Have you Tried Pampers Baby-Dry yet? Free Sample Available!

It is a relief especially for first time parents to discover that babies spend half of their time asleep.  Let’s face it, when most of us have our first child it’s a shock to the system.  Any sleep for them is extremely precious as it can affect their mood and also their development.  It’s also great for us as it gives us a chance to rest and get a few things done, I should know having had 3 LO’s.  I was really pleased to hear that Pampers are launching a brand new innovation and upgrade to the UK parents’ #1 nappy choice: introducing 3 Absorbing Channels! New Pampers Baby-Dry feature a revolutionary nappy design with 3 Absorbing Channels and unique Micro Pearls™ that distribute wetness more evenly and lock it away for up to 12 hours.  This will result in less wet bulk in the morning, so your LO can wake up smiling!  UK parents agree:

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New Pampers Baby-Dry has been recommended by 88% of UK parents *

New Pampers Baby-Dry are also BritMums Bloggers Approved, Mumsnet Rated, Mother & Baby Tried and Tested and 90% of Netmums mums would recommend New Pampers Baby-Dry.

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With New Pampers Baby-Dry working as hard as possible, you’re LO can finally say goodbye to wet bulky nappies and hello to a dry night’s sleep.  And parent’s can revel in the thought that that it will mean less waking due to full nappies at night and a better night’s sleep for all.

To celebrate the launch of their New Pampers Baby-Dry, Pampers are working with baby sleep expert Jo Tantum – who is a member of the Pampers Love, Sleep & Play panel and has 25 years’ experience helping hundreds of families to achieve a peaceful night’s sleep! Jo has identified 5 sleep typologies that may help you to understand your baby’s sleep habits and needs better.  Take a look below at the different typologies to find out if your LO is a Starfish, Skylark, Sloth, Owl or Meerkat sleeper?

Why not let me know using the #PampersBabyDry!

 

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  • This is when your baby sleeps in the same position, on their back with legs and arms out. They also wake up often and regularly, but they don’t go back to sleep easily after you intervene with a sleep prop – which they need to get to sleep!

Jo’s Tip – A muslin square, knotted in the middle. Tuck it down your top before giving it to baby so it smells of you and comforts them. Also, try and teach your baby to fall asleep on their own gently. Start in the day, at nap times, watching for tired signs, then settle them for a sleep in their room.

Skylark

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  • These are the babies that wake up early in the morning, singing and shouting, and refuse to go back to sleep whatever you try!

Jo’s Tip – Wave sounds. This can be a sleep App or sound machine. Keep it on continually while baby is asleep, so when they come into a light sleep phase it soothes them back to sleep. Total blackout is also key – remember that babies can’t tell the time! They don’t know it’s 5am! If your baby wakes up early, try and respond to them as though it’s still night, rather than creating a habit of early waking.

 

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  • These little ones love sleep and can sleep anywhere and everywhere – lucky you! But what happens when they wake up? You will know it’s going to be for a growth or developmental spurt or they are teething or not well.

Jo’s Tip – Increase feeding time by 5 minutes, if breast feeding and by 30ml if bottle feeding. If your baby is close to 6 months old, they may need weaning.

 

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  • This is when your baby goes to bed late and then wakes up in the night. They’re wide awake for long periods and can’t get back to sleep!

Jo’s Tip – A Sleep Fest! Allow your baby to sleep for 3 hours during the day to reset their internal clock. Babies need lots of sleep and it’s a myth that if you don’t give them naps, they will be so tired that they’ll sleep through the night.

 

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  • They stand up, move around trying to get comfortable all night and they don’t want to sleep. They’re late to bed and early to rise.

Jo’s Tip – Wind Down Time. Try bath-story-feed to establish a calming bedtime routine. Your baby is overtired and so they will thrash around trying to get comfortable just like we do. They will have lots of energy around bedtime and early in the morning, as their bodies and minds are overstimulated.

If you’d like to try New Pampers Baby-Dry, you can visit http://www.pampers.co.uk/offers-pages/samples-on-demand  to claim your free sample.

*based on a survey of 790 UK Parents, given the samples in May 2016

This post is sponsored by Pampers.

Fentimans Original Ginger Beer

I introduced regular readers a little while back to a company called ‘Fentimans’ who make a lovely range of drinks. The last time I wrote about this company I was spreading the word about their gorgeous Sparkling Lime & Jasmine which is rather delicious.
Well I’m at it again this time to tell you about their fabulous Original Ginger Beer.  This is without doubt the best ginger beer I have tasted to date and I have tried a few. This particular Ginger Beer contains 4% alcohol and is botanically brewed in Great Britain. It is also gluten free!  In comparison to other ginger beers this is a far smoother version, not as sharp a flavour as many others and with just the right amount of sparkle. This is a fabulously refreshing drink and really does keep your taste buds happy too.  I would highly recommend it as it was very easy to drink and extremely refreshing.  A word of advice, don’t share!  You will want to enjoy the whole bottle.  Each bottle contains 330ml of this fabulous drink.

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I have been enjoying this with a variety of snacks as it goes well with nuts, crisps and also olives.

Want more kick to your ginger beer than they also have a Spiced version to enjoy.  I plan on looking out for this on my next shopping trip as it sounds delicious.

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Fentimans have a growing range of drinks from soft to alcoholic.  I recently tried their rose lemonade which was fabulously refreshing and easy to drink.

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Having excited your tastebuds I thought I it would be mean of me to just tease you so as a gesture of goodwill I am holding a competition for one of you to win a box of the delightfully delicious Ginger Beer.

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Afternoon Tea at Harrods

Having had such a wonderful time when I went with a friend using a Buyagift voucher to have afternoon tea at the Waldorf a little while back we were very keen to repeat the fabulous foodie experience.  Our plan is to work our way through the numerous restaurants and afternoon teas in London and report back to you all so you can see them in action and get a feel of each experience for yourselves from the privacy of your own homes.  Let’s face it, seeing the posts with the food itself makes it much easier to decide where you want to go and I will warn you from now you are going to see some exquisite treats as you scroll down so I really hope you are not reading this on an empty stomach.

We took a look at the Buyagift site as we were really impressed with the level of service the last time we used them.  Yet again I struggled to decide where to go to next as there are so many fabulous afternoon teas on their site which is great for foodies like myself as I love to have a variety to choose from.  Finally the decision was made and thinking back it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

The title of my post gives it away, but the afternoon tea we decided to experience was at none other than at the world famous Harrods store in London.  Once we ordered the gift experience from Buyagift the voucher took next to no time to arrive which was great as we were extremely excited to get ourselves booked in, who wouldn’t be!  The afternoon tea experience makes a super gift and it’s not just foodies that are catered for on the site, they also have offers for days out, driving experiences, short breaks and much more which is useful to know as Christmas is rapidly approaching.  You might also like to take a look at their special offers, would you believe they have experiences starting from £10!

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The day arrived and in our excitement and chatter about the previous Afternoon Tea we had experience recently the time flew by and we arrived at Knightsbridge Station.  A brief walk and we were at the world’s most famous department store.

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As we strolled through the store taking in the ambience we couldn’t help but notice some gorgeous handbags.

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What more could a girl want, a spot of shopping and a luxury afternoon tea, now that’s my idea of heaven.

Off to the Georgian restaurant with it’s bright airy room and extremely comfortable and spacious seating.  The attire here is smart casual.

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The best time to come or should I say the quietest is during a weekday at around 11.30 when they open.  By about 1pm the room was much livelier although this did not in any way affect the service and it was not what one might called packed.

Tea Time!

A lovely light Jasmine Dragon Pearls, China tea was the perfect accompaniment for the impending feast.

A beautiful selection of savoury and sweet arrived at the table .

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Our server for the two hours (that’s how long a time slot is) was the fabulous Loretta.  She ensured that the service was impeccable throughout the duration of the afternoon tea and was also kind enough to pose for photos too.  If the guys at Harrods are reading this I hope you know how great a member of staff she is.

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The sandwiches were dainty, freshly prepared (the bread was soft and not dry on the outside a tale tale sign of freshness) and there were four different ones plus a warm tartelette with sundried tomato and mozzarella which was yummy with the flavour of the sundried tomato really coming through nicely.  The pastry was lovely and crumbly and the filling aside from the generous chunks of sundried tomato was smooth and creamy.

Sandwiches from left to right (in the photo above):

Egg and cress on plain white bread.  It was nice as I do like egg and cress although I could’t see much cress in mine.  The filling was chunky and creamy and there was plenty of it.

Roast beef with blue cheese, rocket salad and caramelised onions in granary bread.  This was a great mix of flavours that worked well and created a delicious sandwich which you will wish was full sized!  The most prominent flavours were the blue cheese and onion.  The inside of this sandwich was moist which was nice as you don’t always get that with sandwiches containing beef .

Turkey and sundried tomatoes in carrot bread.  The prominent flavour here was the sundried tomato with was nice, the flavours were not as strong as those in the beef sandwich so I would suggest eating the beef sandwich last.

Smoked salmon and herbs in beetroot bread.  I love smoked salmon and it was beautiful complimented by the selection of herbs that appeared to have been blended with butter and spread on the bread.  Just in case you’re curious you can’t taste the beetroot in the bread.

Once everything was close to vanishing the lovely Loretta appeared and offered us another plate.  Of course it would be rude to say no.  After the second plate of sandwiches we were ready to tuck into the scones which again appeared perfectly timed like a military operation, it was flawless.  The scones were warm and ready for us to tuck into.  By this stage I was wondering whether I could bribe Loretta to come live at mine she was aware of everything happening in the room and was very efficient and fast.  If the tea needed refilling or even a fresh pot of tea brewed she was there to do just that before we batted an eyelid.  Plates were cleared between courses and fresh ones brought out and placed in front of one person and then a trip around the table (no leaning over one to get to the other) to place the second plate in front of the next person.

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We were brought two plain scones and two with raisins with the option of more if wanted.

We declined a second portion as by this stage we were getting pretty full!

The selection of toppings included lemon curd, strawberry jam and rose jam with rose petals.  Each was delicious but I struggled to decide which to use on the second side of the second scone (side 4).  And then a moment of pure genius I didn’t have to choose I could have all three which I suggest you all try.

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I bet your mouth is watering now, it would be hard to resist these gorgeous freshly made scones which were nice and buttery with a soft fluffy centre.

Next a colourful array of delicious pastries that were simply stunning and tasted just as good as they looked.

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Mixed berry glamour.  This tantalising dessert was mouthwateringly tasty with a refreshing berry flavour.  It was lovely and smooth and not very tart and was one of my favourites from the selection.

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Next along was the vanilla millefeuille with Chantilly cream.  This was divine, the pastry was moist, with a buttery flavour yet still flaky and combined with the vanilla custard and topped with cream, the millefeuille in its entirety tasted superb.  If I wasn’t feeling pretty full by this stage I would have considered second helpings.

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This was followed by the banana toffee cheese cake.  I must admit this was not quite on par with the rest of the pastries but they still managed to vanish all the same.

The vanilla eclairs looked really cute.  The choux pastry was exemplary and these were everything you would expect from an eclair.  With the range now available in eclairs I would personally suggest swapping these for an alternative flavour that is a little more adventurous like a pistachio eclair or salted caramel or the like although we still enjoyed it very much.

Last but certainly not least was the jasmine macaroon.  In a word fantastic!  This was extremely delicate and it was tricky to not destroy it with fingers as it made the journey to our mouths.  This was moist and literally melted in the mouth and was really good.  I freely admit that it is even better than my homemade macaroons, I better get practising!

The final item served was a Harrods trifle which was exceptional.  Although we were fit to burst by the time it came, our plans just to have a just one spoon just to try soon flew out of the window as it was the best trifle ever!!!  This strawberry trifle had just the right amount of sponge, compote, custard and crumbly topping and was expertly made so that the flavours and layers combine like a dream.  It was almost a case of blinking and the trifle had vanishing it was that good and just thinking about it is making my mouth water.

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This was such a great afternoon and the atmosphere in the Georgian room was very relaxed which combined with the fabulous service meas you simply won’t want to leave.  The thought of going back to reality, doing the school run, going home to do hours of homework was not quite as appealing but unfortunately it had to be done.  For the moment I must dwell on the memory and photos from this lovely day out and thank both Buyagift and Harrods for the fabulous service and making this afternoon tea the best I have ever experienced.  Hopefully the next afternoon tea will be just around the corner and of course I will again share some more photos of the delightfully delicious delights with you all.

Watermelon, Black Forest Berry and Red Pepper Smoothie

I know it sounds odd but I felt like having something red to eat / drink the other day and when the urge takes me its best to just stand back and let me do my thing.  I used to be very in tune with what my body needed nutritionally prior to the constant exhaustion that came with having 3 mini people.  I am trying to tune back into myself so to speak and it seems to be happening, slowly.

My creation sounded a bit odd to me but I followed my instincts and hey presto I had a red smoothie.  Interestingly enough this actually tasted really good.  Of course I need to tell you a little about the nutritional benefit before I give you the recipe because well that’s what I do!

Watermelon is of course delicious when ripe as well as very refreshing.  It’s a great way to add water and nutrients to a smoothie.  It contains vitamins A, B6 and C and also interesting to know lots of lycopene so has anti ageing effects.

The red pepper contains vitamin C and has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

The berries are full of vitamin C, fibre, and have been said to help reduce mental decline with age when eaten regularly.  My grandmother had Alzheimer’s so naturally this is a concern and anything that helps reduce the onset is great in my books.

I got to take my nutribullet that I got off a great site called etefy.co.uk for a spin which was great.  This smoothie is tasty, super fast and easy to make.

 

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Ingredients

2 small slices of watermelon

Half a red pepper

100g Black Forest Berries, frozen (one of the premixed and frozen ones as it make life easier)

Method

Slice the pepper, chop the water melon and throw into a small nutribullet cup.

Blitz, then add in the frozen berries and serve.

See what did I tell you it’s so easy, enjoy!

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Get 25 % off Tu Clothing This Autumn 2016

Love new clothes?

Shoes?

Bags?

Of course you do and I’m totally with you.  Whether you’re male or female, young or that little more seasoned and worldly Tu at Sainsbury’s, yes you read that correctly Tu at Sainsbury’s has some super items for you.  To add the cherry on top they also have an amazing offer at the moment.

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How fabulous is that!

Choose from a range of items that will keep the family warm this Autumn.

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It’s a great time to grab those Halloween outfits.

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What will you be buying?

Amaretto Ice Cream with Caramelised Pecans (without an ice cream maker)

Curry’s recently came to me with a challenge, follow our recipe and make a delicious ice cream without an ice cream maker.  Ok, so I know it can be done as I have made ice cream before without the need of an ice cream maker but not in the same way.  My ice cream used whisked evaporated milk to make a super tasty and creamy rose ice cream but the Currys recipe used whisked egg whites and sugar so it’s as if you are making a pavlova.

With a can do attitude and also slightly terrified at the thought of making a total mess of it I created my own ice cream recipe; Amaretto Ice Cream with Caramelised Pecans.  No pressure!!!!!  I am a glutton for punishment especially as I had the option to make a simple vanilla ice cream.  For me I have a tendency to want to create something and generally go for it, the only thing slowing me down is self doubt which I really need to smack with a rolling pin sometime soon!

The basic recipe I was given:

  • free-range eggs (you’ll need 4, separated)
  • 100g of caster sugar
  • 300ml double cream
  • a teaspoonful of vanilla extract

My recipe:

For the Caramelised Pecans

200g halved pecans

40g butter

100g caster sugar

For the Ice Cream

  • 4 free-range eggs (you’ll need to separated the eggs and yolks)
  • 100g of caster sugar
  • 300ml double cream
  • 2 tbs Amaretto
  • Method
  • For the Nuts
  • Throw the nuts, butter and sugar into a pan and heat.

 

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  • Stir and make sure the sugar crystals all dissolve.  Once the liquid starts turning golden brown mix and take off the heat.
  • pour onto a baking tray lined with grease proof paper and allow to cool and harden.

 

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There is more than you should need for this ice cream recipe here but this can be stored in an airtight container for a few days at least and is yummy to nibble on.

 

  • Method
  • For the Ice cream

Whisk egg whites in a large bowl until thick and stiff so that it looks a little like clotted cream when the whisk is removed. Slowly whisk in the caster sugar and keep whisking until the mixture is stiff and glossy.

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Fold the cream, egg yolks and Amaretto in so that they are all well combined and then slide the mixture from the bowl into a freezer container (which could be anything such as a loaf tin, baking tray or Tupperware box) .

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Add in 100g of the caramelised pecans and press into the ice cream.  Sprinkle over another 40g-50g on top.

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Cover with cling film before putting into a large fridge freezer drawer so there’s plenty of space for it to freeze.

Now for the hard part… Wait six hours (or until the so-good-it’s-sinful stuff is solid) and then pull from the freezer for a frozen treat!

And this is just the tip of the iceberg (pun intended!) Your homemade goody will work with a range of summery desserts from fresh fruit, to trifle, jelly and cream tarts.

Did it Work?

It sure did!!!

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The ice cream tasted great, it was smooth and creamy with delicious sweet crunchiness from the caramelised pecans.  I am guaranteed to make this again and also experiment with other flavours!

Any ideas what I should make next?

Have you ever made ice cream without a machine?

The Perfect Pair of Boots for Autumn / Winter 2016

As many of you know I am very much into my boots.  Now that the season is changing yet again I think we will all agree that we have stepped into boot season (pun intended).  Boots can vary from place to place in quality and of course this will influence their appearance, feel and durability.

Have you ever found that one pair of boots and known you simply had to have them; that perfect pair of boots that goes with a range of outfits (always a bonus), feels so comfortable that you feel like you are walking on air, look beautifully stylish and also give you great support when you walk?  I can safely say that before last week I myself hadn’t.  A fortunate turn of events led me to discover Morlands Glastonbury, a company that specialise in creating gorgeous, great quality sheepskin products from boots, to slippers, gloves, scarves and even a super cute fluffy teddy!

I ordered some Sheepskin boots and they were delivered to me last week.  The boots they arrived exceptionally fast which is always a great sign.  On opening the box I was impressed at how much care had gone into packaging the boots to ensure they arrived in great condition.  They were perfectly wrapped and had been packed in a way that they wouldn’t lose their shape.  As I lifted the paper to look at the boots I was immediately overjoyed at the thought that I may had just found the perfect boots for this Autumn season.  The second my hand touched the first boot to lift it out I was aware of the superior quality of this product.  Incredibly soft to the touch and that was just the outer part.  Inside the boots you are greeted again with further softness.  Until you try on these boots for yourself you couldn’t imagine how they might feel but to give you an idea it’s as if your feet are given a warm hug by a cloud, it is simply incredible.  Once on there is no way you are taking these babies off me, seriously it’s like trying to share the food from my plate, never advisable purely for your own safety.  I’d feel perfectly comfortable strutting my stuff on the catwalk wearing these beauties as they are are superb example of stylish boots.

Tara Boot from Morlands Glastonbury

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The best thing is these boots are versatile and can be paired with various outfits which just adds to my excitement.  These simply go with almost anything except more formal wear but otherwise you are probably covered with these plus they are also available in black!!!!

Check out my video here and get a closer look:

 

The rubber sole provide a great grip, perfect for walks in the Autumn on slippery damp leaves and also great for the winter months that bring with them ice and snow.  The soles are flexible so they are easy to walk in and there is a slight heel adding to the femininity of the boot.  The boot has been lined with natural sheepskin giving it a super soft feel and adding a light padding to the inside of the boot.

These would look great with jeans, leggings, jegging and of course my favourite type of clothing other than footwear; dresses!

Couldn’t you see yourself walking down the street looking fabulously chic in a pair of the Tara boots in either black or brown and any of the following dresses from Boohoo!

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What do you think of my fabulous new boots?

Places I would Love to Visit in Sicily

Sicily, a multicultural island home to a stunning collection of architectural splendours, interesting, fresh and delicious cuisine and engaging activities that are guaranteed to create memories that will last a lifetime.  I can just picture myself relaxing in one of the beautiful villas in Sicily surrounded by the vast sea.  In my eagerness to find out more about the island, I came upon wishsicily.com which had everything I needed all on one site – accommodation (including a vast selection of Sicilian villas), flights, car rentals and details about various points of interest.

Palermo

Visiting Palermo is somewhat an adventure because although this may be a large city the rough beauty of the place is a mystery that sparks the imagination. It is a vibrant place but the untouched areas and the historic environment are reportedly still very Baroque.  There are a number of cathedrals, museums, monasteries and castles that I would love to visit.  The old and mythical feel of this place will certainly give the atmosphere of the medieval splendour.

Mount Etna

A very popular destination. A trip to Mount Etna is said to be rather fascinating. It is the dominating attraction in the East and it is still an active volcano which inspires me to take one of the many scheduled tours.  This legendary mountain has food stalls, picnic spots and fabulous panoramic views perfect for those that enjoy beautiful natural scenery and getting close to nature.

Agrigento

If I get to visit Agrigento I would like to visit both the Valle  dei Templi and Scala dei Turchi which are both UNESCO Heritage Sites.  Valle dei Templi or Valley of the Temples is one of the grandest works of Greek art and architecture. The surrounding olive groves and almond orchards mirror the magnificence of this amazing place.  I would also love to include the beaches of the Scala dei Turchi which are just a stone’s throw away from the temple site.

Taormina

This picture ­perfect place is popular among travellers. It is bustling with life which makes it appealing for day excursions. It overlooks the Ionian coast and it is filled with shops, markets, restaurants and beaches that will fill a day’s tour. I hear the cuisine is one of the best, too, perfect for a foodie like myself.  Syracuse is one of the historic cities of Sicily.  It is a collection of Greek culture, art and architecture.  It is the birthplace of Archimedes, a legendary mathematician which makes it all the more interesting. The magnificent Greek and Roman amphitheatres are located here as well.  It also includes Ortigia and the ruins of the Temple of Athena, an ancient UNESCO heritage site worth seeing. These are just a few of the many towns, islands and parks in Sicily that I would love to visit.

For those travelling with children why not visit Etna Land.  This is a theme park, dinosaur park and water park so is bound to keep little ones happy.

Have you ever been to one of these places?  Where did you go and what exciting things did you see?

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Are We Too Quick to Judge Those who Opt for Full time Child Care so They Can go Back to work?

I am a stay at home mum.  I have been since I was almost 8 months pregnant with my eldest daughter who is now almost 8 years old.  Since then I had a further two children and yes I am still at home.  My youngest as some of you who have read some of my recent posts will be aware has just started at a Montessori part time.  It’s literally just a few hours a week but then having to pay for his nursery fees and numerous other expenses we are unable to let him go for longer.  I should mention he will be 2 soon so doesn’t qualify for any of the government schemes so it comes out of our pockets.

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Our little man has started nursery because we felt he needed the extra mental stimulation and it was good for him to get an early start on his learning journey and also further develop his social skills.

Why didn’t we decide to send him in full time?  Well for one reason this little man is my last child and I can’t bear to part with him for that length of time just yet.  I want to be there are the early stages of his life and to see him as much as possible whist he develops into a little man.  Secondly we simply couldn’t afford too.  With the costs of daycare now you need a high paying job to be able to afford the fees and this isn’t so easy when you have to do school drop offs and pickups for your other children.

I do however know many mother’s that have had their children in childcare for full days a few times a week or for the whole week as they work and some have also had to bring in nannies to do the school runs and look after the children after school.  Sometimes you have no choice in the matter especially if you are the sole or main income earner.  Sometimes these mothers are targeted by others due to the fact they are not at home with their children but then we all make choices due to our individual circumstances so who are we to judge others?  Why are so many quick to judge others?  We need to stop this as in most instances the mothers are doing what they feel is best for their family.  Apparently only 1 in 10 mothers stay at home to look after their children so mother’s like me are in the minority which again poses the question why do people judge mother’s that go back to work?

The choice for many is to either work full time to support your family having to pay childcare nursery fees and nannies and miss out on seeing your children grow up or stay at home and get to enjoy spending more time with the little ones which can be more rewarding for some but can also be very stressful when you factor in having to help with homework with one or more children, getting housework done, cooking etc.

Some mothers do not feel they have a mothering instinct so although they have had children the thought of staying at home with them to bring them up isn’t appealing.  We are all different and some take to motherhood better than others.

There are days that I love being at home and having time with the children and others where I wish I had more adult contact and space away for the little ones.  It is a catch 22 situation as I would love to be able to experience both worlds.  Part time jobs that work around school hours are unfortunately very limited and when the situation arises which it will with children that one is home sick then with limited support for childcare it can be extremely difficult to juggle both.

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Are you a stay at home parent or have you opted to go to work to support your family?

Cooking Fajitas with Santa Maria

Today is Mexican Independence Day a fun-filled fiesta packed with fantastic food, music, friends and family.

Why not mark the occasion this year with Santa Maria’s selection of authentic and delicious Mexican selection.  You can indulge in tasty tacos, deliciously tasty fajitas and even some fabulous pulled pork.

We were sent a selection of products to enjoy.

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Mr Squishy was extremely excited to see the tortilla chips!!!

My husband is looking forward to the pulled pork and I love the fact it is quick and easy to make.  I had a friend over to help me celebrate Mexican Independence Day this lunchtime and naturally I had to make a delicious meal for us both to enjoy.  Using quite a few items from the picture above I made some gorgeous fajitas with my own guacamole recipe and served some tortillas to add to the fun.

Guacamole

Ingredients

2 avocadoes

1 small clove of garlic finely chopped

1 small onion finely chopped

zest  of 1 lime

juice of 2 limes

1tbp chopped coriander

1tsp chopped pickled jalepenos

paprika (optional)

Method

Clean the skin off the avocados, remove the stone and mush with the back of a fork.

Add in all the other prepared ingredients and stir well.

Sprinkle over a little paprika to make it look pretty (optional)

Serve!

I served mine in a lettuce bowl, you need 1 baby gem lettuce for this.

Great for dipping tortilla chips in.

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You can spice this up more with some Santa Maria Hot Sauce.

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Fajitas

Ingredients

1.5 tbs Olive oil

500g chicken

3 small onions sliced

2 sweet peppers sliced

1 Pack of Santa Maria Fajita Seasoning Mix

Greek Yoghurt (as much as you need)

Santa Maria Salsa

Method

To Make the Fajitas simply coat the chicken in the oil and then use the whole pack of fajita seasoning.  Throw into a hot pan and stir fry.

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Once cooked through add in the chopped peppers, cook for a few minutes then add in the onion and cook for a few more minutes.

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When cooked through serve with soft tortillas, salsa, guacamole and sour cream or Greek yoghurt.

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The fajitas were super simple to make and I am sure if I had allowed my daughters to do it themselves the’d have no problem so for those who don’t cook often or are nervous about cooking rest assured this is virtually fool proof!

Enjoy!