Adele’s Yummy Pasta Bol – Toddler Foods That They Eat

Toddler Food

Getting my little boy to eat veggies was simple when he was weaning. He tried anything we put in front of him and seemed to enjoy it. Then something happened. Anything colourful started to offend him. He got better but he can still detect green food even if he doesn’t see if go in his mouth. It is quite astonishing. I worry that he is going to get in the habit of eating the wrong foods. I don’t want to force George to eat foods he doesn’t want to eat as I think meal times should be a pleasurable experience. Here is one of my pasta bol recipes for packing veggies into my fussy little toddler. Continue reading “Adele’s Yummy Pasta Bol – Toddler Foods That They Eat”

The Mummy Medals

Mummy Medals

Parenting can sometimes seem like a long slog. It can be frustrating  yet fun and frantic. It has been almost 15 weeks since the arrival of my beautiful Olivia. It has gone so fast. I want to make sure I remember the important milestones so I’m making a “Mummy Medals” regular post to help me remember what these little ones are up to when I look back. Its also good to make myself that I’m doing a good job even though sometimes it doesn’t feel like it.

Feel free to comment or make suggestions for the regular questions I should ask myself in my Mummy Medals feature.

Mummy Medals Achieved This Week

  • Gardening
  • Marking
  • Cold call redirect
  • Juice making
  • Nappy changing
  • Reunited with monkey

What am I proud of myself for this week?

I planted a rockery this week and pulled out all the nettles in my overgrown garden to make it safe for George and Olivia. The garden still has a long way to go but I feel like he can play and enjoy being out there now without being in too much danger.

Alpine rockery newly planted with patio and stone walls to the rear
Alpine rockery freshly planted and watered in my garden

How did George make me Proud?

George makes me proud every day. This weekend we had some friends over with toddlers. George was tired and spent the first couple of hours either napping or in a sleepy tantrum. Eventually he woke up and started to play with the other children. It was so nice to watch him play and interact with others.

Toddler George plays on a red Keyboard in a lush green garden
George practicing his music skills on the keyboard

George has also started to make longer sentences although his favourites are:

  • Open it
  • Get down
  • I do it
  • More juice

How did Olivia make me Proud?

She has started to give us one of the best gifts a baby gives it parents… sleep! She has started to sleep much better at night and it almost feels like we get a good nights sleep most nights. She has the odd 4am wake up but I can’t complain as George was up every 2 hours until he was 10 months old.

She has also practicing her amazing cuteness with lovely cues.

Baby Olivia cooing and looking at the camera
Baby Olivia caught cooing

He neck strength is improving and she had her first bounce in the Jumperoo this week, although I think she still needs a couple of weeks as it did seem a little overwhelming for her.

Funniest Moments

I put George on the phone to a cold caller. He had quite a conversation. I expect a new energy pack through the door any day now.

Toddler drinks juice and hold phone to ear listening to a cold caller
George drinking juice and chatting to a cold caller

Mummy Medal: Cold call redirect

I caught George putting some of his board letters in his mouth. I told him “out your mouth”. He complied, then I saw him hide his mouth and put a letter in again. He thought because I couldn’t see his mouth I didn’t know what he was up to. I had to hold in the laughter as I told him “out your mouth” again as I was starred at with suspicious eyes.

Frustrating Moments

I think the most frustrating moments have involved an overtired George. He seems to be dropping his daytime nap now unless he has a car journey. He gets really grumpy and throws himself on the floor at the first sight of not getting what he wants immediately. For Example: I managed to place him in the pushchair asleep as I “nipped” into Morrisons. I placed his toy Rattie with him but when he woke up he wanted Monkey! I spent most of the trip around the supermarket with a crying toddler who only wanted Monkey. I tried to get out as fast as I could but it was frustrating to watch as I just wanted to make him feel better, poor thing. I was glad Monkey was waiting for him in the car… Phew!

Mummy Medal: Reunited with Monkey

Guilty Moments

I have been marking GCSE Chemistry and this has been taking my time where I wanted to spend it with the kids. It will pay for our summer holiday spending money though so I can’t feel too guilty. I just don’t want to miss out on any previous moments.

Any Plans?

I’m looking forward to the Crich Village Fete on Saturday. We haven’t been before but it is supposed to be great for kids. I might even meet some other mummy’s with toddlers George’s age.

I also have a meal with my work colleagues on Thursday. One colleague is leaving and another retiring. I’m so happy for them both as they are going onto new adventures. It will be nice to see them and give them a send off.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my Mummy Medals. What are your Proud moments this week?

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Crich Tramway Museum – A Great Family Day Out – Worth a Visit

Crich Tramway Museum

I have lived near Crich Tramway Museum for almost 5 years now. I have walked past it on many walks past the Crich memorial tower and thought that it would be a nice place to visit. The thing is, I’m not that big on trams. We decided to give it a go this spring bank holiday and boy we were not disappointed!

Fun day out

Great for all the family

It is not all about Trams at Crich Tramway Museum. It is like walking back in time with the trams and buildings looking like they straight out of the 18th-19th century. There are various picnic areas including one near a bandstand. The museum also features the following which will keep your children entertained:

  • An indoor soft play
  • A large outdoor play park
  • a rock maze
  • a woodland walk with magical wooden sculptures to investigate (including a workable giant wooden Mr Potato head wooden sculpture)
  • Fish and Chips
  • Ice-cream from artisan ice cream makers bluebell dairy
  • An old blue wooden police box (for those doctor who fans)
  • Gift Shop

The trams take you to various parts of the immersive village where you can take in stunning views of the Derbyshire landscape or investigate the history of the area. At one of the stops you can hop off your tram and enjoy a small circular walk to the Crich Memorial Tower which overlooks the attraction.

Crich tower

Fairs at Crich Tramway Museum

The prices are very reasonable for the family. We paid £16.50 for each adult. Under 4’s are free so we sauntered in at a little over £30. Children’s tickets are £9.50 and there are family tickets available as well as concessions. The best thing about the tickets though: once you have paid to go in, you get free return within the year. You just need to keep the receipt that you have signed. There are a few themed days that the free return is not valid on (5 per year) but you can’t really grumble at that.

Our Adventure

It can be difficult to find attractions which cater for the whole family when your little ones are so small. With George being 2 he could not really enjoy the fun fair. The mock up beach area just presented an opportunity for him to run off and find a hill to ascend and descend repeatedly. That being said, the village was push chair friendly and he was able to get out and explore at various times during the day. George enjoyed his first Punch and Judy show as well which was a pleasure to see. IF you are looking for a relaxing day out with a young family, I would definitely recommend Crich Tramway Museum in Crich Derbyshire. Website.

If you wanted to incorporate a Derbyshire walk or some geocaching there are some nice walks (and geocaches) nearby. Check out my walking with toddlers blog for tips or for my summer fun tips.

 

Cuddles with my Cuties Part II – Makes me Burst With Love

Cuddles with my cuties

Warning! Extremely soppy post! You may be at risk of either vomiting or needing your entire brood to be near for a warm embrace!

Cuddles. It’s strange that they are so wonderful. After pregnancy and postpartum recovery when your body just wants a break from it all, there they are to make it better.

Recently, I’ve found myself just stopping to give my babies cuddles. It just fills me with love and makes me want to pop!  Maybe it’s because having a tiny baby again is just so lovely: The busy hands, the illogical flip switch from happy to extreme sadness and the need for constant physical contact. It might be this contact that is making me love the cuddles. Whatever it is, I’m certainly appreciating my little ones more and more. It’s almost like I’m slowing down time to make sure I remember these special times.

Is George really 2?

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I remember holding tiny George loving how he was a new part of my life. I loved feeding him and watching his cheeky character grow and develop. He still is tiny (but bigger), more cheeky and certainly a card, but it’s all gone so fast. Age 2 is still young but now I’m reliving the tiny baby days I worry that I’ve forgotten so much. It’s all gone so fast. I miss the busy hands days and then we have cuddles. The cuddles make it ok again. I remember, he’s the George I love because of his journey. I’ve been there with him and cuddles are just a way of stopping to remember that.

Cuddles with Olivia

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Olivia loves to be held. She is 9 weeks old now… where did that go? She’s starting to hold her head up like a champ and she’s awake for longer… much longer. She reminds me of tiny tiny George and she reminds me of me. I’ve used a stretchy baby carrier with her so that I’ve been able to look after George as well and the constant cuddles has kept her settled. It’s also nice for me. She is always near and I can just stop to give her a warm embrace and a kiss on her head. I’m making the most of this.

Will it end?

Some children grow up and don’t want that togetherness that they have as children with their parents. Will my duo grow up to be that way or will they love to come home to cuddles? I want them to grow up to be strong and independent and would never want to discourage them from reaching for their dreams, but please, when they do come home, let there always be cuddles.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my cuddly love for my children. Let me know if it’s made you want to cuddle your precious ones?

Thank you for reading.

Cuddles with my Cuties part I

Aquadoodle Deluxe Review and Game Tips

Aquadoodle Deluxe Review

I wanted an Aquadoodle Deluxe for George as I loved the idea of colourful messy play. Messy play without the mess that is.

Even though George poured the “paintbrush” container all over the carpet when we first played I know now he wouldn’t be without it.

Follow my YouTube blog for hints and tips to use this amazing toy. Don’t forget to hit like and subscribe.

Listening and Developing


It’s so nice to connect.

I was playing with my beautiful Olivia this morning on her playmat. She is still young so doesn’t like to be there for too long but I like her to get different stimuli during the day.

Later I checked Twitter for babynews and came across @babymusic_aes. They produce music for Congitive development in babies. I thought I’d give it a shot. They are on Spotify so I put it on as I was giving Olivia a feed. It was very relaxing for me and Olivia fell asleep so I could enjoy a cuddle. She had the odd smile during her sleep. She must have been dreaming about me as it couldn’t have possibly been wind. I hope the music helped her.


I’m going to save this album to my playlist.

I’m not affiliated with them so I’m not getting a fee for promoting them, I just really liked the music and I’ll be using in future as I play with my kiddie winks. It will make a nice alternative to nursery rhymes.

If you are interested in listening here are some links to follow:

Spotify link

iTunes link

GooglePlay link
Don’t forget to follow them on twitter (and me)

A Little Helping Hand


I’m glad George is starting young with his desire to help clean.

Shortly after this photo was taken however, he took the broom through to the living room. Maybe he needs a toy one??!

Is It really Goodnight for Toby the Bear?

A beautiful children’s story which reminds you of the love they have for their comforting companions. But where can I get it from? 

I’m going to start off with an apology. I’m sorry but the book I’m about to talk about isn’t actually available for sale anywhere. Although, maybe if there is enough momentum I may be able to convince the author to publish.

Many moons ago, before I was even married, my sister-in-law showed me a children’s book that she had written and printed. Not only had she had developed a character called Toby who was a little girls teddy bear but she has also beautifully illustrated every page. Paula told me the bear had got his name from a cheeky little Jack Russel dog she remembered lived next door to her when she was younger. 

I remember being really impressed. It was printed and bound so I had presumed at the time that it had been published. I was wrong.

I am now married and have 2 children so some time has passed. Then yesterday I remembered this book. How wonderful would it be to read the adventures of Toby to my own children? I asked Paula if the book was available to purchase anywhere and she told me that it had never been published… oh no!

I couldn’t bear for Toby the bear (no pun intended) not to be shared with the world so I decided to write a post about him.


In the book Toby goes to bed with his beloved pal. Each page shows the little girls routine and how Toby is lovingly dragged or dumped in various places around the house as she perpares for bed. 

Here Toby is being taken carefully upstairs 


Now it’s time to brush your teeth. Careful Toby.


Toby continues on his bedtime journey and eventually end up being lovingly tucked into bed with his adoring companion.


I do hope I haven’t ruined the ending


What I love about the book is that it teaches a good bedtime routine. The book keeps to a simple routine with words but the beautiful illustrations allow you to talk more to your own child about their own routine. It’s nice as you can relate it to your own little one and their soft toy or comforter. My son has a soft toy called lamby. He will not sleep without it and take him everywhere. I’m so scared of losing it he’s not allowed it outside the house. For outdoor adventures he has monkey, who is now becoming an almost equal to lamby… oh dear. 

Paula has made many more illustrations in preparation for a series of books about Toby’s adventures, but alas they are tucked away. I do hope she reconsiders releasing the book and hopefully making some more books for children to enjoy. This surely can’t be the final goodnight for Toby… can it?

If you think you would like to see more of Toby please share or leave a comment.

Thank you for reading

Goodnight