Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Jacob At 10 Weeks Old

How on earth did we get to ten weeks already ??? although at the same time it seems like just yesterday that I was fed up of being pregnant.

Even though ten weeks is such a short space of time we couldn't imagine our lives without Jake in it.

I've noticed a few new things since my last post when Jake was eight weeks old  , I also think he may be teething see my post here .

SLEEPING

Jake has several little naps during the day but at night he usually sleeps from about nine until five in the morning which is fantastic, both Chris and I are getting big chunks of sleep now which feels amazing.

FEEDING

We are down to six, six ounce bottles now instead of eight although he does have the odd day when we make a few extra, I think those days are due to him having a growth spurt.

GROWTH

I've not had him weighed in the last couple of weeks but he seems to have piled on the pounds overnight, some of his 0-3 month clothes have been outgrown and he has those real podgy baby legs and chin now.


DEVELOPMENT

Jake is such a happy smiley little boy, he had discovered his hands and loves chomping away on them or grabbing for his favourite toy. He loves having a right out kick and wriggle on his play mat and had attempted to roll on his side a couple of times.



I will be back at twelve weeks for another update.

Please feel free to leave me a comment, or ask me a question if there is anything you would like to know.

Angela

Monday, 21 July 2014

A Family Day Out At Foodies Festival Tatton Park

Yesterday I was really excited to be visiting this years foodie festival at Tatton Park, I went last year and had a brilliant time and bought some lovely things so I was really looking forward to being able to take Chris and the kids with me this time.

I hate to write this but I was very disappointed with the show and came away wishing we had spent the day doing something else instead.

I think the overly warm weather and the huge crowds were mainly to blame but there were also a few things about the festival itself that I didn't enjoy.

Last year the festival was really well set out with all the places to eat on the around the outside and the foodie stalls around the inside, this year it was a huge jumbled mish mash of stalls which we found very difficult to navigate.

The sheer amount of people meant that the stalls offering samples were absolutely swamped and we couldn't get near them to look at what they were selling, last year I came away with bags full of products, this year I bought two items, not by choice, purely because I just could not reach the stalls.

I don't want this post to just be full of negatives there were a few little positives too, I sampled some nice drinks, spotted a soap actor and bought my favourite cheese, we also got some delicious free crisps from Walkers.

Here are some photo's from the day.




 



 


I would visit again next year although I would probably leave the kids at home and go a little later in the day.

Did you go to this years festival ? did you have a totally different experience than me ?

Angela x

Review: Recipes With Soreen

The lovely people at Soreen got in touch with me to ask if I would like to create some recipes using their products as they now come in a variety of flavours including original, banana and cinnamon and raisin.

They sent me a yellow box of loveliness and left the rest up to me.


I had a great idea for the banana loaf but needed some inspiration for the original loaf so I had a look on the Soreen website and found a recipe for some tasty looking flapjacks.

Below is a video from their website so you can make some too, they were delicious and didn't last very long in our house.



 
 



Banana Bread And Butter Pudding

I adapted a classic bread and butter pudding as it's one of the easiest puddings to make and never fails to hit the spot, I also knew that it would be easy for little hands to help me make.

Recipe
  • 25g/1oz Butter
  • 2 Soreen Banana Loaves
  • 50g/2oz Sultanas
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 350ml/12fl oz Whole Milk
  • 50ml/2fl oz Double Cream
  • 2 free-range Eggs
  • 25g/1oz Granulated Sugar
Method
 
Grease a rectangular pie dish with butter.
                                 
Slice the Soreen Banana Loaf.
Arrange a layer of bread, buttered-side up, in the bottom of the dish, then add a layer of sultanas. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon, then repeat the layers of bread and sultanas, sprinkling with cinnamon, until you have used up all of the bread.
Gently warm the milk and cream in a pan over a low heat be careful not to let it boil.
Break the eggs into a bowl, add the sugar and lightly whisk.
Add the warm milk and cream mixture to the bowl and stir it all together.
                                  
Pour the custard over the bread layers and sprinkle with a little more cinnamon.
Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4.
 
Bake for 30-40 minutes until the custard has set.
Indulge in a big hearty bowl !                 
 
                                                
                                                 Easy for little hands to help with

                                                                    
                                                                         Before

 
After
 
 
Beware of little hands running away with a slice !
 
 
I may have also indulged in one or two slices the traditional way.
 
 
Do you like Soreen ? have you tried any of the new flavours ? let me know in the comments below I love hearing from you.
 
Angela x
 
 
* I was sent a box of Soreen products for the purpose of this review but all opinions are my own and are 100% honest*
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Webster's Week In Review 14th-20th July 2014

This week has been so hot weather wise, yes I am one of those people who complain they are too hot, I really don't like it al all, the heat makes me grumpy and I find myself fantasising about winter.

When you have little ones you can't really spend too much time outside in the hot sun so we have found ourselves stuck in most of the week which along with the weather has made us all a bit grumpy, so that's the theme for the week !

I will stop moaning now and share with you some of the things we have been up to.

 
Daisy tried to teach Jake how clap, not sure he got the hang of it though.

                                                  
              Big cups of coffee & these delicious rice cakes from Aldi have helped with the 5am starts !

 
Daisy had fun with some bath crayons.


 Daddy cooled this toddler down with the hose pipe, she loved it and got him back with it too.


Not only did my biggest boy mow the lawn he also entertained his sister for a while with the bubbles

 
                   Daisy decided to plan some meals, maybe she's fed up of the tea's I make ?

 
                    Jacob spent most of the week doing this, wish I could swap places with him


Today we went to the Foodies Festival at Tatton Park, I'm writing a blog post later this week about it, here's Daisy looking cool in her free sungigs.

I feel like this week has just flown by, where is the time going at all ? I'm hoping for a much cooler week ahead.

We are also going to making some big changes from this week but I will blog more about that later in the week.

Hope you have all had a lovely week and have found a way to keep cool if you did let me know in the comments below.

Angela x

Friday, 18 July 2014

Fun With Bathtime Buddies Bath Crayons

Last week I spotted that Bathtime Buddies were running a creative competition over on their Facebook page, they wanted to see your little ones scribbles using their Bath Crayons, they had fifty packs to giveaway for free and we were lucky enough to receive some.

The winner as judged by H&A will receive a week's grocery shopping, although they have now run out of crayon samples you can buy some from Asda, Sainsbury's, Tesco or Wilko and enter your little ones creations as the competition is running until the 24th July.

Here's a few pictures of the fun Daisy had with the crayons, I think she was really happy to be let loose with crayons on the wall and although she's just at the stage of being able to draw lines and kind of circles I think she still created her own little masterpiece !






I was very impressed at how easy the crayons washed off my tiles afterwards, I had visions of living with multi-coloured walls.

Why not grab some Bath Crayons this weekend and do a last minute entry into the competition.

Angela x

*We received the crayons for free to take part in the competition, all opinions are my own and 100% honest*

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Teething At Ten Weeks ?

For the last couple of weeks Jake has been dribbling like a leaky tap, my first thought was could he be teething ? then I thought no surely he can't be he's far too young.

On Monday he started gnawing on his fist, again I thought perhaps he had just found his hand and was having fun exploring it, this has been followed with really explosive nappies which I thought could have been down to his jabs last week, he has also been a bit niggly but again I put it down to his jabs.

This morning he woke up with huge rosy red cheeks, he had no other signs of being poorly so I knew it was nothing serious.

I took to the trusty internet and looked to see if babies as young as Jake could teeth and lo and behold they can, I was quite shocked as none of my other children have started the teething process this young, Daisy was almost one before her little pearly whites appeared.

I've had a good old look in Jake's mouth and although his gums seem a little swollen I can't make out any tell tale buds of white, but I think he has enough symptoms for me to be sure that he is starting to teeth.

Have any of your children started the teething process this young ? let me know in the comments below.


Angela x


Gender Neutral Toys, What's Your View ?

A few days ago from my vantage point on the sofa I glanced over to the mass accumulation of Daisy's toys and noticed that there was an awful lot of pink staring back at me, I'm not by any means saying that's a bad thing but it got me to thinking have I inadvertently discriminated when it comes to toys for my little girl.

I'm one of those people who roll my eyes when a company brings out the same toy in pink and blue or I hear that someone's husband won't let their little boy play with a doll and pram so I got to thinking about how the pink toy explosion happened.


Have I purposely picked up pink versions of things when out shopping or is a sub-conscious automatic response, I know the latter is the case with the potty as I don't even remember thinking about it !

I'm very aware that I'm not a girly girl, I like pretty things and sparkle to look at but it's just never suited who I am so have I tried to steer Daisy down the girly path without being aware of it ?

I think the answer to all of it is no, upon closer inspection most of the pink offenders weren't bought by me, they were gifts, the pink toy trug was chosen because the only alternative was green and it looked like it belonged in the garden !

Both Daisy and Jake are free to choose whatever they want to play with, if Daisy asks for a tool set and Jake asks for a doll for Christmas then that's okay just like it's okay for Daisy to decide to wear pink every day for the rest of her life and for Jake to be a petrol head, I suppose what I'm trying to say is in our house anything goes when it comes to playing or children being who they want to be.

What do you think about gender neutral toys ? Do you think girls should be girls and vice versa ? or are you like me and just let your kids choose ?

Angela x

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