Sona Nutrition is an Irish family run business with a range of products for all ages and needs. They are the oldest established producer of nutritional supplements and herbal remedies in Ireland and over the past month the kids and I have been taking their pregnancy and baby/child range. (more…)
Nothing frustrates me more than Frankie chewing the chain or handle of a shopping trolley after reading this article a couple years ago. So when I was approched to review the trolley seat cover from Brand Newbies I was very excited to try it out in hope it would prevent him slobbering all over the yucky germs proven to be found on a high percentage of trolleys and for those days when the trolleys are soaked because they are stored outside. (more…)
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.
LOTTIE is a ‘pro-girl’ doll based on the average proportions of a 9-year-old. She presents a healthy view on body image and is a positive role model for young children.
Each Lottie has a beautiful story with an adventurous background. Our Kawaii Karate Lottie trains hard to master her technique. Even though Kayla does Taekwon Do, it’s structure is very similar. Karate is also more than self-defence, it teaches respecting yourself and to always try to be a better person, being courteous to others and not using karate when you are angry. And Lottie promotes all of this in her story.
Our Kawaii Karate Lottie included:
Karate gi (Karate training uniform consisting of jacket, trousers)
A white belt (obi)
Rising sun headband
Karate techniques collector cards
I really like my Lottie doll alot, I have also named her Lottie too. I like that she has the same uniform as me and so do my friends at my Taekwondo class. I like that her hair doesn’t tangle up like most of my other dolls, her hair is lovely and soft and so shiney. She stands up too, none of my other dollies can do that. I like that my Lottie dolls looks like me. She doesn’t wear jewellery or make-up and she’s very bendy (flexible) and it’s really easy to change her outfit too. I really like my Lottie Doll.
Overall Kayla was super impressed and so am I. I love how Lottie presents a healthy view on body image, modelled on the dimensions of a real girl. The fact she is flat chested and make-up free is an added bonus.
I was recently invited to take part in a ‘Day in Family Life’ shoot with Berit Alits, a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.
A Day in Family Life shoot is when a photographer joins you and your family in your home half as a guest, and half as a photographer shadowing your daily routines, capturing a visual diary of images as they happen with no posing or direction.
At first I was very anxious about inviting a complete stranger into my home but nowadays with technology I was able to research everything before finally agreeing.
Berit arrived last Sunday and highly recommended continuing our normal daily routine to keep the captured moments more real and honest. As advised we didn’t dress up nor had our hairs done. I wore my everyday BB cream, leggings and had my hair the way it would be any other day because that is how my kids will remember me. As for the kids and the other half, they wore their everyday clothes too.
Kayla took to Berit immediately and began requesting pictures, posing in true fashion within moments of her arrival, while Frankie wasn’t fazed by her presence at all. Daddy on the other hand is camera shy so he found it a little awkward adjusting to been followed everywhere. Although within an hour he was fine.
Berit was so professional at all times. She was fantastic with the kids; she blended in and interacted as she snapped some precious moments that the kids can revisit and put an actual picture to their memories when they are older.
Berit took close to one-thousand photo’s on the day and we received just around three-hundred beautiful images. Here are some of my favourites…
He got a boo-boo…
And yes that’s a five year old wrestling a pregnant woman…
Off to Taekwon-Do…
All that excess energy landed her five minutes on the naughty step…
We went to our usual fairy hunting spot on the outskirts of Blessington in Co. Wicklow…
While the day itself was long it was an unforgettable experience. The photos will be cherished and something very precious to look back on in years to come. Berit has an amazing eye for capturing the beauty in everything in front of her lens, and as an added bonus she is such a lovely person I would highly recommend Berit for all your photography needs.
If you would like to read more on a ‘Day in Family Life’ shoot, or to view Berits amazing wedding and portrait portofolio check out www.beritalitsphotography.com or find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Teething toy, Sophie La Girafe was born in France over fifty years ago. She measures 17cm and is a flexible, slender and soft toy that babies’ can squeeze and chew safely. Sophie is a 100% natural toy, free from phthalates and BPA free. She is also painted with non-toxic food-grade paint.
When Frankie began teething about six months ago I struggled to find a teething toy that would fit in his little hands. My neighbour rescued us one evening when he gifted us with a Sophie La Girafe, a little squeaky giraffe shaped teether designed for little hands no matter what position it was held it in. Being Frankie, he put it straight to his mouth and found immediate comfort as he chewed and drooled over her.
Frankie has mauled and gnawed on every inch of her body, from her ears, horns and legs. It’s definitely a favourite here. She is very light and her long legs and neck were easy for him to grip especially when he was younger. He also got very excited when he heard her squeak. Her flexible & soft body means that he can manipulate her into different positions too.
I found Sophie very effective, so when we lost her on our travels one day I picked up another and she was loved as much as the first. I’d recommend a Sophie La Girafe for babies’ aged 3-12 months old; she is a classic teether that stimulates senses whilst soothing them too.
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Claudi & Fin lollies were developed by two mumpreneurs, Lucy Woodhouse and Meriel Kehoe. They both shared a love for healthy food but struggled to find a natural ice lolly with wholesome ingredients, so they set about making their own at their kitchen table. After months of taste testing they perfected the recipe for their first product – a naturally delicious frozen lolly made with Greek style yoghurt, real fruit and vitamins, sweetly naming it after their children, Claudia and Fin.
We recently received some yummy Claudi & Fin lollies to review and we tucked in straight away. I LOVED the creamy texture, a refreshing change and a healthier alternative especially now during our mini heatwave and the fact I’m currently pregnant and the heartburn is atrocious. Kayla loved the strawberry flavoured lolly (yah more mango for me), she also made me giggle when she said they tasted just like frozen yogurts.
Claudi & Fin lollies come in two delicious flavours – Mango and Strawberry with real fruit puree, whole milk, Greek style yogurt containing calcium, potassium and zinc and 30% of your child’s recommended daily intake of Vitamin D.
If you’re looking to put a healthier spin on snack time this summer Claudi & Fin ice-lollies can be found in your local Super Valu and Centra stores in a pack of 4 for €3.50.
I received a generous amount of Claudi & Fin lollies for reviewing purposes. I basically emptied my freezer to make room after the first taste test because I did not want to share them with friends and family. All opinion as always are my own and Kayla’s of course.
We recently received a twinkle twinkle Neckerchew to review from Cheeky Chompers, a colourful reversible bib with a textured silicon integrated teether. Basically it’s a super-safe to chew, cleverly designed dribble bib with an effective attached teething triangle that’s free from phthalates and BPA. The teething bibs also come in colourful attractive reversible designs in a variety of colours. (more…)
Frankie has all the symptoms, the barrels of drool, sensitive and swollen gums and he is very irritable. His little cheeks are all flushed and bright red. He refuses food, bites, and chews everyone and anything. So a new tooth is no longer a milestone to celebrate. My poor little dude is currently cutting his seventh tooth. (more…)
Fast becoming one of the latest parenting trends is baby hand signing. A method of teaching your baby to communicate with you, using hand signals before they can talk. Babies have a desire to communicate their needs and wants but they lack the ability to do so clearly. With hand signing, it lets babies, some as young as six months old, communicate their needs so they don’t need to cry.
Repeating signs consistently on a regular basis, will help your baby learn simple signs for common words such as hungry, thirsty, sleep, more and all gone.
Benefits to signing with your baby
There is no more guesswork to your babies needs.
It reduces frustration and tantrums.
It can strengthen the bond between mother and baby.
Signing can be a fun experience and helps enhance baby’s self esteem and confidence.
It can also boosts their brain development.
Frankie, Kayla and I went to a SuperHands Baby Sign workshop last summer. Frankie was only four months old at the two hour long class, and if I’m completely honest he hadn’t a clue what was going on around him. Kayla on the other hand loved it. Miriam the owner of SuperHands, approach to teaching was very relaxed, fun and informal.
After our workshop we left to start our signing journey at home. Eventually I got bored as there was absolutely no interest in anything I was doing. Then at about nine months I re-introduced signing to him when he developed hand control. He then began to understand signs for eat, drink, ball, book and bird.
We received a book and CD to continue our journey signing, it really helped us, without them I don’t think Frankie would be signing the way he is today. Frankie can sign milk, thank you and ball only when he wants to though. I’ve tried endlessly to capture this on camera but as soon as he see’s the red light it’s game over.
Kayla loves nothing more than signing from the school yard to communicate without screaming or if Frankie’s napping nearby she can communicate to me without me hushing her quiet. Kayla thinks signing is great fun, she is helping me teach Frankie, she knows forty-seven signs now. I should also mention Frankie has a vocabulary of twelve words and he is only eleven months so the myths of baby signing slowing down speech is ridiculous, I believe signing has helped increase his vocabulary.
I really enjoyed introducing signing to my little family. While some family members think I’m crazy it has clearly progressed his speech, reduced frustration and it is the cutest thing ever when he signs thank you after you give him a toy or treat.
For more information on signing check out SuperHands.ie or check out their new baby Signing app available from the AppStore.