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Top 5 ways to get the kids to eat healthier

 

Hey, there today I am writing a post on the one thing that I always find myself talking about with the other mothers I bump in to daily.  The fussy eater’s in our lives are driving us mad.  I have tried everything to get my son to be as adventurous as his sister when it comes to food but its just not happening to me.  They are very different people anyway, but I sometimes wonder what has caused this fussiness in my son as he was brought up with the exact same rules, schedule, routine as his sister but he is the total opposite when it comes to food.  Although I have found that he will be much more open to trying new things at his nursery, he recently started a full day session at nursery every Thursday and on his first day it was pork casserole for lunch and much to my disbelief he actually ate it. Now, normally it would be a hissy fit, even if I just placed it down, he would not even try it if I gave him something like that at home, so I don’t know if it’s because he sees his friends eating different foods, or what but he definitely seems more open to trying new things when he is out of his usual surroundings, like, at home.  But, I cannot be, at his nursery at every meal time!!  So, here are a few tips that have helped me along the way, and, I hope they help you with your kid(s) too.

 

  • 1. Hide what you can– This is a tip that even my mother admits doing with me and my younger brother when we were kids.  She would grate up onion to put in dishes such as spaghetti bolognese, soup or mince, as I decided I did not like onions.  The funny thing was, even though the taste had not changed, what-so-ever, the onion taste was still there, but, because I did not see it, I really honestly thought that all my dinner’s had no onion in them.  More fool little me!  I have adopted this trick for my own two kids, and it turns out this works with pretty much everything, I grate up carrots, swede, and onion as these are the veg that I use a lot but my children (think)they do not like, so, go on and give it a go and see if they can tell the difference.  If they can still tell then move on to tip number two.
  • 2. Get them involved– I love this little tip.  If your child can taste what you are trying to hide in their meals then invite them to create quick healthy alternative’s, I find that making healthy puddings works best, my daughter and I have a favourite pudding which is delicious easy but she loves it and it gets a portion of fruit into her.  We love to cover strawberries in chocolate, yep, it’s that simple, there are loads of things to try with your kids that are fun, easy and simple but still rewardingly healthy such as banana men.  This is something that my son and I do and its pretty much just creating a little man out of part of a banana, raisins or chocolate drops. You can be as creative as you and your little ones like.  For some inspiration check out my Pinterest board which is full to the brim with little suggestions,  you can even stay within the season with home-made healthy lollipops for those summer days, or create beautiful Christmassy treats.  Click here to check out the board.
  • 3. Replace meal time favourites with healthier options – My son absolutely loves chips, if he will not eat anything, like, those days where your child is just being incredibly fussy, the one thing I am 100% sure that he will eat is chips, so I switched it up and used sweet potatoes instead of normal potatoes.  And instead of the normal tomato ketchup, I looked online and found an amazing recipe for a home-made ketchup that was specifically for sweet potatoes.  They looked the same, but, tasted better and was much more healthy.  Now when I serve up normal chips he asks for the good chips. If your kiddie is a pizza monster then instead of buying ones from the shop why not make your own, they are so easy to make you can make your own base out of only a few ingredients (check out the board for ingredients) or you can buy a base, or you can use good old puff pastry for a puffier alternative.  Add anything your child will like and get them to join in. A way to curb boredom by them joining in and a healthier option for the whole family. Total Mummy win!!!!
  • 4. Make smoothies– If your child is the type that just cannot and will not put a piece of fruit near their mouth then this tip truly is your saviour.  I guess I am lucky as my two kids both really love fruit.  They will eat almost any type of fruit and most of the time they would prefer fruit to chocolate or crisps (most of the time not all of the time, they are kids) but I do know more than a few parents who have torn their hair out when it comes to trying to get their little bundle of joy to eat fruit, until, they got wind of this tip that is.  If you do not have a blender then you have to get yourself one, honestly, you will use it all the time and wonder why you didn’t always have one.  You can add anything to a smoothie and you can get some beautiful recipes, not only for children but for adults too, via my Pinterest board.  On hot days you can add ice cubes or a little ice cream, kale is a great addition if you are making one for yourself and if you can get your little one to have some kale then that is a total achievement.  You will be so surprised by just how sweet a smoothie can taste with just a bit of banana or strawberries added in beside almost anything, beetroot, carrots, you name it.  A great way to get your, and your little ones five a day in the one go!!
  • 5. Do not give in – No matter what you try, remember, persistence pays off.  I know that all kids are different and some things will work for some while all of these tips just will not work at all with others.  I know just how fussy kids can be.  Although my kids are good at eating fruit, my daughter was a nightmare when she was smaller, she is seven now, but when she was about 18 months old she would not eat anything apart from baby food, I even tried her with soup and blending down proper food but she just would not eat it, I still do not know what it was about the baby food that she liked so much, maybe it was nothing, I asked the health visitor what she thought about it at the time and she explained that sometimes it can be a form of control, its a child’s way of trying to control the situation, “even at such a young age??” I asked, and the reply was a short sharp “course, her brain is like a sponge” and that was that.  I just had to persevere and persist on giving her the exact same meals as we were having, until one day, she was in her high chair, we were having sausage, chips and beans (I know, very fancy, I am a normal everyday mum, I don’t own my own herb garden, I am just like you) and she leaned over, picked up one of the sausages and started to nibble away.  To which I was over the moon and was able to breathe a sigh of relief.  This is just an example to let you see that no one’s kids are perfect, even though there are parents who would like to think their kid is more superior than yours there will always, always be different stages and milestones that one child will reach quicker and better than another, that’s just the way it is.  Just because your child has a hard time dealing with the consistency or texture of fruit and veg, or if they are just trying to take back a little control, its normal, so stop worrying, who cares what the other parents say, we should be helping and supporting each other rather than judging and belittling, hang on in there, try what you can and I promise you, that breakthrough is just around the corner.

 

I hope that these little tips help at least one person out there.  I do this because I love writing and I have a passion to help others where I had no help.  I wish there was someone I could talk to, judgement free, when I was a first-time mum, so that’s what I am trying to do.  Either way, I love writing, I love life, and I love people.

 

Live, love, slay.

 

 

 

Eden Semilia essential oils review

Hey there my wonderful people.  I know that my posts have been few and far between for the last few weeks but that’s me back on the blogging wagon and I am back with loads of things to share, review and also I have some great christmas discounts and offers to let you all know about.

But first I have to share my new fad…….. Essential oils!!!  Yep Eden Semilia have an amazing range of oils that you can get your hands on via Ebay.  They come in a variety of scents and all come in a beautiful black leather carry case.  These oils and very versatile and can be used for a variety of things.

I used the lavender oil in my kids bubble bath, they also loved the smell of the sweet orange so I also put a little drop of that in their bath as well.  The aroma was amazing and it left my children gently drifting off to the land of nod in no time.

The Frankincense and sandalwood I used to massage my very overly worked husband painful back and that also left him gently drifting off to sleep.

Another thing I used them for was to scent my home!!! Yes I used them in my oil burners, the sweet orange was my favourite.  I just placed a few drops with some water in my oil burner and within no time my home smelt wonderful.  I am a bit of a candle/ scent bar/oil burner mad girl and I love nothing more than a clean, wonderfully smelling home and these worked amazingly.

These oils would make amazing little stocking fillers.  They would also be ideal to used in a foot spa, as a present along with an oil burner, as massage oils (what they are originally used for)  the uses for these little oils is endless.

To check them out follow the link below.  There are many different bundles you can buy as well as be able to buy them as singles.  When you purchase a pack of these little beauties they come in a very attractive leather carry case.  They honestly would make the perfect little christmas gift either on their own in the carry case or maybe as singles along side an oil burner or foot spa. Prices start at £2.99 each or £7.50 in a set of four with the carry case, great value for money!!

Check them out here Eden Semilia – essential oils

My christmas day baby (my daughter cody) Pro’s and Con’s.

 

Anyone else out there have a Christmas day baby??

Hello everyone. I thought I would write a post about the pro’s and con’s of having a Christmas day baby, and also give some insight in to how my daughter feels about celebrating her birthday with many other children on her special day.  I am also yet to come across another Christmas day baby (apart from the other 8 that were born on the same day as Cody and were in the maternity ward with me), I have met, Christmas eve babies, Boxing day babies, New years day, and New years eve, so if you have a beautiful Christmas day baby let me know in the comments below what your experiences with Christmas/Birthday are.

Low chances of conceiving at 18, pregnant at 25!!

Cody’s due date was actually the 31st of December 2010. So my thoughts had turned to wondering if I will have the first baby of 2011. I had my hospital bag packed. Probably over packed as this was my first baby and so did not know what to expect, what to pack, I didn’t really have a clue about anything baby related. I was told when I was 18 that my ovulation was low and that my chances of conceiving were very slim. So I was very shocked when I fell pregnant. I had never bothered about contraception partly because of the news the doctor had given me, and well because I wanted a baby. So its pretty silly to say that I was shocked when I eventually did end up with a little baby in my tummy, maybe it was disbelief rather than shock, I had built myself up so many times and been so very disappointed when the pregnancy test came back negative, so to save myself anymore disappointment I just let myself believe that being a mum would never happen for me.

Just another pregnancy scare??

Then came the late period AGAIN. I just thought that it was another false alarm. Took the pregnancy test and there it was…… A positive result. I was over the moon.

So I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She was 6 pound 2 ounces and 48 centimeters long, with blonde hair and blue eyes. Christmas day. At 9.48 am. We even got a visit from Santa himself. He came around the labour ward, where all us exhausted mothers who had just been through hours, for some days, of labour and the lovely Santa was ringing a bell wishing everyone a merry Christmas. Cody slept through it and I could have throttled Santa, for all his jolliness I could have shoved that bell…… Yes I was exhausted.

Fast forward to the present day. Cody is now 5 and turns 6 this Christmas.

The pro’s: 

  • No one can forget her birthday (not that family members should forget birthdays. But it does happen. And has in my family. But not to Cody. Lol
  • Her family are always altogether on her birthday.

The Cons:

  • Everything is closed so you can’t plan birthday parties like her friends have. A lot of parties nowadays takes place in some kind of soft play area. And of course none of these places are open on or even in the run up to Christmas
  • Lack of finances. Because everyone has spent so much on the big festive fun filled day, that leaves everyone a bit skint to even plan something before everything shuts down for the holidays.
  • Planning a meal costs a fortune because its Christmas or is fully booked. I have thought about taking her for a surprise birthday dinner with all the family. But it was going to cost an arm and a leg.
  • Everyone gets presents on her special day.

How does Cody feel?  With all of these con’s does she have a nice time??

She loves it!!! Cody loves her birthday being on Christmas. Not once has she mentioned the fact that everyone gets presents on her birthday, or the fact that she doesn’t get one on other peoples. She loves that we visit our family and friends on her special day, this also means she gets a birthday cake at every house we go to. She loves guessing which present is from Santa and which ones are for her birthday. And the fact that she can have birthday wrapping paper when everyone else has Christmas wrapping paper makes her feel special.

So even though I find much more con’s than  pro’s, Cody on the other hand feels like having her birthday on Christmas adds to the magic instead of taking a bit of the magic away, which is how I thought she would feel as she got older. I think she enjoys sharing her birthday. Thats what makes it special for her.

You truly are a little star Cody. Love Mummy. X

No Christmas pudding. Just loads of birthday cake!!!

Cody’s first day in P2 & the wobbly tooth

 

Hey guys, so it has come to an end.  The school hols are officially over.  Back to school for my daughter Cody and back to his second year of nursery for Dylan.

About My Kids

Now my little girl has never ever been very good at sleeping. I thought the way she is was normal until I had my son.  My son is the type of child that will get grumpy before he falls asleep, but he does eventually fall asleep.  Cody (my daughter) on the other hand, will be grumpy all day long, she will cry for nothing and become emotionally unhinged because she is so exhausted but yet she will fight the sleep.

 

My Lazy girl…….

During the summer holidays she stayed up late and still emerged from her bedroom at 6.45am.  Although the early rise did not last long.  As soon as she realised she could lay uninterrupted until 9.45am (I never let her sleep past that time ) she took full advantage of this and so spent the last 3 weeks of the summer holidays enjoying her long lie in.

 

The early morning fight!!

As the end of the school holidays drew ever closer I tried to get Cody to go to bed early (which did not work) and I also tried getting her out of her bed early in a last-ditch attempt to try to prepare her for the early morning rise.  unfortunately for me and my daughter, trying to prep her for the school routine was all in vain.  When I got her out of bed early she would simply go in to the living room and fall asleep on the couch, or she would wait until I was ironing clothes for the day or until I was more or less busy with something else she would take herself back to bed.  And as for trying to get her to go to bed early, well, that just did not work, no matter how many times I took her back to bed she would get back up, or if all was quiet for a while and I had made the assumption that she has fallen asleep, I would in to her room to find that she had made herself a den or decided to try on all of her dress up clothes and prance around in them!!

And so it arrived.  The first day back at school after the summer holidays.  I walked in to Cody’s room looked at her little face, she looked like an angel (that angelic look did not last long!)  I shook her gently, shook her again and then had to say her name over and over to get her up.  She moaned, she groaned, she cried, she protested she was not going to school.  I had to force her to eat breakfast, and oh my goodness when I done her hair you would have thought that I was torturing her, and there was not a tug in sight, but if you asked Cody she would have told you otherwise.

What now?

What now. Now I have been a lot stricter when it comes to bed time routine’s and have realized that when a routine has been broken it is very difficult to put it back in place.  My advice………Do not ever break the bedtime routine!!……No matter what.  Okay Okay, so that is a bit extreme, maybe if you are doing something special which means that the kids are going to end up in bed a little later than usual then make sure that you get them back in to the routine the next night.  Do not let it go for more than three days because then you will find that it is not as easy for them just to slip straight back in to their old routine.

 

I have now re-enforce the bed time routine but it is still to early to say when Cody will be back in to her normal bedtime routine. Therefor leading to happier morning routines…….I will keep you all posted…..

 

Oh Yeah… The wobbly tooth!

My Cody has been asking since she was about 3 and half when her teeth would fall out.  To which my reply was, ” Well, when your about 5″ which I know is incorrect as its usually a little later.  Anyway, she turned 5 and so the question still remained, when will my teeth fall out? “Soon” I would tell her.  So she is in the bath the night before the first day back at school and as I am brushing her teeth she kept on flinching a little (she had been eating apples from a neighbors apple tree before hand) “What’s wrong toots” I asked her, “my tooth is a little sore mummy” she replied “open your mouth and let me see” so she did so and I could see the tooth on the bottom row right at the front was clearly leaning forward towards her lip, I placed my finger on her tooth and gave it a wiggle.  You would have though she had won a trip to Disney Land, she was sooooooo excited, happy elated, I loved the look on her little face,  no Christmas or birthday present had ever brought the look of joy on her face like that wobbly tooth did.  it really is the little things.  So she is now very happy that the day before she started p2 she got her first wobbly tooth, she thinks she is a very big girl now…..