Lunchbox: Day 103

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103Day 103:

KDD Orange Juice

Cheddar Cheese Sandwich

Wafer Thin Turkey Breast

Cheese Cubes (yes, my son loves cheese!!)

Tuc Crackers

Marie Biscuits

Raisins

Pain au Chocolat

Grapes

Supplies:

Blue Bento Lunchbox, from Pottery Barn Kids

Blue and Green Silicone Cupcake Cases, from City Star

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2 Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

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baniceMillie loves bananas and they are a regular fixture on our shopping list each week, even though she is the only one in our family who actually likes them! I love the fact that she likes them as they are great to eat as a snack on their own and really simple to prepare but they are also the base of so many recipes that I make for her – banana pancakes, banana and chocolate chip muffins, banana toast, banana and raisin muffins and different smoothie recipes. Also, as I don’t like bananas myself, it means I don’t eat the snacks that I make for her – less calories for me! But for this super healthy and simple recipe, I kind of wish I did like bananas! It would be the perfect snack for when you are dieting yet are craving something sweet!

This 2-ingredient banana ice cream is really easy to make and is much cheaper and healthier than buying normal shop bought ice cream. I prepared this ice cream just before dinner a few nights ago and it was ready for Millie to eat after her dinner had ‘gone down’. I’m not sure if it was the taste or the coldness on her teething gums that she loved but I had to go and get her seconds as she wolfed her first bowl down!

Ingredients:

1 banana

1 tbsp peanut butter

Instructions:

  • Slice the banana and place the pieces onto a plate. Put the banana into the freezer for 2 hours.
  • After 2 hours, place the banana and 2 tbsp of peanut butter into a blender and blend until smooth – it should have an ice cream texture.
  • Enjoy!

Our ice cream batch made 2 baby sized portions for Millie however if you want to make a bigger batch for your family, then simply double (or triple!) the ingredients 🙂

*If you aren’t a fan of peanut butter, you could use a different nut butter or even some chocolate spread like Nutella.

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Pasta Sensory Box for Babies

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pas1Now Oscar is at school until just after midday I have started doing some activities at home with Millie in the mornings. Before when Millie has joined in with our activities they have been activities that I have set-up for Oscar that are either baby-safe or have been changed to make them baby safe. Baby-safe in my eyes usually means that the sensory play product that we are playing with is edible. Sometimes that item may not taste very nice, like our homemade baby safe paints (flour, water and food colouring) but they will not cause any harm if a little is digested.

This morning whilst Millie was napping, I set up this ridiculously simple pasta sensory box for her to play with when she woke up. I literally dumped half a bag of pasta shells into our clear storage box and added a few utensils like a spoon, some silicone cupcake cases and some shape sorting blocks. It took me all of 2 minutes to set up. Millie was really excited when she woke up and saw the box on the kitchen floor and dug straight in. She picked a few shells of pasta up and squeezed them with her hands before bringing the shells up to her face to look at them more closely. Of course a few pieces went in her mouth and she had a little chew on them. I sat with her showing her how to ‘mix’ the pasta with her spoon and pick some shells up into the air and drop them again. She thought that was hilarious and was really ‘belly laughing’ at the pasta dropping back into the box. She played for a good 20 minutes before she started exploring the kitchen cupboards (a new skill – opening doors!).

I popped the box into Oscar’s room on the floor ready for when he got home from school, as I just knew he would enjoy mixing the pasta and making some ‘pasta cakes’ using the cupcake cases, and of course little Millie would love sitting there watching him play and joining in with him too!

What you need:

Pasta shells (uncooked)

Box (we used a clear storage box from Ikea)

Spoons, bowls, cupcake cases, cookie cutters etc

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The Little Things: Week Three

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Welcome to week three of ‘The Little Things’ that made up our week, and sorry for it being almost a week late! Last week was quite quiet for us, I feel that we are getting into a routine FINALLY and I even managed to plan our week for this week (food, cooking/baking, activities etc) but over the past couple of days we have all came down with a terrible cold! So I managed to get us all planned for the week and this silly cold has just thrown us off! Sleep patterns and naps are completely messed up, I am feeling really run down and have a sore throat so lack the energy to do some activities or cook any exciting meals! I’m hoping by resting a little and dosing up on vitamins that the cold will hurry up and go! Due to the dreaded cold we had a VERY quiet weekend at home. We had planned on heading down to the Hilton for a swim but with runny noses we thought it would be best to stay home. We watched a few movies and ate some yummy food. Luckily before the cold’s got us, we celebrated our beautiful little Millie’s first birthday on Thursday. I can’t believe a year has passed already, it has gone so much faster than our first year with Oscar. I’m guessing thats because you are so much busier with two children than the one. We had a lovely family tea party, just the four of us. We ordered some food from Ruby Tuesdays (appetiser/starter style food) and put some music on. After asking our lovely followers on Instagram for advice on where to buy Millie’s cake from,  we went with the November Company. It was a hard choice as so many people recommended such amazing places that I was spoilt for choice! I have noted down lots of bakeries and bakers that I like for future birthdays and celebrations. We went with the November Company as it was so simple to order (they had their cakes available online to order or you could ask them to make a design of your choice), they delivered the cake so we didn’t have to pick it up and we could choose the timings that it would be delivered AND also my big pet peeve – we didn’t have to use Whatsapp to enquire about prices for cakes. It was plain to see on the website. I really don’t understand the obsession with Whatsapp in Kuwait. Everything you enquire about seems to need a message on Whatsapp! Argh, rant over! Anyway, Millie had a great birthday. We started the morning before Oscar and Daddy headed to school by opening Millie’s presents and we got a small present for Oscar also. After Oscar went to school I made Millie a special birthday breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes with some banana. We spent the morning playing with her new toys before picking Oscar up from school. Once Oscar and Millie both had a little nap and Daddy was home from work, we ordered our food from Ruby Tuesday’s and set up the table with a princess tablecloth and some party plates, cups and napkins. The kids loved the food and Oscar was dancing away to the music. We then got Millie’s cake ready with the candles and a couple of sparklers and sung ‘Happy Birthday’. The cake was delicious even a fussy Oscar had a big piece and Millie had it smeared in every place possible! The cake lasted for days afterwards in the fridge and still tasted as fresh as it did on her birthday!

Onto ‘the little things’ that made up our week. This great linky is hosted by the lovely Morgana at But Why Mummy Why and don’t forget to check out the other amazing blogs that link up each week!

Read:

Again this week, no books from me i’m afraid! I keep meaning to start Girls of Riyadh but just not had the chance to get into yet. Maybe over the Eid holiday break? I have been keeping up with my favourite blogs (probably too much as I have let my own slip this week whilst we have been ill!) but there have been a few posts that I have loved!

I really enjoyed reading Kerry from Oh So Amelia‘s post on her second baby’s nursery progress. I have been reading Kerry’s blog for quite a few months and love her Instagram photos of the beautiful Amelia, and of course Amelia’s amazing wardrobe collection!!

I also could totally relate to the lovely Becky from 3 Princesses and 1 Dude about her gorgeous Jenson’s first day of preschool as it was exactly how I was feeling a few weeks ago when Oscar started KG. I found myself filling up for her and was hoping that Jenson would have a great day and that Becky would survive the day with her sidekick!

Watched:

Again I have been watching X Factor (usually of a Sunday and Monday morning – a day later than the UK!) with Millie whilst eating our breakfast. I am looking forward to the exciting ‘judges seats’ stage next week!

Oscar’s current obsession this week is watching Coraline when he gets home from school. He usually falls asleep on the couch not long after it starts but its the first thing he asks for when we get in the taxi from school. Although he has picked up a bad saying from it; ‘zip it!’ so this week it has been ‘Finding Nemo’ or ‘The Lego Movie’ after school instead!

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Wore:

Of course for Millie’s birthday she just had to have a birthday dress! I actually had two dresses in mind for her birthday – one for the daytime and one for her ‘party’ in the evening – I know, I know she is only 1!

This white dress with netting detail is from Next and I picked it up back in the UK over the summer.

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This beautiful turquoise tutu style dress with a white floral bib top was from Bella Bootique. I ordered this months ago in the hope that Millie would fit in it for her first birthday and she did, yay! If you have a little girl, you should definitely check Bella Bootique’s stuff out – so many beautiful dresses and there are often offers or sales on different items too 🙂

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Heard:

We’ve not listened to much music this week i’m afraid, other than the usual Michael Buble in the car. One of my Christmas presents last year from my husband was Michael’s latest album, To Be Loved and I just love ‘It’s a Beautiful Day‘ and of course ‘To Love Somebody‘. 

Made:

Again, another quiet week with us making stuff; even our evening dinner’s were rather boring too! I did make a super easy Mac and Cheese for Oscar’s lunchbox last week which was delicious and Millie and I had the leftovers the next day for lunch. I also made a Baby Bath Station for Oscar and Millie to play with, which was a huge success!

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Lastly:

I’m desperately trying to shift this silly cold and feel back to normal. I’m not good with colds. I hate not being able to do the things I have planned and I am no good at relaxing or resting! I like to be on the go! The first couple of days I tried to rest and relax, and we even went to bed at 7.30pm the other night but today I am trying to push myself a little and have made a batch of our banana pancakes for Millie and have planned a few activities for next week. I can see me collapsing on the couch by the time my husband is home! What are your cold/flu remedies? I am desperate to feel semi normal by the time the weekend rolls around!

 

 

 

 

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Lunchbox: Day 100

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100Wow! We are now onto day 100 of the lunchbox posts! There have been many more than 100 of them this year but since Oscar has started school I am struggling to remember to take a picture either the night before or due to the morning rush not having chance to take the picture! Doing the lunchbox posts has encouraged me to include more variety in Oscar’s lunch, more home cooked food and to research more lunchbox style and snack recipes and it has helped Oscar (who is very fussy with his food) to try new food and actually like quite a lot of them! Fruit and vegetables are still be a battle but I am still trying to encourage him to try some each day by putting some fruit or veg in his lunchbox or vegetables with his dinner of an evening.

Day 100:

KDD Orange Juice

Pesto Pasta with Parmesan Cheese

Honey Cheerios

Sunbites Crackers

Raisins

Chocolate Bourbon Biscuits

Tangerine

Supplies:

Blue Bento Lunchbox, from Pottery Barn Kids

Pink Silicone Cupcake Cases, from City Star