Thursday, 30 April 2009

Do you have Nicknames for your children?

As a mother and being a friend of others that have children also, I find that we have certain nicknames for our children. Do you have a cute nickname that you call your child all the time? What is it, and why did you start calling them by their nicknames?

Our daughter Mya is now 5 and I always called her from birth Mya Moo, i still do now but i dont think she likes it to much when i say at school infront of her friends! i just forget as its such a habit now. Mya Moo just rhymed and has stuck ever since. Im not quite sure why i called her this but I just love it.
Oscar our son is 2, Oscar just doesnt really rhyme with much maybe thats why we just call him Oscar, Osky or osc and Oscar is the nickname for the Academy Awards, the most prestigious film award in America!

Do you have a child and a funny or cute nickname that has just stuck no matter what there age? comment on our blog i would love to read your storeys!!

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Remember not long till our new and exciting site is ready for you to see with an endless list of gifts for any type of occasion and lots handmade just to make it that little bit special x

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Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Labour! what a thought

It doesnt seem that long ago that i was in labour with both of my children Mya now 5 & Oscar 2, i dont think its something that you ever forget is it!?. My friend Esther went into labour early this morning so were hoping for some news later today that her new little girl has arrived so its a very exciting day! and lots of pink clothes to buy!

I cannot even think about going through labour again, both of my labours were quite good if you can say that! both within 5 hours but i did have pain relief!! I used the TENS machine but that did nothing for me at all then I went on to have gas and air and then the Epidural. I dont think i was even asked if i wanted Diamorphine, Pethidine or Meptazinol so i must have been causing some trouble for that Epidural!

Advantages & Disadvantages of Epidurals

An epidural gives much more complete relief from discomfort in labour than any current alternative.

Normally epidural analgesia is straightforward and very effective, with little risk of harmful effects.

Epidurals may cause low blood pressure and a drip is routinely set up before they are commenced. These methods may not always work in a satisfactory way. In this case it may be possible to switch from the mobile epidural dose to a standard epidural, but it may be necessary to reposition the epidural.

You have such a choice nowadays with pain releif i expect its hard to know what to do? so many questions to ask. I wanted to do it all without using anything but i just couldnt, i was a wimp!

I love my children they are the best thing that has ever happened to me and of course getting married in Spain to James now my husband! we have been together for 15 years now and i love him so much more each and ever day. I think having 2 children completes your family so much more and we have been very lucky to have a Beautiful Girl & a Handsome prince so I dont think we will have anymore!. Not only that you have to think about so many other things like: do you want them to share a room? a bigger car? can you afford it? but if you really want one go for it! if we did have the money i have always said i would like 4 children!

Well esther if you get to read this, good luck from us all and let us know when she arrives!

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Tuesday, 28 April 2009

This months Favourite gift!















This months best seller at unique gifts 4 kids is our personalised swimming towel. Not only does it come in a range of colours for both girls and boys but you can have your name sticthed onto it. Its a great swimming towel for when your children start swimming at school but it also looks great on the beach and your never going to loose or someone else uses yours!


Priced at only £14 pounds this is a very good buy and will WOW everyone in the changing rooms OR whenever you get this out!

EMAIL ME DIRECTLY TO RECIEVE A 10% DISCOUNT OFF THIS TOWEL

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Grab yourself a bargain while stocks last!!!!

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Monday, 27 April 2009

A productive day x

This morning i have had a very productive day. Not only have I been glossing my daughters room which i must say im getting in a bit of a mess but i got to have a coffee with my sister-in-law and see my cute nephew max. We had a well deserved chat and a catch up which was well needed dont you think jode!.

Its a real shame that in this day inage we have so called friends that dont want to see others do well in what ever they do or do they just want to see people argue and fall out for no reason for there own?? or are they just jealous?
Today was just about that and now i feel more clear in my mind that i dont want to listen to people like that and i want to help in the same kind of work im doing with others like Jodie and do things together as being a stay at home mum is important to both of us. We both want to do well with our businesses so i think nows the time to say to others watch this space were going to work so hard with helping each other out now that were do so well that then you may have something to talk about!

Jodie from illustrate my name is not only a good friend but family and our thoughts are the same, family first. We both have fantastic sites selling unique childrens gifts online and were both here to help not just you but each other ( sorry for this morning x). Jodie also does craft fairs so if you know of any coming up thats not too far from Oxfordshire then please give Jodie a shout she would love to attend or find out more!

Unique gifts 4 kids will also soon be attending with illustrate my name to the following craft fairs:

Pulse 2009 at London - Home & gift show June 2009 - Michaelmas Fair October 2009

If you know of anymore please let us know.

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Sunday night TV

Sunday night TV. Did you watch the repeat of Katie Price aka Jordon & Peter Andre?
We did, they are so funny we laughed so much. There visit to Toys r us made us laugh, one trip and a whole car full of toys!. I think our kids see that amount of toys through a whole year or more! So normal though which is nice to see and Katie just says whats she thinking - love it! I would just love to see there mansion in LA it looks amazing. How they live the dream!

Then after this we watched His mothers son - George (bestie) Best - Brilliant to watch was really good and worth watching if a repeat is to be shown. Very interesting to see the light on his mother rather than George's own addiction. It was a very strong interesting drama, but had quite harrowing at points. It was very sad to see how the family just had to put up with the press and public reaction, without the benefit of all the advice from advisers and agents we are used to seeing these nowadays. Im sure George Best's Autobiography would be a very good & interesting read. A legend on and off the pitch - RIP

This finished quite late, i couldnt sleep so decided to get on with some work with unique gifts 4 kids and was then up till 3am! very tired today but new site looking fab with all our extra products and products for lots more occasions so our online gift shop will a be a one stop shop as we have some fantastic bedding in single or double to! plus so much more.

At unique gifts 4 kids we bring to you affordable & luxury gifts at prices peple can afford and we dont want to take a huge huge profit from this thats why are prices are low. Remember when you have a found that perfect & special gift and it isnt from our site then please be sure to try and find it here as im sure we can do a much better price. We look forward to seeing you soon at unique gifts 4 kids lots of love Joanne x

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Family Picnic & Horse show in the lovely sun!

Today were having a family picnic out at a horse show to watch our cousin Scarlett with her horse pebbles. Search a lovely morning and nice to catch up with the famil yand the kids to have a play and watch some horse jumping and of course the ponies fancy dress which gets better every year. Mya & oscar are really excited about having a day out today!

The Tackley Horse & Pony Show 2009 is held in the Dairy Ground Field, Whitehill, Tackley, Nr Kidlington, Oxfordshire, OX5 3AB TODAY
starting at 9:00 AM
All Classes will be similar to last year
The Clear Round Jumping starts at 9.00 am and will cost £3.00 per round
Riders: Entry fee will be £5.00 prepaid and £6.00 on the day of the Show
Spectators only: Entry to the Showground will be £3.00 per car
There will be a Fancy Dress Competition with either horse, pony or dog as companion. Rosettes for all!Please be aware that when attending the Horse Show, all dogs must be kept on a lead unless participating inside the Fancy Dress ring

If you have nothing planned today this is great for all the family and doesnt cost much at all.

Hope you have a lovely day in the sun what ever you might be up to do

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Saturday, 25 April 2009

WOW new lines to unique gifts 4 kids!

WOW new lines to unique gifts 4 kids!

Adorable door stops! Childrens bedroom baskets! Personalised birthday Cards! Toy Boxes! Clothes! Handmade Stars! Party Supplies & party bags plus more handmade & personalised gifts

What more would you need! please visit us

And yes we have so much more coming we dont have enough room to add all our other souced products here so be sure to come back to see more. We will of course have a blog ready to let you know when this will be!

Tomorrow were off to a horse show as our cousin is riding, i think its important to support your family as we all need our family. Today we have a painting day with the kids so a messy day for us no tea at the coffee shop i think they have had enough of that its there weekend today. I love my family they are my number one x

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Friday, 24 April 2009

Do you have a fantastic creation?

Do you have a fantastic creation? want to show it off? why no contact unique gifts 4 kids where we will be happy to do just that!

We have a range of:

Unique Handmade personalised childrens keepsakes plus lots of unique & luxury childrens gifts at affordable prices not to mention our new range of party supplies!!!!!

Our site will be up and running in a matter of weeks with lots of new products to show case to you! if you would like to add your range of childrens handmade or personlaised gifts on a drop ship basis then please contact myself i would love to chat and add you to our online childrens gift shop!
Remember to check out our Aprils offers only a few more days to go and stock is running low!

See you again soon x

Thursday, 23 April 2009

No children today!

Today Mya is all school all day and Oscar is going to my mums. I now have a full day to work on unique gifts 4 kids, yipee!!!. I have such a busy day adding lots of new products to our site and editing all our images so that they are muh better to view! Our new site is going to be great and we can wait to show it off to everyone and also not forgetting to show off all our new and exciting product ranges like our fine art, castings and so much more.
If you have that special creation you want to show off or have a handmade gift then why not contact unique gifts 4 kids and were be happy to add your creation to our ever going online gift shop! please fell free to email me for any enquiries.

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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Camping YES or NO?!

Camping! never done it before with my children so decided what with the lovely weather here we should give it ago. Kids are already looking forward to it and we have so much planned its going to be such a laugh. Lucky for us our uncle has a field so we plan camp out there. We have access to toilets and now have invited nanny and shes well up for it plus lots of friends with there children! I just hope after all this planning the weather is going to be nice next weekend

Comment on my blog if you have any funny experiences camping with children or just anything that i shoud remember to take!

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Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Short & sweet

Short and sweet blog today - such a lovely morning i hope this weather stays for the weekend as we have a horse show to go to. A busy day today and i have Mya home as shes a poorly girl so lots of cuddles and trying to fit work around her to. Oscar has a morning at school so lots of attention for Mya and a fun morning for Oscar.

Today i see our database to our new looking website being adding so very excited and cant wait to show you all very soon! loads and loads of amazing gifts its a pleaseure that i have people approaching me to add there creations to our site now!

We hope today is a lovely day for you all, with love from unique gifts 4 kids

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Monday, 20 April 2009

Afternoon Tea at Blenheim Palace

Today we had afternoon tea at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. It was lovely and i would recommend this to any one we had an amazing time. My daughter Mya loved it and as she loves tea it was a highlite to have Tea and lots of cakes to!. We had afternoon tea for our aunties birthday with firends and family. The room was lovely with a fantastic setting of the gardens and the weather was just great lots of sunshine so we was able to have a walk around the secret gardens. This is a great day out for all the family and unique gifts 4 kids would recommend this to everyone at any age its a great day out. You must go and see!

This evening i have come back to lots of orders and so many more new products ranging from slogan tops for children, casting sets and some handmade white dotty keepsake boxes for girls and boys. Our new website is fantastic having all different types of gifts for any type of budget you have. Were not going to give you any more sneak previews as we now want it to be a surprise with what we have done and im sure you will be telling all your friends!

If you have that great creation you have made yourself and you want to show it off! contact us im sure we can help you.

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Sunday, 19 April 2009

Just a quick blog today!

Hopefully the sun will come out today. Today is a busy day again. Lots of orders this morning so on top of the world already! Our family is all meeting today for a lovely day at Blenhiem Palace in Oxford for a picnic for our aunties birthday with all the children. The kids are going to have so much fun as we have lots of games tp play and it will be an enjoyable day for the them to remember to tell there friends back at school tomorrow!

We all hope at unique gifts 4 kids that you have a lovely & relaxing day today to and remember if you are in search of that extra special gift then log onto unique gifts 4 kids for some amazing handmade creations. Remeber not only do we want to blog about our fantastic website we also want to keep you upto date on whats on, things to do and we do!

Saturday, 18 April 2009

What a fantastic day!



Morning everyone, had a fantastic day yesterday. Had a good swim with my kids and hubby then came home to start on my orders. I thought it would take till around september time until i had a good daily income of orders flowing in but its already started! so chuffed as working very hard and now people are finding me its great. Our best seller for April so far is our childrens towel in bright colours and personalised! at only £10 its a great buy and a great swimming towel for school. Your never loose this towel with your name stiched onto it!

Take a look at unique gifts 4 kids at our towels and more gifts for you to look at.
Our new site is nearly there and ready to upload with lots more gifts to choose from plus lots of gifts for us mummys and not forgetting daddy!

Friday, 17 April 2009

Another sneak preview!

Look at this beautiful bib! so adorable and so unique. This is another sneak preview of whats to come on the unique gifts 4 kids website! only a couple more weeks to go and you will see so much more adorable & affordable gifts. These bibs come in so many different designs i just love them. Unique gifts 4 kids has been so rewarding for me and the feed back i have had back so far has been amazing. I have only been going for a few weeks and what i have acheieved in finding products, building great relationships with people, having my new site on mums just love and having people follow my blog already!!!! is more than what some people do with there own website in 2.3 or 4 years. Im so pleased i took this venture. I will continue to make my website a success for mine and my families future and hopefully in the future i may be able to buy in my own stock, make some great creations or even have my own shop! who knows hey, look what i have acheieved already!


thank you again for visting us, please come back soon and we will keep you posted on how our new site is going x

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Thursday, 16 April 2009

COMING SOON to uniquegifts4kids




















Coming soon to unique gifts 4 kids is a new looking website with lots of new products! we have added a huge range of gifts for all occasions and will upload them very soon for you to start buying. We are please to stay that we will be featured on the mums just love website and not only we they show case our unique range of gifts they will also be show casing our charity range of products all in aid of Cystic Fibrosis. This will all appear on our new site with lots more news & press!! mums just love mission is to showcase the best the internet has to offer for mums and their little ones! the products and companies they feature are anything from your mainstream baby retailers and boutiques to more niche businesses run by mums themselves like myself! mumsjustlove was founded me helen deehan, together with a team of mums they bring you the best baby products. Everything promoted on mums just love is hand-picked by their editorial team and this means that they are hand picking the best online gift shops!

We look forward to seeing you back here soon and we will keep you updated with our new site and new products!

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Rain, Rain Go Away!

Parents when it's raining outside what are you suppose to do to entertain the kids? It's raining outside and your out of ideas of what to do. Well hopefully were cover some of the things you can do to entertain the little ones while it's raining today.

Have fun in the rain!
Most kids love or hate it when it's raining outside unless, they can go out and play in it. As much as kids dislike getting a shower or taking a bath, yes big surprise, kids love to go splashing around in the rain. So get some wellies, and a rain coat and go outside and have some fun!

Game time!
Another thing you can do is play games. With some kids games now I'm sure you'll have no problem finding a game that the kids will love. What ever you decide to play it's sure to pass the time until the rain stops (hopefully).

Places to go today!

Horrid Henry - Live and Horrid!
On stage for the first time, along with Mum, Dad, Perfect Peter, Moody Margaret, Rude Ralph and other favourite characters. £10.50 - £15.50 www.horridhenryonstage.co.uk 2 & 6.30pm * not 6pm as previously listed Oxford Playhouse , Beaumont Street. From 16th Feb 09 free tickets are available for under 26's for some performances. Apply in advance, for Tues or Wed evening or Sat matinee performances and selected shows at the BT. See website for details.; Tel. 305305; Fax: 793748.
My daughter Mya loves horrid henrey, what a fab day out and out of the rain!

Need to buy that special gift today? dont want to go out in the rain, well log on to uniquegifts4kids and have a look at our huge range of childrens gift that will suit any occasion!

Uniquegifts4kids coming soon is a whole new look to our website with a massive new range of clothes, toys, handmade gifts and more!
If you have an adorable creation you want to show off, please contact us and im sure we can help to add your products to our site - joanne@uniquegifts4kids.co.uk x

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

good morning x



Tuesday morning, Daddy has gone back to work and kids are missing him already! A busy day for us today, not only do i have 5 orders placed for uniquegifts4kids but were swimming this morning and have an arts & crafts day this afternoon!



Now for the all important things to do today on our childrens half term holiday:

Oxford Castle Market
A variety of stalls featuring arts and crafts, antiques, flowers, antiquarian books, food and much more. Accompanied by a selection of local musicians showcasing their talents on site.10am-4pmOxford Castle, New Road.

Baby Cafe Rose Hill The Oval
Friendly breastfeeding support drop-in for mums and mums-to-behttp://www.thebabycafe.org.uk/ / email: judy.comont@oxfordshire.gov.uk / Tel. 01865 71673912.30 - 14.30 free drop-inRose Hill & Littlemore Children's Centre

Have a birthday or christening coming up? looking for a special present? try uniquegifts4kids for that extra special gift with a not so expensive price tag and not something you will always pick up on the high street!

Just encase we dont get to see you tomorrow - Easter Seeds II
Sow some seeds and get gardening! Decorate your own pots and plant some seeds to take away and grow. Will you grow a plump pumpkin, or crunchy courgettes?1-4pm. Free with entry to GardenUniversity of Oxford Botanic Garden , Rose Lane, OX1 4AZ; Email: postmaster@obg.ox.ac.uk; Tel. 01865 286690.

See you again soon and next time were have some ideas for art & crafts at home x

Monday, 13 April 2009

Lots of chocolate for easter? some ideas of what to do with it!

What to do with those extra eggs your children might not get through - Not everyone will get Easter eggs at Easter. Encourage your children’s generosity and suggest that they share with friends and neighbours who don’t have any. Give spare chocolate eggs away to a friend whose family does ‘do’ Easter (check first that their parents won’t mind) or to an elderly neighbour.

Melt them - Why not having a baking day with the kids on Easter Monday, today!. Melt down some of the Easter eggs and use them as chocolate icing on biscuits.

Things to do today (easter monday) around Oxfordshire
Family Shadow Puppet Theatre Oxfringe Create exciting shadow puppet performances. All ages and abilities. Call or email to book place 10am-1pm. £10 per family or £5 per childFusion, East Oxford Community Centre, Princes St. ; Email: info@fusion-arts.org; Tel. 01865 245735.Indeed, as described, a selection of 60s performance art pieces delivered with deadpan panache to 70s disco classics by Albert

Tatty Bumpkin Oxford Children aged 2- 7 yrs Yoga stories, relaxation, music, educational development and fun!http://www.oxford.tattybumpkin.com/ / email: classes@oxford.tattybumpkin.com / Tel. 0845 6801519 / 07929 288964Witney Scout Hut

Ducklings Swimming Suitable for 18 month to 5 year olds. Children will continue to develop their water confidence and improve their movement in the water through a mix of play, songs and basic instruction.Tel. 01865 46712411am-12pm. From £2.80Temple Cowley Pools & Fitness Centre, Temple Road, OX42EZ

Oxford Castle Market A variety of stalls featuring arts and crafts, antiques, flowers, antiquarian books, food and much more. Accompanied by a selection of local musicians showcasing their talents on site.10am-4pmOxford Castle, New Road.

Paints, pots and Crafts 4 day event where you can purchase unique handycrafts. Restaurantemail: jaj240@talktalk.net / Tel. 0192631663910am to 4pm. Entrance freeThe National Herb Centre. Warmington. on B4100

Something for FREE - Spring Beginnings Make bluebells and hatching ducklings to take home with you. www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk/Harcourt/obg-harcourt-intro.html / email: postmaster@obg.ox.ac.uk / Tel. 01865 3435011 – 4 pm, free with entranceHarcourt Arboretum, Nuneham Courtenay; Email: postmaster@obg.ox.ac.uk; Tel. c/o 286690.

Another great blog from uniquegifts4kids, follow us here to see more blogs coming soon and soon to come is a great new re-vamp of our website with lots more adorable gifts, handmade and some beautiful wall prints for your childrens rooms. Thanks for reading and were see you here again soon x Unique, personalised, luxury & affordable gifts from uniquegifts4kids - giving you our customers what you want!

Sunday, 12 April 2009

HAPPY EASTER FROM UNIQUEGIFTS4KIDS

Yum yum easter morning, yummy lindt chocolates this morning from my hubby and would you beleive it a great all in one printer to help with my business uniquegifts4kids, very spoiled today and i love him! our children had a fab easter this morning not only did they get eggs but were spoiled by the whole family with DVDs, clothes & money. Easter has changed so much from when i was a child we just used to get lots of eggs and could get them to go round the room. We spoil our kids so much these days and its so easy to do. As a mummy going shopping for gifts you see so many other gifts now not much more than the cost of an egg and i just cant help but pick them up for family! Today were off for a family lunch which were all looking forward to and catching up.

Now time to bath the kids as lots of chocolate EVERYWHERE, looks abit like a chocolate factory in our house!!!

Something we have said to our children this morning - Collect up all the chocolate eggs except the one your children are going to eat there and then. Tell them that you intend to ration them to a limited amount per day or per week. Explain that a little bit of chocolate every day is more enjoyable than a one day ‘blow out’ and they will enjoy their chocolate eggs for longer.

Come back tomorrow for some ideas of what to do with all that chocolate !

uniquegifts4kids giving you lots of gifts to choose from our gift shop, news & ideas and also what we love best - things to do with our family and just a simple uniquegifts4kids blog for any reason to blog about!

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Happy Easter and were see you here again tomorrow x

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Easter is nearly here @ uniquegifts4kids.co.uk


But what does Easter mean to you and your family? For most, it is a time to get together and enjoy each other’s company. Other see it as an excuse to meet up with family and friends who you may not see that often! Why not try something a little different this year and go for a happy Easter greeting card online to mark this special occasion. An online Easter greeting card is an brilliant way to show someone how much you care this year, all whilst being extremely low cost and personal too. This will soon be a new and exciting added feature to uniquegifts4kids! If you feel that sending your loved ones a happy Easter greeting card online. The best part about choosing an online Easter greeting card this year for your family is that you are really only limited to your imagination when it come to your design. Unlike when you buy a card from a store, you wont be limited to just the design they have on the shelves. You can make your card look however you want. Obviously, the card you send your partner will be different from a design that you send your parent or guardian. But this is where the happy Easter greeting card online really excels. You can create a card for your partner, and then adapt the template to make it appropriate for your mum without having to redo the whole thing….saving your time and money. Make certain that you say all that you need to say. Some people may think that you have skimped a little by sending them an online Easter card for 2009, so make this up to them by having some great meaningful words inside your card that comes straight from the heart. There used to be a little section of a card store dedicated to Easter, now it seems like the whole freakin store has been taken over by it! A happy Easter greeting card online will only cost you a few pounds for the software and that’s it. Stay away from those thrifty stores that sell packs of Easter greeting cards as they are usually made out of very flimsy paper and everyone will be able to tell that you were going for the cheap option this year. An Easter card bought online may be cheap, but people will love that you have done something different.

Why not visit uniquegifts4kids for some extra special presents! SOON TO COME are more gifts from Precious Parcels handmade by Mummy Natalie and we will also be having this fab online card generater for to email those special people in your life x

Friday, 10 April 2009

Easter wouldnt be easter without hot cross buns!

Traditional Food for Easter
It is traditional to eat warm 'hot cross buns' on Good Friday. Hot Cross Buns with their combination of spicy, sweet and fruity flavours have long been an Easter tradition.
Why do we eat Hot Cross Buns ?
The pastry cross on top of the buns symbolises and reminds Christians of the cross that Jesus was killed on. The buns were traditionally eaten at breakfast time, hot from the oven. They were once sold by street vendors who sang a little song about them.

"Hot cross buns, Hot cross buns, One a penny, two a penny, Hot cross buns."

What is Good Friday?
On Good Friday, Christians remember the day when Jesus was crucified on a cross.
When is Good Friday?
Good Friday is the Friday before easter sunday (Easter Day). The date of Good Friday changes every year.

Hot cross buns recipe
Makes: 12 buns
Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus 2 hours rising Cooking time: 20 minutes
Ingredients5ml(1tsp) caster sugar300ml (½pt) warm milk15ml (1tbsp) dried active yeast450g (1lb) strong plain flour75g (3oz) Country Life English butter, diced50g (2oz) light brown sugar10ml (2 tsp) ground mixed spice 5ml (1tsp) ground cinnamon1 medium egg150g (5oz) luxury dried mixed fruit
100g (4oz) shortcrust pastry1 egg, beaten, to glaze
For the sugar glaze:50g (2oz) caster sugar30ml (2tbsp) water

Place the warm milk in a jug and stir in the caster sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the surface and leave to stand for 10 minutes until frothy. Place the flour in a bowl, rub in the butter and stir in the sugar and spices. Whisk the egg into the yeast mixture. Make a well in the centre of the flour, add the yeast mixture and mix to a soft dough.
Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 5 minutes until smooth and pliable. Place the dough in a bowl and cover with oiled cling film. Leave in a warm place for 1- 1¼ hours until doubled in size.
Mix in the dried mixed fruit, then knead on a lightly floured board for a further 5 minutes or until smooth. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces, knead each into a ball and place apart on a greased baking tray. Flatten them slightly, brush with egg wash, then roll out the pastry and cut into narrow strips. Use to make a cross on top of each bun. Cover with cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for 45-60 minutes until doubled in size.
Preheat the oven 200ÂșC, gas mark 6, bake for 18-20 minutes, until risen and golden. Place the sugar in a small pan with the water. Heat gently to dissolve the sugar, then boil rapidly for 2 minutes. Brush the hot syrup over the buns, then cool on a wire rack.
Delicious served toasted spread with butter.

What a better way to spend some time with your family making some buns ready for the morning! yum yum

Dont forget to visit uniquegifts4kids for some extra special gifts for any occasions for children of all ages. New gifts, clothes, toys & invites coming soon plus a whole new look to uniquegifts4kids!

Thursday, 9 April 2009

COMING SOON to uniquegifts4kids

Coming soon to Uniquegifts4kids by precious parcels a great range of handmade gifts for children plus gifts for mum & dad!
Our new and exciting range will be up to buy in a few weeks along side a new range of cards, party supplies, clothes & childrens wooden toys and extra handmade gifts from edenfield designs, Jonnys sister & patchwork daisy. We will give you a sneak preview very soon!






Sell your Unique,handmade & personalised gifts with Uniquegifts4kids!

Hi my name is Joanne, running a business from home so i can be at home as much as i can with my 2 special children - Mya 5 & Oscar 2. My website uniquegifts4kids has a huge and ever growing range of gifts from handmade, personalised, birthday & christening gifts. We set up about 6 weeks ago and orders are starting to come in with help of now being on page 3 of google,for some search words and soon to be page one but we know how hard that can be and lots of time. Im doing this myself so its a great achievement for me and also designed and set up my site to! We have handmade gifts from edenfield design and patchwork daisy just to name a couple. If you make your own gifts or just have some gifts in general and would like to add them to our site, please email me so we can discuss more - joanne@uniquegifts4kids.co.uk We take pride in having a whole wide range of gifts from Luxury & affordable and even our luxury gifts are affordable for all. We have a new range of party supplies, wooden toys and handmade cards coming soon but we would always like to have more to add to keep us nice and busy! Contact us soon if would be really good to hear from you and great to work with you and also show off your creations. If you dont want to add your bits please get in contact i would still love to see your work and then we can link up/follow Thanks for taking time out to read this, i know us busy mums and dads dont get much of a chance to search the net when we have our little ones running round and now its easter half term we want to spend as much time as we can with them x

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Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Places to go and some ideas of what to do with your children at easter time

Thank you for coming back for another day of useful places to go from uniquegifts4kids! What a beautiful day today, lots of out door play in the sunshine - time to get the bikes out!

Jonathans Jungle roadshow Something for all ages for children to visit: Jonathan’s Jungle Roadshow Science Oxford Live Meet Jonathan and his crew of insects, spiders and snakes! Booking is recommended http://www.scienceoxfordlive.com/ / email: info@scienceoxford.com or Tel. 01865 728953. Shows at 11am and 2pm. £3 or £5 + Discovery Zone Science Oxford , 1 - 5 London Place, St Clements, OX4 1BD. Open Mon - Sat 10am to 5pm; Email: events@scienceoxford.com; Tel. 01865 728953. - A great day out for the family, all children love insects!


Baby College - Summertown Fun parent & baby development classes. 3 age groups, 0-3 years. Gain an insight into your baby's development and have fun together. http://www.babycollege.co.uk/ Corner of Banbury & Portland Rds, Summertown, OX2 7EZ.

Something for FREE which we all love! a walk along the river finding a list of insects as you walk with your kids or how about a visit to cuttteslow park in oxford. A great place for the kids to play a very large park with a duck pond and also some birds to see. They also have a mini childrens crazy golf and a train ride which is open from April and open this easter sunday!

Next time @ uniquegifts4kids we will have some fun easter ideas! uniquegifts4kids giving you a range of childrens gifts, gift ideas and places to see and do with your children.

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Student Work in Design, Photography and Drawing: Dawn Pearson - A Whale's Tale of Cabo San Lucas

Student Work in Design, Photography and Drawing: Dawn Pearson - A Whale's Tale of Cabo San Lucas - Childrens book

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Childrens easter half term ideas and places to go!

Another day of useful places to go and see on the easter half term from uniquegifts4kids, things for mum, dad and children to enjoy!

Hopefully today we will have no rain, its my nephews birthday today so me, mya & oscar are hoping to have some fun time outdoors with him on his special day!

Oxford Castle Market
A variety of stalls featuring arts and crafts, antiques, flowers, antiquarian books, food and much more. Accompanied by a selection of local musicians showcasing their talents on site.
10am-4pm - Oxford Castle, New Road, Oxford

Tatty Bumpkin - Children Aged 2-7 Yrs book your class
Yoga stories, relaxation, music, educational development and fun!Tel. 0845 6801519 / 07929 288964 10am & 11am - Woodstock Social Hall

Junior Easter Golf Courses Andy Taylor Golf
Junior Golf Courses at Kirtlington Golf Club with Andy Taylor Golf
Tel. 0800 58724894 courses, 7th -17th April, £34 Kirtlington Golf Club

Why not pack up that picnic basket and head off to Blenheim Palace in Oxford for a lovely picnic!
After a lovely day there yesterday i hope we might be able to make a second day there today, fingers crossed on the weather!

Have some fun in the sun and were see soon for some more places to go and some tips of what to do on easter day!

uniquegifts4kids giving you a wide range of gifts and now soon to come over the next few weeks a huge range of toys, clothes, party invites and childrens thank you cards. We have a never ended list of products to get up so please bare with us while we work on our site, we hope to upload it all soon for you to see! sign up to our email discounts & news to keep upto date with what we do and receive extra discounts from our gifts!

bye for now - Joanne owner of uniquegifts4kids

Monday, 6 April 2009

Cystic Fibrosis Book

CF vs US: The story of a battle between a family and Cystic Fibrosis.

This book has been written by mum Karen Dohren, who has a daughter with Cystic Fibrosis. Karen spent seven years writing the book, which charts the whole family's experiences in dealing with the disease, and ultimately has a positive message.

The book costs £6.99 and if you purchase it directly from Karen the full proceeds will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust - The book can also be purchased from eBay or Amazon.

Thank you visiting uniquegifts4kids blog and supporting this well worthy charity. My daughter mya also has CF so this is something very close to my heart. Please purchase a book at only £6.99 a little always helps x

coming soon to uniquegifts4kids

Uniquegifts4kids are pleased to announce a range of party supplies to our gift shop! to come will be party invites, matching thank you cards, birthday cards aswell as personalised cards plus lots of party ideas and an adorable birthday buntings and party bag supplies - sign up to our email discounts to recieve more information for when we launch this to our site!

uniquegifts4kids - bringing you lots of gift ideas and a huge and ever updating range of products - luxury, unique, personalised & most of all affordable to everyone!

while we are currently updating our site please bare with us while we add more toys, clothes, cards & handmade gifts and lots more ideas for those unique parties and places to go at anytime of the year.
see you again very soon - joanne @ uniquegifts4kids
Get ready for easter sunday!

Egg painting for childrens of all ages! Note: For toddlers and younger children – hard boil the eggs first.Then you can fill a water spray bottle with poster paint and let toddlers spray it all over the eggs – the end effect will be brilliant!Alternatively, get older kids to use wax crayons to put a design onto the egg, then soak the eggs in water and food colouring. The colouring will dye everything on the egg, bar the designs made with the crayon.If you have teenagers who'd like an artistic challenge, start with a raw eggs. Make a pinprick at one end of the egg shell and a very slightly larger hole at the other end – have them blow slowly through the pinprick to get all the egg out. After this they can use a variety of techniques to paint the eggs, including sponging, or use a cotton bud, dipped in a variety of food colouring bottles to make a spotty design.Need something to do today:Tatty Bumpkin Oxford - Children aged 2- 7 yrsYoga stories, relaxation, music, educational development and fun! email: classes@oxford.tattybumpkin.com / Tel. 0845 6801519 - this is something i will be taking my kids along to today!Ducklings SwimmingSuitable for 18 month to 5 year olds. Children will continue to develop their water confidence and improve their movement in the water through a mix of play, songs and basic instruction.Tel. 01865 46712410.15am-11.15am. From £2.80Temple Cowley Pools & Fitness Centre, Temple Road, OX42EZGreat ideas from uniquegifts4kids, come back tomorrow for some more fun ideas for the childrens easter holidays and more places to go!Right i best be off for today, have a fun and active day with my children, no coffee mornings for 2 weeks now, these 2 weeks are all about the kids! lets take some time to have some quality time together and have fun, do they really want to be doing what you want to do with lots of time off?. Our children love fun time, lets all share it xunique personalised christening birthday unusual giftSome of our pictures you see are not posted to our site yet, we have a huge range of childrens bedding, cot bedding, cushions and handmade cards and party invites to come soon. We have unique range of gifts coming and we will be adding them up as soon as we can. If you would like to more or when, then please log on to our website and sign up for our email discounts and news and we will contact you!
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Unique, personalised, luxury & affordable childrens gifts: Get ready for easter sunday!

Unique, personalised, luxury & affordable childrens gifts: Get ready for easter sunday!

Get ready for easter sunday!

Egg painting for childrens of all ages!
Note: For toddlers and younger children – hard boil the eggs first.Then you can fill a water spray bottle with poster paint and let toddlers spray it all over the eggs – the end effect will be brilliant!
Alternatively, get older kids to use wax crayons to put a design onto the egg, then soak the eggs in water and food colouring. The colouring will dye everything on the egg, bar the designs made with the crayon.
If you have teenagers who'd like an artistic challenge, start with a raw eggs. Make a pinprick at one end of the egg shell and a very slightly larger hole at the other end – have them blow slowly through the pinprick to get all the egg out. After this they can use a variety of techniques to paint the eggs, including sponging, or use a cotton bud, dipped in a variety of food colouring bottles to make a spotty design.

Need something to do today:
Tatty Bumpkin Oxford - Children aged 2- 7 yrs
Yoga stories, relaxation, music, educational development and fun! email: classes@oxford.tattybumpkin.com / Tel. 0845 6801519 - this is something i will be taking my kids along to today!

Ducklings Swimming
Suitable for 18 month to 5 year olds. Children will continue to develop their water confidence and improve their movement in the water through a mix of play, songs and basic instruction.Tel. 01865 46712410.15am-11.15am. From £2.80Temple Cowley Pools & Fitness Centre, Temple Road, OX42EZ

Great ideas from uniquegifts4kids, come back tomorrow for some more fun ideas for the childrens easter holidays and more places to go!

Right i best be off for today, have a fun and active day with my children, no coffee mornings for 2 weeks now, these 2 weeks are all about the kids! lets take some time to have some quality time together and have fun, do they really want to be doing what you want to do with lots of time off?. Our children love fun time, lets all share it x


unique personalised christening birthday unusual gift

Some of our pictures you see are not posted to our site yet, we have a huge range of childrens bedding, cot bedding, cushions and handmade cards and party invites to come soon. We have unique range of gifts coming and we will be adding them up as soon as we can. If you would like to more or when, then please log on to our website and sign up for our email discounts and news and we will contact you!

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Out in the sun for some fun!

What a great way so spend some time out in the sun and have some fun with your children!

Street Party One For The Road Weekend!
Street performance and a special balloon event marking out the soon to be erected buildings. Food stalls, street entertainment, workshops and fun activities for the whole family are planned in a grand street party bringing the weekend and Pegasus to its transitory close2pm-5pm Pegasus Theatre , Magdalen Road; Email: boxoffice@pegasustheatre.org.uk; Tel. 722851; Fax: 204976.

Or why not go to the Mad Hatter's Musical Tea Party Oxford Philomusica
Music to include: A Musical Joke, The Waltzing Cat, Tea for Two!www.oxfordphil.com / email: alice@oxfordphil.com / Tel. 020 8450 10603pm, £7.50/£4.50/£15Oxford Town Hall, 109-113 St Aldate's.

At uniquegifts4kids not only do we want to offer a huge range of personalised, unique & luxury gifts we also want them to be affordable, visit us to see for yourself. We will try to blog as much as we can, we dont always want to bore you with the best gift around or whats new so by adding things we do like normal mums and dads with the children will be a good read!

See you back here tomorrow for somemore ideas of what to do for that day!

thanks for reading, Joanne @ uniquegifts4kids.co.uk

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Is it going to rain or is the sun coming out?!

Well the weather isnt what i thought it was going to be today, not sure if its going to rain or if the sun might pop out for a few hours?. Its always the way, kids have half term and the weather isnt good for anything. What to do with 2 children at home? lots of arts and crafts and messy time but sometimes its nice to get out with them! Heres just a few places you can try out in the oxford area for children:

Oxford City Sightseeing:Home to the oldest University in Britain, Oxford is an architectural marvel. See fantastic views of honey-coloured buildings, glimpses of the courtyards of its many Colleges. Visit the award winning Oxford Castle area Heritage area.

Unique Creations:Children will love painting pottery in our colourful relaxing & inspiring studio. Choose from our large and constantly changing range: from an egg cup to a dinner service! Parties.

Oxford Ice rink: A great day out with the children. Ice skating, disco skating, karting, don't slip up like me!

Jamboray: Indoor Play Area - for children aged between 0 and 10, whilst ensuring that the grown ups are not forgotten! A huge variety of activities are whilst adults can enjoy high quality catering, WIFI access.

Then when you get home and have some you time, how about looking for a special, handmade, personalised and different gift for that someone special - birthday, christening, easter or even a fathers day gift! take a look at our huge and ever growing range of gifts at uniquegifts4kids

We hope to see you soon x

Friday, 3 April 2009

Loving Annie's Travel Treasures: Las Ventanas

Loving Annie's Travel Treasures: Las Ventanas

Childrens Easter Bunny Biscuits

This is ideal for kids to help make, have fun and have some messy time!

Ingredients
250g butter, softened150g caster sugar1 medium egg yolk2 teaspoon vanilla extract375g plain flourIcing sugar, to dust and fix decorationsChocolate drops and mini marshmallows

Put the butter, sugar, egg yolk and vanilla extract in a large bowl and beat together using a wooden spoon or a hand mixer.
Whisk in the flour – the mixture will start coming together. Using your hands, bring the mixture together and knead to make a smooth, firm dough. Wrap in clingfilm or pop in a plastic food bag and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Grease 2 baking sheets. Preheat the oven to 190°C, 170°C, gas 5. Dust a clean surface with icing sugar and roll out the pastry to the thickness of a pound coin. Use a rabbit-shaped stencil or cutter to cut out the biscuits. Re-roll dough to use up scraps.
Put biscuits onto the baking sheets and cook for 6-7 minutes or until lightly golden. Leave to cool on the baking sheets for a few seconds then use a spatula to transfer to a cooling rack. Leave to cool completely. The biscuits will harden during cooling.
Mix a small amount of icing sugar with water and use this to stick on chocolate drops for the bunnies’ eyes and mini marshmallows as fluffy tails.

uniquegifts4kids giving you wonderful easter ideas and a huge luxury, personalised, unique & affordable childrens gift range!

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Easter recipes to enjoy during the holidays!

Making easter nests with the children:

What you need:
Shredded Wheat (or similar cereal, broken up)
Cooking chocolate
Bun cases
Mini eggs or little chicks for decoration

What to do:Melt the chocolate in a bowl over boiling water or in the microwave (make sure the grown up does this bit). Once it's melted, mix the cereal with the chocolate and pour the mixture into bun cases. Make a nest shape by pressing in the middle with a spoon. Put in the fridge to set and then decorate with either little Easter chicks or little mini Easter eggs.

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Adorable childrens swim wear by Elizabeth Hurley

WOW, Childrens adorable swim wear - Today I had the pleasure in seeing Elizabeth Hurley exclusively launch her new beach wear at Bicester Village! The childrens swimwear is just adorable you have to get yourself along there to see. Even the bikinis are lovely for us mummys!
http://www.bicestervillage.com/

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Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Childrens gifts - Something Special yet something different!



Children's gifts are appearing everywhere online making products less appealing to people looking for that 'special' yet 'different' gift.

We all want to find something that isn't on the high street, in an average children's store, but has an affordable price and the special wow factor that are friends and family will talk about! Look no further - unique gifts 4 kids has it all! We have a unique gifts range, but believe me they are at great prices not like most personalised gift stores around. We also have a gift range under £20 pounds and we have a special offer every month with lots of gifts either half price! or discounted. Unique gifts 4 kids want to give our customers what they really want and we have huge gift range that we can cater for all types of occasions. We have a beautiful range of personalised gifts ranging from personalised name in a frame which will last forever, children's jewellery or an adorable handmade gift which might i add are all made in the UK and are simply unique to any child or baby. Just a few names you might have heard of from our handmade gifts are Edenfield designs and patchwork daisy!

Take a look for yourself we have lots to offer and are adding new gifts everyday!
Be sure to sign up to our email discounts where we can keep you up to date on our store!

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APRIL FOOLS - For you and your children to play on other people!



For you and your children to play on other people!

An oldie but a true classic - super glue some coins to a spot on the pavement. Choose a spot with plenty of passing traffic and over which you have a decent point to watch the fun as people bend down and scrabble desperately to pick up the unyielding cash! Happy April Fools!

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