Liquid Gold for Teething

Teething is horrendous. There’s no which way about it, it’s vile.

The most angelic of angels will literally get pried out of your hands as they scream in pain and you feel there is nothing you can do to help them.

The rosy red circles appear on their little cheeks, they start pulling on their ears and cheeks, the constant dribble. And I mean they’re practically drowning in dribble, changing bibs within 20-30minutes of putting them on (and the dribble rash on her chin because of the non-stop dribble)…and those screams! Oh my.

So of course, we can always tell when her teeth are giving her bother, because the cheeks usually start first. Then, the irritability, she can’t get settled. She may start to cry around here. (We’ve noticed a few other teething symptoms as well, but these can be more wide spread and won’t come with every day teething pain, but more on and off teething issues).

We always have 2 teething ‘teddies’ in the fridges. They’re just little soothers in the shape of teddies, ones a bit soft and the others much harder. So when the gums first start being sore, she can chew on one of those.

Sometimes though, the teddy bears just aren’t enough.

We’ve tried a couple of teething gels (although the health professionals advise against it because, ‘they don’t work and teething doesn’t affect babies’, sorry but if you want to have a half hour round ours when our baby is having teething issues, or any other babies I know too, then I think their Mummies will argue differently too!) but found these fall straight off (or just get licked off).

Anyway, I digress.

We have found something that is literal liquid gold for teething. It works within a few seconds, up to a minute in most cases I would say and then she settles again.

 

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Yes, this teeny weeny pot is saving our sanity right now.

It’s a pretty strong smelling liquid, but you just pop a bit on a cotton-wool bud and then straight onto the painful area.

With it being a liquid it won’t get licked off and you know it’s gone onto the area it needs to be.

I usually give her the dummy and a big cuddle in around now, to settle her, and wait the minute or so for the liquid to work its wonders.

(Granted, this doesn’t work everything single time. I would say 99% of time, sometimes we have to work a bit harder with those poorly little gums. But this teeny little bottle is saving our souls a lot at the moment.)

 

Have you got any teething magic tricks that help your little one? Let me know below in the comment section!

 

.xo

 

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Simple Slow-Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese

One of my favourite go-to meals to make is a Spaghetti Bolognese. I throw all of the ingredients in slow-cooker for a few hours and it’s done. It serves us for that evening, then I pop the rest in a tupperware in the freezer for the next week!

 

I always serve ours with pasta, salad and of course, gaaaaarlic bread!

 

Ingredients (to serve 4)

  • 500g 5% mince
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • A shake of garlic salt
  • 2 cans of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp of tomato puree
  • 2 oxo cubes
  • A shake of dried herbs
  • A few drops of Worcestershire Sauce
  • A bit of cheese to pop on the top to serve with

 

Instructions

  1. Pop all of the ingredients into the slow cooker, on low for 3-5 hours, until all of ingredients are cooked through.
  2. Serve with pasta of choice and any other sides!
  3. ENJOY!

 

 

.xo

 

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I’m the WORST. MUM. EVER.

Panic Attacks.

 

They are horrendous. They stop you in your tracks. They make you feel like the world has literally stopped around you.

 

I’ve been lucky in that I’ve managed to really work on coping mechanisms in the last few years so I can handle a lot of my panic attacks, and slow them down so they don’t go into a full-scale attack.

 

I’ve also had a good few months without them at all (yey, me). I’ve still had a fair bit of anxiety, I’m sure most new mum’s will understand this. But my last panic attack was during my pregnancy, so I’ve managed to have a little break from them.

 

However, I had my first panic attack as a mum a couple of weeks ago. Completely out of the blue. And it FLOORED me.

 

Now that’s another level of pressure there. Having your world close around you as that elephant sits on your chest and stops you from being able to breathe (best way I could describe the sensation) but knowing you need to calm yourself as soon as possible because your little one is right by you is one of the most difficult things I’ve had to come across since becoming a mum.

 

It literally came from nowhere. The usual tight chest as the elephant grew bigger and sat heavier on my chest. The room got smaller the more I was unable to breathe. I was unable to catch my breath. I felt sick.

 

Little one looked up at me with her gorgeous big eyes from her mat where she was playing. But the ELEPHANT WAS STILL THERE. I still couldn’t breathe. My partner took me to one side, gave me a big cuddle and told me to breathe.

 

This is literally what he has to do in this situation, because my brain fogs and I don’t know what to do. So he slows everything down and just simply tells me to breathe in, and breathe out.

 

One simple instruction, I focus on him, not on my head, and it slows everything in my body down.

 

After a few seconds (although during that moment it feels like forever) it worked and my breathing had slowed down significantly. I still feel completely sick and now exhausted from it all, but we were able to go through what was going on in my mind to cause the attack.

 

After we had gone through it all, I had a huge amount of ‘mum guilt’ wash over me and it was horrific.

 

I FELT LIKE THE WORST MUM IN THE WORLD.

 

I WAS THE WORST MUM IN THE WORLD.

 

She had looked up at me when the panic attack had started and I had to step aside because I COULDN’T breathe. The elephant was firmly on my chest.

 

But after reflecting on it now I have calmed down, and the time has passed, the elephant has shrunk, smaller and smaller and now the elephant has disappeared (maybe just for a while, but he’s away for now), I realise I am not a bad mum, I just had a bad moment.

 

And that’s COMPLETELY OK.

 

Everyone is allowed a bad moment, that doesn’t make us bad people, or bad parents. Our mental health is so important, and if we have a little blip, then we have a little blip, it’s about how we move forward with it.

 

Always be kind to yourself.

 

.xo

 

 

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Minced-Beef Enchiladas

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One of my favourite things to do with a recipe, is to find one i like the look of…then completely change it an make it my own. Which is exactly what I did with the above dish (sometimes it’s I don’t like the look of the dish completely, and sometimes it’s just because we don’t have the ingredients…so I improvise!)

 

The recipe serves 2, it’s really filling but can be served with homemade fries, salad, whatever you like!

 

Ingredients (to serve 2)

  • Cooking spray
  • 250g 5% mince
  • ½ onion
  • ½ pepper
  • A shake of garlic salt
  • A shake of paprika
  • 120g drained sweetcorn
  • ½ can drained kidney beans
  • ½ can of chopped tomatoes
  • A shake of dried herbs
  • 2 wholemeal wraps
  • 40g of your choice of cheese (use as much as you like depending on how cheesey you like the topping to be)

 

Instructions

  1. Spray a large pan with the cooking spray and pop the mince in there to brown off for a couple of minutes.
  2. Then add the onion, pepper, garlic salt, paprika and herbs and cook for a couple of minutes. Stir in sweetcorn, kidney beans and chopped tomatoes and bring to simmer.
  3. Make sure your oven has pre-heated to fan 180°c. Divide the mixture into 2 between the wraps and roll up in the wraps. Place them seam side down into and ovenproof dish, misted with cooking spray. Now layer the cheese onto the wraps. Pop into the oven for 10-15 minutes, until golden.
  4. Serve with your side of choice!

 

 

Hope you like my take on the enchiladas, let me know if you go for it!

.xo

 

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Pizza Pepperoni Burger with Burger Sauce

This was an absolute treat!

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Ingredients for the Burger

  • Lean spicy burger of choice (go as hotttttt as you like)
  • Brioche Bun
  • 2 small slices of pepperoni
  • 10g of 30% less fat cheese (go for whatever cheese you like really, I just go for the lighter cheese for preference)
  • Side of choice, I went for a salad (notice a bit of cucumber and limp lettuce, as that’s what was in the fridge…when the burger and sauce is that good, a bit of limp lettuce is fine!)

 

Ingredients for the Sauce (to serve 3-4, depending on how much sauce everyone likes)

  • 1½ tablespoons of lighter than light mayonnaise
  • 2½ tablespoons fat free fromage frais
  • ½ American mustard
  • ½ tomato puree
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon paprika

 

Instructions

  1. Really simply, put all of the ingredients into a bowl with 2 tablespoons of water and mix well until smooth.
  2. Cook your burger as needed, 5 minutes before it’s due to be removed from the oven, take it out and add the pepperoni to the burger, then layer the cheese to pepperoni and pop back into the oven.
  3. Remove the burger from the oven, pop into the bun and drizzle the sauce onto the cheese.
  4. Serve with your choice of side, and enjoy!!

 

 

This is the last recipe in my ’10 Meal Ideas to Help Lose the Baby Weight’ series. I really hope you’ve enjoyed the mini series, please do let me know.

If there are any recipes you would like me to post, then comment below and I will definitely try to sort this!

.xo

 

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Chicken Curry

This tasty chicken curry dish is quick and easy to make and perfect for dinner any night of the week!

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Ingredients (to serve 2)

  • ½ onion
  • a shake of garlic salt
  • a shake of ground ginger (these two I literally just shake around the pan for a second, no measurements, just throw a bit in)
  • ½ chopped tomatoes
  • 3 teaspoons of curry powder (I go for medium, but this is completely up to yourself)
  • 1 Oxo beef stock cube, made up with 100ml of boiling water
  • 1 chicken breast, chopped
  • broccoli (as much as you like) chopped

 

Instructions

  1. Spray a pan with cooking spray, add the onion, garlic, ginger, broccoli and curry powder and cook for a couple of minutes on a medium heat until onions begin to soften.
  2. Add the chicken and cook for 2 minutes, coating the chicken with the spice mixture. Add the chopped tomatoes and stock, bringing to a simmer and cook for around 15-17 minutes until the chicken is cooked and the sauce has thickened.
  3. Serve with your side of choice, I went for rice and salad.

 

I hope you enjoyed this recipe, let me know below if there’s another curry you’d like me to try.

 

.xo

 

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Bolognese Risotto

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Before a few weeks ago, I had never even tried risotto. And now, I am wondering what I have been missing out on for all of these years, and can’t wait to try all of the different variations of it!

This is a simple recipe and makes 2 portions. It’s a tasty spin on the classic Spaghetti Bolognese.

 

Ingredients (to serve 2)

  • 75g of risotto rice
  • 125g of 5% lean beef mince (this is my personal choice, any beef mince would work)
  • ½ courgette chopped into cubes
  • ½ carrot peeled and chopped
  • ½ broccoli cut into small pieces
  • ½ onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove (garlic salt can also be used)
  • 200g passata
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon dried mixed herbs
  • 2 beef stock cubes (made up with 0.5l of hot water

 

Instructions

  1. Chop the garlic, onion, carrot, broccoli and courgette. Spray a large pan with cooking spray/oil and cook on a moderate heat for 2 minutes until the veg begins to soften slightly.
  2. Add the minced beef to the pan and brown – which should take around 3-4 minutes.
  3. Now, add the risotto rice, making sure to mix fully with all ingredients in the pan.
  4. Add the tomato puree, passata and herbs and combine with all ingredients in the pan. (I add a little touch of sweetener to the tomatoes at this point to take the tanginess away).
  5. Add the beef stock gradually to the pan – around 150-200ml at a time, stirring regularly. Add more stock as it reduces in the pan. This will take around 10-15 minutes. (As you need to stay with the pan and your spoon, I suggest popping on the radio so that whilst you’re stuck stirring and adding in beef stock, at least you can have a bit of a dance about! Work up an appetite ready for your tea and put you in a right good mood, ey?)
  6. Once all of the beef stock is added, continue to stir and allow to cook for a further 4-6 minutes until the rice is cooked.
  7. Serve the risotto with cheese of your choice, and enjoy!

 

I hope you all like this recipe as much as we do! Make sure to let me know!

 

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.xo

 

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