Valentines Card Craft

Valentines Card Craft

Valentines Day Card CraftAny excuse to do arts and crafts in our house, and with Valentines Day just around the corner we’ve been busy making Valentines Cards.

Valentines Card Craft
What you will need: 

Either pre-bought cards or white card folded in half
Scissors
Glue
Coloured tissue paper

Depending on the size of your card, cut a large heart shape to fit.

Cut up the tissue paper into small squares. We used pale pink, bright pink and purple.

Screw up the pieces of tissue paper and glue onto the heart shape.


Keep going until you’ve covered the whole heart.

Glue the heart into place on the card and voila!

Valentines Day Card Craft
All you need to do now is decide who you’re going to send it to.

Lisa x

www.babynotincluded.co.uk – Funky Clothing from Newborn to Toddler

From a Mother to Another!

From a Mother to Another

From a Mother to Another (#MotherToAnother)

How many clothes have your kids got?

How many of those are packed away longing to be worn by another little boy or girl?

From a Mother to Another is a great way to make a fellow Mummy or Daddy smile in the knowledge that their child is wearing warm, fitting clothes at no expense to you.

In fact JoJo Maman Bebe will exchange your pre-loved clothes for £5 to spend across their 72 stores.

JoJo will be collecting good quality outgrown or unwanted baby and children’s clothes in, sizes 0-6 years, at their 72 stores across the UK and Ireland (Click here for a full list). Ideally these will be made up outfits in clear plastic bags (large freezer bags will suffice) with the age clearly marked.

Did you know that nearly a third of the UK’s clothing ends up in landfill (shocking), equating to 350,000 tonnes a year. By extending the life of clothes by just three months of active use, carbon and water waste could be reduced by up to 5-10% a year. Sending good quality, little worn hand-me-downs to those in need could mean they are worn by many more children.

The emergency clothing packs will be distributed by some of the Trussell Trust’s 420 Foodbanks across the UK and by a number of partner charities on the ground in Lebanon. Helen Frank’s from Trussell Trust explains why she jumped at the chance to get involved;  “I am delighted Trussell Trust Foodbanks will be participating in the From A Mother To Another campaign with JoJo, it is a natural fit to The Trussell Trust’s ‘More Than Food’ approach, which offers additional services to help alleviate poverty in the UK. Over a third of three day emergency food supplies provided by Trussell Trust foodbanks go to children in crisis. From a Mother to Another is a perfect way for one mum to bring a little light and a lot of comfort to another.”

From a Mother to AnotherLaura Tenison, founder & CEO of JoJo, visited refugee camps in the Bekaa Valley on the Lebanese Syrian border late last year and as a result JoJo launched an urgent appeal to collect winter shoes and boots for the children living in tents, now under snow.

Laura explained what she found when visiting the camps; “The situation is dire and the millions of women and children living in makeshift tents are in urgent need of emergency humanitarian aid to help until it is safe to travel home – just a few miles across the border. They left Syria with whatever they could carry. Their children have outgrown their clothes long ago and are often in rags. The gift of a FAMTA pack brings tears of gratitude. Children are dying from the cold, we just had to help.”

So this is how you can help:

  • Pick out some of your little ones pre-worn clothes (of good quality) to make up a complete outfit making sure that the whole outfit is of the same size.
  • Blow a kiss on them.
  • Put in clear plastic bags (we used large freezer bags).
  • Clearly mark the sizing, gender and season on the outside.
  • Pop into your local JoJo Maman Bebe (for your nearest click here).
  • Receive your £5 to spend at JoJo Maman Bebe and relish in the fact that your donation will make another Mummy very happy

Donations can be dropped off between 2nd February – 5th March 2016 and then all outfits will be packaged up and sent off to their new little people in time for Mother’s Day.

Keep up to date with how the campaign is going by following @jojomamanbebe or using the hashtag #MotherToAnother.

Here are ours:

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Show us yours either in the comments or link up on our Facebook Page or Twitter making sure that you use the hashtag #MotherToAnother

From a Mother To AnotherLisa x

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

 

 

 

Lamaze Tilly Twinklewings

Our New Range from Lamaze – We’re huge fans of Lamaze, and to be fair your hard pushed to find a tot that doesn’t have at least one Lamaze toy of some sort.

We attended Baby Sensory Classes when our daughter was only five months old and gained insight into the importance of all senses when babies develop from sound, texture and colour.

All Lamaze Toys have multiple features with crinkles, bells, ribbons, contrast colours, squeaks, teething aids and more.

We have added some new Lamaze friends to our range and most are suitable from birth so make an excellent choice for a Newborn Gift.

Lamaze Tilly Twinklewings

Lamaze Tilly Twinklewings. Suitable from birth – £12.99

Tilly has got to be my favourite at the moment. As well as being lovely and pink and soft she has the following features:

  • A colourful mane and tail
  • Clip Clop Hooves
  • Crinkly Shiny Wings
  • Suitable from Birth
  • Lamaze Loop for hanging

To  get your own Tilly or see what else we have you can view the full range of Lamaze Toys by clicking here. 

Lisa

www.babynotincluded.co.uk 

 

 

Friends of Exeter Children’s Library Newsletter

This year we’re hoping to pop up in person in and around the Exeter area more. We really enjoyed our recent Christmas Fairs and Markets where we had our first encounter of Poco Drom.  Here are a few pics from the day.

As well as the Friends Festive Family Fair in December run by the Friends of Exeter Children’s Library, the library has loads to offer for parents and their children. I thought I’d share their most recent Newsletter as I know a lot of Exeter Mums and Dads follow us. So here it is:

Friends of Exeter Library

*NEW* ExploraTale

Fridays (Term-time only) Starting 15th January
10:00 – 11:15

Carousel sessions offer early year’s children and their families a sensory experience, exploring colour, movement, texture and sound. ExploraTale will transform your experience of the library by taking you on an imaginative journey through books.
Suitable for Young Children

Free Event – Suggested donation £1 towards materials.

Please book with The Carousel Project

Bounce and Rhyme  Session 1
10:15 – 10:45

Bounce and Rhyme – Session 2
11:00 – 11:30

Every Tuesday for Free

Sunday Session – Every other Sunday Starting Jan10th

14:00 – 14:30

Share songs and rhymes at this super, fun event for babies, toddlers, mums, dads, grandparents and carers.

Little Rhyme Time

Every Wednesday For Free

10:15 – 10:45

Songs, rhymes, musical instruments and more! Interactive and fun session for babies and children. This event is run in term time only.

Suitable for Parents with children aged 0-5 Year’s old.

This group is run by Flying Start Children’s Centre. Please contact them on
01392 434221 to book a place

Early Years Storytime

Every Friday For Free

14:00 – 14:30

Storytime for families with younger children, aged Under 5 years (with carers please)

That’s plenty to keep you busy with your little one’s. The library are also collecting Ella’s Kitchen pouches which will be recycled and each pouch give the Friends of Exeter Children’s Library 2p so bring them along.

Friends of Exeter Childrens library

Share with all your Exeter based Mummy’s and Daddy’s and we’ll see you again at any upcoming events.

Lisa

www.babynotincluded.co.uk 

 

Innovative Practical Baby Stuff from Koo-di

Innovative Practical Baby Stuff from Koo-di.

During pregnancy and beyond as parents we’re bombarded with ‘must have buys’.

Koo-di’s range of Baby Products are both practical and stylish and invaluable to parents from the range of Baby Choos Teether Bib to the Bath Thermometer.

Baby Choos Teether Bib available in Pink Spot and Blue Stars. Super absorbent Baby Bib with silicone teether. Fully reversible and adjustable in size. Only £7.99.

Creeper Crawlers Grip Suit

Creeper Crawlers Grip Suits – Available in Cream, Blue and Pink and totally awesome for crawling/shuffling/rolling and dragging babies, particularly if you have laminate or wood flooring. £18.99 and available in sizes ranging from 6 months – 24 months.

Koo-di Bath Tap Protector

Koo-di Bath Tap Protector – Protect your baby or toddler from scalding themselves with this squishy bath tap protector which will fit most single and mixer taps. The colour changes to indicate the heat and it also protects from bumps and bangs.

Koo-di Bath Thermometer – Pop this in the water and it indicates if the water is too hot if the word ‘hot’ appears.

Keep your bathroom tidy with the Bath Toy Caddie from Koo-di. Just scoop them up, the water drains out of the bottom and the caddie can be attached to the tiles with handy suckers.

Koo-di Squirty Bath Mat – A fun bath mat which fits to the bath with suckers with built in heat sensor spots. Press the spots for squirty fun to make bath time even more fun.

Koo-di Parent Kneeling Bath Mat

And last but not least. Koo-di Parent Kneeling Bath Mat – Ohh this is a godsend with nappy changing, playing and bathing takes a toll on knees. This soft non-slip mat makes bath time more comfortable for Mummy or Daddy!

All available at www.babynotincluded.co.uk 

 

Keep the bathroom tidy

365 Day Penny Challenge

I’ve just found a post on the 365 Day Penny Challenge where each day you add a penny plus one. So it would go like this:

1st January = 1p
2nd January = 2p
3rd January = 3p
4th January = 4p
5th January = 5p

I think you get the gist. So each day you add a penny plus one so on the 31st December you would add £3.65 to the pot.

This would amount to a whopping £667.95 just by adding to it each day.

I think I’m going to have a go at this. We need to catch up a bit so we need to put away 21p to catch up as we’re now on day 6.

Whose with me?

#365daypennychallenge

We’ll link it up to our twitter account which you can follow at @babynotincluded with the hashtag #365daypennychallenge so you can count with us.

What a great way to save up for Christmas, Birthday or to put towards a holiday.

Lisa x

www.babynotincluded.co.uk – Funky Baby Clothes 

New Year Sale 2016

New Year Sale 2016

So I’ve been a little bit slow on the concept of a January Sale, but unlike many retailers our January Sale is in fact taking place in January ha ha.

We had a lovely Christmas with THREE Christmas’ with family and then a day of rest or so we thought. Like, possibly the rest of the entire world we spent the Monday rearranging the house to fit in the abundance of gifts that our Children had received and sorting out things that they don’t use or play with any more.

We aren’t really sorted in that respect as yet (we haven’t even taken the tree down yet) but we do mentally know what we will be donating to Jelly, our local Children’s Charity Shop.

Back to some sort of normality today with the restarting of School/Work/College which is nice as we all know where we have to be and what day it is!

So as you can see from the images in this post we have 16% Off Everything on site which include items already in the sale page for the whole of January.

So to celebrate the New Year have a look at what we have. Stock up for those impending births, birthday’s, christenings or just to treat the little ones.

New year sale at www.babynotincluded.co.uk

Here’s wishing us all a Healthy and Happy 2016 and beyond.

Lisa x

www.babynotincluded.co.uk 

My Secret Santa

Everyone loves a Secret Santa right?

Well I thought I did until I was given the task of buying two secret santa presents and it sent me into a panic about making sure I bought a cool/funny/appropriate present, one for somebody that I do know and the other for a fellow blogger who I’ve never met.

I’d like the blog to be more than just a portal of showing off my new products on site (www.babynotincluded.co.uk if you’re interested) , but something a little bit more interesting to read and with my rabble I’ve got more than enough stories to share. So when Beth from Life as a Mum blog started a Blogger Secret Santa I jumped on board.

So in preparation I did a bit of blog stalking of my Secret Santa and really loved her blog and writing style. I was very impressed with her ability to create such an amazing income from her blog and that’s as much information I’m going to give with it being a “Secret Santa”.

And on the other side of the Secret Santa is the present that I received.

I’m quite used to receiving things in the post, but when the post arrived that day I just knew that this was my Secret Santa present.

This is what I found inside.

Secret Santa with www.babynotincludedblog.co.ukI was a bit unsure whether or not I should open the present and it turned out that I had a choice, so I decided to wait until the Big Day before opening my gift. I did, however, recognise the print from Paperchase so was a tad excited as I have a bit of a stationary habit.

Isabelle was NOT happy at the site of a gift that not only was she not allowed to open, but one that wasn’t for her!

It was very nice to hear that the person I bought for liked her gift as I ummed and ahhhed about it to the point of over thinking.

So what did I get?

IMG_1165I got a writing set with a matching pen and mug which feeds my stationary habit and of course I am a big tea drinker so I can settle on down and drink tea and write.

A Big Thank you to Beth for organising and a huge Thank You to the person who sent me my present.

Hope you had a lovely Christmas and a Great New Year x

Thank

Happy New Year from www.babynotincluded.co.uk

Happy New Year from www.babynotincluded.co.uk

Happy New Year from www.babynotincluded.co.uk

We’re looking forward to 2016 and all that comes with it. I don’t like to make New Years Resolutions as I’m not that great at keeping them. If I deny myself something, that will be the ONLY thing that I want and my rebellious side kicks in and thats that!

We’re hoping to get out and about and into the community more this year in and around the Exeter area so you may see us about. We’ll keep you up to date with our whereabouts.

For all of you non-Exeter guys, our online shop is of course there for the browsing and shopping 24/7.

Make a wish x

Lisa – www.babynotincluded.co.uk

Happy Christmas from www.babynotincluded.co.uk

Happy Christmas from www.babynotincluded.co.uk

We’re home this year for the first time in ages.

How do you start your day on Christmas Day?

I normally lay awake any time from around 4.30am waiting to hear stirring from the kids rooms. I leave it until about 5.30 when I make my way noisily to the bathroom in the hope that Isabelle hears me in which case the whole house will then be awake.

It works a treat and then I pop down to put the coffee on so that grumpy daddy can be persuaded to get out of bed. Likewise with the teenager (replacing coffee with chocolate).

Present time is amazing fun not least because the dog goes absolutely bonkers for the wrapping paper and has great fun collecting it and taking it to his special corner. Great for us as it’s all in one place to clear away, even if it is a little bit shredded.

Normally we go to family after breakfast so this year will be very different adding cooking into the mix. Daddy is a whiz in the kitchen and my table laying skills are ace so dinner should be nice.

Having a dog now I think we’ll have to have a post Christmas dinner walk and then Isabelle is hoping to watch Stickman.

Whatever you do have a cracking day x

Happy Christmas from www.babynotincluded.co.uk