Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Labour Cake

This week I have turned 40 weeks pregnant;
In the beginning it seemed like forever away but now I can't understand where the time has gone!
Although I'm suddenly very aware of how our time as a three is coming to an end and it makes me a little sad, we're so desperate to meet this little one.
This whole pregnancy has been a huge blessing to us but I'm so ready for this journey to end and a new one to start.
With our first little one I went overdue by 12 days and he was a big baby!
This time we were expecting another baby on the bigger side but we have been for a growth scan and he's measuring normal size. 
Saying that we'd rather not risk going to over my due date just in case he has a sudden growth spurt; but you never know! 
I really didn't want to go down the road of being induced;
despite having a lot of intervention last time I still really want to keep things as normal and natural as possible;
Of course baby comes first though, so if help is needed I'm happy to go with the doctors advice.
One thing I've learned is that you can't plan birth!
Last week my consultant told me I was in a good position to deliver and to eat lots of pineapple-
which according to Google contains an enzyme which can induce labour.
I discovered there are a lot of old wives tales and different ideas about how to get baby to arrive and its been funny trying them out in the last week.
(However eating a lot of pineapple leaves you with a very sore tongue!)
I've been drinking a lot of raspberry leaf tea which is apparently good for shortening labour and preparing for birth as well as bringing on contractions;
walking is said to be one of the best methods, and has become a lot easier as my SPD has suddenly got a lot better now the baby is engaged;
Although I'm not a huge fan of spicy foods it is on the natural inducing list so I have given it a go!
My favourite tip found on-line so far though has been to bake a "Labour Cake"
There's a little bit of "science" behind why chocolate may be good for inducing labour but lets be honest, who needs much of an excuse to eat a delicious chocolate cake at nine months pregnant (or generally)?!
Normally it is a straightforward cake made with a pack of Devils food cake mix with extra chocolate and sour cream added, but as I'm not a huge fan of cake mix I headed to my favourite Nigella cook book and found the chocolatey-est cake in there which coincidentally had sour cream and quadruple chocolate in it.
Not only is it straightforward to make it is  chocolate heaven.
It is super moist and chocolatey with a gorgeous chocolate syrup poured through it whilst warm.
It might not send you into labour but there's no harm in giving it a go! 
 Quadruple Chocolate Loaf
( or "Labour Cake")
200g Plain Flour
1/2 Tsp Bicarbonate of soda
50g Cocoa Powder
275g Caster Sugar
175g Unsalted Butter
2 eggs
1 Tbs Vanilla Extract
80 mls Sour Cream
125 mls Boiling Water
175g Dark Chocolate Chips
125mls Water
100g Caster Sugar
1 Tbsp Cocoa powder
Simply put everything except the water and chocolate chips into a food processor and blend until smooth.
Scrape down and add the boiling water while processing again-
N.B If you use a mixer like I did you should do this by hand or you will end up with chocolatey water everywhere!
Stir in the chocolate chips and pour into a lined loaf tin
Bake at 170 for about an hour but cover with foil if it starts to catch
As it is a dense cake a skewer wont come out perfectly clean when cooked but don't worry it is!
Start making the syrup after the cake has had around 45 minutes
Add the sugar water and cocoa to a small pan and boil for five minutes- being careful not to burn.
Take the cake out of the oven and leaving in the tin, pierce holes in the top randomly before pouring the syrup over it
Leave to cool then scatter with dark chocolate shavings.
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Hopefully Ms Lawson won't mind me adding her gorgeous cake to the list of labour inducers;
it's definitely worth a try!
Have you got any tips for serving the little ones eviction notice?!



Monday, 25 April 2016

Snuggle up

In the last couple of weeks I've been getting a pretty good nights sleep, and being that I am almost 40 weeks pregnant this is quite impressive.
Although I still have my usual aches and pains and an ever increasing bump my nightly routine has been greatly  improved since my lovely Snuggle up pregnancy pillow arrived.
The hospital physiotherapist I saw several months ago advised sleeping with plenty of pillows at my bump and back to alleviate pressure as well as a couple between my knees; although it of course helps it makes moving really difficult especially if you need to get up in the night, as most mamas do!
Because the Snuggle up pillow is one large long pillow it serves all comfort purposes, supporting your back and bump and keeping your legs well spaced to avoid hip pain.
It's so much easier to get up and turn over at night without having to rearrange the whole bed!
I was surprised when it arrived at how big it actually was;
There are several types of pregnancy pillow on the Snuggle up site;
this one is filled with "Fairy beads" or polystyrene balls that move to your body shape and is covered with a super soft fabric.
It is also lightly scented with relaxing Lavender;
being someone who can't do strong scents generally let alone in pregnancy I was concerned it would be overwhelming but I'm pleased to say it isn't at all.
As well as being the perfect pregnancy pillow it is wonderful for anyone with back or muscle pain, sciatica, arthritis or any sort of sleep disturbing aches.
I let Joe try it out and had a hard time getting him to give it back!
At over 6ft tall he found it amazingly comfortable and supportive and alleviated his back and neck discomfort after I let him borrow it for the night!
Its no surprise this is an award winning pillow;
It really has clearly been designed with mum's in mind but what's great is that it is perfect for using after birth for extra support.
I wish I'd had this gorgeous pillow sooner in my pregnancy but I'll definitely be using it beyond.
With so many different products for Mum's to be it can be trial and error with knowing which products are worth investing in, but I can honestly say that this is one of my top recommendations for any expectant mum. 
But be warned,
 if you let your husband try it out be prepared for him to want one of his own too! 


N.B Snuggle Up Pregnancy pillows kindly sent me one of their Premium U Pillows in Sky Blue however all opinions are my own.


Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Baking With Tala: Mum's Apple Pie

I love getting into the kitchen to create something;
I enjoy cooking meals but I love baking, of course.
I find the whole process of putting cakes together relaxing, even now at nearly nine months pregnant!
Having said that however, there are certain bakes that just don't seem to be my "thing"
For some reason or another they just don't work out for me and as a bit of a perfectionist I tend to be inclined to shy away from these sort of creations...
I love a good pie but mine always seem to shrink, collapse or flood.
My pastry is always too short or overworked and I seem to add too much of any filling!
However when a beautiful Tala pie dish arrived at my door a few weeks ago it was time for me to finally face my pastry fears.
My mum is the pie maker in our family, she usually bakes one along with the Sunday dinner and can put one together in minutes.
I have a lot of memories of her peeling and chopping apples while we've put the world to rights over a cup of tea. Apple pie is a comforting pudding I always associate with being at home.
Generally her method is quite simple;
freshly chopped apples stewed in a heavy pan with brown sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice until a deep brown colour, soft but still holding their shape a little, topped with a pastry lid and baked in the oven.
It always works and with her being somewhat of an expert as to what is a good apple pie I wasn't quick to compete.
So this week with the arrival of my beautiful Tala dish I decided to set to work on my own "Mum" style recipe for apple pie;
After doing a little research it turns out there are quite a few ways to assemble the perfect pie;
some involve cooking the apples in butter and sugar, others add plain apples to the pie crust before pouring melted butter and sugar on top; some are adamantly against cinnamon and others use nutmeg or vanilla. The type of apples used varies by tradition and location and of course depending on how you like your pie to taste.
Although I was tempted to follow the familiar I wanted to give my own recipe a go and find a different method to try.
As always for me baking is all about learning and being able to share the process as a mum and teach my little one important skills for life, so obviously I had a helper in the kitchen!
The thing about making an apple pie is that once you know how you want to make it, it's as straightforward as a recipe can be.
Although apple pie is often seen as an American dessert it's roots really do lie in England where the first recipe was printed by Geoffrey Chaucer in 1381.
In Yorkshire eating it with a piece of strong cheese is a long standing tradition and I've yet to go anywhere serving English food that doesn't have it on the dessert menu in some form!
We love our apples here.
Traditionally a lattice top is called for when making an Apple pie and I knew this would look lovely in this gorgeous blue dish.
Yet again Tala have created a timeless range of colourful oven to table  stoneware that is beautifully made and the perfect addition to a home cooking collection.
I love how the style is functional but still so pretty in a collection of pastel colours like this classic soft blue as well as the darker red which is equally lovely.
 Their sweet little brights recipe tin is from the Tala Originals range and is perfect for storing all those family recipes;
And good bakes usually end with a sprinkle of icing, and what better to use than a cute Tala sugar shaker!
I'm not going to lie, this was one of my less relaxing bakes and became a labour of love after some trial and error with the pastry...
 but what emerged in the end was my very own apple pie.
I created a little mix up of methods and I'm pleased to say it worked out well.
No it isn't Pinterest perfect on sight but still a good pie all the same.
Its homely, a bit rustic and as sweet and comforting as all good apple pies should be!
For my pie I decided to not cook the apples but to tumble them in plenty of brown sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice - and add a little almond essence as I just love the flavour.
I found not cooking them before to be the best way to avoid a "soggy bottom" and give that lovely full shape whilst holding up the lattice design.
I have learnt that I don't need to be afraid of pasty any more-
like most aspects of cooking its about learning from experience and this little baking escapade has given me a lot more confidence with making pies again...
and now I have this beautiful pie dish I'll have to!
Below is my straightforward Apple pie;
I'm not going to lie I used pre-bought pastry, the reason being that it is so much cheaper and quicker to use and being mama usually means you don't have the time to set about making your own perfect pie crust when little hands want to get involved.
I know that Mary Berry herself uses ready to roll pastry at times so I don't feel too bad!
It's important to remember that even though it is ready made you can still have a pasty disaster if you don't handle it correctly so I've included a few tips I've learned along the way to ensure your pie comes out of the oven in one piece...!

Apple Pie
Shortcrust Pasty: Enough for the bottom and top of your pie dish-
mine was 26.5cm and two packs of pastry was plenty
For the Filling:
6 Large Bramley Apples (you can also use Golden Delicious for a sweeter pie)
200g of Soft light brown sugar
1 Tsp of Cinnamon
2 Tsp Lemon Juice
1 Tbsp Plain flour
1 Tsp Almond Essence
        Egg white and additional caster sugar for the top
Peel, Core and slice the apples into medium slices, combine all the ingredients in a bowl before adding the apples and toss well, until the apples are coated. Leave to one side.
Line your dish with the pastry leaving a little hanging over
Tip: Try to roll the pastry out quickly and ovoid over working the dough;
if you have to roll it up and start again, put it in the fridge to harden the butter.
Roll out your second amount of pastry and cut into twelve, one inch strips
Tip: use a sheet of greaseproof paper as a base, then weave the strips into a lattice.
This can be tricky when placing on top but looks much neater than weaving on top of the apples!
Add the apples to the unbaked pie crust, brush the edges with a little egg white then swiftly slide your lattice on top.
Trim around the edge, but again leave a little pastry hanging over the edge.
Crimp using your fingers or a spoon handle, brush the top of your pie with egg white and sprinkle with caster sugar.
Tip: I decided here to put my pie in the freezer for about 45 mins
this causes the butter to harden and prevents the crust from shrinking before the pastry is cooked!
Cook the pie at 190°C  for around 8-10 minutes or until it looks golden on top;
Cooking the pastry quickly keeps it in place and prevents it going soggy and/or shrinking in my experience.
Then move into the lower part of the oven and cook for around an hour at 150°C-
if the top looks like it may catch cover lightly with tinfoil.
Allow your pie to cool slightly before carefully trimming the excess pastry from the edges.
I chose to do this after cooking but it's up to you!
Serve warm with thick double cream or custard. Or both.

There's nothing better than a home cooked pudding,
And I love the idea of passing on traditional recipes to our children and grandchildren.
Family cooking is all about sharing, learning and creating memories together in the ordinariness of our day to day life.
So get making some pie,
if I can do it anyone can!


N.B : This was a collaborative post with Tala who kindly sent me a selection of their beautiful bakewake however recipe and all opinions are entirely my own.  



Thursday, 14 April 2016

Healthy Mummy Healthy Bump!

The first few weeks or months of pregnancy are tough on most mums;
Whether it is morning sickness, exhaustion or just feeling out of sorts it can be the most difficult time- (if you're a mum who sails through the first trimester, lucky you!)
We're encouraged to start taking pregnancy supplements, avoid heavy lifting and expected to remember the lengthy list of foods we have to avoid now we're eating for two.
It can be a juggling act and one that can be both stressful and draining.
Looking after yourself is now the priority as by looking after yourself you are caring for this precious person who has made their home in your tummy for the next nine months.
In those first few weeks sticking to a healthy diet is important but if like me, you're hit with dreaded morning sickness or severe food aversions it can be tricky to find balance.
I struggled immensely first time round as I suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarium; a nausea and actual sickness which can last all day and night and cause your stomach to empty itself multiple times a day. It's a horrible experience that I wouldn't wish on anyone.
During that time I remember the worry that my baby wouldn't be nourished as I couldn't nourish myself; the sight and smell of food sent me running to the bathroom and despite trying all the home remedies I could the nausea was intense and overpowering.
I was quite reassured to find that despite living on toast and boiled water most babies in the womb are unaffected and continue to grow and develop well.
I am aware there are severe cases, and where dehydration occurs hospitalisation is very necessary to avoid risk to the baby's safety.
As I started to feel better in myself I could eat more foods but more often than not they weren't green smoothies or salads but bags of crisps and bars of chocolate. As I was thankful to be able to eat at all I did allow myself to indulge my cravings within reason, something I don't think any mum should feel guilty for!
With this pregnancy I have had awful all day nausea but nothing compared to last time (thankfully!) and by the time I got to the second trimester I was able to eat a variety of "good" foods that were of nutritional value to me and the baby.
I have put together some of my own tips for trying to keep health conscious while pregnant and some of my favourite foods/snacks that have helped keep my energy levels up or combat some of the difficult days of pregnancy!

Keeping Hydrated
I am usually awful at drinking water but in pregnancy it really shows. There are so many problems dehydration causes even at a lower level so it really is important to keep drinking.
I tend to drink a lot of coffee and tea throughout the day and reach for the fizzy drinks when I actually feel thirsty; As I don't think of drinking water I've found that buying bottled water and keeping it in the fridge/on my bedside table/ in my bag means I'm quicker to notice that I haven't had a drink in a while and remember to drink water!
Popping frozen lemon or mint into the bottle helps with a queasy stomach too.
As far tea and coffee goes, luckily I go off coffee straight away as I find the smell too strong;
I do still drink tea but I try to keep it to two cups a day and I generally drink it very weak and milky so it doesn't worry me too much.
I love fruit tea's but of course you have to be careful as some are not suitable for pregnant mama's!
   I have a couple of other favourite hot drinks that I tend to reach for before tea;
one is Golden milk which I discovered last year- 
My own recipe is simply hot milk with half a teaspoon of ground turmeric, a couple of cardamom pods and a squeeze of honey. I find it so soothing and turmeric has so many health benefits.
It's easy to adapt the recipe according to your own tastes and you can swap the milk for a lighter alternative such as coconut or almond milk.
Another drink I recently discovered was Matcha Green Lattes-
Hot foamy milk with Green tea powder to which I added honey and a little cardamom
This is a great alternative if you're missing your morning coffee and I think would taste equally good ice cold!

I find it difficult to eat big meals as the weeks and months go by so I try to keep snacks on hand in case I feel light headed or suddenly in need of food!
My blood pressure is usually slightly low so I try to stick with healthy salts and not overdo it on sugary snacks.
One of my favourites is peanut butter and banana on toast-
Peanuts are fine to eat during pregnancy (so says Google!) and are a good source of protein;
add the benefits of eating fruit and brown bread to keep your fibre intake up and its a winner.

If you can get in the kitchen, making your own snacks and treats is a great way to keep an eye on your sugar intake and add healthy ingredients without your stomach noticing!
Things like flapjacks are so easy to do- throw everything into a bowl- mix it up-throw it into the oven.
Add flax seeds, almonds, apricots or dates and substitute sugars with honey or natural sweeteners like agave, and top with dark chocolate.
A good slice of cake does everyone good- although I'm not a nutritionist. (!)
I still think the odd treat is good for mum and baby!
Tea loaves and breads tend to have less sugar and a easy to make and freeze in advance.
I love adding extra goodness like flax seeds, dried fruits, oats and seeds for added fibre.
Carrot cake is filling and you don't need as much sugar; 
they make great breakfast muffins.
 Banana bread is easy to make and you can easily reduce the sugar and add oats to the topping to make it a little more healthy.
 You can find my Banana Crumb Cake recipe here
We all know we need to eat more fruit and veg... (!)
 I've noticed that if have fruit or veg prepared in the fridge I'm always more likely to grab it. In the early days I did buy it prepared in little pots just for the sake of effort but these days I try and chop extra when I'm preparing it for the little guy and stick it in a tub or bowl in the fridge.
If it's easier and you can do it in advance, divide the fruit into little containers and stick some in the freezer- you can grab a couple when you leave the house and keep in your bag for you and your little one.
Easy ways for me to incorporate it into my daily routine include adding fruit to cereal or porridge, making easy home-made soups to keep in the freezer whilst I'm preparing other meals and making smoothies in the Nurtibullet of course!

Hopefully I've given you a few different ideas to keep your mama strength up during the pregnancy days and after!
Do you have any top tips to share?


Saturday, 9 April 2016

A Blooming Lovely Giveaway!

A few weeks ago I was sent a beautiful Bola Necklace by Blooming Lovely Jewellery;
I absolutely love it and the story behind the Mexican Bolas, being part of an ancient tradition for mother's to bond with their unborn child through the gentle chimes of their Bola pendants.
Not only are these gorgeous necklaces said to calm baby, and mother, during pregnancy but they are also used after the baby is born to soothe while feeding or as they are drifting to sleep, as they recognise the familiar sound of the chime.
I was really thrilled to be sent such a wonderful keepsake and our little one has loved using it to connect with his baby brother, making it ring and watching the bump move.
These necklaces would make the perfect gift for any expectant mama or a special treat as a busy mum to remind yourself of the precious life growing away in your tummy whilst you go about your day.
The very kind Laura who runs Blooming Lovely asked me if I would like to offer one of you lovelies the chance to win a Bola of your own, and of course I said yes!
The winner will receive one of Blooming Lovely's stunning Bola Necklaces of their choosing-
perfect for any expectant mummies out there!
The Bola's come in five different styles and can be hung on a natural brown cord, silver chain or a choice of beautiful Liberty fabrics.
These stunning silver pendants look great with any outfit and you'll be in the stylish company of mummy celebs such as Giovanna Fletcher and Frankie Bridge who love their Blooming lovely Bolas!

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Friday, 8 April 2016

The Baby Bag

This week one of the last jobs I've done is pack our bags, ready for the day when our littlest one decides to make his arrival!
I though I'd start with Baby's then I'll hopefully get to share a few of my essentials later...
I finally settled on a changing bag after all that thinking and went with the
Babymoov Style Changing Bag 
I love this square style and was pleasantly surprised to see these bags come with a lifetime warranty!
Not bad for the price.
Its quite a smart little bag in navy and tan and is very lightweight which is always a bonus.
It comes with extras like a changing mat, clear pocket, insulated bottle bag and smaller zip bag.
It also has a nice padded detachable shoulder strap and already has metal pram clips on top which is a great feature.
The front flap has an easy magnetic close and inside there are two large pockets.
I really like that there is a large pocket on the back with easy access and pockets on both sides for little bits like keys and dummies!

So what have I packed for the hospital trip?...
Baby Essentials;
New vests, hats, socks and mittens.
We live right next the Hospital so really don't need to over-do it with packing as it'd be so easy to nip home if needed.
Although I love children in bright colours, for me newborns have to be in white!
I picked up these lovely white baby bits from the Morrisons Nutmeg range, they are super soft and such great value. I also picked up some white newborn all in one's from their range.
The little bear onesie is from Gap and the first thing our little guy wore;
I'm hoping it will be his baby brothers too.
Cleaning essentials;
Pampers nappies, cotton wool, wash sponge and towel.
We always bought these Ramer sponges with our first as they are so soft on baby skin;
This adorable duck towel is Nutmeg again.
I have raved about Faye&Lou products ever since I came across them when we had our first little one;
They make the most beautiful large soft muslins in these amazingly bright colours!
They wash really well, becoming even softer and stay bright after multiple washes.
There are endless uses for them and I'll definitely have more to say after the baby boy arrives about how much we'll be using them but for now I'll be packing several in the bag for changing, swaddling, wiping etc...!
When it comes to newborn skin I really don't like using much besides a bit of nappy cream when needed; Babies don't need cleaning with soaps when they're tiny (They smell amazing already!) and it generally seems to do more harm than good!
The little guy had very sensitive skin from being born which I discovered after using the wrong washing powder and certain baby bath products even though they were designed for newborn skin.
After seeing your tiny baby get a nasty rash it makes you very reluctant to put anything "unnatural" on them again. One thing we always used without a problem though was plain coconut oil;
even when his skin flared up this soothed it really well and kept his skin soft.
I have mentioned before how much we love coconut oil on here as it is such great stuff!
I had no idea there was a baby brand of organic coconut oil until I discovered Kokoso Baby recently.
I have already tested it out a little and it is of a gorgeous silky quality and feels lovely on your skin.
It is completely natural and Organic without any preservatives or perfumes.
I can't wait to get more use out of it on the baby and will be sharing more on the results.
 I am packing it in the bag for both of us!
We have so many gorgeous knitted cardigans made by Grandma's and Great Grandma but I think I've settled on this little blue one for coming home.
So that's us packed and ready to go...
The car seat is ready and every blanket is washed and ironed.
The last nine months have gone by so quickly, I can't believe there'll be another tiny body in these clothes again!
It's exciting and scary all at once, but I can't wait.

Do you have any must haves for the baby bag?
Let me know!

N.B: Faye&Lou and Kokoso Baby kindly sent us the above products however all opinions are entirely my own.
All other items have been purchased by ourselves for our newest addition and again all opinions are my own


Thursday, 7 April 2016

Floral Inspriration

I love having fresh flowers in our home.
There is usually at least one vase of fresh flowers or foliage in the house;
Bringing a little bit of nature inside really seems to bring a room to life and brighten it up even when it's not so sunny outside.
Flowers are my treat generally. I don't tend to buy myself things when we're doing the shopping and I'd choose a bunch of stocks over any magazine !
Although its easy to pop to the local supermarket and grab a bunch of roses there is something so special about a beautiful arrangement arriving at your door, unexpectedly or not.
Despite filling our home with blooms, my lovely husband surprised me on Mothers day with pink roses which arrived at our door and I loved them.
Sending someone flowers is still a very popular way to send someone the message that you are thinking of them, on joyful and of course not so joyful days.
The sentiment of sending some of nature's gorgeous blossoms appears to be timeless and is appreciated by most. 
I always tend to send flowers on special occasions and love finding wonderful florists that deliver beautiful and different styles of bouquets and gifts.
My mum was a florist by trade so I certainly appreciate a good floral arrangement!
I was asked recently to trial Flowercard- a flower service that designs and delivers a variety of floral arrangements as well as unique gifts.
Obviously I was very happy to be asked and popped over to their site to have a look.
I was pleased to see a gorgeous selection of flowers in some beautiful styles that I hadn't come across before.
Flowercard really are very different in their approach to creating stunning displays for all occasions.
They do a selection of keepsake tins and enamel planters filled with your choice of flowers and include your own printed message; 
these can also be filled with adorable little succulents or even chocolates!
Their range of flower cards are a personalised selection of greetings cards with sweet miniature arrangements attached to the front, making them truly unique.
It is wonderful that as well as flowers, Flowercard also give you the option to add gifts such as beautiful handmade chocolates and creates displays in such lovely keepsakes that will last long after the flowers have gone.
I choose one of their filled trugs in "Tickled Pink" as I loved the colour scheme of soft pink Lisanthus and wax flower.
My little trug arrived carefully packaged and smelled beautiful and fresh when I opened the box.
A lovely tag was attached with a satin ribbon;
it certainly brightened my day up! 
The wooden trug is filled with delicate Lisanthus, wax flower, and lilac Limonium.
The combination woks together so well and makes a stunning little centrepiece.
I love that I'll be able to keep the little trug and use it again in the future
I can certainly recommend Flowercard for their beautiful flowers and selection of gifts;
With so many special occasions coming up over the next few months, 
I'll definitely be using their service again soon!



N.B: Flowercard very kindly sent me one of their lovely floral arrangements for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own

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