Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Summer holiday season is just around the corner, but are you summer body ready?




After hibernating through the winter, over-indulging in delicious treats while hiding the evidence under an over-sized jumper, summer is now just around the corner – and we are NOT summer body ready!

If you’re one of many who have left the battle of the bulge to the final moments before boarding the plane, Studio is here to help you get fit in time for your flight. From getting set for the gym to bringing the work out home, we’ve come up with a list of tips to make you feel like a beach babe… not a beached whale. 

So here it is, five simple steps to the summer body you’ve been dreaming of, all you need now is a little time, motivation and will power – easy, right?

STEP ONE: GET KITTED OUT FOR THE GYM

Just like a day at the office, a gym also has their very own dress code. If you want to avoid sticking out like a sore thumb, get set with the latest attire to grace the exercise scene. From Adidas to Nike and Puma, there’s loads of big named brand sportswear available to suit all budgets.

If you feel body confident, go for a pair of sleek leggings and a vest to keep cool while you burn off your winter sins. However, if you’re looking to stay in your comfort zone during your workouts, cover up in joggers and a hoody. Even if you get too warm, the more you sweat the better you’ll feel!

STEP TWO: INVEST IN SOME MOTIVATIONAL TECH

Become a part of the wearable tech trend by investing in a fitness watch to track your weight loss journey. From FitBit to Garmin and Tom Tom, there’s a selection of fitness trackers for sale to suit all budgets. Not only do they look stylish, these innovative watches track everything from your workouts to your daily steps, heart rate and sleeping pattern, ideal for anyone who needs to get to know their body.

As well as high tech gadgets, old favourites like weighing scales are essential for tracking your journey – even when they don’t say what you’d like them to!

STEP THREE: HIT THE GYM… OR BRING THE GYM TO YOU

Once you’re set with your swanky new sportswear and tech, it’s time to hit the gym! If you’re lucky enough to have a local gym and the time to work out, there are plenty of memberships available to motivate. Aim for between 2.5 and 3 hours of consistent exercise a week to see results!

However, if like many women you’re tied down by family life, it’s harder to find hours free to work out. But do not fear, this is where home gym equipment comes into play. There’s a huge range of cost effective gym equipment available for you to bring the work out to you. From treadmills to exercise bikes, rowers and cross trainers, you can work up a sweat without leaving the house, meaning you won’t have to find a baby sitter. Also, try cost effective options like skipping ropes and shapers, perfect for little workouts when you have a few minutes free.

STEP FOUR: OVERHAUL YOUR DIET

When it comes to losing weight, the age-old mantra of Eat Less, Move More is not to be ignored. Forget the fad diets like Slim-Fast and Atkins, it’s all about eating healthy meals to compliment your workouts. Although planning healthy meals can be tough, especially when you have a family, there are a variety of innovative kitchen gadgets to help make healthy cooking a doddle.

From blenders for sweet smoothies on the move to vegetable steamers and air fryers for taking the guilt out of chips, there’s a massive range of options available to overhaul your meal plans.

STEP FIVE: BUY SOME NEW CLOTHES IN YOUR DREAM DRESS SIZE (BE REALISTIC OF COURSE!)

The last step is all about the final push – if you don’t lose the weight, you won’t fit in your gorgeous new holiday clothes, simple!

Whether you want to do this step at the start or nearing the end of your weight loss journey is up to you, but fitting into new clothes is the ultimate target for anyone hitting the beach. Splash out on a range of clothes to fit your target weight, and keep it on show throughout your health kick to remind yourself daily of your target… before long you’ll be slipping into your new threads with ease!



Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Holidays well spent with Studio...


The countdown to the summer holidays have officially begun, meaning the sound of the kids screaming ‘I’m bored!’ is already ringing through your ears before the school bell has even rang for the final time. If you’re dreading six weeks of restless kids, we’ve come up with a list of boredom busting activities to keep your youngsters entertained and happy, no matter what the weather throws your way.

Sunny Days Outdoors

As much as we give British weather a hard time, there are a few weeks a year when the sunshine is glorious. To make the most of these rare, sunny days, get your kids out and about with one of our exciting outdoor activities, guaranteed to let your children’s adventurous side out!

Paddling Pools
When temperatures get hotter, there’s no better way to cool down than with a paddling pool! Every generation has enjoyed filling up the paddling pool on a sunny day and kids now are no different. Buy a pool big enough for everyone to use, as they are ideal for relaxing as well as splashing around! 




Bikes
A bike is one of the best investments you can buy, allowing your kids to enjoy a true sense of adventure when they’re out and about on two wheels. Whether they’re zipping up and down the street, or you take them on a trip to the local park, a bike offers endless hours of fun. 




Play Houses
Playhouses are great for getting their imaginations going, allowing them to have their own space to play and have fun while you sit back and relax in the garden. 



Sports
To keep more than one child happy, why not invest in some sports equipment to bring a little team spirit to your summer holidays. Football is the ultimate team sport if you have a garden big enough for a match, if not, why not rally the troops and head to the local park? All you need is a ball and some goal posts!



Indoors on Rainy Days

Although we hope for non-stop sunshine over the summer months, Britain has a habit of throwing lashes of rain and murky cloud our way, keeping the kids indoors as opposed to playing outside all day long. To stop them getting bored and restless, here’s a list of best buys to keep them stimulated and happy, even when they’re housebound.

Crayons, Colouring and Drawing
Colouring has been one of the best loved hobbies for generations, allowing your kids to unleash their creative sides without making an almighty mess. All you need is some crayons and plain paper, or a colouring book for kids who aren’t a big fan of drawing! 



Reading
It may be six weeks away from school, but that doesn’t mean educational activities can’t be fun. Reading is a great way to pass time and get your kids learning, all while enjoying stories about their favourite characters. 




Kinetic Sand
Kinetic Sand brings all the fun of the seaside indoors… without the mess! This magical sand sticks to itself, not your hands, all without needing to add a drop of water. Each Kinetic Sand Set comes with 1lb of sand, three moulds and a sand tray to play in, keeping the kids entertained for hours! 




Play Doh
Play Doh has been keeping kids happy for years, offering non stop creative fun without the mess. At Studio, we have loads of Play Doh sets for boys and girls to choose from, perfect for keeping them entertained for hours.



Board Games
Board games are the original rainy day activity; from Hungry Hippos to Jenga, Connect Four and Twister, there’s tonnes of different board games available to suit all kinds of kids. Buy a variety of different board games to guarantee a few hours of peace and quiet! 




No matter what the weather, you can trust Studio to keep your little ones entertained with non-stop summer fun until the school gates open again in September! Shop our range now!

Friday, 16 June 2017

Studio's Essential Festival Checklist

 Festival Essentials

Glastonbury is the pinnacle of festival season, kicking off the summer on June 21st with one of the biggest events on the music calendar. From Creamfields to Leeds/Reading, Bloodstock to V Festival, there are tonnes of events coming up for you to experience the unique festival atmosphere. Whether you’re lucky enough to bag yourself some legendary Glastonbury tickets or you’re heading to one of the many other famous festivals around the UK, it’s important to pack in advance to prepare for the inevitable mounds of mud brought on by the bleak British weather! From camping equipment to wardrobe choices, us at Studio have come up with the ultimate itinerary to help you survive British festival season - rain or shine!


Clothing

Wellies

Wellies are at the top of your festival checklist, responsible for keeping your feet warm and dry no matter how deep the puddles of mud get. Whether your budget is big or small, we have a pair of wellington boots to suit you.


Waterproof Rain Coat

In standard British fashion, expect the heavens to open at one point or another on your festival trip. If you want to make sure you’re prepared for a spell of summer showers, bring a raincoat along to protect yourself from getting soggy in the rain.


Other festival clothing essentials include:

  • Thick jumpers to stay warm at night
  • Light t-shirts in case it’s sunnier than expected
  • Loads of outfit changes for when the rain ruins what you’re wearing
  • Plenty of spare socks and underwear to keep yourself feeling clean
  • Sun protection such as sunglasses and hats
  • A comfy and secure backpack to keep your valuables safe


Camping Equipment

Tent

A tent is going to be your home away from home for a few days, giving you an element of personal space to crash and sleep off your cider fuelled hangover. At Studio, we have a huge range of tents available in a variety of sizes and styles to suit your group to a tee.


Camping Chair

Bringing a camping chair is a social essential, allowing you to create a space in your campsite to sit around, chat and chill and if you don’t fancy carting it all the way back home when you’re feeling worse for wear, you won’t feel like you’ve wasted your money.


Sleeping Equipment 

All that drinking and dancing is tiring, so when you need to retire to catch up on a few z’s, make sure you have a comfy nest to crawl into to recharge your batteries. Sleeping Bags are designed for cold temperatures, keeping you toasty and insulated when the temperatures drop at night. If you need a few creature comforts to get to sleep, make sure you bring along an air mattress to add warmth and comfort to your slumber, and also think about bringing a fluffy throw for added home away from home vibes.


Trolley

You maybe thinking by now, ‘how am I going to get all this to the campsite?’ Well, all is not lost, you won’t have to lug it all around in a rucksack like a welly wearing packmule. Instead, simply buy a festival trolley!


Extras:

  • Spare tent pegs
  • Camping mallet
  • Extra tarpaulin
  • Lantern, torch or any other outdoor lighting


Soap and Hygiene

Soaps, lotions and potions

All of us have our own daily beauty routines; if you don’t want to give it up while you live in a field for a few days, remember to bring along a travel set of soap which includes all your beauty goodies.


Flip Flops

If you’re planning on getting a shower while you’re camping, don’t expect anything luxurious. Thousands of people will be using the showers over the weekend, so make sure you avoid the dirt by packing a pair of sandals or flip flops into your luggage.


Swimwear

Obviously a festival isn’t a holiday, and sadly there’s no relaxing swimming pool or jacuzzi, but it’s best to pack a swimsuit if you’re planning on getting a shower, just incase! Try a tankini to keep yourself covered with no restrictions for washing, or just simply swim shorts for men.


Other soapy essentials:

  • Baby wipes
  • Makeup wipes
  • Deodorant, perfume/aftershave
  • Dry shampoo
  • Air freshener
  • Sun cream
  • Condoms
  • Toilet roll
  • Hair brush and bobbles
  • Bug spray


Food/Snacks

Stove

To avoid the costs of food on site, take along loads of tinned food such a beans or soup so you can cook it on your very own portable gas stove - remember to pack extras as well, a pan and a tin opener are crucial!


Snacks

Packing a few snacks is important for keeping your energy up, so make sure to take along a few treats like biscuits, bread, cakes or breakfast bars - pack them in a food protector container to make sure they stay fresh and away from bugs!


Alcohol

Last but not least, pack as much alcohol as you can carry! Booze is undoubtedly one of the most important ingredients of a successful festival, so make sure you don’t get stung by the sky high prices of beer on site. However, keep in mind that you’re not allowed glass bottles on site, so empty your spirits into plastic bottles before you leave and opt for cans of beer and cider instead.


You can find our full range of Festival Essentials here...



Happy camping!

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Art Of Spiralizing


You know that moment, the moment when you’re sitting with your friends and the new ‘got-to-have’ gadget is brought up in conversation and you have no idea what on earth they’re going on about?! Well that was exactly how I felt when spiralizers were brought up… I smiled and nodded in all the right places but the minute I got home I was on the internet Googling it.

So what is a spiralizer…?

The definition of a spiralizer is… “A kitchen device used to cut vegetables into long ribbons or strips resembling noodles or spaghetti”.


But what does that mean to me? A normal person trying to cost-effectively feed my family with healthy nutritious meals on a budget.


Well… Here are Studio’s top five reasons why a spiralizer is a must have in every household:

1. Kids have a tendency to be dismissive of vegetables and everything green so why not sneak up on them and surprise them in ways they aren't anticipating. Providing them with one of their five-a-day couldn’t be easier!

2. Children love to spiralize! They love watching a vegetable turn magically into spaghetti (as long as a responsible adult is supervising them of course). Spiralizing with your children will ensure that they’ll learn healthy eating habits whilst also having fun.

3. Spiralizing is most definitely family-friendly. Instead of wasting precious time waiting for water to boil, just spiralize a few vegetables and you have instant, ready-to-cook pasta! This way you can spend more time with your family and loved ones and less time in the kitchen. It’s a win-win situation!

4. It helps promote weight loss and overall body maintenance. Spiralized vegetables are naturally low in calories, carbohydrates, fat and sugar. By spiralizing you’re naturally eating more vegetables – without even noticing!

5. You can eat your favourite pasta dishes guilt free! Spiralized vegetables have a similar texture and consistency to regular pasta and noodles. Your taste buds however will think you’re eating the carb-laden standard, while your waistline knows you’re eating healthy vegetables!

 Yummy Meal

Improve your families eating habits whilst saving time by purchasing the Salter Electric Spiralizer from Studio, which is now only £24.99 (a health-busting saving of £65.00 if you buy now).


Salter Electric Spiralizer

I can most definitely say that I was once a sceptic but now I’m a spiralizer convert and just to prove it here is a quick and easy recipe that the Studio team love…


Courgetti Spaghetti Bolognese

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Serves: 2 people (ingredient quantities can be increased accordingly)

Ingredients:

• 2 large courgettes
• 1/2 lb turkey mince
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 1/2 medium red onion
• 1 celery stick
• 1 carrot
• 1/2 tsp chilli flakes (or more if you like it spicy!)
• 1 clove of garlic
• 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
• 3 tsp tomato puree
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 1 cube of chicken stock
• A pinch of basil and/or oregano fresh or dried to taste
• Grated cheese

Method:

• Using your Salter Electric Spiralizer, spiralize your courgettes according to the manufacturers instructions.
• Add the carrots and celery to a food processor until chopped finely.
• Heat the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Once the oil heats add in the crushed garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add in the chilli flakes and cook for a further 30 seconds then add in the onions.
• Cook the onions for 1-2 minutes or until they begin to soften. Add in the carrot/celery mixture and cook for 1 minute.
• In a separate pan cook the turkey mince until the meat is no longer pink.
• Combine the vegetables with the turkey mince and add a pinch of oregano.
• Then add the chicken stock and simmer until reduced (water evaporates).
• Add in the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and season generously with salt and pepper.
• Bring to the boil and then lower the heat and let simmer for 15 minutes.
• 5 minutes before the sauce is reduced, add in the basil.
• After 15 minutes add in the pre-prepared courgetti spaghetti and mix thoroughly to combine.
• Plate onto dishes and garnish with grated cheese.


Bon App├ętit and remember that ‘Healthy families are happy families!’


Shop our full Kitchen range here...

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Sugar Free Easter Fun

With the Easter holidays just around the corner don't be stuck for ideas to keep the kids out of mischief and off the sugar! Check out our top ten list of fun sugar-free activities:

10. DIY Backyard Ker-Plunk


DIY Backyard Ker-Plunk




9. The Cutest Handprint Chick Puppets


The Cutest Handprint Chick Puppets




8. Paper Plate Bunny Rabbit Craft


Paper Plate Bunny Rabbit Craft




7. Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder


Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder




5. Erupting Eggs


Erupting Eggs



5. Making A Mini Wildlife Stack


Making A Mini Wildlife Stack




4. Textured Yarn Easter Suncatcher


Textured Yarn Easter Suncatcher




3. Easter Bunny Bean Bag Toss


Easter Bunny Bean Bag Toss




2. Fun Energy Burning Easter Egg Hunt


Fun Energy Burning Easter Egg Hunt




Then of course at number one we have the favorite Easter pass time of all...


1. The Easter Bonnet!!!


The Easter Bonnet


Have a fabulous Easter everyone!



Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Mother's Day 2017

With Mother's Day just around the corner you are probably thinking about what you could do to make Mum feel extra special this year?? Well look no further as we have it covered :)

Mother's Day


Whether you are thinking Fragrance, Flowers, Jewellery or really pushing the boat out and going for one of our fabulous Experience Days; Studio is your one stop shop for everything you need!

FlowersSentimental Gifts9ct Gold Mum Chain

Or why not add that personal touch to your gift and chose something from our Personalised Gifts range.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Spring into Summer Living 2017

Summer is finally here!! Well maybe not outside but it is here at Studio... Today we have launched our Living 2017 catalogue which is packed with all you need for your home, garden and wardrobe this summer!! Why wait until the sun is out to get summer ready??

Living 2017


Plus, with up to 70% off and hundreds of items reduced you can make your money go further...

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Last Order Dates For Christmas

Imagine... You've found the perfect gift, you are so excited... You place your order... They are just going to LOVE what you have chosen for them, you go to track your item... It says "Your item will be delivered in January" Noooooooooooooooooooo!!!

That time of year is fast approaching again dear shoppers when things need to be ordered so you receive them in time for Christmas!

Avoid this Christmas nightmare by ordering by 8pm on the 17th December for all Personalised items and 8pm on 20th December for all Non-Personalised items.

We would hate for you to be disappointed so Puddles the penguin is here with a festive reminder of the dates :)

Shop Now

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!!!

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

A Sneak Peek into Spring 2017

Are you all Christmassed out?! Well to give you a little bit of a break from all the Christmas activities we thought that you might like to transport yourself to Spring and have a sneaky browse through our Spring 2017 Catalogue...

Spring 2017 Catalogue


We know that you are just going to love it and we couldn't wait to share it with you... It's full of huge savings on Fashion, Homewares, Garden, Technology, Health & Fitness - basically EVERYTHING for your home & family - with savings of up to 70% off! All of which will be delivered in the New Year :)

Thursday, 1 December 2016

12 Days Of Christmas

Happy 1st December Studio shoppers!

Meet Puddles our cute festive penguin...


Over the next 12 days Puddles & friends will be bringing you a new deal every single day in our 12 Day of Christmas extravaganza!! Be sure to check back every day to see the deals of the day. Puddles would hate for you to miss out...

12 Days Of Christmas

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

BLACK FRIDAY - Up to 85% Off - Why wait?!

Black Friday has started early at Studio. We have additional fantastic savings on top of our already super low prices...so what are you waiting for!

Black Friday

Be sure to check back on the day and every day next week for crazy offers and mega savings!!


With great savings across all of our ranges including Homewares, Electricals, Gifts & Jewellery, Toys & Games...plus many many more, you'd be mad to miss out!

Black Friday

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Stocking Fillers & Secret Santa Gifts - All Under £5

It's that time of year when we all start thinking about and planning what to buy for Christmas, including stocking fillers and of course who could forget the all important Secret Santa Gifts.

Here are some of our favourite gift ideas, so whether you're just looking for stocking fillers, secret santa gifts or something else, you're sure to find something you find fun below :-), and what's fab about our gift ideas are that they are all priced under £5!

Stocking Fillers Favourites & Secret Santa Gift Ideas All Under £5

So let's have a look at what we've got - we've numbered them to be super helpful too :-)
  1. Elf Yourself Photo Booth - what better way to have your photo taken we say!
  2. Chocolate Brussel Sprouts - great for those who won't even have them on their plate at Christmas Lunch.
  3. The Oh Deer - Super Dooper Reindeer Pooper - a great one for the kids and anyone else who would find this funny (or not so funny haha)
  4. Selfie Phone Clip - we all know someone who loves taking a selfie, make them happy this Christmas with this great little gadget!
  5. Grumpy Old Man Fine Jar - help your grumpiest family member, friend or work colleague save money with their grumpiness by paying money into the jar each time they're grumpy - we like this one a lot!
  6. Percy Pug Nail Dryer - aww he's so cute and really wants to help dry your nails!
  7. Sandal Socks - know someone who loves wearing socks with sandals - this is essentially 2 gifts in one - lol! 
  8. Marmite Flavoured Chocolate Jar - quite simply you're going to love it or hate it!
  9. Festive Duck Lip Balm - how cute! he's adorable!
  10. Chocolate Christmas Puddings - yummm-mmy!
All our top ten favourites are all priced at under £5! Shop our fun festive favourites - Shop with Studio today





Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Personalisation - Plus behind the scenes!

As you know, we LOVE our personalised products here at Studio... From PJ's, Purses and Pencils to Toys, Bedding and much, much more!

We literally have 100's of great gift ideas that can be personalised for free! Why not make that gift EXTRA special and add that personal touch.

What's more, see how it's all done here in this sneak peak video...behind the scenes access to our in-house personalisation department!

video


Shop our fantastic range of personalised gifts here.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Easy Peasy Pop-Up Trees!

This year, grab yourself a pop-up Christmas tree and say goodbye to the hoover and pesky branches!

Pop-up Christmas TreePop-up Christmas TreePop-up Christmas TreePop-up Christmas Tree

Assembled in minutes, they take the hassle out of putting up the tree, leaving you extra time to sit back and relax in front of the television with a mince pie.

Pre-decorated in beautiful LED lights and baubles, pop-up trees look wonderful in any room of the house. The taller 6 feet trees are ideal for the living room, while the smaller 3 feet trees look great in the kitchen or bedroom, or even on the coffee table.

And because they're already decorated for your convenience, they save even more time, effort and money compared to traditional trees! These pop-up Christmas trees are available in 3ft and 6ft options in a choice of green, white, champagne and black from only £9.99.

Shop from our entire Christmas range today!

Friday, 12 August 2016

Time To Think About Christmas Shopping...

With Christmas just around the corner (well 134 days but who's counting!) we are excited to launch our 2016 Christmas catalogue!! With 892 pages of exciting new products and our classic favourites, you really can get everything you need (except the turkey of course!) for a fabulous Christmas...

Christmas Catalogue

There are savings of up to 70% off to be made across our ranges, including Christmas, Toys, Homewares & Clothing to name but a few!