A little morning adventure at Cockfields Farm

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I am always looking for new ways to entertain the kids during the week. When we’re all at home, the walls can kind of feel like they’re closing in on me in our little house and although getting everyone ready and out of the door can sometimes feel like a military operation (cue last minute dirty nappies/refusals to wear shoes/everybody running off in separate directions or all of the above) it’s always worth it once we are enjoying a new adventure, just the four of us.

IMG_1046On Monday, we visited Cockfields Farm in Tameside and the kids had so much fun, I wanted to share the pictures with you. I didn’t have the energy to take my camera with me carrying my pram bag and running around after the children was the limit of my multi-tasking, but I caught some images with my iPhone and here they are if you’d…

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Borani Bademjan – Eggplant and Yogurt Dip

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It’s fair to say that I am pretty obsessed with aubergines. If I could find a way to combine them in my morning coffee, I probably would! Along with tomatoes, potatoes and bell peppers, the aubergine (solanum melongena) belongs to the nightshade plant family (Solanaceae). In fact, aubergines grow in a manner much like tomatoes, hanging from the vines of a plant that grows several feet in height. The most popular variety of aubergine looks like a large, pear-shaped egg, hence the American name ‘eggplant.’

Aubergines are packed with health benefits, including being an excellent source of dietary fibre, vitamins such as B1 and B6 and minerals like copper and magnesium. This is my favourite Persian dip and it is so simple to make with a delicious deep and earthy flavour from the grilled and lightly charred fruit, lightened by a touch of mint and creamy yoghurt.

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More fun in the sun

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If it’s sunny on a Saturday, we are mostly up, dressed and out of the door by 9:00 am and yesterday was no exception! We love to start our adventures ahead of the crowds, with three little people who are fast on their feet to chase after it always feels safer to me so with the sky cloud-free and blue, we set off to our favourite outdoor water play area at Stamford Park in Ashton.

It’s difficult to find places with water features for the kids to play in around Manchester so we are really happy to be fairly local to this one. As well as the water fountains, the park has a boating lake, a really nice café built beneath a grassy hill, a play area for little ones covered in sand for soft landings, basketball courts and equipment for older kids too. We spent the morning there and…

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Bathing babies

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I’ve been meaning to write this post for quite a while as bathing twins is something I’ve been asked about several times so it’s great that I am finally getting to put my advice down in one place! Like my kitchen floor after your average meal time, babies are slippery when wet and I was nervous as hell (to be perfectly honest) the first time I had two in a bath together at the same time. But bath time can be a lot of fun and we have found it to be the best way to end most days so to get a good ‘grip’ on the situation, here are my top tips:

1 – Invest in the right equipment

supportYour needs will change as the babies grow, but in the early days, we found it best to bath ours together in the tub, supported by plastic cradles with suction pads that…

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It smells like raspberries and caramel!

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Every time I visit my lovely hairdresser (Louise at Jamilla Paul Hairdressing- if you’re ever in the north of Manchester, I really recommend a visit!) I leave with a new product that is a game changer for my hair. My last encouter was no exception as I was dazzled by the smell Wella SP Luxe Oil gave my hair after she applied it to my newly chopped locks and it literally made me smile from ear to ear!

wella-SP-luxe-oil-elixirEnriched with Argan, Jojoba and Almond oils, Wella’s ‘reconstructive elixir’ has a super lightweight texture that doesn’t weigh my hair down as other serums I have tried in the past have done and it makes it feel softer than ever before.

The product provides 3 times more Keratin protection that smoothes the shaft when used on wet hair and makes it super easy to detangle and on dry hair to give…

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Reflux – signs and symptoms

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Reflux is something I am asked most about through my blog and Instagram, so I have wanted to write a post about the signs to look for in a baby for parents who are worried their children may need a diagnosis for a while although finding time is as easy as finding treasure for me! But today daddy is home, the twins are napping and Ariana is watching Frozen for the 75th time with him (lucky daddy) so I’m good to go…

IMG_3145About reflux

Initially, I just want to chat about reflux and it’s definition. The full name for the condition is gastro-oesophgeal reflux disease or GORD in the UK whereas in America it is referred to as GERD as they spell oesophagus without the O. The literal meaning is ‘backward flow’ and so describes the literal inability of the body to prevent the stomach contents travelling up into…

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Reading’s right – our favourite books

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I love to read. I love to escape from reality with a good book at night, while I’m cosy in bed so I can forget about the jobs, the kids and the world for a while. Reading has been a part of my life forever. My mum tells a story about me as a baby being pushed in my (mighty-fine) Silver Cross pram with ‘an apple in one hand and a book in the other’ and because I’ve always enjoyed it, I found it easy to learn my lines during the years I acted as a child  and when I got older I could sit and study college course books easily, it didn’t seem difficult because I liked doing it!

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Even while we travelled, I always had a tattered paperback in my hand luggage. I struggled to find book shops when I needed a new one in some of the more remote places of the…

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Reflux – an update 

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Whenever we are lead into a false sense of security by the children and dare to revel in their accomplishments, the universe seems to have a sneaky way of teaching us a lesson and reminding us it’s the little one’s that are in charge around here. For example “hey the kids are sleeping great!” – cue screaming fits at 1:00 am, or “have you noticed there’s much less food on the floor at meals times?” – cue flying bowls and porridge dodging at 7:00 am, and “the kids haven’t had a cold for ages!” – cue snotty noses for the next 6 weeks…you get my drift.

So it’s with these strange cosmic forces in mind that I have hesitated in writing this post for a while because I was scared that if I publicized what I am about to tell you, the universe would conspire to punish me for bragging! But, here…

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I’ve mentioned in previous posts how important I feel it is to structure babies daytime sleeps in order to ensure we all get the good night time sleep that we so desperately need! I learned so much with Ariana about how too much sleep during the day resulted in her waking earlier the following morning or not going to sleep at bed time at all and too little sleep made her tired and irritable all day, which resulted in her resisting her feeds and generally being pretty grumpy. With Kian and Kaira, I knew what quota of sleep they needed to be happy little babies during the day but also sleepy little babies during the night so here’s what we did if you would like to know.

I think there’s no point trying to structure any sleep until babies are over a couple of weeks old. Just getting twins into…

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The kids favourite apps

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It’s almost like a tornado has just blown into the house when the kids see one of our tablets emerge as theyall scramble for prime position to play with their favourite apps. We have 3 tablets (an iPad, a Samsung Galaxy and a Google Nexus)toreduce the amount of fighting and snatching that goes on between them and I really think a small amount of time spent playing with them is both fun and educational. Hereare 5 of our favourites:

Pango’s Playground

This is the first app that Ariana absolutely loved to play from around 15 months old and still does to this day. It has 4 playgrounds where kids can pop balloons, splash in the sea and catch trains and really create little worlds with their imaginations. It was nominated 3 times for the Best App Ever Award.

Peppa PigHappy Mrs Chicken

Happy-Mrs-Chicken-ScreenshotThis app really is a lot of fun…

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