Saturday, 18 February 2017

Win tickets to The Baby and Toddler Show! Plus discount code

Last year I headed over to Manchester for The Baby and Toddler Show. Supported by Emma's Diary The Baby and Toddler Show is a huge event for parents to be and new parent alike. 

Win tickets to the baby and toddler show

The show is back for 2017 and will be taking place over three venues. Manchesters Event City (10-12 March), Sandown Park in Surrey (7-9 April) and the SEC in Glasgow (5-7 May). 

With all the big name brands under one roof including Bugaboo, Chicco, Britax, Quinny, Silver Cross, Cossato, I-Candy and many many more you can give the products a test drive, compare your favourites, talk to brand experts and buy with the guaranteed best prices. There is also information on feeding, weaning, first aid and lots more plus many of the brand have lovely samples for you to take away.It was a fun day and I really enjoyed it.

Tickets are availble online now priced at £13 for an adult ticket (children under 16 do not need a ticket). However there is currently a fab discount code giving you 1/3 off the price making an adult ticket just £8, add the code BM16 when ordering to receive the discount.

I am also giving one lucky person the chance to win a pair of tickets to The Baby and Toddler Show. Simply fill in the Rafflecopter below. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

1. Open to UK residents only. 
2. Entrants must be over 18.
3. All entries will be verified.
4. Please make sure i have a way to contact you if you win.
5. The prize is a pair of tickets to The Baby and Toddler Show. Winner to choose which show they would like to attend. 

6. No cash alternative.
7. If I am unable to make contact with the winner within a reasonable time a new winner will be drawn.
7. Winner will be given a code to redeem their tickets online and will need to print them out.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Babease Vegetable Led Baby Food

Weaning is well established for us now. Barney is 10 months old and like his big brothers has taken to food really well. Usually he has the same meals as us but of course there are times when what we are having is not suitable. For these times I either have a portion of something in the freezer or I will use a pouch of ready made food. Babease is an organic vegetable led range of food for babies made in the UK.

Barney has been sent some food from Babease Stage 2 range which is aimed at 7 months onwards. These pouches are a completely nutritionally balanced meal.
Babies have a natural tendency to prefer sweet tastes and tend to love fruit. It is important to introduce vegetables at the start of weaning journey while they most receptive to new flavours. This is why Babease have made their products vegetable led. The food itself is pretty smooth textured but with a thick consistency. Often baby food is a plain brown colour but in Babease food you can actually see the ingredients and the meals vary in colour depending on the flavour.

The current Stage 2 range has 5 meals available

  • Sweet Potato, Tomato, Carrot and Quinoa with Chickpeas and Cumin
  • Butternut Squash, Quinoa and Beetroot with Onion and Sage
  • Chickpea, Pumpkin, Tomato and Coconut Cream with Herbs and Mild Masala
  • Broccoli, Parsnip, Green and Puy Lentils with Onion, Fennel, Tomato and Herbs
  • Brown Rice, Swede, Courgette and Kale with Onion, Garlic and Thyme

As a mum I think the range of ingredients used in Babease baby food is really interesting. The flavours are different from what you tend to find in other well known baby brands. I also like that they aren't sweetened with fruit.  The packaging is really clear, with each pouch having the ingredients listed on the front of the packaging. On the back there is an ingredient wheel showing a break down of the recipe and it is reassuring to note that there are minimal ingredients used. Most importantly of all Barney has enjoyed eating them. Being 10 months old and having quite a big appetite he will happily eat a whole pouch plus some pasta extra, fresh fruit, raw veg or a couple of rice cakes alongside it.

I am impressed with Babease Stage 2 food. The vegetable led approach makes sense to me and I would love to see Babease extend their range to include vegetable based food and snacks for older babies and toddlers.

The Babease range is available now from a variety of retailers including Boots and Ocado.

**Items received for the purpose of this post, all opinions are my own**

Monday, 13 February 2017

Home Education in January

January is a funny month we are all recovering from Christmas and the weather is cold and grey. Home education in January was  a mixed bag. In the middle of January we were all pretty much wiped out for two weeks with a horrible bug and that meant we were stuck at home and watched more TV than we ever would usually. While I am not anti TV I don't tend to have it on much particularly during the day so it was quite unusual for us. I am glad that home ed means that the boys were able to recover fully at home without having to worry about attendance percentages.

I pad home education

The boys had been very lucky at Christmas with lots of lovely gifts which we are making use of. Kinetic sand and play doh sets have been out as well as new games, both boys are enjoying Pipeline and some new Orchard Toys games. They also received iPads, this is the first time they have had anything like this and it amazing how quickly they pick it up. Seb has been enjoying the Lego apps and also some basic coding and Alex has been enjoying Duplo and Fireman Sam apps. To be honest we haven't fully explored them yet but will be doing over coming months. Seb received a watch for Christmas and within a couple of days he was confidently telling the time.  We had already dabbled with it and he knew the basics but now he is a pro and is never without his watch.

Play doh cookies

The boys started at a Lego club this month which they absolutely loved. They built moving models and it was really enjoyable for them and they are both excited to go again. We have had a couple of play dates in January around our illness and have also visited soft play, the library been bowling and of course outside to parks including Cannon Hall Gardens and Middleton Park.  We have started planning what places we would like to visit this year and have booked a trip to London and a break at Center Parcs.

Cannon hall gardens

Seb is still loving times tables and he was so excited when I printed out the Twinkl Times Table Challenge for him. He has also loved the times tables cut and paste pages from Twinkl. Alex likes to have worksheets printed too but still tends to get bored halfway through them, it is definitely not his learning style! Reading wise as usual we read daily from our vast collection at home. Seb has also devoured an Enid Blyton book called Are We There Yet? which he has really enjoyed. I also ordered a magazine each, Whizz Pop Bang for Seb and Dot for Alex. I am thinking of subscribing So wanted to try single issues first.

Whizz pop bang

We always have some fun for Chinese New Year, it always perks us up, coming a few weeks after the excitement of Christmas has faded. This year I had some cool sticker resources picked up from Crafty Crocodiles and I paired them up with our favourite book about Chinese New Year. We had fun looking up which animal represent our birth year and the characteristics related to them.We of course made lanterns,  I also printed some resources from Twinkl and we ate Chinese food with chopsticks and had fortune cookies. I also used chop sticks in a fine motor skills craft where the boys picked up craft Pom poms with them dipped them in paint and made pictures.

Home education January,  Chinese new year

Home education January,  Chinese new year

I want to get the boys back into cooking with me more, they always used too but recently it had slipped a little apart from the usual baking. This month I taught Seb to make a cheese sauce, he did it all himself wth me supervising and was so proud that he had helped to make our lasagne. I am hoping to teach both boys lots of basics as they grow up because cooking is such an important lifeskill to have and also teaches about nutrition, measuring and science.

Home education in January, season wheel

One of our favourite crafts this month was making a season wheel. We split paper plates into four sections and painted. I then printed out season resources from Twinkl(where else?!) and we cut and stuck them onto our wheel. It was a good reminder of the order of the seasons and corresponding months and how they go in a cycle.

So that is how home education in January looked for us. I would love to know what other home edders have nene upto recently. I am also taking good part in #100daysofhomeed pop over to Instagram to see what we get upto day to day.

Weekly Meal Plan #7

Monday again! It has been so grey and cold the last few days. Last week we ate all of our planned meals despite a midweek stay in hospital for Alex. We also made some white chocolate krispie cakes and banana pancakes for breakfast one day.

Weekly meal plan, family of five

This week we have a nice busy week planned, we are taking advantage of the extra activities on for half term. I am also planning on making some banana bread and we are making some wholemeal bread today to go with tonights soup.

Monday Homemade soup and bread
Tuesday Italian Chicken and rice
Wednesday Pork and apple sausages, mash and peas and onion gravy
Thursday Slow cooked pasta bolognese
Friday Slow cooked chilli with rice
Saturday Pasta Pesto
Sunday Pizza, wedges and corn on the cob

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Thursday, 9 February 2017

White Chocolate Rice Krispie Cakes

We have all made rice krispie cakes at some point. Gooey chocolaty cakes with a crunch, what's not to love? These white chocolate krispie cakes have a touch of food colouring in them to make them pink. Finished off with a heart shaped marshmallow on top they are perfect for Valentines Day! These are so simple that Alex(4) pretty much made them by himself(with supervision of course!).

50g Butter
3tbsp Golden syrup
100g White Chocolate
100g Rice krispies 
Red food colouring
Heart Marshmallows

Prepare cake cases on a tray. In a pan melt the butter, golden syrup and chocolate over a low heat until combined. Turn off the heat, add a little food colouring and stir through. Add your rice krispies stirring until they are well coated in the chocolate mixture. Add more if needed. Spoon the mixture into the cake cases and top with a heart marshmallow. Leave to set.