Water Babies 10th Birthday Party – Baby & Toddler Event

Water Babies 10th Birthday Party – 4th June 2016

We’re really excited that Baby Not Included are going to be at the Water Babies 10th Birthday Party on Saturday 4th June, America Hall, Pinhoe, Exeter, Devon, EX4 8PX.

Water Babies is a great introduction to the water for your baby and a great way to enjoy the swimming experience. The classes are available in most parts of the country. Click here to see where the nearest class is to you.

Taster Sessions are being held throughout the day.

10.15-10.45 – Reflex
10.45-11.15 – Natural Nursery
11.15-11.45 – Creation Station
11.45-12.15 – Move With Me
12.15-12.45 – Carry Me Kate
12.45- 1.15 – Rugby Tots
1.15-1.45 – Usborne Books
1.45-2.00 – Raffle draw and thank you

There will also be outdoor games available throughout the day courtesy of Mothercare.

AND…… it’s not a party without a bouncy castle and Ball Pool.

AND……There will be a Face Painter and Balloon Modelling.

Food will be available via the Vintage Food Bus offering 100% homemade food, coffee and  cakes (see you in the queue)

So as you can see it’s going to be a Fun Packed day.

We will be there with our brand new range of Sun Hats, gorgeous Squidge & Pip Sensory Baby Teething Toys and much more so do pop by and say hello.

For updates between now and the day pop over to the Water Babies Facebook Page which you can get to by clicking on the event image at the top of the post.

See you there.

Lisa

www.babynotincluded.co.uk 

It’s our 9th Birthday Today

It's our 9th Birthday

It’s our 9th Birthday today!!

On one hand I’m super excited that I’ve racked up this many years and on the other hand I’m disappointed that my ‘lil biz’ has not quite reached the heights that I expected all those years ago when I had the big dream of taking on the world lol.

Laughing aside it’s been quite a journey of making the biggest mistakes (it’s true that you learn from your mistakes) to doing things that would never have been possible otherwise. I’ve (virtually) met some fantastic people and fellow business owners that have been along for the ride with me and love the ‘Biz Fam’ that I’ve gained over this time.

So to celebrate this milestone and to say Thank You for keeping us going I’m offering 15% Off Everything on Site until Tuesday 10th May. Just add Birthday9 in the Discount box at the checkout.

As an Independent Retailer we do rely on YOU guys to keep us going and so if you like what you see, share with your friends and family, leave us a review on the products that you’ve bought and engage with us on our Facebook Page.

We love to hear from you and hope that you enjoy your shopping experience with us.

One of my favourite jobs is buying new stock, but as we all know babies grow at an extortionate rate so we’ve popped a little vote type box so you can let us know what age your littles are at so that we can buy age appropriate stock next time round.

I’m going to stop talking now, but just to say Thank You again.

www.babynotincluded.co.uk 9th Birthday

As well as the discount we have some great competitions on the go:

Win a set of At the Seaside Flashcards

Win £20.00 to spend at www.babynotincluded.co.uk

Win a Soggs Socks Box Set

Win a Squidge & Pip Baby Sensory Teething Toy

Love you guys x

Win a Set of At the Seaside Flashcards

Win a Set of At the Seaside Flashcards from Clever Little Baby.

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With the lovely weather apparently descending on us this weekend it’s a great time to get out and about with the family. Many places that we visit involve a car journey and as a mum of two, in-car entertainment has to be provided more for our sanity than anything else!

We do the usual eye-spy, clue game and how many red cars you can spot, but at 5, Isabelle needs far more stimulation these days as it’s B-O-R-I-N-G!!

Clever Little Baby Flashcards are not only educational, but they are sturdy and a great shape for little hands with fascinating characters and illustrations. When Isabelle was younger we would use the cards and she would have to tell us what the pictures were and as she got a older would look at the words on the back of each card.

Our favourite game was making up stories by shuffling the cards and starting a story and incorporating each turned over card into the story. Perfect for distracting during a car journey, and if you’re heading to the beach then the ‘At The Seaside’ set would be perfect.

For your chance to Win a set of At the Seaside enter your details in to the Rafflecopter form above.

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More competitions at ThePrizeFinder

Win £20 to Spend at www.babynotincluded.co.uk

 

Win £20 to spend at www.babynotincluded.co.uk

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To further celebrate our 9th Business Birthday here is the chance to Win £20 to spend on whatever you want at www.babynotincluded.co.uk.

We have a great range of items from Funky Slogan Rompers to Soft Handmade Leather Baby Shoes all of which make great New Baby Gifts.

We still have a few pairs of Olive & Moss Stripy Trousers which are perfect for toddling about on the beach with plenty of wriggle room and made from 100% Cotton for comfort.

Still not sure then have a browse of our SALE page where there are many great items to be had at up to 30% off the original price.

Happy Shopping at www.babynotincluded.co.uk

Win a Soggs Box Set

Win a Soggs Box Set from www.babynotincluded.co.uk

 

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For your chance to Win a Set of Soggs Sock Boxes fill in the Rafflecopter form above.

The Sogg’s range make a Unique New Baby Gift and with the bright colours and prints can be given to either a baby girl or a baby boy. As well as the Stars Set, we have Stripes and Cow Print.

When I was pregnant I really wanted somebody to buy my a Nappy Cake, but sadly I didn’t receive one (they would have had to have picked up the vibes telepathically as I never voiced my yearning).

So what was the most unusual or unique gift you were given when your new baby arrived?

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More competitions at ThePrizeFinder

Win a Squidge & Pip Baby Sensory Teething Toy

Win a Squidge & Pip Baby Sensory Teething Toy!

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To help celebrate our 9th Birthday we thought we run a few competitions and offers.

If you haven’t already read the blog post or received the Newsletter, we’re offering 15% Off Everything on site until Tuesday 10th May so grab some bargains this weekend! Just add Birthday9 in the discount box at the checkout. Pop over to the site to start Shopping Now.

The Squidge & Pip Baby Teething Toys are a great shape, perfect for little hands with lots of nobbles, bobbles and textures for your baby to suck and chew on to relieve the pain of teething.

Squidge and Pip Baby TeethersHere they are Squidge (Green) and Pip (Yellow).

The teethers are BPA free and made from silicone so can be easily washed and sterilised to keep them safe, clean and germ free.

Each Teething toy comes with its own little carry pouch so you can pop it in your bag when out and about with baby.

We wrote a post a while ago which has some great Tried and Tested Tips for Baby Teething but would love to know if you have any tried and tested tips then leave your comments below and of course enter our Competition for your chance to Win either a Squidge or a Pip.

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Chocolate Cola Cake Recipe

I thought I would share this Chocolate Cola Cake recipe that I made for my sons seventeenth birthday on Friday.

Chocolate Cola Cake Recipeq

The Cake

375g Self-raising Flour
450g Golden Caster Sugar
4 1/2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
2 Pinches Bicarbonate of Soda
375g Butter
375mls Coke
190ml Milk
3 Eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

The Filling

150g Icing Sugar
50g Butter
20g Cocoa Powder
20ml Milk
Few Squares of Chocolate

The Topping

100g Butter
2 tbsp Coke
2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
200g Icing Sugar

Heat the oven to 180C/Gas4.

Sift the flour, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl and add the sugar. Melt the butter and cola drink gently in a pan then add to the dry ingredients, together with the milk, eggs and vanilla.

Mix gently but thoroughly and divide into two 8 inch greased round cake tins. Bake for about 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.

Whilst the cakes are cooling make the filling by melting the butter and chocolate. Sift the icing sugar and cocoa power and add to the butter and chocolate. Add in the milk and mix to a creamy consistency.

Spread the filling onto one of the cakes and top with the other sponge.

Make the topping by putting the butter, cola drink and cocoa into a pan and melt slowly. Bring the mixture to the boil and then pour onto the icing sugar. Beat until smooth and pour over the cake while still warm. Cool the cake in the tin.

For the coke bottle effect I used the Anti-Gravity Pouring Cake Kit from Lakeland and smoothing topping over the pole to make it look like coke pouring from the bottle and sprinkled Chocolate Popping Candy to make it look like bubbles. Use an empty coke bottle filled with a bit of brown tissue paper and add to the top using some of the chocolate topping to keep in place. I added cola bottles to the bottom of the cake to finish it off.

Chocolate Cola Cake Recipe

Enjoy x

Lisa www.babynotincluded.co.uk

Come and Shop with us at #ShopSBS

Have you discovered #ShopSBS yet?

#ShopSBS was launched at the beginning of this month and is a collective of Independent businesses that were fortunate enough to gain #SBS Winner Status by Theo Paphitis (you know, from Dragons’ Den).

#ShopSBS

We gained our #SBS (Small Business Sunday) Status in January 2011 on our first attempt (impressive I know). If you are a small business and would love to know more about this Click Here for more details.

So back to the Shop………..Head on over to www.shopsbs.co.uk and browse the many products from Baby Clothes, Home & Garden, Jewellery, Pet items, Toys, Gift and Accessories. The list is endless.

Here are a few of my favourite things that have caught my eye.

Button Moon Umbrella

This Fab Button Moon Umbrella is just one of many gorgeous umbrellas available from Love Umbrellas.

#ShopSBS

 

The Bear and Miss Rabbit have a huge selection of Toys and Gifts to choose from including this Peter Rabbit Skittles Set.

#ShopSBS

This lovely Infinity Bangle from Sparkle & Charm would make a lovely gift.

#ShopSBS

This adorable Flower Power Stag Jug is available from Dimpled Heart.

 

#ShopSBS

Loads and loads of lovely handbags available from Attavanti. This is the Nicoli ‘Chic’ Designer Italian Leather Tote Handbag.

#ShopSBS

This is one of many lovely collars available from Rew Clothing. This is the Brook Red Tweed Collar. 

#ShopSBS

This Owl and Fox Metal Coffee Pot (can also be used for tea) is available from Gorgeous Gifts.

#ShopSBS

You can get your hands on this Birdie Reversible Shoulder Bag from Rockpool Trading.

#ShopSBS

A range of Leather Masks including this Designer Full Print Leather Mask is available from Masque Boutique.

This is just a very small snippet of the fabulous choice available and what’s more, by buying from one of us you will be supporting small Independent Businesses.

You can find Baby Not Included Here and for the full range, Click Here.

Lisa

www.babynotincluded.co.uk – Funky Baby Clothes & Gifts 

Family Bucket List 2016 – Fingle Bridge

We’ve ticked off another from our Family Bucket List 2016!

Since getting the dog a couple of years ago we love finding new places to walk him and thankfully Isabelle loves a good walk as long as we have the following:

Drinks
Snacks
Mud/Sand
Water

One of our fellow dog walkers recommended Fingle Bridge as a place to go with the dog and the littles. Lots of opportunity to paddle in water, lots of mud to splash and splodge in and being woodland lots of stones, twigs, acorns and other things to fill our pockets with.

We started off at the bridge noting the HUGE pub with it’s lovely setting and garden.

The route that we took was not the easiest of walk with lots of tricky areas, huge muddy patches (thankfully we all managed to keep our shoes on our feet) and narrow rickety steps to contend with.

This was great for Isabelle who at five is slightly more fearless than we’d like her to be.

Charlie (our dog) was amazingly well behaved and loved to explore his new surroundings. We kept our beady eyes out for families with food as unfortunately at only two he’s still a total scavenger and will gatecrash, steal and run!

Strangely there were canvasses dotted around the place which kind of looked a bit odd, but Isabelle quite liked looking out for them.

The walk took us a good couple of hours with a picnic stop along the way.

Isabelle found a walking stick along the way which she held onto until we found a waterfall so she sent it on its way out to sea and wonders what country it will end up in.

It was a lovely day and we ended it by visiting the pub at the start (Fingle Bridge Inn).  We may even have to go back for the Duck Race at the beginning of next Month.

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Lisa

www.babynotincluded.co.uk – Funky Baby Gifts 

The Things Kids Say

The Things Kids Say

I don’t normally post things like this, but whilst I was cringing at the time I was hysterically laughing on the inside.

We had to make a trip to the local pharmacists after school today to pick up a prescription. I don’t think we’ve managed to go to this chemist without an age old wait.

So whilst we waited for our prescription, baring in mind that the chemist is really small.

Isabelle was very bored, we had to wait at least three hours (20 minutes in reality).

So we looked at the plasters and all the different bottles of Calpol, Ibuprofen, throat sweets and umpteen other medicine type products. After a discussion of each item on the shelf next to us, Isabelle thought of another game.

Isabelle – “I can read some of these things Mummy”.

Me – “Okay. You do that then sweet”.

Isabelle – “Okay, I’ll sound things out and you have to help me”.

Me – “Ok”

Isabelle – “V-A-G-I-S-I-L – What does that spell Mummy?”

Me – “Erm it’s just a kind of shower gel”

Isabelle – “What about D-U-R-E-X?”

Me- “Erm shall we go and look at the noticeboard?”

Cringing with embarrassment as I try and tempt her with the colourful leaflets on the noticeboard, a woman sat (also waiting) cannot suppress her amusement and laughs whilst Isabelle follows me shouting

“what about A-N-U-S-O-L – Am I good at reading now Mummy?”

Why oh why would you put such products at five year old eye level??

Lisa – www.babynotincluded.co.uk – Funky Clothing & Gifts……