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12th August 2014

Nine of the best outdoor toys this summer

Nine of the best outdoor toys this summer

What better way for children to spend the summer than enjoying themselves outside in a garden, at the park or in a pool? There are plenty of outdoor toys and games to keep your children busy and entertained over the summer, and these are some of our favourites.

1. Water pistols

The king of summer toys! Whether they’re used in a swimming pool or in your garden, water pistols are a lot of fun for children (and admit it – you have just as much fun with them as the kids do). They come in lots different sizes and styles, from small pistols to huge Super Soakers! You can also buy garden sprinklers, which are a great for children to play in while your lawn gets watered. Nerf have different types of water pistols which you can find in-store.

2. Racket games

Summer is the perfect time to introduce your children to racket sports. Badminton, tennis, beach tennis rackets, ping pong; most of them only require some space, two rackets and oneball or a shuttlecock. Swingball is a great game to play in the summer as a family and is simple to use; you can find Swingball in our store in the Toy section.

3. Making sandcastles

Castle Buckets

If you’re planning to go to the beach or if you have a sandpit in your garden think about buying tools for sandcastles. You can buy traditional round buckets, or for the lordling who aspires to more than a simple keep you can also find castle-shaped buckets .

4. Nerf toys
Nerf have a large range of toys especially made for outdoor activities. There are crossbows, shotguns, pistols, longbows, and all sorts of other variations on foam dart guns – there’s even a whole girl’s range now, the Rebelle. Nerf toys are fun and suitable for playing in the park or garden, although we wouldn’t advise playing with them too near other people. Just in case…

5. Chalk

Scribbles on the pavement or on your patio? That’s something your children will love! With chalk designed especially for this use you won’t have to worry about cleaning away any unwanted drawings. Easy to remove, The Craft Cupboard coloured chalk just needs some water to disappear and can be used on a variety of surfaces.

6. Frisbees and boomerangs

Summer is also the time to get out the flight toys. Whether it’s a frisbee or a boomerang, you can have endless fun on the beach or in the garden; they are toys that are fun for all ages and are excellent when playing in large groups. This summer we’ve had fun with the Mega Fun Flying Disc.

Mirage Kite

7. Kites

The classic outdoor toy to play with is a kite: coming in different colours, shapes and sizes, they are the all-time favourite toy for a hot sunny day. Kites are suitable for all ages, so even toddlers are allowed to join in with the fun of flying a kite.

8. Rockets

An unusual toy perhaps, but one that kids will love. Rockets will keep your kids playing for hours, and come in a variety of types, from the Pump Rocket Junior – which fires small foam projectiles - to the Cosmic Rocket - which uses vinegar and baking soda to launch up to 50ft in the air! These toys are perfect to play with on a hot summer’s day and can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

9. Bubble Blowers

Bubble Blowers are by far one of the best summer toys to have, they are great at keeping children and the whole family entertained for hours on end. A bubble blower is the ideal toy to have going at barbeques and for sunny days in the garden, especially if there are children around.

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11th August 2014

Useful Checklists: Our Guide to your Festival Essentials

Useful Checklists: Our Guide to your Festival Essentials

The time has come for the first festivals of the year, and like each summer, thousands of us will gather to listen to the music, dance and simply embrace festival experience. Attending a festival requires a lot of organisation especially when you want to avoid spending a lot of money on things you forgot to pack. This year you will have no excuse: we’ve made a useful checklist of all the essentials you might need!

Sleeping Essentials

First, the sleeping essentials, because even if you’re planning to party till morning, you will still need some rest and a certain level of comfort to sleep. This includes:

  • Tent 
  • Sleeping bagView Burts Bees Shampoo
  • Sleeping mat
  •  Pillow
  • Some warm and comfy PJ’s to sleep in

Hygiene Essentials

You may not be able to have a proper shower during your festival, but with the following products you can live without having shower and more importantly tolerate going to the shared toilets: 
Hand sanitizer
• Toilet roll and/or tissues
• Wet wipes/dry shampoo when there’s no shower
• Travel sized toothpaste/deodorant/soap/shampoo

But whatever you do – do not forget the hand sanitizer and toilet roll!

Outdoor Essentials

During your festival, whether it’s sunny or rainy, the first thing you need is to be comfortable in what you’re wearing. You also need to take care of yourself and be prepared in case of an emergency so make sure you take:First Aid Kit• Comfortable clothes
Sunscreen, sunglasses and hat
• Raincoat/waterproofs
First aid kit

Don’t forget to take a fully-charged mobile with you and also a back-up battery if you have one. It will be really useful if you need to call someone or to find info quickly.
Our final piece of advice if you’re going to a festival, especially if you’re going there with a car or if you have extra space in your bag, is to bring your own food. It will save you a lot of money as at festival food can be super expensive (and often pretty poor)!

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6th August 2014

Six tips to keep your rooms cool in Summer

Six tips to keep your rooms cool in Summer

Summer is a season to enjoy but when you have to face unbearable temperatures at home, it rapidly becomes less pleasant.
 If you want to keep rooms cool during summer then an air conditioner is great, but what if you don’t have one? Use these six tips to be prepared for Summer and face the heat without suffering.

1. Delay heat generating activities

Dishwashers, traditional ovens and even ironing and vacuuming all generate heat and that’s not what you want. Try to reduce these activities when it’s too hot outside or choose to do them early in the morning or at night.

2. Mini blinds or white window shades

If you don’t want the heat coming through your windows, install some white curtains or mini blinds. You can also try reflective film on your windows but use Velcro instead of adhesive to stick them as you might want to remove them during winter or when it is colder. If you’re a fan of making things yourself, you may also consider making your own blinds with the products available in our haberdashery section.

3. Close your windows

Many people find this debatable: whether or not open windows during Summer? Not sure why really as hot air will enter your house or office when windows are open - even with blinds or curtains closed! That’s why we recommend closing windows during the day when it is hot and opening them at night or early in the morning when it’s cooler outside.

4. Transform your fan into an A/C

If you don’t have an air conditioner but do own a fan, you can transform it into an aircon! Just put a big bowl of ice in front of your fan and it will efficiently spread cool air in your room. It also works with frozen plastic water bottles as illustrated in this great article: “How to Make an Easy Homemade Air Conditioner from a Fan and Water Bottles”.
Although we don’t sell all our fans online yet – for a larger  choice you can always buy one in store if the heat gets too much for you!

5. Turn off lights when not used

Lights in a room can generate a lot of heat so when you don’t need them, turn them off. Not only will it help with the heat in your room but it will also help reduce your energy bill.

6. Lower the humidity

You might not think of this one, but humidity is a key contributor to increasing room temperature, so if you can, try to shower and do your laundry and dishwashing at night or early in the morning rather than the middle of the day.
What are your best tips to deal with the heat during Summer? Any tricks for those who don’t have an air conditioner? Share them with us on Twitter or Facebook.

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31st July 2014

What to put in your beach holiday suitcase

What to put in your beach holiday suitcase

Planning to go on holiday for a few days, two weeks or even more this year? We know how stressful packing can be, especially when you’re in a hurry afraid of forgetting something! Here’s a handy checklist to help you pack your suitcase with all the essentials for a sunny beach holiday.

1. Clothes

The first mistake many people make when going on holiday is taking too many clothes. Try to make a selection of 7 outfits for a one-week holiday, choosing only clothes you’re sure you will wear. Here’s the list of clothes you will certainly need:

  • Underwear
  • One Party dress or one smart shirt (for going out)
  • 3 or 4 skirts or pairs of shorts and 5 t-shirts
  • One casual dress (for the ladies)
  • 2 Pairs of shoes: for ladies one flat and comfortable and one classier, for men one pair of sandals or flip-flops and one pair of proper shoes

2. For the beachOctoTowel

If you’re just planning to relax during your holidays, the most important thing to bring will be beach clothes and accessories so don’t forget:

  • 2 Swimsuits/Swim shorts
  • 1 light top to use as a cover-up
  • Beach towel
  • Beach bag
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • A book
  • Sandals or flip-flops


3. Cosmetics and toiletriesKent_Toothbrush

If your hotel doesn’t provide toiletries don’t forget to bring your own :

  • Travel size shampoo, body lotion, shower gel and shaving cream
  • Essential make-up: try to think “multi-purpose make-up” and take items that will work in a warmer climate, like foundation with SPF and waterproof make-up.
  • Make-up remover
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste

4. Electronics

Think about your electronics if you want to take pictures, listen to music or anything else that requires power. Most important don’t forget the charger!

  • Camera
  • Phone Charger
  • Power convertor (If you’re travelling abroad)
  • Batteries
  • Hairdryer (optional. most hotels will have one, but it’s always good to pack a travel size one just in case or if your hair needssome TLC and there isn't one provided)

Now, you’re ready to go on holiday confident that you have packed all of the essentials that you will need! Some of our suitcases in-store make it even easier to pack and will save you a lot of time. The Samsonite Firelite for example has a zipped divider pad in the top compartment, for easy and organised packing.

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27th July 2014

Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to our new website!

Hurrah our new website is here.

You can now buy from our website or browse our products at your leisure. We offer;

  • Free delivery to home & business with orders over £40

  • Click & Collect - purchase online & collect in store on the same day.

  • Exclusive discounts and offers online & instore for those who have joined us on our mailing list or Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Google +

  • For your convenience we've got Wishlists, Compare Products Options, Date Reminders, Repeat Orders, Online Cancellation & Free Returns in the UK.

  • For your enjoyment we have Competitions, Blogs, Recommendations & Helpful Tips.

We will continue adding new products all the time and have all our store departments online. Not everything is suitable for online, but we will be happy to check in store for you via our easy Live Chat & Contact Us options.

Read More about our website features

Enter our competition to win £100 Boswells Vouchers.

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27th July 2014

What to bring for a perfect picnic

What to bring for a perfect picnic

We've been enjoying the best summer in years, so it's definitely picnic time. Here's a checklist of everything you should bring - apart from the food and drink - to enjoy this wonderful time with your friends or family.

1. Picnic basket or cool box

The first thing you need for your picnic is a large cool box. Some of them have different compartments, making them really useful for organising what you need for your picnic, as well as keeping things chilled. If you’re not going too far and don’t need to use a cool box, think about a picnic basket or a cool bag. They are easy to carry and they come in lots of different sizes.

2. Picnic blanket

If you are planning to picnic in a park or in a field, a blanket will also be really useful to keep you and the food off of the grass. Choose one that is large enough, waterproof and foldable so it will be easy to store and carry.

Melamine tumblers

3. Plastic dinnerware (cups, plate, utensils) and a cutting knife

You might not want to use your best dinnerware for a picnic, so the best thing to do is buy plastic cups, plates and cutlery. For example, you can buy the Bloom Pack of 4 Melamine tumblers that are perfect for picnicing and can be re-used; there is great picnic dinnerware in store and on the website. Don’t forget to bring at least one good cutting knife and a wooden board so you will be able to easily cut things.

4. Mason drinking jar

Mason jars are all the rage in bars, so why not follow the trend and save space at the same time? Try making your own lemonade or flavoured water for your picnic in a Mason jar and just add a straw to drink: it’s a great way to present your drinks for summer. Why not try this recipe for homemade lemonade - it’s easy to make and store: http://inspiredcraftideas.com/easy-homemade-lemonade.

5. Cushions

If you want to be really comfortable during your picnic bring some cushions or even foldable chairs. They may be a bit difficult to carry, but after a few hours of sitting on the ground your friends will start wishing they had brought some as well!

6. Lantern

If your picnic extends into the evening, a lantern or lamp torch will be really useful. Citronella candles will also help to keep wasps and biting insects away: they hate the smell.

7. Some outdoor games, a portable radio, and a camera

To add much more fun to your picnic, don’t forget to bring outdoor games; it can be cards, water guns, a frisbee, a ball or even rackets. You might also want to play some music and for that a portable radio will do just fine; you can also try to put your phone in an empty glass to make a great DIY speaker. And if you want to capture every moment of your picnic, don’t forget to bring your camera!

Jason Suncream

8. Sunscreen and hats

Outdoor activities can quickly become much less fun when you catch too much sun or even get sunstroke; bring sunscreen and wear a hat during your picnic to prevent this. If you have toddlers, think about beach tents so they won’t be exposed for the whole day. The Jason Family Sunblock is suitable for everyone in the family to prevent sunburn.

At Boswells, we have everything you need to organise the perfect picnic! From dinnerware to sunscreen, we guarantee your picnic will be a success and create an enjoyable summer memory!

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27th June 2014

Summer is... in store at Boswells

Summer is... in store at Boswells

We have sooo many lovely and fun things for the summer that we thought we would guide you to our in store displays. Our staff as always, are here to help.

Picnic time

Check out the basement for the full picnic ranges, but you can pick from this handy display on the ground floor by our main stairs.

Summer-cosmetics


Skin care & beach ready

Our cosmetics team have everything you need to protect your skin, repell insects and look your best on the beach in one handy location on the ground floor. 


Things to do...

Keep the family entertained in your garden, on a picnic or on holiday with a great range of outdoor games all ready for you on the first floor Toys & Games department. 

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11th June 2014

6 Beauty tips for summer

6 Beauty tips for summer

Summer is here and we want to let our skin breathe,look great and be healthy. If you’re planning to go on holiday somewhere sunny and hot then it’s even more important to give your skin a break, and do everything you can to help it resist the sun, the heat and everything else that can damage it. Here are some summer beauty tips for you and your skin.


Avene Thermal Water Spray1. Hydrate yourself: Probably one of the most important notes for summer is to hydrate not only yourself but also your skin. Always take a bottle of water every time you go out and find the best skincare to hydrate your skin whether you have dry, oily or a mixed type of skin. You can also use a facial spray mist when you need to refresh at home or at the office. Avene’s Eau Thermale, for example, will hydrate your face without ruining your make-up!

2. If you want to use make-up this summer, you should go for matte and waterproof products that will last even when it’s hot. You should also try to avoid thick foundation and use a cover stick as well as a BB or a CC cream for your daily make-up routine. These types of cream are lighter and will let your skin breath during summer. Try the Wala Tinted Day Cream to moisturise your skin and give it a perfect and natural finish for summer.

3. Don’t forget to use a sunscreen even when you don’t plan to spend lots of time in the sun. Choose your sunscreen depending on your skin type; for example, if your skin is really fragile then choose one with no less than a high SPF protection such as factor 50. You can also buy skincare and tinted moisturiser with SPF protection to stay protected all day long. Pierre Fabre have a complete sun cream protection range for all skin types, even the most sensitive. Find the best for you whether you want oil, a stick or body milk.

4. Heal your feet before and during summer: Being subjected to heels, sandals, and wedges will probably damage your feet during summer so you have to take care of them. You can use different types of cream for your feet, but most importantly remember to moisturise. You can even use coconut oil, as it removes impurities and moisturises dry skin if you leave it on overnight. Alternatively take a foot bath with some salt to help you relax after a long summer day.

Rimmel-natural-bronzer5. Body scrubbing can be really helpful during summer. A scrub removes dry and old skin cells and will also help eliminate toxins and encourage new skin cells to surface. It’s also the best way to make your tan last longer and keep your skin glowing all summer. Bomb Cosmetics surely have the best scented body scrub and in addition to the smell, they will leave your skin perfectly smooth.

6. Self-tan: If you want to prepare your skin for holidays or to give your tan a head start before summer, think about self-tan. You can use a cream, a gel or even a touch of bronzer on your cheeks can do the trick. Rimmel's Bronzer range is the perfect one for summer to perfectly match your skin tone for a fresh and natural finish.

You now have everything you need to start the summer and enjoy your holidays with these helpful beauty tips and perfect products for the season!

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1st June 2014

Fathers Day Gift Ideas

Fathers Day Gift Ideas

Is it just us or do Dads not get the same attention on Father's Day as Mums get on Mother's Day?Even it out with a great present or just spend some time with "the old man". Here are just a few of the great ideas in store now.

Flasks

Some of the most popular gifts for men are stylish drinking flasks from hip flasks for the hard stuff or vacuum flasks for hot or cold drinks. We have hip flasks from £19.49 with the larger (as pictured) at £22.49. The Glugg cold water flasks always cause a double take and are only £9.99.

 

 

 

 

 

Hornby Trains

Although we have a whole department of model trains and kits a more portable experience can be found in our Airfix mugs or Hornby playing cards both at £7.99.

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to put together a set of presents we have a few in store.

A great choice for a bicycle fan or a fan of vintage style is the Ted Baker Vintage Bicycle Race set of a Hip Flask £27.95, Vacuum Flask £19.95 and bag £37.95. 

 

 

 

 

 

For a more standard drinking present we can recommend the timeless Dartington tankard at £40.00.

 

 

 

 

 

If your Dad loves the freedom of the open road, but not the punctures here’s a lovely pocket repair kit to carry at £16.00.

 

 
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19th May 2014

Stop The Sneezing Season

Stop The Sneezing Season

Let our pharmacy staff take the strain and help you fight off hayfever symptoms this year.

There are actually 3 main active ingredients in Hay Fever medication. Speak to our pharmacy staff for the best advice for you and of course always read the labels.

Here are just some of the products in store now in the various ways you can take your medicine.

Tablets

The most convenient way to take medicine for most people. We have Numark Loratadine one a day tablets from as little as £2.03 for 14 or £6.95 for 60 pills. For those looking for a natural source of medicine look into the Nature's aid Quercetin formula from £5.95 per bottle.

 hayfever tablets

Nasal Sprays

These can build up resistance as well as help quell symptoms. Pictured is the largest size and therefore longest lasting the Beconase 180ml spray at £10.22.

 hayfever spray

 

Eye Drops

A god-send when the itchy eyes start. Don't give in to the temptation to rub. Instead reach for the eye drops. Pictured is one of our most popular drops the Otrivine eye drops from only £4.50.

 hayfever eye drops

 

Syrups

Particularly easy to administer to children or for those who struggle with pills. Peach is a popular flavour. Pictured is the Clarityn syrup from £4.49. 

 hayfever syrups
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