Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Family Time

Ever since starting my own family, I have been strict with starting my own traditions that are important to me. One of those traditions is when we are altogether, we must eat together at the dinner table. As my husband is in the military, our days together are very few and far between sadly, so more often than not it's just me and Grace for days/weeks on end.

Statistics were recently released by Hipp Organic that only 25% of families actually manage to sit down and eat dinner 1-2 times a week. 90% of parents said that it was important to do this so it's very sad that we can't seem to find the time to do it.

Grace has a great appetite right now and I want to embrace it as much as possible as I know it may change at any time! On the days that we do eat together as a family, Grace eats the same things as us (or her own version of at least), but it's great to have the backup of having healthy delicious meals when I haven't had the time to cook her something healthy.

The HiPP Organic tray meals are healthy and nourishing with just the right tastes and textures to encourage the progression to family foods. They are the only brand to offer pasta shapes (zoo animals, alphabet, numbers), unique ‘Ristorante La Mamma’ range of traditionally rolled and layered meals.

Once HiPP's recipes are approved, tested and tested again, the finished products go through more than 260 quality controls in a state-of-the-art laboratory before they are approved to carry the HiPP label.

When Grace is old enough, I want to get her involved in the making process too to hopefully encourage her appetite to grow. Sitting down is important to me, but like most of the country, we rarely actually manage it. I vow to make more of an effort from this day forward!

Very soon, Grace will be in the care of a childminder half of the week, her daddy and then me the remaining time so her range of meals will expand even more. Our days off together will be even more rare, but we will treasure our time doing what we do best - eating out!

How often do you eat together as a family?

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Grace's 12 Month Update

It's been quite a while since I updated you on Grace's developments, so what better time than her first birthday than to let you know how she's doing. It's crazy how quickly time flies and I know I've said it before, but honestly an entire year has just gone in a blink of an eye.

Overall, Grace is doing amazingly and I'm so proud of what she's achieved so far in her little life.

Milk allergy

Weaning has been going great ever since she started at 4 1/2 months due to her horrific reflux and CMPA (cows milk protein allergy). Grace is still dairy free completely and once her symptoms are under control, we can begin the milk ladder to see how she gets on. Her skin is still very bad with eczema so we need to find out the root cause of that before we irritate it further unnecessarily.
She is now on Alpro Soya Milk Junior for 1-3 year olds twice a day, which is great for me as I don't need to smell the horrible Neocate LCP anymore!


Grace is still on omeprazole, which is a proton pump inhibitor, it's the same medication that her dad is on for life unfortunately, so I'm hoping she doesn't follow the same path! The omeprazole is brilliant for keeping her chronic sickness at bay, but as soon as we stop it, she begins to vomit frequently daily again. We are discharged from the hospital now as they believe it's of no concern... so we're having to manage it (and guess!) ourselves what the next step is.


It's been the best year of my life and I can't wait to see how the next year update unfolds! 

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Friday, 9 September 2016

Hipp 'Free From' New Baby Care Range

Grace has always been a real water baby, from the moment we brought her home from hospital and gave her a bath for the very first time. Unfortunately, we soon came to realise her skin was ultra sensitive and there are very few products that we are able to use on her eczema prone skin.

I usually stick to just water and alternate every other day using prescription products that don't flare up her skin. I was excited to hear this month that Hipp Organic have launched a new skincare range, suitable for even the most ultra-sensitive skin! Hooray! The entire range is 100% Free-From which means that there are no nasties, parabens and PEG and best of all, it's a tear-free formula.

The range consists of:

- Goodnight Baby Bath

- Foaming Hand Wash (and refill)

- Head to Toe Baby Wash

- Baby Shampoo

We have tested all the products out thoroughly and have even brought it back home with us whilst we've had an emergency trip away. The range is now available in selected Tesco stores to buy and you can read more information about the range on their site here.

The range has the same mild scent, which still doesn't flare up sensitive skin and lingers for a little while afterwards too. Great for that freshly clean baby smell post-bath.

The Goodnight Baby Bath with added calm has a lovely sandalwood scent which is great as I hate the usual lavender scents, which also usually reacts badly with Grace's skin.

Grace's favourite product, unsurprisingly, is the duck Foaming Hand Wash dispenser. It's a great way of introducing hand washing to little ones and I love that refills are available to purchase separately, it's only a bargain £1.99!

Overall I've been really impressed with the whole range and you can tell a lot of thought has gone into producing it. Hipp have kindly given me the chance to offer one of my lovely readers a chance to win a hamper including some products from the range to try yourself!

All you have to do is enter the below form and the competition is only open to UK residents. Good luck everyone and if you've already tried the range, let me know what you think about it!

Hipp Organic Hamper #bathtimemoments

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Saturday, 30 July 2016

Outdoor Picnic Fun

Last week summer finally arrived in the UK! With temperatures reaching over 32 degrees, I made sure to keep Grace cool in the garden. One way to keep Grace entertained is with food and being outdoors; so a picnic was the perfect choice.

We set up a little shaded area in the form of a tent, got a picnic rug and paddling pool out and had some fun with Grace chasing the cats across the garden.

As Grace is now 1 day off 11 months old, she's starting to become more and more independent and having a lot more finger foods; as well as feeding herself comfortably with a spoon. Foods like pasta and raisins are great to improve her pincer grip. She definitely takes after her mama's taste buds!

Circus tent - here.
Grace has been without her daddy for a few weeks this month whilst he was away with work, so it was great to have some mummy daughter bonding time. Juggling everything alone can be rather challenging! It's good to know that HiPP Organic has a wide range of organic-tray meals for little one's aged 12 months+ so that I can provide her with a quick, yet healthy meal when I don't have time to make a meal from scratch. 

One that I thought was a great idea, is the HiPP Organic Magic Number Pasta in a creamy Pumpkin Sauce which is designed to help your little one learn new skills and have some fun at the same time. Sadly this contains milk, so we're not quite at the stage to try this yet!

Love our new paddling pool (which is also a ball pit!), with a shade for Grace to enjoy the sun without the harmful rays. It was on 2 for £15 in Argos so was great value! £10.99 here.

We both enjoyed our little outdoor picnic and found it very relaxing listening to the wildlife in the garden. HiPP work hand in hand with nature, encouraging wildlife onto their farmland to act as natural pest control. This allows their produce to grow as naturally as possible without harmful pesticides.

This month, I've teamed up with HiPP Organic to give you another chance to win a HiPP Organic bundle, which will include a selection of HiPP products, a picnic rug and a cool bag. To be in with a chance to win, simply share your #summermoment with me on Facebook or Twitter, tagging myself and HiPP. Let me know when you've entered below using the Gleam widget and a winner will be generated on 14th August.

Open to UK residents only, giveaway ends on 14/08/16. Winner will be contacted by email and displayed on the Gleam widget once randomly drawn by the app. Prize supplied directly from HiPP Organic. 

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