Sunday, 26 February 2017

The Sweetest Handmade Hat.

Is there anything sweeter than a handmade piece of baby clothing? I'm obsessed with knitted and crocheted items for V's wardrobe and this beautiful hat from Dottie & Rose's Crochet Boutique*, is no exception. Dottie & Rose is a small business run by a fellow Mama, Rhiannon. 

I'd been in touch with the lovely Rhiannon after seeing a post on Facebook. We got chatting and Rhiannon kindly offered to make Violet a very special item for baby wearing. We discussed colours and I really wanted something a little different to those you find on the high street and this rust colour fit the bill perfectly. Rhiannon had the idea of the pixie-style hat and I immediately loved it. 

Rhiannon was so professional and kept me up to date with the progress all the way through. I'm rubbish at crochet and I'm always in awe of those that can do it well, the hat is just beautiful and so, so well made. I adore the added Pom Pom detail to the tie and I think you will agree, it just looks adorable. The hat was made oversized to ensure Violet got a good amount of wear out of it. It fits so well now but I'm pretty certain it'll still fit her nicely next Winter too. 

I can't rave enough about how impressed I am with this piece for Violet's wardrobe. I love one of a kind, unique items and this hat is certainly one of those. I will certainly be ordering from Dottie & Rose in the future and supporting a gorgeous small business! 

You can find Rhiannon and her lovely crochet pieces on Facebook here. 

Katie xx

Thursday, 23 February 2017

BLW: Super Easy Peanut Butter Cookies.

I've mentioned in the past that I've been spending a little more time in the kitchen since Violet began weaning. I'm always looking for new recipes and ideas to try out, especially things that can be made in batches and stored for a few days. We're huge fans of finger-shaped foods or anything that easy for V to get a good hold on. Particularly things like sweet potato wedges, slices of mango, porridge fingers etc.

 This week I got a little more creative and found this recipe from a lovely American lady on a Facebook group for BLW peanut butter 'cookies'. They were so easy and cheap to make, that I really wanted to share the recipe and hopefully inspire some Mamas to get in the kitchen!

You'll need:

1/2 Cup of Oats
3 Tbsp Peanut Butter
1 Egg
1 Banana

Mixing Bowl
Baking Tray
Baking Paper

Step 1. Mash the banana in the mixing bowl - I usually squeeze the banana in the skin then peel and drop it in the bowl. Very ripe bananas work best. 
Step 2. Crack your egg in with the banana and give it a good mix.
Step 3. Add your peanut butter and mix.
Step 4. Pour in your oats and mix together to create a cookie dough-like texture. Depending on the size of the oats, you may need a little more/less.
Step 5. Finally spoon out tablespoon sized portions onto the baking tray and pat down with a spoon.

Pop them in the over on 180 degrees Celsius for 8-10 minutes, and voila! 

I portion them into two's and pop them in the fridge for the next few days. I tend to go with the 3 day rule and use them up within this time. They're great for a super speedy breakfast or to pop in your bag for a healthy on the go snack. They have my little miss' approval too, so they can't be half bad.

Let me know if you try these!

Katie xx

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Baby Led Weaning & Eating Out.

Before we began BLW earlier in the year, I had lots of reservations and concerns, mainly centring around eating out. My hubby and I like to eat out on a weekend, no where posh or exciting but it's just something we have always done. Eating out with a little one is difficult as it is, but throwing the fact that they need feeding too, is a whole new ball game. Having said that, we seem to have coped the last few weeks and have actually started enjoying eating out with Violet. 

While we're on eating out, can we all just take a moment to praise the IKEA highchair? It's the one we have at home and I'm always thankful to see it in cafes and restaurants. It's the perfect fit for Violet and she will sit happily munching away without any problems. In fact, IKEA is just brilliant for families all round. The cafe is so accessible and super cheap and it's actually where we took these photos. 

Don't get me wrong, I don't buy meals for V when we're out. Violet is definitely not at that stage yet, but if I have something appropriate for her to nibble on then I will happily share that with her (Pizza Hut salad bar, I'm looking at you!). Or otherwise I tend to take a packed lunch of something we made earlier, which works really well for us. But we are still eating off the table and throwing a lot on the floor, so Michelin star dining probably isn't a great idea. 

I've found a few things really help when we're out and about and planning on stopping for food. One being the IKEA highchair blow-up insert. We bought two, one for at home and one to take out with us. It's really handy to pop in the nappy bag and inflated or folded down within a few minutes. It fits inside all highchairs and makes a huge difference when cafes have those huge wooden chairs. 

Another great find is the Bibetta Placemat* for popping down on the table and letting V go to town on her lunch. Not only is it machine washable and waterproof but it also stops me having to wipe down every surface before Violet starts eating. The placemat has a really handy pocket too, so catches any food that would otherwise end up in V's lap then ultimately onto the floor. It's certainly made my life a little easier when we're eating out.

Lastly, choosing family friendly restaurants and cafes is definitely the way forward. The likes of Harvester, Pizza Hut, pubs with play areas, etc. are easily the best place to be with a little one. No body cares if your little one drops some food or decides to have a meltdown mid-snack, the mess and noise are all part of the experience of family dining. 

I'm so excited than we can now enjoy meals out as a family of three without having to entertain Violet and wolf down our meals. V is getting so confident with eating and loves to have meal times with us both and I think eating out has probably helped that. I can't wait to continue our BLW journey as Violet explores even more with food. 

Katie xx