Pink Lining Notting Hill Tote True Love Changing Bag Product Review

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Who says that changing bags can’t look chic and beautiful?

Becoming a mom doesn’t mean that you have to give up all the beautiful things in life. Yes, our shopping priority will automatically switch to our baby / babies and I pretty much stopped shopping for myself when our first son was born. I was way more excited looking at baby clothes, toys and other baby gadgets at the time. My attitude changed when our second son was born. I wanted to spoil myself and was looking for a changing bag which I could use on a daily basis and not feeling and looking like a mum all time.

My options were;  1) buy a designer handbag and use it as a changing bag or 2) buy a proper changing bag?

  1. A designer handbag could work out but I would miss all the extra pockets inside which is an essential factor when going out with 2 toddlers. However, would I mind if I spill liquid or baby food in a designer handbag? The answer is YES I would so that’s not an option.
  2. Finding a changing bag that I like was more difficult than I had imagine, until I stumbled on Pink Lining on Instagram and I immediately fell in love with their products. I could totally imagining myself walking around with one of their      Notting Hill Tote Changing Bag.

I finally chose a Notting Hill Tote True Love changing bag by Pink Lining and it truly ticked all my boxes!

To all fashion conscious mummies who demand chic and sophisticated looks as well as practicality, look no more, go and check out their beautiful selection here.

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 Product feature:

  1. a pared back exterior of main body fabric
  2. a zip pocket on the front to slip a mobile or cash into
  3. water resistant coated canvas in Pink Lining’s exclusively designed print.
  4. slim shoulder straps for fashion handbag worthy looks, but still practical with integrated stroller straps to clip onto the buggy in the place of a long shoulder strap.
  5. 2x removable insulated bottle holders
  6. 2x nappy pockets
  7. pen holder
  8. key fob
  9. mirror
  10. phone pocket
  11. small zip pocket
  12. padded changing mat
  13. wet zip bag

 

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Simple Broccoli & Zucchini Quiche [7-8m+] Toddler & Family

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This Broccoli & Zucchini Quiche is ok tongive to BLW 7-8m+ if no egg & dairy allergies.

Both toddlers loved it! Lilbro finished everything on this plate and had a refill (same amount) finished them too minus the pastry 2nd round. 😄 Quiche is a great dish for BLW babies. They are soft and you can pack it with any kind of vegetables you want.

I was feeling very lazy and didn’t want to make the dough from scratch so I used up the puff pastry dough instead which to my surprise tasted really good! 😄

Ingredients

1 medium zucchini (grated)
6 broccoli florets (break into smaller florets)
2 free range eggs
180 ml semi-skimmed milk
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
a pinch of pink salt (omit for babies under 12 m old.)
1 sheet store bought puff pastry (optional as you can make your own)

Method.

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Spread the pasty sheet evenly on the quiche baking tray.
2. Sauté grated zucchini on medium high heat without oil until it’s cooked, remove from the hob. Blanch the broccoli for about 2mins then rinse under ice old water.
3. Beat the eggs with milk and add salt and pepper then half the amount of the cheese.
4. Spread the zucchini over the baking tray then broccoli. At the end pour the egg mixture over and sprinkle with the rest of the grated cheese.
5. Bake for 40-45mins or until golden brown. Let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Chocolate Amaranth Bar Crispies

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This week at #Healthykidscommunity we’re bringing you healthy snacks!
So these are our new favourite snacks at home, they are #refinedsugarfree #zerosugar #glutenfree and can be #vegan ,  100% toddler friendly! 👍💪
It involves zero baking and only take 10 minutes to prep and cook! Vegans see below for vegan options. 😉

For babies under 12 months old, don’t use honey instead use a little maple or coconut syrup and also less cacao powder.
These make perfect snacks for school lunchboxes or as after school snacks. For adults you’ll love them for after gym or simply to satisfy your sugar craving! 👍

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10 Health benefits of amaranth

1. Amaranth is gluten-free
2. It has more protein than other grains
3. Amaranth provides essential lysine
4. Helps with hair loss and greying
5. Lowers cholesterol and risk of cardiovascular disease
6. It’s high in calcium
7. Amaranth is full of antioxidants and minerals
8. Works as an appetite suppressant
9. Improves eyesight
10. Amaranth is easy to digest

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, almond butter, or sunflower seed butter ( I used small chunky peanut butter, zero additives)
  • 1/4 cup honey, maple, or coconut syrup (I used honey, have made with maple syrup too but prefer honey)
  • a pinch of pink salt / sea salt (omit for babies under 12m)
  • 2 cups amaranth or quinoa puffs (I used amaranth)

Method

  1. Whisk together the cacao, coconut oil, peanut butter, honey and salt in a small saucepan over low heat.
  2. Place puffed amaranth into a large bowl and pour chocolate mixture over and stir until it’s well combined.
  3. Pour the puffs into a square tray or food container, press the puffs down until it’s firm. Freeze for 15 mins or until hardened or keep in the fridge, take it out and cut into desired shapes and serve  and store the rest back in the freezer or fridge.

Baby Led Weaning versus Purees – which should I do?

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I am really excited to announce my collaboration with my very good friend Sally who I have met on Instagram, together with another four amazing mamas we have founded the group #healthykidscommunity where we set ourselves a weekly challenge with different themes. To find out more follow me @katsdelicious_kitchen and @sproutingyumminess on Instagram. 🙂 You can find a lot of great baby and toddler recipes on Sally’s blog www.sproutingyumminess.com

Our first topic is a very insteresting one “Baby Led Weaning versus Purees – which should I do? “ and I hope that you will follow along and share your thoughts in the comments below.

Many first time moms including myself tend to put a lot of pressure on themselves or feel the peer pressure from friends and families when they see what and how their kids eat. Sally has written a great piece on this topic below. 

Personally, I have done mainly purees (first smooth then chunky) until my boys were aorund 12 months old. I offered finger food along the way but both boys didn’t show any sign of interest until around 10 months old and then slowly transitioned to normal food from 12 months onwards. This process hasn’t slowed down their development in any way.

Starting the weaning process can be pretty stressful; we worry over whether our babies are getting enough of the right vitamins and minerals or that they aren’t interested in food or what the ratio of milk to food should be or what if they have a reaction or how their food should be presented and how much etc etc… I hope to touch on all of these areas of weaning throughout this blog series but am kicking it off by looking at the different weaning approaches parents take.

Since becoming a mum I’ve realised there is quite a lot of debate around the best way to wean your child. To help inform your approach, I’ve spoken to several of my mama friends who have done each of the different approaches and compiled a list of reasons why they chose the approach they did…

But firstly… What are the different weaning options?

Baby Led Weaning (BLW) – this is letting your baby take the lead straight away with soft yet graspable solids, eating at their own pace, generally eating the food the rest of the family is eating from the start (omitting certain foods that obviously aren’t appropriate yet such as high salt foods and honey). BLW babies can of course eat mash or soups (so similar to purees) but it will be with their fingers or utensils, not spoon fed.

Purees – this is spoon feeding your baby different vegetables, fruits and grains which a mashed up or pureed, progressing to lumpier textures over the first couple of months and introducing finger food around 7 – 8 months.

A bit of both – Introducing both spoon fed purees and finger foods from the beginning (6 months), allowing your baby to explore both avenues.

I did a bit of both with my little lady as it worked for us; she was inquisitive about the finger food and wolfed down her purees! We found the transition to more solid foods fairly seamless and she embraced the variety and each stage of the journey. I intend to do the same again with my little man at the end of the summer but also want to remain flexible and be led by him as he might have a completely different agenda!

Why do BLW?

  • You don’t need to make lots of purees!
  • Easier when you are out in cafes/ restaurants, you can eat together instead of having to feed your baby purees first
  • Exposure to family foods as you can simply give your baby bits of family meals
  • Gives your child independence, encourages them to be inquisitive about the food they are eating and potentially more excepting
  • Avoids potentially difficult transition from purees to lumps
  • Some research suggests that it may reduce fussy eating and encourage kids to be a bit more adventurous growing up
  • Prevents overeating as child eats at own pace/ what he wants
  • Ultimately means they cope better with self-feeding, become dexterous with utensils quicker, develop the pincer grip and hand-eye coordination
  • After about 1 to 1 and half they become a lot less messy as they get used to using hands and cutlery themselves

Why do Purees?

  • Less worry about choking/ gagging to begin with
  • Tend to eat more at the start as the parent/ carer is spoon feeding, doesn’t rely on the child’s dexterity or desire so more reassuring for parents that the child has a full tummy!
  • Is generally quicker to do at the start
  • Ability to pack a variety of nutrients/ foods into one bowl
  • Feeling of more control over sugar and salt content
  • Less messy at the start as the adult is in control (although BLW does become less messy as the child starts to master it)
  • Most mums I spoke to found the transition from purees to lumpier foods and then proper solids worked fine

Ultimately, I believe it is about being a bit flexible and going with what you and your baby are most comfortable with, ensuring lots and lots of variety of good quality, whole foods and avoiding the nasties. What do you think?