The Flavour-Led Weaning Cookbook + Giveaway

When we started weaning with Erin I wanted to make sure she had a really varied diet. I am such a fussy eater myself and I will try anything to make sure Erin isn’t like this. However, the cookbooks we used were a bit boring to be honest. Purees were plain fruit and veg and there was nothing too exciting to try. I was so exited when I discovered The Flavour-Led Weaning Cookbook by Zainab Jagot Ahmed.

The Flavour-Led Weaning CookbookThe Flavour-led Weaning Cookbook offers over 100 first-tastes recipes your baby will love. It will be your best-friend in the kitchen from day 1, guiding you every step of the way with expert and realistic advice, meal plans and recipes.

Flavour-led weaning uses baby-friendly herbs and spice as safe, healthy and natural flavour-boosters. It will encourage your baby to love their food from their very first taste. It will show you how to bring a rainbow of colour to your baby’s diet. And will ensure your baby gets all the nourishment they needs at every stage in their weaning journey.

Flavour-led weaning works in harmony with spoon-led and baby-led weaning. This book includes meal plans for all the weaning stages, plus delicious recipes the whole family can enjoy together.

I am going to be completely honest and say that I didn’t expect this book to be too different from the others I already have. I was so wrong though.

The book starts off with a really detailed section about weaning and what to do. There is loads of information about signs that your child may be ready and also which fake signs to look out for. This is a lot of information about different ways to wean, stages of weaning and different things to try at different stages. Something I really loved was that there was a lot of information about allergies and what to be careful with.

When it comes to the recipes there is so much choice. There are plenty of different curry options along with fish dishes and burgers, just to name a few. Zainab Jagot Ahmed uses herbs and spices in her recipes to enhance the flavours which is fantastic. The recipes are also easily adapted in case you want to miss out something or add something of your own.

What I love the most about this book is that it really does cover everything. There are the simple and more basic purees at the beginning but recipes cover family meals as well. I wish I’d been able to begin with this book but we’re having so much fun trying new and exciting recipes now.

Where to buy: Amazon

    

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Keeping warm with The Hot Water Bottle Shop

I know it’s the middle of April but we live in the UK. Spring doesn’t necessarily mean warm weather and I HATE being cold, especially on an evening. A hot water bottle normally does the trick to warm me up quickly.

My hot water bottle is getting quite old now. It was something John bought me a few years ago. Now that there are three of us in the house one hot water bottle just isn’t enough. We were lucky enough to be sent new hot water bottles from the Hot Water Bottle Shop. John has been given my old one while Erin and I have got lovely Mummy and daughter bottles. Poor John always gets the second hand stuff.

hot water bottleErin generally wants whatever I have so I love the idea of us having our own hot water bottles. As you can see from the picture above, Erin has a small hot water bottle with a pink polka dot cover while mine is larger with a purple cover. Erin’s bottle is a bit more fun than mine and I like that!

These hot water bottles are a bit different than what I’m used to. These are Eco hot water bottles and I’d never even heard of them before. Unlike the traditional hot water bottle, these come in the form of a hard plastic. However, the bottle gets softer as you add the water!

hot water bottle

hot water bottle

One aspect of these bottles that I really like are the screw top lids. I HATE the tops on traditional hot water bottles because I always seem to get water spill out  no matter what I do.

Before I used these for the first time I was worried that they wouldn’t be as comfortable as what I was used to. I was really wrong. I was also a bit worried about how warm it would get for Erin. I did wait quite a while after boiling the kettle before filling hers. She didn’t quite understand what the bottle was far and I think it will be some time before she does. At the moment, she’s happy to have hers with a bit of warm water in just to be like Mummy.

These hot water bottles are fantastic quality and I know we’ll be using them for a long time. Even before using them you can tell they’re better than a regular, cheap hot water bottle!

REMEMBER: Never leave children and babies unattended with a hot water bottle.

Disclaimer: We received items for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.

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Asda Little Angels Nappies

Months ago we used to use Asda Little Angels nappies all the time. I don’t know what happened but we had quite a few bags where the quality wasn’t great so we changed brands. When I was asked to try the new Little Angels nappies I figured it was worth a try.

Little Angel Nappies

We received a pack of 78 nappies (Prices vary depending on pack size) to try and I made sure we used the whole packet before writing this review. After my experience with this brand before, I wanted to make sure there wasn’t going to be the odd one or two that didn’t meet the same standard.

Little Angel Nappies

The first thing I noticed with these nappies is how amazingly soft they are. We were also using a different brand at the same time so I could compare and wow, the other were not as nice as these. Since using the ASDA Little Angel nappies I have definitely noticed that they are kinder to Erin’s skin than other brands. This is something John has commented on as well.

Little Angel NappiesI’ve been really impressed at how well these nappies hold liquid. Erin has a tendency to wake up in the night and we’ve regularly had to change her nappy so that she can go back to sleep comfortable. I actually can’t remember one night where we’ve needed to do this since using ASDA Little Angel nappies. Apparently, they can hold up to 30 times their own weight which is really impressive.

One of the coolest features of these nappies is the tabs. Yes, the tabs. You see, the tabs are supposed to close in a certain position on the nappy. If they close outside of this position it means that it’s time to go up a size. I never really know how nappies are supposed to fit properly so I find this super helpful.

I have to say, I am really impressed with the changes to the ASDA Little Angel nappies. Although we don’t regularly shop at ASDA, I would probably do an online order once a month just for these!

Disclaimer: We received these items for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.

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Storytime Saturday: A Busy Day for Birds

Storytime Saturday a weekly blog feature showcasing any new books we’ve been reading with Erin, reviewing picture books and talking about our monthly library haul! Basically, Storytime Saturday is all about books! This week we’re talking about A Busy Day for Birds by Lucy Cousins. It was published by Walker Books on 2nd February 2017.

A busy day for birdsFlap your wings, fly up high, open your beak and sing in this fun action rhyme story about fantastical birds by multi-award-winning author Lucy Cousins. “Can you imagine … just for one day … you’re a busy bird? Yes, a bird! Hooray!” Can you stand on one leg like a flamingo or waddle like a penguin? How about say “cock-a-doodle-doo!”, “tuwit-tuwoo” and even “tra-la-la”? What a busy day you will have! A bouncy read-aloud book to be enjoyed; beautifully illustrated with bold, bright colours and packed with all sorts of wild and wonderful birds!

A busy day for birdsBirds are funny creatures and there are many different kinds and a lot of them act very differently. A Busy Day for Birds is all about the different kinds of birds and certain things that different species do!

In this book children can learn what chickens do, how penguins walk and what is so special about peacocks. It’s all done is a lovely, simple way that is engaging at the same time. Each bird comes with a little bit of text explaining but the text is really big and bold so it’s easy to read.

As you can see from the picture of the cover, it is very bright. The whole book is like this and I love it. Each page is so bright and colourful and it would be impossible to ignore this book. This is one for the younger children for sure as each page is sure to capture their attention. One of my favourites is the bright red page for the orstrich!

Erin is obsessed with this book because of how colourful it is! I’m a big fan myself.

Disclaimer: We were sent this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.

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My Name Tags Review

Erin and I are out and about at least 3 days a week normally. We go swimming and to local playgroups as well as soft play etc. Obviously we take a fair amount of ‘stuff’ with us including Erin’s cups/ bottle and her little fox changing bag. Things get put down, picked up and moved and I wanted to do something to make it easier to find Erin’s things again. My Name Tags offer personalised stickers and iron-ons for exactly this!

There are a couple of different options of different products available. You can choose from colour or black and white stickers or iron-on name tags and there are also Hello Kitty tags or Mr Men & Little Miss tags. I decided to go for a Mr Men & Little Miss design because, well, they’re fun aren’t they? These cost £13.95 + £1.00 P&P for 56x Stickers or iron-ons.

My Name Tags

The stickers came in a normal envelope inside a plastic wallet which explains how to use them.

My Name Tags advise that if you’re using these stickers on a clothes label to not wash them for 24 hours. This makes sure the label is well and truly stuck!

We haven’t had the need to use our stickers on clothes yet as Erin doesn’t start nursery until January. However, we’ve used them on various other items that we take out with us on a daily basis.

I have found these stickers to be so useful on Erin’s cups. Some of her friends have the same cups as her and the children are always reaching for each other’s. This stops any confusion between the parents and I can find Erin’s cup easily.

Erin’s cups get washed daily and these stickers have really withstood the washing. They still look fantastic and there is no peeling or fading anywhere yet.

I am so impressed with My Name Tags. We have some labels left over and they’re going to come in so handy when Erin starts nursery in January as she needs to take a set of things with her.

Disclaimer: We received items for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.

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Storytime Saturday: The Perfect Guest

Storytime Saturday a weekly blog feature showcasing any new books we’ve been reading with Erin, reviewing picture books and talking about our monthly library haul! Basically, Storytime Saturday is all about books! This week we’re talking about The Perfect Guest by Paula Metcalf. It was published by Walker Books on 2nd February 2017.

The Perfect Guest

Walter is really a very neat and tidy dog. His house is his pride and joy and he gets quite nervous when guests come round… When his best friend Pansy asks to stay, though, Walter is so excited! She’s just a teeny weeny squirrel after all, how much trouble can she possibly be?! But when Pansy tries her very best to be helpful things just seem to keep going wrong! Nothing – from Walter’s trousers to his curtains to his beloved brand-new teapot – is safe from accident-prone Pansy! Is she turning out to be the worst guest there ever was?

The Perfect GuestWalter the dog is very proud of his house. He loves everything to be neat and tidy and he especially loves his teapot. When his friend Pansy comes for a visit Walter is very happy but things go disastrously wrong!

Oh this is such a cute book! I loved Walter the dog and his very particular ways. He is a bit like me in a lot of respects. I like things to be a very particular way and get a bit put out sometimes when things don’t go to plan. My husband on the other hand is the complete opposite can be a bit destructive where ever he goes. Somehow, we manage to live in peace a lot of the time.

The Perfect Guest is a story of two friends who are very different getting along no matter what. While the story and illustrations are really fun and funny, they also help to teach children a really important lesson. The book teaches that although things may not go perfectly there is always a silver lining somewhere and to look on the brighter side of things!

Disclaimer: We were sent this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.

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Storytime Saturday: A first book of animals

Storytime Saturday a weekly blog feature showcasing any new books we’ve been reading with Erin, reviewing picture books and talking about our monthly library haul! Basically, Storytime Saturday is all about books! This week we’re talking about A First Book of Animals by Nicola Davies. It was published by Walker Books on 6th October 2016.

a first book of animals

Nicola Davies, the award-winning author of A First Book of Nature, presents a spellbinding treasury of poems about the animal world, illustrated in breathtaking detail by Petr Horacek. Polar bears playing on the ice, tigers hunting in the jungle, fireflies twinkling in the evening sky and nightingales singing in the heart of the woods – there are animals everywhere. From blue whales to bumblebee bats and everything in between, A First Book of Animals takes you all over the planet to visit all kinds of different creatures. This book is a glorious celebration of life in the wild in all its variety and splendour, and belongs on every child’s bookshelf.

A first book of animals

Erin doesn’t really understand about animals yet. She’s 14 months old and the only thing she really understands is that we have a huge, white fluffy dog that she can run around after. However, we love the zoo and I want to teach her all about different animals. This book is perfect for that.

The book is split into 5 different sections which is really handy. These are:

Big and Small
Colours and Shapes
Animal Homes
Animal Babies
Animals in Action

With each different animal that is covered a verse comes with it. It’s a nice change from a standard story or just a list of facts. I love that the book covers such a wide range of animals from a tiny little ant to a massive whale! The book even talks about parasites!

This book is a must for animal fans or children who just love learning new things. However, although called ‘A First Book of Animals’ it’s not really aimed at babies and toddlers like the title suggests. It’s certainly not just a picture book. However, I still highly recommend it. It will be something I enjoy discovering myself when Erin is a bit older.

Disclaimer: We were sent this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.

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Storytime Saturday: This is the Kiss

Storytime Saturday a weekly blog feature showcasing any new books we’ve been reading with Erin, reviewing picture books and talking about our monthly library haul! Basically, Storytime Saturday is all about books! This week we’re talking about This is the Kiss by Claire Harcup. It was published by Walker Books on 5th January 2017.

This is the kiss

A charming and lyrical picture book that celebrates the timeless bond between parent and child. You’ve had a fun day and you’re ready for bed. This is the wave that led to the smile, that led to the giggle and the kiss goodnight. A delightful story from Claire Harcup with beautiful illustrations by Gabriel Alborozo, perfect for sharing at bedtime.

This is the kiss

Honestly, what drew me towards this book was the cover. How cute are the two bears snuggled up in the snow? I couldn’t resist.

This is a fantastic book for bedtime and I know we’re going to have a lot of fun reading this to Erin before bedtime over the years. The book is a sort of nighttime routine that leads up to a kiss goodnight at the end. There is a different action or thing to do on each page like a tickle or a cuddle. It’s so tremendously cute!

The book is set in a snowy winter scene so it would have been perfect to read over Christmas or when we did actually get some snow. However, it does work at any other time of the year as well.

The illustrations are really quite simple but then so is the point of the book. There are only two characters and one location so there is lots of snow and then the two bears. I like the simplicity of this book though because it doesn’t need much to illustrate the point.

This is the Kiss is perfect for children of all ages. Erin may only be 14 months old now but we can read this to her for many years to come.

Disclaimer: We were sent this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.

 

 

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Kids’ Prints Tree & Owl Wall Sticker

Something John and I have been working on this month is finally getting Erin’s bedroom completely finished. We’re not there yet but furniture has been ordered and a handyman has been booked to do a few bits. The walls not taken up by furniture were looking quite bare though and seeing as the room is already very neutral, I felt like it needed something that stood out. Luckily, Kids’ Prints were there to help us out!

Erin’s bedroom has a woodland theme so I had to pick the Abstract Tree with 3 Owls.

This wall sticker comes in three different sizes; small, medium and large. Each size has a different design and is priced accordingly. I chose the medium design which cost £78. The wall sticker measures approximately 150cm by 170cm. I measured up the space where I wanted the sticker to go and it seemed like it would be perfect.

The sticker arrived in a well packaged box with the sticker rolled up inside. The sticker actually comes on a large sheet with separate pieces. There are no set instructions apart from how to apply the sticker. The design can be done however you want although there is an example picture that you can sort of follow if you want to.

kids' prints

kids' prints

Before applying the sticker you need to make sure the area is clean and dry. Then, you’re ready! The different sticker pieces should be carefully peeled from the sheet and slowly applied to the wall. The sticker should be smoothed down from one end to make sure there are no air bubbles then rubbed over with a dry cloth.

The whole process was extremely simple. I managed to get the whole sticker on how I wanted it in 20 minutes. Each sticker came off the sheet easily and applied to the wall easily as well. After putting some on I changed my mind about where I wanted them but they were really simple to move and reapply.

kids' prints

kids' printsI love that this sticker is so customisable. I was able to put the branches where ever I wanted and in any direction. I could put the owls where I wanted too although I chose to put them in the same sort of place as on the sample picture as they looked so good there.

kids' prints

kids' prints

kids' prints

The wall sticker looks absolutely amazing and I think it really makes Erin’s room now. The size is perfect for where I wanted it and it looks so good. I’m glad I didn’t go for the large size though as it really would have been massive, however, extremely good value for money. Initially, I did think £78 was quite a lot for a wall sticker but now seeing how good this one looks, I would happily get another from Kids’ Prints. I cannot recommend them enough!

Disclaimer: We were sent this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.

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Storytime Saturday: Frog and Beaver

Storytime Saturday a weekly blog feature showcasing any new books we’ve been reading with Erin, reviewing picture books and talking about our monthly library haul! Basically, Storytime Saturday is all about books! This week we’re talking about Frog and Beaver by Simon James. It was published by Walker Books on 5th January 2017.

Frog and Beaver

Frog and his friends all live happily together on the river. At least they do until Beaver comes along. Beaver is determined to build the biggest and best dam that anyone has ever seen, but it’s so big that it stops all the water and Frog and his friends are forced to move. Frog tries to warn Beaver that his dam is too big, but inconsiderate Beaver just won’t listen…

Frog and BeaverSomething I think is really important for children to learn is the idea of friendship and accepting new and different people. Frog and Beaver is a book for exactly that.

Frog lives by the river with a load of his friends, including the ducks and the voles. When Beaver moves to the river and begins to build his home there are problems. Beaver doesn’t think about the others that live on the river!

Frog and Beaver is a short story but it’s such a nice one. There are plenty of issues encountered along the way and there is a lot of problem solving to be done. Obviously as this is a children’s book, there is a happy ending and everyone ends up getting along but it’s an entertaining journey to read about.

The illustrations are also lovely. The pictures are simple and not over busy which I think is great. Children will be able to pick out the animals easily and also follow what is going on. I kept asking Erin to find something on the page after showing it to her and she could do it quite easily.

Disclaimer: We were sent this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.

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