Valentines Pancake Day Mash Up

It’s a bit of a chocolate lovers conundrum this year, Valentine’s Day falls on the first day of lent.  If you don’t have a sweet tooth and don’t really love anyone enough to send chocolate hearts their way or indeed snaffle a big box you received then a conundrum it ain’t.  We’re guessing that this isn’t the case with the majority of you.  So what do you do? Eat the chocolate, don’t eat the chocolate, eat more pancakes the day before to compensate, don’t eat the pancakes…?

What’s the solution? For lent lovers, have an epic pancake day and curb the choc thereafter. Simple.  What of the sweet toothed majority then…?  Chocolate Pancakes of course with this perfect mash up!!!  Double the loveliness and enjoy this stack of sugary, chocolatey pancakey yumminess. Lent can be a day late, or a week…..

Chocolate Pancakes:


175g self raising flour

25g cocoa powder

50g golden caster sugar

1/4tsp baking powder

275ml whole milk

1/2tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

unsalted butter for frying

For the Chocolate Sauce:

Roughly chop 150g dark chocolate.  Add the chocolate, 100ml double cream, 2 tbsp light brown soft sugar and 25g unsalted butter to a pan with a pinch of sea salt and melt over a medium-low heat.


  1. Use a hand whisk to mix the flour, cocoa, sugar,baking powder and a pinch of salt in a mixing bowl.  In a jug, whisk together the milk, vanilla and egg and pour into the flour mixture, whisking as you go.
  2. Heat a large frying pan over a medium heat; add a knob of butter.  As soon as it’s foaming, add ladlefuls of the batter.  You want pancakes roughly 10-12cm in diameter, so you will need to cook in batches (adding a splash of milk to the batter if it thickens while it sits).  Cook the pancakes for 2-3 minutes on each side or until cooked through, then keep warm  in the oven while you cook the rest.  Serve stacked up with hot chocolate sauce poured over the top.
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Beautiful Bauble

Christmas Baubles, the good, the bad and the very very sparkly.  Would a tree be a Christmas tree without them? Love them or hate them they have been around for centuries in some form or another from the strings of glass beads from Germany in the 1580’s to the novelty wrapped chocolate tree decorations from Harrods, London in 1910. The most well loved bauble that nearly all households in the UK will have owned at some point are the brightly coloured, shiny, some might say “gaudy” orbs that became popular in the 19th century. These were a development from medieval times when households would hang glass orbs outside their houses to ward off evil spirits.  But far from associating these with ghastly ghosts the ‘bauble’ has come to represent the quintessential Christmas accessory.  Large, small, round, oval, teardrop, paper, glass, kitsch, decorative and diamond encrusted, it would seem that anything goes.  Candy Cane’s from the choirboys of the 1670’s and Danish gold painted apples from the Hans Christian Anderson era are still all the rage, it all depends on your ‘theme’ apparently.  In recent years our pared back more simplistic interior christmas attire for the home has seen scandinavian inspired tree decor soar.  Nordic paper baubles in neutrals and metallics are a fashionable less flashy alternative to the bright colour bombs we know and love….. with a few glittery pink flamingos and bright red London buses thrown in for good measure.

In the spirit of Christmas and wholeheartedly embracing the brilliant bauble we’re rather fond of a few of our own bauble inspired t-shirt designs…..anything goes remember!

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New Term, Fresh Start.

It’s the end of the summer. The mornings are a little more dewy and the nights a little more chilly.  It smells autumnal, damp and a little smokey. The first signs of a new season are beginning to appear.  The boughs of horse chestnut trees hold the promise of a huge windfall of brown shiny conkers and the first glimpses of golden, orange and red leaves have started to appear.    The air is filled with change, its filled with autumn and its filled with the nervous excitement of a new school term.

No doubt all the preparations have been done, uniform bought, new shoes purchased and old ones polished, pencils sharpened and lunch boxes packed. All evidence and frenetic activity pointing towards the start of a new term, a fresh start and exciting new beginnings.

The first day back is a big day whatever your age; new starter at preschool, first day at Primary School, year 7 of Secondary school and as a parent, grand parent or carer your pockets better be lined with tissues, batteries in the camera and a coffee date arranged with friends to recover afterwards.  Not forgetting how the Kids may be feeling… they maybe full of chatter embracing friends or clinging onto adult legs reluctant to let go, eyes full of tears.  It’s a poignant moment, its bittersweet but why not send them off with something fun to discover at lunch time to keep them going throughout the day.

We think this checklist covers it brilliantly:

Be kind and have courage !

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Have a SUPER summer.

Summer Holidays should be about fun. Take a break from school, hang out with your mates, go outside, enjoy endless activities, have fun.  It might be time to learn something new, go somewhere new or meet someone new and we urge you to have a super time doing it.

Everyone has super powers. Oh yes you do.  It might not be super powers as you know them… the ability to fly, breathe underwater or turn invisible but other super strengths that are unique to you.  We’ve created a new range of super t-shirts to help you nurture your personal power.  We can absolutely guarantee that you will possess at least one of these super skills.

Whatever you’re up to this summer, as long as you try, do your best and don’t be afraid of making mistakes, you will be great.  You don’t need kryptonite or a special suit you just need to be you, an everyday hero. Go on, go and be super.


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Words and Doodles

Have you seen some of our latest slogan designs? We’ve just finished a range on random words that are frequently heard tripping off the tongue of 7-8 yr olds. The post pre-schoolers and pre-tweens do have a certain way of saying it how it is these days so we’ve bought some of that lingo to life !

Yo Bro kids t-shirt

Awesome kids backpack

Oh Maaaan kids onesie

Sometimes its a one word exclamation – Cool ! or a hip way of expressing annoyance ‘Oh Maaaan’. Along with a fist pump and a high five, a cursory ‘Yo Bro’ is far more acceptable on the playground than a simple ‘hello’.  Things aren’t ‘great’ any more, they’re EPIC and the most awesome thing to be is in fact ‘awesome’.

So when I was first jotting all these words and phrases down the style of the range was born.  They all seemed to be ‘decorated’ with squiggles and lines or written in big bubble writing or outlined twice. Doodles, essentially.  I started to wonder was I a straight up doodler was it the nature of the language (awesome, epic, rad) that had caused me to doodle subconsciously.  My mind and my pen wandered… do people generally fall into two categories; doodlers and non-doodlers ? Is there a science or meaning behind doodling and what does it say about you?   So here it is; a little bit random and bordering on a scribble….

Verb: To scribble absent-mindedly.

Noun: A rough drawing made absent-mindedly.

So the absentminded element of a doodle implies that you’re not really concentrating, your pen or pencil may not leave the page, your mind has wandered but your hand is randomly etching out abstract lines with no apparent intent or meaning.  Are doodlers easily bored? Is it a child-like trait? Some illustrators seem to employ a ‘doodled’ style of drawing with great success, for example Liz Pinchon’s ‘Tom Gates’ series is a big fan of a doodle inspired image, and it suits the subject, the narrative and the age range of those reading the stories.

I like to think that there is a more insightful, pleasing answer to the reason for doodling. Could it be that maybe the subject matter inspires the doodles, prevents one from day dreaming by channeling any random thoughts down to the tip of your pencil and actually stops you from moving on from the matter in hand.  Doodling enables a state of mind limbo, deep concentration, mindfulness. In short, it might be nicer to think that while doodles appear to be random they could in fact be deliberate( albeit not consciously) a tool to stop minds from wandering, a scribe for your thoughts not a scribble, mindful not absent minded. Or rather, Rad, Cool, Epic and Awesome!

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It’s Me and You, Dad.

It’s Me and You Dad.

Like peas in a pod, cut from the same cloth, out of the same mold; it’s me and you dad.  Celebrate your dad this Father’s Day with a few mini me-isms.  Is he super dad, the big cheese or man mountain? There are a ton of cracking combo’s to choose from for boys and girls, teens, tweenies and tots.  Find the best match for you and your dad.

Don’t let the treats stop here though, give dad a lie in and treat him to a very special breakfast.  Everyone has a different take on their favourite brunch from builders tea and a bacon butty to waffles, syrup and artisan coffee.  This breakfast will tick the savoury and sweet boxes, be messy to make and messy to eat but your dad will definitely devour it and enjoy it even more if he can share it with you.

So, roll your sleeves up, wash your hands and get ready for some squidgy, gooey, moreish finger licking yumminess.


2 Eggs

180ml milk

1 tbsp caster sugar

4 slices white bread

2 tbsp butter

4 rashers back bacon grilled

Icing sugar and syrup of choice (date or maple is nice), to serve.


Whisk the eggs and milk with the sugar in a bowl. Soak the white sliced bread in the mixture.

Heat 1 tbsp of the butter in a non-stick frying pan and fry two slices of the soaked bread on a low–medium heat until golden and crisp, about 3–4 mins on each side. Remove from the pan and sandwich 2 slices of bacon between the slices of French toast. Repeat with the remaining soaked bread to make the other sandwich.

Serve with a dusting of icing sugar and a drizzle of syrup.

Recipe from

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It’s ‘IN’ to be OUTDOORS !

There’s so much to be gained from spending time outside.  In a garden, park, recreation ground, forest, woodland, beach, mountains, fields you can create your own fun.  Rural is officially RAD. Of course the right gear is always helpful for bug hunting, den making and camp fire building or just for generally going wild in your wellies! Luckily we have just the range of clothes to cover big and little kids.

Bug Hunter kids t-shirtLet Me Wander long sleeve baby baseball t-shirtTent Hair Don't Care womens t-shirtFeelin' Wild baby grow

The great outdoors is cheap and cheerful, full of life and exciting exploring opportunities.  Couple that with a resourceful, FREE activity for kids and you won’t see them til sundown!  Such an activity HAS to be building a den.  The Eden Project in Cornwall give some great tips on how to create your hideout quickly, resourcefully and safely.

Check out their building a den video here 

Maybe you’ve got some old rope in the shed, a couple of blankets in the cupboard, or some bamboos in the shed… Well, here are some ideas for what to do with them.

Stuff for structure

All good dens need a sturdy frame.

  • Chairs and tables are one quick way of building a structure.
  • Bamboo canes: light, strong and fairly cheap.
  • Poles: if you can’t get bamboo, you are going to need something similar, such as broom handles or tent poles.
  • Bendy sticks: make all sorts of interesting shapes with these, or with plastic bendy pipes.
  • Fallen branches: really fallen, not just branches you can reach. If you can only find thin ones, try tying them together to make them stronger.

Stuff for tying

  • You’ll need a way to tie the structure together.
  • String and rope
  • Old bicycle inner tubes: cut into strips 2.5cm wide, these are great for tying things together.
  • Rags: cut up old T-shirts. Save old sheets to cover the shelter.

Stuff for shelter

Now for making it look beautiful, or for keeping out the rain, if the den is outside.

  • Bright materials can help you turn your den into a palace, fancy restaurant or castle.
  • If you want to use your dens in the rain you’ll need waterproof material, such as plastic dust sheets or tarpaulin. Leaves are also good for this, but you’ll need loads if you don’t want it to leak.

Stuff not to build with

  • Avoid glass as it can break into dangerously sharp bits.
  • Steer clear of big bits of wood, or anything else big and heavy.
  • Tins of paint or chemicals are bad news for you and the environment.
  • Don’t cut bits off living trees.

Here’s a few more tips to keep everyone safe and happy.

The Den Commandments

  • Respect the environment!
  • Please don’t damage the den site; true denmasters leave no trace.
  • Always tidy up after yourself. Please don’t drop litter, especially if you use manmade materials.
  • Look after living trees and plants: they take years to grow and seconds to destroy.
  • Check whose land you are planning to build on: you don’t want to be chased off halfway through and you don’t want to upset the neighbours.
  • Don’t steal from other peoples’ dens!

Safe play tips 

  • To enjoy den making you need to stay safe, so this bit is really just about not doing anything stupid.
  • There isn’t a ‘right’ place to build a den, but there are definitely a few wrong places: derelict buildings, cliff edges, swamps… you get the picture.
  • We aren’t saying that an adult should be there all the time but a grown-up should know what’s going on and where!
  • Keep your den lightweight, so that if it falls in, it won’t do too much damage to any den builders inside.

So what are you doing still reading this….? Open the door and go.out.side.

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Our Yummy No-Bake Coop Cakes!

Bring the chickens home to roost this Easter with this fun holiday cooking(ish) classic that little and big kids alike enjoy making and more importantly –  eating/scoffing.

It’s a spring time classic, a family favourite and a sure fire way to create a very messy kitchen.  We challenge you NOT to lick the spoon!

Easter Coop Cakes



  1. Line a 12-hole fairy cake tin with paper cases.
  2. Melt the chocolate, golden syrup and butter in a bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water, (do not let the base of the bowl touch the water). Stir the mixture until smooth. Try not to lick the spoon.
  3. Remove the bowl from the heat and gently stir in the cornflakes until all of the cereal is coated in the chocolate. Try not to lick the spoon.
  4. Divide the mixture between the paper cases and press 3 chocolate eggs into the centre of each nest. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour, or until completely set. You can totally LICK THE SPOON now.


A coop of cakes and all other edible delights and crafty bits at Easter time cannot be made in such a neat and tidy fashion if you don’t have the right apron to hand.  We have the most eggcellent range to keep most (probably not all) splodges, slops, squirts and spills off you.  One less thing to clean after your Easter making and baking eggstravaganza!!

Oh Crumbs kids apronOfficial Cookie Taster kids apron

Baker In Training kids apronBake Off kids apron

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Bundles Of Love For Fathers Day

Wow! We can’t believe it’s been a year since we made our last set of Fathers’ Day designs for you guys… Last year saw the amazing success of our Daddy Bear/Bear Cub and Daddysaurus/Babysaurus designs – looking at them, I’m sure you can see why!

Daddysaurus and Babysaurus setDaddy Bear/Bear Cub Combo

So, this year we’ve created a new lot of matching combo sets for Father/Son and Daddy/Daughter teams! We’ve got a great little combo for Dads who love to game and can’t wait to get their offspring on the buttons with them…

Gamer In Training baby growExpert Gamer t-shirtGamer In Training baby baseball shirt

Or how about Dads who love to share a bottle with their little ones? Of course we’re talking nothing stronger than full-fat milk…

Drinking Bud Lite baby growDrinking Bud men's t-shirtDrinking Bud Lite kids t-shirt

Last but not least, we’ve got the brand spanking new Dads who don’t even have the power of speech anymore…

Hello I'm Tired/Hello I'm New comboHello I'm Tired mug

So make sure you treat the Dad in your life to something he’ll really love this Fathers’ Day – shop our entire range here!

(Pssssst – you can also buy pre-made bundles in our Etsy Shop!)

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We Love You, Mum!

As much as chocolate and flowers are ALWAYS appreciated, they’re usually gone within a few days (usually less in the case of the chocolate!) – wouldn’t it be nice to give Mum a gift for Mothers Day that she can treasure forever? This year we’ve really focussed on designing t-shirts, mugs, and tote bags that Mums all over the world will relate to!

Take our new Mombie design; perfectly depicting how new Mums feel on a daily basis after being woken numerous times in the night, changing countless nappies, and trying to master making the perfect temperature milk at 4am. It’s not a pretty sight.

Mombie mug with pink backgroundMombie women's t-shirt in Heather PurpleMombie tote bag in Charcoal

For the experienced Mums out there who’ve had years of practice, we have our Queen Of Multitasking design – showing the world that she can do parenting with her eyes shut!

Queen of Multitasking mug in light greyQueen Of Multitasking women's t-shirtQueen Of Multitasking tote bag

Of course we couldn’t let Mothers Day pass us by without a cute little combo set for Mummy and baby. Our adorable Mummysaurus and Babysaurus set is sure to have hearts melting so you might want to keep some tissues handy! (Also available as Mommysaurus).

Mummysaurus women's t-shirtBabysaurus baby grow

We think you’ll agree, we’ve got something for every type of Mum out there, and there’s more on the website to choose from! Shop the rest of our Mothers Day collection to find your Mum the perfect gift…

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