24 September 2017


Overnight oats are perfect lazy breakfasts, they are prepared the night before so you are essentially waking up to a ready made, healthy breakfast. They're super easy to make and you can feel like you have your shit together with minimal effort. Win.

The back to school bugs have hit our house and we all have colds so I have been trying to pile as many fruits and vegetables into the kids as possible, mostly Lily because Eloise is the fussy as hell and will turn her nose up at most things that aren't cheese, pasta or a combination of both (although even she tried this).

It's nearly the end of the week which means it's the starvation period before the weekly shop is delivered so most of the fresh fruit has already been eaten or is starting to grow fur. Only the bananas and blueberries seem to survive until the weekend so I always like to have tinned or packaged fruit in the pantry (or food hole as we so lovingly refer to it).

The pineapple I have used here is by Nature's Finest and is just over a quid from supermarkets, you can stick it in the fridge for up to 2 days after opening it. Snack on it, put it in some jelly or chuck it on some pizza (we all know pineapple belongs on pizza, am I right or am I right?).

// 1 Large Tub of Coconut Yoghurt
// 2 Bananas
// 2 Cups of Oats
// Natures Finest Pineapple
// Desiccated Coconut
// Vanilla (optional)

  1. Peel the bananas and chop half of one into very thin slices
  2. Place the slices decoratively around the bottom of the jar
  3. Mash the rest of the banana in a bowl
  4. Add some pineapple chunks (although not too many as they are very wet) and mash in with the bananas
  5. Mix in the yoghurt and the oats to the fruit mix
  6. Spoon the mixture into the jar, fasten the lid and leave in the fridge overnight
  7. In the morning, top with pineapple chunks and desiccated coconut 

This recipe makes quite a lot but it's easy to adjust the amount to suit you, just don't skimp on the yoghurt or it can end up tasting floury!

*This post contains PR samples. All opinions are as always, my own.

23 September 2017


I have been feeling pretty uninspired when it comes to Blogtober and Blogmas so I got my creative juices flowing (ooh err) and compiled this list to help you guys with inspiration for blog post or video ideas for the up and coming Blogmas! 

I've also colour coded them, you're welcome. 

#bbloggers  -       #mbloggers/#pbloggers -      Everyone - 

01 - Top 5 Children's Books 
02 - Favourite Christmas Candle Scents 
03 - Favourite Christmas Memories 
04 - Under 1's Gift Guide  
05 - Festive Make Up Look 
06 - Top 10 Christmas Snacks 
07 - Christmas Tree Decorating 
08 - Christmas Themed Hot Chocolate 
09 - Reviews Of Christmas Themed Menu/Drinks (Costa, Starbucks, etc) 
10 - Christmas Eve Box Ideas 
11 - Christmas Baking (Pinterest is your friend, there are LOADS of amazing recipes on there!) 
12 - Favourite Christmassy Nail Colours 
13 - Christmas Arts & Crafts  
14 - Top 5 Christmas Films 
15 - Christmas Favourites 
16 - Christmas Photos From Your Childhood 
17 - Winter Warmer Must Haves For Baby 
18 - Festive Breakfast Ideas For Babies & Toddlers 
19 - Baby's Winter Wardrobe 
20 - Christmas Food Shop Haul 
21 - Christmas Wishlist 
22 - Favourite Christmas Themed Lush Product 
23 - Christmas Favourites - Food, Make Up Item, Candle Scent, Song, Film, Tree Decoration, Children's Book, Drink, Nail Colour, etc  
24 - Christmas Themed Kids Lunches 
25 - Christmas Gift Guide For Toddlers 
26 - Cosy Night In Essentials 
27 - Best Shows For Netflix & Chill 
28 - Christmas Present Haul 
29 - Top 5 Festive Lip Colours 
30 - Baby's First Christmas 
31 - Christmas 2017 Bucket List 
32 - Winter Wardrobe Essentials 
33 - Best Festive Themed Cleaning Products 
34 - Festive Snacks For Kids 
35 - Christmas Traditions 
36 - Festive Photo shoot Guide 
37 - Winter Beauty Essentials 
38 - Must Have Festive Items For The Home 
39 - Best Festive Yankee Candle Scents 
40 - Top 10 Christmas Songs 
41 - Elf On The Shelf Ideas 
42 - Winter Skincare Regime  
43 - Festive Sensory Play 
44 - Favourite Independent Shops (big up your favourite Instagram shops and WHAMS) 
45 - Festive Things To Do With Toddlers 
46 - First Christmas Bucket List 
47 - Christmas Shopping Tips 
48 - Festive Photography Props Ideas 
49 - What Makes a Perfect Christmas Dinner? 
50 - Weaning Christmas Dinner Ideas 
51 - Christmas Memories (favourite Christmas, funniest Christmas, Worst Christmas, that kinda thing) 
52 - Christmas Party Make Up Guide 
53 - Gift Guide For New Parents 
54 - Gift Guide For Mums To Be 
55 - Share Your Christmas Day (photos, stories, food, present. A chance to show off those cute photos of your baby or pet in adorable outfits) 
56 - Christmas Cake Recipe/Kid Friendly Christmas Cake Recipe 
57 - Christmas Traditions Everyone Needs To Do
58 - Gift Guide For Newborns 
59 - How To Approach *That* Santa Chat 
60 -  How To Survive Winter Bugs 
61 - Favourite Winter Family Meals 
62 - Best Christmas Presents You Received as a Child 
63- Homemade Candy Cane Hot Chocolate 
64 - Winter Skincare Saviours 
65 - Festive Mulled Wine/Cider Recipe 
66 - Online vs High Street Christmas Shopping  
67 - Favourite Online Shops 
68 - Handmade Christmas Present Ideas (Pinterest is your friend) 
69 - 10 Random Acts of Kindness (do 10, or more, random acts of kindness and blog about it)
70 - Under £20 Festive Make Up Look  
71 - Best Alcohol Free Tipples for Mums To Be 
72 - Coping With Eczema/Dry Skin in Winter  
73 - How to Cope With Baby's First Cold 
74 - Festive Maternity Photo Shoot Ideas 
75 - Chocolate Free Advent Calendars 
76 - First Christmas Present Guide 
77 - Favourite Festive Hashtags 
78 - Top 3 Books For Those Chilly Evenings 
79 - Baby Sleeping Bag & Clothing Guide (a lot of people get confused about what tog sleeping bag and what they should dress their baby in. Check the Grobag website for recommendations) 
80 - Must Have Baby Winter Items 
81 - Vegetarian Christmas Ideas 
82 - Vegan Christmas Ideas 
83 - Mummy & Baby Winter OOTD 
84 - Festive Photo Prop Inspiration 
85 - DIY Festive Homemade Playdoh 
86 - Stocking Stuffer Guide 
87 - Nutella Hot Chocolate Recipe 
88 - 10 Things That Made Christmas (10 things that made Christmas, well...Christmas, when you were little. For me some examples would be those pretzel/cracker mixes, Vienetta and Trifle) 
89 - Turkey Alternatives For Christmas Dinner 
90 - Tips For Keeping The House Warm & The Heating Bill Down 
91 - Christmas Decoration Haul 
92 - Microwave Mug Cake (that actually works...Then send me the recipe!) 
93 - Pregnancy Guide - Foods To Avoid This Christmas 
94 - Alcohol Free Cocktails Using Baby Pouches 
95 - How To Get Through Christmas Dinner With Morning Sickness 
96 - Favourite Independent Candle/Wax Melt Shops 
97 - Gift Guides  
98 - How To Utilised Christmas Dinner Leftovers 
99 - Catering For Allergies At Christmas 
100 - How To Not End Up Killing Your Relatives At Christmas (we've all been there with the judgy comments) 

If you use any I'd love it if you drop me a me a link or a tag/mention. I'd love to see your posts and sharing is caring and all that. Happy Blogmassing guys!

21 September 2017


20 months ago I was having a hormone soaked tampon thing (technical term, totally) shoved up my vagina, so that can only mean that my little Lily bean is 20 months old today! How?! She is currently suffering with back to school germs, has had a fever for the past day and a half and has been miserable in general. She went to sleep at 10:30pm last night which is early for her especially considering she slept most of yesterday too. She is still quite warm this morning but she seems a little bit perkier than she has been so fingers crossed she shifts this soon.


She was 21lbs last weigh in which was about a month ago.
Clothes size 

Still around the 9-12 mark although 6-9 are getting a little on the short side now. 


She's still having boob but we are much more spaced out these days. She will occasionally have a feed before a nap in the afternoon but that's hit and miss and she can go the entire day without asking for milk quite easily now. Night time she still feeds to sleep and whenever she wakes during the night and then if she wakes before we have taken Eloise to school or she will lose her shit.

I'm really pleased with how she's progressing food wise, I'm cutting things up less and less and she can eat things like mini waffles and toast cut into halves or quarters no problem. She is getting really good at using spoons and can self feed yogurt/smoothie bowls/soup  pretty well, it's still a messy affair but most of it goes in her mouth these days!

Her favourites are still baby crisps and Wotsits haha. They are always what gets eaten first unless there are berries. A new favourite of hers is Lasagne and marmite.


We have 12 teeth now, she has cut 4 molars over the past couple of months and my goodness have we known about it.   

Sleep is still very hit and miss but for the past few nights she has slept through really although she's still not going to bed until late and then not wanting to wake up until about 10am. She will then have a nap around school run time which works out well really but I'd like it if she went to bed at a semi reasonable time. She is also now in a cot, it's still sideless and shoved up against our bed but she finally out grew her side on crib thing.

Last time I spoke about my concerns with her speech and we still don't have any new words. She's had another hearing test which came back absolutely fine so at least I don't need to worry about that but she's still not attempting words at all. The only word she really uses is "kitty" (see here) and the occasional "iya". Everything is a kitty and she will point out anything that loosely resembles a cat and will "kitty" at it, which is so cute. She shouts in her own little language all the time but nothing that resembles anything else word wise though yet.


Cat, ducks, Baby Shark, bubbles, crayons, playdoh and kinetic sand are among her current favourite things. She also loves drawing in books...and on walls. And my MacBook. Basically everything. 


Having her nappy changed, being hangry and not being allowed to stand on the coffee table. 
How am I feeling?

I'm feeling a lot better about the breastfeeding since she cut down massively and feel able to cope a bit better. She still has her off days where she wants to feed ALL THE TIME, and the aversion makes me feel terrible, but for the most part it's been alright. We did try her on a bottle of formula and cows milk but she didn't really take to it so we have left it and will come back to it again in the future when we wean her off breastfeeding completely which I'm hoping to do when she's 2. Whether she will be happy with this is a completely different story but I'm hoping that she will steadily decrease her feeds sometime soon. 

Read Lily's other updates here. 

20 September 2017


Ever wondered what can be done with pouches of baby food other than the obvious? For some reason it took me over a year to finally have a light bulb moment and combat fussy eaters whilst packing as much veg into my girls' food as I can.

Pasta sauce particularly is a hard one, I don't know about you but 90% of the time I cannot be bothered to make a sauce from scratch that only Lily will be eating and the it occurred to me - I can use baby pouches!

This is a little Mac & Cheese type concoction I whipped up for Lily's lunch. Normally I make my own cheese sauce but as Lily is the only one eating this as the fussy one was at school, I decided to wing it and give this a go.

// Pasta (I'm using Tesco Soup Pasta here)
// 1 Pouch of Babease Butternut Squash, Carrot and Broccoli
// A Handful of Cheddar Cheese

  1. Cook the pasta as you would normally and drain
  2. Squeeze the pouch of Babease Butternut Squash, Carrot and Broccoli into a pan and heat it up
  3. Mix in the cheese and take off the heat
  4. Pour in the pasta and mix it all up
  5. Leave to cool slightly before giving it to baby

It took literally 10 minutes to make and bumped up the veg count of Lily's lunch and she loved it! 

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