7 Ways To Make Sure December Birthdays Don’t Get Lost In The Shuffle

7 Ways To Make Sure December Birthdays Don’t Get Lost In The Shuffle

Ah, December birthdays. Between the holiday madness and New Year’s Eve preparations, December birthdays can get lost in the chaos. Never fear, though: We asked the HuffPost Parents community to share the ways that they make their family’s December birthdays special. Read on and add any ideas you have to the comments below.

Thought this was worth re-publishing as this blog’s Author has his birthday on December 15th and the author’s eldest son on December 16th, plus a good friend has his birthday on December 25th, which could be considered even worse. Here are some top-tips for anyone soon to have a December Birthday.

1. Use non-holiday wrapping paper for birthday gifts. It might seem like a no-brainer, but find wrapping paper that’s special (whether it’s Star Wars or Minions) so the birthday gifts feel unique.

2. Consider having a birthday party on their half birthday instead — or a few weeks later in January — when friends are more available to celebrate. If you move their birthday celebration, invite family members over for a party or dinner on the actual day to make it special.

3. Talk to them about holiday decorations beforehand. If you have an early December birthday, hold off putting up holiday decorations until your loved ones have celebrated their day. You could even get a Christmas tree and use it as a “birthday tree,” then decorate it for Christmas after the birthday has passed. If it’s a late December birthday, remove holiday decorations by then, so that all the focus is on the birthday.

4. Speaking of decorating: balloons, streamers and more are always festive for a birthday! Ditch the garlands and bows and go big with balloons.

5. Make the day special by letting them pick the breakfast, lunch, or dinner menu. 

6. If you have a Christmas Eve or Christmas birthday in the family, give Santa a slice of cake instead of cookies.

7. Choosing separate themes for gifts — like clothes for his or her birthday, and toys for Christmas — can make each feel unique.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/12/21/ways-to-make-sure-december-birthdays-dont-get-lost-in-the-shuffle_n_8862710.html

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Guy Collects 35 Bags Of Microplastics On The Beach In Just One Day, Turns It Into Art

Guy Collects 35 Bags Of Microplastics On The Beach In Just One Day, Turns It Into Art

Back in April, Rob Arnold from Rame Peninsula Beach Care team went for a regular stroll on the usually beautiful Tregantle beach, UK, but instead of calming scenery, he found a blanket of microplastics covering the whole shoreline.

“I am fairly used to it as I have been doing it for four years, but the way it was this time was a shock to me, it was desperate,” Rob told Cornwall Live. “I really felt it had gone too far and it may be too late to clean it up, but I thought we may as well try. It was like the ocean had vomited it out and presented it to us and I felt it was our duty to clean it up.”

So Rob started cleaning, and with the help of local volunteers, he managed to scavenge around 35 bags of trash, among which he found a battalion of plastic toy soldiers, a collection of LEGO diving tanks and flippers, and many many more random artifacts, most of which are made out of plastic.

But when Rob is done picking all that stuff off the beach, it doesn’t simply end there. To make the problem of trashing our oceans more visible, he turns the rubbish he finds into art that you can now witness in an exhibition in Liskeard Museum. It’s a part of The Plastic Age exhibition, which also features contributions from Tracey Williams of Lego Lost at Sea, Michelle Costello of Smartie Lids on the Beach and Louise Slee of Tregantle Beach Treasures, Trinkets and Trash.

That’s what Rob Arnold found while visiting the usually beautiful Tregantle beach

A blanket of microplastics covering the shoreline

So Rob and a group of volunteers started cleaning…

And in one day they managed to scavenge 35 bags of trash

“I am fairly used to it as I have been doing it for four years, but the way it was this time was a shock to me, it was desperate”

Among the trash, Rob found all kinds of stuff, most of which was plastic

Like a battalion of toy soldiers

And a collection of LEGO diving flippers

All of which get a new life in Rob’s hands, who is also a local artist on the side

Who turns the trash found on the beaches into artistic sculptures

Which are now being exposed in the Plastic Age exposition at Liskeard Museum

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/plastic-washed-ashore-tregantle-beach-trash-rob-arnold/

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New Li-Fi Internet Is 100 Times Faster Than Wi-Fi

New Li-Fi Internet Is 100 Times Faster Than Wi-Fi

When Thomas Edison invented the electric lightbulb, he could hardly have imagined that one day his creation would be used not only to illuminate homes around the world, but also to transmit data that would enable people to download information from satellites in space to small hand-held devices. However, with the introduction of Li-Fi, household lighting could soon double as a form of data transmission that is up to 100 times faster than Wi-Fi.

Li-Fi, which was first invented by Harold Haas of the University of Edinburgh in 2011, uses visible light communication (VLC) to send data at extremely high speeds. Essentially, this works like an incredibly fast signal lamp, flashing on and off in order to relay messages in binary code (1s and 0s). In previous lab-based experiments, the technology was able to transmit up to 224 gigabits per second. To put this in perspective, Wi-Fi is capable of reaching speeds of around 600 megabits per second.

The technology has now been deployed in real-life situations for the first time, thanks to the work of Estonian start-up Velmenni, which has begun trialling Li-Fi in offices and other industrial settings in Tallinn. In these environments, they were able to achieve connection speeds of around one gigabit per second.

Aside from its superior speed, Li-Fi also boasts a number of other benefits over Wi-Fi. For instance, the fact that the signal is carried by optical light means that it cannot travel through walls, therefore enhancing the security of local networks. Obviously, this produces a number of limitations as well, since it suggests that connection will be lost if a user leaves the room, representing a major hurdle that must be overcome if the technology is to be successfully implemented.However, if this barrier can be surmounted, then the use of the visible spectrum could allow Li-Fi to send messages across a much wider range of frequencies than Wi-Fi, which operates between the frequencies of 2.4 gigahertz and 5 gigahertz.

As such, it has been suggested that Li-Fi could provide the answer to increasing frequency congestion as Internet usage continues to rise across the world. According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast, global monthly data usage is expected to exceed 24.3 exabytes by 2019 a volume which current wireless connections are not able to handle.

In a recent TEDtalk, Haas insisted that household LED light bulbs could easily be converted into Li-Fi transmitters, providing Internet users with more efficient connections. All we need to do is fit a small microchip to every potential illumination device and this would then combine two basic functionalities: illumination and wireless data transmission, he said. It is also worth mentioning that the speed at which these LED’s flicker in order to relay data is too fast for the human eye to perceive, so users will not have to worry about annoying flashes in their ambient light.

While it remains to be seen if Li-Fi can feasibly be implemented across the world, VLC is already finding a number of useful applications. For instance, Disney is currently developing a number of products that use the technology, including a range of toys such as a magic wand that can activate light bulbs on a princess dress.

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/technology/li-fi-internet-could-be-100-times-faster-wi-fi-0

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Halloween 2017

Halloween 2017

It is just over two weeks until Halloween 2017

Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and scarceness, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honour all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterised by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.

Some treats we have here at Silly Billy’s are the fantastic Snazaroo Face Paints, as used by Professionals, these Face Paints are only £4.00 each here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop and are great for Halloween 2017 dress-up and make-up. We have all the major colours for Halloween in stock and you can see the range in the picture below:

Halloween 2017

Snazaroo Face Paints £4

Here are Some Face Paint Ideas for Halloween 2017


Other Events At Silly Billy’s Toy Shop

  • Coming up Silly Billy’s Biggest Ever Christmas Competition to be announced on our Facebook Page during Autumn half-term and will also be written about on this blog, if you haven’t done so already then please like and follow Silly Billy’s on Facebook
  • Bonfire Night is on November 5th, the only local bonfire we are aware of is the one at Heptonstall bowling club.
  • Christmas 2017 is coming and as part of our build up to Christmas Robert A Williams is doing a blog post each day on Silly Billy’s Toy Shop Blog so please feel free to join in.
  • Did you know Silly Billy’s celebrated it’s twentieth year of trading in Hebden Bridge this year

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Top Model – Christmas 2017

Top Model – Christmas 2017

Depesche and Top Model for Christmas 2017

Depesche Top Model has been a stock line brought over from our old shop and very popular, we have increased our Top Model selection for Christmas 2017 and the new lines we have are:-

  • Minimoomis Scented Writing Pads
  • Miss Melody Mini Gel Pen Set, 5 ink colours
  • MANGAModel Colouring Book
  • Create Your Fantasy Model Colouring Book
  • TOPModel Stickerpad OMG
  • TOPModel DANCE Colouring Book
  • Dino World Tattoos
  • Create your TOPModel Design Studio
  • TOPModel Diary with Code
  • TOPModel Friendship book blue
  • TOPModel Friendship book pink
  • TOPModel Mobile Notebooks
  • TOPModel Make-Up Creative Folder
  • Miss Melody Style Your Horse
  • TOPModel Design Book and Video
  • Dino World Light Keychain
  • TOPModel POPSTAR Colouring Book
  • Miss Melody Stickerworld
  • Create your TOPModel  Colouring Book
  • Create your TOPModel Kitty Colouring
  • Create your TOPModel Doggy Colouring
  • TOPModel Make-Up Colouring Book
  • TOPModel Lipstick Eraser
  • TOPModel T-Shirt Designer Colouring Book
  • MANGAModel Pocket Colouring Book
  • Dino World Activity Book
  • TOPModel Glitter Gelpen Stick
  • Miss Melody Sticker Fun
  • TOPModel Pocket Colouring Book 3D
  • TOPModel Neon Gelpen Set, 6 colours
  • TOPModel Dress Me Up Stickerbook
  • TOPModel Fineliner, 10 colours
  • TOPModel Coloured pencil, 12 colours
  • TOPModel Coloured Pencil Set
  • TOPModel Sharpener and eraser
  • Create your Glamour Special Colouring book
  • Yivi’s Rubb Off Card

As you can see we have an amazing amount of Top Model at Silly Billy’s for your children to enjoy and Top Model is suitable for the teenage audience as well.
Top Model

Here are some of the Top model’s that Feature in the Books
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If you are interested in some of the Top Model Apps for handheld devices then visit this link

Top Model has Rave Reviews all over the internet and you can see some on Amazon and other places. Here at Silly Billy’s we charge RRP for Top model so please buy your Top Model products from us rather than the corporate entities and help to keep Small Businesses alive. Please don’t forget Small Business Saturday is coming up on 2nd December this year.

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Easy Read Time Teacher Watches & Clocks

Easy Read Time Teacher Watches & Clocks

Time Teacher Watches and Clocks – New Products

For the first time this year we have been selling the amazing Time Teacher Watches which have proven to be immensely popular.
For Christmas 2017 we have extended our range to include Time Teacher Alarm Clocks. These high quality time pieces enable your child to begin easily and quickly learning how to tell time on a clock.

Time Teacher Alarm clock

Like most parents, you are probably keen to ensure your child’s learning continues when they get home from school, especially when it comes to time teaching. Although now part of the National Curriculum, most parents still feel it’s mainly their responsibility to teach their children to tell the time. However, particularly with children of primary school age, it can be hard to get them to concentrate when school is over and all they want to do is play.
In addition, in the digital age it’s becoming increasingly difficult for parents to teach time-reading skills in the first place, let alone to continue the learning at home. After all, most gadgets and appliances only have digital displays which aren’t at all conducive to time teaching.
So, how do you keep your children engaged in learning the time at home without it becoming another ‘battlefield’?
Our Easy Read Time Teacher alarm clocks are the perfect solution for teaching time as well as for extending your child’s learning at home. Not only do they have an analogue time face but they have also been developed especially for children’s bedrooms and with time teaching in mind. Available in two colour schemes – rainbow or red & blue – the clocks have a gentle glow which acts as a night light as well as a silent movement to aid sleep. They also come in both the Past & To or 24-Hour teaching systems for you to choose from.

For more information on Time Teacher products please visit this link

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Baby Teething Toys – Christmas 2017

Baby Teething Toys – Christmas 2017

Sophie la Girafe came to Silly Billy’s Toy Shop over a year ago now and has been very popular here.
Read about Baby teething Toys and other Baby products at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop


For baby teething toys, the Sophie la Girafe creators have created some very practical and pretty solutions and we have a selection of these available here at Silly Billy’s, here is the story of the baby teething toys known as Sophie la Girafe

Once upon a time …

… the simple story of a giraffe born on the 25th May 1961, Saint Sophie’s Day

In those days, the only animal toys available were farm animals or pet figures .

That is why one day in France a certain Monsieur Rampeau, who was a specialist in transforming the sap from the hevea tree using the rotational moulding of rubber as a toy-making concept, developed the idea of designing a giraffe. Such an exotic wildlife figure would be a first on the market, and its size and shape would be ideal for a baby’s small hands to grasp.

Sophie la girafe ®, who looked exactly the same then as she does today, went into production on Thursday 25th May, hence her name.

She was an immediate success. Young mothers immediately recognised that she was a must for their children … When the first signs of teething appear, Sophie the Giraffe helps babies stop crying!

By simple word of mouth, the little giraffe’s fame spread. From then on in Europe, generation upon generations of children were to love hearing Sophie squeak whenever they pressed her tummy or head!

VULLI, a company based in Rumilly in the Haute-Savoie region of France has continued to keep the highly guarded secret of how this wonder toy is made.

To this day, Sophie the Giraffe is still “traditionally” produced, a process that involves more than 14 manual operations.

Made from 100% natural rubber derived from the sap of the Hevea tree, Sophie’s flexible, renewable, natural materials and non-toxic paint mean she is a safe and natural teething toy for your little one.

Baby teething toys

A great selection of Baby Teething toys at Silly Billy’s

That’s how the story goes at least, and here at Silly Billy’s we have a wide range of Baby Teething toys and Sophie la Girafe gift products for Christmas 2017

Did you know Silly Billy’s celebrated it’s twentieth birthday this year ?

Why not read some of our other great posts relating to Christmas 2017 toys at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop

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Please do take the time to review us, as online reviews really help the visibility of small business and it as a tough arena we play in when the big boys can afford millions of pounds (GBP) per year on Advertising whereas ours Advertising Budget is lucky to hit three figures !!

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