Despite Kitty & Bob both being very well behaved and placid cats we couldn't help but worry about how they would react when we introduced a baby into our home. Now that they have all lived together for four months I feel it is time to write about how they are getting along.
Sterilising and making up babies bottles can be such an overwhelming subject when you start out, so many people give you conflicting advice on what you should and shouldn't do which can lead to a great deal of confusion. We are now in a routine with our bottles so I thought I would share what we do, both in the house and when out and about.
I've had another week of delicious, home cooked meals. I cooked quite a lot of Slimming World recipes this week, even the ones that aren't Slimming World are pretty healthy.
Garlic & Herb Boursin topped Chicken with Roasted Leeks & Courgette
When we saw a deal for the Weston Sand Sculpture Festival on Living Social we couldn't resist buying a voucher, priced at £6 for entry for two and a hot drink each there was no reason not to!
Don't Think About Purple Elephants* by Susan Whelan is a book written to help anxious children. Peas in a Pod* by Tania McCartney and Tina Sterling celebrates the importance of individuality.
On Father's Day Aria and I headed to Cwmbran to take part in the 5K Race for Life*, as well as running the Race for Life you can jog, walk, do it in a wheelchair, take a pushchair or even a dog. My friend and I got the babies all dressed up and took them along in the pushchairs.
Labels: Race For Life
As a mum I can't leave the house without certain items for Aria, some very important and some not so much. I keep a changing bag stocked with all of the important items and hook this onto the back of the pushchair when out and about. Read on to discover my absolute essential items.
People keep commenting on the fact that I am making the most of my maternity leave by getting out and having fun, they are right, I am, and it is great. People also comment on how I make this having a baby business look easy, what they don't realise is that it isn't all that easy, but you just have to get on with it. I could quite happily opt for the easy life and not go out on my own with Aria, but it wouldn't be fair on her, or me in the long run.
Aria's first bus journey || Aria's first walk in her wrap.
We've recently started meal planning for each week in advance, I tend to plan five or six meals to leave way for a take-away/meal out. I'll be sharing my meals at the end of each week, I hope you enjoy!
Garlicky Courgette Chicken Gratin
Aria's room is now decorated and she is sleeping in there, which means that we have our bedroom back, which means that I want to give it a new lease of life! I like my bedroom so I don't want to do anything too drastic, I just want a simple change such as a new duvet cover which makes a big difference to how a bedroom looks without breaking the bank.
As you may know by now Aria and are I taking part in the Race For Life* for Cancer Research on Father's Day this year. As is traditional when taking part in Race For Life we are donning pink, and lots of it!
I've decided that this year I'm going to make the most of the Summer, I'm not going to do anything drastic as money is tight with me being on Maternity leave, but because I am on Maternity leave I have time and a baby to occupy, with this in mind I've decided to create a light hearted Summer bucket list.
You may or may not have seen this Father's Day gift guide in which I shared the presents that have been bought for the father's in my family. While I'm very pleased with what we've bought I'm more than aware that some of you will want some more exciting presents.
A while ago I wrote a review of the sweet crepes in Cardiff Crepeaffaire, I have since been back to trial the savoury crepes and will now be sharing my thoughts on those.
Unfortunately this is going to be our last Hello Fresh box for a while, as much as we love them it is an expense that we can't really afford with me being on maternity leave. Not that the boxes are overly expensive, if we bought the ingredients in the supermarket it probably wouldn't cost much less, but we can't afford to buy the ingredients in a supermarket either!
If you are unfamiliar with Hello Fresh then read my introductory blog post here, otherwise carry on reading to see the delicious recipes in this three meal classic box.
Garlicky Courgette Chicken Gratin with Roasted New Potatoes and Steve's Leaves. 414 Cal, 15g Fat.
Last Friday Aria and I headed to M Shed in Bristol for my first ever BlogCamp, hosted by Tots100 and sponsored by Hiive. I've never been to any type of blogging conference before so had no idea what to expect. The event was free to attend so I figured that I may as well give it a go.
Last weekend Cardiff Street Food Circus was handed over to the British Street Food Festival for the Cardiff heats of their annual awards. I was invited along to Sharp's secret bar for a food and drink pairing session.
We ordered quite a few weekly Hello Fresh boxes in May, mostly the five meal classic box for two people which is what I will be sharing with you today.
If you are unfamiliar with Hello Fresh and how it works then you can read my introduction to Hello Fresh here, if you just want to see the delicious meals from this box then carry on reading.
Prawn and Asparagus Risotto 520 calories 4g fat.
You may remember a little while back I wrote a post comparing the Medela electric swing breastpump and the Medela manual harmony breastpump. My conclusion was that if you were planning to use the pump quite often it would be worth paying the extra for the electric pump.
Priced at over £100 the Swing is an expensive pump to pay out for, which is why I am super excited to be able to offer my readers the chance to win one of their own.
Now that we all have digital cameras and social media we tend to upload our photos and then forget about them. Frame Again are trying to put a stop to this with their on-line printing and framing service. You really can't beat a framed photo on display.
Framed photo £9.99*