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Learn a new Craft or Hobby this May Bank Holiday Weekend

Monday, 29th April 2013

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!

The Creative Colouring Book for Grown-UpsWe have lots of great Craft and Hobby ideas to try, perfect for the whole family.
Our top 5 suggestions are…

  1. Become an Antique Hunter with our best selling book - Antique Marks
  2. Try Wood Whittling with our informativeThe Little book of Whittling
  3. Learn a new language for your next holiday (Choose from French, Spanish or Italian)
  4. Create pretty Friendship Bracelets with our Friendship Bracelet Maker
  5. Get drawing with our Art Doodle Book and Creative Colouring Book for Grown-Ups
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.

Written By Fiona
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Time to get walking for Get Walking Week

Friday, 26th April 2013

Did you know it’s Get Walking Week from 4 – 11 May 2013? Here are my Top 10 walking essentials for any walker.

Emergency PonchosDid 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!

Before you go though, why not take a look at some of our Walking Accessories and Essential Gadgets for any walker, rambler or extreme hiker.

Here are my Top 10 Walking essentials which you shouldn’t leave home without…

1. Reflex® Folding Water Bottle
2. Emergency Poncho
3. Emergency Blanket
4. Shewee® Extreme Set (for the girls!)
5. Ultimate Survival KitUltimate Survival Kit
6. Folding Spork
7. Multi Colour LED Headlight
8. Foldaway Walking Stick Seat
9. Folding Insulated Mat
10. Emergency Mountain Whistle

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).

Good luck and happy walking!

Written By Fiona
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Top Tips to combat snoring for National Stop Snoring Week

Monday, 22nd April 2013

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. Snore Stopper

Here are my top 5 tips to help stop snoring and get a better night’s sleep.

  1. Clear your nasal passages
  2. Sleep on your side
  3. Avoid caffeine and heavy meals 2 hours before bedtime
  4. Moisten the atmosphere you’re sleeping in with a humidifier
  5. 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.

Written By Fiona
Filed under News

Travel Paraphernalia Summer Collection Preview

Friday, 12th April 2013

Take a sneaky peek at our brand new Travel Paraphernalia Summer Collection - with over 35 new lines for holidays and short breaks.

The World's Lightest Fold-Flat Wheeled Cabin BagIt 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.

We have just added over 35 brand new lines to our Travel Paraphernalia Summer Catalogues which will be landing on doorsteps from next week, but if you can’t wait that long then we have a sneak preview online (www.travelparaphernalia.co.uk) of all the fabulous new items.

Some of my favourites include The World’s Lightest Fold-Flat Wheeled Cabin Bag which folds virtually flat for easy storage and has a massive 44 litre capacity to hold all your holiday clothing and essentials.Battery-Powered Storm Lanterns

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...


Written By Fiona
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It's National Pet Month

Tuesday, 9th April 2013

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!Basil and Arabella

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!)”. Bella the Chilean Rose Tarantula

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.

Written By Fiona
Filed under News

Sorry! No Results

Tuesday, 19th March 2013

If you searched our website and got the Sorry! No Results page we would love to know what you were searching for so we can investigate why this happened.
 

Please let us know the search word or term you used in the COMMENT section below.
 

Thank you for helping us to improve our website.
 

David Lyall
Head of eCommerce

Written By Fiona
Filed under News, Technology

Easter getaways and Easter fun

Thursday, 14th March 2013

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 have everything from travel gadgets to lotions and potions, bag packers to security products and lots, lots more.
 
Here are my top 5 travel essentials for any trip away…

  1. Antibacterial Toothbrush Guards
  2. American Safety Lock – Brass
  3. Anti RFID Scanning Organiser
  4. Luggage Packing Cubes – Set of 3
  5. Universal Power Adaptor
 
 
However, if you are staying at home this Easter, here are 5 fun ideas to beat the boredom…
  1. Decorate your own Easter egg and then have an Easter Egg Hunt
  2. Bake an Easter cake and get cooking
  3. Revisit old board games
  4. Have a family picnic (indoors if the weather is cold and wet)
  5. Relax and read a good book
 
I hope you all have a happy Easter – and eat plenty of chocolate!
 

Written By Fiona
Filed under News

Our Favourite Childhood Books for World Book Day

Tuesday, 5th March 2013

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.
 
Happy reading everyone!

Written By Fiona
Filed under News

Distinctive Short & Long Socks – School, Regimental, Colours & Club

Wednesday, 27th February 2013

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). Distinctive Socks

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
Black Watch
Guards
Gurkha Brigade
Honourable Artillery Company
King’s Royal Hussars
Light Infantry
Parachute Regiment
Rifle Brigade
Queen’s Royal Hussars
Royal Air Force
Royal Army Medical Corps
Royal Artillery
Royal Engineers
Royal Green Jackets
Royal Corps of Signals
Royal Horse Artillery
Royal Logistic Corps
Royal Marines
Royal Navy
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Sandhurst post 1953
Special Forces Club

View Armed Forces and Regiments Long Socks >
View Armed Forces and Regiments Short Socks >



Schools/Colleges Socks
Did you attend school at Ampleforth, Eton, Charterhouse or Downside? Relive your school days with our Distinctive School Socks. There are 60 schools to choose from:
 
Abingdon
Ampleforth
Blundell’s
Bradfield
Bromsgrove
Bryanston
Canford
Charterhouse
Cheltenham
Christ’s Hospital
Clifton
Cranleigh
Downside
Dulwich
Eastbourne
The Edinburgh Academy
Epsom
Eton
Felsted
Fettes
Glenalmond
Gordonstoun
Haberdashers’ Aske
Haileybury
Harrow
King’s Canterbury
Lancing
The Leys School Cambridge
Loretto
Magdalene College Cambridge
Magdalen College Oxford
Malvern
Marlborough
Merchiston Castle
Millfield
Milton Abbey
Merchant Taylors’
Oakham
Oundle
Oxford & Cambridge
Pangbourne
Radley
Repton
Royal Agricultural College
Rossall School
Rugby
Sedbergh
Sherborne
Sherborne (City)
Shrewsbury
Stonyhurst
St Edward’s
St Paul’s
Strathallan
Stowe
Tonbridge
Uppingham
Wellington
Westminster
Winchester

View Schools/Colleges Long Socks >
View Schools/Colleges Short Socks >

 
 
Clubs Socks
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:
 
Eton Ramblers
Eton Vikings
Garrick Club
Hawks
Harlequins
Zingari
Royal Automobile Club
St Moritz Tobogganing Club

View Clubs Long Socks >
View Clubs Short Socks >



Colours
And for something different, we even offer ‘Colours’ too.

Snooker
Rowing Pink
Red & Yellow
Green
Yellow
Red
Croquet
Fuchsia
Port/Starboard (one of each)

View Colours Long Socks >
View Colours Short Socks >

 
 
Take a look at our whole collection of Long Distinctive Socks and Short Distinctive Socks where you can view the design of each.

Written By Fiona
Filed under News

Top 10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Wednesday, 20th February 2013

Here are my top 10 Mother’s Day gifts for mums of all ages, for 10th March 2013.

Yummy Mummy MugMother’s Day is just over 2 weeks away and we have hand-picked a fabulous collection of beautiful and unusual gifts to spoil your mum this Mothering Sunday on 10th March.
 
Mother’s Day has come to be known as a day of celebrating and honouring mothers and motherhood, so why not show your mum just how much she means to you by choosing one of our gorgeous gifts for her.
 
From stylish jewellery to gorgeous ‘smellies’ and not forgetting our Personalised Gifts to add that unique touch, we have something to suit all mums.
 
If you are stuck for ideas, then I’ve compiled a list of my top 10 gift ideas for any mum…Fairy Cake Bath Set
 
Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts
 
1. Personalised Calendars – Best Mum
2. Yummy Mummy Message Mug
3. Fairy Cake Bath Set
4. One in a Million Message Teaspoon
5. The Little Book of Earrings
6. Keep Calm and Carry On Biscuits
7. Boxed Personalised Champagne
8. Perfume Pendant
9. World’s Best Mum Notepad
10. Penhaligon’s Scent Library
 
Remember – there are over 100 more ideas in our Mother’s Day category so make sure you take a look and get your mum a really special treat.

Written By Fiona
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