03/01/2015

Oatly; A milk alternative




Oatly 

Some of you may know that Emilia, when she was born had a lactose, dairy and soya intolerance. She was poorly for quite a while and was very frustrating when it came to weaning, to find a suitable drink other than water or squash to give her.  She was on special formula for 9 months before even seeing a dietitian and it made us very wary of her weight.
 We felt like there was nothing we could  give her and she became very wary of food we tried giving her and wouldn't eat. After about 12 months old, she finally started eating little bits at a time but still on formula. We had issues with appointments not being booked by the hospital and when I phoned they said the Dr no longer worked there and we'd been missed out of the appointment book. I was devastated it had taken us so long to get here originally. So I tried weaning Emilia slowly on to cows milk to help with what she eats, after the first week I was ecstatic she was actually tolerating milk again!!
But such luck doesn't happen that often and after 4 weeks she was throwing up curdled milk and I knew this was it all over again. So I made a decision as a parent and cut both formula and milk from her diet. She finally started eating proper meals and had water as a drink, however, still from a bottle as that is what she had become used to after a year and a half. As she was approaching 2 we went to get her weighed and as she had always been small, they weren't too fussed that she'd only dropped 1 centile line. But I was, as in 10 days it would have dropped 2. She ate a lot though, she had in fact a very healthy appetite, so we have yet again been referred by the health visitor after a lot of nagging from me, to the dietitian again. We found this amazing milk a few months into her first dietitian but because she couldn't find nutritional information online, she said not to give her it. Well, thanks to the lovely people at Oatly we were able to review this milk and now she is over 2 I decided now was the time to find an alternative she could drink all her life and she's now drinking from a cup, no bottle!


Emilia loved the milk!! She didn't even treat it as anything different. I even gave her the plain organic version and she took to it straight away! So I have to say thank you to the amazing Oatly milk! We love you.

Oatly had a watered, milky appearance and comes in original, organic, chocolate flavoured and even comes as a cream alternative. We have used all our review milk now and I have just ordered a week's worth in our shop, Its down the powdered and long life milk isle with all the alternative milks i.e. Almond, hazelnut and soya. But this stands out far better than all the rest. I have already advised that Amba tries this for her new baba, who is also the same as her sister and lactose intolerant, well obviously when she gets big enough.

Ella's Kitchen goodies

       Ella's Goodies



We were very lucky to get to try out these lovely nibbles from Ella's Kitchen. Emilia was amazed at the brightly coloured packaging, even Theo wanted to try them!

Ella's Kitchen knows that Emilia has a dairy intolerance, so kindly sent out their range that contained no dairy.
All the little packages are perfect for pack lunches and little backpacks for picnics and even for just around town.



 Emilia especially took a liking to the tall ones in plastic containers, maybe because it was a different look for her, but she definitely ate them before even contemplating anything else. They came in the shape of little crosses and in two flavours raspberry and banana and tomatoes and basil. She had to have some of each to be satisfied he he.

Next favourite were the carrots and lentils multigrain sticks, maybe it was the colour, but she loved them too, shortly followed behind was the cheddar and leek multigrain wheels. I was rather happy that the majority of the products were multigrain as it means a happier healthier tum for my little girl.


 Then were the parsnips and poppy seeds and tomatoes and fennel seeds cracker bites, now Emilia and Theo were not so keen on these maybe it was the different texture of them but  they loved all the other products.
They all smelt rather yummy too, and I'm pleased in knowing they were healthy snacks with no preservatives or colourings put in.

We love all Ella's Kitchen products and Theo used to like the fruit pouches when he was a baby as they're easy to transport and feed baby on the go. They're a great company that helps mums with babies that have milk, lactose and soya intolerance, lives a lot easier. Me and my fried Amba had real problems when we set out to feed our babies on the go because we were unsure what they could have, companies like Heinz and Hipp tend to have dairy or soya in the majority of their products so there isn't a varied choice for the likes of us. We're just pleased of a company that doesn't just cater to one type of dietary need.

**** Disclaimer****
One box of these inside was sent to us by Ella's Kitchen for review purposes. No monies were paid for this review and as always, all of my thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

26/12/2014

10 things I MUST do in the year 2015





MY List

  • I MUST complete both my English and Maths GCSE's with at least a C' (adult learner)

  • I MUST lose this annoying 3 stone that has haunted me for the past 5 years!

  • I MUST attend every Maths and English lesson AND do all my assignments.

  • I MUST potty train Emilia.

  • I MUST teach Theo to ride a bike.

  • I MUST start driving lessons AND past my test!

  • I MUST take the sides off Emilia's cot and get her to sleep in a big girl bed... Finally.

  • I MUST make more of an effort to see my family.

  • I MUST  decorate my whole house and get rid of mixed matched furniture.. Regardless of what the Mr says.

  • I MUST make more time for my crafts (and this blog he he)
What's on your must do list for next year?

5 Steps to buying a pre-loved pushchair




The 5 Steps

Buying a pushchair is like buying a car and can be very dangerous if you don't give it a proper m.o.t.
  1. When you're looking into buying a new to you pushchair always be sure to look for obvious breakages, make sure you lift it up and down forward and backwards to see if any cracks appear.
  2. Look for wear to the wheels, like a car too close to the rims can mean either they're very close to the end game or can even fall off.
  3. Check the brakes, maybe put them on and give the pushchair a little tug.
  4. Put some weight into the pushchair, maybe even go for a test drive because you don't want to seem happy with it, take it home and put your little darling in the item for it to collapse. So be warned when trying your child in the item, that it may not be as it appears.
  5. Check the suspension isn't damaged give it a bounce and make sure springs pop back up, also check for rust as can be a sign of corrosion from rain etc.

Remember, just because it looks clean doesn't mean that it's in good condition, always take that extra 10 mins to check these things over as it could mean the difference between a happy mum and child,  to a child in the hospital with injuries.
I regularly buy pre loved, when I sell on I always make sure they've been cleaned and are in good health before advertising them. Please be aware, cheap doesn't always mean unhealthy, but on that matter also don't be too eager to take and run because it is cheap. Any legit seller won't mind showing you all the perks, letting you push and show you its wares, be wary of people that seem in a rush to sell and get you out the door.

Don't leave until you're satisfied!

25/12/2014

It's Christmas!!!!!



Christmas

So here at the Wells/Hall household, we wrote the little fat man with a white beard a letter, we sprinkled the glitter infused porridge for the reindeer and we fell asleep and awaited the mystery man that so many of us have never seen.






The fat man came and left a big mess on my floor. However, much to the children's delight he also left a great big pile of freshly wrapped presents underneath the glowing tree.





So from Theo and Emilia, we'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

21/12/2014

Are We Ready?






Santas coming to town!!


Are we ready for Christmas? Christmas tree up? All the presents wrapped and hidden well?
Children all hyped up?

Let Christmas begin. 

We're all sorted here in the Wells/Hall household, our lovely white tree is out, that I had to beg the Mr to get. He was certain that as there was nothing wrong with the boring green tree from last year, that we shouldn't spend money on another. Boo, Mr Scrooge!
 We are so excited this year, well I say we I mean me and Theo, that we had our tree up and decorated on the 30th of November!

All I can think of is Frozen! On that note Emilia started singing the Frozen song yesterday and it melted my heart, She's only 2!
While we're all in the festive mood and getting really excited my poor old mum (he he she'd kill me for saying that!) is having an operation on the 23rd of December to have cartilage removed from her knee and the knee cap washed out (ouch!) So she'll be on sofa rest for Christmas day, whilst we all rally around her. 
Me and the family are heading to her the day after boxing day and Dads at a loss on Christmas eve so he's dropping the teenies presents off.

What's in store for your Christmas this year? Is it all go like ours or a relaxed, well planned one?

20/12/2014

Wooden Asda house, wooden toys the best?



           Wooden Asda House


This month we are very lucky to have received this amazing wooden house from Asda.
 It's just like the adverts show and fairly big. It was really quick and easy to slot together and has small wooden hedges at the ends that hold the whole house in place.  You can also additionally buy people and room sets to complete the house should you wish.  This house retails at £35 and the sets are £15 each. It's very well made and we've had this for a month now and there's no chipping of paint and no broken bits. 
We've decided to buy my daughter all wooden items for Xmas as she is still young and we know that the toys will survive Christmas and hopefully for years to come. 
We're currently in the process of changing our dining room into a play room for all their lovely Christmas toys and previous toys to go in (will be a post in the new year on the playroom). 

BRITISH PARENTS REACH BREAKING POINT
·       Over half of parents say their children have broken gifts soon after opening
·       46% of parents have moved towards buying sturdier toys rather than plastic ones
·       64% of parents continue on the ‘hand me down’ tradition
·       Nearly three quarters of children own a toy passed down from parents

TODAY, Asda reports that over half of parents in Britain have had to splash the cash and buy replacement toys for their children as they’ve been broken or damaged soon after opening.

So it’s no surprise then that over a quarter of parents in the UK are so fed up they refuse to buy replacements.

The poll* commissioned by George Home, has shown that British parents are following the ‘hand me down’ habits of the Royal Family, and are now carrying on the tradition, as nearly three quarters have said their children have a toy that has been passed down through generations of the family, while over a third of parents want to buy toys that will last their children’s lifetimes and can later be passed on to their own offspring.

As a result, almost half of British parents are more in favour of buying quality toys, rather than flimsy, plastic substitutes.

Chris Norris, Asda’s Senior Buying Manager for Toys, said: “With children regularly breaking their toys, it is no surprise that parents want something with a longer life span. With Asda’s new range of purse-friendly Wooden Toys, parents can celebrate traditional past times with toys that stand the test of time.”

With George Home launching an indestructible range of 31 Wooden Toys ahead of Christmas day, parents can stock up on presents that will fuel children’s imagination and spark creativity, whilst being sturdy and long lasting.