Organix Baby & Toddler Cookbook - Review & Giveaway

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Weaning my children, believe it or not, is one of my favourite parts of parenthood, but I know not all parents feel the same. I think that starting a child's weaning journey with patience, confidence and excitement creates a positive association with food from the get-go, and is key to enjoying the experience just like we did.

Noah and Ava have always been fantastic eaters, with good appetites and a broad palate - I don't know if that's because I got lucky with them, or if it's because it was a positive, relaxed, and exciting experience for them. I like to think the latter. That said, I sometimes get stuck in a rut with the meals that I make, resorting to the same home-cooked favourites that I know they'll eat. With this in mind, I always welcome fresh inspiration and new ideas, and the new Organix Baby and Toddler Cookbook has provided just that - packed full of tasty breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, and sweet recipes for all the family.

Inside, before the recipes, you will also find an introduction to Organix and what they do, their ethos and the history of their brand. There's also a plethora of tips and advice which I'm sure all parents will welcome. It's ideal for most families, whether you are about to start your little ones weaning journey, or if they are well into it, whether you are a novice in the kitchen, or a dab hand. It's left me feeling inspired and has been a great way to get the kids involved in the kitchen too. All the ingredients for these recipes can be found in local supermarkets and each recipe caters to different ages and stages of your weaning journey as well as any dietary requirements. I looked through the cookbook with Ava and she liked pointing out the different recipes and flapped her hands and squealed "yummy" when something appealed to her.

There are so many different recipes that I plan to make, which appeal to my family, however, I decided to make the Chinese Salmon and Veggie Rice first. It was very easy to make and is delicious and crammed full of goodness. Ava devoured it within minutes and I'll be making it again soon - for the whole family.

The recipes in the Organix Baby & Toddler Cookbook are designed to help encourage little one’s love of food and fuel their wonder along the way. Retailing at around £13.00, it's available to buy from all major UK bookstores and online at Amazon.

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1 of 2 copies of Organix Baby & Toddler Cookbook

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Zuru Rainbocorns Big Bow Surprise - Review

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As fans of surprise toys, we think the bigger the better and Rainbocorns Big Bow Surprise from Zuru is just that. It's huge and it really has that WOW-Factor, or should that be BOW-Factor? It's a large, golden egg, decorated with a unicorn horn and a big, removable bow. It's such an impressive looking egg, it looks very intriguing and I think will appeal to many children.

Inside the Rainbocorns Big Bow Surprise egg is the biggest Rainbocorn to date, it's so big, soft, fluffy, and cuddly, the perfect size for a snuggle. Not only that, but there are 25 different surprises inside waiting to be discovered.

There are 3 different Rainbocorn's to collect in the Big Bow Surprise eggs; Bowie, Belle, and Bobbi. Ava was very excited to hatch the egg and was delighted to discover Belle who is a colourful and funky looking Flamingo Rainbocorn.

As previously mentioned, the Rainbocorns Big Bow Surprise contains over 25 surprises, some of which are in pink plastic wrappers, others in small Bow-Bowcorn eggs. We opened the latter first because Ava made a beeline for them. Inside each Bow-Bowcorn egg is a mini Bow-Bowcorn collectible figure, accessories to dress them with and a ring for the child to wear.

Inside the pink plastic, packets are an array of different items, from accessories like bracelets, hair bows, and headbands, through to sticker sheets, gel pens, glitter, tattoos, and more. Ava loves to play dress up and likes to draw and craft, so again, everything inside was perfect for her.

Remember to remove the Big Bow from the top of the 
Rainbocorns Big Bow Surprise egg as it is removable and wearable! Children can wear the bow as a cute accessory in their hair, or on their clothes, and the Rainbocorn can wear it too.

The sequin heart on the front of the Rainbocorns Big Bow Surprise is also removable and can be swapped with the other Big Bow Surprises plushes. The reversible sequin pattern is all the rage at the moment and Ava has already spent so much time revealing the palm tree pattern.

There's also another new product in the range, the Rainbocorns Sparkle Heart. It's a pint-sized, pocket money friendly version that would also make a great stocking filler this Christmas. Inside each egg is a Rainbocorn, with a sparkly heart that you peel to reveal a hidden surprise. Also included is a colour changing Boo-Boocorns, and Rainbocorn Poop! There are 6 mini Rainbocorns to collect; Unicorn, Puppycorn, Flamingocorn, Llamacorn, Bunnycorn and Kittycorn, and they retail at £13.00 each.

I'm really impressed with the Rainbocorns Big Bow Surprise and and I think it will be a popular gift choice this Christmas. It's is suitable for children from 3 years of age, retail at £49.99 and is available to buy at Smyths, Argos and The Entertainer.

DreamWorks Dragons Hatching Interactive Baby Dragon Toothless - Review

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Noah has been a fan of How To Train Your Dragon for the past few years, he enjoys the movies and the TV show, and has reviewed a couple of the branded toys too. He's always excited to see what they'll release next and his delivery last week didn't disappoint.

Perfect for How To Train Your Dragon fans, just like Noah - you can now hatch and train your very own baby dragon Toothless! Children can become BFFs with Hatching Toothless and teach him how to fly, plasma blast, and can feed him and play games with him too.

The egg is large and very impressive, according to Noah it looks just like a real-life dragon egg! To start the hatching process you twist off the toggles on the underside and tap and shake the egg until he is ready to hatch.

The hatching process itself is so much fun and very engaging. Before Toothless starts to hatch you are able to play with him whilst he's still inside. Simply tap on the egg to hear him tap back and shake or hold the egg upside down to make him angry. Once he's angry enough he'll start to break through the top of the egg - Noah squealed when he saw the first crack and helped peel off the shell.

Once Toothless had hatched we couldn't contain our squeals - he is utterly adorable! We were both impressed with how similar he looks to the character in the film and he certainly has the same level of cuteness too.

There are lots of ways to play and engage with Baby Toothless once he's born. You are able to "establish your rider’s bond" with him by touching the top of his head, this will make him purr and make sweet noises in response. You can teach him to fly by holding him and mimicking a flight movement, this makes him roar, his ears wiggle and wings flap.

The fun doesn't stop there - you can also teach him to plasma blast by placing your hand on his tummy. The longer you leave your hand there the more he charges his plasma blast and the more his mouth glows up. Once he's hungry feed him with the fish accessory that's included and he'll make fun crunching and munching noises. 
Don't throw away the base of the egg because it doubles up as a place for him to sleep and recoup. You can also rock Baby Toothless back and forth to make him go to sleep.

Noah thinks his new baby dragon is awesome and he's currently displayed proudly in his bedroom. DreamWorks Dragons Hatching Interactive Baby Dragon Toothless is suitable for children from 5 years of age, has an RRP of £59.99 and is available at Smyths and most leading toy stores.

10 Things I'm Loving Lately - October 2019

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Wow, it's been a while since I wrote one of these posts. In fact, it's been three years! It's quite surreal looking back at this post because our lives have changed so much! Anyway, less of the reminiscing, here are 10 things I'm loving lately.

I don't have a garden, but I do have a lot of potted plants. It probably shows my age, but I feel such a passion for gardening lately and find it so therapeutic and calming taking care of plants. I wish we had a big sprawling back garden so I could all out with plants, but for now, we don't. Amongst my regular plants, I have a couple of tomato bushes, a basil shrub, and a strawberry plant. I'm looking forward to planting next year and seeing what else I can grow.

A favourite pastime of mine has got to be reading, however, lately, I haven't been reading as much as I'd like to. My friend Rebecca from Mum Of A Premature Baby is currently well into her 2019 reading challenge and is a daily reminder for me to pick up a book. I've recently fallen in love with Jill Shalvis - her books are so easy to read, light-hearted and enjoyable.

I've mentioned this a billion times here on the blog, but after a lengthy house renovation is brilliant to finally be able to decorate our home the way we want to. We are currently focusing on our dining room as it seems to have turned into more of a playroom than somewhere to eat dinner and it drives me crazy. I've been looking to purchasing wall dividers to keep their toys separate and issue a little bit of order into the room.

Queer Eye
If you are looking to watch something that makes you smile one minute, laugh the next, and have you sobbing by the end then Queer Eye is for you. The Fab Five certainly live up to their name and are all so inspiring in their own unique way. Every episode leaves me with the warm fuzzies and I'm already itching for a new season! You can watch all the seasons on Netflix now.

Mummy and daughter time
I really enjoy my weekdays, having quality time with Ava when Noah is at school. I know this sounds a bit strange, but second children really miss out on that one on one time a lot, and Noah had me all to himself back when he was a toddler. On Tuesdays, we attend a playgroup at Noah's school which is great for socialising, arts and crafts, and a bit of freeplay. On Thursdays, we go to Hartbeeps which is a sensory, music, dance type class that Ava adores. I'd go as far as saying it's her favourite thing to do because she asks to go every day without fail.

Blackberry picking
I wish we had a large garden. I would plant fruit trees, bushes, try my hand at growing vegetables but for the time being, I'm having to make do with my potted plants. That said, we live right next to allotments and along the paths are dozens of blackberry bushes and the kids love to help themselves to them. They are coming to the end of the season now but they've eaten so many of them over the past couple of weeks and saved me a small fortune on fruit!

After school activities
Noah is now in year 1 and is coming on leaps and bounds both academically and in his confidence. To enrich his after school time we've signed him up to swimming lessons and Beaver Scouts. It gives him extra structure to his week, develops his confidence further, and he seems to be enjoying both.

I know, this isn't my "coolest" moment but I'm enjoying reliving my youth catching up with the WWE. Back when I was a kid, all my friends wanted to be pop stars, actors, models, not me, I wanted to be a wrestler! Nick and I started watching wrestling again last year after Noah showed an interest in it. Fast forward 12 months and Noah is a mega-fan and we are due to see it live again in November. We are all so excited!

Yes, I said it! Gin is my tipple of choice and I love trying new flavours and tonic/ lemonade combinations. I find it's a nice way to relax and unwind in the evening, once the kids are in bed. My favourite gin's at the moment are Boe Violet, Beefeater Strawberry, and the limited edition Seville Orange and Lime gin from ALDI. They are all exquisite and if you are a fan of gin then you have got to try them.

Nairn's Pop Oats

I love a good snack, especially if they are healthier than my regular ones. I recently reviewed Nairn's Pop Oats and they are one of my new favourite snacks and the kids love them too!

What are you loving lately?