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Pistachio & Chocolate Madeleines

One of my little ‘stocking filler’ Christmas pressies this Christmas from the other half was a cute little madeline tray for baking the perfect little cake treats. I’ve used it a few times now and this flavour combination of pistachio and chocolate is one of my favourite to make. Madeleines are great as a bit of a treat because they are really light – meaning you can eat more of them of course!

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Imogens’ Wardrobe Wishlist

Ok, so I realise when I entitled this blog post ‘Imogen’s Wardrobe Wishlist’ what I really should call it is ‘Mummy’s obsessed with baby clothes Wishlist’ as I’m pretty sure that my 5 month old daughter doesn’t give a toss about what she’s wearing! If she did its likely she’d rip the pretty bows that I adorn her with off that gorgeous little head of hers in protest!

I’m currently picking up some bits and pieces of 6-9 month clothing for when she turns 6months at the beginning of February, or slightly before as she is already 17lb 5 and 3-6 month things are fast becoming just a little bit snug! All the clothes below are top of my hit list! 

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  1. Unicorn bodysuits three pack: Next
  2. Winter mint bear leggings: Fred & Noah 

  3. Heart print sweat top: Mothercare

  4. Blue Zebra Joggers: H&M

  5. Pink Bolt Leggings: Lottie & Lysh

My husband might say I’m a little crazy over clothing featuring animals, particularly woodland creatures and unicorns so when I saw the vests they went straight to the top of the list. I’ve also loved finding out about small business selling children’s clothes and other bits and bobs and boy, are there a lot of them, but my current faves are Lottie & Lysh and I love these bolt leggings from their new range. 

Read on for some more things that have caught my eye!

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  1. Blue Heart Dress with Tuille Skirt: H&M
  • Raccoon embroidered pinafore dress: Next

  • Happy Monster Leggings: Lottie & Lysh 

  • Pink slogan jumper: Next

  • Stonewash Jeans with lace detail: H&M

  • Although I do love supporting small business, it can be more expensive and thus a lot of what we buy is still from the high street. My favourite shops are Next and H&M, the latter is so well priced too. And if we’re talking supermarkets then I find Sainsbury’s and Tesco a cut above the rest.

     What’s on your babies wardrobe wish list at the moment? 

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    Review: Asda Little Angels Comfort Dry

    Ok so I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a nappy snob. I know I know, I’ve only been changing nappies for a matter of 4 or 5 months now but I was always of the mindset that only a certain nappy (insert famous nappy brand name here!) would do for my little angel. Saying this we have tried out a couple of other brands, mainly when I couldn’t find any decent offers on, so we have tried several makes over our short time in nappy changing! So when Asda got in touch to see if we would like to try some of the Little Angels Comfort Dry nappies, I thought sure lets give it a go.

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    Imogen is now in size 3 nappies (oh how time flies!) so these are the ones we’ve been using  – currently they’re priced at £3.75 for a 50pk on the Asda website, but I believe they’re also often on offer in the 3 for £10 deal, so they compare pretty favourably to their rivals.

    First off I must say that I was really impressed with the bright and colourful design, and they obviously catch Imogen’s eye too as she will often make a grab for one from the side of the changing table!

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    Little Angels are said to be incredibly soft and absorbent, and so far I would agree – we’ve had no leaks and I’ve been impressed by the way they have managed overnight as well with no damp skin in the mornings. The elasticated leg cuffs are really soft and I’ve not noticed them leave any marks, but still do their job really well.

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    Little Angels also have a size guide on the front waistband of its Newborn, Supreme Protection and Comfort Dry nappies –  to help mums understand when it might be time for baby to move up a size. This is done by indicating where the tabs should fasten on the nappy; if they fall outside of this area, it’s usually time to try the next size up! I can see this being a really useful feature, as is the time-to-change wetness indicator.

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    Overall we’ve been really impressed with the Little Angels nappies, and wouldn’t hesitate to buy them again.


    Disclosure: The nappies were sent to us for the purpose of review, with no expectation of a positive write up.

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    Review: Desi Indian Meal Kits

    I absolutely love Indian food, and often cook it at home but sometimes it can be a bit laborious, especially when you have to make your own spice pastes etc. Recently I was invited to try Desi Meal Kits, so was interested to see whether they could live up to a curry cooked from scratch.

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    Desi Meal Kits do not have any added sugar, they are low in salt content, and are suitable to covert for vegetarians (obviously not using the meat as suggested in the title of the kit!) and are gluten free.

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    All three meal kits had onions, ginger garlic paste and a packet of spice mix with a recipe. The onions are already cooked and come in the form of a paste – unusual but I found it worked well. The ginger was also in puree form. All you need to add is a couple of fresh ingredients – some used yoghurt, fresh tomatoes and another coriander but nothing was hard to get hold of .

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    Below is the end result of the Chicken Baburchi, yum! All 3 kits ended up with delicious curries and none took more than about 30 mins to cook.

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    You can buy the Desi Meal Kits from Amazon (£14 for 4 packs) and the delivery within the UK is free.

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    Kitchen Bites #19 November 2016 & a Giveaway!!

    Novembers Kitchen Bites post has been somewhat delayed as on 21st November I managed to fall down the stairs (not even drunk!) and dislocate and fracture my shoulder resulting in an operation and now 8 weeks in a sling! Who knew having the use of only one arm restricts you so much. So anyway this post is a bit of what’s been happening in our kitchen in the last couple of months.

    First up we tried some coffee from Hackney Coffee co which started its life in October 2015. Lee really enjoyed this freshly ground blend and their shop is definitely somewhere we will head next time we are in London. Continue reading