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Cutting the Back to School Cost with Poundland

I recently read a shocking news article that claims the average cost of sending a 4-16 year old back to school each September is costing on average of £186.  That’s almost £200 on uniform, shoes, sports kit, lunch bags and stationary.  WOW!  Obviously I try and do what I can to keep these costs down as much as I can.  Using discount supermarkets for the uniform basics has saved a lot as has our local Poundland which was our one stop shop for all of the kiddywinks stationery this year.

Back to School with Poundland

As ever, Poundland has a great range suitable for everyone from primary school pupils right up to university students.  There are some lovely co-ordinating ranges which include the brightly coloured Neon, Craft and Nu as well as some favourite characters such as Spiderman, The Lion Guard, The Secret Life of Pets and Finding Dory.  Imogen loves the Neon range with its’ brightly coloured lipstick highlighters, lego shaped erasers and highly addictive maze pens.

Back to School with Poundland

We also found some great value branded stationery items on our recent trip to Poundland as well which included a 4 pack of Papermate Inkjoy ball pens which come in 4 different variations Black, Blue, Office or Fashion.  I use these for work and they usually cost me £3 for 8, so these were a great find.  Another bargain we found was the Helix Value Maths Set which contains a compass, 2 set squares, protractor, ruler, eraser, pencil and sharpener all for £1.  The cheapest I can find this elsewhere is double the price!

Back to School with Poundland

As every parent knows planning is a massive part of the academic year and diaries and wall planners play a massive part in making sure I don’t forget which friend I’m picking up from school, who has after school clubs and the next wretched cake sale!  Poundland have a great selection of these as well from pocket sized to A4, ones you can hang on the wall and weekly planners that you can stick on your fridge.  I love this photo calendar that I’m going to fill with pictures of the children and hang in the hall and this mint green diary that will live in my overstuffed handbag.

Back to School with Poundland Back to School with Poundland Poundland also have a great range of backpacks, lunchbags and drinks bottles featuring Avengers, Disney Princesses, Shopkins and Paw Patrol starting from as little as £2.  Cracking value and definitely worth checking out.  You can find your nearest Poundland here or you can now browse from the comfort of your own sofa at www.poundland.co.uk

Easter at Poundland

Poundland really is your one stop shop for Easter this year with everything from chocolate eggs to baking and crafts all at a pound!  As Poundland ambassadors we were given £20 to spend at Poundland to see just how far it would go.

Firstly, everyone loves an Easter egg hunt and at Poundland it need not cost a fortune.  There’s a great selection of chocolate Easter eggs with your children’s favourite characters such as Shopkins and Star Wars as well as mini eggs from Cadbury and chocolate figures from Kinder.  There are also plastic fillable eggs to hide clues and treats and little buckets to collect your stash in.

Easter at Poundland

They also have an Easter egg hunt kit containing pointers, baskets and tokens which is suitable for up to 4 children, great value for only £1.

Easter at Poundland

Let’s face it the Easter holidays can be long especially if the weather is poor but at Poundland there is a great range of Easter craft activities to amuse even the boredest of children.

Easter Crafts at Poundland

If you’re making an Easter bonnet this year then head to Poundland they have bonnets and trilbys and everything you could possibly imagine to festoon your bonnet, even light up eggs!  There are decorations to paint, books to colour and puppets to make.  I love the paint your own egg kits which include paints, a paintbrush, accessories and a ceramic egg all inside an egg box.  They make a great alternative Easter gift too.

Easter at Poundland     Easter at Poundland

If baking is your thing then Poundland is certainly not to be overlooked.  The Jane Asher range has some great bakeware, accessories as well as cake mixes, icing and decorations.  We found a lovely 24 piece set which includes cases and decorations and some Easter themed presentation bags.  Together with the Jane Asher cupcake kit, which comes complete with icing and decorations, and a little baking magic they’ll make great Easter presents.

Easter at Poundland

Take a peek at the entire Easter range available at Poundland at www.poundland.co.uk/easter where you can now buy online, delivery is free on orders over £50 otherwise it’s just £4 or find your nearest store here.

#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.

No Bake Cake Pops No Bake Cake Pops

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

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