Wednesday, 10 February 2016

REVIEW: Braun No Touch and Forehead Thermometer

Looking after a poorly child is not only worrying, but also exhausting and the winter months are often the worst time for colds/coughs/fevers. We've been relatively lucky with Isabella, she's only had 3 colds since she was born. Not too bad considering children usually catch between 8-12 colds a year! When it comes to colds and teething the aspect I find the most worrying is keeping an eye on Isabella's temperature.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

WEANING: Tropical coconut pancakes with a mango purèe

Happy Pancake Day!! 
In honour of Pancake Day this week's weaning recipe is a {no added sugar} tropical twist on classic american pancakes. It's the perfect way for your little one to explore different textures and flavours, just try not to eat them all yourself! If you do happen to have any pancakes left over just place them into a freezer bag and pop in the freezer. You can then defrost them overnight or in the microwave for a quick breakfast option. Every day can be pancake day now!

Monday, 8 February 2016

RECIPE: Mandarin and Ginger Dark Chocolate Molten Mug Cake

The combination of tangy mandarin, warming ginger and rich dark chocolate makes this mug cake simply divine. The thing I love about mug cakes is their simplicity, small amount of washing up and speed they can be whipped up. Some I've tried have been rather rubbery in texture, but by using high quality artisan chocolate like Seed and Bean it creates a moist sponge with a molten chocolate sauce. Simply heavenly.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

BABY STYLE: A week of outfits #29

This week we went to a new group called Wriggly Readers in our local library and it's fantastic. A couple of people who work at the library were reading children's books and singing songs, all for free. Isabella is a bit young to pay attention for the full half an hour, but she was engrossed for the first 10 minutes and loved the singing. It is the busiest group I've been too! I know that there are a lot of libraries that run Wriggly Readers, so well worth checking out your local area. We also visited the park for a quick play and Isabella had so much fun on the swings, it made me very proud to see her exploring and reminded me how small she really is still. 

Day 1

Friday, 5 February 2016

TOYS: Little Tikes Lil Ocean Explorers

Now that Isabella is on the move finding toys that keep her occupied, entertained and encourage development can be a challenge. She rarely stays still for long enough! However one range that has been a big hit is the Little Tikes Lil' Ocean Explorers. We have the Dunk 'n Juggle Seal* (£19.99) and Push 'n Glow Fish* (£8.99), both of which have become firm favourites for Isabella. The whole Lil' Ocean Explorers range is designed to provide fun, active play while supporting babies development. Little Tikes have clearly stated which stage of mobility their Lil' Ocean Explorers toys are aimed at, from sitting to crawling to standing. This is such a helpful feature as it allows parents to easily identify fun toys that their baby will enjoy and learn from. 

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

BABY: The 8 Types of Night Parents Experience

When I announced I was pregnant one of the most popular comments I received from other parents was to 'enjoy my sleep while I still could'. It's no secret that babies don't often sleep through the night, it's to be expected. However I didn't appreciate how many different types of nights you can experience as a parent. It's not as simple as sleeping through or not - here are 8 different nights you may have experienced with your little one...
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