Music for Children and Babies – “Walter Martin – We’re All Young Together”

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*Image taken from WalterMartinMusic Etsy Shop

We’ve all heard the classics….

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands….

Row row row your boat….

Five little ducks went swimming one day….

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall

Lets be honest. These are 99.99% for baby’s enjoyment and we are more than tired of singing them over and over! It’s definitely time for something different. For the sake of your sanity.

Though not specifically a children’s’ album Walter Martin’s ‘We’re all young together’ is playful, mischievous and full of fun (read a full description here). It’s now a firm favourite of ours (we even had our first dance at our wedding to ‘Sing to me’!).

Give it a listen on Spotify and let us know what you think!

What’s your favourite music to share with your little one?

F x

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Quick Eats! – Chilli Con Carne

Firstly. Every mum needs a slow cooker in their life, right? I love being able to pop something in in the day and it be there ready and waiting for us in the evening. My personal favourite at the moment is Chilli Con Carne, at just around 500kcal per serving including rice you cant really go wrong, especially if like me you are trying to loose that mum-tum still!

Serves Four

Ingredients

500g Lean Beef Mince (Preferably less that 5% fat)

1 onion

2 sticks of celery

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

1 tin of kidney beans

1 tin of mixed beans in chilli sauce

Tomato puree

Chilli powder

Chilli flakes

Ground cumin

Paprika

Salt and Pepper

Dark muscovado sugar

Directions

1. Brown the mince off (beef has its own juices so no need for oil)

2. Take the mince out of the pan and set to one side leaving the juices in the pan

3. Fry off a diced onion and diced celery and diced pepper in beef juices

4. When browned sprinkle over some sugar and continue to cook until sugar has gone a bit gloopy

Don’t worry if you don’t have dark muscovado sugar, you can skip this step and save your waistline!!

5. Add the spices to your taste with a bit of salt ( i tend to put a fair bit of paprika and little bits of the rest, obi add more chilli if you like spice!!)

6. Add the Beef and onion mix to the slow cooker

7.Add the tinned tomatoes

8. Add a large squirt of tom puree, stir in and cook for a few mins

9. Add the beans, and the drained tin of kidney beans

10. Turn to a high heat and leave to cook for 4 hours. (Alternatively leave on a low heat for 8 hours!)

All prepared in around 15 minutes, and ready to eat whenever you need it! We like to add some grated cheddar cheese and a squirt of salad cream..don’t know it ’till you’ve tried it!

What are your quick ‘go-to’ recipes?

F x

Alice’s 5 Month update!

Okay, so this is more of an introduction than an update… but Alice has just turned five months old and i can’t believe how fast she is growing up!

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Clifton suspension bridge after a 22km walk to raise money for a poorly little baby from our birth group.

Alice is currently:

  • 17lb 13oz and has moved up to the 91st centile (everyone loves a chubby baby though, right?)
  • Blowing awesome raspberries. Yes her face, and indeed my face is now permanently covered in spit. But its just so darn cute!
  • Cutting her first tooth! This is BIG news! this morning her first tooth has just emerged above her gum line and she is coping really well. We are using Anbesol liquid and some Nurofen liquid for children to ease the pain for her.
  • Sitting by herself. Well, just and only for a little while (until something catches her interest and she moves her head and falls over!)
  • Sleeping through! Now i appreciate i am very lucky to have a little one that sleeps through, but I’m super proud of her for keeping up the good work despite her teething!
  • Loving her feet! She loves to spend time led on her back grabbing hold of her feet and aiming them for her mouth!
  • Drinking mammoth amounts of milk (9oz every 3 hours!) and yet still not really interested in food. When the time is right we are going to give baby led weaning a try.
  • Had her first go on a swing and loved it! We are really lucky to have lots to do around where we live and have a park just minutes from our house that I am sure we will be visiting more often come the summer!

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It’s so hard not to compare your little one to other babies the same age, but the truth is all babies develop at different speeds and they all get there in the end. Try not to worry!

I hope your little ones are doing just great!

F x

Hello to my own little corner of the internet!

It seems the whole world and his wife are blogging nowadays, so I thought i would join in the hype and claim my own little corner of the internet!

Im Felicity, a newly wed mummy to a 5 month old little girl living in Bristol in the United Kingdom!

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                                             On our wedding day!                                  Our little girl Alice!

In this space I will be sharing our journey with you, any tips and tricks we find along the way, and hopefully soon our journey to becoming a family of four!

I’d love to get to know you guys, some come and say hi!

F x

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