Archive for January, 2010

Looking back at 2009

I’ve been meaning to do a bit of a look back at last year for some time but haven’t found the time until now. So before it’s too late here goes …

2009 was another good year for PuddleDucks. We are surviving the recession, we won an award, added reviews to the site and much more. Rather than write a long wordy post about all the good things that happened in 2009, here’s some photos and images of our high points of last year.

1. Irish Internet Association Best Online Trader Award

Winning the IIA Award was such a big deal for us. It added credibility and trustworthyness to the site which helped in increasing sales. It was especially sweet because the award was voted on by the public

2. Adding LouderVoice Reviews to the site

Adding customer reviews - powered by LouderVoice - to the website was a major step forward for our business. It built on our word of mouth referrals and allowed customers to share their feedback in a user friendly and easily accessable way.

3. Suzanne’s interview on The Business on RTE Radio

Suzanne's interview with John Murray on The Business on RTE Radio 1 on November 14th brought loads of visibility, increased interest in our products and sales. It demonstrated the great value to a small business of a high profile media appearance

4. Our Facebook Fan page

Of all the social media platforms we are involved in, the most impotant to us is now the Facebook Fan Page. During 2009 it went from a small beginning to now having over 500 fans. It is a great platform to engage with our community of customers and "fans".

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More PuddleDuckers Out and About in the Snow

The latest in our series of PuddleDuck-ers Out and About comes from Roger Lamb. It shows his step-grandson William in the snow.

Roger takes up the story “Just a quick pic of William in his first outing in his Puddleducks outfit.  He is just over 18 months old  and when he unwrapped the parcel on Christmas Day he immediately knew what the jacket was for but had a bit of trouble with the trousers putting them on his head!  This was in fact his first outing in the snow.”

Many thanks Roger for sending the photo. Looks like William is having fun. I’m sure there will be many more opportunities for him to wear his PuddleDucks gear in the snow and rain.

If you would be interested in featuring your children’s photos and experiences in their PuddleDucks gear,  please drop us a line at

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PuddleDucks in the Snow

It’s lovely to see all the recent photos posted to our Facebook page. They show kids having fun in the snow – out and about in their PuddleDucks gear. Here’s just a selection:

This photo was sent by Sorcha Healy of her two children, Eibhlin (7) and Ruairi (3) getting ready for some snowy fun

This photo was posted by Yvonne Brewer Spillane showing here son Roan enjoying the snow.

This photo was posted by Emily Delaney showing her boys Jake and Alex delighting in the snowy weather.

This is one of our own - Jake sizing up the downhill slope near our house in Carrigaline

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Dressing for the Snow – Scandinavian Style

The main message is Layer, Layer, Layer!  It’s how the Scandinavians stay warm even in Arctic conditions.
Start with a cosy layer of thermal underwear that fits neatly but not to tightly.  This should be made from a synthetic material – not cotton.  A synthetic material like polyester passes the moisture away from the skin unlike cotton which can leave a cold layer on the skin.

Next you need the warm layers – wooly jumpers or fleeces.
And lastly, the outside layer which should be a waterproof and windproof jacket and trousers.
And don’t forget feet, hands and head!  Socks made from wool or synthetic materials are much warmer than cotton.  Boots should be lined and waterproof on the outside. Choose waterproof mittens rather than gloves. And finish off with a cosy wool hat and scarf.
Once outside and running around the kids will soon heat up, so do adjust zips or remove layers before they get to hot.  Do remember though to put the layers back on though as soon as they stop and before they get cold!
Enjoy the snow!

P.S. Check out our range of thermals, fleeces and waterproof clothing on the PuddleDucks website.

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