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REVIEW | Shaken Udder YogOaty Pouches

Our little lady is obsessed with Shaken Udder and their milkshakes so you can imagine how thrilled we were when we discovered that Shaken Udder are moving into yoghurt pouches too. YogOaty are a high-protein range of pouches that have been created for children that contain yoghurts, fruit and oats. Perfect for a wholesome breakfast, on-the-go snack or lunchbox addition for children of all ages. Great for those on the Moo-ve!

What Are The Shaken Udder YogOaty pouches?

The Shaken Udder YogOaty are yogurt, fruit and oats based snacks that come pre packaged in single pouch. They are made with real fruit and other natural ingredients which are perfect on the moo-ve snacks.

Discover the delicious dairy in three flavours.
Smashing Strawberry & Banana, Mega Mango & Peach, and Awesome Apricot & Vanilla.

These three delicious flavours are a perfect product for an energy boost any time of the day. They contain calcium, which is essential to building strong, healthy bones. Potassium will help energize you, and protein will keep you going through the day. Perfect for little one.
A few facts about 'The YogOaty Pouches'

- 100% natural ingredients
- No added sugar, just naturally occurring sugars
- Great source of protein
- School approved
- Suitable for vegetarians
- Smooth with no bits
- Perfect for breakfast, a quick snack or even an addition to a lunch.

Thoughts from the little one?

Before I even managed to get a few photos of the pouches she was only too eager to try one. We used fruit pouches a while back when she was poorly, so she knew exactly what they were. What I like about these pouches is that they are packed with nutritious vitamins and minerals such a calcium, Vitamin C, Potassium and ever more. Making them the perfect addition to an already balanced diet.
I do think that the Smashing Strawberry & Banana pouches were her favourite YogOaty. A delicious smooth blend of cool strawberries and refreshing banana, so what's not to love. We used our pouch after a very active toddler group and it was the perfect way to replenish before a long walk home. Knowing that these pouches were full of fruits and oats I did think that they have some kind of texture but I was delighted to find out that they were super smooth, as my little one doesn't even like her mashed potatoes lumpy.
Mega Mango & Peach came in a firm second favourite. A tropical tasting mango blend with a fresh peachy finish, I do have to say that this was by far my favourite because it was so refreshing. The last pouch of YogOaty was Awesome Apricot and Vanilla which was a mixture of sweet vanilla and tangy apricot. Mimi Rose was not too keen on this pouch and I have to say that I agree with her. I think she would eat the flavour but I know that if she had a choice this flavour wouldn't get a look in. It probably because both of us are not great fans of apricots but I try and encourage her to try food again every once and while.

Would we buy them?

Oh yes without a doubt. We really enjoyed the Smashing Strawberry & Banana and Mega Mango & Peach, so we would buy these ones again. The YogOaty Snacks are available for purchase from the Shaken Udder website for shipping to England addresses only because of their need to remain refrigerated. You can purchase the snacks in the following sizes.
  • 8 Cases (8 pouches in each case for a total of 64 portable pouches): £60.00 plus shipping and handling. You have the ability to mix and match the flavours of your cases when you order this option
  • 4 Cases (8 pouches in each case for a total of 32 portable pouches): £40.00 plus shipping and handling.
Personally I think that by making a purchase online you are guaranteed great value for your money. I think that bulk buys are a great way to gave money. So why don't you add some YogOaty into your child's diet and discover delicious dairy.


7 amazing baby apps you need in your life

Children's programmes have changed so much, well in comparison to when I was a child anyway. I think we've come a long way from the Rainbow days. But children's programmes today are highly regulated to teach our children an array of activities. They can teach colours, letters, counting, basic morality (thank you Bing Bunny), teach them how to share, create friendships and to believe they can be who they wish to be. Why wouldn't you want to help encourage your child's learning? There is only so much you can do as parent, sometimes we need a helping hand from the good ole CBeebies channel. The CBeebies app has even been my saviour during those 4am get ups!

As a blogger to a toddler we are always been offered opportunities to try new apps. There are a countless number of amazing apps that can actually help enhance your child's development, some promote motor skills, enhance memory and pattern recognition. But as with anything, screen time should be limited. Screens are in no way a substitute for parenting! But just because I let my daughter have screen time doesn't mean I am a bad parent. So today I wanted to share the best apps for babies and toddlers.

White noise app

As a new parent if there is one piece of advice I will always suggest to expecting parents other than 'sleep while you can' would be to download a white noise app. The sleepless nights were a killer, especially in the first few days and one afternoon I made a discovery while I was drying my hair, my daughter fell asleep in minutes. We both had the best afternoon nap, as you can imagine I downloaded an app straightaway, seriously the best £1.99 I have ever spend.


I would go as far to say that certain apps have helped my daughter in her learning development but also encouraged her to go through certain learning milestones at a faster rate. As a parent it's quite fascinating watching my daughter learning and developing because it means that she's becoming more independent and even if I don't like it, she is growing up. That is the reason why I like the KidloLand app so much. My daughter is two years old and can quite easily navigate herself around the app without prompting, but I can also see that by her interacting with this app she is beginning to understand key parts that is crucial for her development.  KidloLand is a fun and educational app that is jam-packed with Nursery Rhymes, Songs, Games, Stories and Activities that will be sure to engage your pre-schooler and promote further interaction.  The app teaches about different fruits, vegetables, animals, ABCs, numbers and shapes just to name a few.

BBC CBeebies playtime

We are big fans of CBeebies, I am sure there are lots more out there. We discovered this app during a very early wake-up call and the only thing that would settle her would be Bing Bunny. This app stars lots of the CBeebies favourites, free games for little ones and fun features that all children will love. CBeebies Playtime will sure to delight and entertain your children helping them to learn as they play. I think what makes this app a great one to download is that there are no adverts, no in app purchases and a parental lock to make sure that little fingers don't wander too far which mean that many parents can have a peace of mind whilst little ones enjoy a very special playtime.

Elmo Monster Maker

Elmo talks kids through designing their own Muppet monster. There are four body types with multiple hat/eye/nose/mouth combos on offer. They can then watch their monster dance, and make him laugh by tickling under his arms. Or, if they're more impishly-inclined, they can make him fall down by tapping him in the head. Again and again, until your battery runs out.

Bubble Paint Pop Party

There is no need to get your hands sticky with paint when you have Bubble Paint Pop Party! Popping Bubbles is ok but popping paint filled bubbles that splat colourful paint splodges all over the screen now that's fun! My daughter has so much fun with this app, I kid you not she can be occupied for as long as I allow, works wonders when I want a hot cup of tea. Popping the bubbles could not be easier just touch the bubble you want to pop with your finger and boom, the bubble games pop leaving behind a big coloured paint splat!

Peppa Pig Painting Box

Explore the world of Peppa and her friends through a fun-filled interactive game. You simply start off by picking a tool from the drawer and start your masterpiece. There are brushes, paint tins, stickers and some special tools too. This is a must have app for the ultimate Peppa Pig fans. But there are so many more apps that you could enjoy, there are even bundles available.

Bing Baking

We are huge Bing fans, are there any #BingBunny fans out there? My daughter absolutely loves to get her hands on my phone to play with this app, it's based around biscuits, what could be better? By using this app you and your little one can be a part of Bin's colourful and playful world, where they can join him and Flop in their kitchen to create lots of mess for the best baking experience without any actual clearing up! You and your Bingster will have so much fun rolling, poking, squidging, cutting, cooking and decorating your very own biscuits. After all that hard work you can sit down and enjoy eating them with Bing and Flop.

So there you have it! 7 amazing baby apps that you need in your life. Believe me when I say that some of these will be your saviour to get those 5 minutes of peace and quiet, or time to finish a nice hot cup of tea.

Slimming Eats | Savoury Rice Balls

Our family health kick began last year and we did so well. But we have noticed that we are slowly getting back into our old ways. So this week we have been trying to make better choices. We've ditched the bread, we've ditched the fizz and loaded our fridge with lots of fruit and vegetables. Yesterday we made a tasty discovery, these slimming eats savoury rice balls. My daughter absolutely loves rice, actually we all do so we thought that we would be a little creative and make these rice balls to go with our Thai chicken and salad. It was the perfect combination. What a discovery, they are so easy to make, super tasty and so good for you. Around 27 calories per rice ball so you can't really go wrong.

You will need:
A packet of golden vegetable savoury rice
1 baking potato, grated,
100 ml vegetable stock 
2 spring onions, chopped
Salt & Pepper
Barbeque seasoning
Calorie Spray

Honestly, I cannot tell you how easy these are to put together. With this batch of prepared packet rice and one baking potato I made 12 medium sized balls and four mini ones, for smaller mouths. Follow these simple steps to make the scrumptious savoury rice balls.
1.  Line a baking tray with good parchment and preheat the oven 180°/Gas Mark 4. Boil the kettle and make up the vegetable stock. Then prepare the golden vegetable savoury rice as directed on the packet
2. Peel and chop the baking potato into four, then add the potato to the stock and cook for 10 minutes. You want to potato to be softened and not cooked thoroughly, as it makes it easier when it comes to grating.
3. Drain the potato and allow to cool before grating into a bowl. Add the chopped spring onions, salt, pepper and barbeque seasonings.
4. Then add the rice to the other ingredients and mix until combined. Then roll into 12 balls and place on the baking parchment and spray with low calorie spray.
5. Pop the rice balls into the oven and cook for 12-15minutes or until golden brown. Serve with diced chicken and salad. 

* You could try use smash if you want a quicker option instead of cooking and grating them. For a naughtier option you could add some grated cheese or sweet chilli sauce.

The Baby Feeding Series with This is Me Now

 Hello and welcome back to another instalment of The Baby Feeding Series, that features real stories from real parents who have experienced how hard and baffling feeding your baby can be. I want this series to be a place where parents can share their own experiences in the hopes that other parents who are struggling can feel less alone. Being a parent is the hardest job in the world but it's one of the most rewarding jobs too and so I want to share their stories.

Last week we had the lovely Becki from The Mum in Brum who kindly shared some amazing tips for bottle feeding parents, it's a shame I didn't see her list when I had my daughter. It would have saved me so much time. This week I would love to introduce my friend and amazing blogger Susie from This is Me Now who asked to write a post about a toddlers understanding breastfeeding, I was intrigued and couldn't wait to see what she came up with. So, without further ado, I'd like to hand it over to Susie.
Breastfeeding and my toddler

When I look back on mine and my daughters feeding “journey” (cringe, hate that word), I feel pretty lucky. Then I think, don’t feel lucky, you worked bloody hard to make that happen! It was by no means an easy task…

I can’t really remember the first feed all that well, but what I do remember is a midwife coming and squeezing my boob and sucking up colostrum with a syringe and putting it into my baby’s mouth. Then when my husband left later that night, I was all alone and my baby wouldn’t latch on. I had to ask the midwives to help throughout the night and all the next day. After no sleep and being told I couldn’t go home until I’d fed her I got extremely upset. I remember sobbing on a midwife saying “she doesn’t like me!” I was exhausted from two days of no sleep and being on a noisy ward. After more tears and a third night in hospital I’d finally managed to feed my baby and we were allowed home.

The rollercoaster of emotions didn’t stop there though. I was so sore and she lost more weight when she should have been gaining it and we were very nearly forced to give formula by the community midwives. Then those same midwives spotted that she wasn’t feeding well and had a possible tongue tie. We were lucky and only had to wait a week or so before having that snipped. That, plus multiple visits from my NCT breastfeeding counsellor, really saved us. After three or four weeks it all got a lot easier and we enjoyed so many days feeding, having snuggles, watching TV boxsets and getting into our feeding groove. She wasn’t a sicky baby and despite a brief biting stage (OUCH!!) she fed very well. I fed her until she was just 18 months old and she pretty much self weaned.

Fast forward nearly a year, and my toddler is still interested in the boob, but in a naturally inquisitive way. I have friends who are breastfeeding and she fully understands what boobs are for. If she sees a friend or even a stranger breastfeeding, she says “Mummy, baby having the milk!”. She knows babies are fed that way. At first when she started vocalising her knowledge in public, I cringed and thought “sssssh!!” But I have been met with smiles from both my friends and those well meaning strangers.

For a while she’s been pulling my top, having a good look and saying “boobies!” then laughing, usually as I say “yes, Mummy’s, put them away, leave them alone…” Now, if she looks down my top she says “boobies! for milk!” She knows she no longer needs the milk, but she still knows that is what they are for.

And when we went to see some baby lambs recently, she saw lambs feeding. “Mummy, baby sheep having the milk!” She could tell they were having milk even before I told her. It got me thinking that actually, I’m proud she knows what it’s all about. It’s human nature. No, I’m not saying it’s for everyone, and I’m not saying it’s easy. But it is natural.

She has a toy baby which we bought her for Christmas and it came with a bottle of milk. When she first played with it she enjoyed giving the baby it’s bottle. I have, some months later, been given said baby, and asked to give it milk. As in, pretend to breastfeed a plastic doll. Hmm, what is one to do in this situation, I thought? Should I say no, and say the baby’s got a bottle? Or should I be comfortable with her wanting her baby to be breastfed? I did cringe, and I did say, the baby can have a bottle. But I also said “or does the baby want milk from the boobie?” And yep you guessed it she said “boobie”. So yes, let’s add it to the list of things I thought I’d never do… I pretended to breastfeed a baby doll!

It get’s better - a few days later, I watched her pick it up and hold it to her chest and pretend to feed it! But, as I stood there, I didn't say anything. I sort of reluctantly, got over the feeling of embarrassment. I let my inner “is this weird?” question go. I let her be. I mean if we’re supposed to encourage women to breastfeed, what is the point of hiding it from children?

So yes, some people might find it a bit odd, but I think it’s lovely that my toddler understands what boobs are for, and how babies are fed.
About Susie
Susie, originally from York but is now living in Norfolk with her lovely husband Matt. The have a daughter, Miss Belle who is two years old. Susie loves to write about her family life, days out, and about those moments where you pull your hair out and those moments where you feel so happy you could burst. Susie has become a bit of a foodie and so she has started to add some recipes and foodie posts into her blog too. So please don't forget to go and visit her on her blog.
You can find Susie over at This is Me Now

The Ultimate Blueberry Muffin Recipe

It was absolute #MuffinMania in our house today. When given the opportunity my daughter is always so happy to get herself into the kitchen to make some 'cancakes'. So this morning we had some left over dried blueberries and decided to make some magic and create the ultimate blueberry muffins and we wanted to share our recipe with you. Our blueberry muffin recipe couldn't be easier to make with this super simple recipe that makes perfect muffins every time. Blueberry muffins have been a firm favourite in our house for years and one that I can always remember making with my dad on a Sunday afternoon. This simple recipe can make 12 regular sized muffins, but we have been known to make 18 smaller ones for little mouths, which are the perfect addition to their lunchboxes for a special treat. So for our ultimate blueberry muffin recipe...
You will need:
100g butter
100g caster sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
300g self-raising flour
1tsp vanilla extract
140ml milk
1tsp baking powder
150g fresh or dried blueberries
Are you ready to create the ultimate blueberry muffins in 6 simple steps?
1. Line a muffin tray with paper muffin cases. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4
2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy then add in the eggs, one at a time. I find that by adding a spoonful of flour with each egg, can make it easier to combine the ingredients.
4. Add the remaining flour and baking powder to make the thicker batter, then stir in the vanilla extract and milk.
5. Add the blueberries and spoon the mixture into the muffin cases.
6. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Leave the blueberry muffins to cool in their tray for 10 minutes before turning them out.
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