Friday, 27 May 2016

FOOD: May Degustabox - trying new foods

We love trying new foods, and one of the highlights of the month is receiving our Degustabox* in the post.
Each month it is literally packed with new foods and snacks, with a mix of healthy and naughty bits and pieces, as well as drinks and ingredients to try in your own cooking.

Plus you can learn all about the brands and the items with their information sheet which gives you a little snippet into each product, before you try.

I can't advocate trying new foods enough to be honest. Luckily both myself and Dann aren't choosey eaters and will try pretty much everything once. And frankly we've not really hand anything from Degustabox that we haven't liked at least a little (bar peanuts for me - but Dann loves them, so it's a happy household).

Inside May's Degustabox.....

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

BABY: Pregnancy update - May - weeks 32-36

Wow is time flying by now. I can't quite believe I'm 36 weeks pregnant now! It feels like only yesterday that I saw the words 'pregnant' on my test!! It's been a real mix of activity over the last few weeks as we get the final bits and pieces sorted ready for Bee's arrival. I actually think we are fully ready for Bee's arrival now having bought EVERYTHING on our list and collecting our travel system last week. You can see our nursery in this post.

I also had my baby shower at the very end of April which was so lovely. You can read all about it here.

I'm really quite proud of how much we're prepared - well as much as you can be for a baby and a huge change to your life. But I'm so so ready for this next chapter. I'm ready for the ups and downs. The sleepless nights. Bringing up a human being in a harsh and difficult world. But most of all for all the adventures, laughter and memories waiting to be made. I've never been more certain about anything in my life, I'm going to love being a mother.

I've had my 34 week check up with my midwife and all is looking good with baby, measuring at 34cm, 141bpm heartbeat and 4/5 engaged. Yes there is a chance Bee could move in and out of being engaged over the next couple of weeks but baby has stayed put for the last few weeks so fingers crossed we're getting ready to come out!

We also visited the New Forest Birth Centre in Ashurst, Hampshire as part of our antenatal classes. We were already pretty sold on midwife-led units but the visit really settled my mind and convinced me 100% that it is where I would like to give birth (if possible). The birthing rooms felt really calming and a nice environment, far from the clinical feel of a labour ward, but still safe, which is important to me as I know a true hospital feel will make me more anxious. I also really like the idea of being able to move and hate the idea of being tied down with wires. I know natural/water births aren't for everyone, and things could certainly change on the day but I'm feeling a lot more confident going in!

Some photos from the last few weeks.

Monday, 23 May 2016

LIFESTYLE: Summer Travel Essentials with Babies

With baby Bee on the way we've been really focusing on stuff around our home, and how a baby is going to impact our lives. We've sorted the nursery and playroom, and been working on making sure the rest of the house is baby ready and safe.

We've recently been thinking about our car and travel over the summer, especially with a baby on board. We have family dotted and friends dotted across the South of the country so will likely be doing a few trips in the car to visit people with Bee. That in mind, I've been getting organised to make sure we are safe and ready for travelling with a little one, particularly ahead of Bee's arrival - must have a car to get us to the hospital right!?!

I've collaborated with Point-S to talk about car awareness and making sure you are safe on the roads this summer.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

LIFESTYLE: Oh I do love a wedding

Last weekend we took a trip up home for a little visit with my sister.
She's getting married next year which is kind of super surreal for me. My little sister is all grown up and getting hitched. Anyway, as a lover of weddings - oh my gosh I love weddings - I could not turn down the opportunity to go wedding dress shopping with her and her best friend.

I used to work in a wedding dress shop many moons ago and it has always been a favourite place to work. There's nothing happier than helping a girl find her dream dress. Plus being surrounded by all that prettiness!

Thankfully with my baby bump I wouldn't have fit in anything so the desire to try everything on too was kept to a minimum.

We spent the morning at Ivory and Lace in Toddington, Berkshire which is a stunning collection of beautiful gowns and a great one-to-one appointment only consultation service. The customer service from Donna and her assistant I have to admit was second to none, which I know is incredibly important when your customer is planning on investing a lot of money.

Of course I had to take along my camera and grab some photos too. Wedding dress shops are just too pretty to pass up a photography session!

Friday, 20 May 2016

FOOD: Summer Lamb

Lamb has to be one of my favourite meats, even if I do feel a little guilty eating it sometimes. I love it as a roast dinner - smothered in mint sauce of course! And it also makes a great winter dinner option, like in this mustard lamb recipe I blogged earlier this year.

When I was asked by Tasty Easy Lamb to share a lamb recipe that proves lamb isn't just for roasts I knew exactly what I wanted to make.

Lamb may be considered an autumn/winter meat, but with the right ingredients it's a fab summer meat too.

Inspired by Greece, I'm sharing my Lamb pittas, perfect for a sunny weekend lunch, or add wedges and buttery corn on the cob for a simple and easy dinner option on a hot day.