It's that time of year, and football is all around - you can't fail to have noticed a certain World Cup happening, and here at Little Sunflowers we want to help you to get into the action!
The fabulous Molo have come out with a football themed range of clothing, from rompers to tops, and we want to give YOU a chance to win not only £60 of Molo gear, but also a fab limited edition kids Football!
All you have to do is answer a REALLY easy question, to go in the draw - and you have until midnight on Saturday 10 July 2010!
In 1969 Eric Carle produced a book which would become a huge hit worldwide. Even today "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" sells one copy every 30 seconds worldwide.
Now, our friendly caterpillar is 41 and it's still just as popular, if not more so. It's a great children's book with fantastic illustrations and imagination taught throughout.
As a child Eric found these adventures with his Father to be quite magical and inspiring. He then went on to re-live these happy and fond memories in his illustrated books. Eric started off his career as a graphic designer. He then later become art director of an advertising agency before then moving into publishing.
Great for children
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a great book for children because it has full page, brightly coloured illustrations to accompany the text. The text within the book is also easy to follow making it ideal for children that are learning to read. The book contains 225 words which are in large text accompanied by colourful illustrations.
If you give a child a book that's bursting with full-page, bright and vibrant colours they'll want to look through it again and again. Pictures really help children to explore their imagination. The Very Hungry Caterpillar uses images that are perfect for children's imagination. The images are very artistic and slightly child-like. Not just your normal every-day caterpillar!
The book itself follows the story of a caterpillar that munches his way through a variety of things such as ice cream, salami, watermelon, one slice of Swiss cheese, and a lollipop. The caterpillar then finally emerges as a beautiful butterfly towards the end of the story.
The story teaches children to count to 5, the names of the days of the week and also about some types of food the caterpillar eats. Although the caterpillar's choice of foods in the book is fictional, it does teach children the basic concept of the metamorphosis from egg to caterpillar to butterfly.
The book is widely regarded worldwide as one of the best children's books ever written. It's easy to see why when your child becomes fascinated by its colours, words and humour. If your child is learning to read and you want to find a suitable book that's not going to intimidate them; this is the perfect choice.
We do love what is possibly the world's oldest caterpillar and butterfly, and are delighted to stock a whole host of Hungry Caterpillar goodies – click on the pictures throughout this blog to find out more!
You know they'd complain their feet are cold straight away, but some children feel the uncontrollable urge to be free from their socks!
Whether you're shopping and the sock mysteriously vanishes, or perhaps eating a meal at a restaurant and a sock makes its way into someone's dinner!
You almost want to scream when your child drops their sock into a puddle whilst taking a stroll with the pushchair. There's a great temptation to put the sock back on their foot whilst it's still dripping wet!
So what's the solution to this mad frustrating obsession your child has?
Well, let's get cracking with some practical solutions to this headache...
For a cheap method that's also easy to reapply try good old Sellotape. You can buy Sellotape in jumbo rolls these days so you don't even have to worry about how much you use. In some cases the entire foot may require a thorough coating of the sticky plastic stuff. Ha! Take those socks off NOW you little tyke! ;)
2. Forget the socks
Ok, we've reached that major point in frustration. If your child is clearly so determined to avoid wearing socks completely; ban them. Search the entire house for all your children's socks and burn them. Problem solved. This is also a great way to save money. With less socks to buy you can even save up for that dream holiday. Hint: remember to remove the socks from your child before throwing them onto the fire; it can be easy to forget. ;)
For a slightly nicer way of keeping your children's socks on, and with tongue now firmly out of cheek, try sock-ons. They're an award winning solution that keeps the socks on even on the most determined of children. One size fits all; these clever little devices were invented by a Mum whose baby wouldn't keep his socks on. They're machine washable and come in a variety of different colours to truly accessorise your baby!
And of course you can buy them at Little Sunflowers (Little Sunflower Sock Ons)
So we've revamped our refer-a-friend scheme. It's all very simple; for every 5 friends’ email addresses you give us, we'll give you 1 flower credit. What's even better is that for every friend that places an order, we'll give you another credit. So if all 5 friends place an order, you'll get 6 credits.
Once you reach 6 flower credits you'll be rewarded with a £20 gift voucher to spend on whatever you like at Little Sunflowers! It's our way of saying thank you for referring your friends to us and also rewarding you for your efforts. So how many friends can you refer to us?
If you refer 10 friends to us we'll give you 2 flower credits just for their email addresses. As long as your friends have an interest in what we're selling, they're likely to place an order with us. Even if you have friends that don't have children, or their children have grown up, they might still be looking to send someone else a gift.
Is there a limit to how many friends I can refer?
It really is very simple to refer your friends. Just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your 5 friends' email addresses. The 5 email addresses must be genuine and they can't already be customers with us. If any of the email addresses aren't genuine or are already customers we'll let you know so you can refer someone else if you want.
When your friends place their first order with us they'll need to let us know you've referred them. We just need them to pop your name and town/county in the comments box at checkout. We'll then email you to let you know you've got another credit on your account.
In France there is a toy which is given to nearly every baby. Since 25th May 1961 Sophie la Girafe has been the traditional toy to give to a new born baby. She's a small teething toy that's ideal for children to hold on to. Her legs are just the right size for babies to grasp with their fingers.
But what's interesting is that until 4 years ago you couldn't buy Sophie in the UK at all. In fact it was only 5 years ago that the French manufacturer Vulli decided babies worldwide should start chomping on Sophie.
This year it's predicted that over 50,000 babies will use Sophie la Giraffe as their toy to chomp, drool, chew and squeak on. With more and more parents giving Sophie the thumb of approval, it might not be too long before she's a tradition in this country too!
What's so special about Sophie?
One of Sophie's most fascinating features is that she simply hasn't changed at all in 49 years. With a very retro look to her, Sophie's seen as safe. She's made from natural rubber and food grade paint. There's no PVC, BPA, Phthalates or other nasty chemicals hiding around to harm your child.
Indeed it's probably her safe features that make her so popular amongst so many parents and babies too. There's no need to worry that the toy may wear down or become unsafe for your child. In some cases other teething toys can cause allergic reactions or skin conditions to children, but not Sophie.
What's even more special about Sophie is her price. You might not see the value in spending a fortune on the latest designer baby wear. You might even be annoyed at how most chew toys need replacing after a few days. But with Sophie you'll be able to join the luxury club.
Celebrity mums such as Isla Fisher, Naomi Watts, Nicole Richie and Sofia Coppola are amongst just some of the parents that use Sophie. All this luxury sounds like it's going to cost more than the designer baby wear right? Well, you're looking at just £12 to get your hands on this exclusive club.
Is she a gimmick?
The strangest thing about Sophie is that she's genuinely not a gimmick. What's even more surprising is that her massive success over the past 49 years hasn't been backed by a huge marketing campaign. Nearly every new-born in France is given one yet Sophie isn’t main-stream marketed.
She's simply a very effective toy that does the job perfectly. Mums and Dads have been passing their recommendations on for the past 49 years. That's how Sophie got where she is today; a sign of a genuine product that actually works. No advertising required.
So if your child's going through the teething phase, consider Sophie la Giraffe. After all, it is her Birthday!
So that's why here at Little Sunflowers we thought it would be a good idea to let our customers review the products they've purchased. In our new reviews section you can rate and review any product. It's a great way to help out other parents who are unsure about some of the products on the website.
It's almost a bit like shopping with a friend who has already brought an item you're thinking of buying. It's a great way of getting impartial advice that isn't coming straight from the manufacturer or, indeed, from us! Sometimes descriptions of products might not answer your question, where a review might just clear certain things up.
Adding a review to an item in our shop couldn't be easier. First, find the product you want to review. You can either search for the item or browse through the categories. Once you're on the items page, just scroll down the page. Just underneath the "Add to basket" button you'll see the reviews box.
At the bottom of the reviews box there's a button labelled "Write Review". You'll need to register as a customer to do this, or login with your existing details if you've purchased before. When leaving a review you can write a description of your review along with giving the item a rating. Each review can have up to a 5 star rating.
How to read other reviews
Not all of the products in our store will have a review. But those that do will be visible just under the product description. If you're looking at a product on the site, just scroll down just below the "Add to basket button". If there are any reviews for a product they will appear here.
Be in with a chance of winning a prize
To encourage our customers to help out other parents we're offering you the chance to win a prize. All reviews submitted by the end of May will be entered into a draw to win £50 to spend on our site. It's really simple to be in with a chance of winning - all you have to do is leave a product review. We'll know who you are because you have to be logged in to leave reviews.
So why not be part of the Little Sunflowers community whilst also being in with a chance of winning a prize. Who knows, you might be the next customer that's struggling to decide whether or not to purchase an item for your child. Having an independent review of the product could help you to make the right choice.