• Featured ImageThe Little Things – A Hot Cup Of Tea

    As a mum there is nothing I enjoy more than a hot cup of tea and a five minute break. Whether that’s a stolen moment captured during a nap time or play time, or in an evening curled up watching a little TV with The L’s Papa. I just love tea. Surprisingly I went off it during my pregnancy, but as soon as Baby L arrived I couldn’t get enough of the stuff.

    I am more of an afternoon tea drinker. In the morning I like a coffee, but as the afternoon hits I want something more subtle and to be fair it just feels rather indulgent curling up with a hot cup of steaming tea.

    I’m really fussy about it as well. I only like one type of tea. It has to be made in a certain way. I can’t have anyone make it for me anymore, not even my mum. And that use to be the one cup of tea I wanted. My mum’s. But since having a child I just can’t stand the taste unless i have prepared it myself. They can make it in the exact same way but for some reason it just doesn’t taste the same. Is it just me? Am I weird?

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    I was given the opportunity o review the Price and Kensington Tea for one and to be fair I couldn’t have been more delighted. It seemed rather special to have my own little trap pot and cup. Just for me. As if made for my special stolen mummy moments.

    The Price and Kensington Tea for one is a unique stackable combination that when combined looks like an elongated teapot with two handles. t is made from durable stoneware and is in a lovely bright orange colour.

    Currently priced at just £4.95 it really is a bargain. Don;t you think it would make such a great christmas present?

    I like my tea strong, and so PG Tips extra strong is the only one I will drink. I have a certain way of doing it, unfortunately to all you tea fanatics the milk goes in at the very end and it really is a drop, and I mean drop. I can’t stand anything milky tasting. I have half a teaspoon of sugar which is a massive improvement of my two sugars only a few years ago.

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    Tea for my provides me with that ultimate mummy moment. It allows me to recharge the batteries, set everything back into place and start again.

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    Do you enjoy a cup of tea? How do you drink yours?

    Thanks for reading

    The L’s Mum



  • Recipe In A Shoebox – Baked Chicken

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    I was recently asked to take part in a recipe in a shoebox challenge by Cottages4you. The idea was to receive 5 basic ingredients and create a dish using an additional local ingredient and store cupboard bits and pieces. The reason behind it is to encourage people especially those who are holidaying in the UK that you can cook a lovely meal with minimal ingredients that can be purchased in most places.

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    The ingredients I received were…

    1x onion

    1x Pepper

    1x Potato

    1x Tin of Chopped Tomatoes

    Bread

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    I added the following locally sourced ingredients…

    Some grated Cheshire cheese

    Chicken Breast

    I also used the following store cupboard items…

    A drizzle of Olive oil

    1 tsp of chilli powder

    salt and pepper

    Method…

    1. Chop the onion and peppers and fry in a pan with some oil until softened. Add the chilli powder and seasonings.

    2. Chop the potato in to wedges and place in an ovenproof dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and oil and bake in the oven for about 40 minutes.

    3. Once the onions are softened add the tim of tomatoes and simmer for five minutes.

    4. Place the chicken in an oven proof dish and top with the sauce.

    5. Turn the bread into breadcrumbs

    6. Add the crumbs and cheese mixed up to the top of the chicken and sauce.

    7. Bake in the oven for around 25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked and the breadcrumb and cheese topping is all golden and bubbling.

    8. Serve with your potato wedges for a lovely dish.

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    Enjoy

    The L’s Mum

    *I was sent the 5 basic ingredients for the purpose of creating this recipe*



  • Featured ImageEssential Baby Style Buys When Expecting A Winter Baby

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    There’s something quite snuggly about being pregnant during the winter. Large oversized knits, leggings and Ugg boots for ultra comfort and style. It’s just so easy to dress in the winter, well in my opinion anyway. It’s all about comfort and warmth and the same goes for a baby. Baby L was a summer baby and now that he is 16 months old I must admit I have preferred to dress him in the colder months than the warmer ones. From hats to snowsuits there’s a little more to consider when your baby is arriving in the winter and so I thought I would share some essential baby buys for those snuggly cuddles with your newborn.

    Hats and Mittens

    When Baby L was young he would keep a hat on no problem, now he’s older it’s a struggle. I was always advised that a hat was an essential item with a newborn and during the winter months it’s got to be high on the priority list. Especially if you plan on going for some lovely walks and showing off your new addition to your family. Mittens were a little harder to keep on with Baby L but again as it’s colder it would be advisable to maybe get some or some all-in-one outfits that have them built in. These are a godsend.

    Vests

    It’s always a good idea to layer up. The general advice given to me was to always add an extra layer than what you were wearing when dressing your baby. Vests are a great way to add extra warmth and I definitely think they are a great investment to get as many as you can. You won’t believe how many you wash and so there is no amount that it too many in my opinion.

    All-In-Ones

    These are great to just throw on. You will find that as much as you think those little jeans and top combinations are adorable for those first few months you will just be more interested in practicality and your little one will spend more time in sleep suits and all-in-ones than anything else. There very easy for changing those nappies and of course changing the outfits when your baby has had a little burping accident, and as I mentioned before it would be a good idea to get the ones with the built in scratch mittens and feet which will really help keep your little ones hands and feet warm.

    Snowsuits and Cardigans

    Remembering the rule of thumb about adding an extra layer to what you are wearing yourself, then a snowsuit or a cardigan is the perfect way to do it. My big advice for when you have had a baby is to get outdoors for some fresh air, it will do you and your baby the world of good. There are some gorgeous ones available at Petit Bateau which are simply gorgeous.

    Festive inspiration outfits

    Finally because of the time of year, you can also add some festivity to your newborns wardrobe. Be it snowflakes or woodland animals, you can have some fun with their outfit choices.

    Is there anything else you would add to the list?

    Thanks for reading

    The L’s Mum



  • Featured ImageThe Adventures Of Abney & Teal New Magazine

    I know as Baby L gets older I am going to be asked whether I can make magazine purchases every time I visit a supermarket. So luckily I was sent an advanced copy of The adventures of Abney & Teal to review this week which has given me an insight into the world of children’s magazines.

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    This is the very first issue, and there seems to be a lot of content for your little ones. From stories to craft activities I am sure there is a lot for your little ones to relate to and have fun with. There is even a rewards chart with some stickers.

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    In the first issue you got two free toys which were a little recorder and guitar. Baby L thought these were great, and under my supervision as they are small for little ones, they were played with all afternoon. Mostly by him placing the recorder in my mouth to make the noise. I actually really liked the idea of these toys, I’m sure little ones will have lots of fun playing with them and they seem quite sturdy so don’t foresee them breaking anytime soon.

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    I had a read through some of the stories with Baby L. Obviously this magazine is more suited to a 3 year old upwards I think but he seemed to enjoy half an hour spent looking at the pictures and listening to mummy read.

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    These magazines are designed to help develop the early years learning and so appeals to both children and parents alike.

    The first issue as seen on our pictures go on sale on the 23rd October and will retail at £2.99.

    Do you enjoy buying magazines for your little ones?

    Thanks for reading

    The L’s Mum