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  1. Best Bits of 2018

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    Can’t quite believe I’m writing this already…. The end of another year. So much has happened!

    Best Bits of 2018

    Office space

    Last year we moved into our dream home, so the best part of this year has been spent creating a beautiful workspace for the PlayBag to thrive in. I am so happy with my new workspace which has been creatively and lovingly designed to give me plenty space for fabric, as well as part-made and ready-made stock. It is also wonderfully light and with fantastic views! Perfect for some inspirational sewing time!

    PlayBag Birthday

    In March we celebrated our third year as a company! Every year we have made it our tradition to recreate our logo in a different creative way just for fun! This year we decided to use string art and we had a lot of fun creating it with another exciting idea coming along for our next birthday! 


    We spent a lot of time recreating our literature this year, including new leaflets and care cards. We hope you love our colourful designs just as much as we do and we are always thinking of ways to improve, so do let us know if there is anything you’d like to see!

    Fabrics and designs

    We have our trusted suppliers who provide us with fabrics that have the correct certification for our CE mark and are always on the look out for new and interesting colours for our outer fabrics. We will be giving a big shout out to our suppliers in a later blog, as without them we wouldn’t be here!

    Mums Unlimited: Networking and Business Support Group.

    In April I took over the running of the Northampton Branch of Mums Unlimited. I have been attending the group since it started off over two years ago and loved the supportive and friendly atmosphere of the group, so when the opportunity came to take it on – I jumped at the chance! I love the group and adore seeing the supportive relationships developing and seeing everyone’s businesses progressing. I can’t wait to see where this next year takes us. For more information or to get involved with Mums UnLtd – check out their website at:

    Shows and exhibitions

    We love getting out to shows, and this year we have been all over the midlands at events. We believe that because the PlayBag is such a tactile and unique product, it really helps when people are able to see and touch our product, as well as the fact that we love to meet so many different people! We have many more events planned for 2019 – so keep an eye out on our events page and on Facebook to find out where we will be and come along and say hi!!


    I am totally honoured to have been able to watch my fabulous daughter and her teammates compete all over the UK as well as Dublin and Florida this year in baton twirling competitions and international events

    I also had a fabulous birthday weekend away late march to a gorgeous country manor hotel in County Durham. Lovely walks in the Lakes and waterfalls. Returned feeling rejuvenated!

    It is so important to me to be able to balance my family and work life, and schedule in time off, as at the end of the day, my family is so important to me and being able to be there for them makes it all worthwhile.


    We have so much planned for 2019 and can’t wait to share it with you, but that is for another blog!

    Have a fantastic New Year and see you in 2019!

    Debbie x

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  2. Our Hyggliest Moments

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    Our Hyggliest Moments

    Continuing this month’s theme of Hygge, I thought we’d share with you some of our hyggliest moments. The lovely thing to me about this is that it isn’t about money or things, it is about creating moments of pure joy that last a lifetime.

    Many years ago, when my daughter was still rather small – I was a single parent and as a result fairly strict with her. I can’t even remember how it came about now, but I ended up in her bedroom and we started a pillow fight! I can’t remember much else, but I do remember the two of us lying on her bed in fits of giggles as she said “that was the best fun I’ve ever had”. She still reminds me of this moment to this day. It also reminded me as a parent that sometimes we do need to let loose and let our inner child out to have some fun!

    Me and little Peter created a thing we call the All-Day-Cuddle (ADC for short). Truth is it doesn’t really last all day – it can be just 5 minutes or a few hours. It usually involves us in our pyjamas, on the couch with a nice soft blanket and a film in front of the fire. The main thing is the feeling it creates. It is just us, feeling close and sharing some quality time together.

    Some of my favourite moments also involve power cuts!! A great opportunity to get some candles out and snuggle in front of the fire playing a good old fashioned board game. I would say with a nice cup of hot chocolate as well, but as we only have an electric hob, this is one treat we have to miss out on during those moments!

    All these snapshots of our time, have one thing in common….. family. Being close as a family and creating everlasting memories. We don’t remember the things as much as the feelings these moments create. These are the things that we treasure for all time.

    We would love to hear your hyggliest moments. What made them so special?

    Debbie, Caitlin and Peter x

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  3. What is Hygge?

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    What is Hygge_

    “Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable friendliness with feelings of wellness and contentment.

    But it goes further that this. It is a word difficult to explain in English, but it has to be felt.

    I spent a couple of years living in Denmark when I was in my early 20’s and it is something vey much central to their way of living. They place a lot of emphasis on family and having a friendly welcoming home. It doesn’t cost much to create a hygge atmosphere and it can create warm happy technology free family memories.

    When I think of something as being hyggelig, I think of candlelight, fluffy slippers, warm fire and hot chocolate. It is something that brings about that warm fuzzy feeling of contentment.

    It has become something of a recent phenomenon in this country in recent years, especially on the cold dark nights when people can start to feel rather blue with the lack of sunlight. Creating a hyggelig space in your home can become a winter refuge perhaps with a good book and soft blanket.

    There is lots of information on the internet to get you started, or books to inspire you, so get started this winter and start feeling hyggelig!

    Debbie x

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