Everybody should be concerned when it comes to intruders. If you’re a homeowner, an intruder can cause a lot of trouble. Not only can they cause damage to your home, they can also steal your things, and harm the ones you love. This guide will […]
Month: February 2017
Owning a dog is a great experience for all of the family. It is a lot of hard work, though, so you do need to think carefully about dog ownership and if it really is for you. It is a commitment for as long as […]
Buying gifts for a foodie can be tough, especially if you’re more a bangers and mash kind of person. This gift guide will help you to navigate through the weird and wonderful world of food, be it cheese, kitchen utensils, or even types of oil. There are gift ideas suitable for every budget and taste, so take a look!
Cheeses are pretty much a universally well-received gift. They come in hampers and can be brought from quaint artisan shops, and make a great gift for any food lover. If you don’t know the first thing about cheese don’t panic. Cheese has different texture and different tastes. This is why you hear some people referring to soft cheese and hard cheese, strong and mild cheese.
Mozzarella, Ricotta, and Cream Cheese are all spreadable cheeses. They work best when smeared onto bread or crackers, or even stirred into sauces. Soft cheeses include Camembert and Brie. These cheese may sound familiar, they’re used a lot as sandwich fillings because of their texture. Hard cheeses include Cheddar and Red Leicester. Most cheese shops will let you sample their cheeses. So get trying, and choose one that you think tastes good!
If you want to avoid buying food for a food lover, opt instead to buy some kitchen utensils instead. A gnocchi paddle is a great gift for any food fanatic that loves to cook at home. The little paddle has ridges on it which help you to shape gnocchi like a pro. If you’re looking to spend a little more consider buying your foodie friends a new knife set. If you’re stuck on which kind to buy check out the Cut it Fine buying guide.
If the receiver of your gift is more a food and drink person why not buy them a decanter? A decanter is a statement gift that will go perfectly on any connoisseurs drinks cabinet. If it’s a big birthday, spend a little more and go all out on a crystal decanter. If you’re budget doesn’t stretch this far opt for smaller drink related gifts. Taster sized bottles are a fun gift, and a great way to hedge your bets rather than buying one big bottle! Alternatively buy the lucky person in question some new glassware.
This may sound like an uninspired choice of gift, but any foodie will know that there are lots of different types of oil. If you buy them from a market stall or food shop, they also come in pretty, gift appropriate packages. Encourage the recipient of the gift to step outside their comfort zone with some more unusual oils. Avocado oil, mustard oil, and even peanut oil can all be used in cooking. Buy some fancy oils as a gift for someone to cook with, dress salads, or even grease tins .
As much as you love spending time with your little one, the activities can sometimes be mind numbingly boring. And it can leave mommies wanting to tear their hair out before their hubby gets home. That’s before all the TV programs you will watch with […]
There has been a lot of debate over the whole breast or bottle thing for years. Some arguments that get thrown into the mix are that breast milk can give your baby asthma although there are no real medical facts to back this up. There is also a lot of focus on how formula isn’t as good for your baby because it doesn’t have the same nutrients, this is also a little outdated.
The answer is really quite simple, in fact it’s a wonder how we are going to drag the subject out to make this a worthy blog post!
Is breast best? Yes.
Is formula best? Yes.
Confused? We’ll explain. You cannot argue that breast milk isn’t, in an ideal situation, best for your baby. We were born to produce milk for one purpose, feeding our children. Your body creates the perfect balance of vitamins and nutrients for your baby and it has been working on this for the last 9 months.
Of course, there is an argument that depending on what outside toxins we allow in our body, it could actually be quite bad for your baby. This could be true in mother who drinks alcohol, smokes or takes recreational drugs. However the effects of these things would have had far more damage through the placenta so, you could say, the damage is already done? Which kind of weakens that argument. Of course if you are breastfeeding it is vital you don’t drink alcohol or take on any unnecessary toxins until your baby is on solids.
Breastfeeding can help a mother feel there is more of a bond with a baby. It is completely natural and a woman should never be made to feel judged for doing what her body was made for, she should be allowed to get on with all the other things babies need!
Baby formula has been improved over years and years of careful research and is essentially a supplemented version of what your body produces plus a few added extras to help boost your baby in a way even a mother can’t. There is a great guide to organic formula on the Babycare Mag and nowadays we have a huge variety of brands we can select from offering us complete control of what goes into our children.
The bonus of feeding formula is for those mothers who are struggling to breastfeed there may be evidence that prolonged periods of discomfort and forcing yourself to feed your baby this way will impact on both mother and child negatively. This means that no matter how good your milk is, what you are doing isn’t best for either of you.
Don’t be forced by society, family or your midwives to make a choice you aren’t comfortable. Do what you feel is right and that will be best for your baby. Just make sure you keep up with lots of health centre visits to ensure their weight is on track and look out for any signs something might not be right. Breast or not, be alert.
Image via PixaBay Cleaning is one of the most miserable things we as humans do. It’s a base requirement really; things should not be filthy. You wouldn’t stay in a hotel room that didn’t meet cleanliness standards, so of course, you apply the same forensic […]
When you think of the word ‘baby’ you may think of a cute, swaddled bundle of joy with tiny perfect lips and fingernails that are so dainty. You may think of that noise they make when they’re gulping their milk, which is so loud for such a small human. Babies invoke that warm, fuzzy glow which can lead to broodiness if you’re not careful. They can also remind us of the stench of a sewer when you catch them at the wrong moment, but let’s not go there.
The thing with babies, is that they come with so much STUFF! Not when they’re born of course, all they bring with them then is screaming and a placenta. But before that. When you are pregnant and planning the nursery, and doing all your research, you may have come across websites like innerparents.com which give you all the best ideas for the gear your baby will need. The research you do is invaluable but the potential for needing a new house and separate rooms for all the new things that you need for the baby? That’s inevitable.
Take the humble stroller. You don’t just need a stroller. You need a stroller that can forward and parent face, with a pram attachment to lay flat, a space for a car seat to clip on, a large enough basket underneath to put shopping in and a drinks holder for that coffee you’ll be needing after five broken hours of sleep. And after all that, you’ll probably want to buy a baby carrier because you were the lucky one who got the baby that screamed blue murder if you put it down.
Take the cot. You don’t just need a cot. You need a cot that lowers to three different levels. You need cot sheets that are fitted and you need it to one day convert into a toddler bed. While you’re at it, buy another cot. No really! A crib or a Moses basket for downstairs, so you don’t have to go upstairs for naptime. Also, buy another cot. One that clips to the side of the bed and means that when you’re breastfeeding, you can bring the baby to you and then slide them back again without even getting up.
Take the change table. You don’t just need a change table. You need a whole clothing unit with a built in changing mat. With a hanging nappy tidy down one side and a top drawer full of wipes, creams and spare vests and onesies in reach for when that 2pm poop oozes out of the sides of the nappy during change time. Also, buy another mat for downstairs. And a foldable one for the change bag so you can use your own when you are out and about.
Add to this the bottles, dummies, toys, clothes, highchairs, wipe warmers, medical kit with thermometer… the list is truly endless. Babies come with a lot of needs and stuff, but all they really need is a full tummy, a warm body and a cuddle from their mummy and daddy. Don’t forget that!
Pretty much all of us understand the importance of eating regular portions of fruit and vegetables. With all the media these days that is based on the importance of healthy eating, you would struggle to find anyone who wasn’t aware of the benefits of a […]