Friday, 21 April 2017

Review - Babymel Childrens Backpacks

Babymel may be a brand that you are already familiar with, they have a lovely range of changing bags but did you know they also do children's bags too?

Paige and Parker were recently sent a bag each from their range. Parker picked the Dino Multi print and Paige picked the Pink Colour Block. The bags are really bright and colourful and aimed at 3 years plus. Parker isn't three until June so his bag is a little big for him but something that will last him and something that he can grow into. 

Both bags are very similar in shape and design, the patterns are just different. Both have side bottle pockets, padded adjustable straps and a chest strap. Having adjustable straps means that they can grow with your child making them last longer and better value for money. They both have smaller insulated front pockets and a large main pocket with a Velcro internal pocket. They are more than big enough for school bags or to take on a day trip.

Ours don't take packed lunches to school/nursery so mainly use their bags for day trips or when we go away. We recently took them on a day trip to my mums and they were perfect. They each had their water bottle in the side pocket, a change of clothes in the main pocket and some toys, along with a snack in the insulated front pocket. They both had them in the car and loved the independence of getting their own things for themselves out  of their bag.

The bags also come with a Zip or Zoe keyring. Both Paige and Parker love their keyrings and I think they make a cute little addition to the bags.

As you can see Parkers choice is very fun and colourful whereas Paige's bag is a little more muted, because hers is a lighter colour is does get dirtier quicker than Parkers which is to be expected but the bag is machine washable on a cold wash.

Overall the kids love their bags and can't wait to take them on our next adventure.

Which is your favourite Babymel design?

Nicola Xx

*Disclaimer - We were sent the above items for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are our own*

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Harleigh - 5 Months Old

How is my little baby getting so big?! She is growing up far too quickly. I'm not sure on weight but she is still in 3-6m clothes and size 3 nappies.

At 18 weeks so rolled over from belly to back. She tries so hard to go back to belly but just hasn't managed yet. She loves sleeping on her side so when she can roll to her belly i think she might start sleeping on her belly. She is now in her own room for naps and at night time. She has three naps a day for between 1-3 hours. We gave her a dummy and it helped with nap time so much. She used to rely on us to rock her to sleep but now settled herself sometimes with her dummy and sometimes without. Her night time sleep isn't too good. She is usually up twice a night but most times its three, the worst night was seven!

She is really loving toys. She got a jumperoo this month and loves it. She is also grabbing everything and never  misses anymore. This also includes hair, i forgot how much babies love to grab hair! 

She is learning to sit and can do 10-15 seconds on her own. She does get distracted by her feet though and loses balance. She is obsessed with feet. At 3 months it was hands and now we are onto feet.

Harleigh also loves Millie. She will follow her around the room and even stroke her, Millie just stands there and lets her. It is so cute. 

She is such a happy, smiley baby. We are so blessed. If we could nail night time sleeping she would be perfect, haha. 

She is starting to teeth quite badly, we've had red cheeks, loads of dribbling, chewing n everything in sight but no teeth as of yet. Parker got his at 5.5 months and Paige was a lot later so i'm interested to see when Harleigh gets hers. 

I'm just not ready to see her grow up. Next month she will be half a year old, then will be crawling and walking. Why can't they stay little forever?

Nicola Xx

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Goodlife Review

We aren't the most adventurous family when it comes to food. Each week I meal plan all our meals for the next week and without fail we usually stick to the same few meals. We stick to what we know, what we like and what we know the children will eat. 

When Goodlife got in touch and asked if we wanted to review some of their items I was a little hesitant to say yes but I did. I wanted us to try something new and see what we thought. They expressed how they wanted an honest review so this is what we honestly thought. 

The packaging is really lovely and all the ingredients are on the back of the boxes along with cooking instructions. 

Around 90% of meals that we eat have meat included so for us trying some meat free options is a big thing. Goodlife say their mission is to put vegetables into the spotlight. Too many times it can be seen as a side but can be a delicious main star of a meal. Goodlife are trying to make that happen.

Why meatfree isn't boring:
*Goodlife produce delicious vegtastic meals which make veg the star of the show. We only use natural ingredients - nothing else. 
*There are lot’s of benefits of reducing meat intake for you and your family, eg. health, saving money and conservation. 
*#MeatFreeMondays is a growing trend across social media. All kind of people love to join in on this, sharing the veggie creations. One day a week off meat can make a world of difference. 
* Goodlife have just got a brand new stockist in Iceland Food Warehouse stores. These stores are now selling 3 Goodlife products: Mushroom and Spinach Kiev, French Bean & Spinach Sausages with Wensleydale Cheese and the Falafel with Chickpea, Cumin & Coriander. The Kiev is also now in 500 main Iceland stores which is new stocklist for the product!

We were sent the Mushroom and Spinach Kiev, French Bean and Spinach Sausages with Wensleydale Cheese and the Falafel with Chickpea, Cumin & Coriander. 

First up we tried the French Bean and Spinach Sausages with Wensleydale Cheese. We cooked them in the frying pan with a little oil and added some mashed potatoes. The sausages cooked really well and were really easy to cook. They felt different to usual meat sausages, softer to touch. Then the taste test, they were very different. I've never eaten a vegetable sausage before, they tasted like a bag of vegetables wrapped up to look like a sausage which is essentially what they are. None of us were a fan I'm afraid, to me it seems strange to make them into a sausage. Parker wouldn't touch it, he could see that they weren't our usual sausages. Paige did try it but didn't like it. 

Next up were the Falafel with Chickpea, Cumin & Coriander. We popped these into the oven and they browned up quite nicely. They reminded me of meatballs which is something that we eat quite regular. These were far too spicy for me, I didn't mind them but just couldn't eat them. Mark on the other hand loved them. He loves spice and is big on flavour and these didn't disappoint. 

Last up were the Mushroom and Spinach Kiev. These were my favourite. Again we cooked them in the oven like we would a normal kiev. They were really easy and straight forward and came out looking amazing. The cheese was oozing out of the tops and looked really good. They tasted really nice too. The kiev was my favourite. I like spinach but couldn't taste it really, the cheese was a strong and delicious flavour. I don't like mushrooms but again the taste of those was masked by the cheese. It was nice that I could get an extra vegetable inside me. They have a lovely breadcrumb coating which adds some nice texture to the kiev too. 

Overall we enjoyed trying the three Goodlife products and although the children weren't too keen me and Mark would eat the Falafel and Kiev again. 

Do you ever eat meat free?

Nicola Xx

*Disclaimer - We were sent the above items for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are my own*

Monday, 17 April 2017

Date Nights

After you have children it's even more important to make sure you set aside some time spend with your partner. Having children can sometimes strain a relationship, it can be hard work. You become so wrapped up in the children and day to day life that sometimes you can lose each other in the process.

Mark and I try to have date nights at least every other week, although this is easier said than done! We can't afford to go out each week but after the children are in bed we usually cook a nice meal, sit down and watch a film. Mark keeps trying to tell me that getting a Panasonic 4K TV would improve our date nights, whereas I just wish he'd buy the nice popcorn!

We don't even have to watch a film, sometimes sitting down and just talking to each other without any distractions is nice. We can catch up on each others day and just keep connected. We play games and have both just learnt how to solve a rubik's cube, kind of nerdy but learning something new together was actually really nice. 

We rarely get moments during the day where we get time together, maybe the occasional lunch date when the kids are with Grandad on a Saturday.  So for us evenings are best as the children are in bed. We make sure that the children and are all in bed for between 6:30-7:30pm each night. A lot of people think that it's really early but for us that time is important and without a happy mummy and daddy the kids would be effected. 

Do you have regular date nights?

Nicola Xx

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