15 August 2017

WHAT MY TODDLER ATE TUESDAY [15/08/2017]



BREAKFAST


// Sugar Waffle w/ Coconut Yogurt and Berries

Massive hit with everyone except Eloise who picked the fruit off and left the rest because for some reason she thought I had put it on a bloody potato waffle....
Coconut yogurt is my new favourite thing and Lily ate 80% of this so massive winner! The fruit and yogurt totally cancel out the sugar in the waffle right? Cool.



LUNCH


//Cheese Sandwiches
//Ella's Kitchen Cheese + Tomato Melty Hoops
//Fromage Frais
//Fruit Bowl Mango Flakes

Lily loves these little Melty Hoops and they have been a favourite for a while now. She also loves the mango flakes, they're 1 of your 5 a day so she tends to have them as a snack or a pudding quite a lot.


DINNER


// Sweet Potato & Spinach Patties 
// Homemade Garlic and Herb Wedges

These patties were a doddle to make and Lily loved them! Absolutely perfect for weaning too, definitely a recipe I'm going to keep for future babies too! She also had some garlic and herb wedges but I forgot to take a photo of them somehow. 

To make the patties all you need to do is:

  1.  Cook the sweet potatoes and spinach
  2. Mash the potatoes and mix with the spinach
  3. Take a spoonful or so of the mixture and make into a patty shape
  4. Fry the patties until they are beginning to go golden (I used a drop of coconut oil spray to fry mine in but if you have a good pan you may not need to)
  5. Leave them to cool slightly before serving and voila!

The recipe for the patties was kindly given to me by Little Olive Wonders over on Instagram! She posts beautiful photographs of her daughters meals and she has some absolutely brilliant ideas so head over for some top class weaning inspiration!

Find last weeks W.M.T.A.T here.




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14 August 2017

MEAT FREE MONDAY // SPINACH & FETA PUFF PASTRY TART



This Spinach and Feta Puff Pasty Tart has been a firm favourite in my family for years. I think my Grandma was the first to make it as part of a Christmas dinner and it quickly became a favourite and highly requested childhood family meal (which is also super easy so huge bonus there).








// Puff Pastry (I used to ready rolled boxes you find in supermarkets)
// Spinach (fresh or frozen work just as well)
// Feta Cheese
// Grated Cheddar or Gruyere Cheese










  1. Take the pastry out of the fridge and un roll onto a baking sheet
  2. Cook and spinach and turn the oven on to pre heat at 180 degrees
  3. Prick the pastry with a fork and drain the spinach.
  4. Spread the spinach evenly onto the pastry 
  5. Crumble the Feta on on top of the spinach and top with the grated cheese
  6. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until pastry is golden and cooked through

Kid friendly, even Eloise who is a fussy eater x1000, likes it and Lily had it as soon as she was weaning although I didn't give her too much of the feta as it's a little salty. I normally serve with boiled or roast potatoes or go all out and chuck on some stuffing, mash, roast parsnips, basically all the trimmings and then a shit load of gravy.




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13 August 2017

MONTHLY FAVOURITES // JULY 2017


KIT AND KIN NAPPIES


These are probably the cutest disposable nappies ever, I mean, who doesn't want a fox bum? They're super eco friendly taking a minuscule fraction of the time it takes a bog standard nappy to biodegrade! Review here.


LUSH MASK OF MAGNAMINTY


I normally get Catastrophe Cosmetic but I never use it up in time! I had never really considered getting this because I'm not a big fan of mint but I wish I had because it's bloody amazing! Just the right about of scrub to it and the scent really opens up your sinuses which I definitely need with all the plant sperm making my hay fever unbearable!





WILDE LIKE ME - LOUISE PENTLAND


I have watches Louise's videos for years now and I've always loved how honest and lovely she is! I bought this book as a school run read so I've not read much since the summer holidays have started but it's fantastic so far!


STARDROPS THE PINK STUFF


Cost me about a quid and it's literally the best cleaning stuff ever. I use it on my draining board and sink to buff out the scratches a bit and damn does it sparkle. You know you're a proper adult when cleaning products excite you. It's also pink. 


JOJO MAMAN BEBE WATERPROOF


With the summer holidays well and truly settled in, cabin fever has begun and good old British weather has failed us and so far we have had ran, rain, wind , rain and wind, and more rain. This waterproof folds up to the perfect size to dump in the bottom of a changing bag and whip out during impromptu park trips where the heavens decide to open. Plus Lily looks bloody adorable in it!


KOPPARBERG STRAWBERRY AND LIME CIDER


I saw this on offer in Waitrose the other week and got Ben a bottle so I could try it. I can confirm that it is amazing. They also do an alcohol free one for any pregnant ladies out there making it totally acceptable to neck a bottle at 10am. They also have an elderflower one which tastes a bit like wine though and a blueberry one which was a bit "eh" but I'm not keen on blueberries anyway.



URBAN VEDA TUMERIC + BOTANICS RADIANCE BODY SCRUB


I got this in the July Pink Parcel and it's the best exfoliating body scrub I've tried in a while! I used to swear by the No7 Body Polish and have done since like 2009 but this has overtaken that in terms of everything. It's got a good amount of exfoliating power to it which I like in a body scrub and the scent is amazing, very spa like.



SONGS:


(Un) Lost - The Maine



  "The world is ours but for a flash

  And you are not allowed to be anybody else

  Control what you can

  Confront what you can't

  And always remember how lucky you are to have yourself"



TV SHOWS:

Jane The Virgin! It's on Netflix and if you haven't watched then totally go and watch it I am HOOKED! 



BLOGS:

I couldn't choose just one so here are my favourites for this month: 

From, Rachael Claire

Mummy & Liss

Annie Writes Beauty

Fizzy Peaches

and about a billion others to be honest.


QUOTE:



"What matters most is how well you walk through the fire" 
-Charles Bukowski




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10 August 2017

WILL I EVER LOVE MY MUM TUM?


This isn't going to be a post gushing about how I've mastered feeling positive about my body 100% of the time and how it doesn't bother me that most of my clothes don't fit and that I still can't get my pre pregnancy jeans over my arse because if I said none of that makes me feel shit I would be lying.

I am currently sit here writing this wearing the most unflattering shiny Adventure Time leggings that do absolutely nothing for my figure along with my eye bags that are so big I'm going to have to start charging my face 5p every time I look in the mirror and do you know what? For the first time in a long time I'm not that bothered! I am totally aware I look like dog shit but that's okay, I have a nocturnal baby and I haven't slept in 7 years so of course I'm not looking my best.

What is best anyway? Is it being dolled up to the nines with more make up than Superdrug with a stomach you can use as chopping board or is it embracing yourself and you body (whether that be a chopping board stomach or a jiggly one) for what it is and sticking 2 fingers up at society's definition of "best"? I don't know about you but I think I like the latter more. When I first had Lily I used to look in the mirror and think holy fuck I looked tired but eventually, I just realised that's just what I looked like now. I'm not going to lie and say I love how my body looks.

I've suffered from a glorious array of eating disorders since the age of 8, along with BDD and while the voice is still very much there, it is quieter now and most days the chatter of everyday life is enough to overshadow it to whisper. There are obviously days where that whisper momentarily turns into a deafening shout and while I can hear, I do not act.

After I had my first I went up to about 11 stone (I didn't weigh myself near the end). After I had her I didn't fit into anything and so I bought new jeans and vowed not to give a fuck. Fake it 'til you make it right? For the most part I didn't care, until I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror which wasn't very often as back then I was a single, teenage Mum and I thought I was coping pretty well. Looking back I really wasn't, I would forget to eat, restrict and abused the fact my body loses weight if I eat a lot of sugar.

By the time Eloise was 12 months old I had dropped down to 6st and felt like shit to be honest. I don't feel I cared too much about my weight back then but in hindsight I was probably in denial. I had a serious problem with my relationship with food still. I still couldn't eat in front of people and haven't done so since I was about 8 when I started refusing to eat at school. Ben is actually the first person I've eaten comfortably around and even now, 18 years later, I sometimes have wobbly days.

I think body positivity after eating disorders is more about continuing to fight the disordered thinking and being able to recognise what is and isn't a disordered thought and starting to appreciate and love your body including it's "flaws" rather than truly being 100% happy with how you look. Eating disorders have very little to do with the body, but everything to do with the mind; physically recovering from an eating disorder is like a walk in the park compared to the amount of mental healing it requires.

As for my post baby body, I may have a Mum tum, stretch marks everywhere and a belly button that resembles something between a vagina and an arsehole post anal I'm the most body confident I've ever been. Pregnancy gave me so much confidence when it came to my body and I adored having a bump despite the SPD and other shitty symptoms in general. It helped me eat better and really begin to fight the disordered thoughts I had surrounding food because my love and instinct to protect my unborn baby was stronger than the voices could ever be. Yeh I had my wobbly days still but I finally felt allowed to care about my body. Whilst I will admit that being nearly 2 stone heavier than I was before getting pregnant with Lily still feels strange to me but I'm not in any rush to lose weight or tone up any time soon.

People seem to be under this strange impression that to be able to be body positive you have to be a certain size or a certain weight and basically those people are wrong as wrong gets. Body confidence and body positivity is not restricted by health; health has nothing to do with it and saying that only healthy people can love their bodies is ableist and wrong as hell. We all care about health but whether someone is overweight and body positive or naturally slender and body positive we should celebrate with them because EVERYONE deserves to be able to love and embrace their body shape without being criticised for it. Size 24 or size 4? It doesn't matter. We all deserve to feel allowed to love ourselves.

I don't think my stretch marks or the fact my belly button now resembles a wrinkly old arsehole is beautiful, I don't think my eye bags, my sticky up hair regrowth or the fact even my vagina has a stretch mark on it is beautiful either. I don't need my body to be stereotypically beautiful to feel like I am worthy of loving myself. For me, outer beauty doesn't come into it.

You can look like a literal dog shit and still be a beautiful person because beauty isn't limited to the eyes.

I think being body positive is looking at yourself and not necessarily loving everything you see but embracing that and appreciating your body for what it is, warts and all. 



"I am allowed to look sexy, feel sexy, and be in love. I am worthy of all of those things, and so are you" - Mary Lambert



* Thank you to Zoe @ Mummy & Liss for inspiring me with her body positivity post and just generally being a total babe who is so supportive and amazing. 



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