Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Peanut Butter Cookies With Cocofina Coconut Flower Nectar (sugar)

 I was recently sent some lovely goodies from Cocofina (review to come soon) who are probably most known for their coconut water. I've heard a few things about coconut oil but until I had this opportunity I hadn't heard anything about Coconut Flower Nectar. It's an alternative for sugar and a perfect buy for those trying to 'eat clean'. You can use it exactly how you would use sugar, in tea, coffee, baking etc and it has a low glycemic index (GI).
Along with the goodies came some info on the Cocofina range and some ingredients and directions to make peanut butter cookies. Now I'm no baker but I really fancied trying them as I love peanut butter and they sounded so simple to make!
If you fancy making them here's what you'll need...

  • 100g plain flour
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup coconut nectar
  • 1 egg
  • 1tsp baking powder
Heat oven on 175 degrees (fan)

As you can see below, I just threw all the ingredients in a bowl
Not looking too appetising yet...

 These could not be any easier to make! I just mixed the ingredients until light and fluffy, then spooned out onto a baking tray which I'd greased with coconut oil.
Ready for the oven!
 I was worried the mixture was a bit gloopy but I'd never baked cookies before so I wasn't sure what to expect! The instructions said to bake for 8-10 minutes. After 10 minutes I checked them and decided that they needed a bit longer. Probably because I'd put the entire mixture on the tray and I could have done with baking them in two batches.
Et voila!
After a few more minutes I took them out of the oven and let them cool down. I prodded them and they certainly felt like a cookie, perhaps I should do more of this baking lark!
But of course the truth was all in the taste test! I found them very nice, sweet and peanut buttery! The OH even liked them and he doesn't really have a sweet tooth!
I think these would be even better with crunchy peanut butter for that bite and would be divine with chocolate chips if you wanted a naughtier cookie!

Have you used coconut sugar?
*This post contains PR samples

Monday, 1 September 2014

Vita Coco Kids Naturally Fruit Flavoured Coconut Water

 We were recently sent some Vita Coco Kids naturally  flavoured coconut water to try out. I'd heard good things about coconut water but hadn't got round to trying any, even though one of my friends who is a personal trainer had raved about it.
Now Eliot is over one, I've been giving him diluted fruit juice once a day and I'm on the lookout for low sugar drinks for the future.
Vita Coco Kids drinks do not have any added sugar, artificial colourings or preservatives and they are not from concentrate. They are available in apple & blackcurrant and orange & mango flavours.

I loved the packaging on the cartons and think it's very appealing to children. Eliot and I both tried the flavours. Obviously he couldn't verbalise what he thought about the taste but there were no doubts about him enjoying them as he guzzled them both from his beaker. I also enjoyed them and found them refreshing! Great for anytime of the day!
It's back to school this week and if you're looking for different drink options I think these are a fab for lunch boxes and I noticed they were on offer in Tesco the other day!

Have tried Vita Coco Kids?
*This is a PR sample

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Tommee Tippee Steri-Bottles

I posted a photo of these steri-bottles on my instagram and facebook accounts the other day. A few people hadn't heard of them so I thought I'd do a quick post and share this handy product!
I first came across the bottles last summer when I'd forgotten a feed for Eliot, I didn't buy them then as he wasn't three months old but didn't forget about them. On bank holiday Monday we went away for the night and I thought they would be much easier than faffing with washing bottles and teats.
Quite simply they are sterilised disposable bottles that are ready to use and suitable for babies over three months. Perfect for one or two nights away, long days out or kept in at home in case of  unforeseen events.
All you need to do is remove one bottle and teat from the stack at a time. As long as you don't tear the packaging past the rest of the teats they will stay sterile. The bottles come in a bag which must be resealed each time a bottle is taken out.
We don't sterilise anymore so this wasn't an issue for us but it couldn't be any easier to do hassle free bottle feeding on the go.
As it turned out Eliot wouldn't actually drink from the bottles but this is no fault of the bottle! I bought a couple of cartons of toddler formula as they don't need to be stored in a fridge before they're opened. Whereas cows milk obviously does, we didn't have a fridge in the room and it was a bit stuffy.
Eliot took a couple of sips then refused to drink the formula that night. The next morning we tried again but he refused. When we did get some cows milk he wouldn't even try it as he thought it was still the formula. So we had a bit of a milk fail but I still think the steri-bottles are fab!
I'm pretty certain they can only be purchased from Boots (bigger stores and online). They are available in packs of two £2.49 or five £4.49.
Have you tried the Tommee Tippee steri-bottles?

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Eliot's 14 Month Update

Monday was bank holiday, we went away for the night with Nana J so that's why I'm late again with your update!
This month you seem more and more like a little boy and no longer a baby, (although you'll always be my baby!) you just seem so big! You definitely look older than 14 months and people are often surprised when they ask how old you are and we tell them.
I have noticed that you are spending more time playing wtih/exploring your toys, you are also more interested in your books and will sit looking at the pages and turn them. You'll also happily sit and look at a book with an adult, usually Grandad! One of your favourite things is pulling all your books from the shelf and putting them on a chair in your room or all over the floor.
It's also become more apparent how much you take in as you know a lot of things we're talking about or ask you to do. You are saying a few more words, tick-tock (you also wave your finger, Nana J taught you this), car and of course mama, dada, nana. You wave hello and goodbye, when we ask you where someone/something is and they're not there you hold two hands out to say 'gone'. You also do this when something falls on the floor or if someone leaves the room. You applaud yourself when you point to the clock and say tick-tock as you've got used to us doing this. It is funny and so cute! Nana J bought you a new book which plays a few different nursery rhymes and you started to dance to incy wincy spider. You rock on your feet and sway side to side, again it makes us chuckle but it's adorable. 
When you want something you will point at something and grunt, you have been doing this for a while but I'm not sure I've mentioned it.
A clip of you saying tick-tock
Unbelievably in just over a month you've grown a whole shoe size! I know baby/toddler feet grow fast but I didn't expect it to be that quick! I think you will cost us a small fortune in shoes! Back to Clarks we went and ended up getting a pair of fitted trainers that have a flashing light. You were measuring a five and a half H but they seemed a bit wide, so you have a G fitting.

Generally you love the fact that you are fully mobile and want to walk/run everywhere, not always in the direction we need to go! You are more steady are your feet but still have little falls, they don't bother you unless you really hurt yourself. You just get back up and get on with it. As Nana J says, you're a typical boy.

These past few weeks you have really been off your food and fussy. Even with things you used to love, you won't even try never mind eat. Like mango for example, you would polish half a mango off no problem but now you'll only seem to eat it if I leave the skin on and you can suck it off yourself. I'm not sure if it's just a phase or fussy toddler territory that we're in with no return! I hope it's just a phase as it was lovely to watch you gobble your food and enjoy it.  You are happy eating a few things, banana, omelette, grapes, raisins, crackers, peas, pasta and of course things that you shouldn't eat much of! Everything else is a bit hit and miss, some days you'll eat it, others you won't and quite often you'll refuse altogether.
Mummy did buy you some toddler cutlery, you like eating off the fork and can put the food in your mouth by yourself.
We tried giving you your milk in a beaker but you weren't too keen so we're still using the bottles for now.

Mummy cancelled your 8-12 month check as we ended up not being in London, so we still haven't had your weight checked. I will have to chase them to book another one as they haven't called back with an appointment yet.
You are still in 12-18 month clothes, some are a bit more snug than others so you won't wear them for much longer. Mummy has also found more 12-18 month clothes in your wardrobe that I'd forgotten about so we need to try and get some wear out of them!

You love throwing and rolling balls
You've slept through most nights this month, occasionally as usual you've cried in your sleep but settle with a dummy. There was one night where you were very upset and you only went back to sleep after having some milk. I think your teeth might have been bothering you.
Mimi cat loves you and always rubs her head on you
Your Likes/Dislikes

  • You adore being mobile, to get around independently is really your most favourite thing
  • You are  still obsessed with the washing machine, still particularly at Nana & Grandads
  • You love the cats and stroke (grab) Mimi, Coco runs if you enter the same room
  • You still enjoy nursery rhymes
  • You love playing with balls, rolling, kicking or throwing them
  • You don't like the noise from hand dryers in public toilets
  • You continue to battle when having your nappy changed, it normally takes two of us

I can't believe how quickly you're growing and changing little man, I wonder what 15 months will bring?!
Lots of Love Mummy xxx

Cheeky Chappy!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

My Sunday Photo

My Sunday photo this week is a list of boy names we wrote when I was pregnant.

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