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Homemade Porridge Oat Biscuits

I’m always baking with the big kid, mostly we destroy the kitchen and eat up, while the other-half cleans up the mess we’ve made. I’ve decided to add a new section to my blog sharing some of the yummy treats we have made. Here is our first recipe, a healthy biscuit made with porridge oats that you can basically add any filling too. They’re so easy you’ll make them all the time.

Ingredients

Cup of Porridge Oats

3-4 tbsp of Pureed fruit (we used pear)

2 tbsp of Coconut

Raisins

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 C or Gas Mark 4.

Pour the porridge oats, puree, coconut and raisins into a bowl.

Combine all ingredients together.

Grease proof a baking tray.

Spoon your mixture onto the baking tray into desired shape.

Bake for approximately 15 minutes until biscuits have turned a golden brown and leave to cool before removing from tray.

They make the perfect snack and the kids loved them. We got adventurous with our next batch and added some cocoa powder to make a healthy alternative chocolate biscuit. Next time I think we will try some maple syrup.

Messy Monkeys – Review

Last week Frankie and I attended Messy Monkeys in Mounttown Community Facilities, Dun Laoghaire, South Dublin. Messy Monkeys is a place for babies and toddlers to discover, investigate and explore their senses and imagination in messy play. Messy play is an important part of children’s early education. It helps promotes fine and gross motor skill development and best of all at Messy Monkey you don’t have to do any cleaning up, that’s Lucy’s job, the very first Messy Monkeys franchise owner in Ireland!

There were six messy play areas at our session. We started painting with the non-toxic and gluten free paints. May I remind you Frankie is nine months old so everything he gets in hands on is eaten, nibbled and/or chewed. The paintbrush was no different. It was his first time to paint freely and he really enjoyed mushing the colours around.

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The next play that followed was a large tub of warm water with loads of toys including a watering can that Frankie loved. If Frankie could talk he’d tell you this was his favourite part of the session. He smiled, giggled and thoroughly enjoyed. He almost dived in at one point.

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We continued on to the sand bucket, something Frankie was very unsure of, the texture was new and he didn’t quite know what to do with it so we moved on swiftly to the tinsel box. He just loved pulling at the strings and making a huge mess. There was a little craft corner to create a crafty calendar but unfortunately time had run out so we never got to make one but we brought it home and Kayla decorated it for us that evening

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I loved watching Frankie experience different messy activities, he had so much freedom to create and explore the world around him. If you follow my blog you will know I’m a huge fan of sensory play and love nothing more than allowing him to explore in messy play but I hate the mess. The best part of the session was comfortable and relaxing atmosphere and appreciating I did not have to clean any of it up. There was paint, glue, sand, water and stringy tinsel EVERYWHERE!

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Lucy supplied large buckets of soapy warm water to wash down out tots after our forty-five minute play session. I genuinely thought the paint would be a nightmare to remove but it was fine and washed off with just a little rub.

If you are looking for something fun to do with your baby or toddler I would highly recommend Messy Monkeys. Your child will benefit from the social interaction, educationally and you will meet lots of mums and dads alike, which is always nice if you feel like your talking to the four walls daily.

Lucy runs term classes varying in length between 5 and 6 weeks. She also runs one-off ‘Splatterday’ classes on a Saturdays for people who can’t make it during the week. A course will cost €58 for five weeks and the cost of a 6 week term is €70. There is also sibling discounts if you have more than one child. You can book directly on the Messy Monkey website or you can check out their Facebook page for more information.
 I was giving a session of Messy Monkeys play for reviewing purposes. All opinion are my own.

Gift Idea’s For Baby

Sophie the Giraffe teething set from Cherishme.ie

Sophie the Giraffe is the perfect gift as baby’s first sensory development toy and teether. It’s a soft, flexible and natural rubber that baby can squeeze and chew. Sophie squeaks and laughs when her body is squeezed too.

Sophie the Giraffe is €12.95 and available to purchase HERE!


Bee The Book – Farm Friends

This book is durable and fun with colourful and engaging illustrations that allows parents to become a character in a simple farmyard story. It is an interactive book recommended for toddlers and pre-schoolers.

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Bee the Book – Farm Friends is €9.99 and available to purchase from HERE. Get 25% off using code OFFER at checkout.

50% of all profits from this book also go to charity Bee for Battens.


Babygifts.ie has a beautiful cream keepsake box to mount and display baby’s first shoes.

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My ‘First Shoes’ keepsake display box is €29.95, available to purchase HERE


Bobby and Belles have a beautiful blue striped baby romper available in newborn to twelve months.

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The romper is €12.95 and available to purchase HERE, use code CHRISTMAS at checkout to avail of a 30% discount.


The Bat-Baby onesie by Baby Dapper

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Baby Dapper have some unique and gorgeously soft 100% cotton baby rompers with vinyl detailing. Machine washable and hard wearing. They are €25 and available to purchase HERE, use voucher code LILBABOG for 10% off at checkout.


The multi award-winning Gummee Glove available from All Things Baby

The Gummee Glove is designed for babies from 3 to 6 months. Perfect for babies who are too young to hold a teething toy on their own, the glove attaches to baby’s hand and has colourful, biteable side tabs and a detachable water-filled teething ring that can be refrigerated.

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The Gummee Glove is €14.99 and available to purchase HERE!