Happy New Year!

December 30, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Bump to Bundle would like to wish all our friends and customers a very

happy New Year!

 

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Christmas Gift List

November 30, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Posted in guide, information, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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It’s that time of year again, I love the run up to Christmas, buying presents, decorating the house, making the cake. I relish it all.

I’ve put together a little list of gifts to make life a little easier. Of course you can always visit our Christmas shop if you want things totally christmassy, but we have lots of other gift ideas all around the shop, so you can use this list for a little inspiration.

Gifts for Mums To Be

Books and Cds from Babysense.

Babysense book   £9

Sleepsense book  £9

Womb to World Cd   £9

La La Cd   £9

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Gifts for Newborns

New baby boxed 5 piece clothing gift set  £19.99

4 piece gift set with photo album
£13.99

gorgeously soft Hug Me Toys £12.00

Elly Organic cotton comforter toy, in blue or pink £13.00

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Older Babies

Clothing We have a wide range of baby clothing that would make lovely gifts, for both boys and girls and at a price to suit every pocket.

Our gorgeous Moover toys are fantastic for getting little ones moving around and walking.

We have loads of toys like this fun ball blowing train £8

For the little princess a fabulous dressing up set in carry bag £11.99

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Older Children

Constructions sets from Kidditec, ranging from £34.99 to £149.99

Magic Castle £16.99

Handmade bracelets £3.50

Personalised name plaques £14.99

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Finally, do you have some great events or parties to attend over the holiday season? If you need a babysitter or childminder and are in the London area then why not give Likeminders a try?

Business Mums Blog Carnival – November 2011

November 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments
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I’m proud to be hosting the Business Mums Blog Carnival for this month. The carnival originated from Helen at Business Plus Baby and is wonderful way of sharing and interacting with other business mum bloggers. So grab a cuppa and come and read through the great selection of blog posts I have received for this month.

First off, what do you think of the term mumpreneur? Kizzy Bass gives her personal opinion on her Kizzy Bass Business Blog.

Helen from Business Plus Baby warns us Be Careful Who Your Friends Are as she talks about the way people around us influence us and how to make the best of the more positive relationships. Grace, from Grace Marshall talks about how we compare ourselves with others and the importance of your behind the scenes efforts to ensure your future success in her inspiring post Digging Ditches.

Elaine from Littlesheep Learning had an exciting day when she received the #WOW business award. #WOW or Women on Wednesday is a Twitter award from  Jacqueline Gold (Ann Summers.) Another similar award is the #SBS, Small Business Sunday award from Theo Paphitis (Dragon’s Den)

Then we have a couple of more personal posts. Helen from Memoirs of a Baby Signing Teacher in an inspiring post talks about how she took her first steps into the world of baby signing and the importance of taking small steps to make greater journeys. And another Helen from The Hub talks about the snow from last Christmas and how she is preparing this year to go the extra mile to keep her customers satisfied.

Are you going away this Christmas? Not something I’ve ever done and I do think of the hassle of taking the kids on long journeys, but not to fear because Julia from Kids Travel2 has some excellent tips to avoid stressful travel with children this Christmas. And if you are prone to overindulging at Christmas then Rachel on Beautiful Swans tells you how hypnotherapy can help with weight loss.

The Activate Fundraising Blog poses the question Are There Enough Hours in Your Day? (Never!) Here you will find a well planned strategy to find the time to increase your fundraising efforts. Or maybe you have too much time to spare? Over on Become a Mumpreneur you can learn How To Turn Your Hobby into a Business.

Finally a selection of business tips posts.

On Become a Mum Blogger, What is Linking?

On Mums Business Directory, Have You Created your Google+ Page

On The Mumpreneur Blog, My Success, a step by step guide

On Family Friendly Working, How Mentoring Helps

On Make Money Online, What’s Stopping You?

On Ace Inspire, Invention Tips: Dubious Industry Practices to Avoid

I hope you have enjoyed this months blog carnival, there are certainly a lot of interesting posts to read. It’s always nice to receive comments so please take a moment or two to express an opion on the posts you read, or just pop a note to say you’ve read, I’m sure it will be appreciated by all this weeks entrants. And thank you in advance if you take the time to post a comment on this blog.

Coming Soon – Blog Carnival

November 9, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Posted in information, news | Leave a comment

Bump to Bundle is hosting the blog carnival for November. The Blog Carnival is hosted by a different business blog each month and orginates from Helen Lindops Business Plus Baby Site.

You can find out more here on the Blog Carnival instructions page

The carnival will be a culmination of posts from anyone who wishes to submit. It doesn’t have to be your most recent post, it can be anything but a sales pitch. Tell us about your business or share your knowledge or tips, or tell us about yourself and why you do what you do.  The aim is to provide and interesting post so that people will become regular visitors to your blog.

If you would like to submit a blog post then please e-mail me at anne@bumptobundle.co.uk  before the 15th November. I’ll look forward to hearing from you.

Along the way…..

October 29, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Posted in information | Leave a comment

We all have people who travel the journey with us, those that inspire us, encourage us or maybe they are just always there with a kind word or a little support.

I’d like to dedicate this post to some other mumpreneurs that I have met on my journey.

First off my friend Karen who started up a fantastic knitting business Babysmalls. She started making soakers and longies to go over nappies and now makes all sorts of wonderful knitted goodies, I particularly like her hoodies. I can remember my mum trying to teach me how to knit, but I never really got the hang of it, so I’m full of admiration for those that can. I know Karen works really hard and she really does deserve success.

Another friend is Eileen who works extremely hard as an Independant Usborne Organiser and also manages to find the time to make gorgeous sock monkey at PPBear’s Creations

Then there is my talented friend Louise who sells unique personalised baby blankets and gifts in her lovely shop, Gooseberrybush gifts She gave me lots of advice when I was first starting up and for that I will always be grateful.

I could name many more wonderfully inspiring women I’ve met along the way, and I probably will in the near future. In the meantime if you are just starting up then don’t be alone, join in on Facebook, Twitter or forums such as Mumsclub, and I’m sure you’ll find others to share your journey too.

And if you are a customer reading, I hope you can see that us mum’s work so hard to bring you wonderful things for your babies and children.

Facebook Rumours

October 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Posted in information, news | Leave a comment

I posted this on my status the other day, I’ve seen lots of others do the same and thought, well, better be safe than sorry.

New Facebook Procedures – all page owners are asked to tell fans: If you are not an active fan of ours (liking or commenting on photos/our wall) as of October 31, 2011 you will no longer see updates from us in your news feed!

PLEASE LIKE THIS STATUS to keep seeing our updates 🙂

So what is it all about, and is there any truth in it?

Well, yes, but adding the above as a status is not going to help much. You have probably all noticed that Facebook has made a lot of changes recently and will be making more. One of the most noticable is how your wall has changed. The updates that are received are now all sorted by Facebook using a system where they put a value on every update you make and they are only seen by other Facebook users who are most likely to be interested in reading what you have to say. So those you interact with mostly are most likely to see your updates than those who you barely speak to on Facebook.

What does this mean for business pages? The more interaction you get on your page the more your posts will be shown to your likers. This means your page will not always be shown to every single one of your likers, but it will be shown to those who have posted on your wall, or liked your posts or interacted in other ways. So if you want to get noticed you have to work harder, but you will still get noticed by those who still want to see what you have to say.

Toy Competition

September 30, 2011 at 11:09 am | Posted in competition | Leave a comment

We have a fantastic new competition for you where you can win a toy of your choice, we have lots to choose from.

All details are here

Toy Competition

here are a few pics of the lovely prizes we have to offer

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Ready for the New Season

September 25, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Posted in information, news, Special Promotions | Leave a comment
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Well, we’ve been promised a warm week to come but we all know that the cold weather will soon be upon us.

Bump To Bundle is now stocked with our lovely Autumn/Winter range. We have coats and outfits for babies, toddlers and children up to 8 yrs old. We also have a fantastic range of waterproofs which will keep any little one warm and dry no matter what the weather.

Also new in store is a big collection of baby and toddler toys in our toy shop. Some great ideas for a bit of early Christmas shopping, or just a little treat. Prices start from under £3

We have started up our newsletter again, but instead of filling it with news we are using it to offer subscribers a fantastic bargain every month. The newsletter will go out to subscribers on or around the 10th of each month. If you want to receive these subscriber only bargains do come and join us.

Kiddiebase are a great online market place featuring loads of great stores. They are currently running a competition to celebrate their first birthday. To be in with a chance of winning £50 to spend at Kiddiebase just go along and nominate your favourite store……it would be lovely if you could choose Bump To Bundle!

 

 

Change – Reflections on a year gone by.

September 12, 2011 at 10:07 am | Posted in information | 3 Comments

With the summer beginning to fade and the autumn seeping through many of us in business are now planning (or have already planned) our Christmas stock. So of course it’s the time you start thinking ‘where did the year go?’

The last year has also been my first year of running a business and it’s hard to believe just how much I’ve done. In the beginning I jumped in feet first, eager to get started and did it all wrong having to start again. That was my first important lesson, the second was learning that getting things wrong and starting again is something that you do over and over and over. Even if you believe you are going forwards all the time, you are, but you are also learning from the past.

My website has gone through many changes. Maybe it would have been better to get it all sorted before starting up but I think you may have already gathered I’m not that patient. Even so, I have followed the journey’s of others alongside my own business and even those who had all the professional help and advice on setting up and getting their sites right before going public have tweaked and changed things along the way.

Change is inevitable, you can’t stay static you have to work out what works and what doesn’t and that changes all the time, so it’s obvious that you will have to change too. I look back at what I wanted at the very beginning of starting up and see that even though I haven’t changed my mind, or my ideas, I have changed the ways I wanted to achieve them.

Change can also be damaging. You begin to get recognised for your website design, your logo, your business. Then you change and have to start all over again. So it’s good to keep a balance. Once I was happy with the overall design of my site I just tweaked it, keeping the main features that I figured most people would find recognisable. I’ve also changed the stock in my shop over and over, but my policies and beliefs are the same. I’ve always wanted to provide reasonably priced necessary items alongside unique handmade gifts, and this is what I strive to provide.

Recently I wanted to change my avatar on Twitter, it’s a picture of my little man in one of my outfits that I sold. My little man is not so little anymore and I no longer sell that particular outfit. However, I realised that I recognise so many people on Twitter first and foremost by their avatar. By changing mine I might not be recognised so easily. It’s certainly a good idea to give things like avatars a lot of thought when creating them.

Time now for a little forward thinking. This Christmas I hope to be very busy so I’m planning and hoping to work hard for the next few months. I can see what I’ve achieved this year, but this time next year I want to have achieved so much more.

 

Jeans

August 12, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Posted in information, New Items | Leave a comment
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Everyone loves jeans. We’ve managed to get some in stock for the older children. They are trendy, well made and great bargains too.

For the boys we have two styles and some combat trousers. From Hadleigh the jeans come in sizes 1yr to 8yrs and the combat trousers 3 yrs to 8 yrs, the prices are £12.99 and £13.99.

 

For the girls we currently have the one pair of jeans at £13.99

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