19 December 2014

Having a little break....

You might have noticed that it's been rather quite on my blog over the last few weeks somehow out house has been hit by illness from teething to sickness to conjunctivitis and I have also been busy buying presents, wrapping them, eventually decorating the tree and packing!
Thursday we went out on a very early morning flight to Germany to spend the week and German Christmas Day (that's the 24th for us) at my parents house.
My nan had a heart attack in October and is now living with my parents and I am more then delighted to get the chance to spend the upcoming 7 days with her and my family.

This year we will celebrate Christmas twice the German way on the 24th with my 2 brothers & their girlfriends as well as our normal English Christmas tradition of dinner Round the C's house.

So I decided to take a little blogging break so we all can enjoy our Christmas holiday and the festive season!

I hope each one of you is having a relaxing and very merry Christmas time!

Lots of love!

AK xx

11 December 2014

Because it's All about that Breast!

Not mine i must add just something i recently came across...

When i was younger i had phases where i liked a song and then just started listening to it quite a lot, like everyday, for about 20+ times (yes i know its crazy and it drove my mum and my brothers mental) well times have changed and i might not be as excessive anymore (only slightly i promise) but there is a new song out (well its actually been out for quite a while) and as much as i love the original which is sung by Meghan Trainor "All About That Bass" has been covered ALOT on YouTube so i have been checking some out....

A Friend of mine posted this one recently on FB, if you are into jazz 
then this might be just right up your street 

"All about that (Upright) Bass" from Kate Davis

But then there are the Parodies which are just hilarious:

Here is one from a very fun Mum who sings "I just need some space"
And the other day another one of my Facebook friends posted the Link to this genius little number which is 
"All about that Breast":

7 December 2014

Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer Review & Giveaway

In October we had a lovely afternoon with Dr. Ranj and Braun for the Launch of their new Thermometer Range and we where lucky enough to receive one of the 2 new models
 in our goodies bag! 
With Molly-May still a baby and and us already having battles when i wanted to use our old model of the Braun Thermoscan in her ear I was eager to try out the new No Touch + forehead Thermometer.

Here is a little run down of its functions:
  • Unique dual no touch
    No touch mode
  • Touch mode
  • Large colour coded display
    Colour coded display
  • Patented ultra sensitive sensor
    Back light for nighttime reading
  • Clinically proven Braun accuracy
    Breakthrough technology: ultra-sensitive sensor and optical system, with clinically proven accuracy
  • Silent mode for sleeping baby
  • Fast 2 second reading
    Fast, gentle and easy to use
  • Clinically proven Braun accuracy
    Positioning guidance system
What we thought of the new Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer:


I love the fact that i can take Molly-May's temperature whilst she is asleep without even having to disturb her and i still get a very accurate reading! And with it being switched to silent mode it won't give out any beeping to wake her up either! You cant get a inaccurate reading because the Braun Thermometer will only work if the sensor is close enough (without touching t.he skin)
The display is a nice size and the colour coded reading makes it very easy to understand
 the level of her temperature.
With our old Thermoscan i always had to buy throwaway caps and it was rather annoying when you run out of the because the Thermometer didn't work without it so jam glad the new Non Touch + Forehead model doesn't need any extras!
I would not hesitate for a second to recommend this brilliant and in my option essential piece of kit for your first aid box to any new parents out there to give you a piece of mind 
when your little one is poorly.
And here are Dr. Ranj Top Tips to survive this years cold and flu season:

Check
1) Make sure you know how to check temperature accurately and get your child used to it too.  Making it into a fun game can make the process easier, especially if they’re not feeling well.  Likewise, if your child gets upset when having their temperature checked, think about using a ‘no-touch’ thermometer.  You can always back it up with a ‘touch’ reading for reassurance.

Hydration
2) Babies will often feed more when they are hot, both for comfort and to stay hydrated.  You may find that they take less feed each time, but more often.

3) For children that have been weaned, offer them cool drinks, jelly or ice-lollies when they are bothered by fever.  This is a great way to help them feel more comfortable and keep them hydrated.

Keeping cool
4) Babies primarily lose heat through their heads, so when they are hot make sure their head is uncovered.

5) Older children will lose heat through sweating and so ensure they have regular drinks when they have a fever, to keep them hydrated.

6) Make sure that the room your child is in is a normal temperature (around 18-21 degrees centigrade), so turn down the heating or open some windows.  However, it shouldn’t be so cold that it is uncomfortable.

7) Do not use tepid sponging to cool your child down. Contrary to popular belief, this isn’t that effective and may actually be counter-productive.

Medication
8) There are medicines that can help to reduce your child’s temperature, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.  Make sure you always follow the dosage instructions, or check with a health care professional if you are unsure.

Medical opinion
9) Know when to seek further help. You should keep a close eye on your child when the thermometer reads ‘elevated’ (yellow), and seek medical advice if it reads ‘high’ (red), or if they have any other worrying signs (such as a rash, floppiness, breathing difficulties, fits or signs of dehydration).  

10) Any child with a fever that lasts more than 5 days or has other worrying signs of illness should be checked by a health care professional.


You can purchase the No touch + forehead thermometer (NTF3000) at a RRP of £52.99 and is available from Asda, Boots and all good baby specialist retailers.

Braun was kind enough to let me run a competition so one of my lovely readers can win a Braun Thermometer for themselves all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. 
The competition is open to UK Residents only and will close at 11.59pm on the 16th of December 2014.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

GOOD LUCK!


Disclaimer: I have been given the Braun Non Touch + Forehead Thermometer as part of my Goodies Bag and  for reviewing purposes, but all thoughts and opinions are mine.


We're going on an adventure

4 December 2014

New Quinola Mothergrain Baby Range Review

We have been asked to check out the new Organic Baby Range from Quinola and tell you what we thought about it!

Let me tell you a little bit about Quinola Baby:

Quinola is committed to giving you the best products that are healthy for both your child and good for the planet. All the ingredients in our recipes derive from organic and sustainable agriculture, and all production processes have been conceived to minimise the carbon footprint of our products.
The social aspect is equally important to us.  Our quinoa is not only organic but also sourced under Fair Trade terms.

Now you are probably wondering: What is Quinoa?

Quinoa is an herbaceous plant grown for its protein-rich grains. It is not a true cereal or a grass, it belongs to the family of beets and spinach. The Incas gave quinoa the name Chisiya Mama, or Mother of all Grains, and they cultivated it for over 5,000 years in the highlands of South America. Quinoa was in fact the staple crop of most pre-Columbian civilisations.

So Quinola Baby have got 6 different pack of baby food and we tried out the Peas & Spinach as well as the Butternut squash one:


The Butternut Squash, Carrot & Quinoa is for Stage 3 of your weaning journey 
and the ingredients are as follows:

Organic butternut squash 35%

Organic carrot 26%
Organic quinoa 18%

Cooking water

and that is it - NOTHING else! 

I was eager to see how my little tester likes it she loves butternut squash so i was hoping 
we are onto a winner:

....and we are!!!

Verdict:

I am combining purees and baby led weaning with Molly-May and only recently started introducing her to more lumpy textured baby purees but due to her eating loads of finger food she got the hang of it pretty quickly. She loved both flavours and each pouch lasted us for 2 meals. Its defiantly a product i would buy in the future!

We got also send some packs of the Alice and Oscars Express Quinoa which is ready in 2 minutes and makes a perfect addition to a quick midweek meal and a pack of Quinoa Supergrain which is the perfect alternative to rice:


Our thoughts on the above Products:

I never hear about or tried Quinola before so i was very curious to what it taste like. 
It does look a bit like couscous but its softer.
It has a really nice flavour to it, i eat it with some leftover chicken but i think it would also make
 a great and healthy alternative to rice for any indian meals we cook.
I was pleasantly surprised how much i liked it and i am looking forward to cooking
 some more with it!

You can check out a list of retailers who stock Quinola Products over here.
And if you want to get some more news then head over to their Facebook Page.
Disclaimer: I have been send the above Quinola Products for reviewing purposes, but all thoughts and opinions are mine.

3 December 2014

Degustabox November

Its round 4 for us sampling the brilliant  Degustaboxes and i cannot wait to show you whats in our November Box, you can check out our August and September and October Boxes too.

Sweet things first:


1. Lindor My Melting Moment - well i have to admit i had a melting moment or even two before i took that picture so excuse me for the missing packages in the picture. But i am happy to report that those a absolutely divine they melt right in the mouth and have a really nice creamy chocolate taste to them! Its snowflake shaped and the inside is filled with oh so smooth melting milk chocolate! Every inch of the 20g is just bliss! 

Now onto the savoury goodies: 


2. These Kettle Chips Salsa & Mesquite are one of 2 limited editions who are back on popular demand this Christmas. It has a BBQ taste to it but also some tomatoes, peppers and chillies which is a tad to spicy for my taste.

3. Branson brought out their very own chutney, caramelised Onion which works well with after dinner cheese and bread just perfect for a late evening Christmas snack!

4. Kent's Kitchen BBQ Flavour Shots are a pack of 4 individual little packages which can be used to make your meat more exiting. We actually cooked with it the other day and absolutely loved it keep your eyes peeled for the receipt post coming up very soon!

5. Holy Cow are a authentic Indian Curry Sauce which is made from all natural ingredients, no artificial colours, flavours or preventatives. Best thing its gluten free and suitable for vegetarians which i think is great!

And lastly the drinks:


6. Montano Cider is a Italian cider made from apples grown in the foothills of the Dolomite's. Its a golden, elegantly sparkling, medium dry drink with a refreshing, crisp finish. Now i am not a Beer or Cider Fan so we will keep it for our Christmas Celebrations with the Family  but my soon to be BIL and Nephew are and told me it does taste rather nice! 
I have to say because of the size of it i think it also would be a brilliant add on for a 
home made hamper to give away this christmas!
7. Those little Pip Organic Cloudy Apple Juice Bottles are just the perfect size for Finns school lunchbox. Its made out of 100% organic fruit with no nastiest so no added sugars, water perseveres or additives just full of healthy fruity goodness, i give a Pip, Pip Hooray to that!
8. Now this is a bit of a strange one first off i don't drink so i don't really know if it works! These Cool Dawn Recovery Drinks are a herbal detox drink which helps to prevent and cure hangovers. It presents a complex and unique combination of citrus and liquorice flavours. The recommendation is to have one (cold and shaken) at the end of the night and if needed one in the morning. 
Now i cant stand liquor at all so Mr. C. & his Brother tested this one for me.
9. The Sample Present this time was the Drink Me Chai Latte which is a blend of exotic spices, milk and sweetened tea which i am looking forward to try soon but it sound rather nice!
Overall we liked 6 items out of the 9 in the Box but i do have to say that i was slightly disappointment with how empty the box seemed (with previous box having 13 items inside) and there wasn't a lot of sweet options this time although the Lindor Snowflakes did defiantly make up for that alone.

If you want to hear more about Degustabox head over to their website or check out their Facebook and Twitter Pages.

You can get your very own Box with 3£ off if you add the discount code: "L2WZG" to your order! 

Enjoy!!


Disclaimer: I have been send the November Degustabox for reviewing purposes, but all thoughts and opinions are mine.

1 December 2014

The Clean Eating Kitchen Cookbook & Brownies Recipe

So back in June this year when i went to BritMums i meet the lovely team from Parragon Books who kindly ask me to become a Parragon Buddy. I decided i would love to review some Cook books i am a utterly rubbish cook yes you read right! I can do basics but then well that was it! I always joke with Mr. C. if he wants me to be the perfect Housewife he better pay for some cooking lessons for me!


I bake a lot although i might not write about it that much but i love making a Marble Cake and its slowly becoming a tradition that i bring one along everytime a family member celebrates a birthday.

So for our first month of reviewing for Paragon they send me The Clean-Eating Kitchen Cookbook:


 Clean-eating doesn't just mean washing your lettuce before you make a salad but eating foods that maximize their nutritional benefits by serving them in their most natural, whole state - and this book makes it easy! The helpful introduction will guide you through what processed ingredients to replace in your diet and each meal of the day is covered by a variety of exciting dishes. The recipes are simple, approachable, and made with raw natural ingredients that are easy to find in your favourite supermarket, health food shop, and farmers market and what's more they taste great.

I decided to try out the wholegrain dark chocolate brownies 
here are the Ingredient & Instructions for you:



Well i thought they look rather near picture perfect and hey double bonus they tasted good too 
(that nice intact that when i came back from a babysitting job Saturday night my soon to be BIL 
and Nephew demolished the lot whilst visiting Mr. C. and the kids, well i guess i take that as a compliment then):



Disclaimer: As part of being a Paragon Book Buddy I have been send "The Clean Eating Kitchen Cookbook" for reviewing purposes, but all thoughts and opinions are mine.

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