Wednesday, 19 October 2016

TODDLER ACTIVITY: 9 Rainy Day Things to Do in Autumn

Autumn is here and isn't it just beautiful? Nature changes so much and Isabella is loving watching everything change around her. Below are nine of our favourite rainy day activities, because although autumn is beautiful it isn't always filled with sunny days.

Babycchino with homemade mini gingerbread man - To create the babycchino warm up some milk (either in the microwave or saucepan) and froth it up. You could use one of those hand held frothers or a whisk. I made some refined sugar free mini gingerbread men because they were for Isabella (see recipe here), but you could buy some or make your own.   

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

AUTUMN: Toddler Friendly Mulled Apple Water

Autumn and Winter for us adults is all about warm drinks, all things spiced and snuggling up...bliss. So why can't it be like that for toddler's too? This Mulled Apple Water is free from any refined sugars, full of spice and the perfect way to introduce new flavours to your toddlers. You may need to tweak it according to your toddler's personal preference, star anise is a strong flavour so you may want to avoid it if they don't like really strong flavours. You obviously need to be careful that it is cool enough for your toddler to enjoy, no one wants a burnt tongue!

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

TODDLER: Taking the positive parenting approach...

I'm not sure if the 'positive parenting approach' is a real approach if you will, but its the stance towards Isabella's challenging behaviour I've been trying to adopt recently. It's helped both of us deal with her irrational, typically toddler behaviour and is something I'm working on getting better at. The way I interpret this positive parenting approach is that in situations when Isabella isn't doing as she's told or is having a tantrum I will try and focus on the positives rather than the challenging behaviour.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

RECIPE: Cheese and Tomato Mash Potato Bites

Leftover mash potato seems to be a regular thing in our house, yet Isabella doesn't really like it by itself. Whenever there's a food that she doesn't really like I become determind to give it to her in a way that she will like. There aren't many foods she doesn't like, but plain mash potato is one of them. So I made these cheese and tomato mash potato bites with the aim of getting her to eat mash potato and it worked! She absolutely loves these and they've been perfect for picnics. You could mix up what you add to the mash potato - different types of cheese, variety of vegetables, herbs etc. Let your imagination run wild!

Friday, 7 October 2016

TODDLER ACTIVITY: Decorating Homemade Gingerbread Men

I can't believe Isabella and I have not decorated gingerbread men much earlier than this, she absolutely loved it. Well, she enjoyed eating the decorations before they made it on to the biscuits! As I still try to reduce Isabella's refined sugar intake I had a go at making my own gingerbread men, which are sweetened with natural sources of sweetness. They were really deliciously and slightly softer (think shortbread) in texture, which made them a lot easier for Isabella to eat. You can find the recipe here or just use your own favourite gingerbread men recipe.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

TODDLER: Tips for Embracing the Outdoors with #MamiaDaysOut

Exploring the outdoors with a child in tow has to be one of the best ways to spend a day. Enabling them to discover the world around them, burn off some of their endless energy and all for free! What's not to like? Believe it or not prior to Isabella I used to think I loved the outdoor, but when it came to it I would much prefer to cosy up with a cup of tea inside. That all changed when Isabella was born, the outdoors has become my favourite place to be and somewhere we spend most of our time.
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