Back from Holiday!

We had such a lovely ‘long’ break but its always nice to come back home to our usual routines. Not really routine as we still have lovely sunny weather here in good old England πŸ™‚

We braved a very very long 13 hour flight and took our toddler to Malaysia and then went on to Taiwan which took another 5 hours. Armed with a bag of little toys and snacks, we survived! Definitely deserves a post on its own, so do look out for it.

It was a very busy holiday as we literally had something to do every morning, afternoon and evening taking in the sights as well as finding time to meet as many family and friends as possible. Easier said than done though!

Beautiful tropical Malaysia. Wished we had more days just lazing about in the pool sipping drinks and doing nothing πŸ™‚

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The Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur.

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Yang Ming Shan Tien Lai, hot springs resort in Taiwan.

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Sightseeing in Taipei

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Cannot wait to sit down and sort through pictures, print some of them for our family album as well as share some here for good old memories. Priceless. xxx

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 herself πŸ˜€

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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? πŸ™‚

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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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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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ 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

Baby Friendly Pan Fried Salmon

Food post! A simple tea of salmon, steamed potatoes & vegetables. We do baby led weaning most of the time in our home, so little one enjoys what we have without any salt. This was very quick, I think I was in the kitchen for 15 minutes, majority of which was spend guarding the ‘pan fried salmon’ and prepping the vegetables to go in the steamer. We invested in a little steamer when the baby was ready for some food at 6 months, we didn’t bother with a blender or anything like that. Its proving to be a really good buy since I still use it pretty often.

The big people had salmon with some sweet chili sauce (cooked with some onions, garlic, ginger) and bubba enjoyed hers plain.

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Easy peasy salmon dinner πŸ˜€

Weakness for beautiful dresses

I have never wrote a post about clothes even though I love ogling at them. Children’s clothes are my ultimate weakness. I have noticed that I barely buy any for myself of the late but I always have ‘excuses’ when it comes to the little one. The self restraint ‘leash’ is still pretty good or else we will be broke! Anyone can relate with ..

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I came across the most lovely collection and thought, gosh I need to share this. Whilst contemplating which piece to get for my little one, I noticed that there’s a 20% off offer. (Its only till midnight on Sunday). Perfect motivation eh. It’s exclusive designed with Liberty by Mama’s and Papa’s. I have always been a huge fan of Liberty prints as they are timeless and paired with a classic design, its a sure hit.

Will let the beautiful prints do the talking. Look!

Peacocks of Grantham Hall

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Painter’s Meadow Print

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Irma Print

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The full collection is on the Mamas and Papas site HERE. Hope you enjoyed browsing just as much as I did.

Happy weekend xxx

 

 

First Theatre Experience – Dinosaur Zoo Live

I love performing arts, and the husband and I used to love watching musicals together whenever we get the chance or when we are in London. Of course, we wanted our little one to enjoy the same. Start them young eh?

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Excited parents before the show

We brought our little 16 month old to watch her first ‘live show’ at the theatre. As much as I was looking forward to this, I have to be honest.. I was very nervous beforehand. What if she does not behave? Will I be spending most of my time outside the hall? Will I regret this decision to bring her at this tender age? Will she be terrified of the large dinosaurs? Oh well, she better not waste our hard earned Β£. *Jokes*

The show was recommended for children 3+ (yes she’s not 3!) but it was going to be a very interactive show and worst case scenario she will enjoy ‘kid-watching’ as the whole hall will be filled with excited dinosaur-loving children. To me, show times is the most important, as long as it does not fall during ‘nap time’.. That is one big hurdle conquered.

Off we went to the Curve Theatre in Leicester to watch Dinosaur Zoo Live. We had an absolutely brilliant time at this fun and very interactive show. The dinosaur puppets were very life-like and a true delight, even the adults marveled at them. My husband was entertained too. Look!

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Little one was glued to her daddy’s lap wide eyed and in awe. She would point at them much to my delight and go ‘bird’! ( It was a flying dinosaur ) . She was pretty fearless throughout the show and I could see her taking in all the noise and soaking in the buzzing atmosphere from the other kids. She would squeal and clap and that itself is worth this experience.

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It was a very enjoyable 50 minutes for us even if she had a fair share of dairy free chocolates and lots of fruit whilst watching the show.

They even had a little ‘meet and greet’ session or ‘meat and greet’ if you like πŸ˜‰ for the children to get up close to the dinosaurs. We met the baby t-rex and baby triceratops!

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.. and of course I had to feed her (or my) dinosaur obsession. Decisions decisions. Some top ranked goodies, gosh I have a thing for reading reviews before properly ‘shopping’. Do you?

Perfect for imaginative play, an 18 piece dinosaur set for a fiver. Bet little one will love the tub too as she’s very into filling and emptying containers at the moment.

Another one to consider .. soft and squidgy baby dinosaurs.

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I have flipped through this book and this is perfect for the dino-mad kid / toddler. I believe books are little investments. Besides, its on offer and cannot really go wrong with a bestseller.

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and just for laughs .. I would consider this dress up dinosaur for when shes older. Haha!

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Hope you have a happy Sunday ahead xxx

 

 

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