Little E has been eating us out of house and home lately. I feel like all I do is feed her! There is only so much fruit, raisins and carrot sticks she can consume so I have been trying out a few of the ready to eat snacks available to save my sanity, (especially when we are out) and I will be sharing the results in a series of reviews. Little E is quite excited at the prospect of being chief tester.
Astro Bites by Nairns
These little fruity wholegrain oat biscuits contain 40% less sugar than your typical kid's biscuit. That gets a thumbs up! They have little bits of cranberry and raisin in giving them their berry taste. Little E loves them because they are shaped like cosmic rockets, planets and spaceships. They taste pretty good too. I could happily eat a packet.
For £1.59 you get 5 mini bags in the box which works out at 32p per bag. Great value. We will be buying these again. You can find them in most of the leading supermarkets.
Fruit Frollipops by Fruit Bowl
These lollipops are made from fruit juice and contain no artificial ingredients. Each one is equivalent to 1 of your child's 5 a day. Luckily my girls eat loads of fruit and veg so this isn't usually a consideration but I know lots of mums who have to battle to get their kids to eat fruit and veg. They do contain a lot of sugar (it is naturally occurring fruit sugar but it is still a lot of sugar) so I wouldn't give Little E them on a daily basis but great as an alternative to a chocolate treat. They are available in two flavours, apple and strawberry, and each is a unique 3D shape, apple snakes and strawberry rockets, which are a lot of fun. Unfortunately Little E doesn't like them! They taste good but she doesn't like the wobbly, jelly like consistency of the Frollipop. Which is odd because she loves jelly. We have persisted and tried both flavours a few times but she just can't get past the texture.
They cost £2.50 for a pack of 5 (each individually wrapped) which is 50p per Frollipop available from Sainsbury's.
Has your child got a favourite snack you can recommend for us to test? The healthier the better but I'm not averse to the odd cheeky treat.
The Baby Show with MadeForMums is the UK’s leading pregnancy and parenting event, and will be returning to ExCeL London from 20th to 22ndFebruary 2015. The Show is a must-attend event for new and expectant parents providing everything needed for bump, baby and you including all the essentials, alongside the latest, innovative products and not-on-the high street brands. This year it will incorporate The Work & Family Show, which is dedicated to providing expert advice, solutions and ideas for managing work and family life, and helping to kick startcareers after having a family.
The Baby Show highlights include:
• Over 200 trusted brands offering visitors the chance to thoroughly test and try before buying.
• Exclusive show offers and competitions from top parenting brands.
• The Baby Show stage will feature an array of leading experts, including nutrition specialist Annabel Karmel.
• Catwalk shows with all the latest fashions in maternity, baby and toddler wear.
• A complimentary crèche where parents can drop off their little ones and enjoy the Show knowing they are being cared for.
• The Baby Show Stars’ themed competition where the winning baby will be awarded a high end, exclusive photo shoot and entered into a grand finale to win a year-long modelling contract.
• Dedicated baby facilities ensuring visitors have everything they require, including The Tommee Tippee feeding area where parents will be able to take advantage of heating and sterilising equipment, complimentary baby food and a comfortable and private space for breast feeding. The Baby Changing Area also includes free nappies and wipes.
• Complimentary entry to The Work & Family Show exhibition.
The Baby Show is taking place on Friday 20th, Saturday 21stand Sunday 22nd February 2015. For more information go to thebabyshow.co.uk. Standard tickets are priced at £20 and we have two pairs to give away…
Friday 20th February: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Saturday 21st February: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Sunday 22nd February: 9.30am – 5.30pm.
To enter simply answer the question in the Rafflecopter form below. I'd love to know why you'd like to win so leave me a comment to let me know!
2014 was quite a year. Little I was born in February completing our little family and changing the dynamic of day to day life. It was also a year for a big decision. We took the plunge and decided I would not return to my job after my maternity leave. Gulp!
So what does 2015 hold? Undoubtably it will be a very busy year so I have decided to set myself some plans and goals to help me focus on my health, work, family and blogging.
I am bridesmaid at my sister-in-law's wedding in April. This has given me real incentive to get in shape. I lost over 1 stone of baby weight in 2014 which was great but I want to really focus and aim to lose a further 2 stone by the wedding. I am trying a hormone balancing fat loss plan which basically is a high protein, low carb diet which balances your blood sugar throughout the day avoiding spikes and troughs. I am combining this with two interval training sessions a week and a Pilates session. It is a tall order but I am determined and Husband is on board with the plan which is a massive support.
So I am officially unemployed for the first time in my life since University. It is rather scary but exciting at the same time. I love the fact that I can devote my time to my girls but I need to so something for myself too. I want to go back to my art degree and do something with that. I love making art from fabric so that is where I shall start.
Little E's behaviour has deteriorated since Little I arrived. She is hyperactive at the best of times but having my attention split has caused her to loose focus very quickly. This year I want to focus her energy productively by tightly scheduling our week so she always has something to occupy her time. She starts school in September which blows my mind but it'll challenge her and help her concentration.
Husband works crazy hours but I want us to get back into the habit of taking time together. Our diaries are crazy until the wedding in April but after that I want us to plan a night out at least once a month.
My blog is incredibly important. It gives me the space to unload my brain and it gives us some fantastic opportunities. I want to be more interactive this year, commenting more on other blogs and keeping on top of comments left on my own. I would like to try and double my visitor numbers by the end of the year. This will require better scheduling of posts and keeping my content dynamic.
So 7 days into 2015 how is it going? Well I've lost 1lb in the last few days, I've got back into my blog posting and Little E is re-settled at pre-school. I need to focus on the work plan and structuring our schedule for the next few weeks. I am looking forward to the next 51 weeks!
Why crawl around toys your sister is destroying the house with when you can just surf over them!
Mince pies at bedsides
New PJ's for all
Piles of presents
The baby is off, better shut that door!
Tutus and Silly Moo cow too
Baby still a bit confused
The girl got a pony!
Selfie stick at the ready
Our bellies are full
So let's fall asleep with the tele
My girls strike a pose
The baby's nearly walking
What a glorious 1st Christmas
The theme was definitely...
To kick off my 2015 New Year, New You campaign I have teamed up with SkinPep to offer two readers the chance to win a month's supply of Collagen Re-Nu supplement for skin, hair and nails. My body has taken a battering over the past 4years. Children age you twice as fast in my opinion! And in particular my skin has suffered so anything which gives it some love is received with open arms.
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December was a month of madness so as a result only one book was read. But boy was it a good one.
Dead Man Walking by Paul Finch
Ten years ago prolific serial killer, The Stranger, staked Dartmoor. Shot and believed dead he was never heard from again... When a brutal attack on two hikers shows startling resemblance to The Stranger's MO, DS Mark Hekenburg is drawn into a deadly game in which The Stranger holds all the cards.
This is the 4th DS Heckenburg book but it is my introduction to the series. And after this book I'll certainly be reading the rest. I don't want to give too much away as this thriller really is an edge of your seat book which shocks at every turn and keeps you guessing constantly. I like Heck, he reminds me of Luther, and the character is very believable. The writing style is excellent and fast paced. If you like books which make you hold your breath this is for you.
I am currently reading:
Safe House by Chris Ewan
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (Book Club)
Artist, Baker and Blogger. Mum to my two beautiful, cheeky girls. Muddling my way through parenthood with equally cheeky Husband.