Can you believe Elian is 7 months old already, time seriously flies when you become a parent! So for the last month we have been testing the waters of baby-led weaning, no doubt you’ll have seen his messy face on our Instagram or Facebook Page, or you might have caught little dude tasting some of his first foods over on our YouTube channel! I’m not going to explain baby-led weaning as the link above will do it far better, but it pretty much means you don’t give babies pureed food, instead you give them soft finger foods to start with and progress upwards onto normal foods as they begin to develop chewing, teeth and hand/eye coordination.
So far he has tried out a whole host of foods from banana and raspberries, to broccoli, melon, pasta and scrambled eggs, and I can hand on heart say he has happily eaten and enjoyed everything. The only issue I now have is trying to come up with new things for him to try so he doesn’t get bored of eating the same thing everyday! He currently only has breakfast and tea (just small portions as he is still breastfeeding) but I have now started to look for actual recipes for him, rather than just giving him fruit and cooked veg. If your looking for baby lead weaning breakfast ideas, or a healthy snack my Banana and Peanut Butter breakfast muffin recipe could be a perfect choice. Continue reading →
As it’s a new year and undoubtedly at least 50% of the population has made the resolution to try and lose weight this year (me included!) I thought I would make the first recipe post of 2017 a slimming world recipe. So here is my Slimming World minced beef hash recipe. This is a hearty, simple and filling recipe that I made for me and Jon just before Christmas, using the extra lean mince beef that we had in our Musclefoods hamper. It’s syn free on the current Slimming World plan and you can pack in lots of free or super free veggies. It’s also a great recipe to make at the end of the shopping week to help you use up any stray veg in your fridge as you can add pretty much any vegetables you have lying around (within reason obviously, not too sure an artichoke or avocado would work!) It’s a firm favourite with all the family in the Two Hearts household and I’ve no doubt Elian will be trying it soon too.
Slimming World Minced Beef Hash Recipe
This is a super simple and really tasty meal, that can help you pack in some free and super free foods. Hearty and homely this recipe can help you use up some of that forgotten veg in your fridge at the end of the week. Its a family favourite here!
It has been so lovely seeing all the little cuties in their trendy outfits linking up with mine and Leanne’s new #MyTrendyTot Instagram community over the past week. I’ve loved seeing all the different styles and fun outfits we chose to dress our children in and it’s made my job of choosing my favs for this first week super difficult! But I finally made a decision and below you’ll see my first #MyTrendyTot stars.
My own little trendy tot has been wearing his new mouse dressing gown lots this week, paired here with his Aeroplane Pyjamas from TKMaxx. Cute and cozy which has been perfect for our stay in Bluestone over the last week which was a little bit nippy but very relaxing!
Over the last few months I have been enjoying instagram more and more, not sure if it’s because I am a professional photographer (Weddings and Newborns are my day to day job!) or just because its so quick and easy (and I kind of like to be nosy and see what peoples real lives are like). Pictures play such a huge part in mine and Jons life, and even though we spend our days taking photos of people, the majority of the time it doesn’t feel like work, so we still love to take photos outside of work too. Continue reading →
Just before Christmas Opie received a little parcel from the Cotswold RAW dog food company which contained 4 different RAW dog food products. The trial pack contained 2 packs of their active dog mince (Turkey and Lamb) and 2 packs of their active dog sausages (Beef and Lamb). The active food is meat for dogs who have an active lifestyle or are working dogs, Opie is very energetic and active so it was perfect for him. The Active range is 80% raw meat and 20% quality vegetables. The meat arrives frozen so you just pop it into your freezer and then defrost it as and when you need it, they last 72 hours once defrosted. Each pack was enough for 2-3 meals for Opie as we also added a small cup of dry food to his meals but how long they last will depend on the size of your dog and how much they eat daily. Heres Opie’s little dog food review Continue reading →
If you follow our instagram account you will know I am all about teething jewellery. Even though Elian isn’t officially teething yet (no sign of teeth buds) he loves nothing more than to chew on stuff, pretty much anything he can get in his mouth to be honest, and this has been going on for nearly 2 months. I’m pretty sure he will start teething soon but for now he is enjoying gum chewing everything and anything, especially my new Black and Beech Theo Necklace.
I have a number of different teething necklaces and bracelets now as I have been lucky enough to be gifted some and won one in a fellow bloggers competition. They have become an essential day to day item that I don’t leave the house without, even if I’m not carrying the little man he will often play with one in his pram to keep him entertained when we are out and about. Even if he isn’t actually chewing my necklace he plays and fiddles with the beads, especially when we are breastfeeding. So having something specifically designed for his grabby hands instead of pulling on my non baby jewellery or my hair when feeding is great. Continue reading →
Yay so its the final day of my 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways, which means we are half way through December and xmas is just a few days away! Eek! And I think I saved the most fun giveaway till last, so who wants to win an entire hamper of fresh lean meat?? We received this MuscleFood box a few weeks back to review and work on some recipes with, my freezer is still packed, and all the meat we have tried so far has been so tasty with almost no fat coming off it. So far we have eaten the burgers, some bacon, chicken portions, beef mince and chicken meatballs and all have been delicious!
Whoop we have made it to day 11 of my 12 days of Christmas Giveaways!! Today is another giveaway from me to you lovely readers. I’ve decided to put together a new baby bundle of items for one lucky reader. I’m not going to tell you whats in the bundle as that would spoil the surprise! But I promise you there are lots of great items and the value is over £50!!!
I love baby-wearing so much, and luckily so does our little dude! Even Jon loves it. It is so practical when you are out and about and you don’t want to take a pram, or you aren’t able to take a pram due to space or the terrain that your going to be on, like walking the dog down the river paths! I have a few different baby carriers now but my Kangawrap is usually my day to day go to wrap (check my Kangawrap Review) as it feels so comfortable and secure.
So for day 10 of my 12 days of christmas giveaways I am giving away a Kangawrap to one lucky reader!! Yay!! I would suggest baby wearing to everyone who has a little one as it is just such a lovely thing to do, feeling so close to your little one is comforting. Plus if you have a little menace like mine who doesn’t like being put down (ever!) baby wearing means I can actually get things done in the day, I sometimes wear it in the house just so I can tidy, cook and do general household stuff. Plus if your baby is unsettled and fussing baby wearing in a wrap or sling is a great way to calm them and help them get to sleep as they are so close to your chest and can feel your breathing and heartbeat which is comforting for them. Continue reading →
So it’s day 9 out of 12 for my christmas giveaways and this little giveaway is coming straight from me to you guys as a big thank you for following my blog! I thought I would offer you all the chance to win a little sweet treat because who doesn’t like a bit of chocolate at christmas time. So for this chocolate giveaway I have a 375g box of luxury Guylian chocolates. We love these chocolate shells and seahorses, such rich and creamy chocolate there will definitely be a box of these at my parents house ready to open christmas eve!