Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Baby Pudding Ideas #1

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Pudding, dessert, afters, sweet; ideas for baby

This pudding is really easy to whiz together, totally nourishing for baby, and a great snack or breakfast choice too.

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Arturo has always loved Greek Yoghurt. He will greedily chow down on even plain Greek yoghurt, even if he turns his nose up at his main course. He would happily eat half a 500g tub of the stuff in one sitting if I would let him (I don’t).

Seasonal berries at the moment (July) are strawberries so we are whizzing those up right now but I always have a packet of frozen berries (fruits of the forest) in the freezer for an emergency.

I used to eat pots and pots of low fat yoghurts until I realised how much sugar is in them. In a pot of Muller Light Strawberry there are 3 teaspoons of sugar. Think about eating 3 teaspoons of sugar and believing you are having a healthy pudding. There is the same amount of sugar in 2 Jaffa Cakes!

Pass the Jaffas!

You also have to watch the sugar content in children’s food too – there is around 1.5 teaspoons of sugar in one little pot of Petits Filous Strawberry & Raspberry Fromage Frais.

To avoid the sugar trap simply make your own versions of my easy peasy yoghurt.

Baby loves it and Mummy does too!


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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Silent Sunday #7

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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

The Accidental Hipster



“I’m not a Hipster, I’m a Farmer just trying to live a green life”

If World Family Pappa could speak, I’m imagining that’s what he would probably say.


Let me introduce you to Natures Purest, a baby company with a heart.

A few months back I was stumbling down the Shambles in York (I can never say no to a wheat beer in the sunshine) when I found myself in this cute little baby shop.

My first thoughts were “Oh, it’s all a bit neutral” because you know me; I love a 70’s kitschy print on a tiny bum.

However, when I realised why, it kinda blew my mind.

Natures Purest only use naturally coloured cotton in their products, so the cotton actually grows these neutral shades of brown and green. It is also totally free from pesticides and chemicals. This company is passionate about ethical labour too, not just the usual bs, but really passionate.

I was chatting to the nice lady owner about the funky World Family Pappa and I learned that he has become their best seller – simply because beards are in fashion and he looks like every baby’s Dad. It’s ironic and funny that the sentiment behind the World Family (made with offcuts of fabric from the main collection to represent a green life) has been a little lost now Pappa has become an urban cool-guy. In fact, Pappa is referred to as a ‘hipster’ on many of the American sites which stock this brand, but he’s strangely unavailable in the UK.
Made me chuckle anyway.

Here are my favourites from the collection:










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Monday, 20 July 2015

Scarborough Borough Council Ruined Our Day

I'm really keen to share my photos from Staithes and tell you about our day, but I've been feeling a bit down about the whole trip. and am struggling to find the nice words it deserves.

Instead, a negative post from me (which I hate to write) but if you are planning a trip to Staithes, Whitby or the like, please be careful when parking as I don't want you to get stung like we did. In a nutshell:

Don't Trust the parking officers - they LIE!!!

I think they do it on purpose to trick you into receiving a fine so the council make money; I really cannot think of any other reason this parking officer would tell us our ticket was ok to use then slap a big yellow ticket on our windshield the second our back was turned.

Despite my challenge, SBC have refused to wave the penalty which is disgusting. Below I share the letter I wrote which sums up the day.

Please don't let it happen to you!



To Whom it may concern,


I am writing to challenge my penalty charge notice, to make a complaint against a member of your staff and to highlight some incorrect information you are giving on your website.
On the 3rd July 2015, My Husband, baby and I took a day trip to Staithes we had been planning for a long time. I had researched where we would park, and according to your website:
“The only main car park in Staithes. Staithes Gateway Centre is situated on this car park” (see source #1).
We arrived and parked in the car park by the Staithes Gateway Centre and bought a ticket for £4.50 for 6 hours valid until 19:35 that evening. The price was exactly what I expected from the information on your website.
On the way back to the car we noticed a sign on the Staithes Gateway Centre information board which stated “Car Park Tickets are transferable to other long stay borough car parks eg Whitby” (see source #2). We decided to stop off at Whitby, since we had time on our ticket.
When we arrived at Whitby car park we still felt a little unsure if our ticket was valid so we parked up and walked over to the ticket inspector on duty. We explained to him we had been parked in Staithes, saw the sign, and decided to come to Whitby. We asked him if our ticket was valid. He replied of course it was, as long as we still had time on it. My Husband asked the inspector if he would have a quick look at our ticket, as our car was a 5 second walk away from where we were stood talking. The inspector refused to inspect our ticket as he said there was no need, and he guaranteed that if we had been parked in Staithes, we would be ok.
When we returned to our car we had received a penalty charge for “not displaying a valid ticket”. I phoned the help line for some clarity on this very confusing situation and was told there is a private car park in Staithes next to the Council one, and we had parked in there so our ticket wasn’t valid.
I am challenging this PCN on the following grounds:
1 – Scarborough.gov website gives mis-information on parking. It states the ‘only main car park in Staithes, Staithes Gateway Centre is located on this car park”. The private car park and Council car park are next to each other and also next to the Staithes Gateway Centre. Therefore, there isn’t one main car park in Staithes.
2- There is no clear signage to distinguish the private car park from the council car park. They are adjoining.
3- The prices of the private car park are identical to the prices listed on Scarborough.gov website, therefore this further adds to the illusion that one is indeed parking on the Council car park as planned.
4- The signage in the Staithes Gateway Centre information board does not give any warning that there are two carparks (albeit next to each other) and that tickets are not valid from the private one.
5- The ticket inspector guaranteed we would be ok to park there if we had a ticket from Staithes. He did not ask us which car park we were parked in or indeed warn us that there were two. He also refused to come and check our ticket which would have taken mere seconds.
In summary, we were given wrong information on 2 occasions (point 1 and 5) misleading information on one occasion (point 3) and not enough information on two occasions (point 2 and 4).
I am making a complaint about your member staff, as per point 5 above. This member of staff has not received enough training as he isn’t aware of the private car park. His customer service was extremely poor as he refused to help us by looking at our ticket when requested, and that small gesture would have prevented this whole situation.
Overall, I am extremely upset with the outcome of a planned family day-trip as the penalty charge ruined our day. I never have and never would not pay the correct fee in a car park. We tried our very best to make the correct decisions based on the information we received.

This information was incorrect and I therefore challenge this penalty charge.

Sincerely,
Jessica 


Sources: enclosed.

Nice Bit of Birthday Cake

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If you ask me my all-time favourite flavour of cake I will hastily reply: birthday cake!
By that I mean a cake of traditional sponge, crisp white icing and a sensual jam and buttercream centre. A winning formula which makes my salivary glands explode just thinking about it.

Actually, I am enjoying a slice right now; my sticky buttercream fingers only slowing me down a tad as I furiously type this blog post whilst the boy naps (a crime I know; a cake this good deserves my undivided attention along with a steaming mug of tea and a gratified smile).

I only enjoy adult birthday cakes. I have nothing against an erect Peppa Pig per se, but it’s the splatter of spital the child blasts over the damn thing whilst making their birthday wish which really turns my stomach.

And it’s not only your own child that blows is it? All the damn kids try and help until you basically have spit central. Gross.

But I don’t have to worry about that for a few years, thank God.

Back to grown up cakes…….

I’ve been so disappointed in the past with the staleness and just downright in-edibleness of supermarket cakes I just won’t even go there anymore.

Also, I cannot bake.

Thank the Lord that our local baker, neigh, local master bakers (lol) create such bloody amazing cakes for a very reasonable price.


Here is the cake I bought for my Mother-in-Law for her 70th birthday – isn’t it pretty?

At £16 for the smallest (serving 20ish) you really can’t complain. I asked for the coconut sides (rather than iced) as not only is this a cheaper option, but in my opinion, a tastier and more aesthetically pleasing option too.

The cake is delicious, moist and an all-round winner.

If you live in Manchester / Oldham I’d make the drive, or if you live elsewhere, I’d recommend asking your local bakery about birthday cakes and you might be onto a winner too.
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robinsons bakers failsworth cake


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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

wonder.land

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The biennial Manchester International Festival, launched in 2007, was back this month from 2nd – 19th July with new works across a spectrum of arts and popular culture.

I was lucky enough to get tickets to see wonder.land (say wonder-dot-land); a new musical inspired by one of my favourite children’s books, Alice in Wonderland, and music by the very cool Damon Albarn.

MIF15 sponsors this year were global fashion leader boohoo, who obviously haven’t forgotten their Manchester roots, and they kindly sent me an outfit to wear to the show!

My Outfit

Since I am vertically challenged, I always get excited when I find a petite maxi dress and this petite Rosie Neon Paisley Twist Back maxi dress had me whooping for joy.
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wonder.land boohoo blogger review manchester
wonder.land boohoo blogger review manchester
wonder.land boohoo blogger review manchester

The Show

It was a brilliant afternoon at the Palace Theatre. wonder.land is a modern take on Carroll’s traditional story where the heroine Alice is a computer-game addicted school-girl who is blaming herself for her parents separation. She turns to the wonder.land game on her smart phone to try and block out her miserable existence caused by moving schools and being bullied.

wonder.land is just as bonkers as expected with a semi-skinned lizard, puking baby, and muscled gas-mask wearing white rabbit.


I loved it.
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Did you see any of MIF15?


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Friday, 10 July 2015

Cold Chocolate

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I feel a bit mean lately.

The Hubby is half way through his challenge to give up sweet stuff for one whole year (and he is a sugar fiend) whilst I am sat here enjoying these delicious little buggers.

But my goodness these chocs are good.

And unusual.

Summer and chocolate don’t really go hand in hand do they? I’m thinking of a big brown mess and sticky fingers.

The experts at Hotel Chocolat have saved the day once again with their Fruit Bombes to Chill (£9.00) best served after chilling for at least 30 minutes.

In one tub you get five delicious flavours: blackcurrant, lime, lemon, cherry and passion fruit.

You get the satisfying crack of cold chocolate like biting into an original Magnum, followed by the intense fruit flavour against the smooth chocolate.

Foodgasm.


The end.
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