Dairy Free Entertaining

Planning a Dairy Free party requires more attention to detail and sometimes, its just so much easier to order delicious food from somewhere. My little one is currently 18 months and its impossible to spare too long in the kitchen without her wrecking havoc to all the cupboards and their belongings.

I had a good browse onΒ  Waitrose Entertaining as it came highly recommended and ps. I was spoilt for choice. Easy to browse as there’s a dietary and lifestyle tab on the side. ‘No milk’ for us, just for the little one. I loved it as its not entirely catered so to say, as you still need to roast the beautifully presented food in the oven. Easier to claim that I have made itπŸ˜‰ Haha.

So, a little plan for a party of 8. Ps. some notice is require. Its about 6 days, dependent on the dish you want to order.

On the menu :

Carvery Leg of Lamb Studded with Garlic & Rosemary. Never disappoints and oh so easy to cook too, just pop it in the oven. Delicious flavour.

Beautiful Salmon side with Orange, Mustard and Dill.

Vegetarian Sushi Platter – very kid friendly for us

Fruity Moroccan Coucous Salad

and Homemade Dairy Free ‘Monkey’ Ice Cream.

Oh yes, if you are not looking for dairy free options, their baked goodies and children party food looks incredible! Super duper cute. Look!

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For dessert, some ice cream with this recipe. Such a hit with bubba and perfect for warmer weather:) We made them into some fun animal shapes with moulds from Baked By Me.

4 ripe bananas, peeled and cut into 3cm chunks
1 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp honey
1tsp vanilla extract
100 ml coconut milk

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Whisk all the ingredients in a blender. Nothing complicated about this recipe. The most challenging bit was waiting for it to freeze so that we can enjoy some in the sun.

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Practice run was a success, she loved it! *Happy Dance* Am definitely going to use this recipe again but will most likely reduce the amount of honey as its already sweet with the ripe bananas.

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Face brimming with joy. At that point in time, I was so proud of my ‘ice cream making’ skills.

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It must be true, happy baby … happy mummy!

*Recipe for dairy free banana ice cream from the Waitrose site*

Egg tarts and Park Life in Birmingham

Corn! Her current obsession. It used to be peas but for the past week, all she wants to eat is C-O-R-N. She finds it hilarious when she takes a huge chunk out of the cob herselfπŸ˜€

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We were craving for some good authentic Chinese food, so off we went for a day in Birmingham. Truly spoilt for choice as there is a Chinatown there.

If you are around the area, you should definitely try the egg tarts at a small bakery tucked in the Arcadian Centre. Its called Wah Kee Bakery. They make them fresh daily and we were so lucky to catch these babies hot out of the oven. A little piece of perfection when its warm.

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Armed with a ’round and happy’ tummy, off we went to Cannon Hill Park to burn some of the calories. Its a beautiful place to let the little monster run wild.

Managed to get a few shots of the blooms. Isn’t it pretty?

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They have lovely play areas for the kids too but no pictures as I was far too occupied with going down the slides a gazillion times with bubba.

Park = ice cream. Why not?:)

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A little someone was very possessive of her ice lolly, and whenever we tried to clean her up slightly .. she thought we were going to take it away and would start bawling. Oh dear. Don’t ask me how but we finally pried it away from her after she enjoyed half.

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Cheesy family selfie time.

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Happiest City in the World

On the 16th of May, Monday.. Leicester must have been the happiest city in the world. The streets were absolutely crazy, it was remarkable seeing so many people come out to salute the Foxes. Truly a carnival-like atmosphere! How lucky are we to be in Leicester at this point in time. Personally, am not a big footie person but hey ho .. for an underdog to achieve a big victory like this! Well done Leicester City FC! We sure can party and celebrate their win together with them. I am so glad I managed to bring my little one out to be part of the celebrations, putting aside my initial worries that we might get trampled especially with a bulky pushchair. We went ‘bright and early’ to Victoria Park at 3pm and there were already lots of people. Many families turned up with young children and this definitely put my mind at ease. We enjoyed a little picnic whilst taking in the atmosphere and the performances. We caught the cheerleaders, Bollywood dancers and the DJ. You can feel everyone celebrating. The vibe was just mad. Little one could feel it too and she was waving her flag with great enthusiasm.

 

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3pm, looking around for a cozy spot.

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Pitch! Time for a little picnic.

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Mummy and daughter duo at Victoria Park

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Thank goodness, I managed to grab some warm sugary donuts earlier. The food stations were … heaving with people by the time it was 5pm!

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We left to have a bit of a rest and came back out later to catch the victory parade i.e the open top buses with the team! She was very excited to see the aeroplane and helicopters in the sky. We were lucky that it was such a lovely spring day, I could treat her to an ice lolly:)

By this time, you cant see an inch of ground anymore .. everywhere was filled with humans. Waves and waves of people kept coming from the city towards Victoria Park. We waited by London Road and did not even attempt to go in the Park. Ps. its reported that 240,000 people turned up for this victory parade.

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Champions coming through ..

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A very memorable day indeed. Thank you Leicester! A day I won’t forget and lots of pictures to share with bubba when she is older:)

Clarks Baby Shoes. Review & Giveaway!

Gosh, how time flies! This was us 6 months ago when we got our little one her very first pair of shoes. It was only natural for us to walk into Clarks because I know they measure their tootsies properly there (length as well as width) and that their shoes come in half sizes as well. At that point in time, it was such a lovely ‘milestone’. (still is) We went in just before she turned one and Clarks made our First Shoes experience very memorable. They even captured the moment, emailed and posted the keepsake photo out to us.

For every

Gorgeous outfit

For every wobbly step

For the journey ahead.

For growing feet in safe hands.

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She was very apprehensive about her first pair of shoes but I did tell her that she will grow to LOVE shoes in time and ho and behold its true, she keeps playing with all of her shoes and is very quick to tell us to put them on when she wants to go out. She even tries my shoes!

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She outgrew her first pair and we went back to Clarks again for her 2nd pair. It is easy to be loyal to the brand as the quality is great and the range is super fun.

We were thrilledΒ  when we found out that Clarks were going to kindly gift us a pair of shoes of our choice to review. Perfect timing as we found that she has leaped up to a size 4. The most challenging bit was to decide on a style!

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It was a really close call between the very trendy and traditional Dabi Leila. They have it in a gorgeous neon yellow too. Its such a classic style, I wished they did it in adult sizes. I would so wear them.

I went with a Coral Patent Little Jam though. Personally, am a huge fan of Mary-Jane style shoes and the meadow flower detailing is adorable. A little someone was well excited when it came in the morning post. We were still in bed and had to try them on immediately:)

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We have definitely put the shoes to ‘test’ for a few weeks now and they still look brand new. No scuffs! Patent is always a great choice and she seems happy with them. We have been everywhere in her new shoes .. museums, farms, you name it! I went snap-happy as always, do enjoy our little every day moments.

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We are definitely creating lots of happy moments in those shoesπŸ˜‰

Ps. I am delighted to say that Clarks will be giving you a chance to win a pair of children’s shoes for your little ones on my Instagram page on HERE.

For a bonus entry, do leave a comment on here too. Competition ends on the 20th May 11.59pm. Good luck everyone xxx

 

We were sponsored the pair of Little Jam Shoes by Clarks, however all thoughts and views are my own.

Of Warmer Days and Sunshine

We have been blessed with quite a few days of glorious sunshine, it has been so warm and lovely. It feels like summer came early this year. Oh, how lucky did we get!

This feels like a sneak peek for a great summer ahead with the kiddo. There’s plenty to do when the sun comes out to play. Even lounging about in the garden for 30 minutes feels like a ‘mini holiday’.

It has to be a different selection of toys and books every time to entertain her so that I can drink my cup of tea in peace or hang a load of laundry. Ps. my laundry basket is in a great state at the moment due to the wonderful ‘drying’ weather.

I love it when the kitties get to lounge about with us outdoors too.

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Little one’s selection, Sophie’s Lift The Flap book, a little tub of bubbles and her current favourite, a case of Play Doh. They are mini tubs but they are perfect as an introductory set. We don’t actually have to play with the ‘doh’ most of the time, she keeps herself very very very busy by building towers and fitting them back in their case.

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Spotted … enjoying a good old fig roll whilst the tabby looks on probably longing for a cheeky nibble.

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Ps. I wanted to share that we found SPARKLING Play-Doh.

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They definitely did not have any glittery ones when I was young. Haha. It does pay to shop around too as its a fiver in John Lewis.

#MyToddlerReads (2)

Let’s get inspired by each other and cultivate good reading habits with our little ones.

 

The 2nd edition of #MyToddlerReads or more apt #WhatMyToddlerReads. For those who missed this, I started documenting some of the books my little one reads (3 books every fortnight). The response took me by surprise and it was very lovely to read all of your comments. Inspiring to see the variety of books our little one reads. Thank you for all the comments and joining in with my little hashtag. It’s always nice to see the classics still ever so popular:) Ps. there’s also lots of Julia Donaldson fans out there. This is great for me as I can keep an eye out for some of your recommendations at the library and the shops.

Thanks Loo for sharing your amazing MogTheCat collection! Its impressive that your little one knows the words, she must be a huge fan. Well done you:) You must have spent lots of time reading with her too. We bought Mog’s Christmas Calamity after watching the Sainsbury’s Christmas advert countless times.

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Check out Azalea’s amazing collection! Thank you Deana for sharing. I have ‘ book envy ‘. It is always heartwarming to hear how much a little one enjoys reading.

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Firm favourites this time around –>

  1. The ‘ That’s Not My .. ‘ books. She enjoys them tremendously and flips through them herself. She loves That’s Not My Kitten and That’s Not My Puppy. They are touchy feely books and are sturdy enough to withstand teething babies. Haha! They have lots of them in the library and I managed to capture her reading That’s Not My Hedgehog.

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2) Pip & Posy. This one was Pip and Posy : The Scary Monster. She loves it when the monster comes to the door, haha! The story is simple enough for her as a 16 month old and lots of easy phrases like ‘washing her hands’ and ‘knock on the door’. The illustrations are beautiful too, there is lots of extra detail to point out.

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3) Dinosaur Roar! Short book with lots of DINOSAURS, she adores this book. Its perfect before bed especially since its such an easy read. Words are kept to a minimum in the book but it teaches comparatives and adjectives like Dinosaur Slow / Dinosaur Fast.

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Hope you enjoyed reading about our firm favourites this time around. Please feel free to share yours, we will be thrilled xxx

Living arrows 17/52

β€œYou are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”

by Kahlil Gibran

One of our highlights from the week would be having some friends over from Nottingham. It was great catching up over food and they were definitely entertained by the chatty toddler. Whenever I get to decide on a place, its always the same old dessert parlour we frequent. Its so good. A little person was ecstatic too as she was treated to her own scoop of sorbet. I did exercise some form of ‘sugar control’ and she had less than half, phew.

Squinty face filled with lots of excitement and joy. I cannot help but chuckle when I ‘revisit’ the picture.

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Just look at my waffles! Moreish, drizzled with generous helpings of white chocolate , raspberries and cream .. and a scoop of white choc and raspberry ice cream. Oh yes, its Heavenly Desserts on London Road, Leicester.

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and a mandatory mummy-daughter picture.

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Living Arrows

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