Six tips for taking your tikes to Tokyo

Tiny tots in Tokyo

If you've been reading here for a while, you most likely have a fair idea that I don't shy away from travelling with toddlers. Or babies. I like to think it can be survived, nay, enjoyed, and it's like my personal mission to shake people by the shoulders and say "IT'S REALLY NOT SO BAD, I PROMISE, … [Read more...]

Things I remember about labour.

newborn abby

Last night when I went to bed, I did so knowing that a friend's waters had broken, and she could go into labour at any minute. And since my two babies kept me up alllllll night long, I had plenty of time to reminisce about their loud and dramatic entrances to the world. I cringe at some memories, … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: wholemeal tomato pasta for fussy toddlers

kiddo-spaghetti-abby

You can imagine my excitement when, after a few small successful attempts at feeding Abby spaghetti, she sat down to eat this dish and actually looked like she was enjoying it. Mind you, I hid the excitement and acted like it was no big deal, in the hopes that she would just START EATING NORMALLY … [Read more...]

Kid food: Breakfast

kid-food-breakfast-boiled-eggs

Feeding two children has become very interesting. One not very interested in food, one very interested, but only in a handful of things. I'm out of the safe and predictable rut I was in and back in the challenge of seeing how far I can go with what goes on their plate. This has been breakfast … [Read more...]

Baby food: Beetroot and feta puree

a little something different for babies.

  A few weeks ago we got the most lovely beetroot in our organics box. But it was like, just one beetroot. So it sat there, looking mournfully out at me every time I opened the refrigerator but I was never inspired about what to cook with it. Ok that's a lie, I'm fairly certain I entertained … [Read more...]

Kid food: Veggie Quinoa Bites

veggie quinoa bites

We continue to have success with spherical foods! These quinoa bites are pumpkin-flavoured and delicious. May you have success with them too. … [Read more...]

Kid food: Cheddar-Pumpkin Rice

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It's been fun lately to make kid food that actually gets eaten... there's only so many peanut butter sandwiches one mama can make before she rolls her eyes so far back in her head they come out her ears. Pepper is on solids, and while she's not wild about it, she does eat a little of what I give … [Read more...]

Baby cold and flu tonic

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I love a good tonic for when the weather turns and you feel the sniffles coming on. But the last thing I'm going to do is get my babies to drink boiling water with lemon and ginger in it when they're sick - so the last time I spied baby Peps with a runny nose, I mushed her up this little … [Read more...]

7 things to remember when travelling with a baby

whitehaven-from-the-air

I remember the first time I took Abby to the shops by myself. It was super-early on because I figured learning how to navigate that was best done sooner rather than later, and it wasn't long before I was cruising aisles like the best of them. Then came two tiny guys to cart around, and I learned to … [Read more...]

Two under two – how did I do it?

at home with two sleeping

I dunno, man... how does anyone do it? One foot in front of the other and all that. But seeing as a couple of people who are expecting number two have asked how I found it, I thought I'd share. Five months down the track (I KNOW, shut up) I can say that it has gotten way easier. That magic three … [Read more...]

Love babywearing but find it too hot? I can help!

pepper-breezebaby

Heads up: I was given a Breeze Baby sling for review purposes. Update: Congratulations to Emily for winning! Pepper was a September baby, and I have been carrying her all summer. Before she was born I decided to forgo a double pram and use a variety of carriers to suit our needs on different … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday for the kids! Guest post – broccoli bites

┬áPin ItSo Caitlin from Mother Down Under is stupidly cute, has an even cuter toddler and blogs about being so far from home, raising a family with her Aussie dude. When she's not doing that she's hanging out with me. THIS IS GOOD. As are her broccoli bites for babes... they're making me hungry.I … [Read more...]

Love to Dream Organic Swaddle Giveaway!

Swaddling was something I was determined to master when I had Abby. Whatever was going to get me MOAR SLEEP was something I was going to perfect, come what may.And I did. I am (self-proclaimed, but try me) the Best Baby Swaddler Ever.I even hated when other people would swaddle her as I knew she was … [Read more...]

The secret to making fluffy banana pikelets

easy, fluffy banana pikelets

Pikelets are one of the first things I learned how to make, besides scones and spaghetti bolognese. Over the years I've experimented until I came up with the fluffiest pikelets ever - because I was sick of the little dough coasters I kept churning out. I kept eating them though, having a layer of … [Read more...]

Today Veggie Baby turns one.

On this day a year ago, the doctor held up a 9lb 2oz baby to me and announced "you have one of these!" And I'm like "what, a three-month-old baby?" "oh, you mean a girl". She was huge. She was a girl. And she was laying on my chest staring at me with the most intense brown eyes I'd ever … [Read more...]