Back to School Buys and a Give Away

Have you purchased your child’s school uniform yet? I used to buy the badged items from the school reception before they broke up, then I’d buy trousers, shirts, blouses and p.e kits during the holiday, leaving the shoes until last!

This year I’m feeling rather nervous and out of control as the school uniform is changing and we can’t buy the badged items or p.e. shirts and bags until September…eeek! Talk about cutting it short. A little more reassuring is that the kids have an extra two weeks off in September so I guess it’s still plenty of time.

Not only is the uniform changing but so is the school. The younger ones are moving into the Secondary School with Star and it’s going to become an all-through school.

I’ve been looking around for uniforms and to be honest it’s a bit of a nightmare, particularly online as everything seems to be sold out already. Also, when you are buying online you have to be careful that the clothes are good quality. So although I may ‘top up’ on uniform items during the year from supermarkets like Asda and Aldi, I do like to make sure they start the year in smart clothes that I know will last them until they grow.

Last September I bought shoes from Clarke’s and they last all school year. A bit of polish and they still look like new. The Little Man’s feet are the only ones that have grown much so he will need a size bigger. Although, they will all be getting new shoes in September.

I’ve been looking through the John Lewis range of School wear and I’ve been filling up my basket. They have an entire school shop and even provide badged items for certain schools all around the country. You can even download a school uniform checklist to print off and check the items as you get them.

Here is the John Lewis statement about their uniform.

Our school uniform is market-leading thanks to the ingenious designs, extra protection on the fabrics and clever finishing touches.
Each piece is designed to last, look great and make maintenance easy.

What I really like about the site is that you can find everything you need in one place, from clothing to lunch boxes, stationary to name labels, you can even buy lab coats and water bottles. The list goes on.

I’ve been having trouble finding black joggers for my kid’s p.e. kit. They have them at John Lewis in all three sizes and the prices start from £7 for the Little Man, £8 for Boo and only £10 for Star. I’ve had real trouble finding plain black joggers in Star’s size, and most have been over the £10 mark, even at Asda (and they didn’t have any in stock!)

Boo has decided she wants to wear a skirt rather than trousers and I love this classic pleated school skirt. It comes in black, blue and grey and fits from 3 years to 16 years. The prices are £10-£16. A little bit more than the supermarket but so nice and you just know they are going to look smart for a long time.
So what about stationary? You’ll find everything you need at John Lewis but I’ve been browsing these pencil cases, I wish I’d had a choice like this when I was at school! But, saying that, I’m glad I didn’t because I probably wouldn’t be able to choose. Here’s one that Boo likes.

Where do you buy your kid’s school uniform from? Would you consider John Lewis? Have you bought your uniform already? I’d love to know in the comments.

Give Away – Unicorn Liquid Pencil Case

How would you like to win a little something to help with the Back To School Blues.
I’m giving away a NPW Unicorn Pencil Case.
This cute unicorn pencil case is perfect for storing all your stationery essentials in for school. One side is liquid lined, with unicorns, rainbows and shooting stars floating around the bright blue case.
Fill in the Rafflecopter Widget for your chance to win.

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Unfolding Journeys from Lonely Planet Kids – review and give away

As you know, here at the Raisie Bay household we love our books. We’ve been a big fan of Lonely Planet Kids books for quite a while, despite us not being big travellers. There are other ways of finding out about the world.

The book I am reviewing today is Unfolding Journeys – Following the Great Wall

ISBN: 9781786571977 Language: English
Authors: Stewart Ross, Victo Ngai
16 pages, 16 pp colour | Dimensions: 934mm x 305mm

“From the dusty desert of Gansu province to the rolling waves of the Yellow Sea, this amazing journey takes you past flaming mountains and ancient wonders. Watch out for mighty fortresses, giant pandas and the extraordinary Army of Terracotta Warriors.  Along the way you’ll discover breathtaking wonders of nature, visit modern China, and see how the traditions and landscape of the Great Wall are changing. You’ll also encounter fascinating ancient Chinese monuments and amazing creatures living near the Wall.”

Created in consultation with William Lindesay OBE – author, presenter, geographer, researcher and leading non-Chinese expert on the Great Wall.

The first thing you notice about this book is that it doesn’t read like a normal book by turning the pages.  It starts off with an information page and fact file and then you are off on your journey along the Great Wall of China. As the book unfolds each part of the journey is marked with short facts which are numbered 1-49. If you want to find out more detail you can look up the number on the reverse side. By the time you have finished you will have unfolded the pages of the book into an eight page frieze of the Great Wall, with all the detailed facts listed along the back.

The book would be a great learning tool for a pupil wanting more information on the Great Wall. It would look good pinned up on a wall or board for reference in a classroom. The frieze is illustrated throughout making it attractive as well as factual.

The book is aimed at children aged 7 plus and is priced at £12.99, although at the time of publishing this post it can be purchased for just £8.70.

The Book I am going to give away is Unfolding Journeys – Secrets of the Nile.

ISBN: 9781786571052 Language: English
Authors: Stewart Ross
16 pages, 16 pp colour | Dimensions: 230mm x 305mm

“From the golden beaches of the Mediterranean, travel upstream to explore the cultural, historical and natural wonders of ancient and modern Egypt. Find out about Egyptian pharaohs and explore their treasures, tombs and mummies; visit modern Egypt and see how the landscape of the Nile is changing; discover the Pyramids and other wonders of the ancient world; and encounter some of the exotic creatures that make the Nile their home.” 

Created in consultation with Anthony Sattin – award-winning author, journalist and fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.



If you would like the chance to win a copy of this book please fill in the gadget below.

Terms and Conditions

1. UK only (sorry)

2. Giveaway closes  27th July 2017

3. Entries will be validated according to the rules of entry
4. There is 1 prize of a Lonely Planet Kids Book
5. The data of anyone that enters won’t be passed on to any third parties or used for any unsolicited marketing communications.
6. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or any other social media.
7. The winner will be randomly chosen, and will be shown on this post, with further notifications may be shared on social media.
8. The winner will be notified via email, and will need to respond within 4 weeks otherwise a further winner will be drawn.
9. Prize will be sent out within one week of receiving e-mail details via the supplier.
10.If the prize is not available an alternative may be sent of the same value.

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Teacher Gifts Guide and Competition

It’s that time of year when it’s almost the end of term and parents start thinking of gifts for their kid’s teacher. In the past I’ve spent ages with my kids making home made gifts or baking cupcakes. Last year I wasn’t well enough and this year I find that they are getting a bit old for the home made things so I will have to buy presents again. Thankfully, Star is now in Secondary School so I only have to buy two gifts for Boo and the Little Man.

Do you buy presents for your kid’s teacher? Tell me what you are buying this year for an entry into my new competition for a box of Cadbury’s Chocolate for sharing. A great way to get the summer holiday started.

First though, please take a moment to browse some of the teacher’s gifts that I’ve found. I would love it if you were to click through as there are lots of other gifts available on these sites and I’m sure  you will find something that’s just perfect for your child’s teacher.

Box of Treats

Last year I bought Star’s teacher a one off box of treats from Boxcitement. She was absolutely thrilled with it. You can find some bargains on the sale page.
boxcitement gift box

Tea Lovers Gift

Who doesn’t love a nice cuppa! This gift from Twinings is just lovely and they have many other gifts in their shop too.
twinings tea gift

Travel Books

Why not inspire the teacher to get away from it all during the break with a fabulous travel book like Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist
ultimate travelist book

Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

Now this is a great gift for any teacher, they can go home, bake themselves a delicious chocolate chip cookie in less than a minute and put their feet up, relax and enjoy! Contains 3 portions to microwave in just 45 seconds.
chocolate chip cookie mug mix

Cat Mug

Do you know that your kids teacher is a cat lover? Well, then they would love to receive this amazing Cat Mug from My Geek Box. You can find all sorts of geeky gifts  at My Geek Box from Doctor Who to Star Wars and much more and prices start from less than £10. So check them out if you are looking for something a little bit different. 
cat mug

Chocolate

Chocolate is a great gift but you could make it even greater buy buying a personalised Dairy Milk bar from Cadburys. You can personalise bars from 110g for £4, 200g for £5, 360g for £7 and 850g for £12. So, something to suit all budgets. It’s real easy to do too.
personalised chocolate bar

Competition Time

To get your Summer Holidays off to a good start I’m giving you the chance to win a Cadbury Treasure box full of 18 bars of chocolate for sharing. (or not!)
cadburys treasure box
Fill in the widget to enter and Good Luck!
You can find another competition on my blog here.

Terms and Conditions

1. UK only (sorry)

2. Giveaway closes  21st July 2017

3. Entries will be validated according to the rules of entry
4. There is 1 prize of a Cadbury’s Treasure Box
5. The data of anyone that enters won’t be passed on to any third parties or used for any unsolicited marketing communications.
6. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or any other social media.
7. The winner will be randomly chosen, and will be shown on this post, with further notifications may be shared on social media.
8. The winner will be notified via email, and will need to respond within 4 weeks otherwise a further winner will be drawn.
9. Prize will be sent out within one week of receiving e-mail details via the supplier.
10.If the prize is not available an alternative may be sent of the same value.

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Big Little Hippo – Review and Give Away

I’ve recently sorted out all my kids books and donated a lot of the baby books. Now we still have tons of books but the Little Man was short of early reader books so I need to replenish his stock.

To start off I’ve been gifted a copy of Big Little Hippo which is great for young children. I’m also giving away three copies of this book in my latest competition.

Big Little Hippo
By Valeri Gorbachev
Little Hippo is the youngest in his family… and the smallest. Smaller than his parents and siblings. Smaller than his friends, too, from old Crocodile to giant Elephant. And even though everyone promises he’ll grow, Little Hippo doesn’t want to wait. He wants to be big RIGHT NOW! But when he helps a creature even tinier than himself, Little Hippo learns that it’s the size of his heart that counts most of all.
9781454919063 – HB with Jacket – £11.99 – Sterling

Available soon from GMC Group

The Little Man was able to read the book to me which is great practice for his reading. We loved the story of the little hippo, he was upset about being so small until he was helpful to a smaller creature and was called big. It shows that it’s not about size after all.
The book is hardback with a dust cover. The illustrations are really enticing and we enjoyed them very much.

If you would like to win a copy of this book I have three to give away. Just complete the widget below and good luck!

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Terms and Conditions

1. UK only (sorry)

2. Giveaway closes 17th June 2017

3. Entries will be validated according to the rules of entry
4. There 3 prizes of a copy of Little Big Hippo children’s book
5. The data of anyone that enters won’t be passed on to any third parties or used for any unsolicited marketing communications.
6. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or any other social media.
7. The winner will be randomly chosen, and will be shown on this post, with further notifications may be shared on social media.
8. The winner will be notified via email, and will need to respond within 4 weeks otherwise a further winner will be drawn.
9. Prize will be sent out within one week of receiving e-mail details via the supplier.
10.If the prize is not available an alternative may be sent of the same value.
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Make it a Happy Father’s Day With Cadburys – gift guide and competition

Father’s Day is coming up next and I’m sure most Dad’s would like one of these gifts from Cadbury’s Gift Shop. Read on for your chance to win a choccie prize in my new competition.

The Hero Dad

What could be a better gift than this Heroes box of delicious treats.

CONTAINS: 1 x Cadbury Heroes 185g, 1 x 110g Cadbury Dairy Milk Bar, 1 x Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations Jelly Popping Candy bar, 1 x Double Decker, 1 x Crunchie, 1 x Wispa, 1 x Dairy Milk Freddo, 1 x Chomp bar , 1 x Fudge
Cost: £10

The Vehicle Loving Dad. 

Cadbury’s do some great Corgi toys for those Dad’s that have never really grown up. As well as this fab plane you can get a Mini,  a Routemaster Bus and a Tanker

 
CONTAINS: 1 x Boxed Cadbury Dairy Milk Bi-Plane by Corgi- Special Edition Die Cast Model wingspan 9.5 cm . 
Cost: £8.99 for plane, £5.99 for other vehicles 

The Beer Loving Dad.

I bought one of these for my husband on his birthday, it really is a lovely gift, Cadbury Bars and Beer.

CONTAINS 
1 x 200g Cadbury Dairy Milk Bar, 1 x 200g Dairy Milk Fruit & Nut Bar 1 x 200g Dairy Milk Caramel Bar, 1 x 200g Dairy Milk Whole Nut Bar, 1 x 500ml Hambleton Ales Stallion- Premium Yorkshire Bitter, ALC 4.2%, 1x 500ml Hambleton Ales Thoroughbred – Premium Pale Ale 5.0 ABV, 1 x 500ml Hambleton Ales Good As Gold Ale ALC 4.5%
Cost: £18


The Toblerone King Dad! 

Even better than a bar of Toblerone, a bar of King Dad Toblerone. Dad’s would love this.
CONTAINS 
1 x King Dad Toblerone Milk 360g. Cost £4.99

The Wine Loving Dad.

What about something bigger? this gorgeous Chocolate and Wines Hamper would certainly make a Dad’s day special.

CONTAINS 
1 x 16 Little Black Pigs Pinot Grigio 75cl, 1 x 16 Little Black Pigs Shiraz Cabernet 75cl, 1 x 420g Chocolate Eclairs Carton, 1 x 187g Heroes Carton, 1 x 321g Roses Carton, 1 x 180g Milk Tray Box, 1 x Cadbury Boost Bites Bag, 1 x 110g Dairy Milk Bar, Cadbury purple organza bag with 2 x Fudge, 2 x Chomp, 2 x Freddo, Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons and Cadbury White Buttons 
Cost £50

The Sweet Dad.

What about the Dad who Doesn’t like chocolate? Don’t worry, Cadbury’s still have the perfect gift. Take a look at this Sweet Gift Hamper.

CONTAINS 
1 x 192g Maynards Bassetts Mint Favourites Bag, 1 x 165g Maynards Bassetts Sports Mixture Bag,1 x 160g Maynards Bassetts Midget Gems Bag, 1 x 200g Maynards Basset’s Pear Drops Bag, 1x 190g Maynards Bassetts Wine Gums Bag, 1 x 190g Maynards Bassetts Jelly Babies Bag, 1 x 165g Maynards Bassetts Sports Mixture, 1x 192g Maynards Bassetts Sherbet Lemons Bag, 1 x 165g Maynards Bassetts Wine Gums Tangy Bag

Cost: £15.50

There is so much more to choose from at the Cadbury’s Gift Shop. There is something to suit every budget too. 
I’m offering a Heroes Treasure Box to one of my lucky readers and all you have to do is fill in the Raffle Copter entry form. Don’t forget to read the Terms and Conditions below. This is a UK only competition. (sorry)

Why not tell me in the comments which gift your Dad deserves this Father’s Day?

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Terms and Conditions

1. UK only (sorry)

2. Giveaway closes  7th June 2017

3. Entries will be validated according to the rules of entry
4. There is 1 prize of a Cadbury’s Heroes Treasure Box
5. The data of anyone that enters won’t be passed on to any third parties or used for any unsolicited marketing communications.
6. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or any other social media.
7. The winner will be randomly chosen, and will be shown on this post, with further notifications may be shared on social media.
8. The winner will be notified via email, and will need to respond within 4 weeks otherwise a further winner will be drawn.
9. Prize will be sent out within one week of receiving e-mail details via the supplier.
10.If the prize is not available an alternative may be sent of the same value.
11. There is no guarantee that this prize will be sent out in time for Father’s Day.

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A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I’ve also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me…is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I’ve loved. If I don’t love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It’s always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I’ll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.