Thursday, 28 February 2013

Dinner Success

You may have read in previous posts that weaning was my arch nemesis in baby world. It was something that consumed me and the thought of choking completely petrified me. But I have finally managed to crack it. Now I really enjoy preparing meals for Ava and it's even better when she eats it all up!

Annabel Karmel has been my food guru throughout this learning curve. She's brilliant, if you have a baby and you haven't yet started weaning I suggest that you buy her "Weaning" book. It's fab.


Ava is now on stage three (sniff) so I decided to whip something up for her tonight.

The chosen dish was the Pasta "Risotto" which went down an absolute storm. It was delicious. I actually had some myself. Yum. Below is the recipe. Excuse my crappy iphone pics, the light in our kitchen is useless. Oh and she tried some whole milk tonight in her beaker instead of her usual formula. She seemed to enjoy that too.

Annabel Karmel's Pasta "Risotto":


Suitable from 10 months. Suitable for freezing. Prep time 5mins. Cooking time 11mins. Provides Carbohydrates, protein, beta-carotene, folic acid, vitamin C.

Makes 4 portions.

Ingredients:
75g orzo or other small pasta shapes. (I used risotto rice)
1 small carrot, peeled and cut into very small cubes
250ml boiling water
1 small courgette peeled and cut into very small cubes (I didn't use courgette as I don't buy it so substituted with broccoli instead, cut into small florets and removed the stalk I then cut the floret into very small pieces.)
3tbsp frozen peas
15g unsalted butter
30g parmesan, freshly grated

Method:
  1. Put the pasta into a saucepan together with the carrot. Cover with the boiling water, bring back to the boil, stir, reduce the heat, cover and simmer gently for 5mins.
  2. Add the courgette (in my case broccoli), re-cover and cook for 3mins. stir in the peas and cook for a further 3mins
  3. Stir in the butter and parmesan. Cool slightly before serving.
  4. Freeze in individual portions. When needed, thaw overnight in the fridge or for 1-2 hours at room temperature, the microwave or reheat in a small pan until piping hot. Stir and allow to cool before serving.
While this was cooking I also peeled and cut up a small sweet potato and popped it into my steamer. I then mashed it and stirred it through the risotto. Just as an extra vegetable.

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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Lately...

Oh my giddy aunt! I can't believe that in exactly two weeks time my baby girl will be one!

I feel like I've been slightly AWOL with my blog and that I need to put my back into it a little more. My head has been filled lately with party invitation designing, dress shopping, a trip to my mums and Nathan's birthday.

I have SO much to do! We're only having a little tea party at home for family and some of her baby friends but I still want it to be a nice day.

Plus with all of the other things which I mentioned in my earlier post. I've been so stressed and it's really been weighing me down. I've been feeling a bit glum lately.


I really need to stop overthinking things or I really am going to explode! I'm terrible for it. And Ava still doesn't sleep though so I'm pretty much going crazy. 

I just need to breath and realise things are really not that bad. At all.

 Below are a selection of photos from my mums and some of Ava in her party frock. Isn't she lovely. (The frock is the one I was lusting after from John Lewis Baby in this post)


  
Nothing beats a good lamb roast




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Change.


Things have been happening over here.
Things are being said
Things are being thought over
Decisions are being made

I'm an overthinker by nature, I worry A LOT
I'm also a people pleaser, I always want to make the people I love happy
Some of these decisions are hard to make but in the long run they make sense.
I'm torn

Cryptic.
(Nathan and I are fine by the way. This has nothing to do with our relationship. I will reveal more soon)
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Saturday, 23 February 2013

National Wedding Show London

Yesterday was a lovely day, it was spent with my fellow bride-to-be Emma and our mums at the National Wedding Show in London.




We did have a bit of a mission trying to get there (3 hours! We got lost on the tube. Tourists!) and I wasn't sure what to expect, I'd been to Clothes Show Live before and hated it, too many people combined with crappy clothes. But the National Wedding Show? I LOVED it! 


We chose to go on a Friday which is probably your best bet if you want to avoid big crowds, it was busy but not overbearing. The dresses were stunning. Some for every taste. I tried some on which I haven't done before and that was fun, it also showed me what works for me and what doesn't which was great. The dresses weren't cheap and luckily there weren't any that I fell in love with (although most stalls were offering discounts) I got hold of a lot of buisness cards so I'll have a lot to go through when the serious business of dress shopping comes around. 

There was everything there from cakes to entertainment to honeymoons and hen/stag parties. We sampled A LOT of wine & champagne (we even had a cheeky bottle of Moet at Kensignton tube station, oh and a personalised bottle of wine for the way home, oops).




We watched the catwalk show which showcased some stunning dresses, shame that we don't all look like the gorgeous models! There were also talks being held on various subjects such choosing your perfect wedding cake or tips on planning and budgetting for your big day. 



The highlight had to be the party booth for us. Great fun! I want one at my wedding!



 If you get the chance to go to one of these fayres do, it was a great day out! You can find more information here.
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Thursday, 21 February 2013

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Monday, 18 February 2013

Before I was a mama I never knew...

I always thought I was fully prepared for the wonders and wobbles of mummyhood but there are some things that I definitely wasn't prepared for.

Here are a few.
  • I never knew that my house would look like a constant bomb site. Despite many hours spent cleaning. Now I just roll will it and live amongst the mess (ish)
  • I never knew that if I ever dared to venture out sans-baby I would be met with cries of "well where is she?!" By people I know. As if I should be with child AT ALL TIMES. My future responses will be that I have swapped her for a Westlife CD. 
  • I never knew that clean clothing would be a thing of the past. Hey, what the point in even doing laundry. If I didn't have baby food smeared down my front or biscuit in my hair something went very wrong that day. (Or I had indeed swapped my child for a Westlife CD)
  • I never knew that playing with toys and singing nursery rhymes could be quite so exhausting. Now I wander around singing The Wheels on the Bus like some demented zombie.
  • I never knew that lack of sleep was actually a form of torture. Well now I know and can confirm that it is.
  • I never knew that I would spend all of my money on clothes for Ava and that I would walk around in holey clothes for the rest of eternity (well not quite that dramatic but you get my drift).
  • I never knew that I would become a pro nappy changer. On my knee? On a moving train? In the back of a car? NO PROBLEM!
  • I never knew that I would end up with the bladder of an old lady and would be up in the night. So annoying!
  • I never knew that I could love someone so much even when she pukes down my front or has a terrible nappy explosion I still look at her with googly-eyed adoration.

Is there anything about motherhood that you never knew but wish you had?

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Sunday, 17 February 2013

I'm looking for some FREE sponsors

You may have noticed that my blog has undergone some changes which I'm pretty pleased with.

However my sidebar is looking pretty bare (boo!) so I am looking for some of you lovely lot to sponsor me for FREE.

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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Wednesday Love

I've mentioned before that my favourite day of the week is Wednesday. Wednesday I hear you cry, it's a RUBBISH day. Well you see it's my day off and I get to spend the WHOLE day with this lovely creature.



Today was just lovely. Toast & Nutella was eaten for breakfast (ssshh don't tell daddy).


Ava has THE craziest hair at the moment but nothing will tame it.

We then prepared to venture out into the snow & we got a little bit silly.


We napped (twice), played some more and ate my special scrambled egg. Today was fun!

She is at such a lovely age. When I sing her a lullaby she'll try to hum along. When we nap, she prods my face before we fall asleep so that we both are in fits of giggles. She is so much fun to be around and I cherish this time with her. I can't wait until the weather is gets better so that we can take our fun times outdoors. I'm so thankful for these days.

I love you Wednesdays! xx
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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

All of our yesterdays

I know that I have posted about this before but I still can't get over that in 4 weeks my girl will be one. A whole year.

When I was pregnant I was told that time will go so fast, that they grow up so quickly. But I didn't listen. And now we're edging towards her first birthday and I cannot believe that my baby is almost gone. It sounds so daft doesn't it. Of course she hasn't gone, she's still here. But she isn't a baby anymore.



I feel like time has slipped through my hands like sand and the next thing I know I'll turn around and she'll be grown up and she won't need me any more. I'm excited to watch her grow, she's turning into a happy, cheeky, loving little girl that even if I'd ordered her specially she couldn't have been more perfect. But I just want to keep her little for a while. I don't want her to grow out of her chubby little feet & hands, the way she still lets me rock her to sleep and sing her lullabies, the way she climbs on to my knee when shes tired. And I wish I could bottle her chuckle, it's the best sound. I feel so stupidly sad that all of these things have now gone, the first time smiled, the first time she laughed, the first time she waved, the first time she crawled. But there will be more firsts. Many more.



I was so nervous when she was first born, I used to think I'd be a useless mum who wouldn't have a clue what she was doing. But I don't think that I've done too badly. It's so odd to think that it's all in the past now. I'm never going to be a first time mum again. So exciting and terrifying. All those different emotions. The first few weeks are a blur.



I worry about her constantly and I think that the main worry is that while she is still so little I can look after her, I can protect her. But when she's older she will make her own choices. I just hope that they're the right ones.


I wonder what she'll be like when she's older. I hope that she'll be kind and generous. I hope that she has a family of her own one day and has a good job. I hope that she gets to see a bit of the world and that we have a close relationship. But most of all I hope that she's happy.



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Monday, 11 February 2013

Some changes up in here...

Well you may have noticed there have been some changes around here.

It's still rather messy in here and Melissa from Not so ordinary designs is currently working on my navigation bar but I'm pretty pleased with what I've managed to do. I was fed up with the old layout I wanted something fresher. I am also having some grab buttons made by Lauren from The perfect pear design and will be setting up some FREE ad spots so watch this space.

I haven't been feeling myself lately, I've been very tired and feeling rundown. Ava has been unsettled in the night and my broken sleep pattern has meant that I am sneaking in more junk food than I normally would (not sure why that is, the more tired I am the more I crave crap. Odd) so with all of this going on my skin then decides to have a break out party! Arghh! Now I am pretty lucky with my skin, in fact I am very lucky. Confession time - I rarely (note basically never) take my make up off before going to bed. I usually wash my face and remove make-up residue in the morning so it's no wonder my skin has had enough really.

I am useless with skin care. I use Soap & Glory's Peaches & Clean daily which I love. Other wise I use a No7 Beautiful Skin cleansing milk sometimes and Simple's eye make-up remover. Oh and I don't moisturise. Eek. I really want to start but I'm completely out of my depth when it comes to skin care. So any help would be much appreciated.

Anyway, this evening I decided to give my skin the triple whammy-




Soap & Glory's Peaches & Clean, Garnier Anti black head deep pore wash & Body Shop Tea Tree face mask.

It actually felt lovely to pay so much attention to my skin for once so maybe my face will start to be my friend again, we'll see.
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Sunday, 10 February 2013

Party Planning...

So in approximately 4 weeks my baby girl turns one. A WHOLE year! I'm sorry but would someone mind telling me where the fig this year has gone?!

Madness!!

Anyway, I'm busying myself with birthday preparation for my poppet. How do you hold a birthday party for a one year old? I'm slightly confuzzed. Do I arrange party games for the older kiddos? What sort of spread do I put on?

Lets get to the more important matter. The outfit.

I'm thinking of this little number
John Lewis Baby £22

So cute right?!

I still need to find shoes mind you...

I've also designed her invitations


So this next few weeks are going to be busy busy. I can't believe that I will soon have a toddler on my hands!

Excuse me while I go weep in the corner...
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Friday, 8 February 2013

I was starving my child!!

Not actually starving her by the way, that would be beyond awful!

No, what I mean is I have never been too sure about portion sizes. I make my own meals for Ava as often as possible but some nights mama is just too darn tired to get the steamer out and chop the ol' veg so a yummy pouch does the trick.

Ava's not too fussy when it comes to food (yet) and she really enjoys the Ella's Kitchen range. Ella's Kitchen is a fab range of kiddie food from 4 months old. They do all sorts from purees to biscuits to cereal and they have just bought out a new range of fromage frais and rice puddings.

The very kind folk at Ella's Kitchen sent me some vouchers so that I could buy different bits for Ava to try. Well she pretty much loves them all and gobbles them right up.




Anyway, I usually give Ava half a pouch plus a fromage frais. I have been wondering for a while if I'm giving her enough. She never moans bless her (which has made me feel extra awful), tonight however one half of the lip smacking spal bol, with a hint of cheese, just wasn't enough. She munched the whole lot, plus a yogurt and a biscuit!! I couldn't believe it! I was so chuffed but then felt majorly guilty that I'd probably been underfeeding her! This mummy malarky sure is one big guilt trip. Lets see how she sleeps tonight on a full tum shall we.(By the way I wrote this last night, she still woke up 3 times *sigh*)


Tomorrow night she has mama's salmon and veg. That probably wont go down as well though.

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Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Zara Baby

I think I speak for every mum here when I say that I LOVE shopping for my child. Zara is one of my favourite shops and I'm always checking out their website. I did a litle squeak when I saw their gorgeous Spring collection.

It's great quality and affordable. Not to mention freakin' adorable.

Here are some of  my favourites from their Spring collection:

Twill Jacket £19.99

 Chino style trousers £15.99

 Stripped "Little Princess" dress £12.99

Trendy sandal £17.99


Studded ballerinas £17.99

Sweatshirt with clouds and star £9.99
 Floral print jeans £12.99
 

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