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Holiday Opening Times & Delivery Dates - Christmas 2014

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Christmas Opening Hours Over the holiday period the Babyblooms office open hours will be reduced and dispatch times will be earlier due to reduced courier services.Orders placed after 2pm on these days will be packed and dispatched (sent) during the next ‘open’ period. Outside of these hours please feel free to leave us an answerphone message on 01454 272474 or email us: info@babyblooms.co.uk and we’ll contact you as soon as we are back! Monday 22nd December          9am – 5pm Tuesday 23rd December           9am –...

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Christmas Opening Hours

Over the holiday period the Babyblooms office open hours will be reduced and dispatch times will be earlier due to reduced courier services.Orders placed after 2pm on these days will be packed and dispatched (sent) during the next ‘open’ period.

Outside of these hours please feel free to leave us an answerphone message on 01454 272474 or email us: info@babyblooms.co.uk and we’ll contact you as soon as we are back!

Monday 22nd December          9am – 5pm

Tuesday 23rd December           9am – 5pm

Wednesday 24th December   9am – 2pm

Thursday 25th December         Closed

Friday 26th December               Closed

Saturday 27th December          Closed

Sunday 28th December             Closed

Monday 29th December           10am – 2pm

Tuesday 30th December           10am – 2pm

Wednesday 31st December     10am – 2pm

Thursday 1st January                Closed

Friday 2nd January                     9am – 2pm

 

Orders for Personalised Embroidered T- Shirts or Teddy Bears MUST  be placed by Friday 19th December to be guaranteed for delivery before Christmas.

To be delivered before 24th December 2014, orders on a standard 1-3 day delivery option must be placed before 3pm on  Friday 19th December. Orders requiring a Next Working Day Delivery option must be placed by 3pm on Monday 22nd December to guarantee delivery before Christmas.

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Unique Gift Ideas for Baby's First Christmas

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Our very own Babyblooms Grandma, Marilyn Dew shares some unique and special gift ideas for Baby's First Christmas. Having been a buyer and receiver of many baby gifts in the last 50 years, I think the most special gift is for Baby's first Christmas. Let's be honest, babies under the age of one don't have a Christmas wish list and can easily be overwhelmed or unimpressed, so choosing a suitable present is often more about appealing to the parents than...

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Unique Gift Ideas for Baby's First Christmas

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Our very own Babyblooms Grandma, Marilyn Dew shares some unique and special gift ideas for Baby's First Christmas.


Having been a buyer and receiver of many baby gifts in the last 50 years, I think the most special gift is for Baby's first Christmas. Let's be honest, babies under the age of one don't have a Christmas wish list and can easily be overwhelmed or unimpressed, so choosing a suitable present is often more about appealing to the parents than the child. I have loved sourcing unique and special gifts for this year's Babyblooms Christmas Shop and these are my top five favourites:

Personalised First Christmas Baubles

This is a treasured piece which is proudly displayed on the tree year on year. Many customers choose to make this their signature gift and to gift one each year, building a collection that the child (and likely the parents) will treasure into adulthood as a record of Christmases past. Our baubles are made from fine bone china and illustrated with our beautiful Babyblooms Christmas tree.


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Christmas China

I still have china that my daughter Lisa was bought for her First Christmas and we used it every year in the month of December. It was one of our family traditions and I still have it to remind me of those special times.

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Personalised Teddy Bear

Cuddly traditional bears have always been a firm favourite but giving ours personalised and embroidered knitwear means we have an extra special gift for Baby's First Christmas.


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Baby's First Christmas Shoes

I have kept my daughter's first shoes and this is why we wanted to do a special range for Baby's First Christmas. Decorated with our very own teddy bear, Bernard they are available in tan and red making them suitable for boys and girls and after Christmas too.


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Baby's Personalised Christmas T-Shirt

There are certain items of clothing that are kept forever as signature pieces and our fabulous new T-Shirt is one of these. Decorated with the Babyblooms Christmas tree and embroidered with a name of your choice, these make special gifts for Christmas.

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I hope you like our new seasonal range and we will also beautifully wrap them free of charge for you. Our packaging of gifts now comes in one of these new illustrated boxes depicting our BabyBlooms home, local high street and town of Chipping Sodbury. They not only look beautiful but can be played with or kept forever.

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We always like to hear your feedback and any unique gift ideas so we can share them with our community. It won't be long before we have to start sourcing Christmas gifts for 2015!


Merry Christmas


Marilyn Dew (buyer for Babyblooms and mum to founder, Lisa Roberts)

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Welcome to our new look baby gift shop!

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Hello! Welcome to our new look baby gift shop at Babyblooms!We've been busy butterflies these past few months but we're very proud to share our brand new site as well as a sprinkling of new products to take you through Christmas and into the New Year.The original and still the best, you'll find all our beautifully crafted baby clothes bouquets, hand crafted by us, as well as our cupcake pyjama sets, stunning nappy cakes and gift basket range. We've also developed a...

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Welcome to our new look baby gift shop!

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Hello! Welcome to our new look baby gift shop at Babyblooms!

We've been busy butterflies these past few months but we're very proud to share our brand new site as well as a sprinkling of new products to take you through Christmas and into the New Year.

The original and still the best, you'll find all our beautifully crafted baby clothes bouquets, hand crafted by us, as well as our cupcake pyjama sets, stunning nappy cakes and gift basket range. We've also developed a fabulous range of Christmas gifts, from charming china to embroidered PJs, with a personalised Christmas bauble in between, we've got everything to make a baby's first Christmas unforgettable.

And because we're all about unique and adorable gifts that will surprise and delight from the moment they arrive, we've created brand new packaging, inspired by our hometown here in the Cotswolds and designed by the super talented Amanda Bradley meaning you don't have to worry about gift wrapping.

We hope you love it as much as we do!

Please explore and Happy Holidays from all of us at Babyblooms.

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Ascot Racecourse Christmas Fair - 27th-30th November 2014

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We are returning for a fourth year to the Christmas Grand Sale at Ascot organised by The Value For Money Company. This years event will be held at Ascot racecourse on 27th - 30th November 2014The fair will be held at:The Pavilion, Ascot Racecourse, High Street, Ascot, Berkshire.SL5 7JXCome and visit us at this very popular Festive Fair, featuring 140 top quality gift, food and accessory companies who will be offering a great selection of Christmas presents for family and...

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We are returning for a fourth year to the Christmas Grand Sale at Ascot organised by The Value For Money Company. This years event will be held at Ascot racecourse on 27th - 30th November 2014

The fair will be held at:

The Pavilion, Ascot Racecourse, High Street, Ascot, Berkshire.

SL5 7JX

Come and visit us at this very popular Festive Fair, featuring 140 top quality gift, food and accessory companies who will be offering a great selection of Christmas presents for family and friends -

We will be exhibiting on Stand No. 43

As well as our classic baby bouquets, we have some really exciting new childrens christmas gifts and personalised gifts which will be making their debut at this show.

Opening Times: 9.30 am - 5.30 pm

Sunday:  9.30 am - 4.30 pm

Tickets:  5.00 On-line

7.00 By Telephone (01829 270714)

9.00 On day

To register your interest, for more information or to purchase tickets please visit the grand sales website: https://www.ukgrandsales.co.uk/

As exhibitors, we have a limited number of free tickets for this event, so if you are planning to visit please drop us an email: info@babyblooms.co.uk or give us a ring 01454 272474 (first come first served)

Directions:  Ascot Racecourse is ideally situated in beautiful wooded countryside adjoining Windsor Great Park and about a 50 minute drive or train journey from London. It is located close to the M3, M4, M40 and M25 motorways.

Please click on www.ascot.co.uk for further travel information. 


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Radio Debut

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I am proud to report that today I made my radio debut on Anne Diamonds lunchtime slot on BBC Radio Berkshire.Having grown up breakfasting with Anne and Nick (Good Morning Britain) most mornings before school, I was thrilled to be invited. However, it was somewhat bizarre to be a stranger introducing myself to someone who was I felt practically a member of the family!Anne's programme is broadcast live from the BBC studio in Caversham on the outskirts of Reading, according...

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Radio Debut

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I am proud to report that today I made my radio debut on Anne Diamonds lunchtime slot on BBC Radio Berkshire.

Having grown up breakfasting with Anne and Nick (Good Morning Britain) most mornings before school, I was thrilled to be invited. However, it was somewhat bizarre to be a stranger introducing myself to someone who was I felt practically a member of the family!

Anne's programme is broadcast live from the BBC studio in Caversham on the outskirts of Reading, according to my sat nav it is one hour and twenty minutes from BBHQ in South Gloucestershire.....not so when the M4 is closed neccessitating a diversion via Marlborough! Fortunately, I arrived with time to spare for a quick coffee courtesy of the license payer.

Needless to say, I was a bit daunted, but my nerves were unfounded as Anne quickly put me at ease. She seemed genuinely impressed with the Luxury Rose Bouquet that I took along and was fascinated to hear the Babyblooms story and to learn how the company was started. We also discussed the future and new products which we are developing with local manufacturers in the UK.

I was honoured to be invited to share our story 'on air' and thoroughly enjoyed meeting Anne and a few of the Radio Berkshire team.

Lisa Roberts

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Theodora Spring/Summer Newsletter 2014

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Newsletter Spring / Summer 2014 A note from our founders...Dear Friends,On the 12th of April 2014, we crossed the milestone of 20 years in the service of children in hospital! As founders of the charity, together with our board of trustees and wonderful Theodora team, we thank you with all our hearts for having made it possible. Indeed without your faithful and generous support, this would have remained a dream!Since our very first visit to Great Ormond Street Hospital, we have...

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Theodora Spring/Summer Newsletter 2014

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Newsletter Spring / Summer 2014

 
A note from our founders...


Dear Friends,

On the 12th of April 2014, we crossed the milestone of 20 years in the service of children in hospital! As founders of the charity, together with our board of trustees and wonderful Theodora team, we thank you with all our hearts for having made it possible. Indeed without your faithful and generous support, this would have remained a dream!

Since our very first visit to Great Ormond Street Hospital, we have had at our heart the aim of giving joy to children in hospital. We have achieved this by organising individual visits from specially trained, talented and sensitive artists.

Close to 500,000 children were given magical and unforgettable moments of laughter. Through the stories and rich imagination of the Giggle Doctors, we helped the children to escape the hospital environment and enter a colourful world full of humour, music, magic and adventure.

20 years is surely a milestone but we still have so much more to achieve. To lead the Theodora Children's Trust into reaching out to many more children, we are happy to announce that Charlotte Wilson was nominated by the board of trustees, on the 9th of April, as the new Chief Executive of the Theodora Children's Trust. We are very thankful to Charlotte for accepting this responsibility and we look forward to her leadership.

Thank you all for being a part of our team. The generosity and spontaneous joy of Theodora, our mother, lives on.


Andre Poulie, Jan Poulie

 
What's new


2014 is a big year for the Theodora Children's Trust. We are celebrating 20 years of bringing fun and laughter to children in hospital and, thanks to your support, we have also been able to expand our programme of smiles. Not only have we started Giggle Doctor visits to new hospitals such as Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, but we've also introduced a brand new project: Giggle Doctor visits for children in hospices. Demelza Hospice in Eltham, Haven House Hospice in Woodford Green, and Richard House Hospice in London have all had their first visits from a Giggle Doctor. The Giggle Doctors will visit the children at these hospices every month, following the hospice ethos of helping to add life to days, when days cannot be added to life. We're very excited to be reaching out to lots more children in need.


Our Giggle Doctor team is also growing. Our 10 trainees graduated in April, increasing our team to a fantastic 29 Giggle Doctors. These specially trained entertainers will continue to bring smiles and laughter to thousands of children each year. Many children, just like Harry (see page 3), find hospital a little daunting. Thanks to your donations, Dr Dovetail and her funny friends are able to bring a bit of light relief during these moments of anxiety.

Please help us to keep these big smiles spreading. Perhaps you could recommend the Theodora Children's Trust to your company (maybe they're celebrating an anniversary too!), or suggest the charity to your child's school (see page 5). There are lots of ways you can help the visits continue. Find out how on pages 5 -7.


Harry's Story

Cathi North got in touch to tell us about how Dr Dovetail helped her 12 year old son Harry.
 
Harry has had problems with his teeth since he was tiny. The enamel did not form properly on them and he has had to have lots of work done on them, including lots of extractions of baby teeth. He has visited the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital in Brighton regularly for treatment.


How often does Harry have to visit the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital?

Harry has had three general anaesthetic procedures in day surgery at the Royal Alexandra.

How does Harry feel when he has to go to the hospital?

The first time Harry visited the hospital he was really quite nervous as he was only 7 years old. He finds it really boring and being a growing lad really doesn't like having to be starved or having nothing to drink for hours before he goes down to theatre.


When did Harry first meet the Giggle Doctors?

Harry met the Giggle Doctors for the first time when his older sister was in hospital for a biopsy procedure back in 2008. The following year he met them again for his first procedure. He recalls it quite clearly as they had sticky bubbles which he found fascinating.

How did the Giggle Doctors help?

They really took Harry's mind off the whole hospital experience; they made him laugh and really lessened his levels of anxiety about having various things done, such as needles, and having to talk to staff about how he was feeling.

At his last appointment Harry had a terribly long and tedious wait for his surgery and was feeling rather low after not eating for over 9 hours and not drinking for over 5 hours due to being bumped down the surgery list.


Dr Dovetail was absolutely fantastic with him, she was such good fun. Hopefully this was Harry's last day surgery and she made it incredibly special for him. It's not easy being 12 years old on a 4 bed ward with 3 very young children but she really took his mind off things.

The Giggle Doctors have helped all 3 of my children through the procedures they have had to endure. They make us all laugh and smile, and make the boredom of waiting much more bearable. Above all they make the children totally forget, for a short time, the reason they are there. We are so grateful for them at difficult times.


Harry tells us how Dr Dovetail cheered him up at his last visit to hospital...

I was really looking forward to seeing the Giggle Doctors because they always make me laugh and smile and forget about everything that is happening, like the needles and waking up with blood in my mouth.I saw Dr Dovetail this time and she took selfies with me! It was really funny because she used the remote control for the bed instead of a camera.I told her all about breakfast and how mum made me have a shower because I was stinky! Dr Dovetail thought it was funny.I was really nervous because I was nearly the last on the list to go into theatre. The first boy that came back from theatre was screaming and it upset me so I left the ward and found Dr Dovetail. She was in the kitchen with another child and she did magic tricks which really took my mind off it all.She is lovely and I want to say thank you to her because she gave me a postcard with her picture on it and signed it. It says 'Thanks for all the top tips on showering and eating cornflakes. Laters alligator! Love Dr Dovetail.'


Spotlight on fundraising: Schools

Thank you so much to all the schools that have helped to fundraise for the Giggle Doctor visits over the years. It is fantastic when children get involved to help bring laughter to other children.In this newsletter we speak to 2 schools about why they chose to support the Theodora Children's Trust.

Eveline Day School supported the Theodora Children’s Trust last year and raised an incredible £2,940, which they then doubled for the charity by taking part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge.
 

Both the school and nursery took part in a 10km sponsored walk around Richmond Park, and held a family fete day to raise money for the Giggle Doctor programme.


We spoke to Eveline Drut, Head Teacher at Eveline Day School, to find out more about their year of fundraising...
 

“We enjoyed raising money for such a good cause. The children had so much fun participating in a sponsored walk around Richmond Park, which was followed by a family picnic. Their favourite Giggle Doctor, “Doctor Snug” came to visit us numerous times. Her special assemblies were always full of giggles, laughter and fun. We hope that we can raise money for the Theodora Children’s Trust again soon!!”


Clifton School and Nursery are supporting the charity this year. Chris Tidswell, Deputy Head Teacher, spoke to us about all the fun things the students have been doing to fundraise

 

“So far we have had a charity Christmas Ball and raffle for parents and a school ‘Crazy Day’ for children.  The Crazy Day involved lots of activities, such as street dance, a drumming workshop, a children’s disco and even juggling.

The charity has also helped to support our curriculum.  In the week leading up to Crazy Day some of the year groups had a full week of all things ‘crazy’!  Our Reception classes planned a circus assembly, writing invitations to the parents and a list of performers. 

 

During the rest of the year many of the staff will be taking part in a fun run and all the children will take part in the national ‘Chores for Chuckles’ week, collecting sponsorship money to do lots of busy jobs at home!”


If you are interested in getting your child's school involved, or would like to find out more about Chores for Chuckles week (19th - 25th May) please contact Jenny at theodora.uk@theodora.org


Give a Giggle: Make a donation

40 funds a Giggle Doctor visit for a bay of young patients on a children's ward.

Please give what you can to help the laughter continue. Every pound really does makes a difference.


To donate online by card please visit: www.theodora.org.uk

 
 

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Wheat Germ Oil Skin Benefits

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Wheatgerm Oil is a nutritiously packed vegetable oil that is believed to have many health benefits. It contains in particular oleic and linoleic acids which are soothing for the skin.Wheatgerm oil is derived from wheat germ, which is considered the "heart" of wheat since it's found at the center of the wheat berry. It feeds the wheat plant with nutrients to help it germinate and grow. Wheat germ is the most nutritious component of the wheat kernel and contains 23...

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Wheat Germ Oil Skin Benefits

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Wheatgerm Oil is a nutritiously packed vegetable oil that is believed to have many health benefits. It contains in particular oleic and linoleic acids which are soothing for the skin.

Wheatgerm oil is derived from wheat germ, which is considered the "heart" of wheat since it's found at the center of the wheat berry. It feeds the wheat plant with nutrients to help it germinate and grow. Wheat germ is the most nutritious component of the wheat kernel and contains 23 different nutrients, including protein, B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, iron and calcium. The oil is also nutrient-packed, which makes it particularly well-suited to moisturizing and soothing your skin.

Wheat-germ oil is readily absorbed by your skin, which makes it an effective moisturiser. When applied to your skin, wheat-germ oil delivers a healthy infusion of vitamin A, vitamin D, B vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids. These nutrients therefore, will help moisturise and heal dry or cracked skin. This why we use it in our baby care cream and the moisturising baby lotion.

Babyblooms handmade, 100% natural skincare products are perfect for new babies' delicate skin. comprising the highest quality ingredients, they incorporate natural antiseptics and offer soothing, healing and restorative properties.

Effective in the treatment of and offering relief from skin irritations, dryness and itching, heat rash, eczema and psoriasis, babylooms' baby care cream is just perfect for adults too.
 

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Evening Primrose Oil Benefits

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Evening primrose is a biennial plant often found along river-banks and in other sandy places. After its lemon yellow flowers blossom for a day or two, the head is replaced by an oblong hairy pod that contains the seeds. These seeds are then cold-pressed to extract the oil, which is less damaging than using heat.We use evening primrose oil to soothe skin and to prevent it from drying out. Its soothing properties are attributed to the fact it contains two...

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Evening Primrose Oil Benefits

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Evening primrose is a biennial plant often found along river-banks and in other sandy places. After its lemon yellow flowers blossom for a day or two, the head is replaced by an oblong hairy pod that contains the seeds. These seeds are then cold-pressed to extract the oil, which is less damaging than using heat.

We use evening primrose oil to soothe skin and to prevent it from drying out. Its soothing properties are attributed to the fact it contains two essential fatty acids: gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) an essential fatty acid that the body does not manufacture and linoleic acid (LA). These help to retain the skin's moisture content.

Evening primrose is considered by many to be second to only Vitamin C in the breadth of its uses and benefits. Phenylalanine is a key compound of evening primrose and is used to provide natural pain relief for symptoms such as headaches. Research has also led to remedies and cure for aging problems, alcoholism, acne, heart disease, hyperactivity in kids, signs of #menopause, multiple sclerosis, weight control, obesity, PMS, and schizophrenia. Its preventative and therapeutic properties are so many that it has become a regular suggestion of quite a large number of herbalists for keeping one youthful and avoiding illness.

The evening or tree primrose is said to have originated in Mexico and Central America some 70,000 years ago. It subsequently spread right across the North American continent and from there came to Europe. The seed spread on ships and European settlers took the root back to England and Germany, where it was introduced as food and became known as German rampion. It was imported first into Italy and has since then been carried all over Europe. In Germany it is called nachtkerz or night candle.

It was first used in botany in 1587 and in an English publication in P. Miller's 1754 Gardeners Dictionary. In England, during the 17th century, this herb was called the "King's cure-all" by herbalists, and it was considered a panacea for treating most ailments

The following ten benefits were posted by Joshua Rogers in Herbs :

GLA Deficiency Evening primrose oil is full of the fatty acid gamma linolenic acid, or GLA (one of the body's essential fatty acids). GLA and other fatty acids are very important for the general function of your body. Alcoholics and individuals with diabetes tend to be deficient in GLA, and that may lead towards the development of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and cardiovascular disease in addition to a number of other problems.

Heart Health 2nd on our list of the health benefits of evening primrose oil is how it can help with keeping a healthy heart. Studies have shown that using evening primrose oil on a daily basis can help lower a person's cholesterol, blood pressure, and safeguard one against coronary artery disease and thus decrease the chance of heart disease and heart attacks.

Menstrual Pain Evening primrose oil is usually used to alleviate distress that is commonly associated with menstrual signs. While certain studies have supported this particular claim, other studies have ended up with inconclusive results. Nevertheless, there's no denying that many women all over the world are finding relief by using evening primrose oil.

Diabetes Diabetics occasionally have difficulty producing GLA and evening primrose oil could be an effective supplement to help benefit them. Studies have discovered that evening primrose oil could also help safeguard individuals from diabetic neuropathy, a nerve condition frequently affecting individuals with diabetes. This condition can cause pain, tingling, numbness, and other issues in the legs and toes.

Skin Health Evening primrose oil is recognized as an efficient remedy for eczema and a number of other skin problems due partly to its GLA content and other essential fatty acids which are necessary to correct skin health. evening primrose is a key ingredient in babyblooms skincare and features in the following product: soothing body lotion,

Anti-Inflammatory and Discomfort Reliever Evening primrose oil is known to have anti-inflammatory properties, and might help ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and chest discomfort.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) There was 1 study that was done that showed that two-thirds of kids struggling with attention deficit hyperactive disorder showed enhancement after using evening primrose oil.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Some preliminary studies show that using evening primrose oil together with a quality fish oil could be an efficient therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome. Nevertheless, more study is required to show this link.

Helps to Counter Impotence and Infertility Since it helps to stimulate blood flow the GLA that is in evening primrose oil might help to remedy one of the primary reasons for male impotence; compromised circulation resulting in penile blood flow that is impaired. The oil is usually taken together with ginkgo biloba and vitamin C for optimal benefits. Additionally, once the oil is taken over a longer period of time, GLA might help to prevent one's blood vessels from becoming narrow, which is something that is frequently due to a buildup of plaque from high cholesterol. By helping to improve uterine function GLA also may help those people who are not able to conceive.

Helping With Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal The brain is prompted by GLA to make a particular kind of prostaglandin that is known as prostaglandin E, which can work to prevent withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms would be, for example, seizures and depression. It helps to prevent them by indirectly protecting the nervous system and the liver.

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Disney Frozen activities

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If you share your house with anyone under the age of 10 you will no doubt be familiar with Frozen, Disney’s latest smash. if you aren’t, it is only a matter of time!! One of the favourite characters is Olaf the snowman, who is created by the films main characters Elsa and Anna. With the prospect of many cold and wet days ahead we have been on a quest to find some  ‘indoor’ wet weather activities and think we have struck...

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Disney Frozen activities

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If you share your house with anyone under the age of 10 you will no doubt be familiar with Frozen, Disney’s latest smash. if you aren’t, it is only a matter of time!!

One of the favourite characters is Olaf the snowman, who is created by the films main characters Elsa and Anna.

With the prospect of many cold and wet days ahead we have been on a quest to find some  ‘indoor’ wet weather activities and think we have struck gold with this Frozen inspired make:

source: Goodtoknow.co.uk

How to make a Frozen-inspired Olaf the snowman

What you will need

  • 1 white sock
  • A small packet of rice
  • A large cup
  • A bowl
  • 3 white loom bands
  • A pair of googly eyes
  • 2 white pom poms
  • 1 brown pipe cleaner
  • 1 A4 sheet of black felt
  • 1 A4 sheet of orange felt
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • PVA glue

A gleaming white sock plays the main part in our Olaf-inspired sock snowman craft, giving this cheeky chap his snowy look. The brr-illiant thing about this craft is that there’s no sewing involved, so younger children can have a go too. To build a snowman of your own all you really need to do is fill a white sock with rice, tie it off with loom bands and decorate him with googly eyes and felt shapes. And as socks always come in pairs, you get two snowmen for the price of one, so let your kids have fun building sock snowmen of their own. They could even use a pair of fleecy socks to make fluffy snowmen and make loom band scarves to keep them warm. Scroll down for our step-by-step guide on how to make a sock snowman, inspired by Disney’s Frozen character.

 

Age group: Kids as young as four can make our sock snowman craft. They might just need help cutting out the felt shapes.

Step 1

Olaf-inspired sock snowman craft equipment… Find a flat surface to work on and gather together all the craft materials you need to make an Olaf-inspired sock snowman.

Step 2

How to make an Olaf-inspired sock snowman… Fill a sock with one large cup of rice, placing a bowl underneath to catch any spillages and keep your craft area tidy.

Step 3

Squeeze the sock just above the rice and tie the first section off with a loom band.

Step 4

Fill the sock with more rice (about 1/4 of a cup) then squeeze the sock just above the rice and tie the second section off with another loom band, for the snowman’s tummy.

Step 5

Fill the sock with more rice (about 1/2 a cup) then squeeze the sock just above the rice and tie the third section off with a loom band, for the snowman’s head. Using scissors cut the top of the sock off, leaving about one inch spare for the snowman’s hair, then make a few snips in it for his spiky hairstyle.

Step 6

Bend a pipe cleaner a few times at each end to create the snowman’s hands. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the snowman’s waist, holding it in place with a dollop of PVA glue.

Step 7

For the sock snowman’s details…

  • Cut out three small, black, circular felt shapes for the snowman’s buttons and stick them on using the glue stick.
  • Stick the googly eyes onto the snowman’s head.
  • Cut out a smiley-mouth and two eyebrow shapes from the black felt and stick them on the snowman’s head (alternatively use black marker pen for the eyebrows if you find them too fiddly).
  • Cut out a long, orange felt shape for the snowman’s nose and stick it on.

Step 8

How to put the finishing touches to your Olaf-inspired sock snowman… Add two white pom poms to the bottom of your snowman for his feet, then spread dollops of PVA glue all around the loom bands to keep the snowman’s sections together. Let it dry overnight and that’s it! Your smiley sock snowman is ready to play with. Design created by Jennifer Shepherd for goodtoknow.co.uk. For crafts materials such as felt and pipe cleaners etc. visit Baker Ross, a family run craft business who are the leading suppliers of arts and crafts to schools and other organisations across the UK and abroad, based in Walthamstow, London.

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Calendula cream - natural skincare products

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Calendula has been used for its healing properties for the last 1000 years. Calendula is commonly known as pot marigold, garden marigold, or sometimes just plain marigold. There are two types of marigolds. One is medicinal, and the other is not. The two plants are entirely different and unrelated. One is Tagetes erecta, and the other is Calendula officinalis. The one we use is Calendula officinalis.It is cultivated across the globe due to its beautiful, orange, daisy-like flowers, which have...

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Calendula has been used for its healing properties for the last 1000 years. Calendula is commonly known as pot marigold, garden marigold, or sometimes just plain marigold. There are two types of marigolds. One is medicinal, and the other is not. The two plants are entirely different and unrelated. One is Tagetes erecta, and the other is Calendula officinalis. The one we use is Calendula officinalis.

It is cultivated across the globe due to its beautiful, orange, daisy-like flowers, which have been used in beverages, medicine, cosmetics, fabric colorants and foods.

Calendula refers to the calendar, as the plant blooms every month of the year. The second word, officinalis, refers to the workshop of an alchemist, a place where lead was said to be converted into gold. The ancients felt that calendula could perform an equally amazing transformation on the skin, hence the name.

Calendula was considered to possess magical properties. Ancient herbalists and pagans believed that it protected from evil.

Saint Hildegard von Bingen is credited with not only writing about Calendula in one of the first pre-modern medical books, but with naming it "marigold" in honour of the Virgin Mary, a portmanteau of Mary's gold.

Calendula was used to dress open wounds in both English and the American civil war.

Calendula's effects are well documented across the centuries. Herbalists have used calendula to treat minor burns, frostbite and wounds.

Calendula's ability to soothe the skin makes it ideal in cosmetics, and it is mild enough for baby products. It can help reduce redness and calm the skin. It is also believed to be have soothing and healing properties.It is those properties which make it a key ingredient in Babyblooms skincare, most notably in the baby care cream and soothing body lotion.

Calendula rich creams also prove a very popular remedy for eczema, psoriasis and skin irritation and itching caused by dryness.

It is the colour generated by the calendula within the babyblooms skincare products which is responsible for the colour variation between batches - The colour of the creams is ultimately determined by the colour of the marigolds!.

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Beeswax skincare benefits

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Beeswax Beeswax use dates back as far as 5,000 years when the ancient Egyptians used it to make paint, and also to protect the surface of tomb paintings from moisture. Cleopatra's cold creams, lotions, lipsticks, hair dressings and nail polishes all contained Beeswax. Her attendants used small amounts of it in her bath soap for fragrance. During the Middle Ages Beeswax was used as a currency. During the 1800's, doctors used Beeswax in the treatment of diarrhea and dysentery, and...

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Beeswax skincare benefits

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Beeswax


Beeswax use dates back as far as 5,000 years when the ancient Egyptians used it to make paint, and also to protect the surface of tomb paintings from moisture. Cleopatra's cold creams, lotions, lipsticks, hair dressings and nail polishes all contained Beeswax. Her attendants used small amounts of it in her bath soap for fragrance. During the Middle Ages Beeswax was used as a currency. During the 1800's, doctors used Beeswax in the treatment of diarrhea and dysentery, and during the Civil war, a mixture of goldenseal and Beeswax was applied as a salve to gunshot wounds and powder burns. Today Beeswax is used in candles due to its naturally high melting point, and it still is used for medicinal purposes and in cosmetics.

Beeswax is produced when honeybees consume honey. It takes about 8 1/2 lbs of honey to produce one pound of beeswax.

Honeybees collect nectar from approximately two million flowers to make one pound of honey, so nectar is collected from 17 million flowers to make 8 1/2 pounds of honey to make one pound of beeswax!

Beeswax is secreted in the form of a scale about the size of a pinhead by worker bees that are 12 to 18 days old.The worker honeybee has eight wax secreting glands under its abdomen. It takes about 800,000 scales to make one pound of beeswax.

The bees wax scale when first secreted is tasteless, odourless, and almost colourless. Beeswax obtains its "natural" color of light to golden yellow due to propolis and pollen collected by the honeybees. The distinctive fragrance of bee wax is obtained from the propolis brought into the hive, and the storage of pollen and honey in the honeycomb.

Listed below are some of the many reasons Beeswax is used in cosmetics:

    • It is easily incorporated in water and oil emulsions

    • It is an excellent emollient and support for moisturizers

    • It gives skin protective action of a non-occlusive type

    • It gives good "body" (consistency) to emulsions, oil and gels

    • It reinforces the action of detergents

    • It increases the protective action of sunscreens

    • Its elasticity and plasticity improve product efficacy by allowing thinner films and

    • It provides greater permanence on skin and lip surfaces

    • It does not provoke allergic reactions4

    • It is compatible with many cosmetic ingredients

Beeswax is very frequently used in the following cosmetic applications:

    • cleansing creams

    • cold creams and lotions

    • emollient and barrier creams

    • depilatories

    • lipsticks - protective sticks in general

    • nail creams

    • sun protection products

    • eye and face make up

    • foundation creams

A key ingredient in babyblooms skincare, beeswax is found in the following babyblooms products: baby care cream, moisturising baby lotion, cuticle and nail balm, nourishing body balm, soothing moisturising lotion, soothing hand cream, replenishing hand cream, cooling leg and foot cream.

We have found all of these other listed uses..... amazing!!:

lubricant, for furniture joints.

Smooths movement and stops creaking doors and windows.

Component for mustache creams.

Use as a rest prevention.

Key component in furniture polish - Mix with linseed oil and mineral spirits in equal parts.

Covering for cheeses to preserve and protect

Conditioner for wood bowls and cutting boards.

Coat nails and screws to prevent wood from splintering.

Used by NASA with an enzyme to mop up oceanic oil spills.

Cake guitar bodies to boost longevity.

Coat tambourine surfaces for thumb roll playing technique.

Coat reeds for woodwinds to get a tight fit.

An essential ingredient in Indian art of fabric dyeing called Batik printing.

Candles that don't drip and have no smoke.

In candy like gummy bears, worms and jelly beans.

To water proof leather.

Molten beeswax to polish granit counter tops.

To make crayons.

With palm oil for soap. The palm oil reduces scars and the wax a natural moisturizer.

Mix with palm wax for a natural hair remover.

To reduce bow string friction.

on whips to water proof.

Coating sewing thread to prevent snagging.

To fill seams between pieces of slate when setting up a pool table.

As a flexible mold for a variety of mediums.

In glass Etching.

To make earplugs.

Ear Candling.

When fashioning Dreadlocks.

To make Dental floss.

For cracked animal hooves.

In Blacksmithing.

To coat Baking tins.

To coat the hemp strings on Bag Pipes.

In manufacturing of electronic components and CDs.

As a polish for shoes and floors.

Keep zips moving smoothly.

To water proof boots and saddles.

To coat hand tools to prevent rust.

To relieve pain, swelling (inflammation)

In manufacturing as a thickener or emulsifier.

In fragrances and perfumes.

To seal documents.

An ingredient in surgical bone wax.

Blended with pine resin to serve as an adhesive.

A metal injection moulding binder component.

In the embalming process.

As a stabilizer in the military explosive Torpex.

Glazing of fruits and vegetables.

Grafting plants.

In the restoration of pictures.

Wax fly fishing lines so they float.

To keep saws sharp.

Grinding and polishing of optical lenses.

Used in crafting of dentures and other dental equipment.

Used on snowskies for a good glide.

Used to cover a broken wire on braces until you get to your orthodontist.

Temporary filling until you can see your dentist.

To prevent slippage for belts in vacuums and sewing machines.

As a wood filler

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Hello Magazine 21st July 2014

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Hello Magazine featured Babyblooms’ hand-tied  baby clothes bouquet in blue for the Hello! Loves feature. Timed to coincide with Prince George’s first birthday the page featured products fit for a prince or princess! ‘Buying gifts for newborn babies can be tricky but Babyblooms has come up with an idea that is both beautiful and practical. their hand-tied “Bouquets” are made of silk flowers and rolled up baby clothes in 100% cotton, all in a stylish box that can be used as a keepsake’.

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Hello Magazine 21st July 2014

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Hello Magazine featured Babyblooms’ hand-tied  baby clothes bouquet in blue for the Hello! Loves feature.

Timed to coincide with Prince George’s first birthday the page featured products fit for a prince or princess!

‘Buying gifts for newborn babies can be tricky but Babyblooms has come up with an idea that is both beautiful and practical. their hand-tied “Bouquets” are made of silk flowers and rolled up baby clothes in 100% cotton, all in a stylish box that can be used as a keepsake’.

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Clever Mum Debby Elnatan's giant leap of Innovation helps disabled children to take their first steps

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At Babyblooms we are in awe of Mums like Debby Elnatan who overcome whatever obstacles are put in front of them to help their children be the best that they can be! Congratulations Debby!!! Debby Elnatan whose son Rotem has Cerebral Palsy is the brains behind the Firefly Upsee, a walking harness which could transform the lives of many disabled children. The Firefly Upsee which is manufactured by Northern Irish Company Leckey , was developed by Ms Elnatan after being told by...

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At Babyblooms we are in awe of Mums like Debby Elnatan who overcome whatever obstacles are put in front of them to help their children be the best that they can be! Congratulations Debby!!!

Debby Elnatan whose son Rotem has Cerebral Palsy is the brains behind the Firefly Upsee, a walking harness which could transform the lives of many disabled children.

The Firefly Upsee which is manufactured by Northern Irish Company Leckey , was developed by Ms Elnatan after being told by professionals when her son was two years old that ‘he didn’t know what his legs are and has no consciousness of them’.

The clever design allows the child to stand upright with  the support of an adult  and enables them to take steps together and for the child to achieve repetitive walking training.

The Independent ran a great article on this with further detail and some great pictures: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/upsee-harness-mothers-invention-to-give-disabled-son-chance-to-walk-will-help-countless-other-families-following-worldwide-launch-9213997.html

Image source: Independent online

The Upsee includes a harness for the child, which attaches to a belt worn by the adult. Specially designed and manufactured sandals which fit both adult and child allow them to walk simultaneously and keep their hands free for playing or other tasks.

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Our #Christmas Opening Times at Babyblooms

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We can’t believe Christmas nearly here already. With the big day under a month away we’ve confirmed our Christmas holiday opening times here at BabyBlooms. Here they are… Christmas 2013 Opening Times Last orders for guaranteed delivery before Christmas must be received by us by 3pm Friday 20th December.Opening hours will be :- Mon 23rd :: 9-5pmTues 24th :: 9-2pmWed 25th :: Closed Thurs 26th :: ClosedFri 27th :: ClosedMon 30th :: 10-2pm Tues 31st :: 10-2pmWed 1st Jan ::...

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Our #Christmas Opening Times at Babyblooms

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We can’t believe Christmas nearly here already. With the big day under a month away we’ve confirmed our Christmas holiday opening times here at BabyBlooms. Here they are…

Christmas 2013 Opening Times

Last orders for guaranteed delivery before Christmas must be received by us by 3pm Friday 20th December.

Opening hours will be :-

Mon 23rd :: 9-5pm
Tues 24th :: 9-2pm
Wed 25th :: Closed
Thurs 26th :: Closed
Fri 27th :: Closed
Mon 30th :: 10-2pm
Tues 31st :: 10-2pm
Wed 1st Jan :: Closed
Thurs 2nd Jan :: Normal Business hours resume

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Theodora Children's Trust Winter Newsletter Published

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The Winter 2013 issue of Theodora Children's Trust's newsletter has just been published.You can download your copy here: Theodora Christmas newsletter 2013.We're proud to be supporting the Trust through the sale of our "Theodora's" bouquets.“It is this support and your donations that help to keep the children we visit smiling. The Giggle Doctors have been spreading joy to children in hospital all year but with Christmas around the corner we all have fun and laughter  n the mind. Thanks to your donations, children like Thomas (see page...

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The Winter 2013 issue of Theodora Children's Trust's newsletter has just been published.

You can download your copy here: Theodora Christmas newsletter 2013.

We're proud to be supporting the Trust through the sale of our "Theodora's" bouquets.

It is this support and your donations that help to keep the children we visit smiling. The Giggle Doctors have been spreading joy to children in hospital all year but with Christmas around the corner we all have fun and laughter  n the mind. Thanks to your donations, children like Thomas (see page 3) now see hospital in a different light; a place where fun can be had and magical memories made. We hope you enjoy reading about their experiences.” [from the newsletter].

 

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