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I am a big fan of anything cheesy and am always looking to try new and different varieties. After seeing Kraft Philadelphia Cadbury chocolate flavour, I thought I would just have to try it.
The packaging of this Philadelphia is the usual blue colour, with the edging being purple which I guess is in relation to the famous Cadbury?s purple colour. The lid is a pop on / pop off type and underneath the main lid is a foil lip which is peeled off to get to the cheese.
A 160 gram tub of this will only cost you 87p which I think is a very reasonable price.
Philadelphia Cadbury Chocolate
This variety of Philadelphia is made up of the usual cream cheese and then mixed with 22% of Cadbury?s milk chocolate. The ingredients include soft fat cheese, sugar cocoa mass, cocoa butter, skimmed milk, whey powder, vegetable fat, milk fat, stabilisers, emulsifiers, flavourings.
Upon opening the lid, the first thing that stuck me was just how dark the cream cheese is, especially as it has 22% chocolate and the rest is cream cheese. The next thing I noticed was the lovely rich smell of chocolate and cream cheese mixed. The cheese looks rather odd and it has a firm texture and looks quite similar to jelly, although obviously not anywhere near as wobbly.
The most noticible thing about this cheese is that actually, it doesn?t taste very much like cheese at all. You can definitely taste the Cadbury chocolate and there is an underlying taste which is ever so slightly sharp in contrast to the sweetness of the chocolate. This is obviously the taste of the cheese coming through but you certainly would not notice it as a cheese flavour.
I have used this spread in several different ways so far. I have used it as a chocolate spread on toast which was nice but not amazing as I think the spread goes better alongside something nice, crisp and crunchy such as a digestive biscuit. I have also used this spread on digestive biscuits and I have to say, this is definitely my favourite way of having it. The contrast between the soft, sweet texture and flavour of the cheese against the sweet crunchiness of the biscuit is very yummy indeed.
I would certainly recommend this product as a treat. It probably wouldn?t be that great for everyday use as it is not the healthiest of options what with the mixture of cream cheese and chocolate. One thing I did notice with this product is that it seems to last forever when kept in the fridge ? our tub lasted a good two weeks in the fridge which is great when you are only using the product as a treat every now and then. I think this product offers great value for money and it nice when you are looking for something a little bit different.
My daughter is most certainly a water baby and she adores bath time. I always like to make her bath times as pleasant as possible and like to include bubbles in her bath. I am not particularly fussy on what brand of bubbles I buy really. I do tend to get one designed for children / babies, mostly because I worry that her skin may be quite sensitive (as mine is) and I don't want to use any products that might irritate her skin.
While shopping round my local Tescos, I saw that Matey bubble bath was on offer at the bargain price of £1 a bottle. I decided to pop a couple of bottles in with my weekly shop.
The Matey brand has been around for many years and is most probably more well known for the bottle designed to look like a sailor. In more recent years, they have released a bottle that looks like a pirate and then a girl's version where the bottle is designed to look like a mermaid. I didn't realise at the time of buying this product but the girl version is actually called Molly matey which obviously I loved what with my daughter being called Molly.
The matey bubble bath comes in a 500ml bottle. The bottle has a screw top lid which is very easy to open. The bottle states that the product is hypoallergenic which is great for those with sensitive skin.
The bubble bath itself is pink in colour and has quite a gloopy consistency. When I attempt to pour the bubble bath into the bath, it actually tends to come out in dollops as appose to a fluid pouring motion. Having said that, the bubble bath always bubbles up really well and you don't need to use too much of the product, Another positive is that the bubble bath smells lovely too, all light and fruity.
I would highly recommend this product. My daughter is only 15 months so she doesn't really pay attention to the décor of the bottle but I imagine that little girls around the 2-3 years mark will really love the fact that the bottle looks like a mermaid. I think the product is gentle on Molly's skin which is something I always look for in a bath product and I love the fact that it smells lovely and is quite often on special offer.
My daughter Molly is nearly 15 months and has been drinking from a beaker since she was about six months old. She still has her bedtime milk in a bottle but her juice and water that she drinks during the day is given to her in a Tommee Tippee beaker.
To be honest, the only reason we picked this beaker was because they were on a special offer in Tesco's at the time that we decided to get Molly a beaker. We bought two of the beakers for £1.50 which I thought was a more than reasonable price for a brand name.
The beakers come in a variety of colours including blue, pink, green and yellow. We decided to pick a pink one for Molly as she doesn't actually have too many pink items as I try to make a point of not getting everything in pink just because she is a girl!
The beaker itself has a handle either side which means that it is very easy for baby to grip. Molly often just holds it with one hand now that she has mastered drinking with a beaker. The nozzle to the beaker is obviously somewhat different to the teat of a bottle and Molly did take a while to get used to using the beaker. The flow of liquid does come out much quicker and your child does not need to suck as it is a free flowing beaker but like I said, Molly soon adapted her drinking method to the beaker.
The nozzle of the beaker has three small holes that your child sucks on to release the liquid inside. The nozzle can be lifted up and down which is great for when you are popping the beaker in a bag as you can just snap the nozzle down and the liquid is contained within the beaker. The only downside to this is that it allows food to get caught up in the mechanism of the nozzle and it can be quite difficult to clean. Molly is an incredibly messy eater and quite often her beaker gets covered in lunch / dinner and can be a pain to clean up!
Overall I would certainly recommend the Tommee Tippee 1st beaker. I think they offer excellent value for money, especially if you manage to buy them when they are on a special offer like we did. I like the fact that they come in different colours too. They are easy for your child to hold due to them having two handles and I also really like the lift up / push down action of the nozzle. One downside to the nozzle is that because it is free flowing, if you have a child that likes to fling their beaker around their heads during mealtimes (like Molly does!) then their juice / water can end up going everywhere. Lastly, another great feature of these beakers is that they are microwave safe dishwasher safe and sterilizer safe.
I personally love reading and I definitely feel like it is something that I would like to pass onto my daughter. She is only 14 months old at the moment but I have been reading to her since she was about four months old.
Recently, I bought the entire Mr Men and Little Miss collection at a bootfair for the bargain price of £15 for the whole lot. I remember reading the Mr Men books myself when I was younger but if I am honest, I didn't really remember any of the stories, just that I enjoyed them.
Upon flicking through the collection, I decided that I would read Mr Strong as the first book, even though it is actually numbered as number 26 in the Mr Men collection.
The Mr Men books all look pretty much the same, just with a different Mr Man or Little Miss on the front. The front cover of Mr Strong is white and has a picture of Mr Strong on the front. He is a red, square shaped character and he wears a small green hat. Mr Strong is printed in black writing across the front of the book with Roger Hargreaves (the authors name) printed underneath.
As you have probably guessed by now the story of Mr Strong basically details exactly how strong Mr Strong is! He is very strong because he eats loads and loads of eggs, and the more he eats, the stronger he becomes. The stories continues to give examples of Mr Strong's strength and states that 'he can hammer nails into walls just by tapping them with his finger'.
The story continues by letting the reader know that there is also a downside to Mr Strong's strength - he struggles to complete simple tasks because his strength means that he is too heavy handed and often breaks things when he doesn't mean to. While Mr Strong is out on a walk and breaking the various things he encounters on this walk, he meets a Farmer who is very distressed about his corn field which is on fire. Mr Strong quickly jumps to the rescue and puts the fire out by picking up the Farmer's entire barn and filling it with water to douse the fire. The Farmer is so pleased with Mr Strong's efforts that he agrees to give him eggs as he can carry - as you can imagine, that's a LOT of eggs! Mr Strong goes home and starts to eat his eggs and at the end of the book there is a big surprise when you find out what he is eating for pudding!
As well as being a great little story, Mr Strong also has an illustration every second page. The illustrations are bright, colourful and nice and simple for your child to understand. I love the fact that there are illustrations as it is a nice way of encouraging a child who can not read yet to look at the book and become involved in the reading process.
Overall I would highly recommend Mr Strong as a book to read to your child. The Mr Men books all have good morals and they encourage things such as good eating, getting a job and making sure you take some exercise - all things that I would certainly want to encourage my children to do. The stories are short, making excellent bed time reading material. As I mentioned earlier, I managed to bag the whole collection of Mr Men books for £15 but I have had a quick look on the internet and each book retails at around £2.25.
Myself and my partner decided that we fancied a break away in the New Year and started trawling the internet to look for a bargain. On Groupon, we found an offer they were doing where you could stay in the Thistle Hotel in Brighton. The offer was for two people sharing either a double or twin room. We have an eleven month old daughter who comes pretty much everywhere with us so before we bought the offer through Groupon, I called the hotel to ask if my daughter would be included in the offer because she was still an infant. We were informed that because she was under two, she was allowed to be included in the offer.
As mentioned above, we booked the hotel stay through Groupon so once we had done this; Groupon sent us the voucher code to use. Once we had this, booking with the Thistle hotel was incredibly easy. We simply went to the website http://www.thistle.com/en/hotels/united_kingdom/brighton, chose the date we wanted to stay, along with the room options and entered the voucher code. Upon doing so, our reservation was complete. We booked a double room for myself, my partner and out eleven month old daughter. We also requested a travel cot at the time of booking.
We paid £69 for a double room and that rate included breakfast in the morning. I thought that price was very reasonable considering the hotel is a 4 star and it has a prime location right on the seafront and about a five minute walk from the famous Brighton Pier. Please note that we did book the hotel stay through Groupon which means that we probably got it cheaper than you would if you booked directly with the hotel.
Finding The Hotel
Finding the Thistle Hotel in Brighton was incredibly easy. We popped the postcode in the SatNav but to be honest, I think it is virtually impossible to miss the hotel. It is located right on Brighton sea front, a stones throw away from Brighton Pier. Upon arrival we were let into the car park via a barrier and proceeded to park the car. There is a car park around the side of the hotel and the Thistle have their own section of this which is available to guests for a slightly discounted rate. In order to access this car park, you need to enter through the entrance at the front of the hotel, rather than at the side.
The main reason we booked this hotel was because it was a great offer but I have to say, I don't think we could have done any better as far as location was concerned. As I mentioned earlier, it is within walking distance of Brighton Pier and is also only a five minute walk from Brighton Sea Life Centre. The back of the hotel overlooks the famous Brighton Lanes so if you are looking for somewhere to base yourself while you explore Brighton, you wouldn't go far wrong booking a stay here.
The checking in process was very quick and efficient. I handed the receptionist my paperwork confirming our booking and she expertly checked us in. She gave us directions to our room and gave up the times of breakfast the next morning.
The room was lovely, nice and spacious and decorated in a tasteful and classic manner with a blue and white theme. The bedding was very clean and fresh and the bed was absolutely massive, probably about seven feet across.
Also in the room there was a desk complete with TV and internet facilities. There was a quadruple wardrobe plenty big enough for all our stuff and more.
The bathroom was bright and clean and of a good size with a half size bath and a rather nice over the bath shower. There was a large mirror over a vanity unit which contained complimentary toiletries.
The hotel also provided a travel cot for our daughter Molly.
As part of our room rate, we were also allowed to use the hotel facilities such as the gym, swimming pool, sauna and steam room. Our daughter is a real water baby so we decided to make use of the swimming pool while we were there. The changing rooms were lovely and clean and we were given a key to a locker by the hotel staff. The pool was lovely and warm although a little on the small side but perfectly adequate for our needs.
We had breakfast included in the price of our stay which we certainly took full advantage of in the morning. Upon arriving at the restaurant, we were seated by a member of staff and told to help ourselves to breakfast and tea and coffee would be served by the waiters. Breakfast was truly amazing! We could help ourselves to a full English including scrambled eggs, fried eggs, bacon, sausages, hash brown, fried bread, beans, mushrooms and tomato. The food tasted as if it has literally been cooked two seconds before which was great as I find that sometimes buffet style breakfasts can end up a bit stale. Along the front of the counter where you helped yourself to the full English breakfast, you could also order fresh omelettes from the chefs there which was a lovely option to have. As well as the above, you also had a choice of cereals, croissants, toast with various toppings and there was also a selection of cheeses and meats to pick from. Tea and coffee was served by the waiters and you could also help yourself to fresh fruit juices. In case you hadn't gathered, I thoroughly enjoyed breakfast and would go so far as to say that it was the best breakfast I have ever had at a hotel.
In summary I would highly recommend a stay at this hotel. I thought we got a really good deal with only paying £69 for the three of us and the fact that that rate also included breakfast made it even better. The room was lovely, spacious and clean. One slight grumble I have is that in the middle of the night (when my daughter woke up due to her new teeth giving her trouble) we noticed there was a massive gap in the mattress of the travel cot. We called down to reception and within five minutes a member of staff has bought a new mattress to our room. So although this really didn't cause us much of a problem at all, I thought I would mention it. Another grumble I have is that disabled access (or indeed access for pushchairs) was a bit of a pain because the main entrance door is a turnstile fashion and my daughter's pushchair was too big to get through it. Next to the door is an automatic normal door but this didn't work on any of the times we tried to use it and we had to ask a member of staff to come and let us in / out which was a bit of a pain.
I think this hotel is in a brilliant location as you can easily get to all the main attractions in Brighton from here. The breakfast was amazing and the fact that you get use of the spa facilities in the hotel was a lovely added bonus.
Another thing to note is that car parking costs £20 for 24 hours if you take advantage of the hotel car park. You also get a 25% discount on all food and drinks inside the hotel should you wish to eat and drink there. I had a wonderful time at this hotel and would definitely recommend it to anyone else visiting Brighton.
can't quite believe it but my daughter is nearly 11 months old already and has just got to the stage where she is attempting to walk. There are all kinds of toys on the market that are aimed at encouraging your baby to walk. I also have a three year old niece and many of her toys were passed down to my daughter Molly so we are literally inundated with things for Molly to play with. One of Molly's favourite toys is her vtech First
Steps Baby Walker.
The vtech baby walker that I personally own is bright pink with purple wheels are a purple holding bar. On the front of the walker is a board which clips on and off the walker so can be used independently or as part of the walker when it is clipped on. The board is white in colour and has a whole manner of things to play with on it. As well as producing the pink walker (clearly aimed at little girls) they also produce a more unisex item which is exactly the same except it is yellow and red in colour.
As I already mentioned, this walker was handed down to us from my niece but I have had a quick look online and they seem to retail at around £25 - £35 depending on where you buy them from.
Going back to the board on the walker, I will talk you through the various activities for your baby to play with on the board. To start with there are three wheels which are interlocked so that when your baby spins one of the wheels, the others spin too. As well as spinning, the wheels can also be pushed in and out. Molly is particularly fascinated by things that spin so she really seems to enjoy this part. In the middle of the board are the numbers 1-4 in various shapes and colours. When pressed, all the buttons set of various sounds and lights featured on the walker. Next to the numbers pad is a butterfly that has a moveable wing which can be turned over either way to still show a butterfly. Again, Molly really enjoys this part and will quite happily sit there for a good five minutes straight just turning the butterfly wing over and over. At the bottom of the board are different coloured keys labelled A-E and each key features a picture on it also. When they keys are pressed they alternate between playing a sound (like a keyboard) or stating what the letter stands for i.e. "E is for elephant". Then underneath the keyboard pad are three spinning sections in different colours. This is the only downside of the toy for me as the spinning section is set back almost underneath the main part of the board meaning that your baby can't see it all that well but to be honest there are so many other bits to play with that its not like your baby will miss out. On the right had side of the board there is a pink handset to a phone which can be taken off the walker and used by itself. Molly adores the phone and we always pretend someone is on the line and pass it to her which makes her giggle. Lastly, in the top left hand corner is a pink puppy who talks when pressed. He encourages your baby to interact with the toy by saying things like "Puppy says clap your hands" and "Puppy says nod your head".
So I have detailed the various activities that your baby can play with on the main board of the walker and as I mentioned earlier the board detaches from the walker and can be placed flat on the floor so that it is easier for your baby to play with. Molly has only just started to take steps with her walker but she has been playing with the board part of the walker for a good few months now. She always seems to gravitate towards her walker out of all her toys so vtech must be doing something right!
Lastly, the walker can obviously be used for just that - a walker. The baby stands behind the main board with it facing away from them and can take their first few steps with the confidence that the walker with help them. Another reason I like this walker is that it is nice and sturdy so if baby suddenly jolts forwards, its too heavy to just go flying forwards too which stops any nasty accidents happening. Also, because it is quite heavy, when Molly topples backwards she just gently goes back onto her bum and I can rest knowing that the walker is too heavy for her to pull on top of herself.
You can probably already guess that I am a massive fan of this product. It is an educational toy and can also be used as an aid for your baby when they are learning to walk. I love the fact that it is sturdy, which helps to support your baby. It is quite incredible just how many different things there are for your baby to play with on the board and Molly loves every section. I also like the fact that the toy is helping her to learn all the while she is having fun. Lastly, I would also like to point out that the walker can be wiped clean which is very important for baby / toddler toys. I don't think this is too overprice at £25 but I would still advise getting it second hand if you can as you really do save so much money.
I have always been aware of Yankee candles but until a couple of years ago, I had never been the owner of one. At Christmas, my partners Mum bought us a large Yankee candle and we fell in love with them. On a recent visit to out local designer outlet, we decided to visit the Yankee Candle shop and treat ourselves to some candles.
I am usually quite tight with my money and I have to admit that I was quite surprised by just how expensive Yankee candles are! For the largest size one, you are looking at about £25 which seems silly for just a candle. However, having said that, they do smell amazing and last an awful long time too.
We were quite pleased when we went to our local Yankee store as there was a sale on and we got two large candles for £20 the pair! One of the scents we picked was Fruit Fusion.
The jar that the candle comes in is pretty large and has a flat see through lid which pops on and off the container. The lid is very useful as it helps to retain the scent of the candle. Where the scent of the candle is so strong, if you leave the lid off, the whole room can end up smelling of the candle, even when it hasn't been lit.
The candle inside the container is a deep orange colour and quite rightly smells rather fruity! On the front of the candle container Yankee provide details of the scent of the candle, along with a picture. The picture shown next to fruit fusion is a selection of fruit including orange, lime and strawberries. The description for fruit fusion states that this candle is "summer-licious with a fusion of berries, orange and lime".
Once the candle is lit, it took around five minutes for the scent to filter out across the room. The first smell that hits me is the orange, it smells almost spicy. Shortly afterwards you can smell the sharpness of the lime and berries. The combination of these ingredients is wonderful and makes our living room smell fresh but homely at the same time which I am sure is down to some kind of spicy ingredient.
Yankee candles are renowned for being really strong but I have found that the scent is in no way overpowering. It just seems to hang in the air and can always be smelt without it being the first thing you think about when entering the room.
The candle itself seems to burn equally the whole way down which is very useful as I have found other candles burn more one side than the other which can cause problems. This particular size of candle is meant to burn for 100 to 150 hours which I could well believe as we have had ours a few months now and burn it regularly and still have over half left.
Yankee candles are sold in Yankee shops (obviously!) as well as being sold in various garden centres so you should find that they are easy enough to get hold of. My advice would be to go to an actual Yankee shop as our nearest one always seems to have special offers on which makes the candles a bit more affordable.
Overall I have to say that I am very impressed with our Yankee Fruit Fusion candle. The scent
is warm and spicy and fills the room with a lovely aroma which seems to linger for hours. Personally, we keep the Fruit Fusion candle in the living room as with it being quite a warm aroma; I don't think it would be suited to a bedroom or bathroom where you would aim for a more relaxing aroma.
I still can't quite get my head around how much these candles cost because after all the are just candles but I think that if you manage to take advantage of the special offers that they have in store then it certainly makes then better value for money. I can't say I would by then again unless I found them on special offer. Although I love the scent of the Yankee candles and think they are a decent brand, I still think £20 for a candle is a bit steep.
I had my first child in February 2012. I have a three year old niece so many of her toys and bits and pieces were passed down to my daughter. However, when my daughter was about 10 weeks old, I was browsing local bargain finder on eBay when I came across the Fisher Price Rainforest Gym at a bargain price. I decided to bid on the item and eventually won it at £3.47. I had to drive to the next town from me Canterbury to collect but all in all, I was very pleased with my bargain.
What is a baby gym?
The idea of a baby gym is that it provides and safe and comfortable place for your baby to lie whilst enjoying visual and musical stimulation. The Fisher Price Rainforest baby gym has, as you can imagine a rainforest theme which is great as it can be used for either a boy or a girl - perfect if you are planning on having more than one child as you can put it away for the next baby regardless of whether it will be the same sex as the first
As I already mentioned, I managed to get this baby gym for the bargain price of £3.47 on eBay but I have had a quick look around online and have found that Amazon are currently selling it for £37.12.
The Fisher Price Rainforest Gym
This is one of only a few baby items that can actually be used from birth. The Fisher Price Rainforest Gym is very easy to put together, you basically have a mat at the bottom to which you attach the over head bars through small slots in the mat. The mat is silky around the edges and very soft so it's lovely for your baby to lie on. The mat has bright and colourful arches that sit over the top of the mat, at the base of one of the arches is a lovely looking Giraffe and inside here is where the batteries go which is great as its actually part of the toy.
There are plastic rings that hang from the arches which you can attach the various jungle animals to. These animals include a really soft monkey, a toucan which jingles, an elephant and a parrot which has a paddle that spins. Other features include a shiny mirror and a leaf that is crinkly all over.
The idea is that both moveable and stationary toys encourage your baby to explore and play with the overhead gym. Another bonus of the mat is that it can also be used for tummy time.
Finally as part of the battery operated part of the toy there are flashing lights that play overhead along with the music. From memory I think there are four different songs that play and also jungle themes. The music can either be played on a loop or is motion activated.
Mine and Molly's Opinion
I absolutely love this baby gym and so did Molly. I love the fact that it can be used from birth although we didn't start using this until Molly was around 10 weeks old. It is very reassuring to know that you baby can lay safely somewhere whilst also knowing that they will not become bored with all the interesting toys to look at and play with. Molly really enjoying playing with the monkey that hangs from the overhead bars by his tail. I used to pop to the kitchen to make a cup of tea and she would be half way across the front room where she has been hanging off the monkey's tail and had moved herself. Molly also really enjoyed the mirror and we would often find her holding it in both hands and licking it - strange but true!
I would highly recommend this as a baby product. I love the fact that it is suitable from birth so you actually end up getting quite a lot of usage out of it as Molly used this until she has at least 6 months old and could have probably used it for longer. One downside of this product is that is does take up a fair amount of floor space but to be honest, most baby items such as this usually do and it is just something you have to accept when you become a parent. This baby gym is a great safe place for your baby to lie while also having plenty of visual stimulation. It helps to encourage your baby to feel things and get used to different sounds which is great. Another highlight is the fact that the mat can be washed which is pretty much compulsory for any baby item as it means you can keep it nice and fresh for your little one. My only other slight grumble is that I think it is quite expensive but to be honest, I have bought virtually all my baby item second hand and as you can see I have saved myself a small fortune alone on just this toy. Personally I can thoroughly recommend this toy, my one piece of advice would be to try and make sure that you get it second hand to save on cost.
It is recommended that you begin to give your baby meat and fish by the time they are around six months old as their store or iron which they retained from their Mum starts to deplete. So with this in mind, I thought it was important to make sure that Molly has plenty of fish and meat in her diet.
I like to make my own food at home but recently we went on our first family holiday to Egypt and had to buy loads of packet food to take with us as obviously we wouldn't be able to make out own purees while we were there. I wanted to ensure that Molly still got plenty of fish and meat in her diet during the week we were away so I kept a special eye out for these products. This is when I came across the Ella's Kitchen Fabulously Filling Fish Pie.
Ella's Kitchen are known for making organic baby food that only contains exactly what it says on the packet. Their products contain 100% natural ingredients and no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
Fabulously Filling Fish Pie comes from the Stage Two section of the Ella's kitchen range and is designed for baby's who are seven months and over. This product is made from 100% fish, potatoes + vegetables which are all totally organic. The pouch is 130 grams and costs £1.39 (at Tescos). Occasionally the Ella's kitchen range go on special offer at Tescos where you can get five pouches for £6.
The packaging for the Fabulously Filling Fish Pie is very fittingly a salmon pink colour. The packaging is made from foil and is quite flexible and squishy. The lid to the packet is a screw top which is great for when you only use half a packet and need to store it until the next feed. I tend to heat the food, inside the packet in a bowl of warm water until it is an acceptable temperature. In order to use this product, you simply screw off the lid and push out the required amount of food.
Obviously I need to test the temperature of this product before serving to Molly (it would be rude not to!) and I was surprised by the taste if I am honest. The product sounds amazing from the packaging and although it didn't taste horrible, it didn't taste as good as I expected it to. The packaging states that it contains Fabulously Filling Fish Pie with mash which is a meal I personally very much enjoy and I was expecting this product to taste just like fish pie which it didn't. It was fishy but to be honest I felt that was about it, I certainly couldn't taste the individual flavours of fish, potato and vegetables. The texture was very similar to mash and it is designed to be textured food so there were small flakes of fish which is great for getting your baby used to chewing.
Overall, I would definately recommend this product. I absolutely love the fact that Ella's kitchen promote organic food, making their products completely pure which must be excellent for babies and their young digestive systems. I think Ella's kitchen products are fairly expensive at £1.39 per meal, it certainly starts to add up when they are having thee meals a day but then you are getting the best for your baby with that price. The one let down for me was that it didn't taste as good as I expected it to but then I am not sure if I am being a little unfair and expecting too much! Despite was I thought if the product Molly literally wolfed it down so she certainly has no complaints! These pouches are really handy when you are out and about and your little one needs food on the go and to boot, they are totally organic so are great for your baby also.
I started to give my daughter her first taste of purees when she was around four months old as she started to show signs that she wanted something other than breast milk. In order to let Molly try her first taste of food, obviously we needed spoons to give the food to her on.
The government recommendations currently state that you should begin to wean your baby at around 6 months old so obviously, the majority of the weaning products are designed to be used for babies of six months or older. However, Tommee Tippee spoons are designed to be used from as early as four months.
The main reason I opted for these Tommee Tippee spoons aside from the fact that they are suitable from 4 months onwards is basically because I saw them on special offer in Tesco's during one of their baby events. I paid £3 for a pack of five spoons which I thought was very reasonable.
The spoons come in cardboard packaging which is see through so you are able to see the spoons without the packet being opened. The spoons are brightly coloured and are a mixture of green, pink, blue and orange. The spoons are BPA free and you are also able to put them in the steriliser which is great as Molly is still meant to have her items sterilised until she is a year old.
The spoons have quite a nice texture to them and almost feel a bit like rubber which will be great for when Molly is older and starts to feed herself as the texture of the spoon will allow her to get a better grip of it. The end of the spoon is very shallow which is great for babies that are just learning how to eat as it allows you to feed them without putting too much on the spoon. It also means that it is easier for your baby to take the food from the spoon as they do not need to work at removing the food; it just slips off in a fluid motion.
Overall, I would definitely recommend these Tommee Tippee weaning spoons. I thought £3 for five spoons was quite a reasonable price considering these are made by a top baby brand so you can expect decent quality. I like the fact that the spoons are brightly coloured as it helps you to make feeding time an exciting time for your baby and also means that the spoons do not become discoloured over time (have you seen the colour of some baby food?!). The shallowness of the spoon is one of the best features as like I mentioned earlier, it allows you to control how much food you are giving your baby with each mouthful and also allows them to learn how to eat from a spoon without too much difficulty. But to top it all off, the spoons can also be sterilised meaning food times are not only enjoyable but also germ free for your baby.
I like to make my own purees to feed my daughter, who is 6 and a half months old. However, sometimes when we are out and about, we end up feeding her one of the shop bought pouches. I am keen to try and keep Molly's diet as pure as possible so I do tend to opt for organic baby food which is why I am a fan of the Ella's kitchen brand.
Ella's Kitchen are known for making organic baby food that only contains exactly what it says on the packet. Their products contain 100% natural ingredients and no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
Molly has a sweet and a savoury item at each meal time, kind of like a main and then a pudding I suppose. Recently we went shopping at Bluewater for the day and we ran out of time and decided it would be better for Molly is we fed her dinner before going home. We popped off to Superdrug and bought Molly a savoury pouch, along with a sweet pouch for pudding. The sweet pouch was strawberries and apples.
Currently, a 120g packet of this cost us 97p at Superdrug. The same pouch in Tescos is 92p usually. It is suggested that you use half a packet at each meal time so in theory, each packet should provide your baby with two meals but obviously every baby is different so this might not be the case for every baby.
The packaging for the strawberries and apple puree is a bright red colour, is made from foil and is quite flexible and squishy. The lid to the packet is a screw top which is great for when you only use half a packet and need to store it until the next feed. In order to use this product, you simply screw off the lid and push out the required amount of food. It is your choice as to whether you wish the food to be served hot or cold. If you would rather serve the food warm, then you have to heat the food but placing the packaging into warm water.
The puree itself is also a bright red colour and the consistency is similar to soup, although I find that the pure fruit purees tend to be more watery than the vegetable ones. When I first started weaning Molly, I used to warm up the puree as she wasn't keen on cold food but now she pretty much takes it at whatever temperature it is served.
This puree tasted mostly of strawberries although there is a definite underlying hint of apple. I have found when making my own purees that sometimes strawberry puree can end up being a bit sharp so I suppose mixing the apple with the strawberries as Ella's kitchen do, softens the sharpness of the strawberries.
Overall, I would highly recommend this product. I absolutely love the fact that Ella's kitchen promote organic food, making their products completely pure which must be excellent for babies and their young digestive systems. Although the packaging states that each packet with last you for two meals, I have found that this varies. Some days when Molly is rather peckish she easily eats three quarters of the packet and other days she will only fancy a quarter. I think Ella's kitchen products are prices fairly reasonably, especially for this stage of weaning but I think that mealtimes could begin to get rather expensive once your baby is one three meals a day.
These pouches are good value for money, great for your baby and easy to use when you are out and about! If you are thinking of weaning your baby and looking for an organic product that if affordable then this is definitely worth trying.
My daughter started showing signs that she was ready to be weaned at around the four month mark. Currently, the government guidelines state that you should wait until your baby is 6 months before you start to introduce food but obviously every baby is different. There are only limited products available that you are able to give from 4 months onwards. One of these products is the Organix First Organic Wholegrain Baby Rice.
Organix actually produce a rather large range of baby food products. One thing I like about Organix is that they have a "no junk promise" which means their products contain no added sugar, no colourings and no artificial flavourings.
My parents actually first bought us this product and suggested we use it to introduce Molly to a texture rather than the liquid milk that she was used to. The idea is that you mix baby's usual milk, be it breast or formula with some of the rice and make a paste to feed your baby. In theory, because it wont taste too dissimilar to your baby's usual milk, it is a gentle way of getting your baby used to solids as they only need to deal with the new texture rather than a new texture and taste at the same time.
The very first time we used this product we made Molly a very milky paste, with much more milk than was recommended. The idea was that we didn't want to give her anything too solid as she was still relatively young but we wanted to see how she would cope with having something other than just milk. We needed have worried; she literally inhaled the entire lot!
Molly is now nearly six months and eats three meals, well purees a day but Organix is a brand that we go back to time and time again. We have tried using other products that are similar such as Cow and Gate baby rice but it just doesn't match up to Organix. One thing I love about the Organix baby rice is that it is made with baby's usual milk and for some reason; this means that it is really easy to mix. Most of the other baby rice's we have tried are made with water and whenever we mix them, the mixture goes really lumpy and is difficult to feed to our baby (who shouldn't be having lumps anyway!)
Molly usually has Organix first organic wholegrain baby rice for breakfast. She has home made purees for her other meals throughout the day and just recently, I have stirred a homemade strawberry puree into her rice which basically makes her a strawberry porridge for breakfast.
A 100 gram box of Organix baby rice costs £1.69 and you would be surprised at how long that will last you so I think that it is pretty good value for money. Each breakfast uses only two tablespoons of this product so a little really does go a long way.
I am a very big fan of this product so obviously I would recommend it. Like I mentioned earlier, we have used other products and keep coming back to Organix so that must say something. This can be used on its own as just a baby rice meal or you can mix in other purees both sweet and savoury and turn this into another dish completely
I have had the wear contact lenses since I was about 21, so for the last 7 years. I opted for lenses rather than glasses, as they are more practical for my lifestyle. I am very active and I worried that if I wore glasses, I would end up breaking them or loosing them. My optician explained that he would have to make sure my eyes were suitable for lenses and after thorough tests, he told me about the various options of lenses available to me.
I could have 1-day lenses, which you dispose of every day, weekly lenses, or monthly lenses. I opted for the weekly lenses as I didn't like the idea of having to take the lenses out everyday and I didn't like the idea of keeping something in my eye for a month. However, after a few months of wearing these, it soon became apparent that I wasn't getting on with them. I kept getting eye infections so decided to discuss this with my optician. He suggested trying daily disposable lenses to see how I got on with them instead. So reluctantly I went home with my new daily deposable lenses.
Acuvue 1 day moist daily disposable contacts can be worn all day and then taken out at night and thrown away. The idea, for me at least, was because I seemed to get regular infections, I would wear the lenses and them simply throw them away and replace them with new lenses in the morning.
About Contact Lenses
Contact lenses are small, ultra-thin, optical lenses worn directly on the eye to correct vision problems (like near-sightedness, farsightedness). Contact lenses can be hard or soft, can replace glasses or bifocal glasses and can also enhance or change the colour of your eyes.
Most contact lenses are soft, or "hydrophilic," meaning they are made of water. (This is how soft contact lenses stay soft.) Soft contact lenses are extremely thin and are manufactured from materials that allow oxygen to pass through them and reach the eye surface, meaning your eyes are left to feel as natural as possible while wearing the lenses.
Acuvue 1 Day Moist Lenses
As already mentioned, these lenses can be worn all day, and then are thrown away and replaced with a fresh pair the next morning.. I find these contacts are perfect for my lifestyle, I am a shift worker so I work all kinds of strange hours so my lenses are in one minute, out the next! The daily deposable work well for me because if the lense gets damaged taking it out, it doesn't matter as I will be throwing it away anyway. The worry of the weekly lenses if that if you damage or lose the lense, then it could be up to a weeks supply wasted! These contacts are very fragile as they are super thin! You have to be very careful when handling them not to damage or mis shape them.
Can be thrown away daily meaning that you have less risk of infections
You don't need to worry about loosing the lenses or damaging them because you will only lose a days wear rather than a week
These contacts are also available in 10 different colours as well as clear so if you felt the need to change your eye colour then you could achieve that with this brand.
These contacts have UVA and UVB blocking to help in protecting your eyes against the dangerous rays of the sun.
On some people, these lenses can even be used underwater. I do scuba diving and recently went on holiday where I swam underwater with my eyes open and had no problems at all. My optician explained that some people can use them underwater and other can't.
I am unable to see (pretty much anything) in the mornings! With the weekly lenses, you wear them overnight so it was always nice to wake up in the morning and to be able to see clearly.
They are very thin (please note this is an advantage while you are wearing them but not when you are trying to put them in).
I wear the clear lenses and quite often I find it difficult trying to decipher which side is the right side. My optician explained that one side will be bowl like (this is what it looks like the correct way round) and the other side almost makes the lens go squarish, rather than round. However, once you have taken both your lenses out, it is quite difficult to figure out which side is which, therefore you end up putting your lenses in back to front which is a little uncomfortable.
I pay £36 for two boxes of 30 lenses - which will give me a months supply. I think that you can probably get these contact lens cheaper elsewhere as I am currently registered with a small family run opticians and I think they charge slightly more than others.
Where can I buy them?
You can buy these lenses from most opticians. They are made by Johnson and Johnson so should be available worldwide.
If you are looking for a lens that suits your lifestyle, rather than you having to plan your life around the fact that you wear lenses, then these lenses should be perfect for you. Very comfortable, made by a recognised brand and relatively cheap.
Fowlmead Country Park is located in Sholden which is close to Deal in Kent. The Country Park is 200 acres and was built upon the shale spoil tip of Betteshanger Colliery which closed in 1989. The Betteshanger Colliery was the last of the four coal mines that closed in Kent and the land remained unused until 2000 when the South East England Development Agency set about redeveloping the site.
Fowlmead was opened in May 2007 and is now a popular attraction for activities such as running, cycling and walking. It is also popular with dog walkers, bird watchers and photographers. Inside the Country Park there is a two mile cycling track which can be used by the general public and can also be hired by clubs etc for cycling events. As well as the cycle path, there are other paths, which are referred to as 'leisure paths' and these can be used to walk, cycle or skate around the park. These paths lead through woodland, and around the various lakes that are in the park.
Fowlmead is open from 8am until 8pm every day. There is a back gate to Fowlmead which is located in Southwall Road in Deal. IT is accessible by cyclists and walkers and the gate opens 15 minutes before the stated opening times and closes 15 minutes after the stated closing times.
There is a rather large car park at Fowlmead which costs £1.50 for all day parking Monday to Friday. Weekends and Bank Holidays are charged at the slightly higher rate of £2 for all day which I think it fairly reasonable.
Just to the side of the car park, there are two portacabins which act as a visitor centre and hire centre for the site and a café. The bike hire is open every day from 9.30am until 7pm although last hire time is 6pm. The café is open every day except Tuesdays. Opening hours are from 10am until 5pm.
The creation of Fowlmead took lots of hard work and planning. In order to change the site from the spoil tip of a colliery into a nature reserve, they planted thousands of trees and shrubs, created protected areas within the park, making it a great environment for birds such as long eared owls and created areas suitable for other wildlife including bats, spiders, beetles and reptiles. They built a wildlife tunnel underneath the busy A258 so that the nearby wildlife is able to move between the country park and the business park opposite.
As well as being a wonderful place to see wildlife, Fowlmead is also a popular venue for national and international cycling events. The tarmac track within Fowlmead has been described by British Cycling as 'the best in the country'. Other sporting events at Fowlmead include Archery, Orienteering and Adventure Racing.
Fowlmead is also a popular venue for Educational Days. The Country Park aims to teach young people about the heritage and history of the former Betteshanger Colliery site, while also allowing them a place to be able to enjoy leisure pursuits while enjoying the countryside. Events for school partiers that have previously been held at Fowlmead include shelter building, pond dipping, confidence courses and fossiling.
So, as you can see, Fowlmead had quite a lot to offer to its visitors. In all honesty, the main reason for my visits to Fowlmead is to look for wildlife and take photographs. You are allowed to take dogs with you to Fowlmead although they must be kept on a lead at all times which can be a bit of a pain for me as I like them to be able to roam off their leads. Having said that, it's nice for my partner and I to take our whole family (our baby and our other two babies (the dogs)) out for the day and Fowlmead is a great place for us to do this. We usually pack ourselves a picnic and plan to spend most of the day there. There are plenty of picnic tables dotted around the site so you can always easily find somewhere to eat your lunch.
Overall, Fowlmead is a wonderful attraction and obviously it's great that it is local to me. I love the fact that such a unique park was built on a site that was otherwise unused and had been for many years. The park itself provides a safe place to take part in various sporting activities; it is a haven for wildlife and also plays its part for educating children. Fowlmead is well worth a visit if you are ever in the Kent area.
I became an instant fan of Yankee candles when my partners Mum bought us one for Christmas a couple of years ago. Since then, I have been lucky enough to try lots of different scents of Yankee candles.
My most recent purchase was a Yankee wax tart in the scent of country lemonade. I bought it at a local garden centre where it cost me £1.30. Each wax tart will give you about eight hours of burning time which I still find quite incredible considering their size.
The country lemonade wax tart is a light yellow colour and comes wrapped tightly in cellophane. On the front of the cellophane, Yankee provide details of the scent of the candle, along with a picture. The picture shown next to country lemonade is a picture of fresh lemons.
Upon putting the wax tart in my burner, I watched it melt very speedily, leaving a nice deep pool of yellow wax in the burner. In the case of this wax tart, it did take a while for the smell to filter out into the room. Usually it happens fairly instantly but this one took about 15 minutes but when it eventually did, the first smell that hits me was of quite a strong lemon scent. Yankee candles are renowned for being really strong, but this scent is in no way overpowering. The scent just seems to hang in the air and can always be smelt without it being the first thing you think about when entering the room if that makes sense. I tend to burn the wax tarts for a few hours at a time rather than all at once and the scent lingers in the room long after I have stopped burning it.
Yankee candles are sold in Yankee shops (obviously!) as well as being sold in various garden centres as well as Clinton Cards so you should find that they are easy enough to get hold of. My advice would be to go to an actual Yankee shop as our nearest one always seems to have special offers on which makes the candles a bit more affordable.
Overall I have to say that I am very impressed with our new country lemonade scented wax tart. The scent is fresh and light and fills the room with a lovely aroma which seems to linger for hours. Personally, we keep the country lemonade candle in the living room as with it being quite a fresh and light aroma; I don't think it would be suited to a bedroom or bathroom where you would aim for a more relaxing aroma.
I also think that the wax tarts offer the best value for money out of all the Yankee candle varieties. When you consider that a large candle costs roughly £20 whereas the wax tarts are just over £1, they are much more affordable.