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Family Friendly Tomato & Basil Omlette

On Monday I made this Omlette for Amelia’s  tea, it was her first time having an Omlette & it went down well, she ate about half of it. The texture was new to her, so I will make it again next week for her to get use to it. Did you know a baby/toddler needs to taste something at least 10 times to actually decide whether they like it or not. I ended up making another one for myself & my husband after as we love the flavours, I just added some cooked ham to ours.

This receipe has been taken from my Annabel Karmel Quick & Easy Toddler Recipes.

Ingredients

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Serves: 1
Perfect to serve from age 6 months onwards.

A knob of butter
1 tomato, deseeded and diced
1 medium egg
1 tbsp milk
1 tbsp parmesan, finely grated (try another hard cheese if you prefer)
2 tsp chopped basil (optional)

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Method

Preparation time: 4 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes

1. Melt the butter in a small frying pan, then add the tomatoes and fry for one minute.

2. Mix the egg, milk, cheese and basil (if using) together in a small bowl.

3. Pour the mixture into the pan and swirl around to cover the base.

4. Once the omelette is set, which should take around 2 minutes, turn over and fry for a further 2 minutes.

5. Once cooked through flip the omelette onto a plate and slice into child-friendly pieces.

* When my mum was teaching me as a child how to cook an Omlette, she let me in on a secret. Instead of flipping your Omlette, place it under the grill,it will be really fluffy & light on top.

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Enjoy T & A xxxx

Baby Proofing

Bank Holiday Mondays have changed for us, two years ago we would have been lying in bed nursing our hangovers from the weekend or getting ready to fly back to London after being at home in Ireland for the weekend.

Today was the perfect chance for us to start baby proofing the house,as Amelia has discovered the love for opening and slamming shut the lower kitchen drawers,and 9 times out of 10 catching her fingers. I’ve already tied ribbon around the TV cabinet,as she slams that shut & there is glass panelling.

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We need to get plug socket covers (she has not yet gone near the plugs) and two stair gates at some point this week.She hasn’t started to climb yet,and she doesn’t crawl,she bum shuffles everywhere,and she can go fast!Upstairs she goes straight for the stairs,so have to keep the doors closed when we are upstairs together. The stair gate I think we are going to go for is this wooden one from Lindman. I like traditional wooden gates.

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Last week we were kindly sent a range of safety products from Hey Mama, HeyMama.ie is an Irish online shop providing a full range of Mother & Baby goods.
Safety, Reliability and Value For Money are the cornerstones of their business. They focus on the products that are Award Winners and Best Sellers. The products that are really, *really* good. The products that you would buy again in a heartbeat.

The online shop provides such a great range of products from gifts,Grobags, Safety Products,pushchairs,changing bags & much more.
They offer Free Delivery within Ireland on orders over €50 and a courier charge of just €4.99 on orders below. Orders placed before 1:30pm are normally delivered next-day.

We were sent a range of products to try out.They couldn’t have come at a better time,as we really needed to start baby proofing.

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I used the cabinet lock by Baby Elegence,on my cupboard with plates.

The Multi Purpose Latch by Baby Elegence, I used in the inside of the cleaning cupboard.Dont make the mistake I did,I placed this on the inside of the cupboard,and can’t open or close it! To be honest this is quite awkward & hard to unhook.It is meant to sit outside corner cupboards,like pictured below.Suitable for lockers or free-standing units.

Lastly we used the Cupboard & Drawer Locks ,by Clipsafe that we were sent, these for us are great, a little hard to get used to as you have to pinch both top & bottom prong to open,almost both adult and baby proof!

We were also sent these Safety Cord Wind Ups,by Baby Elegence, however we are lucky that the house we are currently in has safety cord clasps attached to all the blinds in the house. These are so important as the rate of children accidentally hanging themselves off blind cords is tragically increasing.

Check out www.heymama.ie for more products.

*Disclaimer: These products were sent free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

Changing From Breastmilk/Formula to Cows Milk

Amelia turned 1 three weeks ago,and it was time to say goodbye to her formula and introduce cows milk in her bottles. She had been having cows milk in her cereal & food I have made her since she was about 9 months, and eating cheese & yogurts,so I was not worried about allergies as she had been ok so far with cows milk.

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I had already had the experience of changing from Breastmilk to Formula at 6.5 months.I just started by expressing milk & adding an oz of Formula at a time. The transition was pretty uneventful, other than Amelia not taking to the powdered formula.She would cry with her knees bent in her cot,I’m presuming she was having tummy cramps from it.
After speaking to our Health Visitor (Public Health Nurse), she had advised me that some breastfed babies tolerate “pre-made formula” better after the change over from breastmilk,as it tastes more like BM.This is because it is UHT treated,making it sweeter & thicker in consistency in comparison to “powdered formula”. An expensive few months followed,we were spending about £140 a month on formula,but look,we had free milk from me for 6 months,so couldn’t complain very much.

Three weeks ago I started giving Amelia cows milk in her bottle,the day after her birthday.I gave her 3/4 formula & 1/4 cows milk.I increased it every day, maybe a little too quickly mind, as on day 4 she was screaming in pain trying to go for a poo. I even cried with her one day, I felt so sorry for her. She was so constipated.

I stopped the cows milk, gave her brown sugar and cooled boiled water until she was able to go to the toilet normally. Last week I reintroduced the cows milk,(I should add here,always use Whole Full Fat milk), slowly this time. 1 oz at a time,increasing it daily. So far so good. She is still having 1 oz of formula in her bottles for her morning & night time bottle. This will be the last few days of that.Then we can say goodbye to mini Aptamil bottles filling up our cupboards,and searching every shop in our town to find them!!

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I would stay clear of “Follow-on Milks”, as a nurse & on advise from my sister who is a dietician, I know that these are a marketing ploy,encouraging you to spend more money.Your child should be getting all their nutrition from their solid food & cows milk by the time they are 1. The World Health Organisation (WHO), has reiterated its position that follow-on-milks are unnecessary for 6-24 month infants and said they are nutritionally dubious.

How was your experience with the transition from BM to Formula & from Formula to Cows Milk?Would love to hear other peoples experience.

T & A xxxx

Easter Egg Painting

This morning Amelia & I painted some eggs & her egg cup from
her Easter Basket.Its the first time she used paint and held a paintbrush. Most of the paint on the brush ended up in her mouth,hands, underneath her nails & hair. It was lovely to see her messing with the paint.

I boiled my eggs first until they were hard.

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Then dyed them using food colouring (wear gloves, my hands are all stained from the food colouring). I had pink & yellow food colouring at home. Coat your eggs in the dye & leave to dry until you the achieve the colour you desire.

We used poster paint, but another great idea which I’ll use in future is separate skittles into same colours, add skittles to pots of water,just enough to cover the skittles,and use the coloured water for painting.Perfect for little minxes like Amelia, who like to eat the paint!!
I got this idea from Gemma at www.expatfamilyq8.com who does amazing arts & crafts with her little ones.

I covered part of the kitchen table & Amelia’s highchair in cling film,so I would not be scrubbing for days,as this was our first time painting I didn’t know what she would do!She was only interested in eating it….I just let her make a mess and knew it could be washed off in the bath!

Happy Easter everyone,hope ye have fun & eat loads of chocolate eggs
T & A xxx

Fairy Door Review

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This week we were kindly sent a Fairy Door from The Irish Fairy Door Company. We received the purple door, a high quality handmade wooden door. Retailing at €24.95 plus P&P, there are also some lovely accessories, such as stepping stones,wooden door plagues,decals and fairy dust.Presented in a beautiful box, sitting underneath a toadstool. Inside is a little poem about fairies.It has found its home under a tree in Amelia’s playroom. The door can be moved from room to room.Place it by your child’s bed,by their bedroom window,or anywhere you choose.

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You choose your door, and when you receive it, you register your door online. Here you will choose your Fairy’s name. We chose “Rose”, then you will receive a ‘Fairy Lease Agreement’.

Picture Credit: The Irish Fairy Door Company

Picture Credit: The Irish Fairy Door Company

The Irish Fairy Door Company, was specially selected by the Fairy Council to provide handcrafted fairy doors for all locations – be it your home, your garden, the office, school or care centre. Actually made by their carpenter in the workshop of a 200 year old cottage in the heart of Ireland, each fairy door is given a portion of magic so that your new fairy can come and go between our world and Fairyland.

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They help fairies relocate into homes and gardens all over the world by producing high quality handmade Irish fairy doors; “our aim is to create memorable family moments and a little magic all year round – all YOU need to do is believe!”

The Irish Fairy Door Company,also host Fairy Parties,bringing magic to your little boy or girls birthday party. Parties can be held in English & Gaeilge. See here for more information.

Amelia is still a little small for the door,which comes with a little key. I think from age 2 + is the appropriate age for this Fairy Door, the key is small, so this needs to be kept away from small people that may potentially swallowed. Suitable for little boys & girls.! The Fairy Doors would make a beautiful Birthday,Christmas or Easter Basket present.
When she is a little older, I will place the key in the door to let the fairies out,sprinkle some fairy dust (glitter) & leave a little note at the door from the fairies. We are looking forward to reading stories about the fairies coming out to play.Perfect for keeping your child disciplined (fairies are watching you), a treat before a birthday,Christmas or other holidays. The fairies like to leave little notes after visiting.


The Irish Fairy Door Company have kindly offered a 10% discount to my readers, by entering ” Lon10″ at checkout on your order.

We believe in fairies do you ?? xxx

For more information on Fairy Doors from The Irish Fairy Door Company and stockists, click here.
www.theirishfairydoorcompany.com

Disclaimer: We were sent a fairy door free of charge,from The Irish Fairy Door Company for the purpose of this review. Opinions are all my own.

Amelia’s Latest Purchases

All this lovely weather has got me so excited for summer,although now we live in Ireland,I’m not going to hold my breath on getting nice sunny, warm weather, though it was lovely here last year. We are going to Portugal in a few weeks, so I’ve started to pick up some summer clothes for Amelia. I bought a lot in the Zara summer sale last year,to fit her for this year,so I don’t need loads.

These are a few of the bits I’ve picked up over the last few weeks. I need to get her a swimsuit, she has a full UV protection swimsuit that I’ll use at the beach, but in the evening it will be nice to have a bathing suit for the pool.


All from Mothercare www.mothercare.com


All from Zara www.zara.com

 

 


Both from Boden www.boden.co.uk

These sunglasses, “Larchmount Plum”, are by Paxley $39.99, use ‘ilmondodiingrid’ discount code to get 25% off . I wanted a pair of sunglasses that were good,not spend a fortune on & that Amelia could not break. These are perfect.Soft, flexible yet durable SafeBend™ temple technology.Ergo-designed rubber bridge pads for developing noses
100% UV protection lenses compliant with US, European, Australian and New Zealand standards.Family Choice Award winner for product excellence.These are available sizes 0-18 mths and 1-3 years.
Handcrafted in Italy.

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www.paxleyshop.com

When Can My Baby Have Bottled Water

With the lovely warm weather we are having recently & our upcoming holiday, I’ve been increasing the amount of water Amelia drinks. Like the sterilising, I was still giving her cooled boiled water up to today (very slow to get out of our “baby routine”).

 

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Last summer was very hot in London &  we went on holiday to Padstow in Cornwall. I didn’t have to worry about water last year as I was still breastfeeding,and Amelia was getting her water supply from my milk, I just had to be careful to drink plenty of water,which I’m generally ok with.The NHS guidines are as follows.Fully breastfed babies don’t need any water until they’ve started eating solid food. Bottle-fed babies may need some extra water in hot weather. For babies under six months, use water from the mains tap in the kitchen that’s been boiled then cooled. Water for babies over six months doesn’t need to be boiled.

 

 

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Babies,especially under 6 months,  have immature kidneys, gut etc so aren’t as good as us at maintaining correct levels of salts (electrolytes) in their blood and cells. So if you give water – especially if they’re dehydrated – you’re giving them the water you need but not the salts. In extreme cases this can cause fits, brain swelling and death. Seizures can also occur if you give too much salt (too concentrated formula is the classic) or if a baby is very dehydrated. The odd bottle of water is unlikely to cause any problems but is still dangerous for the above reasons, but also because a baby can’t tell the difference between feeling full of calorie-empty water and calorie and nutrient filled milk. So they can end up failing to thrive if they have too many feeds replaced with water.

 

 

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The water where we live at the moment has a high lime content,so that is why I have continued to boil the water. I’m not even sure if it makes a difference. I bought a water filter today,and while we are on holiday I will give Amelia bottled water. Bottled water is ok to give a baby over 1, provided it has low salt content.Bottled water is not recommended for making up infant formula feeds as it is not sterile and may contain too much salt (sodium) or sulphate. If you have to use bottled water to make up a feed, check the label to make sure the sodium (also written as Na) level is less than 200 milligrams (mg) per litre, and the sulphate (also written as SO or SO4) content is not higher than 250mg per litre. Bottled water is not sterile, so it will need to be boiled and cooled like tap water before you use it to prepare a feed.

 

 

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Family Friendly Chicken & Vegetable Soup From Weaning to Adults

I’ve been using my new Annabel Karmel book over the last few weeks,Quick & Easy Toddler Receipes.

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See here for more details.

This is my third book in the Annabel Karmel cook book range.I was a bit disappointed when looking through it,as a lot of the receipes are very simple,such as boiling an egg,and many are really for children age 2/3 plus.

Last night I made the Chicken & Vegetable Soup for us all. I made double of all the quantities in the recipe,and added large pasta shells for us. For Amelia’s portion of soup I pureed half,poured it back into the pot & blended it together. I got roughly 10 portions for Amelia,which I put in the freezer, and a bowl for my husband and I. Really delicious with some crusty bread.
Chop & dice finely,your children will be more likely then to eat the vegetables rather than chunks.
I did not have celery,so substituted with a leek.

Creamy Chicken & Vegetable Soup

Ingredients

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30g (1oz) butter
1 Large Onion finely chopped
100g (3 1/2 oz) carrots, diced
30g (1oz) plain flour
1 Litre (1 3/4 pints) chicken stock
50g (2oz) small pasta shells
75g (3oz) cooked chicken breast, diced
3 tbsp double cream
1 tbsp snipped chives

Finely  chop your vegetables to get  smaller kids to eat them.

Finely chop your vegetables to get smaller kids to eat them.

Method

* Heat the butter in a saucepan,fry the onion for 2 minutes.Add the carrots and celery (or leeks in my case), and fry for 5 minutes.

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*Stir in the flour,mix in the stock,and then bring the soup to the boil. Cover and summer for 10 minutes until the vegtables are tender. If making larger quantities,cooking time may vary.

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*Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a pan of water,according to instructions & drain.

*Add your cooked shredded chicken,double cream,pasta and chives to the soup and simmer for 3 minutes.
Season to taste, hold back on the salt for children.

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*Suitable for freezing

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What’s in Amelia’s Easter Basket

Amelia’s “Easter Basket”, is more of an “Easter Bucket”, but she is still so small,has no idea what Easter is,has never had chocolate or sweeties, (and I’d like to keep it that way for as long as possible),and she has has just got a playroom full of toys for her birthday recently. So,I’m keeping her Easter treats small this year.

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I got her some lovely Burt’s Bees Bath products.Burts Bees Baby Bee Calming Lotion,blend of lavender and vanilla surround baby with a scent that soothes and relaxes.Perfect for babies bedtime. Burts Bees Tear Free Shampoo & Wash,made from 96 % natural ingredients. See here for more Burts Bees Products.
A jumping chick & Paint Your Own Egg Cup,will paint this during the week with her, both from 99p Store,bucket is also from here. I am also going to dye & paint some eggs with Amelia,watch out for blogpost.
Some little chocolate eggs (mummy & daddy will eat them)
Lastly a book.I looked around our local book shops for an Easter themed book,but could not find one.Instead, I chose this lovely book,written in Irish (Gaelige), our national language.I thought it would be a lovely introduction to the language for Amelia.
Is Geal Liom Sibh go Leir (You’re. All My Favourites),by Sam McBratney & Anita Jeram. This is a
gorgeous, reassuring story about three little bear siblings, who one day begin to wonder how they can ALL be the “most wonderful bears in the whole wide world” to their parents? Mummy Bear and Daddy Bear must set about reassuring their three little bears – who are all different – that each one of them is equally special and equally loved. A winning combination of irresistibly soothing storytelling and warm, playful watercolour art makes this a quintessential picture book for families who wish to read and learn Irish together.
See here to purchase.

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Will you or have you an Easter Basket for your child?What will you put in it?

T xxx

Fresh Fruit Salad with Homemade Lime & Mint Dressing

We are on a bit of a health kick in our house at the moment,we are going on holiday in 6 weeks,and trying to get the bodies “beach ready”. Although after putting on 3.5 stone when I was pregnant,my body will never again be ready for the beach! But I can try & hope!

Anyway,this dressing is a lovely addition to a fruit salad.It couldn’t be simpler, really. Fresh mint leaves and lime rind are steeped in a simply syrup and strained so only the herbal notes of the mint and the zesty lime flavor remain. Pour the syrup over the fruit right before serving. The subtle lime mint flavor is extremely complementary to almost any fruit.

We love this dressing,I find the original recipe can be quite sweet,so I add less sugar,and substitute some of the water with freshly squeezed lime juice.I love limes,the smell & taste always remind me of summer.Use whatever fruit you have at home for your salad.Amelia has a small bowl of fruit,without the dressing.

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Ingredients

80 mls water
75g sugar (caster)
⅓ cup packed mint leaves
Zest of 1 lime

Instructions

1.Bring water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. Make sure all of the sugar has dissolved.
2.Remove from heat and add mint leaves and lime zest.
3.Let steep for 15 minutes and strain.
4. Chill.
5.Add fruit to a large bowl. Pour dressing over top and gently stir to combine.

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* The lime mint dressing will keep for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.

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