So last Monday Aaron and I headed off on the bus to spend it.
I knew the sensible thing to do would be to spend it on clothes, but I did not think £50 would go very far, especially on Autum/Winter garments, but I did not realise that in Kiddicare they have price tags that would even given George a run for his money.
See despite being in the store several times we've never gone near the clothes, till now.
They have a range called Nutmeg, that is LOVELY and VERY affordable.
Anyway, here's some photos:
As you can see from the blue sky above, Monday was a scorcher of a day, despite it being 30th September, and today, Sunday 6th October we went to Church and it felt REALLY warm. Aaron and I just had tee shirts on, both on the way to and from church today - I actually wished I'd put him in shorts it was so nice but I hadn't at all expected that. I want to remember this when I look back at these posts in years to come. Is it only me who thinks Autumn and Spring have swapped, because we didn't get a Spring if you remember. My heating normally goes off in March and this year it was JUNE. Yes I know we then got a truly AMAZING July and August. Don't I know; I have a tan AND a paddling pool to prove it.
Anyhow, he grabbed that Gruffalo you see above, out of a buggy and hugged it the whole time we were in the store, but when we went to pay (it didn't have a price tag) I discovered it's £17, so sadly I left it behind, and Aaron bless him was understanding. He actually let me spend £45 on clothes and boy did I get a lot for that. THE ONLY toy that he insisted on getting was a Buzzing Brains £2.99 car (or a "Press 'n' Go Vehicle" to be precise). I felt like I got off lightly.
I only had two disappointments in store.
1) We went to the cafe, after the till, and as I had £5 left on my Kiddicare voucher credit card thingy I tried to spend it there but they don't accept them. I got over it rather quickly as I simply LOVE the Kiddicare cafe; we NEVER go in the store without making a visit. Aaron gets a box which contains 3 snacks AND a Capri Sun PLUS a proper portion of spaghetti bolognese and garlic bread for £3.50 and those snacks are proper, i.e. crisps, a Freddo, and a bag of grapes/apples. I would expect the box OR the getti to be £3.50 but that is for BOTH. I always get a jacket potato which comes with a DELICIOUS side salad. The tea comes with a pot, which does you about THREE cups for £1.50 and the poker dot tea pot set is ADORABLE - don't know if you can see it properly above. This was the first time Aaron actually sat down and coloured in the box as below:
2) The other thing I was disappointed about is I fell in love with the jacket you see above, but in RED. As Kiddicare are good at pretty much everything, I asked if they had it in the stockroom in larger sizes and the answer was no. Later I came up with the idea of trying on the green (photographed above) in 4/5 which is the size Aaron's now in despite being 3!!! It was skimpy, so we tried on the 5/6 which was perfect, so I went up to the Customer Care desk and asked if I could order the red in 5/6 to collect it another day. Standard practice in so many retailers, and was all the way back in the 1990s when I worked, myself, in Next. I was gutted to hear that they don't currently offer this service. So I said, okay-righty then, I'll order it online, given the website says they are open 24/7 only to be told by the same girl that their clothing range is not on their website. I was GUTTED. So, it means I will be in and out of there for the next few weeks hoping that larger sizes of the red gets delivered .... Watch this space!!! It's a gorgeous jacket, lovely and warm, looks great on and is only £10 - yes you heard right!!!!!
None of the above will put us off though as we love the cafe, the play area in it, and the store in general. I only wish we'd discovered Kiddicare when Aaron was way way younger, as they cater for 0-5 and he's already 3 and a very very big 3!!!!!
I guess I need to have another baby eh?
Anyway bye for now, Liska xxx
P.S. if you have a Kiddicare in your area go to it!
P.P.S. this is NOT a sponsored post, but as CLEARLY stated above I was given £50 to spend instore, purely by way of thanks, for my attending a focus group.