Organiser Vicky

Introducing our Organisers – Vicky

Introducing our Organiser Vicky 

Where do you run Markets? Southampton and Hedge End

What is the item you can’t live without other than your family? My 1980’s VW Camper Van. Just going for a drive is fun when it’s in an old camper.

How many children do you have? I have a little boy, Luca, who has just turned 3. He is more than enough for me!

Organiser Vicky

If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, what animal would you choose to be and why? A penguin. I love the fact that they have the same partner for life and that they are equal in their relationship; they share the tasks of looking after the baby penguin and catching food.

Where is your favourite place to be and why? Anywhere on the Isle of Man. Prior to having a child, we went on yearly motorcycle holidays there and it’s definitely my happy place. We still go most years but have to take the car until Luca is old enough to ride a motorcycle!

What is your favourite children’s book? I loved anything by Enid Blyton as a child. At the moment I really enjoy Richard Scarry books with Luca.

Cinema or fancy restaurant? I like a fancy restaurant!

Which one spring, summer, autumn, or winter, let us know why? Summer. I am totally solar powered. I can deal with anything life throws at me if the sun is shining!

Name one thing you always carry in your handbag? Well as I am usually accompanied by a toddler I’m never without wet wipes!!

One bit of information you wish you’d known before becoming a parent? Don’t compare yourself to other mothers.  Everyone struggles but some hide it better than others. You are doing your best and that is all that matters.   

Best bargain you have found at a Little Pickles Market? A smart outfit consisting of Trousers, Shirt and Waistcoat, originally from Marks & Spencer’s and in perfect condition. It cost me just £1.50! It was perfect for a wedding that we were going to later in the year.

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Dry Kids Review

Review – DryKids

We are a family that loves adventure, but for years I was definitely a good weather Mum. If it was rainy, windy or wet I would often opt to stay indoors. But as the Little Pickles have got older, some days we just have to get out for them to run off some steam whatever the weather. So when I was in the midst of kitting the Littlest Pickles in the family Aliza, 4 and Faryl, 6 with their winter wardrobe. I was pleased to receive an offer for some Dry Kids dungarees to review. So we opted for the cosy thermal lined ones, to keep the kids cosy on Winter walks. I let the kids choose the colour they wanted and slightly gender stereotypically Aliza opted for the hot pink ones and Faryl for the navy ones.

There was a choice of 4 colours in this style and they are very reasonably priced at £16.95. Plus there is over trousers, jackets, wellies and all in ones available too. I have fallen in love with the black padded jacket for Faryl so that is now on my shopping list for the future. DryKids Padded Jacket

We opted for the dungarees as they are great to keep in the car and pop on if we get caught in the rain. Or just have to get out to save ourselves from cabin fever. The Pickles are now dreaming of snow this Winter too as then they can stay warm and play out in it with their DryKids dungarees on.

I asked the Little Pickle’s what they thought.

Faryl, 6 – I love my new trousers as Mum actually let me jump in the puddles.

Aliza, 4 – I can get muddy now and don’t get wet.

Think that is a thumb up from them.

On a family day out to Stourhead recently, after a night’s heavy rain. The Pickles searched all day to find the biggest puddles they could to jump in. They did pretty well to find this one and splashed to their heart’s content. But reassured they were dry as a bone when we got back to the car. Shame I managed to stand in the firing line and got a little bit wet. Maybe one day I’ll have to get the grown-ups version so that we can do a bit of twinning with my Little Pickles!!!!

Also, the mud just wipes off bonus. Plus I found that they were a very generous fit, but with the shoulder straps and poppa’s they are adjustable. So will last more that one Winter for sure.

Now the Little Pickles are looking for the next rainy day to get on an adventure.

Written by Jessamine aka Mummy Pickle – Founder and Owner of Little Pickles Markets

Disclaimer – We were offered 2 pairs of dungarees in return for an honest review

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Little Pickle’s First Christmas Present Ideas

First Christmas Present Ideas

Having children at Christmas brings with it a whole new magical dimension; there’s nothing more special than your baby’s first brush with the festive season and all the glitter and lametta that it brings!

Baby's 1st Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year so for babies first Christmas do you go for practical gifts to be played with or personalised keepsakes to be looked at from a distance? Do you put money into a savings account for when they’re older or do you go all out and fill the tree with gift upon gift?

Below is a range of gift ideas for babies aged 0-12 months – with a budget to suit all;

  • My 1st Years do a wide range of lovely personalised items; one of our favourites is this pull along caterpillar which can have up to six letters printed on it to give it that extra special touch.
  • Photoshoot – around Christmas, many photographers offer ‘mini’ sessions so you can have professional photos done of your little one – you could then make them into Christmas cards or printed and framed as gifts.
  • Toybox – you’re bound to get an abundance of toys so why not treat your little one to a toybox to keep them all in?
  • Sophie the giraffe – are you even a parent if you haven’t succumbed and purchased this glorified dog chew toy?! You can get Sophie on her own boxed or in various gift sets with smaller teethers, rattles and a book. If baby is still gummy, it will be a saviour when those pearly whites start making their appearance. Sophie Giraffe
  • Personalised teddy bear – What baby doesn’t love a teddy bear to snuggle up with? If you’re looking for a bit more of a keepsake gift as opposed to an everyday teddy, the Steiff range includes soft bears as well as classic and limited edition bears…which come delivered in a beautiful box too.
  • Books – It’s never too early to get your children into books! Usborne do a great range of ‘Baby’s Very First’ and ‘That’s not my…’ which have touchy feely bits on them. Or you can never go wrong with timeless classics like The Hungry Caterpillar or Guess how much I love you. That's Not My Books

 

  • Musical instrument set –there is no better sound than a baby laughing at the shaking of a maraca or tambourine or the joy of watching them bash a stick to a little round drum. Note: maybe buy yourself some ear defenders!
  • Sensory toys – most toys get put into little one’s mouths or just held in in their little fists so ensure the toy you pick has got a bit of texture to it. Whether it be a light up cube, a crinkly cuddly, a bobble ball or a baby-safe mirror, you won’t go far wrong.
    Sensory Toy
  • Stacking cups – a pretty inexpensive toy, but one that is loved by all children. Babies enjoy banging them together to make noise or knocking them down, once they’ve been stacked up for them. Later on they can be used to hide toys under and play ‘peek-a-boo’ with!

Stacking Cups

  • Hand /feet prints – there are many craft centres who offer hand and feet paintings on to pottery. Why not get a trinket box, coaster or butter dish printed with babies hand print?

 

  • When celebrating such a monumental event as a first Christmas, it is perfectly acceptable to go completely OTT, so buy up those ‘Baby’s first Christmas’ vests, babygros and bib sets…heck buy the full Santa/Elf costume too!

Though babies first Christmas is a milestone event to us as parents to them they will be more interested in the boxes and wrapping paper than the gift that is inside! We’re holding a number of markets in December, why not pop down and see if you can pick up some new/nearly new bargains at a fraction of their retail price?

Written by Jess from Prosecco Mum you can find her on all the socials below

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Our Team - Laura

Introducing our Organisers – Laura

Introducing our Organiser Laura
Where I run markets – Melksham, Chippenham and Corsham Bigger and Little Pickles Markets.
What item I can’t live without other than my family? My mobile phone I guess 🙈
How many children do I have? 2 girls. Ava and Elsie! Yes, their initials are A+E!!!
If I woke up tomorrow what animal would I be? Well, an insect I would be a fly- who would want to be a fly on the wall !!!!
Favourite place to be- Making memories and have fun with my girls. 💕
Favourite children’s book. ? Each peach pear plum. A fav of mine when I was young.
Cinema or fancy restaurant? Both. Eat first then afilm!!
Spring, summer, autumn or winter? Got to be winter having fun in the snow ⛄
One thing I always carry in my handbag? Food for the kids!!!
One bit of information I wish I had known before parenting? It’s the hardest yet most rewarding job in the world xx
Best bargain found at Little Pickles ? 2 kites in a Tin for £1. Hours of fun with the kids.

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Little Pickles Market Owner

Mummy Pickle – Little Pickles Markets Owner

Welcome to our new series introducing you to the team behind Little Pickles Markets, starting off with Me, Jessamine aka Mummy Pickle. Proud owner and founder, I have spent the last 7 years helping families save and recoup money whilst raising their young families.

Right question time, if you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

Where do you run Markets? – I oversee the running of the whole of Little Pickles Market, so I spend most of my time behind a computer screen. But you will see me popping up at events in Bournemouth, Swindon, Frome and Bradford on Avon. Plus at some of the Wiltshire/Somerset Bigger Pickles Markets as a buyer too.

What is the item you can’t live without other than your family?  – Argh, I really don’t want to say this but it has to be my phone. I am a snap happy Mum forever capturing my children as they grow. But also always on hand to answer emails and keep up with my social media too.

How many children do you have? – I like to keep myself busy so have 5 not so Little Pickles. They are now all school-aged, 4, 6, 8, 11 and 16. I have 4 daughters and just 1 very outnumbered son.

If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, what animal would you choose to be and why? – It would have to be a Giraffe, it is my favourite animal. I would love to overlook the rest of the world from way up high.

Where is your favourite place to be and why? – On a sunny warm beach with my 5 pickles, switched off the outside world. Early this year we went to Cornwall and made some lovely memories that we all cherish.  

Mummy Pickles Family 

What is your favourite children’s book? – Totally random, but I loved the Where’s Spot books when I was a kid and when my Pickles were younger they loved them too, shame they have grown out of them too quick!

Cinema or fancy restaurant? – As I have a history for almost nodding off in the cinema, it’s got to be eating a lovely fancy dinner with friends.  

Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter and let us know why? – Summer, summer, summer, did you guess I love summer!!! Even though the weather isn’t always guaranteed in this country, the light evenings make my days feel longer. Meaning the kids and I have longer to go and explore.

Name one thing you always carry in your handbag? – My purse, with 5 children it is constantly taking a battering or I always leave it to the last minute to fill up the car or I need an emergency chocolate fix to see me through the day.

One bit of information you wish you’d known before becoming a parent? – Every child is different and even though you can pick up bits of advice, each model (Little Pickle) doesn’t come with their unique manual, so it may be a case of trial and error to get things right. Trust your instincts and try not to doubt yourself.

Enough from me look out for the next team members answers in the coming weeks.

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