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Welcome to my blog 🙂

I am a mummy of 2 girls – Bella and Elsie. Bella was born in March 2015 and Elsie was born in April 2018.  I thought I’d start a blog to share my experiences of my pregnancy,  birth and beyond for any mummy’s out there who want to follow our journey. You can find out about how my pregnancies went, what happened at the birth, and now how we are getting on week by week. I’ll also try and do some reviews and recommendations for any products we have come across that have been lifesavers since Bella’s & Elsie’s birth!

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Perfect Family Recipes

I recently found some great recipes online, that are perfect Family Dishes.  I had a block of Parmigiano to try out, so all these recipes include this cheese.

The first one is a Chicken, Sweetcorn and Tarragon pie – topped with cubed potatoes, and a good handful of Parmigiano.  I used Tesco Finest Parmigiano, as it is so full of flavour #TriedForLess

http://www.annabelkarmel.com/recipes/chicken-sweetcorn-and-tarragon-pie

The second recipe is a Chicken Parmesan Casserole – so easy to make, and a great way of utilising left over chicken.  The chicken is covered with parmesan and coated in breadcrumbs.  This is really delicious.

http://thrivinghomeblog.com/2013/07/chicken-parmesan-casserole-recipe-an-easy-freezer-meal/

I haven’t tried these yet, but they are on the menu for this week – Chicken Balls in a tomato sauce with spaghetti.  These contain apple, and parmesan.  They sound so delicious.

http://www.annabelkarmel.com/recipes/chicken-balls-with-spaghetti-and-tomato-sauce

http://thrivinghomeblog.com/2013/07/chicken-parmesan-casserole-recipe-an-easy-freezer-meal/

Baby bath seat

I highly recommend this baby bath seat by Angelcare. It helps so much with bathing, and much easier than holding a very slippery wriggly baby! 11112797_10152890587712358_4124221282214213970_nI also recommend putting a warm flannel over baby when bathing them, keep dipping the flannel to keep it warm and then this will stop baby getting too cold.

Baby immunisations..

Bella had her first lot of jabs yesterday, she was a brave girl and screamed for about 10 seconds and then was fine.  But no one warned me that the vaccine that is squirted into their mouth might make them projectile vomit!!! Bella refused to swallow it, then when she did she threw it back up along with a huge amount of milk – all over me and her!! So my tip is to cover yourself in a muslin just in case!

No time for baking? Think again..

So i’m a bit of an avid baker, and whilst pregnant and on maternity leave I was baking cakes every week (and definitley adding to the pregnancy weight gain!) but now my baby girl is here, and i’m sure others would agree – that it is very hard to get any time to do anything when you have a baby, let alone bake a cake! So I thought I would share with you my super quick cake recipe, that can be tweaked to incorporate different flavours, yet still takes only around 10 minutes to prepare.

Ingredients:

200g golden caster sugar (can use normal caster sugar if you prefer)

200g butter – softened

4 beaten eggs

200g self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp milk

Beat all the ingredients together until you have a smooth batter.

You can either divide into 2 tins so you have a sandwich cake an bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden (at 170 degrees – fan oven), or why not add the mixture into a loaf tin and bake for around 40 mins – until golden and a skewer comes out clean.

Now that was the recipe for the plain cake, perfect for a Victoria sponge – but if you fancy trying something different and adding in extra flavours, here are some ideas:

Lime & Coconut – add in zest of 2 limes and 50g desicated coconut to the mixture. When cake is cooked, prick the top and spoon over the juice of 2 limes, mixed with 1 tbsp sugar for a crunchy zesty topping.

Raspberry & white chocolate – add in chunks of white chocolate, and some fresh raspberries to the mixture.

Lemon – adding the zest of 1 lemon. When cake is cooked, prick the top and spoon over the juice 1 lemon, mixed with 1 tbsp sugar for a crunchy zesty topping.

Chocolate chip – add in chocolate chips to the mixture, you could add in white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate for a triple chocolate mix!

Banana – mush up 2 ripe bananas and add to the mix. You could also add some chocolate chips for a banana and chocolate chip cake.

 

Pregnancy forums

I found it really helpful during pregnancy to be part of a birth club forum, for people due in the same month as me.  It helped me see that I wasn’t the only one experiencing certain symptoms, and it helped answer questions I wasn’t sure of, and helped me learn about things I wasn’t aware of.

The best forum I found was baby centre

I would highly recommend joining your birth club, it helped me so much.

Babies weight…

I have struggled post birth to go out and about on my own with Bella, even though she is a really good girl.  I find it hard getting out of the house to a set appointment, in case her feed coincides.  I have therefore found it impossible to take her to the weigh in clinic to get her weighed.  If you are feeling the same, and just can’t bring yourself to do it – then why not buy some baby weighing scales to double check your baby is gaining weight?  I picked some up from Amazon for £37 – so worth the money and my friends even come round and use them too.

Here they are – they are now £41

Baby scales

Competition fun…

So I have found I have quite a bit of spare time now I am on maternity leave, and I seem to have become slightly addicted to entering competitions on twitter.  They are all easy to enter by just following and retweeting – if you want an easy place to see all the competitions that I have entered so you can enter them too, then follow me on twitter – @miss_em123