May Bank Holiday is nearly here. Here are 5 crafts that you should try!
The first May Bank Holiday is nearly here and here in the office we’ve got our fingers crossed for some nice warm Spring sunshine – we’re certainly due some. However, if it does decide to rain (which we really, really hope it doesn’t), why not spend your weekend learning a new craft or hobby that can be done whatever the weather!
We have lots of great Craft and Hobby ideas to try, perfect for the whole family.
Our top 5 suggestions are…
Become an Antique Hunter with our best selling book - Antique Marks
However, if learning a new craft is not for you, then of course we have lots of garden tools and accessories for any budding gardener, as well as essential DIY tools for any household job that needs doing over the Bank Holiday Weekend.
Did you know it’s Get Walking Week from 4 – 11 May 2013? Here are my Top 10 walking essentials for any walker.
Did you know it’s Get Walking Week from 4 – 11 May 2013? If you haven’t already, then now is the perfect time to dust off your walking boots and get outside in the fresh air. Walking is a great form of exercise and has huge health benefits. You don’t have to be super fit though; even a gentle stroll will do you the world of good – plus it’s a free form of exercise!
If you want to make your walk more fun and enjoyable, then why not invest in a Pedometer which keeps count of your steps and calories burned? Choose from our Talking Pedometer which is currently on Sale, or our Steps & Distance Pedometer. You should be aiming to walk 10,000 steps a day (1,000 steps at a brisk pace normally takes 10 minutes, and most of us walk between 3,000-4,000 steps a day already).
It’s National Stop Snoring Week from 22 – 26 April. Here are my top 5 tips to put an end to that annoying snoring!
Did you know it’s National Stop Snoring Week between 22– 26 April, so if you have a snoring partner who keeps the whole house up (or if you snore yourself!), here are some great tips to help combat snoring.
There are many reasons why snoring happens, from drinking or eating too much, to blocked nasal passages, allergies, funny sleeping positions and much more.
Here are my top 5 tips to help stop snoring and get a better night’s sleep.
Clear your nasal passages
Sleep on your side
Avoid caffeine and heavy meals 2 hours before bedtime
Moisten the atmosphere you’re sleeping in with a humidifier
Sleep with your head higher than your chest
Failing that, you could always use our Snore Stopper to prod your snoring partner – or if even that fails, get them to sleep elsewhere!
If you have any great tips, or have a snoring partner, then we’d love to hear from you. Just post us a message in the comments box below.
Take a sneaky peek at our brand new Travel Paraphernalia Summer Collection - with over 35 new lines for holidays and short breaks.
It still doesn’t feel quite like Spring yet, even though the clocks have gone forward and the nights are lighter. However, the weather looks like it might be starting to warm up (hooray!) so now is the perfect time to look at those holiday accessories and essentials you might need for any trip away.
If you have a passport with a RFID chip then our RFID Passport Slip will prevent illegal scanning and give you peace of mind whenever you travel.
I love the Battery-Powered Storm Lanterns available in 2 sizes which are perfect for dining al fresco, camping and caravanning. With adjustable energy-saving yellow LED lights that help create a natural looking flame, there is no smelly kerosene or danger of fire.
And for the kids, what better comfort to have than a Bo Bo Backpack Blanket Buddy in either a Lion or Giraffe design, which make comfortable pillows, and include a snuggly fleece blanket inside the tummy to keep your child warm when travelling or at home.
Don’t forget to take a look at all our brand new accessories, gadgets and essentials from our Travel Collection. You can always let us know what you think of our new collection by leaving a comment below – we always love hearing from you.
Here are a few pages from the Travel Paraphernalia Summer 2013 catalogue...
As it’s National Pet Month we thought we’d share our favourite pet stories with you all.
Did you know it’s National Pet Month from 1st April until 6th May? We are a nation of animal lovers and our office is no exception. Between us we have 6 cats, 2 dogs, 30 goldfish and even 1 Chilean Rose Tarantula (called Bella)! We have put together a few funny and strange anecdotes to share with you, which we hope you will enjoy!
Gemma - “I have 3 cats - Blossom (7 years old), Basil (4 years old) and Arabella (1 year old, AKA Shrimpy - don't ask!), and wherever you look in our house, there’s always a cat. Basil thinks he's a dog as he runs around noisily, not silently like most cats! He also likes to annoy us by switching the DVD player on with his nose whenever we're watching anything that isn't the Lion King. Blossom snores - so I have a snoring husband in my bed, and a snoring cat under it (she sleeps right beneath me). She also shouts at me a lot. No idea what she's saying though! And Shrimpy hates people. Won't be touched by the human hand (rescue cat) but she LOVES Basil (while he merely tolerates her).”
Emma - “I have a very handsome cat called Sims, who likes rolling in dirt and shoelaces!”
Jane – “We have a Border Terrier called Teasel, (who is the love of my husband's life) and a very beautiful long haired Tabby cat called Mrs Cat - she is rather amazing because she is nearly 20 years old. We also have about 30 goldfish in our pond - they are the offspring of goldfish that were in large bowls forming table decorations at our daughter's 21st Birthday party, ten years ago! (Girls of that age are not impressed by flower arrangements!)”.
Cam - "I own a Chilean Rose Tarantula that is now 3 years old. About 6 months after owning it, I came downstairs to find it lying on it's back in it's tank. At first I thought it had unfortunately died but then I noticed it moving slightly and sat down to witness one of the most amazing sights – like a scene out of a sci-fi movie, it was malting and shedding it's exoskeleton…. About 2 hours later there was a perfect 'empty' replica of Bella sharing the tank."
However, not all of us here at PFM Head Office have a pet. After questioning some of the team Chris told me he’s “always wanted a Siberian Husky”, whilst Nicola would settle for a Parrot and a Chimp! I on the other hand would be pretty happy with a little fish...or two, or three!
So it’s your turn to let us know what pets you have, or what pet you have always dreamed of having - you could always share your favourite pet stories with us too! Let us know as we always love hearing from you.
PS. Don’t forget to check out our range of Pet Accessories for your cat and dog too.
Here are my top 5 travel essentials for any Easter break, plus fun things to do at home.
Easter is just around the corner, so if you are taking an Easter break away in the UK, travelling abroad for a well deserved holiday or just planning some fun days out with the kids, then make sure you don’t leave home without these travel essentials.
We're having a poll in the office on our favourite childhood book for World Book Day. What is your favourite?
It’s World Book Day on Thursday 7th March and to celebrate it, we’re having a poll in the office on what our favourite childhood novel was. Perhaps you loved the classics, or maybe you were into your fantasy tales and adventures?
After scratching our heads and thinking back to our younger days, our favourites include:
Stig of the Dump – Clive King
The Secret Seven – Enid Blyton
The Famous Five – Enid Blyton
Mr Pink-Whistle - Enid Blyton
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
We're going on a Bear Hunt – Michael Rosen
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
Enid Blyton seems to be a favourite author or ours in the office – but do you agree?
Let us know what your favourite Children’s book was that you grew up with by leaving a comment below. We always love hearing from you.
Don't forget to take a look at our whole range of Books which includes humourous books, computing books, home and garden books as well as many more.
Show off your Old School, Regiment, Colours & Club membership with these Short and Long Distinctive Socks.
Love your socks? Our Distinctive Socks are a fun and discreet way to show off your old school colours, regiment or club membership – and we have a great variety to choose from. Some are so popular, we even offer these in two lengths – short and long which all come in one size (6-12).
Armed Forces and Regiments Socks
Were you in a regiment or part of the Armed Forces? Our Distinctive Armed Forces and Regiments Socks include Royal Air Forces, Parachute Regiment, Royal Navy and much more.
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
Honourable Artillery Company
King’s Royal Hussars
Queen’s Royal Hussars
Royal Air Force
Royal Army Medical Corps
Royal Green Jackets
Royal Corps of Signals
Royal Horse Artillery
Royal Logistic Corps
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Sandhurst post 1953
Special Forces Club
Were you a member or still a member of a Club such as Eton Ramblers, Eton Vikings or even St Moritz Tobogganing Club? Stay true to your Club with our Distinctive Clubs Socks which include the following:
Royal Automobile Club
St Moritz Tobogganing Club