Sunday, 4 October 2015

Win 1 of 2 Wynnie Feeding Pillows From Theraline

Wynnie pillows are amazing. I remember having one after I'd just had Thomas (feels like so long ago) and loved it. 

Wynnie is a great product for baby feeding. I used to just simply place it around my tummy area and then would lay Thomas across it for feeding. This would mean that he was in the correct position and height for a comfortable feeding time for both of us. I didn't need to slouch forward whilst feeding so it also supported my back too. 

What's more, the Wynnie pillow is great for when your baby is learning to sit as it can be placed on the floor and will cushion around your baby, supporting him and also making sure that if he was to tilt to one side, the pillow would be there to protect him from falling. 

It has been fitted with just the right grade of fibre filling so it is completely supportive. The cover is made from a high quality fabric, washable at 60°C. The inner is washable at 40°C and can also be tumble dried.

I loved mine. It came in handy so much over the years and I even had it when Charlie was born and continued to use it with him. So, how would you like to win one of these fab pillows for yourself? Well, you are in luck as I have been given 2 to giveaway to two of my lucky blog readers. 

For your chance to win one of 2 Wynnie Feeding Pillows from Theraline, then please enter via the Rafflecopter form below. (winners will be sent a random pattern by Theraline)

Please remember to check our full T&C's here. This giveaway is open to the UK only and any entries left that do not follow the required entries will be disqualified. After any mandatory entries, others will open up to give you extra entries. You do not have to enter by all methods but these will give you extra entries into the competition if you do. 

And please, if you are commenting on the blog as 'anonymous' can you please write your name in the comment otherwise I cannot count your entry.

Ends midnight 25th October 2015

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Easy Peasy Golden Buns Recipe

As a family, we love baking. Having been brought up by a mum who is a baker, I am used to seeing cakes being baked and decorated and so picked up tips and recipes over the years. 

For me, I like to make things that are easier than what my mum makes. I'm not in to big lavish fruit cakes that need months to stand for a better taste, I like recipes that are simple and that I can teach the boys to do so that they too, grow up knowing how to cook and how to bake cakes and treats. 

So today I'm sharing my super simple easy peasy golden buns recipe. So easy to make that these buns were produced by Thomas, making them all on his own (bar me taking them out of the oven and supervision whilst using the mixer) And here's how you make them...

You will need:
150g butter
150g sugar 
175g self raising flour
3 eggs
100g golden syrup

Serve plain or make you own topping with icing sugar and water with sprinkles to decorate. 

1.   Pre-heat oven to 180 C and line a bun tin with 12 cases. 
2.  Put your sugar and butter into a mixing bowl and cream together until light a fluffy. 
3.  Slowly add the flour and the eggs a bit at a time, constantly mixing to stop lumps and 
     then add the     golden syrup and fold in to the mixture. 
4.  Divide the mixture evenly between the bun cases and place in the oven for around 12 to 
     15 minutes until firm and golden brown on top. 
5.  Take out and place on a cooling rack until cooled down and then devour. 

They're that simple! You could also mix 100g of icing sugar with drops of water to make the right consistency  and add the top of the buns with some sprinkles to give them a topping, but this is optional, the buns are delicious on their own. 

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

The Role of the Social Worker Assistant

Social workers are a vital part of a happy, healthy, functioning society.

They assist vulnerable people and children through the really hard parts of life and help them through a crisis while also working to safeguard them from harm.

They could be working with a variety of people from young parents to those addicted to substances to carers but often they specialize in one field.

Sometimes, social workers need to work with other outside sources such as the police and hospitals and can sometimes have to make some very tough calls which can result in a parent losing access to their child or a person being put through other special measures to ensure their safety.

Because this role is so demanding, social worker assistants are now helping to make the field of social work much more efficient and productive by taking on some duties that the social worker simply does not have time to deal with.

They work with qualified social workers to maintain the high standards of quality of care for those needing it and are therefore absolutely paramount to society.

Photo by David Castillo Dominici from

The role of the social worker assistant can include: 

Social workers simply do not have the time to deal with the administrative side of their roles, such as report writing, and therefore social worker assistants take over these duties.

Other responsibilities can include contacting potential clients and setting up appointments, writing up actions plans and basic administration.

Meeting directly with clients
Social worker assistants often visit clients in their home or other environments and inform them about the services available, assist them with tasks such as paperwork and help them through actions plans that have been drawn up for them. They also offer support, guidance and counselling to those in crisis on a one-to-one basis.

Supporting the social worker
Professionally supporting the social worker through hard cases and motivating them is a major part of the role of social worker assistant. By removing many of the miscellaneous tasks it allows them to be highly energized for their duties and therefore provide the best quality of care. Social worker assistants also keep up to date with changes in legislation and therefore can assist the social worker competently and legally.

Working in the community
Social worker assistants are visible in the local community and often are the first port of call for clients and other health care professionals. Because they do not specialize in any one field like many social workers they deal with many people in hospitals, care homes and other settings.

Milkysnugz: Hugz Your Baby Will Love!

Milkysnugz are wonderfully cute. They are a fun range of cuddly comforters for your babies bottle that come with lots of loving hugz. Made to help with the breastfeeding journey and the new Universal Collection take 98% of baby bottles on the market, including sipper spout & sports cap bottles too.

If used from birth, babies build a bond with their Milkysnugz not their feeding aid and , when pressed against the breast, they will take on the mothers scent, making it easier for a baby to latch to the bottle for feeding. 

As babies grow, they learn to grasp onto bottles and eventually hold them with the help of the Milkysnugz which helps to develop fine motor skills so they can become independent feeders. When older, Milkysnugz help make the transition from bottles to spouts a doddle as the baby associates with the Milkysnugz and not with what's hiding inside. 

On the left, the original Milkysnugz and on the right, the new universal Milkysnugz
Milkysnugz are also fully machine washable at 30 degrees so it doesn't matter if they are attacked by a dribble monster as they can just be popped into the washing machine. Made from the highest quality materials and a zip fastener underneath which allows for easy access to the bottle, they are very soft and long lasting with a full CE certification.  

The new Universal Milkysnugz have been designed to fit 98% of the baby bottles on the current market which means, no matter what bottle or sippy cup you choose to use for your baby, it will more than likely, fit into the Milkysnugz for hugz and cuddles. 

Available in six adorable characters, Benji The Bliss Bear, Dash The Dog, Elliot The Elephant, Rosie The Rabbit, Mason The Mouse and Humphrey The Hippo, Milkysnugz provide a comfort to your baby during feeding time and as a companion to snuggle up with. 

Joseph has been lucky to try out his very own Milkysnugz, receiving Elliot The Elephant to snuggle up to as he has his bottle. This is a super cute elephant that wears a cute orange outfit and has little green feet and ears. Joseph loves gripping Elliot by the ear as he sups his bottle and then squeezes him tight for a loving hug. 

We use Tommee Tippee bottles and these fit into the Milkysnugz with ease. You just simply unzip the bottom, push the bottle in to place and zip it back up. And there you have it, a cuddly friend for your baby to snuggle with and a way to help your baby learn to drink their own bottle. 

I am really happy that Joseph has taken to using a Milkysnugz so well, now being able to confidently hold his own bottle at feeding time which frees up my time to actually do everything else around the house. As we all know, a mothers work is never done. 

For more information about the characters, visit the Milkysnugz website where you can also purchase them with free UK delivery. 

Monday, 28 September 2015

Goodness Gracious Baby Food Pouches

When I'm not making baby food from scratch, I use pouches to make sure that Joseph gets a full wholesome meal. It annoys me though that the food flavours are always a little boring with no adventure on new tastes from around the world and you never actually know what has or hasn't been added in the way of salt, sugar and additives. 

So I'm glad to see that there is now a change...

Goodness Gracious Foods serves up an innovative line of baby food using recipes that come from the kitchen of founder Katherine Gubbins. Katherine tested the meals and flavours on her little ones to make sure that each recipe tastes great and adds those essential daily nutrients to the diets of babies. 

The recipes used are based on the 5,000-year-old Indian health system of Ayurveda which means that only 100% organic food is used and the introduction of new grains, flavours and spices to make sure that little ones are getting to try something new that is not only healthy but is nutritionally balanced too. 

Joseph has loved getting to grips with new flavours. The 4 month+ range consists of normal foods such as apples and pears but better that they are packed full of pure fruit. These have been great as little dessert treats for Joseph.

There are then more adventurous tastes like Apple, Apricot & Cinnamon Puree, Banana, Plum & Quinoa Puree and Carrot, Broccoli, Pea & Quinoa Puree. These are great as not only does it mean that babies get to try spices but new grains too that will help to develop their palate as they grow. From a sweet meal to a veggie delicacy. 

For babies that are over 8 month old, they can sample Chicken, Sweet Potato, Spinach Purée with Mint & Lemon Juice. Although Joseph is just over 7 month old, I tried him with this and it was, by far his favourite. With the fragrant mint and the citrus zing of lemon, it gives him a whole new taste sensation.

I love that the spinach hasn't been fully puréed and still has some texture to it thus giving Joseph another hurdle to get over in how to chew the spinach and break it down. Although I obviously haven't tasted it myself, from the delightful smell of the meal, I can tell that Joseph is getting a wholesome, full, rounded meal to devour. 

There is then a pouch for babies over a year old. This is Mango, Coconut Milk and Brown Rice Purée which Joseph hasn't tried yet as he isn't old enough. Packed with essential nutrients, bursting with vitamins and minerals whilst having 0% additives, 0% added sugar and  0% added salt. 

In all honesty, I think the Goodness Gracious baby food is amazing. The different flavours in spices and grains for babies to try and the fact that they are healthier than other pouches with no salt or sugar added to them. 

I think it would be great if more flavours were added to the range so that babies could get to try even more, maybe that's a way to reach out to in the future, but for now, Joseph has been enjoying these pouches. His favourite being the Chicken, Sweet Potato, Spinach Purée with Mint & Lemon Juice as it gives him meaty goodness, a fragrant flavour and a kick from the lemon and mint for a meal that he truly enjoys.

You can find out more information on the Goodness Gracious Foods website where you can also purchase any of the pouches too.