What a weekendย 

โ€‹I don’t think I realised how much the sun affected my mood. This weekend, and it’s beautiful weather, has made me feel so much better. 

We have been very relaxed and organised (very unlike us!) which has made the most of the beautiful weather. We have visited the Marston Moretaine Dinosaurs, had two picnics, got sunburnt, been to three parks, eaten too many ice lollies and had a nap in the shade.

What more could you want with such beautiful little babies and perfect weather!

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Cutest conversation today

Noah staring up at the moon out during the early evening.. “mummy I want to go to the moon” 

“You need a rocket to get there little man, it’s really far away” 

“it’s not, I can catch it”

“Maybe when you grown up you can be an astronaut and fly there in a rocket”

Looking very excited at that idea, then..

“But mummy I don’t have a costume… Maybe I can borrow one”

#toddlerlife #astronaut #space #mumlife #mumblog #bigdreams #mylittlespaceman #whenigrowup #problemsolving 

Dairy free easy peasy!

We have been dairy free for three days now. It has been a challenge but only really to have to think a bit more when getting food out and leaving bits out when making dinner. 

We have had one bad experience of a pub near us advertising they have soy milk but then not having any because it isn’t popular, so they haven’t bothered to buy it again ๐Ÿ™„ cheers whetherspoons! 

A second bad experience which has really upset me was buying dairy free yogurts from Holland and Barratt to find they are mouldy! Properly green fury mouldy! I am mostly upset because the lids were actually all damaged but covered by reduced stickers… Big no no. We are currently dealing with them by email. I don’t think I will be going back to the shop near us again. It really didn’t make our dinner time very pleasant with a toddler suddenly not being able to eat his new yogurts that I had spent all day making sound yummy! There was a lot of tears and he just didn’t understand why they were taken away from him.

Hopefully that was our bad luck out of the way! We had pretty good visit to a local play area yesterday where they made us scrambled egg with soy milk, they had dairy free butter and they even sold #minimoo chocolates! I think we will be going here more often as Noah loved them!

So we have been eating almost a vegan diet the last few days, we have had vegan burgers, dairy free cheese and polenta chips. I made a stir fry just with veggies and tonight we are having some concoction of Sweet Potato and Spinach patties? (I haven’t made them up yet) and Colliflower mash. 

I’m really not minding the lack of meat and dairy at the moment, I haven’t been craving cream or anything like I did when we tried this before so I am hoping my knowledge of coconut cream and mayonnaise will get me through! 

I might even loose my mum tum if I’m lucky! I did eat a lot of cheese before. 

Send any recipies my way! X

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Trialing life without the big D…ย 

I have been on and off with dairy for a little while now for a few reasons. The first ‘off’ was when I had winnie (now 11 months). She was dairy intolerant and breast fed so I had to give it up. I didn’t actually mind and it gave me a new awareness of how milk in one form or another is in most things. Usually it is as some kind of milk powder on the ingredients list, even in Turkey bacon! (there’s just no need for that!) 

I cut out the biggest quantities of dairy easily by swapping to soy milk and various yogurts (I kept swapping because they tasted like paper). I now actually preference soy milk in tea but still struggle with other areas like on cereal, blah.  So since then I have tried to be more conscious of how much dairy we are all consuming. 
Recently both Noah and Winnie seem to have permanent coughs. Noah has been given both brown and blue inhalers for ‘when he needs them’, he hasn’t been diagnosed with asthma but apparently he can’t be until he’s five. So they don’t really help and he coughs most of the night but the doctors don’t really know what else to say. Winnie on the other hand has been given a green inhaler for her baby lungs and has had 4 ear infections, with antibiotics, and croup 3 times in the last 6 months.
I am not a big fan of antibiotics, especially in little ones, I would much rather know why she is getting these infections and coughs that keep her up all night. So we are trialing no dairy for all of us for a month.
I did a shop today and made sure to not pick up regular cheese (my oh is going to cry) and alternative yogurts. I’m going to make Winnie and noah custard with hazelnut milk and birds powder as well as sugar free Jelly to help with his yogurts addiction. I don’t think he will mind but I’m sure the fact that he can still eat jaffa cakes and party rings will come in handy at some point!
Let me know if you have any tips, I think we will mainly struggle with cheesy things and snacks rather than meals, but any help is welcome ๐Ÿ™‚
Wish me luck! X
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Just a little bit of spring…

For the last week or so I have slept less than I did with a newborn. Oswin’s croupy cough has kept her and me awake pretty much all night and I am officially a zombie. If you spoke to me at all this week you would think I had taken something, it’s just not fun. 

So yesterday when I had the day with Oswin at home with Noah at nursery, I decided I was going to get all the washing done, sort my blog out, do the washing up mountain and then play with Oswin.

Looking back at this I feel like saying “bless you” in a very condescending voice with a slight laugh. Honestly Noah is at nursery until 3:30, I managed to put one lot of nappies in the wash and make myself a tea… Then Oswin decided I had nothing better to do, so I was stuck under her asleep for 2 hours. If it wasn’t for the fact I hadn’t eaten and desperately needed a wee, I would have been OK! 

I eventually had to go and get Noah from nursery, thankfully it was so lovely and sunny that when we got home I could just let him play in the garden. I love seeing him ride up and down on his many (too many) bikes, cars and scooters. Oswin was desperate to get out so I put the blanket on the grass and gave them a snack each. I had the thought of, oo they are happy for a moment so I can get the washing out or reply to an email! But instead I picked my phone up and took the quick photo above. I then put my phone down and went and sat with my babies in the sun. 

This may seem like a normal thing to some people but I seem to struggle sometimes to appreciate playing and perfect moments with my little ones. This was definitely one of those. I definitely went to bed feeling warm and fuzzy last night knowing I didn’t let anything get in the way of a spontaneous picmic (Noah’s term) with my rapidly growing babies. 

Obviously it didn’t last as a ‘picture perfect’ moment as instantly Oswin decided to throw blackberries at me and use her plate as a steering wheel, Noah burst out laughing, nearly choked then joined in with the mini food fight. It was still a moment I will remember as spring arriving though, Oswin was able to crawl around the grass for the first time without getting wet knees and Noah said he needed sun Glasses. 

I am feeling somewhat inspired to get my Nikon out and take some beautiful spring photos of them tomorrow and actually welcome spring. I hope spring brought with it some inspiration or uplifting for everyone else! Get outside everyone! X

When daddy is desperately trying to get the little one to sleep and she keeps waking up, sitting up and smiling at him ๐Ÿ˜œ. Take your time… I have wine and #catastrophe starts in a minute ๐Ÿ˜‚#mumlife #metime #selfcare #redwine #parentblogger #parenting #photooftheday

Is #bluesclues vintage yet? We were given lots of these books from our lovely neighbour and Noah loves them! We have moved on from #theresanouchinmypouch! Ahh bedtime… Where’s the wine ๐Ÿท! #winetime #bedtime #bedtimestories #mummyblogger #pblog #parenting #siblings #rememberingthesedays #our_everyday_moments #worldoflittles

Personal time? What’s that?!

So the toddler is asleep and the baby upstairs with my oh. I should be able to take a few moments to go to loo in peace for once in the day! Nope not in this house.
Minute 1: dog starts to scratch to be let in from outside with the impatience of a junkie needing a fix. Try to ignore it…
Minute 3: I can hear winnie start to cry upstairs through the ‘fancy’ air vents. Ignore it her dad is right there…
Minute 4 (maybe): My mum shouts not knowing where I am. Seriously!! It’s a very small house!!
Minute 5: Now the cat is crying outside the actual bathroom door in the most frustrating way. OK that’s it I just need to wait for everyone to be in bed before I can take anywhere near ‘dad time’ to go to the loo, or choose a busy time to go like he does!