Survival Guided

As we’re aproaching the 1 year mark for Casey/ parenting 2, I thought I’d do a little post about things that have helped, hindered and things we couldn’t live without. A survival guide if you will.

First off, top 5 essential purchases;

    1. SLEEPYHEAD Deluxe. The thought of £130 gives you a bit of a squeaky bum but its been our best, value for money, purchase in terms of use. Its only supposed to go up to 9 months so can seem quite off putting however if you just unclip the bottom it will see you till at least the one year mark which works out at about 35p a day. Ready made bed and familiar smells for when you’re travelling, or they have sleep overs. I can’t recommend it enough, although be warned, they dont tumbledry so it could be worth getting a spare cover (although they’re £80)! But so worth it if a family member wants to give money, Dan’s Nan gave us money so I was glad we put it towards something we’ve used every single day. It’s also helped the transition from moses basket to crib to cot. Thank you!  Sleepyhead
    2. MY FRIEND GOO. Just when you think you’ve cracked the new born phase, teething comes and kicks your smug derrière. With Beaux we had Sophie, the giraffe. She was amazing but was an awkward size and would constantly get dropped (if its your preferred teething toy they do harneces for her on Ebay). This time round we got Goo, he is light weight, made with natural rubber and being from an independent shop I knew I was helping a lovely lady, Jenna and her beautiful daughters Elfie and Flo. Shopping small is so rewarding as you know you really are making a difference to someone’s life. Jenna has just started selling clips for Goo too and bibs which are so beautiful. Goo is so user friendly and Casey had 8 teeth come through in his first year. 4 each time! Thank you! Cloudandcuckoo
    3. ALDI/CHEAP AF NAPPIES. I think we must have spent thousands on nappies for Beaux. We used to get them from Costco so always thought we were getting a good deal. We weren’t. I was always concerned of not looking like a cheapskate with nappies but actually, who gives a fuck?! Tesco do amazing deals on theirs too.

Actually, I don’t have any other essentials, everything else is just stuff and I could probably survive the year without them. But these three have been life savers!

Other things that are handy; Alcohol – essential somedays, Date nights, Grandparents, parks, caffeine and snacks, all the snacks!

Do’s and Dont’s

  •  Do whatever gets you through the day
  •  Don’t listen to twats
  •  Do listen to your own intuition. Your instincts are better than anyone elses
  •  Don’t google. Similar to when you google a symptom and it says you’ve got 45 seconds to live
  •  Do what makes you happy, there is no real rule book on how to raise babies. A happy mummy makes a happy baby so make time for what brings you joy – other than those little snot bags
  •  Don’t feel bad for making time for yourself. You fucking deserve it!
  •  Do make time for your friends, real ones though, ones you can message when you kids need an exorcism, ones that haven’t been forced upon you in a baby group
  •  Don’t worry if your friend group changes, you’ve changed. Some get it, some don’t
  •  Do stand your ground, pull up the drawbridge when you need to and make sure not to spend yourselves thin
  •  Don’t let anyone threaten your joy, doesn’t matter who it is. Don’t allow anyone to disrupt your peace. You’ve worked hard and endlessly to create your unit, not everyone deserves to be part of it. And that’s ok!

I’m pretty stoked to be doing a few blog posts coming up for brands I’ve loved, new brands I’ve discovered and products that I think you will love too. If this is something you might be interested in, keep your eyes peeled!

I think that’s about it from my pearls of wisdom! All I can say is do whatever gets you through the day, pick your battles and know that bribary and negotiation is an essential part of parenting. We’re all just doing our best so be kind to others and yourselves!

Hx

Simple salmon!

Probably one of the easiest, quickest meals we’ve done, and so great for little ones.

There wasn’t much to do so prep wise so we played with maths and expressive arts & design (just ticking that one off the EYFS)

You will need:

  • Two fillets of salmon
  • Asparagus
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes on vine
  • Foil
  • Schwartz hollandaise sauce (because I have zero time for the whisking malarkey)

(I’m going to reiterate portion sizes are your preference but I’ll show you what we used for ours)

Sprinkle the magic leaves
  • Lay out tin foil and place salmon fillet in the middle, add spinach and 3 asparagus spears (break stalk off where it bends) can leave whole or break in pieces.
Food art
  • This is where Beaux counted out her spinach leaves and asparagus, she also made a picture with her food pretending the leaves were other fish and the spears were the sea bed and used her imagination sprinkling the leaves like “magic”.
  • Once we’d got all the ingredients placed nicely together, we wrapped it up in the foil and placed it in the over. No idea on heat as our gage is buggered but it was in for about 20 mins on med-high. (But you can check after a period by breaking up the salmon and seeing if it’s cooked through)
  • In the last 5 minutes we added a vine of tomatoes under the grill, we counted how many were attached before they went in.
  • We followed the instructions for the hollandaise and the plated everything together, removing the salmon skin and vine before they went on the plate.

We usually pan fry the salmon so it was such a nice change to texture and taste and something we will definitely chose over frying more often in the future. Again, you could change up the veg/sauce depending on preference. Parsley sauce would be lush!

Hx

Chunky fish – Wrap battle!

This is BY FAR one of my favourite meals we’ve made together. Beaux has got completely obsessed with cooking recently and this is a great one to get tiny humans involved in. Also it helps that they chose what they eat so it hopefully assures you they’ll eat everything on their plate.

My portions are never really followed to the book, mostly because looking back and forth at a page or screen kills my creative vibe. I roughly followed this recipe off the bbc goodfood website, but you could just wing it with ease!

You will need:

  • Plain flour
  • Breadcrumbs (we used golden breadcrumbs in alliance with the bearded captain)
  • 2 Eggs (the recipe said 3, we used two and that was plenty)
  • 2 fillets of white sustainable fish (we used cod – obviously depending on how much you want to make adjust the portion sizes – 2 fillets was enough for 4 wraps and 5 fingers frozen)
  • Tortilla wraps
  • Fillings – we used tomato, avocado and cucumber (again I’m leaving portion size and preference to you and your tribe)
  • Garlic mayo – garlic purée and mayo (same as above, but that was all we had)

Method:

You’ll need to set up two prep stations, this was the part Beaux loved most.

The first one for the fingers.

Fish prep station
  • Cut the fish into… fingers, we made a few a little chunkier.
  • Get a plate of flour, beaten eggs in a bowl (Beaux’s forte) a plate of breadcrumbs and a bowl/plate for the ready fingers. (Bear in mind you may need more flour/crumbs after awhile)
“Roll him in snow, bath him in the eggs, roll him in the sand to dry him up”
  • Cover fish in flour completely – ‘give them a bath’ (fully immersed), roll in the crumbs and then lay to rest.
  • Place in pan of oil, a good glug will do. Once they’re browned on each side (compare them to the golden originals if necessary.) Lay to rest on kitchen roll to remove excess oil)
  • While this was going on Beaux was at the other prep station
Filling prep station/garlic mayo tasting
  • I got her to mix the mayo and mash the avo which she loved! – and loved tasting to make sure it was ok.
If you don’t eat the corners of a wrap while you wait are you even hungry?
  • Lay it all out, testing the wrap while you wait… and let them load it up so you know it’ll be a hit

Et voila! A very happy last lunch for the 2 year old!

In her happy place… Lets take a minute to look at Casey waiting for his!

 

I could only manage 1.5 wraps but she had 3! We put the rest in a Tupperware to freeze and she requested them the next day! You could definitely mix it up with chicken which will be our next wrap battle!

Hx

Two for Tuesdays

Seeing as it’s Tuesday and if you’re anything like me you’re thinking of pizza, any excuse to eat pizza and where to find pizza that’s not £18.

So here it is, a piece of worldly wisdom life hack that could not only change your Tuesdays, but everyday in between.

Go to your local dominos, choose the collection option and for just £5.99 you can get any pizza. Yes ANY medium pizza, or large for £7.99. Just chose two toppings and you’re good to go. Pepperoni and jalapeños is a Bliss household go to and a much tastier version of the pepperoni passion.

Really don’t know why I’m posting this, but it’s saved my life on many a hungover and non hungover day. Also, £20 for a fucking pizza?! Don’t be a dick.

Thank me later. 🍕

Sorry to the Vegans and the people that don’t like eating 9478392 calories in one sitting. Don’t get a Katsu Curry in that case either. 🤷🏽‍♀️😚

Hx