Saturday, 30 April 2016

BABY STYLE: A week of outfits #40

This week has truly flown by - I was back at work, Isabella was back at nursery and now we're looking forward to a long bank holiday weekend together as a family. Isabella came out of her most recent 'developmental leap' this week and there's been such a change. She's so much more smiley, giggling at everything (even me and that's usually saved for "Dada") and the tantrums have been few and far between. Isabella learnt to stand up from sitting all by herself this week and has suddenly become so much more confident with her walking. We even walked to the village shop together, hand in hand. It took a while, but was one of the moments I had dreamt about since before she was born. So special.  Last weekend I also set up a Pinterest account for my blog, which you can see here. I'd love it if you could check it out and perhaps hit the follow button - you'll find baby/toddler style, tasty recipes, baby friendly munchies, craft activities, home dreams, hand stamping, children's bedroom inspiration, parenting etc. :)
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Friday, 29 April 2016

RECIPE: Flower and Raspberry Chocolate Bark

This has to be one of the easiest but most effective treats I made for Isabella's floral themed birthday party. The combination of white chocolate with the dried raspberries works so well and the addition of edible dried flowers make it look extra special. You can pick up dried edible flowers online (websites such as amazon), but I found them to be pretty expensive. I ended up buying the seriously floral flower petal muesli from Waitrose (£3.99) and picking out the dried flower petals individually. It was quite a time consuming way of doing it but you don't need many petals and it meant I can now enjoy the muesli too.
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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

TODDLER: Becoming a mini artist...

 Now that Isabella is up on her feet she is interested in such different things. Gone have the days when she'd enjoy being in the door bouncer while splashing her feet in a tub of water or laying on her back playing with the play gym. We are now having to adapt Isabella's sensory and creative experiences at home to activities she can do while standing up. One of her new favourite activities is drawing using the Kids 3-in-1 Activity Easel* (£25) and ELC Mini Artist My First Chalks* (£6), which are both from Hobbycraft
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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

WEANING: Paneer, Pea and Cauliflower Curry Recipe

 I'm a big fan of giving Isabella a variety of curries, as they're full of flavour and always freeze really well. The garam masala is a fragrant mix of spices, without the addition of chilli making it ideal for babies/children. However if you don't have any you could use a combination of ground coriander, ground cumin, tumeric, ground ginger and cardamon. Just add as little or as much of each spice to suit your child's palette.
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Monday, 25 April 2016

DIY: Floral Bunting Cake Topper Tutorial

 
 For Isabella's birthday party I ended up making two cake toppers, a glitter one (see my tutorial here) and this floral bunting one. We had two cakes - one full of sugar and naughtiness for the adults and a no-added sugar version for the babies/children, hence needing two cake toppers. Creating a floral bunting cake topper take no more than 5 minutes, so the perfect option for a last minute addition too. You could easily adapt this to say 'Mr & Mrs' for a wedding, 'boy/girl' for a baby shower or any other number for birthdays.
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Saturday, 23 April 2016

BABY STYLE: A week of outfits #39

Isabella has been really poorly this week, all starting with a rather unpleasant sick episode on Sunday night. We then had two days of her being sick and three days of feeling very poorly. She obviously didn't go to nursery and we had to juggle our first 'poorly child and we work' situation. My husband ended up taking Monday off and then I had to have Tuesday and Wednesday off, resulting in major cabin fever and lots of cuddles. Luckily by Thursday Isabella was feeling a lot better, by Friday we were back at soft play and dealing with all the tantrums! 
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