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06/05/2016

#RidiculousPossibilities with TK Maxx Outdoors

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Readers of my blog will probably know three things about my little family – we love spending time outdoors, we embrace the unexpected and we are always up for a fun and exciting challenge so when TK Maxx asked us to pop in store last week and check out their latest delivery of outdoor equipment and make this bank holiday an adventurous one, we jumped at the chance.

I have been both a fan and customer of TK Maxx for many years as I love that you never know what you’re going to find and you have to approach any shopping trip like a treasure hunt and allow yourself to be open to the idea of Ridiculous Possibilities. The great thing is the stock is always changing as each store gets several deliveries throughout the week. What we picked up last week would be completely different from what’s in store today, so if you see something you love, grab it because once it's gone, it's gone and I have made that mistake more than once in my life.

We had not been told exactly what the outdoor world range would consist of except that it could be anything from tents to hiking and biking equipment and even paddle boards, so I was very pleasantly surprised to see how much specialist and outdoor tech equipment they had, including binoculars and multi tools to camping hammocks, waterproof bags and high-end outdoor clothing.


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Setting up camp in the middle of the forest amount blue bless and wild garlic

We wanted to pick up things that would be useful to us as a family, especially as my eldest loves nothing more than a day spent in the woods pretending to be Bear Grylls. So we filled up our trolley with water bottles, thermal mugs, a storm shelter and pop-up tent, a new camping stove (as ours has seen better days), a high tech waterproof bag and outdoor jacket, sleeping bag liners, an all-weather lamp, small camping stool, a waterproof picnic blanket and an array of other bits and bobs which would make any weekend away under canvas more comfortable.

As soon as we got home, my eldest could hardly keep his excitement under control and luckily despite most of the bank holiday being a washout we managed to spend a couple of ours hiking up into the woods and setting up a little day camp. We have camped in a variety of places, from festival s to open fields and clifftop pitches although never deep within the woods and even though we decided to do a day camp rather than overnight we used this mini expedition to scout out the area for a bigger trip in summer.


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Scouting for the perfect place to pitch
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Taking a break with a cup of Coco


Once we found a good spot to set up camp near some bluebells and wild garlic, our 5yr old who has been helping me put up tents since he was 18months old got straight to work with the pop-up, which is by far the easiest and quickest way to get a tent or simply a rain shelter up and is perfect for younger children to have a go on their own. We spent most of the afternoon just collecting sticks, looking for bugs, running around and coming across some wooden dens, as well as taking a break to make a few cups of warm coco.

There is nothing better than the simple pleasure of spending time outdoors in nature with your family, free away from the distraction of technology or toys and even though we spent hours here would could of easily stayed much longer without the kids enthusiasm waning or getting bored. The only advice that I have is that you pack appropriately, tell somewhere where you are going if you plan to go off track, make sure you take enough water and invest in decent equipment but with prices at TK Maxx always at up to 60% less than RRP it’s a great place to start.



The Outdoor World event is only available in selected stores, so find your nearest store and head down to TK Maxx. 

24 comments:

  1. Aww the cutest photos!!! Really interesting blog post! :)

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  2. I always set aside an hour or so to shop in TK MAXX. OK, slight exageration, but I always walk in, knowing that I'll need to spend a lot of time browsing if I'm to find those bargains - shopping there is like going on a treasure hunt! You picked up some good outdoor kids stuff here. I particularly like the pop-up tent - once you get a pop-up, you'll never go back to using a tent with pegs and poles! Tx

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  3. I do love the ease of pop up tents but don't find in the bad weather they're all that practical. Looks like you had a great bank holiday though! x

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  4. What a lovely tent. Looks like you will be able to use it more now the waether is improving.

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  5. I bet you guys had a good time. Loving the photos.

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  6. Looks like you had a great time. It's getting to outdoors weather now and feeling very warm outside x

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  7. Aww wow...looks like you had lots of fun. We love a day in the woods exploring x

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  8. Oh my goodness those photos are adorable and it looks like such an adventure having a day exploring the woods. x

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  9. What a super opportunity for your family! I wish we had a TK Maxx near us as I'm needing loads of new things for my epic 250 mile mountain bike cycle this summer. I haven't even started shopping yet!

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  10. I love TK Maxx! The big store in Cardiff centre is fantastic - although like you say you never know what you are going to find from one week to the next. Gorgeous photos in the bluebells, looks like the perfect place to pitch up. xx

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  11. I love TKMAXX but I do find it quite hard to shop in there - I like neat shelves and easy to find things, but I always think it's like a jumble sale in there! H x

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  12. What a perfect adventure for your eldest I can almost feel his excitement to get out to the woods and test all that lovely gear. Guy has a little popup tent like this which he will camp out with on the farm with anyone who will join him, such a great way to enjoy the outdoors and it sounds like TJ Maxx have the range covered. Thank you for sharing your little adventure in bluebell woods on #CountryKids

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  13. Looks like you had a great time! Great opportunity! TK Maxx do great outdoor and sports/fitness gear!

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  14. Sounds like you had a good time. I love tkmaxx. I think you have to be prepared to have a bit of a rummage to find the good stuff though! X

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  15. I looks like you all had a wonderful time, I love your photos.

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  16. I love TK Maxx, but as you say, I've been caught out a few times when I didn't buy something when I first spotted it. I've learned my lesson now though!

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  17. What a lovely adventure, looks like the spot where you pitched the pop up tent is surrounded by beautiful bluebells which are one of my favourite flowers! x

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  18. I would never have thought of TKMaxx for camping stuff. We love camping so will definitely be checking it out!

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  19. Who dosen't like to pretend that they are Bear Grylls, I know that I certainly do haha. T Maxx are just brilliant all-rounders aren't they?

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  20. Cute little adventurers! It's good with the kids to expose them with this kind of bonding instead of sitting at home in from of a tablet or a computer.

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  21. Can't believe your little one was helping put up tents from the age of 18 months! I still useless at that today xD

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  22. Great look and great baby fashion. They are just looking awesome with the tiny fashionable outfits.

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  23. Great idea for a day trip! I never knew Tk max did camping stuff! We went camping with our 10month old at the weekend it was fab! #countrykids

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  24. Wow, absolutely gorgeous shots! Your children are so photogenic and useful by the sounds of it. I'd be useless!

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