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I used to be a big coffee drinker, but a few years ago decided that I wanted to make some changes in my diet and lifestyle so decided to quit caffeine altogether. It was then that I decided to try some fruity tea bags as they are caffeine free.
I decided to try the Twinings fresh & fruity mixed berry selection box of tea bags, in my local Tesco they cost 98p for a box of 25 individually wrapped sachets. I chose this box as it contains 5 different flavours of tea bags and not just the one, as a lot of the other boxes did.
The box contains five tea bags of each flavour and the flavours it contains are, Strawberry & Mango, blueberry & apple, cranberry & pomegranate, Echinacea & raspberry and Raspberry, strawberry and Loganberry.
The box itself is pink in colour and on the front shows you the different flavours it contains with a picture of each of the fruits that it contains. Inside the box each separate flavour of tea bag is wrapped in a plastic wrapper, the tea bag is then inside a paper packet, to keep them as fresh as possible. I found this was very handy when I wanted to take a few tea bags out with me, as because they were individually wrapped it kept them fresh in my bag.
On the back of the box it suggests that you allow one bag per person and leave to infuse in boiling water for two to three minutes, it does also say that you can add honey for extra sweetness.
I have to say that I did try just soaking the tea bag for a couple of minutes but found that the liquid was quite tasteless and not strong enough for me, therefore I now leave the tea bag in for the full duration! I then find that the drink tastes lovely and strong, just the way I like it!! The tea bags also have a piece of string attached to them with paper on the end, therefore, in my opinion it is a lot easier to deal with than a normal tea bag without a string.
I must admit that when I first tried these drinks after switching from coffee, I found that they smelt a lot nicer than they tasted!! However, I persevered with them and now really enjoy the taste of them. You can taste the exact flavour that they are and they taste very fruity indeed. My favourite is the strawberry and Mango, as with every sip of the drink I taste both the flavours of the two fruits, it is delicious!!!
My son was given the Playskool busy ball popper as a gift for his first Christmas when he was just 8 months old, the age range is from 9 months upwards and I knew my son was a little too young for this toy at 8 months so I put it away for a while. I decided to bring the toy out when my son turned 10 months as I though he would appreciate it more. As it was a gift im not sure of what the cost was when purchased but I have looked online and it can be bought for anywhere between £15-£20.
You have to assemble the toy, as it comes in 4 different pieces, this is very easy to do and you don't need any tools to do so, there are easy to follow instructions to show you how to do it. The most annoying thing which I have discovered with children's toys is that it doesn't come with the batteries that it needs, so you have to provide 4 x 1.5 v batteries, which can be a tad annoying when your son unwraps the present and you don't have any toys for him to play with it immediately!! My advice is to always have some spare batteries in your drawer for such occasions!!
The toy is very brightly coloured and eye catching, it is bright green, purple, orange and blue. There are 5 balls that come with the ball popper that are also different bright colours. The toy itself is quite large, standing about 30cm from the ground and about 40cm long.
To play the ball popper there is an on/off switch on the back, you then press the red plunger on the edge to start the air power and the music!! As soon as you press the plunger it makes quite a loud vacuum noise, as it is air operated so that the balls are moved around the toy, it also plays music. You then drop the balls onto the top of the chute or down the central tube. The balls then move around the toy, down the chute, into the base of the toy that has a clear see through front so that you can see the balls moving, the balls are then forced back up the toy and out of the top of the chute! They then sometimes land in the chute and start all over again, or they sometimes shoot right out so that your child then has to fetch them and put them back in!
I have to say that my son absolutely loves this toy and becomes quite mesmerized and excited when it is switched on. He loves to see the balls flying out of the tube and loves to put them back in by himself.
I have to say that im not a massive fan of the toy!! As I have discovered with most children's toys it is very noisy and after a while I find that it starts to really annoy me and give me ahead ache!! As the air power is so noisy, the music is too and there isnt a switch to control the volume of the songs, although there are a few different songs so at least it isnt the same song playing over and over again!! Therefore I don't allow my son to play with it for too long or I don't think I would be able to cope! As he loves it so much I don't have the heart to take it away from him, after all toys are for children and not the adults!!
My son has always been a fan of the in the night garden children's television programme and loves watching it on the television. When I spotted this book, Hide and peek, a peep through mirror book by In the night garden I decided I would get it for him. I bought it in my local Tesco and it cost £5, which was reduced from the £6.99 price on the back of the book.
The book is made from extremely hard cardboard and measures about 21cm x 21cm. On the front it has a picture of Makka Pakka and Iggle Piggle and the Tombliboos. The page is shaped and has the top right hand corner cut out so that the pages can be turned over easily; this also reveals a picture of the Pinky Ponk on the next page.
On the second page it says 'Shall we go by Ninky Nonk or Pinky Ponk? Let's go into the garden, who is that dancing'? There is then a small hole cut out of the second page that shows part of the next character that is dancing, you then turn the page to reveal who the character is.
The book then continues in this way giving clues to which character will be next, you then turn the page to reveal the answer. On the second to last page it asks 'can you see another friend in the garden'? And there is a hole cut out to see who this could be and then when you turn the page it reveals a big, round mirror and says 'Its you!'
Im not sure about your child but my son is absolutely crazy about mirrors and could sit for hours looking at himself!! (I am praying that he won't always be this way and end up very vain!!) So when we get to the end of the book he always knows what is coming and gets very excited!!
The book only has five pages in total so is not very long and doesn't have lots of writing on each page, which is ideal for babies that don't want to sit for a long time and be read to. My son does enjoy this book and gets excited when he see's the different characters, his favourite is Makka Pakka!!
Calm down Boris, is a children's book that was written by Sam Lloyd and was first published in the UK in 2006 by Templar publishing. This book won the Richard & Judy award for the best book for children in 2006.
I bought this book to read to my son in my local Tesco, it cost £5 but the price on the back of the book is £8.99, so was cheaper than the actual price. The first thing that attracted me to this book was the fact that it has a big orange monster on the front, the monsters mouth actually acts as a glove puppet and you have to put your hand into the puppet through the back of the book and as you are reading the book you then have to act out the part of the monster!!! The book is hard backed and measures about 24cm x 24cm, the pages are also made out of thick card so that they cannot be easily torn or chewed.
On the back of the book it reads 'Boris just wants to be loved, the thing is that he is too big and kissy and tickly, but sometimes being big and kissy and tickly is exactly what is needed!! It also advises you on the back that you have to stick your hand in the back of the book to move Boris' mouth, turn your hand to wiggle his jaw around and that you shouldn't forget to put on your best monster voice when reading the book!
The book starts off by saying that Boris is getting ready for the park, lets help him get ready by checking his fur for bugs and brushing his hair neat and tidy, so this then encourages your little one to check the hair and brush it down neatly. Then Boris says Thank you, which is when you should do the voice of Boris and he then gives big kisses, but the kisses are too tickly, it reads!!
The book then goes on to do something different each day with Boris, where the child must do something and it always ends up with Boris giving a big tickly kiss at the end!!
My son will sit for hours and let me read this book to him and he loves it when Boris kisses him with his tickly fur! I must say that he is a little too young yet to fully appreciate it as he cant really understand or manage to do the actions that the books asks of him. But my 2 year old god daughter loves it when I read this to her and she screeches with joy when Boris tried to kiss her and especially enjoys it when we put on the voice of the monster Boris!! I consider this to be a good addition to any child's library and is a very fun, action book!!
I first came across the glow-in-the-duck range when my friend bought my son one for his first Christmas. The website for this range is www.locomocean.com, I have since purchased one for my friends little girl so know that they cost roughly £8 to purchase plus some postage, depending on which website you purchase it from.
The duck itself is a cute, small plastic duck that goes in the bath with you, however this duck is special as it lights up when it touches water!! On the base of the duck there are 2 metal contacts, that when become wet, activate the duck to light up.
The duck itself comes in a square box, with a clear plastic window at the front so that you can see the duck inside the box. The glow in the duck range come in 6 different colours, purple, pink, white, blue, yellow and green.
The duck is made from hard plastic and just about fits in the palm of my hand. I have the purple one and it has lots of sparkly bits in the plastic so is very eye catching for my son. It has lovely big blue eyes and a beautiful pink beak!! As previously mentioned, as soon as the contacts at the bottom of the duck become wet the duck lights up, it firstly lights up white but the colour then changes to pink and then to purple and the goes back to white.
The duck is a sealed unit which contains the batteries and LED bulbs. For this reason the batteries are not replaceable so unfortunately when the batteries run out you have to buy a new duck! It says on the box that the battery lifetime of the duck is about 45 hours use, which is the equivalent of 180, fifteen minute baths!
It advises you that to take care of your duck and maximize the lifetime of the batteries that you should ensure that the sensors on the bottom of the duck are kept dry when the duck is not in use.
My son absolutely adores this duck and if I don't put it in the bath with him he reaches out and makes a noise at the duck until I get it for him! He loves to watch the colours light up and change in front of him. The duck is just a right size so that he can pick it up and hold it, and of course do the thing every baby does and try to eat it! I will definitely be purchasing a new duck when this one runs out, I have also bought a new one for my god daughter as her batteries have just run out!
Anyone with children will know what a nightmare teething is! My son started teething when he was roughly 5 months old and cut his first tooth when he was 6 months. When he started teething he went from being a happy baby to being downright miserable!! This is more than understandable as I can imagine it must be very painful for them to cut their first front teeth.
I used Anbesol and calpol when necessary to try and ease his pain, but I noticed that he was biting down on any object that he could get hold of and that when he was biting this seemed to ease his pain slightly, however I didn't want him to bite on something that would hurt his gums or make them any sorer than what they already were.
I decided to purchase a teething ring for him and discovered the Tommee Tippee water filled teething rings from Asda so purchased a pack of 2 for £1.89. Tommee Tippee do teethers for all different ages and stages, the water filled teethers are stage 1, so are for the very first signs of teething, before the teeth even start to come through. As they are filled with water they are designed to go in the fridge before use to cool down the water and soothe your little ones sore gums. Tommee Tippee also do teethers for stages 2,3 and 4, stage 2 being the first 4 front teeth, stage 3 being the middle teeth and stage 4 being the difficult back teeth.
As previously mentioned you get two teethers in a pack, the teethers I got were green and red and shaped like a bunch of grapes! They both have a little hole in them so that baby can hold the teether easily.
When I got them home i immediately put one of them in the fridge to cool down, it advises you on the packet that you shouldn't put these in the freezer and should only place them in the fridge to cool down.
I left it in there for a good hour and it was lovely and cool when I removed it. I then handed it to my son, he didn't quite know what to do with it at first but I moved it towards his mouth, he then started to chew on it, I think he was quite surprised at how cold it was at first but once he started to bite down on it he then realised that it helped to soothe his sore gums. He then continued to bite down on it for ages and I could see in his little face that it was easing the pain of his sore gums.
My son continued to use the teether for the next few months throughout the time that his front teeth started to make an appearance. I thought these teethers were excellent value for money as I never needed to replace them and they still look as good as new now!
I purchased a shade-a-babe when we decided to go on our first family holiday to Paphos in October 2008. Our son was 5 months at the time and I really wanted something to cover his pushchair and protect him from the sunshine for when we were out walking. My friend recommended the outlook shade-a-babe to me as they had previously purchased one and told me how wonderful it was.
I purchased my shade-a-babe from the official website - www.shade-a-babe.co.uk, it cost me £32.99 which included postage. You can get second hand one's slightly cheaper on Ebay but I decided that I would like a new one as we have quite a few holidays coming up so would get our use out of it. When the shade-a-babe arrived it was folded into a small, square plastic packet with a carry handle, we were also sent a separate carry bag with a draw string for when we removed it from the plastic. The mesh cover of the shade-a-babe is mainly black in colour but the top part of it that fits over the pushchair hood comes in many different colours, we opted for the navy blue colour.
The shade-a-babe is basically a cover that fits over most three and four wheeler pushchairs, your pushchair must have a canopy for this to fit. It is UPF 50+ (the highest UPF fabric rating available), so protects your little one from the suns harmful rays and prevents your little ones skin becoming burnt. It also acts as a glare shield as it has a double mesh layer beneath the visor. It also protects from insects and wind as the mesh prevents insects from entering the pushchair, but it does still offer good visibility and allows your baby to still see through the protective mesh layer.
To fit the shade-a-babe onto your pushchair, you place the coloured fabric piece over the canopy of your pushchair; there are Velcro strips on the top of it that fasten around your pushchair handles. You then simple pull the mesh cover down so that it covers the whole of your pushchair and then fasten the additional Velcro strips to the bars at the bottom of your pushchair so that the cover is secure.
The part I like most about the shade-a-babe is that the front section of the mesh cover unzips, comes off and can be folded small enough to put in your pocket, I liked this feature as this allowed us to unzip it and allow my son to have better visibility for when the sun wasn't shining on him.
I found the shade-a-babe invaluable on our last holiday; we are going on holiday again in 5 weeks and will be taking it with us again. I found it very light weight so easy to pack in my suitcase and also found it very easy to fit onto the pushchair. Although I did also put sunscreen on my son I found that the shade-a-babe gave me extra peace of mind when we were out and about. It was great to know that my son would not run the risk of getting burnt.
My son is now at an age where he is readily accepting most finger foods that I offer him, he especially loves fresh fruit, like apples, oranges etc. When I am at home I can easily prepare him fresh fruit, but I find this can be sometimes difficult when I am going out and about, as the fruit doesn't stay as fresh as I would like and it becomes a bit messy, as he isnt yet old enough to eat a full piece of fruit, he has to have it chopped up into small pieces.
My friend introduced me to Humzingers fruit stix. You can buy them from most supermarkets and are usually kept in the baking aisle, where the dried fruit is stored. I paid £1.25 for a box of 10 fruit sticks; the box contains 10 assorted fruit flavours, 2 apricot, 2 plum, 2 banana, 2 apple and 2 pear.
The box itself is yellow in colour and has the word Humzingers across the front of the box and has lots of pictures of different fruit on the box also. On the back it advises that Humzingers have been made with children's needs in mind and that they are made from 100% fruit. The fruit sticks have no added sugar, no artificial sweeteners, are lactose and gluten free and are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. One fruit stick is equal to 1 portion of your child's 5 a day fruit and veg. Each of the fruit sticks are individually wrapped in a foil packet, so are kept fresh until you are ready to open and use them, the foil packets are all different colours depending on what flavour the fruit stick is.
When I first saw one of the fruit sticks, my first opinion was that they look quite like the little dog chew sticks that you can buy! They are round in shape and not too fat, they measure about 9cm in length. The packet tears open very easily, so you don't need to use scissors to open the pack.
When I first gave one of these fruit sticks to my son he inspected it very carefully before actually trying some! I could see that he looked very puzzled as he had never tried one before and didn't quite know what to make of it! He then slowly put the stick in his mouth, started to suck it and then his little face and eyes lit up as the flavours hit him!! He then continued to suck and eat it until it had all gone, so they were a great success in my son's eyes!!! He has tried all the different flavours and has liked everyone just as much as the other. I simply had to try one after seeing my son's reaction, I have to say that they are very tasty indeed, they taste like dried fruit but are very sweet and tasty. I must say that I prefer fresh fruit to them personally, but that is just my opinion!
I tend to only use these fruit sticks when we are going out as they are so handy to take out and about rather than taking fresh fruit with me. I do still give him fresh fruit whenever we are at home.
A male colleague at work volunteered to have his legs waxed to raise money for comic relief and nominated me to be the one to do the waxing!! Being a man and having very long leg hair I knew that I would have to get a good waxing product to remove the long hairs!!
I took a trip to Tesco to see what was on offer; it was here that I saw the Veet (formerly known as Immac) warm wax jar. It cost £8.95 for a 250ml jar; I thought this would be more effective than the wax strips so decided to purchase this.
The box itself is square and peach in colour with the Veet logo on the top, it also states that is contains invigorating green tea which is supposed to help soothe the legs after the waxing. Inside the box you will find the plastic jar of the wax, 12 fabric strips to remove the hairs, a precision spatula to apply the wax with a temperature indicator and an instruction leaflet. It advises that this jar of wax is sufficient for upto three depilation's of both half legs.
For those not familiar with leg waxing! This jar is basically a jar of wax that you heat up either in warm water or in the microwave, apply to the legs and then use the fabric strips to rip off the hairs from the root! This option is preferable to a lot of women rather than shaving as it leaves a smoother finish and the hairs take longer to grow back and tend to grow back finer.
I was very surprised at how easy this wax jar was to use, as mentioned above, I heated the jar in the microwave for 40 seconds, I firstly had to remove the screw on lid and the foil top of the jar and put it in the microwave without the lid on. Once the 40 seconds was up I then had to stir the wax with the wooden spatula for at least a minute. The most ingenious part of this spatula was that it has a heat sensitive strip on it that told you whether the wax was too hot to apply to the legs. If the wax was too hot the blue strip said no, but if it was the correct temperature it just remained blue with no writing on it.
Once the wax had reached the correct temperature you then apply it to the body part that you wish to wax! This wax can be used on the legs, underarms, bikini line or upper lip. I have only ever used this on legs so will advise how this is done.
Firstly you use the spatula to apply a strip of the warm wax onto the leg from the knee down; you should only apply the wax for the same length of one of the fabric strips. You then stick the fabric strip to the wax by stroking in a downward motion, from the knee towards the ankle. It is very important that you press it down firmly so that it pulls out as much of the hair as possible. Once the strip is firmly stuck down you then remove the strip by pulling the end of the strip in the direction from the ankle to the knee. To remove the strip it is very important that you do it quickly and don't prolong the agony (a bit like pulling a plaster from your knee!!) You should also pull the skin tight at the bottom of the strip, as this also makes it less painful, you should never pull the strip up but keep it as parallel to the skin as possible.
I must admit that I had never used this wax before and was very scared to have to use it for the first time on one of my work colleagues!! But I have to say that I was absolutely amazed at the results it achieved! On the first strip it removed ALL of his leg hair, which, as you can imagine was a lot! His hair was at least 3cm long, so for it to achieve this then it must be am amazing product!! I then went on the remove all the hair on both his legs from the knee down!! After I had finished I felt his legs and was amazed at how smooth they were, this product removed absolutely all the hair and didn't leave any stubble at all.
I became more confident at doing it as the time went on and found this wax very easy to apply and very easy to use. For both his legs I only used half a pot of the wax and half of the fabric strips I took the rest home to try it on myself as I wasn't sure if the experience of waxing myself would be quite so satisfying as waxing somebody else's legs!!!
Once my leg hair had grown slightly I decided to test the wax on my own legs and see if it was as easy to wax yourself as to wax somebody else. I followed the same instructions above to re-heat the wax as this wax can be reheated as many times as needed until it has all gone. I applied the first strip of wax and the fabric strip with great trepidation!! I then pulled off the first strip and it wasn't half as bad as I expected it to be. It did sting a little, as expected but didn't hurt too much at all; I was then able to continue and finished waxing both my legs.
I am very happy with this product and think I may permanently switch from shaving to waxing, I found that the hair on my legs took three weeks to start growing back and was a lot finer than before when they did grow back.
The other thing I found really good about this wax pot was that the wax is water soluble, so once you have finished waxing you can simply rinse it off your legs, which is a pleasant change to the old wax you used to get that used to remain on your legs for hours afterwards! Also, the fabric strips can be washed and re used time and time again.
I have always wanted to try and avoid giving my son juice to drink, as I figured that if he was happy enough drinking water then he doesn't need to drink juice. But when my son turned about 10 months he became quite fussy with drinking water and would only drink a small sip here and there. This in turn led to him becoming constipated as he wasn't drinking enough fluids, so the poor little love was in real pain with it sometimes.
So I decided to bite the bullet and get some baby juice to try him with, in the hope that he would then start to drink some more fluids. I bought some cow and gate baby balance concentrated juice in my local Lloyds pharmacy, it was on special offer and cost me just 50p for a 175ml bottle.
The bottle itself is a small, glass jar and has the usual cow and gate logo on the front of the label. It states on the label that it is suitable from 4 months upwards. On the back it advises that a diluted 125ml is the equivalent to 40% of baby's daily vitamin c requirements, no added sugar, made from best baby grade fruits and that it has been tested by Mums and babies.
It also states that it contains no artificial flavourings, colourings or preservatives, no added sugar, added vitamin c, no added milk or lactose, is gluten free and suitable for vegetarians.
The fruit juice is quite thick, considering it is for babies and it says on the bottle that you should serve one part concentrate with ten parts water. I accidentally put too much in the first time I used it and when I tasted it it was far too sweet, so I had to make some more. You really only need a small amount of juice for it to sweeten the water. I have a Tommee Tippee water cup and it actually has the measurements on the side that advise how much juice to put in and how much water, which I find very helpful.
Needless to say, my son loved this juice and definitely started to drink more liquid when I introduced this to him. But which baby wouldn't like the taste of something so sweet?! I tasted this myself and found it very, very sweet indeed, but it did taset very nice and fruity and i could efinately tastethe pear and peaches it contained. However, I was very surprised to find that there are no added sugars and the there is only the natural sweetness of the fruit in the juice.
There is an important information section on the back that advises you that these baby drinks contain naturally occurring sugars and that the consumption of sugars can increase the risk of tooth decay. To prevent this from happening it advises you to always follow instructions, never give at bedtimes or during the night, never leave infants alone with a drink and that you should serve only at meal times and keep drinking times short.
This warning worried me, as my feelings were that if the put a warning like that on the bottle then there must be reason for it, as the drink is so very sweet? Therefore although my son did enjoy this drink I decided that once the bottle I had purchased was gone that I would then switch to normal adult dilute, sugar free juice, as this will be better for my sons growing teeth, I don't want them to all start falling out before he has got them all!!
When my son was 7 months old I decided that it was time for him to start having a pudding after his meals. I did start off with all the best intentions in the world and started to puree all his fruit and freeze it in batches, but with all the best will in the world when I returned to work I simply couldn't find them time to prepare all his food myself. I therefore took the easy way out and decided to buy him some fruit pots from our local Tesco.
After looking at a lot of the different puddings on offer in the baby food section I decided to try Cow & gate frutapura, they cost £1.66 for four pots. The reason I decided to try these was that it states on the front of the packet that they are made from 100% fruit with vitamin C.
The tubs are wrapped in a cardboard outer case with the Cow and Gate logo at the top of the packet. The flavour I am reviewing is fruit cocktail and it states the flavour at the bottom of the packet. There is a picture of fruit in the middle and two babies at the bottom. It also states on the front that they are suitable from 4-36 months and that they have won a mother & baby gold award for the best baby food/drink.
On the back it advises you that the fruit cocktail is made from apple, pear, apricot, banana, & orange with vitamin C. It also advises you that it is made from 100% fruit which is specially grown and carefully selected at dedicated baby fruit orchards. It also states that there are no preservatives, no artificial flavourings, no artificial colourings, only the natural sweetness of fruit, gluten free, egg & soya free and milk and lactose free.
The ingredients per pot are ¾ of a small apple, a slice of pear, ¼ of an apricot, 2 slices of banana, a teaspoon of concentrated apple & orange juice and vitamin C, so you can see that there aren't any hidden, nasty things that you find in some baby food products.
Serving suggestions are that the product can be served warm or at room temperature and the jar may be stored for upto 48 hours once opened. To be honest I keep these pots on the fridge and serve them to my son straight from there, so he seems to like them cold.
The pots themselves are just like yoghurt pots but are made from see through plastic, they have tear off lids just like the yoghurt pots and each fruit pot is 100g.
From the first time I gave my son these fruit pots to try he absolutely loved them, he simply couldn't get enough!! His little face lights up whenever he sees me open one for him and he still has his mouth open for more even when the pot has all gone! I think he would eat 2 pots in one sitting if I let him!!! I obviously had to have a taste myself, for review purposes and to be honest I find them to be a bit too sweet for my liking, they are very fruity and you can definitely taste the fruit, but im not keen on the sweetness, but my son loves them so who am I to argue?!
When I first started weaning my son at 6 months I decided to borrow my friends Annabel Karmel book and have a full day of making some of the recipes in the book so that I could freeze them and start to introduce my son to new flavours.
I noticed that a lot of the recipes advised me to use chicken stock, which was fine but the recipe to make the chicken stock looked much more complicated than half of the recipes in the book!!! I admit I took the lazy way out and decided to buy chicken stock rather than make it from scratch!!
It was when I was looking for a chicken stock that was suitable for a small baby that I discovered the Heinz cook at home range of sauces for babies and toddlers do a chicken and a beef stock. A 200ml pack costs £1.06 from Tesco.
The packet itself is plastic and stands on its base, it has the Heinz Cook at home logo on the front and a picture of someone cooking with a pan of chicken stock, it also has various vegetables scattered around the pan. It states on the front that it is suitable for ages 4-6 months and upwards, therefore can be used from the start of weaning. The pack is very simple to open and has a tear off part at the top; therefore you don't need scissors to cut it open.
The ingredients are water, conrnflour, yeast extract, natural flavourings and chicken. It states on the back that it contains no added artificial colours, flavourings or preservatives; it has a carefully controlled level of salt that it suitable for your baby's tummy. Is suitable for a gluten free diet and contains no GM ingredients.
On the back the serving suggestions say that you can simply use this stock as an ingredient for cooking, as a base for soups or you can just use it to add flavour to things such as rice or pasta. It says on the back that once the packet has been opened it will keep for 48 hours in the refrigerator.
I tend to use a full packet of the chicken stock whenever I am making a recipe, as I then section off the food and freeze it to use at a later date. I found this ready made chicken stock so much easier to use than having to make my own from scratch and it makes my recipes taste very nice indeed, or at least my son thinks so!
When shopping in Tesco about 3 months ago, I was browsing the baby food aisle as I tend to do every time I go shopping! It was then that I spotted the Heinz cook at home sauces for babies and toddlers.
I have been advised by my health visitor to avoid using jars and sauces that we usually use in cooking as they can tend to be high in salt and sugars, which can be too high for a little baby to have. So I thought that a sauce that was especially made for babies and toddlers was a great idea. I purchased a 3 cheese sauce for 52p, for an 85g sachet.
The sachet is plastic and stands on its base; it has the Heinz cook at home logo on it and has a picture of someone cooking, with a pan full of cheese sauce and vegetables around the pan. It states on the front that the sauce can be used for ages from 4-6 months and upwards, so is suitable to use from the start of weaning. You will find this sauce wherever the baby food is.
On the back of the packet it states that there are no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, carefully controlled level of salt, so it does contain salt but the amount that it contains is suitable for a baby's tummy. It has no added sugar, is microwaveable and is suitable for a gluten free diet.
The serving suggestion advises you to simply mix it with or pour over your baby's meat, pasta or vegetables. The ingredients contain water, potatoes, carrots, cheddar cheese, whole cream cheese, parmesan cheese and cornflour.
The cooking instructions advise you to empty the pack contents into a pan and heat gently until it reaches the correct temperature for you child, alternatively you can heat the pack for approximately 20 seconds. You then simply pour the heated sauce over your child's food.
The sachet is quite large and tends to be too much for my son to eat in one go, so when I use it I tend to make a big batch and then serve a portion and freeze the rest for another time. Alternatively I sometimes pour out a small amount of the sauce and then refrigerate the rest of it to use another time, once opened you can keep unheated sauce in the fridge for upto 48 hours.
My son adores this cheese sauce and will eat it with anything; his favourite is potatoes, broccoli and sweet corn with this sauce poured all over it!!! I find that this sauce is great value and is much better than serving a jar as this can be served with fresh vegetable or home cooked food.
My 10 month old son started nursery for the first time around 8 weeks ago, anyone with children will know that this opens them up to every different bug going and my poor boy got sick from the first day that he started!!! I was aware this would happen as I know that when your baby is introduced to other children they pick up bugs and this in turn strengthens their immune system so in young babies it is just really a case of them having to ride out the illness until their immune system is strong enough to fight it off.
As well as ear infections, conjunctivitis and a list of other ailments, he also picked up a cold with a really snotty nose, but this seemed to stay for weeks! The doctor couldn't prescribe anything that would help him so I decided to go to the chemist and see if there was anything on the market that could at least eases my sons blocked nose and cold like symptoms..
It was here that they advised me about snuffle babe menthol vapour rub; it is very similar to Vicks but is especially designed for babies above the age of three months, so I decided to give it a go and purchased a small 24g jar for the price of £2.15.
The box itself is square and white. It has snuffle babe written on the top of it in very bright colourful letters and has a picture of a night sky with a moon on the front of the box. On the box it advises that it is for external use only and that you shouldn't use the ointment on babies less than 3 months old. It also advises that the ointment could give rise to hypersensitivity reactions and that this should not be applied inside the nostrils of your child.
Inside the box there is a small, clear plastic jar with a white screw on lid. You screw off the lid to reveal a grayish looking, translucent gel inside. The gel smells faintly menthol, as previously mentioned quite like Vicks but not as strong as the adult version.
The directions are to lightly rub a small amount of snuffle babe onto your child's chest and throat, alternatively you can apply some to a handkerchief and place this close to or inside the child's clothes. The idea is that the child inhales the menthol vapours which then helps to alleviate the cold symptoms and snotty nose.
I have to say that this did really help my son, his nose was so bunged up that he was having difficulty breathing and would wake up through the night struggling to get his breath. I therefore rubbed a small amount of this onto his chest and neck before bed time and after using this for just 2 days it really cleared his nasal passage and enabled him to breathe much easier.
I am pleased to say that my son's cold has now cleared up but I will definitely be using snuffle babe if it raises its ugly head again in the future!!!!
Baileys is an Irish cream liqueur and has been around for many years. There are a few replicas on the market at the moment, but in my opinion none of them taste as nice as the original!!
Baileys is quite expensive and usually costs roughly £14/£15 for a 700ml bottle; however I purchased my latest bottle at Christmas time and got it at a special price of £12.99 for a 700ml bottle, which tends to last me a long time as I only drink it occasionally.
The bottle itself is made of dark brown glass and has a fat, round bottom with a short neck. The label on the front has the Baileys name and a picture of a river and fields on it. It states on the front that it is the original Irish cream. It also states that the alcohol is 17%, so it is quite a strong liqueur!!
On the back of the bottle it tells you that the Baileys is crafted from Irish cream, the finest spirits and Irish Whisky. Be warned as the calorie content for Baileys is quite high, so it isnt the best drink for those people that are watching their weight!!! A 25ml serving contains 82 calories and 3g of fat!!
The Baileys itself is a creamy, light brown colour and is quite thick, some people dilute it down with milk, but I think this just spoils the flavour of it. You can taste the whisky in it but to me it is not unpleasant as it is mixed with the cream, so it makes it a very creamy texture. I hate the taste of whisky by itself but love Baileys as it is so rich and creamy!
As soon as you take a drink of baileys and it glides down your throat you can feel it instantly warming up your body from head to toe!! I must admit that I feel a little tipsy after just 2 measures of Bailey, but to be honest when I m at home my measures tend to be a lot larger than the measures I get in a pub!
I tend to drink Baileys when I have had enough of drinking lager and get fed up of the taste of it, however I could not drink Baileys all night as I would soon find myself feeling rather sick as it is very sickly after a few drinks!!