Frugal Ideas: Clothing

NCT Nearly New Sales

Autumn and Spring are the best times to find an NCT nearly new sale. There are many in the area and if you are an NCT member you will be allowed entry into the sale before other consumers. Be warned though, they are a bit of a bun fight.

Table Top Sales in your area

The best way to find out about local table top sales are to look in the Gazette, The Observor (local papers) or read your local community leaflet or magazine. If you live near a Community Hall you can also keep a look out for posters advertising any local sales

Freegle

Freegle not only allows you to offer your items for good, but it also allows you to request items. If you place a post with “Wanted” at the beginning an email will be sent out to the community and anyone who has your items available for offer will be able to email you directly.

Cheapcycle

This is along the same lines as Freegle but all items are priced for under £50.

Gumtree

Very similar to Cheapcycle but also includes bigger ticket items

Store Sales

If you sign up to many of the larger chain stores they will often email you dates of sales and discount codes.
Festival Place has the following places selling baby and children clothes (please let me know if I’ve missed any!):

Mama’s and Papa’s
Pumpkin Patch
Next
M&S
Boots
H&M
Monsoon
New Look
Primark

Supermarket Sales

Many of the big supermarket chains have great clothing ranges that are very reasonably priced. Sainsburys and Asda seem to do baby clothes that are bigger in sizes and therefore last longer.

Little Pickles Markets

These tend to be in South Hampshire and the closest event is in Winchester.

Baby and Children Markets

There is a franchise who operates in Tadley and across Basingstoke. Keep an eye on the website for future events.

Are there any other frugal clothing ideas for babies and children that you can think of?

Musical Shakers

Miss NHM and I made a shaker at a baby PEEP class that we visited out in Kingsclere when Miss NHM was 7 months old.

We still have her shaker now, at 3 1/2 years old and she still plays with it!

What you will need

  • ·      1 plastic cup
  • ·      Dried rice or lentils
  • ·      Paper
  • ·      Sellotape
  • ·      Pens, stickers or paints to decorate

Steps to making a shaker

  • ·      Fill your chosen container with lentils or rice
  • ·      Cover the top of the cup with paper and secure with sellotape
  • ·      Decorate the shaker using a range  of pens and paints or other  decorative material

Tips for staying safe …

  • ·      Young children must be supervised at all times.
  • ·       Do not allow your child to ingest the rice or lentils (risk of choking)
  • ·       Do not use ceramic cups

Working together

  • ·      Enhance your child’s communication by asking what they are doing with each stage
  • ·      Ask your child about the colours and shapes they are using to decorate their shaker.
  • ·      Introduce your child to basic beats and rhythms. You might like to use familiar words from nursery rhymes to start with.
  • ·      Use an empty kitchen roll as an alternative to a plastic cup

A guide to learning and development outcomes for your child

By doing this activity with me you will help me to develop my fine motor skills and grasping movements.  This activity will also help to develop my hand eye coordination.  This is called my physical development.

When you make a shaker with me you will help me to learn about sounds, beats and rhythms, colours and shapes.  You will also be helping me with my conversation skills.  This is called my intellectual development.

We can talk about colours and sounds together.  You will be helping me with my range of vocabulary and speech and language development.  Help me to learn words such as shake, rattle, swish, count.

Making a shaker will give me lots of enjoyment and a sense of achievement.

When you praise and encourage me, you will help to raise my self-esteem and build my confidence.  This is good for my emotional development.

By enjoying this activity with siblings, I will learn how to learn to share and take turns which will help me with my social development.

The sound that the shaker makes will help by helping me to understand different sounds.  Colours will stimulate my vision and the essences will introduce me to a range of new scents which will help my sensory development.

Child Safe Zones at Festival Place

Basingstoke Festival Place operates as a Child Safe Zone:

Around the country, shopping centres, beaches, visitor attractions and other family venues are becoming Child Safe Zones…

If you have children its very likely you have experienced that dreaded moment when you turn around and your child is out of sight… the Child Safe Zones scheme can help.

If you lose your child in a Child Safe Zone, simply ring the number clearly displayed on the Child Safe Zones stickers or posters for direct contact with the local security team – getting help with your search quickly. This simple, effective service works for everyone and is free.

You do not need to register with FamilySafePlus+ and you do not have to buy any Child Safe Accessories. Just call the number displayed.

Virtually every venue in the UK has a missing child procedure. The Child Safe Zone Scheme simply brings all these systems under one nationally recognised identity – helping venues and parents to keep children safe and found.

This scheme is can prove equally valuable for older children and vulnerable adults, where personal safety is an issue.

Free Wristbands

All Child Safe Zones offer free wristbands allowing children to carry their parent or guardian’s contact mobile number safely. Look out for the dispensers as you enter the Zone, and help Child Safe Zones to reunite your child with you quickly, if they lose sight of you.

Resource: http://www.childsafezones.co.uk/childsafe-zones.html#

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All those Questions you’ve been dying to ask your Toddler…

1. What is something Mummy always says to you?

2. What makes Mummy happy?

3. What makes Mummy sad?

4. How does your mummy make you laugh?

5. What did your mummy like to do when she was little?

6. How old is your mummy?

7. How tall is your mummy?

8. What is her favorite thing to watch on TV?

9. What does your mummy do when you’re not there?

10. What is your mummy really good at?

11. What is your mummy not very good at?

12. What does your mummy do for her job?

13. What is your mummy’s favourite food?

14. What makes you proud of your mummy?

15. If your mummy were a cartoon character, who would she be?

16. What do you and your mummy do together?

17. How are you and your mummy the same?

18. How are you and your mummy different?

19. How do you know your mummy loves you?

20. What does your mummy like most about your daddy?

21. Where is your mummy’s favourite place to go?

22. What is one thing you wish you could change about your mummy?

23. What would your mummy do with a million pounds?

24. What do you wish you could go and do with your mummy?

25. What is one thing you hope never changes about your mummy?

Farm Shops in Basingstoke/North Hampshire

Farm Shops are great places to look for organic/local produce for your children to eat.

Several shops sell weaning boxes at reasonable prices.

April 2013 Post: Pick Your Own Farm’s in North Hampshire and Berkshire

September 2013 Post: Review: NorthDown Orchard Deliveries

Local Farm Shops

Manydown Farm Shop – Worting Road, Basingstoke

Family run award winning butcher, pie and sausage maker and farm shop.

  • Scrapps Hill Farm, 550 Worting Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire
  • Tel: 01256 460 068

Newlyns Farm Shop – North Warnborough, Hook

Newlyns Farm is an award winning farm shop located in North Warnborough and Andover, both in North Hampshire.

  • Lodge Farm, Hook Road, North Warnborough, Hook
  • Tel: 01256 704 128

Portland Farm Shop (no website) – North Waltham

Farm shop selling free range eggs, seasonal local vegetables,fruit, honey and preserves. Some PYO when fruit is ready.

  • Portland Farm, Popham Lane, North Waltham, Basingstoke, Hampshire
  • 01256 398593

Holdshott Farm Shop – Heckfield

We have been providing fine food including free range & organic meat, poultry, fruit and veg to Hampshire, Berkshire and the UK for over 40 years.

  • Holdshott Farm Shop, Holdshott Farm, Heckfield, Hook, Hampshire, UK, RG27 0JZ
    Telephone/Fax: 0118 932 6650

The Wellington Farm Shop – Hook

Offering the highest quality locally sourced fresh meat, cheese and produce, Wellington Farm Shop provides discerning rural residents a shopping experience synonymous with the fine food stores of London.

  • Park Corner Farm, Welsh Lane, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 0LJ
  • Tel: 0118 932 6132

Bowtells Farm Shop – Alton

The Bowtell’s Farm Shop stocks Free Range and traditionally grown Free Range Pork, Free Range Beef, Free Range Lamb, dry cured bacon and award winning sausages.

  • East Tisted, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 3QG
  • Tel: 01420 588418

Mill Farm Organic Shop – Alton

We are a small traditional family run farm, farming to Soil Association Organic Standards. We have had our full organic status for 6 years now. We have two farm trails/walks open throughout the year on and around the farm.

  • Mill Farm, Isington, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 4PN
  • Tel: 01420 22331

Babies – Treasure Baskets

Treasure Baskets

A baby’s brain is growing fast, developing in response to her surroundings through the senses of touch, smell, taste, hearing, sight and movement. Babies are naturally curious about the world and the more experiences they are offered, where they can choose, the more those experiences will feed their curiosity.

The treasure basket is a collection of everyday objects chosen to stimulate the different senses. It is one way of giving babies a wide range of experiences that help the brain to make connections and develop – and helps to keep them happy! Babies learn from the treasure basket by looking, touching, sucking, licking, banging, picking up and dropping. It gives babies the chance to explore and decide for themselves what they wato to play with. Babies’ curiosity about the contents of teh treasure basket means that they will often concentrate for longer and longer periods of time.

We often forget that, until a baby can move independently, her choices are limited to what the people around her will give her to play with. Through repeated handling of a variety of objects, babies learn many abstract concepts to do with the physical qualities of objects, such as coldness, smoothness, heaviness and prickliness.

Making the treasure basket

  • A treasure basket should not tip over too easily
  • Fill the basket with objects, so that your baby has plenty to choose from
  • Babies often want to put everything into their mouths. Make sure that everything you choose for the basket is safe
  • Everyday items from around the home are best. The purpose is to offer interest through smell, taste, sound, touch and sight (e.g. from colour, form, length, shininess)

A basket could contain

  • Natural objects – fir cones, big shells, large walnuts, pumice stone, fruit: apple, lemon
  • Objects made from natural material – woollen ball, little baskets, brushes (test bristles are firmly attached)
  • Wood – rattles, spoons, egg cups, bowls, pegs, napkin rings
  • Metal – spoons, tin lids, tea strainer, garlic squeezer, bunch of keys
  • Odds and ends – little notebooks, small purses, small cardboard boxes, inside of kitchen roles

Using the treasure basket

  • Sit nearby and watch to give your baby confidence. There is no need to talk or intervene unless your baby clearly needs attention.
    Make sure that your baby is seated comfortably and safely, with cushions for support if necessary
  • Check the contents of the basket regularly, cleaning objects and removing any damaged items
  • It helps to change some of the items in the treasure basket from time to time
  • Try not to take charge and hand baby objects as this can sometimes be overwhelming for the baby

If you have an older child try providing a distraction for them to play with so your baby can explore at their own pace.

Taken from: http://www.peeple.org.uk/node/152

Luxury Afternoon Tea in and around Basingstoke

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For those days when you really need spoiling!

Audley’s Wood Hotel

Alton Road, Basingstoke, Alton, Hampshire RG25 2JT

At Audleys Wood Hotel we delight guests with our traditional afternoon tea in Hampshire. What better place to enjoy this fine tradition than in the grand drawing room of this historic country house. Gaze out the ceiling high windows whilst savouring each of our carefully prepared cakes, dainty sandwiches and the finest leaf tea, served to perfection.

  • Full Afternoon Tea costs £15.50 per person and Cream Tea costs £8.50 per person.
  • Upgrade to a Royal Afternoon Tea and enjoy a glass of Champagne for £24.50 per person.

Tel: 01256 817555

The Four Seasons Hotel

Dogmersfield Park, Chalky Lane, Dogmersfield, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 8TD

Located in the Manor House, The Library has been restored to its former glory as an elegant, beautifully appointed residents’ lounge. Decorated in warm earth tones, The Library boasts an abundance of lush armchairs, supple sofas and coffee tables for relaxation and luxury.

  • Traditional afternoon tea, The Library’s speciality, is served daily from 3-5pm.

Tel: 01252 853000

Tylney Hall

 Rotherwick, Hook, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom, RG27 9AZ

Cream tea £15.00 per person –  Scones, preserves and tea (available Monday to Friday)

  • Full tea £22.00 per person – Sandwiches, cakes and scone (available Monday to Sunday)
  • Champagne tea£30.00 per person – Sandwiches, cakes, scones and a glass of Canard Duchene (available Monday to Sunday)

Afternoon tea is served from 3.30pm until 5pm from Monday to Saturday and from 4.00pm – 5.00pm on Sundays.

Tel: 01256 764881

Oakley Hall

Rectory Road, Oakley, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG23 7EL

Afternoon Tea served between 2pm and 5pm, seven days a week, either on the Garden Terrace or in the Library.

  • Afternoon tea is priced at £17.95 per adult and £8.95 for children.
  • Full Afternoon Tea with a glass of Reynier Champagne £26.95 per person.

To Book please contact reception on +44(0)1256 783350 or reception@oakleyhall-park.com

Related Pages

Reasonably Priced Afternoon Tea’s

Date Night Ideas for Autumn

Food

NHM posts for “Non” parents

Basingstoke Under 6 year old’s

Mum Tip Tip’s! 

Parents

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Pushchair Friendly Walks Near Basingstoke

Review: Alice Holt, Farnham

Great Picnic Spots near Basingstoke

Farley Mount – Winchester

  • No toilet facilities
  • Free parking
  • Has an excellent outdoor area for toddlers
  • Farm shop on the way in from Winchester or Waitrose nearby for picnic bits
  • Path’s aren’t distinct but are fairly pushchair friendly
  • See my review of Farley Mount from 2013

Basingstoke Canal – Odiham

  • Castle remains are pretty cool although you can no longer picnic inside it, have to sit outside :-(
  • Path can be quite thin in place but still should still be able to use with an off road buggy.

Frensham Little Pond/Great Pond – Near Farnham

  • Nearest sandy “beach”!

Fleet Pond – Fleet

  • Tiny sandy beach
  • picnic benches
  • jetty’s for feeding the ducks
  • entry road in is a bit hair raising!

Queen Elizabeth Country Park – Horndean

Staunton Country Park – Havant

Royal Victoria Country Park – Southampton

Other Walks

Aldermaston Common – On the road from Basingstoke to Newbury

  • Several Car Parks around the common

Hook Common – Just off Junction 5 of M3

  • Has big red cows with big horns wandering around and often horses grazing, so if have dogs need to keep control of them.

Yateley Common Country Park – Nr Yately

Newbury Race Course/Watership Down – near Kingsclere, RG28 7NJ

Micheldever Wood

Victoria Park

Medstead Forest – Near to Alton

  • Lovely in spring time when the Bluebells are out

Danebury Iron Age Hillfort – Near Andover