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Do you do Valentines?

Valentines Day is just around the corner and it’s one of those days where the price of flowers and meals out go up in price, and we all declare our undying love for each other! I’ll be honest and say I have never actually done Valentines Day. As a teen the most memorable Valentine’s experience was an ex breaking up with me and then I married my Ex at the start of February so we could never afford to do anniversary and Valentines only a week apart. It became just another day and although we bought each other a card that was about it.

Last year was my first Valentines with Mr D, we had a lovely home cooked meal, exchanged pressies and had a nice evening. This year we are going out for a meal to our favourite pub down the road, the meals there are very nice! Thing is though, to me it IS just another day. At the same time I regret not making more of it in the past so last year and this I have put more effort in, made a point of marking the day. Plus Mr D and I don’t have a wedding anniversary and the anniversary of us getting together is my birthday so in a way we don’t have that separate day we celebrate about “us”. So how do you mark the day?

If you are still looking for some gift ideas then check out Clintons because as you can imagine from the high street store, they have it covered. Whether it’s just the perfect card, or a token of your love, novelty items or heartfelt emotion, you’ll find it with them. You can get it all there if you have forgotten or just not had chance to look yet, they have Valentines gift wrap, cuddlies, novelties, sentiment and you can even order flowers through them, so what are you waiting for, make this Valentines one to remember with Clintons!

 

Disclaimer: I was sent products to sample for this review.

February 11, 2012 Posted by | Product Reviews | | Leave a comment

A Merry Clintons Christmas

Regular readers may recall I reviewed Clintons back to school range in September, which only feels five minutes ago, where has the time gone?

I was contacted again recently about reviewing their Christmas range and again I wasn’t disappointed. As you would expect from Clintons, I was sent a box of Christmas cards, but also some little gift ideas. The cards were quality you expect from a top card retailer, but I was blown away with the price. There are 15 cards in the box I received, and they sell at £1 a box. If that’s not good enough value, while stocks last they are buy one get one half price!

As you would expect from Clintons, their gifts are also top quality and there is so much choice. It’s always hard to know what to buy for a new born baby at Christmas, so how about the Baby’s First Christmas range. And the soft toys they have are amazing. I was lucky enough to be sent one and H touched it once and fell in love with it! I had hoped for him to sit on my bed but he hasn’t left her bed since she smuggled him to bed the other night!!

I’ve seen a lot of debate recently about how the high street is dying in towns and city’s throughout the country. There’s so much talk of people supporting their high streets. I will hold my hands up and say most of my shopping has been done online this year for a number of reasons, one of which being cost. I think what Clintons have proved to me twice now is that it is not necessarily true that high street is more expensive. So for any last minute stocking fillers, Christmas cards or gifts to be cherrished, why not pop into your local Clintons and grab yourself a good deal!

December 14, 2011 Posted by | Product Reviews | , , | Leave a comment

Back to school range at Clintons!!

It’s that time of year again and everone is shouting about their amazing Back to School range, it can sometimes be a bit daunting as to where to start and what your kids actually need, so when I was approached to review Clintons back to school range I thought that would be an ideal way to see what’s out there.

Clintons is here to help get the new school year off to a great start – from themed pencil cases, lunch boxes and notepads to thoughtful back to school cards, yes you really can get cards for everything these days! Clintons is also making it easier for parents by offering 3-for-2 on its back to school range from 16th August (whilst stocks last), helping you treat your little ones within budget.

I have to say I was really impressed when I looked at the products. Here’s some of the items in the range and what I thought:

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Stay organised with this colourful Boofle Notepad – £3.99

It’s so cute, perfect for any girl at school, whatever the age! B loves this and she is 8, but I would imagine many teenagers will like this too. It has a cute dangly tag on the spine and an elastic band meaning if your kids want to keep loose bits of paper in with their notebook, it will all be held together!

 

 

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This set of two Boofle Pens will help to inspire wonderful words – £3.99

Not only are these great for back to school, but they are of good quality, you could put these away for friends birthdays. Pens always go missing so the fact this is a pack of two is great – one for now and one for when the first gets lost!!

 

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Keep all of your school stationary in order with this funky Tokyo Toys Pencil Case£3.99

This pencil case is fantastic. The small pocket on the front is fab for pencil sharpeners meaning no annoying shavings getting all over those brand new pencils and pens! And they really have it right with the danglies, kids love them! This is great quality and just the right size for kids of the younger age range, who only need a few bits!

 

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And then we have the important stuff, lunch time is not just about food and Clinton have seen that and bring these fantastic products out. The lunch bag is priced at £7.99 and the bottle at £3.99. What I really love though is that the bag has an elastic strap in it, meaning you can put the bottle in, or anything else, and be assured it will stay upright by making sure it’s sat in the strap. It’s a decent size, I think I could even fit my own lunch in there!!

 

Clinton Cards is the largest specialist retailer of quality greetings cards, gifts and related products in the UK. Founded in 1968, Clinton Cards now has over 650 stores nationwide and two million shoppers through its doors each week.

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I have to admit, I wouldn’t have thought about going to a card shop for my back to school supplies, but after trying out some of the range, I will definitely be heading over there to see what else is about, and would recommend these products without a doubt!!

September 7, 2011 Posted by | Parenting, Product Reviews, School and Childcare | , , , , | Leave a comment