Busy Mum’s Fried Rice

Busy Mum’s Fried Rice

Here is a quick and easy fried rice recipe for when it’s one of those days! I also love that I can load this dish up with veggies!

Xavi loves it!

Ingredients:

1 tub 40sec brown/white rice

1 pack instant frozen vegetables

1 onion

1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic

1 fried egg cut up

2 handfuls of protein ( chicken/beef/tofu)

Splash soy sauce

Method:

Cook vegetables in the microwave for 2.5 minutes

Cook rice in the microwave for 40 seconds

Fry egg and cut up

Fry onion and garlic then add the rice and vegetables

Add in protein of your choice! I fried up chicken with some soy sauce and honey

Mix all together and serve!

You can have so many different variations!

“Fussy” Toddler’s

“Fussy” Toddler’s

Welcome to the fun world of feeding a toddler! Sometimes “Toddler” and “Food” don’t go together as easy as we would like.

We all want our toddlers to eat healthy foods, so we know we are giving them the best possible start to life. A healthy range of vegetables, fruits, proteins, calcium, minerals and vitamins. It sounds so simple and sometimes it is, but I often hear how hard it can be and the term “Fussy Toddler” is used so much these days. I also use it. In fact I have a “Fussy Toddler”.

But what does this mean? They are not eating the foods you want them to right? Really the label is quite unfair, they are little humans, learning about what tastes good and what doesn’t, at that particular time. Some babies love everything! Some babies do not. They are free to pick and choose, just as we are with what we eat. But the question is what can we do to help them love all the good things?

Firstly I am no expert and this blog is just my opinion and observation. Most parents worry their toddler isn’t eating the right foods. We often cook away amazing dishes in hopes our little ones will gobble it up, only for them to turn their noses up at it or clamp their mouths shut.

It can be a very frustrating and distressing phases – if we let it be. I have been through this and right now I am still going through it to some degree!

So what can we do?

First understanding the basic facts. Your toddlers will eat if they are hungry. They will not starve themselves. They have a built in survival mechanism. Behaviour phases and food phases are closely linked. Also they are the best regulators of their appetite.

If you feel stressed about your toddler not eating the food you prepared, if you are hovering over them telling them to eat, if you feel anxious when it comes to meal times and you are anticipating a struggle – guess what? They feel it too. I also found the older they get the more clued on they get.

So first step is to take it down a notch. Don’t stress, don’t worry and get yourself into a calm and relaxed frame of mind. Food time can be fun!

Offer lots of variety. If you are past the puree phase you will be into finger foods and general foods. Toddlers can eat what you eat, with some exceptions to choking hazards foods (Raw vegetables, sausages, whole grapes etc.)

One thing I love to do is a mini grazing platter! I offer a range of foods (usually 5) and with at least 2 things I know they will eat. The idea is exposure. Sometimes they will try it, snub it, feel it or throw it! All of these things are normal. Then one-day the food they avoid may be the food they try! Try different sandwich fillings, cut up different fruit, oven bake your vegetables for different flavour, make omelettes or mini quiches, make healthy muffins and slices, dice cheese with some dried fruit, try different cooked pasta shapes, rice cakes, scrambled egg or yoghurt with fruit! Also I love to use shape cutters! Its a great way to serve food with some fun and learning!

Another idea I love is making fresh juices. I add in some fruit and lots of vegetables like celery, carrot, cucumber, zucchini, beetroot etc. When it’s mixed in with apples and oranges it all tastes yummy. Get your minis to help you to! Having them involved with food prep is fun and learning for them. I also add in some vitamins, powdered collagen and greens to give the juice an extra boost.

Toddlers also do what they see. Are you sitting down and eating with them? I find that when I sit down at the table and eat a small amount ( if its not your meal time) then they are more likely to sit longer and try more! Try not to talk about eating or food, instead talk about daily things. This takes the pressure of them to eat.

Also, are they grazing the whole day? I have a grazer. But we can’t expect them to sit and eat a full meal if the were snacking half hour ago! I had just implemented no snacking after 4pm so it gives them the best chance to consume dinner.

So to recap; DE stress, Have fun, Platters, Juices, Variety without pressure to consume, Keep an eye on snacking times.

I hope this helps!

xx

My LASIK Surgery Experience

My LASIK Surgery Experience

So as promised I finally got around to putting this on the blog for you!

I had to get glasses in early 2016 when I noticed I was having trouble seeing street signs and things in the distance clearly. My girlfriend said to try on her glasses once when we were out shopping and I was so amazed at how clear everything was!

So I went to OPSM and I got my script, glasses and contact lenses. I spent the next 2 years with no issues but I found contact lenses made my eyes so dry and sore and wearing glasses all the time for distance was becoming annoying.

So I decided since Xavi was older, sleeping well and I was only feeding him in the morning for comfort I went in for a free consult, mid/late last year 2017.

If you are considering LASIK they refer you if your script has not changed for at least 1 year prior. Mine had been stable for almost 2 years.

So I booked in my procedure for October and never gave it another thought. I didn’t even do much research on the procedure as I didn’t want to over think it. I did however speak to people that had it done and outcomes were amazing! I was so excited!

I booked in with Dr Robert Paul

The day came around and that morning I was nervous. I was told I would need around 1 hour there and I had to be dropped off and picked up. I was sitting in the waiting room and there were 2 people ahead of me and 2 people who had already been through. They were wearing goggles that were taped onto their face. They were walking fine and seemed in no pain or discomfort.

My turn came and the nurse took me through to go through the procedure and give me some relaxant tablets. She explained everything to me, there would be 2 phases and although I did to start to feel more nervous at that stage, it helped to know that you don’t feel anything because your eyes are numb.

So first I went to one room with a bed and a big machine. I lay down and Dr Paul and nurses are talking and everyone is light hearted and friendly. Some drops are put into your eyes to make them numb and the machine is positioned over your head and eyes. At this stage your eyes are held open a little but you don’t notice at all! They give you some little stress balls to play with to keep you occupied.

Dr Paul asks you to just look at the flashing lights. That is your only job. The machine then beeps and counts down and within seconds the first phase is complete. This phase is to create a tiny flap in your eye surface. No pain, no discomfort but your eyes feel a little blurry.

Then you are helped up to walk to the next room with a bed and similar machine. The same process happened. Flashing lights, count down and a quick beep and we are done. The second phase which is the correction is complete. There was a slight smell at that stage too. Then he cleans your eyes and put lots of drops on, followed by some trendy goggles that you have to wear for 24 hours until you see him the next day.

I felt fine! No pain no discomfort. Hubby picked me up and I went home to sleep most of the afternoon and early to bed that night. In the morning I went back of the check up. Goggles off and I could see so clearly! It was amazing! I did however have a little discomfort in my right eye, it felt like an eyelash was caught. But by the next day it was gone. Just part of the healing for some people. My left eye was perfect.

I had over 20/20 vision in my left and 20/20 in my right.

The next month you do have to be careful with rubbing eyes, no water in them and using all your drops as recommended. Its been 3 months now and every now and then my eyes get dry and red but I just use lubricating drops.

I would highly recommend it to anyone!! I even went and bought some new sunglasses to wear to celebrate and I so happy with the outcome!

Happy to answer any questions you may have!

 

xx

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Xavien’s Golden Safari First Birthday

Xavien’s Golden Safari First Birthday

Well I must say that this past year has flown by! I feel like I just blinked and my tiny newborn turned one. I always knew that I wanted to throw a themed party for hist first birthday. I feel like for boys you are limited with ideas!

During the year we used to take Xavi to the Zoo and I always loved the greenery, animals and being out in nature. Its something I really want to expose him to as he grows.

I also wanted something that wasn’t traditionally done for a first birthday. So the Gold Safari idea was born! A mix of greenery, animals with classy gold finishing.

I went about making mood boards before I contacted all the local Perth business to help me bring the vision to light. I choose to use small businesses run my mums, as I really wanted to support local.

I began organising everything at least 3/4 months out! I also did a lot of things myself and was very particular about every detail.

For the kids we hired a ball pit, slide, pony cycles and had stickers and zoo animal masks for them to play with. They loved the pony cycles so much! I would definitely use them again!

I didn’t want to do lolly bags for the kids so their gift boxes contained:

  • A plastic zoo animal
  • Play doh
  • Bubbles
  • Zoo Tattoo
  • Custom cookie

The masks, bubbles, stickers and tattoo were from Discount Party Supplies. They have so many different themes and party supplies on their site!

I choose Halo Events as my event/styling company and they also provided the animal props, ONE table, big balloon displays, welcome stand and all the setup. They were so incredible to work with and as always, did an amazing job.

All the other amazing businesses are listed below (Instagram handles) and I would highly recommend everyone I used and would use them again. All of them went above and beyond to help and bring the Gold Safari vision to light!

Photographer Zahra Creative

Venue @rafflesperth
Event Planner @haloevents_perth
Table Arrangements @the_bloom_box
Kids Table/Chairs @allegraandgrace
Ball pit, slide, rug @milaandchloe
Balloons @theballoonfairy
Cake and cupcakes @queenofcakesperth
Cookies @therusticteaparty
Tableware and Gift boxes @Favorlanepartyboutique
Signage @truestyledesigns
Cake topper @footandflame
Photo drop ( Leaf drop) @tleafcollections
Time Capsule ( Wooden box) @lepetitcadre
Pony Cycles @ponycycles

 

Travelling to Bali with a Baby

Travelling to Bali with a Baby

So I must admit that I felt a bit nervous about travelling oversees and on a plane for the first time with a baby!

Will he sleep on the flight? Will he adjust to the weather? Will it be too hot? How will I bath him? Will he cry on the plane? Will his ears hurt on take off and landing? What will he eat? Will he sleep okay?

All of these things went through my head at first. My first bit of advice is get organised and prepared. The more organised and proactive you are before you go will determine how relaxed you are when you arrive at your holiday destination.

We had the best time in Bali because I was relaxed and prepared for everything.

Flights:

I booked our flights to compliment his usual nap time. When going to Bali this is generally easy to do as you have a few airlines to pick from. I chose an after lunch flight on the way there and a morning flight on the way back. This worked really well for us. He napped both times. Have enough toys and food keep the occupied. I over packed snacks and also preordered food on the flight. If you preorder food, you also get served first which is ideal. You are allowed to take food and milk to feed your baby.

  • Choose wooden ( not noisy) toys. I picked up a a few from Kmart and he loved them
  • Pack some fruit, berries, water bottle, packet snacks, sandwich and milk if you are bottle feeding
  • Pack a sleep suit, blanket and comforter on the flight
  • Pack jumper and socks in case it gets cold
  • Nappies, change mat, cream, wipes, hand sanitiser

We also booked a window and aisle in hopes no one will sit in the middle, this worked for us on the way there! I would do this again. He also loved looking out the window. Be prepared that you will be entertaining them every minute they are awake, its hard for them to be in a confined space if they are used to crawling/walking around. That’s why the toys and food come in handy.

We bough the Baby Jogger City Tour travel pram and we loved it! I also received compliments at the airport when people saw me folding it and putting it in the travel bag so easily! It held up really well on the Bali roads too. We carried ours on the plane as hand luggage. Airlines will usually check your pram and travel cot for free.

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Accommodation:

I loved staying in a villa! Xavi had so much space to crawl and play. Also at night time we could put him to sleep in the room and we were able to watch tv and unwind in the lounge or swimming pool area, without bothering him. I would definitely only stay in a villa with a baby. Thats just my preference. We used Bali Villa Escapes and stayed at the Istana Satu Villa

In bali there is a lot of convienience that can be purchased! You can hire pool fences, toys, cots, walkers, have organic food delivered, have groceries delivered etc

I used Bali Baby Hire for toys and I went to the local Bintang Supermarket to purchase bread, fruit, milk, cheese, snacks to have in the villa so he could have fresh fruit everyday. Most villas will provide this for you and a lot also have villa room service.

Although I didn’t order any meals for Xavi because he just ate what we ate and I bought some organic sachets with us, there is a great company that makes organic baby food and snacks and delivers it to you! You can find more information here Mini Muncher

I bought a box of 1.5lt water to bath Xavi in everyday. We used 1 bottle plus 2 cups of boiled water for his bath water and his bath gel. We had hired a bath tub that was delivered the night we landed. There was no issue with him getting the water in his mouth if that is a concern.

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Essentials:

So when it comes to packing for your baby, its easy to go overboard! I thought I had packed too much but I literally used everything I packed. It also depends on when you travel to Bali. July/August has beautiful weather and towards the end of the year is hotter and humid. The villa also provided a travel cot and mosquito net ( which is a must) in Bali, but you can hire them.

Sleeping:

  • Bonds zippy wonder suits for sleeping ( yes its hot but the aircon is cold)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleep sounds (If your baby uses them) Baby Sound Spa
  • I also bought the Adair kids room spray as we use this very night at home
  • Their teddy/blanky/comforter

Play:

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Feeding:

  • I bought plenty of organic snacks and Only Organic Sachets, I bought enough for x3 per day ( just in case)
  • I bought a travel bowl, utensils and bibs. I loved the B.Box Range
  • I also loved the Medea Quick Clean Microwave Bags I used them at least 4 times per day to sterilise Xavi’s bottles/utensils/breast pump parts.
  • I also took my Enjo Vegetable Cloth because I literally use this everyday for his fruit

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Clothes:

You can never have too many and they are so small they don’t take up too much room! Aim for 2-3 outfits per day! We took lots of short sleeved leg rompers, shorts, singlets, and singlet onesies!

I hope some of the above can help you and ease the stress of travelling with your bubs!

If you have any more questions please record below or see my saved stories on Instagram!

xx

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The fun world of solids!

The fun world of solids!

Firstly I find that there is alot of information available for this stage but like all the stages it can be conflicting and a confusing time for mums! Often when we feel confused, we tend to have some anxiety around the process. What to start with? Is he ready? What are the signs? Some mums tell me to wait, some mums tell me to start, my doctor says something different, start with purees or finger foods etc…

So I’m going to outline how we started, what I did and what our 6/7 month current solids/milk routine is now!

I had done a lot of research, read articles and books and I decided to start baby Xavi at 4 months of age. He was showing signs that I was looking for and he had doubled his birth weight. He was reaching for food and drinks in my hand and looking at me when I was eating or drinking. So I decided it was time to start him.

I chose to use organic produce to start with. I used pumpkin, butternut pumpkin, sweet potatoes, carrots and baby porridge. The first day I tried him at lunchtime and over the next few weeks we continued that. I used my finger first, then a soft tipped spoon. The amount was 1-2 teaspoons at first and then he started to take more. I fed him until he told me to stop. Signs to look for are avoiding the spoon, arching back, ignoring you, clamping their mouth shut or crying. He took to solids really well! We stopped often to give him cooled boiled water to help with constipation. Soon he had worked his way up to two feeds per day at a few teaspoons per sitting.

We unfortunately encountered constipation to which I tried all the remedies, I was unhappy after two weeks of it so I decided to stop solids and keep him on breast milk until it subsided. I did this for two weeks then I started him back. In hindsight I would not do this again, as he refused the spoon when we started so I had to go to finger foods! Xavi baby still has issues on and off with hard stools but we manage it the best we can with extra water and fruits (Prunes, Pears, Plums, Peaches etc) and probiotics.

Every baby is different, some are ready when you try them, some are not, some get constipated, some don’t, some love your cooking and some don’t. It’s all a learning curve and as long as you remember not to take it too seriously you will both have fun.

I started to add in meat and tried him on the usual allergy type foods (eggs, peanut butter, fish) before he was 6 months as the research I had done specified it may reduce their risk of allergy’s if tried before 6 months.

After the first few weeks of adding in different vegetables each day, I decided to mix it all up and get creative. I cook 90% of his food and we use organic food sachets also. I have lots of fun creating dishes for him and now what I cook myself to eat I l give him some as long as I haven’t added any salt or sugar.

We do fruit and cereal (with added iron) for breakfast, vegetables for lunch and meat/fish for dinner. He is currently on 4 hourly milk feeds

Here is a typical day:

  • 6.00am Wake and Milk feed
  • 7.00am Breakfast
  • 8.00am Nap Time
  • 10am Milk feed
  • 11.30am Lunch
  • 12.00pm Nap Time
  • 2.00pm Milk Feed
  • 3.30pm Nap Time
  • 4.30/5.00pm Dinner
  • 6pm Milk Feed
  • 6.30pm Bed

So I leave 1 hour at least between milk and solids. During the day its milk first, then solids. Before bed its solids then an expressed bottle after bath time.

This is working great for us and he is now on about 3 tablespoons of food per sitting plus 2 snacks during the day. I also give him finger foods at every sitting so he can play, eat, learn and explore textures. I steam up different fruit and vegetables, grate cheese, soft pasta etc

I hope this helps some mums out there starting out with solids!

Remember just have fun with it and enjoy the process.

 

xx

Mini Chia Puddings

Mini Chia Puddings

Im loving anything coconut these days! So mini chia puddings are my go to for a healthy dessert, day time snack or breakfast!

You will need;

  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 5 tbls organic chia seeds
  • 1 tbls agave
  • 1 ts organic vanilla extract
  • 1 mango ( or your chosen topping)
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl
  2. Leave for 5 mins and then mix again and seperate into 3-4 mini bowls or 1 big one if you choose!
  3. You can either add in your mango now to set within your pudding or once it has set you can add fresh on-top.
  4. I put in the fridge overnight or you can make in the morning and enjoy at dinner time

Note: I use 1 mango for 3-4 mini bowls and I also add in coconut flakes on top, however you can add any toppings you like! Some of my favourites are;

  • Dried blueberries and apricots
  • Dates and coconut
  • Mixed berries
  • Strawberries

Enjoy!!

A note on why Chia is amazing for you!

Chia seeds are a superfood! They are high in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, protein, dietary fibre and Omega 3 ALA. The 9 things that Chia can help you with is:

  1. Skin and aging
  2. Digestive health
  3. Heart health
  4. Dental health
  5. Boosts energy and metabolism
  6. Helps fight diabetes
  7. Helps build muscle and lose weight
  8. Helps build stronger bones
  9. Helps fight breast and cervical cancer

Just 9 reasons to enjoy this yummy desert even more!