Archive | March, 2012

Why buy when you can rent these fabulous outdoor toys

28 Mar

Little Tikes Outdoor Toy Hire

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 Little Tikes is one of those brands that all parents know and love and that is why the sunny weather has encouraged toyboxlive.co.uk to add the market leading brand to its toy rental subscription service. 

Parents can save up to 75% on the cost of toys by hiring the toys for a monthly fee of just £24.99 per month which gives them access to 3 toys from the http://www.ToyBoxLive.co.uk toy library.   When you have had enough of the toys you simply pack them back up in the box and send them back, you can then choose new ones which will be sent directly to you.

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With the recent warm spring weather ToyBoxLive.co.uk and Little Tikes have plenty of outdoor toys to keep the children entertained.

 “Little Tikes is a fantastic durable brand which offers children hours of outdoor and playtime every year and we are really excited to be able to offer it as part of our toy rental subscription” Says Alison Chesworth, Mum and owner of ToyBoxLive.co.uk

With space and storage often a concern toyboxlive.co.uk eliminates the need to store toys, customers simply return them when they have had enough” Says Alison Chesworth, Mum and owner of ToyBoxLive.co.uk

A new perspective…

15 Mar

In our world its climate week this week, which this year is running from 12th – 18th March.  It’s a week that has been designed to inspire people to take action and create a new way of living.  Which fits well with what we are trying to achieve at ToyBoxLive.

Now normally our blog is full of things related to toy rental and what the business has been up to which this does relate to however having thought long and hard about this on the drive back home I’ve decided that a more personal approach would best fit .

I’m not an eco warrior and in my previous life before I became a Mum I was very selfish and cared very little about the world and our environment, well really I suppose I didn’t give it much thought (ignorance is bliss) but then again why would I? We weren’t taught about our carbon footprint or how quickly we are running out of energy.

On 14th February 2010 I became a mother to the most beautiful little girl in the world and this has totally changed my perspective on life and the world we live in.  I would do anything to make sure she is safe, happy, protected and that the world around her provides her with the upbringing I had and loved.  From this one life changing moment I realised that the world needs to take action and become sustainable to ensure a future for our children, grand children and great-grandchildren.

I’ve spent the past 9 months working quite solitary on ToyBoxLive.co.uk, building our website, perfecting the packages and working on sales and I haven’t really spoke to many people in person.   I’ve done a lot of emailing and talking over Facebook and Twitter however that personal contact hasn’t been quite there and today I had the most amazing day, maybe it was the excitement of being with other people and learning about how we can all live sustainably, maybe it was being in a place that was just 100% in harmony with its surroundings but whatever it was I have to share it with you.

Taking time out of your own business is often hard however I can honestly say it has probably been the best day for both myself and ToyBoxLive so far in our journey.  I joined Ground Work Pennine Lancashire at the Offshoots Permaculture Project at Towneley Park in Burnley this afternoon.  In all the time I have lived and worked in Burnley I have never seen so many committed and knowledgeable people and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.  The people down at offshoots are doing an absolutely amazing job of educating people in sustainable living and more people need to know about it.

We started off the day with a tour of the site and how a permaculture lifestyle could be adopted, it could be as small as turning your heating down, growing your own vegetables, composting, right through to building your own eco shelter, all these are available for you to see and participate in down at the offshoots project.  I decided to join the woodwork team where we were putting together a structure, admittedly my effort at sewing was pretty poor however I’m sure with more practice I may be able to perfect the art of this ancient craft.

Just the pure exhilaration of being outdoors learning about our environment and engaging with other people really put things into perspective.  We live in a world that is so fast and furious, that sometimes we need to take a step back, it’s important that our children learn to play , enjoy the outdoors and appreciate and respect the environment we live in, as parents we need to teach our children these skills.

ToyBoxLive helps to eliminate waste by re-using and recycling toys, by subscribing you have access to 1000’s of toys, you simply select the toys you want and when you have had enough send them back and new ones are sent straight out.  All toys go through our thorough cleaning process and all toys look like new. Toy Hire makes perfect financial and eco sense, so go on why not see what we have to offer, you can even talk to me about it by phone, in person or using our new live chat system.

Happy toy renting

Alison 🙂

Toyboxlive.co.uk top 10 toys to rent

13 Mar

Here are our Top Ten rental toys from January to March

Hire toys and save money visit www.toyboxlive.co.uk

1 – VTech First Steps Baby Walker

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2 – Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Tea Set
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3 – Interstar Master Building Set
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4 – Fisher-Price Sit To Stand Giraffe
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5 – Fisher-Price Rainforest Gym
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6 – Leap Frog My Own Leaptop
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7 – Fisher-Price Little People Racin Ramps Garage
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8 – Hippy Chick Wheelybugs
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9 – P’kolino Silly Soft
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10 – Fisher-Price Gobble and Go Hippo
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Media Frenzy

4 Mar

Well this past month has been exciting for us all and people are really getting the whole concept of renting toys instead of buying.

We have seen our sales increase, web visitors increase and the media attention around ToyBoxLive.co.uk really has started to generate a buzz.

On Friday we were on the Sally Naden show on BBC Radio Lancashire and on Tuesday at prime time we were visited by the BBC Lancashire bus where they came to our premises to see exactly what it is we are doing.

The most  important thing for us though has not been to take our eye off the ball when it comes to our customers we are working really hard to get more toys on the website and give people the huge amount of choice they so desperately need and deserve.

We have added the Fisher-Price Jumperoo to our rental catalogue which has been a real hit, along with the P’kolino silly soft toys, Early Learning Centre Puzzles and Games and there’s still a lot lot more to come so please keep checking back.

It’s really nice when you see other companies taking the idea of toy rental seriously and we have been fortunate enough to be featured on the following sites

http://www.crowdedbrain.co.uk/gadgets/a-new-toy-story-with-toyboxlive-co-uk.html

http://www.myfamilyclub.co.uk/shopping/shopping-news/toy-rental-helping-beat-kids-boredom-9286

http://www.parentscafe.co.uk/

http://mummyratesit.co.uk/

and tonight just as I was about to post this blog we have been featured on http://www.sudocrem.co.uk/blog/new-toy-rental-site/, I would love for everyone who is having a baby to know that a hire service exists and makes financial sense.

We are also looking forward to being featured in Tots to Teens Magazine.

If anyone would like to find out more about toy rental, how clean it is, how green it is and how it can save you money please get in touch by emailing sales@toyboxlive.co.uk

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