Lunch with Appy kids co

Lunch with Appy kids co

Now that Amelia is nearly walking and always talking, packing lunch for trips out is a must. She’s a growing little lady and enjoys her food.

Trips to the park and days at nanny’s mean Amelia’s lunch box comes out. Something I always put in there is a juice pouch from Appy kids co.

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Why Appy kids co?
Appy kids co pouches are decorated with popular cartoon characters – Amelia’s current stash are peppa pig and paw patrol themed. They come in a variety of flavours and contain no added sugar, no GMOs and no gluten. They are also vegan certified. This makes them perfect for little ones with special dietary needs.

What flavours do they come in?
Amelia’s favourite is tropical but they also come in orange juice, apple juice and mixed berry juice and summer berry juice.

Where can I buy them?
Appy juice co drinks are stocked in a variety of places, online and in stores. Tesco, Spar, b & m, poundworld, toys r us and whole foods all stock the juice drinks. Online they can be purchased from amazon and Ocado.

Will they break the bank?
Definitely not! Depending which pouches and where you purchase them from, Appy kids co drinks are no more than £2. (The cartons come in packs of 3 and the pouches come in cartons of 5)

So next time you’re going out for a picnic don’t forget to pack these tasty drinks

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*** I was sent these products for the purpose of this review. All opinions on my own***

Valentines Day with YouSaidItCards

Valentines Day with YouSaidItCards

Every year at the end of January the shops beginning overwhelming us with red roses, heart shaped chocolates and very cute cards in preparation for Valentines Day.

But why do we celebrate it?

It is actually Saint Valentines Day. Many denominations of Christianity celebrate it as a feast day and over the centuries it has had numerous Valentine men associated with it, most of them priests.

Thanks to the times of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century it became romanticised and associated with courting a potential lover. By the 18th century this day became one to court your would be partner and spoil them with flowers, sweet foods and letters or cards.

Now the history of Valentine’s Day is not so well known. It is a very commercial holiday. But who doesn’t love an excuse to shop?

You Said It Cards have an array of both rude, funny and somewhat sweet valentines cards. I selected a polite one as I appreciate that my audience is made up of carers and parents of young children and I didn’t want tiny eyes to learn rude words. However when the tiny tots are in bed I suggest you go and have a look as they are very funny!

Most of the cards are £2.99 and a lot of them can be personalised. They offer first or second class delivery and can be sent directly to your Valentine if you want to remain anonymous. The one I picked is in the image below.

For 15% off enter ‘bloggerv18’ at the checkout  ❤️

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*** I was sent this card for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own ***

Cooking with Yutaka

I’ve posted before about stir fry’s. They are quick and so easy to make and the ingredients are very cheap. They are also really healthy.

When Yutaka sent me a bundle of their ingredients I couldn’t wait to try them. The new edamame bean noodles and soya bean noodles both looked delicious. The bright green of the edamame bean noodles makes them fun for little ones and a healthier alternative to egg noodles.

There are loads of different recipes you can follow; the black roasted sesame seeds are perfect for rolling sushi in, the white sesame seeds make a tasty topping for a stir fry and the soya sauce is an excellent addition to any kitchen.

I of course had to try a stir fry first. With the addition of the edamame bean noodles, the soy sauce and the white roasted sesame seeds it turned a sometimes boring meal into a tart colourful one. Amelia had her own portion and tucked in happily. Here are some pictures of the meal I made:

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The Yutaka products can be found in most supermarkets and they have an array of recipes on their website you can try out. The products are between 1 and 3 pounds – a complete bargain. I’m looking forward to having a go at making the noodle soup next.

*** I was sent these products for the purpose of this post. All opinions are my own ***

Babies Diary

When I was contacted about ‘diaryzapp’ the app I was excited. I am always on Instagram and Twitter and love sharing things about Amelia. I hadn’t heard of this app before but when I started reading about it I couldn’t wait to download it. It’s aimed at little ones and their families, meaning it’s very colourful and easy to use. The app was designed by a family for other family’s , largely thanks to an idea their son Noah came up with.

Diaryzapp is a kind of online diary. You can write, draw and include pictures on each page. When the pages are complete you can share them with your buddies. These are people you invite via email who can then view what your little ones have been up to. It is all password protected so very safe and this prevents strangers from being able to look at the diary. Our first invite was to my mum. Amelia’s nanny loves seeing what she’s been up to.

When you open the app you get to design a cartoon monster type character, one of the ‘zappicons’ and give them a name. You can choose from a variety of body parts, picking the arms, the eyes, the torso shape and a number of other add ons. You can also change the colour of each body part you add. Below is an image of Amelia’s zappicon. ( please excuse the quality of the image, it was taken on my phone from the iPad screen so is not of the best quality, but wanted to include an image of Amelia’s character)

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Obviously I did this for Amelia – although she did touch the screen enough to draw a picture, read scribble – but if your children are older they could do this themselves with your help. You can have up to five different ‘zappers’ so if you have more than one child they can all take a turn. The character sits at the bottom of the screen and helps you through the app with little speech bubbles containing instructions and tips. After a number of days you unlock a new feature, the first one we unlocked was a photo icon.

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We have been using the app for nearly two weeks now and I am delighted with it. It’s so easy to use and brightly coloured. At only £1.99 it’s very affordable too. (For apple users it is available from the App Store and android users can find it in their store too)

My only complaint is that I wish I had had it sooner! As Amelia gets bigger she will be able to use it herself and I am so excited to see what she will add to her diary. The app is linked with photobox so it is really easy to have the diary printed or turned into a variety of other photo products. The mugs and photo cushions would make wonderful gifts for relatives and friends, nanny’s, grandads, aunties and uncles. Definitely worth considering as Christmas gifts. If you are stuck for ideas for baby’s first Christmas, have a look at my post here.

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Overall I was very impressed with this app. Online safety is something we need to be increasingly aware of and diaryzapp is one way in which we can know our children are safe online, thanks to the passwords and buddy systems.

***I was sent this app to review. Images, unless otherwise stated, were provided by the company ***