Recipe

Children’s Chip Shop Recipe

This blog post is in partnership with Youngs Seafood, who undertook a study to examine food habits in families with children, in which 1,500 parents took part, all with children ranging from 4 years old to 15. As my eldest child is six years old, and a somewhat fussy eater, this study was of particular interest.

To help parents get their children clearing their plates, Young’s Seafood formed a panel of mini chefs and food critics- called The Youngsters. They have created Chip Shop style meals for home, with the aim to make meal times happy and improve the clearing of plates. Each recipe has been designed to be quick and easy for families to make, using common ingredients. For this blog post, the ‘Cod with Vegetable Chips’ will be shown, however all other recipes can be found on the website- Youngs Seafood.

Cod with Vegetable Chips 

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We are huge fans of creating vegetable chips in this house, as a healthier alternative, and an added vegetable on the plate.

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The cooking instructions are as follows;

  1. Cook the Young’s Chip Shop Large Cod Fillets as per the instructions on pack.

Vegetable Chips;

  1. Preheat the oven to 220’C/Fan 190’C/ Gas mark 7.
  2. Place vegetables in a large bowl & sprinkle over smoked paprika & drizzle over the olive oil, season with black pepper & toss together so the vegetables become evenly coated.
  3. Transfer to a large baking tray & spread out to a single layer.
  4. Bake on the top shelf of the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and crisp.

Crushed Peas;

  1. Add peas to a pan of boiling water, bring to boil and simmer for 2 minutes, drain well.
  2. Place the peas in a food processor or blender, add the melted butter, vinegar, copped mint, process briefly making sure to retain some texture & season to taste.

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Christmas Gift Guide, Product Review

Christmas Gift Guide: Baby Girl

As we’re getting closer and closer to Christmas, it is only apt that I share some gift ideas with you all. I have come across some amazing small businesses that handmake and design children’s clothes and accessories. Therefore each of the gift guides will have an emphasis on shopping small this Christmas. This is the fourth and final blog post in the Christmas Gift Guide Series, and is a Gift Guide for Baby Girls. I hope to provide some gift inspiration for anyone with little girls themselves, or know someone with a little girl!

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1. Personalised Flower Initial Embroidered Sleepsuit 

I’ve chosen to include this as a parent can never have too many sleepsuits for their baby! So by purchasing this as a gift for a child, you’re buying a practical yet personalised gift that will be treasured and appreciated! I just love how delicate the embroidered personalisation is on this sleepsuit, the added flowers are so pretty.

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This product can be found at Betty&SydneyCo.

2. Personalised D.O.B Vest 

This vest is also another practical yet treasured gift as it is something to keep in a memory box once your little one has grown out of it. Embroidered with your little one’s name, date of birth, weight and time makes this a really lovely gift!

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This product can be found by searching @abigailstitches on Instagram.

3. Gingham Pinny & Mustard Prairie Blouse

This is such a lovely gift as you can choose the colour options and details, then it gets hand made by the lovely Georgia, meaning every item is sewn just for you and each order is unique! Florence currently reps for Pearls Threads, and we have a discount code to share for you. Simply enter FLORENCE10 at the checkout for money off your order!

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These products can be found at PearlsThreads. Don’t forget to use the discount code!

4. Peach Rabbit Sleepsuit with Felt Tail

Again, this is a product that parents will love and appreciate! It is a super soft and comfy peach sleepsuit with a bunny rabbit design and soft, felt tail for added detail.

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This product can be found by searching @diddlesandsquidge on Instagram.

5. Leggings and Headband Set

This organic cotton leggings and headband set is stunning! It is made from the most amazing quality material, with detailed birds of paradise print and would make such a lovely gift for the little girl in your life! You simply pick a material from the website and can have it made into any of the following; organic cotton leggings, shorts, bloomers, skirts, tunic dress, long/short/bloomer rompers, dribble bibs, headbands and muslins!

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This product can be found at Zack&IvyCo.

6. Personalised Glitter Name Trio Tee

This personalised glitter name tee is such a nice gift for someone who has shared their babies name prior to delivery, or a baby who’s coming up to their first birthday or first Christmas! It’s always going to be unique, which is great!

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This product can be found at DarcielleDesigns.

I definitely couldn’t do a blog post on anything baby girl and not include any hair accessories! So here is a (rather large) selection of Florence’s hair accessories. I will split these into different brands with more photos and where to find them below.

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  1. Molly Bows Glitter Bow Clips

These glitter bow clips are perfect for the festive season! Molly Bows are kindly offering my readers a free bow! Simply use Freebowylm at the checkout to receive your free bow with your order.

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These clips, with many others can be found on Facebook (@Molly Bows) or Instagram (@Molly-bows). Don’t forget the discount code for the free bow!

2. HairBloomsBoutiqueLondon Bow Headbands 

I just love how simple yet lovely these small bow headbands are. They’re really versatile in that they match a lot of outfits and styles, and with the soft, nylon headband they are comfortable for the babies to wear.

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These bows can be found at HairBloomsBoutique.

3. BellesBows17 Christmas Bows

These bows are giving me all the Christmassy feels! I’m a huge fan of tartan, and love glitter, so having both of these incorporated into one bow is absolutely perfect! I can’t wait to add these to little Florence’s Christmassy outfits in the run up to Christmas!

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These bows can be found by searching @Bellesbows17 on Instagram.

4. OurOlivia Matching Velvet Turbans 

You either love it or hate it- but I love velvet! These velvet head turbans are super soft and comfortable to wear, which is definitely a must have. I love this soft pink colour!

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These turbans can be found either at OurOlivia or @OurOlivia on Instagram.

5. LittleBearsBows Suede Baby Headbands

LittleBearsBows have the loveliest baby suede headbands. As Florence is currently a brand rep for LittleBearsBows, we have a discount code to offer you. Simply use FLORENCE10 at the checkout to receive money off of your order!

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These baby headbands can be found at LittleBearsBows. Don’t forget to use the discount code mentioned above!

6. IzzieBowsandRoses Trio Bows 

We love these bows as they’re super comfy for Florence to wear, with a simple finish but with the added extra of the gold sparkly centre of each of the bows. As Florence is also a brand rep for this business, we have another discount code to share! If you use FLORENCE10 at the checkout you will receive a discount off of your order!

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These headbands, along with others can be found at IzzieBowsandRoses. Don’t forget to use the discount code!

7. Olivia Grace and Co Fabric Bow Clips 

These knotted bow clips are the perfect gift as they’re fairly neutral and can be easily added to many outfits, allowing for more wear. I love that they are soft and simple, yet still add a delicate touch with their patterns.

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These clips can be found on OliviaGrace&Co or @OliviaGrace&Co on Instagram.

8. Mia Moo Bows Christmas Bows 

These bows are great for the run up to Christmas, getting that festive feel into everyday outfits! Loving all the glitter for this season!

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These bows can be found by searching @Mia_moo_bows_ on Instagram.

9. Arya’s Bunny Boutique Headbands 

I think everyone has a soft spot for all things Peter Rabbit for babies, so this is the perfect way to subtly have Peter Rabbit in all outfits! I just love how different these bows are.

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These bows can be found at Arya’sBunnyBowtique.

10. La Romi Matching Head Wraps

I absolutely love matching with Florence, and if I could get away with matching everything I definitely would! These black and white head wraps are such an easy way to match with your little one.

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These matching head wraps can be found at LaRomi.

11. Eden’s Handmade Florals PomPom Headband 

I love Florence in this pompom headband as it is something a little different! It’s super soft and is really easy to style with Florence’s outfits.

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This headband can be found by searching @edenshandmadeflorals on Instagram.

Motherhood, Tattoos

Tattoos & Breastfeeding

This blog post is about getting tattoos whilst being a breastfeeding mother. Although this is quite a niche topic, I found that when searching for answers myself there was little to no reliable information out there to help. Therefore, hopefully this will help someone searching for particular answers on this topic.

Mitchell and I had booked tattoos as part of my ‘pushing present‘ for having Florence. (If you know, you know lol) I didn’t have a baby shower, so thought I would at least make the most out of one of these American pregnancy traditions! However, when the time actually came I suddenly had a little panic over whether or not I would even be able to get mine done as I was breastfeeding. After a quick google I was left even more unsure about whether it was safe to go ahead or if I would need to cancel and have them done once I was no longer breastfeeding Florence.

It was only after speaking to my tattooist (and him speaking his partner who’s a midwife) that is was agreed we were completely fine to go ahead as long as I fully understood the information. I was told that getting the tattoo itself is absolutely fine as the ink does not transfer into the milk. Obviously choose to go to a respectable and clean tattooist to minimise any chance of infection, as it is only if the tattoo becomes infected and you have to go on antibiotics you will have to stop breastfeeding.

Thank you for reading. 

 

Motherhood

Top Tips for New Mums

Becoming a parent can be a daunting task, and even though this was my second child, it was a completely different experience to having my first. I’ve put together some key things to remember during this period of time with your family, in the hope that it resonates with some of you, whether you are in this position now or have been in the past. It is important to note that everybody is different, and whilst these things have been important to me, they may not work for everyone!

  • Accept the help that is offered 

I think we are all guilty of trying to juggle to many things at once and spreading ourselves too thinly. This is not the time to try to do everything on your own. Accept the help and support that is offered, whether this is family, friends or health professionals.

I love the quote,

 “It takes a village to raise a child” 

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No one is going to think any less of you as a mother if you reach out for help. Becoming a mother is hard, for anyone and everyone, at any age. You are not the first and you certainly won’t be the last. People are there to help, so take them up on their offers!

 

  • Filter Unwanted Advice

Now I can assure you that people are going to offer you advice left right and centre when you are pregnant or have had your baby. Whilst this is usually coming with the best of intentions, it isn’t always helpful or needed. This is your baby, and believe me, you know what is best for the both of you. Everyone has different ides and experiences, and whilst one mother swears by something, it won’t necessarily work for you. Politely listen and thank others for the advice, but don’t feel bad for not then doing as they suggested. Just like this blog post- not everything will be true for yourself, and it is okay to filter out the parts that don’t help!

  • Buy More Muslins 

You’ve probably heard people say you need to purchase a few muslin squares for your newborn. This is not the case. Rather, I urge you to accumulate as many muslins as you can, you will NEVER have too many!

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  • Don’t get caught up in the ‘Mum Awards’ 

Some mums would lead you to believe there are certified ‘Mum Awards‘ for the best mothers. This is not the case! There are no prizes and there is no such thing as the perfect parent, we all have our good and bad days.

So don’t feel you have to succumb to the social pressures of juggling to much at once, trying to please everyone but yourself. Go with your gut and trust your own judgement. What has worked for one mother will not necessarily work for the next. Each experience is different and nobody is perfect.

  • Enjoy Quiet Time 

The most important thing during this time is that you and baby are healthy, everything else comes second. So don’t feel guilty about just sitting back and enjoying those precious moments alone as a family with your newborn- as I hate to sound like an overplayed song- but it really does fly by and they’re not babies for long. The guests can wait, the housework can wait, no one will mind- and those that do mind aren’t worth the fuss.

So take the all important time to breathe in their newborn smell, stroke every hair on their heads and stare at the most amazing gift of life that your body has created and birthed. Motherhood is simply amazing!

Thank you for reading. 

Motherhood

Newborn Photoshoot

Florence’s Newborn Photoshoot

It doesn’t seem like five minutes ago that I was in Luana’s studio having my Maternity Shoot and chatting about pregnancy and how excited I was. Now Florence is here, and we returned to Luana for a Newborn Shoot.

Myself and Mitch are thrilled with the photos and can’t wait to share them with friends and family. Capturing this moment in time, where we became a family of four and welcomed our beautiful baby girl into the world, is so special and these photos will be treasured and used as memories for years to come.

It is completely obvious how smitten we are with baby Florence, especially her big brother.

We couldn’t be happier with the photos and products provided by Luana.

Luana’s Contact Details: 

Facebook: Luana Guttesen Photography & 3d Castings

Instagram: Luanagfoto

Thank you for reading. 

Motherhood

Letter to a father to be…

Now it is more than likely the crazy pregnancy hormones, but this post could get a little emotional. More often than not the rush of day to day life can leave us little time for long heartfelt shows of emotion, and so I’ve taken the opportunity to share my thoughts as our due date quickly approaches in the hope to not forget these emotions and feelings.

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To Mitchell, my gorgeous fiancé and father to be.

You willingly came into my life knowing that I came as a pair, with ‘baggage’ as they say. You took on my son, treated him as your own and have since loved us honestly and wholly. The bond and relationship that has grown between the two of you is phenomenal, beautiful and precious. It is easy enough to create a child, but to offer this amount of love and support to a child that is not your own takes a real man, and that you are.

There was not a spec of doubt in my mind that you wouldn’t be a good father. That was why when the time came, and we started talking of having children, I was more than excited to begin this journey with you by my side.

I know that you’re nervous. I’m nervous too. This thing that we planned and lovingly created is finally going to be here, finally going to be real. We are going to be responsible for a brand new, tiny little human and the pressure of that is undeniably huge. The way we choose to parent and guide her will shape her personality and the decisions she makes for years to come. We have made this wonderful gift of life together, this tiny little flower, this precious little thing and she is all ours. She is half of you and half of me, coming into a family with more love than she will ever know.

I know from watching you patiently read to Kaden, guiding him with his homework, helping him build rockets and cars out of lego and making dens all over the house for nerf wars, we’ve got this. You’ve got this.

I cannot wait to see you hold your baby daughter for the first time.

Mitchell, I love you.