Mamia

Feeding a Toddler On The Go With #MamiaDaysOut

I swear my kids are bottomless pits!  They can eat and eat and eat, and still demand more!  I feel like I’m forever trying to figure out the best snacks to give them that keep them going for longer, while still being healthy.

We were really pleased to try out the Mamia range from Aldi.  This award winning 100% organic baby food range starts at just 59p, so it’s really affordable and great for on the go too.  And I’ve discovered it definitely isn’t just for babies.  Not only does Sienna (1 year old) love the range, but Ella (3 years old) does too.  In fact, our hamper of goodies was quickly pounced on by Ella, and she had a fruit pot open and eaten before I had put any of the food away!!

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Picnic In The Park With smarTrike #SmartDiscoveries

Sienna is at an age where she is absorbing everything.  I’d love to see the world through her innocent eyes, and to take in everything around me with the same wonder!

Over the summer, Ella went to nursery for an extra day to help prepare her for preschool.  They are usually both in childcare at the same time, so it was really lovely to get to spend some one-on-one time with Sienna, which I haven’t really done since she was a baby.  Every Wednesday, over the summer, would be mine and Sienna’s day.  And luckily the weather was usually good enough for us to get out with the dog for a long walk.  Because we didn’t have Ella with us, we didn’t need the option of the buggy board for a 3 year old who has the habit of wanting to hop on when walking gets too much.  So we were chuffed to receive a Explorer 5-in-1 smarTrike for Sienna to see the world from a new perspective, to take in more around her, and to enjoy her dog walk in a new set of wheels.

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Dyson

Engineering The Future With Dyson and Currys PC World

I have a thirst for knowledge.  I love reading about new things, and trying them out too where possible!  And I’d love for the girls to have the same thirst.  Ella is definitely showing signs already, asking constant questions about how things work.  So, I was really pleased myself and Ella were invited along to learn about Dyson products and how they are engineered, with Dyson and Currys PC World at the Museum of Science and Industry.  I knew she’d love it, and I wasn’t wrong!

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day out on the train

The Day We Caught The Train

I’ve lived in Manchester for nearly ten years now.  Sean has lived here his whole lifetime.  As such, we only head in to the city centre when we have a reason – generally for me it’s either nights out or for work.  Living closer to the Trafford Centre means that’s our go to for shopping trips.  It’s pretty rare for us to head in to the city centre for no particular reason.

But, last Saturday, that is what we did.  Ella has been in to Manchester once before, but it was a good while ago, and she definitely doesn’t remember it!  She’s never been on a train though.  She was super excited!!  I’m not really sure what she thought the train would be like.  Whether it would be a Thomas replica.  But she seemed happy and intrigued by it nevertheless.  As soon as we were off, she was asking to go on again.  Then she spotted all the buses, and was pleading to go on one of them!  It’s only a ten minute train journey, and one we’ll definitely be doing more regularly from now on.

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wintry walk

Wintry Walks

I am quite a fan of winter, and summer too, and well spring and autumn when I think about it!!  I’m glad we have such differing seasons, I guess!  Winter definitely has its dark gloomy days.  Or days of constant freezing cold rain.  They’re not so good.  The days I love are the ones with brilliant blue skies and sunshine, with a really crisp feeling in the air.  When you can wrap up in a big coat, scarf and bobble hat, and go out for a stomp without feeling all sweaty!

I try and get out with the girls every day when I’m not working.  We have a dog, so our hand is kind of forced.  He needs walking, we need fresh air – it’s a win win!  I used to do the same old loop every day.  But this new year, I’ve been taking the girls and Ned to a different park, one that we’ll actually be living closer to soon and won’t have to drive to.  It has more paths, so Ella can practice her scooting skills (even if I inevitably end up holding it or sticking it in the buggy basket!).  There’s lots of open space.  And I have no anxiety of Ella running away if she’s ahead of me, as the roads aren’t close enough for her to run on to.

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2016 Goals

My Goals for 2016 – Finding Contentment

I’m not really a one for ‘resolutions’ as such.  But I do love the opportunity that a new year represents.  A chance to maybe do things a little differently, or continue with things that have worked well in the previous year.  It gives us chance to reflect on our lives and highlight areas that, in improving, might make us more content.

I think that is what my goals for this year are focused on – contentment.  I have never really suffered with anxiety before the last year, and it is horrible!  I want to shake it, and feel content and peaceful.  I know it’s a big ask, but if I can start to make little steps towards that, then that’s better than nothing.

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The Ordinary Moments #45 – One-on-One

Since Sienna was born, I’ve enjoyed lots of one-on-one time with her. Ella goes to nursery one day a week, and her nanna’s another day, which gives me a bit of time to devote to Sienna, and to crack on with some work!

What I haven’t really had is any one-on-one time with Ella in the five months that Sienna has been here.

This week, Sienna stayed at her nanna’s one night. She’s been sleeping pretty poorly thanks to a constant cold, so my mother-in-law offered to have her for the night to allow me to catch up on a bit of sleep. I’ve got to admit, it was nice to not have to be up and down in the night, though I did really miss her too.

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Ordinary Moments #26 – A Trip To The Farm

Ella is really in to animals at the moment.  Reading a book with her currently involves her pointing out each animal in the pictures.

So, a couple of weeks ago, we thought we’d give her the opportunity to see some of her favourite animals – sheep, cows and horses – and take her to the farm.

We went to Smithills Open Farm in Bolton.  And Ella loved it!

She was fast asleep when we arrived,  so it took her a while to come to and realise what was going on!

You could buy a bag of feed on the way in and feed it to the animals.  Ella soon got her confidence, putting her hand out for goats and sheep to feed from it.  She knew what all the animals were, having seen so many pictures of them!

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Ordinary Moments #16 – The Promise of Summer

I love the fact we get clear distinguishable seasons in the UK.  I love the colours of autumn, the freshness and cosiness of winter and the first sun of spring.

And I love that around this time of year, summer is just round the corner. We get teased with sunny days that aren’t quite warm enough to be feeling too hot, but give us a glimpse of what’s to come!

Last summer was probably one of my most favourite summers of my life. Ella was turning 1 and getting more mobile, being a confident walker by the time summer ended.  We updated our garden and it became a lovely place to chill out as a family of three (or 4 with Ned!)!  Sunny afternoons eating barbecued food, drinking jugs of Pimms!

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Ordinary Moments #14 – Water Baby

In the final weeks of my pregnancy with Ella, I loved going swimming.  It’s so nice to feel weightless when you are lugging such a weight around every day!  I even went when I was overdue in the hope of moving things on (and to overcome the boredom!).

When Ella was a baby, I took her swimming a couple of times.  She seemed to enjoy it but was probably too young to really acknowledge it!

As she’s grown up, it’s just not something that has been a habit for us.  We took her in the pool on holiday in Spain, but it took her a while to get used to the cold of the pool compared to the heat of the air and wasn’t particularly sure.  Once she acclimatised, she loved it, but it took a while!

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