This simple and inexpensive art activity will keep your little one entertained on a warm summer day. It is probably best to do this outside though, as it can get rather messy! Continue reading
What do you do when life gives you a massive lemon? Turn it into scrummy yummy muffins, of course!
So, this is my second post where I take to the kitchen and experiment with the aim of providing ‘healthy snacks’ for bub.
So, we were off to Australia…yay! But that involved a 22 hour flight …boo! As if that wasn’t tiring in itself, we would be flying with a noisy and incredibly nosy 9 month old. How were we going to survive?!
I won’t lie, it was a sleep depriving and energy sapping experience – bub only had an unsettled 2 hour snooze for the duration of the flight. A recent trip to the Coral Coast left us with the flight blues, as we got a taster of what it will be like returning to the UK in September with a toddling bub. I’m hoping these tips will help me on that journey as well as aid you on your travels!
My 13 month old has a great appetite and I am always looking for new ideas for snack time. Like many, I am keen to make bub’s food from scratch so I know exactly what he is eating and can keep salt and sugar intake to a minimum. It can, however, be a struggle and I often find myself reaching for a pouch or rice cakes just because they are so convenient, especially as we spend a lot of time out and about. It is hard to prepare and keep food fresh in hot weather and it is even harder when we are travelling!
Encourage concentration and perseverance by making a fun posting box with your little one. It is great for developing their fine motor skills and gives them the opportunity to work on their problem solving, as they twist and rotate objects to fit them through the holes. The posting and dropping of items is so enticing that it is sure to become a favourite game. Also, they will be keen to complete the task by ensuring every item is posted – tidy up time won’t be a problem!
Stepping off the plane at the small airport of Learmonth we were greeted by a warm breeze, which was accompanied by the most amazing smell of dry, hot wood. We had landed in Exmouth, a place that enjoys around 320 days of sunshine a year. This day was no different; it was only 7.30am yet the temperature was making its way up to the high thirties. It was going to be a holiday of sun, sea, sand, snorkeling and muchos suncream.
I love baking. I bake for friends’ birthdays, for engagement parties, for school and just for fun. I even baked my own wedding cake along with other tasty treats. Dan and I managed to turn his family home into a food factory!
The Margaret River region is a 3 hour drive south of Perth though possibly a bit longer if you have to factor in stops for baby. Many Western Australians venture here for their holidays, especially during the summer months because it tends to be a tad cooler than up north.
It was easy to see why the region is so popular being full of family friendly beaches, waves to surf, limestone caves to explore and a fantastic gourmet scene to gorge on (think wine, cheese, ice cream and chocolate galore!). Whatsmore, this is all available in a relatively compact area; the drive from Busselton -in the north of the region – to Augusta – in the south- took us just over an hour. This meant we were able to fit in lots of activities, as we could plan any driving around babies naps and therefore avoid meltdowns.