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Baby Not Included takes a much needed break – St Jean De Monts

Baby Not Included takes a much needed break to St Jean De Monts

Although we’ve been back a couple of weeks, I’ve yet to show you the lovely pictures from our much needed family holiday.

We went to St Jean De Monts in France and had a fantastic two weeks of sun, sea and family fun. Our journey started at Plymouth which is just down the road from us to Roscoff and then a five hour journey in the car. We took all our own advice on Travelling with Children and off we went.



This was the gorgeous house that we stayed in. It was in the perfect location with everything from the beach, restaurants and bars all a stones throw away. It was quite an anomaly in the area as most houses were all on one level so we got quite used to being stared at from passersby having a nose.

We’re quite a foody family and the restaurants were amazing and very child friendly even in the evenings. We tried all sorts from Moules and frites, Galettes (savoury pancakes) and Daddy tried Carpaccio of beef which he’d been eying up for days. I was a bit hesitant with the Galettes, but if you get a chance to have these then we highly recommend them. We were near a fantastic market which was open every day until lunch time selling everything (food wise) from fresh fish, meat, cheeses, fruit and an array of breads and pastries. The children got a bit used to the ice cream which came in every flavour imaginable.

Our favourite place

We visited some lovely places, but our favourite was the beach where we spent a lot of our days. The sand was gorgeous and the water was inviting and warm.



It’s a shame that we had to come back home, but we will see that sunset again. Maybe even next year!

Lisa x

Baby Comp Weekly 03.07.12

Another week and another addition of the Baby Comp Weekly. Here’s what’s up for grabs this week.

I would love this one, but enter if you want! A Family Pass to Lollibop Festival from Mum Friendly.

Win a Photobook to keep a record of all those precious moments from Mellow Mummy.

If your troubled by spots then have a look at this range of Hottie Tottie is Never Spotty from Dragons and Fairydust.

As always, feel free to add your own blog competitions (remembering that this is a child friendly site) and Good Luck x

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Christmas Countdown – 44 days to go! – Christmas Cookies

44 Days to go until Christmas

Christmas Cookies

I’ve been thinking of some things that we can make and give as gifts to family and friends at Christmas. So here’s our Christmas Cookie recipe.

250g Butter cut into pieces

375g Plain flour

140g Icing Sugar

1 Egg yolk

1tsp Vanilla extract

For the decorations you can use Icing with sprinkles, silver/gold balls and thin ribbon if you’re going to hang them.

1 – In a bowl sieve the icing sugar and add the egg yolk, vanilla extract and butter and with a bit of elbow grease mix until combined (or cheat and use a food mixer).

2 – Add the flour and mix to form a dough.

3 – Wrap in clingfilm and put in the fridge for about half an hour.

4 – Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and lightly flour the surface on which you are going to roll the dough.

5 – Roll the dough so that it’s about just under 1cm thickness and cut with Christmassy cutters such as stars and trees.

6 – Grease a baking tray or use greaseproof paper and once cut put the shapes onto the tray and using a skewer cut holes in top of the biscuits for the ribbon to go.

7 – Cook for about 10 – 12 minutes or until golden.

8 – Put on a wire rack to cool and then have fun decorating them!

9 – Thread the ribbon once finished.

These can be hung on the tree or you could wrap them in cellophane with a ribbon tied around to make a thoughtful gift.

Christmas Countdown – 49 Days to Go!

49 Days until Christmas!

One of my most vivid memories of Christmas past is watching all the Christmas films or Christmas drama specials. What’s your favorite Christmas film? My most favorite Christmas film ever is Santa Claus the Movie. I love this film and watch it every single year without fail. This got me thinking to all the films that I watch when it’s freezing outside with the log fire burning (well central heating turned up) and a mug of hot chocolate.

The Snowman – I remember watching this at school when I was much younger and a boy in the class cried hysterically at the end which made us all laugh (fond memories).

Miracle on 34th Street – A very get-me-in-the-Christmas-mood film.

Home Alone – Ah come on. You haven’t lived if you haven’t watched this film.

A Christmas Carol – We saw this in 3D in the cinema and it was fab

Scrooged – Whilst not a kids film, this is a must to watch and is on TV most years.

Jack Frost – Aww this is a sad film, but a must have watch.

So here’s my list of Christmas films which if you haven’t seen you should!

Christmas Countdown – 53 Days to Go!

Christmas Countdown – 53 Days Until Christmas


With the darker nights pulling in and the weather a bit dreary, here’s a list of ideas for Autumn/Winter Fun.

Museums – Our local museum has events aimed at children which can be anything from storytelling to crafting. Check out this website for your local museum.

Christmas/Farmers Markets – In the lead up to Christmas there’s loads of these dotted around the country. They’re great for sampling both local and foreign cuisines, have a great atmosphere and you can quite often find unusual or quirky gifts. Have a look at the listings in your local newspapers for upcoming markets.

Woodland Walks – There’s nothing nicer than having stuffed your face with a Sunday roast and then heading out into the crisp cold air for a walk through the crunchy leaves. Being in Devon we have some fantastic places to go. For walks in your local area visit the Woodland Trust.

Have a Computer Games Day. If you have either a Wii, Xbox or playstation, get a family action game such as Dancing or something that you have to jump about and generally look silly doing. They’re great fun and are for most ages so all the family can join in.

Board Games – We love board games. Monopoly is my son’s favorite and my partners worst nightmare. When it’s cold and wet outside this is perfect. We each pick a game of choice and work our way through. My favorite is Uno and traditional snakes and ladders. Keep a score sheet to make it a bit more interesting.

Baking – Always keep the essential baking materials in your cupboards for unexpected rainy or boring days. It’s fun and you get a cake or biscuit to go with your cuppa at the end of it.

Christmas Lights Switch on – This signifies the start of the Christmas feeling for me. Seeing the local lights being switched on and all the shops lit up ready for Christmas looks lovely. Check out your local paper to see when the lights are coming on (any day now generally).

Christmas Countdown – 57 Days to Go!

57 Days to go until Christmas!

Here are my Top Two Cashback Shopping Sites.

Quidco – Become a member of Quidco and save loads of money on everything from every day items to gifts and luxuries. All you have to do is go to the Quidco website and search for the item that you’re looking for and pick from the different retailers to make your purchase. The level of cashback that you recieve differs per retailer, but it’s money back for something you were going to buy anyway. The list of retailers include Ebay, Tesco, Boots, Argos, Apple, Debenhams, Mothercare, Clarks, Early Learning Centre……I could go on, the list is so long.

In addition to online shopping, they also have printable vouchers which you can use in store in many High Street shops.

And in addition to this, they also have restaurant vouchers for places such as Pizza Express, Ask, Bella Italia, Cafe Rouge and many many more.

So whatever you’re looking for it’s always worth having a look to see how much cashback you could recieve before making your purchase.

The other cashback site we like to use is Kidstart.

This works pretty much the same as Quidco in that you get cashback from purchases when buying via the Kidstart website. The only difference is that the cashback that you earn is paid into your child’s/children’s Trust Fund Account. The cashback applies to online shopping, in-store and for days out and restaurants. Even better, is that you can get grandparents, family and friends to register and add funds into your Kiddyback to be transferred into a child’s Trust Fund or savings account. If you don’t have children you can transfer the money to a local school or a selection of Children’s charities.

Happy Shopping!!


Christmas Countdown – 58 Days to Go!

Christmas Countdown – 58 Days Until Christmas!

Christmas Cards

We all love to send Christmas cards and heaven forbid that you miss Mrs So and So off the list. Don’t forget to add a list of all the family and friends that you want to send them to. A little tip is to always keep a spare box of cards in your work desk drawer. That way, if you miss someone, which is inevitable if you work in a big company you can just quickly write one and shove it in the internal post!

Since my son was little we’ve always handmade Christmas cards for close friends and family. It means so much more when people know how much thought has been put into it.

Handmade cards can be as simple or as complicated as you want them to be.  My Christmas card making kit for kids is:

  • Pre-folded cards and envelopes
  • Glitter, lots of
  • Glue
  • Tissue Paper
  • Paint
  • Felt tips pens or crayons
  • There are loads of pre-cut Christmas card embelishments and stickers that you can buy
  • Leaves
  • Crepe paper
  • Foil
  • Scraps of material
  • Cut outs from the years before Christmas cards
  • Boggly eyes

Make sure that you cover the table with newspaper and just let them loose!

Christmas Countdown – 59 Days to Go!

59 Days Til Christmas!

So following on from my Christmas Book tip yesterday it got me thinking about the things that I do for the Christmas festivities. So this post is dedicated to wrapping.

There’s nothing nicer than recieving a beautifully wrapped gift, and I do like to make an effort when it comes to wrapping. I like nice paper, ribbons and bows. Having said that, I loathe to spend a lot when it gets ripped off in seconds of handing it over. So here’s a list of things that can be used for wrapping as well as some alternatives to the traditional.

Gift Bags – Look pretty and can be re-used.

Tissue Paper – Layer different coloured tissue paper and wrap as normal. Dependent on shape of present can be scrunched and fastened with ribbon (ideal for wine bottles).

Gift Boxes – Again, like gift bags can be re-used over and over.

Cellophane – Can be used and tied with ribbon, string or raffia (noting the obvious that the present will be visible)

Material – Using pretty material tied with ribbon can look fantastic and can also be re-used (voile in particular looks gorgeous tied with ribbon).

Children’s Artwork – Either use existing pictures or get your children to draw patterns or a picture and use as wrapping paper. Granny would love it.

Brown Paper – This can be used on its own tied with ribbon, string or raffia or can be decorated such as sponge painting, glitter or drawn on.

Please feel free to add any of your own ideas in the comments section.