought we had done a runner *As I would with three small toads in toe. He almost contacted security…. ALMOST. I’m pretty sure we were missing for less than 10 mins MAX!

Once we had landed on the beautiful island of Tenerife, the smalls were pretty over excited and it was getting late (for them and me!) we had ages to wait for our baggage and buggy, the next step was getting our hire car. Something we do a lot, most of our holidays abroad we hire a car to give us that extra bit of freedom, to explore the country. I mean we love a beach day and lazing around the pool… but on a serious note with three smalls us adults don’t get much relaxing, do we? It’s so easy to get in the car and explore. 

We started queing at the kiosk. Two couples in front of us. I thought easy this wont take long. WRONG! About 15 minutes or so into standing around the lady told us we had to go around to the other side, as this kiosk was shutting. With three or four families behind us, we had no hope getting our car anytime soon. In fact it took about 2 infuriating hours to finally get our keys. Meanwhile the smalls had been dancing, playing cars, doing racing between us and a Christmas tree the other end of the airport…. I was ready to lose my mind. 

Keys handed to us, time to find the car. Felt like another two hours later and car found.
The car was in awful bodywork condition. We couldn’t believe it. The bonnet was so damaged the open bonnet sign was on. Mr.H ran back to the Hire car kiosk to make sure they are aware of the damage, she assured us we were in fact covered for any damage and the car is safe to drive…. Blah blah blah.

Smalls in the car we had an hour and a half to drive to the hotel. Cheeky stop off at Mc Donalds as we all were starting to get Hangry!

Arrived at the Hotel we thought everyone else was staying at, It was 10:30pm, traveling all day we were totally ready for bed.
Phoned Sister inlaw and told her to knock at room 303, couple of minutes later door knocks, oh
must be sister inlaw…. Nope it was the lovely receptionist with our hair dryer and remote (€20 for the privilege  of using the TV & drying my hair) 

I left the door a jar for my sister inlaw, she couldn’t be far away…. How big is this hotel?
She rang back telling me that she was knocking on the door!. Oh god. Is there other buildings? Mr.H asked her to go to Reception and stand by the Christmas tree. Yep she was, but so was Mr.H! He asked the lovely Receptionist if there was any other buildings or another reception? Nope. Was the response. Oh my god! Where are we?
They put find my iphone app on. Sister inlaw OH MY GOD You're over an HOUR and a half away! WHAT!?
We had booked the Hotel on the north side of the island. EVERYBODY else had booked the same hotel chain but on the correct south side of the island. 

We all love a Flamingo!
I honestly felt like we had been in some kind of sick prank! What were the chances? It’s absolutely ridiculous. This was meant to be a relatively stress free Christmas away. Spending quality time with the family without a huge commute. However we are a positive family. We will make this work. The following day we set off in the car… through the scariest mountains, remember we were also in a car that felt like it may fall apart at any moment. The journey was like a rally track with no road crash panels and steep drops with tarmac falling away from the road, smalls in the back singing to ‘cause baby you're a FIREWORK!’ whilst Mr.H is concentrating trying to stay on the road. It took over an hour and a half. I clung on to the door handles with my life. Sounds crazy dramatic now but at the time I was in a blur of stress, sleep deprivation and worry. 
Christmas Eve

We spent the morning at beach and met up with everyone at their hotel afterwards. 
 We managed to get a lovely apartment from bookings.com next to everyone's hotel, It was so nice to go out for a meal with everbody and not have to drive the 2 hours back to our original hotel. 
Christmas day was fantastic and the children behaved beautifully. 

21st century dad.
 
I would definitely spend Christmas away again. The children had a few presents but the main thing that excited them was spending time with family, isn't that what Christmas is all about? 


Merry Christmas

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year

You can keep up to date with us over on Istagram - bex.waight

CHANGING ROOMS FOR EVERYONE - Sudocrem





Five years after launching the first Baby Changing Room Awards and sponsoring the National Childbirth Trust Baby Change App, Britain’s leading nappy cream brand Sudocrem is once again pioneering the way with a new category to recognise the importance of Changing Places toilets for disabled children.

There are 800,000 disabled children in the UK but only 1058 Changing Places toilets to meet their needs. This means that parents like Laura Rutherford, whose son Brody, 5, suffers from GDD, epilepsy, hypermobility and hypotonia, is forced to change her son on a toilet floor. “Life beyond a baby changing table when your child is doubly incontinent means constant exclusions when you go out as a family. It’s heart breaking for us as parents and this is an issue that will sadly become harder and harder as he grows up. He is different not less. Time for change."

Since 2012, Sudocrem has campaigned for change with an award scheme to recognise the importance of good nappy changing facilities. Past winners have included Mothercare, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s and the National Museums of Scotland.

“From day one, we wanted to show that baby changing rooms are important and often over-looked. We’re proud that our campaign has been recognised and won the OTC Marketing Award 2017. Now we’re ready to tackle the issue of facilities for disabled children by working with the charity PAMIS (Promoting A More Inclusive Society) to highlight the Changing Places facilities that organisations such as Arsenal Football Club have put in to make a difference to a wider range of people. It’s all about inspiring people by setting a good example.”

There are three categories for this year’s award scheme:
· Baby Changing Room of the Year
· Dad’s Changing Rooms
· Changing Places Toilet (in association with PAMIS)

Jenny Miller CEO of PAMIS explains, “We are thrilled that Sudocrem have recognized the needs of children with complex needs as they grow too large for baby changing facilities. Children and young people who require these facilities are often prevented from taking part in their communities by the simple things that we take for granted. In 2007 we cofounded the Changing Places Consortium and campaign to develop accessible facilities for the most disabled people in the UK. The Sudocrem award scheme is a great idea and we’re confident it’s going to make a big difference!

If you would like to nominate a changing room for the award, then let us know which facility,


why you want to nominate it and preferably include a photo on Facebook via the Sudocrem website www.sudocrem.co.uk/social-hub or by emailing competitions@satellitepr.com.

Entries will be judged by the NCT, PAMIS and Sudocrem. The closing date for entries is 31st January 2018 and the winners will be announced by the 9th March 2018.

The winning facilities will receive an engraved plaque. Everyone who nominates their favourite facilities will also be entered in to a prize draw for the chance to win a short break at a family friendly hotel.





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