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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Yippee we’ve won an award

March 3rd, 2014 by Lisa
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Yey we’ve WON a Bronze MumpreneurUK Website Award.

You will be able to see our brand new shiny badge on the site imminently.

Pop over and see What’s New on the site!

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Happy New Year – January SALE

January 1st, 2014 by Lisa
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January Sale at www.babynotincluded.co.uk

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We’re doing it the traditional way and having a January SALE in January (novel I know these days).

We LOVE our customers old and new so feel free to pass this on to any Mummy’s, Daddy’s, Aunties or anybody that may be buying for a little one.

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#CraftyChristmas – Day 19

December 19th, 2013 by Lisa
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Christmas Jewel Baubles

To make these I was going to use plain glass baubles but decided to opt for clear plastic ones just in case any of them fall off the tree.

So to make these you will need:

Clear plastic/glass baubles

Glitter

Craft Jewels

Glue

Ribbon

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First of all I took off the tops and poured some fine glitter inside the bauble.

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After placing your jewels however it takes your fancy, glue them in place.

Once dry, string up your ribbon and add to your tree.

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Simple but effective!

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Crafty Christmas – Day 10

December 10th, 2013 by Lisa
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We’re really getting into this crafting now, and Isabelle is throwing herself in wholeheartedly wanting to know what we’re going to do next.

I can’t quite remember where I got this idea from, but mentally stored it away as we had some coloured lollipop sticks in our craft box and wasn’t really sure what to do with them.

So today we’ve made a Lollipop Stick Christmas Star.

Lollipop Stick Christmas Star

You will need:

Coloured lollipop sticks which you can get in most craft shops.
Coloured craft jewels. We found some sticky-backed ones
String or Christmas ribbon
Strong glue

First of all add the jewels to the lollipop sticks making sure that you avoid the centre part of each stick where they will be joined together.

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If using glue, wait for these to dry.

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Using a strong glue, glue the sticks together to form your star shape. Not a job for the littles as I proved by sticking the star to my finger. It took quite a lot to get it off, nearly pulling the skin off my finger.

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Once this is dry, turn the star over and attach your string making a loop.

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As soon as the tree is up (I know, you’re way ahead of us) we will be adding our new addition.

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Crafty Christmas – Day 6

December 6th, 2013 by Lisa
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Handmade Christmas Cards

This is one of our favorite crafts in the lead up to Christmas and have made them each year both with our son and now with our daughter as well.

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For these cards we found some holographic sellotape in our local craft shop and coloured lollipop sticks to make Christmas trees.

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Using blank cards we put the lollipop stick in the middle to make the tree part, and then cutting strips in different lengths from big to small arranged them to make a tree shape.

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Using stickers we added baubles and a star to the top.

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These are quick no glue cards which look really pretty and family and friends love a handmade card.

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I made one and the other was made by Isabelle (age 3). Which one do you prefer?

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Crafty Christmas – Day 5

December 5th, 2013 by Lisa
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#CraftyChristmas – Christmas Tree Pizza

To make these pizza’s you could cheat and use a ready made pizza base but we prefer to make our own. Here is the recipe for traditional dough base.

3 cups of strong plain flour
1 cup of water
1 teaspoon of fast action dried yeast
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 tablespoon of olive oil

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and cover. Leave for half an hour to give the yeast a chance to work.

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After this time, divide the dough into 4 pieces and flatten with your hands. I then hand cut christmas tree shapes and put onto a greased baking tray.

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Using a jar of pizza sauce (can be found in most supermarkets) or use tomato puree mixed with some dried oregano.

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Then comes the fun bit of adding the toppings of your choice. I used a selction of peppers, sausage, chicken, salami, tomatoes and cheese. I let both of my kids decide what they wanted on their pizza. Put in the oven on gas mark 6 for approximately 20 minutes and they had them for dinner.

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Crafty Christmas – Day 4

December 4th, 2013 by Lisa
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Handmade Wrapping Paper.

This is perfect for making your gift extra special, particularly for Mummy’s, Daddy’s and Grandparents.

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For this you can use either plain brown paper (the type used for packaging) or you can get a roll of white paper from most craft shops.

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We cut a good size piece of paper and used bluetak to attach it to table making the job easier.

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Using stamps (we found some sponge Christmas stamps in our local craft shop) and red paint. I let Isabelle loose with the stampers and armed with glitter she went to work to create a great piece of Christmas Wrapping Paper.

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We have stashed this away to use for Daddy’s Christmas present and will finish it off with some matching red ribbon.

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Easy peasy!

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Crafty Christmas – Day 3

December 3rd, 2013 by Lisa
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Pinterest has been a massive inspiration for lots of things, especially craft ideas to do with my three year old daughter. You can have a look at all the amazing craft ideas that we’ve come across on our Crafty Kids board whilst also keeping up to date with ‘What’s New’ on the site as well.

Whilst browsing recently I found this great idea for Christmas Cards.

Shivery Snow Paint Snowman Christmas Cards

What you will need:

1 cup of Shaving cream (we used the cheapest we could find)
1 cup of PVA glue
Glitter of your choice
Peppermint essence
Black Card
Orange Card
Blank cards and envelopes

Put the glue in the fridge for a while and then mix the glue and the shaving cream together.

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Add in the glitter and peppermint essence (not essential). We used our favourite colours, purple and silver and mix again.

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Use the paint mixture to draw a snowman (use lots as this will give you a better effect). Using a bigger brush is easier as a smaller brush left marks on the snowman.

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Cut out a hat shape from the black card and a carrot nose from the orange card. For the eyes  and buttons you could use buttons or cut out the shapes in the card. Alternatively we used little sequins to add some extra colour.

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We added a few more blobs for snowballs.

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Wait to dry and hey presto!!

Have a feel and let us know what you think!

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