Author: Charlotte Cook

Hi there, I'm Charlotte, a Mechanical Engineer and Mum to one (soon to be Mum of 2!). Amongst my passions are money saving, creating delicious cakes and bakes, and other crafting projects. When not in the kitchen, I can be found indulging my love of video games and keeping up with the latest Tech Trends.
Recipe – Christmas Shortbread Bites

Recipe – Christmas Shortbread Bites

Christmas is coming! We are past Black Friday now so can legitimately get excited, get the decs up and enjoy mulled wine next to a roaring fire. And for me, part of the excitement of Christmas is getting some crafting on and making some thoughtful, unique Christmas gifts. My Christmas cross –stitch is coming along well, although really I should probably have started months ago… Continue reading “Recipe – Christmas Shortbread Bites”

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Weaning Recipe – Carrot and Parsnip “Lumpy as You Like” Purée

Weaning Recipe – Carrot and Parsnip “Lumpy as You Like” Purée

Sometimes, this whole “being a parent” thing hits you, and it’s usually at times you wouldn’t expect. My latest wave of realisation came one evening last week. I was chilling on the couch, Little Mister sat on my knee, watching a re-run of Dance Moms, whilst he was munching away on some blueberry tapioca crackers (as an aside, although the packaging says “mess free”, I have a purple  crusted pair of joggers that would beg to differ). I couldn’t stop watching him, feeding him-self, when it only felt such a short time ago we were decorating the nursery and picking out bottles. And he looked so content, cracker in hand, smiling away at Abby Lee Miller whilst she passive aggressively crushed the dreams of some child. Then he blew a raspberry with a mouthful of cracker everywhere and kind of bust me out of the moment. I think it’s the finger foods that are making it hit home, that Little Mister is starting those first steps to feeding independence in what feels like no time at all. Continue reading “Weaning Recipe – Carrot and Parsnip “Lumpy as You Like” Purée”

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(My) Baby Weaning Essentials

(My) Baby Weaning Essentials

It had been a long, rainy day of shopping. Little Mister needed a new bath chair (we had been using his new-born bath seat still, but as he was able to launch out of it by himself it had to go…), and we had been in and out of shops all day. Something easy for dinner loomed; something hot and chicken-y. So as we were sat in KFC, my baby boy lunged from my lap to make a snatch at my fries. I took it as a sign that he was ready to begin the long, messy process of weaning (even if I wasn’t ready…, naively I thought it would be a choice to wait until 6 months before we would start). Before this point we had tried a couple of tastes; baby rice and avocado. Both didn’t go down well, so it was with a little trepidation we started with real food.

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Review; 10-pack Dribble Bibs

Review; 10-pack Dribble Bibs

Little Mister is teething and has been teething for what (already) feels like forever. We had major progress last weekend with the first 2 gnashers popping into the world, and this week I’ve learned that they are bloody sharp indeed… (both through wrestling him still to clean them and from foolishly leaving my arm exposed long enough to get a good chomp in). Continue reading “Review; 10-pack Dribble Bibs”

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Review – Baby Casting Kit Deluxe

Review – Baby Casting Kit Deluxe

With time whizzing by, I’ve definitely become more conscious of capturing all those special milestones and moments that my Little Mister has been growing through. Whilst his memory book is still waiting to be filled in, I have been taking plenty of pictures so definitely have lots of reference points for when I have a free hour (ha!) and a hot cuppa (haha!) to sit and catch up. I’ve also been very good with getting photos printed as they come, with lots of bargains had using groupon (like 100 snapfish photos for £1 and 100 truprint photos for £1), and have actually started sticking them into some sort of album…

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Bouncey-Bouncey (A Baby Einstein Jumperoo-Review)

Bouncey-Bouncey (A Baby Einstein Jumperoo-Review)

I’m writing this today while both of us have a pyjama day. It seems that both of us have come down with a cold (*sadface*), so double the tissues all round this week. Because of this, I was expecting to be up all night with the Bubs crying (rightly so), but luckily he managed to sleep through after having some saline spray at 10 o’clock. In spite of being under the weather, he’s still super active and even managed to roll onto his tummy in the crib last evening after Daddy got him bathed for bed. Thank goodness for his Nana chair (a fisher price rocking chair from my Mum); no matter how miserable things get, the Nana chair never fails to get things back to calm and smiley again. On the upside, just as I’m finishing writing this the Little Man has done his first back-to-front-to-back roll and repeated it a few times! Eeeeep, need to keep an eye on him now before he tries to leg it!

 

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Bye-Bye Mum-Tum! – A week on Lean in 15

Bye-Bye Mum-Tum! – A week on Lean in 15

It’s been over 4 months since little mister has arrived (somehow!). This leads me to something I’ve been dreading, something that I’ve been putting off for a few months now… the post-pregnancy diet. I’ve never been one to stick to a diet; the initial enthusiasm quickly wanes once my wine and chocolate have been taken away and end in a mega-binge that usually leaves me bigger and less athletic than before. Past exercise regimes have suffered a similar fate, with couch to 5k ending after 4 weeks because “it looked a bit rainy out”, badminton ending as “we’d be better off investing in equipment to work out from home” and the exercise bike at home ending as it had too many coats hanging off it. My weight has always yo-yo’d, but in recent years has been much harder to lose. Having hit my pre-pregnancy weight months ago to then gain even more weight since, I felt compelled to make the change. This time I have a very good incentive to get fitter (my little mister, and my future wedding), and maternity leave is a great time to form these new habits, away from the allure of office cakes and vending machines.

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Recipe – BBQ Burger Fondue

Recipe – BBQ Burger Fondue

It’s been a busy weekend this one, and since Little Mister’s arrival it just feels like we’ve been going non-stop. Early on Saturday we viewed a wedding venue that we both loved (not sure if bubba liked it, he waited an hour before crying to leave), then in the afternoon we went to a lovely birthday party. Sunday we popped to Mothercare to spend our voucher, and was very fortuitous with the sales (next year’s summer clothes are sorted! 3 pairs of shorts for £6, £2 t-shirts. So many bargains!). We also picked up a reduced Lamaze highchair toy; as Lamaze have recently unveiled a new logo I had a hunch all of their toys would be coming down in price. Afterwards, we went to the most magical place on earth… Toys R Us! In these times of Amazon Prime next day delivery, I just couldn’t justify picking anything up there and then. The only toy related thing on my radar to still get is a Vtech baby walker, but they were a full £6 cheaper online. I did come away with a Mario Lunchbox for myself, and a new found appreciation of how many toys there are in the Toot Toot range.

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5 Tips to Better Baby Pics on Your Phone

5 Tips to Better Baby Pics on Your Phone

They’ve always said that a picture speaks a thousand words. With the photos I’ve been taking since the arrival of Little Mister I could probably out-do a library. I’ve always dabbled in photography in my spare time, and often on outings out I’ll slowly peel away from a group because I’ve spotted a butterfly on a leaf, or because the way the light filters through the trees looks interesting.

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