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Freddie puts the Milkymouth Baby Weaning Set to the test!

Freddie puts the Milkymouth Baby Weaning Set to the Test! – Weaning has to be the messiest part of having a baby but a lot of fun.

Baby Led Weaning

Freddie is our first baby to try Baby Led Weaning as it wasn’t something I’d heard of with either Isabelle or Ryan. Essentially we started our weaning journey with cooked vegetable sticks and soft fruits which we just put onto his tray without a bowl or plate, but as time went on he was trying to reach for the bowl or plate that these were on so we needed to choose bowls and plates that would withstand being thrown on the floor which is where most things end up.

Milkymouth Baby Weaning Set is the complete Kit to establish your weaning journey whether you're starting with purees or going down the Baby Led Weaning route. See what we thought when we put this set to the test

Milkymouth Weaning Set

The Milkymouth Weaning Set consists of:

  • 2 Silicone bibs
  • 1 Suction bowl
  • 1 Food/fruit pacifier
  • 1 Squeeze Feeding Bottle
  • 1 Teething Toy

Silicone Bibs

Both of the silicone bibs have a collection pocket which are the best for a weaning baby who is just learning to grasp and hold food. They do up with a button like fastening and is adjustable as your baby grows.

I love these bibs as they’re super soft and flexible to fit properly to protect your baby clothes. They also roll up which is handy for popping in your changing bag.

Milkymouth Baby Weaning Set is the complete Kit to establish your weaning journey whether you're starting with purees or going down the Baby Led Weaning route. See what we thought when we put this set to the test

Suction Bowl

The suction bowl is the perfect portion sized bowl for babies and sticks to your baby’s highchair or table.

The suction on the bowl is a bit hit and miss, but Freddie seems to have ridiculous super strength. The bowl ends up on the floor a lot so its good that its made from silicone so doesn’t break.

Food/Fruit Pacifier

When we first started Baby Led Weaning Freddie struggled with some foods, and it’s quite scary when your baby starts gagging. The Fruit Pacifier is a little gadget that looks like a dummy with a hollow teat and tiny holes. You open it up, put a piece of fruit inside and your baby can suck and chew the fruit through the teat.

I’ve had one similar to this but it was a mesh type end and it got really grubby quickly, but as this one is silicone it was easy to clean so would last much longer.

Milkymouth Baby Weaning Set is the complete Kit to establish your weaning journey whether you're starting with purees or going down the Baby Led Weaning route. See what we thought when we put this set to the test

Squeeze Feeding Bottle

If using purees this Squeeze Feeding Bottle is perfect for out and about. Load up the bottle and squeeze a bit onto the spoon end for easy, mess free feeding.

We’re not really doing pureed food but Freddie loves yoghurt and had a lot of fun feeding himself with this. It was easy to use and clean which is always a bonus.

Teething Toy

Although this is a Teething Toy it’s shaped like a spoon albeit in a grape kind of way. Freddie almost has a mouth full of teeth and he’s coped with this by using teethers. This one is great for putting into the back of his mouth to help with the back ones that, and being able to use it as a fun spoon is just a bonus!

The Milkymouth Baby Weaning Set is priced at £22.95 and can be bought from Amazon. It has everything you need whether you’re starting with purees or Baby Led Weaning.

Our Thoughts

My first thought was that the set had everything that I needed for Freddie and that it would withstand the many times that it would end up on the floor. My favourite part of the set is the bibs. They cover him well and as they’re super soft and flexible they sit nicely, so he hasn’t tried to pull them off at all. they have also remained stain free even up against the likes of spaghetti Bolognese.

The Milkymouth Baby Weaning Set gets a big thumbs up from this little guy and his Mummy!

???????We were sent the Milkymouth Baby Weaning Set for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Building with Strictly Briks | Review

Building with Strictly Briks – We were kindly sent a Strictly Briks Classic Brik Set and a Brik Tower Set. Isabelle is hugely into making a huge play area in her room which can vary from small collectibles to a whole large doll set up.

Isabelle has accumulated quite a bit of LEGO over birthday’s and Christmas’ and so we were excited to see how the Strictly Briks measured up.

Brik Tower Set with 6 Baseplates and 50 brick pieces

This set included six 6 x 6 base plates and 50 coloured bricks. Isabelle had lots of ideas that she could use the base plates for including houses, a vets for some small animal toys that she has and teddy bear loungers.

The Strictly Briks do indeed fit well alongside Isabelle’s collection of LEGO which is great since the Strictly Briks are a lot cheaper. I can also confirm that standing on them brings tears to your eyes and the expletives spurting from your mouth!

The Strictly Brik Tower set retails at £9.99 and available from Amazon.

Strictly Briks Review

156 Piece Classic Brik Set

Isabelle particularly liked the addition of this set since she now bulked out her collection so that she can makes lots of houses or horse stables for her animals. She was particularly impressed that it had girl coloured bricks (her words not mine).

The Strictly Brik Classic Brick set retails at £24.99

Strictly Brik Review

Our Thoughts

The Strictly Brik’s range definitely gets the thumbs up from me. It’s a great way to bulk out your existing collection at a fraction of the price, and the base plates are great for building onto. Isabelle liked the range of colours and found them easy to build with.

The set also got the green light from my niece and nephew who play with LEGO a lot!

*We were sent the Strictly Briks play sets for the purpose of this review. This post also contains affiliate links which means that I may receive a small payment at no cost to you if you click a link and make a purchase

Cortex Challenge Game Review

Cortex Challenge Game Review – Cortex Challenge is a card based game for 2 – 6 players of eights years and above. As part of the Blogger Board Game Club we were sent a copy to see what we think.

What’s Inside?

  • 74 Challenge Cards
  • 10 Touch and Feel Cards
  • 6 Touch Challenge Cards
  • 24 Brain Pieces

The game is quite a small box which when added to our growing collection is a bonus. It also means that it’s a great choice for taking on holiday.

The Aim of the Game

Cortex Challenge is a game of fast thinking, memory and speed skills. The cards have eight different challenges on them including touch, duplicates, logical series, mazes, and colour puzzle just to name a few.

The top card is turned over for all players to see. The first person to work out the task has to slap their hand on the card and explain the answer/puzzle to earn themselves a piece of brain.

The winner is the person to collect all four brain pieces.

Our Thoughts

This is definitely a game for us. The puzzles and challenges are really fun and Isabelle is annoyingly quick at working out the puzzles and the touch cards were really good, but hard to work out.

A bonus is that this game only takes around 20 minutes to play so can be played whilst dinner is cooking or when we have a bit of spare time.

Cortex Challenge retails at £12.99 which I thought was very reasonably priced and can be bought from all major game retailers.

Cortex Challenge gets a BIG thumbs up from us!

As part of the Blogger Board Game Club we also reviewed Get Packing and Ticket to Ride Europe

*We were sent a copy of Cortex Challenge for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

A Summer Holiday in Devon

A Summer Holiday in Devon

A Summer Holiday in Devon – I’ve said it before but we are really lucky to live in Devon surrounded by beaches, amazing outdoor spaces and lots of great activities to do with the kids.

If like us you like to make a bit of a plan to get you through the six weeks holiday with your sanity still in tact whilst keeping the kids entertained then read on.

We like to have options for days out whatever the weather, with a mix of free and paid for outings. I’ve scoured the net to see things that would suit all age groups and budgets.

FREE Days Out

Elmer’s Big Parade Plymouth – running from 8th July – 13th September. Find all 40 Elmer’s which are displayed on and around Plymouth. Each elephant has a unique design and at the end will be auctioned off to raise money for St Luke’s Hospice, Plymouth. Grab a map from local shops or download the App.

Learn to Fish with Learn to Fish South West – There are various sessions available in Exeter, Tiverton, Newton Abbot, Bideford and Bude.

Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge – Devon Libraries. Read six books, collect stickers and rewards along the way whilst keeping an eye out for those alien book bandits!

Free Film Fest, Exeter – running from 30th – 31st August there are films running on both days worth the first film being the Jungle Book. If you haven’t watched a film shown outside on a big screen then I would highly recommend it. Take a blanket and some snacks and get comfy.

RAMM – Royal Albert Memorial Museum. We love going to the museum for a general look around l, but they have lots of events available throughout the holidays. Don’t forget to pick up the kids backpacks which are free to use around the museum packed full of activities to make your visit more fun!

Paid Days Out

Crealy Theme Park – As well as all the permanent attractions there is the Hydro High Dive event which is running from 22nd July – 31st August where you will see the Crealy Brigade fight fires and jump from heights of over 80 feet.

Exmoor Zoo – Home to the only pair of Black Leopards in the UK they have a host of activities daily including feeding the Tortoises and meet the Alpacas.

Woodland’s is a great place to take the kids. As well as loads of exciting rides it’s all spaced out with lots of play activities and picnic spaces and there are loads of cool events throughout the holidays such as Fizzpop Science Workshops and Titan the Robot.

The Milky Way Adventure Park is another action packed theme park for all ages set in North Devon. I love that this place has a lot to do for Younger children in their Pre-schoolers section.

Clip n Climb – This is a great way for the kids to burn off some energy during the holiday. There are a range of walls with different levels of difficulty and adults can join in the fun too.

Paignton Zoo – Always a good day out at the zoo. Don’t forget to make note of the animal feeding times. They also have lots of good children’s play areas and Giant Top Trumps.

Ibounce Trampoline Park – always a good option for a rainy day or to expel lots of energy. Make sure you book though!

Powderham Castle is always a great place to visit. Have a look at the events page to see what’s on over the summer and don’t forget to have something to eat in the Orangery.

This little lot should keep you busy but I’ll add to it as and when I find interesting things.

Does Breastfeeding Really Burn Calories and if so How Many?

Does breastfeeding really burn calories and if so how much?

Does breastfeeding really burn calories and if so, how many extra calories can I eat? This is a question often asked by pre and postnatal women when considering the pros and cons of breastfeeding. There are many anecdotal claims online and in the wider health and fitness community that state breastfeeding burns calories to the extent that it can help new mothers to return to their pre-pregnancy weight. These sources even cite specific daily calorific amounts, ranging from anywhere between 300-500 calories per day.  But where does this number come from and more importantly, is it accurate? This is what we’ll explore in this article.

Does breastfeeding really burn calories and if so, how many extra calories can I eat? This is a question often asked by pre and postnatal women when considering the pros and cons of breastfeeding. There are many anecdotal claims online and in the wider health and fitness community that state breastfeeding burns calories to the extent that it can help new mothers to return to their pre-pregnancy weight. These sources even cite specific daily calorific amounts, ranging from anywhere between 300-500 calories per day.  But where does this number come from and more importantly, is it accurate? This is what we’ll explore in this article.

Is it 500 Calories?

The additional 500 calories per day value is regularly cited in blogs, magazine articles and even the occasional scientific paper. On this basis, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it is factual and that the value was reached at the end of some strong, authoritative research. But you would be wrong! In actual fact, the 500 extra calories per day is the result of a small study that didn’t even measure calorific expenditure to determine whether a woman burns more calories or not while she is lactating. What it actually measured and subsequently reported was the number of additional calories women who were exclusively breastfeeding their babies consumed in comparison to partially breastfeeding women, and those feeding their babies on a formula. On average the breastfeeding women tended to consume an additional 500 calories more than their formula-feeding counterparts, and so the myth was born! To make matters worse, the data collection in this study was self-reported, which is a notoriously unreliable way of collecting scientific information. 

Part of the reason why this myth has been so effective is because on the surface the mechanisms supporting it seems so plausible. If the body is doing more work [lactating] then it must require more energy right? There are two ‘possible’ mechanisms by which lactation ‘could’ help to contribute to a calorie deficit; the first is through its effect on basal metabolic rate (this is the amount of energy burned at rest) and the second is related to dietary-induced thermogenesis (heat production from food intake).  However, the evidence is generally unclear as to whether lactation has any direct effect on either of these two mechanisms.

Research Says….

According to Dewey (1997), women who are exclusively breastfeeding require around 670 additional calories per day. This estimate has been reached by considering breast milk volume, milk energy density and the conversion efficiency from dietary energy to breast milk. It also ‘assumes’ that both thermogenesis and basal metabolic rate are increased during lactation. If therefore a postnatal woman wants to lose weight steadily, consuming only 500 additional calories per day will create a net deficit of around 170 calories each day (1190 per week). Simples, as those little meercats from the TV adverts say!

A modest weight loss of around 1lb per week (or 0.5kg) is generally thought to be safe in the postnatal period. However, is this achieved when most postnatal women report gaining weight in the weeks and months after the birth of their baby?  Research in this area suggests that modifications to both diet and exercise will have the greatest effect and that low-calorie diets are only likely to result in more cravings, increasing the chance of a relapse. Furthermore, a daily energy intake of 1600 calories or less could actually threaten milk production. However, in the case of twins and triplets, milk production is greater and so this base threshold will need to be increased somewhat. In the battle for postnatal weight loss, slow and steady will always win the race.

Look at what you’re eating

Focusing a little more on dietary factors, how is it possible to create an energy deficit when you are sleep deprived, exhausted, hungry and you constantly have a baby (or two) attached to you?  The key here is to think more about what you are eating as opposed to how much. Several studies have revealed that the diet of lactating women is often deficient in grains, vegetables and dairy, which are all food sources that result in satiety and food satisfaction. Ensuring that you eat these foods is likely going to reduce those cravings for high energy and sugary snacks. What’s more worrying however about these deficient food groups is that they are all essential sources of micronutrients, like vitamins D and B12, calcium and iron (Robert-McComb 2014).  Reduced milk production is usually attributed to low protein intake.  Unsurprisingly however, a balanced diet of wholegrains, fresh vegetables and lean protein is the optimum breastfeeding diet to ensure a high-quality and sustained production of milk. Not only will increasing your intake of protein and fresh vegetables benefit your baby, it will also support your weight loss ambitions by controlling your blood sugar, reducing food cravings, leaving you feeling fuller for longer.

About the Author

Naomi Schon is a Registered Midwife (RM) with over 10 years’ midwifery experience. She is also a fully qualified Personal Trainer, yoga teacher and a Pilates instructor. Naomi is currently the lead clinical consultant for all things related to pregnancy and postpartum exercise at Health and Fitness Education (HFE), focusing primarily on their pre and postnatal courses and personal training courses.

Does breastfeeding really burn calories and if so, how many extra calories can I eat? This is a question often asked by pre and postnatal women when considering the pros and cons of breastfeeding. There are many anecdotal claims online and in the wider health and fitness community that state breastfeeding burns calories to the extent that it can help new mothers to return to their pre-pregnancy weight. These sources even cite specific daily calorific amounts, ranging from anywhere between 300-500 calories per day.  But where does this number come from and more importantly, is it accurate? This is what we’ll explore in this article.

References and Further Reading

H. A. Durham, C. A. Lovelady, R.J.N. Brouwer, K.M. Krause, T. Østbye (2011) Comparison of Dietary Intake of Overweight Postpartum Mothers Practicing Breastfeeding or Formula Feeding.

Journal of the American Dietetic Association Volume 111 (1) 67–74.

S L Nascimento, J Pudwell, F G Surita, K B Adamo and G N (2014) The effect of physical exercise strategies on weight loss in postpartum women: a systematic review and meta-analysis Smith International Journal of Obesity 38, 626–635.

J. J. Robert-McComb, Á. García González, L. Carraway. (2013) The Active Female Nutritional Guidelines and Energy Needs During Pregnancy and Lactation 517-533.

K. G. Dewey. (1997) Energy and Protein Requirements During Lactation. Annual Review of Nutrition 17 19-36.

*This is a sponsored post in collaboration with HFE

Pethood Stories – A Woman’s Best Friend with Petplan

Pethood Stories – A Woman’s Best Friend with Petplan – I don’t think there’s ever been a time in my life where we haven’t had a pet of some kind. As a child we were surrounded by cat’s, rabbits and guinea pigs. There’s definitely something calming when you sit petting an animal. I was more than happy to share my Pethood story as part of a series from Petplan Pet Insurance.

Pethood stories - A woman's best friend with Petplan. Read how Charlie the labradoodle became part of our family

Our Pethood Story

Our son had wanted a dog from around the age of five and would regularly ask but we had a cat who was a bit grumpy and it wouldn’t have been fair to get a puppy. So that Ryan could have a pet of his own we got him a hamster, and then another four months later when the first went to hammy-heaven. Unfortunately this one didn’t last very long either and as Ryan was heartbroken we decided that we needed to choose a pet with a longer lifespan so we got a Lionhead Rabbit called Sammy and Ryan doted on him.

Pethood stories - A woman's best friend with Petplan. Read how Charlie the labradoodle became part of our family

Having a dog was still discussed on a regular basis, and as a family we quite liked the idea of having a dog but we were both working full-time and our cat was still the main issue so the conversation was shelved many times. I should point out that we did love having our cat, she was a lovely girl, she just didn’t like other animals.

Amazingly she made it to the ripe old age of eighteen, and as a pet family it wasn’t long before the yearning for a furry friend became apparent.

Pethood stories - A woman's best friend with Petplan. Read how Charlie the labradoodle became part of our family

2014 was the year of The Dog

Our situation had changed. We’d had a little girl who was now three and Ryan was fourteen. I worked part-time and Chris’ job was fairly flexible so it wasn’t long before the yearning for a dog came up again.

Pethood stories - A woman's best friend with Petplan. Read how Charlie the labradoodle became part of our family

We did a lot of research before making any decisions, taking into account the every day costs of having a dog as well as the time we had available for walking etc. Chris didn’t want a small dog, Ryan wanted an English Sheepdog, Isabelle wanted a puppy and I sat and did the research but we were looking at labradors and retrievers. Then I found the Labradoodle.

Pethood stories - A woman's best friend with Petplan. Read how Charlie the labradoodle became part of our family

Labradoodles come in a variety of sizes with some being more curly and hairy than others. Labradoodles are a crossbreed of a Labrador and Poodle and was first bred around 50 years ago as a low-allergen guide dog. A lot of people mistakenly think that Labradoodles don’t shed their fur which is totally wrong – you only need to see what we hover up every day!

Pethood stories - A woman's best friend with Petplan. Read how Charlie the labradoodle became part of our family

So once I’d discovered the Labradoodle it wasn’t particularly hard to convince the others that this would be the perfect breed. As a breed they are good natured, if not a bit daft, great with children and have a good life span. It’s interesting to see what the most popular breeds through time are. I found a local breeder who had some puppies available soon.

Pethood stories - A woman's best friend with Petplan. Read how Charlie the labradoodle became part of our family

I wafted the information through to the others on a daily basis and it was three against one (Daddy) and to be fair he didn’t take much persuasion.  I showed the kids pictures of labradoodle puppies with their scruffy gorgeous little faces, and appealed to Chris’ sensible head about the advantages of having a dog, in particular why a Labradoodle would be a good fit.

Pethood stories - A woman's best friend with Petplan. Read how Charlie the labradoodle became part of our family

When we went to visit the puppies we were led into a kitchen and in ran the puppies. I forget how many there were but they were all golden apart from one little scruffy brown pup. They were all over us, but this little brown one was biting at Ryan’s trainers, pulling at his laces and generally wouldn’t leave us alone. We knew then a there that he was going to be ours, it was like he’d chosen us.

Pethood stories - A woman's best friend with Petplan. Read how Charlie the labradoodle became part of our family

Bringing him home in a veg box sat on Ryan’s lap, all of us grinning from ear to ear. As we’d done our research we knew that we’d have a settling in period where he might cry for his mum, brothers and sisters so we bought him a cosy bed and a toy monkey for him to cuddle up to.

Pethood stories - A woman's best friend with Petplan. Read how Charlie the labradoodle became part of our family

Suprisingly he was no bother at all. He was at his happiest being around us and it really didn’t take long for him to be knitted into our family life. Dogs are known to lift people’s spirits that’s why they use them in some hospitals and nursing homes and coming home to this cheeky chappie is always a pleasure.

Pethood stories - A woman's best friend with Petplan. Read how Charlie the labradoodle became part of our family

Charlie was covered by temporary pet insurance when we picked him up which lasted for a few days which gave us a chance to get his insurance in place. We opted for Labradoodle Pet Insurance Lifetime Cover which gives us peace of mind should anything happen. Petplan offer a range of cover which is tailored to your dogs breed so that you get the correct level of cover. Anybody even considering getting a dog should definitely factor in dog insurance.

It seems that most breeds have certain traits and illnesses they can suffer from. Labradoodles are prone to:

  • Ear conditions
  • Skin conditions such as dermatitis
  • Lumps and bumps
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Cruciate ligament rupture

Poor Charlie does suffer with his ears on and off and has received treatment quite a few times now.

Pethood stories - A woman's best friend with Petplan. Read how Charlie the labradoodle became part of our family

Life with Charlie

As we live on the coast we were keen to get him used to the beach so had his first trip to the beach at four months old. It was on this car journey that we had our first episode of dog car sickness which we later realised was due to anxiety. He gets quite anxious in the car, panting a lot which was resulting in him being quite sick. It took a while for him to overcome this, but we persevered making sure that we kept car journey’s short and always took him to places that he would enjoy.

Our Charlie has a lovely personality. As Isabelle was only three when we got him we made sure that he never jumped up at her, and even now he won’t jump up at children. He’s a sociable boy with other dogs and people. I don’t quite think he understands when people aren’t that bothered with him as he’s used to getting a lot of attention. He would wait for Ryan to come home from school for a bit of rough play.

Charlie is ruled by his belly! He’s a very well behaved dog, BUT will be a bit naughty if he’s given the chance to scoff. He’s gate-crashed many a picnic and has run off a few times when the temptation has been too great. Since getting him we have had another baby who is currently weaning so Charlie is in heaven at the moment.

Pethood stories - A woman's best friend with Petplan. Read how Charlie the labradoodle became part of our family

He doesn’t like water! Bearing in mind the Poodle in him are known waterdogs, he hates it! He doesn’t swim in water and will only go up to his ankles generally at the beach where the water is gradual. When it rains you practically have to shove him out the door. He’s such a wimp.

Charlie loves to play, but he’s not as bouncy and energetic as he was as a puppy. He’s hopeless with balls. He runs after the ball but then never brings it back. His favourite walks are on the beach or in the forest where he can discover lots of different smells and loves to find sticks and bits of driftwood.

Charlie is our third baby, our fur baby. I’m his Mummy! Only other dog owners understand when I refer to him in this way. It took around the same to choose a dog sitter as it did finding a nursery for the kids.

We had another baby last year and it was quite a big adjustment for all of us. It was our first time with a newborn and a dog and the fur was a bit of a concern for us. A year on and Charlie’s loving this new source of food that a weaning baby provides. We now have daily dog/pram walks which seems to suit everybody.

Charlie celebrates Christmas with us. He has a dog chocolate Advent Calendar, a stocking and presents under the tree.

We also celebrate his birthday every January by making him a cake or treats and presents. His dog bed even matches our sofa!

Charlie is undoubtedly a member of our family and we’d be totally lost without him.

Pethood stories - A woman's best friend with Petplan. Read how Charlie the labradoodle became part of our family

*This post is in conjunction with Petplan but all thoughts are my own

13 Month Baby Update

14 Month Baby Update – when Freddie turned 12 months I was going to finish the baby updates there but I thought I would carry on until he reaches 18 months and is officially a toddler.

New Stuff

He’s walking!! – we really thought that he’d be walking before his birthday but he started walking a week after his first birthday and was so proud of himself. He walks like a little drunk old man and still prefers fast crawling over walking, but his baby toddle is oh so cute.

Teething

This boy has a mouth full of teeth. Pretty much all of his teeth both top and bottom are visible. I think he’s coped so well with teething with off days for the time it takes for them to break through the gums.

He uses his teething toys as he should and goes off his food, but all in all he deals with it well.

Play

At 13 months Freddie loves to play with his toys. We got him a ride on car for his birthday which he prefers to push rather than sit on.

We also got a ball pit which he loves to get in and out of himself. Freddie loves balls so we have quite a few including spiky sensory balls with lights inside, a mini football and squishy balls. We’ve had to take away the foam balls as he likes to bite chunks out of them.

We brought Isabelle’s play kitchen down for Freddie to play with, and he really enjoys taking the washing up bowl out and shoving loads of toys inside.

We also have a basket which I put things like wooden spoons, spatula’s, plastic cups and other kitchen bits which he likes to play with.

Of course Freddie’s favourite thing to do is climb. He will use anything including the dog to climb on to reach something that’s caught his eye. The worse being climbing on his car which could of course move from under him. So stressful that he’s only just found his feet but already climbing on everything!

Growth

I haven’t had Freddie weighed recently but he’s outgrown most of his 9 – 12 months clothes and wearing size 12 – 18 months.

We’ve yet to get his feet properly measured for his first shoes. I think we’ll let him find his feet barefoot for a few weeks before we get him some shoes.

Weaning

We’ve got into a great food routine and Freddie’s happy to try everything that we give him.

Now that he’s tried quite a lot of different foods, he has a few favourites. He tends to enjoy pasta and rice based meals and likes quite strong flavours.

We eat quite flavoursome meals so I’m not at all surprised by this. For lunch he quite likes a bit of pickle with his cheese sandwich and meal wise he loves Daddy’s curry with a bit of naan bread.

Oh and he’s now on the broccoli bus! He wasn’t keen at first but we’ve persevered and he now quite likes it.

We’ve also moved into a fork and spoon rather than fingers. He likes to feed himself and gets quite frustrated if we don’t let him. The bowl ends up on the floor if he can’t do it himself. I’m happy for him to feed himself and just plonk him in the bath after dinner, but Daddy likes to feed him so it’s not so messy. I think you can guess how many times Daddy’s won that battle!!

Feeding

We’re still breastfeeding with no plans to stop at the moment. As we’ve reached and passed the twelve months mark we now have the title of ‘Golden Boobies’.

Freddie’s a total boobie monster and I’m happy to carry on feeding so we’ll just keep on going whilst we’re both happy to do so.

Sleeping

Freddie’s not the best of sleeper but we get enough to function.

He only naps once during the day and it’s still on me, but that gives me a reason to sit down and chill whilst he feeds/sleeps. It sometimes causes a few problems when visitors want to come round, but I’m quite protective over his one nap so I think people should just be a bit more understanding of this. If he doesn’t have that one nap he can’t function by about 3pm and then we run into the danger zone of him falling asleep at around 4pm which is a huge no-no!

I have been thinking that getting his cot set up and trying to get him into it for at least the beginning part of the night would be quite nice just so that I have a bit of baby free time. We’ll see…..

Until next month………

Little Brian Face Paint Sticks Review

Little Brian Face Paint Sticks Review – All kids seem to love having their face painted and Isabelle is no different. We’ve stood in endless queues at fetes, fairs and school events so she can be transformed into a Butterfly or Unicorn.

When we were asked to review Little Brian Face Paint Sticks we were more than a little but excited. I was slightly worried that my actual face painting expertise might look more like a five year old armed with their Mums make-up bag but was willing to give it a go.

Little Brian Face Paint Sticks

We’re not new to the Little Brian range. We’ve reviewed both the Little Brian Paint Sticks and the Little Brian Fabric Paint Sticks which were both a big hit.

The Little Brian Face Paint Sticks come in a pack of twelve which retail at £9.99.

They look like marker pens and twist up like a glue stick, and it looks like we’re going to get quite a few faces out of them. The idea is that you can create the faces by using the face paint sticks like using a pen, so drawing on their faces.

We were given the challenge to create a Ladybird, a Dragon and we opted to have a go at the Unicorn. The set comes with a sheet which gives you step by step instructions on how to create twelve different faces from a Dog to a Tiger.

The Ladybird

I created the Ladybird using the face paint sticks as per the instructions. The paint glides on the face nicely, but it is quite tricky to do the smaller, detailed parts so I opted to use a paint brush with a little bit of water.

The Dragon

The paints are very quick drying which is perfect for kids with no patience like Isabelle. I love that the colours are as bright as they should be and were very easy to wash off.

The Unicorn

Isabelle is keen to give the Face Paint Sticks a go on her own, and I feel quite confident that she would be able to use these with minimal mess.

Our Thoughts

All in all these Face Paint Sticks would be a great buy to use at a birthday party or just to do on a lovely sunny day. The colours are lovely and bright, and apart from a little help for details with a brush they were extremely easy to use. The Face Paint Sticks get a big thumbs up from us.

*we were sent a set of Little Brian Face Paint Sticks for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are our own.

Cheesies Review and Giveaway

Cheesies Review and Giveaway

Cheesies Review and Giveaway. We were asked to give Cheesies a try and as a thank you to our readers we’d love to give you the chance to Win some Cheesies for yourselves. I loved the sound of these. We’re big cheese eaters in our house and one of my other favourite snack is crisps. Cheesies are crunchy balls of popped cheese which sounds rather intriguing.

During all three of my pregnancies I was quite sick and nauseous with cheese and crackers became my main staple. I don’t think I went a single day without eating cheese, in sandwiches, in chunks, on cocktail sticks with pineapple (one of my faves), with crackers, in fact any which way it came. Even when I had horrendous heartburn. I was pretty sure at one point that I was going to give birth to a baby shaped cheese sculpture.

Cheesies

Cheesies are pieces of popped cheese which are low in carbs, high in protein, gluten free and vegetarian. Each 60g bag contains three portions which vary in calories per cheese

  • Cheddar 122 calories per portion
  • Emmental 115 calories per portion
  • Gouda 119 calories per portion

Cheesies can be eaten on their own as a snack and can be added to salads and soups as croutons.

Our thoughts

My first and last thought are that these are my kind of snack. I love cheese and these little bite sized pieces are packed full of flavour. I might even hide them from Chris and Isabelle since I know they won’t last very long otherwise.

I don’t have a favourite taste wise, I really enjoyed all three flavours and am really looking forward to popping a few of these on top of some tomato soup which I think they would be perfect for. It’s nice to know that they aren’t particularly naughty as well so I would definately buy these again.

Cheesies can be bought directly from their website and are available on Amazon as well for £1.99 a bag.

Cheesies Review And Giveaway

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*we were sent a selection of Cheesies for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

What would your 8 year old choose for Father’s Day?

What would your 8 year old choose for Father’s Day? How much do your kids play a part in picking a Father’s Day gift? I would say that I’m 50/50 when it comes to letting kids pick. I only say this as there was a bit of a showdown in a jewellery shop when our eldest was small. He wanted to buy the most awful gold football necklace that was horrendously tacky but also cost a fortune. I knew that Chris wouldn’t have chosen it in a million years so let’s say I used the power of gentle pursuasion to guide them to something a little bit more ‘Chris’.

We always make handmade cards which can be as elaborate and covered in a thousand stickers and glitter as they want.

Let them think it was their idea and jobs a good un!

However, we’ve teamed up with The Personalised Gift Shop and given Isabelle free reign to choose the perfect Father’s Day Gift for Daddy.

7 Best Sellers

Here are the seven most popular items bought for Father’s Day from the Personalised Gift Shop Range.

A Personalised Father’s Day Black Hip Flask – £11.99

A Personalised Happy Father’s Day Whiskey Tumbler – £9.99

Personalised Father’s Day Glass Keepsake – £19.99

Engraved Cut Crystal Whiskey Tumbler – £13.99

Personalised Father’s Day Photo Cushion – £16.99

Personalised Any Name Beer Glass Tankard – £9.99

Personalised Daddy & Me Photo Mug – £9.99

All of these are lovely gifts, and out of these I would say that Isabelle would choose the personalised photo cushion covered with pictures of herself.

What did Isabelle Choose?

I decided to give Isabelle total control when choosing her Father’s Day Gift this year with absolutely no subtle hints or gentle persuasion. I thought she would definitely choose something photo related. Any excuse to have things with her picture on it BUT I was wrong.

What she actually chose was this Personalised Retro Sweet Jar (£14.99) which to be fair is quite a good choice. Daddy likes sweets and tries (and fails) to have a hidden stash for late at night when he gets the munchies. He also likes to keep a stash in the car for when he’s driving and this jar is full of his favourites.

It took her quite a while to choose since the range is quite big but I think she chose well.

The Personalised Gift Shop has a wide range of gifts for all occasions including Wedding’s, Birthdays and the arrival of a New Baby with options to suit all budgets and tastes.

*This is a collaborative post with The Personalised Gift Shop.