Monthly Archives: April 2015

  • 20 Things Only A 90's Kid Will Understand


    90s-Kid-GraphicFor those of you born in the 90's, this nostalgic post will definitely bring back some memories and a smile to your face.

    1: You remember the pain of dial up Internet

    It's strange to think that it used to take a lifetime to connect to the Internet and you couldn't use the phone at the same time. Every 90's kid will remember frantically waving at their Mum to hurry up and end the conversation so they could get online.

    2: You rented VHS not DVD's

    The excitement of going to Blockbuster on a Friday night to choose a video was always something to look forward to.

    3: You taped the top 40

    We couldn't just Google and listen to the top 40 so we resorted to tuning into Radio 1 every Sunday from 4-7 and taping it with a cassette. The challenge was trying to pause it before the DJ started talking.

    4: Penny sweets were actually a penny

    Nowadays a pick 'n' mix is extortionate! remember going to the shop and getting a big bag for 20p?! You definitely got more sweets for your money back then.

    5: You had smelly gel pens in your pencil case

    You just weren't cool unless your pens were scented.

    6: You owned the original walk man

    Instead of sleek ipod's, 90's kids had the task of carrying around bulky CD and cassette player's when they wanted to listen to their favourite songs on the go.

    7: You had a pet tamagotchi

    It was a hard work satisfying these digital pets. Sneaking it to school was a mission – your teacher had to understand that couldn't leave it at home or it would die!

    8: You had to catch 'em all.

    Trading Pokemon cards at break was a regular occurrence. You suddenly became very popular if you had a shiny Charizard.

    9: Your Mum washed your hair with L'Oréal kids shampoo

    The 'no tears' motto was definitely a lie though.

    10: You couldn't have orangeade without asking “who loves orange soda!?”

    Keenan and Kel was one of the best programmes around and who could forget that famous quote!

    11: SM:TV was the reason to get up on a Saturday morning

    A morning spent with Ant, Dec and Cat was hilarious.

    12: You still have a box of beanie babies hidden in the attic

    At one point you couldn't see your bed with the amount you had!

    13: Your creations never quite looked liked the finished product on art attack

    Did they really expect a five year old to have the ability to make some of them!?

    14:You locked your furby in a cupboard

    Constant “feed me!”demands and falling asleep under its beady eyes was overwhelming. Annoying and slightly horrifying it is surprising that these furry aliens became so popular.

    15: You had some snazzy footwear

    From sparkly jelly sandals to trainers that lit up, the 90's was the coolest era for footwear!

    16: You know all the words to the fresh prince of Bel Air theme song

    “Innnn West Philadelphia born and raised...” you just can't stop yourself.

    17: You always wanted a dairylea lunchable to take school

    Even though they tasted horrible it was much cooler than taking in your Mum's squashed tin foil wrapped sandwiches.

    18: The era of Boy/girl bands

    Spice girls, Atomic Kitten, Backstreet Boys, N'sync... the 90's had some of the best (and cheesiest) bands. What better way to spend your time than learning the dance moves and making your mum video it with a camcorder (yes ... a camcorder, remember those?).

    19: Learning CD lyrics

    Memorising the song lyrics from the leaflet inside was the first thing you would do when you got a new CD.

    20.You wanted Bernard's watch

    And you would come up with much more interesting (and perhaps unethical) ways of using it. Cheating in an exam... finally getting your hands on that Prada bag..

    Stephanie (Forever Bespoke Marketing Team)

  • 10 great things to do during the holidays!

    10 Easter Holiday Activities 10 Easter Holiday Activities

    The Easter Holidays are here, which means the kids are off school and full of sugar. If you're not going away during their time off, it can be difficult thinking of things to keep them occupied. If you're struggling for ideas, we've got 10 great things to do during the holidays – all with a little twist on Easter and Spring, to make them a bit more fun!

    1. Go on an egg hunt – if you're wanting to do something on Easter Sunday, then this is a great activity for the whole family. Easter eggs can be hidden in your own house and garden if they're big enough, or you could go to a pre-arranged egg hunt. Take a picnic with you and go exploring afterwards to make the most of your day out.

    2. Make an Easter bonnet – this activity is sometimes more for the adults than the kids...get out the pom-poms, glitter glue, feathers, and be prepared for the mess! Turn the bonnet making in to a competition and model your creations to the family once they're all complete.

    3. Go on a nature hunt – nature hunts are a great way to get kids out the house. Make up a list of 'treasure' to find while you're out on your walk. Pick springtime nature items, like daffodils, bluebells, and birds nests to look out for.

    4. Paint some eggs – chose to do it the classic way with a hard boiled egg and paint, or use polystyrene eggs and craft supplies for something a bit more creative. If you do this one before Easter, you can take your eggs out on Sunday to roll down a hill.

    5. Make chocolate nests – these are a quick and easy treat for children to help make, and a good way to use up any extra chocolate eggs. All you need to do is melt down your chocolate, mix it into crushed shredded wheat, and put it in a cake case with mini eggs placed on top.

    6. Play some springtime games – if the kids are having friends round during the holidays, some springtime games will keep them entertained! An egg and spoon race is a favourite when the weather is nice, or play 'pin the tail on the bunny' indoors.

    7. Hand and footprint paintings – toddlers and babies love getting messy, and handprint/footprint paintings are a fun activity for them to do. Get creative and make bunnies, chicks, carrots, and lambs out of their prints! Make them in to Easter cards or pictures to put up on the fridge.

    8. Make a real nest – if you're lucky enough to live in the countryside (or close enough to visit), then this is a fun challenge for children to do. Let them forage for twigs to build their own life-sized nest, and see how well they get on. This might even encourage them to work together, to make a bigger and better one than if they were doing it alone!

    9. Make a rainbow – it might be rainy for a few days during the holiday, but don't let the dull weather bring you down. Brighten it up indoors by making colourful rainbows. The options are endless on how to make them – use watercolours, tissue paper, glitter, or anything else you can think of. Hang them up by the windows to cheer up the weather!

    10. Eat too much chocolate – it'll start with the children eating too much on Easter Sunday, and will end with you sneaking bits of their chocolate eggs when they're in bed. Just don't eat a full egg at once, unless you want to get caught.

    Melissa (Forever Bespoke Marketing Team)

  • 10 April Fool's Day Pranks... You Don't Want To Happen To You

    10 April Fool's Day Pranks... 10 April Fool's Day Pranks...

    The 1st of April is a day full of jokes and pranks, so keep an eye out for anything that might happen to you. Here are some pranks that might be funny for the person doing them, but not so funny if you get caught out! From jokes that the whole country might fall for, to messing around in the office, here are our top 10 that you don't want to happen to you.

    Prank 1: Fake news articles – lots of newspapers and news channels have started telling us false stories on April Fool's Day. Last year, a penguin laid a golden egg and there was talk of the government putting a ban on selfies. Keep your wits about you and take every news story with a pinch of salt!

    Prank 2: Upside down water cup – there is a way to turn a cup of water upside down, on a flat surface, without the water pouring out. Until the victim of this prank has to move it, and they'll inevitably soak themselves and everything around them.

    Prank 3: Car covered in post-it notes – this is a prank that you might only ever see in photos, and hopefully never have it happen to you! Imagine going out to get in your car, but it's artistically covered in post-it notes. Everywhere. It could range from being funny if you've got nowhere to go, to mildly annoying if you have to take them all off before going to work.

    Prank 4: Soap that won't work – it's an old classic, but people are still falling for it every year. A bar of soap that has been painted with clear nail varnish won't work, leaving the victim a bit puzzled as they're trying to have a shower in the morning.

    Prank 5: Wrapped up bedroom – this one is very popular with students. If one flatmate is away for a couple of days, it's not uncommon to come home to a bedroom wrapped up in wrapping paper, tinfoil or newspaper. This takes serious dedication to wrap up every single item. If it happens to you, try to look at it like getting to open lots of presents...that you already own.

    Prank 6: Items in jelly – more specifically, things that do not belong in jelly. What could be more annoying that going to get your stapler at work and finding it inside a mountain of jelly? Maybe finding your computer mouse in it too.

    Prank 7: Alarms being set early – because there's nothing quite as funny as waking up an hour prepared for the potential fall out if you do this to someone. If someone does it to you, it's perfectly reasonable to get them back the next day.

    Prank 8: Room filled with balloons – imagine going in to your office and finding it filled with balloons, from ceiling to floor! This is a prank that most people will find funny, but does take ages to set up. Maybe it's best to just leave it.

    Prank 9: Fake toffee apple – instead of biting in to an apple, they bite in to an onion instead. This is a really mean one.

    Prank 10: Upside down computer screen – this one is easy to do and easy to fix! It'll only take a few minutes to figure out how to put it back and is totally harmless. If it happens to you, it might be easier to google on your phone how to fix it, rather than reading an upside down screen.

    Melissa (Forever Bespoke Marketing Team)

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