Pip & Pear Review

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Earlier this week I received the cutest chilled hamper of goodies from Pip & Pear for Frankie to review. In it we received nine different flavours such as Baby Beef Ragu, Chicken Lickin Casserole and Squashy Potato. The textures ranged from stage one (5+ months) to stage three (10+ months).

I love the story behind this Irish owned business. Pip and Pear was born when working mum of two Irene struggled to find a healthy alternative to her home cooking. Like myself she could only find heavily processed long shelf life pouches and jars. After many late nights in her restaurant ‘No.9 Barronstrand St’ she began refining recipes and soon had a dedicated baby menu with customers travelling from all over the South to stock up on her delicious homemade meals for their babies. Since being encouraged by her loyal customers she then entered the Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards and walked away with three awards for her nutritious homemade meals. Irene then made a huge decision to bring a full range of products to the market to help parents who want to only their babies the best.

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We tucked right in and tried the Tutti Frutti Chicken Curry that afternoon. This meal was by far his favourite, he absolutely devoured it and I hate to say it but I think he may like it a little more than my own homemade curry!

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For dessert he (we) had the 5+ months Spiced Apple and Pear. I’d say Frankie got a couple of spoon because we were all fighting over the spoon. This stuff is amazing and will be a regular purchase for our household. I’d say it would be amazing mixed with granola for brekkie. We also tucked into the 5+ months pot of ‘Banana Blue’, it’s not as amazing as the spiced apple but still very yummy.

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For lunch yesterday he had the Lovely Lentils, again the pot was left empty and for dinner he had the Fishy Dishy. I don’t eat fish myself so it’s not something I would cook regularly so I wasn’t too sure if he would like it. After a couple of unsuccessful spoons he soon devoured the whole pot. Frankie has a huge appetite so I’d love to see this dish in the larger stage three pots for babies too.

I don’t buy ready made meals so when I heard these were fresh, chilled and organic I was very intrigued. Overall I’m very happy with our experience with Pip & Pear so far, their meals are nutritious and delicious and little man had a stuffed belly. I would highly recommend Pip & Pear as a healthy guilt free alternative to home cooking for those busy days.

12 Reason why you should try Pip & Pear:

  • All Pip & Pears meat is Bord Bia Approved and fully traceable.
  • All products are dairy free, except one dish ‘Fishy Dishy’.
  • All meals can be served warm or cold.
  • They are suitable for home freezing.
  • The packaging in 100% recyclable and BPA free.
  • You can reuse the pots for your own home cooking or repurpose them as storage pots.
  • All dishes are gluten free and coeliac friendly.
  • All meals contain two of your babies five-a-day fruit and veg.
  • There is no added sugar, salt or preservatives.
  • All fruit and vegetables are organic.
  • They have won three Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards.
  • 50% of the ingredients in Pip & Pear products are from Irish suppliers.

Pip & Pear have a full range of nine products launching TODAY in Aldi stores nationwide. You can find Pip & Pear chilled in the fridge with the fresh food.

For more information check out www.pipandpear.ie or check out their Facebook page.

Lottie Doll Ambassador & Giveaway

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Some of you may have read Kayla’s review of the Kawaii Karate Lottie Doll I published a few weeks back, well last week they contacted me asking if they could use Kayla’s review in their latest blog, a post about their latest charitable work. Lottie will be donating $2 from every sale of each Kawaii Karate Lottie doll on www.lottie.com to charity Action Breaks Silence, a ground breaking initiative that deliver free self-defence classes to underprivileged women and girls in India.

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They also asked if I’d like to become a Lottie brand ambassdor and without hesitation I accepted because I’m genuinely passionate about the product. I love how age appropriate Lottie is, she’s very relatable for young children, recommended for kids aged 3-9. She has no make-up, heels or jewellery. She wears clothes kids would wear in real-life. She is ethnically diverse, with a range of eye, hair and skin colours. Each Lottie Doll has a backstory and she loves adventures and the outdoors and use her imagination. She’s a positive, non-gender stereotypical toy and promotes creative imagination play, a positive healthy view on body image and she encourages and empowers young children.

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To celebrate becoming a brand ambassador I have a Kawaii Karate Lottie Doll to giveaway.

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To enter:

LIKE My Little Babog on Facebook

LIKE Lottie on Facebook

and finally COMMENT below.

Lottie have offered a discount code of 10% off for My Little Babog readers too. Use code ‘karate2015′ at the checkout on their website.

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As a Lottie Doll ambassador Kayla will receive exclusive new samples of forthcoming Lottie dolls, I will also have giveaway collaborations and special online discounts for my readers too. Competition closes at 9pm on Sunday 7th of June. Winner will be announced the following morning. This giveaway is open worldwide. Part of this giveaway is hosted on Facebook but is not endorsed by Facebook. All opinions are my own.

The Kid Wants a Bra

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Today as I walked through Dunnes with my five-year-old she randomly blurted out that she wanted a bra. A fucking bra. I initially laughed it off, so did EVERYONE close by. It was an argument I was never going to win so I told her to ring her da (I know I’m such a bitch haha). It was the funniest phonecall I’ve witnessed in my entire life.

An actual conversation I had with the five-year-old today…

‘Mammy look, isn’t this so cute’.

‘Ah yes, it’s very pretty’.

‘This would fit me… it’s for little people’.

***LAUGHS HYSTERICALLY***

‘No darling, that is for really skinny people’.

‘No, it’s for children, like little people, like me’.

***LAUGHS SO HYSTERICALLY THAT I PRAY I DON’T PEE MYSELF***

‘Mammy I want one’.

‘Ha’

‘Mammy… mammy… mammy…’.

‘Mammy but (friends name) has one’.

‘She does in her shit have one, she’s five’.

‘Well she’s actually six’.

‘How do you know (friends name) has a bra’

‘I don’t care what age she is… YOU ARE NOT GETTING A BRA’.

‘But I need one’.

*ignores*

‘FINE! I’ll ask my daddy, he’ll get me one’.

Rings daddy…

Daddy almost chokes. He wants to die.

I piss myself.

There’s some negotiations…

‘That’s not too long…’

‘See daddy says I can have one when I’m 15′.

‘Mammy when am I six?’.

My 5 Pregnancy Must Haves

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Birthing Ball

I had awful back pain during my pregnancy on Frankie so my midwife recommended a birthing ball and demonstrated the movements I should be practising such as pelvic rocking and doing hip circles in the shape of the number eight to relieve pain and discomfort, and to help baby move down. It definitely helped me so I would recommend a birthing ball especially even just for labour. Although I must warn you any small kids will fight over the ball.

You can get gym/birthing balls for as little as €14 on Littlewoods.

B.O.N Oil Liquid Gold

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In previous pregnancies I used Bio Oil to moisturize my expanding bump and skin but always found it oily and it took ages to dry in. This pregnancy I’ve swapped to B.O.N Oil Liquid Gold. It’s non greasy with a unique cocktail of natural plant oils including avocado, grape seed, and rose hip. It has a delicate rose fragrance so it smells divine. I’m using it about one month now, and my skin is so soft, moisturized and my belly hasn’t been itchy once.

B.O.N Oil Liquid Gold is €14.99 and available in all good health stores and pharmacies.

Essencia Sweet Dreams Blend

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I won a beautiful hamper at the Irish Parenting Blog Awards from Birthing Mama’s and I found this little gem in it. Essencia Sweet Dreams aromatherapy blend uses a combination of oils to promote feelings of relaxation, to soothe and calm the mind; ease anxiety and support a healthy sleep pattern during pregnancy. If I’ve had a stressful day it’s my go-to product and I love it’s rich chamomile and lavender fragrance. It’s recommended from 16 weeks.

A 50ml bottle of Essencia Aromatherapy Sweet Dreams blend is €9.99 and available HERE.

Pregnancy Pillow

From the moment your bump begins to expand it can be a struggle to get comfortable at bedtime. I invested in a pregnancy pillow during my second trimester on Frankie, and it has made a reappearance already. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without it. There’s an added bonus with pregnancy pillows as they double up as a nursing pillow when your baby is born too.

Tony Kealys have pregnancy pillows for €64.95 available HERE.

Lush Bath Bombs

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I’m a huge fan of baths and what’s a bath without a refreshing or relaxing bath bomb. If my back is aching, my feet are tender or if I just need a bit of pampering, I reach for my supply of Lush Bath Bombs and treat myself to a nice hot bath when the kids are in bed. There is so many to choose from, my favourites are Granny Takes a Dip, A French Kiss and Butterball.

Rainbow Fairy Cakes

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Little miss has been hounding me to make a rainbow cake ever since her birthday, so after almost two months of putting it off we compromised and made tie-dye rainbow fairy cakes.

We used our usual fairy cake recipe and mixed lots of food colouring into our batter until she was happy they were vibrant and colourful enough. Our clothes and the counter tops were destroyed with thanks to her messy little hands but our cakes were absolutely delicious and they looked fab!

Fairy Cake Ingredients:

100g butter

100g self raising flour

100g caster sugar

2 eggs

Method:

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.

Separate equal amounts of fairy cake batter into different bowls and add food colouring of choice (we used red, green, yellow and blue).

Put heaped spoons of the mixture into each bun case, using each of the colours you have chosen.

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Place tray in the oven on the top shelf and bake at 180C for about twenty minutes and then leave to cool on a wire tray.

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I Forgot to Take my Pill – Book Review

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I Forgot to Take My Pill is written by actress, stand-up comedian and blogger Sharyn Hayden. It’s a no-holds honest, laugh-out-loud and highly relatable account of what life is like for first time mothers.

Throw out all those pregnancy and parenting books, I Forgot to Take My Pill is the only book you need. Sharyn sums up pregnancy, labour and parenting in twenty two easy read bite-size chapters.

From opening the book I knew I was going to love it. The humour within the opening prologue ‘Vaginal Trickery’ had me within the first pages. I could not put it down.

Sharyn’s writes her real life experiences from the hormonal craziness that pregnancy is, labour, the unsolicited parental advice we all receive, what to expect, what not to expect and the ups and down of motherhood including frantic ordeals like the late night chemist runs for Calpol/Nurofen we have all been through.

It’s absolutely brilliant! It’s the funniest, most authentic and open accounts of motherhood I have ever read. If you want the truth, reassurance and a good ole laugh this is the book for you. Without doubt I’ll be buying ‘I Forgot to Take My Pill’ for any friends or family having their first baby.

Sharyn has released a preview of the books first chapter and you can read it HERE!

The book is available to purchase on Amazon.

I received a complimentary paperback version of this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

BabyDam Bath Barrier Giveaway

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I came across the BabyDam Bath Barrier in my newsfeeds over the weekend and fell in love with it’s innovative design. Suitable from newborn to toddler age, it turns your family bath into a bath perfectly sized bath for your baby, helping you save energy, use less water and heat less water as you only need to fill the section of the bath required.

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I think it’s absolutely genius and only wish I had of heard about it sooner. The BabyDam Bath Barrier costs €35 and is available to purchase HERE!

Due to the high volume of interest since my recent Facebook post, Tony Kealys have kindly offered a BabyDam Bath Barrier to GIVEAWAY to one My Little Babog reader!

To enter:

LIKE My Little Babog on Facebook

LIKE Tony Kealys on Facebook

and finally COMMENT below.

Competition closes at 9pm on Sunday 31st of May. Winner will be announced the following morning. Giveaway is open to residents of Ireland and UK ONLY. Part of this giveaway is hosted on Facebook but is not endorsed by Facebook. All opinions are my own.

How To Make & Recycle Old Crayons

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Anybody who knows me personally would know I’m a hoarder, I cannot throw anything out. Last year I started collecting old and broken crayons with the hope of doing something fun with them and today we did. Kayla and I spent the afternoon upcycling our crayons. This project is the perfect rainy day activity and it kept her entertained. These upcycled crayons would make the cutest homemade gift too.

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You will need:

Broken crayons

Baking tin or silicon moulds in shape of your choice

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How to make you own up cycled rainbow crayons:

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees

2. Peel and break the crayons to fit your moulds

3. Fill your silicon moulds

4. Pop into the oven until all wax has melted (approx. 10-15 minutes)

5. Allow your melted wax to set before removing

6. Leave your smallies to create, draw and explore with their new rainbow crayons.

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26 Week Update

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The weeks seem to be flying by; my little babog will be here in 14 weeks. This week she weighs approximately 1.75lbs and measures roughly 14 inches long. I’ve been describing her size in fruit to Kayla so this week she’s a lettuce.

It’s all very exciting now especially for Kayla, she mesmerized watching and feeling her baby sisters little jabs and punches. She’s singing songs to her and listening to the little gurgles coming from my bump. The highlight of the week was when she also spotted the beginnings of the linea nigra on my belly and she tried to baby-wipe it off. I still laugh when I think about it!

The heartburn has returned but nowhere near as bad as it was on Frankie, it’s still early days but hopefully it won’t get any worse. My weird chalk pregnancy craving has returned yet again. However I have managed to substitute it so far with Rennie, chalk lollies and Silvermints.

I’m feeling pretty exhausted the past few weeks. Frankie is a handful, he’s a boy, he turns everything into a weapon and I’m finding myself saving his life on a hourly basis. He’s climbing, diving and exploring everything. He normally sleeps through the night but another teething spell landed and daddy and I found ourselves walking the walls at all hours. Fortunately for daddy, Frankie only wants mammy cuddles so it’s normally me who does most of the late night trips.

My bump is growing rapidly and I’m getting more uncomfortable by the day. My pregnancy pillow has made a reappearance and it’s heaven. I don’t know how I ever got through Kayla’s pregnancy without one. This week I also had a couple of Braxton Hicks and they frightened the living day lights out of me. I don’t remember getting them so earlier on the others.

I can’t believe how quick this pregnancy is going with only a little over three months left to go. I really need to get my finger out and start looking into prams soon. We’ve got a Mothercare Orb and I love it, it’s in mint condition but the little man will only be 15 months when his sister arrives so we’ll really need to get a double pram. We can’t afford a new one so I’ll be checking out second hand ones over the coming weeks, I haven’t a clue where to even start (all suggestions welcome!).

This week has been a tough one emotionally. I’ve lost count the amount of times I’ve burst into tears. This one guy behind the ‘help button’ of a ticket machine in my local Shopping Centre was an absolute d***head earlier this week. I lost my ticket and after ten minutes of explaining I had no money left and that I was well within the two-hour free parking time he continuously repeated there was a ten euro lost ticket charge. I swear if I wasn’t pregnant and I didn’t have a wailing one-year-old with me I would have driven straight through the barrier and through his front door.

To top of my week I’ve been very clumsy; my brain is just not with it. I broke my phone. I took the wing mirror clean of my car. And then I was four minutes late picking Kayla up from school and she’s yet to forgive me.

This week I’ve an antenatal appointment and I’m dying to see my little lady dancing around inside on the big screen and I’ll also be meeting an anesthesiologist to review my options during labour, most likely if my platelets drop again due to my thrombocytopenia I won’t be allowed an epidural. I’ve never had one and I’ve had two pretty quick births so I’m not too concerned.

Hitting the 26 weeks mark has been a huge sigh of relief with everything that has happened throughout my pregnancy. I feel like now I can relax and enjoy it a little bit more. I’m certainly enjoying the napping and cake.