Pep & Co – Spend a Little, Get A Lot

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We are all looking for to get something for nothing, or at least, very little. Especially in the clothing department. I mean, we will all always need clothes, it’s  a given.

So when something new hits the high street, I get far too over excited about it. So much so, I wanted to share this excitement with you.

You may or may not have noticed Pep & Co stores popping up all over the UK, you may always have seen their hit ITV show Bargain wars, which shows the business growing at an incredible rate. All for good reason.

Pep & Co are a new clothing store, much like the likes of Primark but the quality is so much better. Not to knock Primark, but I don’t like people seeing my bum when I wear their leggings. #justsaying

Pep & Co have been popping up all over the place, so when I saw one at our local shopping Centre, I had to go in and have a look.

I was amazed. I probably made too many “wow” sounds and brought the girls uniform for like every day of the week.

They have white polo shirts for £1! £1!

And don’t think, that because they are such a steal that they are pants, because they are fabulous! They wash so well, they are super durable, even Liv rolling around in the dirt hasn’t left a mark.

And the same can be said for the rest of their clothes. They have so many beautiful styles and a range for men, women and children.

I really, truly and honest love the brand. I love watching them on the TV and I love wearing their clothes and telling every poor person that I meet about them.

Oh, and they also have 101 money back guarantee on their school uniform! So even if you did have issues, you have 101 days to exchange them!

Amazing.

So, check out their website, see if you have a store near you and check it out. Even if you don’t, keep an eye on their social media for new store openings, they are opening so many stores so quickly!

Also, watch my haul video below 🙂

Beat Bugs Now On NETFLIX

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The Beat Bugs are charming, funny, adventurous, and have a knack for getting themselves into mischief and mayhem. Each of the five friends (Jay, Kumi, Crick, Buzz, and Walter) has a distinctive personality, and they display the charm and energy of five knockabout, lovable kids. They are best friends who band together to explore and learn in an overgrown suburban backyard, which to them is their entire universe.

 

This fun animation series is inspired by the music of the Beatles – sung by international music artists. Most interestingly Sia sings “Blackbird” and P!nk sings “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.” Other renditions of iconic songs will feature from James Bay, The Shins, Of Monsters and Men, Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell, Regina Spektor and Birdy. James Corden also joins musical cast.

NEW PARLIAMENTARY REPORT ON ‘PLAY’ CELEBRATES THE POSITIVE IMPACT PLAYING WITH TECH TOYS CAN HAVE ON A CHILD’S DEVELOPMENT

-LeapFrog Toys back official report which asks the Government to make playing with technology an integral part of initial teacher training-

A new report from a Parliamentary Group has called for play to be at the centre of a ‘whole child’ approach to health and wellbeing. Whilst there is broad consensus about the importance of physical activity in the battle against obesity, play has lost political momentum in recent years and the report, sponsored by LeapFrog, calls for a fresh approach.

What constitutes play in today’s society is questioned by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on a Fit and Healthy Childhood. The report spotlights the positive role of modern technology in child’s play in both home and school settings, affirming that tech toys can be of great value if they are used to support and enhance other learning activities and goals.

The report lands as LeapFrog launch the new Android based tablet for children, LeapFrog Epic, their first device made for sale in the consumer electronics section. Dr Jody Le Vos, director of the LeapFrog Learning Team – a PHD qualified team that sits at the heart of the brand’s educational product development – comments: “We know that children learn best when they are having fun, so tech in the early years setting, be it at home or school, should reflect this – it should be playful”.

Dr. Jody continues: “Dedicated learning tablets designed for kids, for example, hold great play appeal to children and when coupled with the right educational content, it can fully engage a child and help supplement other home or classroom learning techniques.”

The APPG report identifies a need for improved education and guidance for parents and professionals. It calls for initial teacher training to include a focus on playful learning through technology to identify best practises and encourage a varied and balanced classroom diet of learning opportunities through play. It also asks the Government to take responsibility for assisting parents on understanding the criteria for selecting ‘tech toys’ and educating them on how to incorporate them constructively in to child’s play at home.

“There is still a big job out there to support parents” continues Dr. Jody, “for example, we know the amount of screen time parents should give their child is an ongoing concern. As a brand offering a range of educational tech toys for children age 3-9, we take our responsibility to guide parents very seriously. We regularly produce guides and host social Q&A’s for parents on this subject, helping them to understand the positive effects of tech play, the importance of screen quality and often how to develop a screen time ‘plan’ that they are comfortable with at home.”

The launch of the LeapFrog Epic tablet this month illustrates how LeapFrog is trying to further support parents in making tech part of their child’s play diet. Knowing kids are drawn to adult devices and increasingly expecting technology that looks and feels more like their parents, the LeapFrog Epic boasts a sleek ‘grown up’ look. The perfect introduction to tablet play for children, it includes a wealth of parent-pleasing features including parental controls which allows them to set limits on what, when and how long children can use the device.

It also provides children a kid-safe browsing experience through its proprietary LeapSearch browser only allowing access to pre-selected, kid-safe web content from  over 5,000 videos, images, websites and games all reviewed and approved by the LeapFrog learning team. As their child’s interests change and grow, parents can simply add new websites to the LeapSearch browser.

Sally Plumridge, VP Marketing EMEAAA at LeapFrog comments: “We welcome this report as we launch LeapFrog Epic. We believe that a child’s development is a continuous journey and there is a positive place for technology within this. Epic is a shining example of a tech toy that can add value to a child’s learning journey through play. Technology is very much part of the world we now live in and there is a need to refresh our current understanding of play and reshape perceptions around ‘tech toys’. A child’s knowledge and imagination is infinite and technology can help encourage, engage and excite children to reach their full potential”.

The wider report on play analyses indoor and outdoor play, the importance of ‘risky play’ in sharpening decision-making, leadership and team collaboration, play as an essential part of  the learning process both inside and outside the classroom and home and the role of the planning process in making streets and outdoor space playable for children. It calls upon the play industry, advertising, the media and national and local government to recognise the contribution that play can make to children’s lives.

Former ‘Playschool’ TV presenter, Baroness Floella Benjamin chairs the APPG and in speaking of the full report adds: “This is the most comprehensive recent study of play in all its forms and proves the truth of the old saying ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.’ I am delighted to commend it to my parliamentary colleagues.”

AT LAST – A BOOK TO HELP PARENTS COPE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DYSPLASIA OF THE HIP IS PUBLISHED

15 October, 2015: ‘Cast Life – A Parent’s Guide to DDH’ is out today and will offer a much needed, long overdue life line to parents with children suffering from Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH).

DDH occurs when the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit snugly together and whilst it affects between one and three children in every thousand, information and support is shockingly poor leaving parents feeling confused about what happens next.

Inspired by her son who was diagnosed at four months, the author, Natalie Trice, knows all too well that whilst DDH is not life threatening, it certainly is life changing.

Natalie passionately believes that there needs to be more awareness of DDH, which if left untreated, can lead to long term disability, hip replacements and life long pain.

Cast Life is a comprehensive book that covers everything from easy to understand explanations about the condition and the treatments involved to the products available to make life easier for children in casts. It also looks at family life, dealing with emotions as well including first person stories and parent comments.

Professor N. M. P. Clarke ChM, DM, FRCS Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, who wrote the foreword for Cast Life, commented, ““DDH is one of the most common congenital abnormalities and it is remarkable that there is so little information out there. This book is essential reading for the parents of children with the condition, as well as health professionals working with them, and I would love to see it in all clinics around the world.”
 

Natalie added, “When a child is diagnosed with any illness, the parents often feel overwhelmed and want know as much about the condition as possible. When Lucas was diagnosed with DDH I was terrified and my initial search for information threw up horrific images and worst-case scenarios that simply compounded my fear.

“With Lucas facing more surgery this autumn, I am really pleased to have done something to help others as I know how hard the waiting and recovery periods are. Cast Life isn’t loaded with medical jargon, but it gives the reader the knowledge and facts they need to get to grips with DDH so they regain a little bit of control and power in what can be a tough situation.”

Cast Life is available on Amazon in the UK and US and Natalie has also set up Spica Warrior [http://www.spicawarrior.org] a charity offering information about DDH, 10% of the royalties will be going to this cause, and blogs about the condition at http://www.justbecauseilove.co.uk

 

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