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A baby’s first Christmas is to treasure forever. Today I’m collaborating with Mamas & Papas and remembering last Christmas when Babylish was newborn. It was such a magical time…

My darling,

This time last year I was very, very pregnant. I spent every day in ugg boots and my ever faithful maternity breton striped top. Everyone I met asked me when I was going to pop, if I was sure I only had one in there and hedged their bets that today would be the day.

In fact it wasn’t until a few weeks, on December 18th that you arrived into the world. Sleepy and content with a mop of soft dark hair and two dark almond eyes.

Wanting to feed non stop all night while I lay in the hospital listening to the silence and muffled cries of other babies discovering their worlds. You didn’t cry, you simply fed and slept peacefully in my arms. Seemingly so content and at peace with being born.

After what seemed like forever in the hospital, the day came that we could take you home. Daddy and I were so unbelievably excited and full of total adoration for you. I was captivated, mesmerised by your every move and my heart swelled with so much love it felt like it could burst out of me.

As we drove home in the dark evening lit with the twinkle of Christmas lights. I remember thinking you were the best Christmas present ever.

We spent the next week cocooned in our own little world. As you were born by csection, mummy needed to rest which meant lots of snuggles in bed. We ate mince pies from M&S and watched Christmas movies in bed with your Daddy and sister. It was the most perfect of Christmases.

This Christmas you will be one. You’ve grown into such a cheeky, funny little girl with the sparkliest of personalities. Keeping me constantly on my toes, you are quite demanding for one so small. You love to climb, always looking for mischief and adventure at every chance. Turning to look at me with those twinkly eyes and cheeky grin before you are off on the hunt for some more trouble. Your sister and dog are your very best of friends and I love watching you interact with them with such joy.

I can’t wait to watch you and your sister open your presents, eat your first Christmas dinner and spend fun and happy times with our little family. Thank you for bringing such joy into our lives in your own unique, cheeky way. We love you dearly, our little Christmas baby.

Love always, your Mummy x

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Do you have a Christmas baby? Or are you expecting a special arrival before santa comes to visit? There are some very beautiful items over on the Mamas & Papas website perfect for adorable little people at my favourite time of year.

We treated ourselves to some lovely Christmas pyjamas and a cute santa teddy! The Liberty print dress is all ready and waiting to be worn at her 1st birthday party.

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Mamas & Papas thank you for collaborating with Lish Concepts, for sending us a gift voucher to treat ourselves and for reminding me of this special time last year.

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meri-meri-halloween-decorThis year for Halloween we’ve decided to throw a little party. With Halloween falling on a Monday, we have the whole weekend to spend doing ghoulishly fun things.

We’ve invited some friends over on Saturday, both little and grown up so we can throw our own mini Halloween party. As with all good parties no matter how big or small, we need food, decorations and fun!

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I was kindly sent a £20 voucher from the fab team at TkMaxx so I headed out in search of party goodies. TkMaxx is my absolute favourite shop for party bits, seasonal decorations and all kinds of fab items for the home. We don’t have many brilliant shops where I live but we do have a TKMaxx and I love it. I visit at least once a week to check out what’s new through the doors and have to resist spending my hard-earned wages. With such a variety to choose from, there is always something I think I need!

We left it a little late getting Halloween paraphernalia but luckily they still had a good display of spooky bits and I managed to pick up an awesome bowl for sweets. Isn’t it fab? Can’t wait to spook some kids with this on Halloween night.

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We also got a funky banner, plates and napkins from the gorgeous Meri Meri which is a brand TkMaxx often stocks. I adore their party and seasonal products, they are literally the cutest! If you haven’t heard of Meri Meri take a look on their website, I promise it’s adorable. I also love their Christmas range which I’ll be buying in TKMaxx shortly, no doubt.

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Our party will be for grown ups and little people so we need a mixture of fun activities for all ages.  In typical mum fashion, I’ve been perusing Pinterest for some ideas and inspiration for activities. With so little free time I need ideas that aren’t going to take me ages to prepare or craft but with maximum fun factor. I’m thinking games like make mummy a mummy, spooky treasure hunt, quickest dangly donut eating competition and guess the monster!

If you need some last minute inspiration, check out my spooky pinterest board!

Happy Halloween everyone!

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babylish-baby-led-weaningSince the addition of Babylish to the family, I feel like my life is busier than ever. I’m a stay at home mum but also a work at home mum which means my days are packed full.

I really enjoy cooking but it’s not something I really have a lot of time for at the moment. With 2 hungry little mouths to feed I need meals that are quick and nutritious.

Weaning the Italian way

Baby at the table is a new book by The Chiappas sisters Emanuela and Michela, both busy mums to young children. Having been brought up in a large Italian community in South Wales, they know a thing or two about family and food!

Baby at the table shares the Italian approach to weaning which aims to get your little one joining in family meals at the table by age 1. Split into 3 stages, baby, toddler and family, it’s crammed full of lovely recipes and tips on essential basics like how to organise your freezer, store cupboard essentials, when to wean, what babies can and can’t eat and portion sizes.

Baby at the table is a philosophy we definitely believe in. Simple, fresh ingredients used to prepare healthy meals for all the family and prepped in less than 15 mins, perfect!

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Weaning Babylish

At 9 months old Babylish has passed the weaning stage and is already eating with our family. We went down the baby led weaning route, mostly because she’s a fiesty one and wouldn’t be spoon fed. Plus she enjoys feeding making a giant mess and throwing food everywhere, herself. I jest, she’s actually a really good eater, enjoying everything that resembles food – even dog food biscuits (really trying to wean her off these!!). With 4 teeth she’s got a good bite on her too which helps!

Despite the fact that Babylish is already eating at the table with us (I always thought I was Italian at heart!) we can still use a helping hand with recipe ideas. I love the clever ideas for speedy lunches like cheats pizza, healthy snacks like apple sandwiches and tasty Italian classics for the whole family like rainbow ricotta gnocci.

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We have been using the book to make some fab meals this week including the Salmon and Broccoli pasta which we all ate as dinner one night, the girls at the first sitting and Daddy and I later on in the evening. We were all fans of the dish but Babylish was a particular fan and wolfed the lot down as soon as it was in front of her.

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We also opted for the ricotta pudding which we were sold on by the photo of Fiamma (Michela’s daughter) enjoying a large bowl of chocolatey goodness! It was the first time Babylish had tried chocolate pudding and she LOVED it. Perhaps a little too much! Although obviously the ricotta pudding is a treat only to be given occasionally it does feel good to be able to create a pudding that is homemade with a clear knowledge of the ingredients. And while ricotta cheese and chocolate may not be the most healthy things in the world there is no pure sugar in the recipe at all, it is only sweetened with maple syrup or honey.

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We’ve also got the ingredients in to make the Blueberry bread and mini fish pies this week both of which I cannot wait to try!

Making it easy for mums

Written by mums after my own heart, Baby at the table is like the bible your super organised chef best friend would make for you. Always trying to make life easier, never complicating it with long ingredient lists or complicated cooking steps. Everything has been made with time saving and you in mind.

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It feels like a tremendous amount of love has gone into making this book and a real sense of family and joy runs through each page. The photos of the families together with their adorable children tell a heartwarming story, feeding your family should be joyful and so, in fact, should cooking for them. Let’s face it when you are busy mum, cooking is joyful when it is quick, simple and healthy and more importantly it actually gets eaten by your children!

Baby at the table is available from all good book stores, including Amazon. I’m definitely hanging on to my own copy but I do have a copy available for giveaway too. You can enter via the rafflecopter. Sorry but it’s only available to UK residents.

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