Monday, 22 January 2018

A Dream Garden

As winter takes over I find myself dreaming about spring and summer, I think a lot of people do. We always long for what we don’t currently have. I can’t wait for the weather to get warmer, for the kids to play outside without huge coats on and little red noses. Then I look out of the window and I’m hit with reality. 

Our garden is a mess. 

It isn’t suitable for anyone right now and I’m glad I have some time before spring comes to get it up to scratch. I must admit I’m not very green fingered, I don’t really know the difference between a weed and a regular plant. Someone once told me that a weed is just a plant you don’t want, so that’s the rule I go with. I just want somewhere nice and tidy for the kids to play, for BBQ's and for us to sit and watch. I will admit that in the summer children’s toys rule our garden. 

Whilst it is very cold outside (we currently have snow) it’s important for me to keep warm and safe whilst in the garden. A good water proof coat is a must, I usually wear a fleece underneath to keep warm too. Lots of layers are great for adding warmth too which can also be removed if I work up a sweat. I tend to wear normal jeans, if it’s extra cold I would wear leggings or tights underneath. I of course wear gardening gloves and usually a pair of normal gloves too, my hands are always cold. 

I am known to be quite clumsy so when working in the garden I do like to have proper shoes that if anything happened I know I’d protected my feet. Having three children to run around after means that if I damaged my feet I’d be in big trouble! I like to use e.s O2 Work shoes Minkar from Engelbert Strauss. I know it’s a well know brand that I can trust. The shoes are safe, comfortable and look nice too. 

It’s nice sometimes to get out into the garden on my own and just clear my head. It gives you time to think whilst still being productive. I don’t get much time to myself so the odd moments of peace are lovely. 

Nicola Xx

Friday, 19 January 2018

The Hipp Buddies - The Children Take Over

As you may remember in the last few months I’ve worked with Hipp Organics and me and Harleigh have tried a whole variety of jars in our moment for jars and first tastes challenges. This time we were challenged to meet the Hipp buddies. And I had to let the kiddos be in charge!! They had to pick what to wear, what to eat and what we did.

The Hipp Buddies are a group of animals who are super friendly and very fun. They all have different jobs and help in making yummy fruit for the Hipp Organic pouches. They all want to make sure that only the best ingredients go into each and every pouch.  Paige loves Georgie the giraffe, Parker loves Max the monkey and if Harleigh could talk I think she would like Casey the cat. 

The big kids got to help in picking ours clothes. They picked mine and Harleighs clothes! They had so much dressing us. Usually I pick everyone’s clothes out the night before on a school night or in the morning on a weekend so they loved having a chance to pick their own.

The picked me and Harleigh matching clothes, we had lovely pink matching jumpers. Perfect for the cold weather, they picked so well.

Harleigh is only 14 months old so the big kids helped out a little and they loved it!! First up was breakfast. Harleigh could do this all on her own. She loves food and always had so I knew she wouldn’t have any problems with any of them. Of course she couldn’t tell me so whichever she touched first or picked up that’s what she had! For breakfast it was fruity porridge. 

I simply took the cap off, which can be replaced if you don't use the whole pouch, and Harleigh was able to suck straight from the pouch. I didn’t even warm it up and she loved it. Plus it made no mess what so ever. I love pouches for this exact reason. They are quick, easy and mess free! 

In this pouch was a lot of fruit including pears and mango plus fruit juices. She actually cried when the pouch was finished because she wanted more!

We then went for a walk in the park. The children will also pick a walk in the park over almost everything else. They just love getting outside. Parker also got a bike for Christmas so he loves learning to ride. After we had worked up an appetite we came back home, warmed up and for lunch Harleigh picked the Mediterranean Vegetable Spaghetti. 

I knew she would love this one. She loves anything with spaghetti. Inside is some amazing organic ingredients which include tomatoes, onions and mozzarella. I can't have milk anymore so couldn't try the pouches myself but Mark did. He said they were all lovely subtle flavours but the texture is a bit strange to eat for adults. Harleigh loved it, I couldn't feed her fast enough. She usually eats what we eat but I love pouches because they are so easy and convenient. 

Next up was tea. We gave Harleigh the choice again, I just let her pick between a couple of different pouches or we could of been waiting all day for her to settle on one! She picked Vegetable and Chicken Risotto with peas. 

We don't usually have risotto so I wasn't sure if Harleigh would like it but to my surprise she did. Inside this one was carrots, rice, peas, chicken and tomatoes. Again she loved it. The texture is perfect for babies who are bored of smooth food and need a little bit more but also perfect for toddlers who like Harleigh already eat regular food. 

We tried a few different pouches both sweet and savoury ones and Harleigh has loved every single one. 

We couldn't recommend Hipp Organic enough. If you'd like to try them for yourself and see which buddy is your favourite I have a printable voucher you can download for money off. To discover more about the different pouches available make sure you view the full range

I always think weaning is fun and very messy, I've done it three times now and each time I learn a little more. Its so important to offer a wide range of food and try if you can to offer more vegetables than fruit. Most babies love fruit as they are sweeter than vegetables. If you offer more vegetables you are helping them move away from their natural preference for sweeter tastes. This could help them be less fussy as they get older. 

Don't forget to check out the Hipp buddies!

Nicola Xx

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Harleigh - 14 Months Old

Today Harleigh turns 14 months old. The months are still flying by. This month she feels much more like a toddler although she still hasn’t taken any steps. The past month she seems more into walking with her walker and cruising along and between furniture. She also learnt how to ride her ride on by pushing herself along.

She has cut another tooth this month so now has 7. 

Her naps and sleep as still a little up and down. Probably down to her teething and she is going through another leap. 

She understand what loads of words mean but hasn’t said any new ones. For example if we say ta she will give us whatever she has in her hands and it’s become quite a little game, she loves bringing us thing and passing us things. 

She loves food and will eat what we eat. She eats more or less anything and I hope it continues. Her favourites are grapes, pizza, banana and carrots. 

Not too much has changed. I think she looks a lot more like a toddler now and it will be so strange to see her walking, if she ever does because she are just so used to seeing her crawl now. She started crawling just as she turned 9 months so thats a good 5 months ago!

Nicola Xx

Monday, 15 January 2018

Siblings - January 2018

Another new year of siblings. I wonder how they will all change this year. Will their relationship change too? I’m excited to see and can’t wait to watch them together for another year. 

The big two went back to school this month and Harleigh has missed them so much. I think she has liked having me to herself for the morning again but loves when they get home, Parker at lunch and Paige at the end of the day. 

Harleigh and Parker are so close, they love playing together and just giggle constantly. She is close with Paige too but in a different way. Paige loves reading to her or teaching her how to do something. Paige and Parker are still really close too and love playing together, they are always together and still miss each other when at school and nursery. Parker can't wait to go to big school like Paige. 

They are both so excited for her to walk so she can run around with them! 

I don’t think seeing them all together will ever get old. I still love it just as much as when they all first met. 

I couldn’t just pick one picture so we have a few and I love them all for different reasons! 

Nicola Xx 
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