Baby & Children’s Market – Exeter

July 17th, 2014 by Lisa
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What are you up to this Saturday?

If you’re in the Exeter or surrounding area then get yourself to The Baby & Children’s Market at St Leonards Primary School between 09.30am – 12 noon to grab yourself some great Baby and Child Bargains.

As you can see from the picture there are going to be 40 stalls, usually a mix of pre-loved baby gear and local businesses (including us).

As well as the bargains there will be a FREE Bouncy Castle, FREE Face Painting, a FREE Mini Photo Shoot and a FREE muffin (for the first 50 through the doors).

It’s always a great atmosphere and there really are some great bargains to be had. We never come home empty handed. At the last market we came home with a dolls pram which my daughter absolutely loves.

Make sure you bring plenty of change with you and maybe a spare pair of arms.

If you do come, make sure you pop over to us to say hi.

Lisa x

 

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The day we found the Gruffalo

July 15th, 2014 by Lisa
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We’re quite lucky in the South West that we have a lot of places at our disposable to take the family. Although it gets a bit tricky having a 3 year old and a 15 year old, and now with the pup thrown into the mix don’t make for an easy family day out.

Thank goodness for Haldon Forest park!

We didn’t take the teen with us this time as he had other plans but off we trudged with Isabelle and the dog in our boots and armed with coats, umbrellas and treats for the dog.

When we got there, we had a little suprise as the Discovery Trail (the easiest at 1.5 miles) had been set up as a Gruffalo hunt with clues and things to do along the way. This was the easiest of trails so perfect for Isabelle and a nice walk for us.

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There were loads of families there and lots of people whizzing up and down on bikes for the different tracks (none of which I would try).

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There were ample places to stop if you were to take a picnic and pleasingly we didn’t encounter any rubbish, apart from one poo bag (why do people go to the effort of bagging it up only to leave it there!).

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It was dog heaven for Charlie who saw lots of other dogs along the way including a huge group of Shar pei dogs (belonging to several owners ? dog group).

We saw the Gruffalo’s den and met Mouse, Snake, Fox, Owl and sat on a singing seat. We also played on some giant wooden xylophones and hid from Daddy and Charlie in a maze.

And did we find the Gruffalo?

Yup and he wasn’t scarey at all.

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We ended the day with a gorgeous icecream and a bowl of water and treats for Charlie, then home for a roast dinner.

Think we’ll go for one of the harder routes next time.

Lisa x

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Come and see us at the Heart FM Baby Show!

June 16th, 2014 by Lisa
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Heart FM Baby Show Exeter 2014

Whether your expecting or new parents, Heart FM Mother & Baby Show is the place to be this Saturday 21st June 2014, Westpoint, Exeter.

9.30 – 4.30

We’re going to be there along with some other Fab local Businesses such as Cherub Chews, The Old Bag Company, Sew Domesticated and many more.

Munchkins Creche will be open all day for children up to the age of seven enabling you to browse at leisure.

Mothercare will be showcasing the latest in baby and childrens fashion at 2pm and First Aid demos are available throughout the day.

If you’re having trouble with your baby’s sleep pattern, Savvy Tot Sleep will be on hand for some great tips and advice to get a good nights sleep for both you and your  baby.

 And you can’t have a Baby Show without some entertainment for the little ones. Monkey Music is going to be there which comes highly recommended by us. We went to classes when Isabelle was smaller and she absolutely loved it and it’s a great way to interact with your child at home once you’ve learnt the songs and movements (which you will).

Tickets are £5.00 for adults and FREE to under 15′s.

Hope to see you there.

Lisa x

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Updates from us!

June 10th, 2014 by Lisa
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So it’s been a while since I’ve posted so I thought I’d do a bit of a round-up of what we’ve been up to.

On Saturday we went to the Exeter Baby & Children’s Market at St James School, Exeter. It was a great success despite the grotty weather tinged with a slight sadness as it was Janette the organisers last market. She’s off to pastures new but the markets will continue so you will see us there again. If you haven’t been before and you are local to Exeter then they’re great for baby bargains and finding local businesses like ourselves.

Upcoming events we are attending the Heart FM Baby Show, Westpoint, Exeter on Saturday 21st June which we’re looking forward to and currently planning our exhibition stand. If you’re quick there’s still time to register for FREE tickets.

We’ve got some great New Brands on the site and more to come – Keep an eye on our New Additions page for more info.  These trousers are my favourite from Plum Collections a great Australian brand.

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As well as  this we currently have some Facebook Fan Offers so if you don’t like our page already, pop over to see what we have on offer!

And not forgetting Father’s Day this Sunday (15th) which I’m sure none of us will forget!!

That’s it for now but hopefully we’ll be back with a few Competitions and more great brands.

Lisa x

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Looking for a New Baby Gift?

May 30th, 2014 by Lisa
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The news of an impending or newly born baby all sends us to the shops to seek out that something special for the new addition.

So what should you think about when buying a Newborn Gift?

Do you know the sex of the baby?
If buying for a work colleague, do you know the person well enough to buy a gift?
Do they already have it?
So they have colour schemes? (This is more common than you think).
What size to buy?

There’s lots to think about. Many of us struggle and make the decision to send a gift card so that the new parents can choose something that they want/need.

Whilst I love recieving gift cards enabling me to choose something that I love, I prefer to buy a present. Our selection of Baby Gifts make that purchase slightly easier. Each set comprises of a bodysuit, romper suit and matching bib or socks.

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Elephant Baby Gift Set

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Monkey Baby Gift Set.

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Heart Baby Gift Set

These are just a few of the Baby Gift Sets available at www.babynotincluded.co.uk

We’d love to know your thoughts and we do intend to increase our Baby Gifts section if you have any suggestions or particular colours or prints that you would like to see x

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Jinjabiscuit Review

May 15th, 2014 by Lisa
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Oooh I love new things and more often than not they’re for the kids and not  me and that’s why when I was asked to review the New Jinjabiscuit Dinnerware set I jumped at the chance.

Isabelle who is now three is not a particularly fussy eater but she does like variation and presentation has become far more important of late. We’ve gone from cutting the crusts off to using cookie cutters to make sandwiches more interesting. Once you start doing this, be warned that there’s no going back!

The Jinjabiscuit Dinnerware set is made from 100% food grade silicone, BPA free and does not leech chemicals into food even when heated at high temperatures. The set can be put in the freezer, microwave and dishwasher. Obviously as it’s made from silcone there’s no chance of it breaking which is always a bonus with children. Apparently it is scratch and stain resistent so I’m wondering how it will cope with the odd curry.

The set we were sent is PINK of course and comprises of a bug shape two compartment plate, a chicken shape bowl, a pig face cup and a chicken spoon.

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Isabelles favourite piece is the chicken shaped bowl and is an ideal shape and size for snacks.

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My favourite is the pig cup which is exactly the right size cup to have with a meal and perfect for little hands to grip.

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The two compartment plate is great for separating salad and veg from the main meal and great for sweet and savoury snacks.

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These great sets are available in the UK very soon - Launch date 16th May so  keep an eye on their Kickstarter site or follow Jinjabiscuit on Twitter to find out more.

So as far as children’s dinnerware goes this set definitely gets a the thumbs up from both myself and Isabelle. This would be the perfect weaning set and will carry on through for years to come. For Isabelle age 3 this is perfect for her breakfast and snacks, and she’s looking forward to making a jelly in the chicken bowl.

*Isabelle was sent this set free of charge for the purpose of review. Opinions and views are those of said fussy three year old and lil old me (aka Mummy).

Lisa x

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Happy Birthday to Us!

May 7th, 2014 by Lisa
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It's www.babynotincluded.co.uk Birthday Today

We’re 7 Today!

I can’t believe that it’s been a whole 7 years since my dream of running a business became real, the website went live and the hardwork began.

As a huge Thank You for your loyal custom we’d like to offer you 10% Off Everything on site, and will keep this open until Saturday as I know only too well that time is precious. Just add seventoday in the discount box at the checkout.

Don’t forget to pop over to our Facebook Page which will keep you bang up to date with all our new products and offers or sign up to our Newsletter for exclusive subscriber offers.

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Join us on the Organix #NoJunk Challenge

April 27th, 2014 by Lisa
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When buying food for your children, do you know what they contain?

We’ve just signed up to the Organix No Junk Pledge to say no to junk in Children’s food. Fancy joining in?

From 28 April to 4 May, parents will pledge to feed their family using real ingredients and will try to avoid foods with artificial colourings and flavourings, or foods high in added salt, fat and sugar.  www.organix.com/nojunk.

Share your own experiences through joining in the conversation on the Organix Facebook Page.

Get inspired visually with oodles of recipes on Pinterest and follow the hashtag #NoJunk on twitter.

We are a foody house and love trying new recipes. We’re very thankful that both our children have loved fruit and vegetables since the word go. We’re going to share some of our family favorite recipes during the #NoJunk challenge week starting 28th April.

Leave a comment if you’re also doing the challenge so that we can check out (and possibly pilfer) your recipes.

Most of all have fun x

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Happy Easter. We’re having a SALE!

April 18th, 2014 by Lisa
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Aww as I can’t get around and give you all an Easter Egg, here’s 30% OFF some great brands in our Easter SALE.

Take advantage of the SALE to buy a few bigger sizers, a few pressies to hide away or just a little treat!

Mwah x

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It’s Pancake Day!!

March 4th, 2014 by Lisa
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Pancake Recipe

Despite my premature announcement of Pancake Day a couple of weeks ago, it  is in fact Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday today.

Here is the Pancake (batter) recipe that I’ve been using for years which can’t really go wrong.

  • 100g Plain Flour
  • 1 Egg (large)
  • 300mls of Milk
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Butter for frying.

Crack the egg into a bowl and add milk and whisk. Gradually sift in the flour stirring as you go along. Add in a pinch of salt and mix.

I always at this point put the batter mixture in the fridge for about half an hour which I was told to do by my mum but not sure why.

Melt butter in a frying pan and put on hob until hot.

Depending on size of pan add just enough batter to cover the bottom of the pan.

Flip or use a flipper (fish slice) until golden on both sides.

To make a batch I have the oven on low and keep adding them to the oven until the whole batch is cooked and then serve.

Toppings

You can’t beat just sugar and lemon in my opinion but of course the possibilities are endless. Here are a few to get you going, but please feel free to add suggestions in the comments.

Maple Syrup
Golden Syrup
Peanut Butter
Jam
Cream of any sort
Chocolate Sauce
Icecream
Nutella
Honey
Bananas
Strawberries
Raspberries
Blueberries
Cinnamon

Mmmm I can’t wait for the kids to get home so we can have some!

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