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#PoundlandSummer ~ Make Your Own Puppet Theatre

In the second of our series of Poundland Summer posts the kiddywinks and decided to turn our hand to a spot of arts and crafts and made our very own puppet theatre complete with puppets and the whole thing cost less than a fiver!

To make your own you will need:

  • A cardboard box – free, if you don’t have one at home most supermarkets will gladly pass theirs on
  • Poundland Plastic Table Covers – £0.25 (£1 for 4)
  • Poundland Wooden Lolly Sticks – £1 for 80
  • Poundland Rubber Stampers – £1 for 5 (we bought 2 sets, dinosaurs and mini beasts)
  • Poundland Googly Eyes – £1 for 300
  • A glue stick – £0.25 (4 for £1)
  • A selection of paint
  • Paper
  • Little bits of ribbons and any embellishments you have lying around to decorate

Make Your Own Puppet TheatreTo make your theatre, you’ll firstly need to cut out the back of the cardboard box and then pop some small bits of cardboard in each corner to help the box stand up straight.

Make Your Own Puppet Theatre

Then cut out your plastic table cloth to size and attach to the front of the theatre as curtains.  They can be decorated, left plain or can you use a small bit of ribbon as a tie back like we did.

Make Your Own Puppet Theatre

You can then add a sign on the top of your theatre using the left over cardboard should you wish or leave it without, it’s entirely up to you.

Once your theatre is complete you can move on to making your puppets.  To make these all you need to do is use your stampers and paint to make a selection of puppets.  Once dry you can cut them out, add wiggly eyes and a lollypop stick to hold on to.

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All that’s left then is to put on your very own puppet show!

Make Your Own Puppet Theatre


#PoundlandSummer ~ No Bake Cake Pops

As a Poundland ambassador I’ve been set a challenge and this is probably one that all of us Mums strive to do during the school holidays, to entertain my children during the Summer in a variety of different ways by spending as little as possible.  So, in a short series of posts I’ll be trying to show you how to do just that!

In this, the first post, we set to task with the kiddywinks favourite activity, baking.  I’ve been desperate to get my hands on some of the Poundland Jane Asher baking range for some time now so was delighted to have picked this little lot from my local Poundland. Jane Asher Baking Range

We decided that our first “bake” wouldn’t actually involve turing the oven on and made “No Bake Cake Pops”.

All you need to make your cake pops is a pre made cake (one without icing is best so we used a madeira sponge), a small amount of buttercream, chocolate, a selection of sprinkles to decorate and a mini cake pop mould and a cake pop stand with sticks.

Start of by crumbling the cake into small crumbs, this was the children’s favourite bit but it can be quite messy!  Then add a heaped teaspoon of buttercream to the cake crumbs and mix until you have a soft, doughy mixture.

No Bake Cake Pops

Then press the dough into both sides of the cake pop mould, pressing down firmly to squeeze any excess out.

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Then pop the mould into the fridge or freezer for a few minutes to firm it up, this is really important especially if it’s a hot day.  Whilst you’re waiting melt some chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.

Once melted, cool the chocolate to room temperature and then remove your cake pops from the freezer and add the sticks.  Then you can start decorating, dipping into chocolate first and then into a selection of sprinkles!

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Whilst our cake pops won’t any awards for their decoration, they certainly were delicious and the kiddywinks had an awful lot of fun making them!

No Bake Cake Pops


LOVE Poundland this Valentine’s Day

In case it had slipped your attention, Valentine’s Day is this Friday.  A day for spoiling your loved ones and showing just how much you care.  Most of time this involves spending unnecessary  cash on meals out and expensive gifts and cards.  There are ways to stretch the budget a little further though, why not have a candlelit dinner for two at home or check out your local Poundland’s Valentine’s range.

Poundland Valentine's

Poundland have an extensive range Valentine’s gifts including these heart shaped photo coasters, made from glass with an insert so that you can include your own photo.

Poundland Valentine's

Together with the heart shaped champagne flutes, mini LED lights and the other decorations Poundland has to offer, I think they’d make a great Valentine’s table.  There are other themed gifts available which include photo frames, snowglobes, teddies and of course chocolate from names like Cadbury and Thorntons.

Poundland Valentine's

Poundland also has a great range of cards and gift bags and a great artificial rose bouquet for just a pound.  Why not put together your own Valentine’s hamper using one of the quality plastic gift bags filled with a bundle of goodies?  It’s bound to make your someone special’s Valentine’s day and is guaranteed not to blow the budget.

Poundland Christmas

Christmas is an expensive time of year and like most I do my best to make my hard earned cash go just that little bit further, especially at this time of year.  Poundland have, yet again, come up trumps with a massive selection of festive goodies all for a pound!

As a Poundland ambassador I was sent to my local store armed with £20 to get some Christmas essentials.  This is my haul!

Poundland Christmas
This year the Poundland Christmas range is as impressive as ever with cards, stocking fillers, decorations, gifts, sweets, selection boxes, and gift bags and 1 each.  Some of the items I brought include Make Your Own Christmas Cracker Set (bad jokes included), Christmas Pudding Money Bank Baubles, Individual Christmas Cupcake Boxes – great for homemade teacher presents (6 pack), Tree Decorations, Christmas Crackers and a wooden Christmas Skipping Rope.

We have two Christmas trees this year and so were in desperate need of more decorations for them, there are some lovely themes to Poundland’s selection including Nordic, Vintage, Winter Wonderland and Brights.  We chose items from the Brights range to decorate our dining room tree including 24 mini baubles, 4 butterfly and poinsettia clip on decorations and glittery “Noel” hanging decorations.

Poundland Christmas
The tree in our lounge is more traditionally coloured with decorations for the kiddywinks such as homemade felt decorations, candy canes, mini teddy bears and little wooden trains so these little robins with their woolly hats fitted in very well and there are three for just a £1.

Poundland Christmas
I have to say that I was probably most impressed with the range of gift wrap at Poundland. As well as some great value wrapping paper (10 metres for a £1), gift bows (25 pack) and curling ribbon (10 pack), there is a HUGE range of gift bags from extra large to three packs of smaller ones with tags.  I brought the luxury gift bags to wrap the awkward “hampers” that the kiddywinks and I had put together for their Nanas.  They are filled tea cup planters so difficult to wrap but the gift bag was perfect.  It has two cellophane bags (one clear, one opaque) and a bow and looks a lot like a giant Lindt choccie!

Poundland Christmas
Poundland is a great place to stock up on the essentials for Christmas to make your pound go further at this time of year.  Make sure your take a browse online at www.poundland.co.uk or pop into your local store.

Have a FangTastic Halloween with Poundland

It’s been a whole year since our start with Poundland as one of their ambassadors and that means that it’s time for Halloween again!  Our challenge, just like the last, was to stock on the Halloween essentials and show you just what you can get for a pound.  So Joseph and I made the trip into town and filled out basket with this lot ready for a spooktacular Halloween! Halloween at Poundland

The selection of Halloween goodies available was vast with everything from fancy dress, party supplies and even a horror film for when the kiddywinks go to bed, Poundland really do have everything you need!

We started with fancy dress, getting Joseph sorted immediately with a little skeleton tabard and picking up a witches hat and purple and black stripy tights to accessorise Imogen’s witch’s dress.   Imogen and Joseph each have a Halloween Glow Pendant to finish off their outfits too.  Halloween at Poundland

Imogen’s hat has a lovely spider’s web lacey trim and is available in purple as well as black.  There are also a range of brooms, axes, capes and wings to accessorise any outfit as well as face paints.  A favourite of Joseph’s were these masks, although they were deemed to spooky to bring home!

Halloween at Poundland

We also filled our basket with a variety of things to decorate the house for Halloween including pumpkin lights, hanging bats and spiders, 3D bat lights, paper pumpkin decorations and a ceramic witches hat tealight holder.

Halloween at Poundland

This is also a great range of Halloween tableware available.  I love this “Boo” range which has matching plates, bowls, cups, tablecloths, napkins and even a cupcake stand.

Halloween at Poundland

Halloween simply wouldn’t be Halloween without a treat or two and at Poundland there is no shortage of these either!  There is a huge range of Halloween themed sweets available from names such as Haribo, Chupa Chup and Swizzels as well as buckets, pails, bowls and cauldrons to either collect them in or hand them out.

For just under £20 we’ve sorted Halloween including fancy dress, decorations, tableware and a HUGE amount of treats so if you’re planning a Halloween party make sure you check out Poundland and get more for your money.

Back to School with Poundland #PoundandB2S

You may have noticed a bit of a theme on the blog recently as we, along with the rest of the country, prepare to send our little ones back to school.  Our latest challenge as Poundland Ambassadors was to kit Imogen out for her start in year one Poundland style!

We took our trip to our local store yesterday, and unfortunately got caught in the middle of a thunder storm, and I was amazed at what they had to offer.

Back to School with PoundlandThere’s a great range of stationary all at 3 for £1 and that includes everything from note books, poster paint, pens, pencils, felt tips pens and even sticky back plastic for covering books!

Back to School with Poundland

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Grow Your Own with Poundland

Whilst I wouldn’t consider myself to be green fingered, I’m certainly no stranger to a spot of gardening.  The kiddywinks and I love growing our own but buying all of the right equipment needed can be expensive.  Poundland stock a huge gardening range with everything from seed potatoes, potato planter, veg and salad seeds and the more decorative rose plants, flower seeds and bulbs and garden ornaments.  As a Poundland ambassador we were sent a variety of different products to put to the test.

Poundland Gardening

Included in our package were seed potatoes, a potato planter sack, gardening gloves, a hanging basket, potato fertilizer, ostara strawberries, a sunflower kit, salad and herb seeds, all purpose plant food, flower bulbs, potting soil and a very cute meercat ornament.

We decided to get started with the potatoes and rehydrated the potting compost, this comes in a small package but when water is added it becomes 10 litres of rich potting soil.  A great idea and certainly makes it easier to transport home from the shops.  With some organic fertiliser added as well as some water they were placed up by the veg patch and are already growing very nicely, they’ll need another top up of soil soon.

Poundland Grow Your Own Potatoes

The Ostara strawberries were then put in the strawberry planter and these seem to have made the best progress so far, although I’m sure that the sun has helped.  Imogen can’t wait to pick her first.

Strawberry plants

The little sunflower kit was a firm favourite with both Imogen and Joseph, it contains a small propagator, compost and sunflower seeds.  They’ve both planted their seeds and now that they’re just about ready to go into the garden the race is on to see whose will be the tallest.Poundland Sunflowers

The herb and salad seeds have all been planted in an upcycled wooden wine box and are being heavily guarded by our new Meercat friend.  Hopefully we’ll soon be enjoying salads and herbs straight from the garden.

Our herb garden

I’m really impressed with the quality, variety and value for money from the Poundland range for the garden, it’s defiantly worth checking out for yourself.

Imogen’s Mother’s Day Poundland Challenge

Our latest challenge as Poundland ambassadors was a little different as this time Imogen was given a budget of £5.00 to buy my Mother’s day gifts.  So she waltzed off with Daddy after school with her voucher in her paw.

Mother's Day at Poundland

As pleased as punch with her choices, she skipped through the door clutching a very pretty bag containing these lovely things and a very big smile on her face.

Mother's Day at Poundland

She had chosen a HUGE World’s Best Mum Card (because I am – naturally :)), a magnetic to do list with a dry wipe marker (because I always have lots to do and I don’t always remember), a cupcake shaped memo block and a “Ring for Tea” hand bell (so that I relax).

The Magnetic To Do List has already proved itself invaluable because I quite simply do have a lot on my plate and I do forget things, now I can plan the week’s activities and because it’s stuck on my fridge door I’ll hopefully not forget a mufty day or cake sale again!

Magnetic To Do List

The cup cake shaped memo block is adorable and takes pride of place on my hall table and I am hoping that my “Ring for Tea” will be answered on Sunday as I take my annual day off!

Cup Cake Memo Pad

There’s a vast array of Mother’s Day Gifts available at Poundland all for amazing value at £1 each.  To find your nearest store or to preview them take a look at www.poundland.co.uk

Saying “I Love You” Needn’t cost a Fortune with Poundland

I’m not one for spending a fortune on Valentine’s day and certainly don’t expect it from Tony.  Afterall, who has the spare cash these days?  As a Poundland ambassador, Poundland sent me a variety of their Valentine’s goodies to prove that you don’t have to spend a fortune on gift’s for your loved one this Valentines.

My bundle of goodies was presented in a plastic gift bag and included a card, teddy, LED pink heart lights, floating candles, a cupcake decorating kit and heart shaped champagne flutes.

Valentine's Goodies from Poundland

Imogen is very taken with the Pink LED heart shaped lights and they were quickly whipped away to drape over the top of her bookcase and Joseph has stolen the teddy to add to his ever growing collection.  My favourite item is the cupcake decorating kit, which contains cupcake cases and little picks to stand in the top, a great way to make a home made gift that extra bit special.

Poundland Valentine's

Together with the gift bag this little lot would set you back all of £7.00, less than the price of a decent bottle of wine and certainly less than a bunch of supermarket flowers and that is why we Poundland Valentine's


Happy Valentine’s Day :)


Poundland Christmas

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before but the family were recently chosen as Poundland Ambassadors!  We completed out first challenge back in October for Halloween and I’m going to tell you all about our second.

For this challenge we were given £20 to spend in-store on Christmas products and a list of categories to buy from.  These included Christmas Gifts for Adults, Stocking Fillers for Kids, Christmas Decorations and Wrapping and others.  Imogen and I made our trip into Poundland on Saturday morning, the shop was heaving but well stocked with a great range of festive products to chose from, all for a pound!

Imogen got stuck straight in and made her selection from the huge range of Christmas decorations.  She chose a pack of 16 red baubles, candy canes and a pair of gold glittery crowns for our tree and Christmas card holder with 12 little wooden Christmas tree pegs as well as some multi coloured lights spelling out “Merry Christmas” and a glittery HO HO HO to go on our mantle piece.

We then moved on to Christmas wrapping paper and accessories. I just couldn’t resist these giant Santa sacks so Imogen and Joseph have one each.

They’re huge, big enough for even the largest hoard of presents and made of good thick, quality felt with a tie string at the top.

Other gift wrapping accessories that found their way home with us included 30 large glittery gift tags, a selection of curling ribbon and bows, a friends and teachers card pack (30 children’s cards, 1 for teacher) and a six pack of individual festive cupcake boxes – a great idea for teacher presents.

I also picked up a couple of stocking fillers for the kiddywinks. A fabulous wooden skipping rope for Imogen and a red tractor (tack tack) for Joseph.

I also used the visit to stock up on a selection of chocolate and was amazed to see Thornton’s chocolates and these After Eights on offer at 3 for £2.00, wow!

Here’s my stash of Poundland goodies, remember this little lot cost me just £20. Didn’t I do well??

Check out the amazing value and great Christmas items for yourself at www.poundland.co.uk

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