Friday, 24 May 2013

Mr and Mrs

Don't get too excited by the title. I might have reported recently on Facebook recently that George has his first girlfriend (aww!) but we don't expect any big announcements anytime, what with him being five years old.
Mrs and Mrs is of course the name of our most popular wedding bunting. Ignoring the weather for the moment it is indeed wedding season with customers already starting to tie the knot (well it is nearly June!). 

This bunting has been a favourite amongst many for its somewhat vintage and cottage-like look which also works well in a modern space. We've had reports of it being hung behind the top table at the wedding reception, in the new couple's home, at hen parties, being given as a gift and more. 

At just £16.95 this beautiful green rosebud material with contrasting white spots boasts letters which stand approximately 13cm high. Have a good look at this and the many other items available on our dedicated weddings page. We love helping customers with the little touches that make their day extra special.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Fun and Fruity Non-Alcoholic Cocktails

I am an optimist and as such am convinced that although spring was very late and has been a very mild one to say the least that summer is just around the corner and will be a zinger this year. There will be blue clouds, grass dry enough for you to sit on without the risk of sinking into mud and sun warm enough to allow us to take off our four layers of clothing and wear summer garb.
It will happen, I am determined!

When it does we plan on christening our new-ish garden with a barbecue. Every barbecue needs a good beverage however as I will be in charge of the tongs, numerous animals and George I've been researching some fruity non-alcoholic cocktails that George and I can make together. Here are our two favourites which we've doctored to suit our own needs.

IMPORTANT: No cocktail is complete without an umbrella and a twisty straw.

The Banana Margarita

For this recipe you will need:

3 peeled bananas,
Ice cubes

A freshly squeezed lime
Sugar to taste (we add it to taste until we are happy depending on how much of a sugar high is required)
450ml fresh milk

This recipe couldn't be easier as it is a chop and whizz-up job. Our smoothie whizzer doesn't really like ice cubes so we add these at the end however if you have a fancy machine I would blend it all together. The lime and banana works really well together surprisingly.
This is a drink for enjoying straight away as it needs to be enjoyed icy cold and is not as yummy if left.

Tropical Cooler

Fresh pineapple (cut into chunks)
1 tablespoon of honey
Coconut milk
flaked coconut or almond essence.
Ice cubes

This is another chop and blend cocktail which is absolutely delicious. I've deliberately not given you amount for the pineapple and coconut milk as this is very much a trial and error recipe according to your own tastes. I would suggest whizzing the pineapple and other ingredients first and then adding the coconut milk gradually until you have the volume and taste that you want.

These are tried, tested and delicious.
Do you have any fresh fruity non-alcoholic cocktail recipes to share?

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Kissing Boys and Girls Makes Your Teeth Fall Out

Did you ever get told that when you were younger? I always thought these saying were daft until I had George and now this one is right up there with "If you don't eat your crusts your hair will go curly" and "If the wind changes you'll stay like that!". Oh how things change.....

I love the age that G is at right now and I have no doubt that he will soon be robbing me (*cough* the tooth fairy) blind very soon. As hilarious as a child with his or two top teeth missing is, or as cute as that little lisp is while we wait for new teeth to emerge no-one should forget the importance of the tooth fairy ceremony and of course the rules.

1) The tooth fairy doesn't work weekends (this covers you if you don't have any change and really want to have a PJ weekend).
2) The tooth fairy's current rates are £1 per tooth, no negotiations are permitted.
3) The tooth fairy will not swap teeth for coins if the child losing the tooth has been naughty.
4) The tooth fairy will not swap teeth for coins if the bedroom is such a mess that she can't get to it.
5) Teeth swallowed will not be collected by the tooth fairy so there is no need for parents to go looking for them when they reappear. A letter of explanation in cases like these will suffice.
6) The tooth fairy is a classy broad and does not accept scrubby envelopes with teeth in. Parents who don't want her to "have words" about them to the Easter Bunny and Santa will leave the teeth in a suitable place as per the importance of the ceremony dictates.

Fortunately we do have some fabulous tooth cushions that Nanny Plum, err I mean Mrs Rabbit from Peppa Pig, err I mean the Tooth Fairy will no doubt approve of.

These brilliant 10cm x 10cm cushions which are personalised are bound to do the trick.

I have to ask (I'm taking notes for future reference), what rules, regs and traditions do you have regarding lost teeth?