It wasn’t seaweed, it was spinach (pictured), which was swiftly extracted by a shrieking BB and left on the side of the plate along with my latest attempt to get her to eat more veg.
Basically, with the exception of carrots, if it looks like a vegetable then forget it. The baby led weaning days in which she happily sucked on green beans and chased mushrooms around the plate with her podgy baby fingers are long gone, and everything must now be diced within an inch of its life (also pictured).
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Tagged disguising vegetables, Eat Your Veg, fussy eaters, healthy eating, hiding vegetables, how to get kids to eat veg
It’s almost six months since I’ve been back pounding the pavements following the birth of Little B, so I thought now is a good time for an update for anyone getting back into post-baby running, or thinking about it.
While I’m back up to my old distance I’m almost – but not quite – up to my old speed. It’s definitely taken me longer to regain my pre-pregnancy fitness than it did the first time round, but that said I am four years older than I was when BB was born.
But the most annoying thing has been two calf injuries, one in each leg, on separate occasions. Both were grade one calf strain, when you suddenly experience a sharp pain which then takes between two and five days to calm down. Continue reading
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Tagged calf strain, running after birth, running in pregnancy, running post pregnancy
Apparently two thirds of parents don’t have enough time to read to their kids, and a third say they suffer from guilt as a result.
In a bid to get families reading Alton Towers has unveiled the world’s biggest children’s book (pictured), which at more than 18ft high is taller than a giraffe and is available for families staying in the park’s new Enchanted Village to use. What fun!
While I hold my hands up to
skipping creatively adapting a book when it’s too long and I want to get bedtime over so I can cook dinner (aka pour a glass of wine), we’ve always had two stories at bedtime. Not one or three, it always has to be two. I don’t remember when or why this tradition came about, it just did. But recently the routine has evolved to become one book, and one ‘talking story’. Continue reading
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Tagged Alton Towers Enchanted Village, bedtime stories, books, reading, storytime, World's Biggest Book
It turns out we couldn’t have picked a better week to have our first holiday of the year – a post-Easter staycation. The sun shone practically every day last week and all four of us have been sunkissed.
I’ve got a red nose, BB has pink cheeks, Misery Guts has t-shirt marks and even Little B has a touch of colour despite copious amounts of sunblock and the repeated ramming of a sunhat on his head (why do they never, ever stay on?)
Holiday activities included meeting a baby goat, hunting for Easter eggs, playing on Granny and Grandad’s lawn, eating chocolate, walking in the New Forest, eating more chocolate – and ice cream, dusting down the Birkenstocks and wearing shorts which had a year off last summer owing to the bump of Little B, and entertaining friends on Brighton Pier. Continue reading
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Tagged Breast feeding, Easter, expressing breast milk, holidays, staycation, working mum
We’ve decamped to Dorset and the New Forest to grace the grannies with our presence over Easter. This year we’ve got an extra string to our bow in the activities stakes: a lovely shiny copy of the new Bing DVD.
For those of you unfamiliar with the CBeebies series, Bing is a bunny who gets into lots of mischief but his carer Flop is always on hand to help. Sounds a little on the simple and possibly boring side, but BB has always loved Bing so when we were sent the DVD to review I knew she’d be glued to the screen (pictured). Continue reading
Easter has come early in our house. In fact most seasonal events – Halloween, Christmas, Pancake Day etcetera – tend to come early owing to the fact we get sent things to review, which means we have to open them before the big day. I’m not complaining though, and nor is BB (pictured).
Our latest treat is Lindt’s Easter offering and let’s face it, it wouldn’t be Easter without a Lindt gold bunny. This year’s range includes chocolate Little Chicks (£3), Little Lambs (£2), a strawberry and cream white chocolate egg (£8.99 but it’s currently £8 in Tesco) and giant cuddly bunny.
The Little Chicks have a milky white filling and being bite size are the perfect portion size for little people after tea (although admittedly I had to go out and buy another packet for the purposes of this picture because I ate the previous lot myself…)