Monday, 26 September 2016

Toddler Boy AW16 Picks

We're now in September and autumn weather is right around the corner, it's time to get rid of all the summer clothes and fill it with warmer clothing. Here are some of my favourite toddler boy picks for Autumn/Winter.
Road map joggers  - Next

Leaf print top - Zara 

I'm actually really looking forward to dressing Joey in warmer clothing, he's exhausted all of his summer clothes so I'm excited to see him in different things now. Joey actually has 3 things out of the 12 listed so we're making a good start on his winter wardrobe.

Have you made a start on your child's winter warbrobe? 

Friday, 23 September 2016

What Joey Wore #29

Welcome back to another week of What Joey Wore. We missed last week as we've been a bit busy with the hubby being off for 2 weeks and we've been to Scotland for a few days this week.

Outfit 1
Jumper: H&M | Leggings: Zara | Trainers: Nike 
Having got back from Scotland yesterday it seemed that we had woken up to some cold autumn weather this morning. The jumper hasn't been worn for a while during the summer and seems a lot smaller compared to when he last wore it. The mountain leggings from Zara are actually from AW15 collection last year which he had and then grew out of so i bought a bigger pair on ebay. I think the grey jumper and colour of the leggings go really well.

As always we're linking up with This Mama Life for Weekend Tot Style. Also linking up with Make Do and Push for Funky Kid Friday.
This Mama Life

Until next week

Monday, 19 September 2016

Recipe creation with Aldi Part 1

Now that we are in September, Summer is coming to an end so we'll be saying goodbye to salads and BBQs and a big hello to heart warming winter dishes. Aldi at the moment are promoting British Food Fortnight and also Organic September so I have been set the challenge of creating some wintery recipes using Aldi products.

When I think of winter british food i think of stews, casseroles and generally meaty dishes. So with that in mind I'm gointo share with you two meals that shout winter food.

Roast Beef with a Mustard & Horseradish Crust

1 Red Tractor British Roasting Joint – approx. 1kg
40g English Mustard
40g Specially Selected Horseradish Sauce
100g Greenvale Butter, softened
100g The Pantry Plain Flour
Sea Salt and Black Pepper
400ml Baron St Jean Red Wine or Quixo Beef Stock made with a Quixo Stock Cube
Quixo Beef Gravy Granules
600g Charlotte Potatoes
1 Broccoli
4 carrots

Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6.

Put the English mustard, horseradish sauce and the butter into a mixing bowl, season with some sea salt and black pepper – mix well, then add the flour and mix again.
Spread this over the fat on the top of the joint.

Put in a roasting tin and pour the red wine or stock around the beef.

Roast in the oven for about 60 minutes, less if you like your beef rare.

Prick the potatoes with a fork – put on a roasting tray and bake in the oven for 45 minutes.

Take the beef out of the roasting tin – cover with some tin foil and allow to rest for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, use any of the cooking juices to make up the gravy.

Cook the Broccoli and carrots separately  in some boiling water – then drain.
Pop yorkshire puddings into the oven for 6 mins until golden brown.

Serve the roast carved with the gravy, vegetables and yorkshire pudding.

Whenever we have a typical roast dinner i usually always go for a roast chicken but I do love roast beef and wanted to try something different. I must admit that i did buy the wrong bit of beef for this recipe but because I'm a novice when it comes to cooking beef i think it turned out pretty well.

Do you have a favourite meal you always make during the winter months? My next recipe for British Food Fortnight will be a classic chicken casserole, so keep your eyes peeled for that on the blog soon.

Disclaimer: I was given £30 worth of Aldi vouchers in order to buy ingredients for this post

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Worrying about the milestones

At the moment one of my biggest worries i have as a parent is about the milestones that Joey isn't yet reaching. Even though he is only 2 years old and still classed as a baby it's a constant worry that he isn't at the same development stage like most kids his age.

I try and tell myself not to get too worried about Joey's development but it's hard not to. At times i blame myself, it feels like its my fault because he doesn't socialise with other children and he doesn't go to nursery. Over the past few months I'd been taking Joey to various different groups but they didn't offer the interaction that Joey needed.

Speech and communication - Joey's speech is pretty much non-existent. He is vocal but doesn't say any actual words. Recently he has been repeatedly saying "Baaa" but we don't know what that means to him. Because of the lack of speech it means he's finding it hard to communicate, if he wants something he'll point or lead me to something. Hand gestures have become quite popular with him aswell, we don't know if this is another way of him trying to communicate to us.

Potty training - I've become very aware recently of stories about children who aren't even 2 years old being fully potty trained. Because Joey can't tell me he needs the toilet, I don't see how i can encourage him to start using a potty. Whenever i can tell he's having a poo, i always tend to ask him "are you having a poo?" and instead of nodding his head he just looks at me and goes very quiet.

Cot to toddler bed - Joey still sleeps in his cotbed, we haven't taken the sides down yet and don't have any plans to do so anytime soon. Like I've already mentioned, i feel like he's still a baby so would worry if he didn't have the sides up. He doesn't appear to need the extra space just yet and he hasn't attempted to climb out of his cot just yet.

On a regular basis i get emails from various companies informing me of how my child should be developing and then the health visitors are concerned he is behind. Should i really be paying attention to all of these people who don't see my son on a daily basis? As a mum I'd like to think that Joey is just a little bit behind and with the help of speech therapy we should see some improvements soon.

Do you worry about your child's milestones?

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Mummy & Little Me Week 13: When is the best time to start potty training?

For this week's post for Mummy & Little Me i ask when the right time is to potty train your child. Joey is 2 years and 3 months old and we're not even thinking of potty training yet.

But what i want to know is whether their is an idea age/time to start your child's potty training journey? I've seen recently that potty training before 2 years old is quite popular at the moment.

Is their really any rush to get your child potty trained so quickly? I suppose if theirs going to be a new arrival in the family then not having to change a toddlers nappy aswell as a newborns would be pretty handy.

Let me know what age you started potty training your child. 

Don't forget to check out our previous posts on the Mummy & Little Me blog...
Week 1: My fussy toddler with veg
Week 2: Fussy Toddler Mealtime Tips
Week 3: Fussy Toddler Meal Ideas
Week 4: Eating out with a toddler
Week 5: Weaning Tips
Week 6: My top changing bags
Week 7: Toddler Cutlery Tips
Week 8: Cookbooks for Fussy Eaters
Week 9: Getting your child to sleep in their own room
Week 10: Keeping the kids cool
Week 11: How to save money on your food shopping
Week 12: Baby & Toddler Events
Week 13: When is the right time to potty train your child.

Thanks for reading

Friday, 9 September 2016

What Joey Wore #28

Welcome to this week's What Joey Wore, we have 3 outfits to share with you! Some of these bits are new and I've been so excited for Joey to wear them.

Outfit 1 
Top: Matalan | Dungarees: Turtledove London
About 2 weeks ago i happened to stumble across the Turtledove London sale, they have some great Spring/summer stuff in the sale at the moment. These striped dungarees were only £10! They are so versatile you can wear them on a hot day or even a cold day. It was a pretty miserable day so i popped a plain grey long sleeved top underneath but it would still look great with other coloured t-shirts. 

Outfit 2 
Top: Turtledove London | Bottoms: Zara | Trainers: Nike
Another purchase from Turtledove London, the Hello tee was £6 in the sale. I love the colour and font style. I think the mintiness of the top went well with the marble effect bottoms from Zara. As always his Nike Roche finish the outfit perfectly.

Outfit 3
Top: Primrose & Bear | Leggings: Fred & Noah | Trainers: Nike
This tee from Primrose & Bear has been my most exciting purchase for Joey recently. You know I'm a huge fan of anything unique/personalised and this brand produce some amazing clothes. The grey top with the mint green name splash is perfect. Paired with his blue racoon leggings from Fred & Noah and his favourite Nike trainers.

This Mama Life

As always we're linking up with This Mama Life for Weekend Tot Style. Also linking up with Make Do and Push for Funky Kid Friday.

Until next week

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Home Decor Picks

Over the last few months I've been picking up a few bits and bobs to turn Joey's room from baby nursery into a toddler boys room. 

A few of the bits I've bought for Joey's room recently have been from independent shops on instagram such as the Dinosaur print from Home Cosy Home Prints and then the wooden cloud from With Love Lucy. I've also been very impressed with the home departments of Next and New Look, Joey's curtains and bedding are from Next and they have some lovely alphabet products to kit out your home with. I've also come across that New Look has its own home department which i never knew about (and I worked their for 3 years!).

I've only been buying things gradually but here are a few bits that have caught my eye recently...
Handpainted marbled decor - Isaacs Treasure
Luxury prints & accessories - Freddie the Kid
Handmade wooden items - With Love Lucy
Dinosaur print - Home Cosy Home Prints

Bespoke wooden letters - Cotton Tots
Star book ledge - Great Little Trading Company


New Look 
White LED Cloud - £10 

In the past I've never been into buying accessories for my home but I am now really obsessed now. Their are so many fantastic small independent brands on instagram that handmake some lovely, unique items so definitely check them out.